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BY MICHAEL H. BABICZ - (Wilmot, Wis., Saturday, May 24, 2014)–Six-time Bumper to Bumper Interstate Racing Association (IRA) Winged Outlaw Sprint Car Series Champion Bill Balog of Hartland finally scored a feature victory in the 30-lap headliner on Saturday, May 24 capping off Wilmot (Wis.) Raceway’s Memorial Day Weekend Spectacular.

Union Grove’s Chris Carlson made it three for three in 20-lap modified feature wins this season. Kyle Daywalt of Huburtus chalked up his first 25-lap Wisconsin-Illinois Mini-Sprint Association (WIMSA) feature of the year. David Jones of North Chicago, Illinois showed perseverance can pay off as the 45-year-old won his first 20-lap street stock feature in 29 years of racing. The sprint car feature got off to a rough start as the red flag flew on the opening lap when Silver Lake’s Mike Decker flipped violently down the backstretch into turn three, bouncing off the retaining wall coming to rest in a mangled race car on all four wheels. Decker was conscious when extricated from his mangled machine, ultimately transported to a nearby medical facility for observation. Once the green flag flew, Tommy Sexton of Antioch shot in front and appeared to be putting distance between himself and the rest of the field. Luck was not with Sexton this night as he spun out in turn four while working lapped traffic on lap 12.

Balog, who was charging up from his fourth row starting spot, inherited the lead as the winningest driver in IRA history scored his 63rd career main event win, but first in four outings this season. Jordan Goldesberry of Springfield, Illinois outlasted Bill Rose of Planfield, Indiana to take second. Sheboygan’s Scotty Thiel came across fourth. Pleasant Prarie’s Todd Daun finished fifth. Brian Kristan of Zion, Illinois finished sixth. Defending Wilmot regular season and 2013 IRA Rookie of the Year Jeremy Schultz of Beaver Dam, after having to come through the “B” Main Last Chance Qualifier, after starting nineteenth in the 22-car field came through the field impressively to place seventh. Burnett’s Lance Fassbender finished eighth. IRA point leader and winner of two features already this season, Pleasant Prarie’s Philip Mock, overcame heat race woes to win the “B” Main and recoverd to finish ninth. Salem’s Kris Spitz completed the top 10.

Carlson, defending modified champion, jumped into the lead on a lap two restart following a caution flag for a minor incident, overtaking Mike Simons of Genoa City. A final green-white-checkered flag overtime segment after a initial final lap yellow flew for a spin brought Waukesha’s Phil Rehberg into contention on the restart. Carlson was up to the task, pulling away slightly as Rehberg battled veteran Lee Tibbitts of Hebron, Illinois in a side by side battle to the finish. Tibbitts got Rehberg for second by less than one car length coming out of turn four. Eagle’s Steve Mueller finished fourth. South Wayne’s Wade Steinman fifth. Completing the top 10 were Bristol’s John Dost sixth, Big Bend’s Mike Conn seventh, Mike Simons faded to eighth with brake problems, Trevor’s Mike Sullivan came across ninth and Franklin’s Scott Barnharst tenth.
“I knew Phil and Lee were coming,” said Carlson. “I was kind of fortunate they ended up battling each other because that gave me a chance to pull away.”
The mini-sprint feature was red flagged on lap five when Burlington’s John Erdman flipped end over end several times going into turn three. Erdman was reportedly not injured and released after being checked out by track paramedics. Nick Daywalt had the lead at the red flag and went on to score the win despite a strong finish by Huburtus Kyle Daywalt, his brother. “I can’t believe it,” said Nick Daywalt, who became the third different WIMSA feature winner of the season at Wilmot. “I have to thank my Dad, my crew, everybody. This is huge.” Behind the Daywalts at the finish were Oak Creek’s Mark Heinert third, defending champion Nick Petska of Spring Grove, Illinois fourth, Tim Brannan of Holiday Hills, Illinois fifth. Sixth was Kenosha’s Mike Neau, seventh Doug Johnson of Coleraine, Minnesota; eighth Adam Schroeder of Zion, Illinois; ninth Kenosha’s Matt White and completing the top ten was Slinger’s Jeff Schmidt.
“This is fantastic,” said Jones after finally getting to the Wing’s Etc. of Antioch Victory Lane for the first time in his long career. “The car ran strong. The crew did a great job. This is something I’ve been chasing.”

Jones led wire to wire, but the street stock feature was not without its interruptions. The “big one” occurred on lap 10 when a spinning car triggered an accordion turn two pileup of at least eight cars, two of which ended up in a V-shape over the top of another car. No drivers were injured, but at least four ended up out for the night. Jones became the third different feature winner of the season despite a fast closing Dustin Richards of Bristol who finished a strong second. Cody Erickson of Algonquin, Illinois was third. Paddock Lake’s Dan Huber fourth. Bristol’s Ronnie Mink in his first start of the season fifth. Silver Lake’s Gerry Stollenwerk sixth. Chuck Shaer of Lake Villa, Illinois seventh. John Maki of Antioch eighth in his first outing of the year. Burlington’s Jason Condrad overcame a scary fire in his heat race which was caused by a broken transmission line to make the feature and finish ninth. Erin Pusateri of Johnsburg, Illinois rounded out the top ten.

Representatives of the Southeastern Wisconsin Auto Racing Hall of Fame along with several vintage race cars were on hand.

A special Memorial Day Weekend pre-race ceremony was held including the sprint cars of Darrell Dodd of Beach Park, Illinois and Roy Dodd, who owns the car driven by his son, Chris Dodd, trackside commemorating the passing of Darrell and Roy’s father, Junior Dodd of Beach Park, earlier this year. Junior Dodd was a long time competitor in the old style modifieds and was one of founders of the IRA, along with Ray Toft and Whitey Harris.

Wilmot Raceway is hosting a IRA Founders Night on Saturday, June 21, the next time the traveling winged sprint car warriors invade their original home track. Toft and Harris are slated to be on hand.

Next up for Wilmot Raceway is Family Night on Saturday, May 31 featuring the Don’s Auto Parts & Machine Service Modifieds, R.A. Adams Enterprises Street Stocks, WIMSA Mini-Sprints plus the four-cylinder stock cars featuring the Massive Pro-4’s and the Hawg Heaven Bandits.

Grandstands open at 5:00 pm with the first race at 7:00 pm. Wilmot Raceway, a one-third mile banked clay oval, is located on the Kenosha County Fairgrounds. For the latest information go to the track web site www.wilmotraceway.com.

Wilmot Raceway will participate in car shows at Wing’s Etc. in Orchard Plaza on Orchard Street, just two blocks west of Main Street, in downtown Antioch, Illinois on Tuesdays, May 27 and June 3. The free shows are from 4:00 pm until at least 7:00 pm. Perk’s Pit Stop at Rtes. 83 and 173 on the south side of Antioch hosts free car shows every Thursday from 5:00 until 8:00 pm with Wilmot Raceway slated to participate there as well.

SUMMARY – WILMOT RACEWAY, WILMOT, WIS. -

SATURDAY, MAY 24, 2014 -

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND SPECTACULAR

INTERSTATE RACING ASSOCIATION(IRA)

OUTLAW WINGED SPRINT CARS:

30-LAP FEATURE: 1. Bill Balog, Hartland, Wis.; 2. Jordan Goldesberry, Springfield, Ill.; 3. Bill Rose, Plainfield, Ind.; 4. Scotty Thiel, Sheboygan, Wis.; 5. Todd Daun, Pleasant Prarie, Wis.; 6. Brian Kristan, Zion, Ill.; 7. Jeremy Schultz, Beaver Dam, Wis.; 8. Lance Fassbender, Burnett, Wis.; 9. Philip Mock, Pleasant Prarie, Wis.; 10. Kris Spitz, Salem, Wis.; 11. Wayne Modjeski, Oak Creek, Wis.; 12. Scotty Nietzel, Beaver Dam, Wis.; 13. Ben Schmitt, Howards Grove, Wis.; 14. Bill Wirth, Cudahy, Wis.; 15. Russell Borland, Beaver Dam, Wis.; 16. Jeremy Schroeder, Lake Villa, Ill.; 17. Dennis Spitz, Lewisburg, Ky.; 18. Tommy Sexton, Antioch, Ill.; 19. Dave Uttech, Kenosha, Wis.; 20. Brandon Thone, Plymouth, Wis.; 21. Rusty Egan, Burlington, Wis.; 22. Mike Decker, Silver Lake, Wis.

15-Lap “B” Main Last Chance Qualifier: 1. Mock; 2. Thone; 3. Schultz; 4. Decker; 5. Wirth; 6. Borland; 7. Don Durham, Racine, Wis.; 8. Rick Kelsey, New Berlin, Wis.; 9. Patrick Haynes, Bourbonnais, Ill.; 10. Ryan Irwin, Salem, Wis.; 11. Allen Hafford, Beach Park, Ill.; 12. Blake Nimee, Oswego, Ill.; 13. Darrell Dodd, Beach Park, Ill.; 14. Dave Maynard, Twin Lakes, Wis.; 15. Scott Uttech, New Berlin, Wis.; 16. Raymond Hensley, Lake Villa, Ill.

10-LAP HEAT RACE WINNERS: Sexton; Kristan; S. Uttech; Fassbender.

FAST QUALIFIER: Mock(:12.897 seconds)

MODIFIEDS:

20-LAP FEATURE: 1. Chris Carlson, Union Grove; 2. Lee Tibbitts, Hebron, Ill.; 3. Phil Rehberg, Waukesha; 4. Steve Mueller, Eagle; 5. Wade Steinman, South Wayne; 6. John Dost, Bristol; 7. Mike Conn, Big Bend; 8. Mike Simons, Genoa City; 9. Mike Sullivan, Bristol; 10. Scott Barnharst, Franklin; 11. David Wirth, Milwaukee; 12. Mike Learman Jr., Woodstock, Ill.; 13. Chris Stramp, Kenosha; 14. Cameron Kuxhouse, Antioch, Ill.; 15. Ryan Marshall, Bristol; 16. Joel Seegert, Greenfield; 17. Jason Holmes, Kenosha; 18. Don Paskiewicz, Dousman; 19. Nick Simons, Genoa City.

10-LAP HEAT RACE WINNERS: Carlson; Conn.

WISCONSIN-ILLINOIS MINI-SPRINTS(WIMSA):

25-LAP FEATURE: 1. Nick Daywalt, Dousman; 2. Kyle Daywalt, Dousman; 3. Mark Heinert, Oak Creek; 4. Nick Petska, Spring Grove, Ill.; 5. Tim Brannam, Holiday Hills, Ill.; 6. Mike Neau, Kenosha; 7. Doug Johnson, Coleraine, Minn.; 8. Adam Schroeder, Zion, Ill.; 9. Matt White, Kenosha; 10. Jeff Schmidt, Slinger; 11. Kyle Koch, McFarland; 12. Kevin Frederiksen, Milwaukee; 13. John Smith, St. Charles, Ill.; 14. Ron Brannan, Barrington, Ill.; 15. Ion Stear, Harvard, Ill.; 16. John Erdman, Burlington; 17. Randy Stanford, Kenosha.

10-LAP HEAT RACE WINNERS: K. Daywalt; Petska.

STREET STOCKS:

20-LAP FEATURE: 1. David Jones, North Chicago, Ill.; 2. Dustin Richard, Bristol; 3. Cody Erickson, Algonquin, Ill.; 4. Dan Huber, Paddock Lake; 5. Ronnie Bink, Bristol; 6. Gerry Stollenwerk, Silver Lake; 7. Chuck Shaer, Lake Villa, Ill.; 8. John Maki, Antioch, Ill.; 9. Jason Condrad, Burlington; 10. Erin Pusateri, Johnsburg, Ill.; 11. Trent Andersen, Antioch; 12. Joey Marcomb, Antioch; 13. Dustin Kroening, Wonder Lake, Ill.; 14. Chuck Pinkalla, Racine; 15. Ron Maule, Hebron, Ill.; 16. Brandon Mertes, Antioch; 17. Russ Bandish, Kenosha.

10-LAP HEAT RACE WINNERS: Maule; Pinkalla.

 


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