Seymour, August 23 – A week ago it was 90 degrees. This Sunday greeted us with a heavy thunderstorm at 7 AM, teased us with sunshine, and then cloudy, cool temps and wind were the order for the rest of the day and evening, including another shower that hit just as the first feature was taking the green flag.
Through it all, N.E.W. DIRT pressed on and the result was a solid field of cars which included the final appearance of the WDLMA Late Models this season and a complete Summer Holiday Classic program Sunday night at the Seymour Speedway. A die hard group of fans also turned out and were greeted by a great night of racing on the 1/3 mike banked clay oval, which turned out smooth and fast. The event was sponsored by Schwister’s Repair and Toad Creek Tap. Giddy Up Western Wear sponsored the Kids Club with a 6 bike give away.
The Budweiser IMCA Modifieds were on the track and had the green displayed when a steady, brief shower, hit the track and caused a 20 minute delay. As soon as the rain stopped, crews were on the track to reclaim it before racing could continue. Because the Modifieds helped run the track back in, they were sent off to get their cars race ready again, and the Coors Light IMCA Stock Cars took to the track for the first feature of the evening.
Jamie Van Ooyen set the pace early with Joe Schwister, Bob Czarapata, Mike Schmidt, Kyle Frederick and Bill Kelsy behind. The lead bunch ran three wide early, until a failure on Czaratapta cars forced him out of the contest, causing the first caution on lap 7, when his car could not completely exit the track.
Brandon Czarapata had moved from mid pack into third for the restart with Travis Van Straten, Frederick, Chas Van Ooyen and Rod Snellenberger in line. Czarapata slipped into the lead before another caution on lap 8. After a final restart on lap 11, it was flat out to the finish with Czarapata again setting the pace follower by Van Straten, Frederick, Schmidt, Van Ooyen and Snellenberger. The lead trio doubled up with Czarapata and Van Staten nose to tail inside, and of course, Frederick was running the outside. With the side by side battle for the lead, the race right behind for 4the was the same. Over the final 3 laps, the groups finally started to sort out but it was Czarapata that held the top spot at the finish and Chas Van Ooyen was able to sneak by Frederick on the final lap to take the runner up spot. Van Straten would secure fourth and Snellenberger won the battle for fifth over Schmidt.
The Budweiser IMCA Modifieds returned to the track and it took three tries to get an official start before Trevor Spaulding led the opening lap. Mike Wedelstadt took command on the second circuit and immediately opened a lead on the bunched field behind. Tony Wedelstadt, Eric Arneson, Benji LaCrosse and Jerry Wilinski were in fline by lap 5 with LaCrosse pulling intot he runner up spot one lap later, and set out to reel in the leader, nearly a straight away ahead.
The lone caution during the race on lap 9 for a spin set up a great battle up front when the green appeared again. Wedelstadt continued to lead with LaCrosse right behind. Arenson, Wilinski, Eric Scribner and Brian Mullen were bunched again for third, which allowed the leaders to pull away again. LaCrosse tried several lines to get an advantage on Wedelstadt, but it wasn’t until lap 14, when LaCrosse was able to pull inside, and set up a five lap side by side battle with the lead going back and forth. Wedelstadt prevailed and again took sole procession of the top spot as the white appeared and collected his seconds feature win of the season. LaCrosse was right behind a the finish with Scribner able to make the run to third.. Mullen caught Arenson on the final lap for fourth with Wilinski rounding out the top six.
The WDLMA Lucky 7 40 lap feature was moved up next because of the iffy weather. A field of 21 cars took the green, but an opening lap crash out of turn 4, reduced the field by 2. Nick Anvelink burst from the pole on the green with Paul Parker taking second. Taylor Scheffler, Mitch McGrath and Jim Schmidt made up the top five. Anvelink checked out immediately while Scheffler was all over Parker for the first five laps. McGrath moved into third and then by Parker for the runner up spot on lap 8. Debris on the track forced what would be the only caution of the race on lap 10. Anvelink had the entire field behind once again. The restart had Anvelink again start to open a lead as the battle for the runner up spot continued. McGrath and Scheffler were now joined by Mike Mullen, who overtook Scheffler for third on lap 15 and set out to run down McGrath. Mullen moved into the runner up spot on lap 25, and had to set chase to find Anvelink, as he was starting to lap traffic.
Over the final 15 laps, Anvelink had to weave through traffic while Mullen had the same task, while trying to get close enough to challenge for the win. Mullen closed the gap quite a bit, but over the final few laps, Anvelink maintained his distance at the front, while Mullen seemed to level off. Anvelink claimed his second feature win of the season at Seymour, and first in the Lucky 7 series. Mullen took the runner up finish with McGrath holding off Scheffler over the final laps for third. Parker finished in firth with Joel Bennett rounding out the top six.
The O’Reilly Auto Parts IMCA Sport Mods were up next and settled in right away with plenty of battles to watch early on. Russell Franks, Todd Boehnlein, Scott Besaw and J.J. Andersen ran bunched at the front while Jeremy Cota, Kevin Bethke, Jordan Bartz and Chris Bubzban were a bit back running for position. Cota moved up to the lead pack and started to challenge Andersen for third, and then followed into third past Besaw on lap 7. Andersen worked by Franks for the lead on, lap 11, with Cota following into second one lap later. Cota slipped to the inside of the leader on lap 13, and in another lap, was in the lead.
A lone caution appeared for a spin on lap 16, setting up a four lap dash to the finish. Cota took the lead and never looked back, winning his 7th feature of the season. Andersen took the runner up spot. Budzban worked by Franks into third after the restart and finish there with Bethke taking fourth over Franks, his best finish of the season. Point leader, Lucas Lamberies, rounded out the top six.
The Turbo Blue Street Stocks saw Ricky Kaufert lead the opeing lap before Gary Kasperik moved into top spot. Jeff Jungwirth followed into second one lap later and right up on Kasperik. Jerry Kope, Matt Warner, point leader, Allan Schlueter and Lexii Ashcraft were behind on lap 5.
A series of 5 cautions in 2 laps, kept things tight until the final restart on lap 10. Kasperik was still in control, but Jungwirth was determined to try to find a way to get by the leader. For the rest of the race, it was a fierce nose to tail battle for the lead with the same kind of battle for third between Kope, Schlueter, Jared Spaulding, Ashcraft and Paul Ambrosius.
At he finish line, Kasperik collected his first checkered flag of the season and first here sine August 4, 2013. Jungwirth took second with Schlueter edging Ashcraft for third. Ambrosius was fifth and Spaulding rounded out the top six.
Joe Minks worked from the second row into the lead on the 4 Cylinder main event on the opening lap with Tanner Westphal, Peter Olsen, Tyler Hungerford, Carl King and Kasey Gross behind. The lead pack stayed that was the entire race with Minks holding the top spot throughout. A lap 10 caution bunched the entire field with Minks still in control followed by Westphal, Gross, Hungerford, Mike Meier and Shaun Bangart. A final caution on lap 12 brought a three lap dash to the finish with Minks able to hold off the field to win his second straight feature. Gross edged Westphal for the runner up finish with Bangart moving into 4th ahead of Hungerford. Meier rounded out the top six.
Brandon “ Smokey” Van Ooyen was the Thunder Truck winner
N.E.W. DIRT would like to THANK the sponsors, fans, drivers and crews for braving the iffy weather to support the racing program last night. We appreciate you choosing to attend the Sunday night racing at the Seymour Speedway.
Two weeks remain on the 2015 schedule. Next week will be a full regular program, and the final race of the season will take place on Sunday September 6. This will be the final point night for all divisions.
WDLMA LATE MODELS
40 lap LUCKY 7 Feature l. Nick Anvelink, Navarino 2. Mike Mullen, Seymour 3, Mitch McGrath, Waukesha 4. Taylor Scheffler, Waukesha 5. Paul Parker, Kaukauna 6. Joel Bennett, Hortonville
6 Lap Dash First l. Anvelink 2. Parker
Second l. Mullen 2. Jared Siefert, Green Bay
10 Lap Heats First l. Bennett 2. Jim Schmidt, Cleveland]
Second l. McGrath 2. Justin Ritchie, New London
Third l. Anvelink 2. Scheffler
BUDWEISER IMCA MODIFIEDS
20 Lap Feature l. Mike Wedelstadt, Fremont 2. Benji LaCrosse, Green Bay 3. Eric Scribner, Lena 4. Brian Mullen, Seymour 5. Eric Arneson, Oconto 6. Jerry Wilinski, Seymour
8 Lap Heats First l. Wilinski 2. Trevor Spaulding, Greenville
Second l.Mike Wedelstadt 2. Tony Wedelstadt
COORS LIGHT IMCA STOCK CARS
20 Lap Feature l.Brandon Czarapata, Kaukauna 2. Chas Van Ooyen, Jr, Freedom 3. Kyle Frederick, Oconto Falls 4. Travis Van Straten, Hortonville 5. Rod Snellenberger, Pulaski 6. Mike Schmidt, Shawano
8 Lap Heats First l. Van Ooyen 2. Bill Kelsey, Luxemburg
Second l. Brandon Czarapata 2. Bob Czarapata, Krakow
O’REILLY AUTO PARTS IMCA SPORT MODS
20 Lap Feature l. Jeremy Cota, Oconto 2. J.J. Andersen, Green Bay 3. Chris Budzban, Luxemburg 4. Kevin Bethke, Neenah 5, Russell Franks, Richland Center
6. Lucas Lamberies, Clintonville
8 Lap Heats First l. Lamberies 2. Travis Arenz, Sheboygan
Second l. Scott Besaw, Omro 2. Cota
TURBO BLUE STREET STOCKS
20 Lap Feature l. Gary Kasperik, Clintonville 2. Jeff Jungwirth, Oshkosh 3. Allan Schlueter, Oconto 4. Lexii Ashcraft, Oshkosh 5. Paul Ambrosius, Seymour 6. Jared Spaulding, Shiocton
8 Lap Heats First l. Kasperik 2. JUNGWIRTH
Second l. Ambrosius 2, Spaulding
15 Lap Feature l. Joe Minks, Menasha 2, Kasey Gross, Gleason 3. Tanner Westphal, Clintonville 4. Shaun Bangart, Chilton 5. Tyler Hungerford, Freedom
6. Mike Meier, Chilton
8 Lap Heats First l. Meier 2. Bangart
Second l. Hungerford 2. Gross
Seymour, August 23- 10 AM IT’S RACE DAY!
A little morning rain will give us a cooler, clear day this afternoon, which will mean a PERFECT Day for racing tonight at the Seymour Speedway.
The WDLMA Late Models will be in town to join our full cast of five division regulars as they will challenge the 1/3 mile banked clay oval in the Summer Holiday Classic series finale.
This is the second last race in the WDLMA Lucky 7 Series for 2015.
WDLMA will draw for heats and use passing points to make up their dash, consy and feature line ups. They will compete in a 40 lap main event with a $1200 pay day for the winner. Brad Mueller is the current Lucky 7 series point leader with 71. Taylor Scheffler is running second with 66. Justin Ritchie is third at 61 and one mark behind in 4th is Rick Scheffler. Justin Schmidt and Mitch McGrath round out the top six with 57 and 54 respectively. At their last appearance on July 19, a field of 27 Late Models checked in to compete.
Our five regular season divisions have more that extra pay to run for tonight. As the season starts to come to a close, point races also come into play.
Running order tonight is:
Budwesier IMCA Modifieds
Coors Light IMCA Stock Cars
WDLMA Late Models
O’Reilly Auto Parts IMCA Sport Mods
Turbo Blue Street Stocks
Pit opens at 4 PM
Admission $25.00 Discounts for minors
Late sign in “ draw cut off 5:15
Drivers Meeting at 5:30
WDLMA Hot Laps 5:45
Racing at 6 PM
Grandstand opens at 4:30
Adults 19-55 $15.00
Students 13-18 and Seniors 55+ $10.00
Kids 12 and UNDER Free with paid adult.
Kids Club has a 6 bike giveaway tonight courtesy of Giddy Up Western Wear. All kids, 12 and under, can register at the Kids Club table. Drawing will be prior to intermission in front of the grandstand.
The Giddy UP sponsored late model of Mike Mullen will be on display behind the grandstand this afternoon about 3:30 until the drivers meeting at 5:30. A fgreat chance to get a close up look at a top Late Model and meet the driver.
The Budweiser IMCA Modifieds find Eric Scribner atop the standings with 412. Eric Arneson moved back into the runner up spot last week and sits at 409. Rookie contender, 15 year old Konnor Wilinski, has continued to improve all season and is sitting third in the season standings with 403. That happens to be nine better that 4th place, Jerry Wilinski, Konnors dad. Mike Wedelstadt is one behind in 5th at 393. T.J. Smith rounds out the top six with 384. In 14 races this summer, there have been 10 different feature winners in the highly exciting division.
The Coors light IMCA Stock Cars have provided some fantastic racing this summer. There have been 5 different feature winners and in the very competitive division with Travis Van Straten having a strong season not only here with 7 feature wins, but in Northeastern Wisconsin as he nears 30 feature victories. He has extended his point lead to 23 (468-445) over defending champion, Rod Snellenberger, who has 3 features to his credit. Two time feature winner this season, Chas Van Ooyen, Jr, sits third in the standings with 436. Kyle Frederick is always a threat at any race, and although he has not picked up a feature win here yet this season, he consistently places in the top five to be fourth in points with 425. Mike Schmidt has one feature win and is fifth at 391. Phil Hiles has inched his way into the top six after last week with 372.
The O’Reilly Auto Parts IMCA Sport Mod division has seen two drivers, current point leader, Lucas Lamberies (460), and defending champion, Jeremy Cota (451) accumulate 11 of the 14 features run this season. Cota 6 and Lamberiues 5.
Lamberies used a 2 race streak at mid season to take the point lead away from Cota, but he has won the last 2 weeks to inch closer with 2 point nights remaining after this week. Consistent runs by Travis Arenz has him sitting third in the standings at 428 followed by Kevin Bethke (411), Scott Bessaw (397) and J.J. Andersen 6th with 356.
The Turbo Blue Street Stocks have been a fun division to see compete week in and week out. Jeff Jungwirth and Allan Schlueter were early season point leaders before Lexii Ashcraft used a three week streak at mid season to move on top of the standings. She has 4 feature win to her credit this summer. Schluter has regained some momentum the past couple weeks and with his 4th feature win this season, last week, has moved back into the point lead with a 457-453 margin over Ashcraft. Jungwirth is only one behind in third. Defending champion, Ryan Blank, battled early season gremlins that kept him out of the hunt, it seemed, until mid season. Two feature wins in the past three weeks put him in fourth place in the standings and a legitimate shot at a repeat. Last week, while leading the feature. the engine let go on the front chute and the car was caught by several other cars. The result was too many repairs causing an early end to his season. Matt Warner and Jeff Dorschner round out the top six in the standings.
The 4 Cylinder division also continues to entertain with close racing every week. The divisions has put 9 different drivers in victory lane with feature wins so far this season. Kasey Gross is currently leading the way with 447 points. He used a 3 win sprint in four weeks to take over the top spot from Tanner Westphal. Carl King has 2 feature wins this season and sits second with 439. Tyler Hungerford has one feature to his credit and sits third at 437. Westphal won his second feature 2 weeks ago and is a close 4th with 431. Taylor Becher is 5th at 351 and Heidi Meverden rounds out the top six at 328.
We hope you can all join us for an exciting night of racing< Tonight, at the Seymour Speedway.
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