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SULLIVAN SNAPS CARLSON STREAK

BY MICHAEL H. BABICZ
(Wilmot, Wis., Saturday, June 7, 2014)–Burlington’s Mike Sullivan scored a flag to flag win to stop reigning modified champion Chris Carlson of Union Grove’s 20-lap feature win streak at four on Saturday, June 7 at Wilmot (Wis.) Raceway. Tim Brannam of Holiday Hills, Ill. scored his first 20-lap Wisconsin-Illinois Mini-Sprint Association (WIMSA) feature victory of the year. Cal Maule of Hebron, Ill. won his third 20-lap street stock main of the season. Just prior to the rains hitting the one-third mile clay oval, South Milwaukee’s Jay Orr made his first appearance of the season memorable by leading every lap of the 15-lap 4-Cylinder Stock Car feature to take the overall and Pro-4 Division wins. Gary Mondus of Streamwood, Ill. finished third overall, but was the highest finishing Bandit Division competitor to take the win in that division for the second consecutive week. In a special appearance by the Milwaukee Stock Car Racing Association Vintage Racers, Mukwonago’s Bill Schmitz wheeled a 1979 Outhouse Engineering Chassis to the 10-lap feature win.

Sullivan, with a large contingent of family and friends on hand, shot into the lead from his front row starting berth in the modified main. Three caution periods slowed progress in the opening five laps, allowing Carlson to gradually work his way up from his third row starting spot. On lap eight, Carlson set his sights on Sullivan with another yellow slowing progress on lap 12 and a red flag when Mike Simons of Genoa City flipped his car in turn two on lap 13. Simons was not injured.

The pair got wheel to wheel several times in the closing circuits, but Sullivan was up to the challenge scoring the checkered flag which stopped Carlson’s feature win streak at four. Carlson came across second. Nineteen-year-old Cameron Kuxhouse of Antioch, Illinois finished third. Waukesha’s Phil Rehberg fourth. Burlington’s Joel Crowbridge fifth. Waterford’s Jeff Bordendorfer sixth. Greenfield’s Taylor Scheffler seventh. Richfield’s Dave Jaeger eighth. Mike Learman Jr. of Woodstock, Illinois ninth. Milwaukee’s David Wirth completed the top ten.

“I knew he was coming,” Sullivan said of Carlson. “The car ran strong. It was a lot of fun in front of my family, friends and sponsors who are all here. That makes it even more special.”

Tim Brannam did the same thing as Sullivan in the mini-sprints leading every lap of the non-stop feature from his front row starting spot.

Kenosha’s Mike Neau finished second edging out Adam Schroeder of Zion, Illinois who took third with Hubertus’ Nick Daywalt fourth as those three crossed the finish line three-wide separated by less than half of one second. Oak Creek’s Mark Heinert was fifth. Ron Brannam of Barrington, Illinois sixth. Kenosha’s Matt White seventh. Doug Johnson of Coleraine, Minnesota eighth. Hubertus’ Kyle Daywalt ninth. McFarland’s Kyle Koch tenth.

“This is fantastic,” T. Brannam said, noting he won three features in 2013, but this was his first as he became the fifth different WIMSA main event winner this season. “We finally put it altogether. It helped to start on the front row, I’ll admit. I have to thank my mom, son and wife, along with my crew. They all have helped.”

The street stock feature proved highly competitive with five different leaders despite four caution periods slowing the action. Brandon Mertes of Antioch took the initial lead. Scott Eggebrecht of Crystal Lake, Illinois edged in front on lap two as the pair circled the one-third mile oval side by side the entire lap.

Following a caution period on lap five, Ronnie Mink became the third different leader after going three-wide with Mertes and Eggebrecht. The trio continued to battle until Eggebrecht looped around in front of the field on the backstretch. Mink was ruled to have been involved and sent to the back of the field on the restart. Racine’s Chuck Pinkalla inherited the lead with Maule in hot pursuit.

Maule worked his Homan Family Racing of Antioch machine in front on lap 14 as he and Pinkalla battled side by side several laps. Two final yellow flags flew with four laps to go, with Maule able to keep in front. Pinkalla ended up second by less than a car length. Mertes took third. Cody Potter of Genoa City fourth. Silver Lake’s Gerry Stollenwerk was fifth.

David Jones of North Chicago, Illinois was sixth. Burlington’s Jason Condrad seventh. Mink recovered to take eighth. Genoa City’s John Janssen started 18th and came on to finish ninth in his first time out this season. Carl Sturt of Wadsworth, Illinois was tenth.

“I have to thank Tom Homan and Homan Family Racing, all of these fans, and all of the sponsors not only on my car, but on the billboards around the track and who help put these races on,” said Maule. “I hope everyone gets out and supports these businesses who help keep short track racing going here at Wilmot.”

Following the order of the day in two of the divisions, Orr, in his first appearance of the season, took the lead from his front row starting spot and held the point to the finish scoring his first overall 4-Cylinder Stock Car and Pro-4 Division feature win of the season. Erik Grosch of Arlington Heights, Illinois was second, also in a Pro-4.

Mondus, on the other hand, in the race within the 4-cylinder race, had his hands full working up from midway through the field to eventually take third overall and first in the Bandit Division.

South Milwaukee’s Brian Hillringhouse, a Bandit, was fourth. Menominee Falls’ Carl Benn, a Bandit, fifth. Pro-4 Joe Summers of Wonder Lake, Illinois sixth. The remainder of the top ten, all Bandits, were Jason Jones of North Chicago seventh, Erik Hurd of St. Francis eighth, Twin Lake’s Erik Nevoso ninth and Salem’s J.T. Myra tenth. Pro-4’s are generally more expensive and have a higher level of rules then the Bandits in the 4-cylinder stock cars. “It was a lot of fun,” said Orr. “The track was in great shape and the rain held off. Thanks to the fans who stuck around.”

“It’s fun to keep putting the No. 53(patterned after the Homan Family Racing street stock in memory of the late Tommy Homan Jr.) in victory lane,” said Mondus. “It was a lot of work. The guys are getting tougher each week.”

The third leader was the charm for the visiting vintage race car feature as Schmitz put his old-style modified in front three laps from the checkered. Horicon’s Ron Feller behind the wheel of the late Allen “Ride the Rail” Winker’s homebuilt 1985 modified championship chassis followed up an earlier heat race victory by taking the initial lead. Eagle’s Ted Rozinski in a 1979 Bobby Allen sprint car took top spot on lap five until Schmitz took the lead enroute to the finish.

Rozinski came home second. Feller third. Bruce Podlick of Sheboygan in a 1978 Raceway Product modified was fourth. Burlington’s Alan Kautz, finishing fifth, had the oldest car on the track with a homebuilt 1968 chassis which he himself built and drove on the old track at Wilmot.

Waukesha’s Craig Rambo wheeled a 1979 Trostle Chassis sprint car to sixth. Mukwonago’s Ralph Ermer with a 1981 Travis Chassis modified was credited with seventh.

“This was lots of fun,” said Schmitz. “I have to thank my Dad, Roger Schmitz, for getting this car together and getting me to drive it.”

Wilmot Raceway, located on the Kenosha County Fairgrounds in Wilmot, Wis., hosts the United Midwest Promoters (UMP) Late Model Summer Nationals traveling tour on a special Father’s Day Sunday, June 15 race program. Joining the traveling group will be the host track’s modifieds and street stocks. Gates open at 5 p.m. with racing slated for 7:00 p.m.

Saturday racing resumes on June 21 as the Bumper to Bumper Interstate Racing Association (IRA) outlaw sprint car series returns to its home track. A special evening is planned with IRA Founders Night to honor Ray Toft, Whitey Harris and the late Junior Dodd, the trio which began the IRA in March, 1968, and organized the first races for the group at the old Kenosha County Fairgrounds Speedway, which was located where the current Wilmot H.S. football stadium is. Joining the winged warriors are the Wilmot modifieds, WIMSA mini-sprints and the street stocks. Check the official Wilmot Raceway web site www.wilmotraceway.com.
Wilmot Raceway participates in the weekly Thursday car shows at Perk’s Pit Stop, Hwys. 173 & 83, in Antioch, along with the bi-weekly Tuesday shows(next being June 17) at the Orchard Street Plaza in Antioch hosted by Wing’s Etc. Wilmot Raceway’s Lynch Pace Truck will be participating in the annual Crusin’ Antioch on Wednesday, July 2, starting at Wal-Mart in Antioch leaving at 6 p.m., cruising through the north side of town, with cars parking on Main St. in downtown Antioch. Wilmot Raceway is also entered in the annual July 4 parade in Antioch.
The annual Let’s Go Racing Motorsports & Custom Car Show at Lynch GM Superstore in Burlington is scheduled for Saturday, July 12 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
For information on any of these events, contact Mike Babicz at michaelbabicz@aol.com.
SUMMARY – WILMOT RACEWAY, WILMOT, WIS. – SATURDAY, JUNE 7, 2014
20-LAP FEATURE: 1. Mike Sullivan, Burlington; 2. Chris Carlson, Union Grove; 3. Cameron Kuxhouse, Antioch, IL; 4. Phil Rehberg, Waukesha; 5. Joel Crowbridge, Burlington; 6. Jeff Bodendorfer, Waterford; 7. Taylor Scheffler, Greenfield; 8. Mike Conn, Big Bend; 9. Dave Jaeger, Richfield; 10. Mike Learman Jr., Woodstock, IL; 11. David Wirth, Milwaukee; 12. Dan Paskiewicz, Dousman; 13. Mike Simons, Genoa City; 14. Scott Barnharst, Franklin; 15. Elmer Everman, Pleasant Prarie; 16. Steve Mueller, Eagle; 17. Lee Tibbitts, Hebron, IL; 18. Nick Simons, Genoa City; 19. John Dost, Bristol; 20. Bart Sievert, West Allis.
10-LAP “B” MAIN LAST CHANCE QUALIFER: 1. Tibbitts; 2. Bodendorfer; 3. Wirth; 4. Paskiewicz; 5. Marc Caswell, West Allis; 6. Scott Kuxhouse, Antioch(DNS); 7. Jimmy Morrison, Antioch(DNS)
8-LAP HEAT WINNERS: Mueller; Rehberg; C. Kuxhouse.
WISCONSIN-ILLINOIS MINI-SPRINTS:
20-LAP FEATURE: 1. Tim Brannam, Holiday Hills, IL; 2. Mike Neau, Kenosha; 3. Adam Schroeder, Zion, IL; 4. Nick Daywalt, Hubertus; 5. Mark Heinert, Oak Creek; 6. Ron Brannam, Barrington, IL; 7. Matt White, Kenosha; 8. Doug Johnson, Coleraine, MN; 9. Kyle Daywalt, Hubertus; 10. Kyle Koch, McFarland; 11. Ian Stear, Harvard, IL; 12. John Smith, St. Charles, IL; 13. Kevin Frederiksen, Milwaukee; 14. Randy Stafford, Kenosha; 15. Nick Petska, Spring Grove, IL.
8-LAP HEAT RACE WINNERS: Neau; N. Daywalt.
FAST QUALIFIER: K. Daywalt(:15.109 seconds).
STREET STOCKS:
20-LAP FEATURE: 1. Rob Maule, Hebron, IL; 2. Chuck Pinkalla, Racine; 3. Brandon Mertes, Antioch; 4. Cody Potter, Genoa City; 5. Gerry Stollenwerk, Silver Lake; 6. David Jones, North Chicago, IL; 7. Jason Condrad, Burlington; 8. Ronnie Mink, Bristol; 9. John Janssen, Genoa City; 10. Carl Sturt, Wadsworth, IL; 11. Erin Pusateri, Johnsburg, IL; 12. John Carella, Trevor; 13. Joey Marcomb, Antioch; 14. D.J. Hacker, Winthrop Harbor, IL; 15. Trent Andersen, Antioch; 16. Dustin Kroening, Wonder Lake, IL; 17. Scott Eggebrecht, Crystal Lake, IL; 18. Dustin Richards, Bristol.
8-LAP HEAT RACE WINNERS: Potter; Stollenwerk.
FOUR-CYLINDER STOCK CARS:
15-LAP FEATURE: 1. Jay Orr, South Milwaukee(Pro); 2. Erik Grosch, Arlington Heights, IL(Pro); 3. Gary Mondus, Streamwood, IL(Bandit); 4. Brian Hillringhouse, South Milwaukee(Bandit); 5. Joe Summers, Wonder Lake(Pro); 6. Carl Benn, Menominee Falls(Bandit); 7. Jason Jones, North Chicago(Bandit); 8. Erik Hurd, St. Francis(Bandit); 9. Erik Nevoso, Twin Lakes(Bandit); 10. J.T. Myra, Salem(Bandit); 11. Ashley Panek, Kenosha(Bandit); 12. Rick Isaacson, Rome(Bandit-DNS).
8-LAP HEAT WINNER: Orr.
MILWAUKEE STOCK CAR RACING ASSOCIATION VINTAGE RACE CARS:
10-LAP FEATURE: 1. Bill Schmitz, Mukwonago; 2. Ted Rozinski, Eagle; 3. Ron Feller, Horicon; 4. Bruce Podlick, Sheboygan; 5. Alan Kautz, Burlington; 6. Craig Rambo, Waukesha; 7. Ralph Ermer, Mukwonago.
8-LAP HEAT WINNER: Feller.

 


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