by Paul Kuyawa
It’s been a long time since this column has appeared
here for this, I apologize but truth be known, is due to health
issue’s there were
only three races in 2014.
Its Memorial Day weekend and Dana and I are just now
getting ready to go to the races. By no means, however have we been
Good friend and the area’s top announcer Mike Babicz
has given new life to his Lets Go Racing Motorsports radio show. Yep
Mike has asked Dana and myself to co-host this two
hour radio show on Friday nights.
Race fans can get all the news from motorsports on
WLIP AM radio, it is 1050 on your AM dial. Those of you that prefer
can also, tune in on the
web at www.wlip.com scroll down to the motorsports
link and enjoy.
I am the fortunate one here. I get to spend two
hours talking auto racing on the radio with my daughter and one of
my best friends,
someone I think of like a brother, Mike Babicz.
After a little leg work, the Let’s Go Racing
Motorsports show is back on the radio.
I hope all the area race fans, racers, crews, and
officials listen in.
We have been working with my other brother and best
friend John Surges, who is the man behind the Vintage Modified Stock
Car group and the
Southeast Wisconsin Short-Track Hall Of Fame and
Museum. John has been able to get several of this year’s nominee’s
to call in the radio
station and talk about their fabulous careers.
With myself being a sprint car guy it was very cool
to talk with Donny Goeden and Dave Moulis. To hear these two talk
about their fabulous
careers was quite a thrill. You have to remember I
was able to watch Donny’s dad, Willie Goeden tear up the Milwaukee
Modified Circuit and the
first Moulis Joel race his modified on the IRA
circuit. Open wheel standout Pete Ostrowski has also been on the
show as has IRA leader Steve
First time Wilmot Raceway victor Phillip Mock was
also a guest on the show. Talking about his first Wilmot win at a
race track where his
dad, Kim, had won at on a regular basis.
John Surges has called in announcing for the first
time to the public all eleven nominee’s for the Class of 2015 for
Wisconsin Short Track Hall Of Fame. These nominees
are Lowell Bennett, Rich Bickle Jr., Jim Blazek, Donny Goeden, Dave
Moulis, Pete Ostrowski,
Bill Prietzel, John Quinn, Ray Toft, Dave Watson,
and John Ziegler.
Surges and his Vintage Modified Stock Car group are
putting on their Cedarburg Revisited show on June 6th from 10:00 AM
until 2:00 PM on
the front straightaway at the old Cedarburg track in
On June 13th the 38th annual Let’s Go Racing Motorsports and Custom
Car Show presented Mike Babicz will be held at Wings Etc. in
Illinois from 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM.
Bill Balog, Ben Schmidt, and Jeremy Schultz have
been IRA Feature Winners in 2015. For Schmidt it was his first
career IRA win. Balog
has vacated his thrown with the IRA to race with the
new National Sprint League. Despite much tougher competition Balog
has been able to put
his 17B in the top 10 each night. It’s good to see
Balog have success with the National Sprint League.
For Dana and myself the neatest guest we have had on
the radio show has been Rick Dawson, owner and promoter of the
Speedway home of the greatest pavement sprint car
race on the planet.
Dawson called in the radio show and we talked about
this weekends, Memorial Day, Payless Little 500 Sprint Car
extravaganza. The Must
See 60 winged sprint car race is on Wednesday, May
20th, Pole Day for the Little 500 is Thursday, May 21st, followed by
Bump Day on May 22nd.
Then the race we wait for all year, the Payless
Supermarket Little 500 is set for Saturday night May 23rd.
Pack up the family truckster this week and head to
Anderson Indiana, and enjoy the world’s greatest pavement sprint car
race the Little
500 Held for the 67th consecutive year. It’s the
best four days we have all year.
Dana and I will give Mike the Little 500 update
Friday night May 22nd, live from the Anderson Speedway.
That’s all for now see you in Anderson.