LYNCH GM SUPERSTORE/BABICZ AUTO RACING SERVICES(BARS)
21ST ANNUAL “LET’S GO RACING!” MOTORSPORTS & CUSTOM CAR SHOW
SATURDAY, JULY 12, 2014 – MARK HEINRICH’S MINI-SPRINT BEST OF SHOW
(Burlington, Wis., Saturday, July 12, 2014)–Oak Creek’s Mark Heinrich scored a first in taking top honors in the 21st Annual Lynch GM Superstore “Let’s Go Racing!” Motorsports and Custom Car Show on Saturday, July 12 at the Burlington dealership.
“I have to thank my dad who spent hours getting everything clean and shinny to bring it to the show,” said Heinrich of his mini-sprint which was judged a perfect score to take the traditional Larry Roebuck of Gurnee, IL Overall Championship Clock Award.
“I have to thank Lynch for putting this event on every year, and for all of those who came out despite threatening skies and even a little rain,” said Heinrich who competes in the Wisconsin-Illinois Mini-Sprint Association (WIMSA) events, including at his home track of Wilmot (Wis.) Raceway.
“I thank all of my sponsors, especially Lynch, who do so much to help me, personally, and support racing locally with sponsorships of other drivers in other series as well as Wilmot Raceway by providing the pace truck this season,” Heinrich added. “This is a great honor.
Heinrich is the first motorcycle engine powered mini-sprint to receive the overall championship award in the 37 years which Mike Babicz of Babicz Auto Racing Services(BARS) in Antioch, IL has been putting on the show.
Motorsports Division Top 10 Awards were received by the following:
Racine’s Mel Both with his vintage A3 Modified which raced at Wilmot along with Lake Geneva Raceway and Hales Corners Speedway, both of which are now closed.
Nick Petska of Spring Grove, IL, WIMSA mini-sprint, 2013 series and track champion at Wilmot.
Jeff Allard of Oak Creek, vintage modified with a Model T body.
Erik Pierce of Crystal Lake, IL, Mid-American Stock Car Series asphalt stock car.
Mukwonago’s Ralph Ermer who, along with his wife, each had winning vintage race cars, a 1939 midget and a 1981 Trevis Craft Sprint Car.
New Berlin’s Dean Beres with a vintage modified which competed throughout Wisconsin and Illinois, among other tracks in the Midwest.
Richfield’s Bill Prietzel, with his wife Jan, co-entered a radically designed vintage wedge dirt track late model stock car which still runs, but has not seen competition in close to ten years.
Oak Creek’s Ron Jerominski had a Chevrolet Corvette which competes in various Sports Car Cub of America(SCCA) events including Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin; and Blackhawk Farms near Rockford, Illinois; as well as other tracks throughout the country including Atlanta, Georgia.
Custom Vehicle Division Top 10 Awards went to the following:
Wind Lake’s Mike Woznicki, 1972 Chevrolet Chevelle Convertible; Greenfield’s James Polakowski, 1970 Chevrolet Camaro; Darien’s Bob Davis, 1969 Pontiac GTO; Burlington’s Joe Busch, 1969 Chevy Camaro; Burlington’s Mark Petges, 1979 Chevy Camaro.
Germantown’s Jim Hendrick, 1999 Ford Lightning Pick-Up Truck; Burlington’s John Parkinson, 1923 Ford Model T; Burlington’s Patrick Frank, 1966 Chevrolet Corvair Corsa; Elkhorn’s Bob Grey, 1935 Plymouth Coupe; and Muskego’s Thom Laimon, 1969 Chevrolet Nova.
John Fischer, sales manager at the Lynch GM Superstore, and Babicz combine efforts to jointly put on the event each year outdoors in the Burlington location.
“We decided to try something new this year and move away from the May date which seemed to always be cold, rainy and even snow,” said Fischer addressing the crowd which had 50 entries on hand from a wide variety of motorsports and custom vehicle categories.
Road racing, drag racing, dirt track racing and asphalt racing, along with several vintage racing cars, were represented.
Lynch’s specialty truck division which produces police SWAT and emergency services vehicles such as those seen on national television programs like Hawaii Five-O, NCIS, among others, had one of its vehicles on hand.
On the custom vehicle side, a wide variety of entries were received including cars, trucks, street rods with various makes and models.
“We hope for the largest variety of types of motorsports, classics and custom vehicles to be on display, and even with the threatening forecast calling for thunderstorms, we had a nice showing of both entries and people to come to see them,” said Babicz, noting that a brief shower just after the free show opened at 10 a.m. did send participants scurrying for umbrellas and car covers.
WBSD-89.1 FM high school student radio station was on hand providing music and earned concession proceeds from the event.
Brogan’s Awards of Gurnee, IL; Abby’s Creative Promotions of Lake Bluff, IL and Art Newvo Graphics of Lake Villa, IL assisted in sponsoring the show.
Milwaukee’s John Surges of the Vintage Milwaukee Stock Car Association and Southeastern Wisconsin Short Track Hall of Fame provided show photography. John Fischer of Grandstand Video in Zion, IL videotaped the event and awards ceremony.
Plans are underway to continue with a summer date for the event in 2015.
Photos by John Surges