COVID-19 Statement

The Ashland-Bayfield County Racing Association is making a concentrated effort to make our facility as clean and safe as possible during the current viral pandemic. We ask your cooperation by taking the following extra precautions to help minimize the spread of this highly contagious disease while at the track:
• Please use the hand-sanitizing stations located throughout the Raceway grounds as often as possible
• Please wash your hands frequently, using warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds
• We encourage you to observe social distancing guidelines, using the six-foot-apart rule as much as possible, sitting at least a row apart in the bleachers, and keeping social congestion in all areas of the Raceway to an absolute minimum
• Please observe the re-designed accesses for our concession areas, using the six-foot distancing marks on the ground as guidelines, and being mindful of the specific ordering and pick-up locations
• We encourage you to purchase tickets for upcoming race programs online, using the My Race Pass website, to minimize the handling of currency by you and our staff
• We encourage you to purchase beverages from our vending machines whenever possible
• Face masks are not required but are recommended for use
• Our Raceway staff will perform frequent cleaning and sanitizing routines of the facility to help minimize viral infection
We hope that you will cooperate with the ABC Raceway in our efforts to protect you, your fellow race fans, the drivers and crews, our Raceway working staff, and our local communities against the spread of the coronavirus – thank you very much for your cooperation!

Northern Renegades Sprints August 15th

Next up at the ABC Raceway is the second visit of the season for the Northern Renegades traditional, or wingless, sprints, on Saturday, August 15. All six regular weekly divisions will be on hand as well, with the pit gates opening at 4:30 pm, the grandstands at 5, hot laps starting at 6:15, and the first heat race of the night going green at 7 pm.

Grandstand admission tickets are just $11 for adults, and kids ages 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult. Tickets are available either at the gate on race night or online via www.myracepass.com. “Race Reports” will air on WBSZ, 93.3 FM, as well as online at www.wbszfm.com, from 4:30 until 6 pm with the latest news and weather information from the track.

The ABC Raceway is located 3-1/2 miles south of Ashland on State Highway 13 and one mile west on Butterworth Road. For raceday information call (715) 682-4990, log on to the track’s website, www.abcraceway.com, or check out the track’s FaceBook page.

August 8th Results

Rivord Rakes In $1,500 for ABC ‘Mid-Mod Madness’ Win

by Nick Gima

                Ashland, WI, August 8 — Superior’s Jack Rivord stayed patient through a series of significant caution flags that ground up several challengers and was awarded the win in the 14th annual “Midwest Mod Madness” at the ABC Raceway on Saturday night.

In a program presented by the Lake Shore Cafe of Ashland, the win earned Rivord $1,500, thanks to a generous contribution by Zielies Tree Service to that division’s purse, on a hot, muggy night.

All 24 drivers that registered for the 25-lap “Mid-Mod Madness” spotlight event started the race, but a lightning-fast track surface and some aggressive driving took its toll on the field. Pole-starter Jimmy Latvala grabbed the initial lead from fellow front-row starter Donnie Lofdahl, but third-running Marcus Dunbar bumped Latvala before lap 1 was done and broke loose, collecting several cars and bringing about the first of seven caution stoppages.

Lofdahl got the jump on the field on the re-do, but visiting Rick Siiter’s spin after one circuit brought up another quick halt. Another visitor, two-time defending national champ Skeeter Estey, worked his way past Lofdahl for the lead on the next start, with the sixth-starting Rivord following to second. Rivord then drove low on Estey for what turned out to be the winning pass on lap 3, and he extended his lead as much as he could before the next yellow flag flew, for Clay Passuello’s spin on lap 5, which gathered up several other mid-pack racers.

On that restart, Kennedy Swan’s loose ride, which made contact with Bryan Lund, drew the next yellow flag, and Diamond Bressette’s spin on the next try, in which Swan and Lund were both collected, kept the race from gathering any momentum. Latvala got by Estey with an inside move under green, but the pass was negated when Lofdahl’s ride turned around and three more cars were collected in a grinding crash that stopped the race again, with only seven laps completed over 27 minutes.

After a lengthy clean-up, officials shortened the race to just ten more laps or one more caution, but when Dunbar and Tanner Hicks crashed together on the very next restart, the race was called complete and Rivord was deemed the winner. Estey, Latvala, 11th-starting Hicks and Tyler Vernon completed the top five.

Vernon found the sticky-quick red-clay oval much more to his liking in the WISSOTA Modified feature, where the Ashland speedster flew to his first-ever career win at ABC in the division by a huge margin.

Starting from the pole, Vernon wasted no time in establishing his dominance over the field, sprinting away from fellow double-duty driver Lofdahl by 1.6 seconds over the first four tours before the 20-lap race’s only caution stoppage was called for debris.

Paul Suzik captured second from Lofdahl as the race went back to green, but Vernon was nearly two seconds out front within the next five laps and continued to pull away. The leader had a cushion of half the length of the front straight on Suzik with eight laps remaining, and Suzik was still further ahead of Lofdahl, who had his hands full fending off Cole Spacek and Shane Kisling.

Vernon’s final margin over Suzik was just shy of 4.4 seconds, with Lofdahl a full third of a lap back, just ahead of Spacek and 13th-starting visitor Mike Anderson.

Another race of attrition, although not as lengthy timewise, was the 20-lap WISSOTA Super Stock A-main. Seven of the 12 scheduled starters took the checkers, but points leader Dave Flynn of Superior got there first.

Shawn McFadden took the lead from pole-starter Andrew Mackey and paced the first couple of laps before Terran Spacek’s spin stopped the run. Steve Stuart grabbed second away from Mackey immediately after the restart and stayed in McFadden’s tire tracks through the next three circuits.

On lap 6 McFadden’s car got very sideways going through turn 4, and the tightly-packed field scattered to avoid contact. McFadden gathered up control of his ride, but everyone behind him got stacked up, causing Matt Deragon, Cory Casari and Nick Oreskovich to jumble together into a pile-up on the front straight. Deragon was the only one able to continue, and McFadden was penalized to the tail of what was, at the time, an eight-car line-up.

Stuart led the field back to the green, but his time there as short-lived as Flynn, restarting third, sped by the slowing Andrew Mackey and slipped low on Stuart for the lead before the lap was completed. From there Flynn cruised to his second feature win of the season here and 20th of his career at ABC, with Stuart better than a second back. McFadden charged back to claim third ahead of Deragon, while Aaron Mashlan finished a lap down in fifth.

The WISSOTA Pure Stocks and Hornets and the ABC Six-Cylinders completed the program by running 28 feature laps with only two quick caution flags. In the Pure Stocks rookie Tanner Gehl started outside on the front row, beat RJ Holly to turn 1, and held on to the point the rest of the way for his second career feature win in the past two shows at Ashland.

Holly spent the majority of the race defending his second-place standing from a determined Randy Graham, but Holly’s bobble in turn 2 with three laps remaining left the bottom open for Graham to slip by. Gehl had enough of a lead that Graham couldn’t close the gap, and Holly recovered to come home third just a couple car-lengths back of Graham.

Finishing in fourth was 80-year-old Zene Anderson, who told a track official earlier in the evening that running a race at Ashland was on his “bucket list” for 2020.

It took Dalton Truchon of Ashland the first three laps of the Six-Cylinders’ 12-lap main event to get by pole-starter Joshua Saunders for the lead, but once there he pulled away to his second straight feature win here.

Truchon used an outside pass to take the lead away from Saunders, who spent the rest of the run keeping points leader Graham behind him. Eventually Forest Schultz and Tiffany Hudack closed the gap, and second-in-points Schultz took a shot at an inside move on Graham in the late laps, but Graham held on.

Truchon had nearly two seconds on Saunders for the win, with Graham a close third. Hudack got by Schultz on the white-flag lap for fourth.

Ashland’s DeJay Jarecki overcame a one-row penalty for a “jump” of the start of the WISSOTA Hornets feature to claim his fourth feature win of the season. Both afore-mentioned yellow-flag slowdowns came in this race – the first for Jarecki’s jump of the original start, and the other one lap later for debris.

Josh Rowe held the initial lead, but after the first restart he was overtaken by Jarecki and AJ House, the two primary combatants for the division’s points title this year. Jarecki went outside on Rowe to take the lead on the second restart, House went inside, and the lead pair drove away as Caleb Decker overtook Rowe for third on lap 2.

Points leader House could not mount a serious challenge for the win, as Jarecki became the Raceway’s all-time feature wins leader in the division. Rowe retook third in the closing laps from Decker, and Mitch Kieber was scored in fifth at the checkers.

As evidence of just how fast the track was on this night, the quick times recorded in the features by Vernon in the Modifieds (16.275 secs; 82.949 mph), Flynn in the Supers (16.785; 80.429), and Rivord in the Mid-Mods (16.897; 79.896) were each within three-tenths of a second of matching the Raceway’s one-lap records in their respective divisions, while Hudack in the Sixes (18.472; 73.084) was within six-tenths of a second of the track record for that class.

Next up at the ABC Raceway is the second visit of the season for the Northern Renegades traditional, or wingless, sprints, on Saturday, August 15. All six regular weekly divisions will be on hand as well, with the pit gates opening at 4:30 pm, the grandstands at 5, hot laps starting at 6:15, and the first heat race of the night going green at 7 pm.

Grandstand admission tickets are just $11 for adults, and kids ages 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult. Tickets are available either at the gate on race night or online via www.myracepass.com. “Race Reports” will air on WBSZ, 93.3 FM, as well as online at www.wbszfm.com, from 4:30 until 6 pm with the latest news and weather information from the track.

The ABC Raceway is located 3-1/2 miles south of Ashland on State Highway 13 and one mile west on Butterworth Road. For raceday information call (715) 682-4990, log on to the track’s website, www.abcraceway.com, or check out the track’s FaceBook page.

RESULTS

WISSOTA MODIFIEDS

Feature: 1-10: Tyler Vernon, Ashland; Paul Suzik, Ironwood, MI; Donnie Lofdahl, Duluth, MN; Cole Spacek, Phillips; Mike Anderson, Jim Falls; Brandon Copp, Brule; Shane Kisling, Butternut; Pat Cook, Washburn; Neil Balduc, Bessemer, MI; Paul Niznik, Medford.

11-14: Jake Hiatt, Mason; Jeff Spacek, Phillips; Tyler Luger, Oxford; Todd Gehl, Solon Springs.

Heat 1: C Spacek; Vernon; Suzik; Kisling; Niznik; Gehl; Luger; Anderson.

Heat 2: Copp; Cook; Lofdahl; Hiatt; Zack Drews, Superior; Balduc.

WISSOTA SUPER STOCKS

Feature: 1-10: Dave Flynn, Superior; Steve Stuart, Ashland; Shawn McFadden, Ashland; Matt Deragon, Ashland; Aaron Mashlan, Ashland; Jonathan Popp, Iron River; Rita Anderson, South Range; Andrew Mackey, Duluth, MN; Cory Casari, Montreal; Nick Oreskovich, Mason.

11-12: Scott Lawrence, Superior; Terran Spacek, Phillips.

Heat 1: Stuart; Mackey; McFadden; Deragon; Mashlan; Popp.

Heat 2: Oreskovich; Spacek; Casari; Flynn; Lawrence; Anderson.

WISSOTA MIDWEST MODIFIEDS

Feature: 1-10: Jack Rivord, Superior; Skeeter Estey, Kelly Lake, MN; Jimmy Latvala, Solon Springs; Tanner Hicks, Ashland; Tyler Vernon, Ashland; Travis Anderson, Colfax; Duane Dunbar, Marenisco, MI; Dalton Mains, Foxboro; John Darwin, Iron River; Ross Fuhrman, Ashland.

11-20: Bryan Lund, Ashland; Zach Slayton, Springbrook; Chris Bretting, Washburn; Marcus Dunbar, Marenisco, MI; Diamond Bressette, Spooner; Ryan Barningham, Bayfield; Donnie Lofdahl, Duluth, MN; Kennedy Swan, Chippewa Falls; Mark Kangas, Eveleth, MN; Justin Weinberger, Butternut.

21-24: Tyler Hudack, Ashland; Clay Passuello, Ironwood, MI; Rick Siiter, Esko, MN; Ross Siiter, Esko, MN.

Heat 1: Anderson; Passuello; Latvala; Kangas; Mains; Hudack; Barningham; Lund.

Heat 2: Estey; Rivord; Vernon; Hicks; Darwin; Weinberger; Slayton.

Heat 3: M Dunbar; D Dunbar; Lofdahl; Fuhrman; Swan; Bressette; Rick Siiter; Ross Siiter.

WISSOTA PURE STOCKS

Feature: 1-4: Tanner Gehl, Solon Springs; Randy Graham, Trego; RJ Holly, Marengo; Zene Anderson, Superior.

Heat: Graham; Holly; Gehl; Anderson.

ABC SIX-CYLINDERS

Feature: 1-10: Dalton Truchon, Ashland; Joshua Saunders, Spooner; Randy Graham, Trego; Tiffany Hudack, Ashland; Forrest Schultz, Ashland; Jordan Pearce, Ashland; Dennis Groom, Ashland; Adam Traaholt, Ashland; Mathew Rohlfing, Cable; Dominic Hmielewski, Marengo.

11-13: Jakob Bond, Mason; Ethan Beeksma, Mellen; Trenton Bond, Mason.

Heat 1: Truchon; Saunders; Groom; Schultz; Rohlfing; Hmielewski; Beeksma.

Heat 2: Hudack; Graham; Pearce; Traaholt; J Bond; T Bond.

WISSOTA HORNETS

Feature: 1-8: DeJay Jarecki, Ashland; AJ House, Cloquet, MN; Josh Rowe, Duluth, MN; Caleb Decker, Mahtowa, MN; Mitch Kieber, Ironwood, MI; Brandon Hummelmeier, Maple; Cully Butterfield, Trego; Jake Wammer, Ashland.

Heat: Jarecki; House; Rowe; Kieber; Decker; Gavyn Moncher, Saxon; Butterfield; Wammer; Hummelmeier.

 

 

ABC 8/8/20 results

Labor Day Invitational Planned for Sept 3

ABC Raceway Planning to Host Invitational on Sept 3

by Nick Gima

                Ashland, WI, August 2 — In an attempt to maintain the integrity of the date which traditionally kicks off the region’s stock car racing invitational season, the ABC Raceway has announced that it plans to host a special event on Thursday, September 3.

Although many details remain to be hashed out, the event will include heat races, semi-features and features for WISSOTA Late Models, Modifieds and Super Stocks.

“We have been working with the Halvor Lines Speedway in Proctor, MN, to try to host a special event to replace their Silver 1000,” according to ABC Raceway Board president Eric Erickson. “The folks there have been unable to open their gates for the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent government restrictions in Minnesota and St Louis County for large event gatherings.

“As a track that understands the importance of working with our neighboring tracks, we want to do all we can to help maintain as much of the integrity and historic importance of the Silver 1000 as possible. So we will run this event to start the invitational season, and we intend to provide Halvor Lines Speedway with a financial contribution of some type from our revenues from the event.”

A purse has been set that includes a $3,000 winner’s check for the Late Models, $2,000 for the Modified winner, and $600 to the winner of the Super Stock feature.

More information, including overnight parking info, ticket prices and a complete purse breakdown, will be released over the next couple of weeks. Hot laps are set for 6:15 pm, with heat racing following at 7 pm. Once prices have been set, advance tickets will be made available online via www.myracepass.com as well as at the gate on September 3.

The ABC Raceway is located 3-1/2 miles south of Ashland on State Highway 13 and one mile west on Butterworth Road. For raceday information call (715) 682-4990, log on to the track’s website, www.abcraceway.com, or check out the track’s FaceBook page.

Mid Mod Madness

Big Money for Mid-Mods at ABC Saturday

by Nick Gima

Ashland, WI, August 5 – On Saturday night, the ABC Raceway will try once again to host a big-money show for area WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds.

The 15th annual “Mid-Mod Madness” special will be presented by the Lake Shore Café of Ashland and will pay $1,500 to the winner of Saturday’s Midwest Mod feature, thanks to a significant donation to that division’s purse from Zielies Tree Service. Due to the fact that a couple of nearby Saturday-night race tracks will not be hosting programs, a large number of racers are expected to visit the three-eighths-mile northern Wisconsin speedplant.

The event was initially set to be part of a three-race series spread out over the course of the summer schedule at ABC. But the coronavirus pandemic and recent bad weather have double-teamed to hamstring the first two attempts to get the series started, so the effort has been condensed into a single night of racing.

All six of the Raceway’s regular weekly division will be in action, and with a suddenly limited amount of possible shows now remaining in 2020, the battles for the points championships should become quite thrilling. In the WISSOTA Modifieds, for example, less than 100 points (not a significant amount under the current WISSOTA points system) separate the top eight in the standings, led by a tooth-and-nail battle between Cole Spacek of Phillips and Washburn’s Pat Cook.

In the WISSOTA Super Stocks only two points separate Dave Flynn of Superior and four-time defending track champ Nick Oreskovich of Mason, with the next four in the standings behind them all within less than 70 points of leader Flynn.

By comparison, Marcus Dunbar’s advantage of 37 points almost seems comfortable over Ashland’s Ross Fuhrman, as the second-generation driver from Marenisco, MI, aims to join his father Duane as an ABC Raceway champ.

In the WISSOTA Pure Stock class, rookie Tanner Gehl of Solon Springs used his first career feature win from two weeks ago to vault well ahead of defending division champ Randy Graham of Trego. But Graham, with the help of teammate and former two-time ABC Six-Cylinder champ Dale Coddington of Hayward, is pacing that division’s standings in the hope of a successful title defense there, albeit with Ashland pilots Forest Schultz and Dalton Truchon closing the gap a couple weeks back.

Another battle that is very much up-for-grabs is in the entry-level WISSOTA Hornets, where loyal long-distance traveler AJ House of Cloquet, MN, is trying to hold off a fierce late-season charge from DeJay Jarecki of Ashland.

The pit gates will open at 4:30 pm and the grandstands will be open at 5, with hot laps set for 6:15 and the first heat race of the night getting the green flag at 7 pm. Grandstand admission tickets are just $11 for adults, and kids ages 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult. Tickets are available either at the gate on race night or online via www.myracepass.com.

“Race Reports” will air on WBSZ, 93.3 FM, as well as online at www.wbszfm.com, from 4:30 until 6 pm with the latest news and weather information from the track.

The ABC Raceway is located 3-1/2 miles south of Ashland on State Highway 13 and one mile west on Butterworth Road. For raceday information call (715) 682-4990, log on to the track’s website, www.abcraceway.com, or check out the track’s FaceBook page.

Mid-Mod Madness

by Nick Gima

The ABC Raceway will now prepare for its upcoming “Mid-Mod Madness” special, to be held on Saturday, August 8. The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds will be running for a $1,500 feature winner’s check as part of a full six-division race program, to be presented by Lake Shore Cafe and Zelies Tree Service.

The pit gates will open at 4:30 pm and the grandstands will be open at 5, with hot laps set for 6:15 and the first heat race of the night getting the green flag at 7 pm. Grandstand admission tickets are just $11 for adults, and kids ages 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult. Tickets are available either at the gate on race night or online via www.myracepass.com.

“Race Reports” will air on WBSZ, 93.3 FM, as well as online at www.wbszfm.com, from 4:30 until 6 pm with the latest news and weather information from the track.

The ABC Raceway is located 3-1/2 miles south of Ashland on State Highway 13 and one mile west on Butterworth Road. For raceday information call (715) 682-4990, log on to the track’s website, www.abcraceway.com, or check out the track’s FaceBook page.

Red Clay Classic 2020

Seating, Camping, Pit Spots Still Available for ABC Raceway’s 45th Red Clay Classic

by Nick Gima

                Ashland, WI, July 26 — The ABC Raceway has announced that advance ticket sales, reserved seating, overnight camping sites and pit spots are currently available for the 45th Red Clay Classic, to be held Friday and Saturday, October 2-3.

Presented by FastLane Motorsports & Custom Powdercoating of Ashland, Tim’s Automotive Machine of Bloomer, and Red’s Auto of Ironwood, MI, the Red Clay Classic is one of the most popular and prestigious short-track stock car racing events in the Upper Midwest, with over 200 WISSOTA Late Models, Modifieds, Super Stocks and Midwest Modifieds from throughout the Midwest and Canada expected to compete on the award-winning three-eighths-mile red-clay oval for a share of a purse set to be in excess of $100,000.

Fans who had purchased reserved seats and camping sites for last year’s Classic will have until July 31 to contact the Raceway’s ticket department to retain those same seats and sites for this year’s show. Racers who had reserved pits spots for the 2019 event must do likewise if they wish to park in the same spot for the 2020 race. As of August 1, all reserved seats, sites and pit spots not claimed will be made available to the general public and other racers.

Fans who hold reserved seats and drivers with reserved pit parking during the regular season still need to contact the Raceway in order to retain them for the Classic. The VIP decks can only be used by their current renters for the Red Clay Classic.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic and its resulting travel restrictions, fans and racers from Canada who may not be able to attend this year’s Classic but had reserved seats, camping sites and pit spots from 2019 should call the Raceway to advise of this. The track’s Board of Directors has confirmed that, upon confirmation that Canadian fans and racers with prior reservations will not be able to attend this year, the Raceway will offer those seats, sites and spots to others for 2020 but will again hold them for their 2019 owners first for the 2021 Red Clay Classic.

“We understand the complications of travel during this time and the difficulty for many Red Clay Classic fans and racers to attend this year’s show,” Raceway Board president Eric Erickson recently stated. “We don’t feel it’s fair that our loyal fans and racers from north of the border should lose the rights to their reservations because of the pandemic.

“All we ask is that they call us to let us know that they can’t make it this year. We’ll certainly miss them. But basically, if any racer or fan from Canada had a seat, site or spot in 2019 and can’t make it for 2020, it’s still yours first for 2021.”

To purchase advance tickets with reserved seating, or to reserve a campsite on Raceway grounds, please call (715) 682-2672 Monday through Friday (evenings only) or send an e-mail to tickets@abcraceway.com. A very limited number of bring-your-own lawnchair spots along the top walkway of the main grandstand can also be reserved in advance only, for the price of an adult two-day pass plus the additional reserved-seat charge.

The Raceway Board will soon advise if the owner of the property to the east and directly adjacent to the track’s pit area will be offering first-come, first-served overnight parking during the RCC weekend.

Pit parking can be reserved by calling (715) 746-2390 (evenings) or by e-mailing tickets@abcraceway.com.

Non-reserved advance tickets for the Red Clay Classic, and all upcoming 2020 events at the ABC Raceway, are available online via the My Race Pass website, www.myracepass.com.

The ABC Raceway is located 3-1/2 miles south of Ashland on State Highway 13 and one mile west on Butterworth Road. Additional event information is available on the track’s website, www.abcraceway.com. Additional Ashland area hotel and community information is available by visiting www.visitashland.com.

July 25th Results

Sabraski Dominates FastLane Super Stock Series Field at ABC

by Nick Gima

                Ashland, WI, July 25 — Shane Sabraski of Rice, MN, continued his dominance of “northern tier” WISSOTA tracks with runaway feature wins in two divisions at the ABC Raceway on Saturday night.

In a program presented by Chicago Iron & Supplies of Ashland, Sabraski collected his third feature win in the first four races of the FastLane Motorsports Northland Super Stock Series by over half a lap, shortly after a win by over three seconds in the WISSOTA Modified A-main. It was the second time in the past two seasons that Sabraski won both features in Ashland on the same night.

Eighty total entries took to the northern Wisconsin red-clay oval on a hot, muggy night during which thunderstorms surrounded the Chequamegon Bay area but never threatened the completion of the program.

In the non-stop 30-lap Super Stock spotlight event, Sabraski outran polestarter Andy Grymala and never looked back, taking just four laps to build a lead of nearly two seconds on Nick Oreskovich. Scott Lawrence raced door-to-door with Grymala for several laps before securing third.

By lap 10 Sabraski had already caught backmarkers, but he skillfully threaded his way through the slower traffic to continue to build on his margin. By the time Oreskovich began picking his way through the back of the pack at mid-race, the leader was over four seconds in front. The tail-end traffic also cost Oreskovich his runner-up position, as Lawrence squeezed by for that spot on lap 20.

Every entry in the 25-car field finished the event, which took only 11 minutes to complete. Sabraski’s final margin of 9.8 seconds was better than a half-lap ahead of Lawrence, with Oreskovich just behind in third. Cory Casari closed to within a car-length of Oreskovich in fourth, and Dave Flynn came home fifth to maintain a scant two-point lead in the track standings.

Sabraski, whose win total for the year in the Supers reached 14 with the victory at Ashland, can secure the 2020 FastLane Series title with not much more than a start in the Series finale feature, to be held August 1 in Oglivie, MN.

Just before his performance in the Super Stock feature, Sabraski worked his way through the field to win the Modified 20-lapper, which was also caution-free. In this race, though, he needed to work a little harder, after starting from the eighth spot on the 16-car grid.

Front-row starters Rick Rivord and Jake Hiatt edged each other for the lead over the first couple of circuits before Hiatt gained the upper hand. As Hiatt drew away to a three-quarter-second lead, Rivord fended off challenges from Al Uotinen, while Sabraski ran just outside of the top five, patiently waiting for an opportunity to move forward.

That opportunity came on lap 7, when Sabraski found room at the outer edge of the track’s wide racing groove. With no other racers venturing up there, Sabraski swept around visiting Cory Mahder for fifth, Pat Cook for fourth, and Uotinen for third by duplicating the same outside pass coming off of turn 4 over a four-lap span. On lap 12 he repeated the move to get by Rivord for second, then eliminated Hiatt’s lead over the next two tours before taking the lead away with the same type of pass.

Sabraski had a 3.3-second cushion on Hiatt when the checkers waived, while Brandon Copp followed the winner’s high line around the field to take third late in the run. Uotinen recovered for fourth-place money ahead of points leader Cole Spacek.

There were some interesting surprises in several of the features on this night, not the least of which was Duane Dunbar’s flag-to-flag win in the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds. Dunbar, the father of divisional points leader Marcus and a former three-time ABC Super Stock champ from Marenisco, MI, started outside on the front row and survived several restarts for his 22nd career feature win in Ashland but first since June 2017.

In only his second night out this season, Dunbar outran polestarter Tanner Hicks for the early advantage. Hicks supplied pressure for the lead but bumped an infield marker tire from turn 2 onto the track on lap 2, the penalty for which was a restart at the back of the field. After a Chris Bretting spin, Dunbar pulled away from Jimmy Latvala, who in turn had some distance on the battle for third between rookie Brady Uotinen and Ross Fuhrman.

A Diamond Bressette spin on lap 7 slowed the pace for a bit, but the field rattled off eight more laps under green before rookie John Darwin’s spin sent him to the pits. Justin Weinberger, who was running fourth, looped his ride on the restart, and visiting Zach Slayton spun in the first turn after the next green flag dropped. But over the final five laps Dunbar outran Latvala to a 1.1-second margin of victory, with Uotinen, an impressive Dalton Mains and Fuhrman completing the top five.

Another eye-opener was supplied by Ashland’s Dalton Truchon, who kicked off the evening’s feature action with his first career win in the ABC Six-Cylinder main. Truchon, in his fourth season, started on the outside of the front row, beat Mathew Rohlfing to the first corner, and held on through three well-spaced caution slowdowns for his landmark win.

From the start it looked as though Truchon and Josh Saunders were going to run off to decide the win between them, as they separated themselves from Forrest Schultz. The battle between Rohlfing and Dennis Groom for fourth was won by Groom just before Saunders’ motor gave out on him on lap 2, bringing about the first of the yellow flags.

After lap 3 was scored Jordan Pearce and Dominic Hmielewski got together to stop the action again, and Truchon had Groom and Schultz directly behind him for the restart. Dale Coddington charged past Schultz for third within the next lap, and Truchon held tight to his lead before rookie Trenton Bond’s spin with five laps left slowed the pace for the final time.

Coddington’s car slowed a lap after the restart and he dropped out of the event, and Schultz took advantage to move up to challenge Groom, with Pearce in tow. But this allowed Truchon the breathing room he needed to pull away over the final three laps to a one-second advantage at the checkers. Groom, the Raceway’s 2001 WISSOTA Street Stock champion who last raced in 2009, took second back from Schultz on the white-flag lap, and Pearce followed in fourth ahead of Rohlfing.

It won’t matter to Tanner Gehl that there were only four WISSOTA Pure Stocks in the field on this night, or that Jared Akervik’s car broke on lap 4 after he had challenged Gehl for the early lead. History will show that the second-generation rookie driver from Solon Springs won his first career feature by a big margin.

The 12-lapper went non-stop, and Gehl, too, started outside on the front row and grabbed the lead right away, beating RJ Holly to the first corner. Akervik, who had won the night before in Superior, quickly got to Gehl’s back bumper and followed the rookie closely over the first couple of laps.

Holly, while running third, spun his car on lap 3 but straightened it out soon enough in order to keep the race under green, falling to fourth. But at the same time Akervik’s car began to act up, and on lap 4 he coasted to the pits, leaving Gehl with a straightaway margin on Jeff Vendela, driving brother James’ car for the first time.

Gehl maintained the big advantage on Vendela for his first-ever win, with Holly scored a distant third.

The WISSOTA Hornets capped off the night with a non-stop ten-lap feature, in which DeJay Jarecki held off a determined AJ House for his third win of the season.

House, the division’s points leader who started last on the five-car grid, was called for a jump on the initial start. The penalty didn’t hurt him for the restart, though, and he collaborated with Jarecki on a three-wide pass of leader Mitch Kieber on lap 2.

Throughout the rest of the run House dove low on Jarecki and threw his car hard into the corners, but he couldn’t overtake the Ashland driver, who had three car-lengths on House at the checkers. Josh Rowe quietly went about his business to nail down a solid third-place finish, and Jake Wammer overtook Kieber’s ailing ride on the final lap for fourth.

The fastest laps timed in feature action on this night were set by Sabraski in both the Mods (17.608 secs; 76.670 mph) and the Supers (17.580; 76.792); Dunbar in the Mid-Mods (17.962; 75.159); and Truchon in the Sixes (19.060; 70.829).

On Saturday, August 1, the ABC Raceway will welcome the Interstate Racing Association’s “outlaw” winged sprint cars as part of a program to be presented by the Heartland Communications Group of radio stations and the Ashland-Bayfield County Sportsmen’s Club. The IRA 410 sprints are capable of lap speeds of over 100 mph on the sticky red-clay oval, and they will be part of a program that will include the Modifieds, Midwest Mods and Hornets.

The pit gates will open at 4:30 pm and the grandstands will be open at 5, with hot laps set for 6:15 followed by sprint-car qualifying; the first heat races of the night should get the green flag by 7 pm. Grandstand admission tickets are just $18 for adults, and $5 for kids’ ages 5-12. Tickets are available either at the gate on race night or online via www.myracepass.com.

“Race Night” will air on WBSZ, 93.3 FM, as well as online at www.wbszfm.com, from 4:30 until 6 pm with the latest news and weather information from the track.

The ABC Raceway is located 3-1/2 miles south of Ashland on State Highway 13 and one mile west on Butterworth Road. For raceday information call (715) 682-4990, log on to the track’s website, www.abcraceway.com, or check out the track’s FaceBook page.

RESULTS

WISSOTA MODIFIEDS

Feature: 1-10: Shane Sabraski, Rice, MN; Jake Hiatt, Mason; Brandon Copp, Brule; Al Uotinen, Superior; Cole Spacek, Phillips; Mike Anderson, Jim Falls; Rick Rivord, Superior; Pat Cook, Washburn; Cory Mahder, Elk Mound; Paul Suzik, Ironwood, MI.

11-16: Neil Balduc, Bessemer, MI; Kelly Checkalski, Poplar; Todd Gehl, Solon Springs; Tyler Luger, Oxford; Shane Kisling, Butternut; Alex Van Natta, Minocqua.

Heat 1: Hiatt; Spacek; Mahder; Sabraski; Copp; Suzik; Gehl; Luger.

Heat 2: Rivord; Cook; Uotinen; Van Natta; Anderson; Kisling; Balduc; Checkalski.

WISSOTA SUPER STOCKS

Feature: 1-10: Shane Sabraski, Rice, MN; Scott Lawrence, Superior; Nick Oreskovich, Mason; Cory Casari, Montreal; Dave Flynn, Superior; Steve Stuart, Ashland; Chris Wark, Zimmerman, MN; Andy Grymala, Superior; Matt Deragon, Ashland; Kevin Burdick, Proctor, MN.

11-20: Dylan Nelson, Merrifield, MN; Shawn McFadden, Ashland; Kyle Copp, Brule; DJ Keeler, Superior; Andrew Mackey, Duluth, MN; Austin Niemeyer, Brainerd, MN; Shawn Fernkes, Pennock, MN; Matt Fester, Grove City, MN; John Adams, St Croix Falls; Tucker Quinn, Ladysmith.

21-25: Mike Loomis, Columbus, MN; Josh Schmidt, Elk River, MN; Ronnie Malecki, Superior; Brian Carl, Duluth, MN; Kevin Schmidt, Becker, MN.

Heat 1: Lawrence; Casari; Mackey; Niemeyer; J Schmidt; Aaron Mashlan, Ashland; Rita Anderson, South Range; Jonathan Popp, Iron River.

Heat 2: Sabraski; Stuart; Flynn; Burdick; Loomis; Adams; Josh Bach, Barron.

Heat 3: Oreskovich; Wark; Fester; Quinn; Deragon; Fernkes; K Schmidt.

Heat 4: Grymala; McFadden; Keeler; Nelson; Copp; Malecki; Carl.

Semi-Feature: Fernkes; Malecki; Carl; K Schmidt; Mashlan; Anderson; Adams; Bach.

WISSOTA MIDWEST MODIFIEDS

Feature: 1-10: Duane Dunbar, Marenisco, MI; Jimmy Latvala, Solon Springs; Brady Uotinen, Superior; Dalton Mains, Foxboro; Ross Fuhrman, Ashland; Marcus Dunbar, Marenisco, MI; Ryan Barningham, Bayfield; Diamond Bressette, Spooner; Jesse Polson, Superior; Chris Bretting, Washburn.

11-15: Anthony Forfa Jr, Phillips; Justin Weinberger, Butternut; Zach Slayton, Springbrook; John Darwin, Iron River; Tanner Hicks, Ashland.

Heat 1: Weinberger; Latvala; Fuhrman; Hicks; Bressette; Bretting; Slayton; Forfa.

Heat 2: M Dunbar; D Dunbar; Uotinen; Mains; Barningham; Polson; Darwin.

WISSOTA PURE STOCKS

Feature: 1-4: Tanner Gehl, Solon Springs; Jeff Vendela, South Range; RJ Holly, Marengo; Jared Akervik, Superior.

Heat: Akervik; Holly; Vendela; Gehl.

ABC SIX-CYLINDERS

Feature: 1-10: Dalton Truchon, Ashland; Dennis Groom, Ashland; Forrest Schultz, Ashland; Jordan Pearce, Ashland; Mathew Rohlfing, Cable; Dominic Hmielewski, Marengo; Jacob Bond, Mason; Dale Coddington, Hayward; Trenton Bond, Mason; Joshua Saunders, Spooner.

Heat 1: Truchon; Coddington; Groom; Pearce; J Bond.

Heat 2: Saunders; Schultz; Rohlfing; Hmielewski; T Bond.

WISSOTA HORNETS

Feature: 1-5: DeJay Jarecki, Ashland; AJ House, Cloquet, MN; Josh Rowe, Duluth, MN; Jake Wammer, Ashland; Mitch Kieber, Ironwood, MI.

Heat: Jarecki; House; Rowe; Kieber; Wammer.

IRA 410 Outlaw Winged Sprints August 1

IRA Winged Sprints Return to ABC Raceway this Saturday

by Nick Gima

                Ashland, WI, July 30 – Race teams from the Interstate Racing Association’s “outlaw” winged sprints will invade the ABC Raceway for this Saturday night’s Heartland Communications Group Night at the Races, to be presented by the Ashland-Bayfield County Sportsmen’s Club.

The scheduled five-division race program will also include a full complement of heat and feature races for the WISSOTA Modifieds, Midwest Modifieds and Hornets, and the ABC Six-Cylinders.

Saturday will also be the final night to purchase tickets from the Sportsmen’s Club as part of its annual fundraising raffle. Tickets will be sold at the track right up until intermission of the race program, at which time the Club will hold its drawing. Interested persons can also purchase tickets from any Club member or by calling (715) 373-2088 right up until Saturday’s race program. Raffle ticket purchasers need not be present at the Raceway to win.

The IRA 410 winged sprints have raced on the historic northern Wisconsin red-clay oval five times in the past nine seasons, and in each of those five shows Bill Balog of Hartland has stood in Victory Lane after winning their A-main. A native of North Pole, AK, Balog has won the IRA championship a Series-record nine times, including seven straight from 2008-‘14. Leading up to this weekend’s three-race swing in Plymouth (Thursday), Antigo (Friday) and here, Balog had won six straight IRA features dating back to June 13.

Other Series stars expected to compete here on Saturday include former IRA champs Jake Blackhurst of Hanna City, IL, and Jeremy Schultz and Scotty Neitzel of Beaver Dam. Along with Balog, these drivers have laid claim to 13 Series titles and all currently sit in the top-five in the IRA standings. Other drivers who have voiced their intentions to travel to Ashland include Sheboygan’s Scotty Thiel, Russ Borland of Kewaskum, Kris Spitz of Salem, Wayne Modjeski of Oak Creek, and Sean Rayhall of Woodstock, GA.

Like most everything else, the IRA has had to endure several postponements, cancellations, and rearrangements of its schedule in 2020. The event at ABC became the 26th event on the Series schedule when it was added late last month, out of 41 now slated, but prior to Thursday’s show in Plymouth the tour had only completed nine events.

“Our drivers haven’t raced as much as they’ve hoped to this summer,” IRA Series director Steve Sinclair stated recently. “Adding Ashland to our schedule is a huge plus for us and for the fans there – it gives our teams a chance to run at another track that they enjoy, plus gives the fans up there a chance to see these cars reach some awesome speeds on that track.”

The 1,400-pound, 700-plus-horsepower cars, with their huge nose- and roof-mounted wings creating enormous amounts of downforce to help them stick to the ground, are easily capable of reaching speeds in excess of 100 mph on nearly every track they compete at, including here. IRA driver Thiel holds the all-time track record for a timed single lap around the Raceway’s three-eighths-mile oval, at 12.373 seconds, for an incredible 109.109 mph average. By comparison, the fastest lap recorded in a WISSOTA Modified at ABC is 15.979 seconds (84.486 mph average) by former Raceway champ Steve Stuart of Ashland.

Grandstand admission ticket prices will be just $18 for adults and $5 for kids ages 6-12; children ages 5 and under will be admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult. Advance tickets are also available online via the My Race Pass website, www.myracepass.com.

The grandstand and pit gates will open at 4:30 pm on Saturday, and hot laps will start at 6:15. IRA timed qualifying will take place shortly after hot laps, and the first green flag of the night is set to fly at 7 pm.

The ABC Raceway is located 3-1/2 miles south of Ashland on State Highway 13 and one mile west on Butterworth Road. Additional event information is available on the track’s website, www.abcraceway.com.

On Saturday, August 1, the ABC Raceway will welcome the Interstate Racing Association’s “outlaw” winged sprint cars as part of a program to be presented by the Heartland Communications Group of radio stations and the Ashland-Bayfield County Sportsmen’s Club. The IRA 410 sprints are capable of lap speeds of over 100 mph on the sticky red-clay oval, and they will be part of a program that will include the Modifieds, Midwest Mods, Hornets & Six Cylinders.

The pit gates will open at 4:30 pm and the grandstands will be open at 5, with hot laps set for 6:15 followed by sprint-car qualifying; the first heat races of the night should get the green flag by 7 pm. Grandstand admission tickets are just $18 for adults, and $5 for kids’ ages 5-12. Tickets are available either at the gate on race night or online via www.myracepass.com.

“Race Night” will air on WBSZ, 93.3 FM, as well as online at www.wbszfm.com, from 4:30 until 6 pm with the latest news and weather information from the track.

The ABC Raceway is located 3-1/2 miles south of Ashland on State Highway 13 and one mile west on Butterworth Road. For raceday information call (715) 682-4990, log on to the track’s website, www.abcraceway.com, or check out the track’s FaceBook page.

FastLane Motorsports Northland Super Stock Series July 25

Sixth annual FastLane Motorsports Northland Super Stock Series on Saturday, July 25.

It’s the Fast Lane Motorsports Super Stock Series presented by Chicago Iron & Supplies this Saturday night at the ABC Raceway! All classes will be racing along with the best Superstocks in the Northland! We are making a few changes to the facility to ensure the safety of our fans and staff. We also will continue to work closely with the County Health Dept to monitor the situation. Ashland & Bayfield Counties have indoor mask advisories in place and we encourage our patrons to observe social distancing. The bleachers will be modified slightly to help with the distancing and temperature checks will be done at both gates. Please treat each other with respect and help ensure the safety of all. If we work together, we can continue to run our program and all enjoy some fantastic racing every Saturday night at the ABC Raceway!

The pit gates are scheduled to open at 4:30 pm and the grandstands at 5, with hot laps set for 6:15 and green-flag racing scheduled for 7 pm. Adult grandstand admission tickets are just $11 per person, either at the gate or online via www.myracepass.com, and kids ages 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult. Ten-race punch passes are also available at the Raceway’s ticket window on race nights, and advance pit passes are also available online.

“Race Night” will air on WBSZ, 93.3 FM, as well as online at www.wbszfm.com, from 4:30 until 6 pm with the latest news and weather information from the track.

The ABC Raceway is located 3-1/2 miles south of Ashland on State Highway 13 and one mile west on Butterworth Road. For raceday information call (715) 682-4990, log on to the track’s website, www.abcraceway.com, or check out the track’s FaceBook page.

July 11th Results

Van Natta, Mackey, Weinberger Score First-Ever Wins During ABC Fundraiser Night

by Nick Gima

                Ashland, WI, July 11 — On a Saturday night at the ABC Raceway filled with fundraising and fireworks, Andrew Mackey won his first career feature, while Alex Van Natta and Justin Weinberger claimed their first-ever wins here in their respective divisions.

Enjoying another unseasonably warm northern Wisconsin evening, the large crowd contributed generously to the various fundraising programs for local charities during Northern Clearing Inc’s annual “Racing for a Reason” Community Celebration Night, presented by Little Caesar’s Pizza of Ashland. The fans were treated to free general grandstand admission for the six-division race program; donated through favorite-driver voting, lapel pin purchases, and other fundraising efforts; partook of a number of food and beverage specials offered; and stuck around afterwards for a tremendous fireworks and pyrotechnics display.

Mackey, a second-year, second-generation driver from Duluth, MN, kept well ahead of the fireworks going on behind him in the WISSOTA Super Stock feature. After a grinding crash on the back stretch that saw Nick Oreskovich turn sideways and collect Don Muzzy on the opening lap, Mackey started from the pole and led all 15 laps on the way to his landmark win.

The race stayed under green the rest of the way after the initial wreck, allowing Mackey to build a strong lead over the race-long battle for second between Oreskovich and Dave Flynn.  Before mid-race Mackey’s cushion was already well over two seconds, while Flynn and Oreskovich swapped the runner-up spot practically with every lap. Eventually a hard-charging Steve Stuart joined the fray, making the dogfight for the position even more tense, but that just allowed Mackey to pull away even further.

By the time the sophomore driver took the checkers he was 3.1 seconds ahead of Flynn, who edged Oreskovich coming out of the final turn for second. Stuart was right on their tails, while Matt Deragon finished a distant fifth.

Van Natta’s first-ever win in the WISSOTA Modifieds was a bit more dramatic, and, perhaps, even more meaningful. On a night when one of the beneficiaries of the fundraising efforts was a local cancer charity, the Minocqua “big Mod” rookie explained in Victory Lane that his racing efforts in 2020 are due in large part to honor his three-year-old cousin, who is fighting leukemia.

Shane Kisling seemed to have things well in hand at the start of the 20-lap headliner, sprinting from the outside of the front row to lead the first 17 laps. The first half of the race was scored in non-stop fashion as Kisling pulled to a 1.27-second advantage over a multi-car scramble for second that included Paul Suzik, polestarter Tyler Vernon, Neil Balduc, and Jake Hiatt.

Brandon Copp’s lap 10 spin erased Kisling’s lead, and that was followed quickly by a Bill Byholm-Tyler Luger get-together. Van Natta, who had started outside on row 4, was in the top-five for that restart and passed a loose Suzik for fourth; he then moved outside on Vernon to take third and stole second from Balduc over laps 13 and 14.

Van Natta’s winning pass came via an inside move on Kisling just before Copp’s second spin with three laps remaining. As the field was forming up for the restart Vernon pulled his ride into the infield, after which Pat Cook’s pass of Kisling for second was negated by a Suzik spin. But Van Natta held on over the final sprint for his first win in Ashland since June 2012 in a WISSOTA Midwest Modified, 1.78 seconds ahead of 11th-starting Cole Spacek, who stole second from Kisling on the final lap. Cook and Hiatt completed the top five.

Weinberger, the former ABC Pure Stock champ from Butternut, finally added a long-overdue feature win in the Midwest Mods to the seven Pure Stock victories he has earned on Ashland’s red-clay oval. He started on the pole, was turned around by Tanner Hicks before the first lap was completed, restarted up front and never looked back.

The 20-lapper went green-to-checkered after the initial incident, and it took just six laps for Weinberger to draw away to a 1.4-second lead. Runner-up Ross Fuhrman was safely ahead of a fierce battle for third, where Jimmy Latvala had his hands full trying to fend off Duane Dunbar, Vernon, Jack Rivord and Marcus Dunbar.

Duane Dunbar finally got the better of Latvala on lap 7, but his son Marcus followed him to fourth and immediately put the pressure on. It took until lap 13 for the junior Dunbar to finally overtake his dad, but the lead pair were just too far ahead to catch without the help of a caution flag. Weinberger beat Fuhrman by a full three seconds, while the younger Dunbar, Vernon and Latvala trailed at a distance.

After the WISSOTA Pure Stock A-main, Jared Akervik of Superior exclaimed in Victory Lane that ABC was his favorite racetrack. He had good reason to feel that way, as he dominated the non-stop ten-lap run.

Akervik used a strong move to take the lead away from rookie polestarter Tanner Gehl before lap 1 was completed, and from there the leader sped away. On lap 2 Cory Jorgensen slipped low, Randy Graham went high, and Gehl was caught in the middle of a three-wide pass for second, which eventually was claimed by Graham. Jorgensen challenged Graham for several laps, using the upper groove of the wide three-eighths-mile oval, but a miscalculation resulted in Jorgensen hitting the turn 3 guardrail with three laps remaining, dropping him out of touch with Graham.

Akervik won his second feature here, and fifth of his career at ABC, by nearly four full seconds over Graham. Gehl overtook Jorgensen in the closing laps, and visiting Casey Hartshorn claimed fifth.

Three-time ABC Six-Cylinder champion Tiffany Hudack of Ashland made her first run of the season a successful one, surviving threats from Graham to win both that division’s heat race and her 20th career feature.

The 12-lap main event started with a Dalton Truchon spin that collected Mathew Rohlfing, taking out two of the nine starters before a lap was scored. Hudack worked her way by polestarter Jordan Pearce after a couple of laps under green, while Graham, whose car broke in the heat to end a ten-race winning streak, charged around the high side from the last starting spot on the grid to take second on lap 3.

After a slowdown for Josh Saunders’ stalled ride on lap 5, Graham drew alongside Hudack to challenge for the lead, while on consecutive laps the cars of first-nighter Trenton Bond and rookie Dominic Hmielewski dropped out. Then, on lap 8, Graham’s car slowed drastically, leaving Hudack needing to outrun just Pearce and Forrest Schultz over the remaining four laps, which she did to a two-second margin of victory.

To cap off the on-track action, Ashland’s DeJay Jarecki held off AJ House to collect his second WISSOTA Hornet feature win of the season. Over the non-stop ten-lap run, polestarter Jarecki led flag-to-flag, while House, who started on the third row, needed a couple of early laps to get by Derek Ament into second.

The lead pair steadily pulled away to decide the outcome, while Ament settled back into a dandy three-car skirmish for third with Hunter McDougall and Caleb Decker. With four laps remaining Decker worked his way by the others for the spot, but McDougall fought back to take the position during the next circuit.

Jarecki edged House by not much more than a couple of car-lengths, while Decker overtook McDougall on the final lap for third. Ament held firm to fifth.

Feature fast laps were recorded by Kisling in the Mods (17.249 secs; 78.265 mph); Mackey in the Supers (17.382; 77.667); Weinberger in the Mid-Mods (17.443; 77.395); Akervik in the Pure Stocks (19.107; 70.655); and Graham in the Sixes (18.422; 73.282).

On Saturday, July 18, the ABC Raceway will host the rescheduled first round of the three-race Ashland Ford-Chrysler Center Summer Series for the Midwest Mods. That first race, sponsored by the Safari Tavern of Ashland, will pay $1,500 to the winner of the Mid-Mod feature, thanks in large part to a significant purse contribution by Zeilie’s Tree Service of Ashland.

The WISSOTA Super Stocks will have the night off. The pit gates will open at 4:30 pm and the grandstands will be open at 5, with hot laps set for 6:15 and green-flag racing scheduled for 7 pm. Adult grandstand admission tickets are just $11 per person, either at the gate or online via www.myracepass.com, and kids ages 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult. Ten-race punch passes are also available at the Raceway’s ticket window on race nights, and advance pit passes are also available online.

“Race Night” will air on WBSZ, 93.3 FM, as well as online at www.wbszfm.com, from 4:30 until 6 pm with the latest news and weather information from the track.

The ABC Raceway is located 3-1/2 miles south of Ashland on State Highway 13 and one mile west on Butterworth Road. For raceday information call (715) 682-4990, log on to the track’s website, www.abcraceway.com, or check out the track’s FaceBook page.

RESULTS

WISSOTA MODIFIEDS

Feature: 1-10: Alex Van Natta, Minocqua; Cole Spacek, Phillips; Shane Kisling, Butternut; Pat Cook, Washburn; Jake Hiatt, Mason; Paul Niznik, Medford; Bill Byholm, Glidden; Neil Balduc, Bessemer, MI; Kelly Checkalski, Poplar; Al Uotinen, Superior.

11-17: Tyler Luger, Oxford; Donnie Lofdahl, Duluth, MN; Todd Gehl, Solon Springs; Paul Suzik, Ironwood, MI; Tyler Vernon, Ashland; Brandon Copp, Brule; Andy Jones, Princeton, MN.

Heat 1: Lofdahl; Van Natta; Vernon; Copp; Cook; Spacek; Uotinen; Luger; Checkalski.

Heat 2: Suzik; Balduc; Hiatt; Kisling; Niznik; Byholm; Gehl; Jones.

WISSOTA SUPER STOCKS

Feature: 1-9: Andrew Mackey, Duluth, MN; Dave Flynn, Superior; Nick Oreskovich, Mason; Steve Stuart, Ashland; Matt Deragon, Ashland; Cory Casari, Montreal; Shawn McFadden Jr, Ashland; Don Muzzy, Ironwood, MI; Aaron Mashlan, Ashland.

Heat: Flynn; Oreskovich; McFadden; Casari; Mackey; Deragon; Stuart; Muzzy; Mashlan.

WISSOTA MIDWEST MODIFIEDS

Feature: 1-10: Justin Weinberger, Butternut; Ross Fuhrman, Ashland; Marcus Dunbar, Marenisco, MI; Tyler Vernon, Ashland; Jimmy Latvala, Solon Springs; Brady Uotinen, Superior; Duane Dunbar, Marenisco, MI; Jack Rivord, Superior; Tanner Hicks, Ashland; Gunner Peterson, South Range.

11-15: Tyler Hudack, Ashland; Guy Carley, Eagle River; John Darwin, Iron River; Diamond Bressette, Spooner; Ryan Barningham, Bayfield.

Heat 1: Weinberger; Fuhrman; Hicks; Rivord; Peterson; Darwin; Barningham; Bressette.

Heat 2: Latvala; Vernon; M Dunbar; D Dunbar; Uotinen; Hudack; Carley.

WISSOTA PURE STOCKS

Feature: 1-6: Jared Akervik, Superior; Randy Graham, Trego; Tanner Gehl, Solon Springs; Cory Jorgensen, Duluth, MN; Casey Hartshorn, Duluth, MN; RJ Holly, Marengo.

Heat: Jorgensen; Akervik; Graham; Gehl; Hartshorn; Aaron Bernick, Duluth, MN; Holly.

ABC SIX-CYLINDERS

Feature: 1-9: Tiffany Hudack, Ashland; Jordan Pearce, Ashland; Forrest Schultz, Ashland; Randy Graham, Trego; Dominic Hmielewski, Marengo; Trenton Bond, Mason; Joshua Saunders, Spooner; Mathew Rohlfing, Cable; Dalton Truchon, Ashland.

Heat: Hudack; Truchon; Saunders; Pearce; Schultz; Hmielewski; Rohlfing; Bond; Graham.

WISSOTA HORNETS

Feature: 1-8: DeJay Jarecki, Ashland; AJ House, Cloquet, MN; Caleb Decker, Mahtowa, MN; Hunter McDougall, Duluth, MN; Derek Ament, Barnum, MN; Josh Rowe, Duluth, MN; Cully Butterfield, Trego; Jake Wammer, Ashland.

Heat: House; Jarecki; Ament; Decker; McDougall; Butterfield; Wammer; Rowe; Mitch Kieber, Ironwood, MI.

June 27th Results

Hughes Tops ABC Northern Renegades A-Main

by Nick Gima

                Ashland, WI, June 27 — Jori Hughes of Tower, MN, took advantage of another driver’s misfortune and held on to win the first-ever Northern Renegades’ traditional sprint car feature at the ABC Raceway on Saturday night.

On a sweltering 85-degree night, the program – presented by the NAPA Auto Parts stores of Ashland & Washburn – included 79 entries, 14 of which were from the regional sprint series, representing primarily northeastern Minnesota. The non-winged sprinters ran off a 20-lap spotlight event delayed by only four yellow-flag slowdowns – but the last of those was most crucial to the final outcome.

After Ken Hron’s spin negated the initial start, Caley Emerson outran his front-row starting mate Ryan Johnson to set the early pace. Paul Schultz looped his ride on lap 4 to halt the proceedings a second time, after which Emerson increased his advantage over the next four-lap green-flag stage. Hughes – whose only other laps on the northern Wisconsin oval came in a WISSOTA Midwest Modified during the 2010 Red Clay Classic – worked his way past Johnson for second during this stretch, while eighth-starting Denny Stordahl, the only Wisconsin native in the field, grabbed fourth from Chris Lewis.

The turning point of the race came on the restart after the lap 8 stoppage for Zach Olson’s spin. At the drop of the next green flag, Emerson’s car refused to go, forcing him to coast into the infield and hand the lead over to Hughes, who held the point for the duration of the run. Hughes and Stordahl drew away from the pack, with Hughes edging Stordahl by less than four-tenths of a second at the final stripe. Hron, who restarted dead last on the grid after his initial spin, made a tremendous drive through the field to finish third, with Johnson well back in fourth and Jake Barsness just nipping Lewis at the line for fifth.

The Northern Renegades are tentatively slated to return to the ABC Raceway on August 15.

Brandon Copp of Brule also got a bit of a gift when a caution flag wiped out a pass for the lead by Cole Spacek and went on to collect his first-ever feature win in the WISSOTA Modified division.

Tyler Luger swept around polestarter Bill Byholm at the start of the “big Mod” 20-lapper and set a strong early pace, with Copp close behind. On lap 5 Copp moved low to work past Byholm, and then he chipped away at Luger’s three-quarters-of-a-second lead before duplicating his inside move to get by Luger on lap 9.

With Copp storming to a 3.3-second lead over the next six laps, seventh-running Tanner Byholm spun to bring about the first caution flag on lap 15. Spacek took second from Luger on the subsequent restart, then made a strong drive to pull alongside Copp and take the lead, but Cole’s dad Jeff Spacek was tagged and spun, collecting Byholm in a hard wreck, before the lap was completed. Copp was replaced at the front, and he did not allow the younger Spacek – or anyone else – to take away his landmark win, pulling away to a 1.6-second cushion over the final laps.

Pat Cook, who started 12th, put up a stout effort to weave through the field, wrestling second from Cole Spacek with three laps to go, while 15th-starting Alex Van Natta also came on strong late to take fourth away from Luger on the final lap.

Four-time defending WISSOTA Super Stock track champ Nick Oreskovich on Mason maintained the lead through several early delays, then held on after a late caution to win his first feature of the season here.

Front-row starters Don Muzzy and Cory Casari battled fiercely during the first lap, but after fourth-place Matt Deragon’s spin, Oreskovich slipped by the lead pair on the outside. A multi-car melee on lap 2 stopped the action, after which Shawn McFadden Jr replaced Casari in third and Dave Flynn followed him into fourth.

On lap 3 Deragon and Patrick Beeksma got together to draw another yellow, but the next 11 laps stayed under green, with Oreskovich widening his margin. McFadden grabbed second right after the restart, but Flynn took that spot away within a couple of laps. Oreskovich had a 1.8-second cushion when Flynn took over second, but that lead shrank by half a second over the next seven laps.

Muzzy’s spin on lap 14, and a Kyle Copp-Andrew Mackey get-together on that restart, put Flynn right on Oreskovich’s trunklid for the dash to the finish, but Oreskovich held on by a half-second for his 22nd career feature win at ABC. Casari battled back for third, and Deragon recovered for fourth ahead of McFadden.

Ashland’s Tyler Vernon took advantage of a long green-flag run over the latter two-thirds of the race to earn his second WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature win of the season.

Rookie Brady Uotinen started from the pole and showed that he has learned a lot from watching his dad, six-time ABC Raceway “big Mod” champ Al Uotinen, as he kept his cool in front of the chaos chasing him over the first seven laps of the 20-lapper. First, Justin Weinberger spun right behind Uotinen while holding second during lap 1, and then two cars deep in the pack looped on lap 2. Two laps later John Kallas took a hard hit into the turn 3 wall, but fortunately he was able to walk away.

On the following restart Vernon made a thread-the-needle, four-wide pass for the lead, but during the move the outside car of the four – Jimmy Latvala – spun his ride to nix Vernon’s dramatics. Over the next three laps Uotinen took on the challenges of Ross Fuhman, Vernon, and Jesse Aho until finally Fuhrman completed and inside move to take the lead on lap 7. Uotinen and Aho swapped second for a couple of laps until Aho finally cleared the rookie on lap 11, with Vernon in tow to third.

With five laps to go Vernon decided to try the high line, and with a three-wide move he swept around both Aho and Fuhrman for the winning pass. He then ran off to a 1.9-second margin of victory ahead of Aho, Fuhrman, and Marcus Dunbar and George Dalbeck, who started side-by-side in row 4.

With points leader Randy Graham running his WISSOTA Pure Stock elsewhere on this night, car owner Dale Coddington of Hayward climbed behind the wheel and swept both the ABC Six-Cylinders heat and feature to keep the car undefeated in 2020.

Coddington, the three-time Sixes track champ, moved quickly from his outside-second-row starting spot to get around Josh Saunders to take over the lead on lap 2, and from there it was an exercise in patience. The field was stopped on lap 3 for fluids leaking from the back of Dalton Truchon’s car, and on the restart the cars of Dominic Hmielewski and Saunders jammed together nose-to-tail and ground to a halt. With four cars left to run and the race cut to nine laps from the originally scheduled 12, Truchon tried a power move to get by Coddington for the lead on the restart but spun himself instead.

The remaining three ran off the final six laps, Coddington coasted to a 1.95-second win over Forrest Schultz and Mathew Rohlfing. The win was the 25th of Coddington’s career at ABC.

In the WISSOTA Hornet 12-lap A-main, AJ House of Cloquet, MN, worked his way past Kristy Marken and ran off to his second win here this season.

After a stop for DeJay Jarecki’s jump of the initial start, Josh Rowe led a tight-knit pack for the first couple of laps, until Marken drove around him for the lead. House, who started eighth, moved into second and immediately challenged for the lead, taking the spot with an inside pass on lap 3.

It took a few laps before House had complete control of the run, eventually winning by a six-length margin over Marken, who had Jarecki threatening over the final few laps. Mitch Kieber and Hunter McDougall completed the top five.

The fastest laps timed in five of the six features were recorded by Stordahl in the sprints (17.715 secs; 76.207 mph); Luger in the Mods (17.336; 77.873); Oreskovich in the Supers (17.322; 77.936); Uotinen in the Mid-Mods (18.056; 74.767); and Coddington in the Sixes (18.603; 72.569).

The ABC Raceway will be off on the Fourth of July but will resume action on Saturday, July 11, with Northern Clearing Inc’s “Racing for a Reason” fundraiser program and Community Celebration event, presented by Little Caesar’s Pizza of Ashland. In addition to free general grandstand admission on that night, fans are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items as contributions to the fundraising efforts, and local organizations with raffle tickets to sell for their fundraising causes will be welcome to set up tables at the track that night.

The WISSOTA Pure Stocks will join the other five regular weekly divisions in action. The pits will open at 4:30 pm and the grandstands will open at 5, with hot laps set for 6:15 and the first green flag of the night scheduled for 7 pm. “Race Night” will air on WBSZ, 93.3 FM, as well as online at www.wbszfm.com, from 4:30 until 6 pm on that Saturday with the latest news and weather information from the track.

The ABC Raceway is located 3-1/2 miles south of Ashland on State Highway 13 and one mile west on Butterworth Road. For raceday information call (715) 682-4990, log on to the track’s website, www.abcraceway.com, or check out the track’s FaceBook page.

RESULTS

NORTHERN RENEGADES TRADITIONAL SPRINTS

Feature: 1-10: Jori Hughes, Tower, MN; Denny Stordahl, Centuria; Ken Hron, Grand Rapids, MN; Ryan Johnson, East Bethel, MN; Jake Barsness, Grand Rapids, MN; Chris Lewis, Grand Rapids, MN; Paul Schultz; Grand Rapids, MN; Josh Braford; Grand Rapids, MN; Brian Trembath; Grand Rapids, MN; Leah Steahl, Mound, MN.

11-12: Zach Olson, Grand Rapids, MN; Caley Emerson, Grand Rapids, MN.

Heat 1: Schultz; Hughes; Johnson; Braford; Lewis; Trembath; Steahl.

Heat 2: Hron; Stordahl; Barsness; Emerson; Olson; Danny Wait Jr, Cohasset, MN.

WISSOTA MODIFIEDS

Feature: 1-10: Brandon Copp, Brule; Pat Cook, Washburn; Cole Spacek, Phillips; Alex Van Natta, Minocqua; Tyler Luger, Oxford; Al Uotinen, Superior; Paul Suzik, Ironwood, MI; Bill Byholm, Glidden; Kelly Checkalski, Poplar; Jake Hiatt, Mason.

11-17: Paul Niznik, Medford; Neil Balduc, Bessemer, MI; Todd Gehl, Solon Springs; Rick Rivord, Superior; Shane Kisling, Butternut; Tanner Byholm, Glidden; Jeff Spacek, Phillips.

Heat 1: Uotinen; Rivord; Copp; B Byholm; Suzik; Checkalski; J Spacek; Balduc; Hiatt.

Heat 2: C Spacek; T Byholm; Gehl; Luger; Niznik; Cook; Kisling; Van Natta.

WISSOTA SUPER STOCKS

Feature: 1-10: Nick Oreskovich, Mason; Dave Flynn, Superior; Cory Casari, Montreal; Matt Deragon, Ashland; Shawn McFadden, Ashland; Kyle Copp, Brule; Terran Spacek, Phillips; Scott Lawrence, Superior; Patrick Beeksma, Ironwood, MI; Don Muzzy, Ironwood, MI.

11-14: David Elliott, Minocqua; Andrew Mackey, Duluth, MN; Aaron Mashlan, Ashland; Steve Stuart, Ashland.

Heat 1: Stuart; Flynn; Oreskovich; Muzzy; Beeksma; Mackey.

Heat 2: Copp; Deragon; McFadden; Casari; Elliott; Mashlan; Spacek.

WISSOTA MIDWEST MODIFIEDS

Feature: 1-10: Tyler Vernon, Ashland; Jesse Aho, Toivola, MI; Ross Fuhrman, Ashland; Marcus Dunbar, Marenisco, MI; George Dalbeck, Wakefield, MI; Brady Uotinen, Superior; Jack Rivord, Superior; Justin Weinberger, Butternut; Tanner Hicks, Ashland; Jimmy Latvala, Solon Springs.

11-17: Paul Ripley, Duluth, MN; Diamond Bressette, Spooner; Ryan Barningham, Bayfield; Bryan Lund, Ashland; John Darwin, Iron River; Jesse Polson, Superior; John Kallas, Hurley.

Heat 1: Fuhrman; Aho; Latvala; Weinberger; Darwin; Barningham; Polson; Ripley.

Heat 2: Vernon; Dunbar; Dalbeck; Uotinen; Rivord; Kallas; Hicks; Bressette.

ABC SIX-CYLINDERS

Feature: 1-6: Dale Coddington, Hayward; Forrest Schultz, Ashland; Mathew Rohlfing, Cable; Dalton Truchon, Ashland; Joshua Saunders, Spooner; Dominic Hmielewski, Marengo.

Heat: Coddington; Saunders; Schultz; Hmielewski; Rohlfing; Truchon.

WISSOTA HORNETS

Feature: 1-10: AJ House, Cloquet, MN; Kristy Marken, Duluth, MN; DeJay Jarecki, Ashland; Mitch Kieber, Ironwood, MI; Hunter McDougall, Duluth, MN; Josh Rowe, Duluth, MN; Casey Fitzpatrick, Two Harbors, MN; Nate Rose, Duluth, MN; Brandon Hummelmeier, Maple; Austin Herr, Grand Rapids, MN.

11: Jake Wammer, Ashland.

Heat 1: House; McDougall; Rowe; Jarecki; Fitzpatrick; Shawn Young, Stone Lake.

Heat 2: Rose; Marken; Kieber; Herr; Hummelmeier; Wammer.

Racing for a Reason July 11th

Free Admission Night at ABC Raceway Kicks Off Busy July

by Nick Gima

                Ashland, WI, July 7 — After a brief break for the Independence Day holiday weekend, the staff of the ABC Raceway will jump back into action with both feet, starting Saturday night with a program designed to attract every type of race fan.

Northern Clearing Inc, with support from Little Caesar’s Pizza, will present its annual “Racing for a Reason” fundraiser night for local charities. The Raceway will offer free admission for all fans in the main grandstands area, and there will be a number of opportunities for fans to contribute to the charities all evening.

Fans are encouraged to donate non-perishable food items at the front grandstand admission gate as part of the fundraising effort. There will also be a favorite-driver vote and button sales, with proceeds to be added to the overall contributions.

“The Vernon family and the entire staff of Northern Clearing have done such a wonderful job helping the families of our local communities,” said Raceway president Eric Erickson recently. “By offering to help us put on a racing program free of charge to the fans, we hope fans will show their appreciation by supporting the many local groups that benefit from NCI’s generosity.”

A full program of WISSOTA Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Pure Stocks and Hornets, plus ABC Raceway Six-Cylinders, will be in action for heat and feature races. Following the race program, the track will host a fireworks display, and after that fans are welcome to attend a chili feed fundraiser at Zar’s Bar & Banquet Hall near Ashland.

The rest of the month of July will be just as busy and exciting, with the rescheduled $1,500-to-win race 1 of Ashland Ford-Chrysler Center’s three-race Summer Series for the Midwest Mods on July 18; and the championship round of the five-track, five-night FastLane Motorsports Northland Super Stock Series to be held on July 25.

For this Saturday’s show, the pit gates will open at 4:30 pm, the grandstand gates will welcome fans in at 5, hot laps will kick off the on-track action at 6:15, and green-flag racing gets going at 7 pm. Local radio station WBSZ, 93.3 FM, will air “Race Night” updates from 4:30-6 pm with track news and info.

The ABC Raceway is located 3-1/2 miles south of Ashland on State Highway 13 and one mile west on Butterworth Road. For raceday information call (715) 682-4990, log on to the track’s website, www.abcraceway.com, or check out the track’s FaceBook page.

The ABC Raceway will be off on the Fourth of July but will resume action on Saturday, July 11, with Northern Clearing Inc’s “Racing for a Reason” fundraiser program and Community Celebration event, presented by Little Caesar’s Pizza of Ashland. In addition to free general grandstand admission on that night, fans are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items as contributions to the fundraising efforts, and local organizations with raffle tickets to sell for their fundraising causes will be welcome to set up tables at the track that night.

The WISSOTA Pure Stocks will join the other five regular weekly divisions in action. The pits will open at 4:30 pm and the grandstands will open at 5, with hot laps set for 6:15 and the first green flag of the night scheduled for 7 pm. “Race Night” will air on WBSZ, 93.3 FM, as well as online at www.wbszfm.com, from 4:30 until 6 pm on that Saturday with the latest news and weather information from the track.

The ABC Raceway is located 3-1/2 miles south of Ashland on State Highway 13 and one mile west on Butterworth Road. For raceday information call (715) 682-4990, log on to the track’s website, www.abcraceway.com, or check out the track’s FaceBook page.

June 27th Revised

Due to the Hibbing Speedway opening this weekend, the ABC Raceway has made the very difficult decision to take the Late Models off of our June 27th show and add the Six Cylinders. We apologize for the late decision but in light of Hibbing’s announcement tonight, we feel it’s in the best interests of both tracks to make this change to the show. We are still very excited to welcome the Renegade Non Winged Sprints this Saturday Night! Ticket prices for the main grandstand will be $13 with kids 12 and under free with a paid adult. Pit admission will be $30 at the gate but $25 if you buy in advance on MRP. See you this Saturday!

The ABC Raceway is located 3-1/2 miles south of Ashland on State Highway 13 and one mile west on Butterworth Road. For raceday information call (715) 682-4990, log on to the track’s website, www.abcraceway.com, or check out the track’s FaceBook page.

ABC Raceway to Welcome Renegade Sprints

by Nick Gima

                Ashland, WI, June 24 — For the first time since 2018 – and only the second time ever – members of the Northern Renegade Sprint Car Series will compete at the ABC Raceway on Saturday night.

In a program to be presented by the NAPA Auto Parts Stores of Ashland & Washburn, the northeastern Minnesota-based traditional (non-winged) sprint tour will headline a six-division program on the historic northern Wisconsin red-clay oval. Joining the sprints will be WISSOTA-sanctioned Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds and Hornets, as well as the Raceway’s own Six-Cylinders for a full night of heat- and feature-race action.

The Northern Renegades cars represent racing in its one of the purest and most traditional forms – inexpensive powertrains placed in lightweight chassis, no wings to create downforce, and huge tires to put the power to the ground. The cars can be quite a handful at speed, so it takes talented drivers paying complete attention to the task at hand.

But with this series, rules regarding engines, tires, suspensions and other components are designed to keep costs as low as possible, resulting in drivers with lower budgets being just as competitive as the “big-time” race teams. And that, in turn, translates to exciting racing.

“We appreciate the support and cooperation of the members of the Northern Renegades tour,” Raceway president Eric Erickson recently said. “These drivers will put on a whale of a show for our fans. It will be thrilling to see these cars fly around our red-clay oval at speeds reaching nearly 100 miles per hour!”

A couple of drivers familiar to local race fans who are currently traveling with the Northern Renegades tour include former WISSOTA Late Model stars Harry Hanson of Eveleth, MN, and Caley Emerson of Grand Rapids, MN.

The ABC Raceway originally planned to include the Late Models with this Saturday’s program, but scheduling conflicts forced the Raceway to change its offering for Saturday. The track’s Sixes have been added in their place; WISSOTA Pure Stocks still will have the night off.

For this Saturday’s show, the pit gates will open at 4:30 pm, the grandstand gates will welcome fans in at 5, hot laps will kick off the on-track action at 6:15, and green-flag racing gets going at 7 pm. Adult grandstand admission tickets are just $13 per person, either at the gate or online via www.myracepass.com, and kids ages 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult. Ten-race punch passes are also available at the Raceway’s ticket window on race nights, and advance pit passes are also available online.

The ABC Raceway is located 3-1/2 miles south of Ashland on State Highway 13 and one mile west on Butterworth Road. For raceday information call (715) 682-4990, log on to the track’s website, www.abcraceway.com, or check out the track’s FaceBook page.

June 20th Mid Mod Series

Race 1 of ABC Mid-Mod Summer Series Washed Out

Late models, sprints coming June 27

by Nick Gima

                Ashland, WI, June 20 — While Saturday’s late-afternoon shower may have been a welcome relief for lawns and gardens, it put a damper on the ABC Raceway’s plans for the opening round of the Ashland Ford-Chrysler Center Summer Series for WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds.

Set to be presented by Zar’s Bar & Banquet Hall of Ashland, the first night of the three-race series at the historic three-eighths-mile red-clay oval, along with the rest of the six-division race program, was cancelled about a half-hour before the scheduled start of the hot-lap practice session. Weather forecasts at the time called for the rains to continue over a two- to three-hour window, which would not allow the Raceway’s track prep crews enough time to run in the moisture so racing action could start at a reasonable hour.

“It was a frustrating decision for us to make,” president Eric Erickson said of the Raceway Board’s verdict. “A lot of work went into this event, just like for every race night here. Our staff wants to put on a show for our drivers and fans, but we also understand that the weather plays a big factor in what we do here.”

The Raceway Board will discuss options regarding a possible rescheduling of the first night of the Series. Races two and three of the Series are set for July 18 and August 8, respectively, and will pay $500 to the winner of the Midwest Mod feature each night. A Series points tally will also be kept, with the top three in points receiving bonuses of $300, $200 and $150 at the conclusion of the Series.

Mid-Mod Series to Begin as ABC Firms Up Schedule

by Nick Gima

                Ashland, WI, June 17 — The ABC Raceway will go from hosting one big event last Saturday night to a couple more in June, as the historic northern Wisconsin dirt track’s schedule for the 2020 season is starting to take shape.

On June 20 the first round of the recently-announced Ashland Ford-Chrysler Center Summer Series for the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds will take place on the three-eighths-mile red-clay oval located just south of Ashland. The three-night series will see Mid-Mods racing for $500 to win in each night’s feature, with a bonus of $300 to the driver that has collected the most points at series’ end.

The opening round will be presented by Zar’s Bar & Banquet Hall of Ashland, and the first 500 paying adults to come through the grandstand gates for Saturday’s show will receive a free “can koozie,” complements of Ashland Ford-Chrysler Center and the ABC Raceway.

“The folks at Ashland Ford-Chrysler Center have been working with us for a while to put something together,” explained Raceway Board president Eric Erickson recently. “This is going to be a great collaboration that we hope will last for a long time – we get to work with another outstanding local business, and they get an opportunity to support our drivers and fans.”

Ever since the Mid-Mods came into existence with WISSOTA in 2001, the division has seen steady growth in terms of both car counts and fan enthusiasm, and because of that they became a regular offering at the ABC Raceway in 2008. The cars are basically a “baby brother” to the more powerful WISSOTA Modifieds, with a similar chassis design but less powerful drivetrain. Yet there is no doubt about the popularity of the division, as Mid-Mods have consistently generated the highest car counts in WISSOTA.

A great example of the excitement that Mid-Mods can provide came in last Saturday’s feature at ABC, when the division’s defending points champ here – George Dalbeck of Wakefield, MI – came from the 19th starting spot on a grid of 20 cars and sifted his way through the field to make a last-lap pass for his 22nd career feature win at Ashland, and his Raceway-record 19th win in the division.

Over 30 Midwest Mods are expected to compete during the series, which continues on July 18 and concludes on August 8.

In another scheduling update, the ABC Raceway has announced that it will host WISSOTA Late Models and Northern Renegades traditional (non-winged) sprint cars during its June 27 program. The visiting classes will join the WISSOTA Mods, Super Stocks, Midwest Mods and Hornets in what should be a full night of racing action.

“The scheduling has been in flux all season so far, due to the coronavirus pandemic,” Erickson stated regarding the addition of the sprints and Late Models. “Fortunately, we’ve been able to get both sponsors and drivers to support many of these eleventh-hour changes.”

For this Saturday’s show, the pit gates will open at 4:30 pm, the grandstand gates will welcome fans in at 5, hot laps will kick off the on-track action at 6:15, and green-flag racing gets going at 7 pm. Adult grandstand admission tickets are just $11 per person, either at the gate or online via www.myracepass.com, and kids ages 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult. Ten-race punch passes are also available at the Raceway’s ticket window on race nights, and advance pit passes are also available online.

The ABC Raceway is located 3-1/2 miles south of Ashland on State Highway 13 and one mile west on Butterworth Road. For raceday information call (715) 682-4990, log on to the track’s website, www.abcraceway.com, or check out the track’s FaceBook page.

Ashland Ford-Chrysler Center Summer Series for the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds

The ABC Raceway will host the first of its three-race Ashland Ford-Chrysler Center Summer Series for the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds on Saturday, June 20. The opening round will be presented by Zar’s Bar & Banquet Hall of Ashland, and during each of the three Series races the track will pay $500 to the winners of the Mid-Mod features, while a $300 bonus awaits the driver who can collect the most points over the three events.

Also, at each of the Summer Series events, the first 500 paid-ticket adults arriving through the grandstand gates will receive a free “can koozie,” complements of Ashland Ford-Chrysler Center and the ABC Raceway. The other two Series races are scheduled for July 18 and August 8

All six regular-weekly divisions will be in action this Saturday. The pits will open at 4:30 pm, with the grandstands opening at 5; hot laps will start at 6:15, and racing is scheduled for 7 pm. Raceway news and weather updates will air during the week on radio stations WBSZ, 93.3 FM; WJJH, 96.7 FM; WNXR, 107.3 FM; and WATW, 101.3 FM and 1400 AM; as well as online via the station websites and on the free Heartland Communications Group radio app.

The ABC Raceway is located 3-1/2 miles south of Ashland on State Highway 13 and one mile west on Butterworth Road. For raceday information call (715) 682-4990, log on to the track’s website, www.abcraceway.com, or check out the track’s FaceBook page.

June 13th Results

Anderson Sails to ABC Street Stock ‘Battle by the Bay’ Win

Lawrence returns to Ashland’s Victory Lane

by Nick Gima

                Ashland, WI, June 13 — After a hard-fought early three-car battle, Parker Anderson took the lead from Cody Kummer with ten laps remaining and pulled away to win the first-ever “Battle by the Bay” WISSOTA Street Stock feature at the ABC Raceway on Saturday night.

                A season-high 104 racers were entered for the program, presented by Anderson’s Body Shop of Phillips. The first appearance for WISSOTA Street Stocks at the historic northern Wisconsin speedplant since late August 2009 evolved from a simple offer to the division to run at ABC (since the home track for most of them – Rice Lake Speedway – had a scheduled Saturday night off) to a big-money special in less than a week.

                Anderson’s Body Shop and other associate sponsors gathered up over $5,300 in purse and bonuses for the Street Stock feature, resulting in a track-record winner’s check for the division of $1,200.

                Anderson, of Phillips, who was coming off a win at Eagle Valley Speedway in Jim Falls the night before, started alongside pole dash winner Cody Kummer on the front row, and throughout the first 15 of the 25 scheduled laps Anderson gave Kummer all he could handle, with Andrew Hanson running right on their rear bumper. The lead trio ran in extremely close formation as they pulled away from the rest of the 18-car field over the first five laps, before Kolby Kiehl’s spin brought out the first yellow flag.

                Jim Randall, who restarted in fourth, tried to join the lead battle but spun to slow the pace after lap 6, and Hunter Anderson’s spin collected a couple of his fellow racers before lap 7 was scored. But after Hunter Van Guilder’s loop on lap 9 brought about another caution stop, the rest of the run went uninterrupted.

                By lap 14 Kummer and Anderson had gained some separation from Hanson, and Anderson’s persistent efforts to nose by on the outside finally paid off when he edged ahead under the flagstand at the end of lap 15. From there Anderson stretched his lead to 3.25 seconds at the checkers for his first-ever feature win at the same track where his grandfather Bob won a Six-Cylinder points title in 1994. Kummer finished just ahead of Zach Manley, who had started last on the 18-car grid to earn hard-charger honors. Hanson, in his first race at ABC since his 2017 Pure Stock points title here, and Nick Traynor completed the top five.

                Scott Lawrence’s last feature win in Ashland seemed like nearly as long ago as the last Street Stock race here. “I nearly forgot how to get here,” Lawrence half-joked in Victory Lane after winning his first WISSOTA Super Stock feature at ABC since early July 2014.

                After a huge crash that collected ten of the 18 starters for the 20-lap A-main, Lawrence – the 14-time track champion from Superior who won 11 Super Stock titles in a row here from 2004-’14 – started on the pole and edged ahead of Andrew Mackey for the initial lead. Shawn McFadden Jr and Terran Spacek provided Lawrence with plenty of pressure before 2019 ABC Modified champ Steve Stuart, driving Greg Kuklinski’s car, collected visiting Tucker Quinn to bring out a quick second yellow flag on lap 2.

                Another big wreck at the drop of the next green flag began with contact between Mackey and Dave Flynn and eliminated or badly damaged several front-runners, but the race stayed under green for the final 18 laps, during most of which Lawrence and Spacek ran side-by-side and swapped the lead on nearly every lap. Stuart had battled back from the early back-of-the-pack penalty and swept past Cory Casari for third with six laps to go, as Lawrence finally wrestled control of the lead from Spacek.

                Over the final two laps Stuart overtook Spacek and tried to reel in Lawrence, but he couldn’t get any closer than four-tenths of a second away at the checkered. Spacek claimed third, comfortably ahead of 11th-starting Matt Deragon and 15th-starting Tristan LaBarge.

                The 55th win of his career at ABC ties Lawrence for fourth on the track’s all-time feature win list with another driver from Superior – Raceway Hall-of-Famer Dick Christman.

                Another veteran multi-time track champ from Superior, Al Uotinen, seemed to have the WISSOTA Modified 20-lap headliner well in hand, but a hard-charging Neil Balduc changed that outcome in dramatic fashion.

                Outside front-row starter Paul Niznik maintained the lead through two early restarts – after Jeff Spacek pounded the turn-1 guardrail hard after the first lap, and after Alex Van Natta’s spin in traffic during lap 2. But Uotinen, who owns six “big Mod” points titles at Ashland, worked his way by Niznik on the low groove after a slight bobble by the leader, and eventually he cruised out to a lead of over two full seconds on the field at mid-race.

                Balduc’s car, which started outside on the fourth row, was hooked up to the fast, wide, sticky red-clay oval, and he weaved his way into second place on lap 11. Balduc then shaved huge chunks of Uotinen’s advantage away until, on lap 17, he made a strong outside sweep around Uotinen for the lead. Uotinen fought back and, on a couple of occasions, edged ahead, but at the stripe Balduc, from Bessemer, MI, held a winning margin of less than four-tenths of a second – not much more than a car-length.

                Cole Spacek followed Balduc through the field to finish third, with Brandon Copp and Jeff Tardy close behind.

                The WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature also saw a strong run through traffic for the win, as defending division champ George Dalbeck of Wakefield, MI, drove from the 19th starting spot on the 20-car grid in his first night back on the Ashland track.

                Polestarter Kennedy Swan tried to keep Jesse Aho from passing her during the race’s early stages, but the veteran racer overtook the 13-year-old on lap 2 and brought Jimmy Latvala along to second. Swan’s spin and crash on lap 4 collected several cars and damaged hers enough to end her night, but with the green flag displayed Aho had his hands full with challenges from Latvala, Tanner Hicks and Marcus Dunbar.

                After first-nighter Jesse Raffaelli’s car stalled on lap 7, Dunbar charged into second place, and after visiting Guy Carley’s spin on lap 8, Dunbar made an inside pass on Aho stick for the lead, with Latvala following along to second. One lap later, Dalbeck moved into a tightly-packed top-five with a pass of Tyler Vernon.

                Raffaelli’s second stop on the track slowed the pace on lap 12, and after a multi-car spin on that restart, Aho and Latvala began an exciting duel for second, allowing Dunbar to sprint away. But debris on the track brought the field back to the leader with four laps left, and when Dunbar slipped up high in the first corner after the restart, Aho took over at the point, towing Dalbeck and Latvala by as well. With the white flag in the air Dalbeck worked past Aho for the lead and held on by a car-length for his track-best 19th career Mid-Mod win here.

                Dunbar recovered to overtake Aho for second, with Latvala and Jack Rivord not far behind.

                Trego’s Randy Graham stayed undefeated in the ABC Six-Cylinders in 2020, winning both the division’s heat and feature for the third time in as many nights.

                Graham had his work cut out for him in the feature but bided his time while running fifth in the six-car field early in the 12-lapper. After Dalton Truchon’s spin on lap 3 due to fluids spilled on the track, Graham sliced between second-running Dominic Hmielewski and leader Jordan Pearce to grab the lead during lap 4. Graham then withstood Pearce’s lap 8 spin and subsequent restart for his 29th career win, and 18th in the Sixes here, by 1.6 seconds over Truchon, Hmielewski, Forrest Schultz and Pearce.

                Visitor Travis Hazelton led the early going of the 12-lap WISSOTA Pure Stock feature, and he maintained his advantage over Nicholas Hazelton, Graham and James Vendela after a lap 2 stoppage for Tyler Kachinske’s spin. But when the leader broke with eight laps to go, Vendela sped by while others brake-checked to avoid heavy contact, and the second-generation driver from South Range ran away to his second career feature win at ABC.

                Graham recovered to finish a distant second, while Tanner Gehl snuck through to claim third, a ways ahead of Nicholas Hazelton and Devin Fries.

                Derek Dunbar grabbed the early lead from the pole in the 12-lap WISSOTA Hornet A-main, ahead of some tight-formation racing that fanned out to four- and even five-wide. A grinding crash involving Josh Rowe and Isiah Oakgrove brought about a stoppage of the race on lap 2, after which Jace Wiarda and AJ House put the pressure on Dunbar.

                House worked the low groove to get by Dunbar on lap 3, with Wiarda in tow to second, and two laps later Wiarda made a low-lane move of his own stick to get by House for the winning pass. After Dunbar’s car got caught up on the turn 3 infield marker tires and spun on lap 9, Wiarda, of Duluth, MN, ran away unchallenged for his first career feature win, well ahead of House, Casey Fitzpatrick, Kristy Marken and Hunter McDougall.

                The associate sponsors who contributed so generously to the success of the “Battle by the Bay” included Phillips Lanes, GA Dalbeck Logging, ICS Services LLC, Factory 43 Racing, Spacek Lawn Care, Butch Kummer, Copp Racing, Dark Side Racing, Passuello Racing, Bogdanovic Racing, 10-Pin Racing, Satch’s Auto Body, Ashland Ford-Chrysler Center, Hanson Trucking, Weber Works Construction, Hanco Utilities, Sevel’s Lawn Care, Trackside Collectibles, Dan Kozak, and Luger Trucking.

                The fastest laps posted in each of the feature races were by Niznik in the Mods (17.100 secs; 78.947 mph), Stuart in the Supers (17.407; 77.555), Dalbeck in the Mid-Mods (17.193; 78.520), Parker Anderson in the Streeters (18.509; 72.937), and Graham in the Sixes (18.643; 72.413).

                The ABC Raceway will host the first of its three-race Ashland Ford-Chrysler Center Summer Series for the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds on Saturday, June 20. The opening round will be presented by Zar’s Bar & Banquet Hall of Ashland, and during each of the three Series races the track will pay $500 to the winners of the Mid-Mod features, while a $300 bonus awaits the driver who can collect the most points over the three events.

                Also, at each of the Summer Series events, the first 500 paid-ticket adults arriving through the grandstand gates will receive a free “can koozie,” complements of Ashland Ford-Chrysler Center and the ABC Raceway. The other two Series races are scheduled for July 18 and August 8

                All six regular-weekly divisions will be in action this Saturday. The pits will open at 4:30 pm, with the grandstands opening at 5; hot laps will start at 6:15, and racing is scheduled for 7 pm. Raceway news and weather updates will air during the week on radio stations WBSZ, 93.3 FM; WJJH, 96.7 FM; WNXR, 107.3 FM; and WATW, 101.3 FM and 1400 AM; as well as online via the station websites and on the free Heartland Communications Group radio app.

                The ABC Raceway is located 3-1/2 miles south of Ashland on State Highway 13 and one mile west on Butterworth Road. For raceday information call (715) 682-4990, log on to the track’s website, www.abcraceway.com, or check out the track’s FaceBook page.

RESULTS

WISSOTA MODIFIEDS

                Feature: 1-10: Neil Balduc, Bessemer, MI; Al Uotinen, Superior; Cole Spacek, Phillips; Brandon Copp, Brule; Jeff Tardy, Hibbing, MN; Alex Van Natta, Minocqua; Paul Niznik, Medford; Todd Gehl, Solon Springs; Pat Cook, Washburn; Paul Suzik, Ironwood, MI.

                11-15: Tyler Luger, Oxford; Jake Hiatt, Mason; Shane Kisling, Butternut; Mike Anderson, Jim Falls; Jeff Spacek, Phillips.

                Heat 1: Tardy; Kisling; Balduc; J Spacek; Van Natta; Cook; Anderson; Luger.

                Heat 2: C Spacek; Copp; Niznik; Uotinen; Gehl; Suzik; Hiatt.

WISSOTA SUPER STOCKS

                Feature: 1-10: Scott Lawrence, Superior; Steve Stuart, Ashland; Terran Spacek, Phillips; Matt Deragon, Ashland; Tristan LaBarge, Kelly Lake, MN; Shawn McFadden, Ashland; Andrew Mackey, Duluth, MN; Patrick Beeksma

Ironwood, MI; Nick Oreskovich, Mason; Kyle Copp, Brule.

                11-18: Rita Anderson, South Range; Cory Casari, Montreal; Aaron Mashlan, Ashland; Tucker Quinn, Ladysmith; Don Muzzy, Ironwood, MI; Austin Workman, Dallas; Josh Bach, Barron; Dave Flynn, Superior.

                Heat 1: Oreskovich; McFadden; Lawrence; Beeksma; Quinn; Deragon; Muzzy; LaBarge; Bach.

                Heat 2: Spacek; Flynn; Stuart; Mackey; Casari; Copp; Anderson; Workman; Mashlan.

WISSOTA MIDWEST MODIFIEDS

                Feature: 1-10: George Dalbeck, Wakefield, MI; Marcus Dunbar, Marenisco, MI; Jesse Aho, Toivola, MI; Jimmy Latvala, Solon Springs; Jack Rivord, Superior; Tanner Hicks, Ashland; Tyler Vernon, Ashland; Brady Uotinen, Superior; Gunner Peterson, South Range; Justin Weinberger, Butternut.

                11-20: Ross Fuhrman, Ashland; Jake Stai, New Auburn; Guy Carley, Eagle River; Steve Altman, Mercer; John Darwin, Iron River; Jesse Polson, Superior; Ryan Barningham, Bayfield; Paul Ripley, Duluth, MN; Jesse Raffaelli, Toivola, MI; Kennedy Swan, Chippewa Falls.

                Heat 1: Fuhrman; Latvala; Peterson; Carley; Barningham; Dalbeck; Stai; John Kallas, Hurley.

                Heat 2: Dunbar; Aho; Swan; Weinberger; Ripley; Polson; Diamond Bressette, Spooner; Raffaelli.

                Heat 3: Rivord; Vernon; Hicks; Altman; Darwin; Uotinen.

WISSOTA STREET STOCKS

                Feature: 1-10: Parker Anderson, Phillips; Cody Kummer, Medford; Zach Manley, Chetek; Andrew Hanson, Iron River; Nick Traynor, Barron; Adam Soltis, Ladysmith; Jay Kesan, Weyerhaeuser; Kevin Bogdanovic, Wausau; Jim Randall, Rice Lake; Alex Minks, Bruce.

                11-18: Hunter Anderson, Phillips; Hunter VanGilder, Rice Lake; Joseph Ott, Spooner; Ron Hanestad, Glenwood City; William Fisher, Shell Lake; Kolby Kiehl, Barron; James Clausen, Barron; John Kallas, Hurley.

                Heat 1: Soltis; Hanson; Traynor; Kiehl; Hanestad.

                Heat 2: P Anderson; Randall; VanGilder; Kesan; Fisher; Ott.

                Heat 3: Kummer; H Anderson; Minks; Bogdanovic; Clausen; Manley.

                Pole Dash: Kummer; P Anderson; Hanson; Soltis; H Anderson; Randall.

ABC SIX-CYLINDERS

                Feature: 1-6: Randy Graham, Trego; Dalton Truchon, Ashland; Dominic Hmielewski, Marengo; Forrest Schultz, Ashland; Jordan Pearce, Ashland; Mathew Rohlfing, Cable.

                Heat: Graham; Schultz; Truchon; Pearce; Hmielewski; Rohlfing; Joshua Saunders, Spooner.

WISSOTA PURE STOCKS

                Feature: 1-8: James Vendela, South Range; Randy Graham, Trego; Tanner Gehl, Solon Springs; Nicholas Hazelton, Chippewa Falls; Devin Fries, Phillips; Tyler Kachinske, Duluth, MN; RJ Holly, Marengo; Travis Hazelton, Chippewa Falls.

                Heat: T Hazelton; Vendela; Graham; Gehl; Holly; N Hazelton; Kachinske; Fries.

WISSOTA HORNETS

                Feature: 1-10: Jase Wiarda, Duluth, MN; AJ House, Cloquet, MN; Casey Fitzpatrick, Two Harbors, MN; Kristy Marken, Duluth, MN; Hunter McDougall, Duluth, MN; Reid Johnson, Duluth, MN; DeJay Jarecki, Ashland; Ricky Helms, Hibbing, MN; Nate Rose, Duluth, MN; Mitch Kieber, Ironwood, MI.

                11-15: Cully Butterfield, Trego; Derek Dunbar, Iron River; Isiah Oakgrove, Bessemer, MI; Brandon Hummelmeier, Maple; Josh Rowe, Duluth, MN.

                Heat 1: House; Marken; Fitzpatrick; Butterfield; Johnson; Rose; Oakgrove.

                Heat 2: Wiarda; McDougall; Dunbar; Jarecki; Hummelmeier; Rowe; Helms; Kieber.