Hansen’s WingLess Sprint Car which will compete in the Autometer Wisconsin WingLess Sprint Series presented by the Interstates Racing Association at its home track of Wilmot Raceway on the Kenosha County Fairgrounds.
Hansen, entering his first full season of racing after serving as a crew member, picked up the Larry Roebuck Best Appearing Overall Award presented by Wilmot Raceway. Roebuck is a former race car driver, service station owner, current pit crew member, who has supported the show since it began at the Belvidere Mall in Waukegan, Illinois.
“This is an awesome award and means a lot when I look at the history behind it along with all of the past recipients,” Hansen said as he looked over the perennial plaque of the long list of names. “This is a great way to start off the season. Thanks to my Dad, family and crew along with all of our marketing partners who support us.”
The show totaled 25 entries including a variety of race cars, custom cars, restored vehicles and a motorcycle to the parking lot of Wilmot Auto Service/BP Convenience Store. Fans came out despite initial temperatures in the 30s getting a close look at the machines talking with the owners about their unique vehicles and those which will race on the one-third mile clay oval at the nearby Fairgrounds beginning on opening night, Saturday, April 27.
“This is another first for the show,” said Mike Babicz, Wilmot Raceway “voice” and host of the Let’s Go Racing Motorsports Report airing on 216thenet Facebook Live Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. “I thank Dwayne Garwood of Wilmot Auto Service, Hansen Ice Cream Parlor, Steve Sinclair of Wilmot Raceway and his great staff, Denise Zirbel of the Kenosha County Fairgrounds, the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department, all of the drivers, vehicle owners, teams and of course, the great public who stopped by showing their support. It was a team effort. We look forward to the 39th Annual Show next spring to signal the green flag on the local motorsports scene.”
During the meeting of show participants, Babicz distributed Team Bryson Racing For Autism Awareness stickers for drivers to place on their cars. “Bryson is a young man who I have come to know via Facebook,” Babicz explained of the young man who lives in Florida. “His mother works at a race track in Georgia. Bryson loves racing. His room is decked out in racing stickers, photos and other memorabilia. Maybe some day his family will make it to Wilmot, but in the meantime, he has a new crew of supporters at Wilmot Raceway.”
Nick Christensen of RelyLocal, a new marketing and social media partner of Wilmot Raceway, had information on its programs. Complimentary race schedules along with fliers on the summer Wings’ Etc. of Antioch Cruise-In Nights were distributed.
Following the show close to 50 different race cars including outlaw winged sprints, wingless sprints, midgets, lightening sprints, modifieds, street stocks, Grand National stocks, late models and Bandit 4-Cylinder Stock Cars practiced for four hours on the 1/3-mile clay oval Wilmot Raceway in preparation for the upcoming season.
Wilmot begins its 2019 season on Saturday, April 27 featuring AutoMeter Wisconsin WingLess Sprints, Lightning Sprints, Modifieds, Street Stocks and Bandit 4-Cylinder Stock Cars. Grandstands open at 5:00 p.m. with on track activity at 5:45 p.m. and racing at 6:45 p.m. Grandstand admission is $15.00 for ages 12 and over; $5.00 ages 7-11, with ages 6 and under admitted free. For updates check wilmotraceway.com or the official Wilmot Raceway Facebook Page, or phone the trackside raceline 262-862-2090.
“38TH ANNUAL LET’S GO RACING MOTORSPORTS & CUSTOM CAR SHOW” PRESENTED BY BABICZ AUTO RACING SERVICES(BARS) SPONSORED BY WILMOT RACWAY ENTRY LIST:
LARRY ROEBUCK BEST APPEARING AWARD SPONSORED BY WILMOT RACEWAY: Zach Hansen, New Berlin(WingLess Sprint Car).
WingLess Sprints: Tim Cox, Park City, IL; Nick Petska, Spring Grove, IL; Ryan Irwin, Genoa City; Jimmy Sivia, Winthrop Harbor, IL.
Modifieds: Mike Simons II, Genoa City; Nick Simons, Genoa City.
Lightning Sprints: Max Brannam, Holiday Hills, IL.
Bandit 4-Cylinder Stock Cars: John Cole, McHenry, IL; Sam VanPatten, Antioch, IL.
Custom Trucks: Leroy Potter, Genoa City(1964C-10 Chevy); Dwayne Garwood, Wilmot; Josiah Coose, Twin Lakes(1954 Ford F-100).
Military: Ryan Shackelford, Wilmot(1946 Jeep).
Motorcycle: Russ Larabee, Wilmot(1978 – 750 Honda).
Cars: Jay Frederick, Bristol(1960 Corvette); Tom Myra, Salem(1930 Ford Model A); Chris Weber, Salem(1963 Ford Galaxy); Ken Grant, Spring Grove, IL(1977 SS-454 Monte Carlo); Mike “Bozo” Sivia, Zion, IL(1937 Chevy); Dave Gates, Antioch, IL(1957 Chevy); Jack Ester, Antioch(1956 Belair); Ron Horton, Antioch(1973 GTO); Cathy Landgren, Antioch(2011 Ford Mustang Convertible).