Seymour, August 25 – The final practice of 2015 will be held tonight, Tuesday August 25, at the Seymour Speedway.
Track will be open from 5 – 8 PM for anyone wishing track time.
Cost is $15 per person to enter the pit.
Grandstand is open FREE for anyone to watch.
Two weeks of racing remain on the 2015 schedule as well.
This week, Sunday August 30, will have a full five division program with the spectator eliminators making their final run of the season.
Then, Sunday, September 6, will be the final point night of the season for all divisions. The Thunder Trucks will make their final run as well. The full program will wrap up the season for 2015.
Seymour, August 23 – A week ago it was 90 degrees. This Sunday greeted us with a heavy thunderstorm at 7 AM, teased us with sunshine, and then cloudy, cool temps and wind were the order for the rest of the day and evening, including another shower that hit just as the first feature was taking the green flag.
Through it all, N.E.W. DIRT pressed on and the result was a solid field of cars which included the final appearance of the WDLMA Late Models this season and a complete Summer Holiday Classic program Sunday night at the Seymour Speedway. A die hard group of fans also turned out and were greeted by a great night of racing on the 1/3 mike banked clay oval, which turned out smooth and fast. The event was sponsored by Schwister’s Repair and Toad Creek Tap. Giddy Up Western Wear sponsored the Kids Club with a 6 bike give away.
The Budweiser IMCA Modifieds were on the track and had the green displayed when a steady, brief shower, hit the track and caused a 20 minute delay. As soon as the rain stopped, crews were on the track to reclaim it before racing could continue. Because the Modifieds helped run the track back in, they were sent off to get their cars race ready again, and the Coors Light IMCA Stock Cars took to the track for the first feature of the evening.
Jamie Van Ooyen set the pace early with Joe Schwister, Bob Czarapata, Mike Schmidt, Kyle Frederick and Bill Kelsy behind. The lead bunch ran three wide early, until a failure on Czaratapta cars forced him out of the contest, causing the first caution on lap 7, when his car could not completely exit the track.
Brandon Czarapata had moved from mid pack into third for the restart with Travis Van Straten, Frederick, Chas Van Ooyen and Rod Snellenberger in line. Czarapata slipped into the lead before another caution on lap 8. After a final restart on lap 11, it was flat out to the finish with Czarapata again setting the pace follower by Van Straten, Frederick, Schmidt, Van Ooyen and Snellenberger. The lead trio doubled up with Czarapata and Van Staten nose to tail inside, and of course, Frederick was running the outside. With the side by side battle for the lead, the race right behind for 4the was the same. Over the final 3 laps, the groups finally started to sort out but it was Czarapata that held the top spot at the finish and Chas Van Ooyen was able to sneak by Frederick on the final lap to take the runner up spot. Van Straten would secure fourth and Snellenberger won the battle for fifth over Schmidt.
The Budweiser IMCA Modifieds returned to the track and it took three tries to get an official start before Trevor Spaulding led the opening lap. Mike Wedelstadt took command on the second circuit and immediately opened a lead on the bunched field behind. Tony Wedelstadt, Eric Arneson, Benji LaCrosse and Jerry Wilinski were in fline by lap 5 with LaCrosse pulling intot he runner up spot one lap later, and set out to reel in the leader, nearly a straight away ahead.
The lone caution during the race on lap 9 for a spin set up a great battle up front when the green appeared again. Wedelstadt continued to lead with LaCrosse right behind. Arenson, Wilinski, Eric Scribner and Brian Mullen were bunched again for third, which allowed the leaders to pull away again. LaCrosse tried several lines to get an advantage on Wedelstadt, but it wasn’t until lap 14, when LaCrosse was able to pull inside, and set up a five lap side by side battle with the lead going back and forth. Wedelstadt prevailed and again took sole procession of the top spot as the white appeared and collected his seconds feature win of the season. LaCrosse was right behind a the finish with Scribner able to make the run to third.. Mullen caught Arenson on the final lap for fourth with Wilinski rounding out the top six.
The WDLMA Lucky 7 40 lap feature was moved up next because of the iffy weather. A field of 21 cars took the green, but an opening lap crash out of turn 4, reduced the field by 2. Nick Anvelink burst from the pole on the green with Paul Parker taking second. Taylor Scheffler, Mitch McGrath and Jim Schmidt made up the top five. Anvelink checked out immediately while Scheffler was all over Parker for the first five laps. McGrath moved into third and then by Parker for the runner up spot on lap 8. Debris on the track forced what would be the only caution of the race on lap 10. Anvelink had the entire field behind once again. The restart had Anvelink again start to open a lead as the battle for the runner up spot continued. McGrath and Scheffler were now joined by Mike Mullen, who overtook Scheffler for third on lap 15 and set out to run down McGrath. Mullen moved into the runner up spot on lap 25, and had to set chase to find Anvelink, as he was starting to lap traffic.
Over the final 15 laps, Anvelink had to weave through traffic while Mullen had the same task, while trying to get close enough to challenge for the win. Mullen closed the gap quite a bit, but over the final few laps, Anvelink maintained his distance at the front, while Mullen seemed to level off. Anvelink claimed his second feature win of the season at Seymour, and first in the Lucky 7 series. Mullen took the runner up finish with McGrath holding off Scheffler over the final laps for third. Parker finished in firth with Joel Bennett rounding out the top six.
The O’Reilly Auto Parts IMCA Sport Mods were up next and settled in right away with plenty of battles to watch early on. Russell Franks, Todd Boehnlein, Scott Besaw and J.J. Andersen ran bunched at the front while Jeremy Cota, Kevin Bethke, Jordan Bartz and Chris Bubzban were a bit back running for position. Cota moved up to the lead pack and started to challenge Andersen for third, and then followed into third past Besaw on lap 7. Andersen worked by Franks for the lead on, lap 11, with Cota following into second one lap later. Cota slipped to the inside of the leader on lap 13, and in another lap, was in the lead.
A lone caution appeared for a spin on lap 16, setting up a four lap dash to the finish. Cota took the lead and never looked back, winning his 7th feature of the season. Andersen took the runner up spot. Budzban worked by Franks into third after the restart and finish there with Bethke taking fourth over Franks, his best finish of the season. Point leader, Lucas Lamberies, rounded out the top six.
The Turbo Blue Street Stocks saw Ricky Kaufert lead the opeing lap before Gary Kasperik moved into top spot. Jeff Jungwirth followed into second one lap later and right up on Kasperik. Jerry Kope, Matt Warner, point leader, Allan Schlueter and Lexii Ashcraft were behind on lap 5.
A series of 5 cautions in 2 laps, kept things tight until the final restart on lap 10. Kasperik was still in control, but Jungwirth was determined to try to find a way to get by the leader. For the rest of the race, it was a fierce nose to tail battle for the lead with the same kind of battle for third between Kope, Schlueter, Jared Spaulding, Ashcraft and Paul Ambrosius.
At he finish line, Kasperik collected his first checkered flag of the season and first here sine August 4, 2013. Jungwirth took second with Schlueter edging Ashcraft for third. Ambrosius was fifth and Spaulding rounded out the top six.
Joe Minks worked from the second row into the lead on the 4 Cylinder main event on the opening lap with Tanner Westphal, Peter Olsen, Tyler Hungerford, Carl King and Kasey Gross behind. The lead pack stayed that was the entire race with Minks holding the top spot throughout. A lap 10 caution bunched the entire field with Minks still in control followed by Westphal, Gross, Hungerford, Mike Meier and Shaun Bangart. A final caution on lap 12 brought a three lap dash to the finish with Minks able to hold off the field to win his second straight feature. Gross edged Westphal for the runner up finish with Bangart moving into 4th ahead of Hungerford. Meier rounded out the top six.
Brandon “ Smokey” Van Ooyen was the Thunder Truck winner
N.E.W. DIRT would like to THANK the sponsors, fans, drivers and crews for braving the iffy weather to support the racing program last night. We appreciate you choosing to attend the Sunday night racing at the Seymour Speedway.
Two weeks remain on the 2015 schedule. Next week will be a full regular program, and the final race of the season will take place on Sunday September 6. This will be the final point night for all divisions.
WDLMA LATE MODELS
40 lap LUCKY 7 Feature l. Nick Anvelink, Navarino 2. Mike Mullen, Seymour 3, Mitch McGrath, Waukesha 4. Taylor Scheffler, Waukesha 5. Paul Parker, Kaukauna 6. Joel Bennett, Hortonville
6 Lap Dash First l. Anvelink 2. Parker
Second l. Mullen 2. Jared Siefert, Green Bay
10 Lap Heats First l. Bennett 2. Jim Schmidt, Cleveland]
Second l. McGrath 2. Justin Ritchie, New London
Third l. Anvelink 2. Scheffler
BUDWEISER IMCA MODIFIEDS
20 Lap Feature l. Mike Wedelstadt, Fremont 2. Benji LaCrosse, Green Bay 3. Eric Scribner, Lena 4. Brian Mullen, Seymour 5. Eric Arneson, Oconto 6. Jerry Wilinski, Seymour
8 Lap Heats First l. Wilinski 2. Trevor Spaulding, Greenville
Second l.Mike Wedelstadt 2. Tony Wedelstadt
COORS LIGHT IMCA STOCK CARS
20 Lap Feature l.Brandon Czarapata, Kaukauna 2. Chas Van Ooyen, Jr, Freedom 3. Kyle Frederick, Oconto Falls 4. Travis Van Straten, Hortonville 5. Rod Snellenberger, Pulaski 6. Mike Schmidt, Shawano
8 Lap Heats First l. Van Ooyen 2. Bill Kelsey, Luxemburg
Second l. Brandon Czarapata 2. Bob Czarapata, Krakow
O’REILLY AUTO PARTS IMCA SPORT MODS
20 Lap Feature l. Jeremy Cota, Oconto 2. J.J. Andersen, Green Bay 3. Chris Budzban, Luxemburg 4. Kevin Bethke, Neenah 5, Russell Franks, Richland Center
6. Lucas Lamberies, Clintonville
8 Lap Heats First l. Lamberies 2. Travis Arenz, Sheboygan
Second l. Scott Besaw, Omro 2. Cota
TURBO BLUE STREET STOCKS
20 Lap Feature l. Gary Kasperik, Clintonville 2. Jeff Jungwirth, Oshkosh 3. Allan Schlueter, Oconto 4. Lexii Ashcraft, Oshkosh 5. Paul Ambrosius, Seymour 6. Jared Spaulding, Shiocton
8 Lap Heats First l. Kasperik 2. JUNGWIRTH
Second l. Ambrosius 2, Spaulding
15 Lap Feature l. Joe Minks, Menasha 2, Kasey Gross, Gleason 3. Tanner Westphal, Clintonville 4. Shaun Bangart, Chilton 5. Tyler Hungerford, Freedom
6. Mike Meier, Chilton
8 Lap Heats First l. Meier 2. Bangart
Second l. Hungerford 2. Gross
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