Oshkosh, WI, April 28, 2012: It was a cold and cloudy afternoon, but well over 50 drivers entered the Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway pit area for the last shakedown before the start of the 2012 season. While many of the area tracks had to cancel their planed evening race programs, rain avoided the Speedzone's third-mile clay oval and a full four hour testing session was completed as planned.
Once again the Automotive Supply Company Modifieds had the highest turnout with 16 cars taking to the track. The Leon's Frozen Custard IMCA Northern Sport Modifieds showed up with 15 drivers testing their machines. All totaled 53 cars hit the raceway during the afternoon.
Among the fastest of the Modified's during today's practice session were area modified hotshoe Brian Mullen who went trackside for several sessions and was often the fastest driver on the watch. Also near the top of the speed charts were Chris Engels, Jerry Wilinski, and Travis Spaulding. Defending champion Brian Drexler was also on hand turning solid laps in spite of having a car which did not sound like it was running at full power. On several occasions drivers would square off and run laps side by side testing each other's speed.
Between the two pre-season practice sessions over 80 different drivers have prepared for the season ahead, 69 of which have now filed driver's information sheets. Additionally another 20 some drivers who have reserved pit stalls have yet to see the track this season.
Car counts approaching 120 entries are anticipated to be on hand opening night between the five divisions. In addition to the two Modified classes which have seen the highest numbers in practice, a solid field of Miller Lite Grand Nationals and Total Power Sales Street Stocks are expected when the season begins. The entry level Lynn's Service Center Dirt Devils which has seen an influx of new drivers will round out the weekly five division program.
With pre-season activities out of the way attention is now focused on the May 4th season opening program presented by WXMM 92.9FM Country Radio. Grandstand admission for the event is $10 for adults. Students ages 11-15 are admitted for $5 and children 10 and under can join in the family fun for FREE.
Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway is a 1/3 mile semi-banked clay oval located at the Sunnyview Expo Center which resides near the intersection of Highways 76 and County Trunk Y in Oshkosh. Weekly racing Friday Night racing continues until September. Fans and drivers are encouraged to visit the track website at www.oshkoshspeedzone.net for additional information on upcoming racing events.
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This article was posted to the website on April 28th, 2012