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THREE EVENTS REMAIN ON 2014 BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA OUTLAW SPRINT SERIES SCHEDULE!

BEAVER DAM PLAYS HOST TO THIS WEEKS IRA SPRINT ACTION! SEASON CONCLUDES WITH LUXEMBURG AND DODGE COUNTY DOUBLEHEADER WEEKEND!

September 18, 2014; Appleton, WI – The battles have been hard fought, the victories celebrated, and the chill in the air this past week is indicating the 2014 season for the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint series is winding down.

But it’s not over yet!

Fans still have three opportunities to witness the unbridled speed of the winged 410 outlaw sprint series. Those opportunities begin this Saturday night September 20th, as Beaver Dam Raceway hosts its final show of 2014.

The banked third-mile clay oval has seen two drivers visit victory lane this year. Phillip Mock opened the season for the IRA sprints with a decisive victory over Bill Rose for his first career victory in IRA competition. He then backed up that win by collecting the checkered once again in the next series appearance at the track.

Motor issues had sidelined Mock before the third Beaver Dam show that had been scheduled for June that fell to torrential rains.

The most recent event held at the track saw Scotty Thiel become a first time A-main winner in IRA action when the series visited in August. One name surprisingly missing from the win list is six-time champion Bill Balog who has scored a win at the track every year since the 2009 season. Look for Balog to attempt to correct that this Saturday evening.

Modifieds, Grand Nationals and Legends will be joining the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints creating a full show of great racing action.

Pit gates will open at 3:30pm, with the grandstands open to fans at 4:30pm. Qualifying will begin at 6:00pm, with racing scheduled to get underway at 6:30pm. Adult admission is $20, with students ages 6 through 11 admitted for $10. Children ages 5 and under are admitted free.

Event information can be found on the Beaver Dam Raceway website at www.wismotorsports.net or by calling the track at (920) 887-1600. Beaver Dam Raceway is located on Racetrack Road just east of the intersection of Hwy 151 and 33 in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.

A double header weekend will greet fans for the final two shows of 2014 the following week.

The final weekend of racing action for the IRA sprints will begin on Friday Night September 26th with the inaugural “Battle of The Bay”. A late addition to the 2014 season schedule, Luxemburg Speedway will showcase the 900 horsepower winged sprints for the first time since 2005. During that contest Mike Kertscher collected the victory as over 30 sprints rocked the relatively flat third-mile clay oval.

Three other divisions will support the 410 Outlaw Sprints as IMCA Northern Sport Mods will be on hand along with INEX Legends and 600cc Micro Sprints.

The Friday night show at the Luxemburg Speedway will start with pit gates opening at 3:00pm, grandstand gates opening at 5:00pm and racing to start at 7:00pm!

Adults tickets are $20, a youth ticket for children ages 6 through 14 is available $10 and youngsters ages 5 and under are admitted FREE.

Luxemburg Speedway is located at the Kewaunee County Fairgrounds just off 3rd Street in Luxemburg, Wisconsin. The slightly banked third-mile clay oval is just 20 minutes east of Green Bay, Wisconsin on Highway 54.

For additional information please check out www. luxemburgspeedway.com or https://www.facebook.com/SixFourPromotions

Then it’s time to wrap of the 2014 season!

The following evening on Saturday night September 27th, the 2014 season will conclude at the Dodge County Fairgrounds. Known as the “Horsepower Half-mile”, it’s a high-speed finale, and a fitting conclusion to a successful 2014 season.

Balog has captured the last two events held at the raceway including the most recent show held back in June when he outran two-time series champ Travis Whitney, and Steve Meyer.

Two classes of sprint cars will take to the big track as the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw 410 sprints will be joined by the MSA 360 sprint series with a full show of their own. Modifieds will also be on hand along with the Illinois Vintage Stock Cars. Vintage Mods and Stocks from Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota are expected.

Pits will open at 2:00pm, grandstands at 4:00pm, warm-ups will take place 5:30pm followed by IRA Qualifying and racing to follow shortly thereafter. Admission is $20 for adults and $5 for students ages 6 through 12. Children ages 5 and under are admitted FREE.

The Dodge County Fairgrounds is located on highway 33, just 2 miles east of Beaver Dam and just west of highway 26.

For additional information please see http://www.irasprints.com/ or http://www.dodgecountyfairgrounds.com

IRA proudly presents it’s 2014 season backed by its long time supporting series partners led by title sponsor Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, and associate series partners Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Hoosier Tire, Cedar Creek Motorsports, Cummins Onan, and Carriage Auto Body.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints are a featured member of Racetext.net a website dedicated to bringing fans the best possible coverage of local short track racing.

For more information on the IRA Outlaw Sprints check out the tour website at www.irasprints.com or by logging onto the series Facebook page at www.facebook.com/irasprints the series is also on twitter at #IRA_sprints.

 

 

REINKE MASTERS HIGH SIDE, OUTRUNS NEITZEL FOR FILSKOV MEMORIAL VICTORY AT PLYMOUTH IN BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA OUTLAW SPRINT ACTION!

ROSE SETS TRACK RECORD, ‘PEFECT SEASON’ STATUS HALTED WITH DNF!

September 13, 2014; Plymouth, WI – Fans attending the 18th Annual Frank Filskov Memorial Race on a cool evening at the Plymouth Dirt Track were able to witness two steadfast IRA favorites run wheel to wheel for the victory in the esteemed event.

The combined distances of the Filskov Memorial race plus the 360 sprint main even combined for 55 laps of A-main action to also honor Brian Portschy, a local racer had also had turned laps in IRA sprint competition.

Scotty Neitzel had opened the 2014 season at Plymouth Dirt Track claiming a win behind the wheel of a 360 sprint during the tracks weekly racing program. For awhile it appeared the veteran racer was going to wrap up the final event of the year at the track with a visit to victory lane behind the wheel of his 410 sprint in an IRA contest.

Mike Reinke, however, had other plans. While Neitzel was able to master the low line around the recently reconfigured third-mile clay oval, it was Reinke who found the fastest route. After pressuring Neitzel for the top spot for several laps, Reinke was able to shoot to the lead utilizing the high line on lap 20 of the special 27 lap contest.

Once out front Reinke was able to pull away from Neitzel taking his second victory of the year in convincing fashion. Neitzel crossed the finish line in second for the second straight season in the Filskov memorial, having been edged for the win by Bill Balog last year.

Wayne Modjeski nabbed the final podium spot after turning in his best run of the 2014 season eclipsing his fourth place performance earlier in the season at 141 Speedway.

Neitzel has started on the pole of the 27-lap A-main contest. The unique distance, a tribute, to match Filskov’s number which he ran in IRA competition.

After a false start racing began in earnest with Neitzel gaining the upper hand on Modjeski who had been positioned outside the front row. Reinke was able to power his way into the third spot ahead of Ben Schmidt. Schmidt, who has several titles to his credit in 360 sprint action at Plymouth, gave the partisan fan base plenty to cheer about this evening having earlier become the first of four drivers who were able to eclipse the track record in qualifying.

The first caution flew on lap four as multiple incidents took place. Phillip Mock making his return to action after having expired his engine a couple months ago, again suffered mechanical ills with his powerplant while running just outside the top five. Mock lost speed quickly and was clipped by Bill Rose.

Rose’s perfect season of starting every A-main, and finishing every lap came to an abrupt end as he pulled into the infield with steering issues. Rose, had some satisfaction this evening however, as the Plainfield, Indiana native earned the fastest qualifying time establishing a new track record of 11.888 seconds. It was the first time in his career that Rose had set a new qualifying standard in winged sprint car action.

At the same time 2013 Rookie of the Year Jeremy Schultz went for a spin in turn two drawing the caution. He would return to action, while Mock, and Rose retired from the contest.

When the race restarted, Neitzel went back to the lead, while Reinke gave Modjeski all he could handle while attempting to garner the second spot. After several laps of side by side action, Reinke used the high line on the track to secure the runner-up spot at Modjeski’s expense.

Neitzel had pulled out to a solid lead by lap ten as the leaders began to encounter lapped traffic. A caution on lap 12 for rookie contender Scotty Thiel drew the second yellow flag of the race. Thiel who had been running in the 10th spot had suffered a flat tire coming to a halt in turn four.

Once the race resumed, the final 15 circuits went uninterrupted. Neitzel again gained the upper hand as starter Jim Barr’s green flag waved in the air, but Reinke immediately began to supply the pressure. Behind the lead duo Modjeski held fast to the inside line in third, challenged by Schmidt.

Testing the high line around the track Reinke soon was able to reel in Neitzel. Reinke’s line was especially effective coming off turn two, and that is where he made his move for the lead on Neitzel on lap 20. With a sweeping pass Reinke was able to nab the top spot, and he quickly scrambled away as lapped traffic began to thicken.

Over the closing circuits, Reinke was able to extend his lead to eight car lengths by the time the checkered flag fell. Neitzel settled for runner-up honors and was well aware of the challenge of trying to hold off Reinke.

“I knew Mike (Reinke) would be coming around the top. The way the track was, not many guys would be able to make that work. I heard a motor a lap or two before that happened ( the pass for the lead ) and I knew it would be him”, noted Neitzel. “Mike’s a good racer, when the top is there for him he’s good at it. The first time I went there I wasn’t as comfortable as I would have liked. It just didn’t go our way, Mike did a heck of a job”, stated Neitzel on the battle for the win.

Reinke addressed the crowd from victory lane and was obviously pleased with the victory.

“Frank was a pretty good friend of ours, he was quite a jokester. If there was a joke to be played it was usually going to be on me. I miss the guy terribly, and I have been wanting so bad to win this race. Words can describe it at all”, said Reinke in honoring Filskov with tonight’s victory.

Reinke indicated he knew it would take using the high line as a means to achieve victory. “The way everybody was tonight, everyone was on the bottom. I knew I could trust him (Neitzel) where I was at. If I was going to pass a car, and win the race I was going to have to figure out how to make the top work. We had a car to win and we finally got it done”, said Reinke obviously pleased with the efforts of his crew.

Modjeski had spent the last half of the feature repelling the challenges of Schmidt who tried one last time on the final circuit to reach the final podium spot. Modjeski’s efforts had proved successful edging Schmidt by less than a car length. Schmidt had to settle for the fourth spot.

Steve Meyer quietly worked into the fifth in the closing stages of the race with a very quick machine.

Sixth place went to Bill Wirth. Wirth’s performance was notable having had to completely rebuild his car after a failed steering component resulted in a hard crash at 141 Speedway two weeks ago. Starting from scratch with a new chassis, Wirth’s crew was able to finish the car just in time for tonight’s show.

Jason Johnson earned the seventh spot. Scott Biertzer grabbed eighth followed by B-main winner Matt Vandervere, and Dave Uttech to round out the top ten positions.

19 of the 22 starters were still on the track at the finish with the top 12 on the lead lap.

In earlier action, Vandervere outran Meyer for the victory in the B-main. Ken Jay Fiedler, Blake Nimee, Darrell Dodd, Brian Kristan and Byron Walters earned transfer spots.

Heat race victories were captured by Wirth, and Mock, and the wins for both drivers negated a bit of bad luck as both have had several misfortunes this season. Brandon Thone captured the final heat race after a wheel to wheel duel with Reinke. The victory for Thone was his first heat race win of the season, and it happened in dramatic fashion.

On the other end of the scale, the Spitz family racing team endured a trying evening with bad luck too difficult to overcome. In his heat race Dennis Spitz rolled his ride after contact with Nimee, and the damage was too severe to continue on in the program. Kris Spitz would fare no better with gremlins in the engine that could not be diagnosed ending his evening in his heat race.

26 cars had checked into the pit area. 23 of which qualified within one second of the evening’s fastest time set by Rose. The trip of 11.888 seconds by Rose established a new track record eclipsing the mark of 12.085 seconds set by Reinke in the last appearance by the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints two weeks ago. Schultz was second quick at 11.970 seconds and Reinke was third fast at 12.002 seconds. Schmidt was the first driver to lower the old mark with a lap of 12.014 seconds that eventually was the fourth fastest of the evening.

Fans have just three opportunities to catch the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint series yet this season.

Next weekend Beaver Dam Raceway presents a show on Saturday September 20th. The season concludes with a double header weekend which will begin with a show at Luxemburg Speedway on Friday Night September 26th. The final race of the 2014 season takes place the following night at the Dodge County Fairgrounds on Saturday night September 27th.

IRA proudly moves continues it’s 2014 season backed by its long time supporting series partners led by title sponsor Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, and associate series partners Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Hoosier Tire, Cedar Creek Motorsports, Cummins Onan, and Carriage Auto Body.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints are a featured member of Racetext.net a website dedicated to bringing fans the best possible coverage of local short track racing.

For more information on the IRA Outlaw Sprints check out the tour website at www.irasprints.com or by logging onto the series Facebook page at www.facebook.com/irasprints the series is also on twitter at #IRA_sprints.

IRA Sprint Cars - IRA Interstate Racing Association Event #22 – Plymouth Dirt Track – Plymouth, WI – September 13, 2014

IRA Sprint Cars | IRA Interstate Racing Association 18th Annual Frank Filskov Memorial - Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts A Feature (27 Laps): 1. 02-Mike Reinke[4]; 2. 2W-Scott Neitzel[1]; 3. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski[2]; 4. 35-Ben Schmidt[3]; 5. 85M-Steve Meyer[12]; 6. 53W-Bill Wirth[9]; 7. 44-Jason Johnson[10]; 8. 4B-Scott Biertzer[17]; 9. 10V-Matt Vandevere[11]; 10. 68-Dave Uttech[13]; 11. 94-Brandon Thone[7]; 12. 7-Scott Uttech[15]; 13. 79-Blake Nimee[19]; 14. 64-Scotty Thiel[16]; 15. 23-Russell Borland[14]; 16. 95A-Ken Jay Fiedler[18]; 17. 5J-Jeremy Schultz[5]; 18. 5-Bryon Walters[22]; 19. (DNF) 5K-Brian Kristan[21]; 20. (DNF) 6-Bill Rose[6]; 21. (DNF) 1M-Phillip Mock[8]; 22. (DNF) 11-Darrell Dodd[20] Behling Racing Products B Feature (12 Laps): 1. 10V-Matt Vandevere[1]; 2. 85M-Steve Meyer[2]; 3. 95A-Ken Jay Fiedler[3]; 4. 79-Blake Nimee[7]; 5. 11-Darrell Dodd[5]; 6. 5K-Brian Kristan[8]; 7. 5-Bryon Walters[4]; 8. 43-Jereme Schroeder[9]; 9. 73-Ty Bartz[6]; DNS 4K-Kris Spitz; DNS 41-Dennis Spitz Weld Racing Heat 1 (10 Laps): 1. 53W-Bill Wirth[1]; 2. 6-Bill Rose[4]; 3. 35-Ben Schmidt[5]; 4. 68-Dave Uttech[3]; 5. 4B-Scott Biertzer[7]; 6. 73-Ty Bartz[6]; 7. 95A-Ken Jay Fiedler[2]; 8. 43-Jereme Schroeder[8]; DNS 85M-Steve Meyer All Star Performance Heat 2 (10 Laps): 1. 1M-Phillip Mock[1]; 2. 64-Scotty Thiel[2]; 3. 23-Russell Borland[3]; 4. 5J-Jeremy Schultz[6]; 5. 2W-Scott Neitzel[4]; 6. 10V-Matt Vandevere[5]; 7. (DNF) 4K-Kris Spitz[7]; 8. (DNF) 79-Blake Nimee[8]; 9. (DNF) 41-Dennis Spitz[9] DMI Heat 3 (10 Laps): 1. 94-Brandon Thone[1]; 2. 02-Mike Reinke[6]; 3. 7-Scott Uttech[3]; 4. 44-Jason Johnson[4]; 5. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski[5]; 6. 5-Bryon Walters[2]; 7. 5K-Brian Kristan[8]; 8. 11-Darrell Dodd[7] Osborn & Son Qualifying: 1. 6-Bill Rose, 11.888[14]; 2. 5J-Jeremy Schultz, 11.970[17]; 3. 02-Mike Reinke, 12.002[19]; 4. 35-Ben Schmidt, 12.014[5]; 5. 10V-Matt Vandevere, 12.107[11]; 6. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski, 12.150[15]; 7. 85M-Steve Meyer, 12.248[3]; 8. 2W-Scott Neitzel, 12.274[23]; 9. 44-Jason Johnson, 12.277[21]; 10. 68-Dave Uttech, 12.297[18]; 11. 23-Russell Borland, 12.298[7]; 12. 7-Scott Uttech, 12.305[9]; 13. 95A-Ken Jay Fiedler, 12.399[4]; 14. 64-Scotty Thiel, 12.479[20]; 15. 5-Bryon Walters, 12.522[25]; 16. 53W-Bill Wirth, 12.538[26]; 17. 1M-Phillip Mock, 12.562[22]; 18. 94-Brandon Thone, 12.563[12]; 19. 4B-Scott Biertzer, 12.566[13]; 20. 4K-Kris Spitz, 12.694[16]; 21. 11-Darrell Dodd, 12.715[24]; 22. 73-Ty Bartz, 12.829[10]; 23. 79-Blake Nimee, 12.868[1]; 24. 5K-Brian Kristan, 13.110[6]; 25. 43-Jereme Schroeder, 13.784[2]; DNS 41-Dennis Spitz

 

 

 

FOUR TO GO! BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA OUTLAW SPRINT 2014 SEASON COUNTDOWN BEGINS WITH 18TH ANNUAL FRANK FILSKOV MEMORIAL CLASSIC!

IRA AND PDTR SPRINT FEATURES COMBINE FOR 2ND ANNUAL "BRIAN PORTSCHY 55" WITH 55 LAPS OF A-MAIN ACTION IN MEMORY OF THE LATE PLYMOUTH AREA RACER!

September 10, 2014; Appleton, WI – If your looking for great open wheeled racing action be sure to take advantage of our limited time offer. You have just four events left on the 2014 schedule to witness the 900 hoursepower winged 410 sprints showcased by the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series.

Next up is the 18th Annual Frank Filskov Memorial race dedicated to the late racer. The program will take place on Saturday night September 13th at the Plymouth Dirt Track held at the Sheboygan County Fairpark in Plymouth, WI. The A-main event for the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints will be contested at 27 laps matching the number Filskov carried on his car.

The show will also play host to the PDTR 360 Sprints which be joining in the activities and will hold a 28 lap main event as both series races add up to 55 laps to honor Brian Portschy. Portschy, a fan favorite, had been a competitor in both classes had recently lost his life in a non-racing related accident last year.

Last year Bill Balog came out on top of an epic battle with Steve Meyer and Scotty Neitzel to become the first three time winner in the history of the event. All three are expected to do battle for top honors again this year.

Mike Kertscher, Kim Mock and Kurt Winker have each scored two victories in the memorial race which has seen a number of first time winners over the years.

These have included the likes of Brian Kristan, Scott Uttech and Tim Vandervere all tasting victory in the event. Of any of the upcoming races it seems the Filskov Memorial could set the stage for a breakthrough victory on the IRA tour.

A talented group of drivers are all seeking their first win of the season after posting second place performances. These include current 2014 Rookie of the Year point leader Bill Rose who has made the A-main in every event contested so far this season. Other bridesmaid finishers have included hard charging youngster Jordan Goldesberry, two-time series champion Travis Whitney, seasoned veteran Steve Meyer, first time podium finisher Russel Borland and local favorite Ben Schmidt.

Other IRA competitors expected to participate include Mike Reinke who has established three track qualifying records this season which includes his 12.085 second tour of the third-mile banked oval just two weeks ago.

2013 Rookie of the Year Jeremy Schultz is also primed to get back to victory lane and should be challenging for a podium finish on Saturday night.

360 sprint graduate Scotty Thiel, Blake Nimee, Kris and Dennis Spitz, Dave Uttech, Wayne Modjeski, Brandon Thone, Lance Fassbender, Scott Biertzer, Jereme Schroeder and Ken Jay Fiedler are also expected to appear.

The full size sprint cars will be joined by the WIMS mini-sprints. The series will be contesting their championship event making for an action packed all open wheeled show.

Pits will open at the track at 3:00pm, with the grandstands opening at 4:30pm. The first cars are expected to go trackside for hot laps at 5:30pm.

Racing is set to begin at 7:00pm with qualifying for the IRA Sprints beforehand.

The track is located on the Sheboygan County Fairgrounds just off Fairview Drive (CTY O ) in Plymouth, Wisconsin.

Tickets are $20 for adults with a student ticket for fans ages 6 through 12 available for $5. Children 5 and under are admitted FREE with a paid adult ticket.

For additional information check out the track website at www.plymouthdtr.com

The 2014 season is winding down with 4 races left on the planned 31-event schedule.

IRA proudly moves continues it’s 2014 season backed by its long time supporting series partners led by title sponsor Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, and associate series partners Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Hoosier Tire, Cedar Creek Motorsports, Cummins Onan, and Carriage Auto Body.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints are a featured member of Racetext.net a website dedicated to bringing fans the best possible coverage of local short track racing.

For more information on the IRA Outlaw Sprints check out the tour website at www.irasprints.com or by logging onto the series Facebook page at www.facebook.com/irasprints the series is also on twitter at #IRA_sprints.

 

 

MADSEN’S SURPRISE LATE RACE CHARGE NETS 14TH ANNUAL JERRY RICHERT MEMORIAL VICTORY!

MADSEN OUTDUELS BALOG FOR VICTORY AT CEDAR LAKE SPEEDWAY IN PRESTIGIOUS RICHERT MEMORIAL RACE!

September 6, 2014; New Richmond, WI – The 14th Annual Jerry Richert Memorial race at Cedar Lake Speedway, was one for the record books. Thanks to the Jerry Richert family, the event posted an IRA record purse. Never in the history of the history of the series had the teams of the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints competed for such a lucrative pot which included a $7,000 first place prize.

The payout was like honey to a bee, as teams from all over the Midwest descended on Cedar Lake Speedway. All tallied drivers on the check in sheet represented seven states and two countries. The racing was going to be epic.

The main event didn’t disappoint, and the showdown involved two of the best in the business. Six-time, and defending IRA champion Bill Balog found himself in the lead with a handful of laps to go, while newly crowned 2014 Knoxville Raceway champion Ian Madsen from St. Mary’s Australia was on the move.

Balog has been seen so many times making a late race charge, reeling in the leader. While the leader saw his lead evaporate. Tonight, the roles were reversed; it was Balog, trying to find the pace to reach the checkered flag first, with Madsen, driving on the edge slicing away at Balog’s lead.

On lap 28, the clash of the titans came into play. The circuit began with Madsen performing a perfectly timed slider. This briefly gave Madsen the upper hand. Balog countered with a successful cross-over heading for the white flag to briefly retake the top spot. Madsen however was up to the challenge, and his second sweeping maneuver past Balog would stick leaving Balog no opportunity to take another shot at Madsen’s lead the final circuit.

Madsen had stolen the victory, by three car lengths, with Balog making his way to the finish in second. Madsen had succeeded in performing a rare fete to earn his $7,000, and that fete was making a pass on Balog on the final lap, for the win.

Madsen obviously enjoyed his trip to victory lane. “It was a great honor to win the Knoxville point championship, and thankfully we got that over with. Now we can have some fun. Like tonight you can go race for the money, and just go for it”, Madsen said with excitement.

“I was just kind of struggling and going nowhere. With about ten (laps) to go the car just came on, and I just went for it. I figured I was going to win it or just junk it here. Thankfully we won it,” claimed Madsen.

Madsen was also aware of the efforts to bring such an event to the area. “It’s an awesome event put on by the Richert family. It’s just an honor to win it”, he noted. “I have to tank my team KCP Racing and the whole crew it’s an awesome deal to be a part of”, Madsen concluded.

Balog was a bit more reserved but still pleased with his run.

“I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was disappointed. But we did a good job, we beat some good cars”, Balog stated. There was an element of surprise to Madsen’s late race charge. “I didn’t know where those guys were. I believe I looked up at the scoreboard with about five laps to go and saw the 55 (Tatnell) still there in second. I was just running as hard as I could”, claimed Balog.

“I just couldn’t beat em tonight, but I’m happy, and it was a good payday for us. I have to say thanks to the Richert family and everyone who puts this event on”, as Balog acknowledged the efforts to put on this event.

The 30 lap A-main prepared to accept the green flag amid a fireworks ceremony that briefly delayed the start of the contest.

Polesitter, John Sernett, got the jump on outside front row starter Brooke Tatnell setting the initial pace. Balog was on the move from his fourth place starting spot. He swept past last evening’s IRA event winner Dusty Zomer who had won the sprint car portion of the Northern Nationals at Amsoil Speedway in Superior to grab third, and before the completion of the second lap he rocketed past Tatnell for second.

Sernett had been showing the way with a slim lead on Balog, when he jumped the cushion and tagged the wall. His machine then climbed the concrete and he began to tumble end for end into turn three before coming to rest upside down.

Sernett emerged from his battered ride unhurt but the lead was now handed to Balog who had Tatnell, Madsen and fast qualifier Terry McCarl directly behind him.

One more lap went into the books when Chris Marten clipped the wall, and flipped in nearly the exact same spot as Sernett. Fortunately like Sernett, Marten was able to climb from his ride unhurt.

Balog was back in command for the next green flag stretch, showing the way around the banked, 3/8 mile oval, using the cushion effectively to fend off Tatnell when the caution appeared for a Dennis Spitz spin in turn four on the eighth circuit.

It was the final slowdown of the contest as the last 22 laps ran without incident.

With the green flap back in the air Balog went back to showing the way. This time he began to build a gap on Tatnell who was able to stay just ahead of a torrid battle between McCarl, and Madsen who tossed the third spot back and forth.

By the hallway point of the contest Balog began to extend his lead, further bolstered as he effortlessly picked off lapped machines. McCarl now began to show his hand working by Madsen and Tatnell to reach second by lap 20.

McCarl could go no further and soon he began to lose grip and was overtaken by Tatnell.

With the battles behind him Balog had opened up a dozen car length lead, and as the war waged for second it began to look more and more like Balog might be finding the winner’s circle.

Madsen however had other plans. Using the highest possible line, Madsen now showed remarkable speed, shooting past McCarl for third, and then running down Tatnell for second. With five laps to go it also became apparent that Balog could not match the pace he had set earlier in the contest.

The chase was on.

With each lap Madsen sliced off chunks of Balog lead until reaching Balog’s rear nerf bar on lap 28. The pair exchanged the top spot before Madsen secured the position, pulling away after accepting the white flag.

Madsen took the victory with an approving cheer from the crowd. Balog maintained his advantage on Tatnell to accept second. Tatnell comprised the final podium spot in third. McCarl crossed the line in fourth.

Last year’s Jerry Richert Memorial winner Mark Dobmeier was able to move from his 13th starting spot up to fifth at the finish.

Zomer backed up last evening’s victory with a sixth tonight. Craig Dollansky was seventh. Rookie of the Year contender Scotty Thiel earned an eighth place finish while Mike Reinke and Bill Rose completed the top ten finishers.

20 of the 24 car starting field was still on the racing surface at the finish, with cars were still on the track at the finish with the top 12 drivers still on the lead lap.

Earlier in the program Austin Johnson rebounded from a flip in his heat race to comfortably capture the B-main event to transfer to the big show. Steve Meyer, Marten and Kris Spitz finished second through fourth respectively to earn a spot into the A-main. Jason Johnson was first alternate with a fifth place finish.

Scott Uttech overcame mechanical problems that arose early in the evening. He was unable to qualify, or take the green flag in his heat race. He did however come from dead last in the B-main up to sixth in a non-stop event narrowly missing a transfer to the feature contest.

Heat races were captured by McCarl, Rose, Madsen and Jeremy Schultz

36 drivers had signed in to do battle tonight. McCarl topped the qualifying ranks with a lap of 11.765 seconds. He was the only driver to crack the 12 second barrier. Dollansky was second quick with a 12.000 second effort while Madsen was third fastest overall with a time of 12.230 seconds.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint series now enters it’s final four events. First up is a trip to the Plymouth Dirt Track located at the Sheboygan County Fairpark in Plymouth, Wisconsin next Saturday night September 13.

The following weekend Beaver Dam Raceway presents a show on Saturday September 20th. The season concludes with a double header weekend which will begin with a show presented by Six-Four Promotions at Luxemburg Speedway on Friday Night September 26th. The final race of the 2014 season takes place the following night at the Dodge County Fairgrounds on Saturday night September 27th.

IRA proudly moves continues it’s 2014 season backed by its long time supporting series partners led by title sponsor Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, and associate series partners Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Hoosier Tire, Cedar Creek Motorsports, Cummins Onan, and Carriage Auto Body.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints are a featured member of Racetext.net a website dedicated to bringing fans the best possible coverage of local short track racing.

For more information on the IRA Outlaw Sprints check out the tour website at www.irasprints.com or by logging onto the series Facebook page at www.facebook.com/irasprints the series is also on twitter at #IRA_sprints.

IRA Sprint Cars - IRA Interstate Racing Association Event #21 – Cedar Lake Speedway – New Richmond, WI – September 6, 2014

IRA Sprint Cars | IRA Interstate Racing Association Jerry Richert Memorial Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts A Feature (30 Laps): 1. 18-Ian Madsen[6]; 2. 17B-Bill Balog[4]; 3. 55-Brooke Tatnell [2]; 4. 24-Terry McCarl[8]; 5. 13-Mark Dobmeier[13]; 6. 82-Dusty Zomer[3]; 7. 7X-Craig Dollansky[7]; 8. 64-Scotty Thiel[12]; 9. 02-Mike Reinke[5]; 10. 6-Bill Rose[10]; 11. 19P-Paige Polyak[15]; 12. 85M-Steve Meyer[20]; 13. 2W-Scott Neitzel[16]; 14. 5J-Jeremy Schultz[9]; 15. 81-Austin Johnson[11]; 16. 7TAZ-Tasker Phillips[19]; 17. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski[17]; 18. 68-Dave Uttech[18]; 19. 35X-Skylar Prochaska; 20. 4K-Kris Spitz[22]; 21. 41-Dennis Spitz; 22. 44X-Chris Martin[21]; 23. 91-John Sernett[1]; 24. 35-Ben Schmidt[14] Behling Circle Track B Feature (15 Laps): 1. 81-Austin Johnson[1]; 2. 85M-Steve Meyer[4]; 3. 44X-Chris Martin[2]; 4. 4K-Kris Spitz[5]; 5. 44-Jason Johnson[3]; 6. 7-Scott Uttech[13]; 7. 79-Blake Nimee[9]; 8. 4B-Scott Biertzer[6]; 9. 37-Sye Anderson[12]; 10. 23-Russell Borland[8]; 11. 5-Bryon Walters[11]; 12. 19-Ryan Wilson[10]; 13. 94-Brandon Thone[7]

Weld Racing Heat 1 (10 Laps): 1. 24-Terry McCarl[6]; 2. 35X-Skylar Prochaska[1]; 3. 13-Mark Dobmeier[3]; 4. 17B-Bill Balog[5]; 5. 2W-Scott Neitzel[2]; 6. 85M-Steve Meyer[7]; 7. 23-Russell Borland[8]; 8. (DNF) 81-Austin Johnson[4]; 9. (DNF) 37-Sye Anderson[9] Diversified Machine Inc. Heat 2 (10 Laps): 1. 6-Bill Rose[3]; 2. 82-Dusty Zomer[5]; 3. 7X-Craig Dollansky[6]; 4. 41-Dennis Spitz[1]; 5. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski[2]; 6. 4K-Kris Spitz[7]; 7. 79-Blake Nimee[8]; 8. (DNF) 56-Davey Heskin[4]; DNS 7-Scott Uttech All Star Performance Heat 3 (10 Laps): 1. 18-Ian Madsen[6]; 2. 64-Scotty Thiel[4]; 3. 7TAZ-Tasker Phillips[1]; 4. 35-Ben Schmidt[3]; 5. 55-Brooke Tatnell[5]; 6. 4B-Scott Biertzer[7]; 7. 19-Ryan Wilson[8]; 8. (DNF) 44-Jason Johnson[2]; DNS 70-Raymond Hensley King Racing Products Heat 4 (10 Laps): 1. 5J-Jeremy Schultz[1]; 2. 19P-Paige Polyak[3]; 3. 68-Dave Uttech[2]; 4. 02-Mike Reinke[6]; 5. 91-John Sernett[5]; 6. 44X-Chris Martin[4]; 7. 94-Brandon Thone[7]; DNS 5-Bryon Walters; DNS 4W-Matt Wasmund Osborn & Son Qualifying: 1. 24-Terry McCarl, 11.765[1]; 2. 7X-Craig Dollansky, 12.000[3]; 3. 18-Ian Madsen, 12.230[33]; 4. 02-Mike Reinke, 12.307[18]; 5. 17B-Bill Balog, 12.328[22]; 6. 82-Dusty Zomer, 12.378[26]; 7. 55-Brooke Tatnell, 12.382[23]; 8. 91-John Sernett, 12.383[4]; 9. 81-Austin Johnson, 12.388[12]; 10. 56-Davey Heskin, 2.413[17]; 11. 64-Scotty Thiel, 12.434[20]; 12. 44X-Chris Martin, 12.511[10]; 13. 13-Mark Dobmeier, 12.533[32]; 14. 6-Bill Rose, 12.567[5]; 15. 35-Ben Schmidt, 12.680[9]; 16. 19P-Paige Polyak, 12.696[35]; 17. 2W-Scott Neitzel, 12.730[36]; 18. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski, 12.748[6]; 19. 44-Jason Johnson, 12.767[15]; 20. 68-Dave Uttech, 12.768[2]; 21. 35X-Skylar Prochaska, 12.778[19]; 22. 41-Dennis Spitz, 12.791[7]; 23. 7TAZ-Tasker Phillips, 12.843[30]; 24. 5J-Jeremy Schultz, 12.889[21]; 25. 85M-Steve Meyer, 12.910[34]; 26. 4K-Kris Spitz, 12.912[24]; 27. 4B-Scott Biertzer, 13.095[25]; 28. 94-Brandon Thone, 13.136[8]; 29. 23-Russell Borland, 13.198[28]; 30. 79-Blake Nimee, 13.246[29]; 31. 19-Ryan Wilson, 13.445[31]; 32. 5-Bryon Walters, 13.520[13]; 33. 37-Sye Anderson, 13.687[14]; DNS 7-Scott Uttech; DNS 70-Raymond Hensley; DNS 4W-Matt Wasmund

 

 

 

NORTHERN NATIONALS AT AMSOIL SPEEDWAY BECOMES IMPROMTU KNOXVILLE VS. IRA SHOOTOUT! DUSTY ZOMER COLLECTS VICTORY!

PAIGE POLYAK BECOMES FIRST FEMALE TO SET IRA FAST TIME EFFORT!

September 5, 2014 Superior, WI – Fan attending the Northern Nationals at Amoil Speedway for the opening night of the two-day show were treated to an impromptu showdown between the finest drivers of the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints, and the front runners from the renown Knoxville Raceway.

After 30 laps of hard fought competition on the banked 3/8 mile oval Dusty “Zoom Zoom” Zomer, of Sioux Falls, SD stood victorious after outrunning former World of Outlaws star and Knoxville Speedway regular Craig Dollansky.

Zomer driving the Buffalo Wild Wings car owned by Todd and Susan LaHaise, slipped past the leading IRA rookie of the year contender Bill Rose on lap 19 of the 30 lap contest, and never looked back on chilly Friday evening in Superior, Wisconsin.

The Knoxville regulars completed a sweep of the podium with 2014 Knoxville Speedway champion Ian Madsen of St. Mary’s, Australia taking the spot from Rose in the closing stages of the contest.

“It’s was a nice race track, I had to work my way up there slowly but surely. I figured the lapped cars might help me a little bit with Bill (Rose) out front”, noted Zomer on working his way from the eighth spot on the starting grid. “We got the job done two nights in a row”, indicated Zomer as he had claimed the victory on Thursday night at River Cities Raceway in North Dakota.

“We have a four race weekend here, and we are trying to do the best we can. I’m glad all the fans stayed up, I know it’s getting a little on the cool side. Thanks to you guys for showing up and I’m glad we could put a good show on”, as Zomer thanked the fans for watching the show in spite of the late hour with temperatures plummeting into the upper 40 degree range.

The A-main had rolled trackside just before 11:00pm, and the tacky racing surface allowed the 410 winged sprints to utilize all 900 horsepower as the 23 car starting grid accepted the green flag.

Defending event champion Scotty Neitzel, who was flawless in his drive to victory at the show last season started on the pole for this years event. Dollansky, already graced victory lane in Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint series competition this year, with a win at the Oshkosh Speedzone back in May found himself on the outside of the front row.

At the drop of the green flag, Neitzel got the advantage. Rose who had started inside the second row slipped past Dollansky into the second spot.

Paige Polyak of Tiffin, OH the evening’s fastest qualifier rolled to a stop in turn two forcing the first slowdown of the contest with two laps in the books. Zomer had already made his way into the fourth spot.

Zomer found his way past Dollansky on the restart he then began to chase down the lead duo of Neitzel, and Rose.

The caution flew a second time on lap five when Jordan Goldesberry was involved in a grinding crash which completely destroyed his sharp looking number 65 machine. Goldesberry had tagged the wall while attempting to avoid slowing cars in front of him. He then tumbled violently down the front stretch into turn one coming to a rest upside down. After several anxious moments he climbed from his battered machine unhurt but obvious done for the evening.

An open red flag was allowed, which gave teams an opportunity to fuel up their cars to go the remaining distance. On the restart Rose found room at the bottom of the track to make his way by Neitzel for the top spot.

On lap seven a twin spin in turn two involving rookie contender Ben Schmidt, and Wayne Modjeski created another slowdown.

Underway again Rose set the pace with Neitzel in tow. Zomer continued to challenge from the third spot closing in on Neitzel. That battle allowed Rose to extend his lead on the field.

Zomer was able to sneak past Neitzel for the second spot just past the halfway point, and now set out to catch Rose who had built a commanding lead.

Zomer was successful in closing the gap Rose had built, and the pair were soon to tail. Zomer had opted to try the high line, and drew even with Rose when the caution waved yet again.

This time it was for six-time, and defending series champion Bill Balog who had been seeking his fourth straight series victory. Balog came to a halt in turn two on lap 19 with a broken front axle after having just secured the third spot from Neitzel.

When action resumed Rose found himself under immediate pressure from Zomer who managed to throw a slider on Rose briefly taking the top spot. Rose was able to cross over, and briefly retake the lead before Zomer finally gained the upper hand.

Dollansky was next to apply the pressure to Rose who had now chose to hug the inside line around the track. Dollansky rim riding the raceway was able to find the speed to power past Rose on lap 26.

Out front Zomer had checked out on the field, with Dollansky giving chase a dozen car length behind. With two laps to go Rose vacated the final podium spot as Ian Madsen worked into the third position.

The checkered flag came out with Zomer still holding fast to a comfortable lead. Dollansky would settle for second followed by Madsen, Rose and Neitzel in the top five slots.

Davey Heskin would lay claim to sixth followed by Russel Borland who turned in a strong showing this evening challenging Heskin for the sixth spot throughout the closing stages of the race. Two-time IRA champion Travis Whitney finished in eighth followed by 2013 IRA Rookie of the Year Jeremy Schultz. Scotty Thiel completed the top ten finishers.

13 cars finished on the lead lap, with 17 of the 23 starters still on the track when the checkered flag waved.

Heat race victories went to Neitzel, Madsen and Schmidt.

23 cars clocked in for qualifying, with Paige Polyak netting the quickest time. In doing so she became the first female to capture fast qualifying honors in a race that was solely sanctioned by the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints. She had turned a lap of 13.713 seconds to earn that honor. Zomer was second quick on the evening with a lap of 13.789 seconds followed by Balog whose 13.794 second lap was good for third quick.

22 of the 23 cars on hand qualified within one second of the fastest qualifying mark.

The series now packs up and makes a two-hour trip back south to Cedar Lake Speedway for the running of the prestigious 14th annual Jerry Richert Memorial event on Saturday night September 6th. The program showcase the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw 410 winged sprints along with the UMSS 360 winged sprints and the Northern Vintage Stockcar Racers. The Richert Memorial is always one of the premier sprint car racing events held each season and should see a strong field of cars in both divisions.

IRA proudly moves continues it’s 2014 season backed by its long time supporting series partners led by title sponsor Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, and associate series partners Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Hoosier Tire, Cedar Creek Motorsports, Cummins Onan, and Carriage Auto Body.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints are a featured member of Racetext.net a website dedicated to bringing fans the best possible coverage of local short track racing.

For more information on the IRA Outlaw Sprints check out the tour website at www.irasprints.com or by logging onto the series Facebook page at www.facebook.com/irasprints the series is also on twitter at #IRA_sprints.

IRA Sprint Cars - IRA Interstate Racing Association Event #20 – Amsoil Speedway – Superior, WI – September 5, 2014

IRA Sprint Cars | IRA Interstate Racing Association Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts A Feature (30 Laps): 1. 82-Dusty Zomer; 2. 7x-Craig Dollansky; 3. 18-Ian Madsen; 4. 6r-Bill Rose; 5. 2w-Scotty Neitzel; 6. 56-Davey Heskin; 7. 23-Russel Borland; 8. 16-Travis Whitney; 9. 5j-Jeremy Schultz; 10. 64-Scotty Thiel; 11. 7-Scott Uttech; 12. 44-Jason Johnson; 13. 68-Dave Uttech; 14. 19 Ryan Wilson; 15. 4b-Scott Bietzer; 16. 14aj-Wayne Modjeski; 17. 79-Blake Nimee; 18. 5w-Byron Walters; 19. 17b-Bill Balog; 20. 35-Ben Schmidt; 21. 19p-Paige Polyak; 22. 65-Jordan Goldesberry; 23. 85m-Steve Meyer

Weld Racing Heat 1 (10 Laps): 1. 2w-Scotty Neitzel; 2. 56-Davey Heskin; 3. 19p-Paige Polyak; 4. 23-Russel Borland; 5. 79-Blake Nimee; 6. 19-Troy Wilson; 7. 4b-Scott Biertzer; 8. 64-Scotty Thiel Diversified Machine Inc. Heat 2 (10 Laps): 1. 18-Ian Madsen; 2. 82-Dusty Zomer; 3. 14aj-Wayne Modjeski; 4. 16-Travis Whitney; 5. 6r-Bill Rose; 6. 5w-Byron Walters; 7. 44-Jaosn Johnson; 8. 85m-Steve Meyer All Star Performance Heat 3 (10 Laps): 1. 35-Ben Schmidt; 2. 7x-Criag Dollansky; 3. 17b-Bill Balog; 4. 68-Dave Uttech; 5. 65-Jordan Goldesberry; 6. 7-Scott Uttech; 7. 5j-Jeremy Schultz Osborn & Son Qualifying: 1. 19p-Paige Polyak, 13.713; 2. 82-Dusty Zomer, 13.789; 3. 17b-Bill Balog, 13.794; 4. 64-Scotty Thiel, 13.796; 5. 6r-Bill Rose, 13.878; 6. 7x-Criag Dollansky, 13.991; 7. 2w-Scotty Neitzel, 13.994; 8. 85m-Steve Meyer, 14.033; 9. 65-Jordan Goldesberry, 14.104; 10. 19-Ryan Wilson, 14.105

 

 

FINAL ‘ROAD TRIP WEEKEND’ TAKES BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA OUTLAW SPRINTS TO AMSOIL SPEEDWAY AND CEDAR LAKE SPEEDWAY!

MAJOR SPECIALS - NORTHERN NATIONALS AND JERRY RICHERT MEMORIAL TAKE PLACE THIS WEEKEND!

September 3, 2014; Appleton, WI – The last major road trip for the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints will feature the popular 410 winged touring series as an integral part of two major racing events this coming weekend. Bolstered by increased purses, success in those events can lead to a big weekend paycheck in excess of $9,500. Even starting the A-main in both shows will earn drivers $800 making it the richest weekend for the tour of the entire 2014 season.

Amsoil Speedway located in Superior, WI will get the weekend underway as the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints are the featured division of the opening night of the prestigious Northern Nationals on Friday night September 5th. Last season Scotty Neitzel proved to be the class of the field stopping Bill Balog’s win streak at three in the annual event.

The semi-banked 3/8 mile oval was in prime condition last year as Davey Heskin established a new track record at the facility with a blistering lap of 12.653 seconds. Interestingly, the past three IRA events have seen new track records set, with Mike Reinke earning three consecutive quick time efforts, each establishing new records. If the track record were to fall at Amsoil Speedway it would mark the fourth straight event the series has established a new qualifying record.

Pit gates will open at 3:00pm on Friday afternoon, with hot laps set to take place at 6:00pm. Qualifying for the evening’s program is set to get underway at 6:30pm with racing to follows. WISSOTA sanctioned Modifieds, Super Stocks and Midwest Modifieds are also part of Friday evening’s show.

Adult grandstand admission is $25.

For additional information on the Northern Nationals please consult the track website at www.amsoilspeedway.com

The raceway is located at 4700 Tower Avenue in Superior, WI

The stars of the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints then travel two hours to the south to participate in the 14th Annual Jerry Richert Memorial race which will be held on Saturday night September 6th at the Cedar Lake Speedway.

Knoxville Raceway track champion Ian Madsen along with Craig Dollansky, Terry McCarl, Davey Heskin, Brooke Tatnell, and Dusty Zomer will challenge the best of the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints including series veterans Balog, Neitzel, Mike Reinke, Kris and Dennis Spitz, Scott and Dave Uttech, Russel Borland, Wayne Modjeski and many more.

Also expected to challenge for top honors is this years talented rookie class including former World of Outlaws regular Bill Rose, multi-time Plymouth Dirt Track champion Ben Schmidt, and hard charging Scotty Thiel who already has captured a win in his rookie season.

Add to that roster 2013 IRA rookie of the Year, Jeremy Schultz, along with hard charging youngsters Blake Nimee, and Jordan Goldesberry as potential candidates for the top prize. It all adds up to an amazing showdown between the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint series regulars, and many of the top drivers from Knoxville Raceway, and beyond.

With the announcement of a payout boost to the payout from Big Game Tree Stands, the main event will pay $7000 to win, $4000 for second, $2800 for third and $1000 for tenth with $500 to start the A main. This makes the Jerry Richert Memorial one of the best paying single day races in the Midwest.

Last year Mark Dobmeier added his name to the winners list by outrunning Brook Tatnell who had captured top honors in the contest in 2008 and 2009. Steve Meyer fared best of the IRA regulars last season edging Travis Whitney for the final podium spot. Both Whitney, and Meyer are also expected to run for top honors again in they year’s contest.

The all-open wheeled show will also see the UMSS 360 sprints join the program as well as area Vintage cars.

Grandstands will open at 5:00pm, with racing set to start at 6:00pm. Adults tickets are $25, with a student ticket available for $12 for younger fans ages 6 through 16. Children ages 5 and under are admitted FREE with a paid adult.

Admission prices are $25 for adults; $12 for students ages 6 to 16; while children 5 and under are FREE. Preliminary events are scheduled to begin at 6:00pm. Additional information on Cedar Lake Speedway can be found at www.cedarlakespeedway.com

To reach the track take Highway 94 West to Highway 63. Travel North on 63 and travel 14 miles to Highway 64. Turn left on 64 (West) and travel approximately 7 miles to Highway 65. Turn right on 65 (North) and travel approx.. 1.5 miles to 210th Ave. Turn left on 210th and travel approx. 4 miles to County Road CC. Turn right on County Road CC (where the Outpost Bar is). Track is 1.5 miles on the right.

The 2014 season is beginning to wind down with 6 races left on the planned 31-event schedule.

IRA proudly moves continues it’s 2014 season backed by its long time supporting series partners led by title sponsor Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, and associate series partners Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Hoosier Tire, Cedar Creek Motorsports, Cummins Onan, and Carriage Auto Body.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints are a featured member of Racetext.net a website dedicated to bringing fans the best possible coverage of local short track racing.

For more information on the IRA Outlaw Sprints check out the tour website at www.irasprints.com or by logging onto the series Facebook page at www.facebook.com/irasprints the series is also on twitter at #IRA_sprints.

 

 

 

BALOG EDGES REINKE FOR VICTORY NUMBER 11 IN FOGGY 141 SPEEDWAY GO!

REINKE NOTCHES THIRD STRAIGHT TRACK RECORD FAST TIME EFFORT!

August 31, 2014; Francis Creek, WI – A fog hanging in there air, above the raceway reflected off the track lighting gave a surreal effect as backdrop.. one could say it was almost a scene from a nightmare, with eerie shadows cast in the mists. After consulting the drivers on the effects of the fog they opted to continue the show for the fans and they delivered an exciting main event.

Perhaps it was fitting then that Bill Balog, whose moniker “The Northpole Nightmare”, wound up sitting in victory lane after a hard fought battle with Mike Reinke for the win.

For Balog the victory was a matter of speed, skill and “luck”.

Reinke has demonstrated the past several weeks his #02 machine has the speed to win some more races this season. Since his win at the Roger Iles Memorial race at Wilmot, Reinke has set fast time the past three events, each time establishing a new track record in the process. Tonight he blistered the 141 Speedway oval with a lap of 10.668 seconds lowering the former mark set two years ago by Mike Kertscher, which had stood at 10.750 seconds.

This evening Reinke tracked down Balog in the closing stages of the 30 lap main event. Balog running a dozen car lengths ahead of Reinke had tagged the wall coming off turn four on lap 23. In a matter of two laps Reinke erased Balog’s advantage, and was working to Balog’s inside when a late race caution negated the pass.

Under the yellow Balog was able to access the damage to his ride, and finding none, he bolted back into the lead keeping Reinke at bay the final five circuits to score the win. Reinke was only three car lengths behind at the finish. The runner-up performance was Reinke’s fourth straight top four effort. Last year’s winner Jeremy Schultz crossed the finish line in third.

Balog acknowledged his enjoyment of the 141 Speedway track where he has seen a great deal of success over the years. Balog has won seven of the ten events at the quarter-mile bullring since the Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprints first appeared at the track during the 2010 season

Dave “Hagar” Nelson of Hagar's Half Cookie’s also provided extra incentive, giving Balog an extra $400 for his efforts. A wild card drawn earlier awarded the other portion of the bonus to Bryon Walters. The prize was awarded in memory of Dick Symones a former board member of the IRA sprints.

“It feels great, I just love this place”, exclaimed Balog after climbing from the cockpit in victory lane. Balog also indicated tagging the wall almost had cost him the race “We’ll probably have to put a new right rear wheel on it. I kind of lost track where I was behind a lapped car there and smacked the wall a little bit”, he said. The show hindered by fog did not deter the loyal fans attending the event. “It was an awesome night I want to thank everyone for coming out”, Balog concluded.

Reinke was pleased with his performance especially the handling of his ride. “We had the car real nice, it was rolling really good”, said Reinke also referenced Balog’s rare miscue. “He smacked the wall there, if the caution had not come out it would have been closer”. Still Reinke knew that a restart with only five laps would prove to be a challenge in overtaking Balog. “On the restart if you give Bill Balog an open track he’s going to be hard to pass. We did what we could, and just came up short again. The crew gave me a car to win we just didn’t accomplish it”, Reinke stated on his runner-up performance.

The 22 car starting grid rolled trackside for the A-main warm-up laps in a light fog which had descended on the speedway. The field was stopped to poll the drivers on the safety of racing in the conditions. With the fog beginning to lift, and with the approval of the drivers who wanted to put on a show for the fans the event resumed.

Rookie of the Year contender Bill Rose of Plainfield, Indiana set the pace for the opening green flag of the 30 lap contest. Schultz, last season’s event winner sat to his outside as the green flag fell, with Balog, and Jordan Goldesberry making up the second row.

Rose made the bottom work at the drop of the green flag to bolt into the lead, with Balog following in his tire tracks, while Schultz slipped back on the outside.

After leading the first lap Rose was unable to repel the charge of Balog, who sliced to his inside on the second circuit. Balog poured on the speed taking the lead. Reinke meanwhile was also on the move coming away with the third spot after a brief duel with Schultz.

Matt Vandervere came to a halt in turn four on lap seven, forcing the first caution of the contest.

The lead trio of Balog, Rose and Reinke again showcased the high line at the drop of the green flag as racing resumed. The leaders quickly found themselves working lapped traffic by the halfway point of the contest, with Balog moving out to a dozen car length advantage.

Second place became the focus of attention as Reinke pressured Rose for the position. Reinke managed to claim the spot before the only red flag of the event, which occurred when Scott Biertzer, and Kyle Marten collided in turn two on lap 18. Both cars nearly got upside down in the tangle. Both racers were okay but their machines were too damaged to continue.

Balog, with a cushion of several lapped cars between himself, and second running Reinke blasted back into the lead as action resumed.

Rose meanwhile lost the third position to an impressive restart by Schultz.

Out front Reinke quickly disposed of lapped machines and set out after Balog. On lap 23, Balog clipped the turn four wall as he attempted to negotiate past a lapped car. Breaking his momentum Balog soon found Reinke closing the gap. The pair crossed the line on lap 24 with only a car length between them. On the next circuit Reinke dove to the bottom of the track and drew alongside Balog but as that occurred Brandon Thone came to a halt in turn two creating the final slowdown.

The five lap dash to the checkered saw open track among the leaders as lapped machines fall to the tail of the field for the final five laps of an IRA event. Reinke was able to hang with Balog on the restart and the pair quickly pulled away from third running Schultz. Over the final laps Reinke remained close but Balog’s speed was enough to carry the six-time series champion to his 11th victory of the season. Reinke netted second place followed by Schultz taking the final podium spot.

Rose held on to fourth. Scotty Neitzel made his way into the final top five spot during the last half of the contest. Goldesberry netted a sixth place performance followed by Russel Borland and Steve Meyer.

Scotty Thiel, coming off a pair of second place runs the past two shows, had to settle for ninth tonight. He overcame a fair number of obstacles to do so. He expired a motor in his 410 powered machine forcing him to a backup car after the heat race. He then had to start at the tail of the B-main, but he blazed to the third spot to transfer to the A-main event. In the A-main he was able to advance to ninth from a 20th place starting spot.

Raymond Hensley making another late season IRA start was rewarded with a tenth place run.

15 of the 22 cars were still trackside at the finish.

Earlier in the night 15 cars ran the B-main to set the balance of the field. Ben Schmidt handedly won the contest followed by Scotty Neitzel, Scott Thiel, Jason Johnson, Brandon Thone, Ken Jay Fielder in the top six spots.

Four heat races were held with wins going to Borland, Balog, Dennis Spitz and Biertzer.

33 cars were on hand to qualify this evening with 31 actually taking a time on the clock. Reinke’s 10.668 second effort was good for the fastest lap, and established the new track record. Balog was second quick with a time of 10.715 seconds. Goldesberry was third quick turning in a lap of 10.929. Bill Rose, and Scotty Neitzel also eclipsed the 11 second mark.

The 2014 racing season continues with a double-header weekend in the extreme northwestern part of the state. First up is a trip to the Amsoil Speedway in Superior on Friday night, September 5th. The Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprints are the featured class for the opening night of the tracks Northern Nationals weekend. That race was won by Neitzel last year.

Then it’s a two-hour trip back south to Cedar Lake Speedway for the running of the prestigious 14th annual Jerry Richert Memorial event on Saturday night September 6th. The program showcase the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw 410 winged sprints along with the UMSS 360 winged sprints and the Northern Vintage Stockcar Racers. The Richert Memorial is always one of the premier sprint car racing events held each season and should see a strong field of cars in both divisions.

IRA proudly moves continues it’s 2014 season backed by its long time supporting series partners led by title sponsor Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, and associate series partners Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Hoosier Tire, Cedar Creek Motorsports, Cummins Onan, and Carriage Auto Body.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints are a featured member of Racetext.net a website dedicated to bringing fans the best possible coverage of local short track racing.

For more information on the IRA Outlaw Sprints check out the tour website at www.irasprints.com or by logging onto the series Facebook page at www.facebook.com/irasprints the series is also on twitter at #IRA_sprints.

IRA Sprint Cars - IRA Interstate Racing Association Event #19 – 141 Speedway – Francis Creek, WI – August 31, 2014

IRA Sprint Cars | IRA Interstate Racing Association Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts A Feature (30 Laps): 1. 17B-Bill Balog[5]; 2. 02-Mike Reinke[6]; 3. 5J-Jeremy Schultz[2]; 4. 6-Bill Rose[3]; 5. 2W-Scott Neitzel[11]; 6. 65-Jordan Goldesberry[4]; 7. 23-Russell Borland[8]; 8. 85M-Steve Meyer[13]; 9. 64-Scotty Thiel[22]; 10. 70-Raymond Hensley[17]; 11. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski[14]; 12. 7-Scott Uttech[1]; 13. 44-Jason Johnson[19]; 14. 35-Ben Schmidt[12]; 15. 41-Dennis Spitz[7]; 16. (DNF) 94-Brandon Thone[20]; 17. (DNF) 5-Bryon Walters[18]; 18. (DNF) 4B-Scott Biertzer[9]; 19. (DNF) 99-Kyle Marten[16]; 20. (DNF) 95A-Ken Jay Fiedler[21]; 21. (DNF) 5K-Brian Kristan[15]; 22. (DNF) 10V-Matt Vandevere[10] Behling Racing Products B Feature (15 Laps): 1. 35-Ben Schmidt[2]; 2. 2W-Scott Neitzel[1]; 3. 64-Scotty Thiel[15]; 4. 44-Jason Johnson[4]; 5. 94-Brandon Thone[6]; 6. 95A-Ken Jay Fiedler[5]; 7. 68-Dave Uttech[3]; 8. 21H-Tim Haddy[11]; 9. 73-Dennis Weisner[9]; 10. 1-Paul Pokorski[7]; 11. 7F-Lance Fassbender[10]; 12. 6K-Kurt Davis[13]; 13. 95B-Ty Bartz[8]; 14. 55P-Samantha Portschy[12]; 15. (DNF) 4K-Kris Spitz[14]; DNS 53W-Bill Wirth; DNS 79-Blake Nimee Weld Racing Heat 1 (10 Laps): 1. 23-Russell Borland[2]; 2. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski[3]; 3. 10V-Matt Vandevere[4]; 4. 02-Mike Reinke[6]; 5. 2W-Scott Neitzel[5]; 6. 1-Paul Pokorski[7]; 7. 21H-Tim Haddy[8]; 8. (DNF) 64-Scotty Thiel[1]; DNS 4K-Kris Spitz Diversified Machine Inc. Heat 2 (10 Laps): 1. 17B-Bill Balog[6]; 2. 70-Raymond Hensley[1]; 3. 99-Kyle Marten[2]; 4. 5J-Jeremy Schultz[5]; 5. 68-Dave Uttech[4]; 6. 95B-Ty Bartz[7]; 7. 55P-Samantha Portschy[8]; 8. (DNF) 44-Jason Johnson[3] All Star Performance Heat 3 (10 Laps): 1. 41-Dennis Spitz[1]; 2. 85M-Steve Meyer[4]; 3. 7-Scott Uttech[5]; 4. 65-Jordan Goldesberry[6]; 5. 95A-Ken Jay Fiedler[3]; 6. 73-Dennis Weisner[7]; 7. (DNF) 6K-Kurt Davis[8]; 8. (DNF) 94-Brandon Thone[2] King Racing Products Heat 4 (10 Laps): 1. 4B-Scott Biertzer[4]; 2. 6-Bill Rose[6]; 3. 5-Bryon Walters[1]; 4. 5K-Brian Kristan[3]; 5. 35-Ben Schmidt[5]; 6. 7F-Lance Fassbender[7]; 7. (DNF) 79-Blake Nimee[2]; DNS 53W-Bill Wirth Osborn & Son Qualifying: 1. 02-Mike Reinke, 10.668[18]; 2. 17B-Bill Balog, 10.715[2]; 3. 65-Jordan Goldesberry, 10.929[8]; 4. 6-Bill Rose, 12.292[3]; 5. 2W-Scott Neitzel, 10.974[1]; 6. 5J-Jeremy Schultz, 11.063[15]; 7. 7-Scott Uttech, 11.073[25]; 8. 35-Ben Schmidt, 11.106[21]; 9. 10V-Matt Vandevere, 11.148[30]; 10. 68-Dave Uttech, 11.163[27]; 11. 85M-Steve Meyer, 11.191[26]; 12. 4B-Scott Biertzer, 1.216[11]; 13. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski, 11.276[16]; 14. 44-Jason Johnson, 11.320[4]; 15. 95A-Ken Jay Fiedler, 11.341[24]; 16. 5K-Brian Kristan, 11.372[22]; 17. 23-Russell Borland, 11.404[31]; 18. 99-Kyle Marten, 11.404[33]; 19. 94-Brandon Thone, 11.416[14]; 20. 79-Blake Nimee, 11.461[6]; 21. 64-Scotty Thiel, 11.479[19]; 22. 70-Raymond Hensley, 11.493[12]; 23. 41-Dennis Spitz, 11.604[20]; 24. 5-Bryon Walters, 11.632[28]; 25. 1-Paul Pokorski, 11.672[23]; 26. 95B-Ty Bartz, 11.826[5]; 27. 73-Dennis Weisner, 11.894[32]; 28. 7F-Lance Fassbender, 12.179[13]; 29. 21H-Tim Haddy, 12.210[9]; 30. 55P-Samantha Portschy, 12.277[17]; 31. 6K-Kurt Davis, 12.292[10]; DNS 53W-Bill Wirth; DNS 4K-Kris Spitz

 

 

PODIUM DÉJÀ VU’ – BALOG OUTRUNS THIEL AND REINKE TO GRAB 10TH BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA CHECKER OF SEASON AT THE SHEBOYGAN COUNTY FAIR EVENT!

LOCAL RACERS PROVIDE FANS WITH STRONG EFFORTS AT PLYMOUTH DIRT TRACK!

August 29, 2014; Plymouth, WI – Two weeks removed from the last Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint series contest which was held at the Seymour Speedway, the Sheboygan County Fair, and the Plymouth Dirt Track hosted the winged 410 sprint series at the banked third-mile clay oval as a highlight to the fair festivities. A large crowd was on hand to witness the event. Nearly 60 sprint cars were in the pit area with both the IRA’s 410 sprints and the local 360 sprints on hand to present the show.

After thirty laps of hard fought action on the tight bullring, Bill Balog stood victorious after fending off the challenges of Scotty Thiel, and Mike Reinke. The top three had met under similar circumstances two weeks ago, as the same trio had finished in that running order after the checker had fallen at Seymour.

Balog who had started tonight’s contest in the fourth position, snared the lead from Thiel coming off turn four on the 12th circuit of the 30 lap contest when Thiel had briefly jumped the cushion providing Balog the opportunity to steal the lead. Once out front Balog was able to fend off the challenges of Thiel as the leaders worked heavy lapped traffic in the closing laps, taking the win by six car lengths.

Balog noted he had seen Thiel when the lapped traffic began to thicken. “I thought I had seen Thiel challenging for the lead at the end there. There were lapped cars all over the place and it was pretty awesome”, obviously thrilled with the close quarters dicing. “I think I had bent something on the car at the start of the race and the car was all over, but it was fine once I figured it out”, Balog noted on his move toward the front.

“I have to thank all these fans for coming out. It’s pretty easy too get hooked on these things (sprint car racing) so just be careful!” as he acknowledged the fact that the fair races often bring new fans to the track.

Thiel was please with his second place effort but noted there is not as much of a hometrack advantage as some may think due to the changes in the track. “The track is a little bit different than how we used to do it back in the day. It was a fun race track tonight.” During this past off-season the raceway was lengthened 60 feet and the third and fourth turns had a fair amont of banking added.

Thiel also noted the lapped cars had presented the opportunity to make an attempt on Balog. “The lapped traffic makes things a bit dicey, I really wanted to put the car up in there but….Bill drove a good race he got up there right away and we fought back”, he noted on the run.

“The car was working good tonight. As long as you get a podium and qualify good it’s fun. If your having fun the results will come”, concluded Thiel on the nights effort.

28 cars had presented for competition this evening, and with the field trimmed to 22 cars as the A-main event rolled trackside.

There was a festival like atmosphere, thanks to the running of the fair. The fair’s midway in the background made for a perfect backdrop as the field roared to life under starter Jim Barr’s green flag.

Local favorites Thiel, and multi-time Plymouth Dirt Track 360 sprint champion Ben Schmidt made up the front row, and the supporting crowd cheered their local racers who had turned many laps at the facility before moving on to IRA competition. Both drivers, contending for rookie of the year honors, gave those fans plenty to cheer about with Schmidt powering to the lead, and Thiel holding down the second slot.

Balog meanwhile had his hands full with Reinke in a battle for third. Reinke had established a new track record earlier in the program blistering the track with an orbit of 12.085 seconds. The former mark stood at 12.137 when Brian Kristan established the standard as the record book was rewritten when the track configuration was changed this season.

Out front Schmidt was rim riding his way around the track moving out to a slight lead on Thiel, and Balog. By the eighth lap the leaders had caught the tail of the field, and the lead trio began to slice through back markers.

Schmidt’s reign at the front came to an end on the backstretch on lap ten when he tagged the wall, slowing briefly. That allowed Thiel to take advantage of the opportunity, and dart into the lead. Balog also took advantage of the situation, scrambling to second by passing Schmidt.

Thiel’s time as the front proved to be brief, as on the next lap he slid wide in turn four, allowing Balog to drop to the bottom of the track and steal the lead. At the same time Reinke replaced Schmidt in the third spot.

The leaders were working heavy lapped traffic when they caught a break in the form of a caution created when Scott Biertzer performed a 360 spin in turn two on lap 18. The caution was the first slowdown in lRA main events the past two shows as the Seymour race had ran non-stop.

Racing quickly resumed with Balog holding a slim lead over Thiel, who in turn had a small advantage on Reinke. The trio again caught back markers with six laps to go in the event. Balog was briefly caught in traffic allowing Thiel to reel in the leader, but a bold move between two cars allowed Balog squirt out front.

Behind the lead trio Schmidt had been running solidly in the fourth spot then he suddenly left the racing surface with only a few laps remaining.

Thiel was able to follow Balog closely in the closing laps though he was unable to find a way by the high-flying Balog who accepted the checkered flag for the second straight event. Thiel earned his third runner-up performance of the year. Reinke’s third place effort was his third straight podium finish. Reinke has finished in the top four, six out of the last eight races showing remarkable consistency.

Two-time series champ, Scotty Neitzel, had elevated himself to the fourth spot when Schmidt had dropped from the contest holding the position to the finish. Kristan making a rare IRA start this season was able to earn his first top five effort of the season in fifth.

2013 Rookie of the Year Jeremy Schultz laid claim to the sixth spot, followed by Steve Meyer in seventh. Top 2014 rookie of the year contender Bill Rose finished eighth.

Local 360 racer Kyle Marten, made his second showing of the season in IRA competition, and his ninth place run was his second straight top ten effort for the potential 2015 rookie candidate. Scott Uttech completed the top ten runners. 12 cars were on the lead lap at the finish with 19 of the 22 starters still on the track when the event concluded.

Dave Uttech outran his cousin Scott Uttech to capture the B-main. Ken Jay Fiedler, Bill Wirth, Blake Nimee, Wayne Modjeski and Jason Johnson were the transfer cars to the main event by finishing in the top seven positions. Russel Borland finished eighth and was first alternate for the main event.

Kristan, Schultz and Schmidt captured heat race victories. Schmidt’s victory was especially impressive rocketing from third to first on the final two laps.

Reinke’s record setting lap of 12.085 seconds paced the 28 drivers taking qualification runs. Balog was second quick at 12.213 seconds with Schmidt earning third fast with a 12.281 second effort.

The IRA Sprints now head to 141 Speedway making their final showing of the year on the banked quarter-mile oval.

On Sunday evening, August 31st, the 141 Speedway will see activities getting underway with hot laps at 6:00pm. Spectator gates will open at 4:00pm to allow fans to grab their favorite seat.

Street Stocks, INEX Legends and Grand Nationals will join the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints on the semi-banked quarter-mile oval!

The facility is known to produce laps times under 11 seconds with the all-time track record sitting at 10.750 seconds. The mark was set by Mike Kertscher .

During this event last year Jeremy Schultz topped the contest. Schultz who has one win to his credit already this season is looking to visit victory lane for the fourth time in his short IRA career. The most recent IRA event held at the track was over Memorial Day weekend when Balog took the victory over Reinke.

For more information please check 141speedway.com. You can also follow us on both Facebook and Twitter. The track phone is (920) 863 3377. For further information call (920) 905 1112. 141 Speedway is located 15 minutes south of Green Bay on County “R” in Francis Creek.

IRA proudly moves continues it’s 2014 season backed by its long time supporting series partners led by title sponsor Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, and associate series partners Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Hoosier Tire, Cedar Creek Motorsports, Cummins Onan, and Carriage Auto Body.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints are a featured member of Racetext.net a website dedicated to bringing fans the best possible coverage of local short track racing.

For more information on the IRA Outlaw Sprints check out the tour website at www.irasprints.com or by logging onto the series Facebook page at www.facebook.com/irasprints the series is also on twitter at #IRA_sprints.

IRA Sprint Cars - IRA Interstate Racing Association Event #18 – Plymouth Dirt Track – Plymouth, WI – August 29, 2014

IRA Sprint Cars | IRA Interstate Racing Association Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts A Feature (30 Laps): 1. 17B-Bill Balog[3]; 2. 64-Scotty Thiel[1]; 3. 02-Mike Reinke[4]; 4. 2W-Scott Neitzel[7]; 5. 5K-Brian Kristan[6]; 6. 5J-Jeremy Schultz[5]; 7. 85M-Steve Meyer[14]; 8. 6-Bill Rose[10]; 9. 99-Kyle Marten[9]; 10. 7-Scott Uttech[12]; 11. 68-Dave Uttech[11]; 12. 79-Blake Nimee[19]; 13. 44-Jason Johnson[21]; 14. 53W-Bill Wirth[18]; 15. 70-Raymond Hensley; 16. 94-Brandon Thone[8]; 17. 4K-Kris Spitz[13]; 18. 95A-Ken Jay Fiedler[17]; 19. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski[20]; 20. 35-Ben Schmidt[2]; 21. 4B-Scott Biertzer[15]; 22. 41-Dennis Spitz[16] Notes: 41 Denis Spitz off lap 2, Leaders hit lap traffic lap 8, 64 Theil Pass for lead lap 11 17B Balog passes for lead lap 12 Yellow, 4B spin lap 18 4B Beirtzer off lap 25 Behling Racing Products B Feature (12 Laps): 1. 68-Dave Uttech[1]; 2. 7-Scott Uttech[4]; 3. 95A-Ken Jay Fiedler[3]; 4. 53W-Bill Wirth[6]; 5. 79-Blake Nimee[8]; 6. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski[5]; 7. 44-Jason Johnson[7]; 8. 23-Russell Borland[9]; 9. 73-Dennis Weisner[12]; 10. 43-Jereme Schroeder[11]; 11. (DNF) 5-Bryon Walters[10]; 12. (DNF) 48H-Phillip Mock[2]; DNS 7F-Lance Fassbender48H with suspension problems, 5 Pulled into the infield, Weld Racing Products Heat 1 (10 Laps): 1. 5K-Brian Kristan[2]; 2. 6-Bill Rose[4]; 3. 02-Mike Reinke[6]; 4. 4K-Kris Spitz[1]; 5. 2W-Scott Neitzel[3]; 6. 68-Dave Uttech[5]; 7. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski[7]; 8. 79-Blake Nimee[8]; 9. 5-Bryon Walters[9]; DNS 7F-Lance Fassbender Diversified Machine Inc. Heat 2 (10 Laps): 1. 5J-Jeremy Schultz[2]; 2. 17B-Bill Balog[6]; 3. 85M-Steve Meyer[1]; 4. 99-Kyle Marten[4]; 5. 64-Scotty Thiel[5]; 6. 95A-Ken Jay Fiedler[3]; 7. 23-Russell Borland[8]; 8. 53W-Bill Wirth[7]; 9. (DNF) 43-Jereme Schroeder[9]Yellow lap 4, 53 Wirth Spin All Star Performance/King Race Products Heat 3 (10 Laps): 1. 35-Ben Schmidt[6]; 2. 4B-Scott Biertzer[1]; 3. 70-Raymond Hensley[2]; 4. 94-Brandon Thone[4]; 5. 41-Dennis Spitz[8]; 6. 7-Scott Uttech[3]; 7. 48H-Phillip Mock[5]; 8. 44-Jason Johnson[7]; 9. 73-Dennis Weisner[9] Qualifying: 1. 02-Mike Reinke, 12.085[7]; 2. 17B-Bill Balog, 12.213[25]; 3. 35-Ben Schmidt, 12.281[22]; 4. 68-Dave Uttech, 12.312[13]; 5. 64-Scotty Thiel, 12.319[6]; 6. 48H-Phillip Mock, 12.362[27]; 7. 6-Bill Rose, 12.416[11]; 8. 99-Kyle Marten, 12.421[16]; 9. 94-Brandon Thone, 12.446[2]; 10. 2W-Scott Neitzel, 12.446[18]; 11. 95A-Ken Jay Fiedler, 12.448[9]; 12. 7-Scott Uttech, 12.466[15]; 13. 5K-Brian Kristan, 12.491[28]; 14. 5J-Jeremy Schultz, 12.496[17]; 15. 70-Raymond Hensley, 12.522[5]; 16. 4K-Kris Spitz, 12.524[21]; 17. 85M-Steve Meyer, 12.549[24]; 18. 4B-Scott Biertzer, 12.597[26]; 19. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski, 12.602[8]; 20. 53W-Bill Wirth, 12.616[14]; 21. 44-Jason Johnson, 12.648[10]; 22. 79-Blake Nimee, 12.893[3]; 23. 23-Russell Borland, 12.899[12]; 24. 41-Dennis Spitz, 12.903[23]; 25. 5-Bryon Walters, 12.958[20]; 26. 43-Jereme Schroeder, 12.959[4]; 27. 73-Dennis Weisner, 12.994[1]; 28. 7F-Lance Fassbender, 13.132[19]

 

 

 

LA SALLE AWASH – EASTERN WISCONSIN BULLRINGS NEXT ON BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA OUTSPRINT SCHEDULE!

PLYMOUTH DIRT TRACK AND 141 SPEEDWAY HOST IRA LABORDAY WEEKEND EVENTS!

August 26, 2014; Appleton, WI – Weather played a role at the series most recent effort to present a show as the 5th Annual Bill Waite Jr., Memorial, which was to have been held at the LaSalle Speedway, fell to rain. It was the seventh event this season where unfavorable conditions forced cancellation of a show.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints are now preparing to showcase their fire breathing 900 horsepower machines at a pair of Eastern Wisconsin bullrings during the Labor Day weekend. The goal is to give fans two opportunities to catch the fastest cars on dirt as they do battle with plenty of wing to wing action will taking place. Fans can witness the action at both the Plymouth Dirt Track and 141 Speedway this coming weekend.

The Plymouth event, held on Friday Night, August 29th has an adult grandstand admission of just $10. General fairgrounds admission is $5 and gives fans access to the Sheboygan County Fair.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints will be joined by the tracks own 360 Sprints. Between both divisions nearly 60 open wheeled machines will take to the third-mile banked clay oval.

Last season six-time, and defending series champion Bill Balog outran local favorite Ben Schmidt who finished the contest chasing Balog to the checkered. Schmidt, a contender in this season’s Rookie of the Year title, is seeking his first career IRA victory, and a visit to a track where he holds multiple titles looks like his best opportunity for a win.

Racing is set to begin at 7:00pm with qualifying for the IRA Sprints beforehand.

The track is located on the Sheboygan County Fairgrounds just off Fairview Drive (CTY O ) in Plymouth, Wisconsin.

For additional information on the event fans can check out www.shebcofair.com or www.plymouthdtr.com.

On Sunday evening, August 31st, the 141 Speedway will see activities getting underway with hot laps at 6:00pm. Spectator gates will open at 4:00pm to allow fans to grab their favorite seat.

Street Stocks, INEX Legends and Grand Nationals will join the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints on the semi-banked quarter-mile oval!

The facility is known to produce laps times under 11 seconds with the all-time track record sitting at 10.750 seconds. The mark was set by Mike Kertscher .

During the event last season 2013 Rookie of the Year titleholder Jeremy Schultz topped the contest. Schultz who has one win to his credit already this year is looking to get back to victory lane for the fourth time in his short IRA career.

For more information please check 141speedway.com. You can also follow us on both Facebook and Twitter. The track phone is (920) 863 3377. For further information call (920) 905 1112. 141 Speedway is located 15 minutes south of Green Bay on County “R” in Francis Creek.

The series heads into the weekend with Balog sitting atop the standings as he looks to secure his seventh straight IRA title. He currently has a comfortable lead on former World of Outlaw Series regular Bill Rose. Rose, currently second in the standings is attempting to hold the position over a fast closing Mike Reinke. Rose also a rookie by IRA series rules is on pace to tie Schultz for the best point finish by a rookie in the series. In spite of missing a couple shows Reinke has rocketed up the standings, and recently ended a two-year victory drought by taking top honors in the prestigious Roger Iles tribute race at Wilmot Raceway.

Two-time IRA champion Scotty Neitzel is currently ranked fourth in points followed by a pair of rookie of the year contenders Scotty Thiel and Ben Schmidt. Thiel has already scored his first victory in IRA competition having won at Beaver Dam Raceway in early August, while Schmidt has notched a runner-up performance this season at Oshkosh Speedzone.

Scott Uttech, Kris Spitz, Blake Nimee and Steve Meyer round out the current top ten in points and all are expected to compete this weekend.

The 2014 season is beginning to wind down with 8 races left on the planned 31-event schedule.

IRA proudly moves continues it’s 2014 season backed by its long time supporting series partners led by title sponsor Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, and associate series partners Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Hoosier Tire, Cedar Creek Motorsports, Cummins Onan, and Carriage Auto Body.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints are a featured member of Racetext.net a website dedicated to bringing fans the best possible coverage of local short track racing.

For more information on the IRA Outlaw Sprints check out the tour website at www.irasprints.com or by logging onto the series Facebook page at www.facebook.com/irasprints the series is also on twitter at #IRA_sprints.

 

 

IRA SPRINTS HEAD ‘OVER THE BORDER’ FOR 5th ANNUAL BILL WAITE JR. MEMORIAL AT LA SALLE SPEEDWAY!

BILL WAITE JR. MEMORIAL SHOWCASES IRA/MOWA SHOWDOWN!

August 19, 2014; LaSalle, IL – It doesn’t require a passport, but the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series prepares to cross the border!

The series slips out of it’s home state of Wisconsin, into Illinois this weekend for the 5th Annual Bill Waite Jr. Memorial event to be held on Saturday night August 23th at LaSalle Speedway.

The contest is the only event on the 31 race schedule held in Illinois this season.

The high-banked quarter-mile clay oval provides plenty of close quarter, wing to wing action, and the $4,000 top prize will be the goal not only for the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints but it’s a prize sought after by the stars of the Midwest Open Wheel Association (MOWA) as well. Both organizations will be going head to head for bragging rights, and one of the area’s best 410 Sprint payouts.

Nearly 40 winged 410 Sprints are expected for the show that will also showcase UMP Street Stocks as well as the Illinois Lightning Sprints Series.

The showdown between the top regional 410 spring organizations should produce epic racing a action.

Representing the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints will be three-time, and defending Bill Waite Jr. Memorial race winner Bill Balog. Balog, a six-time IRA champion heads into the show seeking his 10th victory of the 2014 racing season, and is coming off his first career victory at the Seymour Speedway this past Sunday evening.

Other challengers for the victory representing the IRA moniker will be A-main winners Mike Reinke, Jeremy Schultz, and talented rookie Scotty Thiel.

Additional IRA representatives include championship challengers Bill Rose, and Scotty Neitzel, both of whom are seeking their first A-main win of the 2014 campaign.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints will be showcase nearly two dozen of it’s top pilots including cousins Scott, and Dave Uttech, the father and son team of Kris, and Dennis Spitz.

Rookie of the year challenger Ben Schmidt will also be on hand along with Russel Borland, Blake Nimee, Lance Fassbender, Wayne Modjeski, Jordan Goldesberry, Jereme Schroeder and Bill Wirth.

Leading the way from the MOWA side expect current point leader and multi-time series champion Jerrod Hull to contest for the win. MOWA will also be represented by Joey Moughan, A.J.Bruns, Chris Urish, Korey Weyant, Paul Nienhiser, Ben Wagoner, and Robbie Standridge.

In addition to the great racing action taking place fans can win a ride with Jack Hewitt in his two-seat sprint car to experience what it’s like to power slide into LaSalle Speedway’s high banked turns in a real sprint car. There will be additional fan activities including a pre-event autograph session, various prize giveaways and a Frisbee toss.

The high-banked quarter-mile oval is located at E. 578 on U.S. Highway 6 in LaSalle, Illinois. The track is 60 miles west of Joliet, 80 miles east of the Quad Cities, 70 miles south of Rockford, and 60 miles north of Bloomington.

Pit Gates will open at 1:00 pm, Grandstands open at 3:30 pm. Hot Laps will begin at 6:00pm with racing action set to get underway at 7:00pm.

Admission for the show is $22 for adults. High school students with ID are admitted for $5. Children 13 and under are admitted FREE with a paid adult. Skybox Seats are available by calling in advance. To Purchase Advance Tickets Call 630-279-3006 .

IRA proudly moves continues it’s 2014 season backed by its long time supporting series partners led by title sponsor Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, and associate series partners Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Hoosier Tire, Cedar Creek Motorsports, Cummins Onan, and Carriage Auto Body.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints are a featured member of Racetext.net a website dedicated to bringing fans the best possible coverage of local short track racing.

For more information on the IRA Outlaw Sprints check out the tour website at www.irasprints.com or by logging onto the series Facebook page at www.facebook.com/irasprints the series is also on twitter at #IRA_sprints.

 

 

BALOG BEST IN RETURN OF THE BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA SPRINT TO SEYMOUR SPEEDWAY!

30 LAP CONTEST GOES GREEN TO CHECKERED IN LESS THAN 7 MINUTES!

August 17, 2014; Seymour, WI – Though the start of the program at Seymour Speedway was slightly as the track staff worked to create ideal racing conditions on the banked third-mile oval, fans were rewarded with that effort by being able to witness two amazing achievements. First off the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw sprints lowered the track’ all-time record for the fastest lap on the third-mile banked oval, and later came back to run the 30 lap main event without interruption from green to checkered in less than seven minutes.

Fans also saw, six time series champion Bill Balog on a passing clinic. First he would work his way to the front of the pack, taking the lead from talented rookie Scotty Thiel. He then skillfully worked his way past lapped cars, seemingly unhindered, to outrun the field, and collect the victory. It was his ninth win of the 2014 season.

Balog explained his proficiency in the lapped traffic. “It’s always pretty much survival. You have to make a concrete decision (on the pass) and don’t change it. You also kind of look where the leader is and go where he isn’t, to stay out of his dirty air”, explained Balog.

“The track was nice, I knew after the heat and I knew we were fast. The car was awesome”, Balog concluded.

Thiel’s runner-up performance this evening was somewhat bittersweet. Though a big improvement over his efforts at Wilmot, it was obvious he felt he had a shot at the victory this evening.

“Seymour is a fun racetrack, I think we had the thing won but lapped cars sucked tonight”, exclaimed Thiel. “But you have to race them all. Bill (Balog) got lucky, unfortunately I got pinched behind a lapper. It was kind of frustrating”, Thiel noted. Still the second place effort was an obvious improvement on an otherwise frustrating weekend for the young charger who had difficulties at Wilmot the prior two evenings, which had resulted in DNF’s. “Hopefully we can capitalize next weekend”, Thiel concluded.

Knoxville Speedway regular Ryan Bunton, of Morton, Illinois sat on the pole as the 22 car field rolled trackside to accept the green flag. Scott Uttech sat to his outside as the green flag fell to start the event. Little did anyone know not a single caution would stop the furious pace set by the 410 outlaw sprints.

Bunton took command of the contest at the drop of the green flag running the cushion while Scotty Thiel, who had started in the third slot held tight to the innermost groove to advance.

With each passing lap Thiel reeled in Bunton, and on lap four Thiel nosed ahead and began to establish a lead on the field.

Further back Jeremy Schultz was leading Balog through the pack, and the pair found fourth and fifth respectively by lap five. Balog continued to press forward picking off Schultz, and moments later Bunton hopped the cushion allowing Balog to slip past into the second spot.

At the halfway point of the contest Thiel had established a straightaway lead on Balog, and had placed several lapped cars between them. Schultz meanwhile continued to test the high side of the raceway holding fast onto the third spot.

Fans of the IRA series are familiar with Balog’s passing proficiency, and it was no surprise that once lapped traffic came into play that Balog would begin to slice into Thiel’s lead. In a matter of five laps Thiel’s advantage disappeared as Balog drew up on Thiel’s rear nerf bar. Once in striking distance Balog was quick to react upon reaching the next set of back markers, and soared past Thiel into the lead on lap 18.

Once out front Balog managed to establish a lead, which swelled to a dozen car lengths, while Thiel attempted to follow in his tire tracks. Over the final circuits attention focused on the battle developing for third between Schultz, and Mike Reinke. Both drivers had scored victories at Wilmot Raceway the prior evenings with Schultz taking the Friday night show, and Reinke hauling home top honors last night. The Reinke made several attempts to pass Schultz, which were successfully repelled. Coming off the final turn Reinke, and Schultz engaged in a drag race to the checker with Reinke being awarded the position by the slimmest of margins.

Out front Balog had taken the victory over Thiel. Reinke earned his second podium of the weekend with a third place effort. Schultz settled for fourth followed by Steve Meyer who comprised the top five.

Scott Uttech ran sixth followed by Scotty Neitzel, and Jordan Goldesberry in seventh, and eighth respectively. Bill Rose, and Bunton comprised the top ten finishers.

20 of the 22 starters were still on the racing surface at the finish, with 12 cars on the lead lap.

26 cars had checked into the pit area, including some teams that worked non-stop overnight to repair their rides after misfortune at Wilmot Raceway. Both Jordan Goldesberry, and Jeremy Schultz had flipped their rides but with dedicated crews were able to make repairs to appear at Seymour Speedway. Additionally Dave Uttech and Bill Wirth overcame mechanical difficulties to make an appearance at Seymour.

Five drivers broke the track record during the evening, including the first car to hit the racing surface. Bill Rose was first on the track to qualify and immediately lowered the mark to 12.526 seconds. Travis Whitney had established the previous record when he recorded a lap of 12.672 seconds on September 2, 2007. By the time qualifying was done Mike Reinke had established the fastest lap in track history when he blazed around the raceway in 12.265 seconds, lowering the old standard by nearly one-half second.

With the strong field on hand a B-main was necessary and Rose handedly won the race. Dave Uttech, Scott Biertzer, Ben Schmidt, Blake Nimee, Paul Pokorski and Byron Walters made the main event by finishing first through seventh respectively.

Heat races were captured by Scott Uttech, Knoxville speedway regular Ryan Bunton, and Balog.

After a hectic three event weekend, teams have a single shot next week with the running of the 5th annual Bill Waite Jr., Memorial show at LaSalle Speedway on Saturday night August 23rd. That event will pay $4,000 to win and $500 to start. The show will feature the top drivers from both the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series and the Midwest Open Wheel Association. A field of nearly 40 winged 410 outlaw sprints are expected for the program.

IRA proudly moves continues it’s 2014 season backed by its long time supporting series partners led by title sponsor Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, and associate series partners Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Hoosier Tire, Cedar Creek Motorsports, Cummins Onan, and Carriage Auto Body.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints are a featured member of Racetext.net a website dedicated to bringing fans the best possible coverage of local short track racing.

For more information on the IRA Outlaw Sprints check out the tour website at www.irasprints.com or by logging onto the series Facebook page at www.facebook.com/irasprints the series is also on twitter at #IRA_sprints.

IRA Sprint Cars - IRA Interstate Racing Association Event #17 – Seymour Speedway – Seymour, WI – August 17, 2014

IRA Sprint Cars | IRA Interstate Racing Association

Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts A Feature (30 Laps): 1. 17b-Bill Balog; 2. 64-Scotty Thiel; 3. 02-Mike Reinke; 4. 5j-Jeremy Schultz; 5. 85m-Steve Meyer; 6. 7-Scott Uttech; 7. 2w-Scotty Neitzel; 8. 65-Jordan Goldesberry; 9. 6-Bill Rose; 10. 6r-Ryan Bunton; 11. 14aj-Wayne Modjeski; 12. 68-Dave Uttech; 13. 4k-Kris Spitz; 14. 35-Ben Schmidt; 15. 79-Blake Nimee; 16. 4b-Scott Biertzer; 17. 41-Dennis Spitz; 18. 23-Russel Borland; 19. 95a-Ken Jay Fiedler; 20. 1-Paul Pokorski; 21. 53w-Bill Wirth; 22. 5w-Byron Walters

Behling Circle Track B Feature (12 Laps): 1. 6-Bill Rose; 2. 68-Dave Uttech; 3. 4b-Scott Biertzer; 4. 35-Ben Schmidt; 5. 79-Blake Nimee; 6. 1-Paul Pokorski; 7. 5w-Byron Walters; 8. 43-Jereme Schroeder; 9. 41-Dennis Spitz; 10. 73-Dennis Weiser

Weld Racing Heat 1 (10 Laps): 1. 7-Scott Uttech; 2. 02-Mike Reinke; 3. 5j-Jeremy Schultz; 4. 85-Steve Meyer; 5. 23-Russel Borland; 6. 6-Bill Rose; 7. 1-Paul Pokorski; 8. 5w-Byron Walters; 9. 73-Dennis Weisner

Diversified Machine Inc. Heat 2 (10 Laps): 1. 6r-Bill Rose; 2. 48h-Sheldon Haudenschild; 3. 64-Scotty Thiel; 4. 53w-Bill Wirth; 5. 2w-Scotty Neitzel; 6. 68-Dave Uttech;7. 79-Blake Nimee; 8. 43-Jereme Schroeder; 9. 7f-Lance Fassbender (dns)

All Star Performance Heat 3 (10 Laps): 1. 17b-Bill Balog; 2. 4k-Kris Spitz; 3. 65-Jordan Goldesberry; 4. 14aj-Wayne Modjeski; 5. 95a-Ken Jay Fiedler; 6. 41-Dennis Spitz; 7. 4b-Scott Biertzer; 8. 35 Ben Schmidt

Osborn & Son Qualifying (Top 10) 1. 02-Mike Reinke, 12.265; 2. 2w-Scotty Neitzel, 12.481; 3. 17b-Bill Balog, 12.505; 4. 6-Bill Rose, 12.526; 5. 48h-Sheldon Haudenschild, 12.584; 6. 35-Ben Schmidt, 12,783; 7. 5j-Jeremy Schultz, 12.791; 8. 68-Dave Uttech, 12.791; 9. 14aj-Wayne Modjeski, 12.843; 10. 85m-Steve Meyer, 12.855

 

 

REINKE ROCKETS TO VICTORY IN ROGER ILES TRIBUTE AT WILMOT – BREAKS TWO YEAR DRY SPELL IN BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA OUTLAW SPRINTS!

BORLAND GRABS CAREER BEST FINISH, TAKES SECOND AFTER PACING THE ACTION UNTIL THE FINAL LAPS!

August 16, 2014; Wilmot, WI – It had been a long time coming, and well deserved. Mike Reinke took advantage of a late race restart and powered past Russel Borland to capture the prestigious Roger Iles Memorial event. In doing so, Reinke broke a two-year dry spell, and collected the top prize of $3,600 in the process.

Though sometimes frustrated with his own performances, Reinke has had an amazing number of solid showings since his last victory. He last stood in victory lane on June 2, 2012 at Cedar Lake Speedway. Since then he had posted six runner-up performances, and finished in the top five an amazing 30 times. Reinke was due for victory, it was just a matter of time, and after the checkered flag fell it was pure redemption as he saluted the crowd from the wing of his car.

To take the win, Reinke had to overtake Russel Borland who was having the best performance of his career. Borland had paced the first 30 laps of a 36 lap contest. The race had an extreme number of restarts, and each time Borland stood tall to the challenges. It was the final restart with just six laps to go, that someone was finally able to replace Borland at the head of the pack. That person was Reinke who used a well timed restart to secure the lead, and pace the final six circuits taking the win by a dozen car lengths.

‘I don’t even know what to say right. To win here is amazing to me. I don’t usually get around here very good”, claimed Reinke. “I know we had some attrition which helped but we were pretty good. I hated robbing Russel (Borland) of his first win but it’s man been a long tome time since I won”, said a relieved Reinke. “I have to thank my crew and sponsors for this and my family, they are always there cheering for me no matter what”, concluded Reinke.

For Borland it resulted in an “oh so close” taste at victory. Still, Borland’s efforts resulted in a career best second place run, and he was almost overcome with emotion as his teams efforts were rewarded with such a solid performance. To earn second Borland was able to fend off the challenges of six-time champion Bill Balog. Second place was well earned.

“I really have to thank the crew they have worked so hard lately, we’ve been off so much. This is amazing. We really needed a confidence booster and this was it”, exclaimed Borland realizing the success of his teams efforts.

Balog can look back at his third-place run with pride, having patiently worked his way from dead last after having had to head to the work area at the start of the event. He avoided the pitfalls of many of his fellow competitors to reach third in the closing laps. The third place run extended his point lead over his nearest rivals as he seeks out an amazing seventh straight series title.

Track conditions were nearly ideal this evening on the third-mile clay oval, with a smooth racing surface and multiple grooves. Surprisingly however, much of the contest was rather unsettled with a fair number of cautions and red flags flying which reduced the starting field of 22 down to 13 at the finish.

22 cars accepted the opening green flag for the 36 lap A-main event. Borland was able to get the jump on the field from his outside front row starting berth, with Ben Schmidt slipping into the second spot. A couple spins and multi car gatherings had slowed the event several times before the third lap. Balog, the evening’s fastest qualifier had headed to the work area during the initial red flag and restarted the event in the 20th position.

The early event miscues included a red flag when Todd Daun, got his ride upside down while attempting to catch back up to the field for a restart. Daun, had finished runner-up last evening wound up a dismal 19th place tonight. A twin spin with Jordan Goldesberry, and Scotty Neitzel on lap three again slowed the event, and on the restart Ben Schmidt suddenly lost power while running in the second position ending his night and a shot at victory.

Things finally settled down enough to get in the first green flag stretch and Borland was eager to showcase the speed of his #23 machine. Behind him Reinke was advancing on each restart, and had placed himself into the second spot with a pass of Dennis Spitz on lap four.

Borland was able to extend his lead with each passing lap before Reinke started to match his pace by lap ten. Behind the lead pair Spitz was turning in a solid run fending off the challenges of Bill Rose, and Sheldon Haudenschild. By this point Balog had already cracked the top ten from the tail of the field.

Reinke began to reel in Borland as the race slipped past the halfway point. He would be assisted in that effort as Bill Wirth had his machine shed a wheel and drive off the edge of the track in turn one resulting in a caution on lap 19 which bunched the field.

Borland timed the restart perfectly gaining a small advantage on Reinke, while Rose slipped past Spitz for third.

Borland was seemingly able to keep a three-car length advantage on Reinke who followed in Borland’s tire tracks waiting for an error. Behind the pair Rose now had pressure from Haudenschild for the third spot, and Balog had climbed up to sixth as ten laps remained in the contest.

The final slowdown occurred for a grinding crash that involved Goldesberry and Todd Hepfner on lap 30. The pair made contact, and both cars began to tumble in turn two. Blake Nimee got clipped in the process and as a result the field continued to thin out due to attrition.

This setup a six lap dash to the checker.

On this restart Borland was unable to shake Reinke, who drew even entering turn one. In a drag race into the backstretch Reinke moved ahead with the lead. Behind them a mad scramble took place for second, brief contact between Rose, and Haudenschild appeared to have damaged Haudenschild’s ride as he began to slow.

Out front Reinke was flawlessly clicking off laps.

Balog was on the move scrambling into the fourth spot and dispatching Rose for third with two laps to go. He then closed on Borland as the white flag flew.

The checkered flag fell with Reinke receiving approval from the near capacity crowd. Borland was able to repel Balog’s challenges for a well-earned second place finish. Balog had to settle for third after a brilliant charge. Rose claimed fourth having advanced ten positions from this original starting berth. Scott Uttech who netted a fifth place effort quietly moving into the top five in the closing laps.

Neitzel rebounded from his early race spin with a sixth place run. Scott Biertzer earned seventh. Haudenschild nursed his slowing ride home in eighth followed by Raymond Hensley and Spitz in the top ten at the finish.

Tonight 29 cars checked in for qualifying.

The B-main was dominated by Haudenschild who outran Hensley for the victory. With, Hepfner, Nimee, Patrick Hayes and Chris Dodd finished in the transfer positions. Jereme Schroeder was the alternate.

The contest eliminated two potential contenders. Jeremy Schultz who had won the prior evening wound up taking a tumble. Schultz would climb over the tires of Scotty Thiel who had spun to avoid slowing cars in front of him, a result of a car up at the front of the pack unable to come up to pace.

Schultz climbed from his battered machine unhurt but obvious upset. His team with the help of several other crews had changed engines in his 5j machine between the heat race and B-main. It was disappointing finish after the success of the prior evening. Thiel, who won his first career A-main in IRA competition just two weeks ago, also sustained too much damage to continue.

Heat race victories were scored by Wayne Modjeski, Dennis Spitz, and Borland.

Balog set the fastest lap in qualifying with a 12.941 second orbit of the slightly banked third-mile clay oval. Reinke, the fast qualifier last evening was second quick tonight with a lap of 13.018 seconds, while Daun was third quick at 13.137 seconds.

The triple-header weekend now wraps up with a trip to Seymour Speedway on Sunday evening, August 17th. The last time the banked third-mile oval hosted the 900 horsepower winged-sprints was during the 2008 racing season.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints have twice visited the track since it’s reshaping to an oval in 2005. The last series event held at the track was during the 2008 racing season. Australian National champion, Brooke Tatnell, was victorious in the contest six seasons ago on August 31st, as he held off former IRA champion, Donny Goeden. Goeden was the evening’s fastest qualifier with a lap of 13.023 seconds.

As fast as that lap was on the banked third-mile oval, the current all-time track record belongs to two-time IRA champ Travis Whitney when he blistered the track in 12.672 seconds on September 2, 2007.

During that show, the main event was captured by Mike Reinke. The race ran green to checkered with the 30 laps clicking off in just a tick under eight minutes. Track record holder, Whitney, was second in that event. Those two races mark the only two appearances for sprint cars at the Seymour Speedway since the track reconfiguration from a tri-oval.

The August 17th show will also feature the tracks own divisions including IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars, Street Stocks and 4 cylinders. A special format for the Seymour Speedway classes will be in place focusing on single qualifying races and feature events. The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints will present a full show. Fans enjoying any type of car will surely appreciate the program.

IRA Sprints will hot lap and qualify at 5:30pm with racing at set to begin at 6:00pm. Adult admission is $20

Additional information can be found at www.seymoursuperspeedway.com

IRA proudly moves continues it’s 2014 season backed by its long time supporting series partners led by title sponsor Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, and associate series partners Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Hoosier Tire, Cedar Creek Motorsports, Cummins Onan, and Carriage Auto Body.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints are a featured member of Racetext.net a website dedicated to bringing fans the best possible coverage of local short track racing.

For more information on the IRA Outlaw Sprints check out the tour website at www.irasprints.com or by logging onto the series Facebook page at www.facebook.com/irasprints the series is also on twitter at #IRA_sprints.

IRA Sprint Cars - IRA Interstate Racing Association Event #16 – Wilmot Raceway – Wilmot, WI – August 16, 2014

IRA Sprint Cars | IRA Interstate Racing Association

Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts A Feature (36 Laps): 1. 02-Mike Reinke; 2. 23-Russel Borland; 3. 17b-Bill Balog; 4. 6r-Bill Rose; 5. 7-Scott Uttech; 6. 2w-Scotty Neitzel; 7. 4b-Scott Biertzer; 8. 48h-Sheldon Haudenschild; 9. 70-Raymond Hensley; 10. 41-Dennis Spitz; 11. 4k-Kris Spitz; 12. 23-Trey Datweiler; 13. 79-Blake Nimee; 14. 94-Todd Hepfner; 15. 65-Jordan Goldesberry; 16. 53w-Bill Wirth; 17. 35-Ben Schmidt; 18. 5h-Patrick Hayes; 19. 19-Todd Daun; 20. 14aj- Wayne Modjeski; 21. 01-Chris Dodd; 22. 68-Dave Uttech

Behling Circle Track B Feature (12 Laps): 1. 48h-Sheldon Haudenschild; 2. 70-Raymond Hensley; 3. 53w-Bill Wirth; 4. 94-Todd Hepfner; 5. 79-Blake Nimee; 6. 5h-Patrick Hayes; 7. 01-Chris Dodd; 8. 43-Jereme Schroeder; 9. 7f-Lance Fassbender; 10. 5w-Byron Walters; 11. 16-Don Durham; 12. 71-Chad Tessman; 13. 10v-Matt Vandervere; 14. 5j-Jeremy Schultz; 15. 64-Scotty Thiel

Weld Racing Heat 1 (10 Laps): 1. 14aj-Wayne Modjeski; 2. 7-Scott Uttech; 3. 23-Trey Datweiler; 4. 17b-Bill Balog; 5. 68-Dave Uttech; 6. 43-Jereme Schroeder; 7. 5h-Patrick Hayes; 8. 70-Raymond Hensley; 9. 5w-Byron Walters; 10. 48h-Sheldon Haudenschild

Diversified Machine Inc. Heat 2 (10 Laps): 1. 41-Dennis Spitz; 2. 4k-Kris Spitz; 3. 02-Mike Reinke; 4. 35-Ben Schmidt; 5. 65-Jordan Goldesberry; 6. 79-Blake Nimee; 7. 94-Todd Hepfner; 8. 71-Chad Tessman; 9. 53w-Bill Wirth; 10. 5j-Jeremy Schultz

All Star Performance Heat 3 (10 Laps): 1. 23-Russel Borland; 2. 6r-Bill Rose; 3. 4b-Scott Biertzer; 4. 19-Todd Daun; 5. 2w-Scotty Neitzel; 6. 64-Scotty Thiel; 7. 7f-Lance Fassbender; 8. 16-Don Durham; 9. 01-Chris Dodd; 10. Matt Vandervere

Osborn & Son Qualifying (Top 10) 1. 17b-Bill Balog; 2. 02-Mike Reinke; 3. 19-Todd Daun; 4. 48h-Sheldon Haudenschild; 5. 65-Jordan Goldesberry; 6. 10v-Matt Vandervere; 7. 68-Dave Uttech; 8. 35-Ben Schmidt; 9. 2w-Scotty Neitzel; 10. 7-Scott Uttech

 

FAIR TIME IS SHERM TIME! SOPHOMORE JEREMY SHULTZ BREAKS JINX, COLLECTS KENOSHA COUNTY FAIR CHECKERS IN IRA ACTION!

DAUN IMPRESSES WITH SECOND PLACE EFFORT WHILE RACING ‘ABOVE THE CUSHION’!

August 15, 2014; Wilmot, WI – The sophomore slump has been something talked about in sports, but under its definition surely is an image of Jeremy “Sherm” Schultz. Schultz had a stunning rookie season a year ago, taking a pair of A-main event wins. With skill and good fortune he managed runner-up honors to Bill Balog in the season standings, handedly earning the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint series Rookie of the Year honors. It was the best showing by a rookie in the modern history of the series.

The 2014 season had proven to be an entirely different animal for Schultz. Call it a sophomore slump. His second season on the tour was filled with mechanical ills, and plenty of bumps along the way that has resulted in the resilient team taking a brief break to regroup.

Consider the regrouping process complete.

Exactly one year after his first career series victory, Shultz again was able to climb the wing of his 5j machine, and salute his loyal fans known as the Sherm nation with a checkered flag in hand. He now has back to back victories in the storied Kenosha County Fair contests.

To take the win tonight it took a bit of good fortune, as Schultz had been chasing six-time champion Bill Balog, when Balog had fortune turn on him. On lap 17 of the 25 lap contest, he clipped a tire. The incident also collected the most recent series winner Scotty Thiel, who was victor in the most recent series race held at Beaver Dam two weeks ago.

Schultz found himself in the lead, which he held the remaining 8 laps, scoring his third career A-main victory.

After saluting the crowd from the wing of his car Shultz exclaimed. “I’m stoked. I can’t say enough about these guys”, as he acknowledged his crew. “I’m so happy for those guys, we had such a terrible year. We were wrecking racecars left, and right. This car had been fixed twice already. I thank them for sticking behind me”, said an elated Schultz

He noted Balog’s misfortune that elevated Schultz to the lead. “That’s racing, sometimes we have bad luck, it sucks I couldn’t beat him for the win, but sometimes that’s racing”, Schultz concluded.

A near standing room crowd was on hand for the late night start of the 25-lap A-main contest. Officials had decided to shorten the scheduled length of the contest by five circuits due to the challenges of the ultra tacky racing surface.

Kris Spitz paced the field from the pole position but before a lap could be completed, Tommy Sexton, the 2012 Wilmot Raceway champ, took a tumble heading into turn four resulting in a red flag. Sexton, unhurt in the incident found his evening unceremoniously ending with his car being hauled off the raceway on a wrecker. The incident also collected Kyle Marten, a standout in 360 sprint competition at Plymouth. He was testing the IRA waters this evening by taking his first laps of the year in a 410 sprint. Marten’s crew was able to make repairs, and he eventually placed a respectable 13th position.

On the restart outside front row starter Scott Uttech, powered past Spitz into the lead. Balog, who had started in the third position, wasted little time working his way to the top spot powering past Uttech on lap two.

Schultz found himself chasing Uttech through a couple quick cautions. He took advantage of a restart to dive past Uttech for the second spot on lap 12. Further back, Sheldon Haudenschild who was driving the Hartnell Motorsports entry, and Todd Daun were advancing through the field. Sheldon, son of legendary open wheeled racer Jac Haudenschild, netted the team its first ever victory just a month ago at Angell Park Speedway.

Balog meanwhile was distancing himself from the field working through heavy lapped traffic when he clipped a tire spinning in turn four. The caution flew, and he headed for the work area only to find that repairs could not be made. He retired from the contest and Schultz, who had been running second suddenly found himself with the lead.

The contest got back underway with Haudenschild applying the pressure to Schultz, while Daun experimented with running the extremely high line. Running above the cushion, Daun thrilled the crowd, wheel standing his machine in no man’s land while setting a blistering pace. He was racing in a groove no one else dared to test.

Schultz had worked out to a slim advantage when the yellow flag flew on lap 16 for a spin as Matt Vandervere lost grip on the racing surface. With the field restacked, the green briefly waved before local favorite Brian Kristan found himself upside down. Kristan was unhurt and the resulting red flag was the final slowdown of the contest.

Action resumed for the final time, and Schultz had to fend off a determined Haudenschild whose fearless driving style had allowed him to briefly pull inside Schultz. Once he gained his momentum Schultz began to pull away, finding the speed in his 5j ride that would leave his fellow competitors in his wake.

Over the final laps Schultz drove flawlessly securing the victory by a full straight. Behind him Daun proved simply amazing in the highest possible groove on the track. He powered past Haudenschild with six laps to go. Impressive as his run was we was unable to slice into Schultz’s margin, and settled for runner-up honors.

Haudenschild managed to hold onto the final podium position fending off a late race challenge by Mike Reinke. Reinke, the winner of the B-main had drove up from an 11th place starting position taking a respectable fourth place finish. Spitz comprised the top five with a steady run after having started on the pole.

Scott Uttech, Ben Schmidt, Bill Rose, Dave Uttech and Todd Hepfner comprised the top ten finishers. The effort of Rose was especially notable. He started deep in the B-main, racing his way into the show by taking the final transfer spot with only a couple laps to go in the event. He then started the A-main in 22nd position and steadily worked forward the entire event.

17 of the 22 starters were still on the track at the finish.

With an amazing 39 cars checking into the pit area, 23 cars had been scheduled to start the 15 lap B-main. Through attrition, 18 drivers had answered the call. Reinke dominated the non-stop contest taking a convincing win. Scott Biertzer, Kristan, Vandervere, Dave Uttech and Rose advanced into the main event by finishing in the top six. Russel Borland just missed the show finish seventh losing the final transfer position to Rose with a couple laps to go.

Heat race victories were scored by Scotty Neitzel, Raymond Hensley, Thiel and Schmidt.

Reinke was the evening’s fastest qualifier turning in a lap of 13.645 seconds., Daun was second quick with a 13.764 second effort, while Haudenschild was third fast with a lap of 13.787 seconds.

Lance Fassbender, and Jordan Goldesberry were among the notable series competitors with extreme bad luck this evening with both fighting mechanical ills. Steven Muth also was on the wrong end of fortune this evening taking a wild tumble in qualifying. He was unhurt but done for the evening before the first lap of competition.

The series is back in action again this evening at Wilmot Raceway with the running of the prestigious Roger Iles Tribute presented by Carriage Auto Body.

The Saturday night, August 16th show will see the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints running for an increased purse during the Tribute event. Once again the families can take in an afternoon of fun at the Kenosha County Fair and then witness the high-speed thrills on Wilmot Raceway’s third-mile clay oval. Also on hand will be the tracks own Modified, Mini-Sprint and Vintage Modified divisions.

Warm-ups will take place at 6:00 p.m. with racing action beginning at 7:00 p.m. For the latest updates contact the trackside race line 262-862-2090, raceway web site www.wilmotraceway.com or for fair event information 262-862-6121 or www.kenoshacofair.com.

The Kenosha County Fairgrounds where the track resides is located just north of the intersection of county roads C and W in Wilmot, WI. Wilmot, Wisconsin is located just 8 miles west of I-94 taking county highway C which is exit 345..

Then on Sunday evening, August 17th, the series will make its first appearance at Seymour Speedway since the 2008 racing season. To wrap uo the triple-header weekend.

IRA proudly moves continues it’s 2014 season backed by its long time supporting series partners led by title sponsor Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, and associate series partners Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Hoosier Tire, Cedar Creek Motorsports, Cummins Onan, and Carriage Auto Body.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints are a featured member of Racetext.net a website dedicated to bringing fans the best possible coverage of local short track racing.

For more information on the IRA Outlaw Sprints check out the tour website at www.irasprints.com or by logging onto the series Facebook page at www.facebook.com/irasprints the series is also on twitter at #IRA_sprints.

IRA Sprint Cars - IRA Interstate Racing Association Event #15 – Wilmot Raceway – Wilmot, WI – August 15, 2014

IRA Sprint Cars | IRA Interstate Racing Association

Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts A Feature (30 Laps): 1. 5j-Jeremy Schultz; 2. 19-Todd Daun; 3. 48h-Sheldon Haudenschild; 4. 02-Mike Reinke; 5. 4k-Kris Spitz; 6. 7-Scott Uttech; 7. 35-Ben Schmidt; 8. 6r-Bill Rose; 9. 68-Dave Uttech; 10. 94-Todd Hepfner; 11. 14-Wayne Modjeski; 12. 2w-Scotty Neitzel; 13. 99-Kyle Marten; 14. 10v-Matt Vandervere; 15. 4b-Scott Bietzer; 16. 01-Chris Dodd; 17. 5h-Patrick Hayes; 18. 5k-Brian Kristan; 19. 64-Scotty Thiel; 20. 17b-Bill Balog; 21. 70-Raymond Hensley; 22. 83-Tommy Sexton

Behling Circle Track B Feature (15 Laps): 1. 02-Mike Reinke; 2. 4b-Scott Biertzer; 3. 5k-Brian Kristan; 4. 10v-Matt Vandervere; 5. 68-Dave Uttech; 6. 6r-Bill Rose; 7. 23-Russel Borland; 8. 41-Dennis Spitz; 9. 43-Jereme Schroeder; 10. 65-Jordan Goldesberry; 11. 56-Ryan Irwin; 12. 23-Trey Datweiler; 13. 79-Blake Nimee; 14. 5w-Josh Walters; 15. 71-Chad Tessman; 16. 53-Bill Wirth; 17. 16 Don Durham; 18. 55w-Robbie Wirth; 19. 1m-Phillip Mock (dns); 20. 7f-Lance Fassbender (dns); 21. Steven Muth (dns); 22. Dave Maynard (dns); 23. 11k-Rick Kelsey (dns)

Weld Racing Heat 1 (10 Laps): 1. 2w-Scotty Neitzel; 2. 83-Tommy Sexton; 3. 94-Todd Hepfner; 4. 5j-Jeremy Schultz; 5. 5k-Brian Kristan; 6. 43-Jereme Schroeder; 7. 02-Mike Reinke; 8. 1m-Phillip Mock; 9. 72-Dave Maynard; 10. 7f-Lance Fassbender (dns)

Diversified Machine Inc. Heat 2 (10 Laps): 1. 70-Raymond Hensley; 2. 14aj-Wayne Modjeski; 3. 7 Scott Uttech; 4. 19-Todd Daun; 5. 68-Dave Uttech; 6. 23-Trey Datweiler; 7. 53-Bill Wirth; 8. 56-Ryan Irwin; 9. 65-Jordan Goldesberry; 10. 71-Chad Tessman

All Star Performance Heat 3 (10 Laps): 1. 64-Scotty Thiel; 2. 17b-Bill Balog; 3. 4k-Kris Spitz; 4. 48h-Sheldon Hausenschild; 5. 23-Russel Borland; 6. 79-Blake Nimee; 7. 41-Dennis Spitz; 8. 16-Don Durham; 9. 55-Robbie Wirth; 10. 11k-Rick Kelsey (dns)

King Racing Products Heat 4 (10 Laps): 1. 35-Ben Schmidt; 2. 5h-Patrick Hayes; 3. 01-Chris Dodd; 4. 99-Kyle Marten; 5. 6r-Bill Rose; 6. 5w-Byron Walters; 7. 4b-Scott Biertzer; 8. 10v-Matt Vandervere; 9. 25-Steve Muth (dns)

Osborn & Son Qualifying (Top 10) 1. 02-Mike Reinke; 2. 19-Todd Daun; 3. 47h-Sheldon Haudenschild; 4. 4b-Scott Biertzer; 5. 5j-Jeremy Schultz; 6. 56-Ryan Irwin; 7. 17b-Bill Balog; 8. 10v-Matt Vandervere; 9. 5k-Brian Kristan; 10. 7-Scott Uttech

 

UNIQUE TRIPLE HEADER PLANNED FOR THIS WEEKEND! TWO NIGHTS @ KENOSHA COUNTY FAIR PLUS A RETURN TO SEYMOUR!

August 12, 2014; Appleton, WI. – The home stretch of the 2014 racing season is at hand, and it will be a busy couple months for the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series.

This weekend will showcase the final “Triple-Header” weekend on the 2014 schedule, with three races and three days. What makes this weekends event unique however is the fact two of those contests take place, back to back, at the birthplace of the IRA Sprints, the Wilmot Raceway.

Bother events run during the Kenosha County Fair will also pay respects to former car owner Roger Iles. On Friday night August 15th, the annual running of the “Fair Race”, will take place with the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints joined by Street Stocks and 4 Cylinders. Admission to the race program is just $5 for adults with a fair admission ticket. Children ages 11 and under are admitted free, with the fair admission ticket in hand.

The same pricing will hold true for the Roger Iles Tribute presented by Carriage Auto Body on Saturday night, August 16th. The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints will be running for an increased purse during the Tribute event. Once again the families can take in an afternoon of fun at the Kenosha County Fair and then witness the high-speed thrills on Wilmot Raceway’s third-mile clay oval. The Saturday program will showcase the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints and fans will also witness Modified, Mini-Sprint and Vintage Modified action.

Last season 2013 Wilmot Raceway champion Jeremy Schultz captured his first career IRA Sprint A-main victory in the thrilling contest outrunning six-time champion Bill Balog during the fair event. Balog came back the following evening and took home the Roger Iles Memorial trophy taking Saturday’s headlining contest. Over 30 cars are expected at both shows.

For both programs warm-ups will take place at 6:00 p.m. with racing action beginning at 7:00 p.m. For the latest updates contact the trackside race line 262-862-2090, raceway web site www.wilmotraceway.com or for fair event information 262-862-6121 or www.kenoshacofair.com.

The Kenosha County Fairgrounds where the track resides is located just north of the intersection of county roads C and W in Wilmot, WI. Wilmot, Wisconsin is located just 8 miles west of I-94 taking county highway C which is exit 345.

Then on Sunday it’s a long awaited return to Seymour Speedway as the banked third-mile oval will showcase the 900 horsepower winged-sprints for the first time since 2008. The tracks wide sweeping turns are ideal for the open wheeled machines, which should hit nearly 120 mph.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints have twice visited the track since its reshaping to an oval in 2005. The last series event held at the track was during the 2008 racing season. Australian National champion, Brooke Tatnell, was victorious in the contest six seasons ago on August 31st, as he held off former IRA champion, Donny Goeden. Goeden was the evening’s fastest qualifier with a lap of 13.023 seconds.

As fast as that lap was on the banked third-mile oval, the current all-time track record belongs to two-time IRA champ Travis Whitney when he blistered the track in 12.672 seconds on September 2, 2007.

During that show, the main event was captured by Mike Reinke. The race ran green to checkered with the 30 laps clicking off in just a tick under eight minutes. Track record holder, Whitney, was second in that event. Those two races mark the only two appearances for sprint cars at the Seymour Speedway since the track reconfiguration from a tri-oval.

The August 17th show will also feature the tracks own divisions including IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars, Street Stocks and 4 cylinders. A special format for the Seymour Speedway classes will be in place focusing on single qualifying races and feature events. The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints will present a full show. Fans enjoying any type of car will surely appreciate the program.

IRA Sprints will hot lap and qualify at 5:30pm with racing at set to begin at 6:00pm. Adult admission is $20

Currently Bill Balog sits atop the series standings on the strength of eight wins. The runner-up spot his hotly contest as nearly a half dozen drivers are within striking distance. Bill Rose has the position with a small advantage. Hot rookie Scotty Thiel is fresh off his first series win at Beaver Dam heads into the weekend third in points.

Series starts Scotty Neitzel and Mike Reinke both looking to end dry spells and a new venue is a perfect opportunity to visit victory lane. Other drivers expected include Steve Meyer who is celebrating his 25th season behind the wheel with rookie standout and multiple 360 Sprint champion Ben Schmidt also expected to appear.

2013 rookie Jeremy Schultz is back after a brief hiatus and already back in race winning form.

Other drivers are shooting for a position within the top ten in points include, Scott Uttech, Lance Fassbender, Kris Spitz, Russel Borland, Blake Nimee, Dave Uttech, Wayne Modjeski, Dennis Spitz and Brandon Thone. A field of two-dozen cars or more is expected for the Seymour show.

Seymour Speedway is located on the Outagamie County Fairgrounds. The fairgrounds are located at 637 North Main St. which is just north of downtown in Seymour, Wisconsin.

The 2014 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series is in the second half of it’s 31 race schedule which presents shows at 16 different area tracks.

IRA proudly moves continues it’s 2014 season backed by its long time supporting series partners led by title sponsor Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, and associate series partners Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Hoosier Tire, Cedar Creek Motorsports, Cummins Onan, and Carriage Auto Body.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints are a featured member of Racetext.net a website dedicated to bringing fans the best possible coverage of local short track racing.

For more information on the IRA Outlaw Sprints check out the tour website at www.irasprints.com or by logging onto the series Facebook page at www.facebook.com/irasprints the series is also on twitter at #IRA_sprints.

 

 

ROOKIE SCOTTY THIEL COLLECTS FIRST CAREER BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA SPRINT VICTORY BY TAKING BEAVER DAM CONTEST!

ROSE REBOUNDS FROM PUSH OFF INCIDENT TO MATCH SEASON’S BEST EFFORT WITH SECOND PLACE PERFORMANCE AT BEAVER DAM!

August 2, 2014; Beaver Dam, WI – For the past several seasons, the talent of the incoming rookies into the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints has been unquestionably among the strongest in series history. This year’s rookie class has been no exception.

Scotty Thiel, a graduate from area 360 sprint racing had already compiled a pair of runner-up performances this year, and many believed his first series victory was imminent.

On Saturday night at Beaver Dam Raceway those expectations were realized when Thiel outdistanced Bill Rose to earn his first career Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series victory on a slick racing surface.

Thiel led all but the opening lap of the 30 lap A-main, playing hide and seek in lapped traffic to keep his rivals at bay as they fought to close on the high flying #64 machine.

“I didn’t think it would happen this quickly”, said an elated Thiel after bowing to the crowd from the top win of his car. “Man I tell you what, this team worked incredibly hard all week long”, noting the efforts of his crew. “I always told these guys we’re a big chaser, we start 20th and come up to fifth, I always come from behind. iI knew f I could just start one of these things in the top five or top ten we could probably win the thing”, stated Thiel. “I know Bill (Balog) wasn’t here, but a win is a win, and we finally got one. It feels good for sure”, exclaimed Thiel.

For Rose the evening had some nervous moments as his car was run over by a push truck prior to the heat race. A strong showing this evening would help in the point chase, as Bill Balog, the series point leader, was competing at the Knoxville Nationals. Rose delivered with a second place performance taking a big bite out of Balog’s point advantage.

“I got run over by a push truck a little bit, it really wasn’t his fault. I got told to go to a different lane, and I turned. He didn’t see me turn. He ran over my right rear, and got a shock and stuff”, noted Rose on the incident which took place prior to the heat race. “‘I was a little nervous about the car but everything turned out okay”, said Rose. In the A-main event, Rose had closed on Thiel but felt he heeded a restart to challenge for the win. “On a restart I think I could have got him, but on a momentum deal like this the lapped cars were really working to his favor. He was good, really really good on the top”, claimed Rose. When asked about winning an event this season with the series he started, “I hope it’s soon, it’s time”.

The A-main event rolled trackside before a solid crowd on a warm evening. The track, though slick, had shown multiple racing grooves which the field would utilize during the contest.

Pole sitter Blake Nimee, set the pace on the opening circuit before Thiel, who had started to the outside of the front row, powered off the cushion to take over the top spot, and begin to pull away. Thiel would give his fellow competitors a view of his tail tank throughout the contest.

Nimee had his hands full in the runner-up slot, he was challenged by 2013 Rookie of the Year, Jeremy Schultz, who made his return to the series this evening after a brief hiatus.

Thiel, out front in clean air put a full straightaway between himself, and Nimee by lap five. Thiel began to reach lapped cars by the eighth trip around the banked third-mile oval.

Deeper in the field Rose was making progress cracking the top five, and then slicing to the inside of Dave Uttech for the fourth spot. The run for Uttech was notable as the team expired the last of their engines last week. They had to scramble to borrow a power plant just to arrive at tonight’s show.

A spin by Jordan Goldesberry on lap 10 drew the first caution of the contest, and placed the field back in contact with Thiel.

Thiel had three lapped machines between himself, and Nimee, on the restart. Nimee quickly disposed of the lapped cars, but he was once again a straightaway behind Thiel by the time he had cleared traffic.

Just behind, Rose was able to work past Schultz on the restart placing him in the third spot. He then began to close the gap on Nimee.

A spin by Scott Biertzer in turn two resulted in the second slowdown of the contest on lap 14. There were no lapped machines between Thiel and Nimee for this restart.

Thiel again was flawless on the as racing resumed, and his lead quickly grew as Nimee found himself under immediate pressure from Rose for the second spot. Rose was able to annex the position, and now sought to close the gap on Thiel.

With the lead duo breaking away third became the focus of attention as Nimee, Schultz, Scotty Neitzel and Johnson all tossed the position back and forth.

The race reached it’s final ten laps with Rose frantically trying to close the gap, removing a few car lengths of the huge advantage Thiel had built. Behind the duo Johnson was hugging the inner most groove of the track and slowly advancing past cars. He placed himself in the fourth spot, and went wheel to wheel over the final circuits with Nimee for the final podium position.

Without a caution to aid him, Rose could get no closer than six car lengths when Thiel flashed under flagman Jim Barr’s checker flag. Rose claimed second, his second runner-up finish of the year. Johnson came out ahead of Nimee after a the wheel to wheel duel over the final circuits scoring his first podium run since his return to the series, just four races ago. Johnson had started in the 14th position.

Nimee crossed the line in fourth followed by Neitzel who completed the top five. Schultz, in his first showing since mid-June, finished a respectable sixth. Steve Meyer claimed the seventh spot just ahead of Ben Schmidt. Matt Vandervere, who had started the event in the 20th spot earned a ninth place finish with Uttech comprising the top ten.

20 of the 22 starters were still on the track at the conclusion of the event.

14 cars took the green flag for a stacked B-main tonight. Goldesberry topped the event followed by Meyer, Biertzer, Bill Wirth, Vandervere, Dennis Spitz and Phillip Mock as the transfer cars.

Mock, previously won both events held at Beaver Dam Raceway this year, was able to borrow the machine of Darrell Dodd to compete this evening as he currently lacks and engine in his own ride. Unfortunately Mock was the first car to drop from the A-main event with just 10 laps completed of the 30 lap distance.

A great field of 30 cars had checked into the pit area for the show. Two-time series champion Travis Whitney collected fast qualifying honors. Mike Reinke was second quick this evening with Goldesberry netting the third quickest time.

Schultz, Thiel and Nimee were victorious in heat race contests.

The series then takes next weekend off to allow teams a break in the frantic schedule, or to participate in the Knoxville Nationals.

Then the series roars back into action with a three-event weekend. Two races are held back to back at Wilmot Raceway. On Friday night August 15th the series participates in the annual Kenosha County Fair event. The following night, Saturday August 16th, the Roger Iles Memorial race will take place. The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint teams then load up, and heads to the northern edge of Wisconsin’s Fox Valley to visit Seymour Speedway. On Sunday evening, August 17th, the series will make its first appearance at Seymour Speedway since the 2008 racing season.

11 events remain of the 2014 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series season schedule.

IRA proudly moves continues it’s 2014 season backed by its long time supporting series partners led by title sponsor Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, and associate series partners Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Hoosier Tire, Cedar Creek Motorsports, Cummins Onan, and Carriage Auto Body.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints are a featured member of Racetext.net a website dedicated to bringing fans the best possible coverage of local short track racing.

For more information on the IRA Outlaw Sprints check out the tour website at www.irasprints.com or by logging onto the series Facebook page at www.facebook.com/irasprints the series is also on twitter at #IRA_sprints.

IRA Sprint Cars - IRA Interstate Racing Association Event #14 – Beaver Dam Raceway – Beaver Dam, WI – August 2, 2014

IRA Sprint Cars | IRA Interstate Racing Association

Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts A Feature (30 Laps): 1. 64- Scotty Thiel; 2. 6r-Bill Rose; 3. 44-Jason Johnson; 4. 79-Blake Nimee; 5. 2w-Scotty Neitzel; 6. 5j-Jeremy Schultz; 7. 85m-Steve Meyer; 8. 35-Ben Shmidt; 9. 10v-Matt Vandervere; 10. 68-Dave Uttech; 11. 02-Mike Reinke; 12. 16-Travis Whitney; 13. 83-Tommy Sexton; 14. 14aj-Wayne Modjeski; 15. 4k-Kris Spitz; 16. 7-Scott Uttech; 17. 65-Jordan Goldesberry; 18. 94-Brandon Thone; 19. 53w-Bill Wirth; 20. 41-Dennis Spitz; 21. 4b-Scott Biertzer; 22. 11m-Phillip Mock

Behling Circle Track B Feature (12 Laps): 1. 65-Jordan Goldesberry; 2. 85m-Steve Meyer; 3. 4b-Scott Biertzer; 4. 53w-Bill Wirth; 5. 10v-Matt Vandervere; 6. 41-Dennis Spitz; 7. 11m-Phillip Mock; 8. 23-Trey Datweiler; 9. 23-Russel Borland; 10. 7f-Lance Fassbender; 11. 43-Jereme Schroeder; 12. 9a-Andy Hunt; 13. 71-Chad Tessman; 14. 5h-Patrick Hayes; 15. 01-Chris Dodd-dns

Weld Racing Heat 1 (10 Laps): 1. 5j-Jeremy Schultz; 2. 7-Scott Uttech; 3. 68-Dave Uttech; 4. 16-Travis Whitney; 5. 2w-Scotty Neitzel; 6. 85m-Steve Meyer; 7. 23-Russel Borland; 8. 10v-Matt Vandervere; 9. 53w-Bill Wirth; 10. 01-Chris Dodd

Diversified Machine Inc. Heat 2 (10 Laps): 1. 64-Scotty Thiel; 2. 83-Tommy Sexton; 3. 02-Mike Reinke; 4. 35-Ben Schmidt; 5. 4k-Kris Spitz; 6. 7f-Lance Fassbender; 7. 43-Jeremy Schroeder; 8. 11m-Phillip Mock; 9. 4b-Scott Biertzer; 10.-9a Andy Hunt

All Star Performance Heat 3 (10 Laps): 1. 79-Blake Nimee; 2. 44-Jason Johnson; 3. 6r-Bill Rose; 4. 94-Brandon Thone; 5. 14aj-Wayne Mopdjeski; 6. 41-Dennis Spitz; 7. 5h-Patrick Hayes; 8. 71-Chad Tessman; 9. 65-Jordan Goldesberry; 10. 23-Trey Datweiler;

Osborn & Son Qualifying (Top 10) 1. 16-Travis Whitney; 2. 02-Mike Reinke; 3. 65-Jordan Goldesberry; 4. 85m-Steve Meyer; 5. 83-Tommy Sexton; 6. 6r-Bill Rose; 7. 2w-Scotty Neitzel; 8. 35-Ben Schmidt; 9. 41-Dennis Spitz; 10. 68-Dave Uttech

 

 

 

BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA OUTLAW SPRINTS HEAD TO THEIR NORTHERN HOME TRACK, ACTION TAKES PLACE AT BEAVER DAM RACEWAY THIS SATURDAY NIGHT!

TEAMS LOOK TO STOP PHILLIP MOCK STREAK AT BEAVER DAM!

July 30, 2014; Appleton, WI. – It’s time to slow down and yet still go fast! After a hectic three weekend for the teams of the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints the series is presenting a single show this weekend at a track where many teams are located only a few miles away.

On Saturday Night August 2nd, Beaver Dam Raceway hill host it’s fourth scheduled contest of the 2014 season for the 900 horsepower winged sprints.

Phillip Mock captured two of those contests earlier in the year, while the most recent race scheduled at the track, back on June 7th, fell to rain after torrential rains hit the facility just after hot laps.

For Mock the season has had definite highs and lows. While he was able to earn his first two career victories in convincing fashion at Beaver Dam Raceway, his season had come to an unexpected halt when he expired a motor during a 410-sprint program at Wilmot Raceway.

He is expected to borrow a machine from Darrell Dodd for the upcoming show at Beaver Dam Raceway.

Engine failures have stressed a fair number of teams this season, but car counts have remained solid. Still, series regulars such as Mock, Dave Uttech, Lance Fassbender, and Wayne Modjeski have all seen additional challenges by having to seek out and replace powerplants.

With Beaver Dam Raceway being more a momentum track, which has high-banked turns, and a one third-mile length, it is expected to be a bit easier on equipment than some of the more recent shows.

Currently Bill Balog sits atop the series standings on the strength of eight wins. The runner-up spot his hotly contest as nearly a half dozen drivers are within striking distance. Bill Rose has the position with a small advantage, but Scotty Neitzel, Scotty Thiel, Ben Schmidt, and Mike Reinke are all in the hunt heading into Beaver Dam for second in the current standings.

Other drivers are shooting for a position within the top ten in points include, Scott Uttech, Steve Meyer, Lance Fassbender, Kris Spitz, Russel Borland, Blake Nimee, Dave Uttech, Wayne Modjeski and Brandon Thone.

Action this Saturday night August 2nd is set to get underway with racing at 6:30pm. Qualifying for the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints is scheduled for 6:00pm. The pits will open at 3:30pm and fans can grab their favorite seat when the grandstands open at 4:30pm.

Joining the winged 410 Outlaw Sprints will be modifieds, grand nationals and legends.

Adult admission is $20. Children age 6-11 are admitted for $10, and kids 5 and younger are free.

The 2014 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series is in the second half of it’s 30 race schedule which presents shows at 15 different area tracks.

IRA proudly moves continues it’s 2014 season backed by its long time supporting series partners led by title sponsor Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, and associate series partners Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Hoosier Tire, Cedar Creek Motorsports, Cummins Onan, and Carriage Auto Body.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints are a featured member of Racetext.net a website dedicated to bringing fans the best possible coverage of local short track racing.

For more information on the IRA Outlaw Sprints check out the tour website at www.irasprints.com or by logging onto the series Facebook page at www.facebook.com/irasprints the series is also on twitter at #IRA_sprints.

 

 

BALOG CHILLS FIELD, AS NORTH POLE NIGHTMARE SWEEPS NORTHWOODS WEEKEND WITH EAGLE VALLEY VICTORY!

REINKE ROCKETS TO RUNNER-UP HONORS! WHITNEY OVERCOMES MECHANICAL ILLS TO GAIN PODIUM FINISH!

July 27, 2014; Jim Falls, WI – The chill in the air was perhaps fitting, as the “North Pole Nightmare”, Bill Balog, completed a sweep of the three event “Northwoods Tour” with a victory at Eagle Valley Raceway. On an unseasonably cool evening, a solid showing of fans gathered at the three-eight’s mile banked oval to see the only event of the year for the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints at the venue.

A very shallow redraw, placed the fastest four drivers at the start of the field for what would prove to be a very fast paced contest. Balog, who started on the pole, was fresh off two victories on the three-event weekend, having already captured wins at Langlade County Speedway and ABC Raceway the prior two nights. He came into the program at Eagle Valley as the defending event winner becoming an odds-on favorite to complete the sweep this evening.

Still the outcome of the event was never assured as Mike Reinke had managed to overtake Balog in traffic, and he stayed within striking distance throughout the contest. When the event reached it’s conclusion at the end of 25 laps it was Balog’s, Buesser Concrete sponsored machine, out front as the checker flag waved. Reinke would lay claim to his fourth runner-up performance of the year. Travis Whitney, who had suffered misfortune at the previous event while leading the race, overcame any pitfalls tonight with a solid third place showing.

22 starters accepted the green flag on a very fast racing surface. The track’s high-banked turns allow the Winged 410 sprints to surpass 120 mph. Balog, utilized every ounce of horsepower in his ride to shoot out front with Reinke applying the pressure darting both inside and outside of Balog in his efforts to reach the front.

Whitney scrambled into the third spot ahead of Brooke Tatnell. Tatnell, a native of Australia, spends his summers in the United States chasing sprint car events around the country. Last year Tatnell had the lead in the Eagle Valley main event eventually having to settle for second to Balog after a last lap pass.

With the wide racing surface the leaders had plenty of different lines to work past lapped machines, and on several occasions Reinke managed to slip past Balog briefly for the top spot.

The only slowdown of the event occurred on lap 12, when Rookie of the Year contender Ben Schmidt looped his car in turn two. The field skillfully avoided him and he was able to rejoin the contest.

The last half of the A-main continued without interruption, and again Reinke found the speed to slip past Balog on occasion, only to be overtaken by Balog as the pair would reach the next set of turns. The duel waged into the final laps when Balog managed to move out to a slim two-car length advantage. Reinke continued to wait for any miscue by Balog but the opportunity never came, and Balog scored the win by a couple car lengths. Reinke netted second as he was able to fend off Whitney for the position. Whitney completed the podium finished with third.

Tatnell ran in the fourth spot for the majority of the contest with Bill Rose earning a fifth place run.

Rookie Scotty Thiel, fresh off a runner-up performance the prior evening at ABC Raceway had a solid sixth place run this evening. Tommy Sexton, Steve Meyer, Scotty Neitzel and Blake Nimee comprised the top ten runners.

Schmidt recovered fro his earlier spin to finish 11th and was the final driver on the lead lap.

21 of the 22 starters were still on the track at the checker flag as only Wayne Modjeski had dropped from the contest.

A solid showing of 25 cars resulted in a B-main tonight, with Meyer, Scott Uttech, Kris Spitz, Brandon Thone, Wayne Modjeski, Byron Walters and Dennis Weisner making the cut to transfer to the main event. Walters however had mechanical issues, which placed Chad Tessman into the main event as an alternate.

Earlier in the night Balog, Russel Borland and Thiel captured wins during the heat race events.

The three-day race weekend continued the unfortunate luck of engine failures as Lance Fassbender expired and engine in his heat race. Wayne Modjeski had lost an engine at Antigo, and Dave Uttech expired a motor at ABC Raceway. An unusual number of engine failures this season have already sidelined several teams including Phillip Mock who had a pair of early season victories.

After the challenging three-event weekend, a single race is on the schedule for next week.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints are set to appear at their Northern home track of Beaver Dam Raceway. The banked third-mile oval saw both prior events held this season captured by Phillip Mock, while rain had claimed the other scheduled contest.

The show will take place on Saturday night August 2nd. The series then takes the following weekend off to allow teams a break in the frantic schedule, or to participate in the Knoxville Nationals.

IRA proudly moves continues it’s 2014 season backed by its long time supporting series partners led by title sponsor Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, and associate series partners Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Hoosier Tire, Cedar Creek Motorsports, Cummins Onan, and Carriage Auto Body.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints are a featured member of Racetext.net a website dedicated to bringing fans the best possible coverage of local short track racing.

For more information on the IRA Outlaw Sprints check out the tour website at www.irasprints.com or by logging onto the series Facebook page at www.facebook.com/irasprints the series is also on twitter at #IRA_sprints.

IRA Sprint Cars - IRA Interstate Racing Association Event #13 – Eagle Valley Speedway – Jim Falls, WI – July 27, 2014

IRA Sprint Cars | IRA Interstate Racing Association

Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts A Feature (25 Laps): 1. 17b-Bill Balog; 2. 02-Mike Reinke; 3. 16-Travis Whitney; 4. 55-Brooke Tatnell; 5. 6r-Bill Rose; 6. 64-Scotty Thiel; 7. 83-Tommy Sexton; 8. 85m-Steve Meyer; 9. 2w-Scott Neitzel; 10. 79-Blake Nimee; 11. 35-Ben Schmidt; 12. 65-Jordan Goldesberry; 13. 4b-Scott Biertzer; 14. 95a-Ken Jay Fiedler; 15. 23-Russel Borland; 16. 7-Scott Uttech; 17. 4k-Kris Spitz; 18. 94-Brandon Thone; 19. 41-Dennis Spitz; 20. 73-Dennis Weisner; 21. 71-Chad Tessman; 22. 95b-Wayne Modjeski

Behling Circle Track B Feature (8 Laps): 1. 85m Steve Meyer; 2. 7-Scott Uttech; 3. 4k-Kris Spitz; 4. 94-Brandon Thone; 5. 95b-Wayne Modjeski; 6. 5w-Byron Walters; 7. 73-Dennis Weisner; 8. 71-Chad Tessman; 9. 19-Ryan Wilson-DNS

3. 7-Scott Uttech; 4. 83-Tommy Sexton; 5. 2w-Scotty Neitzel; 6. 85-Steve Meyer; 7. 02-Mike Reinke; 8. 6r-Bill Rose; 9. 35-Ben Schmidt; 10. 7f-Lance Fassbender; 11. 4k-Kris Spitz; 12. 65-Jordan Goldesberry; 13. 41-Dennis Spitz; 14. 95-Ken Jay Fiedler; 15. 19-Ryan Wilson; 16. Byron Walters; 17. Brandon Thone; 18. Ty Bartz; 19. Dennis Weisner; 20. Travis Whitney; 21. Blake Nimee; 22. Chad Tessman; 23. Scott Biertzer

Weld Racing Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 17b-Bill Balog; 2. 4b-Scott Biertzer; 3. 55-Brooke Tatnell; 4. 83-Timmy Sexton; 5. 35-Ben Schmidt; 7. 7-Scott Uttech; 8. 19-Ryan Wilson; 9. 95b-Wayne Modjeski

Diversified Machine Inc. Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 23-Russel Borland; 2. 6r-Bill Rose; 3. 16-Travis Whitney; 4. 2w-Scotty Neitzel; 5. 79-Blake Nimee; 6. 4k-Kris Spitz; 7. 5w-Byron Walter; 8. 73-Dennis Weisner

All Star Performance Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 64-Scotty Thiel; 2. 41-Dennis Spitz; 3. 02-Mike Reinke; 4. 95a-Ken Jay Fiedler; 5. 65-Jordan Goldesberry; 6. 85-Steve Meyer; 7. 94-Brandon Thone; 8. 71-Chad Tessman

Osborn & Son Qualifying (Top 12) 1. 55-Brooke Tatnell; 2. 16-Travis Whitney; 3. 02-Mike Reinke; 4. 17b-Bill Balog; 5. 2w-Scotty Neitzel; 6. 85-Steve Meyer; 7. 4b-Scott Biertzer; 8. 6r-Bill Rose; 9. 64-Scotty Thiel; 10. 83-Tommy Sexton; 11. 79-Blake Nimee; 12. 65-Jordan Goldesberry

 

 

BALOG TAKES ADVANTAGE OF LATE RACE RESTART TO KEEP ABC RACEWAY WIN STREAK ALIVE!

MECHANICAL ILLS HALT WHITNEY’S EFFORTS, THIEL TAKES CAREER BEST FINISH!

July 26, 2014; Ashland, WI – Day two of the Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprints “Northwoods Tour” was another example of how sometimes it’s not about the most laps lead, it’s a matter of which one. Bill Balog would pace the final one this evening, and as a result he continued his stronghold on victory lane at ABC Raceway. A track where he has now captured wins in all three contests held at the facility.

In tonight’s show Mother’s nature put forth occasional sprinkles during the 30 lap A-main contest as officials and drivers hustled to complete the program.

Travis Whitney of Coon River, MN appeared to have a tight grip on the lead, and was only 4 laps away from streaking under the checker flag. Four laps however, is a long distance when being chased by six-time IRA champion Bill Balog.

Still, Whitney’s speed seemed enough as the laps wound down, the field had clicked off 26 of the first 30 laps without interruption, and then the contest became an entirely new race.

On lap 26 heading into turn three, Jordan Goldesberry slipped in turn three taking a spin. The field skillfully avoided him, but the caution had to appear, and now the field was bunched up on Whitney’s read nerf bar, Perhaps most frustratingly for Whitney, Balog was right behind him was the green flag flew.

When Whitney’s car stumbling to gain speed, Balog whipped past taking over the top spot, that’s when Whitney’s night got even worse. As he headed into turns three his machine locked wheels with Blake Nimee who was attempting to pass, when the pair disconnected, Whitney wound up spinning to the bottom of turn four, resulting in a final slowdown. Whitney retired from a race where he had gone from first to a DNF, in less than a lap. Nimee, who was also on the verge of his first podium finish saw his efforts erased.

Balog on the other hand was able to pace the final circuits. The end result was his seventh win of the 2014 season.

The battle for second waged down to the final two laps when Rookie of the Year contender, Scotty Thiel, muscled his was past Scott Uttech. Thiel had a frustrating weekend to this point, having had additional engine issues with his 410 engine the prior evening at Langlade County Speedway in Antigo. He unloaded his ASCS powered 360 machine for tonight’s race at ABC Raceway, a car which was a near perfect match for a somewhat slick racing surface. The second place performance was his best of the 2014 racing season, improving upon his third place run at 141 Speedway back in May.

Uttech’s third place podium earning performance matched his best effort of the 2014 season. He had previously reached the podium with a third place effort at Oshkosh in early May.

A nearly picture perfect afternoon turned into a surprisingly weather challenged night. Officials, knowing rain was in the area hustled to get the starting field for the A-main trackside as light precipitation began to fall.

The 30 lap contest on the banked third-mile clay oval was to have seen Scott Biertzer begin the contest on the pole, but his machine refused to fire, elevating Uttech to the position. 2012 Wilmot Raceway champion, Tommy Sexton, opened the contest from outside the front row becoming the initial leader of the event.

Whitney, who had started fourth, powered his way to the front on lap three while second place became a the focus of the fans attention, as Uttech, Sexton, Balog, and Blake Nimee all maneuvered to various grooves on the track to find a way to hold that position.

Balog got a grasp on the second spot by the fifth lap, but by now Whitney had motored away from the field with a full straightway lead. Uttech meanwhile, held fast to the inner groove placing a hold on the third spot, with Nimee driving a backup machine owned by Wayne Modjeski having laid claim to fourth.

Whitney, a former two-time series champion, was showing the speed and skill he had utilized to win his two titles several seasons ago. He was able to maintain his lead on Balog as the pair started working back markers and the race quickly past the halfway point.

With the field strung all the way around the track, Whitney carefully picked off lapped cars with Balog continuing to apply the pressure. Whitney appeared to have the race in hand when the caution flew on lap 26 for Goldesberry’s spin.

Whitney’s engine stumbled on the restart and Balog taking advantage of the situation flying into the lead. Before the end of the lap the tangle between Whitney and Nimee forced a second caution, and ended what would have been a solid evening for both drivers.

This setup a four lap dash to the checker with Balog showing the way, followed by Uttech. Thiel, suddenly found himself in third, with Sexton and Neitzel now in the top five.

The race resumed with Balog clearly in command. Thiel meanwhile muscled his way past Uttech to grab the second spot as the pair engaged in battle for runner-up honors. This left Balog free to pace the final circuits taking the victory. Thiel managed to reach the finish line just ahead of Uttech for second, with Uttech having to settle for third.

Sexton had rim rode his way to a fourth place finish followed by Scotty Neitzel who completed the top five finishers. Last evening’s runner-up finisher, Steve Meyer earned sixth. Mike Reinke, Bill Rose, Ben Schmidt and Lance Fassbender completed the top ten finishers.

Earlier in the night Rose, Reinke and Neitzel collected heat races. The planned B-main was not needed after Dave Uttech had the misfortune of expiring a motor.

The other notable event of the evening was Hayley Reinke, daughter of Mike Reinke who made her debut in sprint car racing. She took qualifying laps behind the wheel of a machine normally piloted by Russel Borland who had to miss the this event due to other commitments. She qualified the car with a respectable time but opted out of further competition in the program.

A total of 25 drivers had signed in for the race program this evening. Balog had topped the qualifying efforts tonight but times were well off the track record. Schmidt turned in the second quickest lap of the evening while Rose turned in the third best qualifying performance.

The three event weekend now wraps up as the teams head south to Eagle Valley Speedway in Jim Falls, Wisconsin on Sunday evening July 27th. The track is a large three-eights mile oval with a unique layout. The high-banked turns are ideal for the Winged Outlaw sprints, which barely have to use the brakes in the corners. The raceway is also unique in the fact that the front stretch goes slightly downhill, while the backstretch is slightly uphill.

Balog has captured the last three contests held at the track including last year’s show where he made a late race pass on Brooke Tatnell for the victory.

Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks and Pure Stocks will be joining the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw sprints providing fans with a variety of high speed action.

Pit gates are to open at 4:00pm for this year’s show with the spectator gates opening at 4:30pm. Hot laps are to get underway at 5:30pm with racing set to begin at 6:00pm.

For ticket pricing information please call the raceway at: 715-382-5367 or consult the track website at www.eaglevalleyspeedway.net

Eagle Valley Speedway is located just north of Jim Falls, WI just off Highway 178. Head north out of town of Highway 178 and turn west (left) onto 150th Avenue.

IRA proudly moves continues it’s 2014 season backed by its long time supporting series partners led by title sponsor Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, and associate series partners Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Hoosier Tire, Cedar Creek Motorsports, Cummins Onan, and Carriage Auto Body.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints are a featured member of Racetext.net a website dedicated to bringing fans the best possible coverage of local short track racing.

For more information on the IRA Outlaw Sprints check out the tour website at www.irasprints.com or by logging onto the series Facebook page at www.facebook.com/irasprints the series is also on twitter at #IRA_sprints.

IRA Sprint Cars - IRA Interstate Racing Association Event #12 – ABC Raceway – Ashland, WI – July 26, 2014

IRA Sprint Cars | IRA Interstate Racing Association

Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts A Feature (30 Laps): 1. 17b-Bill Balog; 2. 64-Scotty Thiel; 3. 7-Scott Uttech; 4. 83-Tommy Sexton; 5. 2w-Scotty Neitzel; 6. 85-Steve Meyer; 7. 02-Mike Reinke; 8. 6r-Bill Rose; 9. 35-Ben Schmidt; 10. 7f-Lance Fassbender; 11. 4k-Kris Spitz; 12. 65-Jordan Goldesberry; 13. 41-Dennis Spitz; 14. 95-Ken Jay Fiedler; 15. 19-Ryan Wilson; 16. Byron Walters; 17. Brandon Thone; 18. Ty Bartz; 19. Dennis Weisner; 20. Travis Whitney; 21. Blake Nimee; 22. Chad Tessman; 23. Scott Biertzer

Weld Racing Heat 1 (10 Laps): 1. 2w-Scotty Neitzel; 2. 17b-Bill Balog; 3. 7f-Lance Fassbender; 4. 16-Travis Whitney; 5. 4b-Scott Biertzer; 6. 19-Ryan Wilson; 7. 73-Dennis Weisner; 8. 95b-Ty Bartz; 9. 68-Dave Uttech - DNS

Diversified Machine Inc. Heat 2 (10 Laps): 1. 02-Mike Reinke; 2. 79-Blake Nimee; 3. 4k-Kris Spitz; 4. 7-Scott Uttech; 5. 95a-Ken Jay Fiedler; 6. 41-Dennis Spitz; 7. 35-Ben Schmidt; 8. 71-Chad Tessman

All Star Performance Heat 3 (10 Laps): 1. 6r-Bill Rose; 2. 85m-Steve Meyer; 3. 65-Jordan Goldesberry; 4. 83-Tommy Sexton; 5. 64-Scotty Thiel; 6. 94-Brandon Thone; 7. 5w-Bryon Walters; 8. 23-Hayley Reinke-DNS

Osborn & Son Qualifying (Top 12) 1. 17b-Bill Balog; 2. 35-Ben Schmidt; 3. 6r-Bill Rose; 4. 16-Travis Whitney; 5. 7-Scott Uttech; 6. 83-Tommy Sextob; 7. 4b-Scott Biertzer; 8. 79-Blake Nimee; 9. 5w-Bryon Walters; 10. 73-Dennis Weisner; 11. 02-Mike Reinke; 12. 64-Scott Thiel

 

 

THE ANITGO DÉJÀ VU! BALOG’S LATE RACE PASS OF MEYER FOR VICTORY HAS FAMILIAR FEEL.

REINKE CONTINUES PODIUM RUN WITH THIRD PLACE EFFORT!

July 25, 2014; Antigo, WI – The once a year trip for the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints to the Langlade County Fairgrounds Speedway had a familiar feel in the closing stages of the shows main event. Out front was veteran racer Steve Meyer, celebrating his 25th season of racing, and giving chase was six-time and defending IRA champ Bill Balog.

Meyer had been driving a flawless race to keep Balog following in his tracks just like the series last appearance one year ago. During that event, Balog managed to power by Meyer late in the race following a restart an go on to victory. On this evening, Meyer had already successfully defended the lead on a pair of restarts and appeared to have the pace to win the contest.

Heading for the final lap of the race the duo encountered a lapped car, Meyer opted for the low line, and cleanly made the pass, Balog chose a higher groove. The pair came out of turn four side by side, with Balog using the momentum of the high line to pull ahead reaching the white flag first.

Over the final lap Meyer gave chase but he was unable to find a way back to the lead. He would have to settle for a second place performance, for the second straight year, while Balog and his team celebrated his sixth win of the 2014 season. Mike Reinke, who was in contention for the victory throughout the contest finished in the third spot six car lengths behind the lead pair. It was the second straight podium finish for Reinke who claimed runner-up honors at Angell Park Speedway one week ago.

Balog noted how tricky the last lap pass around lapped traffic was. “We both made a risky decision, we ended up getting it (the win). Meyer was doing a great job, it was a lot of fun tonight racing him”, stated Balog on the victory. “It was a lot of fun tonight racing here and flying around this big half-mile”, noted Balog.

For Meyer, the evening was extra special as his daughter had celebrated her 21st birthday at the track. Earlier in the evening Meyer had collected a victory in his heat race taking the lead in that race on the final lap, and his second place run in the feature made for a solid start of the three-day race weekend for Meyer.

Meyer appeared happy with second but had hoped for something better. When he was informed he had lead the most laps the past two races at the track, Meyer noted with a grin, “I led the most, I’ve just not led the most important one,” he exclaimed. “I’ve always run well on the half-miles. I actually put on exhibition laps here back in 1994 before we actually raced here”, Meyer noted his daughter’s birthday. “The birthday deal is nice, but second place sure sucks”, Meyer quipped jokingly.

A field of 25 cars would accept the green flag for the start of the 20 lap A-main event with second heat winner Scott Biertzer starting on the pole and Meyer to his outside. Once action began Meyer immediately showed the speed of his #85m machine, charging to the top spot. Biertzer meanwhile slipped back in the inside groove allowing Ben Schmidt and the evening’s fastest qualifier Travis Whitney to scramble past into second and third. Balog placed himself in the fourth spot by the third trip around the big-half mile oval.

Whitney’s night suffered a major setback on lap eight as he came to a halt in turn two. He was pushed off to the pit area where his crew made effective repairs and allowed Whitney to rejoin the contest from the tail of the field.

The race resumed with Meyer again showing the way. On lap eight Balog maneuvered around Schmidt for runner-up honors and on the next circuit Reinke dropped Schmidt back another position. Meyer’s lead grew each passing lap as Balog and Reinke fought hard over the second position.

The second and final caution appeared on lap 12 when Dennis Weisner spun harmlessly into the infield off turn two. This brought the field together for the final eight lap dash to the finish.

Meyer again mastered the restart, while Balog had his hands full with Reinke in his efforts to hold second. Reinke made a successful inside pass on the next circuit when Balog hopped the cushion in turn two. Reinke scrambled to get away and began to open up some ground when he too jumped the cushion, as he came into turn four. Balog took advantage of the situation, and retook the second spot with five laps to go.

Out front Meyer now saw his lead slowly shrink, and to make things even more challenging lapped cars would come into play before the finish. With two laps to go Balog had placed himself in position to challenge for the lead. Coming toward the white flag the pair split a lapped car. While Meyer was first to put a lap on the back marker, Balog was able to use the momentum of a higher line to sail past into the top spot.

Meyer tried to rally but Balog’s pace was too tough to match with Balog scoring the win. Meyer would settle for second followed by Reinke. Schmidt would be the highest finishing rookie in the race with a solid fourth place run. Bill Rose quietly finished in the top five.

Scotty Neitzel recorded a sixth place finish coming out ahead of a race long battle with Jordan Goldesberry who claimed seventh. Scotty Biertzer, Tommy Sexton and Whitney comprised the top ten finishers.

Earlier in the night Lance Fassbender, Biertzer and Meyer recorded heat race victories, with Meyer’s win occurring after a last lap pass of Dennis Spitz.

Kris Spitz captured the B-main this evening besting Brandon Thone, Scotty Thiel, Ken Jay Fielder and Bryon Walters.

The series now packs up to finish off it’s weekend with two more events. On Saturday night July 26th. ABC Raceway, located just south of Ashland, Wisconsin, is a banked one-time mile oval. High speeds in close quarters will be the name of the game at the series takes to the red clay surface of ABC Raceway.

Balog has scored wins in the last two appearances at the track. The 2013 event was rained out, making it two years since fans have had opportunity to witness the sheer speed of the 410 sprints that will showcase triple digit speeds.

In addition to the IRA sprints FastLane Motorsports and Custom Powdercoating will present its annual “Super Stock Challenge,” with the track’s Six-Cylinder and Pure Stock classes adding to the program. Adult admission is $20, fans ages 6-12 get in for $5, and kids under age 6 are admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult.

Hot laps are set for 6:15 pm, followed by sprint car time trials. Racing is scheduled to start at 7.

The ABC Raceway is located 3-1/2 miles south of Ashland on State Highway 13 and one mile west on Butterworth Road. For raceday information call (715) 682-4990. The track website can be found at www.abcraceway.com

The weekend wraps up as the teams then head southwest to Eagle Valley Speedway in Jim Falls, Wisconsin on Sunday evening July 27th. The track is a large three-eights mile oval with a unique layout. The high-banked turns are ideal for the Winged Outlaw sprints, which barely have to use the brakes in the corners. The raceway is also unique in the fact that the front stretch goes slightly downhill, while the backstretch is slightly uphill.

Balog has captured the last three contests held at the track including last year’s show where he made a late race pass on Brooke Tatnell for the victory.

Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks and Pure Stocks will be joining the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw sprints providing fans with a variety of high speed action.

Pit gates are to open at 4:00pm for this year’s show with the spectator gates opening at 4:30pm. Hot laps are to get underway at 5:30pm with racing set to begin at 6:00pm.

For ticket pricing information please call the raceway at: 715-382-5367 or consult the track website at www.eaglevalleyspeedway.net

Eagle Valley Speedway is located just north of Jim Falls, WI just off Highway 178. Head north out of town of Highway 178 and turn west (left) onto 150th Avenue.

IRA proudly moves continues it’s 2014 season backed by its long time supporting series partners led by title sponsor Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, and associate series partners Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Hoosier Tire, Cedar Creek Motorsports, Cummins Onan, and Carriage Auto Body.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints are a featured member of Racetext.net a website dedicated to bringing fans the best possible coverage of local short track racing.

For more information on the IRA Outlaw Sprints check out the tour website at www.irasprints.com or by logging onto the series Facebook page at www.facebook.com/irasprints the series is also on twitter at #IRA_sprints.

IRA Sprint Cars - IRA Interstate Racing Association Event #11 – Langlade County Speedway – Antigo, WI – July 25, 2014

IRA Sprint Cars | IRA Interstate Racing Association

Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts A Feature (20 Laps): 1. 17b-Bill Balog; 2. #85m-Steve Meyer; 3. #02-Mike Reinke; 4. 35-Ben Schmidt; 5. 6r-Bill Rose; 6. 2w-Scotty Neitzel; 7. 65-Jordan Goldesberry; 8. 4b-Scott Biertzer; 9. 83-Tommy Sexron; 10. 16-Travis Whitney; 11. 64-Scotty Thiel; 12. 7f-Lance Fassbender; 13. 7-Scott Uttech; 14. 68-Dave Uttech; 15. 23-Russel Borland; 16. 94-Brandon Thone; 17. 44-Jason Johnson; 18. 95a-Ken Jay Fiedler; 19. 4k-Kris Spitz; 20. 41-Dennis Spitz; 21. 95b-Ty Bartz; 22. 73-Dennis Wiesner; 23. 5w-Bryon Walters; 24. 79-Blake Nimee; 25. 71-Chad Tessman

Behling Racing Products B Feature (8 Laps): 1. 4k-Kris Spitz; 2. 94-Brandon Thone; 3. 64-Scotty Thiel; 4. 95a-Ken Jay Fiedler; 5. 5w-Bryon Walters; 6. 79-Blake Nimee; 7. 73-Dennis Wiesner; 8. 71-Chad Tessman

Weld Racing Heat 1 (10 Laps): 1. 7f-Lance Fassbender; 2. 44-Jason Johnson; 3. 83-Tommy Sexton; 4. 17b-Bill Balog; 5. 65-Jordan Goldesberry; 6. 7-Scott Uttech; 7. 64-Scotty Thiel; 8. 95b-Ty Bartz; 9. 5w-Byron Walters

Diversified Machine Inc. Heat 2 (10 Laps): 1. 4b-Scott Biertzer; 2. 35-Ben Schmidt; 3. 02-Mike Reinke; 4. 95a-Ken Jay Fiedler; 5. 14aj-Wayne Modjeski; 6. 73-Dennis Wiesner; 7. 4k-Kris Spitz; 8. 79-Blake Nimee

All Star Performance Heat 3 (10 Laps): 1. 85m-Steve Meyer; 41-Dennis Spitz; 3. 2w-Scotty Neitzel; 4. 16-Travis Whitney; 5. 23-Russel Borland; 6. 6r-Bill Rose; 7. 94-Brandon Thone; 71-Chad Tessman; 8.-Scotty Thiel

Osborn & Son Qualifying: 1. Travis Whitney; 2. Mike Reinke; 3. Bill Balog; 4. Bill Rose; 5. Ben Schmidt; 6. Jordan Goldesnberry; 7. Steve Meyer; 8. Scott Bietrzer; 9. Scott Uttech; 10. Scott Neitzel; 11. Dave Uttech; 12. Tommy Sexton

 

 

BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA OUTLAW SPRINTS BRINGS THE FASTEST CARS ON DIRT TO WISCONSINS’S NORTHWOODS!

NORTHWOODS TRIPLE-HEADER, THREE TRACKS IN THREE DAYS FOR THE WINGED OUTLAW 410 SPRINTS!

July 22, 2014; Appleton, WI. – The circus is coming to town! This circus is one of speed and steel. Where the entertainers thrill fans by performing some the best racing to be seen. It’s outdoor entertainment for the whole family. Like a band of vagabond gypsies, the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint series is set to showcase the fastest cars on dirt this weekend at three different Wisconsin north woods racing venues. The 900 horsepower machines are set to take to the track in a trio of events, in one weekend, at three distinctly different racetracks.

It’s a once a year opportunity at all three venues, to witness the sheer power of winged 410 sprint racing, and it’s an opportunity you don’t want to miss.

First up is the Langlade County Speedway, located in Antigo, Wisconsin. The track, considered a half-mile in length, is arguably the largest dirt track in the Midwest as it is closer to 5/8 of a mile in circumference. Run during the Langlade County Fair, the track, which is only open for specials, will showcase the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints on Friday Night, July 25th.

Last season marked the first appearance of the IRA Sprints at that track since 2007. Bill Balog captured last seasons’ event after a late race pass of Steve Meyer. Due to weather related issues qualifying did not take place, and the current record stands. A time of 16.239 seconds set by Scott Young, stands as the all-time fastest lap ever turned at the facility. It is expected a new mark will be set Friday evening.

The fairgrounds are located at the northern end of town. Follow Highway 45 through Antigo to North Avenue and you will be at the location of the Langlade County Fairgrounds.

Qualifying is set to get underway at 7:00pm. Tickets are presold and available through the fair website at http://www.langladecountyfair.com Grandstand prices are $15 for adults, while children ages 4 through 12 are just $10. Race day ticket sales are $20 for adults and $15 for students. Children ages 3 and under are FREE.

In addition to the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints, IMCA type Sport Modifieds will be on hand for the show.

After the event in Antigo, the series packs up and heads two hours north to the shores of Lake Superior for a show on Saturday night July 26th. ABC Raceway, located just south of Ashland, Wisconsin, is a banked one-time mile oval. High speeds in close quarters will be the name of the game at the series takes to the red clay surface of ABC Raceway.

Balog has scored wins in the last two appearances at the track. The 2013 show was rained out, making it two years since fans have had opportunity to witness the sheer speed of the 410 sprints that will showcase triple digit speeds.

In addition to the IRA sprints FastLane Motorsports and Custom Powdercoating will present its annual “Super Stock Challenge,” with the track’s Six-Cylinder and Pure Stock classes adding to the program. Adult admission is $20, fans ages 6-12 get in for $5, and kids under age 6 are admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult.

Hot laps are set for 6:15 pm, followed by sprint car time trials. Racing is scheduled to start at 7.

The ABC Raceway is located 3-1/2 miles south of Ashland on State Highway 13 and one mile west on Butterworth Road. For raceday information call (715) 682-4990. The track website can be found at www.abcraceway.com

The weekend wraps up as the teams then head southwest to Eagle Valley Speedway in Jim Falls, Wisconsin on Sunday evening July 27th. The track is a large three-eights mile oval with a unique layout. The high-banked turns are ideal for the Winged Outlaw sprints, which barely have to use the brakes in the corners. The raceway is also unique in the fact that the front stretch goes slightly downhill, while the backstretch is slightly uphill.

Balog has captured the last three contests held at the track including last year’s show where he made a late race pass on Brooke Tatnell for the victory.

Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks and Pure Stocks will be joining the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw sprints providing fans with a variety of high speed action.

Pit gates are to open at 4:00pm for this year’s show with the spectator gates opening at 4:30pm. Hot laps are to get underway at 5:30pm with racing set to begin at 6:00pm.

For ticket pricing information please call the raceway at: 715-382-5367 or consult the track website at www.eaglevalleyspeedway.net

Eagle Valley Speedway is located just north of Jim Falls, WI just off Highway 178. Head north out of town of Highway 178 and turn west (left) onto 150th Avenue.

The 2014 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series scheduled season will consist of 30 shows to be held at 15 different area tracks.

IRA proudly moves continues it’s 2014 season backed by its long time supporting series partners led by title sponsor Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, and associate series partners Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Hoosier Tire, Cedar Creek Motorsports, Cummins Onan, and Carriage Auto Body.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints are a featured member of Racetext.net a website dedicated to bringing fans the best possible coverage of local short track racing.

For more information on the IRA Outlaw Sprints check out the tour website at www.irasprints.com or by logging onto the series Facebook page at www.facebook.com/irasprints the series is also on twitter at #IRA_sprints

 

 

AN AMAZING FINISH ON A HISTORIC NIGHT PUTS SHELDON HAUDENSCHILD IN VICTORY LANE AT ANGELL PARK SPEEDWAY!

MULTIPLE DRIVERS LEAD THE FINAL TWO LAPS OF THE A-MAIN IN THE FIRST ANNUAL NORM NELSON CLASSIC AT ANGELL PARK!

July 20, 2014; Sun Prairie, WI. – It had been 29 years since the last appearance of winged outlaw 410 sprints at the Angell Park Speedway. The Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprints rolled into town to do battle on the legendary oval, and fans were treated to not only a new track record but also to an amazing finish where the lead ping ponged between multiple drivers over the final two laps. During a green, white checker finish setup when six-time champion Bill Balog nearly flipped in turn two while trying to steal the lead from Jordan Goldesberry.

When the dust settled it was Sheldon Haudenschild sitting in victory lane after putting on a passing clinic on the final two laps. The son of sprint car legend Jac Haudenschild, Shedlon of Wooten, OH, surged from first to fourth during those two quick circuits of the third-mile clay oval. To do so he had to work past veteran race Steve Meyer for the lead and then fend off IRA series standout Mike Reinke to collect the win.

The last lap pass of Meyer resulted in Haudenschild’s first trip to victory lane with the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints. Less than a month ago he scored his first career with the All-Star Circuit of Champions. It was also worth noting that Haudenschild was not even born with the IRA Sprints last competed at Angell Park, and now today he’s the triumphant winner of the first annual Norm Nelson Classic.

An elated Haudenschild greeted the approving fans from victory lane. “I was glad the yellow came out. I actually thought I was like fourth or fifth. When I saw the yellow come out, and realized I was running third I knew I had a chance. I had been battling with the #02 the whole race, and the leader was long gone”, noted Haudenschild. “I can’t thank Chris Hartnell enough for letting me drive his car. Chris had a great car and it was easy to adapt to. It was challenging to get used to two tracks I had never been too. Hopefully we can get back here again someday”, exclaimed Haudenschild during post-race ceremonies.

It also marked the first IRA victory for the Hartnell Motorsports team who had put Sheldon in the car at Wilmot Raceway the night before. With just two starts behind wheel with the team,Haudenschild’s performance was even more impressive as he turned in the fastest qualifying time of the night establishing a new track record with a lap of 12.388 seconds. The old record set 1985 by Darrell Dodd had been 13.792 seconds. 28 of the 29 drivers on hand had eclipsed the old mark a testament to the change in technology which greatly elevated speeds.

The 30 lap A-main rolled trackside with 22 starters taking the green flag. Before the initial circuit was complete, rookie of the year contender Scotty Thiel clipped a tire in turn two coming to a halt. It brought out just one of the three cautions which would wave in the event.

Action resumed in earnest with Jordan Goldesberry getting the upper hand on fellow front row starter Blake Nimee on the D-shaped third-mile oval. Goldesberry, setting a blistering pace took command, pulled away from the field leaving the pack in his wake.

Goldesberry had pulled out to a huge lead over Dave Uttech with Nimee following in third. He had just began to lap cars when Patrick Hayes did a slow spin coming off turn two on lap eight. Hayes was skillfully missed by the field, and the incident drew the second caution of the contest.

The race resumed and Goldesberry once again demonstrated the speed of his #65 machine, opening up an impressive lead on Uttech and Nimee.

Further back, both Balog, and Haudenschild were making progress toward the lead positions. Balog, pulling double duty tonight, finished second in a midget earlier in the show, and was seeking his second podium of the program. He sailed into third on lap 13 as Nimee faded, and motored past Uttech for second on the next circuit.

Clear of lapped traffic the challenge for Balog was to reach Goldesberry whose lead stood at nearly a half-lap.

At the halfway point, Goldesberry, Balog, Uttech, Mike Reinke and Haudenschild comprised the top five. Moments later Uttech began to fade elevating Reinke into the third spot.

As the race reached the final ten laps, lapped traffic was intense for Goldesberry, but Balog was only closing the gap slightly. Goldesberry speed began to wane was the race wound down as it appeared the handling of his car was starting to go away. Nearly clipping the wall on lap 25, Balog moved within six car lengths, and in another lap had moved within striking distance.

The lead duo was well ahead of Reinke and Haudenschild looking to settle the win among themselves. Like some many times before Balog waited for the final laps to try and steal the victory, this time however the pass for the top spot misfired and he jumped the cushion off turn two, tagging the wall and nearly overturning. The resulting yellow flag would bunch the field on Goldesberry’s tail tank, while Balog retired from the contest with too much damaged and was credited with 18th.

This setup a green, white and checker finish. The final laps would be ones for the history books. Goldesberry, Reinke, Haudenschild and Meyer occupied the top four as the green flag waved. Goldesberry, whose car had run flawlessly all evening, stumbled at the start with Reinke dodging his slowing machine. Meyer dove all the way to the bottom of the track and suddenly found himself with the lead.

Both Reinke and Haudenschild shot past Goldesberry with Haudenschild going three wide making his way to second as Goldesberry fell back.

The white flag flew and Meyer had his hands full with Haudenschild who threw his car deep into turn two. Meyer, fighting to stay out front tagged the wall and came to a stop as the field raced past with Haudenschild now in the lead.

Reinke, who had now inherited second, attempted one final pass powering into the final two turns. His efforts came up a car length short recording runner-up honors. While disappointed with the second place Reinke was pleased with his car and the track.

“The (final) restart was kind of a mess. The #65 didn’t takeoff honestly and I did my best not to run the guy over. I don’t know what happened there and everyone was just trying to jockey for positions. I feel bad for the crew the car was really awesome”, stated Reinke.

“The rest of the race was really good. I’ve come to this track since I was seven years old I was fun to have a chance to race on it. It’s a fun racetrack. I was surprised about the bottom holding up and the side by side racing. I hope everyone had a good show”, noted Reinke.

On the final lap Scotty Neitzel worked by a fading Goldesberry to earn the final podium spot. Goldesberry held onto fourth after having paced all but the closing laps. Scott Uttech earned his third top five finish of the year with a respectable fifth place performance this evening.

Nimee, Bill Rose, Dave Uttech, Meyer and Wayne Modjeski comprised the top ten finishers.

In earlier action Modjeski was able to fend off Rick Kelsey to claim the B-main. Bill Wirth, Thiel, Ken Jay Fiedler, Russel Borland and Brandon Thone were in the transfer positions, third through seventh respectively.

Heat race victories were captured by Dave Uttech, Goldesberry and Blake Nimee.

Haudenschild’s fast time of 12.388 seconds edged out Reinke’s efforts of 12.438 seconds. Balog was third fast at 12.497 seconds. 29 cars qualified for the evening’s program.

The series now does it’s annual “Northwood’s Swing”. A three race weekend, at three different venues it marks one of the more challenging yet fun filled weekends on the 2014 schedule for teams and fans alike.

It begins at the Langlade County Fairgrounds in Antigo on Friday evening July 25th. The show run in conjunction with the Langlade County Fair will also have sport modifieds join the program. The track is the largest on the IRA circuit measuring nearly 5/8 of a mile in length.

The following day the series packs up, and heads even further north to the ABC Raceway in Ashland, Wisconsin for a Saturday evening show on July 26th. The well groomed banked third-mile oval will see the IRA Sprints approach well over 100mph.

Then it’s time to head back south a couple hours, as the series makes its lone appearance of the season at Eagle Valley Speedway in Jim Falls, WI on Sunday evening July 27th. The unique three-eighths mile raceway as a slight uphill – downhill layout making for some impressive speeds especially heading downhill into turns one and two.

Nearly two dozen teams are expected to experience the “Northwoods Swing”, and participate in all three shows.

The 2014 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series scheduled season will consist of 30 shows to be held at 15 different area tracks.

IRA proudly moves into 2014 backed by its long time supporting series partners led by title sponsor Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, and associate series partners Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Hoosier Tire, Cedar Creek Motorsports, Cummins Onan, and Carriage Auto Body.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints are a featured member of Racetext.net a website dedicated to bringing fans the best possible coverage of local short track racing.

For more information on the IRA Outlaw Sprints check out the tour website at www.irasprints.com or by logging onto the series Facebook page at www.facebook.com/irasprints the series is also on twitter at #IRA_sprints.

IRA Sprint Cars | IRA Interstate Racing Association

Event #10 – Angell Park Speedway – Sun Prairie, WI – July 20, 2014

Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts A Feature (30 Laps ): 1. 48h-Sheldon Haudenschild; 2. 02-Mike Reinke; 3. 2w-Scotty Neitzel; 4. 65-Jordan Goldesberry; 5. 7-Scott Uttech; 6. Blake Nimee; 7. 6r-Bill Rose; 8. 68-Dave Uttech; 9. 85m-Steve Meyer; 10. 14aj-Wayne Modjeski; 11. 35-Ben Schmidt; 12. 94-Brandon Thone; 13. 23-Russel Borland; 14. 11k-Rick Kelsey; 15. 7f-Lance Fassbender; 16. 43-Jereme Schroesder; 17. 95a-Ken Jay Fiedler; 18. 17b-Bill Balog; 19. 5h-Patrick Hayes; 20. 53w-Bill Wirth; 21. 4k-Kris Spitz; 22. 64-Scotty Thiel

Behling Circle Track B-Feature 1 (15 Laps): 1. 14aj-Wayne Modjeski; 2. 11k-Rick Kelsey; 3. 53w-Bill Wirth; 4. 64-Scotty Thiel; 5. 95a-Ken Jay Fiedler; 6. 23-Russel Borland; 7. 94-Brandon Thone; 8. 41-Dennis Spitz; 9. 10v-Tim Vandervere; 10. 9a-Andy Hunt; 11. 44-Jason Johnson; 12. 73-Dennis Weisner; 13. 71-Chad Tessman; 14. 5w-Byron Walters

Weld Racing Products Heat 1 (10 Laps): 1. 68-Dave Uttech; 2. 4k-Kris Spitz; 3. 2w-Scotty Neitzel; 4. 48h-Sheldon Haudenschild; 5. 85m-Steve Meyer; 6. 14aj-Wayne Modjeski; 7. 23-Russel Borland; 8. 9a-Andy Hunt; 9. 53w-Bill Wirth; 10. 5w-Byron Walters

DMI Heat 2 (10 Laps): 1. 65-Jordan Goldesberry; 2. 7-Scott Uttech; 3. 02-Mike Reinke; 4. 6r-Bill Rose; 5. 35-Ben Schmidt; 6. 64-Scotty Thuiel; 7. 95a-Ken Jay Fiedler; 8. 44-Jason Johnson; 9. 41-Dennis Spitz; 10. 71-Chad Tessman

All-Star Performance Parts Heat 3 (10 Laps): 1. 79-Blake Nimee; 2. 7f-Lance Fassbender; 3. 17b-Bill Balog; 4. 43-Jereme Schroeder; 5. 5h-Patrick Hayes; 6. 11k-Rick Kelsey; 7. 94-Brandon Thone; 8. 10v-Tim Vandervere; 9. 730Dennis Weisner

Osborne & Son Qualifying (Top 10): 1. 48-Sheldon Haudenschild, 12.388; 2. 02-Mike Reinke, 12.438; 3. 17b-Bill Balog, 12.478; 4. 85m-Steve Meyer, 12.546; 5. 7-Scott Uttech, 12.669; 6. 11k-Rick Kelsey, 12.685; 7. 2w-Scotty Neitzel, 12.783; 8. 6r-Bill Rose, 12.843; 9. 5h-Patrick Hayes, 12.880; 10. 14aj-Wayne Modjeski, 12.914.

 

 

FOR ONE STREAK TO CONTINUE, THE OTHER MUST END! BLANEY BESTS BALOG IN ALL-STAR VS. BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA SPRINTS SHOWDOWN AT WILMOT!
BLANEY WINS THIRD STRAIGHT SHOWDOWN EVENT AND STOPS BALOG WIN STREAK AT FIVE.
July 19, 2014; Wilmot, WI – The annual Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints vs UNOH All-Star Circuit of Champions didn’t disappoint for it’s thrills and spills as there were plenty of each on a the challenging Wilmot Raceway third-mile clay oval.
The rescheduled Salute to the Founders of IRA also took place during the program, honoring Ray Toft, Whitey Harris and the late Junior Dodd, who originally organized and began the IRA back in March of 1968. Special feature trophies sponsored by the Southeastern Wisconsin Short Track Racing Hall of Fame honoring the founders were be presented.
In a match of titans, the all-time leader in All-Star A-main win column, Dale Blaney of Fowler, Ohio came to Wilmot Raceway looking to score his third consecutive win in the showdown event. On the other hand six-time, and defending IRA champ Bill Balog, was looking to extend his current win streak to six straight in IRA competition and elevate the modern era win streak record to six.
Fans were not disappointed as the pair had swapped the lead in effort to extend their respective streaks. In the end it was Blaney who prevailed as Balog efforts for a sixth straight series victory fell short by one position. Early race leader Jac Haudenschild earned the final podium spot with a last lap pass of former Wilmot Raceway champion, and local hero Tommy Sexton.
Blaney greeted the crowed from victory lane after the contest. “We were really good. I struggled a bit early, and just fell in line to ride it out awhile”, noted Blaney about the run. “The track came to us, and we got a little bit better as the race went on. I got under Balog a few times in three and four and once we got out front the car just got better and better”, exclaimed Blaney.
Balog also seemed happy with his run in spite of the second place showing. “I thought we were really good early on. The goove just got higher and higher up”, said Balog. “We were hanging in there, but I knew we were not going to beat the “low rider” ( Blaney’s nickname ) when he was on the bottom. They found the groove and they won it, but this is our best All-Star finish. It was fun racing and I was really happy with it”, said Balog.
The 35 lap main event would prove to be especially challenging for the 24 car-starting field as the drivers never seemed to catch a rhythm. As a result both cautions and red flags flew in abundance, and overall the event played out like a series of short dashes.
Haudenschild, celebrating his 40th year behind the wheel sat on the pole for the start of the A-main event. A preview of things to come, the first red flag flew before the field got out of turn two as the machines of Dennis Spitz, and Rusty Egan made contact with Egan taking a tumble. Both drivers were unscathed but done for the night.
Two laps went in the books with Jac Hudenschild setting the pace over California native and World of Outlaws star Tim Kaeding when the caution flew for Haudenschild’s son, Sheldon, going for a quick spin in turn four.
On the restart Jac Haudenschild opted for the high line while Kaeding hugged the infield tires as the pair dueled for the lead. Balog watched the pair from the third spot while repelling the challenges of Blaney.
The high line was the place to be early on as Balog utilized the momentum to sweep past Kaeding in turn two for the second spot on lap seven. He then began to reel in Haudenschild.
A roar of approval could be head as Balog carried the IRA banner to the front of the field, roaring past Haudenschild down the front stretch on lap nine. Balog had little time to enjoy the lead as the caution flew a second time when Bill Rose spun on the next circuit bunching the field.
The next restart resulted in a multi-car shunt in turn three.
Mike Reinke who had been doing battle for a top five position did a quick flip, landing back on his wheels. The incident also collected rookie of the year contender Ben Schmidt who had been doing battle for the position with Reinke. Remarkably both drivers were able to continue from the tail of the pack after some quick repairs in the work area.
Balog was back to fending off the challenges of Blaney as action resumed. The pair were slowed by a quick caution when Blake Nimee spun in turn two, and after another brief green flag run the pace was halted by the third red flag of the contest. 15 laps were in the books when turn number three claimed a couple more cars. This time, Scotty Neitzel found himself upside down with Jim Moughan also involved in the incident. Neitzel emerged from his upside down machine unhurt but done for the night.
The next green flag stretch saw Balog again set the pace, opting again for the high line. Blaney on the other hand began to work the bottom groove, a decision that would prove fruitful as he worked under Balog on lap 17 grabbing the lead position. Balog continued to try and fight back on the highside but it became apparent that the line was not going to provide the speed to catch Blaney.
Lap 23, slowed the contest with a spin by rookie of the year contender Scotty Thiel in turn four. On the restart Jeremy Schultz encountered mechanical ills and the amber light was on one last time.
There would be no other cautions for the final run to the checker, though a pair of 360 spins among the front running cars kept fans on the edge of their seats. First Kaeding did a complete 360, and continued losing several spots in the process. Moments later Haudenschild performed a similar maneuver, which temporarily cost him the third spot as Sexton claimed the position.
Blaney was able to distance himself from Balog over the final circuits and reached the finish line nearly a straightway ahead of Balog. On the final lap Haudenschild caught Sexton and executed an amazing pass to reach the podium.
Sexton had to settle for the fourth spot. Todd Daun had quietly and patiently worked through the field the entire contest. He had succeeded in advancing the most positions in the race, passing 15 cars to finish in the fifth place.
Reinke turned in an amazing performance as he recorded a remarkable sixth place finish after rebounding from his flip at the mid portion of the contest. Matt Vandervere was seventh right behind Reinke. Kaeding recovered from his late race spin with an eighth place effort. Sheldon Haudenschild earned a ninth place run driving a machine borrowed from Hartnell Motorsports, while Wayne Modjeski avoided the pitfalls which befell many of his fellow competitors and earned the final top ten position.
14 of 24 cars remained on the racing surface at the checkered.
Earlier in the night a star filled 15 lap B-main determined the final starting spots of the 35 lap headliner.
Moughan captured the contest fending off Kelsey for the victory. Rose and Egan were third and fourth respectively making up the final transfer cars. Lance Fassbender with his fifth place finish was the first alternate for the main event.
Four heat races were held this evening with victories being captured by Kaeding, Scott Uttech, Dennis Spitz and Balog.
The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints conclude their double header weekend, traveling to the historical Angell Park Speedway. It has been 29 years since the last appearance of the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw sprints, at Angell Park Speedway located in Sun Prairie, WI. The third mile clay oval is hallowed ground to open-wheeled fans as the track had long been the home to the longest running weekly midget program in the history of the sport.
Fans attending the show at Angell Park Speedway will also witness Badger National Midgets, Badger Micros, and Wisconsin Legends. Front gates open at 4:30pm, Hot Laps at 6:00pm, Racing following Hot Laps.
General Admission is $20 for adults; and $15 for students ages 12 through 18. Children ages 11 and under are admitted FREE.
To reach the track, take the Highway 19 exit East off of Highway 151. Head through the town of Sun Prairie. On the east side of town take County Trunk N (Grove Street) south one block to Miller Drive. Turn onto Miller Drive and you will see the raceway.
Additional information can be found at www.angellparkspeedway.com
The 2014 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series scheduled season will consist of 30 shows to be held at 15 different area tracks.
IRA proudly moves into 2014 backed by its long time supporting series partners led by title sponsor Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, and associate series partners Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Hoosier Tire, Cedar Creek Motorsports, Cummins Onan, and Carriage Auto Body.
The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints are a featured member of Racetext.net a website dedicated to bringing fans the best possible coverage of local short track racing.
For more information on the IRA Outlaw Sprints check out the tour website at www.irasprints.com or by logging onto the series Facebook page at www.facebook.com/irasprints the series is also on twitter at #IRA_sprints.

IRA Sprint Cars | IRA Interstate Racing Association
Event # 9 – Wilmot Raceway – Wilmot, WI – July 19, 2014
Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts A Feature (35 Laps): 1. 14K-Dale Blaney [3]; 2. 17B-Bill Balog[4]; 3. 9W-Jac Haudenschild[1]; 4. 83-Tommy Sexton[5]; 5. 19-Todd Daun[20]; 6. O2-Mike Reinke[10]; 7. 10V-Matt Vandervere[18]; 8. 59-Tim Kaeding[2]; 9. 48H-Sheldon Haudenschild [16]; 10. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski[19]; 11. 6R-Bill Rose[23]; 12. 35-Ben Schmidt[14]; 13. 64-Scotty Theil[21]; 14. 11K-Rick Kelsey [12]; 15. 79-Blake Nimee[22]; 16. 5J-Jeremy Schultz[13]; 17. 56-Ryan Irwin[6]; 18. 1M-Phillip Mock [15]; 19. 1MM-Jim Moughan[11]; 20. 2W-Scott Neitzel[9]; 21. 65-Jordan Goldesberry[17]; 22. 41-Dennis Spitz[7]; 23. 50-Rusty Egan[24]; 24. 7-Scott Uttech[8]
Hard Charger: 19-Todd Daun[+15]
B-Main – Behling Racing Equipment (15 Laps - Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 1MM-Jim Moughan[1] ; 2. 11K-Rick Kelsey [2] ; 3. 6R-Bill Rose[4] ; 4. 50-Rusty Egan[6] ; 5. 7F-Lance Fassbender[3] ; 6. 53W-Bill Wirth[7] ; 7. 23-Russel Borland[5] ; 8. 94-Brandon Thone[8] ; 9. 4K-Kris Spitz[13] ; 10. 43-Jereme Schroeder[11] ; 11. 68-Dave Uttech[14] ; 12. 5H-Patrick Haynes[9] ; 13. 23D-Trey Datweiler[10] ; 14. 71-Chad Tessman [16] ; 15. 5W-Brian Walters[12] ; 16. 25-Steve Muth[15] ; 17. 16-Don Durham[17] ; 18. 72-Dave Maynard[18]
Dash - Howard Johnson Hotel - Lima, OH (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 6 starting positions of A-feature
1. 9W-Jac Haudenschild[2] ; 2. 59-Tim Kaeding[1] ; 3. 14K-Dale Blaney [4] ; 4. 17B-Bill Balog[6] ; 5. 83-Tommy Sexton[5] ; 6. 56-Ryan Irwin[3]

Weld Racing Products Heat 1 (10 Laps): 1. 59-Tim Kaeding[4] ; 2. 65-Jordan Goldesberry[1] ; 3. 14K-Dale Blaney [6] ; 4. 1M-Phillip Mock [2] ; 5. 2W-Scott Neitzel[3] ; 6. 11K-Rick Kelsey [5] ; 7. 5H-Patrick Haynes[8] ; 8. 4K-Kris Spitz[9] ; 9. 53W-Bill Wirth[7] ; 10. 16-Don Durham[10]
DMI Heat 2 (10 Laps): 1. 7-Scott Uttech[2] ; 2. 83-Tommy Sexton[4] ; 3. 5J-Jeremy Schultz[3] ; 4. 9W-Jac Haudenschild[6] ; 5. 10V-Matt Vandervere[1] ; 6. 7F-Lance Fassbender[5] ; 7. 23D-Trey Datweiler[8] ; 8. 94-Brandon Thone[7] ; 9. 68-Dave Uttech[9] ; 10. 72-Dave Maynard[10]
All-Star Performance Parts Heat 3 (10 Laps): 1. 41-Dennis Spitz[2] ; 2. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski[1] ; 3. 35-Ben Schmidt[3] ; 4. 64-Scotty Theil[7] ; 5. 56-Ryan Irwin[4] ; 6. 6R-Bill Rose[5] ; 7. 1MM-Jim Moughan[6] ; 8. 43-Jereme Schroeder[8] ; 9. 25-Steve Muth[9]
King Racing Products Heat 4 (10 Laps): 1. 17B-Bill Balog[6] ; 2. 19-Todd Daun[1] ; 3. 48H-Sheldon Haudenschild [2] ; 4. O2-Mike Reinke[4] ; 5. 79-Blake Nimee[7] ; 6. 23-Russel Borland[5] ; 7. 50-Rusty Egan[3] ; 8. 5W-Brian Walters[8] ; 9. 71-Chad Tessman [9]
Osborne & Son Qualifying: 1. 14K-Dale Blaney , 13.340; 2. 9W-Jac Haudenschild; 13.408; 3. 1MM-Jim Moughan, 13.434; 4. 17B-Bill Balog, 13.507; 5. 11K-Rick Kelsey , 13.630; 6. 7F-Lance Fassbender, 13.772; 7. 6R-Bill Rose, 13.780; 8. 23-Russel Borland, 13.865; 9. 59-Tim Kaeding, 13.886; 10. 83-Tommy Sexton, 13.888; 11. 56-Ryan Irwin, 13.912; 12. O2-Mike Reinke, 13.915; 13. 2W-Scott Neitzel, 13.949; 14. 5J-Jeremy Schultz, 13.958; 15. 35-Ben Schmidt, 14.030; 16. 50-Rusty Egan, 14.068; 17. 1M-Phillip Mock , 14.071; 18. 7-Scott Uttech, 14.118; 19. 41-Dennis Spitz, 14.179; 20. 48H-Sheldon Haudenschild , 14.190; 21. 65-Jordan Goldesberry, 14.190; 22. 10V-Matt Vandervere, 14.350; 23. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski, 14.357; 24. 19-Todd Daun, 14.476; 25. 53W-Bill Wirth, 14.535; 26. 94-Brandon Thone, 14.581; 27. 64-Scotty Theil, 14.584; 28. 79-Blake Nimee, 14.612; 29. 5H-Patrick Haynes, 14.727; 30. 23D-Trey Datweiler, 14.749; 31. 43-Jereme Schroeder, 14.915; 32. 5W-Brian Walters, 14.921; 33. 4K-Kris Spitz, 14.946; 34. 68-Dave Uttech, 15.110; 35. 25-Steve Muth, 15.517; 36. 71-Chad Tessman , 16.183; 37. 16-Don Durham, 99.998; 38. 72-Dave Maynard, 99.998

 

 

BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA OUTLAW SPRINTS TO DEFEND HOME TURF AND THEN RETURN ANGELL PARK AFTER THREE DECADE ABSENCE ALL IN ONE WEEKEND!

IRA VS All-Stars at Wilmot open historic double header weekend!

July 15, 2014; Appleton, WI. – A pair of highly anticipated shows featuring the 900 horsepower machines of the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints will be showcased at a pair of venues this weekend.

First up is the third-annual showdown of the IRA vs. All-Stars event to be held at Wilmot Raceway on Saturday night July 19th. Located at the Kenosha County Fairgrounds, the Wilmot Raceway is hallowed ground for sprint car racing in Wisconsin. The birthplace of the IRA sprints, the third-mile clay oval will be the scene of the open-wheeled battleground where the IRA sprints will take on the visiting UNOH All-Star Circuit of Champions competitors for supremacy.

The past two years, Dale Blaney of Fowler, Ohio has represented the All-Stars by claiming top honors in the showdown. The multi-time All-Stars champion has enjoyed great success at the third-mile clay oval with the victories adding to his total atop that series win list where he has collected over 100 wins. Blaney heads into the Wilmot contest as the All-Stars current point leader as he attempts to earn his fifth national championship. Joining Blaney will be his fellow Buckeye state racer's, the father & son duo of 'The Wild Child" Jac Haudenschild and his son Sheldon.

While the IRA Sprints have been locked out of the win column in their meetings with the All-Stars, IRA regulars did capture 7 of the top 10 spots in last seasons showdown, led the way by six-time and defending champion Bill Balog. Balog, who has won an amazing five straight IRA victories, needs to overcome not only the best of the IRA but the All-Stars as well, if he is to establish a modern era win streak record of six straight victories this weekend. You can also count on "Mr. Excitement" Tommy Sexton, past IRA champion Scotty Neizel, defending Wilmot champ Jeremy Schultz, former WoO regular and current IRA points runner-up Bill Rose, and a talented cast of many, many more, trying to claim the “W” under the IRA banner.

The Saturday night show will also feature the rescheduled Salute to the Founders of IRA, honoring Ray Toft, Whitey Harris and the late Junior Dodd, who originally organized and began the IRA back in March of 1968. They will be the highlight of the evening’s pre-race festivities. Special feature trophies sponsored by the Southeastern Wisconsin Short Track Racing Hall of Fame honoring the founders will be presented.

The Wilmot Raceway event held on Saturday night July 20th, will also see Modifieds, mini-sprints and 4 cylinder cars participating in the program. Adult admission is just $20.

The grandstand gates will open at 5:00pm with the racing action set to get underway at 6:45pm.

The Kenosha County Fairgrounds where the track resides is located just north of the intersection of county roads C and W in Wilmot, WI. Wilmot, Wisconsin is located just 8 miles west of I-94 taking county highway C which is exit 345.

For those seeking additional information please check out the track website at www.wilmotraceway.com or call the track on race day at 262-862-2090.

After the amazing show at Wilmot, the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints will trek west one hour to the famed Angell Park Speedway for a show on Sunday night, July 20th.

It has been 29 years since the last appearance of the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw sprints, at Angell Park Speedway located in Sun Prairie, WI. The third mile clay oval is hallowed ground to open-wheeled fans as the track had long been the home to the longest running weekly midget program in the history of the sport.

During the 1985 season the 410 Sprints appeared on three occasions, running a total of four feature events, as the final race held on August 7, 1985 would showcase a twin feature format. Four drivers that season had opportunity to visit victory lane with wins claimed by Dave Hanna, Rick Lemanski, Darrell Dodd and Joe Fote.

In addition to his A-main win in the first feature on that final race day, Dodd collected two of the three fast qualifying efforts, establishing the all-time track record of 13.742 seconds. The record should easily fall this coming Sunday evening.

Fans attending the show at Angell Park Speedway will also witness Badger National Midgets, Badger Micros, and Wisconsin Legends. Front gates open at 4:30pm, Hot Laps at 6:00pm, Racing following Hot Laps.

General Admission is $20 for adults; and $15 for students ages 12 through 18. Children ages 11 and under are admitted FREE.

To reach the track, take the Highway 19 exit East off of Highway 151. Head through the town of Sun Prairie. On the east side of town take County Trunk N (Grove Street) south one block to Miller Drive. Turn onto Miller Drive and you will see the raceway.

Additional information can be found at www.angellparkspeedway.com

The 2014 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series scheduled season will consist of 30 shows to be held at 15 different area tracks.

IRA proudly moves continues it’s 2014 season backed by its long time supporting series partners led by title sponsor Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, and associate series partners Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Hoosier Tire, Cedar Creek Motorsports, Cummins Onan, and Carriage Auto Body.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints are a featured member of Racetext.net a website dedicated to bringing fans the best possible coverage of local short track racing.

For more information on the IRA Outlaw Sprints check out the tour website at www.irasprints.com or by logging onto the series Facebook page at www.facebook.com/irasprints the series is also on twitter at #IRA_sprints.

 

 

 

THE STREAK STAYS ALIVE AT FIVE! BALOG CAPTURES RICK SCHMIDT MEMORIAL AT THE DODGE COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS!

TRAVIS WHITNEY OVERCOME MECHANICAL ILLS TO GAB SECOND AT THE HORSE-POWER HALF-MILE!

July 11, 2014; Beaver Dam, WI. – After an extended break in the 2014 schedule for the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints it was time to get back at it. Heading into the break six-time and defending IRA champ Bill Balog had collected four straight A-main victories.

Tonight that streak was extended to five as Balog showcased amazing skills in lapped traffic to overtake Travis Whitney at the halfway point of the contest. Once out front Balog navigated the chicane of lapped cars in a fashion, which kept Whitney looking at Balog’s tail-tank for the remainder of the contest. When the checker flag fell it was Balog standing in victory lane, while Whitney had to settle for runner-up honors, almost a straightaway behind. The final podium spot went to Steve Meyer who his having a successful 25th season in racing.

Balog’s continued his trend of recent domination of the half-mile fairgrounds track. It marked the second straight year that Balog had captured the 23-lap A-main event held in honor of Rick Schmidt. Last season, Balog not only won the A-main, but he scored a clean sweep, and established a new track record as well. This year Whitney prevented Balog’s sweep by establishing the fastest time in qualifying. More impressively Whitney set the fastest time of the 27 cars at hand in just a single qualifying laps as he came to a halt on his second lap with mechanical difficulties.

Mechanical attrition also came in the form of blown engines for Blake Nimee, Robbie Pribnow, and visiting Knoxville Raceway driver Ryan Bunton. This reduced the field to 24 starters for the A-main contest.

Polesitter Jordan Goldesberry made the long trip up from Springfield, Illinois payoff, by jumping into the lead ahead of fellow front row starter Wayne Modjeski. Modjeski quickly fell back into the field.

Local favorite Scotty Neitzel powered into the second spot after the opening lap, with Whitney making his was to fourth from his sixth place starting spot by the completion of first orbit of the half-mile clay oval.

The only slowdown of the contest occurred on the next circuit when a cone got knocked onto the racing surface in turn two.

When the green flag returned Neitzel sailed past Goldesberry for the top spot, but it was Whitney who caught the fans attention, as he faulted from fourth to second on the restart. Before the lap was complete Whitney was able to work around Neitzel for the lead.

Once out front Whitney steadily pulled away from the field. Further back Balog was also on the move. He caught Goldesberry for third on lap three, and then ran down Neitzel. Balog stalked Neitzel for several circuits before making his move to the runner-up spot in lapped traffic on lap eight.

Out front, Whitney had extended his lead to over a straightaway, and he quickly began to put cars a lap down. By the halfway point of the contest Whitney had placed over half the field a lap behind.

It was lapped machines however which began to slow Whitney’s pace. On lap 14 he was temporarily trapped behind a pair of cars, and Balog sliced the commanding lead in half in a single lap. By the next circuit, Balog had closed within six car lengths often splitting the gap between lapped cars going three wide up the middle.

It was Balog’s prowess in lapped traffic, which placed him within striking distance of Whitney on lap 15. Balog made a decisive move to the bottom of the track in turn three, sliding past Whitney for the lead position before lap 16 began.

Once out front Balog maintained a pace which allowed him to steadily pull away from Whitney for the duration of the contest. Balog’s pace was so frantic that he had lapped all but the top seven machines by the time he roared under the checker.

Whitney had to settle for runner-up honors, a noteworthy effort, as earlier in the program in qualifying his car had lost power. The crew diagnosed the problem and a solid second place showing was proof that the mechanical ills were solved.

Meyer managed scrambled to the final podium spot having reached the third position with just three laps to go in the event. He went wheel to wheel with Neitzel for the position before securing the position. Neitzel held onto fourth followed by Goldesberry who completed the top five runners.

The sixth spot showcased a remarkable effort by Todd Hepfner who wheeled a car owned by Brandon Thone this evening. Hepfner had flipped the car in qualifying but his crew was able to fix the car in time for the heat race. Hepfner then started the A-main in the 18th spot, but with an aggressive drive he was able to stay on the lead lap, and race up to the sixth position by the checker.

Rookie Scotty Thiel was the final car on the lead lap in the seventh position. Jeremy Schultz, Tommy Sexton and Scott Biertzer completed the top ten.

In earlier action three heat races were held with victories going to Rose, Biertzer and Balog.

Whitney’s time of 16,690 seconds was the fastest of the evening eclipsing the time of 16.860 seconds set by Balog which was the second fastest of the evening. Neitzel was the third quickest of the evening’s qualifiers with a lap of 17.050 seconds.

The series now packs up, and heads north to Rice Lake, Wisconsin. The 900 horsepower sprint cars will take to the high-banked third-mile clay oval for the lone appearance of the IRA Sprints this season at Rice Lake Speedway.

The show, held on Saturday night July 12th, will also host the tracks own Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks and Pure Stocks in addition to the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints.

The Rice Lake Speedway is located one mile north of Rice Lake Wisconsin midway between state highway 48 and Barron County SS. The track phone number is 715-236-2002 and more information can be obtained from co-owner Dave Adams at 715-205-2861. The speedway website provides more information at www.ricelakespeedway.net

Over two dozen teams are expected to venture to both of the upcoming events.

The 2014 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series scheduled season will consist of 30 shows to be held at 15 different area tracks.

IRA proudly moves into 2014 backed by its long time supporting series partners led by title sponsor Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, and associate series partners Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Hoosier Tire, Cedar Creek Motorsports, Cummins Onan, and Carriage Auto Body.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints are a featured member of Racetext.net a website dedicated to bringing fans the best possible coverage of local short track racing.

For more information on the IRA Outlaw Sprints check out the tour website at www.irasprints.com or by logging onto the series Facebook page at www.facebook.com/irasprints the series is also on twitter at #IRA_sprints.

IRA Sprint Cars | IRA Interstate Racing Association

Event # 8 – Dodge County Fairgrounds – Beaver Dam, WI – July 12, 2014

Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts A Feature (23 Laps ): 1. 17B-Bill Balog[5]; 2. 16-Travis Whitney[6]; 3. 85M-Steve Meyer[3]; 4. 2W-Scott Neitzel[4]; 5. 65-Jordan Goldesberry[1]; 6. 94H-Todd Hepfner[18]; 7. 64-Scotty Thiel[10]; 8. 5J-Jeremy Schultz[12]; 9. 83-Tommy Sexton Jr.[20]; 10. 4B-Scott Biertzer[7]; 11. 35-Ben Schmidt[19]; 12. 23-Russell Borland[9]; 13. 6-Bill Rose[8]; 14. 68-Dave Uttech[11]; 15. 95A-Ken Jay Fiedler[14]; 16. 7-Scott Uttech[15]; 17. 94-Brandon Thone[17]; 18. 43-Jereme Schroeder[21]; 19. 41-Dennis Spitz[22]; 20. 73-Dennis Weisner[23]; 21. 71-Chad Tessman[24]; 22. (DNF) 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski[2]; 23. (DNF) 4K-Kris Spitz[16]; 24. (DNF) 7F-Lance Fassbender[13]

Weld Racing Products Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 6-Bill Rose[2]; 2. 68-Dave Uttech[3]; 3. 16-Travis Whitney[6]; 4. 65-Jordan Goldesberry[4]; 5. 85M-Steve Meyer[5]; 6. 94H-Todd Hepfner[8]; 7. 43-Jereme Schroeder[1]; 8. 41-Dennis Spitz[7]; DNS 6R-Ryan Bunton

DMI Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 17B-Bill Balog[4]; 2. 5J-Jeremy Schultz[3]; 3. 64-Scotty Thiel[2]; 4. 7-Scott Uttech[1]; 5. 4K-Kris Spitz[7]; 6. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski[5]; 7. 73-Dennis Weisner[6]; DNS 83-Tommy Sexton Jr.; DNS 79-Blake Nimee

All-Star Performance Parts Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 4B-Scott Biertzer[1]; 2. 2W-Scott Neitzel[6]; 3. 7F-Lance Fassbender[3]; 4. 23-Russell Borland[4]; 5. 94-Brandon Thone[7]; 6. 95A-Ken Jay Fiedler[2]; 7. 35-Ben Schmidt[5]; 8. 71-Chad Tessman[8]; DNS 20R-Rob Pribnow

Osborne & Son Qualifying: 1. 16-Travis Whitney, 16.690[7]; 2. 17B-Bill Balog, 16.860[13]; 3. 2W-Scott Neitzel, 17.050[3]; 4. 85M-Steve Meyer, 17.308[16]; 5. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski, 17.335[14]; 6. 35-Ben Schmidt, 17.443[10]; 7. 65-Jordan Goldesberry, 17.448[15]; 8. 64-Scotty Thiel, 17.482[4]; 9. 23-Russell Borland, 17.520[12]; 10. 68-Dave Uttech, 17.524[9]; 11. 5J-Jeremy Schultz, 17.593[17]; 12. 7F-Lance Fassbender, 17.600[1]; 13. 6-Bill Rose, 17.698[22]; 14. 83-Tommy Sexton Jr., 18.129[24]; 15. 95A-Ken Jay Fiedler, 18.238[27]; 16. 43-Jereme Schroeder, 18.242[6]; 17. 7-Scott Uttech, 18.246[20]; 18. 4B-Scott Biertzer, 18.330[25]; 19. 41-Dennis Spitz, 18.489[11]; 20. 4K-Kris Spitz, 18.522[23]; 21. 94-Brandon Thone, 18.627[26]; 22. 94H-Todd Hepfner, 18.911[19]; 23. 73-Dennis Weisner, 19.215[2]; 24. 71-Chad Tessman, 22.409[18]; 25. 6R-Ryan Bunton, 17.440[5]; DNS 79-Blake Nimee; DNS 20R-Rob Pribnow

 

 

LOOKING AT THE 2014 SEASON BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA OUTLAW SPRINT SERIES - HERE ARE THE HOT TOPICS!

We’re Headed to the Halfway Point of the 2014 Season!

July 10, 2014; Appleton, WI. – The pages on the calendar have been turning, but doesn't it feel like the first green flag of the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint season just fell? Let’s look back at some of the highlights, and well, … low-lights of the season so far.

Item #1 - Weather! Ouch, Mother Nature is not a racing fan. After a brutal winter, one which delayed the start of the 2014 season, ample amounts of rain at the most inopportune times has resulted in the loss of almost half of the shows. When looking at the bigger picture, the number of shows lost so far in 2014 matches the TOTAL of races cancelled during the entire 2012-2013 racing seasons. Let’s hope the back half of the season is more kind to fans wanting the witness the fastest cars on dirt!

Item #2 - Mock! A new face in the win column! Phillip Mock opened the 2014 season with a final turn pass of former World of Outlaw regular, turned IRA campaigner, Bill Rose. Since then Beaver Dam Raceway has been the young chargers personal stomping ground having lead 57 of the 60 laps held in A-main action so far in 2014. He has scored victories in both races held so far at the banked third-mile oval. His consistency has elevated him to third in the current standings and his new found speed has made him a threat to win everywhere the tour has traveled so far.

Item #3 - Outstanding Rookies! For the last several seasons graduates from area 360 sprints have found a home near the front of the pack in Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint action. It started with Robbie Pribnow earning rookie honors a couple years ago. Since then Lance Fassbender, Jeremy Schultz, Scotty Thiel and Ben Schmidt have jumped up to the 410 sprints of the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints and all have had great success in doing so. The new talent coming in has not been intimidated by the extra 200 horsepower of the 410 cubic inch machines, and have run wheel to wheel with the IRA veterans. These new additions have resulted in one of the stoutest fields in IRA competition this current decade.

Item #4 - The long distance haulers! Drivers looking for a challenge have traveled a long ways to be a part of the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints. No stranger to travel, veteran racer Bill Rose has been making the trip from Plainfield, Indiana for every IRA event so far this season. His efforts have been paying off, with three podium finishes, one of which was a near victory, has resulted in Rose being a title contender. The former World of Outlaws tour regular has become a fan favorite with his relaxed and friendly attitude and a win is surely somewhere around the corner. The same can be said for Springfield, Illinois native Jordan Goldesberry. Though not able to make every race, Goldesberry is another “long haul” racer on the tour this season and his effort continue to impress. He has already notched a pair of podium finishes and has proven he’s got the speed to earn his first A-main.

Item #5 - Decker’s Recovery Continues! In sprint car racing, it’s about knowing it’s more of when, than if, a wild tumble takes place. With the strength and engineering of a modern sprint car, the drivers almost always emerge unscathed. IRA series regular Michael Decker tested the engineering of a modern sprint car to its limit in a wild tumble at Wilmot Raceway just over a month ago. Fans and officials were both pleased to find Decker awake and alert at the end of what many consider one of the most violent crashes in the series this past decade. Decker is currently on the mend and many are hopeful we’ll see him get back behind the wheel at some point in the future.

Item #6 – Engine Woes! When 900 horsepower gives up, sometimes it’s in a spectacular fashion obvious to all, other times it’s a little wisp of smoke as the horsepower tickles away. In any case it takes dollars, and time, for a team to get back on track. Mechanical misfortunes under the hood have cut back the schedules of several teams. Most noticeable among these have been Mike Reinke, and Bill Wirth. Reinke has proven time, and again, he’s got the speed, and talent for a breakout season. What he’s not had is luck. Four podium finishes, and a pair of runner-up finishes show that the speed is there, but the mayhem under the hood as presented additional challenges to the Reinke camp so far this season.

Wirth, meanwhile, has his season go awry with a little puff of smoke at 141 Speedway. His engine quietly went away, almost unnoticed. Wirth, who had started every A-main for two straight seasons, saw his streak come to an end when he lacked a replacement engine to connect to the loud pedal at Plymouth in June. Wirth hopes to return to action in the near future.

Item #7 – Balog Overcomes Slow Start! Through the opening shows of the 2014 season, the six-time and defending champion Bill Balog seemed a little off form. Not slow mind you, but he was missing the little extra speed we had witnessed in years past. Whatever “was” missing has been found, and Balog came to life on Memorial Day weekend sweeping events at Wilmot and 141 Speedway. Since then the team has been undefeated in IRA action. He’s looking for his fifth consecutive victory when the season resumes this weekend.

Item #8 – The best is yet to come! The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints still has a great schedule lined up, giving fans a chance to catch the best in Winged Outlaw 410 Sprint racing. The tour will have multiple double and triple header race weekends coming up at tracks ranging from tight quarter-mile bull rings to wide open half-mile high speed ovals. The series will appear at every corner in the state of Wisconsin and dip into northern Illinois giving fans a chance to witness firsthand the major storylines of the season ahead.

The next chapter of the 2014 season begins at the Dodge County Fairgrounds of Friday Night July 11th. Headlined by the 900 horsepower Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints, the main event will be the 15th annual Rick Schmidt Memorial race, a 23 lap A-main event, for the winged 410 Outlaw Sprints. Two classes of modified action are also on the card.

Pit gates will open at 3:00pm with the grandstands opening at 5:00pm. Warm-ups begin at 6:00pm with qualifying for the IRA Sprint cars and racing to follow.

Grandstand admission is $20 for adults. Children, ages 6 through 12, are admitted for just $5. and children ages 5 and under are FREE.

For additional information please see http://www.irasprints.com/ or http://www.dodgecountyfairgrounds.com

The series then packs up and heads north to Rice Lake, Wisconsin. The IRA starts will take to the high-banked third-mile clay oval for the lone appearance of the IRA Sprints this season at Rice Lake Speedway.

The show, held on Saturday night July 12th will also showcase the tracks own Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks and Pure Stocks in addition to the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints.

The Rice Lake Speedway is located one mile north of Rice Lake Wisconsin midway between state highway 48 and Barron County SS. The track phone number is 715-236-2002 and more information can be obtained from co-owner Dave Adams at 715-205-2861. The speedway website provides more information at www.ricelakespeedway.net

Over two dozen teams are expected to venture to both of the upcoming events.

The 2014 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series scheduled season will consist of 30 shows to be held at 15 different area tracks.

IRA proudly moves into 2014 backed by its long time supporting series partners led by title sponsor Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, and associate series partners Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Hoosier Tire, Cedar Creek Motorsports, Cummins Onan, and Carriage Auto Body.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints are a featured member of Racetext.net a website dedicated to bringing fans the best possible coverage of local short track racing.

For more information on the IRA Outlaw Sprints check out the tour website at www.irasprints.com or by logging onto the series Facebook page at www.facebook.com/irasprints the series is also on twitter at #IRA_sprints.

 

 

 

Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints Press Release

 July 7, 2014

BRING YOUR THIRST FOR SPEED! BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA OUTLAW SPRINTS OFFERING UP A TWO’FER THIS COMING WEEKEND!

Dodge County Fairgrounds and Rice Lake Speedway to Host Winged 410 Sprint Action!

July 7, 2014; Beaver Dam, WI. – It’s been a bit of a break for the teams of the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints. Last in series action on June 20th, the tour left a gap in their schedule to allow teams to participate in area World of Outlaw events and to enjoy the Independence Day weekend with friends and family.

Now it’s time to get back at it, as the schedule resumes for one of the nation’s best 410 Outlaw Sprints series.

The revival of the loud pedal begins at the Dodge County Fairgrounds of Friday Night July 12th.

Headlined by the 900 horsepower Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints, the main event will be the 15th annual Rick Schmidt Memorial race, a 23 lap A-main event, for the winged 410 Outlaw Sprints.

Joining the sprint cars will be two classes of Modifieds as area “IMCA type” Modifieds and “IMCA type” Sport Modifieds will be on the card. It’s a triple header night of action that fans won’t want to miss as the “Horsepower Half-mile” once again reverberates with the roar of racing engines.

The headline contest for the sprint cars is held in honor of Rick Schmidt, a renowned driver, and crew chief. He was instrumental in helping make the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints a true touring series. After he passed away in 1999, an annual event was established at the Dodge County Fairgrounds in his honor, and the A-main is always contested 23 laps in remembrance of his car number. The winner this season receives a check for $2,300

Local driver Scotty Neitzel has seen great success in the memorial event over the years with multiple victories in the Schmidt memorial race held on the “Horsepower Half-mile”. Drivers will be reaching speeds in excess of 130mph making it one of the fastest tracks on the circuit.

Last year Bill Balog scored a clean sweep and established a track record when he blazed around the oval in 16.211 seconds. Balog heads into this year’s show with four consecutive wins on the tour.

Pit gates will open at 3:00pm with the grandstands opening at 5:00pm. Warm-ups begin at 6:00pm with qualifying for the IRA Sprint cars and racing to follow.

Grandstand admission is $20 for adults. Children, ages 6 through 12, are admitted for just $5. and children ages 5 and under are FREE.

For additional information please see http://www.irasprints.com/ or http://www.dodgecountyfairgrounds.com

The series then packs up and heads north to Rice Lake, Wisconsin. The IRA starts will take to the high-banked third-mile clay oval for the lone appearance of the IRA Sprints this season at Rice Lake Speedway.

The show, held on Saturday night July 12th will also showcase the tracks own Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks and Pure Stocks in addition to the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints.

In 2012, the stars of the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints would ran their 30 lap main event from green to checker in just under seven minutes, with 20 of the 21 starters still on the racing surface at the conclusion of the contest with Bill Balog standing in victory lane.

Last season Balog edged out former two-time champion Travis Whitney for top honors.

The pits will open at 4:00 p.m. with the spectator gates being opened at 5:00 p.m. Sprint Car qualifying is slated for 6:30 p.m. with racing to follow.

The Rice Lake Speedway is located one mile north of Rice Lake Wisconsin midway between state highway 48 and Barron County SS. The track phone number is 715-236-2002 and more information can be obtained from co-owner Dave Adams at 715-205-2861. The speedway website provides more information at www.ricelakespeedway.net

Over two dozen teams are expected to venture to both of the upcoming events.

The 2014 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series scheduled season will consist of 30 shows to be held at 15 different area tracks.

IRA proudly moves into 2014 backed by its long time supporting series partners led by title sponsor Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, and associate series partners Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Hoosier Tire, Cedar Creek Motorsports, Cummins Onan, and Carriage Auto Body.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints are a featured member of Racetext.net a website dedicated to bringing fans the best possible coverage of local short track racing.

For more information on the IRA Outlaw Sprints check out the tour website at www.irasprints.com or by logging onto the series Facebook page at www.facebook.com/irasprints the series is also on twitter at #IRA_sprints.

 

 

BALOG ‘FOUR’TUNATE IN HIS EFFORTS TO EXTEND STREAK. TAKES BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA SPRINT VICTORY AT OSHKOSH

‘Brakeless’ Ben Schmidt Equals Career Best Second Place Finish.

June 21, 2014; Oshkosh, WI. – Oshkosh Speedzone has been known for two things when the Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprints have come to town. Extremely high speeds, and weather related challenges. This time those challenges were overcome with great success and a solid crowd turned out to witness the action.

After significant rain fell in the early morning hours Friday, officials of Oshkosh Speedzone rolled the dice on their plans, and decided to get to work in effort to prepare the racing surface for the evening’s race program. It would prove successful, and drivers were presented one of the tackiest tracks in recent history of the Speedzone. They raced on a surface which allowed full use of all 900 horsepower meeting the ground and the speeds responded accordingly. It was one fast track!

After 30 laps of furious action, it was six-time and defending champion Bill Balog, having the good fortune to avoid mechanical pitfalls of some of his toughest rivals, and wheel his #17b Buesser Concrete machine to its fourth straight IRA victory. Balog will now be attempting to reach win number five tomorrow night at Wilmot Raceway. A victory at Wilmot would allow Balog to tie his personal best win streak at five, an achievement he’s obtained twice in his career.

To top this evening’s action the key was twofold. Run down a hard charging rookie competitor Ben Schmidt, and find the fastest was through lapped traffic. Balog was able to check both off his list. Schmidt clearly was the man to beat for the first two-third of the contest but as the race drew towards its conclusion, it became apparent that Schmidt began to lose some speed. It was found after the contest that he had lost a significant amount to braking ability. This occurred at a time when Balog was making is trademark late race charge, and on lap 22 Balog sailed to the lead. He would prove unstoppable the final eight circuits. Victory achieved.

Balog was visibly exhausted after the contest. “I had to work for that one, it was wide open 100%. It was fast, it was intense, it was fun!”, exclaimed Balog from victory lane. “There were a couple close calls but it was a good race by everyone. When asked about his thoughts on five win in a row Balog quipped, “We’re just taking it one step at a time”.

Schmidt was also pleased with his outcome. “I have to thank Mike and Craig Urner (Schmidt’s car owners) and the crew. We weren’t short on horsepower and it was a wide open track but we lost brakes about halfway though and I couldn’t run the bottom like I had been. I knew Balog would be coming and he passed me. I’m happy with second, it’s my best finish so far!”, noted Schmidt

With a fog and light mist descending on the speedway, the A-main scheduled for 30 laps was quickly pushed off. However, the first laps proved to be especially stubborn to complete.

Schmidt, who had started on the pole, got the jump on fellow front row starter Dave Uttech to take the initial lead before Dennis Spitz came to a halt coming off turn four.

On the next restart 2013 Rookie of the Year, Jeremy Schultz avoided disaster with a bit of luck. Schultz began to tumble, and his car stood up on end while spinning, narrowly avoiding a roll over. He quickly was pushed off to the pits, but the damage was too significant to repair in time to rejoin the chase.

At the same time Phillip Mock, who had earned two victories so far this season, and who had been Balog’s chief rival in the point chase dropped from the event with mechanical ills.

Once the green flag waved again the event continue without interruption.

Schmidt shot back to the lead on the start, going flat out on the third-mile oval, and pulling away from his challengers.

Mike Reinke worked past Uttech for the second spot by lap two, and set out after Schmidt, leaving Uttech to battle with Balog for the third spot.

On lap four 2014 rookie contender, Scotty Thiel, pulled into the infield after doing battle for the fifth position.

Schmidt’s pace was impressive extending his lead on each passing lap. His pace allowed him to catch the tail of the field by the sixth lap and frantic lapping would begin to take pace with Schmidt often going three wide to maintain his pace.

Reinke followed Schmidt’s moves 10 car lengths behind, as Balog charged past Uttech for the third spot by lap 7.

Schmidt’s lead was extended further when Reinke and Balog began to tussle for the runner-up position as the race past the halfway point. The battle drew the attention of the fans as the two veteran racers started swapping the spot.

The race past the halfway point but Schmidt’s line around the track began to change. His pace was not quite up to the speeds he had been posting the first half of the contest as his brake issues began to come into play.

On lap 20 Balog dove to the bottom of turn two and powered past Reinke. He then quickly reeled in Schmidt as Schmidt’s lead evaporated.

Balog managed to move alongside Schmidt on lap 22 and after a brief battle he was able to take over the top spot. From that point on Balog began to check out on the field.

Behind Schmidt, Reinke had his hands full as Steve Meyer worked his way into contention. In the last appearance of the Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprints at Oshkosh, Meyer had finished runner-up to Craig Dollansky. Meyer, notable for his late race charges, rocketed past Reinke for third on lap 24.

Over the remaining distance Balog put on a clinic passing lapped cars while extending his lead taking the win comfortably. Schmidt was able to maintain second by a couple car lengths over Meyer. Meyer’s third place effort gave him the distinction of being the only driver with two podium finishes at Oshkosh this season.

Reinke held solidly to fourth, followed by Uttech, who posted a strong showing with his first top five effort of the season.

Bill Rose, with his sixth place run, moved back into the runner-up position in the point chase. He was also the final driver on the lead lap due to the amazing pace of the race leaders.

Scotty Neitzel claimed seventh followed by Wayne Modjeski, Russel Borland and Kris Spitz who comprised the top ten finishers.

16 of the 23 starters were still on the track at the finish.

In earlier action. Heat race victories went to Thiel, Lance Fassbender and Dennis Spitz. Ironically, none of the heat race winners were able to finish the A-main event due to various mechanical difficulties.

The night started off with Balog topping the 23 drivers in attendance this evening setting a lap of 12.521 seconds. Mock was second quick with a 12.719 second effort and Reinke was third with a lap of 12.810 seconds on the third-mile oval.

Overnight the teams headed south to Wilmot Raceway which will host the “1st Annual Interstate Racing Association(IRA) Founders Night” on Saturday, June 21 featuring the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Car Series.

So far this season the Winged 410 sprints have appeared twice at the track. Balog captured the sanctioned event over the Memorial Day weekend, while Tommy Sexton, the 2012 champion at Wilmot Raceway, captured the only non-sanctioned race held there this year. Sexton along with local favorite Brian Kristan will be on hand to challenge the best of the IRA regulars.

Joining the traveling sprint car warriors as they return to their original home track and the birthplace of sprint car racing in Wisconsin are the modifieds, Wisconsin-Illinois Mini-Sprints plus the street stocks. Grandstands open at 5 p.m. with racing scheduled for 7 p.m.

The 2014 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series scheduled season will consist of 30 shows to be held at 15 different area tracks.

IRA proudly moves into 2014 backed by its long time supporting series partners led by title sponsor Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, and associate series partners Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Hoosier Tire, Cedar Creek Motorsports, Cummins Onan, and Carriage Auto Body.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints are a featured member of Racetext.net a website dedicated to bringing fans the best possible coverage of local short track racing.

For more information on the IRA Outlaw Sprints check out the tour website at www.irasprints.com or by logging onto the series Facebook page at www.facebook.com/irasprints the series is also on twitter at #IRA_sprints.

IRA Sprint Cars | IRA Interstate Racing Association

Event # 7 – Oshkosh Speedzone – Oshkosh, WI – June 20, 2014

Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts A Feature (30 Laps): 1. 17B-Bill Balog[6]; 2. 35-Ben Schmidt[1]; 3. 85M-Steve Meyer[3]; 4. 02-Mike Reinke[4]; 5. 68-Dave Uttech[2]; 6. 6-Bill Rose[12]; 7. 2W-Scott Neitzel[16]; 8. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski[21]; 9. 23-Russell Borland[9]; 10. 4K-Kris Spitz[14]; 11. 94-Brandon Thone[19]; 12. 43-Jereme Schroeder[20]; 13. 7-Scott Uttech[15]; 14. 41-Dennis Spitz[7]; 15. 9A-Andy Hunt[22]; 16. 79-Blake Nimee[17]; 17. (DNF) 64-Scotty Thiel[8]; 18. (DNF) 7F-Lance Fassbender[10]; 19. (DNF) 4B-Scott Biertzer[13]; 20. (DNF) 5-Bryon Walters[23]; 21. (DNF) 95A-Ken Jay Fiedler[18]; 22. (DNF) 1M-Phillip Mock[5]; 23. (DNF) 5J-Jeremy Schultz[11]

Weld Racing Heat 1 (10 Laps): 1. 64-Scotty Thiel[2]; 2. 5J-Jeremy Schultz[3]; 3. 17B-Bill Balog[6]; 4. 7-Scott Uttech[1]; 5. 85M-Steve Meyer[5]; 6. 94-Brandon Thone[7]; 7. 79-Blake Nimee[4]; 8. 9A-Andy Hunt[8]

Diversified Machine Inc. Heat 2 (10 Laps): 1. 7F-Lance Fassbender[1]; 2. 35-Ben Schmidt[4]; 3. 6-Bill Rose[3]; 4. 1M-Phillip Mock[6]; 5. 4K-Kris Spitz[2]; 6. 43-Jereme Schroeder[7]; 7. 2W-Scott Neitzel[5]; 8. 5-Bryon Walters[8]

King Racing Products Heat 3 (10 Laps): 1. 41-Dennis Spitz[1]; 2. 23-Russell Borland[4]; 3. 02-Mike Reinke[6]; 4. 68-Dave Uttech[5]; 5. 4B-Scott Biertzer[3]; 6. 95A-Ken Jay Fiedler[2]; 7. (DNF) 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski[7]

Osborn & Son Qualifying: 1. 17B-Bill Balog, 12.521[15]; 2. 1M-Phillip Mock, 12.719[9]; 3. 02-Mike Reinke, 12.810[18]; 4. 85M-Steve Meyer, 12.885[19]; 5. 2W-Scott Neitzel, 12.929[21]; 6. 68-Dave Uttech, 13.017[2]; 7. 79-Blake Nimee, 3.046[11]; 8. 35-Ben Schmidt, 13.077[14]; 9. 23-Russell Borland, 13.128[22]; 10. 5J-Jeremy Schultz, 13.167[4]; 11. 6-Bill Rose, 13.228[16]; 12. 4B-Scott Biertzer, 13.270[1]; 13. 64-Scotty Thiel, 13.279[23]; 14. 4K-Kris Spitz, 13.390[10]; 15. 95A-Ken Jay Fiedler, 13.395[13]; 16. 7-Scott Uttech, 13.504[3]; 17. 7F-Lance Fassbender, 13.569[20]; 18. 41-Dennis Spitz, 13.649[5]; 19. 94-Brandon Thone, 13.688[17]; 20. 43-Jereme Schroeder, 13.693[6]; 21. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski, 13.828[8]; DNS 9A-Andy Hunt; DNS 5-Bryon Walters

 

 

 

LET’S DOUBLE UP ONE MORE TIME BEFORE THE BREAK!

Oshkosh Speedzone and Wilmot Raceway Host Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprint Events This Weekend!

June 17, 2014; Appleton, WI. – The third double-header weekend of the 2014 racing season is planned for the upcoming weekend. The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints will be slinging clay as both Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway and Wilmot Raceway.

Oshkosh Speedzone will play host to the series on Friday night June 20th, with the Wilmot Raceway show taking center stage on Saturday night June 21st. The series then takes a break until mid-July.

Heading into the upcoming shows Bill Balog continues his charge toward a seventh consecutive series title. So far in 2014 he has collected three victories, all of which are part of his current win streak dating back to Memorial Day weekend. Since that time he has been undefeated.

Balog’s chief rival so far in 2014 has been Phillip Mock who has collected two victories, and he turned in a second place showing this past week, chasing Balog to the checkered at Plymouth Dirt Track.

Not surprisingly the duo sit atop the standings, Balog leading the way with 987 points, while Mock is showing 882 points for his efforts. Bill Rose, who has been making long hauls from Indiana sits third in the standings with 873 markers. Ironically, it was a last turn pass by Mock for the win in the season opener at Beaver Dam, which has put him ahead of Rose in the season standings.

All three will continue their battle when the series stops at The Speedzone on Friday night. In the last appearance former World of Outlaws hot shoe Craig Dollansky made his way to victory lane becoming the only driver this season to have stolen a win from Balog and Mock.

Several other drivers have been close to breaking into the win column. Mike Reinke has scored a pair of runner-up performances this season, while Rose, Jordan Goldesberry and Steve Meyer have also earned second place performances. These drivers are expected to appear at Oshkosh this Friday evening, in effort to keep Balog from earning his fourth straight victory. Should he overcome his rivals at Oshkosh and win, it will be the sixth time in his career he has notched four straight wins.

The Oshkosh Speedzone show will see IMCA Modifieds, Sport Mods and Stock Cars joining the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints. On Friday evening the pits will open at 4:00pm and the grandstands open at 5:00pm. Qualifying for the IRA Sprints is set to take place at 6:30pm with racing set to get underway at 7:00pm.

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.

Ticket prices are $20.00 for adults while students ages 11-15 are admitted for $10.00. Children ages 10 and under are free..

Fans and drivers can find additional details on the contest by visiting the track website at www.oshkoshspeedzone.net . Oshkosh Speedzone can also be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thespeedzone

Then on Saturday, the series head to it’s birthplace, Wilmot Raceway which will host the “1st Annual Interstate Racing Association(IRA) Founders Night” on Saturday, June 21 featuring the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Car Series.

So far this season the Winged 410 sprints have appeared twice at the track. Balog captured the sanctioned event over the Memorial Day weekend, while Tommy Sexton, the 2012 champion at Wilmot Raceway, captured the only non-sanctioned race held there this year. Sexton along with local favorite Brian Kristan will be on hand to challenge the best of the IRA regulars.

Joining the traveling sprint car warriors as they return to their original home track and the birthplace of sprint car racing in Wisconsin are the modifieds, Wisconsin-Illinois Mini-Sprints plus the street stocks. Grandstands open at 5 p.m. with racing scheduled for 7 p.m.

Special pre-event festivities recognizing the three founders of the IRA, Ray Toft of Trevor, formerly Mayor of Antioch, Illinois; Whitey Harris of St. Germaine, formerly of Lake Villa, Illinois, and the late Junior Dodd of Beach Park.

Adult admission for the program is just $20, with youth tickets for younger fans ages 7 through 11 only $5. Children under the age of six and under are admitted FREE with an adult.

Wilmot Raceway is a one-third mile clay oval located on the Kenosha County Fairgrounds in Wilmot, Wis. For updated information check the trackside web site www.wilmotraceway.com.

The full cast of series regulars including Jeremy Schultz, who won the series 2013 Rookie of the Year honors, will be in attendance. Other stars will include, Lance Fassbender, the father and son team of Kris and Dennis Spitz, cousins Scott and Dave Uttech, Russell Borland, Blake Nimee, Brandon Thone, Jereme Schroeder, Wayne Modjeski and Allen Hafford should appear at both shows.

A field of 30 cars is expected for the events this weekend.

The 2014 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series season will consist of 30 shows to be held at 15 different area tracks.

IRA proudly moves into 2014 backed by its long time supporting series partners led by title sponsor Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, and associate series partners Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Hoosier Tire, Cedar Creek Motorsports, Cummins Onan, and Carriage Auto Body.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints are a featured member of Racetext.net a website dedicated to bringing fans the best possible coverage of local short track racing.

For more information on the IRA Outlaw Sprints check out the tour website at www.irasprints.com or by logging onto the series Facebook page at www.facebook.com/irasprints the series is also on twitter at #IRA_sprints.

 

 

RACING RESUMES! BALOG EXTENDS WIN STREAK IN BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA OUTLAW SPRINTS WITH PLYMOUTH VICTORY

From Deep in the Field Race Long Charge Nets Jordan Goldesberry Podium Finish.

June 14, 2014; Appleton, WI. – Finally, we’re racing! After three consecutive rainouts, the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints were ready to get back into action, and so were the fans who turned out in abundant numbers to watch the series compete on the newly reconfigured Plymouth Short Track held at the Sheboygan County Fair Park in Plymouth, WI.

Looking back just one year, Bill Balog had been locked in a dogfight with racing legend Tony Stewart. IRA’s own six-time champion left nothing on the table in his efforts to capture the A-main, and best one of the sports all time finest drivers. His efforts came up just a car length short, but the showdown surely had shown fans the level of talents the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints bring to the table.

Now forward one year to last evening. On a revamped racing surface, Balog was in prime form seeking out his third straight series victory, and to do so he had to outrun Phillip Mock who is having the best season of his young career. Like Balog, Mock was looking to notch his third win of the year, and a late race caution placed Mock squarely on Balog’s rear nerf bar.

Over the final six laps Balog demonstrated why his six championship titles have been earned, as he left Mock in his wake, scoring the win by eight car lengths. Mock’s third victory of the season will have to wait until another day after crossing the finish line second.

Third place was a battle of long distance travelers as Plainfield Indiana’s Bill Rose and Springfield, Illinois’ native Jordan Goldesberry were locked in a showdown for the final podium spot. In the end it was Goldesberry making his long haul payoff by edging Rose for the position, his second top three effort of the season thus far.

By virtue of a shallow invert, Balog and Mock comprised the front for the start of the 30 lap A-main contest. Mock’s spot on the pole gave him prime view of starter Jim Barr’s green flag, as the field came up to speed. Balog, starting outside of Mock, drove deep into the first two turns, and powered ahead with the lead down the backstretch. It was lead he would never give up, but one which was never entirely secure.

The lead pair of Balog and Mock put some distance on the rest of the field. Behind the pair, third place was hotly contested between young charger Blake Nimee and former, World of Outlaw regular Bill Rose. The battle between youth, and wisdom would see Nimee’s hard charging driving style score one for the youth, at least temporarily, as he worked under Rose for the third spot.

By lap seven the leaders, Balog, and Mock were already encountering lapped traffic with Balog making decisive moves to stretch his lead.

Looking behind the front running duo, the wisdom gained by years of traveling to tracks back and forth across the country, allowed Rose to find a groove to gain momentum, and he soon surpassed the youthful Nimee for the third spot. Chalk one up for wisdom.

Unfortunately for Nimee his shot at a podium finish came to an end a few laps later after clipping a tire in turn two which damaged his front end. He soon parked his ride in the infield and dropped from the chase.

By the halfway point Balog, Mock, Rose, had settled into the top three slot. Behind this group fans were witnessing two other storylines.

One, was the battle between last season’s Rookie of the Year, Jeremy Schultz, and this season’s rookie title contender Ben Schmidt. Both drivers were extremely popular with fans at the Plymouth Dirt Track as both had earned championships in the weekly 360 class before joining the IRA Sprints.

The second focus of attention was Goldesberry who began to rim ride around the outside edge of the track and he began to steadily pick off cars in the process.

Goldesberry dove past cars in rapid succession including both Schultz and Schmidt placing himself in the fourth spot. He then ran down Rose and moments later placed himself into third in the running order, proving he had one of the fastest rides on the track.

By lap 20 Balog saw his gap over Mock slowly shrink and Mock’s pace began to allow him to reel in Balog, closing within six car lengths in heavy lapped traffic.

It was lap 24 that would produce a major change in the contest. The rivalry between Schultz, and Schmidt had progressed to the point where they ran out of racing room and the pair tangled heading for turn one. Schultz became airborne taking a tumble before landing back on his wheels. He emerged from his heavily damaged machine unhurt but obviously done for the evening. Schmidt meanwhile, was able to head to the work area and rejoin the field. Dave Uttech, who had also been doing battle for the fifth spot had received some damage, and also headed to pit lane for some quick service.

With a mere six laps to the finish, and Mock closed in on his tail tank, the pressure was now on Balog to hold on for the win. As action resumed Balog pulled off a near perfect restart, powering away from Mock. Over the final laps Balog had a clear track in front of him and in driving an error free sprint to the finish, he won the event comfortably over Mock. Goldesberry managed to clear the lapped machines that had been between himself and Mock after the final restart, but had to settle for third two car lengths behind Mock’s #1m machine.

Rose held fast to fourth with Steve Meyer quietly working into the fifth spot by the finish.

Scott Uttech had advanced out of the B-main after winning the contest and in workman like fashion advanced to sixth after having started in the 14th spot. Mike Reinke earned a seventh place run just ahead of Brian Kristan. Kristan, the evening’s fastest qualifier established a new mark in setting fast time. The time of 12.137 seconds, now stands as the time to eclipse on the new racing surface. Dave Uttech and Schmidt rebounded from the pit stops on lap 24 to place ninth and tenth respectively. Kris Spitz in eleventh was the final car on the lead lap at the finish.

19 of the 22 starters were still on the track at the checker.

In earlier action. Scott Uttech made a final lap pass on Brian Kristan to steal the victory. Todd Hepfner making his first start of the 2014 season in a car owned by fellow racer Brandon Thone netted third. Scotty Thiel, Lance Fassbender, Jereme Schroeder and Dennis Weisner comprised the top seven and the transfer cars to the main event.

Heat race victories went to Meyer, Schmidt and Dave Uttech.

In addition to Schultz’s flip in the main event three other drivers had the unfortunate experience of getting upside down. In his heat race Ken Jay Fiedler caught some serious air time in turn two coming to rest upside down after the catch fend kept him from leaving the race track. He was shaken but otherwise unhurt in the incident. In the B-main, Dennis Spitz and Allen Hafford became tangled with both drivers executing flips simultaneously. Once again both drivers emerged unhurt from the incident.

To start the night off, Kristan bested the 29 car field in qualifying with his 12.137 second effort. Rose was second quick with a lap of 12.250 followed by Nimee with a 12.268 second trip around the banked third-mile clay oval.

The series now looks to present two shows next weekend starting with a Friday night contest at the Oshkosh Speedzone. The wide sweeping turns of the large third-mile oval allows for plenty of three and four wide racing. That contest will be held on Friday evening June 20th. The following night the series returns to the birthplace of the IRA sprints, Wilmot Raceway, for a show on Saturday night June 21st.

That gives fans two opportunities to catch the best in winged 410 Outlaw Sprint action this coming week.

The 2014 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series scheduled season will consist of 30 shows to be held at 15 different area tracks.

IRA proudly moves into 2014 backed by its long time supporting series partners led by title sponsor Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, and associate series partners Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Hoosier Tire, Cedar Creek Motorsports, Cummins Onan, and Carriage Auto Body.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints are a featured member of Racetext.net a website dedicated to bringing fans the best possible coverage of local short track racing.

For more information on the IRA Outlaw Sprints check out the tour website at www.irasprints.com or by logging onto the series Facebook page at www.facebook.com/irasprints the series is also on twitter at #IRA_sprints.

Event # 5 – Plymouth Dirt Track – Plymouth, WI – June 14, 2014

Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts A Feature (30 Laps): 1. 17B-Bill Balog[2]; 2. 1M-Phillip Mock[1]; 3. 65-Jordan Goldesberry[10]; 4. 6-Bill Rose[4]; 5. 85M-Steve Meyer[7]; 6. 7-Scott Uttech[14]; 7. 02-Mike Reinke[13]; 8. 5K-Brian Kristan[11]; 9. 68-Dave Uttech[5]; 10. 35-Ben Schmidt[6]; 11. 4K-Kris Spitz[15]; 12. 23-Russell Borland[17]; 13. 94H-Todd Hepfner[18]; 14. 7F-Lance Fassbender[20]; 15. 2W-Scott Neitzel[16]; 16. 4B-Scott Biertzer[12]; 17. 64-Scotty Thiel[19]; 18. 43-Jereme Schroeder[21]; 19. 73-Dennis Weisner[22]; 20. (DNF) 5J-Jeremy Schultz[9]; 21. (DNF) 79-Blake Nimee[3]; 22. (DNF) 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski[8]

Behling Racing Products B Feature (15 Laps): 1. 7-Scott Uttech[3]; 2. 5K-Brian Kristan[1]; 3. 94H-Todd Hepfner[5]; 4. 64-Scotty Thiel[6]; 5. 7F-Lance Fassbender[7]; 6. 43-Jereme Schroeder[8]; 7. 73-Dennis Weisner[10]; 8. 5H-Patrick Haynes[4]; 9. 5-Bryon Walters[14]; 10. 94-Brandon Thone[11]; 11. (DNF) 41-Dennis Spitz[9]; 12. (DNF) 38-Allen Hafford[12]; DNS 95A-Ken Jay Fiedler; DNS 25-Steve Muth

Weld Racing Heat 1 (10 Laps): 1. 85M-Steve Meyer[2]; 2. 4K-Kris Spitz[1]; 3. 4B-Scott Biertzer[3]; 4. 17B-Bill Balog[5]; 5. 5J-Jeremy Schultz[4]; 6. 5K-Brian Kristan[6]; 7. 94H-Todd Hepfner[7]; 8. 73-Dennis Weisner[9]; 9. 25-Steve Muth[10]; 10. (DNF) 7F-Lance Fassbender[8]

Diversified Machine Inc. Heat 2 (10 Laps): 1. 35-Ben Schmidt[2]; 2. 02-Mike Reinke[3]; 3. 2W-Scott Neitzel[1]; 4. 6-Bill Rose[6]; 5. 1M-Phillip Mock[5]; 6. 64-Scotty Thiel[7]; 7. 94-Brandon Thone[9]; 8. 43-Jereme Schroeder[8]; 9. 5-Bryon Walters[10]; 10. (DNF) 95A-Ken Jay Fiedler[4]

King Racing Products Heat 3 (10 Laps): 1. 68-Dave Uttech[1]; 2. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski[4]; 3. 65-Jordan Goldesberry[5]; 4. 79-Blake Nimee[6]; 5. 23-Russell Borland[7]; 6. 41-Dennis Spitz[8]; 7. 38-Allen Hafford[9]; 8. 5H-Patrick Haynes[2]; 9. (DNF) 7-Scott Uttech[3]

Osborn & Son Qualifying: 1. 5K-Brian Kristan, 12.137[4]; 2. 6-Bill Rose, 12.250[22]; 3. 79-Blake Nimee, 12.268[8]; 4. 17B-Bill Balog, 12.308[24]; 5. 1M-Phillip Mock, 12.328[17]; 6. 65-Jordan Goldesberry, 12.342[25]; 7. 5J-Jeremy Schultz, 12.356[28]; 8. 95A-Ken Jay Fiedler, 12.369[3]; 9. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski, 12.370[10]; 10. 4B-Scott Biertzer, 12.388[23]; 11. 02-Mike Reinke, 12.393[19]; 12. 7-Scott Uttech, 12.492[15]; 13. 85M-Steve Meyer, 12.521[7]; 14. 35-Ben Schmidt, 12.533[13]; 15. 5H-Patrick Haynes, 12.578[21]; 16. 4K-Kris Spitz, 12.583[9]; 17. 2W-Scott Neitzel, 12.588[27]; 18. 68-Dave Uttech, 12.610[26]; 19. 94H-Todd Hepfner, 12.623[20]; 20. 64-Scotty Thiel, 12.712[6]; 21. 23-Russell Borland, 12.788[2]; 22. 7F-Lance Fassbender, 12.902[12]; 23. 43-Jereme Schroeder, 12.911[5]; 24. 41-Dennis Spitz, 12.932[11]; 25. 73-Dennis Weisner, 12.963[16]; 26. 94-Brandon Thone, 13.077[18]; 27. 38-Allen Hafford, 13.078[14]; 28. 25-Steve Muth, 13.371[1]; 29. 5-Bryon Walters, 13.551[29]

 

 

FOURTH TIME IS THE CHARM? BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA OUTLAW SPRINTS LOOK TO GET BACK INTO ACTION AT PLYMOUTH AFTER THREE STRAIGHT RAINOUTS!

Balog Looks to Continue Win Streak, Goes for Third Straight!

June 10, 2014; Appleton, WI. – To say the recent break in action for the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints is unwanted is an understatement.

After a solid beginning to the year which saw victories posted by Phillip Mock, Bill Balog and Craig Dollansky, on track action the past few weeks has been limited to a few hot lap sessions for the highlight reel as weather has taken center stage. For the first time since 2010 and only the second time in a decade the winged 410 sprints have suffered three consecutive rainouts.

There is a planned end to that streak, as the series roars back into action at the Plymouth Dirt Track. The recently reshaped third-mile clay oval will play host to an all sprint car show this coming Saturday June 14th.

It was just one year ago this when Tony Stewart, and Bill Balog put on a battle at the track, that race will go down as one of the most entertaining events in series history. When the checked flag fell Stewart stood victorious, edging six-time series champ Balog by a car length after the two traded the lead over the final lap.

While that main event may have eluded him, Balog has captured five of the last six contests at the facility. The new racing surface and changes to the layout may be a bit of an equalizer, but Balog heads into the weekend with the point lead and plenty of determination.

Phillip Mock has also been on a roll in 2014. The young charger has dominated the action at Beaver Dam Raceway where he captured his first career A-main win to start the year and then backed up that effort with a second victory in the next appearance by the series at the track. Like Balog, Mock will be going for his third A-main win of 2014.

The list of other drivers hungry for a victory at the Plymouth event is as long as the entry list, but near the top of the heap has to be Mike Reinke.

Reinke has a pair of runner-up finishes, and a third place performance, in the four contests he’s run so far this season. His car has shown the speed it takes to win, it’s now a matter of reaching the checker flag first and that’s simply a matter of time.

The Plymouth Dirt Track has also has to be near the top of Scotty Neitzel’s list of favorite tracks. In the last appearance by the series Neitzel led a fair portion of the contest before having to settle for second behind Balog last September. Neitzel recently went in the history books as the first driver to win a sprint car race on the new surface when he topped the A-main at the local 360 sprint show on the track’s opening night this season.

Veteran racer, Steve Meyer, should also be in the hunt. Meyer, who is celebrating his 25th year in racing, recently finished runner-up to Dollansky at Oshkosh, and he finished third in last September’s contest at Plymouth.

Look for hot rookies Scotty Thiel, and Ben Schmidt to also play a factor in the outcome this coming Saturday night. Both drivers have turned many laps in weekly 360 sprint competition at the track, with Schmidt having a couple championship titles to his name at the raceway. Schmidt’s best career finish in the series was a second during the Sheboygan County Fair race last August while he was testing the waters before joining the IRA series full time. Thiel meanwhile, scored his first career podium finish with the IRA sprints taking third at 141 Speedway, the most recent race held prior to the rainouts.

Indiana native Bill Rose, a former regular on the World of Outlaws tour, continues his title chase with the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints this season, he is looking to improve his second place showing in the season opener at Beaver Dam, and bring home his first career IRA victory.

The full cast of series regulars including Jeremy Schultz, who won the series 2013 Rookie of the Year honors, will be in attendance. Other stars will include, Lance Fassbender, the father and son team of Kris and Dennis Spitz, cousins Scott and Dave Uttech, Russell Borland, Blake Nimee, Brandon Thone, Jereme Schroeder, Wayne Modjeski and Allen Hafford.

A field of 30 cars is expected for the show.

In addition to the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw 410 Sprints, the tracks own 360 Sprints will be on hand giving fans all the sprint car action they can handle.

Located at the Sheboygan County Fairgrounds, in Plymouth, the track will see p it gates open at 3:00pm with the grandstands opening at 4:30pm. Fans are advised to arrive early to get the best possible seating as a full house is expected. Hot laps will begin at 5:30pm followed by qualifying for the IRA Sprints. The first race is scheduled to push off at 7:00pm

Adult admission for the program is just $20, with youth tickets for younger fans ages 6 through 12 only $5. Children under the age of six are admitted FREE with an adult.

For more information on the show you can check the IRA website of the Plymouth Dirt Track site at www.plymouthdtr.com or call 920-893-5751.

The 2014 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series season will consist of 30 shows to be held at 15 different area tracks.

IRA proudly moves into 2014 backed by its long time supporting series partners led by title sponsor Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, and associate series partners Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Hoosier Tire, Cedar Creek Motorsports, Cummins Onan, and Carriage Auto Body.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints are a featured member of Racetext.net a website dedicated to bringing fans the best possible coverage of local short track racing.

For more information on the IRA Outlaw Sprints check out the tour website at www.irasprints.com or by logging onto the series Facebook page at www.facebook.com/irasprints the series is also on twitter at #IRA_sprints.

 

 

WEATHER STREAK TO THREE.. BEAVER DAM SOAKED AS HOT LAPS COMPLETE

Third Straight Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series event fall to rain.

June 7, 2014; Appleton, WI. – After two impressive shows at the Beaver Dam Raceway this season, teams and fans of the Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints headed to the banked third-mile oval to witness the showdown between Phillip Mock and Bull Balog.

Both drivers were looking to extend their recent win streaks to three. For Balog, a victory would have been his third straight, having swept Memorial Day weekend where he was victorious at both Wilmot Raceway and the 141 Speedway.

Mock on the other hand, had been hoping to extend his dominance at Beaver Dam Raceway to three straight wins at the track. He captured top honors at the other two races held at the facility this season in doing so he led an impressive 57 of 60 A-main laps in the process.

One streak however slipped under the radar, even though it was ON the radar. Rain!

Officially weather would extend its streak to three … in a fashion that has disappointed both teams and fans by causing a cancellation for the third straight IRA event. Hot laps had just been completed for the 28 teams checked into the pit area and the racing surface was extremely fast prior to several rounds of downpours forcing the rainout as storms rolled through the area.

For the first time since the 2010 season the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints would lose three consecutive races due to weather related issues. During that year, early June saw a cancellation at Beaver Dam, and then the following double header weekend with events at Oshkosh and Deer Creek, MN also gave way to an overabundance of moisture.

The next appearance at Beaver Dam Raceway will be on August 2nd. Pit passes will be good for that event. Fans requesting refunds can contact the track directly through the Beaver Dam Raceway website at www.wismotorsports.net or by calling the track at (920) 887-1600.

Balog, Mock and the contingent of IRA stars now will head to the Sheboygan County Fairpark for the first race the series has held on the newly revamped Plymouth Dirt Track.

The all open wheeled show will be held on Saturday night June 14th.

Last season’s June event saw Tony Stewart made a special appearance at the track and narrowly edged out Balog for the victory as the pair swapped the lead over the final laps. The show was one of the most memorable in the IRA series 50 year history.

This year, the third-mile, clay oval, was lengthened and banking was added to the turns. Two-time IRA champion Scotty Neitzel was the first ever, sprint car, A-main winner on the new surface, taking a win in a 360 sprint on the track’s opening night this year. The racing surface has proven to extremely racy in its new configuration.

In addition to the Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprints, the tracks own 360 sprints will be also be on hand for the show. Pit gates are set to open at 3:00pm with the grandstands opening at 4:30pm. Fans are advised to arrive early to get the best possible seating as a full house is expected. Hot laps will begin at 5:30pm followed by qualifying for the IRA Sprints. The first race is scheduled to push off at 7:00pm

Adult admission for the program is just $20, with youth tickets for younger fans ages 6 through 12 only $5. Children under the age of six are admitted FREE with an adult.

For more information on the show you can check the IRA website of the Plymouth Dirt Track site at www.plymouthdtr.com or call 920-893-5751.

The 2014 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series scheduled season will consist of 30 shows to be held at 15 different area tracks.

IRA proudly moves into 2014 backed by its long time supporting series partners led by title sponsor Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, and associate series partners Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Hoosier Tire, Cedar Creek Motorsports, Cummins Onan, and Carriage Auto Body.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints are a featured member of Racetext.net a website dedicated to bringing fans the best possible coverage of local short track racing.

For more information on the IRA Outlaw Sprints check out the tour website at www.irasprints.com or by logging onto the series Facebook page at www.facebook.com/irasprints the series is also on twitter at #IRA_sprints.

 

 

WEEKEND WASHOUT FOR BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA OUTLAW SPRINTS

Cedar Lake Soaked as Race Teams Prepare For Action

June 1, 2014; Appleton, WI. – The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints anticipated an exciting weekend of racing with major events at both Cedar Lake Speedway and Angell Park Speedway in Sun Prairie, WI. Unfortunately sometimes in spite of the best planning something can go amiss. That something… was rain, and too much of it.

This weekend, for the first time since May 2011, the series suffered a complete weekend washout.

Teams had gathered Saturday evening at Cedar Lake Speedway when the track was hit by several downpours, the last of which occurred at 6:00pm forcing track officials to throw in the towel and cancel the show in spite of a valiant effort to complete the program. A full field of cars had gathered at the 3/8 mile banked clay oval.

The next currently scheduled event for the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints at the track will be Saturday night September 6th.

A dismal forecast and imminent rain threat also put a damper on the scheduled “1st Annual Norm Nelson Classic” at Angell Park Speedway. The show was to mark the return of the 410 sprints to the third-mile clay oval after an absence of 29 years. The return of 410 sprints to the track will now have to wait until July 20th.

Racing for the series will return next weekend with a trip to Beaver Dam Raceway for a Saturday Night show on June 7th.

The contest will mark the third appearance this season at the track and both prior events have seen tremendous on track action. The both those races have been won by Phillip Mock who seems to have a stranglehold on victory lane at the banked, third-mile clay oval.

Mock edged out former World of Outlaws regular Bill Rose for the victory in the first contest, while he managed to outrun a hard charging Mike Reinke in the second event.

Mock heads into the forthcoming Beaver Dam program second in the current standings behind Bill Balog. Balog, the six-time and defending series champion, swept the most recent weekend of racing claiming wins at Wilmot Raceway and 141 Speedway.

Scotty Thiel, a contender for the Rookie of the Year title this season, heads to the event third in points after scoring his first career podium finish at 141 Speedway last weekend.

Rose has turned in a pair of podium runs seeking to break into the win column. Traveling all the way from Indiana, Rose has made a dedicated effort to the series so far in 2014.

2013 Rookie of the Year, Jeremy Schultz has clawed his way back into the point chase currently sitting in fifth just ahead of two-time title holder Scotty Neitzel.

Mike Reinke was runner-up in his last two appearances and is surely due for an A-main victory. His on track performances have been so strong that he sits seventh in the standings in spite of missing an event.

Other drivers expected to show include Rookie of the Year challenger Ben Schmidt, Lance Fassbender, Russell Borland, Blake Nimee, Jereme Schroeder, Brandon Thone, Wayne Modjeski and Allen Hafford.

Veteran racer Steve Meyer will also be on hand celebrating his 25th year behind the wheel, Meyer has also been extremely close to victory this season having taken a second place finish to Craig Dollansky at Oshkosh.

The IRA racing families will also be back in action at Beaver Dam with cousins Scott and Dave Uttech joining the battle along with the father and son team of Dennis and Kris Spitz.

The June 8th race program will see the pit gates opening at 3:30 pm and the grandstand will open at 4:30 pm. Racing action is set to get underway at 6:30 pm.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints should have nearly 30 of the best 410 sprint drivers in the Midwest on hand. The IRA sprints will be joined by the tracks own Sport Modifieds, Street Stocks, and Legends divisions.

General admission is $20 for adults, with a youth ticket being sold for $10 to fans ages 6 through 11. Children ages 5 and under are admitted FREE with a paid adult.

Event information can be found on the Beaver Dam Raceway website at www.wismotorsports.net or by calling the track at (920) 887-1600. Beaver Dam Raceway is located on Racetrack Road just east of the intersection of Hwy 151 and 33 in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.

The 2014 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series season will consist of 30 shows to be held at 15 different area tracks.

IRA proudly moves into 2014 backed by its long time supporting series partners led by title sponsor Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, and associate series partners Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Hoosier Tire, Cedar Creek Motorsports, Cummins Onan, and Carriage Auto Body.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints are a featured member of Racetext.net a website dedicated to bringing fans the best possible coverage of local short track racing.

For more information on the IRA Outlaw Sprints check out the tour website at www.irasprints.com or by logging onto the series Facebook page at www.facebook.com/irasprints the series is also on twitter at #IRA_sprints.

 

 

BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA OUTLAW SPRINTS PROVIDE A DOUBLE DOSE OF SPRINT CAR ACTION AGAIN THIS WEEKEND

Triple Crown at Cedar Lake Speedway and Norm Nelson Classic at Angell Park Speedway set to host the action!

May 27, 2014; Appleton, WI. – Hot on the heels of the last double-header weekend, the teams of the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints are about to double up the excitement again.

This week, teams will criss-cross the state, bringing the power, and fury of 900 horsepower winged 410 sprints to another pair of venues.

First up is a trip to the renown Cedar Lake Speedway, known for it’s major short track special events, the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints will play their role in the third annual Triple Crown, a shown which is hosted at the track on Saturday night May 31st.

Featuring a stout purse topped by $3,000 to win the Triple Crown program will also present Late Models and Modifieds. This show brings all the best to Cedar Lake Speedway!

Grandstands open at 5:00pm. Racing is set to get underway at 6:00pm. Tickets are $25 for adults; $12 for students age 6-16 and 5 and under are FREE!

Mike Reinke topped the IRA portion of the inaugural Triple Crown event held in 2012 at the banked, three-eights mile, clay oval. Bill Balog captured the event last season over Jim Moughan and two-time IRA champion Travis Whitney. Balog and Whitney are expected to square off again this season along two dozen other drivers seeking a trip to victory lane.

Additional information on Cedar Lake Speedway can be found at www.cedarlakespeedway.com.

To reach the track take Highway 94 West to Highway 63. Travel North on 63 and travel 14 miles to Highway 64. Turn left on 64 (West) and travel approximately 7 miles to Highway 65. Turn right on 65 (North) and travel approx.. 1.5 miles to 210th Ave. Turn left on 210th and travel approx. 4 miles to County Road CC. Turn right on County Road CC (where the Outpost Bar is). Track is 1.5 miles on the right.

Once the show is over at Cedar Lake teams will get a few hours rest then hustle down the road to the historic Angell Park Speedway. Recently revamped to make the track more sprint car friendly the Sunday June 1st program will mark the first appearance for winged 410 sprints in 29 years. The show will be known as the "1st annual Norm Nelson Classic".

The race will honor Norm Nelson who won the first ever midget feature at the track on June 2, 1946. Nelson also won inaugural Interstate Racing Association (IRA) Championship in 1960.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlow Sprints will be part of a four division show which will also include, Zimbrick Chevrolet of Sun Prairie/Mid-State Equipment Badger Midget Racing Series, Badger 600 Micros, and the Wisconsin Dirt Legends.

Grandstands open at 4:30 pm, practice and qualifying beginning at 6:00 pm, with racing to follow. Adults are admitted for $20, while a student ticket is available for $15. Children under the age of 12 are admitted FREE

To reach the track, take the Highway 19 exit East off of Highway 151. Head through the town of Sun Prairie. On the east side of town take County Trunk N (Grove Street) south one block to Miller Drive. Turn onto Miller Drive and you will see the raceway.

Additional information can be found at www.angellparkspeedway.com

Currently Balog and Phillip Mock sit atop the season win list with two victories each. Balog, seeking his seventh series title has the edge in the current standings by 96 markers over Mock and he swept last weekend’s double header taking wins at Wilmot Raceway and 141 Speedway.

Rookie of the Year contender Scotty Thiel sits third in points having just scored his first podium finish in the series, and he sits just ahead of former World of Outlaw Series regular Bill Rose who narrowly missed victory in the season opening show. Last season’s Rookie of the Year Jeremy Schultz rounds out the top five in current points, all of the aforementioned drivers are expected to appear at both shows.

The 2014 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series season will consist of 30 shows to be held at 15 different area tracks.

IRA proudly moves into 2014 backed by its long time supporting series partners led by title sponsor Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, and associate series partners Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Hoosier Tire, Cedar Creek Motorsports, Cummins Onan, and Carriage Auto Body.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints are a featured member of Racetext.net a website dedicated to bringing fans the best possible coverage of local short track racing.

For more information on the IRA Outlaw Sprints check out the tour website at www.irasprints.com or by logging onto the series Facebook page at www.facebook.com/irasprints the series is also on twitter at #IRA_sprints.

 

 

 

HE’S BAAAAACCCKKK! BALOG SWEEPS MEMORIAL WEEKEND BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA OUTLAW SRPINT EVENTS WITH VICTORY AT 141 SPEEDWAY!

Scotty Thiel Collects First Career IRA Podium Finish

May 25, 2014; Francis Creek, WI. – Not the largest track on the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint tour, but surely one of the most exciting, 141 Speedway, played host to the 900 horsepower winged outlaw sprints on Sunday evening. The well groomed racing surface lead to intense battles at the front of the pack that thrilled the large crowd on hand and when the contest was complete it was six-time and defending champion, Bill Balog, standing victorious in victory lane for the second consecutive night.

To collect top honors Balog had to fend off ferocious challenges from the hard charging Mike Reinke. Balog spent the early portions of the contest working his way into the third spot and with a daring move on lap 18 he split both Wayne Modjeski and Scotty Neitzel who were locked in battled for the lead. As a result of the move Balog was able to steal the top spot, vaulting from third to first in one swift stroke.

Reinke rim rode into the second spot several laps later putting on a thrilling display of speed while trying to catch Balog, but ultimately he would have to settle for second. Rookie of the Year contender, Scotty Thiel, showed poise and patience as he methodically picked off positions in a late race charge to score his first career podium finish with the series.

With excellent weather conditions the stands at 141 Speedway were full as the field of 22 starters rolled trackside for the 30 lap A-main event.

A flurry early race cautions flew for the stalled car of Brandon Thone and a quick spin by Russell Borland during the first two circuits. The next try resulted in Lance Fassbender spinning off the racing circuit onto the pit lane exit. All three drivers were able to rejoin the contest.

The first green flag stretch occurred after the next restart with Scotty Neitzel assuming the lead of the contest while Wayne Modjeski, Reinke and Balog gave chase.

Neitzel and Reinke opted to use the high line around the track while Modjeski held fast to the low groove. The group tossed the positions back and forth with Neitzel leading at the line at the conclusion of each lap.

On lap 10 Modjeski got a good run off the bottom and nosed ahead for the lead. Pacing his first A-main laps of the season. The front runners were catching lapped traffic when Scott Biertzer spun toward the infield coming off turn two drawing caution number four.

Modjeski fought off the challenges of both Neitzel and Balog still clinging to the bottom of the track while Neitzel found his speed running high in the turns inches from the wall. On lap 16 Neitzel edged out Modjeski for the top spot but before the lap was complete Balog placed his car on the center of the track and darted between the pair powering ahead down the backstretch.

Modjeski rallied to move back into the second spot dropping Neitzel into the third position. Once out front Balog began to stretch out his lead and he began to weave through lapped traffic with ten laps to go in the contest.

Reinke began to stand on the gas surging forward passing both Neitzel and Modjeski in quick order reaching second with six laps to go in the contest.

Over the final laps Reinke waited for a miscue by Balog to close in the lapped traffic but Balog drove a flawless race to the finish to earn the victory backing up his win last night at Wilmot Raceway. Reinke has now reached the podium in all but one of his appearances this season and has back to back second place runs.

Thiel, who reached the finish line in third, had perhaps the fastest car on the track over the final circuits vaulting from fifth to third during the final five orbits of the banked quarter-mile oval.

Modjeski narrowly missed a podium run with his fourth place effort, his strongest run of the 2014 season. Neitzel had to settle for fifth after leading the early positions of the event.

Fifth through tenth would literally finish in a pack. Mock, a two-time winner on the season so far, was awarded sixth just ahead of 2013 rookie of the year contender, Ben Schmidt. Eighth would go to Jordan Goldesberry while the most recent winner at 141 Speedway, Jeremy Schultz, finish in ninth. Steve Meyer completed the top ten finishers.

In earlier action Bill Rose and Dave Uttech did battle for the victory in the B-main, never separated by more than a car length. In the end Rose would claim the win by a slim margin while Uttech crossed the line second. Meyer, Ken Jay Fiedler, Biertzer, Blake Nimee and Bill Wirth made up the transfer cars.

Heat race victories were claimed by Thiel, Modjeski and Schultz.

Balog posted the quickest qualifying time of the 26 cars on hand turning in a lap of 11.080 seconds just edging Reinke for the honor. Reinke’s lap was clicked off at 11.091 seconds. Mock was third quick on the clock with a lap of 11.169 seconds.

Next weekend the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints will again present a double-header weekend of action. The first stop is a trip to the renowned Cedar Lake Speedway in northern Wisconsin as the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints play their role in the Triple Crown event held on Saturday night May 31st.

The following evening the series packs up and heads south for the “Return of the Roar” event at Angell Park Speedway, as sprint cars will be taking to the third-mile clay oval for the first time in 29 years! Fans simply have to be there for this historical show on Sunday, June 1st.

The 2014 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series season will consist of 30 shows to be held at 15 different area tracks.

IRA proudly moves into 2014 backed by its long time supporting series partners led by title sponsor Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, and associate series partners Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Hoosier Tire, Cedar Creek Motorsports, Cummins Onan, and Carriage Auto Body.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints are a featured member of Racetext.net a website dedicated to bringing fans the best possible coverage of local short track racing.

For more information on the IRA Outlaw Sprints check out the tour website at www.irasprints.com or by logging onto the series Facebook page at www.facebook.com/irasprints the series is also on twitter at #IRA_sprints.

Event # 5 – 141 Speedway – Francis Creek, WI – May 25, 2014

Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts A Feature (30 Laps): 1. 17B-Bill Balog[4]; 2. 02-Mike Reinke[3]; 3. 64-Scotty Thiel[6]; 4. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski[5]; 5. 2W-Scott Neitzel[1]; 6. 1M-Phillip Mock[2]; 7. 35-Ben Schmidt[7]; 8. 65-Jordan Goldesberry[9]; 9. 5J-Jeremy Schultz[10]; 10. 85M-Steve Meyer[18]; 11. 6-Bill Rose[11]; 12. 7-Scott Uttech[8]; 13. 4K-Kris Spitz[15]; 14. 53W-Bill Wirth[22]; 15. 68-Dave Uttech[12]; 16. 79-Blake Nimee[21]; 17. 43-Jereme Schroeder[17]; 18. 23-Russell Borland[16]; 19. 95A-Ken Jay Fiedler[19]; 20. 94-Brandon Thone[14]; 21. (DNF) 7F-Lance Fassbender[13]; 22. (DNF) 4B-Scott Biertzer[20]

Behling Racing Products B Feature (12 Laps): 1. 6-Bill Rose[1]; 2. 68-Dave Uttech[2]; 3. 85M-Steve Meyer[4]; 4. 95A-Ken Jay Fiedler[3]; 5. 4B-Scott Biertzer[6]; 6. 79-Blake Nimee[5]; 7. 53W-Bill Wirth[8]; 8. 38-Allen Hafford[11]; 9. 6K-Kurt Davis[9]; 10. 41-Dennis Spitz[7]; 11. 73-Dennis Weisner[10]

Weld Racing Heat 1 (10 Laps): 1. 64-Scotty Thiel[1]; 2. 94-Brandon Thone[2]; 3. 17B-Bill Balog[6]; 4. 65-Jordan Goldesberry[4]; 5. 35-Ben Schmidt[3]; 6. 6-Bill Rose[5]; 7. 41-Dennis Spitz[8]; 8. 73-Dennis Weisner[9]; 9. (DNF) 85M-Steve Meyer[7]

Diversified Machine Inc. Heat 2 (10 Laps): 1. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski[1]; 2. 02-Mike Reinke[6]; 3. 4K-Kris Spitz[2]; 4. 7-Scott Uttech[4]; 5. 2W-Scott Neitzel[5]; 6. 95A-Ken Jay Fiedler[3]; 7. 79-Blake Nimee[7]; 8. 38-Allen Hafford[8]; 9. (DNF) 53W-Bill Wirth[9]

All Star Performance Heat 3 (10 Laps): 1. 5J-Jeremy Schultz[5]; 2. 7F-Lance Fassbender[3]; 3. 1M-Phillip Mock[6]; 4. 43-Jereme Schroeder[1]; 5. 23-Russell Borland[2]; 6. 4B-Scott Biertzer[7]; 7. 68-Dave Uttech[4]; 8. 6K-Kurt Davis[8]

Qualifying: 1. 17B-Bill Balog[1]; 2. 02-Mike Reinke[7]; 3. 1M-Phillip Mock[2]; 4. 6-Bill Rose[24]; 5. 2W-Scott Neitzel[8]; 6. 5J-Jeremy Schultz[22]; 7. 65-Jordan Goldesberry[26]; 8. 7-Scott Uttech[21]; 9. 68-Dave Uttech[9]; 10. 35-Ben Schmidt[25]; 11. 95A-Ken Jay Fiedler[3]; 12. 7F-Lance Fassbender[15]; 13. 94-Brandon Thone[5]; 14. 4K-Kris Spitz[19]; 15. 23-Russell Borland[13]; 16. 64-Scotty Thiel[12]; 17. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski[18]; 18. 43-Jereme Schroeder[6]; 19. 85M-Steve Meyer[17]; 20. 79-Blake Nimee[10]; 21. 4B-Scott Biertzer[11]; 22. 41-Dennis Spitz[4]; 23. 53W-Bill Wirth[14]; 24. 6K-Kurt Davis[20]; 25. 73-Dennis Weisner[16]; 26. 38-Allen Hafford[23]

 

 

BALOG FINDS HIS GROOVE, COLLECTS FIRST VICTORY OF 2014 IN BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA OUTLAW SPRINT ACTION AT WILMOT!

Goldesberry Shades Rose for Runner-up Honors

May 24, 2014; Wilmot, WI. – Four consecutive top five finishes and a point lead is hardly what one would call a slump, still something was noticeably missing from Bill Balog’s resume in 2014. That missing piece was an A-main victory.

The six time and defending Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint series champion had been locked out of victory lane thanks to the likes of Phillip Mock and Craig Dollansky, but on Saturday Night at Wilmot Raceway, Balog found his mojo and on a tricky racing surface he placed his #17b machine out front of the pack, taking the checkered flag.

Balog talked about the start of the year so far. “We just kept working on it, and tried to remain confident. We changed some stuff back to how we had it. It (the car) was just awesome. It feels great”, noted Balog.

Though he wasn’t sure if the car had the speed to win this evening once the race began he knew he had a shot at the victory. “At the start of that race it didn’t feel that good but a couple laps in I felt we got something. It feels good to be back here at Wilmot and get our first win of the season,” exclaimed Balog.

Balog had been chasing race leader Tommy Sexton, when Sexton lost grip in his #83 machine right at the halfway point of the 30 lap main event. The miscue elevated Balog to the top of the running order, a position he would hold for the duration of the contest. Balog was out front of a spirited battle between Bill Rose and Jordan Goldesberry by a dozen car lengths when the checkered flag waved. Goldesberry earned runner-up honors after taking the spot from Rose with two laps to go with a well-timed slide job. Rose comprised the podium finishers with a third place showing.

Goldesberry was pleased with his second place finish. “We had a lot of fun, the car was working real good. I knew Bill (Rose) wouldn’t run me over he’s a clean driver”, said Goldesberry.

Rose echoed the statement of Goldesberry. “That was a lot of fun, we’ll get the car a little better for next time and hopefully we’ll have something for them tomorrow”(at 141 Speedway), claimed Rose.

The largest field of the season in Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint action had checked into the pit area with 32 drivers vying for the 22 starting spots in the A-main.

The original start of the 30 lap main event was red flagged due to an unfortunate incident which saw Michael Decker take a violent tumble down the back stretch. Decker’s machine as made contact with the wall and started a series of end over end flips coming to rest in turn three.

Safety crews were quick to the scene and Decker was extracted from his ride and transported to a local hospital for examination. Conscious, and alert, Decker received a standing ovation as the ambulance rolled down the front stretch enroute to the hospital. Decker will be undergoing additional testing to determine his injuries which are not life threatening.

The second attempt at the start would see Sexton, the 2012 Wilmot Raceway champion, take the opening lead with Dave Uttech, and Jeremy Schroeder in tow. Balog, who had started eighth, quickly reached the top five, and began to duel with Rose for the fourth spot by the tenth circuit.

Sexton was turning in impressive laps on what is considered his home track, pulling away to a solid lead. Balog meanwhile continued to utilize every inch of the racing surface to make his way forward, maneuvering by both Rose and Schroeder to reach third by lap 13.

Sexton, now reaching lapped traffic, had extended his lead to nearly a half lap by the time Balog had powered his way around Uttech for the second position.

It was the next lap that would see a significant change in the event. Sexton made a rare miscue heading into turn three looping his ride, and drawing the yellow flag thereby turning the lead over to Balog. Sexton, who had won a local 410 sprint event at the track a couple weeks ago, resumed the race from the tail of the field as action resumed.

On the restart Balog found himself under pressure from Uttech who drew alongside him on a couple occasions before Balog found his rhythm and took control of the lead.

Uttech placed himself solidly in second chased by the trio of Rose, Goldesberry and rookie of the year contender Scotty Thiel who tossed the third position back and forth.

Uttech’s best showing of 2014 came to an unfortunate end on lap 24 when he clipped a tire heading into turn three and as a result did a quick spin drawing a caution.

Uttech headed to the tail of the field for the restart leaving Balog, Rose, Goldesberry, Theil and Todd Daun in the top five spots for the for the dash to the finish.

The field came back to full song with Balog getting a solid jump on the competition. His lead was further bolstered as Rose and Goldesberry became engaged in a wing to wing duel for second. Balog would pull away leaving the action behind him.

With two laps to go Goldesberry powered deep into turn one pulling off a well-timed slide job on Rose putting a firm grasp on the second spot.

Goldesberry would run out of time to mount any serious challenge to Balog who claimed his 63rd career A-main event win in the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints and added to his early season point lead. Goldesberry and Rose collected second and third respectively after putting on a great show for the fans.

With his fourth place run Thiel matched his best performance of 2014. Daun comprised the top five finishers.

Brian Kristan making his first series appearance of the 2014 season netted a sixth place run.

2013 Rookie of the Year Jeremy Schultz capped an otherwise frustrating evening on a positive note with a seventh place performance. To make the show Schultz had to come through the B-main, a race where he had to start at the tail of the field due to an early trip to the work area. After making a transfer spot Schultz had started the main event in the 19th spot, passing an impressive 12 cars.

Lance Fassbender turned in a solid eighth place showing, while fast qualifier and two time winner this season, Phillip Mock, earned a ninth place finish. Kris Spitz completed the top ten finishers.

19 of the 22 starters were still running at the conclusion of the contest.

An attrition filled B-main event was captured comfortably by Mock. Brandon Thone, Schultz, Decker, Bill Wirth and Russell Borland made up the transfer cars.

With the large field of cars on hand, four heat races were held with victories going to Sexton, Kristan, Uttech and Fassbender.

Mock was the fastest of the 32 drivers on hand with a lap of 12.897 seconds. Balog turned in the second fastest effort with a time of 13.011 seconds and Ryan Irwin with third quick at 13.126 seconds. 28 of the 32 participants timed within one second of each other.

The series now concludes its double header weekend, traveling two hours north from Wilmot Raceway to the 141 Speedway’s quarter-mile bullring located just north of Francis Creek, Wisconsin.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints will be joined by Vintage Cars, INEX Legends and IMCA Hobby Stock for the 141 Speedway program.

Adult admission is $20 and the first green flag of the night is set to fly at 6:00pm. For those who wish to arrive early for the best seating spectator gates will open at 4:00pm. The pits will open at 2:00pm.

For more information please check 141speedway.com. You can also follow us on both Facebook and Twitter. The track phone is (920) 863 3377 or for further information you can call (702) 218-9000. 141 Speedway is located 15 minutes south of Green Bay on County “R” in Francis Creek.

The 2014 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series season will consist of 30 shows to be held at 15 different area tracks.

IRA proudly moves into 2014 backed by its long time supporting series partners led by title sponsor Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, and associate series partners Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Hoosier Tire, Cedar Creek Motorsports, Cummins Onan, and Carriage Auto Body.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints are a featured member of Racetext.net a website dedicated to bringing fans the best possible coverage of local short track racing.

For more information on the IRA Outlaw Sprints check out the tour website at www.irasprints.com or by logging onto the series Facebook page at www.facebook.com/irasprints the series is also on twitter at #IRA_sprints.

Event # 4 – Wilmot Raceway – Wilmot, WI – May 24, 2014

Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts A Feature (30 Laps): 1. 17B-Bill Balog[8]; 2. 65-Jordan Goldesberry[6]; 3. 6-Bill Rose[4]; 4. 64-Scotty Thiel[5]; 5. 19-Todd Daun[7]; 6. 5-Brian Kristan[10]; 7. 5J-Jeremy Schultz[19]; 8. 7F-Lance Fassbender[9]; 9. 1M-Phillip Mock[11]; 10. 4K-Kris Spitz[18]; 11. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski[14]; 12. 2W-Scott Neitzel[17]; 13. 35-Ben Schmidt[13]; 14. 53W-Bill Wirth[21]; 15. 23-Russell Borland[22]; 16. 43-Jereme Schroeder[2]; 17. 41-Dennis Spitz[16]; 18. 83-Tommy Sexton Jr.[1]; 19. 68-Dave Uttech[3]; 20. (DNF) 94-Brandon Thone[12]; 21. (DNF) 50-Rusty Egan[15]; 22. (DNF) 12-Michael Decker[20]

Behling Racing Products B Feature (15 Laps): 1. 1M-Phillip Mock[1]; 2. 94-Brandon Thone[5]; 3. 5J-Jeremy Schultz[3]; 4. 12-Michael Decker[6]; 5. 53W-Bill Wirth[9]; 6. 23-Russell Borland[8]; 7. 16-Don Durham[10]; 8. 01-Rick Kelsey[7]; 9. (DNF) 5H-Patrick Haynes[4]; 10. (DNF) 56-Ryan Irwin[2]; 11. (DNF) 38-Allen Hafford[14]; 12. (DNF) 79-Blake Nimee[11]; 13. (DNF) 11-Darrell Dodd[12]; 14. (DNF) 72-Dave Maynard[13]; DNS 7-Scott Uttech; DNS 70-Raymond Hensley

Weld Racing Heat 1 (10 Laps): 1. 83-Tommy Sexton Jr.[1]; 2. 50-Rusty Egan[2]; 3. 35-Ben Schmidt[3]; 4. 6-Bill Rose[4]; 5. 5J-Jeremy Schultz[5]; 6. 1M-Phillip Mock[6]; 7. 79-Blake Nimee[8]; 8. 01-Rick Kelsey[7]

All-Star Performance Heat 2 (10 Laps): 1. 5-Brian Kristan[1]; 2. 17B-Bill Balog[6]; 3. 41-Dennis Spitz[2]; 4. 65-Jordan Goldesberry[5]; 5. 12-Michael Decker[3]; 6. 94-Brandon Thone[4]; 7. 16-Don Durham[7]; 8. 38-Allen Hafford[8]

Diversified Machine Inc. Heat 3 (10 Laps): 1. 68-Dave Uttech[4]; 2. 4K-Kris Spitz[1]; 3. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski[3]; 4. 2W-Scott Neitzel[2]; 5. 56-Ryan Irwin[6]; 6. 53W-Bill Wirth[7]; 7. 5H-Patrick Haynes[5]; 8. (DNF) 72-Dave Maynard[8]

King Racing Products Heat 4 (10 Laps): 1. 7F-Lance Fassbender[1]; 2. 43-Jereme Schroeder[4]; 3. 19-Todd Daun[6]; 4. 64-Scotty Thiel[5]; 5. 23-Russell Borland[2]; 6. (DNF) 11-Darrell Dodd[7]; 7. (DNF) 7-Scott Uttech[3]; DNS 70-Raymond Hensley

Osborn & Son Qualifying: 1. 1M-Phillip Mock, 12.897[12]; 2. 17B-Bill Balog, 13.011[26]; 3. 56-Ryan Irwin, 13.126[27]; 4. 19-Todd Daun, 13.235[32]; 5. 5J-Jeremy Schultz, 13.244[21]; 6. 65-Jordan Goldesberry, 13.247[23]; 7. 5H-Patrick Haynes, 13.257[19]; 8. 64-Scotty Thiel, 13.306[30]; 9. 6-Bill Rose, 13.407[9]; 10. 94-Brandon Thone, 13.453[18]; 11. 68-Dave Uttech, 13.496[8]; 12. 43-Jereme Schroeder, 13.500[2]; 13. 35-Ben Schmidt, 13.505[15]; 14. 12-Michael Decker, 13.516[31]; 15. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski, 13.523[17]; 16. 7-Scott Uttech, 13.527[4]; 17. 50-Rusty Egan, 13.527[16]; 18. 41-Dennis Spitz, 13.577[1]; 19. 2W-Scott Neitzel, 13.608[22]; 20. 23-Russell Borland, 13.609[20]; 21. 83-Tommy Sexton Jr., 13.669[7]; 22. 5-Brian Kristan, 13.672[11]; 23. 4K-Kris Spitz, 13.752[28]; 24. 7F-Lance Fassbender, 13.799[5]; 25. 01-Rick Kelsey, 13.802[25]; 26. 16-Don Durham, 13.851[10]; 27. 53W-Bill Wirth, 13.875[6]; 28. 11-Darrell Dodd, 13.877[13]; 29. 79-Blake Nimee, 13.950[3]; 30. 38-Allen Hafford, 14.426[14]; 31. 72-Dave Maynard, 15.068[29]; DNS 70-Raymond Hensley

 

 

 

Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 20, 2014
DOUBLE THE EXCITEMENT OF YOUR HOLIDAY WEEKEND WITH THE BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA OUTLAW SPRINTS
Wilmot Raceway and 141 Speedway are target locations for 900hp sprint car action!
May 20, 2014; Appleton, WI. – It is time to celebrate the Memorial Day weekend, and the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series fans will have the opportunity to double their fun as the tour plans to present two complete shows over the holiday weekend.
It all begins this Saturday night May 24th, when the series heads to its birthplace, the Wilmot Raceway.
Modifieds, street stocks and mini-sprints will join the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints for the Wilmot show.
The semi-banked third-mile clay oval located in the far southeastern part of the state will host a total of five IRA contests this season, and this Saturday’s program is the first appearance of the year.
Nearly a dozen IRA drivers participated in the recently held World of Outlaws special at Wilmot Raceway with six-time, and defending Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint series champion, Bill Balog, faring best with a 15th place performance.
The track also held it’s own 410 sprint show in early May and former track champion Tommy Sexton came away with the victory after a hard fought battle with Brian Kristan.
The Wilmot race will see likely see the first appearances by both Sexton and Kristan in IRA competition this season.
The grandstand gates will open at 5:00pm with the racing action set to get underway at 6:45pm.
The Kenosha County Fairgrounds where the track resides is located just north of the intersection of county roads C and W in Wilmot, WI. Wilmot, Wisconsin is located just 8 miles west of I-94 taking county highway C which is exit 345.
For those seeking additional information please check out the track website at www.wilmotraceway.com or call the track on race day at 262-862-2090.
Then it will be a Sunday morning road trip after the Wilmot event, as the series packs up and heads north to the 141 Speedway. The tight little bullring features furious action as IRA’s winged warriors turn laps at the track in the 11 second range. It’s all about action and reaction when the series travels to 141 Speedway.
Jeremy Schultz, the 2013 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint series rookie of the year was the most recent victor at the track.
Heading into the weekend Bill Balog has clawed his way to the top of the point heap, but it hasn’t been easy for the six-time champ. A third place finish as his best showing thus far in 2014. Balog has captured five of the last seven contests at the 141 Speedway track and looks to take his familiar #17b back to victory lane.
Phillip Mock has been perhaps the hottest driver on the circuit, he scored his first career series win in the 2014 season opener at Beaver Dam Raceway, and then gave proof that the victory was no fluke backing up that performance with another win at Beaver Dam this past weekend.
Mike Reinke has also been on a roll. He has tallied a third place run in the season opening contest and a strong runner-up finish in the most recent IRA show. He currently sits second in the series standings.
Former World of Outlaws regular Bill Rose of Plainfield, Indiana should also be in the thick of the battle as he has been a familiar face on the IRA circuit this season narrowly missing a win in the first race of the season.
The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints will be joined by Vintage Cars, INEX Legends and IMCA Hobby Stock for the 141 Speedway program.
Adult admission is $20 and the first green flag of the night is set to fly at 6:00pm. For those who wish to arrive early for the best seating spectator gates will open at 4:00pm. The pits will open at 2:00pm.
For more information please check 141speedway.com. You can also follow us on both Facebook and Twitter. The track phone is (920) 863 3377 or for further information you can call (702) 218-9000. 141 Speedway is located 15 minutes south of Green Bay on County “R” in Francis Creek.
Nearly 30 cars are expected to participate at both Wilmot Raceway and the 141 Speedway events.
The 2014 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series season will consist of 30 shows to be held at 15 different area tracks.
IRA proudly moves into 2014 backed by its long time supporting series partners led by title sponsor Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, and associate series partners Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Hoosier Tire, Cedar Creek Motorsports, Cummins Onan, and Carriage Auto Body.
The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints are a featured member of Racetext.net a website dedicated to bringing fans the best possible coverage of local short track racing.
For more information on the IRA Outlaw Sprints check out the tour website at www.irasprints.com or by logging onto the series Facebook page at www.facebook.com/irasprints the series is also on twitter at #IRA_sprints.

 

MOCK OUTGUNS FIELD FOR SECOND BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA OUTLAW SPRINT SERIES WIN OF SEASON AT BEAVER DAM RACEWAY

Reinke and Balog Duel to Checkers for Runner-up Honors

May 17, 2014; Beaver Dam, WI. – It may have taken Phillip Mock the first five years of his career to score his first Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series A-main victory, but now that he’s got the hang of it, he’s wasted little time in making a repeat visit to the winner’s circle. Chalk up just three weeks total to reach win number two.

At the site of his first career series win, Mock survived a late race restart outdistancing a pair of the series hardest chargers as Mike Reinke and Bill Balog had opportunity to steal the win in the green, white, checker finish. Surely Beaver Dam Raceway’s banked third-mile clay oval is now among Mock’s favorite tracks

Mock was able to withstand the challenges of his rivals repelling Reinke’s efforts to steal the top spot and he scored the victory by two car lengths.

“We kept the car pretty close to the same setup as last time and just concentrated on the driving a bit more”, noted Mock on his second win. “Without Dean and Sandy Osborn of Osborn & Son Trucking none of this would be possible. “Without my sponsors I wouldn’t be able to stand up here on the front straightaway like I am right now,” said an elated Mock.

I just knew I had to get a good start and get a jump on these guys behind me because I knew they could eat me up on the restart. I had a good run coming out of the hole and got to the cushion and it just stuck lap after lap”, exclaimed Mock who is quickly becoming the hottest driver on the circuit in 2014.

Reinke’s second place effort was his best run of the season and he knew what groove he needed to try and score the win, but Mock was able to keep himself in that groove.

“I just had to try and pick a line where he wasn’t at. The top line was preferred of course. We couldn’t quite roll around the bottom as good as we should. The car was just a little too free,” said Reinke.

“I set the wing back but it didn’t make a difference. He did exactly what he was supposed to do and it was a good race”, noted Reinke who indicated he’s getting the handle on the new car and plans to continue to run races on the schedule as long as finances permit.

With a third place performance in hand, Balog was thrilled to get back to the podium after back to back of fourth place finishes in the first two events of the season.

“We’re just trying some stuff and the track threw us a little curve ball tonight. We were off a little but I’m happy”, said Balog on his first podium finish of 2014. “Congratulations to Phillip, it was a great race, and those guys work hard. Let’s face it he’s going to win more of them. We have to get a little better and tame this thing down a little bit (his car) and get some wins here.” stated Balog of his evening’s efforts.

Though he is still seeking his first win of the season Balog has now secured the top of the point list. Balog came into the night tied with Bill Rose of Plainfield, IN for point lead but Rose finished the contest back in the 9th position allowing Balog to secure the top spot.

The 30 lap A-main contest rolled trackside with Mock sitting on the pole. Two-time Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series champion Travis Whitney sat outside the second row, while Reinke and Balog made up the second row.

By luck of the draw the fastest four cars in qualifying were the invert for the program tonight. When the green flag waved the quartet of drivers immediately began a furious tussle for the top spot.

Mock who favored the bottom of the track shot out to the initial lead with Reinke following in his tire tracks to surpass Whitney for the second position.

The lead pair of Mock and Reinke began to gain a slight advantage, while Whitney, Balog, and Meyer all began to clash for the third spot.

Meyer appeared to have an extremely fast ride, He moved under Balog for fourth, and soon thereafter reeled in Whitney briefly gaining the third position as his brake rotor began to glow bright red as he hugged the low groove.

Meyer’s charge soon began to falter as his brakes began to fade soon losing the positions he had gained and giving Whitney back the third spot.

Out front Mock continued to set the pace picking his was through lapped traffic as the race reached the halfway point.

Whitney was still holding tight to third place when he suddenly slowed on lap 19 coming to a stop in turn two forcing the first caution of the contest. He would head to the work area and though he was able to return to the event he would no longer be a factor after restarting at the tail of the field. He would eventually be scored in 14th spot at the finish.

With the green flag waving again, Mock was able to get a solid restart leaving Reinke in his wake, while Balog gave chase from third spot. Further back Meyer had his hand full with 2013 Rookie of the Year titlist Jeremy Schultz as the pair diced for fourth.

Mock began to gain a small lead as the laps wound down, but a final yellow flew just before the white flag when rookie Ben Schmidt suddenly slowed with driveline difficulties while running 7th ending a solid top ten showing.

As the field reset Mock now had both Reinke and Balog on his rear nerf bar. Flagman Jim Barr waved the green flag to resume the contest and Mock opted for the high line. Reinke briefly pulled alongside Mock hugging the inside of the track, but Mock won the drag race down the back stretch and had the lead in had at the white flag.

Over the final lap Reinke was unable to mount another challenge and would take second, a car length behind Mock. Balog earned his first podium of the 2014 season by grabbing third. Meyer held onto fourth, even with his brake issues, while Schultz completed the top five.

Scotty Neitzel broke a string of DNF’s with a solid sixth place showing. Seventh place went to Scott Thiel who was the hard charger of the contest advancing from 19th position after coming out of the B-main where he had finished fifth. Lance Fassbender, Bill Rose and Blake Nimee comprised the top ten finishers.

18 cars were still on the track at the finish with 13 drivers still on the lead lap.

Scott Uttech was able to repel the challenges of Kris Spitz to win a hard fought battle in the B-main. Wayne Modjeski, Brandon Thone, Thiel, Bill Wirth, Chris Dodd and Michael Decker finished third through eighth respectively and were the transfer cars.

The B-main was unusual in that eight cars transferred tonight. Dave Uttech had earned a spot in the main event through his heat but his engine was damaged forcing him to scratch from the main event thus an extra car transferred from the B-main.

The only red flag for the night occurred during the B-main when Rob Hartnell tipped onto his side.

The three heat races were captured by Fassbender, Meyer and Whitney.

28 cars checked in to qualify for tonight’s show with Balog edging Reinke for fast time by a mere .001 seconds. Balog had clocked in at 11.695 seconds to Reinke’s 11.696. Whitney was third quick with a lap of 11.793 seconds.

Next weekend is the first of two back to back double header weekends. On Saturday night May 24th the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints will visit Wilmot Raceway for the first of five IRA point shows held at the track this season. The following evening on Sunday May 25th, the series will head to the popular 141 Speedway located near Francis Creek, WI for the first of two appearances at the facility this season. The 2014 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series season will consist of 30 shows to be held at 15 different area tracks.

IRA proudly moves into 2014 backed by its long time supporting series partners led by title sponsor Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, and associate series partners Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Hoosier Tire, Cedar Creek Motorsports, Cummins Onan, and Carriage Auto Body.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints are a featured member of Racetext.net a website dedicated to bringing fans the best possible coverage of local short track racing.

For more information on the IRA Outlaw Sprints check out the tour website at www.irasprints.com or by logging onto the series Facebook page at www.facebook.com/irasprints the series is also on twitter at #IRA_sprints.

Event # 3 – Beaver Dam Raceway – Beaver Dam, WI – May 17, 2014

Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts A Feature (30 Laps): 1. 1M-Phillip Mock[1]; 2. 02-Mike Reinke[3]; 3. 17B-Bill Balog[4]; 4. 85M-Steve Meyer[5]; 5. 5J-Jeremy Schultz[7]; 6. 2W-Scott Neitzel[8]; 7. 64-Scotty Thiel[19]; 8. 7F-Lance Fassbender[6]; 9. 6-Bill Rose[9]; 10. 79-Blake Nimee[12]; 11. 23-Russell Borland[15]; 12. 4K-Kris Spitz[16]; 13. 7-Scott Uttech[11]; 14. 16-Travis Whitney[2]; 15. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski[17]; 16. 12-Michael Decker[22]; 17. 94-Brandon Thone[18]; 18. 43-Jereme Schroeder[14]; 19. 35-Ben Schmidt[10]; 20. 41-Dennis Spitz[13]; 21. 01-Chris Dodd[21]; 22. (DNF) 53W-Bill Wirth[20]

Behling Racing Products B Feature (12 Laps): 1. 7-Scott Uttech[1]; 2. 4K-Kris Spitz[4]; 3. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski[5]; 4. 94-Brandon Thone[2]; 5. 64-Scotty Thiel[7]; 6. 53W-Bill Wirth[6]; 7. 01-Chris Dodd[3]; 8. 12-Michael Decker[8]; 9. 38-Allen Hafford[9]; 10. (DNF) 71-Chad Tessman[12]; 11. (DNF) 47H-Rob Hartnell[11]; DNS 23Z-Zach Raidart

Weld Racing Heat 1 (10 Laps): 1. 7F-Lance Fassbender[1]; 2. 79-Blake Nimee[3]; 3. 6-Bill Rose[4]; 4. 17B-Bill Balog[6]; 5. 1M-Phillip Mock[5]; 6. 4K-Kris Spitz[7]; 7. 94-Brandon Thone[2]; 8. 64-Scotty Thiel[8]

DMI Heat 2 (10 Laps): 1. 85M-Steve Meyer[1]; 2. 68-Dave Uttech[3]; 3. 43-Jereme Schroeder[2]; 4. 2W-Scott Neitzel[4]; 5. 02-Mike Reinke[6]; 6. 7-Scott Uttech[5]; 7. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski[7]; 8. 12-Michael Decker[8]; 9. 47H-Rob Hartnell[9]; 10. 23Z-Zach Raidart[10]

All Star Performance Heat 3 (10 Laps): 1. 16-Travis Whitney[6]; 2. 5J-Jeremy Schultz[4]; 3. 23-Russell Borland[1]; 4. 41-Dennis Spitz[3]; 5. 35-Ben Schmidt[5]; 6. 53W-Bill Wirth[7]; 7. 01-Chris Dodd[2]; 8. 38-Allen Hafford[8]; 9. 71-Chad Tessman[9]

Osborn & Son Qualifying: 1. 17B-Bill Balog, 13.755[12]; 2. 02-Mike Reinke, 12.425[24]; 3. 16-Travis Whitney, 11.793[9]; 4. 1M-Phillip Mock, 11.961[19]; 5. 7-Scott Uttech, 11.970[14]; 6. 35-Ben Schmidt, 12.040[26]; 7. 6-Bill Rose, 12.073[15]; 8. 2W-Scott Neitzel, 12.102[6]; 9. 5J-Jeremy Schultz, 12.164[18]; 10. 79-Blake Nimee, 12.171[3]; 11. 68-Dave Uttech, 12.245[11]; 12. 41-Dennis Spitz, 12.292[25]; 13. 94-Brandon Thone, 12.312[23]; 14. 43-Jereme Schroeder, 12.344[27]; 15. 01-Chris Dodd, 12.356[21]; 16. 7F-Lance Fassbender, 12.423[5]; 17. 85M-Steve Meyer, 12.425[2]; 18. 23-Russell Borland, 12.436[4]; 19. 4K-Kris Spitz, 12.470[20]; 20. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski, 12.543[13]; 21. 53W-Bill Wirth, 12.563[10]; 22. 64-Scotty Thiel, 12.579[7]; 23. 12-Michael Decker, 12.717[8]; 24. 38-Allen Hafford, 12.719[22]; 25. 23Z-Zach Raidart, 13.367[17]; 26. 47H-Rob Hartnell, 13.755[1]; 27. 71-Chad Tessman, 14.979[16]

 

 

AFTER A WEEK OFF BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA SPRINTS GET BACK TO IT AT BEAVER DAM

IRA drivers use week off to tackle new challenges!

May 12, 2014; Appleton, WI – With 28 races still on tap during this racing season, the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint series had a rare off week allowing teams to participate in various events throughout the Midwest before the series resumes it schedule at Beaver Dam Raceway this coming Saturday Night, May 17th.

Some teams used the break to prepare for the upcoming Beaver Dam event working in the shop while others took to the track at took to the track in multiple states to test their skills.

The high profile World of Outlaws event at Wilmot Raceway saw 11 drivers who are IRA regulars partake in the contest with Bill Balog, Phillip Mock, Jeremy Schultz and Blake Nimee all making the A-main.

The following evening both Nimee and Russel Borland loaded up the hauler to follow the World of Outlaw trail to Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Indiana. Borland would encounter mechanical issues, which hindered his efforts while Nimee again was able to make the A-main for the second straight night.

Schultz meanwhile opted to head to the legendary Knoxville Raceway in Iowa for his first effort at the facility.

Close to home Scotty Neitzel made history running a 360 sprint at the Plymouth Dirt Track. The raceway received a facelift this past off-season and now features lengthened straightaways and 15 degree banked turns. Neitzel adapted quickly to the reconfigured racing surface and came away with the victory in the A-main giving him the first ever main event checkered on the new racing surface.

The troops of the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints will now gather this coming Saturday night at Beaver Dam Raceway to do battle on the third-mile banked clay oval.

Heading into the event former World of Outlaws regular Bill Rose and six-time IRA champion Bill Balog are tied atop the current point standings. Rose came within a car length of stealing the win from Mock in the last appearance at the track. Balog meanwhile is the only driver to have recorded two top five finishes, but amazingly has been kept from the podium by the stiff competition in the series this season.

A rejuvenated Mike Reinke is only a handful of points behind the lead duo, and has shown some impressive speed early this race season. It’s only a matter of time before the familiar yellow #02 machine finds its way back to victory lane.

Rookies Scotty Thiel and Ben Schmidt will continue to battle for top rookie honors heading into Beaver Dam. Both drivers are inside the top ten in points with Thiel sitting solidly in fourth.

Veteran racer Steve Meyer will also be on hand celebrating his 25th year behind the wheel. His car, sporting a throwback paint scheme, has proven potent as he took runner-up honors to Craig Dollansky in the most recent IRA race at Oshkosh.

The IRA racing families will be back in action this weekend with cousins Scott and Dave Uttech joining the battle along with the father and son team of Dennis and Kris Spitz.

IRA hot shoes Bill Wirth, Jereme Schroeder, Lance Fassbender, Wayne “Mojo” Modjeski, Brandon Thone and Allen Hafford are also expected for the show.

Several other teams could be making their 2014 IRA debut at the forthcoming Beaver Dam event including former two-time series champion Travis Whitney, and the hard charging Brian Kristan.

The May 17th race program will see the pit gates opening at 3:30 pm and the grandstand will open at 4:30 pm. Racing action is set to get underway at 6:30 pm.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints should have nearly 30 of the best 410 sprint drivers in the Midwest on hand. The IRA sprints will be joined by the tracks own Street Stocks, Grand Nationals and Legends divisions.

General admission is $20 for adults, with a youth ticket being sold for $10 to fans ages 6 through 11. Children ages 5 and under are admitted FREE with a paid adult.

Event information can be found on the Beaver Dam Raceway website at www.wismotorsports.net or by calling the track at (920) 887-1600. Beaver Dam Raceway is located on Racetrack Road just east of the intersection of Hwy 151 and 33 in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.

IRA proudly moves into 2014 backed by its long time supporting series partners led by title sponsor Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, and associate series partners Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Hoosier Tire, Cummins Onan, Carriage Auto Body AND Cedar Creek Motorsports.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints are a featured member of Racetext.net a website dedicated to bringing fans the best possible coverage of local short track racing.

For more information on the IRA Outlaw Sprints check out the tour website at www.irasprints.com or by logging onto the series Facebook page at www.facebook.com/irasprints the series is also on twitter at #IRA_sprints.

 

 

Craig Dollansky Surprise Visit Results In Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series Feature Win at Oshkosh

Steve Meyer and Scott Uttech notch podium finishes.

May 4, 2014; Oshkosh, WI. – Craig Dollansky was only off pace in his arrival at the Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway as the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint series presented its second event of the 2014 season. Arriving just in time for qualifying, Dollansky, the 2000 World of Outlaws Gumout series champion, was able to quickly adapt to the slick racing surface and after 25 laps of A-main action found himself recording his 10th career series victory outrunning a determined Steve Meyer by 8 car lengths for the win.

After a modest qualifying, effort Dollansky put on his “A-game” taking a victory in his heat race and then charging through the field from his 9th place starting spot. Taking the lead position from Mike Reinke who had looped his ride while leading in turn four as lap eight was about to begin.

Once Dollansky inherited the lead he would manage to keep a small lead through several restarts to collect the win. Meyer actually closed in the final laps as Dollansky reached lapped traffic but was unable to mount a serious challenge taking runner-up honors eight car lengths behind Dollansky’s tail tank. Scott Uttech rebounded from a wild tumble at Wilmot Raceway the night prior to today’s event collecting a solid third place performance.

“It was a long trip from Knoxville last night”, noted Dollansky on his arrival at the track just in time for the show. “We got ready as quick as we could. I was surprised how well the track held up for a day show. Starting ninth in the feature I wasn’t sure what to expect but the track had a couple nice grooves. Getting to the lead early on helped, later on it started rubbing up on the bottom and we just wanted to make sure would could get to the end.”

Meyer was happy with his second place showing. “For a slick race track it was actually a lot of fun. Craig ( Dollansky ) has a lot more time in the car than us, but I thought if I can just stay up there I’d have a good run”, said Meyer. “Toward the end of last year we really stepped up our program”, noted Meyer on his performance.

Rebounding from his accident at Wilmot Uttech was pleased with the third place run. “I love running at Oshkosh. When it gets slick it gets racy. It laid some rubber down in the bottom and we ran down there. It’s is pretty cool for us because we had such a rough night last night”, noted Uttech.

The late Sunday afternoon races took place under sunny skies and windy conditions contributing to a slick racing surface which required finesse to navigate with the 900 horsepower winged sprints.

Mechanical ills befell several teams which would whittle the field down to the 22 starters for the A-main.

2013 Rookie of the Year, Jeremy Schultz, sat on the pole for the contest with Reinke to his outside. Meyer took the green flag from the third position. The trio would square off on the opening laps each briefly holding the lead before Reinke and Meyer broke away running wheel to wheel. Reinke would officially pace the first lap before slowly gaining the upper hand in the challenging high groove.

Schultz was running in the third spot when he lost traction in turn two doing a quick 360 spin while the filed all successfully avoided his errant mount. He would resume the race from the tail of the pack with 20 cars still on the racing surface.

Rienke was back to setting the pace when action resumed again preferring the high line to repel the challenges of Meyer who held fast for second. Dollansky would tussle with Scott Biertzer for the third position. Biertzer, making his first start in nearly two seasons, made Dollansky work for every inch before finally succumbing to Dollansky’s challenges.

Dollansky now began to duel with Meyer for runner-up honors allowing Reinke to pull away. The runner-up battle intensified as Dollansky and Meyer traded the spot on several occasions before Meyer surrendered the position.

Dollansky now sought to close the gap on Reinke when Reinke suddenly slipped on turn four spinning his car but managing to keep it out of the racing groove as the field sailed past.

The spin would relegate Reinke to the tail of the field and Dollansky suddenly now found himself with the lead for the restart on lap eight.

With the green flag waving again Dollansky grabbed control of the pace with Meyer giving chase. Meanwhile Uttech found himself in the third position just ahead of a position swapping duel between rookie of the year contender, Scott Thiel, and six-time series champion, Bill Balog, who was seeking his fifth straight victory at Oshkosh Speedzone.

The race past the halfway point with Dollansky still showing the way and Meyer seemingly unable to close on the leader. Meyer would get his opportunity however on lap 14 when Schultz again tripped up this time taking a spin in turn three.

Action returned and the final 11 laps of the contest would go without interruption. Dollansky again got the jump on Meyer who spent the duration of the contest trying to close the gap on the high flying Dollansky.

Lapped traffic on the final two circuits allowed Meyer to close slightly but Dollansky was able to navigate the lapped cars as the white flag fell and spent the final circuit comfortably riding the cushion out front taking the checker eight car lengths over Meyer. Uttech worked the low groove to perfection throughout the contest to garner third.

Thiel came out on top of the battle with Balog earning fourth place honors in a backup car as his main ride encountered mechanical ills earlier in the evening. Balog completed the top five and, though he was unable to contend for the win, became the only driver to record two top five runs this season.

Biertzer in his return to the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints netted a sixth place run just ahead of Bill Rose, the point leader heading into the contest.

Reinke blazed back through the field up to eighth after his earlier spin while Russel Borland and Lance Fassbender completed the top ten finishers.

18 cars were still on the track at the checker with 16 still on the lead lap.

In earlier action Dollansky, Reinke and Scott Neitzel collected heat race victories.

Balog set the pace in qualifying turning in a lap of 13.071 seconds for the fastest lap of the day. Phillip Mock was second quick with a 13.268 second trip around the third-mile semi-banked oval while Neitzel posted the third fastest lap with an orbit of 13.335 seconds.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints now head to Beaver Dam Raceway for their next show. The event will be held on Saturday night May 17th.

The 2014 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series season will consist of 30 shows to be held at 15 different area tracks.

IRA proudly moves into 2014 backed by its long time supporting series partners led by title sponsor Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, and associate series partners Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Hoosier Tire, Cummins Onan, and Carriage Auto Body.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints are a featured member of Racetext.net a website dedicated to bringing fans the best possible coverage of local short track racing.

For more information on the IRA Outlaw Sprints check out the tour website at www.irasprints.com or by logging onto the series Facebook page at www.facebook.com/irasprints the series is also on twitter at #IRA_sprints.

 

 

ROSE LOOKS TO BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA SPRINTS AS HOME FOR 2014 SEASON

Veteran Racer Attempts to Find Funding for 2014 IRA Title Chase!

May 1, 2014; Appleton, WI. – Bill Rose of Plainfield, Indiana is no stranger to travel. Having completed three full seasons on the World of Outlaws tour, the 35 year racing veteran has logged many miles to experience the thrill of competing in Winged and non-winged sprints through out the United States.

The typical World of Outlaws tour consists of over 80 events each season, stretching from coast to coast and for three years Rose had finished in the top 15 in series points. For this season he’s opting for something a bit closer to home, that plan is to try and compete in the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint tour and perhaps dethrone six-time and defending IRA champion Bill Balog.

Rose noted the expense of travel as one of the reasons for opting to run a bit closer to home this season. “To run with the World of Outlaws for a season you will spend close to $200,000 if you do it on a budget and I nickeled, and dimed everything. What does help is you did get a bit of tow money to show up as they had a big corporate sponsor. But I did spend almost $30,000 just in diesel fuel”, exclaimed Rose!

While the cost of travel has made Rose race a bit closer to home he still enjoys hitting the road to get to a racetrack. “I really do enjoy the traveling part of it, and now I have friends all over the country. You learn a lot by traveling and racing with different guys too”, he stated.

Over the years Rose has had opportunity to compete in a variety of different classes while staying on dirt tracks. One thing for sure is he’s not lacking on experience as Rose alluded to the time spent in the sport.

“I actually built my first race car when I was 15 and I’ll be 50 this year. I started racing stock car and later late models, finally ending up in non-winged sprint cars. I did that for years running USAC and things like that and I got an opportunity to run a winged car on night. I said to myself you know this is fun. Then I went and ran the All-stars for a couple years and later the World of Outlaws”, said Rose.

The appeal of running a winged 410 sprint and doing a little traveling still hold major appeal for Rose. “I can actually run three nights a week in non-winged cars within an hour of my house, but that’s just not what I want to do right now. I like running the winged stuff and I had a great time running with the IRA so that’s what I’d like to do if I can do it”, he noted.

Rose looks at the potential IRA chase as a goal for the 2014 season. “If I could do it I’d like to run for points with the IRA. I had a great time and it’s a good series. It actually works out scheduling wise, I build houses during the week and I have my business up and running again. The scheduling works out really nice they don’t run a ton of races but still have enough for a nice schedule,” noted Rose.

While Rose looks forward to the challenge the IRA series presents the biggest hurdle might be financial. “It took $500 in fuel to go back and forth (to the first IRA event) and that’s the hard part for someone who doesn't have any sponsors.” As he indicated the cost might present the biggest challenge. “You won’t get rich running this stuff what you try to do is run well enough to counter the expenses”, said Rose. “When it comes to sponsorships every bit helps, it doesn't matter if it’s diesel fuel or tires or whatever even the smallest bit helps offset the costs.”

Finding funding will determine if Rose is able to complete the entire IRA schedule but his plans are to continue as long as it’s economically feasible.

Rose now heads to the second race on the IRA schedule with the point lead and some confidence from opening night. “It definitely helped out confidence wise, all night long the car was good. I know it will be a challenge. There is some really good competitors up there. I did have an advantage by running a few times already this year. I ran down south and also ran some non-wing races”, claimed Rose.

As for the type of track Rose prefers, he just mainly wants to race. “It really doesn't matter what type of track I race on as long as it’s a good track. The other night at Beaver Dam was a very good track, I heard they added new dirt on it, whatever they did it was an excellent job”, he stated. It was a second place performance in that contest and a solid qualifying and heat race effort that placed Rose atop the early season standings.

For now the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint series has yet another hard charger on its talented 2014 season roster and as long as his performances help offset the costs the Indiana native will continue to haul several extra hours and the majority of the drivers on the IRA tour to enjoy the thrill of tossing a winged 410 sprint around Wisconsin’s clay oval.

Rose will be in attendance at the next Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw series event scheduled for this Sunday afternoon May 4th. The show will see pit gates will open at noon, grandstands at 2:00pm, hot laps and qualifying start at 4:00pm with racing at 5:00pm.

Ticket prices are $20.00 for adults while students ages 11-15 are admitted for $10.00. Children ages 10 and under are free. Supporting divisions will be the Outlaw Chassis Grand Nationals, Gold Star Racing Supplies Street Stocks and the Ellington Mutual Insurance Dirt Devils. It is a points night for the Grand Nationals and Dirt Devils.

Fans and drivers can find additional details on the contest by visiting the track website at www.oshkoshspeedzone.net . 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.

IRA proudly moves into 2014 backed by its long time supporting series partners led by title sponsor Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, and associate series partners Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Hoosier Tire, Cummins Onan, and Carriage Auto Body.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints are a featured member of Racetext.net a website dedicated to bringing fans the best possible coverage of local short track racing.

For more information on the IRA Outlaw Sprints check out the tour website at www.irasprints.com or by logging onto the series Facebook page at www.facebook.com/irasprints the series is also on twitter at #IRA_sprints.

 

 

IRA Sprints “In The Zone” This Sunday Afternoon‏!

Oshkosh Speedzone to Host Sunday Afternoon May 4th!

April 29, 2014; Oshkosh, WI - The 2014 racing season is underway for the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints. The winged 410 sprint series thrilled fans on a chilly evening this past week at Beaver Dam Raceway to begin the 2014 campaign.

Young Phillip Mock topped a last lap duel with former World of Outlaws regular Bill Rose to collect his first career A-main victory by less than a car length and Rose demonstrated his proficiency for finding the front of the pack nearly stealing the win from Mock who had led much of the event.

The excitement of the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints will continue to play out this coming weekend as the tour heads to Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway to contest a weather postponed show on late Sunday afternoon May 4th.

Oshkosh Speedzone was originally scheduled to host the season opening contest back on April 19th but the program was hindered by weather related issues which didn’t allow the track to fully prepare for the event thus forcing the delay to May 4th.

Rose fresh off the runner-up performance at Beaver Dam heads to Oshkosh Speedzone as the point leader. Rose is currently weighing his options but has considered running for the 2014 championship and is off to a great start in that pursuit.

Bill Balog, the six-time, and defending champion was hindered on opening night by a flat tire and had to start the A-main from the tail of the field after the tire was replaced. Balog rallied to finish fourth in the contest. Balog has been especially strong at Oshkosh Speezone’s their-mile clay oval as he will be seeking his fifth straight Speedzone victory. The last time he was shut out of the winners circle was August of 2011 when Mike Kertscher relegated Balog to a second place finish.

Still, this past week, Mock, Rose, and Mike Reinke all managed to finish ahead of Balog keeping him from the podium and the competition this season is nearing an all-time high.

Mock with his first career victory under his belt looks to have one of the strongest starts in his young career and should be a threat throughout the season.

Mike Reinke also appears to be back on track, collecting a podium in the season opener with a strong third place performance. His speed at Oshkosh is well documented and he finished second last season at the track in June.

Rookies Ben Schmidt, and Scotty Thiel also showcased their speed. Both divers have excelled in 360 sprints and seem to have adapted quickly to the 900 horsepower engines featured in the 410 sprints. Both drivers’ collected top ten finishes in the opener with Schmidt collecting a sixth place finish just ahead of 2013 Rookie of the Year Jeremy Schultz.

“Wild Bill” Wirth also showcased some opening night speed with a fifth place run. Wirth spent the early portions of the contest giving chase to Mock before fading a bit near the finish.

Some additional teams are expected to have their cars completed for the Oshkosh race with close to 30 cars expected for the contest. Brian Kristan and Nick Alden are among the teams expected to hit the track shortly.

The Sunday afternoon May 4th event will see pit gates will open at noon, grandstands at 2:00pm, hotlaps and qualifying start at 4:00pm with racing at 5:00pm.

Ticket prices are $20.00 for adults while students ages 11-15 are admitted for $10.00. Children ages 10 and under are free. Supporting divisions will be the Outlaw Chassis Grand Nationals, Gold Star Racing Supplies Street Stocks and the Ellington Mutual Insurance Dirt Devils. It is a points night for the Grand Nationals and Dirt Devils.

Fans and drivers can find additional details on the contest by visiting the track website at www.oshkoshspeedzone.net . 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.

The 2014 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series season will consist of 30 shows to be held this at 15 different area tracks.

The series is a featured member of Racetext.net which is a website dedicated to bringing fans the best possible coverage of local racing.

IRA proudly backed by its long time supporting series partners led by title sponsor Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, and associate series partners Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Hoosier Tire, Cummins Onan, and Carriage Auto Body.

For more information on the IRA Outlaw Sprints check out the tour website at www.irasprints.com or logging onto the series Facebook page at www.facebook.com/irasprints and on twitter at #IRA_sprints.

 

 

MOCK SCORES! COLLECTS FIRST CAREER FEATURE WIN IN CLIFF HANGER AT BEAVER DAM

Last Corner Pass Warms Chilled Crowd at Beaver Dam Raceway!

April 26, 2014; Beaver Dam, WI. – There have been several occasions over the past few years when young, second generation racer, Phillip Mock has been “oh so close” to that elusive first career Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series A-main victory.

Many within the series knew it was only a matter of “when”, not “if” the hard charging racer would score that win. On a frigid April evening Mock thawed a chilled crowd by taking that checkered flag in a spectacular manner.

After taking the white flag, Mock who had led much of the contest, saw his lead disappear as Bill Rose of Plainfield, Indiana swept past Mock on the outside heading into turn one. Rose a veteran racer with over 25 years of racing under his belt including several full season on the World of Outlaws tour appeared to have relegated Mock to second place finish.

Mock had other plans.

When Rose opted to stay in the high line heading into the final two turns, Mock dove to the bottom of the track in what appeared to be a desperation move. Mock manhandled his ride making it stick on the tacky racing surface and came out of turn four wing to wing with Rose for the lead.

In the drag race to the finish Mock was able to surge back ahead as the crowd rose to its feet to witness the youngster score his first A-main win by a mere . 221 seconds (about a car length) over Rose.

An elated Mock explained his thoughts after the contest. “I didn’t know if I could hold onto it (the lead), I knew there were a lot of heavy hitters behind me. I started to fade a little bit and Bill caught me, I had to put a bonsai move on him and he gave me enough room”, stated Mock.

I really wanted that win! I knew the car was just right and if I threw it in hard enough it would stick,” exclaimed an elated Mock.

Rose echoed Mock’s remarks. “He did a good job and stuck it in there at the end. I’d have done the same thing. It was good racing and I want to thank everyone for coming out”, said Rose. “We like to run more of these shows (IRA tour) if we can put the funding together. But we had fun tonight and that makes it easier to make a decision”, noted Rose.

The contest marked the second straight year that the season opening show at Beaver Dam Raceway had been decided in the final turn. Last year six-time champion Bill Balog edged out Mike Kertscher by .009 seconds and that win stands as the closest in IRA history.

The 22 car A-main would see the initial green flag appear with a dedicated crowd witnessing the contest as the temperature barely nudged about 40 degrees making it one of the coldest shows the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints has presented.

“Wild Bill” Wirth and Lance Fassbender would bring the field to the green. Before a lap would go in the books the caution appeared when Steve Meyer suffered problems with his steering and looped his ride coming off turn two. The resulting caution ended a string of two consecutive green to checker A-mains had come to an end.

Last season the final two shows had gone green to checkered including the last race held at Beaver Dam which was seven months ago. That race concluded the 2013 racing season and that 30 lap A-main contest was completed in less than seven minutes.

Meyer would head to the work area under the caution, and was soon joined by six-time and defending series champion Bill Balog. Balog, the evening’s fastest qualifier, had suffered a flat left front tire under yellow.

Balog was able to rejoin the contest in 20th spot, while Meyer’s effort to rejoin the field were negated when his car refused to re-fire after repairs had been made.

As racing resumed, Wirth got the jump on Fassbender to take command, and Mock found his way into the second position by the conclusion of the first lap. Fassbender soon was challenged by Rose who had worked his way into the fourth slot.

Mock sailed past Wirth for the top spot on lap three, and began to build a small lead. The torrid pace was halted on lap six when Matt Vandervere lost power and rolled to a stop on the front stretch.

Underway again Mock set a blistering pace on an extremely tacky racing surface, thanks to the addition of new clay added to the prior to the start of the season. This created some extremely quick lap times on the banked third-mile oval.

By lap 10 Mock had already began to encounter lapped traffic but he had extended his lead to a full straight ahead of Wirth. Rose meanwhile used the outside line to power past Fassbender for the third spot and began to reel in Wirth.

Scotty Neitzel would create the third caution of the contest as his car lost momentum coming off turn four on the 12th circuit. Neitzel’s crew was able to complete repairs and he was able to rejoin the event before the green flag.

The race past the halfway point with Mock still showing the way, and Wirth fending off the challenges of Rose to maintain runner-up honors. Fassbender would surrender the fourth spot to Reinke in lap 19.

Rose was able to work under Wirth for second position on lap 21 and now sought to close the gap on Mock who had been maintaining a dozen car length lead.

Fassbender’s solid showing came to an end on lap 22 as he crawled to a stop in turn one which also erased Mock’s cushion on Rose as the fourth and final caution flag waved.

On the restart, Mock was able to get a solid jump on Rose moving out to a slim lead as the laps wound down. With five laps to go Rose began to attack slowly reeling in Mock, while Reinke outmaneuvered Wirth to grab third.

Rose closed within a car length as the pair raced under the white flag, and Rose used a power move on the high side to briefly pull ahead of Mock into turn three. Mock would rebound with a perfect dive to the bottom of the track, and ultimately repelled Rose’s challenge to secure the victory. Rose was second by less than a car length at the stripe. Reinke reached the final podium spot in third.

For Reinke, the performance was notable as he had engine trouble in practice just days before this event leaving him and his crew with plenty of work before the contest today. This evening, it appeared Reinke’s troubles were behind him with a solid third place run.

Balog had clawed his way back to the fourth spot by the checkered after a late race pass on Wirth who held down the final spot in the top five.

Rookie of the year contender Ben Schmidt turned in a solid performance netting sixth edging out 2013 rookie of the year titlist Jeremy Schultz. Jordan Goldesberry, Russell Borland and rookie Scotty Thiel comprised the top ten finishers.

16 cars were still on the racing surface after the 30 lap feature contest.

Earlier in the evening the B-main also had its share of drama as Scott Uttech appeared to have the race in hand until the closing laps when he bicycled in turn three while headed for the white flag. Uttech was able to regain momentum and more importantly he avoided a roll over. The incident, did however, allow Borland to sneak past for the lead. Borland then spent the final laps fending off Thiel for the win. Uttech would hold on for third followed by Dennis Spitz, Wayne Modjeski, Dave Uttech and Matt Vandervere as the top seven transferred to the main event.

Heat race victories were captured by Neitzel, Blake Nimee and Bill Rose.

Balog topped the 25 car field in qualifying. Balog’s lap of 11.772 seconds edged out Reinke’s trip around the track in 11.924 seconds. Rose was third quick with a lap of 12.062 seconds.

The high powered machines of the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints now return to Oshkosh Speedzone for a rescheduled contest on Sunday Afternoon May 4th. The original event was to have been held on April 19th and would have opened the 2014 season for the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints.

Pit gates will open for the show at noon, grandstands will open at 2:00pm, hot laps and qualifying are to take place at 4:00pm with racing expected to start at 5:00pm. Pit passes will be $30.00 for this event and purses for the supporting divisions will race for an increased purse. These divisions will be Outlaw Chassis Grand Nationals, Gold Star Racing Supply Street Stocks and Ellington Mutual Dirt Devils.

Admission for this special event is just $20 for adults while students ages 11 through 15 are admitted for $10.00. Children ages 10 and under are admitted free.

Fans and drivers can find additional details on the contest by visiting the track website at www.oshkoshspeedzone.net . 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.

The 2014 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series season will consist of 30 shows to be held at 15 different area tracks.

IRA proudly moves into 2014 backed by its long time supporting series partners led by title sponsor Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, and associate series partners Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Hoosier Tire, Cummins Onan, and Carriage Auto Body.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints are a featured member of Racetext.net a website dedicated to bringing fans the best possible coverage of local short track racing.

For more information on the IRA Outlaw Sprints check out the tour website at www.irasprints.com or by logging onto the series Facebook page at www.facebook.com/irasprints the series is also on twitter at #IRA_sprints.

Event # 1- Beaver Dam Raceway – Beaver Dam, WI – April 26, 2014

Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts A Feature (30 Laps): 1. 1M-Phillip Mock[4]; 2. 6-Bill Rose[6]; 3. 02-Mike Reinke[7]; 4. 17B-Bill Balog[8]; 5. 53W-Bill Wirth[1]; 6. 35-Ben Schmidt[3]; 7. 5J-Jeremy Schultz[11]; 8. 65-Jordan Goldesberry[16]; 9. 23-Russell Borland[12]; 10. 64-Scotty Thiel[17]; 11. 4K-Kris Spitz[13]; 12. 68-Dave Uttech[21]; 13. 43-Jereme Schroeder[14]; 14. 2W-Scott Neitzel[10]; 15. 79-Blake Nimee[9]; 16. 41-Dennis Spitz[19]; 17. (DNF) 7F-Lance Fassbender[2]; 18. (DNF) 7-Scott Uttech[18]; 19. (DNF) 10V-Matt Vandevere[22]; 20. (DNF) 94-Brandon Thone[15]; 21. (DNF) 85M-Steve Meyer[5]; 22. (DNF) 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski[20]

Behling Racing Products B Feature (12 Laps): 1. 23-Russell Borland[2]; 2. 64-Scotty Thiel[4]; 3. 7-Scott Uttech[1]; 4. 41-Dennis Spitz[3]; 5. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski[6]; 6. 68-Dave Uttech[8]; 7. 10V-Matt Vandevere[7]; 8. 01-Chris Dodd[5]; 9. 38-Allen Hafford[9]; DNS 12-Michael Decker

Weld Racing Heat 1 (10 Laps): 1. 2W-Scott Neitzel[1]; 2. 5J-Jeremy Schultz[3]; 3. 35-Ben Schmidt[4]; 4. 17B-Bill Balog[6]; 5. 4K-Kris Spitz[2]; 6. 7-Scott Uttech[5]; 7. 64-Scotty Thiel[7]; 8. 10V-Matt Vandevere[8]; 9. (DNF) 12-Michael Decker[9]

Allstar Performance Heat 2 (10 Laps): 1. 79-Blake Nimee[1]; 2. 02-Mike Reinke[6]; 3. 7F-Lance Fassbender[4]; 4. 85M-Steve Meyer[5]; 5. 43-Jereme Schroeder[2]; 6. 01-Chris Dodd[7]; 7. 68-Dave Uttech[8]; 8. 23-Russell Borland[3]

Diversified Machine Inc. Heat 3 (10 Laps): 1. 6-Bill Rose[6]; 2. 65-Jordan Goldesberry[1]; 3. 94-Brandon Thone[2]; 4. 53W-Bill Wirth[4]; 5. 1M-Phillip Mock[5]; 6. 41-Dennis Spitz[3]; 7. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski[7]; 8. 38-Allen Hafford[8]

Osborn & Son Qualifying: 1. 17B-Bill Balog[6]; 2. 02-Mike Reinke[16]; 3. 6-Bill Rose[3]; 4. 7-Scott Uttech[1]; 5. 85M-Steve Meyer[13]; 6. 1M-Phillip Mock[19]; 7. 35-Ben Schmidt[12]; 8. 7F-Lance Fassbender[14]; 9. 53W-Bill Wirth[22]; 10. 5J-Jeremy Schultz[21]; 11. 23- Russel Borland[16]; 12. 41-Dennis Spitz[11]; 13. 4k-Kris Spitz[2]; 14. 43-Jeremy Schroeder[24]; 15. 94-Brandon Thone[17]; 16. 2W-Scott Neitzel[15]; 17. 79-Blake Nimee[5]; 18. 65-Jordan Goldesberry[23]; 19. 64-Scotty Thiel[10]; 20. 01-Chris Dodd[8]; 21. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski[9]; 22. 10V-Matt Vandevere[25]; 23. 68-Dave Uttech[4]; 24. 38-Allen Hafford[20]; 25. 12-Michael Decker[7]

 

 

RECENT BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA MEMBERSHIPS TO BOOST ALREADY STRONG FIELD OF 410 SPRINTS

Anticipation builds for season opener at Beaver Dam Raceway This Saturday!

April 23, 2014; Beaver Dam, WI. – Memberships continued to be filed for participation in this season’s Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series tour. The 2014 campaign will feature 30 events at 15 different tracks and showcase some of the finest winged 410 Sprint racing in the Midwest. The season opening show will be held at Beaver Dam Raceway this Saturday night April 26th. Teams filing memberships generally participate in 75% of the shows allowing them to be eligible for post season awards. With the addition of recent memberships the main core will consist of over two dozen drivers vying for their share of awards and prizes at the end of season banquet.

One of the most recent drivers to file a membership is former World of Outlaw standout Bill Rose of Plainfield, Indiana. For three straight years Rose ran the entire World of Outlaws schedule completing each season in the top 15 in points. Rose will be competing closer to home this season and is expected to make a fair number of IRA events. The veteran racer is anticipating making his first start of the season in the IRA opener at Beaver Dam.

Two-time IRA champion Travis Whitney is also expected to make some additional shows this year. Whitney of Coon Rapids, MN recorded a pair of second place performances last season in IRA competition including the season ending event at Beaver Dam where he finished runner-up to Bill Balog. Whitney is looking to add to his IRA series win total where he has scored 31 career A-main victories.

Jordan Goldesberry of Springfield, IL ended the 2013 season with the Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprints earning back to back top five finishes in his last two appearances with the series. Goldesberry finished second at Oshkosh Speedzone on Friday Night September 13th and came back the next day to record a fourth place performance at the Plymouth Dirt Track. Goldesberry is primed for success in the IRA Sprints and additional appearances could lead to that elusive A-main event victory.

A new team to hit the series this year will be Hartnell Motorsports. The team recently announced that Rob Hartnell will pilot the #47h sprint car this year. Hartnell has raced a 410 sprint cars during the 1998 and 1999 seasons and participated again in 2006. The 47H Hartnell Motorsports Custom Diecast house car will be competing at the Wilmot Raceway, Plymouth, Beaver Dam, and 141 Speedway this season. Car owner Chris Hartnell will be the crew chief.

Other IRA teams have been preparing for the season opening show at Beaver Dam by participating in other Midwest racing programs. This past week two-time series champion Scotty Neitzel ventured to Illinois and Missouri running a pair of contests to fine tune his ride recording two top 10 A-main performances.

Teammates Russel Borland and Blake Nimee turned laps at Oshkosh Speedzone which held a recent practice. Rookie of the year competitor Ben Schmidt was also in attendance at Oshkosh haunted my mechanical gremlins which should now be worked out for opening day.

Fellow rookie Scott Thiel also went trackside to prepare for the season opening show turning laps at Beaver Dam Raceway and he was joined by long time series front runner Mike Reinke as both drivers tested Beaver Dam Raceway’s new surface.

The banked, third-mile, clay oval will be hosting an all-sprint car show featuring the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw 410 Sprints. The MSA 360 Sprints series will also be presenting a full program. Between the two groups nearly 70 sprint cars are expected for the show.

The April 26th race program will see the pit gates opening at 3:30pm and the grandstand will open at 4:30pm. Racing action is set to get underway at 6:30 pm.

General admission is $20 for adults, with a youth ticket being sold for $10 to fans ages 6 through 11. Children ages 5 and under are admitted FREE with a paid adult.

Event information can be found on the Beaver Dam Raceway website at www.wismotorsports.net or by calling the track at (920) 887-1600. Beaver Dam Raceway is located on Racetrack Road just east of the intersection of Hwy 151 and 33 in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.

IRA proudly moves into 2014 backed by its long time supporting series partners led by title sponsor Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, and associate series partners Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Hoosier Tire, Cummins Onan, and Carriage Auto Body.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints are a featured member of Racetext.net a website dedicated to bringing fans the best possible coverage of local short track racing.

For more information on the IRA Outlaw Sprints check out the tour website at www.irasprints.com or by logging onto the series Facebook page at www.facebook.com/irasprints the series is also on twitter at #IRA_sprints.

 

 

BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA OUTLAW SPRINT OPENER TO TAKE PLACE AT BEAVER DAM RACEWAY

Wipperfurth Memorial to kick of 2014 racing season!

April 20, 2014; Beaver Dam, WI. – It’s a change of plans! Weather related issues postponed the planned season opening event which was to have been held at Oshkosh Speedzone this past Saturday afternoon.

Now for the second year in a row it will be Beaver Dam Raceway which will host the opening race of the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint series with the running of the Jim Wipperfurth Memorial race on Saturday night April 26th.

Considered the northern home track for the series, Beaver Dam Raceway shares the honor with Wilmot Raceway in hosting five events during the season, the most of any facility during the 2014 campaign.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints will make appearances at Beaver Dam Raceway on four additional Saturday Nights; appearing on May 17th, June 7th, August 2nd and September 20th.

The banked, third-mile, clay oval is notable for its outstanding events last season, two of which went into the record books. The first race at Beaver Dam Raceway in 2013 earned the distinction for one of the closest finishes in series history. Six-time series champion, Bill Balog, managed to edge out Mike Kertscher in a drag race to the finish line by a mere .009 seconds. That margin was calculated at less than six inches and the pass was made during the final 50 feet of the event with both drivers on the edge of control heading for the finish line.

Kertscher would follow up that runner-up performance on opening day with a victory of his own two weeks later at Beaver Dam Raceway.

The track also provided the other bookend to the season as the final race of the 2013 was held at the facility and that show was a remarkable event for two reasons.

First, when Balog crossed the line after fending off two-time series champion, Travis Whitney, for the first place, it elevated Balog’s A-main win total to 62 putting him atop the all-time modern era win list breaking a tie with nine-time series titlist, Joe Roe, who had amassed 61 victories.

Secondly, the contest was run green to checkered with all 30 laps going in the books in a mere 6 minutes and 47 seconds making it one of the fastest completed A-mains the series has ever ran thanks to a well groomed racing surface.

The April 26th race program will see the pit gates opening at 3:30pm and the grandstand will open at 4:30pm. Racing action is set to get underway at 6:30 pm.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints should have over 30 of the best 410 sprint drivers in the Midwest on hand. They will be joined by the MSA 360 Sprints for a complete evening of open-wheeled racing action featuring a field of over 60 total sprint cars between the two classes.

General admission is $20 for adults, with a youth ticket being sold for $10 to fans ages 6 through 11. Children ages 5 and under are admitted FREE with a paid adult.

Event information can be found on the Beaver Dam Raceway website at www.wismotorsports.net or by calling the track at (920) 887-1600. Beaver Dam Raceway is located on Racetrack Road just east of the intersection of Hwy 151 and 33 in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.

IRA proudly moves into 2014 backed by its long time supporting series partners led by title sponsor Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, and associate series partners Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Hoosier Tire, Cummins Onan, and Carriage Auto Body.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints are a featured member of Racetext.net a website dedicated to bringing fans the best possible coverage of local short track racing.

For more information on the IRA Outlaw Sprints check out the tour website at www.irasprints.com or by logging onto the series Facebook page at www.facebook.com/irasprints the series is also on twitter at #IRA_sprints.

 

 

FROM ROOKIE OF THE YEAR TO SENSATIONAL SOPHOMORE – JEREMY SCHULTZ LOOKS AHEAD TO 2014 SEASON

King of the Sherm Nation Back in Action With the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints!

April 16, 2014; Appleton, WI. – Looking back over the past several seasons, the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series had has an insurgence of new talent into the series. The 2013 Rookie of the Year chase saw Jeremy Schultz emerge from a talented rookie pool into one of the series front runners and title contender in the course of a single season.

While this success seemed to happen overnight it was a path which began a good number of years ago.

A second generation racer, Jeremy, grew up around the sport watching his father Jerry compete in Eastern Wisconsin Supermodifieds at Plymouth and later in the Bandit 360 sprints at Beaver Dam. With the itch to get more involved in the sport growing with each passing season Jeremy soon found himself working on the pit crew of fellow Beaver Dam native Scotty Neitzel.

“Neitzel’s had been a friend of my family for years, probably before I was even born. My dad worked with those guys for a long time”, noted Schultz. “Growing up saw the race cars my dad and Scotty had and I knew one day I wanted to do it for myself. I finally got my hands dirty helping Scotty when I was 16”, claimed Schultz.

Working on Neitzel’s crew would garner the experience needed to prepare a sprint car and the knowledge gained would be an invaluable asset when he later started his own racing career.

“I learned pretty much everything I know about sprint cars from working with him (Scotty Neitzel), Rick Lemanski, and Harry working out at R&H Enterprises. Scotty taught me to be meticulous in the building of the race cars and that good equipment is key to being successful in this sport”, noted Schultz who was quick to point out that it was the time helping Neitzel that laid the groundwork for his success. “I've said it before and I'll say it again, I wouldn't be where I am today without him. In the years I helped him we put together two championship seasons and a ton of great racing memories traveling with the IRA”, exclaimed Schultz.

Jeremy would make the transition from crew member to driver in 2007 running a limited schedule behind the wheel of a 360 sprint at area tracks before diving headlong into the fray in 2008, running a 40 race schedule. Schultz would narrowly miss the MSA 360 rookie of the year honor but he would earn the rookie title at the Plymouth Dirt Track.

The groundwork had been laid for an even more successful 2009 campaign where he captured “Most Improved Driver Honors” with MSA earning a fifth place point finish. During that time Schultz’s dedicated crew began to take form.

“I'm so grateful to have a team that stands behind me like my guys do. From Jay Zamzow, who has been with me in my racing career from day one to my brother, Jason Schultz, and my father Jerry Schultz, to Dan Nesper and Eric Fhlug, who I met 360 racing and he decided to join my team a couple years ago. Then there's Reggie Hummelmeier and Kyle Peters that come and help at the track as well. I'm pretty lucky to have such a dedicated group of guys working to make us fast.”, declared Schultz. “My parents I cannot thank enough for all the support they have given me through the past six years encouraging me to do the best I can!”

With a solid crew in place Schultz would climb to the top of area 360 sprint racing. In 2011, he would earn five A-main victories enroute to a third place point finish in MSA before ascending to the top of the ladder in 2012 collecting the championship in MSA and at Plymouth as well.

It was during the 2012 season Schultz began to toy with the idea of running with the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw 410 Sprints. “Having the opportunity to race with guys like Mike Reinke, Bill Balog, Tommy Sexton, BK, Lance Fassbender, Mike Kertscher, Steve Meyer, Scotty Neitzel, and every other great driver in the IRA is a privilege and a dream come true for a kid who all he wanted to do is race a sprint car.”, exclaimed Schultz.

His initial foray into the 410 sprints proved successful as he notched three top five runs in his six appearances he made during the 2012 season including an impressive podium finish in his debut race held at the tight quarter-mile bullring, the 141 speedway.

This set the stage for what many consider one of the most impressive rookie seasons in IRA history. Schultz came into 2013 having to compete for rookie honors against his friend and former 360 champion, Lance Fassbender, as well as midget standout, Bryon Walters.

“Last year was pretty amazing for me and my team. Going into the season my only thoughts were to try and be competitive and I really wanted to be the rookie of the year. I knew Lance and Bryon Walters were gonna be running for it also. Knowing Lance for a very long time and racing with him previously in the 360 cars I was excited to be able to race with him at the 410 level”, noted Schultz.

Walters would be plagued with mechanical troubles dropping him from the rookie chase while Fassbender kept the pressure on until well past mid-season. It was then that Fassbender suffered a mechanical failure at Beaver Dam Raceway which resulted in a season ending injury.

“Lance is one hell of a competitor and it sucked to see him get hurt last year mid-season and not be able to finish what he started. I would have been disappointed to finish behind him last season had it turned out that way, but I would have been happy for him if he would have got it because of the respect and friendship we have”, said Schultz.

It was during the final two months of the 2013 racing season that Schultz would earn his first taste of victory in the Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprints. On August 16th at Wilmot Raceway during the running of the Kenosha County Fair he would outrun six-time series champion Bill Balog taking an emotional victory.

Bowing down on one knee with his trophy Schultz acknowledged a frenzied crowd after the win.

“If you told me that I would have had the success we did, I don't think I would have believed you. It's amazing looking back that we were able to win one, much less two features last year along with the Wilmot track championship. I'm very blessed to have a great group of people who stand behind me.”, concluded Schultz.

Along the way, Schultz, who goes by the nickname Sherm, has gathered a very vocal and supportive fan base. One any given night his fans, known as the “Sherm nation”, are among the loudest of the cheering sections.

“My nickname ‘Sherm’ I have had forever. Harry made sure it was always on my car and it just grew from there. ‘Sherm nation’ took off in my Plymouth and Manitowoc days”, stated Schultz. Track announcers began to notice his large cheering section. “IRA Series announcer Ray Underwood, really pushed it last year and came up with “The King of the Sherm Nation” thing and it seems more popular now than ever,” Schultz said.

Schultz is dedicated to competing in the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints again in 2014 as he tries to go from Rookie of the Year to Sophomore Sensation.

“I'm looking forward to the start of a new season. Looking forward to trying some new tracks and competition. To giving the IRA tour another shot. I think it will be great to have other 360 guys coming up and racing with them again. It's tough, I'm not gonna lie. The competition in this group is stiff and you have to be on your “A” game every night. My goals for the year are to have fun and try and win some more races, the points will fall in place if we can accomplish those goals”, concluded Schultz.

However, the 2014 season turns out with the support and dedication of a loyal crew and fans base the future looks bright in sprint car racing for the King of the Sherm Nation.

Schultz’s racing efforts are supported by generous sponsorship from Crawford Oil and Propane, Jerry's Automotive, R&H Enterprises, LeRoy Meats and Catering, Weld Specialty, Schaeffer Oil, Maxim Chassis, Braun Maguire Jewlers, Port Yamaha, Veloicty Wings, Eilbes Trucking, Schultz Auto Body, AFCO, Schultz Auto Body, RC Custom Design, Competition Specialists, and Sander Engineering.

Schultz has a new website for the 2014 season at /www.jeremyschultzmotorsports.com and is also on Facebook and Twitter which can be reached through his website.

The 2014 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series season will consist of 30 shows to be held this at 15 different area tracks.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints are a featured member of Racetext.net a website dedicated to bringing fans the best possible coverage of local racing.

IRA proudly backed by its long time supporting series partners led by title sponsor Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, and associate series partners Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Hoosier Tire, Cummins Onan, and Carriage Auto Body.

For more information on the IRA Outlaw Sprints check out the tour website at www.irasprints.com or logging onto the series Facebook page at www.facebook.com/irasprints and on twitter at #IRA_sprints.

 

 

Old Man Winter Takes IRA Speedzone Opener, Event Rescheduled for May 4th

Recent Snow and Late Arriving Thaw Delay Start of 2014 Racing Season!

April 16, 2014; Oshkosh, WI. – The recent record setting winter had already put the pressure on local race tracks as they tried to whip their facilities into shape. This past weekend torrential rains and a hefty dose of snow would prove to be an exceptional due to several reason beyond the tracks control track officials in conjunction with the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series have opted to postpone the first 410 sprint race of the season at the third-mile, clay oval.

The 2014 schedule for the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints will still remain at 30 races as an agreement has been reached to reschedule the event for late afternoon on Sunday May 4th.

The season opening show for the series will now be the Joe Wipperfurth Memorial race to be held at Beaver Dam Raceway on Saturday night April 26. The event is an all open-wheeled show as the IRA Sprint headline the program supported by the MSA 360 sprint series.

The high powered machines of the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints will then return to Oshkosh Speedzone for the rescheduled contest on Sunday Afternoon May 4th.

Pit gates will open for the IRA show at noon, grandstands at 2:00pm, hot laps and qualifying at 4:00pm with racing expected to start at 5:00pm. Pit passes will be $30.00 for this event and purses for the supporting divisions will race for an increased purse. These divisions will be Outlaw Chassis Grand Nationals, Gold Star Racing Supply Street Stocks and Ellington Mutual Dirt Devils.

Admission for this special event is just $20 for adults while students ages 11 through 15 are admitted for $10.00. Children ages 10 and under are admitted free.

Fans and drivers can find additional details on the contest by visiting the track website at www.oshkoshspeedzone.net . 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.

The 2014 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series season will consist of 30 shows to be held this at 15 different area tracks.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints are a featured member of Racetext.net a website dedicated to bringing fans the best possible coverage of local racing.

IRA proudly backed by its long time supporting series partners led by title sponsor Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, and associate series partners Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Hoosier Tire, Cummins Onan, and Carriage Auto Body.

For more information on the IRA Outlaw Sprints check out the tour website at www.irasprints.com or logging onto the series Facebook page at www.facebook.com/irasprints and on twitter at #IRA_sprints.

 

 

Oshkosh Speedzone Hosts 2014 Season Opener for the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints!

April 14, 2014; Appleton, WI. – It will have been 6 months and 29 days since racing fans last heard the sweet sound of the fuel injected, methanol powered 410 cubic inch engines of the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints series.

From the time the last 900 horsepower powerplant fell silent at Beaver Dam Raceway last September 23rd, until the first engine fires off for hot laps at 3:00pm on Saturday afternoon April 19th at Oshkosh, some 210 days of silence will have been in place in the series.

The Winged Warriors of one of the nation’s finest Outlaw 410 Winged Sprint series will test Oshkosh Speedzone’s semi-banked, wide sweeping turns and thrill fans with speeds exceeding 120 mph on the third-mile, clay oval.

Bill Balog ended the 2013 season in victory lane at Beaver Dam Raceway, a win which knocked off nine-time series champion, Joe Roe, from the top all-time win list. Balog, with his 62 victories now sits atop that pedestal. Last season, Balog wrapped up his sixth consecutive series title, and his two wins at Oshkosh Speedzone surely helped in that effort.

Balog will be seeking his fifth straight Speedzone victory. The last time he was shut out of the winners circle was August of 2011 when Mike Kertscher relegated Balog to a second place finish.

For Balog the first major goal will be getting to the track as he has a sponsor appearance before the IRA opening show leaving precious little time to arrive at the track and prepare for action.

Balog’s on track rivals are also primed for action.

Jeremy Schultz, last year’s point runner-up, has gone from rookie of the year titlist to hoping to become the series sophomore sensation. In his rookie year behind the wheel of a 410 sprint, Schultz, collected a pair of victories and the 2013 Wilmot Speedway track title. It’s no easy task in a highly competitive Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint series field and Schultz is now up for the challenge of proving his rookie season was no fluke.

Schultz has already fired up is 2014 ride, shaking the car down running an event at I-34 Speedway in Iowa last week. He now hopes to get a handle on Oshkosh Speedzone, a track which has thus far proved quite a challenge to the Beaver Dam native having kept him locked out of a top five finish.

Two-time champion, and last season’s third place point runner, Scotty Neitzel, has already tasted action in 2014, as he also ventured to Iowa for a pre-season shakedown. At that event Neitzel found the speed to make the A-main and will be tweaking his ride in preparation for the Oshkosh event hoping to find even more velocity.

Neitzel garnered a pair of top five performances last year at Oshkosh including a third place run in the series’ most recent appearance as he chased both Balog and young charger, Jordan Goldesberry, to the finish line.

Last year’s fourth place point runner, Phillip Mock, collected a pair of runner-up performances during the campaign and will be back for that elusive final step, a trip to victory lane. Starting the year out with a victory at Oshkosh is the perfect way to do it.

Rounding out the top five finishers from last season was Russel Borland who is chomping at the bit to get the season started as part of a two car team effort. Borland and hard charging Illinois native, Blake Nimee, will be tackling the entire 2014 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint series schedule. Borland hopes a little extra work under the hood and a newly built car will propel him to some podium finishes this year and a victory is the best way to be seen in a post-race podium photograph.

Other long time IRA competitors expected include cousins Scott and Dave Uttech, “Wild Bill” Wirth, Wayne “Mojo” Modjeski, the father and son team of Kris and Dennis Spitz and many more. In fact, the vast majority of drivers competing on the tour last season are expected to be back in action this year.

Add to that list a rejuvenated Mike Reinke a perennial title contender, who expects to swing back into action at Oshkosh Speedzone and tough veteran driver, Steve Meyer, who is always around the front of the pack when he makes an appearance.

Toss in an expected epic rookie battle with former 360 standout pilots Ben Schmidt and Scotty Thiel who are challenging not only each other for the Rookie of the Year honors, but are expected to battle for A-main wins and the possibility of the season crown.

Lance Fassbender who had last year’s rookie effort cut short by an injury is also expected to return. Many involved with the series are looking forward to the return of the popular driver.

Pit gates will open promptly at noon for the late afternoon event at Oshkosh Speedzone this coming Saturday, April 19th. The grandstand will be opened up at 2:00pm with hot laps set to begin at 3:00pm. Qualifying will follow the hot lap sessions with the first race expected to hit the track around 4:00pm.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints will be joined by three fendered classes including Grand Nationals, Street Stocks and the 4 cylinder Dirt Devils.

Admission for this special event is just $20 for adults while students ages 11 through 15 are admitted for $10.00. Children ages 10 and under are admitted free.

Fans and drivers can find additional details on the contest by visiting the track website at www.oshkoshspeedzone.net . 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.

The 2014 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series season will consist 30 shows to be held this at 15 different area tracks.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints are a featured member of Racetext.net a website dedicated to bringing fans the best possible coverage of local racing.

IRA proudly backed by its long time supporting series partners led by title sponsor Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, and associate series partners Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Hoosier Tire, Cummins Onan, and Carriage Auto Body.

For more information on the IRA Outlaw Sprints check out the tour website at www.irasprints.com or logging onto the series Facebook page at www.facebook.com/irasprints and on twitter at #IRA_sprints.

 

 

EPIC ROOKIE OF THE YEAR BATTLE LIES AHEAD IN BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA OUTLAW SPRINT SERIES

360 Sprint Graduates Ben Schmidt and Scott Thiel to Duel for Checkered Flags In Rookie Chase!

April 7, 2014; Appleton, WI. – New incoming talent is the key to the longevity of any racing series and over the past several seasons the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints has seen an influx of highly competitive rookie drivers set to thrill the next generation of fans.

The source of this talent the past several years have been graduates of area 360 sprint car racing. These drivers have competed weekly at the Plymouth Dirt Track and Manitowoc County Expo and their migration to 410 sprints have added to an already deep talent pool in the IRA series.

Last season rookies, Jeremy Schultz and Lance Fassbender, were both inside the top ten in points when Fassbender had an unfortunate injury which left Schultz to blaze a trail to the Rookie of the Year title. Along the way Schultz captured two wins and finished second to six time champion, Bill Balog, in the season point chase. It was perhaps the best ever performance by a rookie in series history. Before Schultz the best anyone had done during their rookie season in the past dozen years was Mike Kertscher who finished fifth in points during the 2003 campaign.

360 graduates also took rookie of the year honors in 2012 when Robbie Pribnow earned that honor with an eighth place point finish and in 2011 it was another 360 sprint standout T.J. Luedtke taking the rookie title. The common thread, each of these racers jumped from the 360 sprints to the more powerful 410 cubic inch power plants of the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints and enjoyed immediate success.

One has to go back to the 2002 season to find two rookies finishing in the top ten when Todd King edged out Scott Uttech for the honor finishing 7th and 8th respectively in the standings.

Enter the 2014 season and we have candidates Ben Schmidt of Howards Grove and Scott Thiel of Sheboygan. On par with last season’s rookie clash both drivers will not only be racing each other for supremacy but both are a legitimate threat to win races and have a shot at the series title as well.

Rhine Auto Motorsports was the first of the two teams to announce their plans for the 2014 season. Schmidt, who has been driving for the team since the 2010 season, has had a great deal of success in the 360 ranks. Schmidt actually began his racing career in a fendered car,

driving street stocks at Plymouth. Schmidt got his first taste of open wheeled racing running an event with the World of Outlaws in 2006. “After running my first sprint car race against the Outlaws at Princeton in 2006 in Alex Bleisner’s car, we knew it was time to get rid of the fenders. So we got a MSA 360 for the following year, but ran on a very limited budget”, noted Schmidt.

Schmidt caught the eye of car owner Mike Urner, who had fielded cars for decades at the Sheboygan County Fairpark in Plymouth and gave Schmidt an opportunity to drive for the Rhine Auto Motorsports team. Since joining forces the team has collected 21 A-main victories and 4 championship trophies.

“Success wouldn't have been possible without the help of my car owner Mike Urner. The next natural step is to move up into the 410 ranks. I believe my crew is up for the challenge of putting a competitive car out there every week”, said Schmidt. Craig Urner will serve as crew chief keeping the Maxim chassis based machine in tune.

Schmidt understands the challenges ahead. “Running for the IRA will be tough. Bill Balog, Scotty Neitzel, Steve Meyer, and Mike Reinke are all hard to beat. And now with Scotty Thiel committed to run against us for Rookie of the Year, it will make for an interesting season. We got our feet wet toward the end of last season, had a couple of good runs, and hope to continue that in 2014”, Schmidt stated.

Schmidt, has in fact, already had a podium finish having claimed runner-up honors at his home track in Plymouth during the fair last year. A couple days later he was in the lead running for the win at 141 Speedway when he encountered engine difficulties.

He summed up his thoughts on the season ahead in an excited manner, “I can’t be any more excited to get this 2014 season started!”, exclaimed Schmidt.

Schmidt’s machine will be supported by Rhine Auto Inc., Schetter Electric, Adell Auto Center, Hopf Farms, Odyssey Fun Center, Hepfner Racing Products, K&N Performance and Roy's Tree Lot.

Fans can follow Schmidt’s efforts on the team webpage at www.facebook.com/rhineautomotorsports35 or on twitter @RhineAuto35

While much of Schmidt’s success has come close to home, Scott Thiel is a true barnstormer having run for victories far more than attempting to win championships. His advantage is the sheer number of different tracks he’s competed on.

Thiel began his racing career at the age of six starting out in snowmobiles. Over time he developed his skill on the ice and collected several titles along the way including the USSA Semi-Pro Sprint 600 Championship. During the summers he would turn his talents to kart racing winning three track championships in Shawano at the USA International Raceway.

Putting snowmobiles and karts behind him, Thiel made the jump to 360 sprint car racing in 2008 capturing Rookie of the Year honors at Plymouth Dirt Track. In the past six seasons that the

team has been racing sprint cars, they have had great success. The team has collected 16 A-main wins and topped the $5,000 to win Open Wheel Nationals in 2013.

Thiel had also tested the waters with IRA last season with three finishes in the top ten while running an ASCS based 360 engine. His best run was a solid 5th place showing at the 141 Speedway on Memorial Day weekend.

A jump to the 410 sprints of the Bumper to Bumper IRA outlaw Sprint series was the next obvious challenge for the young charger.

“I’m very exciting to join the IRA tour in 2014 as we plan on running 100% of the races this season. Our team ran a handful of events last year with the IRA and did very well considering we were using our ASCS 360 engine. Qualifying was our struggle but we made every main and ran inside the top 10 each time, minus a crash at Oshkosh. We feel it is time as a team to move forward with our racing program and the IRA presented us this opportunity to race with a great series”, exclaimed Thiel.

For both Schmidt and Thiel confidence is running high based upon the success of last year’s Rookie of the Year, Jeremy Schultz, who had a similar path to the IRA through the 360 sprints.

“Our goals for the 2014 season is to contend for the Rookie of the Year honors and a championship. The 5j ( Jeremy Schultz ) showed last year that it is possible to do both as he just came up just short”, noted Thiel.

Thiel noted his sponsors were key to making the IRA effort possible. “Our marketing partners have backed us 110% on the decision to move up with our race program and, without them, this entire plan would not be possible”, concluded Thiel.

His efforts are supported by Professional Plating, Scott Thiel Builders, Complete Water, M-B Companies, D&H Sales & Service, Brad Dahmer Motorsprots, Ti22 Performance, Kaemmer Foods, Triple X Chassis, Velocity Wings, Super Shox, CSI Suspension, and Velocita Race Suits. Fans can follow his efforts by checking www.scottythiel.com or on the teams social media pages: Twitter: @scottythiel64 | Facebook: Scotty Thiel #64 Fan Page – www.scottythiel.com.

Whatever the outcome fans are in for as treat as both talented rookies will be pushing each other hard for the rookie of the year title and A-main victories.

IRA proudly moves into 2014 backed by its long time supporting series partners led by title sponsor Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, and associate series partners Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Hoosier Tire, Cummins Onan, and Carriage Auto Body.

The 2014 season is currently scheduled to get underway on Saturday, April 19th. The late afternoon show at the Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway will mark the first of 30 shows to be held this season at 15 different area tracks. Action on the semi-banked third mile oval will begin with hot laps and qualifying at 3:00pm with racing to follow.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints are a featured member of Racetext.net a website dedicated to bringing fans the best possible coverage of local racing.

For more information on the IRA Outlaw Sprints check out the tour website at www.irasprints.com or logging onto the series Facebook page at www.facebook.com/irasprints

 

 

HELPING HAND LEADS TO TEAM EFFORT

Russel Borland and Blake Nimee Team Up for 2014 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Series Assault!

April 5, 2014; Appleton, WI. – Racing is a competitive sport. Gaining an advantage on your fellow competitor is one of the keys to victory lane. Why then would one competitor help another to be faster? Perhaps it’s about elevating the competition, but sometimes it’s about helping a fellow racer that’s struggling a bit, to get better.

Russell Borland had done just that, and in return he was able to gain a teammate for the 2014 racing season. Two drivers sharing setups and information which will elevate both their race programs, hopefully propelling them to victory lane.

How did it happen? Lets look back a bit. Blake Nimee a resident of Oswego, Illinois, started his racing career with the assistance of his grandfather, Robert Kammerer. Kammerer was a standout competitor in regional sprint and midget racer who had won the UARA Midget Championship at Joliet Memorial Stadium in 1979. After retiring from the sport Kammerer returned to racing to help his grandson Blake Nimee learn the ropes.

For the next 13 years Nimee and his grandfather worked up the ranks to sprint car racing, unfortunately Kammerer lost his battle with cancer. Undaunted, Blake and his father purchased a car and continued his racing career which Robert Kammerer had set in motion. While the team has some success there were times when Nimee struggled for speed and surely could use an additional helping hand or two in the pits.

Enter Russel Borland, a driver who jumped behind the wheel of a 410 sprint to start his racing career in 2007. During his first season Borland would wind up runner-up for Rookie of the Year honors and slowly improved with each passing season. By 2012 Borland had become a top five competitor on the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint circuit. He was now a threat to win races, looking for a way to reach the podium by the time Nimee first appeared on the IRA circuit.

By now Borland had become known as one of the more consistent drivers on the circuit as well ask for his sharp looking equipment and his dedication to the tour, often completing seasons with 100% participation in events.

The pair did battle on several occasions heading into the 2013 season. It was at LaSalle where Borland had noticed Nimee and his father were struggling a bit and extended an offer to assist the young charger.

Nimee explained his situation, “The challenges you overcome speak volumes about your accomplishments throughout the year. In my case, getting a car to the track was a sonic boom. We had motor issues, overheating, driveline issues...and not enough time. After we were plagued with problems at LaSalle Speedway In Illinois”, noted the young charger. Borland approached Nimee with an offer of assistance. “Russel approached me and basically said ‘Bring the car up to my house, I'll get it going right and we will hit up a few races together and see how it goes’." and the team effort began.

Borland knew of Nimee’s background, “After the passing of his grandpa with a long fight against cancer. Blake's dad decided to continue what his grandpa started. So they bought a car and I noticed they were struggling with setups so I started helping them out”, noted Borland.

“Things started going good for both of us. Starting near the end of last season he's been running out of my shop. We both built brand new identical cars to help with setups and R&D. Blake's 2014 car is a tribute car to his grandpa”, explained Borland.

Heading into 2014 both drivers have their game plan. For Borland the goal is to continue to edge toward the top of the standings and capture his first career A-main victory. He will be supported by his sponsors Pro Renovations, Wiese Trucking, The Other Bar in Waupun, WI, Dynamic Pet Palace, Roger and Dan’s Auto service, Litegard, AEC engines, TNT enterprises, Reeds Chrysler and TD graphics.

Nimee, meanwhile, will honor his grandfather’s legacy with a tribute car. Nimee noted his place for the season. “This season is really about honoring his legacy. I am doing a replica of one of his cars from the 70's this year and I'm told, when he started to come into his own, people recognized him by the car I am paying tribute to, with a few added inspirations of my own.”, stated Nimee.

“As for my intentions for 2014 the plan is to continue to learn about the car, have strong and consistent finishes and keeping it in one piece. I honestly feel like everything has come together for my strongest season yet. I can't wait to being the 2014 offensive!”, exclaimed Nimee.

Pro Renovations, TD Graphics, Roger and Dan's Auto Shop, and Advanced Engine Concepts grace the side of the car as Nimee’s sponsors.

The pair are looking to compete in every Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint series event and Borland noted his intentions to compete in a couple local World of Outlaws events.

With a two team effort in place, 2014 looks to be a very successful season for both drivers. Borland had reached out to lend a helping and gained a teammate in the process. Expect both drivers to be racing each other and the rest of the field for the checkered flag.

IRA proudly moves into 2014 backed by its' long time supporting series partners, led by title sponsor Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, and associate series partners Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Hoosier Tire, Cummins Onan, and Carriage Auto Body.

The 2014 season is currently scheduled to get underway on Saturday Night, April 19th at the Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway marking the first of 30 shows to be held this season at 15 different area tracks.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints are a featured member of Racetext.net a website dedicated to bringing fans the best possible coverage of local racing.

For more information on the IRA Outlaw Sprints check out the tour website at www.irasprints.com or logging onto the series Facebook page at www.facebook.com/irasprints

 

 

Midnight Oil Burns as Teams Prepare for 2014 Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprint Tour.

By Jeffrey Sachse

April 5, 2014; Appleton, WI - Slowly uncovered by a spring thaw, Wisconsin’s short tracks emerge from the frozen tundra. Soon some 15 different race facilities will be visited by the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints as teams prepare for the upcoming season. While some teams have been able to whip together their new creations, others are burning the midnight oil, building, tweaking and tuning, in preparation for the year ahead.

So far all but a pair of drivers, who had run 75% or more of the shows last season, have applied for memberships this year. In fact, it is expected that over two dozen teams will be attempting to qualify for end of season awards. Memberships are in hand for Bryon Walters, Brandon Thone, Steve Meyer, Jereme Schroeder, Scott Uttech, Jeremy Schultz, Dave Uttech, Bill Wirth, Blake Nimee as well as rookies Jason Tostenson, Ben Schmidt and Scott Thiel. They have joined veterans Mike Reinke, Kris Spitz, Dennis Spitz, Allen Hafford, Michael Decker, Darrell Dodd, Wayne Modjeski, Andy Hunt, Phillip Mock, Scotty Neitzel, and Russell Borland in filing paperwork for the upcoming year along with sophomore competitor Lance Fassbender.

One of the more recent memberships has been filed by dedicated veteran Darrell Dodd who will again attempt to run a majority of the 30 race schedule after mechanical ills cut his season short last year. Likewise sophomore driver Bryon Walters, whose rookie season was curtailed by engine woes, expects to be back for a full season of action. Lance Fassbender will be rebounding from a late season injury last year during his rookie season. Fassbender was running well within the top ten in points and had been nearing his first podium finish when a mechanical failure at Beaver Dam Raceway caused an injury which resulted in his abbreviated season.

One driver looking to ramp up his efforts for 2014 will be Jereme Schroeder who will be running over 75% of the shows to partake in post season awards. Schroeder’s uniquely colored machine has undergone some tweaks in the paint department and will stand out even more on the track this season. Allen Hafford is also back on board with the Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprints. The former drag racer is looking to run as many shows as possible in his Precisions Paving & Construction, Dave American Muffler, Silt Fencing Midwest and Bubba’s Excavating sponsored machine. Brandon Thone was among the first drivers to complete his 2014 ride and he has been patiently waiting for the season to start. Thone, who is sponsored by Mikes Utilities Construction, Hepfner Racing Products and RC Custom Designs has already taken to the track having competed in both All-Star Circuit of Champions and World of Outlaw sanctioned events in Florida in February.

Thone has indicated he’s looking for 100% participation with IRA this season as well as trying his hand in some additional World of Outlaw events when they travel to the area.

While Thone may be relaxing up until opening day, Dave Uttech will be hard at work putting in some late nights as he attempts to whip his ride together in time for the season opening show in Mid-April. Uttech will be fielding a new Maxim chassis based ride with Wesmar power. Uttech is dedicated to running all the IRA events in addition to three extra 410 sprint shows at the Wilmot Raceway. If that weren’t enough his Uttech Auto Repair, Lucas Oil, X-WrapsRace Graphics, Chutes and Ladders Pub, Greenville Auto sponsored car will also be seen at a pair of local World of Outlaw events.

Kurt Davis has spent the past several seasons collecting feature wins in Eastern Wisconsin with his 360ci powered ride. While Davis doesn’t know if he’ll have a 410 available for his IRA efforts he does intend to run a half dozen events looking at races held at Plymouth, 141, Oshkosh and perhaps Sun Prairie. While at a horsepower disadvantage, Davis has shown, under the right conditions he can still run up front. His Culver’s, Benkowski Properties, Stone Mountain Access and Kristine Hartmann Reality sponsored ride managed an impressive 4th place finish at the Sheboygan County Fair race while wielding a 360ci engine.

A couple new names testing the waters this season in IRA competition include Jason Tostenson and Steve Muth. Muth, who ran a limited number of shows the past couple seasons should be hitting the IRA circuit in early May hoping to run as many shows as possible, dedicating his season to his father who is currently battling stage 4 cancer. Muth, a former runner-up in MSA rookie points in 2006 has also raced vintage modifieds. His IRA ride is sponsored by Muth Custom Welding and Fabrication, Premier Auto Body and CarQuest Auto Parts.

Tostenson has been racing 360 and occasional 410 sprint cars in his home state of Minnesota and Iowa and will drive for Rhys Layton. Tostenson will likely appear at the Northern IRA shows and is planning to attend the Sun Prairie event in June.

Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint action can be seen at 15 different tracks this year. Beaver Dam and Wilmot Raceway's will play a major role as each will host 5 dates including the Jim Wipperfurth Memorial at Beaver Dam Raceway, and the Kenosha Co Fair doubleheader at Wilmot.

Sheboygan County Fair Park's Plymouth Dirt Track will host 3 shows, all of which, including the Sheboygan County Fair date, will be shared with the PDTR/MSA 360 Sprints.

Angell Park, Cedar Lake, Dodge Co, Oshkosh, and 141 will each have 2 events, while single visits will be contested at ABC, Amsoil Speedway (Superior), Eagle Valley, Langlade, LaSalle, Rice Lake, and Seymour.

IRA proudly moves into 2014 backed by its long time supporting series partners, led by title sponsor Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, and associate series partners Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Hoosier Tire, Cummins Onan, and Carriage Auto Body.

2014 action goes green on April 19th at Oshkosh Speedzone and the final checkered waves September 27th at Dodge County Fairgrounds. For more information on the IRA Outlaw Sprints check out the tour website at www.irasprints.com or logging onto the series Facebook page at www.facebook.com/irasprints

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints are also a featured member of Racetext.net which presents local short track news and highlights over a four state area. The site can be found at www.racetext.net

 

 

 

THE RETURN OF THE ROAR

Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints Set to Revisit Angell Park and Seymour Speedways!

March 15, 2014; Appleton, WI. – It’s that sound. A sound felt as much as heard. It happens when a full field of 22 drivers step on the “go pedal” as a green flag drops during a 410 sprint main event. It’s audio bliss, and, sadly it’s a sound that can’t be heard at every racetrack.

For two raceways joining the 2014 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint schedule their fans will have a chance to discover first hand the roar of the Winged 410 Sprints doing battle at their home track as drivers turn loose the 900 horsepower engines.

After an absence of nearly three decades, 29 years to be exact, the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints will return to Angell Park Speedway located in Sun Prairie, WI. The third mile clay oval is hallowed ground to open-wheeled fans as the track had long been the home to the longest running weekly midget program in the history of the sport.

During the 1985 season the 410 Sprints appeared on three occasions, running a total of four feature events, as the final race held on August 7, 1985 would showcase a twin feature format. Four drivers that season had opportunity to visit victory lane with wins claimed by Dave Hanna, Rick Lemanski, Darrell Dodd and Joe Fote.

In addition to his A-main win in the first feature on that final race day, Dodd collected two of the three fast qualifying efforts, establishing the all-time track record of 13.742 seconds.

When looking at the drivers who competed during that 1985 season, Dodd is among three drivers who could be on hand for this year’s revival event as the three-time IRA champion still actively competes in the series. Likewise, Dennis Spitz, who took fifth in the last feature held is likely to be on hand for this seasons contests. Lemanski, was the July race winner in 1985, has since retired from driving but is crew chief for two-time series titlist Scotty Neitzel, who should be a threat to score a win almost 30 seasons after his car owner.

There will be two trips to Angell Park Speedway in 2014, both on Sunday evenings. The first visit will occur on June 1st with a return engagement on July 20th.

For fans of racing at the Seymour Speedway the wait for the roar of 410 sprints hasn’t been quite so long. The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints have twice visited the track since its reshaping to an oval in 2005. The last series event held at the track was during the 2008 racing season. Australian National champion, Brooke Tatnell, was victorious in the contest six seasons ago on August 31st, as he held off former IRA champion, Donny Goeden. Goeden was the evening’s fastest qualifier with a lap of 13.023 seconds.

As fast as that lap was on the banked third-mile oval, the current all-time track record belongs to two-time IRA champ Travis Whitney when he blistered the track in 12.672 seconds on September 2, 2007.

That contest was captured by Mike Reinke. The event ran green to checkered with the 30 laps clicking off in just a tick under eight minutes. Track record holder, Whitney, was second in that contest. Those two races mark the only two appearances for sprint cars at the Seymour Speedway since the track reconfiguration from a tri-oval.

Seymour fans will again “feel the roar” as the series revisits the banked third-mile clay oval on Sunday Night August 17th.

IRA proudly moves into 2014 backed by its long time supporting series partners led by title sponsor Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers and associate series partners Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Hoosier Tire, Cummins Onan, and Carriage Auto Body.

The 2014 season is currently scheduled to get underway on Saturday Night, April 19th at the Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway marking the first of 30 shows to be held this season at 15 different area tracks.

For more information on the IRA Outlaw Sprints check out the tour website at www.irasprints.com or logging onto the series Facebook page at www.facebook.com/irasprints

 

 

 

UNPRECIDENTED COMPETITION IN IRA ACTION THIS SEASON!

Teams lay ground work for season ahead with the Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprints!

February 27, 2014; Appleton, WI. – Locked dormant beneath layers of snow, Wisconsin’s wind whipped speedway’s are soon to be uncovered by the spring thaw, and with the thaw fans will begin to anticipate the forthcoming racing season.

Teams participating in the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series are already crafting their machinery and preparing for the highly competitive season ahead.

Some drivers have already jumped behind the wheel to shake off the dust and get an early start on the competition, while others are proudly displaying their 2014 season colors showcasing the rides they hope to place in victory lane.

Brandon Thone got the jump on the competition becoming the first IRA based team to log laps in the 2014 season. To do so Thone packed up and headed south to Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Florida where he participated in the DIRTcar Nationals turning laps with the World of Outlaws for their season opening contest, and testing the waters with the All-Stars. His #94 ride was sporting an impressive new paint scheme which will be witnessed this upcoming season when the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints roar into action.

Likewise potential IRA “Rookie of the Year” candidate Scott Thiel sought out the sunshine state, heading to Florida’s East Bay Speedway where he participated in a multi-day event for 360 sprints. Thiel runs limited events with the IRA each season driving a car typically powered by an ASCS 360 power plant. With a 410 under the hood Thiel could become a real threat to victory lane in 2014.

While some teams have already taken to the clay, others have been showing their 2014 colors in climate-controlled environments closer to home. 2013 Bumper to Bumper IRA “Rookie of the Year”, Jeremy “Sherm” Schultz displayed his ride at the 7th Annual Race and Performance Expo in St. Charles, IL this past weekend. With a bold new look, plans are to contend for the 2014 title and dethrone 6-time IRA title holder Bill Balog.

Other teams have been announcing their 2014 racing intentions and giving fans a glimpse of the season ahead by posting on various social media. Russell Borland and Blake Nimee have joined forces presenting what is essentially a two car team. Both drivers are looking to be tough competition during the entire 2014 IRA schedule, which will consist of 30 events.

Some new and returning faces will include Brian Kristan who hopes to run the entire IRA schedule for the first time in several seasons. Kristan always a threat at a podium finish has seen limited action the past couple years. He drove in a couple races in 2013 driving a car for Chris Dodd.

Steve Muth is another driver looking to participate in 2014 tossing his hat in the ring competing for “Rookie of the Year” honors after doing some vintage Modified racing. Likewise Ben Schmidt will join the IRA full-time this coming year. Schmidt will be competing with the Rhine Auto Motorsports team which has had a great deal of success claiming multiple 360 sprint championships at Plymouth and Manitowoc. The past several rookie of the year title winners including Robbie Pribnow and Jeremy Schultz have graduated to 410 sprints from area 360 competition with a great deal of success.

Pribnow led the recent 360 insurgence into the IRA which has also included past 360 champion Lance Fassbender. Fassbender had a very solid season going in his rookie campaign last year before a season ending injury. We are extremely pleased to hear the second generation racer will be back again for the 2014 season.

Other teams announcing their intentions for the upcoming season include long time IRA supporters Kris and Dennis Spitz who plan to hit the trail with the IRA tour hoping to run 100% of the shows. Jeremy Schroeder looks to participate more in 2014 hoping to run at least 75% of the contests. Schroeder and his team have already completed much of the work on their 2014 ride.

Chad Tessman proved the spirit of competition is alive and well even with teams on a limited budget. After running nearly a full season last year he plans to be back, though running a bit more limited schedule in 2014.

Most of the familiar faces from last season are expected back, and with the announcements thus far the 2014 season looks like it will be an ultra competitive season for the IRA.

As snows begin to melt away more and more teams will begin to announce their plans and we hope to give you an insight of a very impressive field you will be seeing during Bumper to Bumper IRA Competition in 2014.

IRA proudly moves into 2014 backed by its' long time supporting series partners, led by title sponsor Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, and associate series partners Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Hoosier Tire, Cummins Onan, and Carriage Auto Body.

The 2014 season is currently scheduled to get underway on Saturday Night, April 19th at the Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway marking the first of 30 shows to be held this season at 15 different area tracks.

For more information on the IRA Outlaw Sprints check out the tour website at www.irasprints.com or logging onto the series Facebook page at www.facebook.com/irasprints

 

 

30 RACES AT FIFTEEN TRACKS FOR IRA SPRINTS IN 2014
The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series proudly announce a 30 race slate for the winged 410's, which will be contested at 15 venues in 2014. 29 of the 30 dates will be held in Wisconsin, with Illinois hosting 1. "We're really fortunate to have so much interest from the tracks which are relatively close for most of our core teams", stated series President Steve Sinclair. "We definitely hit all the Wisconsin markets, and racing at 15 tracks certainly still gives us the travel feel." 13 of the 15 tracks appearing on the 2014 schedule hosted events in 2013. Seymour Speedway is back on after a few year absence, and the most highly publicized addition will be Angell Park Speedway in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. IRA hasn't competed at Angell Park since 1985, but planned changes to the configuration should make the historic Midget venue more big car friendly. IRA and the Badger Midgets will share the event card on both Angell Park appearances.

Of course the Beaver Dam and Wilmot Raceway's will play a major role as each will host 5 dates including the Jim Wipperfurth Memorial at BDR, and the Kenosha Co Fair doubleheader at Wilmot. Sheboygan County Fair Park's Plymouth Dirt Track will host 3 shows, all of which, including the Sheboygan County Fair date, will be shared with the PDTR/MSA 360 Sprints. Angell Park, Cedar Lake, Dodge Co, Oshkosh, and 141 will each have 2 events, while single visits will be contested at ABC, Amsoil, Eagle Valley, Langlade, LaSalle, Rice Lake, and Seymour.

"This schedule is even a little more friendly than last year's. A few off weekends plus less work days, though we still have some double and triple header weekends. We even made the banquet location better and less expensive", said Sinclair who added, "We're blessed to have the support of so many good tracks, plus a tremendously loyal staff and core group of racers. 2014 should be another banner year for IRA".

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series will again play host to the UNOH All-Star Circuit of Champions (Wilmot), and the MOWA presented by Casey's General Store Series (LaSalle) in co-sanctioned events. As per tradition, the IRA stays dark when the World of Outlaws are at IRA host tracks, allowing teams the opportunity to compete if they wish. These dates include Wilmot May 9th, Beaver Dam June 28th, and Cedar Lake June 29th.

IRA proudly moves into 2014 backed by its' long time supporting series partners, led by title sponsor Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, and associate series partners Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Hoosier Tire, Cummins Onan, and Carriage Auto Body.

Action goes green on April 19th at Oshkosh, and the final checkered waves September 27th at Dodge Co.

2014 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series Schedeule

April
19 Sat Oshkosh SpeedZone - Oshkosh, WI
26 Sat Beaver Dam Raceway - Beaver Dam, WI
May
17 Sat Beaver Dam Raceway
24 Sat Wilmot Raceway - Wilmot, WI
25 Sun 141 Speedway - Francis Creek, WI
31 Sat Cedar Lake Speedway - New Richmond, WI
June
1 Sun Angell Park Speedway - Sun Prairie, WI
7 Sat Beaver Dam Raceway
14 Sat Sheboygan Co Fair Park - Plymouth, WI
20 Fri Oshkosh SpeedZone
21 Sat Wilmot Raceway
July
11 Fri Dodge Co Fairgrounds - Beaver Dam, WI
12 Sat Rice Lake Speedway - Rice Lake, WI
19 Sat Wilmot Raceway (w/All Stars)
20 Sun Angell Park Speedway
25 Fri Langlade County Speedway - Antigo, WI (Fair)
26 Sat ABC Raceway - Ashland, WI
27 Sun Eagle Valley Speedway - Jim Falls, WI
August
2 Sat Beaver Dam Raceway
15 Fri Wilmot Raceway (Fair)
16 Sat Wilmot Raceway (Fair)
17 Sun Seymour Speedway - Seymour, WI
23 Sat LaSalle Speedway - LaSalle, IL (w/MOWA)
29 Fri Sheboygan Co Fair Park (Fair)
31 Sun 141 Speedway
September
5 Fri Amsoil Speedway - Superior, WI
6 Sat Cedar Lake Speedway
13 Sat Sheboygan Co Fair Park
20 Sat Beaver Dam Raceway
27 Sat Dodge Co Fairgrounds

November
22 Sat Brookfield Inn & Suites - Brookfield, WI (Banquet)

 

 

Wisconsin Dells, WI 11/30 The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series celebrated their 2013 season with their annual gala Saturday night at the Crystal Room at Buffalo Phil's, part of the Great Wolf Lodge complex in the popular Wisconsin Dells. A crowd in excess of two hundred attended to honor champion Bill Balog and seventeen of his fellow IRA teams. Over $63,000 in cash awards were distributed, which "additionally" was followed by IRA's popular prize package drawing in which all eighteen teams are winners as a variety of "actual" product, such as chassis, cylinder heads, wings, wheels, safety gear, shocks, etc, etc are presented. Host Ray Underwood and IRA President Steve Sinclair shared the microphone with all eighteen participation eligible teams present.
Following cocktails and dinner, the comedic Underwood welcomed the enthusiastic gathering and then introduced Jeff Fischer of Grandstand Video who provided a truly spectacular twenty-two minute music video highlighting the 2013 season. Sinclair then addressed the group, thanking them for their support and reminding them how special and unique of a series they have, and pointed out the dedication and loyalty of many are what help make IRA the long time success story they are, specifically emphasizing the dedication of secretary/treasurer Kim Tennyson, and that of long time title sponsor Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers. Sinclair then proceeded to hand out IRA Appreciation Awards to Bill Modjeski (Car Owner), Chad Tessman (Driver), Randy Westphal (Team(s) Sponsor), Lee Smith (Safety Team), Kevin Spease and Gered Tennyson (IRA Staff), and TW Metals, Carriage Auto Body, and Osborn & Son Trucking (Sponsors) who exemplify the characteristics that make IRA what it is.
Renae Schmidt, daughter-in-law of the late Rick Schmidt, then presented the prestigeous Rick Schmidt Memorial IRA Member of the Year Award to Rick Lemanski. Lemanski has spent over two decades supporting IRA as a driver, co-owner, sponsor, and for the past twenty years most notably as the crew chief of perennial IRA front runner Scotty Neitzel.
Next up was the Maxim Chassis / Gleason Equipment Top 10 Giv-A-Way which is a drawing among teams which either finished in the top 10 in points, or had 100% participation and do so utilizing a Maxim car. Phillip Mock was the lucky recipient a new 2014 Maxim chassis of the nine teams drawing, specifically thanking IRA's Maxim & Hoosier Tire dealer Howie Gleason for his tremendous support of both him, and the IRA series as a whole. Additionally, J&J Auto Racing in a nice gesture recognized their top IRA team, Russel Borland (5th), with a set of their new bird cages.
Underwood with the help of trophy presenter Jennifer Schmidt then handed out the checks and hardware to the eighteen eligible teams.
Some special awards handed out in conjunction with the point fund presentation, including the Behling Racing Equipment B-main Award (Most B-Main wins in 2013 - 3) to Bill Wirth.
Jeremy Schultz was honored as the R&H Enterprises Rookie of the Year, in addition to his finishing a solid 2nd in overall points and picking up a pair of feature wins. Schultz was awarded a $1250 bonus for being Rookie of the Year plus received a complete front-end assembly (from R&H), and a jacket courtesy of Hoosier. Schultz thanked his many supporters in attendance including his father, crew, and engine builder, plus the team of Neitzel whom he mentored with for years prior to starting his driving career. When all said and done, Schultz took home just shy of $6000 in cash awards, plus the front-end, a MSD ignition box, and several other smaller contingencies.
Bill Balog was honored with an unprecedented 6th consecutive Frank Filskov Memorial IRA Championship. Balog took the $10,000 IRA championship check, plus also received the $500 Fast Timer Award courtesy of TW Metals and Osborn & Son Trucking for garnering the most qualifying points throughout the season. Balog led every statistical category enroute to a spectacular seventeen IRA feature win season. The Alaskan transplant thanked his crew, sponsor & friend Ryan Buesser, and of course his family for their support as his wife, young son, and sister (who traveled in from Alaska) were all in attendance. Prior to Bill being seated, Sinclair stepped up and awarded the Mechanix Wear Mechanic of the Year Award to Balog's crew member & engine tuner, Dave Ramthun.
Prior to the popular product drawing, a few additional awards were presented including the Mother's Wax & Polishes Best Appearing Car Award which went to the #7f of Lance Fassbender. Triana's Trophy Case also provided a Best appearing Car Award and that one went to the #12 of Mike Decker. Nick Alden received Most Improved Driver honors.
The Product Prize Drawing concluded the awards portion of the evening with each of the eighteen teams having the opportunity to select a prize package of their choice from the eighteen package options, draw order being determined by the luck of the draw. Wayne Modjeski (8th in points) was selected first to choose, and his package selection included a 2014 Maxim chassis. Twenty-six companies provided actual items for the drawing, and another twenty provided discount certificates to enhance some of the various packages. Special thanks to (in alphabetical order) for participating as a primary provider in the drawing.... ACCU-STOP, AFCO, ALL-PRO, ALL-STAR, AUTO METER, BEHLING, BELL, CRASH PAD, DESIGN 500, DMI, FK, HRP, IMPACT, KARAVAN, MAXIM, MOTHER'S, MSD, M&W, OUTERWEARS, QUARTER MASTER, RACING OPTICS, R&H, SCHOENFELD, ULTRASHIELD, VELOCITY, VIKING, WELD, and WILWOOD. Plus cert providers Buege, Brodix, Competition Specialists, Hilborn, Rhey, Saldana, Simpson, Super Shox, Winters, and others.
High Energy Entertainment provided the music.
Also special thanks to Bon Ton Bakery (Jefferson, WI), Triana's Trophy Case (Watertown, WI). Photographers...Brett Moist (BMT), and Rob Eisentraut (RC). And Jeff Sachse for all his efforts behind the scenes.
The 2014 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series schedule will be released just after the new year.
IRA's eighteen honored teams, listed in driver point standing order were;
1. Bill Balog 2.Jeremy Schultz 3. Scotty Neitzel 4. Phillip Mock 5. Russel Borland 6. Scott Uttech 7. Bill Wirth 8. Wayne Modjeski 9. Kris Spitz
10. Dave Uttech 11. Tommy Sexton 12. Nick Alden 13. Mike Decker 14. Alan Hafford 15. Dennis Spitz 16. Chad Tessman 17. Brandon Thone 18. Lance Fassbender




 

IT’S AWARDS TIME FOR THE BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA OUTLAW SPRINTS

Banquet to put the wraps on a successful 2013 racing season!

McHenry, IL; November 18, 2013 –The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series

Awards Banquet is set for Saturday night November 30th at the Crystal Room in Buffalo Phil's, directly across the parking lot of the Great Wolf Lodge in the popular Wisconsin Dells.

The Great Wolf Lodge is the host hotel and Monday Nov. 18th is the last day to reserve your room at the discounted IRA rate. Call 1-800-559-WOLF and use code 1311IRASPR_001. The deadline to order banquet tickets is Nov 20th, directions are on the IRA website, see http://www.irasprints.com/ for details.

The event is open to fans and we encourage our loyal contingent and all area competitors to join us as we recognize our eighteen eligible teams and distribute the biggest point fund in the upper-midwest. Tickets however must be ordered in advance as there will be not be any available at the door. Cocktails begin at 5pm.

Also, IRA will have their Fall membership meeting this Wednesday night, September 20th, at the traditional Bowlero location, banquet tickets can be purchased at that time. The exciting 2014 schedule is its' final stages and will be released soon.

For more information on the IRA Outlaw Sprints check out the tour website at www.irasprints.com or logging onto the series Facebook page at www.facebook.com/irasprints

The IRA Outlaw Sprint Series is proudly supported by Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, Hoosier Tire, Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Onan, Carriage Auto Body, Polaris DEFENSE, and Mother's Polishes and Waxes. The office of the IRA Sprints can be reached at 815-759-9269 or by e-mail at steve@irasprints.com

 

 

Season Finale Follow-up / Refund Information

Beaver Dam, WI; September 29, 2013 - Thanks to all that braved the weather in an attempt to either participate or witness the season finale at the Dodge County Fairgrounds Saturday night September 28th.

We all gave it a valiant shot, but Mother Nature was uncooperative. With 24 IRA cars signed, 15 MSA 360's, 16 Mods, and about a dozen gorgeous Vintage Mods on the grounds we got as far as IRA qualifying, on a well prepared track, before the forecasted rain hit. It was tremendous to the see the support of both teams and fans who came out despite the horrendous forecast. After discussion with the fairgrounds track prep crew, series officials, several fans, and the race teams it was decided that it was simply best to just call it a season versus having everyone scramble for hotel rooms or drive up to 3 hours back and forth for a raindate.

The championships had been decided. We gave out refunds to most everyone last night following the rainout however some tickets or wristbands remain uncollected.

For those who did not get refunded at either the ticket booth or pit gate following the cancellation, you can get refunded yet by following these directions. Please send your ticket stubs and/or wristbands AND a self addressed stamped envelope to.... IRA 706 N. Green St McHenry, IL 60050 by October 15th to receive a full refund. Again we sincerely appreciate the support and are all ready looking forward to next year. On behalf of the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series, the Dodge County Fairgrounds, and the MSA we want to say THANK YOU, and we're all ready looking forward to next year.

 

 

 


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