141 SPEEDWAY MOD CHAMPION SEAN JEROVETZ EYES REPEAT TITLE IN 2012
(heat points awarded proved to be the difference maker in title chase)
(Francis Creek, WI) March 18 – Sean Jerovetz didn’t mind last summer’s “heat” in more ways than one at 141 Speedway in Francis Creek.
The Little Suamico modified driver isn’t talking about the hot temperatures, either. In the 2011 track champion points chase against Green Bay veteran Eddie Muenster and young De Pere hotshoe Johnny “Hitman” Whitman, heat points came into play as Jerovetz wound up earning the title by just seven points.
Unlike other area dirt tracks, 141 doled out heat points in its classes, including the modifieds. “When they first announced last year they’d award heat points, I’ll admit I wasn’t a big fan,” said Jerovetz. “But I found out I fared pretty well in heat races. When you go into a feature after earning some heat points, it takes the pressure off a bit of having to advance a spot or two.”
Like many racers, Jerovetz started out at 141 not racing for points. “I started taking a look at it a bit closer around mid season,” said Jerovetz. “For a long time Eddie and I swapped the lead on and off. I talked to the crew and we all decided we might as well go for it. And I think in the long run, those heat points made a difference. And from a promoters standpoint, it makes the heat races more exciting.”
For 2012, the 36 year old driver will have a full plate once again. Owner of S & B Trailer Sales, a dealer for Harris Racing chassis and owner of Jerovetz Motorsports Shock Service, getting a good nights sleep is an afterthought. “We work seven days a week on stuff but it’s just the way it is,” said Jerovetz. “At S & B Saturdays are one of our biggest days for sales, because most people have off and they’re looking to buy something.”
That work schedule has prevented Jerovetz from traveling much with racing. “Guys ask my “why don’t you travel more?,” said Jerovetz. “We’re open six days a week for the most part. Between trailers, and servicing our shock and race car customers, we really don’t have the time to travel. That’s why it’s more practical for me to go points racing on a local level.”
For 141 Speedway in 2012, Jerovetz predicts the same cast of characters to be tough. “Eddie (Muenster) will be there, no doubt along with Jared (Siefert, 2010 champion). The kid to watch out for is Johnny (Whitman). He bought a new Harris modified and I predict he’ll be the man to beat at 141 this year.”
Jerovetz will also chase the Custom Windows Plus Badger Mod Tour presented by Floors By Design & Directional Drilling Services, but Friday nights will take him south on highway 41 instead of east on highway 54 for the first time in several years. “We’ve committed to running at Oshkosh (Speedzone) this year on Fridays,” said Jerovetz. “Nothing at all against Luxemburg, but we ran there for many years. For some reason, Fridays at Luxemburg got to be almost stressful, sometimes cutthroat. 141 on Saturdays was more like a get together among friends. It was just more fun and relaxed. Bruce and everybody have done a great job with that place. I’ve got my crew chief Jesse Heise on board full time, and two cars. With working most of the day Saturday, that second car comes in handy, from a time standpoint more than anything.”
With all of the above going on, Jerovetz also wages a daily battle with multiple sclerosis. He takes a shot daily and deals with the symptoms. “It’s a weird deal because you have more muscle fatigue,” said Jerovetz. “When we work a lot of hours we feel it more, but we manage it.”
The season opens Saturday night, April 14 at 6 p.m. Open practice sessions are slated for Saturdays, March 24 and April 7. 22 shows dot the track’s aggressive and very busy 2012 schedule. The weekly divisions taking part include modifieds, stock cars, Brian Peterson Builders Grand Nationals, street stocks, IMCA northern sportmods and sport fours.
For more information on 141 Speedway please check 141speedway.com. You can also follow 141 Speedway on both Facebook and Twitter. 141 Speedway is located 15 minutes south of Green Bay on County “R” in Francis Creek. For more information call (920) 905 1112.
Posted on March 21st, 2012