BY MICHAEL H. BABICZ – (Wilmot, Wis., Saturday, June 28, 2014)–Burlington’s Jason Condrad came back from a scary transmission fire two weeks ago to score an impressive win in the 20-lap street stock feature Saturday, June 28 at Wilmot(Wis.) Raceway.
Condrad was the evenings only first time winner of the season, snapping the Homan Family Racing of Antioch entry Rob Maule of Hebron, IL’s win streak at three.
Scott Kuxhouse of Antioch, who won his first feature in two years two weeks after missing the 2013 season due to an injury, made sure it would not be another two seasons before his next main event win as he took the checkered flag in the 20-lap modified headliner.
Erik Grosch of Arlington Heights, IL won his second overall 4-cylinder stock car 15-lap main event along with being the highest finishing Pro-4 division placer.
Gary Mondus of Streamwood, IL, celebrating his birthday, gave himself a present by finishing second overall in the 4-cylinders while taking first in the Bandit division.
“No fires this time,” said Condrad with a laugh. “I have to thank my wife, Brenda, my buddies who help me in the pits, my fellow drivers who are here each and every week and make this such a fun group to race with, my sponsors and of course, the fans, who stayed with us and came out on a threatening weather night.”
The race program was delayed approximately one hour as a thundershower hit the one-third mile clay oval located on the Kenosha County Fairgrounds just after completion of the pre-race National Anthem ceremony. A beautiful rainbow to the east gave the patient fans a panoramic view while track crews completely reworked the racing surface to make it race able..
The tacky track conditions made for close and tight racing throughout the evening. Ronnie Mink of Bristol maintained the point in the street stock feature though a pair of cautions in the opening three laps. After a restart following the second yellow, Mink and Condrad battled side by side until lap seven when “Flash,” as Condrad is nicknamed, shot to the outside on the backstretch taking the lead.
A red flag at the halfway point when new driver Dan Collins spun and his engine compartment burst into flames. Collins was not injured and the fire quickly extinguished by track crews.
The stoppage erased Condrad’s straightaway lead, but did clear some lapped traffic he had begun to encounter. On the restart, Conrad was able to keep his advantage maintaining it through one final yellow with five laps to go. Maule edged out defending champion Racine’s Charlie Pinkalla for second after the two battled side by side during the closing circuits. Mink was fourth. Silver Lake’s Gerry Stollenwerk fifth. Waunakee’s Brandon Reidner in his first start of the season placed sixth. Bristol’s Dustin Richard seventh. David Jones of North Chicago, IL eighth. D.J. Hacker of Winthrop Harbor, IL ninth. Trent Andersen of Antioch tenth.
“With what we’ve overcome these last couple of years, it feels really good to win two in a row,” said Scott Kuxhouse following his second straight modified feature win. “The car ran good. When I saw the rain coming, I , I thought about making some changes to the car because I didn’t know how to judge what it would do to the track. I left the car alone and it worked.”
Eagle’s Steve Mueller shot in front from his front row starting spot, with the elder Kuxhouse(his 19-year-old son Cameron also races modifieds) working his way up from seventh starting spot hooking up in a wheel to wheel battle with Mueller for the point throughout much of the final 15 laps of the race.
Shooting to the inside on the front stretch, Kuxhouse worked into the lead on lap 13. Mueller was trying to stay within striking distance when he nearly got caught up in a two car tangle in turn one, literally bouncing off one of the disabled cars just after taking the white flag signifying one lap to go. The ensuing caution necessitated a green-white-checkered “overtime “ finish.
Kuxhouse was up to the challenge pulling away to the victory. Defending champion Chris Carlson of Union Grove caught Mueller for second on the final lap with the battle between those two aiding Kuxhouse in pulling away. Bristol’s John Dost, who earlier in the evening won a heat race by inches, finished fourth after recovering from a early race spin dropping him to the back of the field. Brookfield’s Brian Crapser in his first start of the season at Wilmot placed fifth.
Jimmy Morrison of Antioch was sixth. Genoa City’s Mike Simons celebrated his birthday with a seventh place finish nipping the feature winner’s son, Cameron Kuxhouse, by inches at the checkered. New Berlin’s Brad McGuire was ninth. Fort Atkinson’s Zeke Bishofberger rounded out the top ten.
“The track was perfect and the car was good,” said Grosch of his second win of the season in the 4-cylinder stock cars. “When they are both good, you get good results. I have to thank my pit crew and everybody who helps me. This was great.”
“To win on my birthday, it couldn’t be better,” said Mondus, who finished second overall in the 4-cylinders and first in the bandits. “Carl Benn, being a new guy here, raced me hard but clean all night. It made for a lot of fun. I have to thank, of course, my wife, Kim, all of the fans who stayed with us in the rain, the sponsors not only on my car but others and the track itself, everybody who does so much so we can come out and race.”
Mondus raged a side by side battle with Benn of Menomonee Falls throughout the last half of the 15-lap main event. Benn got fellow drivers and the fans attention scoring an impressive heat race win earlier in the evening in his first race at Wilmot.
Tom Happ of Alsip, IL ended up fourth overall and second in the Pro-4s. Muskego’s Ryan Lovald was fifth overall and third in the Bandits.
Wilmot Raceway, located on the Kenosha County Fairgrounds, hosts five divisions in a Independence Day Spectacular on Saturday, July 5. Winged sprint cars, modifieds, street stocks, Wisconsin-Illinois Association mini-sprints plus 4-cylinder stock cars including the Pro-4s and bandits are included on the racing card. Grandstands open at 5:00 p.m. with racing at 7:00 p.m. For updated information check the trackside hotline 262-862-2090 or official website www.wilmotraceway.com.
The rescheduled Interstate Racing Association(IRA) Founders Night is slated for the next return of the traveling Bumper To Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Car Series on Saturday, July 19 to their original home town track, Wilmot Raceway. The original program and special recognition of the three founders, Ray Toft, Whitey Harris and the late Junior Dodd, was rained out June 21.
Hartland’s Bill Balog, who began a streak of four consecutive IRA feature wins with a victory Memorial Day weekend in the last Wilmot Raceway actual racing appearance. Balog finished a career best in the World of Outlaws national traveling series event at 34 Raceway in Iowa on June 27, following that up with a win in the dash and ninth place finish in the main event at Beaver Dam Raceway on June 28.
Other notable sprint car regulars who campaign at Wilmot along with the IRA and took on the World of Outlaws traveling professionals at Beaver Dam were New Berlin’s Scott Uttech who placed 16th, Pleasant Prarie’s Phillip Mock 18th, defending 2013 Wilmot Raceway sprint car champion and 2013 IRA rookie of the year Jeremy Schultz of Beaver Dam 21st, Tommy Sexton of Antioch who won this year’s Wilmot opening night sprint car feature 23rd and Kenosha’s Dave Uttech 24th.
Wilmot Raceway will be participating in several special off track events over the first part of July. On Wednesday, July 2, the Lynch of Burlington and Kenosha 2014 Chevrolet Silverado Official Pace Truck will be participating in the annual “Cruisin’ Antioch. The open cruise for any type of motorized vehicles, with no age limit, open to cars and motorcycles, begins at Wal-Mart parking lot at Rte. 173 and Deep Lake Road at 6 p.m., progressing north through Antioch on Depot St. to the downtown area. Cruise participants will have reserved parking along both sides of Main Street from Orchard Street to Lake Street between 6:00-8:00 p.m. Overflow parking will be along Lake Street, Toft Avenue and Orchard Street. Race cars on trailers are welcome. For information, contact Mike Babicz 262-206-5465 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Friday, July 4, Wilmot Raceway’s pace truck will have Scout Pack 191 riding along in the annual Antioch Independence Day parade downtown starting at 10:30 a.m. Plans are to have recent Johnsburg, IL High School graduate and street stock racer Erin Pusateri and race car joining the pace truck. Space is available for possibly one or two additional race cars by contacting Babicz.
On Saturday, July 5, the pace car and several race cars are expected to be at Gander Mountain at I-94 and Hwy. 50 in Kenosha between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
The 37th Annual Lynch GM Superstore “Let’s Go Racing” Motorsports & Custom Car Show will be held at the dealership at the corners of Hwy. 36 and County W, 2300 Browns Lake Drive, in Burlington on July 12th. Open to any types of street or racing vehicles, the free show runs 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Pre-entry is not required, but recommended by contacting Babicz or John Fischer at 800-635-2550.
SUMMARY – WILMOT RACEWAY, WILMOT, WIS. – SATURDAY, JUNE 28, 2014
STREET STOCKS: 20-LAP FEATURE: 1. Jason Condrad, Burlington; 2. Rob Maule, Hebron, IL; 3. Charlie Pinkalla, Racine; 4. Ronnie Mink, Bristol; 5. Gerry Stollenwerk, Silver Lake; 6. Brandon Reidner, Waunakee; 7. Dustin Richards, Bristol; 8. David Jones, North Chicago, IL; 9. D.J. Hacker, Winthrop Harbor, IL; 10. Trent Andersen, Antioch, IL; 11. John Canella, Trevor; 12. Dustin Kroening, Wonder Lake, IL; 13. Erin Pusateri, Johnsburg, IL; 14. Alex Crapser, Brookfield; 15. Brandon Mertes, Antioch; 16. Joey Marcomb, Antioch; 17. Dustin Holland, Milwaukee; 18. Steve Miller, Neosho; 19. Dan Collins, Antioch; 20. Cody Potter, Genoa City.
8-LAP HEAT WINNERS: Mink; Stollenwerk; Pinkalla.
MODIFIEDS; 20-LAP FEATURE: 1. Scott Kuxhouse, Antioch; 2. Chris Carlson, Union Grove; 3. Steve Mueller, Eagle; 4. John Dost, Bristol; 5. Brian Crapser, Brookfield; 6. Jimmy Morrison, Antioch; 7. Mike Simons II, Genoa City; 8. Cameron Kuxhouse, Antioch; 9. Brad McGuire, New Berlin; 10. Zeke Bishofberger, Fort Atkinson; 11. Joel Crowbridge, Burlington; 12. Mike Learman Jr., Woodstock, IL; 13. Bart Sievert, West Allis; 14. Mike Conn, Big Bend; 15. Jeff Bodendorfer, Waterford; 16. Phil Rehberg, Waukesha; 17. Lee Tibbitts, Hebron; 18. Matt Klenz, West Bend; 19. Donnie Scheffler, Greenfield; 20. Nick Simons, Genoa City.
10-LAP LAST CHANCE “B” MAIN: 1. Rehberg; 2. Sievert; 3. Klenz; 4. Conn; 5. Elmer Everman, Pleasant Prairie; 6. Chad Tschan, Wind Lake; 7. Scott Barnharst, Franklin; 8. Jason Holmes, Kenosha.
4-CLINDER STOCK CARS: 15-LAP FEATURE: 1. Erik Grosch, Arlington Heights, IL(Pro-4); 2. Gary Mondus, Streamwood, IL(Bandit); 3. Carl Benn, Menomonee Falls(Bandit); 4. Tom Happ, Alsip, IL(Pro-4); 5. Ryan Lovald, Muskego(Bandit); 6. Joe Summers, Wonder Lake(Pro-4); 7. Jason Jones, North Chicago(Bandit); 8. J.T. Myra, Salem(Bandit); 9. Ashley Panek, Kenosha(Bandit); 10. Brian Hillringhouse, South Milwaukee(Bandit); 11. Shawn Kasten, Lake Geneva(Bandit) 12. Erik Nevoso, Twin Lakes(Bandit).
8-LAP HEAT WINNERS: Hillringhouse; Benn.