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Another Double Header Weekend Ahead for the IRA

With only 3 point races left on the Bumper to Bumper Interstate Racing Association(IRA) schedule, the year is quickly coming to a close. This weekend the series will make its final visit of the year at both the Beaver Dam Raceway and it's only visit of the year to the the LaSalle Speedway.

Saturday September 23rd, the IRA will head back to the Beaver Dam Raceway for the 3rd annual Scott Semmelman Memorial. Beaver Dam Raceway has been one of Bill Balog's strongest tracks, with him winning all 3 previous visits there this year in IRA competition. Coming off a week that saw Balog win his 100th career IRA feature win Wednesday night at the Dirt Oval 66, as well as a UMSS 360 win Friday night in Spencer, Iowa, and then win his first career Wisconsin wingLESS series presented by the IRA feature win Saturday at Wilmot Raceway, Balog is riding into Beaver Dam on a huge wave of momentum and will be looking to carry that all the way to victory lane. The Scott Semmelman Memorial however, has been Balog's Achilles heel, as he has been unable to win in the prior two running's despite being so strong at the high banked 1/3rd mile oval. One driver who could beat Balog this Saturday, is inaugural Scott Semmelman memorial winner Jordan Goldesberry. Goldesberry carries 2 career IRA wins into Beaver Dam and leads a group of veterans who are yet to get a victory in IRA competition this year. Others in that group include 2 time champion Scotty Neitzel, former Knoxville Track Record holder Mike Reinke and the man who was victorious twice at the Beaver Dam Raceway in 2014, Phillip Mock. Scotty Thiel could also be a strong contender, after two great charges this past week, driving from 11th to 5th Wednesday night in Joliet, and then an incredible 22nd to 6th run against a stacked field of cars at the Clay County Fairgrounds.

Sunday the series heads to LaSalle Speedway for Bill Waite Jr. Memorial, an event that is always exciting as the Midwest Open Wheel Association(MOWA) co sanctions the event with the IRA, and boasts one of the biggest purses of the year for the IRA, paying $5000 to win and $500 to start. Bill Balog is the defending event winner and will be looking to repeat, but will face challenges from not only the IRAs top competitors like Jeremy Schultz and Kyle Martin but also from the top MOWA drivers. Former ASCS regional champion Brad Loyet leads the MOWA Points as they head to LaSalle and will surely be at the front when the checkered flag drops Sunday night. Other top MOWA drivers include Jim Moughan, AJ Bruns and Jacob Patton. Another man to watch will be Bret Tripplett, who just recently picked up his first MOWA feature win. Hot laps to begin at 4:30 on Sunday, so be sure to get to LaSalle early as it is expected to be a packed house.

Mufflers are required at Beaver Dam, but will not be required Sunday at LaSalle.

The IRA would like to thank our wonderful sponsors, Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts, Osborn and Son Trucking, TW Metals, Carriage Auto Body, Cummins Onan, Hopf Farms, Hagar’s Half Pound Cookies and Hoosier Tire.

 

 

IRA Races Through Northern Wisconsin

When the calendar turns to September and the weather starts to cool down, fans know it's time for one of the biggest weekends of the year for the Bumper to Bumper Interstate Racing Association(IRA). Friday night, September 8th the series heads to the Amsoil Speedway in Superior Wisconsin for night 1 of their annual Northern Nationals. Then on Saturday the teams head to New Richmond Wisconsin’s Cedar Lake Speedway for the Jerry Richert Memorial.

The Northern Nationals is always a huge event for the Amsoil Speedway, and with all their camping spots already sold out it seems this year will be no different. A standing room only crowd is expected to witness what is always an exciting show. Bill Balog will be trying to repeat his feature winning performance from one year ago, but an IRA driver has not been able to win back to back at the Northern Nationals since Balog himself won 3 in a row from 2010-2012. Since 2012, 2 time IRA champion Scotty Neitzel picked up a win, as well as Knoxville regulars Dusty Zomer and Davey Heskin. This year should once again see IRAs best up against some of the best from Knoxville and around the Midwest.

On Saturday fans will witness the 2017 Jerry Richert Memorial, a race that pays honor to the winner of the 2nd annual Knoxville Nationals, and the father to longtime Midwest driver Jerry Richert Jr, as well as father-in-law to Brooke Tatnell. The Richert Memorial is always one of the biggest shows all year and this year with $5000 up for grabs it’s sure to be no different. Bill Balog will be looking for a repeat win at Cedar Lake, just like Amsoil Speedway, and if he can win both nights, he will become the first driver in IRA history to enter triple digit career wins, as he currently sits at 98 wins. But with numerous IRA veterans like Scotty Neitzel still looking for there first win of 2017, and young guns like Scotty Thiel and Kyle Marten, wins will not come easy. Throw in a handful of Knoxville regulars and Midwest heavy hitters, and fans will be treated to two nights of great racing at two spectacular venues.

The IRA would like to thank our loyal sponsors, Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts, Osborn and Son Trucking, TW Metals, Carriage Auto Body, Cummins Onan, Hopf Farms, Hagar’s Half Pound Cookies and Hoosier Tire.

 

 

Balog Wins Labor Day Weekend at 141 Speedway

After a very rainy Saturday caused the Sheboygan County Fair race to be canceled, the final night for the Hopf Farms Bullring Showdown was moved to Sunday at the 141 Speedway. 32 teams signed in for action on the Labor Day weekend Sunday night. In Osborn and Son Trucking Qualifying Bill Balog set quick time over 2016 IRA champion Jeremy Schultz. Justin Henderson would time in 3rd followed by Todd King and Ben Schmidt.

Weld Wheels Heat Race 1 saw Ben Schmidt move from 3rd into 1st and never looked back. Bill Balog would get to 2nd but could not get his 17b machine around Schmidt. Blake Nimee would claim 3rd place honors with Dave Uttech in 4th and 2 time IRA champion Scotty Neitzel in 5th.

In Allstar Performance Heat Race 2 Hopf Farms Bullring Showdown point leader, Scotty Thiel utilized his front row starting spot to take the lead and eventually the checkered flag. Kris Spitz would bring his 4K home in 2nd ahead of Schultz. Mike Reinke would bring his 02 car home in 4th and Johnny Fahl would round out the top 5.

DMI Racing Heat Race 3 would be claimed by pole starting Matt Vandervere. Matt would hold off hard charging Justin Henderson for the win. Brandon McMullen would bring the Bob Hood Motorsports 10w across in 3rd with Kyle Marten in 4th and Danny Schlafer in 5th.

R&H Enterprises Heat Race 4 saw Phillip Mock claim the win in his 1m over a hard charging Bill Wirth who started 5th. Todd Daun would claim 3rd place and Mike Decker was 4th. Todd King brought his 22 machine across the line in 5th.

Behling Racing Equipment B main saw Steve Meyer lead flag to flag in his Meyer Electric sponsored sprint car. Josh Walter would bring his 12w home 2nd and KenJay Fiedler in 3rd. Scott Uttech would finish in the 4th position with Ty Bartz would round out the top 5 as the first non transfer car to the A main.

A main action was exciting. Balog took the early lead but Thiel quickly moved into 2nd. With 10 laps complete Fiedler would hit an infield tire and bring out a caution. On the restart Balog led Thiel and Schmidt, but just a couple of laps later Schmidt 73 would come to a stop, ending his night. Once again Balog would jump out to the lead but Thiel held 2nd, just a few laps later Dave Uttech’s 68 would get turned around and Thiel would get caught up attempting to avoid Uttech and the flipping King. Thiel's chances of winning the Bullring Showdown would be all but over. The field would go back to green with 15 laps to go, Balog leading over Reinke and Henderson. Balog would lead the last 15 laps in route to winning his 10th IRA feature and co-winning the Hopf Farms Bullring Showdown with Thone Motorsports. Justin Henderson brought the Thone Motorsports car home in 2nd with Mike Reinke rounding out the podium. Bill Wirth would bring his 53w car across in 4th and Steve Meyer would finish 5th after charging from 20th.

The IRA would like to thank our loyal sponsors, Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts, Osborn and Son Trucking, TW Metals, Carriage Auto Body, Cummins Onan, Hopf Farms, Hagar’s Half Pound Cookies and Hoosier Tire.

410 Sprints
IRA Interstate Racing Association
A Feature 1 30 laps
1. 17B-Bill Balog, [2]; 2. 80K-Justin Henderson, [8]; 3. 02-Mike Reinke, [6]; 4. 53W-Bill Wirth, [12]; 5. 85M-Steve Meyer, [21]; 6. 2W-Scott Neitzel, [18]; 7. 4K-Kris Spitz, [11]; 8. 19-Todd Daun, [13]; 9. 12W-Josh Walter, [22]; 10. 10W-Brandon McMullen, [15]; 11. 99-Kyle Marten, [9]; 12. 12-Michael Decker, [17]; 13. 79-Blake Nimee, [14]; 14. 0-John Fahl, [19]; 15. 7-Scott Uttech, [24]; 16. 64-Scotty Thiel, [4]; 17. 1M-Phillip Mock, [7]; 18. 68-Dave Uttech, [16]; 19. 10V-Matt Vandevere, [10]; 20. 22-Todd King, [1]; 21. 73-Ben Schmidt, [5]; 22. 5J-Jeremy Schultz, [3]; 23. 95A-Ken Jay Fiedler, [23]; 24. 25-Danny Schlafer, [20]
B Feature 1 12 laps
1. 85M-Steve Meyer, [1]; 2. 12W-Josh Walter, [4]; 3. 95A-Ken Jay Fiedler, [3]; 4. 7-Scott Uttech, [5]; 5. 95B-Ty Bartz, [9]; 6. 23-Russel Borland, [7]; 7. 5-Bryon Walters, [11]; 8. 7R-Andy Rein, [2]; 9. 18-Keith Fellner, [8]; 10. 41-Dennis Spitz, [6]; 11. 63-Nick Matuszewski, [10]; (DNS) 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski,
Heat 1 10 laps
1. 73-Ben Schmidt, [3]; 2. 17B-Bill Balog, [4]; 3. 79-Blake Nimee, [5]; 4. 68-Dave Uttech, [2]; 5. 2W-Scott Neitzel, [1]; 6. 95A-Ken Jay Fiedler, [7]; 7. 23-Russel Borland, [8]; 8. (DNF) 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski, [6]
Heat 2 10 laps
1. 64-Scotty Thiel, [2]; 2. 4K-Kris Spitz, [1]; 3. 5J-Jeremy Schultz, [4]; 4. 02-Mike Reinke, [3]; 5. 0-John Fahl, [5]; 6. 12W-Josh Walter, [7]; 7. 18-Keith Fellner, [8]; 8. (DNF) 95B-Ty Bartz, [6]
Heat 3 10 laps
1. 10V-Matt Vandevere, [1]; 2. 80K-Justin Henderson, [4]; 3. 10W-Brandon McMullen, [5]; 4. 99-Kyle Marten, [3]; 5. 25-Danny Schlafer, [6]; 6. 85M-Steve Meyer, [2]; 7. 41-Dennis Spitz, [7]; 8. 63-Nick Matuszewski, [8]
Heat 4 10 laps
1. 1M-Phillip Mock, [2]; 2. 53W-Bill Wirth, [5]; 3. 19-Todd Daun, [3]; 4. 12-Michael Decker, [7]; 5. 22-Todd King, [4]; 6. 7R-Andy Rein, [1]; 7. 7-Scott Uttech, [6]; (DNS) 5-Bryon Walters,
Qualifying 1
1. 17B-Bill Balog, 00:11.238[2]; 2. 5J-Jeremy Schultz, 00:11.332[4]; 3. 80K-Justin Henderson, 00:11.436[1]; 4. 22-Todd King, 00:11.601[6]; 5. 73-Ben Schmidt, 00:11.752[22]; 6. 02-Mike Reinke, 00:11.765[26]; 7. 99-Kyle Marten, 00:11.796[12]; 8. 19-Todd Daun, 00:11.831[15]; 9. 68-Dave Uttech, 00:11.863[13]; 10. 64-Scotty Thiel, 00:11.890[30]; 11. 85M-Steve Meyer, 00:11.936[10]; 12. 1M-Phillip Mock, 00:11.969[17]; 13. 2W-Scott Neitzel, 00:11.981[18]; 14. 4K-Kris Spitz, 00:11.997[11]; 15. 10V-Matt Vandevere, 00:12.066[20]; 16. 7R-Andy Rein, 00:12.071[8]; 17. 79-Blake Nimee, 00:12.109[21]; 18. 0-John Fahl, 00:12.146[5]; 19. 10W-Brandon McMullen, 00:12.194[29]; 20. 53W-Bill Wirth, 00:12.268[31]; 21. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski, 00:12.304[23]; 22. 95B-Ty Bartz, 00:12.344[3]; 23. 25-Danny Schlafer, 00:12.381[16]; 24. 7-Scott Uttech, 00:12.387[7]; 25. 95A-Ken Jay Fiedler, 00:12.471[24]; 26. 12W-Josh Walter, 00:12.490[9]; 27. 41-Dennis Spitz, 00:12.512[27]; 28. 12-Michael Decker, 00:12.529[25]; 29. 23-Russel Borland, 00:12.532[32]; 30. 18-Keith Fellner, 00:13.069[28]; 31. 63-Nick Matuszewski, 00:13.073[19]; (DNS) 5-Bryon Walters,

 

 

 As the calendar turns from August to September, Knoxville’s season has ended and most other groups and tracks are wrapping their schedules up, but the Bumper to Bumper Interstate Racing Association (IRA) still has plenty of racing left to do. This coming weekend, September 2nd and 3rd marks the first of 4 straight two race weekends for the Wisconsin based winged 410 sprint car group.
 Saturday September 2nd is a huge night for the IRA as they return to the Plymouth Dirt Track, during the Sheboygan County Fair. Not only will it be a fun night of slide jobs and carnival rides, but Saturday night will be the culmination of the 5 race Hopf Farms Bullring Showdown. The 4 previous Hopf Farms Races have treated the fans to great racing and different faces in victory lane as a different driver won each of the previous 4 races. Kyle Marten and Scotty Thiel have both picked up wins this season at the Plymouth Dirt Track and are likely to be up front all night on Saturday, but both men will have to contend with the Hopf Farms backed 17b entry of Bill Balog who always finds his way to the front of the field.
 Hot laps Saturday night will begin at 5pm with racing to follow.
 Hopf Farms Bullring Showdown Points
 Scotty Thiel. 80
 Mike Kertscher. 79
 Kyle Marten. 75
 Bill Balog. 71
 Jeremy Schultz. 67
 Scotty Neitzel. 66
 Mike Reinke. 62
 Blake Nimee. 60
 Steve Meyer. 54
 Matt Vandervere. 50

 On Sunday the teams will travel to Francis Creek Wisconsin for the 2nd time this season to compete at 141 Speedway. 141 Speedway is perhaps the area's most unique track, and offers fans some great viewing areas to watch the high powered 410 cars do battle. The last time the IRA visited Francis Creek, Scotty Thiel stood victorious on a night that would start a hot streak he carried through most of July. Matt Vandervere was 2nd and Balog recovered from an early incident with a 3rd place run. Expect to see those 3 men battling hard again this weekend. Past IRA feature winners Mike Reinke , Scotty Neitzel, Jeremy Schultz, Steve Meyer, Phillip Mock, Blake Nimee, Ben Schmidt, and Scott Uttech are also usually strong at the high banked oval and with the season winding down expect them to run hard as they can still looking for their first IRA win of 2017. Wayne Modjeski, and Dave Uttech have been hot of late too, could they score their first career IRA win? Stay tuned...

 IRA Points
 Bill Balog (17B). 3094
 Scotty Thiel (64). 2922
 Scotty Neitzel (2W). 2656
 Kyle Marten (99). 2441
 Jeremy Schultz (5J). 2367
 Blake Nimee (79). 2250
 Steve Meyer (85M). 2181
 Russel Borland (23). 2181
 Dave Uttech (68). 2083
 Wayne Modjeski (14AJ). 2008
 Scott Uttech (7). 1965
 Kris Spitz (4K). 1945
 Matt Vandervere (10V). 1885
 Dennis Spitz (41). 1882
 Michael Decker (12). 1632
 Mike Reinke (02). 1555
 Mike Kertscher (80K). 1239
 Ben Schmidt (73). 1130
 Jordan Goldesberry (65). 1091
 Jereme Schroeder (43). 1067

 The IRA would like to thank our loyal sponsors, Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts, Osborn and Son Trucking, TW Metals, Carriage Auto Body, Cummins Onan, Hopf Farms, Hagar’s Half Pound Cookies and Hoosier Tire.
 

 

Balog Sweeps the Kenosha County Fair

34 Bumper to Bumper Interstate Racing Association (IRA) Outlaw Sprint teams signed in to compete on night two of the Roger Iles tribute weekend at the Kenosha County Fair. Osborn and Son Trucking Qualifying saw Bill Balog set quick time for the 6th consecutive IRA event. For the 2nd night in a row Scotty Thiel would qualify in 2nd followed by 2006 IRA rookie of the year Mike Kertscher. Kokomo, Indiana’s Parker Price-Miller would end up 4th quick and Ben Schmidt was 5th.

Weld Wheels Heat Race 1 saw Phillip Mock and Matt Vandervere battle early for the lead. As the race drew to a close Bill Balog had worked his 17b around Vandervere and into 2nd place as the caution flag flew. On the restart Balog battled side by side with Mock for the last 2 laps. As the checkered flag fell Balog was victorious over Mock and newly crowned 2017 Wilmot Raceway Champion Matt Vandervere. Kris Spitz would bring his 4K home in 4th over Wayne Modjeski.

Allstar Performance Heat Race 2 saw Scott Uttech utilize his pole starting position to take the lead and eventually the checkered flag. Behind Uttech defending IRA champion Jeremy Schultz fended off challenges from Scotty Thiel to eventually claim 2nd place. Thiel would settle for 3rd over Joe B Miller, Blake Nimee would claim 5th.

Much like heat 2, DMI Racing Heat Race 3 would be won by the pole sitter, this time being Bill Wirth. Jordan Goldesberry would bring his Rock Solid Lawn Care 65 machine home in 2nd over Jake Blackhurst and Kyle Marten. Mike Kertscher would bring his Hopf Farms backed 80k car across in 5th.

R&H Enterprises Heat Race 4 would see 2 time IRA champion Scotty Neitzel charge from 3rd place to claim the win over former Wilmot track champion Todd Daun. Parker Price-Miller would finish in the 3rd spot ahead of Raymond Hensley and Dave Uttech.

Behling Racing Equipment B Main was won by the Oz Motorsports 73 piloted by Ben Schmidt. Jereme Schroeder would cross in 2nd ahead of Mike Decker. “The Bluegrass Bandit” Dennis Spitz would finish in 4th and Andy Rein would come home 5th in his Cab Construction 7R.

A Main action saw Jake Blackhurst take the early lead over Jeremy Schultz and Phillip Mock. Bill Balog quickly moved his way into 2nd position and set his sights on Hanna City Illinois’ Jake Blackhurst. The 17b trailed the 25 until Blackhurst bounced off the treacherous cushion and gave Balog the opening he needed to take the lead. Once his Rhine Auto Machine was out front Balog never looked back, claiming the win on Night 2 of the Roger Iles tribute weekend, and for the 2nd time in his career sweeping both nights of the Kenosha County Fair. Mike Kertscher would use a late race caution to get past Jeremy Schultz for 2nd but could not run Balog down. Schultz settled for 3rd. Scotty Thiel would bring his Professional Plating machine across the line in 4th followed by Joe B Miller in 5th.

The IRA would like to thank our loyal sponsors, Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts, Osborn and Son Trucking, TW Metals, Carriage Auto Body, Cummins Onan, Hopf Farms, Hagar’s Half Pound Cookies and Hoosier Tire.

A Feature 1 1. 17B-Bill Balog, [4]; 2. 80K-Mike Kertscher, [10]; 3. 5J-Jeremy Schultz, [1]; 4. 64-Scotty Thiel, [6]; 5. 51B-Joe B. Miller, [14]; 6. 2W-Scott Neitzel, [9]; 7. 1M-Phillip Mock, [3]; 8. 25-Jake Blackhurst, [2]; 9. 79-Blake Nimee, [18]; 10. 53W-Bill Wirth, [7]; 11. 2-Parker Price-Miller, [5]; 12. 4K-Kris Spitz, [17]; 13. 10V-Matt Vandevere, [13]; 14. 19-Todd Daun, [11]; 15. 99-Kyle Marten, [15]; 16. 70-Raymond Hensley, [16]; 17. 73-Ben Schmidt, [21]; 18. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski, [19]; 19. 68-Dave Uttech, [20]; 20. 41-Dennis Spitz, [24]; 21. (DNF) 65-Jordan Goldesberry, [12]; 22. (DNF) 43-Jereme Schroeder, [22]; 23. (DNF) 12-Michael Decker, [23]; 24. (DNF) 7-Scott Uttech, [8] B Feature 1 1. 73-Ben Schmidt, [1]; 2. 43-Jereme Schroeder, [7]; 3. 12-Michael Decker, [6]; 4. 41-Dennis Spitz, [9]; 5. 7R-Andy Rein, [10]; 6. 18-Keith Fellner, [11]; 7. 14-Jim Fifield, [8]; 8. (DNF) 63-Nick Matuszewski, [12]; 9. (DNF) 78E-Kevin Eltz, [5]; 10. (DNF) 65D-Austin Deblauw, [3]; 11. (DNF) 0-John Fahl, [4]; 12. (DNF) 23-Russel Borland, [2] Heat 1 1. 17B-Bill Balog, [4]; 2. 1M-Phillip Mock, [2]; 3. 10V-Matt Vandevere, [1]; 4. 4K-Kris Spitz, [5]; 5. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski, [6]; 6. 78E-Kevin Eltz, [8]; 7. 41-Dennis Spitz, [7]; 8. (DNF) 73-Ben Schmidt, [3]; (DNS) 01-Chris Dodd, Heat 2 1. 7-Scott Uttech, [1]; 2. 5J-Jeremy Schultz, [3]; 3. 64-Scotty Thiel, [4]; 4. 51B-Joe B. Miller, [2]; 5. 79-Blake Nimee, [5]; 6. 65D-Austin Deblauw, [7]; 7. 12-Michael Decker, [6]; 8. 18-Keith Fellner, [8]; (DNS) 5K-Brian Kristan, Heat 3 1. 53W-Bill Wirth, [1]; 2. 65-Jordan Goldesberry, [5]; 3. 25-Jake Blackhurst, [3]; 4. 99-Kyle Marten, [2]; 5. 80K-Mike Kertscher, [4]; 6. 0-John Fahl, [7]; 7. 43-Jereme Schroeder, [6]; 8. 63-Nick Matuszewski, [8] Heat 4 1. 2W-Scott Neitzel, [3]; 2. 19-Todd Daun, [2]; 3. 2-Parker Price-Miller, [4]; 4. 70-Raymond Hensley, [1]; 5. 68-Dave Uttech, [8]; 6. 23-Russel Borland, [5]; 7. 14-Jim Fifield, [6]; 8. (DNF) 7R-Andy Rein, [7] Qualifying 1 1. 17B-Bill Balog, 00:12.845[33]; 2. 64-Scotty Thiel, 00:12.847[31]; 3. 80K-Mike Kertscher, 00:12.867[13]; 4. 2-Parker Price-Miller, 00:12.892[14]; 5. 73-Ben Schmidt, 00:12.939[1]; 6. 5J-Jeremy Schultz, 00:12.957[18]; 7. 25-Jake Blackhurst, 00:12.984[15]; 8. 2W-Scott Neitzel, 00:13.034[20]; 9. 1M-Phillip Mock, 00:13.036[19]; 10. 51B-Joe B. Miller, 00:13.065[24]; 11. 99-Kyle Marten, 00:13.069[3]; 12. 19-Todd Daun, 00:13.078[23]; 13. 10V-Matt Vandevere, 00:13.081[21]; 14. 7-Scott Uttech, 00:13.148[17]; 15. 53W-Bill Wirth, 00:13.166[26]; 16. 70-Raymond Hensley, 00:13.186[11]; 17. 4K-Kris Spitz, 00:13.228[25]; 18. 79-Blake Nimee, 00:13.239[4]; 19. 65-Jordan Goldesberry, 00:13.365[2]; 20. 23-Russel Borland, 00:13.444[22]; 21. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski, 00:13.454[30]; 22. 12-Michael Decker, 00:13.505[16]; 23. 43-Jereme Schroeder, 00:13.531[10]; 24. 14-Jim Fifield, 00:13.619[29]; 25. 41-Dennis Spitz, 00:13.741[8]; 26. 65D-Austin Deblauw, 00:13.761[12]; 27. 0-John Fahl, 00:13.846[6]; 28. 7R-Andy Rein, 00:14.012[7]; 29. 78E-Kevin Eltz, 00:14.244[32]; 30. 18-Keith Fellner, 00:14.349[9]; 31. 63-Nick Matuszewski, 00:15.411[5]; 32. (DNF) 68-Dave Uttech, [27]; (DNS) 5K-Brian Kristan, ; (DNS) 01-Chris Dodd,

 

 

Balog Wins Night One of the Kenosha County Fair

31 Bumper to Bumper Interstate Racing Association (IRA) teams signed in for action for the Raymond Neeve Memorial/Founders Night taking place on night one of the Kenosha County Fair/Roger Iles Tribute Weekend. Osborn and Son Trucking Qualifying saw series point leader Bill Balog set quick time over “The Big Wheel” Scotty Thiel. Mike Kertscher was 3rd quick behind the wheel of the Thone Motorsports 80k followed by Blake Nimee and Jeremy Schultz.

Weld Wheels Heat Race 1 saw Phillip Mock take the early lead, a lead he would hold for the duration of the race. Balog would quickly move from his 4th place starting position into 2nd but could not get around Mock’s 1m machine. Nimee would come home 3rd followed by Jake Blackhurst and Brian Kristan. Allstar Performance Heat 2 saw Scotty Thiel quickly drive from 4th to the lead, and claim the checkered flag. Matt Vandervere would cross in 2nd followed by 2 former Wilmot Raceway track champions, Todd Daun and Jeremy Schultz. Two time IRA champion Scotty Neitzel would round out the top 5. DMI Racing/ R&H Enterprises Heat Race 3 would be claimed by Kyle Marten over Jordan Goldesberry. Dave Uttech brought his black and blue 68 across in 3rd. Missouri’s Joe B Miller ran 4th and Scott Uttech was 5th.

Behling Racing Equipment B main action saw Raymond Hensley pick up the win over Chris Dodd. Russel Borland brought his Weise Trucking 23 across the line in 3rd ahead of Wayne Modjeski and Johnny Fahl.

A main action saw Joe B Miller take the early lead over Jake Blackhurst. Scotty Thiel and Bill Balog had quickly worked their way to 3rd and 4th. Multiple collisions on track left numerous cars out of the field. Under caution Thiel pulled to the work area with a flat tire and was forced to the rear of the field. Balog worked around Blackhurst and Miller and drove away from the field to claim the win. Blake Nimee made a drive to 2nd in the closing laps and Jake Blackhurst rounded out the podium. Jordan Goldesberry finished in the 4th position and Matt Vandervere brought his Grandstand Video 10v across the line in the 5th position.

The IRA would like to thank our loyal sponsors, Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts, Osborn and Son Trucking, TW Metals, Carriage Auto Body, Cummins Onan, Hopf Farms, Hagar’s Half Pound Cookies and Hoosier Tire.

 

 

Three Days of Fairs, Friends and 410's

With sprint car racing's biggest event, the Knoxville Nationals, in the rearview mirror, most tracks and series’ are wrapping their seasons up, but the Bumper to Bumper Interstate Racing Association still has plenty of racing left to do in 2017. This August 18-20 is one of IRA’s biggest weekends and certainly has a festive party atmosphere attached to it. Friday and Saturday, August 18th and 19th the series headlines the Kenosha County Fair at the Wilmot Raceway. In addition to headlining the Kenosha County Fair both nights, it’s also the Roger Iles Tribute weekend concluding with the 36 lap $3600 to win finale on Saturday, courtesy of Carriage Auto Body. Friday will have an increased purse too as it is the Raymond Neeve Memorial and also Wilmot Founder’s Night. Then on Sunday the teams will take the short drive to Sun Prairie for the popular annual CornFest celebration at Angell Park Speedway.

In the two previous IRA races at Wilmot this year Matt Vandervere and Bill Balog each picked up a victory. Joey Moughan and Scotty Thiel also have 410 winged sprint car victories at the birthplace of the IRA in 2017. Balog and Thiel have been the class of the field all season and will both be trying to get their 2nd win of the season at Wilmot but to do so they will have beat some very tough competition. Steve Meyer is still looking for his first win of the year and has been able to drive his Meyer Electric 85m to a win at Wilmot before. Former Wilmot Raceway champion Mike Kertscher will also be in attendance this weekend behind the wheel of the Thone Motorsports 80k. And Washington states’ Taylor Malsam and the Rudeen Racing Team have indicated that there beautiful blue and black 26 machine will be in attendance all weekend. Other surprise visitors are likely to join in on the fun too.

If the racing action wasn't enough to get you excited for Friday and Saturday night the fair should. Families can come out early to sample some of the great food the fair has to offer and enjoy the carnival rides as well as other goings on around at both festivals and you never know what drivers and teams you may see enjoying their day as well. The entire weekend is filled with a great atmosphere and large crowds.

The IRA would like to thank our loyal sponsors, Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts, Osborn and Son Trucking, TW Metals, Carriage Auto Body, Cummins Onan, Hopf Farms, Hagar’s Half Pound Cookies and Hoosier Tire.

 

 

 

It's fair season in Wisconsin, and this Friday night the Bumper to Bumper Interstate Racing Association(IRA) makes its first appearance at a fair in 2017, as the Winged 410 sprint cars headline Friday night of the Langlade County Fair in Antigo Wisconsin.

Bill Balog has been dominate this season and will likely be many fans pick to win, but half mile tracks seem to be Balog's weakest. To find Balog's last half mile win in IRA competition you have to go back to the July 25th 2014 Langlade County Speedway Race when Balog was victorious over Mike Reinke and Steve Meyer. Meyer has since been able to claim a win of his own at the Langlade County Speedway, winning the 2016 event and should be a contender this Friday night. Meyer has proven to be strong on the big tracks and and will use that skill to try and claim his first win of the 2017 season.

Look for two time IRA champion Scotty Neitzel to be out front at the end as well. Neitzel has countless years of experience, and his orange 2w machine always seems to find its way to the front of the field, especially on the big tracks like Langlade County Speedway and his home track the Dodge County Fairgrounds. Scotty Thiel is another driver fans should keep an eye on. The Scott Thiel Motorsports team has found their groove in the month of July Scoring 2 wins and nearly beating Balog this past Saturday in Beaver Dam.

If the thought of watching winged 410 sprint cars while you eat a funnel cake isn't enough to get you out to the Langlade County Fair this Friday, California hot shoe and son of legendary drag racer Gary Scelzi, Dominic Scelzi has indicated that he intends to bring his Scelzi Enterprises 41 car to Antigo Wisconsin to have some fun with the stars of the IRA.

Top 20 in Points:

17b Bill Balog 2336

64 Scotty Thiel 2227

2w Scotty Neitzel 2049

5J Jeremy Schultz 2018

99 Kyle Marten 1922

85m Steve Meyer 1836

23 Russel Borland 1723

79 Blake Nimee 1665

4K Kris Spitz 1581

10V Matt Vandervere 1545

7 Scott Uttech 1498

68 Dave Uttech 1494

14aj Wayne Modjeski 1469

41 Dennis Spitz 1439

12 Mike Decker 1326

O2 Mike Reinke 1253

26 Taylor Malsam 900

18 Keith Fellner 885

73 Ben Schmidt 818

80K Mike Kertscher 802

The IRA would like to thank our loyal sponsors, Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts, Osborn and Son Trucking, TW Metals, Carriage Auto Body, Cummins Onan, Hopf Farms, Hagar’s Half Pound Cookies and Hoosier Tire.

 

 

Balog Sweeps Beaver Dam

22 Bumper to Bumper Interstate Racing Association (IRA) 410 sprint car teams signed in for action on the high banks of the Beaver Dam Raceway. Osborn and Son Trucking Qualifying saw Bill Balog go out first and set a time that no one else could top, earning him fast time honors. Jeremy Schultz would end up second quick followed by Illinois’ Jake Blackhurst. Ben Schmidt and Blake Nimee would qualify in 4th and 5th respectively.

Weld Wheels Heat Race 1 saw Scotty Neitzel take the early lead but quickly the Rhine Auto 17b had moved into 2nd and went to work on challenging for the lead. It would not take long for the 17b to get around the orange 2w of Neitzel taking the lead and the eventual win. Neitzel would settle for 2nd ahead of a hard charging Kris Spitz. Schmidt would finish 4th and Phillip Mock was 5th. Allstar Performance Heat Race 2 would see Jeremy Schultz take the lead. Scotty Thiel would challenge Schultz multiple times for the lead but couldn't find a line around the “King of the Sherm Nation”. As the checkered flew it was Schultz grabbing the win and Thiel in 2nd. Trey Datweiler brought his T&E Auto Haulers 23d across in 3rd followed by Bill Wirth and Blake Nimee. In DMI Racing/ R&H Enterprises Heat Race 3, 2015 IRA champion Bill Rose took the early lead in the Bob Hood Motorsports 10w machine. In the closing laps Steve Meyer would work his way around Rose and take the win. Rose would cross in 2nd followed by Blackhurst. Mike Reinke would bring his 02 home in 4th and Russel Borland took 5th.

The A main saw Ben Schmidt jump out to the early lead but quickly Scotty Thiel worked his Professional Plating 64 in 2nd. Thiel would work around Schmidt and try to run away from the field, as Thiel worked through lapped traffic 7 time IRA champion Bill Balog had worked from 7th up to second and had reeled Thiel in. Balog would use lapped traffic to pass Thiel for the lead. Jeremy Schultz would spin out in turn one bring out the yellow flag with 13 laps to go. On the restart Thiel would stay on Balog's bumper but could not make a run for the lead, they battled through lapped traffic again and as the white flag flew Thiel looked to have a shot, Balog took the high line in turn 3 and Thiel went low and slid in front of fhe “North Pole Nightmare” briefly taking the lead, but Balog was able to cross under him and take the lead back as they exited turn 4. Balog would pick up his 7th IRA victory of the season and 95th of his career. Thiel would come home in 2nd and Russel Borland would bring his 23 machine home with a 3rd place finish, his best finish since a 2nd place run at Wilmot in August of 2014. Ben Schmidt would cross the line in 4th and Mike Reinke would round out the top 5.

Fans can catch the IRA back in action this coming Friday night at the Langlade County Speedway in Antigo, Wisconsin. Then the stars and cars return to the Plymouth Dirt Track in Plymouth, Wisconsin on August 5th.

The IRA would like to thank our wonderful sponsors, Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts, Osborn and Son Trucking, TW Metals, Carriage Auto Body, Cummins Onan, Hopf Farms, Hagar’s half pound cookies and Hoosier Tire.

A Feature 1 1. 17B-Bill Balog, [7]; 2. 64-Scotty Thiel, [4]; 3. 23-Russel Borland, [6]; 4. 73-Ben Schmidt, [1]; 5. 02-Mike Reinke, [14]; 6. 2W-Scott Neitzel, [8]; 7. 79-Blake Nimee, [3]; 8. 85M-Steve Meyer, [10]; 9. 25-Jake Blackhurst, [9]; 10. 4K-Kris Spitz, [11]; 11. 53W-Bill Wirth, [13]; 12. 19-Todd Daun, [18]; 13. 23D-Trey Datweiler, [12]; 14. 1M-Phillip Mock, [15]; 15. 99-Kyle Marten, [16]; 16. 7-Scott Uttech, [20]; 17. 68-Dave Uttech, [17]; 18. 0-John Fahl, [21]; 19. 41-Dennis Spitz, [22]; 20. 10W-Bill Rose, [2]; 21. 5J-Jeremy Schultz, [5]; 22. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski, [19] Heat 1 1. 17B-Bill Balog, [4]; 2. 2W-Scott Neitzel, [2]; 3. 4K-Kris Spitz, [5]; 4. 73-Ben Schmidt, [3]; 5. 1M-Phillip Mock, [1]; 6. 68-Dave Uttech, [6]; 7. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski, [7]; 8. 41-Dennis Spitz, [8] Heat 2 1. 5J-Jeremy Schultz, [4]; 2. 64-Scotty Thiel, [2]; 3. 23D-Trey Datweiler, [6]; 4. 53W-Bill Wirth, [1]; 5. 79-Blake Nimee, [3]; 6. 99-Kyle Marten, [5]; 7. 7-Scott Uttech, [7] Heat 3 1. 85M-Steve Meyer, [1]; 2. 10W-Bill Rose, [2]; 3. 25-Jake Blackhurst, [4]; 4. 02-Mike Reinke, [5]; 5. 23-Russel Borland, [3]; 6. 19-Todd Daun, [6]; 7. 0-John Fahl, [7] Qualifying 1 1. 17B-Bill Balog, 00:12.048[1]; 2. 5J-Jeremy Schultz, 00:12.093[3]; 3. 25-Jake Blackhurst, 00:12.119[5]; 4. 73-Ben Schmidt, 00:12.122[2]; 5. 79-Blake Nimee, 00:12.328[13]; 6. 23-Russel Borland, 00:12.342[4]; 7. 2W-Scott Neitzel, 00:12.345[15]; 8. 64-Scotty Thiel, 00:12.349[7]; 9. 10W-Bill Rose, 00:12.350[12]; 10. 1M-Phillip Mock, 00:12.420[17]; 11. 53W-Bill Wirth, 00:12.422[10]; 12. 85M-Steve Meyer, 00:12.456[8]; 13. 4K-Kris Spitz, 00:12.587[6]; 14. 99-Kyle Marten, 00:12.608[20]; 15. 02-Mike Reinke, 00:12.615[19]; 16. 68-Dave Uttech, 00:12.628[9]; 17. 23D-Trey Datweiler, 00:12.731[11]; 18. 19-Todd Daun, 00:13.074[16]; 19. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski, 00:13.335[21]; 20. 7-Scott Uttech, 00:13.420[22]; 21. 0-John Fahl, 00:13.539[18]; 22. 41-Dennis Spitz, 00:13.683[14]

 

 

Beaver Dam Ahead for IRA Sprints

This Saturday, July 22nd, the cars and stars of the Bumper to Bumper Interstate Racing Association return to the high banked 1/3rd mile Beaver Dam Raceway in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. In recent times Beaver Dam has been dominated by Bill Balog who has won on 7 of his last 9 appearances at Beaver Dam Raceway including the 2016 World of Outlaws event. Hometown hero Scotty Neitzel will be trying hard to dethrone Balog as the King of Beaver Dam, as will another hometown driver and king in his own right, the King Of the Sherm Nation, Jeremy Schultz. It seems though that the driver that stands the best chance of beating Balog is the driver of the Scott Thiel Builders 64 machine, Scotty Thiel. Thiel has won 2 of the last 4 IRA shows and 3 of his last 5 races overall. The STM team has come on strong in July and if they want to challenge Balog for the 2017 IRA championship, they will need to keep the momentum going. Kyle Marten and Steve Meyer have both proven consistent as well this season, as Meyer has scored 6 top tens, and has continually been fast. Marten has been even stronger with 11 top tens and one win on the season, he will be looking to continue that momentum on Saturday.

Saturday the pit gates will open at 3:30 with grandstands opening at 4:30. Qualifying is scheduled for 6 with racing to follow.

The IRA would like to thank our wonderful sponsors, Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts, Osborn and Son Trucking, TW Metals, Carriage Auto Body, Cummins Onan, Hopf Farms, Hagar’s Half Pound Cookies and Hoosier Tire.

 

 

Thiel Victorious Again with Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprints

22 Bumper to Bumper Interstate Racing Association(IRA) sprint car teams signed in to compete in the Norm Nelson Classic at the Historic Angell Park Speedway. Osborn and Son Trucking Qualifying saw Bill Balog take quick time over Jeremy Schultz and Paul Nienhiser. Scotty Thiel and and Scotty Neitzel rounded out the top 5.

Weld Wheels Heat Race 1 saw Thiel quickly move from 3rd to the lead followed close behind by Balog. Balog would make a few challenges for the lead, but could not find a way around Thiel’s Professional Plating machine. At the line it would be Thiel over Balog. Todd Daun came across in 3rd followed by Steve Meyer and Mike Reinke. Allstar Performance Heat Race 2 would be dominated by outside front row starter, Phillip Mock. Mock picked up the win over Neitzel and Russel Borland. Schultz and Ben Schmidt would finish 4th and 5th respectively. DMI Racing/ R&H Enterprises Heat Race 3 was won by pole sitter Kyle Marten in the Oostburg Concrete 99. Nienhiser would come home in 2nd ahead of Wayne Modjeski and Tayler Malsam. Scott Uttech would complete the top 5 in his 7 machine.

A main action saw Neitzel take the early lead but soon Thiel was on his bumper. Thiel was able to get around the 2w of Neitzel and take off from the field. As the race wore on Schultz moved into 2nd ahead of Nienhiser. Balog had moved from his 10th starting position into 4 when the caution flag fell with just 3 laps remaining for Steve Meyer who blew a tire. The restart gave Balog a chance to move around Nienhiser for 3rd, and Schultz an opportunity to challenge for the win, but the 64 machine was just too strong and it was Scotty Thiel pulling into victory lane for the 2nd time this year in IRA competition. Schultz would settle for 2nd and Balog would come home 3rd. Scotty Neitzel would bring his 2w across in 4th and Nienhiser would finish in 5th.

The IRA is set to return to action Saturday night July 22nd at the Beaver Dam Raceway in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. Then the teams travel north to the Langlade County Speedway in Antigo, Wisconsin on July 28.

The IRA would like to thank our wonderful sponsors, Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts, Osborn and Son Trucking, TW Metals, Carriage Auto Body, Cummins Onan, Hopf Farms, Hagar’s Half Pound Cookies and Hoosier Tire..

A Feature 1 1. 64-Scotty Thiel, [4]; 2. 5J-Jeremy Schultz, [5]; 3. 17B-Bill Balog, [10]; 4. 2W-Scott Neitzel, [1]; 5. 9-Paul Nienhiser, [7]; 6. 02-Mike Reinke, [13]; 7. 99-Kyle Marten, [6]; 8. 26-Tayler Malsam, [3]; 9. 1M-Phillip Mock, [2]; 10. 85M-Steve Meyer, [12]; 11. 65-Jordan Goldesberry, [17]; 12. 23-Russel Borland, [11]; 13. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski, [9]; 14. 7-Scott Uttech, [15]; 15. 73-Ben Schmidt, [14]; 16. 4K-Kris Spitz, [19]; 17. 0-John Fahl, [16]; 18. 12-Michael Decker, [20]; 19. 19-Todd Daun, [8]; 20. 68-Dave Uttech, [18]; 21. 41-Dennis Spitz, [21]; 22. 18-Keith Fellner, [22] Heat 1 1. 64-Scotty Thiel, [3]; 2. 17B-Bill Balog, [4]; 3. 19-Todd Daun, [2]; 4. 85M-Steve Meyer, [5]; 5. 02-Mike Reinke, [6]; 6. 0-John Fahl, [1]; 7. 4K-Kris Spitz, [7]; 8. 18-Keith Fellner, [8] Heat 2 1. 1M-Phillip Mock, [2]; 2. 2W-Scott Neitzel, [3]; 3. 23-Russel Borland, [1]; 4. 5J-Jeremy Schultz, [4]; 5. 73-Ben Schmidt, [6]; 6. 65-Jordan Goldesberry, [5]; 7. 12-Michael Decker, [7] Heat 3 1. 99-Kyle Marten, [1]; 2. 9-Paul Nienhiser, [4]; 3. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski, [2]; 4. 26-Tayler Malsam, [3]; 5. 7-Scott Uttech, [6]; 6. 68-Dave Uttech, [5]; 7. 41-Dennis Spitz, [7] Qualifying 1 1. 17B-Bill Balog, 00:12.203[16]; 2. 5J-Jeremy Schultz, 00:12.217[1]; 3. 9-Paul Nienhiser, 00:12.351[19]; 4. 64-Scotty Thiel, 00:12.452[22]; 5. 2W-Scott Neitzel, 00:12.487[10]; 6. 26-Tayler Malsam, 00:12.492[8]; 7. 19-Todd Daun, 00:12.513[6]; 8. 1M-Phillip Mock, 00:12.526[9]; 9. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski, 00:12.529[4]; 10. 0-John Fahl, 00:12.541[7]; 11. 23-Russel Borland, 00:12.545[2]; 12. 99-Kyle Marten, 00:12.554[18]; 13. 85M-Steve Meyer, 00:12.604[12]; 14. 65-Jordan Goldesberry, 00:12.695[13]; 15. 68-Dave Uttech, 00:12.725[14]; 16. 02-Mike Reinke, 00:12.741[20]; 17. 73-Ben Schmidt, 00:12.759[21]; 18. 7-Scott Uttech, 00:12.793[11]; 19. 4K-Kris Spitz, 00:12.908[15]; 20. 12-Michael Decker, 00:12.923[5]; 21. 41-Dennis Spitz, 00:13.444[17]; 22. 18-Keith Fellner, 00:14.132[3]

 

 

Macedo Sweeps Sprint Car Return to FALS With IRA/MOWA Sprints

39 Bumper to Bumper Interstate Racing Association(IRA)/Neal Tire Midwest Open Wheel Association(MOWA) teams signed in for action at the Fairbury American Legion Speedway for the first sprint car race at the facility in 15 years. Osborn and Son Trucking Qualifying saw Lemoore, California’s Carson Macedo set quick time over Paul Nienhiser and Blake Nimee. Scotty Thiel would qualify in 4th and Brad Loyet was 5th.

Weld Wheels Heat Race 1 saw Macedo charge from his 4th starting position to the win. AJ Bruins would bring his 44 machine across in 2nd ahead of Tayler Malsam. MOWA point leader Brad Loyet finished in 4th and Logan Faucon would grab the 5th and final transfer position in the closing laps. Allstar Performance Heat 2 would be claimed by Kraig Kinser over Paul Nienhiser. Scotty Neitzel would bring his 2w home in 3rd followed by Scott Uttech and Jim Moughan in 4th and 5th. DMI heat 3 would see the Blue and Black 68 of Dave Uttech take the checkers. Behind Uttech, Blake Nimee and Kris Spitz battled hard most of the heat for 2nd. Nimee would best Spitz and claim 2nd relegating Spitz to 3rd. Jordan Goldesberry would cross in 4th and National Sprint Car Hall of Famer Danny Smith would finish 5th. R&H Enterprises Heat Race 4 would see 2 former IRA champions battle as Bill Balog challenged Jeremy Schultz hard for the lead but could not find a way around the 5j, and as the checkered flag wove it was Schultz over Balog. Scotty Thiel was 3rd ahead of Jacob Patton and Jeremy Standridge.

Behling Racing Products B main saw Brett Tripplett bring home the win over Wayne Modjeski. Matt Vandervere brought his 10v car across the line ahead of the T&E Auto Haulers 23d of Trey Datweiler. Ryan Bunton would finish in the 5th position, one spot out of transferring to the A main.

The A main saw Jeremy Schultz take the early lead over Tayler Malsam and Scotty Thiel. Carson Macedo would quickly work from his 5th starting position into 2nd and challenge Schultz for the lead. Macedo would grab the lead from the 5j and Thiel would soon pass Schultz as well. As the race came to a close, Balog who had worked from his 9th starting position into 3rd would utilize lapped traffic to work around the 64 of Thiel but could not make a run at Macedo and the lead. As the dust settled it was the 3G piloted by Macedo in victory lane. Balog and Thiel would round out the podium. Paul Nienhiser finished in 4th with Schultz in 5th.

The IRA would like to thank our wonderful sponsors, Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts, Osborn and Son Trucking, TW Metals, Carriage Auto Body, Cummins Onan, Hopf Farms, Hagar’s Half Pound Cookies and Hoosier Tire.

 

 

Illinois/Wisconsin Double Header Weekend for IRA

This weekend the Bumper to Bumper Interstate Racing Association has two big shows on tap. Saturday at the Fairbury American Legion Speedway, and Sunday at Angell Park Speedway.

Saturday July 15th the IRA makes their first visit to Fairbury American Legion Speedway(FALS) in over a decade. The Neil Tire Midwest Open Wheel Association will join the IRA at the 1/4th mile Illinois oval, in what is sure to be a great night of racing. Boston Reid picked up the win on the IRA’s only previous event at FALS. With most of the IRA team's never having ran the semi banked Illinois oval, the winner will likely be the team who can adapt to the new track the quickest.

Sunday the series travels back to Wisconsin for another trip to Angell Park Speedway. Bill Balog has won both previous IRA events at Angell Park Speedway in 2017 and will surely be the man to beat this Sunday. Scotty Thiel has been Balog's toughest competition all season and the month of July has been good to him, picking up two 410 sprint car wins already this month, look for him to challenge the Rhine Auto 17b on Sunday.

The IRA would like to thank our wonderful sponsors, Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts, Osborn and Son Trucking, TW Metals, Carriage Auto Body, Cummins Onan, Hopf Farms, Hagar’s Half Pound Cookies and Hoosier Tire.

 

 

Harry and Rick Graced Us With a Great Night of Racing

22 Bumper to Bumper Interstate Racing Association(IRA) 410 sprint car teams signed in to do action in front of a capacity crowd at the The Dodge County Fairgrounds. It was a night meant to Honor 2 great men, Harry Neitzel and Rick Schmidt. Although Mother Nature tried to end it early, Harry and Rick made sure the race went on.

Osborn and Son Trucking Qualifying saw Bill Balog set quick time on lap number one, then he would back the car into the fence on lap two forcing his team to make numerous repairs. Tony Stewart would claim 2nd quick followed by Kyle Marten. Jeremy Schultz would bring his 5j home in 4th followed by Mike Reinke.

Weld Wheels Heat Race 1 saw Jake Blackhurst take the early lead and hold onto it until the checkered fell. Behind him Schultz would work his way to 2nd and Austin McCarl was 3rd. Balog would come home in 4th and Phillip Mock rounded out the top 5.
Allstar Performance Heat Race 2 would see outside front row starter Justin Henderson take the early lead and eventually the checkered. Tony Stewart would drive from his 4th place starting position into 2nd and Mike Reinke followed in 3rd. Steve Meyer would come home in 4th and Scott Uttech was 5th.
DMI Racing/ R&H Enterprises Heat race 3 was won by Terry McCarl over Scotty Thiel in the Bob Hood Motorsports 64. Scotty Neitzel brought his 2w across in 3rd followed by Kyle Marten and Dave Uttech.

The A main saw Terry McCarl utilize his 1st place invert draw to get the jump on the field. Schultz caught McCarl and slid him in turns 1 and 2 but Terry was able to drive back around Jeremy. Schultz was able to drive his 5j back to the Bumper of McCarl's 24 on multiple occasions but could not find a line around him and when the dust settled it was Terry McCarl standing on the stage with the Neitzel and Schmidt families as the winner. Schultz would settle for 2nd ahead of Terry’s son Austin McCarl. Tony Stewart would bring his Rush Truck Centers Machine home in 4th and Scotty Neitzel would finish in 5th.

The IRA is back in action next Saturday and Sunday. Saturday 7/15 sees the series return to the Fairbury American Legion Speedway. Sunday 7/16 the IRA visits the Angell Park Speedway.

The IRA would like to thank our wonderful sponsors, Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts, Osborn and Son Trucking, Hoosier Tire, TW Metals, Carriage Auto Body, Cummins Onan, Hopf Farms, and Hagar’s Half Pound Cookies.

A Feature 1
1. 24-Terry McCarl, [1]; 2. 5J-Jeremy Schultz, [2]; 3. 17A-Austin McCarl, [4]; 4. 14-Tony Stewart, [7]; 5. 2W-Scott Neitzel, [8]; 6. 59-Justin Henderson, [9]; 7. 17B-Bill Balog, [6]; 8. 99-Kyle Marten, [10]; 9. 64-Scotty Thiel, [11]; 10. 25-Jake Blackhurst, [3]; 11. 02-Mike Reinke, [5]; 12. 85M-Steve Meyer, [12]; 13. 23-Russel Borland, [16]; 14. 10V-Matt Vandevere, [18]; 15. 1M-Phillip Mock, [14]; 16. 7-Scott Uttech, [13]; 17. 68-Dave Uttech, [15]; 18. (DNF) 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski, [17]; 19. (DNF) 41-Dennis Spitz, [19]; 20. (DNF) 12-Chris Gurley, [20]; (DNS) 7R-Billy Hafemann, ; (DNS) 95A-Ken Jay Fiedler,
Heat 1
1. 25-Jake Blackhurst, [1]; 2. 5J-Jeremy Schultz, [3]; 3. 17A-Austin McCarl, [2]; 4. 17B-Bill Balog, [4]; 5. 1M-Phillip Mock, [6]; 6. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski, [5]; 7. 12-Chris Gurley, [7]; (DNS) 7R-Billy Hafemann,
Heat 2
1. 59-Justin Henderson, [2]; 2. 14-Tony Stewart, [4]; 3. 02-Mike Reinke, [3]; 4. 85M-Steve Meyer, [1]; 5. 7-Scott Uttech, [5]; 6. 10V-Matt Vandevere, [7]; 7. (DNF) 95A-Ken Jay Fiedler, [6]
Heat 3
1. 24-Terry McCarl, [1]; 2. 64-Scotty Thiel, [2]; 3. 2W-Scott Neitzel, [3]; 4. 99-Kyle Marten, [4]; 5. 68-Dave Uttech, [6]; 6. 23-Russel Borland, [5]; 7. 41-Dennis Spitz, [7]
Qualifying 1
1. 17B-Bill Balog, 00:16.627[17]; 2. 14-Tony Stewart, 00:17.664[8]; 3. 99-Kyle Marten, 00:17.671[6]; 4. 5J-Jeremy Schultz, 00:17.682[11]; 5. 02-Mike Reinke, 00:17.806[15]; 6. 2W-Scott Neitzel, 00:17.831[13]; 7. 17A-Austin McCarl, 00:17.887[16]; 8. 59-Justin Henderson, 00:17.970[18]; 9. 64-Scotty Thiel, 00:17.981[1]; 10. 25-Jake Blackhurst, 00:18.216[2]; 11. 85M-Steve Meyer, 00:18.244[20]; 12. 24-Terry McCarl, 00:18.291[4]; 13. 7R-Billy Hafemann, 00:18.625[14]; 14. 7-Scott Uttech, 00:18.661[7]; 15. 23-Russel Borland, 00:18.677[9]; 16. 1M-Phillip Mock, 00:18.791[19]; 17. 95A-Ken Jay Fiedler, 00:18.948[5]; 18. 68-Dave Uttech, 00:19.078[3]; 19. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski, 00:19.127[12]; 20. 10V-Matt Vandevere, 00:19.128[10]; 21. 41-Dennis Spitz, 00:19.783[21]; 22. 12-Chris Gurley, 00:20.016[22]

 

 

Harry Neitzel Tribute/Rick Schmidt Memorial this Friday at Dodge County Fairgrounds

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series only has one event this weekend, but it's a big one! The series heads to the big half mile Dodge County Fairgrounds in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin for the Harry Neitzel Tribute/Rick Schmidt Memorial. The series will be joined by both the MSA sprint cars as well as the Dirt King Late Models. If all that wasn't enough to make this one of the biggest shows all year, a very special guest will be making his 2nd start this year with the IRA, “Smoke” Tony Stewart will be in the house.

Friday’s event is in honor of the long time supporter of Wisconsin sprint car racing and father of series regular Scotty Neitzel, Harry Neitzel. We also race in honor of the longtime IRA supporter Rick Schmidt, who was both a driver as well as car owner for his son Al.
Scotty Neitzel, a winner last year at the big half mile, will surely be tough to beat on Friday. His biggest challenge could come in the form of his former crew man and mentee, Jeremy Schultz. Schultz, who ran second to Neitzel the last time the 410s visited the Dodge County Fairgrounds, has shown this year he has the speed to win but bad luck has kept him out of victory lane.

Pits will open at 3, and spectator gates at 4:30. Warm Ups will begin at 6:00, followed by IRA Qualifying, Opening Ceremonies are scheduled for 7:15.
Ticket prices will be: Adults $25, kids 6-12 yrs $5, kids 5 & under FREE. Pit Pass $30

The IRA would like to thank our wonderful sponsors, Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts, Osborn and Son Trucking, TW Metals, Carriage Auto Body, Cummins Onan, Hopf Farms, Hagar’s Half Pound Cookies and Hoosier Tire.

Car # Name Total Points
17b Bill Balog 1763
64 Scotty Thiel 1692
2w Scotty Neitzel 1579
99 Kyle Marten 1518
5J Jeremy Schultz 1510
85m Steve Meyer 1438
79 Blake Nimee 1424
10V Matt Vandervere 1335
23 Russel Borland 1316
4K Kris Spitz 1272

 

 

Thiel, Crane and Neau Victorious in 141 Speedway Sprint Car Spectacular

31 Interstate Racing Association (IRA) Winged 410 sprint cars signed in to do battle at the beautiful 141 Speedway for night 4 of the Hopf Farms Bullring Showdown. Osborn and Son Trucking qualifying saw the “North Pole Nightmare” Bill Balog set quick time over Mike Reinke and Blake Nimee. Matt Vandervere was 4th quick in his Grandstand Video 10v and Scotty Neitzel was 5th.

Weld Wheels Heat Race 1 saw Ben Schmidt take the early lead, with 4 laps to go, contact sidelined Schmidt and gave Schultz the lead. Schultz would take the win over Balog and Vandervere. Russel Borland brought his Hopf Farms sponsored machine across in 4th and Josh Walter rounded out the top 5.
In Allstar Performance Heat Race 2 Todd King utilized the high line on the start, and led the field all the way to the checkered. Neitzel moved into the 2nd position followed by Phillip Mock and Reinke. Jordan Goldesberry brought his blue and yellow 65 home in 5th.
DMI Racing/R&H Enterprises Heat Race 3 was won by 4th starting Blake Nimee. Scotty Thiel in his Professional Plating Machine came home in 2nd followed by Steve Meyer. Todd Daun and Dave Uttech finished 4th and 5th respectively.

Behling Race Products B Main saw Kris Spitz take the lead for the first half of the race, but eventually would be out run by Ben Schmidt. Spitz followed Schmidt across the line in 2nd followed by Mike Decker in 3rd. KenJay Fiedler would cross in 4th and Jereme Schroeder was 5th.

Bumper to Bumper A Main action saw contact bring out a red on the start for the 02 of Mike Reinke and the 17b of Bill Balog. Balog’s team was able to make repairs and get him restarted. Once the race got going, Meyer was able to get the early lead. Through numerous cautions, Scotty Thiel was able to work his way into the 2nd position when the caution flag once again flew, this time for 3rd running Phillip Mock. On the restart it was Meyer leading over Thiel and Vandervere. The 17b of Balog had worked his way through the field and was now in the 4th position as the race went back green. On the restart Meyer climbed the back stretch wall, after initially continuing, the 85m machine would come to a stop setting up a green white checkered finish. On the restart, Vandervere had a chance at Thiel, but couldn't complete the pass and Thiel would go on to claim his 1st victory of the season. Vandervere and Balog rounded out the podium. Neitzel came across in 4th followed by Nimee in 5th.

In Wisconsin wingLESS Sprints presented by the IRA action Jordan Mattson, Tim Cox and Doug Schenck picked up heat race wins. The A main saw George Gaertner lead the first half, until Derek Crane, and Tim Cox were both able to move past him and do battle for the lead. Crane was able to gap Cox in lapped traffic and eventually claim the win. Cox ran 2nd and Derek Crane’s brother Nathan rounded out the podium.

Wisconsin Illinois Mini Sprint competition saw Derrick Fortier and Tim Brannam both nab heat race wins. In the A main, Mike Neau jumped out to the early lead. A red flag for Bobby Tackman bunched the field back up, but no one could best Neau. When the checkered flag fell, Neau was victorious over the Daywalt brothers, Kyle and Nick respectively.

Bumper to Bumper IRA 410 winged sprint cars return to action Friday night July 7th at the Dodge County Fairgrounds for the Harry Neitzel Tribute/Rick Schmidt Memorial. And then on July 15 it's the return of the IRA to Fairbury American Legion Speedway in Illinois.

The IRA would like to thank our wonderful sponsors, Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts, Osborn and Son Trucking, TW Metals, Carriage Auto Body, Cummins Onan, Hopf Farms, Hagar’s Half Pound Cookies and Hoosier Tire.

A Feature 1
1. 64-Scotty Thiel, [8]; 2. 10V-Matt Vandevere, [9]; 3. 17B-Bill Balog, [5]; 4. 2W-Scott Neitzel, [6]; 5. 79-Blake Nimee, [4]; 6. 80K-Mike Kertscher, [17]; 7. 22-Todd King, [10]; 8. 99-Kyle Marten, [16]; 9. 73-Ben Schmidt, [19]; 10. 23-Russel Borland, [11]; 11. 1M-Phillip Mock, [7]; 12. 19-Todd Daun, [12]; 13. 95A-Ken Jay Fiedler, [22]; 14. 4K-Kris Spitz, [20]; 15. 12W-Josh Walter, [14]; 16. 12-Michael Decker, [21]; 17. 43-Jereme Schroeder, [23]; 18. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski, [18]; 19. 85M-Steve Meyer, [3]; 20. 95X-Ty Bartz, [24]; 21. 68-Dave Uttech, [13]; 22. 5J-Jeremy Schultz, [2]; 23. 02-Mike Reinke, [1]; 24. 65-Jordan Goldesberry, [15]
B Feature 1
1. 73-Ben Schmidt, [1]; 2. 4K-Kris Spitz, [2]; 3. 12-Michael Decker, [3]; 4. 95A-Ken Jay Fiedler, [4]; 5. 43-Jereme Schroeder, [6]; 6. 95X-Ty Bartz, [9]; 7. 41-Dennis Spitz, [5]; 8. 81-Andrew Westphal, [12]; 9. 4-Paul Pokorski, [10]; 10. 18-Keith Fellner, [11]; 11. 7R-Andy Rein, [13]; 12. 6-Shane Wenninger, [7]; 13. 55E-Emily Portschy, [8]
Heat 1
1. 5J-Jeremy Schultz, [2]; 2. 17B-Bill Balog, [4]; 3. 10V-Matt Vandevere, [3]; 4. 23-Russel Borland, [6]; 5. 12W-Josh Walter, [5]; 6. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski, [7]; 7. 95A-Ken Jay Fiedler, [8]; 8. 6-Shane Wenninger, [9]; 9. 4-Paul Pokorski, [11]; 10. 18-Keith Fellner, [10]; 11. (DNF) 73-Ben Schmidt, [1]
Heat 2
1. 22-Todd King, [2]; 2. 2W-Scott Neitzel, [3]; 3. 1M-Phillip Mock, [1]; 4. 02-Mike Reinke, [4]; 5. 65-Jordan Goldesberry, [6]; 6. 99-Kyle Marten, [5]; 7. 4K-Kris Spitz, [7]; 8. 41-Dennis Spitz, [8]; 9. 55E-Emily Portschy, [9]; 10. 81-Andrew Westphal, [10]
Heat 3
1. 79-Blake Nimee, [4]; 2. 64-Scotty Thiel, [3]; 3. 85M-Steve Meyer, [2]; 4. 19-Todd Daun, [6]; 5. 68-Dave Uttech, [1]; 6. 80K-Mike Kertscher, [5]; 7. 12-Michael Decker, [7]; 8. 43-Jereme Schroeder, [8]; 9. 95X-Ty Bartz, [9]; 10. 7R-Andy Rein, [10]
Qualifying 1
1. 17B-Bill Balog, 00:11.325[25]; 2. 02-Mike Reinke, 00:11.477[11]; 3. 79-Blake Nimee, 00:11.492[9]; 4. 10V-Matt Vandevere, 00:11.504[19]; 5. 2W-Scott Neitzel, 00:11.551[1]; 6. 64-Scotty Thiel, 00:11.617[21]; 7. 5J-Jeremy Schultz, 00:11.632[10]; 8. 22-Todd King, 00:11.703[12]; 9. 85M-Steve Meyer, 00:11.761[27]; 10. 73-Ben Schmidt, 00:11.768[5]; 11. 1M-Phillip Mock, 00:11.798[16]; 12. 68-Dave Uttech, 00:11.922[2]; 13. 12W-Josh Walter, 00:11.933[13]; 14. 99-Kyle Marten, 00:11.939[20]; 15. 80K-Mike Kertscher, 00:11.992[15]; 16. 23-Russel Borland, 00:12.021[6]; 17. 65-Jordan Goldesberry, 00:12.056[18]; 18. 19-Todd Daun, 00:12.090[23]; 19. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski, 00:12.109[22]; 20. 4K-Kris Spitz, 00:12.162[26]; 21. 12-Michael Decker, 00:12.283[14]; 22. 95A-Ken Jay Fiedler, 00:12.328[7]; 23. 41-Dennis Spitz, 00:12.393[8]; 24. 43-Jereme Schroeder, 00:12.546[3]; 25. 6-Shane Wenninger, 00:12.610[4]; 26. 55E-Emily Portschy, 00:12.893[30]; 27. 95X-Ty Bartz, 00:13.042[28]; 28. 18-Keith Fellner, 00:13.163[17]; 29. 81-Andrew Westphal, 00:13.271[24]; 30. 7R-Andy Rein, 00:13.274[31]; 31. 4-Paul Pokorski, 00:13.278[29]
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Media Results for 7/2/17 - 141 Speedway - Francis Creek, WI

WingLESS Sprints
A Feature 1
1. 91-Derek Crane, [4]; 2. 48-Tim Cox, [7]; 3. 97-Nathan Crane, [6]; 4. 38-Allen Hafford, [5]; 5. 89-George Gaertner Jr, [1]; 6. 71S-Doug Schenck, [3]; 7. 96.5-Rod Colburn, [11]; 8. 70-Chris Klemko, [2]; 9. 15-Dan Wade, [13]; 10. 91S-Jimmy Sivia, [10]; 11. 2-Jordan Mattson, [8]; 12. 4G-George Gaertner III, [9]; 13. 5-Garrett Deieso, [12]; 14. 20-Natalie Klemko, [14]; 15. 32-Jeremy Hunt, [19]; 16. 29-Randy Stanford, [17]; 17. 77-James Walldan, [18]; 18. (DNF) 21-Ryan Zielski, [16]; 19. (DNF) 52-Craig Lager, [15]; (DNS) 54-Scott Grissom,
Heat 1
1. 2-Jordan Mattson, [4]; 2. 91S-Jimmy Sivia, [1]; 3. 38-Allen Hafford, [3]; 4. 96.5-Rod Colburn, [5]; 5. 20-Natalie Klemko, [6]; 6. 21-Ryan Zielski, [2]; 7. 32-Jeremy Hunt, [7]; (DNS) 12-Shawn Swim,
Heat 2
1. 48-Tim Cox, [4]; 2. 4G-George Gaertner III, [1]; 3. 91-Derek Crane, [3]; 4. 15-Dan Wade, [6]; 5. 70-Chris Klemko, [2]; 6. 77-James Walldan, [5]; 7. 54-Scott Grissom, [7]
Heat 3
1. 71S-Doug Schenck, [3]; 2. 89-George Gaertner Jr, [2]; 3. 97-Nathan Crane, [4]; 4. 5-Garrett Deieso, [5]; 5. 52-Craig Lager, [6]; 6. 29-Randy Stanford, [1]; (DNS) 7S-Craig Campton,
Qualifying 1
1. 2-Jordan Mattson, 00:14.235[1]; 2. 48-Tim Cox, 00:14.276[2]; 3. 97-Nathan Crane, 00:14.368[8]; 4. 38-Allen Hafford, 00:14.413[4]; 5. 91-Derek Crane, 00:14.441[5]; 6. 71S-Doug Schenck, 00:14.460[3]; 7. 21-Ryan Zielski, 00:14.657[15]; 8. 70-Chris Klemko, 00:14.822[7]; 9. 89-George Gaertner Jr, 00:14.857[6]; 10. 91S-Jimmy Sivia, 00:14.860[10]; 11. 7S-Craig Campton, 00:14.880[9]; 12. 4G-George Gaertner III, 00:14.900[16]; 13. 29-Randy Stanford, 00:14.910[20]; 14. 96.5-Rod Colburn, 00:14.995[13]; 15. 77-James Walldan, 00:15.074[14]; 16. 5-Garrett Deieso, 00:15.127[17]; 17. 12-Shawn Swim, 00:15.156[19]; 18. 20-Natalie Klemko, 00:15.183[12]; 19. 15-Dan Wade, 00:15.207[11]; 20. 52-Craig Lager, 00:15.276[18]; 21. 32-Jeremy Hunt, 00:15.388[21]; 22. 54-Scott Grissom, 00:15.482[22]

 

 

Balog Sweeps Night in Bumper to Bumper IRA Competition at Wilmot Raceway

26 cars signed in for action at the birthplace of the Bumper to Bumper Interstate Racing Association(IRA). In Osborn and Son Trucking qualifying, series point leader Bill Balog set quick time over Scotty Thiel. Dave Uttech would be 3rd in his 68 machine followed by Blake Nimee and Jake Blackhurst.

Weld Wheels heat race 1 saw Balog drive from his 4th place starting position to the win. Scotty Neitzel brought his orange 2w to 2nd. Nimee was 3rd ahead of Rusty Egan. Steve Meyer would round out the top 5 in his Meyer Electric 85m. Allstar Performance heat race 2 saw Jordan Goldesberry lead all but the final corner, as Thiel utilized lapped traffic to get around the Rock Solid Lawn Care 65 and claim the win. Goldesberry would cross in 2nd with former Wilmot track champion Todd Daun in 3rd. Blackhurst came home in 4th and Wayne Modjeski was 5th. DMI Racing/R&H Enterprises heat race 3, California’s Carson Macedo utilized a front row starting spot to take the early lead and eventually the win. Kris Spitz brought his 4k home in 2nd followed by Kyle Marten. Matt Vandervere and Brett Tripplet rounded out the top 5.

Behling Race Products B main saw Scott Uttech lead flag to flag to claim a spot in the A main, unfortunately due to mechanical issues Uttech would be forced to scratch from the feature. Behind Uttech, Chris Dodd came home in 2nd and Dennis Spitz in 3rd. Jeremy Schroeder brought his Bumper to Bumper of Paddock Lake 43 machine home in 4th and Mike Decker would finish in 5th.

A main Competition saw Neitzel take the early lead, over Kyle Marten and Dave Uttech. Jeremy Schultz worked his way to 3rd before mechanical issues would force him to retire for the night. As the race wore on, Carson Macedo and Bill Balog slowly worked their way through the field. With just 2 laps to go Macedo and Balog had gotten around Neitzel and ran in the 1st and 2nd position until Carson looped the Allstar Performance 3G around and brought out the caution. Balog would inherit the lead on the green white checkered. Balog was unbeatable on the restart and would claim IRA career win number 94. Neitzel claimed 2nd and Thiel snuck into 3rd at the finish. Kyle Marten finished in the 4th position and Blackhurst rounded out the top 5

A Feature 1 1. 17B-Bill Balog, [10]; 2. 2W-Scott Neitzel, [1]; 3. 64-Scotty Thiel, [7]; 4. 99-Kyle Marten, [4]; 5. 25-Jake Blackhurst, [9]; 6. 68-Dave Uttech, [2]; 7. 4K-Kris Spitz, [11]; 8. 10V-Matt Vandevere, [13]; 9. 79-Blake Nimee, [3]; 10. 65-Jordan Goldesberry, [6]; 11. 01-Chris Dodd, [20]; 12. 19-Todd Daun, [12]; 13. 85M-Steve Meyer, [17]; 14. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski, [15]; 15. 43-Jereme Schroeder, [22]; 16. 3G-Carson Macedo, [8]; 17. 12-Michael Decker, [21]; 18. 23-Russel Borland, [18]; 19. 41-Dennis Spitz, [19]; 20. 5J-Jeremy Schultz, [5]; 21. 50-Rusty Egan, [14]; 22. 22-Bret Tripplett, [16]; 23. 18-Keith Fellner, [23]; 24. 78E-Kevin Eltz, [24] B Feature 1 1. 7-Scott Uttech, [1]; 2. 01-Chris Dodd, [2]; 3. 41-Dennis Spitz, [3]; 4. 43-Jereme Schroeder, [4]; 5. 12-Michael Decker, [6]; 6. 18-Keith Fellner, [7]; 7. 78E-Kevin Eltz, [8]; 8. 14-Jim Fifield, [5] Heat 1 1. 17B-Bill Balog, [4]; 2. 2W-Scott Neitzel, [1]; 3. 79-Blake Nimee, [3]; 4. 50-Rusty Egan, [8]; 5. 85M-Steve Meyer, [7]; 6. 5J-Jeremy Schultz, [2]; 7. 01-Chris Dodd, [6]; 8. 18-Keith Fellner, [9]; 9. (DNF) 7-Scott Uttech, [5] Heat 2 1. 64-Scotty Thiel, [4]; 2. 65-Jordan Goldesberry, [2]; 3. 19-Todd Daun, [1]; 4. 25-Jake Blackhurst, [3]; 5. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski, [5]; 6. 23-Russel Borland, [7]; 7. 43-Jereme Schroeder, [8]; 8. 14-Jim Fifield, [6]; 9. 78E-Kevin Eltz, [9] Heat 3 1. 3G-Carson Macedo, [2]; 2. 4K-Kris Spitz, [1]; 3. 99-Kyle Marten, [3]; 4. 10V-Matt Vandevere, [5]; 5. 22-Bret Tripplett, [6]; 6. 68-Dave Uttech, [4]; 7. 41-Dennis Spitz, [7]; 8. 12-Michael Decker, [8] Qualifying 1 1. 17B-Bill Balog, 00:12.699[10]; 2. 64-Scotty Thiel, 00:12.712[17]; 3. 68-Dave Uttech, 00:12.886[11]; 4. 79-Blake Nimee, 00:13.019[13]; 5. 25-Jake Blackhurst, 00:13.086[12]; 6. 99-Kyle Marten, 00:13.094[16]; 7. 5J-Jeremy Schultz, 00:13.128[6]; 8. 65-Jordan Goldesberry, 00:13.171[14]; 9. 3G-Carson Macedo, 00:13.197[25]; 10. 2W-Scott Neitzel, 00:13.278[22]; 11. 19-Todd Daun, 00:13.294[15]; 12. 4K-Kris Spitz, 00:13.324[3]; 13. 7-Scott Uttech, 00:13.334[4]; 14. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski, 00:13.347[20]; 15. 10V-Matt Vandevere, 00:13.378[7]; 16. 01-Chris Dodd, 00:13.413[2]; 17. 14-Jim Fifield, 00:13.429[19]; 18. 22-Bret Tripplett, 00:13.441[5]; 19. 85M-Steve Meyer, 00:13.483[1]; 20. 23-Russel Borland, 00:13.600[26]; 21. 41-Dennis Spitz, 00:13.657[23]; 22. 50-Rusty Egan, 00:13.664[18]; 23. 43-Jereme Schroeder, 00:13.804[24]; 24. 12-Michael Decker, 00:13.820[21]; 25. 18-Keith Fellner, 00:14.050[9]; 26. 78E-Kevin Eltz, 00:14.491[8]

The IRA would like to thank our wonderful sponsors, Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts, Osborn and Son Trucking, TW Metals, Carriage Auto Body, Cummins Onan, and Hoosier Tire.26 cars signed in for action at the birthplace of the Bumper to Bumper Interstate Racing Association(IRA). In Osborn and Son Trucking qualifying, series point leader Bill Balog set quick time over Scotty Thiel. Dave Uttech would be 3rd in his 68 machine followed by Blake Nimee and Jake Blackhurst.

Weld Wheels heat race 1 saw Balog drive from his 4th place starting position to the win. Scotty Neitzel brought his orange 2w to 2nd. Nimee was 3rd ahead of Rusty Egan. Steve Meyer would round out the top 5 in his Meyer Electric 85m. Allstar Performance heat race 2 saw Jordan Goldesberry lead all but the final corner, as Thiel utilized lapped traffic to get around the Rock Solid Lawn Care 65 and claim the win. Goldesberry would cross in 2nd with former Wilmot track champion Todd Daun in 3rd. Blackhurst came home in 4th and Wayne Modjeski was 5th. DMI Racing/R&H Enterprises heat race 3, California’s Carson Macedo utilized a front row starting spot to take the early lead and eventually the win. Kris Spitz brought his 4k home in 2nd followed by Kyle Marten. Matt Vandervere and Brett Tripplet rounded out the top 5.

Behling Race Products B main saw Scott Uttech lead flag to flag to claim a spot in the A main, unfortunately due to mechanical issues Uttech would be forced to scratch from the feature. Behind Uttech, Chris Dodd came home in 2nd and Dennis Spitz in 3rd. Jeremy Schroeder brought his Bumper to Bumper of Paddock Lake 43 machine home in 4th and Mike Decker would finish in 5th.

A main Competition saw Neitzel take the early lead, over Kyle Marten and Dave Uttech. Jeremy Schultz worked his way to 3rd before mechanical issues would force him to retire for the night. As the race wore on, Carson Macedo and Bill Balog slowly worked their way through the field. With just 2 laps to go Macedo and Balog had gotten around Neitzel and ran in the 1st and 2nd position until Carson looped the Allstar Performance 3G around and brought out the caution. Balog would inherit the lead on the green white checkered. Balog was unbeatable on the restart and would claim IRA career win number 94. Neitzel claimed 2nd and Thiel snuck into 3rd at the finish. Kyle Marten finished in the 4th position and Blackhurst rounded out the top 5

A Feature 1 1. 17B-Bill Balog, [10]; 2. 2W-Scott Neitzel, [1]; 3. 64-Scotty Thiel, [7]; 4. 99-Kyle Marten, [4]; 5. 25-Jake Blackhurst, [9]; 6. 68-Dave Uttech, [2]; 7. 4K-Kris Spitz, [11]; 8. 10V-Matt Vandevere, [13]; 9. 79-Blake Nimee, [3]; 10. 65-Jordan Goldesberry, [6]; 11. 01-Chris Dodd, [20]; 12. 19-Todd Daun, [12]; 13. 85M-Steve Meyer, [17]; 14. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski, [15]; 15. 43-Jereme Schroeder, [22]; 16. 3G-Carson Macedo, [8]; 17. 12-Michael Decker, [21]; 18. 23-Russel Borland, [18]; 19. 41-Dennis Spitz, [19]; 20. 5J-Jeremy Schultz, [5]; 21. 50-Rusty Egan, [14]; 22. 22-Bret Tripplett, [16]; 23. 18-Keith Fellner, [23]; 24. 78E-Kevin Eltz, [24] B Feature 1 1. 7-Scott Uttech, [1]; 2. 01-Chris Dodd, [2]; 3. 41-Dennis Spitz, [3]; 4. 43-Jereme Schroeder, [4]; 5. 12-Michael Decker, [6]; 6. 18-Keith Fellner, [7]; 7. 78E-Kevin Eltz, [8]; 8. 14-Jim Fifield, [5] Heat 1 1. 17B-Bill Balog, [4]; 2. 2W-Scott Neitzel, [1]; 3. 79-Blake Nimee, [3]; 4. 50-Rusty Egan, [8]; 5. 85M-Steve Meyer, [7]; 6. 5J-Jeremy Schultz, [2]; 7. 01-Chris Dodd, [6]; 8. 18-Keith Fellner, [9]; 9. (DNF) 7-Scott Uttech, [5] Heat 2 1. 64-Scotty Thiel, [4]; 2. 65-Jordan Goldesberry, [2]; 3. 19-Todd Daun, [1]; 4. 25-Jake Blackhurst, [3]; 5. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski, [5]; 6. 23-Russel Borland, [7]; 7. 43-Jereme Schroeder, [8]; 8. 14-Jim Fifield, [6]; 9. 78E-Kevin Eltz, [9] Heat 3 1. 3G-Carson Macedo, [2]; 2. 4K-Kris Spitz, [1]; 3. 99-Kyle Marten, [3]; 4. 10V-Matt Vandevere, [5]; 5. 22-Bret Tripplett, [6]; 6. 68-Dave Uttech, [4]; 7. 41-Dennis Spitz, [7]; 8. 12-Michael Decker, [8] Qualifying 1 1. 17B-Bill Balog, 00:12.699[10]; 2. 64-Scotty Thiel, 00:12.712[17]; 3. 68-Dave Uttech, 00:12.886[11]; 4. 79-Blake Nimee, 00:13.019[13]; 5. 25-Jake Blackhurst, 00:13.086[12]; 6. 99-Kyle Marten, 00:13.094[16]; 7. 5J-Jeremy Schultz, 00:13.128[6]; 8. 65-Jordan Goldesberry, 00:13.171[14]; 9. 3G-Carson Macedo, 00:13.197[25]; 10. 2W-Scott Neitzel, 00:13.278[22]; 11. 19-Todd Daun, 00:13.294[15]; 12. 4K-Kris Spitz, 00:13.324[3]; 13. 7-Scott Uttech, 00:13.334[4]; 14. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski, 00:13.347[20]; 15. 10V-Matt Vandevere, 00:13.378[7]; 16. 01-Chris Dodd, 00:13.413[2]; 17. 14-Jim Fifield, 00:13.429[19]; 18. 22-Bret Tripplett, 00:13.441[5]; 19. 85M-Steve Meyer, 00:13.483[1]; 20. 23-Russel Borland, 00:13.600[26]; 21. 41-Dennis Spitz, 00:13.657[23]; 22. 50-Rusty Egan, 00:13.664[18]; 23. 43-Jereme Schroeder, 00:13.804[24]; 24. 12-Michael Decker, 00:13.820[21]; 25. 18-Keith Fellner, 00:14.050[9]; 26. 78E-Kevin Eltz, 00:14.491[8]

The IRA would like to thank our wonderful sponsors, Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts, Osborn and Son Trucking, TW Metals, Carriage Auto Body, Cummins Onan, and Hoosier Tire.

 

 

Bumper to Bumper Interstate Racing Association

After a week off, the teams of the Bumper to Bumper Interstate Racing Association(IRA) prepare to do battle once again, as this weekend features a pair of races.
Saturday July 1st the series returns to Wilmot Raceway, then on Sunday July 2nd they head to 141 Speedway.

Saturday the IRA returns to its birth place, the Wilmot Raceway. The series was last there on June 10th, when fans saw history as Matt Vandervere scored his first career victory after holding off Bill Balog on multiple restarts. Vandervere will surely be a fan favorite to pick up another win this Saturday night but to do so he will have to once again beat Balog who has proven to be tough to beat any time he rolls onto a track. Jeremy Schultz has to be another driver to keep your eyes on as he has been the Wilmot track champion 3 of the last 4 years but he is still looking for his first win of 2017.

Sunday the series heads north to Francis Creek Wisconsin and the 141 Speedway for what is sure to be a huge show for any fan of open wheel racing. The Bumper to Bumper IRA 410 sprint cars will be joined by not one, but both of the IRA’s other divisions, the Wisconsin WingLESS Sprints and the Wisconsin Illinois Mini Sprints. Fans will be treated to a 3 division night of open wheel racing around one of the most unique tracks in the midwest. If three divisions of IRA Sprints wasn't enough, Sunday is also night 4 of the Hopf Farms Bullring Showdown. Night 3 saw Kyle Marten score a win and move him within striking distance of the Showdown points lead.
IRA Points as of 6/18
B. Balog(17B) - 1458
S. Thiel(64) - 1396
J. Schultz(5J) - 1324
S. Neitzel(2W) - 1313
K. Marten(99) - 1274

Hopf Farms Bullring Showdown Points
J. Schultz(5J) - 63
M. Reinke(02) - 60
M. Kertscher(80K) - 60
K. Marten(99) - 58
S. Thiel(64) - 56

The last time the Wisconsin Illinois Mini Sprints ran, it was at Beaver Dam Raceway with the World of Outlaws. After a night prolonged by rain, Nick Daywalt stood victorious over Mark Heinert and Mike Neau. This would be Nick Daywalt’s 3rd win of the season. Mark Heinert and CJ Malueg each have one win a piece on the season.
WIMS Points as of 6/24
N. Daywalt(66) - 484
M. Heinert(55H) - 459
K. Daywalt(11) - 431
A. Schroeder(42) - 421
CJ Malueg(13) - 408

The Wisconsin WingLESS Series presented by the IRA last ran on June 10, where Jordan Mattson picked up the win. Tim Cox ran 2nd and Doug Schenck rounded out the podium. In WingLESS competition 5 drivers have wins in 2017. Tim Cox has 2 wins, and Jordan Mattson, Doug Schenck, Allen Hafford and Derek Crane all have 1 win each.
WingLESS Points as of 6/10
J. Mattson(2) - 885
T. Cox(48) - 833
D. Schenck(71S) - 806
A. Hafford(38) - 715
D. Crane(91) - 699

 

 

Balog and Scelzi Thrill Angell Park Crowd with Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprints

26 Bumper to Bumper Interstate Racing Association(IRA) drivers signed in for action at the beautiful Angell Park Speedway for their Father's Day Festival. Osborn and Son Trucking qualifying saw Howards Grove, Wisconsin’s Mike Reinke set quick time. Scotty Thiel would time in 2nd followed by California’s Dominic Scelzi. Todd Daun would qualify in 4th and Wayne Modjeski would round out the top 5 in his Fatfro Motorsports 14aj.

Heat race 1 would be brought to the green flag by Steve Meyer and Phillip Mock, and that's how they would stay all the way to the checkered. Mike Reinke would move into 3rd place by the finish, followed by Jeremy Schultz and Seattle Washington native, Taylor Malsam.
Heat 2 saw series point leader Bill Balog take the early lead, and run away from the field. As the checkered flag fell Balog was victorious over Mike Kertscher. Thiel brought his Professional Plating 64 machine home 3rd with Saturday nights feature winner, Kyle Marten in 4th. The top 5 would be completed by the 19 of Todd Daun.
Heat 3 would be called red on lap 1 when Bill Wirth tipped his 53w car over on the backstretch. When the race was restarted the orange 2w of Scotty Neitzel took the lead, and held it for the duration of the race. Behind him Blake Nimee came home 2nd and Scelzi moved his 41s into 3rd. Modjeski came home 4th followed by the 7 machine of Scott Uttech in 5th.

The B main was lead by Bill Wirth for the first 6 of 8 laps, but with 2 laps to go Wirth would suffer mechanical issues and forced to pull into the infield. Russel Borland would inherit the lead and pick up the win over Dennis Spitz and Chris Dodd. Mike Decker brought his 12 car home in 4th and Keith Fellner would come across the line in 5th.

The A main was brought to the green flag by a pair of west coast drivers in Malsam and Scelzi. The first start saw Marten and Nimee get upside down and bring out a red flag. After a complete restart Scelzi took the lead over Malsam and Balog moved into 3rd. Quickly the 17b got past Malsam’s 26 and into 2nd. As the field moved through lapped traffic Balog got to Scelzi’s bumper and would soon take the lead. Multiple incidents would bring the yellow flag back out, but Scelzi couldn't get his 41s machine past the Rhine Auto car of Balog. When the checkered flag fell it was Balog atop the podium with his 5th victory of the season. Scelzi settled for second ahead of Malsam. Scotty Neitzel came home in 4th and Phillip Mock in just his 2nd start of 2017 brought his 1m machine home in 5th.

A Feature 1
1. 17B-Bill Balog, [4]; 2. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, [2]; 3. 26-Tayler Malsam, [1]; 4. 2W-Scott Neitzel, [5]; 5. 1M-Phillip Mock, [3]; 6. 64-Scotty Thiel, [7]; 7. 85M-Steve Meyer, [10]; 8. 80K-Mike Kertscher, [11]; 9. 02-Mike Reinke, [8]; 10. 68-Dave Uttech, [17]; 11. 10V-Matt Vandevere, [16]; 12. 19-Todd Daun, [9]; 13. 4K-Kris Spitz, [18]; 14. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski, [6]; 15. 12-Michael Decker, [22]; 16. 01-Chris Dodd, [21]; 17. 5J-Jeremy Schultz, [13]; 18. 23-Russel Borland, [19]; 19. 7-Scott Uttech, [15]; 20. 53W-Bill Wirth, [24]; 21. 41-Dennis Spitz, [20]; 22. 18-Keith Fellner, [23]; 23. 79-Blake Nimee, [12]; 24. 99-Kyle Marten, [14]
B Feature 1
1. 23-Russel Borland, [2]; 2. 41-Dennis Spitz, [3]; 3. 01-Chris Dodd, [4]; 4. 12-Michael Decker, [5]; 5. 18-Keith Fellner, [8]; 6. 53W-Bill Wirth, [1]; (DNS) 78E-Kevin Eltz, ; (DNS) 5W-Bryon Walters,
Heat 1
1. 85M-Steve Meyer, [1]; 2. 1M-Phillip Mock, [2]; 3. 02-Mike Reinke, [4]; 4. 5J-Jeremy Schultz, [5]; 5. 26-Tayler Malsam, [3]; 6. 10V-Matt Vandevere, [6]; 7. 23-Russel Borland, [7]; 8. 12-Michael Decker, [8]; 9. 18-Keith Fellner, [9]
Heat 2
1. 17B-Bill Balog, [2]; 2. 80K-Mike Kertscher, [1]; 3. 99-Kyle Marten, [5]; 4. 19-Todd Daun, [3]; 5. 68-Dave Uttech, [6]; 6. 41-Dennis Spitz, [7]; 7. 78E-Kevin Eltz, [9]; 8. 5W-Bryon Walters, [8]
Heat 3
1. 2W-Scott Neitzel, [2]; 2. 79-Blake Nimee, [1]; 3. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, [4]; 4. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski, [3]; 5. 7-Scott Uttech, [7]; 6. 4K-Kris Spitz, [6]; 7. 01-Chris Dodd, [8]; 8. (DNF) 53W-Bill Wirth, [5]
Qualifying 1
1. 02-Mike Reinke, 00:12.339[4]; 2. 64-Scotty Thiel, 00:12.364[1]; 3. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 00:12.441[9]; 4. 26-Tayler Malsam, 00:12.442[25]; 5. 19-Todd Daun, 00:12.453[7]; 6. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski, 00:12.459[8]; 7. 1M-Phillip Mock, 00:12.468[19]; 8. 17B-Bill Balog, 00:12.504[20]; 9. 2W-Scott Neitzel, 00:12.514[26]; 10. 85M-Steve Meyer, 00:12.520[21]; 11. 80K-Mike Kertscher, 00:12.540[12]; 12. 79-Blake Nimee, 00:12.543[22]; 13. 5J-Jeremy Schultz, 00:12.547[18]; 14. 99-Kyle Marten, 00:12.663[17]; 15. 53W-Bill Wirth, 00:12.761[13]; 16. 10V-Matt Vandevere, 00:12.771[11]; 17. 68-Dave Uttech, 00:12.903[10]; 18. 4K-Kris Spitz, 00:12.952[24]; 19. 23-Russel Borland, 00:12.963[6]; 20. 41-Dennis Spitz, 00:13.082[2]; 21. 7-Scott Uttech, 00:13.148[14]; 22. 12-Michael Decker, 00:13.421[23]; 23. 5W-Bryon Walters, 00:13.500[16]; 24. 01-Chris Dodd, 00:13.535[5]; 25. 18-Keith Fellner, 00:14.185[3]; 26. 78E-Kevin Eltz, 00:14.492[15]

 

 

Marten Victorious in Night Three of Hopf Farms Bullring Showdown

31 Bumper to Bumper Interstate Racing Association (IRA) teams signed in for action under threatening skies over the Sheboygan County Fairgrounds for night number 3 of the Hopf Farms Bullring Showdown. Osborn and Son Trucking Qualifying saw Showdown point leader Bill Balog set quick time over Blake Nimee. Wayne Modjeski used his countless laps of experience around the 1/4th mile oval to qualify in 3rd followed by Ben Schmidt and Mike Reinke.

Heat race 1 saw Scotty Thiel use his outside front row starting position to jump out to the early lead and would stay in front of the Rhine Auto 17b for the duration of the heat. Balog came home 2nd with Schmidt in 3rd. Kyle Marten would finish in 4th and Trey Datweiler in 5th.
Heat 2 would be won by Hanna City Illinois’ Jake Blackhurst. Hopf Farms driver Russel Borland brought his 23 machine home 2nd ahead of Reinke in 3rd. Nimee finished 4th followed across the line by Joey Moughan in 5th.
Heat race 3 saw Jeremy Schultz get a popular victory over Kris Spitz in 2nd. Modjeski brought his 14aj car across the line in 3rd with Mike Kertscher in the Thone Motorsports car in 4th. Bill Wirth rounded out the top 5 in his 53w.

The B main saw Dave Uttech take the early lead, followed quickly behind by his cousin Scott Uttech. Scott made multiple challenges but couldn't get around the blue and black machine of Dave. Todd Daun finished in 3rd, followed by Dennis Spitz in 4th and last Saturday nights feature winner Matt Vandervere in 5th.

A main action saw a trio of Plymouth veterans and IRA young guns jump out front. Marten took the early lead over Thiel and Schultz. Schultz and Balog both worked their way past Thiel in lapped traffic when a spinning Dennis Spitz collected both Balog and Thiel. Balog's damage would be too severe to continue. Kyle Marten would lead the rest of the way, en route to his 3rd career IRA win and first IRA win at the Plymouth dirt track. After many challenges to Marten, Schultz would settle for 2nd at the line and Blackhurst would come home 3rd. Mike Kertscher finished in the 4th position and Mike Reinke rounded out the top 5.

Top 5 in Hopf Farms Bullring Showdown points are
1) Jeremy Schultz- 63
2) Mike Reinke- 60
3) Mike Kertscher- 60
4) Kyle Marten- 58
5) Scotty Thiel- 56

A Feature 1
1. 99-Kyle Marten, [2]; 2. 5J-Jeremy Schultz, [3]; 3. 25-Jake Blackhurst, [6]; 4. 80K-Mike Kertscher, [7]; 5. 02-Mike Reinke, [10]; 6. 73-Ben Schmidt, [5]; 7. 11-Joey Moughan, [15]; 8. 1M-Phillip Mock, [16]; 9. 23D-Trey Datweiler, [13]; 10. 85M-Steve Meyer, [17]; 11. 79-Blake Nimee, [9]; 12. 23-Russel Borland, [11]; 13. 64-Scotty Thiel, [1]; 14. 53W-Bill Wirth, [14]; 15. 2W-Scott Neitzel, [24]; 16. 4K-Kris Spitz, [12]; 17. 68-Dave Uttech, [19]; 18. 7-Scott Uttech, [20]; 19. 10V-Matt Vandevere, [23]; 20. 12W-Josh Walter, [18]; 21. 19-Todd Daun, [21]; 22. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski, [4]; 23. 17B-Bill Balog, [8]; 24. 41-Dennis Spitz, [22]
B Feature 1
1. 68-Dave Uttech, [2]; 2. 7-Scott Uttech, [3]; 3. 19-Todd Daun, [5]; 4. 41-Dennis Spitz, [4]; 5. 10V-Matt Vandevere, [6]; 6. 2W-Scott Neitzel, [9]; 7. 01-Chris Dodd, [7]; 8. 43-Jereme Schroeder, [8]; 9. 78E-Kevin Eltz, [13]; 10. 18-Keith Fellner, [10]; 11. 12-Michael Decker, [11]; 12. 1HRP-Todd Hepfner, [1]; 13. 95A-Ken Jay Fiedler, [12]
Heat 1
1. 64-Scotty Thiel, [2]; 2. 17B-Bill Balog, [4]; 3. 73-Ben Schmidt, [3]; 4. 99-Kyle Marten, [1]; 5. 23D-Trey Datweiler, [6]; 6. 85M-Steve Meyer, [7]; 7. 1HRP-Todd Hepfner, [5]; 8. 10V-Matt Vandevere, [8]; 9. 43-Jereme Schroeder, [9]; 10. 18-Keith Fellner, [10]; 11. 78E-Kevin Eltz, [11]
Heat 2
1. 25-Jake Blackhurst, [2]; 2. 23-Russel Borland, [1]; 3. 02-Mike Reinke, [3]; 4. 79-Blake Nimee, [4]; 5. 11-Joey Moughan, [8]; 6. 1M-Phillip Mock, [5]; 7. 7-Scott Uttech, [7]; 8. 19-Todd Daun, [6]; 9. 2W-Scott Neitzel, [9]; 10. 12-Michael Decker, [10]
Heat 3
1. 5J-Jeremy Schultz, [1]; 2. 4K-Kris Spitz, [2]; 3. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski, [3]; 4. 80K-Mike Kertscher, [4]; 5. 53W-Bill Wirth, [5]; 6. 12W-Josh Walter, [6]; 7. 41-Dennis Spitz, [7]; 8. 68-Dave Uttech, [8]; 9. 01-Chris Dodd, [9]; 10. 95A-Ken Jay Fiedler, [10]
Qualifying 1
1. 17B-Bill Balog, 00:11.517[16]; 2. 79-Blake Nimee, 00:11.594[9]; 3. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski, 00:11.645[3]; 4. 73-Ben Schmidt, 00:11.696[27]; 5. 02-Mike Reinke, 00:11.711[23]; 6. 80K-Mike Kertscher, 00:11.754[29]; 7. 64-Scotty Thiel, 00:11.822[20]; 8. 25-Jake Blackhurst, 00:11.869[18]; 9. 5J-Jeremy Schultz, 00:11.874[22]; 10. 99-Kyle Marten, 00:11.927[30]; 11. 23-Russel Borland, 00:12.010[25]; 12. 4K-Kris Spitz, 00:12.025[13]; 13. 1HRP-Todd Hepfner, 00:12.066[10]; 14. 1M-Phillip Mock, 00:12.085[28]; 15. 68-Dave Uttech, 00:12.120[19]; 16. 23D-Trey Datweiler, 00:12.151[1]; 17. 19-Todd Daun, 00:12.166[12]; 18. 53W-Bill Wirth, 00:12.179[7]; 19. 85M-Steve Meyer, 00:12.180[21]; 20. 7-Scott Uttech, 00:12.182[6]; 21. 12W-Josh Walter, 00:12.189[2]; 22. 10V-Matt Vandevere, 00:12.234[14]; 23. 11-Joey Moughan, 00:12.239[4]; 24. 01-Chris Dodd, 00:12.266[11]; 25. 43-Jereme Schroeder, 00:12.458[15]; 26. 2W-Scott Neitzel, 00:12.466[26]; 27. 41-Dennis Spitz, 00:12.902[24]; 28. 18-Keith Fellner, 00:13.015[8]; 29. 12-Michael Decker, 00:13.137[5]; 30. 95A-Ken Jay Fiedler, 00:13.668[17]; 31. 78E-Kevin Eltz, 00:14.456[31]

 

 

Huge 2 Day Weekend Ahead for Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprints

 This weekend, June 17th and 18th the cars and stars of the Bumper to Bumper Interstate Racing Association (IRA) will take to two of the nicest dirt tracks in Wisconsin. Saturday night the series makes its first visit to the Plymouth Dirt Track in 2017. On Sunday, the series travels southwest to Sun Prairie WI, and the Angell Park Speedway.

Saturdays race is night 3 of the Hopf Farms Bullring Showdown. Bill Balog leads Showdown points and won night one at Beaver Dam. Night 2 at Oshkosh was won by another Hopf car, the Thone Motorsports 80k of Mike Kertscher. Other Hopf drivers will surely be looking to get Dean and Stacy Hopf back in victory lane at their home track. Steve Meyer, the newest Hopf Farms sponsored IRA driver will be one of the biggest challenges to Balog and Kertscher on Saturday night. If a driver can keep Hopf out of victory lane, it will be the man 2nd in Showdown points, “The Big Wheel” Scotty Thiel. Coming off of two 3rd place finishes and a 4th place finish last weekend Thiel is hungry to get that first win of 2017, and what better place than where he cut his teeth racing sprint cars?

Sunday Thiel has to be the driver to watch as last Thursday night at Angell Park he looked to have the race won when a late caution bunched the field back up and gave Balog the shot he needed to pass Thiel and win. Neitzel will also be a driver to watch as he is the most recent sprint car winner at Angell Park after picking up a win this past Sunday in MSA 360 competition.

Top 10 in Hopf Farms Bullring Showdown Points as of 06/13/17 1)Bill Balog- 47 2)Scotty Thiel- 44 3)Jeremy Schultz- 41 4)Mike Reinke- 40 5)Mike Kertscher- 39 6)Scotty Neitzel-35 7)Kyle Marten- 34 8)Steve Meyer- 33 9)Blake Nimee-26 10)Russel Borland- 21

 

 

Matt Vandervere Gets First Win at Wilmot

 

29 drivers pulled into Wilmot Raceway on a hot Saturday afternoon to do battle with the Bumper to Bumper Interstate Racing Association (IRA). Seattle Washington native Tayler Malsam set fast time in Osborn and Son Trucking qualifying. Bill Balog would be 2nd quick, followed by Scotty Thiel and 3 time Wilmot track champion Jeremy Schultz. Kyle Marten rounded out the top 5.

 

Heat race 1 would be led early by the Grandstand Video 10v of Matt Vandervere, but on the final lap Schultz was able to find a line around Vandervere and get the heat win. Vandervere would come home in 2nd followed by Malsam. “Wild” Bill Wirth and Ryan Irwin would finish 4th and 5th respectively.

Heat 2 saw Scott Uttech take the early lead, and keep his 7 machine in front of the field for all 10 laps in route to victory over Marten and Balog. Wayne Modjeski would cross the line in 4th followed by the 79 piloted by Blake Nimee in 5th.

Heat race 3 saw its front row, Scotty Neitzel and Joey Moughan battle for the front position for much of the race. When the checkered flag fell it was Neitzel’s orange 2w ahead of Moughan’s red white and blue 11. Steve Meyer brought his 85m home in 3rd, with Thiel in 4th and Rusty Egan in 5th.

 

The B main was led to the green flag by a pair of 23s, Russel Borland’s 23 and Trey Datweiler’s 23d. Borland would get the lead and hold on to it until the conclusion, for the B main win. Jordan Goldesberry would finish 2nd followed by Datweiler. A pair of Spitz's would round out the top 5, with Kris in 4th and Dennis in 5th.

 

The A main saw local favorite Matt Vandervere start from the pole. “Matty V” took the early lead in his Grandstand Video 10v and pulled away from the field. Neitzel ran in 2nd with Malsam in 3rd. Balog quickly worked his way into 3rd and set his sights on Neitzel. As the yellow flag flew on lap 15 for a spinning Russel Borland, the running order was Vandervere, Balog and Neitzel. The Grandstand Video 10v got a great restart and pulled away from the North Pole Nightmare. All would be for naught though as the yellow flag once again flew for Joey Moughan who had came to rest on the front stretch after losing his left rear wheel. Through a series of restarts Vandervere was able to continually drive away from the field. The final green flag run was 12 laps, just long enough for the leaders to catch lapped traffic and give Balog a shot at the 10v, but Vandervere kept his cool and hit his marks and when the dust settled it was the red 10v sitting in victory lane. Balog finished 2nd and Thiel 3rd. Defending IRA champion, Schultz brought his 5j machine across in 4th and Scotty Neitzel rounded out the top 5.

 

A Feature 1

1. 10V-Matt Vandevere, [2]; 2. 17B-Bill Balog, [3]; 3. 64-Scotty Thiel, [6]; 4. 5J-Jeremy Schultz, [9]; 5. 2W-Scott Neitzel, [1]; 6. 99-Kyle Marten, [8]; 7. 65-Jordan Goldesberry, [20]; 8. 85M-Steve Meyer, [5]; 9. 26-Tayler Malsam, [4]; 10. 7-Scott Uttech, [7]; 11. 53W-Bill Wirth, [13]; 12. 23-Russel Borland, [19]; 13. 4K-Kris Spitz, [22]; 14. 79-Blake Nimee, [14]; 15. 23D-Trey Datweiler, [21]; 16. 19-Todd Daun, [16]; 17. 43-Jereme Schroeder, [18]; 18. (DNF) 68-Dave Uttech, [24]; 19. (DNF) 70-Raymond Hensley, [17]; 20. (DNF) 56-Ryan Irwin, [10]; 21. (DNF) 50-Rusty Egan, [15]; 22. (DNF) 41-Dennis Spitz, [23]; 23. (DNF) 11-Joey Moughan, [11]; 24. (DNF) 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski, [12]

B Feature 1

1. 23-Russel Borland, [1]; 2. 65-Jordan Goldesberry, [5]; 3. 23D-Trey Datweiler, [2]; 4. 4K-Kris Spitz, [3]; 5. 41-Dennis Spitz, [4]; 6. 68-Dave Uttech, [6]; 7. 14-Jim Fifield, [8]; 8. 12-Michael Decker, [7]; 9. 78E-Kevin Eltz, [10]; 10. 18-Keith Fellner, [9]

Heat 1

1. 5J-Jeremy Schultz, [3]; 2. 10V-Matt Vandevere, [2]; 3. 26-Tayler Malsam, [4]; 4. 53W-Bill Wirth, [5]; 5. 56-Ryan Irwin, [1]; 6. 43-Jereme Schroeder, [8]; 7. 23D-Trey Datweiler, [6]; 8. 65-Jordan Goldesberry, [7]; 9. 14-Jim Fifield, [9]; 10. 78E-Kevin Eltz, [10]

Heat 2

1. 7-Scott Uttech, [2]; 2. 99-Kyle Marten, [3]; 3. 17B-Bill Balog, [4]; 4. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski, [1]; 5. 79-Blake Nimee, [6]; 6. 70-Raymond Hensley, [7]; 7. 41-Dennis Spitz, [8]; 8. 12-Michael Decker, [9]; 9. (DNF) 23-Russel Borland, [5]

Heat 3

1. 2W-Scott Neitzel, [2]; 2. 11-Joey Moughan, [1]; 3. 85M-Steve Meyer, [3]; 4. 64-Scotty Thiel, [4]; 5. 50-Rusty Egan, [7]; 6. 19-Todd Daun, [5]; 7. 4K-Kris Spitz, [6]; 8. 68-Dave Uttech, [8]; 9. 18-Keith Fellner, [9]

Qualifying 1

1. 26-Tayler Malsam, 00:13.167[3]; 2. 17B-Bill Balog, 00:13.178[7]; 3. 64-Scotty Thiel, 00:13.287[13]; 4. 5J-Jeremy Schultz, 00:13.313[18]; 5. 99-Kyle Marten, 00:13.431[28]; 6. 85M-Steve Meyer, 00:13.439[6]; 7. 10V-Matt Vandevere, 00:13.443[12]; 8. 7-Scott Uttech, 00:13.476[4]; 9. 2W-Scott Neitzel, 00:13.536[27]; 10. 56-Ryan Irwin, 00:13.549[21]; 11. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski, 00:13.558[9]; 12. 11-Joey Moughan, 00:13.570[11]; 13. 53W-Bill Wirth, 00:13.611[19]; 14. 23-Russel Borland, 00:13.684[5]; 15. 19-Todd Daun, 00:13.738[16]; 16. 23D-Trey Datweiler, 00:13.745[14]; 17. 79-Blake Nimee, 00:13.752[25]; 18. 4K-Kris Spitz, 00:13.754[2]; 19. 65-Jordan Goldesberry, 00:13.890[1]; 20. 70-Raymond Hensley, 00:13.984[15]; 21. 50-Rusty Egan, 00:13.990[22]; 22. 43-Jereme Schroeder, 00:14.016[23]; 23. 41-Dennis Spitz, 00:14.123[26]; 24. 68-Dave Uttech, 00:14.138[20]; 25. 14-Jim Fifield, 00:14.140[8]; 26. 12-Michael Decker, 00:14.342[24]; 27. 18-Keith Fellner, 00:15.059[10]; 28. 78E-Kevin Eltz, 00:15.749[17]

 

Article Credit- Gared Tennyson

 

 

Kertscher Nets Thone Motorsports First Victory in Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprints Competition

27 teams pulled into the Oshkosh Speedzone for night 2 of the Hopf Farms Bullring Showdown for the Bumper to Bumper Interstate Racing Association. In qualifying defending champion Jeremy Schultz set quick time, over Jordan Goldsberry. Matt Vandervere in the Grandstand Video 10v was 3rd followed by Kyle Marten and Scotty Neitzel.

Heat race one saw Seattle, Washington’s Tayler Malsam jump out to the early lead ahead of Schultz. Schultz would try to reel in the Rudeen Racing 26 but as the checkered flag dropped Malsam was victorious over Schultz and Marten. Wayne Modjeski in the Fatfro 14aj came home in 4th ahead of Scott Uttech in 5th.
In heat 2, Bill Balog was able to utilize a 2nd place starting position to take the early lead and drive away from the pack, eventually claiming the win. Behind Balog, Scotty Thiel drove from a 7th place starting position into 2nd place but would find himself unable to catch the Rhine Auto 17b, and would be forced to settle for 2nd at the finish. Ben Schmidt would bring the 73 car home in 3rd followed by Goldesberry and Steve Meyer in 4th and 5th respectively.
Heat race three saw Mike Kertscher behind the wheel of the Thone Motorsports 80k take the lead at the start followed by Mike Reinke and Neitzel. With a few laps to go Neitzel looped his Bob Hood 2w machine around and would be forced to the tail. Kertscher kept his lead on the restart, but a second caution with two laps to go for a spinning Rusty Egan would bunch the field back up and give Reinke the chance he needed. Going into turn three Reinke was able to power by the 80k and bring home the checkered flag, followed by Kertscher in 2nd and Todd King in 3rd. Jereme Schroeder brought his Bumper to Bumper of Paddock Lake 43 across the line in 4th with Mike Decker in 5th.

In the B main Neitzel utilized his pole starting position to bring home the win. Blake Nimee in the Woodcrafters 79 came home 2nd with Josh Walters in 3rd. Dave Uttech brought his Blue and Black 68 machine across in 4th and Kris Spitz rounded out the top 5.

The A main treated fans to a great show. Mike Reinke was able to power past the Thone 80k on the opening lap but Kertscher never let the yellow 02 out of his sight. Balog drove around Kertscher for 2nd but lap traffic would pay off for the Thone team as Kertscher maneuvered through lapped traffic better than anyone and was able to sneak around both the 17b and the 02, bringing home the first ever victory for the Thone Motorsports Team. Balog and Reinke would finish 2nd and 3rd. 4th place would be claimed by Scotty Thiel who drove his Scott Thiel Builders 64 from 11th place, and Schultz would finish in the 5th position.

A Feature 1
1. 80K-Mike Kertscher, [1]; 2. 17B-Bill Balog, [5]; 3. 02-Mike Reinke, [2]; 4. 64-Scotty Thiel, [11]; 5. 5J-Jeremy Schultz, [6]; 6. 65-Jordan Goldesberry, [9]; 7. 99-Kyle Marten, [4]; 8. 26-Tayler Malsam, [3]; 9. 22-Todd King, [13]; 10. 2W-Scott Neitzel, [19]; 11. 53W-Bill Wirth, [7]; 12. 73-Ben Schmidt, [12]; 13. 79-Blake Nimee, [20]; 14. 85M-Steve Meyer, [18]; 15. 10V-Matt Vandevere, [10]; 16. 23-Russel Borland, [17]; 17. 43-Jereme Schroeder, [14]; 18. 12W-Josh Walter, [21]; 19. 7-Scott Uttech, [15]; 20. 4K-Kris Spitz, [23]; 21. 68-Dave Uttech, [22]; 22. 12-Michael Decker, [16]; 23. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski, [8]; 24. 41-Dennis Spitz, [24]
B Feature 1
1. 2W-Scott Neitzel, [1]; 2. 79-Blake Nimee, [3]; 3. 12W-Josh Walter, [4]; 4. 68-Dave Uttech, [2]; 5. 4K-Kris Spitz, [6]; 6. 41-Dennis Spitz, [8]; 7. 14AJX-Alex Bliesner, [5]; 8. 18-Keith Fellner, [9]; 9. 50-Rusty Egan, [7]
Heat 1
1. 26-Tayler Malsam, [2]; 2. 5J-Jeremy Schultz, [4]; 3. 99-Kyle Marten, [3]; 4. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski, [1]; 5. 7-Scott Uttech, [6]; 6. 23-Russel Borland, [5]; 7. 79-Blake Nimee, [8]; 8. 4K-Kris Spitz, [7]; 9. 41-Dennis Spitz, [9]
Heat 2
1. 17B-Bill Balog, [2]; 2. 64-Scotty Thiel, [7]; 3. 73-Ben Schmidt, [6]; 4. 65-Jordan Goldesberry, [4]; 5. 53W-Bill Wirth, [1]; 6. 85M-Steve Meyer, [5]; 7. 12W-Josh Walter, [8]; 8. 2W-Scott Neitzel, [3]; 9. 18-Keith Fellner, [9]
Heat 3
1. 02-Mike Reinke, [1]; 2. 80K-Mike Kertscher, [2]; 3. 22-Todd King, [6]; 4. 43-Jereme Schroeder, [7]; 5. 12-Michael Decker, [9]; 6. 10V-Matt Vandevere, [4]; 7. 68-Dave Uttech, [3]; 8. 14AJX-Alex Bliesner, [5]; 9. 50-Rusty Egan, [8]
Qualifying 1
1. 5J-Jeremy Schultz, 00:14.914[1]; 2. 65-Jordan Goldesberry, 00:15.014[12]; 3. 10V-Matt Vandevere, 00:15.044[2]; 4. 99-Kyle Marten, 00:15.175[18]; 5. 2W-Scott Neitzel, 00:15.202[10]; 6. 68-Dave Uttech, 00:15.222[4]; 7. 26-Tayler Malsam, 00:15.308[23]; 8. 17B-Bill Balog, 00:15.447[26]; 9. 80K-Mike Kertscher, 00:15.451[8]; 10. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski, 00:15.471[15]; 11. 53W-Bill Wirth, 00:15.532[14]; 12. 02-Mike Reinke, 00:15.537[20]; 13. 23-Russel Borland, 00:15.577[5]; 14. 85M-Steve Meyer, 00:15.582[24]; 15. 14AJX-Alex Bliesner, 00:15.601[6]; 16. 7-Scott Uttech, 00:15.652[16]; 17. 73-Ben Schmidt, 00:15.665[19]; 18. 22-Todd King, 00:15.699[25]; 19. 4K-Kris Spitz, 00:15.710[11]; 20. 64-Scotty Thiel, 00:15.714[17]; 21. 43-Jereme Schroeder, 00:15.745[13]; 22. 79-Blake Nimee, 00:15.749[21]; 23. 12W-Josh Walter, 00:15.757[7]; 24. 50-Rusty Egan, 00:15.842[9]; 25. 41-Dennis Spitz, 00:16.100[22]; 26. 18-Keith Fellner, 00:16.505[3]; 27. 12-Michael Decker, 00:16.789[27]

 

 

Balog Four for Six in Bumper to Bumper IRA Competition in 2017
News Date: 6/9/2017 | Submitted: 6/9/2017
30 drivers from all across the country and 2 continents signed in for action on Thursday night with the Bumper to Bumper Interstate Racing Association (IRA). When the cars hit the track for qualifying, it was Sydney New South Wales Australia’s Ian Madsen atop the time charts. Scotty Thiel qualified in 2nd ahead of Taylor Malsam in the Rudeen Racing 26. Parker Price-Miller was 4th and Smoke Tony Stewart was 5th.
When heat race one went green Austin McCarl took the early lead ahead of Ian Madsen, series point leader Bill Balog ran in 3rd. Just after the halfway point of the race Balog muscled his way past the Aspin Air 18 of Madsen and set his sights on A-Mac. As the white flag waved Balog was able to pass McCarl exiting 2 in route to a win in heat race 1. Austin McCarl would come home 2nd, with Madsen 3rd. Price-Miller would bring his 2 car home 4th with Terry McCarl rounding out the top 5.
Heat 2 saw Scotty Neitzel with the early lead. Behind him Thiel and Stewart battled side by side for 2nd. A few times it seemed Thiel might out duel Stewart but eventually he settled into 3rd, as Smoke tried to run down the orange 2w piloted by Neitzel. On the white flag lap Stewart was able to maneuver his Rush Truck Centers 14 past Neitzel to pick up the win. Neitzel then Thiel followed him across the line, with Mike Reinke and Kyle Marten in 4th and 5th respectively.
Heat 3 would see pole sitter Daniel Harding in the Jolly Good Auto Electrics 12H take the lead, he would hold that lead all the way to the checkered flag. Danny Lasoski would finish in 2nd followed by the Meyer Electric 85m of Steve Meyer. 2016 IRA champion Jeremy Schultz would bring his machine home 4th with Malsam in 5th.
B main competition saw Wayne “Mojo” Modjeski take the early lead and led all 12 laps to pick up the win and transfer to the A main. Josh Walters in the 12w came home 2nd followed by Blake Nimee and Jereme Schroeder. Mike Decker brought his Merlin's 200,000 Mile Shops 12 car across the line in 5th.
The A main saw Stewart get the early jump for his first place starting position, with Malsam in 2nd and Thiel in 3rd. After a few laps Thiel powered by Malsam to move into 2nd behind Stewart. On lap 10 Thiel was able to use a lapped car as a pick and drive by Stewart and into the lead, behind him Balog had moved from 5th into 2nd with Smoke in 3rd. Lap 24 saw Nimee get upside down and collect Meyer, setting up a 6 lap dash to the finish on the restart Thiel was able to hold off Balog's challenge for a lap but with 5 to go The North Pole Nightmare was able to power by Thiel and drive to the Checkered. Behind Balog, Madsen was also able to get by Thiel for a 2nd place finish. Thiel would settle for 3rd followed by Price-Miller. The Dude Danny Lasoski would bring his 1m home in 5th.
A Feature 1
1. 17B-Bill Balog, [5]; 2. 18M-Ian Madsen, [7]; 3. 64-Scotty Thiel, [2]; 4. 2-Parker Price-Miller, [9]; 5. 1M-Danny Lasoski, [8]; 6. 14-Tony Stewart, [1]; 7. 26-Tayler Malsam, [3]; 8. 5J-Jeremy Schultz, [13]; 9. 02-Mike Reinke, [10]; 10. 99-Kyle Marten, [15]; 11. 2W-Scott Neitzel, [12]; 12. 24-Terry McCarl, [14]; 13. 17A-Austin McCarl, [11]; 14. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski, [19]; 15. 10V-Matt Vandevere, [16]; 16. 7-Scott Uttech, [18]; 17. 12-Michael Decker, [23]; 18. 43-Jereme Schroeder, [22]; 19. 12H-Daniel Harding, [6]; 20. 12W-Josh Walter, [20]; 21. 23-Russel Borland, [17]; 22. (DNF) 85M-Steve Meyer, [4]; 23. (DNF) 79-Blake Nimee, [21]; 24. (DNF) 01-Chris Dodd, [24]
B Feature 1
1. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski, [1]; 2. 12W-Josh Walter, [2]; 3. 79-Blake Nimee, [4]; 4. 43-Jereme Schroeder, [3]; 5. 12-Michael Decker, [8]; 6. 01-Chris Dodd, [5]; 7. 71-Max McGhee, [12]; 8. 68-Dave Uttech, [10]; 9. 41-Dennis Spitz, [7]; 10. 56-Ryan Irwin, [6]; 11. 4K-Kris Spitz, [11]; 12. 18-Keith Fellner, [9]
Heat 1
1. 17B-Bill Balog, [2]; 2. 17A-Austin McCarl, [1]; 3. 18M-Ian Madsen, [4]; 4. 2-Parker Price-Miller, [3]; 5. 24-Terry McCarl, [5]; 6. 10V-Matt Vandevere, [6]; 7. 43-Jereme Schroeder, [7]; 8. 01-Chris Dodd, [9]; 9. 12-Michael Decker, [10]; 10. (DNF) 68-Dave Uttech, [8]
Heat 2
1. 14-Tony Stewart, [3]; 2. 2W-Scott Neitzel, [1]; 3. 64-Scotty Thiel, [4]; 4. 02-Mike Reinke, [2]; 5. 99-Kyle Marten, [5]; 6. 23-Russel Borland, [7]; 7. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski, [6]; 8. 56-Ryan Irwin, [9]; 9. 18-Keith Fellner, [10]; (DNS) 4K-Kris Spitz,
Heat 3
1. 12H-Daniel Harding, [1]; 2. 1M-Danny Lasoski, [3]; 3. 85M-Steve Meyer, [2]; 4. 5J-Jeremy Schultz, [5]; 5. 26-Tayler Malsam, [4]; 6. 7-Scott Uttech, [10]; 7. 79-Blake Nimee, [7]; 8. 12W-Josh Walter, [6]; 9. 41-Dennis Spitz, [8]; 10. 71-Max McGhee, [9]
Qualifying 1
1. 18M-Ian Madsen, 00:11.913[4]; 2. 64-Scotty Thiel, 00:12.181[6]; 3. 26-Tayler Malsam, 00:12.290[1]; 4. 2-Parker Price-Miller, 00:12.294[12]; 5. 14-Tony Stewart, 00:12.373[3]; 6. 1M-Danny Lasoski, 00:12.406[27]; 7. 17B-Bill Balog, 00:12.464[10]; 8. 02-Mike Reinke, 00:12.557[14]; 9. 85M-Steve Meyer, 00:12.582[8]; 10. 17A-Austin McCarl, 00:12.591[16]; 11. 2W-Scott Neitzel, 00:12.671[23]; 12. 12H-Daniel Harding, 00:12.675[13]; 13. 24-Terry McCarl, 00:12.714[18]; 14. 99-Kyle Marten, 00:12.736[22]; 15. 5J-Jeremy Schultz, 00:12.781[19]; 16. 10V-Matt Vandevere, 00:12.895[20]; 17. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski, 00:12.951[11]; 18. 12W-Josh Walter, 00:13.072[5]; 19. 43-Jereme Schroeder, 00:13.078[15]; 20. 23-Russel Borland, 00:13.091[9]; 21. 79-Blake Nimee, 00:13.219[21]; 22. 68-Dave Uttech, 00:13.303[29]; 23. 4K-Kris Spitz, 00:13.340[28]; 24. 41-Dennis Spitz, 00:13.368[24]; 25. 01-Chris Dodd, 00:13.449[7]; 26. 56-Ryan Irwin, 00:13.742[26]; 27. 71-Max McGhee, 00:13.782[30]; 28. 12-Michael Decker, 00:13.953[25]; 29. 18-Keith Fellner, 00:14.054[2]; (DNS) 7-Scott Uttech,
Article Credit: Gared Tennyson

 

 

Huge 3 Day Weekend Ahead For Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprints The stars and cars of the Bumper to Bumper Interstate Racing Association are gearing up for a huge 3-day weekend. Thursday night, teams will take to the historic Angell Park Speedway to make up the rained out All Stars-IRA showdown from 5/21. Then on Friday the series heads to the Oshkosh Speedzone, and on Saturday the IRA returns to its former home, the Wilmot Raceway.

Thursday night should see a large field of cars, as many of the 51 cars in attendance on May 21st have indicated their plans to return, as well as others who were not there on the 21st. Tony Stewart has confirmed he will be bringing his Rush Truck Centers 14 car back to take his shot at the $5000 to win purse. He will have to contend with Scotty Thiel though, who has shown immense speed all year and proven he can navigate the 1/3rd mile dirt oval as well as anyone.

Friday when the field rolls into Oshkosh it will be for night 2 of the Hopf Farms Bullring Showdown, and could very well be the last sprint car event ever held at the Speed Zone. Mike Reinke will be the man to keep your eyes on as he is always strong. But if any driver wants to pick up the win Friday they will have to beat the Rhine Auto 17b piloted by Bill Balog. Balog is the most recent series winner and has shown time and time again he is a dominate force anywhere he goes.

Saturday night the IRA will return to its home, the Wilmot Raceway. When cars hit the track, eyes will surely be on the Jerrys Automotive 5j of Jeremy Schultz, the 3 time and defending Wilmot Raceway champion, as well as defending IRA champion. If the 5j team will be beat, it likely could come from a team with historic Wilmot lineage, the Darrell Dodd owned 11 machine with Springfield Illinois’ Joey Moughan behind the wheel. The Dodd Moughan combination proved this past Saturday night they have what it takes to find victory lane and beat the Schultz team, but can they do it again when the IRA roll into town?

 

 

Nightmare in the North Woods

20 drivers from the Bumper to Bumper Interstate Racing Association (IRA) Outlaw Sprints made the long tow up to the beautiful ABC Raceway in Ashland, Wisconsin. In qualifying, point leader Scotty Thiel aboard his Professional Plating 64 Machine set a new track record of 12:373. Former track record holder Bill Balog would qualify 2nd followed by Blake Nimee. Justin Henderson behind the wheel of the Thone Motorsports 59H would qualify in 4th and Todd King would round out the top 5.

Heat race one saw 2016 champion Jeremy Schultz use his pole starting position to take the early lead and he would never look back, winning the heat race by more than half a lap over Craig Dollansky. Thiel would come home 3rd in front of 4th finishing Henderson and Russel Borland would bring his Weiss Trucking 23 home in 5th.
Heat race two would see Kyle Marten from outside row 1 take the early lead but Balog was hot on his heels. Marten lead the first 9 laps but Balog would slide him going into turn 3, Marten crossed back under in attempt to grab the win but at the line Balog was victorious by 0.016 seconds over Marten. Kris Spitz brought his 4K machine home 3rd ahead of King. MSA 360 regular Andrew Westphal would complete the top 5.
Heat 3 saw Nimee’s bad luck continue as he jumped the cushion in turn 3 and got into the wall, ending his heat race. Meanwhile, Scotty Neitzel would take the lead over Steve Meyer. Mike Kertscher in his second night with the Thone Motorsports team would muscle his way around Meyer and into 2nd but could not catch Neitzel. When the checkered fell Neitzel would be victorious, followed by Kertscher and Meyer. Minnesota's Trent Stengl would finish 4th and Dennis Spitz would bring his 41 home 5th.

The feature saw Justin Henderson roll off from the pole and take the early lead. With just a single lap in Henderson jumped the cushion and got into the wall, sending his car upside down bringing out a red flag. Dollansky who suffered some wing damage from the Henderson incident elected not to take his 14aj car to the work area and restarted from the 1st position. On the restart Scotty Neitzel was able to move around Dollansky into the lead, Schultz quickly worked his way from his 5th starting position to 2nd following behind fellow Beaver Dam driver Neitzel. Lap 10 saw Thiel make contact with an infield tire and spin to a stop bringing out the yellow flag. The restart gave Schultz the shot he needed to get around Neitzel and take the lead. As the race wore on Balog had quietly moved from his 10th starting position into 3rd place. As Schultz reached lapped traffic, he had the 2w and 17b breathing down his neck. Balog utilized a lap car to get around Neitzel and set his eyes on Schultz. While Balog kept on Schultz’s tail through lapped cars, King muscled around Neitzel and into 3rd. With just 3 laps to go Balog used a bobble from Schultz to take the lead. The “King of the Sherm Nation” stayed on the bumper of the 17b but could not get back around him. As the checkered flag waved for Balog, a slowing car in turn 4 brought out a yellow flag, causing the race to end under yellow checkers circumstances and revert to lap 29 for the finish. Balog picked up his 4th win in 4 tries at the ABC Raceway, followed by Schultz. Todd King crossed the line in 3rd on lap 29 but an illegally mounted part would result in him being scored last, giving 3rd place to Neitzel followed by Marten in the Oostburg Concrete 99. The Meyer Electric 85m piloted by Steve Meyer would round out the top 5.

A Feature 1 30 laps
1. 17B-Bill Balog[8]; 2. 5J-Jeremy Schultz[5]; 3. 2W-Scott Neitzel[4]; 4. 99-Kyle Marten[7]; 5. 85M-Steve Meyer[11]; 6. 23-Russel Borland[13]; 7. 79-Blake Nimee[16]; 8. 4K-Kris Spitz[2]; 9. 80K-Mike Kertscher[9]; 10. 14AJ-Craig Dollansky[3]; 11. 7T-Trent Stengl[12]; 12. 81-Andrew Westphal[15]; 13. 14AJX-Wayne Modjeski[19]; 14. 12-Michael Decker[18]; 15. 68-Dave Uttech[17]; 16. 41-Dennis Spitz[14]; 17. 64-Scotty Thiel[10]; 18. 59H-Justin Henderson[1]; 19. 19-Todd King[6]; (DNS) 7-Scott Uttech
Heat 1 10 laps
1. 5J-Jeremy Schultz[1]; 2. 14AJ-Craig Dollansky[2]; 3. 64-Scotty Thiel[4]; 4. 59H-Justin Henderson[3]; 5. 23-Russel Borland[6]; 6. 68-Dave Uttech[5]; 7. 14AJX-Wayne Modjeski[7]
Heat 2 10 laps
1. 17B-Bill Balog[4]; 2. 99-Kyle Marten[2]; 3. 4K-Kris Spitz[1]; 4. 19-Todd King[3]; 5. 81-Andrew Westphal[6]; 6. (DNF) 12-Michael Decker[5]; (DNS) 7-Scott Uttech
Heat 3 10 laps
1. 2W-Scott Neitzel[2]; 2. 80K-Mike Kertscher[3]; 3. 85M-Steve Meyer[1]; 4. 7T-Trent Stengl[5]; 5. 41-Dennis Spitz[6]; 6. (DNF) 79-Blake Nimee[4]
Qualifying 1
1. 64-Scotty Thiel, 12.373[2]; 2. 17B-Bill Balog, 12.671[9]; 3. 79-Blake Nimee, 12.736[6]; 4. 59H-Justin Henderson, 12.766[13]; 5. 19-Todd King, 12.880[4]; 6. 80K-Mike Kertscher, 12.887[7]; 7. 14AJ-Craig Dollansky, 12.964[10]; 8. 99-Kyle Marten, 13.056[3]; 9. 2W-Scott Neitzel, 13.183[16]; 10. 5J-Jeremy Schultz, 13.197[18]; 11. 4K-Kris Spitz, 13.387[14]; 12. 85M-Steve Meyer, 13.390[19]; 13. 68-Dave Uttech, 13.395[1]; 14. 12-Michael Decker, 13.566[11]; 15. 7T-Trent Stengl, 13.588[17]; 16. 23-Russel Borland, 13.591[20]; 17. 7-Scott Uttech, 13.623[12]; 18. 41-Dennis Spitz, 13.693[8]; 19. 14AJX-Wayne Modjeski, 13.695[5]; 20. 81-Andrew Westphal, 14.323[15]

 

 

ABC Raceway and 141 Speedway Next For Bumper to Bumper Interstate Racing Association

After what was destined to be the biggest weekend for sprint cars in the state of Wisconsin was lost to rain, the Bumper to Bumper Interstate Racing Association is set to get back on the road for another two-day weekend. May 27th the series will make its return to Ashland, Wisconsin’s ABC Raceway. Then on the 28th the IRA will make its first of three appearances at 141 Speedway in Francis Creek, Wisconsin.

Saturday, the fans in the North Woods will be treated to the return of the IRA for the first time this season, and the first appearance at ABC Raceway since 2014. On three occasions the IRA has completed events at ABC, and each time Bill Balog stood victorious at night's end. Fans will be sure to keep their eyes on the “North Pole Nightmare” as he attempts to keep his perfect record. This year, however, Balog will face his toughest challenge yet on the red clay: series point leader Scotty Thiel. In 2014, his rookie season, Thiel charged from his 8th place starting position to 2nd behind Balog. This year he brings with him seasons of experience and multiple trips to victory lane. Scotty Neitzel has also proven in the past to be a contender in Ashland, as he has recorded two 3rd place finishes and a 5th, making him the only driver besides Balog to record a top 5 on every appearance at ABC Raceway.

On Sunday, the teams head south to the unique 141 Speedway. The high banked 1/3rd mile oval hosted its first IRA event in 2010 and quickly became a fan favorite. Bill Balog has won 8 of the last 10 events at the formerly paved oval. His strongest challenge on Sunday night will likely come from the Meyer Electric 85m piloted by Steve Meyer. Meyer who currently sits 4th in points has shown great speed all season and is always in contention to win at 141 Speedway. Another likely challenge could come from Aurora, Illinois’ Blake Nimee. Nimee’s 79 team has had great speed all year, including setting fast time at Beaver Dam Raceway earlier this year but mechanical issues have plagued the team thus far. With the mechanical gremlins ironed out for this weekend Nimee is sure to be a front runner.

Saturday tickets at ABC Raceway will be $22 for adults and $8 for children with hot laps starting at 6:15. Sunday Pit Passes will be $30 with $20 for grandstand admission.

Article Credit: Gared Tennyson

 

 

Star Studded Weekend Ahead for Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprints

This weekend, May 20th and 21st is quickly shaping up to the biggest weekend for sprintcar racing in Wisconsin ever. Tony Stewart's Arctic Cat All Stars Circuit of Champions(ASCoC) are heading north to do battle with Wisconsin's finest, the Bumper to Bumper Interstate Racing Association(IRA). When the rigs roll into Wisconsin this weekend, multi-time ASCoC champion Chad Kemenah will lead the largest field of All Stars to ever visit the Badger state. The field just keeps getting bigger, as ASCoC owner Tony Stewart will be bringing his Rush Truck Centers 14 machine with him, and we will be joined by the latest World of Outlaws Feature winner and 2017 IRA feature winner, Parker Price-Miller. California's Rico Abreu will also be making the trip to Wisconsin for these two huge shows.

The travelers will have their work cut out for them this weekend if they want to leave Wisconsin with victories. Jeremy Schultz is a 3 time and defending Wilmot Raceway champion as well as the defending IRA champion and last year’s dash winner during the Wilmot ASCoC race, he will be a strong contender to walk away with the checkered flag Saturday night. But Jeremy will not only have to contend with the huge group of out of state drivers, but also the IRA’s own Matt Vandervere, who has proven he can navigate the tricky Wilmot Raceway as good as anyone. 2017 IRA point leader Scotty Thiel proved last year that he can run Wilmot as well as anyone when the All Stars came to town, but he must have Angell Park circled on his calendar as he was victorious there twice last year and will definitely be someone to watch this coming Sunday. The Thone Motorsports machine will be back on track this weekend with Justin Henderson behind the wheel, and they proved 2 weeks ago that is a potent combination that will be tough to beat this weekend. All the traveling drivers must certainty have their eyes set on the Rhine Auto 17B as the car to beat though, as Bill Balog has proven time and time again he is one of the best in the country. The last time Tony Stewart strapped into a car in Wisconsin he battled hard all race with Balog and beat him by a bumper, and last year when the Outlaws rolled into Beaver Dam Wi, it was Balog standing on top of the podium at night's end. With two wins on the season already the North Pole Nightmare must be a fan favorite to claim the checkered flag both nights this coming weekend.

Saturday the pit gate will open at 3, and grandstands at 5. Tickets are $28 for adults, children 6-11 $5 and children under 6 are free. Sunday Pit Gates Open at 2:00 and grandstands at 4:30. Ticket are $30 for adults, students 12 to 18 $20, Kids (under 12) free with adult.

 

 

Balog, Thiel, Meyer Top Night One of Hopf Farms Showdown

With an extra $3000 purse for the Hopf Farms Bullring Showdown, 27 drivers signed in for action at Beaver Dam Raceway for race one of the five race series. When the cars hit the track for qualifying Scotty Thiel in his Scott Thiel Builders 64 car showed why he is the point leader setting quick time. 2nd quick would be the returning Mike Kertscher, behind the wheel of the potent Thone Motorsports machine. The top 5 would be rounded out by Mike Reinke, Steve Meyer, and Wayne Modjeski.

When heat 1 went green, The King of the Sherm Nation Jeremy Schultz jumped to the early lead. When the checkered flag fell, Schultz was victorious, followed by the Meyer Electric 85m of Meyer. Thiel would come across in 3rd followed by Scott Uttech and Ryan Bowers who would complete the top 5. Heat race 2 would see hometown hero Scott Neitzel lead all 10 laps in route to victory over Hanna City Illinois’ Jake Blackhurst. Kertscher would come home 3rd with Hopf Farms backed Russel Borland in 4th, and Modjeski in 5th Heat race 3 saw Kris Spitz take the early lead, a lead he would hold until the closing laps when Dennis Spitz looped his 41 machine around and collected son Kris. Bill Balog would inherit the lead on the restart and use it to pick up the win. Kyle Marten would follow Balog across the line in 2nd. Joey Moughan behind the wheel of Darrell Dodd’s 11 would come home 3rd with Reinke and Dave Uttech rounding out the top 5. B main action saw Matt Vandervere rebound from heat race troubles to lead all 12 laps and bring home the win. Behind him Blake Nimee and California transplant Austin DeBlauw battled hard for the 6th and final transfer spot for much of the race, until issues late in the race for Dennis Spitz would bring out a caution and move them both forward. Once the checkered fell, Vandervere picked up the win followed by Jereme Schroeder. Nimee used the caution to make a late race charge to 3rd followed by Rusty Egan, DeBlauw would come home 5th.

A main action saw Thiel take the early lead over Balog. Thiel and Balog would battle for the lead in the early laps until a bobble from Thiel would allow Balog to assume the lead. Through lap traffic Thiel would keep on Balog's bumper waiting for a mistake that never came. Balog and Thiel would cross the finish line in that order, followed by Meyer. The Beaver Dam duo of Schultz and Neitzel would complete the top 5. Behind them 12th starting Moughan would charge to 6th while 21st starting Nimee moved up to 11th, netting him the hard charger award.

A Feature 1 30 laps 1. 17B-Bill Balog[2]; 2. 64-Scotty Thiel[1]; 3. 85M-Steve Meyer[4]; 4. 5J-Jeremy Schultz[7]; 5. 2W-Scott Neitzel[3]; 6. 11-Joey Moughan[12]; 7. 02-Mike Reinke[5]; 8. 25-Jake Blackhurst[6]; 9. 99-Kyle Marten[11]; 10. 80K-Mike Kertscher[9]; 11. 79-Blake Nimee[21]; 12. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski[8]; 13. 23-Russel Borland[14]; 14. 10V-Matt Vandevere[19]; 15. 73-Ryan Bowers[10]; 16. 7-Scott Uttech[13]; 17. 43-Jereme Schroeder[20]; 18. 12W-Josh Walter[18]; 19. 68-Dave Uttech[15]; 20. 4K-Kris Spitz[16]; 21. 14-Jim Fifield[24]; 22. 12-Michael Decker[17]; 23. 50-Rusty Egan[22]; 24. 65-Austin Deblauw[23] B Feature 1 12 laps 1. 10V-Matt Vandevere[2]; 2. 43-Jereme Schroeder[6]; 3. 79-Blake Nimee[8]; 4. 50-Rusty Egan[1]; 5. 65-Austin Deblauw[5]; 6. 14-Jim Fifield[9]; 7. 18-Keith Fellner[7]; 8. (DNF) 41-Dennis Spitz[4]; 9. (DNF) 01-Chris Dodd[3] Heat 1: Lineup 10 laps 1. 5J-Jeremy Schultz[1]; 2. 85M-Steve Meyer[3]; 3. 64-Scotty Thiel[4]; 4. 7-Scott Uttech[5]; 5. 73-Ryan Bowers[2]; 6. 12-Michael Decker[7]; 7. 50-Rusty Egan[6]; 8. 65-Austin Deblauw[9]; 9. 14-Jim Fifield[8] Heat 2 10 laps 1. 2W-Scott Neitzel[1]; 2. 25-Jake Blackhurst[2]; 3. 80K-Mike Kertscher[4]; 4. 23-Russel Borland[5]; 5. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski[3]; 6. 12W-Josh Walter[7]; 7. 01-Chris Dodd[8]; 8. 43-Jereme Schroeder[9]; 9. (DNF) 10V-Matt Vandevere[6] Heat 3 10 laps 1. 17B-Bill Balog[3]; 2. 99-Kyle Marten[2]; 3. 11-Joey Moughan[7]; 4. 02-Mike Reinke[4]; 5. 68-Dave Uttech[5]; 6. 4K-Kris Spitz[1]; 7. 41-Dennis Spitz[8]; 8. 18-Keith Fellner[9]; 9. (DNF) 79-Blake Nimee[6] Qualifying 1 1. 64-Scotty Thiel, 12.446[15]; 2. 80K-Mike Kertscher, 12.500[17]; 3. 02-Mike Reinke, 12.605[6]; 4. 85M-Steve Meyer, 12.683[8]; 5. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski, 12.700[13]; 6. 17B-Bill Balog, 12.712[23]; 7. 73-Ryan Bowers, 12.744[4]; 8. 25-Jake Blackhurst, 12.769[5]; 9. 99-Kyle Marten, 12.880[2]; 10. 5J-Jeremy Schultz, 13.064[24]; 11. 2W-Scott Neitzel, 13.085[3]; 12. 4K-Kris Spitz, 13.135[21]; 13. 7-Scott Uttech, 13.252[19]; 14. 23-Russel Borland, 13.314[26]; 15. 68-Dave Uttech, 13.395[1]; 16. 50-Rusty Egan, 13.560[16]; 17. 10V-Matt Vandevere, 13.575[14]; 18. 79-Blake Nimee, 13.646[25]; 19. 12-Michael Decker, 13.659[11]; 20. 12W-Josh Walter, 13.669[7]; 21. 11-Joey Moughan, 13.686[10]; 22. 14-Jim Fifield, 13.884[27]; 23. 01-Chris Dodd, 13.897[12]; 24. 41-Dennis Spitz, 13.917[9]; 25. 65-Austin Deblauw, 14.061[22]; 26. 43-Jereme Schroeder, 14.162[20]; 27. 18-Keith Fellner, 14.991[18]

Article credit: Gared Tennyson

 

 

Round One of Hopf Farms Bullring Showdown Ahead for Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprints

Saturday night, May 13th, when the stars of the Bumper to Bumper Interstate Racing Association (IRA) hit the track it will be night 1 of the first annual Hopf Farms Bullring Showdown. Dean and Stacy Hopf, huge supporters of dirt track racing in southeastern Wisconsin, have put together a 5 event series that will pay $3000 to 5 drivers.

The Hopf Farms Bullring showdown will consist of 5 IRA events during the 2017 season at 4 tracks. Beaver Dam will host the 1st night, with subsequent dates at the Oshkosh Speedzone, Sheboygan County Fairgrounds and 141 Speedway. All drivers who compete at all 5 events will be awarded points based on their feature finishes. The top 3 points finishers after the 5 races will be awarded point fund money. Subsequently, 2 more drivers who participated in all 5 events will be randomly selected to receive bonus money courtesy of Hopf Farms.

Hometown driver Scotty Neitzel looked strong last time the IRA raced the high banks in Beaver Dam, but to pick up his first win of the season he will have his work cut out for him. Multiple cars are carrying the Hopf Farms colors in 2017, and will surely be hoping to run well. Bill Balog will surely be trying to continue his success on the high banked 3/8ths mile, and bring Hopf Farms a win on night one of the showdown. Russel Borland will also be trying to impress the Beaver Dam crowd in his Hopf sponsored 23. However, the biggest challenger may roll out behind the wheel of the Thone Motorsports 59, as his first start of 2017 will be 2003 IRA Rookie of the year and 2012 Wilmot Raceway champion Mike Kertscher. If Kertscher can quickly shake off the rust from the off season, he will undoubtedly be a contender to win Saturday night.

Grandstands will open at 4:30 with qualifying at 6 and racing to follow. Adult tickets are $20 with students aged 6-11 $10 and children 5 and younger free.

-Article credit Gared Tennyson

 

 

Second Attempt at First Double Header Weekend for Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprints

After a weekend of rainouts, the Bumper to Bumper Interstate Racing Association (IRA) are set to return to action this Friday and Saturday, May 5th and 6th. Friday night will see the return of the 410 sprint cars to the Oshkosh Speedzone in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. On Saturday, the series will venture north to New Richmond, Wisconsin and the Cedar Lake Speedway.

Friday night will be the series’ first trip to Oshkosh's red clay oval since July 22nd of last year, an event that would be won by surprise entrant Brad Loyet. Mike Reinke was 2nd on that night and is always strong at the Speedzone, so expect him to challenge for the checkered flag Friday night. He won't walk out of Oshkosh with a win easily though, as Tea, South Dakota's Justin Henderson is expected to make an appearance behind the wheel of the Thone Motorsports 59H. Henderson has previously piloted the Thone car once in IRA competition and finished 2nd to Carson Macedo so a strong run is expected. Craig Dollansky is expected to be back in action this weekend, as well as Southern Illinois Jim Moughan who is always a threat anytime his 1mx car rolls out of the trailer.

Saturday when the IRA rolls into Cedar Lake Speedway, it will be for the annual Triple Crown. An event paying $3000 to win and $300 to start, for all 3 classes racing. Bill Balog will surely be the man to beat as the last time he did not win the spring Cedar Lake IRA race was in 2012. Balog will have plenty of challengers though, as series point leader Scotty Thiel has shown great speed this year, and Scotty Neitzel proved at Beaver Dam he could challenge Balog. Set to challenge the series regulars on Saturday, is not only Henderson, but also a pair of Minnesota drivers with countless laps on the 3/8th mile high banked oval. Travis Whitney and Craig Dollansky will use their experience at Cedar Lake to contend for that $3000 Winner's Check.

Defending series champion Jeremy Schultz has been fast but has no results this far, and he is looking for that speed to turn into positive results this weekend. Blake Nimee, Matt Vandervere, and Kyle Marten will also be contenders.

Friday night the grandstands will open at 5pm with a race time of 7pm. Ticket prices are $20 for adults and $10 for students 11-15. Saturday at Cedar Lake, the grandstands will open at 5pm with a race time of 6pm. Ticket prices are $25 for adults and $12 for students 6-16, children 5 and under are free. If you can’t make it up north on Saturday, Cedar Lake has live paperview of their races this season on their website (cedarlakespeedway.com).

 

 

Balog Continues Dominance at Beaver Dam Raceway in Bumper to Bumper IRA competition

With beautiful weather, 29 Bumper to Bumper Interstate Racing Association winged 410 sprint cars converged upon the Beaver Dam Raceway for the Jim Wipperfurth memorial. A stacked field of IRA regulars would face a challenging field of invading drivers including Parker Price-Miller, Craig Dollansky, Ryan Robinson and Joe B Miller. In Osborn and Sons qualifying the Duffy Fleet Service 79 driven by Blake Nimee was fastest over Robinson and Price-Miller who were 2nd and 3rd respectively. Hometown drivers Jeremy Schultz and Scotty Neitzel would round out the top 5. Heat race 1 saw 2nd place starting Scott Uttech jump out to a lead which he would hold until the checkered flag fell. Behind Uttech, fast qualifier Nimee would work his way to 2nd. The top five would be rounded out by Miller, Schultz and Kris Spitz. Heat race 2, in similar fashion to heat one, would see the 2nd place starter, Mike Reinke, pick up the win followed by 4th starting Robinson. Matt Vandervere, Neitzel and Josh Walter would complete the top 5. And just like deja vu, heat 3 would see the winner come from the 2nd starting position, this time it was Craig Dollansky winning over 4th starting Price-Miller. Ben Schmidt would finish 3rd over Bill Balog and Russel Borland, who finished 4th and 5th respectively. With 18 cars locked into the 30 lap feature, the B main cars would hit the track to battle for the final 6 feature starting spots. When the checkered flag fell, series point leader Scotty Thiel was victorious over Steve Meyer and IRA rookie Ryan Bowers. Rusty Egan would finish 4th over Tim Haddy and the 6th and final transfer spot to the A main would be claimed by Trey Datweiler. The 30 lap A main saw pole sitter Balog take the early lead. Neitzel and Price-Miller would quickly work into a battle for 2nd. Cautions on two occasions, first for Chris Dodd spinning in turn 1 and second for Schmidt spinning and collecting the 5j of Schultz, would bunch the field back up and give Neitzel and Price-Miller both shots at Balog but neither were successful in their attempts. The podium would consist of Balog who led all 30 laps, followed by Neitzel and Price-Miller. Robinson driving the potent Keith Kunz car and Miller would round out the top 5.

A Feature 1 30 laps 1. 17B-Bill Balog[1]; 2. 2W-Scott Neitzel[5]; 3. 2-Parker Price-Miller[3]; 4. 67-Ryan Robinson[8]; 5. 51B-Joe B. Miller[4]; 6. 02-Mike Reinke[10]; 7. 10V-Matt Vandevere[11]; 8. 64-Scotty Thiel[19]; 9. 14AJ-Craig Dollansky[9]; 10. 79-Blake Nimee[6]; 11. 85M-Steve Meyer[20]; 12. 21H-Tim Haddy[23]; 13. 7-Scott Uttech[2]; 14. 25-Jake Blackhurst[18]; 15. 5J-Jeremy Schultz[7]; 16. 99-Kyle Marten[16]; 17. 23D-Trey Datweiler[24]; 18. 23-Russel Borland[14]; 19. 4K-Kris Spitz[15]; 20. 73-Ryan Bowers[21]; 21. 01-Chris Dodd[17]; 22. 59-Ben Schmidt[12]; 23. (DNF) 50-Rusty Egan[22]; 24. (DNF) 12W-Josh Walter[13] B Feature 1 12 laps 1. 64-Scotty Thiel[2]; 2. 85M-Steve Meyer[7]; 3. 73-Ryan Bowers[3]; 4. 50-Rusty Egan[4]; 5. 21H-Tim Haddy[8]; 6. 23D-Trey Datweiler[5]; 7. 41-Dennis Spitz[1]; 8. 12-Michael Decker[10]; 9. 43-Jereme Schroeder[6]; 10. 18-Keith Fellner[9]; 11. 68-Mike Uttech[11] Heat 1 10 laps 1. 7-Scott Uttech[2]; 2. 79-Blake Nimee[4]; 3. 51B-Joe B. Miller[1]; 4. 5J-Jeremy Schultz[3]; 5. 4K-Kris Spitz[8]; 6. 99-Kyle Marten[7]; 7. 73-Ryan Bowers[6]; 8. 41-Dennis Spitz[5]; 9. 21H-Tim Haddy[9]; 10. 68-Mike Uttech[10] Heat 2 10 laps 1. 02-Mike Reinke[2]; 2. 67-Ryan Robinson[4]; 3. 10V-Matt Vandevere[6]; 4. 2W-Scott Neitzel[3]; 5. 12W-Josh Walter[1]; 6. 25-Jake Blackhurst[10]; 7. 23D-Trey Datweiler[8]; 8. 64-Scotty Thiel[5]; 9. 85M-Steve Meyer[7]; 10. (DNF) 12-Michael Decker[9] Heat 3 10 laps 1. 14AJ-Craig Dollansky[2]; 2. 2-Parker Price-Miller[4]; 3. 59-Ben Schmidt[6]; 4. 17B-Bill Balog[3]; 5. 23-Russel Borland[1]; 6. 01-Chris Dodd[8]; 7. 50-Rusty Egan[7]; 8. 43-Jereme Schroeder[5]; 9. 18-Keith Fellner[9] Qualifying 1 2 laps 1. 79-Blake Nimee, 12.045[6]; 2. 67-Ryan Robinson, 12.299[17]; 3. 2-Parker Price-Miller, 12.310[7]; 4. 5J-Jeremy Schultz, 12.357[13]; 5. 2W-Scott Neitzel, 12.521[5]; 6. 17B-Bill Balog, 12.538[21]; 7. 7-Scott Uttech, 12.545[4]; 8. 02-Mike Reinke, 12.583[18]; 9. 14AJ-Craig Dollansky, 12.612[20]; 10. 51B-Joe B. Miller, 12.628[3]; 11. 12W-Josh Walter, 12.643[9]; 12. 23-Russel Borland, 12.746[19]; 13. 41-Dennis Spitz, 12.854[2]; 14. 64-Scotty Thiel, 12.878[26]; 15. 43-Jereme Schroeder, 12.936[15]; 16. 73-Ryan Bowers, 12.964[16]; 17. 10V-Matt Vandevere, 13.049[24]; 18. 59-Ben Schmidt, 13.078[27]; 19. 99-Kyle Marten, 13.106[22]; 20. 85M-Steve Meyer, 13.116[11]; 21. 50-Rusty Egan, 13.118[29]; 22. 4K-Kris Spitz, 13.193[25]; 23. 23D-Trey Datweiler, 13.204[23]; 24. 01-Chris Dodd, 13.234[14]; 25. 21H-Tim Haddy, 13.536[12]; 26. 12-Michael Decker, 13.590[28]; 27. 18-Keith Fellner, 14.214[10]; 28. 68-Mike Uttech, 15.698[1]; 29. 25-Jake Blackhurst, 15.977[8]

 

Return of Smoke to Wisconsin

The May 20th and 21st races at Wilmot Raceway and Angell Park Speedway just got a lot more exciting. As the Bumper to Bumper Interstate Racing Association (IRA) and The Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions roll into two of southern Wisconsin's finest dirt tracks, they will be joined by a very special guest. Tony Stewart, known to many as Smoke, owner of the All Stars will be bringing his Rush Truck Centers 14 car with him. Tony expressed his hopes for more IRA and All Star co-sanctioned events saying, “Our All Star guys love going to Wisconsin so hopefully we can continue to the grow the involvement between the two Series’. We’ve got a handful of young rookies running with us this year so expect to see some new faces competing for wins.”

Tony's last visit to Wisconsin came in 2013 when he and now 7 time IRA champion, Bill Balog treated fans to one of the best races in IRA history as the pair traded the lead multiple times in the closing laps. Stewart would go on to win by less than a car length. Tony planned a return trip in 2013 to compete with the IRA at Wilmot but a leg injury would force his Wilmot winged sprint debut to be postponed until now. When asked about the trip Tony said, “I’m really looking forward to getting back into my sprint car up in Wisconsin in May. It’s always fun running with the IRA sprints with Steve Sinclair. Steve and his team do a great job up there and I’m really excited that we have been able to expand the weekend to include Angell Park this year with the All Stars. It should be a fun couple of days with great weather. The last time I raced in Wisconsin, I had a great battle with Bill Balog at Sheboygan, I think that was in 2013. It’s probably been 15 years since I raced at Angell Park and I’m not sure I have ever raced at Wilmot, so we can check that track off the list. Hopefully, I can show some consistency and compete for wins both nights.” Tony, a member of the National Midget Hall of Fame, who has ran countless midget laps at Angell Park knows that even though he has considerable experience on the historic oval he will have his work cut out for him if he wants to visit victory lane either night of the weekend, as both nights will have a strong field of drivers who will contend for the win. Stewart explained “We’ve got 18 full time All Star members this year, together with the IRA sprints, we should have a spectacular car count.”

Wilmot’s All Star races have previously been dominated by Dale Blaney but as he is not a series regular this year the door has been left wide open for Stewart, or someone else, to claim a big victory. 3 time Wilmot track champion, defending IRA champion and last years dash winner Jeremy Schultz, driver of the Crawford Oil and Propane 5J, is definitely at the top of the list of names to watch on May 20th. Also keep an eye out for Tony’s biggest competition from 2013, Bill Balog, who won his first career World of Outlaws race just last year and proved he is a tough competitor anytime his Rhine Auto/Buesser Concrete 17B hits the track. On May 21st as the cars roll into Sun Prairie Wisconsin's Angell Park Speedway eyes will surely be on Scotty Thiel. Thiel who parked his Professional Plating 64 in the historic Angell Park victory lane on two different occasions last year became the first repeat winner in winged sprint action since the 2014 return of the IRA to the 1/3rd mile dirt oval. If Tony can use his countless laps at Angell Park to quickly adapt to the winged car he will surely be a strong contender, as he hopes to become the 11th winner in 12 IRA races at Angell Park.

The IRA looks forward to hosting Tony and his All Stars for two exciting nights of dirt track racing. Saturday May 20th will see the series do battle at the Wilmot Raceway in Wilmot, Wisconsin located directly between Chicago and Milwaukee. Sunday May 21st will see the driver's head north to Sun Prairie Wisconsin’s Angell Park Speedway. Be sure to arrive early both nights as the stands will be packed for the return of Smoke to Wisconsin.

 

 

Return of Smoke to Wisconsin
 

The May 20th and 21st races at Wilmot Raceway and Angell Park Speedway just got a lot more exciting. As the Bumper to Bumper Interstate Racing Association (IRA) and The Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions roll into two of southern Wisconsin's finest dirt tracks, they will be joined by a very special guest. Tony Stewart, known to many as Smoke, owner of the All Stars will be bringing his Rush Truck Centers 14 car with him. Tony expressed his hopes for more IRA and All Star co-sanctioned events saying, “Our All Star guys love going to Wisconsin so hopefully we can continue to the grow the involvement between the two Series’. We’ve got a handful of young rookies running with us this year so expect to see some new faces competing for wins.”

Tony's last visit to Wisconsin came in 2013 when he and now 7 time IRA champion, Bill Balog treated fans to one of the best races in IRA history as the pair traded the lead multiple times in the closing laps. Stewart would go on to win by less than a car length. Tony planned a return trip in 2013 to compete with the IRA at Wilmot but a leg injury would force his Wilmot debut to be postponed until now. When asked about the trip Tony said,
“I’m really looking forward to getting back into my sprint car up in Wisconsin in May. It’s always fun running with the IRA sprints with Steve Sinclair. Steve and his team do a great job up there and I’m really excited that we have been able to expand the weekend to include Angell Park this year with the All Stars. It should be a fun couple of days with great weather. The last time I raced in Wisconsin, I had a great battle with Bill Balog at Sheboygan, I think that was in 2013. It’s probably been 15 years since I raced at Angell Park and I’m not sure I have ever raced at Wilmot, so we can check that track off the list. Hopefully, I can show some consistency and compete for wins both nights.”
Tony, a member of the National Midget Hall of Fame, who has ran countless midget laps at Angell Park knows that even though he has considerable experience on the historic oval he will have his work cut out for him if he wants to visit victory lane either night of the weekend, as both nights will have a strong field of drivers who will contend for the win. Stewart explained “We’ve got 18 full time All Star members this year, together with the IRA sprints, we should have a spectacular car count.”

Wilmot’s All Star races have previously been dominated by Dale Blaney but as he is not a series regular this year the door has been left wide open for Stewart, or someone else, to claim a big victory. 3 time Wilmot track champion, defending IRA champion and last years dash winner Jeremy Schultz, driver of the Crawford Oil and Propane 5J, is definitely at the top of the list of names to watch on May 20th. Also keep an eye out for Tony’s biggest competition from 2013, Bill Balog, who won his first career World of Outlaws race just last year and proved he is a tough competitor anytime his Rhine Auto/Buesser Concrete 17B hits the track. On May 21st as the cars roll into Sun Prairie Wisconsin's Angell Park Speedway eyes will surely be on Scotty Thiel. Thiel who parked his Professional Plating 64 in the historic Angell Park victory lane on two different occasions last year became the first repeat winner in winged sprint action since the 2014 return of the IRA to the 1/3rd mile dirt oval. If Tony can use his countless laps at Angell Park to quickly adapt to the winged car he will surely be a strong contender, as he hopes to become the 11th winner in 12 IRA races at Angell Park.

The IRA looks forward to hosting Tony and his All Stars for two exciting nights of dirt track racing. Saturday May 20th will see the series do battle at the Wilmot Raceway in Wilmot, Wisconsin located directly between Chicago and Milwaukee. Sunday May 21st will see the driver's head north to Sun Prairie Wisconsin’s Angell Park Speedway. Be sure to arrive early both nights as the stands will be packed for the return of Smoke to Wisconsin.

 

 

Bumper To Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series Releases 2017 Tentative Schedule
12/27/16 McHenry, IL
The Bumper To Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series is proud to release their 2017 tentative schedule which includes a 35 race point schedule contested at 17 different venues in a 4 state region. Wisconsin is absolutely still home as 30 of the 35 events appearing on the points schedule are in the Badger state.
Wisconsin venues include Beaver Dam Raceway, Luxemburg Speedway, Dodge Co Fairgrounds, Oshkosh SpeedZone, Cedar Lake Speedway, Wilmot Raceway, Angell Park Speedway, ABC Raceway, 141 Speedway, Sheboygan Co Fair Park, Langlade Co Fairgrounds, and Amsoil Speedway. Luxemburg, and ABC are back on the IRA schedule after a year’s absence.
A pair of northern Illinois tracks will host events as LaSalle continues to be a fixture, and then after more than a decade the American Legion Speedway in Fairbury returns to the schedule. 410 winged Sprints haven’t appeared at this historic venue since IRA’s last visit.
Southeast Iowa’s 34 Raceway is back on the schedule after a several year absence, and for the first time ever IRA will appear and sanction the big Clay Co Fair race in Spencer.
And after a several year absence, the Deer Creek Speedway in Minnesota is back on the schedule by popular demand.
Please remember this is a tentative schedule at this point, and the possibility of a change or date swap could happen yet, though IRA felt it was time to release something publically. We still have some talks still in the works.
Several more dates in 2017 will pay above and beyond IRA’s standard purse and details will be released on those scheduled events in the very near future. And more exciting news is on the horizon as the dates for the first ever Hopf Farms Bullring Showdown mini-series will be formally announced in the coming weeks as selected dates from our schedule at Sheboygan Co and 141 will be chosen.
There are 5 co-sanctioned dates on the schedule with IRA & MOWA combining to continue their solid relationship for a trio of events, and IRA is growing its’ Arctic Cat AllStar Circuit of Champions Challenge from a single date to a weekend.
What makes this schedule so appealing is that it provides the IRA base teams with the largest portion of the schedule being contested close to home as the bulk of the IRA core comes out of southeastern WI. The events outside the region are premier events at popular venues which allow our teams and sponsors increased exposure. And several dates have some other premier divisions on the card too, such as Late Models, IRA wingLESS, MSA Sprints, Badger Midgets, WIMS/IRA Mini Sprints, UMSS winged & traditional sprints, and much more creating some truly outstanding events.
Additionally this schedule allows for the flow, both in & out, of teams across the region as there are very few non-Saturday conflicts with IRA. One example is there are no conflicts with any Friday night events at Jackson MN. IRA point chasing teams are open to compete at numerous World of Outlaw events in our region without conflict including June 1-3 Jackson MN, June 23 West Liberty IA, June 24 Beaver Dam WI, June 27 Joliet IL, June 29 Deer Creek MN, July 8 Cedar Lake, July 11 Attica, July 13-14 Eldora, July 29 Wilmot, and of course the Aug 9-12 Knoxville Nationals. IRA has also worked with the Allstars and left open their dates at Kokomo May 19th and 34 Raceway on June 11th. While the IRA season opens April 8th at 34 Raceway, the Wisconsin opener isn’t until April 22nd at Beaver Dam Raceway, thus allowing teams to travel to Knoxville or Attica April 14-15 without conflict if they so desire.
Lastly, the IRA staff may likely be hired to “help” coordinate some NON-POINT events that won’t appear on our point schedule, these events will be outside of WI. Details on these additional events are forthcoming.
Stay tuned for more exciting news from the Bumper To Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series at they embark on their 51st season in 2017.

TENTATIVE – 2017 Bumper To Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series schedule

4/8 Sat 34 Raceway (West Burlington, IA) w/MOWA
22 Sat Beaver Dam Raceway (WI) – Wipperfurth Memorial
28 Fri Luxemburg Speedway (WI) Battle By The Bay
30 Sun Dodge Co Fairgrounds (Beaver Dam, WI)
5/5 Fri Oshkosh SpeedZone (WI)
6 Sat Cedar Lake Speedway (New Richmond, WI) Triple Crown
13 Sat Beaver Dam Raceway (WI)
19 Sat Wilmot Raceway (WI) w/Allstars
20 Sun Angell Park Speedway (Sun Prairie, WI) w/Allstars
27 Sat ABC Raceway (Ashland, WI)
28 Sun 141 Speedway (Francis Creek, WI)
6/9 Fri Oshkosh SpeedZone (WI)
10 Sat Wilmot Raceway (WI)
17 Sat Sheboygan Co Fair Park (Plymouth, WI)
18 Sun Angell Park Speedway (WI) – Norm Nelson Classic
7/1 Sat Wilmot Raceway (WI)
2 Sun 141 Speedway (WI)
7 Fri Dodge County Fairgrounds (WI) Rick Schmidt Memorial
15 Sat American Legion Speedway (Fairbury, IL) w/MOWA
16 Sun Angell Park Speedway (WI)
22 Sat Beaver Dam Raceway (WI)
28 Fri Langlade Co Speedway (Antigo, WI) - Langlade Co Fair
8/5 Sat Sheboygan Co Fair Park (WI)
18 Fri Wilmot Raceway (WI) – Kenosha Co Fair
19 Sat Wilmot Raceway (WI) – Kenosha Co Fair Roger Iles Tribute
20 Sun Angell Park Speedway (WI) – Corn Fest
26 Sat LaSalle Speedway (IL) w/MOWA – Bill Waite Jr Memorial
9/2 Sat Sheboygan Co Fair Park (WI) - Sheboygan Co Fair
3 Sun 141 Speedway (WI)
8 Fri Amsoil Speedway (Superior, WI) – Northern Nationals
9 Sat Cedar Lake Speedway (WI) – Richert Memorial
15 Fri Clay Co Speedway (Spencer, IA) Clay Co Fair
16 Sat Deer Creek Speedway (Spring Valley, MN)
23 Sat Beaver Dam Raceway (WI) – Semmelmann Memorial
30 Sat Sheboygan Co Fair Park (WI) – Checkered Classic

 

 

IRA Banquet

Brookfield, WI The Interstate Racing Association concluded their 50th anniversary season by combining the accomplishments of the established Bumper To Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series, and their upstart Meyer Valves & Vacs Wisconsin wingLESS Sprint Series this past Saturday at the Embassy Suites in Brookfield, Wisconsin. A packed main ballroom greeted the honorees for the festivities emceed by the comedic and talented Ray Underwood.
Jeff Fischer of Grandstand Video opened the program with a wonderfully done video showing IRA's humble beginnings fifty years ago, to how and where the series is now, showing a cast of characters that helped form the IRA.
Jeremy Schultz was honored as Bumper To Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints Champion. In 29 starts Schultz scored a pair of A-main wins, 17 top 5's, and 22 top 10's. Schultz, a former IRA Rookie of the Year also won his 3rd Wilmot Raceway 410 Sprint title this season, and who is a former MSA 360 Champion, piloted his #5j Maxim supported by his father Jerry Schultz, with talented a crew led by chassisman Dan Nesper and engine tuner Dave Ranthum. It's a true family operation as Jeremy's brothers Jason & Cory are big pieces of the crew. In addition to the $10,300 champion's check Schultz went home with a new Maxim chassis, a set of All Pro cylinder head castings, a Walker air filter system, an incredible original metal photo by Dave Olson of Studio 360, and much more.
Scotty Thiel came home just 80 points behind to finish in the runnerup slot over perennial IRA title contender Scotty Neitzel, with Bill Balog, and Kyle Marten completing the top 5.
Balog, who led the series with 11 wins, and 8 Osborn & Son Trucking Fast Times was presented a special award by Larry Hillerud of SLS Promotions, a custom laser cut trophy for his inaugural World of Outlaw series win, the first ever by a IRA driver, which came back in June at Beaver Dam Raceway.
7th place finishing Matt Vandervere was named the Carriage Auto Body Most Improved Driver on th 410 side. Ranthum the Mechanix Wear Mechanic of the Year Award, while Thiel's #64 edged the Cowman/Reinke #02 for Best Appearing Car honors. Long time series supporter Ken Iles of Carriage Auto Body received the 410 IRA Dedication Award.
Todd Lehr captured the Meyer Valves & Vacs Wisconsin wingLESS Sprint Series title and did so in dominating fashion picking up 7 A-main wins and setting 9 fast times in just 16 events. Lehr credited much of his success to the efforts of crew chief Tony Jenkins. 2016 marked the second season overall for the series which is anchored at Wilmot Raceway, but the first under IRA sanction.
Lehr topped inaugural series champ Doug Schenck, rookie sensation Derek Crane, with Alan Hafford, and Mike Sullivan completing the top five. Crane who captured 3 series wins was named Rookie of the Year, while James Walldan the Most Improved Driver honors. Greg Buric of Wm. M. Meyer & Sons was honored with the series Dedication Award.
The father & son duo of Tom & Gared Tennyson who handle the souvenir side for IRA were honored as co-recipients of the annual Rick Schmidt Memorial IRA Member of the Year Award.
Kyle Marten also won a Maxim chassis as all 26 teams eligible teams were present and all shared in the contingency portion of the program which featured great support from so many companies. Thanks to Behling's, HRP, Lane, R&H, Velocity for their gracious assistance with that program.
IRA SecretaryTreasuer Kim Tennyson honored IRA President Steve Sinclair with a personalized bottle of Gentleman Jack for his 24 years heading up the IRA.
The night was a memorable one, and many special thanks go to the entire Tennyson family, and Tiffany Taylor for their tireless efforts in creating a special event.
IRA would like to thank long time series sponsor Bumper To Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, Osborn & Son Trucking, Hoosier Tire, TW Metals, Cummins Onan, Carriage Auto Body, and Wm. M. Meyer & Sons for their support.

Bumper To Bumper Outlaw Sprint Series 75% Point Fund eligible team point standings.
1. Jeremy Schultz 2. Scotty Thiel 3. Scotty Neitzel 4. Bill Balog 5. Kyle Marten 6. Blake Nimee 7. Matt Vandervere 8. Mike Reinke 9. Wayne Modjeski 10. Scott Uttech 11. Ben Schmidt 12. Dennis Spitz 13. Kris Spitz 14. Steve Meyer 15. Russel Borland 16. Bill Wirth 17. Mike Decker

Meyer Valves & Vacs Wisconsin wingLESS Sprint Series, eligible team point standings.
1. Todd Lehr 2. Doug Schenck 3. Derek Crane 4. Alan Hafford 5. Mike Sullivan 6. Chris Klemko 7. James Walldan 8. George Gaertner Jr 9. Dan Wade

 

 

 

Some fast facts regarding the 2016 Interstate Racing Association (IRA) season.

 IRA celebrated its’ 50th anniversary season by expanding to two divisions of Sprint Cars in 2016. The established Bumper To Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series completed 29 of the 35 races scheduled and contested at 14 different venues throughout Wisconsin and northern Illinois. 13 different drivers visited victory lane with Jeremy Schultz being crowned the champion. Schultz had 2 feature wins, 17 top 5’s, and 22 top 10’s. New to the IRA banner this year was the Meyer Valves & Vacs Wisconsin wingLESS Sprint Series which utilizes Wilmot Raceway as its’ home track, but also competed 3 times at Angell Park Speedway. This division is actually in its’ 2nd year, though 2016 was the first under the IRA sanction. The GM604 based wingLESS group completed 16 of 20 events and had 7 different feature winners, led by champion Todd Lehr’s 7 visits to victory lane. 17 winged 410 teams met participation requirements, while 9 wingLESS teams hit the mark making them point fund eligible. The IRA Outlaws still boast one of the strongest member car counts per event in all of sprint car racing, averaging just under 30. While the upstart wingLESS group was at a 16 average. 2017 is already well into the planning stages with both groups expected to grow even more.

Schultz had a solid season picking up both his wins at Sheboygan County Fair Parks’ Plymouth Dirt Track. Capturing the dash win with in the co-sanctioned event with the All Stars at Wilmot on TV was a feather in the young chargers hat as well. Schultz also claimed the Wilmot Raceway track championship this year, his third. Schultz topped fellow 360 graduate Scotty Thiel in the point chase by a mere 86 points. Thiel grabbed 3 feature wins including a pair of wins at Angell Park, and one at Plymouth. Scotty Neitzel, a past 2-time IRA Champion and perennial title contender scored 2 wins enroute to yet another solid points finish, scoring wins at Manitowoc and Dodge Co. Bill Balog visited IRA victory lane 11 times, truly remarkable. Balog’s 19 top 5’s kept him in 4th place despite missing a few races. Balog topped many of IRA’s premier events including the Bill Waite Jr Memorial at LaSalle, Jerry Richert Memorial at Cedar Lake, Northern Nationals at Amsoil/Superior, and the Roger Iles Tribute Kenosha County Fair weekend at Wilmot. Young Kyle Marten topped another youngster in Blake Nimee, and the much improved Matt Vandervere for 5th in the point chase as just 20 points separated 5th to 7th. Mike Reinke, a surging Wayne Modjeski, and Scott Uttech completed the top ten. Other Bumper To Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series event winners included Steve Meyer and Mike Kertscher who each scored 2, plus Parker Price-Miller, Brandon Wimmer, Carson Macedo, Dusty Zomer, Brad Loyet, plus Danny Holtgraver and Donny Schatz in co-sanctioned races with the All Stars and World of Outlaws respectively. Ben Schmidt, Dennis Spitz, Kris Spitz, Meyer, Russel Borland, Bill Wirth, and Mike Decker are the other point fund eligible drivers.

Lehr was the winningest (7) driver in the wingLESS class leading him to the title including the sweep of the Angell Park events. Last years champ Doug Schenck grabbed 1 win to go along with numerous consistent runs to finish in the runnerup slot. Impressive dirt track rookie Derek Crane captured 3 features enrote to a very solid 3rd place showing. Past 410 racer Allen Hafford came home 4th over past Wilmot Modified Champion Mike Sullivan. Chris Klemko, James Walldan, George Gaertner, and Dan Wade finished 6th thru 9th and complete the point fund eligibility list. Other race winners in the Meyer Vacs & Valves Wisconsin wingLESS Sprint Series included Craig Lager, Jordan Mattson, Tommy Sexton with 1 each, while Minnesota traveler Jimmy Kouba scored 2.

The IRA Banquet is slated for Saturday November 19th at the Brookfied Inn & Suites / Embassy Suites in Brookfield, WI. Discounted tickets are available if ordered (postmarked) by today, otherwise regular price tickets are available beginning tomorrow (Oct 4). See www.irasprints.com and/or www.wisconsinwingless.com for details.

Special Thanks to Hoosier Tire, Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Carriage Auto Body, and Cummins Onan as associate point fund sponsors.

 

 

50TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON CONCLUDES FOR THE BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA SPRINTS WITH THE CHECKERED FLAG CLASSIC AT THE DODGE COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS THIS SATURDAY!

FAST CARS, AND POINT CHASES, MEANS BIG ACTION AT THE DODGE COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS HORSEPOWER HALF-MILE THIS SATURDAY NIGHT!

September 27, 2016; Appleton, WI – The 50th Anniversary season for the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints will draw to a close this Saturday night in a big way. The Checkered Flag Classic will be held at one of the largest, and fastest tracks on the IRA tour as the Winged 900 horsepower machines invade the Dodge County Fairgrounds half-mile clay oval located just three miles east of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.

Tight point battles in several top ten positions within the IRA Sprint series standings will add additional drama to an already action-packed program that will also feature the final point night for the MSA 360 Sprints.

Fans will get event more high-speed action with the addition of Late Models to the program. This gives fans a chance to see the fastest cars on clay, both open-wheeled and fendered. The Late Model portion of the show will showcase the fastest full-bodied cars to race in the state. If speed is the attraction the Dodge County Fairgrounds needs to be your destination this Saturday night.

Heading into the program the 2016 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint series title is still on the line but it’s currently in the hands of 2013 Rookie of the Year Jeremy Schultz to seal the deal and bring home the title. Schultz, who wrapped up his third Wilmot Raceway Sprint Car title last weekend comes into the show with an 86 point lead on his nearest rival Scotty Thiel.

To make the crown his Schultz needs to lock himself in the main event and take the green flag, once that happens he will earn his first career Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprint Series title. Schultz will have earned the crown with an impressive 22 top ten finishes in 29 starts, and 17 top five performances which included a streak of nine straight top five runs during the mid-portion of the 2016 campaign.

Thiel remains a mathematical possibility for the championship but he will need help. Not only will he have to increase his odds by claiming the victory, which would be his fourth of the season, he will need to see Schultz have some bad luck and somehow miss the main event.

No matter the outcome Thiel has a breakout season with the Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprints this year having collected three victories including back to back wins during a weekend main event sweep back in mid-June.

However, the closest point battle among the leaders will determine the fifth through seventh position. Last season’s Rookie of the Year Kyle Marten holds down the fifth spot with a 17-point gap on Blake Nimee. Marten has remained consistent throughout the year while Nimee has been hampered by various mechanical troubles and plain bad luck. For either driver, a top five point finish is a solid foundation heading into 2017.

Not to be counted out of the battle of Matt Vandervere. The young charger had turned in an impressive season and has showcased his developing talent. Whatever the outcome for Vandervere the 2016 season will go into the books as a breakout year for the talented racer. Vandervere is a mere 20 points back from the fifth spot.

The other battle to watch for is for the final top ten position.

Scott Uttech currently has the spot by 13 points over Ben Schmidt. Uttech who competes on a modest budget had performed well when avoiding mechanical ills that have plagued his late season performances. Schmidt on the other had made a dramatic comeback after losing a ride with a race team he had been with for years. Schmidt has driven the 2016 schedule behind the wheel with four different race teams before landing a ride owned by Brandon Thone.

A top ten finish for either driver is perhaps salvation for a rather trying year.

Other drivers expected to make some noise this Saturday night include Scotty Neitzel. The two-time Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprint series champ won the most recent IRA event at the track held back in August and confidence is high in the Neitzel camp for a repeat.

Mike Kertscher is another driver to watch having won two events over the past two weekends. First, he outran Mike Reinke for the victory at the Beaver Dam Raceway in the most recent IRA event that was held two weeks ago. Then he captured the win on championship night at Wilmot Raceway. A victory at Dodge County Fairgrounds would allow Kertscher to conclude his season running the table with three straight wins.

Reinke who pressured Kertscher at Beaver Dam is running his 25th season in motorsports and would like to close out the campaign with a victory. Reinke has three runner-up performances this year but thus far a victory has eluded him. Remarkably quick, Reinke remains one of the hardest charging drivers on the circuit and the Dodge County Fairgrounds track plays directly to his driving style.

Add to the mix seven-time series champ Bill Balog who is seeking to earn one more win this year to close out the season with an even dozen checkered flags to his credit.

Fans can witness all the drama this Saturday Night, October 1st at the Dodge County Fairgrounds.

The event will showcase the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints which will be joined by the MSA/PDTR 360’s and area WDLMA Late Models.

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 $25 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.

 

 

KERTSCHER FENDS OFF REINKE, COLLECTS SCOTT SEMMELMANN MEMORIAL AT BEAVER DAM RACEWAY IN BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA SPRINT ACTION!

KERTSCHER VICTORY STOPS BALOG BEAVER DAM RACEWAY VICTORY STREAK! SCHULTZ ZEROS IN ON BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA SPRINT SERIES TITLE!

September 17, 2016; Beaver Dam, WI – The intensity ratcheted up as the season is winding down in Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprint Car series action. Following the action during of the 2nd Annual Scott Semmelmann memorial race held at Beaver Dam Raceway 2013 IRA Sprint Series Rookie of the Year Jeremy Schultz is close to wrapping up the series title but while Schultz is winning the war the evening’s battle was captured by Mike Kertscher.

Kertscher known for his hard-charging driving style blew past early race leader Todd Daun coming off a restart early in the contest and then was able to fend off the challenges of Mike Reinke to claim the victory in the evening’s 30 lap headliner.

Heavy rain throughout the week left the racing surface on the third-mile clay oval tacky throughout the evening rewarding drivers that had the courage to keep the right foot planted in their 900 horsepower machines.

Kertscher and Reinke excelled in that area taking their battle to the front of the pack while fighting through lapped traffic. When the checkered flag fell it was Kertscher who was victorious for the second time this season with Reinke in the second spot less than two car lengths behind. Steve Meyer who joins Kertscher with two event wins this season finished solidly in the final podium spot after fending off the challenges of seven-time series champ Bill Balog.

Balog came into the night having won every 410 Winged Sprint event this season at Beaver Dam Raceway having tallied up three wins in Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprint action as week as having captured the World of Outlaws event. Tonight he had the chance to sweep the season but came up just a bit short after advancing from his 10th place starting spot.

Meanwhile, the season long point battle became a bit clearer as current point leader finished ahead of his nearest point rivals. All three title contenders finished in the top ten, but it was Schultz, with his fifth place finish who took a major step in securing his first IRA title. The two-time Wilmot Raceway and former 360 sprint car title champion now holds a solid point lead heading into the final event of the season at the Dodge County Fairgrounds in two weeks. Schultz will have to qualify for, and take the green flag in the final A-main of the year to secure the crown.

With a solid late season showing of 34 participants the field was narrowed down to the 24 fastest drivers for the start of the 30 lap Scott Semmelmann memorial race.

With tons of bite thanks to a heaping of moisture throughout the week, the third-mile clay oval was still full of grip as the main event began. Wheel stands added to the action throughout the contest.

Before the first lap could be completed an accordion effect in mid-pack resulted in contact between several cars with Jereme Schroeder ultimately having the worst outcome hitting one of the infield tires in turn three before coming to a halt drawing a caution and forcing a restart of the race.

When the action did finally get underway it was polesitter Todd Daun blasting into the lead with Kertscher who had started outside the front row dropping into the second spot and immediately applying pressure to the leader. Reinke who had started in the second row assumed the third position ahead of Matt Juhl who made the long trek from Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Juhl’s evening would come to a grinding halt on lap six as he became involved in wild three-car melee which resulted in Ben Schmidt and Trey Datweiler both flipping down the backstretch resulting in a red flag. Schmidt who had been doing battle with Juhl for a top five spot took a wild end over end tumble but quickly crawled from his machine uninjured. All three drivers retired from the contest and the race resumed after the clean-up.

When the green flag returned Daun came under immediate pressure from Kertscher. Kertscher wasted no time in getting to the front diving under Daun in turn two and completing the pass before lap seven began.

The race was slowed for the second time when the caution appeared on lap ten when Kris Spitz came to a halt in turn two on the tenth lap. It was the final slowdown of the event.

The green flag quickly returned and Kertscher went back to setting the pace. The second spot changed hands as Reinke got a solid run on Daun powering into the second spot.

At the halfway point in the contest, Kertscher was out front beginning to work lapped traffic with Reinke, Daun, Meyer and Balog holding down the top five spots.

The battle between Kertscher and Reinke intensified as the final ten circuits began as Reinke had closed the gap and awaited any miscue by Kertscher as the leader negotiated lapped cars.

On lap 23 Daun gave up the final podium spot as Meyer advanced to third bringing Balog with him. Daun would fade throughout the closing laps.

With four laps to go lapped traffic began to hinder Kertscher allowing Reinke to make an attempt on the lead, but Kertscher made a daring move between lapped cars and once he was able to thread the needle past them he extended his gap on Reinke.

Over the closing laps, Reinke was again able to reel in Kertscher but Kertscher remained flawless to secure the win by a three car lengths. Reinke had to settle for second. Meyer meanwhile had his hand full with Balog in the third spot but he held tight to the position with the veteran racer earning the third position.

Balog crossed the line in fourth, and while he was unable to sweep the season in 410 sprint action at the track he did complete every race in the top five.

Schultz completed the top five finishers having bested his nearest point rival Scotty Thiel who crossed the line in the sixth spot. Thiel remains the only driver with a mathematical chance to unseat Schultz from the top of the point standings during the final race of the year.

Blake Nimee, who had captured the B-main turned in a solid showing with a seventh place finish while Daun, the early race leader, faded to the eighth spot.

Todd Hepfner making a rare start this season completed the contest in ninth followed by Scotty Neitzel who completed the top ten finishers.

Attrition took it’s toll late in the race with cars pulling into the infield every couple laps. 14 of the 24 starters were able to complete the contest.

Earlier in the program, the B-main was hotly contested for the final transfer spots. Nimee had dominated the contest followed by Kris Spitz and Johnny Fahl. Scott Uttech had been in the final transfer spot until the last lap when he came to a halt giving the final transfer position to Datweiler.

Heat race victories were captured this evening by Juhl, Daun, Reinke and Kertscher.

Wayne Modjeski was one of the last cars to qualify and he turned in a blistering lap of 11.829 seconds to take top honors. That lap bumped Balog into the second spot after pacing most of the qualifying session with a lap of 11.972 seconds. Nimee was the only other driver to crack the 12-second barrier earning the third fastest time of the night with a lap of 11.997 seconds

The series has one week off before concluding the 2016 racing season on Saturday Night October 1st at the Dodge County Fairgrounds in Beaver Dam, WI.

The show will feature the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints along with the MSA 360 Sprint series and the WDLMA Late Models.

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.

Remaining 2016 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series Events:

10/1/2016 – Dodge County Fairgrounds – Beaver Dam, WI

410 Sprints | IRA Interstate Racing Association

Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts A Feature 1 (30 Laps): 1. 80K-Mike Kertscher[2]; 2. 02-Mike Reinke[3]; 3. 85M-Steve Meyer[5]; 4. 17B-Bill Balog[9]; 5. 5J-Jeremy Schultz[7]; 6. 64-Scotty Thiel[12]; 7. 79-Blake Nimee[11]; 8. 19-Todd Daun[1]; 9. 1HRP-Todd Hepfner[13]; 10. 2W-Scott Neitzel[14]; 11. 99-Kyle Marten[16]; 12. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski[10]; 13. 10V-Matt Vandevere[20]; 14. 73-Brandon McMullen[15]; 15. (DNF) 7V-Tim Vandervere[21]; 16. (DNF) 0-John Fahl[23]; 17. (DNF) 68-Dave Uttech[6]; 18. (DNF) 01-Chris Dodd[19]; 19. (DNF) 53W-Bill Wirth[18]; 20. (DNF) 4K-Kris Spitz[22]; 21. (DNF) 09-Matt Juhl[4]; 22. (DNF) 59-Ben Schmidt[8]; 23. (DNF) 23D-Trey Datweiler[24]; 24. (DNF) 43-Jereme Schroeder[17]

Behling Racing Equipment B Feature 1 (12 Laps): 1. 79-Blake Nimee[1]; 2. 4K-Kris Spitz[6]; 3. 0-John Fahl[2]; 4. 23D-Trey Datweiler[5]; 5. 21H-Tim Haddy[7]; 6. 15M-Justin Miller[10]; 7. 7-Scott Uttech[3]; 8. 55-Jeff Ludwig[9]; 9. (DNF) 7Y-Mitchel Yurmanovich[11]; 10. (DNF) 41-Dennis Spitz[8]; 11. (DNF) 14X-Scott Hatton[4]; (DNS) 65-Jordan Goldesberry; (DNS) 1-Joe (Doc) Probst; (DNS) 32-Jeremy Hunt

Real Wheels Heat 1 (10 Laps): 1. 09-Matt Juhl[4]; 2. 5J-Jeremy Schultz[5]; 3. 10V-Matt Vandevere[7]; 4. 43-Jereme Schroeder[1]; 5. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski[6]; 6. 21H-Tim Haddy[8]; 7. 7Y-Mitchel Yurmanovich[9]; 8. (DNF) 0-John Fahl[3]; 9. (DNF) 65-Jordan Goldesberry[2]

DMI Heat 2 (10 Laps): 1. 19-Todd Daun[2]; 2. 1HRP-Todd Hepfner[4]; 3. 17B-Bill Balog[6]; 4. 2W-Scott Neitzel[3]; 5. 68-Dave Uttech[5]; 6. 1-Joe (Doc) Probst[1]; 7. 23D-Trey Datweiler[7]; 8. 41-Dennis Spitz[8]; (DNS) 32-Jeremy Hunt

All Star Performance Products Heat 3 (10 Laps): 1. 02-Mike Reinke[4]; 2. 73-Brandon McMullen[3]; 3. 85M-Steve Meyer[5]; 4. 53W-Bill Wirth[1]; 5. 7V-Tim Vandervere[7]; 6. 55-Jeff Ludwig[8]; 7. (DNF) 79-Blake Nimee[6]; 8. (DNF) 14X-Scott Hatton[2]

R&H Enterprises Heat 4 (10 Laps): 1. 80K-Mike Kertscher[4]; 2. 99-Kyle Marten[2]; 3. 64-Scotty Thiel[5]; 4. 01-Chris Dodd[1]; 5. 59-Ben Schmidt[6]; 6. 7-Scott Uttech[3]; 7. 4K-Kris Spitz[7]; 8. 15M-Justin Miller[8]

Osborn & Son Qualifying 1: 1. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski, 11.829[31]; 2. 17B-Bill Balog, 11.972[6]; 3. 79-Blake Nimee, 11.997[22]; 4. 59-Ben Schmidt, 12.010[20]; 5. 5J-Jeremy Schultz, 12.071[29]; 6. 68-Dave Uttech, 12.116[15]; 7. 85M-Steve Meyer, 12.134[33]; 8. 64-Scotty Thiel, 12.138[3]; 9. 09-Matt Juhl, 12.173[7]; 10. 1HRP-Todd Hepfner, 12.196[14]; 11. 02-Mike Reinke, 12.211[9]; 12. 80K-Mike Kertscher, 12.231[11]; 13. 0-John Fahl, 12.321[34]; 14. 2W-Scott Neitzel, 12.322[28]; 15. 73-Brandon McMullen, 12.332[2]; 16. 7-Scott Uttech, 12.378[5]; 17. 65-Jordan Goldesberry, 12.379[19]; 18. 19-Todd Daun, 12.413[30]; 19. 14X-Scott Hatton, 12.418[26]; 20. 99-Kyle Marten, 12.490[1]; 21. 43-Jereme Schroeder, 12.520[25]; 22. 1-Joe (Doc) Probst, 12.520[27]; 23. 53W-Bill Wirth, 12.541[21]; 24. 01-Chris Dodd, 12.558[17]; 25. 10V-Matt Vandevere, 12.634[4]; 26. 23D-Trey Datweiler, 12.732[16]; 27. 7V-Tim Vandervere, 12.816[12]; 28. 4K-Kris Spitz, 12.860[13]; 29. 21H-Tim Haddy, 12.961[23]; 30. 41-Dennis Spitz, 12.961[32]; 31. 55-Jeff Ludwig, 13.461[10]; 32. 15M-Justin Miller, 13.540[24]; 33. 7Y-Mitchel Yurmanovich, 13.752[18]; 34. 32-Jeremy Hunt[8]

 

 

 

THE END IS NEAR! IT’S TIME TO MAKE A POINT! BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA SPRINTS HEAD TO BEAVER DAM RACEWAY THIS SATURDAY NIGHT!

TWO RACES REMAIN IN 2016 POINT CHASE FOR THE BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA OUTLAW SPRINTS!

September 15, 2016; Appleton, WI – It’s been a hectic season for the drivers of the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint series.

28 races are already in the books and two events remain on the 2016 season schedule. The first event is this Saturday evening at Beaver Dam Raceway with the running of the 2nd annual Scott Semmelman Memorial race. The season finale will be held two weeks later on Saturday night October 1st at the Dodge County Fairgrounds

While the goal of any driver is to win races, but attention has also focused on the season point standings. The battle isn’t just for the championship but for as high a position as possible.

In Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series action, there is a very complex system of earning points based on performance. As a base, a driver can earn a maximum of 150 points for their finishing position in qualifying, heat races, and the main events. In addition, points are awarded for passing. Winning the main event itself will earn a driver 65 points. The difference between first and last in the main event is 48 points. There are many ways to both gain and lose points to another driver.

With that information, we can begin to decipher just where the point battles lie.

Looking down from the top Jeremy Schultz heads the way with an 82 point advantage. Schultz, who has racked up a pair of titles at Wilmot Raceway and has earned championships in 360 sprint action before joining the IRA back in 2013 does not have a mathematical lock on the title. However, the crown is his for the taking if he can put together a good performance at either of the remaining 2016 events. For Schultz it’s simple, earn a spot in the A-mains and run a solid race. That will be the key to his first career Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprint series title.

Scotty Thiel remains a title threat but for Thiel to steal the point lead he will have to win. Thiel’s first career IRA victory was earned at Beaver Dam Raceway in August of 2014 so he has done well at the track. This season Thiel notched three victories and had led the standings during the first half of the season.

However is has been Schultz who then turned in an amazing string of nine straight top five finishes starting in mid-June who has climbed to the top. Schultz took over the top of the standings with that performance by early August.

Though not mathematically eliminated two-time series champion Scotty Neitzel has an outside shot of a third crown but to earn such accolades Neitzel would not only have to sweep the final two races, but misfortune would have to befall both Schultz and Thiel. Neitzel, who is 154 markers from the lead, will likely finish third in the season standings.

Seven-time IRA champ, Bill Balog has been an influence this season in spite of missing several contests. He has racked up 11 victories. He’s fourth in the standings in spite of missing five events.

While the battle at the front has been interesting, perhaps the tightest battle lies in the fifth through ninth positions where a mere 101 points separate the spots.

2015 Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprint series Rookie of the Year Kyle Marten holds down the fifth spot by a mere 28 markers over young charger Matt Vandervere. Both drivers are having the best season of their careers in IRA competition and nailing down that final top five spot would make for a solid chapter in their IRA history book.

Just behind the pair in the seventh spot is Blake Nimee. Nimee who had a banner year last season when he won his first two career IRA victories has been hampered this year by bad luck. Still, the hard charging racer from Northern Illinois has maintained a top ten position in the points and has a shot at the top five sitting 31 markers behind Marten and just 10 behind Vandervere.

In eighth currently, resides veteran racer Mike Reinke who is celebrating his 25th year behind the wheel. Reinke missed several events this year choosing to focus on racing at various events that he’s attended in his impressive career. Reinke is not one to chase points but rather wins. He is 101 markers behind Marten who holds the fifth spot. For Reinke, a victory at either of the two remaining races would be a greater thrill than a higher position in the standings.

Three drivers are battling for two spots to stay inside the top ten.

Currently in ninth is Wayne Modjeski who has the position by 38 points over Scott Uttech who holds down the final top ten position.

Ben Schmidt is the outside driving looking in. Schmidt who has driven cars for four different teams has seemed to find a home in a ride owned by Brandon Thone. Since he’s taken the wheel for that team he’s climbed back up the standings from being nearly outside the top 20, to having a shot at cracking the top ten. He would have to gain 33 points on Uttech to do so.

The last item of interest is a family rivalry for bragging rights. Kris Spitz holds a 22 point advantage on his father Dennis to maintain the 12th spot. The question will be which of the Spitz family sits in the top dozen and which earns the lucky 13th place position!

The program this Saturday night at Beaver Dame Raceway will feature the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints.

Joining IRA will be Legends, Grand Nationals, and Modifieds for a full evening of racing action.

Pits will open at 3:30pm with the grandstands opening at 4:30pm. Racing is set to take place 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.

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.

Remaining 2016 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series Events:

9/17/2016 – Beaver Dam Raceway – Beaver Dam, WI

10/1/2016 – Dodge County Fairgrounds – Beaver Dam, WI

 

 

BALOG MAKES THE 16th ANNUAL RICHERT MEMORIAL VERY MEMORABLE
New Richmond, WI The 16th annual running of the Bumper To Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series sanctioned Jerry Richert Memorial will go down as one of the most memorable sprint car events ever contested at Cedar Lake Speedway. The main reason was simply following the night of Bill Balog. After nearly crashing on his first qualifying lap in turns 3-4, he rebounded to record second quick time over the twenty-six car field on his second lap. While challenging for second in his heat, Balog and Blake Nimee had contact with both crashing and Balog actually flipping over the wall but landing on his wheels in the grass just outside the turn 2. Then after making repairs and starting 18th in the A-main, and capitalizing on a few early yellows, The North Pole Nightmare would put on one of the most determined charges in modern IRA competition enroute to winning one of IRA's most prestigeous events, the 16th annual Jerry Richert Memorial, and the $4000 pay day that comes with it.
Travis Whitney and Mike Reinke swapped the lead at the start with Whitney taking the point only to spin from the lead with four laps in. Third running Brooke Tatnell also pulled in early with mechanical woes. Reinke would then lead with challenges from Tasker Phillips, that battle was halted when Kris Spitz had something break entering turn one bringing out another yellow. Balog thundered to the outside on both early restarts roaring around several cars each time keeping the lead pack in his sites. Reinke made some contact with the front stretch wall hindering his handling and he began to fade allowing Phillips to take the lead with Reinke trying to fend off Jeremy Schultz, Davey Heskin, Ben Schmidt, Scotty Thiel, Scotty Neitzel, and a charging Balog. Phillips continued to lead while Balog continued to rim-ride his way forward. Reinke was fading as Schultz and Heskin moved ahead while Balog continued his mission, and once he cleared Heskin and Schultz, it was only time before he reeled in Phillips. Despite Phillips driving an excellent race, Balog was not going to be denied as he rocketed to the front in the races final laps completing one of the most impressive charges ever witnessed by many. Philips came a solid third with Schultz edging a challenging Thiel in a (scoring loop) finish for third. Heskin ounded out a very fast top five. Schmidt and Reinke came home sixth and seventh respectively while Matt Vandervere charged his way from the back to score eighth, with Steve Meyer and Wayne Modjeski rounding out the top ten. IRA title contender Scotty Neitzel limped home 11th wih front end damage while Whitney rebounded to 12th. Twenty cars were still running at the finish.
Heskin set fast time while Schmidt, Scott Bogucki, and Kyle Marten won heats. Schultz leads Thiel and Neitzel in the point chase with two events remaining, Sept 17 at Beaver Dam Raceway, and October 1 at the Dodge County Fairgrounds.
A-main finish: 1. Bill Balog, Tasker Phillips, Jeremy Schultz, Scotty Thiel, Davey Heskin, Ben Schmidt, Mike Reinke, Matt Vandervere, Steve Meyer, Wayne Modjeski, Scotty Neitzel, Travis Whitney, Scott Uttech, Blake Nimee, Kyle Marten, Rob Caho, Dave Glennon, Leigh Thomas, Tim Vandervere, Dennis Spitz, Kris Spitz, Joe Symoens, Brooke Tatnell, Scott Bogucki

 

BALOG SIMPLY SUPERIOR AT NORTHERN NATIONALS

Superior, WI The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series make their annual longest tow each year as they headline the Northern Nationals at Amsoil Speedway in Superior, WI. When the checkered flag waved it was Bill Balog that was superior. Ben Schmidt led from first six laps before fourth running Davey Heskin spun and was hit by Steve Meyer. Heskin would be done for the night, while Meyer changed a tire and restarted at the tail. Balog made his move to the lead a few laps later and truly set sail putting in a dominating performance in front of the standing room only crowd. Schmidt would continue in second while a tremendous battle for positions throughout the top ten were hotly contested. Balog checked out as the race went all green for the final 24 laps. Schmidt had a very solid run again coming home second just a car length ahead of Scotty Neitzel who edged Scotty Thiel in a great battle for third. Blake Nimee charged to a solid fifth place finish over a fading Jeremy Schultz who ran much of the race in third. Scott Uttech came home a strong seventh holding off a determined Kyle Marten, whileKris Spitz and Wayme Modjeski rounded out the top ten. Heskin set fast time overthe 20 car field,with hat wins going to Meyer, Thiel, and Nimee. A-main finish: 1. Bill Balog, Ben Schmidt, Scotty Neitzel, Scotty Thiel, Blake Nimee, Jeremy Schultz, Scott Uttech, Kyle Marten, Kris Spitz, Wayne Modjeski, Ozzie Wiesner, Rob Caho, Seve Meyer, Dennis Spitz, Tim Vandervere, Mike Decker, Patrick Heikkinen, Davey Heskin, Matt Vandervere.

 

BALOG OUT DUELS McCARL IN 141 THRILLER
9/4 Francis Creek, WI Bill Balog demonstrated once again why he has been one of the winningest sprint car drivers in the country over the past several years as he ran down a fleet Austin McCarl and overtook the young second generation driver enroute to scoring yet another thrilling victory as the Bumper To Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series visited 141 Speedway. McCarl started from the pole and jumped out an immediate lead on a very fast and tacky 141 surface. Fourth starting Balog slid past Mike Reinke and Ben Schmidt and proceeded with his relentless pursuit of McCarl.
The two numbered seventeen machines put on a great show for the lead, while Schmidt, Reinke, and Scotty Thiel battled hard within the top five just a few car lengths behind the lead duo. Another great battle within the top ten waged between title contenders Scotty Neitzel and Jeremy Schultz plus young chargers Blake Nimee, Brandon McMullen, and Kyle Marten.
McCarl struggled with the fourth turn cushion which allowed Balog to dive under him and slid into the lead durig the final stages. McCarl tried to battle back but with no avail. Schmidt came home a solid third edging Reinke and Thiel who put on a great battle for fourth. Neitzel, Schultz, Nimee, Marten, and a charging Todd Daun completed a very fast top ten.
Balog set fast time over the 29 car field, with Thiel, Wayne Modjeski, and McMullen winning the heats. Daun captured the B-main.
IRA is supported by Bumper To Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, Hoosier, Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Cummins Onan, and Carriage Auto Body. Schultz leads Thiel and Neitzel in the point chase going into yet another doubleheader weekend with two annual events on tap next, Friday's Northern Nationals at Amsoil Speedway in Superior, and the annual Jerry Rihert Memorial at Cedar Lake Saturday.
A-main Summary: 1. Bill Balog, Austin McCarl, Ben Schmidt, Mike Reinke, Scotty Thiel, Scotty Neitzel, Jeremy Schultz, Blake Nimee, Kyle Marten, Todd Daun, Brandon McMullen, Mike Kertscher, Ken Jay Fiedler, Kris Spitz, Mike Decker, Matt Vandervere, Lance Fassbender, Scott Uttech, Bill Wirth, Wayne Modjeski, Tim Haddy, TyBartz, Kurt Davis, Steve Meyer.

 

MEYER GETS LEAD REPRIEVE, WINS BATTLE WITH SCHULTZ FOR VICTORY IN BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA SPRINT CONTEST AT ANGELL PARK!

MEYER SCORES SECOND WIN OF 2016 SEASON IN BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA SPRINT ACTION, TAKING THE CHECKERED AT ANGELL PARK SPEEDWAY!

August 28, 2016; Sun Prairie, WI – Steve Meyer took the lead, lost the lead and then held tenaciously onto the lead in the closing stages of the main event Sunday evening at Angell Park Speedway in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin.

One month ago the veteran racer scored top honors at Langlade County Speedway snapping a winless streak that had dated back to 2007. Meyer had no intention of having such a dry spell again.

One month later he stood in victory lane here at Angell Park Speedway after fending off the challenges of title contender Jeremy Schultz.

Meyer was thrilled to be back in victory lane in what was a car he basically pulled out of retirement.

“We tore up a car a couple weeks ago and that one was junk. We all kind of looked around and everyone was wondering are we going to get a new one? I said no, what we are going to do is bring a car out we ran really good with three or four years ago. We had it in storage. I said let’s bring that car out, make a few changes to it. Seems like it paid off!”, exclaimed Meyer.

The battle for the win was full of drama.

Meyer had overhauled Jordan Goldesberry for the lead on lap 21 of the 30 lap A-main. On the next circuit, Goldesberry had a mechanical failure that sent his car head first into the turn one wall forcing a red flag.

On the restart Schultz got the jump on Meyer and flew into the lead but before the lap was complete Dennis Spitz spun in turn two placing Meyer back at the front of the field. Once the second restart Meyer was flawless fending off the challenges of Schultz to maintain the lead to the checkered flag to win by four car lengths.

“Steve was just a little better. I had showed him the nose on that last yellow. I had got by him had that stuck I think we would have won that thing. On that last restart he knew what I was going to do and he had a good start.

“I’m just glad to be back on the podium tonight after the melee last night. For us we’ll keep chugging along”, noted Schultz.

The podium was completed with Parker Price-Miller advancing up to the third spot after a torrid battle with seven-time IRA champion Bill Balog over the final circuits.

The 30 lap main event rolled off with 25 starters taking to the third-mile clay oval and the drivers saluted the fans at Angell Park Speedway for the final time this season.

It was Goldesberry who appeared to have things going his way when the race began. The hard charging racer from Springfield, Illinois launched from his outside front row starting berth into the initial lead as Meyer who had started on the outside front row filtered into the second spot.

Just four laps were in the books when the first caution flew when Tim Vandervere spun in turn two.

The race quickly resumed with Goldesberry, Meyer, Schultz and Balog running in tight formation. Goldesberry had just begun to open a small advantage on the field when the caution flew again, this time for Ben Schmidt who wound up against the turn one wall.

Schmidt who had a successful showing the night before with a solid showing at Knoxville Raceway found himself unceremoniously hauled away on the back of a wrecker this evening after running inside the top ten.

When again began again Goldesberry went back to setting the pace and as before he began to open a gap on Meyer who was unable to match the leaders pace.

By the halfway point Goldesberry had opened a dozen car length lead before he encountered lapped traffic. Meyer meanwhile narrowly avoided having his evening go awry as he tagged the wall on the backstretch allowing third running Schultz to reel him in. Meyer was able to gather up his ride and continued on.

As lapped traffic got thicker Meyer began to reel in Goldesberry who was unable to match his earlier pace. By lap 20 Meyer had closed within striking distance and on the next lap, Meyer made a well-timed pass to take over the lead spot.

Goldesberry appeared to rally and sought a way back to his former lead position but on the next circuit, calamity struck. Heading into turn one Goldesberry had something break on the front end of his car sending him hard into the turn one wall. The red flag was quickly shown due to the severity of the impact.

After a moment Goldesberry climbed from his battered vehicle uninjured but obviously done for the evening.

The field pushed off again and after the green flag returned. Schultz was quick to react getting the jump on Meyer. Schultz darted to the bottom of the track and came away with the lead but second later the caution flew as Dennis Spitz got crossed up exiting turn two.

The caution gave Meyer a reprieve, negating the pass by Schultz thus returning him to the top spot for the restart.

When the race began again Meyer wasted no time, launching out ahead of Schultz as the green flag waved. Behind the lead pair Balog was running third pressure by Price-Miller who had advanced up from his 10th place starting spot.

Meyer’s pace out front allowed him to slowed pull away from Schultz and attention focused on the battle between Balog and Price-Miller. With just two laps to go Price-Miller found room under Balog to annex the third spot and he quickly closed the gap on Schultz.

Meyer quickly brought the race to it’s conclusion accepting the victory by four car lengths over Schultz. Price Miller reached the line in third another two car lengths behind.

Balog claimed the fourth position after having won the Bill Waite Jr. Memorial at LaSalle Speedway last evening. Mike Reinke who spent the entire main event running in the top five completed a solid showing with a fifth place finish.

Blake Nimee who had earlier dominated his heat race crossed the line in sixth. Jim Moughan finished seventh followed by Scotty Neitzel, Chris Windom ,and Brandon McMullen.

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

Heat race victories were captured by Jon B. Miller; Balog and Nimee.

The evening proved to be challenging for title contender Scotty Thiel. Thiel expired a motor during qualifying and the crew quickly changed engines. He was able to return to action for his heat race and promptly clicked off a second place finish putting him solidly in the feature.

Thiel was then running well within the top ten when he suddenly dropped from the contest when he lost oil pressure.

Thiel, along with Schultz and Neitzel are the remaining title contenders for the 2016 season championship.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints series continues with six events left on the 2016 season schedule. Next weekend will see two contests take place with a Friday Night show at the Plymouth Dirt Track during the running of the Sheboygan County Fair. Then on Sunday the series will head to 141 Speedway located just north of Francis Creek, 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.

Remaining 2016 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series Events:

9/2/2016 – Plymouth Dirt Track – Plymouth, WI

9/4/2016 – 141 Speedway – Francis Creek, WI

9/9/2016 – Amsoil Speedway – Superior, WI

9/10/2016 – Cedar Lake Speedway – New Richmond, WI

9/17/2016 – Beaver Dam Raceway – Beaver Dam, WI

10/1/2016 – Dodge County Fairgrounds – Beaver Dam, WI

410 Sprints | IRA Interstate Racing Association

Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series A-Main - (30 Laps) - 1. Steve Mayer; 2. Jeremy Schultz; 3. Parker Price-Miller; 4. Bill Balog; 5. Mike Reinke; 6. Blake Nimee; 7. Jim Moughan; 8. Scotty Neitzel; 9. Chris Windom; 10. Brandon McMullen; 11. Kyle Marten; 12. Kris Spitz; 13. Russel Borland; 14. John B. Miller; 15. Matt Vandervere; 16. Bill Wirth; 17. Wayne Modjeski; 18. Dennis Spitz; 19. Michael Decker; 20. Scott Uttech; 21. Scotty Thiel; 22. Tim Vandervere; 23. Jordan Goldesberry; 24. Ben Schmidt; 25. Dave Uttech

 

 

JOINING FORCES – BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA SPRINTS AND THE MIDWEST OPEN WHEEL ASSOCIATION PRESENT CO-SANCTIONED TWO STATE DOUBLEHEADER WEEKEND!

LA SALLE SPEEDWAY AND ANGELL PARK SPEEDWAY TO SEE LARGE FIELDS THANKS TO CO-SANCTIONED IRA VS MOWA SHOWDOWN!

August 25, 2016; Appleton, WI – Last weekend the teams of the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint survived a grueling three-race weekend, they ran the gauntlet of back to back events at Wilmot Raceway and an epic joining of forces with the World of Outlaws at Angell Park Speedway.

This weekend the pressure continues as the title chase will rage on at a pair of joint sanctioned contests presented by the Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprints and the Midwest Open Wheel Associations.

The two organizations coming together will mean two things. Fierce competition and a large turnout of 410 sprint cars.

The first event of the doubleheader weekend is the 6th Annual Bill Waite Jr. Memorial Race held at the LaSalle Speedway on Saturday night August 27th, in north central Illinois. Of the pair of weekend events the show is closest to the southern Illinois homebase of the Midwest Open Wheel Association, which will be well represented as the teams challenge the best of the IRA for bragging rights.

Last year it was an outsider, Roger Crockett from Medford, Oregon who bested both the IRA and MOWA teams to earn the top prize in the Bill Waite Jr. Memorial. Earlier this season Parker-Price Miller won the opening race of the year for the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints at LaSalle. However, it had been Bill Balog, the seven-time IRA champion who has earned the lion's share of prize money from the event having captured four checkered flags in the contests.

This year $5,000 is on the line for the winner and the top drivers from both organizations want to lay claim to the award.

The Bill Waite Jr. Memorial event is known as a fan favorite with a large number of off track activities including a special driver and race car photo session behind the grandstand at 4:30pm for fans arriving early at the track.

The throughout the night fans have a variety of ways to win prizes. T-shirt and Frisbee tosses will be held throughout the evening and fans can earn racing related items by filling out fan surveys.

On track action is set to get underway with hot laps at 6:00pm and the first racing action is scheduled for 7:00pm.

In addition to the large field of 410 sprints, Badger Midgets, Mini-Sprints and UMP Street Stocks will be adding to the action on the banked quarter-mile bullrings.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $5 for high-school students with ID. Children ages 13 and under are admitted for FREE with an adult.

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.

After the program, the teams will pack up and head north to Angell Park Speedway in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin.

One week ago the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints joined forces with the World of Outlaws at the historic third-mile oval with multi-time WoO champion Donny Schatz claiming bragging rights.

This week's show will again showcase an outstanding field of 410 sprints and fans have the added benefit of saving an addition $5 off their admission ticket of they have a ticket stub from attending that event.

Normal adult admission is $20, while a student ticket is $15 for those ages 12 to 18. Children under the age of 12 are admitted FREE.

Again a ticket stub from the join IRA/WoO event last week will save an additional $5.

In addition to the 410 Sprints, Badger Midgets and Wisconsin Dirt Legends are on the card.

Hot laps are set to begin at 6:00pm with time trials and racing action to follow hot laps.

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

Point battles within the Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprints remain hotly contested as the season reaches it’s final month of action. On top of the current standings Jeremy Schultz leads the way with a 66 point advantage of Scotty Thiel. Two-time series champ Scotty Neitzel is just another 20 markers back as the trio continue to tussle for the 2016 crown.

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:

8/27/2016 – LaSalle Speedway, LaSalle, IL

8/28/2016 – Angell Park Speedway – Sun Prairie, WI

9/2/2016 – Plymouth Dirt Track – Plymouth, WI

9/4/2016 – 141 Speedway – Francis Creek, WI

9/9/2016 – Amsoil Speedway – Superior, WI

9/10/2016 – Cedar Lake Speedway – New Richmond, WI

 

 

SCHATZ DOMINATES IRA/WORLD OF OUTLAWS CO-SANCTIONED CONTEST DURING CORNFEST AT ANGELL PARK SPEEDWAY!

SPRINTFEST MEETS CORNFEST AT ANGELL PARK WITH SCHATZ TAKING VICTORY IN FRONT OF STANDING ROOM ONLY CROWD!

August 21, 2016; Sun Prairie, WI – It would be easy to run out of adjectives to describe just how wildly successful the joint sanctioned contest with the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints and the Craftsman World of Outlaws was.

You simply had to be at Angell Park Speedway to understand the excitement, anticipation and thrills as the best drivers in open-wheeled racing descended upon the third-mile clay oval.

The show, run on Sunday evening during the Sun Prairie Corn Festival had a carnival-like atmosphere with the main attraction being the thrills only 900 horsepower winged can bring. It resulted in a standing room only crowd.

Donny Schatz from Minot, North Dakota turned in a dominating performance en route to victory in the 40 lap A-main outrunning Daryn Pittman to collect the first place prize of $10,000. Schatz a seven-time series champion and current point leader in the World of Outlaws nearly completed a sweep of the evening’s events.

He had started the night setting a new track record blistering around the track in 11.718 seconds. Later he captured his heat race and narrowly missed the sweep by claiming third in the dash an event captured by Pittman who would be the main nemesis of Schatz throughout the evening.

From the IRA standpoint, the tried and true blue collar racers which make up the lifeblood of the series fought valiantly against the World of Outlaws traveling professional racers.

Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprint car teams had earned ten spots in the main event and showcased a race long battle between Mike Reinke, Scotty Neitzel and Bill Balog for bragging rights amongst the IRA series competitors. Reinke, in rim riding fashion, managed to fend off several challenges from Balog to earn an IRA best 12th place finish. Neitzel in the thick of a title hunt worked past a fading Balog late in the race to grab 13th overall and second among the IRA competitors.

Balog, Mike Kertscher, and Jeremy Schultz comprised the top five IRA runners when the checkered flag fell after 40 laps of A-main action.

The 40 lap headliner had it’s challenges to get underway.

Pittman who had started on the pole got the jump on Brad Sweet at the drop of the green flag leading the way to the stripe to complete the first circuit, Schatz who began the contest in third rumbled into the second position before the caution flew for Kertscher who came to a halt in turn four. Kertscher’s crew made quick repairs to his machine under yellow and he was able to rejoin the contest.

The race resumed with a double-wide restart but before a lap was completed Brandon McMullen jumped the cushion in turn one and tagged the wall resulting in a quick flip. For McMullen, it was an abrupt ending to an otherwise very successful night. Making just his second ever 410 sprint car start McMullen was impressive. The former 360 sprint champ qualified 14th quick among the 37 car field and had raced is way into the big show after a solid performance in his heat race. It was unfortunate his evening ended on lap one in the main event, with a 24th place official finish driving an Ozzie Weisner owned machine.

A single file restart proved successful and the main event continued.

Pittman looked to have the speed in the early going to keep Schatz at bay as the leaders worked through back markers. Sweet continued to hold down the third spot shadowing the lead duo.

On several occasions, Schatz appeared to get a run on Pittman only to be repelled by Pittman’s determination.

Amongst the IRA drivers Reinke was having a throwdown battle with Balog, as they, along with Nietzel were working to crack the top ten.

On lap 17, Scotty Thiel slammed the wall coming off turn four. The hard hit resulted in a red flag. Thiel was able to climb from his battered machine unhurt but his evening was done and he finished in the 22nd position.

The green flag returned and the final 23 laps completed without further incident. Schatz however, needed just one more circuit to overhaul Pittman for the top spot as he surged ahead into the lead down the backstretch on lap 18.

Once out front Schatz slowly increased his lead and accepted the checkered flag. Pittman earned the second spot finishing a dozen car lengths behind Schatz. Sweet managed the final podium spot after coming out on top of a spirited battle with David Gravel over the final circuits. Gravel and Logan Schuchart completed the top five.

Earlier in the night the current Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint series point leader Jeremy Schultz captured top honors in B-main to advance to the main event. IRA drivers took three of the four transfer spots with Wayne Modjeski earning second, Greg Wilson third and Kyle Marten fourth.

The final transfer spot came down to a last-lap pass. Ben Schmidt had been running in the fourth positions but had been showing signs of struggling with handling problems in the waning laps. Schmidt suffered a flat tire on the final circuit allowing Marten to slip past for fourth. Schmidt’s fifth place finish made him the first alternate for the main event.

Heat race victories were captured by Schatz, Gravel, Shane Stewart and Joey Saldana.

Pittman captured the dash.

Schatz led the 37 car field in qualifying with a record setting 11.718-second tour of the raceway. Stewart’s 11.881 was second quick followed by Saldana with 11.926.

32 of the 37 drivers in attendance all qualified within a second of the fastest time set by Schatz.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints continues with a very busy late season schedule. Six events will take place over the next three weeks.

The season continues with the 6th Annual Bill Waite Jr. Memorial at LaSalle Speedway next Saturday night August 27th. The contest will be a jointly sanctioned show with the Midwest Open Wheel Association joining the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints.

The co-sanctioned format will continue on to Sunday Night, August 28th when an encore show will take place at Angell Park Speedway giving fans back to back weeks of 410 sprint action after a very successful program this week. Fans who have a ticket stub from the World of Outlaws/IRA event will receive an additional $5.00 their admission ticket.

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:

8/21/2016 – Angell Park Speedway – Sun Prairie, WI

8/27/2016 – LaSalle Speedway, LaSalle, IL

8/28/2016 – Angell Park Speedway – Sun Prairie, WI

9/2/2016 – Plymouth Dirt Track – Plymouth, WI

9/4/2016 – 141 Speedway – Francis Creek, WI

410 Sprints | IRA Interstate Racing Association

A-Main - (40 Laps) - 1. 15-Donny Schatz[3][$10,000]; 2. 9-Daryn Pittman[1][$5,500]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet[2][$3,200]; 4. 5-David Gravel[4][$2,800]; 5. 1S-Logan Schuchart[11][$2,500]; 6. 2-Shane Stewart[8][$2,300]; 7. 41-Jason Johnson[7][$2,200]; 8. 83-Joey Saldana[5][$2,100]; 9. 1A-Jacob Allen[10][$2,050]; 10. 7-Paul McMahan[13][$2,000]; 11. 7S-Jason Sides[6][$1,500]; 12. O2-Mike Reinke[15][$1,200]; 13. 2W-Scotty Neitzel[9][$1,100]; 14. 17B-Bill Balog[19][$1,050]; 15. 41X-Dominic Scelzi[20][$1,000]; 16. W20-Greg Wilson[23][$900]; 17. 80K-Mike Kertscher[16][$800]; 18. 5J-Jeremy Schultz[21][$800]; 19. 99-Kyle Marten[24][$800]; 20. 2X-Parker Price-Miller[18][$800]; 21. 65-Jordon Goldesberry[12][$800]; 22. 64-Scotty Thiel[17][$800]; 23. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski[22][$800]; 24. 73-Brandon McMullen[14][$800]. Lap Leaders: Daryn Pittman 1-17, Donny Schatz 18-40. KSE Hard Charger Award: W20-Greg Wilson[+7].

Qualifying - 1. 15-Donny Schatz, 11.718; 2. 5-David Gravel, 11.812; 3. 2-Shane Stewart, 11.881; 4. 83-Joey Saldana, 11.926; 5. 7-Paul McMahan, 11.977; 6. 9-Daryn Pittman, 12.004; 7. 41-Jason Johnson, 12.016; 8. 7S-Jason Sides, 12.031; 9. 49-Brad Sweet, 12.036; 10. 1A-Jacob Allen, 12.052; 11. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 12.067; 12. 65-Jordon Goldesberry, 12.090; 13. 64-Scotty Thiel, 12.195; 14. 73-Brandon McMullen, 12.208; 15. 17B-Bill Balog, 12.281; 16. 80K-Mike Kertscher, 12.308; 17. 2W-Scotty Neitzel, 12.319; 18. 2X-Parker Price-Miller, 12.331; 19. O2-Mike Reinke, 12.405; 20. 59-Ben Schmidt, 12.426; 21. 5J-Jeremy Schultz, 12.341; 22. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski, 12.452; 23. 1M-Phillip Mock, 12.465; 24. 41X-Dominic Scelzi, 12.469; 25. W20-Greg Wilson, 12.578; 26. 99-Kyle Marten, 12.623; 27. 68-Dave Uttech, 12.666; 28. 23B-Russell Borland, 12.675; 29. 7U-Scott Uttech, 12.732; 30. 53W-Bill Wirth, 12.751; 31. 12-Mike Decker, 12.772; 32. 4K-Kris Spitz, 12.844; 33. 79-Blake Nimee, 12.944; 34. 13-Clyde Knipp, 12.967; 35. 10V-Matt Vandervere, 13.099; 36. 41D-Dennis Spitz, 13.155; 37. 7V-Tim Vandervere, 13.260

Heat 1 - (10 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 15-Donny Schatz[1]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet[3]; 3. 2W-Scotty Neitzel[5]; 4. 7-Paul McMahan[2]; 5. 64-Scotty Thiel[4]; 6. 5J-Jeremy Schultz[6]; 7. W20-Greg Wilson[7]; 8. 7U-Scott Uttech[8]; 9. 79-Blake Nimee[9]; 10. 7V-Tim Vandervere[10]

Heat 2 - (10 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 5-David Gravel[1]; 2. 9-Daryn Pittman[2]; 3. 1A-Jacob Allen[3]; 4. 73-Brandon McMullen[4]; 5. 2X-Parker Price-Miller[5]; 6. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski[6]; 7. 99-Kyle Marten[7]; 8. 53W-Bill Wirth[8]; 9. 13-Clyde Knipp[9]

Heat 3 - (10 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 2-Shane Stewart[1]; 2. 41-Jason Johnson[2]; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart[3]; 4. O2-Mike Reinke[5]; 5. 17B-Bill Balog[4]; 6. 1M-Phillip Mock[6]; 7. 10V-Matt Vandervere[9]; 8. 68-Dave Uttech[7]; 9. 12-Mike Decker[8]

Heat 4 - (10 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 83-Joey Saldana[1]; 2. 7S-Jason Sides[2]; 3. 65-Jordon Goldesberry[3]; 4. 80K-Mike Kertscher[4]; 5. 41X-Dominic Scelzi[6]; 6. 59-Ben Schmidt[5]; 7. 23B-Russell Borland[7]; 8. 4K-Kris Spitz[8]; 9. 41D-Dennis Spitz[9]

Craftsman Club Dash - (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 8 starting positions of A-feature) - 1. 9-Daryn Pittman[1]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet[2]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz[6]; 4. 5-David Gravel[5]; 5. 83-Joey Saldana[3]; 6. 7S-Jason Sides[8]; 7. 41-Jason Johnson[7]; 8. 2-Shane Stewart[4]

Last Chance Showdown - (12 Laps - Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 5J-Jeremy Schultz[2] [-]; 2. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski[3] [-]; 3. W20-Greg Wilson[5] [-]; 4. 99-Kyle Marten[6] [-]; 5. 59-Ben Schmidt[1] [$300]; 6. 1M-Phillip Mock[4] [$250]; 7. 7U-Scott Uttech[9] [$225]; 8. 79-Blake Nimee[13] [$200]; 9. 23B-Russell Borland[8] [$200]; 10. 13-Clyde Knipp[14] [$200]; 11. 10V-Matt Vandervere[15] [$200]; 12. 53W-Bill Wirth[10] [$200]; 13. 4K-Kris Spitz[12] [$200]; 14. 41D-Dennis Spitz[16] [$200]; 15. 7V-Tim Vandervere[17] [$200]; 16. 68-Dave Uttech[7] [$200]; 17. 12-Mike Decker[11] [$200]

 

 

BALOG GOES BACK TO BACK, TAKES ROGER ILES MEMORIAL EVENT IN BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA SPRINT ACTION AT WILMOT RACEWAY!

BALOG MASTERS TRAFFIC, MAKES MID-RACE PASS ON PARKER PRICE-MILLER TO TAKE WILMOT RACEWAY WEEKEND SWEEP!

August 20, 2016; Kenosha, WI – Fans who have followed the exploits of sevn-time series champion Bill Balog in the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint series race have come to know his mastery of traffic.

When the battle for the lead takes place amongst lapped cars Balog is relentless in his pursuit and quick to strike.

Parker Price-Miller is the latest driver to witness Balog’s proficiency as he was overtaken by Balog’s charge when he got temporarily caught behind a lapped car.

Once Balog made his move he was not to be denied, moving ahead to a comfortable margin to earn his seventh win in IRA sprint action this season. Tonight’s victory capped off a sweep of the two Kenosha County Fair races held at Wilmot Raceway. Balog also swept the night having also won his heat race and setting fast time to begin the program.

During the early portion of the contest it appeared Price-Miller who had won the season opening IRA event at LaSalle in April might have the speed to capture the event as Balog was mired in traffic, but as the race developed Balog found a groove to his liking and quickly picked off cars until only Price-Miller remained in front of him.

On lap 20 Balog maneuvered by a couple lapped cars surpassing Price-Miller in the process. Balog increased his lead to the checkered leaving Price-Miller to battle with Mike Kertscher, Kertscher had closed within striking distance of the second spot but eventually had to settle for the third position. It was Kertscher’s first podium since his victory at Seymour Speedway in July.

The 36 lap A-main boasting a first place prize of $3,600 saw a field of 24 of the Midwest’s finest 410 sprint pilots accept the green flag. Pole-sitter Bill Wirth who earlier in the evening captured his heat race took the opening lead after outrunning fellow front row starter Jordan Goldesberry.

Ben Schmidt, now sporting the number 59 on his Brandon Thone prepared machine powered past Wirth for the top spot before the completion of lap two.

Price-Miller wasted little time surging forward from his seventh place starting spot, earning the second position after a brief duel with Wirth.

Schmidt continued to work the high line around the third-mile paper-clip shaped raceway clinging precariously to his lead.

Price-Miller opted for the lower groove and slowly reeled in Schmidt. On lap eight Price-Miller executed the pass for the top spot.

A spin by Kris Spitz on lap 13 coming off turn two created the first of just two slowdowns in the event.

Price-Miller led Schmidt, Phillip Mock, Balog and Scotty Thiel as the race resumed.

Balog wasted no time surpassing Mock for third and soon began to pressure Schmidt for the second position. Balog worked both the high and low grooves in an attempt to overtake Schmidt who managed to repel several challenges.

Out front Price-Miller began to reach the tail of the field.

On lap 17 Balog jumped to the high line and made his way by Schmidt, he then began to quickly close on Price-Miller whose pace was slowed by several lapped cars.

Balog was quick to take advantage of the situation and on lap 20 he roared past Price-Miller for the top spot.

A spin on the backstretch by heat race winner Blake Nimee on lap 23 drew the final caution and bunched the field.

With the green flag waving Balog again set sail pulling away from the pack while Price-Miller and Schmidt contested the second spot.

Further back Kertscher ramped up his pace cracking the top five with ten laps to go. Kertscher was relentless in his charge moving past Mock and Thiel before knocking Schmidt off the podium annexing third as the final few laps approached.

With Balog a full straightaway out front attention focused on Kertscher who made a brief attempt to garner second as the white flag flew.

Balog comfortably accepted the checkered flag after 36 laps surpassed. Price-Miller won the battle for second with Kertscher settling for third.

On the final lap World of Outlaw Series regular Greg Wilson who had began the contest in 17th made a successful pass of Schmidt to earn fourth.

Schmidt completed the top five.

Thiel was the highest finishing of the title contenders taking sixth just ahead of Jordan Goldesberry. Mock, Russel Borland and Wirth completed the top ten finishers.

Earlier in the night the B-main was hotly contested as Jeremy Schultz and Borland tossed the lead back and forth. Schultz gained the hand during the final laps to win the event with Borland having to settle for second. Borland faired best in the main event however as he was the highest finishing of the B-main cars.

Other transfer cars from the B-main included Johnny Fahl in third and Dave Uttech in fourth. Uttech earned the final transfer spot on the final circuit edging out Kyle Marten.

Balog, Dominic Scelzi, Nimee and Wirth captured heat race wins.

Balog was the quickest of the 31 cars checked into the pit area this evening in qualifying.

After two nights of racing at the Wilmot Raceway it’s time for an epic gathering of sprint car racing at Angell Park Speedway in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin.

For the first time ever the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint series will be joining forces with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Series. The event on Sunday, August 21st takes place during the annual Sweet Corn Festival, will be the Outlaws first ever appearance at the historic, 1/3-mile Angell Park.

The epic gathering is known as the Sun Prairie Sprint Car classic at the third-mile clay oval will feature not only the stars of the IRA sprints but sprint car standouts such as Donny Schatz, the seven-time and defending series champion who leads the way for the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series. David Gravel, who was victorious last month in Wisconsin at Wilmot Raceway is second in points, followed by Brad Sweet, Daryn Pittman and Joey Saldana.

Shane Stewart, who won the opening night of the Knoxville Nationals on August 10, is currently sixth in points, with Jason Johnson seventh, Logan Schuchart eighth, Jason Sides ninth and Paul McMahan 10th.

The IRA Sprints will have the home field advantage for this contest and Scotty Thiel who had captured both IRA Sprint contests at the track this season has proven to be the man to catch on the unique third-mile clay oval.

The Badger Midgets will also be on hand adding to a great night of open-wheeled racing action.

Pit gates will open at 2:00pm with the grandstands opening at 4:00pm. The first cars will hit the track at 6:30pm and racing action is set to get underway at 7:30pm.

Tickets for the Sun Prairie Sprint Car Classic, featuring the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series and Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprint Cars at Angell Park Speedway in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin on Sunday, August 21 can be purchased online at https://slspromotions.ticketforce.com or by phone at 815-344-2023.

For more information on tickets, visit https://slspromotions.ticketforce.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.

BUMPER TO BUMPER INTERSTATE RACING ASSOCIATION

ROGER ILES MEMORIAL 36-LAP FEATURE: 1. Bill Balog; 2, Parker Price-Miller; 3. Mike Kertscher; 4. Greg Wilson; 5. Ben Schmidt; 6. Scotty Thiel; 7. Jordan Goldesberry; 8. Phillip Mock; 9. Russel Borland; 10. Bill Wirth; 11. Todd Hepfner; 12. Dominic Scelzi; 13. Johnny Fahl; 14. Scotty Neitzel; 15. Scott Uttech; 16. Jereme Schroeder; 17. Jeremy Schultz; 18. Raymond Hensley; 19. Matt Vandervere; 20. Blake Nimee; 21. Wayne Modjeski; 22. Dave Uttech; 23. Todd Daun; 24. Kris Spitz

Upcoming 2016 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series Events:

8/21/2016 – Angell Park Speedway – Sun Prairie, WI

8/27/2016 – LaSalle Speedway, LaSalle, IL

8/28/2016 – Angell Park Speedway – Sun Prairie, WI

9/2/2016 – Plymouth Dirt Track – Plymouth, WI

9/4/2016 – 141 Speedway – Francis Creek, WI

 

 

BALOG OPENS KENOSHA COUNTY FAIR WEEKEND WITH VICTORY IN BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA OUTLAW SPRINT SERIES ACTION!

POINT LEADER JEREMY SCHULTZ CHASES BILL BALOG TO CHECKERED IN BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA SPRINT ACTION AT WILMOT RACEWAY!

August 19, 2016; Kenosha, WI – For a brief time on Friday morning before teams arrived at Wilmot Raceway for the opening round of the Kenosha County Fair and the first day of the Carriage Auto Body Roger Illes Memorial it appeared the event might be threatened by weather and possibly postponed.

Track officials managed to whip the track into raceable condition after morning rain and threatening weather gave way to a great night of racing action.

Seven-time Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series champion Bill Balog had captured the most recent IRA contest at the paper clip shaped third-mile clay oval back in July and entered this event seeking a series-leading sixth victory in the 2016 campaign. To get to the winner’s circle however Balog would have to outrun Jeremy Schultz, a two-time Wilmot Raceway champion and IRA series point leader.

Schultz whose run to the top of the current standings has included an impressive ten straight top-five finishes and a victory in the last IRA contest that was held two weeks ago at the Plymouth Dirt Track.

It was no surprise then that the two hard charging racers would square off for victory this evening.

The 30 lap A-main began with polesitter Scotty Neitzel launching into the opening lead after getting the upper hand on Schultz who had started the contest on the outside front row.

Neitzel, who is also in the thick of the season long point chase is seeking to add a third crown to his two previous series championships.

Neitzel was still leading Schultz, with Balog running in the third spot when the caution flew on lap seven which occurred as a result of a Scotty Thiel spin.

Thiel had been leading the series standings until recently had suffered numerous setbacks in his title chase in recent events and is now attempting to run down Schultz to regain the point lead. Tonight Thiel recorded a 17th place nursing a car with brake issues, which did not help his title hopes.

On the restart Schultz replaced Neitzel on top the leaderboard and Balog was able to claim second from Neitzel moments later.

The battle for the top spot between Schultz and Balog was halted just before the halfway mark when Brandon Wimmer expired a motor while running inside the top ten.

Balog wasted no time in getting to the front when action resumed taking over the top spot.

Schultz would give chase for the duration of the contest but no opportunity presented itself to regain the lead.

Balog spent the final laps placing lapped machines between himself and Schultz to secure the win. Schultz held off a hard charging Parker-Price Miller to earn second with Kokomo, Indiana native Miller taking the final podium spot in third.

Local favorite Phillip Mock crossed the line in fourth matching his performance from the most recent IRA contest two weeks ago. Neitzel completed the top five.

Todd Daun earned sixth followed by Mike Kertscher who advanced the most spots of any driver in the feature vaulting from 19th up to seventh. Matt Vandervere, Blake Nimee and Mike Reinke completed the top ten.

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

In earlier action, Ben Schmidt, sporting a new number this evening placed his #59 machine in the winner’s circle in the B-main. Reinke, Kris Spitz, Dave Uttech, Johnny Fahl and Chris Dodd completed the top six drivers who advanced to the feature.

Heat race wins were claimed by Kyle Marten, Vandervere and Bill Wirth.

31 drivers had checked in for action with Mock earning the fastest time by a mere .001 seconds. Mock’s lap of 13.587 seconds edged out Price-Miller’s 13.588 an almost undetectable margin. If both cars were competing side by side, Mock’s machine would have reached the finish line first by just over one inch. Balog was third quick at 13.637 seconds.

The teams of the Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprints are right back in action again at Wilmot Raceway for the second day of the Kenosha County Fair.

The Saturday, August 20th program will be day two of the Carriage Auto Body Roger Illes Memorial as the IRA sprint cars make their final appearance of their 50th Anniversary Season Tour at their original home track. Saturday's annual Roger Iles Tribute will pay $3600 to win the 36 lap finale. Modifieds, Wisconsin-Illinois Mini-Sprints and Bandit 4-cylinder stock cars are on the August 20 program as well.

Cars will take to the track starting at 6:00pm.

Attending the event requires a fair admission. Kenosha County Fair admission is $9.00 daily for adults ages 12 and over, $5.00 for children ages 8-11, with youth ages 7 and under admitted free. General parking is free.

For the latest information on the fair go to the official web site www.kenoshacofair.com.

Admission into the grandstands for the races requires an additional $5.00 ticket for everyone ages 12 and older, with children ages 11 and under admitted free.

For additional information on the races, you can check out the Wilmot Raceway web site www.wilmotraceway.com, the track Facebook page or trackside race line 262-862-2090.

Wilmot Raceway is located on the Kenosha County Fairgrounds 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 mile to the fairgrounds and the Raceway.

After two nights at the Wilmot Raceway it’s time for an epic gathering of sprint car racing at Angell Park Speedway in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin.

For the first time ever the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint series will be joining forces with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Series. The event on Sunday, August 21st takes place during the annual Sweet Corn Festival, will be the Outlaws first ever appearance at the historic, 1/3-mile Angell Park.

The epic gathering is known as the Sun Prairie Sprint Car classic at the third-mile clay oval will feature not only the stars of the IRA sprints but sprint car standouts such as Donny Schatz, the seven-time and defending series champion who leads the way for the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series. David Gravel, who was victorious last month in Wisconsin at Wilmot Raceway is second in points, followed by Brad Sweet, Daryn Pittman and Joey Saldana.

Shane Stewart, who won the opening night of the Knoxville Nationals on August 10, is currently sixth in points, with Jason Johnson seventh, Logan Schuchart eighth, Jason Sides ninth and Paul McMahan 10th.

The IRA Sprints will have the home field advantage for this contest and Scotty Thiel who had captured both IRA Sprint contests at the track this season has proven to be the man to catch on the unique third-mile clay oval.

The Badger Midgets will also be on hand adding to a great night of open-wheeled racing action.

Pit gates will open at 2:00pm with the grandstands opening at 4:00pm. The first cars will hit the track at 6:30pm and racing action is set to get underway at 7:30pm.

Tickets for the Sun Prairie Sprint Car Classic, featuring the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series and Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprint Cars at Angell Park Speedway in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin on Sunday, August 21 can be purchased online at https://slspromotions.ticketforce.com or by phone at 815-344-2023.

For more information on tickets, visit https://slspromotions.ticketforce.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.

BUMPER TO BUMPER INTERSTATE RACING ASSOCIATION

ROGER ILES TRIBUTE 30-LAP FEATURE: 1. Bill Balog, Hartland; 2. Jeremy Schultz, Beaver Dam; 3. Parker Price-Miller, Kokomo, Indiana; 4. Phillip Mock, Pleasant Prairie; 5. Scott Nietzel, Beaver Dam; 6. Todd Daun, Pleasant Prairie; 7. Mike Kertscher, Howards Grove; 8. Matt Vandervere, Beach Park, Illinois; 9. Blake Nimee, Oswego, IL; 10. Mike Reinke, Howards Grove; 11. Kyle Marten, Sheboygan Falls; 12. Raymond Hensley, Trevor; 13. Bill Wirth, Cudahy; 14. Wayne Modjeski, Oak Creek; 15. Ben Schmidt, Plymouth; 16. Russell Borland, Beaver Dam; 17. Scott Thiel, Sheboygan; 18. Scott Uttech, New Berlin; 19. Jereme Schroeder, Lake Villa, IL; 20. Chris Dodd, Winthrop Harbor, IL; 21. Dave Uttech, Kenosha; 22. Brandom Wimmer, Fairmont, IN; 23. Kris Spitz, Salem; 24. Johnny Fahl, Brown Deer.

12-LAP "B" MAIN: 1. Schmidt; 2. Reinke; 3. K. Spitz; 4. D. Uttech; 5. Fahl; 6. Dodd; 7. Dennis Spitz, Lewisburg, Kentucky; 8. Tim Vandervere, Beach Park; 9. Mike Decker, Silver Lake; 10. Zach Raidart, Zion, IL; 11. Jimmy Fifield, Hewitt, IL; 12. Ryan Irwin, Genoa City; 13. Dominic Scelzi, Fresno, California(DNS).

HEAT WINNERS: Wirth; Marten; M. Vandervere.

FAST QUALIFIER: Mock(:13.587 seconds).

Upcoming 2016 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series Events:

8/20/2016 – Wilmot Raceway – Wilmot, WI

8/21/2016 – Angell Park Speedway – Sun Prairie, WI

8/27/2016 – LaSalle Speedway, LaSalle, IL

8/28/2016 – Angell Park Speedway – Sun Prairie, WI

9/2/2016 – Plymouth Dirt Track – Plymouth, WI

9/4/2016 – 141 Speedway – Francis Creek, WI

 

 

 

HISTORIC TRIPLE HEADER WEEKEND LOOMS AHEAD – 50TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON FOR THE BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA SPRINTS CONTINUES AT WILMOT AND SUN PRAIRIE!

BACK TO BACK FAIR RACES AT WILMOT, FIRST EVER WORLD OF OUTLAWS CO-SANCTIONED RACE AT SUN PRAIRIE LIE AHEAD THIS WEEKEND!

August 17, 2016; Appleton, WI – The teams of the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint series are about to get busy, really busy. Over the next six weeks, teams will battle in 11 contests, and it all begins with a challenging three-race weekend that will begin this Friday.

One of the longest running traditions on the IRA schedule is the Kenosha County Fair races. Rich in history this year's events at the fair will again be run back to back on Friday and Saturday evenings.

Starting on Friday Night Carriage Auto Body of Waukegan, Illinois will present day one of the Roger Illes Memorial. In addition to the 410 sprints track tracks own Meyer Valves & Vacs Wingless Sprint Series presented by the IRA, street stocks and Bandit 4-cylinder stock cars will be on the car for a full night of racing action.

A scant 24 hours later on Saturday evening the teams are right back at it tossing clay at the Wilmot Raceway and thrilling fans with the high speed adventures created when you placed 900 horsepower winged sprints on a semi-banked third-mile clay oval.

The Saturday, August 20 will be day two of the Carriage Auto Body Roger Illes Memorial as the IRA sprint cars make their final appearance of their 50th Anniversary Season Tour at their original home track. Saturday's annual Roger Iles Tribute will pay $3600 to win the 36 lap finale. Modifieds, Wisconsin-Illinois Mini-Sprints and Bandit 4-cylinder stock cars are on the August 20 program as well.

Cars will take to the track starting at 6:00pm both days.

The Wilmot Raceway contests will be pivotal in the battle for the 2016 season title for the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints. Jeremy Schultz, a two-time champion at the Wilmot Raceway and winner of the most recent IRA contest held at the Plymouth Dirt Track two weeks ago heads up the points heading into the shows. Scotty Thiel of had sat atop the standings for much of the season now has become the chaser in the point battle with a margin of 48 markers to make up. Two-time series champion Scotty Neitzel is also in the thick of the battle making his patented late-season charge. He sits only 90 points from the top spot.

Both programs run during the fair require fair admission. Kenosha County Fair admission is $9.00 daily for adults ages 12 and over, $5.00 for children ages 8-11, with youth ages 7 and under admitted free. Wednesday through Friday 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. senior citizens ages 62 have a reduced admission of $6.00. Active or retired military with an ID are admitted free daily between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Season passes are available as is a special lifetime pass, which is available at the fair office only. General parking is free.

For the latest information on the fair go to the official web site www.kenoshacofair.com.

Admission into the grandstands for the races requires an additional $5.00 ticket for everyone ages 12 and older, with children ages 11 and under admitted free.

For additional information on the races, you can check out the Wilmot Raceway web site www.wilmotraceway.com, the track Facebook page or trackside race line 262-862-2090.

Wilmot Raceway is located on the Kenosha County Fairgrounds 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 mile to the fairgrounds and the Raceway.

After two nights at the Wilmot Raceway it’s time for an epic gathering of sprint car racing at Angell Park Speedway in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin.

For the first time ever the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint series will be joining forces with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Series. The event on Sunday, August 21st takes place during the annual Sweet Corn Festival, will be the Outlaws first ever appearance at the historic, 1/3-mile Angell Park.

The epic gathering is known as the Sun Prairie Sprint Car classic at the third-mile clay oval will feature not only the stars of the IRA sprints but sprint car standouts such as Donny Schatz, the seven-time and defending series champion who leads the way for the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series. David Gravel, who was victorious last month in Wisconsin at Wilmot Raceway is second in points, followed by Brad Sweet, Daryn Pittman and Joey Saldana.

Shane Stewart, who won the opening night of the Knoxville Nationals on August 10, is currently sixth in points, with Jason Johnson seventh, Logan Schuchart eighth, Jason Sides ninth and Paul McMahan 10th.

The IRA Sprints will have the home field advantage for this contest and Scotty Thiel who had captured both IRA Sprint contests at the track this season has proven to be the man to catch on the unique third-mile clay oval.

The Badger Midgets will also be on hand adding to a great night of open-wheeled racing action.

Pit gates will open at 2:00pm with the grandstands opening at 4:00pm. The first cars will hit the track at 6:30pm and racing action is set to get underway at 7:30pm.

Tickets for the Sun Prairie Sprint Car Classic, featuring the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series and Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprint Cars at Angell Park Speedway in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin on Sunday, August 21 can be purchased online at https://slspromotions.ticketforce.com or by phone at 815-344-2023.

For more information on tickets, visit https://slspromotions.ticketforce.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:

8/19/2016 – Wilmot Raceway – Wilmot, WI

8/20/2016 – Wilmot Raceway – Wilmot, WI

8/21/2016 – Angell Park Speedway – Sun Prairie, WI

8/27/2016 – LaSalle Speedway, LaSalle, IL

8/28/2016 – Angell Park Speedway – Sun Prairie, WI

 

 

POINT LEADER JEREMY SCHULTZ DELIVERS BIRTHDAY GIFT TO FATHER FROM VICTORY LANE DURING THE 20TH RUNNING OF THE FRANK FILSKOV MEMORIAL RACE AT PLYMOUTH DIRT TRACK!

SCHULTZ DENIES BALOG … SCORES NAILBITER VICTORY IN BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA OUTLAW SPRINT ACTION AT THE PLYMOUTH DIRT TRACK!

August 6, 2016; Plymouth, WI – It would be hard for Hollywood to write a script more dramatic than the events which played out at the prestigious 20th Annual Frank Filskov Memorial race Saturday Night at the Plymouth Dirt Track.

Heading into the evening Jeremy Schultz, once a weekly competitor in the tough 360 sprint car division on the tight third-mile clay oval, led the Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprints to the track from his perch atop the point standings.

Still, he had come to the event seeking his first Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprint victory of the season. In spite of an impressive string of eight straight top five finishes including a pair of runner-up performances the past two events Schultz had been seeking an elusive win.

He was due for a victory.

Add to that the fact on this evening, his father Jerry was celebrating his 59th birthday. What better way to honor the man who helped shape his racing career by giving him a triumph.

Jeremy would deliver in a dramatic way, pacing a majority of the 27 lap distance, a length which was chosen to honor Filskov whose number matched the length of the contest. It was the final lap however that got fans on their feet.

Seven-time IRA series champion Bill Balog had methodically picked his way through the field from his tenth place starting spot, and after the white flag flew he put a perfectly timed slider on Schultz to briefly hold the top spot. Schultz countered with and expertly crafted cross-over move and he then won the drag race into the final turns where he was able to repel any further challenge from Balog. He packaged up the victory and delivered. By less than a car length.

Chalk one up for a storybook ending, except the unscripted action was real.

“I’m ecstatic. Thanks to all the fans, love you guys!”, Schultz shouted after climbing from the car. We got it done tonight, I’m excited about that. Thanks for coming out and thanks to Hopf Farms for what they did (providing extra money to the field),” Schultz stated.

“We were not good early in the night, we got in the invert luckily and Bill (Balog) pulled me a good draw for the front row. We’ll take it. I’m glad we came out on top especially racing against Bill, he’s a hell of a racer. I hope he does us proud down in Knoxville next week”, as Schultz wished his fellow competitor well at the prestigious Knoxville Nationals coming up next week!

Balog came up just short of his sixth win of the year having to settle for second. For Balog finishing second was as much about sportsman ship as speed. The last lap slide job was made knowing it could be done cleanly.

“I probably should have done it a couple laps sooner, I had a little better run but I wanted to make a real clean pass and there wasn’t a lot of racetrack left to do that kind of thing”, Balog noted on his last-ditch effort to steal the win.

“Congratulations to Jeremy he did a great job up there banging around on that cushion. We were pretty good on the bottom and middle, passing cars down there. We weren’t good on the top early but eventually we had to get up there”, Balog said of his late-race transition to the cushion.

Mike Reinke, who at one point in the contest appeared to have the fastest car on the track was stymied by a late race caution where he had been running second and was closing on Schultz. Balog had slipped past on the restart and Reinke spent the balance of the contest trying to chase down the lead pair, eventually having to settle for third.

The 27 lap A-main greeted the fans with the tradition four-wide salute and then it was down to business.

Bill Rose, the defending Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprint Series champion from Plainsfield, Indiana was making just his third start of the season and put tonight’s opportunity to good use taking the opening lead from his pole starting berth.

Schultz meanwhile had started outside the front row. Ironically it was Balog who drew the invert number by virtue of his fast time. Balog placed himself 10th on the grid with the draw.

Schultz took advantage of the starting spot, dogging Rose during the opening circuits. Schultz preferring to run the high groove swept past Rose on the backstretch after the first circuit and started to pull away.

Third was hotly contested between Reinke and Blake Nimee whose team managed to return to action tonight after a hard crash last evening at the Dodge County Fairgrounds. The battle between Reinke and Nimee allowed them to overtake Rose and filter into the second and third spots by lap five.

Schultz began to work through lapped traffic by lap seven and had built a dozen car length lead on Reinke.

The laps ticked off at a brisk pace until lap 15 when Matt Vandervere executed a 360 spin between turns one and two when he was forced to stand on the brakes to avoid overrunning another car. This resulted in the first caution period and as a result, he went to the tail of the field.

Schultz, Reinke, Nimee, Philip Mock and Balog were shown in the top five as the second half of the race began.

Balog quickly annexed the fourth spot from Mock on lap 16 and he then set his sights on Nimee.

Out front, Schultz had gone back to commanding the contest outrunning Reinke who maintained second.

Nimee’s podium hopes ended with a spin in turn four on lap 20 while running in the third spot.

The incident elevated Balog to the third position behind Schultz and Reinke. The final seven laps were run caution free.

Schultz got an excellent restart while Reinke was forced to battle with Balog for the second spot. Balog, with a signature slider, overtook Reinke for second on lap 21 and he then set out after Schultz.

By lap 25 Balog had closed within a car length and then had to choose the time to make a passing attempt. As the white flag flew Balog made a bold move to the inside, and while he led briefly Schultz was able to return to the throttle faster and power ahead over the final half lap taking the win. It was his first in IRA action since a victory at Angell Park Speedway one year ago. It was also his first series win at Plymouth Dirt Track.

Balog and Reinke crossed the line in second and third respectively.

Mock who was making his first start in nearly a month after expiring a motor returned with an impressive performance nailing down the fourth spot.

Ken Jay Fielder turned in a breakthrough performance this evening. Fielder who has won championships at Plymouth Dirt Track in the former Supermodified class has been a steadfast competitor in the tracks 360 sprint division. Running double duty tonight Fielder battled in the lead pack all night recording a fifth place finish.

Ben Schmidt who had topped the B-main this evening clawed his way forward throughout the contest earning a respectable sixth place showing. Rose faded to the seventh spot by the checkered chased to the line by Scotty Thiel.

Thiel’s run to eighth was an advancement of 11 spots from his 19th place-starting berth. He had passed the most cars of any driver in the main event.

Scotty Neitzel, the winner of the main event last evening at the Dodge County Fairgrounds earned ninth this evening and Todd Daun completed the top ten finishers.

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

In earlier action Schmidt laid claim to the B-main chased to the finish by Vandervere, Mike Kertscher, Chris Dodd, Tim Vandervere and Alex Bliesner who earned the final transfer spot on the last lap.

Heat race wins went to Rose, Reinke, and Mock.

Balog’s trip around the track in 12.222 seconds headed up the 30 cars field. Matt Vandervere turned in a 12.459 effort for second quickest and Ryan Bowers who was a guest driver in the Ozzie Weinser owned #73 machine was impressive with a lap of 12.518 seconds, the third quickest of the night.

The series now takes a brief break for the Knoxville Nationals before a daunting triple-header weekend. The first two events run during the Kenosha County Fair will take place on back to back Friday and Saturday evenings, August 19th and August 20th at Wilmot Raceway.

The series then heads to Angell Park Speedway for a Sunday, August 21st event run during the community’s Corn Festival.

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:

8/19/2016 – Wilmot Raceway – Wilmot, WI

8/20/2016 – Wilmot Raceway – Wilmot, WI

8/21/2016 – Angell Park Speedway – Sun Prairie, WI

8/27/2016 – LaSalle Speedway, LaSalle, IL

8/28/2016 – Angell Park Speedway – Sun Prairie, WI

410 Sprints | IRA Interstate Racing Association

Bumper Auto Parts A Feature 1 (27 Laps): 1. 5J-Jeremy Schultz[2]; 2. 17B-Bill Balog[10]; 3. 02-Mike Reinke[4]; 4. 1M-Phillip Mock[6]; 5. 95A-Ken Jay Fiedler[7]; 6. 94B-Ben Schmidt[12]; 7. 6-Bill Rose[1]; 8. 64-Scotty Thiel[19]; 9. 2W-Scott Neitzel[15]; 10. 19-Todd Daun[8]; 11. 80K-Mike Kertscher[21]; 12. 4K-Kris Spitz[13]; 13. 10V-Matt Vandevere[11]; 14. 99-Kyle Marten[5]; 15. 79-Blake Nimee[3]; 16. 0-John Fahl[20]; 17. 43-Jereme Schroeder[16]; 18. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski[17]; 19. 7-Scott Uttech[18]; 20. 7V-Tim Vandevere[23]; 21. 73-Ryan Bowers[9]; 22. (DNF) 14X-Alex Bleisner[24]; 23. (DNF) 01-Chris Dodd[22]; 24. (DNF) 23D-Trey Datweiler[14]

Behling Racing Equipment B Feature 1 (12 Laps): 1. 94B-Ben Schmidt[2]; 2. 10V-Matt Vandevere[1]; 3. 80K-Mike Kertscher[9]; 4. 01-Chris Dodd[3]; 5. 7V-Tim Vandevere[7]; 6. 14X-Alex Bleisner[10]; 7. 41-Dennis Spitz[5]; 8. 6X-Kenny Gouws[8]; 9. (DNF) 68-Dave Uttech[4]; 10. (DNF) 11-Todd King[6]; (DNS) 85M-Steve Meyer; (DNS) 23-Russel Borland

Real Wheels Heat 1 (10 Laps): 1. 6-Bill Rose[1]; 2. 5J-Jeremy Schultz[2]; 3. 17B-Bill Balog[6]; 4. 95A-Ken Jay Fiedler[4]; 5. 99-Kyle Marten[3]; 6. 2W-Scott Neitzel[7]; 7. 94B-Ben Schmidt[5]; 8. 7V-Tim Vandevere[9]; 9. 80K-Mike Kertscher[10]; 10. 41-Dennis Spitz[8]

Heat 2 (10 Laps): 1. 02-Mike Reinke[3]; 2. 4K-Kris Spitz[1]; 3. 64-Scotty Thiel[10]; 4. 19-Todd Daun[5]; 5. 7-Scott Uttech[8]; 6. 43-Jereme Schroeder[7]; 7. 01-Chris Dodd[4]; 8. 10V-Matt Vandevere[6]; 9. 68-Dave Uttech[2]; 10. 6X-Kenny Gouws[9]

All Star Performance Products Heat 3 (10 Laps): 1. 1M-Phillip Mock[4]; 2. 79-Blake Nimee[3]; 3. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski[7]; 4. 73-Ryan Bowers[6]; 5. 23D-Trey Datweiler[1]; 6. 0-John Fahl[10]; 7. 11-Todd King[8]; 8. (DNF) 85M-Steve Meyer[2]; 9. (DNF) 23-Russel Borland[5]; (DNS) 14X-Alex Bleisner

Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts Qualifying 1: 1. 17B-Bill Balog, 12.222[5]; 2. 10V-Matt Vandevere, 12.459[4]; 3. 73-Ryan Bowers, 12.518[1]; 4. 94B-Ben Schmidt, 12.623[3]; 5. 19-Todd Daun, 12.704[2]; 6. 23-Russel Borland, 12.716[9]; 7. 95A-Ken Jay Fiedler, 12.756[8]; 8. 01-Chris Dodd, 12.780[15]; 9. 1M-Phillip Mock, 12.789[18]; 10. 99-Kyle Marten, 12.850[26]; 11. 02-Mike Reinke, 12.857[21]; 12. 79-Blake Nimee, 12.904[20]; 13. 5J-Jeremy Schultz, 12.925[24]; 14. 68-Dave Uttech, 12.949[12]; 15. 85M-Steve Meyer, 13.079[16]; 16. 6-Bill Rose, 13.102[11]; 17. 4K-Kris Spitz, 13.133[14]; 18. 23D-Trey Datweiler, 13.140[7]; 19. 2W-Scott Neitzel, 13.169[25]; 20. 43-Jereme Schroeder, 13.205[19]; 21. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski, 13.220[6]; 22. 41-Dennis Spitz, 13.325[17]; 23. 7-Scott Uttech, 13.627[29]; 24. 11-Todd King, 13.659[22]; 25. 7V-Tim Vandevere, 13.724[27]; 26. 6X-Kenny Gouws, 13.741[10]; 27. 14X-Alex Bleisner, 13.984[13]; 28. 80K-Mike Kertscher, 15.064[23]; 29. (DNF) 64-Scotty Thiel[28]; 30. (DNF) 0-John Fahl[30]

 

 

NEITZEL BESTS RIVALS, CLAIMS VICTORY IN THE SCAG SHOOTOUT AT THE DODGE COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS!

NEITHER WALLS NOR JEREMY SCHULTZ COULD STOP NEITZEL FROM BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA SPRINT VICTORY AT THE DODGE COUNTY!

August 5, 2016; Beaver Dam, WI – To say Scotty Neitzel was not to be denied a victory at the SCAG Shootout at the Dodge County Fairgrounds might be a bit of an understatement. Neither hard charging rival Jeremy Schultz, nor the Dodge County Fairgrounds walls backed up by the weight of the earth, could slow his high flying #2w R&H Enterprises machine this evening.

In front of a partisan hometown crowd Neitzel outran the field to earn his second Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint series victory of the 2016 season as he left the field in his wake blazing around the big half-mile clay oval. Schultz was the only other driver to lead the contest and his time up front was brief.

Schultz, who grew up learning about sprint car racing by helping in Neitzel’s team shop, was the only driver who could match Neitzel’s pace. When Neitzel slapped the wall coming off turn four on lap 13 of the 25 lap contest it appeared Schultz would have his opportunity to steal the victory. Neitzel slowed is pace briefly to assure the car was okay before getting back on the gas, retaking the lead and outrunning the field to capture the victory.

Neitzel elaborated on the incident from victory lane.

“I was really just trying to watch the lapped cars, a lot of them really hang the tail around here with the big corners. That was all me down there, I was looking at the 99’s (Kyle Marten) right rear tire and the next thing you know I looked up and I’m on top of the fence. Boy I got into it hard, it rattled my teeth and I slowed down for a lap or two. Jeremy (Schultz) went by and I just said well, I think it (the car) is still under me so I just kept getting on the gas”, Neitzel explained of the hair-raising incident.

Once he realized the car was still capable to continue he continued his battle out front. Neitzel obviously enjoyed his battle with Schultz whom he helped early in his racing career.

“I taught Jeremy’s everything he knows but not everything I know”, exclaimed an excited Neitzel.

Already a two-time series champion Neitzel was asked if he had started looking at the points situation.

“It’s just business as usual. We’ve been fortunate enough to win some championships. These are good guys helping me I just want to win some races. If you win some races it might come or it might not. I’d like to win it for those guys. They work hard all night and I’m just the guy that drives it into the fence”, concluded Neitzel.

Schultz was also pleased with his run as he’s taken over the series point lead.

“I’m happy for them guys (Neitzel and his crew). I should have raced him a little harder, but I wanted to race him clean. Scotty gets around this place fantastic. My guys worked hard all night getting the car better and better, and tonight it felt so good. I guess I left a little out there and it’s easy to look back at, but this was good”, noted Schultz on his performance.

Schultz was also asked about the points be he too brushed it off.

“It’s still too early. Scotty (Thiel) had a couple tough nights and there is nothing saying we can’t have a couple of them too in the next couple of weeks. If we get to late September and we’re still in this position then we’ll think about it”, indicated Schultz.

While Neitzel’s win thrust him into the thick of the season long point battle it was the misfortune of point leader Scotty Thiel that has now placed Schultz atop the standings as the final one-third of the season begins.

The 25 lap A-main came to full song with 22 drivers taking the green flag. Steve Meyer, who won the most recent Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprint series event which was held at Langlade County Speedway last Friday sat on the pole.

Meyer led briefly into turn one at the drop of the green flag, but Neitzel, who started to his outside, used the momentum of the high line to power past into the lead down the backstretch.

With Neitzel pulling away, Meyer now had his hand full with Schultz and fast qualifier Bill Balog as the trio all did battle for second.

Contact between Meyer and Balog on lap two drew the caution as both machines lost speed and the field darted around them. Both teams attended to their cars but the damage was too severe to continue with Meyer and Balog forced to retire from the contest.

Neitzel led Schultz back to the green on the restart and immediately began to pull away. 2015 Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprint series champ Bill Rose, who was making just his second start of the season with the IRA Sprints ran solidly in the third spot with Blake Nimee and Scotty Thiel contesting the fourth position.

Neitzel continued to stretch his advantage as Thiel saw his night go awry with mechanical ills dropping into the infield and falling from the contest while running in the top five. He would be credited with a 17th place finish.

Neitzel’s lead stabilized at a full straightaway as he negotiated back markers.

While attempting to put a lap on Kyle Marten who was running just outside the top ten, Neitzel went wide off of turn four, slapping the wall. Running well over 100 mph at the time Neitzel briefly slowed his pace to assure the car would be able to continue and this allowed Schultz to close rapidly.

While sorting out the car Neitzel ran conservatively the next couple circuits as Schultz reeled him in. On lap 15 going down the backstretch Schultz roared by with an inside move, but Neitzel, now confident the car would stay in one piece fought back on the outside.

Neitzel was able to regain the top spot with Schultz in tow, while Rose held onto third some distance back fending off Mike Reinke for the position.

A major shakeup occurred as the race reached five laps to go. On the backstretch, Nimee had a mechanical issue while running fifth which caused him to slide off the racing surface and into some water barrels protecting a light pole.

Meanwhile up in turn four Ben Schmidt came to a halt after contact with the wall forcing the yellow flag to fly. Rose also dropped from the contest with mechanical ills at this time.

The major rash of attrition changed the running order.

Once the field was sorted out Neitzel and Schultz led the way Reinke was now in the third spot with several lapped cars between himself and the leaders.

Underway the final time Neitzel was able to keep Schultz behind him and made his way to the finish with the lead in hand. Schultz crossed the line in second becoming the new point leader in the process. Reinke earned the final podium position in third.

Scott Uttech who earlier in the night was victorious in his heat race patiently picked his way forward throughout the contest avoiding other’s misfortune to finish fourth, matching his best run of the year. Mike Kertscher completed the top five finishers.

Russel Borland would be the final car on the lead lap finishing sixth narrowly missing back to back top five finishes.

Matt Vandervere finished in seventh followed by Todd King, Kyle Marten and Dennis Spitz.

The high attrition rate reduced the starting field from 22 starters down to 12 cars running at the finish.

A trio of drivers made their first start of the year including the first ever start from a driver from South Africa. Kenny Gouws, who lives in Alberton Gauteng, South Africa, competes in asphalt sprint competition in his home country. Tonight he drove a spare car owned by Bill Rose but he dropped from the contest in the early going being credited with finishing 19th.

Dan Wade and Ryan Bowers also made their first runs of the 2016 season but neither were able to finish.

In heat race action Uttech outran Bowers to earn the victory in the first heat. Kertscher captured the win in heat two fending off a fast closing Schmidt. Heat three went to Nimee who took the win by a huge margin over Todd King.

Balog turned in the fastest lap of the evening with a lap of 17.049 Seconds. Reinke was second quick at 17.209, while Schultz was third with at 17.258 seconds.

Then the teams will make a short trip over to the Plymouth Dirt Track on Saturday Night, August 6th for the running of the 20th annual Frank Filskov Memorial race.

Located at the Sheboygan County Fairpark in Plymouth, Wisconsin the track there is a sharp contrast to Dodge County. The tight third-mile bullring isn’t about raw speed, but rather nerves of steal while making daring moves to get to the front of the field and the ability of the leader to work lapped machines where racing space is a premium.

All three title contenders have had their success at the track.

Thiel and Schultz are graduates of the tough weekly 360 sprint ranks. Drivers who have graduated from weekly competition at Plymouth have brought an influx of talent to the IRA series in recent years. It would be appropriate to say Thiel and Schultz have a home field advantage. Thiel was, in fact, the winner of the last IRA contest held at the track back in June.

That doesn’t leave Neitzel out of the mix however. Neitzel’s name is officially etched into the record book having won the first sprint car race held on the track after it’s most recent revamp a couple years ago. When the track debuted it’s new shape it was Neitzel who was first to find the fast way around the track.

The MSA/PDTR 360 sprints will again joined the IRA Sprints in the action, with Micro Sprints added as a third class to give fans an all-open wheel showdown.

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 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:

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

8/19/2016 – Wilmot Raceway – Wilmot, WI

8/20/2016 – Wilmot Raceway – Wilmot, WI

8/21/2016 – Angell Park Speedway – Sun Prairie, WI

8/27/2016 – LaSalle Speedway, LaSalle, IL

410 Sprints | IRA Interstate Racing Association

Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts A Feature (25 Laps): 1. 2W-Scott Neitzel[2]; 2. 5J-Jeremy Schultz[4]; 3. 02-Mike Reinke[5]; 4. 7-Scott Uttech[9]; 5. 80K-Mike Kertscher[7]; 6. 23-Russel Borland[13]; 7. 10V-Matt Vandevere[18]; 8. 22-Todd King[14]; 9. 99-Kyle Marten[15]; 10. 41-Dennis Spitz[16]; 11. 95A-Ken Jay Fiedler[17]; 12. 12-Michael Decker[19]; 13. 94B-Ben Schmidt[11]; 14. 6-Bill Rose[3]; 15. 79-Blake Nimee[8]; 16. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski[12]; 17. 64-Scotty Thiel[10]; 18. 7V-Dan Wade[22]; 19. 6X-Kenny Gouws[20]; 20. 85M-Steve Meyer[1]; 21. 17B-Bill Balog[6]; 22. 14X-Alex Bleisner[21]; 23. 73-Ryan Bowers[23]

Real Wheels Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 7-Scott Uttech[2]; 2. 73-Ryan Bowers[3]; 3. 17B-Bill Balog[6]; 4. 64-Scotty Thiel[4]; 5. 41-Dennis Spitz[1]; 6. 6-Bill Rose[5]; 7. 10V-Matt Vandevere[7]; 8. 6X-Kenny Gouws[8]

DMI Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 80K-Mike Kertscher[1]; 2. 94B-Ben Schmidt[4]; 3. 99-Kyle Marten[2]; 4. 23-Russel Borland[3]; 5. 02-Mike Reinke[6]; 6. 2W-Scott Neitzel[5]; 7. 12-Michael Decker[7]; 8. 7V-Dan Wade[8]

All Star Performance Products Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 79-Blake Nimee[2]; 2. 22-Todd King[3]; 3. 5J-Jeremy Schultz[6]; 4. 85M-Steve Meyer[5]; 5. 95A-Ken Jay Fiedler[1]; 6. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski[4]; 7. (DNF) 14X-Alex Bleisner[7]

Osborn & Son Qualifying 1: 1. 17B-Bill Balog, 17.049[17]; 2. 02-Mike Reinke, 17.209[9]; 3. 5J-Jeremy Schultz, 17.258[8]; 4. 6-Bill Rose, 17.304[6]; 5. 2W-Scott Neitzel, 17.330[16]; 6. 85M-Steve Meyer, 17.385[11]; 7. 64-Scotty Thiel, 17.486[21]; 8. 94B-Ben Schmidt, 17.489[15]; 9. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski, 17.639[1]; 10. 73-Ryan Bowers, 17.663[18]; 11. 23-Russel Borland, 17.814[2]; 12. 22-Todd King, 17.836[14]; 13. 7-Scott Uttech, 17.901[10]; 14. 99-Kyle Marten, 17.911[13]; 15. 79-Blake Nimee, 18.014[4]; 16. 41-Dennis Spitz, 18.208[5]; 17. 80K-Mike Kertscher, 18.351[12]; 18. 95A-Ken Jay Fiedler, 18.440[23]; 19. 10V-Matt Vandevere, 18.534[22]; 20. 12-Michael Decker, 19.257[20]; 21. 14X-Alex Bleisner, 20.541[3]; 22. 6X-Kenny Gouws, 20.817[7]; 23. 7V-Dan Wade, 20.965[19]

 

 

POINT BATTLE TIGHTENS AS CONTRASTING CONTESTS LOOM AHEAD THIS WEEKEND FOR THE BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA OUTLAW SPRINTS!

DODGE COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS AND PLYMOUTH DIRT TRACK TO SEE BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA OUTLAW SPRINT SERIES ACTION!

August 1, 2016; Appleton, WI – A very busy two months lie ahead at the 2016 title chase for the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint series begins to come into focus. This weekend’s SCAG Shootout and then the 20th Annual Frank Filskov Memorial race are the next rungs on the ladder to the 2016 championship.

There is a wide variety of tracks on the remaining schedule and this weekends events at the Dodge County Fairgrounds on Friday night and the Plymouth Dirt Track on Saturday, will require two vastly different driving styles for the teams of the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint series.

The point battle, which began brewing 17 events ago, is gathering steam and currently a trio of title contenders has separated themselves from their rivals. This weekend will test their adaptability.

Scotty Thiel currently tops the point charts by a scant 11 markers over two-time Wilmot Raceway champ and 2013 IRA Rookie of the year Jeremy Schultz. Cagey veteran Scotty Neitzel, who already has two IRA crowns to his credit is poised for a title run down the stretch as he is only 70 points out of the top spots. Neitzel has historically been at his best as a season nears it’s conclusion.

The first stop this weekend takes place on Friday Night, August 5th will be a trip to the wide open Dodge County Fairgrounds for the SCAG Shootout. The big half-mile oval rewards a heavy right foot and nerves of steel as the 900 horsepower winged sprints surpass the 130mph mark on the long straights.

Dodge County is unique in the fact the events typically draw in outside cars, true Outlaw racers who travel to win prize money. It’s these outsiders that the IRA teams will have to beat to earn the top prize. For Thiel, Schultz and Neitzel defending the home turf might be the biggest challenge of the upcoming weekend.

The Dodge County Fairground event the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints will be joined by the MSA/PDTR 360’s and area IMCA Type Modifieds.

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

Then the teams will make a short trip over to the Plymouth Dirt Track on Saturday Night, August 6th .for the running of the 20th annual Frank Filskov Memorial race.

Located at the Sheboygan County Fairpark in Plymouth, Wisconsin the track there is a sharp contrast to Dodge County. The tight third-mile bullring isn’t about raw speed, but rather nerves of steal while making daring moves to get to the front of the field and the ability of the leader to work lapped machines where racing space is a premium.

All three title contenders have had their success at the track.

Thiel and Schultz are graduates of the tough weekly 360 sprint ranks. Drivers who have graduated from weekly competition at Plymouth have brought an influx of talent to the IRA series in recent years. It would be appropriate to say Thiel and Schultz have a home field advantage. Thiel was, in fact, the winner of the last IRA contest held at the track back in June.

That doesn’t leave Neitzel out of the mix however. Neitzel’s name is officially etched into the record book having won the first sprint car race held on the track after it’s most recent revamp a couple years ago. When the track debuted it’s new shape it was Neitzel who was first to find the fast way around the track.

The MSA/PDTR 360 sprints will again joined the IRA Sprints in the action, with Micro Sprints added as a third class to give fans an all-open wheel showdown.

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 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:

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

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

8/19/2016 – Wilmot Raceway – Wilmot, WI

8/20/2016 – Wilmot Raceway – Wilmot, WI

8/21/2016 – Angell Park Speedway – Sun Prairie, WI

8/27/2016 – LaSalle Speedway, LaSalle, IL

 

 

MEYER MASTERS LANGLADE COUNTY SPEEDWAY, ENDS VICTORY DROUGHT IN BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA SPRINTS!

MEYER FINDS REDEMPTION IN ANTIGO, OUTRUNS SHULTZ FOR VICTORY ON WISCONSIN’S FASTEST CLAY OVAL!

July 29, 2016; Antigo, WI – To say Steve Meyer enjoys racing at the Langlade County Speedway may actually be an understatement. More so after Friday nights racing program as he stood in victory lane and he celebrated a win on the ultra fast half-mile clay oval with his family.

The win ended a dry spell that goes back to a victory in Brainerd, MN during the 2007 racing season. Since that time Meyer had been stymied in spite of the fact on a good number of occasions he had been the fastest car on track.

At Langlade County Speedway Meyer was within striking distance of a win on several occasions. In fact when the series returned to the track in 2013 Meyer paced all but the final circuit finishing in the runner-up spot to seven–time series champion Bill Balog. In 2014 Meyer again came within laps the victory only to have to settle for bridesmaid honors.

This year Meyer was not to be denied. After powering past race leader Blake Nimee on a restart, Meyer then was able to fend off championship contender Jeremy Schultz to earn the win. Schultz had closed within a car length when the leaders approached lapped traffic, but a daring three-wide pass by Meyer on a pair of back markers down the front stretch in the closing laps all but sealed up the victory as Schultz was unable to perform the same feat.

Meyer found himself with a 12-car length advantage as he crossed the finish line ahead of Schultz. Two-time series champ Scotty Neitzel made his way to the finish line in the third spot.

Fans had cheered loudly after Meyer accepted the checked flag, many of which may have witnessed his close calls with victory in the past.

“A lot of the people hollering who have been here have probably seen how disappointing a couple years ago was. Two years in a row I had led all but one lap. This is good redemption!”, Meyer exclaimed as he was hugged by his family in victory lane.

“It’s been a long time since we have been here”, said Meyer said of his victory. “This place has always been a favorite of mine, as far as I’m concerned we could come here four or five times a year!” Meyer went on to recall how 24 years ago he had come to the track to put on an exhibition event for a promoter prior to the first ever IRA race at the track.

While he was at the track his wife gave birth to his daughter at home as he gave insight to another reason the track is full of fond memories.

For runner-up Schultz, the evening was both rewarding and frustrating. Rewarding in the fact his finish had placed him in the thick of the title chase.

Schultz explained his performance after the event. “It’s was pretty good, I have to say congratulations to Steve and his whole team. I couldn’t get through traffic quite as good as he (Meyer ) did there at the end,” noting how Meyer broke away during the final circuits. “We gave him a hell of a run. Thanks to the fans for coming out and supporting us. Hopefully, we’ll see you next year”, said Schultz who surely wants another shot at a victory at the track.

20 drivers had been scheduled to start the 25 lap main event but an expired engine for Bill Wirth reduced the starting grid to 19.

Pole sitter Blake Nimee launched into the lead at the drop of the green flag leaving fellow front row starter Wayne Modjeski in his wake. Modjeski quickly faded and would soon drop from the contest with mechanical ills.

By the end of the first circuit, Nimee had established himself in the lead spot with Meyer filtering into second. Current point leader Scotty Thiel had placed himself into the third position and he set out after the lead duo.

By the eighth lap, the leaders began to encounter lapped traffic with Nimee leading the chain through the back markers. Nimee’s lead was precarious as Meyer, Thiel, Schultz and Scotty Neitzel all were within striking distance.

The only slowdown of the contest would have major implications in the point battle. Thiel, the series point leader, had been working to catching Meyer for second when he lost grip and spun coming off turn two. The field behind him scattered but sixth running Mike Reinke had nowhere to go and slammed into Thiel’s errant machine. The hard impact necessitated a red flag.

Both drivers were able to walk away uninsured but both were done for the evening.

Crews were allowed to tend to their driver’s machines and refuel the cars under the open red flag. The high-speed track had the 410 cubic inch engines consuming fuel at nearly a gallon per lap and the open red flag period alleviated any chance of fuel mileage playing a factor in the race outcome.

Once the field re-fired Nimee resumed setting the pace. He would come under immediate pressure from Meyer. On lap 14 Meyer made his was past Nimee into the lead and he began to pull away.

Nimee’s ride began to slow and he soon pulled into the infield turning the second spot over to Schultz while Neitzel advanced into the third position.

In the closing laps the leaders again began to encounter lapped traffic. With five laps to go Meyer temporarily got caught behind them and Schultz closed the lead down to less than a car length. On the next circuit Meyer made a daring three-wide pass coming off turn four and diving down to the very inside of the track.

The move proved successful and as Schultz got caught behind the lapped cars Meyer sailed away with the lead.

Over the final circuits, Meyer was able to maintain the gap on Schultz taking the win in convincing fashion.

Schultz earned the second spot a dozen car lengths behind repelling the challenges of Neitzel who claimed the final podium spot with his third place finish.

Todd King turned in his best effort of the 2016 season earning the fourth spot staying inside the top five almost the entire distance.

Russel Borland also turned in his best run of the year cracking the top five after earlier securing a heat race win.

Scott Uttech charged from his 18th place starting spot all the way up to sixth improving the most positions of any driver in the field this evening. 2015 Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprint series rookie of the year Kyle Marten earned the seventh spot as he also made a big charge after starting 17th.

Matt Vandervere claimed eighth followed by Dennis Spitz and Ken Jay Fiedler who completed the top ten finishers.

Earlier in the night the heat races also had their drama.

In the first heat, Ben Schmidt who is now driving for Brandon Thone started the evening looking for success. Schmidt had turned in the fastest qualifying lap and had been challenging for the lead when his engine failed. The team then switched motors but Schmidt was one of the first cars to drop out of the main event. The heat was won by Borland who had outran Schultz for the victory.

In heat two Bill Wirth seemingly had the event in hand when he too suffered an engine failure. Thiel would take the win.

In heat three ageless veteran Dennis Spitz laid claim to top honors. The most senior driver in IRA competition Spitz indicated his was his first ever heat race win on a half-mile.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints has an action packed schedule next week with a sharp contrast in the two events planned for next weekend. It begins on Friday evening August 5th at the Dodge County Fairgrounds located just east of Beaver Dam. The wide open half-mile track will feature the 900 horsepower cars exceeding 130mph. Then on Saturday, August 6th it will be a return trip to the Sheboygan County Fairpark in Plymouth, WI for a battle on the tight third-mile bullring.

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:

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

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

8/19/2016 – Wilmot Raceway – Wilmot, WI

8/20/2016 – Wilmot Raceway – Wilmot, WI

8/21/2016 – Angell Park Speedway – Sun Prairie, WI

8/27/2016 – LaSalle Speedway, LaSalle, IL

 

 

IRA SPRINTS TO SHOW FANS ‘WIDE OPEN RACING’ AT THE LANGLADE COUNTY SPEEDWAY IN ANTIGO THIS FRIDAY!

410 SPRINTS SHOWCASE SPEED AND FURY ON WISCONSIN’S BIGGEST DIRT TRACK – THE LANGLADE COUNTY SPEEDWAY!

July 27, 2016; Appleton, WI – The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints present some of the highest horsepower machines to take to a dirt track. The high horsepower to weight ratio make the cars the fastest machines on dirt but at many tracks drivers seldom get to utilize all that horsepower. Effective throttle control is often the key to success at many of the short tracks the series competes on in Wisconsin and Northern Illinois.

Getting to full throttle won’t be an issue this coming Friday Night, July 29th as the series heads to the Langlade County Speedway in Antigo, Wisconsin. The event is the highlight of the Langlade County Fair.

The big 5/8-mile dirt track is arguably the fastest on the circuit rivaled only by the Dodge County Fairgrounds.

The raceway, that once operated weekly had been dormant for several seasons when the Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprints woke it from it’s slumber four years ago. The yearly tradition of brining the 410 sprints to Wisconsin’s north woods has occurred ever since and the races have often played out in nearly full grandstands.

Seven time series champion Bill Balog captured the contests in 2013 and 2014. Both times he made late race passes on Steve Meyer who had led the most laps on both contests. In each case Meyer seemingly had the race in hand when cautions has allowed Balog to close in and steal the victory.

Last year it was Travis Whitney grabbing top honors outrunning Scotty Neitzel for the win.

IMCA Stock Cars will run in support of the two-dozen or more 410 winged sprints that 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.

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

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:

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

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

8/19/2016 – Wilmot Raceway – Wilmot, WI

8/20/2016 – Wilmot Raceway – Wilmot, WI

8/21/2016 – Angell Park Speedway, Sun Prairie, WI

 

 

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.

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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 M