Dells Raceway Park is getting set to kick off its 2018 season with the fourth annual Icebreaker 100.  This year, they might literally need to break the ice in order to hold the event.  The track was forced to reschedule the event from April 8 to this Sunday, April 22 due to unfavorable weather.  With nearly two feet of snow falling across the state of Wisconsin earlier this week, it is a tall task to get the quarter-mile oval ready for the opener this weekend.


“We always knew that having an early April race in Wisconsin could be a challenge with the weather, but the past few years haven’t been too bad leading up to the event and we’ve had plenty of time get the track ready and prepped,” Dells Raceway Park Media Director Dan Lensing told  “This year is totally different. The stress level is very high.  We already had to postpone and now with all this snow and possibly more Wednesday it’s stressful.  All the buildings are snowed in and we haven’t really been able to do a lot of prep yet for the race.”


Despite Mother Nature throwing her best jabs, the staff at Dells Raceway Park says that the show will go on for this Sunday.  Owner Wayne Lensing and crew have been at the track starting Tuesday to begin snow removal from the track, pits and stands and will continue to do so the rest of the week.


“This weekend is showing great weather,” Lensing stated.  “They’re saying sunny and 60 degrees, so we are making a hard push to get the track ready.  The snow removal is important over the next few days so that the sun can get on the track and begin warming the surface.  We have to move all the snow from the fan areas, so it doesn’t drain onto the track once we get those warmer temperatures.”


Despite the snowy start to April, the Icebreaker 100 still is a must-race event for many drivers in the Midwest.  The entry list boats 35 drivers (full entry list can be seen below) and includes names like NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Johnny Sauter, three-time ARCA Midwest Tour champion and NASCAR XFINITY Series driver Ty Majeski, Slinger Nationals winner Dennis Prunty, Dixieland 250 winner Casey Johnson and two-time ARCA Midwest Tour Champion Dan Fredrickson.


“The Icebreaker has gained popularity every year with the racers and the fans. It takes care of everyone’s cabin fever,” Lensing said.  “We have had some great short track racing battles and that is what the fans come to see. Over the course of the first three years it’s been a who’s who of Midwest short track racing and we don’t expect that to change.  Travis Sauter, Andrew Morrissey and Ty Majeski have won our first three events and there are a lot of good drivers trying to add their name to that list.”



The Icebreaker 100 also kicks off the return of the ‘Alive for Five’ Super Late Model Series.  The ‘Alive for Five’ was started in 2011 by Joe Graziano, Tom Litchfield and Matt Panure and a year later turned into the TUNDRA Series.  In an effort to keep Super Late Model racing alive at Dells Raceway Park, this year the five-race series is returning with a different model and with a stout payout.  The five events include the Icebreaker 100 this weekend, the Dick Trickle 99 on June 2, the Dairyland 100 on July 14, the Badgerstate 125 on August 4 and the Falloween 150 on October 20.  All events pay between $3,000 and $5,000 to win and the top-10 in points will receive a payout as well.


“This year we are bring back the “Alive for Five” Super Late Model series to DRP,” Lensing explained.  “Fans expressed how much they want to see Super Late Model Racing at DRP, so we are going to add three events during the summer to go between our book-end events of the Ice Breaker and Falloween races.  Since it’s a short series, we are going to do something cool with the points and take drivers’ best four races.  This way if a racer has a bad race or gets caught up in a wreck or has to miss because of a schedule conflict, they can get a mulligan. This will make the points race interesting going into the final event.  We want our racers to keep coming back and have a good time.”


There is an open practice Saturday, April 21 at Dells Raceway Park for the Icebreaker 100, followed by a limited amount of practice on Sunday, April 22 before qualifying at 12:30 pm CST and racing at 2:00 pm CST.


-By Jana Wimmer, Midwest Editor – Twitter: @JWimm22

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ICEBREAKER 100 Entries

  1. Michael Bilderback South Beloit, IL
  2. Abe Bires Mauston, WI
  3. Jordan Devoy Lake Geneva, WI
  4. Mike Egan Slinger, WI
  5. Chris Fleming Nappanee, IN
  6. Dan Fredrickson Northfield, MN
  7. MG Gajewski Wausau, WI
  8. Shawn Grace Goshen, IN
  9. Larry Epright East Troy, WI
  10. Skylar Holzhausen Bangor, WI
  11. Casey Johnson Edgerton, WI
  12. Kenny Joosten Wonder Lake, IL
  13. Tim Lampman Oak Creek, WI
  14. Mike Lichtfeld Portage, WI
  15. Dillon Hammond Grand Marsh, WI
  16. Brandon Hill Woodstock, IL
  17. Jeff Holmgren East Troy, WI
  18. Robby Iverson Escanaba, MI
  19. Ty Majeski Seymour, WI
  20. Rob Maynor Hartland, WI
  21. Jerry Mueller Richfield, WI
  22. Austin Nason Roscoe, IL
  23. Jim Olson Harvard, IL
  24. Adam Pescheck Oconomowoc, WI
  25. Joey Pontbriand Norway, MI
  26. Dennis Prunty Lomira, WI
  27. Jon Reynolds Jr. Rockford, IL
  28. Johnny Sauter Deforest, WI
  29. Rich Schumann Jr. Portage, WI
  30. Gabe Sommers Plover, WI
  31. Tod Stenson Wisconsin Dells, WI
  32. Jeff Storm Waterford, WI
  33. Brent Strelka Freedom, WI
  34. Dalton Zehr Daytona Beach, FL
  35. Jake Zellmer Burlington, WI


Stout Field Set to Break the Ice at Dells Raceway Park