June 25, 2012; Oshkosh, WI - Last Friday evening three Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway classes had a night off as the raceway presented its first IRA Sprint special of 2012. For the next two weeks Friday Night racing at Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway will see all five weekly divisions back in action.
The 2012 season officially reaches its midway point this Friday Night June 29th, as Hansel Trucking of Greenville, WI., will be presenting the show. One of several new sponsors for 2012 Hansel Trucking will be giving a pair of bikes away to lucky youngsters in attendance.
Hansel Trucking was established in 2004 by Mike Hansel. After 30 years as a foreman and MSHA trainer, Mike decided to purchase 2 quad axle dump trucks and start his own trucking company.
Hansel himself is a former racer having competed in Late Model and Midget events. He is known for taking a win at Oshkosh Speedzone in his first appearance in a Late Model.
Hansel Trucking has expanded to a fleet of over a dozen trucks and offers many services including trucking, snow removal and plowing services, and landscaping material. Hansel Trucking also offers a full service repair shop and well as 24/7 Mobile Repair Service. Hansel Trucking is expected to be showing off some of its equipment during opening ceremonies.
Additional information about Hansel Trucking can be found at www.hanseltrucking.com
Hansel Trucking is also the sponsor of the Tuesday Night August 21st program which kicks off "Need for Speed Week". That race will feature WDLMA Late Models, Badger Mod Tour Modifieds and a complete point program for the Leon's Frozen Custard IMCA Northern Sport Modifieds. Announcements on that special week of racing will be made shortly.
With mid-season approaching attention is turning toward the point battles taking shape in each of the classes. Currently the Automotive Supply Company Modifieds have had among the highest weekly car counts in the Midwest. The level of competition in the class is unprecedented in the history of the raceway and the on track action has defined the track moniker as "Wisconsin's Modified Action Track". Three and four wide racing has become the norm as have last lap passing attempts for the win.
Brian Mullen has racked up a 34 point advantage over his nearest rivals in the class. To this point in the season Mullen has placed no worse than fourth in any feature contest. That remarkable consistency places him atop the standings. His chief challenger for the title is Brian Drexler, the 2011 track champion will likely need to score a feature win or two to close the gap if he expects to successfully defend his crown. Tim Lemirande last season's point runner-up currently sits third in the standings 55 markers back. Mike Wedelstadt and Mike Klenz comprise the current top five.
The Leon's Frozen Custard IMCA Northern Sport Modifieds have also seen a solid growth in numbers for 2012. Between the two modified classes it's not unusual to see over 70 modifieds in the pit area.
After making their debut in 2011 the sport modified division became IMCA sanctioned for this season. The result has been greater stability in the weekly car counts. A track record 32 competitors for a weekly show has occurred twice this year and last week the mark was narrowly missed with 31 drivers checking in.
Tracy Wassenberg currently sits atop the standings by 20 markers over Troy Jerovetz. Wassenberg has finished in the top three all but one time when he finished 7th and has four feature wins to his credit. Jerovetz meanwhile chalked up his second feature win of the year this past week. Ryan Besaw who currently pulls double duty racing in both the Modified and Sport Modified nightly sits third in the standings 24 points back. Kelsy Hayes and Jon Schultz comprise the top five.
The Miller Lite Grand Nationals currently have the closest point battle of the year as Tim Reichenberger and Brian Henry are tied atop the standings, both drivers are seeking their first career championships. Tim Warner currently sits in third just one point back from the lead. Steve Schneider who has two wins to his credit this season ranks fourth six points back and Jim Rhode is fifth just eleven points back.
In Total Power Street Stock action Jerry Winkler who narrowly missed last season title, sits 16 points ahead of Richard Garb in this seasons title chase. Frank Knaus is 20 points off Winkler's point leading effort. Mark Schultz and defending champion Jeff Jungwirth make up the current top five.
The Lynn 's Service Center Dirt Devils has seen the point standings switching nearly weekly. Last season's title winner Jason Fairbank now finds himself atop the standings by a mere three markers over Ben Meyerhofer. Erik Kollmann sits seven points off Fairbank's pace. Joe Minks and Chris Maas are also within striking distance of the point lead.
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.
Racing action continues until September. Fans and drivers are encouraged to visit the track website at www.oshkoshspeedzone.net for additional information on upcoming racing events. Fans can also friend the raceway on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thespeedzone and you can receive all the latest updates from the track on twitter as www.twitter.com/thespeedzone.
This article was posted to the website on June 25th, 2012