Just a reminder, January 31st is right around the corner. If you had a front row pit stall for 2016 you have up until January 31st to reserve it for 2017 season. February 1 will be first come first serve. Call Larry to reserve your spot. There is a waiting list.
Driver’s, just a reminder. If you had a front row pit stall and want it for this year, you have up until the end of January to reserve it. February 1st is first come first serve and there is a waiting list. Contact Larry for your pit stall. 920-252-1463
Attention 4 Cylinder drivers, Oshkosh Speedzone will be sanctioning the 4 cylinders IMCA for the 2017 race season. Visit IMCA.com for rules.
Grand National meeting
January 31 at Rev’s Oshkosh. 6:30
February 1st rules meeting for Street Stocks, Grand Nationals and 4 cylinders.
Rev’s Oshkosh, 7:00. Rules will be finalized.
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.
For up to date information please visit us on Facebook www.facebook.com/thespeedzone or our website, www.oshkoshspeedzone.net
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.
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
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:
AUTOMOTIVE SUPPLY COMPANY IMCA MODIFIEDS
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
JIM’S AUTO REPAIR IMCA STOCK CARS
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.
NOLTE’S AUTO REAPIR AND TOWING IMCA SPORT MODS
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
OUTLAW CHASSIS STREET STOCKS
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
GOLD STAR RAING PRODUCTS GRAND NATIONAL
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
ELLINGTON MUTUAL INSURANCE DIRT DEVILS
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
CHAMPION Chris Maas
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.