SpeedZone results April 29, 2016

Oshkosh, April 29- Oh, What a Night!

Season openers have a way of getting out of control sometimes, and with 171 cars in 6 divisions filling the pit area at the Oshkosh SpeedZone Raceway on Friday night, one could only hope for the best.

The veteran staff at the Zone was up to the challenge and an entire program was complete in 3 ½ hours. The drivers also did their job to near perfection with all 6 very competitive features run in just under an hour. There were only a handful of cautions during the entire night, compliments of a very smooth, fast track.

The Street Stock division started the feature portion off with a caution on the opening lap. After the restart, it was a non-stop contest with defending champion, Steve Gawaresky, drawing the pole, and quickly setting the pace. After a few laps, Gawaresky was opening a lead and proceeded to run alone the entire distance at the front. Lexii Ashcraft, Jason Fairbank, Jesse Krahn and Frank Knaus were in a tight battle behind for much of the race.

Gawaresky got a good start on the season picking up the Kim Parson Memorial Trophy for his first win of his title defense. Krahn won the battle for the runner up spot with Ashcraft taking third. Frank Knaus, Shawn Haydon and Dan Knaus rounded out the final finish.

Another defending track champion, Travis Van Straten started the feature in the season row and was in the lead after the opening lap. Ryan Blank, Dan Nelson, Jerry Winkler and Joe White bunched for a runner up battle while Van Straten just pulled away from the field on his way to collect his fist Zone feature of the season. Blank and Wheeler had a great battle for second place with Winkler taking the spot at the finish with Blank, in his first run in the Stock Car division, settled for a strong third place finish. Joe White, John Heinz and Brandon Czarapata rounded out the top six.

With a stout 46 car field in the IMCA Modified division, it was atough go making the main event, with 24 cars on the grid. Steve Schneider took command at the start from the front row with Mike Wedelstadt, Benji LaCrosse, Jeff Steenbergen Todd Dart and Ed Lemay right behind.

Schneider opened a lead over the first few laps with LaCrosse moving into the runner up spot on lap 6, and closed in on the leader. For 8 laps, LaCrosse ran outside of Schneider and it was back and forth for the lead. A lapped car on lap 15 messed up the momentum briefly, which was all Schneider needed to regain the lead and move on to collect his first feature win of the season. LaCrosse could not get back to the leader and finished right behind in second. Defending champion, Marcus Yarie, had to make the main through the consy, and made an exciting run from the back of the field through traffic and ended up taking third at the finish. Wedelstadt, Ed Lemay and RC Withwell rounded out the top six.

Chris Budzban grabbed the lead in the IMCA Sport Mod main and was able to put distance on the field over the first half of the race. Tom Schneider, Kevin Bethke and JJ Andersen battled for the second spot. Once Schneider settled into the runner up spot alone, he slowly started to cut into the lead that Budzban had established and after lap 10, was getting to within striking distance. Lapped traffic also cane into the picture as the leaders had to move through traffic. On lap 15, Schneider was able to pull alongside Budzban on the front chute and after 2 more lap, was in control. Not to be outdone by his brother Steve, Tom ran to his first feature win of the season and the pair shared victory lane after their back to back victories. Budzban took a close second place finish with Andersen and Bethke holding down the top 4 spots. Defending champion, Jeff Schmuhl, finished 5th and Wyatt Block took 6th.

The Grand National feature saw Tim Doehling grab the top spot ahead of Nick Schumacher and Dan Schumacher with Brian Vinney and Dan Schumacher behind over the first few laps. Larry Richards worked from the middle of the field and took over the runner up spot on lap 8, and running the outside line, closed in on the leader. For the final 6 laps, the pair ran side by side with Doehling holding the top spot at the line. At the white flag, Richards was scored as the leader and it was a drag rave to the finish line with the initial call giving Doehling the victory, but Doehling acknowledged Richards was inches ahead at the line and officials agreed that Richards was indeed the winner of the opening night contest. Doehling was the runner up with Vinney taking third, Jeff Richards fourth with Nick and Don Schumacher rounding out the top six.

Chris Maas sat on the pole for the Dirt Devil finale with Mike Meier, Anthony Fletcher, Tayler Becker and Kasey Gross behind. The pack stayed tight throughout the race with Gross making his way into third by lap 4, making a tight three way battle for the lead. Meier was in the thick of the battle when suddenly lost power and in an attempt to coast off the track, could not quite make it and forced only the second caution during all of the features for the night, setting up a 4 lap dash to the finish. Mass was able to hold off Gross to collect his first feature win of the season. Rick Fairbank took third followed by Joe Minks, Fletcher and Becker.

Racing will continue every Friday night through Labor Day at the SpeedZoine with racing at 7 PM.



20 Lap Feature l Steve Schneider, Chilton 2, Benji LaCrosse, Green Bay 3. Marcus Yarie, Wausau 4. Mike Wedelstadt, Fremont 5. Ed Lemay 6, RC Withwell

8 Lap Consy First l. Brian Drexler, Oshkosh 2. Josh Long, Green Bay

Second l., Yarie 2. Mitch Stankowski

Thhird l. Jay Matthias, Green Bay 2. Mike Klenz

8 Lap Heats First l. Dan Roedl, Beaver Dam 2. Shawn Kilgore. Luxemburg

Second l. Brian Mullen, Seymour 2. LaCrosse

Third l. Withwell 2. Wedelstadt

Fourth l. Todd Dart, Algoma 2. Schneider

Fifth l. Jeff Steenbergen 2. LeMay


15 Lap Feature l. Travis Van Straten, Hortonville 2. Jerry Winkler, Oshkosh 3. Ryan Blank, Greenville 4. Joe White, Green Bay 5. John Heinz, Green Bay 6. Brandon Czarapata, Pulaski

8 Lap Heats First l. Van Straten 2. Czarapata

Second l. Paul Holschuh, Green Bay 2. White

Third l. Blank 2. Winkler


20 Lap Feature l. Tom Schneider, Chilton 2. Chris Budzban, Luxemburg 3. JJ Andersen, Green Bay 4. Kevin Bethke, Neenah 5. Jeff Schmuhl, Beaver Dam 6, Wyatt Block, Shawano

10 Lap Consy First l. Brekken Kleinschmidt 2. Jason Ebert

Second l. Brandon Schmitt 2, Scott Besaw, Omro

8 Lap Heats First l. Brock Saunders, Appleton 2. Brian Bruechert, Kewaunee

Second l. Tom Schneider 2. Andersen

Third l. Bethke 2. Kelsey Hayes,

Fourth 1. Scott Reidner 2. Budzban


15 Lap Feature l. Steve Gawaresky 2. Jesse Krahn 3. Lexii Ashcraft 4. Frank Knaus 5. Shawn Haydon 6. Dan Knaus

8 Lap Consy l, Dan Knaus 2. Mark Schultz 3. Zach Spangenburg

8 Lap Heats First l. Jeremy Kemnetz 2. Alex Crapser

Second l. Jeff Wicinsky 2. Ashcraft

Third l. Jeff Jungwirth 2. Frank Knaus


15 Lap Feature l. Larry Richards, Montello 2. Tim Doehling, Winneconne 3. Brian Vinney 4,Jeff Richards 5. Nick Schumacher 6. Don Schumacher

8 Lap Heats First l. Tim Reichenberger 2. Doehling

Second l. Larry Richards 2. Rich Garb

Thhird l. Jeff Richards 2. Vinney


15 Lap Feature l. Chris Maas 2. Kasey Gross 3. Rick Fairbank 4. Joe Minks 5. Anthony Fletcher 6. Tayler Becher

8 Lap Heats First l. Fairbank 2. Jordan Klemmer

Second l. Gross 2. Mike Meier

Save the Race Track

The Oshkosh Speedzone regrets to inform everyone that at the end of the 2016 race season, the Oshkosh Speedzone may no longer exist. Over the past 2 years of negotiations with Winnebago County Parks Department and director, Rob Way, an agreement could not be reached.

At the end of the 2016 race season the track may be bulldozed and a concert hall may be built for Lifest.

Larry and Jeff have tried to work with the County Parks Director but have come to a dead end. The cost of operations and the $7000.00 increase in rent the county is insisting on would not make business sense to continue. The county parks director, Rob Way, feels that racing is dying and feels that it has to change direction for the future of the Sunnyview Expo Center and Winnebago County.

Nothing has been signed or confirmed but this is the direction Winnebago County Parks Director, Rob Way of New London, wants to proceed. There will be meetings in the near future with the Winnebago Parks Committee and the County Board and we will for sure post when, where and times of the meetings. There will also be a petition circulated for the “Save the Race Track”. Our goal is to get 5,000 signatures before anything goes to the county board.

We feel this is a mistake and I’m sure everyone else feels the same way.

If you have any questions or comments please direct them to County Parks director Rob Way, Winnebago County Executive Mark Harris, who is running for a senate seat, and other Winnebago County Board members.


Parks Director Rob Way,
Office – 920-232-1961

County Executive Mark Harris,
Office – 920-232-3450

County Board Members serving on the Winnebago County Parks Department,
Jerry Finch – Neenah
20-725-6170 / 920-213-2252
Thomas Konetzke – Menasha
Mike Norton – Oshkosh – Facebook him, MJ Norton, due to the fact he has no telephone.

Wisconsin Legend Dirt Series

April 25, 2016

Oshkosh Speedzone is proud to announce that the Wisconsin Dirt Legend Series will be added to the May 27th date with the IRA Outlaw Sprint Cars. Along with the Sprint cars and Legends you will see the Gold Star Racing Grand Nationals, Outlaw Chassis Street Stocks and the Ellington Mutual Insurance Dirt Devils.

Pit gates will open at 4:00 PM, Grandstands at 5:00 PM.
Hot laps for Sprint Cars at 6:00 PM
Time trials for Sprint Cars 6:30 PM
Racing at 7:00 PM

Admission for this special event;
Adults – $20.00
Students 11-15 $10.00
Children 10 and under free

Oshkosh Speedzone 2016 Race Season

The Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway kicked off their 2016 race season in style on Saturday April 16, 2016. With over 120 cars in the pit area for the first of two practices before the opening night, the view was amazing! From Legends to Late Models and Sprint cars and everything in between. Cars took to the track shortly after 12:00 PM and didn’t stop until after 6:00 PM. Race promoter Larry Stratton said, “it is so nice to see so many cars this early and how sharp they look”. The track for a 74 degree day held up pretty good said track promoter Jeff Lemiesz. We had some dust issues but with all the rain and snow we had a week prior we didn’t know what to expect. We didn’t want to add too much water so the track would push and we didn’t want too little either but as it turns out it was a little dusty. The Speedzone’s next practice is schedule for next Saturday April 23, 2016. Pit gates will once again open at 10:00 AM and practice will begin at noon. Admission for the pit area is $15.00 per person and once again a free grandstands.
To say 2016 will be a busy year is an understatement. With the season opening night slated for April 29, 2016, the Speedzone is hoping for a safe and exciting year.
May 20, 2016 the Lucas Oil Dirt Late Models will invade the Speedzone. Last year it was an amazing show with over 120 cars in the pit area with only 3 divisions and well over 4000 spectators. 2016 we expect the same or more. With 2016 being the first year in Wisconsin, some late model drivers decided to wait and see how things went. With all the positives that came from it we are expecting big things for this show. This will also be round one of the “King of the Ring” for the Automotive Supply Company Modifieds. The Modifieds will race for $1,000.00 in each of the 3 events. The GSR Street Stocks will be racing for a bounty of $400.00 to win. You can purchase advance tickets either at the track during the race season or online at the Speedzone website, www.oshkoshspeedzone.net.

May 21, 2016 the Kenny Wallace Dirt Racing Experience will make their first Wisconsin debut. Here you will attend a racing class and then hit the track in one of the race cars provided by Wallace Experience. For booking a session go to, www.dirtracewithkenny.com and use promo code “KENNY”

On May 27, 2016 the IRA Outlaw Sprint Cars will make their first of two shows at the Speedzone. Supporting divisions for the 21st will be GSR Grand Nationals, Outlaw Chassis Street Stocks and the Ellington Mutual Insurance Dirt Devils. The second date for the IRA Sprint Cars is scheduled for July 22, 2016, with supporting divisions of the Automotive Supply Company IMCA Modifieds, this will be round two of the King of the Ring” for the Modifieds. You will also see in action the IMCA Stock Cars and the Nolte’s IMCA Northern Sport Mods.

On June 24, 2016 the first time ever Cheesehead Triple Crown series will be coming to the Speedzone. The series kicks off June 22 and 23 with “Clash at the Creek” and $10,000.00 to win for the IMCA Modifieds. Then on June 24, 2016 they will be at the Oshkosh Speedzone for “Battle at the Zone” with $5,000.00 on the line for the IMCA Modifieds. The IMCA Stock Cars and Sport Mods will do battle for a

$750.00 to win purse and the Speedzone Outlaw Chassis Street Stocks will battle for $500.00 to win. On Saturday the series will finish up at Shawano Speedway, “Fury at the Fairgrounds” with $5,000.00 to win for the IMCA Modifieds. A total purse of over $20,000.00 to win for the IMCA Modifieds will surely bring in some of the biggest names in racing history. This will also be a televised event on IMCA.TV .

July 2nd and 3rd will be the AMA Motorcycle flat trackers. This will be bringing in some of the biggest names in flat track racing, riders from New York, Canada, California and many other states will compete on the 1/3 mile semi-banked clay oval. The AMA Flat Trackers will be back on August 13th with D16 races.

Rounding out the 2016 Speedzone race season will be the George Scheffler Memorial/Cornbelt Clash Late Model race. With $8,000.00 on the line for the Late Models this will bring in some huge talent form throughout the country. This year the Cornbelt Clash will also be sanctioned by UMP/DirtCar Racing. As many as 50 late Models have competed in each of the past couple of shows. This event will also be the final round of “King of the Ring” with another $1000.00 to win for the Automotive Company IMCA Modifieds. 2015 King of the Ring was Mike Wedelstadt, who is going to be the 2016 King? There will also be over a $3,000.00 points fund for the “King of the Ring” handed out this night.

Final points night will be September 2 ,2016 and track champions will be crowned.

On September 17 the Crash’n for the Cause Charity Demolition Derby will make its first appearance at the Speedzone. This was previously held in Rosendale. They outgrew the event grounds and needed to move it to a larger grounds. That evening you will be treated for a Fireworks display, “Thunder over Wisconsin” Celebration of Heroes!

Rounding out the 2016 race season will be the Speedzone Fall Classic with over $50,000.00 worth of prize money be given out for 6 divisions.

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

Ride Along Modified

The ride along modified is almost done. Kids, people who have a bucket list, fans to ride with their favorite driver, parades, car shows just to name a few things that we will use this car for. So many people to thank, Scott Besaw for his vision, Dennis Schultz or the wrap, Jon and Dawn Ashcraft, Jerry Winkler for many hours working on the car. 2016 is going to be a great year!

Hobbytown Night July 15th!

Hobbytown of Oshkosh is giving away 50 model cars too anyone 16 and younger for the model car contest. The contest will be on July 15th, Christmas in July/Hobbytown night at the races.So come to the Speedzone during the races prior to the 15th and pick up your model car to build!

speedzone models

Contingency Connection

Oshkosh Speedzone is proud to be one of only 50+ tracks/series in the nation to have the prestigious Contingency Connection national grassroots RACER REWARDS program for our racers in 2016! Over 1000 tracks and series applied to participate in the program but Oshkosh Speedzone was chosen because of the importance we place on our drivers and weekly racing program.

We are pleased to announce that we will offer nearly $100,000 in NATIONAL Contingency Connection RACER REWARDS in 2016!

National manufacturers such as ELGIN, Richmond Gear, Holley, Edelbrock, CLEVITE, Stage 8, K&N Filters, Auto Meter, MSD, Mr. Gasket, ACCEL, JE PISTONS, Moroso, MAHLE, Lincoln Electric, Taylor, Aeromotive, Melling, Hedman Hedders, Canton, Painless Performance, SCE Gaskets, Jet-Hot and many, many others will be posting awards at the Oshkosh Speedzone.

The RACER REWARDS coupon book will be presented in rotation each week. Divisions will be announced during the week. Racer Rewards coupon books include $25-$50-% off manufacturer discount coupons averaging $2000 in Racer Rewards WEEKLY for every winner! Racers immediately receive their Contingency Connection awards.

Oshkosh Speedzone racers can win more money more often at our track than any other track in this region!

RUN the decals and BUY the products of the posting sponsors to be eligible to win thousands of dollars in contingency awards all season long!
The 2016 Contingency Connection RACER REWARDS is YOUR CONNECTION to performance manufacturers and we’ve got it at the Oshkosh Speedzone!