Seymour- August 17- I t was a cool, clear night for racing at the Seymour Speedway Sunday night, but the racing action was excellent with a full program that included the return of the 410 Outlaw IRA Sprint Car series to the banked 1/3 mile clay oval.
The only glitch on the night was the late start due to track prep issues but that turned to a plus with a non-stop show on a smooth fast racing surface.
IRA Qualifying started the program having 5 drivers break the 2007 Travis Whitney track record of 12.672. The first 5 cars on the clock broke the old mark with Mike Reinke’s time of 12.265 now in the records book. A field of 26 cars check in and it was a familiar name, defending and current point leader, Billy Balog, that bested the field running to his first ever Seymour feature win. The race went non-stop, 30 fast laps that were run in 8 minutes. Scotty Thiel followed with track record holder, Reinke taking third. See the full IRA report on www.Ractext.net.
Jerry Winkler grabbed the lead at the start of the Turbo Blue Street Stock main with Jeff Dorschner, Alan Schlueter, Lexii Ashcraft and George Tabalske behind. A lap 4 caution slowed the pace and the point chase appeared to be changed when second place driver, by only 3 points, Ryan Blank, was forced out of the contest with mechanical problems. Back under green, current point leader, Jeff Jungwirth, seemed to take control and moved from mid pack into the lead on lap 7. Winkler re-claimed the lead on lap 9 and suddenly, Lady Luck dealt Jungwirth a bad card forcing him to pit with a right front problem.
A final caution on lap 11 bunched the field again and on the restart, Winkle had Schlueter take to the outside and for the remaining laps ran side by side for the lead. Lexii Ashcraft, Dorschner and Patty Winkler were right behind as the leaders swapped back and forth. Schlueter was scored in the lead when the white flag appeared, but out of the final turn, Winkler was able to hold off the charge and took his 4th feature win of the season by a fender at the line. Ashcraft and Patty Winkler followed with Dorschner and Tony Everard rounding out the top six.
With the point leaders both dropping out, the chase tightened up with Jungwirth now 4 point ahead of Blank 484-480. Schlueter and Patty Winkler closed within 12 and 17 points respectively with 2 point nights remaining.
After 2 cautions on the opening lap of the IMCA Sport Mod feature, the race went non-stop to the finish. J.J. Andersen took the lead over Kevin Bethke , Beau Handschke, point leader, Jeremy Cota, Lucas Lamberies and Rod Solem. Cota moved into the runner up spot by lap 3 and set out to battle Andersen for the lead. It took until lap 10 before Cota could work by Andersen into the top spot, and once in the lead, was able to pull away from the field and run to his third straight feature win, his 4th overall this season. Andersen followed to take the runner up finish, but third was not decided so easily. Lamberies, Handschke, Bethke and Solem ran together the rest of the way Lamberies getting the 3rd spot with Handschke 4th. Solem and Bethke round out the top 6.
Brad Lautenbach scooted off with the lead at the start of the Budweiser IMCA Modified feature leaving the race for second with jay Matthias, Tyler Wilson, Eric Mahlik, and Mike Wedelstadt. By the mid point of the race, Lautenbach was cruising out front with Wilson, Wedelstadt, Benji LaCrosse and Matthias behind. LaCrosse moved into the runner up spot on lap 12 and faced a full straightaway gap to catch the leader. That all changed on the following lap when a tire was kicked out onto the track forcing the lone caution of the race, which erased Lautenbachs lead and bunched the field.
Under green again, LaCrosse tried getting to the inside for the elad several times before moving to the outside and took over the top spot on lap 16. Once in front, LaCrosse opened a lead of his own and captured his first feature win of the season at Seymour. Lautenbach ran to second with Mahlik holding off point leader, Jason Czarapatra, for third. Wedelstadt and Wilson wrapped up the top six.
Never to be outdone at the Seymour Speedway, The Coors Light IMCA Stock Cars put 21 cars on the track for their feature, which again, went flag to flag. Jason Bork took charge from the front row and set the pace for the first 5 laps. Kyle Frederick was able to move to the front and snuck to the inside of Bork out of turn 4 on lap 6. Travis Van Straten moved up three spots to second on lap 7 and two laps ;later was in the lead.. Once in front, Van Straten was able to pull away from the rest of the tightly bunched field.
Fredrick, had Chas Van Ooyen, Bork, Josh, Bill Kelsey, Mroczkowski, Barry Van Straten and Justin Jacobsen to deal with as the group stayed bunched for the rest of the race. Running 2 and 3 wide allowed Van Straten to run alone and work through lapped traffic to collect his 3rd feature win of the season. He battle for the runner up spot was decided at the finish line with Van Ooyen able to inch by with Frederick taking third. Barry Van Straten took fourth with point leader, Rod Snellenberger, able to break through the pack to take fifth with Jacobsen 6th.
Jeremy Czarapata took command of the 4 Cylinder main at the start with Dean DeKeyser, Taylor Becher, Harley Diedrick and Tyler Hungerford behind.
A Lone caution flew on lap 4 for a double spin in turn 3. Czarapata again set the pace on the restart with DeKeyser still in persuit. Hungerford moved into the runner up spot on lap 8 and the pair ran right behind the leader to the finish with Czarapata able to secure his second feature win of the season. Hungerford took second with DeKeyser third. Rachel Czarapata was fourth with point leader, Cody Hungerford in 5th and brad Prahl sixth.
The Spectator Eliminator finale saw Joel Schmidt take the victory.
N.E.W. DIRT would like to THANK everyone for attending the racing program and hope you enjoyed the quality racing by all of the divisions, despite the late start.
Next week all five regular divisions return with 1st Choice Auto Sales and Kelsey Coatings sponsoring the Kids Club Coin Toss at intermission. The Summer Holiday Classic will close out the regular season on Labor Day weekend August 31 which will be the final point night for all divisions. There will also be a Corn Roast and free beer after the races. The final race of the season will be a regular program on SATURDAY night, September 6.
The Seymour Speedway is proud to be a featured member track of www.Racetext.net, a website dedicated to bringing fans the best possible coverage of local short track racing.
BUDWEISER IMCA MODIFIEDS
20 Lap Feature l. Benji LaCrosse 2. Brad Lautenbach 3. Eric Mahlik 4. Jason Czarapta 5. Ike Wedelstadt 6. Tyler Wilson
10 lap qualifier 1. LaCrosse 2. Roger Van Roy 3. Tony Wedelstadt 4. John Berna
` COORS LIGHT IMCA STOCK CARS
20 Lap Feature l Travis Van Straten 2. Chas Van Ooyen 3, Kyle Frederick 4. Barry van Straten 5. Rod Snellenberger 6. Justin Jacobsen
12 Lap Qualified 1. Steven Hiles 2. Jamie Van Ooyen 3. Shawn Wagner 4. Joe Schwister
TURBO BLUE STREET STOCKS
20 Lap Feature l. Jerry Winkler 2, Alan Schlueter 3, Lexii Ashcraft 4, Patty Winkler 5. Jeff Dorschner 6. Tony Everard
8 Lap Qulaified 1. Bailey Kolaske 2, Everard 3. Joey Scoon 4. Joe Johnson
IMCA SPORT MODS
20 Lap Feature l. Jeremy Cota 2, J.J. Andersen 3. Lucas Lamberies 4. Beau Handschke 5. Rod Solem 6. Kevin Bethke
10 Lap Qualifier 1. Bill Edler 2. Joey Taycher 3. Solem 4. Wyatt Block
15 Lap Feature l. Jeremy Czarapata 2. Tyler Hungerford 3. Dean DeKeyser 4. Rachel Czarapata 5. Cody Hungerford 6. Brad Prahl
6 Lap Qulaifier 1. Rachel Czarapata 2.Alyx Peterseon 3. Autumn Calebrese
SPECTATOR ELIMINATOR Joel Schmidt
Seymour August 17- 9AM- Today is THE day. And what a day it is going to be. The unusual August weather has a sunny , cool day forecast for today which will make it a PERFECT day to spend at the Seymour Speedway for a BIG night of racing action.
The high powered 410 IRA Sprint Cars return to the Seymour Speedway TODAY along with the five weekly divisions for a BIG night of racing on the fine 1/3 mile banked oval . All this action brought to you by Bumper to Bumper of Seymour.
The IRA Sprinters last visited the Seymour Speedway in 2008 and Australian National Champion, Brooke Tatnell, carried the winners trophy home. In 2007, Mike Reinke visited victory lane after running a non-stop 30 lap event in just under 8 minutes.
IRA is coming off back to back nights racing at Wilmot and will be trekking north for this much anticipated return to Seymour.
Our regular weekly divisions, Budweiser IMCA Modifieds, Coors Light IMCA Stock Cars, Turbo Blue Street Stocks, IMCA Sport Mods and 4 Cylinders will also compete in a unique format tonight.
The top 10 in points are locked in to their feature event, with the point leader starting 10th. The drivers out of the top 10, will run qualifying event/s to fill the feature field. This has never been done in Northeastern Wisconsin, but is an IMCA standard in other places. It was suggested by one of the drivers to try and the club felt the IRA night would be the perfect fit, to allow all divisions to compete without worrying about curfew bringing in another complete program. It is a full point night for all divisions and should make for an interesting twist to the great racing Seymour has had this season. Spectator Eliminators are also on the program tonight for a full night of action.
The pit opens at 3 PM. All regular season pit prices are in effect
Late sight in at 4:30 PM
Action starts at 5:30 today with IRA Sprint hot laps and qualifying.
Racing starts at 6 PM tonight.
Grandstand opens at 4 PM
Students 13-18 and Seniors 55+ are $15.00
Kids 12 and under FREE with Adult.
Action starts at 5:30.
The running order tonight (subject to adjustment)
IRA HOT LAPS AND Qualifying ( track record 12.672 Travis Whitney 9-2-07 )
Turbo Blue Street Stocks
Budweiser IMCA Modifieds
Coors light IMCA Stock Cars
IMCA Sport Mods
The track has been perfect the past month and will be tonight for our regular divisions and the return if the IRA Sprints to the Seymour Speedway,
Please join us tonight for what should be an action packed night of racing.
Seymour – August 10- An absolutely perfect night greeted drivers and fans to Van’s Hi-Way Auto night at the Seymour Speedway, and the racing action left no doubt that Seymour is the place to be for close, exciting weekly racing.
The track was smooth and fast with 102 cars, including a field of 20 INEX Legends, putting on a very competitive night of racing.
The IMCA Sport Mods were out of the chute first with Bill Edler pacing the opeing 2 laps before Beau Handschke took charge and started to open a lead of the field. Edler, Rod Solem, Bruce Belland, Rob Thiel and Jessi Ness were battling for the runner up spot early.
By the mid point, Handschke was several car lengths to the good while Solem and point leader, Jeremy Cota were racing for second. It took til lap 15 for Cota to wrestle the runner up spot from Solem and set out to run down the leader.
Handschke was running the outside line with Cota using the inside line and quickly started to close in on the leader. With the white flag on display, Cota was scorred as the leader by a bumper and over the final; lap, Cota was able to pull ahead and steal the feature win from Hanschke for the second week in a row. Solem was third with Belland in fourth. Lucas Lamberies and J.J. Andersen rounded out the top six. The win by Cota was his third of the season and second straight victory and helped pad his point lead entering the final couple point races.
George Tabalske grabbed the lead in the Turbo Blue Street Stock feature at the start and opened a lead while the rest of the field sorted out behind. Paul Ambrosius, Alan Schlueter, Lexii Ashcraft, point leader, Jeff Jungwirth and Ryan Blank were running together for the runner up spot. Aschcraft moved into the runner up spot on lap 8 and set ouit to catch the leader while the rest of the pack stayed bunched running for third.
By lap 12, Ashcraft had found the rear bumper of the leaders car and after 2 more circuits worked by on the inside to take the top spot. Once in front, Ashcraft started to open her own lead and outran the rest of the field to claim her second feature win this season. Blank was able to get by Schluter on the final lap to take the runner up cah with Schlueter taking third. Patty Winkler ran to another top 4 finish with Tabalske taking fifth and Jungwirth sixth.
Tyler Wilson set the pace early in the Budweiser IMCA Modified headliner with Travis Spaulding, Jay Matthias, T.J. Smith, Chad Bartel and Eric Arneson behind.
Matthias spun up to the wall in turn 3 on lap 5 to bring out the lone caution of the race. On the restart, point leader, Jason Czarapata , was able to move into the runner up spot and set his sights on Wilson, Wilson was running the outside line to perfection and Czarapata was using his preferred inside line. It took six laps for Czarapata to pull even with the leader and that was the start of a great 7 lap, side by side race to the finish. Czarapata was scored as the leader a couple laps, but Wilson stormed back and the side by side race lasted to the finish. Czarapata ran the 1st two corners the best, and Wilson was strongest out of turn four, to maintain the lead. Wilson did not look like a division rookie, but woiuld not give into the defending 2 time and current point leader, Czarapata.
Under the white flag, Wilson was inches ahead at the line and they swapped the lead over the final lap. Wilson again found bite up high and was able to collect his first career Mod feature win by a foot at the finish line. Matthias recorded the third place finish with Eric Mahlik, Bartel and Brad Lautenbach rounding out the top six.
A 27 car Coors Light IMCA Stock Car field was trimmed to 20 for the main event with Travis Springstroh grabbing the lead early until Kyle Frederick took charge on lap 3. A couple of cautions on lap 5 and 6 bunched the field with Larry Karcz, Jr, Rod Snellenberger, Bill Kelsey, and Chas Van Ooyen Behind.
On the restart, Snellenberger was able to take the lead from Frederich and opened a lead as Frederich, Barry Van Straten, Kelsey and Van Ooyen and John Heinz raced for the runner up spot.
With the race action intense, there were three cautions on laps 14, 16 and 18, which kept the field bunched. Just before the final caution, John Heinz moved into second and was able to work up Snellenberger’s bumper. The final caution set up a three lap dash to the finish with arch rivals, Snellenberger and Heinz, at the post. Snellenberger was running up a groove and Heinz was hugging the inside line. Te pair went back and forth with Snellenberger able to take the victory by a bumper over Heinz. Van Ooyen, Van Straten, Frederich and Jason Bork rounded out the top six.
The win gives Hot Rod his 3rd win of the season here and runs his track all time total to 62. More importantly, is runs his career total to 199.
Brad Prahl grabbed the lead in the 4 Cylinder main at the start followed by Harley Diedrick, Cody Hungerford, Tyler Huingerford and Jeff Behm.
Despite a mid race caution that brought the field to his rear bumper and heavy pressure from point leader, Cody Hungerfors. Prahl was able to lead from flag to flag to collect his first ever Seymour feature flag. Cody Hungerford was able to hold of Diedrick and Tyler Hungerford for the runner up spot with Taylor Becher and Branden Kaye rounding out the top six.
The INEX Legends feature was won by Joe Bongiorno.
Next week August 17th, the decibel reading will increase as the Outlaw IRA Sprint Cars return to the Seymour Speedway for the first time since 2008. They will join the five weekly divisions for a big night of action on the 1/3 mile banked Oval.
IRA will hot lap and qualify at 5:30 with racing at 6 PM.
The Seymour Speedway is a featured member track of www.Racetext.net, a website dedicated to bringing fans the best possible coverage of local Short track racing.
BUDWEISER IMCA MODIFIEDS
20 Lap Feature l Tyler Wilson 2. Jason Czarapata 3. Jay Matthias 4. Eric Mahlik 5. Chad Bartel 6. Brad Lautenbach
8 Lap Heats First l. Wilson 2. Czarapata
Second l. Travis Spaulding 2. Bartel
` COORS LIGHT IMCA STOCK CARS
20 Lap Feature l. Rod Snellenberger 2. John Heinz 3. Chas Van ooyen, Jr 4. Barry Van Straten 5. Kyle Frederick 6. Jason Bork
10 Lap Consy l. Josh Mzoczkowski 2. Jerry Leary 3. Trent Nolan 4. Jake Lunderby
8 Lap Heats First l. Barry Van Straten 2. Snellenberger
Second l. Heinz 2. Larry Karcz, Jr
Third l. Travis Van Straten 2. Travis Springstroh
TURBO BLUE STREET STOCKS
20 Lap Feature l. Lexii Ashcraft 2. Ryan Blank 3. Alan Schlueter 4. Patty Winkler 5. George Tabalske 6. Jeff Jungwirth
8 Lap Heat 1. Tabalske 2. Paul Ambrosius
IMCA SPORT MODS
20 Lap Feature l. Jeremy Cota 2, Beau Handschke 3. Rod Solem 4. Bruce Belland 5. Lucas Lamberies 6. J.J. Andersen
8 Lap Heats First l. Bellland 2. Cota
Second l. Handschke 2. Lamberies
15 Lap feature l. Brad PrahL 2. Cody Hungerford 3. Harley Diedrick 4. Tyler Hungerford 5. Taylor Gecher 6. Brandon Kaye
8 Lap Heat l. Prahl 2, Diedrich
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