Raceway at Powercom Park - Powercom Speedzone Banquet
11-13-04 - The Raceway at Powercom Park and The Powercom Speedzone held their 2004 Racing Season Awards Banquet at The Golf Club at Camelot in Lomira on Saturday night November 13. The top ten in the regular weekly divisions were recognized for their accomplishments of the past season. The sponsors, fans, drivers, car owners, employees and all others who supported the two tracks during the season were thanked for helping to make the season a success. Plans are already being made for the season ahead.
The Suburban Motors Harley-Davidson/Buell Modified Division at The Raceway at Powercom Park and the Budweiser/ Tri-County Distributors Modified Division at The Powercom Speedzone saw Jay Schraufnagel of Beaver Dam capture both track championships. It is the second year in a row that the same driver won the titles at both facilities in the same year. Tim Lemirande of Verona accomplished the feat in 2003. With record car counts in the division to contend with, Schraufnagel put up impressive numbers on his way to the championships. At The Raceway at Powercom Park, Schraufnagel drove to eight A-Main wins, recorded thirteen top five A-Main finishes and won ten preliminary events. At The Powercom Speedzone, he registered six A-Main wins, twelve top five A-Main finishes and seven preliminary wins. Among Schraufnagel’s A-Main wins was the Prestige Custom Cabinetry Tony Stewart Night at the Races on June 22 at The Raceway at Powercom Park. On that evening, Schraufnagel bested a record field of eighty-seven modifieds that included NASCAR stars Tony Stewart and Kasey Kahne. Schraufnagel also picked up the A-Main win in the Prestige Custom Cabinetry Modified Special at The Powercom Speedzone on August 10.
Finishing in second through fifth in the standings at The Raceway at Powercom Park were Steve Mueller of Mukwonago, Larry Zirbel of Iron Ridge, Chris Piquette of Random Lake and Lee Sohns of East Troy. Second through fifth at The Powercom Speedzone were Benjamin Brinkman of Oshkosh, Travis Spaulding of Greenville, Lee Sohns and Larry Zirbel.
The Dodge Central Credit Union Stocks Division championship at The Raceway at Powercom Park was captured by Trevor Schmidt of Hartford. Schmidt drove to three A-Main wins, had eleven top five A-Main finishes and won one preliminary win on his way to the title. 2003 track champion, Nate Schepp of Beaver Dam finished second in points followed by Mike Murray of Beaver Dam, Dannon Tessmer of Hartford and Dan Troyan of Menomonie Falls.
Jerry Kope of Oshkosh won his second consecutive track championship in the American Auto Sales Stocks Division at The Powercom Speedzone. Kope raced to two A-Main wins, eleven top five A-Main finishes and eight preliminary wins. Finishing in second through fifth in points were Trevor Schmidt, Tim Reichenberger of Oshkosh, Ken Feavel of Oshkosh and Gary Neau of Omro.
The Gibbsville Cheese INEX Legends Division competed on a regular basis at The Raceway at Powercom Park and at a few selected events at The Powercom Speedzone. The Series Point Championship was won by Eric Barth of Sauk City. Barth was a dominant force as he recorded twelve A-Main wins, eighteen top five A-Main finishes and fourteen preliminary wins. Greg Hartlaub of Sheboygan Falls finished second in the standings followed by Adam Reed of Slinger, Kevin Brill of Oostburg and Darwin Banes of Beaver Dam.
Tim Doehling of Winneconne powered his way to five A-Main wins, twelve top five A-Main finishes and three preliminary wins in claiming the championship in the Northwoods Paper Converting Grand Nationals Division at The Raceway at Powercom Park. 2003 champion Troy Weich of Fond du Lac drove to second in points ahead of Roger Lee of Wind Lake, Steve Seitz of Beaver Dam and Josh Borden of Port Washington.
Bob Cullen of Chilton took top honors in the Miller Lite Racing/General Beer Grand National Division at The Powercom Speedzone. Cullen scored two A-Main wins, eight top five A-Main finishes and three preliminary wins in capturing the championship. Terry Van Roy of Appleton finished second in points. Brett Wenzel of Two Rivers followed in third in the final tally. Bernie Schommer of Chilton took fourth in points. Fifth place for the season went to Jeff Diedrick of Combined Locks.
Mike Mueller of Waupun had a banner season as he pocketed track championships in the Wally’s Auto Dirt Devils Division at The Raceway at Powercom Park and also in the Sign Makers/Corporate Impressions Dirt Devils Division at The Powercom Speedzone. At the Raceway at Powercom Park, Mueller recorded three A-Main wins, fourteen top five A-Main finishes and eight preliminary wins. At The Powercom Speedzone, Mueller drove to nine top five A-Main finishes and had two preliminary wins.
Finishing second through fifth in points at the Raceway at Powercom Park were Jon Schultz of Belleville, Jasper Drengler of Shawano, Dustin Schwandt of Ripon and Cody Bobholz of Beaver Dam. Second through fifth at The Powercom Speedzone were Ron Koenig of Fox Lake, Patrick Klawitter of Berlin, Dustin Schwandt and Dave Wilkins of Oshkosh.
For more information on The Raceway at Powercom Park and the Powercom Speedzone, visit www.wismotorsports.net.
LATE MODEL RACING RETURNS TO POWERCOM PARK, SPEED ZONE IN 2005
17 WDLMA Shows Inked Between the Two Tracks
BEAVER DAM, WI – (NOVEMBER 4, 2004) - Officials of Wisconsin Motorsports & Entertainment, LLC, and the Wisconsin Dirt Late Model Association have come to terms on a 17-race schedule for the 2005 season between the Raceway at Powercom Park and Oshkosh’s Powercom Speed Zone.
After a strong showing in 2004 Wisconsin Motorsports General Manager Rex Melius made the move to contact the WDLMA with regards to an increased schedule for the coming year. Melius along with Brian Konopka and Bill Behling, who steers the WDLMA, are very excited about the prospects of the new year.
“Without a doubt the late model shows that we had last year, between Beaver Dam and Oshkosh, have been outstanding. The car count was excellent and the fans really responded to the fact that we had late models. This is nothing but a win-win situation for all involved.
“Both Powercom facilities are perfect for late model racing. The fans at both tracks love the power and speed of the cars. And, WDLMA was looking for a steady home to compete at. By giving them 17 shows between our two tracks they now have that. It will allow them to develop some other programs around what we have offered to them.”
The inaugural WDLMA program at the Speed Zone drew over 30 entries in 2004. While the car count did tail off a little bit during the year the average number of late models competing in the Powercom events was nearly 24. Melius expects more of the same this coming year.
“We expect the car count to be good with hopes to build on it. By giving late model drivers a solid schedule and a home track or tracks there are now other drivers from other classes looking at building or buying late model stock cars. If that starts to roll and mix it in with what the WDLMA has and the solid group of cars in Northeastern Wisconsin and the possibilities are endless,” said Melius.
Preliminary details call for the WDLMA drivers to qualify each night and compete in a 25-lap feature event. Time trials will be held prior to the regular starting time at each track which will allow for all events to be completed before the mandated curfew.
“We are still going to run all of the divisions that we have in the past and throw in the late models as well,” said Melius. “It will be a little tighter on time but we are trying to give the fans the best show possible for the money. Our weekly program is strong at both tracks when it comes to car count. The addition of the late model division will only enhance that.”
The Raceway at Powercom Park is located just off of Highway 151 and Highway 33 in Beaver Dam. The Powercom Speed Zone is three miles north of Oshkosh on Highway 76. For more information contact Wisconsin Motorsports at (920) 887-1600 or www.wismotorsports.net.
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