Freedom, WI – One month from today, a champion will be crowned at 141 Speedway, in the season-ending Crowning of the King 40. With just four races left in the 2018 Kings of Clay Tour, defending champion, Nick Anvelink, has a sizable lead in the point standings. There are just 14 points that separate five drivers who are in a battle for second place. Stockbridge Engineering Touring Kings Ron Berna, Jim Schmidt, Brett Swedberg, Jared Siefert and Justin Schmidt are currently second through sixth, respectively, in the current point standings and have been swapping positions on a regular basis.
Anvelink leads the point standings by 80 points and it is mathematically possible for another driver to win the 2018 DiscountShopTowels.com Dirt Kings Late Model Tour Championship, however, Anvelink has yet to finish lower than fourth place during the past two seasons. Anvelink has five victories already this season and is always the fan favorite to win.
“It’s been a good year so far. The car has been very consistent. Hopefully we can finish out that way,” says Anvelink.
Drivers get their first chance to be King and visit the Gary’s Old Fashioned Mix Victory Lane this coming Sunday at TNT Speedway in Three Lakes, Wisconsin for the Labor Day Shootout. The 30-lap race pays $2500 to the King and $400 to start. Since TNT Speedway doesn’t run late models on a regular basis, there is no hometown favorite and it may benefit a driver who has traveled to many different tracks this season, like Siefert. “Things are going well this season and I’ve been trying to run some more traveling series races to get better and it seems to be paying off,” says Siefert. Siefert is the only regular competitor other than Anvelink who has won a Dirt Kings Tour race, with Siefert picking up his first win on June 29 at 141 Speedway, in the crown jewel of the 2018 season, The Diamond 40.
There will be some home track advantage on Saturday, September 8, at Plymouth Dirt Track Racing. Justin Schmidt and his dad, Jim Schmidt are both regular competitors at Plymouth. This past Saturday night, both Justin & Jim competed for the 2018 Late Model Championship with fellow Stockbridge Engineering Touring King Tim Buhler, and Brad Mueller. Justin Schmidt was crowned the 2018 Plymouth Dirt Track Racing Late Model Champion and he has four wins at the track this season. “After our mechanical malfunction at Wilmot we lost some ground, but I’m looking forward to the last 4 races and hoping we can finish strong,” said Justin Schmidt.
The Tour returns to Wilmot Raceway on Saturday, September 15 for the Inaugural Jim “Wildman” Watson Classic. Last year, it was Mueller who was crowned King, with Buhler finishing second. Siefert, Berna and Anvelink finished second, third, and fourth at The Dairyland Duel on August 17. The Jim “Wildman” Watson Classic pays $2000 to the King, which might attract more competition for the Dirt Kings Tour regulars.
141 Speedway in Maribel, Wisconsin, will once again host the season finale, the Crowing of the King 40, on September 27. Last year, Anvelink won the race and the Championship. Earlier this year both Anvelink and Siefert visited the Gary’s Old Fashioned Mix Victory Lane at 141 Speedway, but Swedberg has been very strong and is still looking for his first win. “I’ve been comfortable in my car lately. I just haven’t had the finishes I’ve been looking for. My team and I just keep working hard and hopefully we can be King before the season comes to an end,” says Swedberg.
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