BY MICHAEL H. BABICZ(262-206-5465)
(Wilmot, Wisconsin, Saturday, September 12, 2015)–Cottage Grove’s Doug Schenck headed the list of 2015 champions crowned on the final night of the Wilmot Raceway season Saturday, September 12 by taking the first ever non-wing sprint car title in the history of the one-third mile clay oval facility.
In the 20-lap season finale for the non-winged sprints, Genoa City’s Todd Lehr captured his sixth feature of the season and the seventh for his car. Schenck came on to finish runner-up with Union Grove’s Craig Lager third, Bristol’s Chris Klemko fourth and Jim Lukey of Harvard, Illinois fifth.
In the mini-sprints it was a trio of winners on the final night. Kyle Daywalt of Hubertus lead flag to flag in the 20-lap feature for his second main event win of the year. Ironically, despite a blow engine sending Heinert into the infield prematurely with a small oil fire relegating him to 14th place in the final running order, Heinert still had enough points with the mini-sprint system to take the track title. The overall Wisconsin-Illinois Mini-Sprint Association (WIMSA) championship, which included some events outside of Wilmot, was captured by Nick Daywalt of Hubertus, brother of the feature winner.
“Winning the WIMSA title on the same night my brother wins the feature is pretty neat,” said N. Daywalt, who was celebrating his birthday as well. “It’s a great birthday present. My crew and sponsors have been behind me since the beginning this year. I have to thank them and the fans.”
Jim Morrison, also from Antioch, announced after winning his first 20-lap feature of the season, that it was also his last as he is retiring from driving. “This is it,” said Morrison, who ended up second in the points. “I’m hanging up the helmet. It’s been a great season and it’s a great way to finish.”
“I have to thank my wife, Kim, and son, Clay, who have been so supportive of me so I could come out here and do this,” said Rossman of his second street stock championship.
Milwaukee’s Mark Baker overtook Silver Lake’s Gerry Stollenwerk for the lead on lap five of the non-stop street stock main, going on to his first feature win of the season. Brandon Mertes of Antioch had a season best second. Racine’s Chuck Pinkalla, making his first start of the year, came from 12th to finish third. Rossman came across fourth to secure the title. Scott Eggebrecht of Crystal Lake, Illinois was fifth.
Grosch won his second Bandit 4-cylinder crown by taking the win in the 15-lap feature, but not without a challenge from Carl Benn of Menomonee Falls who ended up runner-up in the season finale and the final point standings. Benn took the initial lead with Grosch taking the point following a lap two restart. Several times in the closing laps Benn got within a car length, but Grosch was up to the challenge holding on for his seventh feature win of the season. Benn was second, Waterford’s David Rudzinski third, John Lass of East Troy fourth and Jason Jones of North Chicago, Illinois fifth.
“There’s a little more of a story to the paint scheme of this car,” revealed Grosch in victory lane. “When we won the championship in 2010, this is the way the car was painted. So we decided to do it again when we were in the battle for the championship to see if it helped. I guess it did. I have to thank my family, crew and everyone who did a lot of work on this car all year.”