WILMOT RACEWAY BADGER MOD TOUR PRE-RACE NOTEBOOK
(Green Bay, WI) June 11 – “Dancin’ Lance” Arneson had to dial up the address to Wilmot Raceway on his GPS one year ago. The Oconto Falls driver had never run the paperclip shaped, 3/8 mile clay oval located at the Kenosha County Fairgrounds. Call it what you will, but Arneson found some true “beginner’s luck” as he survived a dog fight all race long, swapping the lead with the likes of Joe and Mitch McGrath of Neosho along with BMT defending champion Brian Mullen and his son Mike Mullen, both of Seymour, for the win a year ago at the BMT maiden voyage in June, 2012.
“Up until that point I had only heard about it because years ago I remember hearing about Julie (McDermid) at the time running down there once in awhile when we’d rain out up here,” said Arneson. “I never really ran on a track with that tight of corners before. I heard the track surface has been pretty good down there this year so obviously we’re looking forward to going back there.”
On June 16 Arneson will return to Wilmot where he hopes to capture some of that beginners luck once again. Last years win came in a Harris chassis. This year he’s wheeling a BMS chassis. “There some things last years car maybe did better on certain surfaces but I’m confident with what we’re running now we should be ok down there at Wilmot,” said Arneson.
LAST YEAR – 52 drivers representing three states were on hand. The event was the series debut as the planned opener at Beaver Dam Raceway was rained out the month prior. The feature event saw five different leaders swap the lead throughout the balance of the contest. Even on a Sunday night, and being slotted last in the running order, most of the capacity crowd stuck around to watch the debut of the BMT.
PROVISIONALS – Those who are in the drivers seat for the 23rd and 24th A main starting spots for the respective provisionals are Wilmot’s feature winner a week ago Round Lake Beach, Illinois’ Jason Hyerdall (Wilmot provisional) and current points leader Benji LaCrosse of Green Bay (BMT provisional).
GAME DAY DECISION – It will likely be a true “gameday decision” on June 16 for “Sgt. 6 time” Scott Kuxhouse of Antioch, Illinois. The six time Wilmot champ is on the mend from a wild wreck in weekly racing action at Wilmot a week ago Saturday. Kuxhouse’s PF Flyer chassis went airborne and landed atop the track’s banking, damaging some bolt on parts and the chassis. What’s more, Kuxhouse injured his back in the melee. Kuxhouse topped all local finishers in last year’s BMT maiden voyage with a sixth place finish.
CRATE CASH – The Gandrud Chevrolet “Crate Cash Bonus” stands at $200. That amount will be awarded to the highest finishing driver in the A main competing with the GM 604 crate motor. If no driver makes it the crate bonus goes to $300 for the next BMT event.
ROOKIES REPRESENT – Five Vlies Custom Bodies/Victory Sign Rookie-of-the-year candidates are pre entered early for the Wilmot show. They include Shawano’s Cody Hudson, who won in a sportmods Saturday at Shawano, New Franken’s Brad Lautenbach, who’s two-for-two at Seymour, New Franken’s Mark Joski, Jackson’s Eddie Blaine and Milwaukee’s Mark Brunner.
$10,000 REASONS – BMT drivers have $10,000 reasons to race hard and finish strong at Wilmot. On Wednesday, June 26 the top six drivers in BMT points will throw down at 141 Speedway in a 6-for-6 BMT dash, the winner of which will earn the 24th starting spot into the $10,000-to-win Clash @ The Creek V June 27. The event is the largest paying modified event in Wisconsin history.
LONG HAUL – Fusion Enterprises is sponsoring the $100 Long Haul award. Last year’s Long Haul award winner at Wilmot was Eagle River’s Pat Zdroik.
Racing gets underway at 6:15 p.m. The BMT will be joined by the UMP Summer Nationals Hell Tour late models and street stocks. For more information on the Badger Mod Tour, including membership and downloadable forms for Wilmot Raceway you can check badgermodtour.com and also follow them on Facebook and Twitter. Call (920) 676 5990 for more information on the BMT. The website for Wilmot Raceway is wilmotraceway.com. The track phone is 262 862 2090. Wilmot Raceway is located at the Kenosha County Fairgrounds at 30820 111th Street Wilmot, WI.
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