Ion Stear of Harvard, Illinois captured his second 20-lap Wisconsin-Illinois Mini-Sprints feature of the season capping off Family Night Saturday, May 19 at Wilmot Raceway.
“These are a bunch of tough guys to run with,” said Stear. “They don’t make it easy.”
Stear, who won on opening night, made it two for three overtaking runner-up Tim Brannam of Holiday Hills, Illinois during the closing laps. Waupaca’s Andrew Kiedrowski, who won the May 5 feature, finished third. Slinger’s Jeff Schmidt was fourth. Genoa City’s Morgan Shepard fifth.
New Berlin’s Brad McGuire became the third different modified 20-lap feature winner of the season. McGuire overtook Eagle’s Steve Mueller for the lead with five laps to go. At the finish it was McGuire first, Mukwonago’s Mike Knurr second, Mueller third, Genoa City’s Mike Simons fourth and Pleasant Prairie’s Al Atkinson fifth.
“That was a hard fought battle,” said McGuire. “Steve(Mueller) was hard to get around and Mike(Knurr) was coming on, too. It’s a great win which I have to thank my parents for all their support.”
Burlington’s Brad Becker made his car look a little better in the off-season, but otherwise did not make any changes. It proved to be the way to go as Becker scored the win in the season opening 15-lap Bandit 4-Cylinder Stock Car feature. Wheatland’s Taylor Dawson took second on the final lap in a tight battle. Scott Quanstrom of Lake Villa finished third edging out Milwaukee’s Tony Barron who took fourth. Waterford’s Kyle Sudduth was fifth.
“This is my biggest fan,” said Becker, joined by his daughter young daughter Kiley who said “I’m so proud of you daddy.” “That makes it really worth it,” added Becker.
The street stock 20-lap feature win was awarded to Cody Erickson of Algonquin, Illinois due to initial winner Cody Potter of Genoa City being disqualified in a post-race inspection.
The adjusted final finish was Erickson first, Big Bend’s Mark Baker second, Muskego’s Courtney Atkinson third, Brandon Mertes of Antioch, Illinois fourth and Racine’s Charlie Pinkalla fifth.
Next up for the one-third mile clay oval located on the Kenosha County Fairgrounds is a Memorial Weekend Special Saturday, May 26 featuring the Auto Meter Wisconsin WingLESS Sprints, modifieds, street stocks and Bandit 4-cylinder stock cars. Grandstand admission is $15.00 for ages 12 & over, $5.00 for ages 7-11, with 6 & under admitted free. Grandstands open at 5:00 p.m. with on track activity at 6:00 and racing to follow. For Wilmot Raceway updates and information phone the trackside race line 262-862-2090, check the official website wilmotraceway.com or Facebook page.
The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Series is scheduled for Wilmot Raceway on Saturday, June 2. Auto Meter Wisconsin WingLESS Sprints and Wisconsin-Illinois Mini-Sprints are on the all sprint car program. Advance tickets are available by contacting SLS Promotions at www.slspromotions.com.
SUMMARY – SATURDAY, MAY 19, 2018 – WILMOT RACEWAY, WILMOT, WISCONSIN
WISCONSIN-ILLINOIS MINI-SPRINTS: 20-LAP FEATURE: 1. Ion Stear, Harvard, IL; 2. Tim Brannam, Holiday Hills, IL; 3. Andrew Kiedrowski, Waupaca; 4. Jeff Schmidt, Slinger; 5. Morgan Shepard, Genoa City; 6. Mike Neau, Kenosha; 7. Terry Kiedrowski, Waupaca; 8. Bob Jeziorski, Kewaskum; 9. C.J. Malueg, Johnsburg, IL; 10. Jeff Wesell, Hartford; 11. Mike Ungar, Madison; 12. Tim Christensen, Winthrop Harbor, IL; 13. Ron Brannam, Barrington, IL; 14. Adam Schroeder, Zion, IL; 15. Kevin Frederickson, Hales Corners; 16. Nick Daywalt, Slinger; 17. Mark Heinert, Waukesha.
8-LAP HEAT WINNERS: R. Brannam; T. Brannam; Malueg.
FAST QUALIFIER: Stear(:14.651 seconds).
MODIFIEDS; 20-LAP FEATURE: 1. Brad McGuire, New Berlin; 2. Mike Knurr, Mukwonago; 3. Steve Mueller, Eagle; 4. Mike Simons II, Genoa City; 5. Al Atkinson, Pleasant Prairie; 6. Nick Simons, Genoa City; 7. Scott Barnharst, Franklin; 8. John Dost, Bristol; 9. David Wirth, Milwaukee; 10. Will Sorce, Franksville; 11. Terry Hilgendorf, McHenry, IL; 12. Lee Tibbitts, Hebron, IL; 13. Tony Izzo, Capron; 14. Jason Wirth, Milwaukee; 15. John Hill, Waterford; 16. Tim Bell, Antioch, IL; 17. Dustin Kroening, Hebron; 18. Blaze March, Muskego; 19. Jack Williams, Rockford, IL; 20. Andy Westman, Milwaukee; 21. Mike Conn, Big Bend; 22. Mike Wittenburg, Waterford; 23. Josh Heinz, Waterford(Did Not Start); 24. Jason Hyerdall, Lake Villa, IL.
8-LAP HEAT WINNERS: Atkinson; M. Simons; Barnharst.
FAST QUALIFIER: N. Simons(:17.000 seconds).
BANDIT 4-CYLINDER STOCK CARS: 1. Brad Becker, Burlington; 2. Taylor Dawson, Wheatland; 3. Scott Quarnstrom, Lake Villa; 4. Tony Barron, Milwaukee; 5. Kyle Sudduth, Waterford; 6. Carl Benn, Lisbon; 7. John Daley, West Bend; 8. John Cole, Palatine, IL; 9. Scott Ellis, Pleasant Prairie; 10. Robin Wachsmith, Williams Bay; 11. Steve Ellis, Pleasant Prairie; 12. Ryan Braun, Brookfield; 13. Kody Molitor, Kenosha; 14. James Bell, Janesville; 15. Josh Werkmeister, Kenosha(Did Not Start).
8-LAP HEAT WINNERS: Becker; J. Bell.
STREET STOCKS: 20-LAP FEATURE: 1. Cody Erickson, Algonquin, IL; 2. Mark Baker, Big Bend; 3. Courtney Atkinson, Muskego; 4. Brandon Mertes, Antioch, IL; 5. Charlie Pinkalla, Racine; 6. Joey Marcomb, Antioch; 7. Nick Smalley, Burlington; 8. Chad Hagler, McHenry, IL; 9. David Paskiewicz, Downers Grove, IL; 10. Nate Coon, Hebron; 11. Craig Kreuser, Kenosha; 12. Dustin Richards, Kenosha; 13. Josh Gehrig, Pleasant Prairie; 14. James Jaime, Bristol; 15. Carl Sturt, Wadsworth, IL; 16. Cody Potter, Genoa City(DQ).
8-LAP HEAT WINNERS: Potter; Baker.
FAST QUALIFIER: Kreuser(18.418 seconds, Establishes Track Record).
SUBMITTED BY MICHAEL H. BABICZ, 262-206-5465