N.E.W. DIRT/SEYMOUR SPEEDWAY STATUS
December 6, 2015 – There have been many ups and downs over the past 32 years that N.E.W. DIRT has been running the weekly Sunday night racing programs at the Seymour Speedway. Overall, mostly positive.
Until the past couple season, the club has been able to work through the down side of promoting a weekly race track.
If you are a club member, and have been attending the clubs monthly meetings, you should be aware of the problems the club faces. The information has been shared with the membership that does attend, and will not be brought out here.
The financial problems have been present for a few years with a couple members picking up most of the shortfalls.
The Fair Association, which owns the fairgrounds where the track is located in Seymour, notified the club in September, that past rent needed to be brought up to date, or they would look at other options for the facility in 2016. Through several meetings, options were looked at, but there was not a quick fix for the long term problem. At the October election meeting, the board recommended that the Fair Association be notified that there was not a solution for the club and to see what happens. After a discussion, the membership there agreed.
Dave Panske, a founding member of the club and a member for the entire 32 year span, made a proposal to the club that would clean up the mess in exchange for the club assets, which would, in effect, end the clubs run.
A special meeting was called for Monday, November 30. All 155 members were notified, 25 attended, to discuss and vote on the proposal. Discussions brought no new solutions forward. A ballot vote was taken with a 23-2 margin voting to accept the proposal.
Since the vote, there have been several meetings to proceed with the change over.
The main issue right now, is that the track WILL be running in 2016, and beyond, on Sunday nights.
Contract discussions will be finalized shortly, which will prompt an open meeting to present details of what will be happening at the track.
One issue already set in motion, with the warm fall and early winter weather sticking around for awhile yet, There WILL be clay put down yet this year.
This will be an extensive project to finish in the Spring, which will push opening the season back to May.
Many details need to be worked out, and a meeting will be announced ASAP, hopefully before the first of the year.
There will be information available at the Lakeshore Motorsports show in Manitowoc on January 30 as well.
Meeting information will be posted here when available.
Dave can be contacted at 920-231-1157.
2015 SEYMOUR SPEEDWAY WRAP UP
Seymour, Special- The 2015 racing season wrapped up with the 32nd annual N.E.W. DIRT Awards banquet on Saturday night, November 14, held a Doxbee’s Banquet and Buffet Hall.
The top 10 drivers in each division were recognized and received trophies and plaques were also presented to the Rookie of the Year in each division.
The Budweiser IMCA Modifieds featured 49 different drivers during the season. 11 different feature winners of the 16 races run. Andy Kleczka and Kyle Strickler were first time feature winners at Seymour. Benji LaCrosse earned his 100th career feature win on July 12 on his way to a division leading 4 feature wins, running his all time total at Seymour to 38.
1. Eric Scribner 2 FW 1st N.E.W. DIRT title
2. Eric Arneson
3. Mike Wedelstadt 2FW
4. Jerry Wilinski 1 FW
5. Konnor Wilinski
6. T.J. Smith
7. Chad Bartel 1 FW
8. Trevor Spaulding
9. Jamie Schmidt 1 FW
10. Rob Charapada
COORS LIGHT IMCA STOCK CARS featured 50 different drivers with 6 earning feature wins during the season. Mike Schmidt was the only first time winner.
Defending and former 6 time champ, Rod Snellenberger won three features during the season, but the first one, on April 11 was a milestone 200th Career feature win. Ironically, his first division feature win also came at Seymour back on opening night, May 9, 1993. Winning 3 features that year and earning the Rookie of the Year award.
The season was a dominant one for the season Champion, Travis Van Straten. He collected 8 of his season high 31 area feature wins here earning his first Seymour division title. He was also the Sport Mod title winner in 2009. 1 2 year feature total of 12 puts him in a tie for 7th on the all time win list with Tim Van De Hei and Larry Karcz, Jr.
1.Travis Van Straten 8 FW 1st N.E.W. DIRT division title
2. Rod Snellenberger 3 FW
3. Chas Van Ooyen, Jr 2 FW
4. Kyle Frederick
5. Mike Schmidt 1 FW
6. (tie)Jeremy Wiitala
7. Barry Van Straten
8. Jason Bork
9. Jamie Van Ooyen
10. Bill Kelsey
TURBO BLUE STREET STOCKS ran 36 different drivers during 2015. 6 different feature winners with one, Jordan Kurtti, being a first time winner on the opening race of the season. Allan Schlueter ran to a division high 5 wins and earned his first career track title on the final night after a season lone battle with Jeff Jungwirth and Lexii Ashcraft. Those 3 combined for 11 of the 16 features run.
Allan becomes the 25th different Street Stock champion in the 28 years running here.
1. Allan Schlueter 5 FW 1st Career Track title
2. Jeff Jungwirth 2 FW
3. Lexii Ashcraft 4 FW
4. (tie) Matt Warner
5. Paul Ambrosius
6. Jared Spaulding
7. Ryan Blank 3FW
8. Harley Diedrick
9. Clint Evans
10. Dylan Stedjee
O’REILLY AUTO PARTS IMCA SPORT MODS put 51 different drivers on the track this year. 5 drivers earned feature wins with 2 being first time winners here, Brian Bruechert and Bruce Beland. Defending champion, Jeremy Cota ran to a division high 8 feature wins on his way to becoming the first repeat Sport Mod Champion at Seymour in 8 years running here, and sits on top the all time list with 27 wins. He was challenged all season lone by Lucas Lamberies with the pair splitting the first 6 weeks. Lamberies finish the season with 5 wins and only 1 point behind the champion.
1. Jeremy Cota 8 FW 2nd straight tile 1st repeat title holder
2. Lucas Lamberies 5FW
3. Travis Arenz
4. Kevin Bethke
5. Scott Besaw
6. J.J. Andersen 1FW
7. Todd Boehlein
8. Beau Handschke
9. Jordan Bartz
10. Bruce Beland 1FW
4 CYLINDERS led the season with 63 different drivers with 9 different feature winners, 3 of which were first time winners here at Seymour, Shaun Bangart, Mike Meier and Joe Minks. Kasey Gross led the way with 4 feature wins, all after mid season, and earned his first ever N.E.W. DIRT title.
1. Kasey Gross 4 FW 1st N.E.W. DIRT title 10th different in 13 years
2. (tie) Carl King 2 FW
Tyler Hungerford 1 FW
3. Tanner Westphal 2FW
4. Taylor Becher
5. Skyler Bork
6. Heidi Meverden
7. Joe Minks
8. Ed Simon
9. Mike Meier
10. Dean DeKeyser
THUNDER TRUCKS became a new division in Northeastern Wisconsin in 2015 as a way to get the younger generation involved in racing. Brandon “Smokey” Van Ooyen ran all season, winning all 5 features, and claimed the track title over Jayden Schmidt..
BUDWEISER IMCA MODIFEDS Konnor Wilinski came through the Go Karts and jumped right into the tough Modified division. He adapted right away and remained in the top of the standing all season, even running ahead of his dad, Jerry Wilinski, for most of the year. He finish the season 5th in points but only 8 point from 3rd and 3 points behind dad in fourth.
COORS LIGHT IMCA STOCK CARS Chase Parker moved up from the Street Stocks where he was the 2014 season Rookie and into the competitive Stock Car class. Mechanical woes at the end of the season prevented a stronger finish but he earns his second straight rookie title, the only driver in club history to do that. He is also only the 10th driver to win rookie honors in more than one division.
TURBO BLUE STREET STOCKS Jared Spaulding ran a consistant season to earn a 6th place finish in the point standing and the Rookie of the Year title.
O’REILLY AUTO PARTS IMCA SPORT MODS Travis Arenz made an impact right from the start being a strong contender from the first night out. He challenged for the top 5 every week and just missed being a first time feature winner here. He did win a few races to place a solid third in the standings to be named the 2015 Rookie of the Year.
4 CYLINDERS Skyler Bork joined the ranks as one of the youngest drivers at the track in 2015. He started slow but improved all season to be a solid runner at the end of the season. He finish a very strong 5th in the standings and earned the Rookie of the Year title.
Seymour, October 30- Just a reminder.
The 32nd annual N.E.W. DIRT Awards Banquet will be held on Saturday night, November 14, at Doxbee’s Banquet and Buffet in Seymour.
Cocktails from 5-6
Chicken and beef tips dinner at 6 PM
Awards program follows dinner. Top 10 in each division receive trophies. Rookies will be announced in each division as well.
Free beer and raffle follow awards.
Tickets are $25.00 per person through the club meeting, Monday night, November 2 at Doxbees. Tickets will be $30.00 per person after the meeting until November 10. NO tickets at the door.
Send or call ticket requests to:
P.O. BOX 3021
OSHKOSH, WI 54903
Tickets will be available at the November 2 meeting.
Hope to see you all there.
- 2015 BANQUET INFORMATION
- Drivers payoff
- NO Race in Seymour this week, September 20, Championships final after last race
- URGENT NOTICE NO RACE SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 6
- Last Race THIS Sunday
- Final Race this Sunday, September 6th
- Point Battles AMP UP Tonight at Seymour
- 2nd Last race tomorrow, Sunday August 30, at Seymour
- Point races Tight Heading into final 2 weeks
- Last Practice TONIGHT
- IT'S RACE DAY, TODAY, IN SEYMOUR
- BIG Race Sunday in Seymour
- Giddy Up Western Wear Kids Club Sponsor Sunday
- Seymour Ready for Late Models on Sunday
- Summer Holiday Classic Finale this Sunday, August 23, at Seymour
- Fann Appreciation TODAY, Sunday, August 16 at Seymour
- All Set for tomorrow night at Seymour
- $5.00 admission Sunday at Seymour
- Fan Appreciation Night Sunday at Seymour
- Practice TONIGHT
- Busy day set for today, Sunday August 9
- Important update for August 9
- Speedway ready for tomorrow, Sunday, August 9
- Kids Club Coint Toss this week
- Seymour rained out
- Racing ON tonight
- IRA Update #2 11 AM
- Seymour August 2 UPDATE
- IRA Sprints at Seymour TONIGHT, August 2
- IRA Sprints HERE tomorrow, Sunday August 2
- Racing returns THIS Sunday August 2 at Seymour
- NO RACE TODAY, JULY 26, IRA NEXT AUGUST 2
- Seymour off Sunday, July 26, IRA returns August 2
- Sunday, Race Day in Seymour. WDLMA joins the fun TONIGHT
- Seymour TOMORROW Sunday July 19
- Seymour Schedule Busy the Next 3 Weeks
- Practice TONIGHT
- Seymour TODAY July 12
- Seymour This Week, July 12
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