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12.01.12
THE 2012 MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY CHAMPIONSHIP AWARDS BANQUET!



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By Dan Bailey
Winona, MN (December 1st, 2012) Friends, Family, Fans, and Fun; those are just a few of the aspects of local racing that continue to make it so popular. But the competition of the sport is always one of the highlights, and those who can best the competition are always rewarded. For the fourth year in a row, the racers, their families, crew members, car owners, sponsors, & speedway staff joined together at Winona's Riverport Inn & Suites to remember the completed racing season and celebrate those who enjoyed a successful 2012 season, at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY's 2012 Championship Banquet.

After a delicious buffet dinner presented by Dianne Nelson and the Riverport Inn & Suites staff, it was time to begin handing out awards. The top-5 finishers in the point standings of all 8 weekly MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY divisions were awarded with Trophies (ranging in size from 3 to 6 feet in height), and the top-10 in the two WISSOTA and two USRA divisions were also given their series points fund checks. Track Champions also headed out into the balmy December evening wearing brand new MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY track champion jackets!

The 2012 award winners were as follows:

Rivercity Manufacturing USRA Modifieds
Pos.
Car #
Driver
Hometown
Points
Behind
Feature
Wins
Feature
Top-5s
Feature
Top-10s
Heat Race
Wins
National Standings
1
69
Lucas Schott
Chatfield, MN
1368
CHAMPION
7
17
20
8
3rd
2
99
Josh Angst
Winona, MN
1236
-132
3
11
18
10
19th
3
59
Hank Rollinger, Jr.
Buffalo City, WI
1186
-182
0
5
16
1
49th
4
49JR
Jake Timm
Winona, MN
1162
-206
0
7
15
3
31st
5
94JR
John Doelle
Arcadia, WI
1125
-243
0
4
13
3
 
6
11
Lance Hofer
Cochrane, WI
1005
-363
0
1
3
0
 
7
24
Brad Waits
Zumbrota, MN
924
-444
1
9
10
3
 
8
49
Bob Timm
Winona, MN
872
-496
0
8
10
6
34th
9
44
LeRoy Scharkey
Rochester, MN
854
-514
0
0
2
0
 
10
77
Thomas Brink
Winona, MN
832
-536
0
1
7
1
 

Coordinated Business Systems WISSOTA Super Stocks
Pos.
Car #
Driver
Hometown
Points
Behind
Feature
Wins
Feature
Top-5s
Feature
Top-10s
Heat Race
Wins
National Standings
1
7R
Tommy Richards
Mondovi, WI
795
CHAMPION
4
16
17
6
11th
2
6
Shane Kisling
Sarona, WI
779
-16
2
11
14
13
3rd
3
8
Kelly Anderson
Hager City, WI
778
-17
4
16
18
5
9th
4
34
Jeff Brauer
Rochester, MN
755
-40
2
15
16
2
15th
5
94
Kevin Hager
Kellogg, MN
660
-135
1
1
11
0
39th
6
52
Gary Wiersgalla
Fountain City, WI
641
-154
0
2
15
2
 
7
7C
Dan Bork
Mondovi, WI
635
-160
0
5
12
1
 
8
47
Jon Duffy
Winona, MN
614
-181
0
0
6
0
 
9
37
Jay Oricchio
Ellsworth, WI
549
-246
0
1
6
1
 
10
67W
Matt Wolfe
Mondovi, WI
470
-325
0
0
3
0
 

TheEngineStore.com USRA B-Mods
Pos.
Car #
Driver
Hometown
Points
Behind
Feature
Wins
Feature
Top-5s
Feature
Top-10s
Heat Race
Wins
National Standings
1
23K
Erik Kanz
Winona, MN
1346
CHAMPION
3
13
15
5
19th
2
15W
Alex Williamson
Rushford, MN
1315
-31
3
12
14
4
21st
3
95X
Shaun Walski
Winona, MN
1178
-168
3
10
13
7
16th
4
21
Jacob Bleess
Chatfield, MN
1043
-303
6
13
13
6
4th
5
90
Tyler Creeley
Winona, MN
985
-361
0
0
7
1
 
6
9K
Brady Keefe
Stewartville, MN
961
-385
0
2
7
1
36th
7
44
Brandon Reutzel
Winona, MN
924
-422
0
0
9
0
 
8
3
Matt Appel
Taylor, WI
910
-436
0
0
5
0
 
9
11
Jack Baehman
Hudson, WI
798
-548
0
2
7
0
 
10
28
Parker Hale
Grand Meadow, MN
724
-622
0
5
8
3
29th

Jailhouse Saloon WISSOTA Street Stock
Pos.
Car #
Driver
Hometown
Points
Behind
Feature
Wins
Feature
Top-5s
Feature
Top-10s
Heat Race
Wins
National Standings
1
3D
Doug Wojcik
Ladysmith, WI
841
CHAMPION
7
15
17
7
9th
2
79
Cory Hanson
Black River Falls, WI
811
-30
3
14
16
8
 
3
3R
Danny Richards
Mondovi, WI
801
-40
4
12
15
6
17th
4
80
Ryan Henderson
Holmen, WI
766
-75
0
6
15
4
 
5
01
Shaun Mann
Buffalo City, WI
722
-119
1
10
14
3
28th
6
2
Fred Prudoehl
Winona, MN
712
-129
1
6
15
1
40th
7
M76
Mike Conrad
Independence, WI
692
-149
1
12
15
3
 
8
06
Jesse Lutz
Winona, MN
690
-151
0
2
12
0
 
9
6
Andrew Ausman
Pepin, WI
571
-270
0
0
4
0
 
10
38S
Nick Schwebach
Caledonia, MN
473
-368
0
3
10
0
43rd

Redbox+ 600 Modifieds
Pos.
Car #
Driver
Hometown
Points
Behind
Feature
Wins
Feature
Top-5s
Feature
Top-10s
Heat Race
Wins
1
32
Greg Wohletz
Winona, MN
1596
CHAMPION *
4
13
17
4
2
8
Curt Luhmann
Rushford, MN
1596
0
2
14
15
7
3
99
Don Werner
Rollingstone, MN
1573
-23
1
13
17
3
4
89
Joe Provinzino
Chanhassen, MN
1503
-93
10
15
16
10
5
40
Bob Cisewski
Winona, MN
1440
-156
1
11
18
4
* = Decided by Number of Feature Wins

Elmer's Auto Salvage MTS Pure Stocks
Pos.
Car #
Driver
Hometown
Points
Behind
Feature
Wins
Feature
Top-5s
Feature
Top-10s
Heat Race
Wins
1
Z1
Corey Ziemer
Minnesota City, MN
753
CHAMPION
1
14
16
0
2
97
Bobby Fort, JR
Fountain City, WI
741
-12
1
11
17
0
3
27
Chris Abts
Winona, MN
602
-151
1
11
14
5
4
13
Ryan Konkel
Winona, MN
559
-194
3
8
11
2
5
68
Paul Sweazey
Winona, MN
552
-201
4
11
12
3

Sunshine Sanitation "A" Midwest Mini Modifieds
Pos.
Car #
Driver
Hometown
Points
Behind
Feature
Wins
Feature
Top-5s
Feature
Top-10s
1
9
Mike Stevens
Winona, MN
1102
CHAMPION
2
13
15
2
80X
Alex Stevens
Trempealeau, WI
1100
-2
4
13
15
3
66
Keagen Einck
Decorah, IA
1058
-44
0
13
15
4
48
Matthew Stevens
Trempealeau, WI
910
-192
1
3
11
5
96
Spencer Ihrke
Dover, MN
781
-321
0
8
12

Sunshine Sanitation "B" Midwest Mini Modifieds
Pos.
Car #
Driver
Hometown
Points
Behind
Feature
Wins
Feature
Top-5s
Feature
Top-10s
1
15D
Devin Williamson
Rushford, MN
1178
CHAMPION
1
13
15
2
79
Nate Becker
Black River Falls, WI
1139
-39
7
11
14
3
17
Matthew LaDuke
Cochrane, WI
1134
-44
0
11
15
4
55H
AJ Hoff
Mantorville, MN
1127
-51
3
14
14
5
100
Jeremy Werner
Rollingstone, MN
1088
-90
0
12
16


In addition to the awards given out to drivers, speedway owner Bob Timm took some time to discuss plans for the upcoming 5th Anniversary Season at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY. The tentative 2013 "5th Anniversary Season" is already being laid out:

Tentative 2013 MTS "5th Anniversary Season" Dates
March 30th
5th Annual Car Show & Swap Meet at Sugar Loaf Ford of Winona
April 26th
MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY Season Opener
May 3rd
USMTS Modified Special
May 17th
Mini Mod Season Opener on "Lightning Speedway"
July 5th
4th Annual Rivercity Rumble
July 19th
5th Annual Baehman Law B-Mod Challenge
August 16th
USMTS Hunt Race
Sept 4th-7th
2nd Annual Baehman Law B-Mod Nationals
October 11th & 12th
5th Annual Fall Festival


Bob went on to announce, much to the delight of Super Stock competitors, that Jay Orrichio and Coordinated Business Systems will be returning, not only as the division's title sponsor, but also with the second year of the guaranteed weekly $200 Winner's bonus.

Returning for another season of support is Jack Baehman's Beahman Law. In addition to supporting the 5th Annual Baehman Law B-Mod Challenge, and the HUGELY popular Beahman Law B-Mod Nationals, Baehman Law will be contributing $10,000 to the division - 100% of which will go directly to the drivers.

Additionally, Bob mentioned that work continues on the reconfiguration of the pit area and informed the competitors that 100 loads of new material have just been laid on the racing surface.

Midway through the awards presentation to the racers, Bob returned to the podium to present special awards to individuals who continue to "step up to the plate" as supporters of MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY. Special awards and recognition were given to Jay Orrichio, Jack Baehman, Steve & Kevin Reutzel, and Art Bolson.

As the evening progressed, the crowd was treated to door prizes from wide variety of local, area and regional businesses which continue to support MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY. A public thank you was offered to those supporters for the over 100 door prizes provided for the evening's festivities: Les Duellman Racing, NAPA Auto Parts of Winona, Motor Parts & Equipment, Kent Grover @ The Engine Store, Fastenal, Lou Fegers Racing Equipment, Wehrs Machine & Racing Products, Images by Design, Coca Cola Bottling Company of Winona, Pehler's Distributing, Joe Provo Racewear / Joe Signs, Mississippi Welding Supply Company, and Daniels Yamaha.

After the 90 minute awards ceremony, the crowd mingled and danced the night away to the fun and music from Rip-Roarin' Entertainment!

Congratulations to all competitors and especially the award winners from the 2012 MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY season - here's looking forward to the "5th Anniversary Season" - 2013!

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The 2012 Championship Banquet officially wraps up MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY's 4th season of top-notch dirt track action in Fountain City, WI. The high-banked 1/3 mile dark-clay oval is quickly becoming known as one of the best speedways in the upper Midwest presenting dirt track racing in a fan and family friendly atmosphere every Friday night throughout the racing season. Plans are already being made for the "5th Anniversary Season" - 2013!

For more details, visit the MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY web site: www.MississippiThunder.com

MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is located 3.0 miles north of Fountain City on SR 35. For more information, call 608-687-3282, visit www.mississippithunder.com on the World Wide Web or visit our Facebook page.

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