AMSOIL Qualifiers Determined at Electric City Speedway
By Vikki Higginbotham
An action packed night was in store for fans Friday as drivers from all over arrived to battle for the chance to race in the AMSOIL Race of Champions event to be held at the WISSOTA 100 in September. Mother Nature was on the horizon threatening to delay the event, but by the time the storm reached the track there were just a few sprinkles.
The WISSOTA Street Stocks ran two heats with Troy Weninger and Brice Miesmer grabbing the victories. The feature had Frank Pearson out to an early lead. Miesmer kept with him and took the lead near the halfway point. Taking advantage of slower traffic Ron Mattern worked his way around Miesmer. In a flawless night for the Street Stocks, Mattern claimed another victory of 2014 and the chance to race the Race of Champions. With only four races left in the season Mattern leads Miesmer in track points by 12.
The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds had Kory Wermling and Cody Kuglin coming out as the heat victors. In the feature Ron Sasek slowed on the backstretch on lap 13 bringing out the only caution in the event. Cody Kuglin got the early lead, but Zach Olson worked his way around him. Kory Wermling made a bid for Olson’s position a few times but Olson proved too strong. The bid to the Race of Champions went to Olson. However, Wermling still holds a 20 point lead over Olson with five more events in the season.
The WISSOTA Super Stocks ran caution free heats. Cody Ryan and Pacer Popham were the winners in the heats. A huge pile up coming out of turn two in the feature had Ryan, Terry Nelson, and Chuck Fleming out for the event. With two laps completed drivers restarted with Casey Steffenson in the lead. A caution for debris on lap 16 had the field closing up once again. Returning to victory lane after four weeks of mechanical issues Steffenson grabbed his bid to the RoC. Three races are left for the Super Stocks in 2014. The points race is tight with Steffenson maintaining a 9 point lead over Pacer Popham.
The IMCA Modifieds ran two heats. Joey Price took heat one and Mark Wermling grabbed heat two. After the completion of lap one Patrick Wallace spun in turns one and two bringing out the only caution of the feature. Fans cheered as David “Cherokee” Azure took the lead in the feature. Though there were some close battles for position further back in the field, Azure was unfazed. He drove a flawless race and claimed his first IMCA feature victory. The Modified points race is the closest battle at the speedway. Mark Wermling and Gary Hill have kept the points close and with three races left in the season it is sure to remain as such. Currently, Wermling maintains a 1 point lead over Hill.
UPCOMING: THREE WEEKENDS LEFT…5 nights to determine track champions….
Friday, August 15, 2014 – WISSOTA Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks and IMCA Modifieds
Friday, August 22, 2014 – The WISSOTA Late Models return to the speedway. Joining them will be the WISSOTA Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds and IMCA Modifieds
FINAL CHANCE FOR RACING IN THE ELECTRIC CITY….3 NIGHTS OF RACING…..LABOR DAY WEEKEND!!!
August 29-August 31 the 20th Annual Montana Fall Roundup and the ASCS Frontier Region Shoot Out
Regular Classes Schedule for the weekend:
Friday Night – WISSOTA Street Stocks and Midwest Modifieds
Saturday Night – WISSOTA Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds and Super Stocks – Street Stock Champion Determined
Sunday Night – WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks and IMCA Modifieds. Three track championships on the line.
WISSOTA Street Stocks
Heat #1 – Troy Weninger, Jeremy Castro, Devin Kenaston, Taylor Falkenhagen, Ron Mattern, Mikey Johnson
Heat #2 – Brice Miesmer, Frank Pearson, Bill Handel, Kelan Kropp, Del Voss
Feature – Mattern, Miesmer, Weninger, Castro, Kenaston, Handel, Falkenhagen, Pearson, Kropp, Voss, Johnson
WISSOTA Midwest Modified
Heat #1 – Kory Wermling, Josh Olsen, Ron Sasek, Patrick Harvie, Tommy Bush, JJ Johnson, Jim Myre
Heat #2 – Cody Kuglin, Zach Olson, Paul Leach, Tim McCune, Jacob Tacke, John Price, Michael Shure, Jerry Sangrey Jr.
Feature – Olson, Wermling, Leach, McCune, Price, Sangrey Jr., Harvie, Tacke, Kuglin, Bush, Johnson, Myre, Sasek, Olsen, Shure
WISSOTA Super Stocks
Heat #1 – Cody Ryan, Clay Irwin, Chuck Fleming, Terry Nelson, Curt Popham, Fred Hansen, Josh Aho
Heat #2 – Pacer Popham, Pat LaMere, Casey Steffenson, Jerry Hill, Jake Tucker, Matt O’Connell, Mike Pistelak
Feature – Steffenson, P. Popham, LaMere, Irwin, C. Popham, Pistelak, Tucker, Aho, Hill, O’Connell, Hansen, Ryan, Fleming, Nelson
Heat #1 – Joey Price, David Azure, Gary Hill, Marty Harvie, Tommy Eubank
Heat #2 – Mark Wermling, Paul Leach, Jack Norris, Patrick Wallace, Donovan Sorenson
Feature – Azure, Price, Wermling, Leach, Harvie, Hill, Sorenson, Wallace, Norris, Eubank