By Jeffrey Sachse
Saturday, April 30, 2011 - Oshkosh, WI. - Promptly at Noon, several Modifieds rushed onto the 1/3 mile clay oval at the Speedzone Raceway located at the Sunnyview Expo Center in Oshkosh becoming the first cars to take to the raceway since the season came to an end in September of last year. Before the end of the day some 76 different cars took to the racing surface ushering in the start of the 2011 racing season.
Just 24 hours earlier track conditions were questionable as to whether such a practice session could take place, as heavy rains throughout the week and a late season snowstorm the week prior which had dumped a foot of snow on the raceway, had left the clay oval with a more than ample supply of water. However hard work by track officials, right up to the start of practice, allowed the drivers to have a raceable surface for the practice session. The track held up well throughout the course of the day.
Each of the weekly racing classes were well represented at the session, topped off by a strong showing of 17 Automotive Supply Company Modifieds. The open wheeled count was further bolstered by the Speedzone's newest weekly division, as 14 Leon's Frozen Custard Sport Modifieds were also on hand. This solid turnout gives an early indication that the class should start out strong in their first season.
The popular Mille Lite Grand Nationals were represented by 11 competitors, and the Total Power Sales Street Stock division had 9 participants on hand for opening practice.
The entry level Lynn's Service Center Dirt Devil division saw several new drivers make an appearance with 14 cars in the pit area.
In addition to the weekly classes a large turnout of Late Models also took to the track with 11 competitors shaking down their machines.
Cars were allowed to take to the track by division, with cars of relative speed running in joint practice sessions. No major incidents took place during the day's practice which ended just after 4:00pm.
The next open practice session will be held on Tuesday evening May 10th, from 5:00pm until 10:00pm. Pit admission is just $10 for the practice sessions, while grandstand admission is free.
The next event on the 2011 schedule is the season opening event on Friday Night, May 6th.
The program presented by WAPL "Wisconsin's Rock Station". The show will feature all five weekly racing divisions as the 2011 title chase gets underway. Look for a strong opening day showing of Automotive Supply Company Modifieds, Miller Lite Grand Nationals, Total Power Sales Street Stocks, Leon's Frozen Custard Sport Modifieds and Lynn's Service Center Dirt Devils.
Gates open at 5:00pm, with racing action beginning at 6:30pm. Adult admission is just $10, with students tickets available to those between the ages 11 and 15 at just $5. Children 10 and under are admitted free with an adult.
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 action begins on Friday Night, May 6th and 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 May 2nd, 2011