By Jeffrey Sachse
Wednesday, July 13th, 2011 - Oshkosh, WI. - Drivers in the thick of the point chase will be put to the test this coming week as Oshkosh Speedzone will host two racing events just four days apart. Racing resumes this Friday Night, July 15th after a one week break in racing action as the track facilities were in use by Lifefest. The "Budweiser Night at the Races" kicks off the flurry of racing action this Friday night followed by the special Tuesday Night Walk of Fame program presented by The Galleria of Entertainment on July 19th.
Those two races will go a long way in determining the points battle into the second half of the season.
The Automotive Supply Company Modifieds have seen tremendous competition, thanks in part to car counts averaging over 30 per race night. The competition has been fierce and Brain Drexler currently holds the point lead by 13 markers over Travis Spaulding. Drexler has made his way to the winner's circle on May 13th and has back to back top five finishes to his credit. Spaulding, while still seeking his first feature win of the year has only finished out of the top five on two occasions this season. Eddie Muenster has climbed to third in the current point chase 17 points from the top spot. Mike Klenz who won two features back to back on June 3rd and June 24th seems to have plenty of mid-season momentum and has rallied into the fourth spot in the standings just 20 points from the top. Tim Lemirande rounds out the top five in the current standings .
Consistency is key to winning a championship as illustrated by the Miller Lite Grand National division. Tim Warner has yet to capture a feature win, but his ability to finish at the front of the pack every night has resulted in his position atop the standings by 4 markers over T.J. Smith. The point battle in the Grand National division is the tightest of the five weekly divisions. Smith who has won one feature this season has also proven capable of keeping his car at the front of the pack when the checkered flag falls. Veteran racer Terry Van Roy has quietly worked into third in the standings, 13 points from the lead. Jim Rhode has two wins so far in 2011 and sits fourth in the standings followed by defending champion Larry Richards who holds down the top five.
The Total Power Sales Street Stock division has seen the point lead swap back and forth between several drivers, but it has been the consistent performances of Jeff Jungwirth which has placed him atop the standings by seven markers over Jerry Winkler. Four different drivers have won a pair of features each with Jerry Winkler, Jon Schultz, Mark Schultz and Mike Nehmer each tasting victory twice. Jungwirth has a single win to his credit but has only finished out of the top five on two occasions. Jon Schultz lies third in the standings 15 points from the top spot. Frank Knaus and Patty Winkler comprise the top five in the current standings.
Zeke Bishofberger is one of only a pair drivers to have racked up three feature wins this season at Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway in any division. All totaled Bishofberger has scored eight feature wins on tracks around Wisconsin this year. At Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway he currently holds a 21 point advantage over his nearest rival Kevin Bethke and the pair have moved out to a comfortable advantage over the rest of the field in the title chase. While Bishofberger plans to continue to score as many wins as possible this season, it will be up to Bethke to find his way to the winner circle and cut into Bishofberger's point lead. Chad Guyette, Adam Pugh and Matt Valiquette hold down the top five in the standings. Interestingly the Midwest Modifieds have two drivers in the top five that have had roll-overs this year as both Bishofberger and Valiquette have each dented their roofs in incidents this season.
The Lynn Service Center Dirt Devil division has had the fewest caution flags of any class in feature contests so far this year. Drivers in the entry level class have done an exceptional job during each racing program. Atop the standings is Jason Fairbank who holds a 17 point advantage over his nearest rival Dan Juszczyk. Fairbank is the only driver in any class to have finished in the top five in every feature contest with his worst finish of 2011 being a fourth place run. Juszczyk meanwhile is just one of two drivers with three feature wins in 2011. However a mechanical problem or two has results in him having to chase down Fairbank in the standings. Erik Kollmann who scored his first feature win of 2011 in late June has quietly worked into the third point position. Josh Roehl and Cory Wegner make up the top five in the standings.
We hope to see you at Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway this Friday evening as the title chase continues.
Pit Gates Open at 4:00pm and the grandstands gates open at 5:00pm for the Friday Night July 15th event. The first race will start at 6:30pm. Adult admission is just $10, Students ages 11 to 15 are just $5 and children 10 and under are FREE.
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This article was posted to the website on July 13th, 2011