June 30th Farm Stock Special

On Thursday, June 30, the ABC Raceway will host its rescheduled Farm Stock Special, to be presented by White River Ag Products of Mason. The Modifieds ($2,500 to win), Super Stocks ($1,200) and Midwest Mods ($1,800) will run for heavily-enhanced purses as an ideal lead-in to Gondik Law Speedway’s Great Lakes Border Battle weekend on Friday-Saturday, July 1-2, and the ABC Raceway’s Six-Cylinders will also be in action on Thursday.

The grandstand gates and pits will open at 5 pm and hot laps will be run at 6:15, followed by heat-race action at 7 pm. WSBZ, 93.3 FM, will air updates from 4:30-6 pm on Saturday, with simulcasts online via the station’s website, www.wbszfm.com.

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.

June 25th Results

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ABC Fundraiser Night Includes First-Time Winners, Long-Time Returners

by Nick Gima

               Ashland, WI, June 25 – On a night that seemed doomed by a late-arriving downpour, the fans on hand at the ABC Raceway on Saturday were instead treated to visits with their favorite drivers, a fast race track, and seven divisions of action – five of which provided either first-time feature winners or drivers returning to ABC’s victory lane after long absences.

Northern Clearing Inc’s “Racing for a Reason” fundraising night drew a packed house – thanks in no small part to the free grandstand admission price. The fans responded with thousands of dollars in donations to the sponsor’s designated charity causes through prize raffles, American Cancer Society button sales, split-the-pot ticket sales, and a chance to ride in the Raceway’s new two-seater WISSOTA Modified.

The cloudburst occurred around 5 pm – just over an hour before the 79 registered drivers were scheduled to take to the track for their hot-lap sessions. The rains turned the nearly perfectly-prepared red-clay oval into a quagmire, but the track’s prep crews went right back to work, grading and packing until the racing surface was even better than before the rains came.

Meanwhile, the racers brought their machines to the grandstand parking area – rather than onto the front-straight of the track – for the meet-the-drivers session, which was rescheduled from earlier this season. It turned out to be a very popular decision with the huge crowd on hand.

Along with the Raceway’s six regular weekly divisions, the Northern Renegades traditional sprints made the first of their two scheduled appearances this season, and Lucas Logue of Rush City, MN, made history for himself by capturing his first career feature win in Ashland.

After a hard wreck during heat-race action eliminated two of the eight traveling sprinters, Logue started the 12-lap A-main on the outside of the front row and scooted out to the lead right away, never to give it up despite the best efforts of Paul Schultz and Ken Hron. Logue worked the high line around the three-eighths-mile oval to near perfection as he pulled away to a half-second advantage in just five laps, and he extended that lead to 1.5 seconds in the late stages as Schultz fended off the determined Hron.

At the white flag Hron dove low to challenge, but Schultz fought back and retained second spot to the checkers, 1.35 seconds behind Logue. Jesse Grife and Zach Olson completed the top five.

Washburn’s Pat Cook took a different approach than Logue en route to his first Outlaw Wraps & Apparel WISSOTA Modified feature win in over two years, as he started from the pole and hugged the absolute bottom line around the northern Wisconsin speedplant to lead all 20 laps.

Over the first nine non-stop laps, Cook held off first rookie Jack Rivord and then Jack’s older cousin Rick Rivord as he toured the shortest route around the track. Behind the front three, Alex Van Natta had his hands full with a strong Jake Hiatt and a fast Brandon Copp, both of whom eventually overtook Van Natta before he spun on lap 9 to bring out the race’s only caution stop.

Cook never held more than a half-second lead throughout the first half of the race, but after the restart he stretched his advantage to over a second-and-a-half on his way to his 12th career feature win at ABC. Rick Rivord held on for a solid runner-up effort, and Copp made a slick three-wide move to get by Hiatt and Jack Rivord for third.

Fourth-year driver Andrew Mackey of Duluth, MN – whose family has deep racing roots in the Ashland area – dominated the 20-lap non-stop Arrowhead Auto Glass WISSOTA Super Stock main event for his first career feature win here.

Cory Casari moved by polestarter Myron Basina for the initial lead, but within a lap he found himself in a battle with Mackey and Shawn McFadden, a battle that Mackey won by the time lap 2 had been scored. McFadden followed Mackey to second on lap 2 and spent the remainder of the run trying to hold off persistent challenges from Nick Oreskovich, with Casari and Scott Lawrence close behind. At one point the battle for second was six cars deep, but McFadden maintained his line as long as he could.

At the checkers Mackey held a 2.622-second advantage while putting slower cars a lap down, and behind him Oreskovich used a last-corner move on McFadden to steal second. Steve Stuart won a late-race battle with Lawrence for fourth.

Also appearing in Victory Lane for the first time in a while was former three-time track WISSOTA Midwest Modified champ Paul Suzik of Ironwood, MI, who dominated the first 14 non-stop laps but had to hold on over the final half-dozen circuits as caution slowdowns kept the field tight on his tail.

Ross Fuhrman set the early pace in front of polestarter Diamond Bressette, while Suzik moved quickly to third. Within two laps Suzik grabbed the lead away and wasted no time pushing his advantage to over a second-and-a-half on Fuhrman, with Oreskovich, pulling double-duty on this night, grabbing third.

Suzik was already putting backmarkers a lap in arrears by mid-race while building on a 2.5-second lead, and Fuhrman and friends could not cut into that margin until lap 14, when a two-car get-together brought out the race’s first yellow light. Oreskovich took advantage of the restart to steal second from Fuhrman, just before Sean O’Brien’s spin with four laps to go slowed the pace again.

Marcus Dunbar moved by both Fuhrman and Oreskovich after the green came back out to take second, but Mitch Kieber’s looped ride stopped the race again. Dunbar gave Suzik a serious threat over the final three laps, but Suzik held on for his first win here since May 2018. Brady Uotinen, Fuhrman and Oreskovich completed a close-knit top five.

Travis Hazelton of Chippewa Falls made it two straight in the win column after his hard-earned win in the WISSOTA Pure Stock feature. Hazelton started mid-pack – sixth on the ten-car grid – and completed a three-wide pass for the lead just before the ten-lap event’s halfway point to capture the win.

RJ Holly held off Kevin Bartelt early before Aaron Bernick and Tyler Kachinske moved into second and third, respectively, on lap 2. First-time visitor Jake Smith spun to bring about the first of three caution slowdowns, and a lap after the restart Kachinske slapped the front-straight wall hard while in the heat of a three-wide battle for third. Kachinske was unhurt but his car was badly damaged.

Bernick, who had edged ahead of Holly before Kachinske’s incident, got immediate pressure from Hazelton, who had restarted third. On lap 5 Hazelton used a three-wide move to get around Holly and Bernick and, after a restart for Cully Butterfield’s lap 7 spin, held on for the win.

Cory Jorgensen worked his way through to second, winning a tough late-lap battle with Bernick, with a charging Roger Walker fourth and Smith recovering for fifth.

Ashland’s Dennis Groom became the Raceway’s first three-time winner this season, passing race-long leader Bubba Anderson after a late caution to take the ABC Six-Cylinder feature.

Caution flags helped Groom’s cause greatly, as he started eighth on the 11-car grid. Anderson, meanwhile, started on the pole and paced the race with a badly smoking machine, just ahead of rookie Jacob Johnson. Mathew Rohlfing’s early spin caused the only delay over the race’s first six laps, during which Anderson stayed just in front of a battle for second among some of the division’s younger drivers – Johnson, Trenton Bond, Dalton Truchon, Jakob Bond and Jake Nevala. First Truchon grabbed the spot away, and then Nevala captured it, but before Nevala could complete a lap 6 pass for the lead, an Austin Olby spin allowed Anderson to restart out front.

Groom was in the top five for that restart and methodically picked his way forward over the next four laps before Julian Root’s spin with two to go put him on Anderson’s bumper for the restart. Olby spun again on the restart, but over the course of the green-white-checkered finish Groom used the outside line to pull alongside Anderson, who bobbled just enough coming to the white flag to give Groom the opportunity he needed.

Groom edged Anderson by a third of a second, while Truchon and Johnson crossed under the checkers side-by-side. But Truchon was penalized two positions in the final order for a “jump” of an earlier restart, giving Johnson third and Jakob Bond fourth.

The final winner of the night also may have traveled the furthest to race at ABC, as Justin Schelitzche of Chaska, MN, ran away with the Lightning Storm Graphics WISSOTA Hornets feature win – his first ever at Ashland.

Points leader DeJay Jarecki dove low at the drop of the green to pull alongside polestarter Brandon Hummelmeier, but contact between the two going into the first turn sent Jarecki spinning in front of the rest of the eight-car field. Jarecki ran to the pits for repairs and restarted at the tail of the field, while Hummelmeier was penalized to the back for the incident.

On the restart Schelitzche slipped past Holly and youngster Nathan Rose Jr to take the point, and he sped off from there to a huge lead en route to his landmark win. Within two laps Jarecki had passed Rose for second, but he had no chance to challenge Scheltizche, while Rose cruised home to third and Holly won a late battle with Hummelmeier for fourth.

On Thursday, June 30, the ABC Raceway will host its rescheduled Farm Stock Special, to be presented by White River Ag Products of Mason. The Modifieds ($2,500 to win), Super Stocks ($1,200) and Midwest Mods ($1,800) will run for heavily-enhanced purses as an ideal lead-in to Gondik Law Speedway’s Great Lakes Border Battle weekend on Friday-Saturday, July 1-2, and the ABC Raceway’s Six-Cylinders will also be in action on Thursday.

The grandstand gates and pits will open at 5 pm and hot laps will be run at 6:15, followed by heat-race action at 7 pm. WSBZ, 93.3 FM, will air updates from 4:30-6 pm on Saturday, with simulcasts online via the station’s website, www.wbszfm.com.

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.

Results

WISSOTA Modifieds

Feature: 1-10: Pat Cook, Washburn; Rick Rivord, Superior; Brandon Copp, Brule; Jake Hiatt, Mason; Jack Rivord, Superior; Mike Anderson, Jim Falls; Bill Byholm, Glidden; Alex Van Natta, Minocqua; Todd Gehl, Solon Springs; Mike Klippenstein, Proctor, MN.

11-12: Cole Spacek, Phillips; Tyler Luger, Oxford.

Heat 1: Anderson; R Rivord; Cook; Hiatt; Byholm; Gehl.

Heat 2: Copp; Spacek; J Rivord; Van Natta; Klippenstein; Luger.

WISSOTA Super Stocks

Feature: 1-10: Andrew Mackey, Duluth, MN; Nick Oreskovich, Mason; Shawn McFadden, Ashland; Steve Stuart, Ashland; Scott Lawrence, Superior; Patrick Beeksma, Ironwood, MI; Cory Casari, Montreal; Matt Deragon, Ashland; Randy Graham, Trego; Myron Basina, Bayfield.

11-13: Aaron Mashlan, Ashland; Don Livingston, Washburn; Taylor Madrinich, Duluth, MN.

Heat 1: Oreskovich; McFadden; Deragon; Mackey; Lawrence; Livingston; Graham.

Heat 2: Stuart; Beeksma; Casari; Basina; Mashlan; Madrinich.

WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds

Feature: 1-10: Paul Suzik, Ironwood, MI; Marcus Dunbar, Marenisco, MI; Brady Uotinen, Superior; Ross Fuhrman, Ashland; Nick Oreskovich, Mason; Dalton Mains, Foxboro; Tanner Gehl, Solon Springs; Duane Dunbar, Marenisco, MI; James Vendela, South Range; Taylor Madrinich, Duluth, MN.

11-17: Shane Kisling, Butternut; Matt Jacobson, Bessemer, MI; Diamond Bressette, Spooner; Mitch Kieber, Ironwood, MI; Ryan Barningham, Bayfield; Neil Dees, Hurley; Sean O’Brien, Manitowish Waters.

Heat 1: Gehl; Oreskovich; Mains; Bressette; Vendela; D Dunbar; Dees; Kieber; Kisling.

Heat 2: Uotinen; Suzik; M Dunbar; Fuhrman; Madrinich; O’Brien; Jacobson; Barningham.

WISSOTA Pure Stocks

Feature: 1-10: Travis Hazelton, Chippewa Falls; Cory Jorgensen, Duluth, MN; Aaron Bernick, Duluth, MN; Roger Walker, Phillips; Jake Smith, Cohasset, MN; RJ Holly, Marengo; Nate Rose, Duluth, MN; Kevin Bartelt, Chippewa Falls; Cully Butterfield, Trego; Tyler Kachinske, Duluth, MN.

Heat 1: Jorgensen; Smith; Bartelt; Holly; Butterfield.

Heat 2: Hazelton; Bernick; Kachinske; Rose; Walker.

ABC Six-Cylinders

Feature: 1-10: Dennis Groom, Ashland; Bubba Anderson, Trego; Jacob Johnson, Cable; Jakob Bond, Mason; Dalton Truchon, Ashland; Shane Basina, Bayfield; Trenton Bond, Mason; Jake Nevala, Ashland; Austin Olby, Marengo; Julian Root, Ashland.

11: Mathew Rohlfing, Cable.

Heat 1: Groom; Rohlfing; Truchon; Nevala; Basina; Root.

Heat 2: Anderson; T Bond; J Bond; Johnson; Olby.

WISSOTA Hornets

Feature: 1-8: Justin Schelitzche, Chaska, MN; DeJay Jarecki, Ashland; Nathan Rose Jr, Duluth, MN; RJ Holly, Marengo; Brandon Hummelmeier, Ashland; Derek Dunbar, Iron River; Noah Rose, Duluth, MN; Kristy Marken, Duluth, MN.

Heat: Jarecki; Schelitzche; Holly; Nathan Rose Jr; Hummelmeier; Dunbar; Noah Rose; Marken.

Northern Renegades Traditional Sprints

Feature: 1-6: Lucas Logue, Rush City, MN; Paul Schultz, Grand Rapids, MN; Ken Hron, Grand Rapids, MN; Jesse Grife, Grand Rapids, MN; Zach Olson, Grand Rapids, MN; Travis Case, Swan River, MN.

Heat: Schultz; Hron; Olson; Logue; Grife; Case; Tyler Wass, Big Fork, MN; Eric Becker, Cumberland.

Free Grandstand Admission June 25th

Saturday night, Northern Clearing Inc of Ashland will present its “Racing for a Reason” event, a fundraiser intended to benefit local charities. Fans entering the track through the main grandstand gate will be allowed free admission, there will be a number of fundraising activities taking place, and fans are welcome to donate goodwill offerings which will be designated directly to the charities.

On the track, the Raceway will host its popular annual “Meet the Drivers” session prior to the first green flag, and the Northern Renegades traditional sprint cars will make the first of its two visits of the season, creating a seven-division program. During the race night, fans can sign up for rides in the ABC Raceway’s new two-seater Modified, with the rides taking place following the features.

The grandstand gates and pits will open at 5 pm and hot laps will be run at 6:15, followed by the meet-and-greet session, with heat-race action scheduled for shortly after 7 pm. WSBZ, 93.3 FM, will air updates from 4:30-6 pm on Saturday, with simulcasts online via the station’s website, www.wbszfm.com.

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.

AFCO Qualifier Results

Copp, Oreskovich, Inman Earn Race of Champions Qualifier Berths at ABC

by Nick Gima

               Ashland, WI, June 18 – Brandon Copp continued his winning ways, Nick Oreskovich returned to Victory Lane for the first time in two seasons, and Andrew Inman won his first-ever feature in Ashland.

With their wins at the ABC Raceway during Saturday night’s race program, presented by the Safari Tavern of Ashland, these three drivers gained invitations to compete in the prestigious Afco Shocks Race of Champions, to be held as part of the Speedway Motors WISSOTA 100 weekend in mid-September at the I-94 Speedway in Fergus Falls, MN.

Travis Hazelton, Dennis Groom and DeJay Jarecki also picked up feature wins during the 18-race program, which was completed by 10 pm on a cool, overcast evening.

Copp, of Brule, started the 20-lap Outlaw Wraps & Apparel WISSOTA Modified feature on the inside of row 2 behind Todd Gehl and Alex Van Natta, and he followed the father-and-son combination of Jeff and Cole Spacek through early traffic into fourth, as Van Natta rode the rim around the three-eighths-mile oval to hold the lead. The Spacek boys battled side-by-side for the early third of the race, allowing Van Natta to pull away to a margin of more than half a second.

Cole Spacek finally gained the edge on his dad on lap 7 and began chipping away at the leader’s cushion, while Jeff fell back into a fierce battle with Copp and Jody Bellefeuille. It took until lap 11 – when Canadian visitor Colin Chaschuk spun in turn 2 – for the Mods to see their first yellow flag in a feature in 2022 at Ashland – a total of 71 circuits. Tyler Luger got punted into the infield to quickly bring out the second caution stoppage of the season for the Mods, but over the final nine laps the race stayed under green.

Cole Spacek slipped inside on the high-flying Van Natta to take the lead on the latter restart, and Copp and Van Natta exchanged slide-jobs before Copp gained control of second on lap 13. From there Spacek and Copp – a pair of second-generation drivers whose dads spent many laps battling each other on Ashland’s red clay – raced side-by-side during the waning laps until Copp edged ahead while taking the white flag and hung on for a .380-second margin of victory.

Jeff Spacek, Bellefeuille and Van Natta competed the top five a fair distance back.

A three-car tangle spoiled the start of the 20-lap WISSOTA Super Stock feature, and after one green-flag lap was completed two more cars got together, as this race struggled to stay green until after its midpoint. Traffic was heavy behind early leader Matt Deragon, who held his car right to the lowest possible groove on the track and paced the first five laps.

The sixth-starting Oreskovich, the former four-time track champion from Mason, quickly picked his way to the front, grabbing second from Shawn McFadden on lap 2 just prior to Patrick Beeksma’s spin a circuit later. Oreskovich used the restart to set up outside on Deragon and, using high-side momentum, eventually swept around the leader within three laps.

Three successive stoppages on lap 8 kept the field close, but after that Oreskovich set sail as Deragon had his hands full fending off a determined Terran Spacek. Oreskovich led by 3.3 seconds at the checkers to pick up his first feature win at ABC since late June 2020, with Spacek finally clearing Deragon for second with two laps left. Steve Stuart battled heavy traffic throughout the run before gaining fourth late, and Beeksma finished a strong fifth.

Inman opted to make a rare appearance at Ashland after his primary Saturday-night option cancelled due to potentially wet weather, and his decision paid off in dramatic fashion. The Canyon, MN, pilot started the 20-lap WISSOTA Midwest Modified A-main on the pole and led until just beyond the race’s midpoint, then took advantage of late-race cautions to steal his historic win.

As the first six laps clicked off non-stop, there was plenty going on just behind Inman. Over successive laps, Duane Dunbar, Brady Uotinen and Marcus Dunbar all got by the high-groove-running James Vendela, who had started beside Inman but fell back quickly. After a lap 6 spin to bring out the race’s first yellow flag, and another on the ensuing restart, Marcus Dunbar slipped low on his dad Duane to take away second.

Within three laps the junior Dunbar was threatening Inman for the lead, and he made an inside pass stick on lap 12, although Inman, Uotinen and Duane Dunbar stayed in tight formation behind him. The running order stayed this way until a Kolby Reed spin with two laps left set up a green-white-checkered finish.

Uotinen made a strong move to drive past Inman and pull alongside Marcus Dunbar just after taking the white, but Tanner Gehl’s spin drew the yellow bunting, and officials deemed that the white-flag lap had not been completed by the field. So, on the second two-lap sprint to the finish, Inman kept Uotinen behind him and drew up alongside Dunbar. Coming off of turn 4 for the final time, Inman got just enough of a run off the banking to come home ahead of Dunbar at the stripe by 85 one-thousandths of a second – barely the thickness of his front bumper.

Uotinen, Dalton Mains and Duane Dunbar completed the close-knit top-five. Mains, who started tenth, received a “hard-charger” bonus complements of fellow Mid-Mod driver Tanner Hicks, whose car was significantly damaged during his roll-over here the previous weekend.

Hazelton, of Chippewa Falls, made the long haul north to overcome his struggles from last week’s WISSOTA Pure Stock outing here, leading every lap to dominate this night’s ten-lap main event. Starting outside on the front row, Hazelton outran polestarter Brandle Pupp, who was racing for the first time since 2019, and never looked back for his first career feature win here.

The red-hot Cory Jorgensen, who came into the weekend with nine feature wins over the first seven weeks of the season locally, struggled to get through the tight pack of cars debating second place, as Aaron Bernick got by Jorgensen just a couple of laps in to claim second, and Tyler Kachinske followed Bernick into third. However, Jorgensen kept close to those two and eventually worked inside to pass them both back on lap 6.

As the laps ran out Hazelton was too far gone – a full ten car-lengths out front as he crossed under the checkers. Behind runner-up Jorgensen were Kachinske, Bernick and Pupp, who was driving defending track champ RJ Holly’s car on this night.

Groom, the Raceway’s defending champ from Ashland, beat rookie Jacob Johnson to the first corner after the drop of the green flag in the ABC Six-Cylinder feature and withstood a couple of early threats from Dalton Truchon before pulling away to his second feature win of the season. Groom and Truchon hooked up to draw away from a great early battle for third between Austin Olby and Johnson, and as the green flag stayed out Groom benefitted by inching further and further away.

Groom’s lead was nearly a second-and-a-half when the fourth-running Olby looped his ride with 8 of the 15 laps remaining, putting Truchon right on Groom’s back bumper for the restart. But the leader was up to the challenge, running a smooth line and accelerating away to a final margin of victory of over two-and-a-quarter seconds. Mathew Rohlfing earned his second consecutive third-place paycheck, and Johnson just nipped Jake Nevala for fourth.

Jarecki, the defending Lightning Storm Graphics WISSOTA Hornets champ from Ashland, wasn’t the only one to hit the track for his feature on this night, as he had the previous week, but he still outran another former ABC Hornets champ in Paul George for the win.

Jarecki had to start behind polestarter George for the eight-lap program finale, but he quickly moved alongside and, just after a lap was completed, grabbed the lead. From there the only thing in doubt was the margin of victory – until Brandon Hummelmeier’s car completely stopped in the middle of the back straight with two laps left. Jarecki held serve for the final two laps for the 16th Hornets win of his career at ABC, with George a healthy distance back.

Next Saturday night, Northern Clearing Inc of Ashland will present its “Racing for a Reason” event, a fundraiser intended to benefit local charities. Fans entering the track through the main grandstand gate will be allowed free admission, there will be a number of fundraising activities taking place, and fans are welcome to donate goodwill offerings which will be designated directly to the charities.

On the track, the Raceway will host its popular annual “Meet the Drivers” session prior to the first green flag, and the Northern Renegades traditional sprint cars will make the first of its two visits of the season, creating a seven-division program. During the race night, fans can sign up for rides in the ABC Raceway’s new two-seater Modified, with the rides taking place following the features.

The grandstand gates and pits will open at 5 pm and hot laps will be run at 6:15, followed by the meet-and-greet session, with heat-race action scheduled for shortly after 7 pm. WSBZ, 93.3 FM, will air updates from 4:30-6 pm on Saturday, with simulcasts online via the station’s website, www.wbszfm.com.

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.

Results

WISSOTA Modifieds

Feature: 1-10: Brandon Copp, Brule; Cole Spacek, Phillips; Jeff Spacek, Phillips; Jody Bellefeuille, Carlton, MN; Alex Van Natta, Minocqua; Jake Hiatt, Mason; Rick Rivord, Superior; Jack Rivord, Superior; Paul Niznik, Medford; Tyler Luger, Oxford.

11-15: Al Uotinen, Superior; Hunter Anderson, Phillips; Colin Chaschuk, Neebing, ON; Todd Gehl, Solon Springs; Mike Klippenstein, Proctor, MN.

Heat 1: Gehl; Copp; C Spacek; R Rivord; Chaschuk; Uotinen; Anderson; Klippenstein.

Heat 2: Bellefeuille; Hiatt; Van Natta; J Spacek; Luger; J Rivord; Niznik.

WISSOTA Super Stocks

Feature: 1-10: Nick Oreskovich, Mason; Terran Spacek, Phillips; Matt Deragon, Ashland; Steve Stuart, Ashland; Patrick Beeksma, Ironwood, MI; Kyle Copp, Brule; Scott Lawrence, Superior; Shawn McFadden, Ashland; Jake Froemke, International Falls, MN; Randy Graham, Trego.

11-18: Don Livingston, Washburn; Myron Basina, Bayfield; Aaron Mashlan, Ashland; Rita Anderson, South Range; Jeff Eisner Jr, Merrill; Cory Casari, Montreal; John Garrity, Thunder Bay, ON; Andrew Mackey, Duluth, MN.

Heat 1: Stuart; Spacek; Oreskovich; Lawrence; Eisner; Livingston.

Heat 2: McFadden; Graham; Froemke; Anderson; Basina; Casari.

Heat 3: Beeksma; Deragon; Copp; Mackey; Mashlan; Garrity.

WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds

Feature: 1-10: Andrew Inman, Canyon, MN; Marcus Dunbar, Marenisco, MI; Brady Uotinen, Superior; Dalton Mains, Foxboro; Duane Dunbar, Marenisco, MI; Tanner Gehl, Solon Springs; Dylan Miller, Hibbing, MN; James Vendela, South Range; Austin Blom, Saginaw, MN; Ryan Barningham, Bayfield.

11-20: Jesse Aho, Twin Lakes, MI; Sean O’Brien, Manitowish Waters; Evan Checkalski, Duluth, MN; Paul Suzik, Ironwood, MI; Ross Fuhrman, Ashland; Jimmy Latvala, Solon Springs; Mitch Kieber, Ironwood, MI; Warren Bartelt, Medford; Jesse Polson, Superior; Kolby Reed, Thunder Bay, ON.

21: Diamond Bressette, Spooner.

Heat 1: Uotinen; Inman; D Dunbar; Mains; Blom; Bressette; Reed.

Heat 2: Vendela; Miller; Polson; Suzik; Kieber; Checkalski; Bartelt.

Heat 3: M Dunbar; Gehl; Barningham; Aho; O’Brien; Latvala; Fuhrman.

WISSOTA Pure Stocks

Feature: 1-6: Travis Hazelton, Chippewa Falls; Cory Jorgensen, Duluth, MN; Tyler Kachinske, Duluth, MN; Aaron Bernick, Duluth, MN; Brandle Pupp, Highbridge; Nicholas Hazelton, Chippewa Falls.

Heat: T Hazelton; Jorgensen; Bernick; Pupp; Kachinske; N Hazelton.

ABC Six-Cylinders

Feature: 1-9: Dennis Groom, Ashland; Dalton Truchon, Ashland; Mathew Rohlfing, Cable; Jacob Johnson, Cable; Jake Nevala, Ashland; Jakob Bond, Mason; Shane Basina, Bayfield; Austin Olby, Marengo; Julian Root, Ashland.

Heat 1: Basina; J Bond; Rohlfing; Johnson; Trenton Bond, Mason; Bubba Anderson, Trego.

Heat 2: Truchon; Nevala; Groom; Olby; Root.

WISSOTA Hornets

Feature: 1-3: DeJay Jarecki, Ashland; Paul George, Princeton, MN; Brandon Hummelmeier, Ashland.

Heat: Jarecki; George; Hummelmeier.

 

AFCO Race of Champions Qualifier June 18

Saturday night the Safari Bar of Ashland will present the ABC Raceway’s Afco Shocks Race of Champions qualifiers for its WISSOTA-sanctioned divisions. Each of those feature winners will earn an invitation to the Race of Champions event as part of the Speedway Motors WISSOTA 100 in Fergus Falls, MN, in mid-September. All six weekly divisions will be in action, with the grandstand gates and pits opening at 5 pm, hot laps taking place at 6:15, and the first green flag of the night scheduled to fly at 7 pm. WSBZ, 93.3 FM, will air updates from 4:30-6 pm on Saturday, with simulcasts online via the station’s website, www.wbszfm.com.

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.

Broking Scores Huge Advantage RV Mod Tour Win

Broking Scores Huge Advantage RV Mod Tour Win at ABC by Nick Gima

Ashland, WI, June 11 – Johnny Broking knew he had his work cut out for him when he picked the ‘9’ during the blind draw to determine the first nine starting spots of Saturday’s Advantage RV Mod Tour feature at the ABC Raceway.

“Time to put on a show?” he was asked after the draw. “I hope we can,” he replied sheepishly.

Boy, did he ever. Broking, of Grand Rapids, MN, clawed his way past a stellar field, weaved his way through backmarkers while fighting for positions, and overtook Mike Anderson in the late stages of the 40-lap Watertown Ford-Chrysler A-main to take home the $1,500 first-place check.

The win was the 2021 Mod Tour champion’s first-ever win at the historic northern Wisconsin speedplant, capping a show presented by the Bad River Lodge, Casino & Convention Center that initially was threatened by morning-long light showers. But the sun broke through by mid-afternoon, the track was fast, and 25 Outlaw Wraps & Apparel WISSOTA Modifieds arrived as the headline act for the six-division show.

The 40-lapper was interrupted only once – on lap 2, when Paul Niznik took a wild spin off the bottom of turn 4. Former national WISSOTA Late Model champion Zack Johnson, who had started outside on the front row, led polestarter Billy Kendall III and the rest of the pack back to the green and immediately opened up a three-quarter-second lead, while Brandon Copp and Mike Anderson worked their way around Kendall to second and third within the next four laps.

Johnson was able to add another half-second to his lead by lap 12 as Copp and Anderson battled each other for runner-up honors. Meanwhile, Broking had slipped by Ryan Gierke for fourth, although trailing the lead trio by some distance. On lap 14 Johnson had reached the tail-end of the field, but while he was able to maneuver through the slower traffic without much resistance, it did allow the now-second Anderson to cut into Johnson’s margin significantly.

Just a lap before the race’s midpoint, Anderson used an inside move on Johnson to edge into the lead, and within another half-dozen laps Copp had caught and passed Johnson’s fading car for second. Anderson seemed to be in complete control at this point, building up a cushion of nearly 1.5 seconds while deftly moving through the backmarkers. At the same time, Broking crept up behind Copp and, with 11 laps remaining, dove low to pass him for second.

The slower traffic began to work against Anderson as the laps wound down, allowing both Broking and Copp to reel in the leader. With five laps left Broking worked his way past Anderson with an outside move, and he pulled away over the final stretch for his second Mod Tour feature win in as many nights, after capturing the checkers in Superior the night before.

Anderson was 1.4 seconds back in second, closely followed by Copp, with Kendall recovering for fourth and Rick Rivord enjoying a strong fifth-place showing.

Steve Stuart of Ashland continued his strong start to the 2022 campaign with his second WISSOTA Super Stock feature win at ABC this season.

Stuart took advantage of a huge gap in the pack after a restart to slip through to take a lead he would work hard to keep.

“The seas kind of just parted in front of me,” Stuart said in Victory Lane as he described the winning pass.

Patrick Beeksma set a strong pace from his outside front-row starting spot early on, leading Shawn McFadden by as much as a second-and-a-half after just seven laps, before the first yellow flag was thrown for Chris Johnson’s stopped racer in turn 2. Aaron Mashlan’s spin on the restart stalled the show again, but on the ensuing green Beeksma’s ride pushed up the banking in the turn, allowing Stuart – who was running fifth at the time – to dive to the bottom to drive into the lead, followed through the gap by Matt Deragon and Nick Oreskovich. After Johnson spun again on lap 8, Oreskovich began a battle with Deragon that allowed Stuart to pull away.

Stuart’s level of comfort disappeared on lap 10 when polestarter Don Livingston spun his ride. Oreskovich, restarting second, stayed glued to Stuart’s back bumper the rest of the way, never allowing the leader more than a half-second of cushion over the final ten non-stop laps. But Stuart’s win was the 42nd of his career at Ashland and made a nice birthday gift for his oldest son. DJ Keeler overtook Deragon two laps from the finish for third, and Kyle Copp was not far back in fifth.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modified 20-lap feature was marred by multiple stoppages, the worst of which came after a complete restart brought about by Diamond Bressette being spun before taking the green. On that ensuing attempt, the close-knit racing caused a grinding pile-up of cars entering the front straightway at the end of lap 1, resulting in five cars either towed or pushed from the track, including that of Tanner Hicks, who ended up on his roof as he was collected in the incident.

After another three-car melee on that restart, an impressive Ryan Barningham led the field for a three-lap green-flag run before a Neil Dees loop. Then James Vendela’s ride, which was running in the top-ten, stalled on the restart.

It was at this point when Marcus Dunbar made his move. The 2020 ABC Mid-Mod champ from Marenisco, MI, who restarted second, dove inside on Barningham to take the lead away on lap 5 and, with the field clicking off ten non-stop laps, opened up an advantage of over four seconds before Mitch Kieber’s spin with five laps left.

During that long green-flag stint, Jesse Aho worked through heavy traffic and won a four-car battle to take over third place, and on lap 14 he finally reeled in and passed Barningham for second. The Kieber spin gave Aho a chance to challenge for his second straight win, but even one last restart with three laps to go after another Kieber spin didn’t help Aho’s cause, as Dunbar went on to his sixth career ABC win by eight-tenths of a second.

Barningham finished solidly in third, ahead of Paul Suzik and Jimmy Latvala.

Duluth, MN’s Cory Jorgensen added his eighth overall WISSOTA Pure Stock feature win of the season in Ashland on Saturday. Jorgensen took over at the point after a lap 1 restart and pulled away from the field for his 12th career feature win at ABC and second in as many shows here this season.

Visiting Travis Hazelton, who was very fast in his heat win earlier in the program, worked his way past Aaron Bernick after the restart and looked to be able to give Jorgensen a serious challenge for the win, but as the laps clicked off Hazelton gave the runner-up spot back to Bernick and eventually fell back to fifth, as visitors Tyler Kachinske and Kevin Bartelt also got by. At the checkers Jorgensen was well ahead of Bernick and the rest as he continued his torrid start to the ’22 season.

Bayfield’s Shane Basina withstood a quick succession of caution-flag delays and a persistent Dennis Groom to earn his first-ever feature win in the ABC Six-Cylinder headliner. Basina, in his sophomore season, picked up his first checkered flag of any kind earlier in the night by winning his heat as well.

The initial start was waived off for a “jump” by Jake Nevala, and following that was a jam-up of cars on the next green flag that caused Jakob Bond to slide into Dennis Groom, forcing Groom into the infield grass.

Basina took advantage of that restart to work outside the pack and into the lead, while Bubba Anderson’s slowing, smoking racer forced several drivers to check up, allowing Groom to scoot by into second.

Dalton Truchon’s spin while running fourth slowed the proceedings on lap 2, and after the restart Nevala used a nice inside move to displace Trenton Bond for third. But Basina was smooth in his line and hit his marks to near-perfection in building a .75-second lead before Bond spun on lap 5.

The last ten laps went without further delay, with Basina pacing and Groom in hot pursuit to the end. Basina’s winning margin was again up to three-quarters of a second by the time the checkered flag flew. Mathew Rohlfing had a solid run to third, using a nice move to get by Nevala late in the go, and Tyler Hudack marked his first night of the season with a fifth-place run.

During the Lightning Storm Graphics WISSOTA Hornets heat race, Derek Dunbar’s car spun and, with nowhere to go, RJ Holly’s car smacked into Dunbar’s nose-to-nose, resulting in terminal damage to both vehicles. Then, when it was time to come out for the Hornet feature, Brandon Hummelmeier’s car developed a gremlin. This left defending champ Dejay Jarecki of Ashland as the only driver able to race – so he took a single green-flag lap and captured the easiest feature win of his career.

Next Saturday night the Safari Bar of Ashland will present the ABC Raceway’s Afco Shocks Race of Champions qualifiers for its WISSOTA-sanctioned divisions. Each of those feature winners will earn an invitation to the Race of Champions event as part of the Speedway Motors WISSOTA 100 in Fergus Falls, MN, in mid-September. All six weekly divisions will be in action, with the grandstand gates and pits opening at 5 pm, hot laps taking place at 6:15, and the first green flag of the night scheduled to fly at 7 pm. WSBZ, 93.3 FM, will air updates from 4:30-6 pm on Saturday, with simulcasts online via the station’s website, www.wbszfm.com.

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.

Results

WISSOTA Modifieds

Feature: 1-10: Johnny Broking, Grand Rapids, MN; Mike Anderson, Jim Falls; Brandon Copp, Brule; Billy Kendall III, Walker, MN; Rick Rivord, Superior; Don Eischens, Richmond, MN; Cole Spacek, Phillips; Joseph Thomas, Glyndon, MN; Zach Johnson, Lowry, MN; Jeff Spacek, Phillips.

11-20: Parker Anderson, Phillips; Jake Hiatt, Mason; Pat Cook, Washburn; Bob Broking, Grand Rapids, MN; Bill Byholm, Glidden; Tim Thomas, West Fargo, ND; Paul Niznik, Medford; Hunter Anderson, Phillips; Tyler Luger, Oxford; Jack Rivord, Superior.

21-25: Duane Dale, Hibbing, MN; Corky Thomas, Glyndon, MN; Mike Klippenstein, Proctor, MN; Ryan Gierke, Villard, MN; Donnie Lofdahl, Duluth, MN.

Heat 1: J Broking; M Anderson; Johnson; J Spacek; Niznik; J Rivord; Cook; Byholm; Klippenstein.

Heat 2: Copp; Gierke; Kendall; C Spacek; J Thomas; B Broking; H Anderson; C Thomas.

Heat 3: Eischens; R Rivord; Hiatt; P Anderson; Dale; T Thomas; Lofdahl; Luger.

WISSOTA Super Stocks

Feature: 1-10: Steve Stuart, Ashland; Nick Oreskovich, Mason; DJ Keeler, Superior; Matt Deragon, Ashland; Patrick Beeksma, Ironwood, MI; Shawn McFadden, Ashland; Kyle Copp, Brule; Randy Graham, Trego; Myron Basina, Bayfield; Don Livingston, Washburn.

11-12: Aaron Mashlan, Ashland; Chris Johnson, Superior.

Heat 1: McFadden; Deragon; Beeksma; Livingston; Basina; Johnson.

Heat 2: Stuart; Oreskovich; Copp; Keeler; Graham; Mashlan.

WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds

Feature: 1-10: Marcus Dunbar, Marenisco, MI; Jesse Aho, Twin Lakes, MI; Ryan Barningham, Bayfield; Paul Suzik, Ironwood, MI; Jimmy Latvala, Solon Springs; James Vendela, South Range; David Simpson, Thunder Bay, ON; Warren Bartelt, Medford; Ross Fuhrman, Ashland; Neil Dees, Hurley.

11-17: Diamond Bressette, Spooner; Mitch Kieber, Ironwood, MI; Tanner Gehl, Solon Springs; Tyler Hudack, Ashland; Duane Dunbar, Marenisco, MI; Matt Jacobson, Bessemer, MI; Tanner Hicks, Ashland.

Heat 1: Suzik; Latvala; Barningham; Vendela; Bartelt; Bressette; Jacobson; Gehl; Kieber.

Heat 2: Aho; M Dunbar; Fuhrman; Simpson; D Dunbar; Hudack; Dees; Hicks.

WISSOTA Pure Stocks

Feature: 1-7: Cory Jorgensen, Duluth, MN; Aaron Bernick, Duluth, MN; Tyler Kachinske, Duluth, MN; Kevin Bartelt, Chippewa Falls; Travis Hazelton, Chippewa Falls; Steve Pohl, Manitowish Waters; RJ Holly, Marengo.

Heat: Hazelton; Jorgensen; Bernick; Holly; Kachinske; Bartelt; Pohl.

ABC Six-Cylinders

Feature: 1-10: Shane Basina, Bayfield; Dennis Groom, Ashland; Mathew Rohlfing, Cable; Jake Nevala, Ashland; Tyler Hudack, Ashland; Dalton Truchon, Ashland; Trenton Bond, Mason; Jakob Bond, Mason; Austin Olby, Marengo; Julian Root, Ashland.

11-12: Jacob Johnson, Cable; Bubba Anderson, Trego.

Heat 1: Basina; Anderson; Truchon; T Bond; Rohlfing; Hudack.

Heat 2: Nevala; Groom; J Bond; Olby; Root; Johnson.

WISSOTA Hornets

Feature: 1: DeJay Jarecki, Ashland.

Heat 1: Jarecki; Brandon Hummelmeier, Ashland; RJ Holly, Marengo; Derek Dunbar, Iron River.

 

Advantage RV Modified Series June 11th

The Bad River Lodge, Casino & Convention Center of Odanah will present the third leg of a four-race, four-night trek around the Northland for the Advantage RV Mod Tour when it stops at the ABC Raceway on Saturday, June 11. The show will feature many of the very best Modified racers in all of WISSOTA after lead-in stops in Grand Rapids, MN, on Thursday and Superior on Friday.

The Raceway’s other five divisions will also be in action. The Mod Tour will conclude this particular stretch of its schedule on Sunday, June 12, in Proctor, MN.

The grandstand gates and pits will open at 5 pm on Saturday, followed by hot laps at 6:15 and the first green flag of the night scheduled for 7 pm. WSBZ, 93.3 FM, will air updates from 4:30-6 pm on Saturday, with simulcasts online via the station’s website, www.wbszfm.com.

Opener Results

Rivord, Stuart, Aho, Jorgensen, Groom and House Score Wins in ABC Raceway Opener

by Nick Gima

               Ashland, WI, June 4 – It only took an extra three weeks, but it was worth the wait for drivers and fans at the ABC Raceway on Saturday, as Northern State Bank presented the award-winning track’s 58th Season Opener.

The fast-paced program, completed in just a shade over 2-1/2 hours on a smooth, wide track, saw Steve Stuart and Dennis Groom, both of Ashland, start successful defenses of their 2021 track titles with feature wins, while Jack Rivord of Superior; Jesse Aho of Twin Lakes, MI; Cory Jorgensen of Duluth, MN; and AJ House of Cloquet, MN, each claimed victories on an evening that started out warm and humid but finished under cool conditions with lightning flashing to the not-so-distant south.

Four of the six features ran non-stop, while the other two A-mains combined for just five total yellow flags.

Rivord, the 17-year-old who just moved up to the Outlaw Wraps & Apparel WISSOTA Modified division this year, continues to raise eyebrows in his first month-and-change in this class. He started the 20-lap headliner outside on the front row and chased six-time ABC Mod champ Al Uotinen for the first four laps. At that point Rivord worked his way around Uotinen and edged him at the flagstand by mere feet, then stuck to the higher line and gradually pulled away.

Farther back, Brandon Copp, who started eighth, worked both high and low to pick up positions over the first six laps, eventually getting by Jake Hiatt for third. With no caution-flag slowdowns to bunch the field, it took a few laps for Copp to reel in Uotinen, while Rivord kept building his advantage.

Rivord was 1.677 seconds ahead of Uotinen when the checkers flew over his landmark win and the seventh of his career here. Copp closed on Uotinen enough to be a threat at the end but settled for third ahead of Hiatt and another former track champ, Pat Cook.

Stuart drew from deep in the emotional well and came up strong with a dominant flag-to-flag win in the WISSOTA Super Stock feature. But in Victory Lane he couldn’t control the emotions any longer as he dedicated his win in memory of two good friends – former local racers Ryan Adamzak and Bill Muhlig – who both passed away unexpectedly during the off-season.

Stuart slipped low beneath the front-row-starting pair of Andrew Mackey and division rookie Randy Graham and set a torrid pace throughout the run, and there would be no yellow flags in this 20-lapper to help the rest of the field draw to Stuart’s rear bumper. Within five laps the seven-time ABC champ had built a 1.45-second buffer, and by the race’s mid-point his advantage had more than doubled.

Mackey tried to stay with the leader as long as he could, but he fell back to third once four-time ABC champ Nick Oreskovich closed up on him and, after several laps of close-quarters battling, overtook him with five circuits to go. With Stuart weaving deftly through slower traffic, Oreskovich actually trimmed the difference between himself and the leader down by a couple tenths of a second, but with Stuart holding an advantage of well over five seconds at that point it didn’t seem to matter.

Stuart scored the 41st feature win of his career here, with Oreskovich, Mackey, Kyle Copp and Matt Deragon trailing at a significant distance.

Aho’s fifth feature win at Ashland was much more hard-earned than Stuart’s, as four caution slowdowns kept some very tough customers nipping at his heels throughout the 20-lap WISSOTA Midwest Modified main event. He started on the outside of the front row and edged ahead of a very determined James Vendela, who stayed glued to Aho’s rear push-bar throughout the first five laps.

After a Diamond Bressette spin, Aho had to contend with both Vendela and an equally-fast Jake Smith, fresh off an impressive victory at Superior the night before. Smith and Vendela raced door-to-door behind Aho for several laps as the lead trio pulled away from Paul Suzik and Jimmy Latvala, before Mitch Kieber’s lap 9 spin slowed the pace. After that restart, former track champ Marcus Dunbar joined the fray, getting by Suzik for fourth.

The short green-flag run that followed allowed Aho to open up a bit of a gap on Vendela and Smith, who continued their heated dispute over second, but that gap disappeared again when Warren Bartelt’s car dropped its driveshaft on the backstraight on lap 13. Matt Jacobson’s spin briefly delayed the restart, but after that Aho’s car came to life, sprinting away from the field by a surprising 1.855 seconds ahead of Vendela.

Dunbar overtook Smith in the closing laps for third, and Suzik maintained fifth.

After the race, Aho dedicated his win to his father, who is facing a serious surgical procedure in the near future.

Only three cars started the WISSOTA Pure Stock feature, but Jorgensen, who was lined up behind Aaron Bernick and defending track champ RJ Holly to start, worked his way past both for his 11th career feature win here.

The first half of the race was very entertaining, with all three cars racing within feet of each other, each running a different line, and no one giving up the fight. However, on lap 5 of the eight scheduled, a brief bobble by Holly caused Bernick to check up, and that gave Jorgensen the break he needed to pull away.

Jorgensen took the checkers 1.905 seconds ahead of Holly, who edged Bernick for second.

Groom led every one of the 12 laps in the ABC Six-Cylinder feature after starting from the pole, but it was as hard-earned as Aho’s Mid-Mod win earlier. Groom came out of the first corner with Dalton Truchon on his back bumper, and Truchon gave Groom all the pressure he could possibly want throughout the run.

After Mathew Rohlfing’s spin on lap 2, Groom spent the rest of the run fending off Truchon, while a charging Jake Nevala got by Austin Olby for fourth and came up to challenge Jakob Bond for third, just behind the lead duo. The dogfight for the lead stayed intense until Groom and Truchon separated from the rest over the final few laps, and Groom held on by a .660-second margin for his seventh career win at ABC. Bond pulled away late away to take third as Nevala held off Shane Basina for fourth.

Groom, like Stuart, dedicated his win on this night to the memory of Adamzak and Muhlig in Victory Lane.

House, who won the Raceway’s Lightning Storm Graphics WISSOTA Hornet points title in 2020, returned to ABC’s Victory Lane for the first time since that title season with a runaway win after the division’s non-stop 10-lap feature.

House edged ahead of Holly from the pole as the top five runners stayed in tight formation. But once AJ’s cousin Kyle House swept around Holly to take over second, the field began to flair out and settled into what would eventually be its finishing order, although defending track champ DeJay Jarecki did have to battle with an ill-running car and a stubborn Brandon Hummelmeier for fourth throughout much of the run.

The win for AJ House was the sixth of his career at Ashland, by almost a straightaway on cousin Kyle. Holly, Jarecki and Hummelmeier completed a well-spaced top five.

The Bad River Lodge, Casino & Convention Center of Odanah will present the third leg of a four-race, four-night trek around the Northland for the Advantage RV Mod Tour when it stops at the ABC Raceway on Saturday, June 11. The show will feature many of the very best Modified racers in all of WISSOTA after lead-in stops in Grand Rapids, MN, on Thursday and Superior on Friday.

The Raceway’s other five divisions will also be in action. The Mod Tour will conclude this particular stretch of its schedule on Sunday, June 12, in Proctor, MN.

The grandstand gates and pits will open at 5 pm on Saturday, followed by hot laps at 6:15 and the first green flag of the night scheduled for 7 pm. WSBZ, 93.3 FM, will air updates from 4:30-6 pm on Saturday, with simulcasts online via the station’s website, www.wbszfm.com.

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.

Results

WISSOTA Modifieds

Feature: 1-10: Jack Rivord, Superior; Al Uotinen, Superior; Brandon Copp, Brule; Jake Hiatt, Mason; Pat Cook, Washburn; Tyler Luger, Oxford; Cole Spacek, Phillips; Alex Van Natta, Minocqua; Rick Rivord, Superior; Bill Byholm, Glidden.

11-12: Mike Klippenstein, Proctor, MN; Hunter Anderson, Phillips.

Heat 1: Cook; Uotinen; Copp; Hiatt; Anderson; Klippenstein.

Heat 2: Luger; R Rivord; Van Natta; J Rivord; Spacek; Byholm.

WISSOTA Super Stocks

Feature: 1-10: Steve Stuart, Ashland; Nick Oreskovich, Mason; Andrew Mackey, Duluth, MN; Kyle Copp, Brule; Matt Deragon, Ashland; Shawn McFadden, Ashland; Cory Casari, Montreal; Randy Graham, Trego; Patrick Beeksma, Ironwood, MI; Don Livingston, Washburn.

11-14: Rita Anderson, South Range; Dylan Leu, Medford; Myron Basina, Bayfield; Aaron Mashlan, Ashland.

Heat 1: Stuart; Oreskovich; Deragon; Casari; McFadden; Leu; Mashlan.

Heat 2: Copp; Mackey; Graham; Beeksma; Anderson; Livinston; Basina.

WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds

Feature: 1-10: Jesse Aho, Twin Lakes, MI; James Vendela, South Range; Marcus Dunbar, Marenisco, MI; Jake Smith, St Joseph, MN; Paul Suzik, Ironwood, MI; Dalton Mains, Foxboro; Tanner Gehl, Solon Springs; Tanner Hicks, Ashland; Jimmy Latvala, Solon Springs; Duane Dunbar, Marenisco, MI.

11-18: Ross Fuhrman, Ashland; Neil Dees, Hurley; Matt Jacobson, Bessemer, MI; Mitch Kieber, Ironwood, MI; Diamond Bressette, Spooner; Ryan Barningham, Bayfield; Sean O’Brien, Manitowish Waters; Warren Bartelt, Medford.

Heat 1: Gehl; D Dunbar; Mains; M Dunbar; Bartelt.

Heat 2: Smith; Latvala; Aho; Fuhrman; Kieber; Dees.

Heat 3: Suzik; Hicks; Vendela; Barningham; O’Brien; Jacobson.

WISSOTA Pure Stocks

Feature: 1-3: Cory Jorgensen, Duluth, MN; RJ Holly, Marengo; Aaron Bernick, Duluth, MN.

Heat: Jorgensen; Bernick; Holly; Steve Pohl, Manitowish Waters.

ABC Six-Cylinders

Feature: 1-10: Dennis Groom, Ashland; Dalton Truchon, Ashland; Jakob Bond, Mason; Jake Nevala, Ashland; Shane Basina, Bayfield; Austin Olby, Marengo; Mathew Rohlfing, Cable; Bubba Anderson, Trego; Trenton Bond, Mason; Jacob Johnson, Cable.

11: Julian Root, Ashland.

Heat 1: J Bond; Anderson; Basina; Johnson; Nevala; Root.

Heat 2: Groom; Truchon; Rohlfing; Olby; T Bond.

WISSOTA Hornets

Feature: 1-6: AJ House, Cloquet, MN; Kyle House, Wrenshall, MN; DeJay Jarecki, Ashland; RJ Holly, Marengo; Brandon Hummelmeier, Ashland; Derek Dunbar, Iron River.

Heat: AJ House; K House; Jarecki; Holly; Hummelmeier; Dunbar.

 

 

NSB Season Opener

the rescheduled season opener, to be presented by Northern State Bank, on Saturday, June 4. The Kids’ Meet the Drivers Night will be moved to a date later in June, to be announced soon.

Saturday’s opener will include the track’s regular weekly six-division offering of WISSOTA-sanctioned Mods, Super Stocks, Mid-Mods, Pure Stocks and Hornets and the track’s own ABC Six-Cylinders.

For 2022, driver entry fees for the Pure Stock and Hornet divisions during regular weekly shows will be waived, in an effort to encourage more racers in those divisions to compete at ABC. Also, the Raceway has developed a pre-determined points fund for all six weekly divisions, with payouts to be based on each qualifying driver’s percentage of event participation.

Pit gates are scheduled to open for Saturday’s race night at 4:30 pm, and the grandstand gates will open at 5. Hot laps will start at 6:15 pm, with the first green flag of the season set to fly at 7.

The ABC Raceway is located approximately 3.5 miles south of Ashland on State Highway 13, then one mile west on Butterworth Road.  More information regarding the Raceway and its 2022 season schedule are available on the track’s website, www.abcraceway.com, and via its FaceBook page.

Farm Stock Special Cancelled

With the excessive amount of rain we received this morning, we regret to have to cancel tonight’s racing program. We are working on the possibility of rescheduling the Farm Stock Special. We’ll post as soon as we know. Please join us next week as we hopefully finally get our 2022 season underway with the Northern State Bank Season Opener! Meet the Driver’s Night will be postponed to a later night.

Season to start with May 28 special

UPDATE May 28th

RACES TONIGHT ARE CANCELED!

by Nick Gima

               Ashland, WI, May 21 – A week’s worth of cool, wet weather teamed up with a very unfavorable forecast to force the cancellation of this past Saturday night’s rescheduled 2022 season-opening event at the ABC Raceway.

The Board of Directors of the Ashland-Bayfield County Racing Association begrudgingly made the decision to cancel Friday evening, after over an inch-and-a-half of rain saturated the Chequamegon Bay area during the previous two days. More light, soaking rains arrived later Friday night, justifying the call, and temperatures Saturday never reached 50 degrees during the day, while overnight lows dipped into the upper 30s.

“Everyone on our Board and our staff want to race – we want to get this season going,” said Raceway Board president Eric Erickson shortly after the call was made to cancel. “But we have to make a decision that is good for our fans, smart for the drivers, and in the best business interests of the Raceway.

“The pit areas are soft, the grandstand parking is spongy. About the only thing that is ready, really, is the track itself.”

The season is now set to kick off on Saturday, May 28, with the Raceway’s first special event of the season, as White River Ag Products of Mason, with support from Deer Creek Farms, Windy Acres Farm, GDM Farms, Kully’s Truck Accessories, Lulich Implement and Tractor Central, presents the first-ever “Farm Stock Special.” An increased payout will be offered, including feature winner checks of $2,500 for the WISSOTA Modifieds, $1,800 for the WISSOTA Midwest Mods, and $1,200 for the WISSOTA Super Stocks.

The “Farm Stock Special” is just one of a large handful of special events dotting the 2022 season schedule, which will also provide a six-division offering during its regular Saturday-night programs, featuring the aforementioned Mods, Super Stocks and Midwest Mods, plus WISSOTA-sanctioned Pure Stocks and Hornets and the track’s own ABC Six-Cylinders.

Other special events on the docket include visits by the Advantage RV Mod Tour on June 11; the Northern Renegade traditional sprints on June 26 and August 13; the Structural Buildings WISSOTA Late Model Challenge Series for the second-annual “444 Memorial” on Thursday, July 21; the FastLane Motorsports Northland Super Stock Series on July 30; the first-ever “Little Car Classic” on August 6; and the 47th annual Red Clay Classic on September 30-October 1.

Many other staples of the ABC Raceway calendar, such as the kids’ bike race night, meet-the-drivers night, the Hall of Fame induction ceremonies, and more help fill what will be a very exciting schedule.

For 2022, driver entry fees for the Pure Stock and Hornet divisions during regular weekly shows in 2022 will be waived, in an effort to encourage more racers in those divisions to compete at ABC. Also, the Raceway has developed a set points fund for its six divisions, with payouts to be based on each qualifying driver’s percentage of event participation.

The ABC Raceway is located approximately 3.5 miles south of Ashland on State Highway 13, then one mile west on Butterworth Road.  More information regarding the Raceway and its 2022 season schedule are available on the track’s website, www.abcraceway.com, and via its FaceBook page.

Awards Banquet 2021

The AmericInn has offered our banquet attendees a special room rate of $99.99 + tax for our banquet on January 22, 2022. The rooms are reserved under the ABC Banquet block, please reference that when you make your reservations!

46th Annual Red Clay Classic

Diemel, Sabraski, Spacek Capture Wins in Rain-Shortened Red Clay Classic at ABC Raceway

by Nick Gima

            Ashland, WI, October 2 – Despite a constant threat of rain, every scheduled race but one was completed during the 46th annual Red Clay Classic at the ABC Raceway, held over Friday and Saturday, October 1-2, in front of a near-capacity crowd.

            Only the WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature, which was slated as the final race of Saturday’s portion of the program, was lost to precipitation. The other 31 races held over the two-day program, presented by FastLane Motorsports & Custom Powdercoating, Tim’s Automotive Machine and Red’s Auto, were completed with minimal adjustments and resulted in one repeat champion and two first-time winners.

AJ Diemel of Elk Mound won the event’s WISSOTA Late Model feature for the second time, with the other victory coming in 2017. Shane Sabraski of Rice, MN, took a huge step in his quest for a WISSOTA Modifieds national championship with a nail-biter win. And Phillips’ Terran Spacek claimed his first-ever RCC win in a thrilling WISSOTA Super Stock main event.

With weather threatening, the ABC Raceway’s Board of Directors rearranged the Saturday schedule of events, moving the start time up by 1-1/2 hours and putting the Late Models at the head of the program. Diemel started from the outside of the front row and immediately beat polestarter and 2010 RCC champ Kyle Peterlin through the first turn.

Diemel led every one of the 40 laps, and early on his advantages were significant – including as much as 1.8 seconds after just eight laps. But once he began to deal with slower backmarkers, Pat Doar, who took second away from Peterlin on lap 5, and six-time RCC champ Jimmy Mars, who displaced Peterlin for third while navigating lapped traffic on lap 18, closed up most of that gap.

Doar thinned Diemel’s buffer down to three-quarters of a second by lap 9, but he, too, had to weave his way through the back of the field. And once Diemel got to an open gap in the running order, the leader re-established his dominant margin.

Rick Niemi had been putting up a strong top-five showing through much of the first 20 laps, but not long after taking fourth away from Peterlin, he in turn was shuffled back to fifth by Jimmy Mars’ son Sam.

With 18 laps remaining Chad Mahder spun to slow the proceedings and once again give Diemel some open race track to run. Diemel fended off a brief three-wide threat by Doar and Mars on the restart and again bolted to a dominant advantage. Diemel caught the tail end of the pack within eight short laps, sifting through the traffic to extend his lead over to nearly a full second.

With five laps remaining, heavy contact between Aaron Lillo and Ron Hanestad brough Lillo’s car to a grinding halt against the wall at the turn 1 pit exit, which brought about another caution flag. Over the closing laps Diemel, who leaned on what little berm there was at the top of the turns, bobbled ever so slightly in turn 3 with a couple laps remaining, but he overcame the error and held on for a winning margin of .868 seconds and a $5,700 payday – the largest check ever offered to a WISSOTA-sanctioned driver in the Raceway’s 57-year history.

Doar, Jimmy Mars and Sam Mars followed at the checkers in close formation, with Niemi completing an impressive fifth-place run. Travis Budisalovich, James Giossi, Derek Vesel, 2019 RCC champ Jesse Glenz, and Peterlin completed the top ten.

At the conclusion of Friday’s preliminary events, the top 16 vote-getters in a pre-weekend online poll of Late Model entrants were brought out for a “Fan’s Choice Dash for Cash,” presented by Red’s Auto of Ironwood, MI. The field was set by the number of votes, and Glenz, who received the most votes, drew a random number to determine an invert for the starting line-up.

Fortunately for Glenz he drew the “1” and started on the pole anyway, and he led all 16 non-stop laps for $800 win, followed by Diemel, Darrell Nelson, Doar and 2013 RCC winner Nick Anvelink.

Sabraski, who is in the heat of national championship battles in both the Mods and Super Stocks, started the 30-lap, $4,000-to-win Modified A-main on the outside of the second row, but his row mate – three-time RCC winner Ashley Anderson – found himself spun around with a damaged race car about 30 yards short of the starting line while coming for the green flag to start the race.

Jeremy Nelson, who started just in front of Sabraski, got a strong run on the restart and set a quick early pace, while Sabraski contended with polestarter Brandon Copp, Clayton Wagamon and two-time RCC Mod champ Darrell Nelson. Wagamon claimed third from Copp after the first two laps, and just a circuit later 2007 RCC Mod champ Jody Bellefeuille moved past Copp to take fourth, with Darrell Nelson climbing into fifth within a couple more laps.

Jeremy Nelson owned a strong 1.25-second lead on Sabraski at the one-quarter pole, but that lead began to shrink as the laps clicked off. By the time the race had reached its midway point, Sabraski had closed to within a couple of car-lengths, and on lap 17, while contending with slower traffic, he used a three-wide pass to take over the lead.

Further back, Bellefeuille was in the midst of a side-by-side duel with Wagamon for third, eventually taking over the spot with nine laps left. Bellefeuille then closed in on Jeremy Nelson, and those two battled just a few car-lengths behind the leader while weaving their way through the back of the field.

Sabraski had just broken into the clear after passing a slower car when, with two laps remaining, Cole Spacek and Mike Anderson, while racing for top-ten positions, tangled with Adam Ayotte in turn 3 to bring out the yellow flag and set up a green-white-checkered sprint. On the restart Sabraski was challenged closely by Bellefeuille to the inside and Nelson on his rear bumper, but the leader held on for a winning margin of .225 seconds – maybe a car-length at most – and his sixth career feature win in Ashland but first in the Red Clay Classic.

Bellefeuille was at Sabraski’s inside flank to finish second, and Jeremy Nelson was on Sabraski’s back bumper in third. Diemel, who started 12th, charged home late for fourth-place money, just ahead of his sixth-row starting mate, 2021 ABC Raceway point champ Cole Spacek.

Coming home in the second five were Darrell Nelson, Wagamon, Jimmy Mars, two-time RCC Midwest Mod winner Michael Truscott, and Dave Cain, who started last on the 25-car grid after accepting the defending champion’s provisional.

Terran Spacek’s father Randy has captured a number of feature wins over his 30-plus seasons of racing, including 36 at ABC to put him 12th on the track’s all-time feature win list. But the one win that had eluded Randy – the Red Clay Classic Super Stock feature – is the one that his son earned Saturday night.

The younger Spacek showed that he had the poise of his father throughout the 25-lap feature, as he led every lap from the pole despite persistent challenges by Kevin Burdick, the 2014 RCC Super Stock champ who is in the down-to-the-wire battle with Sabraski for the WISSOTA national title in this division.

Spacek’s chance for the win almost disappeared early in the race, as on lap 2, while battling with fellow front-row starter Brandon Duellman, contact between the two sent Spacek for a spin in front of the field. But Duellman was charged with the incident and penalized to the back of the 24-car field, putting Burdick in second for the restart.

Kevin Salin’s spin on lap 4 brought about another quick caution stop, during which multi-time track champ Scott Lawrence pulled into the pits to end his night. Over the next eight green-flag laps Spacek hugged the bottom groove of the smooth red-clay oval while Burdick and 2016 RCC winner Tommy Richards led a tight pack of contenders right behind him.

Other than Spacek at the front, the running order of the top-ten seemed to change with every lap. Burdick and Richards ran side-by-side exchanging second, while Shawn McFadden switched from the high groove to the low groove frequently to pull alongside Richards. Dave Flynn charged from his tenth-place starting spot to contest fourth with McFadden, but he would be tested by the high-flying Steve Stuart, the division’s 2021 ABC Raceway points champ, who seemed determined to sweep around the frontrunners using the outermost line on the track while slamming the turn 1 guardrail on nearly every lap.

The furious action was only paused once more, when Sam Fankhauser spun on lap 12. From there Spacek held firm to the low racing groove while Burdick worked a couple of lanes higher. The lead pair never seemed to be more than a car-length or two apart, while the chaos just behind them resumed. Over the final five laps Burdick made several strong efforts to pull alongside the leader, but Spacek answered every challenge.

Coming off of turn 4 for the final time, Burdick made one last desperation move, using his momentum off the top of the corner to dive low for the pass. But Spacek maintained his composure and his line and held on for a narrow .165-second victory, with Burdick pulling alongside his left-rear fender. Flynn’s strong run earned a third-place effort for the 2016 RCC Midwest Modified champ, just ahead of Richards and Stuart.

Sabraski, who started 19th, picked his way through the field to finish an impressive sixth, followed closely by McFadden, three-time and defending RCC Supers champ Curt Myers, DJ Keeler and Ron Mahder. Spacek didn’t have to deal with slower traffic during the run, as all 23 cars still running at the end of the race finished on the lead lap – a testament to the close, competitive racing throughout the field.

The Neighborly Bar of Ashland once again raised a huge purse for its “Bridesmaid’s Challenge,” offering over $1,200 to each feature’s second-place-finishing driver if they agreed to don a formal gown in Victory Lane after their race. While Doar declined, Bellefeuille and Burdick happily agreed to accept the dare, and each took home a check larger than their respective feature winners’ earnings.

The “Bridesmaid’s Challenge” purse was divided equally among all Midwest Modified feature starters, as was that feature’s scheduled purse, which was set at $1,500 to win and $200 to start.

Drivers setting the fastest single-lap times in each feature were presented a $100 bonus from Northern Clearing Inc of Ashland. Those lap times were set by Diemel in the Late Models (15.574 secs; 86.683 mph), Jeremy Nelson in the Mods (17.202; 78.479), and Terran Spacek in the Supers (18.243; 74.001).

Clint Larson Trucking offered a $125 bonus to each driver who advanced the furthest in their respective features from their original starting spots. These “hard-charger” bonuses were presented to Glenz in the Late Models (18th to ninth), Cain in the Mods (25th to tenth), and Sabraski in the Supers (19th to sixth).

In all, 176 racers registered to compete for a share of the over-$110,000 purse offered on a weekend that included unseasonably warm, humid conditions. Friday’s track was very smooth and very fast, as proven by Jimmy Mars completing his ten-lap Late Model heat race win in a time of just two minutes, 35 seconds, and Kyle Peterlin nearly matching that later during his Late Model heat win, with his ten laps taking just 2:40.

Saturday’s program began under similar conditions – warm and extremely humid – but the cloud cover moved in and a light shower watered the track immediately after the first semi-feature of the night, run by the Late Models. The wide, smooth track became very sticky-fast again, but the skies continued to threaten throughout the rest of the evening, and it wasn’t until the Midwest Mods entered the track for their feature to cap off the weekend’s festivities that the clouds finally let loose with a soaking shower that spoiled their chance to race.

During Friday’s pre-race ceremonies, the 13 US Military personnel who lost their lives during the recent attacks in Afghanistan were honored, with local retired and active Military personnel and members of the ABC Raceway staff presenting 13 folded US flags in Victory Lane in their memory. An additional flag was placed in honor of former Modified racer and Air Force Reservist Tanner Byholm, who was killed in an aircraft accident earlier this year.

In addition, two Late Models – Lillo’s number 9 and Doar’s number 11 – were displayed in Victory Lane in memory of the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks in New York City, Washington DC, and Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001.

The ABC Raceway has plans to host its annual banquet celebrating the 2021 racing season at the AmericInn of Ashland in January. Details of this event will be forthcoming.

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.

 Results

WISSOTA Late Models

Feature: 1-10: AJ Diemel, Elk Mound; Pat Doar, New Richmond; Jimmy Mars, Menomonie; Sam Mars, Menomonie; Rick Niemi, Eveleth, MN; Travis Budisalovich, Minneapolis, MN; James Giossi, Hudson; Derek Vesel, Hibbing, MN; Jesse Glenz, Chippewa Falls; Kyle Peterlin, Hibbing, MN.

11-20: Steve Laursen, Cumberland; Kevin Eder, Ashland; Chad Mahder, Bloomer; Darrell Nelson, Hermantown, MN; Gunner Frank, Montrose, IA; Jake Redetzke, Eau Claire; Harry Hanson, Eveleth, MN; Rick Hanestad, Boyceville; Buddy Hanestad, Boyceville; Clint Larson, Superior.

21-24: Aaron Lillo, Proctor, MN; Robbie Johnson, Wilson; Nick Anvelink, Bonduel; Tim McMann, Duluth, MN.

Heat 1: Doar; S Mars; Nelson; Laursen; Glenz; R Hanestad; Anvelink; Mike Bellefeuille, Duluth, MN.

Heat 2: Diemel; Budisalovich; Eder; Hanson; Johnson; James Kannegieser, Hayward; Tim Lillo, Superior.

Heat 3: J Mars; Niemi; Vesel; Redetzke; Larson; McMann; Paul Niznik, Medford; George Ledin Jr, Britt, MN.

Heat 4: Peterlin; Giossi; Frank; A Lillo; Mahder; B Hanestad; Jody Bellefeuille, Carlton, MN; TJ Adams, Hayward.

Semi-Feature: R Hanestad; B Hanestad; McMann; Anvelink; J Bellefeuille; M Bellefeuille; Kannegieser; Ledin; T Lillo; Niznik.

Fans’ Choice Dash: 1-10: Glenz; Diemel; Nelson; Doar; Anvelink; Budisalovich; Redetzke; J Mars; Eder; Mahder.

11-16: Giossi; Peterlin; Hanson; Vesel; S Mars; McMann.

WISSOTA Modifieds

Feature: 1-10: Shane Sabraski, Rice, MN; Jody Bellefeuille, Carlton, MN; Jeremy Nelson, Alexandria, MN; AJ Diemel, Elk Mound; Cole Spacek, Phillips; Darrell Nelson, Hermantown, MN; Clayton Wagamon, Ramsey, MN; Jimmy Mars, Menomonie; Michael Truscott, Chippewa Falls; Dave Cain, Corcoran, MN.

11-20: Steve Lavasseur, River Falls; Shane Halopka, Greenwood; Brandon Copp, Brule; Pat Cook, Washburn; Denny Cutsforth, Rice Lake; Matt Aukland, Glyndon, MN; Kelly Estey, Kelly Lake, MN; Rick Rivord, Superior; Shane Kisling, Butternut; Mark Hanson, Chippewa Falls.

21-25: Nick Koehler, Bloomer; Mike Anderson, Jim Falls; Adam Ayotte, St Paul, MN; Steve Hallquist, Fall Creek; Ashley Anderson, Elk Mound.

Heat 1: J. Nelson; D Nelson; Mars; Koehler; Alex Van Natta, Minocqua; Tyler Luger, Oxford; John Kallas, Hurley; Neil Balduc, Bessemer, MI; Daniel Bargender, Menomonie; Jeff Spacek, Phillips.

Heat 2: Sabraski; M Anderson; Truscott; Halopka; Paul Niznik, Medford; Pat Hoffman, Rice Lake; Aukland; Danny Thomas, Knapp; Jake Hiatt, Mason.

Heat 3: A Anderson; Bellefeuille; C Spacek; Kisling; Rivord; Lavasseur; Sam Fankhauser, Rice Lake; Brent Prochnow, Colfax; Zach Gibson, Chippewa Falls.

Heat 4: Copp; K Estey; Cook; Hanson; Cutsforth; Dan Kingsley, Superior; Skeeter Estey, Kelly Lake, MN; Cain; Cory Mahder, Elk Mound.

Heat 5: Wagamon; Hallquist; Diemel; Ayotte; Shaun Kreyer, Hayward; Donnie Lofdahl, Duluth, MN; Al Uotinen, Superior; Marcus Simonson, Luck; Brad Johnson, Wilson.

Semi-Feature 1: Aukland; Rivord; Kreyer; Kingsley; Lofdahl; Gibson; Prochnow; Hoffman; Bargender; Van Natta; Uotinen; Johnson; Balduc.

Semi-Feature 2: Cutsforth; Lavasseur; Niznik; Hiatt; Fankhauser; S Estey; Thomas; Luger; Cain; Kallas; J Spacek; Simonson; Mahder.

WISSOTA Super Stocks

Feature: 1-10: Terran Spacek, Phillips; Kevin Burdick, Proctor, MN; Dave Flynn, Superior; Tommy Richards, Mondovi; Steve Stuart, Ashland; Shane Sabraski, Rice, MN; Shawn McFadden, Ashland; Curt Myers, Cameron; DJ Keeler, Superior; Ron Mahder, Elk Mound.

11-20: Andrew Mackey, Duluth, MN; Patrick Beeksma, Ironwood, MI; Willie Johnsen Jr, Superior; Jim Campbell, Two Harbors, MN; Joey Jensen, Forest Lake, MN; Andy Grymala, Superior; Brandon Duellman, Winona, MN; Eric Olson, Ladysmith; Nick Oreskovich, Mason; Keith Kern, Superior.

21-24: Sam Fankhauser, Rice Lake; Darin Meierotto, Superior; Kevin Salin, Iron, MN; Scott Lawrence, Superior.

Heat 1: Richards; Oreskovich; Grymala; Mackey; Meierotto; Don Muzzy, Ironwood, MI; Aaron Mashlan, Ashland; Don Livingston, Washburn.

Heat 2: Myers; Fankhauser; Campbell; Beeksma; Lawrence; Olson; Chad Johnson, Colfax; Tristan LaBarge, Kelly Lake, MN; Shane Basina, Bayfield.

Heat 3: Duellman; Flynn; Stuart; Kern; Leslie Leu, Medford; Justin Weinberger, Butternut; Tucker Quinn, Ladysmith; Wayne Dean, Strum; Matthew Hammitt, Cloquet, MN.

Heat 4: Spacek; McFadden; Keeler; Sabraski; Cory Casari, Montreal; Kyle Copp, Brule; Jeff Eisner Jr, Merrill; Mike Sirois, Duluth, MN; Jensen.

Heat 5: Burdick; Mahder; Johnsen; Salin; Matt Deragon, Ashland; Rich Bishop, New Richmond; Brian Carl, Duluth, MN; Jason Quarders, Prairie Farm; Scott Geiger, Dorchester.

Semi-Feature 1: Meierotto; Olson; Copp; Leu; Quinn; Josh Schmidt, Elk River, MN; Sirois; LaBarge; Deragon; Basina; Mashlan; Hammitt.

Semi-Feature 2: Lawrence; Jensen; Bishop; Weinberger; Dean; Eisner; Geiger; Quarders; Muzzy; Johnson; Livingston; Casari.

WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds

Feature: rained out.

Heat 1: Brandon Jensen, Ellsworth; Ryan Savoy, Superior; Paul Suzik, Ironwood, MI; Tyler Kintner, Hibbing, MN; James Vendela, South Range; Evan Checkalski, Proctor, MN; Michael McKay, Sparta; Nick Ayotte, St Paul, MN; CJ Wagner, Rice Lake.

Heat 2: Brady Uotinen, Superior; Scott Splittstoesser, Cottage Grove, MN; Marcus Dunbar, Marenisco, MI; Jimmy Latvala, Solon Springs; Paul Niznik, Medford; Austin Blom, Saginaw, MN; Neil Dees, Hurley; Bryan Lund, Ashland; Dalton Mains, Foxboro; McLean Andrews, Duluth, MN; Tanner Gehl, Solon Springs.

Heat 3: Joey Jensen, Forest Lake, MN; Jesse Aho, Toivola, MI; Tanner Hicks, Ashland; Ryan Barningham, Bayfield; Zach Slayton, Springbrook; Tyler Hudack, Ashland; Ross Fuhrman, Ashland; Chris Bretting, Washburn; Diamond Bressette, Spooner.

Heat 4: Andrew Inman, Canyon, MN; Travis Anderson, Colfax; Kennedy Swan, Chippewa Falls; Mike Widmann, Marshfield; Cody Carlson, Superior; George Truscott, Greenland, MI; Les Duellman, Winona, MN; Mitch Kieber, Ironwood, MI; Derrick Reed, Emerald; Cole Mueller, Chippewa Falls.

Heat 5: Simon Wahlstrom, Mikana; Tommy Richards, Mondovi; Jesse Polson, Superior; Darrel Hazelton, Chippewa Falls; Michael Truscott, Chippewa Falls; Duane Dunbar, Marenisco, MI; Justin Bassa, Cotton, MN; John Kallas, Hurley; Matt Jacobson, Bessemer, MI; Kenny Rogers, Unity.

Semi-Feature 1: Carlson; Fuhrman; D Dunbar; Vendela; Kallas; Blom; Casey Kintner, Mountain Iron, MN; Mueller; Jacobson.

Semi-Feature 2: Niznik; Duellman; Mains; M Truscott; McKay; Wagner; Hudack; Andrews; Bretting.

Semi-Feature 3: Checkalski; Bassa; Bressette; Rogers; Kieber; Dees; Slayton; Anthony Gallian, Superior. 

 

 

Championship Saturday August 28th

Saturday, August 28, will be the final regular-season race night at ABC. “Mountain Dew Championship Saturday Night” will be presented by North Star Beverage of Hurley and will culminate in the crowning of the 2021 track champions in all six weekly divisions.

Regular grandstand admission ticket prices will apply, and advance tickets and pit passes are available via the My Race Pass website and mobile app. The grandstands will open at 5 pm, hot laps start at 6:15, and the first green flag of the night is scheduled for 7 pm. WSBZ, 93.3 FM, will air updates from 4:30-6 pm on Saturday, with simulcasts aired online via the station’s website, www.wbszfm.com.

Fans are reminded that tickets and reserved seating are still available for the 46th annual Red Clay Classic, to be held October 1-2. Ticket information is available by calling (715) 682-2672 Monday through Friday (evenings only) or by sending an e-mail to tickets@abcraceway.com. For info on reserved pit sites, racers can call (715) 746-2390 (evenings) or e-mail to tickets@abcraceway.com.

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