WILMOT, WI –Sometimes leading is not the best place to be. None of the early race leaders were able to take home the checkered flag victories in feature events on Saturday, May 9 at Wilmot(Wis.) Raceway.
The streak of bad luck for the front runners began in the first main event of the evening as defending champion Adam Schroeder of Zion, Illinois had a mechanical failure cause him to fade while in front during the closing laps of the 20-lap mini-sprint feature. Schroeder’s misfortune proved to be good for Nick Daywalt of Hubertus who took over top spot with less than 5 laps remaining and went on to the win. Schroeder had taken the lead from early pacesetter John Kirk of Johnsburg, Illinois who had mechanical woes cause him to spin while leading at the halfway point.
Nick Petska of Spring Grove, Illinois ended up second, Oak Creek’s Mark Heinert third, Ion Stear of Harvard, Illinois fourth and Tim Brannam of Holiday Hills, Illinois fifth.
“I felt sorry for Adam’s breaking,” said N. Daywalt. “This is a great turnaround for us after we had problems last week. It feels great to get the win.”
Scott Kuxhouse of Antioch, Illinois overtook Mike Simons of Genoa City on a restart following a lap 11 caution flag to score his first 20-lap modified feature win of the season. Simons, who won the opening night feature a week earlier, had opened a sizeable lead until the yellow flag flew for a minor incident setting the stage for Kuxhouse move to the inside to overtake top spot. Jimmy Morrison of Antioch came on to finish second with Mike Learman Jr. of Woodstock, Illinois third, M. Simons ended up fourth and Bristol’s John Dost fifth.
“I knew Mike (Simons) was strong and had a good motor, but I stuck to the inside and it worked,” said Kuxhouse of the winning move.
Defending champion Rob Maule of Hebron, Illinois, was back behind of the wheel of the Tom Homan family of Antioch owned #53 after missing opening night due to recovering from surgery in the street stocks. Maule appeared to be back in top form until he hit a slick spot coming out of turn two on lap 11 of the 20-lap street stock main, spinning while leading.
Pat Rossmann of Wadsworth, Illinois took over top spot maintaining it through a pair of late caution periods to score the victory. Bristol’s Ronnie Mink was second, Silver Lake’s Gerry Stollenwerk third, David Jones of North Chicago, Illinois fourth and D.J. Hacker of Winthrop Harbor, Illinois fifth.
“This is a great wedding anniversary gift for my wife, Kim,” said Rossmann. “It feels super to get the win.”
The Bandit 4-cylinder stock cars had he same winner in victory lane following their 12-lap feature, but the car looked entirely different because it was. Erick Grosch of Arlington Heights, Illinois scored his second straight win. Carl Benn of Menomonee Falls was second, Scott Redden of Woodstock, Illinois third, Jason Johnson of North Chicago fourth and Lake Geneva’s Brad Becker fifth.
“We really had to thrash to put this car together because we had mechanical problems with the other car,” revealed Grosch, whose car looked like it came straight off the used car lot with the number spray painted on. “My crew and family really worked hard to get us here. I have to thank them.”
The non-wing sprint cars appeared to have a battle shaping up for top spot until Cottage Grove’s Doug Schenck clipped the turn three wall on lap 8 while running second forcing him to retire to the pits. Genoa City’s Todd Lehr made it back to back wins in the 20-lap main. Pleasant Prairie’s Dan Wade was second, Burlington’s Taylor Dawson third, Chuck Shaer of Lake Villa, Illinois fourth and James Walldan of Winthrop Harbor, Illinois fifth.
“I knew Doug (Schenck) was coming,” said Lehr. “Everyone is getting better and better as they get more seat time in this new class. It’s great to see for us, the drivers, and the fans.”
The traveling Interstate Racing Association Outlaw Sprint Car Series comes to the one-third mile clay oval located on the Kenosha County Fairgrounds for the first time this season on Saturday, May 16. The non-wing sprints, mini-sprints and modifieds are on the card as well. Grandstands open at 5 p.m. with racing scheduled for 6:45. Grandstand adult admission is $20.00 for this special event with youth ages 7-11 $5.00 and ages 6 and under admitted free. For the latest information phone the trackside raceline 262-862-2090 or check the track web site www.wilmotraceway.com.
-Wilmot Raceway Press Release. Photo credit: Otaku Photography