Wednesday, September 7, 2011 - Oshkosh, WI. - Nearly 50 cars arrived on Tuesday evening to prepare for the upcoming Oshkosh Speedzone Fall Classic. The practice session was held from 5:00pm until 9:00pm saw many new faces test the third-mile clay oval in preparation for the event. The two day Speedzone Fall Classic presented by WAPL and LaSure's Banquet Hall takes place Friday evening September 9th and Saturday Afternoon, September 10th will mark the final stock car racing event of the 2011 season.
The show will feature will feature five divisions of racing with the largest car counts and highest driver payouts of the year at the track. It will be a great way to cap off what has been an exciting 2011 season at the Speedzone. Last year over 140 cars participated in the two-day event in spite of weather related issues. Even more are expected for the 2011 edition of the event.
There is FREE overnight camping on the grounds Friday Night, campers may begin to park at Noon on Friday. Two day adult passes for both evenings of racing at $25. Nightly adult tickets are $15 for those wishing to attend a single day. Student tickets for those ages 11 to 15 are $10 each day and children under 10 are admitted FREE. In addition to racing, live entertainment will be taking place on Friday evening with live music.
Heat races and qualifying events will take place on Friday Night when racing begins at 6:00pm. Pit gates will open at Noon to allow for early arrivals. Last chance events and feature races will be held on Saturday Afternoon beginning at 3:00pm.
The IMCA Style Modifieds will compete for a top prize of $2,000. The main event will pay $150 to start. In addition each semi-feature contest for those who do not make the big show will pay $400 to win and $60 to start.
During the 2010 running of the Fall Classic over 45 Modifieds were on hand to compete for the top prize. Brian Mullen turned in a dominating performance to capture the top prize over Jay Schraufnagel and R.M. Van Pay.
The IMCA Style Sport Modifieds also participate in the show, and their success last season prompted track officials to add the class to the show weekly this racing season. Rod Solem won last season's Fall Classic contest over Zeke Bishofberger who won the 2011 track title in the division. The feature event will pay $700 to win and $70 to start this year and a large turnout of cars is expected for the show.
The Grand National division will also appear and drivers will compete for one of the largest cash prizes in the state for their class this season. The feature race will pay $1,000 to win and $100 to start. IMCA Stock Cars will be allowed to participate in the Grand National division. If there is enough interest this year the class may run as a separate class in future Fall Classic events. Newly crowned champion T.J. Smith is expected to be on hand to take on all challengers for this year's Fall Classic Speedzone title.
A solid showing of Street Stocks will be expected as that feature race will also pay $1,000 to win and $100 to start, again this is one of the largest purses' of the year in the state for the class. Rules are opened up and Street Stocks will run the rules of their declared home track. Last year Jerry Winkler bested Jon Schultz for the victory.
Rounding out the five divisions will be the 4 cylinder class. Dan Juszczyk captured top honors last season over Steve LeMay in the feature race, the feature race will pay $700 to win and $70 to start.
Each feature payoff is based upon a 20 car field but each division should easily top the minimum based on average car counts for the year.
Payoff will be made in cash Saturday Night after the racing concludes.
Complete information on the Fall Classic is available on the track website at www.oshkoshspeedzone.net and through the track newsletter which is available to anyone who signs up FREE of change. The newsletter signup is available on the track webpage.
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.
Weekly racing Friday Night racing continues until September. Fans and drivers are encouraged to visit the track website at www.oshkoshspeedzone.net for additional information on upcoming racing events.
This article was posted to the website on September 7th, 2011