Seymour - August 27- The Summer Holiday Classic will bring the regular season to a close this Sunday night at the Seymour Speedway.
The five regular season weekly divisions will run for points for the final time this season. Track championships will be decided in three classes with the 2 open wheel modified divisions ready to be written in the record books.
The Budweiser IMCA Modifieds already have their champion. After a bit of a slow start this season, 2 time and defending champion, Jason Czarapata has already etched his name in the 2014 slot. After last weeks 3rd place finish, he has a 41 point lead entering this weeks race over Mike Wedelstadt. The race for the runnerup spot is open yet with Chad Bartel and Jamie Schmidt within 10 points of Wedelstadt.
Czarapata ran to a division leading 5 feature wins which included a string of 4 straight from June 29 through July 20. The wins put him in a tie for 4th on the all time feature win list with 21. He is also only the 4th driver in the division to win three track titles. Brian Mullen leads the way with 7 career titles at Seymour. Benji LaCrosse has 4 titles and Czarapata now joins R.M. Van Pay with three. Czarapata joins LaCrosse as the only 2 drivers to with three straight championships. Even if Czaapta would not sign in to runthis week, only 40 point are available for a feature win.
Congratulations to Jason Czarapata as he bested 51 other drivers to win his third straight Budweiser IMCA Modified track Championship.
The IMCA Sport Mod division has a similar situation. Jeremy Cota has worked up the ranks this season and holds a 525-489 point margin over Lucas Lamberies entering this weeks program. If Cota signs in to race this Sunday, he will earn his first career track title. If he would miss, Lamberies could claim the title with a top 4 feature finish.
This will be a turn around from the past 2 seasons when he has led during the season only to lose the title on the final night of racing.
Cota started the season slowly but collected a division leading 4 feature wins during the season, including three of the past four weeks. The wins added to his division leading all time feature win total giving him 17. The title will make him the 7th different title holder since the division became a weekly in 2008.
Congrats on a successful season to Jeremy Cota and good luck securing you first career track title.
The other divisions will be highlighted over the next 2 days.
Remember that this final leg of the Holiday Classic series will NOT have the Late Models compete. It will be our five divisions plus the Spectator Eliminators. They will be competing for the increased Holiday Classic purse as in the past. Grandstand and pit admissions will NOT change this week and will be the same as the regular season.
Pit will open at 3, Grandstand at 4 with racing at 5:30 PM…SHARP!!!
Following the races this week, everyone is welcome to the pit area for a corn roast and free beer.
The racing season will end with an added race the following week with a special SATURDAY, September 6th race. Racing will be at 5:30.
We hope to see you all at the Seymour Speedway during the BIG final Holiday weekend Sunday night.
SUMMER HOLIDAY CLASSIC CHANGE
The final leg of the 2014 Summer Holiday Classic series will be run this Sunday, August 31 at the Seymour Speedway.
There has been a change with the announcement that the WDLMA Late Models will NOT be part of this weeks program.
In conversations with the late model sanctioning body, WDLMA, they could not guantee a full field of cars for the event. N.E.W. DIRT could not justify the purse for 12 or less cars, and the additional admission prices that go along with these shows.
It was not an easy decision to make but was mutual between both parties.
Both also plan discussions for 2015.
With that change, the 5 regular divisions, Budweiser IMCA Modifieds, Coors Light IMCA Stock Cars, Turbo Blue Street Stocks, IMCA Sport Mods and 4 Cylinders, will be in action and will run for the posted Holiday Classic purse increase as in the past. The Spectator Eliminators will run for the final time in 2014.
All divisions will be running their final point races for the season as well.
The feature winners will also be receiving a special Kim Parsons Memorial Trophy to support Organ and Tissue Donations, presented by track announcer, Steve Parsons, in memory of his daughter.
Also, the admission prices will NOT be increased this Sunday. The pit and grandstand prices will remain the same as the regular season.
It will be a BIG show for the final regular season night and a THANK YOU to the fans and club members for their support throughout the 31st Anniversary season.
Following the races, all are invited into the pit for a corn roast with free beer.
For the drivers. There will be a cash payoff following the races.
The final night of racing for the 2014 season will be the following SATURDAY night, September 6th. No other track is running in the area that week, and not everyone goes to Boone. So this will be just an added race for drivers and fans to get in before school and the Fall specials start the following week.
Racing will start both weeks at 5:30 PM…as usual.
We hope you can all join us this Sunday for the Summer Holiday Classic finale and again on Saturday September 6th for the final race of the season.
Seymour, August 24- It was another perfect night for racing to take place at the Seymour Speedway Sunday. Despite heavy rains on Saturday, the track was smooth and fast and produced a quick program with only 3 cautions all night,
The Budweiser IMCA Modifieds opened the feature portion of the program with Mark Joski setting the pace for the first 4 laps before Eric Arneson took control and started to pull away from the field. Mike Wedelstadt ran door to door with Joski for several lasp before taking over second and set out ot chase down Arenson. The battle for third developed with Joski, Benji LaCrosse and Jay Matthias. They ran three wide several times which allowed point leader, Jason Czarapata the chance to catch up and join in the fun.
LaCrosse moved into third on lap 11 and moved in on Wedelstadt. It took until lap 16 to secure second and LaCrosse faced a ¼ lap margin to catch Arneson with Wedelstadt right behind. The race took a turn on lap 18 when Arneson suddenly pulled into the infield entering turn 1 turning the race over to LaCrosse, The lone caution of the race appeared one lap later and bnunched the field for the final 2 lap dash. LaCrosse held off Wedelstadt to collect his second straight feature flag. Czarapata fought his way to a third place finish with Brad Lautenbach taking fourth. Joski and T.J. Smith rounded out the top six.
The Coors Light IMCA Stock Cars were up next with a strong 24 car field taking the green. Travis Springstroh set the pace for the first 4 laps before Kyle Frederick challenged and moved into the top spot on lap 5. It took a couple laps to shake Springstoh and start to open a lead on the field. The next 6 positions were involved in a tight battle with all cars running under a blanket for much of the race which trapped point leader, Rod Snellenberger, mid pack. At the mid point of the contest, Frederick was running alone out front followed by Springstroh, Barry Van Straten, Chaz Van Ooyen, Travis Van Straten, and Snellenberger.
With Frederick safely out front, the battle continued for second for the last half of the race. Frederick collected his second feature win of the season going away. Van Ooyen ended a five lap battle for second by passing Travis Van Straten with 3 laps left to take runner up pay day. Van Straten took third with Snellenberger abel to wrestle the fourth place finish. Barry Van Straten and Springstroh rounded out the top six in the non stop event.
Beau Handschke grabbed the lead in the IMCA Sport Mod feature and open a big lead before Rod Solem finally moved into the runner up spot after a several lap 3 car battle with Kevin Bethke and point leader, Jeremy Cota. Solem slowly started to close the gap on the elader and with three laps to go, was in striking distance. Handsche moved from the outside line to the low groove to close off Solems line. Handschke has led the last three features entering the final lap, only to end up second. Solem tried to make it three but Handschke would not be denied winning his first career feature event. Solem was second with Cota taking third. Bethke, Colten Van Hierden and Bruce Belland rounded out the top six.
The Turbo Blue Street Stock feature was next with Tony Everard taking the top spot with Jeff Dorcshner moving up to challenge and take the lead on lap 4. The pair swapped the lead back and forth before the first caution for debris on the track bunched the field, Ryan Blank moved up to the lead on the restart but Dorschner stayed with him for three more laps before Blank was able to pull away a bit as Patty Winkler, Paul Ambrosius and Lexii Ashcraft pulled up on Dorschner for second. Ashcraft was running the outside line and on lap 17 brought out the final caution when she hit the wall in turn three. Blank held the lead on the final restart and collected his second feature win of the season with Winkler right behind in second. Dorschner, Ambrosius, Alan Schlueter and point leader Jeff Jungwirth rounded out the top six. The win moved Blank into the point lead by one mark over Jungwirth with one week left to settle the chase. Schlueter and Winkler ar 11 and 13 points behind respectively.
Trevor Spaulding led the opening lap of the 4 Cylinder main event before Jeremy Czarapata took over. Cody Hunbgerford moved to challenge and was scored as the leader on lap 6 before Czarapata again moved to the front and this time, opened a slight lead. Czarapata was able to hold on to collect his second straight feature win and third on the season. Point leader, Cody and Tyler Huingerford were right behind. Matt Brehmer, newly crowned 141 Speedway champion, made his first trip to Seymour and ran to a fourth place finish. Tanner Westphal and Rachel Czarapata rounded out the top six.
The 600 Micro Sprints ran a feature event with Will Gerrits taking the win over Denver Larson, Tyler Brabent and Jake Gerrits.
Next week will be the final leg of the Summer Holiday Classic series and will feature the 5 regular weekly divisions running their final point night for the 2014 season. The program will NOT have the WDLMA Late Models compete.
With that change, there will be NO increases for admission to the grandstand or the pit area, and the drivers will run for the scheduled increased Holiday Classic payoff. Please watch the website and facebook for daily updates leading up to next weeks race.
The final race of the season will be held on SATURDAY night September 6. It will be a regular night and with no other tracks running, it will give the drivers and fans not going to Boone a chance for one final race before the Fall Specials start.
The Seymour Speedway is a featured member track of www.Racetext.net, a website dedicated to bringing fans the best possible coverage of local shirt track racing.
BUDWEISER IMCA MODIFIEDS
20 Lap Feature l Benji LaCrosse 2. Mike Wedelstadt 3. Jason CzarapaTA 4. Brad Lautenbach 5. MaRK Joski 6. T.J. Smith
8 Lap Heats First l. LaCrosse 2. Jay Matthias
Second l. Joski 2. Wedelstadt
COORS LIGHT IMCA STOCK CARS
20 Lap Feature l Kyle Frederick 2. Chaz Van ooyen, Jr 3. Travis Van Straten 4.Rod Snellenberger 5. Barry Van Straten 6. Travis Springstroh
8 Lap Heats First l. Jeremy Wiitala 2. Harley Simon
Second l. Brandon Czarapata 2. Travis Vasn Straten
Thhird l. Van Ooyen 2. Springstroh
TURBO BLUE STREET STOCKS
20 Lap Feature l. Ryan Blank 2. Patty Winkler 3. Jeff Dorschner 4. Paul Ambrosius 5. Alan Schlueter 6, Jeff Jungwirth
8 Lap Heats First l. Justin Lindner 2. Dorschner
Second l. Ambrosius 2. George Tabalske
IMCA SPOPRT MODS
20 lap feature 1. Beau Handschke 2. Rod Solem 3. Jeremy Cota 4. Kevin Bethke 5. Colten Van Hierden 6. Bruce Belland
8 Lap Heats First l. Cota 2. Van Hierden
Second l. Lucas Lamberies 2. Belland
15 Lap feature l. Jeremy Czarapata 2. Cody Hungerford 3. Tyler Hungerford 4. Matt Brehmer 5. Tanner Westphal 6. Rachel Czarapata
8 Lap Heats First l. Harley Diedrick 2. Cody Hungerford
Second l. Westphal 2. Jeremy Czarapata
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