Eddie Muenster Outruns ‘Em to Capture Mod Main,
Kelsy Hayes Collects First Career Speedzone Sport Mod Victory!
Oshkosh, WI, May 17, 2013 – “Impossible”, they said. Social media was lighting up with statements of the impossibility of Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway besting Mother Nature. After all wasn’t a third straight rainout all but assured with rain falling only hours before the planned start of race events? On a day where almost every track in the state canceled? What are the odds of getting the race program completed?
Depends who you ask! Speedzone officials took advantage of a window of opportunity in the weather, the tracks’ determined prep crew whipped the racing surface into shape and the show began only minutes behind schedule. The effort paid off and those in attendance witnessed a full night of racing action. 117 cars participated in the program, the show beat the 10:30 deadline and rain never fell during the show presented by long time track sponsor Total Power Sales.
Eddie Muenster was able to stay ahead of a fast closing Marcus Yarie to capture a time shortened Automotive Supply Company Modified main event. It was the first win of the young season for Muenster and Yarie’s second place performance placed him atop the point standings at Oshkosh Speedzone for the first time in his career. The Hansel Trucking IMCA Northern Sport Modified main event was a wild affair with no less than five cautions taking place before the first lap was complete. NASCAR may have one female competitor in its top series, but the Speedzone has a half-dozen women mixing it up with the boys in various classes and tonight young miss Kelsy Hayes bested the boys outrunning Todd Wiese for her first career feature victory at Oshkosh Speedzone in the IMCA Sport Modifieds. Wiese with his second place performance vaulted into the point lead.
In the Grand National division a wild three wide tussle out of the final turn saw John Schultz III simultaneously fend off Tom Schneider and Jeff Richards to take the victory. The Total Power Sales Street Stocks came down to a duel between Jerry Kope and Shawn Haydon as the pair swapped the lead back and forth. In the end it was Kope scoring his second straight feature win of the year. The final event of the night was the Ellington Mutual Insurance Dirt Devils which ran their main event caution free as the final checkered flag fell on Kasey Gross just before the track curfew of 10:30pm.
The Automotive Supply Company IMCA Modifieds again displayed why Oshkosh Speedzone is known as “Wisconsin’s Modified Action Track” as 33 competitors checked into the pit area. As the feature contest began Mike Mueller shot into the lead while two-time division champ Brian Drexler held down the second spot. Further back Eddie Muenster got a solid start and slipped into the third position before the first caution of the event flew as Johnny Whitman looped his ride entering turn one on lap three.
The race resumed Mueller again the pace pressured by Drexler. Attention would turn to Muenster and a fast closing Marcus Yarie as both began to seek the lead position. Muenster working the low line slipped past Drexler and set his sights on Mueller. Continuing to hug the low groove Muenster worked under Mueller for the lead position as they raced to the stripe on lap 5. The second caution would appear as Brad Rohloff came to a stop coming off turn four.
A couple more laps were turned in when debris on the racing surface forced the third caution of the race. Muenster went back to setting the pace while Yarie dove under Drexler to take third position. Yarie wasted little time closing on Mueller to challenge for the second spot. Mueller would slip out of the groove coming off turn four on lap ten allowing Yarie to rumble to second. Further back fans attention focused on Jared Siefert, a former champion at the 141 Speedway who had been charging through the field. Siefert had won his consolation race to earn a starting spot deep in the main event field and had cracked the top five by lap ten.
On unlucky lap 13, veteran racer Jerry Muenster clipped a tire and tipped his machine onto its side in turn four forcing a red flag. The car would drop back onto all four wheels without the need of a wrecker and Jerry was unhurt in the incident. There were no such problems for Jerry’s son Eddie however as he again set the pace as the green returned for a time shortened finish to the main event. Muenster would spend the final couple circuits holding off Yarie taking the win under caution when third running Mike Wedelstadt rolled to a halt in turn four on lap 15. Siefert had clawed his way to the third spot at the finish ahead of Drexler and division rookie Brad Lautenbach.
The Hansel Trucking IMCA Northern Sport Modifieds were having issues with the pace of the tacky racing surface, drawing no less than five cautions before the first lap of the main event was complete.
Kelsy Hayes would sit in the third spot during the opening rounds of the contest as Mark Howe and Kevin Tilleman traded paint while dueling for the lead position. Jon Schultz appeared to have a very fast machine charging past several cars including Hayes to battle Howe for the top spot. However, contact popped the door loose on Schultz’s ride blocking the side view from his car and he soon began falling back leaving Howe in the lead and Hayes seeking a way into the top spot by lap six.
Hayes began to work on Howe for the lead clinging to the low line. She managed to draw alongside Howe on lap ten winning the drag race into turn one to take over the top spot. Howe began to fall back as a chain of cars worked by him on the inside with Colten VonHierden and Todd Weise working into second and third. Hayes managed to keep her rivals behind her for the final laps to score the victory much to the delight of the crowd. Weise made a last lap pass on Von Hierden to claim second. Von Hierden settled for third followed by J.J. Anderson and Kevin Bethke.
The Outlaw Chassis Grand National feature was an event of attrition as the field thinned out during the duration of the contest. Mechanical difficulties affected opening night winner Tim Reichenberger and defending division champion Brian Henry. Troy Weich who had challenged for a top three spot also fell victim to mechanical gremlins on a restart.
The lead position was the place to be as John Schultz III had no such difficulties as he spent the majority of the race turning back the challenges of Jeff Richards and Tom Schneider. The best was saved for last as the final lap turned into and all out assault on the lead. Schultz would come off the final turn with challenges on both sides as he raced to the stipe working to fend off Richards who chose the high line and Schneider who had worked to his inside. Schultz won the drag race to the wire by less than a half car length over Schneider with Richards credited with third in a near photo finish. Terry Van Roy and Jim Rhode would comprise the top five.
The Total Power Sales Street Stocks saw Jesse Krahn set the pace during the early going before Richard Garb took the point on lap four. Former division champ Shawn Haydon followed Garb to reach second leaving Krahn to fend off opening night winner Jerry Kope for the third spot. Kope would reach third on lap six.
Haydon worked past Garb for the top spot on lap seven and like before Kope followed in Haydon’s tire tracks to advance. The lead pair of Haydon and Kope would entertain the fans as they tossed the lead back in forth. The torrid battle was slowed only briefly for a caution by Jeff Jungwirth’s stalled machine on lap 11.
Underway again Haydon and Kope would run wheel to wheel with Kope nosing ahead by a half car length as the white flag flew. Kope would cling tenaciously to the lead over the final lap to take the win with Haydon earning second. Jerry Winkler making his first start at the track in 2013 finished third ahead of Garb and Tim Draheim who completed the top five.
The final class to hit the racing surface for their main event was the Ellington Mutual Insurance Dirt Devils who gave fans a non-stop feature race to round out the evening.
Kasey Gross would power by Patrick Klawitter early in the contest and never look back taking the victory. Kyle Stark methodically worked toward the front of the race but would come up short having to settle for second place. Ralph Liegeois Jr., Jay Orr and last weeks feature winner Mike Montie completed the top five finishers.
Next Friday night, May 24th, B104.7 WBJZ Your #1 Hit Station will present the program which will features a “Kid's Ride Along”. Children in attendance at 6:30pm will be able to ride along with their favorite race car driver as they take a tour of the third-mile clay oval.
All five weekly divisions will be on hand including Automotive Supply Company IMCA Modifieds, Hansel Trucking IMCA Northern Sport Modifieds, Outlaw Chassis Grand Nationals, Total Power Sales Street Stocks and Ellington Mutual Insurance Dirt Devils.
The first green flag of the night is set to fall at 7:00pm, and the grandstands will be open at 5:00pm. Adult admission is just $10, with you admission for youngsters ages 11 through 15 just $5. Children are admitted FREE with a paid adult.
Fans can print out the 2013 season schedule by visiting the track website at www.oshkoshspeedzone.net . When visiting the website fans are 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 Highways 76 and County Trunk Y in Oshkosh.
AUTOMOTIVE SUPPLY COMPANY IMCA MODIFIEDS:
Feature (Top 15): 1.) Eddie Muenster; 2.) Marcus Yarie; 3.) Jared Siefert; 4.) Brian Drexler; 5.) Brad Lautenbach; 6.) Chad Nelson; 7.) Tim Lemirande; 8.) Troy Jerovetz; 9.) Sean Jerovetz; 10.) Johnny Whitman; 11.) Chris Engels; 12.) John Schultz; 13.) Dan Roedl; 14.) Mike Mueller; 15.) Mike Wedelstadt
First Consolation: 1.) Brian Mullen; 2.) Rick Robbins; 3.) Dan Roedl; 4.) T.J. Smith; 5.) Tim Robbins; 6.) Eddie Blaine
Second Consolation: 1.) Jared Siefert; 2.) Brad Rohloff; 3.) John Schultz; 4.) Tony Wedelstadt; 5.) Eric Mahlik; 6.) Nick Woods
First Heat: 1.) Tim Lemirande; 2.) Matt Klenz; 3.) Brad Lautenbach
Second Heat: 1.) Chad Nelson; 2.) Eddie Muenster; 3.) Sean Jerovetz
Third Heat: 1.) Mike Mueller; 2.) Mike Wedelstadt; 3.) Johnny Whitman
Fourth Heat: 1.) Marcus Yarie; 2.) Chris Engels; 3.) Eddie Lemay
Fifth Heat: 1.) Brian Drexler; 2.) Jerry Muenster; 3.) Troy Jerovetz
HANSEL TRUCKING IMCA NORTHERN SPORT MODIFIEDS:
Feature (Top 15): 1.) Kelsy Hayes; 2.) Todd Weise; 3.) Colten Von Hierden; 4.) J.J. Anderson; 5.) Kevin Bethke; 6.) Mark Howe; 7.) Jeffrey Schmuhl; 8.) Robbie Thiel; 9.) Tristin Peebles; 10.) Tyler Weise; 11.) Bernie Miller; 12.) Rob Charapata; 13.) Kevin Tilleman; 14.) Cory Wegner; 15.) Jon Schultz
Consolation: 1.) J.J. Anderson; 2.) Colten Von Hierden; 3.) Rob Charapata; 4.) Kevin Bethke; 5.) Robbie Thiel; 6.) Brandon Berth
First Heat: 1.) Rob Krull; 2.) Kevin Tilleman; 3.) Cory Wegner
Second Heat: 1.) Joey Taycher; 2.) Kelsy Hayes; 3.) Mark Howe
Third Heat: 1.) Aaron Muhle; 2.) Steve Schneider; 3.) Tristian Peebles
OUTLAW CHASSIS GRAND NATIONALS:
Feature (Top 10): 1.) John Schultz III; 2.) Tom Schneider; 3.) Jeff Richards; 4.) Terry Van Roy; 5.) Jim Rhode; 6.) Don Schumacher; 7.) Brad Juckem; 8.) Troy Weich; 9.) Brian Henry; 10.) Larry Richards
First Heat: 1.) Jeff Richards; 2.) Larry Richards; 3.) Tim Reichenberger
Second Heat: 1.) Terry Van Roy; 2.) Tim Doehling; 3.) Troy Weich
TOTAL POWER SALES STREET STOCKS:
Feature (Top 10): 1.) Jerry Kope; 2.) Shawn Haydon; 3.) Jerry Winkler; 4.) Richard Garb; 5.) Tim Draheim; 6.) Jim Pollnow; 7.) Stuart White; 8.) Tony Everard; 9.) Patty Winkler; 10.) Jeff Wicinski
First Heat: 1.) Jeff Jungwirth; 2.) Jesse Krahn; 3.) Shawn Haydon
Second Heat: 1.) Jerry Kope; 2.) Dan Knaus; 3.) Richard Garb
ELLINGTON MUTUAL INSURANCE DIRT DEVILS:
Feature (Top 10): 1.) Kasey Gross; 2.) Kyle Stark; 3.) Ralph Liegeois Jr.,; 4.) Jay Orr; 5.) Mike Montie; 6.) Jason Fairbank; 7.) Timothy Kundinger; 8.) Patrick Klawitter; 9.) Erik Kollmann; 10.) Paul Yohr
First Heat: 1.) Mike Montie; 2.) Kasey Gross; 3.) Kyle Stark
Second Heat: 1.) Wes Lungwitz; 2.) Matt Brehmer; 3.) Timothy Kundinger
Third Heat: 1.) Ralph Liegeois Jr.; 2.) Jason Fairbank; 3.) Jay Orr
This article was posted to the website on May 18th, 2013