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September 6th, 2016
Bobby Wilberg (Club LaMark NASCAR Late Models), Robert Hansberry Jr.(Dave’s White Rock Sportsman), and Brandon DeLacy (Pellitteri Waste Systems Bandits) were crowned track champions at Madison International Speedway tonight.
The championship for Wilberg was the twelfth of his career at Madison and his nineteenth overall. Hansberry Jr. won his third championship in the Sportsman division at Madison while DeLacy picked up his first-ever title at Madison.
“It’s been a long time,” said Wilberg. When asked about his future he said, “We’ll wait and see what happens during the off-season when we get everyone together. For now we’ll take some time off and enjoy this.”
“I never thought I would pull off a track championship. There are a lot of fast guys in this division,” said DeLacy.
Twin Features were raced in each of the three weekly NASCAR divisions with Ty Majeski and John Beale taking home checkered flags in the Late Models, Steve Anderson and Robert Hansberry Jr. in the Sportsman, and Steve Dickson and Nick Schmidt in the Bandits.
Complete race report at misracing.com
August 26th, 2016
Oregon, WI- This Friday Night’s Fan Appreciation Night at Madison International Speedway is shaping up to be quite the night for Late Model fans at ‘Wisconsin’s Fastest Half Mile’. The Club LaMark NASCAR Late Model field will be one of the most competitive of the season, as the current top runners will be joined by former track champions and one driver who is on a quest to bring the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series National Championship back to Wisconsin.
While Bobby Wilberg attempts to hold off defending Track Champion Zack Riddle, in order to record his eighth Late Model Championship at MIS, a host of other top weekly contenders look to finish their season strong. John Beale has his ride back together after hard contact with the backstretch wall the last time he raced, two weeks ago. Meanwhile, former Rockford and Slinger Champion Jon Reynolds, Jr recorded the win two weeks ago and followed that with a win at Rockford last weekend to continue a strong late season charge. Just three feature races remain for Johnny Baumeister, Tom Gille and Brady Liddle to finally join Kevin Knuese and Brent Edmunds in the winner’s column while young guns Matt Lundberg, Pat Richgels, Hunter Drefahl and Shawn Gunsolus continue to make strides towards their first career feature victories.
He already has two Super Late Model wins to his credit at MIS in 2016 and now Ty Majeski will try his hand at a weekly Late Model win at the track he made his ARCA debut at this past June, finishing fourth. Majeski will be piloting the same car that he swept twin features with last week at LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway, where all told he has recorded nine feature victories in ten starts. This has catapulted him towards the top of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series point standings and in order to bring the National Title back to Wisconsin he will need to add some more solid performances to his stats, which also includes three wins and three runner-up finishes during Daytona Speedweeks at New Smyrna Speedway in February.
As if that was not enough excitement, both Jeremy Miller and Casey Johnson have indicated their intentions to park it in victory lane this Friday night. Miller, a four time weekly Late Model Champion at MIS was the 2015 Super Late Model Triple Crown Champion and returned to victory lane following the Big 8 Series Madison visit this June. Johnson, known as ‘Wisconsin’s Busiest Racer’ has been no slouch this season either, recording his second Triple Crown Title this season in addition to winning Wisconsin International’s ‘Red, White and Blue State Championship’. Johnson was victorious last Saturday night at Jefferson Speedway during the final round of the Badgerland Challenge.
Five divisions will be in action Friday night, in addition to the Late Models will be the Dave’s White Rock Sportsman, Pellitteri Waste System Bandits, American Ethanol Super Trucks and Bandoleros. Pit gates open at 3:30pm, practice begins at 5, spectator gates open at 6 with qualifying getting underway at 6:15. The RA Heating and Air Conditioning Dashes begin the racing action at 7:30pm. Adult general admission tickets remain $12, Whelen Heroes and Seniors are $10, Students (12-17) $8, Kids (6-11) $5 with children under 5 admitted free. Be sure to take advantage of our Family Pricing, get two adult admissions and up to four admissions for those under the age of 18 for just $30.
In honor of Fan Appreciation Night, the track will host its final Buck Night of the season with all concessions available for just $1 and cans of beer priced at $2 all night. Additionally the track will be hosting a post-race party in the pit area with a corn roast.
For additional information including directions and times, please visit the Madison International Speedway website at www.misracing.com or call 608-835-9700.
August 25th, 2016
It’s Fan and Driver Appreciation Night at Madison International Speedway this Friday with an exciting racing program with five divisions in action plus great deals for the fans including the return of Buck Night as part of Fan / Driver Appreciation Night.
American Ethanol has posted a $500 bonus for the NASCAR Late Model feature winner this Friday night, boosting the winner’s share to $1,000. Additionally the American Ethanol SuperTruck Series returns to Wisconsin’s Fastest Half Mile. They will be contesting Twin 20 lap features, which each pay $400 to win with a $200 bonus to the top overall finisher. Each race will pay $125 to start, guaranteed by the track. Fast qualifier for the American Ethanol Super Trucks will receive a gas grill.
Also in action will be the Dave’s White Rock Sportsman, Pellitteri Waste Systems Bandits, and the Bandoleros. The Sportsman and Bandits are down to just two nights of point racing for the season.
A real treat for the fans is the return of Buck Night with $1 concessions and $2 beer with some restrictions. Fans are invited into the pits following the racing program for a post race party including a corn roast.
Pit gates open at 3:30 followed by practice at 5:00, qualifying at 6:15, and racing at 7:30. Adult admission is $12.00 / Whelen Heroes and Seniors are $10.00 / Students 12-17 are $8..00 / Kids 6-11 are $5.00 with kids 5 and under free. Take advantage of the special family pricing package of just $30.00 which includes two adults and up to four students / children.
Oregon residents with proof of residency will pay just $5.00 for grandstand admission.
Friday Night Review
Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate with us this past Friday night forcing a difficult decision to cancel the racing program.
The Super Late Model Triple Crown Challenge title for 2016 will go to Casey Johnson who edged Jeremy Miller and Austin Nason. Johnson finished with 213 points just nine ahead of Miller and eleven in front of Nason.
Club LaMark NASCAR Late Models: It was a tough night for those in the top four in the points going into last Friday’s race. Bobby Wilberg is on top of the charts with 942 points while Zack Riddle is second with 843. John Beale is in third with 791 followed by Jon Reynolds Jr. (700) and John Baumeister Jr. (682). Matt Lundberg is the top rookie in the division.
Dave’s White Rock Sportsman: Robert Hansberry Jr. is still the leader with 1229 points followed by Steve Anderson at 1103 points. Mike Taylor (963), Ryan Goldade (923), and Trevor Robinson (853) complete the top five. Robinson leads Gary Hellenbrand for Rookie of the Year honors.
Pellitteri Waste Systems Bandits: Brandon DeLacy continues to lead the points race with 823 while Nick Schmidt moved into second with 732 points. Steve Dickson is in third with 716 while James Junget (665) and Lyle Phillips (632) round out the top five. Sam Messel is the leading rookie in the division.
Wilberg, Hansberry Jr., and DeLacy are also the leaders in the RA Heating and Air Conditioning Dash Series.
Each division has three features remaining on their schedule…weather permitting.
Midwest Stock Car Association at Madison
Enduro style racing comes to Madison on August 27th and September 24th for two afternoon events. Pit passes are $20 / Grandstand admission is just $5. Pits open at 10:30 AM with racing at 1:00 PM. This is for eight cylinder cars on the half-mile for 250 laps following the former Midwest Enduro Series rulebook with some exceptions. Entry forms can be obtained by emailing email@example.com or by calling Gerry Galloway at 630.244.8978. Proceeds from the races will go to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital thanks to Midwest Stock Car Association.
Upcoming Events at Madison
Friday, September 2: Whelen Engineering NASCAR Championship Night with double features for the Club LaMark NASCAR Late Models, Dave’s White Rock Sportsman, and Pellitteri Waste Systems Bandits. No point lead is safe with double features on tap where one driver can potentially pick up over 200 points.
Friday, September 9: Eve of Destruction featuring a gigantic fireworks display, Monster Trucks, 6Shooters, Spectacular Drifting, Tough Truck Tug of War, Smoky Burnout Contest, School Bus Destruction, Roll Over Contest, Double Steel Wall Crash and much, much more.
Thursday, September 15: One on One Street Drags plus Shine and Show Contest
Saturday, September 24: Midwest Stock Car Association racing at 1:00 PM
Thank you for supporting short track racing, and we hope to see you and your friends at Madison International Speedway this Friday night. Be sure to check in on Facebook when you arrive at the track to be eligible for exciting opportunities.
August 18th, 2016
Jon Reynolds Jr. (Late Models), Robert Hansberry Jr. (Sportsman), Nick Schmidt (Bandits), and Trevor Addams (Super Cups) picked up wins tonight as part of Back to School Night at Madison International Speedway. Thanks to First Supply many young fans received brand new bicycles while Ziegler Crane Service provided trophies for the bike, big wheel, and power wheel races. Somehow the heavy rains in the area avoided the race track tonight. To be sure of getting the entire program in the heat races for the three weekly divisions were canceled.
Reynolds Jr. Receives the Late Model Checkered Flag
Jon Reynolds Jr. won the 30 lap feature for the Club LaMark NASCAR Late Models after John Baumeister Jr. who appeared to win the race on the track was disqualified and runner-up Kevin Knuese was placed back two positions
due to a restart violation. Reynolds Jr. and Pat Richgels paced the field to the green flag. Reynolds Jr. took the early lead with Tom Gille up to second followed by Matt Lundberg. On lap 3 Kevin Knuese moved into the top four when he worked his say past Richgels. Big time trouble brought out the caution flag on lap 5 when the car of Rusty Hansen made contact with John Beale sending him into the backstretch wall and ending the night for both drivers due to damage.
Reynolds Jr. led the field back to green with Lundberg and Knuese in the second row followed by Bobby Wilberg and Brent Edmunds. Reynolds Jr. got a good start and was able to maintain his lead with Lundberg up to second
before several cars made contact in turn four one lap later bringing out the caution flag and ending the night for Zack Riddle whose car was heavily damaged. The lead continued for Reynolds Jr. on the restart with John Baumeister Jr. moving past Lundberg for second on lap 7. Baumeister Jr. was on the rear bumper of the leader by lap 12 before a spinning car brought out the caution flag.
Reynolds Jr. continued to be the leader when the green flag waved again with Baumeister Jr. a close second followed by Knuese, Liddle, and Lundberg. At the half way mark Baumeister Jr. was on the back bumper of Reynolds Jr. Then with ten laps to go Baumeister Jr. launched his way to the inside of Reynolds Jr. to take the lead.
But quickly up to challenge was Knuese who applied heavy pressure on the leader, but Baumeister Jr. was able to hold him and the rest of the field off to pick up the victory. After the race Baumeister Jr. was disqualified which meant the second place car of Knuese would inherit the win. But a restart violation moved Knuese back two positions thus the car that appeared to finish third on the track became the winner. Fast qualifier was Kevin Knuese with a mark of 18.730 (96.103 mph). Bobby Wilberg won the RA Heating and Air Conditioning Dash.
Hansberry Takes Home the Sportsman Checkered Flag
Robert Hansberry Jr. won the 20 lap feature for the Dave’s White Rock Sportsman. It was the fourth win of the season for the two-time Madison track champion. The field was brought to the green flag with Gary Hellenbrand and Johnny Robinson II who stayed side by side for the first four laps before Hellenbrand slowed coming out of turn two which gave Robinson II the lead. On lap 6 Hansberry Jr. pulled to the outside of Robinson II with Hansberry Jr. taking the lead one lap later and opened up a five car length advantage over Robinson II. On lap 9 Anderson powered his way into second coming out of turn two but still trailed Hansberry Jr. by over a second.
Mike Taylor took the third spot from Robinson II on lap 12 while Anderson had cut Hansberry Jr’s lead to less than one second. Would Anderson have enough time to catch the leader? He was able to cut the lead to two car lengths with one lap to go, but this race belonged to Hansberry Jr. who raced his way to victory lane. “Steve’s team has been doing a lot of work on his car and he was coming fast. We’re glad to win another one for everybody at Quest,” said Hansberry Jr. Steve Anderson was fast qualifier with a lap of 19.895 (90.475 mph) and won the RA Heating and Air Conditioning Dash.
Nick Schmidt Maneuvers His Way to Victory Lane
Nick Schmidt won the 20 lap feature for the Pellitteri Waste Systems Bandits. McKayla Adams and Cade Watters raced side by side for the first four laps before Watters took the top spot with Dan Snyder up to second and Ronnie Coppernoll in third. The caution flag came out on lap 7 when the cars of Adams and Bill Kohn went off the track. Watters continued to pace the field with Snyder working the top side fighting for the lead. On lap 8 both Nick Schmidt and Steve Dickson were up to join the top five. Three laps later on lap 11 Nick Schmidt took the lead squeezing by on the inside of both Watters and Snyder on the front shoot. Schmidt and Snyder quickly checked away from the field while several cars were battling it out for third. With four laps to go the caution flag waved for a spin on the backstretch.
Schmidt led the field back to the restart with James Junget and Dan Snyder comprising the second row. A great start by Schmidt allowed him to continue his lead while Junget and Snyder were locked in a battle for second. Schmidt was able to cruise to victory lane followed by Snyder, Junget, Lyle Phillips, and Coppernoll. “This one wasn’t easy. It was about being patient and a little lucky,” said Schmidt. A new track record was set in qualifying when Dave Schmidt turned a lap of 14.877.
Trevor Addams Picks Up the Win in the Super Cups
Trevor Addams won the 20 lap feature for the Central States Region Super Cups. Noah Eisenhower and Trevor Addams led the field to the green flag with Addams wasting no time jumping out to a huge lead while Zachary Tinkle was racing side by side with Eisenhower for second. On lap 3 Tinkle moved into second with Jamie Domski up to third on lap later. Domski moved into second on lap 8 shortly before the caution came out when two cars spun in turn four. Addams continued his leading ways after the restart with Domski in second followed by Dallas Frueh, Eisenhower, and Lucas Schmitt. On lap 11 the second caution of the event came out for a spin on the backstretch. Addams continued to lead but both Domski and Frueh were applying heavy pressure. With five laps to go Domski had cut the lead to two car lengths, but the speedy Addams was able to rebuild his lead and lead wire to wire to pick up the win. Domski, Frueh, Eisenhower, and Steve Naples.
“We won this race for two friends who are battling cancer, “said a happy Addams from victory lane. A brief rain shower washed out Super Cup qualifying. Heat races were won by Trevor Addams and Zachary Tinkle. It’s a double header of action at Madison next week. On Thursday, August 18 th the One on One Street Drags and Shine and Show Contest return with gates open at 6:00 PM, practice and grudge matches at 6:30, and bracket drag racing at 7:30.
On Friday, August 19th the Super Late Models return for round three of the Triple Crown Challenge featuring the Howie Lettow Classic 50. Also in action will be the Midwest Trucks, Legends, and Roto Rooter 6Shooters. Pit gates open at 3:30, practice at 5:00, grandstands open at 6:00, qualifying at 6:15 with racing at 7:30.
August 2nd, 2016
Bill Prietzel (Mid American Stock Car Series), Dan Jung (Midwest Truck Series), Kyle Stark (Midwest Dash Series), and Dave Trute (Great Northern Sportsman Series) all earned checkered flags as part of the Mini of Madison Salute to the Working Man at Madison International Speedway. Chris Koepke won the first-ever “Beer Mile” on the Ring of Fire.
Bill Prietzel Flies to Victory Lane at Madison
The “Franklin Flyer” Bill Prietzel took the lead on lap 10 and raced his way to victory lane in the 40 lap feature for the Quest Industrial Mid American Stock Car Series presented by Club LaMark. The front row of Mark Brooner and Eric Lingford brought the thirteen car field to the green flag. Lingford grabbed the point with Kenny Joosten up to second followed by Ryan Gutknecht, Bill Prietzel, and George Schultz. The field mixed up a little when Prietzel and Schultz moved up to second and third on lap 5 followed by Rick Corso. Joosten would eventually take the lead from Lingford, but it would be short-lived as Prietzel muscled his way to the lead on lap 10 followed by Schultz and Corso. The top three wasted no time checking away from the field with Prietzel
continuing to show the way as the leader. With fifteen laps to go Prietzel’s advantage over Schultz and Corso was just a little over a second and shrinking. Just as it appeared his lead was shrinking, Prietzel was able to maintain his margin over Schultz. But Schultz continued to work his way back to close the lead to a couple of car lengths with eight laps to go just before the caution flag came out for a spin in turn two. It was good news for Schultz, but not what Prietzel wanted to see.
A great restart by the veteran allowed him to maintain his lead over Schultz who had his hands full with Corso to keep the second position. Their battle allowed Prietzel to keep his two car length lead and with five laps to go increase it to more than five. Corso took the battle for second, but nobody would have enough for Prietzel who picked up the checkered flag. Corso finished second followed by Schultz, Ryan Gutknechet, and Dan Gilster. Fast qualifier was Dan Gilster with a lap of 19.579 (91.935 mph). Heat winners were Rick Tackman Jr.and George Schultz.
Dan Jung Goes Wire to Wire for First Truck Series Win
Dan Jung held off Dave Edwards to win the 30 lap feature for the Midwest Truck Series and as a result picked up his first-ever checkered flag in the series. The thirteen truck field was paced to the green flag by Nick Egan and Jung. Jung took the early lead followed by Egan, Edwards, Chester Ace, and Kevin Knuese. On lap 7 Edwards moved past Egan for second and started to close the gap on Jung. Edwards pulled alongside the leader on lap 11 as the two raced side by side with Jung holding a slight advantage on the outside. Behind the leaders Wood and Egan were racing side by side for the third position.
The side by side battle continued for lap after lap as Edwards worked the inside while Jung held his ground on the outside. Quickly up in the field was Chester Ace who was up to fourth with ten laps to go. Jung was able to build an advantage on Edwards and opened up a two length lead with eight laps to go. But Edwards was not about to let him out of his sights as he was on the leader’s tailgate with five laps to go. With four to go Edwards gave it a shot coming out of turn four, made contact with Jung, but was unable to wrestle away the top spot.
Jung was able to keep his momentum and roll his way to victory lane followed by Edwards, Wood, Tommy Pecaro, and Ace. Tommy Pecaro was fast qualifier with a lap of 18.513 (97.229 mph). Winners of the heat races were Dan Jung and Kevin Knuese.
Kyle Stark Keeps on Winning at Madison
Kyle Stark made it two for two in the Midwest Dash Series as he won the 20 lap feature. Jason Uttech took the early lead but didn’t hold it for long as Brandon DeLacy cruised by to take the lead before the first lap was completed. On lap 3 Tim Finstad was second followed by Kyle Stark, John Handeland, and Zach Rodriguez as the field quickly spread out around the big half-mile track. Stark worked his way to second after five laps with Finstad holding down the third position, Rodriguez in fourth, and George Sparkman in fifth.
Out front Stark was closing the gap on the leader just as the caution flag waved for a spin in turn three. DeLacy and Stark brought the field back to green with Stark taking the lead, Finstad up to second with Rodriguez, Sparkman, and DeLacy rounding out the top five. Rodriguez moved into second on lap 10 with Sparkman right behind but with a long ways to go to catch the speedy Stark. The caution flag came out on lap 11 when John Handeland was forced up the track and made heavy contact with the wall.
Both Rodriguez and Sparkman chose to line up behind Stark on the restart with DeLacy choosing the outside of Stark. Stark kept the lead before the caution flag came out when several cars made contact in turn four before a lap could be completed under green. Once again it was Stark keeping the point with Rodriguez getting ahead of Sparkman with Dae Auringer and DeLacy completing the top five. The best battle on the speedway would be for second as Stark built up a huge lead over Rodriguez and Sparkman. But once again the “King of the Four Cylinders” would earn the win followed by Rodriguez, Sparkman, Auringer, and DeLacy. Kyle Stark set the pace in qualifying with a lap of 21.405 (84.093 mph). James Bell won the heat race with Dash wins going to Kyle Stark and George Sparkman.
Dave Trute Victorious Again at Madison
Dave Trute won the 25 lap feature for f in the Great Northern Sportsman Series. As a result Mike Taylor and Mark DePorter led the field to the green flag with Taylor claiming the early lead. Paul Neisius moved up to second while Dave Trute and Jason Thoma raced side by side for third. On lap 5 Neisius took the race lead coming out of turn four when he worked to the inside of Taylor. Right behind him were the cars of Trute and Thoma who raced their way past Taylor. On lap 7 Dave Trute powered his way to the outside of Neisius coming out of turn three to take the point.
By lap 10 Trute had built up a multi-car length advantage with Neisius and Michael Gilomen running second and third. With nine laps to go Scott Luck moved his way into the third position while Gilomen was cutting into Trute’s lead. On lap 20 Luck worked to the inside of Gilomen coming out of the second turn to move into second. The caution came out on lap 22 when Gilomen experienced mechanical problems setting up a single fire restart. A great restart for Trute allowed him to build up a six car length lead and cruise his way to victory lane. Luck won the race for second by holding off Neisius and Thoma. Dave Trute set fast time in qualifying with a lap of 20.038 (89.829 mph). Michael Gilomen won the 8 lap heat race.
Racing continues on August 5th with the Badgerland Challenge for the Late Models plus action in the Dave’s White Rock Sportsman, Pellitteri Waste Systems Bandits, and 6Shooters. Plus see Doug Rose and the world famous Green Mamba Jet melt a vehicle right on the track. Pit gates open at 3:30, practice at 5:00, qualifying at 6:15 with racing at 7:30.
In the first annual “Beer Mile” it was Chris Koepke picking up the win in 6:46 after consuming four beers while running four laps around the “Ring of Fire.” Koepke will receive free beer for a year. Mason Haas won the keg for the competitors over 250 pounds.
July 6th, 2016
Racing is back this Friday night at Madison with double the fun and excitement with twin features in all four divisions on tap.
This Friday night at Madison International Speedway Bobcat of Janesville presents Hall of Fame Night featuring double features for the Club LaMark NASCAR Late Models, Dave’s White Rock Sportsman, Pellitteri Waste Systems Bandits and the visiting Legends. Fans will enjoy nearly 200 laps of feature racing on both Wisconsin’s Fastest Half-Mile and the Ring of Fire.
All divisions will qualify at 6:15 with the RA Heating and Air Conditioning Dashes for the three weekly divisions starting off the racing program at 7:30 followed by eight feature events.
Pit gates open at 3:30, practice at 5:00, qualifying at 6:15 and racing at 7:30. Adult admission is $14 / Whelen Hero-Seniors are $12 / Students are $8 /Family Pricing is just $30
Four new members of the Hall of Fame will be inducted during intermission with Father Dale Grubba joining us for the presentations. Their names will be displayed on the outside wall of the track along with last year’s
inductees Joe Shear, Dick Trickle, Sam Bartus, and Tom Reffner.
Hall of Fame Inductees
Thank you to Gary Schmelzer for providing the following information. Conrad Morgan of Dousman, Wisconsin, won track championships at Madison in 1983, 1984, and in 1992. He won a total of 10 feature wins on Wisconsin’s
Fastest Half-Mile. He began his racing career in hobby stocks in the mid-1960’s and continues to race today primarily at the Slinger Speedway. He won Super Late Model track championships at Slinger in 1990, 1994, 1995,
1997, 1998, and 1999. He also won the Slinger Nationals in 1999.
Dave Watson of Milton, Wisconsin, won the 1976 track championship at Madison and quickly went on the fast track in racing. He earned 18 feature wins at Madison. In 1976 he won 41 races in 69 starts throughout the
Midwest. . Besides Madison he won track championships at Lake Geneva, Slinger, and Rockford plus the Red White and Blue Series on three occasions, National Short Track at Rockford, and Oktoberfest in LaCrosse. Watson won ARTGO and ASA championships, was USAC Stock Car Rookie of the Year in 1977…won a USAC event at Milwaukee in his first start. Rising to the highest level of stock car racing in 1979, he had 5 Winston Cup starts. He also raced in IMSA and SCCA. He began his racing career in Go Karts and is a Vietnam Veteran.
Bob Schmelzer of Madison, Wisconsin, was involved in the local racing scene for over 50 years and was a long-time employee at Madison beginning back in 1963 performing a variety of roles and continuing for several
different owners / promoters. From 1992 until the time of his death he ran the pit gate at Madison. Bob and his wife Darlene began going to races in the early 1950’s and before long Bob was actively involved in the racing community. Prior to his time at Madison, he performed a variety of roles from flagging to scoring at area tracks including Jefferson, Dells, Beaver Dam, and from 1970-1974 he and his family owned and promoted 151 Speedway near Columbus. He worked closely with the McKarns family and the ARTGO series as well as other touring groups. Bob passed away in 2011.
Fred “Fritz” Bishofberger of Waterloo, Wisconsin, drove the #18 car for several years at Madison before the half-mile was installed in 1969. In 1968 he set fast time on four nights plus won two features at Capital
Speedway along with track championships at Columbus and the Dells. He was a strong competitor who won many races throughout the region racing with legends such as Trickle, Shear, and Reffner. When the half-mile opened in 1969, he set fast time at the very first event on the big track with a time of 20.10. He competed at many area tracks and was a fierce competitor in the CWRA ranks. His son, Ron, won a track championship at Madison in 1983 and grandson Zeke continues to race today. Bishofberger passed away in 1997.
Sign Up Now for the Racer’s Reunion
Calling all former racers: A Racer’s Reunion will also be held on July 8th for all drivers who raced at Madison from 1953-2006. The reunion will take place from 6-8 PM and drivers must register at http://misracing.com/racers-reunion/ by July 6th. Each driver will receive one free ticket and may take one guest with them to the reunion.
Upcoming Events in July
An exciting schedule of racing events continues in the month of July at Madison International Speedway.
Just a reminder that Family Pricing is good for two adults and up to four students and / or kids. The Whelen Hero discount is $2 off for veterans and those in public safety (Police, Fire, EMS).
Thursday, July 14: One on One Street Drags plus Shine N Show Contest. Nearly 100 competitors were here in June before persistent rains washed away the program. There is an opportunity for just about every vehicle to get on the 300 foot drag strip so join us for the street drags. Entry fee is only $10 per bracket. $10 admission to the speedway.
Friday, July 15: Buck Night featuring Club LaMark NASCAR Late Models, Dave’s White Rock Sportsman, Pellitteri Waste Systems Bandits, and Roto Rooter 6Shooters. Concessions $1.00 / Beer $2.00…some restrictions apply.
Friday, July 22: Super Late Model Triple Crown Challenge Round 2 plus Club LaMark NASCAR Late Models, Dave’s White Rock Sportsman, and Pellitteri Waste Systems Bandits. It’s also Kids’ Night with all children eleven and under admitted free with a $1000 coin scramble at intermission. Friday, July 29: Salute to the Workin’ Man- half price admission with a current pay stub. Mid American Stock Car Series, Great Northern Sportsman, Midwest Trucks, Midwest Dash plus the Beer Mile (Must be 21 to enter this unique running race).
As we roll into July it’s time to start looking at the point races in the three weekly divisions at Madison. Please note: Late Model and Bandit points for qualifying and heats on June 10th are now posted and included in the point standings. Feature results will be added when completed on August 5th.
A clean sweep on Friday night means a total of 215 points is possible for one driver (100 for each feature / 15 for qualifying).
Late Models: Multi-time and multi-division track champion Bobby Wilberg is on top of the leader board with 350 points with John Beale in second at 307 points. Completing the top five are Kevin Knuese (306), Zack Riddle (287), and John Baumeister Jr. with 267 points.
Sportsman: Two-time champion Robert Hansberry leads with 577 points followed by Ryan Goldade (513), Steve Anderson (485), Mike Taylor (431), and Trevor Robinson (395).
Bandits: Brandon DeLacy shows the way with 264 points with James Junget and Chris Tolliver tied for second with 194 points each followed by McKayla Adams (182) and Steve Dickson (174). Of the top five only Dickson has won a Madison track championship.
Triple Crown Challenge: After one event Ty Majeski has 117 points followed closely by Casey Johnson and Austin Nason with 112 points.
Current leaders in the RA Heating and Air Conditioning Dash are Wilberg (Late Models), Hansberry (Sportsman), and DeLacy (Bandits). Dash points are maintained separately from championship points.
Complete standings available at misracing.com
See you this Friday night at Madison International Speedway. Keep following us on Facebook and Twitter @MISRacing
June 21st, 2016
MIDLOTHIAN, Ill- Ty Majeski, Roush Fenway Racing development driver, has officially been entered in the No. 17 Roulo Bros. Racing Ford for this weekend’s Montgomery Ward Father’s Day 200 at Madison Int’l Speedway. The 21-year-old late model standout and local favorite from Seymour, Wisconsin was announced last month as the Roush Fenway development driver competing for Roulo Bros. Racing, the NASCAR Next Class of 2016, and the no. one pick for the Speed51 Short Track Draft. Majeski, a two-time ARCA Midwest Tour champion, will be pulling double duty this weekend, first competing in race one of the Triple Crown Challenge on Friday night, June 17, then in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards event Saturday and Sunday. Majeski was a recent victor at Madison in the ARCA Midwest Tour Joe Shear Classic May 1. “We were able to test last week and I felt very comfortable in the car,” Majeski said. “The goal is to always be competitive and upfront, but I also know there is going to be a learning curve. I am excited to be making my first start.” Roulo Bros. Racing has 36 career ARCA Racing Series national victories with a wide variety of drivers reaching back to the 1980s.
“Madison is a great place for us to be making our first start together,” said Gary Roulo. “Ty has had a lot of success here in late models, and as a team we won here in 2012 and finished second here in 2011 with Chris Buescher.” Madison’s ARCA race to be broadcast Live on the American Sports Network The Montgomery Ward Father’s Day 200 will be broadcast live on the American Sports Network (ASN). Race fans can also see the live broadcast at AmericanSportsNet.com. Coverage on ASN at Madison begins at 2:00 p.m. local Central time. Weekend schedule/On-track autograph session Practice for the ARCA Racing Series at Madison is scheduled for Saturday, June 18 from 12:30-1:15 p.m., followed by final practice from 1:45-2:30. Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell is at 4:00. Raceday Sunday gets started with an on-track autograph session from Noon – 1 p.m., followed by pre-race ceremonies and driver introductions at 1:30. The 200-lap Montgomery Ward Father’s Day 200 at Madison begins at 2:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon, June 19. The race will also feature live timing and scoring and live chat at ARCAracing.com. About Roulo Bros.
Racing Roulo Bros. Racing is led by co-owners Gary Roulo (2012 ARCA Cometic Crew Chief of the year) and Russell Roulo (2011 and 2012 ARCA Klotz Engine Mechanic of the year). Established in both NASCAR and ARCA, Roulo Bros. has earned 36 victories in ARCA competition and has won every major award in the series including the 2012 ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards Owner and Driver’s Championship (Chris Buescher). Roulo Bros. is the only team in the 63-year history of the ARCA Series to complete every possible lap of competition in a season. Roulo Bros. Racing is one of the premier NASCAR driver development programs today, having conducted driver and crew development for Roush Fenway since 2005. “We Develop Champions.” Roulo Bros. Racing has a proven track record in performance on the track and representing corporate marketing partnerships through consumer awareness, promotion, and business to business relationships.
For marketing opportunities contact: Gary Roulo 708/205-9531 firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] Facebook: Roulo Brothers Racing Fan page Twitter: @RouloBros Instagram: @RouloBros ARCA CONTACT: Don Radebaugh, firstname.lastname@example.org
June 14th, 2016
Jason Thoma of Jefferson, Wisconsin, won the rain shortened feature for the Dave’s White Rock Sportsman as part of the Badgerland Challenge at Madison International Speedway on Friday night. Thoma also won last year’s Madison race.
The Sportsman race was stopped after 13 of 20 laps when lightning, high winds, and heavy rain arrived at the track. The Late Model feature for the Badgerland Challenge along with features for the Pellitteri Waste Systems Bandits and Roto Rooter 6Shooters will be completed at a later date.
Bobby Selsing Jr. took the early lead in the sixteen car field before Thoma worked his way to the outside and passed the leader on the outside while coming down the front stretch. Thoma quickly built up an eight car advantage before the caution flag came out for a spin on the backstretch on lap 12.
Following the restart, the cars of Ryan Goldade and Mark DePorter, who were racing for third behind Thoma and Robert Hansberry Jr., made contact bringing out the second caution flag.
At that point speedway officials decided to give fans and teams an opportunity to seek shelter and the racing program ended for the night as heavy rains arrived at the track.
It’s a big weekend of racing next week at Madison with the Super Late Model Triple Crown Challenge Round 1, Club LaMark NASCAR Late Models, Dave’s White Rock Sportsman, and the Midwest Trucks in action on Friday night.
The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards comes to town on Saturday for afternoon practice starting at 12:30 with qualifying at 4:00 PM. The Montgomery Ward Father’s Day 200 is set for 2:00 PM on Sunday with an on-track autograph session starting at Noon.
For a complete race report and further updates on the big weekend end, please checkout our website at misracing.com.
June 3rd, 2016
They’re the fastest cars you’ll ever see on Wisconsin’s Fastest Half-Mile and they will be here this Friday night.
It’s going to be the Dairy Farm Cheesemakers 30 presented by Bytec Inc. featuring the Must See Sprint Series 410 Winged Sprint Cars. You won’t want to blink as these winged machines fly around the track at breath-taking speeds. David Byrne of Shullsburg, Wisconsin, recently set the all-time track record at Madison with an average speed around the half-mile at just over 123 mph!
A great field of cars is already pre-entered as drivers will be coming from throughout the United States. Several of these drivers have been here before, but many will be making their first-ever appearance at Madison.
Here’s a look at the tentative entry list:
The 410 Winged Sprint Cars have been at Madison in past years with Jimmy McCune winning in 2002 and Tim Cox winning in 2005 and 2006. Both drivers are on the pre-entry list for this year’s race.
It’s going to be a full night of racing as the Dave’s White Rock Sportsman, Pellitteri Waste Systems Bandits, and Legends will also be in action. Ryan Goldade and Robert Hansberry Jr. have each won a Sportsman feature while Brandon DeLacy topped a strong field of Bandits on opening night.
Here’s the complete schedule of events: Subject to change http://www.msrxtreme.com/images/sprints/2016/text_pdfs/2016_june3_cheesemaker30_schedule.pdf
Pit gates open at 3:30 with practice at 5, qualifying at 6:15 and racing at 7:30.
Friday Night Review
Congratulations to John Beale, Robert Hansberry Jr., Trevor Chilson, and Kyle Stark for picking up feature wins on Friday night.
After a strong run on opening night, Beale held off Bobby Wilberg and Kevin Knuese to win the 30 lap feature for the NASCAR Whelen All American Late Models. Hansberry Jr. picked up the win in the Dave’s White Rock Sportsman while Trevor Chilson won the opener for the 6Shooters. Twenty-three cars were on hand for the Midwest Compact Touring Series with Kyle Stark taking top honors.
The full racing report plus race by race results, points updates, etc. can be found at our award winning website misracing.com
Street Drags Return on June 9th
The One on One Street Drags are back on Thursday, June 9th. Our first event was very successful with over 70 vehicles taking their shot on the 300 foot drag strip. There’s a division for just about any vehicle so here’s your chance to get out and race. The bottom line is it’s all about having fun and racing for pride.
Pit gates will open at 6:00 with practice and “grudge” runs at 6:30 followed by bracket racing starting at 7:30. Pit passes are $10 and it’s $10 to enter a division…cars may enter more than one division provided they are eligible. A driver who has been defeated twice has an opportunity to “buy back” into the bracket for $10.
Spread the word and bring your friends to the One on One Street Drags and the Show and Shine Car Show.
Badgerland Challenge Back at Madison in 2016
The Badgerland Challenge for Late Models and Sportsman returns in 2016 with the first event at Madison on Friday, June 10th. The Challenge will then travel to the Slinger Super Speedway on Sunday, July 17th before crowning a champion at Jefferson Speedway on August 20th.
See the best from Madison, Slinger, Jefferson and beyond battle it out on Wisconsin’s Fastest Half-Mile. The race at Madison will be a points race for weekly points plus separate points will be maintained for the three races with an overall winner crowned as well as a traveling trophy presented to the track with the highest overall finishers.
Dale Nottestad (Late Models) and Jason Thoma (Sportsman) won the races at Madison last year with Casey Johnson (Late Models) and Terry Wangsness (Sportsman) winning titles.
Major Events Continue in June
It’s going to be a big month of racing in June at Madison International Speedway. Here’s proof of the big shows still to come…
June 17th: Super Late Model Triple Crown Challenge Round 1 brings the return of the “supers” to MIS. The Late Models, Sportsman, and Midwest Trucks are also racing as part of this big night.
June 19th: ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards (Montgomery Ward 200)
June 24th: Salute to America Night featuring Big 8 Late Models, Great Northern Sportsman, and Midwest Dash Series plus the area’s biggest and best fireworks display.
Remember you can follow us on Facebook / Twitter at MISRacing or contact the track at 608.835.9700.
May 29th, 2016
John Beale of Madison followed up his runner-up finish one week ago with a strong showing tonight at Madison winning the 30 lap feature for the NASCAR Whelen All American Late Models.
Grant Griesbach and John Baumeister Jr. took turns leading the race for the first eleven laps before Beale, who powered his way to the lead on lap 11. Beale was quickly joined by three other cars, Kevin Knuese, Bobby Wilberg, and Zack Riddle, as the four broke away from the pack.
A valiant effort by Kevin Knuese to get by the leader came up short as Beale answered the call each time it appeared Knuese may have found the room to pass. Wilberg was able to pass Knuese to move up to second, but tonight the sky was the limit for Beale who drove his way to victory lane.
“I really need to thank my crew for making this possible,” said Beale. When asked about holding off the pack during the last few laps he said, “You don’t want to know what was going through my head.”
A win by Wilberg would have meant a clean sweep as he picked up checkered flags in the dash and his heat race plus for the second week in a row set fast time in qualifying.
Robert Hansberry Jr. of Beloit won the 20 lap feature for the Dave’s White Rock Sportsman after taking the lead from Trevor Robinson on lap 3 and holding off Ryan Goldade on the final lap to pick up his first win of the season. The two-time track champion, who set a new track record in qualifying last week, set fast time again. Scott Luck won the heat and the dash.
Kyle Stark of Cambridge, Wisconsin, topped a twenty-three car field of four cylinders in the Midwest Compact Touring Series 30 lap feature. Starting seventeenth in the field, Stark showed his talent by working his way through the field and took the lead from Don Rufener III on lap 8. Despite some smoke coming out of his car at times, Stark was able to survive and hold off John Handeland to pick up the win.
Trevor Chilson of Madison, Wisconsin, won the 12 lap feature for the 6Shooters.
For a more detailed report plus all of the results checkout our website at misracing.com.
Racing continues at Madison on Friday, June 3rd with the Must See Racing 410 Winged Sprint Cars taking on Wisconsin’s Fastest Half-Mile. Heading the list of drivers coming from throughout the Midwest is David Byrne of Shullsburg, Wisconsin, who recently set the all-time speed record at Madison with a lap of 14.624 / 123 mph.
The Dave’s White Rock Sportsman, Pellitteri Waste Systems Bandits, and the Legends will also be in action. Pit gates open at 3:30 with practice at 5:00, qualifying at 6:15, and racing at 7:30.
May 27th, 2016
TOLEDO, Ohio – From the two-mile Michigan Int’l Speedway the week before, the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, the world’s most versatile touring series, will switch gears in time to take on the tight Madison Int’l Speedway half-mile short track in Madison, Wisconsin Sunday, June 19 for the Montgomery Ward Father’s Day 200.
ARCA’s eighth trip to Madison Int’l Speedway The ARCA Racing Series stretches out over five decades at Madison Int’l Speedway, having first raced there in July of 1970 – two-time ARCA champion Ramo Stott won the inaugural race. Tom Bowsher won the ARCA race at Madison in May of 1971, and Bruce Gould is in the history books as the 1973 ARCA victor. However, nearly 40 years would go by before the ARCA Racing Series would return to Madison in 2011. Modern-day ARCA winners at Madison make ARCA/NASCAR champs More recent ARCA winners at Madison include Justin Boston (2014), Kyle Benjamin (2013), Chris Buescher (2012) and Alex Bowman (2011). Buescher, the 2012 ARCA Racing Series national champion, earned the NASCAR Xfinity Series championship in 2015.
Buescher is now a full-time driver in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Bowman also went on to compete in the Sprint Cup Series. He currently races for JR Motorsports in the Xfinity Series. Composite body cars coming to Madison The ARCA Racing Series will have a new look when it comes to town for the Montgomery Ward Father’s Day 200. The ARCA Racing Series composite body car will be making its Madison debut. The composite body cars debuted on short tracks in 2015; however, it’s been since 2014 that the ARCA tour has raced at Madison. The composite cars are now eligible everywhere on tour with the exception of Talladega and Daytona.
The composite bodies, which greatly reduce the possibility of debris, are a lightweight, state-of-the-art laminate blend, less than 135 pounds. Designed without compromising rigidity, the 12 separate flame retardant panels are flange-fitted together for easy installation in the shop or at track. From Daytona to the dirt
The ARCA Racing Series, in its 64th season of competition, is often regarded as the most versatile tour in America with its unique combinations of superspeedways, short tracks, road courses and even a couple of mile dirt tracks upcoming on the schedule in Springfield, Illinois in late August and in DuQuoin, Illinois in early
September. The ARCA tour opens each season at Daytona Int’l Speedway in February and concludes at Kansas Speedway in mid-October.
Amazing Chase Briscoe leads ARCA championship points Mitchell, Indiana rookie Chase Briscoe has got the full attention of his ARCA peers, leading the ARCA national point standings after five events. Briscoe leads the
championship standings by just 40 points over Port Charlotte, Florida’s Josh Williams. Other expected entrants include Wentzville, Missouri’s Kyle Weatherman, Cherry Hill, New Jersey’s Tom Hessert, Mansfield, Pennsylvania’s Matt Kurzejewski and Galesburg, Illinois’ AJ Fike. Madison’s ARCA race to be broadcast Live on the American Sports Network The Montgomery Ward Father’s Day 200 will be broadcast live on the American Sports
Network (ASN). Race fans can also see the live broadcast at AmericanSportsNet.com. Coverage on ASN at Madison begins at 2:00 p.m. local Central time.
Weekend schedule/On-track autograph session Practice for the ARCA Racing Series at Madison is scheduled for Saturday, June 18 from 12:30-1:15 p.m., followed by final practice from 1:45-2:30. Menards Pole Qualifying
presented by Ansell is at 4:00. Raceday Sunday gets started with an on-track autograph session from Noon – 1 p.m., followed by pre-race ceremonies and driver introductions at 1:30. The 200-lap Montgomery Ward Father’s Day 200 at Madison begins at 2:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon, June 19. The race will also feature live timing and scoring and live chat at ARCAracing.com. ARCA Contact: DonRadebaugh
May 26th, 2016
This Friday night will be the first Kids’ Night of the season at Madison with all children eleven and under admitted free. Plus there will be free water bottles to the first 500 kids and a gigantic candy scramble during intermission.
Four divisions will be on track for exciting racing action headlined by the NASCAR Whelen All American Late Models along with the Dave’s White Rock Sportsman, and Midwest Compact Touring Series all competing on the
half-mile and the 6Shooters on the “Ring of Fire.”
The Midwest Compact Touring Series is a four cylinder division that will be racing on the half-mile on Friday night before making a stop at Dells Raceway Park on Saturday.
Fans are also reminded to “check in” at the track on Facebook to be eligible for some exciting opportunities which may include riding in the pace car, waving the green flag, and more. Several lucky fans received
some surprises this past Friday. Pit gates open at 3:30 with practice at 5:00, qualifying at 6:15 and racing
Friday Night Review
The all-time record on Wisconsin’s Fastest Half-Mile was broken on Friday night when David Byrne of Shullsburg, Wisconsin, wheeled his Winged 410 Sprint Car to a lap of 14.624 (123.09 mph).
Congratulations to this past Friday night’s feature winners Bobby Wilberg (Late Models), Ryan Goldade (Sportsman), Brandon DeLacy (Bandits), and Woody Pool (Vintage). Robert Hansberry Jr. established a new track record for the Sportsman with a lap of 19.617.
It was great to see several first-time drivers joining us this season. The full racing report plus race by race results, points updates, etc. can be found at our award winning website misracing.com
Thoughts and Prayers to the DiMaggio Family
Please keep the DiMaggio family in your thoughts and prayers. Jovanni DiMaggio, who raced in the Bandit division at Madison for several years, died on Sunday.
Great Start for the Street Drags
On Thursday Madison held the first-ever One on One Street Drags with over 70 vehicles ranging from cars to trucks to motorcycles to ATVs taking to the track in multiple divisions.
Thanks to all of those who came out to race and who helped work the event.
There’s more opportunities to bring your car to Madison this season: June 9th, July 14th, August 18th, and September 15th. Pit gates will open at 6:00 with practice and “grudge” runs at 6:30 followed by bracket racing starting at 7:30. Pit passes are $10 and it’s $10 to enter a division…cars may enter more than one division provided they are eligible. A driver who has been defeated twice has an opportunity to “buy back” into the bracket for $10.
June is the Biggest Month of Racing Ever at Madison
It’s going to be a big month of racing in June at Madison International Speedway. Here’s proof of the big shows coming…
June 3rd: Must See Racing Sprint Series featuring Winged 410 Open Wheel Sprint Cars for 30 Laps. If you thought it was exciting watching Jason Cox and David Byrne “sprint” around the track this past Friday, wait until you see twenty plus of the Must See Sprints on the half-mile. It will leave you breathless, speechless, and in awe. Sportsman, Bandits, and Legends will also be in action.
June 9th: One on One Street Drags…a division for just about every vehicle
June 10th: Badgerland Challenge (Round One)- the top Late Model and Sportsman drivers compete for top honors in this three race series with the opener at Madison. The series will travel to Slinger in July before heading to Jefferson in August. The Bandits and 6Shooters will be racing too.
June 17th: Super Late Model Triple Crown Challenge Round 1 brings the return of the “supers” to MIS. The Late Models, Sportsman, and Midwest Trucks also racing as part of this big night.
June 19th: ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards (Montgomery Ward 200)
June 24th: Salute to America Night featuring Big 8 Late Models, Great Northern Sportsman, and Midwest Dash Series plus the area’s biggest and best fireworks display. Remember you can follow us on Facebook / Twitter at MISRacing or contact the track at 608.835.9700.
May 13th, 2016
It’s the Pepsi Season Opener at Madison International Speedway this Friday night with Whelen All American Series NASCAR Late Models, Sportsman, and Bandits all in action. The first 1,000 fans will also receive a free Pepsi Racing poster.
This is the second year under the NASCAR sanction at Madison with weekly racing continuing every Friday night (except July 1) until September 2nd. This means MIS will be your destination of choice each and every Friday night this spring and summer. Pit gates for this Friday open at 2:30 with practice at 4:00, qualifying at 6:15 and racing at 7:30.
A very competitive field of weekly racers will take to Wisconsin’s Fastest Half-Mile and the Ring of Fire this season as they not only battle it out for a track championship but also possible state and national racing honors as part of the NASCAR Hometrack program. Champions crowned in 2015 included Zack Riddle (Late Models), Ryan Goldade (Sportsman), and Dan Snyder (Bandits).
Fans will notice many improvements and additions around the speedway including the new Capital Speedway Slot Car Club featuring the best slot car racing in the region. The very popular “Family Pricing” initiative returns in 2016 too along with the Whelen Hero Discount for all public safety employees and veterans who can save $2 off regular admission.
New items at the concession stand in 2016 include a bacon wrapped hotdog known as the Mad Dog and the Buffalo Fries. Both items were very big sellers at the Joe Shear Classic and are a “must have” when you come to MIS.
See you this Friday night at Madison for the weekly racing season opener.
Note to Race Teams: An open practice will take place on Thursday, May 12th from 5-8 PM with pit passes set at $15 for members / $20 for non-members.
One on One Street Drags Debut on May 19th
The debut of One on One Street Drags on a 300 foot drag strip on the front stretch will take place on Thursday, May 19th. Five racing events are on the schedule from May to September with the primary purpose being to have fun.
Over a dozen different types of divisions will be featured so rest assured that there’s a division for nearly all types of cars, trucks, vans, and motorcycles. Pit gates open at 6:00, practice and “grudge runs” at 6:30 with bracket racing beginning at 7:30. A “Shine and Show” car contest will also take place during each of the Thursday Night Street Drag events.
It’s an opportunity for anyone to come out and race with us at Madison. Cost to race or watch is just $10.00.
For more information checkout our website at http://misracing.com/site-assets/2016/02/16MIS_streetDragsInfo.pdf Buck Night / Mad Town Meltdown Coming on May 20th
Bring your appetite and thirst to the speedway on Friday, May 20th for the return of Buck Night with all concessions just $1 / beer is $2. This was one of the most popular promotions last season and it’s back again this year with two nights schedule. Buck Night is also on the schedule for July 15th.
It’s been a few years since Tim Cox wheeled his winged sprint car around the track to the tune of a 14.770 lap. Now we’re looking for someone to eclipse that mark at the Mad Town Meltdown on Friday, May 20th. A total of $1000 will be awarded to the driver who can set the new track record. Any vehicle that can basically fit on and around the track is welcome to take the challenge. The Super Late Model track record of 17.245 set by Chris Wimmer is also up for a $1000 challenge for any stock car to take home.
A full night of racing action is also on tap with Late Models, Sportsman, Bandits, and Vintage Racing of Illinois all on the track for a night of the best weekly racing.
Kids’ Night / Candy Scramble Set for May 27th
Our first Kids’ Night of the season takes place on Friday, May 27th when all kids 11 and under receive free admission. Festivities during the night include the “Candy Scramble” and a free collector MIS water bottle for the first 500 kids. Racing action features the NASCAR Late Models, Sportsman, and Midwest Compact Touring Series.
June is the Biggest Month of Racing Ever at Madison
It’s going to be a big month of racing in June at Madison International Speedway. Here’s proof of the big shows coming…
June 3rd: Must See Racing Sprint Series featuring Winged 410 Open Wheeled Sprint Cars for 30 Laps
June 10th: Badgerland Challenge (Round One)
June 17th: Super Late Model Triple Crown Challenge Round 1
June 19th: ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards
June 24th: Salute to America Night featuring Big 8 Late Models, Great Northern Sportsman, and Midwest Dash Series plus the area’s biggest and best fireworks display
Remember you can follow us on Facebook / Twitter at MISRacing or contact the track at 608.835.9700.
April 17th, 2016
Looking for a place that features great family fun at affordable prices? Then Madison International Speedway is the destination of choice for the entire family this season. MIS is proud to call itself a NASCAR Home
Track featuring weekly Whelen All American Series racing action along with a variety of special events located at a legendary facility just minutes from Madison.
So what makes Madison so family friendly? Start with the “Family Pricing” option where two adults and up to four children can save big money at the ticket booth with nightly packages starting at just $30.00 depending upon the event. There is also special family seating available in the 6,100 seat grandstand plus child-friendly concessions, nightly contests, a play area, and many special events. The pits are always open at the end of the night so the entire family is invited to meet the drivers and see the cars up close and personal for pictures, autographs, and great times.
Special events begin right from the start of the season and continue all the way until the final night. Friday night racing takes place each week from May 13th to September 9th with only July 1st being a night off.
Activities begin on May 13th with free racing posters to the first 1,000 fans through the gate. On May 20th families can save big money at the concession stand with nearly all food items just $1.00. On May 27th it’s
free admission for kids eleven and under plus the first 500 kids will receive a free collector MIS water bottle and can participate in the kids’ candy scramble at intermission.
Highlighting the June schedule is the area’s biggest and best aerial and ground fireworks extravaganza on Friday, June 24th. This has become a must-see event for fans of all ages as Madison has become well known for
the incredible show conducted by ThunderCat Fireworks.
On July 15th it’s once again Buck Night with concessions / soda priced at just $1.00. The $1000 Kids’ Coin Scramble takes place on July 22nd with all kids eleven and under receiving free admission.
The month of August will feature several family events with Fan Autograph Night plus NASCAR Autograph Cards to the first 1,000 through the gates on August 5th. On August 12th it’s NASCAR Acceleration Nation Back to School Night with all kids eleven and under admitted free plus there will be kids’ bike / big wheel /power wheel races on the track during intermission. It’s Fan and Driver Appreciation Night on Friday, August 26th with a post race driver / fan party plus a charity corn boil.
The Eve of Destruction is slated for September 9th with a gigantic fireworks display, monster trucks, drifting, tough trucks tug of war, burn out contest, school bus destruction, and more.
Weekly racing gets going at 5:00 PM with practice, qualifying at 6:10 and racing at 7:30. The speedway is located two miles east of Oregon just south of Highway 138 on Sunrise Road.
Keep up with all of the action at misracing.com.
March 1st, 2016
Something new is coming to Madison International Speedway in 2016 in the form of Thursday Night Street Drags featuring one on one racing action on a 300 foot track on the front stretch. This will allow just about anyone to come out to the track and see who has the fastest car, truck, van, or motorcyle.
Five exciting events are on the schedule starting with the opener on Thursday, May 19th and continuing monthly on June 9th, July 14th, August 18th, and September 15th. Pit gates will open at 6:00 with practice and
“grudge” runs at 6:30 followed by bracket racing starting at 7:30.
These events will be structured after the highly successful program at the LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway in West Salem, Wisconsin. The idea is to give drivers of all ages an opportunity to do battle in a one on one street drag in a safe, controlled setting.
Plans are for at least twelve different brackets with the goal being to put similar style and powered cars/ trucks/etc. together. This will assure better racing and is a lot more fun for the competitors and fans and
increases everyone’s chance at winning.
There will be many opportunities for each entrant to race during the night. In the “Grudge” racing, a driver can race as many times as time permits. Grudge racing means drivers can race against their friends, or
whomever…advantages (“handicapping” – in car lengths) are given, if you so choose.
For the “Bracket” racing, each car will typically need to lose twice in order to be eliminated. The number of cars will determine the “elimination” number. Drivers will also have the chance to “Buy Back” into their
bracket. With a “Buy Back” a car may continue to compete until they lose (single elimination). To assist in keeping everything organized, each and every vehicle that goes onto the track at all times must have a bracket
registration sticker. Cars may compete in more than one division with some restrictions applying.
Drivers must be at least sixteen years old to be eligible to enter with those under 18 requiring a parental waiver. Helmets are not mandatory for cars or trucks but are required for motorcycles. Working seat belts are
required for cars and trucks. More information is available at http://misracing.com/street-drags/.
The goal for the one on one street drags is quite simple: To have fun. And for those who want to have fun and not take things too seriously, this is your opportunity.
Weekly racing action on Wisconsin’s Fastest Half-Mile and the Ring of Fire begins on Friday, May 13th and features NASCAR Whelen All American Late Models, Sportsman, and Bandits along with many visiting divisions. The ARCA Midwest Tour and the Joe Shear Classic will open the season on Sunday, May 1st.
Madison International Speedway is located two miles east of Oregon just south of Highway 138 on Sunrise Road. For more information checkout the track website at misracing.com or contact the track office at 608.835.9700.
November 17th, 2015
A very exciting schedule is taking shape at Madison International Speedway for the 2016 racing season.
The season opener at Madison will be the eighth annual Joe Shear Classic on Sunday, May 1st featuring the ARCA Midwest Tour. Past winners of this event include Nathan Haseleu (2009), Steve Carlson (2010), Ross Kenseth (2011), Andrew Morrissey (2012) , Travis Sauter (2013). Nathan Haseleu (2014), and Johnny Sauter (2015).
The fifth annual Super Late Model Triple Crown Challenge returns in 2016 with events scheduled for June 17, July 22, and August 19. The August race will be the return of the Howie Lettow Memorial. The rules package for the Challenge will remain the same as last year with Hoosier 3035 / 3045 tires. Previous overall winners of the Challenge include Nathan Haseleu (2012), Casey Johnson (2013), Chris Wimmer (2014), and Jeremy Miller (2015).
NASCAR Whelen All American Series weekly racing featuring Late Models, Sportsman, and Bandits returns on Friday nights beginning May 13th.
More details regarding the 2016 racing season at Madison will be coming soon so stay tuned for further updates.
Madison International Speedway is located two miles east of Oregon just south of Highway 138 on Sunrise Road. The track website is misracing.com plus you can follow us on Twitter @MISRacing and Facebook.
June 12th, 2015
Ty Majeski won the first round of the Super Late Model Triple Crown Challenge while Ryan Golade swept the Dave’s White Rock Sportsman and Kyle Stark took the checkered flag in the Vores Compact Touring Series.
Majeski Best of the Super Late Models
Ty Majeski topped a twenty-five car field to earn his first-ever feature win at Madison International Speedway.
Bobby Kendall and Dan Lensing brought the field to the green flag with the caution flag coming out before a lap could be completed when debris was spotted on the backstretch. When the race went green it would be Kendall taking the top spot for the first laps before being overtaken by Lensing just before the caution flag waved on lap 5 for a spin in turn three.
Lensing was able to maintain the lead, but it was Jeremy Miller who was making the most noise as he passed Kendall for second on lap 7 and then moved his way inside of Lensing coming out of turn three to take the lead.
On lap 12, Paul Shafer Jr. was up to second behind Miller and ahead of Lensing with Majeski up to fourth. One lap later, Shafer Jr. fell off the pace which allowed Majeski to move up to second. Another caution came out on lap 18 for a spin thus setting up another restart.
Miller was able to maintain his lead but only until lap 21 when Majeski powered his way to the front coming out of turn four. Majeski quickly built up a solidmism lead over Miller until the caution came out on lap 27 when Steve Rubeck made contact with the backstretch wall.
Majeski was once again unstoppable on the restart as he jumped out to a multi-car length advantage over Shafer Jr. who had passed Miller after the green. The caution flag came out for the final time on lap 37 for a spin.
The car involved in the spin, Jeff Storm, was able to get his position back and chose the outside line on the restart. Majeski was simply too strong as he powered his way to a big lead with Shafer Jr. in second and Storm up to third. The race would stay green the rest of the way and nobody could catch the speedy Majeski. Shafer Jr. finished second followed by Storm, Miller, and Dave Feiler. Rounding out the top ten were Lensing, Dalton Zehr, Travis Dassow, Brandon Hill, and Ryan Farrell.
“This is great to win for the first time at Madison,” said Majeski from victory lane. “This car was great tonight.”
Runner up Shafer Jr.added, “We ran well tonight. This was definitely our best finish here at Madison.”
Storm was happy his luck at Madison changed tonight. “We’ve had some tough breaks here so I’m very happy tonight.”
Majeski set fast time with a lap of 17.372 while Miller won the B and B Lawncare Dash. Heat races were won by John Beale, Dale Nottestad, and Nathan Haseleu.
Four in a Row for Ryan Goldade
It was a clean sweep for Ryan Goldade in the Dave’s White Rock Sportsman tonight as he picked up his fourth straight win in the division. Matt Lundberg took the early lead only to see the caution flag come out on lap 2. After the restart Robert Hansberry was the fastest car with Goldade quickly up to second after passing Johnny Robinson.
Hansberry maintained his lead until lap 11 when Goldade worked his way to his inside coming out of turn four to take the lead. The caution came out on lap 14 for a spin, but that was no deterrent to Goldade who quickly jumped out to a five car length advantage and never looked back. Hansberry finished second followed by Mike Taylor, Lundberg, and Robinson.
Goldade set fast time with a lap of 20.405 and won both the Dash and the heat race.
“This car is just awesome. I have to thank my guys for all of their work,” said Goldade in a post race interview.
Kyle Stark Tops Vores Series
Kyle Stark won the 30 lap feature for the four cylinder Vores Compact Touring Series.
Things got off to a rough start for Stark as he made contact with a car that had slowed on the opening lap and was forced to the pits for repairs. The lengthy caution gave Stark some time for repairs and by lap 3 he was already back to the top five.
Devon Dixon took the early lead and held it for the first seven laps until being forced up the track on lap 8 with Stark, Dan Irvin, and John Handeland moving past him.
From there it was all Stark who adeptly moved his way inside and outside, two wide and three wide through the field. The best race on the track was for second where Irvin and Handeland took turns trading places until Irvin pulled to the infield on lap 20 ending his night.
It appeared that only a caution flag could slow down Stark, but it didn’t happen as he cruised to victory lane. Handeland would win the battle for second place followed by Phil Malouf, Ryan Hoffman, and Merek Pankow.
“It’s a lot of fun out on the half-mile,” said Stark from victory. “But starts and restarts can get pretty interesting.”
Stark set fast time with a circuit of 22.104 with heat race wins going to David Schmidt and Irvin.
Racing continues on Friday, June 12th for Oregon Chamber of Commerce Night with the NASCAR Whelen All American Late Models, American Ethanol Super Trucks, Pellitteri Waste Systems Bandits, Legends and Bandoleros. Practice begins at 5:00 with qualifying at 6:30 and racing at 7:30.
May 25th, 2015
Jeremy Miller won the 30 lap feature for the NASCAR All American Whelen Late Models at Madison International Speedway while Ryan Goldade (Sportsman), Brandon DeLacy (Bandits), and Rex Rossier (Vintage Cars) also took home checkered flags.
It’s Miller Time Once Again at MIS
Multi-time track champion Jeremy Miller of Rockford, Illinois, won the 30 lap NASCAR Whelen All American Late Model feature tonight after taking the lead with two laps to go.
Kevin Knuese and Ryan Goldade brought the field of seventeen late models to the green flag with Goldade taking the lead going down the backstretch. Goldade and Knuese set the pace for the field followed by Bobby Wilberg, Zack Riddle, and Miller. On lap 7 Riddle slid by Wilberg for third and on lap 13 moved past Knuese for second. One lap later Miller was up to third after passing Knuese.
Goldade continued to run out front with Riddle closing on him quickly. It appeared like Riddle might have enough to take the lead several times, but each time he came up short. On lap 27 both Miller and Knuese would overtake Riddle and with two laps to go Miller worked his way inside of Goldade to take the lead and race his way to victory lane. Knuese was able to work his way past Goldade on the final lap to take runner-up honors. Last week’s feature winner Dale Nottestad finished fourth with Riddle in fifth.
“Ryan seemed to be losing a little in three and four and we found our opportunity,” said Miller.
“It was a great win and a long week. We had to do a lot of work on the car and it paid off.”
Miller set fast time with a lap of 18.736 and won the First Supply Dash while heat wins went to Casey Johnson and Kevin Knuese.
Two in a Row for Ryan Goldade in Sportsman
For the second straight week, Ryan Goldade of Edgerton, Wisconsin, took home the checkered flag for the Dave’s White Rock Sportsman.
Johnny Robinson took the early lead holding off Rick Coppernoll for the first couple of circuits. Goldade was up to fifth on lap three and pick up two more places on lap four. On lap 6 he motored his way past Coppernoll for second and set his sights on Robinson.
On lap 8 Goldade dropped to the inside of Robinson coming out of turn one and made a successful pass coming out of turn two to take the lead.
On lap 14 Robert Hansberry took second place from Robinson and tried to close ground on Goldade who had a sizeable advantage.
A last lap charge by Hansberry made it close at the stripe but the night belonged to Goldade who took the checkered flag. Rounding out the top five were Robinson, Matt Lundberg, and Mike Taylor.
“We were starting to lose power with two laps to go. I’m not sure how we were able to hold on but we did,” said Goldade from victory lane.
Goldade set another new track record in qualifying with a lap of 19.914. Hansberry won the First Supply Dash and a heat race with Robinson also picking up a heat win.
DeLacy King of the Ring Tonight
Brandon DeLacy of Stoughton, Wisconsin, edged Dan Snyder to pick up the win in the Pellitteri Waste Systems Bandits.
Rookie Chris Tolliver and Brian Paulson led the thirteen car Bandit field to the green flag with Tolliver holding the lead for one lap before David Schmidt took over the point. On lap 3 DeLacy made his move around Schmidt coming out of turn four to take the lead. One lap later, Snyder was right there to challenge DeLacy for the lead.
From there the two ran side by side the rest of the way weaving their way inside and outside of lapped traffic sometimes four wide. Trading paint and the lead, the two Stoughton drivers battled all the way to the finish line with DeLacy taking the win by 0.094 seconds over Snyder. Completing the top five were Nick Schmidt, David Schmidt, and Steve Dickson.
“This was the best race I’ve ever been in,” said a jubilant DeLacy from victory lane. “I have to thank Dan for racing me clean the whole way. It was a lot of fun.”
Snyder was quickest in qualifying with a lap of 15.095 while David Schmidt won the First Supply Dash and the heats going to Snyder and Joe DiMaggio.
Rex Rossier Rolls to Victory in the Vintage Series
Rex Rossier of Plover, Wisconsin, in his 1976 Camaro won the Vintage Racing of Illinois fifteen lap feature.
Royce Rossier and Randy Lucas brought the thirteen car field to the green flag with Rossier jumping out to a commanding lead. Pat Heaney worked his way up to second followed by Rex Rossier.
The Rossiers and Heaney quickly put some distance between themselves and the field with Heaney doing everything he could to get by Royce Rossier on the outside. A spin by Heaney on lap 12 brought out the caution flag just after Rex Rossier had moved into second place.
From there it was all Rex Rossier who led the rest of the way to pick up the win. Royce Rossier finished in second followed by Gene Pennington, Ken Hutchins, and Vince Haywood.
Heat races were won by Rex Rossier and Matt Ramer.
Racing continues at Madison International Speedway next Friday night (May 29th) with action in the Late Models, Sportsman, Bandits, and Six Shooters. It will also be “Kids’ Night” with all kids eleven and under admitted free and there will be many kids events planned during the night including a candy scramble. Practice begins at 5:00 with qualifying at 6:30 and racing at 7:30. For more information check out the track website at misracing.com.
May 14th, 2015
It’s the 2015 season opener at Madison International Speedway this Friday night, but it’s actually much more as a new era of racing begins at the legendary racing facility.
Gregg and Angie McKarns purchased the track from Terry Kunes in February and begin their first season as owners of the track where Gregg’s father, John, managed and promoted the speedway in the 1980’s.
They’ve also brought NASCAR to Madison as MIS is now part of the NASCAR Home Tracks program. This brings many opportunities to the race teams including a season point fund of $15,000 and the chance for drivers to compete for state, regional, and national honors.
Three weekly divisions will be featured in 2015 along with a variety of traveling series that will join the racing program. The NASCAR Whelen All American Late Models, Sportsman, and Bandits will be the primary divisions with the Late Models and Sportsman racing on Wisconsin’s Fastest Half-Mile while the Bandits battle on the challenging “Ring of Fire” quarter mile.
This Friday night will feature the three weekly divisions along with the Legends. Practice begins at 5:00 with qualifying at 6:30 and racing at 7:30. Adult fans can save $2.00 off admission by bringing an empty Pepsi product (limit one per admission). Fans can also take advantage of the new “Family Pricing” opportunity that is $30 for two adults and up to four kids.
For more information about MIS check out our website at misracing.com.