OSHKOSH, WI, MARCH 24, 2012: Modified Madness will be the cure for fans of the open-wheeled race cars, as Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway is working to establish itself as the top Modified track in the Midwest.
An early arriving spring had fans and drivers alike looking forward to an action packed season ahead at Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway. The tracks first race event of the 2012 season will take place on Friday Night May 4th as WXMM 92.9fm will present the five division program which will feature in excess of 120 cars.
The wide, semi-banked third-mile clay oval has proven to be a favorite to area Modified drivers and last season Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway had an average of nearly 30 Modifieds per evening. The number proved to be the highest weekly car count in the class in Wisconsin, and ranked among the highest weekly in the Midwest. In addition the Sport Modified class grew throughout the season with the fields becoming more competitive with each passing week. Over 60 Modifieds are expected between the two classes in the pit area each week truly an amazing sight for fans of Modified racing.
With recent changes in area racing and additional interest in the class, the Automotive Supply Company Modifieds could see even higher numbers in 2012.
Returning as the division sponsor Automotive Supply Company Automotive Supply Company has long been a brand name supplier of automotive parts throughout Eastern Wisconsin. Beginning operation as a parts supplier in 1928 Automotive Supply Company established a reputation as the supplier of choice for the professional technicians in the Oshkosh area and beyond. Today 10 stores are dotted across Wisconsin from as far South as Fond du Lac and North to Menominee, MI. The company is headquartered in Appleton, WI.
Last season the Automotive Supply Company Modifieds featured the closest title chase of the five divisions with five drivers capable of winning the championship on the final night. The season championship event would fall to weather with awarded the title to Brian Drexler of Oshkosh who had spent much of the season atop the standings. Drexler used consistent performances as the key to the title edging out Tim Lemirande by a mere eight points for the title. 10 time area champion Eddie Muenster would finish third in the title chase followed closely by Travis Spaulding and Mike Klenz. All five drivers finished within 19 points.
For the 2012 season every driver in the top 12 in the season standings will be returning to action and several new faces are expected to challenge for the title based on pre-season reserved pit parking. These include Sean Jerovetz who captured the track championship at nearby 141 Speedway as well as Kyle Lentz and Eric Arneson who will both drive for the Floors By Design team owned by Ricky Lemmen of Ashwaubenon. Lentz proved to be a standout performer in the Modified ranks while Arneson captured the Wisconsin IMCA Sport Modified title.
Not to be outdone, the Leon's Frozen Custard IMCA Sport Modifieds should return with higher numbers in 2012. New for this season is IMCA sanctioning. While the initial season for the class proved successful track officials felt IMCA sanctioning would provide even more stability to car counts as well as increase the competition for the class. Many new faces are expected to appear at the raceway in 2012 and with uncertain plans by defending champion Zeke Bishofberger it's expected the title chase will be wide open.
Last season Bishofberger would dominate the competition enroute to the track title. Bishofberger captured the title by 46 points over Kevin Bethke. Bishofberger also won the season title at Beaver Dam Raceway and between the two tracks captured over a dozen feature victories.
Leon's Frozen Custard owned by former asphalt Late Model competitor Michael Schraa will return as the title sponsor for the division. Leon's Frozen Custard was established in 1947 it's unique Drive-In experience features carhops who take your order and bring your food to your car. With a full featured menu this drive-in dining experience is fun for the entire family.
Anyway you look at it, fierce competition, hot title chases and some of the best Modified action around will take place this summer in both the Automotive Supply Company Modified and Leon's Frozen Custard IMCA Northern Sport Modified divisions.
Fans and drivers are encouraged to check out the track website at www.oshkoshspeedzone.net and signup for the weekly newsletter to keep up with any changes in scheduling.
Racing action will begin at 6:30pm on Friday Night May 4th for the season opening WXMM 92.9 fm Night at the races. Automotive Supply Company Modifieds, Leon's Frozen Custard IMCA Sport Modifieds, Miller Lite Grand Nationals, Total Power Sales Street Stocks and Lynn's Service Center Dirt Devils will all be on hand for the five division program.
The WDLMA Late Models along with the Badger Mod Tour and the Leon's Frozen Custard IMCA Northern Sport Modifieds will take to the track Tuesday August 21 and the Bumper to Bumper/Budweiser IRA Outlaw Sprint cars will take to the track Friday June 22 and Friday August 24.
Adult admission tickets are just $10, students ages 11 through 15 are admitted for just $5 and children 10 and under are free to attend the races.
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.
For more information call (920) 279-9096 or (920) 252-1463.
This article was posted to the website on April 3rd, 2012