Eagle Valley Crowns Season Champs Adams, Kisling, Smith and Wojcik
Jim Falls, WI, August 26, 2012
By Gene Harmelink
Eagle Valley Speedway concluded another successful season of racing by crowning WISSOTA winners Kevin Adams in the Modifieds, Shane Kisling in the Super Stocks, Jake Smith in the Midwest Modifieds and Doug Wojcik in the Street Stocks. Clay Potaczek and Kasey Gross will wear the 2012 crowns in the Eagle Valley Pure Stock division and Hornet divisions respectively. All of these drivers made their last trip to the Gordy’s County Market winner’s circle in 2012.
These were not the only winners on Sunday night as, appropriately, the bike winners were Carter Soltis son of Street Stock driver, Adam Soltis and Clarissa Bishop, daughter of Super Stock driver, Rich Bishop. Each and every week, Kelly Oium Well Drilling and Chris Oium Blacktopping give away a boys and girls bike to some lucky kids.
The season championship night, sponsored by Leinenkugels, began with the WISSOTA/Amsoil Super Stocks taking to the track first in what would prove to be a caution riddled race making up for some pretty caution-free racing throughout the season.
Shane Kisling and Tommy Richards shared the front row with Kisling taking the early lead and Richards in hot pursuit followed by Mark Stender, Eric Olson and Wayne Dean.
By the end of lap five, Kisling had extended his lead to nearly six car lengths over Richards as the other top five contenders stayed in line. Just two laps later there were two successive cautions resetting the field.
With ten laps in it was Kisling once again in the lead and Richards was still hounding him for the top spot. Ben Hillman had moved into third after starting seventh and Jesse Redetzke ran fourth after starting eleventh. Mark Stender had dropped to fifth.
Three more cautions preceded the fifteenth lap, but Kisling once again survived all the restarts, although Hillman did make several attempts to get past Kisling to no avail. So, it was Kisling in the lead, Hillman second, Richards third, Redetzke fourth and Stender fifth.
Kisling ended the night with a win in his Kisling Auto Body sponsored car with a three car lengh margin of lead. Hillman, Richards, Redetzke and Darrel Hazelton, who joined the top five with five to go, after starting tenth, completed the top five.
The Midwest Modifieds were up next with Cory Crapser and Shane Halopka on the front row. Crapser led the first lap after a quick start, but his night would take a dramatic change as lap two was about to be completed when he went around coming out of turn four resulting in him being sent to the back of the field.
With Crapser in the rear, Shane Halopka inherited the top spot and led the next lap. Halopka’s reign as the top driver was also a short one as Jake Smith power passed him during lap three to steal the lead.
With five laps of the fifteen lap feature in the books, Smith continued to lead with Grant Southworth in second followed by Halopka. Meanwhile, Nick Koehler and Jake Stai were battling for the fourth spot.
With ten laps in, Smith continued to lead by about a car length over Southworth. Koehler had switched spots with Halopka and was now running third and Stai ran fifth.
When the checkered flag flew, it was Smith taking his second feature win of the year in his Mike’s Meats sponsored car followed by Southworth, Koehler, Halopka and Justin Oestreich.
The mighty Modifieds were up next with Kevin Adams and Jake Hartung first to take the green for the start of their feature. Adams made his presence known early and shot to the lead with Hartung hot on his tail.
There were three early cautions in this feature, but Adams survived them all and by lap five had a three car length lead over Hartung as Matt Leer ran third. Joining in the fun in the top five were Mike Anderson and Jesse Glenz.
With ten laps in Adams had experience a couple of close calls as Hartung tried to make the move for the top spot, but Adams held him off and continued to lead by three. Leer hung in there for third while Anderson and Glenz fought it out for fourth.
With five to go, Adams continued to lead by about three car lengths over Hartung. Leer was still in third, but Cory Mahder had moved into fourth after working his way up from his seventh-place starting spot. Glenz, in the meantime, continued to run fifth.
Just after lap fifteen there was another caution when Donald Cimfl went around coming out of turn one. On the restart, Hartung had another chance to grab the top spot, but despite the fact that he cut the lead to just a half-car length, he could not overcome the momentum Adams had built up.
In the end then, it was Adams taking the win in his Coors Light sponsored modified. Hartung, Mahder, Leer and Ashley Anderson rounded out the top five.
Cody Kummer and Doug Wojcik led the Street Stocks to the starting line as they lined up for their feature. Kummer and Wojcik had both won their heats earlier and both still had the taste of that victory in their mouths, but it was Wojcik who would be the hungrier of the two as he grabbed the top spot early.
With five laps in, it was Wojcik leading by four car lengths over Kummer as Jay Kesan moved into third. Mike Knudtson ran fourth at the time followed by Eric Olson.
There was just one caution in this feature and that occurred just after lap six when Carolyn Nosser looped her car coming out of turn one.
With the field reset, Wojcik again jumped to the lead followed this time by Kesan. Kummer dropped to the third spot with Knudtson and Olson fighting it out for fourth.
With three to go, Wojcik had increased his lead to eight car lengths as Kesan and Kummer battled for second followed closely by Olson and Knudtson who were still engaged in a fight for fourth.
When it was all over it was Wojcik taking the win in his Intercomp sponsored car followed by Kesan, Kummer, Olson and Knudtson.
The Eagle Valley Pure Stocks were up next with Clay Potaczek and Todd Roshell on the front row. Potaczek was quickest off the line to take the lead with George Richards in second and Roshell in third. Pat Smith and Bill Skoug ran fourth and fifth.
With five laps in, not much had changed in the top five except that Potaczek had increased his lead a bit to three car lengths and Skoug had passed Smith for fourth.
With three to go, it was still Potaczek in the lead by around three car lengths with Roshell running second, Richards was running third followed by Skoug and Smith.
This feature ended on the white flag lap results as the race ended on a caution for the rollover of Gunnar Zerek in turn one.
The winner was Clay Potaczek in his Bob’s Signs and Design sponsored car. Roshell, Richards, Skoug and Smith joined Potaczek in the top five.
A side note here is that Dalton Hazelton was in the house on Sunday night. It was good to see Dalton up and about and all extend their best wishes for continued healing! Keep that basketball goal in sight, Dalton, and good luck!
An ambulance call in the pits delayed the start of the Hornet feature. This feature also began one driver short due to the violent wreck of Cassie Hanestad in her heat race. Hanestad was transported by ambulance and appeared to be doing well after the incident—we wish her the best!
Once the feature did begin it was Eric Schultz and Jay Welk who shared the front row. Shultz was off to an early lead with Welk in hot pursuit, but Schultz would come to a stop as lap two was just beginning as his car rolled to a stop in turn two.
With Schultz in the pits, Welk assumed the lead followed by Kasey Gross, Robert Ellsworth, Brent Voeltz and William Voeltz.
Welk’s moment of glory was just that as Kasey Gross made the move for the lead during lap three, sending Welk to second.
With five laps in, Gross continued to lead with Brent Voeltz applying the pressure along with Welk. Also in the top five William Voeltz and Ellsworth were fighting it out for fourth.
Despite several attempts by Brent Voeltz to make the pass, Gross had ‘em covered and went on for the win in his Gross Logging sponsored car. Joining Gross in the top five were Brent Voeltz, Welk, William Voeltz and Matt Klukas.
This race concluded the 2012 race season which saw only two weather related cancellations. Jerry and Janis Weigel and their daughter, Stephanie, would like to thank the racers, fans, sponsors, workers and anyone else who helped to make the race year a success during 2012. Please have a great non-race season and enjoy life to the fullest so that you can be back "When the Valley Heats Up" in 2013!
August 26, 2012 Results, Eagle Valley Speedway
Feature: Kevin Adams, Jake Hartung, Cory Mahder, Matt Leer, Ashley Anderson, Jesse Glenz, Mike Anderson, Shaun Kreyer, Jay Richardson, Steve Hallquist, Brad Johnson, Bryan Nayes, Donald Cimfl, Dan Hesch, Kevin Rogers
Heat 1: Adams, Glenz, A Anderson, Mahder, Richardson, Kreyer, Nayes, Hesch
Heat 2: Hartung, M Anderson. Leer, Hallquist, Cimfl, Johnson, Rogers
WISSOTA SUPER STOCKS
Feature: Shane Kisling, Ben Hillman, Tommy Richards, Jesse Redetzke, Darrel Hazelton, Mark Stender, Brad Johnson, Terry Kroening, Scott Geiger, Marcus Simonson, Tony Falkner, Rich Bishop, Jason Quarders, Matt McEathron, Travis Schilling, Jason Vokovan, Wayne Dean, Eric Olson, Brad Kisling
Heat 1: S Kisling, Olson, Hillman, Hazelton, Simonson, Vokovan, B Kisling
Heat 2: Richards, Dean, Falkner, Redetzke, Schilling, Johnson
Heat 3: Stender, Kroening, Geiger, Bishop, McEathron, Quarders
WISSOTA MIDWEST MODIFIEDS
Feature: Jake Smith, Grant Southworth, Nick Koehler, Shane Halopka, Justin Oestreich, Cory Crapser, Josh Smith, Ross Fuhrman, Travis Anderson , Cody Cimfl, Jim Mechelke, Brandon Lofgren, Jake Stai, Robbie Johnson (dns), Jason Richardson (dns)
Heat 1: Crapser, Southworth, Koehler, Josh Smith, Lofgren, Mechelke, Oestreich, Richardson
Heat 2: Halopka, Jake Smith, Stai, Fuhrman, Anderson, Cimfl, Johnson
WISSOTA STREET STOCKS
Feature: Doug Wojcik, Jay Kesan, Cody Kummer, Eric Olson, Mike Knudtson, Ron Hanestad, Mike Conrad, Adam Soltis, Chris Johsnon, Carolyn Nosser, Andrew Cimfl
Heat 1: Kummer, Knudtson, Hanestad, Conrad, Cimfl, Johnson
Heat 2: Wojcik, Kesan, Olson, Soltis, Nosser
EAGLE VALLEY PURE STOCKS
Feature: Clay Potaczek, Todd Roshell, George Richards, Bill Skoug, Pat Smith, Lucas Kallenbach, Mike Chaplin, Dustin Doughty, Bryan Ciolkosz, Tracy Hallquist, Connor Henning, Gunnar Zerek
Heat 1: Potaczek, Richards, Skoug, Chaplin, Hallquist, Ciolkosz
Heat 2: Roshell, Smith, Kallenbach, Zerek, Henning, Doughty
EAGLE VALLEY HORNETS
Feature: Kasey Gross, Brent Voeltz, Jay Welk, William Voeltz, Matt Klukas, Robert Ellsworth, Buddy Hanestad, Brandon Langbecker, Scott Westaby, Oliver Swanson, Josh Fransway, Jake Hanson, Eric Schultz, Cassie Hanestad (dns)
Heat 1: Schultz, Gross, W Voeltz, B Hanestad, Klukas, Langbecker, Westaby
Heat 2: Welk, Ellsworth, B Voeltz, Fransway, Swanson, Hanson, C Hanestad (dnf)
Anderson, Kisling, Oestreich and Olson Win At Eagle Valley’s Lonnie Leu Memorial
Unity, WI, August 19, 2012
By Gene Harmelink
The eleventh Lonnie Leu Memorial shouldn’t have left anyone wanting as all were treated to what many said were the most competitive races of the season at Eagle Valley Speedway on Sunday night.
Mike Anderson picked up his second win of the weekend in his WISSOTA/Amsoil Modified in a race that saw bumper to bumper racing for much of the feature. A late race caution helped Shane Kisling cap off the weekend with a win in his Super Stock with the margin of win less than a fender. Justin Oestreich of Elk River, MN, made the trip over to Eagle Valley to take the win in a hotly contested Midwest Modified feature. Perhaps the best feature of the night saw fans treated to a Street Stock feature where the outcome could have been any one of five or six cars taking the win. This race was ultimately settled by two cars running side by side for well over half the track with Eric Olson emerging as the winner.
While the WISSOTA portion of the race night was excellent, the Eagle Valley Pure Stockers did a great job in their show as well with Clay Potaczek taking the win. The numbers were down in the Hornet division as Jay Welk led from green to checkers to take the win.
In WISSOTA Midwest Modified action, Kent Baxter and Ross Fuhrman led the field to flagman, Jeff Eisner’s, green flag for the start of their feature with Baxter leading the first two laps as Justin Oestreich moved up from fourth to run second followed by Grant Southworth who had come from sixth. Fuhrman ran fourth as Josh Smith and Shane Halopka battled for fifth.
Two successive cautions, after lap two, reset the field and Baxter once again assumed the lead with Oestreich settling into the second spot. It was evident from the get go that Oestreich wouldn’t be happy running in second and during lap five he made his move when Baxter slipped up a bit, dropping Baxter to third with Southworth moving to second. Meanwhile, Paul Harelstad, in the Jake Stai car, was on the move, grabbing fourth as Halopka hung in there for fifth.
By lap ten Oestreich was in control with a four car length lead over Southworth. Harelstad had moved up to third with Halopka in fourth. Nick Koehler had worked his way up from his seventh place starting spot to take fifth as Baxter faded to sixth.
Southworth kept the pressure on Oestreich as Southworth searched the track running high and low in an effort to gain track position, but Oestreich had too much of a lead and took the win in his Fry Pan Production sponsored car. Southworth settled for a close second followed by Harelstad, Halopka and Koehler.
The WISSOTA Super Stocks were up next with Travis Schilling and Chad Johnson sharing the front row. It was Mark Stender, coming from third, who would be the early leader as the cars rounded the track for the first time. Stender was immediately challenged by Shane Kisling, who had started sixth. By the end of lap two, it was Kisling in the lead.
With five laps in the books, Kisling was in control and Stender continued to run second as Eric Olson and Wayne Dean fought it out for third and Tommy Richards ran fifth.
By lap ten, Kisling was leading by around three car lengths, but there was plenty of action behind him as Olson had moved up to second and Ben Hillman was giving Stender fits for the third spot after Hillman had started eighth. Richards, at the time, was still running fifth.
With five laps to go, Kisling was still in the lead but the margin had been trimmed to just a car length as Hillman was on the move and running second. Olson ran third with Richards moving into fourth as Stender dropped to fifth.
With three laps to go, Hillman made his move for the lead, dropping Kisling to second and then disaster struck for Hillman as the car of Brad Kisling pulled up in turn four along the wall, causing a caution. What this meant is that the scoring went back a lap and Shane Kisling was reinstated as the leader.
As the laps wound down with Kisling in the lead, Hillman gave it his best shot but ended the night in second by less than a car length. Kisling took his third straight Lonnie Leu Memorial win in his Pro Auto Glass sponsored car. Rounding out the top five were Hillman, Olson and Wayne Dean who had moved up to fifth just prior to the caution. Richards and Chad Johnson, who make a late pass on Stender, completed the group.
It was now time for the fans to “sit back, relax and enjoy” the WISSOTA Modifeid feature with Dave Baxter and Jesse Glenz starting on the front row.
As the cars completed lap one, it was Baxter in control with Mike Anderson, coming from fourth, in second followed by Mark Hanson, Glenz and Kevin Adams.
Baxter’s lead lasted just one lap as Mike Anderson was looking for another weekend win and was on the move searching for something in the top groove. With two laps in, then, it was Anderson in the lead with Baxter running second.
As the cars rounded the track for the fifth time, Anderson was still in control, Baxter was running a strong second, Glenz ran third, Adams ran fourth and Matt Leer joined the top five, after starting ninth.
With ten laps in, Anderson continued to lead, stretching his margin to about five car lengths but a battle was raging on for second with Baxter, Adams, Glenz and Leer looking for a piece of the winning pie.
With five to go, Anderson’s lead had dropped to three car lengths as Baxter hung in there for second, gaining a bit. Meanwhile, Adams had a new contender as Jake Hartung was now running fourth with Glenz in fifth, still being hounded by Leer.
In the end, it was Anderson taking the win in his Elwood Express sponsored car. Baxter finished a strong second followed by Hartung, Glenz and Adams.
The WISSOTA Street Stock feature started out with a whimper when Jamey Fisher went around in turn three on what was to be the first lap and collected Bill Engler, Jr., in the process. Both cars were damaged enough to have to retire to the pits. Along with Fisher and Engler being out, another top contender, Jay Kesan, retired to the pits at the same time with what was reported to be a flat tire.
Three cars short, the race began with Mike Knudtson now on the front row along with Cody Kummer. It was Knudtson who would be the early leader with Kummer in second. Adam Soltis, Eric Olson, Ron Hanestad and Doug Wojcik in the meantime were all running side by side and bumper to bumper in an effort to secure the third spot.
With four laps completed, the top six cars were all running in a pack separated by inches and running three wide as Olson emerged as the top dog followed by Knudtson, Kummer, Soltis, Wojcik and Hanestad.
Lap ten saw Olson still in the lead, but Knudtson was running right with him in a side by side battle. Only inches back, Kummer and Soltis ran side by side and just a few more inches back Wojcik and Hanestad were engaged, bumper to bumper, as well.
Just one lap later, Knudtson made a move on Olson for the lead, passing in the back stretch, but Olson would regain the lead during lap twelve. Olson and Knudtson then tangled with the result being Knudtson was charged with the caution and was sent to the tail.
With three laps to go Olson once again had the lead, but Soltis was on the move as were Kummer, Wojcik and Hanestad. Oh, let’s not forget Knudtson as he wasn’t about to settle for last place and by the time the cars had rounded the track one more time Knudtson was in sixth.
As the cars took the white flag it was desperation time and Olson knew it as he tried to protect the bottom. Soltis had other ideas and managed to get his car’s nose under Olson’s car on the back stretch. As the two cars fought tooth and nail and rubbed a bit coming through three and four it was anyone’s guess who would be the winner. Would it Olson or would it be Soltis? Or would it be someone ready to take advantage of a last second fiasco?
Well, as it turned out the leaders came to the flag stand side by side with just inches separating the fronts of the cars for the win. Olson was the winner, getting his first Lonnie Leu Memorial win and his fifth win of the year in his Ladysmith Family Restaurant sponsored car. Soltis took second, Kummer third, Hanestad fourth and Wojcik fifth. Great race! Yes, the Streets Stocks are alive and well at Eagle
Valley Speedway and week in and week out provided all kinds of racing excitement!
Bryan Ciolkosz and Andrew Conklin led the Eagle Valley Pure Stocks to the line for the start of their feature with Ciolkosz taking the early lead, leading the first two laps as Todd Roshell, Clay Potaczek, Jason Havel and George Richards fought the good fight for the remaining top five spots.
By the end of lap three, Potaczek had made his move and was in the top spot followed by Roshell, Havel, Richards and Ciolkosz.
With half the race completed, it was still Potaczek in the lead with Havel giving chase followed by Roshell, Richards and Lucas Kallenbach who had started tenth.
In the end, it was Potaczek taking his seventh win of the year in his LC Drywall sponsored car. Rounding out the top five were Havel, Roshell, Richards, and Kallenbach.
Running their feature prior to intermission, the Hornets ran their feature. There wasn’t any side by side action in this one or and bumper to bumper action either, but there were some bright spots as Jay Welk led this one from flag to flag. Scott Westaby and Armond Love exchanged spots several time for the second spot and had a good battle going on and Cassie Hanestad ran her best race of the season.
Thanks to everyone who supported the Lonnie Leu Memorial race and helped to make it another success!
Don’t forget the” Eve of Devestation” on Saturday, August 25 and then the last race of the season on Sunday, August 26, when it will be Season Championship Night presented by Leinenkugels.
August 19, 2012 Results, Eagle Valley Speedway
Feature: Mike Anderson, Dave Baxter, Jake Hartung, Jesse Glenz, Kevin Adams, Matt Leer, Curt Myers, Jay Richardson, Mark Hanson, Cory Mahder, Bryan Nayes, Jerry Weigel, Donald Cimfl, Steve Hallquist, Paul Niznik, Kevin Rogers, Shaun Kreyer
Heat 1: Adams, Hartung, Hanson, Richardson, Kreyer, Rogers
Heat 2: Leer, Baxter, Weigel, Mahder, Hallquist, Nayes
Heat 3: Glenz, Myers, Anderson, Niznik, Cimfl
WISSOTA SUPER STOCKS
Feature: Shane Kisling, Ben Hillman, Eric Olson, Wayne Dean, Tommy Richards, Chad Johnson, Mark Stender, Darrel Hazelton, Travis Schilling, Scott Geiger, Matt McEathron, Tony Falkner, Rick Hallquist, Brad Kisling, Ryan Olson, Terry Kroening
Heat 1: Olson, Richards, Schilling, Stender, Hallquist, Hazelton, McEathron, Falkner
Heat 2: S Kisling, Dean, Hillman, Johnson, Kroening, Olson, Geiger, B Kisling
WISSOTA MIDWEST MODIFIEDS
Feature: Justin Oestreich, Grant Southworth, Paul Harelstad, Shane Halopka, Nick Koehler, Jake Smith, Ross Fuhrman, Kent Baxter, Josh Smith, Jason Richardson, Jim Mechelke, Cody Cimfl, Brandon Lofgren, Lance Leu, Dean Proschinke
Heat 1: Southworth, Oestreich, Halopka, Koehler, Lofgren, Richardson, Cimfl, Mechelke
Heat 2: Harelstad, Baxter, Josh Smith, Fuhrman, Jake Smith, Leu, Proschinke
WISSOTA STREET STOCKS
Feature: Eric Olson, Adam Soltis, Cody Kummer, Ron Hanestad, Doug Wojcik, Mike Knudtson, Andrew Cimfl, Heidi Karshbaum, Bill Engler, Jr., Jay Kesan, Jamey Fisher, Chris Johnson
Heat 1: Soltis, Kesan, Wojcik, Fisher, Karshbaum, Cimfl
Heat 3: Kummer, Knudtson, Olson, Hanestad, Engler, Jr., Johnson
EAGLE VALLEY PURE STOCKS
Feature: Clay Potaczek, Jason Havel, Todd Roshell, George Richards, Lucas Kallenbach, Bryan Ciolkosz, Gunnar Zerek, Andrew Conklin, Connor Henning, Duke Leu, Tracy Hallquist, Austin Workman
Heat 1: Richards, Ciolkosz, Conklin, Henning, Hallquist, Zerek
Heat 2: Potaczek, Roshell, Havel, Leu, Kallenbach, Workman
EAGLE VALLEY HORNETS
Feature: Jay Welk, Scott Westaby, Armond Love, Cassie Hanestad
Southworth Chevrolet Presents The Winners: Leer, Kisling, Soltis, Halopka, Richards and Schultz
Eagle Valley Speedway, Jim Falls, WI, August 12, 2012
By Gene Harmelink
Southworth Chevrolet presented the races at Eagle Valley Speedway on Sunday night. The evening’s festivities began with a tribute to two drivers injured during the week in separate and unrelated accidents. Dalton Hazelton was involved in a serious automobile accident earlier in the week with the good news being that he was breathing on his own and off the ventilator as of Sunday morning. The other driver, Clark Swartz, was injured in a racing incident at Red Cedar Speedway and will undergo surgery during the week to repair severe pelvic and leg injuries.
WISSOTA/Amsoil winners for the night included Matt Leer winning his eighth feature of the year and his second of the weekend in his Modified, Shane Kisling winning his twenty-first feature of the year in his Super Stock, Adam Soltis winning his fourth feature of the year, and Shane Halopka winning his eighth feature of the year and his second of the weekend. In the Eagle Valley divisions, George Richards made it win number seven for the year in his Pure Stock and Eric Shultz picked up another win in his Hornet.
The WISSOTA Super Stocks were up first on the race program with Ryan Olson and Matt McEathron leading the way. Olson was the early leader, leading for the first three laps with Wayne Dean running in second as McEathron, Tony Falkner, Mark Stender and Shane Kisling fought it out for the remaining top five spots.
It was during lap four that Dean made the pass on Olson for the lead, dropping Olson to second. Olson was then relegated to third during lap six when Kisling took over the second spot with Falkner in fourth and Tommy Richards in fifth.
As the cars rounded the track for the ninth time, Dean will still in the lead with Kisling hot on his tail. Just as lap ten was in the process of completion, Falkner and Jim Harris tangled coming out of turn three. Falkner required a little time to collect his wits and both his car and the car of Harris were done for the night.
When racing resumed, Dean again surged to the lead with Kisling, Olson, Richards and Stender giving chase. Dean’s time in the top spot was not that long lived because Kisling was working on his options and made the pass on Dean coming out of turn four just as lap twelve was coming to an end.
Once Kisling had made the pass, he made quick work of the rest of the field as he cruised away for yet another win at Eagle Valley Speedway in his “Godfather” sponsored car. Dean, Richards, Olson and Stender rounded out the top five.
It was announced, just prior to the start of the next feature, that the fans, drivers and track workers had donated over $1500 to the family of Dalton Hazelton as helmets had been passed during the races and at intermission.
Up next, the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds with Ross Fuhrman and Lance Leu on the front row, with Fuhrman taking the early lead, leading lap one. Behind Fuhrman a hungry herd awaited their chance at the top spot. Travis Anderson moved up from third to grab onto the top spot as lap two ended, sending Fuhrman to second.
With Anderson in the lead, it wasn’t long until others moved up in the ranks to join him. Shane Halopka had started sixth and by the end of lap three was running second followed by Jake Smith, Fuhrman and Nick Koehler, who had started eighth.
With the race one third done, Anderson continued to lead by about two car lengths with Halopka giving it his best shot in second. Smith continued to run third with Grant Southworth, up from seventh, in fourth followed by Koehler.
With ten laps in the order had changed some as Halopka was in the lead having passed Anderson during lap nine. Just a bit back in the pack, Southworth and Koehler had exchanged fourth and fifth several times during the ensuing five laps and were having quite a battle of their own for the fourth spot.
With two laps to go and Halopka firmly in the lead, it looked like a sure thing for him, but then two late cautions set up two green, white, checkered situations putting Halopka’s nice lead in jeopardy.
Halopka survived to take the win in his T & L Distributing sponsored car, but there was quite a shakeup in the remaining top five with the finishing order after Halopka being Southworth, Anderson, Smith and Koehler.
As Eagle Valley’s announcer always says in part when the WISSOTA Modified come out, “sit back and enjoy”. This feature turned out to be a good one with Chet Atkinson and Bryan Nayes coming to the green flag first for the start of the their feature.
Nayes was fastest in getting the job done and led the first five laps by as much as two car lengths over Curt Myers, who had started fifth. Jake Hartung replaced Atkinson in the third spot by the end of lap three and the shuffle for fourth ended up with Matt Leer in that spot followed by Jay Richardson.
With ten laps of the twenty-lap feature in the books, Nayes had extended his lead to three or four car lengths over Myers. Leer was clearly on the move after going to the high side. Leer was running third followed by Hartung and Richardson.
By lap thirteen, Leer had made the high side work as he shot past Nayes for the lead and by lap fifteen Leer had a seven or eight car length lead over Nayes and the rest of the field. Myers at the time ran third followed by Hartung and Richardson.
With the race nearing completion, Leer had almost a full turn lead on Nayes and ended the night winning the feature in his Jo Crazy Café sponsored car. Nayes, Myers, Hartung and Richardson rounded out the top five.
Mike Knudtson and Cody Kummer shared the front row for the start of the WISSOTA Street Stock feature with Knudtson gaining the early advantage. This race got real exciting real fast when during lap two Knudtson, Kummer and Adam Soltis ran three wide for most of the back stretch with Kummer coming out on top.
Kummer’s moment of glory was just that, though, as he only led for just one lap to be replaced by Soltis who this race night was not to be denied.
The end of lap five saw Soltis in the lead by two car lengths; Knudtson was running second followed closely by Kummer, Doug Wojcik and Mike Conrad. The top five at this time and for most of the race, as a matter of fact, were running bumper to bumper around the track. Oh, it wasn’t just the top five, but the whole pack ran just inches from each other for most of the race and they did it without a caution!
Soltis continued to lead by the end of lap ten as Knudtson and Kummer continued to give him fits with a little nudge here and there in the corners at times. Wojcik and Conrad ran tooth and nail for fourth with that spot being swapped on several occasions.
Lap twelve saw Knudtson gain the upper hand as he made a pass going very low on the track as Soltis dropped to second. That didn’t last but one lap as Soltis came back and he and Knudtson ran door to door for some time with Soltis inches ahead as they crossed the finish line with one to go.
In the end, Soltis and Knudtson continued to run door to door and as they passed under the flag stand for the last time, there was a moment of silence as the officials decided on the winner. The win, by no more than “a silly millimeter”, went to Soltis in his Northern Seamless Gutters sponsored car. Knudtson had to settle for second followed by Kummer, Wojcik and Conrad.
Tracy Hallquist and Gunnar Zarek were set to lead the Pure Stocks to the start, but Zarek was credited with a caution when he jumped the start so Todd Roshell was awarded the front row start in Zarek’s stead. Two more early cautions delayed the start of the race, one caution resulted in Hallquist being sent to the back so the race then started with Lucas Kallenbach and Roshell leading the way—such a deal!
The early leader of the race was Roshell who led the first five laps of the feature with George Richards in second, Kallenbach in third, Pat Smith in fourth and Mark Henning in fifth.
It was during lap six that Richards put the move on Roshell for the top spot and quite frankly, the rest is history as Richards cruised to victory in his Matco Tools sponsored car. Everyone else pretty much stayed in line to the end with Roshell, Smith Kallenbach and Andrew Conklin rounding out the top five.
At 8:35 the mighty Hornets appeared on the track to run their feature having run heats as well on this race night.
William Voeltz and Robert Ellsworth accepted the green for the start of their feature first with Voeltz taking the early lead followed by Kasey Gross, Ellsworth, Jay Welk and Eric Shultz.
It was during lap two that Ellsworth hooked a tire and did multiple barrel rolls in turn one with the car landing on its wheels. Ellsworth then promptly turned the car around and continued on his way. Track officials apparently thought they should check Ellsworth out and he pulled off the track to race another day.
On the restart, heat winner, Schultz made quick work of the opportunity and shot to the lead and the best the rest of the field could do was to hang on to their spots as Schultz went on for the win in his Ernie’s Bike Shop sponsored car. Gross finished a close second followed by Welk, Voeltz and Scott Westaby who had come from dead last.
Racing resumes on Sunday, August 19, when Eagle Valley Speedway hosts the eleventh annual Lonnie Leu Memorial race. Keep Saturday, August 25, open on your event calendar as that is the night WAXX 104.5 will present the “Eve of Devastation” featuring “Megasaurus” a fire and destruction machine!
Only one more night of racing then remains on the 2012 race season calendar and that is August 26 for the Season Championship night presented by Leinenkugel. Be there when the Valley Heats Up!
August 12, 2012 Results, Eagle Valley Speedway
Feature: Matt Leer, Bryan Nayes, Curt Myers, Jake Hartung, Jay Richardson, Jesse Glenz, Steve Hallquist, Chet Atkinson, Wayne Poteet, Kevin Adams
Heat 1: Adams, Leer, Myers, Nayes, Glenz
Heat 2: Hartung, Richardson, Atkinson, Poteet, Hallquist
WISSOTA SUPER STOCKS
Feature: Shane Kisling, Wayne Dean, Tommy Richards, Ryan Olson, Mark Stender, Matt McEathron, Marcus Simonson, Jim Harris, Terry Kroening, Tony Falkner, Eric Olson
Heat 1: Kisling, Richards, McEathron, Falkner, Simonson, E Olson
Heat 2: Stender, Dean, Harris, R Olson, Kroening
WISSOTA MIDWEST MODIFIEDS
Feature: Shane Halopka, Grant Southworth, Travis Anderson, Jake Smith, Nick Koehler, Brandon Lofgren, Jason Richardson, Josh Smith, Ross Fuhrman, Robert Carpenter, Lance Leu
Heat 1: Koehler, Southworth, Anderson, Leu, Richardson, Carpenter
Heat 2: Halopka, Jake Smith Fuhrman, Josh Smith, Lofgren
WISSOTA STREET STOCKS
Feature: Adam Soltis, Mike Knudtson, Cody Kummer, Doug Wojcik, Mike Conrad, Ron Hanestad, Rory Taber, Jr. (DNS)
Heat: Wojcik, Kummer, Knudtson, Soltis, Hanestad, Conrad, Taber, Jr.
EAGLE VALLEY PURE STOCKS
Feature: George Richards, Todd Roshell, Pat Smith, Lucas Kallenbach, Andrew Conklin, Mark Henning, Austin Workman, Tracy Hallquist, Gunnar Zarek, Colt Hartwick
Heat 1: Richards, Smith, Roshell, Hallquist, Conklin
Heat 2: Kallenbach, Zarek, Henning, Hartwick, Workman
EAGLE VALLEY HORNETS
Feature: Eric Shultz, Kasey Gross, Jay Welk, William Voeltz, Scott Westaby, Cassie Hanestad, Eric Klemetson, Jacob Rubenzer, Robert Ellsworth, Armond Love, Rocky Kempe
Heat 1: Schultz, Ellsworth, Voeltz, Rubenzer, Hanestad, Westaby
Heat 2: Gross, Kempe, Welk, Klemetson, Love
Hartung, Harris, Crapser, and Wojcik Sing A New Tune on Bob Radio Night
Eagle Valley Speedway, Jim Falls, WI
August 8, 2012
By Gene Harmelink
Jake Hartung in his WISSOTA/Amsoil Modified and Wayne Harris in his WISSOTA/Amsoil Super Stock sang "There’s A New Kid In Town" as they drove into Gordy’s County Market’s victory lane. Cory Crapser in his WISSOTA/Amsoil Midwest Modified and Doug Wojcik in his WISSOTA/Amsoil Street Stock sang their versions of "Same Old Song" as they cruised into victory lane after they won their feature races on a Sunday race night when Bob FM 99.9 presented the races at Eagle Valley Speedway.
Not to be outdone, Dalton Hazelton and Brent Voeltz sang "A Brand New Song" as they won their features in the Eagle Valley Pure Stock and Hornet divisions.
Dylan Goettl and Joe Chaplin led the field to the starting line for the start of the Midwest Modified feature with Chaplin gaining the upper hand as he drove his car to a first lap lead.
Chaplin continued to lead and by lap five had a comfortable two to three car length lead over Cory Crapser, from his eighth place starting spot. Crapser was followed by Jake Stai, Goettl and Shane Halopka.
By the time the cars had made nine of the fifteen laps, Chaplin was in the lead with Crapser still giving chase. Just a bit behind the top two, Halopka, Stai and Nick Koehler battled for third.
Just as lap ten was beginning, the car of Brandon Lofgren spun coming out of turn one and the field was reset due to the caution.
On the restart, Crapser saw his chance as he quickly passed the car of Chaplin. Crapser survived two additional restarts and was never seriously challenged as he took yet another win in his Real Truck.Com sponsored car. Rounding out the top five in the Midwest Modified division were Koehler, Grant Southworth, Halopka and Chaplin.
The Super Stocks were up next with Marcus Simonson and Scott Geiger leading the sixteen car contingent on its way to a victory lane finish.
Geiger showed early strength as he led the first four laps of the feature while Wayne Dean, Shane Kisling, Tommy Richards and Eric Olson battled tooth and nail for second as they ran three and four wide.
Running three and four wide works well as long as everyone behaves themselves, but this action eventually caught up with the contenders and Shane Kisling ended up the first victim as he pulled his car up against the turn three wall after making hard contact with several other cars on the back stretch during lap five.
When racing resumed, Tommy Richards saw his chance and made the pass on Geiger for the lead sending Geiger to second followed by Wayne Harris, Olson and Mark Stender.
Three successive cautions after lap five reduced the field by four cars. When racing resumed, Richards once again assumed the lead but Harris was right on his tail.
Richards and Harris exchanged spots for the lead on several occasions during laps six through fifteen as the race ran caution free. Meanwhile, Olson moved up to third as Jim Harris and Geiger fought it out for fourth.
Just as lap fifteen became history; debris in turn two caused the yellow to fly one more time and on the restart Richards once again shot to the lead with the car of Harris looking like a trunk ornament. The top two ran a great race for two laps and then another caution for the car of Jason Vokovan going around in turn four.
As Richards went low and Harris went high on the track on the restart, it was once again a race for the win as the two ran side by side with Harris coming out on top with just two laps to go.
In the end, it was Harris getting his third win of the year and his second of the weekend in his Xtreme Chassis sponsored car. Rounding out the top five were Richards, Olson, Jim Harris and Geiger.
Jesse Glenz and Steve Hallquist ran side by side in the front row for the start of the Modified feature which saw Glenz dominate early, leading the first two laps as Jake Hartung ran second.
Two successive cautions resulted in the car of Jay Richardson having to be towed off the track and the car of Matt Leer continuing, but with heavy body damage.
When racing resumed, Glenz once again assumed the lead with Hartung in close pursuit and then one lap later with Mike Anderson applying the pressure to Glenz.
With five laps in the books, Anderson had made the pass on Glenz when Glenz blew the cushion between turns three and four. Anderson led for the next two laps with Hartung hot on his heels and Kevin Adams on the move in third. Glenz dropped to fourth followed by Curt Myers.
Lap seven saw Hartung go around Anderson for the lead with everyone else staying in line with little space separating the top five runners.
The midpoint of the feature saw Hartung still in the lead by three or four car lengths over Anderson. A few car lengths back of the leaders, Adams, Glenz and Myers fought it out for third.
Lap fifteen saw Hartung with a bit of a more comfortable lead of around five car lengths as he continued to run strong. Adams had moved up to second, Anderson dropped to third as Glenz and Myers fought it out for fourth.
Lap sixteen saw Anderson regain second, but that was short lived as there was another caution when Shaun Kreyer went around coming out of turn three.
On the restart, Hartung once again proved too strong for the rest of the field as he again laid claim to the lead. Anderson stole back second, Adams ran third, Glenz fourth and Myers fifth.
When it was all said and done, Hartung had won his second feature of the year in his SSR Race Cars sponsored Modified. Anderson, Glenz, Adams and Myers rounded out the top five.
The Street Stocks were up next with Mike Knudtson and Doug Wojcik on the front row. Knudtson grabbed the early lead, but only led the first lap and the rest of the feature became the Doug Wojcik show. Wojcik still had the taste of victory in his mouth after winning two successive nights at Mississippi Thunder Speedway.
With half of the feature in the books, Wojcik still led. His lead was not a big one as Knudtson kept the pressure on with one car length or less separating the top two. Adam Soltis, Cody Kummer and Ron Hanestad were having their own, interesting race just a few car lengths back for third.
This race ran caution-free with the only car to leave the race being that of Soltis who dropped off into the pits with four laps to go.
Although Wojcik led most of the feature, he never ran away with it as his largest lead didn’t come until there were three laps to go and that lead was just two or three car lengths. But, lead he did and win he did in his Ladysmith Savings and Loan sponsored car. This was Wojcik’s eleventh win of the year and his third of the weekend making it a nice way to top off a birthday. Rounding out the top five were Knudtson, Hanestad, Kummer and Troy Fransway.
The last feature of the night saw Andrew Conklin and Todd Roshell come to the green flag first for the start of the Pure Stock feature.
It was neither Conklin nor Roshell who would lead the first lap, but it was Dalton Hazelton making a quick move from fourth to lead. In fact, Hazelton led every lap of this feature which also ran caution-free.
With half of the race completed, Hazelton had a comfortable lead of perhaps five car lengths with Roshell in second. Jay Folz, Danny Richards and Pat Smith in the meantime, were fighting the good fight for third.
This race, though, was all Hazelton as he continued to dominate by as many as seven or eight car lengths. That doesn’t mean there wasn’t any other action in the race as the race for second was a good one with Roshell finishing second followed by Richards, Folz and Smith. The win for Hazelton was his second of the year in his Powder Plus sponsored car.
Prior to intermission the Hornets ran their feature with Jay Welk and Rocky Kempe on the front row for the start.
Welk led the first lap, but Kempe came on strong during the second lap to steal the lead with Welk dropping to second.
With half the race done, Kempe continued to lead. Scott Westaby ran second, Welk third, Brent Voeltz fourth and Eric Albrightson fifth.
With two laps to go, Voeltz put on a burst of extra speed as he moved up quickly from second, which he had acquired during lap eight, to grab the lead and to eventually take the win. Voeltz had been out of action for several weeks after his car took a severe pounding, so the win for Voeltz in the Pump House sponsored car was especially satisfying. Rounding out the top five were Welk, Westaby, Kempe and William Voeltz.
Racing action continues on Sunday, August 12 when the races will be presented by Southworth Chevrolet. As the race season winds down, a couple of other dates to keep in mind are the Lonnie Leu Memorial race on August 19 and on Saturday, August 25 a special night entitled "The Eve Of Devastation". Be there When The Valley Heats Up!
August 8, 2012 Results, Eagle Valley Speedway
Feature: Jake Hartung, Mike Anderson, Jesse Glenz, Kevin Adams, Curt Myer, Dan Hesch, Matt Leer, Shawn Kreyer, Bryan Nayes, Jay Richardson, Donald Cimfl, Steve Hallquist
Heat 1: Hartung, Glenz, Anderson, Leer, Richardson, Cimfl
Heat 2: Adams, Hallquist, Hesch, Myers, Kreyer, Nayes
WISSOTA SUPER STOCKS
Feature: Wayne Harris, Tommy Richards, Eric Olson, Jim Harris, Scott Geiger, Terry Kroening, Cory Davis, Tony Falkner, Travis Schilling, Jason Vokovan, Matt Wolfe, Marcus Simonson, Mark Stender, Shane Kisling, Wayne Dean, Matt McEathron
Heat 1: Olson, Kisling, Dean, W Harris, Stender, Davis, Kroening, Falkner
Heat 2: Richards, Simonson, Geiger, J Harris, Schilling, Wolfe, Vokovan, McEathron
WISSOTA MIDWEST MODIFIEDS
Feature: Cory Crapser, Mick Koehler, Grant Southworth, Shane Halopka, Joe Chaplin, Travis Anderson, Jake Smith, Jeffery McDonald, Andy Karl, Brandon Lofgren, Alex VanNatta, Jeff Klopstein, Jr., Clark Swartz, Jake Stai, Jason Richardson, Dylan Goettl
Heat 1: Crapser, Stai, Halopka, Southworth, Anderson, Swartz, Smith, Klopstein, Jr.
Heat 2: Koehler, Goettl, Chaplin, McDonald, VanNatta, Karl, Lofgren, Richardson
WISSOTA STREET STOCKS
Feature: Doug Wojcik, Mike Knudtson, Ron Hanestad, Cody Kummer, Troy Fransway, Andrew Cimfl, Adam Soltis
Heat: Hanestad, Kummer, Wojcik, Knudtson, Soltis, Fransway, Cimfl
EAGLE VALLEY PURE STOCKS
Feature: Dalton Hazelton, Todd Roshell, George Richards, Jay Folz, Pat Smith, Mike Chaplin, Andrew Conklin, Troy Potaczek, Tracy Hallquist, Clay Potaczek
Heat 1: Richards, Smith, Folz, T Potaczek, Chaplin
Heat 2: Hazelton, C Potaczek, Roshell, Conklin, Hallquist
Hornet Feature: Brent Voeltz, Jay Welk, Scott Westaby, Rocky Kempe, William Voeltz, Eric Albrightson, Armond Love, Max Klinger