NASCAR Star Kenny Schrader Visits – Joins Mod Actions at The Zone!
Oshkosh, WI, June 21, 2013 – Once again Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway proved its determination to get in the show for its fans. Heavy rains in the hours leading up to Friday Night’s race program had caused many area tracks to cancel their race program, but with hard work from the staff of the Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway events planned at the racetrack took place as scheduled.
The program featured an appearance by former NASCAR star Kenny Schrader who was on hand to compete with the Automotive Supply Company Modifieds. Schrader would adapt to Oshkosh Speedzone’s tacky racing surface throughout the night handedly winning his consolation race to make the main event. The feature contest for the Automotive Supply Company Modifieds saw many other racers having a more difficult time and after several cautions to try and get the event started and the late hour the main event was cut off by the track curfew. Drivers were all paid equal points and money as the race did not reach the halfway point. Schrader was 14th at the time the checkered flag fell.
The headlining Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series had no problems hooking up their 900 horsepower machines as the Winged 410 Sprints negotiated the track at speeds of up to 130 mph.
Five time and defending series champion Bill Balog, who had finished second to Tony Stewart at Plymouth a week earlier took the lead from Lance Fassbender on lap 7 of the 25 lap A-main event and then outran a hard charging Mike Reinke for the checkered flag. The victory was Balog’s third straight in sprint car action at Oshkosh Speedzone and the 51st career victory behind the wheel in the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series.
The Hansel Trucking IMCA Northern Sport Modifieds were also on hand this evening with Kelsy Hayes earning her second career feature win at Oshkosh Speedzone in a time shortened event. Hayes was out front of the contest on lap eight when a spectacular crash took place involving Mark Howe and Tyler Weise. A chain reaction incident took place with Weise slamming into the back of Howe’s machine splitting its fuel cell. The fuel ignited resulting in a rather intense fire which was battled by the safety crew which managed to control and put out the fire without injury to any personal or the drivers involved. It would take nearly 30 minutes to burn off the fuel and to work on the racing surface before the show could continue. A decision was made to consider the event complete based on time and Hayes was awarded the victory.
The 25 lap A-main contest for the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints pushed off on the tacky clay surface which was in prime condition for hooking up the 900 horsepower of the winged 410 sprints to the ground. 22 starters would accept the green flag with outside front row starter Fassbender getting the jump on pole sitter Reinke.
Balog who had started in the third position would sweep past Reinke for second on the outside before the completion of the first lap. Before the second lap could get in the books Bill Wirth tagged the front stretch wall coming to a rest in turn one forcing the first caution of the contest. Wirth was able to get his machine fixed in the work area and returned to action as green flag racing resumed but he would retire to the infield shortly thereafter with handling issues.
Fassbender looked solid out front keeping a small gap on both Balog and Reinke until he slipped up the track in turn two. That slight miscue allowed Balog the opportunity to snare the lead. Darting under Fassbender Balog would annex the top spot with Reinke in tow. Before Fassbender was able to fully recover Meyer was also able to drop Fassbender a notch to reach third.
By the halfway point Balog found himself in heavy lapped traffic but stayed in the high line to sweep past lapped machines. Reinke meanwhile had also adopted the high line around the raceway and found himself matching Balog’s speed 10 car lengths behind.
On lap 18 Scott Thiel had the front suspension on his car break and as he tried to slow his car in turn one he climbed the wall standing his car up on its rear nerf bar. Under the red flag to attend to Thiel’s precariously balanced ride Tommy Sexton had flames erupt near the tail of his car. Safety crews quickly extinguished the blaze but not before the fire has deflated his left rear time.
Action resumed and Balog would again reach lapped traffic before the checkered flag but it would pose no issue with Balog taking the win. Reinke would close slightly over the final laps but would have to settle for second. Meyer was able to keep Fassbender at bay over the final laps to earn third.
Fassbender a contender for the 2013 Rookie of the Year honors had a solid showing matching his best run of the year with a fourth place showing. Earlier in the night he turned in the third quickest qualifying lap of the program. Scott Neitzel would complete the top five finishers.
A field of 39 Automotive Supply Company Modifieds had checked into the pit area for the show tonight making for a big program consisting of 5 heat races and 2 consolation events. While preliminary events pulled off with minimal cautions the same could not be said for the main event as it took three attempts to complete the first lap of the race.
When things finally settled down Mitch McGrath was able to snare the lead by charging between race leader John Schultz and visiting racer Joel Crowbridge. McGrath was out front of the event when the next caution was set to appear. Since the track had reached it’s curfew due in part to the fire in the Sport Modified main event and the multiple cautions at the start of the IMCA Modified feature it was decided to call the event and award equal points any pay.
McGrath was given the honor of having his photos taken in victory lane having been in the lead of the event at its consolation. McGrath went on to relay his well wishes for fellow racer Roger Lee who was seriously injured in a non-racing related incident.
The Hansel Trucking IMCA Northern Sport Modified main event saw a false start with a chain reaction incident but the race was able to get underway on its second attempt with Rob Charapata bolting into the lead. Further back Kelsy Hayes was making her presence known quickly climbing through the field. She would work past Randy Theys and Colten Van Hierden for the second spot by lap two and soon began to chase down Charapata.
Charapata managed to fend off the first couple passing attempts by Hayes by locking down the inside line. Hayes managed to wedge under Charapata on lap four and as both slid up the track in turn one as she managed to get her car headed the right direction and come away with the top spot.
Clint Forestner would find himself in the third position and soon was able to work past Charapata for runner-up honors. Hayes was holding the lead by eight car lengths over Forestner when a multi-car tangle ensued which resulted in the fire in Howe’s machine forcing the red flag to deal with the flames.
With the race reaching it’s time limit under the red flag the event was declared complete with Hayes scoring the victory. Forestner would be credited with second. Josh Long, Robbie Thiel and Nick Furman comprised the top five finishers.
Next Friday Night June 28th Hit Radio B-104.7 will present the racing program which will see all five weekly divisions back in action. The Automotive Supply Company IMCA Modifieds will be showcasing their talent on “Wisconsin’s Modified Action Track”. Also on the card are the Hansel Trucking IMCA Northern Sport Modifieds, Outlaw Chassis Grand Nationals, Total Power Sales Street Stocks and Ellington Mutual Insurance Dirt Devils. Nearly 120 cars are expected to participate in the show.
Family friendly admission is just $10 for adults with young fans ages 11 through 15 admitted for just $5. Children ages 10 and under are admitted FREE with a paid adult.
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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.
BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA OUTLAW SPRINTS:
A Feature (25 Laps): 1. Bill Balog ; 2. Mike Reinke ; 3. Steve Meyer ; 4. Lance Fassbender ; 5. Scotty Neitzel ; 6. Nick Alden ; 7. Russel Borland ; 8. Dave Uttech ; 9. Todd King ; 10. Mike Kertscher ; 11. Robbie Pribnow ; 12. Jeremy Schultz ; 13. Wayne Modjeski ; 14. Scott Uttech ; 15. Denis Spitz ; 16. Allen Hafford ; 17. Mike Decker ; 18. Paul Pokorski ; DNF-19. Tommy Sexton Jr. ; DNF-20. Scotty Thiel ; DNF-21. Phillip Mock ; DNF-22. Bill Wirth .
B Feature (15 Laps): 1. 23-Russell Borland; 2. 83-Tommy Sexton; 3. 64-Scotty Thiel; 4. 20R-Rob Pribnow; 5. 41-Dennis Spitz; 6. 4-Paul Pokorski; 7. 38-Allen Hafford; 8. 43-Jereme Schroeder; DNF 71-Chad Tessman; DNF 94-Brandon Thone; DNS 4K-Kris Spitz
Heat 1 (10 Laps): 1. 17B-Bill Balog; 2. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski; 3. 85M-Steve Meyer; 4. 80K-Mike Kertscher
Heat 2 (10 Laps): 1. 7-Scott Uttech; 2. 1M-Phillip Mock; 3. 12-Michael Decker; 4. 8A-Nick Alden;
Heat 3 (10 Laps): 1. 97-Todd King; 2. 5J-Jeremy Schultz; 3. 53W-Bill Wirth; 4. 7F-Lance Fassbender;
Qualifying: Top 10: 1. 17B-Bill Balog; 2. 2W-Scott Neitzel; 3. 7F-Lance Fassbender; 4. 02-Mike Reinke; 5. 8A-Nick Alden; 6. 68-Dave Uttech; 7. 23-Russell Borland; 8. 1M-Phillip Mock; 9. 97-Todd King; 10. 85M-Steve Meyer;
AUTOMOTIVE SUPPLY COMPANY IMCA MODIFIEDS:
Feature (Top 15): Event canceled due to curfew.
First Consolation: 1.) Brad Lautenbach; 2.) Justin Ritchie; 3.) Dustin Smits; 4.) Joe McGrath; 5.) Jerry Muenster; 6.) Shaun Frelich
Second Consolation: 1.) Kenny Schrader; 2.) Jarrod Anvelink; 3.) T.J. Smith; 4.) Eric Mahlik; 5.) Matt Klenz; 6.) Scott Magsamen
First Heat: 1.) Joel Crowbridge; 2.) Sean Jerovetz; 3.) Benji LaCrosse; 4.) Justin Ritchie
Second Heat: 1.) John Schultz; 2.) Dan Roedl; 3.) Troy Jerovetz; 4.) Brad Lautenbach
Third Heat: 1.) Johnny Whitman; 2.) Jared Siefert; 3.) Matt Rechek; 4.) Kenny Schrader
Fourth Heat: 1.) Mitch McGrath; 2.) Kevin Feck; 3.) Dennis Schultz; 4.) Kyle Kudick
Fifth Heat: 1.) Jeremy Christians; 2.) Mike Klenz; 3.) Brian Drexler; 4.) Marcus Yarie
HANSEL TRUCKING IMCA NORTHERN SPORT MODIFIEDS:
Feature (Top 15): 1.) Kelsy Hayes; 2.) Clint Forestner; 3.) Josh Long; 4.) Robby Thiel; 5.) Nick Furman; 6.) Andy Kleczka; 7.) Todd Wiese; 8.) J.J. Anderson; 9.) Kevin Bethke; 10.) Cody Hokenstad; 11.) Bernie Miller; 12.) Colten Von Hierden; 13.) Jared VanLannen; 14.) Brandon Berth; 15.) Jon Schultz
First Consolation: 1.) Hokenstad; 2.) Brock Saunders; 3.) Steve Schneider; 4.) Chad Martin; 5.) Brian Besaw; 6.) Wyatt Block
Second Consolation: 1.) Mark Howe; 2.) Tyler Weise; 3.) Todd Ewald; 4.) Tristin Peebles; 5.) Hunter Parson; 6.) Hunter Larson
First Heat: 1.) Randy Theys; 2.) Andersen; 3.) Furman
Second Heat: 1.) Kleczka; 2.) Charapata; 3.) Van Hierden
Third Heat: 1.) Forestner; 2.) Bethke; 3.) Long
Fourth Heat: 1.) Thiel; 2.) Hayes; 3.) VanLannen
This article was posted to the website on June 23rd, 2013