BY MICHAEL H. BABICZ – The Wisconsin WingLess Sprints(WLS) presented by the Interstate Racing Association(IRA) will take on the Upper Midwest Sprint Series(UMSS) original sprint cars in the WLS/UMSS Challenge highlighting the Labor Day Spectacular on Saturday, September 2 at Wilmot Raceway in Wilmot, Wisconsin.
The Wisconsin-Illinois Mini-Sprints(WIMS), modifieds and street stocks are on the program in addition to warriors from the two non-wing sprint car organizations.
The scheduled August 26 race program was canceled following steady rains which came just as cars began to take to the one-third mile clay oval facility on the Kenosha County Fairgrounds for engine warm-ups.
Prior to Wilmot’s sixth rainout of the season, WIMS drivers greeted fans in the Raceway’s first of four planned autograph sessions.
On September 2 drivers from the two Challenge groups will be invited to come to the grandstand side of the facility to greet fans between 5:00 and 5:30 p.m.
Raceway grandstands open at 5:00 p.m. with racing scheduled at 6:45 p.m. Grandstand admission on September 2 is $15.00 for ages 12 & over; $5.00 for ages 7-11; with 6 & under admitted free.
Wilmot will crown its 2017 five regular season champions on Saturday, September 9. The Street Stocks and Bandit-4 Cylinder drivers will have their autograph session that night. Wisconsin WingLess Sprints, WIMS Mini-Sprints and Modifieds are on the program as well.
Heading into the final two point nights, the WingLess top five are headed by Milwaukee’s Jordan Mattson in quest of his first ever Wilmot title. Mattson leads the current points with 1,282. Second is Tim Cox of Park City, Illinois with 1,262. Third is 2015 Wilmot Champion Doug Schenck of Cottage Grove with 1,220. Fourth is Derek Crane of Waukegan, Illinois with 1,219 and fifth Allen Hafford of Beach Park, Illinois at 1,207.
WIMS Mini-Sprints are headed by Waukesha’s Mark Heinert with 1,054. Second is Nick Daywalt of Hubertus 50 points behind with 1,004. Hartford’s Kyle Daywalt, Nick’s brother, is third at 868 points. Ron Brannam of Barrington, Illinois is fourth with 852. Racine’s Derek Fortier completes the top five with 830.
The Modifieds feature a family feud with Genoa City brothers, Mike Simons II in first with 1,538 and Nick Simons second with 1,441. Third is Union Grove’s Joel Crowbridge with 1,429, fourth New Berlin’s Brad McGuire with 1,375 and fifth Eagle’s Steve Mueller at 1,314.
Pat Rossmann of Wadsworth, Illinois is a four-time and defending champion in quest of his fifth title leading the Street Stock standings with 1,468 points. Brandon Mertes of Antioch, Illinois is second 42 points back with 1,426. Big Bend’s Mark Baker is third with 1,384, Silver Lake’s Gerry Stollenwerk fourth at 1,303 and Kenosha’s Blake Kreuser fifth with 1,232.
Looking to repeat in Wilmot’s long history is Muskego’s Courtney Atkinson as she heads up the Bandit 4-Cylinder Stock Car standings with 1,106. Atkinson, a second generation driver the daughter of Al Atkinson a former top competitors in sportsman and late models at Wilmot and the closed Hales Corners Speedway. Courtney made history in 2016 by becoming the first regular season female champion in Wilmot’s long history.
Matt Vandervere of Zion, Illinois secured his first ever Wilmot title by taking top honors in the Wilmot Winged Outlaw Sprint Cars which concluded its season as part of the Kenosha County Fair events August 18 and 19. Sheboygan’s Scotty Thiel ended up second, Salem’s Kris Spitz third, with past Wilmot champions Todd Daun of Pleasant Prairie fourth and Jeremy Schultz of Beaver Dam fifth.
The traveling Dirt Kings Late Model Series headlines the 2017 season finale for Wilmot on Saturday, September 16. Wisconsin WingLess Sprints, Modifieds and Street Stocks will compete in Fall Festival State Challenges. Modified and Late Model drivers will have an autograph session that evening.
For the latest Wilmot Raceway updates phone the trackside raceline 262-862-2090 or check the official website www.wilmotraceway.com or the Raceway Facebook page.