Tommy Sexton of Antioch, IL gave a birthday present to one of his crew members and sponsors with a win in the 25-lap winged outlaw sprint car feature on Saturday, July 5 to top off the Independence Day Holiday Spectacular at Wilmot (Wis.) Speedway.
Afton’s Devon Dixon gave himself a birthday present by surviving to win the Bandit Division main event for the 4-cylinder stock cars. Scott Redden of Woodstock, IL picked up the overall 4-cylinder victory as well as the Pro-4 class top finisher.
Union Grove’s Chris Carlson snapped the win streak of Scott Kuxhouse of Antioch at two by scoring a late race win in the 20-lap modified main.
Rob Maule of Hebron, IL in the Homan Family of Antioch entry won his sixth 20-lap street stock feature.
Hubertus Nick Daywalt chalked up his second 20-lap Wisconsin-Illinois Mini-Sprint Association (WIMSA) feature at Wilmot this season.
“This is a nice present for Scott Stritar of Stritar Tree Trimming, who bought me two new tires and said, put them on, don’t save them, and we win the feature with them,” said Sexton, who picked up his second Wilmot sprint feature of the season.
Matt Vandervere of Beach Park, IL held the point for the first 21 laps of the sprint main with Sexton working his way into contention. As the two came out of turn four, Vendervere looped nearly doing a backwards flip in the car coming to a stop. Broken hood supports caused Vandervere to spin, retiring him to the pits in frustration.
“I stuck my nose inside Vandervere’s right side a couple of times, so he knew I was coming,” said Sexton. “I was leading an IRA(Interstate Racing Association) feature here earlier this year and spun, so I know how it feels. We’re looking forward to coming back on July 19(IRA Founders & Stritar Tree Service Night). It would be nice to win one for Scott then, too.“
“This is a great win for us,” said Nick Daywalt, who won his second WIMSA Wilmot feature of the season leading flag to flag “I have to thank my family, sponsors and the fans who come out and support us. The car ran fast from the start and was fun to drive.”
“The car was set up perfectly, thanks to my crew who work really hard,” said Carlson after this fifth modified win of the season. “It’s been a while since we’ve won. The car was fast and the track was in great shape. We had to do our homework because Scott(Kuxhouse) has had our number recently.”
Kuxhouse looked headed for a third straight win until a caution with five laps remaining erased a straightaway lead. On the restart, Carlson shot to the inside to take the point, going on to the win.
“I have to thank my wife, Homan Family Racing, all of our sponsors and the great fans we have who come and see us every week,” said Maule, who led all but one lap of the street stock feature. “The car was hooked up and the track was really fast and in super shape.”
The 4-cylinder feature saw an unusual series of events. Eric Nevoso of Twin Lakes was uninjured flipping his just after the mid-way point with Redden leading.
Redden appeared headed for a victory when, with two laps to go, a slowing car on the backstretch blocked his path allowing Eric Grosch of Arlington Heights, IL to shoot around into the lead.
Ironically, one lap later on the white flag circuit, another lapped car caught Grosch with Redden using it as a pick and retaking the lead coming for the checkered flag.
“It was one of those things,” said Redden of his overall and Pro-4 division win, his second of the season. “I don’t know what happened to that car in front of me, it just stopped all of a sudden. Then the next lap I had my chance. It was fun racing.”
“This is a nice birthday present,” said Dixon of his first win in the Bandits this year, looking at steam pouring out of his engine. “I blew a radiator hose toward the end, but just kept pushing it. This is really great that it made it.”
Lynch GM Superstore of Burlington and Kenosha, which provides the Raceway’s official 2014 Chevrolet Silverado Pace Truck, will host the 21st annual “Let’s Go Racing!” Motorsports & Custom Car Show on Saturday, July 12. The annual event is open free to the public 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Burlington dealership, 2300 Browns Lake Drive(Hwys. 36 & W).
Various forms of racing vehicles including those which compete at Wilmot will be featured. Other series and vintage race cars are expected in the motorsports division.
All types of custom vehicles including cars, trucks, motorcycles are expected.
Awards will be presented at 1:00 p.m. highlighted by the traditional Larry Roebuck Best Appearing Overall Championship Clock Plaque. The first 100 entries to register will receive dash plaques.
Pre-registration is not required, with set up starting at 8 a.m. For further information contact show co-promoters John Fischer of Lynch 800-635-2550 or [email protected] or Mike Babicz of Babicz Auto Racing Services(BARS) and Wilmot Raceway at 262-206-5465 or [email protected]
Back on the track, Wilmot is slated for action Saturday night with Lynch of Burlington & Kenosha Family Night featuring modifieds, street stocks, WIMSA mini-sprints and 4-cylinder stock car Pro-4s and Bandits. Grandstands open at 5:00 p.m. with racing at 7:00 p.m. Children ages 11 and under are admitted free on family nights.
Wilmot Raceway, a one-third mile clay oval, is located on the Kenosha County Fairgrounds. For updates check the trackside race line 262-862-2090 or www.wilmotraceway.com.
– Wilmot Raceway Press Release