SRP OPENERS TO TRAVIS VAN STRATEN, LUCAS LAMBERIES, JEFF JUNGWIRTH, RYAN MECH
Seymour, May 22 – After a one week delay, the 2016 season kicked off on Sunday night at Seymour Raceway Park. The track presented three weekly divisions, Street Stocks, IMCA Sport Mods and Coors light IMCA Stock Cars along with the INEX Legends on the 1/3 mile clay oval. The new track surface became a handful, but crews kept after it all night long and the complete program ended with a fantastic Stock Car finale.
Jeff Jungwirth started on the pole in the Street Stock division by luck of the draw and pulled away at the start of the race with Harley Diedrick, Lexii Ashcraft, Dylan Stedjee and Gary Kasperek behind. Kasperek moved into the runner up spot on lap[ 5, but Jungwirth had checked out and had a last lap caution end the event shy of the first flag to flag feature bonus, and became the first SRP feature winner. Kasperek took second with a group running for third. Ashcraft won the battle with Paul Ambrosius and defending champion, Allan Schlueter in a photo finish with Ambrosius getting the nod. Diedrick rounded out the top six.
The IMCA Sport Mod main was up next with a series of 4 cautions over the first 10 laps, keeping the field packed. Jordan Bartz led the opening lap before Chris Budzban set pace to a restart on lap 10. Lucas Lamberies was able to work into the lead and slowly opened a gap on the field racing hard behind. Budzban, was joined by Kevin Bethke, Kelsy Hayes, Travis Arenz, J.J. Andersen and Brian Bruechert, with positions swapping back and forth. Lameries had his easy run to the win slowed with a final caution on lap 22. Over the final 3 laps, Lamberies was able to fend off the challenges and picked up his first SRP feature of the season. Bethke took second with Budzban in third. Andersen edged his way to the top four with Arenz and Bruechert rounding out the top 6.
The INEX Legends had 14 cars on the grid for their feature event with Vince Bartolotta grabbing the lead with Cody Apfelbeck, Ryan Mech, Ethan Ross and Dave Eberle packed behind. Bartolotta led to the first caution on lap 10 and continued at the point to lap 15 when Austin Wiese took over the top spot with Meck, Ross and Justin Pearson creeping by. A final caution on lap 17 set up a three lap dash. Mech was able to move into the lead on the restart and held on to win his first every Seymour Raceway Park feature. Ross claimed the runner up spot with Bartolotta holding third. Wiese was fourth with Frankie Hock taking fifth and Pearson sixth.
Eric Arneson sat on the pole for the 30 lap Coors Light IMCA Stock Car headliner and led the first 4 laps before defending champion, Travis Van Straten was able to slip by. A couple laps later, Kyle Frederick moved into the runner up spot and set chase for the leader. With 10 complete, Van Straten and Frederick were pulling away from the battle for third. Arneson was running with Barry Van Straten, Travis Springstroh, Jeremy Wiitala and Aaron Stolp
After the mid point, Van Straten was holding a length or two lead with Frederick attacking from the outside line. As lapped cars entered the picture, the pair had to work traffic as well as watching each other. The final 10 laps were a dog fight with the pair side by side much of the time, each holding their preferred line. With three laps left Frederick was finally able to get ahead to be scored as the leader. As they picked up the white flag a pair of slower cars were in the path in turn 2. In a scramble to get by, Van Straten was somehow able to squeeze through the pack to retake the lead and hold off Frederick at the line for the opening night feature win. Barry Van Straten won the battle for third over Springstoh, Arenson and Wiitala rounded out the top six. The race went flag to flag, so the track paid out its first bonus of the season to the feature drivers.
Racing will continue at Seymour Raceway Park every Sunday night through Labor Day. Next week, the track hosts the opening round of the 2016 Budweiser Summer Holiday Classic series, which will feature the IMCA Modifieds, WDLMA Late Models and Street Stocks. The series headlines the Modifieds in a format the carries over $90,000 in purse and bonuses. The first round will see a 30 lap feature with $1500 to the winner. The WDLMA Late Models make the first of 2 appearances this season with a scheduled 40 lap main event with a $1200 payday. The Street Stocks will have an added bonus for their feature run as well.
The Modifieds and Late Models will draw/redraw and the Street Stock will use averages.
Seymour Raceway Park officials would like to THANK everyone for attending their inaugural event, and for your patience during the evening.
COORS LIGHT IMCA STOCK CARS
30 Lap Feature l. Travis Van Straten, Hortonville 2. Kyle Frederick, Oconto 3. Barry Van Straten, Shiocton 4. Travis Springstroh, Freedom 5. Eric Arneson, Oconto 6. Jeremy Wiitala, Green Bay
8 Lap Consy l. Chase Parker 2. Kurt Olson 3. Joe Johnson 4. Kevin Heebe
8 Lap Heats First l. Rod Snellenberger, Pulaski 2. Bill Kelsey, Luxemburg
Second l. Frederick 2. Travis Van Straten
Third l. Barry Van Straten 2. Chas Van Ooyen, Jr, Freedom
IMCA SPORT MODS
25 Lap Feature l. Lucas Lamberies, Shawano 2. Kevin Bethke Neenah 3. Chris Budzban, Luxemburg 4. J.J. Andersen Green Bay 5. Travis Arenz, Sheboygan 6. Brian Bruechert, Kewaunee
12 Lap Consy l. Bruechert 2. Jason Vandenberg 3. Tom Stark 4. Mark Schuenemann
8 Lap Heats First l. Arenz 2. Budzban
Second l. Andersen 2. Russell Franks
Third l. Bethke 2. Lamberies
20 Lap Feature 1. Jeff Jungwirth, Oshkosh 2. Gary Kasperek, Tigerton 3. Lexii Ashcraft, Oshkosh 4. Paul Ambrosius, Seymour 5. Allan Schlueter, Oconto 6. Harley Diedrick, Freedom
8 Lap Heats First l. Ambrosius 2. Jungwirth
Second l. Schlueter 2. Diedrick
INEX WISCONSIN DIRT LEGENDS
20 Lap Feature l. Ryan Mech, Greenfield 2. Ethan Ross, Reeseville 3. Vince Bartolotta, Muskego 4. Austim Wiese, Plymouth 5. Frankie Hock, Columbus 6. Justin Pearson, Burnett
8 Lasp Heats First l. Cody Apfelbeck, Burnett 2. Wiese
Second l. Bartolotta 2. Ross
SEYMOUR RACEWAY PARK OPENS TONIGHT
Seymour, May 22- After a one week delay, the 2016 season will kick off tonight at Seymour Raceway Park.
WAPL 105.7 will be doing a live broadcast from the track from 4 until 5:45.
Joe Verdegan is trying to align schedules once again for the “Life in the Past Lane” book signing that was supposed to take place last week. Watch for that event soon.
Street Stocks, IMCA Sport Mods and Coors light IMCA Stock Cars are the three weekly divisions, and this week, the INEX Legends will be making the first of 2 regular season appearances.
Since the 2015 season, there have been several changes in the weekly operations in Seymour. N.E.W. DIRT voted to cease operations of the track after 32 years in November. Lifelong club member, Dave Panske, made a proposal to take over the operation of the track and took over in December.
Since then, the track has been resurfaced, the weekly racing lineup has been changed. The IMCA Modifieds are now the headline division for the Budweiser Summer Holiday Classic Series which alone carries a $90,00 purse, and will share the billing with the WDLMA Late Models on May 29 and the IRA Sprints on July 3. The Labor Day event on September 4 will feature the final point night for the three regular season divisions and the Modified series final.
The track will also host several other divisions during the season, Plymouth Super Modifieds, Milwaukee Vintage Racing Association, Grand Nationals. The Badger Midgets and Micro Midgets will be here on June 26.
The Corn Belt Clash Late Model series will be making its first ever trip to Seymour for a special event on August 28, which will end a three race series in northeastern Wisconsin.
The Kids Club will also be in full force in 2016. Special events so far include the GSR Bike Giveaway on Fathers Day and the Kelsey Coatings/ 1st Choice Auto Sales Coin Toss on August 7.
The Kim Parsons Memorial Trophy Tour will be making 4 stops at Raceway Park. Each of the Holiday Classic events and the Corn Belt Clash event will have the BIG trophies in Victory lane. The program helps promote Organ and Tissue Donation, and the drivers really look forward to claiming one for their very own.
Fans will have a first chance to look at and try a new project in the grandstand. Plans have been started to add a half step in the seating area. One aisle has 12 steps in place for fans to try and give input to the track management. If the expected response is favorable, plans will be finalized to make this an ongoing project to complete the entire grandstand.
Pit gates open at 3 pm with late sign in at 5:15
Drivers meeting will take place at 5:30 with the first race taking the green at 6PM.
Pit admission is $25.00 for anyone 14 and up. Minors are allowed with all proper forms filed out and on file.
Drivers are encouraged to arrive early with new entry procedures and information to be filed out. All races on opening night will be draw/ redraw, which takes a bit longer.
The grandstand will open at 4.
Weekly admission will be Adults 18-54 $13.00
Students 13-17 and Seniors 55+ $9.00
Kids 12 and under FREE, with a paid adult.
There is also a new Family Pass that will admit 2 adults, either 2 students or seniors and include 4 hot dogs and soda or water for $49.00, a $10.00 savings on regular prices.
Drivers are also encouraged by the increase in pay and incentives in place for them to compete for even possibly more dollars during the season.
The weather looks to be excellent for the grand opening and a strong start to a new era of racing in Seymour.
Hope to see you tonight at Seymour Raceway Park.
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