By Jeffrey Sachse
Tuesday, July 26, 2011 - Oshkosh, WI. - Hardcore race fans who prefer one type of racing surface over another have made their opinions known. Phrases like "dirt's for racing, asphalt's for getting to the track" and conversely "asphalt 's for racing, dirt is for planting corn" can commonly be heard.
Driver's likewise often have a preference but what of those who have an opportunity to try both?
That opportunity will occur for long time asphalt Super Late Model standout Jeff Kendall, this Friday evening as Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway when he jumps behind the wheel of a Miller Lite Grand National fielded by Outlaw Chassis and Kenny Richards.
Rivals on the racetrack for many years at paved tracks though out the state, there was a time when a team effort between Kendall and Richards would have been unlikely at best. Both have won championships against each other and they have traded their fair share of paint in doing so. But as years have passed Kendall has taken time off to help his son Robert compete in Limited Late Models at Dells Raceway Park, while Richards changed his focus to dirt racing and working on his business Outlaw Chassis.
Both racers from Montello, Wisconsin will be hitting the racetrack for the Leroy Dehn Memorial this Friday evening July 29th at the Oshkosh Speedzone.
The event will mark the first time Kendall has competed on a clay surface, but it won't be the first time he's raced on a non-asphalt track. Before he became a Super Late Model standout Kendall began his career ice racing on area lakes near Montello.
It will be interesting to see those skills applied to the clay this coming Friday evening. Kendall will be piloting the same car Larry Richards had driven to the track championship in 2010, while Larry will field his new car built for the 2011 season. Kenny will also be in action driving his familiar number 9 machine which took him to the track title in 2009.
All three drivers will be facing a tough Grand National contingent where the top 6 drivers are all within 25 points of the championship, where regulars like current point leader T.J. Smith, the most recent feature winner Terry Van Roy, Tim Warner, Jim Rhode and Brian Henry all want to welcome Kendall to Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway.
By beating him to the checkered flag.
This Friday evening, July 29th, the track will present the Leroy Dehn Memorial sponsored by Knaus Cheese and Weyauwega Star Dairy. Dehn a veteran racer at the Leo's Speedway, a precursor to the current Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway, was recently inducted into the track's Walk of Fame.
The show will feature over 100 cars and all five weekly divisions will be on hand including Automotive Supply Company Modifieds, Miller Lite Grand Nationals, Total Power Sales Street Stocks, Leon's Frozen Custard Sport Modifieds and Lynn's Service Center Dirt Devils.
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.
Gates open at 5:00pm, with racing action beginning at 6:30pm. Adult admission is just $10, with students tickets available to those between the ages 11 and 15 at just $5. Children 10 and under are admitted free with an adult.
This article was posted to the website on July 26th, 2011