44 CARS “SHAKE DOWN” AT 141 SPEEDWAY’S “SHAMROCK SHAKEDOWN”
Photos by Dave Hooker
(Francis Creek, WI) March 17 – 44 drivers representing seven different divisions took part in 141 Speedway’s first ever “Shamrock Shakedown” on St. Patrick’s Day at the third-mile, clay oval in Francis Creek before 400 plus sun drenched race fans.
Among the classes were 15 IMCA northern sportmods, 11 modifieds, 6 street stocks, four late models, 4 stock cars, two sport fours, one IMCA hobby stock and one Vintage modified.
“We expected maybe one dozen to 15 cars, with only announcing this one week ago,” said track promoter Bruce Conard. “To say we’re pleased is an understatement. Ryan and Merle did a great job with the track. The fans got to see some cars on the track. Overall it was a great day at 141.”
Defending modified champion Sean Jerovetz was able to put on roughly 25 laps on his new Harris modified. “I found out we had the wrong shocks in the front,” said Jerovetz. “We got here later than we wanted but still got a good shakedown. The car’s new but we learned some things today.” Jerovetz plans on defending his 141 Speedway crown and competing Friday nights at Oshkosh Speedzone.
Wisconsin’s 2011 IMCA northern sportmods champion Brad Lautenbach was also on hand, giving his car a shakedown. “It was a good practice for us, we got plenty of laps in,” said the New Franken driver, who will run his state championship Harris modified from last year. “I think we’ll be running here every week this year.”
Green Bay’s Eddie Muenster got his money’s worth, putting on 150 laps on his GRT chassis. “I learned I’m out of tires and out of race gas,” Muenster joked. Muenster was joined by his 71-year-old Dad Jerry Muenster, who also practiced with a new Harris modified.
Horicon’s Jeremy Christians took a page out of the rulebook for the Custom Windows Plus Badger Mod Tour presented by Floors By Design & Directional Drilling Services. Christians, a former Oshkosh Speedzone track champion, flew around the slick, third-mile clay oval with the 6 inch spoiler on the rear. “It’s a little bit different and helps on the dry slick,” said Christians, who is the latest driver to register for the Tour.
“The track was real smooth,” said Shawano’s Tracy Wassenberg, who was at the practice with a new Razor chassis IMCA northern sportmods. “We’ll be here for the opener on April 14.”
It was a busy day for Seymour’s Jamie Schmidt. Schmidt blew an engine with just three laps on his modified. His dad and crew chief Tom Schmidt called crew member Jason Pelishek. “Jason was coming out later from Seymour, so we had him bring that other motor out,” said Tom Schmidt. It took the team 20 minutes to yank the blown powerplant and another 30 minutes to drop the good motor in. “I want to thank Bruce (Conard) who extended the practice time for us, so we could get some practice in.”
The season opens Saturday night, April 14 at 6 p.m. An open practice session is slated for Saturday, 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.
Traveling series that will take part in special events include the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw sprint cars and the Custom Windows Plus Badger Mod Tour presented by Floors By Design & Directional Drilling Services.
Track announcer Joe Verdegan will host a weekly, live racing radio show from the track’s own Victory Pub, which will be broadcast live from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on WCUB 980 AM. It will also be streamed live on the station’s website cubradio.com. The first show will debut Monday, April 9.
Also the Open Wheel Driving school will feature multi time World of Outlaw sprint car champion Sammy Swindell on Monday, July 9. Additional dates for the school may be announced in the near future.
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 17th, 2012