By Jeffrey Sachse
McHenry, IL, July 16, 2012: Fresh off a successful double-header weekend in Western Wisconsin, the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints serve up another helping of double-header weekend of open-wheeled action. The series will be making its first appearance of the season at the Dodge County Fairgrounds Speedway on Friday Night, July 20th for the Rick Schmidt Memorial. The big half-mile clay oval will see the 900 horsepower machines approach speeds of nearly 140mph.
In the series' last appearance at the speedway last September, Mark Dobmier outran Brooke Tatnell and Mike Kertscher to score the victory. Mike Reinke and Billy Balog were victorious in the two other appearances for the series at the Dodge County Fairgrounds last season.
Joining the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Cars will be the first appearance for the Badger Modified Tour at the Dodge County facility. The series, which brings top modified stars from area tracks together in a unique traveling series, has seen tremendous success in its first two programs this season with over 50 modifieds showing at each race. For more information check badgermodtour.com
The draw cutoff for modifieds is 6 p.m. IRA sprint car hot laps take place at 6 p.m. with qualifying and racing to follow. Adult admission for the event is $20. Dodge County Fairgrounds is located on highway 33, just 2 miles east of Beaver Dam and just west of highway 26.
The following evening on Saturday, July 21st, the series heads back to familiar territory with its fourth stop of the year at Wilmot Raceway. Dubbed the “Outlaw Sprintacular”, the show should prove to be a true spectacle in open-wheeled racing action as the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints will be joined by the UNOH All-Star Circuit of Champions in a combined program.
Nearly 40 sprint cars are expected for the contest. Top drivers from both series as well as Wilmot Raceway’s own stars will make it a show you do not want to miss.
Representing the All-Star Circuit of Champions will be co-point leaders Tim Schaffer and Dale Blaney along with Paul McMahan, Cap Henry and David Gravel. You can fully expect IRA series regulars Billy Balog, Mike Reinke, Scotty Neitzel, Phillip Mock, and Russel Borland hoist the banner for the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints, while top Wilmot Raceway stars Tommy Sexton and Scott Uttech want to lay claim to victory lane.
The Wisconsin-Illinois Mini-Sprints and the Wilmot Raceway’s own Modified class will be joining the program. Additional information can be found at www.wilmotraceway.com
Adult admission for this event is $25. Members of the active military with an ID receive a $5 discount. Children ages 8 through 11 will be admitted for $5 and children 7 and under are admitted FREE with a paid adult. Grandstand gates will open at 5:00pm, with racing activities scheduled to start at 6:45pm.
The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints head into the second-half of their 30 race schedule this weekend. Going into the Dodge County event, Balog, the four-time and defending series champion, charges back into action hoping to extend his current four-race win streak. Among the chief rivals to stop him will be Mike Kertscher who has claimed two victories this season. Balog currently heads up the series standings with 1986 points.
Reinke, his nearest rival in the point battle stands with 1885 markers. Reinke has also tasted victory in 2012 having topped the sprint car portion of the Triple Crown Classic at Cedar Lake Speedway in early June. Reinke has also proven his speed with the World of Outlaws running in the top 5 at Beaver Dam Raceway until mechanical misfortune dropped him from the contest. The high speed of Dodge County Fairgrounds suits his driving style and is a prime location for another trip to victory lane for him.
Scotty Neitzel currently sits third in the standings with 1705 points, his last victory coming at Wilmot Raceway last August. Phillip Mock has led plenty of laps lately and claimed podium finishes at Wilmot Raceway and most recently earned a third place performance at Rice Lake Speedway. He is edging ever closer to his first career IRA Sprint A-main victory. Mock currently sits solidly in the fourth spot in the standings with 1637 points. Russel Borland rounds out the top five in the current standings with 1501 markers.
The IRA Outlaw Sprint Series is proudly supported by Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, Osborn & Son Trucking, Goodyear, TW Metals, Cummins Onan, DNA Energy Drink& Snacks, MPT Industries, UltraLube, Big Game Treestands, Carriage Auto Body, Otis Gun, Mother's Polishes and Waxes and Polaris DEFENSE. The office of the IRA Sprints can be reached at 815-759-9269 or by e-mail at [email protected]
Current Point Standings: (Top 20): 1.) Bill Balog, 1986 pts; 2.) Mike Reinke 1885 pts; 3.) Scotty Neitzel, 1705 pts; 4.) Phillip Mock 1637; 5.) Russel Borland, 1501; 6.) Scott Uttech, 1454; 7.) Tommy Sexton, 1437; 8.) Kris Spitz, 1417; 9.) Robbie Pribnow, 1376; 10.) Bill Wirth, 1363; 11.) Brandon Thone, 1298; 12.) Dave Uttech, 1240; 13.) Bill Warren, 1202; 14.) Mike Kertscher, 1200; 15.) Dennis Spitz, 1179; 16.) Todd King, 1125; 17.) Michael Decker, 877; 18.) Darrell Dodd, 866; 19.) Wayne Modjeski, 820; 20.) Travis Whitney 677.