The temps may be cold but the news is keeping the Midwest warm during the off-season. Get caught up with some of the latest news from the region in this edition of Speed51.com’s Midwest Times.
Manitowoc Speedway Fate to be Decided
A County Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 26 where a vote will take place to decide the fate of Manitowoc Speedway in Wisconsin. Manitowoc Speedway invites its drivers, crews and fans to come to the meeting and help support the track and keep it in business. For more on the situation regarding Manitowoc Speedway, read this Speed51.com article from a few weeks ago.
When: Tuesday, January 26 at 7 pm
Where: UW-Manitowoc (County Board Meeting Room), 705 Viebahn Street, Manitowoc
Who: County Board, Open, Public Input
TUNDRA Releases 2016 Schedule
The TUNDRA Super Late Model Series recently released their 2016 schedule, which features six races at six different tracks. Five of the dates are secured with a sixth to be announced. This season TUNDRA will team with the Midwest Truck Series and newly names TUNDRA Vintage Series (formerly Supper Midwest Vintage Series) for all six races. Each event will also feature a Sportsman division similar to the one fans saw at Golden Sands Speedway (WI) with TUNDRA on Labor Day.
To see the full 2016 schedule visit tundrasuperlates.com.
Race and Performance Expo Coming Up
The 9th Annual Race and Performance Expo will take place February 20 and February 21 at the Renaissance Schaumberg Convention Center in Schaumberg, Illinois. There will be over 10,000 square feet filled with high performance products. To find out more visit raceperformanceexpo.com.
Quinnton Bear Joins Forces with Wauters Motorsports for Speedfest
Quinnton Bear, of Avon, Indiana is set to pilot the Wauters Motorsports Toyota Camry in the annual SpeedFest 200 at Crisp Motorsports Park – home of the Watermelon Capital Speedway in Cordele, Georgia on January 31.
This will be Bear’s second start at the D-shaped, banked oval. He competed in the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour 125-lap race at the famed Crisp Motorsports Park in 2015. The 19 year old has two previous Super Late Model (SLM) starts in the Champion Racing Association (CRA) division in 2015, where he finished fifth at Winchester Speedway (IN) and ninth at Lucas Oil Speedway (IN).
Bear, who finished third in overall points and was named Rookie of the Year in the JEGS Series in 2015, will also compete in 15 SLM races with Wauters Motorsports in both the CRA Super Series and the Southern Super Series (SSS) in 2016. (Wauters Motorsports PR)
More Drivers from the Midwest Heading South
In addition to Bear, a handful of other Midwest drivers will make the trip to Watermelon Crisp Speedway this weekend. Wes Griffith, Derek Kraus, Brandon Oakley, Scott Hantz and Ty Majeski will all kick off their 2016 seasons at Speedfest. As Speed51.com reported last week, Hope Hornish — the niece of former Indy 500 winner Sam Hornish — will also make her JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour debut in Cordele.
State Park Speedway Releases 2016 Schedule
State Park Speedway in Wausau, WI released its 2016 schedule. Highlighting the season are a visit from both the ARCA Midwest Tour, as well as the TUNDRA Super Late Model Series and the “big three” memorial races hosted every year, the Flip Merwin Memorial, Larry Detjens Memorial and Lodi Memorial.
Once again the Mid-American Stock Car Series and Midwest Truck tour will also pay a visit to the ¼ mile track. You can see the full schedule at stateparkspeedway.com. (State Park Speedway PR)
Dennis Prunty Teams-up With Anderson’s Maple Syrup for Exciting 2016 Season
Dennis Prunty, Car Owner and Driver of the Anderson’s Pure Maple Syrup, #42 Super Late Model Race Car, is a 25 year veteran of the sport and plans to kick off his 2016 racing season at the Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville, Tennessee on Friday and Saturday, April 8-9 in the ARCA/CRA 125. He has over 30 races on his 2016 tentative schedule. To see the full schedule visit dennisprunty.com. (DDP Motorsports Marketing)
Slinger Speedway Honors Champions
Slinger Speedway held its 2015 awards banquet Friday night and honored six champions. Steve Apel edged Dennis Prunty is an epic Super Late Model point battle, while Alex Prunty, Brian Holtz, Scott Goetzke, Nick Egan and Tom Berens claimed titles in other divisions.
Danny Church received Rookie of the Year honors, while Lowell Bennett took home the Hard Luck.
Baer Field Motorsports Park Ready to Embark on a New Era
Baer Field Speedway gets a new name as facility proprietors Dave and Judy Muzzillo have decided to rename the 53-year old facility “Bear Field Motorsports Park” beginning this year.
With both a half-mile and 3/8-mile track, the Baer Field Motorsports Park Season kicks off on Saturday April 16 with Fan Appreciation Night. For more on Baer Field Motorsports Park and to see a full 2016 schedule visit baerfieldmotorpark.com.
New Paris Speedway to Hold Open House
New Paris Speedway will host their annual open house on Saturday, April 23 from noon-6 p.m. The track will be open for practice and this will be the time to register with the speedway for the 2016 season and reserve pit spots.
The evening will conclude with the track’s first Night of Destruction starting at 7 p.m.
-By Jana Wimmer, Speed51.com Midwest Editor – Twitter: @JWimm22
-Photo credit: Doug Hornickel