Last Lap Passes Net Victories for Wenzel in Super Stocks, Van Horn in Sport Trucks and Sonkowsky in Sizzlin 4’s
Kaukauna, WI; August 28, 2014 – It was a race … not only for the titles on championship night at Wisconsin International Raceway, but a race between threatening weather, and the efforts of the Fox River Racing Club to complete the program. It was the final night of the year, and the drama was high, especially with a tight point battle in the Super Late Model division.
Lowell Bennett seeking his fourth career weekly track title at Wisconsin International Raceway came into the evening seven points ahead of Brett Piontek, who just last week had collected his first career title after typing with Maxwell Schultz for the 2014 Red, White and Blue State Championships.
For the first time during the 2014 racing season events planned for Wisconsin International Raceway’s “Thursday Night Thunder” program have fallen to weather.
The Season Championship and Fan Appreciation Night will take place next week August 28th.
43rd Annual Red, White and Blue Title Showcases Super Late Model Co-Champions, as Piontek and Schultz Tie In Title Chase! Piontek Take Blue Race Victory!
Cory Kemkes Nabs Red, White and Blue Late Model Title – Takes Feature Contest!
Kaukauna, WI; August 14, 2014 – It was time to decide some championships at Wisconsin International Raceway! The 43rd Annual Red, White and Blue State Championship series came down to this evening with the program supported by Budweiser / WAPL along with NAPA Auto Parts and Ken’s Sports. Highlighting the show was the “Blue Race”, a 75 lap Super Late Model feature that decided tonight’s title chase.
The top three in points heading into the evening, Ty Majeski, Lowell Bennett and Jeff Van Oudenhoven, all had mechanical issues which dropped them from the championship contention and left the title chase wide open.
The winner of the overall Red, White and Blue championship was not decided until the final lap when Maxwell Schultz put a pass on Kyle Calmes to cross the line in third. In doing so he earned just enough points, temporarily winning the title by a single marker over Piontek who had seemingly finished runner-up to rookie Dalton Zehr.
Point Leader Hauser Outguns Defending Champ Wenzel In Special Stan Gracyalny Memorial for Super Stocks!
Kaukauna, WI; August 7, 2014 – Al Huss Auto & Truck along with Valley Gasket presented the inaugural Stan Gracyalny Memorial Night at the races. The headlining event this evening was a special 49 lap Super Stock contest. Gracyalny’s career had spanned nearly six decades and he retired from racing after reaching the age of 80 years old and the evening was dedicated to his memory.
It was fitting that the 49 lap Stan Gracyalny Memorial race came down to the current top two in the Street Stock points. After 49 hard fought laps point leader Greg Hauser managed to edge out his nearest rival Dylan Wenzel by a car length to score the win. Aside from the mandatory halfway caution, only two other yellows for minor incidents slowed a clean, hard fought contest.
There is a special order of events this evening for the Stan Gracyalny Memorial race at Wisconsin International Raceway. Be sure to consult this schedule to keep track of tonight’s race events.
Stan the Man Night Order of Events: (all pre-race events will run as usual)
HEAT RACES (single file restarts for all heats)
½ mile first (swapped order for Stan Night)
Late model heats 8 laps (or 10 depending on car count)
Late Model dash 6 laps
Super Late model heats 8 laps (or 10 depending on car count)
Super Late model dash 6 laps
Fast Qualifier Duchow Nets Late Model Win Over Point Leader Cory Kemkes!
Kaukauna, WI; July 31, 2014 – Weather threatened this evening looking cause the first rain out of the season. Come race time, skies began to clear and the 10th consecutive “Thursday Night Thunder” race program got underway at the scheduled 6:45pm start time. Standard Electric Supply was the sponsor of the show. The event began the final third of the 2014 season.
Lowell Bennett was seeking his third straight win in Super Late Model action, and had came within striking distance of race leader Nate Van Wychen in the final turns of the main event. Van Wychen was able to shut the door on Bennett and gain a well earned victory. While Bennett did not earn gain third straight win, his championship hops got a huge boost as his nearest rival Jeff Van Oudenhoven was unable to start the feature tonight. As result Van Oudenhoven fell back to third place in the standings.
Alex Stumpf Scores Victory in Non-Stop Late Model Main!
Kaukauna, WI; July 24, 2014 – Kurz Electric was the presenting sponsor for the 10th round of Thursday Night Thunder at Wisconsin International Raceway.
The 2014 racing season could be one of Lowell Bennett’s finest at Wisconsin International Raceway. That’s saying a lot for a driver whose career has spanned nearly four decades. Tonight’s victory was the third of the season, and the second straight win for Bennett who extended his point lead over Jeff Van Oudenhoven. Van Oudenhoven had been collected in an incident with rookie Sawyer Effertz and suffered a DNF.
Bennett Collects White Race Checkers! Kemkes Extends Point Lead With Victory in Late Model action at Kaukauna!
Kaukauna, WI; July 17, 2014 – Ding! Ding! Round Two of the 43rd Annual Red, White and Blue State championship series got underway at Wisconsin International Raceway. The event played out with a crowd approaching 4,000 on hand. Fans witnessed the battle for top honors of the 75 lap Super Late Model main event come down to a final turn battle between current Fox River Racing Club point leader Lowell Bennett and the winner of the Red Race, Ty Majeski. Bennett, who had led the majority of the contest, had just enough speed to repel Majeski’s lap ditch effort to steal the win, reaching the stipe with a fender length advantage.
Division point leader Cory Kemkes was able to gain the feature win in the extended 30 lap Late Model main event, padding his point lead as his nearest rival heading into the evening was collected in an accident dropping him from the event.
Strelka Outruns Kemkes In Late Model Feature Showdown!
Kaukauna, WI; July 10, 2014 – It was wild.. wild.. wild night at Wisconsin International Raceway. To win the Super Late Model feature it was a matter of survival and being in the right place at the right time. For Mark Schroeder, that right place was fourth position, as a final lap incident wiped out the lead trio and gave Schroeder his second victory of the 2014 season.
Battle scarred Jim Duchow Accepts Victory in Caution Filled Late Model Main!
Kaukauna, WI; July 3, 2014 – The fans came out in droves. 5,000 plus in fact, to witness an evening of wild racing action that had included fireworks both on and off the track at the Wisconsin International Raceway.
The program sponsors by Stockbridge Engineering and Arlo Steel was run in honor of Joe Schneider. The show was threatened early by a brief shower, which had delayed the start of the racing action by 15 minutes.
Lowell Bennett was victorious in a non-stop Super Late Model contest scoring his main event win of the 2014 season to maintain his spot atop the season standings. Jim Duchow was in survivor mode to win his first feature of 2014 in the Late Model division where just about every car in the field had a battle scar of some type.