AUGUST 11, 2012; OSHKOSH, WI – The nights are getting a little cooler, the days are getting a little shorter and the point championships are wrapping up at area short tracks. It can mean only one thing.
The “Specials Season” is about to begin.
Hosting one of the first of the post season special events in the area, Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway will see some tweaks to its popular Fall Classic Weekend. This year’s Fall Classic will take place on Friday Night September 7th and Saturday Afternoon September 8th. The rain date if needed will be Sunday Afternoon September 9th.
Fans can expect to see nearly 180 drivers participate in the two-day racing event.
This year the show has been expanded from five to six divisions with the addition of the IMCA Stock Cars. Extremely popular throughout the area the IMCA Stock Cars are known for their fender rubbing racing style. For the past two Fall Classics the IMCA Stock Cars were allowed to complete with the Grand National division but with increased interested in participating in this year’s Fall Classic track officials decided to give the class its own spot on the program.
The IMCA Stock Cars will be paid $1,000 to win the event and $100 to start.
If the Stock Cars turn out in the numbers expected you will be able to see the Stock Cars as part of the Fall Classic for many years to come.
Headlining the show will be the IMCA type Modifieds. “Known as Wisconsin’s Modified Action Track” Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway has been able to present a thrilling Modified program each and every week featuring some of the area’s top drivers. Last year 45 Modifieds checked into the pit area and Chris Engels came away with the victory topping 2011 Speedzone champion Brian Drexler for the win.
This year’s event will pay $1,500 to win the feature contest. The event will pay $150 to start. The race will see 24 drivers take the green flag. For drivers not making the big show semi-feature contests will be held after all the qualifying heats and consolations on Saturday. Those races will pay $350 to win and $60 to start.
The Sport Modified division also had an impressive turnout with 42 drivers taking to the track which established an all-time competitor turnout for the class at Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway. Rod Solem has the distinction of winning every Sport Modified Fall Classic feature so far. Last season he ran down Brad Lautenbach in the closing laps of the event to steal the victory.
During the 2011 Fall Classic the Street Stock division saw 33 racers test Oshkosh Speedzone’s third-mile clay oval. Gary Kasperek would edge out 2011 track champion Jeff Jungwirth for the victory.
The Sport Modifieds and Street Stocks each will be competing for $1000 to win. The Sport Modifieds will get $100 to start while the Street Stocks get $80 to start the feature contest.
The Grand Nationals will also be on hand again in 2012, and will be competing for the $1,000 top prize. The starting pay for the main event will be $100. Last year’s event was captured by Tim Reichenberger who made the feature through a consolation race. He then methodically worked through the pack to edge out visiting driver Don Sorce for the victory.
Rounding out the classes on hand for this year’s Fall Classic weekend will be the 4 cylinder division. The main event will pay $400 to win and $60 to start. Brian Johnson topped the 4 cylinder contest last season.
All payouts will be made in cash Saturday Night after the races.
The racing action begins on Friday Night at 6:00pm with heats and qualifying races. The racing will continue on Saturday with a 3:00pm start time. Last chance qualifiers, semi-features and the main events will take place on Saturday.
Pits will open at Noon each day.
Grandstand admission is $15 each day for adults and $10 each day for students. Adults can get a weekend pass for $25. A weekend pit pass is $50.
There is FREE camping on the grounds but you may not setup your camping area until Noon on Friday.
Fans and drivers are encouraged to visit the track website at www.oshkoshspeedzone.net for additional information on upcoming racing events including the 3rd Annual Fall Classic Weekend.
Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway is a 1/3 mile semi-banked clay oval located at the Sunnyview Expo Center which resides near the intersection of Highways 76 and County Trunk Y in Oshkosh.
This article was posted to the website on August 11th, 2012