Kids, Drivers to Visit Prior to Races Saturday at ABC
by Nick Gima
Ashland, WI, June 2 — One of the most popular nights on the regular-season schedule at the ABC Raceway has long been the “Kids’ Meet the Drivers” Night.
For over 40 years the track has hosted this event, where drivers park their cars on the front straightaway prior to the races, and kids of all ages mull around on the track to get an up-close look at the race machines, meet the drivers, collect autographs, and maybe even receive a treat or two from their heroes.
The fan-friendly event will be held on Saturday night, presented as it has been for many years by Little Caesar’s Pizza of Ashland. All five of the track’s regular weekly divisions will be in action for a full set of heat and feature races on the award-winning three-eighths-mile red-clay oval located just south of Ashland.
The meet-and-greet portion of the program will start promptly at 6:30 pm and should last for about 15-20 minutes. The first race of the night is scheduled to take the green flag right at 7 pm. Drivers are reminded that the pre-race “hot laps” warm-up session will not be held, to allow the fans more time to visit with them.
The Raceway finally got its 2018 season underway last Saturday in a big way, including honoring active and retired Military personnel during the program and welcoming the entry-level Hornets class from various area tracks to compete here for the for the first time in ABC’s 54-year history.
Dan Prissel of Mondovi, a top runner at Eagle Valley Speedway in Jim Falls, barely edged fellow Eagle Valley racer Jake Halterman to win a thrilling Hornets feature to cap off the program last weekend. Both the Hornets’ heat race and feature offered fans some of the best side-by-side three-wide racing of the night.
In the Raceway’s regular divisions, Ashland’s Steve Stuart was dominant in his WISSOTA Modified feature win, as was defending track champion Nick Oreskovich of Mason in the WISSOTA Super Stocks. Last season’s WISSOTA Pure Stock champ, Andrew Hanson of Iron River, also overpowered the field for his win.
Paul Suzik of Ironwood, MI, held on during a green-white-checkered finish to claim the opening-night WISSOTA Midwest Modified win, and Ashland’s Tiffany Hudack overcame a late-race challenge for the A-main checkers in the ABC Six-Cylinders.
Adult admission tickets for Saturday’s program are just $11 each for the grandstands, and kids ages 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult.
“Z-93 Race Night” will provide live at-the-track pre-race news and weather information on WBSZ, 93.3 FM, from 4:30-6 pm. Fans can also listen to the live web stream on www.wbszfm.com, or via the free HCG Radio app on their smart phone, tablet or other mobile device.
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, or log on to the track’s website, www.abcraceway.com.