by Jeff Sasche
Oshkosh, WI, January 31, 2012: Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway opened it's doors in 1999 as the third-mile clay oval roared to life with a Tuesday Night racing program. During it's pivotal first few seasons, the track was sanctioned by International Motor Car Association (IMCA). One of the longest running and most effective short track sanctioning bodies in the nation IMCA sanctioned both the Modified and Stock Car divisions at the raceway through the 2000 season.
The following year the track became an independent raceway following area rules which mimicked the IMCA classes. The track has remained one of the most successful independent tracks in the state in the state of Wisconsin.
During the 2011 season, the Leon's Frozen Custard Sport Modified made it's debut at Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway. Based off the IMCA Sport Modified class the division was a welcomed addition to the raceway and the class put on highly competitive racing events. While the management was pleased with the division as 50 different drivers took to the raceway during the season, there were some concerns in the number of participants which competed on a nightly basis.
The addition of IMCA sanctioning will result in the drivers not only competing for track points, but they will also be competing for statewide, regional and national IMCA points.
It's believed with the addition of the IMCA sanction an even stronger weekly car count can be expected for the 2012 season.
Last year the season high car count occurred on May 27th when 24 participants checked into the pit area. However for the balance of the year the fields stayed in the mid to high teens, while the regular Modified division often was on the high side of 30 participants.
It is expected with the IMCA sanction that car counts should begin to rival the tracks own Automotive Supply Company Modified class which averaged nearly 30 cars per night, the highest in the state at any track for a full modified division.
With the IMCA sanctioned Sport Modifieds in 2012 and solid interest in the tracks own modified class, fans can expect to see over 60 different Modifieds between the two classes on most nights in 2012.
The IMCA sanction will makes it's debut after a decade long absence on Friday Night May 4th as the 2012 season begins. In addition to the Leon's Frozen Custard IMCA Sport Modifieds and Automotive Supply Company Modified divisions, action will also take place in the Miller Lite Grand Nationals, Total Power Sales Street Stocks and Lynn's Service Center Dirt Devil divisions.
Well over 100 cars are expected to compete in the five division program which will see the first green flag drop at 6:30pm. The grandstands will open at 5:00pm for early arriving race fans and the pit area opens at 4:00pm
Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway continues to hold the line on affordable family entertainment with adult tickets just $10.00. Students ages 11 to 15 are admitted for $5.00 and Children 10 and under are admitted free with a paid adult.
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. Weekly racing Friday Night racing continues until September. Fans and drivers are encouraged to visit the track website at www.oshkoshspeedzone.net for additional information on upcoming racing events.
This article was posted to the website on February 1st, 2012