Kaukauna, WI — A quartet of super late model rookies have announced they’ll run weekly during “Thursday Night Thunder” at Wisconsin International Raceway in Kaukauna and square off for the rookie-of-the-year honors in the track’s top class in 2018.


Among those candidates is Corey “Rainman” Manders of Hilbert. Manders is a six year veteran of the track’s late model division. Manders also has his late model which he says he may run “on occasion.” Manders super late model will be a one year old RaceTech chassis.


It’s been awhile but Appleton’s Dave Satorius will return to compete at WIR full time in ’18. Satorius is the son of former super late model driver Tim Satorius. The former super stock competitor will wheel a 2006 Lefthander chassis. Dave Satorius last competed weekly at WIR in 2009.


Freedom’s Tim Springstroh has thrown his hat in the ring for R-O-Y as well. Springstroh pulled double duty during the Red, White and Blue state championship series running both divisions on the half mile last year. Springstroh will wheel a 2004 Lefthander in SLM action.


16-year-old Slinger Speedway regular Grant Griesbach will make the trip north on highway 41on Thursday nights from his hometown in Pewaukee. The former Big 8 series rookie-of-the-year will pilot a Pathfinder chassis in his quest for the “Thursday Night Thunder” top rookie honors.


In addition a pair of “rookie” drivers will battle on occasion on Thursday nights in the super late models. Both drivers carry last names that run deep with Fox River Racing Club history. Former WIR late model champion Braison Bennett of Neenah has announced his intentions to run “part time” in the super late models along with Neal Sannes of De Pere.


In 2017 WIR boasted one of the highest weekly super late model car count averages in the Midwest with just under 24 machines timing in weekly. Semi features were held every week a year ago in the top class and with 22 of the top 25 in points from ’17 returning those numbers are expected to remain strong this year.


The season opening “Thursday night Thunder” race at Wisconsin International Raceway in Kaukauna will take place Thursday, May 24 at 6:45 p.m.


Tuesday night oval practices are slated to begin on May 1 with Saturday, May 5 serving as the annual FRRC practice and inspection day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Spectator admission is free that day.


For more information please check the club’s website at frrcracing.net.


-Wisconsin International Raceway Press Release

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