SCHULTZ, LEHR CROWNED CHAMPIONS

BY MICHAEL H. BABICZ (Saturday, September 24, 2016)–Earning season championship honors were Beaver Dam’s Jeremy Schultz in the winged sprint cars and Genoa City’s Todd Lehr in the Meyer Valves and Vacs Wingless Sprints presented by the IRA closing out the 2016 Wilmot Raceway Season Championship Night Two on Saturday, September 24.

Mitch McGrath of Waukesha won the 40-lap Wisconsin Dirt Late Model Association (WDLMA) Lucky 7 Tour main event for the second year in a row in the season ending program for the 3/8-mile clay oval located on the Kenosha County Fairgrounds.

Brad McGuire of New Berlin won his first ever 20-lap modified feature at Wilmot.

Cody Erickson of Algonquin, Illinois made it three 20-lap street stock feature wins in a row and five for the season.

“It wasn’t the way we wanted to finish the season, but a third track championship is something we can be proud of,” said Schultz, who was involved in a opening lap incident in the feature and ended up finishing sixth after restarting at the back.  “I’ve been under the weather and not quite up to par, but this will help make me feel a little better.  Hopefully before next week (Saturday, October 1) at Dodge County Fairgrounds (Beaver Dam, Wis.) I will feel better and be able to pick up the IRA (Interstate Racing Association) championship.”

Schultz won Wilmot titles in 2013 and 2015 to go along with this year’s crown.

The 25-lap winged sprint car feature win for the second time this season went to Mike Kertscher of Howards Grove.  Kertscher overtook  early race leader Jimmy Moughan of Springfield, Illinois on lap eight.  Several cautions kept slowing the pace of the main and setting up challenges for Kertscher.  At the finish it was Kertscher following up his Labor Day weekend Wilmot win. A fast closing Matt Vandervere of Zion, Illinois finished second.  Oak Creek’s Wayne Modjeski was third.  Moughan ended up fourth.  Trevor’s Raymond Hensley came up from 19th starting spot to take fifth.

“I was getting a little worried that we might run out of fuel,” said Kertscher after congratulating Schultz on the championship run.  “The car ran awesome thanks to my crew and great sponsors.”

“We have a super crew and Meyer along with all of our sponsors give us great support,” said Lehr after taking the title for the wingless sprints in the second year for the division.  “I have to thank my wife, Debbie, and everybody who has backed us.  This division is a lot of fun to run in and the competition is getting better and better.”

Some of that improvement was shown in the 20-lap season championship feature with Derek Crane of Waukegan, IL leading wire to wire, but not without some heavy challenges.  During the final five laps, Crane and Lehr went wheel to wheel several times with each holding the point at least momentarily.  Coming for the checkered flag out of turn four, Crane shot low while Lehr got caught on the high side behind a lapped car.  Crane scored his third feature win in his rookie season.  Lehr was second.  Fast qualifier James Giossi of New Richmond in his first time ever at Wilmot took third.  Jake Kouba of Minneapolis, Minnesota was fourth.  Cottage Grove’s Doug Schenck was fifth.

“I knew he was coming, but I just stuck with my groove,” said D. Crane of his battle with Lehr.  “This is a great way to close out a great season for us.”

“It was rough out there a little, but it’s great to get the win,” said McGrath, who also won the WDLMA feature in 2015 on Wilmot’s final night.  “I have a great crew and great sponsors which helped get me the win.”

McGrath retook the lead from Jim Schmidt of Cleveland at the halfway point following a restart.  Schmidt had taken the top spot ten laps earlier from Waukesha’s Taylor Scheffler who had lead the early going.  At the finish it was McGrath, Schmidt second, T. Scheffler third, T.J. Markham of Sycamore, IL fourth and Rick Scheffler of Waukesha fifth.

“I don’t know, maybe I’ve got the wrong car for sale,” quipped McGuire who was driving his “backup” car.  “This car is pretty good and it’s the first feature win I’ve ever had, so maybe I should keep this one.  I have to thank my parents, sponsors, everybody who has stuck with me all these years.  This is a great way to end the season.”

McBride took the lead at the halfway point on a restart.  Genoa City’s Mike Simons II and Scott Kuxhouse of Antioch, IL had been battling much of the early going back and forth.  Once in front McBride was able to pull away to the win.  M. Simons II took second by inches nipping 2016 Wilmot Champion Cameron Kuxhouse of Antioch who ended up third.  S. Kuxhouse was fourth with Tim Hamburg of Dixon, IL fifth.

“The drive for five and we got it,” said Erickson following his fifth street stock main win of the year and third in a row.  “This car has been kind of our back up and we thought we’d bring it out and get it ready for next season.  I think we’re going to leave it alone.  I have to thank my dad, Dave Erickson, and everybody as well as the fans and the staff at Wilmot Raceway for giving us a place to race and have fun.  This is going to help make the winter go a little bit quicker.”

Cody Potter of Pell Lake jumped in front maintaining top spot until Erickson overtook him at the halfway point.  At the finish it was Erickson followed by 3-time and 2016 Wilmot champion Pat Rossmann of Wadsworth, IL second, Potter third, Big Bend’s Mark Baker fourth and Dustin Richards of Bristol fifth.

As part of the final night of the season, several drivers, crews and sponsors donated various prizes which were awarded to fans in attendance including ten new bikes which went out to lucky youngsters.  The Kenosha County Fair and Wilmot Raceway staff thank the fans for their support throughout the season and all of those who donated gifts for the final weekend giveaways.

Wilmot Raceway will open its 2017 season sometime in late April or early May next spring.  For the latest updates check the track’s website www.wilmotraceway.com.

SUMMARY – WILMOT RACEWAY, WILMOT, WISCONSIN – SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2016 – SEASON CHAMPIONSHIP NIGHT TWO

WILMOT WINGED SPRINTS: 25-LAP FEATURE: 1. Mike Kertscher, Howards Grove; 2. Matt Vandervere, Zion, Illinois; 3. Wayne Modjeski, Oak Creek; 4. Jimmy Moughan, Springfield, IL; 5. Raymond Hensley, Trevor; 6. Jeremy Schultz, Beaver Dam; 7. Kris Spitz, Salem; 8. Todd Hepfner, Hartford; 9. Johnny Fahl, Brown Deer; 10. Brandon McMullen, Plymouth; 11. Rusty Egan, Burlington; 12. Chris Dodd, Winthrop Harbor, IL; 13. Kevin Karnitz, West Bend; 14. Dennis Spitz, Lewisburg, Kentucky; 15. Jimmy Fifield, Herscher, IL; 16. Todd Daun, Pleasant Prairie; 17. Tim Vandervere, Beach Park, IL; 18. Dave Uttech, Kenosha; 19. Ryan Irwin, Genoa City(DNS).

HEAT WINNERS: Kertscher; Hepfner.

SEASON CHAMPION: Schultz.

MEYER VALVES AND VACS WINGLESS SPRINT SERIES PRESENTED BY THE IRA: 20-LAP FEATURE: 1. Derek Crane, Waukegan, IL; 2. Todd Lehr, Genoa City; 3. James Giossi, New Richmond; 4. Jake Kouba, Minneapolis, Minnesota; 5. Doug Schenck, Cottage Grove; 6. Chris Klemko, Bristol; 7. Allen Hafford, Beach Park; 8. Matt White, Kenosha; 9. Craig Campton, Pardeeville; 10. Mike Sullivan, Burlington; 11. James Walldan, Winthrop Harbor; 12. Dan Wade, Pleasant Prairie; 13. Nathan Crane, Waukegan; 14. George Gaertner Jr., Salem.

HEAT WINNERS: Lehr; D. Crane.

FAST QUALIFIER: Giossi(:15.429 seconds).

SEASON CHAMPION: Lehr.

MODIFIEDS: 20-LAP FEATURE: 1. Brad McGuire, New Berlin; 2. Mike Simons II, Genoa City; 3. Cameron Kuxhouse, Antioch, IL; 4. Scott Kuxhouse, Antioch; 5. Tim Hamburg, Dixon, IL; 6. Rob Maule, Hebron, IL; 7. Joel Crowbridge, Burlington; 8. Andrew Kiedrowski, Union Grove; 9. Tim Bell, Antioch; 10. Tony Izzo, Capron, IL; 11. Nick Simons, Genoa City; 12. Sean Stacy, Spring Grove, IL; 13. Donnie Paskiewicz, Ottawa, WI; 14. Dustin Jackson, New Berlin; 15. Scott Barnharst, Franklin; 16. Bart Sievert, West Allis; 17. Jason Hyerdall, Lake Villa, IL; 18. Jack Williams, Rockford, IL; 19. Mike Knurr, Mukwonago; 20. Steve Mueller, Eagle.

10-LAP “B” MAIN: 1. Stacy; 2. Sievert; 3. Barnharst; 4. Williams; 5. Terry Hilgendorf, McHenry, IL; 6. Jim Cadd, Brookfield; 7. Blaze March, Muskego; 8. Mike Wittenburg, Waterford; 9. John Dost, Bristol; 10. Lee Tibbitts, Hebron.

HEAT WINNERS: S. Kuxhouse; Kiedrowski; M. Simons II.

STREET STOCKS: 20-LAP FEATURE: 1. Cody Erickson, Algonquin, IL; 2. Pat Rossmann, Wadsworth, IL; 3. Cody Potter, Pell Lake; 4. Mark Baker, Big Bend; 5. Dustin Richards, Bristol; 6. Carl Sturt, Wadsworth; 7. Joshua Marcomb, Antioch; 8. Courtney Atkinson, Muskego; 9. Ian Malinowski, Franklin; 10. James Jaime, Burlington; 11. Steve Rack, Pleasant Prairie; 12. Brandon Feit, Union Grove; 13. Bo Ahern, Waukegan; 14. Jim Vandervere, Gurnee, IL(DNS).

HEAT WINNERS: Erickson; Rossmann.

WISCONSIN DIRT LATE MODEL ASSOCIATION(WDLMA) LATE MODELS LUCKY 7 TOUR: 40-LAP FEATURE: 1. Mitch McGrath, Waukesha; 2. Jim Schmidt, Cleveland; 3. Taylor Scheffler, Waukesha; 4. T.J. Markham, Sycamore, IL; 5. Rick Scheffler, Waukesha; 6. Tony Peterson, Big Bend; 7. Brad Mueller, Random Lake; 8. Justin Schmidt, Cleveland; 9. T.J. Dolhun, Milwaukee; 10. Turk Letizia, Milwaukee; 11. Chris Carlson, Union Grove; 12. Jim Letizia, Milwaukee; 13. Phil Rehberg, Waukesha; 14. Victor Benetto, Marengo, IL; 15. Greg Warner, Polo; 16. David Jager, West Bend; 17. Mike Stangl, Marshfield; 18. Reno Markham, Rockford, IL; 19. Jeff Hartzell, Genoa.

 

 

 

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2016 Points Standings

 Modifieds

9.23.16 Car # Driver Name Total Points
1 75 Cameron Kuxhouse 1701
2 24 Nick Simons 1599
3 99 Rob Maule 1574
4 69 Josh Heinze 1445
5 57 Scott Kuxhouse 1424
6 25 Mike Simons II 1354
7 22 Tony Izzo 1353
8 30 John Dost 1333
9 31 Mike Knurr 1312
10 2m Steve Mueller 1221
11 17b Scott Barnharst 1220
12 28c Joel Crowbridge 1214
13 K9 Andrew Kiedrowski 1120
14 O3t Lee Tibbitts 1105
15 50 Terry Hilgendorf 1042
16 19 Mike Wittenburg 897
17 52m Brad McGuire 881
18 13 Don Paskiewicz 833
19 22s Sean Stacey 821
20 40 Jack Williams 782
21 10c Mike Conn 771
22 15 Danny Walter 692
23 w6 Jason Wirth 675
24 95 Jeff Bodendorfer Jr 647
25 51j Dustin Jackson 521
26 77c Brian Cumbridge 463
27 47 Jason Hyerdall 447
28 7c Jim Cadd 395
29 57h Tim Hamburg 392
30 7c Charles Turner 348
31 5a Andrew Araco 302
32 5 Tim Bell 273
33 28s Scott Crowbridge 267
34 15s Don Scheffler 266
35 23 Blaze March 234
36 O5 Mike Bodendorfer 166
37 7h Marcus Hoeppner 157
38 3K Todd Dart 146
39 8 Zeke Bishofberger 145
40 84 Mark Hoeppner 140
41 11 Bart Sievert 132
42 99x Jeremy Christians 131
43 7s Eric Scribner 123
44 57 Lee Sohns 119
45 32J Jason Buss 108
46 4s Joel Seegert 106
47 68 Mark Joski 105
48 41 Jason Holms 104
49 4 Mike Learman 93
50 10 RJ Gerber 88
51 33s Justin Sund 74

Street Stocks

9.23.16 Car # Name Total Points
1 09 Pat Rossman 1448
2 46 Cody Erickson 1355
3 37 Gerry Stollenwerk 1340
4 12 Brandon Mertes 1297
5 01 Carl Benn 1261
6 79 David Jones 1166
7 74 Jimmy Vandervere 1149
8 65 Mark Baker 1115
9 66 Joey Marcomb 1047
10 115 Josh Marcomb 914
11 65c Chloe Baker 899
12 7 Carl Sturt 864
13 9m Michael Olsen 831
14 13 Al Mueller 679
15 k19 Robert Taylor 675
16 9B Brianna Olsen 495
17 k9 Brandon Feit 485
18 372 Randy Gelden 462
19 A57 Chuck Shaer 444
20 89 Chuck Pinkalla 420
21 43 John Janssen 410
22 56 Dustin Koening 396
23 86 Bo Ahern 376
24 5 John Maki 318
25 316 Joe Shufras 230
26 10 Ian Malinowski 205
27 5 Ronnie Mink 203
28 40 Alex Crasper 130
29 11 Adam Crasper 123
30 7 Dustin Richards 115
31 57 Cody Potter 113
32 55 Darrel Traber 111
33 15 Dave Kinjerski 99
34 10 Al Atkinson 97
35 J8 James Jaime 93
36 83 Jenny Swiercz 90
37 44 Steve Rack 89
38 79x Jason Jones 87
39 75 79

Sprints

9.24.16 Car # Driver Name Total Points
1 5j Jeremy Schultz 1164
2 19 Todd Daun 1019
3 10V Matt VanderVere 1001
4 4k Kris Spitz 988
5 56 Ryan Irwin 848
6 41 Dennis Spitz 846
7 43 Jereme Schroeder 784
8 70 Raymond Hensley 708
9 14x Ben Schmidt 625
10 80k Mike Kertscher 594
11 48 Brandon Wimmer 587
12 14aj Wayne Modjeski 579
13 01 Chris Dodd 572
14 17B Bill Balog 570
15 64 Scotty Thiel 565
16 50 Rusty Egan 565
17 O Johnny Fahl 551
18 12 Mike Decker 550
19 2w Scotty Neitzel 523
20 53w Bill Wirth 498
21 23D Trey Datweiler 476
22 1hrp Todd Hepfner 472
23 7 Scott Uttech 461
24 79 Blake Nimee 451
25 99 Kyle Marten 446
26 1m Phillip Mock 438
27 68 Dave Uttech 428
28 65 Jordan Goldesberry 416
29 2 Parker Price-Miller 396
30 29M Joey Moughan 379
31 14 Jimmy Fifield 376
32 23 Russel Borland 362
33 O2 Mike Reinke 350
34 7v Tim Vandervere 323
35 23 Zach Raidart 293
36 94R Robbie Pribnow 282
37 2B Jimmy Sivia 279
38 70 Danny Holtgraver 206
39 5 Brian Kristan 200
40 1mm Jim Moughan 177
41 4B Scott Biertzer 168
42 41x Dominic Scelzi 166
43 82 Dusty Zomer 145
44 1 Dale Blaney 138
45 93 Sheldon Haudenschild 135
46 12w Josh Walter 133
47 w20 Greg Wilson 125
48 5h Patrick Haynes 123
49 60 Kory Crabtree 122
50 21 Cap Henry 115
51 10h Chad Kemmenah 113
52 6 Bill Rose 112
53 11 Todd King 108
54 11k Kraig Kinser 106
55 73 Brandon McMullen 106
56 81 Lee Jacobs 102
57 7c Caleb Armstrong 99
58 40 Caleb Holmes 98
59 4kk Kody Kinser 92
60 8m TJ Michael 87
61 63k Kevin Karnitz 87
62 95 Hunter Mackison 70
63 57x Andrew Palker 68
64 49h Bradley Howard 63

Mini-Sprints

9.3.16 Car # Driver Name Total Points
1 1E Zach Emmons 1139
2 55H Mark Heinert 1086
3 74 Tim Brannam 964
4 42 Adam Schroeder 917
5 13 CJ Malueg 819
6 71 Kyle Koch 816
7 1 Ron Brannam 811
8 61 Jeff Schmidt 748
9 18 Nick Petska 719
10 16 Mike Neau 626
11 77J Jason Jones 616
12 5S Nick Sheridan 562
13 29 Randy Stanford 541
14 67F Kevin Fredriksen 522
15 19 Ion Stear 520
16 66 Nick Daywalt 467
17 11 Kyle Daywalt 455
18 69 Kurt Brown 417
19 59 John Smith 405
20 9 John Kirk 372
21 32 Darren Ihrke 362
22 4 Morgan Shepard 324
23 26 Greg Foriter 150
24 7 Steve Clott 127
25 13BJ BJ Irwin 72
26 6P Chuck Pinkalla 69
27 66K Will Lyn 10

Non-Winged Sprints

9.24.16 Car # Driver Name Total Points
1 16 Todd Lehr 1875
2 71s Doug Schenck 1703
3 19 Derek Crane 1663
4 38 Allen Hafford 1541
5 9 Mike Sullivan 1535
6 70 Chris Klemko 1499
7 77 James Walldan 1344
8 15 Dan Wade 1334
9 89 George Gaertner 1263
10 5j Jimmy Scanlon 1109
11 27 Matt White 988
12 6 Jake Kouba 980
13 2 Jordan Mattson 974
14 2K Jimmy Kouba 972
15 72 Dave Maynard 843
16 52 Craig Lager 782
17 B2 Chuck Shaer 658
18 7s Craig Campton 376
19 7c Chris Howerton 350
20 B2 Tim Cox 207
21 16x Tommy Sexton 146
22 11 James Giossi 138
23 138 Chris Dodd 106
24 6L Joe Lallier 104
25 12 Johnny Parsons 100
26 B2 Steve Reidel 96
27 55 Joseph Kouba 87
28 97 Nathan Crane 87
29 13 Dustin Richards 85
30 32 Jeremy Hunt 85
31 34 Denny Stordahl 85
32 16a Anna Hippe 78
33 OO Kyle Finnegan 77

Bandit 4’s

8.27.16 Car # Driver Name Total Points
1 46 Courtney Atkinson 1186
2 3 Ryan Andrews 1080
3 184 Allen Maher Jr 1050
4 8 Blake Kreuser 994
5 93 Dale Ehleiter 904
6 47 David McKellips 879
7 17 James Creekmore 865
8 k9 Suiter Bennett 735
9 48 Jeremy Aiken 662
10 18 Jake Orr 409
11 15 Bob Anderson 389
12 36 Zach Wampole 347
13 72 Erik Kuentsler 331
14 b18 David Rudzinski 293
15 19 Carl Benn 272
16 00 Shawn Roberts 265
17 111 Devon Dixon 207
18 15 Trent Anderson 206
19 262 Chris Hall 197
20 13 Jake Balk 194
21 009 Ryan Savage 189
22 09 Joe Summers 175
23 22 Ryan Braun 153
24 14 Steve Kroll 151
25 4 Shaun Bangart 145
26 68 Larry Gross 140
27 10m Mitch Meijer 129
28 61 Ryan Sawusch 120
29 147 Brad Becker 109
30 27f Tony Fletcher 99
31 00 Robert Sorenson 95
32 262 Keanan 93
33 24 Brandon Tackes 89
34 15 Craig Kreuser 89
35 8m Mike Meijer 82
36 2 Brody Childers 80
37 9F Brandon Feit 60
38 K8 Andrew Kiedrowski 60
39 2 Charles Chilvers 60
40 14 John Brewer 60