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Speedzone Car Show at Lowe's Begins 2013 Season!

Practice Replaced With Inspection Day at the Track April 13th

Oshkosh, WI, April 7, 2013 – It’s underway! The 2013 racing season officially began with the running of the annual Speedzone Car Show, held for the second straight year at Lowe’s of Oshkosh as part of the stores’ community events day. Presented under cold and blustery conditions several hundred curious onlookers and race fans would stop by the show which showcased the racing machinery set to take to the track this season.

Each of the tracks’ five divisions were represented at the show and awards were given to the best appearing cars within each class. While no best of show award is given at this event those who voted would have been hard pressed to decide which car would have received such an award as the attention to detail, design and lettering makes several of these racing machines truly “auto show” quality.

Kevin Baldry would take top honors in the Automotive Supply Company IMCA Modifieds with his homebuilt chassis. In a day and age where many Modifieds are manufactured by chassis builders Baldry and his crew has a unique one of a kind car for his rookie season in the Speedzone’s top weekly class. In the Hansel Trucking IMCA Northern Sport Modifieds the closest vote took place between Todd Ewald whose car is featured on the 2013 track poster and Mike Dauphinais who made the longest tow to the show from Green Bay. In a close vote Dauphinais edged out Ewald for the honors.

Defending Outlaw Chassis Grand National champion Brian Henry would debut his newly built Ford Fusion bodied Racetech chassis based machine to rave reviews earning best appearing in class. Dan Knaus walked away with best appearing honors in the Total Power Sales Street Stocks with a car prepared by his crew that featured detail work not only in the design and graphics of the machine but throughout the interior of the car as well. Joe Minks rounded out the day’s winners earning best appearing in the Ellington Mutual Insurance Dirt Devil division.

Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway would like to thank each of its competitors for participating in the show, especially given the weather conditions.

Attention now turns to the track where the next pre-season event will take place.

Due to the late arriving spring the on track practice scheduled for April 13th has been postponed. However an inspection day will take place that day at the track from Noon until 4:00pm. Drivers are encouraged to participate in the pre-season inspection which allows the equipment to pass tech prior to opening night. The inspection day will also mark the final day for bonus points for registration for the 2013 season. Drivers who complete the required forms in the Outlaw Chassis Grand Nationals, Total Power Sales Street Stocks and Ellington Mutual Insurance Dirt Devils will earn 5 extra bonus points toward the 2013 championships.

The first practice is now scheduled for Sunday, April 21st. Pit gates will open at 11:00 a.m., with practice running from Noon until 4:00pm. Admission to the pit area is $15, while fans can attend free of charge and watch from the grandstand.

The first race of the season is still set to take place on Saturday night April 20th. For the first time in many season Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway will be opening with a special rather than the start of its Friday night point season. The first green flag will be given for this special show featuring the finest Sprint Car drivers in the Midwest. The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints will highlight the program with their 410 cubic inch winged machines which put out nearly 900 horsepower. The cars are the fastest race vehicles to be seen on dirt each season at the Speedzone. Joining the IRA Outlaw Sprints for the first time ever in the same program at Oshkosh will be the MSA 360 Sprints which will feature the top drivers from the weekly Sprint car programs at Manitowoc and Plymouth. Rounding out the show will be a non-point Street Stock events featuring cars from all the area tracks. The first green flag is set to fall at 7:00pm.

Fans can print out the 2013 season schedule by visiting the track website at www.oshkoshspeedzone.net . When visiting the website fans are 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 Highways 76 and County Trunk Y in Oshkosh.