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2018 MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY CHAMPIONSHIP AWARDS BANQUET!
RACING FAITHFUL REFUSE TO BE BEAT BY THE HEAT AT MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY!
By Dan Bailey
FOUNTAIN CITY, WI (Friday June 29, 2018) – Heat Index around 115 degrees, Humidity about as close to triple digits as humans can tolerate - and still, the racing
faithful visited MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY for their Friday-Night-Fix of dirt-track racing action!
Sure, the uncomfortable weather did convince some fans and racers to skip the evening; but, those who did turn out, were treated to a great night of battles for
positions and wins!
HOFER REMAINS UNBEATEN
Lance Hofer continues to impress! After allowing the tech team to tear down his #11 Complete Filtration Resources Late Model the week prior (which, by the
way, produced not even a single infraction), Hofer returned on this hot and steamy Friday to race his way, yet again, to the front of the field to grab his fifth
straight Centerville Welding & Repair USRA Late Model Feature presented by Big Toy Storage in 2018!
Hofer seemed to take it all in stride in Victory Lane, "Actually, the tear down helped us notice a few things we might not have noticed otherwise, rings and
stuff like that."
The competition, tech team or even the heat were actually the least of Hofer's worries as he climbed from his car red watering eyes, "This has never happened to
me before," he explained, "I think I got something in my eyes, between my eyes and my contacts - I'm lucky the race didn't last much longer, because it was
getting to the point were I almost couldn't see!"
Hofer was once again followed to the checkered flag by 2016 Track Champion Justin Sass, with the #88 of Troy Langowski, #47 of Alex Williamson & #13 of Ryan Konkel
completing the top-5, in that order.
ANGST GRABS RIVERCITY MANUFACTURING USRA MODIFIEDS FEATURE
The Rivercity Manufacturing USRA Modified feature produced a wild turn of events on way to the checkered flag!
3-time, and defending Track Champion, Josh Angst led the field for the opening 7 laps before Jake Timm zipped past to pace the field for the following 16.
Once the duo passed the 20-lap mark of the scheduled 25 laps, Angst mounted a charge, reeling in the #49 of Timm and setting up a battle to the finish. But, as
the top two closed in on the end of the race, they were also closing in on the cars at the tail end of the lead lap. Coming through turn four, headed toward the
white flag, both Timm and Angst went to the outside lane on the front straight to clear traffic.
Everyone in racing knows that two cars can't occupy the same space - contact occurred and the resultant caution set up a green-white-checkered shootout to the
The restart, and race to the checkers allowed Angst to pounce; bringing along with him the #35 of Dave Baxter (who'd been closing in on the top-2 before the
caution). Timm faded to a third place finish with Angst holding a 3/4-second advantage over Baster at the line!
Angst, and family, celebrated his long awaited return to Victory Lane with a smile filled 'selfie' for MTS Social Media!
Baxter and Timm completed the top-3, followed by Jacob Bleess & Bob Timm.
HALE PLAYS THE SPOILER TO MANN's EFFORTS
"Bitter-Sweet" doesn't even begin to describe Colby Mann's evening. "Heart-Breaking", maybe?
Compliments of a HUGE lead he'd built up through the opening 17 laps of the Black Horse Bar & Grill USRA B-Mod feature, the 16 year-old racer from Caledonia, MN
looked ready to finally bust his way into Victory Lane with his #60. A last-lap caution, and an un-forgiving Defending Champion, put an end to Mann's hopes.
Parker Hale use a late-race restart, and the extreme outside groove to race his way around Mann and steal the feature win, relegating Mann runner-up status.
"If it weren't for that caution," admitted Hale, during his Victory Lane interview, "it would be Colby standing here not me." Mann, meanwhile, showed maturity
beyond his 16-years with a post-race social media thought, "Lead 17 of 18 laps just missed the most important one. Tough one to swallow but a fun race and still
a good run."
Prior week's first-time winner, Taylor Skauge worked the field for a third place finish, with Kadden Kath and Jackson Hale finishing fourth and fifth, respectively.
BUMPER BATTLE GIVE KRAUSE HOBBY STOCK WIN
Travis Krause used persistence and perseverance to sneak out a win in the competetive Jailhouse Saloon USRA Hobby Stock feature.
A feature, lead almost entirely by La Crosse, WI's Steve Dwyer, changed in an instance when Krause was able to work by on the final two laps to snag the win.
Dwyer finished second with Jay Mensink in third.
GILBERTSON WINS 600 FEATURE WITH FAMILY AT THE TRACK
"This almost never works," smiled Chris Gilbertson after winning the evening's redbox+ 600 Mod feature, "usually when I bring my extended family to watch me race,
something always seems to go wrong. But tonight, with my dad's birthday tomorrow, and everybody enjoying the night in the MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY VIP
SUITE - oh, I couldn't be happier!"
Gilbertson worked past Kurt Kramer's #17 on lap 3 and raced away from the field to capture the family-friendly win. Defending Track Champion Bruce Schmitt battled
the pack to eek out a second place finish, just ahead of Kramer.
SCHLOEGEL WINS HORNET FEATURE
One week after putting forth his efforts to raise awareness, and funds, for his fellow veterans, Defending Track Champion Jason Schloegel raced to Harmston
Trucking MTS Hornet feature win at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY!
Moving through the field from his starting spot in the fourth row, Schloegel beat point leader Don Martens to the checkered flag, with Dewey Samuelson racing his
#17 to a third place finish.
BOLAND AND STOCKHAUSEN WINNERS AGAIN ON THE LIGHTNING SPEEDWAY
Brady Boland raced his #88B past the competition to grab another Sunshine Refuse SR Slingshot feature win on The LIGHTNING SPEEDWAY, while Mason Stockhausen
made it three in a row with his JR Slingshot feature win.
MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY will once again roar to life Friday July 6th with The TENTH ANNUAL RIVERCITY RUMBLE!
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 for this special event:
- Adult Grandstand admission just $18!
- Senior Citizens (65 & Older) $16!
- College Students (23 & Younger) and Teens (13-17) only $5!
- with ALL kids 12 & Under admitted ABSOLUTELY FREE!
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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 29th
MTS results at MyLaps.com
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