Four out of Five Dells Raceway Park Champions will compete
WISCONSIN DELLS, Wis. (October 4, 2011) - No post season special in the Midwest gets nearly as much hype as the famed Oktoberfest Race Weekend which takes place beginning this Thursday Oct. 6. Whether it's the season ending championship battles, the stiff competition or simply the atmosphere, drivers are always revved up to be a part of the event.
Located only 77 miles from the La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway, several Champions at Dells Raceway Park are ready to make the trip and represent Wisconsin's Showcase Short Track. Super Late Model Champion Frank Kreyer, Late Model Champion Rich Schumann Jr., Sportsman Champion Scott Luck and Bandit Champion Steve Rozek will all participate in some form during the four-day racing weekend.
"Oktoberfest is obviously one of the biggest events in the country," Kreyer said. "To be a part of it... I can't wait. We're always a fast car up there."
Kreyer boasts an impressive resume in the Trickle 99 event which is held on Friday at Oktoberfest. Introduced just a few seasons ago, Kreyer already has made his mark by capturing one of the three segments in two seasons. He also finished third in a 100-lap Wisconsin Late Model feature, which was the predecessor to the ASA Midwest Tour Oktoberfest 100.
Without weekly Super Late Model competition, Kreyer theorized why Dells drivers should have an advantage.
"It has the corners that unloads the car and the sweeping turns. The setups and the shocks are all the same," Kreyer said. "Even though it's so much bigger than the Dells, the setups are very familiar. I think Dells drivers have the closest advantage of anyone and it always seems like Dells drivers do well there."
Racing out of the Super Star Motorsports stable, Kreyer and his fellow car owner Wes Coon will have a busy Oktoberfest as they plan to field five separate teams.
Keeping in that theme, any given race team can compete in multiple events. Such will be the case for Late Model Champion Rich Schumann Jr. who plans to compete in both the Big 8 Late Model race on Saturday and the John McKarns 63 on Sunday.
"It means a lot to me (to compete in these events)," Schumann said. John McKarns was a big supporter of racing and I think it would be great to go there and run well in that race. I've qualified well there, just never really had a good race. My goal this year is to get a good run in the race."
Last season Schumann qualified tenth in the monstrous 61-car field for the Big 8 Late Models. He said he hopes to replicate the success of last season, and push it even further. "I'm sure it will probably be that tough again. To me it's a big pat on the back to go to the biggest race of the year and do well there."
Unlike Kreyer, Schumann claimed he will have a good amount of work to do to change over his car for La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway. Another Champion, however, feels as though his racer is ready to go for the five-eighths mile.
"Believe it or not rear end gear ratio is the only thing we have to change. Springs, shocks and everything else are the same," said Sportsman Champion Scott Luck.
Luck competed in the Super Sportsman class in years past, but will compete in the Area Sportsman class on Friday night this season. He will also have assistance from the one DRP champion who does not plan to compete in this year's Fest - Dave Trute.
With a dominant car in the Sportsman division at DRP this season, Luck is content with what he is bringing to the table.
"It will give me a good shot at being able to be one of the best ones there," Luck said of momentum gained from a Championship season. "We definitely have a good car to hit the track with right away."
While some Champions have Oktoberfest experience, only Bandit Champion Steven Rozek has a full-season experience at La Crosse. Rozek used to compete with his father in the Hornet Division. He also won an enduro on the quarter-mile back in 2006.
"I shouldn't have a problem there," Rozek said of changeover of his machine. "I just have to bring what I got, I'll do some adjusting with the camber and such, but it's pretty much the same."
The four Dells Raceway Park Champions will be among several competing throughout the weekend. A brief rundown of those who have declared intention of running this weekend is listed below.
For more information on Oktoberfest Race Weekend visit its web site www.oktoberfest raceweekend.com.
For more information on Dells Raceway Park visit www.dellsracewaypark.com
Dells Raceway Park Drivers who have declared intention of participating at Oktoberfest:
(bold indicates 2011 DRP Champion)
Kelsey Bauer - Futures
Jesse Bernhagen - Futures, Big 8, JMK 63?
Derek Childs - Futures, Big 8, JMK 63
John DeAngelis Jr. - Big 8, JMK 63
Corey Jankowski - Futures, Dick Trickle 99, Big 8, ASA Midwest Tour, JMK 63
Mark Kissinger - Futures, Trickle 99
Frank Kreyer - Dick Trickle 99
Mike Lichtfeld - ASA Midwest Trucks
Scott Luck - Area Sportsman
Andy Niles - Big 8
Davey Pennel - Big 8, JMK 63
Dennis Prunty - Futures, Trickle 99
Steven Rozek - 75-lap Enduro, Bandits
Dale Schultz - Big 8
Kelsey Schultz - Area Sportsman
Rich Schumann Jr. - Big 8, JMK 63
Jeff Storm - Dick Trickle 99, ASA Midwest Tour