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FOSS AND WALSKI PRODUCE STORY-BOOK ENDING FOR "FOREVER 400" DALE NORTHRUP MEMORIAL AT MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY!
By Dan Bailey
FOUNTAIN CITY, WI (Friday June 1, 2018) – The "FOREVER 400" DALE NORTHRUP MEMORIAL at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY was designed by family members as an
evening to celebrate the life and times of an individual who was so deeply entrenched in motorsports at the local level, that people outside of the family would
join in the fun as well!
Memorial events are all about the memories - but on this magical evening, new memories were created as Keith Foss and Shaun Walski, racers who've BECOME part of
the extended Dale Northrup family, put together a couple finishes for the ages and created an almost unbelievable perfect finish to an already special night!
Stories like these are always hoped for . . . but, seldom do the emotionally satisfying endings play out. Friday's story, however, reads like the best possible
"happily ever after" from any, or every, children's fairy tale you've ever heard.
FOSS FASTEST IN RIVERCITY MANUFACTURING USRA MODIFIEDS
I can easily start with a quote from the May 4th article which chronicled the trip to MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY's Dahl Chevrolet Buick GMC Victory Lane:
"Keith Foss has tasted success often behind the wheel of the various race cars that he's piloted through his career. But Friday night he looked just as happy as
any first-time winner climbing from their car in Victory Lane. The smile was there, the sincere joy and happiness were there - no slowing down for Keith Foss."
But the memories of this Friday's events will, I will guess, overshadow many, if not all, past, current or potentially even future successes in Foss's racing
career. After winning the evening's opening Rivercity Manufacturing USRA Modified heat race, leaving the competition battling for scraps almost an entire second
behind, Foss carried the evening's "Feel Good Momentum" into the 25-Lap Dale Northrup Memorial USRA Modified Feature.
Starting from the outside of the second row, Foss's jump to the front was quick - but not without challengers. Surrounded by the fastest of the fast on the
evening - former Track Champion Jacob Bleess on the pole, USMTS contender Jake Timm outside front row, multi-time national champion Cory Crapser inside of the
After an early mis-step by Timm, Foss's battle for the lead was comprised of more slide-jobs, lane changes, groove options, and mind-games than the packed house
could handle. Lap after lap, Foss, Bleess and Crapser battled for superiority and a spot at the front of the pack - with the leader, and eventual winner being
decided - but not cemented, with just five laps to go.
A caution at the 20-lap mark ended the evening for Bleess one of the other top-5 racers, through the opening 20 laps, Dustin Sorenen. The resulting restart allowed
Foss to go while the going was good; opening up a separation of almost a second and a half, over Crapser, and racing his way to the story-book finish - and feature
"You know, this special wrap was a last minute decision", explained Foss, in Victory Lane, when asked about the special paint scheme that almost exactly matched the
historic Dale Northrup #400 that was on display for the memorial evening, "just finished it up last night. And for both Shaun (Walski) and I to get the wins on
this evening, it's very emotional.
"But tonight, all of this", Foss continued, emotions overwhelming his voice, as he pointed to the Grandstand & VIP area where 100 or more family members celebrated
while wearing yellow Dale Northrup Memorial t-shirts, "is really for them!"
Crapser crossed the line second, followed by defending Track Champion Josh Angst, 2009 Track Champion John Doelle & Winona's Erik Kanz!
WALSKI SETS UP STORY BOOK ENDING WITH B-MOD WIN
Before Foss's #400 (#95) could complete the highly talked about Story Book evening - Shaun Walski raced his #95 (the other 'main member' of the Northrup Family
related racing duo) to a Feature Victory himself!
After winning the second of three scheduled Black Horse Bar & Grill USRA B-Mod heat races, Walski jumped from the front row of the 27-car feature line-up and
topped the field leading every lap in a flag-to-flag feature win. Both Walski and Foss enjoying 'Clean Sweeps' (winning both their heat races and their features)
during the special memorial program.
In Walski's case, unfortunately, his win might (possibly) be over-shadowed by a bizarre synchronicity of events in the feature - before the checkered flag. On lap
three, while coming out of turn two, Jackson Hale's #28J swerved out of control and into traffic, collecting no fewer than six other cars. During the ensuing
tangle, Jackson's spinning B-Mod made contact with his brother Parker Hale's #28 - almost instantly BOTH Hale B-Mods began roll-overs at the end of the back
straight-away and into turn three.
This was the second B-Mod feature in a row that produced a "two car roll-over".
Eight laps later, Brian Kunda's #4 rolled over in turn four - making this the second straight B-Mod feature in a row containing a roll-over by a Kunda driven car
(in the prior B-Mod feature, Scott Kunda's B-Mod was the second car that rolled over in the now infamous Ryan Olson front-straight roll-over).
Thankfully, all drivers in all incidents, were O.K.!
When the checkered flag was waiving, Zach Brom, JT Wasmund, Andrew Bleess, & Jerry Young raced to top-5 finishes.
PROVINZINO WINS 600 MOD FEATURE ON FIRST RETURN
Joe Provinzino visits MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY whenever his busy schedule allows - and whenever he does, he seems to almost always find his way into
Friday's visit, his first of 2018's Tenth Anniversary Season, was no different; a race ending with his familiar Black & Green Joe Provo Racewear #89 in Victory
"I had to watch Chris (Gilbertson) for a couple laps; he's a great driver, and think of him as a friend", commented Provinzino in Victory Lane, with a good
natured chuckle and smile on his face, "but, if he though he was using the low groove - I got lower!"
Provinzino did, indeed, pass Gilbertson on the inside - to take the lead on lap five, and then raced to the checkered flag and feature win. Former Track Champion
Greg Wohletz and Gilbertson completed the top-3 at the line.
KRAUSE CRUZES TO HOBBY STOCK WIN
Travis Krause came back from a not-so-successful prior event to collect the Jailhouse Saloon USRA Hobby Stock Feature win. Racing forward from his starting spot
on the outside of the fourth row, Krause completed his charge to the front, winning ahead of Harmony, MN's Jay Mensink in second and LaCrosse, WI's Steve Dwyer
HOFER HANDLES LATE MODEL CHALLENGERS
Cochrane, WI's Lance Hofer continued his dominating start to the 2018 season by winning yet another Centerville Welding & Repair USRA Late Model Feature, presented
by Big Toy Storage!
His run at the top of the heap started with his run through the field, capped by passing 2016 Track Champion Justin Sass for the lead. Sass held on for second,
followed closely by rising Late Model star Alex Williamson, who finished third.
MARTENS MASTERS THE HORNETS
Don Martens raced to his second straight Harmston Trucking MTS Hornet's feature win, Friday night - followed closely by Chad Prissel & Seth Scholl.
BOLAND AND STOCKHAUSEN WINNERS ON LIGHTNING SPEEDWAY
Brady Boland raced his #88B to another Sunshine Refuse SR Slingshot feature win on The LIGHTNING SPEEDWAY, followed by Lilli Reps, Wyatt Hanson, Dylan Knutson, &
heat race winner Kolton Brauer.
In the Sunshine Refuse JR Slingshot division, Mason Stockhausen raced past heat race winner Owen Rosendahl to grab the JR Slingshot feature win.
MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY will once again roar to life next Friday June 8th with NAPA Auto Parts Night!
Green flag competition begins at 6 pm with the Sunshine Refuse SR. & JR. Slingshots on The LIGHTNING SPEEDWAY.
Action on "The Big 1/3 Mile" resumes immediately following the 7 PM Opening Ceremonies with green flag laps provided by
the Rivercity Manufacturing USRA Modifieds, Centerville Welding & Repair USRA Limited Late Models presented by Big Toy Storage, Black Horse Bar & Grill USRA
B-Mods, Jailhouse Saloon USRA Hobby Stocks, REDBOX+ 600 Mods, & Harmston Trucking MTS Hornets!
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.
- General Admission Grandstands Open at 5:00 PM
- Family Friendly General Admission Prices continue with ALL kids 12 & Under admitted ABSOLUTELY FREE!
- Adult Grandstand admission just $15!
- Senior Citizens (65 & Older) only $13!
- College Students (23 & Younger) and Teens (13-17) only $5!
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MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is presenting its "10th Anniversary Season" of top-notch dirt track action in Fountain City, WI. The high-banked 1/3 mile
dark-clay oval has becoming known as one of the best speedways in the upper Midwest presenting dirt track racing in a fan and family friendly atmosphere Friday
nights throughout the racing season.
For all details, continue visiting the MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY web site: www.MississippiThunder.com
RESULTS - FRIDAY JUNE 1st - "FOREVER 400" DALE NORTHRUP MEMORIAL
MTS results at MyLaps.com
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