OSHKOSH, Wis. (Dec. 15) – Looking to build on already solid numbers, Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway will add Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods to its weekly lineup next season.
IMCA points will be awarded at Friday shows starting with opening night May 4 through Aug. 31. Several Tuesday programs on the 1/3-mile dirt oval are also to be announced for 2012.
“We started with 11 cars in our sportmod class this year with rules almost identical to IMCA’s and our average car count nearly doubled by the end of the season,” said Jeff Lemiesz, who partners with Larry Stratton in Impact Motorsports LLC, which promotes Oshkosh. “We like the economy of the sanctioned division. The rules package is straight forward and drivers will have another track to race for IMCA points.”
Lemiesz described the track as “a melting pot” for drivers in a 100-mile radius, much the same as when it was known as Leo’s Speedway from the late 1940’s to the mid-1970’s.
“We get a lot of drivers from all over,” he explained. “The Northern SportMods are a natural fit because drivers don’t have to change anything on their cars to race here. A majority of them were licensed with IMCA in 2011, anyway.”
Transponders and RACEceivers are required for all events at the Winnebago County-owned facility. Transponders can be rented for a nightly fee of $5.
Points earned at Oshkosh figure toward the IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing Northern SportMod national championship.
IMCA sanctioned the Modified division at Oshkosh, then called Sunnyview Speedzone Raceway, from 1999-2001 and the Stock Car division from 1999-2000.
This article was posted to the website on December 15th, 2011