The 2016 Wisconsin racing season kicks off this weekend with the 2nd annual Icebreaker 100 at Dells Raceway Park. The event was considered a huge success last year and with temps in the mid-70’s and a stacked entry list, the Icebreaker looks to break the ice in good fashion again this year.
The entry list reads like a who’s who of short track racing in the Midwest, with names like Ty Majeski, Travis Sauter and Johnny Sauter highlighting the field. Travis Sauter won the inaugural Icebreaker event a year ago and knows what it takes to find Victory Lane at the Dells.
Meanwhile, Travis’ uncle, Johnny, uses the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series off weekend to climb back behind the wheel of his No. 5 Super Late Model. Johnny Sauter raced a handful of Super Late Model events in 2015, and picked up a handful of wins including the Larry Detjens Memorial at State Park Speedway and Joe Shear Classic at Madison International Speedway.
“I’m looking forward to working with my new Howe chassis at the place I got my start in racing,” said Johnny Sauter. “It’s a great speedway!”
Ty Majeski has had no problem finding Victory Lane throughout the past year and he started off his 2016 campaign with five wins, including SpeedFest, The Rattler and a Speedweeks trifecta. While Majeski won the TUNDRA event at Dells Raceway Park last year, a win in the Dells specials eludes him. The Seymour, Wisconsin driver finished fourth at last year’s Icebreaker and second in the Falloween 150.
“I’m really excited to see the gains we’ve made on our program since we last raced there in fall for the Falloween 150,” said Majeski. “Everyone’s excited to get back in the seat. There’s a lot of big names signed up and I’m anxious to see how we stack up.”
Another driver looking to see how they stack up against tough competition is 2015 Dells Raceway Park Super Late Model Champion Tim Schendel. Schendel had mechanical issues in the Icebreaker last year, but looks to carry last year’s momentum into this year’s event.
“It’s great to get back there and get back to racing, everybody is excited,” said Schendel. “It’s good the weather has turned around, a week ago it was snowing when I was getting the car ready to go test at the Dells. We got some laps, the car was good, but it was cool, so it’s good to have great weather and hopefully have a very good fan turnout.
“It’s a stout field of cars, that’s for sure. The last spring race was also, but that’s good. I’m up for that challenge. Hopefully we can run up front all day and contend to win and have a car good enough to do that. We made some changes to the car in the offseason and hopefully it makes it better and have what we need to contend to win that race.”
There is practice for Icebreaker cars on Saturday, April 16 with the 2nd Annual Icebreaker 100 taking the green flag at 2:00 p.m. CT on Sunday, April 17. For more information visit dellsracewaypark.com.
-Dells Raceway Park Press Release
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