MONDUS FLIPS, COMES BACK TO WIN BANDIT FEATURE

BY MICHAEL H. BABICZ (Wilmot, WI, Saturday, June 27, 2015)–Gary Mondus of Streamwood, Illinois had a night of extremes to remember in the Bandit 4-Cylinder Stock Car division on Saturday, June 27 at Wilmot (WI) Raceway.
    Mondus lead wire to wire in the 15-lap Bandit feature to score his first main event win of the season.  The win was not easy as Mondus had a fast closing Erik Grosch of Arlington Heights, Illinois coming on strong in the closing laps.  Grosch, Bandit point leader and winner of the three previous features in the division, ended up less than a car length short at the checkered flag. Tom Happ of Alsip, Illinois was third, Menomonee Falls’ Carl Benn was fourth with East Troy’s John Lass fifth.
    With Mondus first feature win of the season coming on the eve of his 43rd birthday, normally that would have been enough.  The heat race earlier in the night was what set up the crowd pleasing comeback victory.
    In the early going of the preliminary event, Mondus blew a right front tire in turn two causing the wheel to dig into the cushion of the clay track and send the car flipping an estimated three to four times before coming to rest on all four wheels.  Ironically, after the track paramedic crew gave Mondus a quick check, he drove the car back into the pit area to the attention of his pit crew, which consists solely of his wife Kim.
    “The help I received from other crews in the pit area, people I barely know, was unbelievable,” said Mondus after the win.  “It didn’t seem to hurt the car too badly, except it doesn’t look quite as nice as it used to.  To be in victory lane after getting upside down and from what I’ve been told, flipping at least twice in the air, this is fantastic.”
    Scott Kuxhouse of Antioch, Illinois made it five 20-lap modified feature wins in a row.  This win proved to be a little more challenging as S. Kuxhouse started ninth in the 20-car field with several caution periods for various incidents preventing him from catching the front running Steve Mueller of Eagle until six laps remained. A final yellow flew setting up a green-white-checkered finish with a trio of Antioch drivers coming for the checkered.  S. Kuxhouse scored the win with his son, Cameron Kuxhouse, nipping Jimmy Morrison by inches for second.  Mueller ended up fourth with Genoa City’s Nick Simons fifth.
    “I’m getting too old for this,” quipped S. Kuxhouse in victory lane.  “These guys are making it harder and harder every week.”
    Rob Maule of Hebron, Illinois made it two 20-lap street stock feature wins in a row even though it had been over a month for that class to see action due to rain outs and scheduling.  Maule jumped in front in the Homan Family Racing of Antioch #53, with four caution periods erasing any kind of lead the defending champion could build.  At the finish Bristol’s Dustin Richard broke through to take second edging out Silver Lake’s Gerry Stollenwerk who finished third.  Division point leader Pat Rossman of Wadsworth, Illinois who started the main event toward the back came on with a solid fourth place finish.  Bristol’s Ronnie Mink was fifth.
    “It’s great to get back to back wins,” said Maule.  “I have to credit my wife, Brooke, who is my crew chief and also does most of the work on the car.  The last win was on my daughter Gwen’s birthday and this one is coming just a few days before my other daughter, Mackenzie’s, who is this week.”
    Genoa City’s Todd Lehr made it four feature wins this season in the inaugural run for the new non-winged sprint car division.  Lehr took the lead on the second circuit of the 20-lap main and never looked back.  Jim Scanlon of Zion, Illinois is getting comfortable quickly as he followed up a win a few weeks earlier in his first time ever in this type of car with a second place.  Cottage Grove’s Doug Schenck was third, Bristol’s Chris Klemko fourth and Chuck Shaer of Lake Villa, Illinois fifth.
    “The more seat time these other drivers are getting, the tougher it’s getting to get the wins,” admitted Lehr.  “I am enjoying them while they come.”
    In a special appearance by the UTV off-road machines in a stadium style course, Mark Worswick, driver, and Garrett Munsor, passenger, of Lake Villa, Illinois scoring the 12-lap feature victory.  The Salem team of Doug Gust, driver, and passenger Cindi Hart finished second.
    “This was a lot of fun and a lot different racing before fans in this type of set up,” said Worswick, as the UTV events are generally off-road on trails and will often run for time limits instead of laps around a course.  The group headed up by Gust is hoping to have some additional events at Wilmot Raceway this season.
    Wilmot Raceway, the one-third mile clay oval located on the Kenosha County Fairgrounds in Wilmot, is taking the July 4 Independence Day holiday off with no racing on the schedule.  Action resumes on Saturday, July 11 with non-wing sprint cars, modifieds, street stocks, Wisconsin-Illinois mini-sprints and Bandit 4-cylinder stock cars on the program.
    For the latest updates and information phone the trackside race line 262-862-2090 or check the official track web site www.wilmotraceway.com.
    Wilmot Raceway will be participating in the Crusin’ Antioch event on Wednesday, July 1 with the official pace vehicle 2015 Chevrolet Silverado from Lynch GM Superstore of  Burlington leading the cruisers into downtown Antioch leaving Wal-Mart on Rte. 173 and Deep Lake Road at 6:00 p.m.  Vehicles will be parked on Main Street downtown from 6:00-9:00 p.m.  Wilmot Raceway is entered in the July 4 parade in Antioch on Saturday morning with the pace vehicle scheduled and possible race cars as well.  Drivers interested in participating in either event should contact Mike Babicz 262-206-5465 or michaelbabicz@aol.com.
SUMMARY – WILMOT RACEWAY – SATURDAY, JUNE 27, 2015
BANDIT 4-CYLINDER STOCK CARS: 15-LAP FEATURE: 1. Gary Mondus, Streamwood, IL; 2. Erik Grosch, Arlington Heights, IL; Carl Benn, Menomonee Falls; 4. Tom Happ, Alsip, IL; 5. John Lass, East Troy; 6. Jason Jones, North Chicago, IL; 7. Scott Ludtke, Lyons; 8. Blake Kreuser,Kenosha; 9. James Creekmore, Zion, IL; 10. Alan Maher Jr., Rochester, MN.
8-LAP HEAT WINNER: Grosch.
MODIFIEDS: 20-LAP FEATURE: 1. Scott Kuxhouse, Antioch, IL; 2. Cameron Kuxhouse, Antioch; 3. Jimmy Morrison, Antioch; 4. Steve Mueller, Eagle; 5. Nick Simons, Genoa City; 6. Will Sorce, Franklin; 7. Brad McGuire, New Berlin; 8. Mike Conn, Big Bend; 9. Josh Heinz, Tichigan; 10. Scott Barnharst, Franklin; 11. Lee Tibbitts, Hebron; IL; 12. Mike Bodendorfer, Muskego; 13. Kevin Reed, West Allis; 14. John Dost, Bristol; 15. Mike Sullivan, Burlington; 16. Nick Simons, Genoa City; 17. Jeff Bodendorfer Jr., Waterford; 18. Justin Sund, Menomonee Falls; 19. Tony Izzo, Capron; 20. Jack Williams, Rockford, IL.
8-LAP HEAT WINNERS; Mueller; Morrison; Conn.
STREET STOCKS: 20-LAP FEATURE: 1. Rob Maule, Hebron; 2. Dustin Richards, Bristol; 3. Gerry Stollenwerk, Silver Lake; 4. Pat Rossman, Wadsworth, IL; 5. Ronnie Mink, Bristol; 6. David Jones, North Chicago; 7. Dustin Kroening, Hebron; 8. D.J. Hacker, Winthrop Harbor, IL; 9. Brandon Mertes, Antioch; 10. John Canella, Antioch; 11. Scott Eggebrecht, Crystal Lake, IL; 12. John Janssen, Richmond, IL; 13. Nate Coon, Harvard, IL; 14. Matt Monteith, Racine.
8-LAP HEAT WINNERS: Mertes; Maule.
NON-WING SPRINT CARS: 20-LAP FEATURE: 1. Todd Lehr, Genoa City; 2. Jim Scanlon, Zion, IL; 3. Doug Schenck, Cottage Grove; 4. Chris Klemko, Bristol; 5. Chuck Shaer, Lake Villa; 6. James Walldan, Winthrop Harbor; 7. Taylor Dawson, Burlngton.
10-LAP HEAT WINNER: Lehr.
UTVs: 12-LAP FEATURE: 1. Driver-Mark Worswick/Passenger-Garrett Munsor, Lake Villa; 2. Doug Gust/Cindi Hart, Salem; 3. Scott Wasz/Boomer Dan, Lindenhurst, IL; 4. James Diedrick/Beth Kohler, Winthrop Harbor; 5. Gordon Campbell/R.J. Klade, Richmond; 6. Jay Canella/Ed Wilcox, Antioch; 7. Adam Warren/Tiffany Warren, Burlington; 8. Pat Minter/Mike Gerken, Antioch; 9. Jason Soule/Ryan Razz, Streator, IL; 10.(overall) Ed Ingram/Aliea Ingram(1st – B Class); 11. Tom Carmody/Allison Carmody, Cary, IL; 12. Joe Dirt/Brittney Shaide, Ingleside, IL.
5-LAP HEAT WINNERS: Worsick/Munsor; T. Carmody/A. Carmody.

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2015 Points Standings

 Modifieds

6/27/15 Car # Driver Name Total Points
1 57 Scott Kuxhouse 859
2 j88 Jim Morrison 791
3 25 Mike Simons II 764
4 9 Mike Sullivan 692
5 95 Jeff Bodendorfer Jr 655
6 17b Scott Barnharst 652
7 24 Nick Simons 648
8 2m Steve Mueller 602
9 30 John Dost 594
10 O3t Lee Tibbitts 563
11 22 Tony Izzo 562
12 69 Josh Heinze 546
13 40 Jack Williams 504
14 50 Terry Hilgendorf 496
15 38 Ryan Marshall 446
16 28c Joel Crowbridge 373
17 19 Mike Wittenburg 360
18 75 Cameron Kuxhouse 360
19 4 Mike Learman JR 343
20 34 Zack Heiselmann 308
21 6w Dave Wirth 207
22 10c Mike Conn 201
23 O5 Mike Bodendorf 182
24 42 Chad Tschan 170
25 17 Kevin Reed 147
26 4s Joel Segert 128
27 14s Will Source 123
28 52m Brad McGuire 113
29 70 Steve Wirtz 109
30 42P Scott Powell 96
31 6w Scott Mommaerts 87
32 33s Justin Sund 80
33 41 Jason Holmes 60

Street Stocks

6/27/15 Car # Name Total Points
1 o9 Pat Rossman 543
2 4 Ronnie Mink 540
3 37 Gerry Stollenwerk 515
4 64 Scott Eggebrecht 471
5 79 David Jones 468
6 12 Brandon Mertes 444
7 115 John Canella 426
8 53 Rob Maule 413
9 304 DJ Hacker 406
10 9m Michael Olson 391
11 63 Rob Andersen 220
12 57 Cody Potter 180
13 56 Dustin Kroening 172
14 46 Cody Erickson 165
15 10K Joey Marcomb 120
16 96 Keith Busch 101
17 51 Nate Coon 97
18 4D Brandon Riedner 91
19 43 John Janssen 89
20 26 MattMonteith 85
21 13 Dustin Richards 60
22 65 Mark Baker 60

Sprints

6/6/2015 Car # Driver Name Total Points
1 5j Jeremy Schultz 534
2 1m Phillip Mock 503
3 68 Dave Uttech 479
4 70 Raymond Hensley 460
5 19 Todd Daun 450
6 41 Dennis Spitz 425
7 4k Kris Spitz 412
8 56 Ryan Irwin 392
9 5h Patrick Haynes 377
10 6R Bill Rose 352
11 5 Brian Kristan 349
12 43 Jereme Schroeder 346
13 38 Allen Hafford 331
14 2w Scotty Neitzel 320
15 35 Ben Schmidt 279
16 10v Matt Vandervere 274
17 8a Nick Alden 264
18 2b Jimmy Sivia 229
19 79 Blake Nimee 227
20 11k Rick Kelsey 220
21 4b Scott Biertzer 213
22 64 Scotty Thiel 201
23 53w Bill Wirth 195
24 23 Russel Borland 192
25 14aj Wayne Modjeski 189
26 7 Scott Uttech 188
27 23d Trey Datweiler 169
28 99 Kyle Marten 169
29 12w Josh Walter 165
30 12 Mike Decker 142
31 2 Bill Balog 129
32 48h Max Stanbaugh 127
33 65 Jordan Goldesberry 118
34 O2 Mike Reinke 90
35 8A Carmen Manzardo 83
36 6k Kurt Davis 74
37 50 Rusty Egan 67
38 25 Steve Muth 60

Mini-Sprints

6/6/2015 Car # Driver Name Total Points
1 18 Nick Petska 574
2 55H Mark Heinert 571
3 42 Adam Schroeder 541
4 11 Kyle Daywalt 519
5 66 Nick Daywalt 481
6 71 Kyle Koch 463
7 74 Tim Brannam 395
8 49 Ron Brannam 382
9 19 Ion Stear 377
10 67F Kevin Frederiksen 374
11 1E Zach Emmons 363
12 59 John Smith 360
13 61 Jeff Schmidt 356
14 69 Kurt Brown 349
15 66K Will Lynn 336
16 9 John Kirk 301
17 26 Greg Fortier 267
18 29 Randy Stanford 220
19 7 Vince Johnson 133
20 8 Doug Johnson 19

Non-Winged Sprints

6/27/15 Car # Driver Name Total Points
1 16 Todd Lehr 700
2 71s Doug Schenck 671
3 70 Chris Klemko 647
4 B2 Chuck Shaer 636
5 77 James Walldan 555
6 9 Taylor Dawson 476
7 15 Dan Wade 322
8 5j Jimmy Scanlon 202
9 O7 Jim Ludtke 137

Bandit 4’s

6/27/15 Car # Driver Name Total Points
1 46 Erik Grosch 587
2 184 Carl Benn 549
3 77j Jason Jones 428
4 53 Gary V Mondus Jr 388
5 33 John Lass 376
6 8 Blake Kreuser 351
7 64 Tom Happ 265
8 17j James Creekmore 224
9 18 Scott Redden 205
10 14A Ashley Panek 170
11 36 Brad Becker 157
12 18j Jay Orr 124
13 13 Jake Balk 111
14 35d John Daley 110
15 9 Kevin Gentry 102
16 43 Allen Maher 63
17 15 Trent Anderson 62
18 36 Scott Ludtke 60