RECAP: Fridley Defeats Hudspeth Late

Just one week before the season championships, emotions run high and drivers realize it is one of their last chances to win before the year is over. With the intensity hyped up, a couple drivers rose to the occasion while others will have to wait until next week to try again for the final time of the year.


The Skinny

Lucas Foster was the one on top of the Schaeffer Oil Hornet Series at the end of the night. This was Fosters second win of the season, and he has been the only one to outrun Drew Nickell all year. After contact mid-race sent Nickell spinning, he was only able to rebound to second place at the bitter end. With the effort Nickell has put forth this season, he has clinched the 2019 season championship.


Thanks to a good starting position and a fast car, Kurt Bohnsack was able to go the distance and hold off the field for his first victory of the year in the Anderson Automotive Hobby Stocks. Bohnsack crossed the line ahead of Matt LaCoursiere and Jim Hanson. After a strong season, Hanson has clinched the 2019 season championship.


It was a photo finish in the Cassill Motors Sport Mods, which came down to a difference of a couple feet. Scott Williams led the race until Jason Doyle grabbed the momentum on the high side and had just enough to cross the line as the leader. With his 6th win, Doyle will be the 2019 season champion.


Another first time winner this week, this time Kacey Korsmo took his first visit to victory lane in the Bulltown Legends Series. Holding off his father at the end, Kacey led the entire feature on his way to the win. Despite having the most wins on the season, Dave McCalla will not have a chance at the championship with a hard incident that will likely end his year early. With just enough points, Kevin Korsmo will clinch the 2019 season championship one race early.


The battle that everyone is keeping their eye on got almost as tight as possible heading into the final race. With a heat race & feature sweep, Cory Houdek made up seven points on Braxton Franks–which leaves the championship to just one point between the two. Houdek grabbed his 5th win of the season, and it was enough to keep him right in the title fight.


Although the AIRS Vintage Series has seen Matt Hudspeth crazy fast in the last couple races, a late-race battle put Scott Fridley in contention for the championship heading into the final race. Fridley made the pass on Hudspeth to capture his first win of the year. This puts three drivers in the hunt mathematically, but just two points separates Fridley from Hudspeth heading into this week.


Next week is the season finale which includes features only from all of our 2019 weekly series, a champions celebration, post-race party on the track with the opportunity to see all the stars and cars up close, and more!

Admission is only $5 for adults/seniors, and children 8 & under are FREE!


Photos by Ed Siems


Weekly Racing: August 16th

Gates Open: 6 pm
Opening Ceremonies: 7:20 pm
Races Begin: 7:30 pm


Details:

Join us for another week of racing. Our weekly racing series will duke it out for the final week before the season championships.

On Tap:

  • Coca-Cola Sportsmen
  • Bulltown Legends
  • Anderson Auto Hobby Stocks
  • Schaeffer Oil Hornets
  • AIRS Vintage Cars
  • Cassill Motors Sport Mods
  • Big Wheel Races


RECAP: Ballstaedt Gets Two In A Row

The final free night of the year has come and gone after several attempts due to weather. Gazette Free Night was a success with many bikes given out to children and intense racing on the track before the season comes to an end.


The Skinny

In the craziest Schaeffer Oil Hornets race yet, Drew Nickell was still victorious. A total of 12 Hornets were on track, which provided three and four-wide racing at times. It was no match for Nickell, who beat Troy Scott to the front. Several new drivers emerged on the scene which included Adam Weller (6th), Harold Scott (7th), and Steven Schmitz (9th).


While sparks flew between a couple drivers in the Anderson Automotive Hobby Stock feature, it was all behind Jim Hanson once again. Kurt Bohnsack held onto second for most of the race until going for a spin on the last lap. Jason Sherman ended up with the runner up spot. It was the 9th win of the year for Hanson.


Eight Cassill Motors Sport Mods competed in the feature, but Jason Doyle was the class of the field and captured his 5th win on the season. Doyle had to hold off a group of cars which included the cousin trio of Creston, Jonny, and Scott Williams.


Besting his total from last year already, Austin Slabaugh captured his 3rd Bulltown Legends Series victory. After starting on the outside of the front row, Slabaugh was able to keep just enough space between himself and Dave McCalla when the checkered flag flew.


For the second week in a row, nobody could get around Dave Ballstaedt to defeat him. Despite it being close, as the rest of the field battled behind him, Ballstaedt continued to keep control of the Coca-Cola Sportsmen race. With Cory Houdek winning the heat race and Braxton Franks finishing 2nd in the feature, no points were gained by either driver for the championship.


Next week is the final week of racing before our season championships. The Lil Racer Car Club will be having Big Wheel Races in addition to action from our regular weekly series.


Photos by Joe Reese


Drivers Give Back Night: August 9th

Presented by The Gazette

Gates Open: 6 pm
Opening Ceremonies: 7:20 pm
Races Begin: 7:30 pm


Details:

The drivers give thanks to the next generation of racers after a great season of support and racing as the season draws closer to the end. It will also be our Gazette free night. Join us for our annual bike giveaway night!

On Tap:

  • Cassill Sport Mods
  • Schaeffer Oil Hornets
  • Anderson Automotive Hobby Stocks
  • Bulltown Legends
  • Coca Cola Sportsmen
  • Bike Giveaways
  • Free Admission