BY MICHAEL H. BABICZ
-MATTSON, CROWBRIDGE, VANDERVERE, ATKINSON TAKE WILMOT MAINS-
(Wilmot, Wisconsin, Saturday, August 27, 2016)–Milwaukee’s Jordan Mattson scored his first Meyer Valves and Vacs Wingless Sprint Series presented by the IRA 20-lap feature win at Wilmot Raceway highlighting Family Night on Saturday, August 27 leading a list of three new 2016 feature winners.
Jim Vandervere of Gurnee, Illinois captured his first 20-lap street stock feature of the season.
Burlington’s Joel Crowbridge won his first 20-lap modified main event of the year at Wilmot.
The only repeat winner in a Wilmot regular division was Muskego’s Courtney Atkinson who took the Bandit 4-cylinder stock car feature checkered flag for the fourth time this season as she is closing in on history for the facility located on the Kenosha County Fairgrounds.
“I have to credit my wife, because she is the one who set up the car,” admitted a jubilant Mattson. “I knew Todd (Lehr) was coming up on me toward the end, but I just stuck with my line. I have to thank my sponsors, car owner who let’s me drive the car, everybody on the crew. This is fantastic.”
Mattson jumped in front from the start of the main, but had a caution period with five laps to go erase a half-straightaway lead over the field. On the restart the season point leader Lehr, of Genoa City, ended up in a tight battle with 2015 Wilmot champion Doug Schenck of Cottage Grove for the runner up spot. At the finish it was Mattson with Lehr second, Schenck third, Jake Kouba of Minneapolis, Minnesota fourth and Kenosha’s Matt White fifth.
“It’s been a while. probably at least a couple of years,” said Vandervere. “I didn’t know the battle was going on behind me when the cautions closed up the field, but that turned out good for me. I have to thank my wife, sponsors, and everybody that helps support me so I can come out and do this. It’s great to finally get a win again.”
Vandervere took the lead from early pacesetter David Jones of North Chicago. A couple of caution periods kept erasing Vandervere’s lead. The battle for second was hotly contested with it going two and even three-wide several times. At the finish it was Vanderevere by about a half straightaway. Point leader and two-time champion Pat Rossmann of Wadsworth, Illinois ended up taking second with Jones third. Cody Erickson of Algonquin, Illinois was fourth inching out Gerry Stollenwerk of Silver Lake who took fifth.
“I certainly didn’t want to see that last caution,” said Crowbridge, referring to the yellow which set up a green-white-checkered finish, erasing the sizeable advantage he had built. “I had the car set up really tight which was making it difficult to turn sometimes. It worked out. It’s been quite a while since I’ve been to victory lane here at Wilmot. It’s nice to find my way again.”
Crowbridge took the lead at the drop of the green, never being officially headed after some wheel to wheel battles in the early going. Despite the final sprint to the finish, Crowbridge was able to pull away with hard battle throughout the rest of the field playing to his advantage allowing him to pull away. Point leader Cameron Kuxhouse of Antioch, Illinois came across second nipping Tim Hamburg of Dixon, Illinois who took third while Mike Simons II of Genoa City was fourth with Jeremy Christians of Horicon fifth.
“I am beginning to think about it a little,” admitted Atkinson. The second generation driver in her first season of oval track racing is poised to become the first female season champion in Wilmot’s long history. “We have one night(Sept. 10) left on our schedule. This was a big win for us after the hard hit into the wall last week. The car is still running a little warm, but it has a new radiator and ran really strong. It was nice to have one of my main sponsors, Bob Gutknecht of Oak Creek Automotive here in the pits watching. We’ll be ready for championship night.”
Atkinson went to the front after a three-wide battle for the point in the early going of the 20-lap main. Ryan Andrews of Woodstock, Illinois closed up during the late going with Atkinson up the challenge. Andrews was second. Suiter Bennett of Franksville was third. David McKellips of Mt. Pleasant fourth and Allen Maher Jr. of Menomonee Falls fifth.
“This is the way it’s supposed to be, a lot of fun,” said Ted Rozinski Jr. of Eagle after winning the feature for the Milwaukee Stock Car(MSC) Racing open wheel club. “This car is just like it was raced in the 1970s. It was built at home and raced just like this. I have to thank Wilmot Raceway, the fans, and the MSC for putting this event together so we could race here and have fun.”
Rozinski, who earlier won a heat race, was driving a 1979 car which was originally driven by Bobby Allen of Hanover, Pennsylvania. Finishing second was Horicon’s Ron Feller in a chassis built by the late Allen Winker in 1985. Mukwonago’s Ralph Ermer in a 1981 Trevis sprint car finished third. Brian Beres of New Berlin in a 1975 super-modified was fourth. Scott Koepke of Delavan was fifth.
“I have to thank my family and sponsors from back in the Dixon area I just recently picked up,” said Ben Hamburg who won the feature for full-bodied Vintage Stock Cars in a 1975 Camaro. “It was a hard fought win, but fun.”
Hamburg came back from an early race spin to score the win following a three-way battle in the closing laps. Hamburg took the lead with two laps remaining overtaking Mike Garland of Morrison, Illinois in a 1966 Comet. Garland came across runner up edging out Greenfield’s Pat Heaney who was in a 1970 Monte Carlo. Andrew Hamburg of Dixon in a 1972 Chevelle was fourth. Brenden Ramer of Mendota, Illinois in a 1955 Ford finished fifth.
Wilmot Raceway heads into its final month of the 2016 season with the Saturday Night Thunder on Saturday, September 3. Wilmot Winged Sprints, Meyer Valves & Vacs Wingless Sprint Series presented by the IRA, modifieds, street stocks and the Wisconsin-Illinois Mini-Sprints are on the Labor Day Weekend Spectacular program. Grandstands open at 5:00 p.m. with racing at 6:45 p.m. Adult grandstand admission $15.00 for ages 12 and over, $5.00 for youth ages 7-11, with children ages 6 and under admitted free. For the latest updates phone the track side hot line 262-862-2090, check the official Raceway web site www.wilmotraceway.com or Facebook page.
SUMMARY – WILMOT RACEWAY, WILMOT, WISCONSIN – SATURDAY, AUGUST 27, 2016 – FAMILY NIGHT
MEYER VALVES & VACS WINGLESS SPRINT SERIES PRESENTED BY THE IRA: 20-LAP FEATURE: 1. Jordan Mattson, Milwaukee; 2. Todd Lehr, Genoa City; 3. Doug Schenck, Cottage Grove; 4. Jake Kouba, Minneapolis, Minnesota; 5. Matt White, Kenosha; 6. Jimmy Kouba, Byron, MN; 7. Derek Crane, Waukegan, Illinois; 8. Allen Hafford, Beach Park, IL; 9. Chris Klemko, Bristol; 10. Tim Cox, Park City, IL; 11. Craig Lager, Union Grove; 12. Dan Wade, Pleasant Prairie; 13. James Walldan, Winthrop Harbor, IL; 14. Mike Sullivan, Burlington; 15. George Gaertner Jr., Salem.
HEAT WINNERS: Mattson; Lehr.
FAST QUALIFIER: Hafford(:16.294 seconds).
MODIFIEDS: 20-LAP FEATURE: 1. Joel Crowbridge, Burlington; 2. Cameron Kuxhouse, Antioch, IL; 3. Tim Hamburg, Dixon, IL; 4. Mike Simons II, Genoa City; 5. Jeremy Christians, Horicon; 6. Scott Kuxhouse, Antioch; 7. Nick Simons, Genoa City; 8. Rob Maule, Hebron, IL; 9. Mike Knurr, Mukwonago; 10. Steve Mueller, Eagle; 11. Sean Stacy, Spring Grove, IL; 12. Scott Barnharst, Franklin; 13. Tony Izzo, Capron; 14. Terry Hilgendorf, McHenry, IL; 15. John Dost, Bristol; 16. Josh Heinze, Waterford; 17. Andrew Kiedrowski, Union Grove; 18. Tim Bell, Antioch; 19. Brad McGuire, New Berlin; 20. Jack Williams, Rockford, IL.
10-LAP “B” MAIN: 1. Barnharst; 2. Knurr; 3. Dost; 4. Stacy; 5. Jason Hyerdall, Lake Villa, IL; 6. Donnie Paskiewicz, Ottawa, WI; 7. Lee Tibbitts, Hebron; 8. Danny Walter, Burlington; 9. Bart Sievert, West Allis; 10. Chuck Turner, Waukesha; 11. Dustin Jackson, New Berlin; 12. Mike Wittenburg, Waterford(DNS); 13. Mike Conn, Big Bend(DNS).
STREET STOCKS: 20-LAP FEATURE: 1. Jim Vandervere, Gurnee, IL; 2. Pat Rossmann, Wadsworth, IL; 3. David Jones, North Chicago, IL; 4. Cody Erickson, Algonquin, IL; 5. Gerry Stollenwerk, Silver Lake; 6. Brandon Mertes, Antioch; 7. Ronnie Mink, Bristol; 8. Joshua Marcomb, Antioch; 9. Robert Taylor, Wind Lake; 10. Carl Sturt, Wadsworth; 11. Chloe Baker, Big Bend; 12. Carl Benn, Menomonee Falls; 13. Mark Baker, Big Bend; 14. Brianna Olsen, Burlington; 15. Joey Marcomb, Antioch.
HEAT WINNERS: Mertes; Stollenwerk.
BANDIT 4-CYLINDER STOCK CARS: 20-LAP FEATURE: 1. Courtney Atkinson, Muskego; 2. Ryan Andrews, Woodstock, IL; 3. Suitter Bennett, Franksville; 4. David McKellips, Mt. Pleasant; 5. Allen Maher Jr., Menomonee Falls; 6. Dale Ehleiter, Union Grove; 7. Bob Andersen, Antioch; 8. James Creekmore, Zion, IL; 9. Blake Kreuser, Kenosha.
HEAT WINNER: Andrews.
MILWAUKEE STOCK CAR (MSC) VINTAGE RACING OPEN WHEEL CLUB: FEATURE: 1. Ted Rozinski Jr., Eagle(1979 Bobby Allen Chassis); 2. Ron Feller, Horicon(1985 Allen Winker Chassis); 3. Ralph Ermer, Mukwonago(1981 Trevis Sprint Car); 4. Bryan Beres, New Berlin(1975 Super-Modified); 5. Scott Koepke, Delavan; 6. Ralph Pulver, Wyocena(1980 Czarnecki Chassis); 7. John Bachler, Rockford(1982 Stanton Sprint Car); 8. Jeff Allard, Oak Creek(1926 Ford Model T Body modified); 9. Craig Rambo, Waukesha(1979 Trostle); 10. Roger Schmitz, Mukwonago(Gene Coleman Modified); 11. M.J. Both, Racine(Johnny Reimer A3 Modified); 12. John Fahey, Madison(Dodge Dart modified); 13. Ted Dobner, Salem(1979 Outhouse Engineering modified); 14. Alan Kautz, Burlington(1932 Ford Sedan homebuilt Kautz modified) .
VINAGE STOCK CARS: FEATURE: 1. Ben Hamburg, Dixon(1976 Camaro); 2. Mike Garland, Morrison, IL(1966 Comet); 3. Pat Heaney, Greenfield(1970 Monte Carlo); 4. Andrew Hamburg, Dixon(1972 Chevelle); 5. Brendan Ramer, Mendota, IL(1955 Ford); 6. Keith Lucas, Princeton, IL(1950 Oldsmobile); 7. Matt Ramer, Mendota(1968 Mustang); 8. John Ryan, Lamoille, IL(1971 Duster); 9. Kraig Hughes, Ottawa, IL(1971 Chevelle); 10. David Moore, Lamoille(1951 Hudson Hornet); 11. Brendan Ramer, Mendota(1955 Ford); 12. Ryan Wilson, Riverton, IL(1961 Impala); 13. Jim Beaty, Mendota(1964 Corvair).