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Minix Takes Mini Cups, Zarembka Scores First Ever Win at SBMS

August 20th, 2016

South Bend, IN- Well over 120 cars packed the pit area as the South Bend Motor Speedway hosted the first visit from the Midwest Mini Cup Series along with the other five classes. Tyler Minix picked up the win as Jimmy Zarembka picked up his first ever feature win. Fred Malecki and Ryan Scott each notched their first wins of the season while Cory Pressler, Steve Stacy, Eryn Hartz and Tom Davis were repeat winners.

The Kniola Automotive Street Stocks opened the show with nineteen drivers taking qualifying times. In the thirty lap main event, Richie Nyari of South Bend jumped to an early lead in the Denny Nyari tribute machine and appeared headed for victory.

However, Doug Fox of South Bend had other plans, wrestling the lead away from Nyari near the halfway point. With five laps to go, disaster struck as Fox exceded his qualifying time. He again broke out on the following lap, however a caution slowed the action. Fox was relegated to the tail for the remaining four laps of the race, allowing Fred Malecki of Granger to coast to an easy win ahead of South Bend driver Ray Baer, Nyari and Fox. AJ Lubelski of Plymouth was next with Chad McGinnis of Niles, Frank Fairchild of Mishawaka, South Bend drivers, Rich Hensley and Tommy Burke. Austin Woodcox of LaPorte completed the top ten. During post race discussion, it was determined that the second lap that Fox had exceded his qualifying time should have been discarded due to the caution being displayed. Scoring practices state that a lap must be completed by the entire field in order for it to count. When the caution was displayed, not all drivers completed that lap, therefore it was not complete. Since it was likely that Fox could have maintained his lead for the four remaining laps, it was decided to make Fox and Malecki co-winners of the event. In heat race action, Nick Pressler of Benton Harbor topped Nyari and Lubelski in heat one while Fox took heat two over Dave Long of Tippecanoe and Woodcox. Danny Brown Jr of LaPorte was fast qualifyer with a time of 13.323. Malecki’s win shuffled him to the top of the points battle with just six points separating him from second place Mike Walls of Mishawaka.

In the Midwest Mini Cup fifty lapper, twelve year old, Jaden Cretacci jumped out early to build up a commanding lead. Unfortunately, a caution with just eight laps to go, tightened up the field. Cretacci’s straightaway lead was reduced to mere inches as fast qualifier, Tyler Minix was now directly behind him. On the restart, Cretacci maintained his advantage but gave way on lap 45. Minix went on to win over Cretacci, Justin Carley, Amanda Bohn, Brandon Cretacci, and Robert Hile. Matt Kemp, Stephanie Hile, Jared Gill and Robert Rutan completed the top ten. Robert Hile and Jaden Cretacci each picked up heat race wins while Minix topped the qualifying order with a fast lap of 14.609.

Eryn Hartz picked up his third feature win of the season in the DC Garage Door Front Wheel Drive class. It was his second in as many tries. Hartz took command late in the race over early leader, Nick Pressler. Oak Lawn, IL driver Mike Kushnerik finished a close third ahead of Jim Merrill of South Bend, James Trussell of Niles and Hobart’s Dave Keuhs. Ronnie Holaway of South Bend Jasmine Schafer of Bremen and South Bend drivers, Matt Plencner and Michael Ferrara rounded out the top ten. Pressler topped Holaway and Robert Kinas of South Bend in the first heat as Kushnerik beat out Paul Bittle of South Bend and Schafer in heat two. Ferrara turned in fast time at 14.210. Hartz’s win places him securely in control of the season points battle with a 118 point lead over second place Paul Bittle.

Thirteen Bellman Oil Company Late Models took the green flag to start their forty lap main event. The race was red-flagged on lap 25 when Vern Sauer of Lakeville slammed the wall in turn three. Vern walked away from the incident under his own power but the car was heavily damaged and required two tow trucks to remove it to the pit area. When the checker finally flew, it was Plymouth driver, Steve Stacy taking top honors for his third win of the season ahead of Rich Boal of Plymouth and Charlie Hanna of Goshen. Nick Pressler led Andrew DeVreese of Mishawaka and Brian Ross of Plymouth while Kevin Sauer of Lakeville, Josh Trammell of Dowling, MI, Scott Ross of Plymouth and Vern Sauer completed the top ten. In heat one, Scott Ross topped Trammell and Pressler while Stacy, Boal and Hanna were 1-2-3 in heat two. Brian Ross posted the top qualifying time of 11.792. With just two weeks remaining, Boal holds a 65 point lead over Hanna for the championship.

The always exciting Bettcher’s US Towing Hornets saw what was probably the biggest upset of the season as rookie, Jimmy Zarembka of South Bend, in only his fifth week of racing and his first A feature start, take top honors as he battled Kenny Elder of Walkerton and Brandon Smith of Plymouth for the win. Ed Martz of Niles finished fourth but was moved to third after Smith was disqualified for unsportsmanlike conduct following the race. Jason Moorehead of Valparaiso was next, followed by Rick Homan of Niles and Joe Moeglin of Hebron. Melissa Keuhs of Hobart, Judd Fielder of Niles and David Britton of Bremen finished the top ten. In B feature action, Tom Davis of South Bend picked up another win over Tyler Mead of Niles and Vic Montorsi of South Bend. Victoria Wolkens of Niles and Danny Zimmerman of Benton Harbor completed the top five. Ryan Scott of South Bend topped Kenny Lambuth of Mishawaka, Robert Haisley of South Bend and Aaron Grooms of Buchanan. Andrew Hartman was fifth. Robert Haisley beat his wife Angela Haisley for the win in heat one with Grooms following while Davis was victorious in heat two over Maggie McIntyre of South Bend and Zack Newgent of South Bend. Montorsi, Brandon Smith and Homan were the top three in heat three as Brandon Vines of South Bend topped Chad Lindsey of Michigan City and Britton in heat four. Jason Moorehead led qualifying with a time of 15.367. Richele Wolkens of Niles maintains a 36 point lead over rookie Judd Fielder for the season points battle.

A total of fifteen Creative Colors Sportsman cars were on hand with all drivers starting the thirty lap feature. Cory Pressler of Niles took top honors over early leader Rich Boal and Plymouth driver, Shawn Amor. Matt Sullivan of Hartford was next with Ron Maynard Jr of Edwardsburg in fifth. Mike Williams of Niles, Jacob Maynard of Elkhart, Justin Stambaugh of Walkerton, Dennis Kaiser of North Liberty and Kyle O’Dell of Plymouth rounded out the top ten. Newcomer, Bryce Schaefer of Niles bested Jacob Maynard and O’Dell in heat one as Dennis Kaiser beat out Boal and Pressler in heat two. Pressler ran a lap of 12.605 to top the qualifying roster. Boal maintains a 25 point lead over Matt Sullivan in the points battle.

This Saturday will feature “Fan Appreciation Night” with general admission just $5. That’s right, just five bucks for fans from six to a hundred and six. But wait, there’s more. For that mere five dollars, you’ll get to see not for, not five, not six but SEVEN classes of racing as the Legends and Roadster cars will join the already action packed show. That’s seven classes for just five bucks. As always, small coolers (six pack type) are allowed but we ask that NO glass containers or alcohol be brought in. Gates open at 5 with racing set to begin at 7 pm. Tell you friends and bring the family. You won’t want to miss this show. With just two weeks of regular season action, we will see you at the races.

Sauer & Montorsi Score First Ever as Hensley, Hartz & Haisley Repeat

August 13th, 2016

South Bend, IN -A hot and humid afternoon gave way to a mild summer evening as a large crowd witnessed Kevin Sauer and Sammie Montorsi each pick up their first ever feature wins at the South Bend Motor Speedway. Rick Wolkens and Dave Keuhs each picked up their first feature wins of the season while Rich Hensley, Eryn Hartz, James Haisley and Matt Sullivan were repeat winners. Once again, over 100 drivers packed the pit area.

The Creative Colors Sportsman drivers opened the program with Matt Sullivan of Hartford taking a hard fought win in their thirty lap main event. Nick Pressler of South Bend took the runner-up spot ahead of point leader Rich Boal of Plymouth and Dennis Kaiser of North Liberty. AJ Lubelski of Plymouth, Jeff Kaiser of North Liberty, Justin Stambaugh of Walkerton, Kyle O’Dell of Plymouth and Robert Haisley of South Bend completed the field. O’Dell topped Sullivan and Boal in the heat while Pressler topped qualifying with a lap of 12.416. Rich Boal holds a slim eight point lead over Sullivan in the season points battle with Jeff Kaiser, AJ Lubelski and Robert Haisley rounding out the top five.

Eryn Hartz of South Bend picked up his second A feature win of the season in the DC Garage Door Front Wheel Drive cars. Rowdy Ronnie Holaway of South Bend took second in his return to the class after a hard crash earlier in the summer. Newcomer, Sheldon Lindlag of Yoder was next over Jasmine Schafer of Bremen and Nick Newgent of South Bend. David Schieber of Granger, Jim Merrill of South Bend, Jason Harman of Goshen and South Bend drivers, Paul Bittle and Jason Horton , rounded out the topten. In B feature action, Dave Keuhs of Hobart took advantage of a tangle between the top three and claimed his first feature win of the season over Chris Sabin of Syracuse and Kyle Plencner of South Bend, Dougie Miller of Elkhart and Ricky Nelson of Syracuse. Last week’s A main winner, Joe Merrill of South Bend (incorrectly listed as his brother, Robert) topped Ricky Wilson of Frankfort, IL and Stephanie Long of Tippecanoe in heat one while Kyle Plencner bested Holaway and Horton in heat two. Nick Newgent beat out Robert Kinas of South Bend and Michael Ferrara of South Bend in heat three. Ferrara also established a new qualifying record with a time of 14.051. In the points fight, Eryn Hartz has a commanding lead over Paul Bittle. Jasmine Schafer, Michael Ferrara and Joe Merrill make up the top five.

The Bellman Oil Company Late Model Feature was the event of the night. Rich Boal jumped out to a commanding lead and appeared headed to an easy victory. A caution on lap eighteen erased Boal’s straightaway lead and tightened up the field. As the field was re-aligned, Boal retired to the infield area with mechanical issues. Kevin Sauer of Lakeville took command and never looked back. While runner-up Mike Tutino of Walkerton battle the rest of the field, Sauer drove the race of his career, taking one of the most popular wins of the season. Scott Ross of Plymouth took third ahead of Charlie Hanna of Goshen and Vern Sauer of Lakeville. Andrew DeVreese of Mishawaka, Carl Greulich of Niles, Boal and Cory Pressler of Benton Harbor completed the field. Kevin Sauer was swarmed in victory lane by family and fans. In heat race action, Pressler took the top spot over Boal and Hanna with Hanna taking turning the fast lap in qualifying at 11.596. Rich Boal also leads the points battle in this class by forty points over Tutino, Hanna, Scott Ross and Kevin Sauer.

The Bettcher’s US Towing Hornet A feature saw Rick Wolkens of Niles taking his first feature win of the season by holding off a very determined Melissa Keuhs of Hobart and Kenny Elder of Walkerton. Cortney Wolff of Mill Creek was next ahead of Niles drivers, Rick Homan and Ed Martz. Rookie Judd Fielder of Niles led Chad Lindsey of LaPorte, Brandon Smith of Plymouth and Bobby Alwine of Bremen to round out the top ten. In the B main, it was James Haisley of South Bend beating out his cousin Robert Haisley, also of South Bend, for the win. Tyler Mead of Niles held off Ryan Scott of South Bend and Victoria Wolkens of Niles to complete the top five. The C feature finish was one of the most exciting of the night as Crystal Buzinec of Hobart crossed the line first but exceded her qualifying time on the final two circuits. South Bend drivers, Sammie Montorsi and Olivia Horton were battling for second with Sammie crossing the line backward to claim the win ahead of Horton and newcomer Jessica Urban of South Bend. Delbert Davis of South Bend and Andrew Hartman of Mishawaka rounded out the top five. In heat race action, Hartman Topped Buzinec and Olivia Horton in heat one with Danny Zimmerman of Benton Harbor topping Scott and Tom Davis of South Bend in heat two. Victoria Wolkens took the win in heat three over Mead and Keuhs while Homan bested Richele Wolkens and Lindsey in heat four. David Britton of Bremen was top qualifier with a lap of 15.387. Richele Wolkens leads the points battle by 37 points ahead of Judd Fielder, Ryan Scott, Josh Lichnerowicz and Melissa Keuhs.

The Kniola Automotive Street Stocks ran a special fifty lap A main event with $900 going to the winner. Rich Hensley of South Bend took advantage of his front row starting spot and led every lap of the event. Mike Walls of Mishawaka held off challenges from Tim Thurston of Niles and Fred Malecki of Granger. Jay Coffin of Hamlet led Ray Baer of South Bend, Austin Woodcox of LaPorte, Doug Fox of South Bend and Chris Woodall of Blue Island, IL. Larry Lehman of Trail Creek completed the top ten. In the B feature/last chance event, Mike Vidulich of Granger topped Jay Coffin, Danny Brown Sr of New Carlisle. Richie Nyari of South Bend and Seth Blommaert of Mokena, IL. AJ Lubelski bested Brown Sr and Frank Fairchild of Mishawaka in heat one with Nyari topping Walls and Michael Moore of Dyer in heat two. Heat three went to Fox over Baer and Joe Coffin of Hamlet. Corey Woods of South Bend established a new qualifying record with a lap of 13.020. Mike Walls leads the points with a forty point advantage over Fred Malecki with Rich Hensley, Danny Brown Sr and Ray Baer rounding out the top five.

This Saturday, the GLS Mini Cups will join the five regular classes in a huge six in one show and NO INCREASE IN ADMISSION. Adults will be admitted for just $10 with kids 6-12 just $5 and those 5 and under are free. Small coolers are welcome but NO glass containers or alcohol are allowed. Gates open at 5 with racing set to get underway at 7 pm. Don’t wait to hear about it from someone else, bring your friends, bring your family and we will see you at the races.

Records Set as South Bend Motor Speedway Beats Weatherman

August 1st, 2016

South Bend, IN – They say that records are made to be broken…or is that rules? Either way, a bunch of records fell by the wayside on Saturday night as the SBMS celebrated with another exciting night of racing. There was a record number of entries in the pit area (112), a record number of entries for one class (Hornets with 40), along with new qualifying records for four of the five classes. Brian Ross, Cory Pressler, Eryn Hartz and Jim Cauffman all established new qualifying marks for their respective classes while Corey Woods just missed a new mark for the remaining division. During intermission, fans were invited to join their favorite drivers for a ‘Pit Party Autograph’ session. On track action saw Brian Ross, Mike Walls, Rick Homan and Tom Davis score repeat feature wins while Jeff Kaiser, Robert Merrill and Christian Wynbelt each picked up their first wins of the season in a program that lasted past the midnight hour.

The Bettcher’s US Towing Hornets were first up on the program all night with Niles driver Rick Homan picking holding off a very determined Ronnie Holaway from South Bend for the win in the 20 lap A Main. James Haisley, also of South Bend topped Niles drivers, Judd Fielder and Richele Wolkens for the top five with Jim Cauffman of Bremen, Ed Martz of Niles, Josh Lichnerowicz of South Bend, Melissa Keuhs of Hobart and Ryan Scott of South Bend, the top ten. In the B feature, Christian Wynbelt of Dowagiac, making his first ever appearance at the track, took home the win with Victoria Wolkens of Niles in the runner-up spot. Early leader Maggie McIntyre was next with Larry Adams of Griffith and Sammie Montorsi of South Bend rounding out the top five. Tom Davis of South Bend took top honors in the C Feature over Danny Zimmerman of Benton Harbor, Olivia Horton of South Bend, Aaron Grooms of Buchanan and Delbert Davis of South Bend. In heat race action, Zimmerman took heat one over Delbert Davis and Olivia Horton with Maggie McIntyre beating out Kenny Lambuth of Mishawaka and Sammie Montorsi in heat two. Heat three went to Chad Lindsey of LaPorte over Rick Wolkens of Niles and Victoria Wolkens as Melissa Keuhs topped Lichnerowixz and Richele Wolkens in heat four. In qualifying, Jim Cauffman shattered his own record with a blistering lap of 14.953.

In the DC Garage Door Front Wheel Drive cars, it was Robert Merrill of South Bend picking up his first ever feature win by holding off fellow South Bend drivers, Eryn Hartz, Michael Ferrara and Derek Davis. Ricky Wilson, who makes the long drive from Frankfort, IL every week was next with Devin Lauderback of south Bend, James Trussell of Niles and Dave Keuhs of Hobart following. Hunter Rohweder of Valparaiso, and Ian whiteman of New Carlisle completed the top ten. Rohweder topped Trussell and Derek Davis for the win in heat race one while South Bend drivers, Nick Newgent, Paul Bittle and Ferrara were the top three in heat two. Eryn Hartz set a new qualifying mark with a lap of 14.072.

Nineteen drivers squared off in the Kniola Automotive Street Stock thirty lap feature with Mike Walls of Mishawaka picking up his third feature win of the season. Ray Baer of South Bend tried every trick he had but had to settle for second over Jeff Stetler of Plymouth, Austin Woodcox of LaPorte and Doug Fox of South Bend. Fred Malecki of Granger was next with Dave Long of Tippecanoe, Michael Moore of Dyer, Rich Nyari of South Bend and Larry Lehman filling out the top ten. In the first heat, it was Mike Vidulich of Granger topping Danny Brown Sr of New Carlisle and Jay Coffin of Hamlet while South Bend drivers, Rich Hensley, Nyari and Baer were the top three in heat two. Cory Woods turned a lap of 13.130 to lead qualifying.

The Creative Colors Sportsman cars saw fourteen drivers post qualifying times and twelve making the call for their thirty lap feature. After numerous, cautions, Jeff Kaiser of North Liberty picked up what may be his first ever feature win by holding off repeated challenges from Matt Sullivan of Hartford and Dennis Kaiser of North Liberty. Wade Burger of Plymouth was next ahead of Rich Boal of Plymouth and Mike Williams of Niles. Rodney Smith of Elkhart, AJ Lubelski of Plymouth, Cory Pressler of Benton Harbor and Roger Rubino from Crown Point completed the top ten. Jeff Kaiser beat out RJ Carpenter of Battle Creek and Rubino for the win in heat one while Boal topped Sullivan and Pressler in heat two. With a fast lap of 12.218, Cory Pressler established a new qualifying record for the division.

With sixteen of the top competitors from all over the area, the Bellman Oil Outlaw Late Models closed out the night. After having been denied a victory in his last two visits, Brian Ross of Plymouth was not to be denied this time as he took a convincing win over Rich Boal and Nick Pressler of Niles. Mike Tutino of Walkerton, Josh Trammell of Dowling, MI and Erv Starrett of Niles close behind while Kevin Sauer of Lakeville, Vicksburg, MI driver AJ Foote, Carl Greulich of Niles and Bruce Stanton of Union City, MI rounded out the top ten. Greulich bested Kevin Sauer and Starrett in heat one as Rick Hahn Jr of Indianapolis beat Scott Ross of Plymouth and Vern Sauer of Lakeville in heat two. ’Flyin’ Brian Ross lowered the track qualifying record with a time of 11.573.

This Saturday will see all five classes, once again, in competition with a special 50 lap feature for the Kniola Automotive Street Stocks paying $800 to the winner. Gates open at 5 pm with racing set to kick off at 7. Small coolers are welcome but NO alcohol or glass containers are allowed. Remember, per Indiana and St. Joseph County law, there is NO SMOKING OF VAPING allowed in the grandstand area. Don’t wait til next Monday to hear about the awesome action, bring your family, bring your friends, bring your cousin’s next door neighbor’s sister’s best friend but BE THERE!

We want to send out “Best of Luck” wishes to all of our Bellman Oil Company Late Model drivers who will be competing in Thursday’s Summer Sizzler at the New Pairs Speedway and we will see you at the races.

Dirty D Takes LM Gold as SBMS Welcomes Fans to Heart of Racing

July 20th, 2016

South Bend, IN – With a full pit area once again, the staff and management of the South Bend Motor Speedway invited the fans to visit with the drivers in the pit area during intermission. In an effort to build a following among the younger fans, owners, Vern and Kevin Sauer encouraged parents to bring the kids and visit the heart of the racing action. For thirty minutes, youngsters and the young at heart mingled with the drivers, taking photos and securing autographs as they got to meet their heroes up close and personal.

In racing action, Andrew DeVreese, also known as ‘Dirty D’ picked up his first feature win at the track. Rick Homan also scored his first feature win of the season as David Schieber won his first ever main event. Kenny Elder, Rich Hensley, Steve Stacy and Devin Lauderback each added to their feature win totals as nearly one
hundred cars packed the pits.

The Bellman Oil Company Late Model forty lap feature was red-flagged on lap 23 for a crash involving Goshen‘s Charlie Hanna and Scott Ross of Plymouth with Hanna’s car slamming into the turn one wall. Andrew DeVreese of Mishawaka scored his first main event win of the season in convincing fashion over Rich Boal and Brandon Ross of Plymouth. Ken Lollar Jr of Buchanan and Kevin Sauer of Lateville were next as Dowling MI driver, Josh Trammell, Mike Tutino of Walkerton, Vern Sauer of Lakeville Scott Ross and Hanna completed the field. Brothers Joe and Jay Coffin of Hamlet were involved in a serious crash during the heat race and were unable to make the
feature. Trammell topped Kevin Sauer and Brandon Ross in heat one while Lollar bested Boal and Tutino in heat two. With a time of 11.608, Charlie Hanna was top qualifier. Hanna holds a 66 point lead over Boal, Tutino, Scott Ross and Kevin Sauer.

The DC Garage Door Front Wheel Drive feature came down to just plain luck as a late race caution flag gave eventual winner Devin Lauderback of Walkerton. South Bend driver, Eryn Hartz had just taken the lead but the caution reverted the field to the last completed lap, returning Lauderback to the lead. Lauderback held off challenges from Hartz and fellow South Bend drivers, Paul Bittle, Jason Horton, Mim Merrill and Robert Kinas. Joe Merrill of South Bend, Jasmine Schafer of Bremen, David Keuhs of Hobart and Ian Whiteman of New Carlisle made up the top ten. In heat race action, Mike Kushnerik of Oak Lawn, IL topped Jim Merrill and Ricky Wilson of Frankfort, IL in heat one as Nick Newgent of South Bend bested Horton and James Trussell of Niles in heat two. Corey Woods of Osceola set a new track record in qualifying with a lap of 14.084. In the season points battle, Eryn Hartz leads Paul Bittle, Devin Lauderback, Jasmine Schafer and Michael Ferrara.

The Creative Colors Sportsman drivers were vying for a top prize of $1500 and ten drivers each had hopes of taking home the win. For the second time in two weeks, Steve Stacy of Plymouth took home the big money, holding off challenges from Benton Harbor’s Corey Pressler. Rodney Smith of Elkhart battled Rich Boal of Plymouth for third with Mike Williams of Niles, Robert Haisley of South Bend and Kyle O’Dell of Plymouth following. AJ Lubelski of Walkerton, Jeff Kaiser of North Liberty and Matt Sullivan of Hartford completed the top ten. Kyle O’Dell beat out Sullivan and Lubelski for the heat win with fast qualifying time going to Steve Stacy after Pressler was found to have an improper ride height. Stacy’s time 12.533. Rich Boal holds a slim 46 point lead over Sullivan, Smith, Lubelski and Kaiser.

With 35 cars on hand, the Bettcher’s US Towing Hornets featured three features and four heats. Rick Homan of Niles picked up his first A feature win of the season ahead of David Britton of Bremen and Niles drivers Ed Martz and Judd Fielder. Jim Cauffman of North Liberty was next with Chad Lindsey of LaPorte, Jason Moorehead of Valporaiso, James Haisley of South Bend following. Points leader, Richele Wolkens of Niles and Melissa Keuhs of Hobart rounded out the top ten. In the fifteen lap B feature, Michelle Law of Joliet jumped out to a commanding lead and appeared headed for victory. However, David Schieber of Granger had other ideas and wrestled the lead away with just two laps to go and picked up his first ever feature win over Ronnie Holaway of South Bend. Law held on for third with Joe Moeglin of Hebron and Maggie McIntyre of South Bend completing the top five. Kenny Elder of Walkerton took the C feature over Andrew Hartman of Mishawaka and Mikey Carter of New Carlisle and Crystal Buzinec of Hobart. Elder also scored the win over Aaron Grooms of Buchanand and Austin Thomas of South Bend in heat one with Moeglin, besting McIntyre and Olivia Horton of South Bend in heat two. Rick Wolkens of Niles beat Homan and Fielder in heat three with Moorehead topping Haisley and Keuhs in heat four. Jim Cauffman established a new record time with a qualifying mark of 15.053. Richele Wolkens continues to lead the points battle by a mere 27 points over Ryan Scott of South Bend. Tyler Mead of Niles, Judd Fielder and Josh Lichnerowicz of South Bend follow with only 53 points separating the top five.

With just six tenths of a second separating the top fourteen qualifyers, the Kniola Automotive Street Stocks continue to be the most competitive class at the track. In the thirty lap main, Rich Hensley of South Bend took the top spot, holding off a hard charging Danny Brown Jr of LaPorte in the late stages. It was Hensley’s second win of the season. Jay Coffin of Hamlet was third over Ronnie McLean of South Bend and Fred Malecki of Granger. Ray Baer of South Bend led Austin Woodcox of LaPorte, Vernon Knight of Michigan City and Doug Fox of South Bend. Danny Brown Sr of New Carlisle completed the top ten. Mike Vidulich of Granger topped Michael Gerike of Crown Point and Frank Fairchild of Mishawaka in heat one while Brown Jr took heat two over Mike Walls of Mishawaka and Woodcox. With a lap of 13.365, Ray Baer was top qualifier. Only 44 points separate the top five in the season points battle with Fred Malecki leading Mike Walls, Danny Brown Sr, Rich Hensley and Frank Fairchild.

This Saturday will feature Old Timer’s night with the Vintage Race Cars on hand as well. Spectator gates open at 5 with racing action beginning at 7 pm. Adult admission is just $10 with kids 6-12 admitted for only $5 and those 5 and under admitted free with an accompanying adult. Seniors and Military each receive a $2 discount off adult admission. Will our points leaders hang on to win the points championships? Join us this week to find out. Don’t wait to hear it from someone else and we will see you at the races.

Stacy Scores Huge Win as SBMS Celebrates 70 Years

July 12th, 2016

South Bend, IN- To celebrate 70 years of racing action, the South Bend Motor Speedway hosted a 70 lap feature event for the Bellman Oil Company Outlaw Late Models. Nearly one hundred drivers packed the pit area and a large number of fans enjoyed a cool summer Saturday night and witnessed Frank Fairchild, Kenny Elder, David Britton and Michael Ferrara pick up their first feature wins of the season. Steve Stacy and Matt Sullivan each took top honors for the second time this season.

In the highly competitive Kniola Automotive Street Stock main event, Frank Fairchild of Mishawaka took advantage of his pole starting position and led the entire 25 lap event. It was Fairchild’s first A feature event since coming out of retirement earlier this season. Rich Nyari of South Bend came home in the runner-up spot for his best finish of the season over fellow South Bend drivers, Keith Carter, Derek Wunder and Doug Fox. Mike Walls of Mishawaka, Austin Woodcox of LaPorte, Ray Baer of South Bend, Rich Hensley of South Bend and Danny Brown Jr of LaPorte rounded out the top ten. In heat race action, Fairchild took the win in heat one over Andrew Rigley of Mishawaka and Brown Jr. as Walls topped Woodcox and Baer in heat two. Doug Fox was top qualifier at 13.510.

The car count was down slightly in the DC Garage Door Front Wheel Drives but the competition was as strong as ever. Michael Ferrara led the South Bend contingent to score his first win of the season in the twenty lap main over Eryn Hartz, Joe Merrill and Paul Bittle. Dave Keuhs of Hobart picked up his best finish of the season taking fifth ahead of Jim Merrill and Robert Merrill, both of South Bend. Mac Hastings of Lowell, Ian Whiteman of New Carlisle and James Trussell of Niles completed the top ten. Jim Merrill topped Jason Horton of South Bend and Jeff Law of Joliet, IL in heat one while Jasmine Schafer of Bremen took heat two over Ferrara and Bittle. Paul Bittle posted the fastest lap of 14.282 to lead the qualifying order.

With a record 21 entries in the Bellman Oil Late Models, the top 14 qualifiers were locked into the A main with a twenty lap last chance race was held with the top two finishers given the option of advancing to the A. Kevin Sauer of Lakeville and Joe Coffin of Hamlet both chose to move up after Jay Coffin of Hamlet exceeded his qualifying time, relegating him to a sixth place finish. Carl Greulich of Niles, Erv Starrett of Niles and Josh Trammell of Dowling, MI rounded out the field. In the 70 lap A feature, Steve Stacy of Plymouth took home over $3000 for the win, his second big win of the season. Brian Ross of Plymouth settled for the runner-up spot ahead of Goshen’s Charlie Hanna and Plymouth’s Rich Boal. Mike Tutino of Walkerton was next over Kenny Lollar Jr of Buchanan, Vern Sauer of Lakeville and Jerry Zachary of Dowagiac. Kevin Sauer and Rick Hahn Jr of Indianapolis rounded out the top ten. Scott Ross of Plymouth topped Kevin Sauer and Jay Coffin in heat one with Hahn taking the win in heat two over Tutino and Hanna. With a qualifying lap of 12.060, Brian Ross topped the qualifying order. Special thanks to the many sponsors who helped with the payoff for this special 70 lap event.

In the twenty lap Bettcher’s US Towing Hornet main, point leader Richele Wolkens of Niles jumped to an early lead but found herself exceeding her qualifying time, relegating her to the rear of the field. Kenny Elder of Walkerton took command and never looked back, winning the first A feature of his career ahead of Ryan Scott of South Bend and James Haisley of South Bend. Niles drivers, Judd Fielder and Rick Homan were next ahead of Melissa Keuhs of Hobart and Brandon Smith of Plymouth. Chad Lindsey of LaPorte, Joe Moeglin of Hebron and Josh Lichnerowicz of South Bend completed the top ten. In the 15 lap B feature, David Britton of Bremen used a lapped car to narrowly beat Rowdy Ronnie Holaway of South Bend to the line. Leroy Dick of Granger took third over Tom Davis of South Bend and Lizzy Wolkens of Niles. Dick bested Davis and Mason Napier of South Bend in heat one while Britton took heat two over sisters Victoria and Richele Wolkens in heat two. Moeglin held off Ryan Scott and Lindsey to win heat three. Rick Homan led the thirty car field in qualifying with a lap of 15.392.

The field of Creative Colors Sportsman cars was down from previous week but their feature went green to checker without incident. Matt Sullivan of Hartford took the win ahead of points leader, Rich Boal of Plymouth and Rodney Smith of Elkhart. Kyle O’Dell of Plymouth, Robert Haisley of South Bend, Jeff Kaiser of North Liberty and AJ Lubelski of Walkerton rounded out the field. O’Dell topped Kaiser and Haisley in the heat as Smith was top qualifier at 13.023.

This Saturday will feature the Creative Colors Sportsman cars going 50 laps for $1000 to win along with a special Power Wheels race for the kids, prior to racing. The Bellman Oil Late Models, Bettcher’s US Towing Hornets, Kniola Automotive Street Stocks and DC Garage Door FWD cars will also compete. Pits open at noon with grandstands at 5 and racing set to go at 7 pm. Adult admission is just $10. Bring your friends, bring your neighbors or just bring the family. Small coolers are welcome but NO alcohol and NO glass containers are allowed. Also remember that, per St. Joseph County and Indiana law, there is NO SMOKING OR VAPING allowed in the grandstand area at any time. Thank you for your support and we will see you at the races.

SBMS Celebrates With Fireworks and Motorized Mayhem

July 6th, 2016

South Bend, IN- It was a night filled with excitement and fun as the South Bend Motor Speedway celebrated the Independence Day weekend. Over 60 cars crowded the pit area and drivers participated in numerous events of motorized mayhem. The big winners, however, were the fans who enjoyed what many called, “The best fireworks
display I’ve ever seen.”

The evening opened up with a show of speed and driving expertise in the one-on-one spectator drags. Vern Sauer of Lakeville eliminated all competition and took the trophy and cash. Following the event, Vern went into the stands and presented the trophy to a young fan and donated the prize money to charity.

In a special race for female competitors only. The ‘non-contact’ race was won by speedway regular Olivia Horton of South Bend. Tammy Whitmer of South Bend was second over Samantha Hensley of North Liberty, Tiffany Hensley of South Bend and Ashley Norris of South Bend.

The very popular ‘Backwards Race’ saw 21 competitors test their skills. The object of the race is to run ten laps, in reverse, going the opposite direction of a regular race. Justin Stambaugh of Walkerton scored his first win of the evening over Mike Bush of LaPorte, Aaron Lintz of South Bend, Trent Hensley of South Bend and Scott Ruprecht of South Bend. Cameron Mester of Walkerton, Joe Mayer of South Bend, Mark Cook of Michigan City, Chris Wollf of Mill Creek and Kolin Ullery of South Bend, completed the top ten.

For the ‘Pole Race’ a large tire with a pole in the middle was placed in the center of the backstretch. Competitors have to negotiate around the pole each lap avoiding crashing into other cars. It sounds easy but it’s much harder than it looks. When the dust settled, it was Heather Zarembka of South Bend who beat out 18 other drivers for the win. Scott Ruprecht ended up 2nd with Brandon Smith of South Bend was next over Mike Bush and Bailey Cherry of Westville. Chris Wollf and South Bend drivers, Tom Davis, Stephen Putnam, Sam Nomos and Steven Hensley rounded out the top ten.

During the ’Blindfold Race’ in which the driver is blindfolded and a navigator has to guide the driver thoughout the event, Annie Jones and Samantha Hensley hit the turn two wall head on. Jones was treated and released after being transported by ambulance. Kenny Elder and Cortney Wollf won the event which was red flagged following a multi car pileup.

The crowd favorite was the first ever ’Pace Car Race’. A designated pace car leads the field around the track, slowing down, stopping, speeding up at will. Competitors are not allowed to pass the pace car. Within the final five laps, the pace car exits and drivers race to the finish. Kyle McNamara of Mishawaka drove the pace car and kept the other drivers on their toes. Once the pace car left the track, Steven Hensley bested Patrick McNamara of Mishawaka, Scott Ruprecht, Aaron Lintz and James Trussell of Niles. Ronnie Holloway of South Bend, Scott Breeding of New Carlisle, Joe Mayer, Rich Hensley and Nick Geisler of South Bend completed the top ten.

In the ’Skid Plate Race’ for front wheel drive cars, Cameron Mester took the top honors over Kyle McNamara, Kip Piper of Michigan City, David Hare of Ligonier and Kolin Ullery.

Just prior to the fireworks display, the ‘Lights Out Race’ hit the track. Rich Hensley took the win over Cameron Mester, Scott Ruprecht, Jake Hare of Ligonier and Ronnie Holaway.

Following the spectacular fireworks display, the first of two trailer races lined up. This first one was for cars only. Justin Stambaugh redeemed himself for coming up short in the June event by taking the win over Dakota Milbourn of Mishawaka and Levi Grise of Niles. Tyler Maggert of Mishawaka was next over Ronnie Holaway and Jake Hare. Steven Hansley, JR Hines of Grovertown, Chris Primley of Dowagiac, Kyle McNamara and Aaron Lintz completed the top ten.

The final event of the night was the Trailer Race for Trucks and SUVs. Driving a mini van, Steven Hensley took the win over Dalton Winterrowd of South Bend and Justin Stambaugh. Terry Vincent of South Bend, Bill Lovely of Plymouth, Chris Collier of Michigan City andKolin Ullery followed. John Hohnson of Osceola, Ben Navarre of Edwardsburg and Mark Cook filled out the top ten finishers.

This Saturday night, the stock cars return for the remainder of the schedule. Bellman Oil Outlaw Late Models, Creative Colors Sportsman, Kniola Automotive Street Stocks, DC Garage Door Front Wheel Drives and Bettcher’s US Towing Hornets will all be in competition with the Late Models going 70 laps for a top prize of $1500. Gates open at 5 pm with racing set to get underway at 7. Small coolers are welcome but NO alcohol is allowed to be carried in. Load up the family and we will see you at the races.

Veteran Drivers Dominate SBMS Features

June 29th, 2016

South Bend, IN – The saying goes that “Old age and treachery beats youth and exuberance every time.” That may not always be the case but, on Saturday night, experience truly paid off as four of the six feature winners each have over twenty years behind the wheel of a race car. Ray Baer and Brian Ross, along with Tyler Mead, each picked up their first feature wins of the season while Shawn Amor, Tom Davis and Mike Long each picked up their second main event wins of the season.

Leading off the lineup was the Creative Colors Sportsman cars. Shawn Amor of Walkerton took command from early leader Kyle O’Dell of Plymouth, who finished in the runner-up spot. Rodney Smith of Elkhart battled Rich Boal of Plymouth and Robert Haisley of South Bend with Matt Sullivan of Hartford, mike Williams of Niles, Jeff Kaisr of North Liberty and AJ Lubelski of Walkerton completing the field. In heat race action, Kaiser bested Sullivan and Williams for the win. Amor topped the qualifying order with a time of 12.714.

In DC Garage Door Front Wheel Drive action, 19 drivers lined up for their forty lap, $500 to win feature event. South Bend area drivers nailed down the top six spots as veteran Mike Long took the win over Paul Bittle, Joe Merrill, David Schieber, Jason Horton and Jim Merrill. Hunter Rohweder of Valporaiso was next as Robert Merrill of South Bend, Sean Stuart of North Liberty and Jeff Law of Joliet, IL rounded out the top ten. Jeff Law took the win in heat one over Nick Newgent of South Bend and Stuart as Schieber topped Robert Kinas of South Bend and Joe Merrill in heat two. Michael Ferrara of South Bend posted quick time with a qualifying lap of 14.223.

Whenever Brian Ross of Plymouth is on the property, he is the fan favorite to win in the Bellman Oil Company Late Model division. Such was the case on Saturday as Ross lapped most of the field to win the forty lap main. Brian’s brother, Scott Ross claimed the runner-up spot after struggling throughout the early part of the season. Kenny Lollar Jr of Buchanan held on for third ahead of points leader Charlie Hanna of Goshon and Mike Tutino of Walkerton. Rich Boal of Plymouth, Nick Kretchmer of Granger, Kevin Sauer of Lakeville, Rick Hahn Jr of Indianapolis and Erv Starrett of Niles completed the top ten. Kretchmer topped Hahn and Kevin Sauer in heat one while Scott Ross topped Brian Ross and Boal in heat two. Mike Tutino turned in fast qualifying time with a speed of 12.035.

In Bettcher’s Towing Hornet action, Lizzy Wolkens of Niles jumped out to the early lead and appeared headed for her first feature win of the season. However, new daddy Tyler Mead of Niles had other plans as he chased her down and took command late in the race. Ryan Scott of South Bend was third ahead of LaPorte’s Chad Lindsey and Judd Fielder of Niles. Josh Lichnerowicz of South Bend  led point leader Richele Wolkens of Niles, Melissa Keuha of Hobart, Brandon Vines of South Bend and Bobby Alwine of Bremen to round out the top ten. South Bend’s Tom Davis held off challenges from Andrew Hartman of Mishawaka and Olivia Horton of South Bend. Michelle Law of Joliet, IL and Crystal Buzinec of Hobart completed the top five. Davis also won heat one over Sammie Montorsi of South Bend and Olivia Horton as Lizzy Wolkens topped Vines and Mead in heat two. Lindsey bested Lichnerowicz and Richele Wolkens in heat three as Melissa Keuhs was fastest in qualifying with a lap of 15.522.

The Kniola Automotive Street Stock division saw 17 drivers compete in their 25 lap main with South Bend veteran Ray Baer holding off Danny Brown Jr of LaPorte and Fred Malecki of Granger as Danny Brown Sr of New Carlisle and Doug Fox of South Bend following. Mike Walls of Mishawaka, Derek Wunder of South Bend, Austin Woodcox of LaPorte and South Bend drivers Rich Nyari and Ronnie McLean completed the top ten. Rich Hensley of South Bend topped Greg Gifford of Michigan City and Jay Coffin of Hamlet in heat one with Fox taking heat two over Brown Sr and McLean in heat two. Fred Malecki, once again, was top qualifier at 13.557.

The stock cars will take this next week off as the speedway hosts our annual July 4th Night of Destruction. Pit gate opens at noon with spectator gates opening at 5 and action to begin at 7 pm. Lots of exciting NOD action on tap along with a HUGE fireworks display. You’ll want to get there early as this event always draws a huge crowd. Small coolers are welcome but NO alcohol or glass bottles are allowed. Bring you friends, bring the family, bring you in-laws but JOIN US and we will see you at the races.

SBMS Celebrates Roof-Sit

June 23rd, 2016

With a flea market featuring racing memorabilia, silent auctions and drivers circulating throughout the grandstands collecting donations, the South Bend Motor Speedway hoped to raise $500 to help put an end to child abuse with a special Roof-Sit night on Saturday. Over 100 cars, once again filled the pit area on a very warm evening. Charlie Hanna and Mike Walls each picked up their second A Feature win of the season as Eryn Hartz, Cory Pressler and James Haisley Jr notched their first wins of the season. Vernon Knight, Jason Horton, Ryan Scott and Andrew Hartman scored B feature wins.

In the always exciting, Bettcher’s US Towing Hornet A feature, points leader Richele Wolkens of Niles quickly move to the point but James Haisley Jr of South Bend wrestled the lead away and went on to score the win. Richele added to her points lead with a runner-up finish over Josh Lichnerowicz of South Bend, Kyle Royster of Cedar Lake and Melissa Keuhs of Hobart. Niles drivers Judd Fielder, Rick Homan, Victoria Wolkens and Lizzy Wolkens were next with Jason Moorehead of Valparaiso in tenth. South Bend’s Ryan Scott bested Tyler Mead of Niles for the B Feature win with Dustin Sauer of Plymouth and South Bend drivers Tom Davis and Maggie McIntyre following. Andrew Hartman of Mishawaka held off a late race challenge from Korbett Koselak of South Bend to win the C Feature event. Crystal Buzinec of Hobart, Austin Middleton of South Bend and Quentin Marvin of South Bend made up the top five. In heat race action, Jacob Eldridge of Logansport scored his first ever SBMS win over Hartman and Buzinec in heat one as Mead took heat two over Ryan Barnes and Olivia Horton, both of South Bend. Heat three went to Ryan Scott over Sauer and Tom Davis. Fielder beat out Joe Moeglin of Hebron and Victoria Wolkens in heat four while Richele Wolkens scored the fast heat win ahead of Homan and Moorehead. Jason Moorehead posted fast qualifying time with a lap of 15.495.

In the DC Garage Door Front Wheel Drive class, it was Eryn Hartz of South Bend picked up his first win of the season by holding off challenges from Mike Long of South Bend. Jeff Law of Joliet, IL took third in his best finish to date. David Schieber of Granger was next over South Bend drivers, Michael Ferrara, Robert Kinas and Robert Merrill. Chuck Maggion of Mishawaka, Hunter Rohweder of Valparaiso and Jim Merrill of South Bend rounded out the top ten. Jason Horton of South Bend picked up his second B Feature win of the season by holding off Devin Lauderback of Walkerton, Nick Newgent of South Bend and Dave Keuhs of Hobart who scored a win in the first heat over Law and Lauderback. Heat two went to Rohweder over Maggio and Kinas as Hartz scored the win in heat three over Long and Paul Bittle of South Bend. Eryn Hartz notched top qualifying time with a lap of 14.450.

Just over half a second separated the field for the Kniola Automotive Street Stock A main with Mike Walls of Mishawaka starting in pole position. Walls took the lead at the drop of the green and never looked back. Joe Coffin of Hamlet challenged Walls throughout the event with Danny Brown Jr of LaPorte given serious chase at the end. Coffin and Brown settled for second and third over Doug Fox of South Bend, Tim Thurston of Niles and Danny Brown Sr of New Carlisle. Richie Nyari and Ray Baer of South Bend, Jay Coffin of Hamlet and Derek Wunder of South Bend completed the top ten. Michigan City’s Vernon Knight picked up the B Feature win ahead of Rich Hensley of South Bend, Andrew Rigley of Mishawaka Ronnie Mclean of South Bend and Michael Moore of Dyer. Heat one went toMcLean ahead of Hensley and Moore with Walls besting Jay Coffin and Baer in heat two. Thurston topped Austin Woodcox of LaPorte and Frank Fairchild of Mishawaka in heat three. Danny Brown Jr turned a lap of 13401 to lead the field in qualifying.

Cory Pressler of Benton Harbor survived the carnage that marred the Creative Colors Sportsman Feature event taking the lead from early leader Steve Stacy of Plymouth. AJ Lubelski of Walkerton took the runner-up spot with a last lap pass over Stacy with Hartford’s Matt Sullivan and Mike Williams of Niles following. Jeff Kaiser of North Liberty led Matt Arvia of Griffith, Justin Stambaugh of Walkerton, Rich Boal of Plymouth and Josh Trammell of Dowling, MI to round out the top ten. Newcomer, Ray Carpenter of Battle Creek top the win in heat one over Jeff Kaiser and Stambaugh with Lubelski besting Boal and Pressler in heat two. Pressler was best in qualifying with a time of 12.927.

Current points leader and defending champion, Charlie Hanna of Goshen added another win to his total in the Bellman Oil Company Late Model 40 lap feature. Rich Boal of Plymouth took the runner-up spot over Mike Tutino of Walkerton and Ken Lollar Jr of Buchanan. Kevin Sauer of Lakeville was next over Brandon Miller of Fort Wayne, Ver Sauer of Lakeville, Erv Starrett of Niles, Jacob Maynard of Elkhart and Carl Greulich of Niles. Greulich picked up the win in heat one over Miller and Kevin Saure while Maynard took heat two over Lollar and Tutino. Tutino was top qualifier posting a time of 12.252.

This Saturday will feature another exciting night of racing for all five regular divisions with the DC Garage Door Front Wheel Drive drivers going 40 laps for $400 to win along with special Big Wheel Races for the kids. Spectator gates open at 5 pm with racing set to begin at 7. As always, small coolers are welcome but NO alcohol or glass containers are allowed. Coming up July 2 will feature a special Night of Destruction along with a HUGE fireworks display. We hope you’ll bring your friends, you family, even people you just met to enjoy the action and we will see you at the

Summer Smashfes at South Bend Motor Speedway

June 19th, 2016

South Bend, IN- The temperature was not the only thing that was hot as the South Bend Motor Speedway hosted their Summer Smashfest on Saturday night. With the regular stock car classes taking the night off, the speedway hosted another Night of Destruction featuring a multitude of events to satisfy even the pickiest fan of motorized mayhem

The littlest fans took to the newly added demo arena to open the show with the always exciting Power Wheels Demo Derby. Boys and girls released their aggressions in a safe environment as parents cheered from the sidelines. After the designated time, each participant received a gift from the speedway. Smiles were in abundance as all of the kids enjoyed themselves.

Unlike the April event, no walls were harmed in the running of the first official event of the night. A total of 8 trains took the green flag from starter Lance Miller. As the smoke cleared, it was Steven and Rich Hensley taking the win ahead of Jim Cauffman and Paul Mester. Kyle and Don Heider were next with Michael Newgent and JJ Milbourne next. Cody Blume with Dalton Winterowd rouded out the top five.

In the wildly popular Backwards Race, participants had to navigate the track in reverse for ten laps. Roger Streeting put his Kia Spectra in the winner’s circle but was challenged by Loni Bush and Justin Stambaugh for most of the event. Scot Rupprecht, Jimmy Zarembka and Kyle Applegate were next as Chris Seadorff, Brandon Smith and Tommy Tipton completed the field.

Next up was the Skid Plate Race for front wheel drive vehicles. In this event, the rear wheels are removed and replaced with steel plates. Drivers have to maintain control while also competing to outrace other drivers. Once again, Roger Streeting took the victory over Loni Bush, Jim Stambaugh and Scott Ruprecht. Jimmy Zarembka was next aheat of Kyle Applegate and Chris Seadorff.

The Stock Compact Demo Derby was the first official event to christen the new concrete Demo Derby Arena located in the infield. A total of 14 drivers took the green, hoping to take home the top prize. After quite a few hard hits, it came down to a battle between young guns, Justin Stambaugh and Chad Newgent. As the two maneuvered around the eliminated cars, Newgent’s car finally gave up. In a show of sportsmanship, Chad motioned for Justin to give his car one final hit before breaking his stick. Stambaugh shared the victory with his father, Jim and super fan Jeff Skwiat. Newgent took the runner-up spot over Antonio Wilsom, Adam “Big Dogg” Ewing and Dustin Newgent. Dalton Winterowd was next over Jason Fisher, Aaron Lintz, Scott Breeding Jr and Michael Newgent. Dalton Winterowd received the “Mad Dog” award for putting on the best show.

The Pro Mod Demo cars were next up and featured heavily modified full sized cars. Roger Hickman outlasted the rest of the eight car field beating out Rick Hollingshead, Casey Bush, in a 1963 Chrysler Imperial, and Cody Bush. Zach Rife, Jake Hare and Chad Newgent rounded out the field. Hickman was also awarded the “Mad Dog” award for this event.

The Pro Mod Trucks were short on entries but still provided plenty of action. In the end, it was David Merrell getting the win after Donny Guerrero was disqualified for two rather aggressive driver door hits. Travis Neville ended up second with Guerrero third. Guerrero would have been awarded the “Mad Dog” but forfeited it due to the disqualification.

In the Stock Full Size Demo, action was halted after Kenneth Huston took a particularly hard hit and was knocked unconscious temporarily. Huston was transported to Memorial Hospital where he was treated and released. Once action was resumed, it was Scott Kuszmaul taking his first win ever at the track over Aaron Lintz and Joe Sobieski. Justin Lintz was next over April’s runner-up, Dave Meyer, Steven Hensley, Austin Powell, Dalton Winterowd, David Click and Michael Bush. Justin Lintz was awarded the “Mad Dog of the event.

A crowd favorite was the Light’s Out Race. For this event, featuring front wheel drive cars, the track lights are turned off and each car has a light mounted on the top. Competitors have to negotiate the track in complete darkness. Chuck Maggio jumped out to an early lead and appeared headed for victory only to lose his breaks on lap sixteen. In the end, it was Scott Ruprecht taking the win, even though his hood had come up and was blocking his light. Jeremy Templeton took the runner-up spot with Kip Piper, jake Hare and Cameron Mester completing the top five. Maggio, Ron Applegate, Kyle McNamara, Tommy Tipton and Roger Streeting completed the top ten.

With 44 entries, the Trailer Race was divided up with cars in the first event and trucks, vans and SUV’s in the second. Steven Hensley beat out a very hard charging Justin Stambaugh for the win as Stambaugh’s trailer came unhooked as the pair approached the finish line. Kyle McNamara was next with Edward Zarembka and Dakota Millbourne following. Jake Hare, Chris Burdgick, cody Blume , Chris Seadorf and Scott Ruprecht rounded out the top ten.

The Truck, Van, SUV trailer race saw 24 competitors in everything from pickups to full size vans to Suburbans. Kenny Elder took home the gold after numerous red flags. Terry Vincent was runner-up with Trent Hensley, towing a huge camper trailer, Edward Zarembka and Brandon Smith. Kollin Ullery, John Johnson, Scott Zillinger, Kyle Applegate and Tim Leslie completed the top ten.

The next Night of Destruction will be Saturday, July 2 and will feature a huge fireworks display along with Monster trucks and a full card of racing type action. The trailer races and Lights Out races will return, along with many other special events for that night only.

This coming Saturday will feature mid-season championships for all five regular racing divisions. Charlie Hanna currently leads the points for the Bellman Oil Outlaw Late Models while Rich Boal holds the lead in the Creative Colors Sportsman division. Danny Brown Sr holds a four point lead over Fred Malecki in the Kniola Automotive Street Stocks as Devin Lauderback sits atop the DC Garage Door Fron Wheel Drive standings.

In the Bettcher’s US Towing Hornets, Richele Wolkens continues to maintain her hold on the title. Spectator gates open at 5 with racing action set to get underway at 7. Small coolers are welcome but NO glass and NO alcohol are allowed. We hope you’ll join us this Saturday night and we will see you
at the races.

Records Fall as SBMS Shuts Out Rain

June 9th, 2016

South Bend, IN-It was ‘Dollar Night’ at the South Bend Motor Speedway this past Saturday night and nearly 5000 fans enjoyed an action packed night of racing fun. With nearly every other race track within a 75 mile radius raining out, the phone was ringing off the hook with fans anxious to get their Saturday night racing fix. Charlie Hanna backed up his win of a week ago while Shawn Amor, Mike Walls, Judd Fielder and Jasmine Schafer each picked up their first A Feature wins of the season. Jason Horton, Kenny Elder, Tom Davis and Danny Brown Sr each scored wins in B Feature action as over 120 cars took or attempted to take qualifying times.

The Kniola Automotive Street Stock class was first on the program as Mike Walls of Mishawaka picked up his first A feature win in many years. To do so, he had to hold off challenges from veteran drivers, Ray Baer of South Bend and Frank Fairchild of Mishawaka. Austin Woodcox of LaPorte was next ahead of Larry Lehman of Trail Creek and Jeff Stetler of Argos. Derek Wunder of South Bend bested Niles drivers, Tim Thurston and Chad McGinnis while Joe Coffin of Hamlet completed the top ten. The B feature saw several cars crash at the finish as Danny Brown Sr of New Carlisle took the win ahead of Michael Gerike of Crown Point, Rich Nyari of South Bend, Brad Smith of Niles and Mike Vidulich of Granger. Nyari bested Brown and Ryan Moore of Kouts in heat one while Smith beat Todd Taylor of Edwardsburg and Rich Hensley of South Bend to win heat two. Heat three went to Baer over Stetler and Fairchild as Wunder, McGinnis and Coffin were the top 3 in heat four. Fred Malecki of Granger, once again, posted the top qualifying effort with a time of 13.285.

The Bettcher’s US Towing Hornet division saw one of the biggest payouts ever for the entry level class. With $600 offered to the winner of the 40 lap event, it was anybody’s guess who would prevail. Ron Verash of Stock Car Extreme sweetened the pot with an additional $5 for every lap led. Rookie Judd Fielder of Niles jumped to the lead at the drop of the green and never looked back. Fast qualifier and last week’s winner, Justin Mikel of Montgomery, IL moved quickly toward the front only to collect Bobby Alwine of Bremen and Josh Lichnerowicz of South Bend on lap 11 and bringing out the caution. Restarting at the rear of the field, Mikel, once again set sail in search of the front, only to have a tire go down on lap 21, relegating him to the infield. As the checker fell, it was Fielder taking the win and leading every lap for a total $800 payday. Ryan Scott of South Bend fought hard to claim the runner-up spot over David Britton of Bremen and Chad Lindsey of LaPorte. Jason Moorehead of Valporaiso was next over points leader Richele Wolkens of Niles and Rick Homan of Niles. Jim Cauffman of North Liberty, Eryn Hartz of South Bend and Alwine rounded out the top ten. In the B feature, it was Walkerton’s Kenny Elder taking the win over Plymouth drivers, Dustin Sauer and Blake Smith. Vic Montorsi of Rolling Prairie was next over Kenny Lambuth of Mishawaka. Tom Davis of South Bend topped Ryan Barnes of Niles, Michelle Law of Joliet, IL, Jacob Eldridge of Logansport and Olivia Horton of South Bend for the C feature win. In heat race action, Delbert Davis of South Bend bested Michelle Law and Barnes in heat one as Maggie McIntyre of South Bend scored her first ever win ahead of Lizzy Wolkens of Niles and Sauer in heat two. Heat three saw Victoria Wolkens of Niles, Fielder and Britton leading the field as Richele Wolkens of Niles took heat four over Mikel and Moorehead. Mikel posted fast time for the 33 car field with a lap of 15.288.

In the Bellman Oil Late Models, it was defending division champion, Charlie Hanna of Goshen picked up his second win in as many weeks. Scott Ross of Plymouth settled for the runner-up spot ahead of Kenny Lollar Jr of Buchanan and Mike Tutino of Walkerton. Robbie Ferrier of Sowagiac, making his first visit in a couple years was next with Rich Boal of Plymouth, Brandon Ross of Lakeville, Andrew DeVreese of Mishawaka, Kevin Sauer of Lakeville and Bradley Blackburn Jr of Goshen, rounding out the top ten. Blackburn topped Brandon Ross and Carl Greulich of Niles for the win in heat one while Lollar beat Scott Ross and Hanna in heat two. DeVreese was top qualifier with a time of 11.981.

The DC Garage Door Front Wheel Drives saw Jasmine Schafer of Bremen finally picking up her first A feature victory of the season after two weeks of being robbed of the win after leading most of the way. Jasmine held off repeated challenges from South Bend drivers Michael Ferrara and Mike Long. Devin Lauderback of Walkerton was next over Robert Kinas of South Bend and Lance Miller of Goshen. Paul Bittle and Matt Plencner, both of South Bend, Michael Tobuch of Monee, IL and Robbert Merrill of South Bend filled out the top ten. In the B feature, Jason Horton of South Bend took the win over Mike Kushnerik from Oaklawn, IL, Jason Harman of Goshen, Nick Newgent of South Bend and Hunter Rohweder of Valparaiso. In heat race action, Harman topped Rohweder and Nick Newgent in heat one with Matt Plencner taking heat two over Tobuch and Lauderback. Jason Newgent of South Bend bested Kinas and Robert Merrill in heat three while Mike Long was fast qualfier at 14.273.

Closing out the running order were the Creative Colors Sportsman drivers. A total of 18 drivers presented for the start of the 30 lap event with half retiring before the end. Shawn Amor of Walkerton overtook Ron Maynard Jr of Edwardsburg late in the event and went on to victory. Maynard settled for the runner-up spot over AJ Lubelski of Walkerton and Robert Haisley of South Bend. Mike Williams of Niles was next ahead of Rich Boal of Plymouth and Shawn Grace of Goshen. Jeff Kaiser of North Liberty, Justin Stambaugh of Walkerton and Kyle O’Dell of Plymouth completed the top ten. Jeff Kaiser topped the action in heat one ahead of Steve Williams of Elkhart and Maynard as Dennis Kaiser of North Liberty beat Brandon Cretacci of Walkerton and Lubelski in heat two. Boal bested Rodney Smith of Elkhart and Amor in heat three with Amor establishing a new qualifying record of 12.457.

Thanks to the efforts of Creative Colors, the Sauer family, Walls Racing, Lubelski Racing’s Dale and Judy Lancaster and a host of others, a total of 31 kid’s bikes were given away to younger fans. Jerrod Soucy of Marlboro, Massachusetts arrived near the end of qualifying, hoping to compete. However, the FWD Volkswagen did not fit any of the rules. Jerrod had the car on display in the pit area and took a few very quick laps around the high banked oval during a short break just prior to A feature action. We want to wish Jerrod safe travels as he returns home.

The stock cars have this week off as the Summer Smashfest Crash and Bash. Included on the program are events for Pro Mod Cars, Pro Mod Trucks, Full Sized and Compact cars. In addition, there will be Skid Plate races, a Lights Out race, Train races and the always exciting Trailer race. Opening the night will be a special Kid’s Power Wheel event. Pit gates open at noon with spectator gates opening at 5 and action set to begin at 7 pm.

For more information, please check our website at www.racesouthbendmotorspeedway.com or follow us on Facebook.

Hanna, Smith & Brown Score SBMS Gold

June 2nd, 2016

South Bend, IN- Racing fans were greeted with a packed pit area as, once again, 100 cars crowded into the South Bend Motor Speedway for the Memorial Day weekend racing action. Charlie Hanna, Rodney Smith, Danny Brown Sr and James Trussell each picked up their first wins of the season while Justin Mikel picked up his first feature win ever at the track.

The Creative Colors Sportsman division opened the show and featured a 50 lap feature with $1000 going to the winner. Rodney Smith of Elkhart returned to action, after mechanical issues had sidelined him last week, and took home the cash over Rich Boal of Plymouth and Matt Sullivan of Hartford. AJ Lubelski of Walkerton was next ahead of Jeff Kaiser of North Liberty with Dennis Kaiser of North Liberty, Robert Haisley of South Bend, Matt Arvia of Griffith, Cory Pressler of Benton Harbor and Kyle O’Dell of Plymouth rounding out the top ten. In preliminary events, Boal picked up the Fast Dash win over Smith and Haisley. Arvia topped Sullivan and Lubelski in heat one while Boal, Pressler and Smith were the top 3 in heat two. Smith posted top qualifying time with a lap of 12.707.

In the 20 lap DC Garage Door Front Wheel Drive A Feature, James Trussell picked up a hard fought win over early leader Devin Lauderback of Walkerton and Jasmine Schafer of Bremen. Jason Newgent was next ahead of fellow South Bend driver, Jim Merrill, Joe Merrill, Mike Long and Paul Bittle. Hunter Rohweder of Valporaiso and Robert Kinas of South Bend completed the top ten. Ian Whiteman of New Carlisle was victorious in the B Feature over Michael Tobuch of Monee, IL, Brandon Boyd of North Liberty, Dave Keuhs of Hobart and Jeff Law of Joliet, IL. Joe Merrill won the fast dash over Eryn Hartz and Micheal Ferrara, both from South Bend as Whiteman bested Boyd and Tobuch in Heat one. Lauderback topped Bittle and Trussell in heat two while Long took heat three over Hartz and Ferrara. Eryn Hartz was fast qualifier at 14.295.

In the Bellman Oil Late Model 40 lap main event, 13 cars took the green flag. Early leaders Kenny Lollar Jr of Buchanan and Nick Kretchmer of Granger both retired after eclipsing their qualifying marks. When the checkered finally flew, it was Goshen’s Charlie Hanna taking the win ahead of Scott Ross of Plymouth and Mike Tutino of Walkerton with Rich Boal of Plymouth and Kevin Sauer of Lakeville the top five. Rick Hahn of Indianapolis was next ahead of Kretchmer, Lollar, Vern Sauer of Lakeville and Andrew DeVreese of Mishawaka, the top ten. Hanna topped Boal and DeVreese in the fast car dash as Joe Coffin took heat one ahead of Lollar and Kevin Sauer. Kretchmer beat out Hanna and Boal in heat two and DeVreese was top qualifier with a fast lap of 12.158.

In the Bettcher’s US Towing Hornet class, Justin Mikel of Montgomery, IL had never seen the high banked track until Saturday. Arriving just as practice was ending, his first lap was his qualifying run. Starting 8th in the A main, Mikel quickly moved to the front and fought off repeated challenges from Tyler Mead of Niles. Mead settle for the runner-up spot over Lizzy Wolkens and Richele Wolkens of Niles and Ryan Scott of South Bend. Chad Lindsey of LaPorte was next with Rick Homan of Niles, Victoria Wolkens of Niles, Melissa Keuhs of Hobart and Vic Montorsi of South Bend completing the top ten. In the B feature, Judd Fielder of Niles bested rookie Dustin Sauer of Plymouth, Bobby Alwine of Bremen, Brandon Smith of Plymouth and Joe Moeglin of Hebron. Richele Wolkens too the fast dash over Brandon Vines of South Bend and Homan. Sauer took the win in heat one over Delbert Davis of South Bend and Fielder as Brandon Smith took heat two ahead of Kenny Lambuth and Victoria Wolkens. Mead was the winner of heat three ahead of Mikel and Lizzy Wolkens and Scott took head four over Josh Lichnerowicz of South Bend and Lindsey. Melissa Keuhs topped the thirty car field in qualifying with a lap of 15.510.

The Kniola Automotive Street Stock A feature took six complete restarts before one lap could be completed. Rick Wolkens of Niles led the first fifteen laps before Danny Brown Sr of New Carlisle wrestled the lead away. Ray Baer of South Bend took the runner-up spot over Rich Hensley and Derek Wunder, both from South Bend. Joe Coffin of Hamlet led Wolkens, Fred Malecki of Granger, Mishawaka drivers, Frank Fairchild and Mike Walls. Larry Lehman of Trail Creek completed the top ten. Shawn Wiltjer of Gary made his first visit to the track and scored the win in the B feature over Rich Nyari of South Bend, Jay Coffin of Hamlet, Wayne Oblinger of Mishawaka and Mike Vidulich of Granger. Wunder topped Malecki and Joe Coffin in the fast dash while Oblinger bested Vidulich and Kenneth Dodd II in heat one. Wokens picked up the win in heat two over Hansley and Austin Woodcox of LaPorte as Fairchild beat out Baer and Lehman for the third heat. Joe Coffin was fastest in qualifying with a time of 13.452.

This Saturday will feature one of the biggest races ever for the Bettcher’s US Towing Hornet drivers as they will do battle for $500 to win for their forty lap A main with $50 to start. Also on the line will be an extra $5 for every lap led thanks to Ron Verash of Stock Car Extreme. With this huge purse, it is likely to be a C feature in this class. Hornet drivers, you won’t want to miss this race. Saturday is also DOLLAR NIGHT with just $1 admission, along with $1 popcorn and $1 hot dogs at the concession stand. JUST ANNOUNCED: Thanks to donations from Creative Color International, O’Conor Delivery Service, Bran Roofing, Stambaugh Racing, Bushog Racing, Thurston Racing, and A&I Auto, a total of 23 kid’s bikes will be given away with more to be added as race teams and sponsors step up to make this one of the biggest promotions in the Speedway’s history.

The pit gate opens at 1 with hot laps beginning at 3, qualifying at 5 and racing set to go at 7 pm. Spectator gates open at 5. Small coolers are welcome but NO alcohol is allowed to be brought in nor glass bottles. So, load up the family, your friends, your neighbors, your brother’s best friend’s cousin’s boyfriend and join us this Saturday at the “Best Little Short Track in Indiana” and we will see you at the races.

Stacy Scores Bellman Oil Outlaw Win at South Bend Motor Speedway.

May 25th, 2016

South Bend, IN –Steve Stacy took home the top honors and the big payoff at the South Bend Motor Speedway on Saturday as Matt Sullivan, AJ Lubelski, Jeff Stetler and Ian Whiteman picked up their first feature wins of the season. Josh Lichnerowicz scored his 2nd feature win of the year while Mike Long added another win to his record list in front of a large and enthusiastic crowd. Fans were invited trackside to meet their favorite drivers as the speedway offered a repeat of last week’s popular event. Once again, over 100 cars packed the pit area.

Leading off the night’s program were the Kniola Automotive Street Stocks. In their 25 lap A Feature, AJ Lubelski of Walkerton led every lap to notch his first feature win of the season. Mishawaka’s Mike Walls nabbed the runner-up spot ahead of Danny Brown Sr of New Carlisle, Fred Malecki of Granger and Danny Brown Jr of LaPorte. Last week’s winner, Rich Hensley of South Bend was next over Joe Coffin of Hamlet and Frank Fairchild of Mishawaka. Derek Wunder of South Bend and Chad McGinnis of Niles rounded out the top ten. In the B Feature, Jeff Stetler of Argos took the top spot over Jay Coffin of Hamlet, Ronnie McLean of South Bend and Doug Fox of South Bend. Niles driver Rick Wolkens and Wayne Oblinger of Mishawaka completed the field. In heat race action, Stetler topped McLean and Wolkens in heat one while Lubelski bested Wunder and Brad Smith of Niles in heat two. Heat three went to Brown Jr over Austin Woodcox of LaPorte and Joe Coffin. Fred Malecki topped the qualifying charts with a lap of 13.460

The Bettcher’s Towing Hornet division saw another huge turnout as Josh Lichnerowicz of South Bend picked up his second feature event of the year over a very determined Tyler Mead of Niles. David Britton of Bremen edged point leader Richele Wolkens of Niles and Chad Lindsey of LaPorte. Leading rookie, Judd Fielder of Niles was next as Ryan Scott of South Bend, Victoria Wolkens of Niles, Melissa Keuhs of Hobart and Austin Thomas of South Bend filled out the top ten. In the B Feature, it was Walkerton’s Kenny Elder taking an easy win ahead of Tom Davis of South Bend, Lizzy Wolkens of Niles, Olivia Horton of South Bend and Andrew Hartman of South Bend. Heat one went to Davis over Lizzy Wolkens and Hartman with Lichnerowicz taking the win in heat two ahead of Mead and Britton. Lindsey bested Richele and Victoria Wolkens in heat 3. Ryan Scott posted fast qualifying time at 15.580.

Sixteen top drivers were on hand for the Bellman Oil Company Late Model 70 lap feature each one hoping to take home the $1500 top prize. Stock Car Extreme’s Ron Verash also arranged for an extra $5 for each lap let. When the green flag dropped, Rodney Smith of Elkhart jumped into the lead and held that position for the first 44 laps before Plymouth ace, Brian Ross took over. Ross sailed to a half lap lead until lap 66 when he was attempting to overtake a pair of lapped cars racing for position and he crashed, ending his night. Smith took over the lead with just 4 laps remaining. On lap 69, Steve Stacy of Plymouth, running third, moved to the inside of Scott Ross of Plymouth and wrestled the lead away from Smith. Stacy only led one lap but it was the lap that counted. At the finish, it was Stacy over Smith and Scott Ross, however Smith exceeded his qualifying time on laps 68 and 69, dropping him to eighth in the final standings and moving Ross to the runner-up spot. Following Ross were Charlie Hanna of Goshen, rich Boal of Plymouth and Kevin Sauer of Lakeville. Mike Prescott of Osceola, Andrew DeVreese of Mishawaka, Smith, Brian Ross and Vern Sauer of Lakeville completed the top ten. In heat race action, Smith took heat one ahead of Kevin Sauer and Scott Ross as Hanna topped Nick Kretchmer of Granger and Stacy in heat two. Brian Ross turned in the fastest qualifying time of 11.953.

In the DC Garage Doors Front Wheel Drive 20 lap A Feature, Jasmine Schafer of Bremen jumped from her outside front row starting spot and held onto the top spot until the midway point when South Bend’s Mike Long took command. Long held on for another win over Schafer and Eryn Hartz of South Bend. Last week’s winner, Devin Lauderback of Walkerton was next ahead of James Trussell of Niles and Robert Kinas of South Bend. Rowdy Ronnie Holloway, Joe Merrill, Jason Newgent and Robert Merrill, all of South Bend, rounded out the top ten. In B Feature action, Ian Whiteman of New Carlisle took the win over Jeff Law of Joliet, IL and Sean Stuart of North Liberty. Cody Tobuch of Monee, IL took the win in heat one over Dave Keuhs of Hobart and Stuart while Kyle Plencner of South Bend was the victor in heat two over Kinas and Long. Heat three went to Trussell over Hartz and Paul Bittle of South Bend. Eryn Hartz topped the qualifying list with a time of 14.349

Ten drivers took the green from starter Brian Kuceba for their 30 lap feature event. When the dust settled, it was Matt Sullivan of Hartford, MI who took the top spot ahead of Jeff Kaiser of North Liberty and rookie Matt Arvia of Griffith. Kyle O’Dell of Plymouth was next over Charles Darr of Kendleville and AJ Lubelski of Walkerton. Kevin Papa of Elkhart, Cory Pressler of Benton Harbor, Robert Haisley of South Bend and Rich Boal of Plymouth completed the field. In heat race action, Boal topped Darr and Lubelski while Rich Boal set fast time at 12.774

This Saturday will see a 50 lap main event with $1000 going to the winner. Also on the card will be our other four divisions. For more information, check out our website at www.racesouthbendmotorspeedway.com or follow us on Facebook and we will see you at the races.

Boal Takes Two in SBMS Opener – Wolkens Sisters Shine

May 18th, 2016

South Bend, IN- On a very cold Saturday evening, the South Bend Motor Speedway welcomed over 100 drivers and a hearty crowd of fans to their season opening racing event. Major repairs were required after a scary crash during the opening event during the Spring Thaw event in April, the opener was pushed back an extra week. Driver enthusiasm was obvious as a large number of drivers took advantage of practice events on Thursday and Friday. Radical Rich Boal took top honors in two of the eight feature events while sisters, Victoria and Richele Wolkens each picked up their first wins of the season. Rich Hensley, Ronnie Holloway, Devin Lauderback and Mike Walls each picked up their first wins of the season as well.

Returning in 2016, the Creative Colors Sportsman division saw twelve cars take qualifying times with Rich Boal setting a new record with a lap of 12.573. Mechanical woes sidelined some drivers with only eight taking the green for their 30 lap main. Rich Boal of Plymouth fought off repeated challenges from Cory Pressler of Benton Harbor. Early leader, Rodney Smith of Elkhart ended up third over Jeff Kaiser of North Liberty and Matt Sullivan of Hartford. Roger Rubino of Crown Point, AJ Lubelski of Walkerton and Robert Haisley of South Bend Rounded out the field. Haisley took the heat race win over Kaiser and Lubelski.

The DC Garage Door Front Wheel drive class saw a record turnout of drivers from three states. Devin Lauderback of Walkerton took the top spot in the 20 lap A Main, holding off South Bend drivers, Michael Ferrara, Eryn Hartz and Jason Newgent. James Trussell of Niles was next with Robert Kinas of South Bend over Jasmine Schafer of Bremen. Jim Merrill, Joe Merrill and Mike Long, all of South Bend, completed the top ten. Rowdy Ronnie Holloway of South Bend picked up an emotional win in the B Main ahead of Jason Horton of South Bend. Cody Tobuch of Monee, IL was next ahead of Danny Payne from Allegan, MI and Sean Stuart of North Liberty. In heat race action, Ian Whiteman of New Carlisle bested Kyle Plencner of South Bend and Dave Keuhs of Hobart in heat one while Holloway beat Stuart and Horton in heat 2. Paul Bittle of South Bend won heat 3 over Ferrara and Lauderback.

In the Bellman Oil Company Outlaw Late Model 40 lap feature, Vern Sauer of Lakeville jumped out to an early lead only to exceed his qualifying time, relegating him to the tail of the field. Radical Rich Boal of Plymouth wrestled the lead away from Andrew DeVreese of Mishawaka and went on to win his second main of the night. DeVreese took the runner-up spot over defending series champion, Charlie Hanna of Goshen. Vern Sauer worked his way back to fourth over Scott Ross of Plymouth. Roger Northrup of Niles was next as Rick Hahn of Mishawaka, Kevin Sauer of Lakeville, Jacob Maynard of Elkhart and Nick Kretchmer of Granger completed the top ten. Kevin Sauer took the first heat over brother Vern and Kretchmer while Ross topped Boal and DeVreese in heat two.

There was another record field in the Bettcher’s Towing Hornet class. In the 20 lap A Main, it was Richele Wolkens of Niles taking the win over Vic Montorsi of South Bend and Lizzy Wolkens of Niles. Rick Homan of Niles was next over Chad Lindsey of LaPorte. Melissa Keuhs of Hobart, Josh Lichnerowicz of South Bend, David Britton of Bremen, Judd Fielder of South Bend and Maggie McIntyre of South Bend completed the top ten. In the 12 lap B Main, Victoria Wolkens of Niles topped Tom Davis of South Bend, Bobby Alwine of Bremen, Samantha Montorsi of South Bend and Olivia Horton of South Bend. Victoria Wolkens topped Davis and Kenny Elder of Walkerton in heat one with Fielder taking heat two over Alwine and Vic Montorsi. Tyler Mead of Niles took the win in heat three over Ryan Scott of South Bend and Richele Wolkens.

For the Kniola Automotive Street Stocks, it was Rich Hensley of South Bend taking a hard fought win over Danny Brown Jr of LaPorte and Danny Brown Sr of New Carlisle. Frank Fairchild of Mishawaka, after an extended absence, came home fourth over Ronnie McLean of South Bend. Doug Fox of South Bend, Austin Woodcox of LaPorte, Fred Malecki of Granger, Jeff Stetler of Plymouth and Chad McGinnis of Niles the top ten. Mike Walls of Mishawaka took top honors in the B Main over Josh Highbaugh of Edwardsburg, Rick Wolkens of Niles, AJ Lubelski of Walkerton and Mike Vidulick of Granger. Highbaugh took heat one over Wolkens and Walls while McLean bested Fox and Fairchild in heat two. Jay Coffin of Hamlet topped Tim Thurston of Niles and Woodcox in heat three.

Next Saturday will see the Bellman Oil Late Models going for 70 laps with $1500 to win. Also on tap will be the Creative Colors Sportsman, Kniola Automotive Street Stock, DC Garage Door Front Wheel Drives and Bettcher’s Towing Hornets. For more information, go to WWW.RaceSouthBendMotorSpedway.com or follow us on Facebook. Load up your friends and join us for another exciting night and we will see you at the races.

South Bend Motor Speedway Ends Season With a Bang

September 6th, 2015

South Bend, IN- Persistent showers didn’t stop over 100 competitors and nearly 3000 fans from enjoying an exciting night of ‘Motorized Mayhem’ as the South Bend Motor Speedway closed out the 2015 season. Dubbed ‘Asphalt’s Revenge 2‘, the night featured four different classes of demolition action along with other destruction type racing events. Kids were also treated to a special event for motorized power wheels.

Following an opening ceremony honoring long time fan and friend to many of those in competition, Shawn Mosell who passed away unexpectadly earlier in the summer, the six trains took to the speedway for their race. The race was red flagged when two of the trains collided in the back stretch and knocked down the infield barriers. Once the track was cleared and action resumed, the team led by John Milbourn of Mishawaka took the win over teams of Dalton Winterrowd, Mike Whitmer, Kerry Winterrowd and Cody Blume, all from South Bend. Steven Hensley’s team of North Liberty rounded out
the field.

Fourteen front wheel drive cars ranging from Ford Escorts to a Lincoln Continental took the green for the skid plate race. After numerous spins and unintentional collisions, Dustin Newgent of South Bend took the win ahead of Austin Anglemyer of Osceola and Tim White of Plymouth. Loni Bush of LaPorte and Steven Hensley were next with Chad Newgent and Michael Newgent Jr of South Bend, Bill Lovely of Plymouth, Marihelen Seadorf of LaPorte and Kyle McNamara of Mishawaka rounded out the top ten.

Chris Seadorf of LaPorte was declared the winner of the Modified Lawnmower demo. He battled Evan Newgent of South Bend, David Stone of Middlebury, Mason Napier of South Bend and Jason Newgent of South Bend for the win. Donny Guerrero of Kouts took top honors in the Pro Mod Truck demo over Jacob Job of South Bend and Norm Sprow Jr of Elkhart. Christopher Stockberger of South Bend, David Merrell of roann, Nicholas Bobelenyl of South Bend and Kyle Byrd of Marion were next as Travis Neullis of Burns Harbor, MI, Nick Stewart of Dowagiac and Archer Jurgonski of South Bend rounded out the top ten. For the Pro Mod Sedans, it was Chris Pressler of Elkhart who took the win over Justin Stambuaugh of Walkerton and Jake Hare of Ligonier. Chad Newgent of South Bend, Zach Rife of Lagro, Dalton Winterrowd and Jessie Stambaugh of South Bend followed.

A total of 34 Stock Compact drivers competed in six preliminary heats with the top three in each heat advancing to the main event. When all was said and done, Michael Newgent Jr took the feature win over John rinehart of Edwardsburg, John Milbourn and Chad Newgent. Ed Minix of Niles ended up fifth with Nick Newgent, Karla Koeppel and Jessie Stambaugh, all from South Bend, over Dan Hoppe from Fort Wayne and Danny Bukowski of South Bend. The top five finishers all received trophies in addition to the prize money.

Dave Meyer of Zeeland, MI was the big winner in the Stock Full Size Demo class. He outbattled Rick Harrington of Oshkosh, WI for the win. Jeremy Hinen of Columbia City was next over Steve Kipp of Grays Lake , IL and Steve Mester of South Bend. Steven Meredith and David Click, both from South Bend, led Cody Bush of Rolling Prairie, Dawson Harrington of Oshkosh, WI and Nathan Machowiak of South Bend to round out the top 10. For his efforts, Meyer took home $7500.

Closing out the night, 39 brave souls took to the track for the always exciting Trailer Race. David Stahly of Nappanee jumped to the lead at the start and never looked back. Steven Hensley of North Liberty stayed within striking distance for most of the event but could not catch the leader. As the leaders made their way around the track on the final lap, a massive pileup in turn three caught everyone by surprise, nearly taking out the leader. At the finish, it was Stahly taking the win and $1000 top prize over Justin Stambaugh of Walkerton, Jeremy Templeton of Elkhart, Dalton Winterrowd and Heather Zarembka of South Bend. Alan Finchum of Mishawaka, Ray Matlock of Niles and Annie Jones of Mishawaka were next as Hensley ended up ninth with David Hare of Ligonier completing the top ten.

On behalf of everyone at the South Bend Motor Speedway, owners Steve and Jennifer Brown would like to thank the fans, drivers and crew members who have supported us throughout the 2015 racing season. We hope that you will make SBMS your family track for the 2016 season. Stay tuned for several announcements regarding the facility as changes are coming to make the “Best Little Short Track in Indiana” an even better place to race. We hope you have enjoyed being a part of the action as much as we have enjoyed bringing it to you. Thank you again and, until next April, we wish you
all the best and we WILL see you at the races.

All Feature Winners Repeat as Champions Crowned at SBMS

August 26th, 2015

South Bend, IN — It was a night of celebration as every single feature winner had won previously this season. Victoria Wolkens and Justin Stambaugh picked up Hornet wins, Danny Brown Jr and Derek Wunder scored in the Street Stocks while James Trussell and Rich Boal took top honors in the Front Wheel Drives and Outlaw Late Models respectively. In the season long points battles, Charlie Hanna notched his second consecutive Outlaw Late Model title while Tim Thurston picked up the Street Stock crown, Mike Long won the Front Wheel Drives and Rick Homan took the top prize in the Hornets. Trophies were presented to the top ten in each class during on track ceremonies. A huge thank you goes out to Larry Trussell of Trussell Automotive of Niles for supplying the feature winners trophies.

Opening the night, the World Class Collision Hornet cars boasted their highest car count of the season with 24 drivers on the property. In the 20 lap main it was the Wolkens family of Niles sweeping the top spots once again as Victoria Wolkens wrestled the lead away from her sister, Samantha Wolkens with just two laps to go.

Dad, Rick Wolkens came home third with Tyler Mead of Niles ahead of Josh Lichnerowicz of South Bend. Rick Homan of Niles, Ryan Scott of South Bend, Melissa Keuhs of Hobart, cynthia Yankauskas of Michigan City and chad Lindsey of LaPorte rounded out the top ten. In the B Feature, Richele Wolkens appeared headed toward another victory but Justin Stambaugh of Walkerton thwarted that notion. Richele held on for second over Michael Werntz of South Bend, Maggie McIntyre of South Bend and Bobby Alwine of Bremen. In heat race action, Richele Wolkens topped Stambaugh and Brandon Smith of Plymouth in heat one while Werntz bested Olivia Horton of South Bend and Lichnerowicz in heat two. Rick Wolkens took heat three over Homan and Lindsey. Rick Wolkens also topped the qualifying order. For Rick Homan, it was a season of learning as he steadily improved to take the top points spot late in the year and his first ever title. Richele Wolkens led most of the season but had to settle for the runner-up spot over her sisters. Third place and top rookie honors went to Victoria Wolkens as the youngest of the Wolkens clan proved to be more than capable. Samantha Wolkens, who was the only member of the family shut out of the feature win column, came home fourth over another rookie, Olivia Horton. Melissa Keuhs ended up sixth in her first season of competition at SBMS and newcomer Ryan Scott ended up seventh. “Mad Dog” Maggie McIntyre was next over “The Worm” Michael Werntz and Tim Leslie of New Carlisle rounded out the top ten in points. With a record number of female drivers making up a fourth of the field and holding 6 of the top ten positions, diversity is alive and well at SBMS.

For the Kniola Automotive Street Stocks, it was a bittersweet victory for Derek Wunder of South Bend. After an up and down season, Derek pulled it all together to pick up his second feature victory. During his interview, he thanked his many sponsors and dedicated his win to a long time friend who passed away recently. Jay Coffin of Hamlet picked up the runner-up spot over his brother, Joe Coffin of Plymouth as ‘Dancin’ Doug Fox of South Bend and Jeff Stetler of Plymouth followed.

Mike Walls of Mishawaka, Tim Thurston of Niles, Todd Taylor of Elkhart, last week’s winner, Ronnie McLean of South Bend and Austin Woodcox of LaPorte completed the top ten. In the exciting B Feature, it was Danny Brown Jr of LaPorte picking up the win ahead of Vernon Knight of Michigan City, Cindy Stremme of South Bend, Addison Davis of North Liberty and Dylan Stremme of South Bend. Scott Gardner of Blue Island, IL picked up the win in heat one ahead of Dylan Stremme and Kenneth Dodd of Osceola while Brown took heat two over Rich Hensley of South Bend and Jay Coffin. Thurston topped Taylor and Woodcox in heat three. Joe Coffin, once again topped qualfying. For second generation driver, Tim Thurston, it was a perfect end to a very successful season as he took home his first ever points title at SBMS. Tim’s father, Al Thurston was a fierce competitor back in the 70‘s and 80‘s at the track but had never got to see his son win a feature. Tim visited victory lane twice during the year. Doug Fox, who became a father for the third (and fourth) time on Friday, took the runner-up spot as feature winner Derek Wunder took third place in the final points tally. Rich Hensley was fourth with Kenneth Dodd taking fifth place honors. Mike Walls rounded out the top five in the points battle with Ronnie McLean taking sixth and Austin Woodcox eighth. Chad Mcginnis of Niles finished in ninth position after an early season feature win and Jay Coffin barely beat out his brother Joe for tenth. Matt Maurer of Granger was presented the top rookie award for the 2015 season.

In the Value Tool Front Wheel Drive twenty lap race, it was James Trussell of Niles picking up his second feature win of the season over a very determined and much improved Joe Merrill of South Bend. Eryn Hartz topped fellow South Bend drivers, Derek Davis and Mike Long as Bryant Ragsdale of Mishawaka led Jason Harman of Elkhart, David Keuhs of Hobart, Jason Horton of South Bend and Matthew Plencner of South Bend the top ten. Harman bested Keuhs and Hunter Rohweder of Valparaiso in heat one while Corey Woods of South Bend beat Michael Ferrara of Walkerton and Joe Merrill in heat two. Mike Long posted fast time for the class. For Mike Long, it was his first season points championship at the track after limited competion in past years. Eryn Hartz picked up the runner-up spot after an up and down season. Third spot went to Corey Woods over a much improved James Trussell. Finishing in the fifth spot and taking top rookie honors was Michael Ferrara, who earlier in the year became the first ever driver to win a feature in a Kia. Joe Merrill finished in sixth over the always exciting David Keuhs and Matthew Plencner. Rowdy Ronnie Holaway ended up ninth in the Dad & Lads entry as Kyle Plencner (in the only other Kia in competition) rounded out the top ten.

The night was capped off by the always exciting Bellman Oil Outlaw Late Model as eleven drivers took the green from starter Lance Miller. After two red flags in the first ten laps requiring lengthy clean up, it was decided to cut the race from the original 40 laps to 25. At the finish, it was 30 year veteran Rich Boal of Plymouth holding off repeated challenges from Charlie Hanna of Goshen and a very much improved Joe Coffin of Plymouth. Kevin Sauer of Lakeville was next over Scott Ross of Plymouth and Jay Coffin of Hamlet. Cory Pressler of Benton Harbor, Rick Hahn Jr of Mishawaka, Vern Sauer of Lakeville and Andrew DeVreese of Mishawaka made up the top ten. Kevin Sauer topped Vern Saure and Jay Coffin to win heat one while Boal beat out Hanna and Hahn in heat two. Pressler was top qualifier. For Charlie Hanna, it was his second points championship in as many years but this year’s win did not come as easily as last season. For most of the year, the second genearation driver was involved in a close battle with runner-up Rich Boal for the title. Rookie winner Kevin Sauer picked up third following a very impressive season in which he had perfect attendence. Scott Ross, who seemed like the only kind of luck he could muster was “bad” finished fourth with Vern Sauer II, another rookie in fifth. Cory Pressler, John Streeting Jr and Carl Greulich were next as Andrew DeVreese was ninth over Jay Coffin.

The regular racing season has come to a close but there is one more event on the agenda. This Saturday will be “Big Bend 2 – Asphalt’s Revenge” and will see $7500 to win for the full size demo cars, $5000 to win in the compacts and $2500 to win the Truck-Van-Suburban demo. Also on tap is the always exciting Trailer Race, Skid Plate Race AND a train race plus a power wheels demo for the kids and a Modified Lawnmower Demo. Action is set to get underway at 7 pm with the pit gate opening at noon and spectator gates at 5 pm Adult admission is just $20 with kids 6-12 only $10 and those 5 & under admitted free with an adult. Small (six pack type) coolers are allowed but NO alcohol or glass containers are allowed to be carried in. Limited snacks are also allowed. This is the final event of the season so you won’t want to miss this one. Bring your cameras as there are also some big changes in store for the track during the off season. Bring the family and we will see you at the races….Demo.

McLean, Ross & Schafer Post First Feature Wins at SBMS

August 20th, 2015

South Bend, IN -The weather gods have certainly put the pressure on the drivers at the South Bend Motor Speedway as oppressive heat continues to be the norm on race day. But the hot temperatures did not compare to the hot competition this past Saturday night. Brian Ross picked up his first feature win of the season while Ronnie McLean and J.J. Schafer each scored their first ever feature wins at the speedway and Rick Wolkens and daughter Victoria each added another win to their totals. It was certainly a night to remember.

The Kniola Automotive Street Stock 25 lap feature saw another large field on hand. When all was said and done, it was veteran, Ronnie McLean of South Bend who picked up his very first ever stock car feature win. In an emotional interview, Ronnie explained that he has won in Midget cars but never in a stock car. As the senior member of the SBMS family, it was great to see him celebrating in the Afdent Victory Lane. Austin Woodcox of LaPorte picked up the runner-up spot over Rich Hensley of South Bend, Mike Walls of Mishawaka and Nick Pressler of South Bend. Kenneth Dodd of Osceola, Danny Brown Jr of LaPorte, Joe Coffin of Plymouth, Doug Fox of South Bend and last week’s winner Matt Maurer of Granger rounded out the top ten. In heat race action, Chad McGinnis of Niles took the win in heat one over fox and Dodd while Jeff Stetler of Plymouth topped Jay Coffin of Hamlet and Tim Thurston of Niles in heat two. Joe Coffin topped quilifying with a time of 13.542. Tim Thurston leads Doug Fox by just 61 points in the championship chase with Rich Hensley, Derek Wunder and Kenneth Dodd making up the top five.

The Bellman Oil Outlaw Late Model 40 lap main was an excercise in frustration as only four drivers survived the numerous cautions with only 2 drivers escaping damage. When the smoke cleared, it was Brian Ross of Plymouth claiming the win for the first time this season over last week’s winner, Cory Pressler of Benton Harbor, Charlie Hanna of Goshen and Vern Sauer of Lakeville. Rich Boal of Plymouth, Bradley Blackburn Jr of Goshen, Jay Coffin of Hamlet, Erv Starrett of Niles, Kevin Sauer of Lakeville and Andrew DeVreese of Mishawaka completed the top ten. Kevin Sauer bested Blackburn and Vern Sauer in heat one action as Boal beat Scott Ross of Plymouth and Brian Ross in heat two. Brian Ross was fast qualifier with a lap of 11.920. Charlie Hanna appears headed for his second points championship in a row as he extended his lead over Rich Boal to 78 points. The real race is 3rd thru 5th as Scott Ross, Kevin Sauer and Vern Sauer are seperated by just nine points.

If your name wasn’t Wolkens, you didn’t have a prayer in the World Class Collision Hornet division as every race was won by a member of that family. In the 20 lap A Feature, Rick Wolkens of Niles picked up his second win of the season, beating points leader Rick Homan, also of Niles, to the line. Chad Lindsey of LaPorte was next over Samantha Wolkens of Niles and Michael Werntz of South Bend who posted his best A feature finish to date. Josh Lichnerowicz of South Bend was next with Melissa Keuhs of Hobart, Ryan Scott of South Bend, Brandon Smith of Plymouth and Maggie McIntyre of South Bend in tenth spot. The ten lap B Feature went to rookie Victoria Wolkens of Niles over Olivia Horton of South Bend, Scott Binkley of Goshen, Blake Smith of Plymouth and Samantha Montorsi of South Bend in only her second race ever. In heat race action, Victoria Wolkens topped Olivia Horton and Blake Smith in heat one while Samantha Wolkens took heat two over Lindsey and Werntz. Richele Wolkens of Niles bested Tyler Mead of Niles and Melissa Keuhs in heat three. Rick Homan was fast qualifier at 15.360 and stretched his points lead to just over 100 ahead of Richele Wolkens. Victoria Wolkens, Samantha Wolkens and Olivia Horton make up the top five in points as the ladies are dominating six of the top seven spots.

The final event of the evening was the twenty lap main for the Value Tool Front Wheel Drive cars. It was J.J. Schafer of Bremen picking up his first ever win at the track by holding off repeated challenges from South Bend drivers, Devin Lauderback and Mike Long. James Trussell of Niles and Corey Woods of South Bend were next with Joe Merrill of South Bend, Jason Harmon of Elkhart, Eryn Hartz of South bend, Michael Ferrara of Walkerton and Jim Merrill of South Bend the top ten. Ferrara topped Woods and David Keuhs of Hobart in heat one with Lauderback besting Schafer and Jor Merrill in heat two. Mike Long turned in fast time with a lap of 14. 230 and clinched the points championship with a 161 point lead over Eryn Hartz. Corey Woods, James Trussell and Michael Ferrara make up the top five in the points chase.

With just one regular racing event remaining, the season is quickly coming to a close. It’s been an exciting year with many first time winners and lots of surprises. This Saturday will feature Season Championship races for all four regular classes. In addition, season points champions will be crowned and the top drivers will be honored in on track presentations. There will be a one final Wednesday practice this week from 5 to 8 pm. On Saturday, the pit gate opens at 3 with spectator gates opening at 5 and racing at 7 pm. Adult admission is just $12 with kids 15 & under admitted free with at least one paid adult. Seniors and military receive a $2 discount. Small (six pack type) coolers are welcome but we ask that NO alcohol or glass containers be carried in. While we have the best food around, fans are allowed to bring in limited snack items as well. Remember, this will be your last opportunity to enjoy a regular night of racing for the 2015 season so bring the family and we will see you at the races.

McLean, Ross & Schafer Post First Feature Wins at SBMS

August 18th, 2015

South Bend, IN–The weather gods have certainly put the pressure on the drivers at the South Bend Motor Speedway as oppressive heat continues to be the norm on race day. But the hot temperatures did not compare to the hot competition this past Saturday night. Brian Ross picked up his first feature win of the season while Ronnie McLean and J.J. Schafer each scored their first ever feature wins at the speedway and Rick Wolkens and daughter Victoria each added another win to their totals. It was certainly a night to remember.

The Kniola Automotive Street Stock 25 lap feature saw another large field on hand. When all was said and done, it was veteran, Ronnie McLean of South Bend who picked up his very first ever stock car feature win. In an emotional interview, Ronnie explained that he has won in Midget cars but never in a stock car. As the senior member of the SBMS family, it was great to see him celebrating in the Afdent Victory Lane. Austin Woodcox of LaPorte picked up the runner-up spot over Rich Hensley of South Bend, Mike Walls of Mishawaka and nick Pressler of South Bend. Kenneth Dodd of Osceola, Danny Brown Jr of LaPorte, Joe Coffin of Plymouth, Doug Fox of South Bend and last week’s winner Matt Maurer of Granger rounded out the top ten. In heat race action, Chad McGinnis of Niles took the win in heat one over fox and Dodd while Jeff Stetler of Plymouth topped Jay Coffin of Hamlet and Tim Thurston of Niles in heat two. Joe Coffin topped quilifying with a time of 13.542. Tim Thurston leads Doug Fox by just 61 points in the championship chase with Rich Hensley, Derek Wunder and Kenneth Dodd making up the top five.

The Bellman Oil Outlaw Late Model 40 lap main was an excercise in frustration as only four drivers survived the numerous cautions with only 2 drivers escaping damage. When the smoke cleared, it was Brian Ross of Plymouth claiming the win for the first time this season over last week’s winner, Corey Pressler of Benton Harbor, Charlie Hanna of Goshen and Vern Sauer of Lakeville. Rich Boal of Plymouth, Bradley Blackburn Jr of Goshen, Jay Coffin of Hamlet, Erv Starrett of Niles, Kevin Sauer of Lakeville and Andrew DeVreese of Mishawaka completed the top ten. Kevin Sauer bested Blackburn and Vern Sauer in heat one action as Boal beat Scott Ross of Plymouth and Brian Ross in heat two. Brian Ross was fast qualifier with a lap of 11.920. Charlie Hanna appears headed for his second points championship in a row as he extended his lead over Rich Boal to 78 points. The real race is 3rd thru 5th as Scott Ross, Kevin Sauer and Vern Sauer are seperated by just nine points.

If your name wasn’t Wolkens, you didn’t have a prayer in the World Class Collision Hornet division as every race was won by a member of that family. In the 20 lap A Feature, Rick Wolkens of Niles picked up his second win of the season, beating points leader Rick Homan, also of Niles, to the line. Chad Lindsey of LaPorte was next over Samantha Wolkens of Niles and Michael Werntz of South Bend who posted his best A feature finish to date. Josh Lichnerowicz of South Bend was next with Melissa Keuhs of Hobart, Ryan Scott of South Bend, Brandon Smith of plymouth and Maggie McIntyre of South Bend in tenth spot. The ten lap B Feature went to rookie Victoria Wolkens of Niles over Olivia Horton of South Bend, Scott Binkley of Goshen, Blake Smith of Plymouth and Samantha Montorsi of South Bend in only her second race ever.

In heat race action, Victoria Wolkens topped Olivia Horton and Blake Smith in heat one while Samantha Wolkens took heat two over Lindsey and Werntz. Richele Wolkens of Niles bested Tyler Mead of Niles and Melissa Keuhs in heat three. Rick Homan was fast qualifier at 15.360 and stretched his points lead to just over 100 ahead of Richele Wolkens. Victoria Wolkens, Samantha Wolkens and Olivia Horton make up the top five in points as the ladies are dominating six of the top seven spots.

The final event of the evening was the twenty lap main for the Value Tool Front Wheel Drive cars. It was J.J. Schafer of Bremen picking up his first ever win at the track by holding off repeated challenges from South Bend drivers, Devin Lauderback and Mike Long. James Trussell of Niles and Corey Woods of South Bend were next with Joe Merrill of South Bend, Jason Harmon of Elkhart, Eryn Hartz of South bend, Michael Ferrara of Walkertin and Jim Merrill of South Bend the top ten. Ferrara topped Woods and david Keuhs of Hobart in heat one with Lauderbakd besting Schafer and Jor Merrill in heat two. Mike Long turned in fast time with a lap of 14. 230 and clinched the points championship with a 161 point lead over Eryn Hartz. Corey Woods, James Trussell and Michael Ferrara make up the top five in the points chase.

With just one regular racing event remaining, the season is quickly coming to a close. It’s been an exciting year with many first time winners and lots of surprises. This Saturday will feature Season Championship races for all four regular classes along with the first ever appearance by the non wing 600 Mini Sprints. A huge turn out of mini sprints is expected as interest in this race has been overwhelming. In addition, season champions will be crowned and the top drivers will be honored in on track presentations. There will be a special practice session for the mini sprints on Friday from 5 to 8 pm along with the final Wednesday practice this week. On Saturday, the pit gate opens at 3 with spectator gates opening at 5 and racing at 7 pm. Adult admission for this special show is just $15 with kids 15 & under admitted free with at least one paid adult. Seniors and military receive a $2 discount. Small (six pack type) coolers are welcome but we ask that NO alcohol or glass containers be carried in. While we have the best food around, fans are allowed to bring in limited snack items as well. Remember, this will be your last opportunity to enjoy a regular night of racing for the 2015 season so bring the family and we will see you at the races.

Still More First Time Winners as SBMS Season Winds Down

August 13th, 2015

South Bend, IN –In a season already full of first time feature winners, three more drivers picked up their first wins on Saturday night as the South Bend Motor Speedway hosted a special “Kid’s Night” for the younger fans. With special races held for big wheels, power wheels and no wheels, the kids were invited onto the track for a good time during intermission. With all participants receiving awards, a good time was had by all. Rodney Spencer, Josh Lichnnerowicz and Matt Maurer each picked up their first ever wins at the track while Corey Pressler, Mike Long and Rick Homan each added to their victory totals. It was also a night to remember one of our own who left us far too soon. Veteran driver, Frankie Phillips of Elkhart passed away on Friday after a long battle with cancer. Known to hundreds of fans as “The Happy Hippie” he raced at many of the area tracks throughout his long career. His daughters, Dreama and Ginger both followed in his footsteps and each celebrated success. It was his courage and determination that most fans remembered and, no matter how much he was hurting, he always had a smile for a friend. In his memory, Bradley Blackburn Jr, driving the “Cancer Sucks.com” Bellman Oil Outlaw Late Model, carried the flag for opening ceremonies. We’re certain that Frankie was watching over each and every driver as we celebrated his life and honored our friend. Race on Frankie, you were and always will be a hero to all of us who knew you.

In racing action, the Value Tool Front Wheel Drive twenty lap feature saw several drivers end their night on the back of the wrecker. When the dust settled, it was Mike Long of South Bend picking up the win over a much improved James Trussell of Niles and J.J. Schaefer of Bremen. Joe Merrill of South Bend, who continues to get stronger every week, took home fourth ahead of Chris Browne of Three Rivers with Jason Harman of Elkhart, Don Morning of Kewanna, brothers, Matthew and Kyle Plencner of South Bend and Mike Rozner of Three Rivers. Harman topped Rozner and Matt Plencner in heat one as Bryant Ragsdale of Mishawaka beat Long and Trussell in heat two. The cars of Eryn Hartz of South Bend, David Keuhs of Hobart and Brandon Smith of Plymouth all suffered severe damage in the feature event. Long posted fast time with a lap of 14.220.

It was another large field for the Kniola Automotive Street Stocks as 21 drivers made qualifying attempts. In the 25 lap A feature, rookie Matt Maurer of Granger backed up his runner-up performance of a week ago by taking the win after leading the entire way. Mike Walls of Mishawaka held on for second with Plynouth drivers, Joe Coffin and Jeff Stetler close behind. Chad McGinnis of Niles, Kenneth Dodd of Osceola, Rich Hensley of South bend, Tim thurston of Niles, Derek Wunder and Ronnie McLean, both of South Bend, rounded out the top ten. Rodney Spencer of Goshen made his first visit to the speedway and took home the B Feature win over Matt Arvia of Griffith, Bobby McDonald of Elkhart, Jim Burge Jr of LaPorte and Addison Davis of North Liberty. Spencer also picked up the win in heat one over Terry Brittain Sr of South Bend and McDonald with Maurer besting Danny Brown Sr and Walls in heat two. Jeff Stetler topped Jay Coffin of Hamlet and Wunder for the win in heat three. Joe Coffin turned in quick qualifying time at 13.475.

Eleven Bellman Oil Outlaw Late Models took the green flag for the “Happy Hippie” 42 lap main event, honoring Frankie Phillips. Bradley Blackburn Jr of Goshen led the early laps before Cory Pressler of Benton Harbor took command and was not to be denied. Pressler’s win was not without pressure as points leader Charlie Hanna of Goshen dogged him during the final laps, settling for the runner-up spot at the checker. Last week’s winner, Andrew DeVreese of Mishawaka was third with Kevin Sauer of Lakeville and Rick Hahn Jr of Mishawaka following. Vern Sauer of Lakeville, Blackburn Jr, Jay Coffin of Hamlet , John Streeting Jr of LaPorte and Scott Ross of Plymouth rounded out the top ten. Ross took the win in heat one over Vern Sauer and Blackburn while Boal topped Kevin Sauer and Pressler in heat two. Hanna was top qualifier with a time of 11.899.

Closing out the night were the World Class Collision and Repair Hornet cars for their twenty lap main event. Richele Wolkens of Niles took command early but was unable to hold off fast qualifier Rick Homan of Niles who scored his second feature win of the season. Brandon Smith of Plymouth ended up second over Richele, Tyler Mead of Niles and Chris Bales of New Carlisle. Meliss Keuhs of Hobart, Paul Fontanelli of LaPorte, Victoria Wolkens of Niles, Olivia Horton and Michael Werntz, both from South Bend, made up the rest of the top ten. Rookie Josh Licherrowicz of South Bend picked up his first ever win in the ten lap B Feature when Ryan Scott of South Bend exceeded his qualifying time on the final two laps of the event. Bobby Alwine moved into sedond over Randy Pressler of Benton Harbor, maggie McIntyre of South Bend and Cynthia Yankauskas of Michigan City. In heat race action, Alwine topped Lichnerowicz and Scott in heat one while Olivia Horton picked up her first ever win over Richele Wolkens and Victoria Wolkens in heat two. Rick Wolkens of Niles topped Tim Leslie of New Carlisle and Fontanelli in heat three. Homan set another record in qualifying with a lap of 15.238.

You won’t want to miss this Saturday as only two regular race nights remain for the season. Charlie Hanna holds a 68 point lead over Rich Boal for the Bellman Oil Outlaw Late Model points chase while Tim Thurston leads the Kniola Automotive Street Stock tally by just 63 points over Doug Fox. In the Value Tool Front Wheel Drive points battle, Mike Long holds a 131 point advantage over Eryn Hartz, who could possibly be out for the remainder of the season following the crash this past weekend. Rick Homan holds a 60 point lead in the World Class Collision Hornets over Richele Wolkens. The pit gate opens at 3 pm with spectator gates and qualfying at 5 and racing action set to get underway at 7 pm. Adult admission is just $12 with kids 15 and under admitted free with at least one paid adult. Small coolers (six pack size) and limited snacks are allowed but NO glass containers or alcohol are allowed. There is also NO smoking allowed in the grandstand area per St. Joseph County ordinances. Bring the kids, bring your friends…invite people off the street but, get out and enjoy some of the best racing around while there’s still time and we will see you at the races.

DeVreese, Haisley, Trussell & Wolkens First Time Winners at SBMS

August 7th, 2015

South Bend, IN- The extreme warm weather continued this past Saturday as Andrew DeVreese and Rick Wolkens picked up their first wins at South Bend Motor Speedway while James Haisley and James Trussell each picked up their first feature wins ever. Rick’s daughter, Richele Wolkens picked up her 3rd feature win of the season while Danny Brown Jr scored another win in exciting fashion before an enthusiastic crowd. Over 80 cars jammed the pits with extra money on the line in all four divisions. Thanks to donations from Top Line Automotive Repair, Yellow Mind Racing, Kevin’s Guitar Studio, Value Tool, World Class Collision and Kniola Automotive, all divisions paid extra cash to each of the winners. Value Tool and World Class Collision also stepped up to sponsor the Front Wheel Drive and Hornet classes.

A season high of 25 drivers were entered in the World Class Collision Hornet division. In the twenty lap a feature it was Niles drivers dominating the top four positions. Rick Wolkens picked up his first feature win at SBMS by wrestling the lead away from his daughter Samantha near the end of the event. Samantha held on to the runner-up spot over last week’s winner, Tyler Mead and new track record holder, Rick Homan. Brandon Smith of Plymouth came home fifth with Melissa Keuhs of Hobart, Michael Werntz of South Bend, Lizzy & Victoria Wolkens of Niles and Ryan Barnes of South Bend rounding out the top ten. In the 15 lap B main, Tim Leslie of New Carlisle rocketed to the lead and appeared headed for victory until his engine let go on lap ten. On the restart, the Skittles Rainbow van driven by Scott Binkley of Goshen led the field out of turn four only to suffer similar mechanical woes, opening the door for Richele Wolkens of Niles to take the lead and the win over Justin Stambaugh of Walkerton, Olivia Horton of South Bend, Delbert Davis of South Bend and Vic Montorsi of Rolling Prairie. In heat race action, Leslie picked up the win in heat one over Stambaugh and Bobby Alwine of Bremen while Victoria Wolkens made a bold move to take heat two over Richele Wolkens and Barnes. Tyler Mead bested Melissa Keuhs and Rick Wolkens in heat three. Rick Homan established a new qualifying mark with a lap of 15.369.

The Bellman Oil Company Outlaw Late Models raced for a top prize of $1500 to win their 40 lap feature, however there were five drivers who had the potential to take home $3000 as the speedway paid out double pay for those drivers who had maintained perfetct attendence for the season. Owners Steve & Jennifer Brown watched nervously as the laps ticked away. Over the past five seasons, Andrew DeVreese of Mishawaka has struggled with that first feature win eluding him time and again. He was not to be denied on this night as he held off repeated challenges from Charlie Hanna of Goshen, who settled for second ahead of Cory Pressler of Benton Harbor and Rich Boal of Plymouth. Scott Ross of Plymouth, Kevin Saure of Lakeville, Carl Greulich of Niles, Mike Prescott of Osceola, Jacob Maynard of Elkhart and John Streeting Jr of LaPorte completed the top ten. In heat one, Streeting picked up the win over Kevin Saure and kenny Lollar Jr of Buchanan while Ross took heat two over maynard and Pressler. Pressler was top qualifier with a time of 11.965.

The Kniola Automotive Street Stock 35 lap A feature paid a huge $925 to the winner thanks to generous donations from sponsors and individuals. Kenneth Dodd of Osceola battled through much of the event with Matt Maurer of Granger as the pair battled side by side lap after lap. Danny Brown Jr of New Carlisle worked his way from the back of the pack and moved up to challenge Dodd who spun off turn four bringing out a caution. On the restart, Brown took command and never looked back. Just after the checkered flag flew, Brown took a vicious spin in turn one, gathering up second place Maurer whose car suffered minor damage. Austin Woodcox of LaPorte was third ahead of Joe Coffin of Plymouth and Mike Walls of Mishawaka. Ray Baer o South Bend, Chris Woodall of Blue Island, IL, Doug Fox of South Bend, Tim Thurston of Niles and Derek Wunder of South Bend filled out the top ten. In the B feature, it was James Haisley of South Bend picking up his first ever feature win in spectacular fashion. As he and 2nd place Jeff Stetler of Plymouth exited turn four, the pair got together and spun. Haisley just barely beat out Burney Arnett of White Pigeon as his car crossed the line backward. Brad Smith of Niles, Rich Hensley of South Bend and Jim Burge of Michigan City rounded out the top five. In heat race action, Arnett took heat one over Hensley and Chad McGinnis of Niles as Dodd topped Walls and Thurston in heat two and Baer beat Woodcox and Fox in heat three. Joe Coffin turned in quick qualifying time for the 22 car field at 13.555.

The Value Tool Front Wheel Drive cars closed out the night with James Trussell of Niles picking up his first ever feature win over Mike Long of South Bend and Jason Harman of Elkhart. South Bend drivers, Ronnie Holaway, Corey Woods and Eryn Hartz were next with Walkerton’s Mike Ferrara, Joe Merrill, Devin Lauderback and Jim Merrill, all of South Bend, finishing out the top ten. Harman topped Holaway and Jason Newgent of South Bend for the win in heat one while Trussell took heat two over Ferrara and Woods. Long was fast qualifier at 14.269, just a tick off the track record.

During intermission, the speedway hosted the first ever ladies only tire race. Drivers had to roll a tire from the white line in turn four, on foot, to the start finish line. Nine ladies competed for the top prize of $150 and a dozen roses from Powell the Florist. At the line, Lizzy Wolkens of Niles just barely beat out Maggie McIntyre of South Bend.

This Saturday features Kid’s night with a special ‘soap box’ race for younger fans. Also on tap is a complete show for Bellman Oil Outlaw Late Models, Kniola Automotive Street Stocks, Value Tool Front Wheel Drives and World Class Collision Hornets. Adult admission is just $12 with kids 15 and under admitted free with at least one paid adult. Seniors and Military receive a $2 discount. Small (six pack size) coolers are welcome but NO glass or alcohol is allowed to be carried in. The pit gate opens at 3 with spectator gates opening at 5 and racing gets under way at 7 pm. Only three more races remain in the season so don’t wait. Bring the family, the neighbor’s family, your sister’s babysitter’s family, or the family behind you in line at the grocery store but get out and join us for a night of fun. We will be happy to see you at the races.

Mother Nature Finally Allows SBMS to Crown 6 Feature Winners

August 1st, 2015

South Bend, IN – After a three week break, racing returned to the South Bend Motor Speedway on Saturday night. Kenny Lollar Jr, Tim Thurston, Jeff Stetler, Nick Pressler, Tyler Mead and Justin Stambaugh each picked up feature wins on a very warm evening that saw plenty of action, both on and off the track. With the past two weeks getting rained out, it was also double pay night for those with perfect attendance in three of the divisions.

First on the card was the 40 lap main event for the Bellman Oil Outlaw Late Models with $1500 on the line. It appeared that Scott Ross of Plymouth might possibly have overcome his mechanical gremlins as he set sail and appeared on his way to victory. However, he exceeded his qualifying time and had to work his way back up from the rear of the field. At the finish, it was Kenny Lollar Jr of Buchanan taking home the top spot ahead of Rich Boal of Plymouth, points leader Charlie Hanna of Goshen, Cory Pressler of Benton Harbor and Lakeville’s Kevin Sauer. Ross ended up sixth ahead of Brian McFadden of South bend, Rick Hahn Jr of Mishawaka, Vern Sauer of Lakeville and Carl Greulich of Niles. Robert Haisley of South Bend topped McFadden and Hahn for the win in heat one while Lollar, Hanna and Boal were 1-2-3 in heat two. Boal turned in fast time with a lap of 11.948 and took home a $100 bonus from Kevin Stewart of Kevin’s Guitar Service.

The Kniola Automotive Street Stocks featured twenty cars for their events. In the B Feature, Derek Wunder of South Bend crossed the finish line first but had exceeded his qualifying time so the win went to Jeff Stetler of Plymouth for his second win of the season. Kenneth Dodd of Osceola was next ahead of Scott Fairchild of Mishawaka, Jay Coffin of Hamlet, Cindy Stremme of South Bend and Wunder. In the 25 lap A Feature, Tim Thurston of Niles held off repeated challenges from Rich Hensley of South Bend for much of the event. At the finish it was Thurston taking the win ahead of Austin Woodcox of LaPorte, Hensley, Ray Baer of South Bend and Ronnie McLean of South Bend. Mike Walls of Mishawaka, Doug Fox of South Bend, Matt Mauer of Granger, Kevin Clash of South Bend and Chad McGinnis of Niles completed the top ten. In heat race action, Dodd took home the win in heat one ahead of Stremme and Wunder with McGinnis beating McLean and Thurston in heat two. Baer was the winner in heat three over Walls and Fox. Austin Woodcox turned a lap of 13.529 for fast qualifying time.

The twenty lap Front Wheel Drive feature was red flagged when David Keuhs of Hobart flipped his car top first into the front stretch wall, landing on all fours after he collided with the mount of Rowdy Ronnie Holaway of South Bend. Both drivers were okay but were unable to continue. As the checker flew, it was Nick Pressler of South Bend taking the win over Mike Long of South Bend, J.J. Schaefer of Bremen, Ricky Wilson of Frankfort, IL, and James Trussell of Niles. South Bend drivers, Eryn Hartz and Corey Woods led Michael Ferrara of Walkerton while Joe Merrill of South Bend bested his father, Jim to round out the top ten. Wilson took the win in heat one over Woods and Holaway while Pressler beat Devin Lauderback of South Bend and Trussell in heat two. Mike Long turned in fast qualifying time with a blistering lap of 14.288, just a few ticks off the track record.

The alway exciting Hornet division continues to grow with enough entries to run a B Feature as well. Justin Stambaugh of Walkerton picked up his second win over Bobby Alwine of Bremen, Victoria Wolkens of Niles, Vic Montorsi of Rolling Prairie and Maggie McIntyre of South Bend. The A Feature had officials looking around to see if there was a full moon as a total of five complete restarts were required before one lap could be completed. When the dust settled, it was Tyler Mead of Niles bringing home a well deserved win ahead of newcomer, Don Morning of Kewanna, Rick Homan of Niles, Samantha Wolkens of Niles and Melissa Keuhs of Hobart. Tim Leslie of New Carlisle, Michael Werntz of South Bend, Rick Wolkens of Niles, Ryan Scott of South Bend and Olivia Horton of South Bend rounded out the top ten. Heat one went to Montorsi in his first event in nearly twenty years over Richele and Victoria Wolkens. Samantha Wolkens picked up the win in heat two with Leslie and Josh Lichnerowicz of South Bend while Ryan Scott was the victor in heat two ahead of Morning and Homan. Rick Wolkens established a new qualifying record with a time of 15.454.

Action returns this Saturday with a complete program for the Bellman Oil Outlaw Late Models, Kniola Street Stocks, Front Wheel Drive cars and we welcome new Hornet series sponsor, World Class Collision to the SBMS family. Pits open at 3 with spectator gates opening at 5 and racing beginning at 7 pm. Adult admission is just $12 with kids 15 and under admitted free with at least one adult admission. Seniors and active duty military receive a $2 discount. SMALL (six pack size) coolers are welcome but NO alcohol or glass containers are allowed along with minimal snack items. Tell your friends, your neighbors, your cousin’s brother-in-law’s sister’s boyfriend but come on out the the ‘Best Little Short Track in Indiana’ and we will see you at the races.

Carnival of Chaos Celebrates Independence Day at S.B.M.S.

July 9th, 2015

South Bend, IN -It was a night filled with good food, good friends, good times and a whole lot of ‘motorized mayhem, all topped off with a gigantic fireworks display as the South Bend Motor Speedway celebrated the July 4th holiday with their ‘Carnival of Chaos. There was monster truck action provided by five trucks from the stables of John Nowacki of Niles, capped off by an awesome display from a track called NiteMare. Also on the card were Spectator Drags, Mud Drags, a Burnoutcontest, train races and much more.

The evenings events opened with a special ceremony by American Legion Post 357 of South Bend. As the finale to their Kernan’s Heroes Ride, about 35 of their riders assembled for the opening ceremony. As their announcer explained the meaning for each fold, members folded an American Flag which was then presented to SBMS owners, Steve & Jennifer Brown. Following the opening prayer, another member sang the National Anthem as riders circled the speedway displaying our nation’s colors, along with flags honoring veterans of several wars along with those missing in action. A huge thank you goes out to everyone who participated in the ride and honored us with their participation.

The first event on the program was the burnout contest, which was open to anyone who wanted to participate. Cody Blume of South Bend topped the field in his Thunderbird. The one-on-one Spectator Drags were next for only street legal cars. At press time, there was no information available on the winners.

The Skid Plate Race is an event for front wheel drive cars with the rear wheels replaced by a metal plate. While it may sound like an easy concept, it was anything but. Tim White of Plymouth survived the carnage from the 14 car event by taking the win over Jim Cauffman of North Liberty and Chris Seadorf of LaPorte. Austin Anglemyer of Mishawaka and Kip Piper of Michigan City were next with chad Newgent of South Bend, LaPorte drivers David Seadorf and Michael Bush, Brad Hodges of South Bend and Loni Bush of LaPorte rounded out the top ten.

In the Rollover competition, points are earned for each side of the car that hits the ground. If a driver simply rolls onto the top of the car, he earns 2 points. A complete rollover, landing on the wheels, garners 5 points. It as Justin Stambaugh of Walkerton taking the top honors with not just one but three complete rollovers for a total of 15 points. Adam “Big Dog” Ewing of South Bend was next as he scored 8 points with just one attempt but was unable to get the car restarted. Dalton Winterrowd of South Bend was next with Shawn Lee of Chesterton and Jim Petersen of Portage rounding out the field.

For the Train Race, each ‘train’ must have an engineer (front car), a freight car (empty) and a conductor (rear car) and must remain together for the entire race. A total of five trains lined up for the 10 lap affair with engineer, Jim Cauffman of North Liberty and conductor, Paul Mester taking home the $1000 top prize over engineers John Milbourn of Mishawaka, donnie Langman of LaPorte, Jason Newgent of South Bend and Rich Hensley of South Bend.

A brand new event called the “Lights Out Race” was held for front wheel drive cars. Each car has a light attached to the top of the car and the track lights are turned off. As the cars circle the track, they have to rely on their own skills. The race saw eleven brave competitors take the green flag and was red flagged when the leader, Judd Fielder of South Bend connected with the back stretch wall. When the lights came back on, it was Steven Hensley of North Liberty putting his Grand Prix in the winner’s circle ahead of Jim Cauffman, Dakota Milbourn of Mishawaka, Chris Seadorf, Michael Bush, Kip Piper, Chad Newgent, David Seadorf Fielder and Zachery Newgent of South Bend. This race proved to be a big hit with the crowd.

Just prior to the huge fireworks display put on by RKM Fireworks, the Trailer Racers provided their own unique brand of fireworks. Thirty competitors, driving everything from compact cars to Suburbans, took the green flag from starter Lance Miller. As the dust settled, it was Steven Hensley picking up the win over Justin Stambaugh, Cody Blume and Heather Zarembka of South Bend. Joe Bush of Michigan City was next as Jeremy Lee of Chesterton, Jay White Jr of Dowagiac, Samantha Hensley of North Liberty, Curtis Betz of South Bend and Annie Jones of Mishawaka completed the top ten.

The evening was supposed to include a firey demonstration by Fred Sibley’s jet dragster but SBMS was informed just before show time that Sibley’s dragster had suffered an engine failure and he was unable to participate. We apologize for any disappointment this may have caused.

Next Saturday, regular racing returns for the Bellman Oil Outlaw Late Models, Kniola Automotive Street Stocks, Front Wheel Drives and Hornets. The Outlaws will see their features increased from 30 laps to 40 with $1400 going to the winner. Can we beat the 21 cars at our last event? Be there to find out. Adult admission is just $12 with kids 15 and under free with at least one paid adult. Small (six pack size) coolers are welcome, along with limited snack items, but ABSOLUTELY NO ALCOHOL or glass containers are allowed. There is also no smoking allowed in the grand stand areas per St. Joseph County and State ordinances. Bring the kids and grand kids, your best friend or just bring yourself but be there for some of the best quarter mile racing action anywhere. We will see you at the races.

Record Turnout Produces Eight First Time Winners at SBMS

July 2nd, 2015

South Bend, IN- A record turnout of 93 cars filled the pit area at the South Bend Motor Speedway on a beautiful Saturday night. Persistent sprinkles throughout the area caused many tracks to cancel their racing so many drivers made the trip to check out the high banks and fun atmosphere. With so many cars, a B Feature was added to all four classes. With the addition of the makeup Bellman Oil Outlaw Late Model feature from last week, that made a total of nine feature events on the program. Cory Pressler, picked up his first feature win of the season while Robert Haisley, Austin Woodcox, Chris Woodall, Devin Lauderback, Danny Payne, Justin Stambaugh and Victoria Wolkens each picked up their first ever feature wins before a good sized crowd. All totaled, 21 races were run with the final checker falling just after the midnight hour.

Cory Pressler’s win came in the rained out thirty lapper for the Bellman Oil Outlaw Late Models. The Benton Harbor driver survived a caution filled event and took a hard earned victory over Scott Ross of Plymouth and Jacob Maynard of Elkhart. A pair of 22‘s were next with Rich Boal of Plymouth topping Rick Hahn Jr of Mishawaka. Vern Sauer II of Lakeville, Mike Tutino of Walkerton, Andrew DeVreese of Mishawaka, Goshen’s Charlie Hanna and Kevin Sauer of Lakeville completed the top ten.

In regular racing action, Justin Stambaugh of Walkerton made his first appearance of the year and notched a Hornet B Feature win by beating out Michael Werntz of south Bend. Former A feature winner, Tim Leslie of New Carlisle was next over South Bend drivers Josh Lichnerowicz, Maggie McIntyer and Ryan Barnes. In the 20 lap A feature, Victoria Wolkens, youngest of the Wolkens clan of Niles, picked up her first ever feature win by fending off repeated challenges from her sister, Lizzy Wolkens. Rick Homan of Niles was next, followed by Terry Brittain Jr of South Bend, and Leroy Dick of Granger. Bobby Alwine of Bremen, Samantha Wolkens of Niles, Ryan Scott of South Bend, Brandon Smith of Plymouth and birthday boy, Scott Binkley of Goshen rounded out the top ten. In heat race action, Leslie bested Werntz and McIntyre in heat one while Alwine topped Lizzy Wolkens and Binkley in heat two. Heat three went to Dick
over Brittain and Ryan Scott. Tyler Mead of Niles turned it top qualifiying time with a lap of 15.601 besting the 21 car field.

In Front Wheel Drive action, newcomer Danny Payne made the trip from Allegan, MI and scored his first ever win in the B main by holding off Michael Tobuch of Monce, IL and rookie Hunter Rohweder of Valparaiso. Keith Ribble of Hastings, MI was next over Brad Hall of Delton, MI, Jim Merrill of South Bend and Nick Oliver of Elkhart. In the 20 lap A feature, it was Devin Lauderback picking up his first ever feature win by holding off fellow South Bend drivers, Eryn Hartz, Corey Woods and Mike Long. James Trussell of Niles was next with Jason Newgent of South Bend leading Jason Harman of Elkhart, South Bend drivers Rowdy Ronnie Holaway and Joe Merrill and Walkerton’s Michael Ferrara completing the top ten. Hunter Rohweder, in his first race ever at the track bested Tobuch and Payne in heat race one with Joe Merrill beating Blake Smith of Plymouth and David Keuhs of Hobart in heat two. Woods topped Hartz and Long in heat three. Mike Long, once again topped the 21 car field in qualifying with a lap of 14.242.

A total of 27 Kniola Automotive Street Stocks were on hand with Jay Coffin of Hamlet posting the top qualifying time at 13.541. The qualiity of competiton was evident as several former A feature winners were relegated to the B main. Chris Woodall of Blue Island, IL made his first ever appearance at the track and took home the win ahead of Jacob McKown of Hobart and Jeff Wolfersberger of Battle Creek, MI. Cindy Stremme of South Bend was next over Matt Arvia of Griffith. Former A feature winner, Chad McGinnis of Niles led Alex Treptow of Lansing, IL, Berry Jenkins of Mattawan, MI, James Haisley of South Bend and Rich Hensley of South Bend to filling out the top ten. IN the 25 lap A feature, Vernon Knight of Michigan City seemed to have the field covered for most of the race but he was challenged repeatedly by recent LaPorte High School graduate, Austin Woodcox. Late in the race, Knight spun off turn two and relegating him to the tail. He retired in 11th spot a few laps later. For Woodcox, it was his first ever feature win after nearly five years of competition. Austin took the win ahead of veteran drivers, Mike Walls of Mishawaka, Tim Thurston of Niles, Todd Taylor of Elkhart and Joe Coffin of Plymouth. Jeff Stetler of Plymouth was next with Doug Fox of South Bend, Ryan Moore of Kouts, Jay coffin of Hamlet and Danny Brown Jr of LaPorte the top ten finishers. Woodall scored the win in heat one over Arvia and Treptow as Cindy Stremme took heat tow over Shaun Wiltjer of Gary and Moore. Doug Fox topped his father-in-law, Ray Baer of South Bend and Danny Brown in heat three.

The final race of the evening was the Bellman Oil Outlaw Late Model thirty lap A main with the top 14 of the 21 qualifiers taking the green. Rookie standout, Bradley Blackburn Jr of Goshen rocketed to the lead at the start and held off repeated challenges from some of the best in the area. Lap after lap, Bradley drove flawlessly, giving fans the impression that he was a seasoned veteran instead of a rookie. Charlie Hanna of Goshen challenged for several laps, unable to make the pass. Following a caution, Hanna finally managed to slip by on lap 23 to take his fourth win of the season. Blackburn held on for a well earned runner-up spot ahead of Kevin Sauer of Lakeville, Rich Boal of Plymouth and Cory Pressler of Benton Harbor. Mike “Bubba” Brooks of Kalamazoo, Rick Hahn Jr of Mishawaks, Carl Greulich of Niles, Jacob Maynard of Elkhart and Roger Northrup of Niles rounded out the top ten. In the B feature, Robert Haisley of South Bend bested Vern Sauer of Lakeville for his first ever Outlaw Late Model feature win. Mike Tutino ow Walkerton and John Neal of Battle Creek, MI rounded out the field that saw half the field unable to compete due to crashes in earlier events. Robert Haisley also picked up a win in the first heat race over Vern Sauer and Tutino. Kevin Sauer topped Blakcburn and Northrup in heat two while Brooks beat out Maynard and Boal in heat three. Cory Pressler turned a lap of 11.773 to top the field in qualfying.

This Saturday, the regular racers have the night off as the track will host our annual July 4th Family Night of Destruction. Dubbed the “Carnival of Chaos”, the night will feature Skid Plate race, Lights Out Race, Mud Drags, Burnout Contest, Rollover Contest, Five (yes, 5) Monster Trucks and a massive fireworks display. Adult admission is just $20 with kids 6-12 only $5 and those 5 & under admitted free with an adult. Seniors and active military receive a $2 discount. Grandstands open at 5 pm with action set to get underway at 7. As always, SMALL coolers are welcome but NO glass or alcohol is allowed to be carried in. There is NO smoking in the grandstand areas. Regular racing ction returns on July 11 with all four divisions in competition and double pay for any Hornet driver with perfect attendence. Bring a friend and join us for another night of excitement at the “Best Little Short Track in Indiana” and we will see you at the races.

Teague, Stetler & Hensley Take First Wins at South Bend Motor Speedway

June 26th, 2015

South Bend, IN- It was a night of tears, tributes and triumphs as the South Bend Motor Speedway celebrated the life of one a long time fixture at the historic oval. Jack “Red” Martsolf was the patriarch of the Dads & Lads Racing Dynasty and he left us on Tuesday. In his honor, drivers carried a black ribbon on their cars and a large number joined the other Dads & Lads team members for the opening parade lap. Long time driver and friend to many, Vic Krontz, was also remembered. Vic passed away from a heart attack following a serious crash at another track the previous Sunday. Both of these gentlemen will be sorely missed by all who knew them. As the song says, “Go rest high on that mountain, your work on earth is done.” We continue to ask for prayers for each of their families and friends as the grieving process continues.

A total of ninety cars, a Brown family record, jammed the pit areas in the five divisions. Chad Teague picked up his first ever feature win at the speedway as Rich Hensley and Jeff Stetler scored their first wins of the season. Richele Wolkens and Bryant Ragsdale each picked up their second feature wins of the year before a very enthusiastic crowd. It was also a kickoff for the U93 Roofsit campaign with drivers donating old body panels from their cars and other items to be auctioned off and help raise funds to fight child abuse here in St. Joseph County. Drivers went
through the stands during intermission and donated part of their winnings along with half of the 50/50 drawing. All together, over $3000 was raised for such a worthy cause. Thank you to all who participated.

First up on the program was the always exciting Hornet cars with 18 drivers taking the green from guest starter Ed McFadden. Through the luck of the inversion, Richele Wolkens of Niles started front row next to Leroy Dick of Granger, who jumped out to the initial lead. Richele was on a mission, however, and quickly wrestled the lead away and scored a close win over Leroy. Samantha Wolkens of Niles was next with Tim Leslie of New Carlisle and Lizzy Wolkens of Niles following. Rick Homan of Niles, Terry Brittain Jr of South Bend, Brandon Smith of Plymouth, Ryan Scott of South Bend and Olivia Horton of South Bend completed the top ten. Youngest of the Wolkens sisters, Victoria, scored the win in heat one over Samantha and Leroy Dick. Leslie took heat two ahead of Brandon Smith and Lizzy Wolkens. Ryan Scott was fast qualifier with a time of 15.733.

Sixteen drivers took the green for the twenty lap Front Wheel Drive main event. James Trussell of Niles jumped out to the early lead holding off challenges from Sean Stuart of North Liberty and Bryant Ragsdale of Mishawaka. Ragsdale muscled his way into the lead and appeared headed for an easy win. Fast qualifier, Mike Long of South Bend worked his way up to second and was set to challenge when he tapped Ragsdale and had to restart on the tail of the field. At the finish, it was Ragsdale taking the win over Michael Ferrara of Walkerton, Trussell, Stuart and Eryn Hartz of South Bend. South Bend drivers, Rowdy Ronnie Holaway, and Corey Woods were next with Blake Smith of Plymouth, Long and David Keuhs of Hobart rounding out the top ten. Trussell took the win in heat one over Stuart and Keuhs while Ragsdale took heat two over Blake Smith and Long. Long’s lap of 14.357 was quickest in qualifying.

With another large field of Kniola Street Stocks on hand, it was necessary to run a B Feature. Jeff Stetler of Plymouth picked up his first win at the track when he outran Mike Vidulich of Granger and Shaun Wiltjer of Gary. Spencer Wortinger of Goshen was next with Bobby McDonald of Elkhart and Michael Moore of Valparaiso rounded out the field. In the 25 lap A Feature, Rich Hensley notched a hard earned victory over Mike Walls of Mishawaka, Joe Coffin of Plymouth and Austin Woodcox of LaPorte. Doug Fox of South Bend, Tim thurston of Niles, Danny Brown Sr of New Carlisle, South Bend drivers James haisley and Ronnie McLean and Chad McGinnis of Niles completed the top ten. In heat race action, Vidulich took heat one over Stetler and Wortinger while Kenneth Dodd picked up the win in heat two ahead of McGinnis and Haisley. Heat three went to Jay Coffin of Hamlet ahead of Joe Coffin and Ray Baer of South Bend. Austin Woodcox posted fast time at 13.587.

On hand for the first time in many years were the drivers from the Great Lakes Open Wheel Modifieds. Cars from the 20‘s, 30‘s and 40‘s competed for the top honors. Rain halted their feature with Chad Teague of Shelbyville, MI in the lead. The race was declared complete with Tony Campbell of Belding, MI in the runner-up spot ahead of Jimmy Lawson of Elkhart, Cold Burrus of Kalamazoo and todd Cawarb of Alto, WI. Lou Caposey of Sturgis, Ken Quimby of Coldwater, Charlie Johnson of Coucho, AZ, Mickey Cornwell of Jones and Don Smith of Plainwell, MI completed the top ten. Teague topped Cornwell and Brennin Adkins of Elsie, MI in heat one with Burrus topping Lawson and Cowarb in heat two. Caposey was top qualifier with a time of 13.344.

The Bellman Oil Outlaw Late Model main event was cancelled because of the heavy rains the halted the GLOW Mod main. That race will be held this coming Saturday night. A total of 17 fast Outlaw cars were on hand with some of the best in the area. Rich Boal of Plymouth turned in a very quick lap of 11. 991 in qualifying. In heat race action, it was the Dads & Lads sponsored mount of Robert Haisley of South Bend taking the win over Vern Sauer of Lakeville and Nick Kretchmer of Granger in heat one. Fellow Dads & Lads driver, Mike Verduin of North Liberty took the win in heat two ahead of Charlie Hanna of Goshen and Jacob Maynard of Elkhart.

This Saturday will see double features for the Bellman Oil Oulaw Late Models along with a regular show for Kniola Street Stocks, Front Wheel Drives and Hornets. Will there be yet another different winner in the Kniola Street Stocks? Will the Wolkens sisters continue their domination in the Hornets? Will Charlie Hanna take home another Bellman Oil Outlaw Late Model win? For the answers to these and many more questions, join us this Saturday at the “Best Little Short Track in Indiana”. Pit gate opens at 3 pm with spectator gates opening at 5. Qualifying gets under way at 5 as well with racing set to take the green at 7. Adult admission is just $12 with kids 15 and under admitted free with at least one paid admission. Seniors and military receive a $2 discount. Bring the family, find some friends and bring them along of just bring your best friend. Either way, we will see you at the races.

Keuhs, Newgent and Brown Score First Time Wins at South Bend Motor Speedway

June 17th, 2015

South Bend, IN -Once again, the weather failed to cooperate with racing at the South Bend Motor Speedway. But, it did not keep the drivers from putting on another exciting show on a very warm Saturday night. Slight sprinkles just as the first heat race was making its way onto the track delayed activity only a few minutes. Melissa Keuhs, Zack Newgent and Danny Brown Sr each picked up their first wins of the season while Mike Long took home his second win and Charlie Hanna notched his third.

First on the program, once again was the popular Hornet division. A total of 22 entries resulted in the running of an A and a B feature. Melissa Keuhs of Hobart bested Chris Bales of New Carlisle to take her first ever win at the speedway. South Bend drivers, Michael Werntz, Delbert Davis and Maggie McIntyre followed with Jeff Keller of Elkhart losing an engine on the last lap to finish sixth after leading most of the event. In the twenty lap A feature, Zach Newgent held off points leader Richele Wolkens of Niles for his first win of the year. Ryan Scott of South Bend posted his best finish of the season with third over Rich Homan of Niles and Paul Fontenelli of LaPorte. Rookie Victoria Wolkens of Niles, in her best finish to date, led Terry Brittain Jr of South Bend, Lizzy Wolkens of Niles, tim Leslie of New Carlisle and Samantha Wolkens of Niles to round out the top ten. Werntz scored his first ever win in the first heat ahead of Bales, Keller and Tyler Mead of Niles while Bobby Alwine of Bremen took heat two over Brittain Jr and Newgent. Richele Wolkens won heat three ahead of Leroy Dick of Granger and Leslie with Ryan Scott besting Fontanelli and Lizzy Wolkens in heat four. Samantha Wolkens was top qualifier with a lap of 15.804. Werntz and Alwine dedicated their wins to Dad’s and Lads owner, Jack Martzolf who continues to battle health issues.

The twenty lap Front Wheel Drive feature went to fast qualifier (14.433) Mike Long of South Bend ahead of fellow South Bend driver Eryn Hartz, and Sean Stuart of North Liberty. Corey Woods of South Bend and Michael Ferrara of Walkerton followed with South Bend drivers Joe Merrill and Rowdy Ronnie Holloway, Jason Harman of Elkhart, Jim Merrill of South Bend and Kyle Plencner of South Bend completing the top ten. In heat race action, Hartz topped Joe Merill and David Keuhs of Hobart in heat one as Long topped Holaway and Woods in heat two.

The always exciting 25 lap Kniola Street Stock feature saw far less carnage than a week ago. At the end, it was Danny Brown Sr of New Carlisle, driving his son’s car, taking the win. Austin Woodcox of LaPorte picked up the runner-up position ahead of a much improved Kenneth Dodd of Osceola, Tim Thurston of Niles and Matt Maurer of Granger. South Bend drivers Ray Baer and Derek Wunder, Greg Gifford of Michigan City, Rich Hensley of South Bend and last week’s winner, Chad McGinnis of Niles finished the top ten. James Haisley of South Bend, another Dad’s and Lads driver, survived a wreck strewn first heat to take the win over McGinnis and Dodd. Doug Close was removed from his car, after he slammed the wall hard in turn one, but was okay. Gifford bested Woodcix and Thurston in heat two. Derek Wunder turned in fast time with a lap of 13.736.

The Bellman Oil Company Outlaw Late Model thirty lap main saw 15 drivers take the green flag from starter Lance Miller with Charlie Hanna of Goshen taking his third win of the season over Rich Boal of Plymouth, Nick Kretchmer of Granger and Kenny Lollar Jr of Buchanan. Scott Ross of Plymouth beat out Bradley Blackburn Jr of Goshen, Vern Sauer of Lakeville, Robert Haisley of South Bend and John Streeting of LaPorte completing the top ten. Streeting scored the win in heat one over Kevin Sauer of Lakeville and Kretchmer with young standout Jacob Maynard of Elkhart topping Rick Hahn Jr of Mishawaka and Hanna in heat two. Boal was top qualifier with a lap of12.104.

We at the South Bend Motor Speedway would like to extend our heartfelt sympathies to the family of Victor Krontz who suffered a heart attack following a racing accident at the Mottville Speedway on Sunday. Vic was a friend to many of the drivers and staff at SBMS and he will be sorely missed. Please keep his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers.

This Saturday will feature the kickoff of U93‘s Roof Sit 2015. There will be a special ride-along for the kids along with a special 50/50 drawing and drivers will donate shirts and other items for a special auction. Also the Glow Mods will make their first appearance at the speedway. These are 1948 and older coupes and coaches that will run a full program along with the Bellman Oil Outlaw Late Models, Kniola Street Stocks, Front Wheel Drive cars and Hornets. Pit gates open at 3 pm with spectator gates swinging open at 5. Qualifying gets underway at 5 as well with racing set to go at 7. Adult admission is just $12 with kids 15 and under admitted free with at least one adult. Seniors receive a $2 discount and pit passes are $30. Bring a friend or bring a neighbor but be sure to join us for some of the best racing around and we will see you at the races.

Hanna Repeats as Wolkens Sisters Take 1-2-3 Again

June 11th, 2015

South Bend, IN – A huge crowd enjoyed a full night of exciting racing as The South Bend Motor Speedway hosted Fan Appreciation Night with FREE admission to all the fans. It was standing room only as Charlie Hanna, Chad McGinnis, Brad Smith, Rowdy Ronnie Holaway and Lizzy Wolkens scored feature wins. Fans were treated to a chance to meet the drivers with a huge on track autograph session prior to the start of the evening’s events. The night was capped off with a spectacular fireworks display AND one lucky fan took home over $1200 on the 50/50 drawing. A good time was
definitely had by all.

First on the card was the always unpredictable Hornet feature. A total of twenty cars made qualifying attempts with Rick Homan of Niles establishing a new record of 15.564. In the twenty lap feature, Chris Bales of New Carlisle jumped out to an early lead with the rest of the field in hot pursuit. Lizzy Wolkens of Niles wrestled the lead away from Bales and set sail with her sisters, Richele and Samantha following close behind. As the checker flew, it was Lizzy taking her first win of the season over Richele and Samantha. Homan moved up to fourth ahead of Paul Fontanelli of LaPorte. Tim Leslie of New Carlisle was next as Brandon Smith of Plymouth, Bobby Alwine of Bremen, Victoria Wolkens of Niles and Olivia Horton of South Bend rounded out the top ten. Delbert Davis of South Bend took the win in heat one over Michael Werntz of South Bend and Melissa Keuhs of Hobart. Heat two went to Lizzy Wolkens ahead of Leslie and Olivia Horton while Richele Wolkens scored the win in heat three over Jason Moorehead of Valparaiso and Homan.

The Front Wheel Drive twenty lap main was exciting from start to finish. For the last several weeks, Rowdy Ronnie Holaway of South Bend has been racing for his Grandpa, Jack Martsolf, who has been battling health concerns. His hard work and perseverance paid off with his first ever feature win. Just past the finish, the cars of fellow South Bend drivers, Mike Long and Corey Woods tangled going into turn one with Long’s car slamming into the first turn wall. Both drivers were uninjured but Long’s car received heavy damage in the crash. Long ended up 2nd with Woods third while other South Benders, Jason Newgent, Eryn Hartz and Joe Merrill were next. Jason Harman of Elkhart, Sean Stuart of North Liberty, David Keuhs of Hobart and Robert Merrill of South Bend finished the top ten of the 19 drivers who took the green flag. Kyle Plencner of South Bend topped Tyler Mead of Niles and Matt Baike of Homewood, IL in heat one while Holaway bested Hartz and Long in heat two. Long posted quick time in qualifying with a lap of 14.464.

One of the largest fields of Kniola Street Stock drivers in recent history resulted in the running of a B feature for the class. Brad Smith of Niles picking up his first win over long time fan favorite, Cindy Stremme of South Bend and Todd Taylor of Elkhart. Jeff Stetler of Plymouth and Doug Close of South Bend completed the top five. In the A feature, a huge crash involving about half the field brought the action to a halt before a lap could be completed. When action resumed, Chad McGinnis of Niles took command and never looked back. Holding off challenges repeated challenges from Mike Walls of Mishawaka and a hard charging Danny Brown Jr of LaPorte, Chad picked up his first feature win at the high banked oval. Walls settled for second as Brown took third ahead of recent graduate Austin Woodcox of LaPorte and Joe Coffin of Plymouth. Doug Fox of South Bend, Tim Thurston of Niles, Ray Baer of South Bend, Vernon Knight of Michigan City and Derek Wunder of South Bend completed the top ten. Doug Fox topped the charts in qualifying with a lap of 13.608 as Brad Smith took heat one over rookie Dylan Stremme of South Bend and Jay Coffin of Hamlet. Heat 2 went to Cindy Stremme ahead of Ronnie McLean of South Bend and Thurston. Woodcox scored the win in heat three over Joe Coffin and Fox.

The Bellman Oil Outlaw Late Models saved the best for last as they closed out the racing portion of the night. Fourteen drivers lined up for their 30 lap main. Charlie Hanna of Goshen wasted little time moving through the field to take command and pick up his second win of the season. While Hanna’s win looked effortless, the battle from third to fifth was a free for all with drivers swapping position several times each lap. At the finish, it was Hanna taking the win ahead of John Streeting Jr of LaPorte, scoring his best finish to date, and Vern Sauer of Lakeville, who crossed the finish line backwards. Scott Ross of Plymouth and Cory Pressler of South Bend were next with Rich Boal of Plymouth, Mike Prescott of Osceola, Kevin Sauer of Lakeville, Bradley Blackburn Jr of Goshen and Carl Greulich of NIles filling out the top ten. In heat race action, Jason Howard of Middlebury took the win in heat one over Vern Sauer and Prescott as Hanna was victorious in heat two ahead of Shawn Amor of Plymouth and Pressler. Pressler turned in the fastest time in qualifying with a lap of 11.976.

The staff and management would like to thank all of the fans and drivers who helped make this night such a huge success. Please tell all your friends and we hope you will join us again for another exciting night of racing. This Saturday, the Bellman Oil Outlaw Late Models, Kniola Street Stocks, Front Wheel Drives and Hornets will again be in competition with a special added “Lights Out” race to close out the night. Pit gates open at 3 pm with spectator gates opening at 5. Qualifying for all 4 classes gets underway at 5 and racing is set to begin at 7. Adult admission is just $12 with kids 15 and under admitted free with at least one adult. Seniors and Active Military receive a $2 discount. SMALL coolers are welcome but NO glass or alcohol are allowed. There is NO smoking in the grandstand areas per St. Joseph County and Indiana ordinances. Load up the kids, bring a friend and we’ll see you at
the races.

Brown, Lollar, Leslie and Ferrara Take First Time Wins at SBMS

May 29th, 2015

South Bend, IN- It was another great night of racing at the South Bend Motor Speedway as, for the first time in several weeks, there was not a hint of a rain chance in the forecast. Once again, sixty drivers challenged the high banks to entertain the fans. Danny Brown Jr and Kenny Lollar Jr, Tim Leslie and Michael Ferrara each joined the ranks of first time winners as the competition in every division continues to be tight.

Street Stocks were first on the program with a brand new series sponsor. Kinola Automotive from Michigan City signed on and will join Bellman Oil Company as a major sponsor for the speedway. In the first Kinola Automotive Street Stock main event of the season, it was LaPorte hot shoe, Danny Brown taking home top honors in the 25 lap event. The win was not without challenges, however, as Brown was dogged by South Bend drivers, Ronnie McLean, Doug Fox and Cindy Stremme. Mike Walls of Mishawaka was next as Derek Wunder of South Bend, Jay Coffin of Hamet, Kenneth Dodd of Osceola, Vernon Knight and last week’s feature winner, Tim Thurston of Niles rounded out the top ten. Dodd scored the win in heat one over Rich Hensley of South Bend and Walls while Wunder was victorious in heat two ahead of Thurston and Coffin. During an emotional opening ceremony, Mike Walls carried the flag to honor his life partner, Terri Willis who passed away earlier in the year. We continue to keep Mike and his family and friends in our thoughts and prayers as we share their loss.

The Bellman Oil Outlaw Late Model 30 lap feature, it was Kenny Lollar Jr of Buchanan taking the top honors by holding off challenges from opening night winner, Charlie Hanna of Goshen and last week’s winner, Rich Boal of Plymouth. Doug True of Dowagiac was next over Vern Sauer of Lakeville. Kevin Sauer of Lakeville, John Streeting Jr of LaPorte, Bradley Blackburn Jr of Goshen, Mike Prescott of Osceola and Scott Ross of Plymouth completed the top ten. In his very first start in the Outlaw Late Model class at South Bend, Bradley Blackburn Jr picked up the win in heat one over Kevin Sauer and Vern Sauer as Scott Ross topped Hanna and Boal for the win in heat two. Following the evening’s events, Blackburn displayed his ‘Cancer Sucks’ car behind the main grandstand, handing out Cancer awareness bracelets and meeting with fans.

A series high of 19 cars took the green for the Hornet 20 lap main with last week’s winner, Richele Wolkens of Niles starting 18th. A red flag on lap 11 brought the action to a stop when the mount of Tom Davis of South Bend slammed the frontstretch wall. When action resumed, it was Tim Leslie of New Carlisle in the lead. Leslie held on for his first ever win ahead of newcomer Ryan Scott of South Bend, Rick Homan of Niles with Richele Wolkens over her sister, Samantha. Paul Fontanelli of LaPorte was next ahead of Terry Brittain Jr of South Bend, Lizzy Wolkens of Niles, Melissa Keuhs of Hobert and Olivia Horton of South Bend filling the top ten finishing spots. Youngest of the Wolkens clan, Victoria Wolkens of Niles picked up the win in heat one over Richele Wolkens and Samantha Wolkens with Lizzy Wolkens taking heat two over Fontanelli and Melissa Keuhs. Heat three went to Leslie over Homan and Brittain. Adam Shear of Fox 28 News was on hand to do an interview with the Wolkens family. The feature will air Monday or Tuesday.

The final event of the evening was the 20 lap Front Wheel Drive feature. A hard crash at the start eliminated brothers Joe and Robert Merrill of South Bend from the race. At the end, it was Michael Ferrara of Walkerton taking the win in convincing fashion. Not only was this Ferrara’s first ever feature win but it was the first time a Kia Sephia had ever won a race at the famed oval. Eryn Hartz of South Bend bested Rowdy Ronnie Holaway of South Bend for 2nd with Sean Stuart of North Liberty, Mike Long of South Bend and Bryant Ragsdale of Mishawaka making up the top five. Jason Newgent of South Bend, Brandon Boyd of North Liberty, Kyle Plencner of South Bend and David Keuhs of Hobart rounded out the top ten. Heat race wins went to Stuart over Plencner and Corey Woods of South Bend and Long ahead of Ferara and Hartz in heat two.

With three race nights on the season, the speedway has yet to have a repeat winner in any of the four divisions. Can we keep that streak alive? Will the Hornets break the 25 total car mark? Will Nana set a 50/50 record? These and many other questions will be answered this Saturday when the speedway hosts its second ‘Totally Free Night’. That’s right, race fans, general admission is totally FREE. Pack up the family and load up the car. Everyone gets in FREE. Adult admission is FREE, Kids are FREE, Seniors and active military are FREE. SMALL coolers are welcome but NO glass containers and NO alcohol is allowed to be carried in. Remember, there is NO smoking allowed in the grandstand area (per county and state ordinence) and, did I mention that admission for this Saturday is FREE? Bellman Oil Outlaw Late Models, Kinola Automotive Street Stocks, Front Wheel Drive cars and Hornets will all be competing for a chance at victory before one of the biggest crowds of the year plus there will be fireworks. You won’t want to miss this race. Pit gate opens at 3 with spectator gates opening at 5 and racing set to go at 7 pm. For more information check our website at www.racesouthbendmotorspeedway.com. Thanks for your support and we will see you at the races.

First Time Winners as SBMS Outwits Mother Nature.

May 20th, 2015

South Bend, IN- All week the weather predictors kept saying that it was going to rain on Saturday. Even as race time drew closer, the rain chances kept changing. Watching the radar, it appeared that a storm cel was quickly approaching from the south but that did not stop almost sixty drivers from making an appearance to battle for the top prize in the four divisions. Mike Long, Tim Thurston, Rich Boal and Richele Wolkens all picked up their first wins at the historic facility. For Long and Boal, it was their first win of the season while Thurston and Richele Wolkens had never won here before.

As always, the speedway rotates the classes each week so everyone gets an opportunity to be first on the card. This week, the Front Wheel Drive cars were first. Fourteen drivers took the green for their twenty lap main event. Sean Stuart of North Liberty jumped out to an early lead and built up a huge advantage. As Mike Long of South Bend worked his way through traffic, Stuart appeared headed for an easy victory. However, a late race caution tightened up the field and Long wasted ittle time wrestling the lead away. At the finish it was Long besting Stuart with South Bend drivers, Corey Woods, Eryn Hartz and Joe Merrill following. Michael Ferrara of Walkerton, James Trussell of Niles, Rowdy Ronnie Holaway of South Bend, David Keuhs of Hobart and Matt Plencner of South Bend rounded out the top ten. Long topped Hartz and Woods in heat one while Holaway picked up a very emotional win in heat two over Plencner and Ferrara. Holaway dedicated his win to his Grandpa who was hospitalized earlier in the day.

In the Street Stock 25 lap main, it was a pair of sevens doing battle for much of the event. Tim Thurston of Niles held off a determined Rich Hensley of South Bend to take the win with Todd Taylor of Elkhart a close third. Vernon Knight of Michigan City bested Doug Fox of South Bend with Kenneth Dodd II of Osceola topping Niles drivers Brad Smith and Chad McGinnis. Last week’s winner Derek Wunder and Ronnie McLean, both from South Bend, completed the top ten. In perliminary action, Knight topped McGinnis and Jay Coffin of Hamlet in heat one while McLean bested Dodd and Taylor in heat two.

In the Bellman Oil Company Outlaw Late Model thirty lapper, it appeared Scott Ross of Plymouth would take top honors only to have his car develop problems while leading. Numerous cautions marred the event but it was veteran Rich Boal of Plymouth holding off challenges from fellow Plymouth driver, Brian Ross and last week’s winner Charlie Hanna of Goshen. Newcomer Vern Sauer of Lakeville was next ahead of John Streeting Jr of LaPorte. Kevin Sauer of Lakeville led Scott Ross Robert Haisley of South Bend, Mike Prescott of Osceola and Andrew DeVreese of Mishawaka to round out the top ten. Brian Ross topped Vern Sauer and Prescott for the win in heat one as DeVreese beat Hanna and Boal in heat two.

With a total of seven female drivers in the Hornet class, there was a near 50% chance that one of them would claim victory. During intermission, announcer Chris Highbaugh interviewed the four Wolkens sisters. When he asked what some of their goals were, Richele answered, “To win the championship!” If her feature performance is any indication, she just might pull that one off. The largest Hornet field to date took the green flag for the start of their fifteen lap main. A crash in turn four eliminated Victoria Wolkens, the youngest of the sisters in only her second start. On the restart, Lizzy Wokens made a bold three wide move to take the lead, only to have another caution. On the third restart, Lizzy once again went to the high side but younger sister, Richele dove to the inside. Paul Fontanelli of LaPorte jumped out to the early lead but Richele was right on his heels as she took command before the halfway. The Niles High School senior never looked back as sisters Lizzy and Samantha each moved toward the front. At the finish it was Richele taking the win with Lizzy in second and Samantha in third. It was the first time in the speedway’s history that female drivers have accomplished such a fete. Rich Homan of Niles was next with Fontanelli holding on for fifth. Tom Davis of South Bend, and David Britton of Bremen led South Bend drivers Terry Brittain Jr, Michael Werntz and Maggie McIntyre to complete the top ten. Terry Brittain beat Tim Leslie of New Carlisle and David Britton in heat one as Homan took heat two over Richele Wolkens and Lizzy Wolkens.

The staff and management want to send out a special get well message for long time friend of the South Bend Motor Speedway, Jack Martzolf as he struggles with health concerns. Martzolf has provided his wrecker for nearly every event held at the speedway and his Dads & Lads sponsorship appears on many of the race cars. Please keep the entire family in your thoughts and prayers. We also want to congratulate Doug and Stacy Fox on their new addition. Son Evan joined their family on Friday, much to the delight of grandparents, Sandy and Wayne Westfall.

Our next event is another exciting four in one show this Saturday. Bellman Oil Company Outlaw Late Models, Street Stocks, Front Wheel Drive cars and Hornets will all be in action on the high banks. Pit gates open at 3 with spectator gates opening at 5 and racing at 7. Adult admission is just $12 with kids under 15 admitted free with an adult admission. Seniors and active military receive a $2 discount. Small coolers are always welcome but NO glass container or alcohol is allowed and, even though we have the best food offered anywhere, fans are welcome to bring their own snacks. So load up the kids and the grand kids and come on out and see us this Saturday. Better yet, bring a friend who has never been to the races. You just might help create a new fan. Either way, we’ll see you at the races.

Another Exciting Season Opens at South Bend Motor Speedway

May 9th, 2015

South Bend, IN –Picture perfect weather and a large field of cars greeted the fans on opening night at the South Bend Motor Speedway this past Saturday. Charlie Hanna, Derek Wunder and Bryant Ragsdale continued their winning ways by posting victories in their respective features with newcomer, Rick Homan picking up his first feature win ever at the historic speed plant. The night featured the return of some fan favorites as well as a NASCAR star in attendence as David Stremme was on hand to cheer on his mom and youngest nephew as they made their season debuts.

For Rick Homan of Niles, it was his first time at the historic speed plant as he picked up the win in the Hornet 15 lap feature. He had to hold off a very determined Richele Wolkens of Niles who settled for the runner-up spot ahead of John Creech of New Carlisle, defending champ Terry Brittain Jr and Maggie McIntyre, both from South Bend. Goshen’s Scott Binkley was next with Victoria Wolkens of Niles, Olivia Horton of South Bend and Tom Davis of South Bend completing the field. Melissa Keuhs of Hobart was unable to compete due to mechanical issues. A record number of 5 lady drivers were entered in this class alone with at least 3 more expected in the coming weeks. The Wolkens sisters took wins in the heats with Victoria topping Maggie McIntyre and Tom Davis in heat one and Richele taking the win in heat two over Homan and Creech.

Bryant Ragsdale of Mishawaka took the win in the Front Wheel Drive 20 lap main for his second feature win of the weekend, having scored a victory the night before at another track. His win was no cake walk as he had to hold off repeated challenges from Sean Stewart of North Liberty for most of the event. Eryn Hartz of South Bend finished third ahead of Michael Ferrara of Walkerton and Matt Plencner of South Bend. Paul Fontanelli of LaPorte, brothers, Joe Merrill and Jim Merrill of South Bend, Corey Woods of South Bend and David Keuhs of Hobart rounded out the top ten as a total of 18 drivers were entered in the division. Heat wins went to Stuart over Hartz and Plencner in heat one while Woods topped Ferrara and Tyler Mead of Niles in heat two. Kenny Elder of Walkerton took a hard hit into the turn two wall during heat two ending his night early. He was okay but the crash also eliminated the cars of Brandon Boyd of North Liberty and Kyle Plencner of South Bend. All three are expected to return to competition next week.

Fourteen drivers took the green from starter Lance Miller for the start of the 25 lap Street Stock main event with Derek Wunder in the pole position. From the onset, Wunder of South Bend, took the lead and never looked back. His win was not without challenges, however, as Niles driver Tim Thurston was hot on his heels. Mike Walls of Mishawaka took third over Doug Fox of South Bend and ageless Ronnie McLean of South Bend. Vernon Knight of Michigan City, Kenneth Dodd II of Osceola, Chad McGinnis of Niles, Todd Taylor of Elkhart and Cindy Stremme of South Bend completed the top ten. For Wunder, it was his second win in the last three starts. Vernon Knight topped Dodd and Rich Hensley for the win in heat one with Doug Fox taking heat two over Walls and Thurston.

Ten of the finest area drivers took the green in the Bellman Oil Company Outlaw Late Model 30 lap feature. The car of Corey Woods was eliminated in a hard crash in turn four before a single lap could be completed. Woods was okay but his mount received heavy front end damage. Defending champion, Charlie Hanna from Goshen continued where he left off last season by taking the win over Rich Boal of Plymouth who dogged Hanna the entire event. Scott Ross of Plymouth finally broke free and was closing fast but his engine let go just as the field took the checkered flag. Kevin Sauer from Lakeville was next ahead of Robert Haisley of South Bend. John Streeting Jr of LaPorte, Vern Sauer II of Lakeville and Woods completed the field. Jay Coffin of Hamlet and Jason Howard of Middlebury were both unable to compete after problems in their respective heat races. Scott Ross topped Boal and Vern Sauer in heat one with Woods taking heat two over Hanna and Kevin Sauer.

Action returns next Saturday night with many more drivers expected in each of the four divisions. The pit gate opens at 3 with spectator gates opening at 5 and racing set to get underway at 7 pm. Admission is just $12 for adults with kids 15 and under admitted free with an adult admission. While we feature some of the best food anywhere, fans are welcome to bring their own snacks and small coolers with soft drinks are welcome. No alcohol or glass containers are allowed and there is NO SMOKING allowed in the grandstand area per county and state ordinances. For more information, check out our website at www.racesouthbendmotorspeedway.com and we will see you at the races.

Big Bend Draws Big Crowd at South Bend Motor Speedway

April 23rd, 2015

South Bend, IN -Warm temperatures brought a record crowd for the opening event of the 2015 season at the South Bend Motor Speedway on Saturday night. A new stock rules package saw one of the largest fields for both the Compact and Full Size demoliition cars in recent years. The new demo pit in the infield, however, received mixed reviews. While fans on both sides of the track were able to view all of the action, many felt it was too much of a change. Drivers, however, seemed to like the new setup. Plans are to go back to the old format for the running of “Big Bend II” in August.

The first event of the night was the Skid Plate race for front wheel drive cars. Basically, you replace the rear wheels with a steel plate. Dalton Winterrowd of South Bend picked up the win over Loni Bush of LaPorte and Jim Cauffman of North Liberty. Matt Wagner of LaPorte and Steven Putnam of Mishawaka completed the top 5.

With 32 competitors, there were four elimination heats held for the Stock Compact demolition cars with the top 5 in each advancing to the main event. Following the elimination heats was the feature for the Full Size Trucks & Vans. Tim Peterson Jr of LaPorte topped the field, outlasting Christopher Stockberger of South Bend, John Hinegardner Jr of Elkhart and Justin Stambaugh of Walkerton. Nick Lindemulder of Dowagiac, Tony Fraschetti of Edwardsburg and Ryan Borton of Wabash rounded out the field in a hard hitting competition.

A new event was held for Stock Lawnmowers with Chris Seadorf of LaPorte topping Scott Breeding Jr of New Carlisle, Robert Venderwerf of LaPorte and Mason Napier of South Bend. Also, a special Power Wheels derby was held for the kids with all competitors receiving awards from the speedway. Shawn Lee of Chesterton took top honors in the rollover competition over Steven Putnam of Mishawaka.

In the Stock Compact feature, it was John Rinehart of Osceola taking a hard fought win over Josh Owens of Marion and Ed Minix of Niles. Anthony Colcord of Niles, Antonio Wilson of South Bend and Aaron Lintz of South Bend were next as Larry Runyan of Niles, Dan Hoppe of Fort Wayne, Dustin Newgent of South Bend and Rick Borr of Jones, MI rounded out the top ten. Rinehart picked up $2500 for his efforts.

In the Stock Full Size, it was like a flashback with lots of old iron from the 70‘s. when the smoke cleared and the dust settled, it was Dave Myer taking the win and the $5000 top prize over Andy Crocker and Justin Lintz. Loni Bush and Casey Bush were 4th and 5th with Dalton Winterrowd, Nathan Machowiak, Kevin Knieden, Dustin Newgent and Scott Kuszmaul rounding out the top ten.

As always, the trailer race brought the night to a close with action galore. The event was red-flagged when Ben Navarre of Edwardsburg flipped his Jeep on the backstretch. Taking the win convincingly was Steven Hensley of Mishawaka over Cameron Blume of South Bend and Alan Finchum of Mishawaka. Jim Hines of Grovertown was next ahead of Heather Zarembka of South Bend and Nicholas Dolan of Edwardsburg. Judd Fielder of Niles, Robert Riggs of Buchanan, Steven Meredith of South Bend and Bill Lovely of Plymouth completed the top 10. This Saturday the speedway will host an open house and practice for all racers beginning at noon. Regular racing action for Bellman Oil Company Outlaw Late Models, Street Stocks, Front Wheel Drive cars and Hornets will begin on May 2. The next night of Motorized Mayhem will be Saturday May 23 with Train Races, Trailer Races, Skid Plate Race, a Lights Out race, Spectator Drags, Rollover contest, Fireworks and much more.

For the May 2 race, spectator gates will open at 5 pm with racing action set to get underway at 7. Adult admission is just $12 with kids 15 and under admitted free with an adult. Small coolers are welcome but NO glass containers and absolutely NO alcohol is allowed. It’s going to be another exciting season and we hope to see YOU at the races.

Crash-fest Opens New Season at South Bend Motor Speedway

April 18th, 2015

South Bend, IN. On Saturday, April 18, the South Bend MotorSpeedway will host the opening event of the 2015 racing season. The “Big Bend”demolition derby will usher in the new season and will see lots of changes tothe format. Where, in the past, the rules allowed for more of a ‘modified’ typevehicle, the change has been made to allow only ‘stock’ type cars for the sedanand compact divisions. Another big change will be seen as the cars roll out ofthe pits and report to the newly built arena area in the center of the infield.Where the action has been primarily on the racing service in the past, it willnow be on the dirt arena, making it easier for the fans on both sides of thetrack to keep up with all the action.

On tap this Saturday, will be the Stock Sedans competing fora top prize of $5000, along with Stock Compacts battling for $2500 and FullSize Trucks and Vans. New this time will be Stock and Modified Garden Tractorswith a 100% payback in both divisions. Making a return is the popular PowerWheels derby for the kids as well as the always exciting Rollover competitionand the $1000 to win Trailer Race.

Another new addition is the Skid Plate race for front wheeldrive cars. The rear wheels are removed and replaced with a steel plate. With atop prize of $200 on the line, this race promises to be a crowd pleaser.

For this event, the pit gate will open at noon with thespectator gates opening at 5. General admission is just $20 for adults withkids 6-12 only $5 and those children 5 & under admitted free with an adult.Small coolers are welcome but no alcohol and no glass containers please. Foradditional payout information or rules, go to our website at www.racesouthbendmotorspeedway.comand follow the links or call 574-234-0269 on race day.

South Bend Motor Speedway Crowns Champions as Curtain Closes on 2014 Racing Season

September 6th, 2014

South Bend, IN –The season long points battle for all six regular racing divisions came to an end on Friday night as each of the series champions celebrated with on track trophy presentations. Terry Brittain Jr, Kyle O’Dell, Derek Davis, Mark Swan, Rodney Smith and Charlie Hanna each took home top honors for their respective divisions while all of the top ten in each class received awards. Prior to racing, all driver were invited to the start finish line to greet track owners, Steve and Jen Brown and Steve’s parents, Bill and Sue Brown. In an emotional opening ceremony, the Brown family greeted each driver and many of the staff with a handshake or a hug. It suffices to say that we will all miss their leadership and it’s been a true honor to be a part of their legacy these past four years.

First up on the program was the 15 lap championship feature for the Hornet class. A season high of fifteen drivers took the green with points leader, Terry Brittain Jr of South Bend starting in the 10th position. Derek Danley of Mishawaka picked up his second feature win of the season, holding off challenges from Eryn Hartz of South Bend and Tyler Mead of Niles. Richele Wolkens was next over newcomer Nick Emmans of Bristol and Lizzy Wolkens of Niles. Brittain Jr, Michael Stephenson of North Liberty, Samantha Wolkens of Niles and Adam ‘Big Dog’ Ewing of South Bend rounded out the top ten. Terry Brittain Jr maintained his points lead and ended with 649 points over Richele Wolkens with 617. Eryn Hartz was 3rd with 571 as Scott Binkley of Goshen brought the ‘Pennies 4 Puppies Mutt Mobile’ home in 4th with 556 total points. Lizzy Wolkens finished in 5th place with 523 as Derek Danley, Michael Werntz of South Bend, Tyler Mead, Samantha Wolkens and Maggie McIntyre of South Bend rounded out the top ten in points. A total of 29 drivers competed in the class which was added to the program at the end of June. All ten drivers picked up their hardware in their cars on the start finish line and received a thank you from Steve and Jennifer Brown for their participation.

The Front Wheel Drive 20 lap championship feature also found fifteen drivers making the call with Jasmine Schafer of Bremen jumping out to an early lead. At the finish, it was Sean Stuart of North Liberty picking up his first win of the season, much the same as he did in 2013. Defending champ, Bryant Ragsdale of Mishawaka came home in the runner-up spot over Schaefer, Kyle O’Dell of Plymouth and James Austin of South Bend. Corey Woods of South Bend was next ahead of Matt Mauer of Granger, Jason Horton of South Bend, Rowdy Ronnie Holaway of South Bend and Alyson Cretacci of Walkerton. In the points chase, it was Kyle O’Dell topping the charts with a total of 1133 points ahead of Bryant Ragsdale with 1065. Matt Maurer was 3rd with 1014 ahead of James Austin with 916 and Sean Stuart with a total of 911 points. Ronnie Holaway, Doug Close, Drew Davis of South Bend, Alyson Cretacci and Jason Horton rounded out the top ten in points and each took home a nice trophy. A total of 37 drivers competed in this class in 2014.

Thirteen drivers took the green flag from starters, Mike and Norma Stutsman in theMini Stock championship feature. The 25 lap race was riddled with cautions, the scariest coming when the car of Chad Lindsey of LaPorte lost a wheel just past turn two as the leaders were closing in. When the checkers flew, it was Jason Cogswell of LaPorte picking up yet another feature win over points leader Derek Davis of South Bend and Dustin Kline of Constantine, MI. Eric Frazier of Warsaw was fourth ahead of Kevin Davis of South Bend. Drew Davis of South Bend led Ed Martz of Niles Ryne Balsley of Plymouth, Howie Fisette of South Bend and Mke Hancock of Mishawaka. In the points battle, Derek Davis took home the championship with a total of 1170 points over his father, Kevin Davis with 1030. Jason Cogswell was third with 1024 as Howie Fisette with 981 and Ryne Balsley with 908 completed the top five. Chad Lindsey was next over Aaron Zimmerman of Shipshewana, Dustin Kline, David Raley Jr of Osceola and Ed Martz. For Martz, it was a personal triumph as he became the first front wheel drive driver in recent years to break into the top ten. A total of 31 drivers competed in Mini Stock racing throughout the season.

In the 25 lap Street Stock championship feature, points leader Mark Swan of Mishawaka had the title locked up by simply showing up. Starting tenth, Swan wasted little time moving to the front. Jeff Kaiser of North Liberty built up a sizeable lead only to watch it disappear for a late race caution. Swan took the win as he wrestled the lead away from Kaiser with only a few laps remaining. A.J. Lubelski of Walkerton was third over Vernon Knight of Michigan City and Ronnie McLean of South Bend. Fellow South Bend drivers, Rich Hensley and Ray Baer headed James Swan of Milwaukee, WI who arrived just before feature time and had never seen the track before. Tom Taylor of Michigan City and Jordan Cretacci of Walkerton completed the top ten. In the points chase, Mark Swan took the title with 1137 total points with Rich Hensley in second spot amassing a total of 1050 points. Third went to Vernon Knight who actually tied with Doug Fox with 1041 points. The tie was settled by feature wins with Knight winning 3 and Fox taking 1 feature win for the season. Derek Wunder was fifth with 1012 points. Jay Coffin of Hamlet topped A.J. Lubelski, Jeff Kaiser, Ronnie McLean and Addison Davis of North Liberty to round out the top ten points chasers. 35 drivers turned laps in this division throughout the season.

The Pro Late Model championship feature saw eleven of the top drivers in the area taking the green with Steve Stacy of Plymouth taking home his first win of the season ahead of points leader Rodney Smith of Elkhart and Brian McFadden of South Bend. 2013 series champ, Rich Boal of Plymouth had to settle for fourth over Gregory Gifford of Michigan City. Brandon Cretacci of Walkerton lead Danny Brown Jr of LaPorte, Bradley Blackburn Jr of Goshen, Matt Sullivan of Hartford, MI and Danny Brown Sr of New Carlisle to complete the top ten. Rodney Smith’s 1212 total points earned him the sixth points championship of his career over Rich Boal, who accumulated 1117 points. Brandon Cretacci was third with 831 with Matt Sullivan next at 808 and Danny Brown Sr in fifth with 761. The rest of the top ten points earners were Greg Gifford, Steve Stacy, Brian McFadden, Danny Brown Jr and Nick Stremme of South Bend. Each driver circled the track to receive their hardware and the cheers from the fans.

The final main event of the evening was the Bellman Oil Outlaw Late Models. The 30 lap championship feature was stopped with only a few laps in with the mount of Kevin Sauer of Lakeville receiving serious damage. As the final flag fell on the event, it was Plymouth drivers taking home the top three spots as Brian Ross made a rare appearance to garner his first outlaw win of the season over Steve Stacy and his brother Scott Ross. Kenny Lollar Jr of Buchanan was fourth with points leader Charlie Hanna taking fifth. Fred Malecki of Elkhart was next with Corey Woods of South Bend, Josh Sommers of New Paris, Michael Ferrara of Walkerton and Jerry Zachary of Dowagiac completing the to ten. For points leader Charlie Hanna, he had the points title sewn up with a nearly huge advantage over second place. With five feature wins in a row early in the season, Hanna amassed 1280 points over his closest challenger, runner-up Kenny Lollar Jr who scored 953 points. Scott Ross took home third in the final tally with 919 as 2013 champion Mike Tutino took fourth with 886 and rookie Robert Haisley was fifth with 740 total points. Corey Woods, Cory Pressler of South Bend, Nick Kretchmer of Granger, Chuck Lymangrover of Mishawaka and Mike Verduin of Walkerton rounded out the top ten in the season long points battle that saw a total of 37 drivers compete.

As an added bonus, the final event of the night was a mechanic’s race. Justin Cogswell took home the win ahead of Jeremy Campbell, Austin Woodcox, Austin Davis and Ian Whiteman.

As another racing season comes to a close, we would like to extend our thanks to all the drivers, crew members, fans and sponsors who made the 2014 season possible. Without your support, we could not have been able to do what we have accomplished. On behalf of Steve and Jennifer Brown and the entire staff of the South Bend Motor Speedway, we wish you nothing but the best in your every endeavor. We hope that you have enjoyed being a part of this adventure as much as we have and we hope that we will continue to see you somewhere soon…at the races.

Wunder Wanders to Win as Austin is Awesome at S.B.M.S.

August 22nd, 2014

South Bend, IN–As the season quickly winds to a close, the first time winning tradition continued at the South Bend Motor Speedway this past Friday night as Derek Wunder picked up his first win in the Street Stocks and James Austin took his first EVER feature win in the Front Wheel Drive class. Charlie Hanna added another Bellman Oil Outlaw Late Model main to his win column while Rodney Smith padded his points lead with a win in the Pro Late Models. Derek Davis picked up another Mini Stock feature win and Eryn Hartz scored his 3rd Hornet win of the season before a modest but enthusiasticcrowd. 78 drivers filled the pit area for the last regular show of the season.

In the 25 lap Street Stock main, it was Derek Wunder’s to lose. The young South Bend driver has had an up and down season, winning numerous times in heat race action but always seeming to come up short come feature time. Taking advantage of his front row starting position, Wunder jumped out to the lead and never looked back. With fellow South Bend driver, Rich Hensley in tow, Wunder skillfully maneuvered around the fast quarter mile, enduring numerous cautions along the way. As the laps dwindled to less than a handful, Derek pulled away from the field and scored the win going away. Hensley held on for second with newcomer, Tim Thurston of Niles taking third over points leader Mark Swan of Mishawaka and Doug Fox of South Bend, Dennis Kaiser of North Liberty was next over Jay Coffin of Hamlet, Ronnie McLean of South Bend, Tom Taylor of Michigan City and last week’s winner Ray Baer of South Bend completing the top ten. Fox took the win in heat one over Swan and Braxdon Sims of Walkerton while Jeff Kaiser of North Liberty bested Coffin and Dennis Kaiser in heat two. Swan leads the season points race but any of the top six have a mathematical chance of taking home the title.

The Front Wheel Drive class has been fiercely competitive this season with numerous new faces in victory lane and this past week was no exception as James Austin of South Bend picked up his first ever feature win in their 20 lapper. Austin had his hands full with points leader Kyle O’Dell of Plymouth challenging in the closing laps. However, in the end, it was Austin taking the win over some of the best FWD drivers in the area. Defending champ, Bryant Ragsdale of Mishwaka was third with Sean Stuart of North Liberty and Matt Maurer of Granger following. Joe Merrill of South Bend was sixth as South Bend drivers, Rowdy Ronnie Holaway and Kyle Plencner, Alyson Cretacci of Walkerton and Jasmine Schafer of Bremen rounded out the top ten. O’Dell took the heat race win over Stuart and Helmut Forstinger Jr of South Bend. In the points battle, O’Dell leads Ragsdale for the title.

In the Hornet 15 lap main, it was Eryn Hartz of South Bend taking his third win of the season over rookie Derek Danley of Mishawaka and Richele Wolkens of Niles while last week’s winner Tyler Mead of Niles beat out points leader Terry Brittain Jr of South Bend for fourth. Lizzy Wolkens of Niles was next as Kenny Esmont of South Bend, Rob Lind of Westfield Adam ‘Big Dog’ Ewing of South Bend and Scott Binkley of Goshen completed the top ten. Danley took an easy win in the heat over Lizzy Wolkens and Hartz. Brittain leads the points with Richele Wolkens a close second.

Over the past few seasons, Rodney Smith of Elkhart has dominated the Pro Late Model division but this season has not been as easy for the veteran driver. However on this night, it was his race to lose as he led every lap of the thirty lap event. Danny Brown Jr of LaPorte took the runner-up spot as Matt Sullivan of Hartford was third over Steve Stacy and Rich Boal, both of Plymouth. Brandon Shaw of Walkerton was next with last week’s winner Greg Gifford of Michigan City, Danny Brown Sr of New Carlisle and Nick Stremme of South Bend completing the field. Stremme caused quite a commotion as the rear end on his number 35 car overheated emitting a strange odor, similar to a natural gas leak. Defending series champion, Rich Boal took the win in the heat race over Stacy and Shaw. Smith padded his points lead over Boal and appears headed for yet another points title.

The Mini Stock 25 lap main saw Derek Davis of South Bend taking the win over a very determined Jason Cogswell of LaPorte. For Davis, it’s been either ‘feast of famine’ as numerous mechanical issues have left him sitting on the sidelines more than a few times this summer. Dusin Kline of Constantine, MI was third with Toby Montgomery of Shelbyville, MI and Logan Knight of Grand Rapids following. Drew Davis of Souh Bend was sixth wih chad Lindsey of LaPorte, Kevin Davis of South Bend, Howie Fisette of South Bend and Jason Harmon of Elkhart rounding out the top ten. Cogswell took the win in heat one over Derek Davis and Kline while Lindsey bested Montgomery and Knight in heat two. Davis appears to have the points title wrapped up with a big lead in the season long battle.

The final event of the evening was the Bellman Oil Outlaw Late Model thirty lap main. Charlie Hanna of Goshen ended the regular season where he started, in victory lane. Hanna’s win was not without challenge as Scott Ross of Plymouth was second ahead of Corey Woods of South Bend and Kenny Lollar Jr of Buchanan. Fred Malecki of Elkhart was fifth while Shawn Amor of Plymouth, Steve Stacy of Plymouth, Bob Wroblewski of South Bend, Kevin Sauer of Lakeville and Cory Pressler of South Bend completed the top ten. Malecki took the win in heat one over Lollar and Ross as Stacy topped Amor and Pressler in heat two. Hanna, who has led the points chase since day one, has he title wrapped up with an over 200 point lead over second place going into the night.

This Friday will be season championships for all six divisions as the points titles will be decided. Following each division feature, the top ten in points will be honored in special on track ceremonies as drivers will receive their points trophies. While most of the top spots are likely decided, the battles still rage among the top ten in most of the divisions. Also on tap will be the ‘Soap Box Championships” for the younger fans. Youngsters are invited to use their imaginations to create their own race cars using any size cardboard box which they can wear for the winner take all event. Gates open at 5 pm with the first feature set to go at 8. There will be no heat races as the feature line-ups will be determined by points with the points leader starting in 10th position. Adult admission is just $12 with kids 6-12 only $5 and those kids 5 & under admitted free with an adult. Senior and active military receive a $2 discount as well. Small coolers are welcome buy NO alcohol or glass containers please. Tell your friends, tell your neighbors, tell your in-laws, your outlaws, your best friend’s, sister’s brother-in-law’s, neighbor’s cousin’s mother’s best friend’s mailman. Tell everyone you know that the place to be this Friday is the South Bend Motor Speedway and we will see you at the races.

First Time Winners Abound at South Bend Motor Speedway

August 14th, 2014

South Bend, IN –In a night that could best be described as ‘untypical’, all six features produced first time winners, either for the season or for the division. Rodney Smith took his first Bellman Oil Outlaw Late Model win as Greg Gifford scored a surprise win in the Pro Late Models and Ray Baer took his first Street Stock win in over ten years. Bobby Stremme picked up the win in the Mini Stock main while Bryant Ragsdale took the win in the Front Wheel Drive main and Tyler Mead won the Hornet feature.

The evening began with a huge autograph session, where fans were invited to the front stretch to meet their favorite drivers. Most of the 86 drivers on hand participated, handing out candy, photos, hero cards and hugs. Following the autograph session was an emotional tribute to long time sponsor Les Holt and firefighter Jamie Middlebrook who passed away during the previous week. Holt, long time owner of LH Auto of Niles had sponsored many racers over the years and was a big supporter of the Martz and Wolkens families. Ed Martz, Samantha Wolkens, Richele Wolkens, Lizzy Wolkens, Tyler Mead and Scott Binkley carried the flags in Les’s honor as his son, Les II and his daughter Lanie rode along. Following the race cars, firefighters from all area stations saluted Jamie Middlebrook, who was lost while fighting a fire on Tuesday night. At 9 pm, fans and drivers offered a final salute as everyone ‘turned on their lights’ and shared a moment of silence. On behalf of the staff and management of the South Bend Motor Speedway, we offer our best wishes for the families and friends and we want to thank those brave men and women who risk their lives every day on our behalf.

In the Bellman Oil Company Outlaw Late Model 30 lap main event, Rodney Smith of Elkhart, driving Chuck Maggio’s car, took a hard fought victory over season points leader, Charlie Hanna of Goshen. Immediately following the win, Maggio sold the car. Cory Pressler of South Bend followed Hanna across the finish line ahead of Kenny Lollar Jr of Buchanan and Fred Malecki of Elkhart. Scott Ross of Plymouth was next as Mike Tutino of Walkerton, Steve Stacy of Plymouth, Terry Lombardi of Elkhart and Jacob Maynard of Elkhart rounded out the top ten. Maynard took the win in heat one over Ross and Tutino while Malecki topped Hanna and Lollar in heat two.

The Street Stock 25 lap feature was riddled with cautions but, when the smoke cleared, it was veteran Ray Baer of South Bend taking the win in his first outing in ten years. Baer, a frequent winner in the past, obviously has not forgotten much in his days of retirement as he held off strong challenges from Rich Hensley of South Bend and Austin Woodcox of LaPorte. Baer’s son-in-law, Doug Fox of South Bend was fourth over Ronnie McLean of South Bend. Braxdon Sims of Walkerton led Mark Swan of Mishawake, A.J. Lubelski of Walkerton, Jordan Cretacci of Walkerton and Jay Coffin of Hamlet to complete the top ten. Frankie Fairchild of Osceola took the win in heat one over Baer and Dennis Kaiser of North Liberty. Derek Wunder was victorious in heat two over Swan and Fox.

In the Front Wheel Drive finale, previous winner Jasmine Schafer of Bremen jumped out to an early lead and appeared on her way to taking another win. However, defending champion Bryant Ragsdale wrestled the lead from Jasmine and set sail for the win. Schafer’s Neon suffered mechanical woes late in the event, dropping her to 11th at the finish. Kyle O’Dell of Plymouth was the runner-up over Jamie Layne of Mishawaka and South Bend drivers, Nick Pressler, Helmut Forstinger Jr, Rowdy Ronnie Holaway and Joe Merrill. Alyson Cretacci of Walkerton was 8th over Doug Close of Elkhart and Matt Plencner of South Bend. In heat race action, O’Dell bested Schafer and Forstinger in heat one while Corey Woods took heat two over Layne and James Austin of South Bend.

The Hornet car count continues to grow as a total of fourteen drivers were on hand for their fifteen lap main event. Tyler Mead of Niles picked up his first win of the season as he brought home the win ahead of points leader Terry Brittain Jr of South Bend. Mead shared his win with the family of Les Holt who sponsored his car. Eryn Hartz came home third over Derek Danley of Mishawaka and Kenny Esmont of South Bend. Samantha Wolkens of Niles topped her sister, Richele as David Scheiber of South Bend, Scott Binkley of Goshen and Lizzy Wolkens of Niles rounded out the top ten. Hartz scored the win in heat one over Lizzy Wolkens and Brad Hodges of South Bend while Danley topped Scheiber and Richele Wolkens in heat two.

After a several week absence, Greg Gifford of Michigan City returned to the track and picked up his first win of the season, holding off a very determined Danny Brown Jr of LaPorte and points leader Rodney Smith of Elkhart. Danny Brown Sr of New Carlisle was next over Rich Boal of Plymouth, Steve Stacy of Plymouth and Brandon Shaw of Walkerton. Youngster, Bradley Blackburn Jr of Goshen was next as Matt Sullivan of Hartford completed the field. Smith took the heat win over Boal and Sullivan.

In the final event of the evening. Dustin Kline of Constantine took the lead of the 25 lap Mini Stock feature and built up a commanding lead before a caution near the half way point erased his lead. As the race continued, points leader Derek Davis of South Bend moved up to challenge with Bobby Stremme of South Bend and Jason Cogswell of LaPorte in hot pursuit. Davis’ mount suffered yet another engine failure as he retired a few laps later, ending his night in 13th position. As the checker flew, just past the midnight hour, Stremme picked up his first Mini Stock win of the season ahead of Cogswell and last year’s points champ, Michael Mast of New Paris. Kline held on for 4th ahead of Chad Lindsey of LaPorte, Ryne Balsley of Plymouth and Kevin Davis of South Bend. Zach Newgent of South Bend, topped Dennis Frazier of Warsaw and Howie Fisette of South Bend to round out the top ten. Mike Mast took the win in heat one over Newgent and Stremme while Cogswell topped Derek Davis and Kevin Davis in heat two.

This Friday will feature another Six Pack special as there are only two regular races remaining on the season. Bellman Oil Outlaw Late Models, Pro Late Models, Street Stocks, Mini Stocks, Front Wheel Drives and Hornets will all be in competition. Don’t miss out on an exciting evening as gates open at 5 with racing set to go at 8 pm. Adult admission is just $12 with kids 6-12 just $5 and those kids 5 & under are free with an adult. Small coolers (six pack type) are welcome but NO glass or alcohol are allowed. While the track offers some of the finest food anywhere, fans are welcome to bring their own snacks as well. Tell your friends, tell your neighbors, your in-laws, outlaws, your best friend’s cousin’s sister’s brother-in-law’s uncle’s neighbor’s mother. Tell everyone you know but, whatever you do, make sure we see you at the races this Friday.

Cogswell, O’Dell & Knight Repeat in Wild Night at SBMS

July 30th, 2014

South Bend, IN –There had to be a full moon somewhere as the South Bend Motor Speedway celebrated Kid’s Night with special activities for the younger fans. There were big wheel races and ‘Soapbox Derby” races for kids as well as some of the adults. A good time was had by all in attendence. However, it was “Murphy’s Law 101“ for the stock car portion of the show as Jason Cogswell, Vernon Knight and Kyle O’Dell made return visits to victory lane while Brian Ross and Mike Tutino picked up their first win of the season and Derek Danley scored his first ever feature win. Aside from the surprise power failure, it was a night of fun for everyone as 85 cars crammed the pit area.

Action got underway with the largest field of Mini Stock drivers taking to the track first on the card. Heat one set the tone for the evening as the event was calledcomplete after only two of the eight laps had been completed. In the 25 lap feature, Eric Frazier of Warsaw jumped out to the early lead and appeared headed for his first win of the season. As the laps wound down, Jason Cogswell of LaPorte moved up to challenge. As the pair rounded turn three on the final lap, Frazier spun, collecting Cogswell and setting up a green, white, checker finish with Frazier going to the tail of the field. Cogswell took a hard fought win over last week’s winner, Zachery Newgent of South Bend and Chad Lindsey of LaPorte. Kevin Davis of South Bend and Wayne Kline of Centreville, MI were next as Frazier recovered to finish sixth. Marcus Carlson of Elkhart, Howie Fisette of South Bend and Dennis Frazier of Warsaw rounded out the top ten. Wayne Kline took the win in heat one over Mike Kline of Centreville, MI and Linsdey. Cogswell topped heat two over Derek Davis of South Bend and Newgent.

The Bellman Oil Outlaw Late Model 30 lap main saw twelve cars set to take the green. As the field charged into turn one, a multi car pileup brought the action to a halt with the mount of Shawn Amor of Mishawaka suffering the most damage and sidelining him for the remainder of the event. During the cleanup, the infield lights went out, leaving the track in near total darkness. Following a lengthy delay and several more caution periods, defending champion, Mike Tutino of Walkerton picked up his first win of the season by holding off challenges from Scott Ross of Plymouth and Cory Pressler of South Bend. Kenny Lollar Jr of Buchanan was next over Nick Kretchmer of Granger and Terry Lombardi of Elkhart. Charlie Hanna of Goshen, who smacked the wall hard, ended up seventh as Scott Bennison of Benton Harbor, Amor and Andrew DeVreese of Mishawaka rounded out the top ten. Hanna posted the win in heat one over Lollar and Amor while Pressler took heat two ahead of DeVreese and Tutino.

The 25 lap Street Stock feature was red flagged when the race truck of David Schieber of South Bend spewed oil all over the track, collecting several of the top runners. When the checker finally flew, it was Vernon Knight of Michigan City picking up his third win of the season over jay Coffin of Hamlet and Rich Hensley of South Bend. Dennis Kaiser of North Liberty was next over South Bend drivers, Ronnie McLean and Doug Fox. Frankie Fairchild of Osceola, Derek Wunder of South Bend, A.J. Lubelski of Walkerton and Jeff Kaiser of North Liberty completed the top ten. In heat race action, McLean topped Wunder and Jeff Kaiser in heat one while Fox beat Dennis Kaiser and Mark Swan of Mishawaka in heat two.

As had been the case all night, the Front Wheel Drive 20 lap feature ran without incident. Kyle O’Dell of Plymouth picked up his second win of the season holding off repeated challenges Sean Stuart of North Liberty and James Trussell of Niles. South Bend drivers, Mike Long, Craig Ponsler and Drew Davis were next as Bryant Ragsdale of Mishawaka was seventh ahead of James Austin, Mike Shewchuk and Helmut Forstinger Jr, all of South Bend. Shewchuk took the win in heat one over Ponsler and Jasmine Schafer of Bremen as O’Dell took heat two over Trussell and Stuart.

The 15 lap Hornet feature also ran green to checker as the clock ticked just past the midnight hour. Derek Danley of Mishawaka made a bold move as the field came to the green and led every lap to score his first ever win ahead of last week’s winner Eryn Hartz of South Bend and Richele Wolkens of Niles. Rick Wolkens of Niles was next over Tyler Mead, also of Niles. Terry Britain Jr of South Bend, Scott Binkley of Goshen, Lizzy Wolkens of Niles, Michael Werntz of South Bend and Corey Woods of South Bend rounded out the top ten. In heat action, Hartz topped Mead and Woods in heat one while Rick Wolkens bested daughter Lizzy and Britain in heat two.

In the final event of the evening, Brian Ross of Plymouth picked up the win in the Pro Late Model 30 lap main over Michael Mast of New Paris and Rodney Smith of Elkhart. Steve Stacy of Plymouth took fourth with fourth generation driver, Nick Stremme from South Bend taking fifth. Matt Sullivan of Hartford, Rich Boal of Plymouth, Danny Brown Sr of New Carlisle, Danny Brown Jr of LaPorte and Ales Pratt of Elkhart completed the top ten. Nick Stremme took heat one over Smith and Ross as Mast was awarded the win in heat two ahead of Boal and Pratt.

Racing returns this Friday with another Six Pack Special for Bellman Oil Outlaw Late Models, Pro Late Models, Street Stocks, Mini Stocks, FWD and Hornets. With just a handful of races left, the season is winding down quickly. Gates open at 5 pm with racing set to get underway at 8. Adult admission is just $12 with kids 6-12 only $5 and 5 & under are free with an adult. Small coolers are welcome but no alcohol or glass containers allowed. Tell your friends, tell your neighbors, your in-laws, outlaws, your sister’s boyfriend’s brother’s cousin’s uncle’s next door neighbor. Tell everyone you know and we’ll see you at the races.

Schafer & Hartz Score First Ever Wins at South Bend Motor Speedway

July 23rd, 2014

South Bend, IN–Third generation driver, Jasmine Schafer and Eryn Hartz both took their first ever feature wins at South Bend Motor Speedway on a beautiful
Friday evening as Charlie Hanna added another win to his already impressive total. Rich Boal picked up his third win while Mark Swan and Zachery Newgent each picked up their second wins of the season in front of a good crowd.

Opening the evening’s festivities, the Pro Late Model 30 lap main only seven of the nine entrants able to make the call. Rich Boal of Plymouth overtook early leader Brian McFadden of South Bend near the halfway point and won the event going away. McFadden held on for second over Rodney Smith of Elkhart and Danny Brown Jr of LaPorte. Danny Brown Sr of New Carlisle was next ahead of Billy Stevenson of Rolling Prairie and Jimmy Klimowicz of South Bend. Smith took the heat race over Brown Jr and Boal.

In the Mini Stock 25 lap feature, the largest field of the year took the green from starter Mike Stutsman. South Bend’s Howie Fisette took advantage of his front row starting position and jumped out to an early lead before Zachery Newgent of South Bend and LaPorte hot shoe, Jason Cogswell motored past. As Cogswell attempted to get around Newgent, the pair came together and spun in turn one, relegating both to the tail. As Cogswell made his move back toward the front, a miscue with a slower ar caused a cut tire, ending his night. Lap after lap, Fisette led as Newgent slowly worked back through traffic. On the final lap, Newgent barely got by, nipping Fisette at the line and taking his second win of the year. For Howie, it was his best finish to date as Ryne Balsley of Plymouth was third ahead of Kevin Davis of South Bend and Chad Lindsey of LaPorte. Ed Martz of Niles was next while Terry Kline of Centreville, MI, Jason Harman of Elkhart, Joe Bucker of Niles and Cogswell rounded out the top ten. Aaron Zimmerman took the win in heat one over Newgent and Lindsey while Cogswell took heat two over Kevin Davis and Balsley.

The Bellman Oil Outlaw Late Model feature event saw Charlie Hanna of Goshen leading all 30 laps to take the win over Kenny Lollar Jr of Buchanan and Cory Pressler of South Bend. Defending series champion, Mike Tutino of Walkerton was next over Fred Malecki of Elkhart, making his return to competition following a serious crash earlier in the season. Jerry Zachary of Dowagiac, Brandon Zachary of PawPaw, Scott Ross of Plymouth, Nick Kretchmer of Granger and Rick Hahn Jr or Indianapolis completed the top ten. In heat race action, Jerry Zachary took heat one over Ross and Robert Haisley of South Bend while Brandon Zachary took heat two over Hahn and Tutino.

The always competitive Street Stock 25 lap feature saw Mark Swan of Mishawaka benefitting fromt he ‘luck of the draw’ as he lined up with a pole starting position. As Swan led, the other drivers jockeyed for position behind him. At the finish, Vernon Knight of Michigan City took home second over A.J. Lubelski of Walkerton and South Bend drivers, Richie Nyari and Ronnie McLean. Scott Fairchild of Mishawaka was next with Doug Fox of South Bend, Rich Hensley of South Bend, Jay Coffin of Hamlet and Addison Davis of North Liberty rounding out the top ten. As the checkered flag flew, Davis’ engine exploded, resulting in a lengthy cleanup of the racing surface. In heat race action, Fairchild topped Fox and Knight in heat one while Coffin took the win in heat two over Tom Taylor of Michigan City and Derek Wunder of South Bend.

The Front Wheel Drive cars always put on an exciting race and this night was not exception. From her second row starting position, third generation driver, Jasmine Schafer moved to the point and held on to take a very close win ahead of some of the best FWD drivers in the area. Sean Stuart of North Liberty battled Kyle O’Dell of Plymouth for second with James Trussell of Niles and Mike Long of South Bend in fifth. Helmut Forstinger JR, Jason Horton and Ronnie Holaway, all of South Bend were next as Bryant Ragsdale of Mishawka and Doug Close of Elkhart completed the top ten. Ragsdale won heat one over Matt Maurer of Granger and Trussell while O’Dell scored the win in heat two over Drew Davis and Horton.

Closing out the night, the Hornets took to the track for their 15 lap main with Eryn Hartz of South Bend taking his first feature win in convincing fashion over Derek Danley of Mishawaka and Bobby Alwine of Bremen. Richele Wolkens of Niles, driving the Martz Racing house car was fourth with Terry Britain Jr of South Bend and Lizzy Wolkens of Niles following. Dominic Yankauskas of Michigan City, Scott Binkley of Goshen and Michael Werntz of South Bend rounded out the field. Hartz also took the heat race win ahead of Yankauskas and Britain.

This Friday night will feature “Kid’s Night” with special activities planned for our younger fans. Big wheel races along with a special “Soap Box Derby” are on tap. For the Soap Box race, kids are asked to decorate a cardboard box as a race car. They will then wear that box for a special race from turn four to the start finish line. A good time is certain to be had by all.

With just five Friday night races remaining, bring a friend and come on out for some of the best racing around. Gates open at 5 with racing set to go at 8 pm. Adults are just $12 with kids 6-12 admitted for only $5 and those 5 & under are free with an adult. Small (six pack type) coolers are welcome but NO alcohol or glass containers are allowed. Tell your friends, you neighbors, your in-laws, your outlaws, your brother’s girlfriend’s sister’s cousin’s uncle. Tell everyone you know and we will see you at the races.

Brittain, Sullivan, Verduin & Hensley Continue First Time Winner Streak at SBMS

July 15th, 2014

South Bend, IN – Even a late shower could not stop the racing action at the famed South Bend Motor Speedway this past Friday night. With a good sized field of
cars on hand, a stray shower moved in just before race time. A quick driver’s meeting was held and drivers were asked if they would prefer to cancel the show or
race for a possible reduced purse. In a near unanimous vote, the drivers elected to stay and race. Fans were called upon to tell friends via social media that the track was still racing and, by the time the races began, the crowd had increased significantly. On track action saw Terry Brittain Jr take home his first win in the Hornet main while Matt Sullivan scored his first ever Pro Late Model main event. Mike Verduin picked up the win in Bellman Oil Oulaw Late Models and Rich Hensley held off challenges to win his first street stock feature of the year. Mike Long won his second Front Wheel Drive main of the year while Jason Cogswell
took his third Mini Stock feaure in a row. When the night was complete, track owners, Steve and Jen Brown were able to pay full payouts for all classes. A huge
thank you goes out to the drivers for their cooperation and support.

In the first main even of the night, the new Hornet cars took to the high banks for their fifteen lap feature. Terry Brittain Jr of South Bend took advantage of his front row starting position to lead every lap. The win, however, was not without competition as Eryn Hartz of South Bend finished a close second while Dominic
Yankauskas of Michigan City came home in third. Lizzy Wolkens of Niles was next over the mini van of Scott Binkley of Goshen while Michael Werntz of South Bend, Bobby Alwine of Bremen, Richele Wolkens of Niles, Margret McIntyre of South Bend and Samantha Wolkens of Niles completed the top ten.  In the first heat, Tim Fredricks of  South Bend, tangled with sisters, Samantha and Lizzy Wolkens as the trio raced down the back stretch with Fredericks ending up on his top in turn three. He was unhurt but his night was done. Lizzy took the win over Richele and Samantha while Yaskauskas topped Alwine and Hartz in heat two. More cars are
expected next week as this starter class continues to grow.

In the Pro Late Model 30 lapper, Matt Sullivan of Hartford picked up his first ever win for the class by holding off challenges from Rodney Smith of Elkhart and Rich Boal of Plymouth. Danny Brown Sr of New Carlisle came home fourth with youngster Bradley Blackburn Jr of Goshen in fifth. Danny Brown Jr of LaPorte led Michael Mast of New Paris, Billy Stevenson of Rolling Prairie and Jimmy Klimowixz of South Bend to round out the field. Brown Jr took the heat race win over Boal and Brown Sr.

In the Bellman Oil Company Outlaw Late Model division, the action was just as hot as it has been in previous weeks. In a move that reminded many of us of Danny Sullivan from Indy fame, Scott Ross of Plymouth did a complete 360 degree spin in turn three, continuing on without making contact. The spin, however, relegated Ross to the tail for the restart. Mike Verduin of North Liberty took advantage of the fact that the earlier rain had washed some of the grip from the high groove on the track and held off repeated challenges from Charlie Hanna of Goshen for a well deserved win in the thirty lap event. Shawn Amor of Plymouth, who challenged Verduin as well, finished third in a blanket finish for the top three. kenny Lollar Jr of Buchanan was next over Ross. Robert Haisley of South Bend, Chuck Lymangrover of Mishawaka, Rick Hahn Jr of Indianapolis and Jacob Maynard of Elkhart completed the field. Amor took top honors in the heat race over Lollar and Ross.

The Mini Stock 25 lap feature was setting itself up to be a repeat of last week as Derek Davis of South Bend jumped out to the lead early with Jason Cogswell of
LaPorte in hot pursuit. As Cogswell looked high and low trying to get around Davis, the 28 car of Davis showed fire in the engine compartment. Davis, who has been
plagued with mechanical woes all season ended his night with yeat another DNF as Cogswell continued on unchallenged for the win over Kevin Davis of South Bend, Ryne Balsley of Plymouth, Terry Kline of Centreville, MI and Howie Fisette of South Bend. Aaron Zimmerman of Shipshewana rounded out the field. Cogswell also took the win in the heat over Derek Davis and Zimmerman.

Fifteen drivers took the green for the 25 lap Street Stock feature with Rich Hensley of South Bend taking the point at the start followed closely by Jay Coffin of Hamlet and Joe Coffin of Plymouth. As the trio broke away, action was heating up farther back in the pack. After a series of cautions around lap 15, Hensley held off a determined Derek Wunder of South Bend for his first win of the season as Wunder scored his best finish of the season ahead of Jay Coffin and South Bend’s Doug Fox. Mark Swan of Mishawaka took fifth over Dennis Kaiser of North Liberty and Vernon Knight of Michigan City. Addison Davis of North Liberty, Braxdon Sims of Walkerton and Joe Coffin rounded out the top ten. In heat race action, Kenneth Dodd II of Osceola took heat one over Kaiser and Fox while Knight topped Frankie Fairchild of Osceola and Tom Taylor of Michigan City in heat two.

The final event of the evening was the popular Front Wheel Drive cars as eighteen drivers took the green for their feature. Early leader, Mike Shewchuk of South Bend spun while leading, taking Mike Long of Niles with him and sending both drivers to the tail of the field. In a great display of sportsmanship, Shewchuk took
responsibility for the caution allowing Long to retake the lead where he held on to win his second main of the season. At the finish, it was Long over South Bend
drivers, Craig Ponsler and Helmut Forstinger Jr as Kyle O’Dell of Plymouth topped Sean Stuart of North Liberty and defending champ Bryant Ragsdale of Mishawaka. James Trussell of Niles, James Austin of South Bend, Matt Plencner of South Bend and Rowdy Ronnie Holaway of South Bend copleted the top ten. Ragsdale topped O’Dell and Brandon Boyd of North Liberty for the win in heat one while Stuart took heat two over Austin and Ponsler.

Join us this week for another six pack show on the high banks as the action continues to heat up. Will we see more first time winners on Friday? Will Charlie
Hanna return to the winner’s circle in the Outlaw Late Models? Will Derek Davis shake his mechanical demons? Tune in this Friday for the answers to those and many
other burning questions when we bring you yet another episode of “As the Drivers Turn.” Adult admission is just $12 with kids 6-12 only $5 and those 5 & under free with an adult. Senior citizens and active military receive a $2 discount on general admission. Gates open at 5 with racing set to get underway at 8 pm. Tell your friends, tell your neighbors, your in-laws, your outlaws, your sister’s boyfriend’s brother’s cousin. Tell everyone the place to be on Friday night is the high banks of the South Bend Motor Speedway…and we will see you at the races.

Hensley, Lintz & Fielder Score Big Wins At SBMS Crash-fest

July 11th, 2014

South Bend, IN–South Bend Motor Speedway is known for some of the best displays of motorized mayhem anywhere around and this past Saturday was no exception. There truly was something for everyone as over 120 entrants competed in the annual Independence Day Night of Destruction. When the smoke cleared and the dust settled…and the flames were extinguished, Steven Hensley, Justin Lintz and Judd Fielder found themselves each $1000 richer. The night was topped off by a spectacular fireworks display.

In the opening event, Nick Pressler of South Bend took top honors, winning his third Front Wheel Drive Dream event in as many tries. Kyle O’Dell of Plymouth was second with Sean Stuart of North Liberty in third. Helmut Forstinger Jr of South Bend finished fourth with newcomer Chris Harman of Shipshewana in fifth. South Bend drivers, Jason Horton and Rich Hensley, Brandon Boyd of North Liberty, Doug Close of South Bend and Joe Merrill, also of South Bend rounded out the top ten. Kyle O’Dell set fast qualifying time over Jamie Layne of Mishawaka and Sean Stuart. In the popular Mattress Race, Corey Sobralski of St. Joseph, MI held off a late race challenge from Joe Bush of Michigan City to take the win. Jason Horton of South Bend ended up third over Dalton Winterowd of South Bend and Zak Banta of Brookston. A number of drivers competed in a burnout contest. After several smoke filled burnouts, Jeremiah Burks of Niles got the biggest cheers from the over 4000 fans. In the Rollover competition, Adam ‘Big Dog” Ewing of South Bend wowed the crowd with one complete rollover and a spectacular double rollover, amassing a total of 15 points. Walkerton’s Jim Stambaugh, who opted for a ‘slow and easy’ formula, also scored 15 points in his three attempts. After, Ewing was unable to get enough speed for his third attempt, Stambaugh moved into the tie-breaker round and ended up with another complete rollover for a 20 point final total, taking the win over Ewing. Twenty-three competitors lined up for the Compact Demo derby on both straightaways. As cars were eliminated, eventually thinning down to just ten. Jacob Jobe of South Bend was the first of the final ten to be eliminated, then came Sara Breeding of New Carlisle. Nick Newgent of South Bend, in a Monte Carlo ended his night in eighth with Scott Breeding Sr of New Carlisle in seventh. With just six driver remaining, action moved to the front stretch. where Darik Anglemyer of Buchanan was eliminated next. Michael Newgent Jr of South Bend ended up fifth as the final four each set their sights on victory. Mason Napier of South Bend, in his first demo finished his night with a fourth place finish as Robert Riggs of Buchanan was the next to fall. Finally, it was Steven Hensley of Mishawaka taking the win over a very determined Scott Breeding Jr of New Carlisle.

As the Sedan Demo competitors began their even, Steven Meredith of South Bend was the first to be eliminated as he parked his car on top of the back stretch barrier. Aaron Lintz of South Bend was the next to be eliminated. Justin Stambaugh of Walkerton ended his night next followed by Michael Newgent Jr of South Bend. With just four competitors left, the call went out to send the drivers from the back to the front. As Justin Lintz of South Bend and Jessie Stambaugh were making their move, they were called back to the back stretch as the previous event had ended on the front. While the cars from the front came around, James Click of Mishawaka drove hard into Lintz, drawing a disqualification for unsportsmanlike actions and ending his night. Once action resumed, Tom Lintz Jr of Mishawaka was the next to fall, ending his night in third place. At the end, it was Justin Lintz who eliminated Jessie Stambaugh for the win. Following the crash and bash action of the demo derbies, two monster trucks, High Horse and Mudd Monster, put on an exhibition throughout the infield area to the delight of the huge crowd. Finally, it was time for the competitors in the trailer race to make their way to the track. Thirty-three cars, trucks, vans and suv’s lined up with the Lincon of Cyle Rensberger of Mill Creek jumping out to an early lead. That lead was short lived, however as Rensberger’s car launched off the trailer of Josh Sater of Mishawaka ending both driver’s nights. With the track completely blocked, a heavy loader moved Sater’s Oldsmobile, Rensberger’s Lincoln rolled onto its side where it remained for the rest of the event.

With a handful of laps remaining, the pickup of Joseph Benhart of South Bend, which had become lodged on the trailer of Gage Willis of South Bend, burst into flames, ending his night in spectacular fashion. Willis was also unable to continue. At the finish, it was Judd Fielder of Niles who took the win by a lap over Tim Hutchings of South Bend and Pete Demerly of Elkhart. Tom Austin of Middlebury ended up fourth over Steven Hensley and early leader Dalton Winterowd of South Bend. Joe Bush of Michigan City, Kenny Winterowd of South Bend, Frank Gasko of Elkhart and Tony Fraschetti of Wdwardsburg rounded out the top ten. Prior to the huge fireworks display, Fred Sibley of Elkhart destroyed a pickup truck with his jet dragster in the infield. In a shower of flames and sparks, the truck was reduced to a smoking hulk of its former self. Join us this Friday for a Six Pack show of stock car racing as the Bellman Oil Late Models, Pro Late Models, Street Stocks, Mini Stocks, Front Wheel Drives and Hornets will compete. Adult admission is just $12 with kids 6-12 only $5 and those 5 & under admitted free with an adult. Small coolers are welcome but NO alcohol or glass containers allowed. Our next Night of Destruction will be Saturday, August 23.

Ross O’Dell & Binkley Score First Wins as Cogswell, Boal & Knight Repeat

July 10th, 2014

South Bend, IN– While the temps seemed more like mid-September than early July, the racing was more than hot as the South Bend Motor Speedway celebrated the Independence Day weekend with a double header weekend. For the Friday portion of the weekend, 75 cars crowded the pit area for the six divisions. Scott Ross pickup up his first win of the season in the Bellman Oil Company Outlaw Late Model main while Kyle O’Dell scored his first FWD main and Scott Binkley took top honors in the Hornet feature. Jason Cogswell took home his second win of the year in Mini Stocks, Vernon Knight picked up his second feature win in Street Stocks and Rich Boal took his third trip to victory lane in the Pro Late Models. The evening began with fans being invited to join their favorite drivers on the front stretch for an autograph session. Street Stock driver, Kenny Esmont, along with a number of other drivers teamed up to raise funds for the kids at Riley
Children’s Hospital as many drivers donated prizes for raffle drawings and had donation buckets on their cars during the meet and greet. All feature winners
picked up trophies in honor of Mid-Season Championships.

First on the card was the Pro Late Models with a number of new drivers on hand. As the field took the green for the 30 lapper, newcomer Bradley Blackburn Jr of Goshen took the lead and held on for the first ten circuits. As Blackburn showed poise beyond his mere fifteen years, the seasoned veterans worked their way through the pack. On lap 11, Rich Boal of Plymouth passed Blackburn on the outside to take the lead and never looked back. As the laps dwindled down to a few, Matt Sullivan of Hartford tangled with Blackburn, resulting in a multi car melee that eliminated Brandon Cretacci of Walkerton.At the finish, it was Boal taking the win over Rodney Smith of Elkhart, Sullivan, Danny Brown Sr of New Carlisle, Mike Cannon of South Bend and Blackburn. Greg Gifford of Michigan City was seventh as Cretacci, Steve Stacy of Plymouth and Danny Brown Jr of LaPorte completed the top ten. In heat race action, Brown Jr took heat one over Boal and Sullivan while Stacy scored the win in heat two over Cannon and Blackburn.

In the Mini Stock 25 lap main, points leader, Derek Davis of South Bend appeared to have the race in his pocket as he led at the onset and never looked back. However, last week’s winner, Jason Cogswell of LaPorte quickly moved up from his last place starting spot to challenge. As the pair ran lap after lap, Cogswell tried high and low. looking for a way around. Finally, on the final lap, Cogswell made his move. As the pair rocketed off the final turn to the finish line, Cogswell found just enough extra to take the win by mere inches. Davis settled for second ahead of young Aaron Zimmerman of Shipshewana and Ryne Balsley of Plymouth. Chad Lindsey of LaPorte led South Bend drivers, Kevin Davis and Howie Fisette to complete the field. Kevin Davis took the win in the heat over Balsley and Cogswell.

So far this season, the Bellman Oil Outlaw Late Models have provided some of the most exciting finishes to be found anywhere. This night would prove to be no
exception. 2013 points champion, Mike Tutino of Walkerton driving a car owned by Charlie Sims, jumped out to the early lead and appeared on his way to score his
first main event win of the season. Last week’s runner-up, Scott Ross of Plymouth had ideas of his own as he worked through traffic, running down Tutino with just a handful of laps to go. Once again, as the pair took the one to go signal, Ross made his move, blasting off the final turn to take the win in one of the closest finishes in the history of the speedway. Kenny Lollar Jr of Buchanan finished third over Nick Pressler of South Bend, Charlie Hanna of Goshen and Mike Verduin of North Liberty. Elkhart’s Terry Lombardi let Robert Hensley of South Bend, Kevin Clash of South Bend and John Long of Niles to complete the top ten. Ross
took the win in heat one over Verduin and Clash as Hanna bested Pressler and Lollar in heat two.

In the Street Stock 25 lap main, outside poll sitter, Frankie Fairchild of Osceola jumped out to an early lead and held off repeated challenges from some of the top drivers in the area. As several caution periods slowed the action and repeatedly bunched up the field, Fairchild drove flawlessly, maintaining his lead lap after lap. With less than five laps remaining, a miscue while overtaking a slower car saw Fairchild’s hopes of taking his first ever feature win of a 35 year career go out the window as he spun entering turn three. A few laps later, Fairchild spun once more, ending his night in 11th. As the field took the checkered flag from starter Mike Stutsman, it was Vernon Knight of Michigan City taking his second win of the season over a hard charging Mark Swan of Mishawaka and Kenneth Dodd II of South Bend. It was Dodd’s best feature finish to date as he held off Tom Taylor of Michigan City and Derek Wunder of South Bend. Dennis Kaiser of North Libery was next over A.J. Lubelski and Jordan Cretacci, both from Walkerton. Addison Davis of North Liberty and Les McLean of South Bend rounded out the top ten. Swan topped Kaiser and Knight for the win in heat one as Joe Coffin of Plymouth took heat two over Fairchild and Doug Fox of South Bend. Wunder won heat three over South Bend drivers Ronnie McLean and Rich Hensley.

Nineteen cars started the Front Wheel Drive 20 lap main with several favorites ending their nights on the back of a wrecker. As leader, Drew Davis of South Bend approached slower traffic, he was involved in what could have been described as “the big one” by NASCAR standards. Meanwhile, Bryan Banta of South Bend crashed his car into the turn two wall, ending his night. At the finish, it was Kyle O’Dell of Plymouth taking the win over rookie Matt Maurer of Granger and defending champ Bryant Ragsdale of Mishawaka. Helmut Forstinger Jr of South Bend was fourth over fellow South Bend drivers, Mike Long, James Austin and Craig Ponsler. Sheldon Lindlag of Yoder was next as Jason Horton of South Bend and Brandon Boyd of North Liberty rounded out the top ten. In heat race action, James Trussell of Niles topped Maurer and Long in heat one as Pnnsler, Horton and Alyson Cretacci were 1-2-3 in heat two and O’Dell topped Davis and Forstinger in heat three.

The newly added Hornets, strictly stock front wheel drive cars, finished out the evening with their fifteen lap feature. After troubles sidelined him in the heat, Scott Binkley of Goshen took advantage of his front row starting spot to lead every lap in a green to checker run. It was his first feature win in over 20 years as he brought the Martz Racing Neon to the winner’s circle for his first ever feature win at South Bend. At the finish, Binkley held off a strong challenge by Terry Britain Jr of South Bend and Richele Wolkens of Niles. Rich Boal of Plymouth was next as Tim Fredericks of South Bend, Tyler Mead of Niles, Stephan Rogers of Mishawaka and Michael Werntz of South Bend completed the field. Britain topped Fredericks and Boal in the heat.

This Friday, the six pack show returns with another night of excitement. All gates will open at 5 pm with racing set to go at 8. Adult admission is just $12 with kids 6-12 only $5 and 5 & under free with an adult. Seniors and those with military ID get a $2 discount. Small coolers (six pack type) are welcome but NO alcohol or glass containers are allowed. Remember the place for speed is on the speedway and not the highway and we will see you at the races.

Long, Swan, Cogswell and Lizzy Score First Wins at SBMS

July 1st, 2014

South Bend, IN-Mike Long, Mark Swan, Jason Cogswell and Lizzy Wolkens each scored their first feature wins of the season as Charlie Hanna and Rich Boal each made return visits to victory lane on a very warm Friday evening. Over 70 drivers crowded the pit area with lots of new faces on hand.

For Jason Cogswell of LaPorte, it’s been an up and down season as mechanical issues sidelined his mount in the early weeks. More recent, he has been a factor but had to settle for the runner-up spot two weeks straight. On this night, however, he was ‘large and in charge’ and took the win convincingly over 16 year old Aaron Zimmerman of Shipshewana and Logan Knight of Grand Rapids. Howie Fisette of South Bend came home fourth over Ryne Balsley of Plymouth and Cody Zimmerman of Shipshewana. Last week’s winner, Derek Davis of South Bend had to settle for seventh in a borrowed car as Chad Lindsey of LaPorte and Kevin Davis of South Bend rounded out the field. Cogswell also took the heat win over Fisette and Lindsey.

In the Bellman Oil Outlaw Late Model division, Charlie Hanna of Goshen has been a force to be reckoned with this season. And Friday was no exception. As last week’s winner, Charlie had to start on the tail of the field but wasted little time marching to the front. At the halfway point, Kevin Clash of South Bend held the lead and appeared to have control of the event with Hanna second. Meanwhile, Plymouth’s Scott Ross had moved up to third and had plans of his own. As the trio circled thetrack, Hanna bumped Clash, causing the leader to bobble on the front-stretch. In an awesome display of sportsmanship, Hanna allowed Clash to gather his car and regain
his advantage before retaking the challenge. A few laps later, Hanna edged into the lead with Ross in hot pursuit. With two laps to go, Ross moved to the outside. As the pair blazed through turns 3 & 4, Ross had a slight advantage but, at the line, Hanna barely beat Ross in one of the best finishes ever at the historic speed plant. Clash held on for third over Kenny Lollar Jr of Buchanan and Terry Lombardi of Elkhart, posting his best SBMS finish to date. Mike Verduin of North Liberty, Corey Woods of South Bend, Robert Haisley of South Bend, Nick Kretchmer of Granger and Nick Pressler of South Bend completed the top ten. In heat one Lollar took the win over Clash and Kretchmer while Ross topped Woods and Lombardi in heat two.

Nineteen drivers were scheduled to start the 25 lap Street Stock feature. After several caution periods, Mark Swan of Mishawaka took his first win of the season over Rich Hensley of South Bend. Frank Fairchild of Osceola returned to racing after several years absence to take third over Ronnie McLean of South Bend and Joe Coffin of Plymouth. Doug Fox of South Bend, Dennis Kaiser of North Liberty, Jeff Kaiser of North Liberty, Jordan Cretacci of Walkerton and Jay Coffin of Hamlet rounded out the top ten. In heat race action, Dennis Kaiser bested Jeff Kaiser and Fairchild in heat one while Doug Fox took heat two over Tom Taylor of Michigan City and Swan. Joe Coffin took heat three over McLean and Hensley.

In the Front Wheel Drive main, Mike Long of South Bend picked up his first win of the season over Kyle O’Dell of Plymouth and James Trussell of Niles. Drew Davis and Bryan Banta, both of South Bend were next as Matt Maurer of Granger, Sean Stuart of North Liberty and South Bend drivers, Ronnie Holaway, James Austin and Helmut Forstinger Jr completed the top ten. Stuart bested Long and Trussell in heat one as O’Dell took the win in heat two over Banta and Austin. Holaway picked up the win in heat three over Nick Stremme of South Bend and Maurer.

Ten drivers started the Hornet feature as the new class made its debut. In probably the most evenly matched race of the night, Jim Cauffman of North Liberty charged through the pack to take the win but was disqualified during post race inspection making way for Lizzy Wolkens of Niles to pick up her first feature win on her first ever visit to the track. Bobby Alwine of Bremen ended up second ahead of Richele Wolkens of Niles, Terry Brittain Jr of South Bend, Samantha Wolkens of Niles and Justin Stambaugh of Walkerton. Scott Binkley of Goshen, driving the Pennies 4 Puppies Mutt-Mobile mini van was next over Marcus Carlson of Goshen and Michael Werntz of South Bend. Cauffman was relegated to tenth. In the heat, Brittain topped Richele Wolkens and Carlson.

The final event of the night was the Pro Late Model 30 lap main. At the finish, it was Rich Boal of Plymouth taking his second win of the season over points leader Rodney Smith of Elkhart and Steve Stacy of Plymouth. Brandon Shaw of Walkerton was next ahead of Brian McFadden of South Bend, Greg Gifford of Michigan City and Matt Sullivan of Hartford, MI. Boal also took the heat win ahead of McFadden and Smith.

On behalf of owners, Steve and Jennifer Brown, and the entire staff, we would like to thank all of our loyal fans and drivers for your continued support. We hope you will join us this weekend when we will feature a Friday Saturday double header with Mid Season Championships for all six stock car classes on Friday along with an autograph session prior to racing action. Points leaders, Charlie Hanna, Rodney Smith, Doug Fox, Derek Davis, Bryan Banta and Lizzy Wolkens will all be on hand as fans are invited to join them on the front stretch. Then, on Saturday, the track will host another huge Night of Destruction plus fireworks. Sedans, Compacts and Pro Mods will compete in Demolition Derby action along with the popular trailer races and a special exhibition by SodBusters Mud Bog trucks and the FWD dream $1000 to win 50 lap special.

Gates open on Friday at 5 pm with racing set to begin at 8. Adult admission is just $12 with seniors admitted for only $10. Kids 6-12 are only $5 and those 5 and under are free with an adult. Small coolers (six pack type) are welcome but NO alcohol or glass containers please. Although we have some of the BEST food around in our concessions, you are welcome to bring your own snacks as well.

For Saturday, the pit gate will open at 4 with spectator gates at 5 pm. Action gets underway at 7 pm. Adult admission for this special event is $20 with kids 6-12 only $5 and under 5 free with an adult. Fireworks will be after the final event of the evening.

Smith Shakes Bridesmaid Curse as Hanna, Davis, Brown & Banta Repeat

June 26th, 2014

South Bend, IN — After finishing in the runner-up spot for five weeks straight,Rodney Smith finally picked up a feature win at the South Bend Motor Speedway on Friday night. Charlie Hanna returned to victory lane as Derek Davis, Danny Brown Jr and Bryan Banta also became repeat winners on a warm “Eve of Summer” evening.

In Pro Late Model competition, Rodney Smith of Elkhart has been the driver to beat in recent years. This year, however, he has struggled somewhat. Smith maneuvered his mount into the lead early in the 30 lap event and never looked back. Meanwhile, defending points champion, Rich Boal of Plymouth patiently worked his way to the front. In the end it was Smith taking the win over Boal and Brian McFadden of South Bend. Matt Sullivan of Hartford took home fourth over Danny Brown Sr of New Carlisle, Brandon Nieto of Mill Creek and Brandon Shaw of Walkerton. McFadden bested Smith and Nieto in the heat race. In the Mini Stock 25 lap main, it was Derek Davis of South Bend picking up his fourth win of the season. However, Davis had his hands full once again as Jason Cogswell of LaPorte was hot on his heels. Aaron Zimmerman of Shipshewana took third over Howie Fisette of South Bend and Kevin Davis of South Bend. Chad Lindsey of LaPorte and Dustin Kline of Constantine, MI rounded out the field. Derek Davis also took the heat win ahead of Cogswell and Kevin Davis.

In the Bellman Oil Company Outlaw Late Model 30 lap feature, defending champ, Mike Tutino of Walkerton took the lead early and appeared headed for his first win of the season. However a caution erased his lead, putting Charlie Hanna of Goshen right on his back bumper. As the talented pair raced side by side for several laps, Hanna finally inched ahead and was able to take advantage going into the first turn. For Hanna, it was his fourth feature win of the year. Tutino held on for second over last week’s winner, Kevin Clash of South Bend. Scott Ross of Plymouth, Corey Woods of South Bend, Robert Haisley of South Bend and Chuck Lymangrover of Mishawaka completed the field. Clash notched the heat race win over Ross and Woods.

So far this season we had not had a repeat winner in the Street Stock division. Danny Brown Jr of LaPorte brought that streak to an end as he became the first repeat winner of the year. Early leader A.J. Lubelski of Walkerton held on for second while Derek Wunder of South Bend wrestled third away from Joe Coffin of Plymouth. Mark Swan of Mishawaka took fifth with Doug Fox of South Bend, Vernon Knight of Michigan City, Jeff Kaiser of Rolling Prairie, Ronnie ‘Lightning’ McLean of South Bend and Tom Taylor of Michigan City rounding out the top ten. The race was red flagged after a crash that saw last week’s winner, Jay Coffin of Hamlet take a violent hit into the back stretch wall. Jordan Cretacci of Walkerton and Addison Davis of North Liberty were also eliminated in the crash. In heat race action, Brown took heat one over Joe Coffin and Swan while won heat two over Jay Coffin and Knight.

Drew Davis looked to be headed for his first win of the year in the Front WheelDrive feature. However, Bryan Banta had other plans and wrestled the lead away from Davis with just a few laps remaining. Davis held on for second over Helmut Forstinger Jr, Rowdy Ronnie Holaway, James Austin and Derek Davis. All of the top six drivers hail from South Bend. Kyle O’Dell of Plymouth was next over Sean Stuart of North Liberty, Derek Danley of Mishawaka and Kyle Plencner of South Bend. O’Dell took the win in heat one over Danley and Davis while Stuart won heat two over Banta and Holaway.

This coming Friday, it will be a huge 6 in 1 show as the exciting new class of Hornet cars will join the Bellman Oil Company Outlaw Late Models, Pro Late Models, Street Stocks, Mini Stocks and Front Wheel Drives. This new class is an entry level division for pure stock front wheel drive cars and drivers with limited experience. Rules are available at www.RaceSouthBendMotorSpeedway.com. Also the FWD 15 second rule has been eliminated. Gates open at 5 with racing to get underway at 8 pm. Small coolers are welcome but NO alcohol or glass containers please. Adult admission is just $12 with kids 6-12 only $5 and under 5 are free with an adult. Bring a friend and take in an exciting evening of racing at the ‘Best Little Quarter Mile track in Indiana”.

Still More First Time Winners at South Bend Motor Speedway

June 19th, 2014

South Bend, IN – It was Friday the 13th AND a full moon. Nothing could possibly go wrong with that, right? It was also Old Timer’s night and six new members were inducted into the Motor Sports Hall of Fame. Dean Huppert of Fox 28 News, Jim Brown, Farmer Joe Smith, Bob Senneker, Barry Naragon: aka Sparky the Clown, and Carl Smith joined a host of other drivers, car owners, builders and track officials who have already been honored. Huppert, sports director for Fox 28 News has been a friend to auto racing for many years and said he was “humbled to join such an impressive group.” Jim Brown has been a driver, car owner and builder who, over the years has teamed up with many of the local greats, including Cindy Stremme. Farmer Joe Smith started out as a drag racer in the mid 60‘s but found success in the street stock class beginning in the early 70‘s and raced as recently as last year. Bob Senneker has been a top contender in area Late Model racing since the mid 60‘s when he raced under an assumed name at the Kalamazoo Speedway and has won numerous championships. Barry Naragon has won the hearts of fans for years as Sparky the Clown, entertaining children and children at heart all over the area. Perhaps the most fitting inductee was Carl Smith. Carl, who raced some during the 70‘s was the founder of Stock Car Extreme and promoted racing all over the area as he helped preserve the rich history of the sport. Unfortunately, Carl lost his battle with cancer late last summer. Congratulations to all the nominees and to all the past inductees. Drivers from nearly six decades were on hand to help celebrate the evening.

In racing action, three new drivers joined the crop of first time winners at the high banked track. Kevin Clash scored his first ever win in an Outlaw Late Model as Jason Horton picked up his first FWD feature win of the season and Jay Coffin mirrored his brother’s feat of a week ago by winning the Street Stock main while Derek Davis picked up his third Mini Stock win of the year.
In the Front Wheel Drive 20 lap feature, Dads & Lads teammates, Jason Horton and Rowdy Ronnie Holloway, both from South Bend, shared the front row with Horton taking the advantage at the start. As the laps ticked off, Horton and Holloway built up a good lead, only to watch it disappear for a series of cautions. With two laps to go, yet another caution bunched the field one last time. As the field took the green, defending series champ, Bryant Ragsdale of Mishawaka muscled past Holloway for second but Horton was not to be denied. Holloway ended up third over Drew Davis and Devin Lauderback, both of South Bend. Matt Maurer of Granger was next as Kyle O’Dell of Plymouth, James aAustin of South Bend, Derek Danley of Mishawaka and Doug Close of South Bend rounded out the top ten. Ragsdale took the win in heat one over Bryan Banta of South Bend and Lauderback. Alyson Cretacci of Walkerton picked up her first ever win in heat two ahead of O’Dell and Maurer.

In the Bellman Oil Company Outlaw Late Model 30 lap feature, ten of the eleven cars on hand took the green with rookie Kevin Clash of South Bend taking the lead early. As the field took the white flag, Clash’s car slowed as the engine began missing noticeably. Last week’s winner, Charlie Hanna of Goshen made a bold move off turn four, going from fourth to second, falling just inches short of overtaking the leader at the line. Kenny Lollar Jr of Buchanan ended up third over defending champ, Mike Tutino of Walkerton and Jerry Zachary of Dowagiac. Cory Pressler of South Bend was sixth as Scott Ross of Plymouth, Nick Kretchmer of Granger, Corey Woods of South Bend and Robert Haisley of South Bend rounded out the field. In heat race action, Pressler topped Ross and Lollar in heat one while Tutino bested Hanna and Azchary in heat two. South Bend’s Chuck Lymangrover took a nasty ride as he smashed the outside wall in heat one. The car suffered heavy damage but Lymangrover was uninjured.

For Derek Davis of South Bend, it was his third feature win of the season but it did not come without some serious challenges from runner-up, Jason Cogswell of LaPorte. Dustin Kline of Constantine, MI was next ahead of Dennis Frazier of Warsaw and Kevin Davis of South Bend. Howie Fisette of South Bend ended up sixth over James Trussell of Niles , Aaron Zimmerman of Shipshewana, Ryne Balsley of Plymouth and David Raley Jr of Elkhart. Balsley crashed into the frontstretch wall but was unhurt. Kline took the win in heat one over Derek Davis and Balsley while Raley took heat two over Kevin Davis and Cogswell.

Nineteen drivers took the green for the Street Stock main event with last week’s winner, Joe Coffin of Plymouth on the tail but it was his brother, Jay Coffin of Hamlet who dominiated the 25 lap event. Lap after lap, Coffin led runner-up Jeff Kaiser of Plymouth and Mishawaka’s Mark Swan. With a handful of laps remaining, Swan and Kaiser tangled with Swan relegated to the tail of the field on the restart. As the checker flew, Coffin took his first win ahead of Kaiser. Andrew Rigley of Mishawaka was third over Rich Hensley of South Bend and Joe Coffin as Swan recovered to finish sixth. A.J. Lubelski of Walkerton, Derek Wunder of South Bend, Addison Davis of North Liberty and Jordan Cretacci of Walkerton completed the top ten. Doug Fox of South Bend took the win in heat one over James Haisler of South Bend and Lubelski as Joe Coffin topped Swan and Ronnie McLean of South Bend in heat two. Wunder won heat three over Cretacci and Kaiser.

This Friday, the High Five show is on tap once again as the Pro Late Models will return to join the Bellman Oil Company Outlaw Late Models, Street Stocks, Mini Stocks and Front Wheel Drive cars. The pit gate opens at 5 with spectator gates opening at 7 and racing at 8 pm. Adult admission is just $12 with kids 6-12 only $5 and kids 5 & under free with an adult. Small coolers are welcome but NO alcohol or glass containers please. Bring a friend and join us at the races.

Coffin and Boal Score at S.B.M.S.

June 10th, 2014

South Bend, IN – First time winners continue to be the rule as the South Bend Motor Speedway hosted some of the best short track racing in the speedway’s history. Nearly 70 drivers filled the pit area as Joe Coffin scorred his first ever Street Stock feature win while Rich Boal took his first win of the season in Pro Late Models. Charlie Hanna made it 3 out of 4 in the Bellman Oil Outlaw Lates as Bryan Banta and Derek Davis each too their 2nd wins of the year in FWD and Mini Stocks.

In the 20 lap Front Wheel Drive main, Rowdy Ronnie Holloway of South Bend jumped into the lead at the onset and appeared headed for his first feature win at the track. However, Bryan Banta of South Bend had other ideas. Near the three quarter mark, Banta moved alongside and cruised to the win, donating part of his winnings to the Hoosier Burn Camp. Matt Maurer of Granger also slipped around Holloway for second as Holloway settled for 3rd. Alyson Cretacci took fourth for her best finish to date over Kyle O’Dell of Plymouth. South Bend drivers, Devin Lauderback, James Austin, Drew Davis and Craig Ponsler were next as Bryant Ragsdale of Mishawaka
rounded out the top ten. In heat race action, Ponsler topped Jason Horton of South Bend and Ausitn in heat one while Derek Davis of South Bend took heat two over Banta and Brandon Boyd of North Liberty. Ragsdale took heat three over Drew Davis and Sean Stuart of North Liberty.

The Mini Stock 25 lap main started with a multi car crash in the back stretch that, surprisingly resulted in minor damage for all involved. As the checker flew, it was Derek Davis of South Bend taking his second win of the season in convincing fashion over last week’s winner David Raley Jr of Osceola and Dustin Kline of Constantine, MI. Ryne Balsley of Plymouth was next over chad Lindsey of LaPorte and Aaron Zimmerman of Shipshewana. Howie Fisette and Kevin Davis of South Bend, Mike Kline of Centerville, MI and Dennis Frazier of Rochester rounded out the top ten. Dustin Kline took the win in heat one over Kevin Davis and Frazier while Derek Davis took heat two ahead of Lindsey and Zimmerman.

So far this season, the Street Stocks have provided some of the best racing action and this week was not exception. Joe Coffin of Plymouth took advantage of his front row starting spot and never looked back. As the rest of the field fought for position, Coffin drove a consistent line and held on for his first ever feature win. South Bend’s Doug Fox gave challenge but fell short as fellow Bender, Derek Wunder was third. Mark Swan of Mishawaka and Danny Brown Jr of LaPorte were next as Jay Coffin of Hamlet, Jeff Kaiser of North Liberty, Mike Walls of Mishawaka, Jordan Cretacci of Walkerton and Kenneth Dodd of Osceola completed the top ten. Jordan Cretacci scored his first ever win in heat one over Fox and A.J. Lubelski of Walkerton. Wunder scored the win in heat two over Jay Coffin and James Haisley of South Bend as Mark Swan bested Joe Coffin and Brown Jr in heat three.

By winning last week’s Bellman Oil Company Outlaw Late Model feature, Charlie Hanna had to start shot-gun on the field but that didn’t deter him as he forged his way to the front of the pack. As the laps wound down, Hanna took the lead and never looked back. However, Scott Ross moved to within striking distance as the duo approached lapped traffic. At the finish, it was Hanna taking his third win in four tries over Ross from Plymouth, John Long of Niles and early leader Andrew DeVreese of Mishawaka. Defending champ, Mike Tutino of Walkerton was fifth while Kenny Lollar Jr of Buchanan, Kevin Clash of South Bend, Corey Woods of South Bend, Chuck Lymangrover of Mishawaka and Terry Lombardi of Elkhart completed the top ten. Long beat out Clash and Tutino for the win in heat one while Lollar took heat two over Hanna and DeVreese.

Defending Pro Late Model champion, Rich Boal appeared as though he just couldn’t get a break this season. That is, until Friday. Boal, of Plymouth, managed to shake off the gremlins that have plagued him for much of the early season to take home his first win of the year at the famed oval. Elkhart’s Rodney Smith, hoping to shake off his ‘brides-maid curse’ finished second for the fourth week in a row while early leader Bobby Stremme of South Bend took third over Brandon Cretacci of Walkerton and Brian McFadden of South Bend. Billy Stevenson of Rolling Prairie, Greg Gifford of Michigan City, Alex Pratt of Elkhart and Danny Brown Sr of New Carlisle rounded out the field. Boal took the win in heat one over Brown Sr and McFadden as Smith topped Gifford and Stremme in heat two.

This Friday night will feature Old Timer’s Night along with inductions into the Michiana Motor Sports Hall of Fame. Fans will be able to check out some vintage race cars on display in front of the main grandstands and get re-acquainted with some of their all time heroes as the new members will be added. Gates open at 7 with racing action set to go green at 8. Adult admission is just $12 with kids 6-12 only $5 and those 5 and under admitted free with an adult. Small coolers are welcome but NO glass or alcohol is allowed to be carried in.

Free for All Huge Success at South Bend Motor Speedway

June 3rd, 2014

South Bend, IN -South Bend Motor Speedway owners and promoters, Steve and Jennifer Brown have never shied away from trying new things and this past Friday was no exception. In a bold move, the pair decided the best way to thank their existing fans for their support and entice new fans to give the famed speed plant a look-see was to offer free grandstand admission for everyone. And, nearly 7000 folks took them up on their offer. Eighty drivers packed the pit area and put on an awesome show for those fans with three drivers notching their first feature wins at the high banked oval. Craig Ponsler and Vernon Knight took wins in the FWD and Street Stock mains for their first ever wins as David Raley Jr took his first feature win at South Bend in the Mini Stock class. Brandon Cretacci in Pro Lates and Charlie Hanna in Bellman Oil Company Outlaw Late Models both became the first repeat winners of the 2014 season.

In the 20 lap Front Wheel Drive feature, Allyson Cretacci of Walkerton jumped out to the early lead and held off challenges for the first six laps before South Bend’s Craig Ponsler took over. As the race progressed, Ponsler eased into a comfortable lead while the rest of the field battled for the runner up spot. As the checker flew, Bryan Banta of South Bend and Kyle O’Dell of Plymouth held off a strong challenge from a very impressive, Devin Lauderback, also from South Bend. Jason Horton of South Bend was fifth while Alyson dropped back to a strong sixth place. Bryant Ragsdale of Mishawaka, Jim Cauffman of North Liberty and South Bend drivers, Drew Davis and James Austin rounded out the top ten. In heat race action, Drew Davis topped Matt Maurer of Granger and Banta in heat one while Sean Stuart of North Liberty beat out O’Dell and Horton in heat two. Austin bested Rowdy Ronnie Holloway of South Bend and Lauderback in heat three.

Thirteen of the season high fourteen Mini Stock drivers took the green for their 25 lap feature. It was a very happy David Raley Jr of Osceola who took home the top prize but he had his hands full as he had to battle Jerime Damron of Goshen through most of the event. Chad Lindsey of LaPorte came home with third over Dustin Kline of Constantine, MI and Kevin Davis of South Bend. Jim Newman of South Bend was next but was disqualified for unsportsmanlike conduct after the race, giving sixth spot to Aaron Zimmerman of Shipshewana. South Bend drivers Howie Fisette and Derek Davis, Jason Cogswell of LaPorte and Allen Tink of Angola completed the top ten. Derek Davis topped Kline and Damron for the win in heat one while Fisette took heat two over Zimmerman and Lindsey.

In one of the best street stock main events ever, nineteen drivers took the green with last week’s winner, Danny Brown Jr of LaPorte starting shotgun on the field. Vernon Knight from Michigan City took the lead early and pulled away from the field. As the laps ticked off one by one, Brown slowly worked his way to the front, finally moving into the runner-up spot near the two thirds mark. However, Knight was not to be denied as Brown searched high and low for racing room. As the pair came off turn four for the checker it was Knight taking his first ever feature win ahead of Brown, Mark Swan of Mishawaka and Joe Coffin of Plymouth. Derek Wunder and Doug Fox, both of South Bend were next as A.J. Lubelski of Walkerton, Rich Hensley of South Bend, Brad Smith of Niles and Kenneth Dodd II of Osceola rounded out the top ten. Knight also scored the win in heat one over Wunder and Kevin Papa of Elkhart as Brown Jr topped heat two over Swan and James Haisley of South Bend. Heat three went to Jeff Kaiser of North Liberty over Jay Coffin of Hamlet and Addison Davis of North Liberty.

In the Pro Late Model main, Brandon Cretacci of Walkerton jumped out to an early lead and appeared headed for an easy win, only to have that lead disappear when the caution flag flew. On the restart, Cretacci, once again, opened up a good lead and, again, watched that lead disappear. With just a few laps remaining, Rodney Smith of Elkhart moved into second and set his sights on wrestling the lead away. The pair ran side by side for the last three laps with Cretacci beating Smith to the line by just inches to take his second ever feature win. Gregory Gifford of Michigan City took third for his best finish in years while last week’s winner, Brian McFadden of South Bend came home in fourth ahead of Bobby Stremme of South Bend. Danny Brown Sr of New Carlisle, Nick Stremme of South Bend, Matt Sullivan of Hartford, Rich Boal of Plymouth and Brandon Nieto of Mill Creek filled out the top ten. Sullivan took the win in heat one over Smith and Boal while Bobby Stremme topped Gifford and Cretacci in heat two. For Smith, it was his third straight second place feature finish.

Saving the best for last, the Bellman Oil Company Outlaw Late Models closed out the evening with twelve of the finest drivers in the area taking the green. A red flag on lap five for the blown engine on the mount of Dave Simpson from Lawton, MI slowed action but did not dampen the competition as Andrew DeVreese of Mishawaka held onto the lead for most of the event. However, it was Goshen’s Charlie Hanna who wrestled the lead away to score his second win of the young season. DeVreese held on for second in one of his best finishes to date at the track. Kenny Lollar Jr of Buchanan took third over defending series champion, Mike Tutino of Walkerton and Mike Shewchuk of South Bend. Corey Woods of South Bend was next with Mike Verduin of North Liberty, Mike Prescott of Nappanee, Chuck Lymangrover of South Bend and Cory Pressler of South Bend following. Hanna topped Shewchuk and DeVreese for the win in heat one while Tutino bested Lollar and Nick Kretchmer of Granger in heat two.

This Friday will see another “High Five” show with Bellman Oil Company Outlaw Late Models, Pro Lates, Street Stocks, Mini Stocks and Front Wheel Drive cars. Spectator gates open at 7 with racing set to get underway at 8 pm. For those fans that would like to watch practice, general admission tickets will be available at the pit gate beginning at 5:30. Adult admission is just $12 with kids 6-12 only $5 and kids 5 & under free with an adult. Even though the concession stands offer the best food around, small coolers are welcome but NO alcohol or glass containers please. The weather forecast calls for warmer temps so we look forward to seeing you at the races.

Wallace and Breeding Crash as Pressler Dominates SBMS

May 30th, 2014

South Bend, IN –A huge crowd was on hand on a rather cool night to witness another installment of ‘motorized mayhem’ at the South Bend Motor Speedway on Saturday night. Tony Wallace took home top honors in the sedan portion of the crash-fest while Scott Breeding Sr was the winner in the compact cars. Nick Pressler scored his 2nd FWD Dream event in as many tries while Chris Harmon beat out a full field of Trailer Race competitors.

Action got underway with the 50 lap, $1000 to win Front Wheel Drive Dream event. Rich Boal of Plymouth took control at the start and had built up a commanding lead only to have his hopes dashed after contact with the backstretch wall while lapping a slower car. Not long after Boal’s exit, Michigan City driver Tom Taylor suffered a similar fate on the frontstretch. At the finish, it was South Bend’s Nick Pressler taking the win over Mike Long of South Bend and James Trussell of Niles. Sean Stuart of North Liberty was next over Craig Ponsler of South Bend and James Austin of South Bend. South Bend drivers, Ronnie Holaway and Jason Horton were next as Jim Cauffman of North Liberty and Devin Lauderback of South Bend rounded out the top ten. Jamie Layne of Mishawaka topped the field in qualifying as the top eight were all below the 15 second mark.

In the Compact car demo portion of the show, it was Scott Breeding of New Carlisle out held on for the win in his Buick Riviera over Larry Runyon of Niles in and Olds Cutlass. Steven Hensley of Mishawaka was 3rd over Robert Riggs of Buchanan and Jacob McGowan of South bend. Kyle McNamara of Mishawaka, Scott Breeding Jr of New Carlisle, Sarah Breeding of New Carlisle, Dalton Winterowd of Knox and Anthony Colcord of Niles rounded out the top ten.

In the rollover competition, Shawn Lee of Chesterton bested Matt Wagner of LaPorte. The Sedan portion of the crashing was made up mostly of Ford Crown Victorias and Lincoln Town Cars. In the end it was all Michigan drivers in the top four. tony Wallace of Cassopolis held off a very determined Andy Crocker of Dowagiac while Joe Sobieski and Eric Ruth of Cassopolis each put up a good fight. South Bend drivers, Justin Lintz, Tom Lintz Jr, Chad Newgent, Steven Meredith and Aaron Lintz completed to top ten.

In the always exciting Trailer Race, the field was, once again combined to give the fans a much better show. This race saw everything from Suburbans to a vintage MGB GT Coupe competing for the top prize. In the end, it was Chris Harmon of Shipshewana taking the win in a Pontiac Grand Prix with Steven Hensley from Mishawaka next in a Buick Roadmaster. George Willis in a Jeep Cherokee was 3rd over Eugene Freshower of Mishawaka and Tony Fraschetti of Edwardsburg. Jeremy Lee of Chesterton was next as Michael Matlock of Niles, Greg Warner of LaPorte, Marcus Craft of South Bend and Bill Lovely of Plymouth completed the top ten. Terry Phillips of Elkhart, driving the vintage MGB, led several laps before getting caught up in a pile-up on the back stretch, ending up 16th out of the 29 competitors.

Our next Night of Destruction will be on July 5 when the speedway will host its 3rd Annual 4th of July Night of Destruction along with a huge fireworks display. For schedule information, go to www.RaceSouthBendMotorSpeedway.com and click on the links.

Next Friday will feature a full show of Bellman Oil Company Outlaw Late Models, Pro Late Models, Street Stocks, Mini Stocks and Front Wheel Drive cars with TOTALLY FREE ADMISSION to the grandstands. Admission is free for everyone, ages 3 to 103. Get there early to get the best seats and we’ll see you at the races.

Pressler, McFadden, Brown, Davis & Mauer Take Feature Wins at SBMS

May 30th, 2014

On a Friday night that seemed more like September than May, a small but enthusiastic crowd saw some great racing at the high banks of the South Bend Motor Speedway as the Memorial Day weekend go underway. Cory Pressler topped the Bellman Oil Company Outlaw Late Model field as Brian McFadden survived to win the crash filled Pro Late Model main. Danny Brown Jr took the Street Stock main win while Derek Davis had the field covered in the highly competitive Mini Stocks. Rookie Matt Mauer held off a stout field to take the FWD main win.

The first feature of the night was the Pro Late Models. After numerous cautions for spins and wrecks, the race was called complete with Brian McFadden of South Bend taking the win over Elkhart’s Rodney Smith and Matt Sullivan of Hartford, MI. Nick Stremme of South Bend was next over previous winner Brandon Shaw of Walkerton. Steve Stacy of Plymouth, Billy Stevenson of Rolling Prairie, Steve Emmans of Bristol, Danny beown Sr of New Carlisle and defending series champ, Rich Boal of Plymouth rounded out the top ten. Boal topped Smith and Sullivan in heat one while Shaw beat Stacy and Stremme in heat two.

In the always competitive Street Stock class, it was LaPorte driver Danny Brown Jr who took home the top honors as he overtook Jay Coffin of Hamlet for the win. A.J. Lubelski of Walkerton was next over Ronnie “Lightning” McLean of South Bend. Tom Taylor of Michigan City took 5th ahead of James Haisley of South Bend, Jeff kaiser of North Liberty and Doug Fox of South Bend. Rookie, Jordan Cretacci of Walkerton and Addison Davis of North Liberty rounded out the top ten. A total of 16 drivers took the green. In heat race action, Mark Swan of Mishawaka topped Brown Jr and Lubelski in heat one while Derek Wunder of South Bend beat out Taylor and Coffin in
heat two.

A season high of 18 drivers took the green for the Front Wheel Drive main event. When all was said and done, it was rookie, Matt Mauer of Granger holding off challenges from defending champion, Bryant Ragsdale of Mishawaka and a very determined Drew Davis of South Bend. Lap after lap, Mauer held the line as Davis tried high and low with Ragsdale nipping Davis at the line for the runner up spot. Jim Cauffman of North Liberty was next as South Bend drivers, Devin Lauderbakc, Bryan Banta, Ronnie Holaway and James Austin followed. Sean Stuart of North Liberty and Jason Horton of South Bend completed the top ten. Banta bested Kyle O’Dell of Plymouth and Lauderback for the win in heat one while Holaway took heat two over Matthew Plencner of South Bend and Cauffman.  Austin took heat three over Horton and Thomas Groning of South Bend.

The field of Mini Stocks on hand was light but, what they lacked in quantity, they made up for with quality racing. For most of the 25 lap event, all seven competitors were in a tight bunch but, in the end, it was Derek Davis of South Bend coming home the winner. Zachary Newgent of South Bend was a close second over Jim Newman and Kevin Davis, also of South Bend. David Raley Jr of Elkhart was next as Howie Fisette of South Bend and Ryne Balsley of Plymouth rounded out the field. Raley topped Newgent and Kevin Davis for the heat win.

Seventeen drivers took the green for the 30 lap Bellman Oil Company Outlaw Late Model feature event with Charlie Hanna of Goshen, the most recent winner, starting shotgun on the field. Hanna slowly worked his way through the field and with just 2 laps to go was right on the tail of leader, Cory Pressler of South Bend. As the pair entered turn 3, they touched, sending Pressler spinning and Hanna to the tail on the restart. At the end, it was Pressler taking the win over Corey Woods of South Bend and Brandon Zachery of Paw Paw. Mike Tutino of Walkerton took 4th over Mike Shewchuk of South Bend. Kenny Lollar of Buchanan was next over Mike Verduin of North Liberty. Hanna recovered to take 8th as Ben Raber of Kalamazoo and Terry Lombardi of Elkhart rounde out the top ten. In heat race action, Shewchuk bested Hanna and woods in heat one as Fred Malecki of Elkhart topped Jerry Zachary of Dowagiac and Pressler in heat
two. Ben Raber too heat three over Tutino and Lombardi.

This Friday will be one of the biggest events in the tracks history as Steve and Jennifer Brown will present “Free Friday”. General admission is absolutely F-R-E-E. That’s right, zip, zero, zilch, nada. Bring your friends, neighbors, in-laws, outlaws and they’ll get in to see some of the best racing around and it won’t cost a thing. Small coolers are welcome but NO glass containers or alcohol is allowed. Gates will open at 5 pm with racing action set to get underway at 8. Til next time, think Spring and warm and we’ll see you at the races.

First Time Winners at South Bend

May 14th, 2014

South Bend, IN –It was a night for first time winners at the South Bend Motor Speedway as a hearty crowd witnessed some great racing action on a cool Friday night. All five winners scored their first wins under the Brown family leadership at the famed speed plant. Charlie Hanna, Brandon Shaw, Doug Fox, Bryan Banta and Jim Newman each notched wins as the speedway introduced a new format to the fans and drivers.

In the Bellman Oil Company Outlaw Late Model main, Charlie Hanna of Goshen took the lead early and never looked back. Hanna scored his first win in several years as he brought the R&B Car Company race car to victory lane. Defending series champion, Mike Tutino of Walkerton took the runner-up position ahead of South Bend’s Mike Shewchuk and Bobby Stremme. Jacob Maynard of Elkhart was fifth over Corey Woods of South Bend and Chuck Lymengrover of South Bend. In heat race action, Stremme topped Shewchuk and Woods.

In the Pro Late Model main, Brandon Shaw of Walkerton scored his first ever feature win by holding off repeated challenges by Elkhart’s Rodney Smith and Plymouth’s Steve Stacy. Rich Boal, also of Plymouth, Greg Gifford of Michigan City, Nick Stremme of South Bend, Billy Stevenson of Rolling Prairie and Cory Brown of LaPorte completed the field. Boal topped Smith and Stremme for the heat win.

For South Bend’s Doug Fox, it was his first feature win since moving to the Street Stock division last season. Fox motored past early leader, James Haisley of South Bend late in the race to take the win, which he dedicated to his father. Haisley held on to second for his best feature finish to date ahead of Mark Swan of Mishawaka, Danny Brown of LaPorte and Rich Hensley of South Bend. Ronnie “Lightning” McLean was next over fellow South Bender, Derek Wunder as Jeff Kaiser of North Liberty, Jay Coffin of Hamlet and Vernon Knight completed the top ten. Knight topped Wunder and McLean for the first heat win as Fox motored to victory in heat two ahead of Kaiser and Tom Taylor of Michigan City.

In Front Wheel Drive action, South Bend’s Bryan Banta took a hard fought win over Sean Stuart of North Liberty and Jason Horton of South Bend. James Austin of South Bend was next over Matt Maurer of Granger as Kyle Plencner of South Bend, Joe Merrill of South Bend, Jasmine Schafer of Bremen, Bobby Alwine of Bremen and Kyle O’Dell rounded out the top ten. Maurer topped O’Dell and Horton for the win in heat one while Stuart took heat two over Craig Ponsler of South Bend and Banta.

Jim Newman of South Bend made his return to action after a year’s absence by taking the Mini Stock win over much improved, Aaron Zimmerman of Shipshewana in his best finish ever at the track. David Raley Jr of Osceola was next over Kevin Davis of South Bend and Howie Fisette of South Bend. Chad Lindsey of LaPorte led Zach Newgent of South Bend, Ryne Balsley of Plymouth and Derek Davis to round out the field. Derek Davis topped Newgent and Balsley for heat one as Kevin Davis took heat two over Raley and Zimmerman.

Racing action returns this Friday with a full show for all five classes. Pits open at 5 pm with grandstand gates opening at 7 and racing action set to get underway promptly at 8. Adult admission is just $12 with kids 6-12 only $5 and under 5 free with an adult. Small coolers are welcome but NO glass containers or alcohol.

Pressler, Hinegardner, Breeding, Hensley and Newgents Take Gold at SBMS

April 27th, 2014

South Bend, IN –Nick Pressler, John Hinegardner Jr, Scott Breeding Sr, Steven Hensley, Michael Newgent Jr and Nick Newgent all scored wins in the ‘All Hail Spring’ opening event for the 2014 season at the South Bend Motor Speedway. After one of the toughest winters of all time, a large crowd enjoyed a night of hard hitting action. Each driver’s efforts was awarded with $1000 top prize in their respective events.

Pressler, of South Bend scored the opening event of the evening by topping Bryan Banta, also of South Bend in the Front Wheel Drive Dream 50 lap feature event after James Trussell of Niles had led til nearly the 40 lap mark. Jim Cauffman of North Liberty was next ahead of ‘Rowdy’ Ronnie Holloway of South Bend, in his best feature finish to date. Michigan City’s Tom Taylor, Jason Horton of South Bend, Helmut Forstinger Jr of South Bend, Sean Stuart of North Liberty, Trussell and Mike Shewchuck of South Bend rounded out the top ten. Bryan Banta topped the field in qualifying.

Due to the immense popularity of the trailer races, this year the field has been divided into three groups. The compact cars were first up with John Hinegardner Jr taking his first win of the season. Hinegardner, of Elkhart put his Honda Civic into the lead and never looked back, dispite repeated challenges from runner up Jim Stambaugh of Walkerton. Mike Hinegardner of Niles finished third after rolling his entry in turn 3. Not to be detered, Mike Hinegardner continues on but his car gave up just a few laps later. Steven Hensley of Mishawaka rounded out the field.

In the Truck Trailer race, Heather Zarembka of South Bend held the early lead but gave way to Clinton Stremme of Decatur, MI. At the end, it was a determined Zack Newgent of South Bend who too the win in a Mazda pickup. After an early altercation, Newgent chased down Bill Lovely of Plymouth to score a well earned win. Gage Willis of South Bend came home in third with Ray Matlock of Niles and Greg Warner of LaPorte completing the top five. Curtis Betz of South Bend, Kyle Heider of LaPorte, Stremme, Zarembka and Jacob Jobe of South Bend rounded out the top ten.

In the always exciting compact car Demolition Derby action, Scott Breeding Sr of New Carlisle, topped the stout field which included some to the best hitters in the game. Breeding outlasted Steven Meredith of South Bend and Steven Hensley of Mishawaka. Dustin Newgent of South Bend and Josh Sater of Mishawaka completed the top five as Dalton Winterrowd of South Bend, anthony Colcord of Niles, Christopher Stockberger of South Bend, Dennis Nelson Jr of LaPorte and Nick Newgent of South Bend finished out the top ten.

Demo Derby veteran, Michael Newgent Jr scored the final ‘aggressive’ hit to take the win in the Sedan derby over a determined Justin Stambaugh of Walkerton. J.C. Newgent of South Bend was third over Steven Meredith of South Bend and Cody Bush of Rolling Prairie. South Bend drivers, Roman Veldman, Chad Newgent, Justin Lintz and Neck Newgent topped Joe Sobieske of Cassopolis to complete the top ten.

The final event of the evening, the Car Trailer race saw Steven Hensley score a ‘come from behind’ victory after Jim Stambaugh of Walkerton had built up a sizeable lead. After a brief red flag period when a wheel on the trailer of Mike Straka of Dowagiac caught fire. Hensley put his Buick Roadmaster in the lead and never looked back. Stambaugh finished second over Marcus Craft of South Bend and Dalton Winterrowd of South Bend. Chris Primley of Dowagiac, who had lead early, Stephen Emmans of Bristol, Tony Fraschetti of Edwardsburg, Straka and John Creech of New Carlisle rounded out the top ten.

This weekend will see open house with open practice for all divisions on both Friday and Saturday. On Friday, gates open from 4 til 8 pm with gates opening at noon on Saturday til 6 pm. Cost is $20 each day or $30 for both days. Grandstand admission is free. The first regular racing event will be Friday, May 2. It will be a special ‘Racer’s Memorial’ event honoring those of our racing family who have passed on. Racing for Outlaw Late Models, Pro Late Models, Street Stocks, Mini Stocks and Front Wheel Drive cars will be on the card as well.

Regular Friday night action will see pit gates opening at 5, main gates open at 7 with racing starting at 8. Adult admission is just $12 with kids 6-12 only $5 and kids 5 & under are free with a paid adult. Senior and Military (with ID) are just $10. Till next time, think warm and dry and we’ll see you at the races.

2013 Season Ends With a Bang at South Bend Motor Speedway.

November 1st, 2013

South Bend, IN- On a cold night, the South Bend Motor Speedway closed the books on the 2013 racing season with a huge display of motorized mayhem as they hosted the final Night of Destruction for the year. Steven Hensley, Mike Long, Justin Lintz, Scott Breeding Sr., Nick Newgent, Norm Sprow and Paul Mester all took home first place honors as 119 entries crammed the pit area.

The night opened with the popular Front Wheel Drive Enduro. Nineteen drivers took the green from starter, Doug Fox. When the smoke cleared, it was Mike Long of South Bend crossing the line first. Ryan Lagestee of Schererville topped South Bend drivers, Ronnie Holloway, Brad Hodges and Terry Britain Jr. David Britton of Bremen led Rich Boal of Plymouth, Joe Merrill of South Bend, Tim Fredericks of South Bend and Scott Marshall of Granger who was tenth.

In the long anticipated return of the Train Races, there were four entries. Each train contained an engineer in the lead car, a conductor in the third car with an empty car in the middle. Paul Mester of Walkerton topped the train of Josh Foreman from Rolling Prairie with Dalton Winterowd of South Bend heading up the third place train.

Up next came the crashing and smashing with the full size trucks taking to the front stretch. As the drivers maneuvered their vehicles back and forth, Nick Newgent of South Bend outlasted the rest of the field with Jimmy Kuta of LaPorte holding out for 2nd over Ryan Bulger of Westville, Mike Straka of Granger and Scott McLane of Niles. Michael Mccully of Cassopolis was next with Kyle Heider of LaPorte, Clinton Stremme of Decatur, MI, Justin Peppers of Mishawaka and Nick Sanford of Elkhart rounding out the top ten.

While the trucks were crashing on the frontstretch, the Pro Mod Demo cars were busy on the backstretch. Norm Sprow Jr of Elkhart topped Dennis Harrier of Lakeville, Terry Burgess of Elkhart, Nick Patrick of LaPorte and Steven Pena of Coloma, MI.

The Mini Cars saw 19 drivers determined to be the last one running as cars took to both sides of the track. In the end, Scott Breeding Sr of New Carlisle proved too much to handle as he took the top spot. Chris Seadorf of LaPorte ended up 2nd over Ed Minix of Niles, Sara Breeding from New Carlisle, and Mike Hinegardner of Niles. Anthony Colcord of Niles, Jacob McGowan of South Bend, Scott Breeding Jr of New Carlisle, Dennis Nelson Jr and Dennis Nelson Sr of LaPorte rounded out the top ten.

In the Sedan Demo portion of the program, 23 drivers drove onto the speedway with each one eying the first place trophy. However, Justin Lintz of South Bend proved too much for the other drivers as he battled J.C. Newgent of South Bend and Loni Bush of LaPorte for the win. Zachery Newgent of South Bend and Niles Stickler III of Walkerton completed the top 5 as Curtis Lindsley of Rolling Prairie, James Click of Mishawaka and South Bend drivers, Michael Newgent Jr, Austin Powell and Steven Meredith rounding out the top ten.

In the final event on the program, the popular Trailer Race, 30 drivers were entered. Chris Primley of Dowagiac jumped out to the early lead and appeared headed to an easy victory. A red flag near the halfway point because the back stretch was completely blocked bunched up the field. With just 2 laps to go, Steven Hensley of Mishawaka slipped past Primley and went on to take the win. Primley held on for 2nd over Jason Dobosiewicz of South Bend, Tim White of Plymouth and Ray Matlock of Niles. Dale Lambert of South Bend was next with Zock Johnson of LaPorte, Jim Jaynes of Niles, Jim Merrill of South Bend and Cody Phillips of Elkhart completing the top ten.

The staff and management would like to thank Doug Fox for his hard work and dedication with the Demolition Derbies and Nights of Destruction the past 3 years. Doug announced that he was stepping down as director of activities for the demo events in order to concentrate on his own racing career. We appreciate all that Doug has done and wish him continued success in all that he does.

As the weather turns colder and winter moves ever closer, we’d like to take a moment to thank all the drivers, crew members and especially the many fans who helped to make 2013 our best season yet at the South Bend Motor Speedway. Without your support we could not continue to do what we all love. The 2014 schedule and rules are available by visiting www.racesouthbendmotorspeedway.com. We wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season and we look forward to next April when, once again, we’ll see you at the races.

Season Champions Crowned at South Bend Motor Speedway

August 21st, 2013

South Bend, IN – With a crowded pit area and a huge crowd on hand, the South Bend Motor Speedway held their final regular season racing event on Friday, determining the champions for all 5 divisions. Sean Stuart won the race but Bryant Ragsdale took home the points championship in Front Wheel Drives while Eric Frazier took the checker and Michael Mast was points champ in Mini Stocks. Kevin Clash picked up both the feature win and the points title in the Street Stocks while Rodney Smith added another feature win to his collection and Rich Boal claimed the points race in Pro Late Models. In the Bellman Oil Outlaw Late Models, it was Steve Stacy taking the win as Mike Tutino nabbed his first points title ever.

The evening began with nearly 80 drivers posting qualifications followed by a huge autograph session on the front stretch as fans were able to meet their heroes prior to competition. As the fans made their way back to the grandstands, drivers quickly prepared to do battle one last time as the 2013 season drew to a close. Up first were the popular Front Wheel Drive cars with 19 drivers taking the green for their 35 lap event. When all was said and done, it was Sean Stuart of North Liberty who held off repeated challenges from Kyle O’Dell of Plymouth. O’Dell, fresh off his big win a week ago, tried everything he could think of but had to settle for second over a much improved Devin Lauderback of North Liberty, Rich Hensley of South Bend and Helmut Forstinger of South Bend. Fellow South Bend drivers, Bryan Banta and Ronnie Holloway were next over Ian Whiteman of New Carlisle, Leroy Dick of Marcellus, MI and Jasmine Schafer of Bremen to complete the top ten. Devin Lauderback turned in fast qualifying time with a lap of 14.885. Mechanical woes prevented Bryant Ragsdale of Mishawaka from qualifying but he had enough of a lead in the points that all he had to do was start the feature to take home the first championship title of his career.

In Mini Stock action, Michael Mast of New Paris had hoped to finish the season undefeated in feature competition. However, an electrical issue sidelined him near the mid point of the 40 lap event. Eric Frazier of Warsaw has been near the top of the finishing order nearly every week but had yet to bring home the top honors. As he had done in previous weeks, Frazier took the lead and set sail. A late race caution closed up the pack and allowed Jerime Damron of Goshen to close to within striking distance. With 3 laps to go, Dameron moved outside of Frazier and appeared to be headed for victory until the pair encountered a lapped car. As they approached the lapped car of Howie Fisette of South Bend, Damron went high as Frasier slipped by on the bottom and went on to score his first ever South Bend feature win. Damron settled for 2nd over Jason Cogswell of LaPorte, Dustin Kline of Constantine, MI and Dennis Zimmerman of Shipshewana. Wayne Kline of Centerville, MI, Mike Freese of LaPorte, Kevin Davis of South Bend, Terry Kline of Centerville, MI and Allen Tink of Angola rounded out the top ten. Michael Mast turned in fast qualifying time of 13.087 for the 18 car field. Despite his first DNF of the abbreviated season, Mast held on to his points lead and was awarded the championship hardware for his efforts.

The Street Stock points race saw only 4 points separating first and second place Danny Brown Jr of LaPorte and Kevin Clash of South Bend going into the evening. After qualifying, Clash held a 2 point advantage. Lap one of the 40 lap feature proved to be Brown Jr’s undoing as he tangled with another car, causing serious damage to his right front suspension. Although able to continue, Brown was unable to stop the determined Clash who took the win over Mark Swan of Mishawaka, Doug Fox of South Bend, Joe Coffin of Plymouth and Austin Woodcox of LaPorte. Jay Coffin of Hamlet, Derek Wunder of South Bend, Brown, A.J. Lubelski of North Liberty and Andrew Rigley of Mishawaka completed the top ten. Clash turned in a time of 13.237 for fast time and also secured the first championship of his career.

The Pro Late Models saw 11 of the 13 cars on hand take the green from guest starter, Kenny Head. Ageless, Dale Lancaster of LaPaz quickly moved to the front of the 40 lap event and appeared to have an insurmountable lead until points leader, Rich Boal slammed the turn one wall, ending his night. After the restart, Rodney Smith of Elkhart wrestled the lead from Lancaster, who held on for 2nd ahead of rookie Matt Sullivan of Hartford, Brandon Shaw of Walkerton and Robert Haisley of South Bend. Tony Vitali of Bristol was next over a very impressive Nick Stremme of South Bend, Alex Pratt of Elkhart, Greg Gifford of Michigan City and Scott Fairchild of Mishawaka. Rodney Smith posted fast time at a 12.826 while Boal’s lead was enough to secure the championship for the 6th time in his career.

The final event of the night saw 16 of the area’s top drivers take the green for the 40 lap Bellman Oil Late Model main event. As the final checkered flag of the 2013 season fell over the field, Steve Stacy of Plymouth picked up his first feature win of the season over Mike Verduin of North Liberty, Corky Knight of Hebron, Bobby Stremme of South Bend and Mike Shewchuk of South Bend. Mishawaka’s Andrew DeVreese led Scott Ross of Plymouth, Shawn Amor of Plymouth, Mike Tutino of Walkerton and Dave Simpson of Lawton, MI to round out the top ten. Mike Tutino started the night with just a 4 point advantage over 2nd place Scott Ross for the points title. With Ross finishing ahead of Tutino in the feature by 2 positions, it meant that qualifying was more important than ever. Fred Malecki of Elkhart turned in quick qualifying time of 12.148 with Tutino just a tick slower. Ross qualified 15th in the field giving the championship to Tutino by just 7 points.

Two lucky fans each took home a 32 inch flat screen tv and 6 youngster claimed the final bicycles of the regular season. Also, during a break between features, dozens of youngsters took part in the bicycle and big wheel races around the smaller infield track. A good time was definitely had by all who participated and all received a medal compliments of track owners, Steve and Jennifer Brown.

As the stock car portion of the season comes to a close, we would like to take a moment to thank each and every driver, owner, crew member and fan that helped make the 2013 racing season a success. Without you and your support it would not be possible to do what we do each and every week.

This Saturday will see the 3rd Annual Asphalt Demolition Derby Championships as the ‘Smash-em-up” guys and gals take over for another exciting show of ‘Demo-struction’ and Motorized Mayhem. Also on the program will be a Front Wheel Drive Enduro and the always popular $1000 to win Trailer Race. Adult admission for this event is just $20 with kids 6-12 still only $5 and those 5 & under are free with an adult admission. Small coolers are always welcome but no glass or alcohol is allowed. Gates open at 5 pm with action set to get underway at 7. Bring a friend and we’ll see you at the races.

O’Dell Scores Big at South Bend Motor Speedway

August 13th, 2013

South Bend, IN — Kyle O’Dell has been knocking on the door to victory lane all season but just couldn’t quite get the job done. That is, until now. On Friday, the South Bend Motor Speedway hosted the Front Wheel Drive portion of the “Layin’ Down the Law 100 Series” races. O’Dell scored his first ever feature win and took home the $1000 top prize for the 100 lap main and dedicated the win to his grandfather, area racing legend Leroy Skiles. Bobby Stremme scored his first Bellman Oil Outlaw Late Model win of the season as Rodney Smith continued his domination in the Pro Late Models and Michael Mast picked up his 3rd Mini Stock feature win in as many outings. Over 70 cars crowded the pits as a large crowd was on hand after the past 2 events fell to rain.

In the Bellman Oil Late Model 30 lap main, 13 of the 14 drivers on hand took the green. Tim Craig of Bristol jumped out to an early lead as Bobby Stremme of South Bend charged to the front followed by Plymouth hot shoe, Tyler Roahrig. Near the half way mark, Roahrig and Craig tangled, bringing out a caution and ending the evening for both drivers. At the finish, it was Stremme over Mike Tutino of Walkerton, Steve Stacy of Plymouth and Kenny Lollar Jr of Buchanan. Scott Ross of Plymouth, Terry Lombardi of Elkhart, Mike Prescott of Nappanee, Andrew DeVreese of Mishawaka, Craig and Roahrig rounded out the top ten. In preliminary action, Craig topped Tutino and DeVreese for the win in heat one as Steve Stacy held off Mike Verduin of North Liberty and Lollar for heat two. Tyler Roahrig turned in fast time of 12.116.

The Pro Late Models saw a season high of 14 cars take the green for their 30 lap main. Rodney Smith of Elkhart wasted little time working his way to the front. At the finish, it was Smith over Matt Sullivan of Hartford, Bobby Blount of Rochester, Danny Brown Jr of LaPorte and Rich Boal of Plymouth. Alex Pratt of Elkhart, Greg Gifford of Michigan City, Kevin Clash of South Bend, Brandon Shaw of Walkerton and Robert Haisley of South Bend completed the top ten. Haisley beat out Clash and Nick Stremme of South Bend for the win in heat one while Gifford topped Smith and Pratt in heat two. Smith turned in fast qualifying time at 12.848

In the Mini Stock main, Eric Frazier of Warsaw jumped out to the early lead and appeared headed for victory but, as the laps wound down, a late race caution erased the lead he had worked so hard to build. As the action resumed, Michael Mast of New Paris eased by and went on to score his 3rd feature win in a row. Frazier held on for 2nd over David Raley Jr of Osceola, Dennis Zimmerman of Shipshewanna and Mike Freese of LaPorte. Kevin Davis of South Bend, Marcus Vitali of New Paris, Louis Davis of Goshen, Lee Adkins of Elkhart and Jason Cogswell of LaPorte rounded out the top ten. Marcus Vitali picked up an extra $100 as the highest finisher running radial tires. In heat one, Joe Grevenstuk of Goshen topped Howie Fisette of South Bend and Aaron Zimmerman of Shipshewana. Mast took heat two over Cogswell and Dennis Zimmerman. Mast posted quick time at 13.131.

A huge field of 29 drivers from all over the area arrived, each one hoping to take home the $1000 top prize in the 100 lap Front Wheel Drive feature. With the top 6 qualifiers all starting at the front of the field because each qualified under the allowed 15 seconds, the action got underway. After 3 complete restarts, including a full course red when James Haisley Jr of South Bend slammed the backstretch wall, things finally got serious as Rich Hensley of South Bend worked his way through traffic and took the lead with Zack Tanner of Plymouth in hot pursuit. Near the 60 lap mark, Tanner tried to go under Hensley going into turn 3 and the leaders tangled with Hensley getting tagged by Bryant Ragsdale of Mishawaka. Tanner was sent to the pits for unsportsmanlike driving and all 3 drivers watched the remainder of the race from the infield. As action resumed, South Bend’s Bobby Stremme maneuvered through traffic to take the lead and appeared headed for a second victory for the night. However, a caution on lap 85, closed up the field once more and moved Kyle O’Dell of Plymouth, who had been closing on the leader, right behind Stremme. As the green flew once again, O’Dell dove to the inside, challenging for the lead. Stremme turned up the wick and regained control, only to have his hoped dashed when he tripped the clock with a lap under the magic 15 second mark, relegating him to the rear of the pack. As the final caution flew on lap 90 for a spin between Craig Ponsler of South Bend and Jamie Layne of Mishawaka, the rain began to fall, handing the win to O’Dell for his first ever feature win. With action unable to resume, scoring reverted to the last completed lap giving Ponsler his best ever finish over Doug Fox, Mike Long and Helmut Forstinger Jr, all of South Bend. Stremme recovered to finish 6th over Layne, Allen Walker of New Carlisle, Devin Lauderback of North Liberty and Ronnie Holloway of South Bend. In Heat race action, Matt Baikie of Homewood, IL bested James Austin of South Bend and Michael Karre of Elkhart for heat one while Walker beat out Forstinger and Joe Coffin of Plymouth in heat two. In heat three, Hensley bested James Haisley Jr of South Bend and Ragsdale as Lauderback took heat four over O’Dell and Layne. Mike Long topped qualifying with a lap of 14.682.

The racing season comes to a close this Friday, August 16, with Season Championships for all five divisions on tap. Gates open at 5 with qualifying set to get underway at 7 and racing immediately following an autograph session on the front stretch at 8. Adult admission is just $10 with kids 6-12 admitted for only $5 and those 5 & under are free. Small coolers are welcome but no glass or alcohol is allowed. Remember there is no smoking allowed in the grandstand area and the front grandstands are wheelchair accessible. Bring a friend and we’ll see you at the races.

Long & Clash Score Blount Memorial Wins at South Bend Motor Speedway

July 31st, 2013

South Bend, IN — With temperatures more like late September, a large crowd gathered to honor one of the area’s all time great drivers. Jim Blount was a fixture at local tracks from the 50’s thru the late 90’s, racing everything from stock cars to super modifieds. Hundreds of fans hailed him as one of their all time heroes over the years and dozens of drivers credit him with helping them further their careers. For many, the sight of the bright blue number 16 pulling into the pits set their hearts racing as everyone knew it would be a great night at the track. So, in his honor, the Bellman Oil Outlaw Late Model drivers raced 116 laps on Wednesday with local standout John Long taking the win and the $7500 top prize. In the Street Stock protion of the program, Kevin Clash picked up $1000 for winning their 75 lap main.

In the Bellman Oil Outlaw Late Models, 12 of the 13 drivers on hand posted times below the regular track record of 11.660 with Plymouth standout, Tyler Roahrig turning in the fastest lap with a time of 11.014 as less than a half second separated the top 12. As the field took the green, Steve Dolphin of Battle Creek took command and held the top spot for the first 15 laps, giving way to Angola’s Scott Hantz. Lap after lap, Hantz drove flawlessly, maintaining a smooth line as the faster cars battled each other. Gradually, John Long of Niles, who conserved his tires for the first half of the race, moved through the field and took the lead on lap 88 and never looked back. In the closing laps, Jeff Ganus of Constantine closed but had to settle for second. Terry Senneker of Wayland, MI had to come from the back of the field twice to take third ahead of Hantz and Steve Stacy of Plymouth. Brian Ross of Plymouth crossed the line in sixth with Craig Everage of Angola, Scott Ross of Plymouth, J.R. Roahrig of Plymouth and Tyler Roahrig of Plymouth rounding out the top ten. In qualifying, Tyler Roahrig topped Brian Ross and Long for the top 3 qualifying positons.

The Street Stock 75 lap main saw sixteen drivers take the green from starter, Mike Stutsman. New Carlisle driver, Mike Yacullo led the first 6 laps before giving way to Danny Brown Sr of New Carlisle who maintained the lead until lap 18. South Bend’s Kevin Clash took the lead on lap 19 and was never headed. At the finish, it was Danny Brown Jr in second over Mark Swan of Mishawaka, Austin Woodcox of LaPorte and Joe Coffin of Plymouth. Doug Fox of South Bend came home in sixth with Goshen’s Austin Maynard, Danny Brown Sr, A.J. Lubelski of North Liberty and Derek Wunder of South Bend completing the top ten. Clash, who turned a lap of 13.151 topped the qualifying board over Danny Brown Jr and Joe Coffin.

In regular Friday night action, a large field of cars were on hand with a season high of 26 Front Wheel Drive cars set to compete in their portion of the “Layin’ Down the Law 100” series races with $1000 going to the winner. Unfortunately, Ma Nature had other plans as the rain moved in just after 7 pm and called a halt to the racing action. The Front Wheel Drive cars will make up their 100 lap race on Friday August 9 as the Street Stocks will again be off that night.

This Friday night, the Bellman Oil Outlaw Late Models will battle for top honors as their portion of the “Layin’ Down the Law 100” series will see $4000 going to the winner. Can John Long take home another win? Be there on Friday to find out. Also on the program will be Street Stocks, Mini Stocks and Front Wheel Drives. The Pro Late Models will have the night off. Just $12 will get the adult fans admitted as those fans ages 6-12 pay only $5 and younger fans (5 & under) are admitted free with an adult. Small coolers are always welcome but no alcohol or glass containers are allowed. The pit gate opens at 4 with general admission opening at 6, qualifying at 7 and racing at 8. The main grandstand is handicap accessible. Once again, there will be 2 flat screen television sets given away on the 50/50 drawing and another special drawing will be held for the kids to win one of at least 4 bicycles. Remember to tell your friends and neighbors, in-laws and outlaws but join us for some of the best racing around. As always, we thank you for your continued support and we will see you at the races.

Long, Smith, Clash, Mast & Stuart Top SBMS Winners

July 24th, 2013

South Bend, IN – 64 cars filled the pit area on one of the hottest nights of the summer at the South Bend Motor Speedway. Michael Mast notched his 2nd Mini Stock feature win in a row as John Long returned to the Bellman Oil Outlaw Late Model
winner’s circle after a long absence and Rodney Smith took another Pro Late Model feature win. Kevin Clash snapped Danny Brown Jr’s win streak with a win in the Street Stocks and Sean Stuart picked up his 3rd feature win of the season before an enthusiastic crowd. Once again, two lucky fans took home brand new flat screen televisions and 6 youngsters won new bicycles. Suffice it to say that ‘a good time was had by all’ and the fans were on their way home by 11:30 pm.

In the 30 lap Mini Stock main event, 13 drivers took the green flag with Jason Cogswell of LaPorte moving quickly to the front. Lap after lap, Cogswell held off repeated challenges from Zachery Newgent of South Bend as the two pulled away from the field. The race was red-flagged when the car of Aaron Zimmerman of Shipshewana erupted in flames on the backstretch. The fireball extinguished itself almost as quickly as it appeared and Zimmerman escaped uninjured. As racing resumed, Michael Mast of New Paris worked his way to the front, taking the lead with just 3 laps to go. Cogswell held on for 2nd over Newgent and Eric Frazier of Warsaw. Bobby Stremme of South Bend came home 5th with Nick Kretchmer of Granger. Louis Davis of Goshen, Paul Davis of Goshen, Danny Simpson of Bristol and Kristi Zimmerman of Shipshewana rounding out the top ten. Aaron Zimmerman topped Paul Davis and Kristi Zimmerman for the win in heat one while Eric Frazier bested Michael Mast and Jason Cogswell in heat two. Eric Frazier was top qualifier at 13.436.

In the Street Stock 30 lapper, Austin Woodcox of LaPorte, once again set the pace early as Danny Brown Jr of LaPorte and Kevin Clash of South Bend hurried through the pack. Clash slipped underneath as Brown went high and never looked back. At the finish, it was Clash over Brown and Woodcox with Jay Coffin of Hamlet and Doug Fox of South Bend following. Andrew Rigley of Mishawaka topped Cindy Stremme of South Bend, Derek Wunder of South Bend, Vernon Knight of Michigan City and A.J. Lubelski of North Liberty to complete the top ten. Mike Yacullo of New Carlisle bested Jay Coffin and James Haisley of South Bend for the win in heat one while Brown Jr topped Clash and Woodcox in heat two. Clash was quick qualifier at 13.338.

The Bellman Oil Outlaw Late Model 30 lap feature was a tune-up for this coming Wednesday’s 116 lap Jim Blount Memorial race as John Long returned to his winning ways, taking the win ahead of Bobby Stremme of South Bend who worked most of the race to get around early leader Scott Ross of Plymouth. Last week’s winner, Steve Stacy of Plymouth was 4th over Mike Tutino of Walkerton. Mike Verduin of North Liberty was next as Fred Malecki of Elkhart, Dave Simpson of Lawton, MI, Rick Hahn Jr of Mishawaka and Corky Knight of Hebron completed the top ten. Ross scored the win in heat one ahead of Knight and Simpson while Stacy took heat two over Verduin and Malecki. John Long was fast qualifier with a lap of 12.029. During intermission, Long turned some laps to test the tires being used for the Wednesday race and posted laps under the Outlaw Late Model qualifying record.

In Pro Late Model action, Rich Boal of Plymouth turned in one of his best runs of the season, attempting to unseat Elkhart’s Rodney Smith from the top spot. However, it was not to be as Smith worked his way around the determined Boal to score another 30 lap win. Boal held on for 2nd over Matt Sullivan of Hartford, MI, Brandon Shaw of Walkerton, Greg Gifford of Michigan City, and South Bend drivers, Robert Haisley and Corey Woods. Matt Sullivan bested Boal and Shaw to take the heat win as Rodney Smith turned in fast time of 12.908.

In the exciting Front Wheel Drive 25 lap feature, 18 cars lined up to do battle. James Trussell of Niles spun in turn one to bring out the only caution of the event on lap 3. When racing resumed, Sean Stuart of North Liberty steadily worked his way through traffic, taking the win ahead of Helmut Forstinger of South Bend. Jason Horton of South Bend came home in 3rd ahead of Devin Lauderback of North Liberty and Jasmine Schafer of Bremen. Jordan Cretacci of Walkerton led Kyle O’Dell of Plymouth, Alyson Cretacci of Walkerton, Ian Whiteman of New Carlisle and Joe Coffin of Plymouth to round out the top ten. Rowdy Ronnie Holloway of South Bend topped Coffin and Forstinger for the win in heat one as Trussell took heat two over Bryant Ragsdale of Mishawaka and Stuart. Kyle O’Dell turned in fast time at 14. 967.

Action returns to the high banks this Wednesday when the speedway will host the 16th annual Jim Blount Memorial race for Bellman Oil Outlaw Late Models. A veritable ‘who’s who’ of area drivers will be on hand including the likes of J.R. Roahrig, Steve Stacy, John Long, Phil Bozell, Steve Needles, Tyler Roaring & Scott Ross, Brandon Zachary, Rick Hahn, Jr, just to name a few. It will be 116 laps with $7500 going to the winner. Also on the card is a 75 lap Street Stock feature for $1000 to win. Gates open at 6 pm with racing set to get underway at 7. Adult admission for Wednesday is $20 with kids 6-12 still just $5 and 5 & under are free with an adult admission. Rain date for this race is Thursday, same times.

Friday, July 26 will be the 3rd leg of the ‘Layin’ Down the Law 100” series as the Front Wheel Drive cars will go 100 laps for $1000 to win. South Bend rules will apply and a huge turnout is expected for this one. Also on the card will be Bellman Oil Outlaw Late Models, Pro Late Models and Mini Stocks. Gates open at 6 with qualifying at 7 and racing at 8. Adults are just $12 with kids 6-12 just $5 and kids 5 & under free with an adult. As always, small coolers are welcome but NO glass or alcohol is allowed. The front grandstands are wheelchair accessible for your convenience. As always, we thank you for your support and we’ll see you at the races

Only 11 Days Till The Big Race… Time is Running out to Make a Donation

July 18th, 2013

The SHBF will be holding its 4th annual race on July 27 at Waterford. We are looking for a corporate sponsor along with lap and special award sponsors. It is currently up in the air if we will be able to offer a dinner after the race. Donations have been limited and the fund raising that has been performed has been helping racers at many levels and divisions. We are happy that we have not had to turn away any request for safety equipment but would love to be able to have more of an impact not only with drivers and owners but tracks to improve safety.

It’s been five years since we lost Shane and we hope this year we can be more prominent in the racing communities to assist with safety and to spread the word about the foundation and our purpose. Please share this with your email lists and help spread the word. We are a 501 (3) (c) and welcome any help or inquiries. Please email or call and donations can be made out to and mailed to:

Shane Hammond Believe Foundation or SHBF
164 Anna Drive
East Bridgewater, MA 02333

Stacy, Mast & Friday Big Winners at South Bend Motor Speedway

July 17th, 2013

South Bend, IN -A full pit area greeted the large crowd of fans as the South Bend Motor Speedway returned to its traditional roots on Friday. In some of the best racing around, Steve Stacy made a late race pass to take top honors in the Bellman Oil Outlaw Late Model feature as Mike Mast mirrored Stacy’s feat in the Mini Stock main. Danny Brown Jr picked up another Street Stock win while Bryant Ragsdale held on for yet another Front Wheel Drive feature and Rodney Smith took the Pro Late Model win. Nearly 80 cars packed the pits with full fields in almost all of the 5 divisions. Two lucky fans took home 46 inch flat screen televisions as they younger fans enjoyed several activities tailored just for them, including a big wheel race and a coin toss at intermission. Fans were invited onto the track at the start of the night to meet and greet their favorite drivers as well. A total of 9 young fans took home a new bicycle compliments of the speedway and drivers, Mike Yacullo, Rich Boal, Eryn Hartz, Tony Beagles and Devin Lauderback. A huge thank you goes out to everyone who helped to make our first
Friday event in many years such a success.

First on the program was the 25 lap Front Wheel Drive main as 18 drivers took on the high banks. Helmut Forstinger Jr of South Bend jumped out to an early lead and held on for many laps before Mishawaka’s Bryant Ragsdale managed to slip through traffic and take the lead. At the finish, Ragsdale had to hold off challenges from Kyle O’Dell of Plymouth and Bryan Banta of South Bend. Forstinger held of for a 4th place over Devin Lauderback of North Liberty. Jim Cauffman of North Liberty, Jason Horton of South Bend, Chris Walsworth of Westville, Allen Walker of New Carlisle and James Trussell of Niles rounded out the top ten. Braxdon Sims of Walkerton bested Walsworth and Forstinger in heat one while Kyle O’Dell topped Ragsdale and Lauderback in heat two. Jasmine Schaefer turned in quick qualifying time with a lap of 14.870.

In the Street Stock 30 lapper, Austin Woodcox of LaPorte jumped out to an early lead and appeared to be headed for victory. However, fellow LaPorte driver, Danny Brown Jr had other ideas as he overtook the talented youngster to take the win. Kevin Clash of South Bend was a close 2nd ahead of Mark Swan of Mishawaka, Woodcox and A.J. Lubelski of North Liberty. Cindy Stremme of South Bend, who fought handling issues for much of the race, suffered a broken wheel as her bright pink racer crossed the finish line in 6th .and relegated her to the back of a wrecker. Doug Fox of South Bend, Vernon Knight of Michigan City, Derek Wunder of South Bend and Mike Yacullo of New Carlisle completed the top ten. Nick Stremme of South Bend outraced his Grandma, Cindy Stremme and John Kellog of Michigan City for the win in heat one while Derek Wunder, who had suffered mechanical problems earlier in the evening, left and returned after making repairs, beat Clash and Woodcox in heat two. Kevin Clash posted fast time at 13.301 for the 18 car field.

In Pro Late Model action, Rodney Smith of Elkhart zigged and zagged through traffic early in the 30 lap event and ran away from the field. Rich Boal of Plymouth picked his way through traffic for 2nd ahead of Lou Stremme of South Bend, Corey Woods of South Bend and Charlie Cotton of Claypool. Greg Gifford of Michigan City led Robert Haisley of South Bend, Matt Sullivan of Hartford, Brandon Shaw of Walkerton and Mike Horvath of South Bend to finish out the top ten. Sullivan led Pat Knight of LaPorte and Lou Stremme for the win in heat one as Smith topped Horvath and Woods in heat two. Rodney Smith topped qualifying with a lap of 12.788.

One of the largest fields of Bellman Oil Outlaw Late Models took the green from starter Mike Stutsman for their 40 lap main. Andrew DeVreese of Mishawaka jumped out to the early lead and drove one of the best races of his young career. With each circuit, DeVreese drove a near perfect line as the rest of the field jockeyed for position. As the field crossed the line with just two laps to go, Steve Stacy of Plymouth found just enough room to slip under DeVreese and move ahead, taking the win. DeVreese held on for 2nd over John Long of Niles, Mike Tutino of Walkerton and Mike Verduin of North Liberty. Tim Craig of Bristol held off challenges from Fred Malecki of Elkhart for 6th as Dick Bissett of Ceresco, MI, Scott Ross of Plymouth and Charlie Hanna of Goshen completed the top ten. DeVreese took the win in heat one over Ronnie McLean of South Bend and Ross while Stacy bested Roger Northrop of Niles and Tutino in heat two. John Long turned in fast time with a lap of 12. 145 to top the 19 car field.

The final event of the evening was the triumphant return of the popular Mini Stock cars as 17 drivers were scheduled for their 30 lap event. Dennis Zimmerman of Shipshewana, in his first visit to SBMS moved flawlessly through traffic and took the point. Once again, as the leaders crossed the line for two to go, Zimmerman fell victim to Mike Mast of New Paris as Mast moved alongside and passed the determined newcomer. Zimmerman held on for 2nd over Zachery Newgent of South Bend, Dustin Kline of Constantine and Dale Olivier Sr of Niles. Eric Frazier of Warsaw, Todd Roberts of Middlebury, Howie Fisette of South Bend, Joe Grevenstuk of Goshen and Jason Harmon of Elkhart rounded out the top ten. Young Aaron Zimmerman of Shipshewana crossed the line first in the first heat but exceeded his qualifying time, giving the win to his brother Cody Zimmerman over Fisette and James Klimowicz of South Bend. Olivier Sr took heat two over Dustin Kline and Mast. Mike Mast posted fast time at 13.286. The South Bend Motor Speedway would like to wish Dennis Zimmerman a speedy recovery as he was injured in a racing accident on Saturday at the Kalamazoo Speedway.

A total of nine youngsters took home a new bicycle. Congratulations go out to Alex Smudzinski, Makayla Vanslager, Conner Naragon, Cameron Powell, Dominnic Geishirt, Sylviana Farmer, Cami Swan and Hannah (sorry didn’t get a last name). We’ll be giving away at least 4 bicycles each week through the end of the season. Drivers are offered a free pit pass if they also donate a bicycle to be given away that night. Thanks again to those drivers who donated this past week.

Next Friday will be another exciting 5 in 1 racing program featuring Front Wheel Drives, Mini Stocks, Street Stocks, Pro Late Models and Bellman Oil Outlaw Late Models. Pit gate opens at 4 with spectator gates opening at 6, qualifying at 7 and racing at 8 pm. Adult admission is just $12 with kids 6-12 admitted for just $5 and those 5 & under are free. Small coolers are welcome but not glass or alcohol is allowed. We thank you for your continued support and we’ll see you at the races.

Verduin Two in a Row as Brown, Ragsdale and Smith Repeat at SBMS

July 10th, 2013

South Bend, IN -It took Mike Verduin most of his career to score his first Bellman Oil Outlaw Late Model feature win. He liked it so much, he did it again the next time out while Danny Brown Jr overcame a broken rear end in his racer to take
the Street Stock main and Bryant Ragsdale added another trophy to his FWD collection and Rodney Smith took the Pro Late Model honors. This all took place as the South Bend Motor Speedway hosted their final Saturday night event of the summer before switching to Fridays on July 12. It was mid season championships for the 4 divisions and all classes were well represented.

The first feature on the program was the Street Stock 30 lapper. Brown of LaPorte, who had suffered a mechanical failure during the 6 lap dash, had to come from the rear of the pack after tangling with another competitor early on in the event. On the restart, he became a ‘man on a mission’ as he moved steadily to the front. Following another caution, Brown moved to the outside of leader Kevin Clash of South Bend and ran away from the field. At the finish, Clash was 2nd over a very determined Doug Fox of South Bend and Andrew Rigley of Mishawaka as the trio crossed the line with inches between them. A.J. Lubelski of North Liberty, Joe Coffin of Plymouth, tony Beagles of South Bend, Jay Coffin of Hamlet, Mike Yacullo of New Carlisle and Jeff Kaiser of North Liberty completed the top ten. Clash scored the win in the fast car dash over Fox and Rigley while Derek Wunder of South Bend took heat one over Lubelski and Jay Coffin. Joe Coffin was the winner in heat two over Fox and Clash as Clash turned in fast time at 13.365.

In the popular Front Wheel Drive class, Bryant Ragsdale of Mishawaka took advantage of his 8th starting spot and quickly moved to the front. The win did not come without challenge, though, as he had to hold off challenges from Sean Stuart of North Liberty and Kyle O’Dell of Plymouth. James Trussell of Niles finished 4th after starting on the pole, last car on the lead lap. Helmut Forstinger Jr of South Bend took 5th while Jason Horton of South Bend, Jordan Cretacci of Walkerton, Bryan Banta of South Bend, Allen Walker of New Carlisle and James Hailsey Jr of South Bend rounded out the top ten. Stuart took the six car dash win over Horton and O’Dell while Braxdon Sims of Walkerton took heat one over Walker and Haisley Jr. Stuart scored the win in heat two over O’Dell and Ragsdale as Trussell turned in fast qualifying time with a lap of 14.881.

In the Bellman Oil Outlaw Late Model 40 lap feature, Kenny Lollar Jr of Buchanan took the early lead and appeared headed to victory only to exceed his qualifying time on lap 35 handing the lead over to Mike Verduin of North Liberty. Verduin held off challenges from Fred Malecki of Elkhart and Chuck Maggio of Mishawaka to score his 2nd win in as many outings. Mike Shewchuk of South Bend was next ahead of Mike Tutino of Walkerton. Corky Knight of Hebron led Scott Ross of Plymouth, Rodney Smith of Elkhart, Lollar Jr and David Scheiber of South Bend to complete the top ten. Knight bested Tutino and Ross for the win in the dash with Lollar Jr taking heat one over Ronnie McLean of South Bend and Verduin. Shewchuk took heat two over Knight and Tutino as Tutino turned in quick time at 12.132.

The final event of the evening was the Pro Late Model 35 lap feature event. ‘Hurricane’ Charlie Cotton of Claypool worked his way to the front but was no match for eventual winner Rodney Smith of Elkhart. Smith took the win ahead of Cotton, ’Radical’ Rich Boal of Plymouth, Brandon Shaw of Walkerton and Gregory Gifford of Michigan City. Corey Woods of South Bend led Scott Fairchild of Mishawaka, Matt Sullivan of Hartford, Robert Haisley of South Bend and Alex Pratt of Elkhart to complete the top ten. Cotton took the dash win ahead of Boal and Smith. Heat one went to Shaw over Haisley and Pratt while Cotton topped Boal and Smith in heat two. Rodney Smith topped qualifying at 12.743.

As owners Steve and Jennifer Brown announced earlier in the week, racing action will switch to Fridays beginning this week, July 12. Also the popular Mini Stocks will be returning for a big 5 in 1 show every week. Friday July 12 will also feature “Flat Screen Friday” with two lucky fans taking home a flat screen tv along with 4 kids bikes to be given away. Pits open at 4 pm with qualifying set to go at 7 and racing promptly at 8. Spectator gates open at 6 pm. Adult admission is just $12 with kids 6-12 only $5 and kids 5 & under free with an adult admission. Small coolers are welcome (no alcohol of glass) and the front grandstands are wheelchair accessible. There is NO smoking in the grandstand area per St. Joseph County ordinance. We hope you will join us this Friday for another exciting night of action at the ‘Best Little Quarter Mile Track in Indiana’ and we’ll see you at the races.

Record Crowd at South Bend Motor Speedway for Night of Destruction

July 10th, 2013

South Bend, IN– What a difference a year makes! In 2012, the temperature was pushing 100 degrees and fireworks bans were in effect in numerous areas. However, this year, it was an almost pleasant 82 degrees with much lower humidity and we were
not in the middle of a record drought. Perhaps that was one of the reasons that fans flocked to the South Bend Motor Speedway for the 2nd annual Night of Destruction. Or, perhaps it was the awesome display of ‘Motorized Mayhem’ that awaited them. Either way, it was a record setting night at the historic speed plant on the west side of town.

The evening began with regular Street Stock driver, Derek Wunder, performing Jimi Hendrix style guitar solo for the National Anthem, much to the delight of the huge crowd. Immediately following was the first event, the popular Mattress race. Fifteen drivers took to the track, each with a mattress atop their car or truck. The mattresses were held in place with only the driver’s left hand as they maneuvered around the track for fifteen laps. South Bend’s Rich Hensley held onto his mattess and picked up a hard fought win over Joe Bush of Michigan City. Jason Horton of South Bend, Dan Scott of Mishawaka and James Haisley Jr of South Bend completed the top 5 with Anthony Colcord of Niles, Mike Klimowicz Jr of South Bend,, Michael Karre of Elkhart, Thomas Newgent Jr of New Carlisle and Loni Bush of LaPorte rounding out the top ten.

Next up was the Barrell race. In this event, drivers had to not only race each other but also circle two large heavy equipment tires located near the mid point of the backstretch and just off turn 4. Tim White of Plymouth proved it was possible to win with a large car as he put his Mercury Marquis in the winner’s circle at the end of the 15 lap event. Michael Karre was a very close second throughout most of the event but fell short at the end. Rich Hensley came home 3td ahead of David Kevts of Hobart and Peter Demerly of Elkhart. Loni bush, Bob Richmond of Three Rivers, Adam Wilfong of Indianapolis, Melissa Wilson of Hobart and Dennis Nelson of LaPorte rounded out the top ten.

Airplane Fred Sibley wowed the audience with his vintage truck bodied jet engine dragster, taking a lap around the quarter mile and the Monster truck, Stinger, put on an awesome display of jumps and stunts as competitors prepared for the next racing event.

In the 50 lap front wheel drive Enduro, Terry Brittain Jr topped fellow South Bender, Brad Hodges for his 2nd Enduro win of the year. May winner, Steven Hensley of Mishawaka came in 3rd ahead of Adam Wilfong and Jason Horton. Corey Wise of Elkhart, Bob Richmond, Mike Whitmer of South Bend, Davit Britton of Bremen and Michael Werntz of South Bend completed the top ten.

The Sodbusters Mud Bogging group joined us for an exhibition run on a special mud pit set up in the infield. Over 30 trucks tried their hand at conquering the muck and mire. Sage Rod Monster Trucks was also on hand giving rides prior to the activity on the track. Thank you to all of the Sodbusters members for your participation.

In an event added late, Josh Foreman of Rolling Prairie was the winner of the Rollover competition over Sarah Hicks of LaPorte.

The final on-track event was the wildly popular Trailer Race with a total of 36 competitors making their way onto the track. Everything from a shopping carts to Cadillacs circled the track ready to do battle. The event was red flagged just after the start when Cory Solbroski of Sodus, MI launched his Ford Explorer over another trailer and landed on his side. Cory was uninjured but his vehicle was finished and he watched the remainder of the event from the infield. When the smoke cleared and the dust settled, it was Jason Dobosiewicz of South Bend taking the win over Ray Matlock of Niles and Christopher Primley of Dowagiac. Loni Bush and Zachery Newgent of South Bend filled out the top five. Adam Simpkins of LaPorte brought the Cadillac across the line in 6th with Tod Austin of Middlebury, Dale Stark of Mishawaka, Tim McIntosh of LaPorte and Don Heider of LaPorte rounding out the top ten.

Once the carnage from the trailer race was removed from the speedway, Fred Sibley’s jet car proceeded to destroy a Ford Ranger displaying the awesome power of the afterburner on the huge jet engine. Following Sibley’s performance, the huge crowd was treated to super spectacular display of pyrothenics by F&F Fireworks. The crowd roared their appreciation as the fireworks closed out the evening.

Our next round of ‘Motorized Mayhem’ will be Saturday August 24 when the speedway will host the 3rd Annual Asphalt Demolition Derby Nationals along with a FWD Enduro and another $1000 to win Trailer Race. On behalf of everyone involved with the South Bend Motor Speedway, we would like to thank our drivers and fans for your continued support and we’ll see you at the races.

South Bend Motor Speedway Returns Action to Fridays Beginning July 12

July 7th, 2013

South Bend, IN –In a bold move, South Bend Motor Speedway owners and promoters, Steve and Jennifer Brown, announced some big changes that will be taking place at the historic speed plant. Beginning July 12, the speedway will switch from its current Saturday night schedule back to Friday nights. Since the Brown family took ownership of the track, built in the late 40’s to race midget cars, they have faced challenges after switching from the traditional Friday night racing programs. Some of the reasons for the switch were common sense and others were strictly economic. However, with two other area tracks also switching to Saturdays, there has been increased pressure from fans and drivers alike for the speedway to return to its roots. To that end, the speedway will host just one more Saturday night, July 6, before making the switch.

Along with the change in nights, the Browns also announced that the popular Mini Stock class will also be returning to the high banks. In a statement issued earlier on the speedway’s Facebook page, Steve Brown acknowledged that dropping the class was a mistake and publicly apologized for eliminating the class. He asked that fans, owners and drivers ‘forgive and forget the mistakes of the past and make this class strong for the fans.’

Another big announcement, also shared on the speedway’s Facebook page, is in store for fans. Beginning July 12 and continuing throughout the remainder of the season, the speedway will be giving away 2 large flat screen televisions and 4 kid’s bikes every race night.

And, if that wasn’t enough, it was also announced that payoff for all classes has been modified to spread money more evenly throughout the field. As it is now, only the top 5 finishers are able to take home more than the minimum amount for their respective feature event. With the new payoff, the top amount is reduced and more has been added to other positions back to 10th place. It was also announced that feature events will be set at 30 laps for all classes except the Front Wheel Drive class which is set at 25 laps. Early response has been overwhelmingly positive as drivers and fans posted comments on Facebook and expressed their support in person at a practice session held on Wednesday night. As Steve Brown posted, ‘We apologize to anyone who can’t make Friday’s work, it is not our intent to lose drivers or fans, rather just the opposite.’

Thursday July 4th will feature the 2nd annual ‘Night of Destruction’ with an Enduro, Mattress Race, Barrell Race and the wildly popular $1000 to win Trailer race along with a Mud Bog, the Monster truck, Stinger, and a jet car exhibition. Also one of the biggest fireworks displays in the area.

Saturday, July 6 will be Mid-Season Championships for the Bellman Oil Outlaw Late Models, Pro Late Models, Street Stocks and Front Wheel drive cars. Action gets underway both nights at 7 pm.

Verduin Scores First Ever Outlaw Late Model Win at SBMS

June 25th, 2013

South Bend, IN –It was a night filled with upsets and surprise winners as the South Bend Motor Speedway hosted the first Kid’s night and autograph session of the year on Saturday night. As a nearly full moon peaked out from behind the clouds, Kevin Clash scored an upset win in the Street Stocks while Bryant Ragsdale came out on top, once again in the Front Wheel Drive cars. Rich Boal, who has been plagued with problems all season took the win in the Pro Late Model event but it was Mike Verduin who scored the most popular win, taking top honors for the first time in his career in the 35 lap Bellman Oil Outlaw Late Model main event.

The evening began with most of the drivers parking their cars on the front stretch and greeting their fans who went from car to car picking up autographs, hero cars, candy and cold drinks. Drivers signed everything from notepads to t-shirts to hats as smiles were seen on just about every face. During intermission, a large group of younger fans participated in a hula hoop contest with special prizes going to the top 5 finalists as judged by head starter, Mike Stutsman.

The first event following intermission was the 30 lap Pro Late Model feature. Rich Boal of Plymouth wrestled the lead away from early leader Greg Gifford of Michigan City and never looked back. In a twist straight from Lightning McQueen’s playbook, Boal suffered a blown right rear tire coming in to take the white flag. Only, this time, Boal was able to maintain control and take the checker ahead of Gifford and Robert Haisley of South Bend. Matt Sullivan of Hartford finished 4th over Corey Woods of South Bend and Jeremy Campbell of Rolling Prairie, Pat Knight of LaPorte and John Streeting Jr of LaPorte. Pat Knight took the win in the fast car dash over Woods and Boal while Greg Gifford held off Haisley and Sullivan for the heat win. Corey Woods turned in the fastest qualifying time with a lap of 12.859.

In the Street Stock 30 lap feature, Danny Brown Jr of LaPorte blasted through the field to take the lead on lap 3 and appeared to be headed for an easy win. However, Kevin Clash Jr of South Bend was soon hot on his heels. As the pair maneuvered around a slower car, Clash dove to the inside and took the lead only to relinquish it back to Brown a couple laps later. As the white flag flew, Brown tangled with another lapped car, allowing Clash to squeak by to score the win. South Bend’s Doug Fox was third ahead of Nick Stremme of South Bend and A.J. Lubelski of North Liberty. Andrew Rigley of Mishawaka, Joe Coffin of Plymouth, Derek Wunder of South Bend, Jay Coffin of Hamlet and Derrick Griffin of South Bend rounded out the top ten. In preliminary action, A.J. Lubelski beat out Brown and Wunder for the dash win while Doug Fox held off Rigley and Jay Coffin for the win in heat one. Kevin Clash took heat two over Lubelski and Brown and was fast qualifier at 13.297.

Eighteen cars were scheduled to start the 20 lap Front Wheel Drive feature with South Bend drivers, Ronnie Holloway and Craig Ponsler setting the pace. Holloway jumped to an early lead and held off repeated challenges before falling back. Bryant Ragsdale of Mishawaka held off a late race challenge from Doug Fox, doing double duty, to win the caution filled event. The most serious caution came late in the race when Holloway tangled with Donna Coffin of Plymouth and his car’s engine erupted in flames. Safety personnel quickly extinguished the flames and Holloway exited the car uninjured. Following the lead duo to the finish were James Haisley of South Bend, Devin Lauderback of North Liberty, in his best finish to date, and Kyle O’Dell of Plymouth. Sean Stuart of North Liberty led South Bend drivers, Helmut Forstinger Jr, Rich Hensley, and Craig Ponsler as Braxdon Sims of Walkerton completed the top ten finishers. Kyle O’Dell pulled off a last lap pass to take the win in the fast dash over Sal Bustamante of Plymouth and Doug Fox while Christine Maggio of Mishawaka won heat one over Ponsler and Holloway. Sean Stuart took the win in heat two over Bryan Banta of South Bend and Forstinger and Jason Horton of South Bend took the win in heat three over Bustamante and Fox. Kyle O’Dell posted a lap of 15.008 to top the field in qualifying.

The 35 lap Bellman Outlaw Late Model feature appeared as though it was going to go to Scott Ross of Plymouth as he moved out in front and held off repeated challenges from Corky Knight of Hebron. However, just shy of the half way mark, Ross was shown the mover over flag, indicating that he had exceeded his qualifying time and relegating him to the back of the field. Knight took over and continued to lead in one of his best showings since moving up from the Sportsman ranks this season. As the laps wound down, Mike Verduin of North Liberty moved into position and waited. With just two laps remaining, Knight left just enough room and Verduin slipped underneath to score a very popular win. Knight held on for 2nd over Kenny Lollar Jr of Buchanan, Fred Malecki of Elkhart and Ross. Ronnie McLean and David Schieber, both from South Bend completed the field. Corky Knight scored the win in the six lap dash over Lollar and Schieber while Scott Ross took the win in the heat over Knight and McLean. Mike Verduin turned in fast qualifying time stopping the clock at 12.260.

Action resumes at the “Best Little Quarter Mile Racetrack in Indiana” on June 29 with the Bellman Oil Outlaw Late Models, Pro Late Models, Street Stocks and Front Wheel Drives. Driver gates open at 3 pm with qualifying set to go at 5:30 and racing at 7 pm. Spectator gates open at 4. Adult admission is just $12 with kids 6-12 admitted for only $5 and 5 & under are FREE with an adult. Small coolers are welcome (no alcohol or glass containers) and the front grandstands are handicap accessible. Also, per St. Joseph County ordinance, there is NO smoking allowed in the grandstand area.

Mark your calenders for Thursday July 4 when the speedway will host the 2nd annual “Independence Day Night of Destruction” featuring a huge fireworks display along with a Front Wheel Drive Enduro, Stinger Monster Truck, Fred Sibley’s Jet Car, a Mattress Race and a huge $1000 to win Trailer Race. Plus, lots of other surprises. Adult admission for the July 4 show is just $20 with kids 6-12 still only $5 and 5 & under free. You won’t want to miss this exciting show. As always, the staff and management of South Bend Motor Speedway would like to thank all of our drivers, fans and sponsors for your continued support. Till next week, think warm and dry and we’ll see you at the races.

Long Scores Big at South Bend Motor Speedway

June 20th, 2013

South Bend, IN– A light rain greeted drivers as they arrived on Saturday at the South Bend Motor Speedway but it didn’t last long as the clouds moved away shortly after 3 pm. As the staff fielded phone inquiries from as far away as Grand Rapids and Chicago, the cars steadily arrived. There was a strong field in the Pro Late Model class in preparation for round 2 of the “Layin’ Down the Law 100” series specials. The sun broke though and the 13 event program was completed just after 10 pm.

The Front Wheel Drive cars started the evening with point leader Bryant Ragsdale of Mishawaka taking the win in their 20 lap main event, holding off a very determined Bryan Banta of South Bend. Newcomer, Craig Ponsler of South Bend, who led much of the event in his very first outing held on for third over Jason Horton of South Bend and Kyle O’Dell of Plymouth. Sean Stuart of North Liberty worked his way back up to 6th after a speeding penalty relegated him to the tail around the half way mark. Helmut Forstinger Jr of South Bend, Devin Lauderback of North Liberty, Ronnie Hollaway of South Bend and Allen Walker of New Carlisle completed the top ten. Bryan Banta took the fast car dash win over Horton and O’Dell while Rowdy Ronnie Holaway beeat out James Haisley Jr of South Bend and Devin Lauderback for the win in heat one. Heat two went to Helmut Forstinger Jr ahead of Jason Horton and Allen Walker and Banta took heat three ahead of James Trussell of Niles and Sean Stuart. James Trussell turned in fast qualifying time with a lap of 14.910.

The Street Stock 30 lap feature went to South Bend’s Kevin Clash as he held off repeated challenges from Danny Brown Jr of LaPorte and Robbie Ferrier of Dowagiac. Eryn Hartz of Mishawaka held on for 4th over Jay Coffin of Hamlet and A.J. Lubelski of North Liberty. Doug Fox of South Bend, Derek Wunder of South Bend, Joe Coffin of Plymouth and Mark Swan of Mishawaka rounded out the top ten. Danny Brown Jr took the dash win over Kevin Clash and Mark Swan while Vernon Knight of Michigan City took the win in heat one over Doug Fox and Eryn Hartz. Heat two honors went to Kevin Clash over Danny Brown Jr and Joe Coffin. Kevin Clash posted fast time at 13.284.

Sixteen drivers lined up for the 100 lap Pro Late Model “Layin’ Down the Law” series feature event. John Long of Niles moved to the point from his 14th starting spot and never looked back. As the laps wound down, Robbie Ferrier of Dowagiac closed in but was unable to catch Long, settling for 2nd. Nick Pressler of South Bend came home in 3rd ahead of Rodney Smith of Elkhart and Rich Boal of Plymouth. Chris Shannon of Lawton, MI was next ahead of Terry Humphries of Battle Creak, John Ferrier of Niles, Robert Haisley of South Bend and Jeremy Campbell of Rolling Prairie. 2012 points champion, Brandon Zachary of Paw Paw scored the dash win over Rodney Smith and Nick Pressler while Robert Haisley took the win in heat one over Rich Boal and Terry Humphries. Corey Woods of South Bend scored a popular win in heat two over Zachary and Smith. Robbie Ferrier turned in quick time, stopping the clock at 12.649.

Action resumes at the “Best Little Short Track in Indiana” this Saturday night as the Bellman Oil Outlaw Late Models return along with the Pro Late Models, Street Stocks and Front Wheel Drive cars. It will be kid’s night with a huge autograph session to be held following qualifying. Fans will be invited onto the track to meet their favorite drivers and see the race cars up close. Pit gates open at 3 pm with qualifying at 5:30 and racing set to go at 7 pm. Spectator gates open at 4 pm. General admission is just $12 for adults with kids 6-12 only $5 and free for those 5 & under. Small coolers are welcome but no glass or alcohol is allowed. The front grandstand area is wheelchair accessible so that all fans can enjoy the action. So, grab the kids, come on out and enjoy an exciting evening and we’ll see you at the races.

Old Timers Honored in Busy Night at South Bend Motor Speedway

June 13th, 2013

South Bend, IN –Sixty-nine cars filled the pits on a warm Saturday evening as a large crowd welcomed many of the greatest heroes of local motorsports back to the South Bend Motor Speedway to celebrate Old Timer’s Night with double features for all four classes. A large number of vintage race cars was also on display and took a few laps around the historic oval. In addition, four new members were inducted into the Michiana Motorsports Hall of Fame during the opening ceremonies. Current Bellman Oil Outlaw Late Model driver, Ronnie McLean joined his father, Bob, in the Hall of Fame while former NASCAR and area Late Model driver, Butch Miller, Late Model driver and short track innovator, Randy Sweet, and ’yours truly’ were honored. The quartet of newcomers joined a large list of drivers, car owners, promoters and car builders who have received the honor of inclusion in the Hall of Fame.

First on the card were the four make-up features from June 1st. In the Bellman Oil Outlaw event, John Long of Niles won over Mike Verduin of North Liberty and Scott Ross of Plymouth. Mike Tutino of Walkerton was next ahead of Kenny Lollar Jr from Buchanan. Corky Knight of Hebron, who had crashed in practice last week, Ronnie McLean of South Bend and David Scheiber of South Bend completed the field. In the Pro Late Model portion of the program, it was Elkhart’s Rodney Smith taking top honors over Rich Boal of Plymouth, Matt Sullivan of Hartford and Robert Haisley of South Bend. John Streeting Jr of LaPorte topped Brandon Shaw of Walkerton, Greg Gifford of Michigan City and Corey Woods of South Bend to complete the eight car field. Woods crashed hard into the wall and, after frantic repairs at his local race shop, returned to the speedway in time for the regular feature event. In Front Wheel Drive competition, Sean Stuart of North Liberty held off Mishawaka’s Bryant Ragsdale for the win as the FWD class continues to grow. Bryan Banta of South Bend, Braxdon Sims of Walkerton and James Klimowicz of South Bend were next as Jason Horton of South Bend, Kyle O’Dell of Plymouth, Alyson Cretacci of Walkerton, Jordon Cretacci of Walkerton and Sal Bustamante of Plymouth rounded out the top ten. South Bend’s Kevin Clash Jr took top honors in the Street Stock make-up feature, narrowly beating Danny Brown Jr of LaPorte and Mark Swan of Mishawaka. Andrew Rigley of Mishawaka and Doug Fox of South Bend rounded out the top five with A.J. Lubelski of North Liberty topping South Bend drivers, Tony
Beagles and Derek Wunder. Austin Woodcox of LaPorte and Vernon Knight of Michigan City completed the top ten.

Once the rained out portion of the program was completed, it was time for the regular racing action. In the Bellman Oil Outlaw Late Models, thirteen cars were scheduled for their 50 lap feature. When the dust had settled, John Long of Niles took top honors over Corey Pressler of South Bend, driving a sister car to Long’s number 32. Kenny Lollar Jr of Buchanan was next ahead of Mike Shewchuck of South Bend and Fred Malecki of Elkhart. Mike Tutino of Walkerton, Corky Knight of Hebron, Scott Ross of Plymouth, Mike Verduin of North Liberty and Rick Hahn Jr of Mishawaka rounded out the top ten. Tutino topped Malecki, Long and Knight in the fast car dash while Verduin bested Lollar and David Scheiber of South Bend in heat one and Hahn Jr took heat two over Malecki and Tutino. John Long posted quick qualifying time with a lap of 11.966.

A total of twenty of the twenty-five Front Wheel Drive cars took the green for their 20 lap main with South Bend’s Jason Horton picking up his first feature win in several years. Horton, driving the “Dads & Lads” sponsored Honda Civic held off challenges from Walkerton’s Braxdon Sims and Plymouth’s Sal Bustamante in what many said was the best race of the night. Kyle O’Dell of Plymouth was next over Rich Hensley of South Bend. Alyson Cretacci of Walkerton was next as Helmut Forstinger Jr and Rowdy Ronnie Holloway, both from South Bend, Jordan Cretacci of Walkerton and Ian Whiteman of New Carlisle rounded out the top ten. Sean Stuart scored the win in the fast dash over Bryan Banta of South Bend and Bryant Ragsdale of Mishawaka while Whiteman took heat one over Allen Walker of New Carlisle and Travis Erhardt of South Bend. David Tomaszewski of Portage picked up the win in heat two ahead of Sims and Forstinger. Heat three went to O’Dell over Horton and James Trussell of Niles while Stuart took heat four over Ragsdale and Aaron Agostino. The top four qualifiers in this class all broke under the 15 second allowed and had to start at the front of the field for their feature. Bryan Banta tripped the clock with a time of 14.846 to take fast time with Bryant Ragsdale, Rich Hensley and Jasmine Schafer close behind.

In the Street Stock 30 lap main, Danny Brown Jr of LaPorte scored his third feature win of the season, topping Mark Swan of Mishawaka and Kevin Clash Jr of South Bend. Rookie Doug Fox of South Bend continues to hone his skills as he beat out veteran Cindy Stremme for fourth. A.J. Lubelski of North Liberty was next with Derek Wunder of South Bend, Joe Coffin of Plymouth, Joe Clark of South Bend and Eryn Hartz of South Bend rounding out the top ten. In the fast car dash, Brown topped Hartz and Clash while Andrew Rigley bested Cindy Stremme and Joe Coffin in heat one and Brown topped Lubelski and Swan for the win in heat two. Kevin Clash turned in a lap at 13.320 for fast qualifying time.

The Pro Late Model 40 lap feature saw Elkhart’s Rodney Smith take his third main event win in a row over South Bend’s Nick Pressler and Charlie Cotton of Claypool. Rich Boal of Plymouth and 2012 champ, Brandon Zachary of Paw Paw were next while Brandon Shaw of Walkerton, J.D. Dennis of Ashley, Matt Sullivan of Hartford, Kraig Bontrager of Shipshewana and Robert Haisley of South Bend completed the top ten. In preliminary action, Pressler took the fast car dash over Smith and Zachary while Dennis topped Sullivan and John Streeting Jr of LaPorte in heat one and Smithh Topped Zachary and Boal in heat two. Rodney Smith was top qualifier with a time of 12.727

This Saturday will see round two of the “Layin’ Down the Law 100” series as the Pro Late Model drivers will compete for a $3000 top prize. Drivers from all over Northern Indiana and Southern Michigan are expected to compete along with the Bellman Oil Outlaw Late Models, Street Stocks and the popular Front Wheel Drive cars. Pits open at 3 with practice beginning at 4, qualifying at 5:30 and racing set to get underway at 7 pm. Spectator gates open at 4. General admission is just $12 for adults with kids 6-12 only $5 and 5 & under are free with an adult. Small coolers are welcome but no glass containers or alcohol are allowed. On behalf of the staff and management at the South Bend Motor Speedway, we hope you will join us and we’ll see you at the races.

Fox Outruns Beagles as Ma Nature Wins Big at SBMS

June 4th, 2013

South Bend, IN – It was Ma Nature who proved to be the big winner on Saturday night as rain forced the cancellation of feature racing action at the South Bend Motor Speedway. In preliminary action, Doug Fox overtook Tony Beagles to score a win in an exciting Street Stock heat race reminding us of the old exercise from typing class, “The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog.” A good and enthusiastic crowd was all set for some great feature racing when the skies opened up, bringing action to a halt. With at least an hour to dry the track and after looking at the radar and noting that another system was about an hour away, it was decided to postpone the features until next Saturday.

In the Pro Late Model division, Corey Woods of South Bend notched the win in the fast car dash with an exciting finish as he crossed the line backwards ahead of Rodney Smith of Elkhart and Greg Gifford of Michigan City. In the first heat, Matt Sullivan from Hartford, MI took top honors over John Streeting Jr of LaPorte and Brandon Shaw of Walkerton. Rodney Smith bested Robert Haisley of South Bend and Gifford in heat two. Rodney Smith was fast qualifier.

Mike Tutino of Walkerton took the top spot in the Bellman Oil Outlaw Late Model Dash over Scott Ross of Plymouth and John Long of Niles. Ageless, Ronnie McLean of South Bend scored the heat race win ahead of Kenny Lollar Jr of Buchanan and Tutino. John Long turned the fastest lap in qualifying.

By far the most exciting class this season has been the Front Wheel Drive cars. 2012 season champ, Tom Taylor of Michigan City made a rare appearance and won the fast car dash over points leader Bryant Ragsdale of Mishawaka and Jason Horton of South Bend. In the first of three heat races, Mike Long of South Bend bested Jordan Cretacci of Walkerton and Rowdy Ronnie Holloway of South Bend. Heat two saw Braxdon Sims of Walkerton in the winner’s circle over Kyle O’Dell of Plymouth and Aaron Agostino of South Bend. Sean Stuart scored a last lap pass to pick up the win in heat three over Taylor and Sal Bustamante of Plymouth. Stuart was also fast qualifier for the twenty car field.

In Street Stock action, it was Danny Brown Jr of LaPorte picking up the win in the dash ahead of Austin Woodcox of LaPorte and Vernon Knight of Michigan City. In the first heat, Doug Fox of South Bend passed Tony Beagles late in the race to pick up his second win of the season. At the finish, Kevin Clash barely beat Beagles for 2nd as South Bend drivers took the top 3 positions. Woodcox, driving the green 13w beat out Andrew Rigley of Mishawaka in the purple 13 truck for heat two with Brown Jr taking 3rd. Danny Brown Jr turned in the top qualifying time.

This Saturday will feature double features for all classes with the rained out mains going directly after qualifying. Also on tap will be the inductions into the Michiana Motorsports Hall of Fame. Past inductees include a virtual ‘who’s who’ of area motorsports including drivers, car owners promoters and car builders. It’s also ‘Old Timers Night with many of the area’s racing heroes on hand to greet fans and tell stories about their past racing experiences. This is one event you won’t want to miss. The Michiana Vintage Racing Association will have several old race cars, some drag race cars and Pace Car replicas on display behind the main grandstand area as well.

Please note that the gate times have changed as the pit gate will open at 3 pm with practice from 3:30 to 5. Qualifying gets underway at 5:30 with racing set to go at 7. Spectator gates open at 4 pm. Adult admission is just $12 with kids 6-12 still only $5 and those 5 & under admitted free with an adult admission. Small coolers are welcome but no alcohol or glass containers are allowed. Come on out and spend an exciting day at the races.

Motorized Mayhem Returns to South Bend Motor Speedway

May 30th, 2013

South Bend, IN- The 3rd largest crowd since the South Bend Motor Speedway re-opened witness an awesome display of Motorized Mayhem on Saturday night. With the temperatures slightly cooler than the previous week, it was an ideal night for the type of smashing, crashing and bashing associated with the ever popular demolition derby. Steven Hensley was a double winner, taking the front wheel drive Enduro event and the Mini Car Demolition Derby while Ryan DeBaillie took home top honors in the Sedan Demo. Toni Newgent was the winner of the Powder Puff demo while Dale Stark survived a wild Trailer Race and Don Arndt was the winner of the Rollover Contest.

The evening opened up with 23 drivers competing in the popular Front Wheel Drive Enduro. South Bend’s Jason Dobosiewicz cruised to a commanding lead as cars crashed all around him. However, Steven Hensley of Mishawaka worked his way through the traffic, finally catching Dobosiewicz late in the event. At the end, it was Hensley taking the win over Dobosiewicz, whose car was showing signs of wear and smoke by the end. Mike Klimowicz Jr of South Bend finished 3rd ahead of the Saturn of David Britton of Bremen. Jason Horton of South Bend was next ahead of Scott McLane of Niles. South Bend drivers, Mike Whitmer, Terry Brittain Jr, R.J. Norris and Rich Hensley rounded out the top ten. Norris was treated for minor injuries after his car hit the wall hard in turn 3.

In the first Powder Puff Demo competition, there were only two entries. Toni Newgent of South Bend took the win ahead of Jenn Kowalski of South Bend. As the girls were battling on the front stretch, the Mini Car Demo was going on in the back stretch. Steven Hensley, in a Mercury Sable, put the hurt on his competition and took the win over Roland Arndt of Mishawaka and Anthony Colcord of Niles. Scott Breeding Jr of New Carlisle was next over Austin Whiteman of South Bend and Mike Hinegardner of Niles.

In the Sedan Demolition Derby, Ryan DeBaillie of South Bend took home the top honors after his car became stuck together with the car of Joey Sobieski of Cassopolis. Even though Sobieski’s car was still running, DeBaillie had made the final contact and was declared the winner. Michael Newgent Jr of South Bend finished 3rd over Justin Stambaugh of Walkerton and Jessie Stambaugh of South Bend. Chad Newgent and Justin Lintz, both from South Bend, were next while Loni Bush of LaPorte, Roger Streeting of Chesterton and Teddy Whetstone of Edwardsburg rounded out the top ten.

A record number of entries did battle in the very popular Rollover competition. Fan favorite, Adam “BigDogg” Ewing of South Bend appeared to be the odds on favorite after his first run, scoring a staggering 12 points. For those keeping track, the drivers earn one point for each quarter turn and 5 points for a full roll. Twelve points equals two complete flips, landing on the roof. However, when the drivers took their 2nd run, BigDogg’s Honda Civic couldn’t garner enough speed to overcome eventual winner, Don Arndt of South Bend in the ‘Save the Ta-tas‘ Cavalier. Josh Forman of Rolling Prairie was next in the ‘Rollin’ car with Larry Hooper of LaPorte in the ‘Over” machine in 4th. Billy Ewing of Niles, in the Sponge Bob Squarepants adorned machine completed the field.

The final event of the evening saw 32 competitors take to the track in the wildly popular Trailer Race. Everything from a wheel chairs and shopping carts to a Camaro and Suburbans battled for dominance. Dave Hare of Ligonier, who has competed in nearly every Trailer race held, built up a huge lead and appeared to be on his way to victory. However, Dave Stahly of Nappanee and Christopher Primley of Dowagiac steadily chased down the leader, As the trio took the white flag, they collided with the stalled pickup of Plymouth’s Bill Lovely. All 3 cars came to a stop in turn one as the race was stopped for the rollover of Taylor Lambert’s ‘Shake N Bake’ Suburban. With the 3 leaders virtually welded together, and the only cars on the lead lap, Dale Stark of Mishawaka had to complete 2 additional laps to take the win. Hare was able to work free but could not get turned around in time to avoid being rammed by Gage Willis of South Bend. When the dust had settled, Stark was the winner of the $1000 top prize ahead of Ray Matlock of Niles, Hare, Primley, Stahly and Willis. Joe Bush of Michigan City was next over Jay Coffin of Hamlet, Tim Petersen Jr of LaPorte and Lambert. Jason Dobosiewicz of South Bend, Will Rippe of Michigan City, Michael Snider of Monterey, Tim White of Plymouth and Loni Bush of LaPorte rounded out the top 15.

Regular racing resumes this Saturday with the Bellman Oil Outlaw Late Models, Pro Late Models, Street Stocks and Front Wheel Drive cars. Gates open at 4 pm with qualifying set to get underway at 5 and racing at 7. Adult admission is just $12 for adults with kids 6-12 admitted for just $5. Children 5 & under are free with an adult admission. Small coolers are welcome but no glass or alcohol is allowed.

The next display of ‘Motorized Mayhem’ will be Thursday night July 4th when the speedway will hold the 2nd Annual 4th of July Night of Destruction. On tap will be another FWD Enduro, Monster Trucks, a Mattress Race, a Barrel Race plus the always exciting $1000 to win Trailer Race. Will we see 40 drivers go for the top prize in the Trailer Race? Be there to find out. Till next time, stay safe and we’ll see you at the races.

Brown Lays Down the Law at South Bend Motor Speedway

May 24th, 2013

South Bend, IN- In the first of four “Layin’ Down the Law” 100 lap features, Danny Brown Jr. picked up the win for the Street Stocks in front of a good crowd on Saturday night at the South Bend Motor Speedway. Tyler Roahrig, one of the top
winners in recent history took top honors in the Bellman Oil Outlaw Late Model main while Rodney Smith scored his first Pro Late Model feature win of the season and Sean Stuart posted his first ever feature win in Front Wheel Drives.

With weather more seasonable this week, the crowd was much better as the speedway hosted the Street Stock portion of the special series for the four classes in competition this season. By driver vote, the race was shortened to 75 laps with no change in the top prize of $2000. A strong field of 17 drivers took the green from starter, Mike Stutsman, with Joe Coffin of Plymouth jumping out to an early lead over his brother, Jay Coffin of Hamlet. The two car battle soon became a four car fray as James Haisley of South Bend and Andrew Rigley of Mishawaka jockeyed for position. When Joe Coffin was caught ‘speeding’ and had to drop to the rear of the field, it opened up an opportunity that the faster cars had been waiting for. Danny Brown Jr of LaPorte worked through the field and took the top spot with Robbie Ferrier of Dowagiac hot on his heels. Ferrier fought hard as the pair battled side by side lap after lap. Late in the event, Kevin Clash of South Bend joined the fray, just waiting for the leaders to make a mistake. At the finish, Brown held off Ferrier for one of the biggest wins of his career. A number of fans commented, “That’s what short track racin’ is all about!” Clash held on for 4th ahead of Mark Swan of Mishawaka and Austin Woodcox of LaPorte. South Bend’s Cindy Stremme finished 6th over Doug Fox, also of South Bend, while Joe Coffin, A.J. Lubelski of North Liberty and Rigley rounded out the top ten. Cindy Stremme, Kevin Clash and Austin Woodcox were 1-2-3 in the fast car dash while Jay Coffin bested brother Joe and Andrew Rigley in the first heat. A very happy Vernon Knight of Michigan City took the win in heat two over Fox and Cindy Stremme as Brown bested Clash and Woodcox in the 3rd heat. Robbie Ferrier posted fast time with a lap of 13.284. Danny Brown Jr finds himself on top of the season points battle over Cindy Stremme and Kevin Clash.

In the Front Wheel Drive 20 lap feature, Sean Stuart of North Liberty took the lead and never looked back. At the finish, Brandon Cretacci of Walkerton closed in but was unable to catch the determined Stuart. James Trussel of Niles posted his best finish to date with a strong 3rd place over Kyle O’Dell of Plymouth and Aaron Agostino of South Bend. Braxdon Sims of Walkerton, Rich Hensley of South Bend, Dave Tomaszewski of Portage and Jason Horton of South Bend rounded out the field. In the fast car dash, Sims bested Horton and Tomaszewski while Brandon Cretacci took heat one over O’Dell and Hensley. Stuart scored the second heat win ahead of Horton and Tomaszewski. Jason Horton turned in fast time at a 15.226. Bryant Ragsdale ofMishawaka leads the points over Jason Horton and Sean Stuart.

In a rare appearance, area standout Tyler Roahrig of Plymouth showed why he is the winningest driver in Michiana. Roahrig took command of the Bellman Oil Outlaw Late Model 40 lap feature on lap 3 and was never challenged. In his best finish to date, Corky Knight of Hebron took the runner-up spot ahead of ‘birthday boy’ Scott Ross of Plymouth. Mike Tutino of Walkerton came home 4th with Fred Malecki of Elkhart, Josh Smith of Mishawaka, Ronnie McLean of South Bend, David Scheiber of South Bend and Andy DeVreese of Mishawaka completed the field. Mike Tutino took the fast car dash win over Malecki and Scheiber while Ronnie McLean beat out Corky Knight and Josh Smith in heat number one. Tutino, Malecki and Scheiber were 1-2-3 in the 2nd heat. Tyler Roahrig turned in fast qualifying at 12.095. Mike Tutino leads Scott Ross and John Long of Niles in the season point standings.

The Pro Late Model class was plagued with mechanical gremlins as well as many of the top drivers still not able to get their programs started for the season. In their 32 lap main event, Rodney Smith of Elkhart made his season debut and took the win over Corey Woods of South Bend. Rich Boal of Plymouth finished 3rd ahead of Greg Gifford of Michigan City and rookie Matt Sullivan of Hartford, MI. Ageless Dale Lancaster of LaPaz crashed hard into the turn 2 wall during the fast car dash, ending his night early while John Streeting Jr of LaPorte was sidelined with engine woes. Rodney Smith topped Woods and Lancaster in the dash while Corey Woods took the ‘Pink Cadillac’ to victory lane in the heat over Rodney Smith and Gifford. Woods toured the track with a lap of 12.827 to post fast time. Rich Boal holds a slight two point lead in the points over Woods while Streeting maintains 3rd.

Throughout the weekend, various other tracks, drivers and fans joined the South Bend Motor Speedway and held fund-raising events for injured driver, Mike Wortinger of New Paris who was seriously injured on May 11 in a crash at the New Paris Speedway. As Mike continues to improve, the night was dedicated to his recovery. Several drivers, along with South Bend’s own ‘Superfan’, Jeff Skwiat passed through the crowd with their helmets collecting donations for the family. Along with the proceeds from the 50/50 drawing, drivers donating part of their pay and other donations, just under $2000 was raised. Other tracks participating in the effort included, Kalamazoo Speedway, New Paris Speedway, M40 Speedway, Baer Field Raceway in Fort Wayne, and the Historic Mottville Speedway. Bellman Oil Outlaw Late Model Driver, Bobby Stremme collected over $6000 by selling advertising space on his number 35 car. On behalf of everyone associated with the South Bend Motor Speedway, we would like to thank each and every one who helped with this event. From the anonymous donor who slipped a $100 bill into one of the helmets to the casual fan who offered prayers for Mike and his family, You’re a class act and we’re proud to know you.

This Saturday will feature round 2 of our “Night of Demo-struction” events. A front wheel drive enduro will open the show along with a Powder Puff sedan demo, a mini car demo and a Sedan demo derby. Adam ‘Big Dog’ Ewing will take on all challengers in the popular Rollover contest and the night will be capped off by a huge $1000 to win trailer race. Last time there were 29 drivers competing in the trailer race so you won’t want to miss this one. Pit gates open at 4 pm with the grandstands opening at 5. Action will get underway at 7pm. Adult admission is just $15 with kids 6-12 just $5 and 5 & under are free with an adult admission. Small Coolers are welcome but NO glass or alcohol is allowed. For rules or more information, please visit our website at www.RaceSouthBendMotorSpeedway.com or follow us on Facebook. We hope you’ll join us this Saturday for an action packed night…at the races.

Age and Experience Key to Win at South Bend Motor Speedway

May 14th, 2013

South Bend, IN – On what can best be described as an ‘unseasonably’ cold night, a small group of die-hard race fans witnessed some great racing. On a day that saw everything from high winds and rain to sunshine and plummeting temps, fifty drivers braved the cold for their chance at victory. However, it appeared that age and experience was the factor as veteran driver, Dale Lancaster scored a popular win in the Pro Late Model feature while John Long picked up another Bellman Oil Outlaw Late Model win, Danny Brown Jr took the Street Stock victory and youngster, Sal Bustamante won an exciting Front Wheel Drive event.

For Danny Brown Jr of LaPorte, the win in the Street Stock 30 lap main should have been a repeat but mechanical woes robbed him of the win a week ago. Brown wasted little time as he moved quickly through the 14 car field to overcome early leader and fellow LaPorte driver, Austin Woodcox, who held on for the runner-up spot. South Bend’s Cindy Stremme held off challenges from Robbie Ferrier of Dowagiac and Mark Swan of South Bend for third while South Bend drivers, Doug Fox, Derek Wunder and Kevin Clash followed. Eryn Hartz of Mishawaka and Vernon Knight of Michigan City completed the top 10. In preliminary action, Cindy Stremme topped Clash and Brown in the fast car dash while Andrew Rigley of Mishawaka defeated Chad McGinnis of Niles and Vernon Knight in the first heat. Clash, Brown and Ferrier were 1-2-3 in the 2nd heat. Mark Swan turned in fast time with a lap at 13.328.

In the Pro Late Model division, Dale “Grubby” Lancaster chewed through the restraints of retirement to make his return to racing after a long absence. Rich Boal of Plymouth appeared to be on his way to victory until a blown tire ended his night and gathering up 2nd place John Ferrier of Niles as both cars slammed the turn 4 wall. Lancaster held off repeated challenges from rookie Matt Sullivan of Hartford, MI for his first win since the late 70’s. John Streeting Jr of LaPorte was 3rd while Boal and Ferrier completed the top 5. Jeremy Campbell of Rolling Prairie, Corey Woods of South Bend, Brandon Shaw of Walkerton, Kevin Clash of South Bend and John Long of Niles rounded out the top 10 after all suffered mechanical woes. Clash bested Woods and Long for the dash win while a pair of zeros took the heat race victories. Lancaster in the white number zero beat out Shaw and Streeting for heat one while Ferrier in the black number zero was victorious over Woods and Clash in heat two. In qualifying, John Long, driving the Mike Shewchuk car, set a new track record with a lap of 12.631.

The Bellman Oil Outlaw Late Model 30 lap feature saw John Long of Niles pick up where he left off last year…in victory lane. Long breezed to the win ahead of early leader Andrew DeVreese of Mishawaka, who scored his best finish to date. Corky Knight of Hebron moved up from the Pro Late Model ranks to notch third over Mike Tutino of Walkerton, Scott Ross of Plymouth, Mike Verduin of North Liberty and Josh Smith of Mishawaka. Long was also victorious in the six lap dash over Knight and Tutino while DeVreese took the heat race win over Verduin and Knight. Long posted fast qualifying time with a lap of 12.005.

In the always exciting Front Wheel Drive 20 lap main event, fast qualifyer, Bryan Banta had to start on the pole, last car on the lead lap, due to qualifying below the 15 second minimum. North Liberty driver, Sean Stuart wasted little time moving to the front of the field but was overtaken by Plymouth’s Sal Bustamante and South Bend’s Jason Horton. Lap after lap, Bustamante and Horton battled side by side, swapping the lead several times in the closing laps. At the finish it was Bustamante by a fraction of an inch over Horton and Stuart as the trio crossed the line three wide for the most exciting finish of the night. Last week’s winner, Bryant Ragsdale of Mishawaka settled for 4th over Rich Hensley of South Bend. Aaron Agostino led fellow South Bend drivers, Banta and James Klimowicz, Alyson Cretacci of Walkerton and Helmut Forstinger Jr of South Bend to complete the top ten. Ragsdale bested Horton and Bustamante for the dash victory while Sean Stuart beat out Devin Lauderback of North Liberty and Hensley in heat one. Horton, Bustamante and Banta were the top 3 in heat two. Banta stopped the clock at 14.997 for fast time.

This coming Saturday will see round one of the “Layin’ Down the Law” 100 features. Street Stocks will go 100 laps for a whopping $2000 to win. Also on the car will be Bellman Oil Outlaw Late Models and Pro Late Models. The Front Wheel Drive cars have been added to the program but it will be a non points race for them. The weatherman has promised warmer temps for this Saturday so pack up the kids and come on out and see some of the best short track racing anywhere. The pit gate opens at noon with practice from 2 to 4 pm, qualifying at 5 and racing at 7. Spectator gates open at 4. Admission is just $12 for adults, $5 for kids 6 to 12 and those 5 and under are admitted free with an adult. Small coolers and snacks are welcome but NO alcohol or glass containers are allowed. Come on out and see what we’ve done and we’ll see you at the races.

Three Generations Share Spotlight at South Bend Motor Speedway

May 7th, 2013

South Bend, IN –For what is believed to be the first time in the rich history of the South Bend Motor Speedway, 3 generations of one family scored opening night victories at the track. Continuing a tradition that spans over seven decades, 14 year old Nick Stremme won his first ever race at the track in the Street Stock fast heat. His Grandmother, Cindy Stremme took home the gold in the Street Stock 30 lap feature while his dad, Bobby Stremme, topped the Bellman Oil Outlaw Late Model 30 lapper. Veteran Rich Boal scored a controversial win in the Pro Late Model class while Bryant Ragsdale added another Front Wheel Drive trophy to his collection.

For the 3rd year, long time flagman and friend of the speedway, Ralph Yarbrough was remembered on opening night as feature winners received trophies in his honor. Ralph, who passed away just before the speedway re-opened, was a fixture at the track from the mid seventies until the mid nineties. Also honored during opening activities were long time driver, Charlie Hunt and Mighty Mike Powers. Powers, who worked in the pit area lining up the cars, lost his battle with Cancer in March and is very much missed by fans and staff alike.

In racing action, Bryant Ragsdale of Mishawaka started pretty much where he left off last season by winning the 20 lap Front Wheel Drive feature. Taking the lead from early leader Sean Stuart of North Liberty near the half way point. Bestville’s Chris Walsworth settled for 3rd ahead of Bryan Banta and Jason Horton, both of South Bend. David Tomaszewski of Portage was 6th while Braxdon Sims of Walkerton, Rich Hensley of South Bend, Devin Lauderback of North Liberty and Aaron Agostino of South Bend completed the top ten. Walsworth took the 6 lap dash win over Ragsdale and Banta while Stuart scored the win in heat one over Lauderback and Hensley. Banta topped Walsworth and Tomaszewski in the second heat and was quick qualifier with a lap of 15.327.

In the 30 lap Street Stock feature, fast qualifier Danny Brown Jr of LaPorte blasted through the field and appeared headed for an easy victory until a broken rear end relegated him to the infield. Seizing the opportunity, South Bend’s own Cindy Stremme took over the lead and never looked back. Kevin Clash of South Bend followed just ahead of LaPorte’s Austin Woodcox, Andrew Rigley of Mishawaka and South Bend’s Doug Fox. Chad McGinnis of Niles, A.J. Lubelski of North Liberty, PeeWee Warren of Plymouth, Jay Coffin of Hamlet and Joe Coffin of Plymouth rounded out the top ten. Clash took the fast car dash over Lubelski, and Woodcox while Doug Fox beat out Rigley and Tony Beagles of South Bend for the first heat victory. Nick Stremme of South Bend bested Clash and Lubelski in the fast heat for his first ever victory. Brown turned a lap of 13.671 for his fast time honor.

The Pro Late Model feature ended after only 8 of the scheduled 30 laps were complete because the entire field crashed in the backstretch, leaving none of the competitors able to continue. Going back to the last completed lap, Rich Boal of Plymouth crossed the line first ahead of John Streeting Jr from LaPorte. Brandon Shaw of Walkerton finished in 3rd ahead of Kevin Clash of South Bend, Charlie Cotton of Claypool and Corey Woods of South Bend. Danny Brown Sr of New Carlisle and Scott Fairchild of Mishawaka completed the field. Clash beat out Boal and Woods for the win in the Dash while Streeting Jr, Brown Sr and Shaw were 1-2-3 in the heat race. Charlie Cotton posted fast time at 13.083.

The Bellman Oil Company Outlaw Late Model 30 lap feature went to Bobby Stremme of South Bend. It was only the 2nd time in his career that Stremme scored a win on opening night. On this night, he beat out Walkerton’s Mike Tutino for the win. Scott Ross of Plymouth was next ahead of fast qualifier John Long of Niles and Mike Verduin of North Liberty. South Bend drivers, Ronnie McLean and David Scheiber completed the field. Stremme also won the dash ahead of Tutino and Long and took the heat win over Tutino and Ross. John Long stopped the qualifying clock with a time of 11.827, just a few ticks shy of the track record.

Racing returns this Saturday night with a regular show of Bellman Oil Company Outlaw Late Models, Pro Late Models, Street Stocks and Front Wheel Drive cars. The pit gate opens at noon with practice for all classes beginning at 2, qualifying at 5 and racing at 7 pm. Spectator gates open at 4. Small coolers are welcome, however no alcohol or glass containers are allowed. Adult admission is just $12 with kids 6-12 just $5 and kids 5 & under admitted free with an adult. Until next time, think warm and dry and we’ll see you at the races.

We Came…We Saw…We Tore Stuff Up…At South Bend Motor Speedway

May 3rd, 2013

South Bend, IN –The first event of the 2013 season was held at the South Bend Motor Speedway this past Saturday and, by all measures, it was a roaring success. South Bend drivers, Terry Brittain, Michael Newgent Jr. and Nick Newgent, Granger’s Jason Straka and Jason Sheneman of Elkhart all posted victories during a wild exhibition of ‘Motorized Mayhem’ on the historic quarter mile oval.

The highlight of the evening came during the $1000 to win trailer race that saw 28 competitors take the green flag. As the cars, trucks, SUV’s and vans circled the track, debris was flying everywhere. Hot tubs, stuffed animals, tires, a snowmobile, wave runner and even a ‘porcelain throne’ were just some of the items being hauled on the many trailers. The event started with the participants lining up three abreast on the tight oval. Early leaders included South Bend’s Mark Vanator in a Chevy Caprice and Dalton Winterowd in a Camaro. As the laps wound down, both fell victim to stalled cars and failed to finish. As the checkered flag waved over the 40 lap event, it was Jason Shenaman of Elkhart, driving an Oldsmobile Intrigue that had been his daily driver just a couple days prior, who took home the top prize. Will Rhippa of Michigan City was 2nd over Jay Coffin of Hamlet, Thomas Newgent Jr of New Carlisle Dave Hare of Ligonier, Loni Bush of
LaPorte, Jon Litchkay of Osceola, Winterowd, Vanator and Jacob Jobe of Wackerton.

In the opening event, Terry Brittain survived a crash filled 50 lap Enduro for front wheel drive cars. Steven Hensley of Mishawaka was a close 2nd over South Bend drivers, Bryan Banta and Michael Werntz. Scott McLane of Niles took 5th place ahead of David Britton of Bremen, Rich Hensley of South Bend, Dennis Nelson Sr of LaPorte and Brad Hodges of South Bend. Mike Whitmer of South Bend completed the top ten. The race was halted twice, first when Donald Freeman of Coloma, MI rolled his car in turn 4 and again when Brad Hodges flipped on the front stretch while leading.

In Demo-struction action, the new Pro-Mod class was well received as South Bend’s Nick Newgent took the win over Thomas Kintzele of LaPorte and Cody Bush of Rolling Prairie. Curtis Lindsley, also of Rolling Prairie was 4th over Chad Lindsley of Michigan City and Jon Litchkay of Osceola. In the full size truck demo, it was Mike Straka of Granger in a Dodge over the Ford of Trevor Setser of Michigan City. Greg Werner and Kyle Heider, both of LaPorte completed the truck field.

In the popular Sedan class, Michael Newgent Jr outlasted Jessie Stambaugh of South Bend. Stambaugh ran the last quarter of the event using only the steering column to maneuver his car after the steering wheel broke off. 2012 season points champion, Justin Stambaugh of Walkerton was 3rd over Chad Newgent of South Bend, Bryan Switalski of Osceola, Loni Bush of LaPorte and Gary Mayfield of South Bend. Donald Heider of LaPorte, Casey Bush of Rolling Prairie and Alan Finchum of Osceola completed the field. For his efforts, Michael Newgent Jr. took home a 7 foot trophy compliments of John Long racing out of Niles.

Action returns to the quarter mile this Saturday with the season opener for the stock cars and the 3rd Annual Ralph Yarbrough Memorial. Outlaw Late Models, Pro Late Models (formerly Sportsman), Street Stocks and Front Wheel Drive cars are on the card. The pit gate opens at noon with practice for all divisions from 2 to 4 pm. Qualifying gets underway at 5 with racing scheduled for 7 pm. Pit passes are $30 with adult general admission $12. Kids 6-12 are admitted for just $5 and those 5 & under are free with a paid adult. Small coolers are welcome (no glass or alcohol) and, even though we have some of the best food around, fans can bring their own snacks as well. For rules or more information, go to our website at
www.racesouthbendmotorspeedway.comor follow us on face book. We want to sincerely thank all of our fans for your support and we hope you’ll join us again this season and watch as we continue to grow. Till next time, think warm and dry and
we’ll see you at the races.

Stambaugh Stomps Stellar Field for South Bend Gold

November 15th, 2012

South Bend, IN — The 2012 season ended, pretty much, the way it began. COLD! But, that didn’t stop a large group of die-hard fans and competitors from enjoying one of the most exciting events of the season. It was the annual Halloween Crash & Bash event and the combatants left nothing on the table. With the largest car counts of the season in nearly every event, the night was filled with excitement and thrills.

Opening the evening’s activities, the younger fans were invited to come onto the track and greet their favorite drivers and grab up the huge supply of candy and treats provided during the trick or treat time. Hundreds of young fans raced from
one car to another enjoying the Halloween themed decorations that some drivers added to their cars. Once all of the candy was handed out, the first event on the program was the 50 lap Front Wheel Drive “Road Course” Enduro. For this event, the course was modified to route the cars through a portion of the infield. There were also a number of heavy equipment tires positioned around the track to slow down the cars. When the dust settled, it was RJ Norris Jr of Mishawaka once again putting his Oldsmobile Intrigue in the winner’s circle. Close on his heels, in another Oldsmobile was South Bend’s Matt Clark followed by Tim Payne of Niles, early leader Steven Hensley of Mishawaka, Doug Fox of South Bend and Bryan Banta of South Bend. Scott McLane of Niles and David Britton of Bremen rounded out the top ten. A total of 20 cars competed in the event.

Next on the card was the ever popular Trailer Race with a huge field of twenty drivers taking to the speedway. A massive crash involving nearly half the field and totally blocking the backstretch, brought action to a brief halt an lap 3. Once the track was cleared, the battle was on. At the finish, it was Joe Bush from LaPorte, in a Mercury wagon taking the win ahead of Dan Scott of Mishawaka in a Chrysler sedan and Jim Merrill of South Bend in a Chevy pickup. Mark Nifong of Culver was next, followed by Heather Zarembka of South Bend, Nicole Ashcroft of Mishawaka and Josh Foreman of Rolling Prairie. Scott Breeding Jr of New Carlisle, Jim Hines of Grovertown and Tim Hutchings of South Bend rounded out the top ten.

In the popular rollover competition, Josh Foreman of Rolling Prairie had the crowd on their feet with two complete rollovers. Foreman beat out Larry Hooper of LaPorte for the win.

A total of thirteen full size trucks took to the arena for their portion of the program. In the end, sedan regular, Nick Newgent of South Bend was the winner over Mike Straka of Granger and tony Fraschetti of Elkhart. Greg Warner and Robert
Vanderwerf, both of LaPorte rounded out the top 5 with Teddy Whetstone of Edwardsburg, Don Heider of LaPorte, Larry Staat of Macy, Nick Babelenyi of South Bend and Michael Dawson of Constantine, MI completing the top ten.

With all of the preliminary events out of the way, it was finally time for the final Sedan Demolition Derby of the season. With a total of 32 drivers each looking to take home their share of the gold, it was anybody’s guess who would win. Most of the cast of regulars were on hand and all put forth a valiant effort but, as is always the case, there would only be one winner. Some of the sport’s most seasoned veterans were among the first to fall as first one and then another gave up the fight. Finally, after some of the hardest hitting in recent history, it was down to just a handful of fighters. Michael Newgent Jr of South Bend saw his hopes of a victory vanish when he exited in tenth spot. Next to fall was April winner Stan Larrew of New Carlisle. Teddy Whetston of Edwardsburg broke his stick in 8th place leaving 7 drivers remaining. Next to give up was Jessie Stambaugh followed by fellow South Bend driver, Craig Ferris. Truck winner Nick Newgent was the next to fall victim to the competition, leaving only 4 drivers to battle for the win. South Bend driver Mark Kowalski put on a great show but fell short, finishing in the 4th spot. Despite losing a right rear wheel and axle early in the event, Justin Stambaugh of Walkerton managed to outlast Loni Bush of LaPorte, who was suffering from serious steering issues, and Ryan DeBaillie of South Bend. Justin has been one of the top finishers in nearly every event this season but had just not quite managed to hold on for the win.

In the season long points battle, Justin Stambaugh took the top spot with a total of 46 points. Nick Newgent finished in 2nd with 44 with Stanley Larrew 3rd with 43. Loni Bush ended up 4th with 32.points over Ryan DeBaillie with 31, Michael Newgent Jr, also with 31, Justin Lintz with 29 -and Chad Newgent with 22 points. Jessie Stambaugh and Dennis Harrier of Lakeville round out the top ten in points.

The next event will be the 2012 Awards Banquet to be held January 19th at the Waterford Estates Lodge in South Bend. Top ten in each of the racing divisions will be honored along with the top ten in Demolition Derby points. For more information, visit our website at As the season comes to a close, we look toward next year when the South Bend Motor Speedway will, once again, play host to some the best short track racing AND some of the most exciting displays of “motorized mayhem” anywhere. We look forward to seeing all of the fans and drivers beginning in April of 2013. Until then, on behalf of the staff and management, we wish you a happy and healthy Holiday season and we will see you at the races. www.racesouthbendmotorspeedway.comor follow us through the forum on Stock Car Extreme or Facebook.

Lintz Lashes Larrew for Asphalt Nationals Crown

September 20th, 2012

South Bend, IN -It was a perfect night for Demolition Derby action as the South Bend Motor Speedway hosted the 2nd Annual Asphalt Demolition Derby Nationals on Saturday. A total of 87 cars filled the pit area for an evening of motorized mayhem.

The first event was the 50 lap Enduro for front wheel drive cars. A total of 21 drivers took the green flag for the event with Helmut Forstinger Jr of South Bend jumping into the early lead. As the cars maneuvered around a host of obstacles, cars spun and collided. Several of the veterans found themselves watching from the infield while a relative newcomer took the win. At the finish, it was R.J. Norris Jr of South Bend picking up the win in only his 2nd ever race. Greg LaPierre of Battle Creek, MI was 2nd followed by Braxdon Sims of Walkerton, Bryan Banta and fellow South Bender, Jason Dobosiewicz. David Britton of Bremen, Austin Payne of Niles, Steven Hensley of Mishawaka, Michael Jenks of Niles and Pete Demerly of Elkhart rounded out the top ten.

There was a little bit of something for everyone in the always exciting fifteen lap Trailer Race. After battling for the lead early on, Shane Sanders of Mishawaka tangled with another driver and rolled his Ford work van coming out of turn 4. Shane was uninjured but the van was unable to continue. Jason Dobosiewicz took the win over a very determined Steven Hensley, who settled for 2nd over Jim Merrill of South Bend, Mark Wilfong of Culver, Joe Merrill of South Bend, Sanders, Bill Lovely of Plymouth and Justin Sterzik of Mishawaka. Sterzik was a crowd favorite toting a pop up camper.

With $2500 going to the winner and $500 to the top 20 in the Sedan Demo Derby, 37 eager competitors took to the track, each hoping to earn a spot in the main event. With heats one and three doing battle on the front stretch and two and four taking the back stretch, the action was fast and furious. Transferring from heat one were Roman Veldman of South Bend, Mark Kowalski of South Bend, Jon Lichkay of Osceola, Thomas Newgent Jr or New Carlisle and Justin Stambaugh of Walkerton. Heat two saw Chad Newgent of South Bend, Nick Sanford of Elkhart, Dennis Harrier of Lakeville, Thomas Kintzek of LaPorte and Ryan DeBaillie of South Bend advancing.

Moving on from heat three were Andy Halvda, Nick Fuller and Steven Merideth, all of South Bend, Stan Larrew of New Carlisle, and Loni Bush of LaPorte. Those advancing from heat four included South Bend drivers, Nick Newgent, Jessie Stambaugh, Justin Lintz and Austin Powell, along with John Hinegardner Jr of Elkhart. There was also one driver from each heat who received the “Mad Dog” award as voted by the fans. Ward Cheney of Niles, Curtis Lindsley of Rolling Prairie, Robert Merrill of South Bend and Niles Stickler III of Walkerton each received $100 and a spot in the feature for their efforts.

The Mini Car demo saw 15 eager competitors line up for a shot at the top prize. When it was over, Ed Minix of Niles, in a Mustang, took top honors over Steven Hensley, Summer Larrew of New Carlisle, in her first SBMS derby, Brad Whiteman of South Bend and Roman Veldman, also of South Bend. Veldman nearly earned the nickname, “Roman Candle” when his car erupted in flames. Shawn Swinehart of Elkhart, Austin Whiteman of South Bend, Scott Breeding of New Carlisle, Josh Breeding of Niles and Sam Davis of Edwardsburg rounded out the top ten.

When the feature cars made their way to the track, excitement was high. Cars from heats one and three took their positions on the front with heats two and four going to the back side. One by one, drivers fell out as the ‘cream quickly rose to the top of the backstretch. Soon only Justin Lintz, Dennis Harrier and Nick Newgent remained alive and were moved to join the other 8 still running on the front. Next to fall was Steven Merideth as his wagon erupted in flames. Andy Halvda was next, finishing in the 10th position. Jon Lichkay finished 9th as Harrier was next to fall in 8th. With 7 cars remaining, the warriors battled back and forth from one end of the arena to the other. Thomas Newgent Jr’s car gave up next, placing him 7th in the final standings, one spot behind Mark Kowalski. Justin Stambaugh, after being hung up on a stalled car for a bit finished 5th. With 4 drivers left, it was 3 seasoned veterans and one fairly new to SBMS. June winner, Nick Newgent was the next to go, leaving only 3 drivers. After a valiant effort, Nick Fuller was the next one out. April winner, Stan Larrew was the only driver standing between Justin Lintz and victory. After nearly an hour and some very aggressive hits, it came down to a battle between two of the sport’s best drivers. Finally, Larrew’s car stalled and he was unable to bring it back to life, making Lintz the champion and winner of the 6 foot trophy from John Long racing.

The next event for the speedway will be the Halloween Crash and Bash on Saturday, October 27. Also on tap will be the FWD “Road Course” Enduro, Trailer Races and other surprises. Kids will enjoy trick or treating beginning at 5 pm with action set to get underway at 7. Come on out and enjoy the final event of the 2012 season.

On behalf of the staff and management of the South Bend Motor Speedway, we want to sincerely thank all of the fans and competitors who have helped to make this a record setting season. We know that without your participation, none of this would have been possible. We hope you enjoyed your time with us as much as we did and that you will make the South Bend Motor Speedway your home for all things motorized in 2013. Until next time, have a safe and happy off season, and we’ll see you at the races.

Season Champions Crowned at South Bend Motor

September 9th, 2012

South Bend, IN – As the remnants of Hurricane Isaac created havoc all around, the South Bend Motor Speedway pushed forward with their season championships on a warm evening. With a number of other tracks falling victim to the rains, there were only a few light sprinkles throughout the evening, not even enough to slow activity on the track. A season high of 91 drivers competed in the five divisions and nearly every car participated in the opening ceremonies by circling the track during the playing of the National Anthem, followed by a huge autograph session.

First on the program, following autographs, were the six lap dashes for each division. Rich Boal of Plymouth took the win for the Late Models while South Bend’s Cindy Stremme took advantage of a last lap skirmish between Josh Highbaugh of Jones, MI and Danny Brown of LaPorte to take the win in the Street Stocks. Doug Fox of South Bend was the winner in the Front Wheel Drive dash as Nick Kretchmer of Granger took the Mini Stock honors. Claypool’s, ‘Hurricane’ Charlie Cotton battled Mark Swan of South Bend for the win in the Sportsman class.

The Late Model season points battle was the closest of the five divisions with only 3 points separating the top 2 drivers. As the cars entered the backstretch on lap 1 of the 50 lap feature, Ed Santora of Kalamazoo, got crossed up and smacked the wall in turn 3, bringing out the first of many yellow flags. Later, Ronnie McLean of South Bend crashed in nearly the same spot. As the checker finally fell, it was Brian Ross of Plymouth taking his 3rd feature win in as many tries with Brandon Zachary of Paw Paw, MI in 2nd place. Steve Stacy of Plymouth was next ahead of Mike Tutino of North Liberty and Joe Fadke of Brook. Mike Verduin of Walkerton, Cory Lindsey from Kingsford Heights, John Long of Niles, Josh Summers of New Paris, and Rich Boal of Plymouth rounded out the top ten. John Long set a new track record in qualifying with a lap of 11.616. With his 2nd place run, Brandon Zachary took the points championship over a very determined Steve Stacy. Congratulations to both drivers on their exciting season.

The Street Stock 40 lap feature saw 20 cars take the green. When the dust settled, it was South Bend’s Kevin Clash taking his first win of the season over Danny Brown Jr of LaPorte and Cindy Stremme. Josh Highbaugh follwed with Andrew Rigley of
Mishawaka turning in his best finish in 5th. Plymouth’s Jeff Stetler, Michigan City’s Vernon Knight, James Haisley of South Bend, Kenny Esmont of South Bend and Kyle Thornton of Osceola rounded out the top ten. Cindy Stremme led the field in qualifying as Josh Highbaugh was crowned points chanmpion for one of the most competitive seasons in recent history.

The 30 lap Front Wheel Drive feature saw 20 cars and 1 mini van take the green with fast qualifier, Tom Taylor, of Michigan City, starting on the pole after turning a lap under the allowed 15 second mark. South Bend’s ‘Dancin’ Doug Fox ended his season the way he began by crossing the finish line in first place. Jamie Layne of Mishawaka battled Fox throughout the event but settled for 2nd ahead of Taylor, Elkhart’s Jason Harmon and Bryant Ragsdale of South Bend. Jason Horton of South Bend, Jeff Harrell of Niles, Braxdon Sims of Walkerton, Addison Davis of North Liberty and Ed Martz of Niles completed the top ten. The ‘Pennies 4 Puppies’ mini van finished in 15th for its first outing of the year. Taylor turned in fast qualifying time and took home top honors in the points chase for his first championship.

In Mini Stock feature action, Michael Mast of New Paris took home the win in spite of repeated challenges from Rich Hensley of South Bend. As the pair exited turn 2 on the final lap, Hensley tried to squeeze under Mast and spun on the backstretch on the final lap. At the finish, Zachery Newgent of South Bend took 2nd ahead of Jason Cogswell of LaPorte, Derek Davis of South Bend and Nick Kretchmer of Granger. Kevin Davis of South Bend, Mike Freese of LaPorte, Michael Richter of Mishawaka, Hensley and Nick Worman of Crystal Lake, IL completed the top ten. Worman, driving a Volkswagen Fox, was one of only 3 drivers competing in the event not driving a Mustang bodied vehicle. George Werner Jr of Hanna, IN, in a Dodge Neon and Jeremy Parrott of Mishawaka, in a Chevy S10 were the other two. Mast posted fast qualifying time while Hensley had cinched the points championship prior to starting the final event of the season. It was Hensley’s 2nd points title in as many years after many years of second place finishes.

The final event of the night was the Sportsman 50 lap main. As the nearly full moon peeked from behind the clouds, it was Mishawaka driver, Scott Fairchild who held off some of the top drivers in the area for his first win of the season. At the finish, it was Charlie Cotton of Claypool in the runner up spot over Elkhart’s Rodney Smith and South Bend’s Mark Swan. Nick Kretchmer of Granger led Corky Knight of Hebron, Jeremy Blocher of Niles, Steve Emmans of Bristol, Rich Boal of Plymouth and Corey Woods of South Bend to round out the top ten. Boal turned in the fastest qualifying time for the 17 car field. Paw Paw, Michigan’s Brandon Zachary had already clinched the title prior to the event, making him a champion in both the Late Model and Sportsman divisions.

It was an exciting end to another season of racing at the famed high banked oval. On behalf of the Brown family and the entire staff of the South Bend Motor Speedway, congratulations go out to all of the winners and champions. We understand that there is a lot of competition for your entertainment dollar and we appreciate all of the fans, sponsors and drivers who have shared their Saturday evenings with us in 2012 and we look forward to another exciting racing season next year.

Even though the stock car portion of the season is over, there are still two events on the schedule. Saturday, September 15 will be the 2nd Annual Asphalt Demolition Derby Nationals for full size sedans with $2500 going to the winner and $500 to start the main event. Also on tap is a ‘road course’ enduro, a 4 & 6 cylinder mini car demo, mini truck and mini van demo and trailer races. Pit passes are $30 with adult admission just $20. Kids 6-12 are just $5 with those 5 & under admitted free with an adult. Small coolers and snacks are welcome but NO alcohol or glass containers, please. Pit gate will open at 2 with general admission gates opening at 5 and action gets underway at 7 pm.

On Saturday, October 27, the speedway will host the ‘Halloween Crash and Bash’ plus trick or treating for the kids.

Swan Sings, Ross Returns and Hensley Handles at S.B.M.S.

August 31st, 2012

South Bend, IN– It was a great night for racing as the South Bend Motor Speedway hosted another exciting night of competition and honored one of the speedway’s founders. Trophies were presented to the five feature winners by the family of Tom Romanowski, one of the original builders of the historic speed plant. During intermission, crewmembers, wives and girlfriends of the drivers participated in three special races for mechanics and powder puff racers and a number of vintage racing machines toured the oval compliments of the Michiana Vintage Racing Association. In feature action, Brian Ross backed up his Bellman Oil Company Late Model win of a week ago while, Bryant Ragsdale, Rich Hensley and Danny Brown Jr all added to their season win totals in the Front Wheel Drive, Mini Stock and Street Stock divisions, respectively. Mark Swan posted what may be his first ever feature win in the Sportsman class after apparent winner, Charlie Cotton did not pass post race tech inspection.

In the Street Stock race for mechanics, Danny Brown Sr of LaPorte took the car usually driven by Vernon Knight to victory lane over a stout field of 12. In the FWD portion, Stephanie Long of Tippecanoe outran 5 male drivers, in the car usually
driven by Jamie Layne, for their mechanics race win. The FWD Powder Puff race saw five brave ladies take to the track. In what could best be described as an ‘exercise in caution,’ they all drove very carefully. Lisa Olling of South Bend jumped out to an early lead but was passed by Niles driver, Keri Martz on lap two. Amy Eisenhardt of New Carlisle muscled the lead away on lap four but, as the lead pair came upon the slower car of Alyson Cretacci of Walkerton, Martz vaulted around the outside and went on to win over Eisenhardt, Lisa Metz of South Bend, Olling and Cretacci. For their efforts, each winner received a trophy and now maintains bragging rights until next year.

The first feature on the program was the Street Stock 30 lapper with 18 drivers scheduled to compete. After slamming the wall during heat race action, South Bend’s Derek Wunder was unable to make the call. At the finish, it was Danny Brown Jr of LaPorte taking home his 4th feature win of the season over a determined Kevin Clash of South Bend. Josh Highbaugh of Jones, MI held off South Bend’s Cindy Stremme for 3rd with Vernon Knight of Michagan City rounding out the top five. LaPorte’s Austin Woodcox, Greg Gifford of Michigan City, Kenny Esmont of South Bend, Matt Sullivan of Hartford, MI and Chad McGinnis of Elkhart completed the top ten. Knight held off Kyle Thornton of Osceola and McGinnis for heat race one while Brown Jr bested Andrew Rigley of Mishawaka and James Haisley of South Bend in heat two. Brown Jr turned in fast qualifying time.

Fifteen drivers presented for the start of the Mini Stock 25 lap main which saw several drivers eliminated after a pileup in turn one. At the end, it was veteran Rich Hensley of South Bend taking home his 4th win of the season. Following Hensley at the checker was South Bend’s Derek Davis and Michael Mast from New Paris. David Raley Jr of Osceola and Kevin Davis of South Bend completed the top five with Nick Kretchmer of Granger, Mike Freese of LaPorte, Jeremy Parrott of Mishawaka, Howard Fisette of South Bend and Ed Martz of Niles rounding out the top ten. David Raley bested Freese and Brandon Nieto of Mill Creek in the first heat while Mast topped Drew Davis of South Bend and Hensley in the 2nd heat. Zachery Newgent of South Bend turned in fast qualifying time in the Jim Newman Racing Special.

The Sportsman 40 lap main was red flagged when Doug Bannow of LaPaz smacked the turn one wall and flames shot from under the hood. When action resumed, Claypool’s Charlie Cotton blasted through the field and took the checker flag from starter,
Mike Stutsman. However, in post race inspection, the J&B Pallet Ford Taurus was stripped of the win resulting in Mark Swan of South Bend being awarded his first feature win of the season over points leader, Brandon Zachary of Paw Paw and Rodney Smith of Elkhart. Rick Wolkens of Niles was next ahead of Rich Boal of Plymouth. South Bend drivers, Corey Woods and Robert Haisley led Jeremy Blocher of Niles, Bannow and Lyn Papke of New Buffalo to round out the top ten. In heat race action, Wolkens beat out Bannow and Swan in heat one with Scott Fairchild of Mishawaka beating out Corky Knight of Hebron and Woods in heat two. Woods, driving the Woods Motorsports Pink Cadillac, topped qualifying as the top 3 qualifiers were separated by less the . 002 seconds.

The Front Wheel Drive 20 lap feature saw 19 of the 20 competitors making the call. Bryant Ragsdale of Mishawaka survived a multi car melee in the back stretch to claim his 6th feature win of the season ahead of Sean Stuart of North Liberty and points leader Tom Taylor of Michigan City. Brandon Cretacci of Walkerton was next over Braxdon Sims of Walkerton, James Trussell of Niles, Jason Harmon of Elkhart, Ed Martz of Niles, Helmut Forstinger Jr of South Bend and Jeremy Campbell of Rolling Prairie. Stuart topped Harmon and Jeff Harrell of Niles in the first heat as Jamie Layne of Mishawaka beat out Doug Fox of South Bend and Aaron Agostino of South Bend in the second heat. Tom Taylor topped the field in qualifying.

The Bellman Oil Company Late Model 50 lap feature saw 12 cars taking the green with North Liberty’s Mike Verduin jumping out to an early lead. Brian Ross of Elkhart worked his way through traffic and into the lead position with Paw Paw’s Brandon Zachary in hot pursuit. At the finish, it was Ross taking home his 2nd win in as many weeks ahead of Zachary and Steve Stacy of Plymouth, Rich Boal of Plymouth and Joe Fadke of Brook. Mike Tutino of Walkerton led Cory Lindsey of Kingsford Heights, Buchanan, MI’s Kenny Lollar Jr, Verduin and Bob Golubski Jr of South Bend. Charles Darr of Garrett was the surprised winner in the first heat over Golubski Jr, and Lollar Jr. Stacy topped Ross and Lindsey in the second heat. Ross posted fast qualifying time.

In the season points battles, Tom Taylor leads Doug Fox for the FWD title while Brandon Zachary appears to have the Sportsman title in the bag with a 213 point lead over runner-up Corey Woods. Rich Hensley stands ready to post his 2nd championship in as many years as he holds a comfortable lead over Zachery Newgent in the Mini Stocks and Josh Highbaugh leads Danny Brown Jr in Street Stocks. The Bellman Oil Company Late Models will very likely not be decided until the very last turn of the very last lap as, going into Saturday’s events, Steve Stacy only held a 6 point advantage over Brandon Zachary. With both drivers turning in good finishes, this one will go down to the wire for sure.

This Saturday, the stock car portion of the season will come to a close and the champions will be crowned. Following a huge autograph session, with all drivers invited to bring their cars onto the front stretch so fans can meet their favorites and get their autographs one more time, the drivers will buckle up and settle it all with the season championship features. Pit gates will open at noon with practice for all divisions getting underway at two. Spectator gates open at 4 pm as qualifying is set to get underway at 5 and the autograph session promptly at 7. Feature racing will begin around 8. A pit pass is $25 while adult general admission is just $10. Kids 6-12 are admitted for just $5 while those 5 & under are free with an adult. Small coolers and snacks are welcome but NO alcohol or glass containers, please. In the unlikely event of inclement weather, the raindate will be the following Saturday.

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Ross Wins Gary Davis Memorial Late Model Race at S.B.M.S.

August 22nd, 2012

South Bend, IN- Three of local racing’s seasoned veterans posted feature wins at the South Bend Motor Speedway on Saturday night as a pair of younger drivers turned in their first wins at the historic oval. Brian Ross posted a big win in the 100 lap special for ‘Bellman Oil Company’ Late Models, besting some of the area’s best drivers while hometown favorite, Cindy Stremme scored yet another win in the Street Stock division. Rodney Smith backed up his win from a week ago by repeating in the Sportsman class. Youngsters Nick Kretchmer and Sal Bustamante took home top honors in the Mini Stock and Front Wheel Drive classes respectively for their first ever wins at the track.

Following torrential rains, the ‘Bellman Oil Company’ Late Model special race had to be rescheduled. A few of those in attendance on the earlier date chose not to return but the competition was no less intense. Following a crash on lap one that eliminated Cory Lindsey from Kingsford Heights, the field ran almost 30 laps before another caution slowed action. Once racing resumed, Elkhart’s Brian Ross began slowly working his way through the field with fast qualifyer, Tyler Roahrig of Plymouth following close behind. As the pair worked through traffic, Roahrig slowed and pulled off near the half way mark. From that point, Ross, who has driven nearly every type of race car during his career, never looked back. A caution on lap 75 bunched up the field and allowed runner-up, John Long of Niles to close up but Ross was not to be denied.

As the checkered flag flew, Ross closed in on 3rd place, Brandon Zachary from Paw Paw, MI. For their efforts, the top 3 were presented trophies from family and friends of Gary Davis, a long time push truck driver at the speedway who passed away last summer. Following the lead trio were Rich Boal of Plymouth and Rick Hahn Jr of Mishawaka. Walkerton’s Mike Tutino, Randy Day of Traverse City, MI, Mike Verduin of North Liberty, Ronnie Mclean of South Bend and Steve Stacy of Plymouth completed the top ten. McLean topped Buchanan’s Kenny Lollar Jr and Boal for heat one with Stacy beating out Ross and Day in the 2nd heat. Tyler Roahrig posted quick qualifying time at 11.911.

In the Street Stock 30 lap feature, Cindy Stremme of South Bend proved why she’s one of the most successful lady drivers in the country by putting a smack down on the rest of the field. After an absence of several weeks, Cindy picked up where she left off by holding off repeated challenges from Danny Brown Jr of LaPorte and hard charging Kevin Clash of South Bend. Greg Gifford from Michigan City and Hartford, MI’s Matt Sullivan rounded out the top five with LaPorte youngster, Austin Woodcox, Chad McGinnis or Elkhart, Kenny Esmont of South Bend, A.J. Lubelski of North Liberty and Nick Emmans from Bristol completing the top ten. Andrew Rigley of Mishawaka put his pickup in the winner’s circle over Tim Birk of Bremen and Jim Buge Jr of LaPorte for heat one while Sullivan topped Gifford and Clash for heat two. Kevin Clash posted fast time with a lap at 13.448.

One of the closest races of the night was the Mini Stock 25 lap main. For most of the race, veteran Rich Hensley of South Bend battled young Nick Kretchmer of Granger with the pair swapping the lead several times each lap. As the pair exited turn four on the final lap, a spinning car brought out the yellow and checkered flags together. At the line, it was Kretchmer beating Hensley by .014 seconds to score his first feature at SBMS. Adding to the confusion, both drivers carried the number 21 on their cars so even the scoreboard was no help. Following the leaders to the finish were Jason Cogswell of LaPorte, David Raley of Osceola, Mike Freese of LaPorte and Kevin Davis of South Bend. Jeremy Parrott of Mishawaka, Brandon Nieto of Mill Creek, Howard Fesette of South Bend and Justin Cogswell of LaPorte rounded out the top ten. Nieto bested Fisette and Freese in heat one with Kretchmer, once again, topping Hensley and Jason Cogswell in heat two. Justin Cogswell turned in fast time at 13.273.

The Front Wheel Drive feature was another exciting contest as 21 cars took the green for their 20 lap main event. By virtue of qualifying under the allowed 15 second limit, Jamie Layne of Mishawaka and Doug Fox of South Bend both had to start at the front of the field. Plymouth’s Sal Bustamante maneuvered his Saturn through traffic, holding off challenges from veteran Tom Taylor of Michigan City. As the pair came around for the one lap to go signal, Taylor tagged Bustamante, getting him loose. As the duo entered turn one, they came together again. Bustamante took advantage of Taylor overdriving into turn three and posted his first SBMS feature win, much to the approval of the huge crowd. Doug Fox worked his way up to 3rd at the finish ahead of Jason Horton of South Bend and Sean Stuart of North Liberty. Braxdon Sims of Walkerton led Joe Grevenstuk of Goshen, Travis Erhart of South Bend, Jason Harmon of Elkhart and David Tomaszewski of Portage to complete the top ten. Grevenstuk scored the first heat win over Jeff Harrell of Niles and Kenneth Dodd II of Osceola with Harmon taking heat two over Tomaszewski and Ed Martz of Niles. Horton held off Layne and Taylor for heat three. Layne
turned in fast qualifying time with a lap of 14.889.

The final race of the night was the 40 lap Sportsman feature. It took Rodney Smith of Elkhart most of the season to win his first feature but he didn’t hesitate to make it two wins in as many weeks. After struggling with handling issues earlier in the evening, Smith held off challenges from rookie Nick Kretchmer of Granger, doing double duty, and Rick Wolkens of Niles. Corey Woods and Mark Swan of South Bend completed the top five with Corky Knight of Hebron, Robert Haisley of South Bend, John Streeting Jr and Paul Fontanelli, both from LaPorte and Charlie Cotton of Claypool rounding out the top ten. Ryan Powell of Mishawaka slammed the wall hard in turn two but was able to walk away. Heat wins went to Smith over Fontanelli and Streeting Jr and Cotton over Woods and Rich Boal. Corey Woods posted fast qualifying time at 12.844.

During intermission, about 30 ‘stars of tomorrow’ took to the infield track for the special Big Wheel races as part of the special event for younger fans. Divided into different age groups, they competed for bragging rights. The event was filled with chills, spills and thrills as anxious parents looked on. Each participant received a trophy for their efforts and a good time was had by all.

Saturday, August 25 will be a full show for all classes along with special Powder Puff and Mechanics races for FWD cars. Drivers who have never scored points in regular competition are eligible for either special race with trophies going to the winners. Pit gates open at noon with practice for all classes beginning at 2. Spectator gates will open at 4 followed by qualifying at 5 and racing at 7 pm. Pit passes are $25 with Adult general admission only $10. Kids 6-12 get in for $5 while those 5 & under are free with an adult. We always welcome small coolers as long as there is no alcohol or glass containers. Fans are encouraged to provide their own snacks if they desire as well and, per St. Joseph County ordinance, there is NO SMOKING allowed in the grandstand areas. As always, think sunny and warm and we’ll see you at the races.

Swanson Tops Sprnts at South Bend Motor Speedway

August 15th, 2012

South Bend, IN– On a Saturday evening that felt more like October than August, the Hoosier Outlaw/Auto Value Super Sprints came to town for their one and only visit to the high banks of the South Bend Motor Speedway. A total of 25 cars turned practice laps with 23 posting qualifying times. Speculation was that, due to the cooler temperatures, the all time qualifying record, set by Jeff Bloom of Bangor, MI back in the 1980’s, might be in jeopardy. After a lot of talk that the record would fall below the 10 second mark, it remained at 10.073 with fast time for the night set by Jeff Kaiser of Fort Wayne at a blistering 10.088, just 1/100th of a second off the record. In the 30 lap feature event, 21 cars lined up to do battle. Action was slowed first when Frank Neill of Vickery, OH pounded the wall between turns 3 and 4 and later when Derek Snyder of Danville, MI crashed in nearly the same spot trying to avoid several spinning cars. As the checkered flag flew, it was Clovis, CA driver Tanner Swanson taking the win over a fast closing Kaiser. Kevin Feeney of Oxford, MI was 3rd ahead of Warsaw’s Joe Swanson and Mike Austraskaus of Pierson, MI. Cody Gollagly of Columbus, OH was next ahead of Chris Neuenschwander, Kyle Feeney of Oxford, MI, Bill Tyler of Parma, MI and Nathan Brevard of Coldwater, MI rounding out the top ten. Frank Neill bested Kevin Feeney and Jeff Kaiser for the win in heat one as Nathan Brevard took heat two over Bill Tyler and Sam Davis of Bourbon. Derek Snyder topped 74 year old Hank Lower of Angola and Chris Neuenschwander for heat three. Hoosier Outlaw Sprint Series president, Tony Swanson presented one lucky fan with a gently used car from the Auto Park during intermission.

In the Mini Stock 25 lap main, South Bend’s Rich Hensley waited until lap 23 to move to the front in the Jim Newman 95 car. Hensley, whose own car suffered mechanical woes has struggled in recent weeks but showed he’s no stranger to victory lane as he beat out last year’s rookie, Granger’s Nick Kretchmer for the win. Kevin Davis of South Bend, patriarch of the Davis Family Racing dynasty held on for 3rd, after leading most of the event, ahead of his son, Derek Davis and Ben McCallum both of South Bend. David Raley of Osceola topped Frankie Lile Jr of LaPorte, Jeremy Parrott of Mishawaka, Howard Fisette of South Bend and Zachery Newgent of South Bend for the top ten. Heat one went to Raley over Lile and Michael Richter of Mishawaka while Zach Newgent beat out Derek Davis and Kevin Davis in heat two. Hensley turned in fast qualifying time.

Fifteen drivers took the green in the Sportsman 40 lap feature. When the smoke cleared, it was Elkhart’s Rodney Smith taking his first win of the season and celebrating his birthday a couple of days early. Rodney, no stranger to victory lane, won more features than any driver last year but had been unable to put together a win this season. Following Smith to the line was Plymouth driver, Rich Boal in the R&B Car Company car and Corey Woods of South Bend. Charlie Cotton from Claypool and Corky Knight of Hebron completed the top five with Nick Kretchmer of Granger, Kody Thornton of Osceola, Rick Wolkens of Niles, David Shieber of South Bend and Marty Lunger of Elkhart rounding out the top ten. In heat race action, John Streeting Jr of LaPorte outraced Robert Haisley of South Bend and Lunger in heat one while Wolkens held off Cotton and Smith for heat two. Brandon Zachary of Paw Paw, MI was credited with fast qualifying time.

The Front Wheel Drive class continues to grow and, once again proved to be one the most fun races to watch. In order to prevent any one driver from dominating, a rule was put in place where any driver who turns in a lap below the 15 second mark is assessed a ‘penalty’ by said driver having to start on the front of the feature, one lap down. Once the green is displayed, that driver can charge ahead and is then considered to be the last car on the lead lap. If that driver can catch up to and pass the entire field, that driver can win the event. If, during the event, that driver goes below 15 seconds on two consecutive laps, they are shown the move over flag to let them know they have exceeded the limit. If that driver goes below 15 seconds a second time, they are disqualified from the event. Once again, Jamie Layne of Mishawaka turned in a qualifying lap below 15 seconds and was relegated to a front row starting spot in the feature. Near the mid point, still running at the tail of the field, Layne dipped below 15 seconds and dropped back. Meanwhile a battle was raging at the front of the pack between Jason Horton of South Bend and Bryant Ragsdale of Mishawaka. Lap after lap, the two battled with Ragsdale finally moving ahead. At the finish, it was Ragsdale taking his 6th feature win of the season but not without a healthy challenge from Doug Fox of South Bend. Horton finished 3rd ahead of Michigan City’s Tom Taylor and Layne. Sean Stuart of North Liberty led Jason Harmon of Elkhart, Ed Martz of Niles, James Trussell of Niles and Addison Davis of North Liberty to round out the top ten. Trussell took the win in heat one over Harmon and Helmut Forstinger Jr of South Bend while Doug Fox beat out Layne and Horton for heat two. Jamie Layne turned in quick qualifying time with a lap of 14.821 however Tom Taylor was credited with fast time because he was above the 15 second limit.

In the Street Stock 30 lap main, Kevin Clash of South Bend jumped out to an early lead and appeared headed for the win but Danny Brown Jr of LaPorte had other plans. Brown took advantage of a slower car to rocket past Clash and take the win by a wide margin. Following the leaders across the line were Ausin Woodcox of LaPorte and point leader Josh Highbaugh of Jones, MI. James Haisley of South Bend completed the top five ahead of Hartford, MI driver Matt Sullivan, Greg Gifford of Michigan City, South Bend’s Kenny Esmont, A.J. Lubelski of North Liberty and Vernon Knight of Michigan City. In the first heat, Knight scored his first ever win ahead of Elkhart’s Chris Highbaugh and Gifford with Austin Woodcox beating out Josh Highbaugh and Brown Jr in heat two Danny Brown Jr was fast qualifyer for the 15 car field.

This Saturday, August 18, will see the running of the rescheduled 100 lap Late Model special. With $3000 on the line, a large turnout is expected. Also on tap is a complete show for the Sportsman, Street Stocks, Mini Stocks and Front Wheel Drive cars. Martin’s Supermarkets will be our special guests as well. Also we will be celebrating back to school with a bike raffle and some other activities for younger fans. Pit gates open at noon with practice for all classes beginning at 2. Spectator gates will open at 4 with qualifying at 5 and racing set to go at 7 pm. Adult admission is just $10 with kids 6-12 just $5 and 5 & under are free with an adult. Small coolers are welcome but no alcohol is allowed. While we pride ourselves on having some of the best food around, fans are also welcome to supply their own snacks if desired. Bring a friend and introduce them to the exciting world of short track auto racing at “The best little short track in Indiana”. Thanks to all the fans for your support and we will see you at the races.

Highbaugh Scores Big, Zachary Times Three at S.B.M.S.

August 2nd, 2012

South Bend, IN- Josh Highbaugh took home the biggest win of his career on Saturday night at the South Bend Motor Speedway as he topped a stellar field to win the 75 lap Street Stock Special. Zachary, however, appeared to be the recurring theme as the first three features were claimed by a car carrying that name on its roof. Brandon Zachary won both the ‘Bellman Oil Company’ Late Model feature and the Sportsman feature while Zachery Newgent took the win in Mini Stocks. Bryant Gagsdale picked up his fifth Front Wheel Drive main of the season. A large crowd was on hand as the track also celebrated NAPA/Ridge Company night.

For the Street Stocks, it was their biggest race of the year. With $2000 on the line, it was anybody’s guess who would take home the top honors. Twenty-four cars took the green from starter, Mike Stutsman and ran the first number of laps without incident. Except for a few spins, there was relatively little carnage. In the end, it was Jones, MI driver, Josh Highbaugh who held on for the biggest payday of his racing career, holding off challenges from three time feature winner, Danny Brown Jr of LaPorte. Last week’s winner, Robbie Ferrier of Dowagiac was third with up and comer, Austin Woodcox of LaPorte in fourth and Plymouth’s Jeff Stetler in fifth. Greg Gifford of Michigan City, Kevin Clash of South Bend, Matt Sullivan of Hartford, James Double Jr of Syracuse and Brandon Zachary of Paw Paw rounded out the top ten. Sullivan took the dash win over Ferrier and Highbaugh. Josh Highbaugh ran a 13.693 to post fast time for the field.

In the ‘Bellman Oil Company’ Late Model 50 lapper, Jerry Zachary of Paw Paw took advantage of early leader, Kenny Lollar Jr’s spin to score his first win of the season. Ahead of, Steve Stacy of Plymouth, Rich Boal of Plymouth, Mike Tutino of Walkerton and Ronnie McLean of South Bend. Mike Verduin of North Liberty, Lollar Jr of Buchanan and Rick Hahn Jr of Mishawaka rounded out the finishing order. McLean topped Verduin and Stacy for the heat win while Zachary turned in fast qualifying time with a lap of 12.220.

In the Mini Stock 25 lap main, it appeared Nick Kretchmer of Granger and Derek Davis of South Bend would battle for the win but a late race tangle between the two found them both at the rear of the field. Zachery Newgent siezed on that opportunity to build a comfortable lead and held on to take his 2nd feature of the season. Kretchmer and Davis battled back to finish 2nd and 3rd with Michael Richter of Mishawaka and David Raley Jr of Osceola following. Kevin Davis of South Bend, Mike Freese of LaPorte, Kevin Davis II of South Bend, Wes Moser of Michigan City and Rich Hensley of South Bend rounded out the top ten. Raley Jr beat out Freese and Newgent for the win in heat number one while Derek Davis topped Kretchmer and Kevin Davis II in heat two. Derek Davis turned in fast time at 13.267.

The Sportsman 40 lap feature saw numerous cautions, once again for spins and a few minor crashes. At the finish, it was Brandon Zachary picking up his 5th win of the season. Brandon brought his battered ‘GT Products” Impala home ahead of Corey Woods of Mishawaka, Robbie Ferrier of Dowagiac, Rodney Smith of Elkhart and Mark Swan of South Bend. Rich Boal, driving the R&B Car Company special was 6th with Charlie Cotton of Claypool, Alex Pratt of Elkhart, Ryan Powell of Mishawaka and Rick Wolkens of Niles rounding out the top ten. Rodney Smith topped Lou Stremme of South Bend and Kody Thornton of Osceola for the win in heat one while Zachary took heat two over Cotton and Boal. Corey Woods set fast time at 12.885. During the opening ceremonies, Alex Pratt carried the flag in honor of his brother, Chris, who passed away earlier in the week. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Alex and his family as we share their loss.

As usual, the Front Wheel Drive twenty lap feature was full of action. By virtue of the fact that he turned in a qualifying lap under the allowed 15 second mark, fast qualifier, Jamie Layne of Mishawaka had to start the event on the pole, catch up to and pass the entire field in order to win. Layne quickly made up ground and was catching the back of the field when a caution flew for a multi car spin in turn three. Because it was in the first five laps of the event, Layne was returned to the front of the field and had to try once again. Had the caution come out one lap later, he would have been allowed to tag the rear of the field. Meanwhile, Bryant Ragsdale of Mishawaka blasted through the field but was not without challenge from runner up Doug Fox from South Bend. Several times, Fox was able to pass Ragsdale in lapped traffic but fell just short. At the end, it was Ragsdale over Fox, Tom Taylor of Michigan City, Jack Hurford from Walkerton, sporting the NAPA hat on top of his car, and Ed “Slinky” Martz, who scored his season best finish. Jason Horton and Helmut Forstinger Jr of South Bend led Sean Stuart of North Liberty, Kyle Odell of Plymouth and Jeff Harrell of Niles to round out the top ten. Michael Ferrara of Walkerton bested Jeff Harrell and Stuart for heat one as Jason Harmon took heat two over Odell and Addison Davis of North Liberty. Ragsdale topped Layne and Fox for heat three. Jamie Layne posted fast time at 14.950.

Saturday, August 4, the “Bellman Oil Company” Late Models will run their season special with a top prize of $3000 going to the winner. Drivers from all over the area are expected to participate. South Bend Motor Speedway rules do apply for all special. On August 11, the Auto Value/Hoss Sprint Cars will be in action along with a full show for the Sportsman, Street Stocks, Mini Stocks and Front Wheel Drive cars. Pits open at noon this Saturday with practice from 2 to 4, qualifying at 5 and racing set to go at 7 pm. Adult general admission is just $10 with kids 6-12 just $5 and kids 5 & under are free with an adult. Small coolers are welcome but no glass bottles and no alcohol.

For rules or more information, check out our website at www.racesouthbendmotorspeedway.comor you can follow us on Facebook. You can also access our forums at www.stockcarextreme.com/forum. Once again, we thank you for you continued support and we will see you at the races.

South Bend Motor Speedway Continues Record Setting Season

July 24th, 2012

South Bend, IN — After sitting idle for two Saturdays, the South Bend Motor Speedway roared back to life this past weekend, setting two records in the process. With 88 cars in the pits, the competition was the best in recent history. Another record was set during a marathon autograph session that lasted over an hour as hundreds of fans sought out their favorite drivers who happily passed out everything from signed photos to popsicles. A good time was definitely had by all as kids dragged their parents from one car to another. Bellman Oil Company Late Model driver, Charles Darr welcomed a number of special guests from Logan Center and posed for photos in the Auto Park Victory Lane. Also on hand were members of the United Steel Workers Union. A huge thank you goes out to all the drivers and fans for their support.

Once the track was cleared and features got underway, it was obvious that this would be “one of those nights”. While there was no moon visible because of clouds, it had to be a full moon somewhere. In the first of 6 features, the Sportsman 40 lapper appeared to be more of an endurance run. Only 2 of the 15 competitors survived without crash damage. At the end, it was Dowagiac, MI driver, Robbie Ferrier taking the his 4th feature win of the season and the Mid Season Championship trophy. Brandon Zachary of Paw Paw took 2nd ahead of Ryan Powell of Mishawaka and Rick Wolkens of Niles. Corey Woods of South Bend brought the battered “pink Cadillac” home in 5th with ‘Hurricane’ Charlie Cotton of Claypool, David Reames II of Elkhart, Jim Burge Jr. of LaPorte, Robert Haisley of South Bend and John Streeting Jr of LaPorte rounding out the top ten. Corky Knight of Hebron topped Streeting Jr and Powell for the 1st heat win with Elkhart’s Rodney Smith topping Cotton and Zachary in heat two. Brandon Zachary posted fast qualifying time with a lap of 12.837.

In the Front Wheel Drive 20 lapper, Bryant Ragsdale of Mishawaka notched his 3rd feature win of the season and took home the Mid Season trophy over points leader Tom Taylor of Michigan City. South Bend drivers, Jason Horton and Doug Fox battled through most of the event to finish ahead of Chris Walsworth of Westville. Sean Stuart of North Liberty, Jason Harmon of Elkhart, Helmut Forstinger Jr and Travis Erhart, both from South Bend, and Addison Davis of North Liberty rounded out the top ten. Stuart bested Erhart and Michael Ferrara of Walkerton in heat number one while Ragsdale beat out Fox and Horton for heat two. Chris Walsworth turned in fast qualifying tine at 15.203.

A record number of 24 Street Stocks turned out, mostly in preperation for the upcoming 75 lap special. In another caution strewn 30 lap event, Robbie Ferrier of Dowagiac beat out South Bend’s Cindy Stremme for the win and the trophy. However,
during post race inspection, Stremme’s car was found to have an improper tire, moving Greg Gifford of Michigan City to 2nd in the final standings. Matt Sullivan of Hartford was third ahead of Jerry Zachary of Dowagiac, MI and Jeff Stetler of
Plymouth. Derek Wunder of South Bend, A.J. Lubelski of North Liberty, Danny Brown Jr of LaPorte, Kyle Thornton of Osceola and newcomer, Jordan Cramer of Plymouth rounded out the top ten. In the most exciting race of the evening, Karl Fuchs of Fish Lake took the win in the Street Stock B Feature, crossing the finish line sideways with his hood covering the windshield after tangling with 2nd place Chad McGinnis of Elkhart. Vernon Knight of Michigan City was 3rd ahead of
Elkhart’s Chris Highbaugh and Joe Clark of South Bend. In the first of 3 heat races, McGinnis beat out Knight and Tim Kirk of Bremen. In heat two, it was Stetler over Kenny Esmont of South Bend and Andrew Rigley of Mishawaka. Gifford took the 3rd heat over Stremme and Ferrier. Josh Highbaugh of Jones, MI posted fast time at 13.659.

The Mini Stock 25 lap feature saw 17 drivers take the green from starter Mike Stutsman. When all was said and done, John Long of Niles put the Newman Racing #95 in victory lane for his firs Mini Stock win of the season. Chasing Long to the
finish were South Bend drivers, Rich Hensley, Derek Davis and Drew Davis. Jason Cogswell of LaPorte took 5th ahead of Mike Freese of LaPorte, David Raley Jr of Osceola, Nick Kretchmer of Granger, Brandon Nieto of Mill Creek and Kevin Davis II of South Bend. Freese topped Raley and Kretchmer in the 1st heat while Kevin Davis of South Bend beat out Cogswell and Derek Davis for heat number two. In qualifying, John Long shattered the track record with a lap of 13.017.

The “Bellman Oil Company” Late Model 50 lap Mid Season Championship feature was more of an exercise in what NOT to do. The first half of the event saw cautions for everything from multi car crashes to single car spins with drivers only able to put a maximum of 4 laps in the books without an incident. After a crash involving 3 cars in turn one, it was doubtful there would be any cars left to run the entire distance. A couple of drivers gathered during the melee, no doubt to discuss which of them should receive the sportsmanship award. Eventually, with only a handful of cars remaining, Steve Stacy of Plymouth powered his way to the front and took his first win of the season by a wide margin over Mike Verduin of North Liberty and Mike Tutino of Walkerton. Kenny Lollar of Buchanan, MI and Bob Golubski Jr of South Bend rounded out the top 5 ahead of Roger Northrup of Niles and Brandon Zachary of Dowagiac, John Long of Niles Joe Fadke of Brook and Charles Darr of Garrett. Cory Lindsey of Kingsford Heights took the 1st heat win over Terry Lombardi of Vandalia, MI while Verduin held off Zachary for the win in heat two. John Long turned in fast time at 11.790.

Coming up Saturday July 28, it will be Ridge NAPA night along with a 75 lap Street Stock special with $2000 going to the winner. Another record turnout for Street Stocks is expected. Drivers, remember that South Bend Motor Speedway rules will
apply. Pit gates open at noon with practice from 2 to 4 pm. Spectator gates open at 4 as qualifying will get underway at 5 and racing is set to go at 7 pm. General admission is $10 for adults, $5 for kids 6-12 and 5 & under are free with an adult. Small coolers are welcome but NO alcohol can be carried in and no glass containers. For rules or more information, please check out our website at www.racesouthbenemotorspeedway.comor follow us on Facebook. You can also check out
the forums at www.stockcarextreme.com/forum. As always, thank you for your support and we’ll see you at the races.

South Bend Motor Speedway Celebrates 4th With Night of Destruction

July 8th, 2012

South Bend, IN On one of the hottest nights of the summer, the South Bend Motor Speedway celebrated our nation’s independence with another installment of their own special brand of motorized mayhem. As one of the biggest crowds in recent history looked on, the facility played host to several special races, an exhibition by the monster truck, Stinger from Pennsylvania, a Mud Bog and a fiery display of horsepower by “Airplane” Fred Sibley of Elkhart.

The night began with the first ever “Off Road/Road Course” Enduro for front wheel drive cars. A specially designed course took the competitors down through the infield area as part of the course. There were also a number of obstacles which drivers had to navigate around, all in an effort to slow the competition and offer more excitement for the fans. Sixteen drivers took the green from starter, Mike Stutsman with Alan Thornton of Battle Creek, MI jumping out to the early lead. Less than ten laps into the event, the car driven by Thornton’s son, Austin, spun coming out of the number four turn and slammed the front stretch wall, bringing out the red flag. Several other cars became disabled throughout the event but, when the dust settled and the smoke cleared, it was Niles, MI driver Michael Jenks who found himself in the winner’s circle. Jenks nearly lapped the entire field as he steadily worked his way through traffic. Tim Payne, also from Niles finished 2nd ahead of Jason Dobosiewicz from South Bend, who finished the race with a broken rear axle on his car. Shawn Swinehart of Elkhart topped Austin Payne of Niles to round out the top 5. Doug Fox led fellow South Bend drivers, Bryan Banta and Brad Hodges with Steven Hensley of Mishawaka, and Thomas Groning of South Bend rounding out the top ten.

A special exhibition by members of the Sodbusters group proved popular with the fans as fifteen brave competitors tried out the specially built mud pit along the back stretch. Everything from a two wheel drive Volkswagen powered sand rail dragster to a fuel injected Cummins diesel in a 1932 Ford Victoria sedan took on the mud, to the cheers from the enthusiastic crowd.

During a break, the Monster Truck, Stinger put on a special exhibition, crushing cars and performing just a few of the tricks that one would see at a freestyle monster truck competition. Sage Road Monster Trucks were also on hand with “The General”, a 1972 AM General military troop transport, built in Mishawaka, to give rides to the many fans.

In another of the special races held, Bryan Banta managed to maintain his grip to score the win in the 15 lap “Mattress Race”. Early leader, Steve Emmans looked to have the race won as he managed to lap the entire field only to lose his mattress with 2 laps to go. David Price of Goshen was 2nd over Shawn Swinehart and Dan Scott of Mishawaka. The object of this event is to race with a mattress on top of your vehicle with only your left hand to hold it in place. If your mattress falls off, the driver is eliminated.

The next event was the ‘Barrel Race”. In this event, a large tractor tire was placed in the middle of the back stretch. Drivers had to make a lap around the speedway, making sure to circle the ‘barrel’ on each lap. Shawn Swinehart proved his prowess as he held off Doug Fox and Bryan Banta to win this event.

The popular “Trailer Race” was one of the best on record with eleven competitors taking to the high banks. Jason Dobosiewicz appeared to be en route to his second win in a row until one of the discarded mattresses became wrapped around the rear wheel of his Chevy truck. Thomas Groning of South Bend pulled off the win by passing Don Heider of LaPorte near the end of the 15 lap event. Dobosiewicz finished 3rd with the truck of 8th place finisher, David Woodford of Mishawaka atop his trailer. Dan Scott finished in 4th ahead of David Price of Goshen, Roger Streeting of Chesterton, Kyle Heider of LaPorte, Woodford, Dave Hare of Ligonier and Steven Hensley of Mishawaka.

In a special appearance, Elkhart’s Fred Sibley hooked his 1922 Pierce Arrow C Cab bodied Jet Dragster to the back of a mini van and proceeded to blow it to pieces. In a spectacular show of power, the 8,000 lbs. of thrust literally disintegrated the van in a matter of a few minutes. Always a crowd favorite, Sibley did not disappoint as the end of his performance signaled the start of a spectacular display of fireworks that capped off the evening.

Next up at the speedway will be this Saturday, July 7. It will be Mid Season Championships for the “Bellman Oil Company” Late Models, Sportsman, Street Stocks, Mini Stocks and Front Wheel Drive cars. The pit gate opens at noon with practice from 2 to 4 pm. Spectator gates open at 4 with qualifying at 5 and racing set to begin following an autograph session at 7. Pit admission is $25 with adult general admission just $10. Kids 6-12 are $5 with those 5 & under admitted free with an adult. Small coolers are welcome but no glass containers and no alcohol.

For rules or a more detailed schedule, you can visit our website at www.racesouthbendmotorspeedway.com, follow us on Facebook or you can also visit our forum at StockCarExtreme.com. A huge thank you to everyone who helped us celebrate the Independence Day holiday and as always, we’ll see you at the races.

4 Out of 5 Winners Repeat at South Bend Motor Speedway

July 5th, 2012

South Bend, IN — It was like ‘déjà vu all over again’ on Saturday night as four of the five feature winners were repeats of previous weeks. Justin Cogswell of LaPorte was the only non-repeat as he scored the biggest win of his career in the 50
lap Mini Stock feature and took home the $1500 top prize. South Bend’s Cindy Stremme took her 2nd Street Stock feature win in a row while John Long of Niles backed up his “Bellman Oil Company” Late Model win from a week ago as well. Brandon Zachery of Paw Paw, MI and Doug Fox of South Bend returned to victory lane in the Sportsman and Front Wheel Drive classes.

In the opening feature of the night, Cindy Stremme made short work of the competition to move quickly to the front of the 30 lap event. She had to hold off repeated challenges from Danny Brown Jr of LaPorte who settled for 2nd ahead of young standout Austin Woodcox, also of LaPorte. Josh Highbaugh of Jones, MI and Derek Wunder of South Bend followed while Greg Gifford of Michigan City, Kenny Esmont of South Bend, Andrew Rigley of Mishawaka, A.J. Lubelski of North Liberty and
James Haisley rounded out the top ten. Wunder took the first heat win over Haisley while Gifford topped Stremme for the 2nd heat win. Danny Brown Jr turned in fast qualifying time with a lap of 13.646.

The Sportsman class continues to display some of the closest competition every week. Last week’s winner, ‘Hurricane’ Charlie Cotton of Claypool took the point and appeared headed for a repeat but Brandon Zachary had other ideas as he moved
flawlessly through traffic to assume the point during the late stages of the 40 lap event. At the end, it was Zachary over Cotton with Plymouth driver Scott Ross, subbing for Rich Boal in 3rd. Rodney Smith of Elkhart and Robert Haisley of South Bend completed the top 5 ahead of Ryan Powell of Mishawaka, Corey Woods of South Bend, Kody Thornton of Osceola, David Sheiber and Les McLean, both from South Bend. Powell took the first heat win over Ross and Haisley while Cottn beat out Robbie Ferrier of Dowagiac and Smith for the 2nd heat win. In qualifying, Robbie Ferrier set a new track record with a time of 12.640.

The Front Wheel Drive 20 lap feature had a little ‘something for everyone’. Unlike past weeks where it was the only feature to run caution free, this week saw the caution fly early when leaders Bryant Ragsdale of Mishawaka and Tom Taylor of Michigan City tangled in turn three. On another caution, Ragsdale slammed into Taylor, relegating him to the infield for the remainder of the event. Taylor recovered to finish first but, during post race inspection, he was found to have an
improper tire, disqualifying him from the win. ‘Dancin’ Doug Fox of South Bend was awarded the well deserved win following Taylor’s D.Q. ahead of fellow South Bender Jason Horton. Sean Stuart of North Liberty took 3rd over Chris Walsworth of Westville and Jason Harmon of Elkhart. Travis Erhart of South Bend, Addison Davis of North Liberty, Helmut Forstinger Jr of South Bend, Jim Granzow of Hobart and Ed Martz of Niles rounded out the top ten. Jeff Harrell beat out Erhart and Martz for the 1st heat win while Ragsdale topped Walsworth and Fox for the 2nd heat win. Doug Fox was fast qualifier with a lap of 15.300.

The “Bellman Oil Company” Late Model 50 lap feature reminded this writer of another car from the mid to late 1970’s that also sported the number 32 on the side. The only difference is that that car was orange and was driven by Hall of Famer Denny Nyari of South Bend. This number 32 belongs to Niles driver, John Long who took his 3rd feature win in a row. This time, Long beat out Steve Stacy of Plymouth who had built up a commanding lead only to see it disappear after a spin near the half way point. The race was red flagged a few laps later for the horrific crash involving South Bend’s Ronnie McLean, Bob Wroblewski and Rich Hensley. McLean and Wroblewski tangled entering turn 3 and Hensley plowed into the spinning car of Wroblewski, destroying the 99 car in the process. Following the red, Stacy was unable to hold off Long who took command and never looked back. At the finish, Stacy took 2nd over Kenny Lollar Jr of Buchanan, MI, Cory Lindsey of Kingsford Heights, Mike Tutino of Walkerton, Robbie Ferrier of Dowagiac, Mike Verduin of North Liberty, Brandon Zachary of Paw Paw, Charles Darr of Garrett and McLean. Lollar Jr took the 1st heat win over Verduin while Stacy beat Tutino for the 2nd heat win. Long, once again posted quick time with a lap of 11.876.

The final event of the evening was the big 50 lap Mini Stock special. Seventeen of the 19 drivers in attendance lined up for the start. Defending champion, Rich Hensley of South Bend moved quickly through the field and assumed the point but never quite pulling away. Justin Cogswell, who dogged Hensley throughout the race did something that few drivers have been able to do in the past 2 seasons. He passed Hensley on the outside and held off the wiley veteran to score the win. Zachery Newgent of South Bend came home 3rd over Dale Olivier Sr of Niles and Derek Davis of South Bend. Goshen’s Dave Coleman followed with Michael Richter of Mishawaka, Craig Cassel of Bremen, Mike Freese of LaPorte and Nick Kretchmer of Granger completing the top ten. Olivier Sr beat out Cassel and Richter for heat 1 while David Raley fought off challenges from Jeremy Damron of Goshen and Coleman for the win in heat number 2. Ben McCallum of South Bend took the 3rd heat over Kretchmer and Newgent. Derek Davis turned in fast time with a lap at 13.242.

This Wednesday will be a special “Night of Destruction” along with a huge fireworks and laser light show. The night will feature an Off Road Front Wheel Drive Enduro, Trailer Races, Mattress Race, Barrel Race and Rollover contest along with Stinger and The General Monster Trucks and Fred Sibley’s Jet Truck. Also on tap will be Mud Boggers from The Sodbusters group. Spectator gates open at 5 with action set to get underway at 7 pm. Pits are $30 with general admission $15 for adults, $5 for kids 6-12 and 5 & under are free with an adult. Small coolers are welcome but no glass containers and no alcohol, please.

Saturday will feature Mid Season Championships for all divisions along with an autograph session following qualifying. Pits open at noon with practice from 2 til 4, qualifying at 5 and racing set to get underway following the autograph session at 7.

Holly Honored, Cotton, Stremme & Mast Take First Wins at SBMS

June 28th, 2012

South Bend, IN– It was “Pennies for Puppies” night at the South Bend Motor Speedway this past Saturday. Race fans were afforded a discount on adult admission with a donation of food for the St Joseph County Humane Society. Volunteers also
collected over $800 in cash donations for the organization. During pre-race festivities, Holly, a Bull Mastiff owned by Late Model feature winner, John Long was introduced as Grand Marshall and “Official dog of the South Bend Motor Speedway”. In racing action, Charlie Cotton scored his first ever Sportsman feature win while fan favorite, Cindy Stremme took home a well deserved Street Stock win and Michael Mast notched his first win of the season in the Mini Stocks. Long and Bryant Ragsdale backed up their wins from a week ago by taking the Late Model and Front Wheel Drive features, respectively.

A season high of 18 Mini Stocks took the green flag for their 25 lap feature. When all was said and done, Michael Mast, driving Derek Davis’s 18 car, scored his first win of the season. John Long, driving Jim Newman’s car finished 2nd ahead of Zachery Newgent, Rich Hensley and Ben McCallum. David Raley Jr, Drew Davis, Dave Coleman, Mike Freese and newcomer, Brandon Nieto of Mill Creek, rounded out the top ten. Justin Cogswell beat out McCallum for the 1st heat win while Newgent bested Nick Kretchmer for the 2nd heat win. Michael Mast posted fast qualifying time with a lap of 13.267. Defending champ, Rich Hensley continues to lead the points with a 98 point lead over runner-up Zach Newgent. Nick Kretchmer is next over David Raley Jr, Drew Davis, Derek Davis and Kevin Davis.

The Street Stock 30 lap feature saw two of the speedway’s “brightest” cars battling for the lead as the hot pink Monte Carlo of crowd favorite, Cindy Stremme held off challenges from the lime green Chevelle of Austin Woodcox for her first win of the season. Two time feature winner, Josh Highbaugh settled for third over Nick Emmans of Bristol, Kenny Esmont, John Clevenger, Derek Wunder, Matt Sullivan, Vernon Knight and Doug Close. Close bested Clevenger for the 1st heat win with Woodcox overtaking Wunder for the 2nd heat win. Greg Gifford turned in the fast qualifying time of 13.629 but was eliminated from feature competition when he tangled with the spinning car of Kyle Thornton. Josh Highbaugh holds a comfortable lead over Greg Gifford for the points title while Austin Woodcox, Danny Brown Jr and Kenny Esmont make up the
top five.

The Sportsman feature was next and proved to be one of the best races of the night. ‘Choo-Choo’ Charlie Cotton returned to action after a crash two weeks ago and held off a very determined Brandon Zachary to win his first ever South Bend feature event. Rich Boal, nursing a broken wrist, came home in 3rd over Marty Lunger and Rick “Wiz” Wolkens. Corey Woods, Lyn Papke, Les McLean, Robert Haisley and Ryan Powell rounded out the top ten. In heat race action, Powell beat out Lunger for the 1st heat win while Boal overtook Wolkens for the win in the 2nd heat. Zachary was fastest in qualifying with a lap of 12.945 and leads Corey Wood in the season points battle. Charlie Cotton, Rick Wolkens, Rich Boal and Robert Haisley follow with Robbie Ferrier, Rodney Smith, Mark Swan and Ryan Powell completing the top ten in points. Our best wishes go out to Rich Boal as he will undergo surgery on his wrist later this week. We wish him a speedy recovery.

The Front Wheel Drive class saw 13 of the 15 drivers take the green for their 20 lapper. In an effort to tighten the competition, a time restriction was placed in effect. Any driver who qualifies under the 15 second mark must start the feature at the front and has to catch up to and pass the entire field in order to win. Tom Taylor turned a lap of 14.781 in qualifying so, therefore he started the feature on the pole and quickly set out to catch up. In the only feature to go caution free, Bryant Ragsdale wrestled the lead away from Doug Fox to score his 2nd win in a row. Fox held the runner-up spot over Jamie Layne of Mishawaka, Jason Horton, Taylor and Sean Stuart. Chris Walsworth headed Addison Davis, Jeff Harrell and Jason Harmon to complete the top ten. Stuart took the 1st heat ahead of Harrell and Helmut Forstinger Jr while Fox beat out Walsworth and Ragsdale in the 2nd heat. Tom Taylor enjoys a 91 point lead over Doug Fox in the points battle with Bryant Ragsdale, Joe Grevenstuk, Jason Horton and Sean Stuart following.

In the “Bellman Oil Company” Late Model 50 lap main event, John Long worked his way through traffic to score a convincing win over Brandon Zachary and Bobby Stremme. Steve Stacy beat out Robbie Ferrier for 4th while Roger Northrop, Kenny Lollar Jr, Ronnie McLean, Cory Lindsey and Mike Verduin rounded out the top ten. McLean won heat one over Lollar while Zachary beat out Ferrier for the 2nd heat win. Long took top qualifying honors at 11.893, just a tick off the track record. In the points totals, Brandon Zachary leads Steve Stacy, Kenny Lollar Jr, Ronnie McLean and Robbie Ferrier in the title chase.

This Saturday, the speedway will host the 50 lap Mini Stock Special with $1500 going to the winner. South Bend rules apply and you must be 100% legal to compete. The ‘Bellman Oil Company” Late Models, Sportsman, Street Stocks and Front Wheel Drive cars will also be on hand for their own brand of exciting racing. Fans are encouraged to come early to get the best seats. Pit gates open at noon on Saturday with practice to begin at 2, qualifying at 5 and racing at 7 pm. The general admission gates open at 4 pm. Adult admission is still only $10 with kids 6-12 just $5 and those 5 and under are free with an adult. Small coolers are welcome but NO alcohol or glass containers. Fans are also reminded that there is NO SMOKING allowed in the grandstand area, per St Joseph County ordinance. Even though we need the rain, think dry for Saturday and we’ll see you at the races.

South Bend Motor Speedway Honors Veterans, Celebrates Memorial Day

May 31st, 2012

South Bend, IN– The South Bend Motor Speedway honored America’s veterans as they celebrated the Memorial Day weekend this past Saturday night. Veterans and active military personnel who showed proper ID were given a discount on admission. Those in attendance were treated to some of the best short track racing in recent history. Over 70 cars packed the pit area for the five divisions with another season high of 19 drivers competing in the ‘Bellman Oil Company’ Late Model division. Trophies were presented to the feature winners in loving memory of family members who have passed away.

The first feature event was the 40 lap Sportsman main which saw 11 of the 14 competitors take the green. Rick Wolkens of Niles took the early lead and left the rest of the field behind. Near the halfway mark, Corey Woods from South Bend overtook Wolkens, taking fast qualifier, Brandon Zachery of Paw Paw with him. Zachery took over the lead a few laps later and went on to put the GT Products Chevrolet in the winner’s circle for his first win of the season. Woods held on for 2nd over Ron Maynard Jr of Union, MI and Charlie Cotton of Claypool. Wolkens held on to finish 5th ahead of Alex Pratt of Elkhart, Brian McFadden and Mark Swan, both from South Bend. Paul Fontanelli of LaPorte and Ryan Powell of Mishawaka rounded out the top ten. Fontanells and Swan got together and crashed hard on the backstretch on the last lap. Wolkens and Maynard Jr scored the heat victories while Zachery turned in a 12.862 for fast time. For his efforts, Zachery was presented a trophy from the family of Richard ‘Red’ Hair Sr.

In the ever growing Front Wheel Drive class, Bryant Ragsdale scored his first ever feature win in their 20 lap event. Tom Taylor of Michigan City gave Ragsdale a run but fell short at the end over ‘Dancin’ Doug Fox of South Bend. Joe Grevenstuk of Goshen took home 4th ahead of Jason Horton and Rookie Helmut Forstinger Jr, both of South Bend. Addison Davis of North Liberty, Ed Martz from Niles, Jason Harmon of
Elkhart and Ian Whiteman of New Carlisle rounded out the top ten. Jeff Harrell of Niles put his Crossroads Family Restaurant Escort in victory lane in the first heat while Ragsdale took the 2nd heat honors and turned a quick time of 14.851 in time trials. A trophy honoring Steven T. Stathos (US Air Force) was presented to Ragsdale to commemorate his win in the feature.

With 18 of the top drivers from all over Michiana all hungry for a win, the Bellman Oil Company Late Model 50 lap feature looked like a ‘who’s who’ of area racers. In what many fans called, “the most exciting finish in years,” Bobby Stremme of South Bend picked up a very hard fought win over a determined Jeff Ganus of Constantine, MI. During the final 10 circuits, 2nd through 5th changed ositions nearly every lap. Steve Stacy of Plymouth, who survived an early tangle that saw several competitors spin on the front stretch, held off John Long of Niles for 3rd. Brandon Zachery finished 5th ahead of Kenny Lollar Jr of Buchanan, Mi, Mike Tutino of Walkerton, Rich Boal of Plymouth, early leader Robbie Ferrier of Dowagiac and Lee Slaton of Constantine. Corey Lindsey of Kingsford Heights celebrated his birthday by winning one of the heats while newcomer Mike Kugler of Stroh took the other. Ganus posted quick qualifying time with a lap of 11.876. A trophy honoring the memory of Jeffery Brown was presented to Stremme for his feature win.

After a couple weeks of lower car counts, the Mini Stocks rebounded with a total of 15 drivers in competition. South Bend youngster, Zachery Newgent held off repeated challenges by Rich Hensley for the 25 lap victory. Nick Kretchmer of Granger came home 3rd over Kevin Davis of Osceola and David Raley Jr of Osceola. Doug Fox, driving the Olivier Racing #21s was next ahead of Travis Bottorff of Plymouth and Mishawaka’s Jeremy Parrott, driving the Thornton Enterprises S-10. Derek Davis of South Bend and Mark Swan rounded out the top 10. David Raley Jr and Newgent split heat wins with Derek Davis turning in fast time with a circuit of 13.636. Newgent also picked up a trophy from the family of Dennis Craig (US Army) for his feature win and another honoring long time push truck driver and friend of SBMS, Gary A. Davis for the heat win.

In the final feature event of the evening, the 30 lap Street Stock feature, Danny Brown Jr of LaPorte took home top honors after arriving at the speedway late due to becoming a new daddy. After being plagued with mechanical woes the past couple weeks, Brown, who scored a heat win earlier in the evening, beat out Josh Highbaugh of Jones, MI for the win. John Long held off Austin Woodcox of LaPorte and Greg Gifford of Michigan City for 3rd. Derek Wunder of Plymouth was next over Andrew Righley of Mishawaka, Lucas Virgil of New Carlisle, James Haisley of South Bend and Kenny Esmont, also of South Bend. James Haisley scored the other heat win as John Long posted fast qualifying time with a lap of 13.472. The family of Marion Minier (US Army) awarded Danny Brown with a trophy in his memory.

Racers have this Saturday off as the speedway will host the 2nd of our popular Demolition derbies. The “June Moon” will feature a full size car demo along with a front wheel driver mini car demo, trailer races, rollover contest and a 50 lap Front Wheel Drive Enduro race. Pit gates open at 4 pm with spectator gates opening at 5 and the enduro is set to take the green at 7 pm. Pit passes are $30 with general admission at $15 for adults, $5 for kids 6-12 and those 5 & under are free with an adult. Small coolers are welcome but no alcohol or glass containers. If crashes aren’t your thing, please join us on June 9th when we will host a $2500 to win 75 lap Sportsman special along with all our other exciting classes. South Bend rules apply for all special events.

For rules or additional information, please visit our website at www.racesouthbendmotorspeedway.com. You can also follow us on Facebook. As always,
we look forward to seeing you at the races.

Ferrier 3Peats, Ganus, Long, Miller and Hensley Win Big at SBMS

May 23rd, 2012

South Bend, IN — Robbie Ferrier of Dowagiac seems to have a lock on victory lane at the South Bend Motor Speedway as he notched his 3rd Sportsman feature win in as many tries on Saturday night. However, his win did not come without some
challenges from a persistent Charlie Cotton of Claypool. By far the fastest car on the track in the closing laps, Cotton could not catch a break as the pair moved through lapped traffic. As the checker waved, Charlie had to settle for runner-up over a fast closing Brandon Zachery of Paw Paw. Mark Swan of South Bend was next ahead of Rich Boal of Plymouth, defending champion Rodney Smith of Elkhart, Rich Wolkins of Niles, Kody Thornton of Osceola, Lett McLean of South Bend. Terry Brittain, also of South Bend, rounded out the top ten. A total of 15 drivers made qualifying runs with Corey Woods, in the Williamson Auto & Machine Cadillac, from South Bend posting the fastest lap with a time of 13.037. Rodney Smith and Robert Haisley of South Bend split heat wins. Ferrier’s win extends his points lead over Zachery, Charlie Cotton, Rodney Smith and Corey Woods.

The 50 lap, $1000 to win special for Front Wheel Drive cars had everything from Accuras to ZX2’s in competition. When the smoke cleared, it was Knox driver, Bill Miller who took home top honors ahead of Tom Taylor of Michigan City. Bryant Ragsdale of Mishawaka was next over Kelton Kaechle of Valparaiso and fan favorite, ‘Dancin’ Doug Fox of South Bend. Newcomer, Michael Gerike of Crown Point was next over Joe Grevenstuk of Goshen, Helmut Forstinger Jr from South Bend, Fred Eisenhardt of New Carlisle and Addison Davis from North Liberty. During post-race tech, Kaechle was found to have anti-freeze in his car and was DQ’d, moving all those behind him up one position in the final standings. Because of the large turnout for this class, there were 3 heat races run. Jeff Harrell of Niles scored the win in heat one with heat 2 going to ‘Dancin’ Doug. Miller scored the win in heat 3 as well as posting fast time with a new record lap of 14.221. Tom
Taylor leads the points over Doug Fox, Joe Grevenstuk, Jason Horton and Sean Stuart.

In the Mini Stock 15 lap feature, Rich Hensley of South Bend scored his 2nd win in a row over fellow South Benders, Zach Newgent and Jonathan Koch. Last season’s rookie standout, Nick Kretchmer of Granger was next over David Raley Jr of Osceola. Hensley turned in quick time of 13.609 as Kretchmer took the heat win. Many more drivers are expected to be in competition next week as construction is nearing completion for many competitors. Hensley, the defending champ, leads Zach Newgent, Nick Kretchmer, David Raley Jr and Travis Bottorff for the season points battle.

The Bellman Oil Company Late Model division saw a record turnout once again as 18 cars were on the property. While mechanical woes kept 2 of those in the pits, 16 lined up for the 50 lap feature. It appeared as though Robbie Ferrier, one of 3 drivers who also compete in the Sportsman class, was going to become the first driver to win both top division features. However, defending champion, Jeff Ganus from Constantine, MI had other ideas. As Ganus worked through traffic, Ferrier stretched his lead to nearly half a lap over the field. As the laps wore on, Ganus worked through traffic and gradually pulled alongside Ferrier. The pair battled side by side for several laps before Ganus pulled away. Brandon Zachery got by Ferrier in the closing laps for 2nd. Ferrier took 3rd over Steve Stacy of Plymouth, Cory Lindsey of Kingsford Heights and Rich Boal. Brian Ross of Plymouth, Lee Slaton of Constantine,MI, Kenny Lollar Jr of Buchanan and Mike Tutino of Walkerton rounded out the top ten. Brian Ross and Tutino took the heat wins with Zachery turning in quick time with a lap of 11.965. Zachery is on top of the season points battle as only 32 points separate the top 5. Rich Boal, Steve Stacy, Robbie Ferrier and Kenny Lollar Jr, make up those top drivers.

Competition in the Street Stock division is the best it has ever been, evidenced by the fact that there have been 3 different winners in 3 weeks. This week it was John Long of Niles who put his “Pay’n’Pakit” Monte Carlo in victory lane over a very determined Josh Highbaugh of Jones, MI. LaPorte youngster, Austin Woodcox came home 3rd ahead of South Bend’s Cindy Stremme and Kenny Esmont. Chad McGinnis of Elkhart topped Jeff Stetler of Plymouth, Vernon Knight and Greg Gifford, both from Michigan City. Andrew Rigley of Mishawaka brought his Chevy pickup home for a tenth place finish. James Haisley of South Bend and Highbaugh each won a heat race. John Long was fast qualifier at 13.787. Long leads the points but only 18 ahead of Josh Highbaugh. Greg Gifford, Austin Woodcox and Smilin’ Kenny Esmont make up the top five in points.

Action returns to the high banks this Saturday when we honor our veterans and celebrate the Memorial Day weekend. All active duty military and veterans will receive $2 off general admission with ID. Pit gates open again at noon with grandstands opening at 4pm. Practice for all classes starts at 2, qualifying is at 5 and races are set to go at 7 pm. General admission is $10 for adults, $5 for kids 6-12 and kids 5 & under are free with a paid adult. You’re welcome to bring in a small cooler but no alcohol or glass containers are allowed. Great food is available at any of our fine concessions.

If you would like more information regarding our schedule, rules, point standings or results, please visit our website at www.racesouthbendmotorspeedway.com. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter. If the weather is questionable, information is posted as quickly as possible on race day. Thank you for your support throughout the 2012 season and as always, we’ll see you at the races.