Written by Dave Panske Sunday, 03 August 2014 08:21
Seymour August 3- 9:30 AM- August already. Hard to believe we are entering the final weeks of the 2014 racing season in Northeastern Wisconsin.
Here at the Seymour Speedway, we are returning to action following a week off for the Outagamie County Fair.
Long time track and series sponsor, Budweiser, is the title sponsor tonight for a full 5 division racing program on the 1/3 mile banked clay oval.
Jason Czarapata has used a string of 4 straight feature wins to moved back on top of the point standings with a commanding 30 point margin over Mike Wedelstadt and Jamie Schmidt who are tied for second. Jason is the current and 2 time defending champion in the division and continues to use his smooth style to run towards a third straight track title. Chad Bartel is third in the standings with T.J. Smith and Eric Arneson rounding out the five.
The Coors Light IMCA Stock Car division is a bit closer. Former 5 time champion, Rod Snellenberger is currently sitting in first place holding a 372-366 margin over Travis Van Straten. Hot Rod has 1 feature win this season with Van Straten having 2 under his belt. Both have been consistent top 5 runners all season and it looks to be a fight to the final point night on August 31. Barry Van Straten, Jeremy Wiitala and Chas Van Ooyen round out the top five.
Jeff Jungwirth has been a solid performer in the Turbo Blue Street Stock division having won a division leading 4 features so far but only has a 9 point advantage over Ryan Blank in the standings, 383-374. Defending champion, Jonny Ashcraft is only 6 more back in third with Patty Winkler, having a solid season as well, sitting in 4th place one point ahead of Alan Schluter in fifth place.
The IMCA Sport Mods have been very competitive with Jeremy Cota the current point leader over 3rd generation young gun, Lucas Lamberies. Bruce Belland has made the weekly trips from Eagle River pay off with very strong top 5 runs all season and sits 3rd in the standings. Kevin Bethke and Jessi Ness round out the top five. As proof of the competitve nature of the division, only Cota(1) and Bethke(2) in the top five have feature wins with Robby Thiel(2) 6th in points, the only other top 10 driver to have feature wins.
The 4 Cylinder division has a battle at the top between Cody and Tyler Hungerford for the point lead. Each has led the standings and ech has one feature win so far. Cody currently holds a 371-366 margin over Tyler. Brandon Kaye sits third with 330 points with rookie Harley Diedrick in fourth with 320 and Brad Prahl fifth with 308.
Along with these five divisions renewing their championship runs tonight, the Spectator Eliminators will be on hand to close out the program.
N.E.W. DIRT will also pay tribute to a man, Stan “The Man” Gracyalny, and his family tonight. The Gracyalny family has a decades long love affair with short tack racing and has been a selfless supporter of this sport.
The pit gates open at 3 PM with late sign in at 4:30.
Racing starts at 5:30 PM…SHARP!!
The grandstand opens at 4 PM.
The running order tonight is:
Coors Light IMCA Stock Cars
IMCA Sport Mods
Turbo Blue Street Stocks
Budweiser IMCA Modifieds
The rest of the month will be busy as well with the Legends making their appearance at the Seymour Speedway next week. August 10.
Then on August 17, the 410 Horsepower IRA Outlaw Sprints will return to the banked oval for the first time since 2008. They will be part of a unique program with our regular 5 divisions. IRA will hot lap and qualify at 5:30, with racing starting at 6 PM. The weekly divisions will have the top 10 in points set for the feature. The rest of the field will be made up from consolation races from those not in the top 10. There will be NO heats run.
August 24th will be the 1st Choice Auto Sales/Kelsey Coatings Kids Club Coin Toss at intermission.
The 3rd installment of the 2014 Summer Holiday Classic Series will be on August 31. It will also be the final point night for ALL divisions this season.
N.E.W. DIRT would like to THANK YOU for making the Seymour Speedway your choice for racing on Sunday nights here in Northeastern Wisconsin.
We hope to see you all tonight on Budweiser night at the Seymour Speedway and for the rest of the 2014 season.