Richards earns second straight feature win in Speedzone Grand National action!
Oshkosh, WI, June 7, 2013 – The evening was simply fun.. a warm late spring evening, a smooth race track, plenty of three and four wide racing surely left many fans leaving Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway with a smile on their face.
There were thrills and spills for everyone. Thrills in the form of great racing action as several feature races ran the distance with only a single caution and the IMCA Modified main event which saw Tim Lemirande slip past a determined Eddie Lemay to grab the victory in a non-stop contest. It was the first win of the season for Lemirande who finished with runner-up honors on opening night. The IMCA Northern Sport Modified main event had a few cautions to slow the pace but Jeff Steenbergen proved to be the class of the field outrunning hard charging rookie Steve Schneider for his second win of the season at Oshkosh Speedzone. Larry Richards collected his second straight Grand National feature contest after going wheel to wheel with Steve Doehling for the win. Jerry Winkler also recorded his second victory of 2013 in the Street Stocks driving a backup car while his own ride is still being completed. The Dirt Devil main event provided the “spills” portion of the evening’s excitement as a wild barrel roll occurred on lap 13 of the divisions’ main event. Calvin Nowak would roll over multiple times coming off turn four but fortunately emerged from his car unhurt. Kyle Stark would go on to earn the checkered flag in the contest.
A total of 116 cars checked into the pit area for a program presented by long time track sponsor Automotive Supply Company. It was fitting that the Automotive Supply Company Modifieds turned in the evening’s highest car count with 32 Modifieds on hand to do battle. 28 Hansel Trucking IMCA Northern Sport Modifieds were also on hand while 18 cars were presented in the Outlaw Chassis Grand Nationals and Total Power Sales Street Stock. The Ellington Mutual Insurance Dirt Devils saw 20 participants tonight.
The Automotive Supply Company Modified main event presented 20 cars for their feature event with Eddie Lemay holding down the pole position and Kevin Feck to his outside. Row two was held down by the Klenz family with Matt holding the inside and his father Mike to his outside. Lemirande would start the contest in the eighth position.
Lemay got the upper hand on Feck at the start with Chris Engels working into the third spot by the completion of lap one. Lemirande opted to try his hand at the far outside line sweeping past cars three wide to challenge Engels for third by lap two. Lemirande continued his charge using the high groove around Engels and then diving to the inside of Feck coming off turn two on lap three to reach the second spot.
Lemay soon found Lemirande challenging for the lead spot as the pair worked the high line around the third-mile clay oval. Coming off turn two on lap seven Lemirande darted to the inside of Lemay as the pair charged down the backstretch. Lemirande would come away with the lead leaving Lemay to try and rebound from the second spot.
Justin Ritchie was also on the move working by Feck prior to the halfway point to reach third. The race continued at a blistering pace with no cautions to bunch the field. Lemirande was able to slowly extend his lead on Lemay before the pair began to encounter lapped traffic in the closing laps. Lemay managed to close within four car lengths of Lemirande with two laps to go but Lemirande was able to maintain the gap to the checkered flag for the win. Lemay would settle for second. Ritchie earned the third spot tonight giving him three consecutive weeks of top three finishes. Feck would hold off a fast closing Marcus Yarie for fourth while Yarie completed the top five.
Division rookie Troy Jerovetz continues to set the pace in the most hotly contested point battle of all divisions as the top five drivers are all within 10 points.
Like the Modifieds, the Hansel Trucking IMCA Northern Sport Modifieds started their contest with some three and four wide racing using the well groomed racing surface and testing the tracks multiple grooves. Wyatt Block was out front when the first of several cautions flew on lap two.
On the restart Block found himself challenged by Bernie Miller and Jeff Steenbergen who had charged from deep in the field. As the green flag returned Steenbergen wasted little time in taking command of the contest.
Another quick caution bunched the field but the result was the same on the restart with Steenbergen pulling away. Attention now focused on Steve Schneider who earlier won the consolation race. It was apparent that Schneider had a very fast car having come from deep in the field up to the second spot by lap five.
By the halfway point Steenbergen had a comfortable straightaway lead over Schneider while division point leader Todd Wiese had climbed into the third position.
The last thing Steenbergen wanted to see was a caution flag, but with five laps to go Block looped his ride in turn two setting up a dash to the checkered. Steenbergen got an excellent restart again taking control of the race. He would pace the remaining distance to take a convincing win. Schneider turned in an impressive second place run followed by Wiese, Kevin Tilleman and Scott Besaw.
The Outlaw Chassis Grand National contest had a single caution flag slow its pace. Tim Doehling would jump into the lead before the end of lap one and begin to open up a lead on the field. Jason Fish found himself in second while Larry Richards made some bold three wide passes to reach third during the opening circuits.
Doehling continued to set the pace but Richards was on the move disposing of Fish to claim second and then setting his sights on Doehling. With each passing lap Richards closed the gap and by lap eight Richards was pressuring for the lead. Using the high groove Richards had reeled in Doehling who was hugging the bottom of the race track. Richards had just nosed ahead for the lead at the halfway point when the lone caution flew when Arianna Beattie lost traction and spun in turn two.
Doehling was back ahead for the restart but once again Richards proved the high line was the fast route around the track moving ahead of Doehling for the lead. Once out front Richards was able to extend his lead to eight car lengths by the checkered flag. Doehling’s efforts were rewarded with a second place finish. Jim Rhode, Jason Fish and Tom Schneider comprised the top five.
The Total Power Sales Street Stock feature saw three different drivers pace the first three laps with Mark Schultz leading lap one in his vintage Chevelle before Frank Knaus took over the top spot on lap two. Jon Ashcraft would take the top spot on lap three making a three wide pass for the lead.
The battle for the lead was fought between Ashcraft, Knaus and Jerry Winkler before the pace was slowed by a caution on lap six to pull a barrel in off the racing surface which had been knocked onto the track in turn one.
The race resumed with Ashcraft taking the lead but Knaus used the far outside line to his advantage and motored past Ashcraft to the top spot on lap eight. It soon became a three wide battle for the lead position ass Winkler would work by the lead pair to set the pace on lap ten.
Knaus continued to pressure Winkler for the lead, however he would slip out of the groove and into the loose clay on the far edges of the racing surface allowing several cars to pass and giving up the second spot. Moments later he would spin in turn two on lap 12 ending his time at the front of the pack.
After the restart Winkler set the pace for the duration of the contest fending off his team mates Ashcraft and Jerry Kope for the victory. Jeff Jungwirth and Richards Garb completed the top five.
The final feature event of the evening was the Ellington Mutual Insurance Dirt Devils which started 20 cars. The first half of the contest saw plenty of dicing for positions while Matt Brehmer held a slim lead over Chris Maas.
The event just began to settle down when Calvin Nowak forced the first red flag of the season in the entry level class after performing a barrel roll. Nowak was fine but his machine was not as fortunate.
On the restart Kyle Stark would muscle into the lead a position he would hold to the checkered. Brehmer recorded a second place finish ahead of Ralph Liegeois Jr., Mike Montie and Wes Lungwitz.
The next several weeks will see a wide variety of action take place at the Oshkosh Speedzone.
A pair of Tuesday Night practice sessions will take place on June 11th and June 18th. Pit passes are $15 for the practice sessions and any car meeting safety requirements may take to the track. Grandstand admission for practice is FREE.
The next weekly race program will be Friday night, June 14th as Hansel Trucking will present the Mid-Season championship races. All five weekly divisions will be on hand including Automotive Supply Company IMCA Modifieds, Hansel Trucking IMCA Northern Sport Modifieds, Outlaw Chassis Grand Nationals, Total Power Sales Street Stocks and Ellington Mutual Insurance Dirt Devils. Over 120 cars are expected for the show.
The first green flag of the night is set to fall at 7:00pm, and the grandstands will be open at 5:00pm. Adult admission is just $10, with you admission for youngsters ages 11 through 15 just $5. Children are admitted FREE with a paid adult.
The following week on Friday Night June 21st, the track will present its first special event of 2013 as the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints make their first of two appearances at the track this season. The 900 horsepower, Winged 410 Sprints are the fastest cars to take to Speedzone’s clay each year and have been clocked at over 130 mph. Joining the IRA Outlaw Sprints will be the Automotive Supply Company Modifieds and Hansel Trucking IMCA Northern Sport Modifieds. Both Modified classes will be competing in a full point program.
Kenny Schrader a NASCAR star known for his short track performances will be making a three race swing through Northeastern Wisconsin and will be participating in the program wheeling his IMCA Modified. Having succeeded in just about every form of racing, he has turned laps at over 450 short tracks a crossed America. His stop on June 21st will make his first ever appearance at Oshkosh Speedzone. He will compete the following night at 141 Speedway and then on Sunday at Seymour Speedway.
Additional star-power is in the works for the June 21st program as efforts are being made to bring Kyle Larson to the track to display his open-wheeled driving talent behind the wheel of an IRA Outlaw Sprint.
Fans can print out the 2013 season schedule by visiting the track website at www.oshkoshspeedzone.net . When visiting the website fans are encouraged to sign-up for the free track newsletter which features weekly updates throughout the season along with photos, videos, interviews and more. Oshkosh Speedzone can also be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thespeedzone
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.
AUTOMOTIVE SUPPLY COMPANY IMCA MODIFIEDS:
Feature (Top 15): 1.) Tim Lemirande; 2.) Eddie Lemay; 3.) Justin Ritchie; 4.) Kevin Feck; 5.) Marcus Yarie; 6.) Sean Jerovetz; 7.) Mitch McGrath; 8.) Matt Klenz; 9.) Chris Engels; 10.) Troy Jerovetz; 11.) Brian Drexler; 12.) Dan Roedl; 13.) Johnny Whitman; 14.) Joe McGrath; 15.) Mike Klenz
First Consolation: 1.) J. McGrath; 2.) Tony Wedelstadt; 3.) Andrew Araco; 4.) Ed Stehula; 5.) Roger Van Roy; 6.) Pat Toetz
Second Consolation: 1.) M. McGrath; 2.) Whitman; 3.) Don Scheffler; 4.) Tim Robbins; 5.) Mike Mueller; 6.) Shaun Froelich
First Heat: 1.) Mike Wedelstadt; 2.) T. Jerovetz; 3.) Chad Nelson
Second Heat: 1.) Feck; 2.) Yarie; 3.) Engels
Third Heat: 1.) S. Jerovetz; 2.) Ritchie; 3.) Matt Klenz
Fourth Heat: 1.) Lemay; 2.) Lemirande; 3.) Mike Klenz
HANSEL TRUCKING IMCA NORTHERN SPORT MODIFIEDS:
Feature (Top 15): 1.) Jeff Steenbergen; 2.) Steve Schneider; 3.) Todd Wiese; 4.) Kevin Tilleman; 5.) Scott Besaw; 6.) J.J. Anderson; 7.) Cody Hokenstad; 8.) Kelsy Hayes; 9.) Jon Schultz; 10.) Rob Charapata; 11.) Colten Van Hierden; 12.) Bernie Miller; 13.) Kevin Bethke; 14.) Robby Thiel; 15.) Brock Saunders
First Consolation: 1.) Charapata; 2.) Schneider; 3.) Bethke; 4.) Saunders; 5.) Besaw; 6.) Dion Wahl
First Heat: 1.) Hokenstad; 2.) Tilleman; 3.) Mark Howe
Second Heat: 1.) Miller; 2.) Anderson; 3.) Jessi Ness
Third Heat: 1.) Van Hierden; 2.) Steenbergen; 3.) Thiel
OUTLAW CHASSIS GRAND NATIONALS:
Feature (Top 10): 1.) Larry Richards; 2.) Tim Doehling; 3.) Jim Rhode; 4.) Jason Fish; 5.) Tom Schneider; 6.) Brad Juckem; 7.) Jeff Richards; 8.) Brian Henry; 9.) Dan Schumacher; 10.) Terry Van Roy
First Heat: 1.) Juckem; 2.) Arianna Beattie; 3.) J. Richards
Second Heat: 1.) L. Richards; 2.) D. Schumacher; 3.) John Schultz III
TOTAL POWER SALES STREET STOCKS:
Feature (Top 10): 1.) Jerry Winkler; 2.) Jon Ashcraft; 3.) Jerry Kope; 4.) Jeff Jungwirth; 5.) Richard Garb; 6.) Mark Schultz; 7.) Steven Gawaresky; 8.) Shawn Haydon; 9.) Dan Knaus; 10.) Jim Pollnow
First Heat: 1.) Schultz; 2.) Garb; 3.) Haydon
Second Heat: 1.) Winkler; 2.) D. Knaus; 3.) Jeff Wicinski
ELLINGTON MUTUAL INSURANCE DIRT DEVILS:
Feature (Top 10): 1.) Kyle Stark; 2.) Matt Brehmer; 3.) Ralph Liegeois Jr.; 4.) Mike Montie; 5.) Wes Lungwitz; 6.) Chris Maas; 7.) Jason Fairbank; 8.) Shaun Bangart; 9.) Patrick Klawitter; 10.) Erik Kollmann
First Heat: 1.) Brehmer; 2.) Fairbank; 3.) Bangart
Second Heat: 1.) Maas; 2.) Stark; 3.) Montie
Third Heat: 1.) Liegeois Jr.; 2.) Kasey Gross; 3.) Klawitter
This article was posted to the website on June 8th, 2013