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Introducing ARCA rookie Ryan Repko; entered with MMM championship team at Madison

June 22nd, 2017

STATESVILLE, N.C. – Mason Mitchell Motorsports (MMM) has already competed with eight different drivers on the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards tour in 2017. The 2014 ARCA national championship team is adding the ninth member to its annual driver roster with the introduction of 17-year-old Ryan Repko this Friday in the Montgomery Ward 200 at Madison Int’l Speedway.

Repko is set to make his ARCA debut in the No. 78 Champion Power Equipment-Cometic Gasket Chevrolet. The team tested Tuesday afternoon at Motor Mile Speedway in Virginia.

“I originally started racing in Late Models at Motor Mile and Motor Mile resembles Madison quite a bit,” said Repko. “We’re hoping my experience there will transition over to Madison. We had a great test Tuesday at Motor Mile. We spent a lot of time on race runs. I feel like we had a lot of speed right away and just made minor adjustments and kept tweaking on it. I feel very confident heading into the race Friday evening.”

Going ahead with confidence, Repko also knows he’ll have some challenges to overcome.

“There will be a few challenges going into this. The two most obvious will be the horsepower and the size of the car, but I think the biggest thing will be running on a radial tire. I’ve never driven on a radial tire in my career. I know that my MMM crew Kevin Reed will get me up to speed quickly. These guys produce quality cars.”

Team owner Mason Mitchell has been tracking Repko’s progress for some time.

“I’ve been following Ryan for a couple of years now and he’s always had my attention,” said Mitchell. “Ryan did a great job at our test yesterday. He was all ears and learned quickly. He was very smooth behind the wheel and didn’t abuse the tires. I’m looking forward to seeing what we can do this weekend.”

MMM is coming off a dominating performance last week at Michigan Int’l Speedway where they led the most laps (71 of 100). Repko recently captured his first CARS Late Model Tour Stock Car pole at Anderson Motor Speedway and earned a sixth-place finish.

MMM stats at Madison: MMM has two prior starts at the half-mile Madison Int’l Speedway. Last year the team led the most lap (109) and earned a runner-up finish in the 200-lap event with Kyle Weatherman driving.

ARCA’s 9th trip to Madison Int’l Speedway
The ARCA Racing Series stretches out over five decades at Madison Int’l Speedway, having first raced there in July of 1970 – two-time ARCA champion Ramo Stott won the inaugural race. Tom Bowsher won the ARCA race at Madison in May of 1971, and Bruce Gould is in the history books as the 1973 ARCA winner. However, nearly 40 years would go by before the ARCA Racing Series would return to Madison in 2011.

Modern-day ARCA winners at Madison make ARCA/NASCAR champs
More recent ARCA winners at Madison include Josh Williams (2016), Justin Boston (2014), Kyle Benjamin (2013), Chris Buescher (2012) and Alex Bowman (2011). Buescher, the 2012 ARCA Racing Series national champion, earned the NASCAR Xfinity Series championship in 2015. Buescher is now a full-time driver in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Bowman also went on to compete in the Xfinity and Cup Series.

From Daytona to the dirt
The ARCA Racing Series, in its 65th season of competition, is often regarded as the most versatile tour in America with its unique combinations of superspeedways, short tracks, road courses and even a couple of mile dirt tracks upcoming on the schedule in Illinois. The ARCA tour opens each season at Daytona Int’l Speedway in February and concludes at Kansas Speedway in October.

Weekend schedule/On-track autograph session/Media coverage
Practice for the ARCA Racing Series at Madison is Friday, June 23 from 1:30 – 3 p.m., with General Tire Pole Qualifying following at 5. An on-track autograph session goes from 6:30 – 7:30, followed by pre-race ceremonies and driver introductions. The 200-lap Montgomery Ward 200 at Madison begins at 8 p.m. Friday night. The race airs live on MAVTV. There will also be live timing and scoring and live chat at ARCAracing.com. All times are local, Central.

2017 Madison Speedway Triple Crown Dates and Rule Package Announced

December 7th, 2016

Oregon, WI- The 2017 Super Late Model Triple Crown Challenge dates for Madison International Speedway were announced recently.

Friday Night June 2 will play host to round number one, as 2016 Triple Crown Champion Casey Johnson is expected to defend his title against top Super Late Model competitors from at least four states on Wisconsin’s Fastest Half Mile. Round 2 will be contested on Friday July 7 and ‘The Howie 50’ will determine the Triple Crown Champion on Friday Night August 18.

“The Triple Crown has provided some great races since it started in 2012 and we are already getting calls and text messages from top teams that are putting it on their calendars for 2017.” Stated Speedway co-owner Gregg McKarns.

New for this upcoming season, the Triple Crown will follow ARCA Midwest Tour Rules, allowing for greater ease for teams wanting to compete. Each 50 lap feature will pay $1,500 to win and $500 to start in addition to a $3,000 point fund spread across the top five in championship points.

Pit gates will open at 3:30pm each night with practice at 5pmand time trials at 6:15pm. Racing is slated to begin at 7:30pm for each Triple Crown event.

The 2017 season will begin on Sunday afternoon May 7 when the ARCA Midwest Tour ‘Stars and Cars’ invade Madison for the Joe Shear Classic. Weekly NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action will kick off its season on Friday night May 19. For additional information visit www.misracing.com or call 608-835-9700.

2017 Super Late Model Triple Crown Schedule
Friday June 2
Friday July 7
Friday August 18

Past Super Late Model Triple Crown Champions
2012 Nathan Haseleu
2013 Casey Johnson
2014 Chris Wimmer
2015 Jeremy Miller
2016 Casey Johnson

NASCAR Champions to b e Crowned this Friday at Madison

September 3rd, 2016

It’s hard to believe that the 2016 weekly racing season is down to just one final night. But it’s going to be an exciting one when Whelen Engineering presents NASCAR Championship Night this Friday at Madison International Speedway with the crowning of three champions in a tradition that dates back over sixty years.

Twin Features are on tap for the Club LaMark NASCAR Late Models, Dave’s White Rock Sportsman, and Pellitteri Waste Systems Bandits. No point lead is safe with double features on tap where one driver could potentially earn 215 points with a clean sweep. Here’s a look at how the point races shape up going into Friday night.

Club LaMark NASCAR Late Models: Bobby Wilberg could be on his way to another track championship at Madison as he leads the division with 1039 points. Defending champion Zack Riddle is second with 918 points followed by John Beale (872), Jon Reynolds Jr (777), and John Baumeister Jr. (754). Seventh place driver Matt Lundberg is the leading Late Model rookie.

Dave’s White Rock Sportsman: Robert Hansberry Jr. is the leading driver in the division with 1344 points followed by Steve Anderson (1204), Mike Taylor (1055), Ryan Goldade (1045), and Trevor Robinson (942). Robinson is also the leading rookie in the division. If he maintains his lead, Hansberry Jr. will pick up his third track championship.

Pellitteri Waste Systems Bandits: Brandon DeLacy is seeking his first track championship at Madison and is currently the point leader with 945. Past champion Steve Dickson moved up to second place with 831 points followed by James Junget (761), Nick Schmidt (732), and Lyle Phillips (712). Sam Messel is the leader for Rookie of the Year honors.

Wilberg, Hansberry Jr., and DeLacy are also the leaders in the RA Heating and Air Conditioning Dash Series.

Pit gates open at 3:30 followed by practice at 5:00, qualifying at 6:15,and racing at 7:30. Adult admission is $14.00 / Whelen Heroes and Seniors are $12.00 / Students 12-17 are $8..00 / Kids 6-11 are $5.00 with kids 5and under free. Take advantage of the special family pricing package of just $30.00 which includes two adults and up to four students / children.

Friday Night Review

It was a great night of racing at Madison this past Friday as five divisions took to the track and fans enjoyed all of the great food, drink, and free corn served after the races. A heartfelt thank you to all of those who came out in support of local racing either as competitors or fans.

On track Casey Johnson held off Ty Majeski to win the $1000 prize for the Club LaMark NASCAR Late Models in a very competitive twenty car field. Ryan Goldade and Chester Ace each won a feature in the American Ethanol Super Trucks while Goldade also won in the Dave’s White Rock Sportsman. Brandon DeLacy was back in victory lane for the Pellitteri Waste Systems Bandits while eight year old Karter Stark became the youngest ever feature winner at Madison by picking up the victory in the Bandoleros.

Complete race report available at misracing.com

Did You Know?

Bobby Wilberg is looking to win his 12th track championship at Madison and has picked up 58 feature wins over the years in Super Late Models, Madison/ ASA Late Models, Late Models, Midwest Modifieds, Sportsman, and Trucks. Wilberg has also won seven track championships at the Rockford Speedway.

Our very own long-time employee Evie Handeland has lived next to the speedway before the original facility was built in 1953 and even sold some of their land to Sam Bartus when the half-mile was constructed in 1969.

Upcoming Events at Madison

Friday, September 9th: You won’t want to miss the thrills and spills and booms from above when we present the second annual Eve of Destruction featuring a gigantic fireworks display, Monster Trucks, 6Shooters, Spectacular Drifting, Tough Truck Tug of War, Smoky Burnout Contest, School Bus Destruction, Roll Over Contest, Double Steel Wall Crash and much, much more.

Thursday, September 15th: The very popular One on One Street Drags plus Shine and Show Contest takes to the track for their final event of the season. Pit gates open at 6:00 with practice and “Grudge” matches at 6:30 and bracket racing at 7:30. Pit passes and grandstand admission is $10.00 with a $10.00 entry fee per bracket. If you’ve thought about racing and haven’t done it yet, now is your time. Let’s see if we can go over the 200 mark for entries!

Saturday, September 24: Midwest Stock Car Association racing at 1:00 PM. This is for 8 cylinder enduro style cars who will be competing for an amazing 250 laps.

Thank you for supporting short track racing, and we hope to see you and your friends at Madison International Speedway this Friday night. There’s nothing like experiencing racing live and in “real” time on a Friday night under the lights.

Casey Johnson Takes Home Late Model Win at Madison

August 31st, 2016

Casey Johnson won the feature for the Club LaMark NASCAR Late Models and took home the $1000 prize for winning. Ryan Goldade won two features tonight by capturing the first race for the American Ethanol Super Trucks and in the Dave’s White Rock Sportsman. Chester Ace was also a winner in the Trucks along with Brandon DeLacy in the Bandits and Karter Stark in the Bandoleros.

All this took place as part of Fan Appreciation and Buck Night in front of a large crowd on a great night for racing.

Johnson Edges Majeski for Late Model Checkered Flag

Casey Johnson took the lead on lap 4 and held off Ty Majeski to win the 30 lap feature for the Club LaMark NASCAR Late Models. John Baumeister Jr. and Kevin Knuese brought the twenty car field to the green flag. Baumeister Jr. took the early, but it was Bobby Wilberg taking the lead on the second lap with Casey Johnson and Ty Majeski right behind him. On lap 4 both Johnson and Majeski moved by Wilberg on the backstretch
to take the top two positions. The first caution flag came out on lap 6 for a spin that occurred deep in
the field. Johnson continued to lead after the restart followed closely by Majeski. On lap 13 Majeski worked to the inside of Johnson to take the lead coming out of turn two, but Johnson was not about to give it up as he took the top spot back one lap later. The second caution flag of the night came out on lap 16 when a car spun on the backstretch. Johnson brought the field back to green followed by Majeski and Brady Liddle in the second row with Wilberg and Knuese in the third row. Johnson and Majeski wasted no time getting back out in front of the field with Wilberg now a distant third. The caution flag waved again on lap 19 when the cars of Hunter Drefahl and Pat Richgels tangled in turn two. This time on the restart Johnson was able to build a car length lead over Majeski with Wilberg, Liddle, and Baumeister Jr. rounding out the top five. As the race progressed Johnson was able to extend his lead to two car lengths and race his way to victory lane. Completing the top five were Wilberg, Liddle, and Brent Edmunds.

“We (Johnson and Majeski) were racing pretty hard early. Things worked out great tonight, the car was good,” said Johnson from victory lane. Fast qualifier was Casey Johnson with a lap of 18.475 (97.429 mph) who also
won the RA Heating and Air Conditioning Dash. Heat races were won by Hunter Drefahl, Jon Reynolds Jr., and Ty Majeski.

Goldade Cruises to Sportsman Win

Ryan Goldade won the 20 lap feature for the Dave’s White Rock Sportsman. Gary Hellenbrand took the early lead and held it for the first two laps before Goldade powered by to take the point. On lap 4 Steve Anderson moved
to the outside of Hellenbrand for second but was unable to make the pass. Two laps later Anderson powered his way to the inside to take second followed closely by Robert Hansberry Jr. Out front Goldade had a huge lead over the field while Anderson and Hansberry Jr. were battling it out for second. Hansberry Jr. won that
fight on lap 9, but he had a long way to go to catch the leader. The rest of the way Goldade worked his way around lapped traffic and cruised to victory lane. Hansberry Jr. finished second followed by Anderson, Mike Taylor, and Trevor Robinson. The victory puts Goldade on top of the Sportsman all-time feature win list.
Ryan Goldade was fast qualifier with a lap of 19.900 (90.452 mph) and picked up the win in the RA Heating and Air Conditioning Dash. Heat races were won by Johnny Robinson II and Robert Hansberry Jr.

Brandon DeLacy Back in Victory Lane

Brandon DeLacy won the 20 lap feature for the Pellitteri Waste Systems Bandits. Dan Snyder took the early lead in the sixteen car feature followed by Lyle Phillips, James Junget, and Brandon DeLacy. After two laps the caution flag came out for a spin. When the green flag waved Snyder continued to lead. On lap 5 DeLacy moved
past Phillips for the second position. On lap 9 DeLacy powered his way to the inside of Snyder to take the lead with Steve Dickson up to second one lap later. On lap 12 the leaders caught the tail end of the field and began to work their way in and around the slower traffic. DeLacy did a great job maneuvering through traffic and built up a solid lead over Dickson. From that point on there was no stopping DeLacy who picked up the checkered flag followed by Dickson, Snyder, Junget, and Ryan Ostenson.

“I wasn’t sure what was going to happen when I caught the lapped traffic. I was hoping to get a top five since there’s a lot of fast cars,” said DeLacy. In qualifying Brandon DeLacy set fast time with a lap of 14.940. Steve Dickson won the RA Heating and Air Conditioning Dash. Cade Watters and Dickson won the heat races.

Goldade and Ace Notch Truck Victories

Ryan Goldade and Chester Ace each won a 20 lap feature for the American Ethanol Super Trucks. Rick Corso and Dave Edwards started on the front row for the first feature event. Corso jumped out to the early lead while Nick Egan and Edwards raced side by side for second while Chester Ace and Ryan Goldade were fighting it out for third and fourth. Edwards was able to break free from the pack and cut Corso’s lead to two truck lengths with eight laps to go and shortened that to just one length at the half-way point.

Corso was able to keep his advantage over Edwards, but it was Goldade who had the fastest truck on the track as he moved up to challenge Edwards for second and took the position on lap 17. Now he was ready to take on Corso for the lead and worked his way to the outside and made the winning pass on the final lap coming out of turn four and winning the drag race down the front shoot. “Everybody tells me these trucks are fun and they’re right,” said Goldade who was making his truck racing debut.

Chester Ace won the second 20 lap feature for the Super Trucks.

In the second feature Chester Ace took the lead from the start jumping out to a six truck length lead after two laps. Ross Christiansen ran second for the first six laps before surrendering the position to Goldade.

At the half-way mark, Ace’s lead over Goldade was down to one second, but the two were running almost identical lap times. Goldade was able to close the gap to .5 seconds with five laps to go and was quickly closing in on Ace. With one lap to go the lead was down to less than two truck lengths, but Goldade slipped coming out of turn two allowing Ace to maintain his lead and pick up the win.

“We made some changes and got better for the second race,” said Ace.

Chester Ace was fastest in qualifying with a lap of 18.621 (96.665 mph).

Karter Stark Picks Up Bandolero Checkered Flag

Eight year old Karter Stark won the ten lap feature for the Bandoleros.

Chase Wangsness and Emma Hunstiger brought the field to the green flag for their ten lap feature race. Hunstiger quickly jumped out to the lead followed by Anna Malouf and Wangsness before the caution flag waved on lap 2 for a spin.

On the restart Hunstiger maintained her lead with Karter Stark quickly up to second. On lap 7 Stark made his move on the front stretch and took the lead from Hunstiger and appeared to build a solid lead only to be slowed by lapped traffic. But in the end Stark was able to hold off Hunstiger for the win.

Stark also won the six lap heat race.

Racing continues on Friday, September 2nd when Whelen Engineering presents NASCAR Season Championship Night highlighted by Twin Features for the Club LaMark NASCAR Late Models, Dave’s White Rock Sportsman, and Pellitteri Waste Systems Bandits. Pit gates open at 3:30 with practice at 5:00, qualifying at 6:15, and racing at 7:30.

The Super Late Models are back in action on Wisconsin’s Fastest Half-Mile.

August 18th, 2016

The final race of the Triple Crown Challenge will take place on Friday, August 19th when the fifth annual Howie Lettow Classic comes to Madison. This is the second year the event has been held here after the first three events took place at the Milwaukee Mile.

All Super Late Model teams are invited to this race honoring one of the great names in short track racing who passed away in 2010 at the age of 62 following a battle with cancer.

Lettow was a highly respected crew chief who led eight different drivers to rookie of the year honors in the American Speed Association. Best known of that group is six-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson. Other drivers included Pat Schauer, Scott Hansen, Ken Lund, David Stremme, Ted Musgrave, Steve Holzhausen, Steve Carlson, and Ricky Johnson. Lettow won an ASA championship in 1996 as crew chief for Tony Raines.

He also won three straight championships from 2005-2007 in the ASA Late Model Challenge Series with Stephen Leicht, Kelly Bires, and Travis Dassow behind the wheel.

There is a quite an impressive list of past winners of this event. Ty Majeski of Seymour, Wisconsin, won last year’s race and joined previous winners that include Erik Jones (2014), Kyle Busch (2013), and Travis Sauter (2012). The first three events were held at the Milwaukee Mile.

The Lettow Classic is the third round of the Super Late Model Triple Crown Challenge at Madison. Majeski and Jeremy Miller of Rockford, Illinois, picked up the checkered flags in the first two rounds of the Triple Crown Challenge held in June and July.

After two races, Casey Johnson of Edgerton, Wisconsin, leads the point standings with 213 followed by Miller (204), Austin Nason of Roscoe, Illinois (202), Paul Shafer Jr. of Portage, Indiana (185) and Jeff Storm of East Troy, Wisconsin (169). The race is open to all super late model teams whether they have competed in earlier Triple Crown events this season or not.

Miller is the defending Triple Crown Challenge champion with Chris Wimmer (2014), Johnson (2013), and Nathan Haseleu (2012) also winners.

Pit gates will open at 3:30 with practice at 5:00, grandstands open at 6:00, qualifying at 6:15, and racing at 7:30. The Midwest Trucks, Legends, and 6Shooters will also be in action.

John Beale Wins Badgerland Challenge at Madison

August 7th, 2016

John Beale won the Badgerland Challenge for the Late Models while Jason Thoma (Sportsman), Lyle Phillips (Bandits), Tyler Spiegel (6Shooters), and Trevor Chilson (6Shooters) also took home checkered flags. The fans were also treated to the world famous Doug Rose and his Green Mamba Jet Car that incinerated a car.

Beale is the Real Deal at Madison Tonight

John Beale survived numerous late race restarts and led wire to wire to take home the checkered flag in the 30 lap Badgerland Challenge for the NASCAR Club LaMark Late Models.

Twenty-five cars took the green flag with John Baumeister Jr. and John Beale showing the way. Beale took the early lead with Bobby Wilberg and Tom Gille up to second and third. After five laps Beale continued to lead with Wilberg six car lengths behind in second and Gille another six lengths behind Wilberg with Baumeister Jr. in fourth and Rusty Hansen and Dale Nottestad battling it out for fifth.

After ten laps Beale and Wilberg began to distance themselves from the third place car of Gille as they were beginning to catch the tail end of the field. Just as they were about to do so, the first caution flag came out on lap 11 when Pat Richgels and Hunter Drefahl tangled in turn three causing Richgels to spin.

Beale continued his lead after the restart with Wilberg, Hansen, Nottestad, and Gille completing the top five. On lap 13 Zack Riddle passed Baumeister Jr. to move into sixth place. At the half way mark Beale was increasing his advantage over Wilberg who were starting to distance themselves from the third place car of Hansen.

Riddle moved into the top five by working his way past Gille on lap 18 shortly before the caution flag came out when Shawn Gunsolus spun in turn two.

With the top three cars choosing to line up on the inside, Nottestad rolled the dice to start outside Wilberg in the second row for the restart. But it was another great restart for Beale who continued his lead over Wilberg only to see another caution flag come out when several cars at the tail end of the field piled up in turn one.

Riddle elected to line up next to Wilberg in row two for the restart, but the caution flag waved again when several cars made contact coming out of turn one before a lap could be completed. This would mean another restart. Beale jumped back into the lead followed by Wilberg, Riddle, Nottestad, and Hansen. The race would stay under green for only one lap before the caution came out when Wayne Freimund made hard contact with the wall in turn three.

Beale jumped back out to the lead over Wilberg, Riddle, and Nottestad as the front four separated themselves from the field. The race stayed green for the rest of the way as did the top four as Beale picked up the victory.

“It was fun. But you really don’t want to have guys like Wilberg, Riddle, and Nottestad breathing down your back,” said Beale.

Jason Thoma Cruises to Sportsman Checkered Flag

Jason Thoma picked up his second win of the season in the Dave’s White Rock Sportsman twenty lap main event.

Johnny Robinson I and Ray Hellenbrand led the ten car field to the green flag. Robinson II jumped out to the lead with Mike Taylor close behind in second followed by Jason Thoma. On lap 3 Taylor worked to the inside coming out of turn four to take the lead. Thoma was not about to wait behind Taylor as he took the lead one lap later.

On lap 5 Robert Hansberry Jr. passed Taylor for second with Steve Anderson moving into third on lap 6. But out front Thoma was opening up a half straightaway advantage over Hansberry Jr. By the half way point Hansberry Jr. was slowly cutting into Thoma’s lead, but soon had his hands full with Anderson who was close behind in third.

It appeared that only a caution flag could slow down Thoma who had a one second lead over Hansberry Jr. with the race quickly coming to a close. But the race stayed green and Thoma cruised to victory lane followed by Hansberry Jr., Anderson, Ryan Goldade, and Taylor.

“The car was definitely hooked up tonight. We had a blast out there,” said Thoma.

Steve Anderson was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 19.889 (90.502 mph). Robert Hansberry Jr. won the RA Heating and Air Conditioning Dash for the fifth time this season. Heat races were won by Johnny Robinson II and Ryan Goldade.

Lyle Phillips Best of the Bandits

Lyle Phillips led wire to wire to pick up the victory in the Pellitteri Waste Systems Bandits twenty lap feature event.

Phillips and James Junget paced the fourteen car Bandit field to the green flag. Phillips took the early lead followed by Steve Dickson, Junget, Nick Schmidt, and Brandon DeLacy. On lap 3 Schmidt passed Junget to move into third before a spin brought out the caution flag.

Phillips maintained his lead on the restart with Schmidt up to second running on the outside of Dickson with DeLacy joining the mix. On lap 8 Ronnie Coppernoll moved past Junget for the fifth spot. Phillips continued to lead at the half-way mark as Dickson and Schmidt raced side by side for second as the field started to catch lapped traffic. That same lapped traffic forced Schmidt to slow allowing Dickson to take second and close on Phillips. But Phillips was able to work his way past the lapped cars to pick up his second win of the season. Dickson, Schmidt, DeLacy, and Coppernoll rounded out the top five.

“The biggest thing was not looking in the mirror. I held my line and it worked out well for me,” said Phillips.

Spiegel and Chilson Pick Up Wins in 6Shooters

Tyler Spiegel won the first twelve lap feature for the Roto Rooter 6Shooters.

Starting from the pole, Mike Seidel took the early lead in the twelve car 6Shooter feature. He held the top spot for the first four laps before Tyler Spiegel worked his way to his outside and motored his way past to take the lead. Coming up quickly behind the top two were Jim Ronspiez and Trevor Chilson who had raced their way to third and fourth. Ronspiez moved into second with four laps to go but had multiple car lengths to close on the leader. But it was too much to gain in too few laps as Spiegel picked up his first-ever victory at Madison. Ronspiez finished second followed by Chilson, Kevin Whitford, and Seidel.

“It was a lot of fun out there tonight,” said Spiegel in a post race interview.

Trevor Chilson picked up his second win of the season in the second feature.

Don Ledwidge took the early lead with Chad Niday in second. On lap 2 Mike Bollinger found room on the inside to take the lead. Up through the pack was Trevor Chilson who raced his way into second with Kevin Whitford close behind.

On lap 6 Chilson pulled to the outside of Bollinger and took the lead coming out of turn four. One lap later the caution flag came out when Bollinger and Whitford got together coming out of turn three with Whitford eventually losing his rear bumper.

A great restart for Chilson allowed him to take a sizeable lead over Whitford and easily take his Pontiac to victory lane. Whitford finished second followed by Bollinger, Jim Ronspiez, and Nick Krohn.

“I’m happy to be back in victory lane,” said Chilson.

Exciting racing action continues on Friday, August 12th for NASCAR Acceleration Nation Back To School Night with all kids eleven and under admitted free. See the Club LaMark NASCAR Late Models, Dave’s White Rock Sportsman, Pellitteri Waste Systems Bandits, and Central States Region Super Cups. Plus there will be kids’ bike, big wheel and power wheel races on the “Ring of Fire.” Pit gates open at 3:30 with practice at 5:00, qualifying at 6:15 and racing at 7:30.

Jeremy Miller Back in Victory Lane at Madison

July 25th, 2016

Defending champion Jeremy Miller took the lead on lap 23 and held off Paul Shafer Jr. to win the 50 lap main event for the Super Late Model Triple Crown Challenge. After two of the three events Casey Johnson is the point leader. Nick Murgic and Bobby Kendall brought the field to the green flag with Murgic jumping out to a
multi-car advantage. On lap 4 Austin Nason motored his way past Kendall for second with Jeff Storm and Casey Johnson fighting it out for fourth. On lap 5 Jeremy Miller was on the move and passed both Storm and Johnson to take fourth and close the gap on Kendall.

Miller went to work on Kendall and raced past him on the inside on lap 8 to take third. Paul Shafer Jr. moved into the top five on lap 11 when he nudged his way past Johnson. Murgic’s lead was ten car lengths when Miller took the second spot from Nason on lap 13. Both Shafer Jr. and Dennis Prunty moved by Kendall on lap 15. At the half way point Miller had cut Murgic’s lead to 0.5 seconds. Murgic was trying everything he could do to hold off the hard charging Miller. On lap 23 Miller made contact with Murgic coming out of turn four sending the leader up the track and giving Miller the lead.

Miller quickly started to run away from the field with Murgic doing everything he could to hold on to his second position. Unfortunately for Murgic his night would end prematurely as he was forced to the pits with brake issues moving Nason up to second. With twenty laps to go Shafer Jr. moved to the inside of Nason for second with Prunty close behind. One lap later both Shafer Jr. and Prunty would move past Nason for second and third respectively.

Both Shafer Jr. and Prunty were closing the gap on Miller with the lead down to less than half a second with seven laps to go. With five laps to go Miller continued to lead with both Shafer Jr. and Prunty now within striking distance. With two laps to go Shafer Jr. was on Miller’s rear bumper but wouldn’t have enough time to
catch him as Miller hung on to get the checkered flag. “I’m glad it was only fifty laps tonight. We were starting to get loose at the end and the seven car was coming,” said Miller from victory lane. Fast time in qualifying went to Paul Shafer Jr. with a lap of 17.298 (104.058 mph). Bobby Wilberg and Jeremy Miller won the heat races.

Riddle Rules the Late Models

Zack Riddle won the 30 lap feature for the Club LaMark NASCAR Late Models. It was the second feature win of the season for the defending track champion. Rookie Matt Lundberg and Tom Gille brought the field to the green flag. With the wave of the green flag, Gille took the early lead with Zack Riddle moving up to second past Lundberg. On lap 5 Riddle moved to the inside of Gille coming out of turn four to take the lead just ahead of
the caution flag that came out on the next lap for a spin. Riddle maintained his lead after the restart with Gille in second followed by Rusty Hansen, Bobby Wilberg, and John Beale. By lap 10 Riddle’s advantage over Gille was five car lengths. On lap 15 Hansen powered his way past Gille for second with Wilberg also doing the same. With ten laps to go Riddle continued to maintain his advantage over Hansen and Riddle. Hansen cut the lead to less than one second with seven laps to go as the race continued under green.

The race stayed green and Riddle was not to be denied as he picked up the checkered flag. Hansen, Wilberg, Gille, and Lundberg rounded out the top five. It was a positive ending for a busy week for the winner. “We blew the motor earlier in the week so it’s great to be here tonight,” said Riddle. Bobby Wilberg was the fast qualifier with a lap of 18.902 (95.228 mph). John Beale won the RA Heating and Air Conditioning Dash. Heat winners were Pat Richgels and Wilberg.

Robert Hansberry Jr. Wins for Third Time This Season

Robert Hansberry Jr. won the 20 lap feature for the Dave’s White Rock Sportsman. Hansberry Jr. is also the division point leader. Mike Taylor grabbed the early lead followed by Ray Hellenbrand and Robert Hansberry Jr. On lap 3 Hansberry Jr. overtook Hellenbrand for the second spot and started to chase down Taylor who had a ten car length lead out front. On lap 6 Hansberry Jr. was on the back bumper of Taylor and took the lead on lap 7 when he moved to the inside of Taylor going into and out of turn three. Behind the two front runners a great battle was taking place for third between Hellenbrand, Steve Anderson, and Johnny Robinson II. Anderson would eventually win the battle for third just before Hellenbrand and Robinson II got together bringing out the caution flag on lap 10. This brought the field back to the leader with Taylor and Anderson lining up right behind Hansberry Jr. for the restart. But Hansberry Jr. picked up where he left off and held the point with Anderson doing everything he could to keep him in his sights. But Hansberry Jr. was just too tough once again and picked up his third feature win of the season. Taylor was placed second followed byTrevor Robinson, Anderson, and Gary Hellenbrand. “It’s my birthday today so this is a great way to spend it,” said Hansberry
Jr. Robert Hansberry Jr. was fastest in qualifying with a lap of 20.174 (89.224 mph). Hansberry Jr. also won the RA Heating and Air Conditioning Dash. Mike Taylor won the heat race.

Brandon DeLacy Best in the Bandits

Brandon DeLacy started eleventh and won the 20 lap feature for the Pellitteri Waste Systems Bandits. It was the third feature win of the season for the current division point leader. Cade Watters and McKayla Adams brought the seventeen car field to the green flag. Watters took the early lead with Lyle Phillips and David Schmidt up to second and third with Steve Dickson and Brandon DeLacy in hot pursuit. DeLacy moved into fourth past Dickson on lap 5 as the field was starting to catch lapped traffic. But DeLacy was hooked up on the outside and moving towards the front very quickly eventually taking the lead on lap 9. Disaster nearly struck for DeLacy when he survived a scare after he made contact with a lapped car bringing out the caution. Track officials determined that DeLacy was not at fault and was able to keep his spot. DeLacy brought the field back to green on the restart followed by David Schmidt, Ronnie Coppernoll, Watters, and Phillips. He was able to maintain and grow his lead with Coppernoll moving up to second ahead of Schmidt. In the end it was all DeLacy who picked up his third win of the season followed by Coppernoll, David Schmidt, Watters, and Dickson.

“It was a hot night tonight and I want to thank everyone for coming out tonight,” said DeLacy. Brandon DeLacy took home top honors in qualifying with a mark of 15.075. Steve Dickson won the RA Heating and Air Conditioning Dash. Cade Watters and David Schmidt picked up the wins in the eight lap heat races.

Next Friday it’s Salute to the Working Man Night featuring an outstanding lineup of touring divisions that include the Mid American Stock Car Series, Midwest Trucks, Midwest Dash Series, and Great Northern Sportsman Series. In appreciation of those hard working fans who support the speedway it’s half price adult admission when a pay stub is presented. Fans are also welcome to enter the first annual “Beer Mile” for a chance to win free beer for a year. There’s also half-priced admission for those presenting a current pay stub. Pit gates open at 3:30 with practice at 5:00, qualifying at 6:15, and racing at 7:30.

Brent Edmunds is Big Winner at Madison

July 19th, 2016

Brent Edmunds won the 30 lap feature for the Club LaMark NASCAR Late Models at Madison International Speedway on Friday night. Other winners included Robert Hansberry Jr. in the Dave’s White Rock Sportsman, Nick Schmidt in the Pellitteri Waste Systems Bandits, Nick Krohn in the Roto Rooter 6Shooters, and Jamie Domski in the Central States Region Super Cups.

Edmunds started on the pole and led wire to wire to pick up his first-ever feature win at Madison topping the fourteen car field. It wasn’t an easy task as he had to hold off both defending champion Zack Riddle and multi-time champion Bobby Wilberg to pick up the checkered flag. Riddle tried to pass Edmunds for the lead on lap 23 but couldn’t find the room and eventually lost the second position to Wilberg. Wilberg quickly moved up to challenge Edmunds, but the recent high school graduate was able to keep him at bay to pick up the victory. “That was just awesome. It’s taken me five years to get here…this is great,” said Edmunds in a post race interview.

Wilberg continues to lead the Late Models points race.

Point leader Robert Hansberry Jr. won for the third time this season in the Sportsman division by fighting off both Ryan Goldade and Steve Anderson to earn his trip to victory lane. Hansberry Jr. took the lead from Anderson on lap 10.. A tight battle for second between Goldade and Anderson allowed Hansberry Jr. to put some distance between himself and the field and race to victory lane in the 20 lap main event.

Nick Schmidt set a new track record on the “Ring of Fire” and picked up his second win in his last three starts at Madison in the 20 lap feature for the Bandits.. Schmidt took the lead from James Junget with six laps to go and held off current point leader Brandon DeLacy for the victory. Steve Dickson, Junget, and Lyle Phillips rounded out the top five in the fourteen car field.

Nick Krohn topped the field of twelve 6Shooters to earn his first-ever win at Madison while Jamie Domski won the 20 lap feature for the Central States Region Super Cups.

Full race report and complete results are available at misracing.com.

Racing continues at Madison on Friday, July 22nd with Round 2 of the Super Late Model Triple Crown Challenge. Ty Majeski won the first round after winning two of the three races in 2015. The Club LaMark NASCAR Late Models, Dave’s White Rock Sportsman, and Pellitteri Waste Systems Bandits will also be in action. Pit gates open at 3:30 with practice at 5:00, qualifying at 6:15, and racing at 7:30. It’s also Kids’ Night with all children eleven and under admitted free plus there will be a $1000 coin scramble at intermission.

Seven Drivers Take Home Checkered Flags at Madison

July 11th, 2016

It was double feature night at Madison International Speedway with seven different drivers taking home checkered flags. It was all part of Hall of Fame Night at Madison as four inductees were recognized including Conrad Morgan, Dave Watson, the late Bob Schmelzer, and the late Fritz Bishofberger.

Defending champion Zack Riddle won the first 30 lap feature for the Club LaMark NASCAR Late Models while point leader Bobby Wilberg took top honors in the second race. In the first feature Riddle took the lead on lap 26 and held off Brady Liddle who had led from the start and at one point had more than a two second lead. In the second feature it appeared that Riddle could get the sweep until he and John Beale got together on lap 21 bringing out the caution and sending both to the tail of the lead lap cars. Wilberg powered to the lead on the restart and fought of Brent Edmunds to pick up the victory.

In the Dave’s White Rock Sportsman, Steve Anderson and Ryan Goldade each won a 20 lap feature. Anderson took the lead from Mike Taylor on lap 6 of the first feature and quickly put distance between himself and the field and cruised to victory lane in the caution free event. In the second feature Goldade was able to keep Anderson at bay to pick up the checkered flag. Robert Hansberry Jr. is the current point leader.

Nick Schmidt and Lyle Phillips each took the checkered flag in the 20 lap features for the Pellitteri Waste Systems Bandits. Schmidt took the lead on lap 6 of the first feature and rolled his way to victory lane. The second feature saw Phillips and Steve Dickson fight for the early lead with Phillips taking it for good on lap 5 and leading all the way to victory lane. For Phillips it was his first ever win at Madison.

In the visiting Legends division it was Aaron Moyer taking top honors in both 20 lap features. Moyer held off Jacob Nottestad to win the first race and then ran away from the field in the second event winning by 3.65 seconds over his teammate Max McNamara. Moyer has won all three Madison races this season and now has twenty career wins on the Ring of Fire.

Complete race report and results available at misracing.com.

Father Dale Grubba emceed the Hall of Fame inductions at intermission that added four new members to the group. Past champions Conrad Morgan and Dave Watson along with the late Fritz Bishofberger and the late Bob Schmelzer join John Ziegler, Joe Shear, Dick Trickle, and Tom Refiner in the Madison Hall of Fame.

It’s a double header of action next week at Madison with One on One Street Drags on tap for Thursday, July 14th. Gates open at 6:00 with practice and grudge racing at 6:30 followed by bracket racing in more than a dozen divisions at 7:30.

On Friday, July 15th it’s Buck Night with concessions priced at $1.00 and beer $2.00 highlighted by racing action in the Club LaMark NASCAR Late Models, Dave’s White Rock Sportsman, Pellitteri Waste Systems Bandits, Roto Rooter 6Shooters, and Central States Super Cups. Pit gates open at 3:30, practice at 5:00, qualifying at 6:15 and racing at 7:30.

Madison International Speedway is located on Sunrise Road just south of Highway 138 two miles east of Oregon.

Jeremy Miller Wins Salute to America 48 at Madison

June 27th, 2016

Jeremy Miller topped a twenty-four car field to win the Salute to America 48 for the Big 8 Late Models at Madison on Friday night. The fast qualifier, Miller started third and took the lead on the second lap and led the rest of the way in the caution free event. Michael Bilderback finished second followed by Casey Johnson, Dale Nottestad and Zack Riddle. Miller set a new Big 8 track record in qualifying.

In the twenty five lap main event for the Great Northern Sportsman Series, Dave Trute picked up the victory holding off Scott Luck while Kyle Stark took home top honors in the 20 lap feature for the Midwest Dash Series by edging Zach Rodriguez.

Racing continues at Madison on Friday, July 8th with double features in the Club LaMark NASCAR Late Models, Dave’s White Rock Sportsman, Pellitteri Waste Systems Bandits, and Legends. It will also be Hall of Fame night with Conrad Morgan, Dave Watson, the late Bob Schmelzer, and the late Fritz Bishofberger all being recognized.

Complete race results at misracing.com

Josh Williams first repeat ARCA winner in ’16; wins at Madison

June 23rd, 2016

MADISON, Wis.- Josh Williams said after his career-first victory at Nashville back in April that he was going to win more races. He was right. Williams, in the family car, held off a hard-charging Kyle Weatherman to win the Montgomery Ward Father’s Day 200 Sunday afternoon at Madison Int’l Speedway. After eight different winners in as many races, Williams, in his own No. 6 Southwest Florida Cable Construction Chevrolet, became the first repeat winner of the 2016 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season.

“This was a complete group effort today,” Williams said. “We weren’t even supposed to be here. We’re down on funds, and we came off the chassis dyno 45 horsepower down…not sure why. Other than that, the car was really on it today. It was so hot that being down on horsepower probably didn’t hurt as much. I just want to wish my father a happy Father’s Day watching back home in Florida.” On advice Williams remembered from his dad Kevin Williams, he out-dueled Weatherman on a restart just past the halfway point and continually fought the field off from there.

“I swear I could hear my dad in my headset…he always preached to me the way to win races was to get ‘em on a restart. He preached that to me from day one…that’s exactly what we did.” Weatherman, in the No. 98 Mason Mitchell Motorsports (MMM) Chevrolet, was catching the eventual winner in the end but fell short by three lengths at the checkered flag, finishing second in his first start with the MMM team. “It took two or three laps to get the right temperatures in our tires, but after that, the car really came to us,” Weatherman said. Weatherman got to Williams’ rear bumper inside of 30 laps to go, but got tangled up with a lapped car in turn four on lap 179.

“Lapped cars killed us today, but that’s the way it goes…it was a really fun race,” Weatherman continued. “I can’t thank Mason Mitchell Motorsports enough…hopefully, we can take it to Winchester.” Weatherman’s spin brought the final caution out, sending all the lead lap machines to pit road for right-side tires only, all hoping to get the jump off pit road. Local Wisconsin favorite Ty Majeski, who had been running second during the back half of the race right on Williams’ rear bumper, gambled on a pit road strategy that all but eliminated his chance to win.

“We were trying to free the car up on that last stop,” Majeski said. “We chose to give up two spots to take a big swing at the car. We ended up over-adjusting on the car. In hindsight, we wouldn’t have done that, but that’s okay…I learned a lot today. I think we had the fastest car. The Roulo Brothers gave me a great car. I really appreciate the opportunity…hope I get another one.” Majeski, in the No. 17 Potawatomi-Montgomery Ward Ford, crossed the finish line in fourth. Nicole Behar turned herself into another crowd favorite, and for good reason. The Spokane, Washington driver, in her career-first ARCA start, got ruffled up early but battled back to finish third in the No. 55 TRD Toyota.

“I can’t thank Venturini Motorsports and Toyota enough for this opportunity,” Behar said. “My first time in an ARCA car…I really enjoyed it. I need a little more discipline but that will come with being in an ARCA car more. Don’t drive it in so hard…they were on me every single lap, in my ear as a constant reminder. This was awesome. ARCA is the next big step for me…learning how to race on these radial tires.” Tom Hessert got two Free Passes, which enabled him to finish fifth on the lead lap in the No. 25 Venturini Motorsports Toyota.

“We were really good early on in the run, but track conditions changed and we got so tight,” Hessert said. “Could never get it back. A top-five…all good. Onto Winchester.”

ARCA point leader and Menards Pole by Ansell winner Chase Briscoe led the first four laps before the first caution flag waved for Ed Pompa’s car, which stopped on the track. Weatherman then out-maneuvered Briscoe on the restart to take on the lead, and stretched his lead to a half-straightaway before he and all the leaders came down pit road for four-tire stops on lap 108. Weatherman also won the race off pit road for the restart. However, Williams, with his dad’s chorus echoing in his head, raced his way around Weatherman on the restart to take over the lead on the 114th lap. From there, Williams fought off both Weatherman and Majeski to earn his second career ARCA victory.

Briscoe finished sixth in the No. 77 Big Tine Ford, the last car on the lead lap. Matt Kurzejewski finished one lap down in seventh in the No. 52 Ansell-Menards Toyota. A.J. Fike was eighth in the No. 27 MatrixCare-Consonus Healthcare Ford. Thomas Praytor finished ninth in the No. 9 DK-LOK-Project Semicolon Ford with Will Kimmel trailing in 10th in the No. 22 E3 Spark Plugs Ford. Pompa battled back to finish a career-best 11th in the Milwaukee Crusher-Double H Ranch Chevrolet. Waukesha, Wisconsin’s Rick Tackman finished a career-best 12th in Wayne Hixson’s Chevrolet. Winchester Speedway hosts the next ARCA Racing Series event with the Herr’s Potato Chips 200 coming Sunday, June 26.

The race is live on the American Sports Network. Live timing, scoring and chat at arcaracing.com.

Ty Majeski Warms Up for Sunday With Another Win

June 22nd, 2016

It was a big night of racing at Madison International Speedway with Kevin Knuese (Club LaMark NASCAR Late Models), Ty Majeski (Super Late Model Triple Crown Challenge), Robert Hansberry (Dave’s White Rock Sportsman), and Dave Edwards (Midwest Trucks) picking up feature wins tonight.

Kevin Knuese Picks Up Late Model Win

Kevin Knuese won the 30 lap feature for the Club LaMark NASCAR Late Models.

Knuese started on the pole alongside Zach Less who was making his first appearance at Madison. Less took the early lead after one lap before Knuese sprinted to the front. On lap 3

Brent Edmunds moved up to second followed by Wayne Freimund and Brady Liddle.

On lap 4 Bobby Wilberg moved into the top five and four laps later passed Liddle to take the fourth position. Freimund and fast qualifier Rusty Hansen got together on lap 9 bringing out the caution flag and ending the night for both drivers.

On the restart, Knuese and Edmunds chose to line up on the inside with Wilberg choosing the outside line. Knuese continued to lead followed by Edmunds. Liddle, Wilberg, and John Baumeister Jr. On lap 14 Baumeister passed Wilberg to take fourth just before the caution flag waved on lap 15 for a spin.

Once again the top four drivers chose the inside line with Wilberg electing to start on the outside. Knuese continued to lead with Edmunds in second and Wilberg in third. The top threewere nose to tail and put some distance between themselves and the fourth place car of Liddle.

By lap 24 Knuese had built up a three car length lead with Edmunds and Wilberg fighting a spirited battle for second. But Knuese was not to be denied tonight as he led the rest of the way and cruised to victory lane. Edmunds finished in second just ahead of Wilberg with Liddle and Baumeister Jr. rounding out the top five.

“It was a long day. We were good enough to hang on since our brakes were starting to go,” said Knuese who performed double duty tonight in back to back events.

Rusty Hansen set fast time with a mark of 18.846 (95.511 mph). Zack Riddle won the six lap RA Heating and Air Conditioning Dash. Heat winners were Don Wickstrum, Kevin Knuese, and Tom Gille.

Majeski Performs His Magic Once Again

Ty Majeski won Round One of the Super Late Model Triple Crown Challenge which was his third victory in the last four events. Add to it the the Joe Shear Classic win earlier this season and Majeski has won four of his last five starts at Madison.

Bobby Kendall and Andy Jones led the twenty car field to the green flag with Kendall getting the early advantage before the caution flag came out on the second lap when Dennis Prunty’s car made heavy contact with the wall in turn two. The red flag came out at this point as Prunty was transported to an area hospital for precautionary measures.

When the race restarted Kendall continued to lead before the car of Jones slowed coming down the front shoot bringing out the second caution of the race.

On the restart, Majeski, who started fifth, chose to line up on the outside of row two and powered his way past Kendall for the lead only to lose it to fast qualifier Austin Nason one lap later.

Nason was able to maintain his lead until lap 12 when Majeski pulled alongside and the two raced side by side until Majeski took the point on lap 13 coming out of turn two.

Another caution and another good jump for Majeski kept him out front while Casey Johnson moved up to second ahead of Nason, Jeff Storm, and Jeremy Miller. By lap 20 Majeski’s lead had increased to six car lengths as Johnson did everything he could to keep up. The cars of Nason, Storm, and Miller were nose to tail fighting it out for third.

With Majeski sailing out front, the rest of the field was hoping for a caution and the yellow flag did wave on lap 35 for a spin. But once again Majeski performed his magic on the restart and maintained his lead over Johnson and the rest of the field.

Despite cautions on lap 39 and 48, Majeski was able to stay out front and wheel his way to victory lane. Johnson finished second followed by Nason, Storm, and Miller.

“The car was really special tonight. Toby does a great job getting it ready for me,” said Majeski who will be piloting an ARCA car this Sunday at Madison.

Austin Nason was the fastest in qualifying with a lap 17.311 (103.980 mph). Winners in the heat races were John DeAngelis, Austin Nason, and Jeff Storm.

Hansberry Best in the Sportsman

Robert Hansberry won the 20 lap feature for the Dave’s White Rock Sportsman.

Gary Hellenbrand and Trevor Robinson led the field to the green flag with Hellenbrand taking the early lead. On lap 2 Johnny Robinson moved up to second and one lap later took the lead.

On lap 4 Mike Taylor moved his way into second followed by Steve Anderson, Ryan Goldade and Robert Hansberry.

On lap 6 Anderson and Goldade made contact but the race stayed under green. This allowed Robinson to build up a huge lead with Hansberry and Taylor still in pursuit and a lot of ground between them and the fourth place car of Goldade.

With seven laps to go Robinson’s lead was down to just a second with Taylor a distant third. Hansberry was closing quickly and on lap 15 it was down to a car length lead for Robinson. On lap 17 Hansberry worked to the inside of Robinson and took the lead while coming out of turn three and never looked back at the rest of the field. Robinson finished in second and ran his best race of the season followed by Taylor, Goldade and Anderson.

“There are so many people I need to thank for making all of this possible,” said Hansberry.

For the fourth straight time Robert Hansberry was fastest in qualifying with a lap of 20.005 (89.978 mph). Ryan Goldade won the RA Heating and Air Conditioning Dash. Trevor Robinson and Steve Anderson were victorious in the heat races.

Edwards Cruises to Midwest Trucks Win

Dave Edwards won his first-ever feature at Madison by picking up the 30 lap victory in the Midwest Truck Series.

The field was brought to the green flag by Nick Egan and Jerry Wood with Egan taking a two truck length advantage over Wood after one lap. Michael Bachaus and Dave Edwards were racing side by side for third with Edwards grabbing the advantage on lap 6. The top four along with Todd Schmitz started to check away with the field with Chester Ace closing fast.

On lap 9 Edwards tried to get to the inside of Wood but was unable to do so. On lap 10 Schmitz slid to the inside of Bachaus for fourth. On lap 13 Ace worked by Bachaus to crack the top five while Edwards and Wood were running side by side for second. Two laps later Ace and Bachaus tangled with each other bringing out the caution flag and sending Ace to the tail of the field.

After the restart Edwards powered his way past Egan to take the lead with Bachaus following closely in third just ahead of Kevin Knuese. Edwards wasted no time getting out front and was quickly checking away from the field. Four laps later Knuese worked his way past Egan for third with Schmitz and Ace fighting it out for fifth. Egan was forced to pull off when his truck slowed.

The best race on the track was between Ace and Knuese with Ace getting winning the battle for the third spot. But this race belonged to Edwards who picked up the Midwest Trucks checkered flag. Michael Bachaus finished in second place ahead of Ace, Knuese, and Schmitz.

“The truck was really good. We just got out front and the truck really took off,” said a very excited Edwards from victory lane.

Chester Ace set fast time with a lap of 18.664 (96.442 mph). Heat race winners were Jerry Wood and Kevin Knuese.

Next Friday night at Madison, it’s the annual Salute to America Night featuring the area’s biggest and best fireworks display plus the Big 8 Late Models, Great Northern Sportsman

Series, and Midwest Dash Series in action on Wisconsin’s Fastest Half-Mile. Pit gates open at 3:30, practice at 5:00, qualifying at 6:15 and racing at 7:30. For more information check out our website at misracing.com

Complete race results at misracing.com.

Montgomery Ward 200 ARCA Advance Discount Tickets Now On Sale at Menards

June 3rd, 2016

Oregon, WI- Advance discount tickets for the upcoming ‘Montgomery Ward 200’ at Madison International Speedway on Father’s Day Sunday afternoon June 19 are now on sale at all area Menards locations. While tickets will be available for purchase at the gate, race fans are encouraged to visit their local Menards to acquire their tickets in advance for $15 per ticket, a $10 savings over race day pricing. In total 28 Menards locations will offer the discount tickets including the areas of LaCrosse, Appleton, Milwaukee and Madison.

Coined as ‘Wisconsin’s New Father’s Day Tradition’, the Montgomery Ward 200 marks the return of the ARCA Racing Series to Madison after a one year absence. The race is scheduled for live broadcast on the American Sports Network (ASN) and will feature live pit stops during the 200 lap contest.

This marks the eighth ARCA appearance at the renowned short track since its debut there in 1970. Former ARCA winners at MIS include Ramo Stott, Tom Bowsher, Bruce Gould, Alex Bowman, Chris Buescher, Kyle Benjamin and most recently Justin Boston in 2014.

ARCA’s appearance in the Badger State is also important for the series and its presenting sponsor, Menards. Eau Claire, Wis. is home to Menards corporate offices, about three hours northwest of Madison.

The on-track activities at Madison International Speedway will include two practice sessions Saturday, June 18 from 12:30 – 1:15 p.m. and from 1:45 – 2:30 p.m. Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell follows Saturday afternoon at 4:00.

A fan favorite on-track autograph session begins at noon on Sunday, with pre-race ceremonies and driver introductions get underway at 1:30 with the Montgomery Ward 200 scheduled to start at approximately 2:00.

In addition to live coverage on ASN, arcaracing.com will feature live timing and scoring and live chat of all on-track activities.

ABOUT MONTGOMERY WARD

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ABOUT MENARDS

With 300 stores in 14 Midwestern states, Menards has the tools, materials and supplies for all your home improvement needs whether just needing a light bulb or can of paint to building a deck or new home. Menards is known throughout the home improvement industry as the low price leader; it’s no wonder their famous slogan – “SAVE BIG MONEY” – is so widely known and easy to remember. Menards does things right – the company’s strength and success can be seen in the well-stocked and maintained stores, the lowest prices in town and the way guests are always treated like family in a hometown hardware store atmosphere.

ABOUT ARCA

The Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) is among the leading auto racing sanctioning bodies in the country. Founded in 1953 by John and Mildred Marcum, the ganization administers more than 100 events each year in multiple racing series, including the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, the ARCA/CRA Super Series, the ARCA Truck Series and the ARCA Midwest Tour, plus weekly racing at Toledo and Flat Rock Speedways.

Wilberg, Goldade, and DeLacy Win on Opening Night Byrne Sets New Track Record

May 22nd, 2016

Bobby Wilberg (NASCAR Whelen All American Late Models), Ryan Goldade (Dave’s White Rock Sportsman), and Bradon DeLacy (Pellitteri Waste Systems Bandits) picked up feature wins on opening night at Madison International Speedway.

The biggest news of the night was a new track record was set by David Byrne of Shullsburg, Wisconsin, when he wheeled his Winged Sprint Car around Wisconsin’s Fastest Half-Mile in 14.624 seconds for a speed of 123.09 mph. Byrne’s effort was part of the first ever Mad Town Meltdown where drivers attempted to break the track record.

Wilberg, a multi-time / multi-division champion at Madison, cruised to victory in the 30 lap Late Model feature. Sporting a new motor in 2016, Wilberg worked his way to the inside of John Beale coming out of turn two on lap 21 to take the lead and cruise to victory lane. Beale would finish second followed in the top five by Brady Liddle, Zack Riddle, and Kevin Knuese. Riddle set fast time in qualifying with Wilberg winning the RA Heating and Air Conditioning Dash and heat races going to Liddle and Knuese.

With two laps to go, defending track champion Ryan Goldade passed Jason Thoma for the lead to win the 20 lap feature for the Dave’s White Rock Sportsman. A caution on lap 15 negated a sizeable lead for Thoma. Robert Hansberry Jr. edged Thoma for second with Scott Luck and Steve Anderson completing the top five. Hansberry Jr. set a new Sportsman track record in qualifying with a lap of 19.617 and won the RA Heating and Air Conditioning Dash. Heat wins went to Trevor Robinson and Anderson.

Brandon DeLacy won a thriller on the Ring of Fire in the 20 lap feature for the Pellitteri Waste Systems Bandits. DeLacy had worked his way up to third when leader Steve Dickson got caught behind lapped traffic. DeLacy moved to the outside to take the lead for good with two laps to go. Nick Schmidt finished second followed by Dave Schmidt, James Junget, and Lyle Phillips. Nick Schmidt won the RA Heating / AC Dash with heat race wins going to DeLacy and McKayla Adams. DeLacy was also fast qualifier.

Racing continues at Madison on Friday, May 27th with Kids’ Night. Racing action takes place in the NASCAR Whelen All American Late Models, Dave’s White Rock Sportsman, and Midwest Compact Touring Series. The first 500 kids will receive a free water bottle plus there will be a candy scramble during intermission. Pit gates open at 3:30 with qualifying at 6:15 and racing at 7:30.

A full race report is available at http://misracing.com/wilberg-goldade-and-delacy-win-on-opening-night/

Two First Ever Events and Buck Night at Madison

May 19th, 2016

Although the temperatures outside have been on the cool side lately, it’s going to really heat up this week at Madison International Speedway with two first ever events and “Buck Night” on tap. The debut of the One on One Street Drags will take to the track on Thursday night with the NASCAR Whelen All American Weekly Racing program and the Mad Town Meltdown getting started on Friday night after rain washed away the opener this past Friday. To make things even better Friday will also be “Buck Night” featuring great food and drink deals.

The One on One Street Drags will take place on a 300 foot drag strip on the front stretch and will be the first of five racing events are on the schedule from May to September with the primary purpose being to have fun.

Over a dozen different types of divisions will be featured so rest assured that there’s a division for nearly all types of cars, trucks, vans, and motorcycles. Pit gates open at 6:00, practice and “grudge runs” at 6:30 with bracket racing beginning at 7:30. A “Shine and Show” car contest will also take place during each of the Thursday Night Street Drag events.

This is your opportunity to come out and race with us at Madison. Cost to race or watch is just $10.00.

For more information checkout our website at http://misracing.com/site-assets/2016/02/16MIS_streetDragsInfo.pdf

The excitement will sizzle on Friday night with the Mad Town Meltdown and the 2016 weekly racing season opener featuring Late Models, Sportsman, Bandits and the visitors from Vintage Racing of Illinois. The hunt begins for the 2016 track championships in the three weekly divisions where a highly competitive field is expected to call Madison home on Friday nights.

Bring your appetite and thirst to the speedway on Friday for the return of Buck Night with all concessions just $1 / beer is $2. This was one of the most popular promotions last season and it’s back again this year with two nights schedule. Buck Night is also on the schedule for July 15th.

The Mad Town Meltdown will give drivers an attempt to break the track record without having to worry about rules. A total of $1000 is available to anyone who can set the new track record by breaking the mark set by Tim Cox when he wheeled his winged sprint car around the track to the tune of a 14.770 lap. The Super Late Model track record of 17.245 set by Chris Wimmer is also up for a $1000 challenge for any stock car to take home. Word has it that several sprint cars are headed to Madison along with some very creative stock cars.

Pit gates will open at 3:30 with practice at 5:00, qualifying at 6:15 and racing at 7:30.

Kids’ Night / Candy Scramble Set for May 27th

Our first Kids’ Night of the season takes place on Friday, May 27th when all kids 11 and under receive free admission. Festivities during the night include the “Candy Scramble” and a free collector MIS water bottle for the first 500 kids. Racing action features the NASCAR Late Models, Sportsman, and Midwest Compact Touring Series.

June is the Biggest Month of Racing Ever at Madison

It’s going to be a big month of racing in June at Madison International Speedway. Here’s proof of the big shows coming…
June 3rd: Must See Racing Sprint Series featuring Winged 410 Open Wheel Sprint Cars for 30 Laps
June 10th: Badgerland Challenge (Round One)
June 17th: Super Late Model Triple Crown Challenge Round 1
June 19th: ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards (Montgomery Ward 200)
June 24th: Salute to America Night featuring Big 8 Late Models, Great Northern Sportsman, and Midwest Dash Series plus the area’s biggest and best fireworks display

Remember you can follow us on Facebook / Twitter at MISRacing or contact the track at 608.835.9700.

Saturday Season Opener at Madison Rained Out

May 16th, 2016

Oregon, WI- The Pepsi Season Opener scheduled for tonight, Friday May 13, at Madison International Speedway has been rained out. Strong, long lasting storms have been moving across the region and are scheduled to arrive at ‘Wisconsin’s Fastest Half Mile’ around 4pm, when practice was scheduled to begin. “While it has not rained yet, I have been studying this system since last night and throughout the morning. It appears that the timing of the rain will not allow us to race tonight.” Stated Speedway owner Gregg McKarns. “I should have known better than to schedule something on Friday the 13th. We were all looking forward to a great start to the season, which we will still have, just one week later.”

Next week plays host to two new events at Madison International Speedway. On Thursday Night, May 19 the track will hold its first Thursday Night Street Drags. Fast machines of all makes and varieties are invited to participate on the 300’ Street Drag Strip at MIS as well as the Shine ‘N Show Contest. Pit gates open at 6, with spectator gates opening and grudge races at 6:30. Main brackets will get underway at 7:30pm Thursday night. Just $10 gets you through the gate, those ages 5 and under are admitted FREE.

Then on Friday Night, the MADtown Meltdown Open Competition Speed Trials take center stage along with the NASCAR Late Models, Sportsman, Bandits and Vintage Racing of Illinois. A $1,000 bonus awaits the driver setting the new all-time track record. Spectator gates open at 6, with the first race and Speed Trials beginning at 7:30pm. As a special bonus, Friday Night May 20 is our first of two Buck Nights, all concessions are just $1 and beer is $2. Adult general admission tickets are $14, Whelen Hero and Senior pricing $12, Students (ages 12-17) $8, Children (6-11) $5 with kids 5 and under admitted FREE. Family pricing remains at $30 for two adults and up to four admissions for those under the age of 18.

Madison International Speedway is located just east of Hwy 14 at 1122 Sunrise Rd in Oregon, WI. For additional information please visit our website at www.misracing.com or call 608-835-9700.

Decker Puts Madison in Rearview, Zeroed in on State Park

May 13th, 2016

EAGLE RIVER, WI– Natalie Decker’s first ARCA Midwest Tour race of the season is in the books and despite a valiant effort things didn’t go exactly as she had hoped. The 18-year-old driver qualified 22nd and raced her way to a 14th-place finish in the Joe Shear Classic at Madison International Speedway on May 2.

“Overall the race wasn’t the finish I had hoped for, but coming home with 14th wasn’t all that bad being the first race for the new car,” said Decker. “With the race running 100 laps with no cautions, I feel pretty good about gaining eight spots. I really like racing with these guys because there is a lot of respect for one another out there during the race and we all proved it at MIS by running green to checkers.” Now Decker turns her focus to the next Midwest Tour race, which she’s hoping for some home cooking at her home track of State Park Speedway (WI). The Eagle River, Wisconsin driver has been turning laps at the quarter-mile track for years and is excited to get back to her racing roots.

“State Park Speedway is my home track and I am really excited to work with my car chief, Tom Ress, on getting the car set up for this race,” said Decker. “My main focus will be qualifying in the top 10 which will get me closer to the front of the field at the beginning of the feature.” Decker has also seen a lot of success as of late at State Park Speedway, picking up her first Super Late Model win and a few more there in 2015. With her hopes to become the first female to win an ARCA Midwest Tour event, all her seat time at Wausau could play into her favor this Saturday for the Cabin Fever 100.

“Having won three super late races at State Park last year that has helped my confidence for competing in ARCA Midwest Tour races at that track,” said Decker. “The racers that I beat last year are strong competitors and could run with the top five in ARCA Midwest Tour so I am looking forward to this race. An advantage I have is seat time at State Park and I am hoping to bring home the checkers.” For more information on Natalie Decker, follow her on Twitter at @ndecker04 and like her page on Facebook by searching “Natalie Decker.”

Ace Holds Off Lepak for Exciting Midwest Truck Victory at Madison

May 3rd, 2016

Chester Ace picked up the win in the 30 lap feature for the Midwest Truck Series at Madison International Speedway on Sunday by holding off Jeremy Lepak.

“We’re glad to be here starting off the season right,” said Ace from victory lane. “It was a tough race today.”

Michael Raskovic and Nick Egan brought the field of twelve trucks to the green flag. Egan pulled off the track before completing a lap giving the lead to Raskovic with Jerry Wood and Ace moving up to second and third.

On lap 5, Ace pulled to the inside of Wood and one lap later took the second position with Raskovic still five truck lengths in front. Jeremy Lepak raced his way past Mike Corvo on lap 8 to move into fourth.

Raskovic continued to lead with Ace quickly closing the gap and by lap 10 was on his tailgate. Two laps later Ace made contact with Raskovic while going for the lead while Lepak moved into third. One lap later as Ace and
Raskovic were battling it out for the lead Lepak was able to power his way into the lead.

Ace was not about to be left behind as the two broke away from the pack with Ace putting heavy pressure on the leader trying to find room on the inside for the pass. The race’s only caution flag came out on lap 21 when a
small fire broke out under the Rick Corso truck.

Following the restart Ace and Lepak continued their side by side battle closing followed by Corvo and Raskovic. With five laps to go Ace put a truck length between himself and Lepak and kept that advantage all the way to the checkered flag. Raskovic would finish third followed by Corvo and Dave Edwards.

Nick Egan held off Michael Raskovic to win the first 8-lap heat. Chester Ace took the lead from Rick Corso on lap 4 and cruised to the win in the second heat race.

Fast qualifier for the Midwest Trucks was Kevin Knuese with a lap of 18.551

Kenny Joosten Wins Mid American 30

Kenny Joosten took home the checkered flag in the 30 lap feature for the Mid American Stock Car Series.

“I’ve had some struggles on half mile tracks…I’ve never done real well on the big tracks. This is great and I have to thank Scott Dunning for helping me get this car to where it is today,” said Joosten from victory lane.

Rick Tackman Jr. and Bobby Gutknecht brought the field of nine cars to the stripe. Gutknecht drifted up the track on the first lap giving the lead to Tackman Jr. The caution flag came out on lap 7 for debris on the
backstretch.

Gutknecht regained the lead after the restart followed by Tackman Jr., Rick Corso, Kenny Joosten, and Scott Dunning. On lap 10 Corso snuck by Tackman Jr. for second but drifted up the speedway in turn two giving the second position back to Tackman Jr. This allowed Gutknecht to build a big lead out front. On lap 13 Corso took back second place while Joosten was up to battle it out with Tackman Jr. for third. After taking third, Joosten flew by Corso for second on lap 17. Fast qualifier Dan Gilster who started ninth was up to fourth on lap 18.

With ten laps to go Joosten was closing the gap and on lap 21 moved to the inside of Gutknecht for the lead but got too low coming into turn four and was unable to make the pass. On lap 23 Joosten squeezed his way to the inside of Gutknecht for the lead before giving it back one lap later.

It was Joosten on the inside and Gutknecht on the outside for two more laps before Joosten was able to take the lead for good and check away from the field and take home the checkered flag. Gutknecht held off Gilster for second place with Corso and Dunning rounding out the top five.

Bobby Gutknecht picked up the win in the 8 lap heat race. Rick Tackman Jr. and Gutknecht raced side by side for the early lead before Gutknecht grabbed the top spot and built a big lead over the field. Tackman finished
in second with Ryan Gutknecht in third.

The fastest lap in qualifying went to Dan Gilster with a circuit of 19.255. The NASCAR Whelen All American weekly racing program begins on Friday, May 13th with the Late Models, Sportsman, and Bandits all in action.
Qualifying begins at 6:15 with racing at 7:30 with a free Pepsi Racing poster to the first 1,000 fans as part of the Pepsi Season Opener.

McKarns, Madison International Speedway Receive National Recognition

March 3rd, 2016

The fans have voted and the winners are…

This past weekend JEGS Speed51.com released the results of their annual short track fan favorites known as the 2015 51’s. And the results definitely have many connections to Madison International Speedway and short track racing in this part of the country as fans across the nation cast their ballots over the past several weeks.

Gregg McKarns received the “Best Director Award”as he was named Short Track Promoter of the Year. Following the 2014 season, McKarns purchased the ARCA Midwest Tour and bought Madison International Speedway. Not only did McKarns garner this individual honor, but Madison was named runner-up in the Short Track of the Year competition known as “Best Set Design.” That recognition also meant that Madison was the best paved track for 2015 since the winner (Eldora Speedway) is a dirt track.

Another award winner with ties to Madison is Ty Majeski (Short Track Driver of the Year) who won two of the three Triple Crown Challenge races at Madison in 2015. The Best Track / Series / Organization Social Media award known as the “Best Film Production” went to NASCAR Home Tracks of which MIS is a proud member.

It’s a great day for short track racing in our part of the country and especially Madison. The start of the 2015 season is just around the corner when the ARCA Midwest Tour comes to MIS on Sunday, May 1st.

Howie Lettow Memorial Comes to Madison

July 29th, 2015

Cheryl Lettow and Madison International Speedway owner Gregg McKarns have announced that Round 3 of the Super Late Model Triple Crown Challenge on August 21st will be the Howie Lettow Memorial 50.

“We are very honored to be able to host this event at Madison for the final round of the Triple Crown Challenge,” said McKarns.

Howie Lettow passed away in 2010 at the age of 62 after battling cancer. He was a highly respected crew chief who led eight different drivers to rookie of the year honors in the American Speed Association. Best known of that group is six-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson. Other drivers included Scott Hansen, Ken Lund, David Stremme, Ted Musgrave, Steve Holzhausen, Steve Carlson, and Ricky Johnson. Lettow won an ASA championship in 1996 as crew chief for Tony Raines.

He also won three straight championships from 2005-2007 in the ASA Late Model Challenge Series with Stephen Leicht, Kelly Bires, and Travis Dassow behind the wheel.

Madison will be a new look for the Howie Lettow Memorial. Previous winners of the race include Erik Jones (2014), Kyle Busch (2013), and Travis Sauter (2012), All three of those races were held at the Milwaukee Mile.

Ty Majeski of Seymour, Wisconsin, and Casey Johnson of Edgerton, Wisconsin, picked up the checkered flags in the first two rounds of the Triple Crown Challenge.

After two races Jeremy Miller of Rockford, Illinois, leads the point standings with 204 points followed by Paul Shafer Jr. of Portage, Indiana, with 195 and Jeff Storm of East Troy, Wisconsin, with 172. Rounding out the top five are Dave Feiler of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, with 165 and Dale Nottestad of Cambridge, Wisconsin, with 148. A total of thirty-one drivers have competed in the first two events.

Chris Wimmer was last year’s Triple Crown Challenge Champion with Casey Johnson winning in 2013 and Nathan Haseleu in 2012.

Pit gates will open at 3:30 with practice at 5:00, qualifying at 6:20, and racing at 7:30. This race is part of Salute to Agriculture Night that will also include the American Ethanol Super Trucks, Pellitteri Waste Systems Bandits, and 6Shooters.

Thoma, Trute, Evink, Ward, and Buchholz Take Home Checkered Flags at Madison

July 29th, 2015

Jason Thoma and Dave Trute each won a feature for the Great Northern Sportsman Series at Madison tonight with Thoma picking up the overall win based on combined finishes. Kelly Evink picked up a clean sweep in the Midwest Dash Series, Dustin Ward topped the Hobby Stox field, and Jed Buchholz won in the 6Shooters. It was a great night for the young fans too as they were able to pedal their bikes around the track during intermission as part of Kids’ Night.

Thoma Takes the Win in First GNSS Feature

Jason Thoma won the first fifteen lap feature for the Great Northern Sportsman Series. Darrell Garman set the early pace taking the lead from Mike Taylor at the drop of the green flag. Garman showed the way for the first seven laps although getting pressured by Michael Gilomen just before the caution flag came out on lap seven for an incident involving Devin Schmidt and Dave Trute. Garman was able to maintain his lead when the race went green, but on lap 11 Gilomen worked his way to the outside of the leader coming out of turn two and made the pass for the lead. On lap 12 Thoma moved into second when he passed Garman and quickly caught the leader. On lap 14 Thoma found the room he needed and passed Gilomen for the lead coming out of turn four. From there it was all Thoma who rolled to victory lane. Following Thoma and Gilomen in the top five were Garman, Chris Weber and Trute. “We’ve gone through a little bad luck lately so we really wanted to win tonight,” said Thoma.

Trute Trumps the Field in Second GNSS Feature

Dave Trute won the second 15 lap feature for the Great Northern Sportsman Series. Jeremy Wolff and Steve Anderson paced the field to the green flag with Anderson taking the early lead. On lap 2 Jake Arneson moved to second followed closely by Trute. On lap 3 Trute worked his way past Arneson for second and then powered his way to the inside of Anderson coming out of turn two to take the lead. The caution flag waved on lap 6 for a spin coming out of turn four. But Trute had no trouble maintaining his lead following the restart with Chris Weber and Arneson in pursuit. On lap 10 Jason Thoma moved past Arneson for third but neither would have enough to catch the speedy Trute who cruised to victory lane. “Our car was the best it’s been all night. We got it done,” said Trute from victory lane. Based on his combined finishes from the two features, Thoma was declared the overall winner for the Great Northern Sportsman Series. Fast qualifier was Trute with a lap of 20.033 with Thoma and Weber winning the heat races.

A Clean Sweep for Kelly Evink

Kelly Evink picked up the clean sweep tonight in the Midwest Dash Series. The field was brought to the green flag for their 20 lap feature by Dave Lembke and Tim Finstad with Lembke leading the first lap. By the second lap Derek Bettenhausen took the lead with Joe Cross and John Handeland close behind. On lap 4 Handeland got to the inside of Bettenhausen coming down the front stretch to take the lead. One lap later Evink was up to second but had a lot of ground to make up to catch Handeland. It looked like Handeland was not going to get caught until he slowed coming out of turn two on lap 10 which allowed Evink to motor his way by for the lead. Handeland was not about to give up as he continued to chase Evink and several times closed the gap to a single car length. As the two distanced themselves from the pack, a good battle was shaping up for third between Joe Cross, Bettenhausen, and Noah Pankow. But despite the best efforts of Handeland, Evink proved to be too fast as he sprinted his way to victory lane. Following Handeland were Cross, Bettenhausen, and Noah Pankow. “I gained a lot of ground when he (Handeland) got a little crossed up,” said Evink. Evink set fast time with a lap of 21.491 and won a heat race with Greg DiMaggio winning the other heat.

Dustin Ward Crowned King of the Ring in Hobby Stox

Dustin Ward won the 20 lap feature for the Hobby Stox on the quarter-mile “Ring of Fire.” Andy Raley led the first two laps before surrendering the lead to Wayne Buchs on the third lap. Buchs moved out to a two car length lead with Jeff LeFave Jr. moving up to second and on lap 8 the two were side by side. Buchs was able to keep LeFave behind him but never by less than a car length. On lap 17 a spin brought out the caution flag. Buchs continued to lead after the green flag waved with Ward getting by LeFave for second. On lap 18 Ward powered his way to the outside of Buchs coming out of turn four to take the lead and the eventual checkered flag. Buchs finished second followed by LeFave Jr., Chester Williams and Boyd Eichelkraut. “Wayne’s a good buddy of mine. It was clean racing and I’m happy to get the win,” said Ward. Cody Buchs set fast time with a lap of 14.535 with heat wins going to Wayne Buchs and Dustin Ward.

6Shooter Win Goes to Jed Buchholz

Jed Buchholz won the eight lap feature for the 6Shooters by edging Justin Harrington. Buchholz led wire to wire to pick up his second feature win in as many outings. “It’s a lot of fun out there,” said Buchholz. “It’s great being able to race under the lights and in front of the fans. I’ve realized that racing is not as easy as it looks.”

Next week is Budweiser Buck Night at Madison with nearly all food and drink priced at just $1.00. The NASCAR Whelen All American Late Models, Dave’s White Rock Sportsman, Midwest Trucks, and Pellitteri Waste Systems Bandit all in action. Practice begins at 5:00 with qualifying at 6:20 and racing at 7:30.

Zack Riddle Takes Home the Checkered Flag at MIS

July 21st, 2015

Zack Riddle won the 30 lap feature for the NASCAR Whelen All American Late Models at Madison International Speedway on Hall of Fame Night. Dan Snyder won the Pellitteri Waste Systems Bandits feature while Derek Kraus captured the overall win for the American Ethanol Super Trucks and Aaron Moyer picked up the win in Legends. Terry Pulver won the exhibition race for the Vintage Modifieds. During intermission, Father Dale Grubba was emcee for the Hall of Fame inductions with John Ziegler, Tom Reffner, Dick Trickle, Joe Shear, and Sam Bartus being honored tonight.

Riddle Rules the Late Models

On a night in which his grandfather, John Ziegler, was inducted into the Hall of Fame, Zack Riddle picked up the win in the 30 lap feature for the Whelen All American Late Models. Riddle is also the new point leader in the division after five events. Scott Broughton and Bobby Wilberg brought the fourteen car field to the green flag. Broughton led the first five circuits before Goldade worked his way to the inside to take the lead on lap 6. One lap later, Bobby Wilberg took second place from Broughton with John Baumeister and John Beale also in the top five. Trouble occurred on lap 16 for an incident in turn one that brought out the caution, and also ended the night for both Broughton and Dale Nottestad who made contact with each other. Goldade maintained his lead following the restart with Riddle now up to third. On lap 19 Riddle worked his way past Wilberg for second and was quickly gaining on the leader. Goldade did everything he could to keep the lead, but Riddle was simply too quick tonight as he made the pass coming out of turn four on lap 25. From there it was all Riddle who led the rest of the way to pick up his first win of the season. Goldade finished second followed by Kevin Knuese, Beale and Wilberg. “It was just a real good job by my guys to get my car ready for tonight. It means a lot to win at my home track especially to win on this night,” said Riddle from victory lane. Nottestad set fast time with a mark of 19.135 and also won the First Supply Dash. Heat race wins went to Wilberg and Riddle.

Snyder Wins a Ring of Fire Thriller

Defending champion Dan Snyder picked up his third feature win of the season holding off Brandon DeLacy in the Pellitteri Waste Systems Bandits. Chris Tolliver paced the eleven car field to the green flag with DeLacy up to second after one lap. Tolliver would maintain his lead until DeLacy powered by on lap 5. The caution flag came out on lap 7 for a spin in turn two. DeLacy continued to lead after the restart with Steve Dickson and Snyder running second and third respectively. On lap 14 Snyder took over the second position and began applying pressure on the leader. With three laps to go and lapped traffic just ahead, DeLacy and Snyder threaded the needle with Snyder coming out on top. From there he was able to keep DeLacy at bay to pick up the victory. Dickson finished third followed by Nick Schmidt and Tolliver. Snyder set fast time with a lap of 15.043 with heat wins going to Dickson and McKayla Adams. Dickson also won the First Supply Dash.

Kraus and Knuese Notch Truck Wins

Derek Kraus and Kevin Knuese each won a twenty lap feature in the American Ethanol Super Trucks with Kraus winning the overall points for the night. In the first feature, Kraus started on the outside of row one taking the lead from the start and going wire to wire to pick up the win. As a result he became the youngest feature winner on Wisconsin’s Fastest Half-Mile at the age of thirteen. Kevin Knuese took the early lead in the second twenty lap feature before losing it to Ken Calhoun only to get it back after a restart on lap 5 following a caution. Knuese had to fight off Blake Brown on lap 15 to keep the top spot and held off Camden Murphy , Brown, and Chester Ace to garner the win. Based on combined finishes, Kraus was declared the overall winner and said, “It means a lot to have the points lead coming out of Madison.”

Moyer Gets Win Number 18

Aaron Moyer ran away from the six car Legends field to pick up his eighteenth career win on the Ring of Fire at Madison. Derek Mueller started on the pole and led the first lap before the caution flag came out for a spin. On the restart, Moyer took the lead and never looked back. Riley Stenjem had his best ever feature finish at Madison with a second place run while Todd Schmitz was third. Schmitz set fast time with a lap of 13.938. Moyer took the win in the heat race. It’s Kids’ Night on July 24th with all children eleven and under admitted free. The Great Northern Sportsman Series will be here for Twin Features plus the Midwest Dash Series, Hobby Stox, and 6Shooters.

Complete results at misracing.com

Casey Johnson Wins Round Two at Madison

July 13th, 2015

Casey Johnson of Edgerton, Wisconsin, won Round Two of the Super Late Model Triple Crown Challenge at Madison tonight. Ryan Goldade of Edgerton, Wisconsin, won the Dave’s White Rock Sportsman while Brian Beale of Franklin, Wisconsin, won the Pellitterri Waste Systems Bandits feature. Jed Buchholz of McFarland, Wisconsin, won the 6Shooter race.

*Casey Johnson Takes Home the Checkered Flag*

Casey Johnson won the 50 lap feature for the Super Late Model Triple Crown Challenge.

Dean LaPointe and John Beale brought the seventeen car field to the green flag with Beale taking the early lead before the caution came out on lap 2 when several cars got together coming out of turn one. Several cars went to the pits and were able to return except for Kelsey Dassow’s car that had front end damage.

On the restart it looked like the car of Bobby Wilberg had been shot out of a cannon as he leaped to the lead with Paul Shafer Jr. several car lengths behind in second. Another caution came out on lap 5, but Wilberg had no
trouble getting back out to the lead on the restart. On lap 6 Johnson broke into the top five when he passed Dale Nottestad. One lap later he was to second after working his way past both Jeremy Miller and Shafer Jr.

On lap 17 Miller moved up to third while Wilberg continued his leading ways. A distant second, Johnson began reeling in the leader lap by lap and on lap 22 was right up on Wilberg’s rear bumper.

Johnson patiently waited for the right opportunity and found it on lap 23 when he worked to the inside of Wilberg and made the past for the lead coming out of turn three.

It looked like smooth sailing for Johnson until lap 33 when a car stalled on the track while making an attempt to exit to the pits. Johnson continued to lead after the restart with Miller up to second followed by Wilberg, Rich Bickle, and Shafer Jr.

On lap 37 Bickle was able to move past Wilberg for third, but neither Bickle or Miller would have enough to catch Johnson as the race stayed green the rest of the way. Miller finished second followed by Bickle, Wilberg, and Shafer Jr.

“It was a little nerve racking out there,” said Johnson as he talked about working his way up to the lead. “The guys worked really hard on the car this week to get it ready. I really have to thank Bruce Lee and my dad.”

Miller set fast time with a lap of 17.471 with Jeff Storm winning the B and B Lawncare Dash with heat wins going to Storm, Bickle, and Caleb Adrian.

The point leader going into the night, Ty Majeski had major mechanical issues during the Dash and was unable to start the heat or feature. Miller is the new point leader with 204 followed by Shafer Jr. (195), Storm (172), Feiler (165), and Nottestad (148).

*It’s Back to Victory Lane for Ryan Goldade*

After having mechanical issues in his last race, Ryan Goldade was able to make another visit to victory lane after winning the 20 lap feature for the Dave’s White Rock Sportsman.

Steve Anderson led the first twelve laps while Goldade and Robert Hansberry were fighting it out for second place. Anderson had built up a multi-car length advantage, but by lap 10 his lead was starting to vanish as Goldade was up to apply pressure. On lap 13 both Goldade and Hansberry were able to get inside of Anderson going into turn three and took over the top two spots while coming out of turn four.

A caution on lap 14 for a spin set up a restart, but Goldade was able to maintain his lead despite the best efforts of Hansberry. In the end it was Goldade winning by 0.269 seconds over Hansberry followed by Anderson, Lundberg, and Darrell Garman.

“I love racing with Robert,” said Goldade, “He races me clean and I was able to hold him off. We made it work tonight after having trouble a couple of weeks ago.”

Goldade set fast time with a lap of 20.326 with Anderson winning the First
Supply Dash and the heat race.

*Beale Wheels to Victory*

Brian Beale made the most of his first race at Madison this season by picking up the 20 lap feature for the Bandits.

McKayla Adams and Cade Watters brought the eleven car field to the green flag, but it was Beale coming from the outside of row three to grab the lead coming out of turn four on the first lap.

On lap 3 Nick Schmidt was up to second place followed by Steve Dickson and David Schmidt. But Beale had quickly built up a sizeable advantage over the field and the best anyone could hope for was a caution flag.

Two cautions did come out on lap 14 and 17, but each time Beale was able to easily maintain his lead. Dickson was able to hold off point leader Dan Snyder for second with David Schmidt taking home fourth place just ahead of Nick Schmidt.

“It was a great night. We had some trouble earlier with the car, but got things figured out,” said Beale.

Brandon DeLacy set fast time with a lap of 15.182 with David Schmidt winning the First Supply Dash while Jovanni DiMaggio and Nick Schmidt won the heat races.

It’s Hall of Fame Night at MIS next Friday with action in the NASCAR Whelen All American Late Models, American Ethanol Super Trucks, Bandits, Legends, and Vintage Modifieds. Practice begins at 5:00 with qualifying at 6:20 and racing at 7:30. Hall of Fame inductions will take place during intermission honoring Joe Shear, Dick Trickle, Sam Bartus, John Ziegler, and Tom Reffner.

For complete results go to misracing.com.

Nottestad, Thoma, and Dickson Take Home Checkered Flags at MIS

June 22nd, 2015

Dale Nottestad (Late Models), Jason Thoma (Sportsman), and Steve Dickson (Bandits) were the big winners tonight at Madison International Speedway. The evening also marked the first round of the Badgerland Challenge Series for the Late Models and Sportsman. Lucas Stevenson also won the first-ever 6 Shooter Division race. It was also a big night for the young fans as over three hundred kids participated in the $1000 coin scramble during intermission.

Dale Nottestad Sweeps the Late Model Field at MIS

Dale Nottestad of Cambridge, Wisconsin, won the 30 lap feature for the NASCAR Whelen All American Late Models at Madison and picked up a clean sweep in doing so by setting fast time, winning the dash and his heat race. This was also the first leg of the three race Badgerland Challenge Series. Brady Liddle and Bobby Wilberg had the honor of bringing the twenty-six carfield to the green flag with Liddle taking the early advantage. Cautions for spins on lap 4 and 5 didn’t seem to slow down Liddle as he kept the point after each restart. By lap 6, Nottestad, who started seventh, was up to second after making his way past Wilberg. Casey Johnson, Jeremy Miller, and Zack Riddle were also
up to join the top five. On lap 16, Nottestad found the room he needed to get by Liddle on the inside coming out of turn two. Riddle, Miller, Johnson, and Wilberg were also able to overtake Liddle. Lapped traffic became a challenge on lap 21 with the leaders easily making their way past. However, things got very interesting on lap 26 when Nottestad, Riddle, and Miller were closing on lapped traffic running two abreast. Just as the leaders were coming out of turn three, a spin ahead of them brought out the caution with everyone able to avoid the spinning cars.

“I knew things were going to get interesting,” said Nottestad, “I wasn’t really sure what was going to happen.”

Following the restart, Nottestad was able to keep his lead over Miller and Riddle and roll to victory lane. Miller, Riddle, John Beale, and Johnson would round out the top five with Kevin Knuese, Wilberg, Liddle, Goldade, and John Baumeister finishing in the top ten. “This is great…the car was great tonight,” said Nottestad from victory lane.

Nottestad set fast time with a lap of 18.665 and won the First Supply Dash while heat wins went to Nottestad, Miller, Alex Papini, and Brandon Pendleton.

Jason Thoma Sprints to Victory Lane

Jason Thoma of Jefferson, Wisconsin, made the most of his first appearance at MIS this season by winning the 20 lap feature for the Dave’s White Rock Sportsman. Thoma’s win was also part of the Badgerland Challenge for the Sportsman cars. Ray Hellenbrand and Mike Storkson led the field of fifteen Sportsman to the green flag. Storkson jumped out to the early lead followed by Mike Winters and Chad Smith. By lap 3 Thoma was up to fifth followed closely by four time feature winner Ryan Goldade. On lap 5 Storkson continued to pace the field followed by Smith, Thoma, Winters, and Goldade. Two laps later Smith worked his way past Storkson for the lead. Thoma continued his charge to the front and by lap 9 there was no stopping him as he powered past Smith coming down the front shoot. One lap later Goldade and Steve Anderson were up to second and third trying to close the gap on Thoma. By lap 15 it appeared that only Goldade would have a chance to catch the leader, but mechanical issues ended his night prematurely and it was smooth sailing for Thoma to victory lane. Anderson took the runner-up spot followed by Robert Hansberry, Smith, and Winters. “This car has been just great this year,” said Thoma from victory lane who indicated he would be back next week for the Great Northern Sportsman Series race. Thoma established a new track record in qualifying with a lap of 19.945 and also won the First Supply Dash. Tim Coley and Adam Bleskan won the heat races.

Steve Dickson Back in Victory Lane for the Bandits

It’s been awhile since Steve Dickson of Rockton, Illinois, was in victory lane, but tonight he made a return appearance by winning the 20 lap feature for the Pellitteri Waste Systems Bandits. Cade Watters and McKayla Adams brought the field to the green flag, but after the two went up the track coming out of turn two, Dickson was able to make his way to the front followed by David Schmidt. Despite cautions on laps 3 and 4, Dickson was able to maintain his lead as David Schmidt and Dan Snyder battled it out behind him. Snyder was able to move his way up to second, but had some difficulty maneuvering his way through some unpredictable lapped traffic . In the end Dickson would win by .522 seconds over Snyder with David Schmidt, Nick Schmidt, and Chris Tolliver rounding out the top five. “It’s been a long time,” said a very happy Dickson from victory lane. “This feels great.” Snyder set fast time with a mark of 15.149 while Nick Schmidt won the First Supply Dash and a heat race while Dickson won the other heat race.

Stevenson Wins Inaugural 6Shooter Race

In the first-ever 6Shooter race it was Lucas Stevenson edging Jacob Sam in the six lap feature. The 6Shooter division is a brand new, strictly stock entry level division that MIS has created this season.

Next week at Madison it’s Salute to America Night featuring the area’s biggest, brightest, and best ground and aerial fireworks display. Highlighting the racing action will be the Big 8 Late Models in a 48 lap main event plus the Great Northern Sportsman Series and Four Cylinder Dash Series.

For complete results check out our website at misracing.com.

Miller, Goldade, and Snyder Take Home Checkered Flags at MIS

June 1st, 2015

Jeremy Miller, Ryan Goldade, and Dan Snyder were the big winners tonight at Madison International Speedway as part of Kids’ Night at the Races.

Back to Back Wins for Jeremy Miller

Starting thirteenth in the sixteen car field, Jeremy Miller of Rockford, Illinois, was able to work his way through through traffic to pick up his second win in as many weeks in a caution filled 30 lap feature for the NASCAR Whelen All American Late Models.

Rusty Hansen and Shane Morrisey paced the field to the green flag but the caution flag came out before a lap was in the books due to an oil leak from the Russ Grossen car. When the race finally went green, Hansen jumped out to the early lead. Ryan Goldade moved up to second on lap 4 and took the lead on lap 6, but the caution flag had come out giving the lead back to Hansen.

Hansen maintained his lead after the restart before another caution flag came out on lap 9. Once again Hansen was able to keep the lead but the rest of the field wasn’t going to give this one to him. After the restart Miller was up to fifth and by lap 12 had moved into third place.

On lap 14 things got very interesting and a little intense. As Goldade tried to get the lead from Hansen, he made contact with the leader while coming out of turn four. This brought out the caution flag with both Goldade and Hansen going to the back of the field for their involvement, and the car of Kevin Knuese heavily damaged. Some extra-curricular contact after the caution would result in Goldade having to take his damaged car to the pits while Hansen was black flagged for the altercation with Goldade.

This moved Miller up to the lead with Zack Riddle and Dale Nottestad up to second and third respectively. From this point Miller never looked back and held off the duo to pick up the win. Riddle finished second followed by Nottestad, Bobby Wilberg, and Casey Johnson.

“That was probably the longest thirty lap race I’ve been a part of,” said Miller from victory lane. “It was definitely a wild one but things worked out well for us.”

Dale Nottestad set fast time with a lap of 18.819 with Casey Johnson winning the First Supply Dash and Morrissey and John Baumeister taking the victories in the heat races.

Three in a Row for Ryan Goldade

Defending champion Ryan Goldade made it three in row tonight by winning the 20 lap feature for the Dave’s White Rock Sportsman.

Rick Coppernoll and Steve Anderson brought the field to the green flag with Anderson taking the early lead. Matt Lundberg motored by Coppernoll for second and started chasing down Anderson. Anderson was able to maintain his lead with Goldade and Robert Hansberry in quick pursuit.

On lap 12 Goldade worked inside Anderson coming out of turn one and found the space he needed going into turn three to take the lead. Hansberry tried everything he could to catch the leader but would come up short tonight as Goldade rolled into victory lane just ahead of him. Rounding out the top five were Anderson, Lundberg, and Mike Taylor.

Goldade was the fastest qualifier with a mark of 20.232 while Anderson won both the First Supply Fast Dash and the heat race.

Snyder Back in Victory Lane

Dan Snyder won his second feature of the season by topping the field in the Pellitteri Waste Systems Bandits.

Jovanni DiMaggio jumped out to the early lead over Nick Schmidt before the caution flag came out on lap 2. DiMaggio continued to lead after the restart before being overtaken by Schmidt on lap 4. On lap 7, Snyder motored by Steve Dickson to take second and eventually catch the leader. Nick Schmidt and Snyder ran side by side for several laps with Snyder gaining the advantage shortly before the caution flag waved on lap 14 for a spin.

Snyder was able to maintain his lead after the restart and hold off Nick Schmidt for the checkered flag. Completing the top five were David Schmidt, Dickson, and Chris Tolliver.

“This was a good race and a lot of fun,” said Snyder. “The cars are getting faster every week.”

Brandon DeLacy and Snyder matched quick laps with a 15.294 time. David Schmidt won the First Supply Dash with Nick Schmidt and Dickson winning the heat races.

Next Friday night (June 5th) Colony Brands presents the Super Late Model Triple Crown Challenge along with the Vores Touring Series (Four Cylinders) and Dave’s White Rock Sportsman. Practice begins at 5:00 with qualifying at 6:20 and racing at 7:30.

On Saturday (June 6th) it will be the Dave’s White Rock Tractor and Truck Pull beginning at 6:00 PM with South Central Tractor Pullers, Badger Truck Pullers, and Tri County Mini Rods all in action along with a spectator truck pull paying $500 to the winner.

For complete results and more information see our website at misracing.com

It’s the Joe Shear Classic this Sunday at MIS

May 2nd, 2015

It’s the season opener at Madison International Speedway this Sunday when the ARCA Midwest Tour presented by SCAG Power Equipment comes to town for the running of the seventh annual Joe Shear Classic. Joining the super late models on the racing program will be the Midwest Trucks and Mid American Stock Car Series.

The event also marks the dawn of a new era at the historic speedway for new owners Gregg and Angie McKarns. Gregg is also the owner of the ARCA Midwest Tour.

An impressive field of drivers will take to Wisconsin’s Fastest Half-Mile in the event that honors one of the greatest short track racers of all-time, the late Joe Shear.

Shear won four track championships at Madison (1973, 1974, 1980, 1982) and picked up sixty-six feature wins. As of Tuesday a total of thirty-six drivers have thrown their hats in the ring. Two-time Classic winner Nathan Haseleu (2009 and 2014) leads the field of entrants that also includes past winners Andrew Morrissey (2012), Travis Sauter (2013) and Ross Kenseth (2011). Defending Midwest Tour series champion Ty Majeski and 2014 MIS Track Champion Dave Feiler are also set to compete.

For more information on current entries and other stories go to our website at misracing.com or checkout the Midwest Tour website at arcamidwesttour.com

The grandstands will open at 11:30 AM on Sunday with a rotating practice session beginning at 11:30 followed by qualifying at 12:45 PM and racing at 2:00 PM. Heat races, qualifying events and features will be held with the Joe Shear Classic 100 the final event of the day.

Fans may purchase tickets at misracing.com or at the ticket booth on the day of the race.

Drivers will also take advantage of a practice session on Saturday from Noon – 4:00 PM with free admission in the grandstands. Rain date for Sunday’s event is Friday, May 8th.

Schedule of Events Saturday, May 2nd
10AM Pit Gates Open
Noon Rotating Practice (ARCAMT, Mid AM, Midwest Trucks)
4PM Practice Ends
Camping Reservations: Call Speedway at 608.835.9700

Sunday, May 3rd
9AM Pit Gates Open
11:30 AM Grandstands Open
11:30 AM Rotating Practice Begins
12:45 PM Qualifying
1:50 PM Opening Ceremonies
2:00 PM Racing Begins
Midwest Truck Heats (8 Laps)
ARCAMT Qualifiers (12 Laps)
ARCAMT Fast Odd/ Even (8 Laps)
Mid Am Heats (8 Laps)
Midwest Truck Feature (30 Laps)
ARCAMT Last Chance (20 Laps)
Mid Am Feature (30 Laps)
ARCAMT Joe Shear Classic (100 Laps)

Madison Prepares for Exciting 2015 Season

April 12th, 2015

The 2015 racing season is just around the corner at Madison International Speedway with the season opener just a month away. Here’s a look at what’s on tap at MIS.

Weekly Divisions Set

It was announced earlier this year that MIS will be part of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Racing Series featuring weekly Late Models, Sportsman, and Bandits all under the lights on Friday nights. The season opener for the weekly racing program is set for Friday, May 15th and will continue until early September.

The Late Models will be a “Big 8 style” car that is no stranger to Wisconsin’s Fastest Half-Mile with many of the regions top stars expected to battle it out for a track championship. The Sportsman cars will also be racing on the half-mile while the four cylinder Bandits will take to the quarter-mile “Ring of Fire.”

Even more exciting are the opportunities for the weekly racers at Madison now be part of the NASCAR program. Late Model drivers will compete for a season point fund of over $10,000 including $3000 to the winner. Sportsman competitors will race for a $3000 point fund while the Bandits race for a $2000 point fund. Drivers are also eligible for state and national honors.

A brand new entry-level division for six cylinder cars called the “6shooters” will also debut at Madison this season running a limited schedule. They will compete on the “Ring of Fire.”

“Every Friday night has something a little different in store for the fans, whether it is a touring series coming in or a special promotion for the kids, it is going to be a fun season out here.” commented Speedway owner Gregg McKarns.

A wide variety of other divisions will also be in action during the season including visits from the Midwest Trucks, Vores Compact Touring Series, American Ethanol Super Trucks, Great Northern Sportsman Series, Legends, and more.

Track Clean Up Day Set for April 18th

Fans are invited out to the track on Saturday, April 18th for the first annual “Track Clean Up Day.” Let’s work together to make general improvements to make everyone’s experience at the speedway a great one in 2015.

“We just have some little projects to accomplish around the track, mending a few fences, painting some walls, some wood work and the like. I know there are many talented people that support this track and we would like to have them help out. It is kinda like the fans helping shovel in Green Bay every winter, but we should be warmer and enjoy a little food and drink afterwards.” stated Speedway owner Angie McKarns.

Supplies needed include shovels, drills, saws, paint rollers, paint brushes, rakes, plants / flowers, and anything that will help spruce up the buildings and grounds.

Season Opener is May 3rd

The green flag will wave on Sunday, May 3rd when the ARCA Midwest Tour comes to MIS for the running of the seventh annual Joe Shear Classic presented by SCAG Power Equipment, an event held in memory of the four time Madison track champion and one of the greatest short track racers in America. Also joining the racing program will be the Midwest Trucks and Mid American Stock Car Series.

Past winners of the Joe Shear Classic include Nathan Haseleu (2009 and 2014), Steve Carlson (2010), Ross Kenseth (2011), Andrew Morrissey (2012) , and Travis Sauter (2013).

Super Late Model Triple Crown Challenge Returns to MIS in 2015

Fans of Super Late Model racing on Wisconsin’s Fastest Half-Mile will be happy to know that the Triple Crown Challenge is returning to Madison in 2015.

The three events will be held on June 5, July 10, and August 23. Fans can expect to see the top drivers from throughout the Midwest battle it out on the half-mile.

This will be the fourth year the “Challenge” has been part of the racing schedule at Madison. Past Triple Crown champions include Nathan Haseleu (2012), Casey Johnson (2013), and Chris Wimmer (2014).

This year’s “Challenge” will take on a slightly different look. Each of the three races will be 50 laps with $1500 going to the winner and $500 to start. The overall winner of the “Challenge” will be the driver who accumulates the most points over the three races. A point fund has also been created to reward the top drivers in the overall points.

Madison International Speedway is proud to be a NASCAR Home Track and are excited to share the benefits of this membership with the teams and fans. For more information check us out on Facebook, Twitter @MISRacing, or at misracing.com.

B&B Lawncare To Support Madison Triple Crown

April 5th, 2015

Oregon, WI- Longtime short track racer and track champion and B&B Lawncare owner Fred Boal will again support this summer’s Triple Crown Challenge at Madison International Speedway for Super Late Models.  The B&B Lawncare Dash will feature the top six qualifiers for six laps during the June 5, July 10 and August 21 events, with a trophy to the winner of each Dash as well as a healthy point fund to be awarded at season’s end.  The top six Dash point earners will share in a minimum $1,600.00 point fund, with $500 going to the B&B Lawncare Dash Champion.  Additionally Boal has offered a $1,000.00 for a clean sweep of the Triple Crown.

“The Dash is always such a fun race for the fans, featuring the fastest six cars on any given night.” Stated Boal.  “This is a great way for B&B Lawncare to be involved and give something back to the teams as well as fans.”  In addition to the Dash, Boal has agreed to sponsor the Fastest Lap Award, with an extra $250 going to the Super Late Model driver turning in the quickest qualifying attempt during the Triple Crown as well as a $500 bonus if that lap is a New Track Record.  With the four barrel carburetor rules, the speeds promise to be lightning quick for the Super Late Models this summer at Wisconsin’s Fastest Half Mile.

It was recently announced that all three events would be highlighted by 50 lap feature events paying $1,500 to win and $500 to start.  The four tire races will give the teams the choice of running any of the three regionally accepted Hoosier Tire combinations.  Those combinations are currently the 25/48, 3035/3045 and the 40/50.

The 2015 Madison International Speedway season begins on Sunday afternoon May 3 with the Joe Shear Classic presented by SCAG Power Equipment featuring the ARCA Midwest Tour as well as the Mid-American Stock Car Series and Midwest Trucks at 2pm.  Friday night NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing begins on Friday night May 15.  For additional information please visit www.misracing.com or call the Speedway at 608-835-9700.

Madison InternationalSpeedway Prepares for Exciting 2015 Season

March 10th, 2015

1Plans are moving forward every quickly at Madison International Speedway as new owner Gregg McKarns prepares for the 2015 season.  It’s been full speed ahead for McKarnssince he finalized the purchase of the speedway from Terry Kunes in January and considering the start of the racing season is right around the corner. The 2015 schedule of events has now been finalized.

“We are excited to get this season going. With race season just under two months away, we wanted to get the 2015 schedule out so our fans and teams could plan their summer fun.” Commented McKarns. “We have some fun promotions to go along with the action on both the half and quarter-mile tracks as well.”

The season is set to begin on Sunday afternoon May 3rd with the ARCA Midwest Tour and the Joe Shear Classic 100 presented by SCAG Power Equipment.  Joining the Super Late Models will be the Midwest Trucks and Mid-American Stock Car Series. Drivers from seven states are expected.

The “Friday Night Tradition” returns at Madison in 2015 with weekly action set to begin on May15th and continue through Labor Day weekend.  But there are many changeson tap for both drivers and fans while many traditions remain.

In February it was announced that MIS would now be part of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series,becoming the third NASCAR Home Track in Wisconsin.  The NASCAR Sanctionallows drivers to compete not only against one another but also for State and National titles with the MIS Champion being honored on the red carpet in Charlotte, NC this December.

The weekly racing program will feature three NASCAR sanctioned divisions:  Late Models (Big 8 Style),Sportsman, and Bandits which will be eligible for their share of an over$16,000 point fund.  The Late Models will run three nights per month with the Super Late Models joining the program when the Late Models are absent.

The three Super Late Model events will be part of the Triple Crown Challenge which is back at Madison in2015.  Race dates for the “Challenge” will be June 5th, July 10th, and August 21st.

Friday night June 26 will mark the annual stop for the Big 8 Late Model Series during Salute to America night with the area’s Biggest and Best air and ground Fireworks display. The Great Northern Sportsman Series and DASH Series will add to the excitement.

In addition to the June 6Tractor Pull, the track will also feature a variety of touring divisions including the American Ethanol Super Trucks, Midwest Trucks, Mid-American Stock Car Series, Great Northern Sportsman Series, Vores Compact Touring Series,Legends, Figure 8 racing, Hobby Stox, Bandoleros, and more.  A new entry-levelV6 division is also planned for the quarter-mile “Ring of Fire.”  Thenewly named Six Shooters will compete on six Friday nights beginning May 29.

MIS recently unveiled anew website (misracing.com) that will provide fans and teams with all of the information they need for the upcoming season including rules packages. A complete schedule with ticket prices for all events is expected later this month but McKarns indicated that weekly admission prices would remain the same with a $12 adult ticket with the addition of Family Friendly Pricing as well.

Madison International Speedway is located between Oregon and Stoughton, WI just south of Highway 138at 1122 Sunrise Road in Oregon.  For additional information visit www.misracing.com or call the Speedway at 608-835-9700.

The tentative schedule is available at http://misracing.com/schedule/

Quest Industrial BecomesTitle Sponsor of Mid American Stock Car Series

March 2nd, 2015

Mid American Stock Car Series Owners Dave Grueneberg and Dawn Bierman have announced that Quest Industrial of Monroe, Wisconsin, has become the title sponsor of their series. It will now be known as the Quest Industrial Mid American Stock Car Series.

“We are very happy that Quest Industrial has partnered with the Mid American Stock Car Series,” said Bierman. “They are a first class,state of the art high tech business and more importantly, a wonderful group of people that we are proud to partner with in 2015 and for many years to come.”

Don Wickstrum, President of Quest Industrial LLC is looking forward to the 2015 season. “We are really excited to be able to partner with the MidAm series. We feel like it’s a good avenue for us to get our company name out there while supporting Dave and Dawn in their journey with the Mid Am Series.”

The diversity of the Mid Am schedule that will travel to four states on asphalt and dirt was also appealing to Wickstrum. “We really like the schedule that’s put out there this year and are excited to seethe Mid Am cars run on dirt. I’m glad to see them come back to Madison International Speedway this season too.This is a great opportunity.”

Quest Industrial is an award winning robotics business located in the Monroe’s north industrial park where they just opened a brand new state of the art facility in2014. They provide high quality engineering services, programming support, and robotics integration using cutting-edge technology with a vision of integrating innovation with industry.

For more information about Quest Industrial LLC check out their website at questindustrial.com.

“I’ve had the privilege of knowing and working with Don Wickstrum for many years. You won’t find a better guy and it means a lot to have him and Quest partnering with our series,” added Grueneberg.

The Mid American Stock Car Series will take to the track on April 12th at the Rockford Speedway before coming to Madison International Speedway on May 3rd. A complete schedule is available at midamericanracing.com.

SuperLate Model Triple Crown Challenge Returns to MIS in 2015

March 1st, 2015

Many changes are in store for Madison International Speedway in 2015, but one constant at Wisconsin’s Fastest Half-Mile will be the Triple Crown Challenge.This season will mark the fourth year of the Triple Crown.

“Madison has a rich history of providing top notch Super Late Model racing for our fans,the Triple Crown Challenge continues that tradition.” Stated Speedway owner Gregg McKarns. “There has been a lot of interest from teams across the region curious about our Super Late Model events. I believe we will have a strong contingent of Champion and Challengers attempting to claim the title.”

The three Friday night race dates are scheduled for June 5th, July 10th and August21st. Each race will be 50 laps. An overall champion will be crowned based on the three races with a point fund for the top five point earners. Past champions in the series include Nathan Haseleu (2012), Casey Johnson (2013),and Chris Wimmer (2014). Unlike the weekly Late Model division, the Triple Crown is a non-sanctioned event, meaning teams will NOT be required to join NASCAR in order to compete.

The Triple Crown events comprise three of the four visits for Super Late Models at MIS as the ARCA Midwest Tour begins the 2015 season on Sunday, May3rd for the Joe Shear Classic. They will be joined by the Quest Industrial Mid-American Stock Cars and Midwest Trucks.

Weekly Friday night NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action begins on May 15featuring Late Models, Sportsman, Legends and Bandits. For additional information visit www.misracing.com or call 608-835-9700.

Madison International Speedway Joins NASCAR Newest Addition To Whelen All-American Series Program

February 15th, 2015

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Bringing “Wisconsin’s Fastest Half Mile” into the Home Tracks family, NASCAR announced today that Madison International Speedway has joined the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series for the 2015 season.

The half-mile, high-banked oval, which also has a quarter-mile track in the infield, is located less than 20 minutes outside of Madison (Wisconsin). Originally built as a quarter-mile dirt track, Madison was redesigned and paved in 1969. With the new partnership, Madison becomes the third NASCAR-sanctioned weekly track in Wisconsin joining LaCrosse and Cedar Lake Speedways.

“We are pleased to welcome Madison International Speedway to the NASCAR family,” said George Silbermann, NASCAR’s vice president for regional and touring series. “Madison is a fantastic facility with a rich history of stock car racing in Wisconsin that features great competition every Friday night and we welcome the opportunity to bring weekly NASCAR racing to its dedicated fans.”

Established in 1982, the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series is NASCAR’s national championship program for weekly short track auto racing. Competitors at more than 50 paved and dirt tracks throughout North America vie for track, state and province, and overall series championships in Divisions I-V.

“We are excited and ready to be a part of the NASCAR family,” said MIS owner Gregg McKarns. “While I am new to Madison, I have worked with the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series before at other tracks in the Midwest. The program NASCAR offers to short tracks is good for the competitors, fans and the community.”

Madison’s first night of NASCAR-sanctioned competition will be Friday, May 15. Late Models are the feature division at Madison, and will be designated NASCAR Division I. The Sportsman will compete as Division II and Bandits in Division III.

Connecticut-based Whelen Engineering is the series’ title sponsor. Whelen Engineering is a leading manufacturer of automotive, aviation, industrial and emergency vehicle lighting. NASCAR tracks and pace cars across North America and Europe are among the many showcases for Whelen products.

For more information on Madison International Speedway, please visit their newly updated website at: www.misracing.com.

Stand by for exciting news about the 2015 racing season as Gregg McKarns has purchased Madison International Speedway.

January 27th, 2015

McKarns Will Keep Friday Nights Alive at Madison

The off-season for Gregg McKarns continues to keep him busy. Recently, he was introduced as the owner of the ARCA Midwest Tour. Today, he completed a purchase agreement to become the new owner of Madison International Speedway in Oregon, Wisconsin.

“This will fulfill one of my lifelong goals of owning and operating a weekly racetrack,” McKarns said. “I’m grateful to Terry Kunes for allowing me this opportunity.”

Kunes purchased “Wisconsin’s Fastest Half-Mile Oval” in 2003 and has operated the track for the past 11 years.
One thing that McKarns plans to do right away is keeping the “Friday Night Tradition.”

“This track has a great history and part of that history is that the weekly racing program is on Friday night,” McKarns explained. “Race fans are familiar with that night and now we will do everything we can to have more fans make Madison their place to go on Friday nights during the spring and summer.”

As far as weekly divisions, McKarns indicated that his top weekly division will follow Big 8 Late Model rules with monthly Super Late Model events. He also plans on a Sportsman division and will announce other additional divisions at a later date.

For McKarns, becoming the new owner of Madison International Speedway has a special personal meaning.

“My parents, John and Sue McKarns, ran Madison back in 1980-81 when it was known at Capital Super Speedway. I was just an infant back then, but recall looking through the memories of great ARTGO events and other specials the track hosted as I was growing up. Now, my wife, Angie and I, will now have an incredible opportunity to add more to the great history of this place.”

Sam Bartus built the half-mile oval in 1969 and he ran the facility until selling the track to Fred Nielsen in 1980. Bob and Tony Zider took over the ownership reigns in 1983. They made improvements like the concrete grandstands and the backstretch scoreboard. In 1987, Craig Hemmen bought the track and turned it into a dirt oval renaming it “Impact Speedway.” The track shuttered in 1989 until Wayne Erickson purchased the facility in 1992 and re-opened it with the current name of the track. The Fillner family bought the track in 1996 and ran it until 2002. Kunes took over the facility in 2003.

Past champions include a who’s who in auto racing including: Dick Trickle, Joe Shear, Rich Bickle Jr, Matt Kenseth, Robbie Reiser, Travis Kvapil, Conrad Morgan, Scott Ollerman, Dave Feiler, Todd Kleuver, Bobby Wilberg, Nathan Haseleu and many more.

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MIS Banquet Honors Accomplishments of the 2014 Season

November 24th, 2014

A great crowd was on hand for the 2014 MIS Awards Banquet on Saturday night at The Heights in Verona, Wisconsin, as track champions were crowned in six divisions plus the Super Late Model Triple Crown Challenge.  The Midwest Truck Series also Recognized their top drivers as part of this event.

Track champions for 2014included Dave Feiler (Super Late Models), Blake Brown (American Ethanol SuperTrucks),  Dale Nottestad (Club LaMark Late Models), Kody Hubred (Dave’s White Rock Sportsman),  Cory Talaska (Roto Rooter Legends), andDan Snyder (Pellitteri Waste Systems Bandits). Chris Wimmer was honored as the2014 Super Late Model Triple Crown Challenge champion. All track champions received a large framed picture from TJ Harron of TJ Harron Photography plus thetop three drivers in each division received trophies.  MIS would like to thank Wayne Ace of Wayne Ace Bus and LimoService for the trophies this season.

Dave Feiler of Sun Prairie,Wisconsin, took home his fourth Super Late Model track championship at Madison which tied him with the late Joe Shear for the most championships in the division.  Feiler’s other titles came in 1998, 2002, and 2003. This season he picked up two feature wins, two heat wins, and two fast times along with six top five finishes and a total of 881 points.  His two feature wins give him a total of twenty-one wins at Madison which puts him in sixth place on the all-time list.  Runner-up Jeremy Miller of Rockton, Illinois, finished the season with 798 points powered by two feature wins and set fast time on two nights. Bobby Wilberg of Beloit, Wisconsin, finished the season in third place with 766 points highlighted by one feature win.  Other drivers recognized were Bobby Kendall of Montello, Wisconsin (4thPlace), Russ Blakely of Delavan, Wisconsin (5th Place), Casey Johnson of Edgerton, Wisconsin (6th Place), Colin Reffner ofWisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin (7th Place), and Gary Lamonte of WestAllis, Wisconsin (8th Place).

Feiler also won the B and BLawn Care Dash Series while Kendall won the Fast Qualifier Award both receiving trophies.   Six drivers picked up cash awards totaling more than $2000. The speedway would like to thank Fred Boal of B and B for sponsoring the Dash Series and providing trophies each week.

Chris Wimmer of Wausau, Wisconsin, won the Super Late Model Triple Crown Challenge Series for 2014finishing ahead of Feiler and Johnson. Wimmer picked up a feature win on his way to the title and now joins Nathan Haseleu and Johnson as Triple Crown winners at Madison.

Blake Brown of Franksville,Wisconsin, won the championship for the American Ethanol Super Trucks.  Thanks to a division high total of five feature wins, Brown accumulated 971 points for the season.  The 2013 champion, Jerry Wood of Madison, Wisconsin, finished runner up this year with 808 points while Camden Murphy of Itasca, Illinois, was in third place with 767 points.

Brown also was crowned the2014 champion in the Midwest Truck Series followed by Jerry Wood and Camden Murphy.  John Beale was honored as Rookie of the Year while Joshua James won the Most Improved Award.

A variety of great contingency awards were presented by Series Director John H. Wood including a Five Star Certificate for a truck body won by Chester Ace.

Dale Nottestad of Cambridge,Wisconsin, won the title for the Club La Mark Late Models.  He finished the season with 314 points and one feature win in the three race series.  The title was his third at Madison after winning the SuperLate Models in 2004 and Late Models in 2012.  Casey Johnson of Edgerton, Wisconsin, finished in secondplace with 310 points and a feature win while Rockford, Illinois, driver JonReynolds Jr. took home third place honors with 288 points.

The hotly contested Dave’s White Rock Sportsman came down to the final night with Ryan Goldade of Edgerton, Wisconsin, taking home the championship with 1242 points. Enroute to his title he won two feature races and set fast time on eight occasions plus set a new track record for his division.  Kody Hubred of Utica, Wisconsin, finished in the runner-up position with 1203 points including adivision high six feature wins. Third place honors went to Will Rece of Stoughton, Wisconsin, who had1189 points and four feature checkered flags.

Cory Talaska of Campbell sport,Wisconsin, made it two in a row in the Roto Rooter Legends division by successfully defending his championship. He completed the season with 892 points including four feature and twoheat wins and three fast times. Talaska now has a total of 9 career wins at MIS.  Aaron Moyer of Malone, Wisconsin, tookhome second place with 836 points despite missing one night of racing.  Moyer led the division with five features wins giving him a total of sixteen in his Madison career which is good for second place overall. Finishing in third place was Chris Lishamer of Elgin, Illinois, who had766 points.

Dan Snyder of Stoughton, Wisconsin, won the track championship for the Pellitteri Waste Systems Bandits.The title was Snyder’s first-ever track championship.  His season totals included 1120 points fueled by a divisionhigh six feature wins.  Jason Cokerof Madison, Wisconsin, finished in second place with 892 points while Stoughton, Wisconsin, driver Brandon DeLacy finished in third with 764 points.

Special awards were presented to Mike Carmichael (Truck Owner of the Year) and Tony Moyer (LegendsCar Owner of the Year).  Dale Nottestad won the Five Star certificate with many other drivers  and fans taking home door prizes.  MIS would like to thank those who donated items including Quest Industrial of Monroe.

Track owner Terry Kunes and General Manager Dave Grueneberg would like to thank all of the teams, crews,sponsors, track employees and fans for their support over the past twelve Seasons.

Season Championship Night is this Friday

August 28th, 2014

The 2014 racing season at Madison International Speedway goes out with a bang this Friday night with six divisions in action…seven features…bikes for the kids…and much more are all on tap.

It’s going to be a big night with the Super Late Models, Club LaMark Late Models, American Ethanol Super Trucks, Dave’s White Rock Sportsman, Roto Rooter Legends, and Pellitteri Waste Systems Bandits all crowning champions. An overall winner will also be determined in the B and B Lawn Care Dash.

Due to the rain on Saturday night, the Super Trucks will be running Twin 30 lap features. The trucks will be competing for a higher purse and prize money and points will be determined by combined finish in the two races. The Super Late Models will be running for $1200 to win (4 tire race) with the Late Models battling it out for $1000 to win.

Current point leaders are Dave Feiler (Super Late Models), Dale Nottestad (Late Models), Blake Brown (Super Trucks), Ryan Goldade (Sportsman), Cory Talaska (Legends), and Dan Snyder (Bandits). Feiler has a 49-47 lead over Bobby Kendall in the B and B Lawn Care Dash.

The closest point races are in the Club LaMark Late Models where Nottestad has a 12 point lead over Casey Johnson (208-196) with Jon Reynolds Jr. just fourteen points behind the leader. Goldade has a twenty-five point advantage over Kody Hubred in the hotly contested points battle in the Sportsman division.

The Quest Industrial Turn Four Kids’ Club will also be giving away bikes donated by the race teams. Teams interested in participating should contact Chuck West (608.225.9166).

Additional practice time is available from 1:00 – 4:00 PM for $20.00. Otherwise pit gates will open at 3:30 with practice at 4:45, qualifying at 6:00, and racing at 7:30. Adult admission is $15.00 with Students / Seniors at $13.00 and Kids 11 and under free. Fans can save $3.00 on admission with their ticket stub from the ARCA race.

Schedule of Events
12:30 Gates open for additional practice
1:00 – 4:00 Additional Practice
3:30 Pit Gates Open
4:20 Chapel with Team Jesus Racing Ministry
4:45 Practice
6:00 Qualifying
7:15 Opening Ceremonies
7:30 Racing
B and B Lawn Care Dash (8 Laps)
Bandit Heats (8 Laps)
Legends Heats (8 Laps)
Sportsman Heats (6 Laps)
Late Model Heats (8 Laps)
Super Late Model Heats (8 Laps)
Truck Feature (30 Laps)
Intermission
Bandits Feature (20 Laps)
Legends Feature (20 Laps)
Sportsman Feature (20 Laps)
Late Model Feature (40 Laps)
Trucks Feature #2 (30 Laps)
Super Late Model Feature (60 Laps)
Top 3 in points / all divisions pictures on front stretch
See you at MIS this Friday night.

Boston takes control at Madison; wins Herr’s Live Life With Flavor ARCA 200

August 27th, 2014

(MADISON, Wisc.) Justin Boston seized the day Sunday at Madison International Speedway, winning the Herr’s Live Life with Flavor 200 for his second win of the season.

“We’re here to win races and that’s what we did today,” Boston said in victory lane. “I’ll gladly take that trophy.”

Boston ran in the top-five for most of the race, but grabbed the lead after previous leaders Grant Enfinger and Mason Mitchell both ran into troubles in the last quarter of the race. He came out of the pits following a late pit stop in first place then zoomed out to a big lead in the No. 25 ZLOOP Toyota.

“Our race was so good today, long runs and short runs,” he said. “It was good right off the hauler. We didn’t really change anything. I think our car was as good as Grant or Mason, but we just couldn’t get up to them. Track position meant so much. “I think if they wouldn’t have had trouble, I think we might have had something. It would have been a great show for the fans.”

Defending race winner Kyle Benjamin finished second, Brandon Jones third and veteran Frank Kimmel fourth. Tom Hessert finished fifth, despite starting 25th.

Mitchell ended up 14th and Enfinger 15th. Both had to be pushed to the garage area. Enfinger led the most laps and Mitchell finished one spot ahead of his closest challenger in the ARCA Racing Series driver point standings, meaning 25 points still separate the two.

Kimmel was the biggest point beneficiary, closing to within 140 points, the closest he has been in several weeks.

“I knew it was just a matter of time that we close in a little bit,” Kimmel said. “We have had a lot of fourth- and fifth-place finishes. We’ll keep digging and getting there.”

Benjamin’s second-place finish came in the ARCA debut of his family-owned race team. The team tested at Anderson (Ind.) Speedway earlier in the week, but Sunday’s race was really the first time the car was on track and up to speed.

“It was like our test,” Benjamin said. “I really have to thank (crew chief) Kevin Reed and my dad for giving me a great car. We were really good on long runs. On that short run late in the race was tough for us get up there. If we would have had 40 laps at the end, we might have been able to get up there.”

Jones had won his previous two ARCA races, but was okay with his third place finish after starting 14th when the starting lineup was set by car owner points after qualifying was rained out.

“Justin and Kyle had great cars and we were good too,” Jones said. “We were really loose, then tight early on, but probably everybody was in the same boat as us.”

Hessert’s top five was well-earned. He started 25th in the No. 72 Caregard-AxiomWarranty.com Dodge.

“Good top five,” Hessert said. “We started so far back and our car got really tight, but we had a good day.”

Hessert’s Cunningham Motorsports teammates Anderson Bowen (seventh) and Austin Wayne Self (eighth) also scored top 10′s. Kyle Weatherman was seventh in the Roulo Brothers Racing Ford while Venturini Motorsports driver John Wes Townley finished 10th in the No. 15 Zaxby’s Toyota.

Ben Rhodes finished 11th in his ARCA debut whiles James Swanson placed 12th – the best finish of his career with Wayne Peterson Motorsports.

Boston’s second win may have seemed unlikely with 40 laps to go, but the entire Venturini team was excited about their fourth win of the season and third win in four races at Madison International Speedway.

“I love this track,” Billy Venturini said. “This is such a great short track. We love coming here.”

Boston’s season now includes two wins and two Menards pole awards. He is fifth in points heading to the next race on the ARCA circuit – the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds mile-dirt Labor Day Monday.

“We’ve had a good season that could have been a great season,” Boston said. “We ran into some trouble early on and Grant and Mason capitalized on it. If not, I think we could have been up there, too. We’re here to win races now. This team worked hard today. This is good.”

For Complete Race Results, and much more … www.arcaracing.com

ARCA’s youngest winner Kyle Benjamin back to defend title at Madison Int’l Speedway; debuting own ARCA team

August 24th, 2014

(TOLEDO, Ohio) – When Kyle Benjamin wheeled his way to Victory Lane last year at Madison Int’l Speedway, the Easley, South, Carolina driver, who was 15 at the time, became the youngest winner in ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards history.

The occasion was a big deal all the way around, but for Benjamin, there was something even bigger.

“Being the youngest winner…that was definitely a big deal,” Benjamin said, “but not as much as it was to win my first ARCA race there. That was huge.”

Benjamin, now 16, is coming back to Madison to defend his title in the Herr’s Live Life With Flavor 200 Sunday.

It’s already been a season of change for the two-time ARCA Racing Series winner.

He started the year with Roulo Brothers Racing, but switched gears midway through to drive for his own Benjamin Motorsports ARCA team, which will debut at Madison.

“It’s really exciting to race with our own team. That’s how we did things with our late model and it worked out pretty good. We should have just as good of a car as we had last year when I drove for Venturini Motorsports; I’m really looking forward to it.”

While there’s been plenty of change for Benjamin in 2014, some things remain the same. He’s still under contract as a Roush Fenway Racing development driver, and he’s still got Kevin Reed as his crew chief. Reed crew chiefed Benjamin to the win at Madison as well as the victory at Salem Speedway last September.

“Obviously Kevin (Reed) and I communicate really well. He really understands my feedback and gets a lot from what I say, and I certainly get a lot from the adjustments he makes to the car. I’d say it works out really well.

“I like working with Kevin Reed. We mesh really well, and he seems to always make the right adjustments based on my feedback. We’ve got a connection that really works.”

Reed has been commuting to Benjamin’s race shop in South Carolina to get the car ready for Madison.

“Kevin set the car up; it’s all him, and I’m good with that.”

Benjamin is also good with Madison, a track he likes very much.

“Madison is an interesting place altogether. You definitely have to save your tires for the end of the race, so it’s not just a hammer-down place; you’ve got to manage your way through the race, and I like that. You can easily burn your tires off there if you’re not careful.

“It’s the ultimate finesse track. You just can’t get the gas all the way down…you really have to half-throttle it. There are not a lot of places like that. The corners are really tight…that’s another cool thing about it. I love the track; I think I have a pretty good handle on it.”

ARCA’s seventh trip to Madison Int’l Speedway The ARCA Racing Series stretches out over five decades at Madison Int’l Speedway, having first raced there in July of 1970 – two-time ARCA champion Ramo Stott earned the victory. Tom Bowsher won the ARCA race at Madison in May of 1971, and Bruce Gould is in the history books as the 1973 ARCA victor. However, nearly 40 years would elapse before the ARCA Racing Series would return to Madison in 2011.

Film Star Blake Rayne to perform

Blake Rayne, star of the film “The Identical” opening in theaters nationwide on September 5, will be performing a pre-race concert in conjunction with the autograph session as well as singing the national anthem prior to the Herr’s Live Life with Flavor 200.

Madison’s ARCA race to be broadcast on CBS Sports Network The Herr’s Live Life with Flavor 200 will also be the third ARCA Racing Series race that will be broadcast on the CBS Sports Network in 2014. CBS Sports Network ARCA racing coverage at Madison will be live at 2:00 p.m. local Central time.

Weekend schedule/On-track autograph session Practice for the ARCA Racing Series at Madison is scheduled for Saturday, August 23 from 1-1:45 p.m., followed by a final practice from 2:15-3. Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell is at 4:30.

Raceday Sunday gets started with an on-track autograph session from Noon – 1 p.m., followed by pre-race ceremonies and driver introductions at 1:30. The 200-lap Herr’s Live Life with Flavor 200 at Madison begins at 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon, August 24. The race will also feature live timing and scoring at ARCAracing.com.

John DeAngelis Jr. Takes Home the Late Model Checkered Flag

August 19th, 2014

A great crowd was on hand on Salute to Agriculture Night at MIS and saw five drivers take home the big trophies led by John DeAngelis Jr. who won his first-ever Late Model race at Madison. Other winners included Blake Brown (Trucks), Kody Hubred (Sportsman), Dan Snyder (Bandits), and Aaron Moyer (Legends).

DeAngelis Holds Off Johnson for Late Model Victory

John DeAngelis Jr. won his first ever feature at Madison but he had to hold off a hard charging Casey Johnson in the 40 lap feature for the Club LaMark Late Models.

DeAngelis Jr. started on the pole and out sprinted Mike Meyerhofer for the early lead. Caution flags came out on lap 5 and then again on the restart, but both times DeAngelis Jr. was able to maintain his lead. Bobby Wilberg gave him the biggest challenge early on before losing the second position to Zack Riddle on lap 7. The caution flag came out for another spin on lap 8 setting up a restart with DeAngelis Jr. on the inside and Wilberg on the outside.

At this point it looked like it might be a long night for the nineteen late models, but the race would stay green the rest of the way.

DeAngelis Jr. was able to keep his lead when the green flag waved with Riddle taking over the second spot on lap 10. Casey Johnson moved past Wilberg on lap 11 with Kevin Knuese and Dale Nottestad rounding out the top five. On lap 17 Johnson powered his way into second while DeAngelis Jr. was enjoying the lead by building up a big lead.

With each lap, Johnson was able to cut into DeAngelis Jr.’s lead and by lap 25 appeared to be in a position to take over the point. Johnson tried every which way he could…inside and outside…but just was unable to get by DeAngelis Jr. who led wire to wire to pick up the win. Johnson finished in the runner-up position followed by Jon Reynolds Jr., Nottestad, and Riddle.

“Towards the end I thought he (Johnson) was going to get me so I had to protect the bottom of the track,” said DeAngelis Jr. from victory lane.

Riddle was fastest in qualifying while heat race wins went to Tony Brutti, Jesse Bernhagen, and Nottestad.

Brown Back in Victory Lane

Blake Brown won the 25 lap feature for the American Ethanol Super Trucks and increased his point lead in the division as a result.

Rick Corso and John Beale fought for the early lead with Corso gaining the upper hand. Things really heated up on lap 7 when Chester Ace joined the leaders with three wide action for the lead with Corso able to hold on to the point. Brown and Jerry Wood were able to work their way to the top third after things shook up on lap 11. One lap later Brown moved by Corso for the lead coming down the front shoot.

The caution flag came out on lap 13 when Beale and Corso were involved in an incident. Brown continued to lead after the green flag waved with Ace passing Wood on lap 15 and starting his hunt for the leader. But five laps would not be enough tonight as Brown was able to hold off Ace for the victory. Wood finished third followed by Camden Murphy and Michael Raskovic. “These trucks are a lot of fun especially when I am able to run out front,” noted Brown. “This is a good win for us.”

Ace was fastest in qualifying with Beale and Ace winning the heat races.

Hubred Captures Sixth Checkered Flag Kody Hubred won the 20 lap feature for the Dave’s White Rock Sportsman and took home his sixth checkered flag of the season. Hubred still trails point leader Ryan Goldade by 25 points with one race to go.

Jay Kalbus and Kody Hubred brought the Sportsman field to the green flag with Hubred getting the early advantage over Kalbus. Will Rece and Ryan Goldade wasted no time in getting up to second and third before Rece spun on lap 10 spending both himself and Goldade to the rear of the field. Hubred was able to regain his sizeable lead over Robert Hansberry Jr. and Kalbus before the two made contact and brought the yellow out on lap 17.

Following the restart Hubred had not trouble getting out to the lead while Goldade and Jim Taylor battled for second. In the end it was all Hubred followed by Goldade, Taylor, Rece, and Jason Dunn. “We struggled in qualifying. I wanted to beat Ryan fair and square tonight. And we got it done especially after last week’s race,” said Hubred. Goldade was the fast qualifier with a lap of 20.312 while Hubred won the heat race.

Snyder Does It Again

Dan Snyder picked up another win in the Pellitteri Waste Systems Bandits and clinched his first-ever track championship at Madison.

Eight cars took the green flag with Jason Coker setting the early pace. On lap 6 Dave Schmidt worked his way past Coker for the lead with Snyder and Brian Beale up to join the mix. The three distanced themselves from the field with Snyder taking the lead on lap 15 on the front stretch and led the rest of the way to pick up the victory in the 25 lap feature. Beale would get by Schmidt for second with four laps to go but couldn’t catch the speedy Snyder. “This is quite an accomplishment,” said Snyder who won his second race in a row and picked up $500. Snyder set fast time in qualifying while Brian Paulson and Schmidt won heat races.

Moyer Masters the Legends

Aaron Moyer was back in victory lane after winning the 20 lap feature for the Roto Rooter Legends.

It appeared that the night belonged to Kyle Jusits as he outbattled Chris Lishamer for the lead on the first lap and quickly built up a sizeable lead. By lap 7 Moyer was able to move his way past Lishamer for second but with a lot of ground to close if he wanted to catch the leader.

Jusits continued to run a strong race out front, but Moyer was catching him with each lap. By lap 13 Cory Talaska was up to third and closing quickly. On lap 18 Moyer worked his way to the inside on Jusits on the front stretch to take the lead and race his way to victory lane. Talaska and Lishamer were both able to pass Jusits to take second and third respectively.

Moyer noted, “I saw Talaska coming and had to make my move to get by Jusits. Kyle ran a great race tonight.”

Moyer was fast qualifier while Talaska won the heat race.

Racing continues at Madison with ARCA Jam on Saturday, August 23rd and Sunday, August 24th. The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards will be practicing from 1:00 – 3:00 on Saturday and qualifying at 4:30. Following ARCA qualifying the American Ethanol Super Trucks will be in action with a pair of 30 lap features. The truck races will count in the MIS point standings. On Sunday a live concert will begin at 11:30 AM followed by on-track autographs from Noon-1:00 PM and the Herr’s Live Life with Flavor 200 at 2:00 PM.

ARCA Jam Comes to MIS

August 16th, 2014

The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards returns to Madison International Speedway on August 23rd and 24th for ARCA Jam. Two days of racing excitement are on tap at Wisconsin’s Fastest Half-Mile highlighted by the Herr’s Live Life with Flavor 200 on Sunday afternoon.

The gates open at 11:30 AM on Saturday with ARCA practice from 1:00 to 3:00 followed by ARCA qualifying at 4:30. Following ARCA qualifying the American Ethanol Super Trucks will take to the track with Twin 30 lap events. After the truck races the pre-race party begins with live musical entertainment and the chance to watch the Bristol race on large screen television part of the fun.

On Sunday the gates will open at 10:00 AM with a live concert by Blake Rayne beginning at 11:30. Rayne has performed across the country including at many racing events and is co-starring in the soon to be released movie “The Identical” with Ray Liota and Ashley Judd. He will be performing a ninety minute concert for the fans. Fans will also have the opportunity to meet the drivers with an on-track autograph session from Noon- 1:00 PM followed by the 200 lap main event that will feature live pit stops. A two day ticket that includes grandstand admission for both days and an all you can eat and drink ticket for the pre-race party is just $40.00. Two day tickets are on sale now at Madison International Speedway for just $18.00 and includes grandstand admission for both days and the pre-race party. Tickets on race day will be $25.00. Pre-approved over night camping is also available. If interested,please contact Dave Grueneberg at 608.513.2278. Many of the drivers will also be making appearances at Madison area businesses on Friday night so fans are asked to stay tuned for updates.

The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards races at tracks all over the country including Daytona, Talladega, and Chicagoland Speedway. This will be the series’ seventh stop at Madison dating back to 1970. Last year fifteen-year old Kyle Benjamin became the youngest winner in series history. Past winners include Ramo Stott (1970) Tom Bowsher (1971), Bruce Gould (1973) Alex Bowman (2011), and Chris Buescher (2012). Bowman set the ARCA qualifying record at Madison in 2012 with a lap of 18.093 (99.846 mph).For more information about the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards checkout their website at arcaracing.com or madisoninternationalspeedway.com.

Salute to Agriculture Night this Friday It’s Salute to Agriculture Night this Friday night at Madison International Speedway. Wisconsin Department of Agriculture Secretary Ben Brancel will be joining us along with the Wisconsin Corn Growers and United Wisconsin Grain Producers. There will be a corn roast located next to the beer stand, as well as free admission to 4H and FFA members. Five divisions will take to the track this Friday night at Madison International Speedway with the Club LaMark Late Models making their second appearance of the season. The American Ethanol Super Trucks, Dave’s White Rock Sportsman, Roto Rooter Legends, and Pellitteri Waste Systems Bandits will also be in action.

There will also be excitement for the kids when Wayne Ace Bus and Limo Service provides bus rides around Wisconsin’s Fastest Half-Mile at intermission. The Quest Industrial Turn Four Kids’ Club will also have t-shirts available at the club house. The Late Model race will pay $1000 to win / $250 to start and is the second race scheduled at Madison this season. Dale Nottestad of Cambridge won the June 6th race holding off Bobby Wilberg of Beloit, Casey Johnson of Edgerton, Shane Morrissey of Cuba City, and Jon Reynolds Jr. of Rockford, Illinois. Twenty-eight late models were on hand for the June race and twenty were here on August 1st before the rains came. Blake Brown of Platteville has increased his lead in the point race in the American Ethanol Super Trucks. He now has a 649-538 lead over Jerry Wood of Madison with three events remaining on the schedule. Camden Murphy of Itasca, Illinois, Kevin Knuese of Waukesha, and Mike Corvo of Park Ridge, Illinois, round out the top five.

The Pellitteri Waste Systems Bandits will be competing for big money on Friday night with a $500 to win / $100 to start feature on tap. Bandits from throughout the region are expected to come to MIS to battle it out on the “Ring of Fire.” Dan Snyder of Stoughton is the current point leader thanks to five feature wins this season. Brandon DeLacy and Jason Coker are second and third respectively. After his feature win last week, Ryan Goldade of Edgerton is the current point leader for the Dave’s White Rock Sportsman. Kody Hubred of Utica and Will Rece of Stoughton are chasing Goldade for the championship. Cory Talaska of Campbellsport is hoping to repeat his track championship in the Roto Rooter Legends as he holds a 662-595 advantage over Aaron Moyer of Malone. Chris Lishamer of Elgin, Illinois, is in third with 583 points. Talaska and Moyer are the only two feature winners in the division this season. Additional practice will be available from 1:00 – 4:00 on Friday otherwise pit gates open at 3:30 with practice at 4:45, qualifying at 6:00, opening ceremonies at 7:15 and racing at 7:30. Adult admission is $12.00 with Seniors / Students at $10.00 and kids eleven and under free.
Madison International Speedway
Friday, August 15th
Schedule of Events
3:30 Pit Gates Open
4:20 Chapel with Todd Christopherson
4:45 Practice
6:00 Qualifying
Bandits, Legends, Sportsman, Trucks, Late Models
7:15 Opening Ceremonies
7:30 Racing- Schedule subject to change
Bandit Heats (8 Laps)
Legends Heats (8 Laps)
Sportsman Heats (6 Laps)
Truck Heats (8 Laps)
Late Model Heats (8 Laps)
Intermission
Bandit Feature (25 Laps)
Legends Feature (20 / 25 Laps)
Sportsman Feature (20 Laps)
Truck Feature (30 Laps)
Late Model Feature (40 Laps)

Chris Wimmer Takes Home the Checkered Flag and Triple Crown Challenge Championship at MIS

August 12th, 2014

Chris Wimmer picked up the win tonight in the Triple Crown Super Late Model Challenge 100 lap feature and also became the champion of the Challenge Series for 2014. Wimmer finished the three race series with 314 points just ahead of Dave Feiler who was second with 308 points and defending champion Casey Johnson with 265.

Tim Schendel and Skylar Holzhausen led the twenty-four car field to the green flag with Holzhausen taking the early lead. Wimmer was up to second after the first lap while Bobby Wilberg moved into third place on lap 3.

On lap 5 Wilberg was able to work his way past both Wimmer and Holzhausen to take the lead. Looking very strong, Wilberg built up a multi-car length advantage over Wimmer who was able to take second from Holzhausen.

The first caution of the race came out on lap 23 for a spin setting up the first double file restart of the race. Wimmer was able to wrestle the lead away from Wilberg on the restart only to lose it back one lap later. At this point Feiler was up to third as both Wilberg and Wimmer started to pull away from the field. Wilberg maintained his lead over Wimmer, but by the half-way point the lead was dwindling and on lap 55 Wimmer took over the top spot passing Wilberg coming out of turn four. Wimmer continued to lead until the competition yellow at lap 75. Wilberg, Feiler, Nick Murgic, and Jeremy Miller rounded out the top five as the crews came out on the front stretch to work on the cars for ten minutes. At this point fourteen cars were on the lead lap.

Wimmer elected to start on the outside for the restart and it paid off for him as he was able to maintain the lead over Wilberg. On lap 77 Murgic moved past Wilberg into second place, but five laps later Wilberg took his position back but still with a lot of ground to close on Wimmer.

Meanwhile, Feiler, who led the point standings coming into the night had dropped to fifth place and a late race pass by Travis Sauter put him in sixth place. But Wimmer was a man on a mission as nobody would be able to catch him tonight as he picked up the checkered flag. Wilberg finished in second followed by Murgic, Holzhausen, Sauter, and Feiler.

“This car was incredible tonight,” said Wimmer. “Everything worked out for us.” Runner-up Wilberg added, “I like these four tire races. The car runs good on these nights.”

Murgic was fast qualifier with a lap of 17.545 while Kyle Shear won the B and B Lawn Care Dash with Wimmer and Wilberg winning the heat races.

Goldade Powers His Way to Victory Lane

Ryan Goldade won the 20 lap feature for the Dave’s White Rock Sportsman.

Tommy Wutke and Rick Coppernoll brought the field to the green flag with Coppernoll quickly getting out to the lead. Jason Dunn was up to challenge on the second circuit and held the position until the caution flag came out on lap 8 for a spin.

On the restart, Goldade lined up outside Coppernoll and after another caution took the lead for good and built up a sizeable lead over the field. Coppernoll was able to hold onto second position until Will Rece moved by him on lap 12. But Goldade continued to pull away from the field as Rece and Coppernoll fought for second.

With one lap to go, Rece fell off the pace and had to settle for seventh place. This after point leader Kody Hubred had to go to the pits earlier in the race allowed Goldade to take over the point lead in the division as he easily picked up the win.

“I don’t like to capitalize on anyone’s misfortunes, but I’ve had my share this year too,” said Goldade from victory lane. Goldade was fast qualifier with a lap of 20.306 with Don Wickstrum getting the win in the heat race.

Snyder Takes the Checkered Flag for the Bandits

For the fifth time this season Dan Snyder won the 20 lap feature for the Pellitteri Waste Systems Bandits.

Trent Rueth took the lead on the first lap only to give it up to Jason Coker on lap 2 just before the caution flag came out for a spin. Following the restart, Snyder and Dave Schmidt battled it out for the top spot with Brandon DeLacy up to join the mix. By lap 12 Snyder was able to build a three car length advantage and roll his way to victory lane. In addition to the win, Snyder picked up $500 for being the highest finishing driver under twenty-five years old.

“It was a real fun race and I’m glad to get the win,” said Snyder. Brandon DeLacy set fast time with a mark of 15.248 while Schmidt won the heat race.

Racing continues on Friday, August 15th with the return of the Late Models along with the Trucks, Sportsman, Bandits, and Legends.

Final Round of Super Late Model Triple Crown Challenge is Tonight

August 8th, 2014

There’s nothing like the excitement of live racing and that’s what we will serve up tonight at Madison International Speedway. So bring your family and friends out for an evening of fun.

Tonight is the third round of the Super Late Model Triple Crown Challenge along with the Dave’s White Rock Sportsman and the Pellitteri Waste Systems Bandits. Dave Feiler is the current leader in the Triple Crown standings with a thirteen point advantage over Chris Wimmer (216-203). Defending champion Casey Johnson is in third with 189 points followed by Michael Bilderback and Jeremy Miller. Feiler and Travis Sauter picked up the wins in the first two events. This will be a 100 lap race paying $2500 to win and $500 to start. Feiler is also the leader in the season points for the Super Late Models at Madison as points for the Triple Crown events also count in the season championship standings. Feiler is looking for his fourth track championship after titles in 1998, 2002, and 2003. Feiler is also sixth on the all-time list of Super Late Model feature winners at Madison. He currently has a 708-625 lead over Jeremy Miller with two races remaining on the schedule. Bobby Kendall (591), Bobby Wilberg (576), and Russ Blakely (469) round out the top five.

There is a tie for the top spot in the B and B Lawn Care Dash Series for the Super Late Models between Feiler and Kendall who each have 42 points. Kendall has picked up three dash victories this season with Feiler, Bilderback, Wimmer, and Kyle Shear each taking home one victory.

Prize money will go to the overall top six finishers at the end of the season. Kody Hubred is looking for his first ever track championship at Madison in the Dave’s White Rock Sportsman, but so are Ryan Goldade and Will Rece who are close behind. Powered by his five feature wins, Hubred has totaled 909 points so far this year with Goldade at 898 and Rece with 886. The racing in this division has been very competitive all season long and with three races remaining on the schedule it’s going to go down to the final lap on August 29th. Another driver looking for his first track championship is Dan Snyder who leads the way in the points chase in the Pellitteri Waste Systems Bandits. Snyder has a 115 point lead over Brandon DeLacy (770-655) with three races remaining on the
schedule. Jason Coker, Jon Coker, and Dave Wickstrum round out the top five.

Pit gates open at 3:30 with practice at 4:45, qualifying at 6:00, opening ceremonies at 7:15 and racing at 7:30.
Adult admission is $15.00 / Seniors and Students are $13.00 / Kids 11 and under are free. Grandstand ticket stubs from August 1st are good for this race.

Madison International Speedway
Friday, August 8, 2014
3:30 Pit Gates Open
4:20 Chapel with Todd Christopherson
4:45 Practice
6:00 Qualifying
7:15 Opening Ceremonies
7:30 Racing (Schedule subject to change)
Super Late Model B and B Lawn Care Dash (8 Laps)
Bandit Heats (8 Laps)
Sportsman Heats (6 Laps)
Super Late Model Heats (8 Laps)
Intermission
Bandit Feature (20 or 25 Laps)
Sportsman Feature (20 Laps)
Super Late Model Feature (100 Laps)

ARCA Racing Weekend Coming
Advanced tickets are on sale for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards on August 23rd and 24th. You can purchase tickets at the MIS office or at area Menards stores.

Practice and qualifying will take place on Saturday, August 23rd followed by Twin 30′s for the American Ethanol Super Trucks and Live Entertainment…details to come. An on-track autograph session kicks things off on Sunday, August 24th at noon followed by the Herr’s Live Life with Flavor 200 at 2:00 PM.

Come out and enjoy the exciting shows we have in August and remember to support those who support racing.

Upcoming Events
Tonight: Super Late Model Triple Crown Challenge #3, Sportsman, and Bandits
August 15: Late Models- $1000 to win / $250 to start, Trucks, Sportsman, Bandits,
and Legends…$500 to win for Bandits
August 22: No Racing
August 23: ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Practice at 1:00 and Qualifying
at 4:40 followed by American Ethanol Super Trucks and Live Music
August 24: ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards: Autographs at Noon / Herr’s
Live Life with Flavor 200 at 2:00
August 29: Season Championship Night

Final Round of Triple Crown Challenge this Friday at MIS

August 6th, 2014

The third round of the Super Late Model Triple Crown Challenge is this Friday night (August 8th) at Madison International Speedway. The Dave’s White Rock Sportsman and the Pellitteri Waste Systems Bandits will also be in action.

Dave Feiler of Sun Prairie is the current leader in the Triple Crown standings with a thirteen point advantage over Chris Wimmer (216-203). Defending champion Casey Johnson is in third with 189 points followed by Michael Bilderback and Jeremy Miller. Feiler and Travis Sauter picked up the wins in the first two events.

This will be a 100 lap race paying $2500 to win and $500 to start. 1-10 $2500 , $1500, $1000, $950, $900, $850, $800, $750, $700 11-20 $675, $650, $625, $600, $575, $550, $550, $550, $550, $550 21-beyond $500

Feiler is also the leader in the season points for the Super Late Models at Madison as points for the Triple Crown events also count in the season championship standings. Feiler is looking for his fourth track championship after titles in 1998, 2002, and 2003. Feiler is also sixth on the all-time list of Super Late Model feature winners at Madison. He currently has a 708-625 lead over Jeremy Miller with two races remaining on the schedule. Bobby Kendall (591), Bobby Wilberg (576), and Russ Blakely (469) round out the top five.

There is a tie for the top spot in the B and B Lawn Care Dash Series for the Super Late Models between Feiler and Kendall who each have 42 points. Kendall has picked up three dash victories this season with Feiler, Bilderback, Wimmer, and Kyle Shear each taking home one victory. Prize money will go to the overall top six finishers at the end of the season. Here are the overall Dash standings:

1. Dave Feiler-42 points 1. Bobby Kendall- 42 points 3. Jeremy Miller-20 points 4. Michael Bilderback-17 points 5. Bobby Wilberg-13 points 6. Casey Johnson-12 points 7. Chris Wimmer-10 points 7. Kyle Shear-10 points 9.Russ Blakely-8 points 10. Jamie Wallace- 5 points 11. Travis Sauter- 4 points 12. Austin Nason- 3 points 12. Matt Kenseth-3 points 12. Travis Dassow- 3 points 15. Gary Lamonte- 2 points 15. Collin Reffner- 2 points

Kody Hubred is looking for his first ever track championship at Madison in the Dave’s White Rock Sportsman, but so are Ryan Goldade and Will Rece who are close behind. Powered by his five feature wins, Hubred has totaled 909 points so far this year with Goldade at 898 and Rece with 886. The racing in this division has been very competitive all season long and with three races remaining on the schedule it’s going to go down to the final lap on August 29th.

Another driver looking for his first track championship is Dan Snyder who leads the way in the points chase in the Pellitteri Waste Systems Bandits. Snyder has a 115 point lead over Brandon DeLacy (770-655) with three races remaining on the schedule. Jason Coker, Jon Coker, and Dave Wickstrum round out the top five. The E15 Bandit Challenge continues this week with $500 on the line for the highest finishing driver with three years or less racing experience (Some restrictions apply).

Pit gates open at 3:30 with practice at 4:45, qualifying at 6:00, opening ceremonies at 7:15 and racing at 7:30. Adult admission is $15.00 / Seniors and Students are $13.00 / Kids 11 and under are free. Grandstand ticket stubs from August 1st are good for this race.

Madison International Speedway

Friday, August 8, 2014
3:30 Pit Gates Open
4:20 Chapel with Todd Christopherson
4:45 Practice
6:00 Qualifying
7:15 Opening Ceremonies
7:30 Racing (Schedule subject to change)
Super Late Model B and B Lawn Care Dash (8 Laps)
Bandit Heats (8 Laps)
Sportsman Heats (6 Laps)
Super Late Model Heats (8 Laps)
Intermission
Bandit Feature (20 or 25 Laps)
Sportsman Feature (20 Laps)
Super Late Model Feature (100 Laps)

Final Round of Triple Crown Challenge this Friday at MIS

August 4th, 2014

The third round of the Super Late Model Triple Crown Challenge is this Friday night (August 8th) at Madison International Speedway.  The Dave’s White Rock Sportsman and the Pellitteri Waste Systems Bandits will also be in action.

Dave Feiler  is the current leader in the Triple Crown standings with a thirteen point advantage over Chris Wimmer (216-203).  Defending champion Casey Johnson is inthird with 189 points followed by Michael Bilderback (154) Jeremy Miller (152), Bobby Wilberg (149), and Bobby Kendall (149).  Feiler and Travis Sauter picked up the wins in the first two events.

This will be a 100 lap race paying $2500 to win and $500 to start. Complete payout information at madisoninternationalspeedway.com

Feiler is also the leader in the season points for the Super Late Models at Madison as points for the Triple Crown events also count in the season championship standings. Feiler is looking for his fourth track championship after titles in 1998, 2002, and 2003.  Feiler is  sixth on the all-time list of Super Late Model feature winners at Madison.  He currently has a 708-625 lead over Jeremy Miller with two races remaining on the schedule.  Bobby Kendall (591), Bobby Wilberg (576), and Russ Blakely (469) round out the top five.

There is a tie for the top spot in the B and B Lawn Care Dash Series for the Super Late Models between Feiler and Kendall who each have 42 points.  Kendall has picked up three dash victories this season with Feiler, Bilderback, Wimmer, and Kyle Shear each taking home one victory.  Prize money will go to the overall top six finishers at the end of the season.  

Kody Hubred is looking for his first ever track championship at Madison in the Dave’s White Rock Sportsman, but so are Ryan Goldade and Will Rece who are close behind.  Powered by his five feature wins, Hubred has totaled 909 points so far this year with Goldade at 898 and Rece with 886.  The racing in this division has been very competitive all season long and with three races remaining on the schedule it’s going to go down to the final lap on August 29th.

Another driver looking for his first track championship is Dan Snyder who leads the way in the points chase in the Pellitteri Waste Systems Bandits.  Snyder has a 115 point lead over Brandon DeLacy (770-655) with three races remaining on the schedule.  Jason Coker, Jon Coker, and Dave Wickstrum round out the top five.  The E15 Bandit Challenge continues this week with $500 on the line for the highest finishing driver with three years or less racing experience (Some restrictions apply).

Pit gates open at 3:30 with practice at 4:45, qualifying at 6:00, opening ceremonies at 7:15 and racing at 7:30.  Adult admission is $15.00 / Seniors and Students are $13.00 / Kids 11 and under are free.  Grandstand ticket stubs from August 1st are good for this race.

The Late Models return on August 15th along with Trucks, Sportsman, Bandits, and Legends.  The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards is back at MIS on August 23rd and 24th with the Herr’s Live Life with Flavor 200 set for the 24th at 2:00 PM.  Season championship night rounds out the 2014 racing schedule on August 29th.

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Madison’s Upcoming Events

August 1st, 2014

Upcoming Events
August 1: Late Models ($1000 to win / $250 to start), Trucks, Sportsman, Bandits ($500 to win / $100 to start the feature), Legends
August 8: Super Late Model Triple Crown Challenge #3, Sportsman, and Bandits
August 15: Late Models, Trucks, Sportsman, Bandits, and Legends
August 22: No Racing
August 23: ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Practice at 1:00 and Qualifying at 4:40
August 24: ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Madison 200: Autographs at Noon / Herr’s Live Life with Flavor 200 at 2:00
August 29: Season Championship Night

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It’s going to be a big night of racing this Friday at Madison International Speedway. Note to Drivers: The track will be open for additional practice in the afternoon on Friday with pit gates opening at 12:30. Pit passes are $20.00

Late Models Return to Wisconsin’s Fastest Half-Mile this Friday Night

Five divisions will take to the track this Friday night at Madison International Speedway with the Club LaMark Late Models making their second appearance of the season. The American Ethanol Super Trucks, Dave’s White Rock Sportsman, Roto Rooter Legends, and Pellitteri Waste Systems Bandits will also be in action. There will also be many activities for the kids including bus rides around Wisconsin’s Fastest Half-Mile during intermission.

The Late Model race will pay $1000 to win / $250 to start and is the second of three events scheduled at Madison this season. Dale Nottestad of Cambridge won the June 6th race holding off Bobby Wilberg of Beloit, Casey Johnson of Edgerton, ShanevMorrisseyvof Cuba City, and Jon Reynolds Jr. of Rockford, Illinois. Twenty-eight late modelsvwere on hand for the June race.

Blake Brown of Platteville has increased his lead in the points race in the American Ethanol Super Trucks. He now has a 649-538 lead over Jerry Wood of Madison with three events remaining on the schedule. Camden Murphy of Itasca, Illinois, Kevin Knuese of Waukesha, and Mike Corvo of Park Ridge, Illinois, round out the top five.

The Pellitteri Waste Systems Bandits will be competing for big money on Friday night with a $500 to win / $100 to start feature on tap. Bandits from throughout the region are expected to come to MIS to battle it out on the “Ring of Fire.” Dan Snyder of Stoughton leads the point standings in the division with 770 points with Brandon DeLacy of Stoughton holding on to second place followed by Jason Coker of Madison in third.

Kody Hubred of Utica shows the way in the Dave’s White Rock Sportsman championship battle with 909 points. Ryan Goldade of Edgerton (898) and Will Rece of Stoughton (886) are close behind in what will most certainly go down to the final race on August 29th before we know the champion. Hubred leads all drivers at Madison with five feature wins in 2014.

Cory Talaska of Campbellsport is hoping to repeat his track championship in the Roto Rooter Legends as he holds a 662-595 advantage over Aaron Moyer of Malone. Chris Lishamer of Elgin, Illinois, is in third with 583 points. Talaska and Moyer are the only two feature winners in the division this season.

The Quest Industrial Turn Four Kids’ Club also has many activities planned for the young fans including bus rides during intermission and jobs night where kids will have an opportunity to flag a race and perform other duties around the track. Also be sure to say “Happy Birthday” to Chuck West.

Pit gates open at 3:30 with practice at 4:45, qualifying at 6:00, opening ceremonies at 7:15 and racing at 7:30. Adult admission is $12.00 with Seniors / Students at $10.00 and kids eleven and under free.

Madison International Speedway
Friday, August 1st

Schedule of Events
3:30 Pit Gates Open
4:20 Chapel with Todd Christopherson
4:45 Practice
6:00 Qualifying
Bandits
Legends
Sportsman
Trucks
Late Models
7:15 Opening Ceremonies
7:30 Racing- Schedule subject to change
Bandit Preliminary Events
Legends Heats (8 Laps)
Sportsman Heats (6 Laps)
Truck Heats (8 Laps)
Late Model Heats (8 Laps)
Intermission
Bandit Feature (25 Laps)
Legends Feature (20 / 25 Laps)
Sportsman Feature (20 Laps)
Truck Feature (30 Laps)
Late Model Feature (40 Laps)
Feature lengths determined by car count and subject to change.

Bandit Young Gun Challenge
The highest finishing “young gun” in the Bandit feature races on August 8, 15, and 29 can win $500 thanks to the Wisconsin Corn Growers and the United Wisconsin Grain Producers. Merek Pankow of Jefferson was the first winner. To be eligible a driver must have three or fewer years of racing experience at any track / division (except Go Karts), purchase E15 fuel from Pathfinder Chassis, and display a window sticker. The car must also be an MIS-legal Bandit. Looking Ahead ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards returns to MIS on Saturday, August 23rd and Sunday, August 24th. Practice and qualifying take place on Saturday with qualifying set for 4:40.

On Sunday the 24th there will be an on-track autograph session from Noon – 1:00 followed by the Herr’s Live Life with Flavor 200 at 2:00 PM. We’ve seen young stars with the series the past couple of years and this year will be no exception. Tickets will be on sale at the MIS office and area Menards stores.

The final round of the Super Late Model Triple Crown Challenge will take to Wisconsin’s Fastest Half-Mile on Friday, August 8th. Teams should check the updated payout information on our website.

The Late Models return for the third time on Friday, August 15th and Season Championship Friday will be here sooner than you think on August 29th.

See you this Friday night at MIS.

Miller, Ace, Hubred, Talaska, and Coker Pick Up Wins at MIS

July 28th, 2014

Jeremy Miller (Super Late Models), Chester Ace (Super Trucks), Kody Hubred (Sportsman), Cory Talaska (Legends), and Jon Coker (Bandits) picked up wins tonight.

Jeremy Miller won the 30 lap feature for the Super Late Models. It was his second win in 2014.

Gary Lamonte and Collin Reffner paced the field of ten super late models to the green flag with Reffner taking the lead for the first three circuits before the caution flag waved on lap 3. Reffner chose to line up for the restart on the outside with Bobby Wilberg inheriting the inside position. Wilberg grabbed the lead with Miller moving up to second on lap 5. On lap 8 Bobby Kendall was up to third followed by Dave Feiler.

Wilberg continued to lead until lap 14 when Miller found his way to the front on the inside coming out of turn four. Wilberg was not about to let Miller get away from him and he kept within one or two car lengths of the leader. Feiler worked his way past Kendall for the third, but wouldn’t have enough time to catch Miller or Wilberg. Miller was able to keep Wilberg at bay to pick up the win. Feiler finished third with Kendall and Reffner rounding out the top five.

“The car wasn’t real good when we got here so we had to do some adjustments. We did a lot of work and it paid off. I really have to thank my crew and for Madison having super late models back here on Friday nights. This is a great track,” said Miller. Chester Ace won the 30 lap feature for the American Ethanol Super Trucks. It was his third win of the year. After an incident on the start collected three trucks, Kevin Knuese took the early lead. Ace moved up through the field and passed Knuese on lap 5 to take the lead.

Ace made the outside groove work for him tonight as he elected to start outside on the double file restart after a caution of lap 14. He made it work for him tonight as he led the rest of way and wheeled his truck to victory lane. Point leader Blake Brown gave it his best shot but couldn’t catch the speedy Ace. Jon Coker picked up his first feature win in the 20 lap feature for the Pellitteri Waste Systems Bandits.

Merek Pankow took the early lead before the caution came out on lap 2 for a spin. Ater the restart Brian Paulson led briefly before Coker took over the top spot on lap 5. Dan Snyder and Dave Schmidt were up to join Coker for lead and battled it out. The trio raced as a pack until lapped traffic came into play on lap 15 allowing Schmidt to take the lead followed by Snyder and Coker. On lap 19 Schmidt got loose on the backstretch with both Snyder and Coker able to get by him. Racing side by side, Coker edged Snyder at the line by inches to pick up the checkered flag.

Cory Talaska won the 20 lap feature for the Roto Rooter Legends and increased his point lead in the division. Talaska now has four wins for 2014. Matt Berlin took the lead at the start and held it until lap 8 when Aaron Moyer passed him for the top spot coming out of turn four.

Talaska was quickly up to challenge Moyer for the lead and on lap 13 got the job done. From there it was a two car race with Talaska holding off Moyer to pick up the win. Chris Lishamer, Berlin, and Grant Griesbach rounded out the top five.

Kody Hubred won the 20 lap feature for the Dave’s White Rock Sportsman. It was his fifth feature win of the season at MIS.

Mike Taylor and Don Wickstrum brougt the field to the green with Taylor the early leader. The caution flag came out on lap 2 when two cars got together in turn two.

On the restart it was Hubred jumping out to a big lead and never looking back as he easily outdistanced his fellow competitors to pick up the win. Will Rece held off Ryan Goldade for third in what has become an intense battle between the two drivers.

Complete story available at madisoninternationalspeedway.com

Racing continues on Friday, August 1st with Late Models ($1000 to win / $250 to start), Trucks, Sportsman, Legends, and Bandits all in action. Pit gates open at 3:30 with qualifying at 6:00 and racing at 7:30.

Feiler, Rece, Moyer, and Snyder Big Winners at MIS

July 24th, 2014

Dave Feiler (Super Late Models), Will Rece (Dave’s White Rock Sportsman), Aaron Moyer (Roto Rooter Legends), and Dan Snyder (Pellitteri Waste Systems Bandits) were the big winners at Madison International Speedway tonight.

Dave Feiler won the 30 lap feature for the Super Late Models after taking the lead from Colin Reffner on lap 24.  With his victory Feiler became the first repeat winner in the division this season.

Reffner appeared to be the car to beat as he quickly jumped out to a big lead with Bobby Kendall in pursuit.  Kendall moved alongside Reffner on lap 4 with Feiler right behind in third followed by Jeremy Miller and Bobby Wilberg. Feiler was able to move by Miller for third and on lap 20 squeezed his way past Kendall for second.  Feiler wasted no time cutting into Reffner’s lead and on lap 24 found room inside him to take the lead and quickly run away from the field and take
the checkered flag.  Reffner finished in second followed by Kendall, Miller, and Wilberg. “The car was really good tonight, but I wish we had more cars. This is one of the best tracks in the country and the quality of drivers here is very good,” said Feiler.  He now has two feature wins and leads the point standings.
Heats were won by Kendall and Mike Litchfeld.  Miller was the fast qualifier. Will Rece won the 20 lap feature for the Dave’s White Rock Sportsman.  It was Rece’s third win of the season.

Don Wickstrum took the early lead from the start with Mike Taylor in pursuit as the two pulled away from the field until the caution flag came out on lap 8.  On the restart Taylor outraced Wickstrum for the lead while Kody Hubred, Ryan Goldade, and  Rece were fighting it out behind them. On lap 15 Rece made a big move by passing both Goldade and Wickstrum to move to second and on lap 18 moved to the inside of Taylor coming down the front stretch to take the lead and race his way to victory lane. Goldade was fastest in qualifying with a lap of 20.330.  Heat race wins went to  Wickstrum and  Rece.

After a spin sent him to the back of the pack at the half way mark, Aaron Moyer came back through the field to take home the checkered flag in the 25 lap feature for the Legends. Several drivers took turns running out front at the early part of the race with Moyer one of them before losing the lead to Cory Talaska
on lap 9 and then spinning on lap 11 bringing out the caution flag and sending him to the rear of the field.  For Moyer it was his third win of the year at MIS.
Talaska quickly jumped back to the lead after the restart but lost power on the back stretch bringing out the caution flag and ending his night early.  Kyle Jusits took over the lead, but Moyer was moving quickly through the field and took back the lead and cruised to victory lane with Johnny Kringas, Chris Lishamer, Matt Berlin and Jusits completing the top five.

Talaska set a new track record in qualifying with a lap 13.662. Heat winners were  Berlin and Moyer. Dan Snyder topped an eight car field in the 20 lap feature
for the Bandits.  This was Snyder’s fourth trip to victory lane in 2014. Dave Schmidt took the lead when the green flag waved.  Behind the leader Heather Stark,
Brandon DeLacy and Snyder were fighting it out for second.    Snyder and Stark ran side by side before Snyder made the outside pass on lap 11 to take second.
Schmidt’s ten car length lead was quickly disappearing as Snyder cut it to two car lengths on lap 16 and dropped to the inside of Schmidt coming out of turn four on lap 17 to take the lead.  On lap 18 the two leaders made contact with Schmidt forced to the high side of the track and off the pace allowing Snyder to take the
lead. Snyder led the rest of the way to pick up the win.  Heather Stark finished second followed by Jeremy Simmons, Schmidt, and Jason Coker.

Snyder set fast time with a lap of 15.206.  Heat winners were Brian Paulson and Brandon DeLacy.

Racing continues on Friday, July 25th with all five weekly divisions in action with pit gates opening at 3:30, practice at 4:45, qualifying at 6:00 and racing at 7:30.

Complete race reports and information available at madisoninternationalspeedway.com

Travis Sauter and Kody Hubred the Big Winners at MIS Tonight

July 15th, 2014

Travis Sauter won the 100 lap Super Late Model Triple Crown Challenge race while Kody Hubred topped the field in the Dave’s White Rock Sportsman.

Travis Sauter Wins Round Two of Triple Crown Challenge Travis Sauter retook the lead on lap 28 and never looked back on his way to victory lane and a $4000 payout in the Ho Chunk Gaming Super Late Model Triple Crown Challenge at MIS.

Sauter outbattled Michael Bilderback and Bobby Wilberg for the early lead. Jeremy Miller worked his way past Sauter for the lead on lap 7 with Chris Wimmer charging his way up to third.

Sauter retook the lead on lap 28 when he worked his way to the inside of Miller coming out of turn four. Wimmer did the same and moved up to second place while Miller held on for third followed by Feiler, and Wilberg. On lap 32 Feiler took the third spot from Miller and started dialing in the top two. By the half-way point Wimmer was one car length behind Sauter and closing quickly. But Sauter was able to maintain the advantage until the mandatory caution at lap 75. At that point it was Sauter, Wimmer, Feiler, Holzhausen, Miller, and Wilberg, the only cars on the lead lap. Casey Johnson received the “lucky dog” and moved up to the end of the lead lap cars.

In the twenty-five lap shootout, Sauter chose to go to the outside on the restart giving the inside position to Wimmer. Feiler and Holzhausen made up the second row followed by Miller and Wilberg. When the green flag waved Sauter got a big advantage when Wimmer was off the pace and quickly opened up a five car length advantage that by lap 79 was ten lengths. Wimmer and Skylar Holzhausen would cut into the lead, but Sauter never looked back and cruised to the victory.

“The car was really good. The tires are different this year so we’ve had to make a lot of adjustments to the car,” said Sauter.

Feiler has a 216-203 advantage over Wimmer in the overall points race for the Triple Crown Challenge. Casey Johnson is third with 189 points. Chris Wimmer won the Dash with Casey Johnson getting the heat win while Bobby Kendall set fast time at 17.297 (104.064 mph).

Hubred Holds Off Rece to Win Sportsman Feature Kody Hubred held off Will Rece to win the twenty lap feature for the Dave’s White Rock Sportsman.

Mike Taylor and Jason Dunn brought the nine car Sportsman field to the green flag. Dunn quickly jumped out to the lead followed by Taylor. Todd Ambrose powered by Taylor for second on lap 2 before getting loose one lap later and losing his spot to both Kody Hubred and Will Rece. Dunn’s lead was six car lengths but by lap 6 it was down to two car length. On lap 8 Hubred took over the lead after passing Dunn on the inside coming out of turn two. Rece was able to work his way past Dunn for second one lap later and go to work on the leader.

Hubred and Rece wasted no time distancing themselves from the field with Ryan Goldade the quickest in their rear view mirrors. With two laps to go Rece was in a position to pass Hubred on the outside coming out of turn two, but couldn’t get it done and Hubred hung on for his fourth win of the season. Rece finished second followed by Goldade, Matt Lundberg, and Dunn.

“It took a lot to hold off Will. I knew I couldn’t make any mistakes,” said Hubred from victory lane. Matt Lundberg and Will Rece won the heat races. A new track record was set in qualifying by Ryan Goldade with a lap of 20.294.

Racing continues on Friday, June 18th with Super Late Models, Sportsman, Legends, and Bandits all in action. It will also be Kids’ Night with the annual 10,000 coin / token drop on the track. Qualifying is set for 6:00 PM with racing at 7:30 PM .

More information at madisoninternationalspeedway.com.

Round Two of Triple Crown Challenge this Friday at MIS

July 8th, 2014

It’s the second round of the Super Late Model Triple Crown Challenge this Friday night (July 11) at Madison International Speedway. Racing action will also include the Dave’s White Rock Sportsman and Pellitteri Waste Systems Bandits.

The Triple Crown Challenge race will be 100 laps and pays $4000 to the winner ($2000 to the runner-up) and $450 to start.

Dave Feiler topped a field of eighteen cars and won the first round of the “Challenge” on May 30th. Feiler took the lead on lap 20 and held off hard chargers Casey Johnson and Chris Wimmer to take home the checkered flag. Feiler also turned the fastest lap of the season at MIS in qualifying with a trip of 17.288 (104.118 mph).

Here’s a recap of Round One of the Super Late Model Triple Crown Challenge;

Feiler enters round two with a thirteen point lead over Johnson (117-98). The overall point winner in the Triple Crown Challenge will also receive a $3000 check at the annual MIS banquet. Second place will receive $2000 while third place takes home $1000. Bonus money will be available for all drivers who compete in all three events.

It’s a tight points race for the Dave’s White Rock Sportsman coming into this week with Kody Hubred holding the lead with 571-562 advantage over Ryan Goldade. Will Rece (550), Matt Lundberg (484), and Jason Dunn (449) round out the top five. The action in the Sportsman division has been very competitive this year and Friday night’s race will feature much of the same side by side action. Two young Stoughton area drivers, Brandon DeLacy and Dan Snyder, lead the way in the points chase for the Pellitteri Waste Systems Bandits. DeLacy tops the standings with 558 points while Snyder is just fifteen behind at 543. Pit gates open at 3:30
with practice at 4:45, qualifying at 6:00, opening ceremonies at 7:15 and racing at 7:30. Adult admission is $15.00 with students (12-17) and seniors (60+) at $13.00 and kids eleven and under are free.

Clean Sweep for Blake Brown in the Super Trucks

June 25th, 2014

Blake Brown (American Ethanol Super Trucks), Will Rece (Dave’s White Rock Sportsman), Aaron Moyer (Roto Rooter Legends), and Dan Snyder (Pellitteri Waste Systems Bandits) picked up the overall wins in the their respective divisions as part of a Night of Features at MIS.

Blake Brown increased his point lead in the American Ethanol Super Trucks after sweeping the field tonight. Brown set fast time and won both twenty lap features enroute to picking up the overall win.

Steve Dobbratz and Jerry Wood brought the field to the green in the first 20 lap featue with Wood taking the advantage. Meanwhile, Brown was working his way up through the field and on lap 7 passed Kurt Kleven for third. Next on his radar was Camden Murphy who he was able to pass on lap.

Now it was time to catch the leader. On lap 10 he was able to find room on the inside of Wood for the lead and the two raced side by side for four laps before Brown was able to take the lead. The caution flag would come out on lap 18 for a spin setting up a double file restart with two laps to go.

Both Brown and Wood chose the inside with Chester Ace moving up to take the spot alongside Brown. Brown was able to hold off Ace, but not without a fight, to pick up the victory.

“It was a lot of fun. These guys are great to work with and my truck was really set up well,” said Brown.

In the second 20 lap event, Joshua James took the lead after a spin on lap 1 and was in command from the start. On lap 3 Kevin Knuese passed John Beale for second place while Brown was working his way through the field after starting last.

On lap 6 Brown powered his way past Jerry Wood for third and began chasing down Knuese. As the race stayed green, James continued to show the way out front while Brown moved into second on lap 16.

The question is would Brown have enough time to catch James. As the laps counted down the lead began to shrink and with two to Brown was on the tailgate of the leader and eventually found room on the inside to take the lead and pick up the clean sweep.

“I have to thank the guys for getting this truck set up perfectly. Chad and the guys did a great job. This truck is so fun to race and to win twice is pretty nice,” said Brown.

Salute to America Night is this Friday Night at MIS

June 25th, 2014

Excitement on the track and in the air takes place this Friday night (June 27th) at Madison International Speedway when we host Salute to America Night. Three racing divisions and a spectacular fireworks display will entertain fans of all ages.

An outstanding racing program is on tap with the Big 8 Late Model Series, Great Northern Sportsman Series, and the Vintage cars all in action on Wisconsin’s Fastest Half-Mile.

After twenty-eight late models came to Madison for a race in June, a field approaching or even surpassing forty cars is expected to fight it out for a spot in the 48 lap Big 8 feature. The Great Northern Sportsman Series will be making its MIS debut as one of the largest Sportsman fields at MIS this season is expected. A group of Vintage cars will also be part of the program giving fans a look back at the past.

“This is going to be a great racing program,” said MIS General Manager Dave Grueneberg. “The Big 8 guys always put on a good show and there is a lot of excitement building for this race. It’s going to be a very competitive field if our late model race from June is any indication.”

The Great Northern Sportsman Series will be making several appearances this season and it will be their first trip to Madison. “I’m hoping all of our weekly guys will be part of this race, and I know they have several cars who will be competing for the first time here,” added Grueneberg.

But it gets even better than that as Thunder Cat presents the area’s biggest and best fireworks show with the skies lighting up right before your eyes. MIS owner Terry Kunes commented, “I don’t know how these guys (Thunder Cat) do it because each year they come up with a better show than the year before. Our fans will definitely get their money’s worth.”

MIS will also be honoring all military personnel past and present by giving them free admission. Veterans will also be taking part in our opening ceremonies. “We want to make this a special night for all of our fans, but especially out veterans. Free admission is just one small way we can say thank you. But this year we are going to include them in our opening ceremonies too,” said MIS Marketing / PR Director Megan Wood.

Current Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts in uniform will also be admitted free.

An open practice session is available for all race teams from Noon – 3:00 on June 27th for just $20.00. Pit gates officially open at 3:30 with practice at 4:45, qualifying at 6:00 and racing at 7:30.

Adult admission is $15.00 with Students (12-17) and Seniors 60+ at $13.00 , Kids 6-11 are $5.00 and under five are free.

Stay tuned for further updates.

Jeremy Miller Masters Wisconsin’s Fastest Half-Mile

June 15th, 2014

It’s been a somewhat frustrating year for Jeremy Miller, but tonight his fortunes took a turn for the better as he won the 40 lap Super Late Model feature.  Tory Bagley (Super Trucks), Ryan Goldade (Sportsman), Cory Talaska (Legends), and Brandon DeLacy also
were feature winners. Dale Nottestad and Jeremy Miller paced the field of fourteen to the green flag in the Super Late Model main event.  Miller took the lead and by lap 3 had built it up to five car lengths.  A good battle between Michael Bilderback and Bobby Kendall was taking place for third place behind the top two.  Bilderback was able to hold off Kendall with Casey Johnson and Dave Feiler both up to join the mix. On lap 18 Bilderback worked his way to the inside of Nottestad for second place with a lot of ground still between himself and Miller. 

On lap 20 Johnson raced by Nottestad for third with Feiler right behind Johnson in fourth. Lap by lap Bilderback cut into Miller’s lead and by lap 28 the distance was down to two car lengths.  One lap later Feiler flew by Johnson to take the third spot but ten
lengths behind the top two. With five to go Miller still had a two car length lead over Bilderback as the rest of the field was hoping for a caution flag.  Feiler was not about to give up as he quickly closed the gap and was closing on Bilderback for second as Miller pulled away and drove to victory lane.  Bilderback finished second followed by Feiler, Johnson, and Austin Nason
who broke into the top five on the last lap.

“It’s been one of those years.  We’ve had some good cars but it’s been kind of frustrating this year.  This is great to get the win tonight,” said Miller.  “My guys did a great job on the car tonight.” Kendall was the quick qualifier with a lap of 17.542
(102.611 mph).  Feiler won the eight lap B and B Lawn Care Dash while Brandon Hill won the heat race.

Tory Bagley Races to Checkered Flag in Super Trucks

Tory Bagley won the thirty lap feature for the American Ethanol Super Trucks in his first ever American Ethanol Super Truck race.
Mike Corvo III and Camden Murphy brought the field to the green with Murphy and Tory Bagley speeding their way to the front of the field. On lap 5 Jerry Wood and Blake Brown were up to challenge Murphy and Bagley.  On lap 7, Bagley looked to the inside of Murphy for the lead.  Murphy was able to keep the lead on the outside with Wood, Brown, Kevin Knuese, and Chester Ace joining the pack. Side by side the raced until lap 20 when Murphy drifted up the track allowing Bagley to take the point with Wood to second while Murphy
was fighting with Brown for third. Bagley built up a five truck length lead, but Wood was closing the gap with each lap.  On
the final lap it was down to less than a length, but Bagley was able to hold on and truck his way to victory lane.  Wood was a close second followed by Brown, Knuese, and Ace.

“This is a little new for me but it was a lot of fun,” said Bagley in a post race interview. The fastest in qualifying was Ace with a lap of 18.724 (96.133 mph)while Camden Murphy won the heat race.

The Night is Gold for Ryan Goldade
Ryan Goldade picked up his first win of the season in the twenty lap feature for the Dave’s White Rock Sportsman. Jason Dunn and Chris Weber brought the Sportsman field to the green flag with Dunn taking the top spot.  On lap 4 Goldade was up to second just before the caution flag came out on lap 6 when three cars got together in turn two. On the restart, Goldade was up to challenge Dunn and would take the lead.  Will Rece was up to second on lap 8 just before the second caution of the race came out when Dunn spun in turn two. Goldade continued his lead after the green flag waved again with Rece and Kody Hubred up to challenge as the three cars distanced themselves from the field.  On lap 16 Rece took a shot at Goldade with a tap, but wasn’t able to get by for now. With two to go the three leaders were bumper to bumper with Rece trying everything to get by Goldade, but this race belonged to Goldade who
picked up the win.  Rece was second followed by Hubred, Matt Lundberg, and Weber. “I haven’t won a feature in like three years so this feels really good.  I have to thank my guys and my family for making this happen,” said Goldade.  “This group of guys is
great to race with every week.”

Cory Talaska Returns to Victory Lane
Cory Talaska powered his way to the winner’s circle in the twenty lap feature for the Roto Rooter Legends. Grant Griesbach took the early lead before relinquishing it on lap 4 when the speedy duo of Chris Lishamer and Talaska took over the top two positions.   Lishamer’s lead would be short as Talaska raced by him on the inside coming out of turn four on lap 5. From there it was all Talaska with Lishamer, Kyle Jusits, and Griesbach in pursuit and hoping for a caution flag.  Unfortunately, the caution flag came out on the final lap putting a close to the race and the win to Talaska. “The best place to pass is out of turn four since guys will drift up the track a little bit and open the door.  The inside line along the wall is the fastest line on the track,” said Talaska. Talaska set fast time with a mark of 13.809 (65.175 mph). Shelby Berlin and Grant Griesbach won the heat races.
A Clean Sweep for DeLacy Brandon DeLacy increased his point lead by picking up his second feature win of the year in the Pellitteri Waste Systems Legends. Brandon DeLacy went three wide coming out of turn four on lap 4 to take the lead and held off Dan Snyder the rest of the way to pick up the win in the twenty lap feature. “It’s a lot of fun out here.  I wish we had a few more cars but this is great,” said sixteen year old DeLacy from victory lane. DeLacy was fastest in qualifying at 15.470 (58.177 mph) and also won the heat race.

It’s a double header of action at Madison next week with the Colony Brands 100 featuring Matt Kenseth on Tuesday, June 17th and Friday night racing on June 20th with the Trucks, Sportsman, Bandits, and Legends.

For more information checkout our website at madisoninternationalspeedway.com.

Dave Feiler Cruises to Victory at MIS

June 2nd, 2014

Dave Feiler of Cottage Grove took the lead on lap 20 and led the rest of the way to pickup the win in the Ho Chuck Gaming Super Late Model Triple Crown Challenge and took home the big purse money of $4000. Will Rece won in the Dave’s White Rock Sportsman and Brandon DeLacy won in the Roto Rooter Bandits.

Casey Johnson took the early lead in the Ho Chunk Gaming Triple Crown Challenge 100 before losing it to Bobby Kendall on lap 3. Kendall’s night would come to an early end when he lost power on lap 11 giving the lead to Jeff Storm. Storm held the lead for two laps when the caution flag waved when Jeremy Miller made contact with the wall. Johnson would regain the lead only to have Feiler sail by him on lap 20.

Feiler was fast and flying out front as the rest of the field tried to keep him in their sites. Chris Wimmer appeared to be the faste stand by the competition yellow and ten minute break at lap 75 was up to second. Feiler elected to restart on the inside with Wimmer on the outside. Feiler maintained the lead by half a car length with Wimmer second followed by Johnson, Michael Bilderback, and Bobby Wilberg. On lap 83 Johnson passed Wimmer for the second spot with much ground to cover if he hoped to catch the leader, but
nobody could catch Feiler tonight.

“Over the winter we did a lot of work on this car and it took a lot of time. It was really hooked up tonight. I have to dedicate this win to Bruce Mueller from B and B. There are so many people I need to thank. If it wasn’t for all of our sponsors it would be pretty tough to put all this together,” said Feiler from victory lane.

Will Rece of Stoughton claimed top honors in the Sportsman winning the twenty lap feature.

Mike Taylor took the early lead and held it for the first four laps before Rece squeezed by on the inside coming out of turn two on lap 5 to take the lead. Ryan Golade and Kody Hubred were up to challenge Rece as the three broke away from the pack. While Goldade and Hubred fought it out for second, Rece increased his lead while those in pursuit could only hope for a caution flag. It never came and Rece rolled to the win. Rece commented, “I’m just glad we had it hooked up on the outside tonight.”

Brandon DeLacy of Stoughton won the 20 lap feature for the Bandits picking up his first-ever victory at MIS.

DeLacy took the early lead from the pole and built up a five car advantage over Jon Coker and Dan Snyder after the first five laps. The race stayed green the entire way and nobody was able to catch DeLacy who powered his way to victory. “We had to make some changes before we made it out for the feature,” said DeLacy from victory lane.

The complete story and everything you need to know is available at madisoninternationalspeedway.com. Racing continues Friday, June 6th with Late Models, Sportsman, Legends, and Bandits. Practice begins at 4:45, qualifying at 6:00 and racing at 7:30.

Don’t miss the event of the year when Matt Kenseth will be at MIS on Tuesday, June 17th racing in the Colony Brands 100.

MIS is located on Sunrise Road just south of Highway 138 two miles east of Oregon.

The Boys are Back on Friday Nights at MIS

May 29th, 2014

Friday night racing is back at Madison International Speedway with five weekly divisions in action tonight. Bobby Wilberg (Super Late Models), Zack Riddle (American Ethanol Super Trucks), Kody Hubred (Dave’s White Rock Sportsman), Kyle Stark (Roto Rooter Bandits), and Cory Talaska (Pellitteri Waste Systems Legends) all made victory lane their home by taking home feature wins.

There’s nothing like the sound of Super Late Models racing on a Friday night, and on a much anticipated night of racing, Bobby Wilberg wheeled his way around Wisconsin’s Fastest Half-Mile leading wire to wire to pick up the win in the 40 lap Super Late Model feature. Wilberg and Steve Rubeck comprised the front row of the fourteen car event and it was the multi-time track champion taking the lead from the start and never looking back. As Wilberg and Rubeck put some distance between themselves and the field, the action in their rear view mirrors was very competitive. Rookie Austin Nason ran third early in the event before defending Triple Crown
Challenge champion Casey Johnson moved past him on lap 10. However, it was fast qualifier Jeremy Miller who was moving up through the field and on lap 31 moved past Johnson for third.

Out front Wilberg’s lead was increasing with the rest of the field hoping for a caution flag. The yellow never came and Wilberg took home the checkered flag followed by Rubeck, Miller, Johnson, and Dave Feiler. “It’s been awhile,” said Wilberg from victory lane. “It’s great to be back here on a Friday night.” Miller was fastest in qualifying with a lap of 17.381 (103.561 mph) while Bobby Kendall won the B&B Lawncare Dash for Cash and Dale Nottestad took top honors in the second heat.

Zack Riddle made the most of his first time in an American Ethanol Super Truck by picking up the win in the 30 lap feature. Cory Skolaski and Jacob Van Wazer led the field of thirteen to the green flag. John Beale found room to get by the front row to take the early lead before debris flew off of Skolaski’s truck bringing out the caution flag. On the restart it was Beale and Van Wazer running side by side for the lead as a group of nine trucks ran close together. Van Wazer was able to gain the advantage on lap 7 while Kurt Kleven and Riddle moved up to second and third. Van Wazer put some space between himself and his competition, but that advantage was decreasing and by lap 20 it was down to three lengths. On lap 23 Riddle pulled to the inside of Van Wazer and the two ran side by side until lap 25 when Riddle took over the top spot. Despite having difficulties earlier in the evening during practice, Blake Brown had one of the fastest trucks on the track and was able to move past Kleven for second and take a shot at Riddle, but nobody would catch “Showtime” tonight.

“We just kind of put this deal together the other day so I have to thank Jerry for letting me bring the truck out. This was a lot of fun,” said Riddle in a post race interview. Riddle was fast qualifier with a lap of 18.704 (96.236 mph) while Mike Corvo III and Brown won the heat races.

Kody Hubred Tops the Sportsman Field Kody Hubred topped a very competitive field of Dave’s White Rock Sportsman drivers and won the 20 lap feature. Jason Dunn and Mike Taylor battled it out for the early lead with Dunn gaining the advantage only to give it back to Taylor one lap later. Hubred was quickly up to join the mix and on lap 4 pulled to the inside of Taylor coming out of turn two to take the lead.

The rest of the field could only chase the leader and hope for a caution. Ryan Goldade and Will Rece appeared to have the best shot at Hubred, but the lack of a caution flag put an end to any hopes they had of picking up the checkered flag.

“We had to do a lot of work on the car after we practiced here on Wednesday night. I have to thank all of the guys who helped me out to get us where we are tonight,” said Hubred. Rece was the quickest qualifier with a mark of 20.509 (87.766 mph) with heat wins going to Hubred and Dunn.

Kyle Stark Sweeps His Way to Victory Lane Whenever he races at MIS, Kyle Stark is a threat to win and tonight he picked up the clean sweep in the Roto Rooter Bandits. Devon Dixon was the earlier leader of the 20 lap main event and held the point for the first seven laps. But Stark was simply too fast and powered his way past Dixon to take the lead and sail away for the victory. Dixon would run into problems on lap 10 opening up the door for Brian Beale and Jason Coker who battled it out for second. Coker eventually gained the advantage to take home runner-up honors.

“We were pretty fast tonight,” said Stark, “but we probably won’t be here every week.” Stark was fast qualifier with a trip of 15.064 (59.745 mph) on the quarter mile and also picked up the win in the heat race.

Cory Talaska Tops Legends Field Defending Pellitteri Waste Systems Legends champion Cory Talaska held off Aaron Moyer to win the 20 lap feature. Rookie Grant Griesbach and Kyle Jusits led the field of seven cars to the green flag with Griesbach getting a slight advantage only to see Chris Lishamer take the lead on lap 2. Talaska and Aaron Moyer were quickly up to challenge with Talaska taking the lead on lap 4 coming out of turn three. Moyer tried to work his way around the leader but wouldn’t quite find the room necessary. Despite going to the back after a spin on lap 12, Moyer was still able to work his way back to chase Talaska but wouldn’t have enough time to get the job done and had to settle for second.

“It was a pretty interesting day for us as we made some major changes to the car…a completely new set up. I’m pretty happy with how it turned out tonight,” said Talaska.

It’s a double-header of action next weekend at MIS with the Super Late Model Triple Crown Challenge #1 on Friday, May 30th. This will be a 100 lap feature with the winning taking home $4000 and the runner-up $2000. The Dave’s White Rock Sportsman and Roto Rooter Bandits will also be in action. Then on Saturday night the Badger State Tractor Pullers and Tri County Mini-Rods will be pulling on the infield clay with the first pull scheduled for 6:00 PM.

Wilberg Wins Season Opener at MIS as Racing Returns to Friday Nights

May 24th, 2014

Bobby Wilberg of Beloit, Wisconsin, won the 40 lap Super Late Model feature at Madison International Speedway on Friday night. Wilberg led wire to wire in the caution-free event and was followed by Steve Rubeck, Jeremy Miller, Casey Johnson, and Dave Feiler. Jeremy Miller set fast time in qualifying with heat wins going to Bobby Kendall and Dale Nottestad.

Zack Riddle made the most of his first-ever ride in an American Ethanol Super Truck by winning their 30 lap feature. Kody Hubred raced to victory lane in the Dave’s White Rock Sportsman picking up his first win at Madison. Defending track champion Cory Talaska won the Pellitteri Waste Systems Legends and Kyle Stark earned a clean sweep in the Roto Rooter Bandits.

Next action is Friday, May 30th with the first leg of the Super Late Model Triple Crown Challenge Series and a 100 lap feature. The Sportsman and Bandits will also be in action.

More information is available at our website including a complete story on Friday’s racing along with point standings and more. Check out the site at Home

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Super Late Model Challenge Series Returns to MIS this Friday Night Winner Will Take Home $4000

May 26th, 2014

The first event of the Super Late Model Triple Crown Challenge Series takes to Wisconsin’s Fastest Half-Mile this Friday night (May 30th). The winner of the 100 lap feature will receive $4000 while the runner-up takes home $2000. The race will pay $450 to start. The overall champion of the three race series will also receive $5000 at the annual MIS banquet in November.

“We want to see a great field of cars in our Triple Crown Challenge at Madison,” said MIS owner Terry Kunes. “We’ve upped the purse this year because we want people to know that we are committed to super late model racing.”

A very competitive field of cars from throughout the region is expected to be at Madison on Friday night. “We’ve already received inquires from drivers in several states so we’re anticipating a very solid field,” added Kunes.

Complete information for race teams is available on the track website at http://www.madisoninternationalspeedway.com.

Defending champion of the Super Late Model Triple Crown Challenge Series is Casey Johnson of Stoughton, Wisconsin.

Pit gates for this Friday’s race open at 3:30 with practice at 4:45, qualifying at 6:00 and racing at 7:30. The Dave’s White Rock Sportsman and Roto Rooter Bandits will also be in action.

Adult admission is $15.00 with Seniors 60+ and Students 12-17 at $13.00 and children eleven and under free.

Turn on the Lights…It’s Back to Friday Nights this Week at MIS

May 22nd, 2014

It’s back to Friday nights so turn on the lights at Madison International Speedway when the racing season begins on May 23rd. The
action on Fridays will run all summer long culminating with Season Championship night on August 29th.

After moving to a special event schedule on Sunday afternoons last year, MIS officials realized that the “Friday Night Tradition” had to return. “We’re a Friday night track and that’s what our fans are used to and what they want,” said MIS General Manager Dave Grueneberg.

Highlighting the weekly racing action will be the Super Late Models who will be taking on Wisconsin’s Fastest Half-Mile. “This is what our fans have been asking for and it’s what racing at Madison is best known for over the years,” added Grueneberg. A quick glance at the past champions at Madison proves this to be true as Matt Kenseth won a title in 1994 and legendary stars such as Dick Trickle, Joe Shear, and Rich Bickle Jr. won multiple championships.

The Super Late Models will be in action on nine nights that also include the three events of the Triple Crown Challenge. The Triple Crown Challenge events will include a 100 lap feature and will pay the winner $2500. Casey Johnson was the Triple Crown Challenge
winner in 2013.

When the Super Late Models are not in action the Limited Late Models / Late Models will be in action for three events plus the Big 8 Late Model race on June 27th that will include our Salute to America fireworks extravaganza.

The American Ethanol Super Trucks and Dave’s White Rock Sportsman will also be racing on the half-mile in 2014. Both divisions are expected to be highly competitive with close racing action guaranteed. Jerry Wood is the defending champion in the Super Trucks while the Sportsman did not race in 2013.

Two divisions will be in action on the ¼ mile infield track this year with the Pellitteri Waste Systems Legends and Roto Rooter Bandits taking on one of the Midwest’s most challenging ovals. Defending champion in the Legends division is Cory Talaska while the Bandits did not race in 2013.

This year’s weekly format will include qualifying, heat races, and features. Qualifying results will determine heat race lineups while heat race results will determine the feature starting positions. Feature lengths (depending on car count) will include 25 laps for the Bandits and Legends, 20 laps for the Sportsman, 30 laps for the Trucks, and 40 laps for the Super Late Models.

Friday nights will also include a variety of special events for the kids as the MIS Kids’ Club presented by Quest Industrial returns in 2014.

Pit gates for Friday night racing open at 3:30 with practice set for 4:45, qualifying at 6:00, opening ceremonies at 7:15, and racing at 7:30. Adult admission is $12.00 with Students (12-17) and Senior Citizens (60+) at $10.00, and kids eleven and under free.

Special event pricing for the Triple Crown Challenge Nights and Salute to America Night are $15.00 for adults, $13.00 for Students and Seniors, and free for kids eleven and under.

Madison International Speedway Friday, May 23, 2014

3:30 Pit Gates Open
4:45 Practice
6:00 Qualifying-2 laps (all divisions) Bandits, Legends, Sportsman, Trucks, Super, Late Models
7:15 Opening Ceremonies
7:30 Racing*
Bandit Heats (8 Laps)
Legends Heats (8 Laps)
Sportsman Heats (6 Laps)
Truck Heats (8 Laps)
Super Late Model Heats (8 Laps)
Bandit Feature (25 Laps)
Legends Feature (25 Laps)
Sportsman Feature (20 Laps)
Truck Feature (30 Laps)
Super Late Model Feature (40 Laps)

Flag Set to Wave at MIS Season Opener is May 4th

April 29th, 2014

The Green
The sixth annual ARCA Midwest Tour Joe Shear Classic returns to Madison International Speedway on Sunday, May 4th. This will be the first race of the season at Madison before the track returns to Friday night racing on May 23rd.

The event honors one of the greatest short track racers in the country, the late Joe Shear of Clinton, Wisconsin, who won four track championships at Madison (1973,1974,1980, 1982) and took home 66 feature wins.

“This is a very special event at Madison,” said MIS owner Terry Kunes. “We are excited about the 2014 racing season here and this is the perfect event to open our year by honoring a true legend of the short tracks, Joe Shear.”

The ARCA Midwest Tour will bring the best drivers in the region to Wisconsin’s Fastest Half-Mile. The Joe Shear Classic will be a 100-lap event that will be split into two segments: 64 laps followed by a short break and then a 36 lap dash. The American Ethanol Super Trucks will also be part of the racing program.

Travis Sauter was victorious in last year’s race and carries a nine race win streak at Madison into the 2014 season.

Other winners of the “Classic” include Nathan Haseleu (2009), Steve Carlson (2010), Ross Kenseth (2011), and Andrew Morrissey (2012).

Action begins on Saturday, May 3rd with an open practice session and free grandstand admission for the fans.

On Sunday action begins with practice at 11:30 AM, qualifying at 1:15 PM followed by opening ceremonies at 2:15 PM and racing to follow.. Adult admission is $15.00 with seniors (60 plus) and students (12-17) at $13.00 and free for kids eleven and under.

Saturday, May 3rd
9:30AM: Pit Gate Opens
10:00AM: Hoosier Tire Sales (Practice Tires Only)
10:00AM – 4:00PM: ARCAMT Cars Can Go Through Tech to be Approved for Sunday- Anytime between 10:AM and 4:00PM Saturday.
12:00PM: Practice Begins All Divisions
5:00PM: Practice Ends (Haulers May Stay in Place)
Camping Reservations Contact: Dave Grueneberg (608-513-2278)

Sunday, May 4th
8:00AM: Pit Gate Opens
8:30AM: Tire Sales Begin (Top 20 then Post Mark Entry)
8:45AM: Unapproved Saturday/Sunday Cars Only Tech Open ARCAMT
10:45AM: Drivers Meeting
11:30AM: ARCAMT Practice (60 Mins)
12:30PM: American Ethanol Super Trucks Practice (35 Mins)
1:15PM: Qualifying Begins (SLM, Trucks)
2:15PM: Opening Ceremonies
2:30PM: Racing Begins

ARCAMT Transfer Qualifier: 15 Laps

American Ethanol Super Trucks Heat Races : 8 Laps (2)

ARCAMT Fast Dash: 12 Laps

ARCAMT Last Chance: 20 Laps

American Ethanol Super Trucks Feature: 40 Laps

Joe Shear Classic 100
(Break at Lap 64, 36 Lap Dash to Follow)

Under the Lights on Friday Nights at MIS in 2014

February 4th, 2014

Exciting racing action returns to Friday nights in 2014 at Madison International Speedway.

“Everyone is pretty excited about the move back to Friday nights. It’s been a tradition for many, many years and we need to get back to our roots,” said MIS General Manager Dave Grueneberg.

Adding to the excitement is the fact that the super late models will be returning to Wisconsin’s Fastest Half-Mile this season. Joining the super late models on the weekly racing program and competing on the half-mile will be the Midwest Trucks and Sportsman while the Legends and Bandits battle it out on the “Ring of Fire” quarter-mile. When the super late models are not on the racing schedule the late models will take center stage.

“This is a track that was made for super late model racing so that’s the direction we are going,” added Grueneberg. “We won’t be having the supers every week so we’re going to have the late models racing with us too.”

The weekly racing season opener is set for Friday, May 23rd and will continue until Season Championship Night on August 29th. This season qualifying will begin at 6:30 PM with racing at 8:00 PM.

“We are moving back to an 8:00 PM start this season to accommodate drivers who will be traveling to race with us each week,” noted Grueneberg who pointed out that drivers from as many as four states will be racing weekly in 2014.

The Super Late Model Triple Crown Challenge returns this year and will be part of the Friday night racing program. Feature races for the “Challenge” will be 100 laps.

When the super late models are off, Madison will be hosting a three race Late Model Challenge Series. “There are some major super late model events being held in the Midwest that conflict with some of our Friday dates so this will allow us to bring in the late models. This will follow a similar format to the Triple Crown Challenge that we’ve run for the super late models.” Rules for the series are still being finalized, but the goal is to make as many late models running in this region eligible to race.

Speaking of late models, the Big 8 Late Models will be at Madison on Friday, June 27th as part of Salute to America Night that includes the area’s biggest and best fireworks show.

Two major special events are also on tap at Madison. The ARCA Midwest Tour will be here on Sunday, May 4th for the running of the Joe Shear Classic. The ARCA Racing Series also returns to the speedway on Sunday, August 24th.

A tractor and truck pull is also planned for this season with the date and details still being finalized.

More detailed information will be available very soon so fans are encouraged to check out our website at madisoninternationalspeedway.com and follow us on Facebook and Twitter (MISRacing).

Madison International Speedway
2014 Racing Schedule
Under the Lights on Friday

Nights Friday Events: Pit Gates 3:30 / Hot Laps 4:45 / Qualifying 6:30 / Racing 8:00
Sunday, May 4th Joe Shear Classic: ARCA Midwest Tour, Trucks
Friday, May 23rd Super Late Models, Trucks, Sportsman, Bandits, Legends
Friday, May 30th Super Late Model Triple Crown Challenge #1, Sportsman, Bandits
Saturday, May 31st Tractor Pull
Friday, June 6th Late Model Challenge #1, Sportsman, Bandits, Legends
Friday, June 13th Super Late Models, Trucks, Sportsman, Bandits, Legends
Friday, June 20th Super Late Models, Trucks, Sportsman, Bandits, Legends
Friday, June 27th Salute to America Night: Big 8 Late Models, Sportsman, Bandits
Friday, July 4th No Racing
Friday, July 11th Super Late Model Triple Crown Challenge #2, Sportsman, Bandits
Friday, July 18th Super Late Models, Trucks, Sportsman, Bandits, Legends
Friday, July 25th Super Late Models, Trucks, Sportsman, Bandits, Legends
Friday, August 1st Late Model Challenge #2, Trucks, Sportsman, Bandits, Legends
Friday, August 8th Super Late Model Triple Crown Challenge #3, Sportsman, Bandits
Friday, August 15th Late Model Challenge #3, Trucks, Sportsman, Legends, Bandits
Friday, August 22nd No Racing
Saturday, August 23rd ARCA Racing Series Practice / Qualifying
Sunday, August 24th ARCA Racing Series
Friday, August 29th Season Championships: Super Late Models, Trucks, Sportsman,Bandits, Legends

Schedule is subject to change

MIS E-News

September 7th, 2013

Here is the latest from Madison International Speedway. The 2013 racing season at Madison comes to a close this weekend with Championship Sunday. Come on out for a great day of racing and save money…$10.00 per person or $30.00 per carload…what a deal!

It All Comes Down to Championship Sunday at MIS

The 2013 racing season at Madison International Speedway will go out with a bang on Sunday, September 8th when track championships will be decided in the Triple Crown Super Late Model Challenge, Club La Mark Midwest Trucks, and Pellitteri Waste Systems Legends.

It’s not only going to be a great day for racing, but it’s going to be a great deal for the fans. Track officials have announced that Championship Sunday will be Car Load Day with admission being $30.00 per car load or $10.00 per person.

“We wanted to give something back to the fans,” said MIS General Manager Dave Grueneberg. “We are going to be getting very creative in the upcoming season so fans can expect to see things done a little bit differently around here.”

There will also be bike giveaways all afternoon long for the kids. Kids ages 5-14 can register to win a bike and sit back and listen for their name to be drawn. The goal is to present more than 25 bikes throughout the day.

Now back to the racing…

Johnson Leads the Way in Triple Crown Challenge

Casey Johnson of Stoughton has the point lead going into the final race of the season. Johnson has a total of 309 points going into the final race which is 44 points ahead of second place Nick Murgic of Rosemount, Minnesota. Rich Bickle Jr. of Janesville is third with 256 points followed by Gary Lamonte of West Allis with 242 points and Travis Sauter of Prairie du Sac with 222. Johnson won the opening race back in June while Sauter picked up the victories in the two July events to give him ten straight super late model wins at Madison.

The race will pay $2500 to the winner with $450 to start. Bonus money also awaits the top three overall finishers in the series who have raced in each event.

The Battle of the Wood Brothers

The Club La Mark Midwest Trucks point race is the tightest of the three divisions with Jerry Wood leading his younger brother John by just twelve points (648-636). Natalie Decker of Eagle River is third with 507 points followed by Andy Jones of Gurnee, Illinois (487) and Camden Murphy of Itasca, Illinois (459). Legends Chase Down to the Wire

Cory Talaska of Campbellsport took the point lead from Aaron Moyer after the August race and goes into the final event with a fourteen point lead (556-542). The Andy Jones / Max McNamara Team is in third place with 529 points and still have an outside shot at the title. Kevin Griffin of Green Oaks, Illinois, is fourth with 448 points followed by Austin Kunert of Batavia, Illinois, with 400 points. Pit gates will open at 10:00 AM with practice at 11:30 AM, qualifying at 1:15 PM, and racing at 2:30 PM.

Championship Sunday Sunday, September 8, 2013 10:00 AM Pit Gates Open
11:30 AM Grandstands Open
11:30 AM Practice
Super Late Models Session 1
Midwest Trucks Session 1
Legends Session 1
Super Late Models Session 2
Midwest Trucks Session 2
Legends Session 2
Super Late Models Session 3
1:15 PM Qualifying
Legends (2 Laps)
Midwest Trucks (2 Laps)
Super Late Models (2 Laps)
2:15 PM Opening Ceremonies
2:30 PM Racing
Midwest Truck Heats (8 Laps)
Super Late Model Odd / Even Qualifiers (12 Laps)
Legends Heats (8 Laps)
Super Late Model Odd / Even Dashes (12 Laps)
Intermission
Super Late Model Last Chance (15 Laps) if necessary
Midwest Truck Feature (30 Laps)
Legends Feature (25 Laps)
Super Late Model Feature (100 Laps) (Ten minute break between lap 60-75)
Tickets
$10.00 per person (5 and under free) or $30.00 per carload
Schedule is subject to change
Stay Tuned for 2014

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15-year-old Kyle Benjamin dominates ARCA race at Madison; becomes youngest winner in series history

August 29th, 2013

(OREGON, Wisc.) – Kyle Benjamin became the youngest winner in ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards history Sunday, winning the Herr’s Live Life With Flavor 200.

Benjamin, who doesn’t turn 16 until November, took the lead during a caution and slowly built a commanding lead over the last 100 laps in taking the win. It was the third win in three weeks for the No. 15 Venturini Motorsports Toyota, the first with Benjamin on the wheel.

“It’s definitely the biggest thing that has ever happened to me,” Benjamin said. “I’m ecstatic right now. I’m not going to sleep tonight. I’m not going to sleep tomorrow night.”

Justin Boston, in the No. 25 ZLOOP Computer & Recycling Toyota finished second, giving Venturini Motorsports a 1-2 finish. Frank Kimmel scored yet another top five in his Ansell-Menards Toyota by placing third with Spencer Gallagher fourth in the Allegiant Travel Chevrolet and Mason Mingus fifth in the 811 Call Before You Dig Toyota. Local favorite Ross Kenseth came in sixth, the last car on the lead lap.

Benjamin started third, behind Kenseth and Boston. He pitted for two tires on lap 50 when the first caution came out. He grabbed the lead when the second and final caution flag flew at lap 70 and he stayed on the track.

“It was a top five car at the beginning we came and made that stop and got those two those tires and the car came to life,” Benjamin said. “From there it was smooth sailing. Kevin Reed is such a good crew chief. I got the best team behind me. Billy Venturini is awesome. I had a great spotter. Everything just came together today. I’m really happy for all of the guys.”

Reed said he expected another caution at some point and, if that happened, he would have called for four fresh tires for Benjamin. As it was, the team needed just that one two-tire change. The final margin of victory over Boston was 7.090 seconds.

“Kyle’s been awesome all year,” Reed said. “He was just flawless today.”

Kenseth grabbed the lead early and led until he pitted under the first caution. He came down again late in the same caution for an adjustment to his car before the re-start. He followed behind Benjamin for a long part of the late green flag run before falling off to sixth.

“It was great working with this Ken Schrader team,” he said. “Optimistically, I’d say we might have had the best car out there today because of what the guys game. We just fell short in the end.” Boston and Gallagher continued their strong seasons. Boston tied a career high with a second-place finish. He now has finished in the top 10 in eleven of the last 12 ARCA races.

“It was good,” Boston said of his car. “I wish a caution would have come out so I could have got up there and gave Kyle a battle. He earned that win, though, with only taking on those two tires early. He drove the heck out of it today.”

Gallagher has three top five’s in his past four races, including a second and now a fourth.

“It was a good day. I have one dent to smooth out and we can take this car to Salem, and I’ve been good there,” he said. “Definitely a good day for the Allegiant Travel team.” Kimmel extended his amazing streak of 24 straight top 10 finishes and widened his series point lead as he takes aim for his 10th series championship.

“We were about a tenth off all day, and that’s about where we ended up,” Kimmel said.

James Buescher had been the youngest winner in series history until Sunday, having won at USA International in Lakeland, Fla. in 2007. He was two days shy of his 16th birthday when he took the checkered flag in an ARCA Racing Series event. Benjamin’s father, Steve, was in victory lane with other family members, soaking up the win.

“I’m proud as I can be,” he said. “I’m always proud of Kyle.”

The race will air on NBC Sports Network at 11 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29. The ARCA Racing Series next heads to DuQuoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds and the one-mile dirt track on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 2.

Kenseth takes ARCA pole at Madison

August 26th, 2013

(OREGON, Wisc.) – Ross Kenseth couldn’t tell you just how many laps he’s made at Madison International Speedway in his lifetime, but Saturday’s had to be one of his most impressive.

Kenseth qualified on the pole for Sunday’s Herr’s Live Life With Flavor 200 at Madison with a fast qualifying time of 18.217 seconds.

“Driving in a late model is not a good comparison to these ARCA cars,” he said. “The biggest thing is the horsepower and driving into the corners. The guys did great job preparing the car. It’s been a good weekend so far.”

Kenseth went out fourth in the qualifying session, then watched as his lap held up against the likes of Venturini Motorsports drivers Justin Boston and Kyle Benjamin, Mason Mingus, Frank Kimmel and local driver Travis Sauter.

“I’m excited about this race,” he said. “It’s great that some local guys can come up here and race against the ARCA drivers.”

Boston, in the ZLOOP Computer & Recycling Toyota, had the fastest time in the second practice session and was just a nose behind Kenseth at 18.238 seconds. Alex Bowman still holds the ARCA track qualifying record with a lap of 18.093 last year.

“I’m real excited about this race,” Boston said. “I would have liked to have qualified on the pole, but Ross put down a good time. I’m optimistic.”

Benjamin, 15, drove a 18.306 in his qualifying lap on the high-banked half-mile dubbed as “Wisconsin’s fastest half-mile.” He said his car will be good in race trim on Sunday.

“It’s a tough track to drive,” Benjamin said. “You can’t miss your marks at all. It’s a tough place. Third is a really good place to start.”

Mingus, in the WinTron Racing 811 Call Before You Dig-Diamond Equipment Toyota, qualified fourth with Kimmel, in the Ansell-Menards Toyota fifth.

Spencer Gallagher will start sixth in front of a pair of Cunningham Motorsports cars in the No. 77 of Tom Hessert and the No. 22 of Anderson Bowen. Sauter, in the No. 99 Lester Buildings Ford, will start ninth, just ahead of Mason Mitchell in the Happy Cheeks Ford. Mitchell’s streak of two consecutive Menards Pole Awards presented by Ansell ended.

Kenseth, who’s father Matt Kenseth is racing in tonight’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Briston (Tenn.) Motor Speedway and is expected to be at Sunday’s race, ran a full late model season at Madison plus has raced several times as part of a national touring series.

“Qualifying was real important for us,” he said. “It helps to have a good qualifying position here.”

Sunday’s 200-lap race will go green at 2 p.m. Catch all the action live on the ARCA Racing Network with Charley Krall and Tim Clagg doing the play-by-play on arcaracing.com.

The race is also being taped by NBC Sports for an Aug. 29 air date.

ARCA Returns to Madison

August 19th, 2013

ARCA Racing Series Returns to Madison For the third straight year the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards will be racing at Madison International Speedway.

Once again this year’s event will be the Herr’s Live Life with Flavor 200 that will take place on Sunday, August 25th at 2:00 PM. It will be the only time that fans at Madison will have the opportunity to see live pit stops on the front stretch. Drivers from throughout the country and as far away as Venezuela will be here to fight it out on Wisconsin’s Fastest Half-Mile. One of those drivers, Ross Kenseth, will be making his ARCA debut on a very familiar track to him.

Here’s the schedule of events:
Saturday, August 24th
Noon: Grandstands Open
1:00 – 3:00 PM ARCA Racing Series Practice (2 sessions)
4:30 ARCA Racing Series Qualifying
Sunday, August 25th
11:30 AM Grandstands Open
Noon-1:00 PM On-Track Autograph Session
2:00 PM Herr’s Live Life with Flavor 200
Tickets (Good for both days)
Ages 13 + are $25.00
Ages 6-12 are $10.00
Under 5 are Free

For more information about ARCA checkout http://www.arcaracing.com

Breaking News from MIS: Friday Nights are Back in 2014

August 16th, 2013

The Friday night lights will be back on at Madison International Speedway in 2014! Track owner Terry Kunes and General Manager Dave Grueneberg have announced that Friday night racing will return to MIS next season. Tentative plans are for as many as fourteen Friday night shows to be on the schedule in addition to several special events.

“We need to get back to the weekly show and the Friday night tradition,” said Kunes. “We will still have some great
special events, but the majority of our racing will be done on Friday evenings.”

Highlighting the weekly racing program will be the super late models. “This is what the fans have asked for and this is what the big track is all about,” said MIS General Manager Dave Grueneberg. “The rules will be pretty similar to what we are running now in our super late model program.”

As for support divisions, Grueneberg added, “We are looking at several possibilities for next season at this time, but they won’t necessarily run each week. We may look at some type of rotation so teams can get one race off per month, but nothing is finalized.”

“We did something new this season and want to thank all of the teams and fans who have supported what we tried to do. But it’s time to go back to our roots here and have some fun on Friday nights,” said Kunes. It definitely won’t be quiet in the countryside around MIS on Friday nights in 2014. Stay tuned for more updates.

ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards coming to MIS on August 24-25 The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards is coming to Madison International Speedway for the third straight year on Saturday, August 24th and Sunday, August 25th. The Herr’s Live Life with Flavor 200 is scheduled for 2:00 PM on Sunday. An on-track autograph session is scheduled for Noon on Sunday. Practice will take place on Saturday, August 24th with qualifying at 4:30 PM. It was just announced today that Ross Kenseth will be competing in his first ARCA race.

Stay tuned for more updates on our website at madisoninternationalspeedway.com

Here is the latest from Madison International Speedway.

August 10th, 2013

Oregon,WI-It’s going to be a big month of racing at MIS with the ARCA Midwest Tour / ARCA CRA show this weekend and then the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards on Sunday, August 25th. Remember you can get more detailed information on our website at madisoninternationalspeedway.com and at the arcamidwesttour.com site for this weekend’s entry lists and more.

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will also have the latest updates including current driver lists and stories on the CRA visitors as well as Travis Sauter.. Border Wars II Coming to MIS This Sunday It’s Border Wars II at Madison International Speedway on Sunday, August 11th when the ARCA Midwest Tour and ARCA / CRA Super Series come to town for a $5000 to win 150 lap super late model event. This is only one of two combined events for the two series with the first race competed at Toledo, Ohio, earlier in the season.

See the best super late model drivers in the midwest do battle on Wisconsin’s Fastest Half-Mile. Drivers from throughout the midwest and as far away as West Virginia are expected to come to town to see who’s the best. The ARCA / CRA Super Series primarily focuses on tracks in Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana with the ARCA Midwest Tour racing in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The top drivers in both series will be at Madison including Ross Kenseth who is returning for his second appearance at Madison in 2013. As of today a total of thirty-six drivers have pre-entered with more expected. For several of the CRA stars it will the first time they see the legendary speedway tucked away in the quiet countryside of the Town of Rutland. One driver, Travis Sauter, enters this weekend’s race at Madison with an impressive string of nine straight wins here including the last two Midwest Tour events.

The SCAG Power Equipment Midwest Trucks and Pellitteri Waste Systems Legends are also part of the racing program. Both the trucks and Legends will be competing in MIS point races. Jerry Wood leads the point standings for MIS in the Midwest
Trucks while Aaron Moyer holds a slight advantage over Cory Talaska in the Legends. Grandstands open at 11:30 AM on Sunday with practice also beginning at 11:30. Qualifying is scheduled to begin at 2:15 PM with racing at 4:00 PM. Tickets are $20.00 for ages thirteen and up / $5.00 for ages 6-12 / free for 5 and under. An open practice session will be held on Saturday, August 10th from Noon – 5:00 PM. For more information go to madisoninternationalspeedway. com or arcamidwesttour.com. Here’s the complete schedule of events…

Border Wars II Coming to MIS This Sunday

August 8th, 2013

It’s Border Wars II at Madison International Speedway on Sunday, August 11th when the ARCA Midwest Tour and ARCA / CRA Super Series come to town for a $5000 to win 150 lap super late model event. This is only one of two combined events for the two series with the first race competed at Toledo, Ohio, earlier in the season.

See the best super late model drivers in the midwest do battle on Wisconsin’s Fastest Half-Mile. Drivers from throughout the midwest and as far away as West Virginia are expected to come to town to see who’s the best. The ARCA / CRA Super
Series primarily focuses on tracks in Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana with the ARCA Midwest Tour racing in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

The top drivers in both series will be at Madison including Ross Kenseth who is returning for his second appearance at Madison in 2013. As of today a total of thirty-six drivers have pre-entered with more expected. For several of the CRA stars it will the first time they see the legendary speedway tucked away in the quiet countryside of the Town of Rutland.

The SCAG Power Equipment Midwest Trucks and Pellitteri Waste Systems Legends are also part of the racing program. Both the trucks and Legends will be competing in MIS point races.

Grandstands open at 11:30 AM on Sunday with practice also beginning at 11:30. Qualifying is scheduled to begin at 2:15 PM with racing at 4:00 PM. Tickets are $20.00 for ages thirteen and up / $5.00 for ages 6-12 / free for 5 and under.

An open practice session will be held on Saturday, August 10th from Noon – 5:00 PM. For more information go to madisoninternationalspeedway. com or arcamidwesttour.com.

Here’s the complete schedule of events…

ARCA Midwest Tour / ARCA CRA
Madison International Speedway
Saturday August 10th:
9:30AM: Pit Gate Opens
10:00AM: Hoosier Tire Sales (Practice Tires Only)
12:00PM: Open Practice Begins All Divisions
5:00PM: Practice Ends (Haulers May Stay in Place)
Camping Reservations Contact: Dave Grueneberg (608-513-2278)
Sunday August 11th :
9:00AM: Pit Gate Opens
9:30AM: Tire Sales Begin (Top 15 Each Series then random)
9:30AM: Practice Tech/Qualifying Tech ARCAMT /CRA (No Engines)
10:45AM: Drivers Meeting
11:30AM: ARCAMT Practice (60 Mins)
12:45PM: Midwest Trucks and Legends (60 Mins)
2:15PM: Qualifying Begins (SLM, Trucks and Legends)
3:45PM: Opening Ceremonies
4:00PM: Racing Begins
Hedman Hedders Qualifier: 15 Laps
Midwest Trucks Heat Races: 8 Laps (2)
JRI Shocks ARCAMT Fast Dash: 12 Laps
Legends Heats: 8 Laps (2)
ARCAMT Last Chance: 20 Laps
Midwest Truck Feature: 30 Laps
Legends Feature: 20 Laps
Border Wars 150 Part 2 (Break at Lap 75)

Salute to America Night Featuring Racing and Booms is this Friday at MIS

July 31st, 2013

It will be a big night under the lights at Madison International Speedway this Friday night for Salute to America Night featuring the Big 8 Late Models, Midwest Trucks, and Vintage Series all on Wisconsin’s Fastest Half-Mile. Plus fans will be treated to the best fireworks show in the area presented by Thunder Cat. The Racing…Big 8 Late Models, Club La Mark Midwest Trucks, and Vintage Series Over 30 Big 8 Late Models are expected to come to Madison on Friday night and battle
it out on Wisconsin’s Fastest Half-Mile for 48 exciting laps. The Club La Mark Midwest Trucks will be here too fighting it out for top honors. See a wide variety of vintage cars that look great and race hard…all on the half-mile.

The Booms…Fireworks presented by Thunder Cat…it’s the best! These guys from Thunder Cat somehow outdo themselves each year they are at MIS…you won’t be disappointed!!! Plus we will be hosting a Vendor Faire on the hill with more than a dozen different vendors here to share their products and services. Pit Gates open at 3:30 / Grandstands open at 4:30
Practice at 4:45 / Qualifying at 6:08 / Racing at 7:30 Admission is $15.00 for Ages 13 and up / $5.00 for ages 6-12 / Free for 5 and under

Schedule of Events… Madison International Speedway Friday August 2, 2013
3:30 Pit Gates Open
4:45 Practice (Rotating, 2 Rounds)
-Midwest Trucks
-Big 8 LM
-Vintage
6:08 Qualifying (Trucks, Big 8 LM, Vintage)
**Driver’s Meeting to Follow**
7:20 Opening Ceremonies and National Anthem
7:30 RACING
-Midwest Truck Heats 8 Laps
-Big 8 Qualifying Races 10 Laps
-Big 8 Dashes 6 Laps
-Vintage Heat 6 Laps
-Big 8 Last Chance 15 Laps
-Midwest Trucks Feature 30 Laps (if 15 or more trucks 40 laps)
-Big 8 Feature 48 Laps
-Vintage Feature 10/15 Laps
FIREWORKS presented by Thunder Cat

Travis Sauter Does It Again at MIS

July 30th, 2013

For the ninth straight time he’s visited Madison International Speedway, Travis Sauter picked up another checkered flag by winning the 100 lap Triple Crown Challenge. John Wood won the feature for the Club La Mark Midwest Trucks while Aaron Moyer won again in the Pellitteri Waste Systems Legends. Sauter Takes the Checkered Flag Once Again Travis Sauter worked his way through the field from his fourteenth starting position to pick up his ninth straight win at Madison. Casey Johnson and Thor Anderson brought the field of twenty cars to the green flag with Johnson taking the top spot from the start. He led the first four laps before the caution flag was displayed on lap four when Gary Lamonte spun in turn four. Johnson continued to lead after the restart despite heavy pressure from Blake Brown. Dale Nottestad took second away from Brown on lap 7 when he worked his way to the inside coming out of turn three. Nottestad wasted no time hunting down the leader and quickly closed the gap with Anderson, Travis Sauter, and Steve Rubeck completing the top five. On lap 12 Sauter powered his way to the inside of Anderson to take fourth and set his sights on Brown. Two laps later he found himself in third place some fifteen cars lengths behind the top two. On lap 27 Sauter had caught Nottestad to take over second place just before the caution flag came out on lap 28 when Kelsey Bauer and Gary Lamonte spun in turn four. Sauter lined up on the outside of Johnson on the restart and on lap 30 was able to take the top spot. The caution flag came out on lap 35 when Mikie Breiner spun coming out of turn two. This restart found Johnson lining up on the outside of Sauter, but unable to get the grip to take back the lead. Behind the top two, Brown was in third followed by Rich Bickle Jr. and Nick Murgic, but once again the caution flag came out when Dale Nottestad’s car had issues coming out of turn four. Sauter maintained his lead when the race went green again followed by Johnson, Bickle Jr., Murgic, and Brown. On lap 50 Rubeck overpowered Brown for the fifth position just before mechanical issues would end his day after fifty-three laps. But out front Sauter had it in cruise control building up a fifteen car length lead over Johnson and the rest of the field. Only a caution flag could slow down the leader and it did on lap 55 when Breiner spun on the front stretch. Bickle Jr. elected to start on the outside of Sauter with Johnson choosing the inside on the restart. Sauter continued to lead while Bickle Jr. and Johnson were door to door for second place with Murgic in fourth and Bobby Wilberg closing quickly in fifth. Johnson was able to maintain his second spot while Bickle Jr. and Murgic raced side by side for third.

The competition break came at lap 75 with Sauter leading followed by Johnson, Bickle Jr., Murgic, and Wilberg. Completing the top ten were Austin Luedtke, Anderson, Lamonte, Jeremy Spoonmore, and Jeff Way. Only twelve cars remained on the track at this time thanks to a variety of mechanical issues sending eight cars to the pits early. Now it was time for the twenty-five lap shootout and another exciting restart. Both Johnson and Bickle Jr. elected to restart on the outside so Murgic moved up behind the leader. Sauter and Johnson raced side by side for three laps with Sauter regaining the lead before the yellow flag came out for a spin on the backstretch. Once again Sauter and Johnson raced side by side followed by Murgic, Bickle Jr., and Wilberg. Sauter sprinted back to the lead on lap 17 and began checking away from the field. Both Wilberg and Lamonte were able to overtake Bickle Jr. for positions in the top five. Just when it looked like Sauter was on his way to victory lane another caution flag came out when Bobby Kendall’s car stopped alongside the wall in turn four. Another restart with Sauter on the inside and Johnson on the outside followed by Murgic and Wilberg in row two. There would be no stopping Sauter today as he sailed out the lead again while Murgic and Johnson battled it out for second with Wilberg close behind. But for the ninth straight time that he’s raced at MIS, Sauter picked up the win and a trip to victory lane. Johnson had to settle for second followed by Murgic, Wilberg, and Lamonte. “With all of the restarts you never know what is going to happen,” said Sauter. “It’s been pretty impressive just to be able to be running at the end of the race because we’ve had times here where that wasn’t the case. I’m looking forward to the Border Wars race in August. Johnson added, “It’s hard to be Sauter. Our car was as good as it’s been so we’re still searching for a way to beat Sauter.” “Not too bad, I’m pretty happy with my finish,” said third place finisher Nick Murgic. With one race to go Johnson leads the points chase over Murgic, Bickle Jr., Lamonte, and Sauter. Casey Johnson worked his way through the field and passed Steve Rubeck on lap 11 to pick up the win in the first twelve lap qualifying race for the Super Late Models. Rubeck finished in second place followed by Dale Nottestad, Kelsey Bauer, and Rick Corso. Thor Anderson took the early lead in the second qualifying race for the super late models and ran away from the field to pick up the victory. Behind the leader Blake Brown and Jeff Way were fighting it out for second with Brown getting the advantage on lap 11. Rich Bickle Jr. was fourth with Matt Kocourek in fifth place. Travis Sauter was quickest in qualifying with a lap of 17.413. Bobby Kendall was second with a circuit of 17.495 followed by Bobby Wilberg (17.507), Casey Johnson (17.518), and Austin “Ace” Luedtke (17.573).

John Wood Back in Victory Lane at MIS John Wood topped a field of nine Club La Mark Midwest Trucks to pick up his first feature win at MIS this season. Chad Knaus took the early lead from the outside of row one followed by Andy Jones, John Wood, and Camden Murphy. The first caution of the race came out on lap 5 when the trucks of Justin Oertel and Natalie Decker got together on the backstretch. Both would be able to continue. John Wood took over the lead after the restart with Knaus and Murphy side by side for second. Murphy would gain the position with Jones pulling up to the inside of Knaus. Jones picked up the position on lap 11 with Jerry Wood getting by Knaus as well. On lap 18 Jerry Wood moved to the inside of Jones to take the third position and start hunting down the second place truck of Murphy. On lap 21 Wood and Murphy were side by side for second while John Wood continued to build up his lead over the field. Jerry Wood gained the second spot while the action behind him was wild as Murphy and Jones got together on the final lap allowing Justin Oertel to take the third position.

But there was no denying John Wood who cruised to victory lane. “It’s been awhile since I’ve won so I was starting to doubt myself,” said Wood from victory lane. “Winning never gets old, but I was wondering when and if I would get another one.” Jerry Wood leads his brother John in the points race by a thirty point margin (448-418). Chad Knaus is in third place. Andy Jones won the first eight lap heat race. Mike Corvo took the early lead and held it for four laps before drifting up the track coming out of turn two and giving the lead to Jones who cruised to the checkered flag. John Wood picked up the win in the second heat race leading wire to wire.

Moyer Masters the Legends Aaron Moyer won the twenty-five lap feature for the Pellitteri Waste Systems Legends. Kevin Griffin took the early lead from his starting position on the outside of row one. Cory Talaska and Aaron Moyer were up to second and third by lap 8 with Moyer taking second on lap ten just before the caution flag came out for the spinning car of Austin Kunert. Talaska made a bold move after the restart and it paid off as he took over the lead with Moyer, Vince Bartolotta, and Johnny Kringas in hot pursuit. On lap 15 Moyer moved to the inside of Talaska and the two raced side by side for the lead. With sixteen laps to go Moyer took over the top spot with Bartolotta and Kringas fighting it out for third.

The second caution of the race came out on lap 18 when Kevin Griffin went around in turn two. On the restart Moyer took the lead after lining up on the outside of Talaska and quickly built a three car length lead. Moyer was just too tough today as he took home the checkered flag followed by Talaska and Johnny Kringas.

“He (Talaska) beat me last night and it bothered me. I knew I had to get him today,” said Moyer in a post race interview. “He and I are good friends and we’ve been racing together for a long time.” Moyer has a 445-435 lead over Talaska in the points race with the Jones / McNamara team in third with 418 points. Kevin Griffin took the lead on the second lap after passing Jordan Wendt and easily outdistanced the rest of the field to win the first eight lap heat. Aaron Moyer and Cory Talaska raced side by side for six of the eight laps in the second heat race with Talaska picking up the win at the stripe. Aaron Moyer set a new track record in qualifying with a lap of 13.807 with Cory

Racing goes under the lights at MIS on Friday, August 2nd for Salute to America Night featuring the Big 8 Late Models, Midwest Trucks, and IMCA Vintage Series plus a spectacular fireworks program. Gates open at 4:30 with qualifying set for 6:08 and racing at 7:30 with the fireworks to follow. For more information checkout our website at madisoninternationalspeedway.com.

Here Comes Round 3 of Triple Crown Challenge at MIS

July 26th, 2013

The racing action really heats up this Sunday (July 28th) at Madison International Speedway with Round Three of the Super Late Model Triple Crown Challenge plus the Club La Mark Midwest Trucks and Pellitteri Waste Systems Legends. Casey Johnson leads the way in the Super Late Models after two races with a 28 point lead over Rich Bickle Jr. (208-180). Nick Murgic, Blake Brown, and Gary Lamonte round out the top five. Johnson and Travis Sauter have picked up the first two feature wins earlier this season.

Jerry Wood is the point leader in the Midwest Trucks followed by Chad Knaus, John Wood, Natalie Decker, and Camden Murphy. Jerry Wood has two wins so far in 2013 with Chester Ace picking up one. Aaron Moyer leads Andy Jones by one point and Cory Talaska by three in search of his first track championship at Madison in the Legends. Kevin Griffin and Chris Lishamer are fourth and fifth respectively. Moyer has won two features so far this year while Jones has taken home one checkered flag. The grandstands open at 11:30 AM with qualifying at 1:15 PM and racing at 2:30 PM. Tickets are $20.00 for ages thirteen and up, $5.00 for ages 6-12, and five and under free. An open practice session from Noon-5:00 PM will be held on Saturday, July 27th with free grandstand admission. Overnight camping is available for $20.00. Please contact Dave Grueneberg for more information at 608.513.2278.

Sunday, July 28th
10:00 AM Pit Gates Open
11:30 AM Grandstands Open
11:30 AM Practice
Super Late Models (3 Sessions)
Midwest Trucks (2 Sessions)
Legends (2 Sessions)
1:15 PM Qualifying
Legends (2 Laps)
Midwest Trucks (2 Laps)
Super Late Models (2 Laps)
2:15 PM Opening Ceremonies
2:30 PM Racing
Midwest Truck Heats (8 Laps)
Super Late Model Odd / Even Qualifiers (12 Laps)
Legends Heats (8 Laps)
Super Late Model Odd / Even Dashes (12 Laps)
Intermission
Super Late Model Last Chance (15 Laps) if necessary
Midwest Truck Feature (30 Laps)
Legends Feature (25 Laps)
Triple Crown Challenge 100 (Ten minute break between lap 60-75)
Tickets: Thirteen and up $20.00 / 6-12 $5.00 / Under 5 Free
Schedule is subject to change

Excitement Coming to Madison International Speedway

July 25th, 2013

See it live at Madison International Speedway…it’s the only way to get the full racing experience.

We are very exciting about two racing coming up at Madison in the next couple of weeks. This Sunday (July 28th) will be our third round of the Super Late Model Triple Crown Challenge with temperatures in the 70′s predicted.

Then on Friday, August 2nd we will be back under the lights for our Salute to America Night featuring the Big 8 Late Models, Midwest Trucks, and IMCA Vintage Series. Plus it will be our Vendor Fair and oh, did I forget to say, our spectacular fireworks program from Thunder Cat.

Here are more details about both events.

Here Comes Round 3 of Triple Crown Challenge at MIS

The racing action really heats up this Sunday (July 28th) at Madison International Speedway with Round Three of the Super Late Model Triple Crown Challenge plus the Club La Mark Midwest Trucks and Pellitteri Waste Systems Legends.

Casey Johnson leads the way in the Super Late Models after two races with a 28 point lead over Rich Bickle Jr. (208-180). Nick Murgic, Blake Brown, and Gary Lamonte round out the top five. Johnson and Travis Sauter have picked up the first two feature wins earlier this season.

Jerry Wood is the point leader in the Midwest Trucks followed by Chad Knaus, John Wood, Natalie Decker, and Camden Murphy. Jerry Wood has two wins so far in 2013 with Chester Ace picking up one.

Aaron Moyer leads Andy Jones by one point and Cory Talaska by three in search of his first track championship at Madison in the Legends. Kevin Griffin and Chris Lishamer are fourth and fifth respectively. Moyer has won two features so far this year while Jones has taken home one checkered flag.

The grandstands open at 11:30 AM with qualifying at 1:15 PM and racing at 2:30 PM. Tickets are $20.00 for ages thirteen and up, $5.00 for ages 6-12, and five and under free.

An open practice session from Noon-5:00 PM will be held on Saturday, July 27th with free grandstand admission.

Sunday, July 28th
10:00 AM Pit Gates Open
11:30 AM Grandstands Open
11:30 AM Practice
Super Late Models (3 Sessions)
Midwest Trucks (2 Sessions)
Legends (2 Sessions)
1:15 PM Qualifying
Legends (2 Laps)
Midwest Trucks (2 Laps)
Super Late Models (2 Laps)
2:15 PM Opening Ceremonies
2:30 PM Racing
Midwest Truck Heats (8 Laps)
Super Late Model Odd / Even Qualifiers (12 Laps)
Legends Heats (8 Laps)
Super Late Model Odd / Even Dashes (12 Laps)
Intermission
Super Late Model Last Chance (15 Laps) if necessary
Midwest Truck Feature (30 Laps)
Legends Feature (25 Laps)
Triple Crown Challenge 100 (Ten minute break between lap 60-75)
Tickets: Thirteen and up $20.00 / 6-12 $5.00 / Under 5 Free
Schedule is subject to change

Racing and Booms Return to MIS on August 2nd

Action on and above Wisconsin’s Fastest Half-Mile is back!

The Big 8 Late Models return to Madison International Speedway on Friday, August 2nd along with the area’s biggest and best fireworks display presented by Thunder Cat. The Midwest Trucks and Vintage Cars will also be part of this exciting night of family fun at MIS. The vendor fair will also be back reaching from turn four all the way to turn one on the hill.

This entire event was originally scheduled for Friday, June 28th but early evening rains put an early end to the program.

“This is a big event and people were really looking forward to it,” said MIS General Manager Dave Grueneberg. “Unfortunately we didn’t get cooperation from the weather so we’re happy that everything came together to run this event again.”

Madison International Speedway
Friday August 2, 2013
3:30 Pit Gates Open
4:45 Practice (Rotating, 2 Rounds)
- Midwest Trucks
-Big 8 LM
-Vintage
6:08 Qualifying (Trucks, Big 8 LM, Vintage)
**Driver’s Meeting to Follow**
7:20 Opening Ceremonies and National Anthem
7:30 RACING
Midwest Truck Heats 8 Laps
Big 8 Qualifying Races 10 Laps
Big 8 Dashes 6 Laps
Vintage Heat 6 Laps
Big 8 Last Chance 15 Laps
Midwest Trucks Feature 30 Laps (if 15 or more trucks 40 laps)
Big 8 Feature 48 Laps
Vintage Feature 10/15 Laps
FIREWORKS presented by Thunder Cat

Johnson, Wood, and Moyer Lead the Points Chase

Casey Johnson has a twenty-eight point lead over Rich Bickle Jr. after two rounds of the Super Late Model Triple Crown Challenge. Nick Murgic is third with 174 points followed by Blake Brown at 163 and Gary Lamonte with 159.

Jerry Wood has a 338-301 lead over Chad Knaus in the Club LaMark Midwest Trucks with John Wood in third place with 299 points. Natalie Decker and Camden Murphy round out the top five.

The points chase in the Pellitteri Waste Systems is very tight with Aaron Moyer holding a 325 to 324 to 322 lead over Andy Jones and Cory Talaska. Kevin Griffin and Chris Lishamer complete the top five.

See you at MIS this weekend. If you think this looks great wait until you see August at Madison International Speedway with the ARCA Midwest Tour / CRA battle on August 11th and then the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards on August 25th.

Travis Sauter Wins Round Two of Triple Crown Challenge at MIS Jerry Wood and Andy Jones Also Win

July 16th, 2013

Travis Sauter took home the win in the Evie Handeland 100 as part of Round Two of the Super Late Model Challenge at Madison International Speedway. Jerry Wood won the Club LaMark Midwest Trucks feature while Andy Jones took the win in the Pellitteri Waste Systems Legends.

Travis Sauter Does It Again at MIS For the eighth straight time that he’s been at MIS, Travis Sauter took home the checkered flag. Andrew Morrissey and Brian Johnson Jr. had the honors of bringing the field to the green flag thanks to their wins in the earlier qualifying races. Johnson Jr. drifted up the track on the first lap giving the lead to Morrissey. Rubeck took second from Johnson Jr. on lap 3 and joined Morrissey in a two car break out from the pack. Travis Sauter was up to join the pair on lap 6 with Casey Johnson, Gary Lamonte and Landry Potter fighting for the fourth position. Rubeck dropped to the inside of Morrissey on lap 12 to take the lead coming out of turn two with Sauter getting by Morrissey as well. But Rubeck’s lead would be short as Sauter powered his way to the lead on lap 15 and wasted no time building a sizeable advantage before the caution came out when Kevin Eggert spun on lap 21. Sauter continued to lead after the green flag waved again followed by Rubeck, Casey Johnson, Morrissey, and LaMonte. Sauter quickly got away from the pack and by lap 30 had a ten car length lead. On lap 44 Casey Johnson found the room he needed to get by Rubeck for second with Gary Lamonte passing Rubeck one lap later for third.

At the half-way mark Sauter’s lead over Johnson was 4.8 seconds. On lap 68 Matt Kocourek took the fifth spot away from Morrissey as the mandatory caution break was quickly approaching. Sauter’s lead continued to grow as the rest of the field eagerly awaited the break that came on lap 75. After the ten minute break the field was ready for action, but would anyone be able to catch the high-flying Sauter? The restart found Sauter and Casey Johnson in row one followed by Rubeck and LaMonte, Kocourek and Morrissey. Sauter continued to run out front, but back in the field Rich Bickle Jr. moved from eighth to fourth in two laps. On lap 80 Bickle Jr. was up to third and putting the pressure on Casey Johnson for second while Sauter was cruising out front.

Johnson was able to hold off Bickle Jr. for second with Rubeck in fourth and Morrissey and Lamonte fighting back and forth for fifth place. Both Morrissey and Lamonte would lose ground allowing Blake Brown to move into the top five. But nobody was going to catch Sauter who won by 4.857 seconds over Casey Johnson. Rounding out the top five were Rich Bickle Jr., Steve Rubeck, and Blake Brown. “We were running out of breaks just before the caution at lap 75 so we needed that
break,” said Sauter from victory lane. “My crew did a great job. We had a greatrace car today.” Runner-up Casey Johnsonson added, “I’m really happy with a runner-up finish today. This was a good field.”

Starting eighteenth in the field and working his way to third, Rich Bickle Jr. said, “After thirty-seven years of doing this we’ve learned a few things. We’ve got two more races here at Madison so we’re going out with bang in my last season.” The Super Late Model drivers were presented with Bully Dog certificates with a $500 award going to fourth place finisher Steve Rubeck and a pair of $250 certificates to Blake Brown and Andrew Morrissey. Rich Bickle Jr. won a $100 certificate from Joe’s Racing Products for the Hard Charger Award while Jeff Storm received a certificate from Five Star Racecar Bodies for the Hard Luck Award after crashing hard in practice. Brian Johnson Jr. won the twelve lap even qualifying race. Jeremy Spoonmore and Jeff Way led the field to the green flag in the twelve lap even qualifier. Spoonmore held the lead for the first four laps before Johnson Jr. worked his way to the inside coming out of turn four to take the lead on lap 5. Johnson Jr. increased his advantage to four car lengths and picked up the win with Landry Potter holding off Casey Johnson for second.

Andrew Morrissey picked up the win in the second qualifying race. Kevin Eggert led the first four laps before Morrissey took the lead coming out of turn four on lap 5. Behind Morrissey, Gary Lamonte and Travis Sauter were running side by side for second before the caution flag came out when Eggert spun on the backstretch lap 10. Morrissey maintained the lead after the restart and went on to pick up the checkered flag while Steve Rubeck edged Sauter for second.

Jerry Wood Takes the Win in the Midwest Trucks Jerry Wood held off his brother John to win the 30 lap feature for the Club LaMark Midwest Trucks.

Camden Murphy and Jerry Wood brought the field of ten trucks to the green flag in their 30 lap feature. After racing side by side for the first two circuits, Wood found himself with a two truck length margin by lap 3. By lap 8 Wood’s lead was beginning to diminish as both Murphy and John Wood had closed the gap. John Wood powered by Murphy for second on lap ten before the caution flag came out on lap 12 for a spin in turn four.

The restart found the Wood Brothers side by side and that’s how it stayed the rest of the way as the two put on an epic battle taking turns with the lead. Chad Knaus was on the outside looking inside from the third spot. Jerry Wood’s advantage became a truck length on the last lap as he held off his brother to pick up the win. Knaus took home third place with Murphy and Andy Jones rounding out the top five.

“There’s nobody I’d rather race against than my brother,” said Wood. “It was a great run for both of us.” Andy Jones took the lead from Mike Corvo on the first lap to win the first eight lap heat race. Camden Murphy edged Joshua James for second place. Brothers John and Jerry Wood raced side by side the entire way in the second eight lap heat with John running the outside and winning at the wire by .031 seconds.

Jones Tops the Legends Field Andy Jones picked up the win in the 25 lap feature for the Pellitteri Waste Systems Legends.

Austin Kunert and Brian Griffin led the field of Legends to the green flag in their 25 lap feature. On lap 2 Griffin got loose giving the advantage to Kunert with Kyle Jusits up to second followed by Chris Lishamer. On lap 5 Jusits took the top spot from Kunert with Lishamer to second and Andy Jones to third. On lap 7 Jones powered by Lishamer for second with Cory Talaska and Aaron Moyer right behind.

On lap 10 Jones drifted up the track going into turn three allowing Talaska and Moyer to move up to second and third. Talaska worked his way to the inside of Jusits coming out of four on lap 12 to take the lead with Moyer moving into second place. Jones was able to retake the third spot on lap 16 when he motored by Jusits. As the leaders worked through lapped traffic, Moyer was all over Talaska’s bumper before the two got together on the front stretch bringing out the caution flag and moving Jones into the lead. Both Moyer and Talaska were able to continue but from the rear of the field.

Jones brought the field to the green flag on the restart with Jones quickly building a big lead over Jusits and Kevin Griffin. On lap 23 Talaska had worked his way up to fourth just before the caution flag waved when Lishamer’s car went off the track in turn one. Jones easily held off the field while Talaska worked his way back to second with Jusits in third place. “It was great to get the win though I wouldn’t have minded a three way battle with Cory and Aaron, but I’ll take this one,” said Jones.

Kyle Vergata took the lead on lap 2 from Matt Berlin and held off the hard charging Austin Kunert to pick up the win by inches at the stripe in the first eight lap heat. Kyle Jusits took the early led before surrendering the top spot to Chris Lishamer on the second lap. Lishamer led the rest of the way holding off Cory Talaska for the win.

Moyer was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 13.948 followed by Talaska (14.070), Jones (14.167), Kevin Griffin (14.227), and Lishamer (14.256).

See it live at MIS!!!

July 15th, 2013

That’s right it’s race day at Wisconsin’s Fastest Half-Mile and we have a great show in store for you today.

It’s Round 2 of the Super Late Model Triple Crown Challenge featuring Super Late Models, Club La Mark Midwest Trucks, and Pellitteri Waste Systems Legends.

Can Casey Johnson make it two for two? Will Minnesota driver Nick Murgic, who finished second, take home the checkered flag today. Can Travis Sauter continue his hot streak of seven wins in a row at MIS despite missing the first round?

Drivers from five states will be on hand to battle it out in the Evie Handeland 100, a race honoring a long-time Madison employee and track neighbor since racing came to the Town of Rutland.

In the Midwest Trucks Jerry Wood and Chester Ace have picked up wins in their first two point races. In only his second time in a truck, Ace found his way to victory lane for the first time on the half-mile.

Aaron Moyer came to MIS with one goal in mind this season: a track championship. So far he is two for two but keep your eye on Cory Talaska whose been right their to challenge Moyer everywhere the two race.

Pit gates open at 10:00 AM with the grandstands open at 11:30 AM. Practice is set for 11:30 AM with qualifying at 1:15 PM and racing at 2:30 PM.

Tickets for fans ages thirteen and up are $20.00 with 6-12 at $5.00 and under 5 free.

Madison International Speedway

Triple Crown Challenge Round #2
Sunday, July 14, 2013
10:00 AM Pit Gates Open
11:30 AM Grandstands Open
11:30 AM Practice
Super Late Models (3 Sessions)
Midwest Trucks (2 Sessions)
Legends (2 Sessions)
1:15 PM Qualifying
Legends (2 Laps)
Midwest Trucks (2 Laps)
Super Late Models (2 Laps)
2:15 PM Opening Ceremonies
2:30 PM Racing
Midwest Truck Heats (8 Laps)
Super Late Model Odd / Even Qualifiers (12 Laps)
Legends Heats (8 Laps)
Super Late Model Odd / Even Dashes (12 Laps)
Intermission
Super Late Model Last Chance (15 Laps) if necessary
Midwest Truck Feature (30 Laps)
Legends Feature (25 Laps)
Evie Handeland 100 (Ten minute break between lap 60-75)
Tickets
Thirteen and up $20.00 / 6-12 $5.00 / Under 5 Free
Schedule is subject to change

Super Late Model Triple Crown Challenge points awarded for feature and qualifying. No points for qualifying races / dashes since it determines starting position in feature. One bonus point awarded to each driver who leads a lap of the feature.

Midwest Truck points awarded for feature, heat, and qualifying. One bonus point awarded to each driver who leads a lap of the feature.

Pellitteri Waste Systems Legends points awarded for feature, heat, and qualifying. One bonus point awarded to each driver who leads a lap of the feature.

See you today at Madison International Speedway.

Triple Crown Challenge Returns to MIS for Round Two

July 9th, 2013

The Super Late Model Triple Crown Challenge returns to Madison International Speedway on Sunday, July 14th with second round action on Wisconsin’s Fastest Half-Mile. Pit gates will open at 10:00 AM with practice starting at 11:30 AM, qualifying at 1:15, and racing at 2:30 PM.

In addition to the Super Late Models, the Club La Mark Midwest Trucks and Pellitteri Waste Systems Legends will also be in action all running for track championship points.

The Super Late Models will be competing in the Evie Handeland 100, an event that honors a long-time MIS employee and track neighbor since the facility was built in the early 1950’s.

Casey Johnson took home the checkered flag in the first round back on June 16th. Johnson edged Nick Murgic to pick up
the victory and the points lead going into the second round. The young driver from the Stoughton area has proven he can win on any track whether it be a touring series or weekly racing event. To make his win at Madison even sweeter was the fact that he started fourteenth in the 99 lap main event.

Johnson shows the way in the point standings with 108 followed by Murgic with 101, Rich Bickle Jr. and Gary Lamonte with 88, and Rick Corso with 79. Rounding out the top ten are Blake Brown and Jamie Wallace each with 76, Matt Kocourek with 72, Jeremy Spoonmore with 67 and Bobby Kendall with 65. The overall champion of the Super Late Model Triple Crown Challenge will take home $5000 at the end of the season.

Twenty-six drivers were on hand for the first round with more expected for Round #2 including Travis Sauter who has won seven straight at MIS but was forced to sit out the first round due to engine troubles.

Competing drivers in all three divisions are also eligible for nearly $100,000 in contingencies this season thanks to Madison’s partnership with Contingency Connection. Sunday’s race will be presented by Bully Dog who will be adding a total of $1000 in contingencies for the drivers. A pair of $250 awards and one $500 award will be presented to three eligible drivers.

The Club La Mark Midwest Trucks will be competing in their third event of the 2013 season at MIS with Jerry Wood and Chester Ace the victors in the first two races. Wood is the current point leader with 221 followed by Chad Knaus (196), John Wood (187), Natalie Decker (180), and Jacob Van Wazer (166).

Aaron Moyer is two for two in the Pellitteri Waste Systems Legends and sits on top of the leader board with 229 points. Cory Talaska is second with 210 points followed by Andy Jones (209), Kevin Griffin (180), and Chris Lishamer (173).

An open practice session will be held on Saturday, July 13th from Noon – 5:00 PM with pit passes being $20.00. Contact Dave Grueneberg at 608.513.2278 for information about overnight camping.

Madison International Speedway Triple Crown Challenge Round #2 Sunday, July 14, 2013

10:00 AM Pit Gates Open
11:30 AM Grandstands Open
11:30 AM Practice
Super Late Models (3 Sessions) Midwest Trucks (2 Sessions) Legends (2 Sessions)
1:15 PM Qualifying Legends (2Laps) Midwest Trucks (2 Laps) Super Late Models (2 Laps)
2:15 PM Opening Ceremonies
2:30 PM Racing Midwest Truck Heats (8 Laps) Super Late Model Odd / Even Qualifiers (12 Laps) Legends Heats (8 Laps)
Super Late Model Odd / Even Dashes (12 Laps)
Intermission
Super Late Model Last Chance (15 Laps) if necessary Midwest Truck Feature (30 Laps) Legends Feature (25 Laps)
Evie Handeland 100 (Ten minute break between lap 60-75) Tickets Thirteen and up $20.00 / 6-12 $5.00 / Under 5 Free Schedule is subject to change

Salute to America Night at MIS Postponed Due to Rain

June 30th, 2013

A second line of showers put an end to any hopes of racing at Madison International Speedway tonight. The Big 8 Late Models, SCAG Midwest Trucks, and IMCA Vintage Cars were set to do battle as part of Salute to America Night that was to feature Thunder Cat Fireworks.

“It’s disappointing,” said MIS General Manager Dave Grueneberg. “This was going to be a great show, but with the rain we had earlier in the week, two waves today, and what appears to be more on the horizon we were up against too many obstacles.”

The entire event will be made up at a later date. Please check the MIS website at madisoninternationalspeedway.com for updates.

Racing, Fireworks on Tap at MIS this Friday Night

June 26th, 2013

It’s Salute to America Night at Madison International Speedway this Friday night with exciting racing action on Wisconsin’s Fastest Half-Mile and the area’s biggest and best fireworks show presented by ThunderCat taking center stage.

Highlighting the racing action will be the Big 8 Late Models, Midwest Trucks, and the Vintage cars. A large field of late model drivers is expected to be on hand to see who can take top honors in the 48 lap Big 8 feature.

Pit gates open at 3:30 with practice at 4:45, qualifying at 6:08 and racing at 7:30. The fireworks will follow the racing program.. Admission for ages thirteen and up is just $15.00 with children 6-12 at $5.00 and five and under are free.

Order of Events 3:30
Pit Gates Open 4:45
Practice (Rotating, 2 Rounds)
-Trucks
-Big 8 LM
-Vintage 6:08
Qualifying (Trucks, Big 8 LM, Vintage)
**Driver’s Meeting to Follow**7:20
Opening Ceremonies and National Anthem7:30
RACING
Truck Heats 8 Laps
Big 8 Qualifying Races 10 Laps
Big 8 Dashes 6 Laps
Vintage Heat 6 Laps
Big 8 Last Chance 15 Laps
Truck Feature 30 Laps (if 15 or more trucks 40 laps)
Big 8 Feature 48 Laps
Vintage Feature 10/15 Laps

FIREWORKS presented by Thunder Cat

Casey Johnson Wins Dick Trickle Memorial at MIS Ace and Moyer Also Take Home Victories

June 19th, 2013

Casey Johnson took the lead on lap 43 and held off Nick Murgic in the final laps to win the Super Late Model Triple Crown Challenge Dick Trickle Memorial 99 at Madison International Speedway. Chester Ace was the winner in the Midwest Trucks while Aaron Moyer won the Pellitteri Waste Systems main event.

Johnson Victorious in Triple Crown Challenge Race #1 Casey Johnson won his first-ever super late model feature at Madison International Speedway by topping a field of 25 cars in the Dick Trickle Memorial 99.

Jeff Storm and Gary Lamonte paced the twenty-five car to the start of the Dick Trickle Memorial 99 with Lamonte vaulting to the lead before an incident between several cars on lap two brought out the caution flag. Only the car of Kevin Eggert headed to the pits with the others involved able to continue.

On the restart Lamonte chose to start on the outside of the front row and the move was a good one as he pulled ahead of Storm for the lead only to see the caution flag come out on lap later for a spin in turn four. Lamonte continued to lead after the restart with Storm second while Nick Murgic and Dan Lensing were side by side for third with Jamie Wallace fifth. The third caution of the race occurred on lap 6 when the car of Bobby Wilberg lost power in turn four putting an early end to the multi-time track champion’s day.

Lamonte and Storm raced side by side for a couple of laps before another caution flag came out on lap 8 when Kelsey Bauer’s car was involved in an incident in turn two suffering damage to the front end. Bauer headed to the pits, attempted to come back, but was forced to call it a day. Again it was Lamonte and Storm racing side by side with Storm gaining the advantage with Murgic third followed by Wallace and Casey Johnson. On lap 10 Johnson worked his way around Wallace for the fourth spot. Just ahead of Johnson, Murgic was making his way to the inside of Lamonte eventually taking second on lap 12. Johnson was able to take third from Lamonte on lap 16 while Matt Kocourek was up to join the mix in fifth as the top five started to distance themselves from the rest of the field.

Storm continued to pace the field as the race stayed green for an extended period of time. His lead was eight car lengths when the caution came out on lap 42 when Mikie Breiner’s car spun on the backstretch. Unfortunately, Storm needed to go into the pits due to mechanical issues moving Murgic up to the lead.

Murgic chose the inside for the restart with Johnson electing to start on the outside with Kocourek and Lamonte in the second row. Johnson raced side by side with Murgic for two laps before Johnson took the top spot for good on lap 46. He wasted no time putting some ground between himself and Murgic and had a ten car length lead by lap 54. The car on the move behind Johnson was Kocourek who moved up into second on lap 55 when he passed Murgic and started to dial in the leader.

Johnson was able to hold off Kocourek and had a six car length lead before the competition yellow came out on lap 73 for a ten minute break and setting up a 24 lap shootout. Rounding out the top five were Murgic, Lamonte, and Austin Luedtke.

When the cone was placed on the track for the restart, Johnson elected to start on the inside while Kocourek willingly accepted the opportunity to start on the outside. Murgic and Lamonte lined up in row two with Luedtke and Rich Bickle Jr. comprising row three.

Johnson grabbed the lead when the race went green with Murgic and Kocourek doing battle for second. The leader built up a six car length lead followed by Kocourek, Murgic, Lamonte, and Blake Brown.

Kocourek was able to distance himself from Murgic but was still five car lengths behind Johnson with 15 laps to go. However, with 12 laps to go the lead was down to 2.5 car lengths but Johnson was able to build his lead back to four lengths with nine to go. But Kocourek was not about to give up as he cut the lead to two car lengths with six laps to go when the caution flag came out when Thor Anderson spun coming out of turn two.

Would this be the last restart with five laps to go? Johnson chose the inside, Kocourek the outside with Murgic and Lamonte in the second row. Would it be a five lap shootout?

Kocourek would give it his best shot to take the lead and things looked pretty good as he found his way to the inside of Johnson but was unable to get the lead. While coming out of turn two with four laps to go, Kocourek lost power when the ignition turned off forcing the caution flag to come out. It would end Kocourek’s hopes of picking up the win.

One more restart?

Johnson would continue to restart on the inside with Murgic lining up on the outside in row one followed by Lamonte and Bickle Jr. in the second row. When the race went green, Johnson was able to maintain his lead but Murgic was going to have something to say about it. With two to go Murgic worked his way to the inside but was unable to find the room he needed to pass Johnson for the lead. Murgic gave it one more shot on the final lap but was unable to get it done as Johnson held on for the win. Bickle Jr. finished third followed by Lamonte and Rick Corso.

“I did my best to give it away at the end, but this was just a great car today. The car was exactly where it needed to be, but the driver might have been a little shaky at the end,” said Johnson with a smile in victory lane.

“I am happy to finish this one out here today,” said runner-up Nick Murgic in a post race interview. “This is a good start here for us.”

Gary Lamonte was the winner in the first twelve lap Triple Crown Dash. Bickle Jr. and Thor Anderson started out front with Bickle Jr. quickly pulling away from Anderson to take the lead. Gary Lamonte took over second on lap 7 and began to hunt down the leader. On lap 10 Lamonte found room on the inside of Bickle Jr. coming out of turn two to take the lead and hold on the rest of the way to pick up the victory. Bickle Jr. finished second followed by Anderson, Blake Brown, and Kevin Eggert.

Despite starting eighth in an eight car field, Jeff Storm took the checkered flag in the second twelve lap Triple Crown Dash. Dan Lensing jumped to the early lead in the second twelve lap Super Late Model Dash. Bobby Kendall moved past Kelsey Bauer for second on the first lap but relinquished the spot one lap later to Bobby Wilberg. Storm was up to third on lap 5 after patiently working his way up through the field. But out front it was Wilberg working his way to the inside of Lensing to take the lead on lap 6. The caution flag came out on lap 8 when Kendall’s car lost power on the backstretch. On the restart Storm moved up to the outside of Lensing and the move paid off as he was able to take the lead coming out of turn two. Storm led the rest of the way to pick up the win followed by Lensing, Nick Murgic, Jamie Wallace, and Wilberg.

Nathan Matz and Frank Nitzke led the field to the green flag in the twelve lap Triple Crown Super Late Model qualifying race. Nitzke took the lead from the start with Landry Potter up to second ahead of Matz. On lap 6 Nitzke drifted up the track coming out of turn three opening up the door for Potter who slid by on the low side to take the lead. Potter quickly built a six car length lead over the field and never looked back on his journey to take home the win. Nitzke finished second followed by Matz, Steve Rubeck, and Jeremy Spoonmore.

Jeff Storm was the fast qualifier with a lap of 17.614 followed by Austin Luedtke (17.621), Nick Murgic (17.643), Casey Johnson (17.652), and Bobby Wilberg (17.668).

Chester Ace Wins Midwest Truck Feature In only his second time behind the wheel of a truck, Chester Ace picked up the win in the 25 lap Midwest Trucks feature.

Andy Jones and John Wood led the field of ten Midwest Trucks to the green flag. Wood took the lead going down the back shoot on the first lap with Chester Ace up to second on the outside of Jones. Fast qualifier ChadKnaus took over third from Jones on lap 3 as the top three started to check away from the field. On lap 6 Ace dropped to the low side going into turn one but would not have the room necessary to take the lead. Meanwhile, Knaus pulled alongside Ace to take second on lap 8 and started to close the gap on Wood. On lap 8 Wood and Knaus got a little too close for comfort with the result being Knaus sailing into the infield and bringing out the caution flag. For both drivers it also meant a trip to the rear of the field for their involvement.

As a result, Ace inherited the lead followed by Jones, Chad Wood, Camden Murphy, and Jerry Wood. Jones, who chose to start on the outside, was able to get by Ace for the lead. But Ace fought back and on lap 10 was down on the inside of Jones fighting for the lead while Chad Wood patiently waited in third. Ace and Jones raced side by side before Ace took back the top spot. Jones couldn’t hold off Wood in the battle for second while Ace built a six truck length lead out front. The last thing Ace wanted to see was the caution flag come out and it didn’t as he cruised his way to victory. Jerry Wood finished second followed by Chad Wood, Jones, and Murphy.

“This is amazing,” said Ace from victory lane who was joined by truck owner Mike Carmichael. “After my first experience in a truck this is pretty nice.” Camden Murphy took the lead on lap 4 of the first Midwest Trucks eight lap heat event and held off Chad Wood to pick up the win. Jerry Wood outdistanced Chester Ace and John Wood to win the second heat race.

Chad Knaus set fast time for the Midwest Trucks with a lap of 18.743 followed by Chad Wood (18.836), Chester Ace (18.896), Camden Murphy (18.900), and John Wood (19.022).

Moyer Holds Off Talaska for Legends Victory

Aaron Moyer held off Cory Talaska to pick up the win in the 25 lap feature for the Pellitteri Waste Systems Legends.

Matt O’Leary and Tim Narr led the field to the green flag. O’Leary took the top spot before a front lap spin involving Chris Lishamer and Johnny Kringas brought out the caution on lap 2.

O’Leary led after the restart but not for long as Tommy Jones worked his way down to the inside of the leader on lap 4 to take the lead. Andy Jones moved up to third followed by Moyer and Cory Talaska. On lap 7 Moyer took third from Jones thanks to a nifty inside pass coming out of turn four. Moyer took the lead on lap 12 coming out of turn two right before the caution flag came out when Kringas made heavy contact with the inside wall going into turn one.

Tommy Jones and Moyer lined up side by side on the restart, but it was Talaska who took the lead coming out of turn four when he passed both Jones and Moyer. Talaska and Moyer opened up an eight car lead over the rest of the field and raced side by side until the caution came out on lap 14 when the car of Shelby Berlin slowed to a stop in turn four.

The side by side restart found Talaska on the inside and Moyer on the outside followed by the Jones brothers in row two. It was a great restart for Talaska who jumped out to a sizeable lead followed by Moyer, Andy and Tommy Jones.

Moyer wasn’t about to let Talaska get away as he worked his way to the inside on lap 21 as the two ran side by side. On lap 22 Moyer took the lead and held off Talaska the rest of the way to pick up the win.

“Cory and I have raced together a long time in snowmobiles and cars and there’s not a guy I am more comfortable racing with them him,” said Moyer from victory lane.

Bryce Bailey won the first eight lap heat for the Legends. Jeff Lechnir took the early lead with Cullen Camasta and Bailey in pursuit. On lap 3, Bailey took over second from Camasta and grabbed the lead one lap later coming out of turn four. On lap six Matt O’Leary was up to challenge Bailey for the top spot and motored by on the front stretch to take the win and the victory.

Tommy Jones returned to MIS and picked up the win in the second eight lap heat race for the Legends.Tim Narr and Jones raced side by side for the first two laps before Jones to control from the inside. Kevin Griffin and Chris Lishamer were quick to follow Jones as they moved up to second and third respectively. Lishamer took over the second position on lap 6 with Cory Talaska close behind. But neither would be able to catch Jones who picked up the victory.

In Pellitteri Waste Systems Legends qualifying Cory Talaska was fastest with a lap of 14.046 followed by Aaron Moyer (14.054), Andy Jones (14.172), Chris Lishamer (14.213), and Kevin Griffin (14.283).

Racing continues at Madison International Speedway on Friday, June 28th with Salute to America Night and a racing program that includes the Big 8 Late Models, Midwest Trucks, and IMCA Vintage Series. ThunderCat will also be here for the area’s biggest and best fireworks display. Practice begins at 4:45 with qualifying at 6:15 and racing at 7:30.

Dick Trickle Memorial Comes to MIS Sunday

June 15th, 2013

Speedway officials have announced that the first round of the Super Late Model Triple Crown Challenge slated for Sunday, June 16th will now be known as the Dick Trickle Memorial 99. The race will be the first of the four Triple Crown Challenge events scheduled for 2013 at MIS.

“Dick Trickle was a hero to so many of the race fans in this area. He was one of the guys that put short track racing on the map. You just don’t have drivers today that can accomplish what he did being able to go from track to track and win regularly,” said MIS General Manager Dave Grueneberg.

Trickle logged an amazing amount of miles at Madison especially in the early 1970′s. He won track championships at Madison in 1971 and 1972 and took home an amazing 72 feature wins on the half-mile. His victory total tops the list of all-time feature winners at Madison. It has been reported that over the course of his career Trickle won more than 1200 races.

Grueneberg remembered Trickle as a fierce competitor and an all around good guy. “It wasn’t unusual to see Trickle pull into the pits shortly before the races, roll his car off the trailer, and go out and win. He was just that good.”

From an interview for the MIS Yearbook in 2005, Trickle had this to say about Madison. “Madison has always been one of the top racing venues in the Midwest. Not only is the track itself fast, but the fans are knowledgeable and love racing. It was always an enthusiastic crowd. The fans were great. From Rockford to the Dells and into southwestern Wisconsin. The half-mile featured a lot of speed and the races were always great. I always enjoyed it…it was and always will be a challenging track.”

In the same interview he was asked about his accomplishments and whether or not another driver could do the same, Trickle said, “All records are made to be broke and I’m happy to hold a few of them. It’s unlikely that someone will win over 1,200 races but that could happen too. The rules when I raced the short tracks were consistent.

Back in my day, the good old days, you take the same car and run everywhere. I could take one car and do it all if I wanted. I ran 118 shows with just one car having to make only a few changes. Now there might be three of four different engine rules and they’re harder to police.”

He went on to add, “To race five or six nights a week today you just don’t have time to tear your motor apart before going to the next track. It seems promoters all want to set their own rules and all run on Friday or Saturday nights.”

My favorite comment Trickle made about Madison was a simple one-liner: “I won my share…maybe more than my share.”

The Super Late Model Triple Crown Challenge is a four event series with races also scheduled for Sunday, July 14, Sunday, July 28, and Sunday, September 8. The Midwest Trucks and INEX Legends will also be on the racing schedule for each of the Triple Crown events.

“Dick Trickle meant a lot to so many people who followed racing in this part of the country. Just about anyone who watched him race or met him has a special story to tell. We want to take some time to remember all that he did for racing,” added Grueneberg.

Come out to MIS on Sunday, June 16th for the Dick Trickle Memorial 99.

For more information about the Super Late Model Triple Crown Challenge at Madison International Speedway checkout the track website at madisoninternationalspeedway.com.

A tentative driver list is available here.

Sauter to Sit This One Out

He’s definitely the hottest driver at MIS winning the last five segments of the Triple Crown Challenge in 2012 plus the Midwest Tour race and then began 2013 by winning the Joe Shear Classic. But Travis Sauter won’t be in action this weekend due to engine failure this past Saturday in an ARCA Midwest Tour event.

Salute to Dads on Sunday

Super Late Model Triple Crown Challenge drivers are encouraged to bring their children and / or dads if you are able to for on-track introductions prior to the Dick Trickle Memorial 99.

Attention Trucks and Legends Drivers Just a reminder that the Midwest Trucks and Pellitteri Waste Systems Legends will be competing for track championships at Madison in 2013. All events that the two series compete in at MIS will be points races for Madison points.

The Pellitteri Waste Systems Legends are racing point events on June 16th, July 14th, July 28th, August 11th, and September 8th. Results from the May 5th opener also counted for MIS points.

The Midwest Trucks will be running points races on June 16th, July 14th, July 28th, August 11th, and September 8th. The May 5th event also counted for MIS points. The truck races that are also SCAG Power Equipment events at MIS will also count for MIS points.

Dick Trickle Memorial Comes to MIS on June 16th

June 5th, 2013

Track officials have announced that the first round of the Super Late Model Triple Crown Challenge slated for Sunday, June 16th will now be known as the Dick Trickle Memorial 99. The race will be the first of the four Triple Crown Challenge events scheduled for 2013 at Madison International Speedway. “Dick Trickle was a hero to so many of the race fans in this area. He was one of the guys that put short track racing on the map. You just don’t have drivers today that can accomplish what he did being able to go from track to track and win regularly,” said MIS General Manager Dave Grueneberg.

Trickle logged an amazing amount of miles at Madison especially in the early 1970′s. He won track championships at Madison in 1971 and 1972 and took home an amazing 72 feature wins on the half-mile. His victory total tops the list of all-time feature winners at Madison. It has been reported that over the course of his career Trickle won more than 1200 races. Grueneberg remembered Trickle as a fierce competitor and an all around good guy. “It wasn’t unusual to see Trickle pull into the pits shortly before the races, roll his car off the trailer, and go out and win. He was just that good.”

From an interview for the MIS Yearbook in 2005, Trickle had this to say about Madison. “Madison has always been one of the top racing venues in the Midwest. Not only is the track itself fast, but the fans are knowledgeable and love racing. It was always an enthusiastic crowd.

The fans were great. From Rockford to the Dells and into southwestern Wisconsin. The half-mile featured a lot of speed and the races were always great. I always enjoyed it…it was and always will be a challenging track.”

In the same interview he was asked about his accomplishments and whether or not another driver could do the same, Trickle said, “All records are made to be broke and I’m happy to hold a few of them. It’s unlikely that someone will win over 1,200 races but that could happen too. The rules when I raced the short tracks were consistent. Back in my day, the good old days, you take the same car and run everywhere. I could take one car and do it all if I wanted. I ran 118 shows with just one car having to make only a few changes. Now there might be three of four different engine rules and they’re harder to police.” He went on to add, “To race five or six nights a week today you just don’t have time to tear your motor apart before going to the next track. It seems promoters all want to set their own rules and all run on Friday or Saturday nights.” My favorite comment Trickle made about Madison was a simple one-liner: “I won my share…maybe more than my share.”

The Super Late Model Triple Crown Challenge is a four event series with races also scheduled for Sunday, July 14, Sunday, July 28, and Sunday, September 8. The Midwest Trucks and INEX Legends will also be on the racing schedule for each of the Triple Crown events.

“Dick Trickle meant a lot to so many people who followed racing in this part of the country. Just about anyone who watched him race or met him has a special story to tell. We want to take some time to remember all that he did for racing,” added Grueneberg. Come out to MIS on Sunday, June 16th for the Dick Trickle Memorial 99.

For more information about the Super Late Model Triple Crown Challenge at Madison International Speedway checkout the track website at madisoninternationalspeedway.com.

It’s Time to Go Racing at MIS

April 27th, 2013

In a year that will feature high speed, exciting Super Late Model racing on Wisconsin’s Fastest Half-Mile at Madison International Speedway, there’s no better way than to open the season on Sunday, May 5th with the ARCA Midwest Tour and Fifth Annual Joe Shear Classic.

The event honors the late Joe Shear who was one of the greatest short track drivers of all-time in the Midwest if not the entire country. At Madison he won track championships in 1973, 1974, 1980, and 1982 and earned 66 feature wins on his journey to those titles.

“The Joe Shear Classic has really become a staple on our series schedule as the clear opener of super late model racing in the upper Midwest. Race fans have supported this event strongly over the years and they are itching to see some awesome racing on the big half mile. I think fans will see the best talent in the nation and some new names that weekend and we are very excited to get things kicked off on May 5th,” said Steve Einhaus of the ARCA Midwest Tour.

Racing action will begin on May 5th with practice starting at 11:30 AM and qualifying at 1:15 PM and racing to follow. Highlighting the racing program will be the running of the 100 Joe Shear Classic for the ARCA Midwest Tour.

“The Midwest Tour races at Madison are always highly competitive and fun for the fans to watch. This year will be no exception,” said MIS General Manager Dave Grueneberg.

Drivers from throughout the Midwest will be coming to MIS with hopes of becoming a Joe Shear Classic champion. Former champion Ross Kenseth, son of NASCAR star Matt Kenseth, will be returning to one of his favorite tracks for the first of three appearances at Madison in 2013. The younger Kenseth won the event in 2011. Other past champions include Andrew Morrissey (2012), Steve Carlson (2010), and Nathan Haseleu (2009).

Racing action will not be limited to the ARCA Midwest Tours as fans will also see the Midwest Trucks battling it out on the half-mile and the INEX Legends competing on the quarter-mile “Ring of Fire.”

The ARCA Midwest Tour event is one of many exciting special events at Madison in 2013. “We are going with more of a special event program in 2013,” said MIS Business / Marketing Manager Jason Tyler. “We will host four of our own Triple Crown Super Late Model Challenge events, a second ARCA Midwest Tour / CRA race, and the national ARCA Racing Series. It’s going to be a ‘special’ year at Madison.”

Fans who want to see the cars before opening day are welcome to come out on Saturday, May 4th for a practice session from Noon – 5:00 PM. There is no charge for spectators during practice day. An open practice session will also take place on Saturday, April 27th from Noon-5:00 PM is also free for the fans.

Gates on May 5th will open at 11:30 AM.

For more information checkout the track website at madisoninternationalspeedway.com.

Madison International Speedway Official Press Release

February 6th, 2013

Rules Released for 2013 Triple Crown Challenge at MIS Track officials have released the rules and conditions for the 2013 Super Late Model Triple Crown Challenge Series at Madison International Speedway. The Triple Crown Challenge Series includes four races in 2013 all taking place on Sunday afternoons. The first race will take place on Sunday, June 16th followed by events on July 14th, July 28th, and September 8th.

“We have put together a program that should not only bring the best super late model teams from the region to MIS, but from points beyond as well,” said Jason Tyler. “We already have ten teams who have signed up to run in 2013.” Each race will be 100 laps with a competition yellow at some point between laps 50 and 75 where teams will be able to work on their
cars for ten minutes on the front stretch, but will not be able to change tires. The race will restart (double file) in the same order it was at the time of the competition yellow.

Tyler is also encouraging teams to sign up before March 1st. “We have a great deal for those who sign up before March
1st. Teams will receive one pit pass per event, membership, eligibility for the point fund and their $50 entry fee for each of the four races all for $250…a savings of more than $100.” Membership and event fees will increase after March 1st.

The series will also feature a new point system in 2013. First place will be worth 50 points which each subsequent finishing position one point less (50,49,48, etc). Drivers will receive one bonus point for leading a lap and one bonus point for winning the race. Qualifying points will be awarded to the top four (5,4,3,2) with all other qualifiers getting one point. “The new point system will guarantee a tight chase all the way to the final lap on September 8th,” added Tyler.

The INEX Legends and Midwest Super Trucks will be the support divisions for each of the four Triple Crown events.

“I want all Super Late Model teams to check out our rules. I’d also encourage all Big 8 Late Model teams to look closely at opportunities they may have to race in the Triple Crown in 2013,” concluded Tyler.

To access the rules / conditions go to http://www.madisoninternationalspeedway.com/superlatemodelrules More information on the 2013 season will be coming out shortly.

MIS Releases Plans for 2013 Season

December 3rd, 2012

The green flag will wave in 2013 at Madison International Speedway. The racing season will take on a very different look next season as the focus will change from a weekly Friday night program to a Sunday afternoon special event schedule.

“We need to make some changes to our program. We have decided to go away from a weekly racing schedule to one featuring a variety of special events,” said MIS Business / Marketing Manager Jason Tyler who is beginning his second full season
at MIS.

“I am really excited for the 2013 season and am working hard to make the events we are running to be great ones,” said Tyler. “I realize that change is difficult and we are making some major ones. But I’m asking our fans to be patient and continue to support the track. I think they are going to like what they see.”

One of the comments the management team at Madison has heard over the past few years is the lack of super late model racing. “We have heard this for many years and agree with the fans. Wisconsin’s Fastest Half-Mile is an awesome track and one that should host more super late model racing. So that’s what we’re going to do in 2013,” commented Tyler

At least six super late model events will be scheduled for Sunday afternoons in 2013. “We want to attract the best super late model drivers in the region and the best day to do this is by racing on Sundays. It’s very difficult for guys who travel more than two hours to get here to be able to do it on Friday nights. The guys who have done it have had to make sacrifices like taking off work,” said Tyler.

A point system similar to last year’s Triple Crown Challenge will be developed.
“We will have a track champion just like we always have at Madison. We are working on putting together an exciting racing format that will benefit the drivers and be exciting for the fans,” said Tyler.

“We will also have ways that allow late model teams to convert their cars over to super late models and be competitive in 2013,” said Tyler. “We want everyone to be able to come race at MIS and feel that they have the same chances at winning as everyone else. If teams have questions just give me a call and we will work with you.”

Also in action as part of Super Sundays at MIS will be the Legends division. “We are putting out the call to Legends throughout the Midwest to come and take on the “Ring of Fire,” said Tyler. “We think the Super Sundays will allow more drivers to make their way to MIS.”

Tyler hasn’t ruled out additional divisions joining the program. “We are looking at some other possible divisions but nothing is finalized at this point. We want to have a third division that is economical and provides for great racing.”

MIS will also be hosting Four major touring series in 2013. The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards will return for the third straight season on Sunday, August 25th bringing in drivers from throughout the United States and beyond for the Herr’s Live Life with Flavor 200. The ARCA Midwest Tour will open up the very exciting 2013 season on May 5th, plus the ARCA CRA Super Series and the Big 8 Late Model Series will also be at MIS with the best of the Midwest battling it out on Wisconsin’s Fastest Half-Mile.

Plans are also in the works to have a major Badger State tractor / truck pulling event along with the Tri-County Mini Rods on the infield pulling track. “Our event last year was very competitive and well-attended and we are looking at stepping up our involvement in truck and tractor pulling,” said Tyler.

“I realize we are proposing many changes. It’s no secret that the economy has been tough on MIS as it has been on many tracks around the country. We needed to make some changes and we feel this is the best way to move the track forward, and provide the best entertainment for our fans,” said Tyler.

Fans, friends, and families can come out to MIS on Sunday afternoons in 2013 and have 3-4 hours of great fun and not have to get home late at night. “We are still committed to creating family fun at MIS and will be expanding some of our programs geared towards the young fans. We will still have our Speedy’s Turn One Kids Club and do our coin drop, big wheel races, and much more in 2013,” added Tyler.

Sponsorship and marketing opportunities are also abundant at MIS. “There are hundreds of different ways local businesses can participate in our programs here at MIS. From seasonal to event sponsorships, billboards, barriers, and contests there’s no limit to what we can do for your business at MIS.” noted Tyler.

Tyler also maintains his open door policy when it comes to Madison International Speedway. “My door is always open…my phone is always on. If you have questions, concerns, comments or whatever you can reach me.” Tyler’s phone number is
608.513.9709.

“We are going to do the best we can with the resources and people we have to meet our goal of offering the best racing and the most exciting events in the Midwest! We are still in the process of finalizing exact dates,” added Tyler.

Madison International Speedway is located just 10 minutes south of the Beltline (12&18) off Hwy 138 between Oregon and Stoughton. Visit our website at www.madisoninternationalspeedway.com

Here is the latest from Madison International Speedway…

November 24th, 2012

(TOLEDO, Ohio) – The Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) has released its 2013 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule of events, including 21 races spanning from mid-February to early October.

The season will open with the series’ 50th consecutive annual appearance at Daytona International Speedway, scheduled for Saturday, February 16, just hours before that evening’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona Shootout.

The 2013 season will also be highlighted by ARCA’s first visit to Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis. – one of two road course races – on Saturday, June 22, and a return to Kentucky Speedway for the first time since 2009 on Friday, September 20.

The schedule will conclude at Kansas Speedway for the second consecutive year. The championship race will take place Friday, October 4 – two weeks earlier than in 2012. In between, ARCA will appear in 17 other races at a wide variety of venues.

Versatility will be required of ARCA competitors, who will be tasked with preparing for speedways, short tracks, dirt tracks, and road courses in ARCA’s 61st season. Outside of Daytona, Kentucky, and Kansas, five events are scheduled at four paved speedways over one mile in length. Pocono Raceway will host ARCA twice for the 27th consecutive year, and events at Talladega Superspeedway, Michigan International Speedway, and Chicagoland Speedway return on the same weekends as in 2012.

Notably, the Chicagoland event will take place on a Sunday for the first time. While the first Pocono race will remain on its traditional Saturday date, the August race will take place on Friday for the first time.

Alabama’s Mobile International Speedway and Minnesota’s Elko Speedway – two short tracks new to the ARCA schedule in 2012 – will again welcome the series on the same weekends. ARCA’s home track, Toledo Speedway, will host a race on Sunday, May 19.

Additional short tracks returning to the ARCA Racing Series schedule include Salem (Ind.) Speedway on two weekends, Winchester (Ind.) Speedway, Iowa Speedway, Berlin (Mich.) Raceway, and Madison (Wis.) International Speedway. The Winchester race will move back one weekend in late June, and Iowa will take a new date in early September.

Contributing to the long-recognized diversity of the ARCA schedule will be the traditional mile dirt races in August at the Illinois State Fairgrounds and in September at the DuQuoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds.

Road course racing is in the plan for the sixth consecutive year, and two road course races are on the schedule for the second time ever and the first time since 2010. The 4.048-mile Road America course will welcome ARCA approximately one month before the sixth ARCA event at 2.25-mile Thunderbolt Raceway at New Jersey Motorsports Park.

Companion events in 2013 include race weekends with the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide,
and Camping World Truck Series, as well as the new ARCA Midwest Tour, the ARCA CRA
Super Series, and the ARCA Truck Series.

The full 2013 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule is as follows:
Saturday, February 16 – Daytona International Speedway
Saturday, March 9 – Mobile International Speedway
Sunday, April 28 – Salem Speedway
Friday, May 3 – Talladega Superspeedway
Sunday, May 19 – Toledo Speedway
Saturday, June 1 – Elko Speedway
Saturday, June 8 – Pocono Raceway
Friday, June 14 – Michigan International Speedway
Saturday, June 22 – Road America
Sunday, June 30 – Winchester Speedway
Sunday, July 21 – Chicagoland Speedway
Sunday, July 28 – New Jersey Motorsports Park
Friday, August 2 – Pocono Raceway
Saturday, August 10 – Berlin Raceway
Sunday, August 18 – Illinois State Fairgrounds
Sunday, August 25 – Madison International Speedway
Monday, September 2 – DuQuoin State Fairgrounds
Saturday, September 7 – Iowa Speedway
Saturday, September 14 – Salem Speedway
Friday, September 20 – Kentucky Speedway
Friday, October 4 – Kansas Speedway

The 2012 ARCA Racing Series Championship Awards Banquet is scheduled for Saturday, December 8, and will be held in conjunction with the International Motorsports Industry Show (IMIS), which will begin two days prior. The banquet will take place in a new location, the Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis.

Testing for the 2013 ARCA Racing Series season opener at Daytona International Speedway will take place from December 14-16.

Jordan Wendt Wins 2012 Courage Award

It was a big night for Jordan Wendt of Stoughton, Wisconsin, at the recent Madison International Speedway banquet when he picked up three awards. The banquet took place on Saturday, November 3rd at Banushi’s Bar and Grill in Stoughton.

For the second season in a row Wendt was recognized as being the “Fan Favorite” for the Pellitteri Waste Systems Legends division. Wendt and his family frequently have their car on display at area events and have appeared in several different
parades as well. The fans also recognized Wendt for having the “Best Appearing Car” in the Pellitteri Waste Systems Legends division for 2012.

But it was the third award that Wendt received that came as a surprise to Jordan and his family. The management team at MIS presented him with the 2012 Courage Award for his accomplishments both on and off the track.

“Jordan and his family are always out here at the track asking how they can help. They have done several projects around the track from clearing brush to painting to general clean up. They have brought their car to public appearances representing the track,” said MIS Business / Marketing Manager Jason Tyler.

I have known Jordan and his family for many years. It is very impressive to see what Jordan has accomplished in racing. He might not have the wins or championships to show for his efforts, but for Jordan it’s not about winning and more about doing his best and learning from each race.

It’s also all about family. It’s great to see the entire Wendt family at the track working to get his car ready at four o’clock and still there at ten meeting and greeting Jordan’s fans.

Jordan has also earned the respect of his fellow competitors. “Jordan has come a long ways since he began racing in the Legends division. Everyone respects him on and off the track,” noted Tony Moyer who races with Jordan each week at MIS.

Jordan has battled health issues over the years, but he’s able to put those aside and focus on his racing and still have fun. That’s what it’s all about.

Fall Classic Takes on a New Look at MIS

September 9th, 2012

The MIS Fall Classic will take on a new look in 2012, but that doesn’t mean there will be any shortage of excitement on Wisconsin’s Fastest Half-Mile and the Ring of Fire. This year’s event will be held on Sunday, September 23rd.

Four divisions will take to the track at this year’s classic: Super Late Models, International Four Cylinders, Legends, and Central States Super Cups. The Super Late Models and International Four Cylinders will compete on the half-mile while the Legends and Super Cups battle it out on the quarter-mile. Also in action will be the One on One Street Drags who will race on the small track.

Earlier this season twenty-four drivers qualified for the Super Late Model Race of Champions as part of the Triple Crown Challenge. A total of six cars will transfer out of the two, fifteen lap qualifying races. In case any of the automatic qualifiers do not race at the Classic more drivers will transfer to the feature.

There will be two fifty lap features with the overall finishing order determined by combined finishes in the two races. The overall winner will receive $3000 with second place taking home $2000 and third place collecting $1500. Cars that start both features are guaranteed at least $400. Drivers will receive a $100 bonus for each of the first three Triple Crown events they raced at Madison. However, some restrictions will apply.

Late Model teams from the region are welcome to compete in the Super Late Model event but need to contact Dave Oswald at 608.839.5507 for more information. The International Four Cylinders will follow Jefferson rules. American Short Track cars may also be eligible but are asked to contact Dave Oswald for more information. The International division will run a pair of eight lap qualifying heats and then battle it out in a twenty lap feature.

The Ring of Fire will light up for the Legends who will also run a pair of ten lap qualifying heats and then compete in a thirty lap feature. The Super Cups will also run two qualifying heats and a feature.

The One on One Street Drags will bring the 2012 season to a close at MIS with elimination style racing on the Ring of Fire. Pit gates for Sunday, September 23rd will open at 10:00 AM with practice at 11:30 AM, qualifying at 1:15 PM, opening ceremonies at 2:00 PM with racing to follow.

On Saturday, September 22nd MIS will be hosting an open practice session from Noon – 5:00 PM.

Schedule of Events

Saturday September 22nd Pit Gates open @ 11am Practice from Noon to 5pm

Sunday September 23rd Pit Gates Open @ 10am Practice @ 11:30am Qualifying @ 1:15pm Opening ceremonies @ 2pm

Qualifying Races: (2) Legend 10 laps (2) Super Cup 10 laps (2) Super Late Model Odd & Even 15 Laps (2) International Four Cylinders on the 1/2 mile 8 Laps

Features: SLM Triple Crown Challenge 1st 50 Laps Legends 30 Laps Internationals 20 Laps Super Cup Feature SLM Triple
Crown Challenge 2nd 50 laps One on One Street Drags

Racing and Fireworks Tonight at MIS

September 1st, 2012

Come one…come all to Madison International Speedway tonight for action on and over Wisconsin’s Fastest Half-Mile.

ThunderCat will light up the skies over the Town of Rutland tonight with the annual “Fireworks Extravaganza.” “This is going to be an awesome show that you don’t want to miss,” said MIS Business / Marketing Manager Jason Tyler.

But before the sights and sounds of the fireworks take place, there will be something excellent racing taking place on the track with Round 3 of the Super Late Model Triple Crown Challenge and the Mid American Stock Car Series in action all part of Tribute to Tom Reffner Night at MIS.

Overall winners from the first two events, Nathan Haseleu and Travis Sauter, will have their hands full with a talented field of drivers from throughout the Midwest in the Triple Crown Challenge.

Tonight’s event will include a pair of 50 lap features. Never short of excitement at MIS, the Mid American Stock Car Series will feature great side by side racing with great drivers battling it out for top honors.

Pit gates for tonight’s event open at 3:30 with practice set for 4:45, qualifying at 6:15 and racing to follow. Tom Reffner, a two-time track champion and winner of almost sixty races at MIS, will be honored during pre-race ceremonies.

Racing Schedule
Mid American Stock Car Series Heat Races (8 Laps)
Super Late Model Feature #1 (50 Laps)
Mid American Stock Car Series Feature (40 Laps)
Super Late Model Feature #2 (50 Laps)

Fireworks

Fans arriving early can enjoy drink specials during our “Happy Hour” from 5:00 – 6:30.

The top 24 in points following Super Late Model Triple Crown Challenge Round 3 will automatically be in the starting lineup for the Race of Champions on Sunday, September 23rd.

See you tonight at MIS.

Mason Mingus; Win-Tron Racing Victim Of Bad “Brakes” At Madison

August 28th, 2012

OREGON, Wisconsin- – Win-Tron Racing and driver Mason Mingus headed to Madison (Wisc.) International Speedway this past weekend looking to post their first top-five run of the season in Sunday night’s delayed Herr’s Live Life with Flavors 200. Unfortunately, the duo would once again be snakebitten while having one of their best runs of the 2012 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season after a brake failure on lap 74 took the team out of contention in the
17th race of the year.

Before the setback, Mingus was showing his worth as a freshman in the ARCA Racing Series after fighting for a spot inside the top-five at a track where track position proved to be critical.

It was clear that a private test session at the 0.5-mile paved oval paid huge dividends after the first practice session had concluded Saturday afternoon. With former ARCA Racing Series champion crew chief Mark Rette at the helm, the team worked on finding a comfortable setup underneath the No. 32 Call 811 Before You Dig Chevrolet Impala. After placing 10th following the first of two practice efforts, Rette made some routine changes to the automobile allowing the handling to improve and Mingus jumping up to eighth fastest overall in final practice leading into Menards pole qualifying presented by Ansell set for later in the day.

In time trials, Mingus whipped his No. 32 Call 811 Before You Dig Chevrolet Impala around the track in 18.262 seconds or 98.565 miles per hour, placing him sixth but less than two-tenths of a second behind pole sitter Alex Bowman. Feeling extremely confident about their automobile, the Lakeville, Minnesota-based team turned their concentration towards race day which would consist of a promising 200-lap slugfest.

Mother Nature would change her tune on Sunday morning, drenching the facility and ultimately forcing track and ARCA Racing Series officials to delay the start of the Herr’s Live Life with Flavors 200 for several hours before taking the green flag nearly three and a half hours later than its original starting time.

From the drop of the green flag, Mingus held his own and after briefly dropping to seventh in the first 20 laps of the event, the Brentwood, Tennessee native would climb back into sixth by lap 30 after a move on Chase Elliott and ultimately move into a race-high fifth by lap 35 after overtaking series leader Chris Buescher who spun after contact with another competitor. The 17-year old would continue to protect his position inside the top-five but by lap 50, Mingus would begin communicating with his team identifying a problem with the brakes on the No. 32 Call 811 Before You Dig Chevrolet Impala. Despite the setback, Mingus would continue to focus on the job at hand after finding himself in a torrid battle with the No. 52 of Tom Hessert.

The two drivers would duke it out for several laps before Hessert was able to overtake Mingus by lap 70. Idling in sixth, the High School senior was studying for a way to move back into the top-five before his brake pedal went to the floor in turn three on lap 74, sending the No. 32 Call 811 Before You Dig Chevrolet Impala for a loop and bringing out the event’s second caution flag.

Mingus was able to drive his bowtie back to pit lane where Rette and the team immediately went to work correcting the problem. While the team lost several laps in the pits making repairs, they were able to return to the race and take the checkered flag in the 23rd position completing 156 of the event’s 208 laps.

“I am obviously very disappointed with the outcome of the race,” offered Mingus. “I thought we definitely had a top-three car if not a chance to win the race. We had a malfunction with the brakes while battling it out for fifth on the track. We were forced to pit and work on them which cost me a ton of laps during a green flag run. From there, we basically just used the rest of the race as a test session for the next time we go back there.” He added, “I think we are capable of so much more than top-10s if we could just have a few things go our way. We have been plagued with a few things that are out of our control these past few races, but we are going to take with what we’ve learned and just move on to the next one. DuQuoin, here we come.”

Nate Thiesse, co-car owner of Win-Tron Racing offered his sentiments on his protégés tango with Madison. “It’s unfortunate, that we don’t have a finish to justify our performance,” he sounded. “Mason did exactly what we thought he was going to do and that was to be competitive. We’ve been hit with some bad luck the last couple of weeks and all we can do is just keep our heads held high and surge ahead and look for redemption. We have two races left with Mason the rest of the year and we definitely want to make the best out of them.”

Next up for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards is the annual Labor Day tradition at the DuQuoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds for the running of the Southern Illinois 100 on Monday, September 3. With just three races remaining in 2012, the quick 100-lap race will be the second and final time the competitors race on a dirt track this season. In addition to Call 811 Before You Dig, Diamond Equipment leaped aboard the team as an associate marketing partner for Mingus’s 11th-career ARCA start.

Further information including driver opportunities with Win-Tron Racing is available by visiting http://www.win-tronracing.com/ or contacting Nate Thiesse at 612.306.1641 Learn about Call 811 Before You Dig and what it can do for you by connecting to http://www.call811.com/ For more on Mason Mingus, please visit http://www.masonmingusracing.com/

About Win-Tron Racing: Located in Lakeville, Minnesota, Win-Tron Racing is the home of one the most potent ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards single-car operations. Owned by former racers Kevin Cywinski and Nate Thiesse, the team since has acquired the assets of County Joe Racing has become a favorable fixture on the circuit. Since Win-Tron Racing’s inception in 2007, the team has hosted a variety of drivers including leading drivers James Buescher, Blake Bjorklund, Justin Marks and Matt Merrell to their first career ARCA victories. In 2012, the team will begin its sixth year of competition with current drivers Chris Windom, Mason Mingus and Aleks Gregory.

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It’s About Presence For Mason Mingus; Win-Tron Racing At Madison

August 25th, 2012

OREGON, Wisconsin – - With just three races remaining on Mason Mingus’s ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule this year with Win-Tron Racing, the duo will look for their first top-five run in Sunday afternoon’s running of the Herr’s Live Life with Flavors 200 at Madison (Wisc.) International Speedway.

On several occasions, the Mark Rette-led organization has been within sights of accomplishing one of their pre-season targets but obstacles have halted the Lakeville, Minnesota-based team of achieving the feat. This weekend, should all of the cards fall their way, the potent combination believes that a career-best finish could be among them, especially on the heels of a successful test session at the 0.5-mile paved oval last weekend. “I feel really good about Madison,” said Mingus, driver of the No. 32 Call 811 Before You Dig Toyota Camry. “We went up there last weekend and tested. I learned a lot. The team wanted me to get some laps there before we went back for the race so I would be comfortable with the track for practice on Saturday. We feel like we have a good car to bring back for the race and I’m excited about our chances.”

Confidence is everything, especially for a 17-year old rookie like Mingus. In his nine races this season, the Brentwood, Tennessee native has nabbed six top-10 finishes with a career-best finish of sixth at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway in June. Feeling confident about his chances for the 17th race of the year, the soon-to-be High School senior is more determined than ever.

“I was very happy with how well the test went and with how the track felt,” added Mingus, an avid ARCA / CRA competitor as well. I think this is going to be a track I really like; it is the perfect definition of a short track and looks to be a very racy track. The guys at Win-Tron gave me a great car at the test and I’m very confident, we’ll have an ever better car for the race – and can bring home a top-five run.”

Despite only competing in nine races thus far this season, the Tennessean sits a respectable 18th in the ARCA Racing Series championship standings and has a respectable chance of finishing inside the top-15 by years end. “While we are not racing for points, if we can wrap up the year inside the top-15, that would be just an added bonus for us,” Mingus stated. “This year has been all about seat time and getting comfortable with the tracks. Our finishes this year have allowed us to be in the position that we are in. It’s cool to say the least.”

Nate Thiesse, co-car owner of Win-Tron Racing offered his sentiments on his protégés tango with Madison. “We’re stoked for the race this weekend. Mason’s test could not have gone any better. We learned a lot, Mason adjusted to the track very quickly and our lap times were extremely promising. The guys in the shop have been thrashing to put the final touches on our No. 32 Call 811 Before You Dig Toyota Camry. We feel that when Sunday rolls around we’ll have a shot for a top-five performance if not a win, we feel that confident in Mason’s ability.”

The Herr’s Live Life with Flavors 200 (200 laps / 100 miles) is the 17th of 20 events on the 2012 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. The fourth-ever ARCA event held at Madison International Speedway is a two-day show. Practice begins Saturday, August 25 with a forty-five minute practice session planned from 1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. A final practice is scheduled from 2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Menards pole qualifying presented by Ansell is set for later in the day slated to begin at 4:30 p.m. The event will take the green flag on Sunday, August 26 shortly after 2:00 p.m. The race will not be televised but additional coverage including a radio broadcast and timing and scoring will be available through the ARCA Racing Network (ARN) online at http://www.arcaracing.com/ . All times are local (Central).

In addition to Call 811 Before You Dig, Diamond Equipment will leap aboard the team as an associate marketing partner for Mingus’s 11th-career ARCA start. Further information including driver opportunities with Win-Tron Racing is
available by visiting http://www.win-tronracing.com/ or contacting Nate Thiesse at 612.306.1641 Learn about Call 811 Before You Dig and what it can do for you by connecting to http://www.call811.com/ For more on Mason Mingus, please visit http://www.masonmingusracing.com/

Nottestad, Hansberry Jr., and Jones are Track Champions Johnson, Wutke and Talaska Get the Checkered Flags

August 19th, 2012

Oregon, WI- Dale Nottestad, Robert Hansberry Jr., and Andy Jones won track championships tonight as part of the Bob Schmelzer Memorial Season Championship Night at MIS. Casey Johnson (Late Models), Tommy Wutke (Sportsman), and Cory Talaska (Legends) took home the checkered flags for winning their features tonight.

Dale Nottestad Wins Late Model Track Championship Fueled by his second place finish in the feature, Dale Nottestad won the 2012 MIS Track Championship for the Rockweiler Insulation Late Models. Nottestad finished with 1048 points with Zack Riddle in second place with 1012 and Bobby Wilberg in third with 955. This was the second track championship for Nottestad who won the 2004 Super Late Model title.

Robert Hansberry Jr. and Andy Jones Repeat as Track Champions Robert Hansberry Jr. won the 2012 MIS Track Championship for the Ho Chunk Gaming Madison Sportsman and successfully defended his title from a season ago. Hansberry Jr. finished with 1235 points to win the title with Matt Lundberg in second with 1158 and Tommy Wutke taking home third with
1147.

Andy Jones took home the 2012 MIS Track Championship in the Pellitteri Waste Systems Legends. Jones finished the season with 1207 points while Cory Talaska was second at 1165 and Kevin Griffin in third with 946.

Casey Johnson Drives to Victory Lane at MIS Casey Johnson saved his best effort for the final night as he won a thriller in the Rockweiler Insulation Late Models.

Going into the final event of the night all eyes were on Dale Nottestad and Zack Riddle. Riddle had gained six points on
Nottestad after qualifying and their qualifying races but still trailed by twenty-one points. This meant that Riddle needed to finish at least five positions ahead of Nottestad in the feature if he was to win the track championship.

“Gentlemen, start your engines,” was the command given by Darlene Schmelzer following out of car introductions.

Ryan Goldade and Don Wickstrum brought the field of sixteen Late Models to the green flag. Goldade jumped to the early lead with Casey Johnson charging up to second. From his seventh starting position Zack Riddle was quickly up to third
place before three laps were in the books. Meanwhile, Dale Nottestad was caught in traffic and running in ninth place.

On lap six Riddle moved to the outside of Goldade and the two raced side by side for the lead with Johnson and Bobby Wilberg close behind.

Riddle gained a slight advantage on the outside of Goldade by lap 12 while Nottestad was working his way up to fifth. Riddle grew his lead to two car lengths with Goldade, Johnson, Wilberg, and Nottestad nose to tail in the top five. By the half-way mark Riddle’s lead had grown to six car lengths over Goldade and if the race finished at this point it would put him one point behind Nottestad. However, a spin in turn two on lap 23 brought out the first caution of the race and took away Riddle’s lead over the field.

It was time for drama as the restart cone came out on the track. Riddle had the inside position but as for the rest…time would tell. As the cars approached the cone it was time to choose a lane. Goldade stayed inside behind Riddle with Johnson choosing to go outside. Wilberg and Nottestad also elected to stay on the inside.

Riddle and Johnson raced side by side after the green flag waved followed by Goldade, Wilberg, and Nottestad. Riddle and Johnson took time sharing the lead with no change in positions three through five. On lap 30 the leaders made contact with Johnson able to hang on for the lead while Riddle dropped all the way back to sixth one postion behind Nottestad. Johnson had clear sailing out front, but the last thing he wanted to see was a caution flag while the rest of the field was hoping to see yellow. The caution did come out on lap 36 for a spin behind the leaders in turn four.

This meant the drama continued as Johnson took the inside position for the restart while Wilberg chose to go to the outside of the front row with Nottestad and Goldade lining up in row two. The race didn’t stay green for long due to major issues with the Goldade car before one lap could be completed and ending a great night for Goldade who was making his first start of the season.

Johnson again had the inside while both Nottestad and Riddle moved to the outside of rows one and two. Johnson easily regained the lead on the restart while Wilberg and Nottestad raced side by side for second place leaving Riddle behind.

Johnson was able to lead the rest of the way to pick up his first feature win of the season while Nottestad edged Wilberg for second place. Kevin Knuese finished in fourth place while Riddle had to settle for fifth place. Nottestad’s second place finish coupled with Riddle’s fifth meant the championship belonged to Nottestad and Clifcorn Motorsports.

But probably one of the hottest drivers at MIS as the year progressed was Johnson who spoke from victory lane. “We’ve been close so many times here, this is awesome,” said Johnson from victory lane. “I had nothing to lose tonight.”

In the Morrison’s Auto Parts Dash Series six lap race it was Casey Johnson winning for the second week in a row with Dale Nottestad finishing in second and Bobby Wilberg third. Nottestad was the overall winner in the Dash Series for 2012.

Kevin Knuese and Bobby Wilberg were the winners in the ten lap qualifying races.

Kevin Knuese wasted no time getting out to a big lead in the first ten lap qualifying race for the Late Models. Nate Oppliger and Jason Hicks raced side by side for second while Zack Riddle and Casey Johnson were doing the same for fourth. Nobody could catch Knuese who picked up the win while Zack Riddle made things interesting on the final lap passing both Oppliger and Jason Hicks while entering turn three to pick up the runner-up position.

Dale Nottestad passed Andy Evraets on the third lap to take the lead in the second ten lap qualifying race. But Bobby Wilberg was not going to let Nottestad to run away with things as he was quickly up to join him to race for the lead. Nottestad maintained the lead until the final lap when Wilberg edged him coming out of turn four to pick up the win.

Zack Riddle topped the qualifiers in the Late Model division with a lap of 18.666. Riddle set fast time eight of the nine
points events. Bobby Wilberg was second (18.789) followed by Jason Hicks (18.803), Dale Nottestad (18.804), and
Casey Johnson (18.828).

Tommy Wutke Finishes Off a Big Night at MIS Tommy Wutke won his second feature of the season in the Ho Chunk Gaming Madison Sportsman.

A pair of sevens, Brandon Skolaski and Greg Baxter ushered the field of twelve Sportsman cars to the line for their twenty lap feature. A spin on the first lap brought out the caution flag. On the restart Baxter took the lead followed by Tommy Wutke and Matt Lundberg. Behind Lundberg and Wutke were Will Rece and Todd Ambrose racing side by side for fourth.

On lap 5 Wutke found space to the inside of Baxter to take over the point. Lundberg passed Baxter one lap later for second. A close battle for third between Baxter, Rece, Hansberry Jr., and Ambrose allowed the top two to get away from
the pack. Rece took the third position on lap twelve with Hansberry Jr. in tow.

Out front Wutke maintained a three length lead over Lundberg while Rece and Hansberry Jr. were fighting it out for third. A spin on lap 16 brought out the caution and the restart cone.

Wutke lined up on the inside with Hansberry Jr. taking the dare going to the outside and go for the win. Wutke took the lead but drifted up the track ahead of Hansberry Jr. allowing Lundberg to move into second. The race only stayed green for one lap due to a spin on the backstretch.

Now it was restart time again with Wutke choosing the inside. Lundberg elected to follow suit while Hansberry Jr. went to the outside. A great start by Wutke put him back out front with Lundberg, Hansberry Jr. and Rece fighting for second place before an incident involving several cars brought out yet another caution and sent Hansberry Jr. to the back of the field while Rece and Dan Snyder were unable to continue due to damage to their cars.

TJ Goldade chose the outside on the restart and raced side by side with Wutke for one lap before a multi-car melee on the backstretch brought out the caution flag ending the race and giving the win to Wutke. Ambrose finished in second place followed by Baxter, Hansberry Jr. and Brandon
Skolaski.

“This is great,” said Wutke who confirmed that this was his biggest night in racing. “There was a lot going on behind me and I’m just happy I was where I was.”

Robert Hansberry Jr. and Todd Ambrose won the ten lap qualifying races for the Sportsman.

Will Rece and Robert Hansberry Jr. took the lead on the restart after a spin on the first lap brought out the caution. On lap 6 Hansberry Jr. pulled to the inside of Rece to take the lead while coming out of turn four and led the rest of the way to pick up the win. Rece finished second followed by Tommy
Wutke.

In his first start of the season, Rick Coppernoll took the early lead in the second qualifying race and was able to hold it for the first three laps before Todd Ambrose went to the high side to make the pass for the lead. The speedy Ambrose wasted no time checking away from the field to easily pick up the win. Matt Lundberg was able to edge Coppernoll for second place.

Tommy Wutke turned the fastest lap in qualifying for the second time this season with a lap of 20.735 followed by Todd Ambrose (20.824), Robert Hansberry Jr. (20.844), Matt Lundberg (21.045), and Will Rece (21.079).

Cory Talaska Leads the Way in Legends

Cory Talaska won the twenty five lap feature for the Pellitteri Waste Systems Legends. Kyle Jusits and Kevin
Griffin brought the ten car field to the green flag in the Legends feature. Jusits gained the lead but only for the first two laps when Cory Talaska squeezed by on the inside. Vince Bartolotta and Andy Jones were up to second and third one lap later and began to hunt down the leader. The trio was able to break away from the pack with Jones trying to pass Bartolotta on the outside for second.

Bartolotta and Jones continued to apply pressure on Talaska. Jones made the pass of Bartolotta on lap 23 to take second but Bartolotta was able to catch him at the stripe for second but both came up short behind Talaska who won his second feature of the season. “I did everything I could, but we just came up short,” said Talaska from victory lane. “I watched Andy and Vince fighting it out behind me.”

Bartolotta’s car failed post race inspection and lost his position and points for the feature.

Andy Jones and Chris Lishamer won the qualifying races.

The first twelve lap qualifying race included the two drivers battling for the track championship, Andy Jones and Cory Talaska. Jones took the lead on the first lap with Talaska right on his bumper in hot pursuit. On lap 7 Jones got loose
coming out of turn four which allowed Talaska to gain some ground, but it wasn’t enough as Jones hung on for the win. Kyle Jusits took home third place honors.

Chris Lishamer jumped out to the early lead in the second qualifying race while Kevin Griffin and Vince Bartolotta were battling it out for second. Their battle allowed Lishamer to build a sizeable lead that he never relinquished on his way to victory lane. Bartolotta nipped Griffin at the stripe for second.

Fast qualifier for the Legends division was Cory Talaska with a lap of 13.991 followed by Vince Bartolotta (14.124), Kyle Jusits (14.277), Kevin Griffin (14.285), and Andy Jones (14.320).

During pre-race ceremonies fans of all ages received bus rides around the track compliments of Wayne Ace Bus and Limo Service of Oregon. Nearly twenty-five young fans also received a free bicycle during intermission from the Quest Industrial Turn One Kids’ Club. MIS would like to thank the many drivers and sponsors who donated bikes for the kids.

It’s a big weekend on August 25th and 26th at MIS as the ARCA Racing Series comes to Wisconsin’s Fastest Half-Mile with practice and qualifying on Saturday and the Herr’s Live Life with Flavor 200 on Sunday afternoon. Advance tickets are on sale at the track or at nineteen area Menard’s locations.

The Fireworks Extravaganza will take place at MIS on Friday, August 31st with ThunderCat returning to light up the skies over the speedway. It will also be Round Three of the Super Late Model Triple Crown Challenge and an appearance by the Mid American Stock Car Series.

For more information checkout the track website at madisoninternationalspeedway.com or call the track office at 608.835.9700.

Dale Nottestad Returns to Victory Lane at MIS Will Rece and Andy Jones Also Earn Checkered Flags

August 12th, 2012

Oregon, WI- Dale Nottestad picked up his fifth win of the season in the Rockweiler Insulation Late Models and added
to his points lead with one week of racing to go. Will Rece topped the field in the Ho Chunk Gaming Madison Sportsman and Andy Jones was the winner in the Pellitteri Waste Systems Legends on a beautiful night for racing at Madison International Speedway.

MIS also hosted Big Wheel Relay Races during pre-race ceremonies and finished the night with seventeen competitors in the One on One Street Drags with Charlie Roland of Rockford, Illinois, topping Taz Becker of Lake Geneva in the finals.

Nottestad Notches Another Late Model Victory Dale Nottestad won the 40 lap feature for the Rockweiler Insulation Late Models. The win was his fifth of the 2012 season and increased his lead in the point standings over Zack Riddle to a
935-908 margin.

Don Wickstrum and Chad Stevens paced the field to the green flag. Stevens grabbed the early lead with Casey Johnson and Zack Riddle up to second and third with Dale Nottestad in fourth. Johnson took the lead on lap 5 with Riddle and Nottestad up to second and third one lap later.

Johnson built up a six car length lead over Riddle and Nottestad who were racing side by side for second. Riddle gained the advantage for second on lap 10, but only for four laps as Nottestad charged past him on lap 14.

Nottestad was gaining quickly on Johnson and by the half way point the lead was down to two car lengths. On lap 23 Nottestad dropped to the inside of Johnson coming out of turn three and made the pass coming out of turn four for the lead. By lap 30 Nottestad had built his lead to nearly ten car lengths over Johnson and Riddle hoping the race would stay green the rest of the way…but it didn’t.

On lap 33 the car of Jason Hicks slowed coming out of turn three bringing out the caution flag. On the restart Riddle chose to line up outside of Nottestad in the front row with Johnson lining up on the inside of the second row.

Nottestad regained his lead while Johnson and Riddle were battling it out side by side for second place. Johnson was able to take second, but Bobby Wilberg would get by Riddle for third. Riddle now had his hands full with Kevin Knuese racing for fourth.

Out front it was all Nottestad who would hold off Johnson for the win followed by Wilberg, Knuese, and Riddle.

“It couldn’t have gone any better. We just need to keep winning and stay up front. I knew Zack would try to go to the outside on the restart, I would have done the same thing,” said Nottestad.

Casey Johnson won the six lap Morrison’s Auto Parts Dash. Johnson and Zack Riddle raced side by side to start the Dash with Johnson gaining a car length lead after one lap. Dale Nottestad was able to pass Riddle for second on lap 2, but it was money in the bank for Johnson who picked up his first Dash win of the season. Nottestad finished second with Riddle close behind in third place.

In the first ten lap qualifying race Jason Hicks took the early lead before Casey Johnson powered by him on lap 2. On lap 5 Dale Nottestad moved to the inside of Hicks coming down the front shoot to take over second place. Out front Johnson was enjoying a comfortable six car length lead over Nottestad. Johnson was able to lead the rest of the way and beat Nottestad by a car length. Zack Riddle won the second qualifying race for the Late Models. Chad Stevens took the early lead in the second qualifying race and held the top position for the first five laps before Riddle nudged his way past for the lead and easily led the rest of the way to gain the win. Bobby Wilberg finished second followed by Kevin Knuese and Stevens.

Dale Nottestad snapped Zack Riddle’s qualifying streak with a lap of 18.863. Riddle, who had set fast time each week this season, was second with a circuit of 18.867 followed by Casey Johnson (19.024), Kevin Knuese (19.073), and Chuck Garetson (19.117).

Will Rece Brings His “A” Game to MIS

Will Rece led wire to wire to pick up his third feature win of the season in the Ho Chunk Gaming Madison Sportsman twenty lap feature.

Will Rece jumped out to the early lead leaving Greg Baxter, TJ Goldade, and Todd Ambrose fighting it out for second place behind him. By the fifth lap Rece had built a twelve car length lead over his fellow Sportsman competitors while Baxter had a nearly ten length lead over the third place car of Goldade. With a huge lead the last thing Rece wanted to see was a caution flag. On lap 11 a spin on the front stretch brought out the caution and negated Rece’s sizeable advantage. On the restart Robert Hansberry Jr. chose to line up outside of Rece in the front row. Rece would regain his lead by two car
lengths over Hansberry Jr. as the two distanced themselves from the field. Behind the top two a pack was battling it out for third place with Tommy Wutke gaining the advantage. Hansberry Jr. was able to keep Rece in his sights never falling more than two car lengths off the pace. Rece was simply too strong for the field as he hung on to win his third feature of the season. Hansberry Jr. finished in second but was placed fourth with Wutke and Matt Lundberg moving up to second and third respectively while Mike Taylor finished fifth. “The car was definitely fast tonight,” said Rece from victory lane. “We definitely brought our “A” game tonight.”

TJ Goldade jumped out to the early lead in the first ten lap qualifying race for the Sportsman with Will Rece and Matt Lundberg fighting it out for second place. Rece and Lundberg raced side by side for second, but neither one was able to find the grip to get by Goldade who led wire to wire to gain the victory. Lundberg finished in second while Todd Ambrose nipped Rece for third. Robert Hansberry Jr. threaded the needle coming out of turn two on the first lap of the second qualifying race to take the lead and check away from the field to pick up an easy win. The hottest competition on the track was for second where Tommy Wutke and Greg Baxter raced side by side with Wutke finally gaining the advantage and finishing second. Fast qualifier for the Sportsman was Matt Lundberg with a trip of 21.107 followed by Tommy Wutke (21.180), Will Rece (21.221), Robert Hansberry Jr. (21.270), and Todd Ambrose (21.344). This was Lundberg’s
third fast time this season. Hansberry Jr. leads the points chase 1127-1068 over Matt Lundberg with one week to go.

Jones Wins For Sixth Time in 2012

Andy Jones won again in the Pellitteri Waste Systems Legends and increased his lead in the points race with one event remaining on the schedule. Jones now has a 1092-1041 advantage over Cory Talaska in the championship points chase with one race remaining. Eleven Legends cars answered the call for their twenty-five lap feature. Todd Schmitz and Chris Lishamer had the honors of bringing the field to the green flag. Schmitz took the early lead for the first two laps
followed by Tony Moyer before the caution flag came out for an incident on the front stretch that sent Kevin Griffin, Vince Bartolotta, and Andy Jones to the rear of the field. Schmitz continued to lead after the restart with Cory Talaska passing Moyer for second. Talaska quickly cut into the lead of Schmitz and on lap 5 passed him on the inside coming out of turn four. On lap 8 Jones, who had worked his way up through the field, moved past Moyer for third and began working on Schmitz for second place. Three laps later Jones found the necessary room to get by Schmitz and moved into second place but with a lot of real estate to make up in order to catch Talaska. By lap 15 Jones had caught Talaska and began working his way to the inside. On lap 17 Jones had all the room he needed coming out of turn three and took the lead. He
quickly built up a ten car length lead over Talaska whose only hope was a late caution flag.

Talaska’s wishes were answered but unfortunately at the expense of Tony Moyer whose car started on fire while coming out of turn two on lap 23. The safety crew was quickly on the scene to extinguish the blaze.Jones led the field back to the green with Talaska and Bartolotta right behind him in the second row. It was a great start for Jones who jumped out to two lengths over Bartolotta and hung on to win for the sixth time this season. Bartolotta took home second place followed by Talaska, Lishamer, and Griffin. “I was able to work my way up through the field after being sent to the back,” said Jones. “It’s not how I wanted to do it, but itwhas a nice win.” Andy Jones cruised to victory lane in the first twelve lap qualifying race. Chris Lishamer took the early lead in the first qualifying race for the Legends but could only hold the point for two laps before surrendering the top spot to Jones. Cory Talaska drove to the inside of Lishamer on lap 7 to take second place, but Jones’ lead was simply too large as he easily picked up the win. The second qualifying race was known as the “Legends of the Legends” for the drivers who were at least forty years old. Kevin Griffin jumped out to the early lead with Tony Moyer and Vince Bartolotta chasing him down. Bartolotta passed Moyer for
second on lap 4 and then found room to the inside of Griffin to take the lead on lap 6 while coming out of turn four.
Bartolotta was able to hold off Griffin to pick up the win and take home the honor of being the “Legend” of the Legends.

In Legends qualifying it was Andy Jones with a lap of 14.009 setting fast time for the third time this year on the “Ring of Fire.” Cory Talaska was second fastest with a lap of 14.062 followed by Vince Bartolotta (14.113), Todd Schmitz (14.147), and Tony Moyer (14.233).

Racing continues next Friday night (August 17th) for the Bob Schmelzer Memorial Season Championships with action in the Rockweiler Insulation Late Models, Ho Chunk Gaming Madison Sportsman, and Pellitteri Waste Systems Legends. Plus there will be bike giveaways and bus rides around Wisconsin’s Fastest Half-Mile for the kids. Pit gates open at 3:30, grandstands at 4:30 with practice set for 4:45, qualifying at 6:15 and racing to follow.

Bobby Wilberg Returns to Victory Lane Lundberg and Jones Also in the Winner’s Circle

July 29th, 2012

Oregon, WI- Bobby Wilberg, Matt Lundberg and Andy Jones took home feature wins tonight at Madison International Speedway
as part of Scout Night. Chester Ace won the Bandit exhibition race and Kent DuVall took home top honors in the Faster Pastor race.

Wilberg Victorious for Second Time in 2012 Bobby Wilberg picked up his second win of the season in the Rockweiler Insulation Late Models by holding off Dale Nottestad.

Chad Stevens and Don Wickstrum brought the field to the green flag. Wickstrum was able to jump off to a big lead with Kevin Knuese and Casey Johnson up to second and third respectively. On lap 4 Johnson moved up to second closely followed by Bobby Wilberg. Wilberg would take the second position from Johnson on lap 6 before Dale Nottestad moved by Johnson
for third one lap later.

Meanwhile out front Wickstrum continued to build a sizeable lead as Wilberg, Nottestad, and Zack Riddle were in hot pursuit. As each lap counted down on the scoreboard, Wickstrum’s lead continued to diminish as Wilberg had cut the advantage in half by lap 12.

On lap 16 the lead was down to less than a car length and on lap 17 Wilberg would make an inside pass coming out of turn three to take the lead. Riddle and Nottestad moved by Wickstrum for second and third position on lap 18 just before the two made contact coming out of turn four. The incident brought out the caution sending both drivers to the rear of
the field. Wilberg took the inside on the restart with Casey Johnson choosing the outside. Wilberg retained his lead
after the green flag waved with Johnson two lengths behind followed by Stevens, Wickstrum and Knuese.

An incident in turn two on lap 23 collected several cars with the car of Nathan Oppliger suffering the most damage.
Wilberg continued to lead after the restart with Nottestad up to second after restarting at the rear of the field only 6 laps earlier earlier. Nottestad quickly closed the gap to a single car length behind the leader. Johnson was up to join the duo making it a three car breakout from the pack.

On the final lap Nottestad was up on Wilberg’s bumper but wouldn’t have enough to make the pass as Wilberg hung on for the thrilling victory. Johnson finished third followed by Riddle and Stevens.

“I want to dedicate this win to Roger Miller,” said Wilberg. Miller, who recently passed away, is the father of long-time friend and sponsor Mike Miller.

Wilberg added, “The car was running and handling pretty good tonight.”

Bobby Wilberg took the early lead in the Morrison’s Auto Parts Dash and was able to hold off Dale Nottestad to pick up his first win of the season. Nottestad leads the Dash point standings with 52 points while Riddle is second with 40.

Zack Riddle won the first ten lap qualifying race for the Late Models. Chuck Garetson led for the first lap before Dale Nottestad worked his way inside coming out of turn two on the second lap to take the lead with Riddle close behind. On lap 9 Riddle tapped Nottestad coming down the front shoot and was able to take the lead on the final lap to earn the win in this very hotly contested race.

The second qualifying race was won by Casey Johnson. Chad Stevens and Johnson battled it out for the lead for the first two laps before Johnson gained a car length advantage. Bobby Wilberg moved up to second on lap 6 but Johnson was simply too fast as he won by three car lengths.

Once again Zack Riddle maintained his lock on qualifying for the Late Models with a lap of 18.510 followed by Wilberg (18.689) and Nottestad (18.693). Riddle has set fast time during each of the seven points events.

Lundberg Holds Off the Field to Win Sportsman Feature

Matt Lundberg won his second feature in three weeks and kept within striking distance of Robert Hansberry Jr. for the track championship.

TJ Goldade took the lead from the start in the 20 lap feature for the Ho Chunk Gaming Madison Sportsman. Matt Lundberg and Robert Hansberry Jr. were up to challenge him for the lead until the caution flag came out on lap six when the car of Tommy Wutke slowed on the front stretch.

Lundberg elected to start outside of Goldade when the green flag waved, but he wasn’t able to catch the leader until he worked his way inside of Goldade coming down the front stretch on lap 8 just before the caution flag came out for the second time.

Greg Baxter chose the position outside Lundberg on the restart, but wouldn’t have enough power to get by the leader and lost the second place position to Hansberry Jr. one lap later. Lundberg and Hansberry Jr. built some distance between themselves and the rest of the field. Will Rece moved up to third on lap 13 while Lundberg and Hansberry Jr. were pulling away.

Lundberg continued a two car length lead over Hansberry Jr. and was able to lead the rest of the way to pick up his second win of the season.

“It was tough out there tonight,” said Lundberg from Rick’s Lawn and Garden. “The car was good and everything worked well for us tonight.”

Robert Hansberry Jr. sailed to victory in the first ten lap qualifying race. Greg Baxter and TJ Goldade raced side by side for the lead for the first three laps before Baxter gained a car length advantage. Hansberry Jr. pulled to the inside of Baxter on lap 7 to take the point and keep it the rest of the way to pick up the win. Matt Lundberg finished second with Goldade coming in third.

Will Rece was the winner in the second qualifying race. Rece jumped out to the early advantage but was quickly challenged by Tommy Wutke and Mike Taylor. He was able to hold off the duo to pick up the win by a car length.

The fastest lap in qualifying for the Sportsman belonged to Matt Lundberg with a trip of 20.710 with Tommy Wutke (20.904) and Robert Hansberry Jr. (20.932) close behind the leader.

Andy Jones Picks Up Win Number Five in the Legends Andy Jones won the 25 lap feature for the Pellitteri Waste Systems Legends.

Chris Lishamer jumped to the early lead in the 25 lap feature. Vince Bartolotta went to the low side to take over the lead from Lishamer on lap 2. Jones was able to do the same on the next lap and start to chase down Bartolotta. On lap 5 Jones moved inside of Bartolotta coming out of turn three to take the lead. Jones built up a ten car length lead over the field by lap 10 with the best race on the track being the battle for third between Lishamer, Rachael Pinkerman, and Cory Talaska.

As the race stayed green Jones continued to build his lead as the rest of the field could only hope for a caution flag. Jones worked his way in and out of lapped traffic to maintain his lead and easily pick up his fifth feature win of the season. Bartolotta finished in second place followed by Lishamer, Pinkerman, and Talaska. The race was caution free and took only a little more than six minutes to complete. “This was fun,” said Jones. “I wanted to get to the front as soon as I could and everything worked out like I hoped it would.”

Cory Talaska won the first twelve lap qualifying race. Todd Schmitz had the early lead before Vince Bartolotta took over the top spot closely followed by Cory Talaska. Talaska found room on the inside of the leader coming out of turn one on lap 5 to take the lead. Despite his efforts, Bartolotta wasn’t able to catch Talaska who took his car to victory lane.

The second twelve lap qualifying race was won by Andy Jones. Kevin Griffin outraced his brother Brian to take the early lead. Rachael Pinkerman found room to the inside of Griffin coming out of turn four to take the lead on lap 5. On lap 7, Jones made a similar pass of Pinkerman for the top spot and easily outdistanced the field to the checkered flag. Pinkerman finished second with Griffin in third place.

Chester Ace Wins Bandit Exhibition Race Chester Ace edged Michael Raskovic to win the twelve lap feature for the Bandits. Jason Coker finished third followed by Dave Wickstrum.

DuVall Edges Christopherson to Win Faster Pastor Race Kevin Phillips took the early lead in the Faster Pastor feature race but was hunted down by Todd Christopherson and Mike Tess. Christopherson moved to the high side of the track to take the lead on lap 4 while Phillips was slowing. Kent DuVall moved into second place on lap 5 but Christopherson continued to build a lead. But Christopherson slowed on the final lap allowing DuVall to come out of nowhere to pick up the win.

There will be no racing next Friday night, but the action will continue on Sunday, August 5th when the ASA Midwest Tour invades Madison International Speedway. The high flying super late models will attempt to break another track record on Wisconsin’s Fastest Half-Mile with practice slated to begin at 11:30, qualifying at 1:00 with racing to follow. Also joining the racing program will be the Four Cylinder Bandits who will be competing in the MIS Bandit Bash that will pay $400 to the winner and $50 to start.

Nottestad Catches Riddle to Win Late Model Feature Ambrose and Jones Race to Victory Lane

July 22nd, 2012

Oregon, WI – Dale Nottestad won his third straight feature of the year in the Rockweiler Insulation Late Models while Todd Ambrose (Ho Chunk Gaming Madison Sportsman) and Andy Jones (Pellitteri Waste Systems Legends) were also victorious on
Rick’s Lawn and Garden Night at Madison International Speedway.

Three in a Row for Dale Nottestad Andy Evraets and Jason Hicks showed the way to the green flag in the 40 lap feature and raced side by side for the first two laps before Evraets went sliding into the infield on the front shoot in an incident that also caused damage to Chad Stevens and Casey Johnson.

Hicks took to the inside on the restart with Don Wickstrum going to the outside. Hicks jumped to the lead with Kevin Knuese up to second. Behind the leaders Dale Nottestad and Zack Riddle were moving up to the front quickly and suddenly it was three wide going into turn three. Something had to give and it was the leader Hicks getting the worst of
it as he was spun and collected by another car bringing out the caution.

After the field was resorted, Wickstrum was the leader with Nottestad lining up outside of him in the front row. Nottestad wasted no time in taking the lead from Wickstrum. At this point the best race on the track was for third between Bobby Wilberg and Riddle. On lap 9 Riddle cleared Wilberg for third and started his pursuit of Wickstrum. One lap later Riddle found himself in second place and closing quickly on Nottestad. On lap 17 Riddle caught Nottestad on the inside coming out of turn two to take the lead while the right side sheet metal on Nottestad’s car was waving in the breeze.

Riddle built up an eight car length lead by the half-way point as Nottestad tried everything he could to keep him in his sights. Wickstrum continued to run third followed by Wilberg and Knuese.

By lap 34 Nottestad had cut the lead to a couple of lengths and was giving it everything he had to catch the leader as Riddle was starting to slow. On lap 38 Nottestad looked to the inside of Riddle coming out of turn two and found the room he needed to take the lead and race all the way to the checkered flag to pick up the win. Following Nottestad and Riddle in the top five were Wickstrum, Wilberg, and Knuese.

“I didn’t think I had much of a chance but we kept gaining on Zack,” said Nottestad. “It was a tough race but we’ll take
it.”

Zack Riddle and Dale Nottestad started side by side in the six lap Morrison’s Auto Parts Dash with jumping out to the lead early and leading wire to wire to pick up his first Dash victory of 2012. Nottestad finished in second with Chuck Garetson, Casey Johnson, Don Wickstrum, and Kevin Knuese completing the field. Nottestad leads the Dash Series with 45 points followed by Nottestad with 39.

Zack Riddle took the lead on the second lap and quickly checked away from the field in the first ten lap qualifying race for the Late Models. Chuck Garetson finished second while Nathan Oppliger took home third place honors. The win was Riddle’s third in qualifying races this season.

In the second qualifying race the top five cars raced around Wisconsin’s Fastest Half-Mile in a pack with Don Wickstrum taking the early lead before being passed by Dale Nottestad on lap five. Nottestad raced away from the field to easily pick up the win with Bobby Wilberg taking second place and Kevin Knuese getting third in a wild finish.

A lap of 18.463 (97.492 mph) was good for fast time once again for Zack Riddle who has been the fastest qualifier each night the Late Models have raced in 2012. Dale Nottestad was second with a lap of 18.694 with Chuck Garetson (18.784), Kevin Knuese (18.839), and Casey Johnson (18.868) completing the top five.

Todd Ambrose Back in Victory Lane at MIS

Todd Ambrose won the 20 lap feature for the Ho Chunk Gaming Madison Sportsman.

Matt Vaade and Mike Taylor led the field to green in the twenty lap Sportsman feature. Taylor took the early lead but it
wasn’t long before Todd Ambrose and Robert Hansberry Jr. were up to challenge. Taylor continued to maintain a one car length lead over Ambrose at the half way point with TJ Goldade, Will Rece, and Tommy Wutke racing hard for the fourth position behind Hansberry Jr. A spinning car brought out the caution flag and the cone for the restart. It was time for the pick and choose restart. As the leader Taylor chose the inside while Ambrose took to the outside of the leader with Hansberry Jr. and Goldade lining up behind Taylor.

Taylor and Ambrose raced side by side for the lead with Ambrose getting the lead on the front and backstretch while Taylor would regain the lead in the turns. Another spin on lap 12 brought out the econd caution of the race. Ambrose maintained his lead when the green flag waved with Will Rece moving into second ahead of Taylor. Unfortunately, the race
only stayed green for one lap before another spin caused another caution.

Rece elected to line up behind Ambrose with Hansberry Jr. choosing to line up outside of Ambrose. Ambrose was able to easily keep the lead and built up a six car length lead over the second place car. Rece and Hansberry Jr. were fighting
hard for second place which allowed Ambrose to increase his lead. Only a caution flag could slow down Ambrose and that wasn’t going to happen tonight as he picked up his first feature win of the season in only his second start at MIS.

“It’s really tough to win a feature here,” said Ambrose, “but I have to dedicate this win to Jerry Steinhorst, my crew chief for many years, who passed away earlier this year.” Will Rece and Todd Ambrose brought the field to the green flag in the first ten lap qualifying race. Ambrose took the early lead on the outside before Rece gained the advantage on the second lap. On lap 4 Rece drifted up the track coming out of turn two giving the lead back to Ambrose. Both Tommy Wutke and TJ Goldade would move past Rece into second and third, but neither one would have enough time to catch Ambrose who picked up his second qualifying race win of the season in as many tries. Wutke finished in second while Jon Coker took third after Rece and Goldade tussled in turn four on the final lap.

Mike Taylor and Robert Hansberry Jr. shared the lead on the first lap of the second qualifying race before Hansberry Jr. drifted up the track giving the lead to Taylor and second to Lundberg. Lundberg took the lead on lap 5 when Taylor was stranded behind a lapped car thus moving Hansberry Jr. up to second as well. Lundberg was able to hold off Hansberry Jr. to pick up his fourth qualifying race victory of the season. For the first time in his four year racing career at MIS, Tommy Wutke set fast time with a circuit of 20.799 (86.543 mph). Last week’s fast qualifier Matt Lundberg was second with a lap of 20.845 with Todd Ambrose (20.884), Robert Hansberry Jr. (20.893) and Will Rece (20.994) completing the top five.

Legends Win Goes to Andy Jones

Andy Jones won the 25 lap feature for the Pellitteri Waste Systems Legends. Brian Griffin and Chris Lishamer had the honors of bringing the eleven Pellitteri Waste Systems Legends to the green flag. Lishamer took the lead from the start with Andy Jones and Kevin Griffin moving up to second and third. Lishamer’s early lead was more than ten lengths, but Jones was not about to let him out of his sights. By lap 6 Jones had cut the lead to a single car length an worked his way to the inside of Lishamer going into turn one on lap 7 to take the lead. Meanwhile, Cory Talaska and Vince Bartolotta were fighting it out for third place just before the caution flag came out on lap 8 for a spin back in the pack.

It was a great restart for Jones as he took an eight car length lead over Lishamer who found himself racing side by side with Talaska for second. Lishamer would maintain his position while Bartolotta was up to challenge Talaska for third. It
would take several laps before Talaska was able to clear Bartolotta and begin hunting down Lishamer. But this night belonged to Jones who led the rest of the way to pick up the win. Lishamer finished second followed by Talaska, Barolotta, and Rachael Pinkerman. Following post race inspection, Lishamer was disqualified and forfeited his points from the feature. “This was a tough race. I found the room to the inside of Chris (Lishamer) going into turn one and made the move. He raced me clean,” said Jones from victory lane where he was joined by his father Tom.

Cory Talaska jumped out to a sizeable advantage in the first twelve lap qualifying race and easily cruised to the win. Todd Schmitz held off Rachael Pinkerman to finish second. The win for Talaska was his seventh in Legends qualifying races.

Kevin Griffin took the early lead in the second qualifying race before surrendering the top spot to Andy Jones who began racing his way away from the field before a spin on lap 2 brought out the caution flag. Picking up where he left off, Jones easily regained the lead and sailed his way to victory lane for the sixth time this season in a qualifying race. The best race on the track was for second place where Kevin Griffin edged Chris Lishamer.

Cory Talaska set fast time in qualifying for the fourth time this year with a lap of 14.006. Andy Jones was second at 14.035 followed by Rachael Pinkerman (14.167), Vince Bartolotta (14.242), and Todd Schmitz (14.389).

Next Friday (July 27th) at Madison International Speedway it’s Scout Night featuring racing in all three weekly divisions plus our annual Faster Pastor race. See pastors and chaplains from throughout the area compete on the “Ring of Fire.” It will also be a big night for the kids with the 1,000 coins and token drop at intermission. Pit gates open at 3:30 with practice beginning at 4:45, qualifying at 6:15 and racing to follow. For more information checkout the nationally recognized track website at madisoninternationalspeedway.com.

Dale Nottestad Powers His Way to Victory Lane at MIS Matt Lundberg and Cory Talaska Also Win

July 15th, 2012

Oregon, Wi- – Dale Nottestad won his third feature of the year in the Rockweiler Insulation Late Models while Matt Lundberg (Ho Chunk Gaming Sportsman) and Cory Talaska (Pellitteri Waste Systems Legends) notched their first wins as part of Union Night / Pomp’s Tire Night at Madison International Speedway. Two in a Row for Nottestad Dale Nottestad easily won the 40 lap feature for the Rockweiler Insulation Late Models picking up his second straight win on Wisconsin’s Fastest Half-Mile.

Chuck Garetson and Bobby Wilberg showed the way for the 40 lap feature for the Rockweiler Insulation Late Models. The pair raced side by side for the first two laps before Garetson took the lead. Kevin Knuese nabbed the second position from Wilberg one lap later.

On lap 7 Knuese pulled inside Garetson to take the lead. Garetson quickly fell off the pace as both Zack Riddle and Dale Nottestad motored past him on lap 8. Riddle nudged his way to the inside of Knuese to take the lead on lap 10. Nottestad would take the lead away from Riddle one lap later before Riddle regained it in another lap. On lap 14 Nottestad moved into the lead once again and built up a two car length lead over Riddle.

The lead for Nottestad grew to eight car lengths by the half way point with Wilberg in third, Knuese in fourth, and Nathan Oppliger in fifth. The caution flag came out on lap 21 for a spin meaning the restart cone was coming out for the first time.

Nottestad continued to lead with Riddle, Wilberg, Chad Stevens, and Oppliger the top five. On lap 25 the caution came out again when the car of Pat Richgels came to an abrupt halt on the front stretch suffering from a broken axle.

Nottestad, Riddle, Wilberg, and Stevens all chose to stay on the inside for the restart while Nathan Oppliger elected to go to the outside of row one. After a failed restart, Nottestad easily regained his lead with Riddle and Wilberg battling it out for second. Nottestad was not about to be denied as he easily built up a fifteen car length advantage over his fellow competitors.

The only question at this point was would the caution flag come out and negate the big lead?

Much to Nottestad’s liking the race stayed under green and he easily cruised to Rick’s Lawn and Garden Victory Lane for the third time in 2012. Rounding out the top five were Riddle, Wilberg, Casey Johnson, and Oppliger. “This car has been awesome all season long. We haven’t had to do much since the beginning of the season,” said Nottestad. “It’s always fun running with Zack (Riddle).”

Dale Nottestad took the lead from the start of the six lap Morrison’s Auto Parts Dash and was able to hold off Zack Riddle to pick up his third straight win. Chad Stevens raced to the early lead in the first fifteen lap qualifying race and led wire to wire to earn his first win of the 2012 season. Casey Johnson finished in the runner-up position while Kevin Knuese edged Bobby Wilberg for third.

In the second qualifying race Nathan Oppliger had the early advantage over Chuck Garetson before being joined out front by Dale Nottestad who took second place on lap 7. One lap later Nottestad moved to the inside of Oppliger coming out of turn four to take over the lead. Riddle worked past Oppliger on lap 10 to put himself in the second position. But Nottestad was never challenged the rest of the way and easily picked up the win. Riddle and Oppliger rounded out the
top three. For Nottestad it was his third qualifying race win for the season.

Zack Riddle continued his lock on qualifying with a lap of 18.661. Riddle has set fast time each week so far in 2012. Kevin Knuese was second with a circuit of 18.778 followed by Dale Nottestad (18.784), Casey Johnson (18.840), and Chuck Garetson (18.848).

Lundberg Earns First Feature Win of 2012 at MIS Matt Lundberg won the 20 lap feature for the Ho Chunk Gaming Madison Sportsman by holding off Robert Hansberry Jr. It was a clean sweep for Lundberg who also set fast time and won his qualifying race earlier in the evening.

Greg Baxter and Mike Taylor brought the field to the green flag in the twenty lap feature for the Ho Chunk Gaming Sportsman.

Wasting no time, point leader Robert Hansberry Jr. took the lead on the first lap with Baxter running in second followed by Matt Lundberg. Lundberg would take over the second spot on lap three after moving to the inside of Baxter coming down the front shoot.

Taylor and Will Rece both powered their way by Baxter to move into third and fourth place by lap 7. On lap 9 Rece’s car would get off the pace and be forced to head back to the pits.

Hansberry Jr. maintained his advantage out front over Lundberg by nearly eight car lengths. But Lundberg was not throwing in the towel as he cut into the lead with each lap. On lap 16 he pulled to the inside of the leader going down the backstretch and the two raced side by side until Lundberg took the lead for good on lap 17.

It took Lundberg everything he had to hold off Hansberry Jr. but he was able to get the job done. Rounding out the top five were Taylor, Baxter, and TJ Goldade.

“This was a tough race,” said Lundberg. “He (Hansberry Jr.) has a great car so I knew I was going to have to work hard to hold him off. I love racing here so this was great.”

TJ Goldade took the lead from the start and held off a hard charging Will Rece and Robert Hansberry Jr. to win the first ten lap qualifying race. Rece finished in second with Hansberry Jr. taking home third. The win for Goldade was his third of the season.

Greg Baxter took the lead from the pole position in the second qualifying race and led until he got loose coming out of turn two on lap 5 giving the lead to Mike Taylor. Matt Lundberg worked his way to the inside of Taylor coming down the front stretch on lap 8 and ran away to pick up the win. Finishing in second place was Tommy Wutke while Taylor was third. For Lundberg it was his third qualifying race win of the season.

Matt Lundberg snapped Robert Hansberry’s run of six straight fast times in 2012 with a lap of 20.834. Hansberry Jr. turned a lap of 20.868 which was good for second followed by Tommy Wutke (20.915), Will Rece (21.107), and Mike Taylor (21.154).

Cory Talaska Takes Home the Legends Checkered Flag Cory Talaska picked up his first feature win of the season in the Pellitteri Waste Systems Legends.

Kevin and Brian Griffin ushered the field to the green flag in the Pellitteri Waste Systems Legends before a four car incident on the backstretch brought out the red flag. Cars involved included Anthony Metallo, Tony Moyer, Kyle Jusits, and Kyle Vergata who flipped and rolled several times before coming to rest in the grass area. Vergata was able to walk away from the incident.

When the race went green again after a twenty minute delay, the now nine car field was led by Kevin Griffin. Cory Talaska moved to the inside coming out of turn tow on lap 3 to take over the lead from Griffin. Chris Lishamer moved to second one lap later while Andy Jones was moving into fourth place on lap 6. Talaska and Lishamer distanced themselves from the field with Talaska maintaining a two car length lead. On lap 10 Jones and Vince Bartolotta moved up to third and fourth respectively. Jones was a man on a mission as he was up to challenge Lishamer for second while Talaska was increasing his lead and working through lapped traffic.

Lishamer and Jones were cutting into Talaska’s lead with each lap as the three checked away from the field. Jones moved inside of Lishamer to take second on lap 22 and begin to hunt down Talaska.

Jones would give it everything he had but it wouldn’t be enough as Talaska picked up his first feature win of the 2012 season.

“We were getting pretty loose and the car was skating all over out there so I’m happy we were able to stay out front,” said Talaska from victory lane. “I’m just happy everyone was alright after the wreck at the beginning of the race.”

Kyle Vergata took the early lead in the first twelve lap qualifying race, but it didn’t last long as Andy Jones took over the top spot on lap 3 and quickly built up a sizeable lead over the field and cruised to victory lane. Vince Bartolotta finished in second place with Vergata in third. It was Jones’ fifth qualifying race win in 2012.

The second qualifying race found Chris Lishamer passing Kyle Jusits on the first lap to take the lead. Cory Talaska worked his way to the front to challenge Lishamer. The two put on a great show for the fans with Talaska trying to find room inside Lishamer to make the pass. It all came down to the final lap when Talaska found the room he needed coming into turn four, but Lishamer was able to hang on and win by .007 seconds to earn his second qualifying race win of 2012. Todd Schmitz picked up the third place position.

Cory Talaska set fast time with a lap of 13.890 which was just .22 off the track record. Andy Jones was second fastest at 13.936 followed by Tony Moyer (14.058), Vince Bartolotta (14.063), and Chris Lishamer (14.142).

More exciting racing action continues on Friday, July 20th with all three weekly divisions in action for Motorcycle Night presented by Rick’s Lawn and Garden. Pit gates open at 3:30, practice at 4:45, qualifying at 6:15 with racing to follow.

Travis Sauter Wins Triple Crown Challenge Round Two at MIS Will Rece and Andy Jones Also Victorious

July 1st, 2012

Travis Sauter won Round Two of the Triple Crown Challenge at Madison International Speedway based on his first place finish in the second feature and a fourth place finish in the first feature just edging Nathan Haseleu who finished first
and fifth. Haseleu is the overall point leader in the Triple Crown Challenge with 199 points followed by Jeremy Miller with 174, Bobby Wilberg and Rich Bickle Jr. at 153 and Gary LaMonte at 129.

Will Rece and Andy Jones were also winners in the Ho Chunk Gaming Sportsman and Pellitteri Waste Systems Legends on Johnny Ziegler Tribute Night at MIS. Haseleu Takes Home Checkered Flag in First Feature Nathan Haseleu took the lead over Andrew Morrissey with four laps to go and hung on to win the 50 lap feature for the Super Late Models. The win was his third in a row in the Triple Crown Challenge Series.

Twenty-one Super Late Models answered the call in the first feature. A high-flying front row of Andrew Morrissey and Jeremy Miller brought the field to the green flag. Miller grabbed the early lead while Wilberg and Morrissey were fighting it out for second place. On lap 3 Wilberg had the advantage over Morrissey with Bickle Jr. and Storm rounding out the top five. Tim Lampman brought out the first caution flag when he spun in turn two on lap 7.

Morrissey elected to move to the outside of Miller on the restart which proved to be a good move as he took the lead away from Miller. Jeff Storm pulled to the outside of Wilberg in the battle for third place and the two raced side by side with Bickle Jr. right behind. On lap 11 Wilberg would win the fight for third while both Bickle Jr. and Haseleu would pass Storm on lap 13.

On lap 15, Bickle Jr. dropped to the low side of Wilberg to take third with Haseleu following Bickle Jr. through the opening. Out front Morrissey and Miller had built a ten car length lead over the rest of the field. On lap 20, Haseleu motored past Bickle Jr. for third and was quickly closing on the leaders as they were working their way through lapped traffic. Two laps later Travis Sauter found his way to the top five, but he was still several lengths behind the fourth place car of Bickle Jr.

The race remained under green with everyone chasing Morrissey until the caution flag came out on lap 33 when Kelsey Bauer spun in turn two. Now it was drama time. This time on the restart Morrissey lined up on the inside, but which driver was going to make the move to line up outside the leader. Miller chose to stay behind the leader, but Haseleu chose to
challenge Morrissey on the outside. The two raced side by side with Haseleu getting a slight advantage on the outside only to have Morrissey regain the lead on the inside. On lap 36 Morrissey would get the room he needed and took a two car length lead over Haseleu. Morrissey quickly built up his advantage to seven car lengths with ten laps to go. The best
race behind Morrissey was the battle for fourth between Sauter and Miller. But just when it appeared that Morrissey was going to cruise to victory lane, the caution flag came out on lap 45 when Bauer and Mike Held got together on the backstretch.

On the restart, Haseleu chose the outside line again with Bickle Jr. and Sauter behind the leaders in row two. Morrissey
held a slight advantage with Haseleu regaining the lead a lap later. With four laps to go Haseleu had a half car length lead until gaining a full car length lead with two laps to go. From there Haseleu would maintain the lead the rest of the way to pick up the win followed by Morrissey, Bickle Jr., Sauter, and Miller in fifth.

Travis Sauter Picks Up the Win in Second Feature Travis Sauter took the on lap 22 and never looked back as he won the 43 lap feature for the Triple Crown Challenge Round 2 for the Super Late Models.

In the second feature, Jeff Storm and Russ Blakely raced side by side for the lead with Bobby Wilberg and Gary LaMonte going side by side for third. Neither Storm nor Blakely could get more than a car lengths lead as they took turns leading. Wilberg was applying heavy pressure on the pair by lap 12, but it appeared that the two would continue their side by side battle indefinitely.

On lap 18, Travis Sauter moved past Wilberg for third while Blakely was gaining the lead over Storm. On lap 19 Sauter
powered past Storm for second and focused his attention on Blakely. On lap 22 Sauter dropped to the inside of Blakely coming out of turn four to take the lead.

Sauter had built up a ten car length lead by the half way point of the race followed by Blakely, Wilberg, Storm, and Andrew Morrissey. With ten laps to go Sauter had a huge lead over the field with Blakely and Wilberg doing battle for second place. Wilberg would take the second position from Blakely on lap 35 while Jeremy Miller was quietly working his way up to third place. Nathan Haseleu joined the top five with six laps to go and needed to get by the fourth place of car of Morrissey to win the overall title but was unable to do so. Sauter was simply too powerful out front and led the rest of the way to pick up the win in the 43 lap feature. Jeremy Miller finished in second place followed by Wilberg, Morrissey, and Haseleu.

“We were way too tight in the first race so we made some adjustments that really paid off here in the second race. I had
no idea that we had a shot to win the overall points tonight so this is great,” said Sauter from victory lane. Haseleu was
fastest in qualifying with a lap of 17.674 followed by Storm (17.731), Sauter (17.774), Bickle Jr. (17.792), and Wilberg (17.836). Will Rece Goes Wire to Wire for Sportsman Checkered Flag

Will Rece won the 20 lap feature for the Ho Chunk Gaming Madison Sportsman. Mike Taylor and Will Rece paced the field of thirteen cars to the green flag. Rece jumped out to a big lead with Ace taking second place from Taylor on the second lap. Robert Hansberry Jr. slid by Ace on the inside coming out of turn two on lap 3 to take second place. Meanwhile, Todd Ambrose was up to third on lap 4 with Taylor and Ace rounding out the top five.

Rece had built up a ten car length lead over Hansberry Jr. and it appeared to be smooth sailing for the leader. Matt
Lundberg moved past both Taylor and Ace to take fourth place on lap 9. On lap 12 Ambrose was all over Hansberry Jr. for second and maneuvered his way to the inside and went right on by to take the spot. But was there enough time to catch Rece?

A spin just ahead of the leaders brought out the caution flag with four laps to go and took some of the wind out of Rece’s sails. Lundberg moved to the outside of Rece on the restart while Ambrose chose the inside line behind the leader. Rece quickly regained his lead with Ambrose up to second and only two car lengths behind. Hansberry Jr. passed
Lundberg for third with two to go. Ambrose gave it his best shot, but there would be no denying Rece who won his second
feature of the 2012 season. Hansberry Jr. finished in third place followed by Lundberg and Wutke.

“It was a little greasy and a little warm out there tonight,” said Rece. “I didn’t honestly think I would have
this much success in my first season.”

Todd Ambrose took the early lead in the first ten lap qualifying race. On lap 2 Robert Hansberry Jr. took second from TJ Goldade coming into turn three and began to hunt down the leader. Despite his best efforts, Hansberry Jr. would come up short as Ambrose would win by a car length. Goldade would finish in the third position.

In the second qualifying race Mike Winters took the early lead with Matt Lundberg and Tommy Wutke fighting it out for second. Lundberg would eventually earn the second spot and quickly position his car right on Winters’ bumper. Winters was not about to be intimidated as he made the most of his first race at MIS and picked up the win followed by Lundberg and Will Rece.

Hansberry Jr. continued his lock on qualifying for the Sportsman by setting fast time with a circuit of 21.058 followed by Lundberg (21.096), Ambrose (21.285), Wutke (21.318), and Goldade (21.378).

Andy Jones Wins Third Feature of the Season at MIS

Andy Jones won the 25 lap feature for the Pellitteri Waste Systems Legends. Todd Schmitz and Kevin Griffin brought the sixteen car field of Pellitteri Waste Systems Legends to the green flag. Schmitz was able to take the early lead with
Vince Bartolotta and Chris Lishamer up to second and third on lap 4. Bartolotta was looking for the lead when the caution flag came out when the car of Jacob Krueger made contact with the wall coming out of turn one.

Wasting no time, Bartolotta took the lead on the restart with Chris Lishamer in second and Andy Jones up to third before the caution came out on lap 7 for the car of Anthony Metallo made contact with the wall in turn one. Andy Jones vaulted to the lead on the restart from outside the second row. Bartolotta and Cory Talaska raced side by side until lap 10 when Talaska took the second position. Out front Jones quickly built up a lead over Talaska and his fellow competitors. Lishamer, Rachael Pinkerman, and Max McNamara had a good race for the third spot while Jones was cruising out front.

The last thing Jones wanted to see was the caution flag, but it came out on lap 20 when Jeff Lechnir’s car had a small fire and was forced to pull off the track. McNamara’s night nearly ended prematurely as he was forced back to the pits with engine problems only to return prior to the race going green again.

Jones continued to lead after the waving of the green flag while Pinkerman took the second spot away from Talaska. Jones would never look back and lead all the way to victory lane to pick up his third feature win of the season. Pinkerman finished second followed by Talaska, Bartolotta, and Lishamer.

“It was an interesting race going inside and outside, but I saved the best for the end,” said Jones. “The track had a lot of grip by the time the feature came around.”

In the first twelve lap qualifying race Rachael Pinkerman took the early lead for the first two laps before Andy Jones worked his way to the outside to take the top spot. The caution came out on lap 4 when Max McNamara spun on the backstretch. Jones continued to lead when the green flag waved again…and again…and again after a series of cautions and easily picked up the win. Following Jones in the top three were Anthony Metallo and Tony Moyer.

Kevin Griffin and Chris Lishamer raced side by side for the first two laps before the caution flag came out for a spin in turn two. Lishamer picked up the lead after the race resumed followed closely by Cory Talaska. On lap 6 Talaska worked his way to the inside and took over the lead and led the rest of the way to victory lane followed by Lishamer and Bartolotta.

McNamara was the fast qualifier in the Legends with a lap of 13.994 followed by Talaska (14.053), Jones (14.152), Lishamer (14.161), and Pinkerman (14.299).

Racing continues at Madison International Speedway on Friday, July 13th with Union Night at the Races featuring the Rockweiler Insulation Late Models, Ho Chunk Gaming Madison Sportsman, and the Pellitteri Waste Systems Legends. Pit gates open at 3:30 with practice at 4:45, qualifying at 6:15 and racing to follow. For more information checkout the track website at madisoninternationalspeedway.com or call the track office at 608.835.9700.

Racing Continues this Friday at MIS…Fireworks Postponed Due to Weather

June 29th, 2012

Racing will continue on Friday night at Madison International Speedway as part of Salute to America Night, but the fireworks part of the program has been postponed to a later date.

Earlier today track officials were notified by the local fire department and Department of Natural Resources advising them of a fireworks ban due to the unusually dry and hot weather.

“The show will go on minus the fireworks,” said MIS General Manager Dave Grueneberg. “Once the weather conditions get back to normal we will be able to safely put on a fireworks show.”

Friday night will be a huge night at MIS even without the fireworks as the Big 8 Late Models, ASA Trucks, and Vintage cars will all be in action. The Mid American Stock Car Series portion of the event has also been postponed and will be rescheduled for the same night as the fireworks program.

“The admission price for Friday night is going to be the same as a regular night,” added Grueneberg. “All veterans and active duty military personnel will be admitted free as part of the Salute to America Night.”

MIS has also taken measures to assure fans will be comfortable despite the warm temperatures.

“It’s going to be a great night at MIS. We can’t control the weather but it is what it is and we’re going to make the best of it and be sure that everyone has a great time,” noted Grueneberg.

Pit gates will open at 3:30 with practice at 4:45, qualifying at 6:00 and racing to follow.

Dale Nottestad Takes the Checkered Flag at MIS TJ Goldade and Max McNamara Also Pick Up Wins

June 24th, 2012

Oregon, WI- Dale Nottestad was the big winner on Z-104 Kids Night at MIS as he picked up the win in the Rockweiler
Insulation Late Models while TJ Goldade took home top honors in the Ho Chunk Gaming Madison Sportsman and Max McNamara was the best in the Pellitteri Waste Systems Legends.

Nottestad Notches Second Win of the Season Dale Nottestad outbattled Zack Riddle to win the 40 lap feature for the Rockweiler Insulation Late Models.

Dann Barber and Kevin Knuese led the field of sixteen late models to the green flag, but it was John Baumeister Jr. taking the early lead. On lap 2 Zack Riddle and Dale Nottestad were up to challenge with Nottestad taking the top spot on lap 3 with Riddle on his bumper. On lap 6 Bobby Wilberg moved past Barber to move into fourth place. Nottestad and Riddle started to check away from the field by lap 8. On lap 10, Kevin Knuese broke into the top five when dropped to the low side of Barber.

Nottestad was able to maintain a one car length lead over Riddle as the race continued to be caution free until the flag came out on lap 21 when Nate Oppliger spun in turn four.

On the restart Nottestad lined up on the inside followed by Riddle and Wilberg while Baumeister Jr. elected to run on the outside of row one. Nottestad and Riddle took off where they left off as they grabbed the top two positions and along with Wilberg and Baumeister Jr. checked away from the pack.

Nottestad maintained the one car length lead over Riddle while at the same time Baumeister Jr. and Wilberg were side by side for third with Baumeister Jr. earning the position on lap 30. The main questions at this point were whether the caution flag would come out again and if not when does Riddle make his move for the lead.

But Nottestad was able to increase his lead to two car lengths going into the final two laps and take the Clifcorn Motorsports car to victory lane and become the first repeat winner in the division in 2012. Baumeister Jr. finished in third and in a photo finish Knuese nipped Wilberg at the line for fourth.

“The car’s been good all year long,” said Nottestad. “I knew if I made a mistake he would be right there to capitalize on it.”

Bobby Wilberg won the first fifteen lap qualifying race. He took the lead from the top and maintained a solid advantage over Zack Riddle and Kevin Knuese who put on a good battle for second with Riddle winning out in the end. Completing the top five were Nathan Oppliger and Chad Stevens.

John Baumeister Jr. and Dale Nottestad entertained the crowd with some good side by side racing for the lead in the second fifteen lap qualifying race. Baumeister Jr. was finally able to get ahead of Nottestad on lap 4 for the lead. On lap 13 Nottestad pulled inside Baumeister Jr. coming out of turn four to regain the lead and led the rest of the way to pick up the win. Dale Nottestad led from start to finish to earn the checkered flag in the six lap Morrison’s Auto Parts
Dash while Bobby Wilberg held off Kevin Knuese for second place.

Riddle turned the fastest lap in qualifying with a mark of 18.522 (97.182 mph) followed by Nottestad (18.671) and Wilberg (18.698).

Goldade Takes Home the Gold in Sportsman Feature TJ Goldade led wire to wire to pick up the win in the 20 lap feature for the Ho Chunk Gaming Madison Sportsman.

The twelve car field was brought to the field by Chester Ace and TJ Goldade. Goldade jumped out to the early lead while Will Rece moved past Ace for second on lap 3. Goldade’s lead would slowly diminish as Rece gained ground on each lap. The pair had built a sizeable advantage over the rest of the pack but that would disappear on lap 8 when the car of
Tommy Wutke spun on the backstretch.

The restart found Goldade, Rece, and Ace all choosing the inside while Matt Lundberg chose the outside. Goldade easily regained the lead with Rece second and Lundberg third. Robert Hansberry Jr. motored past Lundberg on lap 10 to take
the third position. While Rece and Hansberry Jr. were fighting it out for second, Goldade was enjoying his time out front by building an eight car length lead. On lap 18 Goldade started to slow while coming out of turn four as the
field tightened up behind him. But Goldade was able to hang on the rest of the way to edge Rece at the line by half a car length to pick up his first feature win of the season. Finishing behind Goldade and Rece in the top five were Lundberg, Hansberry Jr., and Ace.

“It’s good to be back in victory lane. Something went loose in the rear end, but we were able to hang on to it to get the win,” said Goldade who is the fourth different winner in five races in the division this season.

Tommy Wutke grabbed the early lead in the first ten lap qualifying race for the Sportsman and led all the way to victory lane by holding off Mike Taylor, Will Rece, and Robert Hansberry Jr.

In the second qualifying race, TJ Goldade and Matt Lundberg fought it out early on before Lundberg gained supremacy on lap 3. In the end it was all Lundberg who won easily while Goldade fought off Chester Ace for third.

Fast qualifier was Hansberry Jr. with a time of 20.775 (86.643 mph). Lundberg was second fastest with a lap of 20.874 while Wutke was third at 21.032.

McNamara Tastes Victory in Legends Division

Max McNamara picked up his first win of the season in the Pellitteri Waste Systems Legends.

Rachael Pinkerman and Chris Lishamer brought the fifteen car Pellitteri Waste Systems Legends field to the green flag. Lishamer took the early lead on lap 2 getting by Pinkerman on the outside. McNamara did the same one lap later and
began to hunt down the leader. McNamara took the lead on lap 6 sneaking down to the inside of Lishamer coming out of turn three.

The caution flag came out on lap 7 when Cory Talaska and Kyle Jusits got together in turn two.

McNamara continued to lead once the race went green with Lishamer and Andy Jones in pursuit. Jones took over second on lap 9 while McNamara increased his lead out front. Vince Bartolotta moved into fourth ahead of Pinkerman on lap 14. Charging up through the field was Anthony Metallo who got together with Bartolotta on lap 17 bringing out the second caution of the night. The yellow also negated the multi-car advantage McNamara had over the field.

McNamara continued his lead after the green waved again followed by Jones and Pinkerman. McNamara’s lead remained at four car lengths with Jones making every effort to close the gap. On lap 23 the lead was down to two car lengths and only one length would separate the two on the final lap, but McNamara was just too strong tonight as he took home the checkered flag. Following McNamara and Jones at the stripe were Pinkerman, Lishamer, and Talaska.

“Oh man, I’ve been waiting for this for awhile. I’m glad to be back here in victory lane,” said the three-time MIS champion McNamara from victory lane.

In the first twelve lap qualifying race, Cory Talaska and Max McNamara raced side by side with Talaska needing three laps before taking the lead. McNamara wasn’t content running in second but his efforts would come up short as Talaska won by a car length. Rounding out the top five were Chris Lishamer, Kyle Jusits, and Kevin Griffin.

Andy Jones took the lead from the start and never looked back as he won the second twelve lap qualifying race. Vince Bartolotta finished second followed by Rachael Pinkerman, Anthony Metallo, and Tony Moyer.

McNamara was fastest in qualifying with a lap of 13.976 followed by Bartolotta (14.038) and Talaska (14.059).

On Friday, June 29th it’s Salute to America Night at MIS featuring our annual fireworks extravaganza presented by ThunderCat. It will be an incredible show of power in the sky and on the track with the Big 8 Late Models, ASA Trucks, Mid American Stock Car Series, and Vintage cars all in action. Pit gates open at 3:30 with practice at 4:45, qualifying at 6:00 and racing to follow. All veterans and current members of the military will be admitted free. For more information about

MIS please call the track office at 608.835.9700 or checkout our website at madisoninternationalspeedway.com.

Wilberg, Wutke, and Jones Rule MIS on Flag Night

June 17th, 2012

Oregon, WI–It was a great night for racing tonight at Madison International Speedway as all dads were honored on Flag Night presented by Roto Rooter of Dane and Rock County. When the final checkered flag of the night fell Bobby Wilberg (Rockweiler Insulation Late Models), Tommy Wutke (Ho Chunk Gaming Madison Sportsman) and Andy Jones (Pellitteri Waste Systems Legends) would be the big winners. Home Sweet Home for Bobby Wilberg Bobby Wilberg picked up the checkered flag in the forty lap feature for the Rockweiler Insulation Late Models. The win was his first of the season at MIS for
the multi-time track champion.

John Baumeister Jr. and Bobby Wilberg had the honors of bringing the Rockweiler Insulation Late Model field to the green flag in their forty lap feature. Wilberg quickly jumped out to the lead as Baumeister Jr. was fighting off Knuese and Johnson for second. By lap four Wilberg’s advantage over the field was nearly fifteen car lengths. Baumeister Jr. held down the second position and Zack Riddle moved up to third on lap 5 and passed Baumeister Jr. for second one lap later. Johnson and Knuese would also overtake Baumeister Jr. on lap 7. Out front it was smooth sailing for Wilberg but that would be short-lived as the caution flag came out on lap 10 for a spin in turn two. The restart would find Wilberg on the inside followed by Riddle, Knuese, and Johnson. But it would be Dale Nottestad who would choose the high side and line up
outside of Wilberg in row one. Wilberg retained his lead after the green flag waved with Riddle moving into second ahead of Nottestad. The trio began to check away from the field with Nottestad and Riddle switching positions on lap 16. One lap later Riddle would retake the second spot while Wilberg was building a ten car length lead out front. Riddle and Nottestad were beginning to close the gap little by little with each lap and by lap 25 the lead was down to four car lengths. On lap 26 Nottestad would find room to get by Riddle to take second but Riddle was not about to give up and he took it back on lap 27. This allowed Wilberg to increase his lead to more than ten care lengths.

As Riddle and Nottestad took turns in second place, Knuese was up to join the mix. However, Wilberg had his eyes clearly focused on the open space ahead of him as he enjoyed a sizeable lead. Nottestad increased his lead over Riddle by three car lengths, but it didn’t appear that he would have enough time to catch the leader. His only hope would be a caution flag. The lead was down to six car lengths on lap 38 with time running out on Nottestad. With one to go Nottestad had cut the lead to four lengths but wouldn’t have enough as Wilberg held him off for the win. Riddle finished in third place followed by Knuese and Johnson.

“The car ran great tonight considering we made some last minute changes this week. I really have to thank Zack and Dale since they were running hard behind me which allowed me to build a lead,” said Wilberg who was quick to thank all of his crew and sponsors who helped him out this week.

In the Morrison’s Auto Parts Fast Dash, Nottestad took the lead from the poleposition and easily outdistanced the field to pick up the win in the six lap event. Riddle finished second by edging Wilberg by inches. Riddle leads the overall point standings for the Dash Series with 19 points just one ahead of Nottestad. Zack Riddle won the first fifteen lap qualifying race for the Late Models. Jason Hicks took the early lead in the race before Wilberg raced into the lead on the
second lap. Both Riddle and Johnson were not about to let Wilberg get away from them. On lap 8 Riddle took the lead from Wilberg with Johnson moving into second. Riddle led the rest of the way to pick up the checkered flag. Dale Nottestad cruised to victory in the second late model qualifying race. After a five minute delay to extinguish a fire in the car of Ken Hommen, the second qualifying race got underway with John Baumeister Jr. and Dale Nottestad fighting for the lead. Baumeister Jr. held off Nottestad for the first six laps before giving up the top spot on lap 6. Nottestad quickly built up a ten car length lead over Knuese who moved into second on lap 8. Fast time for the Late Models was a lap of 18.580 by Riddle while Nottestad was second at 18.715 while Wilberg was third fastest at 18.750.

Tommy Wutke Wins First Ever Feature at MIS
Tommy Wutke held off Robert Hansberry Jr. to win the twenty lap feature for the Ho Chunk Gaming Madison Sportsman. The win was Wutke’s first ever at MIS. Mike Taylor and Matt Lundberg ushered the eleven car Ho Chunk Gaming Madison Sportsman field to the green flag in their twenty lap feature. Taylor took the lead from the start with Lundberg chasing him down before the caution flag came out on lap 3 for a car that spun on the front stretch. The restart had Taylor choosing the inside of row one and Robert Hansberry Jr. selecting the outside. The two traded the lead for a couple of laps before Taylor claimed the lead on lap 5. Both Lundberg and Wutke moved past Hansberry Jr. on lap 7 to take second and third while Taylor continued to run out front by two lengths. The race stayed under green until lap 11 when the car of Dan Lerdahl made contact with the inside wall on the front shoot. Now it was time for the real drama…the restart. Taylor took the inside but Wutke and Hansberry Jr. chose to got behind the leader on the inside while Lundberg went to the outside of row one. Taylor and Lundberg raced side by side until Taylor earned back the lead on lap 13. Wutke and Hansberry Jr. made their moves past Lundberg up to challenge the leader. Wutke nosed his way into the lead coming out of turn four on lap 14. Hansberry Jr. powered past Taylor for second on lap 16 and began to hunt down the leader. Wutke and Hansberry Jr. were putting on a classic battle out front with Wutke able to maintain the lead and pick up his first-ever feature win at MIS. TJ Goldade finished in third with a strong late race run followed by Taylor and Lundberg. “I don’t know what to say. I wasn’t sure that this would ever happen,” said a jubilant Wutke from victory lane. TJ Goldade was the winner in the first ten lap qualifying race. Goldade and Hansberry Jr. battled out front right from the start with Goldade holding the advantage. Hansberry Jr. made every effort to get by on the outside but couldn’t catch Goldade who drove to victory lane. Tory Bagley made the trip to victory lane in the second qualifying race. Mike Taylor grabbed the early lead in the second qualifying race with Bagley and Wutke in hot pursuit. Bagley took the lead on lap 6 when he got to the inside of Taylor going into turn three. From there it was all Bagley would outpaced Wutke to the checkered flag.
Leading the way in Sportsman qualifying was Hansberry Jr. at 20.832 (86.406 mph). Wutke was second in time with a lap of 21.049 followed by Lundberg at 21.070.

Andy Jones Back in Victory Lane at MIS
Andy Jones won the twenty-five lap feature for the Pellitteri Waste Systems Legends. It was Jones’ second feature win of the season as he became the first repeat winner in the division. Kevin Griffin and Rachael Pinkerman brought the fifteen Pellitteri Waste Systems Legends to the start of their twenty-five lap feature. Griffin took the top spot from the start while Chris Lishamer moved into second followed by Cory Talaska. Quickly joining the top three was Andy Jones and Max McNamara. Griffin maintained the lead with the others fighting it out for second place. Lishamer motored his way to the inside of Griffin to take the lead on lap 8 with McNamara following Lishamer. McNamara found the room he needed to sneak by Lishamer on lap 11 to take the point. Talaska and Jones both got by Lishamer for second and third respectively. On lap 15, Talaska took over the lead going by McNamara on the outside, but losing the lead to Jones two laps later. McNamara worked past Talaska for second and began to chase down Jones. Working his way through lapped traffic, Jones was able to keep the lead and win the caution free feature by just a car length over McNamara. Talaska hung on for third followed “It was a great race. I was able to hold off Max for those last few laps. I am glad to be back here in victory lane,” said Jones. Max McNamara was victorious in the first twelve lap qualifying race. Pinkerman led
the early portion of the first qualifying race before surrendering the top spot on lap 4 to McNamara. Jones worked his way to the outside of McNamara on lap 6 and the two ran side by side the rest of the way before McNamara won by half a car length at the stripe.

Cory Talaska was the winner in the second qualifying race. Tony Moyer took the early lead in the second qualifying race before Lishamer slid by on the low side coming out of turn four on lap 3. Following a caution on lap 8, Lishamer had his hands full with Talaska who pulled inside coming out of turn four with two laps to go and checked away from the field to pick up the win. Jones was the fastest in qualifying with a lap of 13.296 just edging Talaska who turned a lap of 13.963 and McNamara with a spin of 14.019.

Racing continues at Madison International Speedway next Friday night (June 22nd) with Kids’ Night presented by Z-104 and featuring all three weekly divisions. Qualifying begins at 6:15 with racing to follow. Coming up on Friday night June
29th will be Salute to America at MIS as the Big 8 Late Models, ASA Trucks, and Mid American Stock Car Series come to Wisconsin’s Fastest Half-Mile to do battle. The night will also include our annual Fireworks Extravaganza and the return of ThunderCat.

Haseleu Sweeps Round One of the Triple Crown Challenge at MIS Will Rece and Kyle Jusits Also Winners

June 10th, 2012

Oregon, WI- Nathan Haseleu picked up a pair of wins in the Twin 50’s of the Scotty “O” Ollerman Memorial for the Super Late Model Triple Crown Challenge while two first time winners, Will Rece and Kyle Jusits, took home the honors in the Sportsman and Legends divisions. Haseleu Sweeps Twin 50’s Nathan Haseleu swept the field to win the first round of the Super Late Model Triple Crown Challenge.

Before the race, the “0” car paced the field of fourteen Super Late Models before the green flag for the first fifty lap segment of the Scotty “O” Ollerman Memorial. From the pole position, Dennis Prunty grabbed the early lead with Dale Nottestad up to second followed closely by Dave Feiler. Feiler moved past Nottestad on lap 5 to take over second while Blake Brown moved up to fourth. One lap later, Rich Bickle went low to get by Brown for fourth.

Prunty enjoyed a sizeable lead over the field with Feiler doing everything in his power to keep it close. On lap 10 Nottestad would experience problems and head to the pits moving Bobby Wilberg and Nate Haseleu into the top five. Five laps later Bickle, Wilberg, and Haseleu would overtake Feiler while Prunty continued to race all by himself out front.

On lap 22 Haseleu dropped to the inside of Wilberg coming out of turn four to move into third while Jeremy Miller passed Wilberg one lap later for fourth.

But Haseleu was far from finished as he pulled side by side with Bickle for second and took the position away on lap 27. Meanwhile, Miller would do the same on lap 29 while Prunty was all smiles as he was enjoying a lead of fifteen car lengths.

It appeared the only thing that could stop Prunty wasn’t going to be another car but would have to be the caution flag. Derek Childs’ spin exiting turn two on lap 28 put an end to Prunty’s huge margin over the field. Haseleu, who started eleventh, chose to line up outside of Prunty for the restart with Miller choosing to line up inside of row two behind Prunty. While the caution was still out, Brown lost power on the backstretch and needed a push back to the pits.

When the green flag waved again, Haseleu wasted no time from his outside position and vaulted to the lead quickly building up a six car length advantage over his fellow competitors before the caution waved two laps later for debris on the track.

So who would make the move to the outside of row one on the restart? This time it was Miller. However, Haseleu was not about to let anyone take the top spot away from him as he jumped out to a four car lead over Miller. Haseleu and Miller ran away from the field with Haseleu picking up the win by two car lengths. Prunty finished third followed by Gary LaMonte and Bickle.

“The car was really good and now I want to go out and win the second one,” said Haseleu. “Scotty O was a really intense competitor who taught me so much and this means a lot.”

Two for Two for Haseleu Haseleu made it a clean sweep by winning the second 50 lap Super Late Model Triple Crown Challenge race.

Kelsey Bauer and Feiler led the way to the green flag in the second fifty lap race for the Super Late Models. Feiler took the early lead while a pair of Franks, Kreyer and Nitzke, raced side by side for second with Kreyer eventually gaining the upper hand. Out front, Feiler built up a six car length lead, but Kreyer wasn’t going to lose sight of him as he cut into his advantage on each lap.

Meanwhile, a good battle was taking place between Wilberg and Prunty for fourth with Haseleu and Miller directly behind getting a good view.

Kreyer attempted to find space on the low side of Feiler coming out of turn four on lap 18, but he would have to wait two more circuits before he found the space necessary for the lead. Nitzke motored by Feiler for second on lap 21 with Wilberg, Haseleu, and Miller getting past Feiler on lap 22.

Lap 23 found Haseleu moving past Wilberg for third and setting his sights on Nitzke for second. Two laps later Haseleu took the second spot from Nitzke while one lap later Miller moved into fourth with a pass of Wilberg. Kreyer maintained the lead over Haseleu, but it was clear that Haseleu had the faster car. On lap 30, Haseleu saw the opportunity and grabbed it as he took the point from Kreyer coming out of turn two. From there he built up an eight car length lead over Kreyer who was getting heavy pressure from Miller to hold onto second. On lap 26 Miller was ready to make his move past Kreyer only to get loose coming out of turn two and losing ground.

Haseleu continued to make it look easy out front as he approached and easily cleared the lapped traffic. It was smooth sailing for the leader with the best action taking place in his rear view mirror as Miller and Wilberg moved past Kreyer on lap 45.

It appeared as if Haseleu could walk to victory lane until the caution flag came out on lap 46 for a spin. It was less than good news for Haseleu, but great news for the rest of the field.

Haseleu lined up inside row one as Wilberg made the move to start on the outside after Miller elected to stay on the inside behind Haseleu.

After the green flag waved, Haseleu and Wilberg raced side by side with Haseleu getting a car length advantage on lap 48. Miller passed Wilberg for second on lap 49. Haseleu made it look easy the rest of the way as he cruised to victory lane for the second time tonight. Miller finished second with Rich Bickle in third followed by Wilberg and Kreyer. “This is a big deal. I had to race hard for the win. The guys did a great job on the car this week and it’s very special to win a race named in honor of Scotty,” said Haseleu.

A lap of 17.391 by Haseleu was the fastest in qualifying with Miller (17.557) and Wilberg (17.617) second and third respectively.

Will Rece Wins Sportsman Feature Will Rece was the winner in the 15 lap feature for the Ho Chunk Gaming Sportsman.

Tommy Wutke and Matt Lundberg brought the sixteen car Sportsman field to the green flag for their 15 lap feature with Wutke show the most power early on as he took the lead for the first three circuits before a spinning car brought out the caution on lap 3.

Will Rece elected to restart outside Wutke and proved to be the wisest man at the track as he jumped out to the lead over Wutke with Greg Baxter, Mike Taylor, and Matt Lundberg in pursuit. Kody Hubred cracked the top five on lap 9 as the high-flying Rece continued to put real estate between himself and Wutke. Hubred slipped by Taylor for fourth on lap 11 but would not be able to hold the position as he lost it to Robert Hansberry Jr. one lap later.

But tonight Rece was a driver on a mission and was simply too strong as he held off Wutke to pick up his first-ever feature win at MIS in only his second race. Baxter, Hansberry Jr., and Hubred rounded out the top five.

“It feels great. My first feature win in a Sportsman at this track,” said the twenty-one year old Rece from victory lane.

Kody Hubred passed Greg Baxter with two laps to go in the first eight lap qualifying race to pick up the checkered flag. A pair of Stoughton drivers battled it out in the second qualifying race with TJ Goldade topping Will Rece for the win.

Once again Hansberry Jr. set fast time with a lap of 20.987. Following Hansberry Jr. in time was Wutke at 21.035 and Lundberg with 21.145.

Jusits Leads When It Counts and Takes Home Legends Checkered Flag Kyle Jusits took over the lead on the final turn and won his first ever Pellitteri Waste Systems Legends feature.

Fourteen Pellitteri Waste Systems Legends came to the Ring of Fire for their twenty lap feature led by Rachael Pinkerman and Vince Bartolotta. It took a few laps to sort things out with the two racing side by side before Pinkerman took the lead on lap 3. Jusits joined the mix when got to the inside of Bartolotta on lap 4 with Andy Jones running to the outside of Bartolotta.

Running the outside groove, Jusits did his best to get by Pinkerman but was unable to do so. Bartolotta regained the second spot on lap 8 over Jusits with Jones applying heavy pressure.

Pinkerman built a six car length advantage over the competition with Jones powering by Bartolotta on lap 12 and appearing to be her toughest competition. Jones was quickly on Pinkerman’s bumper, but was going to have to get by on the outside if he wanted the lead.

On lap 15 the two were side by side on the backstretch, but Pinkerman was running strong and wasn’t about to give up the lead.

Pinkerman and Jones continued to pace the field with Jones attempting everything he could to get past the leader. It appeared that it was going to be a two car race for the win with Jusits likely having to settle for third.

However, things would get very interesting on the final lap. Jones did everything he could to find a way past Pinkerman coming out of turn three and made contact with the leader causing her to spin.

This opened the door for Jusits who led the final one hundred feet to pick up the checkered flag. As a result of the contact, Jones was relegated to the back meaning Bartolotta finished second followed by Chris Lishamer, Cory Talaska, and Kevin Griffin.

“That was one fun race,” said Jusits who picked up his first ever feature win at MIS. “It’s so hard to get out front and be able to get a win.”

After a lengthy caution period, Chris Lishamer held off Andy Jones and Kyle Jusits to win the first ten lap qualifying race. In the second qualifying race, Cory Talaska took the lead on the third lap and easily outdistanced the field to gain the victory.

Talaska paced the field in qualifying with a lap of 14.015 followed by McNamara at 14.056 and Bartolotta with a 14.174.

Racing continues on Friday, June 15th when Roto Rooter of Dane and Rock County presents Flag Night at the Races honoring all fathers. Dad’s attending with their families will be admitted free. See the exciting Rockweiler Insulation Late Models, powerful Ho Chunk Gaming Madison Sportsman, and thrilling Pellitteri Waste Systems Legends. Pit gates open at 3:30, practice at 4:45, qualifying at 6:15 with racing to follow. Happy Hour at MIS featuring drink specials is from 5:00 – 6:30. There’s also fun for the kids with a cup toss during intermission.

For more information visit the track website at madisoninternationalspeedway.com or call the track office at 608.835.9700.

Super Late Model Racing Returns to MIS on June 8th

June 8th, 2012

Super Late Model racing is back at Madison International Speedway on Friday, June 8th for the first event of the Super Late Model Triple Crown Challenge.

The Super Late Model Triple Crown Challenge Race #1 is The Scotty “O” Ollerman Memorial 100 presented by Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts Stores and Automotive Service Centers.The race is in memory of Ollerman who passed away at the age of 49 in October 2011.  He was best known for driving the black “0” car and was the 1997 Super Late Model track champion at Madison and won thirteen features in his career at Wisconsin’s Fastest Half-Mile.

Two more events will be held as part of the Triple Crown Super Late Model Challenge.  The Johnny Ziegler Tribute 93 will be held on Friday, July 6th with the third race scheduled for Saturday, September 22nd as part of the MIS Fall Classic.  Point standings will be maintained for the three races with the top 24 locked into the Race of Champions set for Sunday, September 23rd.  That race will be a 150 lap event. One of the drivers who will be running all of the events of the Triple Crown Challenge is Jeff Storm of Waterford, Wisconsin.  Storm doesn’t hold his excitement back when discussing super late model racing at MIS and specifically the new Triple Crown Challenge.  “Madison is basically like my home
track these days. It’s the closest to me outside of The Milwaukee Mile. I have run a lot of laps at MIS over the years. The crew that works there is always very nice and helpful. Anytime we can come up to MIS to run super late models, gets me excited. We look forward to the Triple Crown Challenge in 2012, and expect to be a contender in each event. I only hope that this gets bigger and better in time. I would love to see super lates at MIS weekly. Hats off to the staff for putting this together for 2012.”

Another driver equally as excited about the event is Blake Brown of Franksville, Wisconsin. “I had heard about the Triple Crown Challenge at Madison this year, but I didn’t realize how big it’s going to be. It’s going to be four really big races with some of the best drivers, I couldn’t be more excited.”

Brown added, “I’m hoping my team and I can run up front. We’re just going to take one race at a time, and hopefully be in position at the end to win the Triple Crown Championship.”

There is no question that the excitement for the return of super late models to MIS is contagious. “We feel very strongly that the Triple Crown is going to become an annual event at Madison.  We are hearing from drivers throughout the Midwest who are planning to be here to compete in all three races,” said MIS General Manager Dave Grueneberg. The Scott Ollerman Memorial is slated for Friday, June 8th with pit gates opening at 3:30, practice at 4:45, qualifying at 6:15 and racing to follow.  In addition to the super late models the Ho Chunk Gaming Madison Sportsman and Pellitteri Waste Systems Legends will also be competing in weekly points events.

There will also be a Happy Hour for fans from 5:00 – 6:30 with drink specials plus an on-track autograph session during intermission.

Schedule of Events

3:30 Pit Gates Open
4:30 Chapel with Todd
4:30 Main Gates Open
4:45 Practice Two sessions for Super Late Models, Sportsman, and Legends One scuff session for Super Late Models
5:00-6:30 Happy Hour Drink Specials
6:15 Qualifying Legends, Sportsman, Super Lates Following Qualifying:  Drivers’ Meeting Racing
Quam’s Marine and Motorsports Qualifying Races Pellitteri Waste Systems Legends (10 Laps)
     Ho Chunk Gaming Madison Sportsman (8 Laps)
     Super Late Models (15 Laps)
     Intermission/ On-track autograph session
     Pellitteri Waste Systems Legends Feature (20 Laps)
     Ho Chunk Gaming Madison Sportsman (15 Laps)
     Scotty “O” Ollerman Memorial 100 (100 Laps)
After Race Party in the Pits

MIS Announces Contingency Program for Triple Crown Challenge

Drivers participating in this season’s Super Late Model Triple Crown Challenge will now have an opportunity to win four tires at each of the three events leading up to the Race of Champions on September 23rd.

Former racer John Grueneberg has come forward with a plan to provide some incentive for drivers racing this year’s Triple Crown Challenge.  Eight tires will be given away during the first round on June 8th with four tires awarded on both July 6th and September 22nd.

Round 1 is scheduled for June 8th and will be the Scotty “O” Ollerman Memorial 100.  Following qualifying, the top sixteen
drivers by time will participate in a special drawing.  The fastest qualifier will draw first followed by the second fastest and so on.  Chips will be placed in a bag numbered from 0 to 15.  The driver who draws the “O” chip will get four tires paid for Round 1.

The winner of the Scotty “O” Ollerman Memorial race will receive four tires for Round 2 on July 6th. The winner of the Johnny Ziegler Tribute on July 6th will get four tires for Round 3 on September 22nd.

The point leader after the first three rounds following the September 22nd race will get four tires for the Race of Champions on Sunday, September 23rd. “This is a great way to reward drivers and encourage the guys to run all of the events,” said MIS Business / Marketing Manager Jason Tyler.  “We are also hoping others will come forward and offer contingencies too.”  Tyler can be reached at 608.513.9709.

Racing this Friday night begins with practice at 4:45, qualifying at 6:15 and racing to follow.  Also on the racing program will be the Pellitteri Waste Systems Legends and Ho Chunk Gaming Madison Sportsman. An on-track autograph
session will take place during intermission. Tractors and Trucks Take Over MIS

A large and energetic crowd was on hand at MIS on Saturday to witness exciting tractor and truck pulling action.  All of the ingredients were in place including perfect weather, a great track, and solid field of tractors and trucks. It was a day that many had been looking forward to with great anticipation as it was the season opener for both the Badger State Tractor Pullers and the Tri County Mini-Rods with each series bringing three of their divisions to MIS.

However, before the two series began their competition, a pair of spectator truck pulling classes had the honors of getting the first pulls.  Nick Brugger of Monroe, Wisconsin, won the spectator diesel division while Eli Gehrke of Elkhorn, Wisconsin, had the best pull in the spectator gas division.

The first of the three Badger State Tractor Pulling classes was the 4×4 Pro Street Diesel division.  Picking up the win was Joe Wiltse from Maple Park, Illinois. Next it was time for the three classes of Tri County Mini Rods to fire up and take on the fast pulling surface. Cindy Thompson of Janseville, Wisconsin, won the Limited Mini Rods driving “Way Cool.” Ken Tatroe of Milton, Wisconsin, was best in the 1,850 pound Econo Mini Rods driving the “Attitude Adjuster.” The 1.950 pound Open Mini-Rod class was won by Eric Johnson of Durand, Illinois, piloting “Blown Money.”

Closing out the night were two of the most popular pulling divisions from Badger State:  Hot Farm and Super Farm Tractors.
Tony McDonald of Darlington, Wisconsin, driving “Well Spent” was the best of fourteen pullers in the Hot Farm class with a pull of just over 303 feet.  “The track was good for us tonight,” said McDonald from victory lane. It came down to the final pull of the night to determine the winner in the Super Farm class when Larry Wolff and Wolfgang’s Warrior from Watertown, Wisconsin, edged Jason Molitor of Kent, Illinois, by inches as both surpassed the 313 foot mark.

Madison International Speedway would like to thank Morton Farms from Evansville, Wisconsin, and Donnie Kleven for their assistance in preparing and maintaining the track along with Joe Gerken for all of his work behind the scenes.

For complete Badger State results go to bstponline.org and for the Tri County Mini Rods go to tricountypullersinc.com.

See you at the races this Friday night.

Nottestad, Hansberry Jr., and Griffin Win at MIS

June 2nd, 2012

Dale Nottestad, Robert Hansberry Jr., and Kevin Griffin won features in their respective divisions as part of Ladies Night at the Races at Madison International Speedway. The track record for Late Models fell once again as Zack Riddle turned a lap of 18.296 shortly after Nottestad had eclipsed the mark set by Riddle earlier in the season.

Nottestad goes Outside to Win Late Model Feature Dale Nottestad took a shot at starting on the outside during the final restart and it paid off for him as he won the 40 lap feature for the Rockweiler Insulation Late Models. Chuck
Garetson and Jason Hicks paced the field to the green flag with Hicks jumping out to a commanding lead.

By lap 12 Hicks had built a ten car length lead over his fellow competitors with Casey Johnson and Kevin Knuese his closest competition. On lap 17, Knuese, Zack Riddle, and Nottestad would race past Johnson and start applying some pressure on the leader.

The caution flag came out on lap 20 for a spin which meant it was time for the restart cone. As the leader Hicks would
earn the inside position with Knuese choosing to follow suit. Nottestad made the decision to go to the outside of row one. It proved to be the winning decision. Nottestad wasted no time taking the lead away from Hicks. Knuese needed two laps to take second place from Hicks with Riddle doing the same on lap 24. Last week’s feature winner John Baumeister Jr. and Bobby Wilberg were battling it out for a top five spot behind the leaders.

A spin on lap 35 brought out the caution flag and forced the drivers behind Nottestad to make some decisions. This time
Riddle would take a chance running to the outside of Nottestad, but was unable to get by him as Nottestad led the rest of the way to pick up the victory for Clifcorn Motorsports. Riddle settled for the runner-up spot with Knuese, John
Baumeister Jr., and Bobby Wilberg rounding out the top five. “I had to go to the outside and it paid off for me tonight,” said Nottestad in a post race interview. Qualifying race wins went to Knuese and Riddle.

In the first fifteen lap qualifying race Chad Stevens set the early pace before Knuese took the lead on lap 9 and held off the hard charging Dale Nottestad for the win. The second qualifying race found Shane Morrissey leading the first two circuits before surrendering the lead to Bobby Wilberg on lap 4. Working his way to the front, Riddle found the room he
needed to get by Wilberg coming out of turn two on lap 12 and race his way to victory lane.

Riddle set a new track record in qualifying with a lap of 18.296.

Two for Two for Hansberry Jr. Robert Hansberry Jr. made it two in a row by winning the 20 lap feature for the Ho Chunk Gaming Madison Sportsman. Greg Baxter and TJ Goldade made up the front row of the ten car field. Neither led a lap as
newcomer Will Rece sprinted to the lead and quickly set sail into the night. Unfortunately for Rece, the caution
flag came out on lap 5 and negated his sizeable margin over the field. The restart found Hansberry Jr. moving up to the outside next to Rece. Rece was able to hold down the lead for three laps before Hansberry Jr. proved to be too much.

Despite Rece’s efforts to keep him within his sights, Hansberry Jr. checked away from the field and easily raced his way to victory lane. Rece finished in second place followed by Tommy Wutke, Goldade, and Matt Lundberg. “I really
have to thank my dad for his advice. We wanted me to avoid getting stuck on the outside tonight,” said Hansberry Jr.

Matt Lundberg and Mike Taylor took home the checkered flags in the ten lap qualifying races. In the first race Lundberg took the lead on lap 3 and cruised the rest of the way to pick up his first win of the season. Will Rece outbattled TJ Goldade to finish in the runner-up position. Mike Taylor took the lead from the start and held off Robert Hansberry Jr. to win the second qualifying race. Hansberry Jr. was the quick qualifier with a lap of 20.763.

Kevin Griffin Picks Up First Ever Feature Win at MIS

Kevin Griffin won the 25 lap feature for the Pellitteri Waste Systems Legends tonight and picked up his first ever win at MIS.

Jeff Lechnir and Kyle Jusits led the field of fourteen cars to the green flag with Lechnir taking the lead for the first two circuits. Todd Schmitz would take over the top spot from Lechnir on lap 3 only to lose the lead to Jusits on lap 5.

Jusits quickly build a lead over the field being chased by Schmitz, Griffin, and Max McNamara. On lap 13 Griffin
overtook Schmitz for second with Jusits still comfortably in the lead. Griffin finally found the room he needed to get past Jusits, but the caution flag came out for the first and only time on lap 22 for a spin which resulted in Jusits
keeping the lead and putting Griffin back in second.

After the green flag waved it was time for Griffin to make his move as he motored his way by Jusits and then held off a hard charging McNamara to pick up the win. McNamara finished second followed by Cory Talaska, Andy Jones, and Jusits.

An excited Griffin commented in a post race interview, “This is incredible. Andy Jones kept telling me to drive
deeper into turns three and four and I did it tonight. It was scary, but it paid off for me.” In a division featuring many young drivers, Griffin added that he might be one of the first guys over twenty-one to win a feature.

The two, twelve lap qualifying races for the Legends were won by Andy Jones and Cory Talaska. ince
Bartolotta led the first six laps of the first qualifying race before Jones would make his move and take over the top position. It was all Jones from there as he cruised to victory. Barolotta would finish second followed by Kevin Griffin and Kyle Jusits.

Cory Talaska and Max McNamara powered by pole sitter Chris Lishamer on the first lap and then proceeded to fight it out for the next eleven laps with Talaska leading at the end to pick up the victory.

Jones was the fast qualifier with a lap of 14.015.

The next racing action at Madison International Speedway will be Friday, June 8th with the first round of the Triple Crown Super Late Model Challenge and the running of the Scott Ollerman Memorial. The Ho Chunk Gaming Madison Sportsman and Pellitteri Waste Systems Legends will also be in action. Pit gates open at 3:30 with practice at 4:45, qualifying at 6:15 with racing to follow.

Johnny B Races to Victory Lane on Opening Day

May 30th, 2012

Oregon, WI–John Baumeister Jr, Robert Hansberry Jr., and Andy Jones were the big winners on Salute to Public Safety Day and the weekly racing season opener at Madison International Speedway.

With record setting temperatures greeting fans and drivers it made for some very interesting on-track action today. Baumeister Jr. Proves the Best Place to Be is Out Front John Baumeister Jr. won the 40 lap feature for the Rockweiler Insulation Late Models. Bill Baumeister and Jason Hicks brought the field to the green flag. The two would race side by side trading the lead back and forth. Behind the leaders Chuck Garetson and John Baumeister Jr. were doing the same thing for third place. Finally on lap 7, Baumeister had gained the advantage over Hicks just before the caution flag came out for a spin back in the field.

The restart cone would come out for the first time with Baumeister choosing the inside, Hicks the outside followed by Baumeister Jr. and Shane Morrissey in row two. Baumeister Jr. would move his way inside Baumeister and take the lead before the caution flag came out on lap 10 for another spin. While the race was under caution Baumeister and Morrissey made contact sending Baumeister to the pits with
damage and Morrissey to the back of the field.

On the restart Baumeister Jr. would take the inside with Casey Johnson moving up to the outside of row one. Baumeister Jr. would regain his lead after a couple of side by side laps with Johnson before the caution flag waved again for a spin on lap 13. Another restart meant another visit from the cone and this time Baumeister Jr. would take the inside with Zack Riddle moving up to the outside of the first row. However, Riddle would not be able to keep up on the outside and Johnson would move back to second.

Quietly working their way through the field, Bobby Wilberg and Dale Nottestad found themselves in third and fourth place by lap 15. The caution flag came out again on lap 20 when Chad Stevens and Riddle got together on the front stretch sending both to the tail of the field.

Wilberg would elect to move up to the outside of the first row on the restart to challenge the Baumeister Jr. Baumeister Jr. would be able to maintain the lead with Johnson and Nottestad moving by Wilberg for second and third. Baumeister Jr. continued to lead with a one car length advantage over Johnson and Nottestad. It seemed like only a matter of time before the next caution came out and it did on lap 28 for a spin in turn four. Now the question for Johnson was choosing to start behind Baumeister Jr. or outside him. Both Johnson and Nottestad chose to follow the leader while Wilberg gladly took the position outside Baumeister Jr. in the front row. When the green flag waved things would get interesting going into turn one with Johnson and Kevin Knuese making heavy contact by the time they came out of turn two ending their afternoon. Wilberg would go to the back of the field for his
involvement in the incident.

Baumeister Jr. would continue to lead after the restart with Jason Hicks, Andy Evraets, and Nate Oppliger fighting for second place. Hicks would keep the advantage before his car slowed which meant Evraets would take second and Wilberg who had just gone to the back was up to third.

Baumeister Jr. would easily pick up the win followed by Evraets, Wilberg, Stevens, and Morrissey.

“That thing was fast all day,” said Baumeister Jr. from victory lane. “I kind of coasted the last twelve laps,” he added. He also alluded to how being out front was the right place to be considering the number of cautions. Baumeister Jr. won the Morrison’s Auto Parts Fast Dash. The Morrison’s Auto Parts Dash is a six lap event with separate points and point fund money. Andy Evraets and Kevin Knuese won the two qualifying races.

In the first fifteen lap qualifying race, Andy Evraets jumped out to the early lead closely followed Bobby Wilberg and Dale Nottestad. Nottestad would challenge the leader late in the race but would have enough as Evraets proved to be too strong and drove his way to victory lane followed by Nottestad, Nate Oppliger, Wilberg, and Chad Stevens.

Casey Johnson broke away from the pack early in the second, twelve lap qualifying race and led for the first twelve laps before Kevin Knuese took over the lead on the backstretch. Zack Riddle would pass Johnson on the final lap but wouldn’t have enough for the quick Knuese who picked up the checkered flag.

Riddle was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 18.635 (96.592 mph) followed by Nottestad at 18.696 and Baumeister Jr. at 18.709.

Kenseth Hoping for a Repeat Win in the ASAMT Joe Shear Classic

April 26th, 2012

Fresh off his win in the PASS South series last weekend, Ross Kenseth is looking forward to the American Speed Association® Midwest Tour presented by SCAG Power Equipment and Lester Buildings 4th Annual Joe Shear Classic on May 6th, 2012 at Madison International Speedway. He won the event in 2011 and hopes to do the same in 2012.

In 2012, Kenseth will run a schedule that includes a variety of series and a wide range of tracks. The Joe Shear Classic fit into his schedule and he really likes running at the track. “One of the things I really like about MIS is the way you can set guys up and work through traffic if you have a good car. You can race clean and hard, which I think puts on a good show for the fans,” he noted.

In late 2011, Kenseth’s operation moved to Mooresville, NC. With the change came a new crew chief, Jamie Rouleau. Most notably Rouleau took Ryan Blaney and his team to a PASS South championship and recently teamed up with Kenseth. Ross has complete confidence that Jamie will be able to get the job done in the ASA Midwest Tour.

“Jamie is a smart guy and has worked with a lot of guys. He’s seen a lot of race tracks so I think we have a pretty good baseline for the weekend. Hopefully we can compete for a win like last year,” said Kenseth.

While he never had the opportunity to watch Joe Shear race, “I have heard a lot of great stories and having the Joe Shear Classic at Madison makes it even better to say that I’ve won the event,” he said.

In 2011, Ross started on the pole but lost the lead until just prior to the 100 lap break. He took it back and held on until the break. After the 10-minute break, Kenseth was able to maintain his lead during the final 36 lap shoot out and take home the win.

According to Kenseth, the key to his win last year was not messing the car up during the 10-minute break. “I knew from lap one that we had a car that could win and we showed it,” he said. “If we can get the car to rotate in the middle like it did last year and if the car is anything like it was,” he added, “it is going to be a lot of fun.”

Ross is proud to have the return of Blain’s Farm & Fleet as a sponsor for the 2012 season and would also like to thank Valvoline, Pathfinder Chassis, and SSI Decals for their sponsorship.

Be sure to follow the ASA Midwest Tour on Facebook (asamidwesttour) and Twitter (@asamidwestour).

To learn more about the American Speed Association®Midwest Tour presented by SCAG Power Equipment and Lester Buildings, log on to asamidwesttour.com. For questions call the ASA Midwest Tour office at (630) 212-6022 or Tim Olson at (612) 327-5831 or e-mail Tim Olson at tim@asamidwesttour.comor Steve Einhaus at steve@asamidwesttour.com.

To learn more about the Daytona Beach, Florida-based Racing Speed Associates or the American Speed Association® Racing Member Track program, call (386) 258-2221 or send an e-mail to info@asa-racing.com . For news and information from racetracks and regional tours involved in the American Speed Association®, visit www.asaracing.com .

Pit passes are $20.00 and practice is open to Super Late Models and Late Models only.

It’s a Collaborative Effort at MIS 2012 Season Takes Shape

With the 2012 racing season at Madison International Speedway less than two weeks away, the activity around the track in the days leading up to the waving of the first green flag has been fast-paced.

“We are working very hard to get things ready for the season opener,” said MIS business / marketing manager Jason Tyler. “A lot of people have come together to help us make MIS a first class facility. I’m excited about what we have done so far and about the things we still need to get done.”

So what’s been happening?

The fencing around the track has been fixed, trees have been trimmed or cut down along the backstretch, and the billboards have been updated, repaired, or replaced.

The inside wall of the “Ring of Fire” has been reconfigured to allow for a much nicer victory lane. Rick’s Lawn and Garden along with Winterland Nursery will be the victory lane sponsor. They will be taking care of the grounds maintenance, flowers, and dressing up victory lane.

Walls and buildings have been power-washed by Tim Gust of J&B Superior Wash and painted thanks to Sherwin Williams who provided us with paint and stain.

Rainbow Play Systems will be installing a brand new play area for the kids that will be located near the VIP pavilion. The family section will also be located near the play system. “The relocation of the play area and family section will allow the parents to easily watch their kids,” said Tyler.

Fans will also be greeted by a brand new sound system being installed by Brian Danielson of Danielson’s Entertainment.

The new track store will feature new merchandise along with new paint and flooring. Viking Party Store has brought in some really cool light up things and there will be new apparel from TD Graphics.

There will be more changes taking place once the season begins in May.

“This isn’t the work of just one or two people. This is the result of many, many people coming together because they want to see MIS be the best we can possibly be,” added Tyler.

Don’t just take our word for it…come and see it for yourself starting on May 6th.

Joe Shear Classic Comes to MIS on Sunday, May 6th

April 26th, 2012

The fourth annual Joe Shear Classic and the ASA Midwest Tour Super Late Models return to Madison International Speedway for the season opener on Sunday, May 6th. The top super late model drivers in the Midwest will be at MIS to take on Wisconsin’s Fastest Half-Mile. The Madison Late Models will also be in action making it a “must see” early season racing
event.

On-track activity is slated to begin at 11:30 AM with practice sessions for both divisions followed by qualifying at 1:10 PM. Opening ceremonies begin at 2:15 PM with racing set for 2:30 PM.

The race is in memory of Shear who won 72 features in his career at Madison including track championships in 1973, 1974, 1980, and 1982. In honor of Shear’s number 36, the 100 lap “Classic” will take a break at lap 64 before returning shortly for the 36 lap dash. “It’s hard to believe we are rolling into our 4th annual JSC. We have made some small changes to our format that will make the qualifying procedures very exciting for the fans and we’ll be breaking at lap 64 this year to run a 36 lap dash to the win. It’s a special event, and means a lot to me and our team and I truly believe with all of the positive changes a the track and the huge advertising plan that MIS is doing for this event that it will be big for everyone, stated Steve Einhaus of the ASA Midwest Tour.

Last year’s winner Ross Kenseth will be back to defend his title. Previous winners of the Joe Shear Classic are Steve Carlson (2010), and Nathan Haseleu (2009).

For more information please checkout our website at madisoninternationalspeedway.com.

Here’s What’s Happening at Madison International Speedway

February 26th, 2012

Oregon, WI – It’s now less than three months away from the first green flag of the 2012 racing season at Madison International Speedway. Track officials are working diligently to assure race teams and fans that this will be the greatest season ever at the historic speedway located two miles east of Oregon, Wisconsin. Of course fans can expect a great weekly racing program along with exciting special events such as the Joe Shear Classic featuring the ASA Midwest Tour on May 6th, the Fireworks Extravaganza on June 29th featuring ThunderCat, the ARCA Series in August, and the Fall Classic in September but a variety of new looks as well.

“We are very, very excited about the changes we have made and what lies ahead for the 2012 season,” said MIS General Manager Dave Grueneberg. Leading the way as the main catalyst of change at MIS has been the new marketing and business manager Jason Tyler. “Jason has great ideas and as a former racer brings a unique perspective to his marketing position at MIS,” said Grueneberg. “I am really happy with the progress we have made so far. We want the MIS experience to be a positive one for all involved…the teams, fans, sponsors, and employees. The response to what we are trying to do has been received very favorably so far,” said Tyler.

Here’s what’s new for 2012…

Weekly Racing Program: The weekly racing program will feature three divisions this season: Late Models, Sportsman, and Legends.  The Late Models and Sportsman will race on the half-mile while the Legends battle it out on the quarter-mile “Ring of Fire.”

Weekly Racing Program Update from MIS

It won’t be long until the green flag waves on the weekly racing season at Madison International Speedway. Wisconsin’s Fastest Half-Mile and the Ring of Fire will come alive on Sunday, May 27th for the weekly racing opener before going under the lights on Friday, June 1st where weekly racing will continue until August 17th. Three divisions will comprise the weekly racing program in 2012. The Rockweiler Insulation Late Model and Sportsman divisions will battle it out on the half-mile while the Pellitteri Waste Systems Legends take to the quarter-mile. The Super Late Models will return to the speedway in 2012 joining the weekly program on three nights during the season. The racing format will also see some changes in 2012. All divisions will get two laps of qualifying similar to previous years. The qualifying times will determine placement in the odd / even qualifying races. The top six qualifiers for the Late Models will participate in the six lap Morrison’s Auto Parts Fast Dash. Separate point standings will be maintained for the dash series with the overall winner at the end of the season earning $750 with $500 for second place and $250 for third. The starting order for the Dash will be determined by a dice roll.

All cars will compete in odd / even qualifying races. Late model qualifying races will be 15 laps, Sportsman will be 8 laps, and Legends will be 12 laps. A dice roll / invert will determine the starting order of the qualifying races. Feature laps in 2012 will see Late Models at 40 laps, Sportsman with 20 laps, and 25 laps for the Legends. A dice roll / invert will determine the starting order for the features. Qualifying and feature points will remain the same as they were last year. A new point system will be in place for the qualifying races. The winners will receive 25 points, 22 points for second, 19 points for third, 16 points for fourth, 13 points for fifth, 10 points for sixth, 7 points for seventh, with the remainder of the field earning 5 points. Eleven points events will be on the schedule for 2012 with the season champions being crowned on Season Championship Night on August 17th.

Champions from 2011 were Jeremy Miller (Late Models), Robert Hansberry Jr. (Sportsman), and Andy Jones (Legends). The Legends division will have a new technical / race director in Jerry Priesgen. “Jerry will bring a no nonsense approach to the Legends division,” said MIS General Manager Dave Grueneberg. Triple Crown Challenge: Super late models will be returning to MIS in 2012 for a special series known as the Triple Crown Challenge. The division will be running three separate events during the season with a fourth event slated to determine the overall champion. “It’s going to be great having the super lates back at MIS this season. We are hoping the drivers come out and support this series,” said Grueneberg.

New Promotions: Fans can expect special events each night of the season. “We are going to have community / county discount nights, tributes to veterans and area volunteers, and many, many novelty nights,” said Tyler. “We want people to have fun when they come to the track.” Drivers will also have a great opportunity to get to know the weekly racing stars with several “Meet the Driver” and autograph nights planned.

There will also be many activities for the kids highlighted by the Quest Industrial Turn Four Kids Club. The young fans can expect contests and drawings each night and many surprises throughout the season. There will be Kids’ Nights, Kiddie Tractor Pulls, Bus Rides on Wisconsin’s Fastest Half-Mile, Balloon Tosses, etc. Membership forms will be available on our website shortly.

Tractor and truck pulling action will return to MIS with a new look on Saturday, June 2nd when the Badger State Tractor Pullers (Super Farm, Hot Farm, 4×4 Pro Street Diesel Trucks), Tri County Pullers (Mini Rods), and a spectator gas and diesel street legal truck pull take to the new pulling surface inside the “Ring of Fire.”

New Logo: MIS recently released a brand new logo.

New Website: Fans can follow all of the action at MIS at http://www.mis-racing.com or ttp://www.madisoninternationalspeedway.com. “We are very happy with the progress of our website,” said Tyler, who is also coordinating the new social media program at MIS. Fans can also “Like” the track on Facebook.

Other updates: MIS is happy to announce that TD Graphics will be the official apparel, embroidery, and screen printing provider for the speedway. Pepsi Cola returns as the official soft drink of MIS. MIS will also be sponsoring NASCAR events broadcast on The Big 1070 in Madison. A series of advertisements promoting the upcoming season are already airing on the station.

Stay tuned for more updates from Madison International Speedway. MIS is located two miles east of Oregon just south of Highway 138 on Sunrise Road.

Jason Tyler Aims to Take MIS to New Levels

January 11th, 2012

Oregon, WI – Jason Tyler has an exciting opportunity ahead of him at Madison International Speedway…and a lot of long days and hard work.

He was recently hired as the business / marketing manager of the speedway located just east of Oregon, Wisconsin. He brings a diverse background to the racetrack including being a former racer in several different divisions.

“Jason Tyler is going to be very visible at and around MIS,” said General Manager Dave Grueneberg. “We are all very excited to have someone with Jason’s background working on sales, marketing, and promotions. People are definitely going to know who he is and what MIS is all about.”

“I am hard working, up front, and honest with people. I am very much a family man and very loyal. I want everyone to be able to have an amazing time at MIS. I also want our partners and sponsors, teams and fans, to feel that they can talk to me about anything. My primary objective is that everyone who comes to MIS has a great experience,” said Tyler in a recent interview.

Through a combination of both short and long term goals, Tyler has a vision for the speedway which has been located in the Town of Rutland since the early 1950’s. “My goals are to make sure everyone knows that MIS is not for sale and that we have a very exciting season and schedule in place. I am getting in touch with all of our current and future partners and sponsors to let them know I have an open door policy. I want everyone to be a part of all the excitement that MIS is going to feature this season and in the future. We are going to provide everyone with a ton of fun for every single event. We want every family out there to know that we’re not just a race track, and that we have a lot of other things going on. When you come to MIS you’re going to leave saying you had an awesome time and want to come back next week with all your family and friends,” added Tyler.

In order to accomplish his goals, Tyler knows that things are going to have be different and that the status quo isn’t acceptable. He outlined the most obvious change fans and teams will notice. “We have decided to go to three divisions this year. We want our fans to have the best racing and most excitement and yet still be able to get home at a decent time so that they can enjoy their weekends with their families.”

“We have made some very exciting changes to our racing format that I feel will make it hard for fans to stay sitting down in their seats. I can promise fans that their experience at MIS not only this year but for years to come will not be the same old racing that you’re used to seeing. We are bringing back the Super Late Models for six shows and are working on bringing in an FM frequency so fans can hear our announcers better. We are going to be working with our kids’ club sponsor to make it bigger and better because to me it is all about the children and family. We are going to have an awesome souvenir stand that might be hard to stay away from and great food that everyone will love. Also I really am working to get our fans more involved with our teams and drivers. Like any sport you need to have someone to cheer for, and I want people to feel like they’re a part of the teams.” Tyler summed his plans up very simply by saying, “If it was not for our fans and partnerships we would not be here!!!”

Tyler also plans to work closely with the race teams. This is where his background as a racer will truly benefit the teams. “I want all of the drivers and the race teams to know that they are more than welcome to contact me at anytime. If they need any help with marketing or any concerns that need to be addressed they should feel they have someone who cares and I do. I want not only our teams but all race teams nationwide to know MIS is out to make this sport the best and most exciting thing to do on Friday night. We will be treating everyone the same and upholding our end to make sure this happens.”

But his vision doesn’t end there. “We want to get our teams and their sponsors more up close and personal with our fans. We will be doing driver intros and meet and greets. We need to bring the drivers closer to the fans. I also hope in the future to be giving pit tours so that fans can see what its like when our teams are in action. We also have everything in place to get our racing program finished at an earlier time so that our fans can go down into the pits and visit with our teams and drivers. We also want to have team merchandise in our souvenir stand so that they can support them and help build a fan base not only for the individual teams but for MIS.”

Retaining current sponsors, reaching out to former sponsors, and attracting new marketing partners is one of Tyler’s primary focuses during the off-season. “It’s no secret that this is the area where we need to improve. We need to be responsive to the needs of our marketing partners and all of us understand the size of this challenge and are very confident that Jason can get the job done,” noted Grueneberg.

Tyler would be the first to agree with Grueneberg’s challenge. “We have the most brand loyal fans of any sport out there! We have very affordable marketing partnerships and we want our partners to be very involved in the racing program. We provide the best entertainment and fun for their investment. We offer a wide range of different ways to be involved so whether you’re just wanting to get your foot in the door to see how much fun it is or if you want to be a major sponsor we build your involvement around what works best for you and your business.”

“Our goal is to have a lot of repeat sponsorship because we have worked closely with them to make sure it is not only fun for them but also is a great return on their investment and fun for their employees. We offer hospitality packages so that it is affordable for businesses to treat their employees to an evening of fun and I can promise they will be coming in to work on Monday saying what a great time they had, and they will be looking forward to their next trip to MIS.”

So what would a great season for MIS look like in the eyes of Tyler. “ A great year for me at MIS would be to see the level of excitement of our fans, teams, and partners increase greatly. I love racing and what I do so to me the most important thing is that everyone involved feels the same way! I want everyone who comes to MIS to walk away saying their experience was awesome. I want the fans and teams to know that by coming to MIS on Friday night that they had the most possible fun for their dollar!!! To me when all those involved are having a great time then that means I am having a great time and doing a good job!! If you have been to MIS in years in the past or if you have never been, please stop by and see us on Friday nights. I can promise you that you will have a great time. Otherwise ask for me and I will make sure you do!!!”

These are definitely ambitious plans for the upcoming season. One thing you can count on for sure is that Jason Tyler is going to do everything he can to make this all come to fruition.

Jason can be reached at 608.513.9709 or via email at jasontyler@mis-racing.com.

The 2012 racing season at Madison International Speedway will begin on Sunday, May 6th with the ASA Midwest Tour Joe Shear Classic.

For more information about Madison International Speedway check out the track website at madisoninternationalspeedway.com.

Madison International Speedway Looks Ahead to 2012 Super Lates to Make Six Appearances

November 23rd, 2011

(Oregon, WI)-  Track officials at Madison International Speedway have announced plans for the 2012 weekly racing program along with some exciting news about many special events planned for the season including super late models and the return of the ARCA Series.  In addition, a former racer has joined the staff as the new business / marketing manager.

Three Weekly Divisions in 2012

The upcoming season will feature three weekly divisions:  Late Models, Sportsman, and Legends.  “We are going with three weekly racing divisions this year. It was a difficult decision to drop the Bandits, but we needed to make some adjustments in our weekly program.  By having three weekly divisions it will give us some flexibility to bring in a visiting fourth division,” said MIS General Manager Dave Grueneberg.

“We are expecting a very competitive field in each of our three weekly divisions,” added Grueneberg.  An informational
meeting for Sportsman teams was held last week and a late model meeting is planned for early December.

Tentative plans are for the weekly racing season to begin on Sunday, May 26th and continue on Friday nights until Season Championship night on August 17th.  Rain dates will not be built into the schedule like they were in 2011 except for season championship night.  The only Friday night that will not feature racing once the season begins is August 3rd due to the ASA
Midwest Tour event that weekend.

Super Late Models on Super Fridays in 2012

Preliminary plans are in the works for four nights of super late model racing at MIS in 2012.  “We are excited to have the super late models back on the weekly schedule for four events,” said Grueneberg.  “We are hoping that many of the super late teams in the area and beyond come out and run these Super Friday events at Madison.”  The super late models will join the program with the other three divisions on the nights they will be racing.

Along with the two ASA Midwest Tour events, a total of six super late model races will be on the schedule in 2012. Fans should stay tuned for more updates.

Special Events Galore in 2012

In addition to the super late models during selected weekly racing events, MIS is also proud to announce that the ASA Midwest Tour Super Late Models will make two visits to Wisconsin’s Fastest Half-Mile in 2012.

The ASA Midwest Tour will be here on Sunday, May 5th for the Joe Shear Classic and return on Sunday, August 5th.

The ARCA Series will return to Madison International Speedway in 2012 for a Sunday afternoon event on August 26th.  “We
believe the switch to a Sunday event will allow fans from out of the area to easily make the trip to MIS.  The race in 2011 was very exciting,” said Grueneberg.

But there’s more. The annual Fireworks Extravaganza will be held on Friday, June 29th and will feature two touring divisions still to be announced.  A “Night of Destruction” event that will also include a four cylinder enduro is currently in the planning stage.  Tractor and truck pulls will return in 2012 on the pulling track inside the “Ring of Fire.”

The season will culminate with the sixth annual MIS Fall Classic tentatively scheduled for September 22nd and 23rd.  “The Fall
Classic will take on a slightly different look in 2012,” added Grueneberg.

MIS Welcomes Jason Tyler

Former racer and Stoughton native Jason Tyler has joined the MIS staff and will be serving as the Business and Marketing Manager.  “I am really looking forward to having Jason on board with us.  He has a great knowledge base about racing
and understands the sport.  Jason has many, many contacts in the area and it’s going to be great having him out promoting the speedway,” said Grueneberg.

“I am really looking forward to this opportunity,” noted Tyler.  “I have many objectives I want to accomplish yet in 2011 primarily by making connections with potential sponsors as well as current and former racers.”

More information will be released as the schedule becomes finalized.  Fans are encouraged to checkout the track website at
madisoninternationalspeedway.com or follow us on Facebook.

Fall Classic Fun at MIS Jones, Lensing, Murphy, DePorter, Bekielewski, and Velez Claim Titles

September 27th, 2011

Oregon, WI- The fans truly got their money’s worth tonight at MIS as seven racing divisions were in action bringing to a
close the 2011 racing season. Andy Jones, Dan Lensing, Sean Murphy, Mark DePorter, Alan Bekielewski, and Tony Velez went home with the trophies in their respective divisions. Zack Riddle was victorious in the Big 8 Late Models while Jeremy Spoonmore captured the flag in the Mid American Stock Car Series. Separate race reports will be filed by each respective
sanctioning body.

Andy Jones Does It Again

Andy Jones won for the second night in a row by holding off Aaron Moyer for the win in the 30 lap feature. Kevin Griffin and Kyle Jusits paced the field of nineteen Legends to the green flag. Griffin quickly grabbed the lead with Tommy Jones up to second and Jusits third. A spin going into turn one behind the leaders brought out the first caution of the night on lap 5. Griffin and the Jones brothers would battle it out for the lead with Andy Jones taking the top spot on lap 20. Not to be outdone, Aaron Moyer was also up to challenge Jones for the point just before the caution came out for a stalled car on lap 13. Moyer would take the lead on the restart with Andy Jones in hot pursuit. On lap 15 Jones would move to the inside of Moyer going into turn two to take the lead. But Moyer was not about to let Jones run away from him. The two worked their way through lapped traffic with Moyer applying heavy pressure. But that pressure wouldn’t face Jones who held on for the win. Rounding out the top five were Tommy Jones, Vince Bartolotta, and Cory Talaska. “I love racing Aaron and we’ve run pretty good together all year,” said Jones. “It was a good race.” Andy Jones set a new track record in qualifying with a lap of 13.859. Brandon Heisler and Tommy Jones won the heat races.

Lensing Rockets to ASA Midwest Truck Victory–Dan Lensing won the 40 lap feature for the ASA Midwest Trucks.

The front row of KyleBrinkmann and Vince Wilkinson brought the field of eighteen ASA Midwest Trucks to the green flag. Wilkinson would gain the early advantage with Jerry Wood up to second. On lap 4 Wood dropped to the inside of Wilkinson and the two raced side by side before being joined by Rick Corso. Corso would sneak by Wilkinson and pull inside of Wood for the lead before Wood regained the top spot one lap later. Meanwhile Dan Lensing was a rocket coming up through the field and was up to join Wood and Corso for the lead. Wood and Corso would take turns leading while Lensing was trying to find a way around the pair. On lap 15 Wood was able to finally extend his lead to two car lengths while Corso was doing everything he could to hold off Lensing. A stalled car in turn two would bring out the race’s first caution flag on lap 17. Wood led the field to the green on the restart with Corso pulling to the outside. Once again it was time for exciting side by side racing with Wood on the inside, Corso on the outside and Lensing patiently waiting for his opportunity. Austin Luedtke would move to
fourth on lap 21 followed by Ty Majeski and Andy Jirik. Lensing would get by Corso for second on lap 22 and set his sights on Wood who he would overtake for the lead coming out of turn four on lap 24. Now it was Lensing’s turn to be the leader. With Wood in pursuit, Lensing was able to maintain his lead until the caution flag waved on lap 29 for a stalled car on the front stretch. Lensing’s restart proved to be successful as he was able to get out to a three truck length lead over both Wood and Corso. A two truck tangle in turn two brought out the caution flag on lap 31. Lensing would again gain the advantage over the field following the restart and get out to a two truck length lead over Wood. But Wood was not about to throw in the towel. With five laps to go Wood was right on Lensing’s tailgate even making contact while coming down the front shoot on lap 36. But another caution flag would set up yet another restart; this time single-file style. The rest of the race belonged to Lensing who took the checkered flag with a half-truck advantage over Wood. Corso would finish third followed by Dann Barber and Bill Collins. “With a couple of laps to go I thought I might have had a tire going down but everything worked out for me,”
said Lensing. Austin Luedtke was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 18.572. Vince Wilkinson and Dan Lensing won heat races.

DePorter Back in Victory Lane at MIS

It’s been awhile since Mark DePorter has been in victory lane at MIS, but it seemed just like old times as he won the 20 lap Area Sportsman feature. TJ Goldade and Rick Coppernoll battled it out side by side for the first two laps before Goldade took the lead. By lap 4 Stephen Scheel was on the rear bumper of Goldade looking for the right opportunity to pass. Unfortunately Scheel would make contact with Golade bringing out the caution on lap 6 and sending both to the back. Coppernoll would inherit the lead on the restart, but would not be able to hold off the hard-charging Mark DePorter who sprinted to the lead and built up a sizeable margin over the field. A spin on lap 13 would negate DePorter’s lead and give the rest of the field a chance. A couple of more caution flags would wave before the field would stay under green for more than a lap. Once the yellow flag disappeared, DePorter would continue to lead but only by a car length over Stephen Scheel. But that was all
he needed as led the rest of the way to pick up the victory. “I was a little nervous, but I had enough to hold Stephen off,” noted DePorter from victory lane. Stephen Scheel was the fastest in qualifying with a lap of 20.328. TJ Goldade won the heat race.

Bekielewski Wins Short Trackers

Alan Bekielewski and Bo Bennish took turns leading the first two laps before Bekielewski took a five car length lead over the field. George Sparkman moved up to second on lap 7 followed by Bennish and Zach Rodriguez. While it looked like Sparkman might have a chance to catch the leader, his hopes would fade when Bennish made contact with him coming out of turn four with one lap to go. “We tried to get a big run here and this was a lot of fun,” said Bekielewski who picked up the win in his
first-ever visit to MIS. A new track record was set in qualifying as George Sparkman turned a lap of 21.754 on Wisconsin’s Fastest Half-Mile.

Murphy Tops Illini Midgets Field

Sean Murphy proved that patience can pay off as he worked his way through the field and took the lead from Ryan Probst with two laps to go to pick up the win in the Illini Midgets feature. Fourteen Illini Midgets took the green flag for their 25 lap feature. Joe Knippel took the lead after several cars got loose going into turn two on the first lap. Ryan Probst would move up to second and took the lead on an inside pass on lap 5. Probst quickly built up a ten car length advantage over Knippel and the rest of the field. However, his lead would soon disappear due to a caution flag on lap 9. Probst would continue his
lead following the restart with Knippel still second. Sean Murphy moved his way up to third and worked his way to the inside of Knippel on lap 14 to take over second. Lap by lap Murphy would cut into the lead of Probst but time was running out. On lap 23 Murphy would look to the inside of Probst, but he would have to wait one more lap until Probst drifted up the track in turn four giving the lead to Murphy who led the rest of the way. “I didn’t think I would have enough for him…but he went high out of turn three and that gave me the room,” said Murphy. Heat races were won by Sean Murphy and Patrick Bruns. The series did not qualify.

Tony Velez Cruises to Super Cup Checkered Flag

Tony Velez made it look easy as he ran away from the field and won the Central States Super Cup feature. Austin Kunert and Tony Velez led the field of eleven cars to the green flag in their 25 lap main event. Joshua James would go three wide to take the lead from Velez going into turn one on the first lap. Velez would regain the lead one lap later coming out of turn four. The first caution of the event came out on lap 4 for a stalled car on the backstretch. Velez would continue to lead when the race went green again followed by James, Jamie Domski, Jordan Caskey, and Jim Termanes. Velez would build up a large lead over his closest competitors. On lap 14 Domski would cruise by James for second but still had a lot of ground to make up to catch Velez. Velez was simply too fast for the field as he cruised his way to victory lane. Domski would finish second followed by James, Caskey, and Austin Kunert. Fastest car in qualifying was eleven year old Austin Kunert with a trip around the Ring of Fire in 15.033. Heat winners were Tony Velez and Jamie Domski.

This is the final event of the 2011 racing season at Madison International Speedway. The next racing event will be in May of 2012. For more information check the track website at madisoninternationalspeedway.com.

Fall Classic Features Fireworks on the Track and in the Sky Wilberg, Stephenson, Jones, McBride, and Take Checkered Flags

September 26th, 2011

The first night of the fifth annual MIS Fall Classic brought a great turnout of cars to Madison International Speedway along with the return of Thunder Cat Fireworks.  Feature winners included Bobby Wilberg (Late Models), Rodger Stephenson (Area Sportsman), Andy Jones (Legends), Steve McBride (Bandits), and Kyle Stark (International Four Cylinders).  Lee Haag won the
One on One Spectator Races.

Wilberg Edges Riddle in a Wild One

Bobby Wilberg passed Zack Riddle coming out of turn four on the final lap to pick up the win in a wild 40 lap feature. Twenty-five Late Models took the green flag for their 40 lap feature with the front row of Steve Rubeck and Johnny DeAngelis.  Rubeck would get out to a two car length lead over DeAngelis with Chad Stevens, Zack Riddle, and Bobby Wilberg rounding out the top five. Riddle and Wilberg would both get by Stevens on lap 5 and two laps later moved past DeAngelis for second and third.  Brady Liddle would get by Stevens on the inside on lap 11 to take the fifth position. On lap 15 Riddle would make his way to the inside of Rubeck to take over the lead.  Two laps later Wilberg would find the room he needed to get by Rubeck and move into second. The race would stay green for nearly half the race before caution flag would come out on lap 19 for a spin in turn two. Now it was time for the infamous cone.  With Riddle starting on the inside, Rubeck would jump to the outside and regain the lead.  Jeremy Miller would make the biggest gain as he moved up to fourth position behind Wilberg. On lap 20 Rubeck would drift slightly up the track and surrender the lead back to Riddle.  Wilberg would quickly race by Rubeck
for second just before the caution flag came out for a spin on lap 23. It was restart time again.  Riddle would maintain the
inside front row position followed by Wilberg.  But as we have seen all season long it would be Miller showing the most confidence and moving up to the outside of row one. Riddle would maintain the lead followed by Wilberg, Miller, Liddle, and Rubeck.  The caution flag would come out again for a spin on the backstretch on lap 27. The green flag would bring
the same result as Riddle would continue his leading ways followed by Wilberg, Miller, Rubeck, and Liddle.  Liddle would move past Rubeck on lap 29 for fourth. Out front Riddle would quickly build a five car length lead over Wilberg before a multi-car melee on lap 31 would occur back in the pack bringing out…you guessed it…another caution flag. John Baumeister Jr. would
move to the outside of row one for the restart, but it would be the “Big Three” of Riddle, Wilberg, and Miller taking the top three positions for the three laps the race would stay under green. Another restart and Miller would try his luck on the outside of the front row.  Miller would get the break he was looking when Riddle got loose coming out of turn two opening the door for him to take the lead…a lead he would keep for three laps before a spin back in the pack brought out another caution. Now Miller would have the inside starting position with Wilberg choosing the outside.  It would be Riddle who would somehow
find room to make the big move to the inside of Miller for the lead with Wilberg moving past Miller to pull side by side with Riddle. Riddle and Wilberg would line up side by side with Riddle on the inside.  On the final lap Wilberg would get to the inside of Riddle coming out of turn four to take the win by half a car length.  Dale Nottestad would finish third with
Baumeister Jr. and Miller completing the top five.

“That was a wild one,” said Wilberg from victory lane. Bobby Wilberg was fast qualifier with a lap of 18.986 (94.807 mph).  Andy Evraets and Shane Morrissey won the eight lap qualifying races.  Heat races were won by Brian Johnson Jr. and Steve Rubeck.

Tom Hessert; Ken Schrader Racing Pedals Hard To Fifth At Madison International Speedway

August 31st, 2011

OREGON, Wisconsin – - If you would have asked Tom Hessert if he had a car capable of finishing inside the top-five in Friday night’s Herr’s Live Life With Flavor! 200 at Madison International Speedway, his response wouldn’t have been confident as he would have liked. But, after the conclusion of the 15th race of the season, Hessert stormed his way to his fourth consecutive top-five finish in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards.

Hessert, in the No. 52 Federated Auto Parts Chevrolet Impala for Ken Schrader Racing (KSR) headed into ARCA’s return at Madison in 37 years on the heels of a superb runner-up finish on the dirt at the Illinois State Fairgrounds (Springfield). The team led by veteran crew chief John Monsam, the group was hoping to keep their second half surge alive. During the only practice session on Friday, Hessert posted the 18th quickest lap overall with a time of 19.110 seconds at 94.192 miles per hour, an uncharacteristic placing for the veteran team and driver. Fighting an incredible tight No. 52 Federated Auto Parts Chevrolet Impala. Throwing everything but the “kitchen sink” at their Chevrolet bowtie before qualifying Friday afternoon, Hessert climbed into his racecar optimistic about where he would land for his 79th career ARCA start. Mounting a lap of 18.697 seconds transferring to 96.272 miles per hour, the KSR team landed 13th in the lineup.

“We’re making some progress,” said Hessert following qualifying. “We’re still tight, but it’s not as bad as it was in practice. A good finish won’t be handed to us; we’re going to have earn it.” The green flag waived shortly after 8:30 p.m. with Hessert quickly thundering his way towards the front. By lap six the Cherry Hill, New Jersey native moved into 11th and maintained his position just outside the top-10 through the race’s first 25 circuits.

Knocking on the door of the top-10, Hessert would find himself in a close battle with Sean Corr for 10th. Tight quarters at Madison International Speedway meant a lot of incidental contact on-track including the incident on lap 30 when the No. 52 and No. 82 made contact going into turn one. No harm no foul for Hessert as the caution flag waived with Hessert claiming 10th.

Moving into eighth when the yellow flag waived on lap 87, Monsam elected to bring his driver to pit road for tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment to combat the tightness on the No. 52 Federated Auto Parts Chevrolet Impala. By lap the half-way mark, good work by the team on pit road and a determined driver saw them into the top-five claiming fourth. Fending off his prey behind him, Hessert would maintain a safety-net inside the top-five until a spin on lap 157.

With his coveted track position now gone, Hessert would bring his No. 52 Federated Auto Parts Chevrolet Impala where the team inspected the vehicle and bolted on new Hoosier rubber sending their driver back into the hunt, now restarting 10th. On the restart, Hessert knew that patience was out the window. If he wanted to revive his team, some harmless aggressiveness from behind the wheel would have to be in the playing cards to battle his way back through. Using the new rubber to his advantage, Hessert was quickly and impressively able to climb the leaderboard moving back into eighth by lap 166. A few
laps later, Hessert continued to motor his way back towards the top-five and found himself their by lap 176.

Continuing to stay focused on the wheel, Hessert set his sights on fourth place runner Ty Dillon. Inside the final 10 laps of the race, a caution flag waived which set the field for a three-lap shootout. Despite trying to make the move around Dillon, Hessert would have to protect fifth from nine-time ARCA champion Frank Kimmel. Despite being unable to pass point’s leader Dillon, Hessert was able to keep Kimmel at bay and take the checkered flag in fifth, recording his sixth top-five finish of the season.

“This team never gave up,” said Hessert after the race. “We were awful tight in practice, still tight in qualifying and even during the race. We kept working on it all day and all night and I had to drive my heart out to get up there into the top-five. Madison is an extremely difficult track to pass on and it showed during the race. While a win is what we came to accomplish, under the circumstances we faced, we’ll take this and head back to the dirt and see if we can’t complete the puzzle there.”

Completing the puzzle consists of Hessert bettering his runner-up finish earlier this month at Springfield which would have put him in victory lane for the second time in his career. “I’m always thrilled to go back to the dirt. I think you’re going to have to battle Chad (McCumbee), Frank (Kimmel) and the likes of Josh (Richards), but I feel we have a good of a shot as anyone to celebrate in victory lane on Labor Day.”

Hessert’s sixth top-five of the year and 12th top-10 overall has him detached from McCumbee whom he entered Madison tied for fifth in the championship standings. With four races remaining, Hessert solely controls the spot at 3,450 points. 165 points separates the former USARacing Pro Cup Series star from fourth in the championship standings hoisted by Grant Enfinger.

Next up for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards is the second and final installment on the dirt when the sanctioning body makes their annual trip to the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds for the running of the Southern Illinois 100 presented by Federated Auto Parts on Labor Day, Monday, September 5. Hessert will make his fifth start at the one-mile dirt track and look to better his runner-up finish their last year with Cunningham Motorsports. In addition to Federated Auto Parts, Cherry Hill Classic Cars served as an associate marketing partner for Hessert’s 79th career ARCA start. In those outings, he has maneuvered one win, 18 top-fives and 42 top-10s. For more on Tom Hessert III, please visit (http://www.tomhessert.com/) .

Levi Youster Hopes To Shine Under The Friday Night Lights

August 25th, 2011

OREGON, Wisconsin – Finishing races. That has been the primary goal for Hixson Motorsports pilot Levi Youster in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards this season. Although, finishing races is a good objective, Youster wouldn’t mind some limelight along the way. As the ARCA Racing Series make their long-awaited return to Madison International Speedway Friday night, he is hoping to do more than just finish the race. “We’re not going to Madison thinking that were going to have a chance at winning, but we would like to leave there with a finish that feels like a win,” said the former Sprint Car driver. “Heck, I’m just thankful for the opportunity to fulfill my dream of racing.”

Quietly, Youster is spreading his wings on and off the track which is helping him build a fan-base and develop friendships that aren’t solely based on racing. “Everyone says that ARCA is one big family. They aren’t kidding. But outside the circle (meaning off the track), we still keep that family intact. I’ve been fortunate enough to meet a lot of great fans and build not only a relationship but a trust with many of the other drivers in the garage. That’s important to me.”

The Oak Harbor, Ohio native invades Madison after seventh top-20 finish of the year after overheating problems sidelined the No. 23 Fox Reality / Hixson Construction Chevrolet Impala for portions of the race. Despite the setbacks, Youster was able to take the checkered flag in the 17th spot, his best finish since Berlin (Mich.) Raceway last month where he also finished 17th.

“I learned a lot on the dirt,” Youster said. “It’s unfortunate that we had some overheating issues that kept us from a better finish, but at least I was able to complete the race. We’ve been working hard on diagnosing the issue and we feel we’ll be okay for Du Quoin on Labor Day.” As far as Friday night is concerned, the rookie driver looks towards more experience behind the wheel and bettering his season-best finish of 14th which occurred at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway earlier this season.

“I’ll be honest, I’m not sure what to really expect on Friday,” Youster explained. “I’ve never been to Madison and no one on our team has, so we’re going in with an open mind and some setups tat we feel will be a good feel to start us off with. If it’s not going like we want, we’ll come in and keep making adjustments. The main thing is to get into a comfort zone for the race that night.” Speaking of night, Youster is excited about racing under the “Friday Night Lights.”

“Who doesn’t like racing at night?” Youster smiled. “Usually the weather conditions are better and the intensity has a chance at picking up which can make it fun or upsetting for us drivers. Just depends on what kind of night we are having. I’m looking forward to Friday, simply because it’s a new race track for me and I heard the fans are great there!” Jumping up to 14th in the ARCA Racing Series championship standings after his effort last Sunday, Youster knows his chances of landing inside the
top-10 would be difficult but there are still spots to climb with five races remaining.

“I really didn’t set any expectations as far as points were concerned going into the year,” he said. “It’s been cool seeing my name climb every week or so, but like I said before it’s about seat time. If we have a chance to finish inside the top-dozen (12), then I’m going to gun for it. If not, I’ll be satisfied with wherever we eventually land.” Joining Youster Friday night on the Hixson Motorsports frontline will be Ron Cox in the No. 28 Fox Realty Chevrolet Impala and Rob Jones in a third entry in the No. 29 Cox Masonry Chevrolet Impala.

The Herr’s Live Life With Flavor 200 (200 laps / 100 miles) is the 15th of 19 events on the 2011 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. The fourth-ever ARCA event held at Madison International Speedway is a one-day show. Practice begins Friday, August 26 with an hour and a half practice session planned from 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Menards Pole by Ansell qualifying is slated to begin at 5:30 p.m. An on-track autograph session has been etched into the schedule from 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. The field will take the green flag shortly after 8:30 p.m. that evening. The event will not be televised but race coverage including live timing and scoring throughout the 1,327th race for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards since it was formed in 1953 will be available through the ARCA Racing Network (ARN) online at _arcaracing.com_ (http://www.arcaracing.com/) presented by _ARCANation.com. _ (http://www.arcanation.com/) All times are local. Stay tuned for the latest on Levi Youster and Levi Youster Racing (LYR) by “liking” the team’s official Facebook page by clicking _here._ (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Levi-Youster-Racing/136768326357778) PHOTO CAPTION: Levi Youster, driver of the No. 23 Fox Reality / Hixson Construction Ford Fusion in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards for Hixson Motorsports.

Team BCR Racing; Charles Evans Jr. Ready For Madison Showdown

August 25th, 2011

OREGON, Wisconsin- – After successfully making his ARCA Racing Series (ARS) presented by Menards debut at Berlin (Mich.) Raceway last month, Team BCR Racing and driver Charles Evans Jr. rejoin the tour for Friday’s Herr’s Live Life With Flavor 200 at Madison International Speedway.

Rewinding back to Berlin, Evans Jr. utilized the Hantz Group 200 to become accustomed to the 3,400-pound No. 99 Elevator Transportation Services Ford Fusion. Successfully qualifying for the race and staying out of trouble during the 200-lap venue, Evans Jr. logged laps and took the checkered flag in the 16th position. Shaking off the nervousness of his ARCA debut, the Friendswood, Texas native can lean into Fridays night dance with confidence. “Overall, I was happy with our finish at Berlin,” said Evans Jr. “I had a lot to learn and still do. Following some of the veterans like Frank Kimmel and Patrick Sheltra taught me so much about the track, how to race others and the preferred line around the track.

It’s the same scenario Friday. It’s a place I’ve never been to before and it’s a quick one-day deal. The BCR guys have been steadily working on our No. 99 Elevator Transportation Services Ford Fusion with all intents and purposes of elevating our performance.” The good news for Evans Jr. is that the ARCA Racing Series tour has not visited the half-mile oval since 1973 which undoubtedly puts the field on a level playing field. “Our decision to race at Madison was based on a lot of things, but we also felt like that we’ll be starting out like most of the field with a clean slate. The good thing is that Howard (Bixman, crew chief and car owner) has a ton of experience with short tracks, so I’m eager to see how well we do off the truck.”

Also boosting the team’s morale this weekend is the announcement that RoushYates Performance Parts and RoushYates Engines based out of North Carolina will adorn their logos on their blue oval. Additionally, Michigan-based The Casite Company has also aligned with the team for the remainder of the 2011 season as an associate marketing partner. “Anytime you have a name like RoushYates involved, it’s a cool thing,” added Evans Jr., a former pilot in the INEX Legend Car Series. “It means a lot to mean and the BCR team to have a partner as well-known and respected like them on our No. 99 Ford Fusion. Also, I’m looking forward to working with everyone at Casite. I know they’ve been around the ARCA Series for a long
time, so I’m happy to be a part of their family.”

With plenty of logos plastered on the team’s automobile, both the team and driver are focused on a strong finish.
“I would be satisfied with a top-10 finish,” sounded Evans Jr. “That would be a couple positions better than Berlin and definitely would give us the shove we need to keep moving forward in the right direction. I’m the rookie surrounded by veterans and for me, that’s a positive thing. All I can do is go out there and work with the team and give nothing less than 100 percent behind the wheel.”

For Bixman, he’s anticipating a solid run from his development driver. “He is focused. He is determined and he is eager to please. That’s something you expect from a rookie. The guys love working with him and he is really catching on quick to these stock cars. I don’t give it a second thought that we cannot go to Madison on Friday and be competitive and put our BCR team in the limelight,” Bixman said. He added, “I also want to thank the folks at RoushYates Performance, RoushYates Engines and The Casite Company for stepping up their involvement with our group. All three are longtime players in the racing industry and we plan to deliver them exposure and results.”

The Herr’s Live Life With Flavor 200 (100 laps / 100 miles) is the 15th of 19 events on the 2011 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. The fourth-ever ARCA event held at Madison International Speedway is a one-day show. Practice begins Friday, August 26 with an hour and a half practice session planned from 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Menards Pole by Ansell qualifying is slated to begin at 5:30 p.m. An on-track autograph session has been etched into the schedule from 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. The field will take the green flag shortly after 8:30 p.m. that evening. The event will not be televised but race coverage including live timing and scoring throughout the 1,327th race for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards since it was formed in 1953 will be available through the ARCA Racing Network (ARN) online at http://www.arcaracing.com/ presented by http://www.arcanation.com/ All times are local.

For more information on Team BCR Racing and Charles Evans Jr., please log onto http://www.teambcr.com/
Connect with RoushYates Performance Products and RoushYates Engines through their official web site at http://www.roushyatesparts.com/

To check out the latest products available from The Casite Company, please click on http://www.casite.com/

Wilberg, Scheel, Moyer and Ace Take Checkered Flags at MIS

August 23rd, 2011

Oregon, WI- Bobby Wilberg (Rockweiler Insulation Late Models), Stephen Scheel (Ho Chunk Gaming Area Sportsman), Aaron
Moyer (Pelliterri Waste Systems Legends), and Chester Ace (Roto Rooter Bandits) won feature races tonight as part of Mountain Dew Season Championship Night at Madison International Speedway. But the big winners tonight were the four season champions that were crowned: Jeremy Miller (Rockweiler Insulation Late Models), Robert Hansberry Jr. (Ho Chunk Gaming Area Sportsman), Andy Jones (Pellitteri Waste Systems Legends), and Kyle Stark / Jim Lorang (Roto Rooter Bandits).

It was an emotional night at MIS as long-time employee Bob Schmelzer, who passed away earlier this week, was honored in a pre-race ceremony. Every car that was racing tonight came out on the track for a memorial lap in his honor. During intermission representatives from The River Food Pantry and Oregon K-9 Unit received checks from last week’s charity event as part of Faster Pastor Night. Over one hundred kids also had the opportunity to ride around the track in a bus compliments of Wayne Ace Bus and Limo Service.

Wilberg Powers His Way to Victory Lane

The top three in points would battle it out on Wisconsin’s Fastest Half-Mile with Bobby Wilberg coming out on top as he won the 50 lap feature for the Rockweiler Insulation Late Models. Jeremy Miller picked up his third straight track championship in the division and fourth overall at MIS. Miller finished with 960 points followed by Riddle with 918, Wilberg at 896, Dale Nottestad with 813, and Scott Broughton with 757. Nate Oppliger and Dale Nottestad led the twenty-four car field to the green flag, but it would Ryan Goldade wasting no time to get to the lead by passing the front row going into turn three.
On lap four, Jeremy Miller pulled to the inside of Goldade coming out of turn two to take the lead. Bobby Wilberg would race past Goldade on lap five to take over second with Zack Riddle directly behind in third. On lap 12 Wilberg would look to the inside of Miller for the lead coming out of turn two but wouldn’t find the room necessary. Miller would successfully work his way around lapped traffic on lap 15 and increased his lead to three car lengths over Wilberg. A spin on lap 17 brought out the race’s first caution and the first appearance of the cone. Miller and Wilberg would line up for the restart on the inside with Riddle moving to the outside of row one. Miller and Wilberg would vault out front while Riddle was stuck on the outside and dropped to fourth behind Goldade. Wilberg applied heavy pressure on the leader and would eventually find the room he needed to power by Miller on the inside coming out of turn four on lap 22 to take over the lead. Riddle would retake third as the three built a sizeable lead between themselves and the field.

By lap 30 Wilberg had increased his lead over Miller to five car lengths with Riddle trailing Miller by the same margin. The big questions at this point were would the race stay green and how would the leaders respond to lapped traffic. The lapped traffic question would need to be answered first. On lap 42 both Wilberg and Miller would be able to work past slower traffic while Riddle lost a couple of car lengths to Miller in his maneuvering through the field. The race would stay green the rest of the way with Wilberg picking up the win followed by Miller, Riddle, Ty Majeski, and Goldade. “The last three or four weeks this car has been running really well,” said Wilberg from victory lane. Zack Riddle was fast qualifier with a trip around Wisconsin’s Fastest Half-Mile in 19.061 (94.434 mph). Don Wickstrum, Shayne Poehnelt, and Rusty Hansen won heat races.

OTC Scholarship Program Presents Awards at MIS

August 18th, 2011

Nearly $100,000 in scholarship awards to Ohio Technical College (OTC) in Cleveland, Ohio, were presented on Friday at Madison International Speedway. Eligible students were members of race teams that raced at MIS weekly and either served on pit crews or as drivers.

Randy Dziadowicz of OTC and MIS General Manager Dave Grueneberg made the presentations in a 4:00 PM ceremony with all students being introduced to the fans later in the night during intermission.

“The bar at OTC for you kids from Wisconsin is pretty high,” said Dziadowicz in reference to the quality of individuals who have gone to OTC after participating in the program at MIS the past three years. “This is such a tremendous opportunity for all of you. There are already a number of kids from this program here at MIS who have completed their studies at OTC and are already working in the field.”

MIS General Manager Dave Grueneberg added, “This is such a great program and we are very happy to be part of it. What you are getting today is something really special and you have to realize how fortunate you are to be involved in this.”

Aaron Moyer, Michael Hanson, and Daniel Harried were honored for their involvement in the program over the past three seasons. All three have been awarded scholarship money prior to the season.

Jeremy Smith of Poynette High School (Ty Majeski Team), Jesse Monroe of Badger High School (Skolaski Racing), and David Sandmire of Madison LaFollette High School (Nate Oppliger Team) are all juniors and each received a $2500 scholarship. All three are eligible to continue in
the program at MIS next season.

Driver Brandon Heisler of Aurora, Illinois, won a $7500 scholarship to go along with previous awards he has earned. Nick Funk of Janesville Parker High School (Stevens Racing), Louis Hardin of Oregon High School (Quest Racing), and Gavin Klosterman of New Glarus High School (Turn Em Loose Racing) each received a $10,000 scholarship.

Michael Rockett of Portage High School (Ed Szelagowski Jr. Racing) and Anthony Stewart of Kenosha Tremper High School (Tim Narr Racing) took home $15,000 scholarships while Travis Boehnen of Oregon High School (Liddle Racing) was awarded a $20,000 scholarship.

“We have to say thank you to the race teams for making yourselves available to work with these kids. The relationships that you help build make this program what it is,” added Grueneberg.

Dziadowicz added, “Some of you are going to be starting in a few weeks while others will be beginning in October. You are going to enjoy your experience no matter which of the OTC programs you choose.”

Plans are already in the works for the OTC Scholarship Program at MIS for 2012.

MIS would like to thank Randy Dziadowicz for coordinating the program between MIS and OTC.

Riddle Stages Late Race Dramatics, Rockets to MIS Winner’s Circle

August 10th, 2011

Oregon, WI – Zack Riddle saved the best for the end as he led the final two laps on his way to pick up the checkered flag in the 40 lap feature for the Rockweiler Insulation Late Models. Robert Hansberry Jr. maintained his lead in the Ho Chunk Gaming Area Sportsman with his victory while Aaron Moyer and Kyle Stark made trips to the winner’s circle in their respective divisions
as well.

Two in a Row for Zack Riddle

They call him “Showtime” for a reason. Zack Riddle won for the second time in a row after leading the final two laps of a caution-marred 40 lap feature for the Rockweiler Insulation Late Models. Scott Broughton and Kevin Knuese led the field of twenty-three Rockweiler Insulation Late Models to the green flag. Broughton would grab the early lead followed by Ed Szelagowski Jr., Knuese, Shane Morrissey and Brady Liddle. On lap 5 Dale Nottestad would join the top five. But out front Broughton was enjoying a Friday night drive at MIS and had increased his lead to eight car lengths. On lap 12 Knuese would power past Szelagowski Jr. to take over second place. The race stayed under green until lap 22 when a spin behind the leaders brought out the caution flag. Drivers took evasive action to avoid making contact with the cars. Now it was time to bring out the cone for the restart. Broughton, Knuese, and Szelagowski Jr. all chose to stay on the inside while Liddle and Nottestad chose the outside line. The restart would not stay green after a car at the end of the field spun in turn one. The second restart found the lineup to be the same with Broughton pulling away from Liddle coming out of turn two. Nottestad would move up to third followed by Riddle, Knuese, and Bobby Wilberg. On lap 24 Wilberg would take over fifth from Knuese.
But everyone was still chasing Broughton who had built up a lead until the caution flag came out on lap 26 for an incident that would send Szelagowski Jr. and Knuese to the rear of the field. Broughton and Nottestad would elect to stay on the inside while Liddle and Wilberg took the outside. Broughton would gain the advantage once again while Liddle and Nottestad fought it out for second. But the race would only go green for one lap before a spin at the back brought out the yellow flag. Riddle would move to the outside of row one on the restart as Broughton, Nottestad, and Liddle all stayed on the inside. Broughton
and Riddle would run side by side followed by Nottestad, Wilberg, and Jeremy Miller. Broughton and Riddle would take turns having the lead by mere inches until Broughton got a car length advantage coming out of turn two on lap 33.

A spin on lap 36 would bring out another caution and the drama would continue. Once again, Broughton would stay on the inside while Riddle selected the outside. Wilberg would take the position behind Broughton while Liddle lined up next to Wilberg. Riddle would battle Broughton side by side for the lead until a front stretch incident involving several cars on lap 37 would bring out the caution flag and send the machines of Knuese, Jason Hicks, Ty Majeski, and Dan Jung to the pits courtesy of Seitz Towing. Once again Broughton and Riddle would line up side by side with Wilberg behind Broughton and John
Baumeister Jr. moving up behind Riddle. A spin before the green flag came out would lead to another caution. Riddle would get a half car length lead on the outside after the restart, but Broughton would come back and pull nearly even just before
the caution flag came out for a stalled car on lap 38. For the first time in the late race restarts, Riddle would line up on the inside of Broughton. When Arne Thompson’s green flag waved, Riddle would jump out to the lead with Wilberg getting by Broughton for second. Riddle would hang on as the race stayed green the rest of the way to pick up his second win in a row. Wilberg would finish second followed by Broughton, Nottestad, and Miller. “I just kept fighting for it. It was a pretty even field out here tonight. Two wins is a row is pretty great,” said Riddle.

Zack Riddle set the fast time in qualifying with a lap of 19.053 (94.473 mph). Heat winners were Jason Hicks, Jeremy Miller, and Dan Jung won the heat races. Two-time defending champion Jeremy Miller is the points leader with two races to go with 762. Thanks to his fast time and victory, Riddle moves into second place with 712 followed by Broughton at 708, Wilberg with 695 and Nottestad at 684.

Robert Hansberry Jr. Gets It Done in Area Sportsman

Robert Hansberry Jr. won the 20 lap feature for the Ho Chunk Gaming Area Sportsman and increased his lead in the points standings. For Hansberry Jr., his fortunes tonight were opposite of his last start when his night ended up with a wrecked car.

Tommy Wutke and Greg Baxter comprised the front row of the thirteen car field of Ho Chunk Gaming Area Sportsman. The two continued around the track side by side for the first two laps with Wutke gaining a slight advantage on lap 3. On lap 5 Mike Taylor pulled to the inside of Baxter for second with Stephen Scheel up to third on lap 6. Taylor would pull to the inside of Wutke coming down the front shoot on lap 6 to take the lead with Scheel and Robert Hansberry Jr. moving to second and third on lap 7.

On lap 11, Hansberry Jr. would slide to the inside of Scheel and fight it out for second place behind Taylor. Brad Luck would join the mix along with Baxter as the five checked out from the field. On lap 16 Hansberry Jr. would move to the outside of Taylor coming out of turn two and take over the lead. He would quickly put some distance between himself and Taylor to pick up the win. Luck would sneak by Taylor at the line for second with Stephen Scheel and Baxter rounding out the top five. “I was just being patient out there and trying to race clean.

MIS to Host Faster Pastor Race This Friday Night

August 9th, 2011

Picture a group of pastors and chaplains with limited or no racing experience battling it out on Madison International Speedway’s Ring of Fire to see who can take home the honor of “Fastest Pastor.”

That’s exactly what is going to happen on Friday, August 12th when MIS hosts the annual Faster Pastor Charity Race. This year the event will be raising money for two area organizatons: The River Food Pantry and the Oregon Police Department K9 division. Weekly drivers will be passing their helmets through the crowd during intermission.

The event will be part of an already action-packed race night at MIS where all four weekly divisions will also be in action. Fans can see the Late Models, Area Sportsman, Legends, and Bandits. The pastors will be driving the cars from the Bandits division.

A tentative list of racing pastors includes Eric Erickson from Lakeview in Stoughton, Rob Nelson from New Heights Lutheran in Black Earth, Steve Cook from Capital Chaplains, Matt Rust from InterVarsity, Matt Mailefer from Door Creek Church in Madison, Kent DuVall from Grace Church in New Glarus, Mike Tess from Good Shepherd Episcopal in Sun Prairie, Craig McMahon from Swiss Church and others still to be announced.

“The annual Faster Pastor race is this coming Friday and we are hoping for a great turnout”, said Dave Coker of Pellitteri Waste Systems, one of the promoters of the event. “We have a lot of fun planned and some great silent auction items.”

Dave Grueneberg MIS General Manager adds, “This has become one of the best annual nights at the track. We are glad to welcome the pastors to the track and to be able to help the charities. I have to give Todd Christopherson a lot of credit for bringing everyone together for this event.” “My hope is that we are a blessing with a good amount of money and can goods to
the charities and that many come out to see the racing and cheer the pastors on, said Todd Christopherson from Team Jesus Racing Ministry, MIS track chaplain and organizer of the event. “It is always fun to have the pastor’s race.”

Pit gates on Friday open at 3:30 with practice at 4:45, qualifying at 6:15 and racing at 7:30. The Faster Pastor race should begin at approximately 8:30. Fans can save $1.00 off admission by bringing three canned food items.

Madison International Speedway is located on Sunrise Road just south of Highway 138 two miles east of Oregon. For more information you can check the track website at madisoninternationalspeedway.com or call the track office at 608.835.9700.

OTC Awards To Be Presented This Friday

Scholarship awards will be presented on August 12th at 4:00 in the VIP area. Students, families, and participating teams are welcome to attend.

Upcoming Events

Here Comes ARCA

We are just a few weeks away from our biggest event of the year when the Menards ARCA Racing Series comes to Wisconsin’s Fastest Half-Mile for the running of the Herr Live Life with Flavor 200 on Friday, August 26th.

The ARCA visit means the wall comes back out on the front stretch and fans will be treated to live pit stops.

Gates will open at 4:00 PM with a VIP Party from 5:00 – 7:00 PM, autographs from 7:00 – 8:00 PM and racing at 8:30 PM.

Advanced tickets are $20.00 / $25.00 after August 24th. A fan pit pass will cost $45.00 with a VIP Party Pass set for $75.00.

Thurs, August 25 4:00-6:00 PM ARCA Racing Series Optional Pre-Registration and Unloading

Fri, August 26
9:30 AM ARCA Racing Series Registration Opens
10:00 AM ARCA Racing Series Garage Opens
12:00 N Chapel Service
12:30 PM ARCA Racing Series Driver, Crew Chief and Spotter Meeting and Qualifying Draw
2:30-4:00 PM ARCA Racing Series Practice
4:45 PM Pre-Qualifying Tech In-Line Time
5:30 PM Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell (all positions / 2 laps)
POST QUALIFYING IMPOUND PROCEDURE IN EFFECT
7:00-8:00 PM Driver On-Track Autograph Session (Attendance Required)
7:30 PM ARCA Racing Series Registration Closes
8:30 PM Start of the Madison ARCA 200 (200 laps / 100 miles)

Upcoming Events at MIS

Friday, August 19, 2011

Mt. Dew Regular Season Championships presented by Unified Newspaper Group featuring the Rockweiler Insulation Late Models, Ho Chunk Gaming Area Sportsman, Roto Rooter Bandits and Pellitteri Waste Systems Legends racing divisions. Plus, FREE bowling passes from Community Entertainment Centers to the first 200 kids 11 and under, as well as, FREE General Admission for fans from Brooklyn and Verona.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Menard’s ARCA Racing Series and the Herr Live Life With Flavor 200. The Menard’s ARCA Series is one of the top racing programs in the country and will bring drivers from throughout the US to take on Wisconsin’s fastest half-mile.

Saturday, August 27, 2011
Rain date for ARCA Racing Series

Friday, September 2, 2011
Rain date for the Mt. Dew Regular Season Championship Night on August 19th.

Saturday, September 3, 2011
The Fall Red Neck Round Up presented by ESPN 100.5 will feature a 200 lap 4-cylinder Enduro Race, Destruction Show and FIREWORKS. Destruction events include a “Steel Wall” crash, Double O, Spin to Win, Flagpole Race, Bump and Run Relay, Trailer Race of Destruction and more. (Events subject to change) Wendt Motorsports will be hosting a benefit for Jordan Wendt who is awating a kidney transplant. Please keep Jordan in your thoughts and prayers.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Puller’s Inc. & South Central Wisconsin Pullers’ Season Championships presented by STAR 96.3(Tractor & Truck Pulls) Hot Farm, Super Farm, 2WD Trucks and Semis. Plus, FREE Ice Cream treat to the first 200 kids 11 and under.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Puller’s Inc. & South Central Wisconsin Pullers’ Season Championships presented by STAR 96.3(Tractor & Truck Pulls) Hot Farm, Super Farm, Natural Super Stock, Modified Trucks, Super Stock Diesel Trucks and Open Stock Trucks. If you have a truck and want to come and pull this might just be your opportunity.

Friday, September 23, 2011

The Fifth Annual MIS Fall Classic featuring more than a dozen different racing divisions taking on Wisconsin’s Fastest Half-Mile and the Ring of Fire Quarter Mile. Fans can save $2.00 off General Admission for wearing your favorite Wisconsin sports team shirt

Saturday, September 24, 2011

The Fifth Annual MIS Fall Classic featuring more than a dozen different racing divisions taking on Wisconsin’s Fastest Half-Mile and the Ring of Fire Quarter Mile and $2.00 off on Saturday for wearing your favorite MIS apparel

Jordan Wendt Benefit Set for September 3rd

Wendt Motorsports will be hosting a Jordan Wendt Benefit night on Saturday, September 3rd during the Fall Red Neck Roundup. Jordan, a fifteen year old driver in the Legends division, is awaiting a kidney transplant and donations will help offset the cost of the surgery and related expenses. Fans can purchase a special $10.00 ticket which will include admission to the track, a soda, hot dog and chips. A silent auction will be held and fans will have an opportunity to win a ride in the two seat late model.

For more information, please contact Bill Wendt at wendtsracing@yahoo.com
[mailto:wendtsracing@yahoo.com]. Donations may also be sent directly to Wells Fargo Bank in Stoughton.

Any donation will be greatly appreciated. Please reach out to help Jordan and the Wendt family in their time of need.

Kenseth Captures Colony Brands 85 at MIS

July 25th, 2011

Oregon, WI- Ross Kenseth made a triumphant return to Madison International Speedway by picking up the victory in the Colony Brands 85 for the Super Late Models.  Zack Riddle won the Bob Schmelzer 50 for the Rockweiler Insulation Late Models while Shaun Scheel (Ho Chunk Gaming Area Sportsman), Andy Jones (Pellitteri Waste Systems Legends), and Kyle Stark (Roto Rooter Bandits) also drove their way to victory lane.

Ross Kenseth Races to Victory Lane

Ross Kenseth took the lead following the restart on lap 28 and never looked back as he picked up the checkered flag in the Colony Brands 85. Jonathan Eilen and Mike Meyerhofer brought the field of eighteen cars to the green flag in the Colony Brands 85.  Eilen would take the early lead with Jamie Wallace and Meyerhofer side by side for third. Michael Bilderback would
move to third on lap five followed by Jeff Storm and Ross Kenseth.  Storm and Kenseth would race side by side for fourth before Kenseth took the spot on lap 10.  Travis Sauter would move into the top five on lap 11. On lap 18, Bilderback would
move to the inside of Wallace for second coming down the front shoot.  Kenseth and Sauter would get by Wallace one lap later for third and fourth place. Lap 21 would find Kenseth dropping to the inside of Bilderback fighting it out for second.  Both Kenseth and Sauter would pass Bilderback on lap 24, but would still trail Eilen by ten car lengths.   A spinning car on lap 28 would bring out the first caution and take away Eilen’s advantage. Kenseth would choose to restart on the outside of Eilen and would take the lead coming out of turn two.  Eilen would try to regain the lead one lap later, but would be unable to do so.  A spin on lap 31 would bring out the race’s second caution flag. After the restart Kenseth would continue to lead with Sauter taking over second on lap 32 followed by Eilen, Bilderback, and Storm. On lap 44, Nathan Haseleu would move into the top five and join in the pursuit of Kenseth.  But out front Kenseth had built a six car length over Sauter who was fifteen car lengths ahead of Eilen as the field began to stretch out. On lap 66 the leaders had caught the tail end of the field, but Kenseth would have no problem maneuvering his way around the slower traffic although it got a bit challenging at times.
Kenseth would have little problem staying out front as he cruised to victory lane.  Sauter would finish second followed by
Eilen, Haseleu, and Chris Weinkauf. Kenseth, who started seventh, was quick to give credit to his crew when interviewed in victory lane by Matt Panure. “Chris Purdy and the guys do a great job getting this car prepared.  We had a pretty good
baseline coming here.  The guys gave me a good car and it was a pleasure to drive.”

The 8 lap qualifying race was won by Chris Wimmer while Travis Sauter set fast time with a mark of 17.652.

Zack Riddle Wins Bob Schmelzer 50

Zack Riddle took the lead on lap 24 and held off a strong field of cars enroute to win the Bob Schmelzer 50 for the Rockweiler Insulation Late Models. John Baumeister Jr. and Kevin Knuese paced the field of eighteen Rockweiler Insulation Late Models to
the green flag.  Baumeister Jr. would show the early speed taking the early lead followed by Scott Broughton and Ryan Goldade.  On lap 10 Zack Riddle would sneak his way past Kevin Knuese for fourth while Jeremy Miller, Dale Nottestad, and Bobby Wilberg were battling it our for sixth. On lap 17 Broughton had closed the gap out front to less than one car length.  One lap later Broughton would find the room he needed coming out of turn two to take over the lead from Baumeister Jr.   On lap 20 both Goldade and Riddle would move past Baumeister Jr. with Broughton opening up a ten car length lead out front. A spin on lap 24 would bring out the first caution of the race and take away Broughton’s sizeable advantage. Riddle would move to the outside on the restart and take the lead away from Broughton on the front stretch and would hold the lead for one lap before another caution would come out for a spin. This time Baumeister Jr. would move to the outside on the restart with Broughton electing to stay on the inside behind Riddle.  Unfortunately, a spin back in the pack would keep the race from going
green on the restart. The next time seemed to be the charm, but the green flag stayed out for one lap before debris was found on the track bringing out the flag of choice, the yellow. When the cone came out again, it would be Broughton moving to the outside of Riddle.  Would we see a repeat of an earlier restart when Riddle took the lead from the outside?  Not this time as Riddle would keep the lead on the outside followed by Broughton, Baumeister Jr., Wilberg, and Goldade.  On lap 34 an incident behind the leaders would bring out the caution flag once more. The restart would find Nottestad moving to the outside of Riddle with Miller choosing to stay behind Riddle.  Riddle would continue to lead with Miller up to second followed by Broughton.  Riddle would build up a five car length lead over Miller with ten laps to go. The race would stay green the rest of the way and Riddle couldn’t have been happier as he wheeled his way to the checkered flag to pick up his first win of the season at MIS.  Miller would finish second followed by Broughton, Nottestad, and Goldade. “We figured we’d move to the
outside on the restart earlier in the race and we made it work,” said Riddle.  “This win will make up for the DNF a couple of weeks ago.”

Brady Liddle won the 8 lap qualifying race while Miller set the pace in qualifying with a lap of 19.153.

Miller continues to lead the points chase with 681 followed by Broughton (618), Riddle (601), Nottestad (598), and  Wilberg (594).

Shaun Scheel Picks Up First Area Sportsman Win

Shaun Scheel led wire to wire on his way to earning his first feature win of the season in the 20 lap main event for the Ho Chunk Gaming Area Sportsman. Chester Ace and Shaun Scheel led the field of fourteen cars to the green flag.  Scheel would take the early lead with Ace and Mike Heelein running second and third.  Heelein would take over second on lap 2 with Austin Nason right behind in third place. Showing a lot of speed, Nason would move up to second on lap 5 after getting past Heelein.  TJ Goldade would move to fourth followed by Brad Luck. Scheel and Nason would check away from the field by ten car lengths before the caution flag came out on lap 16 for a spin in turn two. And now it was time for the cone.  Heelein would take a shot by moving to the outside of Scheel while Nason woud stay behind Scheel. The race would not stay green for long as a melee on the backstretch would collect point leader Robert Hansberry Jr., TJ Goldade, and Brad Luck and send all three to the pits. On the restart Nason would have a tire go down bringing out the caution flag.  When the race went green again, Heelein would try the outside. but wouldn’t have enough to catch Scheel who picked up his first win of the season. Heelein would have his hands full keeping second place but was able to do it by holding off Stephen Scheel.  Greg Baxter and Chad Knaus
would round out the top five. “That was probably one of the longest races of my life.  I’m just glad it’s over,” said Scheel from victory lane. In only his second night out in an Area Sportsman car at MIS, Brad Luck set fast time with a lap of 21.018.

Despite his DNF, Hansberry Jr. leads the points with 681 followed by Stephen Scheel at 632 and Shaun Scheel at 582.

Number Five for Andy Jones

Andy Jones patiently worked his way to the front and cruised to his fifth win of the 2011 season in the 25 lap feature for the Pellitteri Waste Systems Legends. Tim Narr and Brandon Heisler brought the seventeen car field to the green flag.  Narr would take the early lead with Rachael Pinkerman up to second and on lap 3 she would take the lead by getttng to the inside of Narr
coming out of turn one.  On lap 5, Cory Talaska and Andy Jones would slide to the inside of Pinkerman to take over the top two spots. Aaron Moyer would quickly move up to third.  On lap 10, Jones would power to the inside of Talaska to take the lead with Moyer up to second one lap later.  The leaders would work their way through lapped traffic. Jones and Moyer would put on a great show weaving in and out of traffic.  Moyer would make a last ditch effort on the final lap but would come up just short as Jones raced his way to victory lane for the fifth time this season.  Cory Talaksa would finish in third followed by Kyle Vergata’s season high fourth place finish and Rachael Pinkerman. “He chased me down and I’d pull away.  We both got through lapped traffic and it was a good race,” said Jones. Moyer set fast time with a lap of 14.069 while Kevin Griffin won the 8 lap qualifying race.

Andy Jones has a commanding lead in the race for the track championship with 724 points.  Cory Talaska is second with 590
followed by Vince Bartolotta at 568.

Stark Holds Off Ace for Bandit Checkers

Kyle Stark continued his mastery of the “Ring of Fire” by winning the 20 lap feature for the Roto Rooter Bandits. Eleven Roto Rooter Bandits came to the green flag of their twenty lap feature paced by Mike Amador and Jonathon Coker.  Unfortunately, the caution flag would come out for a disabled vehicle forcing a full restart. This time, Coker would grab the early lead and by several car lengths.  Tim Dixon moved into second before giving up the spot to Jason Coker on lap 4 as a pack of cars ran three wide fighting for that position. Coker would continue to lead, but fast qualifier Stark was up to second on lap 6 and was looking to take the lead before the second caution came out on lap 9 for a spin. After the restart Stark would work his way to the inside of Coker going into turn three to take the lead.  Ace would move past Coker one lap later for second place. Stark would try to pull away from Ace, but the three-time defending champion was not about to let him out of his sights.  Time would eventually run out for Ace as Stark led the rest of the way to pick up his fifth feature win of the season.  Jason Coker would finish in third followed by Lee Haag and Jonathon Coker. “I really didn’t want to wait so I jumped to the outside to get around everyone,” said Stark from victory lane. Fast time was set by Kyle Stark with a lap of 15.086.

It is a dead heat atop the point standings with the Lorang / Stark team and Ace both tied at 690.  Lee Haag is in third place with 603.

There will be no racing at MIS on Friday, July 29th as the night was set aside for a July rain date which will not be needed.  The Rising Harvest Christian Festival featuring motivational speakers and four bands is scheduled to start at 5:00 PM on Saturday, July 30th.

The next racing action will be Friday, August 5th when all four weekly divisions return to the track.  For more information check
out our website at madisoninternationalspeedway.com.

Wilberg Edges Riddle to Take Home Late Model Checkered Flag Scheel, Jones, and Stark Also Victorious

July 18th, 2011

Oregon, WI – Bobby Wilberg (Rockweiler Insulation Late Models), Stephen Scheel (Ho Chunk Gaming Area Sportsman), Andy
Jones (Pellitteri Waste Systems), and Kyle Stark (Roto Rooter Bandits) took home the checkered flags tonight at Madison International Speedway.

Late Model Checkered Flag Goes to Bobby Wilberg

Bobby Wilberg picked up his first feature win of the season in the Rockweiler Insulation Late Models by topping the nineteen car field in their 40 lap event. Nate Oppliger and Ty Majeski brought the field to the green flag with Oppliger grabbing the point for the first lap before being overtaken by Dale Nottestad on lap 2. With Nottestad running out front and building a multi-car advantage over the rest of the field, Zack Riddle would pass Oppliger for second on lap 5. One lap later Ryan Goldade and
Wilberg would power their way to third and fourth respectively. Goldade would get past Riddle for second on lap 8, Wilberg appeared to have the most speed as he vaulted by both to take the second position behind Nottestad on lap 9. Nottestad would continue to lead until the caution flag came out on lap 19 for a car into the wall in turn three.

The restart would find the cars of Nottestad, Wilberg, and Goldade electing to stay on the inside while Riddle chose to move up to the front via the outside groove. Riddle and Nottestad would run side by side when the race returned to green with Riddle holding a slight lead on lap 20 before Nottestad regained the advantage one lap later. On lap 22, Wilberg would
move past Riddle for second. Nottestad would continue to run out front with Wilberg now in hot pursuit. On lap 24 the two would drift up the track coming out of turn three opening the door for Riddle who would become the new leader. A caution on lap 26 involving Goldade and Nottestad would send both drivers to the back of the field. The restart would find Riddle, Wilberg, and Scott Broughton choosing the inside with Majeski going to the outside. After the green flag came out again, Riddle would be able to maintain the lead followed by Wilberg and Majeski. Dann Barber would make the most of the restart moving up to fourth followed by Broughton. Wilberg would continue to hunt down Riddle waiting for the right opportunity. On lap 32 he looked to the inside of Riddle going into three only to come up short. This scenario would play out for four more laps before Wilberg would be able to move to the inside coming out of turn 3 and take over the lead coming out of turn four.

Riddle would make every effort to regain the lead, but would be unable to do so as Wilberg raced his way to victory lane. Ty Majeski and Dann Barber would finish third and fourth, best ever finishes for them at MIS, with Broughton finishing fifth. “It was a good race and we’re glad to be back in victory lane,” said Wilberg. Heat races were won by Scott Broughton, Chad Stevens, and Bobby Wilberg. Jeremy Miller set fast time with a lap of 19.020 (94.637 mph). Miller leads the point standings with 584, followed by Broughton (534), Wilberg (526), Nottestad (522), and Riddle (501).

Stephen Scheel Seals the Deal in Area Sportsman

Stephen Scheel became the first repeat winner in the 2011 racing season in the Ho Chunk Gaming Area Sportsman by claiming the checkered flag in the 20 lap feature. Greg Baxter and Chester Ace paced the field of eleven to the green flag only to see the caution flag wave immediately for an incident in turn one. On the restart Baxter and Matt Lundberg would battle it out for the lead with Lundberg showing the way after lap one and Baxter taking back the top spot on lap 3. Lundberg would regain the lead on lap four before Scheel would slide by both drivers on lap 5 while coming out of turn four. Scheel would be able to
build a lead over the field until the second caution of the race came out when the car of Bobby Wilberg made contact with the wall on the backstretch. When the green was displayed again it would still be Scheel in the lead followed by Robert Hansberry Jr., Austin Nason, and Shaun Scheel. It appeared that Hansberry Jr. might have enough to overtake Scheel, but the Lake Mills driver would adeptly handle his El Camino the rest of the way to earn the checkered flag. Hansberry Jr.
would finish second followed by Nason, Shaun Scheel, and Lundberg. “It’s great to be back in victory lane,” said Scheel.

Heat races were won by Greg Baxter and Shaun Scheel. The fastest qualifier was Hansberry Jr. with a lap of 20.684 (87.024 mph). Hansberry Jr. leads the points chase with 605 followed by Stephen Scheel (546), Nason (520), Shaun Scheel (490), and Lundberg (485).

Jones Holds Off Moyer to Take Legends Checkered Flag

Andy Jones outbattled Aaron Moyer to win the 20 lap feature for the Pellitteri Waste Systems Legends. Kyle Jusits and Vince Bartolotta brought the field to the green flag with Bartolotta taking the lead. Cory Talaska would move into the second position on lap 2 with Jones close behind in third. On lap 6 Jones would find the room he needed to get to the lead on the inside of Bartolotta while coming out of turn four. The first caution of the race came out on lap 12 for a spinning car in turn three. The restart would find Jones and Moyer battling it out for the lead. Jones would hold the point until Moyer found his way to the lead on lap 17. From there the two would race side by side with Moyer holding a slight advantage. That is until the final lap. With lapped traffic ahead, Moyer got loose coming out of turn four giving Jones the room he needed to get by and take the checkered flag for the fourth time in 2011. Moyer would hold on for second followed by Bartolotta, Rachael Pinkerman, and Jusits. “It was a close finish and a good show,” said Jones from victory lane.

Kyle Vergata and Aaron Moyer were the heat winners. Jones set fast time with a lap of 14.045. Jones also increased his lead in the points race and now has 624 followed by Talaska (502), Bartolotta (498), Kyle Jusits (434), and Rachael Pinkerman (432).

A Sweep for Stark in the Bandits

Kyle Stark won the twenty lap feature for the Roto Rooter Bandits after setting a new track record in qualifying and picking up the clean sweep. Jim Lorang and Lee Haag led the field of ten cars to the green flag. Lorang would jump out to the early lead followed by Haag and Jason Coker. Coker would take over second on lap 2 with the high flying Stark already up to fourth. On lap 5 Stark would make his way to the inside of Lorang for the lead and quickly build a huge advantage over the rest of the field. Chester Ace would race his way up to second on lap 6 with Jason Coker, Jonathon Coker, and Heather Stark in pursuit.
Stark’s sizeable lead over the field would disappear when the caution flag came out for an incident in turn two on lap 13. The results following the restart would be the same as Stark quickly built up a lead and despite Ace’s best effort would never be challenged the rest of the way. Ace would finish second with Jason Coker, Heather Stark, and Jonathon Coker rounding out the top five. Stark summed up his fortunes quite simply in a post race interview with Steve Wagner when he said, “I just got out front and pulled away.” The win was Stark’s fourth of the season. Winners in the heat races were Jonathon Coker and Kyle Stark. Stark set a new track record with a lap of 14.952. Ace has the leads in the points with 595 followed closely by the Lorang / Stark team with 588, Haag at 524, Jason Coker with 499 and the Turn Em Loose team at 414.

Racing continues on Friday, July 22nd when the super late models return to MIS in the Colony Brands 85 presented by raceteamgear.com. The Late Models, Area Sportsman, Legends, and Bandits will also be in action. Pit gates open at 3:30, practice at 4:45, qualifying at 6:15 and racing at 7:30.

Miller Masters the Late Models at MIS

July 15th, 2011

Jeremy Miller picked up the checkered flag for the Rockweiler Insulation Late Models, but he had to borrow a car just to be able to race. Unable to get his regular car ready to race, he looked to Dann Barber who chose to lend his car to Miller for
the night.

Bobby Wilberg and Ty Majeski brought the seventeen car Rockweiler Insulation Late Model field to the green flag with Wilberg jumping out to the early advantage. Jeremy Miller and Ryan Golade moved past Majeski for second and third on lap 2 and along
with Miller put some distance between themselves and the field.

Miller would move to the inside of Wilberg on lap 10 and take the lead coming out of turn four. Goldade would maintain the third position with Scott Broughton up to join the four car pack. On lap 16 Broughton was looking to take third away from
Goldade when the two made contact coming out of turn three sending both to the rear of the field.

The cone would come out for the first time with Miller, Wilberg, Zack Riddle, and Kevin Knuese all going to the inside with Majeski making the big move to the outside of row two.

The caution flag would come out before a lap could be completed after the restart which would juggle the lineup once again.

Miller would easily regain the lead after the restart followed by Wilberg, Dale Nottestad, and Riddle. On lap 22 both Nottestad and Riddle would find the room they needed to get by Wilberg on the inside. Miller would find himself with a five car length advantage on lap 25 as the field started to stretch out.

Nottestad had closed the gap to two car lengths on lap 29, but would get no closer until the final lap when his efforts came up just short as Miller held on for the victory.

“This car was pretty good tonight. I want to thank Dann Barber for getting out of his car tonight to let me race,” said Miller. When asked about the hard charging Nottestad, Miller added, “I kept seeing that black car (Nottestad) coming and knew there was no room to screw up.”

Fastest in qualifying was Zack Riddle with a lap of 19.143 (94.029 mph). Winners in the heat races were Jeremy Miller and Bobby Wilberg. Miller is the points leader in the division with 505 followed by Dale Nottestad at 463 and Scott Broughton with
453. Austin Nason Notches First Ever Feature Win at MIS Fifteen year old Austin Nason led wire to wire to win the 20 lap feature for the Ho Chunk Gaming Area Sportsman.

Nason and Tommy Wutke brought the twelve car field to the green flag with Nason getting off to the early lead followed by Wutke and Greg Baxter. By lap 4 Nason had built a huge lead over the field just hoping that the green flag would stay out. The longer the race stayed green, the larger Nason was building up his lead.

Wutke would maintain second place until surrendering it to Robert Hansberry Jr. on lap 14. On lap 16 Stephen Scheel would work his way to the outside of Wutke to take over the third position. But the race would stay green the entire way and nobody would be able to catch Nason who cruised to victory lane.

“It feels awesome putting this car back in victory lane. We had some problems with it early on but got it figured out,” said Nason who was driving the former Bobby Wilberg car. Hansberry Jr. would finish second followed by Scheel, Baxter, and Wutke. Robert Hansberry Jr. led the way in qualifying with a lap of 20.672 (87.074 mph) with heat victories going to Austin Nason and TJ Goldade. Hansberry Jr. continues to lead the points chase with 503 points followed by Stephen Scheel with 439 and the Goldade / Wilberg team and Austin Nason with 423. Aaron Moyer Returns to Victory Lane

After spending time in North Carolina racing Legends, Aaron Moyer made a triumphant return to MIS by winning the 20 lap feature.

Mickey Kudlicki and Anthony Metallo had the honors of bringing the fifteen car field of Pellitteri Waste Systems Legends to the green flag. Kudlicki took the early led with Rachael Pinkerman up to second. The pair would build a sizeable lead over the
field with Metallo, Vince Bartolotta, and Aaron Moyer in pursuit. Their lead would be negated when the caution flag came out on lap 8 for debris on the track.

Kudlicki would get off to a good start following the restart only to see the caution flag come out two laps later for a spin in turn one.

When the race went green again, Kudlicki and Pinkerman would continue their battle with Moyer up to join the mix before the caution came out again for a spin on the backstretch on lap 11.

The results were the same following the restart with Kudlicki holding down the point. Moyer would move to second on lap 14 getting by Pinkerman on the inside coming out of turn four. On lap 15 Kudlicki drifted up the track coming out of turn two allowing Moyer to power by on the inside.

From there it would be all Moyer who cruised to victory in his first race of the season at MIS after competing in North Carolina. Kudlicki would finish second followed by Pinkerman, Andy Jones, and Cory Talaska.

“It was pretty crazy and I was fortunate to avoid getting caught up in it. Kudlicki got a little loose coming out of turn two and that was what I needed,” said Moyer.

Aaron Moyer was fast qualifier with a lap of 14.238. Heat race winners were Mickey Kudlicki and Andy Jones. Jones has the lead in the points race with 514 followed by Cory Talaska at 432 and Vince Bartolotta with 405.

Ace Sweeps the Battle of the Bandits

Chester Ace is back in victory lane after winning the 20 lap feature for the Roto Rooter Bandits and picking up the clean sweep. As a result, Ace is the new point leader in the division as he moved ahead of the Lorang / Stark team.

Jim Younger and Dan Snyder brought the field of eleven Bandits to the green flag with Snyder getting the early lead only to lose it on the second lap to Jonathon Coker. The caution flag came out on lap 3 for a spin which was followed two laps
later by another spin and another caution flag.

Coker would continue his lead after the restart with Haag, Snyder, and Daniel Haried in pursuit. On lap 8 Haag worked his way to the inside of Coker and took the lead coming out of turn four. Two laps later Ace pulled to the inside of Coker to take over the second position.

Ace would move to the outside of Haag on lap 13 and the two raced side by side with lapped traffic in sight. Despite getting caught behind the slower traffic, Ace was able to work his way back to the outside of Haag on lap 16 and the side by side
racing continued. On lap 18 Ace would take over the lead with an outside pass on the backstretch and hold on for the win.

After beating his brother in law for the win, Ace said, “Lee said he wasn’t running well in practice but I don’t think that was the case. It took everything to beat him tonight.”

Chester Ace set fast time with a lap of 15.348. Jonathon Coker and Ace won the heat races. Ace now has a 491 to 476 lead in the points with Lee Haag third at 452.

Congratulations to Friday night feature winners Jeremy Miller, Austin Nason, Aaron Moyer, and Chester Ace.

Upcoming Events

Friday, July 22, 2011
Colony Brands Super Late Models 85, Late Models 50 and more… Plus, the Inflatamaniacs make a return visit to MIS to entertain kids of all ages. FREE Inflatamaniacs activity books to the first 200 kids 11 and under. THE BIG Easy 93.7 will broadcast the races starting at 7:30pm.

Friday, July 29, 2011
Rain date for any July MIS Weekly Racing event that has been rained out. If none, then there will be no racing.

Saturday, July 30, 2011
Rinsing Harvest Christian Festival featuring inspiring music and motivational speakers. Three Christian bands will be performing along with great messages from speakers such as Don Wickstrum and Todd Christopherson.

Friday, August 5, 2011
Miller Lite College Night #2 presented by ESPN 100.5 FREE admission to all college
students with valid school I.D. MIS Weekly Racing will feature Late Models, Area
Sportsman, Bandits, and Legends.

Friday, August 12, 2011
Faster Pastor Races. Come watch several of your favorite local Pastors duke it out for the title of Fastest Pastor in 2011. Bring along and donate three cans of food to receive $1 off General Admission tickets. Plus, the first 200 kids 11 and under receive FREE small popcorn and residents from McFarland and Monona will receive FREE General Admission with valid I.D. MIS Weekly Racing presented by STAR 96.3 will feature Late Models, Area Sportsman, Bandits, and Legends.

Friday, August 19, 2011
Mt. Dew Regular Season Championships presented by Unified News Group featuring the Rockweiler Insulation Late Models, Ho Chunk Gaming Area Sportsman, Roto Rooter Bandits and Pellitteri Waste Systems Legends racing divisions. Plus, FREE bowling passes from Community Entertainment Centers to the first 200 kids 11 and under, as well as, FREE General Admission for fans from Brooklyn and Verona.

Saturday, August 20, 2011
Sunrise Road Country Music Festival will feature four top-notch country music bands from across the Midwest. (Country Twist, Three Bucks & Change, Brian Gleason Band and Trouble Shooter). Bands will play for five hours covering top country hits from today and yesterday.

Friday, August 26, 2011
Menard’s ARCA Racing Series and the Herr Live Life With Flavor 200. The Menard’s ARCA Series is one of the top racing programs in the country and will bring drivers from throughout the US to take on Wisconsin’s fastest half-mile.

Saturday, August 27, 2011
Rain date for ARCA Racing Series

Friday, September 2, 2011
Rain date for the Mt. Dew Regular Season Championship Night on August 19th.

Saturday, September 3, 2011
The Fall Red Neck Round Up presented by ESPN 100.5 will feature a 200 lap 4-cylinder Enduro Race, Destruction Show and FIREWORKS. Destruction events include a “Steel Wall” crash, Double O, Spin to Win, Flagpole Race, Bump and Run Relay, Trailer Race of Destruction and more.

Friday, September 16, 2011
Puller’s Inc. & South Central Wisconsin Pullers’ Season Championships presented by STAR 96.3(Tractor & Truck Pulls) Hot Farm, Super Farm, 2WD Trucks and Semis. Plus, FREE Ice Cream treat to the first 200 kids 11 and under.

Saturday, September 17, 2011
Puller’s Inc. & South Central Wisconsin Pullers’ Season Championships presented by STAR 96.3(Tractor & Truck Pulls) Hot Farm, Super Farm, Natural Super Stock, Modified Trucks, Super Stock Diesel Trucks and Open Stock Trucks.

Friday, September 23, 2011
The Fifth Annual MIS Fall Classic featuring more than a dozen different racingdivisions taking on Wisconsin’s Fastest Half-Mile and the Ring of Fire Quarter Mile. Fans can save $2.00 off General Admission for wearing your favorite Wisconsin sports team shirt

Saturday, September 24, 2011
The Fifth Annual MIS Fall Classic featuring more than a dozen different racing divisions taking on Wisconsin’s Fastest Half-Mile and the Ring of Fire Quarter Mile and $2.00 off on Saturday for wearing your favorite MIS apparel.

Jeremy Miller is Back in Victory Lane at MIS Austin Nason, Aaron Moyer, and Chester Ace Victorious Too

July 11th, 2011

Oregon, WI- Jeremy Miller, Austin Nason, Aaron Moyer, and Chester Ace took home the checkered flags tonight on Ferrell Gas Night at the races at Madison International Speedway.

Miller Masters the Late Models at MIS

Jeremy Miller picked up the checkered flag for the Rockweiler Insulation Late Models, but he had to borrow a car just to be able to race. Unable to get his regular car ready to race, he looked to Dann Barber who chose to lend his car to Miller for the night. Bobby Wilberg and Ty Majeski brought the seventeen car Rockweiler Insulation Late Model field to the green flag with Wilberg jumping out to the early advantage. Jeremy Miller and Ryan Golade moved past Majeski for second and third on lap 2 and along with Miller put some distance between themselves and the field. Miller would move to the inside of Wilberg on lap 10 and take the lead coming out of turn four. Goldade would maintain the third position with Scott Broughton up to join the four car pack. On lap 16 Broughton was looking to take third away from Goldade when the two made contact coming out of turn three sending both to the rear of the field. The cone would come out for the first time with Miller, Wilberg, Zack Riddle, and Kevin Knuese all going to the inside with Majeski making the big move to the outside of row two. The caution flag would come out before a lap could be completed after the restart which would juggle the lineup once again. Miller would easily regain the lead after the restart followed by Wilberg, Dale Nottestad, and Riddle. On lap 22 both Nottestad and Riddle would find the room they needed to get by Wilberg on the inside. Miller would find himself with a five car length advantage on lap 25 as the field started to stretch out. Nottestad had closed the gap to two car lengths on lap 29, but would get no closer until the final lap when his efforts came up just short as Miller held on for the victory.

“This car was pretty good tonight. I want to thank Dann Barber for getting out of his car tonight to let me race,” said Miller.
When asked about the hard charging Nottestad, Miller added, “I kept seeing that black car (Nottestad) coming and knew there was no room to screw up.”

Fastest in qualifying was Zack Riddle with a lap of 19.143 (94.029 mph). Winners in the heat races were Jeremy Miller and Bobby Wilberg. Miller is the points leader in the division with 505 followed by Dale Nottestad at 463 and Scott Broughton with 453.

Austin Nason Notches First Ever Feature Win at MIS

Fifteen year old Austin Nason led wire to wire to win the 20 lap feature for the Ho Chunk Gaming Area Sportsman. Nason and
Tommy Wutke brought the twelve car field to the green flag with Nason getting off to the early lead followed by Wutke and Greg Baxter. By lap 4 Nason had built a huge lead over the field just hoping that the green flag would stay out. The longer the
race stayed green, the larger Nason was building up his lead. Wutke would maintain second place until surrendering it to Robert Hansberry Jr. on lap 14. On lap 16 Stephen Scheel would work his way to the outside of Wutke to take over the third position. But the race would stay green the entire way and nobody would be able to catch Nason who cruised to victory lane.

“It feels awesome putting this car back in victory lane. We had some problems with it early on but got it figured out,” said Nason who was driving the former Bobby Wilberg car. Hansberry Jr. would finish second followed by Scheel, Baxter, and Wutke.

Robert Hansberry Jr. led the way in qualifying with a lap of 20.672 (87.074 mph) with heat victories going to Austin Nason and TJ Goldade. Hansberry Jr. continues to lead the points chase with 503 points followed by Stephen Scheel with 439 and the Goldade / Wilberg team and Austin Nason with 423.

Aaron Moyer Returns to Victory Lane

After spending time in North Carolina racing Legends, Aaron Moyer made a triumphant return to MIS by winning the 20 lap feature. Mickey Kudlicki and Anthony Metallo had the honors of bringing the fifteen car field of Pellitteri Waste Systems Legends to the green flag. Kudlicki took the early led with Rachael Pinkerman up to second. The pair would build a sizeable lead over the field with Metallo, Vince Bartolotta, and Aaron Moyer in pursuit. Their lead would be negated when the caution flag came out on lap 8 for debris on the track. Kudlicki would get off to a good start following the restart only to see the caution flag come out two laps later for a spin in turn one. When the race went green again, Kudlicki and Pinkerman would continue their battle with Moyer up to join the mix before the caution came out again for a spin on the backstretch on lap 11.
The results were the same following the restart with Kudlicki holding down the point. Moyer would move to second on lap 14 getting by Pinkerman on the inside coming out of turn four. On lap 15 Kudlicki drifted up the track coming out of turn two allowing Moyer to power by on the inside. From there it would be all Moyer who cruised to victory in his first race of the season at MIS after competing in North Carolina. Kudlicki would finish second followed by Pinkerman, Andy Jones, and Cory Talaska.

“It was pretty crazy and I was fortunate to avoid getting caught up in it. Kudlicki got a little loose coming out
of turn two and that was what I needed,” said Moyer.

Aaron Moyer was fast qualifier with a lap of 14.238. Heat race winners were Mickey Kudlicki and Andy Jones. Jones has the lead in the points race with 514 followed by Cory Talaska at 432 and Vince Bartolotta with 405.

Ace Sweeps the Battle of the Bandits

Chester Ace is back in victory lane after winning the 20 lap feature for the Roto Rooter Bandits and picking up the clean sweep. As a result, Ace is the new point leader in the division as he moved ahead of the Lorang / Stark team.

Jim Younger and Dan Snyder brought the field of eleven Bandits to the green flag with Snyder getting the early lead only to lose it on the second lap to Jonathon Coker. The caution flag came out on lap 3 for a spin which was followed two laps later by another spin and another caution flag.

Coker would continue his lead after the restart with Haag, Snyder, and Daniel Haried in pursuit. On lap 8 Haag worked his way to the inside of Coker and took the lead coming out of turn four. Two laps later Ace pulled to the inside of Coker to take over the second position.

Ace would move to the outside of Haag on lap 13 and the two raced side by side with lapped traffic in sight. Despite getting caught behind the slower traffic, Ace was able to work his way back to the outside of Haag on lap 16 and the side by side racing continued. On lap 18 Ace would take over the lead with an outside pass on the backstretch and hold on for the win.

After beating his brother in law for the win, Ace said, “Lee said he wasn’t running well in practice but I don’t think that was the case. It took everything to beat him tonight.”

Chester Ace set fast time with a lap of 15.348. Jonathon Coker and Ace won the heat races. Ace now has a 491 to 476 lead in the points with Lee Haag third at 452.

Racing returns to Madison International Speedway on Friday, July 15th with action in all four weekly racing divisions. Coming up on Friday, July 22nd will be the return of the Super Late Models as they come to MIS for the Colony Brands 85. All four weekly divisions will also be in action. For more information contact the track office at 608.835.9700 or see the website at madisoninternationalspeedway.com.

Scott Broughton Takes theCheckered Flag at MIS TJ Goldade, Kyle Stark, and Andy Jones Also Victorious

June 26th, 2011

Oregon,WI- Scott Broughton held off Jeremy Miller to win the 40 lap feature for the Rockweiler Insulation Late Models on Big
Oldies 93.7 / Frank Beer Night at Madison International Speedway. TJ Goldade (Ho Chunk Gaming Area Sportsman), Kyle Stark (Roto Rooter Bandits), and Andy Jones (Pellitteri Waste Systems Legends) also drove their way to victory lane.

Broughton Powers His Way to Late Model Checkered Flag After coming within half a car length of a win last week, Scott Broughton was a man on a mission tonight as he picked up his first feature win of the season in the Rockweiler Insulation Late Models.

The twenty-two car field came to the green flag led by Kevin Knuese and Nathan Oppliger. The pair would race side
by side for the first lap before Knuese would gain the upperhand on lap 2. Broughton would move past Oppliger for second place on lap 2 as well. On lap 3, Brady Liddle, Zack Riddle, and Tyler Kelley would move past Oppliger to claim spots in the top five.

Jeremy Miller and Dale Nottestad would move up to fifth and sixth respectively on lap 9. But the real action was out
front where Broughton was waiting for the right time and right place to take over the lead. Coming on strong down the front shoot, Broughton would find the room he needed going into turn one and pass Knuese on the inside coming out of turn two. Broughton would quickly put a couple of car lengths between himself and Knuese. Knuese would hold onto second until lap 16 when Liddle, Riddle, Miller, and Nottestad would all pass him.

Broughton would maintain his lead over the field until the first caution flag of the event would come out on lap 27 for a spin in turn two. Now it was time for the cone! Liddle and Riddle would elect to follow Broughton on the inside while Miller and Bobby
Wilberg would choose the outside. Miller’s move would pay dividends as he moved up to second behind Broughton. Miller was able to cut into Broughton’s advantage, but this race belonged to Broughton who led the rest of the way as the race stayed green. Finishing behind Broughton and Miller would be Liddle, Nottestad, and Wilberg. Of the twenty cars that finished the race, all twenty were on the lead lap.

“I knew Jeremy was coming so we just had to get it done. We’ve got things pretty well figured out with the tires and it’s been a good season so far,” said Broughton in a victory lane interview with Jim Steinke. The feature win was Broughton’s first
of the 2011 MIS weekly racing season. Nottestad set fast time with a lap of 19.098 while heat wins went to Dave Edwards, Ed
Szelagowski Jr. and Andy Evraets. Two-time defending champion Jeremy Miller leads the points race with 401 followed by
Broughton (380), Nottestad (363), Wilberg (331) and Riddle (298).

TJ Goldade Wheels His Way to Victory Lane– For the second week in a row, the Red Camaro found its home in victory lane as TJ Goldade took the wheel and captured the coveted checkered flag in the 20 lap feature for the Ho Chunk Gaming Area Sportsman.

2010 Rookie of the Year Greg Baxter and Chester Ace brought the field of fourteen cars to the green flag with Baxter taking a slight lead into turn one. The caution flag would come out after the first lap for a spin. When the green flag waved again, Goldade moved his way to the outside of Baxter. The two would run side by side with Baxter holding the advantage until lap 4. Goldade looked high then l low and was able to maneuver his way to the inside of Baxter going into turn 3.
By the time the two came out of turn 4 Goldade had taken over the lead.

Another spin on lap 5 brought out the caution, but Goldade was able to continue the lead when the race went green again.
Baxter would surrender his second place position on lap 10 when Mike Heelein, who was making his first visit of the season, powered by him. Closely following Heelein was point leader Robert Hansberry Jr.

The caution flag would be displayed one final time on lap 16 for another spin. On the restart, Heelein would line up
on the inside behind Goldade with Hansberry Jr. moving to the outside. It would be Heelein who would take the
second position and appeared to be ready to challenge the leader.

Goldade would continue to lead, but Heelein was not about to give up. On lap 18 the two traded paint as
Heelein tried everything he could do to make the pass, but Goldade was not about to be denied as he led the rest of the way to pick up his first feature win of the season and second of his career. Austin Nason capped off a strong run by finishing third with Stephen Scheel, who had gone to the back of the pack after an early race spin, finishing fourth and Hansberry Jr. rounding out the top five.

Joined in victory lane by his family, Goldade said, “I learned a lot watching my co-driver Bobby Wilberg. We had to
rebuild this car after last year and now now we’ve been in victory lane twice in a row.” Goldade becomes the fourth different driver in as many races to win features in the Area Sportsman division.

Matt Lundberg set fast time with a lap of 20.894 while Goldade and Shaun Scheel won heat races.

A Record Setting Night for Kyle Stark– Kyle Stark not only notched a clean sweep in the Roto Rooter Bandits, but he also set a new track record in the process. Fourteen year old Dan Snyder and recent high school graduate Gavin Klosterman led the
field of twelve Roto Rooter Bandits to the green flag in their 20 lap feature on the “Ring of Fire.”

Klosterman would lead for the first two laps before being overtaken by Lee Haag on thethird circuit. Jonathon Coker was up to challenge Haag one lap later and would take over the top spot on lap 6. Shortly thereafter things got pretty wild.. On lap 7 Kyle Stark had joined the mix but something had to give out front and it did. Coker, Haag, and Stark slid up the track as a group coming out of turn four opening up the door for Chester Ace.

Ace and Stark would battle it out until lap 12 when Stark would take over the lead. Ace would put up a good fight, but Stark would prove to simply be too fast for the field and cruise his way to victory lane. Ace would finish second followed by
Heather Stark, Haag, and Coker.

Stark, who is team driving with Jim Lorang, has now won in two different cars this season. “This one’s a little faster than the other one I drove last week,” he said from victory lane. Stark has now won three features at MIS in 2011.

Stark was fastest in qualifying with a record-setting lap of 14.944 while Ed Klug and Stark won the heat races.

The team of Lorang and Stark leads the point race with 389 followed by Ace (379), Haag (350), Jason Coker (340), and Turn Em Loose Racing (263).

Andy Jones picked up his second feature win in as many weeks and his third of the season in strong fashion as he earned the clean sweep in the Pellitteri Waste Systems Legends.

Rachael Pinkerman and Jeff Lechnir led the way to the green flag in the 20 lap feature for a dozen Pellitteri Waste Systems Legends.

Pinkerman would jump out to the early lead and build up a multi-car advantage over the field. Steve Narr would take the second position from Lechnir on the first lap with Vince Bartolotta getting by Narr on lap 3. Meanwhile, Jones was working his way up through the field and was fourth on lap 4 and up to second on lap 6.

By lap 10 Jones was ready to make the move for the lead but caution flag would mean he would need to wait. When the race went green again, Jones would work his way to the inside of Pinkerman and take over the lead on lap 11.

Three-time defending champion Max McNamara would take second away from Pinkerman a lap later, but wouldn’t have enough to catch the speedy Jones who raced his way to victory lane. McNamara would finish in second followed by Pinkerman, Bartolotta, and Cory Talaska.

Sporting a brand new car Jones said, “This feels pretty good. I was able to get through traffic a little quicker this week.” For Jones it was his third feature win of the 2011 season at MIS.

Jones was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 14.068 while heat victories went to Pinkerman and Jones.

Jones has a solid lead in the point standings with a 419-348 advantage over Talaska. Rounding put the top five are Bartolotta (327), Jusits (290), and Mundt (290).

It is a tripleheader of action on Friday, July 1st at Madison International Speedway with the Big 8 Late Models, Mid American Stock Car Series, and ASA Midwest Trucks. The night will be topped off with the annual fireworks extravaganza lighting up the skies over Wisconsin’s Fastest Half Mile. The pit gates open on Friday at 3:30 with grandstands opening at 4:45, practice at 4:45, qualifying at 6:15 and racing at 7:30.

Scheel, Ace, and Jones Winners Tooby John Wells

June 6th, 2011

Oregon, WI- Jeremy Miller won the 40 lap feature for the Rockweiler Insulation Late Models for the second straight time while Stephen Scheel (Ho Chunk Gaming Area Sportsman), Chester Ace (Roto Rooter Bandits), and Andy Jones (Pellitteri Waste Systems Legends) were also victorious in their respective divisions for the first time in 2011.

Miller Makes in Two for Two in Late Models

Jason Hicks had the honor of bringing the twenty car field to the green flag on this warm and humid night. Hicks would lead the first circuit before yielding the lead to fellow front row starter Scott Broughton on the second lap.

One lap later Dale Nottestad would get past Hicks for second and begin to chase down the leader. By lap five, Broughton and Nottestad had pulled away from the field and by lap 8 had put nearly fifteen car lengths between themselves and Hicks, Zack Riddle, and Ryan Goldade.

Broughton looked unstoppable as he was able to put some real estate between himself and Nottestad which totaled three car lengths by lap 12. The rest of the field was starting to lose sight on the leaders until the caution flag came out on lap 20. After twenty laps of caution free, green flag racing, things would change quickly.

The cone and double file restarts definitely create some drama for the fans and force the drivers to make a choice. Broughton, Nottestad, and Hicks would choose the inside allowing Riddle, Tyler Kelley, and Bobby Wilberg to move up to the outside.

Unfortunately for the leaders, a caution on the restart for a backstretch spin would bring out the cone again.

This time Broughton, Nottestad, and Riddle would go to the inside allowing none other than Miller to make the big move to the outside of the front row followed by Wilberg.

When the race went green again Broughton and Miller would battle for the lead with Broughton able to hold his spot. Miller would lose the second position to Nottestad and find himself racing side by side with Wilberg for third. On lap 23 Wilberg would take third followed closely by Goldade and Miller.

A stalled car on lap 25 brought out the caution flag once again. The top four of Broughton, Nottestad, Wilberg, and Goldade would choose the inside on the restart allowing Miller to again move up to the outside of row one.

This time Miler would overtake Broughton going into turn three and lead for the next three laps before another caution flag was displayed. On this restart he would take the inside position with Wilberg moving up to the outside of row one.

When the race went green, Miller would get the advantage over Wilberg and build some distance between the two after coming out of turn two. Broughton would eventually move back into second, but Miller’s lead was sizeable enough to carry him all the way to victory lane. Broughton would finish second followed by Nottestad, Goldade, and Wilberg.

It was a big week for Miller who also won the Big 8 race on Monday, but his comment in victory lane showed how he truly has life in perspective. “The best thing about this week was the birth of my baby girl,” he told MIS track announcer Matt Panure. As for the race, Miller added, “All the guys worked on the car for me all week and had it right on. We made an adjustment after the heat race and everything was good. I can’t thank these guys enough.”

When asked about his choice to go the front on restarts he said, “I knew we would have the speed on the backstretch if we could get in position.”

Miller set fast time with a lap of 19.139 (94.049 mph) while heat race wins went to Ed Szelagowski Jr., Chad Stevens, and Brady Liddle.

Jeremy Miller Picks Up Season Opening Win at MIS Hansberry, Morris, and Stark Also Victorious

May 26th, 2011

(Oregon, WI)- Two-time defending champion Jeremy Miller of Rockton, Illinois, got off to a great start in 2011 by winning the Pepsi Weekly Racing Season Opener presented by Z-104 for the Rockweiler Insulation Late Models. Robert Hansberry Jr. (Ho Chunk Gaming Area Sportsman), Kyle Stark (Roto Rooter Bandits), and Josh Morris (Pellitteri Waste Systems Legends) also picked up feature wins.

Miller’s Decision Pays Off

With double file restarts and the cone adding to the excitement of racing at Madison International Speedway in 2011, Jeremy Miller’s decision on lap 10 to start on the outside paid off as he led the rest of the way to pick up the win. The twenty-four car field was brought to the green flag by Ryan Carlson and Scott Broughton. The caution flag would wave before the completion of the first lap when debris was located on the track. Carlson would be able to maintain his lead for a brief time before Ryan Goldade motored by on the inside coming out of turn four on lap 3. Goldade would be followed by Broughton, Ty Majeski, Bobby Wilberg, and Steve Rubeck before the caution flag was displayed on lap 7 for a spin. Wilberg would take the challenge and move to the outside of Goldade for the restart, but it would be Goldade with the advantage when the race went green. Broughton would move to the inside of Goldade coming out of turn two on lap 8 to take the lead. On lap 9 Goldade and Dale Nottestad would tangle bringing out the caution flag and sending both to the back of the back. After the top five lined up on the inside for the restart, Miller made the decision to go to the outside of the leader Broughton. When the green flag waved, Miller wasted no time and powered his way to the lead clearing Broughton before going into turn four. It would then be Miller, Steve Rubeck, and Broughton who would put some distance between themselves and the fourth and fifth place cars of fast qualifier Zack Riddle and Tyler Kelley. With the field starting to catch up to lapped traffic, the caution flag would come out one more time on lap 37 setting up for a final double file restart. Miller would continue to lead although Rubeck would make his way up to challenge him for the lead, but wouldn’t quite have enough to get the job done on this day. Finishing behind Miller and Rubeck would be Broughton, Riddle, and Kelley. When asked about his decision to on lap 10, Miller said, “When nobody went to the outside I thought here’s my chance to try it….I’m glad I did it.” Fast time was set by Riddle with a lap of 19.186 with Eddie May winning the twelve lap qualifying race while Chad Stevens and Andy Evraets won the heat races.

Hansberry Handles the Area Sportsman

Robert Hansberry Jr. of Beloit, Wisconsin, won his first-ever feature at MIS by topping the thirteen car field in the 20 lap Ho Chunk Gaming Area Sportsman feature. Greg Baxter and TJ Goldade ushered the field of thirteen Area Sportsman to the green flag with Goldade jumping out to the lead in his first appearance at MIS since a serious accident last year. Goldade would continue to lead until his car slowed coming down the backstretch on lap 8 bringing out the caution flag just as Austin Nason and Stephen Scheel were starting to apply heavy pressure. Scheel would also pull off the track for mechanical problems putting Nason into the lead. Nason would hold the advantage following the restart until Hansberry Jr. would drop to the low side of the leader heading into turn three on lap 10 and take the lead. Despite a couple of cautions and an outside challenge on the double file restarts by Mike Taylor, Hansberry Jr. would lead the rest of the way to pick up his first checkered flag. Taylor would finish second followed by Nason, Matt Lundberg, and Baxter. “I kind of frowned a little bit when the last caution came out. I was trying to look at how many laps were left,” said Hansberry Jr. Hansberry Jr. set fast time with a lap of 21.110 with Nason and Stephen Scheel victorious in the heat races.

Stark Collects Checkered Flag in Bandits

Kyle Stark made the right choice by coming to MIS on Sunday as he won the fifteen lap feature for the Roto Rooter Bandits.
After a couple of failed starts due to spins, Seth Reamer would eventually grab the lead of the thirteen car field and hold down the top position for the first four laps before Stark dropped low coming out of turn four on lap 5 to take the lead.
Stark adeptly worked his way through and around lapped traffic to hold off Reamer for the lead and pick up the win by 3.874 seconds. Jason Coker, Devon Dixon, and Lee Haag would round out the top five. Three-time defending champion Chester Ace was fast qualifier with a lap of 15.337 with heat victories going to Derek and Devon Dixon.

Clean Sweep for Josh Morris in the Legends

Josh Morris had never even seen Madison International Speedway before arriving at the track on Sunday. But a few hours later the fifteen year old hot shoe from Virginia was heading home with a clean sweep. Jeff Lechnir and Mike Mueller paced the field of fifteen Pellitteri Waste Systems Legends to the green flag in their 20 lap feature. Mueller took the early lead from the inside with Steve Narr up to second on lap three followed closely by Tony Moyer. With Mueller showing the way out front, Morris was working his way up through the field from his thirteenth starting position. By lap 8 Morris was up to second and maneuvered his way to the inside of Mueller to take over the lead. From there it was no looking back for Morris who quickly put some real estate between himself and the field and cruised his way to victory lane by a 2.1 second margin. But some good racing was taking place behind Morris as Vince Bartolatta, Andy Jones, and Cory Talaska were battling it out for second place with Jones eventually coming out on top followed by Bartolatta, Talaska, and Kyle Justis. “It was just getting better as the day went on,” said Morris whose goal for 2011 is a national championship. Morris set fast time with a lap of 14.431 while Steve Narr and Morris picked up heat wins.

Friday night racing at Madison International Speedway begins on June 3rd and continues through the end of August.

The next action at MIS is Saturday, May 28th with the Spring Red Neck RoundUp featuring a 200 lap four cylinder enduro race, steel wall crash, flag pole race, bump and run relay, double O race, trailer race of destruction and much more including fireworks. All this for a low, low price of just $10.00 per car load.

Madison International Speedway is located on Sunrise Road just south of Highway 138 two miles east of Oregon. For more information contact the track office at 608.835.9700 or check the website at madisoninternationalspeedway.com.

Jeremy Miller Picks Up Season Opening Win at MIS Hansberry, Morris, and Stark Also Victorious

May 25th, 2011

(Oregon, WI)- Two-time defending champion Jeremy Miller of Rockton, Illinois, got off to a great start in 2011 by winning the Pepsi Weekly Racing Season Opener presented by Z-104 for the Rockweiler Insulation Late Models.

Robert Hansberry Jr. (Ho Chunk Gaming Area Sportsman), Kyle Stark (Roto Rooter Bandits), and Josh Morris (Pellitteri Waste Systems Legends) also picked up feature wins.

Miller’s Decision Pays Off

With double file restarts and the cone adding to the excitement of racing at Madison International Speedway in 2011, Jeremy Miller’s decision on lap 10 to start on the outside paid off as he led the rest of the way to pick up the win.

The twenty-four car field was brought to the green flag by Ryan Carlson and Scott Broughton. The caution flag would wave before the completion of the first lap when debris was located on the track.

Carlson would be able to maintain his lead for a brief time before Ryan Goldade motored by on the inside coming out of turn four on lap 3. Goldade would be followed by Broughton, Ty Majeski, Bobby Wilberg, and Steve Rubeck before the caution flag was displayed on lap 7 for a spin.

Wilberg would take the challenge and move to the outside of Goldade for the restart, but it would be Goldade with the advantage when the race went green. Broughton would move to the inside of Goldade coming out of turn two on lap 8 to take the lead.

On lap 9 Goldade and Dale Nottestad would tangle bringing out the caution flag and sending both to the back of the back.

After the top five lined up on the inside for the restart, Miller made the decision to go to the outside of the leader Broughton. When the green flag waved, Miller wasted no time and powered his way to the lead clearing Broughton before going into turn four.

It would then be Miller, Steve Rubeck, and Broughton who would put some distance between themselves and the fourth and fifth place cars of fast qualifier Zack Riddle and Tyler Kelley.

With the field starting to catch up to lapped traffic, the caution flag would come out one more time on lap 37 setting up for a final double file restart.

Miller would continue to lead although Rubeck would make his way up to challenge him for the lead, but wouldn’t quite have enough to get the job done on this day. Finishing behind Miller and Rubeck would be Broughton, Riddle, and Kelley.

When asked about his decision to on lap 10, Miller said, “When nobody went to the outside I thought here’s my chance to try it….I’m glad I did it.”

Fast time was set by Riddle with a lap of 19.186 with Eddie May winning the twelve lap qualifying race while Chad Stevens and Andy Evraets won the heat races.

Hansberry Handles the Area Sportsman

Robert Hansberry Jr. of Beloit, Wisconsin, won his first-ever feature at MIS by topping the thirteen car field in the 20 lap Ho Chunk Gaming Area Sportsman feature.

Greg Baxter and TJ Goldade ushered the field of thirteen Area Sportsman to the green flag with Goldade jumping out to the lead in his first appearance at MIS since a serious accident last year.

Goldade would continue to lead until his car slowed coming down the backstretch on lap 8 bringing out the caution flag just as Austin Nason and Stephen Scheel were starting to apply heavy pressure. Scheel would also pull off the track for mechanical problems putting Nason into the lead.

Nason would hold the advantage following the restart until Hansberry Jr. would drop to the low side of the leader heading into turn three on lap 10 and take the lead.

Despite a couple of cautions and an outside challenge on the double file restarts by Mike Taylor, Hansberry Jr. would lead the rest of the way to pick up his first checkered flag. Taylor would finish second followed by Nason, Matt Lundberg, and Baxter.

“I kind of frowned a little bit when the last caution came out. I was trying to look at how many laps were left,” said Hansberry Jr.

Hansberry Jr. set fast time with a lap of 21.110 with Nason and Stephen Scheel victorious in the heat races.

Here is the latest from Madison International Speedway.

May 19th, 2011

Tip of the Week: If you are from Stoughton or Oregon or know someone from either community tell them to come out to MIS on Sunday, May 22nd because they get into the grandstands free with proof of residency. Here Comes the Season Opener at MIS Pepsi Regular Season Opener presented by Z-104 featuring the Rockweiler Insulation Late Models, Ho Chunk Gaming Area Sportsman, Roto Rooter Bandits, and Pellitteri Waste Systems Legends racing divisions.

Plus, FREE General Admission for all residents from Oregon and Stoughton with valid I.D. and FREE Poster Schedules to the first 200 kids 11 and under presented by TJ Harron Sports Photography.

Pit Gates Open at 10:00 AM
Chapel with Todd C at 10:30 AM
Practice from 11:30 AM – 12:45 PM
Qualifying 12:45 PM
Invocation / Anthem 1:55 PM
Racing 2:00
Bandit Heats (8 Laps)
Legend Heats (8 Laps)
Area Sportsman Heats (6 Laps)
Late Model Qualifying Race
Late Model Odd / Even Dashes
Area Sportsman Heats (6 Laps)
Intermission
Late Model Last Chance
Bandits Feature (20 Laps)
Legends Feature (20 Laps)
Area Sportsman Feature (15 / 20 Laps)
Late Model Feature (40 Laps)
Practice on May 21st at MIS

An open practice day will be held on Saturday, May 21st from Noon to 5:00 PM. Pit gates open at 10:00 AM with pit passes being $20.00. Attention Drivers- be sure to purchase your memberships for 2011. Be eligible for the point fund money if you run 70% of the show, save $5.00 off your weekly pit pass, and be eligible to receive free tickets for each weekly racing event. Driver Info / Payout sheets must be completed and turned in prior to racing. Red Neck Round Up #1

Enduro, Destruction Events, and Fireworks on May 28th

Saturday, May 28th: Red Neck Round Up #1: A 200 lap four cylinder enduro, destruction events, and fireworks. Admission is $10 per car load!!! The action gets going at 7:00 PM. This is the first of three fireworks events at MIS in 2011.

Events
200 lap four cylinder enduro on the “Ring of Fire”
Steel Wall Crash
Chain Race
Double O
Bump and Run Relay
Flagpole Race
Spin to Win
Roll Over Contest
Trailer Race of Destruction
Fireworks

All this for $10.00 per car load…an unbelievable deal. We are also looking for competitors for this great event. Call Dave Grueneberg at 608.513.2278 for more information.

Cars Needed for Red Neck Round Up

We need drivable four cylinder cars for the destruction events on May 28th. If you have something lying around that you don’t mind seeing get wrecked (possibly) contact Dave Grueneberg at 608.513.2278.

It was great to see a nice turnout for practice on Saturday. It is definitely going to be a very competitive Rockweiler Insulation Late Model season based on the quality of the fifteen late models who took to the track on a cool and windy day with a constant threat of rain in the air.

The cars of Szelagowski Jr.,Garretson, Johnson, Goldade, Riddle, Liddle, Evraets, Oppliger, Miles, Kelley, Piller, Miller, Nottestad, Majeski, Broughton, and Hicks were on hand to get some valuable practice laps. Dale Nottestad had the quickest lap of the day for cars that had their transponders up and running.

In the Sportsman division the cars of Ace, Wutke, and Lundberg were taking on the half-mile. Great to see a “wagon” out on the track.

Legends drivers Moyer, Talaska, and Justis were here along with the Coker stable of Bandits.

Attention Drivers: A Great Deal for You

Drivers- be sure to purchase your memberships for 2011. Be eligible for the point fund money if you run 70% of the show, save $5.00 off your weekly pit pass, and be eligible to receive free tickets for each weekly racing event.

Season Opener at MIS Set for May 22nd Free Admission to Oregon and Stoughton Residents

May 11th, 2011

(Oregon, WI-)- It’s time to wave the green flag on the weekly racing program at Madison International Speedway. The Pepsi Weekly Racing Season Opener presented by Z-104 is scheduled for Sunday, May 22nd and will feature the Rockweiler Insulation Late Models, Ho Chunk Gaming Area Sportsman, Roto Rooter Bandits, and the Pellitteri Waste Systems Legends.

Pit gates will open at 10:00 AM with practice from 11:30 – 12:45 PM, qualifying at 12:45 PM and racing at 2:00 PM. A practice session will also be held on Saturday, May 21st from Noon to 5:00 with free admission to the grandstands.

Something new in 2011 will be Community Nights where residents of designated communities will receive free admission with proof of residency. For the season opener all residents of Stoughton and Oregon will be admitted to the grandstands free of charge.

“We are really looking forward to our community nights. This is a way of thanking the area communities for their support and also to invite out people who either haven’t been to the track or it’s been a few years for them,” said MIS General Manager Dave Grueneberg.

The Weekly Racing program switches to Friday nights on June 3rd.

Enduro, Destruction Events, and Fireworks on May 28th at MIS

Saturday, May 28th will be a night of fun and excitement at MIS with Red Neck Round Up #1. This will feature a 200 lap four cylinder enduro, destruction events, and fireworks. Admission is only $10.00 per car load!!! The action gets going at 7:00 PM. This will also be the first of three fireworks events at MIS in 2011.

Events include a 200 lap four cylinder enduro on the “Ring of Fire”, Steel Wall Crash, Chain Race ,Double O, Bump and Run Relay, Flagpole Race, Spin to Win

Roll Over Contest, Trailer Race of Destruction, and Fireworks.

All this for $10.00 per car load…an unbelievable deal.

We are also looking for competitors for this great event. Call Dave Grueneberg at 608.513.2278 for more information.

Here is the latest from Madison International Speedway

May 7th, 2011

You meet a lot of people in the racing business. Tom Powell was one of the best. We will miss you TP. Tom was one of the best flagmen around and worked at MIS for several years. We enjoyed talking to Tom. He would always go out of his way to say hi and share a laugh. For additional comments about Tom please see The Chaplain’s Corner below.

Stoughton and Oregon…Spread the Word

Attention Residents of Stoughton and Oregon. Free grandstand admission for you at our season opener on Sunday, May 22nd. You heard it correctly! Pocket schedules for 2011 events at MIS will be distributed throughout southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. You can pick yours up on opening day along with other fan giveaways.

Upcoming Events
Practice Dates
Practice days on May 14th and 21st: Pit gates open at 10:00 AM with practice from Noon – 5:00 PM. Pit passes are $20.00 each practice day.
Weekly Racing Season Opener is May 22nd
Sunday, May 22nd Weekly Racing Season Opener featuring Late Models, Area Sportsman, Bandits, and Legends. Free adult grandstand admission for residents of Stoughton and Oregon with proof of residency / driver’s license.
Schedule for May 22nd
10:00 AM Pit Gates Open
11:30 AM Practice (Late Models, Area Sportsman, Bandits, Legends)
12:45 PM Qualifying
1:55 PM National Anthem / Invocation
2:00 PM Racing
Enduro, Destruction Events, and Fireworks on May 28th -Saturday, May 28th: Red Neck Round Up #1: A 200 lap four cylinder enduro, destruction events, and fireworks. Admission is $10 per car load!!! The action gets going at 7:00 PM. This is the first of three fireworks events at MIS in 2011.
Events
200 lap four cylinder enduro on the “Ring of Fire”
Steel Wall Crash
Chain Race
Double O
Bump and Run Relay
Flagpole Race
Spin to Win
Roll Over Contest
Trailer Race of Destruction
Fireworks
All this for $10.00 per car load…an unbelievable deal. We are also looking for competitors for this great event. Call Dave Grueneberg at 608.513.2278 for more information
Friday Night Racing Begins on June 3rd All four weekly divisions will be in action on Friday, June 3rd when residents of Madison and Middleton will be admitted free of charge. Weekly race times will find pit gates opening at 3:30, practice at 4:45, qualifying at 6:15, and racing at 7:30.

Welcome TJ Harron

One of the new faces at MIS this season that you will get to know is TJ Harron. He will be our track photographer for 2011.
You can check out his website at tjharronphotography.com for photo samples and to find out what he can do for your race team in 2011. TJ has several pictures up from the first weekend’s racing events and they are looking good. You can contact him at thomasharron@gmail.com [mailto:thomasharron@gmail.com] or call 608.301.5258.

Attention Drivers

Be sure to become an MIS member in 2011. Membership cost is $100 for Late Model drivers and $75 for Area Sportsman, Legends, and Bandits. This will get you $5.00 off the weekly pit pass plus make you eligible for the points fund provided you run at least 70% of the shows. Now here’s where the deal gets even better. Members will have a great opportunity to treat their sponsors in 2011. We have free tickets for you to put in the hands of your sponsors each week. Just contact the track office at 608.835.9700 for more information.

Salute to Sponsors

We would like to thank some of our returning sponsors for the 2011 racing season at MIS: Frank Beer, Pepsi, Ho-Chunk Gaming, Rockweiler Insulation, Quest Industrial, Weaver Auto Parts, CTR Automotive, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Quality Inn of Stoughton, Hometown Newspapers, Fast Signs, Schmidt’s Automotive, Mandt Sandfill, Clear Channel, Wisconsin Lotto, Swiss Colony, Mid West Family Broadcasting, Rainbow Play Systems, Cerniglia Products, WJVL 99.9 FM, Pellitteri Waste Systems, and Sherman Williams.

Remember to support those who support racing at MIS.

Take a Ride in the Two Seater

Want to see what racing on Wisconsin’s Fastest Half-Mile is really like? You can experience it by taking a wild ride in our two seat late model. Each experience is just $65.00 for five laps. Contact the track office to sign up today.

Group Outings

Do we have a deal for your group! Group rate tickets for weekly racing events for as low as $5.00 for an adult ticket. Contact Greg at the track office at 608.835.9700.

ARCA Comes to MIS on August 26th

The ARCA event at MIS on Friday, August 26th will be known as the “Herr’s Live Life With Flavor 200″ ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards.

This is the first time ARCA has been at Madison since 1973 when the track was named Capital Super Speedway.

It’s a New Year at MIS

March 31st, 2011

(Oregon, WI) It’s been another long winter in the upper Midwest and Madison International Speedway is ready to leave the cold and snow behind and get focused on the 2011 racing season.

To say there are going to be some changes at MIS this season would be an understatement. Here’s just a sampling of the changes in store for drivers, teams, and fans.

A new logo, new colors, new merchandise, and a new website will all be in place prior to opening day.

“We are rebranding MIS for the future,” said MIS Business Manager Tim Wilson. Wilson joined the speedway in January after a career in major league baseball marketing and promotions throughout the Midwest.

Wilson added, “We are looking at combining what has worked in the past with what needs to be done now and in the future. We will have a new logo and colors that are a nice blend of the past with the future. With the new logo will come some exciting new merchandise in the forms of hats, t-shirts, sweatshirts, and more.”

The track’s website located at madisoninternationalspeedway.com will be completely revised. “We are looking at making it more user-friendly with enhanced graphics and video,” said administrative assistant Ryan Thomas who will be coordinating the
new website.

The weekly racing program will also see some changes in 2011. Four weekly racing divisions will highlight Friday night action featuring the Late Models, Area Sportsman, Bandits, and Legends. The Late Models and Area Sportsman will race on Wisconsin’s Fastest Half-Mile while the Bandits and Legends take on the challenging “Ring of Fire” quarter mile.

Track champions in 2011 were Jeremy Miller (Late Models), Bobby Wilberg (Area Sportsman),
Chester Ace (Bandits), and Max McNamara (Legends).

The weekly racing program begins on Sunday, May 23rd with the Friday night opener set for June 3rd. The Friday night schedule will once again feature hot laps at 4:45, qualifying at 6:15 and racing at 7:30.

“We’ve battled a lot of weather issues in the spring over the past several years so we’re going to start the regular season a little later,” said MIS General Manager Dave Grueneberg.

“We’ve also made a change in how we handle rainouts this year. The last Friday night in June and July have been set aside as a raindate for any nights that may have been lost during that particular month or the previous one. If we, by chance, don’t have any rainouts these would be off nights for our teams.”

The weekly racing program will continue until Friday, August 19th with the season championships.

Fans can expect a variety of new family friendly promotions every Friday night. “We want people to come out to the track and enjoy themselves and want to come back each and every week. We are going to have games, contests, giveaways, and much more,” said Wilson.

The 2011 racing season at MIS actually begins on Sunday, May 1st with the ASA Midwest Tour and the running of the third annual Joe Shear Classic 136 for Super Late Models. The ASA Midwest Sportsman and ASA Midwest Trucks will also join the racing program.

“This has been one of our biggest events of the season and this year will be no different. It is definitely a great way to start the racing season at MIS,” noted Grueneberg.

MIS is adding a major racing event to the schedule in 2011 when the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards comes to Madison for the Madison ARCA 200 on Friday, August 26th.

“It’s a great honor to have ARCA come to MIS,” said Grueneberg. “To have a group come to race here that also races at places like Daytona, Talladega, Pocono, and Michigan is quite a big deal. This is really going to be a great event for fans throughout the Midwest.”

Other special events are also coming to MIS including the fourth annual MIS Fall Classic scheduled for September 23rd and 24th and two “Destruction” events. Plans are also being finalized on some other special events with more information to be released shortly.

“It’s going to be a big year and we want to encourage everyone who has supported us in the past to come out and have a great time in 2011. And to those who haven’t been here in the past give us a try. I know you’ll like what you see,” added Grueneberg.

Madison International Speedway is located just south of Highway 138 on Sunrise Road two miles east of Oregon, Wisconsin.

Nottestad and Goldade Capture Late Model Feature Wins Wilberg, Storkson, Luck, and Moyer Also Visit Victory Lane

August 29th, 2010

Oregon, WI – After a couple of weeks of rainy weather, a great crowd returned to MIS and witnessed some great racing action. Dale Nottestand and Ryan Goldade each won one of the 25 lap features for the Rockweiler Insulation Late Models as part of Kids’ Night at Madison International Speedway. Bobby Wilberg was the overall winner based on his second and fourth place finishes. Other feature winners included Wilberg (Ho Chunk Gaming Area Sportsman), Kenny Storkson (Roto Rooter Bandits), Brad Luck (Club LaMark Hobby Stocks), and Aaron Moyer (Pellitteri Waste Systems Legends).

Nottestad Returns to Victory Lane

He’s no stranger to victory lane at MIS. In fact, he put together a multi-win streak back in 2004 enroute to a track championship in the Super Late Models. After taking several years off, Dale Nottestad returned to victory lane after picking up the win in the first of two 25 lap features for the Rockweiler Insulation Late Models.

Bobby Wilberg and Chad Stevens led the twenty-four car field to the green flag. Wilberg took the early lead followed by Stevens and Scott Broughton. Broughton overtook Stevens on lap 3 with John Baumeister Jr. and Nottestad joining the top five. Baumeister Jr. would move into third on lap 6.

The first caution came out on lap 12 with Wilberg still leading. Following the restart, Wilberg continued to lead with Baumeister Jr. on to second and Nottestad in third before the yellow flag waved again for a spin on lap 14.

Wilberg would continue to lead, but only for two more laps before Nottestad, who had dropped to the inside coming out of turn two, would make the pass down low coming out of turn four to take over the lead.

Nottestad was not to be denied as he led the rest of the way to pick up his first feature win of the season. Wilberg would finish in second followed by Zack Riddle, Baumeister Jr., and points leader Jeremy Miller.

“I thought my career was done but Sonny Clifcorn gave me a chance to drive his car. This is great. I love this place,” said Nottestad in a post race interview with Kevin Ramsell. The feature win was also the first for Clifcorn at MIS.

Goldade Edges Stevens in a Thriller

Ryan Goldade took the lead coming out of turn four on the final lap to pick up the win in the second 25 lap feature for the Rockweiler Insulation Late Models. The twenty-four car field was led to the green flag by Chad Stevens and Sonny Schoffen.
Stevens edged his way to the lead followed by Schoffen, James Swan, Tanner Whitten, and Goldade. The first caution flag for a spin deep in the field came out on lap 4.

By lap 10 Goldade had worked his way up to second behind Stevens after making the move past Schoffen. John Baumeister Jr., Zack Riddle and Kevin Knuese would join the leaders in the top five on lap 15. Another spin and another caution brought out the yellow on lap 17.

When the race returned to green, Stevens would continue his leading ways with Goldade giving up the second spot on lap 19 when passed by Baumeister Jr.

Now it was time for things to get very interesting. Baumeister Jr. made his move on Stevens to take a short-lived lead before Stevens regained the top position on the same lap. Goldade would fight his way back to second when Baumeister Jr. fell off the pace falling all the way back to seventh.

On the final lap with Stevens still running out front, Goldade was ready to make the move of the night. Working his way to the inside of the track coming into turn three, Goldade nudged Stevens up the track giving himself the room he needed coming
out of turn four to take the lead and capture the checkered flag by 0.090 seconds over Stevens who did an outstanding job keeping his car under control after the contact in turn four. Jeremy Miller would finish in third followed by Bobby Wilberg
and Nathan Oppliger.

Jeremy Miller set fast time with a lap of 18.889 with Shaun Scheel winning the 12 lap Last Chance Race. Bobby Wilberg was the overall winner based on his second and fourth place finishes in the two features.

MIS Extends Weekly Racing Schedule

August 26th, 2010

Oregon, WI- After losing back to back nights of weekly racing due to heavy rains, Madison International Speedway has added a night of racing to the weekly racing program.

The MIS Season Championship Night will now be Friday, September 3rd and will feature double features in all five weekly divisions including Twin 40s for the Late Models. “We owe it to our weekly racers and teams, their sponsors, and the fans to add a night of weekly racing. We can’t control the weather and it’s had the upper hand on us the past two weeks,” said MIS General Manager Dave Grueneberg.

One of the events from the Night of Destruction that was originally scheduled for September 3rd will still be run. “We will still have the Trailer Race as our final event of the night. We have to cancel the King of the Ring simply because we will not have enough time to run it due to the twin features,” added Grueneberg.

This Friday night’s (August 27th ) racing program will feature Twin 25s for the Rockweiler Insulation Late Models along with action in the Pellitteri Waste Systems Legends, Roto Rooter Bandits, Ho Chunk Gaming Area Sportsman, and Club LaMark Hobby Stocks. The Hobby Stock teams will have the same opportunity to race with the Area Sportsman on Friday night after running their feature.

Kids’ Night activities will also take place on August 27th. This includes hundreds of prizes including bikes, televisions, kids’ meals at Texas Roadhouse, and the 2000 coin drop at intermission.

Pit gates for the upcoming events at MIS open at 3:30 with hot laps at 4:45, qualifying at 6:15 and racing at 7:30.

Open practice for MIS cars and those wanting to get some laps prior to the Fall Classic next month.

Questions call Dave Grueneberg at 608.513.2278

So Who’s The Fastest Pastor? MIS Hosts Faster Pastor Race on June 25th

June 21st, 2010

Oregon, WI-  MadisonInternational Speedway in known for hosting a wide variety of racing divisions over the years, but none is as unique as what fans will see on Friday, June 25th when twelve area pastors and chaplains take to the famed “Ring of Fire” in a
special racing event.  The high flying pastors will join a full racing program that consists of the Rockweiler Insulation Late Models, Ho Chunk Area Sportsman, Club LaMark Hobby Stocks, Roto Rooter Bandits, and Pellitteri Waste Systems Legends and will be part of Construction Labor Management Night at the track.

This year’s event is hosted by Madison International Speedway, Coker Motorsports, Team Jesus Racing Ministry, Capital Chaplains and Life 102.5 Corporate sponsors include Pellitteri Waste Systems, Ganser Company, and Midwest Patrol and Investigative (MPI).  Donations from the event will also be made to the Oregon Food Pantry.

Twelve area pastors and chaplains have been invited to race in this event.  There will be two, eight lap heat races
featuring six cars each with the top three from each race advancing to the main event which is scheduled for twelve laps. 
The drivers will be racing Bandit cars from the weekly Roto Rooter Bandit division.

This year’s tentative driver list includes the following:

· Chaplain Todd Christopherson representing: Team Jesus Racing Ministry and Madison International Speedway.
· Chaplain Steve Cook representing: Capital Chaplains, Pellitteri Waste Systems
· Chaplain Shell Goar representing: InterVarsity and Capital Chaplains
· Chaplain Joe Short representing: Midwest Patrol & Investigative (MPI) and Capital Chaplains.
· Pastor Mickey Best representing: Point of Grace Church, A&J Specialty Services, Dane Manufacturing, and Capital Chaplains.
· Pastor Jorge Hernandez representing: Pentescostal Avivamiento Internacional Church, Ganser Company, and Capital Chaplains
· Chaplain Terry Erickson representing: Coyle Carpet and Capital Chaplains
· Father Mike Tess representing: Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, Sun Prairie
· Pastor Craig Jarvis representing: Memorial Baptist Church, Verona
· Youth Ministry Leader Brandon Courts representing: High Point Church and High Point Christian School, Madison
· Pastor Doug Van Essen: representing Crossroads Church, Madison
· Ministry Leader Rob Knight representing: InterVarsity

Pit gates on June 25th open at 3:30 with hot laps at 4:45, qualifying at 6:15 and racing at 7:30.

Madison International Speedway is located two miles east of Oregon just south of Highway 138 on Sunrise Road.  To
find out more about the speedway you can checkout our website at http://www.madisoninternationalspeedway.com.

Zack Riddle Races to Late Model Checkered Flag Wilberg, Ambrose, Ace, and McNamara Also Claim Wins

June 14th, 2010

Oregon, WI - After a rough start to his season, Zack Riddle reversed his fortunes tonight by winning the 40 lap feature for the Rockweiler Insulation Late Models.  Four other drivers also won features with Bobby Wilberg (Ho Chunk Gaming Area Sportsman), Todd Ambrose (Club LaMark Hobby Stocks), Chester Ace (Roto Rooter Bandits) and Max McNamara (Pellitteri Waste Systems Legends) taking home the honors on a warm and humid night of racing at Madison International Speedway.

Riddle Rides to Victory in Rockweiler Insulation Late Models

The field of twenty-one cars was led to the green flag by Chad Wood and Nathan Oppliger with Wood grabbing the early lead before surrendering it to former Midwest Sportsman track champion James Swan.  Wood would drop out of the top five quickly as John Baumeister Jr. moved up to second followed by Jeremy Miller, Riddle, and Brady Liddle. The race’s first caution came out on lap 8 for a spin in turn four.  The double-file restart would find Swan still with the advantage, but it would be Riddle who would move up to the second position while Baumeister Jr. and Miller battled it out for third. As the field moved down the backstretch on lap 13, Riddle worked his way to the inside of Swan and successfully made the pass coming out of turn three to take the lead.
By lap 20 Riddle’s lead was up to six car lengths, but Miller wasn’t about to let him get away that easily.  By lap 25 the gap had decreased significantly and when the caution flag came out two laps later for an incident in turn two it appeared that Miller might have enough to take the lead on the restart. But Riddle wouldn’t allow it as he used the inside starting position to hold off the
defending track champion.  Miller and point leader Scott Broughton would trade positions for second place on lap 28 with Riddle still showing the way out front.  Miller would take back second one lap later before the yellow flag waved on lap 30 for a spin on the backstretch. Riddle, Miller, and Broughton would put some distance between themselves and the field following the restart but the night belonged to Riddle as he was able to keep the others at bay to pick up his first feature win of the season.  Miller would finish second followed by Broughton, Swan, and Wood.

“This makes it all pay off here tonight.  We’ve had a good car the past few weeks but things just haven’t gone well,” said
Riddle from Indian Motorcyles of Chicago Victory Lane.  “It certainly helped starting the restarts on the inside but I knew Jeremy (Miller) was going to be right there with me.”

Miller set fast time with a lap of 19.020 while heat winners were rookie McKenzie Piller, Goldade, and Broughton.  For Piller
it was her first win in a late model.

Wilberg Does It Again in Ho Chunk Area Sportsman

Bobby Wilberg won his second feature of the 2010 weekly racing season by topping the seven car field in the 15 lap main event for the Ho Chunk Area Sportsman. Robert Hansberry and Tommy Wutke paced the field to the green flag in the Area Sportsman main event with TJ Goldade and his Camaro getting the lead by passing Hansberry on the inside coming out of turn one on the second circuit. With Goldade out in front, Wilberg sped by Hansberry for second on the next lap and began the hunt for the lead.
On lap 5 Wilberg made his move to the inside of Goldade to take the lead shortly before Goldade’s night would come to a sudden end when he and Stephen Scheel made contact coming out of turn four sending Goldade head first into the wall bringing out the red flag.  Goldade was able to walk away, but his car would need a ride back to the pits on a flat bed. After that it was all Wilberg who gradually pulled away from Hansberry and would hold off Scheel, who had moved past Hansberry for second on lap 13.  Following Wilberg, Scheel, and Hansberry were Mike Taylor and Wutke.

“It’s a night at the circus I guess,” said Wilberg when asked about his night after making heavy contact with the wall during qualifying in the late model division earlier that ended with a trip to the winner’s circle at the close of the night.

Qualifying was rained out due to an unexpected rain shower while Scheel won the heat race.

Wilberg, Knaus, Ace, and Jones Also Winners

June 1st, 2010

Oregon, WI-  Defending champion Jeremy Miller of Rockton, Illinois, found victory lane for the first time in 2010 by winning the 40 lap feature for the Rockweiler Insulation Late Models.  Bobby Wilberg (Ho Chunk Area Sportsman), Chad Knaus (Club LaMark Hobby Stocks), Chester Ace (Roto Rooter Bandits), and Tommy Jones (Pellitteri Waste Systems Legends) also took their cars to victory lane on what proved to be another very interesting night of races at Madison International Speedway, an ASA member track.

Miller Best at the End in Late Models

National ASA points runner-up from 2009 Jeremy Miller showed why he will be looking for the championship this year by topping the twenty-two car field in the Rockweiler Insulation Late Models in what proved to be another wild feature event.

John Wood and John Ovadal Jr. had the honors of leading the field to the green flag with Ovadal Jr. taking the point from the start.  The first caution came out on lap 3 for a spin which was quickly followed by another caution on the restart.  Ovadal and Wood would continue to lead the field when the race went green again with Shaun Scheel right their to challenge in third.  On lap 4 Scheel moved by Wood for second with Zack Riddle right behind him.  Two laps later Riddle overtook Scheel for second and began to close in on Ovadal’s lead.  On lap 8 Riddle was able to surpass Ovadal Jr. but the caution came out for a spin putting him
back to second.

After the restart Riddle would eventually take the top spot on lap 9 and quickly put some real estate between himself and the field.  Scheel would move up to second followed by Bobby Wilberg, Ryan Goldade and Miller.

Another caution flag came out on lap 17 for a spin.  Riddle and Scheel brought the field back to green in the double file restart when it all broke loose out front ending the day for Riddle and sending Scheel to the pits for repairs.  When the race went green again it would be Wilberg inheriting the lead followed by Miller, Goldade, Scott Broughton, who had earlier gone to the pits for repairs, and John Baumeister Jr.

It was soon a five car break out led by Wilberg with Miller closing the gap. Miller was able to pass the leader down low on lap 26 coming out of turn two.  He quickly built a multi-car advantage over Wilberg with Broughton and Goldade fighting it out for third.  Eventually the two would get together bringing out the caution flag on lap 37.

Miler would continue to use the inside groove to his liking as he maintained his lead over Wilberg on the restart and was able to maintain his lead the rest of the way and take his #5 car to the Indian Motorcycles of Chicago Victory Lane.  The night would not end well for Wilberg who slowed on the final lap and had to settle for a twelfth place finish.  Baumeister Jr. would finish second followed by Brady Liddle, Chad Wood, and John Wood.

“I’m glad we got this one.  It’s always fun running with Bobby Wilberg,” said Miller.  “Things worked out well for us tonight.”
Miller was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 19.033 and the heat winners were Kevin Knuese, John Wood, and Goldade.

Go for the Green: MIS Ready for 2010 Season

April 25th, 2010

Oregon, WI -It’s time to go racing at Madison International Speedway.

The season takes off with full force as the second annual Joe Shear Classic comes to Wisconsin’s Fastest Half-Mile on Sunday, May 2nd.  The opener will feature the ASA Midwest Tour Super Late Models competing in a 136 lap event named in honor of the late Joe Shear. The ASA Midwest Sportsman and ASA Trucks will also be on the racing program.  The first green flag of the season will fly at 3:00 PM.  Practice will begin at 11:30 AM with qualifying at 1:00 PM.

The Friday night weekly racing program actually begins on Sunday, May 23rd with all five weekly divisions in action.  Weekly
divisions in 2010 include Late Models, Area Sportsman, Hobby Stocks, Legends, and Bandits.  The Friday night racing program begins on May 28th and continues until Friday, August 27th when the track champions will be crowned.  

Defending champions include Jeremy Miller of Rockton, Illinois, in the Late Models, Jay Kalbus of Watertown, Wisconsin, in the Area Sportsman, the team of Todd Ambrose and Brad Luck in the Hobby Stocks, Chester Ace of Oregon, Wisconsin, in the Bandits and Max McNamara of Ingleside, Illinois, in the Legends.  Kalbus, Ace, and McNamara are going for their third straight
titles.

Highlighting the special events on the racing schedule will be the RK Promotions Swiss Colony All Star Challenge on Tuesday, June 29th featuring NASCAR stars Matt Kenseth and Tony Stewart.  This year’s race will be an ASA Midwest Tour Super Late Model event.

The Fireworks Spectacular will light up the skies over MIS on Friday, July 2nd. Two Eve of Destruction events featuring train, tag, and trailer races along with a four cylinder enduro are scheduled for May 29th and September 3rd.

The third annual MIS Fall Classic featuring over a dozen divisions will be at MIS on September  24th and 25th.

MIS will once again be participating in the ASA Educational Series program where high school students can participate as drivers or work on race teams to earn scholarships to Ohio Technical College in Cleveland, Ohio.

Fans can keep up on the racing action at the track website at misracing.com.  Fans can also join the Madison International Speedway Facebook group or get updates on Twitter at MISRacing.

Madison International Speedway is an ASA Member Track and is located ten miles south of Madison just south of Highway 138 on Sunrise Road between Oregon and Stoughton.