Championship Night, Fall Classic and Sprint Car Races Lie Ahead!
August 29, 2013; Oshkosh, WI - It’s the final laps of the 2013 racing season at Oshkosh Speedzone. After an exciting and successful season at the third mile clay oval, the raceway will be presenting its final three events of the year.
First up, this Friday evening, August 30th is the LaSaure’s Banquet Hall season championship night at the races. The season long point battles will come to an end and the champions in each of the five weekly divisions will be named.
The point battles in three classes are exceptionally tight and will likely not be settled until the final checker flag drops.
The Automotive Supply Company Modifieds have seen the Jerovetz family atop the standings for most of the year as cousins Troy and Sean Jerovetz have fought tooth and nail for the title. Sean, by virtue of his win last week managed to put a five point gap between himself and Troy. Both drivers have a solid cushion on Marcus Yarie who sits third in the standings, so the outcome is all but assured the Jerovetz name will be on the championship trophy. The only question remains is what the first name will be.
In the Outlaw Chassis Grand Nationals, Brian Henry has a slim two point gap on Larry Richards. Both drivers have already won titles in the division and Henry is attempting to successfully defend his title which he won last season. This past week saw Richards capture a non-point event held at the raceway in dominating fashion. A similar performance again this week by Richards would really apply the pressure to Henry’s slim point lead.
Two points is also the difference between point leader Richard Garb and Jerry Kope in the Total Power Sales Street Stocks. For much of the season Kope had been leading the points but an extremely bad point finish a couple weeks ago allowed Garb, the defending division champ to surge ahead in the standings. Kope gained back a good chunk of points last week but is still chasing Garb in the title effort. Jerry Winkler is the dark horse in this showdown, after missing the opening night he has clawed his way within 10 points of the lead. Should mechanical difficulties slow Kope and Garb, Winkler would still have a shot at stealing the title.
In the Ellington Mutual Insurance Dirt Devils, Mike Montie is basically one more finish away from winning the title. If Montie is running at the end of the feature Friday night, there is little two time and defending champ Jason Fairbank can do to earn his third straight title. Should Montie drop from the feature event early however, Fairbank could still steal the title by taking a victory.
Todd Wiese simply needs to attend the awards banquet to claim his title in the Hansel Trucking IMCA Northern Sport Modifieds.
Over 100 cars are expected to be in attendance for championship night with the first green flag set to wave at 7:00pm. Regular event pricing is in effect as 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.
After championship night, racing will switch to Saturday afternoon on September 7th with the running of the Fall Classic. Formerly the event took place over two days, but a new one day format is in place for 2013. A complete show of heats, consolations and main event will all take place on Saturday.
Six divisions will participate in the show with IMCA Type Modifieds, Sport Modifieds, Stock Cars being joined by Street Stocks, Grand Nationals and 4 cylinders.
The Modifieds will be racing for a top prize of $2,000, the highest payout of any event held for the class at Oshkosh Speedzone this year. A cool $1,000 will be awarded to the winners in the Sport Modifieds, Stock Cars, Street Stocks and Grand Nationals.
A minimum of 20 cars is needed in each class to provide the aforementioned awards.
Pit gates will open at 9:00am, with the grandstands opening at Noon and the first race taking place at 2:00pm.
Adult grandstand admission is $20 and students ages 11-15 are admitted for $10.
The 2013 season will wrap up with the running of the Sprint Spooktacular held on Friday night September 13th. The open wheeled show will feature the fastest cars on clay, the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw 410 Sprints. They will be joined by the MSA 360 sprint series and a third class is currently being contemplated for the event.
Pit gates will open at 4:00pm, with the grandstands opening at 5:00pm. Sprint warm-ups take place at 5:30pm with Qualifying for the IRA sprints getting underway at 6:00pm. Racing will follow qualifying.
Special event pricing is in effect with Adult grandstand admission of $20 and students ages 11-15 are admitted for $10. Children ages 10 and under are admitted FREE with a paid adult.
Fans are encouraged to seek out the track website at www.oshkoshspeedzone.net to check out the remaining 2013 racing schedule and plan your family outing at the races.
When visiting the website fans are also 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 Highway 76 and County Trunk Y in Oshkosh.
This article was posted to the website on August 29th, 2013