2017 Contract Signed

The Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway is proud to announce that the contract with Winnebago County for the 2017 race season was agreed upon and signed. Although this is only a one year contract we feel it was the right thing to do.
Impact Motorsports also offered the County Park Director (Rob Way) as well as the County Executive (Mark Harris) a 10 year contract worth over $260,000.00 in writing which they declined. The Winnebago County Parks Director went on record writing this in an email to Impact Motorsports, “with circumstances such as they are with Lifest and the arrangement we have allowing them time to acquire a sponsor for the stage, it would be duplicitous of the County to at the same time present the appearance that it entertains exploring another avenue. It still would be inappropriate for the County to even leave the impression that it would compromise its prior commitment to Lifest.”
Impact Motorsports asked the Parks Director if there was a time line for Lifest to acquire a sponsor or funding for the stage seeing there has always been a time line for the racetrack, he went on record saying, “During the November Parks Committee meeting an update on the `17 race track agreement was included in with my Director’s Update. As part of the update I informed the members that presently there is no deadline that’s been placed on Lifest for obtaining a sponsor for funding the stage. The members did not question or provide any input when I informed them of Lifest’s status. Thus, I am going to assume that there are no expectations for urgency that are going to come any time soon from the Parks Committee”.

Although it may seem like all the pieces were put in place some months ago where Lifest was already looking for a stage sponsor, in reality the County only recently gave them an official release to begin searching. The date of that release coincided with November 1st approval of the 2017 County Board Budget. Consequently, for all intents and purposes they actually only began looking for a sponsor earlier this month. So it’s much too early to begin talk about placing a deadline on how much time they will be allowed.

Winnebago County Parks Department Director also wrote, “I must again point-out that should it eventually turn-out that Lifest is unable to obtain a sponsor, and they are unable to acquire the stage funding themselves, the County may, at a suitable time, decide to leave the site remain as a race track. If that should happen then remember that it is probable that the County would elect to put the race track operator’s agreement out for RFP, (Request for Proposal). The fact that there are several other parties who have expressed interest in operating the race track necessitates that the County evaluate whether-or-not the appropriate protocol for awarding the race track operator’s agreement would be to continue with past practices or to pursue putting the contract out for RFP.”

With this in mind, Impact Motorsports must move forward and have put together an impressive 2017 race schedule. Once the details are finalized a schedule will be released and posted.

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Driver Meeting

Reminder, this coming Wednesday December 7, 2016 there is a driver’s meeting at Rev’s Bowl, Bar and Grill in Oshkosh, 7:00 PM. We will discuss operational rules, division rules, specials and the status of the track.

Oshkosh Speedzone Driver’s Meeting

The Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway will kick off their 2017 race season with the first drivers meeting Wednesday December 7, 2016

When: Wednesday December 7, 2016
Where: Rev’s Bowl, Bar and Grill in Oshkosh
Time: 7:00 PM
Why: To discuss the 2017 rules, 2017 schedule and the future of the track.

Drivers are encouraged to come to these meetings to help set the rules for their divisions and discuss possible changes for the future. YOUR input is greatly appreciated!

For up to date information please visit us on Facebook or our website, www.oshkoshspeedzone.net

SpeedZone Banquet recap

Oshkosh, October 22 – The Oshkosh SpeedZone Raceway officially closed the 2016 season with their annual dinner and awards program held at LaSures Banquet hall on Saturday night, October 22 in Oshkosh.

The six weekly divisions were all well represented, along with their families, crews and sponsors to fill the hall for all of the presentations.

Following the dinner, the track started the awards portion of the program by presenting several track appreciation awards to sponsors and employees.

The track point fund was distributed along with trophies for the top 10 in each divisions.

Division awards were:


The division again boasted one of the strongest fields of cars throughout the season in the country. A total of 86 different drivers took laps at the weekly programs. There were 10 different feature winners. Defending champ, Marcus Yarie claimed 1 feature win this season but was the most consistant driver claiming a second straight title.

6th thru 10th Matt Klenz, T.J. Smith, Dan Roedl, Kevin Baldry and Chad Bartel.

5th Mike Wedelstadt

4th Ed Lemay

3rd Brian Drexler

2nd Steve Schneider

CHAMPION Marcus Yarie


There were 46 different drivers that competed in 2016. There were 4 drivers that shared the feature wins with defending champion, Travis Van Straten, following up his 10 win season in 2015 with 8 feature wins this year to clinch a second straight title.

6th thru 10th Karly Stadler, Chase Parker, Cory Wegner, Chris Lowenhagen, Kevin Heebe

5th Steve Hiles

4th David Hoerning

3rd Aaron Stolp

2nd Jerry Winkler

CHAMPION Travis Van Straten.


The second highest car total at the track this season belonged to the Sport Mod division with 59 different drivers competing. There were 7 different feature winners with Tom Schneider collecting 6 feature flags on route to claiming his first ever SpeedZone track title. The other 6 feature winners won one each.

6th thru 10th Brekken Kleinschmidt, Bernie Miller, Grant Plonske, Brock Saunders, Chase Randerson

5th Tim Sheppard

4th Scott Besaw

3rd Jeff Schmuhl

2nd Kevin Bethke

CHAMPION Tom Schneider


There were 53 different drivers that competed in the Street Stock division in 2016. There were 8 drivers that picked up feature wins. Defending champion, Steven Gawaresky picked up the opening night feature victory for his only win of the year but consistantly in the top 5 earned him his second straight track title.

6th thru 10th Lexii Ashcraft, Jason Fairbank, Frank Knaus, Dan Knaus, Adam Crapser

5th Jeff Wicinsky

4th Jeff Jungwirth

3rd Alex Crapser

2nd Jesse Krahn

CHAMPION Steven Gawaresky


A total of 31 different drivers raced on Friday night this season. Of those, 7 drivers shared feature wins. Larry Richards and his son, Jeff, each took 3 checkers but Jeff claimed the track tie by a mere 4 points over his dad. It was his second Zone track title.

6th thru 10th Don Schumacher, Team Koch/Henry, Rich Garb, Chase Solomon, Tim Reichenberger

5th Tm Doehling

4th Derek Schrauth

3rd Brian Vinney, Jr

2th Larry Richards.

CHAMPION Jeff Richards


Chris Maas bested a season total of 32 different drivers by winning a division high 3 feature wins on his way to collecting his first career track title. There were 7 other drivers who won features,

6th thru 10th Seth Hickman, Wes Lungwitz, Mark Pawlak, Brian Seger, Mike Meier

5th Jordan Klemmer

4th Mitchell Lee Fairbannk

3rd. Taylor Becher

2nd Kasey Gross


2016 Rookies were:

IMCA MODIFIED Mitch Stankowski

IMCA Stock Cars Karly Stadler and Aaron Stolp

Street Stocks Adan Crapser

Grand National Nick Goemann

Dirt Devils Mark Pawlak

Racing will return to the SpeedZone in 2017, The kick off will be the Annual Car Show on April 8th. The first race of the season will be on Friday, April 28.

The management and staff of the Oshkosh SpeedZone Raceway would like to THANK all of the drivers, crews, fans and sponsors for their support this season and look forward to offering another exciting season of racing in 2017 at the ZONE.

Lost iPhone

Attention everyone, there was an I phone found in the pit area from this weekend. If it is yours please call either Larry (920)-252-1463 or Jeff (920)-279-9096.

SpeedZone Raceway Fall Classic results, September 23-24, 2016

Oshkosh, September 24 – The 2016 racing season at the Oshkosh SpeedZone Raceway officially came to a close with the Fall Classic featuring 2 days of racing on the 1/3 mile clay oval. A total of 197 different teams competed with champions crowned in feature action Saturday night.

The Street Stocks started off the feature portion of the weekend with a 25 car field taking the green flag. Jeff Richards sat on the pole and led the opening circuit before Jeff Wicinsky took command and started to open a gap on the field. Richards controlled the runner up spot with Jeff Jungwirth, Dan Knaus, Brady Baldry, Shawn Haydon, Alex Crapser and Kevin Bogdanovic all swapping positions in the lead pack. Wicinsky and Richards pulled away from the field after lap 10 and with Jungwirth and Knaus leading the pack behind. Crapser was the big mover steadily advancing as the field started to spread out. By lap 20. The leaders were still comfortably out front, but the field was bunched for the third spot. Jungwirth was in command of third with Crapser working into fourth, Knaus, Gary Kasperek, Paul Diefenthaler and Hayden were right behind.

A spin brought out the first caution of the race on lap 21, erasing the big lead Wicinsky and Richards had on the field. Stacking everyone foe the restart. Richards charged to the lead on the restart, but a mix up started a chain reaction , forcing the second and final caution before a lap was completed. Kasperek stalled up high in turn three and out of the corner, Knaus rode the wall down the front chute before stopping pas the start finish line. There were no injuries and the field was restacked again for the final 8 lap run. Richards again charged under green for the final time to take the lead with Diefenthaler making a charge to move into second a lap later. Jungwirth, Crapser, Paul Ambrosius and Wicinsky were bunched right behind. Richards was able to hold the lead to the finish for his first street Stock feature win of the season. Diefenthaler, the 141 Speedway track champion, was right behind to finisih second. Crapser, the defending race champion, was able to wrestle into the third place finish. Ambrosius made the strong run over the final laps to place fourth. Jungwirth finished fifth and Wicinsky rounded out the top six.

Larry Richards brought the 25 car Grand National field to the green and swapped the lead back and forth with Brian Vinney, Jr until the first caution on lap 6 for a spin. Kenny Richards was able to work into the top spot after the restart and in two lap, brother Jeff, was running second. The front three opened a gap with the field trying to sort out behind. The leaders were the same at the half way point with Roger Lee now holding fourth with Larry Richards, Tim Doehling, Steven Wirtz and Dustin Weiss grouped behind. With 10 laps left, lapped traffic was in play but the leaders negotiated and remained tight in their 3 car pack. A spin brought out the final caution on lap 26, setting up a 4 lap dash, with the entire field now bunched behind the lead trio.

Kenny Richards was up to the challenges from Jeff behind over the final four laps and collected the checkered flag for his first win here this season. Jeff took second with Doehling and Lee working into third and fourth at the finish. Vinney was fifth and Wirtz rounded out the top six.

It took three tries to get a lap completed in the IMCA Modified main, but then it was flat out hard core racing for the 30 lap contest. Steve Schneider finally led the field under green and was able to open a lead right away while, Kevin Feck, Todd Dart, T.J. Smith, Eric Scribner, Mark Joski, Mike Mullen and Brian Drexler ran bunched behind. By lap 10, Schneider had opened a solid lead with Smith, Mullen and Feck in the top four. Mullen made his move into the runner up spot and started to eat into Schneiders lead. By the mid point, Mullen had chewed up about ½ of Schneider’s lead and was now about 6 car lengths behind and on the move. 2 time track champion, Marcus Yarie, had worked his way from the 17th starting spot into fourth, and then into third on lap 18. Yarie also started to close the equal gap to catch Mullen. Both Mullen and Yarie charged ahead and with 5 laps left were nose to tail with Schneider. Schneider continued his race long lead, as Yarie started to work on Mullen. The pass to the runner up spot took a couple laps to pull off, which allowed Schneider to gain a couple car length advantage again. Yarie continued his march and was right behind as the white flag dropped. Schneider was able to hold off the charge over the final lap and completed the bookends for the year, having won the season opening feature, and now the Fall Classic final feature. Yarie and Mullen flashed by to complete the top three. Feck, Smith and Drexler rounded out the top six.

The IMCA Stock Car headliner put a field of 25 cars on the grid with 2 time defending track champion, Travis Van Straten drawing the pole for the Classic event. It took several tries to get a lap in and each time Van Straten pulled into the lead. Once the green was out, Van Straten pulled away from the field, Several cautions during the race prevented a runaway. By the mid point of the race, Joe White was already hounding the leader when John Heinz, Jerry Winkler and Greg Wichman worked to the front. After a final restart on lap 19, White and Heinz battled for the runner up spot for a couple laps allowing Van Straten to gain a car length margin. Van Straten capped a strong season winning his 8th feature. Heinz took second after starting 15th. Winkler took third over White. Wichman was fifth and Kevin Hebbe rounded out the top six.

Randy LeMieux, Jr drew the pole for his first visit to the SpeedZone and made good use of the starting spot, wrestling the lead from Brian Bruechert after the first lap of the IMCA Sport Mod main was complete. A pair of cautions on lap 5 bunched the field but LeMieux was ready to set the pace once the green reappeared. Bruechert, Kenny Richards, Scott Besaw, Shawano Speedway track champion, Jordan Barkholtz, Wyatt Block and Jason Vandenberg bunched up in chase behind the leader, preventing every attempt to pull away over the rest of the non-stop race. From mid way, LeMieux had his hands full at the point with Richards and Barkholtz running side by side for second and several times alongside the leader. LeMieux was able to hold off each attempt and pulled off the exciting win in his first trip to the Zone. Richards and Barkholtz flashed by right behind the winner. Vandenberg ran his best race of the season securing fourth. Kyle Raddant and Block rounded out the top six spots.

The Dirt Devil event was the final feature of the Fall Classic weekend. Ben Meyerhofer grabbed the early lead with Kasey Gross, Clavin Stueck, Jordan Klemmer and Chris Maas right behind. The field started running 2 ands 3 wide right at the start and a lone caution slowed the pace on lap 8. Meyerhofer was still in command with Gross, Stueck, Brody Rivest and Brian Johnson next in line.

Rivest started to pick his way to the front and was joined by Shaun Bangart and Rodger Braun. Rivest pulled into the top spot on lap 11 with Bangart following on the next lap. For the final half of the race, it was a six car bunch for the lead. Bangart tried both inside and outside runs and was scored as the lead a couple times over the final laps, but Rivest was able to charge back. Meyerhofer, Stueck and Braun were also in the group. Rivest and Bangart were side by side for the final 3 laps and out of the final turn, Bangart made a final attempt to the inside as the pair crossed the line in a near photo finish. Rivest, in his first ever visit to the track, was awarded the win by inches, over the former 2 time track champion. Meyerhofer, Stueck, Braun and Mitchell Lee Fairbank flashed by to complete the top six.

The staff and management of the Oshkosh SpeedZone Raceway would like to THANK all of the drivers, crews, fans and sponsors for their support throughout the 2016 season. Despite all of the controversy during the season, the announcement was made prior to the features, that weekly racing will continue at the track in 2017, starting in early May.



30 Lap Feature l. Steve Schneider, Chilton 2. Marcus Yarie, Wausau 3. Mike Mullen, Seymour 4. Kevin Feck, Wausau 5. T.J. Smith, Menasha 6. Brian Drexler, Oshkosh

20 Lap Semi l. Kelly Brown 2. Tim Robbins 3. Joey Taycher 4, Mike Mueller

10 Lap Last Chance Qualifiers First l. Jeremie Hedrick

Second l. J.J. Andersen

Third l. Brian Drexler

10 Lap Heats First Round First l. Todd Dart

Second l. Johnny Whitman

Third l. Mike Mullen

Fourth l. Mark Joski

Second Round First l. Dan Roedl

Second l. Eric Scribner

Third l. Kevin Feck

Fourth l. Troy Jerovetz

Race of Champions l. Mike Mullen


30 Lap Feature l. Travis Van Straten, Hortonville 2. John Heinz, Green Bay 3. Jerry Winkler, Oshkosh 4. Joe White, Oconto 5. Greg Wichman, Bonduel 6. Kevin Hebbe, Neenah

10 lap Last Chance Qualifiers First l. Greg Wichman

Second l. Ryan Plog

10 Lap Heats First l. David Hoerning

Second l. Travis Van Straten

Third l. Jerry Winkler

Race Of Champions l. Joe White


30 Lap Feature l. Randy LeMieux, Jr, Sturgeon Bay 2. Kenny Richards, Montello 3. Jordan Barkholtz, Shawano 4. Jason Vandenberg, Kimberly 5. Kyle Raddant, Shawano 6. Wyatt Block, Shawano

15 Lap Semi l.Chris Budzban 2. Adam Pugh 3. Dereck Schrauth 4. Karah Taycher

10 Lap Last Chance Qualifier 1. Brekken Kleinschmidt

Second l. Chase Randerson

Third l. Tom Schneider

10 Lap Heats First l. Kyle Raddant

Second l. Ryan Besaw

Third l. Jordan Barkholtz

Fourth l. Russell Franks

Race Of Champions l. Randy LeMieux, Jr


30 Lap Feature l. Jeff Richards, Montello 2. Paul Diefenthaler, Two Rivers 3. Alex Crapser, Milwaukee 4. Paul Ambrosius, Seymour 5. Jeff Jungwirth, Oshkosh 6. Jeff Wicinsky, Winneconne

10 Lap Last Chance Qualifier 1. Lexii Ashcraft

10 Lap Heats First l. Paul Diefenthaler

Second l. Jeff Jungwirth

Third l. Alex Crapser

Race of Champions 1. Jeff Jungwirth


30 Lap Feature l. Kenny Richards, Montello 2. Jeff Richards, Montello 3. Tim Doehling, Winneconne 4. Roger Lee, 5. Brian Vinney, Jr, Oshkosh 6. Steven Wirtz,, Sheboygan

10 Lap Last Chance Qualifier First l. Roger Lee

Second l. Aaron Streblow

10 Lap Heats First l. Larry Richards

Second l. Jeff Richards

Race of Champions l. Kenny Richards


20 Lap Feature l. Brody Rivest, Sheboygan 2. Shaun Bangart, Chilton 3. Ben Meyerhofer, Kaukauna 4. Calvin Stueck, Clintonville 5. Roger Braun, Kaukauna 6. Mitchell Lee Fairbank, Oshkosh

10 Lap Last Chance Qualifier l. Shaun Bangart

10 Lap Heats First l. Mitch Meier

Second l. Brian Johnson, Green Bay

Third l. Brody Rivest

Race of Champion l. Brian Johnson

IMCA Stock Car Purse

Oshkosh SpeedZone is happy to announce that 2 sponsors of the 10 car- Karly Stadler is adding money to the IMCA Stock Car’s purse for our Fall Classic. These sponsors are Modern Rentals.LLC in Ripon, One More Pub in Fairwater.


Due to the rain we will not be having a practice. However we are going to try to get in the weekend Fall Classic.