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Thiel Victorious Again with Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprints

July 21st, 2017

22 Bumper to Bumper Interstate Racing Association(IRA) sprint car teams signed in to compete in the Norm Nelson Classic at the Historic Angell Park Speedway. Osborn and Son Trucking Qualifying saw Bill Balog take quick time over Jeremy Schultz and Paul Nienhiser. Scotty Thiel and and Scotty Neitzel rounded out the top 5.

Weld Wheels Heat Race 1 saw Thiel quickly move from 3rd to the lead followed close behind by Balog. Balog would make a few challenges for the lead, but could not find a way around Thiel’s Professional Plating machine. At the line it would be Thiel over Balog. Todd Daun came across in 3rd followed by Steve Meyer and Mike Reinke.
Allstar Performance Heat Race 2 would be dominated by outside front row starter, Phillip Mock. Mock picked up the win over Neitzel and Russel Borland. Schultz and Ben Schmidt would finish 4th and 5th respectively.
DMI Racing/ R&H Enterprises Heat Race 3 was won by pole sitter Kyle Marten in the Oostburg Concrete 99. Nienhiser would come home in 2nd ahead of Wayne Modjeski and Tayler Malsam. Scott Uttech would complete the top 5 in his 7 machine.

A main action saw Neitzel take the early lead but soon Thiel was on his bumper. Thiel was able to get around the 2w of Neitzel and take off from the field. As the race wore on Schultz moved into 2nd ahead of Nienhiser. Balog had moved from his 10th starting position into 4 when the caution flag fell with just 3 laps remaining for Steve Meyer who blew a tire. The restart gave Balog a chance to move around Nienhiser for 3rd, and Schultz an opportunity to challenge for the win, but the 64 machine was just too strong and it was Scotty Thiel pulling into victory lane for the 2nd time this year in IRA competition. Schultz would settle for 2nd and Balog would come home 3rd. Scotty Neitzel would bring his 2w across in 4th and Nienhiser would finish in 5th.

The IRA is set to return to action Saturday night July 22nd at the Beaver Dam Raceway in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. Then the teams travel north to the Langlade County Speedway in Antigo, Wisconsin on July 28.

The IRA would like to thank our wonderful sponsors, Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts, Osborn and Son Trucking, TW Metals, Carriage Auto Body, Cummins Onan, Hopf Farms, Hagar’s Half Pound Cookies and Hoosier Tire..

Illinois/Wisconsin Double Header Weekend for IRA

July 15th, 2017

This weekend the Bumper to Bumper Interstate Racing Association has two big shows on tap. Saturday at the Fairbury American Legion Speedway, and Sunday at Angell Park Speedway.

Saturday July 15th the IRA makes their first visit to Fairbury American Legion Speedway(FALS) in over a decade. The Neil Tire Midwest Open Wheel Association will join the IRA at the 1/4th mile Illinois oval, in what is sure to be a great night of racing. Boston Reid picked up the win on the IRA’s only previous event at FALS. With most of the IRA team’s never having ran the semi banked Illinois oval, the winner will likely be the team who can adapt to the new track the quickest.

Sunday the series travels back to Wisconsin for another trip to Angell Park Speedway. Bill Balog has won both previous IRA events at Angell Park Speedway in 2017 and will surely be the man to beat this Sunday. Scotty Thiel has been Balog’s toughest competition all season and the month of July has been good to him, picking up two 410 sprint car wins already this month, look for him to challenge the Rhine Auto 17b on Sunday.

The IRA would like to thank our wonderful sponsors, Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts, Osborn and Son Trucking, TW Metals, Carriage Auto Body, Cummins Onan, Hopf Farms, Hagar’s Half Pound Cookies and Hoosier Tire.

Balog and Scelzi Thrill Angell Park Crowd with Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprints

June 21st, 2017

26 Bumper to Bumper Interstate Racing Association(IRA) drivers signed in for action at the beautiful Angell Park Speedway for their Father’s Day Festival. Osborn and Son Trucking qualifying saw Howards Grove, Wisconsin’s Mike Reinke set quick time. Scotty Thiel would time in 2nd followed by California’s Dominic Scelzi. Todd Daun would qualify in 4th and Wayne Modjeski would round out the top 5 in his Fatfro Motorsports 14aj.

Heat race 1 would be brought to the green flag by Steve Meyer and Phillip Mock, and that’s how they would stay all the way to the checkered. Mike Reinke would move into 3rd place by the finish, followed by Jeremy Schultz and Seattle Washington native, Taylor Malsam.
Heat 2 saw series point leader Bill Balog take the early lead, and run away from the field. As the checkered flag fell Balog was victorious over Mike Kertscher. Thiel brought his Professional Plating 64 machine home 3rd with Saturday nights feature winner, Kyle Marten in 4th. The top 5 would be completed by the 19 of Todd Daun.
Heat 3 would be called red on lap 1 when Bill Wirth tipped his 53w car over on the backstretch. When the race was restarted the orange 2w of Scotty Neitzel took the lead, and held it for the duration of the race. Behind him Blake Nimee came home 2nd and Scelzi moved his 41s into 3rd. Modjeski came home 4th followed by the 7 machine of Scott Uttech in 5th.

The B main was lead by Bill Wirth for the first 6 of 8 laps, but with 2 laps to go Wirth would suffer mechanical issues and forced to pull into the infield. Russel Borland would inherit the lead and pick up the win over Dennis Spitz and Chris Dodd. Mike Decker brought his 12 car home in 4th and Keith Fellner would come across the line in 5th.

The A main was brought to the green flag by a pair of west coast drivers in Malsam and Scelzi. The first start saw Marten and Nimee get upside down and bring out a red flag. After a complete restart Scelzi took the lead over Malsam and Balog moved into 3rd. Quickly the 17b got past Malsam’s 26 and into 2nd. As the field moved through lapped traffic Balog got to Scelzi’s bumper and would soon take the lead. Multiple incidents would bring the yellow flag back out, but Scelzi couldn’t get his 41s machine past the Rhine Auto car of Balog. When the checkered flag fell it was Balog atop the podium with his 5th victory of the season. Scelzi settled for second ahead of Malsam. Scotty Neitzel came home in 4th and Phillip Mock in just his 2nd start of 2017 brought his 1m machine home in 5th.

Schultz Hides from Rivals, Captures Angell Park Speedway’s Corn Fest Event in Sprint Action

August 26th, 2015

Sun Prairie, WI – Angell Park Speedway ‘s Sweet Corn Festival is a major community event in the town of Sun Prairie,
Wisconsin, and this year the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints were invited to partake in the major celebration.

Jeremy Schultz would prove to be the class of the field. Once he captured the lead he spent the majority of the 30-lap A-main, hiding in lapped traffic out of reach of his rivals. It was simply a game of hide and seek, you could
find Schultz, you just couldn’t catch him. “It feels great to be back in victory lane. It’s been awhile since Wilmot at the beginning of the year”, exclaimed Schultz noting his last victory back in May. “I’m just super stoked, my guys (pit crew) they are incredible, they stand behind me all the time. They worked their tails off we were terrible the past two night. To put it in victory lane tonight I can’t even pit it into words”, said an enthusiastic Schultz as he waved to the crowd. “We really needed that to get use going for this last push here at the end of the year”, Schultz said as a point title is still a possibility heading into the final month and a half of racing action. After his second runner-up run of the weekend Thiel reflected on his performance. “We had a pretty good weekend for what
it was worth. We gave one up Friday. This time we were chasing and I struggled through lapped cars a little bit. Jeremy (Schultz) got through them”, stated Thiel.

“We were fast, I think we were one of the fastest cars on the racetrack. This thing was on rails we ran him down there it was exciting”, noted Thiel about closing the gap in the final laps. “It was a great racetrack”, concluded Thiel. A 23 car starting gird was presented to begin the featured contest this evening, and polesitter Kyle Marten got an excellent start to take the opening lead. Marten, one of three candidates for the 2015 Rookie of the Year award, opened up a small gap on Schultz who had started outside the front row. So far in 2015, a total of 13 different drivers have graced victory lane in Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series action and for awhile during the opening circuits it appeared Marten might be adding to that total. Schultz however had different plans. By lap four Schultz began to drop the hammer quickly closing the gap, and powering past Marten for the top spot on lap five with an inside pass through turns three and four. Marten surrendered the second spot to Scotty Thiel on lap nine, and on the next orbit around the third mile-clay oval Scotty Neitzel began to pressure Marten for third. Out front Schultz began to encounter lapped traffic, and he made quick work of the lapped machines running both high, and low to distance himself from Thiel. Schultz’s handy work in lapped traffic allowed him to extend his lead on Thiel who became trapped behind backmarkers. This permitted a group of cars including Marten, Neitzel and Mike Reinke to close in. Lap thirteen would prove unlucky for Steve Meyer who shredded a right rear tire, and tagged the wall in turn four before coming to a stop, resulting in the first and only slowdown of the contest. His crew worked fanatically and managed to change the tire and repair the car just in time for him to return to action. On the restart Schultz held command with a couple lapped cars between himself, and second running Thiel.

At the drop of flagman Jim Barr’s green flag Schultz immediately powered away from the pack, while Thiel worked on
maneuvering past lapped cars. On lap 18, Jordan Goldesberry who had opened the triple-header weekend for the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints with a win at Wilmot Raceway on Friday Night suddenly lost power while running in the top five. He made a quick dive into the infield, and the race continued without a caution. By lap 20 Schultz again encountered heavy lapped traffic with Thiel, and Marten giving chase. Behind them Neitzel, and Reinke were waging a war for position. It soon became a four-car battle for the second spot. Thiel finally broke lapped traffic with five laps to go, but by this point Schultz had a huge lead. Third place soon became the focus of attention. With three laps to go, Neitzel found room under Marten to grab third, dragging Reinke with him. Over the final circuits Thiel did shave several car lengths off Schultz’s lead but Schultz was able to reach the finish line with a dozen car length advantage for the win. Thiel earned his second runner-up performance of the weekend. Third place came down to the final turn with Neitzel, and Reinke wing to wing and a pair of lapped cars in front of them.

Reinke lifted and surrendered the third position to Neitzel at the line. Reinke earned the fourth spot followed by Ben Schmidt who made a last lap pass on Marten to complete the top five. Marten earned the sixth spot after an impressive run for the first year IRA driver. Blake Nimee advanced into the seventh spot at the finished followed by Scott Uttech. Title contender Bill Rose earned a ninth place finish and visiting driver Critter Malone a visiting driver from Speedway, Indiana came home in the tenth spot. Earlier in the night heat Marten, Schultz, and Thiel captured race victories. Jordan Goldesberry opened the program in qualifying by established a new track record turning in a blazing lap of 12.059 seconds. Ian Masden set the former mark earlier this year at 12.171 seconds. Rose who had also held the track record at Angell Park Speedway turned in the second fastest lap of the night with a 12.162 second effort which was also under the previous record. Reinke was third quick tonight with a lap of 12.196 seconds. The fastest 22 cars were separated by just one second in qualifying.

Next weekend the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint series will host a pair of events. On Saturday Night, the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints will join the Midwest Open Wheel Association (MOWA) in presenting the 5th Annual Bill Waite Jr. Memorial Classic at the LaSalle Speedway in LaSalle, IL. Then on Sunday the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint series will make it’s final appearance of the 2015 season at Angell Park Speedway. The show will feature the first ever joining of the IRA Sprints with the National Sprint League at the historic oval. For more information on the IRA Outlaw Sprints check out the tour website at www.irasprints.com or by logging onto the series Facebook page at
www.facebook.com/irasprints the series is also on twitter at #IRA_sprints. The IRA Sprints are presented by its long time supporting series partners. The series support is led by title sponsor Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, and associate series partners Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Hoosier Tire, Cedar Creek Motorsports, Cummins Onan, and Carriage Auto Body.

2015 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints Upcoming Events:
8/29/2015 LaSalle Speedway – LaSalle, IL
8/30/2015 Angell Park Speedway – Sun Prairie, WI
9/6/2015 141 Speedway – Francis Creek, WI
9/11/2015 Amsoil Speedway – Superior, WI
9/12/2015 Cedar Lake Speedway – Cedar Lake, WI