FIRST TIMER TOPS NON-WING SPRINTS

Jim Scanlon of Zion, Illinois photo by Otaku Photography

Jim Scanlon of Zion, Illinois photo by Otaku Photography

MAY 23, 2015 – BY MICHAEL H. BABICZ – Jim Scanlon of Zion, Illinois made his first time behind the wheel of a non-winged sprint car most memorable as he took top honors in the 20-lap feature for the new class highlighting the Memorial Day Spectacular on Saturday, May 23 at Wilmot(Wis.) Raceway.

“I can’t believe I’m standing here,” said Scanlon in victory lane.  “This car is a lot different to drive.  I have to thank my crew and everyone who helped to get the car ready in the last 24 hours.  I still can’t believe it.”

Jim Lukey, who was out for the first time as well, took the initial feature lead until Doug Schenck took over the point following an early race caution.  A final yellow with four laps remaining saw Schenck’s car lose power coming for the green with Scanlon powering past.  Scanlon went on to the victory followed by Lukey of Harvard, Illinois, Chuck Shaer of Lake Villa, Illinois, James Waldan of Winthrop Harbor, Illinois and Dan Wade of Pleasant Prairie.

Todd Lehr, who had won the previous three features in the new division this year, was sidelined with a broken suspension on the opening lap of the feature.

Nick Petska, Spring Grove, IL - photo by Otaku Photography

Nick Petska, Spring Grove, IL – photo by Otaku Photography

Nick Petska of Spring Grove, Illinois brought a car with an ailing engine home to his first 20-lap Wisconsin-Illinois Mini-Sprint feature win of the season.  Petska, despite smoke coming from the powerplant, overtook Nick Daywalt of Hubertus following a restart with three laps to go.  At the finish it was Petska, N. Daywalt, Kyle Daywalt of Hubertus, Adam Schroeder of Zion, Illinois and Mark Heinert of Oak Creek in the top five.

“I guess if it’s going to blow I might as well do it pushing it to the limit,” said Petska, admitting he could tell the engine was failing the closing laps especially coming for the restart.  “I’ll take the win though.  It’s really special because my grandmother is here, too.”

Phillip Mock, Pleasant Prairie, WI - photo by Otaku Photography

Phillip Mock, Pleasant Prairie, WI – photo by Otaku Photography

The 410 winged sprint car 25-lap feature had the closest finish of the night with Pleasant Prairie’s Phillip Mock catching Trevor’s Raymond Hensley at the drop of the white flag for the final lap as the pair sliced through lapped traffic.  Hensley, who had led the previous 24 circuits, came across runner-up.  Salem’s Kris Spitz finished third holding off Beaver Dam’s Jeremy Schultz who finished fourth.  Pleasant Prairie’s Todd Daun was fifth.

“This was a lot harder of a win then the first one,” said a jubilant Mock, referring to his opening night feature win three weeks earlier.  “Raymond (Hensley) did a great job.  I knew I had to push myself so I was able to use the traffic when we came up on it.  This win is fantastic.”

Rob Maule, Hebron - photo by Otaku Photography

Rob Maule, Hebron – photo by Otaku Photography

Rob Maule of Hebron, Illinois gave his 2-year-old daughter Gwen a happy birthday present with a flag to flag win in the 20-lap street stock feature, the first for the defending division champion this season.  Maule was hounded by Pat Rossman of Wadsworth, Illinois throughout the main and especially over the final three laps of a green-white-checkered finish after a caution with two laps left.  Rossman finished second by less than a car length with Bristol’s Ronnie Mink third, Scott Eggebrecht of Crystal Lake, Illinois fourth and Silver Lake’s Gerry Stollenwerk fifth.

“I wanted to do this for her, even though she’s already asleep in the stands,” Maule said.  “I want to thank all of those veterans who have paid the ultimate sacrifice so we can come out here and have fun racing.”

 Scott Kuxhouse, Antioch, IL - photo by Otaku Photography

Scott Kuxhouse, Antioch, IL – photo by Otaku Photography

Scott Kuxhouse of Antioch, Illinois made it three 20-lap modified feature wins in a row, but this one was admittedly the most difficult.  “The track was tricky and the competition was really strong,” said Kuxhouse.  “I still have to thank my son, Cameron, who keeps giving me his set up secrets but he’s going to be out here racing again soon and then I don’t know if he’ll keep telling me.”

Kuxhouse took the lead for the first time with five laps remaining on a restart, powering past Eagle’s Steve Mueller on the inside who had led much of the early going.  At the finish it was Kuxhouse, Mueller, Jimmy Morrison of Antioch, Mike Learman Jr. of Woodstock and Franklin’s Scott Barnharst in the top five.

Erich Grosch, Arlington Heights, IL - photo by Otaku Photography

Erich Grosch, Arlington Heights, IL – photo by Otaku Photography

Erich Grosch of Arlington Heights, Illinois made it a three-peat in the Bandit 4-cylinder stock cars 12-lap feature.  Carl Benn of Menomonee Falls finished second, Kenosha’s Blake Kreuser third, Jason Jones of North Chicago, Illinois fourth and James Creekmore of Zion, Illinois fifth.

 

In the winged sprints, Carmen Manzardo fo McHenry, Illinois came out of retirement driving the car owned by Nick Alden of Beach Park, Illinois.  For Manzardo, it was his first time behind the wheel of a race car at Wilmot since 1993.

 

“I got a good start, but had my hands full with Carl (Benn),”  said Grosch.  “The car ran strong.  This is a great start to the season.”

 

In the Bandit heat race, Trent Anderson of Antioch flipped in turn four, uninjured but was out of action for the remainder of the night.

 

Wilmot Raceway, a one-third mile clay oval located on the Kenosha County Fairgrounds, will host five divisions of racing on Saturday, May 30 featuring the non-winged sprint cars, Wisconsin-Illinois Mini-Sprint Association (WIMSA) mini-sprints, modifieds, street stocks and Bandit 4-cylinder stock cars.  Grandstands open at 5 p.m. with racing at 6:45.  Adult grandstand admission is $12.00 with youth ages 7-11 $5.00 and ages 6 and under admitted free.  For the latest information phone the trackside raceline 262-862-2090 or the track web site www.wilmotraceway.com.

 

SUMMARY – WILMOT RACEWAY, SATURDAY, MAY 23, 2015 – MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND SPECTACULAR

NON-WINGED SPRINTS: 20-LAP FEATURE: 1. Jim Scanlon, Zion, IL; 2. Jim Lunkey, Harvard, IL; 3. Chuck Shaer, Lake Villa, IL; 4. James Walldan, Winthrop Harbor, IL; 5. Dan Wade, Pleasant Prairie; 6. Doug Schenck, Cottage Grove; 7. Chris Klemko, Bristol; 8. Todd Lehr, Genoa City.

8-LAP HEAT WINNER: Lehr.

 

410-WINGED SPRINTS: 25-LAP FEATURE: 1. Phillip Mock, Pleasant Prairie; 2. Raymond Hensley, Trevor; 3. Kris Spitz, Salem; 4. Jeremy Schulz, Beaver Dam; 5. Todd Daun, Pleasant Prairie; 6. Bill Rose, Plainfield, IN; 7. Matt Vandervere, Beach Park, IL; 8. Ryan Irwin, Genoa City; 9. Dave Uttech, Kenosha; 10. Dennis Spitz, Lewisbiurg, KY; 11. Allen Hafford, Beach Park; 12. Jereme Schroeder, Lake Villa; 13. Patrick Haynes, Bradley, IL; 14. Jimmy Sivia, Waukegan, IL; 15. Carmen Manzardo, McHenry, IL; 16. Brian Kristan, Zion; 17. Scotty Nietzel, Beaver Dam.

10-LAP HEAT WINNERS: Nietzel; Mock.

WISCONSIN-ILLINOIS(WIMSA) MINI-SPRINTS: 20-LAP FEATURE: 1. Nick Petska, Spring Grove, IL; 2. Nick Daywalt, Hubertus; 3. Kyle Daywalt, Hubertus; 4. Adam Schroeder, Zion; 5. Mark Heinert, Oak Creek; 6. Tim Brannam, Holiday Hills, IL; 7. Kyle Koch, McFarland; 8. Ron Brannam, Barrington, IL; 9. John Kirk, Johnsburg, IL; 10. Jeff Schmidt, Slinger; 11. Kevin Fredrickson, Milwaukee; 12. John Smith, St. Charles, IL; 13. Zack Emmons, Franklin; 14. Kurt Brown, Brookfield; 15. Will Lynn, Kenosha; 16. Ion Stear, Harvard, IL; 17. Randy Stafford, Kenosha.

8-LAP HEAT WINNERS: Koch; Heinrich.

FAST QUALIFIER: Stear(:15.576 seconds).

 

MODIFIEDS: 20-LAP FEATURE: 1. Scott Kuxhouse, Antioch, IL; 2. Steve Mueller, Eagle; 3. Jimmy Morrison, Antioch; 4. Mike Learman Jr., Woodstock, IL; 5. Scott Barnharst, Franklin; 6. Jeff Bodendorfer Jr., Waterford; 7. Lee Tibbitts, Hebron, IL; 8. Mike Sullivan, Burlington; 9. Tony Izzo, Capron, IL; 10. Terry Hilgendorf, McHenry, IL; 11. Ryan Marshall, Burlington; 12. Zach Heiselmann, Bristol; 13. Nick Simons, Genoa City; 14. Mike Wittenburg, Waterford; 15. Josh Heinz, Tichigan; 16. Mike Simons II, Genoa City; 17. John Dost, Bristol.

8-LAP HEAT WINNERS: M. Simons; N. Simons; Kuxhouse.

 

STREET STOCKS: 20-LAP FEATURE: 1. Rob Maule, Hebron; 2. Pat Rossman, Wadsworth, IL; 3. Ronnie Mink, Bristol; 4. Scott Eggebrecht, Crystal Lake, IL; 5. Gerry Stollenwerk, Silver Lake; 6. Michael Olsen, Burlington; 7. Bob Andersen, Antioch; 8. David Jones, North Chicago, IL; 9. John Canella, Antioch; 10. Cody Potter, Pell Lake; 11. Brandon Mertes, Antioch; 12. Dustin Kroening, Hebron; 13. JoJo Marcomb, Antioch; 14. D.J. Hacker, Winthrop Harbor.

8-LAP HEAT WINNERS: Maule; Rossman.

 

BANDIT 4-CYLINDER STOCK CARS: 15-LAP FEATURE: 1. Erich Grosch, Arlington Heights, IL; 2. Carl Benn, Menomonee Falls; 3. Blake Kreuser, Kenosha; 4. Jason Jones, North Chicago; 5. James Creekmore, Zion.

8-LAP HEAT WINNER: Grosch.

 

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2015 Points Standings

 Modifieds

5-23-15 Car # Driver Name Total Points
1 57 Scott Kuxhouse 579
2 25 Mike Simons II 507
3 j88 Jim Morrison 507
4 9 Mike Sullivan 477
5 95 Jeff Bodendorfer Jr 452
6 24 Nick Simons 444
7 17b Scott Barnharst 442
8 O3t Lee Tibbitts 412
9 30 John Dost 408
10 22 Tony Izzo 384
11 2m Steve Mueller 373
12 50 Terry Hilgendorf 354
13 38 Ryan Marshall 349
14 4 Mike Learman JR 343
15 40 Jack Williams 329
16 69 Josh Heinze 310
17 19 Mike Wittenburg 300
18 28c Joel Crowbridge 248
19 34 Zack Heiselmann 229
20 42 Chad Tschan 170
21 4s Joel Segert 128
22 70 Steve Wirtz 109
23 6w Dave Wirth 104
24 75 Cameron Kuxhouse 101
25 42P Scott Powell 96
26 6w Scott Mommaerts 87
27 10c Mike Conn 79
28 17 Kevin Reed 60
29 41 Jason Holmes 60

Street Stocks

5-23-15 Car # Name Total Points
1 o9 Pat Rossman 431
2 4 Ronnie Mink 418
3 37 Gerry Stollenwerk 376
4 64 Scott Eggebrecht 361
5 79 David Jones 347
6 9m Michael Olson 331
7 12 Brandon Mertes 325
8 115 John Canella 323
9 304 DJ Hacker 292
10 53 Rob Maule 266
11 63 Rob Andersen 220
12 57 Cody Potter 180
13 10K Joey Marcomb 120
14 46 Cody Erickson 105
15 96 Keith Busch 101
16 4D Brandon Riedner 91
17 56 Dustin Kroening 70
18 65 Mark Baker 60

Sprints

5-23-15 Car # Driver Name Total Points
1 5j Jeremy Schultz 418
2 1m Phillip Mock 397
3 70 Raymond Hensley 389
4 68 Dave Uttech 362
5 19 Todd Daun 354
6 41 Dennis Spitz 330
7 4k Kris Spitz 306
8 56 Ryan Irwin 304
9 5h Patrick Haynes 285
10 43 Jereme Schroeder 271
11 5 Brian Kristan 259
12 38 Allen Hafford 257
13 6R Bill Rose 235
14 2w Scotty Neitzel 209
15 10v Matt Vandervere 204
16 8a Nick Alden 172
17 2b Jimmy Sivia 156
18 35 Ben Schmidt 142
19 48h Max Stanbaugh 127
20 65 Jordan Goldesberry 118
21 4b Scott Biertzer 115
22 23 Russel Borland 100
23 7 Scott Uttech 100
24 53w Bill Wirth 99
25 12w Josh Walter 94
26 23d Trey Datweiler 93
27 64 Scotty Thiel 92
28 11k Rick Kelsey 89
29 14aj Wayne Modjeski 88
30 79 Blake Nimee 87
31 8A Carmen Manzardo 83
32 99 Kyle Marten 76
33 6k Kurt Davis 74
34 12 Mike Decker 70
35 25 Steve Muth 60

Mini-Sprints

5-23-15 Car # Driver Name Total Points
1 18 Nick Petska 471
2 55H Mark Heinert 447
3 42 Adam Schroeder 434
4 11 Kyle Daywalt 402
5 19 Ion Stear 377
6 71 Kyle Koch 377
7 66 Nick Daywalt 373
8 74 Tim Brannam 315
9 67F Kevin Frederiksen 311
10 59 John Smith 310
11 49 Ron Brannam 304
12 69 Kurt Brown 283
13 61 Jeff Schmidt 280
14 66K Will Lynn 277
15 1E Zach Emmons 273
16 9 John Kirk 230
17 26 Greg Fortier 200
18 29 Randy Stanford 158
19 7 Vince Johnson 133
20 8 Doug Johnson 19

Non-Winged Sprints

5-23-15 Car # Driver Name Total Points
1 16 Todd Lehr 550
2 71s Doug Schenck 534
3 70 Chris Klemko 518
4 B2 Chuck Shaer 513
5 77 James Walldan 446
6 9 Taylor Dawson 371
7 15 Dan Wade 322
8 O7 Jim Lukey 137
9 5j Jimmy Scanlon 63

Bandit 4’s

5-23-15 Car # Driver Name Total Points
1 46 Erik Grosch 444
2 184 Carl Benn 411
3 77j Jason Jones 307
4 33 John Lass 268
5 53 Gary V Mondus Jr 261
6 8 Blake Kreuser 252
7 18 Scott Redden 205
8 14A Ashley Panek 170
9 64 Tom Happ 133
10 18j Jay Orr 124
11 17j James Creekmore 112
12 36 Brad Becker 111
13 13 Jake Balk 111
14 35d John Daley 110
15 9 Kevin Gentry 102
16 15 Trent Anderson 62