Oshkosh, WI, June 29, 2012: - Mid-season was officially reached at Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway on a night where high temperatures and dry track conditions proved to be a challenge to the 115 competitors present for Hansel Trucking Night at the races. The evening was headed up by 29 Automotive Supply Company Modifieds. Also in attendance were 26 Leon's Frozen Custard IMCA Northern Sport Modifieds; 21 Miller Lite Grand Nationals; 22 Total Power Sales Street Stocks and 17 Lynn's Service Center Dirt Devils.
Last week Scott Mullen had paced a major portion of the Automotive Supply Company Modified feature contest before giving up the lead to Kyle Lentz in the closing laps of the event, he would eventually have to settle for third place. This week Scott Mullen opted for a slightly different setup, one which proved to be extremely quick of the slick racing surface. Mullen was able to keep his rivals at bay and collected his first feature win of the 2012 season by a comfortable margin over Marcus Yarie who turned in his best performance of the year.
Troy Jerovetz would streak to his second straight Leon’s Frozen Custard IMCA Northern Sport Modified feature win, and in doing so extended the streak for cars sporting a Razor Chassis to five. Tracy Wassenberg the division point leader had won three straight victories prior to Jerovetz winning the last two contests.
Defending division champion T.J. Smith chose a perfect night to reach the winner’s circle in the Miller Lite Grand Nationals division. One of Smith’s primary sponsors is Hansel Trucking who also sponsored the evening’s race program. Smith who had been struggling with a new setup on his car throughout most of the year reverted back to a setup similar to what he had used during his championship season. The end result was his first victory of 2012 at Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway.
Jeff Jungwirth would grab the lead off a late race restart making a bold move at the drop of the late green flag payoff with his first feature win of the 2012 season in the Total Power Sales Street Stock division. Mike Montie would capture the final event of the night in the Lynn’s Service Center Dirt Devils.
Roger Van Roy would take the opening lead in the 20 lap Automotive Supply Company Modified main event. Van Roy challenged on the opening two laps by John Schultz. Schultz had his bid for the lead cut short when he looped his machine in turn two on the second lap forcing the first caution of the contest. The field expertly missed his errant ride and the race quickly resumed.
On the restart Kyle Fredrick blasted past Van Roy for the top spot and the field behind spread out three and four wide in a scramble to reach the front of the pack. Scott Mullen would come away with the runner-up position by lap three and set out after Fredrick.
Further back defending champion Brian Drexler was making quick progress bolting through the pack and reaching the top five before the completion of the fifth lap.
Out front Fredrick was clinging to the lead hugging the low groove while Scott Mullen experimented with a higher line in second. Marcus Yarie followed in the third spot and was now receiving pressure from Drexler.
Mullen would nose ahead at the line on lap six for the lead as he continued his side by side battle with Fredrick. Once Mullen cleared Fredrick he switched to the low line around the raceway and began to pull away. Fredrick would lose second to Yarie on lap eight.
At the halfway point of the contest Mullen was comfortably out front with Yarie, Drexler, Fredrick and Tim Lemirande giving chase.
With no cautions to slow his pace Mullen would maintain a six car length advantage over Yarie to the checkered flag. Drexler closed on Yarie as the race wound down but was unable to make a additional headway and finished in the third position. Lemirande and Brian Mullen would comprise the top five finishers.
Brian Mullen continues to lead the point battle with a 314 to 283 point advantage over Drexler. Lemirande has climbed into the third position in the standings with 259 markers.
The Leon’s Frozen Custard IMCA Northern Sport Modifieds would be one of two contests which would finish under a yellow checkered situation. A fair share of cautions would keep the contest close throughout its duration.
Brad Ambroziak and Ron Besaw would square off the for the lead during the opening rounds while last week’s feature winner Jerovetz was making a quick charge toward the front from the middle of the pack. By lap three Jerovetz had rocketed up to the third spot while Ambroziak and Ron Besaw waged a side by side battle for the lead.
Jerovetz soon made it a three car contest for the top spot and before lap four was complete he would sail past both Ambroziak and Ron Besaw for the top spot using the inner most groove around the third-mile clay oval.
Once out front Jerovetz began to pull away as second place became contested by members of the Besaw family with Ron Besaw trying to fend off Ryan Besaw.
The only driver appearing to match the pace set by Jerovetz was that of Rod Solem. Solem an occasional competitor at Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway has been the winner of the Sport Modified portion of the Fall Classic the past two years.
At the halfway point Jerovetz had a dozen car length lead on Ryan Besaw who had advanced into the second spot. Ron Besaw, Todd Wiese and Solem held down the top five spots.
A caution on lap 14 would bunch the field and put Ryan Besaw on his rear bumper. Ryan Besaw would pressure for the top spot coming off a pair of quick restarts but any hope for a victory was erased when something broke on Ryan Besaw’s rear suspension forcing him to roll to a halt with the rear end out of alignment. This forced another caution setting up a six lap dash to the checkered flag.
The feature event came back to green with Jerovetz again holding fast to the lead while Solem continued his march forward reaching second at Ron Besaw’s expense. Over the final laps Jerovetz was able to maintain a cushion on Solem. On the final lap a spin by Tristin Peebles would force a yellow checkered finish with Jerovetz scoring the victory. Solem finished in the runner-up slot while Ron Besaw finished third. Kelsy Hayes who had transferred for the consolation race made steady progress through the field reaching fourth. Scott Boyea comprised the top five runners.
Tracy Wassenberg finished the evening in the sixth spot after transferring from the consolation race. Wassenberg still heads up the point standings by 15 markers over Jerovetz. Ryan Besaw dropped to third in the standings and is now 35 markers out of the top spot.
The Miller Lite Grand Nationals had troubles with the initial start as several cars tangled. Once underway Tom Schneider would work past both Troy Weich and Kodiak Wirtz for the early lead.
John Schultz and T.J. Smith would find themselves reaching second and third by lap three as they attempted to run down Tom Schneider.
Smith would get under Schultz for second on lap six and set out to close the gap on the Tom Schneider. With each passing lap Smith would slowly close on Tom Schneider closing within three car lengths of the lead by the halfway point. Schultz, Brian Gilles and Steve Schneider held down the top five positions as the second half of the contest began.
A caution on lap 12 would bunch the field and Smith immediately went on the offensive. Working under Tom Schneider, Smith would nose ahead on lap 15 for the lead position. Once out front he began to pull away taking his first win of the season at Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway. Tom Schneider would spend the balance of the contest having to fend off the challenges of Steve Schneider enroute to claiming second. Steve Schneider, Gilles and Brian Henry completed the top five.
In the closest point battle of all the divisions, the top seven drivers are within 18 points of each other. Henry seeking his first career title heads up the points with 263 markers. Tim Warner and Steve Schneider are tied for second four points back.
The Total Power Sales Street Stock division would see Jon Ashcraft and Jerry Kope provide fans with a thrilling battle for the lead throughout much of the event. Kope would hold steady in the second spot looking for a way to the lead for the first half of the contest.
A tangle between point leader Jerry Winkler and Richard Garb on lap eight would result in the first slowdown of the contest and both drivers were forced to drop from the event.
Ashcraft and Kope went back to dueling for the lead position while Shawn Haydon and Jeff Jungwirth joined the battle for the top spot near the halfway point of the event.
On lap 14 Lexii Ashcraft the daughter of race leader Jon Ashcraft and rookie Mason Dwight tangled coming off turn four bringing out a yellow flag and setting up a six lap dash to the checkered.
As the green flag flew Jungwirth made a bold move hugging the inner groove to reach the second spot working by Kope for the position. On lap 16 Jungwirth found room under Ashcraft as the pair ran wheel to wheel for the lead. Ashcraft would wiggle coming off turn four allowing Jungwirth to pull ahead and take the lead. Jungwirth held the spot for the final laps taking the victory.
Justin Lindner would cross the line in second after a late race charge but his car did not pass technical inspection dropping him from the running order. This left Ashcraft with the second position followed by Haydon, Mark Schultz and Kope in the top five.
In spite of his troubles this evening Winker still holds the lead in the division standings by 11 markers over Frank Knaus. Schultz and Jungwirth are tied for third one additional point back.
The Lynn's Service Center Dirt Devil division would see Mike Montie lead the majority of the event enroute to tonight's victory. Jason Fairbank would inherit second when Matt Brehmer would have mechanical issues in the closing laps of the race. Fairbank the division point leader would apply pressure to Montie but he was never able to seriously challenge for the lead position.
Chris Maas, Tim Kundinger and Steve Lemay completed the top five finishers. Fairbank currently has a 12 point lead on Erik Kollmann as he attempt to defend his division title.
The month of July will see three events take place at the Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway. It all begins with the Domino's Pizza Night of Fire next Friday evening July 6th. In addition to a program presented by Domino's Pizza where an ample supply of Pizza giveaways will take place, fans will be treated to a fireworks display.
All five divisions will be on hand for the event including Automotive Supply Company Modifieds, Leon's Frozen Custards IMCA Northern Sport Modifieds, Miller Lite Grand Nationals, Total Power Sales Street Stocks and Lynn's Service Center Dirt Devils. Nearly 120 cars are expected to be on hand for the program. Racing action will begin at 7:00pm.
Tickets are $10 for adults, with students ages 11 through 15 admitted for $5. Children 10 and under are admitted free with a paid adult ticket.
The next event will take place on a Tuesday evening as the annual "Walk of Fame" Night is scheduled for July 17th. Each season several drivers from the historic Leo's Speedway are inducted into the "Walk of Fame" representing racing's top drivers from the era.
A full point program with all five divisions will gather for this special night. Fans are treated to throwback pricing with a $5.00 grandstand admission, along with $1.00 tap beer, $1.00 soda and $1.00 hot dogs.
There will be no racing at the track on Friday nights June 13th and June 20th
Friday Night racing will resume on July 27th with T & S Excavating Night at the races.
The next Tuesday Night special will see the return of racing to the Winnebago County Fair with a full show going on during fair week. The August 7th program will again feature all five weekly point divisions.
The final Tuesday Night special will take place when Hansel Trucking will present the WDLMA Late Models in their lone appearance of the season. The fastest fendered cars in the state will be appearing on Tuesday Night August 21st. Joining the WDLMA Late Models will be the debut of the Badger Modified Tour at the Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway. The finest Modified drivers from the upper Midwest will challenge top local favorites for bragging rights as winner of the inaugural Badger Modified feature winner at The Zone. Rounding out the program will be the Leon's Frozen Custard IMCA Northern Sport Modified division.
For fans wanting to take in two evenings of racing comprising the fastest cars in the state a special "Need For Speed Week" ticket will offer fans a chance to do just that. The ticket will be good for the Tuesday Night Hansel Trucking WDLMA Late Model/Badger Modified Special on August 21st and final appearance of 2012 for the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints on Friday Night August 24th.
The IRA Sprints are regarded as the fastest open wheels cars in the Midwest, while the WDLMA Late Models are the quickest full bodied cars in the state of Wisconsin.
Additional information on the "Need For Speed Week" ticket package will be announced shortly.
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.
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AUTOMOTIVE SUPPLY COMPANY MODIFIEDS:
Feature (Top 15): 1.) Scott Mullen; 2.) Marcus Yarie; 3.) Brian Drexler; 4.) Tim Lemirande; 5.) Brian Mullen; 6.) Kyle Fredrick; 7.) Johnny Whitman; 8.) Eddie Muenster; 9.) Travis Spaulding; 10.) Roger Van Roy; 11.) Mike Sandholm; 12.) Dennis Schultz; 13.) Matt Klenz; 14.) Eugene Gregorich; 15.) Tom Schall
Consolation: 1.) Mike Klenz; 2.) Sandholm; 3.) E, Muenster; 4.) Jerry Muenster; 5.) Schall; 6.) Shaun Frelich
First Heat: 1.) Yarie; 2.) B. Mullen; 3.) Spaulding
Second Heat: 1.) J. Schultz; 2.) Fredrick; 3.) Lemirande
Third Heat: 1.) Drexler; 2.) Matt Klenz; 3.) Van Roy
LEON'S FROZN CUSTARD IMCA NORTHERN SPORT MODIFIEDS:
Feature (Top 10): 1.) Troy Jerovetz; 2.) Rod Solem; 3.) Ron Besaw; 4.) Kelsy Hayes; 5.) Scott Boyea; 6.) Tracy Wassenberg; 7.) Colten Van Hierden; 8.) Zeke Bishofberger; 9.) Todd Wiese; 10.) Dion Wahl
Consolation: 1.) Wassenberg; 2.) Hayes; 3.) Wahl; 4.) Derek Schnetzer; 5.) Todd Ewald; 6.) Cory Wegner
First Heat: 1.) Brock Saunders; 2.) Wiese; 3.) Mike Dauphinaius
Second Heat: 1.) Brad Ambroziak; 2.) Kevin Bethke; 2.) Ryan Besaw
Third Heat: 1.) Jerovetz; 2.) Ron Besaw; 3.) Van Hierden
MILLER LITE GRAND NATIONALS:
Feature (Top 10): 1.) T.J. Smith; 2.) Tom Schneider; 3.) Steve Schneider; 4.) Brian Gilles; 5.) Brian Henry; 6.) Troy Weich; 7.) Tim Warner; 8.) Terry Van Roy; 9.) Larry Richards; 10.) John Schultz III
First Heat: 1.) Tim Doehling; 2.) Smith; 3.) Weich
Second Heat: 1.) Gilles; 2.) T. Schneider; 3.) Schultz III
TOTAL POWER SALES STREET STOCKS:
Feature (Top 10): 1.) Jeff Jungwirth; 2.) Jon Ashcraft; 3.) Shawn Haydon; 4.) Mark Schultz; 5.) Jerry Kope; 6.) Frank Knaus; 7.) Patty Winkler; 8.) Brian Long; 9.) Rick Long; 10.) Gordy Lewis
First Heat: 1.) Jungwirth; 2.) Dustin Smits; 3.) Ashcraft
Second Heat: 1.) Richard Garb; 2.) Kope; 3.) Haydon
LYNN'S SERVICE CENTER DIRT DEVILS:
Feature (Top 10): 1.) Mike Montie; 2.) Jason Fairbank; 3.) Chris Maas; 4.) Timothy Kundinger; 5.) Erik Kollmann; 6.) Steve Lemay; 7.) Wes Lungwitz; 8.) Matt Dewilde; 9.) Tracy Peebles; 10.) Matt Brehmer
First Heat: 1.) Lemay; 2.) Joe Minks; 3.) Ben Meyerhofer
Second Heat: 1.) Montie; 2.) Brehmer; 3.) Fairbank
This article was posted to the website on June 30th, 2012