August 15th Results

Emerson Tops Renegades Sprints at ABC

by Nick Gima

ALL PHOTOS CREDIT – Brandon Bowers

Ashland, WI, August 15 — Caley Emerson of Grand Rapids, MN, swept around leader Jake Kouba with two laps to go and gained a measure of justice in taking the feature win during the second visit of the season for the Northern Renegades’ traditional sprint cars to the ABC Raceway on Saturday night.

Zar’s Bar & Banquet Hall of Ashland presented the seven-division race program that showcased 97 entries on a cloudy, cool, damp mid-August evening in the Chequamegon Bay area.

During the Northern Renegades’ first visit to Ashland back in late June, Emerson was leading their feature until a restart after a lap 8 caution, when his car refused to go and he steered into the infield and out of the event. So Saturday’s win had a very sweet taste to it.

The 13-car starting grid ran off its 20-lap A-main non-stop, with Jake Kouba challenging polestarter Jimmy Kouba right away. It took two laps before Jimmy clearly established himself at the point, with Emerson, who started outside on the front row, holding third ahead of Lance Solem and Chris Lewis.

The Kouba boys pulled away to duke it out as the race reached its midpoint quickly, with Josh Braford displacing Lewis for fourth. A couple of laps later Jake Kouba used an inside move to take the lead away from Jimmy, as Emerson closed the gap considerably.

With six laps remaining Emerson slipped by Jimmy Kouba to take over second, while Nick DaRonco used the very upper edge of the racing groove to sweep by Braford for fourth. Coming off of turn 2 with two laps left, Emerson completed an outside pass of Jake Kouba and held on for a three-quarter-second margin of victory.

Jimmy Kouba, DaRonco and Braford completed the top five. Jimmy Kouba set a new track single-lap record for the Northern Renegades during the early stages of the run with a time of 16.928 seconds (79.750 mph).

              Neil Balduc and Pat Cook put on a show for the large crowd in attendance in the 20-lap WISSOTA Modified feature, with Balduc, the 2016 track champ from Bessemer, MI, nipping Cook at the line for his second win of the season.

Polestarter Tanner Byholm took the initial advantage, but Balduc, who started right behind Byholm, followed him into second and then switched to the outside lane to sweep by before the first lap was completed.

Visiting former ABC Mod champ Robby Bunkelman worked his way around Byholm for second on lap 5, before Tyler Luger looped his car during the next circuit to bring out the first yellow flag and eliminate Balduc’s significant advantage. A lap after retaking the green flag, the field was slowed again when Cole Spacek’s car came to a stop after mid-pack contact.

Balduc had his hands full with Bunkelman and the seventh-starting Cook directly behind him for that restart, and under green Cook did all he could to get by the leader using the low groove of the smooth, sticky red-clay oval. But Balduc was fast around the high line and defended his position.

On lap 14 Bunkelman’s car mysteriously slowed on the back straight to stop the race again, and a lap after that the yellow flag was thrown for the final time for debris. From there Balduc and Cook battled side-by-side, with Tyler Vernon and Paul Niznik right on their tails. Cook drew nearly even with Balduc on a couple of occasions, including, coming to the checkers, and Balduc’s margin of victory was razor-thin – .077 seconds, according to official electronic scoring. Niznik overtook Vernon for third on the final circuit, and 12th-starting Paul Suzik was fifth.

Balduc set an early quick lap with a time of 16.517 seconds (81.734 mph). Spacek recovered from the early stop to finish eighth, but his points lead shrunk to just two as a result of Cook’s strong run.

                Kyle Copp of Brule led flag-to-flag for his first-ever win in the WISSOTA Super Stocks at ABC during Saturday’s 20-lap A-main. Copp started on the pole, beat Shawn McFadden Jr through turn 1, and then survived heavy pressure for the landmark win.

The intense battle for second behind Copp lasted much of the race and took its toll early, as Andrew Mackey, in a three-wide move for third, spun wildly and hit an infield marker tire on lap 2. The damage knocked him from the event as well as Matt Deragon, who was caught up in the incident.

Over the next seven green-flag laps McFadden and Scott Lawrence raced door-to-door for second, swapping the position, allowing Copp to scoot away. Divisional points leader Dave Flynn, who started eighth, weaved his way into the top five and joined the battle for second, but when he dove low on McFadden to try to take second on lap 9 he cause both cars to spin and was sent to the back.

The race ran caution-free from there, with Copp drawing away and McFadden and Lawrence still debating second. Lawrence eventually established himself as runner-up and, after closing the gap on Copp, threw every move he could at the leader. But the young second-generation speedster held off the wily veteran for a close .36-second margin of victory. Nick Oreskovich moved through the field late to take third and close the points gap on the fourth-finishing Flynn to just 26, and Steve Stuart came home fifth.

Copp also set the fast lap of the race at 17.051 seconds (79.174 mph).

Superior’s Jack Rivord showed that his big-money win in last Saturday’s “Mid-Mod Madness” at ABC was no fluke, charging past Tanner Hicks just before mid-race and dominating the WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature.

Hicks took the initial lead for the 20-lap run from polestarter John Darwin and retained it after a lap 2 stoppage for Ryan Barningham’s slowed ride. Darwin was displaced on successive laps after the restart by Ross Fuhrman, Duane Dunbar and Rivord, and on lap 5 Dunbar got by Fuhrman for second. Rivord took third from Fuhrman two laps later, just before a Jesse Polson-Rick Siiter get-together slowed the pace.

Rivord’s car came to life on that restart, blowing past Dunbar and then Hicks over the next two laps. Diamond Bressette collected Polson for the final yellow flag of the race, and from there Rivord disappeared from the field, building a lead of over two-and-a-quarter seconds in just six laps and more than doubling that advantage over the final six for his second win of the season, while setting a quick-lap time of 17.316 seconds (77.963 mph).

Dunbar got around Hicks just after the restart and fended off 11th-starting Jesse Aho to claim second, and Fuhrman followed Hicks home for fifth. Marcus Dunbar took seventh, just one spot ahead of Jimmy Latvala, to extend his points lead over Latvala to 33 with two race nights left.

Duluth, MN’s Cory Jorgensen blew through the WISSOTA Pure Stock feature field in just two laps, survived two restarts, and cruised to his first feature win here this season.

                Granted, the field only consisted of six total cars. But Jorgensen, who was the sixth-place starter, had to get by points leader Tanner Gehl, quick teammate Aaron Bernick, and a determined Tyler Kachinske first, then pass an impressively-fast RJ Holly and defending track champ Randy Graham with a three-wide inside move to get to the front.

Holly’s bumping of an infield marker tire onto the track brought about the first of only two yellow-flag slowdowns on lap 2, but Jorgensen held firm when Graham threatened on the subsequent restart. Gehl’s spin with three laps left brought the field back to Jorgensen’s bumper, but the defending national Pure Stock champ was up to the task and drew away to a comfortable cushion at the checkers.

Graham fought back late challenges from Bernick for second, and Kachinske was awarded fourth and Holly fifth after a two-position penalty was assessed to Gehl for a “jump” of the final restart, allowing Graham to close to within 24 points of Gehl in the standings.

Graham strengthened his points lead slightly in the ABC Six-Cylinders with his fifth win of the season in the division’s 12-lap main event. The defending division champ from Trego took the lead after a first-lap restart and was uncatchable after that.

The restart was a result of Josh Saunders’ stopped ride before the field got to complete lap 1, but on that re-do Graham “threaded the needle” between front-row starters Jakob Bond and Adam Traaholt and then pulled away, with second-in-points Forrest Schultz working his way around Bond for third a lap later. On lap 2, heavy contact between Bond and Mathew Rohlfing put Bond’s car on its side and nearly over onto its roof before landing on all fours with significant damage. Neither driver was injured, but both cars were towed to the pits.

Schultz got by Traaholt for second on the restart but could not keep up with Graham despite setting the fastest lap of the race at 18.524 seconds (72.878 mph). Graham won by nearly two seconds and holds a 25-point lead on Schultz heading into next Saturday’s action, while Saunders, Jordan Pearce and Dominic Hmielewski completed the top five.

                AJ House of Cloquet, MN, snapped DeJay Jarecki’s WISSOTA Hornets feature win streak at three by claiming Saturday’s race and, at the same time, gave himself a little more margin of error in the division’s points battle.

After visitors Logan Braford and Justin Barsness collected each other on the initial start, House stormed from the fourth row to get by polestarter Cully Butterfield on lap 3 for the lead. An impressively fast Casey Fitzpatrick worked his way around Butterfield to second a lap later, with Jarecki in tow to third, just before Braford hit the turn 4 guardrail hard to halt the run. Jarecki got by Fitzpatrick on the restart but couldn’t shake free to attack the leader, and Fitzpatrick retook second a lap later and frustrated Jarecki’s efforts from then on.

House’s win was his third of the season, to go along with his five runner-up efforts, and he extended his points edge to 28 on Jarecki. Mitch Kieber and Josh Rowe rounded out the top five.

The ABC Raceway will host its annual “Summer Blast” race night on Saturday, August 22, to be presented by Northern Wisconsin Fence of Phillips and Outlaw Wraps & Apparel of Ashland. Kids’ bike races have been added to the program on that night, and all six regular weekly divisions will be on hand for this next-to-last points-paying night of the 2020 season.

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

Northern Renegades Traditional Sprints

Feature: 1-10: Caley Emerson, Grand Rapids, MN; Jake Kouba, Minneapolis, MN; Jimmy Kouba, Byron, MN; Nick DaRonco, Britt, MN; Josh Braford, Grand Rapids, MN; Chris Lewis, Grand Rapids, MN; Lance Solem, Duluth, MN; Jake Barsness, Grand Rapids, MN; Paul Schultz, Grand Rapids, MN; Zach Widdes, Rice Lake.

11-13: Brian Trembath, Hastings, MN; Corey Olson, Duluth, MN; Brad Larsen, Ely, MN.

Heat 1: Solem; Jimmy Kouba; Lewis; Trembath; Widdes; Larsen; Teal Arnason, Balsam, MN.

Heat 2: DaRonco; Emerson; Braford; Jake Kouba; Schultz; Barsness; Olson.

WISSOTA MODIFIEDS

Feature: 1-10: Neil Balduc, Bessemer, MI; Pat Cook, Washburn; Paul Niznik, Medford; Tyler Vernon, Ashland; Paul Suzik, Ironwood, MI; Al Uotinen, Superior; Rick Rivord, Superior; Cole Spacek, Phillips; Brandon Copp, Brule; Alex Van Natta, Minocqua.

11-19: Todd Gehl, Solon Springs; Bill Byholm, Glidden; Shane Kisling, Butternut; Jake Hiatt, Mason; Tanner Byholm, Glidden; Jeff Spacek, Phillips; Tyler Luger, Oxford; Robby Bunkelman, Abbotsford; Kelly Checkalski, Poplar.

Heat 1: Balduc; Bunkelman; T Byholm; Gehl; Uotinen; B Byholm; Copp.

Heat 2: Cook; Vernon; Niznik; Rivord; Luger; J Spacek.

Heat 3: Hiatt; C Spacek; Checkalski; Suzik; Kisling; Van Natta.

WISSOTA SUPER STOCKS

Feature: 1-10: Kyle Copp, Brule; Scott Lawrence, Superior; Nick Oreskovich, Mason; Dave Flynn, Superior; Steve Stuart, Ashland; Shawn McFadden, Ashland; Cory Casari, Montreal; Aaron Mashlan, Ashland; Rita Anderson, South Range; Jonathan Popp, Iron River.

11-12: Matt Deragon, Ashland; Andrew Mackey, Duluth, MN.

Heat 1: Oreskovich; Flynn; Deragon; Mackey; Casari; Popp.

Heat 2: Stuart; Lawrence; McFadden; Copp; Mashlan; Anderson.

WISSOTA MIDWEST MODIFIEDS

Feature: 1-10: Jack Rivord, Superior; Duane Dunbar, Marenisco, MI; Jesse Aho, Toivola, MI; Tanner Hicks, Ashland; Ross Fuhrman, Ashland; Tyler Vernon, Ashland; Marcus Dunbar, Marenisco, MI; Jimmy Latvala, Solon Springs; Justin Weinberger, Butternut; Clay Passuello, Ironwood, MI.

11-20: Brady Uotinen, Superior; John Darwin, Iron River; Dalton Mains, Foxboro; Chris Bretting, Washburn; Paul Ripley, Duluth, MN; Bryan Lund, Ashland; Jesse Polson, Superior; Diamond Bressette, Spooner; Rick Siiter, Esko, MN; Ryan Barningham, Bayfield.

Heat 1: Rivord; M Dunbar; Darwin; Lund; Polson; Bressette; Uotinen.

Heat 2: Vernon; Fuhrman; Mains; Aho; Bretting; Siiter; Weinberger.

Heat 3: Hicks; Latvala; D Dunbar; Passuello; Barningham; Ripley.

WISSOTA PURE STOCKS

Feature: 1-6: Cory Jorgensen, Duluth, MN; Randy Graham, Trego; Aaron Bernick, Duluth, MN; Tyler Kachinske, Duluth, MN; RJ Holly, Marengo; Tanner Gehl, Solon Springs.

Heat: Bernick; Graham; Holly; Gehl; Kachinske; Jorgensen.

ABC SIX-CYLINDERS

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

11-12: Jakob Bond, Mason; Trenton Bond, Mason.

Heat 1: Graham; Schultz; Rohlfing; Traaholt; Beeksma; T Bond.

Heat 2: Truchon; Saunders; Groom; J Bond; Pearce; Hmielewski.

WISSOTA HORNETS

Feature: 1-10: AJ House, Cloquet, MN; Casey Fitzpatrick, Two Harbors, MN; DeJay Jarecki, Ashland; Mitch Kieber, Ironwood, MI; Josh Rowe, Duluth, MN; Kristy Marken, Duluth, MN; Cully Butterfield, Trego; Brandon Hummelmeier, Maple; Noah Rose, Duluth, MN; Logan Braford, Grand Rapids, MN.

11-14: Jake Wammer, Ashland; Gavyn Moncher, Saxon; Justin Barsness, Grand Rapids, MN; Shawn Young, Stone Lake.

Heat 1: Moncher; Butterfield; Wammer; Marken; Barsness; Hummelmeier; Young.

Heat 2: Jarecki; Fitzpatrick; House; Kieber; Rowe; Braford; Rose.

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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

Prelude to the Clay Sept 3

ABC Raceway to Host Two Big Post-Season Specials

by Nick Gima

                Ashland, WI, August 26 — The ABC Raceway is proud to announce that it will host two significant stock car racing events during the 2020 invitational season.

The historic northwestern Wisconsin speedplant will be the site of the first-ever “Prelude to the Clay,” to be presented by Ashland Ford-Chrysler Center, on Thursday, September 3. The Prelude is being held this season in place of the traditional kick-off event of the region’s post-season specials, the Silver 1000 at Proctor, MN.

The Ashland track will also host its 45th annual Red Clay Classic on Friday and Saturday, October 2-3. The Classic is one of the most popular and prestigious stock car racing events in the Upper Midwest.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the public health concerns it has caused, officials at the Halvor Lines Speedway in Proctor determined soon after the 2020 stock car racing season began in the Northland that they would not be able to host events there without serious financial risk. Significant restrictions placed by the State of Minnesota and St Louis County on attendance and other social aspects of operating a racetrack during the pandemic made opening the Speedway’s doors this summer impractical.

The Board of Directors of the Ashland track took into serious consideration the importance of the survival of Proctor’s track, the interests of the two facilities’ common fan base and racer pool, and the protection of the Silver 1000’s traditional Thursday-before-Labor-Day date when proposing hosting the Prelude to HLS officials. As part of the offer, the ABC Raceway will present a portion of the Prelude’s proceeds to officials of the Proctor track to help defer their 2020 operating expenses.

The Prelude will feature WISSOTA Late Models, Modifieds and Super Stocks running for a purse well in excess of $35,000. Late Models have been the premier offering of every Silver 1000 since its inception in 1973, and Mods were added to that event in 1989.

The Prelude will also be the starting event of the first-ever Tri-Star Engines & Transmissions Labor Day Weekend Series presented by Quality Freight Rate – a four-night, three-track tour that will include shows at Grand Rapids, MN, on Friday, September 4, and Hibbing, MN, on Saturday and Sunday, September 5-6. The tour will offer drivers a chance at an $8,000 points fund as well as four winner’s checks totaling $10,500.

At Ashland, the Late Models will be presented by Van House Construction of Silver Bay, MN, and will race to qualify for a 40-lap feature paying $3,000 to win, with a minimum of $250 going to all feature qualifiers.

Rivord Auto Center of Superior will present the Modifieds, which will run for a chance at a $2,000 feature winner’s paycheck at the end of 30 laps, and all drivers that make the A-main will take home at least $150.

The WISSOTA Super Stocks will be presented by Rapid Performance of Sauk Rapids, MN. It was announced on Monday that the 25-lap feature winner’s paycheck has been increased to $1,000, thanks to donations from the Lake Shore Cafe and Chicago Iron & Supplies, both of Ashland. Feature qualifiers will earn a minimum of $80 to start, and Rapid Performance will present a $500 certificate toward the purchase of one of its new Affordable race-car chassis to the last driver still running at the end of the Super Stock headliner.

“We need Proctor to be successful,” ABC Raceway Board president Eric Erickson stated in explaining the thinking behind hosting the Prelude. “By holding this race on this date, our intent is to help maintain the integrity of their event, so that next year we hope that we can all go to Proctor for the 48th Silver 1000 on the Thursday before Labor Day.”

It was also announced this week that the Late Model feature winner’s share at this year’s Red Clay Classic has been increased to $5,500. Modifieds, Super Stocks and WISSOTA Midwest Mods will join the Late Models for this popular special, which is expected to once again draw huge crowds as well as upwards of 200 entries competing for a purse in excess of $100,000.

In addition, Red’s Auto of Ironwood, MI, has signed on as a presenting sponsor of this year’s Classic, joining FastLane Motorsports & Custom Powdercoating of Ashland and Tim’s Automotive Machine of Bloomer. Red’s Auto will present a special race for Late Models on the Friday night of the Classic, the details of which will be released shortly.

For the “Prelude to the Clay,” adult grandstand ticket prices are just $28, tickets for kids ages 6-12 are just $8, and kids ages 5 and under are admitted free. Limited reserved seating is available in advance for an additional $10 per ticket, and a limited number of reserved overnight camping sites at the track are also available for just $15 each. For reserved seating and camping reservations, call Mary at (715) 292-2672. General grandstand admission tickets can be obtained in advance via www.myracepass.com or at the grandstand gate on race day.

For race teams, pit admission is $35 per person. Draw fees will be waived for all drivers who pre-enter via the My Race Pass website before September 2. Reserved pit sites are available for $15 each by calling Cheryl at (715) 209-1373.

The pit gates will open that Thursday night at 3 pm and the grandstands will open at 4, with hot laps set for 6:15 and the first heat race of the night getting the green flag at 7 pm. “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.

More information regarding the Red Clay Classic will be released within the next couple of weeks.

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

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ABC Raceway’s ‘Prelude to the Clay’ to Kick Off Northland’s Invitational Season

by Nick Gima

Ashland, WI, August 15 — The ABC Raceway has released additional information regarding its upcoming “Prelude to the Clay” on Thursday, September 3.

With title sponsorship from Ashland Ford-Chrysler Center, the “Prelude” will be the first of the region’s stock car racing post-season specials. WISSOTA Late Models, Modifieds and Super Stocks will be in action for a complete program of heats, semi-features and A-features.

For the past 47 racing seasons, the honor of opening the invitational season in the Northland has gone to the Proctor (MN) Speedway’s Silver 1000. Unfortunately, the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic forced officials of that track – renamed Halvor Lines Speedway earlier this year – to close for the entire 2020 season. Thus, the continuity of one of the Nation’s longest continually-running stock car racing invitationals was in jeopardy.

As a gesture of goodwill between neighboring race tracks, a portion of the proceeds collected from ABC’s “Prelude” event will be donated to Halvor Lines Speedway to help defer expenses from their lost season.

“We feel that it is important for racing in our region for Proctor’s track to be open and operating,” said Ashland-Bayfield County Racing Association Board president Eric Erickson recently. “Our tracks are only about 70 miles or so apart. We share many of the same racers and fans.

“We feel that it is equally important for the Silver 1000 to retain its tradition as the official start of the invitational season in our area. Our Board felt that it was in the best interests of local racing to maintain in some way the integrity of the Silver 1000 and the tradition of its date (historically the Thursday before Labor Day weekend).

“This event is a one-year-only deal. We are hoping that Halvor Lines Speedway can host its 48th Silver 1000 in 2021.”

The Late Models’ portion of the program will be sponsored by Van House Construction of Silver Bay, MN. The drivers in WISSOTA’s premier division will run a 40-lap feature to headline this event, which pays $3,000 to win and a minimum of $250 to all feature qualifiers. Last year Pat Doar of New Richmond was the Silver 1000 Late Model winner.

Rivord Auto Center of Superior will be the sponsor for the Modified races on this night. The “big Mods” will run for a chance at a $2,000 feature winner’s paycheck, while all drivers that make the feature will earn at least $150 to start the race. Ashley Anderson of Elk Mound took home the win at last Fall’s Silver 1000 in Proctor.

The WISSOTA Super Stocks, which have never run at the Silver 1000 but have been added for the event at Ashland, will be presented by Rapid Performance of Sauk Rapids, MN. The Super Stock feature will pay $600 to win and $80 to start as of press time, and Rapid Performance will also present a $500 certificate toward the purchase of a new Affordable chassis to the last driver still running at the end of the Super Stock feature.

For fans wishing to attend the “Prelude to the Clay,” adult grandstand ticket prices are just $28, and kids ages 12 and under can get in for just $8. Reserved seating is available for an additional $10 per ticket, and a limited number of reserved overnight camping sites at the track are also available for just $15 each, by calling Mary at (715) 292-2672. Other general grandstand admission tickets can be obtained via www.myracepass.com or at the grandstand gate on race day.

For race teams, pit admission is $35 per person. Draw fees will be waived for drivers who pre-enter via the My Race Pass website before September 2. Reserved pit sites are available for $15 each by calling Cheryl at (715) 209-1373.

The pit gates will open that Thursday night at 3 pm and the grandstands will open at 4, with hot laps set for 6:15 and the first heat race of the night getting the green flag at 7 pm. “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 more information call (715) 682-4990 on race days, log on to the track’s website, www.abcraceway.com, or check out the track’s FaceBook page.

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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 and Pit Spots Still Available for ABC Raceway’s 45th Red Clay Classic            

We will be following the advice of the County Health Department and must use the following guidelines:

1. The County reminds everyone that Emergency Order #1 concerning the wearing of masks has been extended.

2. Due to Covid we need to work together to reduce large congregations so no Dance & Costume Contest this year.

3. The County has asked that people traveling into the area please avoid unnecessary contact with the Ashland community.

4. The north and south pit entrances into the main grandstands will not be open this year so please prepare accordingly.

5. Temperatures will be checked at the admission gates, anyone with a temperature of more than 100.4 will not be admitted.

6. In order to protect our volunteer workers, masks must be worn in the concession cashier and food pick-up lines.

We may have to forego some of the well-known Red Clay festivities this year but one thing we know, we will have GREAT RACING! Our staff is working hard to put on a great show for all of you! Please help us by following the County recommendations so we can bring you the best Red Clay Classic for all!

Ashland, WI — Advance ticket sales, reserved seating, and pit spots are currently available for the 45th Red Clay Classic, 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.

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 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 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.