(Wilmot, Wis., Saturday, May 31, 2014) BY MICHAEL H. BABICZ -Defending champion Chris Carlson of Union Grove made it four for four in 20-lap features highlighting the Family Night program on Saturday, May 31 at Wilmot(Wis.) Raceway.
Adam Schroeder of Zion, Illinois took top honors in the 20-lap Wisconsin-Illinois Mini-Sprint Association(WIMSA) feature in a crazy finish.
Rob Maule of Hebron, Illinois won his second 20-lap street stock feature.
Erich Grosch of Arlington Heights, Illinois was the overall winner in the 15-lap 4-cylinder stock car feature along with the Pro-Stock division top finisher.
Gary Mondus of Streamwood, Illinois edged out Brian Hillringhouse of South Milwaukee to finish third overall in the 4-cylinders, taking first in the Bandit division.
Carlson overtook early race leader Nick Simons of Genoa City, darting to the inside after the two diced side by side for several laps. N. Simons jumped out in front at the start, maintaining the point through a series of caution flags in the early going. N. Simons held off a late charge from Eagle’s Steve Mueller for second. Cameron Kuxhouse of Antioch, Illinois finished fourth. East Troy’s Lee Sohns was fifth. Bristol’s John Dost sixth. Bristol’s Mike Sullivan seventh. Waukesha’s Phil Rehberg recovered from an early race spin to place eighth. Franklin’s Scott Barnharst ninth. Lee Tibbitts of Hebron, Illinois came from last starting spot to garner a tenth place finish.
“This car was a rocket,” said Carlson, defending modified champion, after achieving his personal best start ever of taking the first four features of a season. “I don’t know if the fans could tell how fast these cars are out there, but they are lightning fast. The track was a little tricky, with it being really biting in some spots and slick in others. Boy my crew has made this car fun to drive.”
Defending champion Nick Petska of Spring Grove, Illinois appeared headed to a victory in the mini-sprint main when, coming out of turn four for the checkered flag, his car coasted to the inside with a broken transmission. Schroeder, who had led until five laps remained when Petska worked into the lead after the two had dueled much of the event, saw Petska’s disabled mount limp to the inside and shot across to the win. Petska was able to limp across in second.
“I was surprised, but saw Nick go low coming out of the corner to get out of the way so I knew something was wrong,” said Schroeder following his first feature win of the season. “We had a lot of fun battling, it’s too bad for him.”
The initial attempt to start the mini-sprint feature was red flagged when Kyle Dawalt and Ron Brannam got together with both cars ending up on their sides. Neither driver was injured, with Brannam able to restart while K. Daywalt retired to the pits.
Doug Johnson of Coleraine, Minnesota placed third. Huburtus’ Nick Daywalt finished fourth. Oak Creek’s Mark Heinert fifth.
Completing the top ten were Kenosha’s Mike Neau sixth. McFarland’s Kyle Koch seventh. Tim Brannam of Holiday Hills, Illinois eighth. R. Brannam came back to finish ninth. Slinger’s Jeff Schmidt tenth.
Burlington’s Jason Condrad led much of the early going until a mechanical failure sent him coasting down the front stretch and into the pits at the midway point. Maule and Cody Potter of Genoa City along with Bristol’s Ronnie Mink engaged in a three-way battle, occasionally going three-wide, throughout the final half of the race. Maule put the Homan Family Racing machine into the lead on lap 15, just prior to a final yellow flag for a spin in turn two.
On the restart, Potter hooked up into a side by side battle with Maule, officially leading at the stripe completing lap 18. The next time by Maule retook top spot and was able to fend off Potter for his second feature win of the season. Potter kept Mink back to take second.
Career best finishes were scored by D.J. Hacker, rookie driver from Winthrop Harbor, Illinois, fourth; Carl Stuart of Wadsworth, Illinois fifth; Joey Marcomb of Antioch, Illinois sixth; and Erin Pusateri of Johnsburg, Illinois, who graduated from high school the night before(, Friday, May 30), seventh.
Defending champion Charlie Pinkalla of Racine finished tenth with mechanical problems sending him to the pits prior to the finish.
Grosch jumped in front of the 4-cylinder stock car main event which was slowed on lap two for a three-car tangle. Grosch hooked up in a two-car battle, ironically, with his engine mechanic Jake Greensly of Arlington Heights for the overall lead and the Pro-4 division. Grosch went on to the win, his first feature of the season, with Greensly settling for second.
“The car ran really strong,” said Grosch. “I have to thank my crew and especially Jake Greensly who did the engine work. It was fun racing with him.”
Gary Mondus of Streamwood, Illinois placed third overall scoring his second Bandit Division win of the season. Mondus and South Milwaukee’s Brian Hillringhouse went back and forth much of the race before Mondus took top spot between the two by less than a car length. “That was a lot of fun,” said Mondus. “Brian raced me clean and we were able to go side by side all the way around the track. The track crew did a great job preparing the track surface which let us put on a super show.”
Wilmot Raceway hosts Family Night on Saturday, June 7 featuring a challenge between the WIMSA and Illinois Lightning Mini-Sprints, modifieds, street stocks, 4-cylinder stock cars and vintage race cars. Grandstands open at 5:00 p.m. with racing at 7:00 p.m. Youth ages 11 and under are admitted free on Family Nights.
The United Promoters Late Model Summer Nationals makes its only appearance at Wilmot on Father’s Day Sunday, June 15. Modifieds and street stocks are on the program along with the national traveling tour.
The winged sprint car warriors return to their home on Saturday, June 21 with the Bumper to Bumper Interstate Racing Association Outlaw Sprint Car Series on IRA Founders Night. The three original founders of the IRA back in March, 1968, Ray Toft, Whitey Harris and the late Junior Dodd, will be honored that evening. The first IRA races were held on the “old track” Kenosha County Speedway located just south of the current facility in the area of the Wilmot High School football stadium.
Wilmot Raceway is a one-third mile banked clay oval located on the Kenosha County Fairgrounds in Wilmot, Wis. For information check the web site www.wilmotraceway.com.
SUMMARY – WILMOT RACEWAY, WILMOT, WISCONSIN – MAY 31, 2014
MODIFIEDS: 20-LAP FEATURE: 1. Chris Carlton, Union Grove; 2. Nick Simons, Genoa City; 3. Steve Mueller, Eagle; 4. Cameron Kuxhouse, Antioch, Ill.; 5. Lee Sohns, East Troy; 6. John Dost, Bristol; 7. Mike Sullivan, Bristol; 8. Phil Rehberg, Waukesha; 9. Scott Barnharst, Franklin; 10. Lee Tibbitts, Hebron, Ill.; 11. Mike Conn, Big Bend; 12. Mike Simons, Genoa City; 13. Dave Jaeger, Richfield; 14. Marc Caswell, West Allis; 15. Danny Church, Williams Bay; 16. Dan Paskiewicz, Dousman; 17. Joel Crowbridge, Burlington; 18. Scott Kuxhouse, Antioch; 19. Jimmy Morrison, Antioch; 20. Ryan Marshall, Bristol.
8-LAP HEAT WINNERS: Crowbridge; Rehberg.
WISCONSIN-ILLINOIS MINI-SPRINTS: 20-LAP FEATURE: 1. Adam Schroeder, Zion, Ill.; 2. Nick Petska, Spring Grove, Ill.; 3. Doug Johnson, Coleraine, Minn.; 4. Nick Daywalt, Hubertus; 5. Mark Heinert, Oak Creek; 6. Mike Neau, Kenosha; 7. Kyle Koch, McFarland; 8. Tim Brannam, Holiday Hills, Ill.; 9. Ron Brannam, Barrington, Ill.; 10. Jeff Schmidt, Slinger; 11. John Smith, St. Charles, Ill.; 12. Kyle Daywalt, Hubertus; 13. Matt White, Kenosha.
8-LAP HEAT WINNERS: Petska; Koch.
FAST QUALFIER: Schroeder(:15.228 seconds).
STREET STOCKS: 20-LAP FEATURE: 1. Rob Maule, Hebron, Ill.; 2. Cody Potter, Genoa City; 3. Ronnie Mink, Bristol; 4. D.J. Hacker, Winthrop Harbor, Ill.; 5. Carl Stuart, Wadsworth, Ill.; 6. Joey Marcomb, Antioch; 7. Erin Pusateri, Johnsburg, Ill.; 8. Chuck Pinkalla, Racine; 9. David Jones, North Chicago, Ill.; 10. Dustin Richards, Bristol; 11. Scott Eggebrecht, Crystal Lake, Ill.; 12. Gerry Stollenwerk, Silver Lake; 13. Jason Condrad, Burlington; 14. Dustin Kroening, Wonder Lake, Ill.; 15. Brandon Mertes, Antioch; 16. Chuck Shaer, Lake Villa, Ill.; 17. Trent Andersen, Antioch.
8-LAP HEAT WINNERS: Pinkalla; Potter.
4-CYLINDER STOCK CARS:
PRO-4s: 15-LAP FEATURE: 1. Erik Grosch, Arlington Heights, Ill.(1st overall); 2. Jake Greensly, Arlington Heights(2nd overall); 3. Joe Summers, Wonder Lake, Ill.; 4. Taylor Dawson, Wheatland; 5. Tom Happ, Alsip, Ill.
8-LAP HEAT WINNER: Grosch.
BANDITS: 15-LAP FEATURE: 1. Gary Mondus, Streamwood, Ill.(3rd overall); 2. Brian Hillringhouse, South Milwaukee(4th overall); 3. Jason Jones, North Chicago, Ill.(5th overall); 4. J.T. Myra, Salem; 5. Ashley Panek, Kenosha; 6. Josh McCoy, Cary, Ill.; 7. Erik Novoso, Twin Lakes; 8. Shawn Kasten, Lake Geneva; 9. Tony Izzo, Jr., LaSalle, Ill.
8-LAP HEAT WINNER: Mondus.