Oshkosh, July 29- In a stark opposite in the weather from a week ago, Knaus Cheese/Weyauwega Star Dairy presented the annual Walk of Fame night at the Oshkosh SpeedZone Raceway under a cloudy, cool breezy night. 117 cars checked in to take on a smooth, shiny 1/3 mile track that saw 5 divisions see repeat winners and one a first career feature flag.
The 2016 Walk of Fame class was inducted at intermission and included, Denny Hughes, Jerry “Medina” Smith, Jerry Krueger and Gene Wheeler.
It was the Outlaw Chassis Street Stock division up first with Brandon Ross setting the pace for the opening three circuits. Jeff Wicinsky started in the fourth row and used the outside line to move alongside the leader and into the top spot on lap 4. Wicinsky was forced to pit on lap 7 which turned the lead over to Lexii Ashcraft. A lone caution one lap later bunched the field with Dan Knaus, Jeff Jungwirth, Jason Fairbank and Jesse Krahn behind. On the restart, Jungwirth slipped inside and took over the runner up spot and pulled up on Ashcraft. Ashcraft was able to hold off Jungwirth and then open a lead over the final half of the race to collect her second feature win of the season. Jungwirth took runner up honors. Point leader, Steve Gawaresky, worked his way into third with 5 laps remaining but could not chase down Jungwirth, taking third. Dan Knaus, Fairbank and Frank Knaus rounded out the top six positions.
Cory Wegner set the opening lap pace for the Jim’s Auto Repair IMCA Stock Cars with Jerry Kope able to take over the lead after a lap 2 restart. Travis Van Straten, Aaron Stolp and Chase Parker were making their way through the tight pack and on lap 6, Van Straten found his way into the top spot and started to open a lead. Stolp and Kope ran for second with Jerry Winkle finally breaking out of the pack and closed the gap and took over the runner up spot on lap 16. A final caution appeared on lap 17, erasing Van Stratens lead and giving Winkler a shot at a second straight victory. Van Straten was up to the task after the final restart and took off to collect his 6th feature win of the season. Winkler was right behind in second with Stolp, Kope, David Hoerning and Parker rounding out the top six finishers.
After an opening lap caution, Mitch Stankowski grabbed the lead in the Automotive Supply Company IMCA Modified feature, setting the pace for the first 3 laps before Brian Crapser took charge before a caution slowed the field.
On the restart, Chad Bartel took the outside route and took the lead. Steve Schneider moved into the runner up spot on lap 9 and set out to catch the leader. Dan Roedl, Kevin Baldry, Mike Wedelstadt, Marcus Yarie and Ed Lemay were working through traffic towards the front. A spin on lap 18 bunched the field for a 2 lap dash. Bartel was able to hold off the late charge from Schneider to take his second feature win of the season here. Schneider, Roedl and Crapser took the top 4 places with point leader, Yarie, able to take fifth ahead of Stankowski to round out the top six.
Jason Ebert took control of the Nolte’s Auto Repair and Towing IMCA Sport Mod main event and quickly had point leader, Tom Schneider, work from mid pack through tight traffic into the runner up spot. Tim Sheppard, Kevin Bethke and Scott Besaw were right behind. A lap 8 caution slowed the cautious pace of the field with Ebert still in control. Schneider remained right behind after the restart with Bethke, Adam Peschek, Besaw and Brock Saunders in line. Schneider was relentless in trying to force an Ebert miscue, and finally took a different approach and dipped inside at the s/f line on lap 15 and eased into the lead in turn one. AS final restart on lap 16 allowed Schneider to pull away from the field as a dog fight for second lasted to the finish. Ryan Besaw moved up over the final laps to take second place along with Jason Vandenberg, making a solid run on the outside to take the third place finish, his best of the season. Bethke, Ebert and Peschek rounded out the top six. The win for Schneider allowed him to put his own icing on his birthday cake with his fifth win of the year.
The Gold Star Racing Products Grand National feature took the green with Brian Henry taking charge from the pole with Tim Reichenberger, Rich Garb, Tim Doehling, Jeff Richards and Brian Vinney, Jr behind. Henry hugged the inside line with Garb and Richards back just a bit at the mid point. Richards was now in second and right behind the leader with Garb taking the outside line. The lone caution of the race appears on lap 17 and set up a battle to the finish. Henry lined up in first for the restart with Richards taking the inside which put Garb outside. Vinney, Doehling and Don Schumacher were behind. On the final green, Richards and Garb split to go around the leader and Garb was scored in first on the next lap. Richards was able to pull ahead and Garb continued to attack from the outside. At the line, Richards took his second feature flag of the season with Garb just off the pace taking second. Vinney took third place honors with Henry, Doehling and Larry Richards rounding out the top six.
Jordan Klemmer led the opening lap of the Ellington Mutual Insurance Dirt Devil feature with Taylor Becher taking over on the second lap. Chris Maas and Cody Pankow moved into 2nd and 3rd and started to close the gap on the leader, Wes Lungwitz took fourth by the mid point and the trio spent the next few laps pulling up on Becher. Becher maintained the lead while the next three were right behind by Lap 12. Lungwitz tried several times to get inside of the leader and on the final lap, clipped a turn one tire, which knocked him out of contention and gave Pankow and Maas a final run, but Becher held off the charge to claim his first career feature win. Pankow took second ahead of Maas. Mitchell Fairbank took fourth, Lugwitz pulled back in line to finish 5th and Klemmer rounded out the top six.
There will be no racing at the SpeedZone next week, August 5th, because of the Winnebago County Fair. Racing will return on Friday night, August 12 with a full six division program starting at 7 PM.
AUTOMOTIVE SUPPLY COMPANY IMCA MODIFIEDS
20 Lap Feature l. Chad Bartel, Shiocton 2. Steve Schneider, Chilton 3. Dan Roedl, Beaver Dam 4. Brian Crapser, Milwaukee 5. Marcus Yarie, Wausau 6. Mitch Stankowski, Wausau
8 Lap Heats First l. Mike Wedelstadt, Fremont 2. Crapser
Second l. RC Whitwell 2. Roedl
Third l. Ed Lemay, Oakfield 2. Schneider
JIM’S AUTO REPAIR IMCA STOCK CARS
20 Lap Feature l. Travis Van Straten, Hortonville 2. Jerry Winkler, Oshkosh 3. Aaron Stolp, Milwaukee 4. Jerry Kope, Oshkosh 5. David Hoerning, Appleton 6. Chase Parker, Hortonville
8 LAP Heats First 1. Stolp 2. Kevin Hebbe, Neenah
Second l. Winkler 2. Hoerning
NOLTE’S AUTO REPAIR AND TOWING IMCA SPORT MODS
20 Lasp Feature l. Tom Schneider, Chilton 2. Ryasn Besaw, Omro 3. Jason Vandenberg, Kimbery 4. Kevin Bethke, Neenah 5. Jason Ebert, Clintonville
6. Adam Peschek
8 Lap Heats First l. Schneider 2. Peschek
Second l. Tim Sheppard, Beaver Dam 2. Vandenberg
Third l. Ebert 2. Bethke
OUTLAW CHASSIS STREET STOCKS
20 Lap Feature l. Lexii Ashcraft, Oshkosh 2. Jeff Jungwirth, Oshkosh 3. Steve Gawaresky, Oshkosh 4. Dan Knaus, Menasha 5, Jason Fairbank, Fond du Lac 6. Frank Knaus, Menasha
8 Lap Heats First l. Alex Crapser, Milwaukee 2. Patty Winkler, Larsen
Second l. Jesse Krahn, Beaver Dam 2. Steve Seehawer, Beaver Dam
Third l Jeff Wicinsky, Winneconne 2. Frank Knaus
GOLD STAR RACING PRODUCT GRAND NATIONS
20 Lap Feature l. Jeff Richards, Montello 2. Rich Garb, Eldorado 3. Brian Vinney, Jr, Oshkosh 4. Brian Henry, Oshkosh 5. Tim Doehling, Winneconne 6. Larry Richards, Montello
8 Lap Heats First l. Larry Richards 2. Garb
Second l. Jeff Richards 2. Henry
ELLINGTON MUTUAL INSURANCE DIRT DEVILS
20 Lap Feature l. Taylor Becher, Hortonville 2. Cody Pankow, Lomira 3. Chris Maas, Oakfield 4. Mitchell Fairbank, Van Dyne 5. Jordan Klemmer, Oshkosh 6. Seth Hickman, Oshkosh
8 Lap Heats First l. Becher 2. Kasey Gross, Gleason
Second l. Maas 2. Hickman