BERKEN READY FOR ACTION IN RENAMED “WIR ¼ MILE LATE MODEL CLASS”

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BERKEN READY FOR ACTION IN RENAMED
“WIR ¼ MILE LATE MODEL CLASS”
(Former “Outlaw” class gets new name, new drivers, and six nights in ‘17)

(KAUKAUNA, WISCONSIN) – At the age of 65 Pete Berken is no longer looking to set the world on fire.

The Appleton native, who spends his winters down in Florida, is considered “the dean” of WIR’s newest class – the ¼ mile late model division. Last year Berken wheeled a 15-year-old Lefthander chassis to victory on the track’s quarter-mile –an oval where Berken held court frequently as a sportsman champion in the 1970’s and 1980’s.

Now Berken is attempting to keep late model racing alive and affordable on the smaller oval through this class –which has been renamed from the “Outlaw”division as it was tagged in 2016. “(Jim) Duchow approached me awhile back about bringing an affordable late model class back to the quarter-mile and that essentially is what this is,” Berken explained. “I never bought a new tired all year long last year. We police the shocks at $175 a piece compared to the super late model shocks which can cost closer to $1,000 apiece. The spirit of the rules for this division is to keep it an affordable, entry level late model class.”

According to Berken the concept for the ¼ mile late model class is to encourage teams to resurrect older chassis’ laying around and put them back on the track. “We’re also like the sport trucks in that we’re self-sufficient as we don’t cost the club (FRRC) any money on a nightly basis,” Berken explained. “Any prize money we race for, which is minimal, is rounded up through sponsors.” Hank and Karen’s Bar in Appleton, for example, is just one of the division’s sponsors.

The full-sized late models look nearly identical to the super late model and late model classes which battle on the bigger, D-shaped half-mile paved oval weekly.

Others who plan on fielding cars in the ¼ mile late model class on occasion during the year include Jimmy Wilson of Kaukauna, Chase Randerson of Oshkosh and Green Bay’s Tyler Chambers. Chambers is a graduate from the kart ranks at Hi Go Raceway in Cecil. Chambers will be wheeling a car formerly driven by Norway (MI) Speedway champion Dillion Kralovetz.

According to club president Jim Duchow, others who you may see mix it up in the division over the course of the summer include Manitowoc’s Travis Rodewald, Neenah’s Tom Spierowski, Neenah’s Braison Bennett, Tony Chase of Columbus, Nick Van and Todd Buman. Kemkes Racing and the Anthony Brothers Racing team are slated to field ¼ mile late model cars as well.

The “1/4 mile late models” will compete during all of the Red, White & Blue championship series races on June 8, July 13 and August 10, along with June 29, July 27 and the season finale August 31.

The season opening race for “Thursday Night Thunder” will be May 18, with racing getting underway at 6:45 p.m.
The annual FRRC Tech and Practice day will be held Saturday May 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Spectator admission is free that day.

For more information please check the club’s website at frrcracing.net. You can also follow the FRRC on its Facebook page. For more information about the division you can contact Berken at 920 915 7630.

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