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LOYET MAKES SURPRISE APPEARANCE, OUTRUNS REINKE FOR BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA OUTLAW SPRINT CAR VICTORY AT OSHKOSH!

ON TRACK ACTION AS HOT AS THE WEATHER! LOYET CAPTURES SPEEDZONE VICTORY AFTER SURPRISE APPEARANCE!

July 22, 2016; Oshkosh, WI – The pit area filled with a number of surprise entries as the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint series presented a program on an evening where the on track action was a hothot as the weather. A solid turnout of dedicated race fans were on hand to witness the action showcased by the 900 horsepower machines on the semi-banked third mile oval in spite of the heat index being near 100 degrees.

With drivers swapping rides, racers returning to action and outright surprise competitors, the fans had a lot to look forward to before racing even began.

Brad Loyet, a native of Sunset Hills, Missouri is currently on the national tour with the American Sprint Car Series where he has captured a pair of victories this season. He’s been an occasional competitor with the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints and tonight he made the most of those limited appearances. Loyet’s crew rebuilt a car that had been sitting dormant since an accident last year and used the Oshkosh event to shake down the reassembled ride. In spite of missing hot laps, Loyet quickly found the handle earning a spot in the main event.

The three time POWRi National midget champion then spent the first 9 laps of the 30 lap contest chasing two-time Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprint Series title holder Scotty Neitzel before making a move in lapped traffic to take over the top spot.

From that point, he was able to fend off a hard changing Mike Reinke and survive a late race caution to secure the victory.

“It feels good to get a win that’s for sure”, Loyet exclaimed as he began to explain the effort it took to get his car ready for the evening’s show.

“We built this car this week. It was one we crashed last year and we just finally put it together. We didn’t get any hot laps, it was one of those new car deals you always find some stuff that’s wrong”, noted Loyet on his appearance with the IRA.

“We bolted some new shocks on for the heat race and they were not where we thought they were. We got them where they needed to be for the feature. That’s what it takes to win these races, hard work and my guys did a great job”, as he gave his crew credit for the victory.

Loyet’s victory goes into the record books as the tenth different winner in IRA action this season.

Mike Reinke may have had a bigger say in that outcome if not for a late-race caution.

Celebrating his 25th season of racing, Reinke was closing on Loyet as the event was nearing it’s conclusion having nibbled a straightaway lead down to a few car lengths when the yellow flag appeared. When racing went back green Loyet got a good jump on Reinke who no longer was able to match Loyet’s pace. He would have to settle for second six car lengths behind at the checkered flag.

Scotty Neitzel was the final driver making the podium after rebounding over the final circuits to come out on top of a torrid battle for the third spot.

30 entries had checked into the pit area and there were many surprises. Dave Uttech and Phillip Mock returned to action after time off due to mechanical ills, while Tim Vandervere made his first start in several seasons making a surprise return to action.

Additionally, two drivers made their debut in Bumper to Bumper IRA competition. Emily Portschy became the first new female competitor in several years to enter an IRA race, while second generation racer Brandon McMullen enthralled many in attendance with an impressive debut.

McMullen is a standout competitor in area 360 sprint ranks where he had captured the 2015 MSA series title. He turned heads by setting the fastest lap of the evening in qualifying and later finishing a solid 7th in the main event behind the wheel of a car prepared by Ozzie Weisner that was most recently driven by Ben Schmidt. Schmidt meanwhile also return to action after a several race absence wheeling a car owned by Brandon Thone earning a respectable eighth place.

Due to a late start of the program a group qualifying format was utilized with McMullen’s 13.261 second effort being the quickest of the session. Blake Nimee who had been hampered by mechanical ills recently was second quickest of the night with a lap of 13.269 seconds. Nimee would go on to capture his heat race in convincing fashion. He later finished 11th in the main event with challenged by a broken nose wing. Title contender Jeremy Schultz was third quickest on the evening with a lap of 13.285 seconds.

24 cars rolled trackside on a tacky racing surface that allowed for plenty of rim-riding high-speed action.

Neitzel who had started on the outside of the front row got the jump on Loyet blasting into the lead. Loyet opted to try a lower line in an effort to wrestle the top spot from Neitzel, but Neitzel maintained a slim lead over the opening circuits.

Third place would remain hotly contested throughout the event. Steve Meyer and Reinke battled for the spot during the opening rounds joined by Schultz and Kertscher who were also seeking to advance.

Neitzel encountered lapped traffic by lap eight. Loyet used the opportunity to close the gap on the leader and as the pair worked past backmarkers on the next circuit, Loyet dove to the inside of Neitzel down the backstretch and wrestled away the lead.

Once out front Loyet slowly began to open up the lead as Neitzel gave chase.

On lap ten Meyer lost grip in turn two going for a quick spin drawing the first of two cautions.

The action quickly resumed with Loyet and Neitzel pulling away from a hotly contested third place battle between Reinke and Schultz. On lap 12 Schultz annexed the position and tried to close on the lead pair.

Running hard Schultz found room under Neitzel for the second spot on lap 19 briefly making his way to the second spot.

The battle for second intensified as soon Schultz, Reinke and Neitzel were all running within a couple car lengths as they weaved through lapped cars.

Loyet meanwhile had built a solid lead.

Reinke began his charge on lap 20 displacing Schultz and setting out after Loyet. Reinke began to blaze past lapped machines picking them off quickly and he started to reel in Loyet.

With five laps to go Reinke had removed all the lapped cars between himself and the leader and had closed within six car lengths.

The charge was halted on the next circuit when Nimee, who had been fighting for a top five spot, looped his ride in turn four.

This bunched the field and placed Reinke within striking distance of Loyet.

However when the green flag return Loyet got a good jump and Reinke wasn’t able to match Loyet’s speed. Over the final circuits, Loyet maintained the gap of a half-dozen car lengths.

Over the final laps, Neitzel would impress working back past several cars to claim the third spot. Schultz reached the line in the fourth position.

Current Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprint series point leader Scotty Thiel made the best of a challenging night after he was collected in his heat race accident. In the main event, he pressed forward from his 13th place starting spot to finish fifth and maintain his point lead.

Kertscher spent his evening contesting for a top five spot eventually having to settle for sixth. Brandon McMullen in his 410 sprint debut got an impressive seventh. Last season’s point runner-up Ben Schmidt has now driven four different cars this season and has proven his adaptability. Tonight he got his first start behind the wheel of a Brandon Thone owned machine that had been driven by Robbie Pribnow. Schmidt put the car in eighth place at the checkered.

Russel Borland made the most of a last-minute engine change. Having just received his powerplant Borland and his crew managed to make the program tonight taking a rewarding ninth place finish. Jordan Goldesberry completed the top ten after starting 19th.

20 of the 24 starters were still on track at the checkered.

The B-main was captured by Todd Daun who was chased to the finish by Jereme Schroeder, Matt Vandervere, and Dennis Spitz. Ken Jay Fiedler and Wayne Modjeski finished fifth and sixth and were the final transfer cars. Michael Decker was the first alternate for the main after finishing seventh.

Heat race victories were captured by Kertscher, Nimee, and Mock.

Then the series had planned to contest an event at Eagle Valley Speedway located near Jim Fall, WI on Saturday but with bad weather rolling into the area the event was canceled.

The series will now head to Langlade County Fairgrounds in Antigo, Wi for a program next Friday evening, July 29th.

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 IRA Sprints are presented by its long time supporting series partners. The series support is led by title sponsor Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, and associate series partners Hoosier Tire, Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Cummins Onan, and Twin Lakes Marine.

Upcoming 2016 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series Events:

7/29/2016 – Langlade County Speedway – Antigo, WI

8/5/2016 – Dodge County Fairgrounds – Beaver Dam, WI

8/6/2016 – Plymouth Dirt Track – Plymouth, WI

410 Sprints | IRA Interstate Racing Association

Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts A Feature 1 (30 Laps): 1. O5-Brad Loyet[1]; 2. 02-Mike Reinke[5]; 3. 2W-Scott Neitzel[2]; 4. 5J-Jeremy Schultz[6]; 5. 64-Scotty Thiel[13]; 6. 80K-Mike Kertscher[10]; 7. 73-Brandon McMullen[8]; 8. 94R-Ben Schmidt[12]; 9. 23-Russel Borland[11]; 10. 65-Jordan Goldesberry[15]; 11. 79-Blake Nimee[7]; 12. 7-Scott Uttech[3]; 13. 99-Kyle Marten[14]; 14. 19-Todd Daun[20]; 15. 53W-Bill Wirth[17]; 16. 41-Dennis Spitz[22]; 17. 43-Jereme Schroeder[19]; 18. 85M-Steve Meyer[4]; 19. 4K-Kris Spitz[18]; 20. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski[24]; 21. (DNF) 1M-Phillip Mock[9]; 22. (DNF) 68-Dave Uttech[16]; 23. (DNF) 95A-Ken Jay Fiedler[23]; 24. (DNF) 10V-Matt Vandevere[21]

Behling Racing Equipment B Feature 1 (12 Laps): 1. 19-Todd Daun[6]; 2. 43-Jereme Schroeder[1]; 3. 10V-Matt Vandevere[4]; 4. 41-Dennis Spitz[8]; 5. 95A-Ken Jay Fiedler[2]; 6. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski[5]; 7. 12-Michael Decker[3]; 8. 7V-Tim Vandevere[7]; 9. 33R-Douglas Pietz[9]; (DNS) 14AJX-Darren Struve; (DNS) 0-John Fahl; (DNS) 55E-Emily Portschy

Real Wheels Heat 1 (10 Laps): 1. 80K-Mike Kertscher[2]; 2. 2W-Scott Neitzel[4]; 3. 68-Dave Uttech[1]; 4. 94R-Ben Schmidt[3]; 5. 02-Mike Reinke[5]; 6. 73-Brandon McMullen[6]; 7. 43-Jereme Schroeder[7]; 8. 19-Todd Daun[9]; 9. 33R-Douglas Pietz[8]; (DNS) 0-John Fahl

DMI Heat 2 (10 Laps): 1. 79-Blake Nimee[6]; 2. 85M-Steve Meyer[5]; 3. 65-Jordan Goldesberry[2]; 4. 53W-Bill Wirth[1]; 5. O5-Brad Loyet[4]; 6. 64-Scotty Thiel[3]; 7. 10V-Matt Vandevere[8]; 8. 95A-Ken Jay Fiedler[7]; 9. 7V-Tim Vandevere[9]; 10. 55E-Emily Portschy[10]

All Star Performance Products Heat 3 (10 Laps): 1. 1M-Phillip Mock[2]; 2. 5J-Jeremy Schultz[6]; 3. 23-Russel Borland[4]; 4. 4K-Kris Spitz[1]; 5. 7-Scott Uttech[5]; 6. 99-Kyle Marten[3]; 7. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski[8]; 8. 41-Dennis Spitz[9]; 9. 12-Michael Decker[7]; 10. (DNF) 14AJX-Darren Struve[10]

Osborn & Son Qualifying: 1. 73-Brandon McMullen, 13.261[14]; 2. 79-Blake Nimee, 13.269[22]; 3. 5J-Jeremy Schultz, 13.285[23]; 4. 02-Mike Reinke, 13.361[26]; 5. 85M-Steve Meyer, 13.486[16]; 6. 7-Scott Uttech, 13.529[20]; 7. 2W-Scott Neitzel, 13.563[7]; 8. O5-Brad Loyet, 13.596[21]; 9. 23-Russel Borland, 13.686[19]; 10. 94R-Ben Schmidt, 13.780[12]; 11. 64-Scotty Thiel, 13.828[17]; 12. 99-Kyle Marten, 13.844[25]; 13. 80K-Mike Kertscher, 13.868[24]; 14. 65-Jordan Goldesberry, 13.873[4]; 15. 1M-Phillip Mock, 13.910[27]; 16. 68-Dave Uttech, 13.921[30]; 17. 53W-Bill Wirth, 13.997[10]; 18. 4K-Kris Spitz, 14.141[8]; 19. 43-Jereme Schroeder, 14.160[15]; 20. 95A-Ken Jay Fiedler, 14.198[9]; 21. 12-Michael Decker, 14.228[11]; 22. 0-John Fahl, 14.303[29]; 23. 10V-Matt Vandevere, 14.316[5]; 24. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski, 14.346[13]; 25. 19-Todd Daun, 14.545[3]; 26. 7V-Tim Vandevere, 14.597[28]; 27. 41-Dennis Spitz, 14.639[6]; 28. 33R-Douglas Pietz, 15.835[18]; 29. 55E-Emily Portschy, 16.553[1]; (DNS) 14AJX-Darren Struve

 

 

OSHKOSH SPEEDZONE AND EAGLE VALLEY SPEEDWAY HOSTS BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA OUTLAW SPRINTS THIS WEEKEND!

ONLY APPEARANCE FOR OUTLAW 410 SORINTS AT TWO TRACKS TAKES PLACE THIS WEEKEND AS BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA OUTLAW SPRINT SEASON HEAD TO OSHKOSH AND JIM FALLS!

July 20, 2016; Appleton, WI – The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints relationship with Mother Nature was strained a little bit more this past weekend as a planned double header consisting of events at Wilmot Raceway and Angell Park Speedway were reduced from two events to one.

While Wilmot Raceway successfully hosted a very special Founder’s Night event captured by Bill Balog the planned contest at Angell Park Speedway the following evening fell to weather. Soaking rains in the morning and the forecast for potential severe weather for cancellation of the event.

It was the fourth rainout of a busy 2016 season for the series, which consists of 34 events.

This weekend the goal is to complete the double as the shows will mark the only events to be held at the respective tracks this year.

It begins Friday Night, July 22nd at the Oshkosh Speedzone as the semi-banked third mile clay oval located in the southern Fox Valley area will start the weekend off. For the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Cars in what will be their first appearance in over a year. Last time the 900 horsepower winged machines visited the track it was Scott Uttech putting on a unwavering performance to earn the victory over two-time series champion Scotty Neitzel.

This Friday night the Sprints will be joined by the tracks own Modified special marking the

second round of the IMCA Modified King of the Ring series. The IMCA Sport Mods and IMCA Stock Cars are also part of the big night.

Pit gates will open at 4:00pm, the grandstands will open at 5:00pm. Sprint car hot laps will take place at 6:00pm, with qualifying scheduled for 6:30pm. The first green flag is set to wave at 7:00pm

Adult admission for this special event is $20, with a student ticket available to those ages 11 to 15 for $10. Children ages 10 and under are FREE.

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. Fans and drivers can find additional details on the contest by visiting the track website at www.oshkoshspeedzone.net

Then the series packs up and heads West. Eagle Valley Speedway located near Jim Fall, WI will be presenting the first show of the season in West Central Wisconsin for the 410 sprints. The high banked 3/8 mile oval feature high speed action on a track where the straights have a roller coaster effect, heading downhill on the front stretch and uphill on the backstretch. The high banked turns are also ideal for as they result in the exceptionally high speeds obtained at the raceway.

It has been two years since the series last appeared at the track as weather had washed out the only scheduled event at the facility last season.

When the series last appeared in 2014 it was seven-time series champ, Bill Balog earning the rights to victory lane as he outran Mike Reinke and Travis Whitney.

This Saturday’s event is being billed as the tracks biggest show of the year at the track and in addition to the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints, the raceway’s own WISSOTA Modifieds will be in action along with the track’s first ever Hornet Swarm special for 4 cylinder cars. T he show will also feature the first ever appearance of the Upper Midwest Sprint Series Traditional Sprints. The IRA sanctioned Wisconsin WingLESS Sprint Series will join the UMSS events that evening running under their own rules.

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.

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 IRA Sprints are presented by its long time supporting series partners. The series support is led by title sponsor Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, and associate series partners Hoosier Tire, Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Cummins Onan, and Twin Lakes Marine.

Upcoming 2016 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series Events:

7/23/2016 – Eagle Valley Speedway – Jim Falls, WI

7/29/2016 – Langlade County Speedway – Antigo, WI

8/5/2016 – Dodge County Fairgrounds – Beaver Dam, WI

8/6/2016 – Plymouth Dirt Track – Plymouth, WI

 

 

BALOG TOPS BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA WAIN AT WILMOT RACEWAY’S FOUNDERS NIGHT ACTION!

BALOG FENDS OFF LATE RACE CHARGE BY POINT LEADER THIEL FOR VICTORY AT WILMOT RACEWAY!

July 16, 2016, Wilmot, WI – Seven-time Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprint Series champion Bill Balog goes into the record books as the winner of Saturday Night’s event as Wilmot Raceway. What isn’t recorded in the tally is just how hard he had to work for the victory.

Balog had started in the eighth position and quickly had worked toward the front of the field. He had been attempting to work past Brandon Wimmer, when Wimmer bicycled his car slamming back onto it’s wheel breaking it’s suspension.

This gave the lead to Balog but the race was far from over. For the remaining distance current Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprint Series point leader Scotty Thiel harassed Balog endlessly.

A final restart with just eight laps to go gave Thiel one last shot to run down Balog, but Balog expertly worked lapped traffic over the final two laps to score his fifth series victory of the 2016 season.

Thiel had to settle for runner-up honors. It also continued his remarkable consistency having finished in the top five in 7 of the past 9 events.

Third place went to two-time Wilmot Raceway champ Jeremy Schultz. Schultz, victorious in 410 sprint action at the track one week ago spent the final half of the contest trying to run down the lead duo of Balog and Thiel. Just like Thiel, he has been remarkably consistent of late having recorded four top five finishes in the past five events.

Not surprisingly Schultz provides the biggest challenge to Thiel’s point lead.

The event started with Scott Uttech and Ryan Irwin making up the front row. Uttech gained the upper hand at the drop of the green and was pacing the field when the first caution flew for a spin by Jordan Goldesberry in turn two.

The field realigned with Uttech leading Irwin, Wimmer and Thiel back to the green flag.

The race resumed with Wimmer blasting past Uttech for the top spot while Balog rim-rode the track gaining positions in rapid succession.

On lap five Robbie Pribnow got upside down in turn two forcing a red flag. Pribnow emerged unhurt but his ride was done for the evening.

Wimmer powered away with the lead as racing got back underway while Balog made quick work of Uttech to garner second.

On lap eight Thiel rambled past Uttech to reach third.

The next circuit saw the yellow flag wave again, this time for a twin spin as both Todd Daun and Goldesberry got headed the wrong direction in turn four.

The race quickly got back full speed with Wimmer, Balog and Thiel leading the field around the semi-banked third-mile clay oval.

Wimmer’s time at the front lasted just two more laps when he bicycled his car in turn three, nearly flipping. Though he landed on his wheels, the suspension broke on his machine ending his night and thereby turning the lead over to Balog.

This left Balog, Thiel and Uttech in the top three spots as action again resumed.

While Balog had the lead he was unable to get much of a gap on Thiel who followed Balog’s every move.

The third position meanwhile became a test of wills between Uttech and Schultz who was working the high line.

Just before the halfway point the yellow flag waved yet again as Michael Decker and Trey Datweiler locked horns in turn four. Both were able to continue when the race went green yet again.

Balog and Thiel broke away from traffic with Schultz running a distant third when the final yellow flag flew on lap 22.

The final eight laps would go into the record books without further incident.

Balog got a great restart leaving a small gap on Thiel who ran eight car lengths behind. Over the final two circuits Balog again encountered lapped traffic. Though Thiel managed to close the gap, Balog made the correct moved and reached the finish line with a two car length advantage for the win.

Thiel had to settle for second spot. Schultz held fast to the final podium position in third.

Uttech’s fourth place finish was his best effort so far in 2016, Mike Reinke nailed down the final top five position.


Todd Hepfner, Raymond Hensley, Scotty Nietzel, Bill Wirth and Kris Spitz completed the top ten.

Due to mechanical difficulties for Blake Nimee and Rusty Egan which reduced the field no B-main was needed this evening.

Heat race victories were collected by Wirth, Thiel and Modjeski.

Balog paced the 27 car field this evening in qualifying with a lap of 13.382 seconds. Reinke turned in the second quickest lap at 13.44 seconds. Schultz was third quick at 13.502 seconds.

The top 25 cars in qualifying all timed within one second of the quickest lap turning in by Balog.

The series now heads Angell Park Speedway for the Norm Nelson Classic.

The Sunday evening show will feature the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints which will be joined by the Badger Midgets and Wisconsin Dirt Legends series.

All tickets and pit passes from the June 5th rain out at the track will be honored. You must bring your ticket and pit pass to redeem it for a new ticket/pit pass.

Admission prices are $20 for adults, with Students ages 12 to 18 admitted for $15. Children under the age of 12 are admitted FREE with an adult.

Pit gates will open at 2:00pm, with spectator gates opening at 4:30pm. Hot laps begin at 6:00pm with racing to follow.

For more information, visit www.angellparkspeedway.net.


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 IRA Sprints are presented by its long time supporting series partners. The series support is led by title sponsor Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, and associate series partners Hoosier Tire, Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Cummins Onan, and Twin Lakes Marine.

Upcoming 2016 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series Events:

7/17/2016 – Angell Park Speedway – Sun Prairie, WI

7/22/2016 – Oshkosh Speedzone – Oshkosh, WI

7/23/2016 – Eagle Valley Speedway – Jim Falls, WI

7/29/2016 – Langlade County Speedway – Antigo, WI

8/6/2016 – Dodge County Fairgrounds – Beaver Dam, WI

Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts A Feature 1 (30 Laps): 1. 17B-Bill Balog[8]; 2. 64-Scotty Thiel[4]; 3. 5J-Jeremy Schultz[6]; 4. 7-Scott Uttech[2]; 5. 02-Mike Reinke[7]; 6. 1HRP-Todd Hepfner[13]; 7. 70-Raymond Hensley[18]; 8. 2W-Scott Neitzel[12]; 9. 53W-Bill Wirth[10]; 10. 4K-Kris Spitz[15]; 11. 11-Joey Moughan[20]; 12. 56-Ryan Irwin[1]; 13. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski[9]; 14. 41-Dennis Spitz[22]; 15. 10V-Matt Vandevere[21]; 16. 43-Jereme Schroeder[17]; 17. 23D-Trey Datweiler[24]; 18. 0-John Fahl[23]; 19. 99-Kyle Marten[5]; 20. 12-Michael Decker[25]; 21. (DNF) 1MM-Jim Moughan Jr[16]; 22. (DNF) 48-Brandon Wimmer[3]; 23. (DNF) 19-Todd Daun[19]; 24. (DNF) 65-Jordan Goldesberry[11]; 25. (DNF) 94R-Rob Pribnow[14]

Real Wheels Heat 1 (10 Laps): 1. 53W-Bill Wirth[2]; 2. 17B-Bill Balog[6]; 3. 2W-Scott Neitzel[3]; 4. 43-Jereme Schroeder[1]; 5. 7-Scott Uttech[4]; 6. 99-Kyle Marten[5]; 7. 19-Todd Daun[7]; 8. 12-Michael Decker[9]; 9. 41-Dennis Spitz[8]

DMI Heat 2 (10 Laps): 1. 64-Scotty Thiel[5]; 2. 4K-Kris Spitz[2]; 3. 1HRP-Todd Hepfner[3]; 4. 70-Raymond Hensley[1]; 5. 02-Mike Reinke[6]; 6. 56-Ryan Irwin[4]; 7. 0-John Fahl[8]; 8. (DNF) 11-Joey Moughan[7]; (DNS) 79-Blake Nimee

All Star Performance Products Heat 3 (10 Laps): 1. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski[1]; 2. 1MM-Jim Moughan Jr[2]; 3. 65-Jordan Goldesberry[4]; 4. 94R-Rob Pribnow[3]; 5. 48-Brandon Wimmer[5]; 6. 5J-Jeremy Schultz[6]; 7. 10V-Matt Vandevere[7]; 8. 23D-Trey Datweiler[8]; (DNS) 50-Rusty Egan

Osborn & Son Qualifying 1: 1. 17B-Bill Balog, 13.382[22]; 2. 02-Mike Reinke, 13.444[24]; 3. 5J-Jeremy Schultz, 13.502[5]; 4. 99-Kyle Marten, 13.503[8]; 5. 64-Scotty Thiel, 13.525[11]; 6. 48-Brandon Wimmer, 13.539[15]; 7. 7-Scott Uttech, 13.540[13]; 8. 56-Ryan Irwin, 13.571[14]; 9. 79-Blake Nimee, 13.662[16]; 10. 65-Jordan Goldesberry, 13.671[23]; 11. 2W-Scott Neitzel, 13.681[3]; 12. 1HRP-Todd Hepfner, 13.763[17]; 13. 94R-Rob Pribnow, 13.780[10]; 14. 53W-Bill Wirth, 13.787[26]; 15. 4K-Kris Spitz, 13.805[7]; 16. 1MM-Jim Moughan Jr, 13.843[25]; 17. 43-Jereme Schroeder, 13.856[19]; 18. 70-Raymond Hensley, 13.889[12]; 19. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski, 13.901[9]; 20. 19-Todd Daun, 13.904[1]; 21. 11-Joey Moughan, 13.984[27]; 22. 10V-Matt Vandevere, 14.009[6]; 23. 41-Dennis Spitz, 14.032[2]; 24. 0-John Fahl, 14.318[21]; 25. 23D-Trey Datweiler, 14.368[20]; 26. 12-Michael Decker, 14.692[4]; (DNS) 50-Rusty Egan

 

 

SECOND HALF OF 2016 SEASON BEGINS FOR THE BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA SPRINTS WITH WILMOT – SUN PRAIRIE DOUBLE HEADER!

TEAMS PREPARE FOR SECOND HALF OF CHALLENGING BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA OUTLAW SPRINT SEASON!

July 13, 2016; Appleton, WI – The challenging 34 date schedule for the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series will cross the midpoint this weekend as the series makes stops at two of it’s most prolific tracks. On Saturday Night July 16th Wilmot Raceway will see the 900 horsepower winged sprints showcase their speed and fury and then on Sunday Night, July 17th fans at Angell Park Speedway will witness the and addition helping of the spectacle of speed.

Teams have mainly been divided into two camps so far this season. Those, which have been able to stay on task and complete, and those that have been challenged by fate and mechanical ills and are seeking a return to racing action.

The former group will be ready for Saturday evening, as Wilmot Raceway will host four divisions of action highlighted by the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints. Joining the program will be the Wisconsin WingLESS Sprint Series, which has become especially popular as one of the featured weekly divisions at the track. Mini-Sprints and Modifieds will also be on the card.

The event will mark the third of five appearances for the series this season. So far outsiders have captured the two events run. In the first contest Dusty Zomer outran Brandon Wimmer for the win, while Danny Holtgraver came up victorious in the All-Stars vs IRA Challenge event.

The track has also hosted an addition pair of 410 sprint shows. Wimmer ran down Jeremy Schultz for the win in the first contest while Schultz, a two-time track champion and the 2013 IRA Rookie of the Year earned the victory in the second event.

Given that performance Schultz could use his knowledge of the raceway as a means to cut into the point lead of Scotty Thiel who has earned three victories in Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprint Series competition this season. Schultz meanwhile is looking to get back to victory lane in IRA action at a track that rewarded him with several IRA victories.

Grandstands open at 5:00 p.m. with racing slated at 6:45. Grandstand admission is $20.00 for adults ages 12 and over; $5.00 for youth ages 7-11; and free for children ages 6 and under. For the latest updates check the trackside race line 262-862-2090, the official track web site www.wilmotraceway.com or the track Facebook page.

On Sunday the series will make a trip to Angell Park Speedway. The historic facility has become a favorite of both fans and drivers for the intense racing action it has provided.

All totaled the series is making six stops at the uniquely shaped third-mile track giving it the most events on the 2016 schedule.

So far this year only the weather has bested IRA point leader Scotty Thiel at the track as rain took out one of the first three shows. Thiel has captured both events that have been completed so far this season.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints will be joined by the Badger Midgets and Wisconsin Dirt Legends series.

All tickets and pit passes from the June 5th rain out will be honored. You must bring your ticket and pit pass to redeem it for a new ticket/pit pass.

Admission prices are $20 for adults, with Students ages 12 to 18 admitted for $15. Children under the age of 12 are admitted FREE with an adult.

Pit gates will open at 2:00pm, with spectator gates opening at 4:30pm. Hot laps begin at 6:00pm with racing to follow.

For more information, visit www.angellparkspeedway.net.

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 IRA Sprints are presented by its long time supporting series partners. The series support is led by title sponsor Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, and associate series partners Hoosier Tire, Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Cummins Onan, and Twin Lakes Marine.

Upcoming 2016 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series Events:

7/16/2016 – Wilmot Raceway – Wilmot, WI

7/17/2016 – Angell Park Speedway – Sun Prairie, WI

7/22/2016 – Oshkosh Speedzone – Oshkosh, WI

7/23/2016 – Eagle Valley Speedway – Jim Falls, WI

7/29/2016 – Langlade County Speedway – Antigo, WI

8/6/2016 – Dodge County Fairgrounds – Beaver Dam, WI

 

 

CARSON MACEDO DOMINATES DODGE COUNTY FOR FIRST CAREER BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA SPRINT SERIES WIN!

MACEDO LOSES BRAKES AND SPANKS FIELD IN RICK SCHMIDT MEMORIAL RACE AT THE DODGE COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS!

July 8, 2016; Beaver Dam, WI – Those in attendance at the Rick Schmidt Memorial Race at the Dodge County Fairgrounds witnessed one of the most dominant victories in the history of the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint series.

Carson Macedo of Lamoore, CA put on a clinic on the big half-mile clay oval tanking a convincing win and becoming the ninth different winner in IRA Sprint action this season.

Except for a brief time when he got held up in lapped traffic Macedo held fast to the front running position lapping all the way to the fifth spot. It was his second win in Wisconsin in less than a week. Macedo had competed in a Midget at Angell Park Speedway on July 3rd and won the 35th annual Pepsi Nationals at Angell Park Speedway. Macedo is only the fourth driver to win the Pepsi Nationals in their first attempt.

Tonight he hopped behind the wheel of the Hans Lein owed #17 machine, which has been piloted with success by seven-time IRA champion Bill Balog. Macedo wasted no time in adapting to the high horsepower winged 410 sprint car.

Macedo was thrilled with tonight’s outcome.

“Oh man, Hans Lein and everyboy put a great race car together”, exclaimed Macedo. “I can’t thank them enough for giving me the opportunity to do my best in a race car. I got the battling with Justin ( Henderson ), he was really good. I knew I would have to make some really good moves to get back by him”, said Macedo.

Macedo found the lapped cars to be quite challenging when leading the event.

“I luckily got through there and I’m sure Justin ( Henderson) would agree that lapped traffic was tough. It only takes one second of making the wrong move to mess yourself up”, Macedo said of the lead changes while doing battle through lapped cars.

Macedo also was hindered in the closing laps by brake issues but it did not seem to slow his pace once clear of lapped cars.

“The brakes went all the way down to the floorboard, I didn’t have any more bakes”, Macedo stated and closed stating “All and all it was just a great night!”

Only Justin Henderson of Sioux Falls, SD who was piloting a machine owned by Brandon Thone had the speed to match Macedo. He led briefly when Macedo got stuck behind lapped cars. However, once Macedo made his way back past Henderson all his competition could do is try and stay in the same time zone. When the checkered flag waved Macedo had nearly a half lap advantage on Henderson who was his nearest rival.

Henderson, who had already enjoyed a victory with the IRA Bumper to Bumper Outlaw Sprints at the Dodge County Fairgrounds back in July of 2012 was the only driver who posed a threat to the lead. Henderson craftily worked lapped traffic to briefly place himself out front, but once Macedo was able to retake the top spot all Henderson could do was secure the second position.

Henderson felt that he was responsible for giving up the lead.

“I gave it up plain and simple there, we really don’t have any excuses. The car was really good”, Henderson noted.

Giving a nod to his youthful rival Henderson joked, “The whippersnapper got to me there in lapped traffic”. Henderson further explained, “I got caught up on the #7 car there. It wasn’t his fault and I just needed to find a way by. I didn’t get the job done”. Congratulations to Carson he put on a great show there”.

The final podium spot went to Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint series point leader Scotty Thiel. Thiel had started in the 10th spot and managed to crack the top five during the first half of the contest. In the closing laps he would ambush Jeremy Schultz who seemingly had the final podium spot in hand. With his third place finish Thiel manage to maintain his point lead as the second half of the season has begun.

22 cars were scheduled to started the 23 lap A-main event, but an unfortunate accident had eliminated Mike Reinke in his heat race. Reinke had a wheel leave his car as had entered turn four that resulted in an end over end tumble. Though Reinke was unhurt he was unable to start the main event.

This left 21 cars taking the green flag for the 23 lap Rick Schmidt Memorial race.

Macedo had started on the pole of the contest and wasted no time in getting the upper hand on fellow front row starter Robbie Pribnow. Henderson surpassed Pribnow at the drop of the green flag to reach second.

Only one lap went in the books before the first and only slowdown of the event took place. 2015 Rookie of the Year Kyle Marten, and Mike Kertscher who had won the most recent IRA event less than a week ago at Seymour Speedway became tangled in turn two drawing the caution.

Neither driver was able to continue.

The final 22 laps of the contest clicked off without interruption resulting in Macedo spending plenty of time working lapped traffic.

As the field returned to speed Macedo and Henderson broke away from the pack. Pribnow, running in the third spot kept the lead pair in his sights for the first five laps before the lead duo pulled away.

As lapped traffic thickened Macedo briefly slowed his pace allowing Henderson to strike. With no hesitation Henderson charged to the top spot on lap six.

On lap nine Macedo returned the favor. This time Henderson was momentarily trapped behind a lapped car coming off turn two and Macedo shot past to reclaim the lead.

Once out front Macedo began to pull away.

Moments later attention focused on the third spot were Schultz managed to work past Pribnow for the position. Further back Thiel cracked the top five.

By the halfway point Macedo’s pace allowed him to lap up to the eighth place car and he would be relentless in his charge continuing to build a cushion on Henderson who was now a dozen car lengths behind.

While the top two remained constant, Thiel was working his way forward. He slipped past Pribnow for the fourth spot and then ran down Schultz to challenge for third as the final laps approached.

Out front Macedo was about to reach Pribnow in the fifth position to put him a lap down when the checkered flag waved.

Macedo’s margin of victory had extended to nearly a half lap in spite of losing his brakes during the final circuits. Henderson finished a distant second. Thiel worked a late race pass on Schultz for third. Schultz claimed fourth and Pribnow comprised the top five.

Steve Meyer, fresh from a podium a week ago at Seymour earned the sixth spot, going one lap down in the closing laps. Scotty Neitzel earned seventh after overcoming mechanical troubles in hot laps. Russel Borland finished in the eighth spot. He had been challenging for a top five position early in the contest.

Blake Nimee made his way to the checker in ninth while Bill Wirth claimed the final top ten spot.

15 of the 21 starters were still doing battle when the event reached its conclusion.

In earlier action heat race wins went to Borland, Macedo and Nimee.

Schultz nailed down the fastest qualifying lap of the event, pacing the 22 drivers who had checked in for action.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints now prepare for a double-header weekend of action. Next Saturday Night July 16th the series heads to it’s birthplace at the Wilmot Raceway and then on Sunday evening it’s time for another trek to the popular Angell Park Speedway venue.

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 IRA Sprints are presented by its long time supporting series partners. The series support is led by title sponsor Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, and associate series partners Hoosier Tire, Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Cummins Onan, and Twin Lakes Marine.

Upcoming 2016 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series Events:

7/16/2016 – Wilmot Raceway – Wilmot, WI

7/17/2016 – Angell Park Speedway – Sun Prairie, WI

7/22/2016 – Oshkosh Speedzone – Oshkosh, WI

7/23/2016 – Eagle Valley Speedway – Jim Falls, WI

410 Sprints | IRA Interstate Racing Association

Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts A Feature 1 (23 Laps): 1. 17B-Carson Macedo[1]; 2. 94-Justin Henderson[3]; 3. 64-Scotty Thiel[10]; 4. 5J-Jeremy Schultz[4]; 5. 94R-Rob Pribnow[2]; 6. 85M-Steve Meyer[11]; 7. 2W-Scott Neitzel[9]; 8. 23-Russel Borland[6]; 9. 79-Blake Nimee[5]; 10. 53W-Bill Wirth[17]; 11. 7-Scott Uttech[12]; 12. 10V-Matt Vandevere[21]; 13. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski[13]; 14. 41-Dennis Spitz[16]; 15. 95A-Ken Jay Fiedler[14]; 16. (DNF) 0-John Fahl[15]; 17. (DNF) 12-Michael Decker[18]; 18. (DNF) 6K-Kurt Davis[20]; 19. (DNF) 80K-Mike Kertscher[8]; 20. (DNF) 99-Kyle Marten[7]; 21. (DNF) 4K-Kris Spitz[19]; (DNS) 02-Mike Reinke

Real Wheels Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 23-Russel Borland[2]; 2. 2W-Scott Neitzel[4]; 3. 5J-Jeremy Schultz[6]; 4. 85M-Steve Meyer[3]; 5. 94R-Rob Pribnow[5]; 6. 95A-Ken Jay Fiedler[1]; 7. (DNF) 12-Michael Decker[7]; 8. (DNF) 6K-Kurt Davis[8]

DMI Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 17B-Carson Macedo[3]; 2. 94-Justin Henderson[5]; 3. 80K-Mike Kertscher[4]; 4. 7-Scott Uttech[1]; 5. (DNF) 0-John Fahl[6]; 6. (DNF) 10V-Matt Vandevere[2]; (DNS) 53W-Bill Wirth

All Star Performance Products Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 79-Blake Nimee[2]; 2. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski[1]; 3. 99-Kyle Marten[4]; 4. 64-Scotty Thiel[3]; 5. 41-Dennis Spitz[7]; 6. 4K-Kris Spitz[5]; 7. (DNF) 02-Mike Reinke[6]

Osborn & Son Qualifying 1: 1. 5J-Jeremy Schultz[2]; 2. 94-Justin Henderson[21]; 3. 02-Mike Reinke[3]; 4. 94R-Rob Pribnow[4]; 5. 17B-Carson Macedo[13]; 6. 64-Scotty Thiel[5]; 7. 2W-Scott Neitzel[12]; 8. 80K-Mike Kertscher[17]; 9. 99-Kyle Marten[16]; 10. 85M-Steve Meyer[20]; 11. 7-Scott Uttech[9]; 12. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski[18]; 13. 23-Russel Borland[19]; 14. 10V-Matt Vandevere[1]; 15. 79-Blake Nimee[6]; 16. 95A-Ken Jay Fiedler[11]; 17. 0-John Fahl[22]; 18. 53W-Bill Wirth[10]; 19. 41-Dennis Spitz[14]; 20. 12-Michael Decker[15]; 21. 4K-Kris Spitz[8]; (DNS) 6K-Kurt Davis

 

 

DODGE COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS TO SHOWCASE THE RICK SCHMIDT MEMORIAL RACE FOR THE BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA OUTLAW SPRINTS THIS FRIDAY NIGHT!

SPEEDS TO APPROACH 130MPH AS THE BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA OUTLAW SPRINTS CRANK IT UP AT THE HOSEPOWER HALF-MILE!

July 5, 2016; Appleton, WI – The 900 horsepower machines wheeled by the drivers on the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint tour will have a chance to stretch their legs this Friday evening July 8th at the Dodge County Fairgrounds.

The big half-mile clay oval, with it’s wide sweeping turns will all drivers to test their skills at speeds of up to 130mph. It’s a show not for the feint of heart as the winged warriors are set to begin the second half of their 2016 campaign at one of the fastest tracks on the circuit.

Two dozen 410 outlaw sprints car are expected to participate in the Rick Schmidt Memorial race.

Show will continue to showcase the intense battles that have been seeing throughout the 2016 campaign. Currently Scotty Thiel is heading up the series standings on the strength of three victories for far this season.

Thiel had a breakout performance in mid-June where he swept and entire weekend of action with victories at the Plymouth Dirt Track and Angell Park Speedway.

2013 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint series rookie of the year Jeremy Schultz is currently sitting second in the standings. Though still seeking his first win the two-time Wilmot Raceway 410 sprint champion has been very consistent this season and is seeking to score his first victory of 2015.

Scotty Neitzel comes into the show third in points and with plenty of momentum after taking a thrilling last lap victory at the final 410 sprint show ever at the Manitowoc Speedway. Neitzel has had some exceptionally strong performances the past several years at the big Dodge County Fairgrounds track.

Seven-time series champion Bill Balog comes into the weekend fourth in points followed by 2012 Rookie of the Year Robbie Pribnow.

In addition to the anticipated two dozen series regulars the Dodge County Fairgrounds events has attracted many surprise sprint car stars.

Last year Dusty Zomer and Rico Abreu had made surprise visits and both came away besting the IRA regulars. The IRA stars are looking to event the score and repel any invaders this season.

Fans have turned out in droves for the past several seasons for the Dodge County Fairgrounds events and those seeking the best seating are encouraged to arrive early to grab the best seats.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints will be joined by the MSA 360 sprints along with IMCA type modifieds to make for a full evening of racing action.

Pit Gates will open at 3:00 pm, spectator gates open 5:00 pm, with warm ups at 6pm with hot laps to follow, qualifying is set for 6:45 pm with racing to follow at the completion of qualifying.

Spectator Admission is $20 for adults, with children ages 6-12 admitted for $5. Children ages 5 and younger are FREE with an adult admission.

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.dodgecountyfairgrounds.com

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 IRA Sprints are presented by its long time supporting series partners. The series support is led by title sponsor Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, and associate series partners Hoosier Tire, Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Cummins Onan, and Twin Lakes Marine.

Upcoming 2016 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series Events:

7/8/2016 - Dodge County Fairgrounds – Beaver Dam, WI

7/16/2016 – Wilmot Raceway – Wilmot, WI

7/17/2016 – Angell Park Speedway – Sun Prairie, WI

7/22/2016 – Oshkosh Speedzone – Oshkosh, WI

7/23/2016 – Eagle Valley Speedway – Jim Falls, WI

 

 

KERTSCHER COMPLETES HIS RETURN TO BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA SPRINTS WITH THRILLING VICTORY AT SEYMOUR RACEWAY PARK!

KERTSCHER EDGES BALOG FOR VICTORY AS BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA SPRINTS VISIT SEYMOUR RACEWAY PARK!

July 3, 2016; Sun Prairie, WI – Some of the most intense on track battles over the years have taken place between the hard charging Mike Kertscher and multi-time IRA champion Bill Balog. They’ve battled to the wire in many events.

For the past several seasons fans have not had opportunity to witness those battles as Kertscher took some time away from the sport as other obligations placed a premium on his time.

Off season rumors indicated he would return to action in 2016 and it hasn’t taken long to return to the hard driving nature that has earned him many A-main victories over the year.

With ideal weather conditions Seymour Raceway Park hosted the return of the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints as the last two scheduled events at the track had fallen to weather.

This evening Kertscher and Balog renewed their old rivalry as they did battle in the closing laps for supremacy on a track that favored a narrow high line around the banked third-mile clay oval.

Coming off the final turn Balog dove to the bottom of the track and moved alongside Kertscher but Kertscher maintained his momentum with a flawless drive off the high line to score the win by a car length.

It was Kertscher’s first win since back-to-back victories at the beginning of the 2013 season.

“This feels really good”, Kertscher exclaimed as his victory interview began with series announcer Ray Underwood.

“I mean to run with the likes of a guy that wins a World of Outlaws feature this last week. This is fantastic. That makes the IRA look good I’m just happy to run with these guys”, Kertscher stated giving acknowledgement to Balog on his recent World of Outlaws victory at Beaver Dam.

Kertscher was well aware that Balog would make a bid for the win in the closing laps. “I knew he was back there somewhere. Normally I’m chasing him”, Kertscher stated of the late race challenge for the victory.

Kertscher got the call during the offseason to drive for his new team. “I want to thank the team and Cab Construction. They’ve given me a shot to drive this car it’s been nothing but a pleasure, all they guys that work on the car all week so I can go out and have some fun”, said Kertscher appreciative of the opportunity.

Kertscher also indicated he may be able to run more events as the season progresses as his work schedule at Road America gets a bit lighter. “June is a really aggressive month for me at Road America, Indy car was last weekend now I can start getting some time away to have some fun here”, he concluded.

For Balog he would wind up just short of his fifth win of the 2016 season and while he had to settle for second he was pleased with the performance of his car.

“We were pretty good there, better than we have been. It’s the third night in this car”, noted Balog of his recent offer to drive the Rhine Auto Motorsports machine. “Congratulations to Mike ( Kertscher ) he did a great job. Especially running up there in one and two with the limited amount of seat time he’s had, he’s done a really good job.

Balog indicated he was holding nothing back in going for the win. “I was running as hard as I could, in one and two it was just hard to really gain much. Your were pretty much touching the wall to get a bit of grip there. I was just trying to be as smooth as possible. When the white came out I just tried to throw a big slider on him but I lifted a bit and he drove by and got the win”, noted Balog.

“I want to thank everyone for coming out and we’ll get em next time”, Balog concluded.

Steve Meyer who finished third joined Kertscher and Balog on the podium. Meyer had perhaps the fastest car on the track throughout the contest and was especially quick in the closing laps. He had spun on the first lap of the race and had to restart the contest dead last in the 22 car field. He brilliantly worked traffic and made a final lap pass of Jeremy Schultz to earn the position.

22 drivers took to the track for the 30 lap A-main.

A tire was knocked onto the racing surface at the initial start and a second effort to get the race underway also went awry as drivers fought to get to the narrow preferred line on the high side of the track. Meyer went spun around and was avoided by the field but had to give up his sixth place starting spot for a position outside the top 20 when the race finally began.

Outside front row starter Joey Moughan shot into the opening lead while polesitter Kyle Marten fought on the low groove only to find it difficult to maintain the pace on the bottom.

Kertscher who had started fourth placed himself in the second spot by the end of lap two, with Jeremy Schultz following.

Moughan was blistering wound the track steadily increasing his gap on Kertscher. His pace was so quick that by lap six he already began to encounter lapped traffic.

The race changed drastically on lap nine for the race leader. Heading into turn two Kurt Davis had a mechanical failure that caused him to spin in turn two. Moughan was unable to avoid contact and the pair became tangled resulting in a caution.

Neither driver was able to continue the race, turning the lead over to Kertscher.

On the restart Kertscher maintained the top spot with Schultz following in his tire tracks. Scotty Neitzel, the winner of the most recent IRA race, which was held at Manitowoc Speedway two nights ago, filed into the third positions and began to challenge Schultz for runner-up honors.

Balog meanwhile had worked into the fourth spot after starting tenth. He would continue his charge annexing third at Neitzel’s expense on lap 14 and he then began to try and run down Schultz.

On lap 19 the red flag flew for a scary incident involving Robbie Pribnow who jumped the cushion slamming into the track exit tire barrier. Pribnow who had been doing battle in the top five was unhurt in the incident but was done for the evening.

The final 11 laps ran without interruption.

As the green flag flew Kertscher got a good jump on Schultz who had his hand full as Balog. Balog wasted no time in maneuvering past Schultz and he now set his sights on Kertscher.

As Kertscher and Balog drew away from the field attention focused on Meyer who was carving his way toward the front.

Meyer cracked the top five with just five laps to go in the contest and outdrove his competition as he wheeled forward. After making quick work of point leader Scotty Thiel to reach fourth he quickly narrowed the gap on third running Schultz.

Out front Kertscher and Balog ran in tandem as the white flag flew.

In the final turns Balog attempted one last ditch effort to replace Kertscher in the lead but the effort fell short with Kertscher taking the win. In similar fashion Meyer attempted the pass on Schultz for third. In this case the pass would prove successful with Meyer earning the position.

Schultz took fourth after being knocked off the podium on the final lap. Thiel claimed fifth and as a result continues to lead the point standings.

Blake Nimee advanced from his eleventh place starting berth and spent much of the time working on a top five finish before eventually having to settle for the sixth spot. Neitzel earned seventh followed by a solid showing for Kris Spitz in eighth. Bill Wirth and Matt Vandervere completed the top ten finishers.

14 of the 22 starters were still on the track at the finish as attrition took its toll in the contest.

Earlier in the program heat race wins were collected by Wayne Modjeski, Brian Kristan and Kyle Marten. Oddly none of the heat winners has much success in the featured event with only Marten finishing the contest taking 11th.

The evening began with Balog establishing a new track record rocketing around the banked third-mile clay oval at 12.191 seconds with the average speed just shy of 100mph.

Neitzel turned in the second quickest lap at 12.474 seconds and Meyer was third fast with a 12.566 second effort.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints now head to the Dodge County Fairgrounds for a Friday Night program on the big-half mile oval. The July 8th program will also have the MSA 360 sprints and IMCA type modifieds on the card. Qualifying is set to get underway at 6:30pm with racing thereafter.

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 IRA Sprints are presented by its long time supporting series partners. The series support is led by title sponsor Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, and associate series partners Hoosier Tire, Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Cummins Onan, and Twin Lakes Marine.

Upcoming 2016 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series Events:

7/8/2016 - Dodge County Fairgrounds – Beaver Dam, WI

7/16/2016 – Wilmot Raceway – Wilmot, WI

7/17/2016 – Angell Park Speedway – Sun Prairie, WI

7/22/2016 – Oshkosh Speedzone – Oshkosh, WI

7/23/2016 – Eagle Valley Speedway – Jim Falls, WI

410 Sprints | IRA Interstate Racing Association

Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts A Feature (30 Laps): 1. 80K-Mike Kertscher[4]; 2. 17B-Bill Balog[8]; 3. 85M-Steve Meyer[6]; 4. 5J-Jeremy Schultz[5]; 5. 64-Scotty Thiel[12]; 6. 79-Blake Nimee[11]; 7. 2W-Scott Neitzel[7]; 8. 4K-Kris Spitz[14]; 9. 53W-Bill Wirth[13]; 10. 10V-Matt Vandevere[15]; 11. 99-Kyle Marten[1]; 12. 41-Dennis Spitz[19]; 13. 0-John Fahl[16]; 14. 33R-Douglas Pietz[20]; 15. (DNF) 94R-Rob Pribnow[3]; 16. (DNF) 21H-Tim Haddy[17]; 17. (DNF) 29-Joey Moughan[2]; 18. (DNF) 6-Kurt Davis[18]; 19. (DNF) 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski[10]; 20. (DNF) 6K-Alex Bleisner[21]; 21. (DNF) 14AJX-Darren Struve; 22. (DNF) 5K-Brian Kristan[9]; (DNS) 7-Scott Uttech

Real Wheels Heat 1 (10 Laps): 1. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski[1]; 2. 10V-Matt Vandevere[2]; 3. 17B-Bill Balog[6]; 4. 29-Joey Moughan[4]; 5. 64-Scotty Thiel[3]; 6. 5J-Jeremy Schultz[5]; 7. 33R-Douglas Pietz[7]; (DNS) 14AJX-Darren Struve

DMI Heat 2 (10 Laps): 1. 5K-Brian Kristan[1]; 2. 53W-Bill Wirth[3]; 3. 80K-Mike Kertscher[5]; 4. 79-Blake Nimee[4]; 5. 2W-Scott Neitzel[6]; 6. 6-Kurt Davis[7]; 7. 41-Dennis Spitz[2]; (DNS) 7-Scott Uttech

All Star Performance Products Heat 3 (10 Laps): 1. 99-Kyle Marten[4]; 2. 94R-Rob Pribnow[5]; 3. 21H-Tim Haddy[1]; 4. 85M-Steve Meyer[6]; 5. 4K-Kris Spitz[3]; 6. 0-John Fahl[2]; 7. (DNF) 6K-Alex Bleisner[7]

Osborn & Son Qualifying 1: 1. 17B-Bill Balog[16]; 2. 2W-Scott Neitzel[12]; 3. 85M-Steve Meyer[3]; 4. 5J-Jeremy Schultz[21]; 5. 80K-Mike Kertscher[19]; 6. 94R-Rob Pribnow[10]; 7. 29-Joey Moughan[7]; 8. 79-Blake Nimee[15]; 9. 99-Kyle Marten[8]; 10. 64-Scotty Thiel[11]; 11. 53W-Bill Wirth[20]; 12. 4K-Kris Spitz[4]; 13. 10V-Matt Vandevere[23]; 14. 41-Dennis Spitz[13]; 15. 0-John Fahl[1]; 16. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski[17]; 17. 5K-Brian Kristan[22]; 18. 21H-Tim Haddy[18]; 19. 33R-Douglas Pietz[6]; 20. 6-Kurt Davis[5]; 21. 6K-Alex Bleisner[2]; 22. 14AJX-Darren Struve[14]; (DNS) 7-Scott Uttech

 

 

NEITZEL OUT-DUELS WIMMER TO GO INTO RECORD BOOKS AS FINAL EVER BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA SPRINT WINNER AT MANITOWOC SPEEDWAY!

NEITZEL TURNS TABLES ON WIMMER, TAKES CLOSEST A-MAIN WIN OF THE 2016 SEASON!

Manitowoc, WI – When the question is asked, who won the final 410 Sprint race at Manitowoc Speedway, anyone in attendance in the standing room crowd will be able to answer.

Scotty Neitzel.

It was his first victory in just over a year as he last won at Angell Park Speedway in June of 2015. Since that time he recorded five runner-up performances.

Not only was the victory popular but in a great gesture of sportsmanship Neitzel donated his bonus winnings this evening to local racer Shane Wenninger who was injured in nearby sprint car show.

“It’s been a long time coming”, exclaimed Neitzel from victory lane. “It was nice for me to win the last one up here. We used to come up here with a small 355 and run against the 410’s when if was a big half-mile. The fans up here have always been great It’s really sad to see this one go”, Neitzel reflected on the impending closing of the track.

The third-mile semi-banked clay oval will be demolished to make way for a food store at the conclusion of the 2016 season. Friday night’s program was a celebration and a sendoff as the final Bumper to Bumper 410 Sprint program ever to be held at the track provided amazing drama in the closing laps.

Two months ago, two-time IRA champion Scotty Neitzel had paced the A-main event at the same raceway until the closing laps only to fall to Brandon Wimmer’s charge. He had forfeited the the lead with two laps to go and watched as Wimmer took the win.

This evening it was Neitzel on the charge. Running the low groove with impressive power off the turns, Neitzel ran down Wimmer who had used the cushion to power into the lead early in the contest.

Over the final two laps Neitzel traded the lead with Wimmer and in a drag race off the final turn, Neitzel would emerge victorious reaching the finish line with the lead by less than a car length for his first victory of 2016. Wimmer had to settle for runner-up honors this evening.

Wimmer was surprised by Neitzel’s ambush in the closing laps.

“It’s kind of reversed from last time were were here. It’s better to be in second because you never know what the second place guy is going to do. We still should have had him, but we’ll take second and move on to tomorrow night”, noted Wimmer.

Wimmer was pleased with the track and his ability to run anywhere on the surface and aware of the significance of the nights events.

“It’s a sad day because this track is awesome, you could run the bottom and the top. We need to do something as fans and drivers to stop this kind of thing from happening. It’s happening too much these days”, Wimmer concluded.

The 30 lap A-main pushed off with fireworks going off in the background as a salute to the fans for packing the stands this evening.

Brian Kristan sat on the pole of the contest, but it was outside front row starter Jeremy Schultz bolting into the lead from his outside front row starting berth.

Wimmer wasted little time working his way past Kristan for second before the third lap began.

Schultz kept his car on the high side of the track while Wimmer experimented in finding the fast line, working both high and low on the racing surface.

On lap five Wimmer dove to the bottom of the track and shot past Schultz for the lead.

Further back Neitzel was hugging the inside of the track and making steady progress moving forward. He had worked into the fourth spot when the caution flag flew when Kris Spitz came to a halt in turn two.

Under the caution Scott Biertzer had his throttle stick and he rolled onto his side while trying to reign in errant ride creating the rare situation where the red flag actually came out during a caution period.

Biertzer was unhurt in the incident but unable to continue while Spitz was able to rejoin the contest.

Back underway Wimmer continued to set the pace with Schultz in tow. Neitzel was able to slip past Kristan for third prior to the next caution which flew when Mike Reinke tagged the wall in turn four. Reinke was able to rejoin the contest which quickly went back to green.

Neitzel again got a good restart and quickly annexed the second spot, now having only the high flying Wimmer ahead of him.

The complexion for the race changed dramatically on lap 21. Scotty Thiel, who was seeking his third straight Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprint series victory and been working into contention when he lost grip of the racing surface in turn two. Thiel spun and while several cars were able to avoid him seven-time IRA champ and recent World of Outlaws winner Bill Balog was unable to avoid contact. The incident also collected Robbie Pribnow who was running just outside the top five.

Due to the challenge of removing cars from the racing surface officials elected to throw the red flag to expedite the cleanup process.

The final nine laps would go without any further interruption.

As soon as the green flag flew Wimmer went right to the cushion while Neitzel hugged the low line around the track. Schultz followed in third with Josh Walter, having perhaps the strongest run of his short career in IRA competition was challenging from the fourth spot.

Walter’s fine run ended with four laps to go as he pulled into the infield while running fourth.

Fans attention was focused on the lead as Neitzel edged ahead with two laps to go, only to see Wimmer rally and retake the top spot as the white flag flew. Wimmer drifted up the track slightly allowing Neitzel one last opportunity to seek out the top spot.

It was the only break he needed. Neitzel rolled back alongside Wimmer and charging off the final turn he gained the momentum to steal the win. Wimmer and Schultz joined Neitzel in victory lane as podium finishers.

2015 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series Rookie of the Year Kyle Marten earned his first top five finish since taking a victory last September at Luxemburg Speedway when he crossed the line in fourth place tonight.

Blake Nimee put recent mechanical ills behind hime by advancing up to the fifth place spot by the checkered this evening.

Kristan finished sixth followed by Phillip Mock. Russel Borland and Mike Kertscher finished eighth and ninth respectively while Reinke completed an impressive charge working back to tenth after starting at the tail of the field just nine laps earlier when he drew a caution.

19 of the 23 starters were still on the track at the finish.

Due to mechanical difficulties for Steve Meyer and Mike Decker reducing the field no B-main was needed this evening.

Heat race victories were collected by Balog, Biertzer and Nimee.

Todd King paced the 27 car field this evening in qualifying with a lap of 12.881 seconds. Neitzel was second fast at 12.951. Mock was third click turning in a 13.001 second lap.

The series now heads to Seymour Speedway for a Sunday evening contest. The show will be the only appearance for the Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprints this season as an earlier race fell to weather and was not rescheduled.

The forecast is looking for nearly ideal conditions to present the Budweiser Summer Holiday Classic series which will feature the 50th Anniversary tour for the IRA Sprints along with the first appearance for the IMCA Modifieds. Rounding out the night will be the IMCA Sport Mods.

Qualifying will begin at 6:00pm with racing action to follow.

Admission for the program is $20 for adults, while students and seniors are admitted for $15. Children under the age of 12 are admitted FREE.

The track is location at 637 N Main St, in Seymour, Wisconsin at the Outagamie County Fairgrounds. The main gate is on Highway 55 just north of downtown Seymour.

Additional information can be found at the track website www.gosrp.net. The race day phone is 920-833-7726

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 IRA Sprints are presented by its long time supporting series partners. The series support is led by title sponsor Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, and associate series partners Hoosier Tire, Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Cummins Onan, and Twin Lakes Marine.

Upcoming 2016 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series Events:

7/1/2016 – Manitowoc Speedway – Manitowoc, WI

7/3/2016 – Seymour Speedway – Seymour, WI

7/8/2016 - Dodge County Fairgrounds – Beaver Dam, WI

7/16/2016 – Wilmot Raceway – Wilmot, WI

7/17/2016 – Angell Park Speedway – Sun Prairie, WI

Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts A Feature 1 (30 Laps): 1. 2W-Scott Neitzel[7]; 2. 48-Brandon Wimmer[3]; 3. 5J-Jeremy Schultz[2]; 4. 99-Kyle Marten[17]; 5. 79-Blake Nimee[9]; 6. 5K-Brian Kristan[1]; 7. 1M-Phillip Mock[6]; 8. 23-Russel Borland[14]; 9. 80K-Mike Kertscher[11]; 10. 02-Mike Reinke[4]; 11. 41-Dennis Spitz[19]; 12. 0-John Fahl[23]; 13. 17B-Bill Balog[5]; 14. 53W-Bill Wirth[18]; 15. 10V-Matt Vandevere[21]; 16. 22-Todd King[8]; 17. 94R-Rob Pribnow[12]; 18. 7-Scott Uttech[22]; 19. 4-Paul Pokorski[24]; 20. (DNF) 12W-Josh Walter[15]; 21. (DNF) 64-Scotty Thiel[13]; 22. (DNF) 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski[16]; 23. (DNF) 4K-Kris Spitz[20]; 24. (DNF) 4B-Scott Biertzer[10]

Real Wheels Heat 1 (10 Laps): 1. 17B-Bill Balog[5]; 2. 5J-Jeremy Schultz[4]; 3. 12W-Josh Walter[1]; 4. 22-Todd King[6]; 5. 80K-Mike Kertscher[3]; 6. 23-Russel Borland[2]; 7. 41-Dennis Spitz[7]; 8. 10V-Matt Vandevere[8]; 9. 4-Paul Pokorski[9]

DMI Heat 2 (10 Laps): 1. 4B-Scott Biertzer[2]; 2. 02-Mike Reinke[5]; 3. 2W-Scott Neitzel[6]; 4. 94R-Rob Pribnow[3]; 5. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski[1]; 6. 53W-Bill Wirth[7]; 7. 73-Ben Schmidt[4]; 8. (DNF) 7-Scott Uttech[8]; (DNS) 85M-Steve Meyer

DMI Heat 3 (10 Laps): 1. 79-Blake Nimee[2]; 2. 64-Scotty Thiel[3]; 3. 48-Brandon Wimmer[5]; 4. 99-Kyle Marten[1]; 5. 5K-Brian Kristan[4]; 6. 1M-Phillip Mock[6]; 7. 4K-Kris Spitz[7]; 8. 0-John Fahl[8]; (DNS) 12-Michael Decker

Osborn & Son Qualifying 1: 1. 22-Todd King, 12.881[3]; 2. 2W-Scott Neitzel, 12.951[1]; 3. 1M-Phillip Mock, 13.001[21]; 4. 17B-Bill Balog, 13.106[19]; 5. 02-Mike Reinke, 13.225[26]; 6. 48-Brandon Wimmer, 13.259[18]; 7. 5J-Jeremy Schultz, 13.297[25]; 8. 73-Ben Schmidt, 13.302[16]; 9. 5K-Brian Kristan, 13.310[9]; 10. 80K-Mike Kertscher, 13.338[14]; 11. 94R-Rob Pribnow, 13.363[7]; 12. 64-Scotty Thiel, 13.368[20]; 13. 23-Russel Borland, 13.378[2]; 14. 4B-Scott Biertzer, 13.405[12]; 15. 79-Blake Nimee, 13.427[10]; 16. 12W-Josh Walter, 13.491[5]; 17. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski, 13.542[4]; 18. 99-Kyle Marten, 13.561[24]; 19. 41-Dennis Spitz, 13.573[6]; 20. 53W-Bill Wirth, 13.573[22]; 21. 4K-Kris Spitz, 13.619[13]; 22. 10V-Matt Vandevere, 13.834[23]; 23. 7-Scott Uttech, 14.045[8]; 24. 0-John Fahl, 14.056[27]; 25. 4-Paul Pokorski, 14.406[15]; (DNS) 85M-Steve Meyer; (DNS) 12-Michael Decker

 

 

DOUBLING UP THE EXCITEMENT ON INDEPENDENCE DAY WEEKEND AS THE BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA SPRINTS RETURN TO ACTION!

BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA OUTLAW SPRINTS PRESENT SHOWS AT MANITOWOC AND SEYMOUR AS SEASON RESUMES!

June 28, 2016; Appleton, WI – The Independence Day weekend will see the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints resume their 2016 racing season after one week break in the action.

A pair of Northeastern Wisconsin tracks will host the 900 horsepower winged sprints and in both cases it will mark the final time the sprints are appearing this season. At one track it will be the final time ever for the 410 sprints to appear.

The Manitowoc Speedway will be hosting the Harbor Town Showdown presented by Six Four Promotions on Friday Night July 1st.

The track is scheduled for demolition at the conclusion of the 2016 season to make way for a food store.

Fans are encouraged to arrive early as a huge spectator turnout is expected for this last 410 sprint program ever to take place on the third-mile semi-banked banked oval.

In a race which played out in front of a packed house earlier this year, Brandon Wimmer made a pass on Scotty Neitzel with two laps to go to claim the A-main at the event held at the track back in early May.

Heading into this Friday Nights show Scotty Thiel is seeking to earn his third straight Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprint Series victory. He swept a weekend of events when the series last ran two weeks ago. Thiel, the series point leader showed the way to victory lane at both Beaver Dam and Angell Park Speedway.

Seven-time series champion Bill Balog will challenge Thiel throughout the upcoming weekend. Balog scored his first career World of Outlaws main event win this past weekend at Beaver Dam Raceway. In doing so he became the first regular IRA series driver to ever score a victory in the World of Outlaws showcase series.

In addition to a field of nearly 30 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint cars expected in attendance for this Friday Nights show, a pair of other divisions will be taking to the track. IMCA type Sport Modifieds and Grand Nationals will present a full program including feature contests each paying $500 to win. INEX Legends will also join the show.

Pits will open at 3:00pm with grandstand gates opening at 4:00pm. A driver autograph session will be held from 4:30pm to 5:15pm behind the grandstands giving fans a chance to meet the drivers and see the cars up close and personal. Racing action begins at 7:00pm!

Adult tickets are just $20, with student pricing for children ages 6-14 admitted for just $10. Kids ages 5 and under are admitted free with a paid adult.

To reach the track from Interstate 43 take Manitowoc Exit 149 travel east on highway 151. Turn North on Rapids Rd., there are several entrances to the grounds at that point.

The series then will head to Seymour Raceway Park for a program on Sunday Night July 3rd. The wide, third-mile, semi-banked clay oval is now run under the direction of Dave Panske.

Seymour Speedway successfully hosted a return of the IRA Sprints in 2014 after a decade absence. Balog won that contest by a narrow margin over Thiel. Since that event the track has twice tried to host Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprint Car events and on both occasions weather forced cancellation of the show.

The extended forecast is looking for nearly ideal conditions to present the Budweiser Summer Holiday Classic series which will feature the 50th Anniversary tour for the IRA Sprints along with the first appearance for the IMCA Modifieds this year. Rounding out the night will be the IMCA Sport Mods.

Over two dozen Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprint Series teams are expected for the program.

Jeremy Schultz and Scotty Neitzel are the chief rivals to Thiel in the 2016 season point chase. Both Schultz, and Netizel are seeking their first victories of the year having already turned in runner-up performances since the season began. Balog, running a partial schedule in 2016 is expected to run both weekend events. He currently sits fourth in points but leads the series so far this season in the win column with four.

Robbie Pribnow, the 2012 Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprint Series rookie of the Year, returned to action after a couple years off and has already placed himself on the podium this year. Ben Schmidt, Scott Biertzer, Matt Vandervere, Kyle Marten and Mike Reinke make up the current top ten in the standings.

The extended forecast is looking for nearly ideal conditions to present the Budweiser Summer Holiday Classic series which will feature the 50th Anniversary tour for the IRA Sprints along with the first appearance for the IMCA Modifieds. Rounding out the night will be the IMCA Sport Mods.

Qualifying will begin at 6:00pm with racing action to follow.

Admission for the program is $20 for adults, while students and seniors are admitted for $15. Children under the age of 12 are admitted FREE.

The track is location at 637 N Main St, in Seymour, Wisconsin at the Outagamie County Fairgrounds. The main gate is on Highway 55 just north of downtown Seymour.

Additional information can be found at the track website www.gosrp.net. The race day phone is 920-833-7726

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 IRA Sprints are presented by its long time supporting series partners. The series support is led by title sponsor Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, and associate series partners Hoosier Tire, Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Cummins Onan, and Twin Lakes Marine.

Upcoming 2016 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series Events:

7/1/2016 – Manitowoc Speedway – Manitowoc, WI

7/3/2016 – Seymour Speedway – Seymour, WI

7/8/2016 - Dodge County Fairgrounds – Beaver Dam, WI

7/16/2016 – Wilmot Raceway – Wilmot, WI

7/17/2016 – Angell Park Speedway – Sun Prairie, WI

 

 

THIEL SWEEPS WEEKEND, CLAIMS VICTORY AT ANGELL PARK SPEEDWAY IN BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA SPRINT ACTION!

BALOG AND KERTSCHER DUEL WHILE THIEL LEADS WIRE TO WIRE IN TRIUMPH AT ANGELL PARK!

June 19, 2016; Sun Prairie, WI – Winning a race on any given weekend is an accomplishment, earning two wins to sweep a weekend in the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints series is extraordinary. To do so on Father’s Day, when you father is your main crew member, that makes the weekend special beyond words.

Third year IRA driver Scotty Thiel accomplished just such a fete leading wire to wire enroute to nailing down his fourth career series victory on Sunday evening at Angell Park Speedway in Sun Prairie. The victory backed up Thiel’s win on Saturday night at the Plymouth Dirt Track where Thiel began his sprint car racing career.

The last driver to sweep a weekend in IRA competition was seven-time series champion Bill Balog. He accomplished the fete most recently winning events at Cedar Lake and Angell Park in late May of 2015. A third event scheduled for that weekend fell to rain.

This evening Thiel was credited with pacing all 30 laps in the contest, though he had briefly given up the position to Jim Moughan on a restart. He was able to snatch the lead back before the conclusion of the lap before the finish line thereby leading every circuit.

Thiel acknowledged his father as the victory lane interview with series announcer Ray Underwood began. “I didn’t buy him a father’s day card, I hope he’s happy with two victories this weekend”, shouted an exhilarated Thiel.

“I have to thank the fans hope you had a great father’s day. This is unbelievable I don’t know what to say”, as he embraced his crew in victory lane.

“We started on the front row and got it done, it’s something I never thought I’d do. We usually don’t have good luck like that”, stated Thiel.

“These guys worked their butts off (his crew) we didn’t know what to do with the setup, we just went with our gut feelings and it worked out”, Thiel concluded.

While Thiel clung tenaciously to the lead, Balog, and a hard charging Mike Kertscher waged a war over the final few circuits as they traded the runner-up spot back and forth. Balog surged ahead on the white flag lap and then repelled one last challenge by Kertscher to finish in the runner-up spot, some six car lengths behind Thiel. Kertscher earned the final podium position, his first since returning to action after a couple year absence. Tonight’s battles have proven Kertscher has shaken the rust off and will likely be doing battle for checkered when he appears for the duration of the season.

While Balog was happy to finish second you could tell he expected more.

“It ( the car) started working pretty good there at the end. I was getting pretty aggressive. The car was close I thought we’d be a little better there”, noted Balog on his late charge.

“I have to thank Hans (Lein, his car owner ) for putting the car together. I appreciate everyone that helps us, we’ll have to try again next week I guess”, said Balog as he served notice he would be ready for action when the Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprints resume their schedule in two weeks.

Kertscher was elated with his third place showing, his first podium since getting back behind the wheel after two years away. “This was the first time racing a sprint car here for me, I had a great time. I’m just happy to run with these guys”, Kertscher noted.

Kertscher’s busy work schedule limits his appearances behind the wheel. “We could run once this weekend and chose Sun Prairie”, he stated also acknowledging his day job at Road America stating “In case you have not heard Indy Cars are returning to Road America next weekend,” as he concluded his interview.

25 drivers answered the call to start the 30 lap A-main event. Scott Uttech sat on the pole for the contest but it was Thiel, who started to his outside surging ahead at the drop of the green flag. Jim Moughan was finished runner-up last night in the IRA event at the Plymouth Dirt Track placed himself into second by lap three as he swept past Uttech in the high groove.

The first of just two slowdowns in the event occurred on lap six when Lance Fassbender spun his car to the inside of turn one and stalled on the racing surface.

The field quickly regathered and the race resumed with Thiel and Moughan pulling away from the field. Kertscher also running a high line made his way by Uttech for third with Balog following suit to reach fourth moments later.

On lap 12 Scott Biertzer clipped an infield which caused him to roll onto his side in turn four. Biertzer was unhurt but the damage to his car too heavy to continue and he retired from the contest.

The final 18 circuits went off without interruption. Thiel got a good jump as the race resumed running in the high groove. Moughan continued in second until lap 17 when Kertscher made his way into the runner-up spot. Moughan would slowly fade during the duration of the event losing third to Jordan Goldesberry while Balog sat in the fourth spot.

Out front Kertscher had closed on Thiel in lapped traffic but as the final five laps began Thiel began to open up the lead. Balog, running in the fourth spot began to charge. With three laps to go he worked past Goldesberry for third and then ambushed Kertscher. The battle between Kertscher and Balog all but assure Thiel the victory as the duo ran wing to wing heading for the white flag. On the final lap Balog was able to repel one last challenge from Kertscher to finish second to the high flying Thiel.

Kertscher laid claim to third followed by Goldesberry and Jeremy Schultz in the top five.

Moughan faded to sixth at the finish followed by Steve Meyer and Scotty Neitzel who earned seventh and eighth respectively. Robbie Pribnow advanced the most positions from the originally scheduled starting spots moving from 17th to ninth by the checker. Uttech completed the top ten.

Mike Reinke, who had pitted before the green flag fell gave up his original starting spot and accepted the green flag in 25th. By the end of the race he was just outside the top ten earning 11th,

20 of the 25 starters were still on the track at the finish.

27 cars checked in for competition tonight but due to the cars of Raymond Hensley and Blake Nimee scratching for the evening the planned B-main was not needed and 25 cars started the main event.

Heat race victories went to Moughan, Uttech and Thiel.

Phillip Mock turned in the fast qualifying effort with a lap of 12.698 seconds, Biertzer was second quick with a 12.779 second effort while Meyer was third fast at 12.820 seconds. The top 29 cars were separated by just over one second.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints series has a break in their schedule next weekend but will swing into action with two events to be held over the Independence Day weekend.

The series roars back into action with the Harbor Town Showdown at Manitowoc Speedway on Friday night July 1st. The event will mark the final ever appearance of the winged 410 sprints at the track which is set to close at the conclusion of the 2016 racing season. It gives fans one last opportunity to witness a historic event at the semi-banked third mile oval.

The racing weekend will conclude on Sunday, July 3rd with a trip to the Seymour Raceway Park for the only appearance of the 2016 season at the track for the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints.

For more information, visit www.angellparkspeedway.net.

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 IRA Sprints are presented by its long time supporting series partners. The series support is led by title sponsor Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, and associate series partners Hoosier Tire, Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Cummins Onan, and Twin Lakes Marine.

Upcoming 2016 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series Events:

7/1/2016 – Manitowoc Speedway – Manitowoc, WI

7/3/2016 – Seymour Speedway – Seymour, WI

7/8/2016 - Dodge County Fairgrounds – Beaver Dam, WI

7/16/2016 – Wilmot Raceway – Wilmot, WI

7/17/2016 – Angell Park Speedway – Sun Prairie, WI

410 Sprints | IRA Interstate Racing Association

Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts A Feature 1 (30 Laps): 1. 64-Scotty Thiel[2]; 2. 17B-Bill Balog[5]; 3. 80K-Mike Kertscher[4]; 4. 65-Jordan Goldesberry[7]; 5. 5J-Jeremy Schultz[6]; 6. 1MM-Jim Moughan Jr[3]; 7. 85M-Steve Meyer[8]; 8. 2W-Scott Neitzel[11]; 9. 94R-Rob Pribnow[17]; 10. 7-Scott Uttech[1]; 11. 02-Mike Reinke[12]; 12. 53W-Bill Wirth[15]; 13. 99-Kyle Marten[13]; 14. 73-Ben Schmidt[19]; 15. 10V-Matt Vandevere[18]; 16. 23-Russel Borland[14]; 17. 1M-Phillip Mock[10]; 18. 7F-Lance Fassbender[24]; 19. 4K-Kris Spitz[21]; 20. 41-Dennis Spitz[23]; 21. (DNF) 12W-Josh Walter[20]; 22. (DNF) 01-Chris Dodd[25]; 23. (DNF) 4B-Scott Biertzer[9]; 24. (DNF) 5K-Brian Kristan[16]; 25. (DNF) 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski[22]

Real Wheels Heat 1 (10 Laps): 1. 1MM-Jim Moughan Jr[2]; 2. 94R-Rob Pribnow[1]; 3. 80K-Mike Kertscher[4]; 4. 65-Jordan Goldesberry[5]; 5. 99-Kyle Marten[3]; 6. 1M-Phillip Mock[6]; 7. 73-Ben Schmidt[7]; 8. 4K-Kris Spitz[8]; 9. 7F-Lance Fassbender[9]

DMI Heat 2 (10 Laps): 1. 7-Scott Uttech[1]; 2. 5K-Brian Kristan[2]; 3. 2W-Scott Neitzel[4]; 4. 4B-Scott Biertzer[6]; 5. 23-Russel Borland[3]; 6. 5J-Jeremy Schultz[5]; 7. 01-Chris Dodd[8]; 8. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski[7]; (DNS) 70-Raymond Hensley

All Star Performance Products Heat 3 (10 Laps): 1. 64-Scotty Thiel[2]; 2. 10V-Matt Vandevere[1]; 3. 02-Mike Reinke[4]; 4. 85M-Steve Meyer[6]; 5. 17B-Bill Balog[5]; 6. 53W-Bill Wirth[3]; 7. 12W-Josh Walter[7]; 8. 41-Dennis Spitz[8]; (DNS) 79-Blake Nimee

Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts Qualifying 1: 1. 1M-Phillip Mock, 12.689[6]; 2. 4B-Scott Biertzer, 12.779[14]; 3. 85M-Steve Meyer, 12.820[16]; 4. 65-Jordan Goldesberry, 12.858[25]; 5. 5J-Jeremy Schultz, 12.901[10]; 6. 17B-Bill Balog, 12.903[11]; 7. 80K-Mike Kertscher, 12.946[5]; 8. 2W-Scott Neitzel, 13.129[12]; 9. 99-Kyle Marten, 13.199[3]; 10. 23-Russel Borland, 13.200[7]; 11. 53W-Bill Wirth, 13.273[23]; 12. 1MM-Jim Moughan Jr, 13.344[27]; 13. 02-Mike Reinke, 13.443[26]; 14. 5K-Brian Kristan, 13.447[18]; 15. 64-Scotty Thiel, 13.453[2]; 16. 94R-Rob Pribnow, 13.457[8]; 17. 7-Scott Uttech, 13.567[1]; 18. 10V-Matt Vandevere, 13.617[20]; 19. 73-Ben Schmidt, 13.667[24]; 20. 70-Raymond Hensley, 13.678[15]; 21. 12W-Josh Walter, 13.763[17]; 22. 4K-Kris Spitz, 13.778[13]; 23. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski, 13.895[9]; 24. 41-Dennis Spitz, 14.057[19]; 25. 7F-Lance Fassbender, 14.113[4]; 26. 01-Chris Dodd, 14.364[22]; 27. (DNF) 79-Blake Nimee[21]

 

 

THIEL STEALS BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA SPRINT VICTORY AT PLYMOUTH DIRT TRACK!

THIEL RUNS DOWN JIM MOUGHAN IN LATE RACE CHARGE, TAKES VICTORY AT HOME TRACK!

June 18, 2016; Plymouth, WI – Scotty Thiel got behind the wheel of a sprint car for the first time at the start of the 2008 racing season, wheeling a 360 sprint at the Plymouth Dirt Track.

Located just a short drive from his home, the Sheboygan, Wisconsin native native had worked his way up the ranks and later joining the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints which has taken him on the road for 30 plus events each season.

Heading into Saturday evening’s program at his home track Thiel has been in the midst of the most successful season in his career. Less than a month ago he brought home his second career IRA victory by fending off Parker-Price Miller for the win at Angell Park Speedway. That win elevated him to the series point lead, a position he’s maintained heading into tonight’s show at Plymouth Dirt Track.

Was there a home track advantage? Perhaps.

Thiel proved he had a fast car early on taking quick time honors. Later he would finish second in his heat race. A victory in that event would have netted a rare clean sweep in IRA competition.

In the main event Thiel methodically ran down Jim Moughan who appeared destined to win his first IRA main event in several seasons. Thiel had other plans as he darted past Moughan with seven laps left in the 30 lap headliner taking a convincing win. It was the third overall in this Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series career.

“At the beginning of the race I didn’t think we were worth a shot of powder. This team, they worked their butts off and gave me a car that was going to come around. I really didn’t think we were that good early on. I started working the top, working the cushion and it turned around pretty good”, noted Thiel of the late charge.

“I thank all you fans for coming out tonight. We finally got one at Plymouth with the 410!”, exclaimed an elated Thiel.

For Moughan, runner-up honors tonight was a bittersweet finish. While the second place effort matched his best performance since Cedar Lake Speedway in 2013, for much of the contest it appeared he was headed for his second career IRA victory after a lengthy dry spell. Thiel’s charge would prove too much to withstand and ultimately Moughan could only watch Thiel take the checkered flag ten car lengths in front of him.

“We got a good maxim race car, it keeps getting better and better. We keep finding bits and pieces to make it better and I think it’s coming around”, noted Moughan of his performance. “I have to say it’s a good job by Mr. Thiel. He did great tonight”, as he congratulated the winner.

The evening also proved to be a great showing for Todd Hepfner who made his first start of the 2016 season. Hepfner who has been making limited appearances in IRA competition the past couple seasons stayed in the thick of the fray until the checkered ultimately having to settle for a third place finish this evening.

The 30 lap A-main rolled trackside on a fairly slick track which had distinctive high and low grooves.

Moughan had started on the pole of the contest with Phillip Mock to his outside. At the drop of the green flag Moughan shot into the lead. With one lap in the books the first caution flew as Mock lost the handle in turn four spinning and coming to a stop on the track. Local favorite Ben Schmidt had nowhere to go and wound up sliding into the side of Mock’s stalled car. Both racers were able to return to action after quick repairs. Schmidt who had earlier scored a popular win in his heat race would eventually settle for 13th, while Mock laid claim to the 14th spot at the finish.

Action resumed with Moughan showing the way around the tight third-mile oval. Hepfner working the low line advanced to second with a pass of Kyle Marten by lap two, and Thiel who had pushed off in the sixth spot annexed the third position by lap four.

Further back Bill Balog who was seeking his third straight IRA victory had started in the 14th spot. He had been putting on a passing exhibition rapidly advancing through the pack. His charge this evening came at the wheel of the Rhine Auto Motorsports machine which he pushed up to the fifth spot before the second caution of the night flew when Jordan Goldesberry spun coming off turn two.

Underway again Moughan set the pace rim riding around the track, with Hepfner and Thiel following in formation.

Right before the halfway point the third and final caution was triggered when Rusty Egan did a quick spin just as the leaders were coming up to put him a lap down. Fortunately, everyone was able to miss Egan’s errant mount and the race quickly resumed.

While the lead trio of Moughan, Hepfner and Thiel pulled away from the pack, attention focused on the fourth spot where Joey Moughan, the son of the race leader, was engaged in a duel with Balog for the fourth spot. Balog eventually secured the position on lap 20.

Out front the leaders began to reach lapped traffic adding additional intensity to the battle for the top spot. Running third Thiel began to experiment working lower on the track. With five laps to go Thiel began to apply heavy pressure to Hepfner making his way under him. After a short-lived battle Theil came away with the spot and now found himself locked in combat with Moughan for the lead. Thiel wasted no time in taking the front running position and once out front he began to open up the lead. Over the final two laps Thiel encountered lapped machines but his pace was enough to allow him to take the win by 10 car lengths. Moughan and Hepfner followed in second and third.

Balog had to settle for fourth unable to close on the lead trio over the final circuits. The fifth spot went to Joey Moughan giving the Moughan family two spots in the top five.

Scotty Neitzel had been on the move throughout the contest moving up from the 16th spot to finish sixth. Scott Biertzer finished in the seventh position.

Mike Reinke made the biggest charge of the evening moving from from dead last on the 24 car starting grid up to eighth. In ninth Steve Meyer also had an impressive charge working his way up from 23rd to ninth.

Jeremy Schultz completed the top ten having advanced 10 positions before the checkered.

19 of the 24 starters were still on the track at the finish.

Earlier in the night Todd Daun made a last lap pass on Brian Kristan to take the 15 lap B-main. Meyer and Reinke earned third and fourth respectively to advance into the main event. Ken Jay Fiedler who was fifth was the first alternate for the big show.

Heat race victories went to Matt Vandervere, Joey Moughan, Schmidt and Biertzer.

Thiel’s lap of 12.047 seconds led a field of 35 drivers in qualifying. Marten was second fast with a lap of 12.174, while Hepfner was third quick at 12.185 seconds. The top 29 cars were separated by just over one second.

Two drivers, Trey Datweiler and Blake Nimee had the biggest misfortunes during the evening. Datweiler wound up flipping his car after tagging the wall in hot laps, while Nimee had issues with his power plant.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints now are set to complete their Father’s Day weekend with a trip to Angell Park Speedway in Sun Prairie. Thiel was victorious during the last completed show at the circular third-mile clay oval.

The Sunday, June 19th show will be featuring the Bumper-to-Bumper IRA Sprint Cars, Badger Midgets, and Micros.

Pit gates will open at 2:00pm, with spectator gates opening at 4:30pm.

Hot laps will begin at 6:00pm with qualifying and racing to follow.

General admission is $20.00 for adults while students ages 12 to 18 are $15. Children under the age of 12 are admitted FREE.

For more information, visit www.angellparkspeedway.net.

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 IRA Sprints are presented by its long time supporting series partners. The series support is led by title sponsor Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, and associate series partners Hoosier Tire, Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Cummins Onan, and Twin Lakes Marine.

Upcoming 2016 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series Events:

7/1/2016 – Manitowoc Speedway – Manitowoc, WI

7/3/2016 – Seymour Speedway – Seymour, WI

7/8/2016 - Dodge County Fairgrounds – Beaver Dam, WI

7/16/2016 – Wilmot Raceway – Wilmot, WI

7/17/2016 – Angell Park Speedway – Sun Prairie, WI

410 Sprints | IRA Interstate Racing Association

Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts A Feature 1 (30 Laps): 1. 64-Scotty Thiel[6]; 2. 1MM-Jim Moughan Jr[1]; 3. 1HRP-Todd Hepfner[4]; 4. 17B-Bill Balog[14]; 5. 29-Joey Moughan[10]; 6. 2W-Scott Neitzel[16]; 7. 4B-Scott Biertzer[9]; 8. 02-Mike Reinke[24]; 9. 85M-Steve Meyer[23]; 10. 5J-Jeremy Schultz[20]; 11. 4K-Kris Spitz[22]; 12. 23-Russel Borland[21]; 13. 73-Ben Schmidt[8]; 14. 1M-Phillip Mock[2]; 15. 12W-Josh Walter[17]; 16. 43-Jereme Schroeder[13]; 17. 99-Kyle Marten[5]; 18. 70-Raymond Hensley[12]; 19. 50-Rusty Egan[19]; 20. (DNF) 10V-Matt Vandevere[7]; 21. (DNF) 5K-Brian Kristan[11]; 22. (DNF) 65-Jordan Goldesberry[15]; 23. (DNF) 19-Todd Daun[18]; 24. (DNF) 94R-Rob Pribnow[3]

Behling Racing Equipment B Feature 1 (15 Laps): 1. 19-Todd Daun[2]; 2. 5K-Brian Kristan[1]; 3. 85M-Steve Meyer[3]; 4. 02-Mike Reinke[5]; 5. 95A-Ken Jay Fiedler[7]; 6. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski[10]; 7. 53W-Bill Wirth[4]; 8. 41-Dennis Spitz[8]; 9. 2B-Jimmy Sivia[9]; 10. (DNF) 01-Chris Dodd[6]; (DNS) 0-John Fahl; (DNS) 7-Scott Uttech; (DNS) 22-Todd King; (DNS) 23D-Trey Datweiler; (DNS) 79-Blake Nimee

Real Wheels Heat 1 (10 Laps): 1. 10V-Matt Vandevere[1]; 2. 64-Scotty Thiel[5]; 3. 43-Jereme Schroeder[3]; 4. 1M-Phillip Mock[4]; 5. 4K-Kris Spitz[6]; 6. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski[8]; 7. 22-Todd King[7]; 8. (DNF) 19-Todd Daun[9]; 9. (DNF) 0-John Fahl[2]

Heat 2 (10 Laps): 1. 29-Joey Moughan[4]; 2. 1MM-Jim Moughan Jr[5]; 3. 65-Jordan Goldesberry[3]; 4. 50-Rusty Egan[2]; 5. 99-Kyle Marten[6]; 6. 95A-Ken Jay Fiedler[8]; 7. (DNF) 53W-Bill Wirth[7]; 8. (DNF) 7-Scott Uttech[1]; (DNS) 79-Blake Nimee

All Star Performance Products Heat 3 (10 Laps): 1. 73-Ben Schmidt[2]; 2. 2W-Scott Neitzel[3]; 3. 17B-Bill Balog[4]; 4. 23-Russel Borland[1]; 5. 1HRP-Todd Hepfner[6]; 6. 02-Mike Reinke[7]; 7. 5K-Brian Kristan[5]; 8. 41-Dennis Spitz[8]; (DNS) 23D-Trey Datweiler

R & H Enterprise Heat 4 (10 Laps): 1. 4B-Scott Biertzer[4]; 2. 70-Raymond Hensley[5]; 3. 94R-Rob Pribnow[6]; 4. 5J-Jeremy Schultz[2]; 5. 12W-Josh Walter[3]; 6. 85M-Steve Meyer[1]; 7. 01-Chris Dodd[7]; 8. 2B-Jimmy Sivia[8]

Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts Qualifying 1: 1. 64-Scotty Thiel, 12.047[2]; 2. 99-Kyle Marten, 12.174[5]; 3. 1HRP-Todd Hepfner, 12.185[10]; 4. 94R-Rob Pribnow, 12.206[3]; 5. 1M-Phillip Mock, 12.226[6]; 6. 1MM-Jim Moughan Jr, 12.287[11]; 7. 5K-Brian Kristan, 12.313[9]; 8. 70-Raymond Hensley, 12.315[1]; 9. 43-Jereme Schroeder, 12.344[4]; 10. 29-Joey Moughan, 12.360[20]; 11. 17B-Bill Balog, 12.378[33]; 12. 4B-Scott Biertzer, 12.439[22]; 13. 0-John Fahl, 12.452[7]; 14. 65-Jordan Goldesberry, 12.477[21]; 15. 2W-Scott Neitzel, 12.545[28]; 16. 12W-Josh Walter, 12.563[23]; 17. 19-Todd Daun, 12.611[26]; 18. 50-Rusty Egan, 12.627[8]; 19. 73-Ben Schmidt, 12.634[24]; 20. 5J-Jeremy Schultz, 12.635[32]; 21. 10V-Matt Vandevere, 12.657[19]; 22. 7-Scott Uttech, 12.669[13]; 23. 23-Russel Borland, 12.672[15]; 24. 85M-Steve Meyer, 12.686[16]; 25. 4K-Kris Spitz, 12.811[18]; 26. 53W-Bill Wirth, 13.040[30]; 27. 02-Mike Reinke, 13.042[35]; 28. 01-Chris Dodd, 13.086[27]; 29. 22-Todd King, 13.160[31]; 30. 95A-Ken Jay Fiedler, 13.359[29]; 31. 41-Dennis Spitz, 13.416[34]; 32. 2B-Jimmy Sivia, 13.422[25]; 33. (DNF) 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski[14]; (DNS) 79-Blake Nimee; (DNS) 23D-Trey Datweiler

 

 

IN BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA SPRINT SERIES ACTION BALOG ENJOYS BEAVER DAM RACEWAY VICTORY LANE HOT OR COLD!

BALOG’S LATE RACE CHARGE NEGATES MOCKS VICTORY EFFORTS IN YELLOW CHECKERED FINISH!

June 11, 2016; Beaver Dam, WI – Just four weeks ago Bill Balog stood in victory lane at Beaver Dam Raceway. During the post race interview a brief snow shower fell as chilled fans watched the festivities. This evening with temperatures reaching the low 90’s at the start of the race program snow showers were the furthest thing from anyone’s thoughts. Balog didn’t seem to mind the sweltering evening, as the end result was the same, a trip to victory lane.

Tonight’s victory was the fourth of the season for Balog in Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprint series competition but in the early portion of the A-main it didn’t appear that the seven-time IRA champ had the speed to finish first tonight.

After a couple cautions Balog found himself chasing down Phillip Mock who had led from the opening lap. A final yellow with six laps to go placed Balog squarely on Mock’s tail and once racing resumed Balog used the high line to power past Mock who was seeking his third career IRA victory.

With the race well in hand Balog crossed over the finish line just as the caution flag waved, receiving the checkered flag simultaneously. Ben Schmidt had spun the backstretch while running in the top five. The resulting caution reverted the field back to their last completed lap for scoring. While Balog and Mock had remained first and second, the third position was awarded to Scotty Neitzel who had held the spot prior to the caution. Steve Meyer had passed Neitzel on the final circuit but the yellow negated the pass and gave Neitzel the final podium spot.

Balog’s mastery of the high side in the closing laps made the victory possible. “That was a good race, congratulations to Phillip (Mock) there. I got running around the top there trying to blow it off I knew a couple other guys would be”, noted Balog. “The bottom seemed a little better early on We just got up there, kept the momentum going and got the wing where we needed it to be. What a race man, that was awesome. It was everything we could do to get that one”, Balog exclaimed.

Mock was also satisfied with his efforts this evening.

“I’m not ashamed at all, we’ve been struggling this year with just about everything and falling out of races. Finally tonight everything came together, so this was a good deal for this whole team”, said Mock. Mock clearly had the fastest car throughout the first half of the race using the bottom line but toward the end Balog matched his pace. “I felt the track was fading away a little bit in three and four. Billy ( Balog ) just capitalized and found where the track was a little quicker, he had nothing to lose taking the chance and trying the high side to run me down,” noted Mock. “Great job to that team”, Mock said in congratulating his fellow competitor.

The 24 car starting field rolled trackside with Mock starting on the pole and last season’s Rookie of the Year Kyle Marten to his outside. Todd King debuting a new car sporting the #22 lined up inside the second row with Neitzel to his outside.

The first attempt to get the race underway was negated Josh Walter spun and Michael Decker stalled on the backstretch.

Mock outran Marten off the green flag bolting to the lead. King also surpassed Marten who drifted back in the outside line to run second. By lap three Balog had reached the third position at Marten’s expense. Balog traded the third position to Neitzel on the sixth circuit.

Mock was comfortably out front when the next caution flew on lap eight as Blake Nimee slowed on the front stretch coming to a stop with mechanical ills.

Mock again shot into the lead as the field got back to speed. Balog meanwhile started to experiment with the high line, working his way past Neitzel and then King to place himself in the second spot. King’s solid showing suffered a setback at the halfway point as he spun his car while running in the fourth spot brining out the third yellow of the contest.

As he had done on the previous restarts Mock again set the pace as the green flag returned. Hugging the inside line around the track Mock continued to defend the lead Balog, opting for the high groove began to pressure Mock as they reached lapped traffic. Mock found himself trapped on the low side of the track having to muscle past lapped machines. With six laps to go Dennis Spitz had gone low in turn one splashing some water into the low groove.

The resulting yellow again stacked the field. On this restart Mock was unable to shake Balog, who managed to roll alongside Mock down the straights. With four laps to go Balog completed a sweeping pass on the high side. Mock switched his strategy and began to run a higher groove but Balog was already increasing his lead.

Balog reached the checkered flag with six car lengths on Mock. As Balog and Mock were crossing the stripe, Ben Schmidt looped his car on the backstretech. A caution was immediately thrown and the balance of the field was scored in their running order the prior lap.

Neitzel had held the spot at the white flag and was awarded third followed by Meyer who turned in a solid late race charge to net fourth. Marten earned fifth taking his first top five finish of the year after a solid drive. Jordan Goldesberry overcame engine issues early in the program and earned the sixth spot after starting in sixteenth. Robbie Pribnow equaled the advancement of ten positions moving from 17th to 7th at the finish. Point leader Scotty Thiel finished eighth. Mike Reinke and Scott Biertzer completed the top ten.

22 of the 24 starters were still on the track at the finish.

Earlier in the program heat race wins were collected by Biertzer, Meyer and Schmidt.

Australian hot-shoe, James McFadden, was a surprise entry for the evening.

With two World Series Sprint Car Series Championships under his belt in the last three years, as well as numerous victories McFadden seemed to have opportunity to add a Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprint series win to his resume as he turned in the fastest qualifying lap of the evening.

McFadden turned in a lap of 12.160 seconds, just a tick quicker than Mike Reinke who was second fast with a lap of 12.180 seconds. Blake Nimee was third quick with a lap of 12.285 seconds around the third mile banked oval.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints now prepare to wrap up the month of June with a double-header weekend. They will appear at Plymouth Dirt Track located at the Sheboygan County Fairgrounds in Plymouth, WI on Saturday night June 18th. The following evening the series will head for Angell Park Speedway in Sun Prairie, WI.

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 IRA Sprints are presented by its long time supporting series partners. The series support is led by title sponsor Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, and associate series partners Hoosier Tire, Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Cummins Onan, and Twin Lakes Marine.

Upcoming 2016 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series Events:

6/18/2016- Plymouth Dirt Track - Plymouth, WI

6/19/2016 – Angell Park Speedway – Sun Prairie, WI

7/1/2016 – Manitowoc Speedway – Manitowoc, WI

7/3/2016 – Seymour Speedway – Seymour, WI

7/8/2016 - Dodge County Fairgrounds – Beaver Dam, WI

410 Sprints | IRA Interstate Racing Association

Bumper to Bumper A Feature (30 Laps) 1: 1. 17B-Bill Balog[5]; 2. 1M-Phillip Mock[1]; 3. 2W-Scott Neitzel[4]; 4. 85M-Steve Meyer[7]; 5. 99-Kyle Marten[2]; 6. 65-Jordan Goldesberry[16]; 7. 94R-Rob Pribnow[17]; 8. 64-Scotty Thiel[9]; 9. 02-Mike Reinke[19]; 10. 4B-Scott Biertzer[10]; 11. 23-Russel Borland[13]; 12. 19-Todd Daun[11]; 13. 10V-Matt Vandevere[15]; 14. 7-Scott Uttech[21]; 15. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski[23]; 16. 5J-Jeremy Schultz[20]; 17. 12W-Josh Walter[18]; 18. 4K-Kris Spitz[14]; 19. 43-Jereme Schroeder[12]; 20. 41-Dennis Spitz[24]; 21. 12-Michael Decker[22]; 22. 73-Ben Schmidt[8]; 23. 22-Todd King[3]; 24. 79-Blake Nimee[6]

R & H Enterprise Heat 1 (10 Laps): 1. 4B-Scott Biertzer[3]; 2. 23-Russel Borland[1]; 3. 17B-Bill Balog[5]; 4. 10V-Matt Vandevere[7]; 5. 65-Jordan Goldesberry[8]; 6. 43-Jereme Schroeder[2]; 7. 02-Mike Reinke[6]; 8. 7-Scott Uttech[4]; (DNS) 3G-James McFadden

DMI Heat 2 (10 Laps): 1. 85M-Steve Meyer[1]; 2. 64-Scotty Thiel[3]; 3. 2W-Scott Neitzel[5]; 4. 79-Blake Nimee[6]; 5. 99-Kyle Marten[4]; 6. 94R-Rob Pribnow[8]; 7. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski[7]; 8. 12-Michael Decker[2]

All Star Performance Products Heat 3 (10 Laps): 1. 73-Ben Schmidt[2]; 2. 19-Todd Daun[3]; 3. 4K-Kris Spitz[1]; 4. 1M-Phillip Mock[4]; 5. 12W-Josh Walter[8]; 6. 22-Todd King[5]; 7. 41-Dennis Spitz[7]; 8. (DNF) 5J-Jeremy Schultz[6]

Osborn & Son Qualifying 1: 1. 3G-James McFadden, 12.160[4]; 2. 02-Mike Reinke, 12.180[1]; 3. 79-Blake Nimee, 12.258[5]; 4. 5J-Jeremy Schultz, 12.354[21]; 5. 17B-Bill Balog, 12.458[15]; 6. 2W-Scott Neitzel, 12.459[13]; 7. 22-Todd King, 12.495[19]; 8. 7-Scott Uttech, 12.509[6]; 9. 99-Kyle Marten, 12.531[7]; 10. 1M-Phillip Mock, 12.564[9]; 11. 4B-Scott Biertzer, 12.606[12]; 12. 64-Scotty Thiel, 12.662[18]; 13. 19-Todd Daun, 12.680[14]; 14. 43-Jereme Schroeder, 12.690[3]; 15. 12-Michael Decker, 12.776[11]; 16. 73-Ben Schmidt, 12.822[17]; 17. 23-Russel Borland, 12.830[16]; 18. 85M-Steve Meyer, 12.846[23]; 19. 4K-Kris Spitz, 12.855[10]; 20. 10V-Matt Vandevere, 12.904[8]; 21. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski, 13.095[22]; 22. 41-Dennis Spitz, 13.099[20]; 23. 65-Jordan Goldesberry, 13.191[2]; 24. 94R-Rob Pribnow, 13.241[24]; 25. 12W-Josh Walter, 13.437[25]

 

 

BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA OUTLAW SPRINTS LOOK TO REBOUND FROM WASHOUT WEEKEND WITH THREE JUNE EVENTS!

June 9, 2016; Appleton, WI – Weather played a major role this past weekend as teams fought to get on the track in a pair of Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint series races. After clicking off the first seven events uninterrupted the series suffered its first rainout at Oshkosh Speedzone a couple weeks ago.

Since then the challenge has been to get a completed show. Weather has claimed three of the last four shows.

The planed races at Cedar Lake Speedway and Angell Park Speedway both fell to weather this past weekend. Oddly enough, it was exactly two years ago when the series last lost two shows in the same weekend and it involved the same two tracks.

The loss of Sunday’s Angell Park event proved especially frustrating to both teams and fans as early evening thunderstorms rolled through the area just cars were timing in for the event. Due to the amount of time it would have taken to get the track back into shape for competition and the looming curfew there was no choice but to pull the plug on the show.

Tickets and wristbands obtained for the show can be utilized at any forthcoming IRA event at Angell Park Speedway this season.

With the weather woes hopefully behind the series has three remaining contests to be held in the month of June.

It begins this Saturday June 11th at the Beaver Dam Raceway. The third-mile banked clay oval has already successfully hosted two events this season. Bill Balog charged to victory in both contests and thus far is the only multi-event winner in 2016.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprints will be joined by Sport Mods and Legends.

Pit gates will open at 3:30pm. While the grandstands will open one hour later to allow fans time find their favorite seat prior to the action. Racing is set to get underway at 6:30pm.

Tickets are just $20 for adults, $10 for students age 6-11 and kids 5 and younger are free. Qualifying begins at 5 p.m., with racing to follow.

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 following week the series will wrap up the June schedule with a double header weekend.

It begins with the first trip of the season to the Plymouth Dirt Track located at the Sheboygan County Fairpark in Plymouth, WI on Saturday Night June 18th. The slightly banked third-mile oval is the home track to many of the new stars of the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint series.

Currently the top four in the series standings, which includes Scotty Thiel, Jeremy Schultz, Robbie Pribnow and Ben Schmidt are all graduates of the tracks weekly 360 sprint program. Pribnow and Schultz both made the transition into the 410 sprints of the IRA series having immediate success with each earning Rookie of the Year honors.

Last season Kyle Marten, another 360 sprint graduate added his name to the Rookie of the Year list. Marten currently sits 10th in points.

Additionally, Thiel, Schultz, Schmidt and Marten have already earned A-main victories in the more powerful 410 sprint series.

A look at possible at future stars on the IRA tour will be seen as the PDTR 360 sprints will also be on hand for the program. To round out the show B-Modifieds are also joining in for a full evening of dirt track racing action.

Pits will open at 3:00pm and the grandstands will open at 4:30pm.

Warm ups slated for 5:30pm, and IRA qualifying to follow.

Opening ceremonies are slated for 6:30pm. Adult tickets are just $20, children 6-12 years are $5, and kids 5 & under are FREE.

The track is located on the Sheboygan County Fairgrounds just off Fairview Drive (CTY O ) in Plymouth, Wisconsin. The track website can be found at www.plymouthdtr.com

The the following evening on Sunday June 19th the series will head back to Angell Park Speedway.

Two completed shows have been held by the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints at the track this year.

The most recent event saw current point leader Scotty Thiel outrun Parker Price Miller for the victory. The win was the second of Thiel’s career. That victory coupled with a solid second place showing at the 141 Speedway vaulted Thiel to the top of the point standings.

The Sunday, June 19th show will be featuring the Bumper-to-Bumper IRA Sprint Cars, Badger Midgets, and Micros.

Pit gates will open at 2:00pm, with spectator gates opening at 4:30pm.

Hot laps will begin at 6:00pm with qualifying and racing to follow.

General admission is $20.00 for adults while students ages 12 to 18 are $15. Children under the age of 12 are admitted FREE.

For more information, visit www.angellparkspeedway.net.

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 IRA Sprints are presented by its long time supporting series partners. The series support is led by title sponsor Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, and associate series partners Hoosier Tire, Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Cummins Onan, and Twin Lakes Marine.

Upcoming 2016 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series Events:

6/11/2016- Beaver Dam Raceway - Beaver Dam, WI

6/18/2016- Plymouth Dirt Track - Plymouth, WI

6/19/2016 – Angell Park Speedway – Sun Prairie, WI

7/1/2016 – Manitowoc Speedway – Manitowoc, WI

7/3/2016 – Seymour Speedway – Seymour, WI

 

 

BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA OUTLAW SPRINTS HEADLINE EVENTS AT CEDAR LAKE AND ANGELL PARK SPEEDWAYS THIS WEEKEND!

YOUNG TALEENT DOMINATES THE TOP OF THE BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA SPRINT SERIES STANDINGS!

June 1, 2016; Appleton, WI – The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints head into the first weekend in June prepared to showcase yet another double-header weekend of action. The 900 horsepower winged sprints are set to participate at Cedar Lake Speedway on Saturday evening June 4th.

The IRA Sprints play an important role in the 5th annual Triple Crown with a huge purse for the show. The event will again feature the IRA Outlaw 410 Sprint Cars along with Late Models & Modifieds each racing for $3,000 to win. Fans can expect the absolute best racing talent in the area to compete for a share of the prize money on the high banked 3/8 mile oval.

Pits will open at 3:00pm with Grandstands opening at 5:00pm. Racing begins at 6:00pm. Tickets for this special event will be $25 for adults, $12 for students age 6-16; while children ages 5 and under are free.

For more information on the Triple Crown event log onto the Cedar Lake Speedway website at www.cedarlakespeedway.com

Last year Bill Balog topped the IRA portion of the Triple Crown event. Heading into the show this year Balog has recorded three victories including the most recent race held at the 141 Speedway this past Sunday.

Balog is the only driver in the series with more than a single win this season. Balog is expected to participate in both IRA events this weekend hoping to add to his impressive win total.

On Sunday the series will head to Angell Park Speedway. The race will mark the second appearance for the 410 sprints this year.

The first show for the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints at the track this year saw Scotty Thiel outrun Parker Price Miller for the victory. The win was the second of Thiel’s career. That victory coupled with a solid second place showing at the 141 Speedway this past weekend vaulted Thiel to the top of the point standings. This weekend marks the first time in Thiel’s career that he will head into the race weekend atop the season standings.

The Sunday, June 5th show will be featuring the Bumper-to-Bumper IRA Sprint Cars, Badger Midgets, and Wisconsin Dirt Legends

Pit gates will open at 2:00pm, with spectator gates opening at 4:30pm. Hot laps will begin at 6:00pm with qualifying and racing to follow.

General admission is $20.00 for adults while students ages 12 to 18 are $15. Children under the age of 12 are admitted FREE.

For more information, visit www.angellparkspeedway.net.

So far this young season the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints have been showcasing the new talent the series has to offer.

Five of the top six in points have been members of the IRA Sprints for less than five seasons and two are former Rookie of The Year title holders.

As mentioned Thiel a graduate of the 360 sprint car ranks leads the way atop the standings chased by 2013 Rookie of the Year and two time Wilmot Raceway champion Jeremy Schultz.

Robbie Pribnow who won the rookie title one year earlier in 2012 sits third in the standings. For Pribnow the third place ranking is a career best and a statement to his talent having just returned to 410 sprint action full time after several seasons of very limited appearances.

Ben Schmidt currently holds down the fourth spot. This season he is driving multiple cars to maintain his point chase. Like the other drivers at the top of the list Schmidt has an impressive background in 360 sprint action having collected several titles.

The highest ranking veteran racer in the standings is two-time series champion Scotty Neitzel. With over two decades of IRA competition under his belt Neitzel is showing no signs of slowing down and he was in the thick of the title chase last season.

Blake Nimee comes into the weekend ranked sixth in points. Nimee had a breakout season last year recording his first two career victories and placing himself in the title chase.

Balog who is not running a full schedule has climbed to seventh in points based on the strength of his three wins thus far.

Eighth and ninth in the standings are being held by driver who are running a majority of races for the first time in several years. Matt Vandervere and Scott Biertzer have shown some serious speed this season and both could be contending for victories as the year progresses.

Kyle Marten, the 2015 IRA Rookie of the Year rounds out the top ten in spite of some bad luck the past two events. Marten got caught up in an early accident at 141 Speedway but with gritty determination he was able to finish the event less his nose wing. That effort kept him in the top ten in the series standings.

Other IRA stars such as Wayne Modjeski, Russel Borland, Mike Reinke, Josh Walter, Kris and Dennis Spitz, Scott Uttech, Phillip Mock, Steve Meyer, Michael Decker, Bill Wirth, Jordan Goldesberry, Jereme Schroeder and Dave Uttech make up the majority of drivers which have kept the IRA series strong with their support.

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 IRA Sprints are presented by its long time supporting series partners. The series support is led by title sponsor Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, and associate series partners Hoosier Tire, Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Cummins Onan, and Twin Lakes Marine.

Upcoming 2016 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series Events:

6/4/2016 - Cedar Lake Speedway - New Richmond, WI

6/5/2016 - Angell Park Speedway - Sun Prairie, WI

6/11/2016- Beaver Dam Raceway - Beaver Dam, WI

6/18/2016- Plymouth Dirt Track - Plymouth, WI

6/19/2016 – Angell Park Speedway – Sun Prairie, WI

 

 

BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA SPRINTS SURVIVE WEATHER THREAT AS BALOG FENDS OFF THIEL FOR VICTORY AT 141 SPEEDWAY!

THIEL DENIED SECOND STRAIGHT VICTORY AS BALOG FENDS OF CHALLENGES AT 141 SPEEDWAY FOR THIRD WIN OF 2016!

May 29, 2016; Francis Creek, WI – There was a time when it appeared the 50th Anniversary season for the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints was going to grind to a halt courtesy of Mother Nature. Heading into a double header weekend the scheduled Friday night show at Oshkosh Speedzone fell to relentless rain.

A similar fate hampered the scheduled event on Sunday evening at 141 Speedway. Late afternoon showers kept track crews busy, but due to their diligent efforts the show went on and fans were treated to a great late race showdown between Bill Balog and Scotty Thiel on the banked quarter-mile bullring.

Balog, a seven-time champion in the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints had all he could handle from Thiel as he was seeking his second straight series win after claiming top honors at Sun Prairie one week ago. Balog had powered past early race leader Mike Reinke dragging Thiel with him, and the pair ran in tandem the remaining distance.

Balog, a master of lapped traffic was unable to shake a tenacious Thiel who would harass him every lap enroute to the finish while waiting for a miscue. Balog managed to avoid any misstep and in the end was able to repel one last challenge from Thiel to score the win, his third of the 2016 season. Thiel had to settle for second less than a car length behind.

“I can’t really complain about that”, said Thiel as he climbed from his car. “I showed him the bottom that one time. We gave him a helluva fight. It was pretty well hooked up. Once we got through traffic there he didn’t walk away from us this this time”, note Thiel on his efforts to catch Balog. “We were right with him. I thought maybe we had one last charge there at the end but I wasn’t running the groove I should have been I should have been running up top. I was off the cushion a little bit”, concluded Thiel.

Balog meanwhile celebrated the victory with his crew. In spite of occasionally being a bit off his usual pace this season Balog is the only multiple main event winner in 2016 with three victories.

“We been trying different stuff with the cars. At times we’ve not been able to get our arms around it I don’t think”, noted Balog. “We were pretty good there at the end I there. I don’t know how far in front we were at the end”, he stated not knowing how close Thiel had been.

“I have to give a shout out to the MACC fund, we donate some our winnings to them”, Balog told the crowd of his participation in Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer program. Balog also donates a portion of his souvenir merchandise toward the charitable organization which helps to cure child cancer.

While Balog isn’t running 100% of the IRA events this season indicated it won’t be long until he competes in the series again. When asked the next time he would be running with the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints he exclaimed, “Next weekend… Cedar Lake!”

Steve Meyer who scored his first podium finish of the season was the only other driver with the pace to match the lead pair but he was unable to close over the final laps having to settle for third after a strong showing. Earlier in the night he dominated his heat race.

“This is great, we haven’t been here for quite a while on the straightaway after a race”, Meyer indicated of his participation in the podium interviews reserved for the top three finishers. “It was a good run. This would be awesome to have race tracks like this every night. It was fast, you had a little bottom to work with, a top to work with you could really run”, said Meyer pleased with the tacky racing surface.

The racing surface had plenty of grip at the start of the A-main as a 24 car field pushed off for 30 laps of competition. At the drop of the green flag cars fanned out as everyone sought to find the fastest line on the multi groove track.

In mid pack several cars checked up, and a chain reaction incident collected the cars of Brian Kristan, Scott Uttech and Kyle Marten. Kristan wasn’t able to slow in time and vaulted over Marten’s machine doing a quick flip. None of the drivers were injured by only Marten’s crew was able to repair his car and he competed the duration of the race without a front wing after hasty repairs.

Two-time series champion Scotty Neitzel resumed his spot from the pole on the restart but Reinke who started outside the front row charged to the initial lead. Balog, who had started behind Neitzel managed to work into second before the completion of the first lap.

Neitzel lost one more spot, giving up third to Thiel before the first caution of the contest flew for a spin by Ben Schmidt in turn three on the second lap.

Underway again Reinke went back to setting the pace with Balog providing his biggest challenge. Thiel, Neitzel and Mike Kertscher followed.

Reinke extended his lead to a dozen car lengths before reaching lapped traffic on lap eight.

Running in heavy lapped traffic the lead trio of Reinke, Balog and Thiel were soon doing battle for the lead spot by the halfway point of the event with Neitzel and Meyer trailing behind.

On lap 18 Reinke temporarily got held up by a lapped machine. Balog wasted no time taking advantage of the situation. Diving to the bottom of the track Balog made a well-timed slide job to take over the lead. Thiel meanwhile opted for the low line and also maneuvered past Reinke to grab second. Thiel’s momentum allowed him to briefly pull alongside Balog for the top spot but Balog regained momentum leaving Thiel running second.

On the next circuit Meyer displaced Reinke another spot reaching third.

The final slowdown happened in dramatic fashion on lap 20. Neitzel running just outside the top five expired a motor in a major way with flames shooting from under the hood. He guided his car to the infield where the flames were quickly extinguished and he jumped from his car uninjured. His evening done Neitzel walked dejectedly back to the pit area.

The final laps clicked off without incident. Balog got a solid restarted with Thiel providing plenty of pressure. Meyer meanwhile had to clear several lapped machines which are kept in the running order by the time he cleared them Balog and Thiel had pulled away.

The leaders again began to reach lapped machines with only a couple laps left but both Balog and Thiel maintained their pace. On the final lap Thiel made a final attempt to surpass Balog but it fell short with Balog earning the win by a car length. Meyer netted third another eight car lengths back.

Reinke, who had led the first half of the contest settled for fourth chased to the line by Kertscher. The fifth place showing by Kertscher was his first top five since returning to action in IRA competition this year after taking several seasons off.

Blake Nimee earned sixth. Nimee was the evenings fastest qualifier during the group qualifying sessions which were utilized this evening. The format placed 5-6 cars on the track for each qualifying session they then ran several laps with their best effort counting as their qualifying lap. The format made it possible to get back on schedule after a late start due to the rain. Nimee’s time of 11.226 seconds just edged Kertscher who had turned in a lap of 11.240 seconds for the fastest time of the evening.

Seventh was taken by 2012 IRA Rookie of the Year Robbie Pribnow who had captured the B-main. Matt Vandervere advanced the most position during the main event moving up ten spots from 18th to 8th by the checkered. Scott Biertzer and Jeremy Schultz completed the top ten cars.

20 of the 24 starters were still on the track at the finish.

In earlier action Pribnow captured the B-main. Kyle Marten, Wayne Modjeski, Kris Spitz, Dennis Spitz and Ken Jay Fiedler comprised the top six and the cars advancing to the main event.

Heat race victories were captured by Biertzer, Meyer and Raymond Hensley.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints now prepare for another double header weekend. On Saturday night June 4th, the series makes its first appearance of 2016 at the 3/8 mile banked Cedar Lake Speedway in northwestern Wisconsin. The following evening the series makes a return engagement to Angell Park Speedway in Sun Prairie, WI on Sunday evening June 5th.

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 IRA Sprints are presented by its long time supporting series partners. The series support is led by title sponsor Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, and associate series partners Hoosier Tire, Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Cummins Onan, and Twin Lakes Marine.

Upcoming 2016 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series Events:

6/4/2016 - Cedar Lake Speedway - New Richmond, WI

6/5/2016 - Angell Park Speedway - Sun Prairie, WI

6/11/2016- Beaver Dam Raceway - Beaver Dam, WI

6/18/2016- Plymouth Dirt Track - Plymouth, WI

6/19/2016 - Angell Park Speedway - Sun Prairie, WI

410 Sprints | IRA Interstate Racing Association

Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts A Feature 1 (30 Laps): 1. 17B-Bill Balog[3]; 2. 64-Scotty Thiel[4]; 3. 85M-Steve Meyer[9]; 4. 02-Mike Reinke[2]; 5. 80K-Mike Kertscher[5]; 6. 79-Blake Nimee[6]; 7. 94R-Rob Pribnow[11]; 8. 10V-Matt Vandevere[18]; 9. 4B-Scott Biertzer[7]; 10. 5J-Jeremy Schultz[14]; 11. 73-Ben Schmidt[12]; 12. 23-Russel Borland[10]; 13. 53W-Bill Wirth[13]; 14. 70-Raymond Hensley[8]; 15. 1M-Phillip Mock[19]; 16. 4K-Kris Spitz[22]; 17. 99-Kyle Marten[16]; 18. 95A-Ken Jay Fiedler[24]; 19. 12W-Josh Walter[20]; 20. 41-Dennis Spitz[23]; 21. (DNF) 2W-Scott Neitzel[1]; 22. (DNF) 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski[21]; 23. (DNF) 5K-Brian Kristan[15]; 24. (DNF) 7-Scott Uttech[17]

Behling Racing Equipment B Feature 1 (12 Laps): 1. 94R-Rob Pribnow[1]; 2. 99-Kyle Marten[2]; 3. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski[3]; 4. 4K-Kris Spitz[6]; 5. 41-Dennis Spitz[5]; 6. 95A-Ken Jay Fiedler[7]; 7. 12-Michael Decker[8]; 8. 2C-Chris Clayton[10]; 9. 68-Dave Uttech[4]; 10. 4-Paul Pokorski[9]

Weld Racing Products Heat 1 (10 Laps): 1. 4B-Scott Biertzer[1]; 2. 2W-Scott Neitzel[4]; 3. 79-Blake Nimee[6]; 4. 53W-Bill Wirth[3]; 5. 17B-Bill Balog[5]; 6. 12W-Josh Walter[8]; 7. 99-Kyle Marten[2]; 8. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski[7]; 9. 95A-Ken Jay Fiedler[9]; 10. 2C-Chris Clayton[10]

DMI Heat 2 (10 Laps): 1. 85M-Steve Meyer[2]; 2. 7-Scott Uttech[1]; 3. 5J-Jeremy Schultz[3]; 4. 02-Mike Reinke[5]; 5. 23-Russel Borland[4]; 6. 80K-Mike Kertscher[6]; 7. 41-Dennis Spitz[8]; 8. 68-Dave Uttech[7]; 9. 12-Michael Decker[9]

All Star Performance Products Heat 3 (10 Laps): 1. 70-Raymond Hensley[2]; 2. 73-Ben Schmidt[4]; 3. 64-Scotty Thiel[6]; 4. 10V-Matt Vandevere[1]; 5. 5K-Brian Kristan[3]; 6. 1M-Phillip Mock[7]; 7. 4K-Kris Spitz[8]; 8. 94R-Rob Pribnow[5]; 9. 4-Paul Pokorski[9]

Osborn & Son Qualifying 1: 1. 79-Blake Nimee, 11.226[20]; 2. 80K-Mike Kertscher, 11.240[18]; 3. 64-Scotty Thiel, 11.423[12]; 4. 17B-Bill Balog, 11.473[13]; 5. 02-Mike Reinke, 11.478[7]; 6. 94R-Rob Pribnow, 11.578[16]; 7. 2W-Scott Neitzel, 11.591[24]; 8. 23-Russel Borland, 11.633[27]; 9. 73-Ben Schmidt, 11.635[22]; 10. 53W-Bill Wirth, 11.645[8]; 11. 5J-Jeremy Schultz, 11.646[1]; 12. 5K-Brian Kristan, 11.666[6]; 13. 99-Kyle Marten, 11.680[23]; 14. 85M-Steve Meyer, 11.764[2]; 15. 70-Raymond Hensley, 11.771[26]; 16. 4B-Scott Biertzer, 11.807[4]; 17. 7-Scott Uttech, 11.846[11]; 18. 10V-Matt Vandevere, 11.854[5]; 19. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski, 11.863[10]; 20. 68-Dave Uttech, 11.938[28]; 21. 1M-Phillip Mock, 11.976[19]; 22. 12W-Josh Walter, 12.044[9]; 23. 41-Dennis Spitz, 12.061[17]; 24. 4K-Kris Spitz, 12.122[14]; 25. 95A-Ken Jay Fiedler, 12.139[15]; 26. 12-Michael Decker, 12.506[21]; 27. 4-Paul Pokorski, 12.777[3]; 28. 2C-Chris Clayton, 12.869[25]

 

 

BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA OUTLAW SPRINTS CELEBRATE THE MEMORIAL WEEKEND WITH A DOUBLE DOSE OF 410 SPRINT ACTION!

OSHKOSH SPEEDZONE AND 141 SPEEDWAY TO HOST BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA OUTLAW SPRINTS THIS WEEKEND!

May 25, 2016; Appleton, WI – For the second straight week teams running with the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints will be pulling double duty as teams make the trip to Oshkosh Speedzone and 141 Speedway located near Francis Creek, WI

Heading into the Friday Night, May 27th event at the Oshkosh Speedzone the series had had six different winners in seven events held thus far. Only Bill Balog, has managed to gain more than a single checkered this season, earning a pair of wins at Beaver Dam Raceway.

The Friday Night contest will see nearly 30 drivers contend for supremacy at the wide, modestly banked third mile Oshkosh Speedzone oval. Last year in the only event completed at the track Scott Uttech mastered a slick racing surface to come away with his lone victory of the 2015 season. Scotty Neitzel finished second in that contest with Jeremy Schultz earning the final podium spot

Joining the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints will be the Wisconsin Dirt Legends, Grand Nationals, Street Stocks and Dirt Devils.

Pit gates will open at 4:00pm, the grandstands will open at 5:00pm. Sprint car hot laps will take place at 6:00pm, with qualifying scheduled for 6:30pm. The first green flag is set to wave at 7:00pm

Adult admission for this special event is $20, with a student ticket available to those ages 11 to 15 for $10. Children ages 10 and under are FREE.

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. Fans and drivers can find additional details on the contest by visiting the track website at www.oshkoshspeedzone.net

After a night off the teams roar back into action at the 141 Speedway on Sunday evening May 29th. Recent upgrades will make the fast quarter-mile bullring even quicker.

Heading into the weekend 2013 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint series Rookie of the Year, Jeremy Schultz, heads up the series standings. A graduate of area 360 sprint Schultz has a slim point lead over another former 360 sprint ace, Scotty Thiel who won the most recent IRA event held this past Sunday at Angell Park Speedway in Sun Prairie.

In fact drivers who graduated from 360 sprints are holding four of the top five spots down. Ben Schmidt and Robbie Pribnow hold down the fourth and fifth spots in the standings. Both drivers have turned in impressive performances due to different circumstances. For Pribnow, the 2012 IRA Rookie of the Year, this season marks his return after a couple seasons off. Schmidt meanwhile has stayed in the top five while wheeling cars for three different owners. Two-time Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprint series champion Scotty Neitzel sits in third in the point rankings.

Last season at 141 Speedway rain took out one of the two programs while Schmidt captured the other event.

INEX Legends, Grand Nationals and Street Stocks are also on the card. Adult admission is $20 with a senior & student ticket selling for $15. Gates will open at 4 pm with Racing at 6 pm.

Additional information can be found at www.141speedway.com. 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.

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 IRA Sprints are presented by its long time supporting series partners. The series support is led by title sponsor Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, and associate series partners Hoosier Tire, Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Cummins Onan, and Twin Lakes Marine.

Upcoming 2016 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series Events:

5/27/2016 - Oshkosh Speed Zone Raceway - Oshkosh, WI

5/29/2016 - 141 Speedway - Francis Creek, WI

6/4/2016 - Cedar Lake Speedway - New Richmond, WI

6/5/2016 - Angell Park Speedway - Sun Prairie, WI

6/11/2016- Beaver Dam Raceway - Beaver Dam, WI

6/18/2016- Plymouth Dirt Track-Sheybogan Co Fgds - Plymouth, WI

 

 

THIEL SURVIVES LATE RACE CHALLENGE FOR VICTORY IN BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA SPRINT ACTION AT ANGELL PARK!

PARKER PRICE MILLER FALLS SHORT OF SCOTTY THEIL IN LATE RACE CHARGE AT ANGELL PARK!

May 22, 2016; Sun Prairie, WI – Scotty Thiel had been stymied in his effort to return to victory lane since his rookie season two years ago. It hasn’t been pace, which has kept the Sheboygan, Wisconsin native from reaching the winner’s as he had scored nearly a half dozen runner-up finishes since his first career Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprint win at Beaver Dam in August of 2014. Rather if had been a bit of misfortune that would see wins elude him.

Tonight Thiel seemed headed for a comfortable victory in a chaotic 30 lap A-main as the race headed for it’s final laps, then a caution appeared with just nine laps to go. It would seem fate was again testing Thiel’s mettle. This time he was up for the challenge.

When the final green flag fell Thiel finished off the remaining laps flawlessly, and had just enough speed to fend off a last lap challenge by Parker-Price Miller for the victory.

“Holy smokes man, I don’t even know how to put this into words”, exclaimed Thiel as he climbed down from the wing of his car after saluting the crowd in victory lane. “We’ve been fighting so many things this year and even last year we were fighting so many problems”, stated Thiel.

Thiel noted he had been close to victory before at Sun Prairie’s legendary oval. “We’ve been running really good here, the last couple times and had a second and a third. I just said guys one of these times it got to be our turn for luck here” said Thiel. He was also aware his fortunes had not gone well when starting up front, tonight he had started seventh. “I knew on the redraw I did not want to start up front we’ve not had much luck starting from up front”, Thiel indicated.

“I can’t thank the guys enough that work on this team, Mike and my dad. Everyone that’s a part of it. They understand how much this racing means to me. This win isn’t just for me it’s for every single one of them”, he said as the victory celebration began.

For runner-up Parker Price Miller the finish was a bit bittersweet as he had closed the gap on Thiel but needed more laps or a mistake by Thiel to challenge for the win. Still he knew it would be challenging to win tonight even before the green flag fell. “I didn’t qualify so good which put us in the back of my heat race and I needed to win that heat race. I finished like fifth so that out us back in the field, I think we started 13th. The yellows in the feature hurt us, some cars I had to pass twice”, noted Miller. The Indiana native who was celebrating his 18th birthday this evening had a much better car for the main event. “This car was a complete 180 from the heat race, it was really rolling”, he indicated of the performance improvement in the main event.

Still it was not quite enough to catch Thiel. “Hat’s off to Scotty and his team, he didn’t mess up. I thought I had a shot off turn two on the final lap. It was still a good night after starting thirteenth”, concluded Miller.

A field of 24 rolled trackside and presented a contest filled with spills and thrills.

Blake Nimee who was to have started on the pole was nursing engine woes and elected to start at the tail of the field. Having an extremely challenging weekend with difficulties the night before at Wilmot his fortunes seemed to improve with the draw for the ideal starting spot. However after noticing engine issues Nimee elected to start at the rear of the field. His decision proved correct as he dropped from the contest after the first lap.

Nimee’s misfortune proved to be a benefit to two-time IRA champion Scotty Neitzel who moved up to the pole position with Jordan Goldesberry to his outside. Bill Wirth started in the second row next to California native Carson Macedo fresh off a win in the POWRi LucasOil National Midget Series two days earlier.

Neitzel launched into the lead at the start chased by Goldesberry. Scott Biertzer made some impressive opening lap moves to reach third and Thiel was up to fourth by the completion of lap two.

Biertzer was having his best run of the season, running down Goldesberry and working into the second spot by lap seven as Neitzel continued to set the pace. A couple laps later Thiel also displaced Goldesberry reaching third.

On lap ten Thiel made a decisive move to work past Biertzer for the second spot and now set out to try and catch Neitzel who was still showing the way around the third-mile clay oval.

Lap 11 would prove to be a hurdle for the teams in the A-main. It all began when Macedo tagged the wall on the backstretch blowing a tire in the process and damaging his car. This forced a caution and Macedo had his crew tend to repairs.

It appeared Macedo would be unable to make the call to return to the contest and the green flag returned briefly but before a lap was complete.

Biertzer’s solid run ended just after the green flag as he did a flip in turn three while running third forcing a red flag and ending a strong effort this evening. He was unhurt in the incident but his car was heavily damaged.

A second attempt to get the race underway resulted in another flip and another red flag. This time by Kyle Marten in turn fourth. Marten also escaped unscathed but like Biertzer he was unable to continue.

The back to back flips resulted in an open red giving teams time to fuel their cars. The additional delays had allowed Macedo’s crew to complete repairs on his car and when the race went green he was able to rejoin the event at the tail of the field.

Neitzel brought the field back to the green flag followed by Thiel, Goldesberry and Wirth giving chase.

Thiel wasted little time in applying the pressure to Neitzel and on lap 15 he worked to Neitzel’s inside and took over the top spot. Further back point leader Jeremy Schultz was on the charge. In spite of tagging an infield tire Schultz was impressive in his charge rocketing by several cars and placing himself in the second spot.

Thiel was still pulling away from the field, building a comfortable lead when the final slowdown of the contest occurred on lap 21 when Brandon Wimmer came to a halt in turn two after tagging the wall.

Thiel wasted no time on the restart reestablishing his lead. Goldesberry also got up on the wheel rocketing by both Neitzel and Schultz to gain second with seven laps to go.

Not to be outdone Price-Miller also was going all out to catch the leaders reaching fourth.

He slipped past Schultz moments later and when Goldesberry jumped the cushion with two laps to go Price-Miller hurtled into the second spot.

This gave Price-Miller little time to try and catch Thiel who still had a dozen car lengths lead. Although he was able to trim the margin in the remaining distance Thiel was

flawless over the final circuits to win by four car lengths. Price-Miller had to settle for second followed by Goldesberry as the final podium finisher in third.

Schultz crossed the finish line in fourth with the point lead intact. Neitzel completed the top five.

Bill Balog, the seven time IRA champion and winner of the Badger Midget main event that was also on the card this evening finished sixth in IRA competition after pulling double duty. Macedo rallied back to seventh position after having started in the tail of the field after his repairs.

Robbie Pribnow, Ben Schmidt and Steve Meyer completed the top ten finishers.

In earlier action Mike Reinke dominated the B-main, advancing to the main event along with Russel Borland, Kris Spitz, Matt Vandervere, Jereme Schroeder and Wayne Modjeski.

Heat race wins were collected by Balog, Schultz, and Biertzer.

Reinke qualifier fastest of the 29 cars checking in this evening with a lap of 12.174 seconds. Brandon Wimmer second quick at 12.343 seconds. Wirth nabbed third quick at 12.500 seconds.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints now prepare for two events over the Memorial Day weekend. On Friday Night May 27th the series will make the first of two appearances this season at the Oshkosh Speedzone. Then on Sunday May 29th the series will make at stop at the 141 Speedway located near Francis Creek, WI.

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 IRA Sprints are presented by its long time supporting series partners. The series support is led by title sponsor Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, and associate series partners Hoosier Tire, Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Cummins Onan, and Twin Lakes Marine.

Upcoming 2016 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series Events:

5/27/2016 - Oshkosh Speed Zone Raceway - Oshkosh, WI

5/29/2016 - 141 Speedway - Francis Creek, WI

6/4/2016 - Cedar Lake Speedway - New Richmond, WI

6/5/2016 - Angell Park Speedway - Sun Prairie, WI

6/11/2016- Beaver Dam Raceway - Beaver Dam, WI

6/18/2016- Plymouth Dirt Track-Sheybogan Co Fgds - Plymouth, WI

410 Sprints | IRA Interstate Racing Association

Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts A Feature 1 (30 Laps): 1. 64-Scotty Thiel; 2. 2-Parker Price-Miller; 3. 65-Jordan Goldesberry; 4. 5J-Jeremy Schultz; 5. 2W-Scott Neitzel; 6. 17B-Bill Balog; 7. 99X-Carson Macedo; 8. 94R-Rob Pribnow; 9. 73-Ben Schmidt; 10. 85M-Steve Meyer; 11. 1M-Phillip Mock; 12. 53W-Bill Wirth; 13. 10V-Matt Vandevere; 14. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski; 15. 23-Russel Borland; 16. 1MM-Jim Moughan Jr; 17. 02-Mike Reinke; 18. 7-Scott Uttech; 19. 4K-Kris Spitz; 20. 43-Jereme Schroeder; 21. (DNF) 48-Brandon Wimmer; 22. (DNF) 99-Kyle Marten; 23. (DNF) 4B-Scott Biertzer; 24. (DNF) 79-Blake Nimee

Behling Racing Equipment B Feature (12 Laps): 1. 02-Mike Reinke[1]; 2. 23-Russel Borland[3]; 3. 4K-Kris Spitz[2]; 4. 10V-Matt Vandevere[7]; 5. 43-Jereme Schroeder[4]; 6. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski[9]; 7. 12W-Josh Walter[6]; 8. 41-Dennis Spitz[5]; 9. 01-Chris Dodd[8]; (DNS) 21H-Tim Haddy; (DNS) 12-Michael Decker

Weld Racing Products Heat 1 (10 Laps): 1. 17B-Bill Balog[3]; 2. 1MM-Jim Moughan Jr[1]; 3. 85M-Steve Meyer[2]; 4. 99X-Carson Macedo[5]; 5. 79-Blake Nimee[4]; 6. 99-Kyle Marten[7]; 7. 43-Jereme Schroeder[8]; 8. 02-Mike Reinke[6]; 9. 10V-Matt Vandevere[9]; 10. (DNF) 21H-Tim Haddy[10]

DMI Heat 2 (10 Laps): 1. 5J-Jeremy Schultz[1]; 2. 7-Scott Uttech[2]; 3. 64-Scotty Thiel[4]; 4. 2W-Scott Neitzel[5]; 5. 2-Parker Price-Miller[3]; 6. 48-Brandon Wimmer[6]; 7. 4K-Kris Spitz[7]; 8. 41-Dennis Spitz[8]; 9. 01-Chris Dodd[9]; (DNS) 12-Michael Decker

All Star Performance Products Heat 3 (10 Laps): 1. 4B-Scott Biertzer[1]; 2. 1M-Phillip Mock[3]; 3. 73-Ben Schmidt[2]; 4. 65-Jordan Goldesberry[5]; 5. 94R-Rob Pribnow[4]; 6. 53W-Bill Wirth[6]; 7. 23-Russel Borland[7]; 8. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski[9]; 9. 12W-Josh Walter[8]

Osborn & Son Qualifying: 1. 02-Mike Reinke, 12.174[1]; 2. 48-Brandon Wimmer, 12.343[5]; 3. 53W-Bill Wirth, 12.500[6]; 4. 99X-Carson Macedo, 12.526[23]; 5. 2W-Scott Neitzel, 12.609[17]; 6. 65-Jordan Goldesberry, 12.612[10]; 7. 79-Blake Nimee, 12.627[14]; 8. 64-Scotty Thiel, 12.648[12]; 9. 94R-Rob Pribnow, 12.721[8]; 10. 17B-Bill Balog, 12.731[2]; 11. 2-Parker Price-Miller, 12.736[27]; 12. 1M-Phillip Mock, 12.759[24]; 13. 85M-Steve Meyer, 12.767[11]; 14. 7-Scott Uttech, 12.812[18]; 15. 73-Ben Schmidt, 12.813[9]; 16. 1MM-Jim Moughan Jr, 12.850[20]; 17. 5J-Jeremy Schultz, 12.853[21]; 18. 4B-Scott Biertzer, 12.879[19]; 19. 99-Kyle Marten, 12.969[29]; 20. 4K-Kris Spitz, 13.011[3]; 21. 23-Russel Borland, 13.022[22]; 22. 43-Jereme Schroeder, 13.097[15]; 23. 41-Dennis Spitz, 13.119[4]; 24. 12W-Josh Walter, 13.166[13]; 25. 10V-Matt Vandevere, 13.255[16]; 26. 01-Chris Dodd, 13.307[7]; 27. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski, 13.608[25]; 28. 21H-Tim Haddy, 13.980[26]; 29. (DNF) 12-Michael Decker[28]

 

 

DANNY HOLTGRAVER TOPS ARCTIC CAT ALL STAR VS. BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA OUTLAW SPRINTS SHOWDOWN AT WILMOT!

HOLTGRAVER ENDS BLANEY’S IRA VS ALL STAR SHOWDOWN WIN STREAK!

May 21, 2016; Wilmot, WI – For the past several years when the Arctic Cat All Stars and the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints gather at Wilmot Raceway for a showdown, Dale Blaney has typically been the biggest benefactor. In fact, in the four prior meetings Blaney has planted the banner for the All Stars in victory lane.

While the All Stars were in fact dominant tonight it was a new face topping the showdown as Danny Holtgraver from Pittsburgh, PA led the contest from the opening lap to the checkered while fighting off fierce challenges from several drivers.

A late race restart for an errant infield tire which got knocked onto the racing surface created a showdown between Holtgraver, Blaney, Sheldon Haudenschild and Brandon Wimmer.

In the end Holtgraver was able to repel the challenges of his foes and made his way to the finish line with a six car length advantage on Haudenschild.

Blaney who spent the second half of the race trying to find a way to pass Holtgraver instead fell to Haudenschild charge giving Blaney the position with five laps to go. Haudenschild was unsuccessful in catching Holtgraver and ultimately had to settle for second. Blaney made up the final podium spot in third.

An impressive showing of 44 sprint cars had checked into the pit area resulting in the first “C” main in several seasons for the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints.

When the field was set it was former IRA Rookie of the Year and two-time Wilmot Raceway champion Jeremy Schultz sitting on the pole for the 35 lap main event.

Schultz had earlier turned in a stunning performance to top the dash and place himself onto the pole for the main event.

The initial start was waved off after a spin by Caleb Armstrong.

When the green flag fell in the main event it was Holtgraver gaining the upper hand using the high line.

Schultz worked the low line drawing even with Holtgraver on several occasions during the opening circuits but Holtgraver led at the line every lap.

Haudenschild who had started sixth quickly maneuvered toward the front working by Schultz for second on lap three. Two circuits later he was exchanging the top spot with Holtgraver as each managed to execute successful slide jobs.

Behind the pair Blaney had worked by Schultz into the third spot by lap five.

Haudenschild began to pressure Holtgraver for the lead and briefly took the top spot only to see the pass negated by a caution which was required when Jordan Goldesberry shed a wheel and came to a stop in turn three on lap ten.

The lone red during the contest occurred just one lap after the restart when T.J. Michael did a quick flip in turn three. He was unhurt in the incident and his crew made repairs to his car and he briefly returned to action before dropping from the contest with mechanical ills.

Underway again Holtgraver got a brief respite as the battle for second intensified between Haudenschild, Blaney and Wimmer. The trio tossed the runner-up spot back and forth while Holtgraver build a slim lead.

The lead was erased with the final caution for an infield tire working it’s way into the racing groove with eight laps to go in the contest.

The final green flag waved with Holtgraver able to pull away from Blaney. Haudenschild managed to work the high line to surpass Blaney with five laps to go but Holtgraver’s pace kept him out of reach to the finish.

The victory was the first career checkered in Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprint competition for Holtgraver who became the fifth different winner in six nights of action for the IRA Sprints this season. Haudenschild and Blaney finished second and third respectively.

Wimmer, who had already won in IRA competition this year with a win several weeks ago at Manitowoc finished fourth. Kory Crabtree completed the top five.

Cap Henry, Chad Kemenah and Parker Price-Miller finished sixth through eighth respectively. Scott Thiel was the highest among the IRA regulars in ninth and Kraig Kinser completed the top ten finishers.

In earlier action T.J. Michael outran Todd Daun for victory in the B-main while Jordan Goldesberry and Jim Moughan Jr. advanced by finishing in the top four. Robbie Pribnow finished fifth just missing the show.

The “C” main was captured by Kris Spitz.

Heat race wins went to Haudenschild, Wimmer, Lee Jacobs and Holtgraver.

The dash was captured by Schultz.

Blaney set the fastest time of the evening with a lap of 13.376 seconds. Parker Price Miller was second quickest with a 13.477 second effort.

The series now packs up and head to Angell Park Speedway for a show on Sunday evening.

Sunday May 22nd the appearance of the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints will serve as Angell Park Speedway’s season opener.

In addition Badger Midgets, and Badger Micros will be on hand for a full program. The event will mark the start of the 80th Anniversary season for the Badger Midgets.

One of six events at the track featuring the Bumper-to-Bumper IRA Sprint cars this season, the historic 1/3rd mile puts on an action-packed sprint car show and it has become a fan favorite on the IRA schedule.

In 2015, fans saw Parker Price-Miller, Jeremy Schultz, Scotty Neitzel, and Bill Balog take victories with the IRA. Some travelers are expected to make the trip over after Wilmot and some other IRA stars are expected to join the fray Sunday as well.

Spectator Gates will open at 4:30pm with hot laps at 6:00pm. Racing action is set to get underway after hot laps. Adult admission is $20.00, Students ages12 to 18 are admitted for $ 15.00 and children ages 12 and under are FREE with an adult.

For more information, visit www.angellparkspeedway.net.

Tickets are just $20 for adults, $10 for students age 6-11 and kids 5 and younger are free. Qualifying begins at 5 p.m., with racing to follow.

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 IRA Sprints are presented by its long time supporting series partners. The series support is led by title sponsor Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, and associate series partners Hoosier Tire, Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Cummins Onan, and Twin Lakes Marine.

410 Sprints | IRA Interstate Racing Association

A Feature 1 (35 Laps): 1. 70-Danny Holtgraver[2]; 2. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild[6]; 3. 1-Dale Blaney[4]; 4. 48-Brandon Wimmer[9]; 5. 60-Kory Crabtree[7]; 6. 21-Cap Henry[13]; 7. 10H-Chad Kemenah[15]; 8. 2-Parker Price-Miller[3]; 9. 64-Scotty Thiel[22]; 10. 11K-Kraig Kinser[14]; 11. 5J-Jeremy Schultz[1]; 12. 2W-Scott Neitzel[19]; 13. 81-Lee Jacobs[10]; 14. 40-Caleb Helms[16]; 15. 19-Todd Daun[11]; 16. 7C-Caleb Armstrong[5]; 17. 99-Kyle Marten[17]; 18. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski[18]; 19. 10V-Matt Vandevere[20]; 20. 1M-Phillip Mock[8]; 21. 68-Dave Uttech[21]; 22. 8M-T.J. Michael[12]; 23. 65-Jordan Goldesberry[23]; 24. 1MM-Jim Moughan Jr[24]

B Feature 1 (15 Laps): 1. 8M-T.J. Michael[3]; 2. 19-Todd Daun[1]; 3. 65-Jordan Goldesberry[4]; 4. 1MM-Jim Moughan Jr[2]; 5. 94R-Rob Pribnow[8]; 6. 7-Scott Uttech[11]; 7. 41-Dennis Spitz[6]; 8. 4B-Scott Biertzer[16]; 9. 53W-Bill Wirth[12]; 10. 50-Rusty Egan[7]; 11. 70H-Raymond Hensley[14]; 12. 43-Jereme Schroeder[10]; 13. 4K-Kris Spitz[15]; 14. 95-Hunter Mackison[5]; 15. 14X-Ben Schmidt[9]; 16. 57X-Andrew Palker[13]

C Feature 1 (10 Laps): 1. 4K-Kris Spitz[1]; 2. 4B-Scott Biertzer[5]; 3. 23-Russel Borland[2]; 4. 56-Ryan Irwin[3]; 5. 79-Blake Nimee[9]; 6. 2B-Jimmy Sivia[6]; 7. O1-Chris Dodd[8]; 8. 49H-Bradley Howard[10]; 9. 12-Michael Decker[4]; 10. 12W-Josh Walter[7]

Dash 1 (8 Laps): 1. 5J-Jeremy Schultz[3]; 2. 70-Danny Holtgraver[2]; 3. 2-Parker Price-Miller[1]; 4. 1-Dale Blaney[5]; 5. 7C-Caleb Armstrong[6]; 6. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild[4]; 7. 60-Kory Crabtree[8]; 8. 1M-Phillip Mock[7]

Heat 1 (10 Laps): 1. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild[4]; 2. 40-Caleb Helms[2]; 3. 1-Dale Blaney[6]; 4. 99-Kyle Marten[1]; 5. 21-Cap Henry[3]; 6. 19-Todd Daun[5]; 7. 12W-Josh Walter[11]; 8. 56-Ryan Irwin[10]; 9. 50-Rusty Egan[7]; 10. 14X-Ben Schmidt[8]; 11. 57X-Andrew Palker[9]

Heat 2 (10 Laps): 1. 48-Brandon Wimmer[2]; 2. 1M-Phillip Mock[4]; 3. 2-Parker Price-Miller[6]; 4. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski[1]; 5. 68-Dave Uttech[7]; 6. 70H-Raymond Hensley[9]; 7. 1MM-Jim Moughan Jr[5]; 8. 95-Hunter Mackison[3]; 9. 43-Jereme Schroeder[8]; 10. 12-Michael Decker[10]; 11. O1-Chris Dodd[11]

Heat 3 (10 Laps): 1. 81-Lee Jacobs[2]; 2. 11K-Kraig Kinser[3]; 3. 2W-Scott Neitzel[1]; 4. 5J-Jeremy Schultz[5]; 5. 7C-Caleb Armstrong[6]; 6. 8M-T.J. Michael[4]; 7. 79-Blake Nimee[11]; 8. 94R-Rob Pribnow[7]; 9. 4B-Scott Biertzer[10]; 10. 4K-Kris Spitz[9]; 11. 7-Scott Uttech[8]

Heat 4 (10 Laps): 1. 70-Danny Holtgraver[6]; 2. 64-Scotty Thiel[7]; 3. 60-Kory Crabtree[5]; 4. 10H-Chad Kemenah[3]; 5. 10V-Matt Vandevere[1]; 6. 23-Russel Borland[9]; 7. 49H-Bradley Howard[11]; 8. 53W-Bill Wirth[8]; 9. 41-Dennis Spitz[2]; 10. 2B-Jimmy Sivia[10]; 11. 65-Jordan Goldesberry[4]

Qualifying 1 (2 Laps): 1. 1-Dale Blaney, 13.376; 2. 2-Parker Price-Miller, 13.477; 3. 7C-Caleb Armstrong, 13.631; 4. 70-Danny Holtgraver, 13.652; 5. 19-Todd Daun, 13.699; 6. 1MM-Jim Moughan Jr, 13.749; 7. 5J-Jeremy Schultz, 13.772; 8. 60-Kory Crabtree, 13.781; 9. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.814; 10. 1M-Phillip Mock, 13.815; 11. 8M-T.J. Michael, 13.826; 12. 65-Jordan Goldesberry, 13.831; 13. 21-Cap Henry, 13.835; 14. 95-Hunter Mackison, 13.874; 15. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.887; 16. 10H-Chad Kemenah, 13.899; 17. 40-Caleb Helms, 13.903; 18. 48-Brandon Wimmer, 13.905; 19. 81-Lee Jacobs, 13.915; 20. 41-Dennis Spitz, 13.969; 21. 99-Kyle Marten, 13.979; 22. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski, 14.030; 23. 2W-Scott Neitzel, 14.033; 24. 10V-Matt Vandevere, 14.079; 25. 50-Rusty Egan, 14.087; 26. 68-Dave Uttech, 14.098; 27. 94R-Rob Pribnow, 14.101; 28. 64-Scotty Thiel, 14.137; 29. 14X-Ben Schmidt, 14.146; 30. 43-Jereme Schroeder, 14.153; 31. 7-Scott Uttech, 14.157; 32. 53W-Bill Wirth, 14.169; 33. 57X-Andrew Palker, 14.180; 34. 70H-Raymond Hensley, 14.198; 35. 4K-Kris Spitz, 14.206; 36. 23-Russel Borland, 14.221; 37. 56-Ryan Irwin, 14.270; 38. 12-Michael Decker, 14.282; 39. 4B-Scott Biertzer, 14.422; 40. 2B-Jimmy Sivia, 14.426; 41. 12W-Josh Walter, 14.560; 42. O1-Chris Dodd, 14.792; 43. 79-Blake Nimee, 22.045; 44. 49H-Bradley Howard, 99.280

Upcoming 2016 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series Events:

5/22/2016 – Angell Park Speedway – Sun Prairie, WI

5/27/2016 - Oshkosh Speed Zone Raceway - Oshkosh, WI

5/29/2016 - 141 Speedway - Francis Creek, WI

6/4/2016 - Cedar Lake Speedway – New Richmond, WI

6/5/2016 - Angell Park Speedway – Sun Prairie, WI

 

 

BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA OUTLAW SPRINTS PREPARE FOR SHOWDOWN AT WILMOT WITH TONY STEWART’S ARCTIC CAT ALL STAR CIRCUIT OF CHAMPIONS!

ALL STAR SHOWDOWN AT WILMOT AND SUN PRAIRIE OPENER ON TAP THIS WEEKEND IN BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA SPRINT 50TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON ACTION!

May 16, 2016; Appleton, WI – A busy weekend lies ahead for the Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprint Series teams as back to back race nights will provide plenty of challenges to those participating this year in the running of the 50th Anniversary season for the series.

Fans will witness two days of some of the best open wheel racing anywhere, and its' taking place right here in Wisconsin. On Saturday night May 21st the stars of the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints will be challenged by Tony Stewart's Arctic Cat All Star Curcuit Of Champions.

Wilmot Raceway, the birthplace of the IRA Sprints will be the battleground as both series will be competing for bragging rights and a share of over $25,000 in the A-main alone!

Then on Sunday May 22nd the series will pack up and travel to Sun Prairie, Wisconsin where IRA teams will face off at the legendary Angell Park Speedway in the first of six appearances during the 2016 season.

The Saturday show at Wilmot will have the feeling of a David vs. Goliath showdown. At the heart of the Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprints are a group of dedicated blue collar race teams. Teams where the crew works all week to go play on the weekend and the drivers punch a clock every day to be able to afford putting on the helmet to race.

Meanwhile Tony Stewart's Arctic Cat All Star Curcuit Of Champions consists of a good number of teams who race for a living. With Tony Stewart taking over the series, it has blossomed. The talent and interest in the series has continued on an upward trend. Drivers like Dale Blaney, Chad Kemenah, Sheldon Haudenschild, Cap Henry, Danny Holtgraver and Kraig Kinser are some of the more familiar names of the fourteen touring All Stars. All are expected to challenge for the victory at Wilmot where Blaney has had a knack of finding a way to win when both series meet.

From the IRA side of the of the challenge things are a bit more complicated. Jeremy Schultz, who finds himself atop the IRA standings for the first time since he briefly lead the points in his rookie season. Schultz is fresh off a second place finish in the most recent IRA event at Beaver Dam Raceway and as a two-time Wilmot Raceway track champion he is expected to do well with his wide open driving style.

Recent IRA winner at Manitowoc Speedway, Brandon Wimmer will be on hand as will two-time series champion Scotty Neitzel, Scotty Thiel, Wilmot standout Todd Daun, and a host of IRA & Wilmot faithful hoping to grab the biggest win of their career.

Blake Nimee also seems to step up in a big way during the high dollar showdowns and was often leading the charge last season with the two series ran head to head.

Series regulars Phillip Mock, Ben Schmidt, Robbie Pribnow, Scott Biertzer, Bill Wirth, Matt Vandervere, Kyle Marten, Wayne Modjeski, Russel Borland, Kris and Dennis Spitz, Scott and Dave Uttech along with Josh Walter, Jereme Schroeder, Michael Decker, and Jordan Goldsberry are drivers who will be representing the home team.

Joining the winged warriors are the Meyer Services WingLessSprints presented by the IRA and the Wisconsin-Illinois Mini-Sprints.

Grandstands open at 5:00 p.m. with racing scheduled for 6:45pm. Admission is $25.00 for adults, $5 for youth ages 7-11 with children ages 6 and under admitted free.

The track is located on the Kenosha County Fairgrounds in Wilmot, Wis. For the latest updates check the official track web site www.wilmotraceway.com, phone the trackside raceline 262-862-2090

or check the track’s Facebook page.

Then on Sunday May 22nd the appearance of the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints will serve as Angell Park Speedway’s season opener.

In addition Badger Midgets, and Badger Micros will be on hand for a full program. The event will mark the start of the 80th Anniversary season for the Badger Midgets.

One of six events at the track featuring the Bumper-to-Bumper IRA Sprint cars this season, the historic 1/3rd mile puts on an action-packed sprint car show and it has become a fan favorite on the IRA schedule.

In 2015, fans saw Parker Price-Miller, Jeremy Schultz, Scotty Neitzel, and Bill Balog take victories with the IRA. Some travelers are expected to make the trip over after Wilmot and some other IRA stars are expected to join the fray Sunday as well.

Spectator Gates will open at 4:30pm with hot laps at 6:00pm. Racing action is set to get underway after hot laps. Adult admission is $20.00, Students ages12 to 18 are admitted for $ 15.00 and children ages 12 and under are FREE with an adult.

For more information, visit www.angellparkspeedway.net.

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 IRA Sprints are presented by its long time supporting series partners. The series support is led by title sponsor Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, and associate series partners Hoosier Tire, Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Cummins Onan, and Twin Lakes Marine.

Upcoming 2016 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series Events:

5/21/2016 - Wilmot Raceway - Wilmot, WI

5/22/2016 – Angell Park Speedway – Sun Prairie, WI

5/27/2016 - Oshkosh Speed Zone Raceway - Oshkosh, WI

5/29/2016 - 141 Speedway - Francis Creek, WI

6/4/2016 - Cedar Lake Speedway – New Richmond, WI

6/5/2016 - Angell Park Speedway – Sun Prairie, WI

 

 

NORTH POLE NIGHTMARE BILL BALOG CHILLS FOES, BECOMES FIRST BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA SPRINT REPEAT WINNER IN 2016 WITH VICTORY AT BEAVER DAM!

SCHULTZ AND THIEL THRILL FANS WITH THRILLING LAST LAP DUEL AS PAIR EARN FIRST PODIUM FINISHES OF 2016!

May 14, 2016; Beaver Dam, WI – Bill Balog, a seven-time Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprint series champion, and a transplant of North pole, Alaska found himself in victory lane after a dominating performance on a very cold night at Beaver Dam Raceway.

The chilled fans witnessed Balog dominate the 30 lap A-main to become the first repeat winner of the 2016 season for the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints, the victory was his 78th career A-main win in IRA competition.

It was fitting then that instead of champagne being sprayed as a means to celebrate victory, that Mother Nature provided a fitting backdrop in the form of a brief snow shower during the winner’s interview.

“It’s pretty awesome!” exclaimed Balog of the win. “We have not been going that good of late. I have to thank Scott Boyd (track owner) and Carolyn (track manager) for putting this thing on. They could have easily canceled this event and I know this wasn’t the most lucrative night for them. We got to race and I really appreciate them for that”, noted Balog.

“I really have to thank my crew and Hans (car owner) it was a rough morning for us. We were able to get it done tonight. We raced last night in Indiana and didn’t do that good. We got back here and started working on this car. We were a little late getting here it was a lot of running around”, concluded Balog obvious pleased with those efforts.

A hearty showing of fans braved extremely cold and windy conditions where the temperatures struggled to reach even 40 degrees with wind chills well below freezing. Thankfully the show was extremely fast paced and the final checkered flag flew just after 9:00pm.

On this evening only Scotty Thiel seemed to have the pace to match Balog. Thiel had briefly challenged for the top spot near the mid-portion of the race, twice working to Balog’s inside. Those challenge fell short for when the leaders reached lapped traffic Balog turned up the pace leaving Thiel in his wake.

Balog would take the checkered flag by a comfortable margin while Thiel found himself engaged in a late race war with Jeremy Schultz for runner-up honors. The two traded the spot during the closing laps with Schultz successfully working by Thiel with less than two laps to go and then fending off Thiel’s rebuttal to earn the second place position. Thiel would settle for third.

Schultz was quick to acknowledge the fans for their part on the program during his interview.

“I have to thank the fans for coming out tonight and braving the cold weather, it was pretty miserable for everyone tonight. I thank you all it’s appreciated”, Schultz shouted.

“We worked pretty hard on the car all night to get it tuned in, it was a little tight. There was enough to get around Scotty (Thiel) at the end, but we couldn’t keep up with Bill at the beginning. We made a bunch of big strides on the car and it’s going the right direction”, noted Schultz on the run.

Thiel echoed the statement of Schultz. “First off I have to thank all you fans for coming out and freezing your butts off. We were getting a little cold sitting in the race car but you guys are diehards,” exclaimed Thiel. “A podium finish finally this year feels pretty good. The team has been working really hard and we’ve been fighting a lot of bad luck but things are coming around. We had a shot at the lead for a little bit. Bill (Balog) got around the lapped cars and walked away from us. We’ll see what we can do next week at Wilmot”, concluded Thiel.

For both Schultz and Thiel it was their first podium performances of the 2016 season.

By virtue of a pill draw to create the invert for the start of the main event Balog found himself on the pole for the contest with Schultz to his outside.

At the drop of starter Jim Barr’s green flag, Balog immediately blasted into the lead while Thiel worked his way under Schultz for the second spot. On lap four the first caution of the contest flew when Matt Vandervere looped his car in turn four.

The lead trio of Balog, Thiel and Schultz again showed the way while Phillip Mock and Ben Schmidt ran fourth and fifth respectively.

On lap eight Vandervere’s ride again fell short on traction, spinning in turn one. He would retire from the contest and action again quickly resumed.

Balog got a solid restart with Thiel working hard to match his pace. Thiel had managed to reel in Balog as they began to reach lapped traffic at the halfway point of the contest.

Once the duo began to work past lapped machines Balog began to stretch his lead and by lap 20 he had placed several lapped cars between himself and Thiel who was now having to fend off the challenges of Schultz.

Schultz was able to grab the runner-up spot before the final slowdown of the contest.

A final caution flew with just under 10 laps to go in the event when Mike Reinke suffered a flat tire while doing battle for position inside the top ten. His crew quickly serviced his car under caution and he resumed the event from the tail of the field.

Balog again wasted no time in bringing the field up to speed on the restart as he opened a small lead on Schultz who precariously held onto the second position as Thiel worked both high and low in effort to try and advance.

On lap 25 Thiel was able to snag the position but by now Balog was opened a large lead. With Balog sailing off in the distance fans attention turned to the battles for second between Thiel and Schultz, and for fourth between Steve Meyer and Schmidt.

As the while flag flew Schultz gained the upper hand on Thiel to garner second but from the newly gained position he was barely able to witness Balog take the checkered a quarter-lap ahead. Schultz held on for second repelling a last ditch effort from Thiel. Thiel settled for third.

Fourth place came down to the final lap as Schmidt, wheeling the Ozzie Weisner owned #73 machine normally driven by Todd King. Schmidt managed to put a thrilling pass on Meyer to secure the spot earning fourth.

Meyer who had stayed in the top five all evening earned a solid fifth place showing.

Scott Biertzer who advanced seven positions during the contest finished in the sixth spot. Mock crossed the line in seventh followed by Dave Uttech in eighth.

Reinke, whose flat tire was the final caution of the contest made an impressive charge from the tail of the field up to ninth. Kyle Marten completed the top ten finishers.

In earlier action the B-main settled the balance of the field with the father and son team of Dennis and Kris Spitz showing the way around the track. On this evening the younger generation got the upper hand with Kris besting his father Dennis for top honors. Vandervere, Wayne Modjeski and Jereme Schroeder completed the top five. The final transfer spot came down to the final turn when sixth running Josh Walter was tagged by Jake Blackhurst spinning in the final corner. Michael Decker who had been running behind the pair, slipped past for the sixth spot.

In heat race action each winner captured the victory with dominating performances. Victories went to Meyer, Mock and Blake Nimee.

The night began with 26 drivers checking in to qualify. Schmidt turned in the fast lap of the evening with a 12.927 second orbit of the banked third-mile clay oval. He was the only driver to crack the 13 second barrier this evening. Thiel was second quick with a 13.124 second effort and Schultz was third fast with a 13.167 second effort.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints will be back at Wilmot Raceway on May 21st in a co-sanctioned event with the All-Star circuit of Champions.

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 IRA Sprints are presented by its long time supporting series partners. The series support is led by title sponsor Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, and associate series partners Hoosier Tire, Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Cummins Onan, and Twin Lakes Marine.

Upcoming 2016 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series Events:

5/21/2016 – Wilmot Raceway – Wilmot, WI

5/22/2016 – Angell Park Speedway – Sun Prairie, WI

5/27/2016 – Oshkosh Speedzone – Oshkosh, WI

5/29/2016 – 141 Speedway – Francis Creek, WI

410 Sprints | IRA Interstate Racing Association

Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts A Feature 1 (30 Laps): 1. 17B-Bill Balog[1]; 2. 5J-Jeremy Schultz[2]; 3. 64-Scotty Thiel[3]; 4. 73-Ben Schmidt[4]; 5. 85M-Steve Meyer[6]; 6. 4B-Scott Biertzer[13]; 7. 1M-Phillip Mock[5]; 8. 68-Dave Uttech[8]; 9. 02-Mike Reinke[11]; 10. 99-Kyle Marten[15]; 11. 7-Scott Uttech[14]; 12. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski[22]; 13. 23D-Trey Datweiler[20]; 14. 80K-Mike Kertscher[16]; 15. 23-Russel Borland[12]; 16. 79-Blake Nimee[7]; 17. 94R-Rob Pribnow[10]; 18. 2W-Scott Neitzel[17]; 19. 41-Dennis Spitz[19]; 20. 12W-Josh Walter[25]; 21. 4K-Kris Spitz[18]; 22. 43-Jereme Schroeder[23]; 23. (DNF) 12-Michael Decker[24]; 24. (DNF) 53W-Bill Wirth[9]; 25. (DNF) 10V-Matt Vandevere[21]

Behling Racing Equipment B Feature 1 (10 Laps): 1. 4K-Kris Spitz[4]; 2. 41-Dennis Spitz[5]; 3. 10V-Matt Vandevere[1]; 4. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski[7]; 5. 43-Jereme Schroeder[2]; 6. 12-Michael Decker[8]; 7. 25-Jake Blackhurst[3]; 8. 12W-Josh Walter[6]

Weld Racing Products Heat 1 (10 Laps): 1. 85M-Steve Meyer[2]; 2. 73-Ben Schmidt[6]; 3. 99-Kyle Marten[1]; 4. 17B-Bill Balog[5]; 5. 68-Dave Uttech[4]; 6. 23-Russel Borland[3]; 7. 25-Jake Blackhurst[7]; 8. 41-Dennis Spitz[8]; 9. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski[9]

DMI Heat 2 (10 Laps): 1. 1M-Phillip Mock[2]; 2. 02-Mike Reinke[4]; 3. 4B-Scott Biertzer[3]; 4. 94R-Rob Pribnow[5]; 5. 64-Scotty Thiel[6]; 6. 2W-Scott Neitzel[7]; 7. 12W-Josh Walter[8]; 8. 43-Jereme Schroeder[1]; 9. 12-Michael Decker[9]

All Star Performance Products Heat 3 (10 Laps): 1. 79-Blake Nimee[3]; 2. 80K-Mike Kertscher[1]; 3. 7-Scott Uttech[2]; 4. 5J-Jeremy Schultz[6]; 5. 23D-Trey Datweiler[8]; 6. 53W-Bill Wirth[5]; 7. 10V-Matt Vandevere[4]; 8. 4K-Kris Spitz[7]

Osborn & Son Qualifying: 1. 73-Ben Schmidt, 12.927[6]; 2. 64-Scotty Thiel, 13.124[2]; 3. 5J-Jeremy Schultz, 13.167[9]; 4. 17B-Bill Balog, 13.245[17]; 5. 94R-Rob Pribnow, 13.422[4]; 6. 53W-Bill Wirth, 13.470[1]; 7. 68-Dave Uttech, 13.471[5]; 8. 02-Mike Reinke, 13.492[15]; 9. 10V-Matt Vandevere, 13.608[13]; 10. 23-Russel Borland, 13.623[3]; 11. 4B-Scott Biertzer, 13.724[7]; 12. 79-Blake Nimee, 13.767[25]; 13. 85M-Steve Meyer, 13.796[10]; 14. 1M-Phillip Mock, 13.820[16]; 15. 7-Scott Uttech, 13.913[21]; 16. 99-Kyle Marten, 13.981[24]; 17. 43-Jereme Schroeder, 14.000[8]; 18. 80K-Mike Kertscher, 14.107[14]; 19. 25-Jake Blackhurst, 14.131[18]; 20. 2W-Scott Neitzel, 14.153[26]; 21. 4K-Kris Spitz, 14.212[19]; 22. 41-Dennis Spitz, 14.355[12]; 23. 12W-Josh Walter, 14.477[22]; 24. 23D-Trey Datweiler, 14.680[11]; 25. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski, 14.690[23]; 26. 12-Michael Decker, 14.707[20]

 

 

BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA OUTLAW SPRINTS HEAD TO BEAVER DAM RACEWAY WITH NO REPEAT WIN STREAK INTACT!

50TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON CONTINUES, IRA MAKES SECOND BEAVER DAM RACEWAY APPEARANCE OF 2016 SEASON!

May 11, 2016; Appleton, WI – Parity, the main ingredient in the thrilling battles seen on the Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprint series this season is evident by looking at the winner’s list so far in 2016.

Four events have seen four different winners.

Parker Price Miller, Bill Balog, Brandon Wimmer, and Dusty Zomer have all collected victories on the 50th Anniversary tour. When looking at each A-main, every driver taking the green flag is capable of bringing home the win on any given evening.

Heading into action this Saturday Night, May 14th at the Beaver Dam Raceway a host of drivers are looking to keep the no repeat streak alive.

Near the top of that list is Scotty Neitzel. The two time Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprint series champion is heading up the point standings as he heads to his hometown track. Neitzel was just a couple laps from victory at Manitowoc Speedway last weekend when Brandon Wimmer pulled off a late race pass to steal the victory.

Neitzel’s performance shows he’s got the speed to place his #2w machine in victory lane, and what better location to do it than in front of his hometown fans.

Other driver’s looking to Beaver Dam Raceway as a means to jump start their 2016 season are Phillip Mock, Ben Schmidt and Scotty Thiel. Each had scored their first career IRA win at the track, and all have been challenged by various bad luck so far in 2016 with none of the drivers able to finish in the top 5. A victory this coming weekend would be a sure way to turn around their 2016 campaign.

Jordan Goldesberry is another driver to have reached victory lane at Beaver Dam, taking a win last season over Jeremy Schultz. Goldesberry turned in a valiant late race charge at the most recent IRA show at Wilmot Raceway to reach the podium with a third place run. Schultz meanwhile turned in his best showing of the season at Beaver Dam just a couple weeks ago when he crossed the line in fourth. Like Neitzel, Schultz has a strong local following, as he is a resident of Beaver Dam.

Robbie Pribnow, and Blake Nimee also show up on the list of hard charging racers who could secure a win this weekend. Pribnow, the 2013 IRA Sprint Rookie of the Year has shown some great speed, leading races. He has already reached the podium this season with a third place run at the most recent Beaver Dam event. Nimee meanwhile is beginning to show the impressive driving that earned him a pair of win on the tour last year. The most recent IRA race which was held at Wilmot earned him his first top five showing of the season and he’s likely only to improve from there.

Mike Reinke is another threat to reach the checkered flag first. Celebrating his 25th year in racing, Reinke remains among one of the most formidable competitors behind the wheel of a sprint car. He’s earned a pair of top five finishes in his three appearances so far this season and his hungry for victory.

While the list above mentions those with the strongest runs so far this year, one has to realize at you can take a drivers list of the IRA teams and throw a dart at it and likely hit the name of a driver capable of wheeling to victory lane. The competition is that close.

The next chapter in the 50th Anniversary season will be going into the record books this Saturday Night, May 14th. You will want to be at Beaver Dam Raceway to witness it.

Pit gates will open at 3:30pm. While the grandstands will open one hour later to allow fans time find their favorite seat prior to the action. Racing is set to get underway at 6:30pm.

Action at Beaver Dam raceway this Saturday night will also include a full show featuring Grand Nationals and Legends cars.

Tickets are just $20 for adults, $10 for students age 6-11 and kids 5 and younger are free. Qualifying begins at 5 p.m., with racing to follow.

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.

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 IRA Sprints are presented by its long time supporting series partners. The series support is led by title sponsor Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, and associate series partners Hoosier Tire, Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Cummins Onan, and Twin Lakes Marine.

Upcoming 2016 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series Events:

5/14/2016 - Beaver Dam Raceway - Beaver Dam, WI

5/21/2016 - Wilmot Raceway - Wilmot, WI

5/22/2016 – Angell Park Speedway – Sun Prairie, WI

5/27/2016 - Oshkosh Speed Zone Raceway - Oshkosh, WI

5/29/2016 - 141 Speedway - Francis Creek, WI

 

 

DUSTY ZOMER KEEPS NO REPEAT WIN STREAK ALIVE IN BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA SPRINT COMPETITION WITH VICTORY AT WILMOT RACEWAY!

WIMMER WEEKEND SWEEP PREVENTED BY ZOMER VICTORY AT WILMOT IN BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA 50TH ANNIVERSARY ACTION!

May 7, 2016; Wilmot, WI – Wilmot Raceway hosted the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints to open the historic raceway’s 2016 raceway season. Drivers and teams were greeted by a raceway that had undergone several improvements during the off-season. The result was a very racy track, which lead to some amazing side by side battles witnessed by the fans who now have an unobstructed view of the entire track.

The A-main event saw several cautions keep the field close during the first half of the contest, while the second half ran non-stop, and turned into a showdown between Sioux Falls, SD resident Dusty Zomer, and Indiana native Brandon Wimmer who was seeking to sweep the weekend’s IRA action as he had won the previous night at Manitowoc Speedway in his Hartnell Motorsports owned machine.

Zomer had won during his last appearance with the IRA Sprints in an event at the Dodge County Fairgrounds last fall. Tonight he had to fight a frantic battle with Wimmer through lapped traffic during the closing stages of the race.

On a several occasions Wimmer had managed to show Zomer his front wing but Zomer would prove up to the challenge, and once clear of traffic he managed to build a small lead that he would hold to the checker.

Over the final laps Jordan Goldesberry, and Blake Nimee scrapped for the final podium position. Both drivers had won Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprint events last season at Wilmot Raceway and they were seeking their first podium of the young 2016 season.

In the end Goldesberry found the speed to earn the position, joining Zomer and Wimmer on the front stretch for post-race ceremonies as a result of his third place finish.

The A-main contest started out with Nimee starting from the pole of the contest, while 2013 Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprint series Rookie of the Year Robbie Pribnow started to his outside. Pribnow blasted into the opening lead leaving Nimee to battle with Mike Reinke, and Zomer for the second spot.

On lap three an incident which disabled Russel Borland’s machine resulted in his car coming to a stop in turn one drawing the first caution.

On the restart Zomer worked the bottom line to make his way past both Reinke and Nimee. He then set out to close the gap on Pribnow.

On lap seven the second caution of the contest flew when Ben Schmidt looped his ride in turn three.

On the restart Zomer quickly disposed of Pribnow to take the lead but only a single lap went in the books before the race was halted again as Kody Kinser spun in turn two. It would be the final slowdown of the contest.

As soon as racing action resumed Zomer quickly took off from the field. Pribnow gave chase, rim-riding the track in the second spot while third was contested between Wimmer, and Nimee with the pair exchanging the spot several times before Wimmer secured the position.

The race past the halfway point with Zomer extending his lead on Pribnow who was holding his own in second successfully fending off the challenges of Zomer.

A few laps later Pribnow went wide in turn two, nearly tagging the wall. As a result, both Wimmer and Nimee were able to slip past for second and third before Pribnow regained his composure to retain the fourth spot.

Goldesberry meanwhile was making progress forward. After starting in the twelfth spot he cracked the top five with ten laps to go.

Out front the leaders were working heavy traffic which allowed Wimmer to rapidly close on Zomer, and as they sought to work past back markers Wimmer actually managed to nose ahead briefly but as soon as Zomer saw Wimmer’s front wing he was able to up the pace.

Over the final laps Zomer maintained a four-car length gap which he held to the finish to score the victory. Wimmer had to settle for second.

Over the final circuits Goldesberry managed to work past Nimee to take the final podium position.

Nimee earned his first top five effort of the season achieving a fourth place finish. Seven-time Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprint champion Bill Balog completed the top five.

Pribnow crossed the line in sixth followed by 2015 series champion Bill Rose who claimed seventh. Mike Reinke, Jeremy Schultz, and Joey Moughan who was making his first series start in 2016 comprised the top ten.

In earlier action Kody Kinser laid claim to top honors in the B-main, outpacing Goldesberry, Scott Biertzer, Scotty Thiel as the top four finishers advanced to the main event.

Heat race wins went to Schmidt, Wimmer, Dave Uttech and Raymond Hensley.

35 drivers checked in to qualify this evening with Balog turning in the fasted lap around the third mile oval with a lap of 13.764 seconds, Wimmer was second fastest with a 13.898 second trip around the track with Zomer third fastest at 13.901.

Then series now heads back to Beaver Dam Raceway for a show next Saturday night May 14th. Bill Balog won the last IRA contest held at the track at an event back on April 23rd.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints will be back at Wilmot Raceway on May 21st in a co-sanctioned event with the All-Star circuit of Champions.

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 IRA Sprints are presented by its long time supporting series partners. The series support is led by title sponsor Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, and associate series partners Hoosier Tire, Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Cummins Onan, and Twin Lakes Marine.

Upcoming 2016 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series Events:

5/14/2016 – Beaver Dam Raceway – Beaver Dam, WI

5/21/2016 – Wilmot Raceway – Wilmot, WI

5/22/2016 – Angell Park Speedway – Sun Prairie, WI

5/27/2016 – Oshkosh Speedzone – Oshkosh, WI

5/29/2016 – 141 Speedway – Francis Creek, WI

410 Sprints | IRA Interstate Racing Association

Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts A Feature 1 (30 Laps): 1. 82-Dusty Zomer[4]; 2. 48H-Brandon Wimmer[5]; 3. 65-Jordan Goldesberry[12]; 4. 79-Blake Nimee[1]; 5. 17B-Bill Balog[6]; 6. 94R-Rob Pribnow[2]; 7. 6-Bill Rose[15]; 8. 02-Mike Reinke[3]; 9. 5J-Jeremy Schultz[17]; 10. 29M-Joey Moughan[20]; 11. 64-Scotty Thiel[24]; 12. 70-Raymond Hensley[7]; 13. 53W-Bill Wirth[9]; 14. 4B-Scott Biertzer[23]; 15. 23-Russell Borland[19]; 16. 10V-Matt Vandevere[18]; 17. 19-Todd Daun[22]; 18. 68-Dave Uttech[8]; 19. 2W-Scott Neitzel[13]; 20. 23D-Trey Datweiler[16]; 21. 4K-Kris Spitz[21]; 22. 99-Kyle Marten[14]; 23. (DNF) 4KK-Kody Kinser[11]; 24. (DNF) 35-Ben Schmidt[10]

B Feature 1 (12 Laps): 1. 4KK-Kody Kinser[1]; 2. 65-Jordan Goldesberry[2]; 3. 4B-Scott Biertzer[4]; 4. 64-Scotty Thiel[3]; 5. 1M-Phillip Mock[5]; 6. 7-Scott Uttech[11]; 7. 50-Rusty Egan[9]; 8. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski[12]; 9. 12W-Josh Walter; 10. 2B-Jimmy Sivia[7]; 11. 56-Ryan Irwin[10]; 12. 41-Dennis Spitz[6]; 13. 43-Jereme Schroeder[8]; 14. 12-Michael Decker[13]; 15. 14-Jim Fifield[14]

Weld Racing Products Heat 1 (10 Laps): 1. 35-Ben Schmidt[3]; 2. 23D-Trey Datweiler[2]; 3. 23-Russell Borland[1]; 4. 17B-Bill Balog[6]; 5. 4K-Kris Spitz[7]; 6. 4KK-Kody Kinser[5]; 7. 4B-Scott Biertzer[4]; 8. 12-Michael Decker[9]; 9. 56-Ryan Irwin[8]

DMI Heat 2 (10 Laps): 1. 53W-Bill Wirth[2]; 2. 48H-Brandon Wimmer[6]; 3. 29M-Joey Moughan[1]; 4. 79-Blake Nimee[4]; 5. 19-Todd Daun[9]; 6. 65-Jordan Goldesberry[5]; 7. 1M-Phillip Mock[3]; 8. 7-Scott Uttech[8]; 9. (DNF) 2B-Jimmy Sivia[7]

All Star Performance Products Heat 3 (10 Laps): 1. 68-Dave Uttech[1]; 2. 82-Dusty Zomer[6]; 3. 5J-Jeremy Schultz[2]; 4. 2W-Scott Neitzel[4]; 5. 6-Bill Rose[3]; 6. 64-Scotty Thiel[5]; 7. 43-Jereme Schroeder[7]; 8. 14-Jim Fifield[9]; 9. (DNF) 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski[8]

R & H Enterprise Heat 4 (10 Laps): 1. 70-Raymond Hensley[1]; 2. 10V-Matt Vandevere[2]; 3. 02-Mike Reinke[6]; 4. 94R-Rob Pribnow[5]; 5. 99-Kyle Marten[4]; 6. 41-Dennis Spitz[3]; 7. 50-Rusty Egan[7]; 8. (DNF) 12W-Josh Walter[8]

Osborn & Son Qualifying 1: 1. 17B-Bill Balog, 13.764[4]; 2. 48H-Brandon Wimmer, 13.898[18]; 3. 82-Dusty Zomer, 13.901[22]; 4. 02-Mike Reinke, 13.930[10]; 5. 4KK-Kody Kinser, 14.053[19]; 6. 65-Jordan Goldesberry, 14.062[2]; 7. 64-Scotty Thiel, 14.103[34]; 8. 94R-Rob Pribnow, 14.110[28]; 9. 4B-Scott Biertzer, 14.124[8]; 10. 79-Blake Nimee, 14.141[20]; 11. 2W-Scott Neitzel, 14.163[15]; 12. 99-Kyle Marten, 14.172[13]; 13. 35-Ben Schmidt, 14.191[12]; 14. 1M-Phillip Mock, 14.214[17]; 15. 6-Bill Rose, 14.234[26]; 16. 41-Dennis Spitz, 14.310[16]; 17. 23D-Trey Datweiler, 14.312[11]; 18. 53W-Bill Wirth, 14.369[32]; 19. 5J-Jeremy Schultz, 14.378[21]; 20. 10V-Matt Vandevere, 14.381[6]; 21. 23-Russell Borland, 14.404[7]; 22. 29M-Joey Moughan, 14.433[14]; 23. 68-Dave Uttech, 14.439[27]; 24. 70-Raymond Hensley, 14.460[9]; 25. 4K-Kris Spitz, 14.537[25]; 26. 2B-Jimmy Sivia, 14.539[3]; 27. 43-Jereme Schroeder, 14.546[29]; 28. 50-Rusty Egan, 14.577[1]; 29. 56-Ryan Irwin, 14.619[31]; 30. 7-Scott Uttech, 14.637[33]; 31. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski, 14.696[24]; 32. 12W-Josh Walter, 14.765[23]; 33. 12-Michael Decker, 14.796[5]; 34. 19-Todd Daun, 14.846[30]; DNS 14-Jim Fifield

WingLESS Sprints | WWSS-Wisconsin Wingless Sprint Series

Meyer A Feature 1 (20 Laps): 1. 16-Todd Lehr[8]; 2. 9-Mike Sullivan[2]; 3. 6-Jake Kouba[4]; 4. 70-Chris Klemko[1]; 5. 89-George Gaertner Jr[12]; 6. 5J-Jim Scanlon[7]; 7. 15-Dan Wade[14]; 8. 2K-Jimmy Kouba[3]; 9. 71S-Doug Schenck[6]; 10. B2-Chuck Shaer[11]; 11. 77-James Walldan[10]; 12. 38-Allen Hafford[5]; 13. 19-Derek Crane[9]; 14. (DNF) 13-Dustin Richards[13]; DNS 52-Craig Lager; DNS 72-Dave Maynard

DRC Chasis Heat 1 (10 Laps): 1. 19-Derek Crane[1]; 2. 16-Todd Lehr[6]; 3. 6-Jake Kouba[4]; 4. 9-Mike Sullivan[3]; 5. 70-Chris Klemko[2]; 6. 71S-Doug Schenck[5]; 7. 15-Dan Wade[8]; 8. 13-Dustin Richards[7]

Super Shox Heat 2 (10 Laps): 1. 38-Allen Hafford[3]; 2. 2K-Jimmy Kouba[4]; 3. 89-George Gaertner Jr[1]; 4. 5J-Jim Scanlon[6]; 5. B2-Chuck Shaer[8]; 6. 77-James Walldan[2]; 7. (DNF) 72-Dave Maynard[5]; 8. (DNF) 52-Craig Lager[7]

Performance Parts Supply Qualifying 1: 1. 16-Todd Lehr, 15.515[2]; 2. 5J-Jim Scanlon, 16.203[9]; 3. 71S-Doug Schenck, 16.264[1]; 4. 38-Allen Hafford, 16.394[12]; 5. 6-Jake Kouba, 16.456[14]; 6. 2K-Jimmy Kouba, 16.497[15]; 7. 9-Mike Sullivan, 16.523[13]; 8. 52-Craig Lager, 16.680[10]; 9. 70-Chris Klemko, 16.725[5]; 10. 77-James Walldan, 16.960[8]; 11. B2-Chuck Shaer, 16.977[6]; 12. 19-Derek Crane, 17.069[4]; 13. 89-George Gaertner Jr, 17.154[3]; 14. 13-Dustin Richards, 17.596[16]; 15. 72-Dave Maynard, 18.060[7]; DNS 15-Dan Wade

 

 

WIMMER EDGES NEITZEL FOR BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA SPRINT VICTORY IN MANITOWOC MAYHEM CONTEST!

BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA 50TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON STOPS AT MANITOWOC FOR SOLD OUT SHOW!

May 6, 2016; Manitowoc, WI – Before a capacity crowd at Manitowoc Speedway, Fairmount, Indiana native Brandon Wimmer tossed a perfectly timed slider on race leader Scott Neitzel with two laps to go in the 30 lap A-main event. Wimmer completed the pass successfully, and powered away to earn his first career victory with the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series. Neitzel had to settle for runner-up honors after pacing the majority of the contest.

A pair of late race restarts put Wimmer on Neitzel’s tail tank, and coming to the green flag for a three lap shoot-out Wimmer immediately applied the pressure. Neitzel, a two-time IRA sprint champion had kept Wimmer at bay throughout the contest, but Wimmer found the speed in his Hartnell Motorsports owned machine to squeeze past Neitzel and pace the final two circuits for the victory. Wimmer’s triumph marked the third different driver to put the #48 Hartnell Motorsports team in victory lane in IRA competition in the past two years as Sheldon Haudenschild and Ben Schmidt have also taken the car to the finish line first in IRA action.

Mike Reinke the most recent winner in IRA action at Manitowoc Speedway having won the lone contest at the track last year earned the final podium spot after coming out on top of a race long war with Todd King. Earlier in the evening Reinke shattered the track record with a blistering lap of 12.347 seconds knocking nearly four tenths of a second off the old standard. Reinke established himself in third after the final restart and made a final turn bid to steal second from Neitzel, but fell less than a car length short in that effort.

The 30 lap A-main rolled trackside with Scotty Thiel sitting on the pole of the contest. Thiel, whose Six Four Promotions team promoted the evening’s program took the opening lead at the drop of the green flag while fellow front row starter Neitzel dropped back into the second position. Wimmer who had started fifth, placed himself into the third spot before the conclusion of the first lap.

Behind the lead trio, a pair of drivers making their first IRA appearance of the season did battle for fourth place. Bill Rose the defending Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprint Series champ contested the spot with Mike Kertscher who made his debut with the Cab Construction Motorsports team. Kertscher a stalwart participant in the series returned to action after an absence of several seasons.

Out front Thiel began to feel the pressure from Neitzel who was rim riding the banked third mile oval. Thiel clung to the inside line tenaciously but by lap six Neitzel was able to grab the upper hand.

By the tenth circuit Neitzel, Thiel and Wimmer were nose to tail while working lapped traffic. King who hard started seventh, expertly worked the low line to advance into the fourth slot.

On lap fifteen Wimmer made a bold move, powering around the outside of Thiel, and then diving to the bottom of the track down the backstretch he was able to draw even with Neitzel. Wimmer began to edge ahead when the caution appeared for an encounter between Russel Borland and Phillip Mock.

As a result of the caution the pass was negated, and Wimmer dropped back to the third spot for the restart.

Underway again Neitzel set sail setting the pace in the high groove while Wimmer made quick work of Thiel to take second. Thiel would begin to fade allowing King, and Neitzel to move past and begin to wage a war for the third position.

By lap 20 Wimmer again began to setup Neitzel in effort to take the lead. Neitzel was able to remain out front when the caution again appeared on lap 24 when Mock did a 360 spin in turn two.

Neitzel was up to the task on the restart keeping Wimmer in his tire tracks. Wimmer was again closing on lap 27 when a 360 spin in turn four caused the caution to fly for a final time.

The three-lap dash to the checkered began with Neitzel showing the way but this time Wimmer stayed close. On the next circuit Wimmer was able to work under Neitzel and the pair traded the lead position until the final circuit when Wimmer was able to firmly gain the upper hand that he would hold to the finish.

Neitzel spent the final circuit fending off a hard charging Reinke taking the spot by less than a car length. Reinke scored a well-earned third place finish. King would settle for fourth followed by Rose in the top five.

Thiel earned a sixth place finish just ahead of Kertscher in seventh. Josh Walter had crossed the finish line in eighth, but he had hit a restart cone, which dropped him two positions. This elevated Robbie Pribnow to eighth and Ben Schmidt to ninth. Walter was credited with a tenth place run.

22 of the 24 cars were still on track at the finish in a relatively incident free contest.

In earlier action Wayne Modjeski outpaced Matt Vandervere for the victory in the B-main. Josh Walter, Joe Swanson, Kurt Davis and Tim Haddy comprised the top six drivers and transferred to the main event.

Heat race wins went to Steve Meyer, Kyle Marten and Thiel

30 cars attempted qualifications this evening with Reinke’s time of 12.437 seconds establishing a new track record. King was second quick with a 12.764 second effort and Schmidt turned in the third fastest lap of the night at 12.786 seconds.

Then series now heads to Wilmot Raceway for an event tomorrow evening. The Saturday Night May 7th show will also mark the season opening show for the third-mile clay oval located in the far southeastern part of Wisconsin.

An historic facility with a long history, Wilmot Raceway’s old Modified division was the forerunner to today’s sprint cars seen on the Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprint Car tour.

In addition to the traveling IRA competitors, the Wisconsin Wingless Sprints, Wisconsin-Illinois Mini-Sprints and the IMCA type modifieds are on the May 7 program.

Last year former track champion Jeremy Schultz, Blake Nimee, Dale Blaney, Todd Hephner, and Jordan Goldesberry were able to score victories in the five IRA shows held at the track. Schultz, Nimee and Goldesberry are expected to participate in the event held this Saturday night.

Grandstand admission on May 7th is $20.00 for adults ages 12 and over, $5.00 for ages 7-11; and children ages 6 and under admitted free. Parking is free.

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.

For the latest information phone the trackside raceline 262-862-2090 or check the track web site www.wilmotraceway.com.

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 IRA Sprints are presented by its long time supporting series partners. The series support is led by title sponsor Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, and associate series partners Hoosier Tire, Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Cummins Onan, and Twin Lakes Marine.

Upcoming 2016 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series Events:

5/7/2016 - Wilmot Raceway - Wilmot, WI

5/14/2016 - Beaver Dam Raceway - Beaver Dam, WI

5/21/2016 – Wilmot Raceway – Wilmot, WI

5/22/2016 – Angell Park Speedway – Sun Prairie, WI

410 Sprints | IRA Interstate Racing Association

Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts A-Main (30 Laps): 1. 48h-Bandon Wimmer; 2. 2w-Scotty Neitzel; 3. 02-Mike Reinke; 4. 73-Todd King; 5. 6r-Bill Rose; 6. 64-Scotty Thiel; 7. 80k-Mike Kertscher; 8. 94r-Robbie Pribnow; 9. 35-Ben Schmidt; 10 12w- Josh Walter; 11. 5j-Jeremy Schultz; 12. 4b-Scott Biertzer; 13. 10v-Matt Vandervere; 14. 85m-Steve Meyer; 15. 14aj-Wayne Modjesky; 16. 99-Kyle Marten; 17. 79-Blake Nimee; 18. 21h-Tim Haddy; 19. 41- Dennis Spitz; 20. 4k-Kris Spitz; 21. 6k-Kurt Davis; 22. 7s-Joe Swanson; 23. 1m-Phillip Mock; 24. 23-Russel Borland

Behling Race Products B Feature 1 (12 Laps): 1. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski[1]; 2. 10V-Matt Vandevere[4]; 3. 12W-Josh Walter[2]; 4. 7S-Joe Swanson[3]; 5. 6K-Kurt Davis[6]; 6. 21H-Tim Haddy[7]; 7. 7-Scott Uttech[11]; 8. 7F-Lance Fassbender[9]; 9. 4-Paul Pokorski[5]; 10. 81-Andrew Westphal[10]; 11. (DNF) 12-Michael Decker[8]; DNS 94-Jordan Mattson

Weld Specialty Supply Heat 1 (10 Laps): 1. 85M-Steve Meyer[2]; 2. 2W-Scott Neitzel[4]; 3. 79-Blake Nimee[3]; 4. 48H-Brandon Wimmer[5]; 5. 23-Russell Borland[1]; 6. 02-Mike Reinke[6]; 7. 12W-Josh Walter[7]; 8. 4-Paul Pokorski[8]; 9. 81-Andrew Westphal[10]; 10. (DNF) 12-Michael Decker[9]

Diversified Machine Inc Heat 2 (10 Laps): 1. 99-Kyle Marten[2]; 2. 4B-Scott Biertzer[4]; 3. 6-Bill Rose[5]; 4. 1M-Phillip Mock[9]; 5. 73-Todd King[6]; 6. 94R-Rob Pribnow[3]; 7. 7-Scott Uttech[10]; 8. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski[1]; 9. 6K-Kurt Davis[8]; 10. 7S-Joe Swanson[7]

All Star Performance Heat 3 (10 Laps): 1. 64-Scotty Thiel[3]; 2. 5J-Jeremy Schultz[4]; 3. 4K-Kris Spitz[1]; 4. 35-Ben Schmidt[6]; 5. 41-Dennis Spitz[2]; 6. 80K-Mike Kertscher[5]; 7. 10V-Matt Vandevere[7]; 8. 7F-Lance Fassbender[9]; 9. 21H-Tim Haddy[8]; DNS 94-Jordan Mattson

Osborn & Son Qualifying 1: 1. 02-Mike Reinke, 12.437[1]; 2. 73-Todd King, 12.764[2]; 3. 35-Ben Schmidt, 12.786[11]; 4. 48H-Brandon Wimmer, 12.905[24]; 5. 6-Bill Rose, 12.962[22]; 6. 80K-Mike Kertscher, 13.005[7]; 7. 2W-Scott Neitzel, 13.007[16]; 8. 4B-Scott Biertzer, 13.049[21]; 9. 5J-Jeremy Schultz, 13.069[9]; 10. 79-Blake Nimee, 13.071[25]; 11. 94R-Rob Pribnow, 13.108[13]; 12. 64-Scotty Thiel, 13.134[18]; 13. 85M-Steve Meyer, 13.279[12]; 14. 99-Kyle Marten, 13.293[15]; 15. 41-Dennis Spitz, 13.358[3]; 16. 23-Russell Borland, 13.363[4]; 17. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski, 13.509[23]; 18. 4K-Kris Spitz, 13.512[17]; 19. 12W-Josh Walter, 13.603[19]; 20. 7S-Joe Swanson, 13.757[30]; 21. 10V-Matt Vandevere, 13.844[26]; 22. 4-Paul Pokorski, 14.044[10]; 23. 6K-Kurt Davis, 14.084[6]; 24. 21H-Tim Haddy, 14.170[5]; 25. 12-Michael Decker, 14.459[29]; 26. 1M-Phillip Mock, 14.490[28]; 27. 7F-Lance Fassbender, 14.713[27]; 28. 81-Andrew Westphal, 14.786[8]; 29. 7-Scott Uttech, 14.796[14]; DNS 94-Jordan Mattson

 

 

HISTORIC WEEKEND LIES AHEAD WITH BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA OUTLAW SPRINTS!

50TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON CONTINUES AS SERIES HEADS TO MANITOWOC AND WILMOT THIS WEEKEND!

May 5, 2016; Appleton, WI – The first double-header weekend of the 2016 season for the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint series will showcase historic events at both Manitowoc Speedway and Wilmot Raceway.

The 50th Anniversary season for the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints resumes on Friday night with the running of the first and only Manitowoc Mayhem event at Manitowoc Speedway, a show that is presented by Six Four Promotions.

Last season was the first stop at the third-mile semi-banked track after an absence of 13 years for the IRA sprint cars and it resulted in a standing room only crowd. On that evening Mike Reinke outran Ben Schmidt and Scotty Thiel to take the victory. This year Reinke is celebrating his silver anniversary season behind the wheel and will be seeking out a return trip to Manitowoc’s victory lane.

All three drivers will be among the 30 plus race teams checking in for competition this Friday evening May 6th. In addition the show will see the return to action of one of the IRA’s hardest charging racers, Mike Kertscher. Kertscher had taken the past couple of years off but will see action in several events this season with a new team. The Manitowoc Mayhem event will showcase his return to action.

What makes this Friday night’s show an historic event is the contest will mark the first and only Manitowoc Mayhem event ever held. After the conclusion of the 2016 racing season the racetrack will be demolished to make way for a food store. Fans have this one opportunity to witness this show. It’s an opportunity not to be missed.

In addition to a field of nearly 30 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint cars expected in attendance for this Friday Nights show, a pair of other divisions will be taking to the track. IMCA type Sport Modifieds and Grand Nationals will present a full program including feature contests each paying $500 to win.

Pits will open at 3:00pm with grandstand gates opening at 5:00pm. A driver autograph session will be held from 5:00pm to 5:30pm giving fans a chance to meet the drivers and see the cars up close and personal. Racing action begins at 7:00pm!

Adult tickets are just $20, with student pricing for children ages 6-14 admitted for just $10. Kids ages 5 and under are admitted free with a paid adult.

To reach the track from Interstate 43 take Manitowoc Exit 149 travel east on highway 151. Turn North on Rapids Rd., there are several entrances to the grounds at that point.

Then on Saturday it’s off to the birthplace of the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints, Wilmot Raceway. The show on May 7th will also mark the season opening show for the third-mile clay oval located in the far southeastern part of Wisconsin.

An historic facility with a long history, Wilmot Raceway’s old Modified division was the forerunner to today’s sprint cars seen on the Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprint Car tour.

In addition to the traveling IRA competitors, the Wisconsin Wingless Sprints, Wisconsin-Illinois Mini-Sprints and the IMCA type modifieds are on the May 7 program.

Last year former track champion Jeremy Schultz, Blake Nimee, Dale Blaney, Todd Hephner, and Jordan Goldesberry were able to score victories in the five IRA shows held at the track. Schultz, Nimee and Goldesberry are expected to participate in the event held this Saturday night.

Grandstand admission on May 7th is $20.00 for adults ages 12 and over, $5.00 for ages 7-11; and children ages 6 and under admitted free. Parking is free.

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.

For the latest information phone the trackside raceline 262-862-2090 or check the track web site www.wilmotraceway.com.

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 IRA Sprints are presented by its long time supporting series partners. The series support is 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.

Upcoming 2016 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series Events:

5/6/2016 - Manitowoc Co. Expo Speedway - Manitowoc, WI

5/7/2016 - Wilmot Raceway - Wilmot, WI

5/14/2016 - Beaver Dam Raceway - Beaver Dam, WI

5/21/2016 - Wilmot Raceway - Wilmot, WI

5/22/2016 – Angell Park Speedway – Sun Prairie, WI

 

 

BALOG HUSTLES TO BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA SPRINT VICTORY AT BEAVER DAM TAKING SECOND STRAIGHT WIPPERFURTH MEMORIAL WIN!

50TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON BEGINS IN WISCONSIN AS BALOG OUTRUNS REINKE FOR WIN AT BEAVER DAM RACEWAY!

April 23, 2016; Beaver Dam, WI – It was an exceptionally fast paced program that was witnessed by fans as the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series presented their Wisconsin opener at Beaver Dam Raceway. The entire show ran relatively incident free with the final checkered flag waving at 9:15pm.

The near perfect racing surface allowed drivers to showcase the horsepower of the 410 cubic inch fuel injected power plants. Of those mastering the high speed surface it was seven-time series champion Bill Balog who showcased an unmatchable pace in the later stages of the 30 A-main event. The result was Balog’s second consecutive win in the Jim Wipperfurth Memorial race, and his first trip to victory lane in IRA competition since last May at Sun Prairie.

While Balog’s pace was impressive heading into the race he was unsure if his car would have the speed to win.

“I thought we were in a little bit of trouble heading into this thing. We’ve got a different car and we’re trying to get if figured out. It’s been throwing some curve balls at us, but it was pretty good there”, noted Balog.

Balog also indicated his places for 2016 include a combination of some IRA events and some travel to outside area shows as well

To score the win Balog had to out run Mike Reinke who is celebrating his 25th year in racing this season. Making his first Bumper to Bumper IRA sprint series appearance of the year Reinke wasn’t quite able to match Balog’s pace having to settle for runner-up honors this evening.

“The car was a little tight as the beginning but otherwise it wasn’t too bad of a night”, said Reinke of his performance. Reinke also plans to run a fair number of races close to home with monthly trips to Knoxville to fulfill sponsorship obligations.

2013 Rookie of the Year Robbie Pribnow scored a career high third place performance wheeling a car owned by Brandon Thone. Bold moves late in the race allowed the hard charging racer to pull within striking distance of Reinke in the closing laps falling a couple car lengths short of runner-up honors but earning his first career podium finish.

The evening’s high attrition due to mechanical gremlins came into play even before the drop of the green flag in the A-main as Michael Decker dropped from the contest as the field was forming up leaving 23 starters to accept the green flag.

At the drop of the green flag outside front row starter Blake Nimee got the jump on polesitter Scotty Thiel to take the initial lead of the contest. The night would prove to be a short one for Thiel who broke a right rear wheel with just two laps in the book. Thiel managed to keep the car upright and avoid contact with the wall coming to a rest in turn two drawing the caution.

On the restart Nimee shot back into the lead with Reinke, Balog, and local favorite Scotty Neitzel giving chase. Balog went on a mission finding room under Reinke for second on lap six, and then applying the pressure to Nimee who clung tenaciously to the lead.

A small bobble coming off turn four on lap 11 allowed Balog to work past Nimee into the top spot as the pair negotiated heavy lapped traffic. Fast qualifier Travis Whitney lost power coming down the front stretch on the next circuit but managed to get of the racing surface, and the race stayed under green.

On the next lap however, Scotty Biertzer was not as fortunate as his car came to a halt in turn one forcing the caution to appear.

The event restarted again with Balog showing the way, his lead bolstered by a handful of lapped cars between himself, and second running Reinke. Pribnow made the boldest move as the field came up to speed. He was able to surge past both Jeremy Schultz, and Nimee to place himself in the third spot.

As the race moved to the final ten laps Balog had stretched his lead to several seconds over Reinke, but just when it appeared the race was in hand a final caution flew for Bill Wirth who dropped off pace forcing the caution with five laps to go. Wirth became the ninth car to drop from the event leaving 15 cars to accept the final green flag.

Lapped cars were moved to the tail of the field per series rules leaving Reinke in direct contact with race leader Balog. While this appeared to give Reinke a shot at stealing the win, Balog was able to respond with an excellent restart never giving Reinke a shot to challenge for the lead. Over the final circuits Balog looked comfortable out front pulling away to the finish with the checkered flag falling at 9:15pm. Reinke had to settle for second fending off the pressure from Pribnow who reached the line in third.

Schultz nailed down the fourth spot just ahead of Jordan Goldesberry who earned his first top five finish of 2016. Neitzel earned sixth followed by Matt Vandervere who ran solidly in seventh. Kyle Marten who started dead last worked his way up to an eighth place showing after being the final car to transfer from the B-main.

Early race leader Nimee faded to ninth by the finish having handling issues in the second half of the event. B-main winner Russel Borland completed the top ten finishers.

In earlier action attrition also thinned the B-main with several drivers unable to answer the starting call. When the checkered dropped Borland was victorious chased to the wire by Trey Datweiler, Kris Spitz, Michael Decker, Dennis Spitz and Marten as the top six transferred.

Hometown drivers Neitzel and Schultz captured heat race wins, while Nimee also placed his name in the record books as a heat race winner this evening.

29 cars attempted qualifications with Whitney orbiting the banked third-mile oval at an impressive 103 mph average resulting in a lap time of 11.614 seconds. Last season’s point runner-up Ben Schmidt was second quick with a lap of 11.750 seconds while Balog was third fastest in qualifying with a lap of 11.769 seconds.

8 drivers managed to crack the 12 second barrier, with all but a single car turning in times within one second of Whitney making for an very fast field.

The only red flag of the program occurred in hot laps when Steve Meyer had his throttle stick heading into turn one, he did get his car headed toward the infield, spinning and eventually flipping. He was unhurt in the incident but did no participate any further in the program.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints now have a week off before the first double header weekend of 2016. The series will return to action on Friday night May 6th for the Manitowoc Mayhem event and then head to the birthplace of the series, Wilmot Raceway, for a show the following evening Saturday May 7th.

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 IRA Sprints are presented by its long time supporting series partners. The series support is led by title sponsor Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, and associate series partners Hoosier Tire, Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Cummins Onan, and Twin Lakes Marine.

Upcoming 2016 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series Events:

5/6/2016 - Manitowoc Co. Expo Speedway - Manitowoc, WI

5/7/2016 - Wilmot Raceway - Wilmot, WI

5/14/2016 - Beaver Dam Raceway - Beaver Dam, WI

5/21/2016 – Wilmot Raceway – Wilmot, WI

5/22/2016 – Angell Park Speedway – Sun Prairie, WI

410 Sprints | IRA Interstate Racing Association

Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts A Feature 1 (30 Laps): 1. 17B-Bill Balog[6]; 2. 02-Mike Reinke[4]; 3. 94R-Rob Pribnow[11]; 4. 5J-Jeremy Schultz[9]; 5. 65-Jordan Goldesberry[5]; 6. 2W-Scott Neitzel[3]; 7. 10V-Matt Vandevere[13]; 8. 99-Kyle Marten[24]; 9. 79-Blake Nimee[2]; 10. 23-Russell Borland[18]; 11. 23D-Trey Datweiler[20]; 12. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski[17]; 13. 43-Jereme Schroeder[15]; 14. 12W-Josh Walter[19]; 15. 41-Dennis Spitz[23]; 16. (DNF) 53W-Bill Wirth[14]; 17. (DNF) 4B-Scott Biertzer[12]; 18. (DNF) 16-Travis Whitney[8]; 19. (DNF) 5-Dave Glennon[10]; 20. (DNF) 35-Ben Schmidt[7]; 21. (DNF) 64-Scotty Thiel[1]; 22. (DNF) 68-Dave Uttech[16]; 23. (DNF) 4K-Kris Spitz[21]; 24. (DNF) 12-Michael Decker[22]

Weld Racing Products Heat 1 (10 Laps): 1. 2W-Scott Neitzel; 2. 16-Travis Whitney[6]; 3. 10V-Matt Vandevere[2]; 4. 65-Jordan Goldesberry[5]; 5. 43-Jereme Schroeder[1]; 6. 5-Dave Glennon[3]; 7. 23D-Trey Datweiler[8]; 8. 23-Russell Borland[7]; 9. 01-Chris Dodd[9]; DNS 85M-Steve Meyer

DMI Heat 2 (10 Laps): 1. 79-Blake Nimee[4]; 2. 68-Dave Uttech[1]; 3. 35-Ben Schmidt[6]; 4. 94R-Rob Pribnow[3]; 5. 53W-Bill Wirth[2]; 6. 12W-Josh Walter[7]; 7. 99-Kyle Marten[9]; 8. 4K-Kris Spitz[8]; DNS 73-Todd King; DNS 1M-Phillip Mock

All Star Performance Products Heat 3 (10 Laps): 1. 5J-Jeremy Schultz[2]; 2. 64-Scotty Thiel[4]; 3. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski[1]; 4. 17B-Bill Balog[6]; 5. 02-Mike Reinke[5]; 6. 4B-Scott Biertzer[3]; 7. 41-Dennis Spitz[8]; 8. 12-Michael Decker[7]; DNS 7-Scott Uttech

Osborn & Son Qualifying 1: 1. 16-Travis Whitney, 11.614[2]; 2. 35-Ben Schmidt, 11.750[23]; 3. 17B-Bill Balog, 11.769[19]; 4. 65-Jordan Goldesberry, 11.857[8]; 5. 73-Todd King, 11.913[27]; 6. 02-Mike Reinke, 11.928[15]; 7. 2W-Scott Neitzel, 11.950[7]; 8. 79-Blake Nimee, 11.951[28]; 9. 64-Scotty Thiel, 12.036[20]; 10. 5-Dave Glennon, 12.040[11]; 11. 94R-Rob Pribnow, 12.040[21]; 12. 4B-Scott Biertzer, 12.129[26]; 13. 10V-Matt Vandevere, 12.208[14]; 14. 53W-Bill Wirth, 12.215[1]; 15. 5J-Jeremy Schultz, 12.305[5]; 16. 43-Jereme Schroeder, 12.338[18]; 17. 68-Dave Uttech, 12.350[4]; 18. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski, 12.350[9]; 19. 23-Russell Borland, 12.390[24]; 20. 12W-Josh Walter, 12.415[3]; 21. 12-Michael Decker, 12.445[13]; 22. 23D-Trey Datweiler, 12.494[12]; 23. 4K-Kris Spitz, 12.541[25]; 24. 41-Dennis Spitz, 12.557[10]; 25. 01-Chris Dodd, 12.568[16]; 26. 99-Kyle Marten, 12.627[22]; 27. 7-Scott Uttech, 12.971[6]; DNS 85M-Steve Meyer; DNS 1M-Phillip Mock

 

 

NEW WINNERS, CLOSE FINISHES HAVE HIGLIGHTED BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA SPRINT EVENTS AT BEAVER DAM THE PAST SEVERAL SEASONS!

50TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON COMES TO WISCONSIN AS THE BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA SPRINTS ARE HEADED TO BEAVER DAM RACEWAY SATURDAY!

April 21, 2016; Appleton, WI – Beaver Dam Raceway will host the first race in Wisconsin during the 50th Anniversary season for the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints this Saturday evening April 23rd with the running of the annual Jim Wipperfurth memorial race. The wide, high banked turns of Beaver Dam Raceway are perfectly matched for the 900 horsepower machines, and the drivers have utilized the third-mile clay oval to showcase some fantastic finishes, and usher new drivers to victory lane.

Going back several years’ fans that attended events at the track have seen many story lines take place. In 2013 fans got to witness epic battles between Bill Balog, and Mike Kertscher. The pair had battles that waged until the checkered flag with Balog stealing a win at the line during the season opening event only to see Kertscher roar back, and take a victory in similar fashion a couple weeks later. Balog spent the balance of the year putting a stranglehold on the checker flag winning four out of the five contests at the facility. It was his final win of the season at Beaver Dam that had tied Balog with the legendary Joe Roe atop the win list with 61 victories.

In 2014 new winners would grace victory lane. After years of trying, Phillip Mock finally broke into the win column, scoring his first career A-main victory when he took the season opening race at Beaver Dam with a dramatic final turn maneuver past Bill Rose. Mock then backed that win up a couple weeks later with a second victory. Later in the season, Scotty Thiel then a rookie, outran the field for his maiden voyage to the winner’s circle.

Last year Ben Schmidt earned a breakthrough win in Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprint competition at the track. The early momentum of that victory nearly carried him to the season championship having led the standings for much of the 2015 season. Jordan Goldesberry also graced the winner’s circle, as did Balog in IRA appearances at the facility last year.

Fast forward to this year, the question will be what type of drama will play out this Saturday. Will a new driver join the storied list of winners in IRA competition? Will last lap drama play out in a final turn pass for the win? Will a driver reaching the finish line first use the momentum to build upon a championship-winning season?

Those answers can bet witnessed first hand this Saturday night.

Pit gates will open at 3:30pm. While the grandstands will open one hour later to allow fans time find their favorite seat prior to the action. Racing is set to get underway at 6:30pm.

Action at Beaver Dam raceway this Saturday night will also include a full show featuring Street Stocks and Legends cars.

Tickets are just $20 for adults, $10 for students age 6-11 and kids 5 and younger are free. Qualifying begins at 5 p.m., with racing to follow.

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.

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 IRA Sprints are presented by its long time supporting series partners. The series support is led by title sponsor Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, and associate series partners Hoosier Tire, Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Cummins Onan, and Twin Lakes Marine.

Upcoming 2016 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series Events:

4/23/2016 - Beaver Dam Raceway - Beaver Dam, WI

5/6/2016 - Manitowoc Co. Expo Speedway - Manitowoc, WI

5/7/2016 - Wilmot Raceway - Wilmot, WI

5/14/2016 - Beaver Dam Raceway - Beaver Dam, WI

5/21/2016 - Wilmot Raceway - Wilmot, WI

5/22/2016 – Angell Park Speedway – Sun Prairie, WI

 

 

PARKER PRICE MILLER FENDS OFF BALOG’S LATE CHARGE FOR VICTORY IN BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA SPRINTS OPENER AT LASALLE!

50TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON UNDERWAY FOR THE BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA OUTLAW SPRINTS!

April 16, 2016; LaSalle, IL – Under nearly perfect weather conditions the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints launched their 2016 racing season in dramatic fashion as nearly 40 sprint cars were on hand for the season opening contest at LaSalle Speedway.

Young charger Parker Price Miller of Kokomo, Indiana etched his name in the record books as the winner of the opening round of the 50th Anniversary season for the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint series.

To stand in victory lane Miller had to withstand a late race rally by seven-time IRA champion Bill Balog who close the gap dramatically over the final five circuits of the 30 lap A-main event.

Balog had erased a near straightaway in the closing laps reaching Miller’s tail tank as the two encountered lapped traffic on the final lap. But Miller was up to the task fending off a final turn charge by Balog to take the victory. Balog, who had started tenth found himself just one car length short at the wire on a track where he has dominated the win column.

Youth was also represented on the podium by third place finisher Spencer Bayston. The 17-year-old Indiana native who now resides in Concordia, Missouri reached the line in the third spot after earlier challenging teammate Miller for the lead. Bayston the 2014 POWRI Lucas Oil National Midget Rookie of the Year and the National Midget Driver Rookie of the Year remained in contention throughout the contest and had engaged in a torrid battle for several laps with Balog before settling for third.

The 24 car field rolled trackside for the main event with Crawfordsville, Indiana resident and two-time Little 500 winner Jacob Wilson controlling the race after starting on the pole. He had outgunned fellow front row starter Jake Blackhurst for the opening lead.

The evening for Blackhurst went awry when he suffered a flat, and slowed on the track drawing a caution on lap three. He was able to return to the track at the tail of the field after a quick tire change by his crew.

Four more laps went in the books with Wilson showing the way when a major incident occurred in turn three resulting in three cars flipping over including, MOWA regular A.J. Bruns, Scott Biertzer, and 2015 IRA Rookie of the year Kyle Marten. None of the drivers were injured in the incident but all were done for the evening.

After another quick caution action resumed with Wilson still showing the way. IRA regular Scotty Thiel was running an impressive race working past Miller for second while Balog joined the fray in the fourth spot.

Miller then went on a mission as the leaders reached lapped traffic slipping by Thiel for second, and moment’s later pressuring Wilson for the lead. Wilson momentarily slowed his pace working lapped cars Miller was able to power past for the top spot just past the halfway point of the contest.

Wilson’s early pace began to fade and he soon found himself falling back surrendering second to Balog and then moments later falling into the grasp of Thiel.

On lap 17, Robbie Pribnow, the 2013 Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprint Rookie of the Year tagged the front stretch wall, and did an end over end flip down the straightaway producing a red flag and halting the contest. He emerged unhurt form his battered machine but was done for the evening.

The green flag returned only briefly when Thiel had his shot at the victory evaporate when he spun in turn two dropping him to the tail of the field.

The remainder of the contest ran without any additional slowdowns. It was a great restart by Miller when the green flag waved that was the likely reason for his victory as he opened a good lead on Balog before Balog began to catch Miller in the final laps as the duo encountered lapped traffic.

Miller who runs on a regular basis on the All-Star Circuit of Champions now has two wins to his credit in Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprint competition having won last July at Angell Park Speedway. Balog now has a pair of back to back second place finishes in his last two IRA appearances having finished second to Dusty Zomer last September at the Dodge County Fairgrounds. Bayston’s third place effort was his first career IRA podium.

Kody Kinser, a second cousin to legendary sprint car driver Steve Kinser spent the majority of the race running in the top five. In spite of solid contact with the wall off turn two in the closing laps Kinser was able to hang on and finished in the fourth spot. Fast qualifier Bret Triplett rounded out the top five finishers.

Paul Neinheiser, Jerrod Hull, Ben Schmidt, Wilson and Scotty Neitzel comprised the top ten finishers.

In earlier action A.J. Bruns captured the B-main fending off Matt Vandervere. Hull and Kyle Marten finished third and fourth respectively becoming the final transfer cars to the main event. Scott Uttech who battled mechanical gremlins all evening nearly made the show finishing fifth with a very ill sounding machine.

Bayston, Neinheiser, Triplett and Kinser captured heat race wins.

37 drivers had checked into the pits in the joint sanctioned Bumper to Bumper IRA/Midwest Open Wheel Association contest.

Triplett was the fastest of the cars clocking in with a lap of 11.828 seconds. Thiel was second quick with an 11.929 second effort. The duo were the only cars to break the 12 second barrier. Blackhurst was third fast with a 12.037 second trip around the banked quarter-mile oval.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints now head to Beaver Dam Raceway next Saturday evening for the 2016 season opener in the series home state of Wisconsin.

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 IRA Sprints are presented by its long time supporting series partners. The series support is led by title sponsor Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, and associate series partners Hoosier Tire, Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Cummins Onan, and Twin Lakes Marine.

Upcoming 2016 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series Events:

4/23/2016 - Beaver Dam Raceway - Beaver Dam, WI

5/6/2016 - Manitowoc Co. Expo Speedway - Manitowoc, WI

5/7/2016 - Wilmot Raceway - Wilmot, WI

5/14/2016 - Beaver Dam Raceway - Beaver Dam, WI

410 Sprints | IRA Interstate Racing Association

Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts A Feature 1 (30 Laps): 1. 2-Parker Price-Miller[4]; 2. 17B-Bill Balog[10]; 3. 9P-Spencer Bayston[9]; 4. 4M-Kody Kinser[6]; 5. 22-Bret Tripplett[7]; 6. 9-Paul Nienhiser[5]; 7. 12H-Jerrod Hull[23]; 8. 35-Ben Schmidt[13]; 9. 07-Jacob Wilson[1]; 10. 2W-Scott Neitzel[12]; 11. 25-Jake Blackhurst[2]; 12. 5J-Jeremy Schultz[15]; 13. 10V-Matt Vandevere[11]; 14. 79-Blake Nimee[21]; 15. 64-Scotty Thiel[3]; 16. 85M-Steve Meyer[20]; 17. (DNF) 23D-Trey Datweiler[22]; 18. (DNF) 77U-Chris Urish[8]; 19. (DNF) 94R-Rob Pribnow[14]; 20. (DNF) 10S-Jeremy Standridge[19]; 21. (DNF) 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski[17]; 22. (DNF) 44-A.J. Bruns[16]; 23. (DNF) 4B-Scott Biertzer[18]; 24. (DNF) 99-Kyle Marten[24]

Behling Racing Equipment B Feature 1 (15 Laps): 1. 44-A.J. Bruns[4]; 2. 10V-Matt Vandevere[2]; 3. 12H-Jerrod Hull[1]; 4. 99-Kyle Marten[12]; 5. 7-Scott Uttech[7]; 6. 43-Jereme Schroeder[11]; 7. 1MM-Jim Moughan Jr[9]; 8. 5H-Patrick Haynes[13]; 9. 41-Dennis Spitz[14]; 10. 12-Michael Decker[15]; 11. (DNF) 42-Cory Bruns[6]; 12. (DNF) 4K-Kris Spitz[5]; 13. (DNF) 52F-Logan Faucon[8]; 14. (DNF) 12W-Josh Walter[3]; 15. (DNF) 23-Russell Borland[10]; DNS 65-Jordan Goldesberry; DNS 1M-Phillip Mock

Weld Racing Products Heat 1 (10 Laps): 1. 9P-Spencer Bayston[4]; 2. 2-Parker Price-Miller[6]; 3. 79-Blake Nimee[8]; 4. 35-Ben Schmidt[3]; 5. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski[1]; 6. 99-Kyle Marten[9]; 7. 12W-Josh Walter[2]; 8. 12H-Jerrod Hull[5]; 9. 7-Scott Uttech[7]; DNS 65-Jordan Goldesberry

DMI Heat 2 (10 Laps): 1. 9-Paul Nienhiser[2]; 2. 4B-Scott Biertzer[1]; 3. 94R-Rob Pribnow[3]; 4. 64-Scotty Thiel[6]; 5. 77U-Chris Urish[4]; 6. 10V-Matt Vandevere[5]; 7. 52F-Logan Faucon[7]; 8. 23-Russell Borland[8]; 9. 5H-Patrick Haynes[9]

All Star Performance Products Heat 3 (10 Laps): 1. 22-Bret Tripplett[4]; 2. 10S-Jeremy Standridge[1]; 3. 5J-Jeremy Schultz[3]; 4. 25-Jake Blackhurst[6]; 5. 17B-Bill Balog[5]; 6. 44-A.J. Bruns[2]; 7. 1MM-Jim Moughan Jr[7]; 8. 43-Jereme Schroeder; 9. 41-Dennis Spitz[9]

R & H Enterprise Heat 4 (10 Laps): 1. 4M-Kody Kinser[3]; 2. 2W-Scott Neitzel[4]; 3. 07-Jacob Wilson[6]; 4. 23D-Trey Datweiler[8]; 5. 85M-Steve Meyer[7]; 6. 12-Michael Decker[9]; 7. (DNF) 1M-Phillip Mock[5]; 8. (DNF) 42-Cory Bruns[1]; 9. (DNF) 4K-Kris Spitz[2]

Osborn & Sons Qualifying 1: 1. 2-Parker Price-Miller, 11.828[26]; 2. 64-Scotty Thiel, 11.949[5]; 3. 25-Jake Blackhurst, 12.037[13]; 4. 07-Jacob Wilson, 12.120[23]; 5. 12H-Jerrod Hull, 12.168[2]; 6. 10V-Matt Vandevere, 12.184[4]; 7. 17B-Bill Balog, 12.185[37]; 8. 1M-Phillip Mock, 12.213[15]; 9. 9P-Spencer Bayston, 12.258[17]; 10. 77U-Chris Urish, 12.265[12]; 11. 22-Bret Tripplett, 12.305[14]; 12. 2W-Scott Neitzel, 12.347[22]; 13. 35-Ben Schmidt, 12.365[3]; 14. 94R-Rob Pribnow, 12.388[28]; 15. 5J-Jeremy Schultz, 12.435[24]; 16. 4M-Kody Kinser, 12.437[20]; 17. 12W-Josh Walter, 12.474[9]; 18. 9-Paul Nienhiser, 12.500[29]; 19. 44-A.J. Bruns, 12.500[31]; 20. 4K-Kris Spitz, 12.535[7]; 21. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski, 12.644[8]; 22. 4B-Scott Biertzer, 12.663[10]; 23. 10S-Jeremy Standridge, 12.773[19]; 24. 42-Cory Bruns, 12.814[33]; 25. 7-Scott Uttech, 12.839[6]; 26. 52F-Logan Faucon, 12.862[21]; 27. 1MM-Jim Moughan Jr, 12.925[34]; 28. 85M-Steve Meyer, 12.936[11]; 29. 79-Blake Nimee, 12.950[27]; 30. 23-Russell Borland, 13.037[32]; 31. 43-Jereme Schroeder, 13.083[25]; 32. 23D-Trey Datweiler, 13.152[30]; 33. 99-Kyle Marten, 13.170[36]; 34. 5H-Patrick Haynes, 13.351[35]; 35. 41-Dennis Spitz, 13.552[1]; 36. 12-Michael Decker, 14.723[16]; DNS 65-Jordan Goldesberry

 

 

50TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON OPENS FOR THE BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA OUTLAW SPRINTS THIS SATURDAY NIGHT AT LA SALLE SPEEDWAY!

40 PLUS SPRINTS EXPECTED TO APPEAR FOR BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA AND MIDWEST OPEN WHEEL ASSOCIATION CO-SANCTIONED CONTEST!

April 14, 2016; Appleton, WI – A span of 197 days has taken place between the final checkered flag that fell at the Sheboygan County Fairpark to conclude an epic 2015 season, and the anticipated opening night of the historic 50th anniversary season for the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints this Saturday evening at the LaSalle Speedway in LaSalle, Illinois.

The silence that has transpired in between gave teams, and fans time to reflect upon an amazing 2015 season where 20 different drivers tasted the thrill of an A-main victory, and the point battle waged between Bill Rose, Ben Schmidt, and Scotty Neitzel until the final laps of the final race of the year.

Now with the first signs of spring appearing, the tone of excitement will be heard in the roar of 410 cubic inch, fuel injected machines, wheeled by the weekend warriors of the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints. They intense open wheeled action resumes this Saturday night at the LaSalle Speedway with the first green flag set to fly at 7:00pm.

The season opening show will be a battle for bragging rights in a co-sanctioned contest with teams representing both the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series and the Midwest Open Wheel Association.

The groups last met in late August of last year at LaSalle when a traveling outlaw racer Roger Crockett of Medford, Oregon ambushed series regulars by taking the win. Prior to that contest, seven-time IRA champion Bill Balog had a stranglehold on victory lane at the high-banked quarter-mile clay oval.

In fact, Balog is the defending race winner of the other Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprint series contest held at LaSalle last season. Balog won the season opener one year ago when he outran 2015 series champion Bill Rose for the win.

While Balog is looking to get back to victory lane with the IRA since his last series win at Angell Park Speedway last May, Rose is hoping the season-opening contest will result in his first career series victory with the series. Rose has garnered a number of runner-up finishes to his credit, and has posted an amazing 38 top ten A-main finishes in his 48 career IRA starts but somehow a victory has eluded him.

The past two years Rose opened the season with a runner-up finish. He began last year with a second to Balog at LaSalle, and was runner-up to Phillip Mock at Beaver Dam at the start of the 2014 season when Mock stole the lead from Rose in the final turn of the event.

In addition to Balog and Rose, the vast majority of the top 2015 point finishers in IRA competition are expected to appear. Ben Schmidt, Scotty Neitzel, Jeremy Schultz, Blake Nimee, Scotty Thiel, 2015 IRA Rookie of the Year Kyle Marten, Phillip Mock and cousins Scott and Dave Uttech which represent the top ten in last seasons standings should be in attendance.

Representing MOWA will be series regulars which will include multi-time series champion Jerrod Hull, Paul Neinheiser, Brad Loyet, Joey Moughan, Chris Urish, Korey Weyant, Jake Blackhurst, Cory Bruns and a host of others representing the Illinois-based series whose drivers seek to keep the Wisconsin-based IRA group from victory lane.

In addition to nearly 40 open wheeled 410 sprint cars, UMP Modifieds, UMP Street Stocks, and UMP 4 cylinders will be on hand with a full schedule of events.

Pit Gates will open at 1:00pm and Grandstands will open at 3:30pm. Cars will hit the track for hot laps at 6:00pm with the first green flag set to fly at 7:00pm.

Adult tickets can be purchased for $25. Children under the age of 13 are FREE with a paid adult ticket.

The high-banked quarter-mile oval is located at E. 578 on U.S. Highway 6 in LaSalle, Illinois, which is just east of I-39 on Highway 6. 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. The track can be reached by calling (815) 223-6900.

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 IRA Sprints are presented by its long time supporting series partners. The series support is led by title sponsor Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, and associate series partners Hoosier Tire, Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Cummins Onan, and Twin Lakes Marine.

Upcoming 2016 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series Events:

4/16/2016 - LaSalle Speedway - LaSalle, IL

4/23/2016 - Beaver Dam Raceway - Beaver Dam, WI

5/6/2016 - Manitowoc Co. Expo Speedway - Manitowoc, WI

5/7/2016 - Wilmot Raceway - Wilmot, WI

5/14/2016 - Beaver Dam Raceway - Beaver Dam, WI

 

 

50 YEARS OF EXCITEMENT TO BE CELEBRATED IN 2016, AS THE BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA OUTLAW SPRINTS CELEBRATE GOLDEN ANNEVERSARY SEASON!

BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA OUTLAW SPRINTS LOOK TO ADD TO HISTORY WITH ACTION PACKED 2016 SEASON!

April 4, 2016; Appleton, WI – Open wheeled racing in Wisconsin is rich in tradition. Where the jalopies of the 1950’s gave way to the coupes of the 1960’s and the modifieds of the 1970’s open-wheeled racing has remained at the cutting edge of excitement on area short tracks.

It is back in the murky history of modified racing, that the Interstate Racing Association began making it’s mark as a club based sanctioning body for weekly events held at various tracks in southeastern Wisconsin.

It is said that with the 1967 season, the modifieds under the sanction of IRA began to travel and thus began to name a champion of its traveling circuit. With that widely recognized premise, the 2016 season will be the 50th season of competition as a traveling circuit that will be recognized this year. The season should be an historic one.

The IRA Sprints are widely seen as the reason 410 Sprint Car racing came into being in Wisconsin. After years running as Winged Super Modifieds, the IRA adopted widely recognized sprint car rules in the early 1980’s which lead to the explosive growth of sprint car racing in Wisconsin.

Fields of 60 sprint cars were not uncommon during the 1990’s.

Forward to today and the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints are still the standard in the upper-Midwest for the action and excitement that can only be witnessed when the fastest cars on dirt track to the track.

While fields in the popular class have remained solid, typically surpassing the 30 mark as the majority of events the level of competition in the series has never been higher.

Coming off an impressive 2015 season where seemingly every car starting the main event each night had a shot at taking the checkered flag, that pinnacle of parity is expected to continue into 2016.

After years of growth with numerous talented rookies joining the field, 2016 will see the return of several star drivers who had been absent for several seasons or who had run limited schedules.

Former Rookie of the Robbie Pribnow who had lead an onslaught of 360 sprint car drivers into IRA action will return with a heavy schedule behind the wheel of a Brandon Thone owned machine. Pribnow came to the series from the 360 sprint ranks taking Rookie of the Year honors in 2012 but has since seen limited action. His success was recognized by a strong field of 360-sprint driver eager to join the 410 ranks over the past several seasons.

Following Pribnow successful rookie run, Jeremy Schultz, Ben Schmidt, Scotty Thiel, Kyle Marten, Josh Walter and Lance Fassbender all followed Pribnow’s journey to the IRA ranks as they swapped their 360 rides and moved into IRA’s 900 plus horsepower 410 cubic inch machines.

The lure of racing has drawn back a couple other top drivers.

Todd King returns to action and plans to run a fair number of events this upcoming season. A veteran racer who has shown time, and again he can run at the front of the pack had laid low the past couple years. He returned near the end of 2015, and scored a dramatic victory during the season finale event at the Sheboygan County Fairpark in Plymouth fending off last season’s champion Bill Rose for the win.

The third driver returning to action after an absence is perhaps one of the hardest charging drivers ever to wheel an IRA sprint car. Mike Kertscher will return to action in 2016. Kertscher ranks in the top ten in modern era all-time A-main victories having crossed the line first on twenty occasions.

Add the aforementioned drivers to an already talent filled field, and chances are last years showing of 20 different winners could be exceeded in a hectic 35 event schedule penned for the 2016 season.

While it is far to early to determine which drivers will be contesting for the season championship you can expect a continuation of the tight points battle. Last year heading into the final three weeks of action a half dozen drivers were in contention for the crown. Misfortune eventually weeded out young chargers Scotty Thiel, Blake Nimee and Jeremy Schultz leaving veteran racers Bill Rose and Scotty Neitzel to challenge hard charging local favorite Ben Schmidt in front of his hometown crowd at the season ending event at the Sheboygan County Fairpark in Plymouth.

On a wild and chaotic night Rose drove a patient race to secure the season title after earning runner-up honors in 2014. Schmidt had to settle for second with Neitzel just a handful of markers back in the third spot.

Last season 21 drivers earned a trip to the awards banquet and all 21 have already indicated they will return to action again during the historic 2016 season.

The 2016 season is set to get underway at LaSalle Speedway, in LaSalle, Illinois on Saturday Night April 16th. In an event co-sanctioned by the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints and the Midwest Open Wheel Association a field of nearly 40 cars are expected to take to the banked quarter-mile bullring.

Pit Gates will open at 1:00pm and Grandstands will open at 3:30pm. Cars will hit the track for hot laps at 6:00pm with the first green flag set to fly at 7:00pm.

Adult tickets can be purchased for $25. Children under the age of 13 are FREE with a paid adult ticket.

The high-banked quarter-mile oval is located at E. 578 on U.S. Highway 6 in LaSalle, Illinois, which is just east of I-39 on Highway 6. 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. The track can be reached by calling (815) 223-6900.

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 IRA Sprints are presented by its long time supporting series partners. The series support is led by title sponsor Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, and associate series partners Hoosier Tire, Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Cummins Onan, and Twin Lakes Marine.

Upcoming 2016 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series Events:

4/16/2016 - LaSalle Speedway - LaSalle, IL

4/23/2016 - Beaver Dam Raceway - Beaver Dam, WI

5/6/2016 - Manitowoc Co. Expo Speedway - Manitowoc, WI

5/7/2016 - Wilmot Raceway - Wilmot, WI

5/14/2016 - Beaver Dam Raceway - Beaver Dam, WI

 

 

 

 

The Bumper To Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series is proud to announce their 2016 schedule which consists of 34 race dates at 13 different venues throughout Wisconsin and northern Illinois. The majority of the IRA teams are located directly in the midst of where the bulk of the schedule will competed, making this schedule possibly the easiest in regards to travel of any in recent memory. The season goes green on April 16th with the final checkered waving October 1st.

Apr 16 LaSalle Speedway (w/MOWA)
April 23 Beaver Dam Raceway (Wipperfurth Memorial)
April 29 Manitowoc Expo Raceway
May 7 Wilmot Raceway
May 14 Beaver Dam Raceway
May 21 Wilmot Raceway (w/All-Stars)
May 22 Angell Park Speedway
May 27 Oshkosh SpeedZone
May 29 141 Speedway
June 4 Cedar Lake Speedway (Triple Crown)
June 5 Angell Park Speedway
June 11 Beaver Dam Raceway
June 18 Plymouth Dirt Track
June 19 Angell Park Speedway (Father's Day)
July 1 Manitowoc Expo Raceway (Harbor Town Showdown)
July 3 Seymour Speedway
July 8 Dodge Co Fairgrounds (Rick Schmidt Memorial)
July 16 Wilmot Raceway
July 17 Angell Park Speedway
July 22 Oshkosh SpeedZone
July 29 Langlade Co. Speedway (Langlage Co Fair)
Aug 5 Dodge Co Fairgrounds
Aug 6 Plymouth Dirt Track (Filskov Memorial)
Aug 19 Wilmot Raceway (Iles Tribute/Kenosha Co Fair Race)
Aug 20 Wilmot Raceway (Iles Tribute/Kenosha Co Fair Race)
Aug 21 Angell Park Speedway (Corn Fest)
Aug 27 LaSalle Speedway (Waite Jr Memorial w/MOWA)
Aug 28 Angell Park Speedway (w/MOWA)
Sept 2 Plymouth Dirt Track (Sheboygan Co Fair)
Sept 4 141 Speedway
Sept 9 Amsoil Speedway (Northern Nationals)
Sept 10 Cedar Lake Speedway (Richert Memorial)
Sept 17 Beaver Dam Raveway (Semmelmann Memorial)
Sept 24 TBA (likely going to be a raindate from previous lost event)
Oct 1 Dodge County Fairgrounds (Checkered Classic)

Note, World of Outlaw events in our region are:
* June 25 Beaver Dam Raceway
* July 9 Cedar Lake Speedway
* July 30 Wilmot Raceway. .. IRA is proud to have the support of Bumper To Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, Hoosier Tire, Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, & Twin Lakes Marine.

 

 

 

VETERAN ROSE MAKES LONG TOW PAY OFF AS IRA CHAMPION
(Brookfield, WI 11/21) The Bumper To Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series held their annual awards banquet Saturday night at the Brookfield Inn & Suites. Twenty-one teams met the participation requirements making themselves point fund eligible, and all shared in the record IRA cash payout, and in the popular product drawing. Veteran Indiana racer Bill Rose made the weekly long tow worth it as his series leading twelve top five finishes, and twenty top ten's propelled him to his first ever championship, winning the title on the season's final night. Rose, the owner/driver of the #6, would take home the $10,000 championship check plus numerous other awards, including the Osborn & Son Trucking Fast Timer bonus for earning the most qualifying points throughout the season which included four fast times. He also received a beautiful painting from Dave Olson of Studio 360, the traditional Hoosier champion's jacket, numerous contingency awards including a HRP wing combo, DMI hub/spindle kit, and chassis parts from Maxim. Rose was officially deemed a Wisconsin "cheesehead" as emcee Ray Underwood presented the hoosier pilot with cheese scarf. Rose, who has competed in 100% of the IRA's events over the past two seasons, received a standing ovation from the audience, proving his experience and willingness to share it, sportsmanship, and the fact that he's an overall good guy has made him both popular and respected by the group.


IRA completed 27 events throughout its' Wisconsin and northern Illinois territory with 20 different drivers (representing 9 states) visiting victory lane. 118 different drivers participated. A tremendous season long point battle went down to the final night between Rose, Ben Schmidt, and 2004 -2005 IRA champ Scotty Neitzel. Schmidt, driver of the #35 Rhine Auto entry won 2 features, 11 heats, and was 2nd in qualifying points to finish runner-up. Neitzel was the only driver to start all 27 series races, winning one, and having his R&H #2w earn the most points of any single car. Ironically both Rose & Schmidt were in need during the season at some point and each utilized the Chris Hartnell #48 once throughout the season.

Kyle Marten was named R&H Enterprises Rookie of the Year. The second generation driver racing for owner John Rank captured one feature event enroute to a 7th place points finish. Marten picked up a $1250 cash bonus on top of his point check, plus a complete front-end assembly, an HRP wing combo, and numerous other contingencies.

Both Rose and Marten were honored in a unique way as specially created cakes of their cars (courtesy of Bon Ton Bakery) served as a perfect finishing touch to a great meal.

Series official Kevin Spease was recipient of the annual Rick Schmidt Memorial IRA Member Of The Year Award. Spease who was a past series competitor for many a year now serves the series as a very dedicated IRA series official.

Blake Nimee was honored as the Velocity Wings Most Improved Driver as the youngster scored two feature wins, had IRA's best finish in 2 of 3 national co-sanctioned events, and finished a solid 5th in season points. IRA ran a pair of co-sanctioned events with the National Sprint League, and one with the All-Star Circuit of Champions. Ofcourse IRA ran a pair of traditional co-sanctioned races with their friendly rival to the south also, the Midwest Open Wheel Assocition.

Rick Kelsey had his #11k voted as the series Best Appearing Car, while Rick Lemanski (Neitzel #2w), Bill Warren (Nimee #79, and owner/driver Rose (#6) were honored for their mechanical skills with Lemanski and Warren each receiving $500 certificates from Miller Electric.

Car owner Jerry Schultz (Jeremy Schultz #5J) had Underwood present the three main ladies of IRA (Kim Tennyson, Tiffany Taylor, and Andrea Meyer) with gold coins, honoring the trio for their dedication to the sport. Tennyson is IRA secretary/treasuer and head scorer, while Taylor and Meyer help with pill draw, payout, and scoring too.

Owner/driver Kris Spitz was the big winner on the contingency side, as the 13th place driver which appeared at 100% of the scheduled IRA events, won a 2016 Maxim chassis, and a set of All Pro cylinder heads in separate drawings! 4th place finishing Jeremy Schultz also won a new Maxim.

IRA President Steve Sinclair honored videographer Jeff Fischer (Grandstand Video), and photographer/graphic designers Rob Eisentraut (RC Custom Design), David Frickie (Urban Wraps), and Dave Olson (Studio 360), plus media members Dana & Paul Kuyawa with Appreciation Awards, while Sinclair later accepted an award on behalf of the Bumper To Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series from Jim Eckert of the Disabled American Veterans. The group had succesful fundraising events at Wilmot Raceway IRA events.




Fischer's traditional opening video recapping the 2015 season, combined with the comedic Underwood, all twenty-one sincere driver speeches, and the numerous special awards made for a great evening, which for many went on the wee hours.

The 21 drivers honored, by points finish, included; Bill Rose, Ben Schmidt, Scotty Neitzel, Jeremy Schultz, Blake Nimee, Scotty Thiel, Kyle Marten, Phillip Mock, Scott Uttech, Dave Uttech, Russel Borland, Mike Reinke, Kris Spitz, Wayne Modjeski, Rick Kelsey, Josh Walter, Steve Meyer, Bill Wirth, Dennis Spitz, Mike Decker, and Jereme Schroeder.

The night wouldn't be possible without our sponsors, so thank you series sponsors Bumper To Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, Hoosier Tire, Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Cummins Onan, and Carriage Auto Body. A trememdous thank you to our contingency product sponsors as well, whose generosity truly helps enhance the entire night and makes a team's dedication to IRA worth so much more.

Photos by RC custom Design

 

KING TAKES THE NIGHT, ROSE CAPTURES THE CROWN IN BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA SPRINT SEASON FINALE AT PLYMOUTH!

SURVIVAL WAS THE KEY TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP FOR ROSE AS HE CHASES TODD KING TO CHECKERS IN WILD SEASON FINALE FOR IRA SPRINTS!

October 3, 2015; Plymouth, WI – On a cool blustery evening a showdown for the 2015 championship for the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints took place on the challenging Plymouth Dirt Track. Bill Rose of Plainfield, Indiana, and local favorite Ben Schmidt came into the evening tied in points while third place Scotty Neitzel also was within striking distance of the top of the point heap.

Little did fans know that moments after the initial green flag fell in the main event, that the championship was all but decided. A grinding crash severely damaged the machine of Neitzel who had taken a wild tumble down the straight, and Schmidt had to head to the pit area to have work done on his car as he became entangled in the multi car crash. Schmidt then spent the balance of the evening trying to move forward in the pack. He could advance no further than 11th.

Rose came through unscathed solidifying a slim point lead he had built earlier in the evening.

Rose then avoided several more red flag incidents, and ran the distance in the A-main trying to catch Todd King. King running a limited schedule after a couple seasons off inherited the lead on lap one, and kept Rose at bay to earn his first main event victory since June of 2008. King’s victory marked the 20th different winner in IRA competition this season, he scored his last win at Beaver Dam Raceway after driving from deep in the field.

This evening he simply needed to avoid the opening race incidents, and then outrun Rose. It was no easy task, but King was up to the challenge scoring the victory by a car length.

The 30 lap main event rolled trackside 24 strong but the opening lap would vex the field as the red flag flew with abandon. On the initial green flag, Jeremy Schultz, and Raymond Hensley brushed which resulted in Hensley spinning in front of a charging field. Neitzel got upside down in the mad scramble to avoid Hensley and when the dust settled the rides of Schmidt, and Blake Nimee were also damaged.

Schmidt headed to the work area and returned before racing resumed tagging onto the tail of the field.

A second restart attempt resulted in Mike Reinke tumbling over the wheels of Bill Wirth and red flag number two shown as a result. The third red flag occurred on the next starting attempted when front row starters Schultz and 2015 IRA Rookie of the Year Kyle Marten locked horns with Schultz doing a quick flip in turn three as a result.

When action did finally get underway one lap went into the books when Robbie Pribnow spun. Paul Pokorski had nowhere to go tumbling over Pribnow, and collecting Russel Borland in the process. The resulting red flag was the final slowdown of the event.

With the distance of the race now cut to 25 laps, the final 24 orbits around the third-mile bullring went without further interruption.

King got the upper hand as the race resumed with Rose following in the second spot. Steve Meyer, who handedly won the B-main earlier in the evening, ran third.

On lap four a caution was nearly called as Wayne Modjeski lost power, and Scotty Thiel wound up tangling with Modjeski. The two cars became momentarily attached with Thiel finally able to break away while Modjeski’s car headed for the infield. Thiel rejoined the race the final car on the lead lap. He spent the rest of the contest putting on a brilliant charge to get back into contention.

At the halfway point King had a slim lead on Rose, and Meyer, while Dave Uttech, and Matt Vandervere held down the top five spots.

As the race drew close to it’s conclusion Rose began to apply the pressure to King, especially when King encountered lapped cars. King remained flawless in his line, and Rose was unable to find a way to the front. On the final lap Rose made a last ditch passing attempt on the high side but it fell short as King made his way under the checkered flag with a car length advantage. Rose finished second followed by Meyer.

Uttech finished fourth nearly matching his best run of the season. Vandervere earned the final top five spot by managing to hold of Thiel who may have had the fastest car on the track the last half of the race. Johnny Fahl scored seventh followed by Jimmy Sivia, Scott Uttech and Jason Johnson to fill out the top the finishers.

14 of the 24 starters were able to reach the finish.

Earlier in the night Meyer captured the B-main over Scott Uttech, Robbie Pribnow, Ken Jay Fielder and Sivia.

Heat race victories were captured by Hensley, Schultz and Nimee.

Rose set the fastest time of the evening, establishing a new track record in the process. His lap of 11.644 was the quickest of the 30 cars on hand. King has the second fastest lap of the night circling the oval in 11.658 seconds. Meyer was third quick with a lap of 11.660.

The 2015 season has now concluded for the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints and plans are already underway to provide a thrilling 2016 season schedule.

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 IRA Sprints are presented by its long time supporting series partners. The series support is 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.

 

 

EPIC SEASON TO CONCLUDE FOR THE BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA OUTLAW SPRINTS THIS SATURDAY NIGHT AT PLYMOUTH!

CHAMPTIONSHIP LIKELY TO BE DECIDED IN FINAL LAPS OF MAIN EVENT DURING SEASON FINALE AT PLYMOUTH!

September 29, 2015; Appleton, WI – Extraordinary, amazing, thrilling, all adjectives to describe the 2015 racing season for the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint series.

In over 50 years of racing for the series a season like this is a rare event. One word best describes the year, and the season finale event this coming Saturday night at the Sheboygan County Fairpark in Plymouth.

Epic!

In the 26 events contested so far 19 different drivers have basked in the thrill of victory. Series regulars, and invading rivals alike have battled from the tight bullrings to the wide open half-mile ovals. Nearly 800 laps of A-main action have brought us to this point in the season but it will be the final 30 laps that will decide it all. Only when the checkered flag has fallen will be know our 2015 season champion.

At the top of the heap sit Bill Rose from Plainsfield, Indiana, and Ben Schmidt of Howards Grove, Wisconsin.

Rose, a former regular on the World of Outlaws tour, and point runner-up last season has been known for remarkable consistency. In fact, were it not for a single DNF during 2014 Rose was poised to complete every lap of full season’s worth of main events. This year Rose has cranked out 19 top ten finishes, missing only a single A-main.

A determined podium finish this past Saturday night pushed Rose into a tie with Schmidt atop the series standings. The one thing that would most assure Rose a championship remains the one thing that thus far has eluded him, a series victory. Since joining the series Rose has finished with runner-up honors five times and yet a win has escaped his grasp. Rose has indicated that while a championship would be nice taking a win has been one of his main goals. He’ll have a chance to do both on Saturday night.

Schmidt meanwhile has traded the point lead back and forth. His effort to claim the crown is far more polarized. He’s either had great success or stunning adversity, there has been little middle ground.

This year he scored his first career IRA feature, and now has two wins to his credit but he’s also suffered through nights unable to even take a green flag due to mechanical ills. The season championship will take place in Schmidt’s backyard. His home track, a track that has given him multiple championships remains somewhat vexing, his best showing has been a second place performance in 2013 when he joined the series full time. Since then he’s recorded only a single top five run in IRA competition at the track where he’s taken the checkered so often in his reign as a 360 sprint champions.

The storybook ending to the season awaits Schmidt should he take the victory in front of a partisan home crowd.

But the championship trophy may not wind up in the hands of Schmidt nor Rose.

Scotty Neitzel, a battle tested veteran already has two series titles on his resume. Over the past couple months Neitzel has clawed his way into contention for his third crown. He currently sits 22 markers back from the lead duo of Rose and Schmidt. Neitzel is the only driver in the series to have started every main event this year.

To achieve the championship goal Neitzel will have to dig deep, and perform flawlessly. He needs to finish multiple positions ahead of both Schmidt, and Rose in the main event. If he were to do the same in qualifying, and his heat Neitzel is very much in contention for championship number three. Neitzel has the skill, the will, and the knowledge to get it done.

Does it end there? Mathematically no.

The 2013 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint series Rookie of the Year, Jeremy Schultz has an outside shot. 58 points back from the lead, Schultz will have to dominate the evening, and have some misfortune befall those ahead of him in the standings. Possible? Yes! Likely? No so much, but in a season where anything can happen a fourth to first charge on a final night would be as epic, as the season has been.

Outside the top four, Blake Nimee will cap off his best year to date with a fifth place point finish. While late season gremlins halted his title chase, he’s scored two wins this year and will be a threat for years to come.

Phillip Mock, Scotty Thiel, Kyle Marten and cousins Scott and Dave Uttech occupy the rest of the top ten with the final positions still in a state of flux. Marten however will be putting the wraps on the 2015 Rookie of the Year award, at the same track where he started his open wheeled career several seasons ago.

Russel Borland, Kris Spitz, Mike Reinke, and Wayne Modjeski all have a shot at reaching the top ten. For Reinke, that effort would be especially impressive, as he’s not run the entire season.

In addition to the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints, the October 3rd program at the Sheboyagn County Fairpark the all sprint car show will present MSA 360's, plus crate wingless sprints, and micro sprints too.

Pit gates will open at 2:30pm, spectator gates at 4:30pm. Driver's meeting is scheduled for 5:00pm with warm ups slated for 5:30pm, and IRA qualifying to follow.

Opening ceremonies are slated for 6:30pm. Adult tickets are just $20, children 6-12 years are $5, and kids 5 & under are FREE.

The track is located on the Sheboygan County Fairgrounds just off Fairview Drive (CTY O ) in Plymouth, Wisconsin. The track website can be found at www.plymouthdtr.com

For more info on the Bumper to Bumper 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 IRA Sprints are presented by its long time supporting series partners. The series support is 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.

 

 

DUSTY ZOMER MAKES SIDE TRIP PAYOFF WITH CHECKERED FLAG CLASSIC IRA WIN AT DODGE COUNTY!

ROSE AND SCHMIDT TIED IN BUBMPER TO BUMPER IRA OUTLAW SPRINT SERIES POINTS HEADING INTO SEASON FINAL AT PLYMOUTH!

September 26, 2015; Beaver Dam, WI – Dusty “Zoom Zoom” Zomer was headed home after a somewhat frustrating couple days racing in Ohio. The Sioux Falls, SD native decided that on the way home, why not take in another show.

The decision was well worth is as Zomer made his way past early race leader Bill Rose, and then fended off the challenges of seven-time series champion Bill Balog to earn a convincing win at the Dodge County Fairgrounds.

An occasional competitor with the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints the victory was the first for Zomer in IRA action since taking the win at Amsoil Speedway in Superior just over a year ago.

The 25 lap main event on the high-speed half-mile oval saw title contender Rose start the contest from the pole position and he spent the early portions of the contest fending off the challenges of Jordan Goldesberry who was seeking his third IRA victory of the season.

Zomer who had started in the eighth spot joined the battle for the lead, supplanting Goldesberry in the second spot on lap 13. Four laps later Zomer shot past Rose for the lead and he started to check out on the field.

The only slowdown of the contest took place with six laps to go when Scotty Theil came to a halt in turn two.

Just prior to the yellow Balog had made his way past Rose for the second spot and he was tight on Zomer’s tail tank for the restart.

Zomer was quick to react to the green flag and with clean air in front of him Zomer managed to pull out to a six car length advantage that he would to the finish. Balog crossed the finish line in second place wheeling a machine owned by Brandon Thone. It was a bittersweet weekend for Balog as while this evening’s second place run was a highlight, a wild tumble while doing battle for the lead last evening at Luxemburg had severely damaged his normal ride owned by Hans Lein. Thone offered his ride to Balog this evening and together they teamed up for s second place run. Thone also fielded a second car for Robbie Pribnow who finished a respectable sixth, giving Thone a pair of top six finishes as a car owner.

Rose who had turned in the best performance of the title contenders claiming the final podium spot. Ben Schmidt had lead the standings by 34 points heading into the evening but a disappointing 15th place finish coupled with the third place run by Rose erased the lead.

The pair are now tied in points for the championship heading into the final night. Scotty Neitzel, seeking his third career Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprint title sits third in points. He is unofficially 27 markers back after a tenth place run and is still in a good position should Rose and Schmidt falter on the final night.

Mike Reinke earned the fourth place finishing spot this evening followed by Goldesberry who completed the top five.

The final race of 2015 will be held on Saturday night October 3rd at the Sheboygan County Fairgrounds in Plymouth.

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 IRA Sprints are presented by its long time supporting series partners. The series support is 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.

Remaining 2015 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series Events:

10/3/2014 Sheboygan County Fairpark – Plymouth, WI

 

 

MARTEN COLLIDES YET COLLECTS VICTORY! TOPS SECOND ANNUAL BATTLE BY THE BAY IN BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA SPRINT ACTION!

CHAMPIONSHIP CHASE GETS FOCUS AS ROSE AND SCHMIDT EARN PODIUM FINISHES!

September 25, 2015; Luxemburg, WI – Kyle Marten knows something and it’s a secret. Chances are he’s not telling what it is as it has been the key to victory lane at Luxemburg Speedway. The soon to be 2015 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint series rookie of the year has found the fastest way around the banked third-mile oval. This evening he took a convincing win in the second annual Battle by the Bay hosted by Six Four promotions. The triumph was the second of his career, with the first coming one year ago when the series made it’s first trip to the track in nearly a decade. Marten’s trip to the winner’s circle added his name to the list of 18 different drivers to have won in IRA competition this season.

Last season Marten surprised series regulars with a gritty performance that allowed him to gain his first career IRA victory by outrunning Phillip Mock in the first inaugural Battle by the Bay. This year he survived a tangle with seven-time series champ Bill Balog and put his battered ride back in victory lane. He also had to outrun Ben Schmidt, and Bill Rose, two drivers locked in a heated battle for the 2015 series title.

While Marten celebrated with his crew atop the podium; Rose, and Schmidt thrilled the fans with a late race battle that saw the pair exchange second position during the final lap. Rose had the advantage at the line earning his third runner-up performance of the season. Schmidt who briefly held the spot with a stunning pass on the white flag lap, surrendered the position when Rose made a determined move in the final turn.

The second place run for Rose surely felt like a victory after arriving at the track late due to his hauler having mechanical issues. With no time to prepare the car Rose went into the evening having to scramble to make the show. He was able to lay down a respectable fifth in qualifying, and then made his way into the main by transferring through the heat in spite of very little track time.

Schmidt’s third place effort this evening was enough to augment his point lead. He’s now 31 markers ahead of Rose. Schmidt had come into the night just 8 points ahead of Scotty Neitzel who is seeking his third series championship. Neitzel finished solidly in ninth but lost ground in the title chase. He is now 34 points back from the lead.

Coming into the night Jeremy Schultz, and Blake Nimee were also in the title hunt, and though mathematically still alive for the championship, by finishing behind Schmidt and Rose it has become much more difficult to obtain the crown.

The 24 car starting grid pushed off with Wayne Modjeski sitting on the pole. Balog, having a series leading four wins this season started outside the front row. At the drop of the green flag Balog used the cushion to power ahead of Modjeski. Before lap two began the caution flew when Rick Kelsey slid off the turn one embankment, and tagged the wall that protects the pit area. Kelsey was unhurt but was done for the evening.

Balog executed the restart perfectly blasting into the lead while Modjeski surrendered the second spot to Marten who had started in the second row. Modjeski held onto third until the fifth circuit when Rose annexed the position.

By lap eight Balog had caught the tail of the field, and Marten used the opportunity to close the gap on the leader. The pair began to slice through traffic with Marten applying heavy pressure to Balog even surging ahead briefly on lap 10.

Using every inch of the raceway the pair battled through back markers but the intense battle was halted when they made contact on lap 12. Balog slid over the nose of Marten’s ride, and slammed the wall beginning a series of end over end tumbles coming to a rest upside down in turn two resulting in a red flag.

Balog emerged from his battered ride unhurt but done for the evening. Marten’s car also sustained damage, most notably the nose wing that was crumpled on the front of his car. Marten elected to stay trackside, and was now the lead car when the race resumed.

At the drop of the green Marten brought the field back up to speed while Rose, now second, began to apply the pressure. Rose was able to move alongside Marten in the low groove on several occasions over the next few laps.

Confident his car was up to the task Marten again put the pedal down, and began to pull away from Rose.

The final slowdown in action occurred on lap 16 when a wild scramble occurred in turn one. Bill Wirth, Raymond Hensley, and Scotty Thiel all went over the top of the berm. Thiel took a wild spin into the pit chute but skillfully avoided any contact on his way off the track.

The field quickly realigned and action resumed with Marten showing the way.

With 10 laps to go Marten had a six car length advantage on Rose with Modjeski, Schmidt, and the most recent IRA winner Jordan Goldesberry holding down the top five spots.

Schmidt began to charge surpassing Modjeski for third on lap 22. He then began to reel in Rose as the final five laps began.

Once again the leaders were fighting for position through lapped traffic with Marten making precise moved to extend his lead. Schmidt meanwhile had caught Rose just before the white flag and made a successful pass for second.

Marten was able to streak to the finish without a serious challenge but second place came down to the wire as Rose swept past Schmidt for the position in the final turn.

Goldesberry reached the line in fourth just ahead of Jeremy Schultz who completed the top five.

Blake Nimee, whose car began to show signs of smoke early in the contest, was able to nurse his ailing ride home solidly in sixth.

Modjeski who had maintained a podium position throughout much of the contest had his brakes fade over the final laps falling back to seventh. Mike Reinke, Neitzel and Mock completed the top ten finishers.

There was also plenty of action in preliminary events.

Nimee found himself having to battle into the main event through the B-main which he took in convincing fashion. He scored the victory over the evening’s fast qualifier Todd King. Bill Wirth, Josh Walter, Dennis Spitz and Paul Pokorski made up the top six, and the drivers who transferred into the main event.

Heat races were captured by Kelsey, Modjeski and Steve Meyer.

The ultra tacky racing surface provided a very fast track this evening. Under nearly perfect weather conditions for a late summer race, Todd King scorched the track with a 10.964 second lap to establish a new track record. The old mark was established by Balog last year when he turned in a lap of 10.989 seconds. Nimee was second quick with a 11.039 second effort and Schmidt was third fast with a lap of 11.098 seconds.

The championship chase will continue to unfold at the Dodge County Fairgrounds with the running of the Checkered Classic on Saturday night.

Known as the “Horsepower Half-mile”, the intensity will ramp up as the 900 horsepower winged sprints will be approaching 130 mph on the long straights. Located just east of Beaver Dam, WI the track has a throw back feel to the glory days of short track racing.

Open wheel star Rico Abreu made a late race pass in IRA standout Mike Reinke for the victory in the last appearance for the series.

All totaled over two-dozen drivers are expected to accept the challenge at Dodge County on Saturday night.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series will be joined by the Midwest Sprint Car Association MSA 360 Sprints. Plus the Mid-Am Stock Car Series and Vintage cars will also take on the big half mile clay oval!

Pit Gates open at 2:00pm, Spectator Gates open at 4:00pm. Warm ups are schedule for 5:00pm pm with hot laps to follow. Opening ceremonies will take place at 6:15 pm.

Spectator admission is $20 for adults. Students ages 6 through 12 are admitted for $5. Children ages 5 years and younger are admitted FREE.

The final race of 2015 will be held on Saturday night October 3rd at the Sheboygan County Fairgrounds in Plymouth.

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 IRA Sprints are presented by its long time supporting series partners. The series support is 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.

Remaining 2015 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series Events:

9/26/2015 Dodge County Fairgrounds – Beaver Dam, WI

10/3/2014 Sheboygan County Fairpark – Plymouth, WI

IRA Sprint Cars | IRA Interstate Racing Association

Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts A Feature 1 (30 Laps): 1. 99-Kyle Marten[3]; 2. 6-Bill Rose[6]; 3. 35-Ben Schmidt[8]; 4. 65-Jordan Goldesberry[7]; 5. 5J-Jeremy Schultz[5]; 6. 79-Blake Nimee[12]; 7. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski[1]; 8. 02-Mike Reinke[15]; 9. 2W-Scott Neitzel[14]; 10. 1M-Phillip Mock[4]; 11. 64-Scotty Thiel[19]; 12. 73-Todd King[11]; 13. 68-Dave Uttech[20]; 14. 12W-Josh Walter[22]; 15. 85M-Steve Meyer[9]; 16. 7-Scott Uttech[18]; 17. 4K-Kris Spitz[16]; 18. 43-Jereme Schroeder[17]; 19. 41-Dennis Spitz[23]; 20. 70-Raymond Hensley[13]; 21. 53W-Bill Wirth[21]; 22. 4-Paul Pokorski[24]; 23. (DNF) 2B-Bill Balog[2]; 24. (DNF) 11K-Rick Kelsey[10]

Behling Racing Equipment B Feature 1 (12 Laps): 1. 79-Blake Nimee[2]; 2. 73-Todd King[1]; 3. 53W-Bill Wirth[4]; 4. 12W-Josh Walter[6]; 5. 41-Dennis Spitz[5]; 6. 4-Paul Pokorski[7]; 7. 0-John Fahl[3]; 8. 23-Russell Borland[9]; 9. (DNF) 14X-Alex Bleisner[8]

Weld Racing Products Heat 1 (10 Laps): 1. 11K-Rick Kelsey[1]; 2. 1M-Phillip Mock[4]; 3. 2W-Scott Neitzel[2]; 4. 43-Jereme Schroeder[8]; 5. 65-Jordan Goldesberry[5]; 6. 64-Scotty Thiel[3]; 7. 73-Todd King[6]; 8. 0-John Fahl[7]; 9. (DNF) 4-Paul Pokorski[9]

DMI Heat 2 (10 Laps): 1. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski[2]; 2. 99-Kyle Marten[4]; 3. 4K-Kris Spitz[1]; 4. 2B-Bill Balog[3]; 5. 6-Bill Rose[5]; 6. 68-Dave Uttech[7]; 7. 79-Blake Nimee[6]; 8. 41-Dennis Spitz[8]; 9. (DNF) 14X-Alex Bleisner[9]

All Star Performance Products Heat 3 (10 Laps): 1. 85M-Steve Meyer[1]; 2. 02-Mike Reinke[2]; 3. 5J-Jeremy Schultz[5]; 4. 70-Raymond Hensley[3]; 5. 35-Ben Schmidt[6]; 6. 7-Scott Uttech[4]; 7. 12W-Josh Walter[8]; 8. (DNF) 23-Russell Borland[7]; DNS 53W-Bill Wirth

Osborn & Son Qualifying 1: 1. 73-Todd King, 10.964[1]; 2. 79-Blake Nimee, 11.039[20]; 3. 35-Ben Schmidt, 11.098[5]; 4. 65-Jordan Goldesberry, 11.153[8]; 5. 6-Bill Rose, 11.174[9]; 6. 5J-Jeremy Schultz, 11.332[19]; 7. 1M-Phillip Mock, 11.351[23]; 8. 99-Kyle Marten, 11.429[25]; 9. 7-Scott Uttech, 11.448[12]; 10. 64-Scotty Thiel, 11.453[10]; 11. 2B-Bill Balog, 11.506[6]; 12. 70-Raymond Hensley, 11.511[24]; 13. 2W-Scott Neitzel, 11.523[3]; 14. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski, 11.585[2]; 15. 02-Mike Reinke, 11.586[4]; 16. 11K-Rick Kelsey, 11.623[15]; 17. 4K-Kris Spitz, 11.672[11]; 18. 85M-Steve Meyer, 11.707[22]; 19. 0-John Fahl, 11.728[14]; 20. 68-Dave Uttech, 11.740[16]; 21. 53W-Bill Wirth, 11.753[7]; 22. 43-Jereme Schroeder, 11.756[26]; 23. 41-Dennis Spitz, 11.791[13]; 24. 12W-Josh Walter, 11.802[18]; 25. 4-Paul Pokorski, 12.030[21]; 26. 14X-Alex Bleisner, 12.530[27]; 27. 23-Russell Borland, 99.999[17]

 

 

WEEKEND DOUBLE-HEADER SHOULD CLARIFY CHAMPIONSHIP PICTURE IN THE BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA OUTLAW SPRINTS!

LUXEMBURG AND DODGE COUNTY TO HOST BUMPER TO BUMPER SPRINTS AS 2015 SEASON HITS THE FINAL STRETCH!

September 22, 2015; Appleton, WI – It has been an amazing season for the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series. So far 17 different drivers have captured A-main wins in the 24 events held this season. Five drivers are in contention for the championship with three events to go. The series has averaged over 30 cars per events.

All remarkable statistics on their own.

The numbers themselves however are not a full indication of the amazing season it has been. From dramatic late race finishes, to new drivers getting their first taste of victory the 2015 season for the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints series will go into the record books as one of the most action packed in it’s 50 plus year history.

The best part? It’s not over yet.

Three races remain, and a pair of those will be contested at two very different race tracks this coming weekend. Luxemburg Speedway, and the Dodge County Fairgrounds will host the events.

As far as the championship chase goes the biggest question mark will be the second annual Battle by The Bay held on Friday night September 25th. Presented by Six-Four promotions, the event held at Luxemburg Speedway marks the second straight year the winged 410 outlaw sprints have taken to the slightly banked third-mile clay oval located in Northeastern Wisconsin.

Last year marked the return of sprint car action to the track for the first time in nearly a decade. Kyle Marten, the current leader in the 2015 Rookie of the Year chase had an amazing run scoring his first IRA victory before his rookie season even officially began.

Marten, currently ninth in the season point chase heads into this year’s show seeking his first top five performance of the season. Last year he was chased to the finish by Phillip Mock another driver looking to get back to victory lane after capturing a pair of IRA wins in 2014.

Heading into the Luxemburg event Friday night, Ben Schmidt sits precariously atop the standings. The multi-time 360 sprint champion has overcome some major setbacks fighting his way to the top in spite of adversity. He holds a scant 8 point advantage on two-time series champion Scotty Neitzel.

Neitzel has been methodical in his performances and is the only driver this season to have started every single A-main event. Flawless best describes the season for Neitzel who has already scored a win and is seeking another.

Third in points is veteran racer Bill Rose. Rose spent the majority of the season trading the point lead back and forth with Schmidt. A bit of bad luck has hindered Rose of late and he has fallen 31 markers back from the top of the point heap. Rose, who is still seeking his first Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint victory could use that first win to shoot back to the top of the standings.

Jeremy Schultz had earned a pair of wins during the 2015 campaign and has moved within 53 markers of the top of the point list a podium finish in the most recent event has given the 2013 Rookie of the Year momentum coming into Friday nights show.

Blake Nimee is the final driver with a shot at the 2015 title. He’s currently 88 points back. He’s having the best season of his young career having captured a pair of wins but it will likely take another trip to victory lane to help him close the gap and strengthen his title hopes.

The Friday night show at the Luxemburg Speedway will start with pit gates opening at 2:00pm, grandstand gates opening at 5:00pm and racing to start at 7:00pm!

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

Adults tickets are $20, a youth ticket for children ages 11 through 15 is available $10 and youngsters ages 10 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

After Friday evening’s show the drama will continue to unfold at the Dodge County Fairgrounds with the running of the Checkered Classic on Saturday night, September 26th.

Known as the “Horsepower Half-mile”, the intensity will ramp up as the 900 horsepower winged sprints will be approaching 130 mph on the long straights. Located just east of Beaver Dam, WI the track has a throw back feel to the glory days of short track racing.

Open wheel star Rico Abreu made a late race pass in IRA standout Mike Reinke for the victory in the last appearance for the series. Reinke, who was leading the race this past weekend at Beaver Dam Raceway when mechanical issues dropped him from the contest. Reinke is no doubt hoping to have things back together in time to participate in this weekends Dodge County event.

All totaled over two-dozen drivers are expected to accept the challenge at Dodge County on Saturday night.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series will be joined by the Midwest Sprint Car Association MSA 360 Sprints. Plus the Mid-Am Stock Car Series and Vintage cars will also take on the big half mile clay oval!

Pit Gates open at 2:00pm, Spectator Gates open at 4:00pm. Warm ups are schedule for 5:00pm pm with hot laps to follow. Opening ceremonies will take place at 6:15 pm.

Spectator admission is $20 for adults. Students ages 6 through 12 are admitted for $5. Children ages 5 years and younger are admitted FREE.

For more info on the Bumper to Bumper 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 IRA Sprints are presented by its long time supporting series partners. The series support is 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.

2015 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints Final Events: 9/25/2015 Luxembuerg Speedway – Luxemburg, WI

9/26/2015 Dodge County Fairgrounds – Beaver Dam, WI

10/3/2015 Sheboygan County Fairpark – Plymouth, WI

 

 

GOLDESBERRY OUTLASTS REINKE, CAPTURES INAUGURAL SCOTT SEMMELMANN MEMORIAL RACE AT BEAVER DAM RACEWAY!

POINT BATTLE CONTINUES INTO UPCOMING DOUBLE HEADER WEEKENED!

September 19, 2015; Beaver Dam, WI – To finish first, first you must finish. The saying is older than motorsports itself.

The proverb also proved especially true during the inaugural running of the Scott Semmelmann Memorial Race at Beaver Dam Raceway. As lap 19 of the 30 lap main event started Mike Reinke looked to be on his way to victory as he roared around the high-banked third mile clay oval. He had checked out on the field, was running the cushion with authority, and he was pulling away from second running Jordan Goldesberry.

A half lap later Reinke was coasting to a halt in the infield, and Goldesberry with roaring by with the lead. It was a lead he held to the finish to earn his second Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint victory of the 2015 season.

Goldesberry proved to be the fastest the full distance, earning the win in convincing fashion outdistancing his nearest rival Jeremy Schultz by nearly a straightaway. Jason Johnson became the final podium finisher after making a last lap pass of visiting racer Brandon Wimmer.

The Scott Semmelmann Memorial event was one of reflection, while the some celebrated their success, and others pondered their performances, thoughts were with the family, and friends of Scott Semmelmann who had lost his life in an accident at the track nearly one year ago to the day. His memory lives on in the spirit of competition, which now takes place in this annual event.

The celebration of that memory began tonight as Goldesberry climbed atop his wing in victory lane to acknowledge the crowd.

“It feels great”, exclaimed Goldesberry after climbing from his car. “Thanks for the Semmelmann family for being here tonight”, as Goldesberry noted Semmelmann’s friends, and family who gathered in victory lane memory.

“The car was great all night long. I don’t know what happened to Mike (Reinke), we had some slip away like that so we’ll take it”, noted Goldesberry in how he inherited the lead.

I didn’t know where Schultz was I just figured I’d keep on the bottom, it ( the car) was rolling pretty good”, Goldesberry indicated of his run to the checkered

With a second placed run Schultz now finds himself in the thick of the point battle.

“I was just happy to finish behind Jordan (Goldesberry). He was on a rail. He was just better than us coming off the corner, he had it hooked up we were just chasing him around”, noted Schultz.

“I can’t complain with my car though. We had a good car, and managed to run second. Maybe if it was a little better we could have caught him, that’s how the dice rolls you know”, said Schultz pleased of the performance tonight.

Reinke had started on the pole of the 30 lap A-main but Schultz who had started outside the front row got the jump on the start taking the opening lead. Goldesberry working the lower line around the track engaged Reinke in a wing-to-wing duel for the spot.

Slowly edging ahead Goldesberry then began to reel in Schultz who found his lead shrinking with each passing lap. The caution flew on lap five as Bill Wirth came to a halt in turn four the victim of an engine failure.

The contest restarted, and Schultz found himself immediately challenged by Goldesberry. Goldesberry made his move, charging to the front with a pass coming off turn four to lead the eighth lap. One lap later Reinke, running the cushion, made his way by Schultz to grab the runner-up slot.

Goldesberry preferring to cling to the inside line found himself under pressure for the top spot. Reinke’s momentum off the cushion created the speed he needed to take the lead as he sailed past Goldesberry for the top position on lap 12.

Deeper in the field the top three in the point battle, Ben Schmidt, Scotty Neitzel, and Bill Rose were all in close proximity battling for position. Schmidt was holding his own in fifth, while Neitzel, and Rose started fading at the mid-point of the race.

Reinke’s lead had stretched to a full straightaway when he suddenly slowed coming off turn two on lap 19, limping his car to the infield. Goldesberry sailed by inheriting the top spot, with Schultz now elevated to second. Johnson began to work on Schultz for the second spot when the caution flew on lap 21 for Rose who spun his car in turn two while running inside the top ten.

Rose was able to rejoin the race from the tail of the field but the miscue as a setback in his championship hopes.

On the restart Goldesberry pulled away from his rivals leaving Schultz, and Johnson to battle for second. Goldesberry seemed to have the race in hand when a final caution occurred on lap 26 when Steve Meyer tagged a tire coming off turn four breaking his front suspension resulting in a spin on the front stretch. Meyer had just clawed his way into the top five when the incident ended his charge.

The green flag returned, and Goldesberry got a flawless restart. He was able to pull away from Schultz over the final laps earning his second win of the season in convincing fashion. Schultz earned a second place finish, which boosted his title efforts. He was the highest finisher of those in contention for the 2015 championship.

Johnson, had run third much of the second half of the race lost the podium spot to Brandon Wimmer of Jonesboro, Indiana who was piloting the Hartnell Motorsports entry after the final restart. He then fought tooth, and nail to regain the spot, making one last ditch effort in the final turns. Johnson’s persistence paid off as he surged ahead to get third at the line. Wimmer had to settle for fourth.

Seven-time IRA champion Bill Balog made an appearance this evening earning a respectable fifth place finish behind the #2b Hans Lien owned machine.

2012 IRA Rookie of the Year Robbie Pribnow piloting a car normally driven by Brandon Thone made a last lap pass on Schmidt to earn the sixth. Schmidt was able to hold onto a seven-place finish, and that effort was enough to allow him to retain the point lead.

Rookie of the year contender Josh Walters drove a strong race to claim eight, the highest finisher of the rookie class this evening. Blake Nimee quietly earned a ninth spot, enough to keep him in the title chase. Dave Uttech advanced from his 17th starting position up to the final top ten spot.

In the championship chase Schmidt now has Scotty Neitzel on his heels. Neitzel started the evening by setting quick time but had difficulty in the feature. He crossed the line in 11th place but his performance during the night allowed him to remain the closest point rival to Schmidt who continues to lead the standings.

Schmidt’s lead is a mere 8 markers. Schmidt has multiple 360 sprint championships to his credit is seeking his first 410 crown. Neitzel has spent the second half of the season putting himself in position for his third championship if he can make his way to the top of the standings in the final three events.

Rose had led the title chase at various points this season, and now sits third in points 31 markers back. The strong second place finish tonight elevated the title hopes of Schultz who is 53 markers back from the top spot. Nimee, the final driver in contention for the title this year is fifth, now 88 markers back.

There was also plenty of action in preliminary events.

The B-main had a wild finish. Russel Borland had come from deep in the field with an impressive drive working his way into a transfer spot. On the final lap his engine expired in dramatic fashion creating a huge fireball as it expired. Borland guided his car safely to a stop and emerged from his machine unhurt.

Kyle Marten picked up the win in the event chased to the line by Meyer, Scott Uttech, and Wayne Modjeski. Ryan Bowers the 2015 Upper Midwest Sprint Series 360 sprint champion finished fifth after starting dead last in the 15 car field, just missing the show.

In heat race action Schmidt, Johnson, Wimmer and Pribnow captured victories.

Neitzel has the fastest qualifying effort of the night with a lap of 13.441 seconds. Meyer was second quick turning in a lap of 13.539 seconds and Goldesberry was third fast at 13.544 seconds. 35 cars checked into the pit area for action this evening.

Three events remain on the 2015 schedule. Next up is a double-header weekend.

On Friday night the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints will be making their lone appearance at Luxemburg Speedway. The “Battle by the Bay” event is presented by Six-Four promotions. Last season Kyle Marten won the contest, and the show remains the wildcard in the title chase. Then on Saturday night the series heads to the Horsepower Half-mile for the Checkered Flag Classic. The event had traditionally ended the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint season each year but due to the number of rainouts an additional show was added to the schedule.

The final race of 2015 will be held on Saturday night October 3rd at the Sheboygan County Fairgrounds in Plymouth.

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 IRA Sprints are presented by its long time supporting series partners. The series support is 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.

Remaining 2015 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series Events:

9/25/2015 Luxemburg Speedway – Luxemburg, WI

9/26/2015 Dodge County Fairgrounds – Beaver Dam, WI

10/3/2014 Sheboygan County Fairpark – Plymouth, WI

IRA Sprint Cars | IRA Interstate Racing Association

Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts A Feature 1 (30 Laps): 1. 65-Jordan Goldesberry[3]; 2. 5J-Jeremy Schultz[2]; 3. 44-Jason Johnson[6]; 4. 48H-Brandon Wimmer[9]; 5. 2B-Bill Balog[10]; 6. 94-Rob Pribnow[5]; 7. 35-Ben Schmidt[7]; 8. 12W-Josh Walter[16]; 9. 79-Blake Nimee[12]; 10. 68-Dave Uttech[17]; 11. 2W-Scott Neitzel[4]; 12. 99-Kyle Marten[20]; 13. 73-Todd King[21]; 14. 1HRP-Todd Hepfner[13]; 15. 1M-Phillip Mock[19]; 16. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski[24]; 17. 6-Bill Rose[8]; 18. 4K-Kris Spitz[18]; 19. 7-Scott Uttech[23]; 20. (DNF) 85M-Steve Meyer[11]; 21. (DNF) 02-Mike Reinke[1]; 22. (DNF) 19-Todd Daun[15]; 23. (DNF) 11K-Rick Kelsey[22]; 24. (DNF) 53W-Bill Wirth[14]

Behling Racing Equipment B Feature (15 Laps): 1. 99-Kyle Marten[3]; 2. 85M-Steve Meyer[1]; 3. 7-Scott Uttech[5]; 4. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski[9]; 5. 199-Ryan Bowers[15]; 6. 8A-Nick Alden[4]; 7. 0-John Fahl[11]; 8. 5QB-Quentin Blonde[8]; 9. 5-Bryon Walters[14]; 10. 43-Jereme Schroeder[6]; 11. 23-Russell Borland[10]; 12. 2BX-Jimmy Sivia[12]; 13. 41-Dennis Spitz[7]; 14. (DNF) 12-Michael Decker[13]; 15. (DNF) 9A-Andy Hunt[2]

Weld Racing Products Heat 1 (10 Laps): 1. 35-Ben Schmidt[4]; 2. 2W-Scott Neitzel[6]; 3. 02-Mike Reinke[5]; 4. 73-Todd King[1]; 5. 19-Todd Daun[3]; 6. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski[8]; 7. 7-Scott Uttech[7]; 8. 12-Michael Decker[9]; 9. (DNF) 9A-Andy Hunt[2]

DMI Heat 2 (10 Laps): 1. 44-Jason Johnson[2]; 2. 2B-Bill Balog[5]; 3. 79-Blake Nimee[4]; 4. 11K-Rick Kelsey[1]; 5. 12W-Josh Walter[3]; 6. 85M-Steve Meyer[6]; 7. 43-Jereme Schroeder[7]; 8. 23-Russell Borland[8]; 9. 5-Bryon Walters[9]

All Star Performance Products Heat 3 (10 Laps): 1. 48H-Brandon Wimmer[3]; 2. 1M-Phillip Mock[2]; 3. 65-Jordan Goldesberry[6]; 4. 1HRP-Todd Hepfner[4]; 5. 68-Dave Uttech[1]; 6. 199-Ryan Bowers[7]; 7. 41-Dennis Spitz[5]; 8. 0-John Fahl[8]; DNS 8A-Nick Alden

R & H Enterprises Heat 4 (10 Laps): 1. 94-Rob Pribnow[1]; 2. 5J-Jeremy Schultz[6]; 3. 4K-Kris Spitz[3]; 4. 6-Bill Rose[5]; 5. 53W-Bill Wirth[4]; 6. 99-Kyle Marten[2]; 7. 2BX-Jimmy Sivia[8]; 8. 5QB-Quentin Blonde[7]

Osborn & Son Qualifying 1: 1. 2W-Scott Neitzel, 13.441[26]; 2. 85M-Steve Meyer, 13.539[9]; 3. 65-Jordan Goldesberry, 13.544[32]; 4. 5J-Jeremy Schultz, 13.570[7]; 5. 02-Mike Reinke, 13.599[15]; 6. 2B-Bill Balog, 13.616[2]; 7. 48H-Brandon Wimmer, 13.677[35]; 8. 6-Bill Rose, 13.722[4]; 9. 35-Ben Schmidt, 13.737[19]; 10. 79-Blake Nimee, 13.857[25]; 11. 1HRP-Todd Hepfner, 13.897[16]; 12. 53W-Bill Wirth, 14.032[29]; 13. 19-Todd Daun, 14.059[20]; 14. 12W-Josh Walter, 14.149[30]; 15. 68-Dave Uttech, 14.330[3]; 16. 4K-Kris Spitz, 14.334[28]; 17. 9A-Andy Hunt, 14.337[23]; 18. 44-Jason Johnson, 14.426[18]; 19. 1M-Phillip Mock, 14.519[1]; 20. 99-Kyle Marten, 14.624[8]; 21. 73-Todd King, 14.660[21]; 22. 11K-Rick Kelsey, 14.668[10]; 23. 8A-Nick Alden, 14.686[27]; 24. 94-Rob Pribnow, 14.743[5]; 25. 7-Scott Uttech, 14.769[31]; 26. 43-Jereme Schroeder, 14.842[14]; 27. 41-Dennis Spitz, 15.252[34]; 28. 5QB-Quentin Blonde, 15.322[6]; 29. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski, 15.396[24]; 30. 23-Russell Borland, 15.459[22]; 31. 0-John Fahl, 15.488[12]; 32. 2BX-Jimmy Sivia, 15.559[13]; 33. 12-Michael Decker, 15.734[17]; 34. 5-Bryon Walters, 15.887[33]; 35. 199-Ryan Bowers, 16.151[11]

 

 

BEAVER DAM HOSTS SCOTT SEMMELMANN MEMORIAL OPEN WHEEL EXTRAVAGANZA WITH FOUR DIVISIONS OF SPRINT RACING ON TAP!

CHAMPIONSHIP CHASE THRILLER HEADS INTO FINAL FOUR EVENTS, SEASON TITLE UP FOR GRABS!

September 16, 2015; Beaver Dam, WI – One of the most intense point battles in the fifty plus year history of the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint series is taking place this year, and as a fan you can still witness this epic battle for the championship.

With just four events left, no less than five drivers are in positions to capture the season title. Four of those drivers would stand as champion for the first time in Winged 410 sprint action, while the other could garner his third title winning effort.

Heading into this Saturday night’s Scott Semmelmann Memorial Open Wheel Extravaganza at Beaver Dam Raceway, multi-time 360 sprint titleholder Ben Schmidt finds himself atop the standings by a mere six points. Schmidt has led the standings for the majority of the season but it has been a few weeks of extreme’s for the hard charging racer. He has battled through extreme misfortune with mechanical difficulties, and climbed back atop the standings after a thrilling victory at 141 Speedway. Still, it will take a heroic effort, and likely another victory to seal his shot at the 2015 season title as his rivals sit just behind him in the point chase.

Tied for second are veteran racers Bill Rose, and Scotty Neitzel. Rose has been in the thick of the title hunt throughout the season. After finishing runner-up in last years standings Rose has been showcasing his consistent driving style and has been swapping the lead back, and forth with Schmidt since May. It had been a private battle between Schmidt, and Rose but both drivers faced challenges in recent weeks which has allowed Neitzel to close the gap.

Neitzel is having one of the best seasons of his 20 plus year career, and is positioned to capture his third title. Neitzel’s two previous championship efforts came a decade ago during the 2004, and 2005 seasons.

Neitzel has earned a pair of runner-up finishes in the past three events, and has been closing the gap on the point leaders the past two months.

Momentum may continue for Neitzel as two of the final four events will take place in his hometown of Beaver Dam as he will be racing before a partisan hometown crowd. This weekend’s contest at Beaver Dam Raceway, and the following Saturday night at the Dodge County Fairgrounds both take place only a few miles from his shop.

Just behind the lead trio two other drivers are in the hunt but to get to the top of the heap but it’s crucial to avoid a DNF, and most importantly they must either win or put together a string of podium finishes to reach the top. Both racers have already won multiple events this year.

Jeremy Schultz, the 2013 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint series Rookie of the Year sits only 76 markers from the top of the standings. Schultz has claimed two wins so far, most recently earning the victory as the prestigious Cornfest at Angell Park Speedway just three weeks ago.

The final driver with a legitimate chance at the title has been perhaps the hottest driver on the circuit the past two months. Blake Nimee, the young charger from Oswego, Illinois has teamed up with crew chief Billy Warren, and the pair have made an assault on the standings.

Nimee has earned his first two career A-main wins this season, and has strung together some impressive performances especially in high profile co-sanctioned races. Nimee now stands 80 points from the top of the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint series standings.

This weekends Scott Semmelmann Memorial race at Beaver Dam Raceway on Saturday night September 19th will showcase four divisions of sprint car action, with a fifth class, the Legends joining the program. For open wheeled fans, the 900 horsepower Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints will headline the program with nearly 30 drivers expected to be in attendance.

For the first time Wilmot Raceway’s Wingless sprints will be taking their show on the road with their traveling debut taking place this Saturday night on the third-mile banked Beaver Dam Raceway oval. The WIMS Mini-Sprints and Badger Micro Sprints will also be participating in the show.

Pit Gates will open at 3:30pm, with the grandstands opening at 4:30pm. Racing is set to get underway at 6:30pm. General admission tickets for fans ages 12 and above are $20; Students 6 to 11 are admitted for $10.00; children ages five 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.

For more info on the Bumper to Bumper 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 IRA Sprints are presented by its long time supporting series partners. The series support is 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.

2015 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints Final Events: 9/19/2015 Beaver Dam Raceway – Beaver Dam, WI

9/25/2015 Luxembuerg Speedway – Luxemburg, WI

9/26/2015 Dodge County Fairgrounds – Beaver Dam, WI

10/3/2015 Sheboygan County Fairpark – Plymouth, WI

 

 

McCarl Passes Brown for Third Richert Triumph

By Justin Zoch,

September 12, 2015: In a feature event that saw just one yellow flag, Terry McCarl used savvy and veteran patience to track down Brian Brown to take the 15th Annual Jerry Richert Memorial at Cedar Lake Speedway on Saturday night. It was the third time the Altoona, Iowa, driver had driven to victory in the prestigious event but the first time since 2004. The show was co-sanctioned by the Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprints and the FVP National Sprint League and drew a great field of 39 Sprint Cars.

On the original start, Brian Brown raced from outside row number one to out duel polesitter Tim Kaeding for the lead. Tasker Phillips spun early in the race to bring out a yellow flag but that would be the last stoppage. Near the midway point, McCarl started closing the gap on Brown and then pounced on a slight miscue by Brown in turn two with a turn three slide job to take the top spot. Brown repassed McCarl briefly but could never make it stick and the veteran McCarl drove away from him to win the 30-lap feature and the $3,500 winner’s check. Brown held on for second of Bronson Maeschen, Tim Kaeding and Bill Balog. McCarl’s win pushed the IRA streak of new winners to 16 consecutive races.

Heat races were won by Steve Meyer, Blake Nimee, Lynton Jeffrey and Craig Dollansky while Bill Balog was the first car out on the track and set quick time over the 11.141. Tasker Phillips prevailed in the B-main, which saw IRA Rookie of the Year contender Kyle Marten take a wild ride down the frontstretch. He was uninjured but it was not the ending he was hoping for in his Cedar Lake Speedway debut.

Bumper to Bumper A main (30 Laps): 1. 24-Terry McCarl[3]; 2. 21-Brian Brown[2]; 3. 96-Bronson Maeschen[4]; 4. 3-Tim Kaeding[1]; 5. 17B-Bill Balog[6]; 6. 2-Danny Lasoski[5]; 7. 18-Ian Madsen[12]; 8. 2KS-Craig Dollansky[7]; 9. 17W-Bryan Clauson[15]; 10. 12K-Lynton Jeffrey[10]; 11. 55-Brooke Tatnell[16]; 12. 02-Mike Reinke[18]; 13. 2B-Roger Crockett[20]; 14. 79-Blake Nimee[8]; 15. 85M-Steve Meyer[9]; 16. 56N-Davey Heskin[17]; 17. 19P-Paige Polyak[11]; 18. 17A-Austin McCarl[14]; 19. 09-Matt Juhl[19]; 20. 35-Ben Schmidt[24]; 21. 5J-Jeremy Schultz[23]; 22. 7TAZ-Tasker Phillips[13]; 23. 2W-Scott Neitzel[22]; 24. 73-Todd King[21]

Behling Racing Products B main (15 Laps): 1. 7TAZ-Tasker Phillips[2]; 2. 19P-Paige Polyak[1]; 3. 5J-Jeremy Schultz[4]; 4. 35-Ben Schmidt[8]; 5. 1M-Phillip Mock[7]; 6. 4W-Matt Wasmund[10]; 7. 23-Russell Borland[15]; 8. 19-Chase Viebrock[9]; 9. 6-Bill Rose[3]; 10. 11K-Rick Kelsey[11]; 11. 12W-Josh Walter[17]; 12. 4K-Kris Spitz[14]; 13. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski[13]; 14. 12-Michael Decker[18]; 15. 2-Danny Lasoski; 16. 99-Kyle Marten[6]; 17. 68-Dave Uttech[12]

Weld Racing Heat 1 (10 Laps): 1. 85M-Steve Meyer[1]; 2. 09-Matt Juhl[2]; 3. 56N-Davey Heskin[3]; 4. 24-Terry McCarl[5]; 5. 17B-Bill Balog[6]; 6. 7TAZ-Tasker Phillips[4]; 7. 19-Chase Viebrock[8]; 8. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski[9]; 9. 12W-Josh Walter[10]; 10. 7-Scott Uttech[7]

DMI Heat 2 (10 Laps): 1. 79-Blake Nimee[1]; 2. 2B-Roger Crockett[2]; 3. 02-Mike Reinke[3]; 4. 21-Brian Brown[5]; 5. 17A-Austin McCarl[4]; 6. 19P-Paige Polyak[6]; 7. 99-Kyle Marten[7]; 8. 4W-Matt Wasmund[8]; 9. 4K-Kris Spitz[9]; 10. 12-Michael Decker[10]

BR Motorsports Heat 3 (10 Laps): 1. 12K-Lynton Jeffrey[2]; 2. 2-Danny Lasoski[6]; 3. 3-Tim Kaeding[5]; 4. 17W-Bryan Clauson[4]; 5. 2W-Scott Neitzel[1]; 6. 6-Bill Rose[3]; 7. 1M-Phillip Mock[7]; 8. 23-Russell Borland[9]; 9. 11K-Rick Kelsey[8]

Heat 4 (10 Laps): 1. 2KS-Craig Dollansky[1]; 2. 55-Brooke Tatnell[4]; 3. 96-Bronson Maeschen[6]; 4. 73-Todd King[2]; 5. 18-Ian Madsen[5]; 6. 5J-Jeremy Schultz[3]; 7. 35-Ben Schmidt[7]; 8. 68-Dave Uttech[8]; 9. 29-Leigh Thomas[9]

Osborne and Sons Trucking Qualifications: 1. 17B-Bill Balog, 11.141[1]; 2. 19P-Paige Polyak, 11.323[7]; 3. 2-Danny Lasoski, 11.337[28]; 4. 96-Bronson Maeschen, 11.357[2]; 5. 24-Terry McCarl, 11.388[16]; 6. 21-Brian Brown, 11.411[35]; 7. 3-Tim Kaeding, 11.425[4]; 8. 18-Ian Madsen, 11.553[31]; 9. 7TAZ-Tasker Phillips, 11.559[19]; 10. 17A-Austin McCarl, 11.561[12]; 11. 17W-Bryan Clauson, 11.563[25]; 12. 55-Brooke Tatnell, 11.617[39]; 13. 56N-Davey Heskin, 11.641[17]; 14. 02-Mike Reinke, 11.674[23]; 15. 6-Bill Rose, 11.765[3]; 16. 5J-Jeremy Schultz, 11.768[10]; 17. 09-Matt Juhl, 11.799[15]; 18. 2B-Roger Crockett, 11.824[22]; 19. 12K-Lynton Jeffrey, 11.846[29]; 20. 73-Todd King, 11.850[20]; 21. 85M-Steve Meyer, 11.855[24]; 22. 79-Blake Nimee, 11.874[36]; 23. 2W-Scott Neitzel, 11.912[5]; 24. 2KS-Craig Dollansky, 11.937[32]; 25. 7-Scott Uttech, 11.976[8]; 26. 99-Kyle Marten, 11.985[21]; 27. 1M-Phillip Mock, 11.996[26]; 28. 35-Ben Schmidt, 12.067[14]; 29. 19-Chase Viebrock, 12.090[18]; 30. 4W-Matt Wasmund, 12.144[11]; 31. 11K-Rick Kelsey, 12.151[13]; 32. 68-Dave Uttech, 12.187[33]; 33. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski, 12.382[6]; 34. 4K-Kris Spitz, 12.400[30]; 35. 23-Russell Borland, 12.462[34]; 36. 29-Leigh Thomas, 12.467[27]; 37. 12W-Josh Walter, 12.625[37]; 38. 12-Michael Decker, 12.643[9]; 39. 64-Scotty Thiel[38]

 

 

Heskin Hauls In Northern Nationals

By Justin Zoch

September 11, 2015, Superior, WI - Maybe it was the new number that did it. On a clear, cool night at Amsoil Speedway in Superior, Wisconsin, Davey Heskin took advantage of a mid-race caution to race past polesitter Scott Neitzel on Friday, September 11th. The win continued an impressive streak in IRA competition in 2015 as Heskin became the 15th consecutive different winner. The streak started way back on June.

It was an emotional victory for Heskin who ran the race as the 56N instead of his usual 56 to honor his grandmother Nancy, who recently passed away. “This is pretty emotional and I definitely did this for Grandma Nancy tonight… I just love this place and I can’t believe we finally got one here,” said Heskin in victory lane. Heskin set the track record in 2013 but this was Heskin’s first career victory at Amsoil.

It was a rocky start to the night as Scott Uttech and Michael Decker made contact prior to the start of the A-main and the 10th-starting Uttech flipped in turn two. On the start, Neitzel jumped out the lead in his 2W and drove to a sizable lead. The race went green until Ben Schmidt stalled on the frontstretch with mechanical problems. The IRA point leader would not return.

On the restart, Neitzel led the seventh-starting Heskin, Blake Nimee, Dave Uttech and Russel Borland back to the green. On lap 15, Heskin raced past leader Neitzel in turn number one and never looked back. The top three remained unchanged as the race went green to checkered following Schmidt’s stop. Wayne Modjeski, Phillip Mock and Roger Crockett waged a fierce battle throughout with Crockett eventually pulling ahead of Modjeski for fourth at the finish.

The charge of the night may have gone to Bill Rose, who made it to seventh from dead last in his back up car. Rose crashed hard over the concrete wall and into a distant retaining fence in heat race action after contact with Neitzel.

In Osborne and Sons Trucking Qualifications, Paige Polyak scored the fastest lap of the evening and turned a lap of 13.515 to edge Davey Heskin and Ben Schmidt for the honor over the 23 car field.

30 Lap Northern Nationals A-Main: 1. Davey Heskin, 2. Scott Neitzel, 3. Blake Nimee, 4. Roger Crockett, 5. Wayne Modjeski, 6. Russel Borland, 7. Bill Rose, 8. Phillip Mock, 9. Jeremy Schultz, 10. Paige Polyak, 11. Kris Spitz, 12. Dave Uttech, 13. Steve Meyer, 14. Rick Kelsey, 15. Kyle Marten, 16. Leigh Thomas, 17. Patrick Heikkinen, 18. Josh Walter (DNF) 19. Ben Schmidt (DNF) 20. Darrell Nelson (DNF) 21. Michael Decker (DNF) 22. Scott Uttech (DNF) 23. Duane Olson (DNS)

Heat 1: 1. Paige Polyak, 2. Steve Meyer, 3. Blake Nimee, 4. Scott Neitzel, 5. Kris Spitz, 6. Michael Decker, 7. Bill Rose

Heat 2: 1. Scott Uttech, 2. Kyle Marten, 3. Roger Crockett, 4. Davey Heskin, 5. Phillip Mock, 6. Jeremy Schultz, 7. Patrick Heikkinen

Heat 3: 1. Josh Walter, 2. Wayne Modjeski, 3. Ben Schmidt, 4. Dave Uttech, 5. Russel Borland, 6. Leigh Thomas, 7. Darrell Nelson

 

 

REVERSAL OF FORTUNE, SCHMIDT SLIDES NEITZEL FOR VICTORY, CAUTIONS ADD DRAMA WITH GREEN, WHITE CHECKERED FINISH!

NIMEE’S LATE RACE CHARGE NETS PODIUM FINISH, SIX DRIVERS STILL IN CONTENTION FOR 2015 CROWN!

September 6, 2015; Francis Creek, WI – Luck is an erratic commodity in racing. You can prepare all you want; the lack of good fortune can be frustrating. It takes perseverance to overcome such obstacles. Luck swings both ways and for Ben Schmidt it turned positively in his favor Sunday evening at 141 Speedway.

Last weekend multiple expired engines seemingly ended his title chase yet this weekend he stood in victory lane.

There have now been different winners in the past 14 events in Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint competition. It’s been a year with a great point battle as the season winds down, six drivers remain in contention for the championship. It’s also been a year or remarkable competition as this late season event showcased a stout field of 35 entries as the lone IRA race of the holiday weekend.

Driving the borrowed machine of Hartnell Motorsports, Schmidt took advantage of a late race caution to slide past Scotty Neitzel for the lead in the late stages of the 30 lap A-main on the quarter-mile bullring. He then was able to fend off Neitzel through several cautions, which kept setting up green, white, checkered finishes. The event, which took place before a very full grandstand, was completed just in time as rain began to fall not long after the checkered flag.

An elated Schmidt celebrated his victory with a dive into the infield pond, encouraged to do so by the cheering crowd.

The win was the second of the season for Schmidt who had won back in early May at Beaver Dam Raceway. The victory was also the second in Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint competition for Hartnell Motorsports who won an A-main with Sheldon Haudenschild at the wheel last season at Angell Park Speedway.

On each restart Schmidt had just enough to fend off a determined Neitzel to take the win by a couple car lengths. With the victory Schmidt regained the top of the point standings. Heading into the show Bill Rose of Plainfield, Indiana had a slim margin on Schmidt. Rose stayed out of trouble throughout the contest eventually finishing fifth. Rose now has a series leading 16 top ten finishes. The margin between the pair shows Schmidt leading Rose by 3 points after tonight’s victory.

Neitzel, had started on the pole, and led the first 24 laps of the contest until Schmidt pulled off a successful slider on a restart. Neitzel tried on several occasions during the late cautions to retake the lead but was unable to complete the pass. Neitzel’s performance did keep him in the thick of the title chase. The two-time champion is now 34 markers back from the lead and the next event on the schedule takes place at Amsoil Speedway in Superior, Wisconsin. Among the point contenders only Neitzel has won at the track.

Third place on the evening went to Blake Nimee, who had been running in sixth when the flurry of cautions began. On the final restart Nimee shot to the high side gaining several spots coming within a car length of stealing second from Neitzel. Nimee had has an impressive second half of the season joins Schmidt and Bill Balog as the only drivers with multiple wins this season. Nimee had recorded two victories in the past 15 races.

The 30 lap A-main rolled trackside with impending rain just an hour away.

Neitzel had earned the pole for the contest with Phillip Mock sitting to his outside. Schmidt, and Jeremy Schultz made up the second row. At the drop of the green flag Neitzel rocketed into the lead while Mock lost grip on the start falling back to fourth behind Schmidt, and Schultz.

On lap three Kris Spitz was attempting to get his ailing ride to the infield, and collected Scotty Thiel.

Thiel had an extremely frustrating night. After an engine failure in his car he borrowed the machine of Brandon Thone to make tonight’s show. Then after earning a spot through the B-main. Thiel was able to continue on from this incident from the tail of the pack only to encounter more troubles later in the race.

Neitzel was back out front under green with Schmidt, and Mike Reinke now in pursuit. A spin by Dave Uttech in the fourth turn on lap seven drew the next caution.

Neitzel again set the pace on the restart, with Schmidt fading back to fourth. This elevated Reinke into the second spot, and Steve Meyer advanced to third at Schmidt’s expense on lap 11.

The race was slowed again briefly on lap 14, and then again on lap 17 Roger Crockett slowed and the fourth caution of the event appeared.

With the race under green, and back up to speed Neitzel led Reinke around the track with Reinke briefly making his was under Neitzel only to have Neitzel power away. Meyer meanwhile tagged the wall while running in the third spot, and Schmidt was able to take advantage of it to take the position on lap 22.

Reinke soon developed handling problems losing speed. Schmidt took advantage of the situation to advance to second on lap 23. As Reinke fell back Russel Borland was making a late race charge finding a very fast groove around the track on the low side. Borland captured third at Reinke’s expense moments later.

Reinke’s machine suffered a flat tire on the next lap coming to a stop drawing another yellow with just six laps to go. Reinke made his way to the pits and returned in time for the green flag. He would eventually charge from 20th back to 11th in just six laps.

The restart would be dramatic. As the green flag flew Schmidt dove to the bottom of the track in turn one. He moved ahead of Neitzel, and threw a slider into turn two. Neitzel tried to get back underneath Schmidt but was unable to make the crossover move. Schmidt now had the top spot.

Borland took advantage of the situation hugging the bottom of the raceway, and slipping past Neitzel for second briefly. Neitzel soon recovered, and rallied past Borland for the second position on the next circuit. Schmidt was out front of Neitzel by five car lengths as the white flag was about to appear. It was at that point Thiel’s machine came to a halt in turn two drawing a caution.

The first attempt at a green, white checkered was halted by a caution, and a second attempt moments later was negated by a 360 spin by Schultz who had been running fourth at the time. This moved Nimee into the fourth slot and placed Schultz at the tail of the field.

The third try to complete the race did the trick. Schmidt again got a good restart with Neitzel unable to wrestle away the top spot. As the white flag flew Nimee began a wheel-to-wheel battle with Borland for the final podium position.

Schmidt was able to negotiate the last lap without serious pressure to take the win by a couple car lengths. Nimee edged out Borland coming off the final turn for third. Borland capped off a strong win with a fourth place effort. Rose completed the top five.

Meyer earned the sixth spot followed by Wayne Modjeski, Bill Wirth, Jason Johnson and Mock in the top ten spots. 20 of the 24 starters completed the race and none of the cars were a lap down though the machines of Nick Alden and Dave Uttech collided at the finish as the race completed with both cars sliding past the line.

In earlier action Nimee and Thiel battled to the wire in the B-main. Both drivers were on the edge of control the final circuit with Nimee fending off Thiel for the win. Todd King and Scott Uttech finished third and fourth respectively and were the final transfer cars to the main event. Raymond Hensley was fifth and was the first alternate.

Heat race wins were captured by Rick Kelsey, Meyer, Matt Vandervere, and Jereme Schroeder.

Nimee was the fastest of the 35 cars on hand turning in a lap of 11.360 seconds. Reinke was second quick with an 11.378 second qualifying effort. King was third quick at 11.400 seconds.

Two races are planned for next weekend. On Friday Night, September 11th, the IRA Sprints will take part in Amsoil Speedway’s Northern Nationals. On Saturday, September 12th, Cedar Lake Speedway will be hosting the prestigious Jerry Richert Memorial race. The contest will be the second event co-sanctioned event between the Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprints, and the National Sprint League. The first time the two series joined was one week ago an impressive field of 42 was in attendance for the event.

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 IRA Sprints are presented by its long time supporting series partners. The series support is 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.

Remaining 2015 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series Events:

9/11/2015 Amsoil Speedway – Superior, WI

9/12/2015 Cedar Lake Speedway – Cedar Lake, WI

9/19/2015 Beaver Dam Raceway – Beaver Dam, WI

9/25/2015 Luxemburg Speedway – Luxemburg, WI

9/26/2015 Dodge County Fairgrounds – Beaver Dam, WI

10/3/2014 Sheboygan County Fairpark – Plymouth, WI

 

 

BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA OUTLAW SPRINT SERIES BRINGS TITLE CHASE TO ‘THE CREEK’ THIS SUNDAY NIGHT!

ROSE TAKES OVER POINT LEAD AS A HALF-DOZEN DRIVERS VIE FOR SERIES TITLE!

September 3, 2015; Appleton, WI – In racing, by the time the final events of a season are reached the battle for a championship often comes into focus with a couple drivers doing battle for the title. In the IRA Bumper to Bumper Sprints there are a half-dozen drivers legitimately in contention for the championship in one of the wildest point battles in series history.

This Sunday evening 141 Speedway will bring the spectacle of open wheeled racing to the quarter-mile bullring in Northeastern, Wisconsin. While 900 horsepower winged sprints are enough to satisfy and race fan, the point battle that will come with this event ramps up the intensity even more.

Just a month ago it appeared two drivers, Bill Rose of Plainfield, Indiana, and Ben Schmidt of Plymouth, Wisconsin were on the verge of pulling away for a private tussle atop the standings. With a combination of luck, and some epic late season charges by the competition a mere 135 points separate the top six competitors. It’s not just a Rose Vs. Schmidt battle anymore.

Rose now sits atop the stack. Remarkable consistency has been the key to the success of Rose in Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint competition. Battle hardened by years on the road with the World of Outlaws, Rose became a full-time competitor on the IRA tour last year. He made an immediate impact keeping the pressure on Bill Balog in the series standings, and starting every A-main event. The end result was a runner-up point finish, and a Rookie of the Year title. This season Rose has continued his consistency, being one of just three drivers to start every A-main this year. The other two, Scotty Neitzel, and Blake Nimee are also in the championship battle.

If there is one thing Rose would like to change in his performance it would be making his way to victory lane with a checkered flag in hand. Of all the accolades Rose has earned, the one thing that has eluded him is a victory. He’s finished runner-up on four occasions, and has recorded 17 top five finishes in the past two years. For Rose a win now would help bring the title into focus.

Schmidt sits 13 markers back from Rose. It was and unbelievable sting fate had given Schmidt, and the Rhine Auto Motorsports team for which he drives that resulted in three failed powerplants in one weekend. Schmidt had led the standings heading into a double-header weekend one week ago, but a combination of misfortune left Schmidt unable to compete in any main event as engine troubles plagued him throughout the weekend. As a result Schmidt dropped to second in the standings but remains the closest competitor to Rose in the title hunt. With multiple 360 sprint championships under his belt Schmidt is used to the pressure of a championship hunt, and has remained focused of the championship.

This weekend he will pilot a car owned by Chris Hartnell Motorsports while his own team regroups. Hartnell’s machine has proven capable of reaching victory lane, and it’s that kind of effort that Schmidt now needs to get back atop the standings. One other note, the final event of the season will take place at the Sheboygan County Fairpark, in Plymouth, Wisconsin, it is Schmidt’s home track where he began his racing career. Bad luck aside Schmidt still looks like the primary rival to Rose in the championship.

Scotty Neitzel comes to 141 Speedway just 40 points out of first place. A former two-time series champion, Neitzel has been methodical in cutting the point gap. His patience, and persistence have positioned him to be the primary threat to both Rose, and Schmidt as the season’s final events loom near. Having one of his best season’s in recent history Neitzel has already nailed down a victory, he has started every A-main, and has recorded 13 top ten finishes. His well maintained machines have performed flawlessly, and has driving has been focused, a third series title is well within grasp of the seasoned veteran, and a 2015 championship trophy could be in his hands after the final checkered falls.

In fourth place is the hard charging Jeremy Schultz. Schultz has been a “hammer down on running the cushion” racer since joining the series. At times it’s been successful, netting him a runner-up point finish and the 2013 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series Rookie of the Year title. It’s also won him a Wilmot Raceway championship, and a couple 360 sprint titles. On the other hand it has created some misfortune resulting in a few accidents that drastically slowed his 2014 racing season. This year Schultz’s hard driving has allowed him to capture a pair of victories, and has made it possible to close the gap on the point leaders. He now sits 56 markers from the top of the standings. If his hard charging style keeps putting him on the podium will it result in a season title? The next few weeks will tell the tale.

Scotty Thiel has had a remarkable run the past month. Only a DNF at the most recent event at Sun Prairie has slowed a relentless pace that has allowed him to close within 71 markers from the top of the standings. Thiel had cranked out five top five finishes in six races until the snafu at Sun Prairie. The end result is Thiel went from being a dark horse in the title chase to a legitimate treat for the championship. If he gets back on track with the podium finishes Thiel could find himself atop the standings in a couple of events.

Does the title rest among those in the top five? Perhaps not. Blake Nimee had proven that when the pressure is on he responds. In several co-sanctioned events when the Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprints have been joined by the National Sprint League or All-Star Circuit of Champions, and the big names of open wheel racing at the track it’s been Nimee performing best to bring the IRA some notoriety. He’s been the only IRA driver to crack the top ten in both events, and he earned a respectable fifth with the All-stars. He’s also won twice in IRA competition this year, and as the season has gone on his driving had become more focused, and relentless. He’s currently sitting 135 points back. A fair amount of points to make up, but by capturing a win or two with the pressure on it’s a possibility that Nimee could rise to the top of the standings.

Racing will take place on Sunday with the IRA Sprint Cars make their return to 141 Speedway for the first time in a year after a rainout this May. Bill Balog won the most recent event a year ago, chased to the finish by Mike Reinke and Schultz.

In addition to the drivers mentioned above in the title chase, over two-dozen drivers are expected for the event including Phillip Mock, Scott and Dave Uttech, Kris and Dennis Spitz, Russel Borland, Mike Reinke, Steve Meyer, Wayne Modjeski, Bill Wirth, Michael Decker, Jereme Schroeder and a host of others.

The 2015 Rookie of the year chase also continues with current leader Kyle Marten who is being pressured by Rick Kelsey and Josh Walter for rookie honors.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints will be joined by INEX Legends, Grand Nationals, and Street Stocks. Gates will open at 4 pm with Racing at 6 pm.

Adults tickets are $20.00, with Student tickets being available for $15.

Additional information can be found at www.141speedway.com. 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.

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 IRA Sprints are presented by its long time supporting series partners. The series support is 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.

2015 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints Upcoming Events: 9/6/2015 141 Speedway – Francis Creek, WI

9/11/2015 Amsoil Speedway – Superior, WI

9/12/2015 Cedar Lake Speedway – Cedar Lake, WI

9/19/2015 Beaver Dam Raceway – Beaver Dam, WI

9/25/2015 Luxemburg Speedway – Luxemburg,WI

 

 

DANNY ‘THE DUDE’ LASOSKI OUTRUNS BRAD LOYET FOR VICTORY IN NSL VS. IRA SHOWDOWN AT ANGELL PARK SPEEDWAY!

ROSE INHERITS POINT LEAD AS SEVEN IRA EVENTS REMAIN ON 2015 SECHEDULE!

August 30, 2015; Sun Prairie, WI – Danny “The Dude” Lasoski of Dover, Missouri went into the record books as the winner of the first ever showdown between the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints and the FVP National Sprint League. The former World of Outlaw champion, and current NSL point leader took advantage of a late race restart to slip past Brad Loyet of Sunset Hills, Missouri with nine laps remaining in the 30 lap A-main.

It marked the second consecutive runner-up finish for Loyet in IRA competition as Roger Crockett had slipped past Loyet at LaSalle Speedway the night before for the win. For Lasoski the win was his fifth career victory in limited IRA action, The sprint car hall of fame inductee had his last victory in IRA action come during a co-sanctioned WoO event at Beaver Dam Raceway in 2009.

This evening’s show drew to a close a very successful 69th season of racing at the Angell Park Speedway that had showcased five Bumper to Bumper IRA events during the year. Each contest nearly filling the stands.

For the most part IRA regulars were stymied this evening. The notable exception was Bill Balog. The seven-time series champion has run a limited schedule this season. He has been traveling to major events throughout the region had has recorded four IRA victories in IRA competition thus far in 2015. Balog started the night by setting the all-time track record at Angell Park Speedway with a blistering 11.985 second orbit around the third-mile clay oval. He later came back with a fourth place finish after a thrilling late race duel with multi-time USAC champion Bryan Clauson.

Blake Nimee was the only other driver with IRA tie to crack the top ten. Nimee spent much of the contest clawing his way forward from his 17th place starting spot moving as high as the eighth place before drifting back to tenth in the closing stages of the race.

Mike Reinke made the comeback of the evening, suffering a setback early in the program. With mechanical ills coming into play Reinke had to withdraw from his heat. His team managed to solve the issues in time to compete in the B-main. Reinke then made the most of that opportunity to pull away from the field taking a convincing with it earning a spot in the main event. Reinke then battled for a top ten position throughout the contest eventually having to settle for the 11th spot at the finish.

Other IRA regulars to make the show included Bill Rose, Steve Meyer, Scotty Neitzel, Kyle Marten, Phillip Mock, and Jordan Goldesberry.

The weekend proved pivotal in the season point chase with Ben Schmidt suffering mechanical ills at LaSalle that allowed Rose to take over the series point lead by a slim margin. Schmidt suffered a further setback this evening as a borrowed ride also developing mechanical ills.

With appearance points coming into play this tonight at Angell Park none of the teams in the point battle would take any major hit in their championship efforts.

The title chase resumes in earnest next Sunday at 141 Speedway with a full point show.

The 30-lap A-main this evening had incredible star power with a 24 car-starting grid ready for action. It would not be a stretch to say that among the field of starters that well over 500 victories and dozens of championships were represented in the starting field.

Loyet who had earned the pole position, became the initial leader of the contest with Tim Kaeding, and Lasoski giving chase. On lap five Lynton Jeffrey lost his nose wing in turn two resulting in a caution for debris. Jeffrey would continue the contest sans nose wing and still finish a respectable 12th place in the main event.

On the restart Loyet again paced the contest with Kaeding challenging, and Lasoski waiting for an opportunity to advance.

Lapped traffic provided an additional challenge for the leaders as Loyet diced through back markers. On lap 17 Matt Juhl attempted to move up the track to allow Loyet past and in doing so he tagged the wall doing a quick flip exiting turn four. This forced the only red flag of the contest. Juhl emerged unhurt but was done for the evening.

On the restarted Loyet again held tight to the lead but Kaeding wound up falling to the pressure of Lasoski who took over the second spot.

On lap 21 the cars of Reinke, and Austin McCarl got tangled up forcing the final slowdown. McCarl was sidelined in the incident while Reinke was able to rejoin the event as the final car on the lead lap.

The nine-lap shoot-out gave Lasoski the opportunity he needed. On the restart Lasoski immediately pulled off a slider on Loyet to take over the front running position. In the distance to the finish Lasoski away able to open a small margin over Loyet who managed to fight off Kaeding for second. Kaeding was the final podium finisher in third.

Fourth place became a contest of willpower as Balog, and Clauson ran wing to wing to the line. Balog earned the position by less than a foot, a fourth place effort. Earlier in the evening Balog managed to earn a third place finish in midget competition. Clauson completed the top five finishers.

NSL regulars Ian Madsen, Logan Forler, Terry McCarl, and Brian Brown captured sixth through ninth respectively. Nimee represented the IRA banner with the final top ten spot.

In earlier action a stout B-main was captured by Reinke, with Kody Kinser, Tasker Phillips and Phillip Mock earning a spot in the main event with a top four finish. Wayne Modjeski,and Jeremy Schultz did battle just outside the top four, with Modjeski holding on to fifth becoming the first alternate for the big show.

Austin McCarl was pressed for the win by Nimee in the first heat while Austin’s father Terry captured the second heat race over Steve Meyer after Meyer slowed on the final lap of the event with mechanical difficulties. Ian Madsen captured the third heat in dominating fashion. IRA point leader Bill Rose earned the win in the fourth and final heat race.

42 cars attempted qualification runs this evening with Balog’s new record of 11.985 seconds setting the pace. Clauson was second quick with a lap of 12.004 and Lasoski was third fast with a 12.048 second qualifying effort. All three drivers broke the old standard set by Jordan Goldesberry just one week ago when he turned in a 12.059 second qualifying effort.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints now head to 141 Speedway for an event next Sunday evening, September 6th. The tight quarter-mile bullring located in Northeastern Wisconsin is known for dramatic wing to wing action and it’s a can’t miss entertainment value for Labor Day weekend family fun.

Additional information on the event can be found at www.141speedway.com

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 IRA Sprints are presented by its long time supporting series partners. The series support is 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.

2015 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints Upcoming Events:

9/6/2015 141 Speedway – Francis Creek, WI

9/11/2015 Amsoil Speedway – Superior, WI

9/12/2015 Cedar Lake Speedway – Cedar Lake, WI

9/19/2015 Beaver Dam Raceway – Beaver Dam, WI

9/25/2015 Luxemburg Speedway – Luxemburg, WI

Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series: Results: Event #20

Angell Park Speedway – August 31, 2015

FVP A main (30 Laps): 1. 2-Danny Lasoski[4]; 2. O5-Brad Loyet[1]; 3. 3-Tim Kaeding[2]; 4. 17B-Bill Balog[6]; 5. 17W-Bryan Clauson[5]; 6. 18-Ian Madsen[9]; 7. 2L-Logan Forler[12]; 8. 24-Terry McCarl[10]; 9. 21-Brian Brown[13]; 10. 79-Blake Nimee[17]; 11. 02-Mike Reinke[20]; 12. 12K-Lynton Jeffrey[3]; 13. 6-Bill Rose[8]; 14. 55-Brooke Tatnell[16]; 15. 2B-Roger Crockett[19]; 16. 7TAZ-Tasker Phillips[23]; 17. 85M-Steve Meyer[18]; 18. 2W-Scott Neitzel[22]; 19. 99-Kyle Marten[15]; 20. 17A-Austin McCarl[7]; 21. 1M-Phillip Mock[24]; 22. 09-Matt Juhl[11]; 23. 65-Jordan Goldesberry[14]; 24. 4KX-Kody Kinser[21]

Hooker Harness B main (15 Laps): 1. 02-Mike Reinke[1]; 2. 4KX-Kody Kinser[4]; 3. 7TAZ-Tasker Phillips[6]; 4. 1M-Phillip Mock[2]; 5. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski[3]; 6. 5J-Jeremy Schultz[14]; 7. 44-Jason Johnson[7]; 8. 07-Jacob Wilson[5]; 9. 53W-Bill Wirth[8]; 10. 5H-Dakota Hendrickson[13]; 11. 68-Dave Uttech[9]; 12. 7-Scott Uttech[11]; 13. 41-Dennis Spitz[12]; 14. 12-Michael Decker[17]

Fuel Safe Heat 1 (10 Laps): 1. 17A-Austin McCarl[3]; 2. 79-Blake Nimee[2]; 3. 3-Tim Kaeding[5]; 4. 17B-Bill Balog[6]; 5. 21-Brian Brown[4]; 6. 23-Russell Borland[9]; 7. 07-Jacob Wilson[7]; 8. 53W-Bill Wirth[8]; 9. 12W-Josh Walter[10]

DMI Heat 2 (10 Laps): 1. 24-Terry McCarl[4]; 2. 85M-Steve Meyer[2]; 3. 17W-Bryan Clauson[6]; 4. O5-Brad Loyet[5]; 5. 65-Jordan Goldesberry[3]; 6. 7TAZ-Tasker Phillips[7]; 7. 1M-Phillip Mock[1]; 8. 68-Dave Uttech[8]; 9. 41-Dennis Spitz[9]; 10. 4K-Kris Spitz[10]

Kaeding Performance Heat 3 (10 Laps): 1. 18-Ian Madsen[4]; 2. 2-Danny Lasoski[6]; 3. 09-Matt Juhl[5]; 4. 99-Kyle Marten[3]; 5. 2W-Scott Neitzel[7]; 6. 5H-Dakota Hendrickson[9]; 7. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski[1]; 8. 11K-Rick Kelsey[8]; 9. 64-Scotty Thiel[2]

Maxim Racing Heat 4 (10 Laps): 1. 6-Bill Rose[4]; 2. 2B-Roger Crockett[2]; 3. 2L-Logan Forler[5]; 4. 55-Brooke Tatnell[3]; 5. 12K-Lynton Jeffrey[6]; 6. 5J-Jeremy Schultz[9]; 7. 44-Jason Johnson[7]; 8. 4KX-Kody Kinser[1]; 9. 12-Michael Decker[10]; 10. 7-Scott Uttech[8]

Time Trials: 1. 17B-Bill Balog, 11.985[39]; 2. 17W-Bryan Clauson, 12.004[26]; 3. 2-Danny Lasoski, 12.048[25]; 4. 12K-Lynton Jeffrey, 12.068[4]; 5. 3-Tim Kaeding, 12.108[12]; 6. O5-Brad Loyet, 12.117[41]; 7. 09-Matt Juhl, 12.123[17]; 8. 2L-Logan Forler, 12.137[24]; 9. 21-Brian Brown, 12.139[9]; 10. 24-Terry McCarl, 12.194[10]; 11. 18-Ian Madsen, 12.271[15]; 12. 6-Bill Rose, 12.277[37]; 13. 17A-Austin McCarl, 12.293[19]; 14. 65-Jordan Goldesberry, 12.313[29]; 15. 99-Kyle Marten, 12.335[11]; 16. 55-Brooke Tatnell, 12.366[36]; 17. 79-Blake Nimee, 12.384[35]; 18. 85M-Steve Meyer, 12.396[8]; 19. 64-Scotty Thiel, 12.403[22]; 20. 2B-Roger Crockett, 12.407[16]; 21. 02-Mike Reinke, 12.474[7]; 22. 1M-Phillip Mock, 12.477[18]; 23. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski, 12.486[28]; 24. 4KX-Kody Kinser, 12.499[33]; 25. 07-Jacob Wilson, 12.501[23]; 26. 7TAZ-Tasker Phillips, 12.520[21]; 27. 2W-Scott Neitzel, 12.523[6]; 28. 44-Jason Johnson, 12.528[32]; 29. 53W-Bill Wirth, 12.590[40]; 30. 68-Dave Uttech, 12.624[2]; 31. 11K-Rick Kelsey, 12.672[3]; 32. 7-Scott Uttech, 12.698[42]; 33. 23-Russell Borland, 12.752[13]; 34. 41-Dennis Spitz, 12.765[34]; 35. 5H-Dakota Hendrickson, 12.773[1]; 36. 5J-Jeremy Schultz, 12.859[27]; 37. 12W-Josh Walter, 12.947[14]; 38. 4K-Kris Spitz, 13.101[38]; 39. 9A-Andy Hunt, 13.132[31]; 40. 12-Michael Decker, 13.184[20]; 41. 5W-Bryon Walters[30]; 42. 35-Ben Schmidt[5]

 

 

ROGER CROCKETT AMBUSHES BRAD LOYET FOR BILL WAITE JR. MEMORIAL WIN IN BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA SPRINT ACTION AT LA SALLE!

SCHMIDT’S MECHANICAL HAVOC PUTS POINT CHASE IN FLUX!

August 29, 2015; LaSalle, IL – It was fitting that the completely unpredictable nature of the Bill Waite Jr. Memorial Night played into a dramatic last lap pass for victory. In a program challenged by weather a solid turnout of fans would witness Roger Crockett of Medford, Oregon ambush Brad Loyet of Sunset Hills, MIssouri with less than two laps to go in the 30 lap headliner.

With $4,000 on the line Crockett used lapped traffic, and a daring three wide outside pass to steal the lead from Loyett, and then fend off Loyet’s attacks the final circuit to capture the contest. Jeremy Schultz nailed down the final podium spot eight car lengths back but made major progress in the title hunt with the best finish of those in the championship chase.

Crockett, a multi-time ASCS Northwest champion, and a winner on the World of Outlaws tour drove the potent Hans Lien owned machine often wheeled by seven-time IRA champion. No stranger to dramatic finishes Crockett had won his first career World of Outlaw’s win last season after blowing a tire in the final turns and holding on for victory.

Tonight’s win, which was Crockett’s first in Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint action made him the 14th different winner in IRA action this season.

Loyet was visibly dejected during post race ceremonies after having wrestled the early lead from Kody Kinser, and then pacing most of the contest. Lapped traffic over the final circuits had allowed Crockett to close, and eventually make the daring pass for the lead.

The 2015 title efforts of point leader Ben Schmidt encountered what can only be described as mechanical havoc. During the initial push off for the evening the driveline on his primary car failed, and a backup machine was used for hot laps. The engine expired in that ride during the hot lap session, and a motor swap was made to make the heat race. In the heat Schmidt struggled with ignition troubles that forced Schmidt into the B-main where he dropped from the contest finishing dead last. The team headed home to regroup for Sun Prairie on Sunday evening after suffering an oppressive sting of mechanical ills this evening.

Bill Rose, Schmidt’s closest competition in the title chase had an off night. Though he made the feature he was relegated to a 14th place run, an unusual spot in the finishing order for Rose who has finished all but three events in the top ten this season, still that effort should place Rose into the point lead. Third place point man Scotty Neitzel recorded a solid seventh place finish, but it was Schultz with a third place run and Scotty Thiel with a fifth place performance who made the most ground up on Schmidt.

A field of 24 drivers accepted the green flag for the 30-lap Bill Waite Jr. Memorial A-main with polesitter Kody Kinser, a second cousin to the legendary Steve Kinser taking the opening lead. Fellow front row starter, and Rookie of the Year contender Kyle Marten quickly dropped back in the field.

Loyet found himself in the second spot, and had started to pressure Kinder for the lead when the race was halted for a grinding end over end flip by the evening’s fast qualifier Parker Price Miller on lap three. Miller had slammed the wall in turn one while running the high side tumbling several times before coming to a halt in turn two. He was able to be assisted from his car and was checked out at the track otherwise unhurt. Miller, who had a very fast car, won the B-main with a dramatic last lap pass. Miller had also won in IRA competition this year with a victory at Sun Prairie.

Only two more laps went in the books when Trey Datweiler spun standing his car on end. His errant machine was unable to be avoided by Scott Uttech, and the impact resulted in heavy damage to both machines. Both drivers were unhurt in the second red flag incident of the event.

Action resumed with Kinser again showing the way and heavy pressure being applied by Loyet. Schultz ran solidly just behind the leaders in third followed by Scott Neitzel.

Deep in the field Crockett was charging from his 12th place starting spot reaching the top five by lap eight. He then maneuvered past Neitzel for the fourth position before the tenth circuit.

Out front Kinser had his hands full with Loyet as the leaders worked lapped machines. A miscue among lapped cars would involve Kinser dropping him from the lead when he spun in turn four on lap 12. The resulting caution was the final slowdown of the contest.

This put Loyet in the lead for the restart, and he quickly pulled away from the field as the green flag fell. Schultz was able to give chase from the second spot having to both fend off Crockett while trying to figure out how to close on Loyet.

Loyet was able to break away as the final ten laps arrived, and Schultz was no longer able to fend off Crockett who made is way into second with four laps to go.

Darting in and out of lapped machines Crockett quickly closed on Loyet, and with two laps to go he made a maneuver to the high side of both Loyet, and lapped car in turn two. Running in “no mans land” Crockett was able to maintain control of his car and power past both drivers with the lead taking the white flag in the top spot. Loyet attempted to go low in the next set of turns but was unable to find momentum to retake the lead. Crockett made it to the checker first by less than a car length. Loyet had to settle for second followed by Schultz.

Logan Forler had methodically chased the leaders all evening, and worked into the fourth spot near the mid-portion of the contest capping a solid night of racing.

Fifth place swapped hands between Blake Nimee, and Scotty Thiel on several occasions with Thiel gaining the upper hand during the final laps of the event to earn fifth. Nimee garnered the sixth spot followed by Neitzel. Marten finished best among the Rookie of the Year contenders with an eighth place performance. Wayne Modjeski, and Phillip Mock completed the top ten.

17 of the 24 starters were still running at the finish.

An impressive 20 car field fought for the final transfer spots in the B-main which ran 15 laps. Parker Price Miller made a surprise last lap pass on Crockett for the victory. Both drivers had difficulty passing in their heats but were in prime form in both main events. A.J. Bruns, and Todd King finished third and fourth respectively to make the show. Russel Borland made several attempts to wrestle the final transfer spot from King but had to settle for fifth and was the first alternate for the main event.

Heat races were captured by Modjeski, Forler, Paul Neinhiser and Thiel.

40 cars attempted to qualify in this evening with Price Miller sitting atop the standings with a blistering lap of 11.398 seconds. Crockett was second quick with a 11.403 second effort and King making the most of his limited appearances this year turned in an impressive third quick with a lap of 11.439 seconds.

The series now heads back to it’s home state of Wisconsin to try and fend off the best of the National Sprint League at Angell Park Speedway on Sunday evening. The IRA vs NSL Shootout will showcase top NSL regulars Danny Lasoski, Ian Madsen, Tim Kaeding, Terry McCarl, and a host of others taking on IRA’s best which will also include Blake Nimee, Phillip Mock, Scott Uttech, Mike Reinke, Dave Uttech, Russel Borland, Kris and Dennis Spitz along with IRA rookie contenders Kyle Marten, Josh Walter and Rick Kelsey, and other IRA hopefuls. Point leaders Bill Rose, Ben Schmidt, Scotty Neitzel, Jeremy Schultz and Scotty Thiel will continue their battle for the 2015 season crown.

Plus it should be mentioned that Balog will be making an appearance at a track where’s he’s scored wins in three different classes. Balog has won with both IRA, and NSL this season question is which series claims the win if Balog is victorious?

Fans attending the show at Angell Park Speedway will also see the Badger Midgets in addition to the full sprint car program. Front gates open at 4:30pm, Hot Laps at 6:00pm with racing following. General Admission: $25.00; Students 12 to 18: $20.00; Kids Under 12: 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

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 IRA Sprints are presented by its long time supporting series partners. The series support is 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.

2015 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints Upcoming Events: 8/30/2015 Angell Park Speedway – Sun Prairie, WI

9/6/2015 1 41 Speedway – Francis Creek, WI

9/11/2015 Amsoil Speedway – Superior, WI

9/12/2015 Cedar Lake Speedway – Cedar Lake, WI

9/19/2015 Beaver Dam Raceway – Beaver Dam, WI

 

13 DIFFERENT WINNERS IN BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA SPRINT ACTION THIS SEASON HEADING INTO CO-SANCTIONED DOUBLE HEADER WEEKEND!

NEARLY A HALF DOZEN DRIVERS IN THE RUNNING FOR 2015 SEASON TITLE!

August 26, 2015; Appleton, WI – Six weekends, and nine events remain on a remarkably successful, and highly entertaining schedule before the 2015 season goes into the record books.

The highly competitive field has seen a diverse group of winners make their way to victory lane as some 13 different drivers have had the thrill of taking the checkered flag first.

Bill Balog, Jeremy Schultz, and Blake Nimee are the only drivers to have had that honor more than once, with Balog taking four wins, while Schultz and Nimee have earned a pair of victories. The wins for Nimee were the first of his career.

One has to go back to the 2010 season to find a year with more winners. During that season 15 different drivers tasted victory, and with 9 races to go this year that mark could easily be topped. Bill Rose, and Scotty Thiel seem most poised to take a win. Rose is in the thick of the point battle with a pair of runner-up performances in 2015, while Thiel has been one of the hottest drivers over the past few weeks with three second place showings, and four top five’s in the past five races. That effort has put him back in title contention.

This coming weekend will feature a double-header weekend which are also a pair of co-sanctioned events.

First up is the Bill Waite Jr. Memorial held at the high-banked, quarter-mile LaSalle Speedway on Saturday evening, August 29th. Each year the event has been held, seven-time series champion Bill Balog has placed his car in victory lane. That will not happen this year as Balog will miss the program. A new face will make their way into the records, but the question is will it be a driver from the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints or from the co-sanctioned Midwest Open Wheel Association.

Pit Gates will open at 1:00pm and Grandstands will open at 3:30pm. Cars will hit the track for hot laps at 6:00pm with the first green flag set to fly at 7:00pm.

Adult tickets can be purchased for $25, High School Students with ID are admitted for $5 and children under the age of 13 are FREE with a paid adult ticket.

Heading into the weekend the top five in IRA points are locked in a heated battle for the 2015 crown. Ben Schmidt currently holds a 33 point lead on Rose as the pair have exchanged that point lead back, and forth throughout the year. The duo have been chased by two-time series champ Scotty Neitzel who has patiently placed himself in position to earn a third title. Neitzel is only 87 markers back.

In fourth is Jeremy Schultz. The 2013 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Rookie of the Year was the winner of the most recent event this past weekend at Sun Prairie, and he is now sitting 115 markers out of first. A determined late season charge has put Thiel back in the title hunt. Perhaps the hottest driver over the past month Thiel has clawed his way to within 126 markers of the lead placing himself back into the title chase.

Top MOWA regulars such as Paul Neinheiser, Jerrod Hull, Brad Loyat, Korey Weyant, Cory Bruns, and Chris Urish will try to keep the IRA regulars from taking yet another Bill Waite Jr. Memorial triumph.

UMP Dirtcar Late Models, $3,000 to win, Illini Racing Series Midgets for the first time. And UMP street stocks will also be on hand.

The high-banked quarter-mile oval is located at E. 578 on U.S. Highway 6 in LaSalle, Illinois, which is just east of I-39 on Highway 6. 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. The track can be reached by calling (815) 223-6900.

Then on Sunday the series heads back to it’s home state of Wisconsin to try and fend off the best of the National Sprint League at Angell Park Speedway. The IRA vs NSL Shootout will showcase top NSL regulars Danny Lasoski, Ian Madsen, Tim Kaeding, Terry McCarl, and a host of others taking on IRA’s best which will also include Blake Nimee, Phillip Mock, Scott Uttech, Mike Reinke, Dave Uttech, Russel Borland, Kris and Dennis Spitz along with IRA rookie contenders Kyle Marten, Josh Walter and Rick Kelsey, and other IRA hopefuls.

Plus it should be mentioned that Balog will be making an appearance at a track where’s he’s scored wins in three different classes. Balog has won with both IRA, and NSL this season question is which series claims the win if Balog is victorious?

Fans attending the show at Angell Park Speedway will also see the Badger Midgets in addition to the full sprint car program. Front gates open at 4:30pm, Hot Laps at 6:00pm with racing following. General Admission: $25.00; Students 12 to 18: $20.00; Kids Under 12: 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

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 IRA Sprints are presented by its long time supporting series partners. The series support is 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.

2015 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints Upcoming Events: 8/29/2015 LaSalle Speedway – LaSalle, IL

8/30/2015 Angell Park Speedway – Sun Prairie, WI

9/6/2015 141 Speedway – Francis Creek, WI

9/11/2015 Amsoil Speedway – Superior, WI

9/12/2015 Cedar Lake Speedway – Cedar Lake, WI

 

 

SCHULTZ HIDES FROM RIVALS, CAPTURES ANGELL PARK SPEDDWAY’S CORN FEST EVENT IN BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA SPRINT ACTION!

THEIL NABS SECOND RUNNER-UP PERFORMANCE IN TRIPLE HEADER WEEKEND!

August 23, 2015; Sun Prairie, WI – Angell Park Speedway ‘s Sweet Corn Festival is a major community event in the town of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, and this year the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints were invited to partake in the major celebration.

Jeremy Schultz would prove to be the class of the field. Once he captured the lead he spent the majority of the 30-lap A-main, hiding in lapped traffic out of reach of his rivals.

It was simply a game of hide and seek, you could find Schultz, you just couldn’t catch him.

“It feels great to be back in victory lane. It’s been awhile since Wilmot at the beginning of the year”, exclaimed Schultz noting his last victory back in May. “I’m just super stoked, my guys (pit crew) they are incredible, they stand behind me all the time. They worked their tails off we were terrible the past two night. To put it in victory lane tonight I can’t even pit it into words”, said an enthusiastic Schultz as he waved to the crowd.

“We really needed that to get use going for this last push here at the end of the year”, Schultz said as a point title is still a possibility heading into the final month and a half of racing action.

After his second runner-up run of the weekend Thiel reflected on his performance.

“We had a pretty good weekend for what it was worth. We gave one up Friday. This time we were chasing and I struggled through lapped cars a little bit. Jeremy (Schultz) got through them”, stated Thiel. “We were fast, I think we were one of the fastest cars on the racetrack. This thing was on rails we ran him down there it was exciting”, noted Thiel about closing the gap in the final laps. “It was a great racetrack”, concluded Thiel.

A 23 car starting gird was presented to begin the featured contest this evening, and polesitter Kyle Marten got an excellent start to take the opening lead. Marten, one of three candidates for the 2015 Rookie of the Year award, opened up a small gap on Schultz who had started outside the front row.

So far in 2015, a total of 13 different drivers have graced victory lane in Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series action and for awhile during the opening circuits it appeared Marten might be adding to that total.

Schultz however had different plans. By lap four Schultz began to drop the hammer quickly closing the gap, and powering past Marten for the top spot on lap five with an inside pass through turns three and four.

Marten surrendered the second spot to Scotty Thiel on lap nine, and on the next orbit around the third mile-clay oval Scotty Neitzel began to pressure Marten for third.

Out front Schultz began to encounter lapped traffic, and he made quick work of the lapped machines running both high, and low to distance himself from Thiel.

Schultz’s handy work in lapped traffic allowed him to extend his lead on Thiel who became trapped behind backmarkers.

This permitted a group of cars including Marten, Neitzel and Mike Reinke to close in.

Lap thirteen would prove unlucky for Steve Meyer who shredded a right rear tire, and tagged the wall in turn four before coming to a stop, resulting in the first and only slowdown of the contest. His crew worked fanatically and managed to change the tire and repair the car just in time for him to return to action.

On the restart Schultz held command with a couple lapped cars between himself, and second running Thiel.

At the drop of flagman Jim Barr’s green flag Schultz immediately powered away from the pack, while Thiel worked on maneuvering past lapped cars.

On lap 18, Jordan Goldesberry who had opened the triple-header weekend for the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints with a win at Wilmot Raceway on Friday Night suddenly lost power while running in the top five. He made a quick dive into the infield, and the race continued without a caution.

By lap 20 Schultz again encountered heavy lapped traffic with Thiel, and Marten giving chase. Behind them Neitzel, and Reinke were waging a war for position. It soon became a four-car battle for the second spot.

Thiel finally broke lapped traffic with five laps to go, but by this point Schultz had a huge lead. Third place soon became the focus of attention. With three laps to go, Neitzel found room under Marten to grab third, dragging Reinke with him.

Over the final circuits Thiel did shave several car lengths off Schultz’s lead but Schultz was able to reach the finish line with a dozen car length advantage for the win. Thiel earned his second runner-up performance of the weekend.

Third place came down to the final turn with Neitzel, and Reinke wing to wing and a pair of lapped cars in front of them. Reinke lifted and surrendered the third position to Neitzel at the line. Reinke earned the fourth spot followed by Ben Schmidt who made a last lap pass on Marten to complete the top five.

Marten earned the sixth spot after an impressive run for the first year IRA driver. Blake Nimee advanced into the seventh spot at the finished followed by Scott Uttech.

Title contender Bill Rose earned a ninth place finish and visiting driver Critter Malone a visiting driver from Speedway, Indiana came home in the tenth spot.

Earlier in the night heat Marten, Schultz, and Thiel captured race victories.

Jordan Goldesberry opened the program in qualifying by established a new track record turning in a blazing lap of 12.059 seconds. Ian Masden set the former mark earlier this year at 12.171 seconds. Rose who had also held the track record at Angell Park Speedway turned in the second fastest lap of the night with a 12.162 second effort which was also under the previous record. Reinke was third quick tonight with a lap of 12.196 seconds. The fastest 22 cars were separated by just one second in qualifying.

Next weekend the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint series will host a pair of events.

On Saturday Night, the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints will join the Midwest Open Wheel Association (MOWA) in presenting the 5th Annual Bill Waite Jr. Memorial Classic at the LaSalle Speedway in LaSalle, IL.

Then on Sunday the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint series will make it’s final appearance of the 2015 season at Angell Park Speedway. The show will feature the first ever joining of the IRA Sprints with the National Sprint League at the historic oval.

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 IRA Sprints are presented by its long time supporting series partners. The series support is 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.

2015 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints Upcoming Events: 8/29/2015 LaSalle Speedway – LaSalle, IL

8/30/2015 Angell Park Speedway – Sun Prairie, WI

9/6/2015 141 Speedway – Francis Creek, WI

9/11/2015 Amsoil Speedway – Superior, WI

9/12/2015 Cedar Lake Speedway – Cedar Lake, WI

 

 

TODD HEPFNER MAKES TRIUMPHANT RETURN TO RACING, COLLECTS ROGER ILLES MEMORIAL EVENT AT WILMOT!

13 DIFFERENT DRIVERS HAVE NOW TAKEN WINS IN BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA SPRINT ACTION IN 2015!

August 22, 2015; Wilmot, WI – So you just complete building a new sprint car and decide to come off a driving hiatus. What’s next? How about putting that new car in victory lane at one of the most prestigious events on the 2015 schedule.

Todd Hepfner did just that. His crew was putting on the finishing touches on a newly constructed 410 sprint and the machine made it’s debut by having it’s photo take in the winner’s circle.

Hepfner a standout performer on the IRA series tour several years ago, had basically stepped into retirement to concentrate on operating the family business.

After subbing sporadically behind the wheel of Brandon Thone’s machine Hepfner got the itch to do a bit more racing, and this evening’s victory was the first fruit of that effort.

Did I mention he picked up a cool $3,600 in the process for winning the 36-lap A-main to help pay for that new car?

The main event roared into action with a starting field of 24 cars. Hepfner who had started outside the front role got the jump on pole-sitter Russel Borland.

By the conclusion of the first lap Borland found himself in the third position as Blake Nimee, has made his way into the runner-up slot

Ryan Irwin looped his car between turns three and four on the third circuit forcing the first caution of the contest.

When action resumed Hepfner was back to showing the way, shadowed by Nimee. The lead duo pulled out to a eight car length advantage on third running Borland.

By lap nine the lead cars began to encounter lapped traffic and just ad the leaders encountered the back markers the yellow flew again as Matt Vandervere came to a halt in turn two with front suspension damage.

This time when racing began Nimee caught Hepfner and will a well times slider he took the lead. The pass however was negated when last night’s A-main winner Jordan Goldesberry came to a halt.

On the next restart Hepfner managed to a clean getaway moving out to a slim lead over Nimee. As the halfway point of the contest was reached Borland remained in third just ahead of title contenders Bill Rose and Ben Schmidt.

After falling back early in the contest Mike Reinke cracked the top five on Lap 19.

A spin by Michael Decker slowed the pace on lap 27 bunching the field once again.

On the restarted Borland looped his ride while running third after some contact with Rose.

The yellow would be the last slowdown of the event.

With the green flag again waving in the air Hepfner pulled off an excellent restart while Nimee experimented with some new lines in an attempt to repass Hepfner. Unfortunately for Nimee both Rose and Reinke were able to bake third way by into second and third, dropping Nimee to the fourth slot.

Over the final circuits Hepfner was able to pull away from the field making his way to the checkered flag by nearly a straightaway. Rose held fast to second in spite of intense pressure from Reinke of the final circuits. Reinke had to settle for third place followed by Nimee and Schmidt.

Scotty Theil earned a sixth place run this evening as a follow-up to his second place performance last night. Neitzel held onto seventh followed by Josh Walter who earned his first career fast qualifying effort this evening.

Raymond Hensley and Jeremy Schultz completed the top ten runners.

Earlier in the night a hotly contested B-main filled the final four spots of the featured contest.

Goldesberry made a late race pass on Irwin to grab top honors in that contest. Phillip Mock and Michael Decker were the final transfer cars. Rick Kelsey finished fifth just missing the show.

Heat race wins were taken by Hepfner, Reinke, Rose and Wirth.

Walters was able to orbit the third mile clay oval in 14.699 seconds during qualifying to take top honors. Reinke was second quick with a lap of 14.457 seconds, with Nimee third quick at 14.513 seconds.

The final race of a intense three-race weekend will take place at Angell Park Speedway with the show running as part of the annual Corn Fest.

One of the longest running tracks in the national, Angell Park Speedway has a deep tradition with it’s annual Sweet Corn Festival show which is presented by the Sun Prairie Chamber of Commerce. This year the IRA Sprints have been invited to become part of the Corn Fest tradition.

Fans attending the show at Angell Park Speedway will see IRA Sprint Cars, Badger Midgets, and Wisconsin Legends. Front gates open at 4:30pm, Hot Laps at 6:00pm with racing following Hot Laps. Front Gates Open at 4:30pm. General Admission: $20.00; Students 12 to 18: $15.00; Kids Under 12: 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

At each of the events nearly 30 sprint cars are expected to be in attendance including IRA series regulars, Scotty Thiel, Blake Nimee, Scott and Dave Uttech, Mike Reinke, Phillip Mock, Russel Borland, Kris and Dennis Spitz, Wayne Modjeski, Bill Wirth, Steve Meyer, Scott Biertzer, Jereme Schroeder, Michael Decker and Allen Hafford.

Rookie of the year candidates Kyle Marten, Rick Kelsey and Josh Walter will also be in attendance as they continue their own private battle for rookie honors.

Seven-time series champion Bill Balog will also be in attendance at the Angell Park event as he seeks his fifth win of the 2015 racing season in IRA competition.

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 IRA Sprints are presented by its long time supporting series partners. The series support is 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.

2015 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints Upcoming Events: 8/23/2015 Angell Park Speedway – Sun Prairie, WI 8/29/2015 LaSalle Speedway – LaSalle, IL – w/MOWA

8/30/2015 Angell Park Speedway – Sun Prairie, WI – w/NSL

 

 

KENOSHA COUNTY FAIR NIGHT ONE
 (Wilmot, Wisconsin, Friday, August 21, 2015)--
 Jordan Goldsberry of
 Springfield, Illinois scored his first ever Bumper To Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series main event victory taking top
 honors in the 30-lap Carriage Auto Body of Waukegan,
 Illlinois sponsored Roger Iles Memorial Round I
 feature. Goldsberry overtook Sheboygan's Scotty
 Thiel who paced the 24-car field for the first 25
 circuits. Five laps from the finish, after the two
 battled wing to wing sifting through traffic, Goldsberry
 shot to the point and the victory before the full house fair
 crowd.

 Thiel was second, Bill Wirth of
 Cudahy third, Plymouth's Ben Schmidt fourth and Blake
 Nimee of Oswego, Illinois fifth.

 "It was a great race with
 Scott (Thiel) and to win on fair night is awesome,"
 said Goldsberry.

 
 INTERSTATE RACING ASSOCIATION OUTLAW SPRINT CARS:
 CARRIAGE AUTO BOY 30-LAP FEATURE: 1. Jordan Goldsberry,
 Springfield, Illinois; 2. Scott Thiel, Sheboygan; 3. Bill
 Wirth, Cudahy; 4. Ben Schmidt, Plymouth; 5. Blake Nimee,
 Oswego, Illinois; 6. Scott Uttech, New Berlin; 7. Brandon
 Wimmer, Fairmont, Indiana; 8. Scott Nietzel, Beaver Dam; 9.
 Todd Daun, Pleasant Prairie; 10. Kris Spitz, Salem; 11.
 Wayne Modjeski, Oak Creek; 12. Bill Rose, Plainfield,
 Indiana; 13. Jeremy Schultz, Beaver Dam; 14. Phillip Mock,
 Pleasant Prairie; 15. Ryan Irwin, Genoa City; 16. Kyle
 Marten, Sheboygan Falls; 17. Mike Decker, Silver Lake; 18.
 Critter Malone, Speedway, Indiana; 19. Jereme Schroeder,
 Lake Villa, Illinois; 20. Patrick Haynes, Bradley, Illinois;
 21. Trey Detweiler, Hersher; 22. Dave Uttech, Kenosha; 23.
 Raymond Hensley, Trevor; 24. Matt Vandervere, Beach Park,
 Illinois.

 15-LAP "B" MAIN: 1. Rose; 2. Vandervere; 3.
 D. Uttech; 4. Schroeder; 5. Detweiler; 6. Brian Kristan,
 Zion, Illinois; 7. Rick Kelsey, West Allis; 8. Jimmy Sivia,
 Waukegan, Illinois; 9. Dennis Spitz, Lewisburg, Kentucky;
 10. Johnny Fahl, Milwaukee; 11. Brandon Thone, Plymouth; 12.
 Kevin Seidler, Kenosha; 13. Josh Walter, Plymouth; 14.
 Chris Dodd, Waukegan, Illinois.

 10-LAP HEAT WINNERS: Irwin; Goldsberry; Thiel;
 Schmidt.

 FAST QUALIFIER: Mock(:14.042 seconds).



 

THE FINAL THIRD OF THE BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA SPRINT SEASON BEGINS WITH THE SEASON’S FINAL TRIPLE HEADER WEEKEND!

POINT BATTLES AND NEW WINNERS HAVE HIGHLIGHTED RAIN PLAGUED SEASON SO FAR!

August 18, 2015; Appleton, WI – Coming off a break in the action during the Knoxville Nationals week, the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints are ready top get back to the track in a big way, with three consecutive nights of racing action this weekend.

The teams of the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint will showcase their spectacle of speed twice at Wilmot Raceway during the Kenosha County Fair. It begins on Friday Nights, as the winged, 900 horsepower outlaw sprints send the sound of 410 cubic inch, alcohol breathing engines as a calling card to join the excitement on the third-mile clay oval.

The night will showcase the intense point battle atop the point standings that has become a quartet of candidates seeking the 2015 season title.

Ben Schmidt leads the way with a mere 13 point advantage over Bill Rose. The pair have been swapping the point lead back and forth over the past several events as both racers have their sights set on the title. It’s no longer a two-man battle however.

Scotty Neitzel, who already has a pair of championships to his credit, has closed the gap on the lead duo. With a win already under his belt this season in IRA action at the historic Angell Park Speedway, and another victory just this past week in open competition at the Hartford Motor Speedway, Neitzel is primed to close that 77 point gap on Schmidt.

Not to be counted out, fearsome determination has allowed Jeremy Schultz to claw his way back into the point battle. Schultz, a former track champion at Wilmot Raceway already has a win there this season, and he used the gap in the IRA schedule this past weekend to post a pair of podium finishes in Michigan that included a win at Butler Motor Speedway. Schultz is seeking to make up 86 markers, and take over the point lead with an epic late season charge.

This year an amazing 11 different drivers have taken A-main victories, including a streak of eight different winners, which was broken when Blake Nimee became a repeat victor with an epic drive from deep in the field at the Sheboygan County Fairpark in Plymouth to earn his second victory of the season.

The Wilmot Raceway events begin in Friday Night with Kenosha County Fair event which is steep in racing tradition. The sprints return again on Saturday with the Roger Iles Memorial race featuring a cool $3,600 top prize to the winner.

Grandstands for the fair events open at 5 p.m. with racing at 6:45. Friday and Saturday grandstand admission is just $5.00 for persons ages 12 and older with 11 and under admitted free, plus a regular fair admission ticket.

Wilmot Raceway and the Kenosha County Fairgrounds are located in Wilmot, Wisconsin. Take I-94 to Kenosha County Hwy. C, C west to downtown Wilmot. Go north on County Hwy. W (Fox River Road) one-quarter of a mile to the fairgrounds and Raceway for free parking. For latest updates on the Raceway phone 262-862-2090 or check the track web site www.wilmotraceway.com. The official fair web site for updates is www.kenoshacofair.com

Then on Sunday, Angell Park Speedway will be the destination of the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint teams. One of the longest running tracks in the national, Angell Park Speedway has a deep tradition with it’s annual Sweet Corn Festival show which is presented by the Sun Prairie Chamber of Commerce. This year the IRA Sprints have been invited to become part of the Corn Fest tradition.

Fans attending the show at Angell Park Speedway will see IRA Sprint Cars, Badger Midgets, and Wisconsin Legends. Front gates open at 4:30pm, Hot Laps at 6:00pm with racing following Hot Laps. Front Gates Open at 4:30pm. General Admission: $20.00; Students 12 to 18: $15.00; Kids Under 12: 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

At each of the events nearly 30 sprint cars are expected to be in attendance including IRA series regulars, Scotty Thiel, Blake Nimee, Scott and Dave Uttech, Mike Reinke, Phillip Mock, Russel Borland, Kris and Dennis Spitz, Wayne Modjeski, Bill Wirth, Steve Meyer, Scott Biertzer, Jereme Schroeder, Michael Decker and Allen Hafford.

Rookie of the year candidates Kyle Marten, Rick Kelsey and Josh Walter will also be in attendance as they continue their own private battle for rookie honors.

Seven-time series champion Bill Balog will also be in attendance at the Angell Park event as he seeks his fifth win of the 2015 racing season in IRA competition.

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 IRA Sprints are presented by its long time supporting series partners. The series support is 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.

2015 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints Upcoming Events: 8/21/2015 Wilmot Raceway – Wilmot, WI 8/22/2015 Wilmot Raceway – Wilmot, WI 8/23/2015 Angell Park Speedway – Sun Prairie, WI 8/29/2015 LaSalle Speedway – LaSalle, IL – w/MOWA

8/30/2015 Angell Park Speedway – Sun Prairie, WI – w/NSL

 

 

SEYMOUR SOAKED – DODGE COUNTY NEXT FOR THE BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA OUTLAW SPRINTS!

EPIC POINT BATTLE CONTINUES ON BIG DODGE COUNTY HALF-MILE THIS FRIDAY NIGHT!

August 3, 2015; Appleton, WI – Ominous dark clouds greeted the race teams of the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint series as haulers arrived in the pit area at Seymour Speedway on Sunday afternoon.

Track officials had made a well-prepared racing surface for the evening but heavy storms reached the track as the pit area was opening, forcing cancellation of the event. Officials from the track and the series are already hard at work firming up dates for the 2016 season.

The event was the sixth to fall to weather this season.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints now will travel to to the Dodge County Fairgrounds for their next show. It will be held on Friday Night August 7th. The horsepower half-mile is among the fastest tracks on the 2015 schedule with the 900 horsepower machine reaching speeds of 130mph.

An epic battle for the 2015 season crown is taking place as the top four drivers a separated by less than 100 points.

Ben Schmidt of Plymouth, WI has been tossing the point lead back, and forth with Plainfield, Indiana native Bill Rose. Schmidt had relied on the strength of his first career series victory along with a handful of second place finishes, and numerous heat race wins to sit atop the current standings. A multi-time 360 sprint champion at area tracks, Schmidt is having a breakthrough season with the IRA, and a championship is within his grasp.

The margin however is a mere 13 points over Rose.

Rose a former regular on the World of Outlaws tour, and the 2014 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint series Rookie of the Year has been methodical in his performances. Amazingly consistent, Rose has dropped out of only two races since joining the series. He’s started every A-main. This year he racked up 13 top 10 finishes in 15 starts so far. Rose has been trading the point lead back, and forth with Schmidt throughout the season, and it was a rare DNF due to an oil filter issue at Antigo this past weekend which allowed Schmidt to get back to the point lead.

Two-time series champion Scotty Neitzel is having one of his strongest seasons in recent years. Fast everywhere he has raced so far, Neitzel has caught the lead pair in the standings. Neitzel has already captured a victory this season, and he’s had some of his best performances of the year in recent events. As a result he’s clawed his way back into the thick of the point chase. He’s currently 77 markers out of first, and in prime position to seek out his third series title.

After a slow start to the 2015 season, Jeremy Schultz is another driver making a late season charge. Fast on tracks of all shapes, and sizes Schultz has closed to 86 points from the lead. In his rookie season in 2013, Schultz managed to finish with runner-up point honors enroute to the Rookie of the Year title that year. He is in a position to improve upon that performance if he can remain fast, and avoid the dreaded DNF’s.

The event this Friday evening at the Dodge County Fairgrounds has no clear cut favorite. 11 different drivers have taken an A-main wins this season and several more have oh so close to their first wins of the year . It’s been one of the most competitive years in nearly a decade, and basically every car starting the main event has been capable of pulling off a win.

Over two dozen 410 outlaw sprints car are expected to participate in the program this Friday night.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints will be joined by the MSA 360 sprints along with the Mid-American Stock Car series which is making a rare appearance on dirt.

Pit Gates will open at 3pm, spectator gates open 5pm, with warm ups at 6pm with hot laps to follow, opening ceremony 7:15 pm.

Spectator Admission is $20 for adults, with children ages 6-12 admitted for $5. Children ages 5 and younger are FREE with an adult admission.

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.dodgecountyfairgrounds.com

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 IRA Sprints are presented by its long time supporting series partners. The series support is 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.

2015 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints Upcoming Events: 8/7/2015 Dodge County Fairgrounds – Beaver Dam, WI 8/21/2015 Wilmot Raceway – Wilmot, WI 8/22/2015 Wilmot Raceway – Wilmot, WI 8/23/2015 Angell Park Speedway – Sun Prairie, WI 8/29/2015 LaSalle Speedway – LaSalle, IL

 

 

NIMEE BREAKS IRA’S NO REPAT WIN STREAK TAKING HIS SECOND WIN OF THE SEASON IN THE 19th ANNUAL FRANK FILSKOV MEMORIAL AT PLMOUTH!

NIMEE CHARGES THROUGH FIELD, BESTS THEIL AFTER LATE RACE RESTART!

August 1, 2015; Plymouth, WI – Blake Nimee capped off a late race charge by diving under Scotty Thiel on the thigh quarter-mile Plymouth Dirt Track with two laps to go in the 30 lap headliner. After starting in the 14th starting spot Nimee put on a passing clinic, and took advantage of a late race restart to earn his second career victory with the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints taking the win in the 19th Annual Frank Filskov Memorial race.

He took the victory by passing both race leader Thiel, and second running Mike Reinke over the final five laps and in doing so Nimee put his name in the record books as the man who broke a streak of different winners in the past nine events.

Nimee had helped start that no repeat winner streak back on June 6th. On that night Nimee made a final turn pass on Ben Schmidt for the victory at Wilmot Raceway.

It appears Nimee likes to collect his checkered flags in dramatic style.

Nimee explained his move to the front. “The car worked great, I was patient and waited on cars when I had too. The crew chief had the car setup to an absolute tee, and it was easy to drive,” claimed Nimee.

“It’s unreal coming back from fourteenth, I never though I could come back from that far. A top ten was what I was hoping for, as the result exceeded Nimee’s expectations.

Hats off to Mike Reinke, and Thiel racing me clean, it was fun! I haven’t had a lot of success here so I guess this counts as some success”, exclaimed Nimee.

My first feature win was for my grandpa, this one if for my team here. It means a lot, they stuck with me though a lot of stuff. This one won’t sink in for a couple weeks yet, I’m exited,” concluded Nimee.

The streak of nine different winners in the past nine events showcased the largest number of no repeat winners since the 2009 season when a streak of 11 events produced non repeat winners from late July until the middle of September. Seven-time IRA champion Bill Balog broke that streak.

On the opposite side of the coin in Scotty Thiel who is chasing his first win of the 2015 season. Having won his first career A-main with a victory at Beaver Dam Raceway on August 2nd of last year, Thiel has been in position to win on several occasions in recent weeks.

He paced all but the final three circuits at the Dodge County Fairgrounds when his car ran out of fuel, and tonight he led until the final two circuits when Nimee executed a well timed pass for the win. Still, the recent performance for Thiel bodes well for a victory yet during the 2015 racing season.

Thiel was obviously letdown having been so close to the win. “We got beat fair and square. Earlier I didn’t even know we were in the lead, I was trying to race (Steve) Meyer I thought he was in the lead. I got around Reinke there and apparently I was in the lead,” Thiel said of his run to the front before the caution.

“We didn’t need that caution, last night it helped a little bit. Tonight that restart didn’t help us. I was quick on the bottom early on getting around guys. I saw him down there (Nimee) and jumped the cushion a little bit in two,” Thiel said of Nimee’s late race pass.

“Second place is good, it don’t want to points race anymore I’m going out for wins,” Thiel concluded.

A somewhat slick racing surface greeted the drivers for the start of the 30 lap Frank Filskov Memorial main event. Two distinct grooves had developed, one on the bottom side of the track, and the other very high in the banked turns of the third-mile bullring.

Wayne Modjeski, who had captured heat race wins in both the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints and the local 360 sprint series this evening, started on the pole for the contest. Modjeski led briefly before being overtaken by fellow front row starter Mike Reinke who rim rode his way to the lead, officially pacing the first lap.

Modjeski held onto the number two slot until lap four when Dave Uttech used the high side to slip into second position.

Reinke quickly started to build a gap on the field, and had a full straightaway advantage on Uttech by the time he reached lapped traffic on lap eight.

Bill Rose, who is currently locked in an epic point battle with Ben Schmidt, and Scotty Neitzel took his turn in the runner-up role nabbing second at Uttech’s expense on lap 12. Thiel followed Rose past Uttech to reach the third spot after having started in the eighth position.

It took just two more laps before Thiel to slip by Rose to become the next driver to hold runner-up honors.

Out front Reinke found himself in heavy lapped traffic at the halfway point of the contest, allowing Thiel, who is very familiar with the Plymouth Dirt Track racing surface where the competed many seasons in a 360 sprint to close the gap.

Further back Nimee was slicing through the pack having reached the seventh position after starting in the 14th spot.

On lap 18, Modjeski’s fortunes took a turn for the worse as a fire erupted under the hood of his machine. He expertly guided the car to the infield, and the rapidly responding safety crew extinguished the flames so quickly that a caution was not needed for the incident.

With ten laps to go in the race Reinke’s lead had evaporated. Then Thiel, making a well timed dive to the bottom of the track in turn four, managed to work past Reinke for the lead, and quickly scrambled away darting through back markers.

Fans began to notice Nimee who had been picking off cars at an increasing pace making his way by Rose for the third spot on lap 22, and then closing the gap on Reinke.

Out front Thiel was extending his lead putting cars down at a rapid pace. Unfortunately for Thiel that pace was halted on lap 25 when Bill Wirth jumped the cushion in turn four coming to a halt. At the same time Dave Uttech’s tire shredded in the same turn drawing the only caution of the event.

By Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprint rules, lapped traffic is moved to the tail of the field leaving the win decided among the leaders. As such Thiel had both Reinke, and Nimee on his back nerf bar for the restart.

When the green flag fell, Thiel bolted back into the lead while Nimee sliced his way under Reinke to battle for second. Thiel managed to build a six car length lead before Nimee secured the runner-up spot and he quickly closed the gap on Thiel.

With two laps to go Thiel got into the cushion in turn four allowing Nimee to work underneath, and the battle was on. With amazing forward bite Nimee was able to surge ahead to take the lead as the white flag waved.

Thiel tried one last charge on the outside but the maneuver fell short as Nimee flew past flagman Jim Barr’s twin-checkered flags with a three-car length advantage. Thiel had to settle for runner-up honors for his efforts.

The final podium spot came down to the final laps with former 360 champion, and IRA rookie of the year Jeremy Schultz making his way past Reinke to earn the third spot. Schultz had started in the seventh spot, and found extra speed after the final restart.

Reinke earned his second straight top five run finishing fourth this evening. Kris Spitz patiently worked his way up to fifth by the finish for his best performance of the 2015 season.

Rose earned the sixth spot, the highest among the point leaders followed by Phillip Mock in seventh. Eighth went to Russel Borland the highest placing driver of those transferring from the B-main. Borland had started in the 21st position.

Kyle Marten was the top Rookie of the Year contender this evening making his way to a ninth place finish. Johnny Fahl finished tenth, earning his first top ten performance since recently appearing in the series just over a month ago.

All but a single car in the 24-car starting field crossed the finish line at the end of the contest.

With Rose finishing sixth he made up ground on point leader Ben Schmidt who finished 13th this evening, and fellow title chaser Scotty Neitzel earned a 16th place performance.

Schmidt maintains a 13 point lead over Rose, with Neitzel 77 markers behind. Schultz has clawed his was back into the title chase and sits 86 points from the lead.

Earlier in the evening fast qualifier Jason Johnson ran away with the victory in the B-main. Rick Kelsey, Borland, Robbie Pribnow, Johnny Fahl, and Brian Kristan chased him to the finish as the top six as transfer cars earned transfer spots. Kristan was withdrawn from the main event giving the final transfer spot to Trey Datweiler who had finished seventh.

Heat race victories were captured by Modjeski, Schmidt and Spitz.

Johnson had the fastest lap of the evening in qualifying with a lap of 12.877 seconds. Thiel was second quick with a 12.931 second effort with Schultz earning third fast on a lap of 13.040 seconds.

Travis Whitney who had won the A-main last evening was sidelined this evening with an oil lead that developed in hot laps.

The series now heads to Seymour Speedway on Sunday evening to complete a triple-header weekend. Seymour Speedway is located at the Outagamie County Fairgrounds in Seymour, Wisconsin. It is just west of Green Bay and a short distance north of Appleton, the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints made a return trip to the track after a multi-year absence last season.

In that event Bill Balog outran a determined Scotty Thiel for the victory in a non-stop contest. The wide, moderately banked third-mile clay oval is a momentum track and favors a driver with a heavy right foot. Balog, the seven-time series champion is expected to be on hand for the show.

The title chase between point leaders Schmidt, Rose and Neitzel continues on the moderately banked third-mile oval.

It will be a full evening of action with over two-dozen IRA Sprints in the pit area in addition to five weekly divisions participating in the show. IMCA Modifieds, Sport Modifieds and Stock Cars will join Street Stocks and 4 cylinders in addition to the Sprint Cars.

Adult admission is $20, students ages 13 to 18 and seniors ages 55 plus pay only $15.

Qualifying is set for 5:30pm with racing set to take place at 6:00pm.

For additional information check out www.seymoursuperspeedway.net

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 IRA Sprints are presented by its long time supporting series partners. The series support is 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.

Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts A Feature 1 (30 Laps): 1. 79-Blake Nimee[14]; 2. 64-Scotty Thiel[8]; 3. 5J-Jeremy Schultz[7]; 4. 02-Mike Reinke[2]; 5. 4K-Kris Spitz[9]; 6. 6-Bill Rose[5]; 7. 1M-Phillip Mock[13]; 8. 23-Russell Borland[21]; 9. 99-Kyle Marten[3]; 10. 0-John Fahl[23]; 11. 7-Scott Uttech[20]; 12. 44-Jason Johnson[11]; 13. 35-Ben Schmidt[10]; 14. 12W-Josh Walter[16]; 15. 73-Todd King[19]; 16. 2W-Scott Neitzel[15]; 17. 19-Todd Daun[6]; 18. 85M-Steve Meyer[18]; 19. 68-Dave Uttech[4]; 20. 11K-Rick Kelsey[12]; 21. 23D-Trey Datweiler[24]; 22. 94-Rob Pribnow[22]; 23. 53W-Bill Wirth[17]; 24. (DNF) 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski[1]

Behling Racing Equipment B Feature 1 (12 Laps): 1. 44-Jason Johnson[1]; 2. 11K-Rick Kelsey[2]; 3. 23-Russell Borland[4]; 4. 94-Rob Pribnow[8]; 5. 0-John Fahl[7]; 6. 5K-Brian Kristan[5]; 7. 23D-Trey Datweiler[3]; 8. 95A-Ken Jay Fiedler[10]; 9. 41-Dennis Spitz[9]; 10. 43-Jereme Schroeder[11]; 11. 5-Bryon Walters[12]; 12. 2K-Kevin Seidler[6]; DNS 16-Travis Whitney

Weld Racing Products Heat 1 (10 Laps): 1. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski[2]; 2. 19-Todd Daun[5]; 3. 68-Dave Uttech[4]; 4. 1M-Phillip Mock[3]; 5. 85M-Steve Meyer[7]; 6. 7-Scott Uttech[9]; 7. 23D-Trey Datweiler[1]; 8. 44-Jason Johnson[6]; 9. 95A-Ken Jay Fiedler[10]; 10. (DNF) 2K-Kevin Seidler[8]; DNS 16-Travis Whitney

All Star Performance Products Heat 2 (10 Laps): 1. 35-Ben Schmidt[2]; 2. 12W-Josh Walter[1]; 3. 79-Blake Nimee[3]; 4. 99-Kyle Marten[4]; 5. 64-Scotty Thiel[6]; 6. 73-Todd King[8]; 7. 23-Russell Borland[7]; 8. 43-Jereme Schroeder[10]; 9. 94-Rob Pribnow[9]; 10. 11K-Rick Kelsey[5]

DMI Heat 3 (10 Laps): 1. 4K-Kris Spitz[2]; 2. 02-Mike Reinke[4]; 3. 53W-Bill Wirth[1]; 4. 5J-Jeremy Schultz[6]; 5. 6-Bill Rose[5]; 6. 2W-Scott Neitzel[3]; 7. 5K-Brian Kristan[7]; 8. 41-Dennis Spitz[9]; 9. 5-Bryon Walters[10]; 10. 0-John Fahl[8]

Osborn & Son Trucking Qualifying 1: 1. 44-Jason Johnson[5]; 2. 64-Scotty Thiel[1]; 3. 5J-Jeremy Schultz[3]; 4. 19-Todd Daun[14]; 5. 11K-Rick Kelsey[10]; 6. 6-Bill Rose[9]; 7. 68-Dave Uttech[22]; 8. 99-Kyle Marten[31]; 9. 02-Mike Reinke[17]; 10. 1M-Phillip Mock[25]; 11. 79-Blake Nimee[7]; 12. 2W-Scott Neitzel[27]; 13. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski[11]; 14. 35-Ben Schmidt[8]; 15. 4K-Kris Spitz[19]; 16. 23D-Trey Datweiler[6]; 17. 12W-Josh Walter[30]; 18. 53W-Bill Wirth[21]; 19. 85M-Steve Meyer[16]; 20. 23-Russell Borland[28]; 21. 5K-Brian Kristan[4]; 22. 2K-Kevin Seidler[2]; 23. 73-Todd King[23]; 24. 0-John Fahl[18]; 25. 7-Scott Uttech[29]; 26. 94-Rob Pribnow[20]; 27. 41-Dennis Spitz[13]; 28. 95A-Ken Jay Fiedler[26]; 29. 43-Jereme Schroeder[24]; 30. 5-Bryon Walters[12]; DNS 16-Travis Whitney

2015 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints Upcoming Events:

8/7/2015 Dodge County Fairgrounds – Beaver Dam, WI

8/21/2015 Wilmot Raceway – Wilmot, WI

8/22/2015 Wilmot Raceway – Wilmot, WI

8/23/2015 Angell Park Speedway – Sun Prairie, WI

8/29/2015 LaSalle Speedway – LaSalle, IL

 

 

WHITNEY EXTENDS NO REPEAT WINNER STREAK, TAKING BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA SPRINT MAIN AT LANGLAND COUNTY SPEEDWAY IN ANTIGO!

WEATHER THREAT DOESN’T STOP IRA ACTION AT LANGLADE COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS!

July 31, 2015; Antigo, WI – A little bit of patience was required, but the dedicated staff of the Langlade County Fairgrounds put forth the effort to make the annual appearance of the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints a reality in spite of Mother Nature’s best effort to halt the show. Rain showers hit the track just as hot laps were set to begin.

After an hour, and a half delay and some hard work by track officials, the track was ready to host the 900 horsepower Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw sprints. The fans were treated to an incredibly fast track with the drivers approaching 130 mph on the tacky 5/8 mile racing surface.

Former two-time series champion Travis Whitney of Coon Rapids, MN, who now runs the series on a limited basis since his title efforts, dominated the last half of the A-main on his way to victory. The win was his first in IRA since June of 2012 when he topped the event held at Jackson Speedway in his home state of Minnesota. Whitney finished a full straightway ahead of early race leader Scotty Neitzel.

The win by Whitney extended the no repeat winners streak in Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint series action to nine. There have been no repeat winners since seven-time series champion Bill Balog won two races back to back in late May.

“The track was just fast! I knew we had to get around these guys early as I knew the track was going to be narrow and tough to pass”, Whitney stated accepting the applause of the crowd. “I was getting a little bit worried as my engine was heating up and blowing oil out. Hopefully we’re good for tomorrow night”, noted Whitney who intends to participate in all three events the series will hold this weekend.

“I love this place, me and this track gel really well. I think this is my favorite track that I enjoy coming too”, Whitney added as another round of applause came from the crowd.

Neitzel was satisfied with his run. “Travis had a good car, he’s really tough to beat on these big tracks”, noted Neitzel. “We have no excuses, we had a good car I just didn’t run the car hard enough. He did a heck of a job and deserved the win”, stated Neitzel showing his sportsmanship.

“I’m not really worrying about the point real much, we’ve been fortunate to win a couple championships. We’re just here to race, if that it all comes together it does, if it doesn’t it’s just part of the deal”, stated Neitzel.

While Whitney was impressive on the ultra tacky racing surface, the track proved challenging to several competitors who suffered mechanical ills throughout the night. Engine issues claimed the cars of Scott Biertzer, Russel Borland, Kurt Davis, Byron Walters, and Robbie Pribnow who was piloting a car normally driven by Brandon Thone.

When the A-main took to the track 21 starters accepted the green flag.

Neitzel took the opening lead of the 25 contest. In the thick of the title chase Neitzel has been showing the tenacity that earned him two previous series titles. Heading into the tonight Neitzel had already scored a victory in 2015, and has been chasing point leaders Bill Rose and Ben Schmidt narrowing the gap in recent weeks.

Once out front Neitzel began to pull away from his rivals. Ben Schmidt, another challenger for the 2015 season title sailed into the second spot with Whitney making a daring opening lap charge to advance from sixth on the starting grid up to third.

Neitzel’s lead began to shrink as he approached lapped traffic on lap seven, and Schmidt began to reel in the leader.

At the same time Whitney began his charge. Using the combination of raw speed, and finding ways around lapped machines without breaking momentum, he was able to sail past Schmidt for second, and on lap eight he roared past Neitzel to grab the top spot.

Schmidt in his second season with the Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprints has been tossing the point lead back and forth with Plainsfield, Indiana native Bill Rose. Rose the point leader heading into the night worked his way past Schmidt for the third position on lap nine.

Whitney’s pace allowed him to pull out to a full straightaway lead over Neitzel when the only slowdown of the event occurred on lap 15. Phillip Mock was doing battle for position had clipped a lapped car causing a flat tire. As a result Mock came to a halt of the backstretch forcing the slowdown. After some fast work by his team Mock was able to rejoin the field for the final ten laps of the event.

Underway again Whitney, the evening’s fastest qualifier, simply stood on the gas leaving the field in his wake. This left the main battle for the second spot, and Neitzel was busy trying to fend off Rose to maintain the position.

On lap 19, Rose had his car begin to show signs of smoke, and going down the backstretch he suddenly veered into the infield. After the event is was found that the oil filter had come loose on the machine of Rose, and that fortunately he did not add his name to the list of expired engines this evening.

As a result of Rose’s issues Neitzel got a reprieve on his battle for second, and the third position now fell into the hands of Schmidt who had seen his chief challenger in the point battle drop from the contest.

Over the final laps Whitney keep up his pace comfortably taking the win. Neitzel had held fast to the runner-up spot with Schmidt making the podium for the sixth time this season with his third place performance.

Scotty Thiel was the big mover of the event having gained nine positions charging from his 13th place starting spot up to fourth. His bid for a podium came up just a couple car lengths short as he had his sights on Schmidt as the checkered flag fell.

Mike Reinke completed the top five finishers after a solid run.

Jeremy Schultz earned the sixth spot just ahead of top rookie performer Kyle Marten who had crossed the line in seventh. Blake Nimee was eighth at the line this evening. Ninth went to veteran racer Steve Meyer. Meyer had paced the most laps since the IRA sprints had returned to Langlade County Speedway two years ago, and had come into the night with back to back second place finishes.

Scott Uttech, a winner last week at Oshkosh Speedzone completed tonight’s top ten finishers.

Attrition had whittled the field down from 21 starters to 13 finishers.

Three heat races were held this evening with wins going to Uttech, Marten and Schultz.

Whitney, the night’s fastest qualifier set the time to beat at 17.035 seconds. Biertzer earned the second fastest time with a lap of 17.336. Unfortunately for Biertzer his engine gave way while running his heat race. Reinke was third quick this evening with a lap of 17.399 seconds.

The series now heads to the Sheboygan County Fairpark on Saturday night for the annual running of the Frank Filskov Memorial race. The main event will be contested at 27 laps in honor of Filskov.

The Brian Portschy Memorial will be held for the local PDTR 360 Sprints and Badger 600cc Micro Sprints will also be on the program for an all-open wheeled show.

Pits will open at 3:00pm, Grandstands 4:30pm and cars will take to the racing surface starting at 6:00pm. Adult tickets are just $20, kids 6-12 years only $5, and children 5 & under are FREE.

Additional information on the event can be found at www.plymouthdtr.com

The triple header weekend will conclude on Sunday with at stop at Seymour Speedway located on the Outagamie County Fairgrounds.

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 IRA Sprints are presented by its long time supporting series partners. The series support is 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.

Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts A Feature 1 (25 Laps): 1. 16-Travis Whitney[6]; 2. 2W-Scott Neitzel[1]; 3. 35-Ben Schmidt[3]; 4. 64-Scotty Thiel[13]; 5. 02-Mike Reinke[5]; 6. 5J-Jeremy Schultz[7]; 7. 99-Kyle Marten[8]; 8. 79-Blake Nimee[11]; 9. 85M-Steve Meyer[16]; 10. 7-Scott Uttech[9]; 11. 68-Dave Uttech[14]; 12. 1M-Phillip Mock[2]; 13. 11K-Rick Kelsey[19]; 14. (DNF) 6-Bill Rose[4]; 15. (DNF) 41-Dennis Spitz[15]; 16. (DNF) 12W-Josh Walter[17]; 17. (DNF) 12-Michael Decker[21]; 18. (DNF) 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski[10]; 19. (DNF) 53W-Bill Wirth[12]; 20. (DNF) 4K-Kris Spitz[20]; 21. (DNF) 6K-Kurt Davis[18]

Weld Racing Products Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 7-Scott Uttech[2]; 2. 68-Dave Uttech[1]; 3. 2W-Scott Neitzel[4]; 4. 16-Travis Whitney[6]; 5. 79-Blake Nimee[3]; 6. 6-Bill Rose[5]; 7. 11K-Rick Kelsey[7]; 8. 12-Michael Decker[8]; DNS 5-Bryon Walters

All Star Performance Products Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 99-Kyle Marten[2]; 2. 41-Dennis Spitz[1]; 3. 35-Ben Schmidt[5]; 4. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski[4]; 5. 53W-Bill Wirth[3]; 6. 6K-Kurt Davis[8]; 7. (DNF) 4B-Scott Biertzer[6]; 8. (DNF) 4K-Kris Spitz[7]

DMI Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 5J-Jeremy Schultz[2]; 2. 85M-Steve Meyer[1]; 3. 64-Scotty Thiel[3]; 4. 02-Mike Reinke[6]; 5. 1M-Phillip Mock[5]; 6. 12W-Josh Walter[7]; 7. (DNF) 94-Rob Pribnow[4]; DNS 23-Russell Borland

Osborn & Son Trucking Qualifying 1: 1. 16-Travis Whitney[19]; 2. 4B-Scott Biertzer[20]; 3. 02-Mike Reinke[21]; 4. 6-Bill Rose[1]; 5. 35-Ben Schmidt[22]; 6. 1M-Phillip Mock[23]; 7. 2W-Scott Neitzel[6]; 8. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski[25]; 9. 94-Rob Pribnow[16]; 10. 79-Blake Nimee[13]; 11. 53W-Bill Wirth[24]; 12. 64-Scotty Thiel[9]; 13. 7-Scott Uttech[3]; 14. 99-Kyle Marten[10]; 15. 5J-Jeremy Schultz[15]; 16. 68-Dave Uttech[2]; 17. 41-Dennis Spitz[7]; 18. 85M-Steve Meyer[17]; 19. 11K-Rick Kelsey[14]; 20. 4K-Kris Spitz[5]; 21. 12W-Josh Walter[8]; 22. 12-Michael Decker[11]; 23. 6K-Kurt Davis[12]; 24. 23-Russell Borland[18]; DNS 5-Bryon Walters

2015 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints Upcoming Events:

8/1/2015 Sheboygan County Fairgrounds – Plymouth, WI

8/2/2015 Seymour Speedway – Seymour, WI

8/7/2015 Dodge County Fairgrounds – Beaver Dam, WI

8/21/2015 Wilmot Raceway – Wilmot, WI

8/22/2015 Wilmot Raceway – Wilmot, WI

8/23/2015 Angell Park Speedway – Sun Prairie, WI

 

 

 

Dale Blaney Beats UNOH All Stars and IRA at Wilmot Raceway

  Wilmot, WI (July 25th, 2015) - Dale Blaney concluded the UNOH All Star Circuit of

Champions road trip through Michigan and Wisconsin with yet

another main event victory; this time during the All Star/IRA “Sprintacular” at the Wilmot Raceway near Wilmot, Wisconsin. The current UNOH All Star point leader earned the $5,000 “Sprintacular” payday on Saturday, July 25th, over a stacked field of 38 Bumper-to-Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series and UNOH All Star

Circuit of Champions sprint cars. Blaney survived two cautions during main event competition, as well as periods of heavy lapped traffic and a last-ditch effort

slide job by Cody Darrah to earn his eighth UNOH All Star victory of the 201season. “The Lowrider” now has 123 career series victories. 

 

“It was a pretty good night for us” said Blaney, “I just want to thank all of my guys. They work really hard and give me a great car. It’s always special to get back to victory lane.”

 

Dale Blaney and Blake Nimee led the field to green at Wilmot Raceway. Nimee, who

entered the evening sixth in the current IRA Outlaw Sprint Series point standings, controlled the first four circuits of the 30-lap program before losing the top spot to Dale Blaney. The pilot of the GoMuddy.com, Big Game Treestands, CH Motorsports, #1 paced the field until the main event’s first caution on lap ten for Ryan

Irwin. 

 

Green flag conditions would return with Dale Blaney setting the tone out front.

Cody Darrah, who started sixth on the main event grid, worked his way forward and chased Blaney for the next 13 laps; navigating heavy traffic until the caution lights reappeared  for Kyle Martin with 23 laps in the books. Blaney brought the field back to green once again with only seven circuits remaining. Despite clean air and an open track for the defending UNOH All Star champion, Darrah still managed to keep pace with “The Lowrider” and would attempt one last slide job to take over the top spot with less than five laps remaining. Darrah, a Red Lion, Pennsylvania native, completed the textbook slider, but could not make it stick, as Blaney was able to drive back around the familiar J&K Salvage, #89. Blaney would go on to win the All Star/IRA “Sprintacular” at Wilmot Raceway with Cody Darrah hanging on to finish  second. 

  

“We just tried to fill the holes” said Blaney, “I knew Cody (Darrah) was going to work as hard as he could to get around me. I just tried to make myself wide and fill in all of the holes.” 

 

“We had a good night tonight and a pretty good weekend all together” Darrah

said, “The track was pretty tricky tonight. The cushion was a little too technical for me to make it work. Hats off to my guys. They work hard and it shows.” 

 

Greg Wilson, the 2015 Ohio Sprint Speedweek presented by Cometic Gasket champion, rallied from fifth to finish third at Wilmot Raceway. “The Kunkletown Kid” Ryan Smith would roll home where he started on Saturday night and cross under thecheckers fourth in the running order. Early leader Blake Nimee completed the top-five. 

 

 Qualifying

1.45-Tim Shaffer, 13.513; 2.1-Dale Blaney, 13.588; 3.5T-Travis Philo, 13.601;

4.10H-Chad Kemanah, 13.634; 5.6R-Bill Rose, 13.679; 6.94-Ryan Smith, 13.693; 7.W20-Greg Wilson, 13.724; 8.35-Ben Schmidt, 13.736; 9.48H-Mike Reinke, 13.753; 10.70-Raymond Hensley, 13.784; 11.89-Cody Darrah, 13.790; 12.14AJ-Wayne Modjeski, 13.825; 13.1M-Phillip Mock, 13.827; 14.5J-Jeremy Schultz, 13.834; 15.79-Blake Nimee, 13.856; 16.11K-Rick Kelsey, 13.966; 17.56-Ryan Irwin, 14.007; 18.4K-Kris Spitz, 14.051; 19.19-Todd Daun,14.113; 20.4-Danny Smith, 14.116; 21.4B-Scott Biertzer, 14.129; 22.53W-Bill Wirth, 14.131; 23.99-Kyle Martin, 14.145; 24.0-Johnny Fahl, 14.159; 25.64-Scotty Thiel, 14.160; 26.2W-Scotty Neitzel, 14.165; 27.12W-Josh Walter, 14.186; 28.44-Jason Johnson, 14.197; 29.41-Dennis Spitz, 14.209; 30.23-Russel Borland, 14.298; 31.8A-Nick Alden, 14.319; 32.68-Dave Uttech, 14.345; 33.12-Mike Decker, 14.374; 34.10V-Matt Vandervere, 14.522; 35.38-Allen Hafford, 14.577; 36.2B-Jimmy Sivia, 14.949; 37.43-Jereme Schroeder, 15.037; 38.7-Scott Uttech, 31.082;

  

Heat 1, Group A - (10 Laps)

1. 89-Cody Darrah[2] ; 2.

45-Tim Shaffer[4] ; 3. 35-Ben Schmidt[3] ; 4. 99-Kyle Martin[6] ; 5. 11K-Rick Kelsey[1] ; 6. 4K-Kris Spitz[5] ; 7. 8A-Nick Alden[10] ; 8. 12W-Josh Walter[8] ; 9. 41-Dennis Spitz[9] ; 10. 0-Johnny Fahl[7]

 

 

Heat 2, Group B -(10 Laps)

1. 4-Danny Smith[1] ; 2. 79-Blake Nimee[3] ; 3. 19-Todd Daun[2] ; 4. 4B-Scott

Biertzer[5] ; 5. 70-Raymond Hensley[4] ; 6. 2W-Scotty Neitzel[7] ; 7. 44-Jason Johnson[8] ; 8. 53W-Bill Wirth[6] ; 9. 12-Mike Decker[10] ; 10. 68-Dave Uttech[9]

 

 

Heat 3, Group C -

(10 Laps)  1. W20-Greg Wilson[1] ; 2. 10H-Chad Kemanah[4] ; 3. 94-Ryan Smith[2] ; 4. 6R-Bill Rose[3] ; 5. 48H-Mike Reinke[5] ; 6. 23-Russel Borland[7] ; 7. 2B-Jimmy Sivia[8] ; 8. 56-Ryan Irwin[6] ; 9. 7-Scott Uttech[9]

 

Heat 4, Group D - (10 Laps)  1. 5T-Travis Philo[3] ; 2. 1-Dale Blaney[4] ; 3. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski[2] ; 4. 64-Scotty Thiel[6] ; 5. 1M-Phillip Mock[1] ; 6. 5J-Jeremy Schultz[5] ; 7. 43-Jereme Schroeder[9] ; 8. 10V-Matt Vandervere[7] ; 9. 38-Allen Hafford[8]

  

Dash 1 -  (8 Laps)

1. 1-Dale Blaney[2] ; 2. 79-Blake Nimee[1] ; 3. 6R-Bill Rose[3] ; 4. 94-Ryan Smith[5] ; 5. W20-Greg Wilson[6] ; 6. 89-Cody Darrah[8] ; 7. 10H-Chad Kemanah[7] ; 8. 5T-Travis Philo[4] ; 9. 4-Danny Smith[9] ; 10. 45-Tim Shaffer[10]

 

B-Main 1 -  (12 Laps)  1. 5J-Jeremy Schultz[1] ; 2. 56-Ryan Irwin[2] ; 3. 4K-Kris Spitz[3] ; 4. 2W-ScottNeitzel[6] ; 5. 44-Jason Johnson[8] ; 6. 53W-Bill Wirth[4] ; 7. 23-Russel  Borland[10] ; 8. 12W-Josh Walter[7] ; 9. 10V-Matt Vandervere[14] ; 10. 68-Dave Uttech[12] ; 11. 8A-Nick Alden[11] ; 12. 2B-Jimmy Sivia[16] ; 13. 0-Johnny Fahl[5] ; 14. 12-Mike Decker[13] ; 15. 43-Jereme Schroeder[17] ; 16. 41-Dennis Spitz[9] ; 17. 38-Allen Hafford[15] ; 18. 7-Scott Uttech[18]

 

 

A-Main 1 -  (30 Laps)  1. 1-Dale Blaney[1] ; 2. 89-Cody Darrah[6] ; 3. W20-Greg Wilson[5] ; 4. 94-Ryan Smith[4] ; 5. 79-Blake Nimee[2] ; 6. 10H-Chad Kemanah[7] ; 7. 45-Tim Shaffer[10] ; 8. 4-Danny Smith[9] ; 9. 64-Scotty Thiel[16] ; 10. 6R-Bill Rose[3] ; 11. 5J-Jeremy Schultz[21] ; 12. 5T-Travis Philo[8] ; 13. 35-Ben Schmidt[11] ; 14. 4B-Scott Biertzer[15] ; 15. 70-Raymond Hensley[18] ; 16. 19-Todd Daun[12] ; 17. 99-Kyle Martin[14] ; 18. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski[13] ; 19. 2W-Scotty Neitzel[24] ; 20. 1M-Phillip Mock[20] ; 21. 4K-Kris Spitz[23] ; 22. 48H-Mike Reinke[19] ; 23. 11K-Rick Kelsey[17] ; 24. 56-Ryan Irwin[22]

 

 

DIVERSE TRIPLE HEADER WEEKEND COULD PROVE PIVITOL IN TITLE CHASE!

ANTIGO, PLYMOUTH AND SEYMOUR TO SHOWCASE BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA OUTLAW SPRINTS THIS WEEKEND!

July 27, 2015; Wilmot, WI – One of the most challenging weekends of the 2015 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint schedule this season will be taking place this week beginning Friday Night.

Three different tracks will play host to the 900 horsepower machines as the winged 410 sprints will see action on a wide variety of tracks on three consecutive nights.

It all begins at the Langlade County Fairgrounds in Antigo, Wisconsin on Friday Night as fans will have a chance to take in the Langlade County Fair and then witness the best sprint car drivers in the upper Midwest tackle the largest dirt track in Wisconsin.

In Saturday night it’s off to the Plymouth Dirt Track at the Sheboygan County Fairpark in Plymouth, Wisconsin. Many of the recent newcomers to the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints are graduates of the popular weekly 360 sprint program fueled by the long standing tradition of open wheeled racing at the facility.

On Sunday the series will participate in a twilight program at the Seymour Speedway at the Outagamie County Fairgrounds in Seymour, WI. Recently returning the to the IRA schedule, last years show reintroduced Green Bay area fans to the thrill of sprint car action.

Heading into the weekend the amazing point battle taking shape for the 2015 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint title will play out at all facilities. Currently Bill Rose holds a slim 6 point lead over Ben Schmidt, while Scotty Neitzel lurks just 72 markers back.

Looking at the Friday Night show the past two seasons have seen a showdown between seven-time IRA champion Bill Balog, and veteran racer Steve Meyer who has over a quarter century of racing behind the wheel of a sprint car. While Balog walked away with wins on both occasions after passing Meyer late in both contests, it’s Meyer who will be the favorite this year as Balog is likely to be absent. Leading the most laps since the sprints have returned to Langlade County Speedway a victory at Antigo would be redemption for Meyer after two narrow misses. Jeremy Schultz, and Mike Reinke have also earned podium finishes since the sprints returned to the big 5/8 mile clay oval.

How will it affect the point chase? Expect it to be a neutral track as last year Schmidt edged Rose for the fourth place spot and each driver will be capable to collecting the victory.

IMCA Stock Cars will run in support of the two-dozen or more 410 winged sprints which will hit speeds in excess of 130 mph at the track,

Hot laps will begin at 6:00pm, with Qualifying at 6:30pm and Racing set to begin at 7:00pm. Adult tickets are $20, with yoputh tickets for those ages 4 to 12 being sold of $15. Children under the age of 4 are admitted FREE.

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.

For addition information check out http://www.langladecountyfair.com

The stars of the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints then head to the Sheboygan County Fairpark for the running of the Frank Filskov Memorial race which will showcase a 27-lap A-main event.

In the point chase the track should favor Schmidt who has multiple championships at the facility behind the wheel of a 360 sprint. Surprisingly however Schmidt has had only modest success so far at his home track in a 410 sprint, taking a second place finish in 2013 prior to his rookie season. Since that time he’s not had a top five performance. Rose who is amazingly consistent managed just a single top five run at the tight third-mile bullring and the track gave him his only DNF last year. Among the point leaders Neitzel has the best record with a fourth and a third in his most recent showing at the track.

Mike Reinke is perhaps the most successful of in recent history of the 30 plus drivers expected to show for the event. Reinke has earned two straight podium finishes at the track heading into the show and won the most recent race for the IRA Sprints at the track last September.

Bill Balog the seven-time IRA champion who had finished runner-up to Tony Stewart at the track before following up with three straight IRA victories at the facility is expected to be in action. Balog last win an IRA race back in late May. The seven events held since that time has seen seven different winners in IRA action.

The Brian Portschy Memorial will be held for the local PDTR 360 Sprints and Badger 600cc Micro Sprints will also be on the program for an all-open wheeled show.

Pits will open at 3:00pm, Grandstands 4:30pm and cars will take to the racing surface starting at 6:00pm. Adult tickets are just $20, kids 6-12 years only $5, and children 5 & under are FREE.

Additional information on the event can be found at www.plymouthdtr.com

On Sunday evening the IRA Sprints will head to the Seymour Speedway at the Outagamie County Fairgrounds in Seymour, Wisconsin. Located just west of Green Bay and a short distance north of Appleton, the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints made a return trip to the track after a multi-year absence last season.

In the event Balog outran a determined Scotty Thiel for the victory in a non-stop contest. The wide, moderately banked third-mile clay oval is a momentum track and favors a driver with a heavy right foot.

Balog intends to be on hand to defend last year’s victory. In the A-main last year neither Rose nor Schmidt were major factors with Rose getting a slight edge by finishing ninth.

It will be a full evening of action with nearly 30 IRA Sprints in the pit area in addition to five weekly divisions participating in the show. IMCA Modifieds, Sport Modifieds and Stock Cars will join Street Stocks and 4 cylinders in addition to the Sprint Cars.

Adult admission is $20, students ages 13 to 18 and seniors ages 55 plus pay only $15.

Qualifying is set for 5:30pm with racing set to take place at 6:00pm.

For additional information check out www.seymoursuperspeedway.net

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 IRA Sprints are presented by its long time supporting series partners. The series support is 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.

2015 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints Upcoming Events:

7/24/2015 Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway – Oshkosh, WI

7/25/2015 Wilmot Raceway –Wilmot, WI

7/31/2015 Langlade County Speedway – Antigo, WI

8/1/2015 Sheboygan County Fairpark – Plymouth, WI 8/2/2015 Seymour Speedway – Seymour, WI

 

 

SCOTT UTTECH MASTERS SLICK TRACK! BREAKS DRY SPELL WITH VICTORY AT OSHKOSH SPEEDZONE!

GREEN TO CHECKER RUN NETS UTTECH THIRD CAREER BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA SPRINT VICTORY!

July 24, 2015; Oshkosh, WI – Give Scott Uttech a track that’s beginning to slick off, and he’ll show you how to harness 900 horsepower, and still get it to the ground. As has been witnessed multiple times over the past couple years when a racing surface begins to require throttle control Uttech has found a way to drive forward. Tonight’s non-stop 30 lap main event showcased Uttech’s proficiency with those conditions. Uttech became the ninth different winner in IRA Sprint competition this season.

This evening Uttech broke a dry spell dating back to the 2008 racing season when he captured the “King of Wisconsin” event at Wilmot Raceway. Tonight’s win at Oshkosh Speedzone was the third career win for the New Berlin, Wisconsin native as he also captured the Frank Filskov Memorial race at the Sheboygan County Fairpark in 2007.

“That was a lot of fun,” exclaimed Uttech with a wide grin in victory lane. “The track was slick, and that usually plays in my favor,” Uttech noted of his performance this evening.

Though he had a solid lead at the finish Uttech never felt comfortable leading. “I tried to get away but kept hearing engines behind me, I thought the 5j (Schultz) and 2w (Neitzel) would be breathing down my neck,” he stated.

On Saturday Night the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints travels to Uttech’s home track for a showdown with Tony Stewart’s All-Star Circuit of Champions. “This does build my confidence. Tomorrow night we have a lot of guys coming from Ohio it’s going to be a tough field,” Uttech concluded.

Uttech’s chief rivals were still nearly a straightaway behind at the checker. Scotty Neitzel already a winner this year having topped an event at Angell Park Speedway went toe to toe with the evening’s fast qualifier Jeremy Schultz who had also win in 2015 taking a victory at Wilmot Raceway.

“I don’t think we had anything for him without a yellow,” Neitzel stated after finishing with runner-up honors. “But with a yellow anything can happen. We had a pretty good car at the end,” Neitzel noted. Neitzel had come from behind the invert, which made it a bigger challenge to reach the front. “We gave up some track position, I just made too many mistakes throughout the course of the night,” Neitzel noted on the extra effort it took to get in contention for the win. “I want to thank the fans for coming out and congratulations to Mr. Uttech,” Neitzel concluded.

Fast qualifier Jeremy Schultz challenged Neitzel for the second spot in the closing laps but ultimately had to settle for third. Still if was a solid performance for Schultz who had earned fast time and took second in his heat race.

The 30 lap A-main saluted the fans four wide before getting down to business. Disaster was narrowly averted when polesitter Mike Reinke clipped a tire coming for the opening green flag. His car veered a crossed traffic and the field expertly avoided his errant ride.

Those several cars made minor contact everyone continued and Reinke was able to rejoin the field from the tail after his crew made repairs.

When action got underway series point leader Ben Schmidt and Jason Johnson squared off. The duo ran wing-to-wing tossing the lead back and forth before Schmidt finally secured the position.

Johnson continued to hound Schmidt throughout the opening circuits while Uttech started to march forward reaching third with Neitzel not far behind him.

On lap seven Uttech worked past Johnson and soon ran down Schmidt. Hugging the low line Uttech managed to claw his way ahead of Schmidt on lap nine. Once out front Uttech began to steadily pull away.

Johnson continued to pressure Schmidt for the second spot until getting trapped behind lapped cars and he in turn lost third to Neitzel on lap 11. Johnson had his night go awry moments later after a near tangle with a lapped car resulted in a spin into the infield ending his night.

By the hallway point of the contest Uttech was quickly dispatching lapped cars while extending his lead. Schmidt held fast to the second spot until Neitzel sailed past on lap 19. Schmidt soon began to lose forward bite giving up third to Schultz two laps later.

Schultz had made an impressive charge through the past after having fallen back as far as 12th during the opening rounds. He managed to get under Neitzel on a couple occasions just after lap 20, but Neitzel was able to rally and soon opened up a gap on Schultz.

Uttech began to have a more difficult time with lapped cars in the closing laps allowing Neitzel to close within a dozen car lengths as the final five laps were reached. Neitzel was unable to make any further gains however and Uttech took the win in convincing fashion. Neitzel was second still 10 car lengths behind at the finish. Schultz earned the final podium spot another four car lengths behind.

Tyler Thomas of Collinsville, Oklahoma drove the Hans Lein owend #2 machine typically piloted by seven-time series champion Bill Balog. Thomas, who competes in ASCS Sprints out west and in POWRi Midgets adapted quickly to the 410 machine earning a solid fourth place performance.

Title contenders Schmidt and Bill Rose did battle over the final circuits for position with Rose gaining the upper hand to take the final top five spot. Schmidt faded on the final lap falling to seventh behind Scotty Theil.

Dave Uttech and Blake Nimee finished eighth and ninth respectively. Tenth went to Reinke who rebounded from his first lap incident with a tenth place run.

Rookie of the Year contender Josh Walter was the last car on the lead lap in 14th, he was also the highest finishing rookie. 22 of the 24 starters were still on the track at the finish.

Earlier in the program Steve Meyer outdistanced the field to capture the B-main. Scott Biertzer, Dennis Spitz and Michael Decker also transferred. Russel Borland finished fifth and was first alternate for the main event.

Heat race victories went to Scott Uttech, Schmidt, Neitzel and Todd Daun.

Schultz was the evening’s fast qualifier with a lap of 14.349 seconds. Nick Alden was second quick with a lap of 14.474 seconds and Thomas was third fast with a 14.673 second effort.

Tomorrow night the best of the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints will take on the top drivers from the UNOH All-Star Circuit of Champions in a showdown at Wilmot Raceway.

All-Star series regulars such as Dale Blaney, Cody Darrah, Chad Kemenah, Greg Wilson, Sheldon Haudenschild, Parker Price Miller, Tim Shaffer, Danny Holtgraver, Ryan Smith and Caleb Helms will be on hand.

Toss in the best of the Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprints and several of Wilmot Raceway’s own hometown heroes and a field approaching 40 cars will be in attendance for the showdown.

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 IRA Sprints are presented by its long time supporting series partners. The series support is 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.

2015 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints Upcoming Events:

7/25/2015 Wilmot Raceway – Wilmot, WI

7/31/2015 Langlande County Speedway – Antigo, WI

8/1/2015 Sheboygan County Fairgrounds – Plymouth, WI

8/2/2015 Seymour Speedway – Seymour, WI

 

 

 

TONY’S STEWART’S “ALL-STARS” VS. BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA OUTLAW SPRINTS “OUR STARS” FOR SUPREMECY AT WILMOT SPEEDWAY!

IRA SPRINTS LOOK TO SECURE WIN ON HOME TURF THIS SATURDAY NIGHT!

July 21, 2015; Wilmot, WI – It’s about pride and staking a claim on the winner’s circle at Wilmot Raceway, the birthplace of the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints. The best 410 outlaw sprint drivers in the upper-Midwest will represent the home team this Saturday evening, July 25th at the Wilmot Raceway. The driver placing his car in the winner’s circle not only represented the pride of their series but will have earned a cool $5,000 as well!

The visitors are representing a revamped, and refocused UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions. Purchased this year by racing legend Tony Stewart, the All-Stars have begun to rebuild, and with a focus on proving their traveling stars are among the best they have been whipping up on locals wherever the travel. Expect over a dozen of that series top star drivers to battle for the rights to Wilmot Raceway’s winner circle.

Currently the score is 3-0 in favor of the All-Stars, or more specifically in favor of multi-time All-Star champion Dale Blaney. Blaney has won all three showdown events between the two series, and he’s looking to extend the streak to four.

He comes into the contest as the point leader in the All-Star sprints, and has captured four wins this season. Joining Blaney in representing the All-Stars will be Cody Darrah, Chad Kemenah, Greg Wilson, Tim Shaffer, Danny Holtgraver, Ryan Smith, Travis Philo, Andrew Palker and Caleb Helms. Over a dozen All-Stars are expected for the event.

Two other drivers who are regulars on the All-Star Circuit of Chamions tour have already tasted victory in IRA within the past year. Sheldon Haudenschild, who won the historic return of Winged 410 sprints to Angell Park Speedway last season, and Parker Price Miller who won the most recent IRA race held this past Sunday evening, also at the Angell Park Speedway. Both drivers will be chasing their second career IRA victory.

Don’t expect the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints to give up the path to victory without a fight. Atop the point standings is a torrid point battle between Plainfield, Indiana native Bill Rose and Plymouth, WI resident Ben Schmidt, the pair are separated by a single point with Rose looking to overtake Schmidt. Rose is a former regular on the World of Outlaw circuit has been adopted by the IRA Sprints, he has been a title threat since joining the series and has closed the gap on Schmidt with remarkable consistency. Rose has made it clear what he wants more than a title, is a win, and this Saturday night is a perfect place to reach the checkered first.

Schmidt, a multi-time 360 sprint title holder is in his second year of IRA competition, and has proven he can run with the best in 410 action. Already getting his first career series win out of the way Schmidt has racked up four second place performances this year, and he’d surely like to turn those seconds into firsts!

Other IRA winners this season Jeremy Schultz, Blake Nimee, Scotty Neitzel and Mike Reinke are also eager to defend IRA’s honor. Add to that list Phillip Mock, who scored wins in a pair of local 410 shows at Wilmot Raceway, and you have a united group of racers ready to win for the IRA banner.

Todd Daun, the 2014 Wilmot Raceway champ knows the third-mile clay oval as well as anyone on hand and is another driver due for a victory within the IRA ranks.

With a field of 40 drivers expected the full contingent of IRA regulars will be on hand. The include IRA stars Scotty Thiel, Russel Borland, Scott and Dave Uttech, Dennis and Kris Spitz, Wayne Modjeski, Bill Wirth, Jereme Schroeder, Allen Hafford, Scott Biertzer, and Michael Decker. Toss in 2015 Rookie of the Year contenders Kyle Marten, Rick Kelsey, and Josh Walters and you have a talented group ready to take on the All-Stars.

Grandstands will open at 5 p.m. with racing scheduled to get underway at 7 p.m.

Grandstand admission for the special July 25 program is $25.00 for adults, $5.00 for youth ages 7-11 and children ages 6 and under admitted free.

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.

For the latest information phone the trackside raceline 262-862-2090 or check the track web site www.wilmotraceway.com.

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 IRA Sprints are presented by its long time supporting series partners. The series support is 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.

2015 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints Upcoming Events:

7/24/2015 Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway – Oshkosh, WI

7/25/2015 Wilmot Raceway –Wilmot, WI

7/31/2015 Langlade County Speedway – Antigo, WI

8/1/2015 Sheboygan County Fairpark – Plymouth, WI

8/2/2015 Seymour Speedway – Seymour, WI

 

 

PARKER PRICE MILLER OUTRUNS MIKE REINKE FOR IRA SPRINT VICTORY IN SECOND ANNUAL NORM NELSON CLASSIC AT ANGELL PARK SPEEDWAY!

16 YEAR OLD PHENOM BECOMES EIGHTH IRA WINNER THIS SEASON!

July 19, 2015; Sun Prairie, WI – The past two weeks the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints has showcased some of the hottest drivers in the country. Last week Rico Abreu topped the action at the Dodge County Fairgrounds, and tonight 16-year-old sprint sensation Parker Price Miller captured top honors in the 2nd Annual Norm Nelson classic at Angell Park Speedway.

Miller, who hails from Kokomo, Indiana is a regular on Tony Stewart’s All Star Circuit of Champions. He made an overnight trip from Eldora Speedway after attending the King’s Royal. Miller estimated he got about one hour of sleep prior to tonight’s victory.

He made the trip worthwhile as he captured his seventh win of the 2015 season, and his first career checker with the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints. In doing so he became the eighth different winner in IRA competition this season, and the sixth different winner in the past six events.

“We’ve been close here at Sun Prairie several times, it was pretty cool to get a win here in a winged car”, noted Miller. “The crew, and I are running on about one hour of sleep after Eldora.” When asked about the upcoming All-Stars vs. IRA showdown at Wilmot Raceway next week Miller responded. “We’re going to go get some rest and get the cars ready. We’ll be ready to get another win out there. “ Miller also offered an apology to Blake Nimee who he was attempting to lap and the resulting contact drew a late caution. “I didn’t mean to get into the 79 out there, but I had to go. I hope he understands and I apologize to him”, noted Miller.

Miller caught a hard charging Mike Reinke in lapped traffic on lap 25 of the 30 lap headliner. Miller then held off Reinke after a late race caution to earn the victory.

For Reinke the second place performance tonight was his third consecutive podium finishing. After having won at Manitowoc two weeks ago Reinke has notched back-to-back second place performances.

“I kind of kept messing up behind the lapped cars. I just made some wrong decisions. My crew gave me a car to win with”, noted Reinke who continued his streak of podium runs. “The crew gave me a car that was fast enough I just didn’t get it accomplished”, Reinke explained. Reinke is pleased with the season however. “We have a good program, I try to go out and earn as much money as we can and not wreck anything”, he noted of his recent success.

Scotty Thiel equaled his best finish of the season taking home the final podium spot matching his performance at Manitowoc two weeks ago.

The evening’s 30 lap A-main pushed off with Reinke starting on the pole of the contest, and Jordan Goldesberry to his outside.

At the drop of the green flag Reinke was able to slide up in front of Goldesberry garnering the lead position while Thiel did battle with 7-time IRA kingpin Bill Balog for the third spot.

Balog held the third position briefly when he suddenly lost power coming off turn four on the second lap diving off the track while the field scattered behind him. The caution flag then appeared slowing the pace. It would be the end of a frustrating night for Balog, who earlier in the evening dropped from the feature in Midget competition after tangling with a back marker while leading.

Underway again Reinke went back to showing the way with Goldesberry, Thiel, and Miller in tow.

Miller wasted little time advancing making effective passes using the low line coming off the turns. He slipped past Thiel for third on lap four and then sliced past Goldesberry for the runner-up spot three circuits later.

Out front Reinke caught the tail of the field and began to work lapped traffic. The duo of Reinke, and Miller fought for the lead less than a car length apart darting in and out of lapped machines while separating themselves from the third place battle which waged between Goldesberry, and Thiel.

On lap 17 Jeremy Schultz, and Jim Moughan tangled while doing battle for the fifth spot, with both drivers coming to a halt in turn three. Both were able to continue from the tail of the field after making repairs.

Underway again Reinke went back to setting the pace with Miller increasing the pressure with each passing lap. After getting held up briefly by a lapped car Reinke would fall to Miller’s charge on lap 25. Reinke quickly gathered up momentum and started to seek a way back to the top spot.

On lap 27 Miller began to mix it up with lapped cars in effort to hold the lead spot, the machines of Blake Nimee, and Matt Vandervere would come to a rest on the racing surface on lap setting up a dash to the finish. At the same time Goldesberry dropped from the event while running fourth.

Miller got a solid restart and Reinke was unable to challenge, having instead to fend off the advances of Thiel who was seeking the second spot. Miller extended his lead to five car lengths over the final circuits to claim the victory. Reinke earned runner-up honors for the second straight week with Thiel joining the lead duo on the podium with a third place effort.

Two-time champion, and title contender Scotty Neitzel made solid progress throughout the contest advancing from the 12th spot on the grid up to fourth by the checker. Neitzel had fought his way into the main event after finishing runner-up to Bill Rose in the B-main. Heading into the show Neitzel was the most recent winner in Sprint Car action at Angell Park having captured the win in the last appearance at the track for the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints.

Scott Biertzer, the evening fast qualifier earned his first top five run of the season taking the fifth spot.

Bill Rose netted a sixth place performance and gained ground in the title chase. He came into the evening 25 markers behind Ben Schmidt in the season standings. Rose gained ground, out qualifying Schmidt, and finishing six spots ahead of him in the main event.

Phillip Mock had an impressive charge from 23rd to seventh passing the most cars in the main event. Russel Borland, rookie of the year contender Kyle Marten and Scott Uttech completed the top ten finishers.

In earlier action Rose notched the victory in the B-main, chased to the finish by Neitzel, Mock, Vandervere, Josh Walter and Jereme Schroeder all of whom transferred.

Four heat races were held with wins going to Borland, Reinke, Kris Spitz and Goldesberry.

Biertzer bested the 33 car field in qualifying with a lap of 12.176 seconds narrowly missing the track record held by Ian Madsen who set the mark at 12.171 seconds just one month ago. Rose was second quick this evening with a lap of 12.205 seconds and Neitzel was third quick with a lap of 12.293 seconds.

Next weekend the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints are back for a double dose of 410 sprint car action. On Friday Night the series will make it’s lone appearance at the Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway. The first scheduled show of the year to be held at the track had fallen to rain. The last appearance for the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints at the track saw Bill Balog capture the victory in convincing fashion.

On Saturday night tour will make it’s way to Wilmot Raceway for a showdown with the Tony Stewart owned UNOH All-Star Circuit of champions. The best of the IRA will challenge All-Star series regulars such as Dale Blaney, Cody Darrah, Chad Kemenah, Greg Wilson, Sheldon Haudenschild, Parker Price Miller, Tim Shaffer, Danny Holtgraver, Ryan Smith and Caleb Helms. Toss in the best of the Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprints and several of Wilmot Raceway’s own hometown heroes and a field approaching 40 cars will be in attendance for the showdown.

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 IRA Sprints are presented by its long time supporting series partners. The series support is 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.

2015 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints Upcoming Events:

7/24/2015 Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway – Oshkosh, WI

7/25/2015 Wilmot Raceway – Wilmot, WI

7/31/2015 Langlande County Speedway – Antigo, WI

8/1/2015 Sheboygan County Fairgrounds – Plymouth, WI

8/2/2015 Seymour Speedway – Seymour, WI

30 Lap A-Main: 1. Parker Price Miller; 2. Mike Reinke; 3. Scotty Thiel; 4. Scotty Neitzel, 5. Scott Biertzer; 6. Bill Rose; 7. Phillip Mock; 8. Russel Borland; 9. Kyle Marten; 10. Scott Uttech; 11. Ben Schmidt; 12. Jeremy Schultz; 13. Jason Johnson; 14. Donovan Peterson; 15. Bill Wirth; 16. Matt Vandervere; 17. Dave Uttech; 18. Wayne Modjeski; 19. Kris Spitz; 20. Jordan Goldesberry; 21. Blake Nimee; 22. Jim Moughan; 23. Byron Walters; 24. Bill Balog

 

 

RICO ABREU NETS STORY BOOK VICTORY WITH WRECKERS TO CHECKERS VICTORY IN 16TH ANNUAL RICK SCHMIDT MEMORIAL RACE!

REINKE BACKS UP LAST WEEKS VICTORY WITH CHARGE FROM 20TH TO SECOND AT DODGE COUNTY FAIROUNDS!

July 10, 2015; Beaver Dam, WI – There are some nights where a racing event exceeds expectations with an amazing display of speed such as last weeks non-stop A main at the Harbor Town Showdown, and there are other nights where dramatic events take place and the intensity is so high that you will tell your grand children about the event, and they will look at you in disbelief.

That is the kind of night which took place at the Dodge County Fairgrounds, as the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints presented the 16th annual Rick Schmidt Memorial Race.

Though not yet a household name Rico Abreu of Rutherford, CA, has been exciting fans across the country with his talent. The diminutive racer presented a storybook charge through the field after flipping his car in the opening laps of the A-main.

Aided by the teams of several of his competitors, Abreu was able to rejoin the field from dead last, charge through the field, and take advantage of a late race caution to score an extremely popular victory in front of a near capacity crowd.

Abreu had raced his way up to third when a caution appeared for a cone, which got knocked onto the racing surface with three laps to go in the contest. Under the caution Scotty Thiel who had seemed destined for victory ran out of fuel turning the lead over to series title contender Bill Rose. Thiel had paced all 20 laps to that point in the 23 lap main event.

On the restart Rose started to have mechanical issues that slowed his pace, and Abreu charged into the lead to the approval of the crowd. He paced the final three circuits for a dramatic victory winning by a dozen car lengths over Mike Reinke who had won in a non-stop feature just last weekend. On this evening Reinke charged from a 20th place starting berth, all the way up to second, advancing the most positions from the original starting order of any driver. Don Droud Jr. from Lincoln, NB, piloted car a car owned by Hans Lein. Seven-time series champion Bill Balog normally drives the machine. Droud’s long haul was rewarded with the final podium spot.

For Abreu whose schedule this season will surpass over 100 events on both dirt, and asphalt the stop at the Dodge County Fairgrounds was a memorable one. “Wow, holy cow! it’s pretty cool to see this place packed, it’s my first time here”, exclaimed Abreu upon exiting his car in victory lane. “I hope it was a pretty good show. I was having a lot of fun driving out there”, Abreu stated to a round of applause from the fans.

“I have to thank my crew, they do so much in the background behind the scenes. It was a lot of fun coming here.. I was waking back to my trailer getting ready to take off my gear and then we fixed the car and got back in it, and had a lot of fun racing”, said Abreu of his surprise reentry into the contest after his flip.

“Nights like tonight don’t always happen you really cherish these kind of moments”, Abreu concluded.

Reinke’s efforts did not go unnoticed by the fans, which gave him loud cheers during his interview. “We were a bit behind all night, a chunk of mud knocked a spark plug wire off in qualifying. I might have been able to get a little better starting spot”, stated Reinke of his 20th position start.

“Not sure if that would have mattered as Rico started behind me, and he went by me like I was tired to a post”, Reinke said with a laugh. “We had a really good car, and kept our nose clean. I’m going to try, and get more races in and be around when we can” as Reinke indicate he will try and be at more events as the season goes on.

The 23 lap A-main whose distance was set in honor of the late Rick Schmidt’s car number, saw Thiel on the pole with Droud Jr. to his outside.

Thiel got the jump on the start taking and opening up a small gap while Droud Jr. and Ryan Bunton exchanged the second spot. Rose had worked into fourth just ahead of Aberu when the caution appeared on lap three when Brandon Thone came to a rest against the wall in turn four.

On the restart Thiel went back to setting the pace but before a lap was complete a wild melee occurred among the leaders. Bunton had slide wide in turn two, and began to spin across the entire field, he clipped Abreu who then began to flip. Series point leader Ben Schmidt attempted to clear Bunton’s errant machine, but instead climbed over the front wheels taking a nasty roll down the backstretch severely damaging his car. None of the drivers were injured in the red flag producing incident, though both Schmidt, and Bunton were done for the evening.

Abreu meanwhile had his car pushed to the work area, and with the help of several teams contributing to the repair efforts Abreu was able to return to action at the tail of the field.

On the restart Thiel went back to setting the pace with Rose now taking over the second spot. The lead pair began to separate themselves from Droud Jr., who held down the third position. Rose, looking to capitalize on points began to apply pressure to Thiel as the pair began to encounter lapped traffic on lap eight.

On the next circuit a cone got knocked onto the racing surface from the infield drawing a second caution. The field again bunched up on Thiel for the restart.

Once again Thiel got the upper hand and Rose fell back a few car lengths. Droud continued to hold third with Rick Kelsey in the fourth spot having one of his best showings so far this season.

Further back both Reinke and Abreu were slicing through the field. Reinke reached the fourth spot at Kelsey’s expense on lap 14 with Abreu in tow. Abreu then worked under Reinke on the next lap to reach the fourth spot.

Out front Thiel, and Rose separated themselves from third running Droid Jr., by nearly a straightaway. In traffic Rose would begin to pressure Thiel, but each time a lapped car was passed Thiel would again extend his lead.

On lap 18 both Abreu, and Reinke powered past Droud into third, and fourth respectively but they were still well behind the lead pair.

The race changed dramatically on lap 20. Once again a cone had been knocked onto the surface, and the caution flag waved once more. The huge margin Thiel, and Rose had built was erased as Abreu, and Reinke were now in position to battle for the win.

Under caution Thiel suddenly came to a stop in turn two as his car sputtered to a halt having run out of fuel. This gave the lead to Rose, and elevated Abreu, and Reinke to second, and third respectively.

On the restart Abreu wasted little time working to the outside of Rose whose machine didn’t come up to speed. Abreu shot into the lead and began to pull away from the field. It was found after the contest that Rose had developed a fuel pickup problem, and that in spite of having six gallons of fuel left his car was starving for fuel in the turns.

Rose continued to fall back as Reinke motored by into second, and Droud Jr., advancing to third. Over the final laps no one was able to close on Abreu who took the win convincingly. Reinke had to settle for second after a brilliant charge with Droud Jr. earning third. Droud had shut his car off immediately after crossing the line as his engine began to falter.

Kelsey had earned the fourth spot after putting on one of his best showings of the 2015 season. Steve Meyer passed Jeremy Schultz after the final restart to earn his first top five run of the year.

Schultz earned the sixth spot followed by Scotty Neitzel who gained ground in the point chase with a seventh place performance. Dave Uttech earned the eighth spot just ahead of his cousin Scott Uttech. Russel Borland completed the top ten finishers.

16 of the 24 starters were still on the track at the finish of the contest.

Earlier in the night, the balance of the 24 car starting field was set through the B-main which was captured by Bill Wirth who took the lead in the contest on the final lap from Jason Johnson. Johnson crossed the line in second followed by Jereme Schroeder, Wayne Modjeski, Borland and Kurt Davis as the top six cars transferred.

Heat faces were captured by Phillip Mock, Scott Biertzer and Dave Uttech.

Abreu started the night setting the fastest lap in qualifying, orbiting the half-mile clay oval. 17.056 seconds. That effort established a new track record erasing the mark which had been set by Bill Balog in 2013. Schmidt was second quick this evening with a lap of 17.283 seconds. Rose was third fast with a lap of 17.387 seconds.

Next weekend the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints are back for a double dose of 410 sprint car action. On Saturday night tour will make it’s lone appearance at the high banked 3/8 mile Eagle Valley Speedway in Jim Fall, WI. The on Sunday it’s off to the historical Angell Park Speedway for another round of open-wheeled action on the third-mile clay oval.

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 IRA Sprints are presented by its long time supporting series partners. The series support is 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.

2015 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints Upcoming Events:

7/18/2015 Eagle Valley Speedway – Jim Falls, WI

7/19/2015 Angell Park Speedway – Sun Prairie, WI

7/24/2015 Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway – Oshkosh, WI

7/25/2015 Wilmot Raceway – Wilmot, WI

 

 

 

BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA OUTLAW SPRINTS MAKING MATCH EXCITING! HALF-MILE CLAY OVAL X 900 HORSEPOWER WINGED SPRINTS = AMAZING SPEED!

DODGE COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS HOSTS FASTEST CARS ON DIRT!

July 8, 2015; Beaver Dam, WI – It’s all about the math. Stick a 900 horsepower winged sprint, on a half-mile clay oval, and you have speeds approaching 130mph as drivers sling their cars into the corners at the Dodge County Fairgrounds. Seven-time series champ Bill Balog holds the current track record of 16.211 seconds!

Now add in 24 starters taking the green flag in a 23-lap A-main, the distance in honor of the 16th Annual Rick Schmidt Memorial, and there is only one possible outcome to the equation presented. The correct answer? Excitement!

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints will showcase the amazing speed of the fastest cars on dirt this Friday evening. The event is the first of three shows to be presented this year at the Dodge County Fairgrounds.

This event is the 16th Annual Rick Schmidt Memorial race. 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 list of possible winners is nearly endless, as six different drivers have tasted victory in the first 9 events this season.

A Schmidt name could well be on the trophy at the end of the day. Though no relation, Ben Schmidt is leading the way in the current standings. Ben scored his first career IRA win at Beaver Dam Raceway in early May. Since that time he has recorded four runner-up finishes. That effort is enough to give the former multi-time 360 sprint champ a slim lead in the 2015 standings.

Hot on his heels is Plainfield, Indiana native Bill Rose. So far in 2015 Rose has finished every main event in the top ten. His remarkable consistency goes all the way back to when he joined the series full time at the beginning of 2014. Since that time he has started every A-main and has only a single DNF. The only thing missing from his resume is a victory and that is something that’s coming… it’s only a matter of time.

Scotty Neitzel currently ranks third in the season standings, the two-time champion nailed down a win recently at Angell Park Speedway and considers the big Dodge County oval among his favorites.

Mike Reinke, the most recent winner in IRA competition having won just last week is a standout performer on the big half-mile. Last year during the season finale at Dodge County it was Reinke charging to the lead in the closing laps only to have mechanical ills slow his pace in the final circuit. He’s seeking redemption for that near victory.

The field this Friday will also see hard chargers like 2013 IRA Rookie of the Year Jeremy Schultz, hard charging youngsters Blake Nimee, Phillip Mock and Scotty Thiel and local favorite Russel Borland.

Let’s then add to the mix 2015 rookie of the year hopeful’s Kyle Marten, Rick Kelsey and Kyle Marten.

Proving racing is a family sport toss in the father and son team of Dennis and Kris Spitz, along with cousins Scott and Dave Uttech.

Long time series supporters Steve Meyer, Wayne Modjeski, Bill Wirth, Scott Biertzer, Allen Hafford, Jereme Schroeder, Brandon Thone and Michael Decker should also appear.

In addition to a field of nearly 30 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint cars expected in attendance for this Friday Nights show, two other divisions will be taking to the track. The 360 winged sprints and IMCA type modifieds. Modified cars cars must be EITHER Beaver Dam Raceway, IMCA, or Wilmot Raceway legal.

Spectator Admission; Adults $20, kids 6-12 yrs $5, 5 yrs and younger FREE. Pit admission $30 .

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.dodgecountyfairgrounds.com

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 IRA Sprints are presented by its long time supporting series partners. The series support is 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.

2015 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints Upcoming Events:

7/18/2015 Eagle Valley Speedway – Jim Falls, WI

7/19/2015 Angell Park Speedway – Sun Prairie, WI

7/24/2015 Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway – Oshkosh, WI

7/25/2015 Wilmot Raceway –Wilmot, WI

7/31/2015 Langlade County Speedway – Antigo, WI

 

 

REINKE’S LATE RACE PASS STOPS SCHMIDT SWEEP IN BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA SPRINT ACTION AT MANITOWOC!

CAPACITY CROWED WITNESSES RETURN OF 410 SPRINTS AFTER 13 YEAR ABSCENCE!

July 3, 2015; Manitowoc, WI – In 2002, seven-time IRA champion Joe Roe accepted the checkered flag at Manitowoc Speedway. It would be a long absence of 13 years before fans would witness the return of 410 sprint racing to the banked third-mile clay oval.

The return came in spectacular fashion as the 30 lap A-main was completed in just under 8 minutes, running from green to checker without incident in front of a capacity crowd.

Mike Reinke became the sixth different winner in nine IRA events held thus far in 2015. In taking the victory Reinke prevented current series point leader Ben Schmidt from sweeping the program. Schmidt established the fastest qualifying time of the evening and later dominated his heat race. In the main event Schmidt held the lead in the waning laps when a lapped car briefly slowed him. Reinke, who had been doing battle with Schmidt for the lead swept past and motored away for a convincing win on a smooth and slick racing surface.

“Ben (Schmidt) got by us on the start. I was going to save the tires a bit. I wasn’t sure if the track was going to rubber up I wanted to make sure there was something left for the end”, noted Reinke. “ We got in a group of lapped cars there, and I was able to capitalize, it surprised me, and I’m happy to be here” (in victory lane), concluded Reinke.

In addition to $2,500 for winning the event, Reinke also netted a bonus of $500 from Hagar’s Half-Pound Cookies which was awarded as a unique bonus.

Scotty Thiel challenged Schmidt for runner-up honors during the final laps, with the pair swapping the spot before Schmidt surged back ahead on the final circuit to earn second.

“I have a lot of laps around this place and I really love coming here. I wish we came here ten times a year. It was awesome”, exclaimed Schmidt! “I had to get out front right away, and I knew he (Reinke) would be dogging me the whole race. I saw him four or five times, and he finally got me but it was a great night”, Schmidt concluded.

Thiel, whose promotional group, Six Four Promotions was responsible for creating tonight’s show settled for third his first podium run of the season.

The 24 car A-main rolled trackside with Rookie of the Year challenger Josh Walter on the pole and seasoned veteran Steve Meyer to his outside. Midget standout Jake Blackhurst from Mapleton, IL started in the second row next to Reinke.

At the drop of the green flag Walter surprised Meyer as he blasted into the lead. Meyer attempted to fight back past Walter but drifted high on the track losing several spots as Reinke moved into second with Schmidt in tow.

Schmidt surprised Reinke powering around the rim of the track to reach second, and he soon reeled in Walter. Walter hugging the low line ran wing to wing with Schmidt for the top spot who preferred to keep his ride on the high side, just inches from the guardrail on the backstretch.

Walter was able to officially lead the first seven laps, often by a matter of inches before Schmidt finally gained the upper hand. On lap nine Reinke dropped Walter back to third as he took over runner-up honors.

Thiel meanwhile had climbed to the fourth spot, and began to close in on the leaders.

Schmidt reached lapped traffic by lap 12, and Reinke continued to apply the pressure awaiting a slip by Schmidt who continued to drive the high groove with ferocity. With prior championships at the track to his credit in the 360 sprint ranks, Schmidt was comfortable running the extreme high side of the track to make his way through lapped cars.

By the halfway point Thiel advanced to the third spot, and slowly closed in on the lead duo. The trio of Schmidt, Reinke and Thiel were nose to tail with 10 laps to go. Two laps later Schmidt temporarily had his progress hindered by a lapped car and that was all it took for Reinke to make his move, surging ahead down the backstretch on lap 23.

Over the final circuits Reinke was able to open a small margin on his rivals, helped somewhat as Schmidt and Thiel became engaged in battle for second. Thiel briefly was able to maneuver past Schmidt with two laps to go, but Schmidt rallied to sail back past Thiel as the white flag flew.

Reinke’s lead grew to eight car lengths and he paced the final circuit unchallenged to score the win, his first since taking top honors at the Sheboygan County Fairpark last September.

Schmidt crossed the line a car length ahead of Thiel topping a solid night in second. It was the fourth time this season Schmidt had finished in the second spot. Thiel netted a comfortable third.

Walter held on for fourth, his best career performance in IRA action. Jeremy Schultz, another former 360 sprint champion at Manitowoc nailed down fifth.

Kris Spitz quietly worked his way forward all evening from his 16th place starting spot to take sixth. Bill Rose earned seventh followed by Blackhurst. Kurt Davis scored his first top ten run of the year in IRA competition taking home ninth. Blake Nimee completed the top ten runners.

12 cars were on the lead lap at the finish, and only one driver dropped out of the contest leaving 23 cars on track at the checkered.

In earlier action Rose outran Scott Uttech in the B-main. Scott Biertzer, Michael Decker, Byron Walters and Allen Hafford were transfer cars by comprising the top six spots.

Heat race victories were captured by Schmidt, Reinke and Davis.

31 cars had signed into the pit area, and so far this year only a single show had less than 30 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints in attendance.

Schmidt was the fastest qualifier of the evening with a lap of 12.948 seconds. Scotty Neitzel who had won the most recent IRA race which was held at Angell Park Speedway turned the second fastest lap with a 13.206 second effort. Biertzer was third quick with a run of 13.377 seconds.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints make their next appearance this coming Friday evening, July 10th, at the Dodge County Fairgrounds located in located just east of Beaver Dam, WI. The big half-mile track is among the fastest on the IRA circuit.

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 IRA Sprints are presented by its long time supporting series partners. The series support is 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.

2015 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints Upcoming Events:

7/10/2015 Dodge County Fairgrounds – Beaver Dam, WI

7/18/2015 Eagle Valley Speedway – Jim Falls, WI

7/19/2015 Angell Park Speedway – Sun Prairie, WI

7/24/2015 Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway – Oshkosh, WI

7/25/2015 Wilmot Raceway – Wilmot, WI

 

 

SIX FOUR PROMOTIONS BRINGS BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA OUTLAW SPRINTS TO MANITOWOC SPEEDWAY AFTER 13 YEAR ABSENCE!

1ST ANNUAL HARBOR TOWN SHOWDOWN TAKES PLACE FRIDAY EVENING!

July 2, 2015; Manitowoc, WI – For the first time in over a dozen years the teams of the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints will be traveling to Manitowoc, Wisconsin. The promotional group Six-Four Promotions headed up by sprint car driver Scotty Thiel has once again brought the series back to a Northeastern Wisconsin track. Last year the promotional group successfully ran the Battle By The Bay at Luxemburg Speedway and like Manitowoc there had been an extended absence of 410 Outlaw Sprint Car racing.

The last time the series competed at the raceway was in 2002, an event captured by IRA legend Joe Roe. An event slated to be held at the track in 2004 was rained out.

The roar of the 410 Outlaw Sprints return with The Harbor Town Showdown, which will take place on Friday evening, July 3rd, on the third-mile clay oval located at the Manitowoc County Expo grounds located just off Interstate 43.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints are in the middle of the 2015 season, and will bring to the facility an amazing point battle.

For the first time in many years an extremely dynamic championship chase is underway. Heading into the show Bill Rose holds a slim two point lead over Ben Schmidt. The pair has been trading the point lead back, and forth throughout the early season point chase.

Rose has started all eight main events the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints have presented so far this year, and he has completed every event in the top ten. Victory lane has thus far escaped the grasp of Rose, whose best effort was a second place performance in the season opener. Rose has had multiple runner-up efforts since joining the series, and had made clear a win is as much a goal as winning the season title.

Following Rose is a long list of drivers who have won this season. Schmidt scored his first career IRA victory at Beaver Dam Raceway in May, and has reached the podium in four of the last six events keeping the pressure on Rose in the title chase.

Two time series champion Scotty Neitzel lies third in the current points, and was the winner of the most recent IRA contest which was held at Angell Park Speedway two weeks ago. Jeremy Schultz, and Blake Nimee complete the top five in the current standings, and both drivers have won IRA contests at Wilmot Raceway. Nimee’s effort was his first career IRA victory.

Sixth in points is Phillip Mock, who scored his first career IRA main event win last year, is seeking his first IRA victory this season. Mock however scored a pair of wins at Wilmot Raceway’s own 410 shows this year.

Thiel, currently sitting eighth in IRA points, is seeking his first 410 sprint win of the 2015 season but is the most recent winner at Manitowoc Speedway after jumping behind the wheel of the 360 sprint, and taking the win just last week. Russel Borland, and current Rookie if the Year point leader Kyle Marten completes the current top ten in points.

In addition to a field of nearly 30 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint cars expected in attendance for this Friday Nights show, three other divisions will be taking to the track. IMCA Sport Modifieds, Grand Nationals and Legend cars will join the IRA Sprints.

Pits will open at 1:00pm with grandstand gates opening at 3:00pm. A driver autograph session will be held from 4:00pm to 4:30pm giving fans a chance to meet the drivers and see the cars up close and personal. Racing action begins at 6:30pm with IRA qualifying!

Adult tickets are just $20, with student pricing for children ages 6-14 admitted for just $10. Kids ages 5 and under are admitted free with a paid adult.

To reach the track from Interstate 43 take Manitowoc Exit 149 travel East on highway 151. Turn North on Rapids Rd., there are several entrances to the grounds at that point.

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 IRA Sprints are presented by its long time supporting series partners. The series support is 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.

2015 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints Upcoming Events:

7/3/2015 Manitowoc County Expo – Manitowoc, WI

7/10/2015 Dodge County Fairgrounds – Beaver Dam, WI

7/18/2015 Eagle Valley Speedway – Jim Falls, WI

7/19/2015 Angell Park Speedway – Sun Prairie, WI

7/24/2015 Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway – Oshkosh, WI

 

 

NEITZEL SURVIVES MULTIPLE LATE RACE RESTARTS TO END VICTORY DROUGHT WITH ANGELL PARK SPEEDWAY WIN!

PRESSUSRE DOESN’T GET TO NEITEL, TOPS BALOG AND MADSEN FOR VICTORY!

June 21, 2015; Sun Prairie, WI – From victory lane Scotty Neitzel indicated that in his long and successful career that on over a dozen occasions he had lost the lead on the final lap. Imagine then the pressure of surviving a pair of green, white checker finishes with the 2014 Knoxville Raceway champion Ian Madsen, and seven-time IRA champ Bill Balog on your tail.

At each restart Neitzel was able to power away from the field, fending off both Madsen, and Balog. The victory for Neitzel was one on his bucket list having attended races at Angell Park Speedway since his youth, this made the victory all that much sweeter. The win also ended a dry spell that dated back to September 2013 when he had topped the field in a runaway performance at Amsoil Speedway in Superior, WI.

Madsen finished four car lengths behind Neitzel at the wire, and spent the final two turns having to hold off the challenges of Balog who had come from deep in the field. After a slow start to the night Balog clawed his way toward the front of the pack but was unable to capitalize on three late race restarts ultimately finishing third. It was the first time this season Balog had failed to reach victory lane when he appeared in IRA competition.

Neitzel had started the contest on the pole with Steve Meyer to his outside. When the 24 car A-main accepted starter Jim Barr’s green flag Neitzel shot into the lead with Meyer in two. The two battled for the top spot for the first two laps before Neitzel gained the advantage and began to pull away from his rivals.

Lapped traffic was quickly reached, and Neitzel began to work back markers with authority stretching his lead.

Madsen meanwhile had driven from his sixth place starting berth up to third, attempting to run down the lead pair. The big movers however were Mike Reinke, and Balog. Reinke who started in the tenth spot had a brilliant start, and rocketed into the top five. Balog meanwhile had started 15th and was up to seventh by lap ten.

With the field spread out around the uniquely shaped third-mile clay oval, action was frantic for every position in the 24 car field. On lap 14 Madsen shot past Meyer who had been temporarily boxed in behind some lapped traffic to grab second. Balog by now had powered his was into the fifth spot behind Reinke.

With ten laps to go Neitzel had continued to execute quick passes on lapped machines extending his lead to a full straight on Madsen. The battle for third place began to heat up as Meyer caught and repassed Reinke for the position with Balog still closing the gap from the fifth spot.

It appeared the event was going to go from green to checker as the final six circuits were reached with Neitzel still firmly in control. However, the frantic pace came to an end when Meyer got clipped by a lapped car, and went sliding toward the infield coming to a halt at the start finish line. The incident negated a possible podium finish for Meyer who had been running a solid race.

The field resorted with six laps to go. Neitzel had a cushion of six lapped cars between himself, and Madsen was the race resumed. Neitzel, with clear track ahead, built a huge lead while second was hotly contested between Madsen, Balog and Reinke who were also clearing lapped cars in effort to reach Neitzel.

As the white flag was set to fly, Russel Borland came to a halt in turn four forcing the second caution of the entire evening for the Bumper-to-Bumper IRA Sprints. This setup a green, white checker finish, and placed Madsen, Balog and Reinke squarely on Neitzel’s rear nerf bar. The restart, per IRA rules, has lapped cars drop to the tail of the field once within the final five laps of a main event.

With the green flag waving in the air Neitzel got the jump on Madsen getting away cleanly with the lead. Before the lap was complete Scott Biertzer, and Phillip Mock encountered issues with Mock doing a quick tumble onto his wing before landing back on his wheels. Both drivers had been running just outside the top five at the time and both had to retire from the contest as a result of contact which caused damage to their machines.

This setup a final green white checker situation. On this restart Madsen stayed close to Neitzel but as the final lap began Balog began to pressure Madsen for the second spot. This allowed Neitzel to scramble away taking the victory for four car lengths. Madsen was successful in repelling Balog to gain second while Balog was able to finish third, having advanced the most positions in the event. Reinke finished just outside the podium in fourth.

Title contenders Bill Rose, and Ben Schmidt did battle to the finish, with Rose gaining the final top five position and Schmidt having to settle for sixth. Jim Moughan earned seventh with Brian Kristan in eighth, while Dave Uttech was the final car on the lead lap in ninth. Jeremy Schultz was tenth the first car one lap down.

In earlier action Mock had dominated the B-main taking a convincing win. Bill Wirth, Rick Kelsey and Jereme Schroeder all advanced to the main event as the top four finishers. Matt Vandervere laid claim to fifth and was the first alternate, but he did not start the A-main as all 24 scheduled starters were able to accept the green flag.

Heat race victories were captured by Biertzer, Kristan, Uttech and Reinke.

The night had began with Madsen establishing an new record qualifying lap of 12.171 seconds eclipsing the old standard set by Rose during the last event of 12.334 seconds. Moughan was second quick this evening with a 12.457 second qualifying effort while Rose was third quick at 12.500 seconds.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints now have a weekend off before returning to action on Friday Night July 3rd with and event at Manitowoc Speedway presented by Six Four Promotions. The show will mark the first appearance at the track by the 410 sprints in over a decade.

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 IRA Sprints are presented by its long time supporting series partners. The series support is 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.

2015 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints Upcoming Events:

7/3/2015 Manitowoc County Expo – Manitowoc, WI

7/10/2015 Dodge County Fairgrounds – Beaver Dam, WI

7/18/2015 Eagle Valley Speedway – Jim Falls, WI

7/19/2015 Angell Park Speedway – Sun Prairie, WI

7/24/2015 Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway – Oshkosh, WI

 

 

BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA OUTLAW SPRINTS COVER THE STATE WITH OPEN WHEELED ACTION THIS WEEKEND!

ABC RACEWAY AND ANGELL PARK SPEEDWAY HOST IRA SPRINT WEEKEND DOUBLE HEADER!

June 18, 2015; Appleton, WI – The teams of the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints are going to extremes this weekend! Taking the thrill of 900 horsepower winged 410 sprint action on the road, the series will reach fans in the far edges of the state of Wisconsin.

Beginning on Saturday Night, the series will make it’s annual appearance at the ABC Raceway in Ashland, Wisconsin. The far northern track will see nearly two dozen teams make the trek flying around the three-eighths-mile red-clay oval at triple-digit speeds.

Last season two-time series champ Travis Whitney seemed to have the race in hand until a late race caution, and mechanical misfortune dropped him from the contest placing seven-time IRA kingpin Bill Balog out front. Balog held on to earn the victory, which was his third straight at the track. Scotty Thiel made a final turn pass on Scott Uttech to finish second, with Uttech earning his strongest finish last season in third.

All three podium finishers are expected to be in action this coming weekend.

Along with the IRA sprints, the program will include night number two of the three-night, three-track FastLane Motorsports Northland Super Stock Series, with drivers in that class racing for a $600 feature winner’s check. Also included in the program Saturday will be the WISSOTA Midwest Mods.

Adult tickets are $20, fans ages 6-12 can get in for $5, and kids ages 5 and under are admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult. Hot laps are set for 6:15 pm, followed by timed qualifying for the IRA sprints, then heat and feature action. “Z-93 Race Night” will air live on WBSZ, 93.3 FM, and stream online at www.wbszfm.com, from 4:30-6 pm with at-the-track news and weather updates.

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, or log on to the track’s website, <www.abcraceway.com.

After the ABC Raceway event, teams will pack up, and hustle south down to the other end of the state to present their second show of the season at Angell Park Speedway located in Sun Prairie, WI.

In the most recent IRA event held just three weeks ago, Balog had a record setting night winning not only the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint main event, but taking home his first career A-main victory on Midget action.

Mike Reinke, and Bill Rose chased Balog to the finish. 2014 Knoxville Raceway champion Ian Madsen was in contention for the victory until a flattened a right rear tire slowed his pace with two laps to go, eventually placing sixth in the final rundown.

On that evening Rose also established a new track qualifying mark with a lap of 12.334 seconds.

Heading into the weekend Rose holds a two-point lead over Ben Schmidt in the early points chase with Scott Neitzel, Jeremy Schultz and Phillip Mock.

Blake Nimee who scored his first career IRA A-main win in the series most recent appearance at Wilmot Raceway two weeks ago heads into the show sixth in points while

Scotty Thiel, Balog, Russel Borland, and rookie Kyle Marten rounding out the early season top ten.

Fans attending the show at Angell Park Speedway will see Badger Midgets, Badger Micros, and Wisconsin Legends. Front gates open at 4:30pm, Hot Laps at 6:00pm with racing following Hot Laps. Front Gates Open at 4:30pm. General Admission: $20.00 ; Students 12 to 18: $15.00 ; Kids Under 12: 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

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 IRA Sprints are presented by its long time supporting series partners. The series support is 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.

2015 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints Upcoming Events:

6/20/2015 ABC Raceway – Ashland, WI

6/21/2015 Angell Park Speedway – Sun Prairie, WI

7/3/2015 Manitowoc County Expo – Manitowoc, WI

7/10/2015 Dodge County Fairgrounds – Beaver Dam, WI

7/18/2015 Eagle Valley Speedway – Jim Falls, WI

 

 

Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints

SPRINT-MANIA comes to the Sheboygan County Fair Park's Plymouth Dirt Track this Saturday Night June 13th. The night will be headlined by the upper-midwest's premier racing series, the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series and include Plymouth's own PDTR 360 sprints, plus a "demonstration showcase" race for the new GM604 engine based non-wing sprint cars which are gaining popularity throughout the country as an economy form of true sprint car racing. 3 divisions of full size sprint cars for the first time on the same night ever in southeast Wisconsin! Be part of history and come on out to the Sheboygan County Fair Park this Saturday night, and FEEL THE THUNDER!

Plymouth Dirt Track graduate, and former 360 Champion Ben Schmidt (Rhine Auto #35) currently sits just 2 points behind IRA series point leader Bill Rose. Rose who makes the tow from Plainfield, IN (near Indianapolis) for every IRA event is a true sprint car veteran having competed full seasons with the World of Outlaws, All-Stars, and USAC before making IRA his home in 2014. The 2015 edition of the IRA could be one of the most competitive in the groups long history. A great mix of veterans like Rose, Scotty Neitzel, Mike Reinke, Steve Meyer, Scott & Dave Uttech, Dennis & Kris Spitz, Bill Wirth, Wayne Modjeski, Scott Biertzer, Rick Kelsey, Jereme Schroeder, Mike Decker, and many more now do battle with youngsters like Schmidt, Phillip Mock, Russel Borland, Scotty Thiel, Blake Nimee, Brandon Thone, Josh Walter, Jordan Goldsberry, Jason Johnson, and more..... Plus ofcourse, "The North Pole Nightmare" 7-time IRA Champion Bill Balog is also scheduled to be in the house. A few drivers may even be doing double duty, such as veteran of both 360 & 410 sprints, like Kurt Davis as a possible example.

It's SPRINT MANIA this Saturday Night, June 13th, at Sheboygan County Fair Park. Pit gates open at 3, Grandstand gates 4:30, with warm ups slated for 5:30, followed by IRA qualifying, with racing action slated for 7. Adults tickets are $20, kids 6-12 yrs $5, and with youngsters 5 & under FREE. Come on out, grab a brat and a beverage, and witness some of the best racing you'll see anywhere in the country. It's SPRINT MANIA at Plymouth this Saturday, come feel the THUNDER!

 

 

 

SPRINT-MANIA comes to the Sheboygan County Fair Park's
 Plymouth Dirt Track this Saturday Night June 13th. The
 night  will be headlined by the upper-midwest's premier
 racing  series, the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series
 andinclude Plymouth's own PDTR 360 sprints, plus a
 "demonstration showcase" race for the new GM604 engine
 based  non-wing sprint cars which are gaining popularity
 throughout  the country as an economy form of true sprint car
 racing. 3  divisions of full size sprint cars for the first time
 on the  same night ever in southeast Wisconsin! Be part of
 history  and come on out to the Sheboygan County Fair Park this
 Saturday night, and FEEL THE THUNDER!

 Plymouth Dirt Track graduate, and former 360 Champion
 Ben  Schmidt (Rhine Auto #35) currently sits just 2 points
 behind  IRA series point leader Bill Rose. Rose who makes the
 tow  from Plainfield, IN (near Indianapolis) for every IRA
 event  is a true sprint car veteran having competed full
 seasons  with the World of Outlaws, All-Stars, and USAC before
 making  IRA his home in 2014. The 2015 edition of the IRA
 could be one of the most competitive in the groups
 long  history. A great mix of veterans like Rose, Scotty
 Neitzel,  Mike Reinke, Steve Meyer, Scott & Dave Uttech,
 Dennis  & Kris Spitz, Bill Wirth, Wayne Modjeski, Scott
 Biertzer, Rick Kelsey, Jereme Schroeder, Mike
 Decker,  and many more now do battle with youngsters like
 Schmidt,  Phillip Mock, Russel Borland, Scotty Thiel, Blake
 Nimee,  Brandon Thone, Josh Walter, Jordan Goldsberry, Jason
 Johnson, and more..... Plus ofcourse, "The North Pole
 Nightmare" 7-time IRA Champion Bill Balog is also
 scheduled  to be in the house. A few drivers may even be doing
 double  duty, such as veteran of both 360 & 410 sprints,
 like  Kurt Davis as a possible example.

 It's SPRINT MANIA this Saturday Night, June 13th, at
 Sheboygan County Fair Park. Pit gates open at 3,
 Grandstand  gates 4:30, with warm ups slated for 5:30, followed by
 IRA  qualifying, with racing action slated for 7. Adults
 tickets  are $20, kids 6-12 yrs $5, and with youngsters 5 &
 under  FREE. Come on out, grab a brat and a beverage, and
 witness  some of the best racing you'll see anywhere in the
 country.  It's SPRINT MANIA at Plymouth this Saturday, come feel
 the  THUNDER!

 

 

 

BLAKE NIMEE EXECUTES FINAL TURN PASS FOR FIRST CAREER BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA OUTLAW SPRINT VICTORY TOPPING THE RAYMOND NEEVE MEMORIAL RACE AT WILMOT RACEWAY!

BEN SCHMIDT EARNS THIRD RUNNER-UP EFFORT OF 2015 SEASON!

June 6, 2015; Wilmot, WI – One month ago, Blake Nimee scored his first career podium finish. It was a highlight in the career of the hard charging youngster from Oswego, IL. One week later, Nimee was tumbling down the backstretch after clipping another car that had tagged the wall. For all his efforts it had seemed at time fate hasn’t been kind to the racer whose tenacity has been challenged but never broken.

Perhaps hardened by the challenges endured, Nimee started tonight’s Raymond Neeve Memorial A-main event in the 8th spot, and then methodically picked off car after car to work his way into contention in the closing laps of the race. He entered the final lap chasing down Ben Schmidt, a multi-time champion in 360-sprint action. Schmidt is among the hardest charging drivers on the IRA circuit this season and he had already repelled challenges from several drivers in this evening’s contest.

Heading into the third turn Nimee dove deep in the corner executing a slide job, which Schmidt countered with a cross over move. In the drag race to the finish Nimee nosed ahead. He was able to reach the finish line first by a matter of a few feet.

Officially Nimee’s first career Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint series victory goes into the record books with a margin of .068 seconds. Nimee dedicated the win to his grandfather who had helped him start his racing career and had passed away. Nimee, and his family rebuilt the team. Those efforts were rewarded this evening.

For Schmidt, it was his third second place performance of the 2015 season in addition to his first career IRA victory at Beaver Dam. Those performances have now created a situation where he and Bill Rose are fighting tooth and nail for the season title. The series now heads to Schmidt’s hometrack, the Sheboygan County Fairpark, and he brings with him, plenty of momentum.

Third place tonight went to Bill Balog. Balog piloting his Hans Lein owned #2 machine had won all four of his IRA appearances this year heading into tonight’s action. Though his win streak is at an end he still had made the podium at every show so far.

The main event had rolled off with Nick Alden setting the pace from his pole position, and Schmidt accepting the green flag from outside the front row. Schmidt was able to gain the upper hand, with Alden having to fend off the challenges of Todd Daun and Rick Kelsey. Four laps went into the books with Schmidt showing the way when the first caution of the contest flew when fast qualifier, and Rookie of the Year contender Kyle Marten came to a stop in turn four.

On the restart Schmidt went back to the lead, but he and Alden began to swap the top spot with a series of sliders, and cross over moves. Schmidt again gained the upper hand. On lap six Alden got completely sideways in turn two and was quickly passed by both Daun, and Kelsey.

On lap 8 the next yellow flag was shown as Scott Uttech came to a stop on the racing surface after he and Mike Reinke made contact. Both retired from the contest.

This restart Schmidt had his hands full with Daun, the 2014 Wilmot Raceway champion. Daun managed to slide under Schmidt to briefly lead on several occasions, but each time Schmidt was able to repel the challenge. Kelsey meanwhile watched from his third spot.

Another pair of cautions occurred keeping things tight at the front of the field. The first of these for a gathering between Scott Biertzer, and Brian Kristan, while the later caution involved Alden who came to a rest on the front stretch while running in the top five.

Underway again Schmidt was still in control at the halfway point with Daun still frantically looking for a way to the lead. Further back Nimee was making progress, as was Balog. Nimee cracked the top five and managed to overtake Dave Uttech for the fourth spot just prior to the final yellow flag of the race when Dennis Spitz spun in turn two. Spitz had been running solidly in the top 6 at the time.

The gloves were off as the final dozen laps began. Schmidt again was able to deflect Daun’s challenges but the battle had escalated to the point of nearly making contact as both drivers fought for every inch of real estate. Kelsey meanwhile was unable to capitalize as Nimee now sought the third spot. After a brief battle Nimee garnered the third position.

Schmidt finally got the upper hand on the lead with six laps to go while Daun now was forced to defend his second spot. Nimee was able to work under Daun in turn two as the pair nearly bumped wheels. Nimee then was able to squirt ahead with the second position, and now had four laps to catch Schmidt. Just behind the lead duo Kelsey and Balog were fighting tooth and nail for the fourth spot.

With the finish drawing near Nimee was able to reach Schmidt’s rear nerf bar as the white flag flew. Schmidt blazed down the backstretch into the final two turns when Nimee executed a bold slider past Schmidt. Schmidt had successfully countered dozens of slide jobs this evening, but this one gave Nimee the small advantage that he would hold the final 50 feet to the checkered to steal the win. Schmidt had to settle for second.

Behind the lead pair, Daun was fighting to hold third over Balog, but a miscue in the final turn saw Daun loop his machine within sight of the finish. Balog sailed past to earn the final podium spot. Kelsey, who had held a position in the top five all evening, was rewarded with a fourth place finish, his best run of the 2015 season.

Jeremy Schultz made an impressive drive fro 18th to fifth, advancing the most positions during the contest.

Bill Rose, the point leader heading into the program, made a surprise appearance in a Chris Hartnell owned ride this evening. The car, which won an event with Sheldon Haudenschild at the wheel last year, gave Rose a solid sixth place showing.

Dave Uttech finished seventh just ahead of Scotty Neitzel in eighth. Kris Spitz and Scotty Thiel completed the top ten finishers.

In earlier action, Phillip Mock, the winner of two local 410 sprints shows here at Wilmot raceway, handedly won the B-main. Mock would later finish 11th in the main event. Schultz was second in the B-main followed by Russel Borland, and Kyle Marten in the transfer spots. Trey Detweiler finished fifth, making him an alternate for the main event.

Nimee, Dave Uttech, Daun and Dennis Spitz captured heat race victories.

Marten was the fastest driver in qualifying tonight. He bested the field of 33 that had checked in for competition. Marten’s lap of 13.650 seconds topped that of Kelsey who was second quick with a lap of 13.748 seconds. Rusty Egan nailed down the third quickest lap with an effort of 13.824 seconds.

The top twenty-five cars all timed within a second of the new track record.

A complete results summary from this event will be sent within the next 24 hours

The series now heads to the Sheboygan County Fairpark for an event next Saturday evening, June 13th.

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 IRA Sprints are presented by its long time supporting series partners. The series support is 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.

2015 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints Upcoming Events:

6/13/2015 Sheboygan County Fairpark – Plymouth, WI

6/20/2015 ABC Raceway – Ashland, WI

6/21/2015 Angell Park Speedway – Sun Prairie, WI

7/3/2015 Manitowoc County Expo – Manitowoc, WI

7/10/2015 Dodge County Fairgrounds – Beaver Dam, WI

 

 

BALOG VICTORIOUS ON RECORD SETTING NIGHT AT ANGELL PARK SPEEDWAY, OUTRUNS MADSEN AND REINKE FOR WIN TO MAINTAIN PERFECT IRA STATUS!

ROSE NOTCHES PODIUM AND TRACK RECORD AT ANGELL PARK!

May 31, 2015; Sun Prairie, WI – Records are made to be established and broken, and fans who attended Sunday evenings show by the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints were able to witness history in the making.

Seven-time IRA champ Bill Balog notched his fourth victory of the 2015 season to maintain his perfect record in IRA action. Balog now has four wins in four starts in IRA action this year.

To do so Balog had to fend off a hard charging Ian Madsen and a fast closing Mike Reinke. Madsen, the 2014 Knoxville Raceway champ, was attempting to surpass Balog for the lead when he slipped, and slapped the front stretch wall. The incident knocked his right rear tire off its bead and Balog sailed away for the win.

Less than an hour earlier Balog captured a feature win in the companion Badger Midget feature contest, his first behind the wheel of a midget car. With those victories Balog became the first driver in the history of the raceway to have won main events in three different classes. He had also previously captured a win in Micro Sprints at the facility.

“I have to thank Hans (Lein – car owner) and the crew for an awesome night. The car is powered by an older Dodge motor, but it runs which is pretty good. I had a pretty deep slider thrown on me down in one and two ( by Madsen ) so I had to work for it”, Balog said of the nights victory.

Additionally the win for team owner Hans Lein was the first at the facility in 410 sprints. The prolific midget owner had several wins in the Badger Midgets with multiple drivers at the track over the years.

Mike Reinke making his first appearance since a flip at Beaver Dam several weeks ago put on a late race charge to finish with runner-up honors after starting tenth. It was his first podium finish of the 2015 season.

“I was surprised to finish second after starting tenth. The track had been pretty narrow. The work they did before the race made a good bottom groove and top groove. The guys were able to run all over the place”, noted Reinke. “I was able to capitalize on a few mistakes, and didn’t make many tonight”, stated Reinke. “We were giving away a little speed at the end I’m not sure we could have caught Bill (Balog)”, concluded Reinke.

Bill Rose also placed his name in the record books, as he out qualified a field of 30 drivers in setting quick time, and establishing a new track record for 410 outlaw sprints with a lap of 12.334 seconds. Rose set the standard in dramatic fashion as he was the final car out to qualify, and he established the time on his final qualifying lap. His effort bettered the old record that had been set by last year’s event winner Sheldon Haudenschild who had turned in a time of 12.388 seconds.

The 24 car-starting grid pushed off acknowledging the solid showing of fans with a traditional four wide salute before action got underway. Pole sitter Jason Johnson, and seasoned veteran Steve Meyer, who is celebrating his 26th year in racing made up the front row. At the drop of the green flag the pair when wheel-to-wheel for the entire opening lap before Meyer established himself in the top spot. Balog meanwhile motored into the third position while fending off the challenges of Madsen, and Rose.

Meyer was able to open up a small lead while Johnson came under pressure from Balog. On lap 6 Balog surged into the second spot. Johnson’s strong performance came to a halt on lap eight when he spun in turn four while running in the third position behind Meyer, and Balog. He restarted from the tail of the field.

Only two more laps went in the record books before a grinding three-car incident in turn four. Jordan Goldesberry got upside down going for a tumble, and the cars of Kris Spitz, and rookie of the year contender Josh Walter also made contact behind him. None of the drivers were hurt but all three were done for the evening.

The green flag waved again with Meyer setting the pace and holding off the challenges of Balog, and Madsen. The leaders quickly began to work lapped traffic with Meyer temporarily getting caught behind a slower car. Balog was quick to react, and surged into the lead on lap 16. Meyer was able to reestablish his pace in time to keep Madsen behind him to hold onto second.

As Balog motored away, Meyer’s shot at a victory went astray when he executed multiple 360-degree spins in turn four drawing the caution on lap 21. He rejoined the field at the back of the pack.

This left Balog with Madsen on his tail tank for the restart with Rose and Reinke behind them. Balog stayed in the high line while Madsen aggressively sought a way to the front. With five laps to go Madsen drove deep into turn one briefly taking the lead with a well timed slide job, but Balog simply drove back around him down the backstretch.

Behind the lead pair Reinke, and Rose fought tooth and nail for the third spot.

Madsen’s efforts to retake the lead went awry on lap 28 as he slapped the front stretch wall knocking his right rear tire off his bead slowing his pace dramatically. At the same time Reinke surged ahead of Rose, and seconds later roared past the limping machine of Madsen to take second. There was not time however to mount a challenge on Balog who scored his first career 410 sprint victory at the track by six car lengths.

Reinke earned the second spot followed by Rose to make up the podium finishers.

The third place performance by Rose was his fifth top five finish in six events so far this season. Scott Uttech quietly worked his way into the fourth spot by the finish, clinging tenaciously to the lower groove of the raceway. Scotty Neitzel laid claim to the final top five position taking over the fifth spot from Madsen on the final circuit.

Madsen was able to sneak past the checkered well off pace due to his flat tire salvaging a sixth place finish. Blake Nimee edged out Scotty Thiel for seventh, while Phillip Mock, and Jeremy Schultz completed the top ten finishers.

19 cars were still running as the checkered flag fell.

In earlier action Neitzel was able to capture the B-main event ahead of Thiel, Brian Kristan, Kris Spitz, Walter and Dennis Spitz. The top six drivers all transferred to the main event.

Jereme Schroeder who had finished seventh in the B-main also made the cut as an alternate when Dave Uttech encountered mechanical issues during the warm up laps for the a-main.

Heat race victories were captured by Schmidt, Nimee and Reinke.

The new track qualifying mark set by Rose of 12.334 seconds set the bar for the evening. Madsen turned in the second fastest time with a lap of 12.370 seconds. Balog was third quick with an orbit of the third-mile clay oval 12.470 seconds.

The top twenty-five cars all timed within a second of the new track record.

A complete results summary from this event will be sent within the next 24 hours

The series has a relatively relaxed schedule the next two weeks. Next Saturday night June 6th, the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints makes a return to it’s birthplace, the Wilmot Raceway. The following week on June 13th, the series makes it’s first stop of 2015 at the Sheboygan County Fairpark in Plymouth.

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 IRA Sprints are presented by its long time supporting series partners. The series support is 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.

2015 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints Upcoming Events:

6/6/2015 Wilmot Raceway – Wilmot, WI

6/13/2015 Sheboygan County Fairpark – Plymouth, WI

6/20/2015 ABC Raceway – Ashland, WI

6/21/2015 Angell Park Speedway – Sun Prairie, WI

7/3/2015 Manitowoc County Expo – Manitowoc, WI

 

 

 

BALOG REMAINS PERFECT IN IRA ACTION WITH VICTORY IN CEDAR LAKE TRIPLE CROWN VICTORY, POCKETS $3,000!

POINT LEADER BEN SCHMIDT SCORES THIRD CONSECUTIVE PODIUM FINISH!

May 30, 2015; New Richmond, WI – Back to back rainouts for the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints at 141 Speedway, and Oshkosh Speedzone had left Wisconsin fans hungry for the spectacle of Winged 410 sprint action. Finally on a cool, cool crisp Saturday Night at Cedar Lake Speedway, Mother Nature cooperated.

Seven-time series champ Bill Balog has been testing the waters this season in the National Sprint League, and Knoxville Raceway leaving a feeding frenzy atop the series standings. When Balog returns home to IRA action however he’s proven how those championships have been earned… through victory. This season Balog is three for three in his IRA efforts. His efforts tonight in the Triple Crown event at Cedar Lake Speedway left him $3,000 richer and kept intact his 100% win average in IRA competition in 2015.

Piloting a black number two machine owned by Hans Lein instead of his familiar #17b, Balog spent the majority of the contest chasing Ben Schmidt. Schmidt, who had his breakout victory earlier this month at Beaver Dam Raceway, has been on a roll. He led the majority of the contest this evening on the banked three-eights mile oval, eventually finishing second to Balog. It marked the third straight time Schmidt has reached the podium.

Two-time series champ Travis Whitney was also a factor throughout the contest going wing to wing with Scotty Theil for much of the race, before moving forward to hassle Schmidt in the closing laps in effort to gain second. Whitney would eventually settle for the third spot, but the effort marked his strongest run of 2015 so far.

The 30 lap main event took place on a well-groomed racing surface that the management of Cedar Lake Speedway worked on throughout the evening. With the track in excellent condition, and an elaborate fireworks display taking place during the 4-wide salute, the teams of the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints were poised for action.

Schmidt had started on the pole of the contest, with Rick Kelsey to his outside while hard charging Jordan Goldesberry, and Balog occupied the second row.

At the drop of the green flag Schmidt shot into the lead with Kelsey giving chase. Thiel, who had started in the third row made a bold move and powered past both Goldesberry and Balog to charge into the third spot.

Diving low in the turns Thiel soon caught, and motored past Kelsey for the runner-up position, and then charged forward to pressure Schmidt.

The frantic pace of the leaders allowed them to catch the tail of the field by lap eight while Schmidt saw his small lead disappear as he tiptoed through traffic. Behind him Thiel had his hands full trying to fend off Balog who began to march forward.

The furious action was halted on lap 11, when Goldesberry broke a wheel slamming the wall in turn two, and then a quick flip drawing the first red flag of the contest. The incident ended a strong effort for the Springfield, Illinois native who had been running solidly in the fourth spot. Goldesberry was unhurt but his car was seriously damaged.

On the restart a second red flag would fly when Scott Biertzer got upside down coming off turn four. Though it appeared Biertzer’s car was not too seriously damaged but his crew was unable to fix the car for a return to action.

Underway again Schmidt was able to keep Thiel at bay, while Balog continued to apply pressure from the third spot. On lap 16 Balog swept past Thiel into the second position just prior to a caution flag on the next circuit when Steve Meyer looped his ride in turn two.

On this restart Balog stayed tight to Schmidt’s tail tank, and when Schmidt struggled for grip coming off turn four on lap 19, Balog was able to surge past into the lead. Whitney meanwhile had dispatched Thiel for the third spot.

A final caution on lap 21 appeared when Russel Borland looped his ride and stalled in turn four. He had been inside the top ten at the time.

The final nine circuits went without interruption and Balog slowly pulled away from the field. Over the final circuits Schmidt was kept occupied with Whitney. After closing within striking distance Whitney made several attempts to overhaul Schmidt who hung tenaciously to the runner-up spot.

At the finish Balog had extended his lead to a full straightaway on Schmidt scoring the win in a comfortable manner. Schmidt reached the finish line in second with a once car length advantage on Whitney.

Thiel drove a solid race to garner fourth place, his first top five effort of the 2015 season for the hard charging racer. Bill Rose, who is locked in a battle with Schmidt for the season point lead again quietly, added another top five run. His fifth place effort was his fourth of the year. He only finished outside the top five once so far, with a ninth place effort at Wilmot Raceway.

Kyle Marten had pressured Rose late in the contest for the fifth spot eventually crossing the line in sixth. Marten, a candidate for Rookie of the Year honors methodically worked his way forward throughout the contest from his 16th place starting spot, passing the most cars of any driver in the 30 lap contest.

Jeremy Schultz, winner of the most recent IRA race held ay Wilmot Raceway two weeks ago finished seventh. Veteran racers Scotty Neitzel and Steve Meyer finished eighth and ninth respectively with Phillip Mock making a late race pass on Kelsey to secure the final top ten spot.

19 cars were still on the track at the finish.

Through 26 cars had timed in for the contest this evening, mechanical ills befell series regular Bill Wirth who expired a motor and 18 year old Trent Stengl from western Minnesota also encountered engine problems cutting short his evening in time trials.

With those two cars scratched the B-main was not needed.

Rose, Schmidt and Neitzel scored heat race wins. The victories taken by Neitzel and Schmidt came in in dominating fashion. While Rose and Goldesberry fought hard for the win in heat two in a contest that came down to the wire.

Whitney was the fastest qualifier of the evening with a lap of 12.355 seconds. Thiel showed his peed early with a second place qualifying effort turning a lap of 12.500 seconds. Balog netted third quick with a lap of 12.581.

The top twenty cars all timed within a second this evening.

A complete results summary from this event will be sent within the next 24 hours

The series is now rolling down the highway south to Angell Park Speedway for a Sunday evening contest. The legendary third-mile oval located in Sun Prairie, WI, held it’s first 410 sprint race after a 29 year absence last year. The event was topped by Sheldon Haudenschild.

The front gates will open at 4:30pm, and hot laps start at 6:00pm. Qualifying and racing will follow hot laps. General adult admission is $20, with student tickets $15 for those ages 12 to 18. Children under the age of 12 are free.

Badger Midgets, Micro Sprints and Legends are also on the card for a full night of racing action.

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

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 IRA Sprints are presented by its long time supporting series partners. The series support is 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.

2015 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints Upcoming Events:

5/31/2015 Angell Park Speedway - Sun Prairie, WI

6/6/2015 Wilmot Raceway – Wilmot, WI

6/13/2015 Sheboygan County Fairpark – Plymouth, WI

6/20/2015 ABC Raceway – Ashland, WI

6/21/2015 Angell Park Speedway – Sun Prairie, WI

 

 

 

BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA OUTLAW SPRINTS OFFER UP A TRIPLE SHOT TO CURE YOUR THIRST FOR RACING EXCITEMENT!

TRIPLE-HEADER WEEKEND IN STORE FOR BUMPER TO BUMPIER IRA OUTLAW SPRINT TOUR!

May 27, 2015; Appleton, WI – The teams of the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints have been preparing for a busy weekend, as they bring their spectacle of speed to three different Wisconsin tracks in three days starting this Friday night at the Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway.

Heading into that contest, multi-time 360 sprint champion Ben Schmidt has placed himself atop the standings based upon the strength of his last two showings taking his first career victory at Beaver Dam Raceway. He then backed up that effort with a second place finish to Jeremy Schultz at the most recent IRA event held at Wilmot Raceway a couple weeks ago. Veteran racer Bill Rose has three, top five performances in the four IRA events contested so far to sit second in the standings. One of the most consistent drivers since joining the IRA Sprints he is still seeking his first series victory.

Phillip Mock has also had his taste of victory this year at his local stomping grounds, the Wilmot Raceway. There, he topped a pair of features in local 410 sprint action. He would surely like to add an IRA victory to his win total and Oshkosh is a perfect place to do so.

Drivers are looking forward to the Friday Night, May 29th event at Oshkosh Speedzone as the wide, slightly-banked third mile oval allows for plenty of room to run three, and even four wide, making for some amazing feature starts.

Bill Balog, the seven time IRA champion is expected to see action at some of the events this weekend but is unable to be at Oshkosh to defend his win at the most recent IRA event held at Oshkosh when he won in June last year over Schmidt.

Grand Nationals, Street Stocks, and Dirt Devils will round out the program in support of the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints.

Adults tickets are $20, students 11 to 15 are admitted for $10, and children ages 10 and under are free. Racing action is 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.

Fans and drivers can find additional details on the contest by visiting the track website at www.oshkoshspeedzone.net

On Saturday the teams of the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints head northwest and cross the state to Cedar Lake Speedway for the annual Triple Crown program. The high banked, three-eights mile raceway is ideal for power sliding 900 horsepower winged sprints, and the winner’s share will be a solid $3,000.

The last time the series appeared at the track Balog finished second to Ian Madsen in a star studded field at the Jerry Reichert Memorial. Balog is expected to be back in action with the IRA for this event and he has currently won both races he has appeared in with the IRA this season.

IRA standouts including Scotty Neitzel, Blake Nimee, Scotty Theil, Jordan Goldesberry, Russel Borland, and leading rookie of the year candidate Kyle Marten are also expected to content for the checker flag at Cedar Lake.

Late Models, and Modifieds will also be on hand for the show. Adult tickets for this high profile special are $25 for adults; $12 for student age 6-16; and children ages 5 and under are admitted free. On track activities are set 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 three-day tour will wrap up on Sunday, with a trek to the legendary Angell Park Speedway located in south central Wisconsin. Last year the 410 sprints returned to the track for the first time in nearly 30 years with an amazing show won by Sheldon Haudenschild after topping a frantic late race battle where four different drivers saw the lead in the final two laps.

Mike Reinke, and Scotty Neitzel joined Haudenschild on the podium on a historic night and the show set the stage for a triumphant return of winged sprints to the facility.

Additional drivers expected to participate in weekend activities include two-time champ Travis Whitney, and along with perennial front-runners Mike Reinke, and Steve Meyer. Also expected are top area racers Scott Biertzer, Kris and Dennis Spitz, Scott and Dave Uttech, Nick Alden, Rick Kelsey, Mike Decker, hard charging rookie Josh Walter, Wayne Modjeski, Allan Hafford, Jereme Schroeder, Jason Johnson, Bill Wirth, Brandon Thone, and many more.

The front gates will open at 4:30pm, and hot laps start at 6:00pm. Qualifying and racing will follow hot laps. General adult admission is $20, with student tickets $15 for those ages 12 to 18. Children under the age of 12 are free.

Badger Midgets, Micro Sprints and Legends are also on the card for a full night of racing action.

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

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 IRA Sprints are presented by its long time supporting series partners. The series support is 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.

2015 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints Upcoming Events:

5/29/2015 Oshkosh Speed Zone Raceway - Oshkosh, WI

5/30/2015 Cedar Lake Speedway - New Richmond, WI

5/31/2015 Angell Park Speedway - Sun Prairie, WI

6/6/2015 Wilmot Raceway – Wilmot, WI

6/13/2015 Sheboygan County Fairpark – Plymouth, WI

 

 

 

BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA OUTLAW SPRINTS HELP WITH YOUR MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND PLANS!

FIRST VISIT TO NORTHEASTERN WISCONSIN THIS YEAR HAPPENS THIS SUNDAY AT 141 SPEEDWAY!

May 21, 2015; Wilmot, WI – Have you got so many Memorial Day weekend plans you don’t know what to do? Allow us to help you decide! If you want REAL excitement we can recommend the sound and visual fury of winged 410 outlaw sprints, ripping around a tight quarter-mile clay oval while doing wheelstands at a speed that seemingly defies the laws of physics?

Sound fun?!? It is and needs to be seen to be believed!

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Cars return to 141 Speedway this Sunday, May 24th. They will be joined by INEX Legends, Grand Nationals and Street Stocks, for a full night of racing action.

Heading into the show, sophomore IRA pilot Ben Schmidt is showing the way around the track leading the points. The former 360 sprint standout scored his first career IRA victory two weeks ago at Beaver Dam, and backed that up with a solid second place finish last week Wilmot Raceway to vault to the top of the standings. Several years ago Schmidt was leading late in the main event at 141 Speedway when his engine began to fail … will this event provide Schmidt with his second career win to atone for the one that got away?

Giving chase is Bill Rose, since joining the IRA Sprints Rose had finished all but one main event, a remarkable accomplishment. The only thing that eludes Rose is a victory.. will it be his turn to reach the checkered flag first?

How about Phillip Mock? He’s already nabbed a second place finish this season, and is looking to get back to victory lane after scoring his first career victory last year.

Add to the mix Jeremy Schultz who would like to earn back to back victories after a spectacular drive last week at Wilmot, and season veteran Scotty Neitzel who is off to a fast start in 2015 as you see the list of potential winners gets even longer.

Want more? Add to the show drivers like Blake Nimee, Scotty Thiel, Russel Borland, Jordan Goldesberry, Dave and Scott Uttech, the father and son team of Kris and Dennis Spitz, along with Bill Wirth, Steve Meyer, and Wayne Modjeski and the list gets pretty long with all those drivers capable of capturing the checkered.

Now toss in Add potential rookie of the year candidates Kyle Marten, Rick Kelsey and Josh Walter and you’ll see that the depth of talent this year is unsurpassed.

Action is set to begin at 6:00pm this Sunday evening.

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.

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 IRA Sprints are presented by its long time supporting series partners. The series support is 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.

2015 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints Upcoming Events:

5/29/2015 Oshkosh Speed Zone Raceway - Oshkosh, WI

5/30/2015 Cedar Lake Speedway - New Richmond, WI

5/31/2015 Angell Park Speedway - Sun Prairie, WI

6/6/2015 Wilmot Raceway – Wilmot, WI

6/13/2015 Sheboygan County Fairpark – Plymouth, WI

 

 

 

JEREMY SCHULTZ TOPS BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA OUT SPRINTS IN WILMOT THRILLER!

BEN SCHMIDT EDGES DAVE UTTECH FOR RUNNER-UP HONORS BY INCHES AFTER LAST TURN PASS!

May 16, 2015; Wilmot, WI – For the fans at Wilmot Raceway, the seats purchased with an admission ticket were barely used. With the intense on track action, there was barely time to sit down as eventual winner Jeremy Schultz found himself in the thick of battle throughout the 30 lap A-main contest.

Schultz a former 360 Sprint, and Wilmot Raceway champion had taken the lead when a miscue was made by front running Trey Datweilwer. Datweiler making an impressive rookie showing paced much of the first half of the contest before that miscue allowed a determined Schultz to scramble into the lead.

Schultz then had to fight off the challenges of local favorite Dave Uttech, and a hard charging Ben Schmidt to score his first Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint victory of the 2015 season.

The 24 car starting field roared to life, and Datweiler surprised Schultz by bolting from his outside front row starting berth into the lead. While Dave Uttech, and Todd Daun gave chase.

Three laps were in the record books when heat race winner Matt Vandervere slowed on the backstretch and was overrun by Wayne Modjeski. Both drivers retired from the contest when the race resumed.

Datweiler worked the high groove to perfection as the contest resumed and maintained his lead over Schultz. Uttech hugging the lower groove continued in third while Schmidt moved into the fourth slot.

A spin by Brian Kristan in the second turn on the seventh circuit kept the field bunched.

Datweiler again got a solid start, and pulled out to the lead while Schultz, and Uttech swapped the second spot back and forth.

Just before the halfway point Datweiler slipped over the cushion in turn two breaking his momentum allowing both Schultz to sweep past bringing Uttech with him.

Uttech hugging the low line then pressure Schultz for the top spot. The pair ran wheel to wheel for the lead with Schultz finally able to edge ahead at the halfway point of the contest.

The only red flag incident of the event occurred on lap 23 when Blake Nimee, and B-main winner Scotty Thiel made contact which sent Nimee into a series of end over end rolls heading into turn three. Nimee was assisted from his car and was walked to the ambulance, shaken but otherwise unhurt. Thiel, who earlier dominated the B-main event, was also done for the evening.

The dash to the checkered began with Schultz blasting back into the lead, while Datweiler, Uttech, and Schmidt wrestled for the second spot. That battle lost one of it’s chief contestants when Datweiler went into turn two a bit hot, and executing a slow spin off the top of the cushion with for laps to go. That incident drawing the final slowdown of the race.

The field roared to life one final time, and again Schultz was flawless on the restart. Uttech hugging the bottom line attempt to claw his way into the lead but Schultz repelled the challenge. Schultz got an addition break as the white flag flew, and Schmidt drew along Uttech to challenge for the second spot.

Out of the final turn Schultz powered to the finish a couple car lengths ahead of his rivals. Schmidt, and Uttech slapped wings while heading for the finish with both cars temporarily on the edge of control. Schmidt was able to get his car pointed the right direction the quickest, and took runner-up honors by inches. Uttech had to settle for third after his strongest effort in the past couple seasons.

Daun who had stayed just behind the leaders the entire contest finished solidly in fourth just ahead of a fast closing Jordan Goldesberry who had advanced into the featured contest through the B-main.

Raymond Hensley, Scott Biertzer, Phillip Mock, point leader Bill Rose and Scott Uttech finished sixth through tenth respectively.

In earlier action, Thiel dominated the B-main event finishing nearly a quarter-lap ahead of Goldesberry. Scott Uttech and Kyle Marten finished the race in third, and fourth to transfer to the main event. Marten, the leading rookie this season encountered mechanical issues with his car and withdrew from the main event during warm up laps.

This put fifth place finisher Rick Kelsey into the main event as the alternate to round out the 24 car starting grid.

Schultz, Vandervere, Schmidt and Schultz captured heat race victories.

Bill Wirth overcame engine woes suffered at the last event to nail down his first career fast qualifying effort besting a field of 32 drivers. Wirth’s lap that included a wheel stand was an impressive 13.789 second effort. Rose was second quick with a lap of 13.800 seconds. Schmidt was third fast turning in a lap of 13.899 seconds. The entire 32 car starting field was separated by just over 1 second.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series will celebrate the Memorial Day weekend with an appearance at 141 Speedway on Sunday, May 24th, as they host their next event on the challenging bullring located in Northeastern Wisconsin.

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 IRA Sprints are presented by its long time supporting series partners. The series support is 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.

 

 

ELECTIC MIX OF VETERANS AND YOUNG CHARGERS ATOP IRA STANDINGS AS BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA OUTLAW SPRINTS HEAD TO WILMOT RACEWAY!

FIRST MOUNTH OF 2015 SEASON FOR BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA SPRINTS CONCLUDES WITH WILMOT RACEWAY EVENT!

May 14, 2015; Wilmot, WI – Wilmot Raceway, considered the southern home track of the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints, will host the first of it’s five IRA events this season, this coming Saturday evening, May 16th. The modestly banked third-mile clay oval located at the Kenosha County Fairgrounds in Wilmot, Wisconsin is the birthplace of the IRA sprints, which hosted their first contest over 50 years ago.

So far this year an interesting mix of seasoned veterans, and hard charging young drivers are seen atop the series standings as the 2015 campaign reaches the conclusion of it’s first month of racing.

Showing the way is last year’s point runner-up Bill Rose of Plainfield, Indiana. The 2014 IRA Rookie of the Year, and former World of Outlaw competitor is showing the way atop the standings based on his consistency. Rose who turned in the fastest qualifying effort at the most recent race at Beaver Dam, is the only driver to have finished in the top five in all three IRA events held so far this year.

Chasing Rose in the current rankings is Ben Schmidt who turned in his first full season with the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints last year. Hailing from Howards Grove, Wisconsin, Schmidt is a former standout in 360 sprint action with multiple titles to his name. Driving for the potent Rhine Auto Motorsports team, Schmidt recorded his first career Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint series victory this past weekend at Beaver Dam Raceway. Schmidt is just 30 markers from the point lead, as the first month of racing heads into the record books.

Representing the series veterans atop the standings, is former two-time series champion Scotty Neitzel. Known for his smooth, and consistent performances, Neitzel is off to a solid start, and will be a force to be reckoned with as the season continues.

Blake Nimee, and Phillip Mock round out the current top five point earners. Nimee’s talent as a hard charger was demonstrated this past weekend as the Illinois native recorded his first career podium finish taking third at Beaver Dam. Mock meanwhile sits fifth in the series standings, but he may be the hottest driver in sprint action in Wisconsin heading into the Wilmot show. Two weeks ago, Mock snagged the victory in Wilmot Raceway’s season opening event in 410 sprint action, and just this past week Mock finished second to Schmidt after a late race charge at Beaver Dam.

Former 360 sprint pilots hold down the next four slots in the series standings with Scotty Thiel, Jeremy Schultz, Jason Johnson, and Kyle Marten ranking fifth through ninth respectively. Thiel, Schultz and Marten have already been able to celebrate victories on the IRA tour. Marten, who is eligible for Rookie of the Year honors, is showing the way in the rookie point chase.

Seven time, and defending IRA kingpin, Bill Balog is doing some extensive travel this season, and while he is a formidable competitor on the IRA tour when he attends an event, Balog is not expected to be able to defend his title due to the number of races he will miss. He has, however, won both IRA contests he has appeared in this season taking wins at the season opener at LaSalle Speedway and following that up with a win at Beaver Dam.

A solid showing of 410 sprint teams are expected for the Wilmot Raceway event this Saturday Night, May 16th. A field of over 30 cars is anticipated.

The track’s own 305 Wingless Sprints, mini-sprints, and IMCA type modifieds are scheduled to join the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints for an amazing show.

The grandstands will open at 5:00pm, with racing scheduled for 6:45pm. Grandstand adult admission is just $20.00 for this special event while youth tickets are available for those ages 7-11 for just $5.00. Children ages 6 and under admitted free.

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.

For the latest information phone the trackside raceline 262-862-2090 or check the track web site www.wilmotraceway.com.

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 IRA Sprints are presented by its long time supporting series partners. The series support is 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.

2015 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints Upcoming Events:

5/16/2015 Wilmot Raceway - Wilmot, WI

5/24/2015 141 Speedway - Francis Creek, WI

5/29/2015 Oshkosh Speed Zone Raceway - Oshkosh, WI

5/30/2015 Cedar Lake Speedway - New Richmond, WI

5/31/2015 Angell Park Speedway - Sun Prairie, WI

 

 

BEN SCHMIDT SCORES FIRST CAREER BUMPER TO BUMPIRA IRA OUTLAW SPRINT VICTORY WITH WIN AT BEAVER DAM!

BEAVER DAM RACEWAY CONTINUES TO PRODUCE NEW WINNERS IN IRA ACTION AS SCHMIDT OUTRUNS, MOCK AND NIMEE!

May 9, 2015; Beaver Dam, WI – It had been some time in the making, but the Rhine Auto Motorsports team, and it’s driver Ben Schmidt had been destined for victory lane, it was simply a matter of when, and if their luck would hold.

Snake bit on several occasions the past couple seasons, Schmidt avoided mechanical issues, and outran Phillip Mock, and a hard charging Blake Nimee to earn his first career victory with the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints. Aside from an initial red flag incident the 30 lap main event clicked off 30 laps in rapid fashion running from green to checker.

The smooth racing surface of the third mile, banked oval provided plenty pedal down racing as Schmidt ran, and hid from Nimee throughout the majority of the contest, with Mock taking over second in the closing laps. Neither driver was able to move within striking distance of Schmidt who held a dozen car length lead as the checker flag fell.

“This feels like the first win of my career”, exclaimed Schmidt after returning to the ground for an interview after having climbed the wing of his car to salute the fans from victory lane. Schmidt who had tasted victory often in 360 Sprint action, most notably at the Sheboygan County Fairpark, where he holds multiple championships was able to bask in the glory of his first 410 sprint win this evening.

Schmidt pretty much ran the entire 30 laps with his foot planted firmly on the gas. “I kept looking over my right rear looking for someone to try and pass. No one ever came”, noted Schmidt.

It wasn’t for the lack of trying by his competitiors.

When the initial green flag waved the 24 car field came up to speed only briefly as fourth row starters Mike Reinke, and Travis Whitney touched briefly sending Reinke into a series of tumbles. The incident also collected, 2013 IRA Rookie of the Year titlist Jeremy Schultz. Both Whitney, and Schultz would be able to rejoin the action, while Reinke’s broken machine was relegated to the pit area.

Underway again polesitter Jason Johnson burst in opening lead, while Schmidt who started outside the front row scrambled to make the high side work.

Johnson was credited with leading the initial circuit before Schmidt overhauled him for the top spot. Once out front Schmidt began to check out on the field.

Johnson held fast to the second spot while Scott Uttech, Nimee, and Mock did battle for the third position. Nimee, surged past Uttech on the outside for third on lap six and then began to reel in Johnson.

By lap ten Schmidt already began to lap back markers weaving in, and out of traffic while maintaining his lead. Nimee used lapped machine to his advantage bolting past Johnson on lap 11 to snag second.

Once into second Nimee now fought to close on the straightaway lead Schmidt had built up. Deeper in the field Mock began his effort to advance. He worked past both Uttech, and Johnson for third and began to shadow Nimee.

As the race continued Schmidt kept his margin at the front. When the final circuits came into view Schmidt found himself having to work extra hard to pass lapped cars. This allowed Nimee to close within a dozen car lengths. Mock meanwhile began to surge, finding additional speed in his #1m machine that he had twice put in victory late at Beaver Dam Raceway last season. Inside the final five circuits Mock moved into second, and began to slice away at Schmidt’s margin.

The effort was too little, too late however as Schmidt reached the finish line first. Mock, who scored his first career Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Car victory at Beaver Dam last year, had to settle for second this evening. Nimee held fast to his first career podium finish. His third place effort marking his best run in the series.

Johnson’s smooth driving was rewarded with a fourth place effort also a career high run. Fast qualifier Bill Rose nailed down the final top five spot with a solid drive from the 9th starting spot. Rose, the series point leader, has three consecutive top five performances so far this season.

Jordan Goldesberry netted a sixth place run, followed by Steve Meyer. Meyer coming from the 20th spot had advanced the most positions of any driver in the race. Scott Biertzer netted the eighth spot followed by the highest finishing rookie in the race Kyle Marten who earned ninth. Scotty Thiel, who also won his first career IRA victory at Beaver Dam in an event last season, rounded out the top ten finishers.

In earlier action Kris Spitz turned in a dominating performance to top the B-main. Wayne Modjeski, Nick Alden, Russel Borland, Brandon Thone and Jereme Schroeder followed in the top six to transfer to the A-main. Josh Walter who rebounded from a devastating crash two weeks ago finished seventh just missing the A-main.

Schultz, Dave Uttech and Schmidt captured heat race victories.

Rose turned in the fastest lap of the 30 cars that attempted to qualify this evening setting a mark of 11.955 seconds. He was the only driver to crack the 12 second barrier. Reinke was second quick with a lap of 12.257 seconds and Whitney was third fast with a lap of 12.260 seconds. The top 27 cars all qualified within one second of the fastest time making for an extremely competitive field.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series will now head to Wilmot Raceway located in Southeastern Wisconsin for the first of five appearances this season. The show is next Saturday night, May 16th.

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 IRA Sprints are presented by its long time supporting series partners. The series support is 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.

A complete results summary from this event will be sent within the next 24 hours

 

 

Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series media list.

April 22, 2015; Beaver Dam, WI - With the first event of the 2015 racing season in the books, the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series now heads to Beaver Dam raceway for its next two shows. The first event will take place this coming Saturday April 25th with the running of the Jim Wipperfurth Memorial.

The banked, third-mile, clay oval was one of the favorite tracks on the circuit for young charger Phillip Mock last season. One year ago Mock scored his first career IRA victory in the season opening show at Beaver Dam Raceway and then followed that up with his season a-main win a couple weeks later at the track. Mock undoubtedly would like to see a repeat of his performances last season in the upcoming Beaver Dam contests.

In the other completed Beaver Dam show during the 2014 season, Scotty Thiel nailed down a victory. Thiel’s win it was the only win by a rookie last year. Like Mock, Thiel won’t mind a little déjà vu when the checkered flag fall this Saturday at Beaver Dam.

This year season opening event for the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints took place at LaSalle Speedway. Seven time, and defending champion Bill Balog showed he’s showing no signs of slowing down, besting a stout field of 40 drivers to earn his fourth straight IRA victory at the that track. Balog was able to outrun Bill Rose of Plainfield, Indiana by six car lengths to take the win, giving IRA drivers two of the three podium positions. Brad Loyet a regular on the American Sprint Car Series tour, kept IRA from a sweep of the podium by finishing third. Ironically Rose was also runner-up in last seasons opening event, though that contest was at Beaver Dam.

Both Rose and Balog will be in attendance at Beaver Dam this coming weekend in a battle for supremacy atop the standings.

Jordan Goldesberry came out of the past weekend with a pair of fourth place finishes. He claimed forth with MOWA the night before the IRA event. and followed that up with a repeat fourth place performance with the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints at LaSalle. Over the past couple years Goldesberry has placed himself in position to win on several occasions, and a strong start this year seems to be an indicator that a victory lies ahead in the near future for the young charger from Springfield, IL.

Another IRA regular off to a strong start is Beaver Dam native Russel Borland. Borland spent the majority of the opening contest at LaSalle running in the top five before being pushed out to the top groove. Borland was able to hang onto a top ten run, finishing eighth.

A good number of drivers are expected to make their first appearances of the 2015 season at this weekend’s Beaver Dam show.

Among them will be Mike Reinke who was among the fastest drivers late in the season last year.

Michael Decker will be returning to action after a racing related injury halted his 2014 season. Allen Hafford, is also slated to make a return to action after an accident halfway through last season cut his year short. Other driver expected to make their first run of 2015 include former two-time series champion Travis Whitney, and Nick Alden who had taken the 2014 season off to build a new car.

IRA rookie of the year candidates Kyle Marten, Josh Walter, Steve Muth, and Rick Kelsey are expected to continue to battle for rookie honors. A fifth rookie, Trey Datweiler was collected in an accident at LaSalle, and they will have a busy week if they are to make the Beaver Dam show.

Other IRA regulars expected include local favorites Scotty Neitzel, and Jeremy Schultz along with a host of others including Ben Schmidt, Scott and Dave Uttech, Blake Nimee, Kris and Dennis Spitz, Wayne Modjeski, Jason Johnson and Brandon Thone.

Action at Beaver Dam raceway this Saturday night will also include Street Stocks and Legends cars. In the event of rain the contest will be held starting at 5:00pm on Sunday.

Tickets are just $20 for adults, $10 for students age 6-11 and kids 5 and younger are free. Qualifying begins at 6 p.m., racing at 6:30 p.m.

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.

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 IRA Sprints are presented by its long time supporting series partners. The series support is 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.

 

 

 

IRA’S KING HOLDS COURT – BALOG TOPS THE BEST FROM IRA AND MOWA TO CAPTURE SEASON OPENER AT LASALLE!

BALOG LEADS WIRE TO WIRE IN SEASON OPENING WINNING EFFORT!

April 18, 2015; LaSalle, IL – There has been plenty of talk during the off-season, as seven time, and defending IRA king Bill Balog, plans on testing the waters in the newly formed National Sprint League. His planned schedule currently indicates that it is unlikely Balog will win his eight title this year.

When a king falls, the is a succession of power, and just which driver gets to wear the crown at the end of the 2015 season is open for speculation and many are making the effort to do so.

However, during the season opening show at LaSalle Speedway, Balog was in attendance, and he has proven should his plans change that crown will be difficult to take.

Balog was thrilled with the outcome since the early potion of his night didn’t go as planned. “Earlier in the night we weren’t very good, but we got to start up front which was awesome”, noted Balog. For the main event Balog was able to change his line to find additional speed, which kept him out front of the event. “The car just got tight up there on the cushion, I thought maybe we had problems with one of the tires. When the track started to rubber up I moved to the bottom and put some lapped car in there ( between himself and second place Rose). “It’s great to be here”, (in victory lane), exclaimed Balog.

With heavy hitters from IRA, MOWA, and beyond in attendance, a bit of good fortune fell Balog’s way. In spite of a qualifying effort hampered by a late run in qualifying, Balog was the benefactor of a redraw, which put him on the pole of the 30 lap main event.

Once the green flag fell Balog demonstrated the speed of his 17b machine, quickly outpacing fellow IRA competitor Russel Borland to snag the lead. Indiana native, and last season’s IRA point runner-up Bill Rose, who had started inside the second row, also dispatched Borland to run second by the completion of the opening circuit.

Borland soon became locked in a battle with MOWA regular Joey Moughan for the third spot, Brad Loyet, a native of Sunset Hills, Missouri who is currently on the national tour with the American Sprint Car Series a three time national Poweri Midget champion vaulted into fifth.

On lap four the caution flag flew for Kody Kinser, a second cousin to 20 time World of Outlaw champion Steve Kinser, as he did a quick spin and came to a halt in turn two.

When racing resumed Balog sprinted away from the field with Rose in tow. Moughan was able to get the jump on Borland to gain third, while Borland became locked in battle with Loyet for the fourth spot.

Balog shows his proficiency on working lapped traffic by maintaining the top spot in spite of pressure from Rose. At the halfway point Balog, Rose, Moughan, Loyet and Jordan Goldesberry held down the top five slots.

On several occasions Rose was able to move within striking distance but Balog began to stretch out a six car length lead that the race neared the final stages. Loyet, who had surpassed Moughan for the third spot was ready to capitalize on any mistakes from the lead pair.

With just two laps to go Brett Triplett, and Corey Bruns locked horns while doing battle just outside the top five. Both continued when action briefly resumed before the caution quickly appeared again when Blake Nimee lost speed, slowing on the backstretch.

This setup a green, white, checkered finish with Balog leading the 20 drivers still on the track, back to the green flag. Balog bolted out to the lead with Rose in second trying to reel in Balog while fending off Loyet.

Balog flashed in the twin-checkered flags from IRA started Jim Barr to claim the victory with Rose and Loyet in tow. Goldesberry held fast to the fourth spot just ahead of Moughan who completed the top five.

Tripplett, and MOWA regular Chris Urish finished sixth, and seventh respectively. Borland stayed solid through out the contest representing IRA with an eighth place showing. A.J. Bruns, and Jim Moughan completed the top ten finishers.

In earlier action a pair of B-main were needed to set the field as an impressive list of 40 drivers had checked in to do battle this evening.

In the first contest A.J. Bruns topped Logan Faucon for the win with both drivers advancing to the feature. Third place finisher Scott Uttech was bumped into the main event when Kris Spitz, who had earned his way into the show in his heat race, was unable to fire off for the feature contest.

In the second B-main Korey Weyant took the victory over Kody Kinser, but the charge of the race was made by IRA rookie of the year contender Kyle Marten who had sailed back to the front of the field field after a spin early in the contest which had placed him at the tail. His efforts came up just short with a third place performance.

Heat race victories were captured by Cory Bruns, Paul Nienheiser, Chris Urish, and Scotty Neitzel.

40 cars made qualifying attempts with Loyet clocking in at 11.055 seconds for the fastest lap. Goldesberry was second quick with a trip of 11.377 seconds around the high-banked quarter-mile oval. Joey Moughan was third fast with a 11.441 second effort.

The season is now in full swing for the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints. The series now head to Beaver Dam Raceway for their next stop on Saturday Night, April 25th.

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.

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 IRA Sprints are presented by its long time supporting series partners. The series support is 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.

IRA Sprint Cars | IRA Interstate Racing Association

Event #1: LaSalle Speedway – LaSalle, IL – April 18, 2015

Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts A Feature (30 Laps): 1. 17B-Bill Balog[1]; 2. 6-Bill Rose[3]; 3. O5-Brad Loyet[6]; 4. 65-Jordan Goldesberry[5]; 5. 17M-Joey Moughan[4]; 6. 22-Bret Tripplett[16]; 7. 77U-Chris Urish[9]; 8. 23-Russell Borland[2]; 9. 2-A.J. Bruns[11]; 10. 1MM-Jim Moughan Jr[12]; 11. 25B-Jake Blackhurst[15]; 12. 64-Scotty Thiel[20]; 13. 2W-Scott Neitzel[7]; 14. 5J-Jeremy Schultz[19]; 15. 9-Paul Nienhiser[10]; 16. 35-Ben Schmidt[21]; 17. 99W-Korey Weyant[13]; 18. 52F-Logan Faucon[22]; 19. 7-Scott Uttech[24]; 20. 68-Dave Uttech[18]; 21. (DNF) 79-Blake Nimee[14]; 22. (DNF) 42-Cory Bruns[8]; 23. (DNF) 4KK-Kody Kinser[23]; 24. (DNF) 1M-Phillip Mock[17]

Behling Racing Equipment B Feature (10 Laps): 1. 2-A.J. Bruns[1]; 2. 52F-Logan Faucon[3]; 3. 7-Scott Uttech[2]; 4. 31-John Dines[6]; 5. 44-Jason Johnson[8]; 6. 43-Jereme Schroeder[7]; 7. 41-Dennis Spitz[5]; 8. 25-Steve Muth[9]; 9. (DNF) 23D-Trey Datweiler[4]; DNS 94-Brandon Thone

Behling Racing Equipment B Feature 2 (10 Laps): 1. 99W-Korey Weyant[1]; 2. 4KK-Kody Kinser[4]; 3. 99-Kyle Marten[2]; 4. 44M-Chris Martin[3]; 5. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski[9]; 6. 12W-Josh Walter[7]; 7. 11K-Rick Kelsey[5]; 8. 10S-Jeremy Standridge[6]; 9. 47-Brett Samonds; DNS 99M-Austin McCarl

Weld Racing Products Heat 1 (10 Laps): 1. 42-Cory Bruns[2]; 2. O5-Brad Loyet[6]; 3. 1MM-Jim Moughan Jr[4]; 4. 1M-Phillip Mock[1]; 5. 64-Scotty Thiel[8]; 6. 2-A.J. Bruns[5]; 7. 23D-Trey Datweiler[7]; 8. 44-Jason Johnson[9]; 9. 7-Scott Uttech[3]; DNS 94-Brandon Thone

DMI Heat 2 (10 Laps): 1. 9-Paul Nienhiser[1]; 2. 25B-Jake Blackhurst[3]; 3. 6-Bill Rose[5]; 4. 65-Jordan Goldesberry[6]; 5. 35-Ben Schmidt[9]; 6. 99W-Korey Weyant[4]; 7. 4KK-Kody Kinser[7]; 8. 11K-Rick Kelsey[8]; 9. 47-Brett Samonds[10]; 10. 52F-Logan Faucon[2]

All Star Performance Products Heat 3 (10 Laps): 1. 2W-Scott Neitzel[2]; 2. 79-Blake Nimee[4]; 3. 68-Dave Uttech[1]; 4. 23-Russell Borland[5]; 5. 17M-Joey Moughan[6]; 6. 31-John Dines[8]; 7. 99-Kyle Marten[3]; 8. 43-Jereme Schroeder[9]; 9. (DNF) 25-Steve Muth[10]; 10. (DNF) 41-Dennis Spitz[7]

R & H Enterprises Heat 4 (10 Laps): 1. 77U-Chris Urish[4]; 2. 22-Bret Tripplett[3]; 3. 17B-Bill Balog[5]; 4. 4K-Kris Spitz[1]; 5. 5J-Jeremy Schultz[7]; 6. 10S-Jeremy Standridge[8]; 7. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski[10]; 8. 12W-Josh Walter[9]; 9. 44M-Chris Martin[2]; 10. (DNF) 99M-Austin McCarl[6]

Osborn & Son Trucking Qualifying: 1. O5-Brad Loyet, 11.055[5]; 2. 65-Jordan Goldesberry, 11.377[7]; 3. 17M-Joey Moughan, 11.441[14]; 4. 99M-Austin McCarl, 11.496[1]; 5. 2-A.J. Bruns, 11.511[9]; 6. 6-Bill Rose, 11.517[8]; 7. 23-Russell Borland, 11.651[4]; 8. 17B-Bill Balog, 11.661[38]; 9. 1MM-Jim Moughan Jr, 11.665[6]; 10. 99W-Korey Weyant, 11.793[3]; 11. 79-Blake Nimee, 11.795[15]; 12. 77U-Chris Urish, 11.883[19]; 13. 7-Scott Uttech, 11.884[2]; 14. 25B-Jake Blackhurst, 11.902[24]; 15. 99-Kyle Marten, 11.922[10]; 16. 22-Bret Tripplett, 11.937[13]; 17. 42-Cory Bruns, 11.969[36]; 18. 52F-Logan Faucon, 12.037[12]; 19. 2W-Scott Neitzel, 12.108[32]; 20. 44M-Chris Martin, 12.124[34]; 21. 1M-Phillip Mock, 12.130[20]; 22. 9-Paul Nienhiser, 12.271[27]; 23. 68-Dave Uttech, 12.282[16]; 24. 4K-Kris Spitz, 12.324[25]; 25. 23D-Trey Datweiler, 12.376[26]; 26. 4KK-Kody Kinser, 12.424[28]; 27. 41-Dennis Spitz, 12.487[21]; 28. 5J-Jeremy Schultz, 12.491[39]; 29. 64-Scotty Thiel, 12.556[33]; 30. 11K-Rick Kelsey, 12.620[17]; 31. 31-John Dines, 12.627[22]; 32. 10S-Jeremy Standridge, 12.669[29]; 33. 94-Brandon Thone, 12.683[11]; 34. 35-Ben Schmidt, 12.686[30]; 35. 43-Jereme Schroeder, 12.895[35]; 36. 12W-Josh Walter, 13.027[40]; 37. 44-Jason Johnson, 13.062[18]; 38. 47-Brett Samonds, 13.107[31]; 39. 25-Steve Muth, 13.727[37]; 40. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski, 57.443[23]

 

 

WINDS OF CHANGE – BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA OUTLAW SPRINTS SEASON PREVIEW!

A NEW CHAMPION? AN EXCITING SCHEDULE! HISTORY TO BE MADE IN 2015!

April 14, 2015; Appleton, WI – A continued influx of new talent, some exciting schedule changes, and the possibility of a new series champion lies in store for fans of the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series. The 2015 season breaks loose this coming weekend with the first contest of the year to be held at LaSalle Speedway.

For the past several years talent as been pumped into the IRA Sprints through it’s rookie of the year program. The 2015 season again sets the bar high with Kyle Marten, Josh Walter and Trey Datweiler attempting to grab the coveted Rookie of the Year honors. Wisconsin racers Marten and Walter come from area 360 sprint racing which has become the main source of new IRA talent, while Detweiler a resident of Illinois came from micro-sprints before moving up to 410 action in recent years.

Looking back at the past several seasons new talent such as Russel Borland, Phillip Mock, Lance Fassbender, Jeremy Schultz, Bill Rose, Scotty Thiel, Ben Schmidt, Byron Walters, Michael Decker, Allen Hafford, Blake Nimee, Jordan Goldesberry, Steve Muth and Brandon Thone have all added their names to the IRA record books and they plan to participate in the 2015 action.

Several drivers are looking to make a return to a more active schedule after limited participation the past several seasons, these drivers include Rick Kelsey, Andy Hunt, Johnny Fahl, Todd King, and Kurt Davis.

Of course veteran drivers who have laid the foundation to one of the nations best 410 Sprint series look to find victory lane again this season. Drivers such as Bill Balog, Mike Reinke, Scotty Neitzel, Scott Biertzer, Steve Meyer, Matt Vandervere, Wayne Modjeski, Todd Daun, Jereme Schroeder, and Bill Wirth. Add to that long standing family racers such as the father and son combination of Dennis, and Kris Spitz along with cousins Scott, and Dave Uttech you have a talent pool in excess of 30 drivers who look to participate in a majority of the season.

Balog, the seven time and defending champ will act as a catalyst for the change ahead as he looks to expand his schedule running more events outside the IRA ranks. This change in participation almost assuredly points toward a new title holder in 2015. With a strong group of drivers having already pressured Balog for previous titles the question is in whose hands will the 2015 championship trophy reside. Will it be Rose, Reinke, Neitzel, Schultz or one of the other dozen drivers who have a contending shot at the title based upon prior performances?

The schedule itself could play into the drama with some 33 events listed for the season. Some minor tweaking to the schedule moves the historical Angell Park Speedway to the forefront. The semi-banked third-mile clay oval hosted it’s first IRA show after a 30 year absence last season. That contest, which was won by Sheldon Haudenschild after a dramatic late race charge drew rave reviews. As such, the track will host five events in 2015 including a show run in conjunction with “Cornfest”, a very high profile date on the track’s schedule. Wilmot Raceway will join Angell Park Speedway in frequency of events also hosting five IRA contests.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprint schedule also includes several co-sanctioned shows. The NEW All-Star Circuit of Champions will join the IRA for a show at Wilmot in late July. The Tony Stewart owned series will bring big talent to the third-mile oval in Southeastern Wisconsin. The newly formed National Sprint League will join IRA for an event at Sun Prairie in late August and then again a few weeks later at Cedar Lake Speedway for the Jerry Richert Memorial in mid-September. Cedar Lake has an additional IRA date, the traditional Triple Crown event in late May.

The Midwest Open Wheel Association, is the third series to join forces with the Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprints this upcoming season, being the co-sanction at both races held at LaSalle Speedway. The combination of both groups should send car counts soaring for the shows on the high-banked quarter mile oval which now hosts the season opener on April 18th, as well as it’s traditional Bill Waite Jr. Memorial show in late August.

Six races will be held in the Beaver Dam area, with three events at the Dodge County Fairgrounds on the big-half mile oval, and three contests at the banked third-mile Beaver Dam Raceway.

A pair of contests will be held at the Sheboygan County Fairpark in Plymouth with the annual Frank Filskov Memorial date moving to early August, rather than it’s traditional mid-September date. The Oshkosh Speedzone will also host a pair of contests again in 2015 with the dates being moved deeper into the season to avoid the poor weather which has plagued their season opening shows the past couple years.

Six-Four promotions, which brought the IRA Sprints to Luxemburg Speedway after a long absence last season will continue to promote the “Battle by the Bay” show in late September and will now present the “Harbor Town Showdown” at the Manitowoc Expo Raceway on Friday night, July third, giving fans a chance to see 410 sprints at the track for the first time in many seasons. It will be a great way to start the Independence Day Weekend.

Single events at Eagle Valley Speedway, Seymour Speedway, the Langlade County Fairgrounds in Antigo, ABC Raceway in Ashland, and Amsoil Speedway in Superior round out the 33 race schedule.

The season opening show held at LaSalle Speedway occurs this Saturday Night April 18th.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw 410 Sprint Cars will be joined by Modifieds, Street Stocks and 4-Cylinders. Admission to the grandstand is $20.00 for adults, while children ages 6-11 are admitted for $5.00. Pit gates open at 2:00pm. Hot laps begin at 6:00pm with racing to follow.

The high-banked quarter-mile oval is located at E. 578 on U.S. Highway 6 in LaSalle, Illinois, which is just east of I-39 on Highway 6. 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. The track can be reached by calling

(815) 223-6900

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 IRA Sprints are presented by its long time supporting series partners. The series support is 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.

Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints 2015 Schedule:

4/18/2015 LaSalle Speedway - LaSalle, IL

4/25/2015 Beaver Dam Raceway - Beaver Dam, WI

5/9/2015 Beaver Dam Raceway - Beaver Dam, WI

5/16/2015 Wilmot Raceway - Wilmot, WI

5/24/2015 141 Speedway - Francis Creek, WI

5/29/2015 Oshkosh Speed Zone Raceway - Oshkosh, WI

5/30/2015 Cedar Lake Speedway - New Richmond, WI

5/31/2015 Angell Park Speedway - Sun Prairie, WI

6/6/2015 Wilmot Raceway - Wilmot, WI

6/13/2015 Sheboygan County Fair Park - Plymouth, WI

6/20/2015 ABC Raceway - Ashland, WI

6/21/2015 Angell Park Speedway - Sun Prairie, WI

7/3/2015 Manitowoc Co. Expo Speedway - Manitowoc, WI

7/10/2015 Dodge County Fairgrounds - Beaver Dam, WI

7/18/2015 Eagle Valley Speedway - Jim Falls, WI

7/19/2015 Angell Park Speedway - Sun Prairie, WI

7/24/2015 Oshkosh Speed Zone Raceway - Oshkosh, WI

7/25/2015 Wilmot Raceway - Wilmot, WI

7/31/2015 Langlade County Speedway - Antigo, WI

8/1/2015 Sheboygan County Fair Park - Plymouth, WI

8/2/2015 Seymour Tri-Oval Raceway - Seymour, WI

8/7/2015 Dodge County Fairgrounds - Beaver Dam, WI

8/21/2015 Wilmot Raceway - Wilmot, WI

8/22/2015 Wilmot Raceway - Wilmot, WI

8/23/2015 Angell Park Speedway - Sun Prairie, WI

8/29/2015 LaSalle Speedway - LaSalle, IL

8/30/2015 Angell Park Speedway - Sun Prairie, WI

9/6/2015 141 Speedway - Francis Creek, WI

9/11/2015 Amsoil Speedway - Superior, WI

9/12/2015 Cedar Lake Speedway - New Richmond, WI

9/19/2015 Beaver Dam Raceway - Beaver Dam, WI

9/25/2015 Luxemburg Speedway - Luxemburg, WI

9/26/2015 Dodge County Fairgrounds - Beaver Dam, WI

2015 Season Gold Membership Drivers: ( Those expected at multiple events )

0 Johnnny Fahl

02 Mike Reinke

1m Phillip Mock

2w Scotty Neitzel

4b Scott Biertzer

4k Kris Spitz

5 Bryon Walters

5j Jeremy Schultz

6 Bill Rose

6k Kurt Davis

7 Scott Uttech

7f Lance Fassbender

9a Andy Hunt

10v Matt Vandervere

11k Rick Kelsey

12 Mike Decker

12w Josh Walter

14aj Wayne Modjeski

17b Bill Balog

19 Todd Daun

23 Russel Borland

23d Trey Datweiler

25 Steve Muth

35 Ben Schmidt

38 Allen Hafford

41 Dennis Spitz

43 Jereme Schroeder

53w Bill Wirth

64 Scotty Thiel

65 Jordan Goldsberry

68 Dave Uttech

73 Todd King

79 Blake Nimee

85m Steve Meyer

94 Brandon Thone

99 Kyle Marten

 

 

 

4/3/15

With the season opener for the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series just 2 weeks away, the series is proud to announce a list of 35 drivers strong who have bought GOLD memberships thus far. The series has 32 point shows listed on their schedule, including co-sanctions with MOWA, The NEW All-Stars, and NSL. Opening night is April 18th at LaSalle (IL) Speedway, with Wisconsin's Wicked Fast (WWF) Tour debuting on April 25th at Beaver Dam Raceway. This unique true blue collar series has been rock steady for decades and heads into 2015 with a ton of enthusiasm.

By car number numerical order, GOLD memberships (to date) have been received by..... 0 Johnnny Fahl, 02 Mike Reinke, 1m Phillip Mock, 2w Scotty Neitzel, 4b Scott Biertzer, 4k Kris Spitz, 5 Bryan Walters, 5j Jeremy Schultz, 6 Bill Rose, 6k Kurtr Davis, 7 Scott Uttech, 7f Lance Fassbender, 9a Andy Hunt, 10v Matt Vandervere, 11k Rick Kelsey, 12 Mike Decker, 12w Josh Walter, 14 Wayne Modjeski, 17b Bill Balog, 19 Todd Daun, 23 Russel Borland, 23d Trey Detweiler, 25 Steve Muth, 35 Ben Schmidt, 41 Dennis Spitz, 43 Jereme Schroeder, 53w Bill Wirth, 64 Scotty Thiel, 65 Jordan Goldsberry, 68 Dave Uttech, 73 Todd King, 79 Blake Nimee, 85m Steve Meyer, 94 Brandon Thone, 99 Kyle Marten

More are expected.....

IRA would like to thank Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, Osborn & Son Trucking, Hoosier Tire, TW Metals, Cummins Onan, Cedar Creek Motorsports, and Carriage Auto Body for their numerous years of support, and we're proud to add Twin Lakes Marine to that loyal list of partners.

 

 

KYLE MARTEN AND JOSH WALTER TO COMPETE FOR ROOKIE OF THE YEAR HONORS ON BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA OUTLAW SPRINT TOUR!

360 SPRINT PILOTS CONTINUE TO BOLSTER 410 SPRINT RANKS IN THE BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA OUTLAW SPRINTS!

February 17, 2015; Appleton, WI. - The 2015 racing season for the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints is just around the corner with the season opening event scheduled for Saturday evening, April 18th, at the LaSalle Speedway.

In nine weeks the first green flag of the year will fly for the masters of mayhem, those bold drivers who wheel the 900 horsepower winged rockets.

Joining the ranks of those wheeling the fastest cars on dirt will be two more graduates of the Wisconsin 360 sprint car ranks. Taking a jump up in horsepower, and taking their skills on the road will be rookie of the year contenders Kyle Marten, and Josh Walters. It’s a path that has been taken by many of the front-runners in IRA, as drivers such as Jeremy Schultz, Scotty Thiel, Ben Schmidt, Lance Fassbender and Robbie Pribnow also had success in the 360 class before hitting the road in IRA action.

For Marten the thought of joining the Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprint Car ranks had been a goal for some time, and saw the 360’s as a potential stepping-stone.

“I’ve been watching IRA races a long time, and dreamt about doing it someday. We had been doing well with the 360 and moved up though that,” noted Marten.

Marten, a second generation racer has followed in his father Terry’s footsteps in moving into the sprint car ranks. Kyle, began is venture into racing watching his father in Super modified action at the Sheboygan County Fair park in Plymouth, Wisconsin, and later witness his father tackle 410 action over a dozen years ago.

Kyle’s for opportunity behind the wheel came racing karts on asphalt and later dirt. With six years of kart racing under his belt Marten switched to wheeling a 360 sprint. His first season behind the wheel of a full sized race machine, in 2011 Marten garnered his first A-main victory as a rookie taking Rookie of the year honors in EWSC action at Manitowoc as well as Plymouth.

Over the course of the next several seasons Marten would go on to finish in the top five in points each season at both tracks scoring a total of 10 A-main wins.

For Kyle his progression into sprint car racing is unique in the fact, the same car owner made the opportunity possible for both himself, and his father.

“Tom Mueller gave my father an opportunity to drive a sprint car right around 2003, I helped out in the pit area back then. Tom gave me the opportunity to race a sprint car and we took off from there”, Marten stated.

This past season Marten tested the waters in Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint action running a limited number of races.

“An opportunity presented itself and I thought we’d give it a try. John Rank helping us out a lot with the 410 he’s taking the reins a little bit going forward, but Tom’s helping us a lot”, claimed Marten.

While the success of former 360 sprint drivers was not the main factor in joining IRA, their success did give confidence to the decision.

Marten’s initial foray into the 410 ranks last season was rewarded with a victory at Luxemburg Speedway. While the team wasn’t expecting a win they were expecting to be competitive.

After recording a pair of top ten A-main runs while running a limited schedule last season, Marten made his was to the first annual Battle By The Bay held at Luxemburg Speedway. On that evening Marten would slip past Phillip Mock for the lead during the early portions of the contest and then fend off the challenges of Mock though several restarts to collect the win.

“I wouldn’t say we were expecting it (the win), but when I moved from go karts to 360, I adapted pretty quickly with that. So I wouldn’t say we were expecting the success right away in the 410 but I was confident in the car and knew I could do it”, noted Marten.

“Everything just worked out perfectly, there were some heavy hitters in that field I would have been happy with a top five. Getting the win was just remarkable, it was very cool”, exclaimed Marten.

For the near term Marten is looking is looking forward to the upcoming season. “Rookie of the Year and a couple feature wins would be a goal and maybe win a few more. I plan to focus on the 410 going forward and see how it goes”, concluded Marten.

Josh Walter is also looking forward to the season ahead as a 360 sprint graduate. Walter has proven consistency behind the wheel of a 360, and it’s something he hopes will continue in the 410 ranks.

“I wanted to participate in more events at other venues and experience the traveling of a race series. It’s a chance to branch out and try something new”, said Walter on his decision to move to 410 sprint action this season.

“It was a golden opportunity that came late in the off season. It began near mid-season last year, and I began talking with people to sort out the motor situation to make it happen”, noted Walter.

Acquiring a power plant was an important factor in being able to move up.

We have a motor, it’s in the car now. It was bought from Dan Mayer, and was run by Jim Melis. We’ll take advantage of what we have. It seemed financially that 410 racing is just the right was to go”, claimed Walter.

The decision to join the ranks of the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints was a long term goal of Walter.

“We kind of had it planned all along, it was a goal. 410 is really a place that I wanted to be in my career”, stated Walter.

The success of former 360 pilots instills confidence but wasn’t the main decision maker in the move.

“It played a small part with the success that they had, giving us a little confidence that we could compete. Aside from that it’s just a place we always wanted to be (410 racing)”, Walter said.

Walter looks at the season knowing it will have its challenges but has a plan to tackle the tough 30 race schedule.

“We’re just going to take it week by week. I don’t know that the goal is rookie of the year but we would like to make 100% of the shows, and we’d like to finish 100% of the laps. The most important part for us is making it from green to checkered and make the most if our year”, said Walter.

Walter’s venture in racing, like many drivers, is a result of family ties.

“I used to work for Skip Barber racing and I grew up watching races at Plymouth. My dad raced for 11 years running Grand Nationals and Sportsman cars. Growing up I was a big fan of the Modifieds watching drivers like Donny Goeden, K.J. Skelton Terry Chesak and Jim Melis”, noted Walter.

Support from his family has been important to Walter.

“My wife actually bought my first race car. Jim Melis is actually my second cousin, my wife contacted Jim and bought my first sprint car for me. It was a full roller and I just had to put a motor in it.”

It’s still a family and friend owned team.

Walter’s family run team is known for its success through consistency with Walter expressing his desire to start and finish each A-main event.

With nine years of racing behind the wheel of a 360 sprint under his belt Walter was eager for a change and an opportunity presented itself late last year for him to compete for rookie honors with the IRA this season.

Last year in 360 sprint action, Walters nailed down an A-main victory and was one of just three drivers to have started every A-main event at the Sheboygan. Additionally he was third overall in top five performances and scored a career high third place point effort.

“Our goal has been to finish every single race and run every single lap, we managed to start every A-main. We had two DNF’s but made every feature”, noted Walter on the successful season last year.

While the challenges which lie ahead may be daunting with only having run on a few of the tracks on the IRA circuit it’s a challenge that will be met with enthusiasm.

“I’ve run in the past at Beaver Dam Raceway, but never have been on a half-mile in a 410 so it will be a learning experience. I wanted to become a better driver and in order to do that you need see different places. Those new experiences will be something to look forward to.

To run well at Plymouth would be good, to win one would be great but were just going to concentrate on what we’re doing and try to finish every single event”, concluded Walter.

The 2015 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint season will consist of over 30 events.

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 IRA Sprints are presented by its long time supporting series partners. The series support is 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.

 

 

BALOG AND ROSE HEADLINE IRA HONOREES AT ANNUAL IRA GALA

Brookfield, WI 11/22 The curtain officially closed on the 2014 edition of the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series with their annual awards banquet, which this year was held at the Brookfield Suites & Convention Center located in suburban Milwaukee. A large enthusiastic group gathered to honor the twenty participation eligible teams. IRA again proved itself to be one of the most unique and successful organizations of any regional race series in existance, and the annual banquet always proves to be a testimonial of that. And this close knit group, which was founded in the 60's, has certainly demonstrated they can compete, and party, with the best!

Following cocktails and dinner, the festivities began with a music video tribute of the 2014 IRA campaign presented by Jeff Fischer of Grandstand Video. Prior to turning the emcee duties over to the colorful Ray Underwood, long time IRA President Steve Sinclair addressed the group, recognizing many who make the series the success it is. Sinclair presented Dedication Awards to series officials Fred Ebler and Kevin Spease, videographer Fischer, and to the father & son two-car team of (Dennis & Kris) Spitz Racing. Additionally with the assistance of photographer Rob Eisentraut of RC Design, and Justin Larson of Wingnatures, Sinclair recognized Underwood's spectacular work as "the voice" of the IRA with a pair of gifts. IRA's Tom Tennyson presented Brenda Lee Neitzel with an IRA Appreciation Award for her humanitarian fundraising efforts follwing the late season Scott Semmelmann tragedy. And Gil Radtke, founder of the Midwest Safety Team, presented IRA safety team coordinator Lee Smith with the prestigeous Rick Schmidt Memorial IRA Member of the Year Award, which brought Smith a well deserved and appreciative standing-ovation.

The comedic Underwood then conducted the point-fund presentation highlighted by Bill Balog's unprecedented 7th consecutive Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprint Series Championship. Balog who captured 11 IRA A-main wins and set 9 Osborn & Son Trucking fast times, collected a $10,000 check for his championship points effort, plus and an additional $500 from TW Metals for accumulating the most qualifying points throughout the season. Balog's night got even better when he won a new 2015 Maxim chassis in a drawing among Maxim users who finished in the top 10 in IRA series points and/or were 100% in series event participation. And ofcourse Hoosier tire presented Bill with yet another championship jacket, though this one was embroidered to read, Bill Balog, 2008-2014 IRA Sprint Car Champion.

While Indiana's Bill Rose is a accomplished veteran racer and who finished runnerup to Balog in the IRA point chase, he is also considered an IRA "rookie" as he never competed with the series more than 8 times in any previous season per IRA rules. So it was a big, but strange, night for Rose also, as he grabbed second place points and money, plus a 100% participation bonus. And Rookie of the Year accolades of cash, hardware, Hoosier jacket, and a complete front-end assembly courtesy of R&H Enterprises. Additionally Rose & crew were recognized as the All-Star Performance Mechanic of the Year winners as the car completed every race but one.

9th place points finisher Russel Borland had his #23 J&J recognized as the Triana's Trophy Case / Mother's Polishes & Wax Best Appearing Car. Jeremy Schultz's #5j team was awarded the RaceGear X Best Appearing Crew.

All eligible teams also participate in the very popular Contingency Product Drawing portion of the awards banquet, in where prize packages are made up equaling the number of eligible teams and a random draw for selection order is held to determine the picking sequence from the large prize closet. 19th place points finisher Jereme Schroeder pulled draw position number one picking a HRP top & nose wing combo which included a replacement program good for up to 3 more wings. 10th place Jeremy Schultz chose second selecting a pair of All Pro Cylinder head castings & $500 worth of Lucas Oil products. 17th place finisher Scott Biertzer chose third and selected a 2015 Maxim frame, and so on down the line. Other parts and pieces included in the package drawing included; Velocity wing combos, Weld wheels and hubs, DMI drive line and hub/spindle/king pin kits, Wilwood brake kits, Bell helmets, Hoosier tires, Impact helmets, MSD ignition box and wires, Maxim parts, Afco shocks, Superior rod ends & bearings, Super Shox, M&W mfg, FK rod ends, HRP wings & products, Schoenfeld headers, Design 500 "carbon X" underwear, with other certificates and product provided by Quarter Master, All Star, Brodix, J&J, Behling, Simpson, Outerwears, Auto Meter, WIX, R&H, Design 500, Saldana, Pyrotect, Winters, Hilborn, Competition Specialists, Buege, Mason, UltraShield, and Karavan Trailers.

Following the drawing which concludes the formal aspects of the award presentation, music and dancing kept many til the early morning hours. IRA would like to thank Kim Tennyson for coordinating the entire event.

IRA would like to thank Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, Hoosier Tire, Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Cummins Onan, Cedar Creek Motorsports (Polaris), and Carriage Auto Body for their support, whom without none of this would be possible.

We wish everyone a happy and joyous holiday season. A 2015 race schedule consisting of approx 30-35 events will be released soon, with racing to begin on April 18th.

 

 

THRILLING END TO BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA SPRINT SEASON AS MADSEN EDGES REINKE IN DODGE COUNTY DUEL!

BALOG COLLECTS SEVENTH STRAIGHT SERIES TITLE!

September 27, 2014; Beaver Dam, WI – If you could have seen a 410 winged sprint main event, where the lead swaps back and forth between two hard charging drivers, on the fastest track in the state, in a non-stop contest that is settled on the final lap, would you have bought a ticket to see it?

Many race fans answered yes!

A standing room only crowd was able to witness 2014 Knoxville Raceway champion Ian Madsen take advantage of the mechanical misfortune of one of IRA’s best, Mike Reinke, to steal the lead in a green to checkered A-main on the final lap. Reinke was able to nurse his ailing ride home to just edge out Terry McCarl for runner-up honors in a race that went green to checker without interruption.

The “Checkered Classic” at Dodge County Fairgrounds was a fitting end to the 2014 racing season for the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints.

The final event of the year also crowned Bill Balog champion for the seventh consecutive season. Balog had destroyed his car last evening at Luxemburg Speedway in a wild heat race flip. His team scrambled to put together his backup machine, which was completed in time to attend tonight’s race. After setting the fastest qualifying time, Balog finished eighth in the main event to edge out Plainsfield, Indiana native Bill Rose for the 2014 title.

When the final tally was complete Balog had amassed 3149 points to Rose’s 3041 points. A margin of just 108 markers. It was the closest title chase since Balog edged out Neitzel by 27 points for his first of seven title efforts in 2008.

Third place in the final standings saw a margin of just five markers. Neitzel had earned the spot with 2940, while Reinke earned 2935. Rookie Scotty Thiel scored 2,850 points for fifth

Rookies had claimed three of the top six in the standings as Ben Schmidt grabbed the spot with 2667 points. In the history of the Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprints it was the best ever effort by a rookie class as a whole.

The focus this evening was the 25 lap Checkered Classic A-main.

With a deep invert the fastest qualifier, Balog, started in the 10th position on the starting grid.

Dave Uttech found himself on the pole as the field rolled trackside. Tonight’s’ pre race salute to the fans utilized the missing man formation to honor fallen racer Scott Semmelmann.

Once flagman Jim Barr’s green flag waved, the contest would go without interruption for its duration. Uttech found himself slipping from the lead to the third spot as the first lap completed with Steve Meyer shooting into the lead, and Madsen working his way into the second position.

Meyer, who had placed himself on the podium in his last appearance at Dodge County Fairgrounds back in June managed to open up a small gap on Madsen.

Further back Reinke was making quick work of his rivals. After starting in the eighth spot he was able to slice his way into the third position by lap three.

Reinke soon began to reel in Madsen who in turn had closed the gap on Meyer with the trio in close formation by lap five. Madsen attempted to slip under Meyer on lap eight but Meyer repelled the challenge. Reinke took advantage of the situation sweeping to the outside and rocketing past Madsen for second.

Meyer’s time at the front concluded on lap ten when Meyer opted for the low groove to work past lapped cars, while Reinke chose his signature high line. Reinke’s decision had proven successful working into the lead down the backstretch with Madsen in tow.

Deeper in the field McCarl had been making steady forward progress reaching fourth by lap ten, and then relieving Meyer of the third spot on the next circuit.

Out front Reinke had his hands full as Madsen applied the pressure. On lap 15 Reinke attempted to put a lap on Phillip Mock but his initial effort fell short allowing Madsen to close, and then slip past for the lead on lap 15.

Reinke was quick to rally, closing back in on Madsen, and on lap 17 he reclaimed the top spot. Once back in the lead Reinke began to open the gap that had grown to a dozen car lengths with five laps to go.

Reinke appeared to have the speed to claim this third win of the 2014 season, but with two laps to go the sound of his engine changed from a throaty roar to a more muted sound. It became apparent he had engine issues, as Madsen quickly closed the gap heading for the final lap.

Coming down the front stretch to start the final circuit Madsen swept past Reinke who no longer had the speed to challenge. Madsen motored away over the final circuit to earn his second Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint series victory of the season. Madsen had won the Jerry Richert Memorial event at Cedar Lake at the beginning of the month is similar fashion; in that contest Madsen took the lead from Balog on the final circuit.

Over the final lap Reinke was able to nurse enough speed out of his ride to reach the line just ahead of a fast closing McCarl to take second. McCarl had to settle for the third spot.

Meyer was able to lay claim to the fourth spot with Scotty Neitzel comprising the top five finishers.

Rose, who was in contention for the season title throughout the 2014 season earned a sixth place run. Extraordinarily consistent, Rose started every A-main this year, and suffered only a single dnf. The end result was a second place point finish and a lock on the Rookie of the Year title in his first full season of IRA competition.

Seventh went to Knoxville Speedway regular Ryan Bunton. Balog quietly completed the race in eighth place, and effort that placed a seventh series title in his hands based largely on the strength of his 11 victories this season.

Dodge County Speedway track record holder Travis Whitney earned ninth this season ahead of rookie Scotty Thiel who completed his initial season with the IRA sprints with a 10th place showing.

With 30 drivers checked into the pit area the B-main was an important step for several front-runners to make the main event. Travis Whitney, who had checked out on the field, captured the contest. Raymond Hensley finished the race in second; he had been relegated to the B-main after a miscue that saw him pass by the scales after winning his heat race thereby negating that effort. Scott Uttech, Todd King, Jason Johnson, Kris Spitz and Blake Nimee all transferred to the main event.

Heat races were won by Bunton, Dave Uttech and Jeremy Schultz was awarded the win in the second heat after Hensley missed the scales.

Balog was fastest of the evening in qualifications with a lap of 16.250 seconds, narrowly missing the track record established by Whitney back in 2004. McCarl was second quick at 16.639, while Reinke notched the third fastest effort with a lap of 16.666 seconds.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints will celebrate the 2014 season with their awards banquet on Saturday night November 22nd at the Brookfield Inn & Suites in Brookfield, WI.

The series officials and teams would like to thank the fans for helping make the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints one of the most successful sprint series in the nation and we look forward to presenting you another exciting schedule in 2015.

IRA proudly concludes 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 #24 – Dodge Co. Fairgrounds Speedway – Beaver Dam, WI – September 27, 2014

IRA Sprint Cars | IRA Interstate Racing Association “Checkered Classic” A Feature (25 Laps): 1. 18-Ian Madsen[3]; 2. 02-Mike Reinke[8]; 3. 24-Terry McCarl[9]; 4. 85M-Steve Meyer[2]; 5. 2W-Scott Neitzel[6]; 6. 6-Bill Rose[4]; 7. 7K-Ryan Bunton[7]; 8. 17B-Bill Balog[10]; 9. 16-Travis Whitney[11]; 10. 64-Scotty Thiel[5]; 11. 5J-Jeremy Schultz[14]; 12. 23-Russell Borland[19]; 13. 4B-Scott Biertzer[12]; 14. 73-Todd King[21]; 15. 1M-Phillip Mock[13]; 16. 53W-Bill Wirth[16]; 17. 68-Dave Uttech[1]; 18. 70-Raymond Hensley[17]; 19. 99-Kyle Marten[15]; 20. 79-Blake Nimee[24]; 21. 44-Jason Johnson[22]; 22. 7-Scott Uttech[20]; 23. 4K-Kris Spitz[23]; 24. (DNF) 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski[18] Behling Racing Products B Feature (12 Laps): 1. 16-Travis Whitney[1]; 2. 70-Raymond Hensley[3]; 3. 7-Scott Uttech[6]; 4. 73-Todd King[11]; 5. 44-Jason Johnson[5]; 6. 4K-Kris Spitz[7]; 7. 79-Blake Nimee[8]; 8. 5-Bryon Walters[2]; 9. 41-Dennis Spitz[9]; 10. 71-Chad Tessman[10]; 11. (DNF) 94-Brandon Thone[4]; DNS 43-Jereme Schroeder Weld Racing Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 7K-Ryan Bunton[5]; 2. 1M-Phillip Mock[2]; 3. 18-Ian Madsen[3]; 4. 17B-Bill Balog[6]; 5. 64-Scotty Thiel[4]; 6. 53W-Bill Wirth[1]; 7. 7-Scott Uttech[8]; 8. 94-Brandon Thone[7]; 9. 79-Blake Nimee[9]; 10. 41-Dennis Spitz[10] Diversified Machine Inc. Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 70-Raymond Hensley[1]; 2. 5J-Jeremy Schultz[2]; 3. 85M-Steve Meyer[3]; 4. 24-Terry McCarl[6]; 5. 6-Bill Rose[4]; 6. 23-Russell Borland[8]; 7. 44-Jason Johnson[7]; 8. 16-Travis Whitney[5]; 9. 73-Todd King[9]; 10. 71-Chad Tessman[10] All Star Performance Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 68-Dave Uttech[1]; 2. 4B-Scott Biertzer[3]; 3. 2W-Scott Neitzel[5]; 4. 02-Mike Reinke[6]; 5. 99-Kyle Marten[2]; 6. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski[7]; 7. 5-Bryon Walters[4]; 8. (DNF) 4K-Kris Spitz[8]; DNS 43-Jereme Schroeder

Osborn & Son Trucking Qualifying: 1. 17B-Bill Balog, 16.250[1]; 2. 24-Terry McCarl, 16.639[13]; 3. 02-Mike Reinke, 16.666[3]; 4. 7K-Ryan Bunton, 16.747[29]; 5. 16-Travis Whitney, 16.778[27]; 6. 2W-Scott Neitzel, 16.958[26]; 7. 64-Scotty Thiel, 17.080[15]; 8. 6-Bill Rose, 17.107[16]; 9. 5-Bryon Walters, 17.136[5]; 10. 18-Ian Madsen, 17.154[23]; 11. 85M-Steve Meyer, 17.231[14]; 12. 4B-Scott Biertzer, 17.242[8]; 13. 1M-Phillip Mock, 17.265[7]; 14. 5J-Jeremy Schultz, 17.361[30]; 15. 99-Kyle Marten, 17.448[6]; 16. 53W-Bill Wirth, 17.452[2]; 17. 70-Raymond Hensley, 17.579[21]; 18. 68-Dave Uttech, 17.583[24]; 19. 94-Brandon Thone, 17.636[12]; 20. 44-Jason Johnson, 17.663[11]; 21. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski, 17.714[10]; 22. 7-Scott Uttech, 17.723[18]; 23. 23-Russell Borland, 17.734[4]; 24. 4K-Kris Spitz, 17.745[17]; 25. 79-Blake Nimee, 17.979[28]; 26. 35-Ben Schmidt, 18.211[20]; 27. 43-Jereme Schroeder, 18.417[22]; 28. 41-Dennis Spitz, 18.484[19]; 29. 71-Chad Tessman, 21.551[25]; DNS 73-Todd King

 

 

MARTEN MASTERS BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA SPRINTS – NEWCOMER COLLECTS ‘BATTLE BY THE BAY’ VICTORY AT LUXEMBURG!

BALOG MISCUE SENDS TITLE CHASE TO FINALE AT DODGE COUNTY!

September 26, 2014; Luxemburg, WI – Some drivers wait years to collect their first Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series victory, others have chased an elusive A-main checkered their entire career. For newcomer Kyle Marten, that first victory came in a blink… in fact he’s not even officially begun his rookie season in the highly competitive 410 sprints, that challenge that may be in store for 2015.

A graduate of area 360 sprint car ranks, Marten follows fellow standout pilots, Jeremy Schultz and Ben Schmidt as drivers to have reached the podium prior to their rookie seasons in IRA action.

Additionally Marten now joins Schultz, and Scotty Thiel, both with roots in the 360 sprints, to have collected checkered flags during a highly competitive 2014 season. To get the win this evening Marten was able to fend off challenges of Phillip Mock who had scored his first career series victory earlier this year.

Mock set the pace at the onset of the 30 lap A-main, handing the lead over to Marten while negotiating lapped traffic during the early portion of the race. Mock then kept the pressure on for the duration of the contest awaiting a slip by Marten, which never came.

When the checkered flag fell, Marten had a three car length advantage over Mock, placing his car in the winner’s circle at Luxemburg Speedway, which last saw a sprint car in 2005 when Mike Kertscher had taken the victory.

2014 Knoxville Raceway champion Ian Madsen edged out Thiel for the final podium spot with a final corner pass.

“That was awesome! I was never expecting to win an A-main with the IRA this soon, I’m absolutely speechless”, exclaimed Marten after climbing from his machine in victory lane after becoming the 10th different winner in IRA action this season. The win was very popular with the crowd at a track that last showcased 410 sprint cars nearly a decade ago.

A solid showing was just the medicine Mock needed. He had nabbed a pair of victories early in the season but was forced to the sidelines for a majority of the year after an engine failure strained the team’s budget. “It feels pretty great after not really being in the car for two and a half months”, Mock noted after earning his first podium since June. Mock then gave a solid endorsement to his fellow competitor Marten, “I have to give it up for the winner tonight. He moved up to the top sooner than I did, and was more aggressive through lapped traffic, overall it was just a good job by him (Marten)”.

Tonight’s show presented by Six-Four promotions, was the first promotional effort by Scotty Thiel and Jeff Bonilla. The event was a late season addition to the IRA schedule. It proved to be a successful event with fans already hopeful for its return next season. The program brought 410 sprint car racing to the track for the first time since 2005.

The other major storyline of the evening was extremes of fate for six-time, and defending IRA champion Bill Balog. Balog grabbed the headlines early, setting a new all-time track record in qualifying with a lap of 10.989 seconds, which equates to over 109mph on the modestly banked third-mile clay oval. However, Balog’s evening went awry in the first lap of his heat race however when he garnered the distinction of becoming the first driver to get upside down during the show taking a wild tumble off turn four. With his car too badly damaged to continue Balog, and his team headed for home to prepare a car for the season finale at Dodge County Fairgrounds tomorrow night. So long as the team arrives for that show Balog should lock up his seventh consecutive IRA series title.

The field of 22 starters rolled trackside for the 30 lap A-main contest, giving the fans a three wide salute instead of the traditional four wide presentation, as a tribute to Scott Semmelmann who had passed away after injuries sustained in a racing accident last week.

Mock sat on the pole of the event with Marten to his outside. As the green flag fell, Mock surged into the lead, while Marten found himself having to fend off Thiel, and Schmidt.

Over the opening circuits Mock established himself in the lead spot while Marten settled into a rhythm in second. Schmidt was able to gain the advantage on Thiel securing third by lap two.

The lead pair of Mock, and Marten quickly caught the tail of the field as Mock began to weave through lapped machines. His progress halted temporarily, by a pair of lapped machines, running side by side, allowed Marten to close. Marten opted to try the high line past the lapped cars, a maneuver that allowed him to slip past Mock for the lead in the process on lap 7.

Once clear of lapped car Marten opened a small gap on Mock who soon had his hands full with Schmidt who had closed in on the lead duo.

Deeper in the field Terry McCarl who had won the B-main, and Madsen began to march forward. McCarl working up from his 11th starting spot cracked the top five on lap 12, and was marching forward.

That drive would come to a halt however just past the halfway point.

On lap 16 Blake Nimee had driveline issues that resulted in a spin into the infield. Slowing to avoid him, Todd King, making his first appearance of the year spun, and stalled, just in front of the leaders in turn two. Marten, Mock, and Schmidt managed to avoid King, but fourth running McCarl was unable to miss his stalled ride. The resulting contact dropped both King, and McCarl from the contest. Additionally Nimee was unable to refire his car resulting in all three leaving the race.

The contest resumed with Marten again showing the way, challenged by Mock, and Schmidt who had briefly darted by Mock for second.

On lap 19 Schmidt suddenly pulled into the infield giving up the third spot with another potential podium finish stolen from the hard charging rookie by mechanical gremlins that have negated several potential race-winning efforts this year.

Thiel now inherited the third spot trying to run down Marten and Mock who continued to show the way out front.

Marten appeared to have the race in hand when Schultz, and Steve Meyer locked horns while doing battle for the fifth spot on lap 28. The resulting contact sent Meyer onto his side and the red flag appeared as a result. Meyer was unhurt but unable to continue, while Schultz was able to return after some quick work by his crew. Under the red flag safety crews attended to a small oil fire on the machine of Bill Wirth who was comfortably inside the top ten. The fire was extinguished quickly, and Wirth was able to continue when the race resumed.

The race was now a two-lap dash to the checker with no lapped machines among the leaders. Marten, Mock, Thiel, Madsen, and Scotty Neitzel in the top five positions.

Wasting little time Marten was on the gas hard at the restart line gaining a small advantage in Mock. Thiel meanwhile had his hand full with Madsen, working hard to retain the final podium spot.

Marten’s kept his foot firmly planted on the accelerator taking the victory. Mock’s effort resulted in a second place run. On the final turn Madsen was able to sneak past Thiel for the final podium spot with Thiel having to settle for fourth. Neitzel’s steady performance resulted in a fifth place effort.

Two-time series champion Travis Whitney earned the sixth spot just ahead of Bill Rose in seventh. Rose’s season long consistency has resulted in his being a threat to steal the title from Balog as he currently ranks second in the season standings. The championship will be decided during the final event of the year with Balog still showing the way by a fairly comfortable margin but the gap has narrowed greatly over the past few weeks.

Wirth, Wayne Modjeski, and Kris Spitz comprised eighth through tenth in the final rundown.

17 of the 22 starters were still on the tack at the finish of the contest.

Earlier in the night Terry McCarl dominated the B-main for a convincing win over Dave Uttech, Scott Uttech, Russel Borland and Byron Walters in the top five. Wirth, King and Dennis Spitz also transferred as eight cars came from the B-main rather than the usual seven, when Mike Reinke was forced to scratch from the main event with engine ills.

Heat race wins were collected by Madsen, Neitzel and Kris Spitz.

The first heat race was especially chaotic with three red flags. Balog, Todd Daun and Borland all got upside down during the event. Of the three only Borland was able to continue, eventually making the main event.

Twenty eight cars had appeared for tonight’s show, with 27 taking time. Raymond Hensley expired a motor in hot laps and was unable to take a qualifying lap. Balog’s record setting lap of 10.989 seconds set the pace, followed by Schultz with a lap of 11.145 seconds. Whitney was third quick with an 11.170 second effort. The top 25 cars all qualified within a second of Balog’s record pace.

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 concludes 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 #23 – Luxemburg Speedway – Luxemburg, WI – September 26, 2014

IRA Sprint Cars | IRA Interstate Racing Association “Battle By The Bay” A Feature (30 Laps): 1. 99-Kyle Marten; 2. 1m-Phillip Mock; 3. 18-Ian Madsen; 4. 64-Scotty Thiel; 5. 2w-Scotty Neitzel; 6. 16-Travis Whitney; 7. 6r-Bill Rose; 8. 53w-Bill Wirth; 9. 14aj-Wayne Modjeski; 10. 4k-Kris Spitz; 11. 5j-Jeremy Schultz; 12. Scott Uttech; 13. 68-Dave Uttech; 14. 43-Jereme Schroeder; 15. Dennis Spitz; 16. Byron Walters; 17. 85m-Steve Meyer-dnf; 18. 35-Ben Schmidt-dnf; 19. 23-Russel Borland-dnf; 20. 24-Terry McCarl-dnf; 21. 79-Blake Nimee-dnf; 22. 73-Todd King-dnf

Behling Circle Track B Feature (15 Laps): 1. 24-Terry McCarl; 2. 68-Dave Uttech; 3. 7- Scott Uttech; 4. 23-Russel Borland; 5. 5w-Byron Walters; 6. 53w-Bill Wirth; 7. 73-Todd King; 8. 41-Dennis Spitz; 9. 1-Paul Pokorski-dnf; 10. 94-Brandon Thone-dnf; 11. 70-Raymond Hensley-dnf; 12. 17b-Bill Balog-dns Weld Racing Heat 1 (10 Laps): 1. 18-Ian Madsen; 2. 35-Ben Schmidt; 3. 99-Kyle Marten; 4. 14-Wayne Modjeski; 5. 02-Mike Reinke; 6. 23-Russel Borland-dnf; 7. 48h-Todd Daun-dnf; 8. 73-Todd King-dnf; 9. 17b-Bill Balog-ndf; 10. 70 Raymond Hensley-dns Diversified Machine Inc. Heat 2 (10 Laps): 1. 2w-Scotty Neitzel; 2. 85m-Steve Meyer; 3. 1m-Phillip Mock; 4. 64-Scotty Thiel; 5. 5j-Jeremy Schultz; 6. 24-Terry McCarl; 7. 41-Dennis Spitz; 8. 94-Brandon Thone; 9. 53w-Bill Wirth All Star Performance Heat 3 (10 Laps): 1. 4k-Kris Spitz; 2. 79-Blake Nimee; 3. 16-Travis Whitney; 4. 6r-Bill Rose; 5. 43-Jereme Schroeder; 6. 5w-Byron Walters; 7. 1-Paul Pokorski; 8. 7-Scott UIttech; 9. 68-Dave Uttech-dnf Osborn & Son Qualifying (Top 10): 1. 17b-Bill Balog, 10.989; 2. 5j-Jeremy Schultz, 11.145; 3. 16-Travis Whitney, 11.170; 4. 02-Mike Reinke, 11.178; 5. 24-Terry McCarl, 11.227; 6. 5w-Byron Walters, 11.243; 7. 35-Ben Schmidt, 11.281; 8. 64-Scotty Thiel, 11.322; 9. 68-Dave Uttech, 11.373; 10. 99-Kyle Marten, 11.410

 

 

2014 BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA OUTLAW SPRINT SEASON TO CONCLUDE WITH EVENTS AT LUXEMBURG AND DODGE COUNTY THIS WEEKEND!

POINT CHASES EXTREMELY TIGHT THROUGHOUT THE TOP 15!

September 22, 2014; Appleton, WI – While it may feel like just days ago that the wraps came off the 2014 racing season, the calendar now indicates the 2014 season is fast coming to a close.

With 22 events completed so for the final two shows will take place this coming weekend.

Bill Balog sits in a familiar place, atop the point standings. On the strength of 11 victories, Balog is poised to capture his seventh straight Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint series title. The championship total is second only to open wheeled legend Joe Roe who amassed nine titles in his storied career.

Bill Rose of Plainfield, Indiana appears to be locking up Rookie of the Year honors in his first full season in IRA Sprint action. Rose, had completed every lap of every A-main until an accident at Plymouth Dirt Track knocked him from the main event during the early portions of the race two weeks ago. Still the remarkable consistency has laid the groundwork for an impressive first year with the series. Rose has been within striking distance of a victory and this upcoming weekend is the last opportunity to capture a victory in 2014.

Though he has missed several shows, Mike Reinke lies third in points and is perhaps having one of his best seasons. Already capturing a pair of wins Reinke also notched three track qualifying records, and has finished in the top ten in main events in all but a single appearance. He currently sits third in the overall standings.

Veteran racer Scotty Neitzel currently sits fourth overall in the standings, his consistent on track performances have overcome a slow start to the season which had several dnf’s. Still, Neitzel is one of just three drivers to have started every A-main this year. A testament to the knowledge, and skill acquired in years of battle behind the wheel of a sprint car.

Rookie’s Scotty Thiel and Ben Schmidt are currently fifth and sixth in the standings. Once again, area 360 sprint car racing has provided the IRA with hard charging competitors in this year’s rookie chase. Thiel will go on record as marking the season straight season a rookie has captured an A-main win, no easy fete with the tough field the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints bring the track every week. Schmidt meanwhile, is one of just three drivers looking to have started every A-main this year, joining Rose and Neitzel in that elite category.

Scott Uttech’s current point position matches his car number. A budget racer Uttech and his small team have reached the podium on several occasions this year and have rallied past occasional mechanical issues to place themselves solidly in the top ten.

Veteran racer Steve Meyer is holding down the eighth spot in the standings in spite of running a somewhat limited schedule. He will be celebrating his 25th season in racing with a solid top ten point showing.

Positions nine through 14 are extremely close and only a handful of points separate those positions. Russel Borland, Blake Nimee, Dave Uttech, 2013 Rookie of the Year Jeremy Schultz, Kris Spitz and Wayne Modjeski all have a chance to lock down a top ten spot.

It is anticipated all of the aforementioned drivers will be in attendance for the shows this weekend.

First up is a trip to Luxemburg Speedway.

Action 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 presented 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.

 

 

OUR DARKEST DAY – SCOTT SEMMELMANN TRAGEDY AT BEAVER DAM RACEWAY

IRA SPRINTS WILL CONCLUDE SEASON NEXT WEEKEND AS PLANNED

September 20, 2014; Beaver Dam, WI – It is with our greatest sympathies, we at the IRA Outlaw Sprint Series must inform our fans of the passing of driver Scott Semmelmann after an accident at Beaver Dam Raceway just before 6:00pm Saturday evening.

During the second of three hot lap sessions Semmelmann was involved in an incident that was fatal. The 47 year old, Brookefield, Wisconsin native was making his first start of the 2014 season with the IRA Sprints. Out of respect for the Semmelmann family the program for the evening was cancelled after agreement between the IRA Sprint Series, and Beaver Dam Raceway management.

Fans, drivers and crew members were offered an opportunity for a refund, but had the option to donate the money to the family, which most did. Beaver Dam Raceway and the IRA Outlaw Sprint Car Series express their condolences to the family and donated proceeds from the evening to the family.

The event at Beaver Dam Raceway race will not be rescheduled, however, the remaining two events on the schedule will go on as planned.

The 2014 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.

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.

 

 

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

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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.

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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
Website: www.irasprints.com
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