uly 17, 2012; OSHKOSH, WI – The water falling out of the sky, may have confused some people. It was rain.
It has been so long since rain last touched the ground at Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway that many people may have been shocked by its presence on the scheduled Coors Light Walk of Fame Night at the third-mile clay oval. It was the first complete rainout of a race program during the 2012 racing season at the track.
Storms reached the raceway with torrential downpours about one hour before the scheduled start time for the “Walk of Fame” festivities. Though the winds which arrived with the storm did only minor damage, the several inches of rain which fell made the track “muck soup”, forcing postponement of the scheduled activities until Friday Night July 27th.
The race track does not operate on July 20th as Deerfest is using the Sunnyview Expo facilities on which the third-mile clay oval sits.
All planned events for the rained out program this evening have been carried forward to July 27th.
The show will be presented by Coors Light and T & S Excavating. Coors Light will continue as the event sponsor and is joined by T&S Excavating who responsible for expanding the tracks water retention pond this past off-season and is making it possible for the track to have the water it needs to track preparation.
The event will feature a unique twist in the racing action. The Automotive Supply Company Modifieds will do time trials to qualify for the feature event. The fastest 16 cars will be locked into the feature contest and then run a pair of qualifying races to determine their starting positions for the main event. Cars qualifying outside the top 16 will run consolation races to fill the feature field. Time Trials will begin at 6:30pm. Racing action will start at 7:05pm
A full point program with all five divisions will gather for this special night and it is expected that over 120 cars will be on hand for the program.
As planned, there will be special ceremonies taking place to induct several former Leo's Speedway standout drivers into the Walk of Fame. Willie Goeden, M.J. McBride and Terry Baldry will be the latest drivers to be honored for their effort at the former Leo's Speedway.
Throwback pricing will be carries forward to the rescheduled date with a $5.00 grandstand admission. The reduced pricing will also include $1.00 tap beer, $1.00 soda and $1.00 hot dogs.
This unique program brings many new fans and drivers to the raceway and it's always a great night to celebrate the "Good Old Days" of racing with those who helped make Oshkosh area racing what it is today.
The next planned Tuesday Night special will see the return of racing to the Winnebago County Fair with a full show going on during fair week. The August 7th program will again feature all five weekly point divisions.
The final Tuesday Night special will take place when Hansel Trucking will present the WDLMA Late Models in their lone appearance of the season. The fastest fendered cars in the state will be appearing on Tuesday Night August 21st. Joining the WDLMA Late Models will be the debut of the Badger Modified Tour at the Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway. The finest Modified drivers from the upper Midwest will challenge top local favorites for bragging rights as winner of the inaugural Badger Modified feature winner at The Zone. Rounding out the program will be the Leon's Frozen Custard IMCA Northern Sport Modified division.
For fans wanting to take in two evenings of racing comprising the fastest cars in the state a special "Need For Speed Week" ticket will offer fans a chance to do just that. The ticket will be good for the Tuesday Night Hansel Trucking WDLMA Late Model/Badger Modified Special on August 21st and final appearance of 2012 for the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints on Friday Night August 24th.
The IRA Sprints are regarded as the fastest open wheels cars in the Midwest, while the WDLMA Late Models are the quickest full bodied cars in the state of Wisconsin.
Additional information on the "Need For Speed Week" ticket package will be announced shortly.
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.
Fans and drivers are encouraged to visit the track website at www.oshkoshspeedzone.net for additional information on upcoming racing events. Fans can also friend the raceway on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thespeedzone and you can receive all the latest updates from the track on twitter as www.twitter.com/thespeedzone.
This article was posted to the website on July 18th, 2012