DEFENDING CHAMP BALOG LEADS WIRE-TO-WIRE IN 141 IRA OPENER
Photos by Dave Hooker
(Vetting, Koehler and Liegois sweep sportmods, street stock and sport four classes)
by Joe Verdegan and Chris Janda
(FRANCIS CREEK, WI) April 21 – Defending Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw sprint car champion Billy Balog of Eau Claire led all 30 laps and sifted his way through lapped cars en route to the series season opening feature at 141 Speedway Saturday night.
A total of 98 cars showed up to do battle in the four class program, including 25 sprints, 32 IMCA northern sportmods, 25 Tisler Salvage street stocks and 17 sport fours.
Balog started outside the front row alongside of Kenosha’s Dave Uttecht during the 30 lap main. The race was red flagged on the opening lap when Scott Biertzer tumbled in turn three, triggering a four car melee. When racing resumed Balog shot into the lead and never looked back. The defending track champ carefully diced his way through lapped cars and sweated out a handful of caution periods.
Howards Grove’s Mike Reinke tried keeping Balog within striking distance but settled for second at the pay window. Beaver Dam’s Jeremy Schultz scored his first podium finish with a 3rd.
Valders Chad Vetting swapped the lead with Suamico’s Josh Long in the final laps but pulled ahead at the checkers, his first division win since the track was still pavement in 2009. Vetting scored a clean sweep, as did Francis Creek’s Kraig Koehler in the Tisler Salvage street stocks and defending track champion Ralph Legois Jr. in the sport fours.
Weekly Saturday night racing resumes on April 28. The modifieds, Brian Peterson Builders Grand Nationals, stock cars, IMCA northern sportmods, Tisler Salvage street stocks and sport fours will compete. For more information call (920) 905 1112. The track phone is (920) 863 3377. The track’s website is 141speedway.com and you can follow the track on both Facebook and Twitter. 141 Speedway is located 15 minutes south of Green Bay on county “R” in Francis Creek.
30 LAP BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA OUTLAW SPRINT CAR A MAIN – Billy Balog, Eau Claire; Mike Reinke, Howards Grove; Jeremy Schultz, Beaver Dam; Billy Warren, Beaver Dam; Dave Uttecht, Kenosha; Russell Borland, Kewauskum; Billy Wirth, Cudahy; Scotty Neitzel, Beaver Dam; Brandon Thone, Plymouth; Scott Young, Union Grove; Robby Pribenow, Mayville; Tommy Sexton, Antioch, IL; Ken Jay Feidler, Plymouth; Todd King, Sheboygan Falls; Scotty Thiel, Plymouth; Matt Vandervere, Zion, IL; Blake Nimee, Oswego, IL; Phillip Mock, Sun Prairie; Kris Spitz, Salem; Paul Pokorski, West Bend; Mike Kertscher, Fredonia; Scotty Biertzer, West Bend
B MAIN –Biertzer
Heat 1: Balog; King Heat 2: Reinke; Thiel Heat 3: Kertscher; Warren
Fast time: Neitzel,12.074
IMCA NORTHERN SPORTMOD FEATURE – Chad Vetting, Valders; Josh Long, Suamico; Eric Mahlik, Green Bay; Tyler Hackett, Algoma; Brian Bruechert, Kewaunee
Semi Feature 1: Scott Boyea, Abrams; JJ Anderson, Pulaski Semi Feature 2: Mark Joski, New Franken; Troy Jerovetz, Green Bay
Heat 1: Eric Mahlik, Green Bay; Josh Long Heat 2: Tyler Hackett, Algoma; Rick Mott, Larrabee Heat 3: Vetting; Brad Lautenbach, New Franken Heat 4: Rob Charapata, Oconto; Mike Dauphinais, Green Bay
TISLER SALVAGE STREET STOCK FEATURE – Kraig Koehler, Francis Creek; Allan Schlueter, Oconto; Mike Nehmer, Oshkosh; George Paul, Luxemburg; Travis Springstroh, Freedom
HEATS 1) George Paul, Luxemburg; Mitch Vandermause, Luxemburg 2) Koehler; Travis Springstroh, Freedom 3) Brad Laurent, Manitowoc; Kevin Luedtke, Sturgeon Bay
SPORT FOUR FEATURE – Ralph Legois Jr., Oconto; Brandon Goeser, Chilton; Mike Montie, Oconto; Scott Johnson, Green Bay; Cody Hungerford, Little Chute
HEATS 1) 2) Heat 1: Jeremy Czarapata, Krakow; Matt Kaye, Green Bay Heat 2: Legois Jr.; Montie
Posted on April 21st, 2012