Seymour, August 30 –It was a perfect day for some great racing action Sunday night a the Seymour Speedway. Point chases remain tight entering the final race of the season this Sunday, September 6.
The Coors Light IMCA Stock Cars were the first up with 23 cars on the starting grid. Jason Bork found the lead spot after the first lap and set the pace until the lone caution of the race appeared on lap 8. Chas Van Ooyen dipped to the inside out of turn 2 on the restart and took control of the race with point leader, Travis Van Straten following into the runner up spot. Bork, Kyle Frederick, Mike Schmidt and Rod Snellenberger were behind.
Van Straten moved inside pn lap 10 and for the next five laps it was a side by side duel for the lead. Van Straten was finally able to inch ahead and finally into sole procession of the lead on lap 16 and then drove off to collect his 8th feature win here and # 41 for the season on local tracks. Van Ooyen ran home second with Frederick taking thirds place. Phil Hiles battled with Snellenberger the last half of the race and took fourth. Bork rounded out the top 6.
Van Straten holds a 28 point lead over defending champ, Rod Snellenberger, entering next weeks final race and will lock up his first Seymour Stock Car title b y starting his heat race next week.
The O’Reilly Auto Parts IMCA Sport Mods entered the night with three drivers in the title hunt, and left with a shuffle in the standings but with the same members.
Russell Franks sped into the lead of the feature event at the start and opened a big margin on the field before the only caution appeared on lap. The flag man got hit by a rock and had to leave the stand to get checked out, which caused a brief red flag period. He was OK.
Franks now had the field right behind for the restart with Scott Besaw, Tailar Ness, Kevin Bethke, Travis Arenz, and J.J. Andersen behind. Defending champ, Jeremy Cota, was able to hook up outside and quickly moved into third place. He moved inside and chased down the leader and took over the top spot on lap 11. Once in front, Cota sped off and collected his fourth straight feature win and 8th of the season. Franks was left to defend the runner up spot for the rest of the race, with Arenz, Bethke, Ness and point leader, Lucas Lamberies, all looking to move up. Arenz was able to work by on the final lap to take second from Franks, who completed his strongest finish in third. Bethke, Ness and Lamberies rounded out the top six.
The win by Cota and 6th place finish by Lamberies, shuffled the pair in the standings putting Cota back into the lead by only 1 point, 531-530, entering next weeks finale. Arenz is still third with a mathematical chance if there are major problems with the top 2.
The Turbo Blue Street Stocks also have a tight three way battle for this years title. A mere 5 points separated the trio entering the night and it is now 7 before next week decides it. Rick Kaufert set the pace from the pole for the opening lap before George Tabalske took charge and opened a slight lead. Harley Diedrick moved into third and challenged Kaufert for a few laps before taking over the runner up spot on lap 5. Diedrick pulled behind the leader after a couple more laps was alongside and then into the lead. At the half way point. The rookie contender stayed in front while the field started to tighten up for second place. Tabalske held the spot until point leader, Allan Schlueter, broke loose and used the outside line to take over second and on lap 15 powered into the lead. The other point chasers, Jeff Jungwirth ad Lexii Ashcraft were right behind in the battle for second with Diedrick and Matt Warner. On lap 18, entering tunr three, contact between Jungwirth and Diedrick brought out the first caution of the contest, with Diedrick having to join the rear of the field. Jungwirth was able to continue in the lead pack.
Schlueter now had Jungwirth and Ashcraft right behind for the final 2 lap dash. Paul Ambrosius was now in fourth with Warner in fifth. Schlueter took off and collected the white flag prior to a mix up out of turn 4 near the back of the field which ended the race with another caution with Jungwirth, Ashcraft, Ambrosius, Warner and Patty Winkler rounding out the top six.
The win was Schlueters fifth of the season and puts him 5 marks ahead of Jungwith and 7 over Ashcraft entering the final night.
The Budweiser IMCA Modifieds started off with Lance Arneson working from the second row to the lead after the opening lap followed by Trevor Spaulding, Jerry Wilinski, Chad Guyette, Rob Charapata and Konnor Wilinski. A spin brought out the only caution of the race on lap 2, and Arneson continued to set the pace after the restart. Jerry Wilinski moved into the runner up spot and point leader, Eric Scribner, followed into third. On lap 5, Scribner took over the second spot with Eric Arneson and Chad Bartel moving forward.
Scribner closed in on the leader, but after a couple laps, Lance settled into a solid pattern on the outside and Scribner did the same on the inside, and the margins stayed pretty much unchanged to the finish. Plenty of action for third place with Bartel moving into fourth on lap 11 and into third one lap later. Facing a huge gap to catch the leader, Bartel just set out to reel them in. Wilinski, Eric Arneson and Mike Wedelstadt ran together for fourth.
Arneson was able to hold off a late race charge by Scribner to win his first feature here since June 12, 2011. Scribner added 2 points to his lead entering the final chapter next week by taking second. Bartel ran out of laps to mount a serious challenge and finished third. Eric Arneson finished fourth and still holds second in the standings. Wedelstadt had an interesting day, running Oshkosh in the late afternoon, where he finished second and won the overall series title, making the run to Seymour in time for the feature, and finishing fifth to keep him in the hunt for the track title here. Jerry Wilinski rounded out the top six and moved into fourth in the standings ahead of son, Konnor, who did not finish the race. But, both father and son are basically still in the point hunt.
Taylor Becher set the pace for the opening 2 circuits of the 4 Cylinder night cap before Joe Minks moved into the lead on lap 3. Debris caused the only caution of the race on lap 6, and on the restart, Minks lost power entering turn one, which caused the field to scramble to avoid the car through turn 2, before he stared again. In the scramble, point leader, Kasey Gross, was able to emerge as the leader with Tyler Hungerford, Carle King and Becher filling in the top four.
The top three just happen to be the point chasers as well so the battle for position was tight the rest of the way. Gross was able to maintain the lead to the finish, his 4th of the season, with King wrestling the runner up spot from Hungerford with 2 laps remaining.. Becher had his best finish in fourth with Les Lungwitz fifth and first year driver, Skyler Bork earning his best finish of the season rounding out the top six.
The point chase will see Gross still in the lead with 526 points, which is 15 ahead of a tie for second between, King and Hungerford at 511. Tanner Westphal, who dropped out of the feature on lap 6, still has an outside chance sitting in third with 497.
With the Coors Light IMCA Stock Car division already locked up, almost, there will be four titles to decide next Sunday during the final race of the 2015 campaign at the Seymour Speedway. Racing has been very strong all season and the competiiton should increase to decide the best of the best next week.
We appreciate you choosing the Seymour Speedway for you weekly racing schedule and hope to see you all next week during the Labor Day weekend season finale.
BUDWEISER IMCA MODIFIEDS
20 Lap Feature l Lance Arneson, Oconto 2. Eric Scribner, Lena 3. Chad Bartel, Shiocton 4, Eric Arneson, Oconto Falls 5. Mike Wedelstadt, Fremont 6. Jerry Wilinski, Seymour
8 Lap Heats First l.Scribner 2. Bartel
Second l. Lance Arneson 2. Konnor Wilinski
COORS LIGHT IMCA STOCK CARS
20 Lap Feature l Travis Van Straten, Hortonville 2. Chas Van Ooyen, Appleton 3. Kyle Frederick, Oconto 4. Phil Hiles, Appleton 5. Rod Snellenberger, Pulaski 6. Jason Bork, Appleton
8 Lap Heats First l. Jamie Van Ooyen, Appleton 2. HIles
Second l. Van Straten 2. Chase Parker, Hortonville
Third l. Chas Van Ooyen 2. Bork
O’REILLY AUTO PARTS IMCA SPORT MODS
20 Lap Feature l. Jeremy Cota, Oconto 2. Travis Arenz, Sheboygan 3. Russell Franks, Richland Center 4. Kevin Bethke, Neenah 5. Tailar Ness, Denmark 6. Lucas Lamberies, Clintonville
8 Lap Heats First l. Troy DeGrave, Luxemburg 2. Bruce Beland, Eagle River
Second l. Arenz 2. Cota
TURBO BLUE STREET STOCKS
20 Lap Feature l. Allan Schlueter, Oconto 2. Jeff Jungwirth, Oshkosh 3. Lexii Ashcraft, Oshkosh 4. Paul Ambrosius, Seymour 5. Matt Warner, Kimberly 6. Patty Winkler, Larsen
8 Lap Heats First l. Gary Kasperik, Tigerton 2. George Tabalske, Denmark
Second l. Ashcraft 2. Harley Diedrick, Freedom
15 Lap Feature l. Kasey Gross, Gleason 2. Carl King, Clintonville 2. Tyler Hungerford, Freedom 4. Taylor Becher, Hortonville 5. Wes Lungwitz, Oshkosh 6. Skyler Bork, Appleton
8 Lap Heats First l. Gross 2. Joe Minks, Menasha
Second l. Hungerford 2. King
Seymour, August 30 – 9 AM - Second last day of the month and second last race of the season TONIGHT at the Seymour Speedway. Looks like a perfect day for racing action on the 1/3 mile banked clay oval.
Point chases will heat up even more with both weeks full point shows in all divisions. Four of the five are too close to call.
The only division close to a championship decision is the Coors Light IMCA Stock Car division. Travis Van Straten holds a firm 24 point margin over defending, and six time champ, Rod Snellenberger. Van Straten has 7 feature win on the season here and believe last nights win at Shawano gives him a 30 win season. Hot Rod has 3 feature flags. It will be Van Stratens first Stock Car title here. He was the 2009 Sport Mod title holder. In the very competitive division, this one won’t be over til it’s over.
The rest of the division titles are all up for grabs.
Budweiser IMCA Modifieds have Eric Scribner holding a slim 5 point (450-445) margin over Eric Arneson. Scribner has 2 feature wins this season here and Arneson has been a consistent top five runner all season. Both are looking for their first Seymour Speedway title.
Lucas Lamberies has led the O’Reilly Auto Parts IMCA Sport Mod standings since mid season. Defending champ, Jeremy Cota, has won the last three features to inch to within 4 points 495-491, entering the final 2 weeks. The pair have a combined feature win total of 12 out of the 15 run this season. Cota has 7 and Lamberies 5.
The Turbo Blue Street Stocks is not only a 4 point lead for first, but only 5 separate the top three. Allan Schlueter has moved back into the point lead holding a 495-491 margin over Jeff Jungwirth with Lexii Ashcraft only one behind in third at 490. Schlueter and Ashcraft have 4 wins each this season and Jungwirth has 2 entering tonights contest. Either one of these tough competitors would be first time Seymour Speedway champions.
Kasey Gross started the season slow but has come on over the past couple weeks in the 4 Cylinder division, to move out to a 486 lead over a 473 point tie for second between Tanner Westphal and Tyler Hunfgerford. Carl King is one more back in third at 472. That’s only 15 points separating these four drivers. Gross leads in the win columns with 3. Westphal and King each have 2 and Hungerford has 1 for the season, so far. Either one of these 4 with be first time track champions here.
The racing action has been very close and competitive at the Seymour Speedway all season and the end of the season chase for the Championships should amp that up a bit more.
Tonights running order:
Coors Light IMCA Stock Cars.
O’Reilly Auto Parts IMCA Sport Mods
Turbo Blue Street Stocks
Budweiser IMCA Modifieds
Pit opens at 4 PM
Admission $25.00 with discounts for minors
Late sign in at 5:15.
Drivers meeting at 5:30
Racing at 6 PM
Grandstand opens at 4:30
Adults 19-55 $11.00
Students 13-18 and Seniors 55+ $8.00
Kids 12 and under FREE with paid adult.
Racing at 6 PM
Make sure not to iss a single lap as the 2015 season comes to a close over the next 2 weeks. Championship runs always add to the excitement.
THANKS for choosing the Seymour Speedway and hope to see you all tonight for the best racing in Northeastern Wisconsin.
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