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Goldesberry Outlast Reinke

September 21st, 2015

Beaver Dam, WI – To finish first, first you must finish. The saying is older than motorsports itself.The proverb also proved especially true during the inaugural running of the Scott Semmelmann Memorial Race at Beaver Dam Raceway. As lap 19 of the 30 lap main event started Mike Reinke looked to be on his way to victory as he roared around the high-banked third mile clay oval. He had checked out on the field, was running the cushion with authority, and he was pulling away from second running Jordan Goldesberry.

A half lap later Reinke was coasting to a halt in the infield, and Goldesberry with roaring by with the lead. It was a lead he held to the finish to earn his second Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint victory of the 2015 season. Goldesberry proved to be the fastest the full distance, earning the win in convincing fashion outdistancing his nearest rival Jeremy Schultz by nearly a straightaway. Jason Johnson became the final podium finisher after making a last lap pass of visiting racer Brandon Wimmer.

The Scott Semmelmann Memorial event was one of reflection, while the some celebrated their success, and others pondered their performances, thoughts were with the family, and friends of Scott Semmelmann who had lost his life in an accident at the track nearly one year ago to the day. His memory lives on in the spirit of competition, which now takes place in this annual event. The celebration of that memory began tonight as Goldesberry climbed atop his wing in
victory lane to acknowledge the crowd. “It feels great”, exclaimed Goldesberry after climbing from his car. “Thanks for the Semmelmann family for being here tonight”, as Goldesberry noted Semmelmann’s friends, and family who gathered in victory lane memory.

“The car was great all night long. I don’t know what happened to Mike (Reinke), we had some slip away like that so we’ll take it”, noted Goldesberry in how he inherited the lead. I didn’t know where Schultz was I just figured I’d keep on the bottom, it ( the car) was rolling pretty good”, Goldesberry indicated of his run to the checkered
With a second placed run Schultz now finds himself in the thick of the point battle. “I was just happy to finish behind Jordan (Goldesberry). He was on a rail. He was just better than us coming off the corner, he had it hooked up we were just chasing him around”, noted Schultz.

“I can’t complain with my car though. We had a good car, and managed to run second. Maybe if it was a little better we could have caught him, that’s how the dice rolls you know”, said Schultz pleased of the performance tonight. Reinke had started on the pole of the 30 lap A-main but Schultz who had started outside the front row got the jump on the start taking the opening lead. Goldesberry working the lower line around the track engaged Reinke in a wing-to-wing duel for the spot.

Slowly edging ahead Goldesberry then began to reel in Schultz who found his lead shrinking with each passing lap. The caution flew on lap five as Bill Wirth came to a halt in turn four the victim of an engine failure. The contest restarted, and Schultz found himself immediately challenged by Goldesberry. Goldesberry made his move, charging to the front with a pass coming off turn four to lead the eighth lap. One lap later Reinke, running the cushion, made his way by Schultz to grab the runner-up slot.Goldesberry preferring to cling to the inside line found himself under pressure for the top spot. Reinke’s momentum off the cushion created the speed he needed to take the lead as he sailed past Goldesberry for the top position on lap 12.

Deeper in the field the top three in the point battle, Ben Schmidt, Scotty Neitzel, and Bill Rose were all in close proximity battling for position. Schmidt was holding his own in fifth, while Neitzel, and Rose started fading at the mid-point of the race.

Reinke’s lead had stretched to a full straightaway when he suddenly slowed coming off turn two on lap 19, limping his car to the infield. Goldesberry sailed by inheriting the top spot, with Schultz now elevated to second. Johnson began to work on Schultz for the second spot when the caution flew on lap 21 for Rose who spun his car in turn two while running inside the top ten. Rose was able to rejoin the race from the tail of the field but the miscue as a
setback in his championship hopes.

On the restart Goldesberry pulled away from his rivals leaving Schultz, and Johnson to battle for second. Goldesberry seemed to have the race in hand when a final caution occurred on lap 26 when Steve Meyer tagged a tire coming off turn four breaking his front suspension resulting in a spin on the front stretch. Meyer had just clawed his way into the top five when the incident ended his charge. The green flag returned, and Goldesberry got a flawless restart. He was able to pull away from Schultz over the final laps earning his second win of the season in convincing fashion. Schultz earned a second place finish, which boosted his title efforts. He was the highest finisher of those in contention for the 2015 championship.

Johnson, had run third much of the second half of the race lost the podium spot to Brandon Wimmer of Jonesboro, Indiana who was piloting the Hartnell Motorsports entry after the final restart. He then fought tooth, and nail to regain the spot, making one last ditch effort in the final turns. Johnson’s persistence paid off as he surged ahead to get third at the line. Wimmer had to settle for fourth. Seven-time IRA champion Bill Balog made an appearance this evening earning a respectable fifth place finish behind the #2b Hans Lien owned machine. 2012 IRA Rookie of the Year Robbie Pribnow piloting a car normally driven by Brandon Thone made a last lap pass on Schmidt to earn the sixth. Schmidt was able to hold onto a seven-place finish, and that effort was enough to allow him to retain the point lead.Rookie of the year contender Josh Walters drove a strong race to claim eight, the highest finisher of the rookie class this evening. Blake Nimee quietly earned a ninth spot, enough to keep him in the title chase. Dave Uttech advanced from his 17th starting position up to the final top ten spot.

In the championship chase Schmidt now has Scotty Neitzel on his heels. Neitzel started the evening by setting quick time but had difficulty in the feature. He crossed the line in 11th place but his performance during the night allowed him to remain the closest point rival to Schmidt who continues to lead the standings. Schmidt’s lead is a mere 8 markers. Schmidt has multiple 360 sprint championships to his credit is seeking his first 410 crown. Neitzel has spent the second half of the season putting himself in position for his third championship if he can make his way to the top of the standings in the final three events.

Rose had led the title chase at various points this season, and now sits third in points 31 markers back. The strong second place finish tonight elevated the title hopes of Schultz who is 53 markers back from the top spot. Nimee, the final driver in contention for the title this year is fifth, now 88 markers back.

There was also plenty of action in preliminary events. The B-main had a wild finish. Russel Borland had come from deep in the field with an impressive drive working his way into a transfer spot. On the final lap his engine expired in dramatic fashion creating a huge fireball as it expired. Borland guided his car safely to a stop and emerged from his machine unhurt.

Kyle Marten picked up the win in the event chased to the line by Meyer, Scott Uttech, and Wayne Modjeski. Ryan Bowers the 2015 Upper Midwest Sprint Series 360 sprint champion finished fifth after starting dead last in the 15 car field, just missing the show.In heat race action Schmidt, Johnson, Wimmer and Pribnow captured victories. Neitzel has the fastest qualifying effort of the night with a lap of 13.441 seconds. Meyer was second quick turning in a lap of 13.539 seconds and Goldesberry was third fast at 13.544 seconds. 35 cars checked into the pit area for action this evening.Three events remain on the 2015 schedule. Next up is a double-header weekend.

On Friday night the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints will be making their lone appearance at Luxemburg Speedway. The “Battle by the Bay” event is presented by Six-Four promotions. Last season Kyle Marten won the contest, and the show remains the wildcard in the title chase. Then on Saturday night the series heads to the Horsepower Half-mile for the checkered Flag Classic. The event had traditionally ended the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint season each year but due to the number of rainouts an additional show was added to the schedule.

The final race of 2015 will be held on Saturday night October 3rd at the Sheboygan County Fairgrounds in Plymouth.For more information on the IRA Outlaw Sprints check out the tour website at www.irasprints.com or by logging onto the series Facebook page at www.facebook.com/irasprints the series is also on twitter at #IRA_sprints.

The IRA Sprints are presented by its long time supporting series partners. The series support is led by title sponsor Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, and associate series partners Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Hoosier
Tire, Cedar Creek Motorsports, Cummins Onan, and Carriage Auto Body.

Wisconsin’s Dodge County sanctions IMCA Modifieds, Northern SportMods

April 9th, 2015

BEAVER DAM, Wis. – One IMCA division returns and another is new this season at Dodge County Fairgrounds Speedway.

Both IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods are on 11 Sunday night programs on the 1/2-mile clay oval.

“The Modified drivers around here are a pretty strong group of guys. They like going fast,” said promoter Brian Gerber. “The Northern SportMods have an amazing car count. We’re going to have two very strong classes.”

“I like the uniformity of the IMCA rules. Everything is there in black and white,” continued Gerber, a former Modified driver and later Modified tech inspector at Dodge County. “With IMCA, you’ve got a set of rules that everyone is familiar with.”

Opening night is May 24.

IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing points will also be awarded for May 31; June 7, 21 and 28; July 5, 19 and 26; and Aug. 2, 9 and 30 shows.

Gerber anticipates sharing drivers in both divisions with Friday night venue Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway 45 miles to the north.

Dodge County ran sanctioned Modifieds from 1992-2004 and will be part of the Belleville Motorsports North Central Region.

While weekly shows have been absent from recent schedules, Dodge County has hosted a handful of sprint car specials in recent seasons so regular maintenance of the racing surface has continued with Dave Beil in charge.

A new flagstand is being built from scratch and facility-wide painting and landscaping projects are underway.

3 Events Ramain on 2014 IRA Outlaw Sprint Series Schedule

September 20th, 2014

Appleton, WI – The battles have been hard fought, the victories celebrated, and the chill in the air this past week is indicating the 2014 season for the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint series is winding down. But it’s not over yet! Fans still have three opportunities to witness the unbridled speed of the winged 410 outlaw sprint series. Those opportunities begin this Saturday night September 20th, as Beaver Dam Raceway hosts its final show of 2014. The banked third-mile clay oval has seen two drivers visit victory lane this year. Phillip Mock opened the season for the IRA sprints with a decisive victory over Bill Rose for his first career victory in IRA competition. He then backed up that win by collecting the checkered once again in the next series appearance at the track. Motor issues had sidelined Mock before the third Beaver Dam show that had been scheduled for June that fell to torrential rains. The most recent event held at the track saw Scotty Thiel become a first time A-main winner in IRA action when the series visited in August. One name surprisingly missing from the win list is six-time champion Bill Balog who has scored a win at the track every year since the 2009 season. Look for Balog to attempt to correct that this Saturday evening.

Modifieds, Grand Nationals and Legends will be joining the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints creating a full show of great racing action. Pit gates will open at 3:30pm, with the grandstands open to fans at 4:30pm. Qualifying will begin at 6:00pm, with racing scheduled to get underway at 6:30pm. Adult admission is $20, with students ages 6 through 11 admitted for $10. Children ages 5 and under are admitted free. Event information can be found on the Beaver Dam Raceway website at www.wismotorsports.net or by calling the track at (920) 887-1600. Beaver Dam Raceway is located on Racetrack Road just east of the intersection of Hwy 151 and 33 in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. A double header weekend will greet fans for the final two shows of 2014 the following week. The final weekend of racing action for the IRA sprints will begin on Friday Night September 26th with the inaugural “Battle of The Bay”. A late addition to the 2014 season schedule, Luxemburg Speedway will showcase the 900 horsepower winged sprints for the first time since 2005. During that contest Mike Kertscher collected the victory as over 30 sprints rocked the relatively flat third-mile clay oval. Three other divisions will support the 410 Outlaw Sprints as IMCA Northern Sport Mods will be on hand along with INEX Legends and 600cc Micro Sprints. The Friday night show at the Luxemburg Speedway will start with pit gates opening at 3:00pm, grandstand gates opening at 5:00pm and racing to start at 7:00pm! Adults tickets are $20, a youth ticket for children ages 6 through 14 is available $10 and youngsters ages 5 and under are admitted FREE. Luxemburg Speedway is located at the Kewaunee County Fairgrounds just off 3rd Street in Luxemburg, Wisconsin. The slightly banked third-mile clay oval is just 20 minutes east of Green Bay, Wisconsin on Highway 54. For additional information please check out www. luxemburgspeedway.com or https://www.facebook.com/SixFourPromotions Then it’s time to wrap of the 2014 season! The following evening on Saturday night September 27th, the 2014 season will conclude at the Dodge County Fairgrounds.

Known as the “Horsepower Half-mile”, it’s a high-speed finale, and a fitting conclusion to a successful 2014 season. Balog has captured the last two events held at the raceway including the most recent show held back in June when he outran two-time series champ Travis Whitney, and Steve Meyer. Two classes of sprint cars will take to the big track as the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw 410 sprints will be joined by the MSA 360 sprint series with a full show of their own. Modifieds will also be on hand along with the Illinois Vintage Stock Cars. Vintage Mods and Stocks from Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota are expected. Pits will open at 2:00pm, grandstands at 4:00pm, warm-ups will take place 5:30pm followed by IRA Qualifying and racing to follow shortly thereafter. Admission is $20 for adults and $5 for students ages 6 through 12. Children ages 5 and under are admitted FREE. The Dodge County Fairgrounds is located on highway 33, just 2 miles east of Beaver Dam and just west of highway 26. For additional information please see http://www.irasprints.com/ or http://www.dodgecountyfairgrounds.com IRA proudly presents it’s 2014 season backed by its long time supporting series partners led by title sponsor Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, and associate series partners Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Hoosier Tire, Cedar Creek Motorsports, Cummins Onan, and Carriage Auto Body. The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints are a featured member of Racetext.net a website dedicated to bringing fans the best possible coverage of local short track racing. For more information on the IRA Outlaw Sprints check out the tour website at www.irasprints.com or by logging onto the series Facebook page at www.facebook.com/irasprints the series is also on twitter at #IRA_sprints.

Weather Streak to 3.. Beaver Dam Rained out as Hot Laps ended

June 11th, 2014

Appleton, WI. – After two impressive shows at the Beaver Dam Raceway this season, teams and fans of the Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints headed to the banked third-mile oval to witness the showdown between Phillip Mock and Bull Balog. Both drivers were looking to extend their recent win streaks to three. For Balog, a victory would have been his third straight, having swept Memorial Day weekend where
he was victorious at both Wilmot Raceway and the 141 Speedway.Mock on the other hand, had been hoping to extend his dominance at Beaver Dam Raceway to three straight wins at the track. He captured top honors at the other two races held at the facility this season in doing so he led an impressive 57 of 60 A-main laps in the process.One streak however slipped under the radar, even though it was ON the radar. Rain!

Officially weather would extend its streak to three … in a fashion that has disappointed both teams and fans by causing a cancellation for the third straight IRA event. Hot laps had just been completed for the 28 teams checked into the pit area and the racing surface was extremely fast prior to several rounds of downpours forcing the rainout as storms rolled through the area.

For the first time since the 2010 season the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints would lose three consecutive races due to weather related issues. During that year, early June saw a cancellation at Beaver Dam, and then the following double header weekend with events at Oshkosh and Deer Creek, MN also gave way to an overabundance of moisture.

The next appearance at Beaver Dam Raceway will be on August 2nd. Pit passes will be good for that event. Fans requesting refunds can contact the track directly through the Beaver Dam Raceway website at www.wismotorsports.net or by calling the track at (920) 887-1600.

Balog, Mock and the contingent of IRA stars now will head to the Sheboygan County Fairpark for the first race the series has held on the newly revamped Plymouth Dirt Track.The all open wheeled show will be held on Saturday night June 14th. Last season’s June event saw Tony Stewart made a special appearance at the track and narrowly edged out Balog for the victory as the pair swapped the lead over the final laps. The show was one of the most memorable in the IRA series 50 year history.This year, the third-mile, clay oval, was lengthened and banking was added to the turns. Two-time IRA champion Scotty Neitzel was the first ever, sprint car, A-main winner on the new surface, taking a win in a 360 sprint on the track’s opening night this year. The racing surface has proven to extremely racy in its new configuration.In addition to the Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprints, the tracks own 360 sprints will be also be on hand for the show. Pit gates are set to open at 3:00pm with the grandstands opening at 4:30pm. Fans are advised to arrive early to get the best possible seating as a full house is expected. Hot laps will begin at 5:30pm followed by qualifying for the IRA Sprints. The first race is scheduled to push off at 7:00pm

Adult admission for the program is just $20, with youth tickets for younger fans ages 6 through 12 only $5. Children under the age of six are admitted FREE with an adult.For more information on the show you can check the IRA website of the Plymouth Dirt Track site at www.plymouthdtr.com or call 920-893-5751.The 2014 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series scheduled season will consist of 30 shows to be held at 15 different area tracks.

IRA proudly moves into 2014 backed by its long time supporting series partners led by title sponsor Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, and associate series partners Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Hoosier Tire, Cedar Creek Motorsports, Cummins Onan, and Carriage Auto Body.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints are a featured member of Racetext.net a website dedicated to bringing fans the best possible coverage of local short track racing.For more information on the IRA Outlaw Sprints check out the tour website at www.irasprints.com or by logging onto the series Facebook page at www.facebook.com/irasprints the series is also on twitter at #IRA_sprints.

Mock Outguns Field for Second Bumper to Bumber IRA Sprint Series Win of Season at Beaver Dam

May 20th, 2014

Beaver Dam, WI. – It may have taken Phillip Mock the first five years of his career to score his first Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series A-main victory, but now that he’s got the hang of it, he’s wasted little time in making a repeat visit to the winner’s circle. Chalk up just three weeks total to reach win number two.

At the site of his first career series win, Mock survived a late race restart outdistancing a pair of the series hardest chargers as Mike Reinke and Bill Balog had opportunity to steal the win in the green, white, checker finish. Surely Beaver Dam Raceway’s banked third-mile clay oval is now among Mock’s favorite tracks Mock was able to withstand the challenges of his rivals repelling Reinke’s efforts to steal the top spot and he scored the victory by two car lengths.

“We kept the car pretty close to the same setup as last time and just concentrated on the driving a bit more”, noted Mock on his second win. “Without Dean and Sandy Osborn of Osborn & Son Trucking none of this would be possible. “Without my sponsors I wouldn’t be able to stand up here on the front straightaway like I am right now,” said an elated Mock.

I just knew I had to get a good start and get a jump on these guys behind me because I knew they could eat me up on the restart. I had a good run coming out of the hole and got to the cushion and it just stuck lap after lap”, exclaimed Mock who is quickly becoming the hottest driver on the circuit in 2014. Reinke’s second place effort was his best run of the season and he knew what groove he needed to try and score the win, but Mock was able to keep himself in that groove. “I just had to try and pick a line where he wasn’t at. The top line was preferred of course. We couldn’t quite roll around the bottom as good as we should. The car was just a little too free,” said Reinke.

“I set the wing back but it didn’t make a difference. He did exactly what he was supposed to do and it was a good race”, noted Reinke who indicated he’s getting the handle on the new car and plans to continue to run races on the schedule as long as finances permit.
With a third place performance in hand, Balog was thrilled to get back to the podium after back to back of fourth place finishes in the first two events of the season. “We’re just trying some stuff and the track threw us a little curve ball tonight. We were off a little but I’m happy”, said Balog on his first podium finish of 2014. “Congratulations to Phillip, it was a great race, and those guys work hard. Let’s face it he’s going to win more of them. We have to get a little better and tame this thing down a little bit (his car) and get some wins here.” stated Balog of his evening’s efforts.

Though he is still seeking his first win of the season Balog has now secured the top of the point list. Balog came into the night tied with Bill Rose of Plainfield, IN for point lead but Rose finished the contest back in the 9th position allowing Balog to secure the top spot.

The 30 lap A-main contest rolled trackside with Mock sitting on the pole. Two-time Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series champion Travis Whitney sat outside the second row, while Reinke and Balog made up the second row. By luck of the draw the fastest four cars in qualifying were the invert for the program tonight. When the green flag waved the quartet of drivers immediately began
a furious tussle for the top spot.

Mock who favored the bottom of the track shot out to the initial lead with Reinke following in his tire tracks to surpass Whitney for the second position. The lead pair of Mock and Reinke began to gain a slight advantage, while Whitney, Balog, and Meyer all began to clash for the third spot. Meyer appeared to have an extremely fast ride, He moved under Balog for fourth, and soon thereafter reeled in Whitney briefly gaining the third position as his brake rotor began to glow bright red as he hugged the low groove.

Meyer’s charge soon began to falter as his brakes began to fade soon losing the positions he had gained and giving Whitney back the third spot. Out front Mock continued to set the pace picking his was through lapped traffic as the race reached the halfway point.
Whitney was still holding tight to third place when he suddenly slowed on lap 19 coming to a stop in turn two forcing the first caution of the contest. He would head to the work area and though he was able to return to the event he would no longer be a factor after restarting at the tail of the field. He would eventually be scored in 14th spot at the finish. With the green flag waving again, Mock was able to get a solid restart leaving Reinke in his wake, while Balog gave chase from third spot. Further back Meyer had his hand full with 2013 Rookie of the Year titlist Jeremy Schultz as the pair diced for fourth.

Mock began to gain a small lead as the laps wound down, but a final yellow flew just before the white flag when rookie Ben Schmidt suddenly slowed with driveline difficulties while running 7th ending a solid top ten showing. As the field reset Mock now had both Reinke and Balog on his rear nerf bar. Flagman Jim Barr waved the green flag to resume the contest and Mock opted for the high line. Reinke briefly pulled alongside Mock hugging the inside of the track, but Mock won the drag race down the back stretch and had the lead in had at the white flag.

Over the final lap Reinke was unable to mount another challenge and would take second, a car length behind Mock. Balog earned his first podium of the 2014 season by grabbing third. Meyer held onto fourth, even with his brake issues, while Schultz completed the top five.

Scotty Neitzel broke a string of DNF’s with a solid sixth place showing. Seventh place went to Scott Thiel who was the hard charger of the contest advancing from 19th position after coming out of the B-main where he had finished fifth. Lance Fassbender, Bill Rose and Blake Nimee comprised the top ten finishers. 18 cars were still on the track at the finish with 13 drivers still on the lead lap.

Scott Uttech was able to repel the challenges of Kris Spitz to win a hard fought battle in the B-main. Wayne Modjeski, Brandon Thone, Thiel, Bill Wirth, Chris Dodd and Mihael Decker finished third through eighth respectively and were the transfer cars. The B-main was unusual in that eight cars transferred tonight. Dave Uttech had earned a spot in the main event through his heat but his engine was damaged forcing him to scratch from the main event thus an extra car transferred from the B-main. The only red flag for the night occurred during the B-main when Rob Hartnell tipped onto his side.

The three heat races were captured by Fassbender, Meyer and Whitney. 28 cars checked in to qualify for tonight’s show with Balog edging Reinke for fast time by a mere .001 seconds. Balog had clocked in at 11.695 seconds to Reinke’s 11.696. Whitney was third quick with a lap of 11.793 seconds. Next weekend is the first of two back to back double header weekends. On Saturday night May 24th the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints will visit Wilmot Raceway for the first of five IRA point shows held at the track this season. The following evening on Sunday May 25th, the series will head to the popular 141 Speedway located near Francis Creek, WI for the first of two appearances at the facility this season. The 2014 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series season will consist of 30 shows to be held at 15 different area tracks.

IRA Sprints Return to Beaver Dam Raceway Saturday Night!

August 2nd, 2013

Beaver Dam, WI – Beaver Dam Raceway will be kicking off the second half of the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint series season with a Saturday Night showdown on the third mile clay oval. The show is the fourth of the five scheduled appearances for the winged 900 horsepower machines at the track this season, the event will feature a star studded field of nearly 30 drivers competing for top honors.

The past three Beaver Dam races have seen a showdown between five-time and defending champion Bill Balog and the hard charging Mike Kertscher. In fact the duo have dominated the top two podium positions so far in 2013 at Beaver Dam Raceway, but that has plenty of potential to change this weekend.

It began with Balog capturing the opening event of the 2013 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint season by edging Kertscher by a mere .009 seconds. Three weeks later the pair would clash again in battle at Beaver Dam, this time with Kertscher flexing some muscle and besting Balog by a dozen car lengths.

In the last appearance for the series at the track back in June, Balog was back in the winner’s circle, this time with Kertscher chasing him to the finish. There is a full field of some of the Midwest’s finest 410 sprint pilots looking to
break that trend. Among them is leading series rookie Jeremy Schultz. Schultz is the only other driver aside from Balog and Kertscher to have multiple appearances on the podium at Beaver Dam having finished in the third spot in two of the three shows so far. Schultz has been turning in amazing performances in his rookie season having reached the top five in feature contests in 9 of the 14 races held so far. It seems Schultz is primed to score his first A-main win soon.

Another driver expected to be in the mix for the win this coming Saturday is Travis Whitney. The two-time IRA champion will be making his first showing at Beaver Dam in several seasons. Whitney recently captured his first career All-Star Circuit of Champions victory at Jackson Speedway where his car owner Doug DeWall of DeWall racing was just inducted into that tracks Hall of Fame.

Adding further to the competitive field will be Mike Reinke who has battled to get ahead of his motor program in 2013. Reinke looks to be getting his season back on track and a victory at Beaver Dam Raceway is one of the best ways to get his season headed the right direction.

Steve Meyer who has run a limited number of events so far in 2013 has been extremely competitive in his limited showings having almost won the most recent IRA event held at the Langlade County Fairgrounds in Antigo. Meyer who paced the majority of the feature eventually finished second in the contest and has shown the speed to grab an A-main victory in the near future.

Series regulars Scott Neitzel and Tommy Sexton have also thrown down some impressive runs in 2013 and are looking to break back into the winner’s circle with Beaver Dam Raceway’s victory lane directly in their sights.

Other entries expected include Scott Uttech who is having one of the best seasons of his career having climbed into the top five in points. Russel Borland, Nick Alden, rookie of the year contender Lance Fassbender, Bill Wirth, Phillip Mock, Wayne Modjeski, and Todd King should also appear for the event.

King was especially quick in his most recent appearance at Beaver Dam finishing the contest in third. He has previously won an A-main victory at Beaver Dam.

The August 3rd event at Beaver Dam Raceway will also include Grand Nationals, Sport Modifieds, Mini-Sprints and Legends in addition to the IRA 410 Sprints.

Pit gates will open at 3:30pm with the main gates opening at 4:30pm. Racing is set to get underway at 6:30 pm. The IRA Sprints will qualify with heats and main events to follow for all classes.

General admission is $20 for adults, with a youth ticket being sold for $10 to fans ages 6 though 11. Children ages 5 and under are admitted FREE with a paid adult.

Event information can be found on the Beaver Dam Raceway website at www.wismotorsports.net or by calling the track at (920) 887-1600. Beaver Dam Raceway is located on Racetrack Road just east of the intersection of Hwy 151 and 33 in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.

For more information on the IRA Outlaw Sprints check out the tour website at www.irasprints.com or logging onto the series Facebook page at www.facebook.com/irasprints

The IRA Outlaw Sprint Series is proudly supported by Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, Hoosier Tire, Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Onan, Carriage Auto Body, Polaris DEFENSE, and Mother’s Polishes and Waxes. The office of the IRA Sprints can be reached at 815-759-9269 or by e-mail at steve@irasprints.com

Sprints Back at Northern “Home Track” This Saturday Night!

June 8th, 2013

McHenry, IL – There’s no place like home … after a busy weekend. The Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprints heads to its Northern Home Track, Beaver Dam Raceway this Saturday Night June 8th. After spending last weekend in Northwestern Wisconsin presenting a pair of races, the series is back in familiar territory presenting it’s third of five scheduled events this season at the banked third-mile oval.

Beaver Dam and Wilmot Raceway are considered the series home tracks as the majority of teams are within an hour of one of those ovals making this Saturday Nights program a short haul for many of the series teams.

In the two shows held so far this season at Beaver Dam Raceway victories have been captured by defending Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint champion Bill Balog and 2012 Wilmot Raceway title holder Mike Kertscher. Balog won the season opening race at Beaver Dam back in April by a slim .009 seconds over Kertscher. Kertscher found redemption grabbing the win at the series next appearance at the track with Kertscher finishing ahead of Balog by a comfortable margin.

Heading into the show this Saturday Night, the series leading rookie also heads up the current points for the popular 410 winged sprint tour. Jeremy Schultz is the only driver this year to have completed every A-main event in the top 10 which includes a string of four consecutive third place finishes. Having amassed 807 points, Schultz is setting the pace by 46 markers over Bill Balog. In both appearances at Beaver Dam this season Schultz has turned in a third place performance.

Tommy Sexton and Scott Neitzel have worked their way into contending for a shot at the title. Sexton having climbed into third some 97 markers back has kept the pressure on in the title chase with his hard charging driving style. Neitzel meanwhile started his season with what could only be considered a “curse”. He suffered a broken suspension which caused him to veer into the wall while leading the main event during a season opener at Beaver Dam and later suffering a flip at Wilmot Raceway while he was in the lead. None the less Neitzel has rallied from outside the top twenty in points up to fourth in a few short weeks. Russel Borland has been very consistent all season long and currently ranks fifth in the series point chase only finishing outside the top ten in a main event once so far this season.

The series loyal campaigners are expected to appear at Beaver Dam this Saturday including cousins Scott and Dave Uttech, Phillip Mock, rookie of the year contenders Lance Fassbender and Bryon Walters, Bill Wirth, Nick Alden, Wayne Modjeski, Todd King, Kris and Dennis Spitz, Michael Decker and many more. A field of 30 sprint cars are expected to participate in the show.

The event is also rumored to be the return of Mike Reinke. Considered one of the hardest charging drivers on the tour over the years Reinke has had his 2013 season debut delayed by a shortage of engine components.

The June 8th show at Beaver Dame Raceway will also include Modifieds, Legends and Street Stocks in addition to the 410 Sprints. Pit gates will open at 3:30pm with the main gates opening at 4:30pm. Racing is set to get underway at 6:30 pm. The IRA Sprints will qualify with heats and main events to follow for all classes.

General admission is $20 for adults, with a youth ticket being sold for $10 to fans ages 6 though 11. Children ages 5 and under are admitted FREE with a paid adult. Event information can be found on the Beaver Dam Raceway website at www.wismotorsports.net or by calling the track at (920) 887-1600. Beaver Dam Raceway is located on Racetrack Road just east of the intersection of Hwy 151 and 33 in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.

For more information on the IRA Outlaw Sprints check out the tour website at www.irasprints.com or logging onto the series Facebook page at www.facebook.com/irasprints

The IRA Outlaw Sprint Series is proudly supported by Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, Hoosier Tire, Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Onan, Carriage Auto Body, Polaris DEFENSE, and Mother’s Polishes and Waxes. The office of the IRA Sprints can be reached at 815-759-9269 or by e-mail at steve@irasprints.com

Rookie Jeremy Schultz Takes Second Straight Podium Finish!

May 20th, 2013

Beaver Dam, WI,– Redemption! Mike Kertscher’s #80k Winged 410 Outlaw Sprint flashed beneath the checkered flag first on a mild spring Saturday Night snaring his first victory of the 2013 racing season on the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint tour. Gone was the sting from narrowly missing out on winning the first event of the season when he was edged out for the victory by Bill Balog in what many consider the closest margin of victory in series history. In tonight’s 30 lap A-main event at Beaver Dam Raceway things began to look eerily similar to the first race when Balog had methodically chased down Kertscher. Unlike three weeks earlier it was Kertscher with the upper hand and after a caution near the midpoint of the contest Kertscher simply kicked it up a notch motoring away from his rivals to take a convincing win in the 30 lap A-main event. Balog would spend the closing laps of the contest watching Kertscher sail off into the distance having to defend his second spot from leading series rookie Jeremy Schultz who for the second straight event has secured a podium finish taking third behind Balog. In just a few races Schultz has shown the talent which may make him one of the future stars of the series. Tonight’s show was the second of the 2013 season of the Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprints which had had lost a pair of races to weather. Fans this evening were treated to mild temperatures on a nearly perfect evening at Beaver Dam Raceway’s third-mile clay oval.

The 30 lap main event would see Kertscher blast from his pole position to the opening lead besting fellow front row starter Scott Neitzel for the top spot at the drop of the green flag. Matt Vandervere making his first start of the 2013 season slipped into the second spot before the completion of the first lap with Balog moving past Neitzel for third shortly thereafter.

As Kertscher began to open up a slim lead Balog began his quest to reach the front of the field dispatching Vandervere for the second spot by lap three. Balog’s job was now to reel in Kertscher as Vandervere was left to fight with Neitzel for the third position with the pair often running wing to wing. Kertscher’s lead was down to less than a car length as he began to encounter lapped traffic just prior to lap ten, by making some solid choices in working the back markers, Kertscher was able to earn out a little breathing room. On lap 11 the first caution flag flew for an Allen Hafford spin in turn three.

Hafford whose car seemed to have trouble sticking to the racing surface produced a second spin moments later bringing out the second caution. Two more laps went in the books before visiting driver Jordan Goldsberry looped his mount in turn three creating the third and final caution period.

On each restart Kertscher left Balog in his wake and the final green flag would fly on lap 13 leaving the final 17 laps of the event uninterrupted. Kertscher again produced an excellent restart pulling away from Kertscher and never looking back. As the race began to wind down it became apparent the no one was able to match Kertscher’s speed and in spite of lapped traffic over the final laps of the contest Kertscher was able to increase his cushion on Balog to a full straightaway by the checkered flag.

Coming off the final caution Schultz had moved past Neitzel for the third spot and spent a fair bit of time attempting to wrestle position two from Balog moving within striking distance on several occasions. Balog was able to repel the challenges to secure second with Schultz reaching the podium in third.

Neitzel was in the lead of the feature contest on opening night when his front suspension broke sending him nose first into the turn two wall rebounded this evening with a solid showing hanging onto fourth fending off the challenges of 2011 Wilmot Raceway champion Tommy Sexton in the final laps. Sexton who had captured the B-main earlier in the evening methodically worked his way from deep in the field up to fifth by the checkered flag.

Russel Borland, Wayne Modjeski, Scott Uttech, Steve Meyer and Bill Wirth comprised the top ten. 19 of the 22 starters were still on the racing surface when the checkered flag fell.

The B-main event produced the biggest heartbreak of the evening. 2012 series rookie Robbie Pribnow had made a brilliant charge through the field and was doing battle with Sexton for the lead on the final lap when he clipped a tire resulting in a flip in turn three. Pribnow climbed from his battered machine dejected but unhurt in the incident.

Sexton would then fend off Wirth for the victory in the contest. Phillip Mock collected third position followed by Jereme Schroeder and Nick Alden. Earlier in the night heat race wins went to Dennis Spitz, Balog and Kertscher. 26 cars had checked in for qualifying this tonight with Sexton setting the pace turning in a lap of 14.106 seconds. Balog was second quick with a 14.142 second effort while Vandervere netted third quick time in his first showing of 2013 with a lap of 14.182 seconds.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints now have several multi-event weekends ahead beginning next week Saturday evening May 25th making their first appearance of the season at the historic Wilmot Raceway, the birthplace of the IRA Sprints. The following night on Sunday May 26th the series travels to the 141 Speedway in Francis Creek, WI bullring for the first of two appearances at the track this season. For more information on the IRA Outlaw Sprints check out the tour website at www.irasprints.com or logging onto the series Facebook page at www.facebook.com/irasprints

The IRA Outlaw Sprint Series is proudly supported by Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, Hoosier Tire, Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Onan, Carriage Auto Body, Polaris DEFENSE, and Mother’s Polishes and Waxes. The office of the IRA Sprints can be reached at 815-759-9269 or by e-mail at steve@irasprints.com

Next Event: Wilmot Raceway – Saturday Night, May 25, 2013

Balog Edges Kertscher by .009 Seconds for Win!

April 29th, 2013

Beaver Dam, WI,– In motorsports they say a second can make the difference between victory and defeat. Well that margin would have been considered a runaway victory when you look at the margin of victory for the IRA Bumper to Bumper Outlaw Sprint Series Opener which took place at Beaver Dam Raceway Saturday Night.

In perhaps the closest finish in series history, five-time and defending series champion Bill Balog edged out 2012 Wilmot Raceway champion Mike Kertscher by .009 seconds to capture the season opening Jim Wipperfurth Memorial race. That margin calculated to less than six inches at the finish line as both Balog and Kertscher roared under the checkered flag on the edge of control. Transponder scoring backed up the almost unperceivable separation between first and second place in an event where Balog lead the final 50 feet of the contest stealing the victory from Kertscher.

If this is any indication of the action which lies ahead in the remaining 29 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint series events this season, fans are going to be treated to an amazing summer of racing with the popular 410 winged sprint
series.

While weather had postponed the Spring Brawl which was to have been the season opening show at Oshkosh Speedzone the week prior, conditions were ideal this evening which saw fans pouring into the stands filled with anticipation for the start of this racing season.

A field of 23 drivers accepted the green flag for the start of the 30 lap contest with Russel Borland and hometown driver Scott Neitzel making up the front row. The event would go yellow before the completion of one lap as Allen Hafford lost power on the backstretch. He was able to rejoin the field for the second attempt at a start.

When the green flag flew Neitzel lunched from his outside starting spot into the lead, while Kertscher and Balog who had made up the second row began to wage their personal war for supremacy. Neitzel’s machine showed impressive speed as he began to pull away from the field leaving Borland to fend off the challenges of Kertscher who had rumbled into the third
spot.

Borland would give way to both Kertscher and Balog by lap two as Neitzel set a blistering pace around the banked third-mile clay oval.

Soon Kertscher began to pressure Neitzel for the top spot and fourth place saw the battle develop between Borland, Nick Alden and 2013 Rookie of the Year contender Jeremy Schultz who earlier demonstrated the speed of his machine taking a convincing win in his heat race.

Out front Neitzel appeared to have the speed to fend off the challenges of Kertscher whensuddenly his car veered into the turn two wall ending his evening with a slap of the concrete. Neitzel was unhurt in the incident but the same could not be said of his ride as he retired to the pit area hooked to the back of a wrecker.

This left Kertscher in the lead as the race resumed. Before a lap was completed the 2012 Rookie of the Year, Robbie Pribnow got his machine upside down heading into turn three bringing out the first red flag of the season in a main event. Pribnow had been running his outside the top five however his strong run came to an end as he too had his machine hauled to the pit area.

It would be the final slowdown of the contest.

Kertscher was back in command as the race resumed pursued by Balog. Borland held fast to the third spot while Schultz sailed past Alden to claim fourth. Kertscher soon would begin to work lapped machines weaving in and out of traffic with Balog attempting to keep pace.

At the halfway point Balog managed to draw even with Kertscher with a bold move to the bottom of the raceway in turn four, however Kertscher proved adept as choosing the right line through lapped cars and quickly rebuilt a 10 car length
lead.

Balog again closed the gap on Kertscher but with 10 laps to go he slapped wheels with Kim Mock as he attempted to put him a lap down. Both drivers managed to keep their cars heading the right direction but the incident again gave Kertscher some breathing room.

At the same time Schultz roared past Borland into the third spot with Tommy Sexton the 2011 Wilmot Raceway champion in tow.

As the laps began to wind down Kertscher continued to make all the right moves in traffic but Balog was able to slice into the lead. Balog again began to challenge for the top spot with a pair of laps to go but it seemed Kertscher would have the speed to take the checkered.

On the final lap Balog quickly closed the gap and less than a car length separated the pair entering the final two turns. With Kertscher on the high side and Balog on the bottom the pair drew dead even coming off the final turn with both drivers on the edge of control trying to avoid locking wheels or tagging the wall.

In the final feet before the checkered Balog the momentum which would allow him to reach the finish line first in what visually appeared to be almost a dead heat. Kertscher would settle for second.

Both drivers would receive thunderous applause as they were introduced in post- race ceremonies. Not to be overlooked was the fine performance of 2013 rookie of the year title contender Jeremy Schultz who had notched a podium finish taking third in the first event of the year. Sexton and Borland comprised the top five.

Alden, Todd King, Mock, Kris Spitz and rookie of the year contender Lance Fassbender comprised the top 10 at the finish. 17 drivers were still on the track at the checkered flag.

In earlier action heat race victories were captured by Schultz, King and Pribnow, while Balog turned in the fastest qualifying lap of the evening with a 13.166 tour of the track edging Kertscher who turned the same trip in 13.208 seconds.

Dave Uttech had the unfortunate honor of becoming the first driver of the season to get upside down with a violent flip in the third heat race. While Uttech would emerge unhurt the same could not be said of his car which suffered significant damage.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints now have a week off before they return to action on May 11th at Wilmot Raceway the series then makes a return trip back to Beaver Dam Raceway on May 18th.

For more information on the IRA Outlaw Sprints check out the tour website at www.irasprints.com or our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/irasprints

The IRA Outlaw Sprint Series is proudly supported by Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, Hoosier Tire, Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Onan, Carriage Auto Body, Global Vision Eyewear, Polaris DEFENSE, and Mother’s Polishes and Waxes. The office of the IRA Sprints can be reached at 815-759-9269 or by e-mail at steve@irasprints.com

Next Event: Wilmot Raceway – Saturday Night, May 11, 2013

Jim Wipperfurth Memorial Launches 2013 Racing Season for Popular 410 Sprint Series!

April 26th, 2013

Beaver Dam, WI – Mother Nature has loosened her grip on warm spring air and that air will soon be filled with the sound of 410 cubic inch alcohol burning engines. The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints will get their 2013 racing season underway as they present the Jim Wipperfurth Memorial race at Beaver Dam Raceway this Saturday Night, April 27th.

With last weeks postponement of the Spring Thaw at Oshkosh Speedzone, the Wipperfurth Memorial is now the opening event and a very entertaining schedule for the popular sprint car series. The show will feature an all open-wheeled program as the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints will be joined by the MSA 360 Sprints and the Wisconsin-Illinois (WIMS) Mini-Sprints.A field of nearly 30 IRA Sprints are expected to be on hand for the show.

Last year’s Wipperfurth Memorial event was held in September after being rain delayed from it’s spring date. 2013 champion Bill Balog would capture the event after being chased to the checkered flag by Mike Reinke and Tommy Sexton. Look for another hotly contested event on the fast high-banked third-mile clay oval. The race will also mark a highly anticipated rookie battle as Lance Fassbender, Jeremy Schultz and Bryon Walters are all expected to vie for that honor. Fassbender and Schultz are graduates of the 360 Sprints while Walters comes from the midget ranks.The MSA 360 group will be on hand representing the best weekly 360 sprint racers in the area and it is expected that several drivers will pull double duty racing in both the 410 and 360 Sprint portions of the program. For the WIMS Mini-Sprints a large turnout should be on hand as the show is the opener for their point season.Pit gates will open at 2:30pm with the main gates opening at 4:30pm. Racing is set to get underway at 6:30 pm. The IRA Sprints will qualify with heats and main events to follow for all classes.

General admission is $20 for adults, with a youth ticket being sold for $10 to fans ages 6 though 11. Children ages 5 and under are admitted FREE with a paid adult.Event information can be found on the Beaver Dam Raceway website at www.wismotorsports.net or by calling the track at (920) 887-1600. Beaver Dam Raceway is located on Racetrack Road just east of the intersection of Hwy 151 and 33 in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.For more information on the IRA Outlaw Sprints check out the tour website at www.irasprints.com or logging onto the series facebook page at www.facebook.com/irasprintsThe IRA Outlaw Sprint Series is proudly supported by Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, Hoosier Tire, Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Onan, Carriage Auto Body, Global Vision Eyewear, Polaris DEFENSE, and Mother’s Polishes and Waxes.

The office of the IRA Sprints can
be reached at 815-759-9269 or by e-mail at steve@irasprints.com

Tony Steawart to see IRA Sprint Action at Plymouth on June 15th

April 22nd, 2013

McHenry, IL – 3-Time NASCAR Champ to Challenge IRA’s Best at the Sheboygan County Fairpark!With Mother Nature getting the bulk of the IRA headlines this week, as her wrath cancelled Oshkosh and has postponed our opening night excitement for hopefully just one week. All eyes are now focused on Beaver Dam Raceway in anticipation of getting the new season started on April 27th.

Well we with the IRA feel like we need to get people talking about the 2013 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series in a positive manner. Enough talk about the weather!We can’t think of anything more positive to tell our fans and sponsors than this…..Tony Stewart will be racing with us on June 15th! 3-time NSACAR Sprint Cup Champion Tony Stewart will be piloting his Chevrolet Performance #14 in the IRA portion of the IRA / MSA Sprint Car doubleheader at the Sheboygan County Fair Park’s Plymouth Dirt Track on June 15th. How cool is that! Tony will be making the trek from Michigan International Speedway that afternoon following NASCAR Sprint Cup practice, and then returning there from Plymouth to compete on Sunday afternoon in the Quicken Loans 400. Where there’s “Smoke” there’s fire, and we couldn’t think of a better way to heat things up during these unseasonably cold days we’re currently suffering through. Tony takes his Sprint Car racing serious, and this is one of about fifty or so Sprint Car events he’ll be competing at this year, in addition to an already very full NASCAR schedule. We with the IRA think it’s absolutely great that Tony has the passion for racing that he does, and that he not only gives back to his racing roots, but actually participates in it.

There are other potential IRA date(s) being discussed for later in the season, but this date at Plymouth is official so mark it down, Saturday June 15th at Sheboygan County Fair Park in Plymouth, Wisconsin.For more information on the IRA Outlaw Sprints check out the tour website at www.irasprints.comThe IRA Outlaw Sprint Series is proudly supported by Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, Hoosier Tire, Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Onan, Carriage Auto Body, Global Vision Eyewear, Polaris DEFENSE, and Mother’s Polishes and Waxes. The office of the IRA Sprints can be reached at 815-759-9269 or by e-mail at steve@irasprints.com

Final Third of Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints Season Begins This Coming Weekend With Two Races in Two States!

August 14th, 2012

McHenry, IL: The sight and sound of Winged 410 Sprint action is about to return to Southern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois. After two weeks off the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series is set to complete the final third of its 2012 season schedule.

The series last presented an event on July 28th at ABC Raceway. The following week a show planned for Beaver Dam Raceway was rained out, breaking a streak of 17 consecutive events without interruption by weather. Ironically the only rainouts
so far have been at Beaver Dam Raceway which have lost two of the four shows scheduled so far due to weather.

The Series was then off for a week to allow competitors to attend the Knoxville Nationals if they chose to do so. Now it’s
time … for racing to resume.

First up will be the series final appearance of 2012 at the Wilmot Raceway. On Saturday Night August 18th fans will be
able to witness the Roger Iiles Tribute during the running of the Kenosha County Fair.

It will mark the fifth appearance of the series to the third-mile clay oval. Current point leader and defending four-time
series champion Bill Balog had captured two of the A-main wins at the raceway this season. Dale Blaney was the victor
in the combined IRA/All-Star Sprintacular, and Tommy Sexton the 2011 Wilmot Raceway 410 Sprint champion captured the other IRA contest. With an increased payoff for the show over 30 of the area’s best 410 sprint car drivers should be in attendance.

The Wilmot Raceway event provides fans with the deal of the season for admission. Adults will be able to attend the show for just $5 with their Kenosha County Fair admission ticket. Children ages 11 and under are admitted FREE to the grandstands.

Admission to the Kenosha County Fair is, $9.00 for adults ages 12 and over, $5.00 for children ages 8-11. Children ages 7 and under are free. Daily tickets are only sold at the gates on the day of entry.

Joining the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints will be the WIMSA Mini-Sprints and the tracks fender rubbing Street Stock division. It’s a full night of racing action at family friendly prices.

Pit gates will open at 3:00pm, while the grandstands open at 5:00pm. Race attendees are encouraged to arrive early to get their favorite seat as a pack grandstand is expected for this show. Racing starts at 6:45pm

Wilmot Raceway is located on the Kenosha County Fairgrounds which is located just north of the intersection of county roads C and W in Wilmot, WI. Wilmot is located just 8 miles west of I-43 taking county highway C which is exit 345.
For those seeking additional information please check out the track website at www.wilmotraceway.com or call the track on race day at 262-862-2090.

The series then packs up and heads to LaSalle Speedway in North-central Illinois for the running of the Bill Waite Jr Memorial on Sunday evening August 19th.

The event will feature a $4,000 to win payout, which ranks among the highest possible cash award to a winner in Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint competition this season. In addition to the stars of the IRA Sprint series you can expect a large turnout of 410 sprints from the MOWA Series which competes throughout Illinois. It’s entirely possible to see 30 plus open wheeled competitors for this show. In addition to the Sprint cars, UMP Modifieds and 4 cylinder Hornets are also on hand for the event.

The high-banked quarter-mile oval is located at 578 US-6 in LaSalle, Illinois. The track is 60 miles west of Joliet, 80 miles east of the Quad Cities, 70 miles south of Rockford, and 60 miles north of Bloomington.

Pit Gates will open at 1:00 p.m, Grandstands open at 4:00 p.m. Hot Laps will begin at 6:00pm with racing action set to get underway at 7:00pm.

Admission for the show is $20 for adults. High school students with ID are admitted for $5. Children 13 and under are admitted FREE with a paid adult. Skybox Seats are $24.00/Person. To Purchase Advance Tickets Call PACE @ 630-279-3006

As the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints return to action Bill Balog has been on a roll capturing six of the last eight main events and extending his point lead in pursuit of a fifth straight series title. Balog has racked up 2555 points, while his nearest challenge Reinke has amassed 2459 points.

Reinke’s strength has been his ability to finish races, he has only one DNF on the season and has finished all the other feature races in the top 10. That consistency has kept him within striking distance of the 2012 series title. Reinke has also captured a feature victory this year topping of the sprint car portion of Cedar Lake Speedway’s Triple Crown winning $3,000 in the process.

Both drivers will be bringing the point battle into the weekend. You can also expect some serious competition from Scott Neitzel who spent the series law two outings in the thick of the battle for the win, he lead much of the contest at the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series debut at St. Croix Valley Speedway. Neitzel came out of that weekend with two podium finishes taking second at St. Croix Valley and third at ABC Raceway.

Neitzel ranks third in the current standings with 2267 points. Other IRA Stars expected to appear include, Phillip Mock, Russel Borland, Darrell Dodd, Wayne Modjeski, Kris Spitz, Bill Wirth, leading rookie Robbie Pribnow, Bill Warren, Dave and Scott Uttech, Brandon Thone, Tommy Sexton and Darrell Dodd.

You can also expect top MOWA drivers to be on hand including defending champion Jerrod Hull and top point leaders A.J. Bruns, Jim Moughan, Korey Weyant, Ben Wagoner, Chris Urish, Jimmy Hurley and Jordan Goldesberry.

For more information on the IRA Outlaw Sprints check out the tour website at www.irasprints.com

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints can also be found on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/irasprints and the series is also on Twitter at http://twitter.com/ira_sprints

The IRA Outlaw Sprint Series is proudly supported by Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, Osborn & Son Trucking, Goodyear, TW Metals, Cummins Onan, DNA Energy Drink& Snacks, MPT Industries, UltraLube, Big Game Treestands, Carriage Auto Body, Otis Gun, Mother’s Polishes and Waxes and Polaris DEFENSE. The office of the IRA Sprints can be reached at 815-759-9269 or by e-mail at steve@irasprints.com

Hughes victorious in Vander Haag’s Battle at The Beaver

August 3rd, 2012

ALTA, Iowa – Jason Hughes raced to a $4,000 victory Wednesday night as the USMTS National Championship Series invaded the Buena Vista Raceway for the 4th Annual Vander Haag’s Battle at The Beaver.

Terry Phillips was in control throughout the main event, but Hughes slowly reeled in the leaders after starting in the 11th spot. With nine laps to go he moved into third and then a late-race caution set up an exciting six-lap sprint to the finish.

Hughes worked his way around Ruter for second with four laps to go and then passed Phillips for the lead with three laps remaining. Despite his best efforts, Phillips had to settle for the runner-up finish while Hughes celebrated his sixth USMTS National Championship win of the season and kept his title hopes alive.

Dereck Ramirez brought home a third-place finish with a last-lap pass of Ruter, who held on for fourth. Rookie Daniel Hilsabeck recorded his best USMTS finish in fifth place.

Zack VanderBeek passed ten cars en route to a sixth-place result, Johnny Scott was seventh and Tennessee’s T.J. Herndon placed eighth. Teammates Chris Brown and Kelly Shryock finish ninth and tenth, respectively.

Points leader Ryan Gustin battled with Phillips for the first half of the contest, but a flat tire after contact with a lapped car with 15 laps to go ended his chances. Attention now turns to the big, fast and exciting Mineral City Speedway in Fort Dodge, Iowa, on Thursday night for the 6th Annual Fort Dodge Modified Nationals.

This will be the second visit to the Fort Dodge’s palace of power. Rodney Sanders captured the checkers in a remarkable drive from deep in the field to win the USMTS Casey’s Cup Series main event here on June 26.

Gustin and Shryock are both two-time winners at the Mineral City Speedway. VanderBeek won here in 2006 while carrying the Cheetos colors. The inaugural event in 2005 was won by Tommy Myer.

In addition to the high-horsepower USMTS Modifieds battling for $4,000 to win, USRA B-Mods and USRA Hobby Stocks will also be in action racing for national points in the American Racer USRA Weekly Racing Series.

Grandstand gates open at 5 p.m., hot laps start at 7 and racing begins at 7:30. Adult grandstand tickets are $20, kids ages 13-16 are $12 and children 12 and under get in for free. Pit passes are $35.

The Mineral City Speedway is a semi-banked 1/2-mile dirt oval located 0.9 mile north of US 20 on US 169, then 0.5 mile east on 230th St. For more information check out www.mineralcityspeedway.com online or call the USMTS office at 515-832-7944.

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

It’s The Mike and Mike Show at Beaver Dam as Kertscher Best Reinke with Last Lap Pass

June 19th, 2012

Beaver Dam, WI – Fans were on their feet as the Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprint Car main event at Beaver Dam Raceway came down to the last lap. Mike Reinke was fighting hard to regain the lead he had just given up to Mike Kertscher on the final lap as the pair worked through lapped traffic. Heading into the final turns Kertscher would hug the low line while
Reinke was flat out in the high line coming off the baked corners. In a drag race to the finish Reinke’s momentum closed the gap on Kertscher but the speed wasn’t enough as Kertscher would collect his second A-main victory of the season by less than two feet. Reinke who had lead much of the final third of the race would settle for second.

Reinke and Kertscher has started in the third row of the 30 lap contest and they began their charge at the drop of the green flag. It was front row starter Bill Wirth who put on a show for the fans early on as he bolted past pole sitter Bill Warren on lap two to take over the top spot.

Wirth whose team is competes with limited funds proved his talent as a wheel man keeping his #53w out front in the early going pulling away from the field. Tommy Sexton the 2011 Wilmot Raceway track champion found himself doing battle with Warren for the runner-up spot while Reinke began to make it a three way battle for the position.

Sexton would tag the wall coming off turn four on the fifth lap allowing Reinke to flash by for third. Reinke wasted little time in his charge toward the front surpassing Warren for second by lap eight. Wirth meanwhile had build up a straightaway advantage on the field.

On lap ten the first of two cautions would fly when Russel Borland would roll to a stop on the backstretch. The caution negated Wirth’s lead and placed Reinke on his rear nerf bar for the restart.

Underway again Wirth got a good jump pulling away from Reinke who had to fend off the challenges of Sexton. Kertscher had climbed to fourth with Jim Moughan holding down the fifth position as the race apssed the halfway point.

Wirth and Reinke would pull away from the field as Sexton and Kertscher began to exchange the third spot performing flawless cross over moves as each end of the track.

Wirth had build up a eight car length lead on Reinke when the second and final caution flag flew when Michael Decker looped his machine in turn two on lap eighteen.

Taking the green flag for the final restart of the contest Reinke was tenacious in his battle to wrestle the top spot from Wirth. Reinke would charge ahead on lap 20 as Wirth had to content with Kertscher who was making a late race charge toward the front. Wirth and Kertscher exchanged the second spot until lap 23 when Kertscher finally nailed down the position.

Reinke’s lead would stand at six car lengths with five laps to go. Kertscher began to whittle away at the margin. Reinke would slow briefly for lapped traffic on the final lap allowing Kertscher to close the gap and slip ahead as the white flag flew. Reinke wasted little time in regaining his momentum but his effort to repass Kertscher fell just shot at the line. The two foot margin of victory for Kertscher was the closest winning effort of the 2012 season after a clean hard fought battle the appreciative crown cheering in approval of both drivers efforts. It was Kertscher’s 16th career victory in the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series, and his second of the year having won at 141 Speedway back in May.

Reinke’s second place performance allowed him to close the lead on current point leader Bill Balog. Balog still maintains a slim four point advantage in his efforts to secure a fifth series title. Balog’s would finish third in this evening’s contest. After a miscue in his heat race Balog was forced to work his way through the B-main from the tail of the field. In the main event he started eleventh and managed to advanced to the third spot by the checkered flag passing Wirth for the position with two laps to go.

Wirth’s efforts were notable turning in his best performance of the 2012 season having lead 18 laps of the A-main and completing the event with a hard fought fourth place finish. Phillip Mock completed the top five. It was Mock’s second consecutive top five performance and he has placed in the top ten the last six events.

Sexton, Jordan Goldsberry, Warren, Moughan and Todd King completed the top ten. Only a single car had dropped from the contest leaving 21 cars on track at the checkered flag.

There were no red flags during the evening, though hard contact between Balog and Scott Biertzer in the second heat would result in Biertzer being unable to complete the evening’s program due to heavy damage to his car.

The B-main saw thirteen drivers attempt to make the main event in a contest which was won by rookie competitor Robbie Pribnow. Balog would chase Pribnow to the checkered flag but settle for second. Andy Hunt, fast qualifier Scott Young, Brandon Thone, Doug Wondra and Michael Decker comprised the top seven and were the transfer cars.

Twenty-nine cars had checked into the pit area for the program with Young turning in the fastest lap of the day with a 13.571 second tour of the third-mile clay oval. Biertzer was second quick with a lap of 13.638 seconds.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series now makes its next appearance at Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway for a Friday Night show on the wide semi-banked third mile clay oval. The sweeping turns allow the 410 sprinters to battle three and four wide while approaching speeds of up to 120mph. A field of nearly 30 cars is expected for the June 22nd event.

In addition to the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints the tracks own Modified division will be on hand. Known as “Wisconsin’s Modified Action Track” the Oshkosh Speedzone has averaged nearly 40 cars a week in the class. The IMCA Northern Sport Modifieds will also be on hand for the race program. Racing will start at 7:00pm

Adult admission is just $20.00. Students ages 11 through 15 are admitted for $10.00 and children 10 and under are admitted free. For additional information consult the track website at www.oshkoshspeedzone.net

For more information on the IRA Outlaw Sprints check out the tour website at www.irasprints.com The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints can also be found on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/irasprints and the series is also on Twitter at http://twitter.com/ira_sprints

The IRA Outlaw Sprint Series is proudly supported by Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, Osborn & Son Trucking, Goodyear, TW Metals, Cummins Onan, DNA Energy Drink& Snacks, MPT Industries, UltraLube, Big Game Treestands, Carriage Auto Body, Otis Gun, Mother’s Polishes and Waxes and Polaris DEFENSE. The office of the IRA Sprints can be reached at 815-759-9269 or by e-mail at steve@irasprints.com

Balog REmains Undefeated In Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprint Action

May 21st, 2012

Beaver Dam, WI – For the first half of the 30 lap Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprint Car main event at Beaver Dam Raceway it looked like Billy Balog might actually see the checkered flag fall for another driver. But a series of events that occurred right at the halfway point of the contest changed complexion race placing Balog out front. Once in the
lead the second half of the event was simply a matter of Balog keeping his competition in his tire tracks as he claimed his third straight IRA Sprint victory of 2012.

The four-time and defending champion remains undefeated so far this season. It wasn’t for the lack of effort on behalf of his competitors however. A field of 28 drivers checked into the pit area at Beaver Dam Raceway to take on the best Winged 410 Sprint racers in the Midwest. Several drivers showed signs early that they had the speed to catch Balog. Mike Reinke had topped the speed charts in qualifying blistering the third-mile clay oval with a lap of 13.443 seconds. His nearest rival, Mike Kertscher was nearly four-tenths of a second behind with a lap of 13.820 seconds. Four drivers
broke into the 13 second range including Bill Warren and 2011 Wilmot Raceway champion Tommy Sexton. Balog’s qualifying effort placed him 12th, nearly a second off Reinke’s pace.

From that point on though Balog flexed his muscle. In heat race action Balog handedly won his contest, with the other heat race wins going to Sexton and rookie hotshoe Blake Nimee who would turn 18 after this nights racing action. The balance of the 22 car main event was set by taking 7 positions out of the B-main event. A race that went down to the wire with Matt Vandervere working past Warren for the victory.

The field 22 car field would accept the green flag for the 30 lap A-main with hometown favorite Scotty Neitzel on the pole and Sexton sitting to his outside. Kertscher and Reinke would make up row two while Balog would start the contest in the sixth slot a position he wouldn’t stay in for long.

It was a clean start which would prove Kertscher to be a master of finding the right line. Working through the first two turns as he drove between both Neitzel and Sexton to come away with the lead down the backstretch, a position he would hold the first half of the contest. Balog meanwhile methodically moved forward picking off his rivals to reach the second position before lap 10. Once in the runner-up position the goal was to slice into Kertscher’s lead. By lap 12 Balog had caught up to the rear nerf bar of Kertscher who was expertly working lapped traffic and appeared to have the speed to keep Balog behind him. But a quick succession of events would change the contest.

Heading though turn four on lap 14, Kertscher drifted wide leaving a gap just wide enough for Balog to take advantage of the opportunity to slip by. The pair were encountering heavy lapped traffic as they did battle for the lead when Balog made contact with Scott Young while attempting to place him a lap down. Balog’s machine got airborne but he was able to get all four wheels back on the ground getting back to the gas quickly and regaining momentum. Young however lost speed rolling to a stop and drawing the caution creating the only slowdown of the contest.

This series of events would leave Balog out front with Kertscher now having to give chase from the second spot, and Reinke waiting for an opportunity from the third position. Once the race resumed however it would become apparent that barring a mistake by Balog that he would be headed for a win as he pulled away from both Kertscher and Reinke who became locked in a battle for second. On several occasions Reinke would look to steal the runner-up slot but with a handful of laps left in the contest Kertscher tightened his grasp on the second position.

Balog would spend the rest of the race dodging lapped traffic, winning the contest by a straightaway ensuring his third trip to victory lane in 2012. Kertscher would cross the line in second. It was the second straight event where Kertscher has claimed the runner-up position. Reinke would settle for third.

Neitzel who spent most of the contest swapping positions with Sexton would come home fourth while Sexton finished the contest in fifth. Scott Biertzer, Jim Moughan, Warren, Phillip Mock and Russel Borland completed the top ten finishers.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints will now tackle a double-header Memorial weekend. On Saturday evening May 26th the stars of the series will make it’s second appearance of the year at Wilmot Raceway for the Daun/Winkler Memorial. The series then packs up and hits the road to the third-mile 141 Speedway bullring on Sunday evening May 27th. The IRA Outlaw Sprints will return to Beaver Dam Raceway on Saturday Night June 16th.

For more information on the IRA Outlaw Sprints check out the tour website at www.irasprints.com

The IRA Outlaw Sprint Series is proudly supported by Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, Osborn & Son Trucking, Goodyear, TW Metals, Cummins Onan, DNA Energy Drink & Snacks, MPT Industries, UltraLube, Big Game Treestands, Carriage Auto Body, Otis Gun, Mother’s Polishes and Waxes and Polaris DEFENSE. The office of the IRA Sprints can be reached at 815-759-9269 or by e-mail at steve@irasprints.com

IRA Sprints Make First Beaver Dam Raceway Appearance of 2012

May 17th, 2012

Beaver Dam, WI – The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Car Series continues its 2012 racing season this Saturday evening, May 19th with a trip to Beaver Dam Raceway. The event will mark the first of four appearances for the 410 outlaw sprints at the third-mile clay oval.

Two races are in the books so far for the 900 horsepower open-wheeled machines and Billy Balog appears to have his sights set on another series title. Balog the four-time and defending series champion has captured both events run so far this year taking victories at both 141 Speedway and Wilmot Raceway.

He currently leads the standings by a slim margin over Mike Reinke. Reinke is hoping to make his way to victory lane having finished in the runner-up position at the season opening event and then turning in a sixth place performance at the most recent IRA event.

Other contenders should include Mike Kertscher who scored a runner-up finish at the IRA event held this past Saturday. Kertscher has a proven record at Beaver Dam Raceway where he scored one of his three victories last season.

Other IRA regulars expected to attend the event include local favorite Scotty Neitzel, Russel Borland, Brandon Thone, Dave Uttech, Phillip Mock, Bill Wirth, Scott Uttech and Bill Warren. Top rookie of the year contenders Robbie Pribnow and Blake Nimee are also expected to be on hand. In addition to the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints fans will see Modifieds, Legends and Badger 600 Micro Series Sprints as part of a full evening of racing action.

Pit Gates will open at 3:30pm, with the main gates opening at 4:30pm. The racing action is set to get underway at 6:30pm. Adult admission for a spectacular evening of open wheeled action is just $20 for adults. Students ages 6 through 12 are admitted for $10 and Children under the age of 6 are admitted FREE.

The IRA Outlaw Sprints will make additional appearances at Beaver Dam Raceway on June 16th, August 4th and September 22nd which is the make-up date for the Jim Wipperfurth Memorial which fell to weather in April.

For additional information on the event fans are encouraged to check out the Beaver Dam Raceway website at www.wismotorsports.net or by calling the track at (920) 887-1600. Beaver Dam Raceway is located on Racetrack Road just east of the intersection of Hwy 151 and 33 in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.

For more information on the IRA Outlaw Sprints check out the tour website at www.irasprints.com

The IRA Outlaw Sprint Series is proudly supported by Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, Osborn & Son Trucking, Goodyear, TW Metals, Cummins Onan, DNA Energy Drink & Snacks, MPT Industries, UltraLube, Big Game Treestands, Carriage Auto Body, Otis Gun, Mothers (Polishes/Waxes/Cleaners) and Polaris DEFENSE. The office of the IRA Sprints can be reached at 815-759-9269 or by e-mail at steve@irasprints.com

IRA Sprint to Make First of Five Vists at Beaver Dam Raceway

April 25th, 2012

Beaver Dam, WI – The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Car Series heads to Beaver Dam Raceway for the Jim Wipperfurth Memorial on Saturday Night April 28th. The 900 horsepower winged 410 sprints will tackle the third mile banked oval with a full field of cars expected for the event.

Among those expected for the contest include four-time and defending series champion Billy Balog of EauClaire, who captured the 2012 season opener at 141 Speedway. Last season’s point runner-up Mike Reinke of Howards Grove is fresh off a second place finish and his seeking his first A-main victory of the 2012 season. Hometown driver Scott Neitzel who opened his 2012 season was a fast qualifying effort and an eighth place feature run is looking to get into the thick of the title hunt. A host of IRA regulars including Scott Biertzer, Russell Borland, Scott Kertscher, Bill Warren and Dave Uttech are expected to show for the contest

The show is the first of five stops to Beaver Dam Raceway on the 30 race schedule this season. Joining the IRA Outlaw Sprint Series will be the Midwest 360 Sprints which race locally at the Sheboygan County Fairpark and Manitowoc County Expo Raceway. Between the two series over 60 full size sprint cars should be in attendance for the event. The Badger 600 Micro series will round out a full day of open wheeled racing.

Pit Gates will open at 3:30pm, with the main gates opening at 4:30pm. The racing action is set to get underway at 6:30pm. Adult admission for a spectacular evening of open wheeled action is just $20 for adults. Students ages 6 through 12 are admitted for $10 and Children under the age of 6 are admitted FREE.

The IRA Outlaw Sprints will make additional appearances at Beaver Dam Raceway on four additional Saturday Nights appearing on May 19th, June 16th, August 4th and September 22nd. In the event of inclement weather at this weekend’s event the September 22nd date will be the rain date for the Jim Wipperfurth Memorial.

For additional information on the event fans are encouraged to check out the Beaver Dam Raceway website at www.wismotorsports.net or by calling the track at (920) 887-1600. Beaver Dam Raceway is located on Racetrack Road just east of the intersection of Hwy 151 and 33 in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.

For more information on the IRA Outlaw Sprints check out the tour website at www.irasprints.com

The IRA Outlaw Sprint Series is proudly supported by Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, Osborn & Son Trucking, Goodyear, TW Metals, Cummins Onan, DNA Energy Drink & Snacks, MPT Industries, UltraLube, Big Game Treestands, Carriage Auto Body, Otis Gun, and Polaris DEFENSE. The office of the IRA Sprints can be reached at 815-759-9269 or by e-mail at steve@irasprints.com

WDLMA Season Opener at Beaver Dam Raceway at Dodge County Fairgrounds on April 17th

March 30th, 2011

(Green Bay, WI) – The Dodge County Fairgrounds will play host to the Wisconsin Dirt Late Model Association (WDLMA) season opening touring event Sunday, April 17 beginning at 5 p.m.

Joining the full fendered machines on the “horsepower half-mile” will be IMCA-style Modifieds and Grand National Sportsman. Modifieds must be IMCA, Beaver Dam or Wilmot Speedway legal. The pit area opens at 1 p.m. with hot laps at 4 p.m. and racing starting at 5 p.m. Pit pass prices are $25.00. Adult admission is $12.00, Kids 6-12 are $5.00, 5 and under are free with a paid adult.

The Sunday twilight race is the second day of a Spring doubleheader, as Saturday night the track will host the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw sprints with MSA sprint cars. Pits open at 1p.m. for that show. Hot laps are at 4:30 p.m., qualifying is at 5:30 p.m. with racing getting underway Saturday at 6 p.m.

On Friday, April 15 there will be a practice day taking place at the fairgrounds. Please check Dodgecountyfairgrounds.com for any information pertaining to the practice session.

For more information pertaining to late models please contact Bill Behling at (262) 783-7474, (262) 783-7474 or at bbehling@behlingracing.com. For sprint car information contact Steve Sinclair at (815) 759-9269, (815) 759-9269 or at siraprez@sbcglobal.net. Other series websites pertaining to this weekend include irasprints.com, msasprints.com and wdlma.net.

Dodge County Fairgrounds is located 3 miles east of Beaver Dam on State Highway 33. All entrances are off Fabisch Road. The track phone number is (920) 885 3586.