Title Chases in Several Divisions Will Go Down to the Final Night!
Oshkosh, WI, August 15, 2013 – You are going to want to be at Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway on Friday Night to witness the next chapter in an unfolding drama.
The battles have been long and hard fought, the victories celebrated, the challenges faced and overcome. Those sitting atop or near the forefront of the point standings are now clearly focused on one goal. Winning a championship.
While preparation is key to winning a race, determination decides champions as a season long point battle has been taking place in each of the five weekly divisions. For many there are but two nights to score precious points to secure those championship titles.
The lone exception is the Automotive Supply Company IMCA Modifieds which will be running for points on each of the final Friday nights in August.
It is the Modifieds which also showcase the closest of point battles. Cousins Sean and Troy Jerovetz sit atop the standings separated by only a single point. In fact, just last week they were tied. Both drivers have already collected titles in the past. Sean most recently was a champion in the Modifieds at the nearby 141 Speedway, while Troy earned championship hardware at Oshkosh Speedzone when he became kingpin of the Sport Modified division last year. Troy moved up to the Modified class this year and the Jerovetz family name has been atop the standings all season long.
Sean may sit second in points by one marker, but he leads the way in feature wins with three victories to Troy’s two. Sean also has the most top ten performances with ten appearances while Troy has nine. The difference is in the top fives where Troy has made an appearance six times giving him the edge in the standings. The focus for both drivers will be to do what they have done all season long, and that is to win races and avoid the dreaded DNF.
Should the Jerovetz clan suffer a DNF in the final weeks, they could well place two other drivers back in title contention including Marcus Yarie who has earned the most top five runs of any driver. His hard charging driving style netted him seven runs in the top five, but the occasional DNF is what has left him sitting 22 points behind Troy Jerovetz in the title chase. Brian Drexler who had won the past two Modified titles also remains in contention just 24 points out of first place. For Drexler to win the championship he must do exactly what he did last week, beat the competition and place himself in the winner’s circle at the end of the night. Whatever the future holds this point battle will likely end only when the final checkered flag flies on the final point night.
One point is also the margin separating first and second in the Outlaw Chassis Grand National division. The fastest fendered cars competing weekly at the Oshkosh Speedzone have two point programs left, this Friday evening August 16th and the championship night on August 30th.
Showing the way is defending champion Brian Henry who has overcome opening night difficulties which left him buried in the points. Henry has clawed his way to the front with consistent performances. He leads the way in top five and top ten finishes and has the best average finish in main events of any driver. After years of hard work and determination which had resulted in many runner-up point performances, Henry captured his first career championship last season. It will take two more nights of solid performances to back that title up in 2013.
The driver in the best position to knock Henry off the top of the food chain is veteran racer Larry Richards. Richards has already won several championships in his career and arguably has turned in more laps of racing than any driver in the class. His three wins shows the way for the most victories but he had been challenged by difficult luck at times which must be avoided in the final two weeks should he hope to unseat Henry. Three other drivers are all within 17 points and have a shot at the title. These include Terry Van Roy, Tim Reichenberger and Larry’s son, Jeff Richards. For any of those drivers to win the title their goal is simple. They must win races, both heats and features to overcome the lead pair.
In the Total Power Sales Street Stocks the title chase changed dramatically this last week. Jerry Kope who had won numerous championships in the class was dominating the early season point chase but last week saw Kope drop from the main event on the opening lap while defending champion Richard Garb has again shown the strength of consistency and surged to the top of the standings. He now has a nine point advantage on Kope as the season winds down.
There is one other possible outcome in the Street Stocks. Cagy veteran Jerry Winkler has torn up the competition the past few weeks. He has won three straight features brining his season feature win total at Oshkosh to five. In spite of missing opening night, Winkler has climbed the point ladder each week and now sits third 16 markers back. While it would seem that that number may be difficult to overcome with just two races, Winker’s performances these past weeks have made it possible to do so and it will only take a miscue by Kope and Garb to put Winkler atop the standings.
The Ellington Mutual Insurance Dirt Devil division title might be changing hands. With two races to go, young charger Mike Montie has a comfortable 17 point cushion on Jason Fairbank who has claimed the last two division titles. Montie has earned a division leading four feature wins and if he were to collect another he would all but wrap up the championship. For Fairbank his best shot at a title would require Montie to have a DNF which would tighten the point race dramatically. In either case the title will be well earned.
One division which does have some clarity in the championship is the Hansel Trucking IMCA Northern Sport Modifieds. Todd Wiese sits 57 points out front of his competition this season. His lime green #2 machine has spent the entire year moving forward on race night and since the beginning of the season has advanced his feature starting spots by over 100 positions! That’s more cars passed by any driver in any class. Wiese simply needs to do two things the final two weeks to collect the championship hardware for the first time at Oshkosh Speedzone. Show up at the track and start a race, and give a victory speech at the banquet.
This Friday Nights race program will be presented by CitizenFirst Credit Union which will be on hand for the show with a variety of fan giveaways. Over 100 cars are expected for the program in the five division show. Family friendly admission is just $10 for adults with young fans ages 11 through 15 admitted for just $5. Children ages 10 and under are admitted FREE with a paid adult.
Prior to the start of the racing program B-104 will be presenting a kid’s ride along program where young fans get to take a parade lap around the track riding along with their favorite driver. Racing will start at 7:00pm.
Fans are encouraged to seek out the track website at www.oshkoshspeedzone.net to check out the remaining 2013 racing schedule and plan your family outing at the races.
When visiting the website fans are also encouraged to sign-up for the free track newsletter which features weekly updates throughout the season along with photos, videos, interviews and more. Oshkosh Speedzone can also be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thespeedzone
Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway is a 1/3 mile semi-banked, clay oval located at the Sunnyview Expo Center which resides near the intersection of Highway 76 and County Trunk Y in Oshkosh.
This article was posted to the website on August 15th, 2013