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04.25.14
SCHOTT, BLEESS AND JOHNSON - WINNERS DUING 2014 SEASON OPENER AT MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY



By Dan Bailey
FOUNTAIN CITY, WI (Friday April 25, 2014) Blue sky, sunshine, and a fast smooth race track . . . what more could the racing community ask for as the 2014 season kicked off with the "6th Annual MTS Season Opener" at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY Friday April 25th.

The racers were ready, the fans were ready, and the on-track action did not disappoint. While fans used opening night to make a return pilgrimage to the track, several racers used the night to make return pilgrimages to Victory Lane.

After touring successfully in 2013 with the highly competitive United States Modified Touring Series, 2012 Rivercity Manufacturing USRA Modified Track Champion Lucas Schott made a triumphant return to regular weekly competition with a commanding clean sweep of the evening's top division. Piloting his Schott's Hardwood Floors #69 with smooth and precise determination, the young Chatfield, MN racer bested the top local talent, winning both the evening's opening heat as well as the main Feature event in convincing fashion.

With a starting position on the inside of the second row many might think that Schott's move to the front was a simple single lap move, not so. Front row starters Mick Glenn and Steve Wetzstein spent the opening three laps battling for the top spot, with Glenn's gloss black #18 leading all three before giving way to Wetzstein's #90 and Schott.

Schott's calm and calculated driving which has earned him the nickname "Cool Hand Luke" was on full display for the filled grandstands as he spent the next three laps sizing up Wetzstein and putting forth a consistent challenge before grabbing the lead on lap seven and never looking back.

Schott brought second heat race winner Brandon Davis with him around Wetzstein, and many thought Davis' #50iii would quickly pounce on Schott with a battle royal for the win, but Davis never quite developed the challenge. "Great way to start the season here at MTS," said Schott after climbing from behind the wheel in Victory Lane, "I knew (Davis) was coming and lapped traffic was going to be there near the end." Schott and Davis were able to weave through a couple of cars on the tail end of the lead lap, but they never really factored into the outcome. Several efforts by Davis gave the crowd a glimpse of what might have been, but Schott was not to be denied as he opened his 2014 MTS season with a performance very reminiscent of his 2012 dominance to grab the feature win.

Davis, who had started on the outside of the third row, completed the 25-lap feature in second with Wetzstein holding on for third.

JOHNSON PULLS THE DOUBLE

Tim Johnson made the long haul down from Brainerd, MN with two cars, and made the long haul home with a WISSOTA feature win in both!

In the Jailhouse Saloon WISSOTA Street Stock division, Johnson jumped from the outside of the second row and immediately grabbed the lead, a lead which he'd hold onto for the entire 18-lap main. Septuagenarian Fred Prudoehl used his pole position start to his advantage and stayed within sight of Johnson the entire feature, racing his "Yellow Deuce" #2 to a second place finish with Adam Soltice coming from the third row to finish third.

In the Coordinated Business Systems WISSOTA Super Stock feature Johnson was also the first to the checkered flag, but despite starting on the outside of the front row, it took Johnson 6 laps to wrestle the lead away from former Track Champion Gary Wiersgalla. Wiersgalla shot from the pole to lead the opening handful of laps before Johnson worked around to take the lead.

Behind Johnson's #1JR was the #00x of Dan Gullikson - both of them former WISSOTA National Champions, and they raced like former champions, fast and smooth. First heat race winner Gullikson had to work hard, however, to get within reach of even challenging Johnson for the win. Starting on the inside of the fourth row, his feature was full of movement as he worked his way through a competitive field. By lap nine Gullikson cleared Wiersgalla for second and set his sights on the leader.

The second half of the 20-lap feature was Gullikson slowly but surely closing in on Johnson to challenge for the win. But Johnson held off the advances and crossed beneath the waiving checkered flag with a tight .3 of a second advantage over Gullikson.

With the win Johnson claimed the first $200 Coordinated Business Systems winner's bonus, which is paid ever week in addition to the regular posted winner's pay, giving Johnson a nice $550 check to enjoy. Gullikson grabbed the Brauer Roofing, Inc. $100 bonus for second with former Track Champion Jeff Brauer earning the $50 bonus in third.

BLEESS BACKS UP 2013 CHAMPIONSHIP WITH B-MOD FEATURE WIN

Jacob Bleess wrapped up 2013 with a MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY Track Championship . . . and then was able to enjoy the achievement through the long snowy off-season. But Friday night it was back to work behind the wheel for the Chatfield, MN Youngster . . . and just like last season, the challengers for the top spot were many and strong.

Starting outside of the third row, Bleess was like a tiger stalking his prey. As Alex Williamson jumped from the outside of the first row to lead the first five laps with his #15W, Bleess was hunting from behind. At first Bleess battled with Shaun Walski and Ryan Konkel to break into the top-5; on lap 6 Bleess was able to work past both Williamson and the #1 of Jon Van Minsel to take the lead. Over the remaining 12 laps Bleess and Van Minsel opened up an almost 3 second advantage over the rest of the field, and while Van Minsel was close, the half a second advantage Bleess had was too much to overcome.

"He's such a fast and consistent driver," Said Van Minsel about Bleess and the race for the lead, "Fun racing up front with him, but he's a great racer."

Bleess knew that one of the early race restarts after a caution was the turning point in the event for him, "I knew on the restart there was a good chance to go around (Williamson)," Bleess said. "He was low and I went high. Once I got out front, I started on top and moved to the bottom."

Williamson held off Walski for third.

CISEWSKI WINS 600 MODIFIED SEASON OPENER

A solid 16-car field took the green flag for the redbox+ 600 Modified feature and as that green flag waived, series regular Bob Cisewski was mired deep in the pack. Starting mid-pack, in the fourth row, it looked as though his Ace Auto #40 would be relegated to battling for a finishing position outside the top three.

With first heat race winner, and 2012 Track Champion, Greg Wohletz and second heat race winner John Griffin lining up on the front row, and defending Track Champion Don Werner directly behind them in the second row . . . many assumed it might be a three-car battle for the win from the front of the field.

Not So!

Cisewski used the first six laps to slice and dice his way through the pack, then after settling into second for a couple circuits, he made his move around Griffin to take the lead. Also on the move was multi-division racer Kyle Jumbeck, Jumbeck's #01x came from the outside of the fifth row and followed Cisewski around Griffin to take second.

Cisewski was fast, though, and built up an almost three second lead over the charging Jumbeck to take the checkered flag win in the opening night feature. Jumbeck finished second with Wohletz clearing Griffin late in the race for third.

PURE STOCKS

The Elmer's Auto Salvage MTS Pure Stock feature was won by Rice Lake, WI visitor Jason Havel after defending Track Champion, and heat race winner, Bobby Fort, Jr. spun his #97 twice during the final race of the evening. George Richards and Lee Hager completed the top three.

Racing resumes next Friday night May 2nd with another evening of exciting regular season entertainment. The first green flag is scheduled to wave immediately following the 7 PM Opening Ceremonies with on-track competition provided by Rivercity Manufacturing USRA Modifieds, Coordinated Business Systems WISSOTA Super Stocks, Black Horse Bar & Grill USRA B-Mods, Jailhouse Saloon WISSOTA Street Stocks, REDBOX+ 600 Mods, & Elmer's Auto Salvage MTS Pure Stocks.
  • Pit gate & Grandstands Open at 5:00 PM
  • Family Friendly General Admission Prices continue at: Adults $12, Senior Citizens $10, ALL Students, even college (with current Valid Student ID) and Children 17 & Under are admitted ABSOLUTELY FREE!


MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is located 3.0 miles north of Fountain City on Wisconsin Highway 35. For more information, call 608-687-3282 or visit www.MississippiThunder.com on the World Wide Web.

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MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is presenting its 6th 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.

For all details, continue visiting the MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY web site: www.MississippiThunder.com



FRIDAY AUGUST 23RD RESULTS



River City Manufacturing USRA Modifieds

'SEASON OPENER 25' FEATURE

Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Race Points
1 3 69 Lucas Schott Chatfield , Mn 100.00
2 5 50III Brandon Davis Medford , Mn 95.00
3 1 90 Steve Wetzstein West Concord, Mn 91.00
4 7 4A Joel Alberts Mantorville , Mn 87.00
5 6 24 Brad Waits Rochester , Mn 84.00
6 10 99 Josh Angst , Mn 81.00
7 9 11 Lance Hofer Cochrane , Wi 78.00
8 8 49X Jake Timm Winona , Mn 76.00
9 2 18 Mick Glenn Minnesota City, Mn 74.00
10 4 94JR John Doelle Arcadia , Wi 72.00
11 14 77 Tom Brink Winona , Mn 70.00
12 11 59X Bob Sammann - 68.00
13 13 44 Alan Wagner - 66.00
14 12 97 Bob Fort Fountain City, Wi 64.00

Modifieds - HEAT 2

Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Race Points
1 2 50III Brandon Davis Medford , Mn 0.00
2 1 4A Joel Alberts Mantorville , Mn 0.00
3 4 11 Lance Hofer Cochrane , Wi 0.00
4 7 99 Josh Angst , Mn 0.00
5 6 49X Jake Timm Winona , Mn 0.00
6 3 97 Bob Fort Fountain City, Wi 0.00
7 5 77 Tom Brink Winona , Mn 0.00

Modifieds - HEAT 1

Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Race Points
1 6 69 Lucas Schott Chatfield , Mn 0.00
2 2 90 Steve Wetzstein West Concord, Mn 0.00
3 7 24 Brad Waits Rochester , Mn 0.00
4 3 94JR John Doelle Arcadia , Wi 0.00
5 5 18 Mick Glenn Minnesota City, Mn 0.00
6 1 59X Bob Sammann - 0.00
7 4 44 Alan Wagner - 0.00


Coordinated Business Systems WISSOTA Super Stocks

FEATURE

Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Race Points
1 2 1JR Tim Johnson Brainerd , Mn 35.00
2 7 00X Dan Gullikson Stacy , Mn 33.00
3 4 34 Jeff Brauer Eyota , Mn 32.00
4 8 02 Jason Forehand Eau Claire, Wi 31.00
5 12 7R Tommy Richards Mondovi , Wi 30.00
6 6 71P Lucas Plank Eau Claire, Wi 29.00
7 5 BOH Ben Hanke Hudson , Wi 28.00
8 9 04JR Adam Ayotte - 27.00
9 1 52 Gary Wiersgalla Fountain City, Wi 26.00
10 13 06 Jesse Lutz Winona , Mn 25.00
11 11 94 Kevin Hager Kellogg , Mn 24.00
12 3 37 Jay Oricchio Ellsworth , Wi 23.00
13 14 47 Jon Duffy Winona , Mn 22.00
14 10 12 Brian Fetting Fountain City, Wi 0.00

Super Stock - HEAT 2

Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Race Points
1 2 BOH Ben Hanke Hudson , Wi 10.00
2 5 1JR Tim Johnson Brainerd , Mn 9.00
3 1 52 Gary Wiersgalla Fountain City, Wi 8.00
4 3 37 Jay Oricchio Ellsworth , Wi 7.00
5 6 12 Brian Fetting Fountain City, Wi 6.00
6 4 7R Tommy Richards Mondovi , Wi 5.00
7 7 06 Jesse Lutz Winona , Mn 4.00

Super Stock - HEAT 1

Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Race Points
1 1 00X Dan Gullikson Stacy , Mn 10.00
2 2 71P Lucas Plank Eau Claire, Wi 9.00
3 3 34 Jeff Brauer Eyota , Mn 8.00
4 5 02 Jason Forehand Eau Claire, Wi 7.00
5 4 04JR Adam Ayotte - 6.00
6 7 94 Kevin Hager Kellogg , Mn 5.00
7 6 47 Jon Duffy Winona , Mn 4.00


Black Horse Bar & Grill USRA B-Mods

FEATURE

Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Race Points
1 6 21 Jacob Bleess Chatfield , Mn 100.00
2 4 1 Jon Van Minsel Spring Grove, Mn 95.00
3 2 15W Alex Williamson Rushford , Mn 91.00
4 3 95X Shaun Walski Winona , Mn 87.00
5 12 39 Ben Anderson Winona , Mn 84.00
6 1 16 Dan Hovden Decorah , Ia 81.00
7 7 44 Brandon Reutzel Winona , Mn 78.00
8 13 97X Bob Fort Fountain City, Wi 76.00
9 8 23K Erik Kanz Winona , Mn 74.00
10 9 85 Ben Moudry Cottage Grove, Mn 72.00
11 11 12K Casey Knutson Spring Grove, Mn 70.00
12 19 20K Kyle Brown Minnesota City, Mn 68.00
13 10 14M Brian Mahlstedt Ionia , Ia 66.00
14 14 35X Phillip Dunbar Rushford , Mn 64.00
15 17 00R Chad Rosendahl - 62.00
16 5 13 Ryan Konkel Winona , Mn 60.00
17 18 20J Jackson Hale - 58.00
17 18 20J Jackson Hale - 58.00
18 16 48K Scott Kunda - 56.00
19 15 2 Andrew Bleess Chatfield , Mn 55.00
20 20 83 Josh Malchaski Fountain City, Wi 54.00

USRA B-Mods - HEAT 3

Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Race Points
1 2 21 Jacob Bleess Chatfield , Mn 0.00
2 5 1 Jon Van Minsel Spring Grove, Mn 0.00
3 4 39 Ben Anderson Winona , Mn 0.00
4 3 13 Ryan Konkel Winona , Mn 0.00
5 1 2 Andrew Bleess Chatfield , Mn 0.00
6 6 20J Jackson Hale - 0.00
6 6 20J Jackson Hale - 0.00

USRA B-Mods - HEAT 2

Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Race Points
1 1 14M Brian Mahlstedt Ionia , Ia 0.00
2 2 23K Erik Kanz Winona , Mn 0.00
3 4 15W Alex Williamson Rushford , Mn 0.00
4 7 16 Dan Hovden Decorah , Ia 0.00
5 3 35X Phillip Dunbar Rushford , Mn 0.00
6 6 00R Chad Rosendahl - 0.00
7 5 83 Josh Malchaski Fountain City, Wi 0.00

USRA B-Mods - HEAT 1

Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Race Points
1 2 12K Casey Knutson Spring Grove, Mn 0.00
2 6 85 Ben Moudry Cottage Grove, Mn 0.00
3 1 44 Brandon Reutzel Winona , Mn 0.00
4 5 95X Shaun Walski Winona , Mn 0.00
5 3 97X Bob Fort Fountain City, Wi 0.00
6 4 48K Scott Kunda - 0.00
7 7 20K Kyle Brown Minnesota City, Mn 0.00


Jailhouse Saloon WISSOTA Street Stocks

FEATURE

Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Race Points
1 4 1JR Tim Johnson Brainerd , Mn 35.00
2 1 2 Fred Prudoehl Winona , Mn 33.00
3 5 9 Adam Soltis Ladysmith , Wi 32.00
4 3 01 Shaun Mann Buffalo City, Wi 31.00
5 2 3R Danny Richards Mondovi , Wi 30.00
6 6 4J Jordan Becker Calendonia , Mn 29.00
7 7 12 Jake Hanson - 28.00
8 8 6 Andrew Ausman Pepin , Wi 27.00
9 9 99X Noah Grinstead Austin , Mn 0.00
9 9 99X Noah Grinstead Austin , Mn 0.00

Street Stock - HEAT

Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Race Points
1 3 2 Fred Prudoehl Winona , Mn 10.00
2 4 3R Danny Richards Mondovi , Wi 9.00
3 1 01 Shaun Mann Buffalo City, Wi 8.00
4 6 1JR Tim Johnson Brainerd , Mn 7.00
5 5 9 Adam Soltis Ladysmith , Wi 6.00
6 2 4J Jordan Becker Calendonia , Mn 5.00
7 9 12 Jake Hanson - 4.00
8 8 6 Andrew Ausman Pepin , Wi 3.00
9 7 99X Noah Grinstead Austin , Mn 2.00
9 7 99X Noah Grinstead Austin , Mn 2.00


Redbox+ 600 Mods

FEATURE

Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Race Points
1 7 40 Bob Cisewski Winona , Mn 120.00
2 9 01X Kyle Jumbeck Houston , Mn 115.00
3 2 32 Greg Wohletz Winona , Mn 110.00
4 1 K-9 John Griffin Caledonia , Mn 105.00
5 8 8 Curt Luhmann Rushford , Mn 100.00
6 4 80 Bruce Schmitt Fountain City, Wi 95.00
7 6 42 Chris Eide Rushford , Mn 90.00
8 15 51 David Benke Winona , Mn 85.00
9 3 1 Don Werner Rollingstone , Mn 80.00
10 5 19X Nicholas Wagner Trempealeau , Wi 75.00
11 10 9F John Hershberger Rochester , Mn 70.00
12 14 5 Eli Hershberger Mabell , Mn 65.00
13 16 88 Mike James Winona , Mn 60.00
14 12 17 Kurt Kramer Minnesota City, Mn 55.00
15 13 21 Joel Luhmann Rushford , Mn 50.00
16 11 47C Casey Indra - 45.00

600 Modifieds - HEAT 2

Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Race Points
1 3 K-9 John Griffin Caledonia , Mn 5.00
2 5 8 Curt Luhmann Rushford , Mn 4.00
3 8 9F John Hershberger Rochester , Mn 3.00
4 6 19X Nicholas Wagner Trempealeau , Wi 2.00
5 2 80 Bruce Schmitt Fountain City, Wi 1.00
6 7 17 Kurt Kramer Minnesota City, Mn 0.00
7 1 5 Eli Hershberger Mabell , Mn 0.00
8 4 88 Mike James Winona , Mn 45.00

600 Modifieds - HEAT 1

Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Race Points
1 2 32 Greg Wohletz Winona , Mn 5.00
2 3 01X Kyle Jumbeck Houston , Mn 4.00
3 6 40 Bob Cisewski Winona , Mn 3.00
4 5 1 Don Werner Rollingstone , Mn 2.00
5 4 42 Chris Eide Rushford , Mn 1.00
6 7 47C Casey Indra - 0.00
7 8 21 Joel Luhmann Rushford , Mn 0.00
8 1 51 David Benke Winona , Mn 0.00


Elmer's Auto Salvage MTS Pure Stocks

FEATURE

Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Race Points
1 3 5 Jason Havel Rice Lake, Wi 35.00
2 2 5R George Richards Mondovi , Wi 33.00
3 1 94 Lee Hager Kellogg , Mn 32.00
4 5 14 Jay Folz Rice Lake, Wi 31.00
5 4 97 Bobby Jr Fort Fountain , Wi 30.00

Pure Stock - HEAT

Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Race Points
1 2 97 Bobby Jr Fort Fountain , Wi 10.00
2 4 5R George Richards Mondovi , Wi 9.00
3 1 14 Jay Folz Rice Lake, Wi 8.00
4 5 5 Jason Havel Rice Lake, Wi 7.00
5 3 94 Lee Hager Kellogg , Mn 6.00


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