SCHULTZ, LEHR CROWNED CHAMPIONS

BY MICHAEL H. BABICZ (Saturday, September 24, 2016)–Earning season championship honors were Beaver Dam’s Jeremy Schultz in the winged sprint cars and Genoa City’s Todd Lehr in the Meyer Valves and Vacs Wingless Sprints presented by the IRA closing out the 2016 Wilmot Raceway Season Championship Night Two on Saturday, September 24.

Mitch McGrath of Waukesha won the 40-lap Wisconsin Dirt Late Model Association (WDLMA) Lucky 7 Tour main event for the second year in a row in the season ending program for the 3/8-mile clay oval located on the Kenosha County Fairgrounds.

Brad McGuire of New Berlin won his first ever 20-lap modified feature at Wilmot.

Cody Erickson of Algonquin, Illinois made it three 20-lap street stock feature wins in a row and five for the season.

“It wasn’t the way we wanted to finish the season, but a third track championship is something we can be proud of,” said Schultz, who was involved in a opening lap incident in the feature and ended up finishing sixth after restarting at the back.  “I’ve been under the weather and not quite up to par, but this will help make me feel a little better.  Hopefully before next week (Saturday, October 1) at Dodge County Fairgrounds (Beaver Dam, Wis.) I will feel better and be able to pick up the IRA (Interstate Racing Association) championship.”

Schultz won Wilmot titles in 2013 and 2015 to go along with this year’s crown.

The 25-lap winged sprint car feature win for the second time this season went to Mike Kertscher of Howards Grove.  Kertscher overtook  early race leader Jimmy Moughan of Springfield, Illinois on lap eight.  Several cautions kept slowing the pace of the main and setting up challenges for Kertscher.  At the finish it was Kertscher following up his Labor Day weekend Wilmot win. A fast closing Matt Vandervere of Zion, Illinois finished second.  Oak Creek’s Wayne Modjeski was third.  Moughan ended up fourth.  Trevor’s Raymond Hensley came up from 19th starting spot to take fifth.

“I was getting a little worried that we might run out of fuel,” said Kertscher after congratulating Schultz on the championship run.  “The car ran awesome thanks to my crew and great sponsors.”

“We have a super crew and Meyer along with all of our sponsors give us great support,” said Lehr after taking the title for the wingless sprints in the second year for the division.  “I have to thank my wife, Debbie, and everybody who has backed us.  This division is a lot of fun to run in and the competition is getting better and better.”

Some of that improvement was shown in the 20-lap season championship feature with Derek Crane of Waukegan, IL leading wire to wire, but not without some heavy challenges.  During the final five laps, Crane and Lehr went wheel to wheel several times with each holding the point at least momentarily.  Coming for the checkered flag out of turn four, Crane shot low while Lehr got caught on the high side behind a lapped car.  Crane scored his third feature win in his rookie season.  Lehr was second.  Fast qualifier James Giossi of New Richmond in his first time ever at Wilmot took third.  Jake Kouba of Minneapolis, Minnesota was fourth.  Cottage Grove’s Doug Schenck was fifth.

“I knew he was coming, but I just stuck with my groove,” said D. Crane of his battle with Lehr.  “This is a great way to close out a great season for us.”

“It was rough out there a little, but it’s great to get the win,” said McGrath, who also won the WDLMA feature in 2015 on Wilmot’s final night.  “I have a great crew and great sponsors which helped get me the win.”

McGrath retook the lead from Jim Schmidt of Cleveland at the halfway point following a restart.  Schmidt had taken the top spot ten laps earlier from Waukesha’s Taylor Scheffler who had lead the early going.  At the finish it was McGrath, Schmidt second, T. Scheffler third, T.J. Markham of Sycamore, IL fourth and Rick Scheffler of Waukesha fifth.

“I don’t know, maybe I’ve got the wrong car for sale,” quipped McGuire who was driving his “backup” car.  “This car is pretty good and it’s the first feature win I’ve ever had, so maybe I should keep this one.  I have to thank my parents, sponsors, everybody who has stuck with me all these years.  This is a great way to end the season.”

McBride took the lead at the halfway point on a restart.  Genoa City’s Mike Simons II and Scott Kuxhouse of Antioch, IL had been battling much of the early going back and forth.  Once in front McBride was able to pull away to the win.  M. Simons II took second by inches nipping 2016 Wilmot Champion Cameron Kuxhouse of Antioch who ended up third.  S. Kuxhouse was fourth with Tim Hamburg of Dixon, IL fifth.

“The drive for five and we got it,” said Erickson following his fifth street stock main win of the year and third in a row.  “This car has been kind of our back up and we thought we’d bring it out and get it ready for next season.  I think we’re going to leave it alone.  I have to thank my dad, Dave Erickson, and everybody as well as the fans and the staff at Wilmot Raceway for giving us a place to race and have fun.  This is going to help make the winter go a little bit quicker.”

Cody Potter of Pell Lake jumped in front maintaining top spot until Erickson overtook him at the halfway point.  At the finish it was Erickson followed by 3-time and 2016 Wilmot champion Pat Rossmann of Wadsworth, IL second, Potter third, Big Bend’s Mark Baker fourth and Dustin Richards of Bristol fifth.

As part of the final night of the season, several drivers, crews and sponsors donated various prizes which were awarded to fans in attendance including ten new bikes which went out to lucky youngsters.  The Kenosha County Fair and Wilmot Raceway staff thank the fans for their support throughout the season and all of those who donated gifts for the final weekend giveaways.

Wilmot Raceway will open its 2017 season sometime in late April or early May next spring.  For the latest updates check the track’s website www.wilmotraceway.com.

SUMMARY – WILMOT RACEWAY, WILMOT, WISCONSIN – SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2016 – SEASON CHAMPIONSHIP NIGHT TWO

WILMOT WINGED SPRINTS: 25-LAP FEATURE: 1. Mike Kertscher, Howards Grove; 2. Matt Vandervere, Zion, Illinois; 3. Wayne Modjeski, Oak Creek; 4. Jimmy Moughan, Springfield, IL; 5. Raymond Hensley, Trevor; 6. Jeremy Schultz, Beaver Dam; 7. Kris Spitz, Salem; 8. Todd Hepfner, Hartford; 9. Johnny Fahl, Brown Deer; 10. Brandon McMullen, Plymouth; 11. Rusty Egan, Burlington; 12. Chris Dodd, Winthrop Harbor, IL; 13. Kevin Karnitz, West Bend; 14. Dennis Spitz, Lewisburg, Kentucky; 15. Jimmy Fifield, Herscher, IL; 16. Todd Daun, Pleasant Prairie; 17. Tim Vandervere, Beach Park, IL; 18. Dave Uttech, Kenosha; 19. Ryan Irwin, Genoa City(DNS).

HEAT WINNERS: Kertscher; Hepfner.

SEASON CHAMPION: Schultz.

MEYER VALVES AND VACS WINGLESS SPRINT SERIES PRESENTED BY THE IRA: 20-LAP FEATURE: 1. Derek Crane, Waukegan, IL; 2. Todd Lehr, Genoa City; 3. James Giossi, New Richmond; 4. Jake Kouba, Minneapolis, Minnesota; 5. Doug Schenck, Cottage Grove; 6. Chris Klemko, Bristol; 7. Allen Hafford, Beach Park; 8. Matt White, Kenosha; 9. Craig Campton, Pardeeville; 10. Mike Sullivan, Burlington; 11. James Walldan, Winthrop Harbor; 12. Dan Wade, Pleasant Prairie; 13. Nathan Crane, Waukegan; 14. George Gaertner Jr., Salem.

HEAT WINNERS: Lehr; D. Crane.

FAST QUALIFIER: Giossi(:15.429 seconds).

SEASON CHAMPION: Lehr.

MODIFIEDS: 20-LAP FEATURE: 1. Brad McGuire, New Berlin; 2. Mike Simons II, Genoa City; 3. Cameron Kuxhouse, Antioch, IL; 4. Scott Kuxhouse, Antioch; 5. Tim Hamburg, Dixon, IL; 6. Rob Maule, Hebron, IL; 7. Joel Crowbridge, Burlington; 8. Andrew Kiedrowski, Union Grove; 9. Tim Bell, Antioch; 10. Tony Izzo, Capron, IL; 11. Nick Simons, Genoa City; 12. Sean Stacy, Spring Grove, IL; 13. Donnie Paskiewicz, Ottawa, WI; 14. Dustin Jackson, New Berlin; 15. Scott Barnharst, Franklin; 16. Bart Sievert, West Allis; 17. Jason Hyerdall, Lake Villa, IL; 18. Jack Williams, Rockford, IL; 19. Mike Knurr, Mukwonago; 20. Steve Mueller, Eagle.

10-LAP “B” MAIN: 1. Stacy; 2. Sievert; 3. Barnharst; 4. Williams; 5. Terry Hilgendorf, McHenry, IL; 6. Jim Cadd, Brookfield; 7. Blaze March, Muskego; 8. Mike Wittenburg, Waterford; 9. John Dost, Bristol; 10. Lee Tibbitts, Hebron.

HEAT WINNERS: S. Kuxhouse; Kiedrowski; M. Simons II.

STREET STOCKS: 20-LAP FEATURE: 1. Cody Erickson, Algonquin, IL; 2. Pat Rossmann, Wadsworth, IL; 3. Cody Potter, Pell Lake; 4. Mark Baker, Big Bend; 5. Dustin Richards, Bristol; 6. Carl Sturt, Wadsworth; 7. Joshua Marcomb, Antioch; 8. Courtney Atkinson, Muskego; 9. Ian Malinowski, Franklin; 10. James Jaime, Burlington; 11. Steve Rack, Pleasant Prairie; 12. Brandon Feit, Union Grove; 13. Bo Ahern, Waukegan; 14. Jim Vandervere, Gurnee, IL(DNS).

HEAT WINNERS: Erickson; Rossmann.

WISCONSIN DIRT LATE MODEL ASSOCIATION(WDLMA) LATE MODELS LUCKY 7 TOUR: 40-LAP FEATURE: 1. Mitch McGrath, Waukesha; 2. Jim Schmidt, Cleveland; 3. Taylor Scheffler, Waukesha; 4. T.J. Markham, Sycamore, IL; 5. Rick Scheffler, Waukesha; 6. Tony Peterson, Big Bend; 7. Brad Mueller, Random Lake; 8. Justin Schmidt, Cleveland; 9. T.J. Dolhun, Milwaukee; 10. Turk Letizia, Milwaukee; 11. Chris Carlson, Union Grove; 12. Jim Letizia, Milwaukee; 13. Phil Rehberg, Waukesha; 14. Victor Benetto, Marengo, IL; 15. Greg Warner, Polo; 16. David Jager, West Bend; 17. Mike Stangl, Marshfield; 18. Reno Markham, Rockford, IL; 19. Jeff Hartzell, Genoa.

 

 

 

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2016 Points Standings

 Modifieds

9.23.16Car #Driver NameTotal Points
175Cameron Kuxhouse1701
224Nick Simons1599
399Rob Maule1574
469Josh Heinze1445
557Scott Kuxhouse1424
625Mike Simons II1354
722Tony Izzo1353
830John Dost1333
931Mike Knurr1312
102mSteve Mueller1221
1117bScott Barnharst1220
1228cJoel Crowbridge1214
13K9Andrew Kiedrowski1120
14O3tLee Tibbitts1105
1550Terry Hilgendorf1042
1619Mike Wittenburg897
1752mBrad McGuire881
1813Don Paskiewicz833
1922sSean Stacey821
2040Jack Williams782
2110cMike Conn771
2215Danny Walter692
23w6Jason Wirth675
2495Jeff Bodendorfer Jr647
2551jDustin Jackson521
2677cBrian Cumbridge463
2747Jason Hyerdall447
287cJim Cadd395
2957hTim Hamburg392
307cCharles Turner348
315aAndrew Araco302
325Tim Bell273
3328sScott Crowbridge267
3415sDon Scheffler266
3523Blaze March234
36O5Mike Bodendorfer166
377hMarcus Hoeppner157
383KTodd Dart146
398Zeke Bishofberger145
4084Mark Hoeppner140
4111Bart Sievert132
4299xJeremy Christians131
437sEric Scribner123
4457Lee Sohns119
4532JJason Buss108
464sJoel Seegert106
4768Mark Joski105
4841Jason Holms104
494Mike Learman93
5010RJ Gerber88
5133sJustin Sund74

Street Stocks

9.23.16Car #NameTotal Points
109Pat Rossman1448
246Cody Erickson1355
337Gerry Stollenwerk1340
412Brandon Mertes1297
501Carl Benn1261
679David Jones1166
774Jimmy Vandervere1149
865Mark Baker1115
966Joey Marcomb1047
10115Josh Marcomb914
1165cChloe Baker899
127Carl Sturt864
139mMichael Olsen831
1413Al Mueller679
15k19Robert Taylor675
169BBrianna Olsen495
17k9Brandon Feit485
18372Randy Gelden462
19A57Chuck Shaer444
2089Chuck Pinkalla420
2143John Janssen410
2256Dustin Koening396
2386Bo Ahern376
245John Maki318
25316Joe Shufras230
2610Ian Malinowski205
275Ronnie Mink203
2840Alex Crasper130
2911Adam Crasper123
307Dustin Richards115
3157Cody Potter113
3255Darrel Traber111
3315Dave Kinjerski99
3410Al Atkinson97
35J8James Jaime93
3683Jenny Swiercz90
3744Steve Rack89
3879xJason Jones87
397579

Sprints

9.24.16Car #Driver NameTotal Points
15jJeremy Schultz1164
219Todd Daun1019
310VMatt VanderVere1001
44kKris Spitz988
556Ryan Irwin848
641Dennis Spitz846
743Jereme Schroeder784
870Raymond Hensley708
914xBen Schmidt625
1080kMike Kertscher594
1148Brandon Wimmer587
1214ajWayne Modjeski579
1301Chris Dodd572
1417BBill Balog570
1564Scotty Thiel565
1650Rusty Egan565
17OJohnny Fahl551
1812Mike Decker550
192wScotty Neitzel523
2053wBill Wirth498
2123DTrey Datweiler476
221hrpTodd Hepfner472
237Scott Uttech461
2479Blake Nimee451
2599Kyle Marten446
261mPhillip Mock438
2768Dave Uttech428
2865Jordan Goldesberry416
292Parker Price-Miller396
3029MJoey Moughan379
3114Jimmy Fifield376
3223Russel Borland362
33O2Mike Reinke350
347vTim Vandervere323
3523Zach Raidart293
3694RRobbie Pribnow282
372BJimmy Sivia279
3870Danny Holtgraver206
395Brian Kristan200
401mmJim Moughan177
414BScott Biertzer168
4241xDominic Scelzi166
4382Dusty Zomer145
441Dale Blaney138
4593Sheldon Haudenschild135
4612wJosh Walter133
47w20Greg Wilson125
485hPatrick Haynes123
4960Kory Crabtree122
5021Cap Henry115
5110hChad Kemmenah113
526Bill Rose112
5311Todd King108
5411kKraig Kinser106
5573Brandon McMullen106
5681Lee Jacobs102
577cCaleb Armstrong99
5840Caleb Holmes98
594kkKody Kinser92
608mTJ Michael87
6163kKevin Karnitz87
6295Hunter Mackison70
6357xAndrew Palker68
6449hBradley Howard63

Mini-Sprints

9.3.16Car #Driver NameTotal Points
11EZach Emmons1139
255HMark Heinert1086
374Tim Brannam964
442Adam Schroeder917
513CJ Malueg819
671Kyle Koch816
71Ron Brannam811
861Jeff Schmidt748
918Nick Petska719
1016Mike Neau626
1177JJason Jones616
125SNick Sheridan562
1329Randy Stanford541
1467FKevin Fredriksen522
1519Ion Stear520
1666Nick Daywalt467
1711Kyle Daywalt455
1869Kurt Brown417
1959John Smith405
209John Kirk372
2132Darren Ihrke362
224Morgan Shepard324
2326Greg Foriter150
247Steve Clott127
2513BJBJ Irwin72
266PChuck Pinkalla69
2766KWill Lyn10

Non-Winged Sprints

9.24.16Car #Driver NameTotal Points
116Todd Lehr1875
271sDoug Schenck1703
319Derek Crane1663
438Allen Hafford1541
59Mike Sullivan1535
670Chris Klemko1499
777James Walldan1344
815Dan Wade1334
989George Gaertner1263
105jJimmy Scanlon1109
1127Matt White988
126Jake Kouba980
132Jordan Mattson974
142KJimmy Kouba972
1572Dave Maynard843
1652Craig Lager782
17B2Chuck Shaer658
187sCraig Campton376
197cChris Howerton350
20B2Tim Cox207
2116xTommy Sexton146
2211James Giossi138
23138Chris Dodd106
246LJoe Lallier104
2512Johnny Parsons100
26B2Steve Reidel96
2755Joseph Kouba87
2897Nathan Crane87
2913Dustin Richards85
3032Jeremy Hunt85
3134Denny Stordahl85
3216aAnna Hippe78
33OOKyle Finnegan77

Bandit 4’s

8.27.16Car #Driver NameTotal Points
146Courtney Atkinson1186
23Ryan Andrews1080
3184Allen Maher Jr1050
48Blake Kreuser994
593Dale Ehleiter904
647David McKellips879
717James Creekmore865
8k9Suiter Bennett735
948Jeremy Aiken662
1018Jake Orr409
1115Bob Anderson389
1236Zach Wampole347
1372Erik Kuentsler331
14b18David Rudzinski293
1519Carl Benn272
1600Shawn Roberts265
17111Devon Dixon207
1815Trent Anderson206
19262Chris Hall197
2013Jake Balk194
21009Ryan Savage189
2209Joe Summers175
2322Ryan Braun153
2414Steve Kroll151
254Shaun Bangart145
2668Larry Gross140
2710mMitch Meijer129
2861Ryan Sawusch120
29147Brad Becker109
3027fTony Fletcher99
3100Robert Sorenson95
32262Keanan93
3324Brandon Tackes89
3415Craig Kreuser89
358mMike Meijer82
362Brody Childers80
379FBrandon Feit60
38K8Andrew Kiedrowski60
392Charles Chilvers60
4014John Brewer60