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The Masters of Speed Return to The Zone

By Jeffrey Sachse
Wednesday, August 24, 2011 - Oshkosh, WI. - Checking in with 800 horsepower coming from 410 cubic inch engines. Held to the racing surface with some of the widest tires seen on racing machines which are up to 18 inches wide and a pair of wings for incredible down force, these 1400 pound racing machines navigate the third-mile clay oval at Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway at speeds of nearly 120 mph.

The cars being described are the IRA Outlaw Sprints which will return, nearly 30 in number on Friday Night August 26th for the Graphic Point Night IRA Outlaw Sprint Special. Piloted by some of the finest Sprint Car drivers in the nation the upcoming IRA Sprint Car event will surely satisfy any need for speed.

Heading up those expect to attend is defending race winner Billy Balog. Balog the current series point leader in the IRA Outlaw Sprint Series has ten victories so far this season on the tour. His victory in the June 17th event at Oshkosh had plenty of drama as a late race red flag had bunched the field with two laps to go. Balog who had lead the 30 lap contest from lap 7, would fend off Mike Kertscher and Mike Reinke for the victory.

Balog in the thick of a point battle with Reinke and Scott Neitzel will be seeking to sweep the season at Oshkosh Speedzone and pad his point lead. In addition to Balog, Reinke and Neitel a field of near 30 cars is expected including Scott Biertzer, Bill Warren and Wayne Modjeski.

Mike Kertscher turned in the fastest qualifying time during the series last appearance with a blistering 12.065 second tour of the raceway. It is expected that the fast qualifying mark could be under 12 seconds for this upcoming event.

In addition to the IRA Outlaw Sprints three weekly divisions will be taking to the raceway headed up by the Miller Lite Grand Nationals. Currently T.J. Smith tops the standings by a mere eight points over his nearest rival Tim Warner. The top five drivers are all within 20 points of the top spot and any one of them, including Larry Richards, Jim Rhode or Terry Van Roy could be leading the way into the final point night on September 2nd.

The Total Power Sales Street Stock division will also be on hand with fender rubbing action as Jerry Winkler tries to run down current point leader Jeff Jungwirth in the title chase. Rounding out the evening will be the Lynn's Service Center Dirt Devil division where Jason Fairbank wanted to find victory lane and pull away from Dan Juszczyk in the championship standings.

Adult tickets for the special event are $20, with student tickets for students ages 11 to 15 at the discounted price of only $10. Children 10 years of age and under are admitted FREE with an adult.

Grandstands Open at 5:00pm with racing set to get underway at 6:30pm.

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.