Balog Takes Iles Tribute; Dodd Grogan Memorial; Maleug Lightning Sprints At August 17 County Fair Races

(Wilmot, Wis., Saturday, August 17, 2019)–The Bandit 4-Cylinder Stock Car 2019 Wilmot Raceway Season Champion will be crowned Saturday, August 24 as part of the Tommy Homan Memorial Street Stock Special along with Family Night. The Bandit Championship may come down to a sidelined defending champion as Milwaukee’s Tony Barron had his car destroyed in a feature crash August 16 of the Fair. Salem’s Ryan Johnson, who was second by 8 points heading into August 16, had mechanical woes but plans to be in action for the point finale. Barron has said he is done for the season. With the sportsmanship shown by many of the Bandit drivers, Barron could still show up with a car making the title chase more interesting. Street stocks, AutoMeter Wisconsin WingLess Sprints, Modifieds and Lightning Sprints are part of the five division program. Grandstands open at 5:00 p.m. with on track activity getting underway about 6:00 p.m. and racing slated for 6:45 p.m. The Bumper to Bumper Interstate Racing Association (IRA) return to their original home track Friday, August 30 in an all sprint car program featuring the Tony Stewart Sprint Car Challenge. Stewart, a NASCAR and Indy Racing League champion along with numerous titles and sprint car feature wins, has never competed at Wilmot in a winged outlaw sprint car. Stewart will be taking on the IRA stars in a battle for the Tony Stewart Sprint Car Challenge with the Bill Klein Tribute award and a spot on the IRA Founders Trophy sponsored by the Southeastern Wisconsin Racing Hall of Fame all on the line. The Founders award recognizes Ray Toft, Whitey Harris and the late Junior Dodd who originally put the IRA organization together 52 years ago. Bill Klein, the original president of the club who passed away earlier this summer, is being remembered in having the feature race run in his memory. AutoMeter Wisconsin WingLess Sprints and IRA Lightning Sprints are on the August 30 program as well. Hartford’s Bill Balog scored his fourth Roger Iles Tribute 36-lap Feature victory Saturday, August 17 to close out the Kenosha County Fair racing action at Wilmot Raceway. “The car was actually easier to drive in the feature after the adjustments we made then it was during the heat race,” said Balog, 8-time IRA champion of the victory before a standing room only crowd coming at the original birthplace of the IRA in Wilmot. “Winning the Roger Iles Tribute is special. I thank Ken Iles(Roger’s son) for all he has done with this race. I am looking forward to being back(August 30).” “A lot of people here don’t know who Roger Iles was or his involvement with the IRA,” said second place finisher Scotty Nietzel of Beaver Dam. “The Founders Night and Bill Klein Tribute is a great way to remember who started this. If you’re going to finish second, doing that to Bill Balog isn’t such a bad thing.” “I found something right at the end and went for it,” said third place finisher Ben Schmidt of Howards Grove. “The car stuck and we were able to go from fifth to a podium finish. Looking forward to being back August 30.” Nietzel jumped into the lead of the 36-lap main holding the point until Balog worked up from his fifth starting spot as the front runners began encountering traffic. Ironically, equaling the number on his car, Balog took the lead with 17 laps remaining going on to sife his way through the backmarkers taking the checkered flag by a straightaway. Nietzel was second. Schmidt third. Sheboygan’s Scotty Thiel fourth. Brandon Wimmer of Jonesboro, Indiana fifth. Trevor’s Chris Dodd topped the 20-lap 2nd Annual Bill Grogan Memorial AutoMeter Wisconsin WingLess Sprint feature. “I was wondering if it was ever going to end,” said Dodd, Wilmot’s WingLess point leader following his second win of the season. “Bill Grogan was a special person and to win this race means a lot. I thank all of the sponsors who added money to the purse and especially Allen ‘Taters” Hafford who put it all together.” Numerous cautions kept the WingLess main from getting much rhythm until the final seven circuits which went non-stop. On the restart seven laps from the finish, Zach Raidart of Antioch, IL appeared to lose power periodically with Dodd shooting to the high side to take the lead. The final caution period which came when Ryan Zielski collided with Greg Olsen as the two battled for the lead following a previous yellow at the mid-way point. Dodd was followed at the finish by Jimmy Sivia of Winthrop Harbor, IL second. Allen Hafford of Beach Park, IL took third charging through the field from 17th starting spot which he earned by virtue of winning the first “B” Main to make the feature. Raidart held on for fourth. Derek Crane of Waukegan, IL fifth. C.J. Maleug of Johnsburg, IL led green flag to checkered in the non-stop 20-lap Lightning Sprint feature. “I saw Mark(Heinert) stick his front end inside me a couple times toward the end, so I just stood on it,” Maleug remarked following his third Wilmot feature win of the season. “Going non-stop with all of the traffic made it tricky, but it’s a great win before this huge crowd.” Heinert, of Waukesha, took second. Third place Ion Stear of Hebron, IL caught visiting fourth place Tom Brown of Ceresco, Nebraska on the final turn. Sun Prairie’s Kevin Douglas was fifth. SUMMARY – SATURDAY, AUGUST 17, 2019 – WILMOT RACEWAY, WILMOT, WIS. – KENOSHA COUNTY FAIR ROGER ILES TRIBUTE BUMPER TO BUMPER INTERSTATE RACING ASSOCIATION(IRA) OUTLAW WINGED SPRINTS: 36-LAP FEATURE: 1. Bill Balog, Hartford; 2. Scotty Nietzel, Beaver Dam; 3. Ben Schmidt, Howards Grove; 4. Scotty Thiel, Sheboygan; 5. Brandon Wimmer, Jonesboro, IN; 6. Joey Moughan, Springfield, IL; 7. Todd Daun, Pleasant Prairie; 8. Jeremy Schultz, Beaver Dam; 9. Jordan Goldesberry, Springfield, IL; 10. Dave Uttech, Kenosha; 11. Steve Meyer, Sheboygan Falls; 12. Brian Tripplett, Lincoln, IL; 13. Austin DeDeblauw, Holiday Hills, IL; 14. Kyle Schuett, Macon, IL; 15. Kris Spitz, Salem; 16. Nick Matusewski, Antigo; 17. Hunter Custer, Chippewa Falls; 18. Jereme Schroeder, Lake Villa, IL; 19. Wayne Modjeski, Oak Creek; 20. Russel Borland, Kewauskum; 21. Johnny Fahl, Brown Deer; 22. Bill Wirth, Cudahy; 23. Scott Biertzer, West Bend; 24. Brayton Lynch, Springfield, IL. 12-LAP “B” MAIN: 1. Schroeder; 2. Tripplett; 3. K. Spitz; 4. Modjeski; 5. Matt Wiese, Lomira; 6. Robbie Pribnow, Lomira; 7. Chris Klemko, Bristol; 8. Keith Fellner, Antigo; 9. Patrick Haynes, Bradley, IL; 10. Brian Strane, Paris; 11. Mike Decker, Silver Lake. 10-LAP HEAT WINNERS: B. Schmidt; Wimmer; Schultz; Nietzel. FAST QUALIFIER: Thiel(:13.292 seconds). BILL GROGAN MEMORIAL AUTOMETER WISCONSIN WINGLESS SPRINTS: 20-LAP FEATURE: 1. Chris Dodd, Trevor; 2. Jimmy Sivia, Winthrop Harbor, IL; 3. Allen Hafford, Beach Park, IL; 4. Zach Raidart, Antioch, IL; 5. Derek Crane, Waukegan, IL; 6. Dennis Spitz, Lewisburg, KY; 7. Chris Klemko, Bristol; 8. Rusty Egan, Burlington; 9. Nick Petska, Spring Grove, IL; 10. Randy Stanford, Kenosha; 11. Greg Olsen, Round Lake Heights, IL; 12. B.G. Wood, Kenosha; 13. Greg Alt, Delavan; 14. Ryan Zielski, Oconomowoc; 15. Shawn Swim, Winthrop Harbor; 16. Charles Spoonmore, Somonauk, IL; 17. Paul Shaffer, Milwaukee; 18. Jordan Paulsen, Trevor; 19. Tim Cox, Park City, IL; 20. James Walldan, Kenosha; 21. George Gaertner, Salem; 22. Patrick Haynes, Bradley, IL; 23. Zach Hansen, New Berlin; 24. Vince Bartolotta, Muskego. 10-LAP FIRST “B” MAIN: 1. Hafford; 2. Gaertner; 3. Swim; 4. C. Klemko; 5. Tom Eller, Zion, IL; 6. Ryan Irwin, Genoa City; 7. Lance Walldan, Winthrop Harbor; 8. George Gaertner III, Salem; 9. William Huck, Mukwonago; 10. Steve Clott, Madison. 10-LAP SECOND “B” MAIN: 1. Stanford; 2. Wood; 3. Spoonmore; 4. J. Walldan; 5. Natalie Klemko, Bristol; 6. Rod Colburn, New Berlin; 7. Andy Hunt, Rudolph; 8. James Wehrman, Kenosha; 9. Bruce Waterworth, Randolph; 10. Bryan Haynes, Bradley, IL. 8-LAP HEAT WINNERS: Paulsen; Cox; Zielski; Sivia. FAST QUALIFIER; Hafford(:15.308 seconds). IRA LIGHTNING SPRINTS: 20-LAP FEATURE: 1. C.J. Maleug, Johnsburg, IL; 2. Mark Heinert, Waukesha; 3. Ion Stear, Hebron, IL; 4. Tom Brown, Ceresco, Nebraska; 5. Kevin Douglas, Sun Prairie; 6. Jeremy Douglas, McFarland; 7. Tim Brannan, Holiday Hills, IL; 8. Ron Brannan, Barrington, IL; 9. Jeff Schmidt, Slinger; 10. Shawn McGill, Johnsburg; 11. Mike Neau, Kenosha; 12. Bob Jeziorski, West Bend; 13. Michael Ungar, Madison; 14. Kevin Frederiksen, Hales Corners; 15. Max Brannam, Holiday Hills; 16. Jonathan Smith, Spring Grove, IL; 17. Derek Fortier, Racine; 18. Bobby Tackman, Oak Creek; 19. Tim Christensen, Winthrop Harbor. 8-LAP HEAT WINNERS: T. Brannam; Maleug. FAST QUALIFIER: Heinert(:14.883 seconds). Submitted by Michael H. Babicz

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2019 Points Standings

WingLESS Sprints

8.17.19Car #Driver NameTotal Points
101Chris Dodd1276
291Jimmy Sivia1266
340Tim Cox1222
423zZach Raidart1190
521Ryan Zielski1174
638Allen Hafford1161
719kDerek Crane1107
818Nick Petska1085
99Greg Olsen1075
1070Chris Klemko999
1129Randy Stanford962
1250Rusty Egan961
1341Dennis Spitz955
144Jordan Paulson946
1551Charles Spoonmore924
1677James Walldan897
176Vince Bartolotta875
1822Greg Alt849
1920Natalie Klemko845
2012Shawn Swim843
21OOPaul Shaffer802
2229ogTom Eller785
2339William Huck765
2489George Gaertner760
2511Lance Walldan667
260Johnny Fahl640
2761Zach Hansen617
285hPatrick Haynes584
2994James Wehrman564
302Tommy Colburn526
317sCraig Campton521
3271sDoug Schenck468
337Steve Clott450
344tjBrian Kristan379
3593Travis Mahoney356
3614ajBG Wood287
371Rod Colburn286
3854Scott Grissom275
399aAndy Hunt220
4066Kevin Frederikson216
41K9Andrew Kiedrowski214
4238vMatt Vandervere195
432Nathan Crane179
4422wBruce Waterworth142
4514ajDavey Ray95
4610Mitchell Davis90
478dRyan Irwin75
481Scott Uttech74
494gGeorge Gaertner III74
5066Denny Smith72
5110HBryan Haynes71
5252Craig Lager70
535Garrett Deieso60

Modifieds

8.16.19Car # Total Points
133jJoe Huenefeld1242
225Mike Simons1116
324Nick Simons1088
419Mike Wittenburg1084
5c12Chris Carlson1006
66wDavid Wirth968
730John Dost957
810cMike Conn848
940Jack Williams789
109wJason Wirth771
1103TLee Tibbits738
122mSteve Mueller716
135Terry Kiedrowski685
1404Morgan Sheppard589
1557Tim Hamburg543
1617bScott Barnharst512
1722Tony Izzo442
189Ryan Marshall426
198Zeke Bischofberger328
2015wDan Walter301
2174Jimmy Vandervere301
2257hAndrew Hamburg290
2313Donnie Paskiewicz276
2488jJeremy Johnson156
25b1Jeff Larsen148
2631Mike Knurr147
27O9Jared Spalding127
2895Jeff Bodendorfer124
2944Andy Sherley118
3028cJoel Crowbridge112
3157hBrandon Hamburg107
3255Mike Cougan103
3319bAustin Blume102
3470wSteve Wirtz98
3528sScott Crowbridge91
364sJoel Seegert91
373zAustin Zdroik87
3844DDustin Wilkinson87
3925sLee Sohns76
407jrJason Schilling JR76
4148Mike Simons74
42290Doyle Buzzell60
4318Ronnie Mink60
44492Trent Wysdbrod60
4518Eric Scribner60

Street Stocks

8.16.19Car #NameTotal Points
119Craig Kreuser903
299Rob Maule895
346ACourtney Atkinson874
479David Jones780
565Mark Baker759
677Jason Jones674
710Josh Gehrig634
812Brandon Mertes600
9J8James Jaime568
102Nick Smalley551
1157Cody Potter550
1250Terry Hilgendorf547
1305sSarah Jasinski493
1446Cody Erickson493
1574tTrent Anderson477
1645Kevin Domrose388
177Carl Sturt362
1875Dirk Aissen292
19316Joe Suhfras274
2011Adam Crapser148
2151Landry Potter142
2240Alex Crapser126
2351Nate Coon115
2475Don Kannenberg85
2531Andy Lundstrum70
261Tony Kautz60
27O5Ian Malinowski60

Sprints

8.17.19Car #Driver NameTotal Points
117bBill Balog409
264Scotty Thiel391
373afJoey Moughan374
42wScotty Neitzel359
519Todd Daun354
610wJeremy Schultz352
773Ben Schmidt338
823Russel Borland318
968Dave Uttech314
104bScott Biertzer302
1185mSteve Meyer295
1214ajWayne Modjeski278
1343Jereme Schroeder277
144kKris Spitz275
1565Austin Deblauw272
1629Hunter Custer254
1763Nick Matuszewski251
1825Jake Blackhurst233
1945Matt Wiese233
207twBrandon Wimmer220
2118Keith Fellner209
2214Jim Fifield185
2329LBrayton Lynch182
245HPatrick Haynes150
2522sBrian Strane145
2624Rico Abreu129
279xPaul Nienhiser125
28O2Mike Reinke113
2965Jordan Goldesberry109
3011Brett Triplet98
319kKyle Shuett95
3253wBill Wirth94
330Johnny Fahl91
3410vMatt Vandervere90
3520IKelsey Ivy89
3620RRobbie Pribnow75
3770Chris Klemko74
3812Mike Decker70

IRA Lightning Sprints

7.27.19Car #Driver NameTotal Points
113CJ Malueg575
216Mike Neau575
374Tim Brannam463
46Jeff Schmidt458
519Ion Stear455
65KKevin Douglas-r454
71Ron Brannam439
855HMark Heinert435
987RJosh Rehberg-r411
1073Jeremy Douglas-r393
1167Kevin Frederiksen352
126BDerek Fortier344
1365Jon Smith-r331
1474MMax Brannam-r326
159John Kirk308
1676Mike Unger304
1751Shaun McGill285
1834Tim Christenson-r187
1959John Smith164
2088SNick Sheridan149
2156Kinser Medler105
227JBob Jeziorski-r65
2332Darren Ihrke64

Bandit 4’s

8.16.19Car #Driver NameTotal Points
138Ryan Johnson917
29BTony Barron898
323Robin Wachsmuth807
429sScott Quarnstrom661
592John Cole660
65dTerry Davis653
736Scott Luedtke625
87Sam VanPatten559
9696Louie Toutant549
1093Dave Ehleiter530
1125sSteve Ellis462
1288mBranden Walters430
134Kody Molitor397
143Ryan Andrews346
1523sScott Ellis338
1653John Tuttle264
173srBrad Becker239
185John Vassh205
19b18David Rudzinski195
2046Brody Rivest143
21O1Carl Benn132
229Brian Hilringhouse117
2318Jay Orr112
24343Patrick Riley101
25O2Brody Childers96
2619Joe Summers93
2712bDavid McKellips89
2813Jake Balk77
2959Peter Tuttle71
307Jacob Dallago70
3114xScott Schmiese60
3239Justin Kumbier60