Sport Mod Rookie Steve Schneider Takes First Feature Win!
Oshkosh, WI, June 28, 2013 – Somewhere there is a connection between the sound of racing engines and storm clouds, it’s just not scientifically proven yet. Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway managed to dodge afternoon storms and complete its weekly five division program just minutes before the skies opened up. Challenged by weather again this evening Oshkosh Speedzone’s resolve to get the show in resulted in fans witnessing a great duel for the victory in the Automotive Supply Company Modified main event and see two new first time feature winners grace victory lane as well.
A total of 108 cars checked into the pit area in spite of threatening weather with the Sport Modifieds showing the way was 27 cars. Modifieds would check in with 25 teams while the Street Stocks presented a season high 24 entries just missing the need for a consolation race. The Dirt Devils saw 19 drivers participate while 13 Grand Nationals were on hand tonight.
This evening the attention of race fans was focused on Troy Jerovetz. While it may be his rookie season behind the wheel of an IMCA Modified, the reigning Sport Mod title holder has proven to be a formidable competitor in the more powerful Mod division. He currently leads the point standings here at the Speedzone, he won the opening night feature of the prestigious 141 Speedway Clash at the Creek and just 24 hours later captured his second feature win of the year here at Oshkosh.
Another rookie driver who made big strides this week was Steve Schneider has he scored his first career Hansel Trucking IMCA Northern Sport Modified feature race. Schneider who had been one of the top Grand National pilots at the track in prior seasons, opted to try his hand as Sport Modified racing in 2013. After turning in a couple second place finishes Schneider dominated the field enroute to his first victory in the class tonight.
Frank Knaus joined Schneider as a first time feature winner having collected his checkered flag in a time shortened Total Power Sales Street Stock main event. Knaus who has appeared headed for victory on several occasions this year mastered each restart to keep his rivals at bay and celebrate in victory lane. In the Outlaw Chassis Grand National division Tim Reichenberger managed to find the fastest route past a lapped car on the final lap of the feature to fend off defending division champ Brian Henry. In the final race of the night Ralph Liegeois Jr. dominated the Ellington Mutual Insurance Dirt Devil division to score the win.
The 20 lap Automotive Supply Company Modified feature contest would begin with front row starters Mike Mueller and Travis Spaulding squaring off for the opening lead. Spaulding would be atop the leader board when the first caution of the night flew for last week’s feature winner Sean Jerovetz looping his ride.
On the restart Mike Klenz bolted from his third place starting position working past Spaulding for the lead brining John Schultz with him into the second spot. Deeper in the field Marcus Yarie, Tim Lemirande and Troy Jerovetz were charging through the pack. The battle began to heat up and both Yarie and Lemirande would lose control of their machines spinning after reaching the top five on the sixth circuit forcing the second caution of the contest.
When racing resumed Klenz again took control of the race with Schultz in tow. Troy Jerovetz wasted little time in slipping past Schultz for the runner-up spot before the third and final caution flew on lap nine as Yarie and Spaulding locked horns deeper in the field.
The final 11 laps would run off unhindered by slowdowns. As the green flag flew Klenz came under immediate pressure from Troy Jerovetz. For the next several laps Klenz was able to repel the challenges but on lap 17 Klenz drifted up the track just enough for Troy Jerovetz to make his way under him and win the drag race down the back stretch. Troy Jerovetz would pace the final laps extending his lead with each passing lap to claim the victory. The second place showing for Klenz was his best performance of 2013. Veteran racer Jerry Muenster who at over 70 years of age proved he can still mix it up with the youngsters chased the lead duo to the line and taking a well-earned third place finish. Division rookie T.J. Smith had an excellent run turning in one of his best showings of the year to claim fourth while Sean Jerovetz rebounded from his spin on lap one, charging back through the field, to reach fifth at the finish.
The Hansel Trucking IMCA Northern Sport Modifieds had but a single slowdown in their 20 lap feature race. Dion Wahl set the pace for the first two trips around the one-third mile clay oval before Schneider, who had started in the sixth spot sliced his way to the front of the pack. Once out front Schneider would showcase the speed of his ride pulling comfortably away from the field. Chuck Forestner motored by Wahl for second by the third lap but was unable to close the gap on Schneider.
On lap 12 Forestner got the break he was looking for as a spin by Scott Howe in turn one forced a caution and bunched the field up on Schneider’s rear bumper. On the restart Forestner made one attempt to get under Schneider as the pair touched briefly, before Schneider again began to pull away from the pack. Schneider would extend his lead to a dozen car lengths to take a comfortable victory. Forestner finished solidly in second while Cody Hokenstad, point leader Todd Wiese and Mark Howe comprised the top five.
The opening laps of the Outlaw Chassis Grand National main event saw three yellow flags in the first five laps before the field settled down to click off the final three-quarters of their race uninterrupted. The duration of the contest would see Tim Reichenberger having to fend off challenges by both Tom Schneider and Brian Henry sometimes simultaneously as the trio went three wide for the top spot on several occasions. Reichenberger would manage to keep his ride out front at the conclusion of each lap.
The running order changed on lap 16 when Henry opted to try the high groove around the track using the momentum to work past Schneider for second and coming alongside Reichenberger as the two raced side by side. As the lead pair accepted the white flag, a lapped car broke the momentum of Henry to allow Reichenberger slip away and take the checkered flag. Schneider used the opportunity to rumble past Henry for second at the line with Henry having to settle for the third spot. Jim Rhode and Terry Van Roy would comprise the top five finishers.
If it was wild action fans wanted to see the Total Power Sales Street Stocks delivered. With the largest field of the season all in one race, a lot of paint was traded as the pack tried to sort itself out.
Frank Knaus found the best spot to be was ahead of the pack. After taking the lead from Jesse Krahn on the opening circuit Knaus would gain the upper hand on each restart. There were a total of five cautions in the first six laps when the white flag was given as Knaus was working hard to fend off the challenges of Shawn Haydon. Before the last lap was complete Patti Winker shed a wheel from her ride and the race ended with the expired time limit under caution awarding the win to Knaus. Haydon was credited with second followed by Jerry Winkler, Jerry Kope and Jon Ashcraft.
Only two yellows would slow the pace of the Ellington Mutual Insurance Dirt Devils in a contest dominated by Ralph Liegeois Jr. who would win by nearly a quarter lap over two-time and defending division champ Jason Fairbank. Current point leader Mike Montie would cross the line third followed by Shaun Bangart and Patrick Klawitter.
Next Friday Night July 5th is the tracks annual “Night of Fire” which includes Fireworks in addition to a full 5 division race program. The show will once again be presented by Dominos Pizza.
The Automotive Supply Company IMCA Modifieds will be showcasing their talent on “Wisconsin’s Modified Action Track”. Also on the card are the Hansel Trucking IMCA Northern Sport Modifieds, Outlaw Chassis Grand Nationals, Total Power Sales Street Stocks and Ellington Mutual Insurance Dirt Devils. Nearly 120 cars are expected to participate in the show.
Family friendly admission is just $10 for adults with young fans ages 11 through 15 admitted for just $5. Children ages 10 and under are admitted FREE with a paid adult.
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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.) Troy Jerovetz; 2.) Mike Klenz; 3.) Jerry Muenster; 4.) T.J. Smith; 5.) John Schultz; 6.) Chris Engels; 7.) Justin Ritchie; 8.) Sean Jerovetz; 9.) Johnny Whitman; 10.) Craig Priewe; 11.) Tim Lemirande; 12.) Marcus Yarie; 13.) Mike Mueller; 14.) Rick Robbins; 15.) Dennis Schultz
First Consolation: 1.) Ritchie; 2.) Eddie Muenster; 3.) Priewe; 4.) Dustin Smith; 5.) Kevin Feck; 6.) Dan Roedl
First Heat: 1.) T. Jerovetz; 2.) Yarie; 3.) Klenz
Second Heat: 1.) J. Schultz; 2.) Mueller; 3.) Whitman
Third Heat: 1.) Lemirande; 2.) J. Muenster; 3.) Travis Spaulding
HANSEL TRUCKING IMCA NORTHERN SPORT MODIFIEDS:
Feature (Top 15): 1.) Steve Schneider; 2.) Clint Forestner; 3.) Cody Hokenstad; 4.) Todd Wiese; 5.) Mark Howe; 6.) Jeffrey Schmuhl; 7.) Brandon Riedner; 8.) Dion Wahl; 9.) J.J. Anderson; 10.) Colten Van Hierden; 11.) Kelsy Hayes; 12.) Kevin Bethke; 13.) Bernie Miller; 14.) Cory Wegner; 15.) Tristin Peebles
Consolation: 1.) Riedner; 2.) Anderson; 3.) Scott Howe; 4.) Cory Wegner; 5.) Wyatt Block; 6.) Brock Saunders
First Heat: 1.) Todd Ewald; 2.) M. Howe; 3.) Jon Schultz
Second Heat: 1.) Schneider; 2.) Hayes; 3.) Miller
Third Heat: 1.) Forestner; 2.) Schmuhl; 3.) Dion Wahl
Fourth Heat: 1.) Hokenstad; 2.) Wiese; 3.) Van Hierden
OUTLAW CHASSIS GRAND NATIONALS:
Feature (Top 10): 1.) Tim Reichenberger; 2.) Tom Schneider; 3.) Brian Henry; 4.) Jim Rhode; 5.) Terry Van Roy; 6.) Jeff Richards; 7.) Don Schumacher; 8.) Larry Richards; 9.) Tim Doehling; 10.) John Schultz III
First Heat: 1.) Doehling; 2.) Schneider; 3.) Van Roy
Second Heat: 1.) Henry; 2.) L. Richards; 3.) Rhode
TOTAL POWER SALES STREET STOCKS:
Feature (Top 10): 1.) Frank Knaus; 2.) Shawn Haydon; 3.) Jerry Winkler; 4.) Jerry Kope; 5.) Jon Ashcraft; 6.) Rich Garb; 7.) Jeff Jungwirth; 8.) Wayne Morgan; 9.) Matt Warner; 10.) Dan Wirl
First Heat: 1.) Mark Schultz; 2.) Kope; 3.) Patty Winkler
Second Heat: 1.) J. Winkler; 2.) Knaus; 3.) Haydon
Third Heat: 1.) Jim Pollnow; 2.) Garb; 3.) Ashcraft
ELLINGTON MUTUAL INSURANCE DIRT DEVILS:
Feature (Top 10): 1.) Ralph Liegeois Jr.; 2.) Jason Fairbank; 3.) Mike Montie; 4.) Shaun Bangart; 5.) Patrick Klawitter; 6.) Erik Kollmann; 7.) Matt Dewilde; 8.) Rachel Kallas; 9.) Ben Meyerhofer; 10.) Randy Roy Roen
First Heat: 1.) Liegeois Jr.; 2.) Matt Brehmer; 3.) Chris Maas
Second Heat: 1.) Montie; 2.) Fairbank; 3.) Klawitter
This article was posted to the website on June 29th, 2013