Track to Open Friday Night April 26th! Practice Possible This Sunday!
Oshkosh, WI, April 16, 2013 – Ample snowfalls through the early spring and unseasonable cold temperatures have left area dirt tracks scrambling to prepare for their season opening events. With late week conditions showing temperatures near freezing and additional rain or snow expected in the days leading up to the upcoming Spring Brawl event at Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway, both track and series officials have opted to delay the Spring Brawl event to a possible future date. No racing will take place on April 20th.
The combination Bumper to Bumper IRA 410 Outlaw Sprint Car and Midwest Sprint Association 360 Car show was to have opened the 2013 season at Oshkosh Speedzone. Officials are hopeful that a replacement date can be found for the event which would bring the top sprint car drivers from throughout the Midwest to the third-mile clay oval. Open wheeled fans can be assured that big plans are in store for the next Sprint Car program scheduled for Friday Night, June 21st.
“I really hate to see this happen, but Mother Nature has been in a cross mood all Spring. We were really looking forward to opening at the Speedzone, but there’s nothing anybody can do. With all the cold and rain the past several weeks there just isn’t enough time to prepare, despite what the weather may do the next few days. This is a big show, and I absolutely agree with the decision and look forward to our June 21st date that much more. The Speedzone is one of our favorites,” stated IRA President Steve Sinclair.
While track officials have concluded track conditions would not have been up to par for what is considered the fastest cars on dirt and a full race program, efforts continue to get the track into shape for a possible test and tune session on Sunday April 21st.
Fans and drivers are encouraged to stay tuned to the Oshkosh Speedzone website at www.oshkoshspeedzone.net for the latest information on the possible practice.
The track will now focus it’s attention on completing preparations for the beginning of the 2013 season title chase set to begin on Friday Night April 26th with the WXMM 92.9 Country Season Opener. The weekly program at Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway will feature five divisions of racing action. The Automotive Supply Company IMCA Modifieds will again be the premier weekly division. Last season local favorite Brian Drexler successfully defending his championship edging out Tim Lemirande for the season straight season. Lemirande closed the gap in closing weeks but was unable to dethrone Drexler. Both drivers are expected to be back in action in 2013. Last year the Modified car count at Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway proved to be among the highest in the nation. Current indications show that once again the Speedzone will have among the stoutest fields in weekly Modified racing in the country.
Not to be outdone the Hansel Trucking IMCA Northen Sport Modifieds have continued to grow and should see car counts pushing into the thirties at some point during the season. The wide, fast and smooth racing surface at Oshkosh Speedzone has proven to be a favorite to Modified competitors and fans alike.
Fans of fendered racing will see the return of the Grand Nationals which last season had one of the tightest point battles as Brian Henry outran 2011 champion T.J. Smith for the title. This season the Grand National division will be sponsored by Outlaw Chassis which builds a solid number of cars in the class.
Total Power Sales continues their support of the Street Stock division into the 2013 season. Off-season rule changes have been put into play to make these cars even faster and more competitive. Last year Richard Grab captured the title for the class outrunning perennial title content Jerry Winkler.
The final division on the weekly race program is the entry level Dirt Devil division. The affordable four cylinder cars are presented this season by Ellington Mutual Insurance.
All totaled nearly 120 cars and over 200 laps of green flag racing take place nightly.
The first green flag will drop at 7:00pm. A full program of heats and consolations races lead up to the feature events in each class which typically concludes by 10:00pm
Pit gates are set to open nightly at 4:00pm, with the grandstands opening at 5:00pm. Fans are encouraged to arrive early to get their preferred seat.
Adult admission for weekly programs is $10 with Students ages 11 through 15 discounted to $5. Young fans ages 10 and under are admitted FREE with a paid adult.
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.
This article was posted to the website on April 17th, 2013