FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
STRELKA WINS LAST LAP WIR SLM THRILLER
(Champions crowned in all the divisions)
(KAUKAUNA, WI) August 30 –Freedom’s Brent Strelka saved his best performance of the year for the last night of racing at Wisconsin International Raceway in Kaukauna Thursday.
Strelka dove underneath race leader Alex Stumpf on the final circuit and pulled off the photo finish super late model win – his first here of the season.
Track champions were crowned in all the Fox River Racing Club’s weekly divisions. The champions included Edgerton’s Casey Johnson, who gave team owner Chase Motorsports their first ever super late model track title in ten years of racing.
Johnson wasn’t the only first time champion. Markesan native Jesse Bernhagen also clinched his first ever late model crown. Appleton’s Cory Kemkes won his first WIR ¼ mile late model track title. Brillion’s Rachel Meyerhofer copped the super stock crown, also her first.
Hometown driver Nathan Van Wychen captured a time shortened late model feature. The race was called early after Tarra Springstroh’s racer oiled the track down on the backstretch, sending her car into a spin. The victory was Van Wychen’s second feature flag of the year.
Menasha’s Jason Plutz followed suit, not only winning his first sport truck track title but also captured his eighth division feature win on the year. Appleton’s Andy Miller completed the sweep of new champions, by winning the Sizzlin’ 4 title for the first time.
Sturgeon Bay native Kelsy-Ann Hayes made WIR quarter-mile history by becoming the first lady to win a feature in the WIR ¼ mile late model class. Appleton’s Travis Willing won the second division feature.
Hometown driver Ed Howard fended off defending track champion Dylan Wenzel of Fremont to capture his second super stock main of the year.
In the Figure 8’s Craig Vanderwettering won the Figure 8 title.
Terry Van Roy merged triumphant in the Figure 8 feature.
Officials from both Wisconsin International Raceway and the Fox River Racing Club want to thank all of the fans, drivers, team owners, pit crew members and officials for a great season. Please check our website frrc.us for more information on off season developments or follow the club’s Facebook page.
SUPER LATE MODEL FEATURE –Brent Strelka, Freedom; Alex Stumpf, Woodville; Sawyer Effertz, Darboy; Jesse Oudenhoven, Kaukauna; Casey Johnson, Edgerton; Bobby Kendall, Montello; Andy Monday, Appleton; Travis Dassow, West Bend; Jeff Van Oudenhoven, Appleton; Lowell Bennett, Neenah; Kyle Calmes, Freedom; Mike Reichenberger, Appleton; Grant Griesbach, Pewaukee; Alex Seidl, Appleton; Tim Springstroh, Freedom; Pete Vandermolen, Oshkosh; Cory Kemkes, Appleton; Michael Anthony, Appleton; Mickey Schallie, Darboy
SEMI FEATURE – Reichenberger; Springstroh; Kemkes; Seidl
HEATS 1) Cory Manders, Hilbert; Trevor Vandermolen, Oshkosh 2) Reichenberger, Appleton; Brady Baldry, Oshkosh 3) Stumpf; Bennett
DASH – Van Oudenhoven
FAST TIME: Calmes, 19.494
LATE MODEL FEATURE- Nathan Van Wychen, Kaukauna; Eddie Muenster, Green Bay; Braison Bennett, Neenah; Jesse Bernhagen, Markesan; Mike King, Appleton
HEAT – Muenster; Craig Krueger, Kaukauna
DASH- Van Wychen; Brett Wenzel, Two Rivers
FAST TIME: Bernhagen, 20.330
WIR ¼ MILE LATE MODEL FEATURES 1) Kelsy-Ann Hayes, Sturgeon Bay; Cory Kemkes, Appleton; Jim Duchow, Appleton; Tom Spierowski, Neenah; Pete Berken, Appleton 2) Travis Willing, Appleton; Chad Devine, Mackville; Kelsy-Ann Hayes, Sturgeon Bay; Cody Kemkes, Appleton; Tom Spierowski, Neenah
SUPER STOCK FEATURE – Ed Howard, Kaukauna; Dylan Wenzel, Fremont; Larry Raygo, Omro; Rachel Meyerhofer, Brillion; Randy Theimer, Kaukauna
HEAT – Wenzel; Raygo
FAST TIME – Wenzel 15.787
SIZZLIN’ 4 FEATURE – Justin Fickel, Neenah; Dennis DeBruin, Kaukauna; Mike Klein, Appleton; Bob Voight, Appleton; Heather Wolfgram, Oshkosh
HEATS 1) Mitchell Opsahl, Freedom; Evan Beattie, Little Chute 2) Fickel; Mitch Meyerhofer, Kaukauna
FAST TIME – Miller, 17.894
SPORT TRUCKS FEATURE – Jason Plutz, Menasha; Kyle Vandermoss, Appleton; Kyle Quella, Appleton; Tanner Fickel, Neenah; Dan Vixmer, Fond Du Lac
HEATS 1) Cody Vanderloop, Appleton; Mike Byrge, Fond Du Lac 2) Fickel; Vandermoss
FAST TIME – Bobby Wautier, Denmark 16.416
FIGURE 8 – Terry Van Roy, Darboy