2017 Race Reports

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“JOHNNY D” ENDS TWO AND ONE HALF YEAR DROUGHT WITH WIR FEATURE WIN
 
(KAUKAUNA, WI) August 17 – Hubertus rookie John DeAngelis Jr. ended a nearly three year draught when he won the super late model feature at Wisconsin International Raceway in Kaukauna Thursday.
 
“Johnny D” as he’s affectionately known trailed early leader Alex Stumpf for the first several laps. Points leader Andy Monday of Appleton caught the lead duo by lap ten and a few laps later Red, White and Blue champion Bobby Kendall caught the three to join the party for the lead.
 
Monday passed Stumpf on the outside for the lead and held the top spot for a few laps when his car began to slow, and DeAngelis rocketed into the lead. DeAngelis kept the top spot until a caution flew with five laps to go for a brief rain shower. The race was called complete and DeAngelis was declared the winner.
 
“When we unloaded here today we had two broken shocks so we ran two shocks that were pretty much untested,” DeAngelis said in victory lane. “I knew Kendall was closing in fast when the rains came. That would have been a great restart but I’ll take the win. My crew chief Travis Dassow deserves a lot of credit for setting this car up, too. He really does.”

Kendall took second place followed by Stumpf, Monday and Freedom’s Brent Strelka.
 
The late model feature was washed out.
 
Defending super stock champion Dylan Wenzel scored his seventh feature flag of the season, padding his point lead in the process. Appleton’s Alex Seidel took second, followed by Kaukauna drivers Bill Timmers, Craig Vandewettering and Dave Meyerhofer.
 
Neenah’s Jason Plutz fought off a tenacious charge from Appleton’s Kyle Quella and points leader Brett Van Horn of De Pere to snatch his third feature win of the season. Quella and Van Horn took second and third, respectively. Appleton’s Kylee Vandermoss and Fond Du Lac’s Mike Byrge placed second and third, respectively.
 
Defending track champion Mike Klein of Appleton scored his first Sizzlin’ 4 feature win of the year while defending track champion Craig Vandewettering from Kaukauna emerged triumphant in the Figure 8 finale.
 
Next Thursday August 24 will be the McMahon Associates/Rich Somers Memorial 50. The race honors the former Fox River Racing Club and Red, White and Blue state champion from Stevens Point. The “Pavement Pounder” will also be held on the quarter-mile as it will feature the dirt sport modifieds from neighboring dirt ovals.  You can check frrcracing.net for more information or follow the club’s Facebook page.
 
SUPER LATE MODEL FEATURE – John DeAngelis, Hubertus; Bobby Kendall, Montello; Alex Stumpf, Brillion; Andy Monday, Appleton; Brent Strelka, Freedom; Kyle Calmes, Freedom; Lowell Bennett, Neenah; Jesse Oudenhoven, Kaukauna; Taylor Vandermoss, Appleton; Sawyer Effertz, Darboy; Chad Butz, Green Bay; Travis Sauter, Prairie Du Sac; Maxwell Schultz, Reedsville; Michael Anthony, Appleton; Pete Vandermolen Jr, Oshkosh; Brandon Reichenberger, Appleton; Mickey Schallie, Darboy; Randy Schuler, Mequon; Taylor Haufschildt, De Pere; Jake Zelinske, Kaukauna; Trevor Vandermolen, Oshkosh;  Mike Hardtke, Kewaunee
 
HEATS 1) Schuler; Anthony 2) Butz; Stumpf
 
DASH – Strelka
 
LATE MODEL FEATURE- canceled
 
HEAT – Brett Wenzel, Two Rivers; Evan Beattie, Little Chute
 
DASH- Eddie Muenster, Green Bay
 
SUPER STOCK FEATURE – Dylan Wenzel, Fremont; Alex Seidel, Appleton; William Timmers, Kaukauna; Craig Vandewettering, Kaukauna; Dave Meyerhofer, Kaukauna
 
SIZZLIN’ 4 FEATURE –   Mike Klein, Appleton; Jared Boughman, Appleton; Larry Belonger, New Holstein; Paul Yohr, Menasha; Jake Peters, Shiocton
 
FAST TIME – Rick Glaser, Appleton, 18.060
 
SPORT TRUCKS FEATURE – Jason Plutz, Neenah; Kyle Quella, Appleton; Brett Van Horn, De Pere; Kylee Vandermoss, Appleton; Mike Byrge, Fond Du Lac
 
FAST TIME –Plutz, 16.506
 
FIGURE 8 – Craig Vandewettering, Kaukauna


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MAJESKI NABS RED RACE –  KENDALL CAPTURES RED, WHITE AND BLUE TITLE
 
(KAUKAUNA, WI) August 10 – Seymour’s Ty Majeski nabbed the lead on an early race restart and cruised on to victory to win the Blue race at Wisconsin International Raceway in Kaukauna Thursday night.
 
By virtue of his third place finish in the super late model main, Montello’s Bobby Kendall captured the 2017 Red, White and Blue super late model title. Other Red, White and Blue state champions included Markesan’s Jesse Bernhagen and Manitowoc’s Travis Rodewald (tie, late models), Appleton’s Kyle Quella,  Sheboygan’s Brody Rivest (Sizzlin’ 4’s), the team of Jessie Van Roy and Craig Vandewettering (super stocks).
 
Rain showers in the late afternoon wiped out qualifying for the quarter-mile divisions. The show was juggled around and the half-mile division heats were run first, and the heat races for the quarter-mile classes were scrapped.
 
Appleton’s Brandon Reichenberger jumped into the lead at the drop of the green in the 50 lap super late model contest. The third generation driver wasted no time putting significant real estate between himself and the rest of the field. A lap 10 yellow flew for a Trevor Vandermolen spin in turn two. Meanwhile Majeski had already motored his way up to fourth from his 12th starting spot.
 
When racing resumed Majeski blasted past the three cars ahead of him to take the lead on lap 11. Despite a pair of cautions near midway the Roush-Fenway Developmental Driver and White Race winner checked out and went on to win in convincing fashion. Appleton’s Andy Monday, Kendall, Neenah’s Lowell Bennett and Darboy’s Sawyer Effertz placed second through fifth, respectively.
 
It took him until the month of August, but Thursday night points leader Jesse Bernhagen, a man who’s nabbed a bulk of the fast time awards in the late model class this year, captured his first feature flag of the season.
 
The late model feature won only seven laps old when Hilbert’s Corey Manders tangled with Appleton’s Matthew Wittman coming out of turn four, drawing an amber. When racing resumed early race leader Tim Springstroh kept the lead with “The Showstopper” Mike Meyerhofer on his heels. It took Meyerhofer but one lap to wrestle the lead away from Springstroh, who was pulling double duty also racing his super late model. Two laps later a Braison Bennett spin in corner two slowed the action.
 
On the restart fast qualifier Jesse Bernhagen slipped into second and stayed glued to Meyerhofer’s rear bumper. With nine laps remaining a red flag flew for a three car tangle involving Bennett, Todd Verhagen and Randy Yaeger. With a nine lap dash set for the finish. When the green flag flew Meyerhofer kept the lead with Bernhagen looking both high and low to get by Meyerhofer. On the final circuit Meyerhofer bobbled in turn three, which allowed Bernhagen to duck underneath Meyerhofer to take the lead and the win. Manitowoc’s Travis Rodewald also snuck past Meyerhofer to take second, while “The Showstopper” settled for third. Green Bay’s Eddie Muenster and Springstroh rounding out the top five finishers.
 
Defending track champion Dylan Wenzel won the caution plagued 29 lap Stan “The Man” Gracyalny Memorial super stock race.  Wenzel passed Kaukauna’s Andy Meyerhofer with eight laps remaining to win his sixth feature of the season. Trailing at the checkers were Jessie Van Roy, Alex Seidl, Meyerhofer and Alex Boldt.
 
Appleton’s Travis Willing fended off Appleton’s Pete Berken to win the caution-free ¼ mile late model feature. The feature was Willing’s first here of the season.
 
Appleton’s Kyle Quella passed Fond Du Lac’s Mike Byrge with four laps to go and cruised to his fourth sport truck victory of the season. Byrge hung on for second at the pay window, followed by Kylee Vandermoss, Tanner Fickel and Marty Sokolik.
 
Sheboygan’s Brody Rivest passed Little Chute’s Ethan Beattie with 8 laps remaining and went on to win his second Sizzlin’ 4 feature of the season. Beattie hung on for second. Mike Klein, Emery Beattie and Scott Wolf placed third through fifth, respectively.
 
Action was brought to a halt on the first lap of the super late model semi-feature. Ashwaubenon’s Jake Carpenter collided with Appleton’s Taylor Vandermoss. The contact sent both cars flying into the concrete wall in turn three. Carpenter was taken by ambulance as a precautionary measure. Both cars sustained heavy damage.
 
Next Thursday August 17 will be Werner Electric Supply Night. Kids Big Wheel Races will also take place. It’s a “Throwback Thursday night” as adult admission prices will be slashed to just $10.  You can check frrcracing.net for more information or follow the club’s Facebook page.
 
SUPER LATE MODEL FEATURE – Ty Majeski, Seymour; Andy Monday, Appleton; Bobby Kendall, Montello;  Lowell Bennett, Neenah; Sawyer Effertz, Darboy; Kyle Calmes, Freedom; Alex Stumpf, Brillion; Brent Strelka, Freedom; Jesse Oudenhoven, Kaukauna; Chad Butz, Green Bay; Travis Sauter, Prarie Du Sac; Pete Vandermolen, Oshkosh; John DeAngelis, Hubertus; Michael Anthony, Appleton; Cory Kemkes, Appleton; Mickey Schalllie, Darboy; Brandon Reichenberger, Appleton;Trevor Vandermolen, Oshkosh; Maxwell Schultz, Reedsville; Tim Springstroh, Freedom
 
SEMI-FEATURE- DeAngelis; Schallie; Springstroh; Trevor Vandermolen; Mike Hardtke, Appleton; Jake Carpenter, Ashwaubenon (DNF); Randy Schuler, Mequon (DNF); Taylor Vandermoss, Appleton DNF)
  
HEATS 1) Jake Carpenter, Ashwaubenon; Jesse Oudenhoven, Kaukauna 2) Pete Vandermolen Jr., Oshkosh; John DeAngelis, Hubertus
 
DASH – Schultz; Calmes
 
FAST TIME: Majeski, 19.277
 
LATE MODEL FEATURE- Jesse Bernhagen, Markesan; Travis Rodewald, Manitowoc; Mike Meyerhofer, Hilbert; Eddie Muenster, Green Bay; Tim Springstroh, Freedom;
 
HEAT – Brett Wenzel, Manitowoc; Springstroh
 
DASH- Mike King Jr., Appleton
 
FAST TIME- Bernhagen, 20.317
 
¼ MILE LATE MODEL FEATURE – Travis Willing, Appleton; Pete Berken, Appleton; Jim Duchow, Appleton; Tom Spierowski, Neenah; Cory Kemkes, Appleton; Jordan Chambers, Green Bay; Jim Anthony, Appleton
 
STAN THE MAN MEMORIAL SUPER STOCK FEATURE – Dylan Wenzel, Fremont; Jessie Van Roy, Kaukauna; Alex Seidl, Appleton; Andy Meyerhofer, Kaukauna; Nick Boldt, Appleton
 
SIZZLIN’ 4 FEATURE – Brody Rivest, Sheboygan; Ethan Beattie, Little Chute; Mike Klein, Appleton; Emery Beattie, Little Chute; Scott Wolf, Appleton
  
SPORT TRUCKS FEATURE – Kyle Quella, Appleton; Mike Byrge, Fond Du Lac; Kylee Vandermoss, Appleton; Tanner Fickel, Neenah; Marty Sokolik, Fond Du Lac
 

BENNETT LEADS WIRE-TO-WIRE TO WIN $2,000 BRUCE MUELLER MEMORIAL AT WIR
(“SHOWSTOPPER” MEYERHOFER WINS THIRD LM MAIN)

(KAUKAUNA, WI) July 27 – Neenah’s Lowell Bennett took the lead at the drop of the green and turned in a most dominating performance en route to winning the Bruce Mueller All Star 50 Memorial race at Wisconsin International Raceway in Kaukauna Thursday night.

The victory, which was Bennett’s fourth here in 2017, was worth $2,000.

Bennett jumped into the lead at the drop of the green in the 75 lap super late model feature. Allenton’s Dennis Prunty, who was here to shake down his machine for the $10,000-to-win Dixieland 250 on Tuesday, quickly burst through the pack to take second and close to within a couple of car lengths of Bennett. Prunty’s night ended abruptly on lap 16 when he dropped out with mechanical woes.

Bennett was able to keep Appleton’s Andy Monday and the balance of the field at bay for much of the contest. In the final 25 laps last week’s feature winner Maxwell Schultz closed the gap on Monday in the scuffle for second place. Schultz dove underneath Monday with 24 circuits remaining to take second. Schultz tried reeling in Bennett but the Neenah veteran was just too tough and pulled off the victory. Schultz settled for second, followed by fast qualifier Bobby Kendall, Monday and Kyle Calmes.

Hilbert’s Mike “Showstopper” Meyerhofer held off a fierce charge from Green Bay’s Eddie Muenster to win his third late model feature of the season.

The late model feature was just two laps old when Two Rivers Brett Wenzel tangled with Freedom’s Todd Verhagen. On the restart Little Chute’s Evan Beattie assumed the lead with Meyerhofer and Muenster in tow. Another amber flew on lap five. When racing resumed Meyerhofer took over the lead with Muenster hot on his heels. The pair began to pull away from the pack and began to settle the score. Muenster looked high and low but was unable to muster the pass as Meyerhofer won his third feature of the season. Muenster took second, followed by Jesse Bernhagen, Bryan Monday and Nate Van Wychen.

Fremont’s Dylan Wenzel padded his points lead, winning his fifth super stock feature of the season. The defending track champion beat second place finisher Mike Meyerhofer by a full straightaway. Meyerhofer was guest driving Greg “Doogie” Hauser’s station wagon.

Neenah’s Jason Plutz came out on top of a three truck scrum and fought off defending track champion Brett Van Horn and Kyle Quella to win the sport truck feature. Van Horn took home second place money. Quella finished third, with Kylee Vandermoss and Tanner Fickel placed fourth and fifth, respectively.

Neenah’s Rick Glaser captured his second Sizzlin’ 4 feature of the season. Appleton’s Mike Klein crossed the finish line second, followed by Menasha’s Paul Yohr, Little Chute’s Emery Beattie and Neenah’s Dan Thomson.

Appleton veteran Pete Berken won a caution-plagued ¼ mile late model feature. Craig Krueger of Kaukauna won the Figure 8 feature.

Next week will feature two big nights of racing at WIR as the Forest County Potawatomi 250 ARCA Midwest Tour race will take place Tuesday August 1 with racing getting underway at 7 p.m. Joining the ARCA Midwest Tour cars and stars will be the Big 8 late model series. On Thursday August 3 Appleton Breakfast Rotary Club Night at the races, with action getting underway at 6:45 p.m. You can check frrcracing.net for more information or follow the club’s Facebook page.

SUPER LATE MODEL FEATURE – Lowell Bennett, Neenah; Maxwell Schultz; Bobby Kendall, Montello; Andy Monday, Appleton; Kyle Calmes, Freedom; John DeAngelis, Hubertus; Travis Sauter, Prairie Du Sac; Reagan May, De Pere; Brandon Reichenberger, Appleton; Taylor Vandermoss, Appleton; Pete Vandermolen, Oshkosh; Michael Anthony, Appleton; Justin Mondeik, Gleason; Cory Kemkes, Appleton; Mickey Schallie, Darboy; Brent Strelka, Freedom; Tim Springstroh, Freedom; Dennis Prunty, Allenton

SEMI-FEATURE- Anthony; Kemkes; Mondeik; Schallie; Oudenhoven; Schuler; Taylor Haufschildt, De Pere; Chad Butz, Green Bay; Trevor Vandermolen, Oshkosh; Jake Zelinske, Neenah

HEATS 1) Oudenhoven; Haufschildt 2) Anthony; Bennett

DASH – Monday; Calmes

FAST TIME: Kendall, `19.460

LATE MODEL FEATURE- Mike Meyerhofer, Hilbert; Eddie Muenster, Green Bay; Jesse Bernhagen, Markesan; Bryan Monday, Appleton; Nate Van Wychen, Kaukauna; Tim Springstroh, Freedom; Travis Rodewald, Manitowoc; Evan Beattie, Little Chute; Mike King Jr., Appleton; Matt Wittman, Appleton

HEAT – Corey Manders, Hilbert; Beattie

DASH- Meyerhofer; Muenster

FAST TIME- Bennett, 20.376

¼ MILE LATE MODEL FEATURE – Pete Berken, Appleton; Travis Willing, Appleton; Jim Anthony, Appleton; Tom Spierowski, Neenah; Jordan Chambers, Green Bay; Rick Spoo, Neenah; Cory Kemkes, Appleton

SUPER STOCK FEATURE – Dylan Wenzel, Fremont; Mike Meyerhofer, Hilbert; Josh Mueller, Bucktown; Alex Seidel, Appleton; Jessie Van Roy, Kaukauna

HEAT – Larry Raygo, Omro; Evan Sannes, De Pere

DASH – Mueller

FAST TIME – Wenzel, 15.714

SIZZLIN’ 4 FEATURE – Rick Glaser, Appleton; Mike Klein, Appleton; Paul Yohr, Menasha; Emery Beattie, Little Chute; Don Thomson, Neenah

HEATS 1) Peter Wilz, Menasha; Ethan Beattie, Little Chute 2) Paul Yohr, Menasha; Jerry Konrad, Menasha

FAST TIME – Rick Glaser, Appleton 17.859

SPORT TRUCKS FEATURE – Jason Plutz, Neenah; Brett Van Horn, De Pere; Kyle Quella, Appleton; Kylee Vandermoss, Appleton; Tanner Fickel, Neenah; Bobby Wautier, Denmark

HEATS 1) Dan Thompson, Manawa; Dom Sokolik, Fond Du Lac 2) Vandermoss; Plutz

FAST TIME – Van Horn

FIGURE 8 – Craig Krueger, Kaukauna


 

SCHULTZ WINS WILD WIR SUPER LATE MODEL FEATURE FINISH
(RODEWALD CAPTURES CAUTION PLAGUED LATE MODEL MAIN)
 
 (KAUKAUNA, WI) July 20 – “Mighty Maxwell” Schultz was declared the winner of a wild finishing super late model main at Wisconsin International Raceway in Kaukauna, in which leaders the two leaders took each other out on the final lap.
 
Defending track champion Jeff Van Oudenhoven of Appleton locked horns with current points leader Lowell Bennett of Neenah on the final lap, both taking each other out in turn four. Thus handing Schultz his first win of the season.
 
Oshkosh’s Pete Vandermolen paced the opening six laps of the super late model main before Green Bay’s Chad Butz wrestled the lead away from Vandermolen on lap six. The rookie driver’s lead was short lived, however as Van Oudenhoven motored around Butz to snatch the lead one circuit later. The race was halted on lap 12 when Jesse Oudenhoven parked his mount in turn two.

On the restart the defending track champion kept the top spot, with Butz and Lowell Bennett in tow. Bennett ducked underneath Butz to take second on lap 17 and began chasing down Van Oudenhoven. With five laps to go Bennett closed within a car length of “JVO”. As the white flag was displayed, the Bennett closed in underneath VanOudenhoven. In turns three and four the leaders made contact, sending both cars into a spin in turn four. Track policy dictates the scoring goes back to the last completed lap, which awarded the win to Reedsville’s Maxwell Schultz. Butz scored his best performance of his career at WIR with a second place finish. Appleton’s Andy Monday, Brillion’s Alex Stumpf and Freedom’s Kyle Calmes rounded out the top five finishers.
 
Manitowoc’s Travis Rodewald won a crash filled late model feature. It was his second here of the year.
 
A massive pileup occurred on a lap nine restart of the late model main. The wreck happened in turn four and collected Appleton’s Bryan Monday, Neenah’s Braison Bennett, Hilbert’s Corey Manders, Little Chute’s Evan Beattie and Appleton’s Randy Yaeger. The race was red flagged as track crews towed the wrecked racers to the pits and cleaned up fluid spilled onto the track.
 
Racing got under way after another aborted restart attempt which forced officials to implement a single file restart with 11 laps remaining as three cautions had already flown. Rodewald assumed the lead when the race got back underway. Just two later Meyerhofer’s radiator let go in his machine on the frontstretch, spewing water along the front straight into turn one.
 
Following another long delay racing resumed with Rodewald picking up where he left off. Rodewald would hold off for the victory. Trailing at the checkers were Nate Van Wychen, Eddie Muenster, Bennett and Monday, who both rebounded from the earlier wreck to post top five finishes. “Yeah it was a hot one out there tonight, especially with all those yellows,” Rodewald exclaimed in victory lane. “I was starting to get a little worried about my tires too but we were able to pull it off.”
 
Hometown driver Craig Vandewettering fought off a tenacious Dylan Wenzel of Fremont to win the super stock feature. Wenzel, the current point leader and defending track champion, settled for second at the pay window. Appleton’s Alex Seidel, Appleton’s Nick Boldt and Greenleaf’s Jeff Treml rounded out the top five finishers.
 
Appleton’s Kyle Quella fended off current points leader and defending track champion Brett Van Horn from De Pere in the closing laps and went on to win his second straight sport truck feature. Van Horn settled for second place, followed by Suamico’s Jordan Fisher, Fond Du Lac’s Mike Byrge and Appleton’s Kylee Vandermoss placed third through fifth, respectively.
 
The sport truck feature was halted early on when Neenah’s Jason Plutz collided with another machine, and went sliding down the backstretch on its side, coming to a halt near the quarter-mile pit exit.
 
Oshkosh’s Heather Wolfgram pulled off a stunning photo finish in the Sizzlin’ 4 feature – beating Little Chute’s Ethan Beattie by mere inches. The victory was Wolfgram’s second of the year. Beattie took the bridesmaid spot, followed by Neenah’s Rick Glaser, Appleton’s Mike Klein and Little Chute’s Emery Beattie.
 
Neenah'finished off the night by winning the Figure 8 feature.
 
Next Thursday July 27 will be the Standard Electric/ Bruce Mueller All Star Memorial 50. A $2,000-to-win, $500-to-start super late model feature will take place.  The quarter-mile late models will also be competing. You can check frrcracing.net for more information or follow the club’s Facebook page.
 
SUPER LATE MODEL FEATURE –Maxwell Schultz, Reedsville; Chad Butz, Green Bay; Andy Monday, Appleton; Alex Stumpf, Brillion; Kyle Calmes, Freedom; Travis Sauter, Prairie Du Sac; Brent Strelka, Freedom; Pete Vandermolen, Oshkosh; Michael Anthony, Appleton; Brandon Reichenberger, Appleton; Cory Kemkes, Appleton; Randy Schuler, Mequon; Jeff Van Oudenhoven, Appleton; Lowell Bennett, Neenah; Jesse Oudenhoven, Kaukauna; Taylor Vandermoss, Appleton; Bobby Kendall, Montello; Sawyer Effertz, Darboy
 
SEMI-FEATURE- Effertz; Anthony; Kemkes; Schuler; Mickey Schallie, Darboy; Taylor Haufschildt, De Pere; Trevor Vandermolen, Oshkosh; Mike Hardtke, Kewaunee (DNS)
 
HEATS 1) Schallie; Kemkes 2) Oudenhoven; Stumpf
 
DASH – Monday, Strelka
 
FAST TIME – Kendall, 19.520
 
LATE MODEL FEATURE – Travis Rodewald, Manitowoc; Nate Van Wychen, Kaukauna; Eddie Muenster, Green Bay; Braison Bennett, Neenah; Bryan Monday, Appleton; Mike King, Appleton; Brett Wenzel, Two Rivers; Jesse Bernhagen, Markesan; Jared Baughman, Kaukauna; Evan Beattie, Little Chute
 
HEAT –Rodewald; Beattie
DASH- Monday; Mike Meyerhofer, Hilbert
 
FAST TIME- Bernhagen, 20.480
 
SUPER STOCK FEATURE – Craig Vandewettering, Kaukauna; Dylan Wenzel, Fremont; Alex Seidel, Appleton; Nick Boldt, Appleton; Jeff Treml, Greenleaf
 
HEAT - Andy Meyerhofer, Kaukauna; Treml
 
FAST TIME – Wenzel, 16.393
 
SIZZLIN’ 4 FEATURE – Heather Wolfgram, Oshkosh; Ethan Beattie, Little Chute; Rick Glaser, Neenah; Mike Klein, Appleton; Emery Beattie, Little Chute
 
HEATS 1) Ethan Beattie; Jake Peters, Shiocton 2) Glaser; Paul Yohr, Menasha
 
FAST TIME: Klein, 17.907
 
SPORT TRUCKS FEATURE – Kyle Quella, Appleton; Brett Van Horn, Appleton; Jordan Fisher, Suamico; Mike Byrge, Fond Du Lac; Kylee Vandermoss, Appleton
 
HEATS 1) Nathan Brantmeier, Neenah; Marty Sokolik, Fond Du Lac 2) Jason Plutz, Neenah; Quella
 
FAST TIME: Van Horn, 16.294
 

FIGURE 8 – Jeff Wohlrabe, Neenah


 
MAJESKI CRUISES TO WIR WHITE RACE WIN
(MUENSTER WINS SECOND LATE MODEL FEATURE ON KEN’S SPORTS NIGHT)
 
(KAUKAUNA, WI) July 13 – Seymour’s Ty Majeski snatched the lead from Chad Butz on a lap four restart and cruised to victory in the caution-filled 50 lap Scott Vanderloop Memorial White race at Wisconsin International Raceway in Kaukauna Thursday night.
 
Green Bay’s Eddie Muenster picked a good night to win his second late model feature of the season – on his sponsor Ken’s Sports night.
 
The highest car count of the year was present with 122 cars total, including 27 super late models.
 
The super late model feature was just two laps old when a Jesse Oudenhoven spin drew an amber. On the attempted restart several cars got collected in a melee coming out of turn four. Several cars were involved as the race was red flagged. The wreck sidelined a pair of heavy hitters in defending track champion Jeff Van Oudenhoven and defending Red, White and Blue champion Casey Johnson of Cambridge.

After a lengthy delay racing resumed with Green Bay’s Chad Butz leading with Neenah’s Lowell Bennett and Majeski in toe. Only two more circuits were complete until a John DeAngelis spin on the fronstretch drew another amber. On the restart Majeski motored around Bennett for second. Majeski quickly disposed of Butz one circuit later. The Roush-Fenway Development Driver pulled away from the pack and kept all challengers at bay as he picked up his first WIR feature flag of 2017.  Bennett finished second a nearly a full straightaway behind Majeski. Butz turned in his best performance of the season to take third, fending off fast qualifier Bobby Kendall of Montello who settled for fourth.  Freedom’s Kyle Calmes rounded out the top five finishers.
After the White race Kendall has the Red White and Blue points lead with 157 points over Kyle Calmes with 144.
 
The late model feature got off to a shaky start when on the opening circuit Two Rivers’ Brett Wenzel collided with Little Chute’s Evan Beattie on the backstretch. When racing resumed Nate Van Wychen wrestled the lead away from polesitter Tim Springstroh. Muenster and Markesan’s Jesse Bernhagen ran nose-to-tail in third and fourth and the quartet began to pull away from the field.
 
Muenster motored his way into second on lap seven and began slowly reeling in Van Wychen. Muenster stayed within two car lengths up until the halfway point. With six laps remaining Muenster inherited the lead when Van Wychen dropped out with mechanical woes. Bernhagen disposed of Springstroh for second and moved in to challenge Muenster for the lead. With a late caution Muenster successfully fended off Muenster who collected the victory. Bernhagen took second and took over the division’s points lead. Springstroh put a valiant effort in to get third – considering he was pulling double duty. Prior to the late model main Springstroh had battled his way into the super late model main by racing in the semi feature. He quickly dashed into his late model, strapped in and ran a second consecutive race.  Appleton’s Bryan Monday and Travis Rodewald placed fourth and fifth, respectively.
 
Fremont’s Dylan Wenzel crossed the finished the street stock feature first, but was disqualified following post-race tech. The second place finisher, Two Rivers Andy Casavante was also disqualified. This awarded the victory to Kaukauna’s Andy Meyerhofer, Brillion’s Rachel Meyerhofer and Menasha’s Tony Wilz took second and third, respectively.
 
Appleton’s Kyle Quella led wire-to-wire in the caution free, sport truck feature. Neenah’s Jason Plutz, defending track champion Brett Van Horn of De Pere, rookie Bobby Wautier and Fond Du Lac’s Mike Byrge placed second through fifth, respectively.
 
Sheboygan’s Brody Rivest made the trip from the Lakeshore worthwhile. The veteran four cylinder racer capped the victory in the Sizzlin’ 4’s.
 
Appleton’s Cory Kemkes won the ¼ mile late model feature. The victory was his second of the season.
 
Kaukauna’s Randy Krueger wrapped up the evening by winning the Figure 8 feature.
 
Next Thursday July 20 will be Kurz Industrial Solutions Veterans night. All veterans from all branches of the military will be admitted free of charge. The INEX legends will make their first appearance of the 2017 season and July 20 will be a “Throwback Night” as adult admission prices will get slashed to just $10.You can check frrcracing.net for more information or follow the club’s Facebook page.
 
SUPER LATE MODEL FEATURE – Ty Majeski, Seymour; Lowell Bennett, Neenah; Chad Butz, Green Bay; Bobby Kendall, Montello; Kyle Calmes, Freedom; Brent Strelka, Freedom; Andy Monday, Appleton; Alex Stumpf, Brillion; Taylor Vandermoss, Appleton; Pete Vandermolen, Oshkosh; John DeAngelis, Hubertus; Sawyer Effertz, Darboy; Maxwell Schultz, Reedsville; Travis Sauter, Prairie Du Sac; Jake Carpenter, Ashwaubenon; Jeff Van Oudenhoven, Appleton; Jesse Oudenhoven, Kaukauna; Casey Johnson, Cambridge; Randy Schuler, Mequon; Cory Kemkes, Appleton; Michael Anthony, Appleton
 
SEMI-FEATURE- Kemkes; Carpenter; Anthony; Springstroh; Brandon Reichenberger, Appleton; Taylor Haufschildt, De Pere;Trevor Vandermolen, Oshkosh; Mike Hardtke, Kewaunee
 
HEATS 1) Tim Springstroh, Freedom; Brandon Reichenberger, Appleton 2) Sawyer Effertz, Darboy; Randy Schuler, Mequon 3) Oudenhoven; Johnson
 
DASH – Strelka; Schultz
 
FAST TIME: Kendall, 19.268
 
LATE MODEL FEATURE – Eddie Muenster, Green Bay; Jesse Bernhagen, Markesan; Tim Springstroh, Freedom; Bryan Monday, Appleton; Travis Rodewald, Manitowoc; Brett Wenzel, Two Rivers; Braison Bennett, Neenah; Mike King Jr, Kimberly; Todd Verhagen, Freedom; Corey Manders, Hilbert
 
HEATS 1) Scott Baker, Kaukauna; Evan Beattie, Little Chute
 
DASH- Bernhagen; Rodewald
 
FAST TIME- Monday, 20.423
 
SUPER STOCK FEATURE – Andy Meyerhofer, Kaukauna; Rachel Meyerhofer, Brillion; Tony Wilz, Menasha; Craig Vandewettering, Kaukauna; Alex Seidel, Appleton
 
HEATS 1) Larry Raygo, Omro; Andy Meyerhofer 2) Vandewettering; Dylan Wenzel, Fremont
 
FAST TIME – Wenzel, 15.940
 
¼ MILE LATE MODEL FEATURE – Cory Kemkes, Appleton; Pete Berken, Appleton; Rick Spoo, Neenah; Tom Spierowski, Neenah; Jordan Chambers, Green Bay; Justin Anthony, Appleton; Travis Willing, Appleton
 
SIZZLIN’ 4 FEATURE – Brody Rivest, Sheboygan; Ethan Beattie, Little Chute; Mike Klein, Appleton; Roger Braun, Bucktown; Bob Voight, Greenville; Jake Peters, Shiocton
 
 SEMI FEATURE – Brian Schumacher, Little Chute; Jerry Konrad, Appleton; Jesse Nettekoven, Sherwood; Larry Belonger, New Holstein
 
HEATS 1) Jeremy Czarapata, Krakow; Brandon Courtens, Bucktown 2) Belonger; Konrad 3) Rick Glaser, Neenah; Rivest
 
FAST TIME –Klein 19.874
 
SPORT TRUCKS FEATURE –Kyle Quella, Appleton; Jason Plutz, Neenah; Brett Van Horn, De Pere; Bobby Wautier, Denmark; Mike Byrge, Fond Du Lac; Kylee Vandermoss, Appleton
 
HEATS 1) Quella; Justin Fickel, Appleton 2) Byrge; Nathan Brantmeier, Neenah
 
FAST TIME – Jason Plutz
 
FIGURE 8 – Randy Krueger, Kaukauna
 
Woody’s Signs Hard Charger awards – Bobby Kendall (super late model) (late model) Dylan Wenzel (super stock)

STUMPF SHADES BENNETT, WINS FIRST WIR SUPER LATE MODEL MAIN OF THE YEAR
(MEYERHOFER BECOMES FIRST REPEAT LATE MODEL WINNER IN SEVEN WEEKS)
 
(KAUKAUNA, WI) July 6–Brillion’s Alex Stumpf led wire-to-wire and fought off a tenacious charge from Neenah’s “Lightning Lowell” Bennett in the waning laps to win the 35 lap super late model feature at Wisconsin International Raceway in Kaukauna on Ken’s Sports night Thursday.
 
Hilbert’s Mike Meyerhofer became the first repeat winner of the season in the late model class, fending off Manitowoc’s Travis Rodewald to earn the win.
 
Stumpf stormed into the lead at the drop of the green in the 35 lap super late model feature. Stumpf quickly built up a sizeable advantage over the field when a Taylor Haufschildt spin in turn four on lap twelve erased Stumpf’s lead. When racing resumed the Brillion driver picked up where he left off with Kaukauna’s Jesse Oudenhoven and Appleton’s Brandon Reichenberger giving chase.
 
Oudenhoven closed within a car length on Stumpf by the halfway point and began putting the pressure on Stumpf in the second half of the contest. Meanwhile Bennett, who started 14th, broke through the field and caught the leaders, making it a three car tussle for the lead. Bennett disposed of Oudenhoven on lap 30 and began reeling in Stumpf.
 
Stumpf was up for the challenge from the veteran Bennett to capture his first feature win of the season. “I knew Lowell was coming because I was taking a look at the scoreboard and I know I shouldn’t be doing that,” Stumpf admitted in victory lane. “I knew he was coming and it was hot in there tonight but we were fortunate to hold him off for the win.” The victory was Stumpf’s second super late model feature win of his career.
 
Bennett, who earned the Woody’s Sign Hard Charger award by gaining 12 spots in the feature, took second. Oudenhoven settled for third, with Brandon Reichenberger of Appleton and Freedom’s Brett Strelka taking fourth and fifth places, respectively.
 
A melee in turn two slowed the pace five laps into the late model main. When racing resumed Meyerhofer and Rodewald pulled away from the pack to settle the score. The field got tightened up following a mid-race caution and on the restart Evan Beattie wrestled second away from Rodewald and gave chase for the lead. Rodewald repassed Beattie for second and began chasing down Meyerhofer with four laps to go. Rodewald closed in within a car length with two circuits remaining. As the white flag was displayed Rodewald dove underneath Meyerhofer and suddenly slowed in turns one and two, leaving Meyerhofer in the driver’s seat for the win. Rodewald took home second place money, followed by Beattie, Freedom’s Tim Springstroh and defending track champion Braison Bennett.
 
“Travis is a very driver with a very fast race car and we had to do what we had to do to win,” Meyerhofer said in victory lane. “With five to go I seen him coming. I knew he’d be tough.’
 
Menasha’s Tony Wilz survived a late race caution and last lap pressure from Appleton’s Alex Seidel and current point leader Dylan Wenzel of Fremont to cross the line first in the street stock feature. The victory would have been the first of the second-generation driver’s career here. However his car did not pass post-race tech. Wilz was disqualified and the victory was awarded to Seidel. Wenzel was then awarded with second.  Brillion’s Rachel Meyerhofer and Greenleaf’s Jeff Treml placed third and fourth, respectively followed by Kaukauna’s Craig Vandewettering.
 
Defending track champion Brett Van Horn of De Pere padded his points lead in the sport truck division with a feature win. The victory was Van Horn’s third of the season. Trailing Van Horn at the checkers were Neenah’s Jason Plutz, last week’s winner Kyle Quella of Appleton; Appleton’s Kylee Vandermoss and Fond Du Lac’s Mike Byrge.
 
Little Chute’s Emery Beattie won the Sizzlin’ 4 feature while Appleton’s Jeff Wohlrabe won the Figure 8 feature.
 
Next Thursday night, July 13 will feature the Budweiser/Duke FM/Vanderloop Equipment Scott Vanderloop Memorial White race. The Red race feature for super late models was rained out. Roush Fenway Developmental driver Ty Majeski of Seymour is expected to be among the participants. Racing kicks off at 6:45 p.m. You can check frrcracing.net for more information or follow the club’s Facebook page.
 
SUPER LATE MODEL FEATURE – Alex Stumpf, Brillion; Lowell Bennett, Neenah; Jesse Oudenhoven, Kaukauna; Brandon Reichenberger, Appleton; Brent Strelka, Freedom; Bobby Kendall, Montello; Andy Monday, Appleton; Travis Sauter, Prairie Du Sac; Michael Anthony, Appleton; Maxwell Schultz, Reedsville; Kyle Calmes, Freedom; Jeff Van Oudenhoven, Appleton; Sawyer Effertz, Darboy; Taylor Vandermoss, Appleton; Pete Vandermolen, Oshkosh; Cory Kemkes, Appleton;  Mickey Schallie, Darboy; Taylor Haufschildt, De Pere
 
SEMI FEATURE – Calmes; Kemkes; Vandermoss; Haufschildt; Chad Butz, Green Bay; John DeAngelis, Hubertus; Randy Schuler, Mequon; Trevor Vandermolen, Oshkosh; Mike Hardtke, Kewaunee; Jake Carpenter, Ashwabenon
 
HEATS 1) Kemkes; Butz 2) Stumpf; Effertz
 
DASH – Sauter; Monday
 
FAST TIME – Schultz, 19.495
 
LATE MODEL FEATURE-  Mike Meyerhofer, Hilbert; Travis Rodewald, Manitowoc; Evan Beattie, Little Chute;  Tim Springstroh, Freedom; Braison Bennett, Neenah; Brett Wenzel, Two Rivers; Jesse Bernhagen, Markesan; Bryan Monday, Appleton; Eddie Muenster, Green Bay; Matt Wittman, Appleton
 
HEAT – Scott Baker, Kaukauna; Todd Verhagen, Freedom
 
DASH- Meyerhofer; Rodewald
 
FAST TIME- Bernhagen, 20.430
 
STREET STOCK FEATURE – Tony Wilz, Menasha; Alex Seidel, Appleton; Dylan Wenzel, Fremont; Rachel Meyerhofer, Brillion; Jeff Treml, Greenleaf; Craig Vandewettering, Kaukauna
 
HEATS 1) Cancelled due to two cautions without a lap completed 2) Evan Sannes, De Pere; Vandewettering
 
SIZZLIN 4 FEATURE –Emery Beattie, Little Chute; Tim Richter, Appleton; Dan Thomson, Neenah’ Larry Belonger, New Holstein, Heather Wolfgram, Oshkosh
 
HEATS 1) Peter Wilz, Menasha; Kurt Schweitzer, Greenville 2) Paul Yohr, Menasha; Jesse Nettekoven, Sherwood
 
SPORT TRUCKS FEATURE – Brett Van Horn, De Pere; Jason Plutz, Neenah; Kyle Quella, Appleton; Kylee Vandermoss, Appleton; Mike Byrge, Fond Du Lac
 
HEATS 1) Nathan Brantmeier, Neenah; Dan Thompson, Manawa 2) Vandermoss; Quella
 
FAST TIME – Van Horn
 
FIGURE 8 – Jeff Wohlrabe, Appleton

BENNETT WINS THIRD WIR SUPER LATE MODEL FEATURE
(PARITY RESUMES IN LATE MODELS AS VAN WYCHEN BECOMES SIXTH WINNER IN AS MANY WEEKS)
 
(KAUKAUNA, WI) June 29– Neenah’s Lowell Bennett snuck past racer leader Andy Monday of Appleton on a lap fifteen restart and went on to win the Joe Schneider Memorial race at Wisconsin International Raceway in Kaukauna Thursday night. The win was Bennett’s third here of the season.
 
Parity remained the name of the game in the late model division as hometown driver Nate Van Wychen became the sixth different winner in as many weeks in the class.
 
In the super late model feature Kaukauna’s Jesse Oudenhoven jumped out from his front row spot into the lead at the drop of the green only to have Monday wrestle the top spot away on the seventh circuit.
 
The race was red flagged on lap 15 when fast qualifier Brent Strelka of Freedom and Appleton’s Jeff Van Oudenhoven locked horns coming out of turn two. The melee also collected Hubertus’ John DeAngelis, Prairie Du Sac’s Johnny Sauter and Montello’s Bobby Kendall. The wreck knocked DeAngelis and Strelka out of commission for the night.
 
Strelka assumed responsibility for the wreck, and per track policy “tapped out” which allowed Van Oudenhoven to get his spot back when he was running sixth.

When racing resumed Bennett, who was starting on the inside line on the restart,  dove underneath Monday for the lead. Bennett was able to keep Monday and company at bay for the balance of the contest to win his third of the year here.
 
“This win was for you Joe – I’ve been praying about winning this one all week long,” Bennett exclaimed in victory lane, referring to Joe Schneider. Monday hung on for second place accolades, while Kaukauna’s Jesse Oudenhoven claimed third in his best finish of the season. Kyle Calmes of Freedom emerged triumphant in a race long, physical battle with Reedsville’s Maxwell Schultz to take fourth. Schultz finished fifth.
 
In the late model main Van Wychen sweated out a couple of later race cautions to seal the victory and fought off a tough challenge from second place finisher Bryan Monday of Appleton. Manitowoc’s Travis Rodewald, Hilbert’s Corey Manders and Kaukauna’s Evan Beattie placed third through fifth, respectively.
 
“We’ve really struggled this year – everything from engines, the rear end and transmission so we needed this,” Van Wychen said in victory lane. “We have to start qualifying better I know that.”
 
Neenah’s Rick Spoo came out of a 15 year retirement to win the ¼ mile late model feature. Spoo drove a car that Braison Bennett normally wheels at Slinger Super Speedway. Spoo fought off an old late model and sportsman rival of his from years past – Tom Spierowski of Neenah – at the checkers. Appleton’s Corey Kemkes, Appleton’s Pete Berken and Green Bay’s Jordan Chambers rounded out the top five finishers.
 
Fremont’s Dylan Wenzel netted a clean sweep and won his fourth feature of the season in the street stock division. Wenzel passed Omro’s Larry Raygo with seven laps remaining and survived a pair of yellows to secure the win. Trailing at the checkers were Greenleaf’s Jeff Treml, Kaukauna’s Andy Meyerhofer, Kaukauna’s Jessie Van Roy and Appleton’s Alex Seidel.
 
Appleton’s Kyle Quella came out on top in a three truck scrum with fast qualifier Jason Plutz of Neenah and defending track champion Brett Van Horn of De Pere to win the sport truck feature. The victory was Quella’s second of the year here. Plutz, Van Horn, Kylee Vandermoss and Jason Fisher rounded out the top five finishers.
 
Oshkosh’s Heather Wolfgram squeezed past Sherwood’s Jesse Nettekoven with four laps remaining to win her first Sizzlin’ 4 feature. Nettekoven became the fifth different feature winner in the division is as many features that have been run. Nettekoven settled for second place at the pay window while another lady in the field, Freedom’s Tarra Springstroh, captured third. Menasha’s Bob Voight and Appleton Rick Glaser took fourth and fifth, respectively.
 
Hometown driver Craig Vandewettering capped off the night by winning the Figure 8 feature.
 
Next Thursday night, July 6 Ken’s Sports will sponsor the racing activities, which will include a kids coin toss. Racing kicks off at 6:45 p.m. You can check frrcracing.net for more information or follow the club’s Facebook page.
 
SUPER LATE MODEL FEATURE – Lowell Bennett, Neenah; Andy Monday, Appleton; Jesse Oudenhoven, Kaukauna; Kyle Calmes, Freedom; Maxwell Schultz, Reedsville; Jeff Van Oudenhoven, Appleton; Sawyer Effertz, Kaukauna; Travis Sauter, Prairie Du Sac; Chad Butz, Green Bay; Randy Schuler, Mequon; Jake Carpenter, Ashwaubenon; Cory Kemkes, Appleton; Pete Vandermolen, Oshkosh; Brent Strelka, Freedom; John DeAngelis, Hubertus; Bobby Kendall, Montello; Alex Stumpf, Brillion; Mickey Schallie, Darboy
 
SEMI FEATURE – Butz; Effertz; Schallie; Carpenter; Brandon Reichenberger, Appleton; Taylor Vandermoss, Appleton; Mike Hardtke, Kewaunee; Michael Anthony, Appleton; Taylor Vandermolen, Oshkosh; Taylor Haufschildt, De Pere; Jake Zielinske, Appleton
 
HEATS 1) Haufschildt; Reichenberger 2) Butz; Stumpf
 
DASH – Monday; Calmes
 
FAST TIME: Strelka, 15.563
 
LATE MODEL FEATURE- Nathan Van Wychen, Kaukauna; Bryan Monday, Appleton; Travis Rodewald, Manitowoc; Corey Manders, Hilbert; Evan Beattie, Kaukauna; Jesse Bernhagen, Markesan; Braison Bennett, Neenah; Brett Wenzel, Two Rivers; Eddie Muenster, Green Bay; Mike King, Appleton
 
HEAT –Beattie; Todd Verhagen, Freedom
 
DASH- Rodewald; Mike Meyerhofer, Hilbert
 
FAST TIME- Bernhagen, 20.302
 
¼ MILE LATE MODEL FEATURE – Rick Spoo, Neenah; Tom Spierowski, Neenah; Corey Kemkes, Appleton; Pete Berken, Appleton; Jordan Chambers, Green Bay; Justin Anthony, Appleton; Travis Willing, Appleton
 
STREET STOCK FEATURE – Dylan Wenzel, Fremont; Jeff Treml, Greenleaf; Andy Meyerhofer, Kaukauna; Jessie Van Roy, Kaukauna; Alex Seidel, Appleton
 
HEATS 1) Tony Wilz, Menasha; Larry Raygo, Omro 2) Wenzel; Meyerhofer
 

FAST TIME – Wenzel, 15.644


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“MONTELLO MISSLE” KENDALL FENDS OFF BENNETT, SAUTER FOR FIRST WIR WIN IN ‘17
(BRETT WENZEL BECOMES FIFTH DIFFERENT
WINNER IN FIVE WEEKS IN LATE MODEL ACTION)
 
(KAUKAUNA, WI) June 15 The “Montello Missle” Bobby Kendall fought off veterans Lowell Bennett of Neenah and Prairie Du Sac’s Travis Sauter in the waning laps to win the 35 lap super late model feature during Weld Specialty Gas & Equipment Scout night at Wisconsin International Raceway in Kaukauna Thursday night.
 
Polesitter Randy Schuler of Mequon took the lead at the drop of the green of the 35 lap contest. Schuler surrendered the top spot to Kaukauna’s Jesse Oudenhoven on lap three. Kendall motored past Oudenhoven two circuits later until a caution flew for a lap 18 yellow that tightened up the field.
 
When racing resumed Kendall kept the lead, fending off Sauter. With fifteen laps to go Sauter caught back up with Kendall and applied the pressure both high and low. The pair pulled away in the final ten laps to settle the score. Bennett caught the duo with five laps remaining, setting up a three car tussle to the finish. Bennett was able to wrestle second away from Sauter with two laps remaining but Kendall held on for the win. Bennett settled for second at the checkers, followed by Sauter, rookie John DeAngelis of Hubertus who posted his best finish of fourth on the season, with defending track champion Jeff Van Oudenhoven rounding out the top five.
 
Two Rivers Brett Wenzel became the fifth different feature winner in as many weeks in the late model division. The second-generation driver stormed past Little Chute’s Evan Beattie on lap seven and kept all challengers at bay for the balance of the contest. Defending track champion Braison Bennett, the fast dash winner earlier in the evening, scampered past Beattie on the final circuit to take second place. Beattie recorded third, followed by Freedom drivers Tim Springstroh and Todd Verhagen, respectively.
 
Fremont’s Dylan Wenzel padded his points lead in the street stocks by winning his third street stock feature of the season. Wenzel passed Menasha’s Tony Wilz for the lead on lap nine and sweated out two more caution periods to secure the win.
 
De Pere’s Brett Van Horn won his 36th career sport truck feature win – matching his truck number 36. The victory was also Van Horn’s second of the season. Van Horn’s win was no gimme – as he wasn’t able to pick up the lead with a pass of Neenah’s Jason Plutz with two laps remaining. The defending track champion padded his points lead with the win. Plutz settled for second at the pay window, followed by Kylee Vandermoss, Kyle Quella and Tanner Fickel.
 
Neenah’s Rick Glaser became the fourth different feature winner in as many weeks in the Sizzlin’ 4’s. Glaser also won his heat race, netting a sweep for the evening.
 
Darboy’s Terry Van Roy capped off the evening by winning the Figure 8 feature.
 
Next Thursday night June 22 the evening’s races will be presented by Werner Electric Supply. Big wheel races will be held for the kids. Racing kicks off at 6:45 p.m. You can check frrcracing.net for more information or follow the club’s
Facebook page.
 
SUPER LATE MODEL FEATURE – Bobby Kendall, Montello; Lowell Bennett, Neenah; Travis Sauter, Prairie Du Sac; John DeAngelis, Hubertus; Jeff Van Oudenhoven, Appleton; Jesse Oudenhoven, Kaukauna; Maxwell Schultz, Reedsville; Alex Stumpf, Brillion; Brent Strelka, Freedom; Chad Butz, Green Bay; Kyle Calmes, Freedom; Randy Schuler, Mequon; Sawyer Effertz, Darboy; Corey Kemkes, Appleton; Andy Monday, Appleton; Pete Vandermolen, Oshkosh; Michael Anthony, Appleton; Taylor Haufschildt, De Pere
 
SEMI-FEATURE – Kemkes; Anthony; Butz; Effertz; Jake Carpenter, Ashwaubenon; Mickey Schallie, Darboy; Trevor Vandermolen, Oshkosh; Mike Hardtke, Kewaunee (DNS); Taylor Vandermoss, Appleton (DNS)
 
HEATS 1) Butz; Kemkes 2) Schuler; Oudenhoven
 
DASH – Bennett; Strelka
 
FAST TIME: Van Oudenhoven, 19.593
 
LATE MODEL FEATURE- Brett Wenzel, Two Rivers; Braison Bennett, Neenah; Evan Beattie, Little Chute; Tim Springstroh, Freedom; Todd Verhagen, Freedom; Bryan Monday, Appleton; Mike King Jr, Kimberly; Travis Rodewald, Manitowoc; Eddie Muenster, Green Bay; Jesse Bernhagen, Markesan; Mike Meyerhofer, Hilbert; Nate Van Wychen, Kaukauna; Corey Manders, Hilbert; Randy Yaeger, Combined Locks
 
HEATS 1) Wenzel; Beattie
 
DASH- Bennett; Rodewald
 
FAST TIME- Bernhagen, 20.420
 
STREET STOCK FEATURE – Dylan Wenzel, Fremont; Craig Vandewettering, Kaukauna; Alex Seidl, Appleton; Rachel Meyerhofer, Brillion; Jeff Treml, Greenleaf; Larry Raygo, Omro
 
HEAT –Tony Wilz, Menasha; Vanderwettering
 
FAST TIME – Wenzel, 15.599
 
SIZZLIN’ 4 FEATURE – Rick Glaser, Neenah; Larry Belonger, New Holstein; Paul Yohr, Menasha; Mike Klein, Neenah; Heather Wolfgram, Oshkosh; Emery Beattie, Little Chute
 
HEATS 1) Kurt Schweitzer, Greenville; Brian Schumacher, Little Chute 2) Glaser; Ethan Beattie 
 
FAST TIME – Dan Thomson, Menasha 17.995
 
SPORT TRUCK FEATURE – Brett Van Horn, De Pere; Jason Plutz, Neenah; Kylee Vandermoss, Appleton; Kyle Quella, Appleton; Tanner Fickel, Neenah; Jordan Fischer, Suamico
 
HEATS 1) Dom Sokolik, Fond Du Lac; Nathan Brantmeier, Neenah 2) Quella; Van Horn
 
FAST TIME – Plutz, 16.510
 
FIGURE 8 –Terry Van Roy, Darboy
 
Woody’s Signs Hard Charger awards – Lowell Bennett (super late model) Braison Bennett (late model) Dylan Wenzel (super stock)

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LOWELL BENNETT SHADES EFFERTZ TO WIN SECOND WIR MAIN
 
(KAUKAUNA, WI) June 1 – 41-year-racing veteran Lowell Bennett of Neenah had all he could handle from another driver who sports the same number as Bennett – Sawyer Effertz. The younger Effertz applied the pressure all race long but Bennett hung on to win his second 35 lap super late model feature during Bergstrom Ford/Lincoln Neenah night at Wisconsin International Raceway in Kaukauna Thursday night.
 
The two cars sporting number two started in the front row, with Effertz on point and Bennett outside. Bennett outdueled the younger Effertz to take the lead early on.
 
A lap 19 amber flew when the cars of Brandon Reichenberger, Taylor Haufschildt and Michael Anthony tangled in turns one and two. All three machines were sidelined after the wreck. On the restart Bennett kept the lead with Sawyer Effertz and fast qualifier Andy Monday in tow. The top three broke away from the pack to settle the score with a dozen laps remaining. Effertz was glued to the veteran’s rear bumper with Monday laying in the weeds.  A John DeAngelis spin on lap 30 drew a yellow. When racing resumed checked out and cruised to his second feature flag of the year at WIR. Effertz hanging on for second. Monday, last week’s winner Travis Sauter and Jeff Van Oudenhoven placed third through fifth, respectively.
 
Green Bay’s Eddie Muenster slipped inside polesitter Brett Wenzel of Two Rivers on lap seven and sweated out a caution plagued race to capture his first late model feature of the year.
 
A pair of cautions past the midway point erased Muenster’s big advantage he had built up.  On a lap 14 restart Muenster kept the lead with Hilbert’s Mike Meyerhofer wrestling second away from Wenzel and set his sights on Muenster. Fast qualifier Jesse Bernhagen of Markesan also made his way past Wenzel for third. A Jake Fuller spin with three circuits remaining setup a single file restart, in which Muenster kept the top spot to collect his first feature flag of the year at WIR. Meyerhofer clung on for second, followed by Bernhagen, Wenzel and Eric Hopfensberger.
 
Kaukauna’s Jessie Van Roy fended off points leader Dylan Wenzel of Fremont in the closing laps to capture her first super stock feature of the season. Wenzel, racing without a hood, hung on for second, followed by Tony Wilz, Jeff Treml and Larry Raygo. The race was red flagged on the first lap when De Pere’s Evan Sannes locked horns with Kaukauna’s William Timmers. Timmers car tipped sideways and landed on all fours.  Timmers was shaken up but otherwise ok. His car didn’t fare as well.
 
Appleton’s Kyle Quella squeezed inside of Appleton’s Kylee Vandermoss for the lead with two laps to go to win the sport truck feature. Points leader Brett Van Horn battled past Vandermoss to nab second at the checkers. Vandermoss hung on for third place money, followed by Suamico’s Jordan Fisher and Neenah’s Jason Plutz.
 
Little Chute brothers Emery and Ethan Beattie battled to the wire in a photo finish in the Sizzlin’ 4 feature, with Emery Beattie winning the caution free, 20 lap contest by less than a fender. Ethan Beattie took second, followed by Rick Glaser, fast qualifier Larry Belonger and Jerry Konrad.
 
Defending track champion Craig Vanderwettering of Kaukauna captured the Figure 8 feature.
 
Next Thursday night will be the Red race, the first leg of the 46th annual Red, White and Blue state championship series. The evening’s races will be presented by Budweiser/DUKE FM and L& S Electric.  A field of more than 30 super late models is expected. The newly renamed ¼ mile late model class will also make its debut. Racing kicks off at 6:45 p.m. You can check frrcracing.net for more information or follow the club’s Facebook page.
 
SUPER LATE MODEL FEATURE – Lowell Bennett, Neenah; Sawyer Effertz, Kaukauna; Andy Monday, Appleton; Travis Sauter, Prairie Du Sac; Jeff Van Oudenhoven, Appleton; Maxwell Schultz, Reedsville; Alex Stumpf, Brillion; Taylor Vandermoss, Appleton; Jesse Oudenhoven, Appleton; John DeAngelis, Hubertus; Pete Vandermolen, Oshkosh; Chad Butz; Green Bay; Corey Kemkes; Appleton; Kyle Calmes, Freedom; Bobby Kendall, Montello; Taylor Haufschildt, Wrightstown; Michael Anthony, Appleton; Brandon Reichenberger, Appleton
 
SEMI-FEATURE- Reichenberger; Butz; Oudenhoven; Anthony; Brett Strelka, Freedom; Trevor Vandermolen, Oshkosh; Mike Hardtke, Kewaunee ;Mickey Schallie, Darboy; Randy Schuler, Mequon (DNS)
 
HEATS 1) Oudenhoven; Schuler 2) Kemkes; Reichenberger
 
DASH – Sauter
 
FAST TIME: Monday, 19.431
 
LATE MODEL FEATURE- Eddie Muenster, Green Bay; Mike Meyerhofer, Hilbert; Jesse Bernhagen, Markesan; Brett Wenzel, Two Rivers; Eric Hopfensberger, Kaukauna; Braison Bennett, Neenah; Bryan Monday, Appleton; Tim Springstroh, Freedom; Mike King Jr, Appleton; Todd Verhagen, Freedom; Evan Beattie, Little Chute; Corey Manders, Hilbert; Matt Wittman, Appleton; Terry Miller, Neenah; Jared Baughman, Kaukauna; Scott Baker, Kaukauna; Randy Yaeger, Appleton; Travis Rodewald, Manitowoc; Louis Goss, Green Bay (DNS)
 
HEAT –Hopfensberger;  Baughman
 
DASH- Tim Springstroh, Freedom 
 
FAST TIME- Bernhagen, 20.382
 
SUPER STOCK FEATURE – Jessie Van Roy, Kaukauna; Dylan Wenzel, Fremont; Tony Wilz, Menasha; Jeff Treml, Greenleaf; Larry Raygo, Omro
 
HEAT –Treml; Raygo
 
FAST TIME – Wenzel, 15.551
 
SIZZLIN’ 4 FEATURE – Emery Beattie, Little Chute; Ethan Beattie, Little Chute; Rick Glaser, Neenah; Larry Belonger, New Holstein; Jerry Konrad, Appleton
 
HEATS 1) Jake Peters, Shiocton; Jesse Nettekoven, Sherwood 2) Glaser; Emery Beattie

FAST TIME – Belonger, 18.263
 
SPORT TRUCKS FEATURE – Kyle Quella, Appleton; Brett Van Horn, De Pere; Kylee Vandermoss, Appleton; Jordan Fisher, Suamico; Jason Plutz, Neenah
 
HEATS 1) Dom Sokolik, Fond Du Lac; Justin Fickel, Appleton 2) Quella; Fisher
 
FAST TIME – Van Horn, 16.470
 
FIGURE 8 – Craig Vanderwettering, Kaukauna
 
Woody’s Signs Hard Charger awards – Travis Sauter (super late model) Tim Springstroh (late model) Dylan Wenzel (super stock)

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SAUTER CAPTURES FIRST WIR THURSDAY NIGHT FEATURE FLAG
 
(KAUKAUNA, WI) May 25– Prairie Du Sac’s Travis Sauter scooted past Appleton’s Jeff Van Oudenhoven on a lap eleven restart and cruised to victory in the 35 lap super late model feature at Wisconsin International Raceway in Kaukauna Thursday night.
 
Van Oudenhoven, the defending track champion, scampered into the lead at the outset and built up a four car length advantage over Sauter and the rest of the field. A lap eleven amber flew after Montello’s Bobby Kendall and Freedom’s Brent Strelka made contact in turn two. The collision sent Strelka spinning.
 
On the restart Sauter ducked underneath Van Oudenhoven and quickly checked out, keeping Van Oudenhoven and others at bay. Sauter would cross the line at the checkers with a comfortable margin. Appleton’s Andy Monday, who for the second straight week nailed down fast time, was quickly closing the gap after passing Van Oudenhoven with two laps to go. Monday hung on for second and built up a sizeable division points lead in the process. Van Oudenhoven collected third place money, while Sawyer Effertz and Kyle Calmes placed fourth and fifth, respectively.
 
“I wasn’t really sure I could have gotten past (Van Oudenhoven) on the restart starting it down on the bottom,” Sauter said in victory lane. “These guys at Chase Motorsports put together a real good car for me to run. We had a car I thought could have won last week but we cut a tire. As far as I’m concerned, WIR has by far the toughest competition for super late models for any other weekly program in the state. It was a good run tonight.”
 
Freedom’s Tim Springstroh dodged his early season gremlins and avoided a melee up front with three laps to go
to win the late model feature.
 
Polesitter Brett Wenzel of Two Rivers jumped into the lead at the drop of the green in the 20 lap contest and quickly checked out from the field. But by the halfway point Appleton’s Bryan Monday, Green Bay’s Eddie Muenster and defending track champion Braison Bennett all caught up to Wenzel, forming a quartet dicing for the lead. Springstroh joined the pack within three more laps, setting up a five car duel for the top spot.
 
With three laps remaining Wenzel and Bennett made contact and tangled after Springstroh skated past for the lead. Both Wenzel and Bennett were sent to the tail.

When racing resumed Springstroh kept the lead and hung on to capture the win. Appleton’s Bryan Monday collected second, with last week’s winner Mike Meyerhofer, Travis Rodewald crossing the checkers third through fifth, respectively.
 
“Those guys all bottled up and I took my lumps when I could but we came out a winner,” Springstroh said in victory lane. “We got our motor back on Tuesday and it’s awesome to get this win and stay in contention for the track championship.”
 
Fremont’s Dylan Wenzel motored around De Pere’s Jeff Treml on lap seven and cruised to victory in the 20 lap super stock feature, his second of the year. The defending track champion also earned his second straight clean sweep in a row.
 
Appleton’s Jason Plutz fended off a fast-closing Brett Van Horn in the final circuits to win the 20 lap sport truck feature. Both Plutz and Van Horn, the division’s defending track champion, skillfully sifted their way through lapped cars. Van Horn settled for second place money. Suamico’s Jordan Fisher took third, followed by Kylee Vandermoss and Neenah’s Tanner Fickel.
 
New Holstein’s Larry Belonger sweated out a handful of caution periods and late race pressure from Dan Thomson and Ethan Beattie to emerge triumphant in the Sizzlin’ 4 feature while Darboy’s Terry Van Roy capped off the evening with a victory in the slam-bang, meet-em-in-the-middle Figure 8 feature.
 
Next Thursday night, June 1 Bergstrom Ford/Lincoln Neenah will be the title sponsors.
Racing kicks off at 6:45 p.m. You can check frrcracing.net for more information or follow the club’s
Facebook page.
 
SUPER LATE MODEL FEATURE – Travis Sauter, Prairie Du Sac; Andy Monday, Appleton; Jeff Van Oudenhoven, Appleton; Sawyer Effertz, Darboy; Kyle Calmes, Freedom; Maxwell Schultz, Reedsville; Lowell Bennett, Neenah; Chad Butz, Green Bay; Brandon Reichenberger, Appleton; Alex Stumpf, Brillion; Michael Anthony, Appleton; Brent Strelka, Freedom; Bobby Kendall, Montello; John DeAngelis, Hubertus; Jesse Oudenhoven, Kaukauna; Pete Vandermolen Jr, Oshkosh; Randy Schuler, Mequon; Cory Kemkes, Appleton
 
SEMI FEATURE –  Oudenhoven; Kemkes; Anthony; Pete Vandermolen; Taylor Haufschildt, Wrightstown; Trevor Vandermolen, Oshkosh; Mike Hardtke, Kewaunee; Mickey Schallie, Darboy
 
HEATS 1) Anthony; Oudenhoven 2) Stumpf; Van Oudenhoven
 
DASH – DeAngelis; Monday
 
FAST TIME: Monday, 19.364
 
LATE MODEL FEATURE- ; Tim Springstroh, Freedom; Bryan Monday, Appleton; Mike Meyerhofer, Hilbert; Travis Rodewald, Manitowoc; Eddie Muenster, Green Bay; Jesse Bernhagen, Markesan; Evan Beattie, Menasha; Todd Verhagen, Kaukauna; Corey Manders, Hilbert; Matthew Wittman, Appleton; Brett Wenzel, Two Rivers; Braison Bennett, Neenah; Mike King, Appleton ;Randy Yaeger, Appleton;Nathan Van Wychen, Kaukauna
 
HEAT - Wenzel, Two Rivers; Manders
 
DASH- Monday; Springstroh
 
FAST TIME- Bernhagen, 20.394
 
SUPER STOCK FEATURE – Dylan Wenzel, Fremont; Jeff Treml, Greenleaf; Alex Seidel, Appleton; Evan Sannes, De Pere; Jessie Van Roy, Kaukauna
 
HEAT – Van Roy; Wenzel
 
FAST TIME – Wenzel, 15.563
 
SIZZLIN 4 FEATURE –Larry Belanger, New Holstein; Dan Thomson, Neenah; Ethan Beattie, Neenah; Rick Glaser, Menasha; Jerry Konrad, Appleton
 
HEATS 1) Mitchell Opsahl, Freedom; Jake Peters, Shiocton 2) Konrad; Bob Voight, Menasha

FAST TIME – Thomson, 18.273
 
SPORT TRUCKS FEATURE – Jason Plutz, Appleton; Brett Van Horn, De Pere; Jordan Fisher Suamico; Kylee Vandermoss, Appleton; Tanner Fickel, Neenah
 
HEATS 1) Justin Fickel, Neenah; Cody Sokolik, Fond Du Lac 2) Vandermoss; Plutz
 
FAST TIME – Van Horn, 16.383
 
FIGURE 8 – Terry Van Roy, Darboy
 
WOODY’S SIGNS HARD CHARGER AWARDS – Andy Monday (super late model) Mike Meyerhofer (late model) Dylan Wenzel (super stocks)

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LOWELL BENNETT HOLDS OFF EFFERTZ TO COP WIR SEASON OPENER
 
(KAUKAUNA, WI) May 18 – Former track champion Lowell Bennett of Neenah snuck past Sawyer Effertz on a restart with seven laps remaining to win the season opening race at Wisconsin International Raceway in Kaukauna Thursday night.
 
Effertz took the lead at the outset of the 25 lap contest and quickly put some distance between himself and the rest of the field. Bennett broke loose from a four car pack to assume second. The Neenah veteran began slowly reeling in Effertz, getting within two car lengths with 10 circuits remaining. A lap 29 caution tightened up the field when Alex Stump looped his mount in turn four. With a seven lap dash to the checkers Bennett surged into the lead on the restart. The wily veteran kept the field in check and went on to capture the win.
 
Effertz held on for second at the line, followed by Kyle Calmes, Andy Monday and Maxwell Schultz.
 
“I had to work for that one – this old man’s a little bit out of breath,” said Bennett. “This car was really good off the corner off the bottom. Sawyer ran a good race and we had a good time out here tonight.”
 
“The showstopper” Mike Meyerhofer of Hilbert scored a thrilling, last lap pass on race long leader Bryan Monday of Appleton to claim the late model feature. Defending track champions Dylan Wenzel of Fremont and Brett Van Horn of Meyerhofer closed in on Monday’s rear bumper with two to go. De Pere each scored clean sweeps in the super stock and sport truck divisions, respectively.
 
Appleton’s Bryan Monday outdueled Two Rivers Brett Wenzel into the lead at the drop of the green. Monday kept all challengers at bay until Tim Springstroh’s racer spun in turn one after dumping fluids on the track at lap nine. The caution prompted a red flag as the track needed extensive cleanup for the fluids.

When racing resumed Monday kept the lead and pulled away with Mike Meyerhofer for a two car scrum for the top spot. Meyerhofer closed in on Monday’s rear bumper with two to go. As the white flag was displayed Meyerhofer squeezed inside of Monday, and took over the lead as the pair exited turn two. When the checkers flew Meyerhofer held on for the “W.” “I wanted to pass him clean and he slipped up in two and that’s what happened,” said Meyerhofer. Monday settled for second, followed by Brett Wenzel, Braison Bennett and Eddie Muenster.
 
Wenzel netted fast time, the heat win and the 20 lap feature. Wenzel inherited the lead when leader Craig Vandewettering dropped out after with a fire under the hood. Wenzel dodged several yellows during the contest, which Alex Seidel, Larry Raygo, Rachel Meyerhofer and Tony Wilz.
 
Van Horn, who is gunning for his fifth straight title, started the main event in row four. Van Horn motored around Appleton’s Justin Fickel to assume the lead on lap seven. The defending track champion pulled away and cruised to victory. Things got interesting for a bit when a caution flew for a Marty Sokolik spin with five to go when the field tightened up with Kyle Quella hot on his heels. On the restart Van Horn pulled away and kept Quella at bay to hang on the for twin. Quella took second, followed by Kylee Vandermoss, Justin Fickel and Tanner Fickel.
 
Neenah’s Dan Thompson emerged triumphant in the 15 lap Sizzlin’ 4 feature while defending track champion Craig Vanderwettering of Kaukauna won the Figure 8 feature.
 
The first late model heat was red flagged for a 15 minute delay after Appleton’s Jake Zielinske’s car dumped fluids all around the D-shaped, half-mile paved oval.
 
Next Thursday night, May 25 Al Huss Auto/Truck and Valley Gasket will be the title sponsors.
Racing kicks off at 6:45 p.m. You can check frrcracing.net for more information or follow the club’s Facebook page.
 
SUPER LATE MODEL FEATURE –Lowell Bennett, Neenah; Sawyer Effertz, Kaukauna; Kyle Calmes, Freedom; Andy Monday, Appleton; Maxwell Schultz, Reedsville; Jeff Van Oudenhoven, Appleton; Jesse Oudenhoven, Kaukauna; Corey Kemkes, Appleton; Travis Sauter, Prairie Du Sac; Chad Butz, Green Bay; Bobby Kendall, Montello; Brent Strelka, Freedom; Jake Carpenter, Ashwaubenon; Brandon Reichenberger, Appleton; Randy Schuler, Mequon; Alex Stumpf, Brillion; Taylor Haufschildt, Wrightstown; John DeAngelis, Hubertus
 
SEMI-FEATURE- Reichenberger; Kemkes; Schuler; Haufschildt; Mickey Schallie, Darboy; Pete Vandermolen, Oshkosh; Jake Zelinske, Appleton; Mike Hardtke, Kewaunee; Michael Anthony, Appleton (DNS); Trevor Vandermolen, Oshkosh (DNS)
 
HEATS 1) Anthony; Schuler 2) Kendall; Oudenhoven
 
DASH – Bennett
 
FAST TIME: Monday, 19.318
 
LATE MODEL FEATURE- Mike Meyerhofer, Hilbert; Bryan Monday, Appleton; Brett Wenzel, Two Rivers; Braison Bennett, Neenah; Eddie Muenster, Green Bay; Evan Beattie, Kaukauna; Travis Rodewald, Manitowoc; Jesse Bernhagen, Markesan; Todd Verhagen, Freedom; Corey Manders, Hilbert; Matt Wittman, Appleton; Jared Baughman, Kaukauna; Nate Van Wychen, Kaukauna;Tim Springstroh, Freedom
 
HEAT –Van Wychen; Monday
 
DASH- Springstroh; Manders
 
FAST TIME- Rodewald, 20.136
 
SUPER STOCK FEATURE – Dylan Wenzel, Fremont; Alex Seidel, Appleton; Larry Raygo, Omro; Rachel Meyerhofer, Brillion; Tony Wilz, Menasha
 
HEAT - Wenzel
 
FAST TIME – Wenzel, 15.662
 
SPORT TRUCKS FEATURE – Brett Van Horn, De Pere; Kyle Quella, Appleton; Kylee Vandermoss, Appleton; Justin Fickel, Appleton; Tanner Fickel, Neenah
 
HEATS 1) Marty Sokolik, Oakfield; Mark Sokolik, Fond Du Lac 2) Van Horn; Jordan Fischer, Suamico
 
FAST TIME – Van Horn, 16.706
 
SIZZLIN 4 FEATURE – Dan Thompson, Neenah; Larry Belonger, New Holstein; Heather Wolfgram, Oshkosh; Paul Yohr, Menasha; Andrew Weise, Greenville
 
HEATS 1) Bob Voight, Menasha; Yohr 2) Dennis DeBruin, Appleton; Jerry Konrad, Appleton
 
FAST TIME: Rick Glaser, Neenah 18.158
 
FIGURE 8 – Craig Vanderwettering, Kaukauna
 
 
Woody’s Signs Hard Charger awards – (super late model) Andy Monday (late model) Todd Verhagen, Freedom (super stock) Dylan Wenzel