DRP Mother's Day Special Recap
The 2015 season at Dells Raceway Park sure is the year of broken
Garett Goodwin, Nick Roehl, Tyler Sauter and Chris Storey with transfer through the B-Main to race in the Late Model Feature.
The 67 of Todd Schmitz and number 6 car of Vince Bartolota where on the front line, followed by Shelby Berlin and Jacob Nottestad to start the Legend Feature. Bartolota immediately took the lead as the 67 of Schmitz fell into third place. Aaron Moyer was on the move right out of the gate, he quickly made his way from sixth to third place within the first 5 laps. Shelby Berlin tried her best to hold onto second as Moyer filled her rear view mirror. With twelve laps to go Moyer makes his move to pass the number 24 for the second place spot. Moyer took his Legend car to the outside of Bartolota. Just as Moyer tried to make a move for the first position, Albert Sachs Spun in the 4th corner. After a few side by side laps, Bartolota lost his leading position to the number 140 of Aaron Moyer. The number 16 of Matt Berlin made his way to the third position followed by his sister Shelby Berlin in 4th and Todd Schmitz rounded out the top 5.
The Outlaw Bandit race started off with a wreck in turn 4 before they where able to complete the first lap. The wreck collected the number 72 of Ron Coppernoll with a flat left front tire, the front row cars number 33 of Tim Finstad and the 11 car of Arch Preston. The number 88 car of Dennis Delaney held tough to his lead as John Handeland and George Sparkman teamed up on the outside. With 5 to go, the 5 Car of Sparkman was getting impatient. The 19 of Handeland and 5 of Sparkman split Delaney to take over the front row, moving him into third. Sparkman took the high side as Handeland claimed the low groove as they came out of turn number four going for the green, Sparkaman was able to take the checkered flag by a fender over Handeland. What an exciting clean sweep night for Sparkman, the driver out of Loves Park, IL. Not only did he Qualify as fast time, win his heat race and dominate the feature, but he also now holds the new Outlaw Bandit Track Record with a 16.046!
Thomas Fara went down low and Mahlon Borntrager went high after they took the Sportsman Feature Green flag. The top 12 cars managed to keep a packed field of side by side racing for the first 5 laps of the 25 lap feature. Borntreger hung outside as Kevin Gilding passed down low. The number 24 of Kyle Wolosek crowded the top two cars, as he followed close behind in third. Doug Paul made his move to take over the top spot. After starting in the back of the pack, Dave Trute made his way to the middle of the group before the half way mark. Mitch Lyden fell back to 5th as the number 7 of Rick Coppernoll made his way to 3rd. So far this season, Dave Trute has made himself very comfortable with the top groove. Once again Trute passed around the outside to move into the third spot with 6 laps to go. Kyle Wolosek didn't make it easy for Trute as they battled for the second position with only 4 laps left in the race. Doug Paul escorted the field with a straight away lead as they reached the three to go mark. With only 2 laps left, Trute quickly chased down the leader of Doug Paul. In the end Dave Trute came up short, losing by only a car length in the end.
Michael Clapper and Shane Morrissey took over the front row, shuffling the 44 of Justin Mondeik backwards. Just under 10 laps into the race Morrissey dove below Clapper working him for the lead. The number 52 car of Steve Dobbratz observed and opportunity and took a chance to follow Morrissey past Michael Clapper. The 17 car driven by Grant Griesbach made a move to the outside of Mondeik, battling him for 4th place. With just over 20 laps to go, Dobbratz made himself known as he dove low looking toward the inside of Morrissey for first. Rich Schumann, Jr. put on a great show as he entertained the crowd moving from almost last place to 6th with only half of the race completed. The reigning track Champion of Nick Nolden fought Schumann side by side for fifth with just 15 laps left to go. After Schumann made his pass, Nolden followed him through to overcome Clapper for 4th with the 51 of Dale Nottestad close behind in 5th place.
In the last feature of the night, the 51 Bandit car of Dan Snyder claimed his position in first on the first lap followed by Andrew Portzen in second. The 77 car of Dan Rozek fought off Josh Mazur as Rozek pinched up close to the bumper of Portzen, making sure to not allow too much space between them. With 15 to go, Snyder claimed a 6 car length lead over Portzen. The 26 of Mazur looked to the outside of Rozek with 10 laps to go as the 27 car of James Junget became antsy in 8th place. Dan Snyder was able to create an even larger lead as Portzen and Rozek became caught behind a rookie lap car with 5 laps to go. For the second consecutive week, Colton Morgan was a great contender. This week, Morgan was able to make his way from 12th place to fifth during the 20 lap feature!
Late Model Feature
#52 Steve Dobbratz
#21 Shane Morrissey
#54 Rich Schumann, Jr.
#67 Nick Nolden
#51 Dale Nottestad
#15 Michael Clapper
#17 Grant Griesbach
#32 Haley Kapp
#75 Dillon Hammond
#28 Jesse Bernhagen
#31S Larry Schotten
#52 Nick Roehl
#44 Justin Mondeik
#18 Michael Ehde
#31 Kelsey Schultz
#29 Garett Goodwin
#66 Chris Storey
#6 Tyler Sauter
#26 Doug Paul
#2 Dave Trute
#24 Kyle Wolosek
#7 Rick Coppernoll
#21 Mitch Lyden
#97 Chris Weber
#12 Scott Luck
#29 Davey Pennel
#23BB Brandon Birdsill
#5 Kevin Gilding
#08 Mahlon Borntreger
#11 Bryce Miller
#65 Riley Zillmer
#18 Thomas Fara
#5 George Sparkman
#19 John Handeland
#24 Brandon Tackes
#26 Josh Mazur
#88X Dennis Delaney
#33 Tim Finstad
#72 Ron Coppernoll
#11 Arch Preston
#51 Dan Snyder
#43 Andrew Portzen
#77 Dan Rozek
#23 John Preston
#39 Colton Morgan
#0 Ren Revels
#26 Josh Mazur
#24 Marty Tackes
#27 James Junget
#49 Dan Bagley
#96 Jim Lapp
#6 Jake Hassler
#8D Logan Delaney
#14 Hanna Raley
#6S Chevy Schoff
Tim Schendel Wins Cabin Fever 60 At DRP
Wisconsin Dells, WI (May 1st, 2015)- The Dells Raceway Park, 53rd Annual Season opener was an exciting evening of racing! Including, a broken track record or two!
Usually Super Late Model Dash races are more of a "Parade of Cars" than a peddle to the metal all out competition, not tonight! If you weren't at Dells Raceway Park on May 2nd, you missed out! The first few laps of the SLM dash started out as the perfect show of cars, but that didn't last! Only 4 laps after the green flag was thrown, the action erupted! By the 6th lap the 22 machine of Landry Potter started to get a little squirrely, Potter was able to re gain just enough control of his race car to save it from kissing the wall going into turn 3 and was able to pull off the track to safety! Going into the 7th lap Brian Johnson, Jr. #17 out of Machesney Park, IL. sure began to give the 17 car of Greg Pawelski a run for his money! After a lap of door to door action Pawelski was able to beat Johnson out of turn four to take the checkered. Some may look at a simple dash race as a not so rewarding victory, but for Greg Pawelski its a huge triumph since this was his first ever race behind the wheel of a Super Late Model race car!
What an exciting show those Outlaw Bandits provided! Only 3 laps into the Outlaw Bandit feature, the top four drivers where able to pull away from the field. Five laps after the green flag, a tough fight was going on for 2nd place. Dennis Delaney is able to hold on to the top spot for a short 8 laps before Ron Coppernoll made a pass and took the first position. John Handeland sure held his own against Coppernoll. Handland's car looked to handle well as he was able to get a better entrance into turn one and a great run coming out of turn 2 allowing him to take the first place as Coppernoll fought to keep his number 72 car off the back stretch wall. Mark English looked to have mechanical issues and fell off the pace with only three to go. Luckily, he was able to pull his race car safely into the pits. Round of applause to James Junget and Dennis Delaney for putting on a great show while battling for the 3rd place finish. Handland took the checkered with a straightaway between his back bumper and the nose of the number 72 car of Coppernoll in 2nd position.
While the Dells Raceway Park Sportsman took the green flag, Jeff Nehrkorn's car looked strong as he took the lead on lap 2 over the 18 of Thomas Farra. Mitch Lydon made a quick move 4 laps in to make the pass on Scott Luck for fourth place. Nehrkorn and Farra fell off as Chris Weber and Rick Copperoll made their way to the top two spots. Weber in the 97 car dove down low to the inside of Coppernoll for a side by side battle, Weber took the lead with 19 to go. Scott Luck sure did a great job of utilizing the outside groove to gain positions throughout the field. Dave Trute quickly gained speed as he made his way through the field. Trute was the man to watch while he made his way from 11th to 3rd place in only quick 15 laps. The number 2 of Trute quickly closed in on the leader, Chris Weber! With 6 laps to go, Weber lost his battle but he defiantly didn't give it up easy. Ultimately, the "Team Dean's" driver Dave Trute, was able to make his move coming out of turn two to claim his Win and park his Dean's Satellite sponsored Machine in the Weaver Auto Parts Victory Lane.
The Super Late Model race quickly turned to chaos as they came out of corner number two on the second lap. The front row of Ken Reiser and the number 44 of Mike Lichtfeld got together, causing Lichtfeld to spin directly in front of the field. The 25 of Jeff Storm, 87 car driven by Collin Reftner and the number 11 Bobby Kendall where all victems of the wreckage. Storm and Kendall where able to drive their cars into the pits. Unfortunately, the 87 car diven by Reftner had to be pulled off the track with a wrecker, ending his night early. Neither Reiser nor Lichtfeld honored the Gentleman's Agreement by claiming fault of the wreck, resulting in both drivers losing their positions on the front row and they where both sent to the back of the pack. Before our Flag man Arne Thompson was able to bring the field back to green flag racing, Ken Reiser pulled into the pits for an unknown reason and Kendall was able to make it back onto the track to take the restart. As the cone was put out on the back stretch, Frank Nitzke and Tim Schendel chose the outside groove behind the leader of Alex Prunty. As the green flag was dropped, an immediate combat broke out between Schendel and Ben Pettis for the third position. For a short while, Pettis was able to hold off Schendel but not for long! It only took 6 laps of green flag racing for Tim Schendel to work around Pettis and slide past Nitzke into second place. After being sent to the back on the first lap, the 44 machine of Lichtfeld was able to gain 7 positions in only 10 short laps! Schendel was able to obtain the lead from Prunty, but Prunty was holding on strong to the back bumper of Schendel. Pettis and Nitzke fought a long hard war against each other for the fourth position, Brian Johnson, Jr. took the opportunity to follow Pettis past Nitzke. With thirty laps to go, Greg Pawelski was still holding onto a strong 5th place position. As Prunty gave it his all on the outside lane to hold off Pettis, he just couldn't hold on long enough. With Pettis in second and 24 laps to go, Cory Jankowski spins on his own while exiting turn 4. After a short caution, Schendel immediately pulled away from the field, Pettis took second and Johnson fell into third. Just before 10 laps to go, Lichtfield passed the 17 of Johnson. During the last ten laps, a lot of space accumulated between the top three drivers. As they approached the 5 laps to go mark, Storm was able to close in on Prunty, which detonated an exciting side by side battle for 5th place. Ultimately Storm came up short, finishing in 6th place. "We all need a little luck now and then." Tim Schendel said gratefully referring to his victory, especially after a difficult off-season. Second place driver, Mike Lichtfeld was a class act and presented the crowd with a great interview and even apologizing for accidentally getting into fellow driver (Johnson) during the race. I believe I speak for all spectators who where in attendance as I issue a huge thank you to all of our Super Late Model drivers for always providing a compelling display of power, sportsmanship and simply good, enjoyable racing!
The Bandits sure do put meaning to the saying "Rubbing is Racing"! Not even a quarter of the way through the twenty lap feature, the entire field was side by side and The number 77 of Dan Rozek became antsy while sitting on the second row inside. Rozek ended up pushing into the number 13 of Josh Bisbee while driving down the back stretch causing Bisbee to spin in the middle of the turn 3 and 4 corner. As the cone was put out to pick a racing line, only John Preston and James Junget choose the the outside groove. Colton Morgan quickly made his appearance known as he worked his way to the front of the pack. With less than 10 to go, he stole the second position and made his way around Portzen for the lead in just 3 short laps. The 24 of Tackes and the 8 of Delaney spun in turn two, causing the field to take the green as a single file restart. After starting the race in almost the last position, Colton Morgan was able to secure his win with a straightaway lead over the rest of the field.
53rd ANNUAL SEASON OPENER - FEATURE RESULTS:
Super Late Models-
4. Johnson, Jr.
May, 9th- 2015!
MOTHER'S DAY SPECIAL!- All Escorted Ladies receive free general admission!
Late Model, Sportsman, Bandits, Outlaw Bandits and Legend cars!
NEW for the 2015 season, Dells Raceway Park is introducing a spin on the typical season pass, featuring huge savings! The new pass will be in the form of a punch card. For only $200 you will receive a card which will be good for 20 racing events of your choice including special events, excluding only the ARCA Midwest Tour race on June,13th. That breaks down to only $10 per event, resulting in savings from $2-$7 per race! You are in control of how you would like to use your punches. You can use them one at a time for yourself, or bring all of your friends for a night of fun and redeem multiple punches at once! Season Passes are available for purchase now on our Website and will be conveniently ready for pickup at Grandstand ticket window #1. On race day, Season Passes will be on hand for purchase at all Grandstand ticket windows.
Make sure to join us Saturday, May, 9th for our Mother's Day Special!
2015 Season Schedule
|4/18||ICEBREAKER Practice- Super
Late Models & Great Northern Sportsman
Free Admission in Grandstands / Pit Pass $15 2pm-5pm
Super Late Models 100 Lap A-Main Event $3000 To Win
(Based on 24 cars)
Great Northern Sportsman Series 40 Lap A-Main $500 To Win
TT @ 12:30 Racing @ 2pm (Non-DRP Points Event for SLM Special Event Rules)
|4/25||Practice Open To All
Tech-Safety Inspection (11am-4pm) / Open Practice (12pm-5pm) / Pit Pass $15
|5/2||Cabin Fever 60 - 53rd
Annual Season Opener
TT @ 5:30 Racing 7pm Super Late Model 60, Sportsman, Bandits, Outlaw Bandits
|5/6||Night Practice Starts
Every Weds May 6th-Aug 26th Pit Pass $15
|5/9||Mother’s Day Special
Escorted Ladies Free Admission
Late Model 40, Sportsman, Bandits, Outlaw Bandits, Legend Cars
|5/16||American Ethanol Super
Truck Series 37/Armed Forces Appreciation Night
Super Late 60,Sportsman,Bandits, Outlaw Bandits, Super Trucks, Am Super Cup
|5/23||2nd Annual Rich Siedschlag
Memorial 50 / Dewalt Tool Night
Late Model 50, Sportsman, Bandits, Outlaw Bandits, CSR Super Cup Cars
Starts at 6pm / Gates Open at 4pm
Monster Truck Thrill Show Plus: Spectator Eliminator Races, School Bus Races, Gauntlet Race, Roll Over Contest, Flag Pole Race, Auto Soccer, Car Tag & More….
Plus: Thunder Cats World Class FIREWORKS EXTRAVAGANZA!
|5/30||Lyle Nabbefeldt Memorial 55
/Scout Night/ CWRA Challenge Series
Super Late Model 55, Sportsman, Bandits, Outlaw Bandits
LM-OFF (CWRA Super Late Model Co-Sanctioned Event w/DRP ) rain date 6/27
|6/6||VORES Compact Traveling
Late Models 40, Sportsman, Legends, Bandoleros, CTS Compact Tour Series
SLM-OFF, Bandits & Outlaws OFF (All Bandits Welcome to race with CTS Tour)
|6/13||ARCA Midwest Tour Bill
Meiller Memorial 101 Presented by Assembly Products
ARCA Midwest Tour Super Late Models, Mid AmericanStock Car Series 50 & Bandits
LM-OFF Sportsman & Outlaws-OFF
|6/20||4th Annual Josh Blum
Memorial 50 - Burnout Contest
Late Model 50, Sportsman, Bandits, Outlaw Bandits, Midwest Truck Series
|6/27||Marlin Walbeck Classic 60 /
CWRA Challenge Series
Super Late Model 60, Bandits, Outlaw Bandits, Legends, Bandoleros
LM-OFF & Sportsman-OFF (CWRA Co-Sanctioned Event w/DRP ) rain date 8/29
|7/4||Independence Night of
Starts at 6pm / Gates Open at 4pm
Monster Truck Thrill Show / Green Mamba Jet Car / The Demolition Devil
All on One Night Performing Car Crushing Stunts, Iron Melting Mayhem & Death Defying Acts, School Bus Races & Spectator Eliminator Races, Ring of Fire Bus Jump, Domino Triple Car Jump, Barrel Rolls, Moving Ramp Jump & More…
Plus: Thunder Cats World Class FIREWORKS EXTRAVAGANZA!!
|7/11||Mid-Season Championship 50
/ Outlaw 600 Modifieds
Late Model 50, Sportsman, Bandits, Outlaw Bandits, Legends, Outlaw 600 Modifieds
|7/18||TUNDRA Super Late Model
Series- 60 Lap Feature / Dewalt Tool Night
Super Late Model 60, Sportsman, Bandits, Outlaw Bandits, CSR Super Cup
LM-OFF (Not a DRP Points Event for SLM, TUNDRA Points Only for SLM)
|7/25||Kids Night On Track Penny
Late Model 40, Bandits, Outlaw Bandits, Am Super Cup, Midwest Trucks
OFF & Sportsman-OFF
|8/1||Historic Auto Attractions
Night / Midwest Vintage Series/ INEX Legends
Late Model 50, Sportsman, Bandits, Legends, Vintage Race Cars
SLM-OFF & Outlaws-OFF
Super Late Model 60, Sportsman, Bandits, Outlaw Bandits, Legends, Bandoleros,
|8/15||3rd Annual Habelman
Cranberry 100 - Continuous 100 Laps!
Super Late Model 100, Sportsman, Bandits, Outlaw Bandits
LM-OFF (*DRP Points Event for all SLM )
|8/22||Kids Bike Night / On Track
Bike Presentations By Drivers
Late Model 40, Sportsman, Bandits, Outlaw Bandits, Am Super Cup, WI Sport Trucks
|8/29||Performance Parts Supply
Super Late Model 60, Sportsman, Bandits, Outlaw Bandits, Legends, Bandoleros
|9/5||Labor Day 50 Plus:
Spectator Eliminator Races
Late Model 50 ,Sportsman, Bandits, Outlaw Bandits, Legends
|9/6||Labor Day of Doom
Destruction Starts at 6pm / Gates Open at 4pm
The Demolition Devil, Performing Death Defying Acts, Bus Jump, Domino Triple Car Jump, Barrel Rolls, School Bus Races, Gauntlet Race, Auto Soccer, Car Tag, Flag Pole Race, Spectator Eliminator Races & “The Great American Trailer Race”.
Plus: Thunder Cats World Class FIREWORKS EXTRAVAGANZA!!
|9/12||Season Championship Night
Extended Features All Classes
Super Late Model 75 , Late Model 50, Sportsman, Bandits, Outlaw Bandits, Legends
|9/24||Open Practice Showdown
Open practice for all divisions - Noon to Dark
|9/25||4th Annual September
Late Models, Sportsman, Bandits, Outlaw Bandits, Legends
(Non-A-Main Winners of 2015 Features) Plus Showdown Features All Divisions
|9/26||4th Annual September
Showdown Finale (CWRA Reunion Night)
Super Late Models (Co-Sanctioned-CWRA Challenge Series Championship Night)
Late Models, Sportsman, Bandits, Outlaws, Outlaw Modified 600’s, Midwest Trucks
|9/27||Showdown Rain Date||-||-||-|
|10/25||1st Annual FALLOWEEN 100 /
Super Late Model 100 A-Main Event / Bandit Nationals
TT @ 11:30 Racing @ 1pm