MUELLER, BALOG, MARKWARDT, MALINOSKI, RIVEST TOP WILMOT 2017 FINALES

 WILMOT RACEWAY
BY MICHAEL H. BABICZ
-2017 SEASON FINALE-
(Wilmot, Wisconsin, Saturday, September 16, 2017)–Brad “J.J” Mueller of Random Lake won his first 30″-lap DirtKings Late Model Tour feature of the season to highlight Wilmot Raceway’s Fall Festival Challenge Saturday, September 16.
    “Other than his family members, I was probably to closest to Russ(Scheffler),”  said Mueller, referring to late model ace Russ Scheffler’s having passed away earlier in the week.  “It would have been better if one of them won, but as good of a friend as he was to me, it means a lot for me to win it.”
    Mueller had a late race caution close the field up on the Plymouth Dirt Track season champion.  Mueller was up to the challenge as he went on to score the win in the tour’s tenth stop of the season. Glenbeulah’s Tim Buhler was second edging out third place Justin Schmidt of Cleveland.  Clintonville’s Justin Hirt was fourth with Shawano’s Troy Springborn fifth.
    Luxemburg’s Jared Siefert was sixth, Green Bay’s Ron Berna seventh, Reno Markham of Kingston, Illinois eighth, Green Bay’s Chris Engels ninth and Shawano’s Brett Swedberg completed the top ten.
    Hartford’s Bill Balog drove the Wayne Modjeski Midwest Sprint Association(MSA) 360-sprint car to victory in the 20-lap Challenge between the MSA 360s and Wilmot’s Interstate Racing Association(IRA) WingLESS sprint cars.  Balog, 7-time IRA winged sprint car series champion who won his 100th IRA main event at Route 66 Raceway on September 13, showed his ability to drive just about anything with four wheels and a steering wheel.
    “I have to thank Wayne, the crew, and everyone associated with the team for allowing me to drive the car,” said Balog, who swept the IRA winged mains during the Kenosha County Fair in August giving him three Wilmot wins within a month. The Wilmot wingless win followed a victory the night before in a United Midwest Sprint Series(UMSS) 360-winged main in Spencer, Iowa.
    “I’m starting to get a little nervous,” admitted Balog, originally from Alaska, regarding his closing in on a eighth IRA championship with five events remaining on the schedule as the next stop for the winged tour is Saturday, September 23 at Beaver Dam Raceway.  “We’ll have to wait and see.”
    Craig Campton of Madison took the early lead in the wingless main, until a red flag on lap nine for a multi-car tangle in turn three resulted in Randolph’s Andy Hunt flipping and landing upside down.  Hunt was uninjured.  On the restart, Balog challenged Campton as the two charged side by side into turn one.  On the next circuit at the midway point, Balog took top spot and checked out on the field.  Campton took second.  Tim Cox of Park City, Illinois took third in a tight battle with Cottage Grove’s Doug Schenck who finished fourth.  Milwaukee’s Jordan Mattson, 2017 Wilmot WingLESS champion, drove Jim Melis MSA 360 car to a fifth place finish.
    “I did so well last week that I decided I kind of like this place so I came back,” said Sheboygan’s Brody Rivest after his second consecutive 15-lap Bandit 4-cylinder stock car feature win in his only two appearances at Wilmot this season.  “The drivers race clean and it’s fun running here.  I like this track so maybe I’ll be around a little more in 2018.”
    Milwaukee’s Tony Barron took the early lead with a multi-car tangle at the mid-way point on lap 7 resulting in a red flag when Scott Quarnstrom of Lake Villa, Illinois rolled hard in turn two landing on all four wheels.  Quarnstrom was not injured but the car was virtually destroyed.
    Rivest, running a distant second to Barron at the time, had the deficit erased on the restart.  After the two battled side by side for a couple of laps around the third-mile clay oval, Rivest shot into the lead on the high side down the backstretch.  At the finish it was Rivest followed by Barronin a season best second. A.J. Izzo of Capron, Illinois took third.  Trevor’s Jordan Paulsen was fourth with Jacob Dallago of Antioch, Illinois fifth.
    “It’s the first time I’ve won any kind of feature in a stock car,” said Ian Malinoski of Franklin, who came back after spinning on the opening lap of the street stock feature to score his first main event win ever at Wilmot in the final race of the night.  “The last restart was kind of wild.  I have to thank my dad, all my sponsors, and my family for all of the help they have given me in the three years I’ve raced.  It’s a nice way to finish off the year.”
    Racine’s Charlie Pinkalla appeared headed for a second straight street stock main win in a row until a late race caution set up a green-white-checkered finish.  On the restart, Pinkalla ended up get passed by a freight train of cars charging into turn one.  Malinoski broke through the pack to take the win.  Nate Coon of Hebron, Illinois was second.  Burlington’s Mike Olson took third. Craig Kreuser of Kenosha driving the only Dodge in the field in a car normally campaigned by his son Blake took fourth.  Big Bend’s Mark Baker was fifth.
    Sheboygan Fall’s Randy Markwardt Jr. captured his first ever Wilmot modified feature win leading wire to wire.  Markwardt held off New Berlin’s Brad McGuire in a green-white-checkered finish for the victory.  McGuire ended up runner-up  edging out 2017 Wilmot Champion Mike Simons II of Genoa City who took third.  Franklin’s Scott Barnharst finished a strong fourth with Union Grove’ Joel Crowbridge taking fifth in a yellow plagued main which was slowed numerous times due to various incidents.
    The Fall Festival concluded Wilmot Raceway’s 2017 season at the facility located on the Kenosha County Fairgrounds.  The traveling DirtKing late model tour has one event remaining on Thursday, September 28 at 141 Speedway in Francis Creek.
    The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series has five events left starting with Beaver Dam(Wis.) Raceway on Saturday, September 23 along with the IRA/Wisconsin WingLESS Sprint Series. The 7th Annual Bill Waite Jr. Memorial Classic will be a late afternoon starting show at LaSalle(Ill.) Speedway on Sunday, September 24 feature the IRA Sprints in a co-sanctioned program with the Midwest Open Wheel Association(MOWA) Sprints, Badger Midgets and late models.
   On Saturday, September 30 it will be an all open wheel show at Plymouth(Wis.) Dirt Track on the Sheboygan County Fairgrounds featuring the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints, the IRA/Wisconsin WingLESS Sprints, the IRA/Wisconsin-Illinois Mini-Sprints(WIMS) and the MSA 360 Sprints which will run with their wings.
    The IRA season draws to a close in a two-day event on Friday, October 6 and Saturday, October 7 at Fairbury(Ill.) American Legion Speedway in a co-sanctioned event with MOWA.  The trip to the Land of Lincoln will close out the season for the IRA/Wisconsin WingLESS Sprint Series as well.
    Wilmot Raceway’s awards party is scheduled for Saturday, January 27, 2018 at The Brat Stop honoring the 2017 Wilmot regular season champions Matt Vandervere of Zion, Illinois in the winged sprints, Jordan Mattson of Milwaukee in the IRA/Wisconsin WingLESS Sprints, Mark Heinert of Waukesha in the IRA/Wisconsin-Illinois Mini-Sprints(WIMS), Mike Simons II of Genoa City in the Modifieds, Pat Rossmann of Wadsworth, Illinois in the Street Stocks and Courtney Atkinson of Muskego in the Bandit 4-Cylinder Stock Cars.
    For the final updates and information on Wilmot Raceway during the off-season and to watch for the announcement of the 2018 Season Schedule monitor the official website www.wilmotraceway.com and the track Facebook page.
    SUMMARY – WILMOT RACEWAY, WILMOT, WISCONSIN – SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2017
DIRT KING LATE MODELS: 30-LAP FEATURE: 1. Brad Mueller, Random Lake; 2. Tim Buhler, Glenbeulah; 3. Justin Schmidt, Sheboygan Falls; 4. Justin Hirt, Clintonville; 5. Troy Springborn, Shawano; 6. Jared Siefert, Luxemburg; 7. Ron Berna, Green Bay; 8. Reno Markham, Kingston, IL; 9. Chris Engels, Green Bay; 10. Brett Swedberg, Shawano; 11. Joel Bennett, Hortonville; 12. Ron Stroika, Mukwanago; 13. Victor Benedetto, Marengo, IL; 14. Jim Letizia, Milwaukee; 15. Jim Schmidt, Sheboygan Falls; 16. Mitch McGrath, Waukesha; 17. Chris Carlson, Union Grove; 18. Taylor Scheffler, Waukesha; 19. Jeff Hartzell, Genoa, IL; 20. Bill Rezutek, Big Bend.
15-LAP “B” MAIN: 1. T. Scheffler; 2. Berna;  3. Rezutek; 4. Joe Bongiorno, Milwaukee; 5. Doug Blashe, Marion; 6. Greg Cantrell Jr., DeKalb, IL; 7. Bennett  8. Adam Janke, Bear Creek; 9. Aaron Wickersheim, White Lake; 10. Dan Schleiper, Milwaukee(Did Not Start);
10-LAP HEAT WINNERS: Buhler; Schmidt; Springborn.
6-LAP DASH WINNER: Swedberg.
INTERSTATE RACING ASSOCIATION(IRA) WISCONSIN WINGLESS SPRINTS & MIDWEST SPRINT ASSOCIATION 360 NON-WING CHALLENGE: 20-LAP FEATURE: 1. Bill Balog, Hartford; 2. Craig Campton, Madison; 3. Tim Cox, Park City, IL; 4. Doug Schenck, Cottage Grove; 5. Jordan Mattson, Milwaukee; 6. Nick Petska, Spring Grove, IL; 7. Rod Colburn, New Berlin; 8. Shane Wenninger, Kewauskum; 9. Anthony Knierim, Franksville; 10. Randy Stanford, Kenosha; 11. Justin Miller, Plymouth; 12. Sean Swim, Winthrop Harbor, IL; 13. Andrew Wetphal, Fond du Lac; 14. Chris Klemko, Bristol; 15. Andy Hunt, Randolph; 16. Dan Wade, Kenosha; 17. George Gaertner III, Salem; 18. Craig Lager, Union Grove; 19. Scott Grissom, Winthrop Harbor; 20. Jimmy Sivia, Winthrop Harbor.
12-LAP “B” MAIN: 1. Westphal; 2. Knierim; 3. Wade; 4. Hunt; 5. Emily Portschy, Plymouth; 6. Chris Clayton, Waldo; 7. Dan Graumenz, Salem; 8. Greg Olsen, Woodstock, IL; 9. Drew Ludwig, Fond du Lac; 10. Tom Eller, Zion, IL; 11. Natalie Klemko, Northbrook, IL; 12. James Walldan, Winthrop Harbor; 13. Chris Howerton, McHenry, IL.
8-LAP HEAT WINNERS: Petska; Balog; Miller; Schenck.
FAST QUALIFIER: Sivia(:14.853 seconds)
BANDIT 4-CYLINDER STOCK CARS: 15-LAP FEATURE: 1. Brody Rivest, Sheboygan; 2. Tony Barron, Milwaukee; 3. A.J. Izzo, Capron, IL; 4. Jordan Paulsen, Trevor; 5. Jacob Dallago, Antioch, IL; 6. Steve Ellis, Pleasant Prairie; 7. Rob Wachsmith, Williams Bay; 8. Brad Becker, Burlington; 9. Scott Quarnstrom, Lake Villa, IL; 10. Bob Anderson, Antioch, IL(Did Not Start).
8-LAP HEAT WINNER: Rivest.
STREET STOCKS: FEATURE: 1. Ian Malinowski, Franklin; 2. Nate Coon, Hebron, IL; 3. Michael Olson, Burlington; 4. Craig Kreuser, Kenosha; 5. Mark Baker, Big Bend; 6. Charlie Pinkalla, Racine; 7. Trent Anderson, Trevor; 8. Chloe Baker, Milwaukee; 9. Brianna Olson, Burlington; 10. Carl Sturt, Wadsworth, IL; 11. Jim Vandervere, Gurnee, IL; 12. Chad Hagler, McHenry, IL; 13. Bo Ahern, Waukegan, IL(Did Not Start).
8-LAP HEAT WINNERS: Coon; Pinkalla.
MODIFIEDS: FEATURE: 1. Randy Markwardt Jr., Sheboygan Falls; 2. Brad McGuire, New Berlin; 3. Mike Simons II, Genoa City; 4. Scott Barnharst, Franklin; 5. Joel Crowbridge, Union Grove; 6. Andrew Kiedrowski, Union Grove; 7. Kyle Sudduth, Waterford; 8. Nick Simons, Genoa City; 9. John Dost, Bristol; 10. Steve Mueller, Eagle; 11. Dave Wirth, Milwaukee; 12. Mike Conn, Big Bend; 13. Eric Scribner, Kiel; 14. Scott Mommaerts, Eagle; 15. Tim Bell, Antioch, IL; 16. Joel Seegert, Sheboygan; 17. Tony Izzo, Capron, IL; 18. Blaze March, Muskego; 19. Zeke Bishofberger, Fort Atkinson; 20. Josh Heinze, Waterford; 21. Mike Wittenburg, Waterford.
8-LAP HEAT WINNERS: Markwardt; McGuire; Seegert.
FAST QUALIFER: Bischofberger(16.624 seconds).

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2017 Points Standings

 Modifieds

9.9.17Car #Driver NameTotal Points
125Mike Simons1734
224Nick Simons1698
328cJoel Crowbridge1669
42mSteve Mueller1558
552mBrad McGuire1550
630John Dost1534
750Terry Hilgendorf1412
822Tony Izzo1358
969Josh Heinze1295
1003TLee Tibbits1282
1119Mike Wittenburg1256
1210cMike Conn1207
1331Mike Knurr1192
1440Jack Williams1115
1551jDustin Jackson1080
1613Donnie Paskiewicz1079
1715Danny Walter1043
1817bScott Barnharst971
1999Rob Maule751
206wDavid Wirth632
217NSteve Nickolaus506
2257Tim Hamburg497
234sJoel Seegert496
2421Chuck Turner470
25K9Andrew Kiedrowski461
2647Jason Hyerdall385
2719bAustin Blume355
28B1Jeff Larson352
297Jim Cadd333
309Mike Sullivan274
318Zeke Bishofberger253
3221Al Atkinson251
3314sWill Source246
3433JJoe Huenefeld226
3515sDon Scheffler158
3623Blaze March158
3795Jeff Bodendorf153
3828sScott Crowbridge148
397sEric Scribner135
4041Jason Holmes112
4113LEddie LeMay112
42VMilo Veloz105
435Tim Bell92
4477cBrian Cumbridge91
4557aAndrew Hamburg87
466wJason Wirth76
4746Cody Erickson74
4817rKevin Reed72
49290Doyle Buzzell60
503mRandy Markunall Jr60

Street Stocks

9.9.17Car #NameTotal Points
1O9Pat Rossman1712
265Mark Baker1643
312Brandon Mertes1606
437Gerry Stollenwerk1529
58Blake Kreuser1455
679David Jones1413
746Cody Erickson1374
889Chuck Pinkalla1303
977jJason Jones1211
1066Joey Marcomb1174
117Carl Sturt1094
1265cChloe Baker1016
1313cChad Hagler701
1457Cody Potter657
15J8James Jaime655
16O5Ian Malinowski601
1743John Janssen593
189mMichael Olson508
1951Nate Coon426
2010Josh Gehrig408
2174Jim Vandervere365
2255David Paskiewicz291
23316Joe Suhfras286
2483Jenny Swiercz275
2556Dustin Kroening259
267sChuck Shaer200
27O1Carl Benn185
2844Steve Rack174
2985Tim Christenson139
3051mRonnie Mink128
3174tTrent Anderson126
3255tDarrel Traber123
339BBrianna Olson120
3465cKevin Domrose93
3586Bo Ahern74
3657cJames Coots Jr60

Sprints

8.18.17Car #Driver NameTotal Points
110vMatt Vandervere720
264Scotty Thiel663
34kKris Spitz640
419Todd Daun624
55jJeremy Schultz593
617bBill Balog588
768Dave Uttech577
843Jereme Schroeder562
941Dennis Spitz544
102wScotty Neitzel487
1114ajWayne Modjeski476
12O1Chris Dodd459
1379Blake Nimee453
1499Kyle Marten451
1565Jordan Goldesberry420
1614Jim Fifield402
1778eKevin Eltz401
187Scott Uttech369
1970Raymond Hensley369
2025Jake Blackhurst365
2111Joey Moughan362
2250Rusty Egan356
231mPhillip Mock352
2423Russel Borland341
2512Mike Decker315
2653wBill Wirth303
2718Keith Fellner301
28O Johnny Fahl267
2965Austin Deblauw261
3051bJoe B Miller239
3180kMike Kertscher215
3285mSteve Meyer212
3356Ryan Irwin184
347rAndy Rein149
355kBrian Kristan147
3626Tayler Malsam118
372Parker Price Miller109
384BScott Biertzer101
3915mJustin Miller101
403gCarson Macedo97
4173Ben Schmidt96
426kDJimmy Sivia94
435HPatrick Haynes93
4423dTrey Datweiler90
456kKurt Davis89
4622Brett Tripplet87
4711Rick Kelsey76
4863Nick Matuszewski73

Mini-Sprints

9.9.17Car #Driver NameTotal Points
155HMark Heinert1163
266Nick Daywalt1117
311Kyle Daywalt985
41Ron Brannam949
54DDerek Fortier928
642Adam Schroeder900
716Mike Neau877
86Jeff Schmidt834
967FKevin Fredrickson754
109John Kirk746
1174Tim Brannam734
1288Nick Sheridan639
1313CJ Malueg616
1471Kyle Koch610
1569Kurt Brown563
1629Randy Stanford528
174MMorgan Sheppard463
1819Ian Stear441
1932Darren Ihrke392
2059John Smith268
2111XTodd Booker263
2272Ron Curasi220
237Steve Clott213
2417KCaitlyn Krieske206
2576Michael Unger128
263Brandon Lee126
2769TTony Stark69
282AAAustin Archdale21
2966KWill Lynn10
3018Craig Lager10

Non-Winged Sprints

9.9.17Car #Driver NameTotal Points
12Jordan Mattson1503
248Tim Cox1499
371sDoug Schenck1484
438Allen Hafford1465
591Derek Crane1438
670Chris Klemko1390
791sJimmy Sivia1375
897Nathan Crane1354
918Nick Petska1312
1089George Gaertner1177
1196.5Rod Colburn1147
1277James Walldan1132
1315Dan Wade1070
1420Natalie Klemko999
154gGeorge Gaertner III879
167sCraig Campton810
1721Ryan Zielski801
1812Shawn Swim779
1954Scott Grissom723
2029Randy Stanford709
2152Craig Lager645
222k Jimmy Kouba535
2393Travis Mahoney517
246Jake Kouba498
255hPatrick Haynes382
265Garrett Deieso350
2726TTyler Tischendorf343
287cChris Howerton301
2929OGTom Eller274
3016Todd Lehr224
3127Matt White222
3216aAnna Hippe200
3320Kevin Hinich60
3487Mike Mueller60
357Scott Brandt60
364GDaniel Graumenz60

Bandit 4’s

9.9.17Car #Driver NameTotal Points
146Courtney Atkinson1297
2147Brad Becker1198
312David McKellips1179
49bTony Barron1073
5321Gary Mondus1005
692John Cole981
74Jordan Paulsen787
825sSteve Ellis771
925Nick Smalley730
1028AJ Izzo Jr687
1193Dale Ehleiter649
1229Scott Quarnstrom632
139Kevin Gentry501
147Jacob Dallago477
1515Bob Anderson434
1618Jay Orr412
1713Jake Balk381
1822Ryan Braun324
19146Brody Rivest319
2072Eric Kuenstler232
21262Chris Hall219
229Taylor Dawson151
2323Robin Wachsmuth145
2468Larry Gross120
25184Allen Maher Jr106
2617jJames Creekmore105
27k9Brandon Feit102
28O9Joe Summons72