(Kaukauna, WI) – It’s been more than three decades since a member of the Sauter racing family competed weekly at Wisconsin International Raceway’s “Thursday Night Thunder” program. But that’s about to change in 2017.
Necedah’s Travis Sauter – son of former NASCAR truck driver Tim Sauter and the grandson of former WIR standout Jim Sauter – will be the hired gun of the Chase Motorsports number 47 super late model entry on Thursday nights. Sauter will take over for Edgerton’s Casey Johnson, who won not only the Red, White and Blue state championship at WIR in the 47 car, but also the T.U.N.D.R.A. super late model series title, the Madison International Speedway triple crown and earned rookie-of-the-year in the ARCA Midwest tour where they placed fourth in points. Johnson finished second in the Thursday night championship chase to Appleton’s Jeff Van Oudenhoven on the final night of racing.
According to both parties the split was mutual and Johnson still has a pair of super late models and two limited late models and says while his plans aren’t yet firmed up he’ll be working with another team out of Madison. “I’m pretty sure I’ll get something put together for the Red, White and Blue series,” said Johnson.
In 2013 Travis Sauter made his debut in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and also the ARCA Racing Series. He’s won six ARCA Midwest Tour events and can also boast winning the Howie Lettow Memorial 150 at the Milwaukee Mile atop his resume.
According to team owner Dennis Chase the car will continue to utilize a Racetech chassis and will also sport number 47. The ride has drawn some top wheelmen at WIR in recent years, including 12 time track champion Terry Baldry of Omro, Gladstone, Michigan’s Mike Gardner, Menominee, Michigan’s Dalton Zehr and Appleton’s Andy Monday.
Supporting the Chase Motorsports 2017 racing program will be Valley Gasket, Hableman Bros. Company, Van Zeeland Collision and Paint, Lake Park Pub and Weld Specialty Gas.
The season opener for “Thursday Night Thunder” will be Thursday, May 18 at 6:45 p.m. for the A.D.I./Time-Villager season opener. For further information please check out the club’s website frrcracing.net. The annual practice and tech day is slated for Saturday May 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
GENERAL MEETING NOTES
DATE: Monday, September 26, 2016 TIME: 7 pm
PLACE: The Darboy Club
President Jim Duchow called the meeting to order at 7.08pm
Update on Bill Fischer’s health. He had a MAJOR health issue. He is at AMC right now and was in an induced coma and the hope is that he comes out fully soon and then he will have heart surgery. Please keep Bill and his family in your prayers.
Clint Smith gave the Secretary’s report.
Motion to accept made by Mitch Heimlich, seconded by Kyle Calmes .
Majority of members said “agree”. Nobody said “oppose.” Motion Carried.
Pat Roeser gave the Treasurer’s report.
As of last week, we have $8,000 but we still have $13,000 outstanding coming to us. But, we also have the sales tax audit which will take a large chunk of this, plus some other outstanding bills. All in all, we have about $7,500 left after everything if we carry over $2,500 for next year. So, it will be a smaller banquet due to what funds we have available to us. Pat has many other things. Please feel free to ask for additional details if you have them. Rainouts cost us money, especially if we open the track, especially when it is for a special event like last year on fireworks night.
BRENT STRELKA RUNS DOUBLE DUTY AND CAPTURES FIRST CAREER SUPER LATE MODEL WIN IN THURSDAY NIGHT THUNDER ACTION. VAN OUDENHOVEN NAILS DOWN FIFTH FRRC TITLE WITH THIRD PLACE FINISH.
Manders edges Strelka in Late Model contest, Braison Bennett claims crown by nine points over Tim Springstroh.
Kaukauna, WI; September 1, 2016 – The battles have been fought, the wars have been waged and those who were most successful during the evening celebrated after the final checkered flag fell on the 2016 Fox River Racing Club season at Wisconsin International Raceway.
Valley Liquor sponsored the Fan Appreciation Season Championship program that gave away free beer and corn to those in attendance who went to the pit area after the program.
Jeff Van Oudenhoven came out on top of a torrid three-way battle for the championship in the Super Late Model division. He crossed the line in the third spot to finish ahead of a hard charging Casey Johnson to earn the FRRC Super Late Model title by eight points.
Corey Manders paced the entire distance in a non-stop Late Model feature fending off Brent Strelka who was performing double-duty tonight. Strelka the 2015 division champ had moved into Super Late Models this year and he would claim top honors in that class this evening.
Bennett quietly paced himself during the feature staying out of harms way taking 10th position to clinch the championship by nine points over Tim Springstroh.
JOHNSON AND VAN OUDENHOVEN BATTLE FOR RICH SOMERS MEMORIAL AND CHAMPIONSHIP. JOHNSON TAKES VICTORY, VAN OUDENHOVEN LEADS POINTS WITH ONE NIGHT TO GO.
Nate Van Wychen collects Late Model feature checkered.
Kaukauna, WI; August 25, 2016 – The point battles on the half-mile will head to the final week, while the champions on the quarter-mile were all but decided this evening during Thursday Night Thunder action at Wisconsin International Raceway.
The 2nd Annual Rich Somers Memorial 50 was presented this evening under nearly ideal weather conditions. The Appleton Breakfast Rotary Club sponsored the show.
Casey Johnson kept the pressure on Jeff Van Oudenhoven in the Super Late Model point chase. The pair were the class of the field charging to the front, and then doing battle for the top spot for much of the event. In the end, Johnson earned top honors in the 2nd Annual Rich Somers Memorial race by less than a car length. Van Oudenhoven remains the point leader by a slim 3 markers over Johnson in one of the closest point battles in series history. Maxwell Schultz holds down the third spot just 17 markers back and is in the thick of the chase should either of the lead duo falter.
Braison Bennett scores the victory and narrowly misses sweep in Late Model action.
Kaukauna, WI; August 18, 2016 – The season is winding down, the point battles heating up and the action was intense at Wisconsin International Raceway.
The weekly Thursday Night Thunder program presented Werner Electric featured all six weekly divisions of racing action plus Kid’s Big Wheel races prior to the race program.
Andy Monday spent the middle stages of the Super Late Model feature running wheel to wheel with title contender Casey Johnson for the top spot and then fended off a final lap passing attempt to end his feature dry spell in thrilling fashion.
Braison Bennett’s second place finish in the dash was all that kept the hard-charging third-generation racer from a clean sweep in Late Model action. Bennett, the division point leader earned the win by several car lengths over Tim Springstroh.
Craig Vandewettering was back in victory lane in Super Stock action while Brett Van Horn was back to his winning ways in the Wisconsin Sport Trucks. Mike Klein dominated the Sizzlin 4 action and the final checkered flag of the night fell on the Figure Eight feature with Ryan Kohl celebrating in victory lane just before 9:30pm.
TY MAJESKI MASTERS FIELD, DOMINATES BLUE RACE. CASEY JOHNSON CROWNED 45TH ANNUAL RED, WHITE AND BLUE STATE CHAMPION.
Dylan Wenzel Collects 3rd Annual Stan Gracyalny Memorial Race Victory in Super Stocks!
Kaukauna, WI; August 11, 2016 – Weather which had challenged the past several events at Wisconsin International Raceway threatened early in the day, but skies gave way to a nice summer event.
The weekly Thursday Night Thunder program presented the final leg of the 45th annual Red, White and Blue State Championship series with the running of the Blue Race. The show also presented the 3rd Annual Stan Gracyalny Memorial race for the Super Stocks.
Roush development driver Ty Majeski dominated the final leg of the series handily winning the Blue Race. The victory was one of the most dominant performances in recent history at the track.
By virtue of his sixth place finish Casey Johnson wrapped up the 45th Annual Red, White and Blue series state championship. He finished with 250 points to runner-up Jeff Van Oudenhoven’s 235. Bobby Kendall earned the third spot with 226 markers.
August 4th: Due to high percentages of predicted rain tonight, the races have been canceled. The Stan Race will be next week in conjunction with the Blue Race on Thursday Night August 11th.
Bauknecht Bests Springstroh for Late Model Main Event Win!
Kaukauna, WI; July 28, 2016 – After a one-week break in the planned season due to weather, fans and drivers descended upon Wisconsin International Raceway for the running of the Bruce Mueller Memorial 50. Mueller, a renowned engine builder and the former owner of B&B Racing Engines was an integral part of the racing community. He passed away peacefully at home two years ago. Standard Electric sponsored the evening’s program run in his honor.
With a major ARCA Midwest Tour event scheduled at the event next Tuesday a fair number of traveling teams were on hand to shake down their equipment. As a result 29 Super Late Models were in the pit area this evening. Several of whom did battle at the front of the pack.
When the checkered flag fell it was Dalton Zehr accepting the checkered flag after slipping past Maxwell Schultz coming off a late race restart to take the Bruce Mueller Memorial event.
Fast qualifier passes ailing Tim Springstroh for late race victory in Late Model main!
Kaukauna, WI; July 14, 2016 – One of the most enduring series in short track racing, the Red, White and Blue State Championship series presented it’s second round of competition at Wisconsin International Raceway. The Scott Vanderloop Memorial White Race was sponsored Budweiser, Duke FM and Vanderloop Equipment .
A crowd of over 3,000 was in attendance to witness the event.
One week ago Casey Johnson had his evening end early as he was collected in an accident ending his night before the checkered flag. One week later he stood in victory lane after staying ahead of the fray, topping the 50 lap “White Race” by outrunning area short track standout Ty Majeski. It was a fitting rebound for a hard working race team and tonight’s win kept Johnson in the thick of the point battle.
Gary Natrop paces Late Model Main Event from Wire to Wire for Win!
Kaukauna, WI; July 7, 2016 – It took an extra week, but the Joe Schneider Memorial Race presented by Stockbridge Engineering finally beat the weather. For a brief time it appeared the Fox River Racing Club Thursday Night Thunder program was going to meet the same fate two weeks in a row, but morning showers gave way to a nice summer evening as the program began. Rain would again threaten late in the show but the entire program including fireworks completed just after 9:30pm.
PCMC also presented the evening’s race program that also included a coin drop for children and an excellent fireworks display after the program.
Fast qualifier Bobby Kendall was our front of a crash that eliminated several front runners and he spent the dash to the finish outdistancing point leader Jeff Van Oudenhoven to secure the win.