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Saturday  12/11/2021


Join us for a fun & entertaining evening as trophies are awarded to drivers during celebrations at The Black Horse Bar and Grill in Winona, MN

The top 10 in track points for all USRA classes will receive point fund checks and the top 5 in all five weekly classes from 2021 will receive trophies.


Sat. December 11th

at the Black Horse Bar & Grill

To reserve tickets please contact Hailey Towner at 507-474-2750 or you can email her at hailey@oakridgefabrication.com

Adults: $20
Students 10-17: $10
Kids 9 and under: FREE
Social Hour
5:00 to 6:00 PM
6:00 to 7:00 PM (Hot dogs, Brats, Burgers, Chicken Tenders, Fries)
7:00 to 8:30 PM
After the awards banquet, the band Troubleshooter will keep the place rocking for the rest of the night!!


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By Dan Bailey
FOUNTAIN CITY, WI (May 4, 2012) The building anticipation, the visual display, the growling thunder . . . and that was just the weather! The racing faithful, on hand Friday night at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY, didn't let cloudy skies and a water-logged forecast keep them away from the Fountain City dirt track; they showed up none-the-less, like Vegas-vacationers who ignore past results and decide to hit the Black Jack tables anyway in search of fun.

Similar to the previous weeks 2012 season opener, also ran under the threat of approaching rain, the crew at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY once again put together tight program in an effort to get a full program in before the approaching rains soaked the area. They were so close. Before the early evening skies opened and dumped torrential down-pour of water on the area that had many whispering the name "Noah", all of the heat races and three of the six scheduled features had been scored in the books.

But even with the knowledge and understanding that the evening's program needed to be run quickly and efficiently to stay ahead of the weather, the night started with a pause, and staff, fans and racers alike bowed their heads in an opening ceremony designed around remembering a member of the local racing community who had passed away during the off-season.

MaryAnna Passe, mother-in-law of WISSOTA racer Kevin Hager, died of cancer November 8, 2011. According to her wishes, a portion of her ashes were retained as she requested and scattered on the racing surface during the opening ceremonies at the racing facility; through a racing career that has stretched across decades, this was considered home.


"I could see the lightning when I was in the staging area," said Kanz, after turning in an impressive night of driving behind the wheel of his Oak Ridge Fabrication / Sunshine Sanitation #23K USRA B-Mod, "I was hoping it would hold off a little longer." The thunder and lighting and rain held off just long enough for Kanz to take the track in the evening's The Engine Store USRA B-Mod feature, build up a huge lead on the pack and grab the feature win in commanding fashion with the flying of the Yellow and Checkered flags when the skies opened and began drenching the area.

"It's not how I wanted to win it," Kanz said, "We have kind of hit on something (with the set-up), so I wanted to keep running. I knew the 95 (Shaun Walski) and 1 (Dan Wheeler) were coming, but I kind of felt it was a pretty good car."

Kanz had built up a huge lead through the first half of the feature until a caution on lap 10 slowed the action and tightened up the field for the re-start. With the flying of the green flag sending the pack back to racing speeds, Kanz was able to open up an advantage again before the rains came just a few laps later to end the evening.

Wheeler finished second while young Alex Williamson put forth a very impressive run, piloting his Williamson Amusements #15 to a third place finish beating first-heat race winner Walski to the line as the rains dropped.


After holding off defending track champion, and former National WISSOTA champion Danny Hanson to win the evening's second Jailhouse Saloon WISSOTA Street Stock heat race, Buffalo City, WI's Shaun Mann flexed his racing muscles and made it a 'clean sweep' of the evening by grabbing his first feature win of the 2012 season.

Ladysmith, WI racer Doug Woycik backed up his first heat race win earlier in the evening by jumping to an early lead over the first few laps of the Street Stock feature, but Mann was able to steal the lead and race his way to the win at the end of a wild feature.

The action at the front of the field was close, as the top-7 battled door to door and nose to tail through the opening laps before a multi-car tangle coming out of turn two put "Fast-Freddie" Prudoehl's "Yellow Deuce" into the back straight wall. Attrition was heavy in the feature, as six racers night ended before the checkered flag waived, but Mann's #01 was strong the entire feature, and the dwindling car count at the end of the event takes nothing away from his near perfect run to the win.

"Yeah, that was some hard, but clean racing for the lead," commented a smiling Mann from the MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY victory lane, "Doug Woycik and I are good friends and he was running very well, its fun racing for the win like that." Woycik was relegated to a second place finish.

Black River Falls, WI racer Cory Hanson looked strong as well, but came up two positions short of duplicating the previous week's season-opening feature win and settled for third.


Winonan Paul Sweazy is happy to find himself behind the wheel of a stock once again. After being out of the driver's seat for a short while, he found the new M.T.S. Pure Stock division was calling his name for the 2012 season. Friday night he bested the new, but growing, crowd of Pure Stock drivers to gather the feature win.

Winona's Chris Abts finished second for the second week in a row, with Corey Ziemer rounding out the top three.


With the rains coming during the features - Friday night's program is scored as an officially completed race program (grand stand tickets will NOT be valid for next week's program); however, the features which did not make it to the track Friday night (Winona Auto Sales WISSOT Super Stocks, River City Manufacturing USRA Modifieds & Oak Ridge Fabrication 600 Modifieds) will be make up at the beginning of the program next Friday night.

Brad Waits and Troy Hovey collected heat race wins in the River City Manufacturing USRA Modified action while Shane Kisling and Bob Fort bested the Winona Auto Sales WISSOTA Super Stock heat races. Curt Luhmann backed up last Friday nights Oak Ridge Fabrication 600 Mod feature win by grabbing the first heat checkered flag, with John Griffin making a triumphant return to claim the second heat race win.

MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY's 2012 regular season action continues next Friday night May 11th with another "Regular Season" program on the high-banked 1/3-Mile Oval. On-Track action will get underway at 7 PM and be comprised of the three aforementioned make-up features and then a complete program from the River city Manufacturing USRA Modifieds, Winona Auto Sales WISSOTA Super Stocks, The Engine Store USRA B-Mods, Jailhouse Saloon WISSOTA Street Stocks, Oak Ridge Fabrication 600 Mods, and M.T.S. Pure Stocks.

Adult General Admission is $12 with Senior Citizen tickets only $10. Student admission (age 13-18) is just $5 while all children 12 and under will be admitted ABSOLUTELY FREE! And don't forget about the new "Family Friendly Pricing" promotion unveiled last week, The "MTS Family Pass" consisting of Two (2) Adult Tickets AND Up To Three (3) Kid's Tickets (17 & Under) is available for only $25 - a $14 savings over the individual purchase of those same five tickets. New "Family Friendly Pit Pricing" is also available! For more details, visit the official MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY web site: www.MississippiThunder.com.


River City Manufacturing USRA Modifieds

Modifieds - HEAT 2
1276X Troy Hovey Decorah , Ia0.00
2394JR John Doelle -0.00
3599 Josh Angst -0.00
4796 Jay Ihrke Dover , Mn0.00
564G Chris Gilbertson Trempealeau , Wi0.00
6444 Leroy Scharkey Rochester , Mn0.00
7849 Bob Timm Winona , Mn0.00
8130 Shane Wehrs West Salem, Wi0.00
9911 Lance Hofer -0.00

Modifieds - HEAT 1
1324 Brad Waits Rochester , Mn0.00
2769 Lucas Schott -0.00
3156H Brandon Hare Elma , Ia0.00
4249JR Jake Timm Winona , Mn0.00
5559 Hank Rollinger, Jr. -0.00
6835 Ron Konkel Caledonia , Mn0.00
7918 Mick Glenn -0.00
8477 Thomas Brink , Mn0.00
9686 Phil Wernert -0.00

Winona Auto Sales WISSOTA Super Stocks

Super Stock - HEAT 2
1297 Bob Fort Fountain City, Wi10.00
218 Kelly Anderson Hager City, Wi9.00
367R Tommy Richards Mondovi , Wi8.00
4334 Jeff Brauer Rochester , Mn7.00
5494 Kevin Hager Kellogg , Mn6.00
6888 Troy Langowski -5.00
7752 Gary Wiersgalla Fountain City, Wi4.00
852 Bart Steffen Eau Claire, Wi3.00

Super Stock - HEAT 1
116 Shane Kisling Sarona , Wi10.00
2317 Josh Rodewald Lake City, Mn9.00
37018 Michael Hofer Cochrane , Wi8.00
4547 Jon Duffy Winona , Mn7.00
528X Mike Krueger Tomah , Wi6.00
6437 Jay Oricchio Ellsworth , Wi5.00
7667W Matt Wolfe Mondovi , Wi4.00DNF
887C Dan Bork Alma , Wi3.00DNF

TheEngineStore.com USRA B-Mods

1223K Erik Kanz -100.00
25RED1 Dan Wheeler Columbia Heights, Mn95.00
3715W Alex Williamson -91.00
41095X Shaun Walski -87.00
5839 Ben Anderson Winona , Mn84.00
6644 Brandon Reutzel Winona , Mn81.00
7390 Tyler Creeley Winona , Mn78.00
8114G Scott Guthrie Whitehall , Wi76.00
9180J Lee Jonsgaard Minnesota City, Mn74.00
101411 Jack Baehman Hudson , Wi72.00DNF
1141 Jon Vanminsel Spring Grove, Mn70.00DNF
12123 Matt Appel -68.00DNF
13997 Leigh Volkman Rushford , Mn66.00DNF
14139 Brady Keefe Stewartville , Mn45.00DNS

USRA B-Mods - HEAT 2
1123K Erik Kanz -0.00
2615W Alex Williamson -0.00
3339 Ben Anderson Winona , Mn0.00
4444 Brandon Reutzel Winona , Mn0.00
551 Jon Vanminsel Spring Grove, Mn0.00
673 Matt Appel -0.00
7211 Jack Baehman Hudson , Wi0.00DNF

USRA B-Mods - HEAT 1
1395X Shaun Walski -0.00
24RED1 Dan Wheeler Columbia Heights, Mn0.00
3190 Tyler Creeley Winona , Mn0.00
4580J Lee Jonsgaard Minnesota City, Mn0.00
5697 Leigh Volkman Rushford , Mn0.00
674G Scott Guthrie Whitehall , Wi0.00
729 Brady Keefe Stewartville , Mn0.00DNF

The Jailhouse Saloon WISSOTA Street Stocks

Street Stock - FEATURE
1501 Shaun Mann Buffalo City, Wi35.00
223D Doug Wojcik Ladysmith , Wi33.00
3679 Cory Hanson Black River, Wi32.00
4438S Nick Schwebach Caledonia , Mn31.00
51006 Jesse Lutz Winona , Mn30.00
6980 Ryan Henderson Holmen , Wi29.00
71286 Jane Keating Shell Rock, Ia28.00
87M76 Mike Conrad Independence , Wi27.00DNF
912 Fred Prudoehl Winona , Mn26.00DNF
1085 Danny Hanson Alma , Wi25.00DNF
1133R Danny Richards Mondovi , Wi24.00DNF
12116 Andrew Ausman Pepin , Wi23.00DNF
131313R Tommy Richards Mondovi , Wi22.00DNF

Street Stock - HEAT 2
1101 Shaun Mann Buffalo City, Wi10.00
265 Danny Hanson Alma , Wi9.00
323R Danny Richards Mondovi , Wi8.00
4379 Cory Hanson Black River, Wi7.00
5406 Jesse Lutz Winona , Mn6.00
6513R Tommy Richards Mondovi , Wi5.00DNF

Street Stock - HEAT 1
123D Doug Wojcik Ladysmith , Wi10.00
232 Fred Prudoehl Winona , Mn9.00
3438S Nick Schwebach Caledonia , Mn8.00
46M76 Mike Conrad Independence , Wi7.00
5780 Ryan Henderson Holmen , Wi6.00
616 Andrew Ausman Pepin , Wi5.00
7586 Jane Keating Shell Rock, Ia4.00

Oakridge Fabrication 600 Mods

600 Modifieds - HEAT 2
14K-9 John Griffin Caledonia , Mn5.00
2351 David Benke Winona , Mn4.00
3290 Brent Gora Dover , Mn3.00
4532 Greg Wohletz Winona , Mn2.00
5199 Don Werner Rollingstone , Mn1.00DNF
6680 Bruce Schmitt Fountain City, Wi0.00DNF

600 Modifieds - HEAT 1
148 Curt Luhmann Rushford , Mn5.00
2240 Bob Cisewski Winona , Mn4.00
3689 Joe Provinzino Chanhassen , Mn3.00
4127 Brian Laumeyer Cannon Falls, Mn2.00
5519JR Nicholas Wagner Trempealeau , Wi1.00
6342 Chris Eide Rushford , Mn0.00
7756 Bill Bauers Fountain City, Wi0.00DNF

M.T.S. Pure Stocks

Pure Stock - FEATURE
1168 Paul Sweazey Winona , Mn35.00
2227 Chris Abts Winona , Mn33.00
34Z1 Corey Ziemer Minnesota City, Mn32.00
4646 Eric Scharkey Winona , Mn31.00
5397 Bobby Jr Fort Altoona , Wi30.00
650Z Quinn Arnoldy Arcadia , Wi29.00DNF

Pure Stock - HEAT
1268 Paul Sweazey Winona , Mn10.00
2427 Chris Abts Winona , Mn9.00
3597 Bobby Jr Fort Altoona , Wi8.00
43Z1 Corey Ziemer Minnesota City, Mn7.00
510Z Quinn Arnoldy Arcadia , Wi6.00DNF
6646 Eric Scharkey Winona , Mn5.00DNF

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