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The IRA officially has the events at 34 Raceway, Fairbury American Legion Speedway, and La Salle Speedway listed as co-sanctioned races with MOWA, though it is likely that the MOWA sanction will be added to enhance one or two of the currently listed multiple race Wisconsin weekends too. Meyer has proven to be strong on the big tracks and and will use that skill to try and claim his first win of the 2017 season. Out front Reinke found himself in heavy lapped traffic at the halfway point of the contest, allowing Thiel, who is very familiar with the Plymouth Dirt Track racing surface where the competed many seasons in a 360 sprint to close the gap. As a result of Roses issues Neitzel got a reprieve on his battle for second, and the third position now fell into the hands of Schmidt who had seen his chief challenger in the point battle drop from the contest. Currently the score is 3-0 in favor of the All-Stars, or more specifically in favor of multi-time All-Star champion Dale Blaney.
While Deer Creek isnt new to the IRA schedule, its been several years since the series has run at the 3/8 highbanks, as last years return visit fell victim to rain. Look for two time IRA champion Scotty Neitzel to be out front at the end as well. Further back Nimee was slicing through the pack having reached the seventh position after starting in the 14th spot. Over the final laps Whitney keep up his pace comfortably taking the win. Blaney has won all three showdown events between the two series, and hes looking to extend the streak to four.
141 Speedway has the IRA winged/410 group 3 times, with the popular Dodge County Fairgrounds having a pair of dates. And Washington states Taylor Malsam and the Rudeen Racing Team have indicated that there beautiful blue and black 26 machine will be in attendance all weekend. The restart gave Balog a chance to move around Nienhiser for 3rd, and Schultz an opportunity to challenge for the win, but the 64 machine was just too strong and it was Scotty Thiel pulling into victory lane for the 2nd time this year in IRA competition. Second place is good, it dont want to points race anymore Im going out for wins, Thiel concluded. Schmidt in his second season with the Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprints has been tossing the point lead back and forth with Plainsfield, Indiana native Bill Rose. The series support is led by title sponsor Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, and associate series partners Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Hoosier Tire, Cedar Creek Motorsports, Cummins Onan, and Carriage Auto Body.
And the Outagamie Speedway (Seymour) returns to the schedule after a years absence. Other surprise visitors are likely to join in on the fun too. Schultz would settle for 2nd and Balog would come home 3rd. A somewhat slick racing surface greeted the drivers for the start of the 30 lap Frank Filskov Memorial main event. Rose the point leader heading into the night worked his way past Schmidt for the third position on lap nine. 2015 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints Upcoming Events: 7/25/2015 Wilmot Raceway Wilmot, WI 7/31/2015 Langlande County Speedway Antigo, WI 8/1/2015 Sheboygan County Fairgrounds Plymouth, WI 8/2/2015 Seymour Speedway Seymour, WI TONYS STEWARTS ALL-STARS VS.
Dodge Co (July 6) includes IRA, MSA, and the Dirt King Late Models. 18-Keith Fellner, ; (DNS) 5K-Brian Kristan, Heat 3 1. The Scott Thiel Motorsports team has found their groove in the month of July Scoring 2 wins and nearly beating Balog this past Saturday in Beaver Dam. With ten laps to go in the race Reinkes lead had evaporated. His bid for a podium came up just a couple car lengths short as he had his sights on Schmidt as the checkered flag fell. Sheldon Haudenschild, who won the historic return of Winged 410 sprints to Angell Park Speedway last season, and Parker Price Miller who won the most recent IRA race held this past Sunday evening, also at the Angell Park Speedway.
Fairbury (July 7) & Angell Park (Aug 19) includes IRA and the POWRI Natl Midgets. If the thought of watching winged 410 sprint cars while you eat a funnel cake isn't enough to get you out to the Langlade County Fair this Friday, California hot shoe and son of legendary drag racer Gary Scelzi, Dominic Scelzi has indicated that he intends to bring his Scelzi Enterprises 41 car to Antigo Wisconsin to have some fun with the stars of the IRA. Then Thiel, making a well timed dive to the bottom of the track in turn four, managed to work past Reinke for the lead, and quickly scrambled away darting through back markers. Mike Reinke completed the top five finishers after a solid run. Meyer had paced the most laps since the IRA sprints had returned to Langlade County Speedway two years ago, and had come into the night with back to back second place finishes. Both drivers will be chasing their second career IRA victory.
Wilmot Raceway Kenosha, WI An overflow crowd jammed the Brat Stop's Pawkway Chateau for Wilmot Raceway's annual Awards Party. Behling Racing Equipment B main action saw Raymond Hensley pick up the win over Chris Dodd. The STM team has come on strong in July and if they want to challenge Balog for the 2017 IRA championship, they will need to keep the momentum going. Weld Wheels Heat Race 1 saw Jake Blackhurst take the early lead and hold onto it until the checkered fell. Bumper to Bumper IRA 410 winged sprint cars return to action Friday night July 7th at the Dodge County Fairgrounds for the Harry Neitzel Tribute/Rick Schmidt Memorial. Nimee had helped start that no repeat winner streak back on June 6th. The fans were treated to an incredibly fast track with the drivers approaching 130 mph on the tacky 5/8 mile racing surface. Despite clean air and an open track for the defending UNOH All Star champion, Darrah still managed to keep pace with The Lowrider and would attempt one last slide job to take over the top spot with less than five laps remaining. Neitzel was second still 10 car lengths behind at the finish.
All 3 of these races were chose by the ASCo C to be included in their 2018 limited MAVTV package. To find Balog's last half mile win in IRA competition you have to go back to the July 25th 2014 Langlade County Speedway Race when Balog was victorious over Mike Reinke and Steve Meyer. Thiel followed Rose past Uttech to reach the third spot after having started in the eighth position. On lap 19, Rose had his car begin to show signs of smoke, and going down the backstretch he suddenly veered into the infield. Purchased this year by racing legend Tony Stewart, the All-Stars have begun to rebuild, and with a focus on proving their traveling stars are among the best they have been whipping up on locals wherever the travel.
The Joliet event at Route 66 is Saturday night of Chicagoland Speedways big NASCAR weekend, following the conclusion of the NASCAR Xfinity race just across the street. Meyer has since been able to claim a win of his own at the Langlade County Speedway, winning the 2016 event and should be a contender this Friday night. It took just two more laps before Thiel to slip by Rose to become the next driver to hold runner-up honors. After the event is was found that the oil filter had come loose on the machine of Rose, and that fortunately he did not add his name to the list of expired engines this evening. Expect over a dozen of that series top star drivers to battle for the rights to Wilmot Raceways winner circle.
Full points will be awarded at races held at 15 different venues within a 4 state region. Steve Meyer is still looking for his first win of the year and has been able to drive his Meyer Electric 85m to a win at Wilmot before. As the race wore on Schultz moved into 2nd ahead of Nienhiser. We didnt need that caution, last night it helped a little bit. I was quick on the bottom early on getting around guys. Ben Schmidt, another challenger for the 2015 season title sailed into the second spot with Whitney making a daring opening lap charge to advance from sixth on the starting grid up to third. For more information on the IRA Outlaw Sprints check out the tour website at by logging onto the series Facebook page at the series is also on twitter at #IRA_sprints.
Wisconsin, particularly the southeast part of the state, is home for the series as IRA fixture facilities such as Beaver Dam Raceway, Wilmot Raceway, Plymouth Dirt Track, and Angell Park Speedway will each host 4 events. Former Wilmot Raceway champion Mike Kertscher will also be in attendance this weekend behind the wheel of the Thone Motorsports 80k. Balog had moved from his 10th starting position into 4 when the caution flag fell with just 3 laps remaining for Steve Meyer who blew a tire. I saw him down there (Nimee) and jumped the cushion a little bit in two, Thiel said of Nimees late race pass. Neitzels lead began to shrink as he approached lapped traffic on lap seven, and Schmidt began to reel in the leader. Using the combination of raw speed, and finding ways around lapped machines without breaking momentum, he was able to sail past Schmidt for second, and on lap eight he roared past Neitzel to grab the top spot. The IRA Sprints are presented by its long time supporting series partners.