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BENNETT CLOSES IN ON TRICKLE'S WIR RED WHITE & BLUE RECORD

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ATTENTION SPORTS/MOTORSPORTS

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

 

LOWELL BENNETT EYES SIXTH WIR RED, WHITE & BLUE CROWN

 

(46th running of the three leg series kicks off June 8)

 

 

 

(Kaukauna, WI) – At the ripe old age of 57 Lowell Bennett shows no signs of slowing down.

 

 

 

In just three nights of “Thursday Night Thunder” racing at Wisconsin International Raceway in Kaukauna, the second-generation driver has picked off two of the three feature wins. “It’s been a great year early on which is good because boy we really did struggle in 2016,” said Bennett.

 

 

 

On Thursday night June 8 Bennett will be gunning for his sixth Red, White and Blue state championship at the legendary D-shaped, half-mile paved oval.  Bennett currently holds bragging rights to holding the second most R, W & B titles, second only to the legendary Dick Trickle, who won the very first series in 1972 and captured a total of seven in his storied short track career. “What’s really cool is I was watching those early Red, White and Blue races as a kid before I even started racing,” Bennett recalled. “The prestige that the series carries through all of these years it was always a big deal. Then years later I’d race with those guys like Trickle, Detjens, Kulwicki, Mark Martin and all the rest of them.”

 

 

 

Bennett’s run well in some of the past series only to have sour luck come his way with some bizarre mechanical breakdowns. “I’d have probably been tied with (Trickle) because in two of the last Red White and Blues we were leading it we broke a hub one time and a heim joint another,” Bennett explained. “It can be within your grasp and be yanked from your grubby little paws just like that.”

 

 

 

While it’s unknown just how many outside cars will be on hand for the Red race, Bennett acknowledges there is plenty of weekly talent capable of challenging for the title. “Andy Monday has got a pretty good rocket ship right now – he’s had fast time three weeks in a row,” said Bennett. “And Travis Sauter comes from an awful tough bloodline too and has been very fast on Thursday nights, too. We were able to hang on the other night. We are going to make a few changes this week. I think we’ll be strong.” All of the series races offer increased payout from Thursday night races and drivers are able to bolt on four new tires for the evening. The feature laps will be 50 compared to 35 for a weekly event.

 

 

 

In all, 23 different drivers have captured the titles in the several-decade old triple-crown series. Appleton’s Jeff Van Oudenhoven is the next active driver who holds three R, W & B crowns under his belt.

 

 

 

The “White” and “Blue” races will be held July 13 and August 10, respectively. Casey Johnson of Cambridge is the defending series champion. Racing gets underway at 6:45 p.m. Joining the super late models will be the late models, super stocks, sport trucks, Sizzlin’ 4’s, Figure 8’s and the season debut of the ¼ mile late models.

 

 

 

For more information please check the club’s website at frrcracing.net.

 

 

 

 

WIR RED WHITE AND BLUE STATE CHAMPIONS

 

 

 

1972    Dick Trickle

 

1973    Dave Watson

 

1974    Rich Somers

 

1975    Johnny Ziegler

 

1976    Dave Watson

 

1977    Dick Trickle

 

1978    Dick Trickle

 

1979    Joe Shear

 

1980    Dick Trickle

 

1981    Dick Trickle

 

1982    Dave Watson

 

1983    Dick Trickle

 

1984    Dick Trickle

 

1985    Mark Martin

 

1986    Mark Martin

 

1987    Joe Shear

 

1988    Joe Shear

 

1989    Doug Herbst

 

1990    Rich Bickle Jr.

 

1991    Jim Weber

 

1992    Robbie Reiser

 

1993    Robbie Reiser

 

1994    Steve Carlson/Jim Weber

 

1995    Matt Kenseth

 

1996    Joe Shear

 

1997    Jim Weber

 

1998    Rod Wheeler

 

1999    Lowell Bennett

 

2000    Rod Wheeler

 

2001    Terry Baldry

 

2002    Terry Baldry

 

2003    Jeff Van Oudenhoven

 

2004    Lowell Bennett

 

2005    Jeff Van Oudenhoven

 

2006    Mike Gardner

 

2007    Gregg Haese

 

2008    Tim Rothe

 

2009    Lowell Bennett

 

2010    Lowell Bennett

 

2011    Ross Kenseth

 

2012    Lowell Bennett

 

2013    Jeff Van Oudenhoven

 

2014    Brett Piontek/Maxwell Schultz

 

2015    Steve Apel

 

2016    Casey Johnson

 

 

    

 

 

 

    

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