Werner Electric presented Thursday evening’s Fox River Racing Club event at Wisconsin International Raceway and fans were treated to a face paced race program run under ideal weather conditions. The show was completed by 9:30pm.
Mark Schroeder who served as car owner last season, with Gregg Haese wheeling his machine. For 2014 Schroeder was unsure if he was going to drive the car but when the deal with Haese fell through he decided to run the season driving his own equipment again. Schroeder proved the time off didn’t hurt his driving skills as tonight he guided his car to victory lane after surviving a late race restart, posting his first Super Late Model main event win since the 2006 season. A victory well earned.
“I feel fantastic, we don’t give up my crew has stood behind me. We took a swing at the setup and it looks like we hit it”, exclaimed Schroeder from victory lane after the hard fought battle. The win proved extremely popular with the large turnout of fans on hand this evening.
The Late Model feature contest would sent a first time winner to victory lane as Jake Carpenter showed his car handling skills running the high line after a restart and then running from his rivals to seal the win. In quarter mile action, yet another first time feature winner tasted victory as Andy Meyerhofer, in his rookie season, collected the win. Jacob Bolid was victorious in the Wisconsin Sport Trucks while point leader Randy Sonkowsky claimed the Sizzlin 4 main event. Craig VanderWettering dominated the attrition filled Figure Eight event which saw just four cars running at the finish.
35 laps was the distance for tonight’s Super Late Model main event. Maxwell Schultz, the point runner-up in 2013 sat on the pole while rookie contender Jesse Oudenhoven sat to his outside as the battle began.
Running wheel-to-wheel, inches apart, Schultz eased into the lead by lap two while Oudenhoven now had 2013 Late Model champion Mike Meyerhofer Jr., to contend with.
Meyerhofer, also a rookie in the Super Late Models this season, nosed into the second spot with Mark Schroeder following into third by lap seven.
Schultz had a six car length lead by lap ten with Meyerhofer Jr., Schroeder, Brett Piontek and Dalton Zehr occupying the top five slots.
Diving deep into turn three on lap 15, Schroeder worked by Meyerhofer for second bringing Piontek with him.
At the halfway point Jeff Van Oudenhoven, the night’s fastest qualifier reached the top five.
Meanwhile out front Schroeder found room under Schultz to grab the top spot on lap 20, and once again Piontek followed in his tire tracks motoring to second. Further back Van Oudenhoven continued his charge working by Zehr and Schultz to climb into third with seven laps to go in the contest.
An incident between Jordan Ives and Randy Schuler resulted in a spin by Ives coming off turn two creating the last thing Schroeder wanted…. a caution.
Schroeder opted for the high line on the restart, while Piontek took the bottom, Van Oudenhoven and Zehr made up the second row as racing resumed.
Schroeder made the correct choice, bolting into the lead with Zehr rocketing into second. Piontek began to fall back allowing Bennett opportunity to grab third and moments later as Bennett moved up to challenge Zehr for the runner-up slot.
The duel for the second allowed Schroeder a slim bit of breathing room having a two car length advantage as the white flag flew.
Schroeder remained strong to the finish taking the victory by three car lengths. Zehr was able to shade Bennett for runner-up honors by a fender length. Bennett, Van Oudenhoven and Piontek comprised the top five runners.
“I feel fantastic, we don’t give up my crew has stood behind me. We took a swing at the setup and it looks like we hit it”, exclaimed Schroeder from victory lane after the hard fought battle.
The Late Model contest would prove just as thrilling.
Todd Verhagen and Johnny Van brought the 20 lap late model contest up to speed as the green flag waved. Verhagen slid up the track at the start but held on to take the opening lead. Van dropped back in line in second followed by Brett Wenzel.
Van found room to the inside of Verhagen coming off turn two on lap six and took over the top spot with Wenzel following. Verhagen continued to slip back in the field losing third to Jake Carpenter just as the first caution appeared when Brent Strelka and Terry Miller collided with Miller spinning coming off turn four.
Strelka accepted blame for the incident and went to the tail of the field with Miller retaining his position. The field realigned with 12 laps to go in the contest.
Only one more lap went in the books when Matthew Wittman went for a loop in turn four. Wenzel chose the inside for the restart and Carpenter grabbed the outside dropping Van to third.
Carpenter used the high line to his advantage motoring past Wenzel becoming the third leader of the race when yet another yellow flew as Dan Peterman went around in nearly same spot as Wittman did earlier.
Underway again, Carpenter was back to setting the pace as the lead pair pulled away from the field behind. Carpenter extended his lead over the final laps to eight car lengths to celebrate his first career Late Model feature win. Wenzel was able to hold onto second. Coming to the stripe division track record holder and point leader and Cory Kemkes narrowly missed stealing third from Verhagen who took the spot by inches. Alex Stump, the evening’s fastest qualifier, completed the top five finishers.
The Super Stocks have thrilled fans with their fender rubbing action all season long on the quarter-mile, and tonight they didn’t disappoint. Hard fought battles waged throughout the field from green to checker in the 20 lap non-stop main event.
The field was cut to 15 with mechanical ills, but action was furious among those who took the green flag. Andy Meyerhofer grabbed the opening lap ahead of Dave Meyerhofer and Andy Casavant. Casavant found room under Dave Meyerhofer, coming off turn four on lap five and made his way into the second spot.
Deeper in the field the machines of Dylan Wenzel and Greg Hauser were methodically working their way forward.
Andy Meyerhofer held tenaciously to the lead as the race past the halfway point and Casavant sought to close the gap on the leader. With five laps to go Casavant moved in to challenge for the top spot working to the outside of Andy Meyerhofer. The pair were dead even at the stripe with three laps to go exchanging a bit of paint in their tussle for the top spot.
Meyerhofer, a rookie in the class, fought to gain the upper hand taking the lead again at the white flag and spent the final lap holding off Casavant for his first career victory.
Casavant had to settle for second two car lengths ahead of Neal Sannes. Hauser and Dave Meyerhofer completed the top five in the thrilling contest.
A field of 18 drivers contested the Wisconsin Sport Truck feature event. Rookie Justin Fickel set the early pace holding the top spot for the first three laps before Mickey Schallie paced a circuit. Brian Vixmer became the third leader of the event before the first caution flew when Todd Kostichka and Mike Bryge collided in turn two.
Vixmer found himself challenged by John Roeser, and Schallie, at the drop of the green flag. Roeser, who is a former champion on the class, used the outside line to draw even, and on lap seven Roeser shot to the lead. Jacob Boldig performed the same fete two laps later reaching second before the halfway point of the contest.
Boldig had the pace to run down Roeser and after a brief battle he became the fifth leader with seven laps to go in the event. Boldig looked to have the race in hand but a spin by Cam Leung on the backstretch with three laps to go bunched the field back on Boldig’s rear bumper.
When the race went back to green, Boldig was up to the task of pacing the final laps and he took the win by two car lengths over Roeser. Kyle Quella held off fast qualifier Brett Van Horn to grab third. Hayden Watzka comprised the top five finishers.
The entry level Sizzlin 4’s hit the track 17 strong for their main event. A multi car melee at the drop of the green flag reduced the field by three.
A more successful second attempt placed Stephen Gilbertson at the front of the pack for the first two laps before Alex Seidl grabbed the top spot. The Sonkowsky brothers of Randy and Wayne found themselves in second and third by the halfway point.
The brothers slowly reeled in Seidl, reaching his rear bumper with four laps to go. Seidl slipped to the outside, and both brothers worked by Seidl briefly with Randy showing the way. As the white flag flew the battle for second got physical as Seidl attempted to retake second from Wayne. Randy Sonkowsky would streak under the checker for the win while the cars of Wayne Sonkowsky and Seidl traded paint crossing the line with Seidel sideways in second. Wayne was credited with third followed by Steve Van Oudenhoven and Gilbertson in the top five.
Next week’s racing will the Joe Schneider Memorial Night at the races, presented by Alro Steel and Stockbridge Engineering. The Fox River Racing Club will have all it’s weekly divisions in action with the six division show placing over 100 cars on the racing surface during the evening. After the racing program the track will present its annual fireworks display, which rivals the fireworks shows seen at area communities.
Adult admission for the show is a mere $10 and remains one of the best values in short track racing.
Fans can follow the best in asphalt racing action by logging onto the Fox River Racing Club website at www.frrcracing.net where you can follow all the action during the 2014 racing season. The Fox River Racing Club is also on Facebook at facebook.com/frrcracing.
Wisconsin International Raceway the home track of the Fox River Racing Club is located near the intersection of State Hwy 55 and KK, just south of Kaukauna, WI.
Super Late Models:
35 Lap Feature: 1. Mark Schroeder; 2. Dalton Zehr; 3. Lowell Bennett; 4. Jeff Van Oudenhoven; 5. Brett Piontek; 6. Maxwell Schultz; 7. Nate Van Wychen; 8. Mike Meyerhofer Jr.; 9. Kyle Calmes; 10. Pete Vandermolen Jr.; 11. Jeffe Oudenhoven; 12. Sawyer Effertz; 13. Jordan Ives; 14. Randy Schuler; 15. Michael Anthony; 16. Andy Monday
10 Lap Heat: 1. Effertz; 2. Schuler; 3. Meyerhofer Jr.
6 Lap Dash: 1. Bennett; 2. Van Wychen; 3. Van Oudenhoven
Fast Qualifier: Van Oudenhoven, 19.422 Seconds
30 Lap Feature: (Top 10) 1. Jake Carpenter; 2. Brett Webzel; 3. Todd Verhagen; 4. Cory Kemkes; 5. Alex Stumpf; 6. Brent Strelka; 7. Tim Springstroh; 8. Terry Miller; 9. Corey Manders; 10. Taylor Vandermoss
10 Lap Heat: 1. Manders; 2. Wenzel; 3. Scott Baker
6 Lap Dash: 1. Kemkes; 2. Stumpf; 3. Springstroh
Fast Qualifier: Stumpf, 20.449 Seconds
20 Lap Feature: ( Top 10 ) 1. Andy Meyerhofer; 2. Andy Casavant; 3. Neal Sannes; 4. Greg Hauser; 5. Dave Meyerhofer; 6. Erik Turner; 7. Dylan Wenzel; 8. Jeff Treml; 9. T.J. Spierowski; 10. Rachael Meyerhofer
First 8 Lap Heat: 1. Rick Kaufert Jr; 2. Evan Sannes; 3. Treml
Second 8 Lap Heat: 1. Mark Truckey; 2. Casavant; 3. Spierowski
Fast Qualifier: Hauser, 15.869 Seconds
Wisconsin Sport Trucks:
20 Lap Feature: (Top 10) 1. Jacob Boldig; 2. John Roeser; 3. Kyle Quella; 4. Brett Van Horn; 5. Hayden Watzka; 6. Brian Vixmer; 7. Jason Plutz; 8. Kylee Vandermoss; 9. Mickey Schallie; 10. Justin Fickel
First 8 Lap Heat: 1. Vandermoss; 2. Mike Bryge; 3. Fickel
Second 8 Lap Heat: 1. Quella; 2. Plutz; 3. Todd Kostichka
Fast Qualifier: Van Horn, 16.276 Seconds
15 Lap Feature: ( Top 6 ) 1. Randy Sanjowsky; 2. Alex Seidl; 3. Wayne Sonkowsky; 4. Steve Van Oudenhoven; 5. Stephen Gilbertson; 6. Matt DeWilde
First 8 Lap Heat: 1. W. Sonkowsky; 2. Austin Birling; 3. Devin Yaeger
Second 8 Lap Heat: 1. Braison Bennett; 2. R. Sonkowsky; 3. Heather Wolfgram
Figure Eights: (Top 6)
15 Lap Feature: 1. Craig Wanderwettering; 2. Jared Baughman; 3. Willy Van Camp; 4. Ken Van Wychen; 5. Jeff Will
Track PR – Photo Chuck Look