Oshkosh, WI, June 15, 2012: - Close finishes, wild action, family domination and new winners all could be used as a tagline for this week's action at Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway. With NAPA Auto Parts of Oshkosh and Fond Du Lac as the presenting sponsor the raceway again lived up to its reputation as "Wisconsin's Modified action track". In the Automotive Supply Company Modifieds, Mike Mullen scored his third victory of the 2012 season after taking the lead from his uncle Scott Mullen in the closing laps of the contest. Brian Mullen who is Mike's father would finish the race in second, with Scott third claiming third. From victory lane Mike indicated it may have been the first time in their family's storied racing history that they have finished 1-2-3 at any racetrack.
In the Leon's Frozen Custard IMCA Northern Sport Modifieds fans would be thrilled by a wheel to wheel battle that went on for the last half of the race between current point leader Tracy Wassenberg and Troy Jerovetz the 2011 track champion at 141 Speedway. On the final lap Wassenberg edged ahead taking the victory by a slim margin making it his third straight trip to victory lane and setting a record for the longest win streak in the class by doing so.
The Miller Lite Grand National division was another race which whet down to the wire as Tim Reichenberger bested his friend and fellow competitor Brian Henry by a few feet to win his first feature of 2012. In doing so Reichenberger has placed himself in a tie with Henry atop the season's point chase in the closest point battle of any division at the track.
In Total Power Sales Street Stock action Shawn Haydon earned his first victory since his championship season at the track in 2010. Haydon would fend off a final turn pass by division point leader Jerry Winkler for the victory. Mike Montie would use his win in the Lynn's Service Center division to take over the point lead for the entry level class has he made his way to victory lane for the second time this year. Former point leader Cory Wegner sold his car and will be appearing in a Sport Modified shortly.
All totaled 108 drivers checked in for competition lead by 32 Automotive Supply Company modifieds. The Leon's Frozen Custard IMCA Northern Sport Modifieds were represented by 24 drivers. 20 Total Power Sales Street Stocks were on hand, the Miller Lite Grand Nationals checked in with 17 drivers. The Lynn Service Center Dirt Devils had 15 entries.
Ryan Besaw and Tony Wedelstadt would square off for the lead at the drop of the green flag in the Automotive Supply Company modified feature. Using the high line Wedelstadt would gain an advantage on Besaw while Scott Mullen worked to chase down the lead duo.
A spin by Jonny Whitman in turn two on the second round slowed the pace on the contest. On the restart Scott Mullen would drive between both Wedelstadt and Besaw to blast into the lead.
The field fanned out three wide behind the leaders as everyone looked for the fast line around the track. Mike Mullen who had started deep in the field made several daring moves to work his way into third place by lap five. His next goal would be surpassing Wedelstadt who held down the second spot. Before the next lap was complete Mike Mullen found himself in second chasing his uncle Scott Mullen.
Chris Engels rolled to a stop in turn four on lap eight forcing a second caution flag. On the restart several cars would tangle as they came up to speed in an incident which would eliminate several cars. Defending champion Brian Drexler would create the next caution spinning in turn three.
The third restart was the trick with Mike Mullen getting the jump on Scott Mullen to take the lead. Tim Lemirande had advanced into the third spot attempting to bust up the Mullen family party at the front of the pack.
By lap 13, a third member of the Mullen family came to play near the front of the pack as Brian Mullen, Mike's father moved into the fourth slot by lap 13. On lap 15 the Mullen family laid claim to the top three spots as Brian Mullen worked past Lemirande for third continuing his charge toward the front.
Over the final laps Mike Mullen set the pace out front keeping his family behind him to take the victory. On the final lap Brian Mullen would go wheel to wheel with his brother Scott Mullen. Coming off the final turn Brian would edge ahead to take the position by a foot leaving Scott to finish in the third position. Lemirande followed in fourth followed by 71 year old Jerry Muenster who with over 50 years of racing experience came home this evening in fifth.
The Miller Lite Grand Nationals would see Tim Doehling assume command of the event at the drop of the green flag while Tom Schneider and Brian Henry contested the runner-up spot. Henry opting for the high line would slowly gain the advantage over Schneider.
With each passing lap Doehling would extend his lead as Henry continued to give chase working hard to fend off both Tom Schneider and Steve Schneider. By the halfway point Doehling had extended his lead to ten car lengths over Henry and appeared headed for his second victory of the 2012 season.
Meanwhile Tim Reichenberger had been steadily moving forward having moved by Tim Simon for the third spot on lap 12. Doehling who had built up a straightaway lead over second running Henry when suddenly he had a turn of fortune as his engine expired dropping fluid all over the track. Doehling would roll to the pits but several cars behind him spun on the slick racing surface resulting in a caution to untangle cars. The hardest contact in the fracas occurred between Tom Schneider and Troy Weich both of whom were eliminated from the event.
This setup a dash to the checkered flag. As action resumed Henry and Reichenberger would square off for the lead. The pair would exchange the top spot several times with Henry opting for the high line and Reichenberger hugging the low groove. Off the final turn Henry went a bit wide allowing Reichenberger to pull ahead for the win. Henry would settle for second. Steve Schneider finished in third. Simon and Terry Van Roy were awarded fourth and fifth respectively.
The Leon's Frozen Custard IMCA Northern Sport Modified contest would prove to be a bit unsettled at first with a healthy dose of caution during the first half of the contest. The wildest incident occurred when Brad Ambroziak looped his machine while leading. Kelsy Hayes, unable to avoid him slammed hard into Ambroziak's stalled machine. Her car would fly high into the air but fortunately landed back on all four wheels. Hayes was uninjured in the incident.
Through several early cautions Chad Guyette driving a car normally driven by Angie Wolfe set the pace. With each restart Tracy Wassenberg and Troy Jerovetz were advancing positions and Guyette soon found himself challenged by Wassenberg.
Wassenberg would work the high groove to sweep past Guyette for the stop spot on lap six. Jerovetz meanwhile stayed low on the track quickly picking off cars and working past Guyette before the lap was complete for second, however a caution for a spinning Raymond Keyser forced a yellow negating the pass.
With six laps officially in the books Wassenberg brought the field back to green with Jerovetz again working by Guyette for second. From that point on Wassenberg and Jerovetz would trill the fans with a side by side duel which would see the drivers swapping the lead back and forth as both sought to find the fastest way around the third-mile clay oval.
The lead pair pulled away from the field to have their own private battle. The outcome would not be decided until the checkered waved as Wassenberg was able to fend off a final lap passing attempt by Jerovetz to take the win. Jerovetz would settle for second. Ryan Besaw had moved into third in the later stages of the contest but he was unable to close on the leaders taking third. Jon Schultz finished fourth followed by Kurt Moeller in fifth.
Brian Long lead the opening laps of the Total Power Sales Street Stock feature which had plenty of fender rubbing three wide action early on in the contest near the front of the pack.
Jon Ashcraft would pace lap two before Shawn Haydon would drive right between Ashcraft and Long to take over the top spot briefly before Long fought back on the inside. The pair would trade the top position again as Haydon rallied to take the lead on lap four.
Haydon began to pull out to a slight advantage as Jerry Kope and Jerry Winkler worked into the second and third spots by lap six.
On lap eleven Mike Nehmer spun in turn two brining out the only caution and bunching the field. The race resumed with Haydon having to fend off the challenges of both Winkler and Kope. Haydon would prove to be up to the challenge again holding fast to the top spot. Winker would work into second and over the final two laps pressured Haydon as hard as he could. Coming off the final turns Winkler worked to the high line using the momentum to close the gap on the leader but Haydon would reach the checkered flag first by a fender length. Winkler would settle for second followed by Frank Knaus, Kope and Dan Knaus.
The Lynn's Service Center Dirt Devil main event would see Trent Nolan set the pace from lap two until lap fourteen when Mike Montie snared the top spot. Once out front Montie was able to pull ahead and score his second victory of the 2012 season. Nolan would finish second turning in his best performance at Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway. Last week's feature winner and defending division champion Jason Fairbank finished third. Matt Brehmer earned a fourth place finish followed by Shun Lee Bangart who finished fifth in his Speedzone debut.
Plenty of action lies ahead on the 2012 schedule.
This week the final summer practice session of the year will be held Tuesday, June 19th. The track will be open from 5:00pm until 9:00pm and any car which meets minimum safety requirements may take to the raceway. Pit passes for the practice are $15, while fans can watch from the grandstand for free.
Next week on Friday Night June 22nd, the first special event of the 2012 racing season takes place as Budweiser presents the first of two appearances by the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint series. The winged 900 horsepower machines navigate the raceway at speeds of up to 120 mph and are the fastest cars on dirt you will see at the Speedzone in 2012. A field of 30 cars is expected for the contest including top series stars Bill Balog, Mike Kertscher, Mike Reinke, Scott Neitzel, Tommy Sexton, Phillip Mock and more.
Joining the sprint cars in action will be the Automotive Supply Company Modifieds and the Leon's Frozen Custard IMCA Northern Sport Modifieds. Both classes will be putting on a complete point show. Racing action will begin at 7:00pm.
Tickets for the special event are $20 for adults, with students ages 11 through 15 admitted for $10. Children 10 and under are admitted free with a paid adult ticket.
All five divisions will be back in action on Friday Night June 29th for Hansel Trucking Night at the races. Extra prize money will be presented by Hansel Trucking and the evening's sponsor will also have several prize giveaways for the children in attendance. Nearly 120 cars expected to be on hand in the five division show. The Automotive Supply Company Modifieds, Leon's Frozen Custard IMCA Northern Sport Modifieds, Miller Lite Grand Nationals, Total Power Sales Street Stocks and Lynn's Service Center Dirt Devils will continue their season long point battle.
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
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AUTOMOTIVE SUPPLY COMPANY MODIFIEDS:
Feature (Top 15): 1.) Mike Mullen; 2.) Brian Mullen; 3.) Scott Mullen; 4.) Tim Lemirande; 5.) Jerry Muenster; 6.) Mike Klenz; 7.) Ryan Besaw; 8.) Kyle Lentz; 9.) Chris Engels; 10.) Jamie Schmidt; 11.) Eddie Muenster; 12.) Robbie Thiel; 13.) Jonny Whitman; 14.) Tony Wedelstadt; 15.) Brian Drexler
Consolation: 1.) Whitman; 2.) Justin Ritchie; 3.) Schmidt; 4.) Travis Spaulding; 5.) Ben Stumpf; 6.) Roger Van Roy
First Heat: 1.) Wedelstadt; 2.) Klenz; 3.) Lemirande
Second Heat: 1.) Engels; 2.) S. Mullen; 3.) Drexler
Third Heat: 1.) Besaw; 2.) J. Muenster; 3.) B. Mullen
Fourth Heat: 1.) M. Mullen; 2.) E. Muenster; 3.) Jason Briese
MILLER LITE GRAND NATIONALS:
Feature (Top 10): 1.) Tim Reichenberger; 2.) Brian Henry; 3.) Steve Schneider; 4.) Tim Simon; 5.) Terry Van Roy; 6.) Brian Gilles; 7.) Larry Richards; 8.) T.J. Smith; 9.) Eddie LeMay III; 10.) Rex Karner
First Heat: 1.) Henry; 2.) Van Roy; 3.) Warner
Second Heat: 1.) Doehling; 2.) Smith; 3.) Schneider
LEON'S FROZN CUSTARD IMCA NORTHERN SPORT MODIFIEDS:
Feature (Top 10): 1.) Tracy Wassenberg; 2.) Troy Jerovetz; 3.) Ryan Besaw; 4.) Jon Schultz; 5.) Kurt Moeller; 6.) Todd Weise; 7.) Mark Howe; 8.) Tristin Peebles; 9.) Chad Guyette; 10.) Derek Schnetzer
First Heat: 1.) Kelsy Hayes; 2.) Brandon Berth; 3.) Colten Van Hierden
Second Heat: 1.) Wassenberg; 2.) Brock Saunders; 3.) Ron Besaw
Third Heat: 1.) Brad Ambroziak; 2.) Wiese; 3.) Ryan Besaw
TOTAL POWER SALES STREET STOCKS:
Feature (Top 10): 1.) Shawn Haydon; 2.) Jerry Winkler; 3.) Frank Knaus; 4.) Jerry Kope; 5.) Dan Knaus; 6.) Richard Garb; 7.) Brian Long; 8.) Patty Winkler; 9.) Mark Schultz; 10.) Jeff Jungwirth
First Heat: 1.) J. Winkler; 2.) Schultz; 3.) P. Winkler
Second Heat: 1.) Jon Ashcraft; 2.) Kope; 3.) F. Knaus
LYNN'S SERVICE CENTER DIRT DEVILS:
Feature (Top 10): 1.) Mike Montie; 2.) Trent Nolan; 3.) Jason Fairbank; 4.) Matt Brehmer; 5.) Shun Lee Bangart; 6.) Joe Minks; 7.) Erik Kollmann; 8.) Chris Maas; 9.) Ben Meyerhofer; 10.) Chad Ewald
No heats this evening in the Dirt Devils
This article was posted to the website on June 16th, 2012