A RETURN TO THE HIGH BANKS UP NEXT FOR BIG 8 LATE MODEL SERIES!

By: Eric Huenefeld
This Sunday evening July 13 marks the much anticipated return of the Big 8 Late Model Series presented by Gandrud Chevrolet to Slinger Super Speedway, as the ‘Best Weekly Warriors in the Country’ take to the ‘World’s Fastest Quarter Mile’ for the third time in Series history.

The ‘King of the High Banks’ 68 lap feature race will highlight Sunday night’s “Prelude to the Nationals,” which also includes the Mid-American Stock Car Series, Area Sportsman, Slinger Bees and Figure 8 racing. The ‘Prelude to the Nationals’ takes place just two night’s prior to the Speedway’s biggest event of the year, the ‘Slinger Nationals’ 199 lap Super Late Model race. The early entry list for this Sunday’s Big 8 Series tilt at Slinger is filled with several racers capable of capturing the trophy, including one of the hottest Late Model racers in the region right now, ‘Driver X’ Jon Reynolds Jr.

In the matter of just two weeks, Reynolds has pocketed multiple wins and big cash. On June 27, Reynolds led flag-to-flag at Madison International Speedway en route to his first Big 8 Series win of 2014. One night later, at Rockford Speedway, Reynolds stopped Alex Papini’s six-race win streak while coming from 20th starting spot to first in capturing the ‘Star Spangled 76,’ which added nearly $2100 to Reynolds’ bank account. Then, last Friday night at Dells Raceway Park, Reynolds made a bold last-lap move to snare his second straight Big 8 Series win, squeaking past Nick Nolden at the checkers.

Reynolds has seen much success at Slinger during his career, winning the track championship two times, while also claiming the inaugural Big 8 Series race at Slinger four years ago. But, before you install ‘Driver X’ as an early favorite, give an eye to other Slinger ‘hot shoes’ like current track point leader Danny Church, a three-time feature winner in 2014 at the legendary Wisconsin bull ring. Other Slinger veterans who look to be contenders Sunday night include former track champions Alex Prunty and ‘Insane’ Wayne Freimund, both of whom have found victory lane at this season. Big 8 regular Gregg Pawelski considers Slinger Super Speedway his ‘home track,’ and has came close to victory on the ‘high banks’ in 2014, while 12 year old Grant Greisbach will look to become the youngest driver ever to start a Big 8 Late Model Series race. John DeAngelis Jr is another driver hungry for his first Big 8 Series win. The 20 year old former ‘Slinger Nationals’ Late Model victor has been close to pocketing his first Big 8 win multiple times in the last 10 months and looks to be a favorite Sunday night the track where he began his career.

The Big 8 Series championship battle will be in focus Sunday night at Slinger, as current point leader Dale Nottestad looks to extend his slim advantage over teenager Austin Nason. Defending Big 8 Series champion Casey Johnson is looking to bounce back after a tenth place run last weekend in the Dells, which dropped him from first to fourth in the Series standings. Johnson has smelled success at Slinger before, finishing in the top three in last year’s Slinger Nationals Super Late Model race. Last week’s Fast Qualifier Tim Sargent and ‘Rocketman’ Dan Lensing also are gunning Slinger glory, along with veteran racers Steve Dobbratz and Mike Ehde. Two-time LaCrosse Fairground Speedway champion J Herbst, 2012 Big 8 Series Rookie of the Year Jesse Bernhagen and 2013 Series Rookie of the Year Casey Strese also have thrown their hats into the ring for this Sunday’s big event.

Pit Gates open Sunday afternoon at 2:30 PM, with Practice set to begin at 3:45 PM. Quartermaster Time Trials get underway at 5 PM, with racing slated to start at 6:30 PM. Spectator gates open at 4:30 PM, with Adult admission is $12, students (ages 12-17) and Seniors (ages 62 & up) are $8, Children (ages 6-11) are $2, while Kids 5 and under are admitted free!

For more information on Slinger Super Speedway and the ‘Prelude to the Nationals,’ please visit www.slingersuperspeedway.com or call 262-644-5921.

For more information on the Big 8 Late Model Series presented by Gandrud Chevrolet, please visit www.big8series.com.

Big 8 Late Model Series
Entry List (as of 7/11/14)
‘King of the High Banks 68’
Slinger Super Speedway
Sunday July 13 2014

2- Tim Sargent
5- Casey Johnson
5- Dave Edwards
7- John DeAngelis Jr
9- Danny Church
X- Jon Reynolds Jr
11- Alex Prunty
14- Austin Nason
15- Michael Clapper
17- Gregg Pawelski
17- Grant Greisbach
18- Mike Ehde
19- Dan Lensing
23- Casey Strese
27- Collin Olson
28- Jesse Bernhagen
33- Kevin Knuese
37- Mike Meyerhofer
38- Jeff Holtz
46- Tom Jasinski
49- Andy Evraets
50- Jake Gille
51- Dale Nottestad
52- Steve Dobbratz
55- Craig Phillips
57- Mark English
82- J Herbst
95.3- Wayne Freimund

REYNOLDS NIPS NOLDEN FOR SECOND STRAIGHT BIG 8 WIN!

By: Eric Huenefeld

Fireworks and a grand finale are all part of the scene on Fourth of July across this country.

The scene for Friday night’s Big 8 Late Model Series ‘North American Cup 68’ at Dells Raceway Park was much the same. A thrilling feature race with twenty-four of the best Late Model racers in the Midwest provided the fireworks during the balance of the event and on the last lap, an unpredictable grand finale took place thanks to Nick Nolden and Jon Reynolds Jr.

Nolden, the defending Dells Raceway Park track champion, led most of Friday night’s feature race, with Reynolds, winner of last Friday’s Big 8 event at Madison International Speedway, working feverishly to try and catch Nolden in the race’s final laps. Both drivers would go three wide through lap traffic on the final lap, with Nolden opening the door for Reynolds to make a bold move for the lead in the race’s final corner.

Nolden started the event from the outside front row, alongside defending Big 8 Series champion Casey Johnson, who inherited the pole position thanks to his win in the 8 lap ‘Odd’ Dash. Johnson and Nolden battled for the lead from the get-go, with Nolden edging Johnson for the lead on the first circuit, then clearing the pole sitter Johnson for the lead on lap three.

After falling from the pole, Johnson fell into a battle for second position with current Jefferson Speedway point leader Dale Nottestad. The two racers traded punches for the runner up position for the next several laps, before Johnson finally fell to third. Behind the top three, Reynolds began to make his move. The 2005 Big 8 Series champion, who started the race from seventh, climbed into the top five by lap 10.

The first yellow flag of the race appeared on lap 16, as Minnesota teenager Michael Ostdiek spun in turn three. The stoppage bunched up the field for the first restart of the night, which provided a little chaos. As the field tip-toed to green, the middle of the field began to resemble an accordion, with many cars becoming entangled in turn three. The green flag was pulled back and all cars involved in the melee were able to continue.

Following the double file restart, Nolden was able to set sail as the pack battled behind him. Nottestad and Johnson resumed their second place battle, while Reynolds slipped to fourth. Behind the top four, fast qualifier Tim Sargent was on the move. Sargent, who started the race in ninth place, was contending for a top five position when his car suddenly spun in turn four, bringing out the race’s next yellow flag. Sargent rejoined the field at the tail on the restart, then charged back to eleventh place by race’s end.

On the ensuing restart, Reynolds powered past Johnson for third. Johnson meanwhile, struggled to get back in line after choosing the high side of the track on the double file restart. Johnson eventually fell to eighth position during the green flag run. Over the next several laps, Nottestad challenged Nolden for the lead, closing the gap multiple times during the mid stages of the 68 lap affair. As the race ran into its final paces, Reynolds caught the lead battle and with ten laps to go, and quickly made a move on Nottestad for second.

While Reynolds and Nottestad wrestled for second, Nolden was able to build a comfortable lead over the balance of the field. After Reynolds made his move to second, Nolden began to reach lapped traffic. It seemed as if the lap cars would be Nolden’s best friend, forcing single file racing and keeping Reynolds at bay. However, in the race’s final lap, the cars that appeared to be in Nolden’s favor ended up helping Reynolds.

When the white flag waved, Nolden and Reynolds approached side-by-side lapped traffic in turn one. As the two leaders closed up, the two lapped cars split high and low on the backstretch, allowing both Nolden and Reynolds to go three-wide past the lapped cars. As Nolden made his move, he approached turn three, coasting to the second groove. Reynolds meanwhile, was able to put his car to the bottom of the track, increasing his closing speed on Nolden. The two cars were door-to-door in the middle of turns three and four, with paint being traded in the final corner.

As the two racers entered the front stretch, Reynolds was able to win the drag race back to line, nipping Nolden at the finish by the smallest of margins. The win was Reynolds’ second consecutive in Big 8 action and his third straight overall, following his win last Saturday night at his home track Rockford Speedway. Nolden’s runner up finish was his second top five in three Big 8 outings this year.

Nottestad was able to hold onto third and assumed the Big 8 Late Model Series points lead thanks to his efforts. Austin Nason finished the race in fourth and was the Powersource ‘Power Mover of the Race,’ advancing seven spots in the feature. Dan Lensing rounded out the top five.

AFTER SEVEN YEARS OF WAITING, BIG 8 RACING RETURNS TO DELLS RACEWAY PARK!

By: Eric Huenefeld

The year was 2007. George W Bush was still President, Apple released the first IPhone and the Big 8 Late Model Series presented by Gandrud Chevrolet made its first trip to Dells Raceway Park.

On that sweltering Tuesday evening in June, rookie Matt Byrne was quick qualifier, while eventual Series champion Ricky Bilderback made a late race move on Mike Lloyd to score his only Big 8 Series win in the 58 lap race.

Seven years later, the ‘Best Weekly Warriors in the Country’ are finally set to make their return to the central Wisconsin speed plant for a date this Friday night July 4 as part of the ‘North American Cup’ Racing Weekend!

Friday night’s tilt features another strong list of entrants including defending Dells Raceway Park (DRP) champion Nick Nolden. Nolden, who won more features than anyone else last season at DRP, has already pocketed three wins at his home track this year. Other local favorites joining Nolden on the entry list include former DRP track champions Rich Schumann Jr, Mike Ehde and ‘Rocketman’ Dan Lensing, who currently sits sixth in Big 8 point standings.

No driver may be riding more momentum into the weekend’s race at DRP than ‘Driver X’ Jon Reynolds Jr. Last Friday night, Reynolds captured his eighth career Big 8 Series trophy, leading every lap of the ‘Salute to America 48’ at Madison International Speedway. The following night, Reynolds went from 20th to 1st on his way to victory in Rockford Speedway’s ‘Star Spangled 76’, pocketing nearly $2100 for his efforts. Reynolds, the 2006 Big 8 Series champion, made a big move in the series points last weekend and another solid run would put him in the conversation for the Big 8 point lead.

Speaking of momentum, defending Big 8 Series champion Casey Johnson will be at DRP Friday night. Johnson, fresh off a feature win last Saturday at Jefferson Speedway, is looking for his second Big 8 win of the year. Teenager Austin Nason, runner up in current Big 8 standings and defending Jefferson Speedway track champion Dale Nottestad, also will be part of the star-studded field Friday night in the Dells.

Other drivers to watch this Friday night include current Elko Speedway point leader ‘Cruiser’ Chris Marek, two-time LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway champion J Herbst, 2012 Big 8 Series Rookie of the Year Jesse Bernhagen, 2011 Slinger Speedway champion ‘Insane’ Wayne Freimund and John DeAngelis Jr, who is currently third in DRP point standings and ninth in Big 8 Series standings.

Spectator gates open Friday at 4 PM, with Quartermaster Time Trials set to begin at 5:15 PM. A complete program of Big 8 racing begins at 7:15 PM, along with the opening night of racing for the ‘Bandit Summer Nationals’. Adult admissions in $15, seniors (ages 65+) are $13, Students (ages 10-15) are $7 while Kids 9 and under are admitted FREE!

For more information on Dells Raceway Park and the North American Cup, please visit www.dellsracewaypark.com.

For more information in the Big 8 Late Model Series presented by Gandrud Chevrolet, please visit www.big8series.com.

Big 8 Late Model Series
Expected Entries (36 as of 8 AM 7/3/14)
‘North American Cup’
Dells Raceway Park
Friday July 4 2014

2- Shayne Poehnelt
2- Tim Sargent
3- Chris Marek
03- Cody Kippenhan
5- Casey Johnson
5- Dave Edwards
7- John DeAngelis Jr
9- Tony Brutti
X- Jon Reynolds Jr
14- Austin Nason
15- Michael Clapper
16- Luke Westenberg
17- Eric Connell
17- Gregg Pawelski
17- Jon Lemke
18- Mike Ehde
19- Dan Lensing
21- Shane Morrissey
23- Casey Strese
27- Collin Olson
28- Jesse Bernhagen
29- Garrett Goodwin
37- Mike Meyerhofer
46- Tom Jasinski
50- Jake Gille
51-Dale Nottestad
52- Steve Dobbratz
55- Craig Phillips
57- Mark English
67- Nick Nolden
71- Morgan Schissel
82- J Herbst
88- Mark Miller
88- Ken Jacoby
93- John Beinlich
95.3- Wayne Freimund

REYNOLDS OUTRUNS NOTTESTAD FOR MIS CHECKERS!

(From track and series reports)

Jon Reynolds Jr. won the 48 lap feature for the Big 8 Late Models on Salute to America Night at Madison International Speedway.

Jon Reynolds Jr. and Kevin Knuese paced the field of twenty-four to the green flag. Reynolds Jr. took the lead from the top with Dan Lensing, Dale Nottestad, and Bobby Wilberg up to second through fourth. Nottestad and Wilberg were both able to pass Lensing on lap 5 but were still eight lengths behind the leader. The caution flag came out on lap 8 when Chris Marek’s machine stopped on the backstretch.

Reynolds Jr. maintained the lead with Nottestad, Wilberg, Tim Sargent, and Knuese in pursuit before the caution flag came out on lap 8 when Brady Liddle’s car spun in turn three. Wilberg had mechanical issues and was forced to take his car to the pits ending his night.

The race stayed green for just one lap before Michael Clapper spun on the backstretch. On the restart Reynolds Jr. and Nottestad jumped ahead of the field followed by Sargent, Knuese, and Lensing. A spin in turn two brought out the caution flag on lap 14.

Reynolds Jr. and Nottestad once again put more than ten lengths between themselves and the field while Lensing and Sargent were fighting it out for third. By lap 25 Reynolds Jr. had built a five car length lead over Nottestad with Lensing a distant third followed by Knuese and Sargent. On lap 33 Reynolds Jr. had to slow to get around lapped traffic allowing Nottestad to cut into his lead. But two laps later the lead was back to seven car lengths and growing. On lap 42 Casey Johnson was up to fourth after passing Knuese.

Only a caution flag could slow down Reynolds Jr., but it didn’t happen tonight as he cruised to victory lane. Nottestad finished second followed by Lensing, Johnson, and Austin Nason.

“I’ve spent most of my life up here watching my dad and other people race…I just love this place. It’s cool winning here,” said Reynolds Jr. from victory lane.

J Herbst won the twelve lap last chance race with Michael Clapper, Dave Edwards, and Casey Strese also transferring.

Transferring to the feature from the qualifying races were Bill Baumeister and Casey Johnson from the first race and Steve Dobbratz and Mike Ehde from the second.

Jon Reynolds Jr. won the first six lap dash while Kevin Knuese took home the win in the second. Both races determined the starting fourteen in the feature.

Bobby Wilberg set fast time in qualifying with a lap of 18.930 (95.087 mph).

FIVE STATES AND NUMEROUS CHAMPIONSHIPS REPRESENTED ON MIS ENTRY LIST!

A very diverse and exciting lineup of drivers has thrown their hat into the ring for this Friday night’s Big 8 Late Model Series presented by Gandrud Chevrolet ‘Salute to America 48’ at Madison International Speedway.

Drivers from Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan and Indiana have already entered for the event, with 30 track and series championships represented throughout the field. Local favorites such as multi-time track champion Bobby Wilberg, defending race winner Dale Nottestad and 2013 Big 8 Late Model Series champion Casey Johnson will look defend their home turf against the likes of ‘Rocketman’ Dan Lensing, ‘Cruiser’ Chris Marek, ‘Driver X’ Jon Reynolds Jr and many more!

The Madison Big 8 date has become a fan favorite, not only for the exciting on-track action, but also for the terrific Fireworks display that always accompanies the show. Once again this year, fans will be treated to the largest aerial fireworks display at any racetrack in the Midwest following the races. Along with the Big 8 excitement and the huge fireworks display, the Great Northern Sportsman Series and IMCA Vintage Cars will race in support of the ‘Best Weekly Warriors in the Country.’

Qualifying gets underway at 6 PM Friday night, with the first green flag set to wave at 7:30 PM. Adult admission is $15, with Students and Seniors admitted for $13. Children ages 6-11 are admitted for $5, while all kids 5 and under are admitted free! All current and retired Military Personnel will be admitted free with proof of service while current Boy and Girl Scouts will also be admitted free.

For more information on Madison International Speedway, please visit www.madisoninternationalspeedway.com or call 608/835-9700. For more information on the Big 8 Late Model Series presented by Gandrud Chevrolet, please visit www.big8series.com.

Big 8 Late Model Series presented by Gandrud Chevrolet
Expected Entries
‘Salute to America 48’
Madison International Speedway
(as of 6/26/14 12 PM)

2- Kyle Kirberger
2- Tim Sargent
3- Chris Marek
5- Casey Johnson
5- Dave Edwards
7- John DeAngelis Jr.
9- Tony Brutti
X- Jon Reynolds Jr.
12- Bill Baumeister
14- Austin Nason
15- Michael Clapper
17- Eric Connell
17- Gregg Pawelski
18- Mike Ehde
18- Brady Liddle
19- Dan Lensing
21- Shane Morrissey
23- Casey Strese
27- Collin Olson
28- Jesse Bernhagen
28- Bobby Wilberg
29- Garrett Goodwin
33- Kevin Knuese
37- Mike Meyerhofer
39- Ryan Goldade
46- Tom Jasinski
46- Ryan Miles
49- Andy Evraets
50- Jake Gille
51- Dale Nottestad
52- Steve Dobbratz
55- Craig Phillips
57- Mark English
67- Nick Nolden
71- Morgan Schissel
82- J Herbst
87- Brent Edmunds
88- Mark Miller
95.3- Wayne Freimund

Entry Forms for Big 8 Slinger and Wausau Events Now Online

Slinger Entry | State Park Entry

The Big 8 Late Model Series presented by Gandrud Chevrolet returns to “The World’s Fastest 1/4 Mile” during the King of the High Banks 68 at Slinger Speedway on Sunday night July 13. The Series featuring top weekly Late Model racers from across the region will finish a busy July on Friday night July 25 at State Park Speedway in Wausau, WI when they headline the opening evening of the Larry Detjens Memorial. Entry forms for both events are now online at www.big8series.com
The next event for the Big 8 Series is this Friday June 27 at Madison International Speedway before a long awaited return to Dells Raceway park on Friday July 4.

THROUGH RAIN, WIND AND LAPPED TRAFFIC, JOHNSON DELIVERS AT COLUMBUS

Casey Johnson fought through a rain delay, power outage, and lapped traffic to emerge victorious in the Big 8 Late Model Series presented by Gandrud Chevrolet feature event Memorial Day Monday at Columbus 151 Speedway.

After three aborted starts to the event and with more threatening weather on the way, the race got underway with an announced distance of thirty-nine laps instead of the scheduled seventy-eight laps, with another rain storm fast approaching. Pole sitter and Columbus regular Brady Liddle showed the way early in the event over teenager Brent Edmunds, making his third Big 8 Series start. As the race settled in, Liddle continued to lead Edmunds, with Johnson quickly making his way to the front.

With the advancing storms apparent, a sense of urgency was felt by all competitors. Johnson especially felt this urgency, working inside of Edmunds for the second spot. As Johnson advanced through the field, Austin Nason followed the defending Big 8 Series champion through traffic. As Johnson advanced to second, Nason grabbed third. Only a few laps later, Johnson used the traffic to grab the lead from Liddle. As Johnson moved to the lead, Nason followed Johnson and assumed second place, dropping Liddle to third. Nason worked hard to find a way around Johnson, but lapped traffic worked in Johnson’s favor, as he was able to keep Nason at bay.

One final caution flew with four laps remaining, setting up a sprint to the finish. Johnson pulled away from the pack at the drop of the green, cruising to the victory. Nason matched his best ever Big 8 finish with a second place effort. Edmunds claimed third, his first podium finish in the Big 8 Series. Defending Dells Raceway Park champion Nick Nolden came home in fourth, with defending Jefferson Speedway Champion Dale Nottestad rounding out the top five.

(Thanks to Charlie Spry for his help and contributions to this report)

TOP REGIONAL RACERS SET TO CONVERGE ON COLUMBUS THIS MONDAY!

By: Eric Huenefeld

It appears that the lengthy wait to get the 2014 season underway for the Big 8 Late Model Series presented by Gandrud Chevrolet will be well worth it.

When the ‘Best Weekly Warriors in the County’ gather this Monday May 26 at Columbus (WI) 151 Speedway, a solid cast of racers from across the region are set to greet those in attendance.

Champions from tracks across the region along with former Big 8 Series champions are among the names who have entered their machines for the Memorial Day tilt. The field ranges from drivers who have experienced victory at the tight quarter mile facility, to drivers who have never even seen the bullring located northeast of Wisconsin’s capitol city.

Leading the charge are the two drivers who battled for last season’s Big 8 Series championship, Casey Johnson and Dale Nottestad. Johnson, the two-time Jefferson Speedway track champion, bested Nottestad for the 2014 Big 8 title by the smallest of margins in a thrilling finale at the Oktoberfest Race Weekend last October. Putting the heartbreak of 2013 in his rear view, Nottestad has started 2014 strong by winning a feature at Jefferson Speedway while also holding the track point lead. Nottestad does have a Big 8 podium finish to his credit at Columbus, taking third place in the series’ first ever race at the track in 2011.

Two top weekly racers and reigning track champions will race on the same track for the first time ever on Monday, as defending Dells Raceway Park champion Nick Nolden and defending Elko Speedway champion ‘Cruiser’ Chris Marek have both filed their entries for the holiday afternoon matinee. Nolden was dominant last season at Dells Raceway Park, picking up six feature wins on the way to his first ever track championship. Nolden has already started 2014 strong, winning one feature and setting a new Late Model track record. Marek was equally strong in 2013, winning four features at Elko en route to the track championship. Marek also closed 2013 winning two of the last three Big 8 Series races (Elko and LaCrosse) while also winning the ‘JMcK 63’ Invitational at Oktoberfest.

Other track or series champions who have thrown their hat in the ring for this Monday at Columbus include 2010 Rockford Speedway champion Tim Sargent, two-time Slinger Speedway champion and former Big 8 Series champion ‘Driver X’ Jon Reynolds Jr, former Dells Raceway Park champions Mike Ehde and ‘Rocketman’ Dan Lensing, two-time LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway champion J Herbst and former Slinger Super Speedway champion ‘Insane’ Wayne Freimund.

The racing youth movement will also be represented Monday at Columbus 151, as 2013 Big 8 Series Rookie of the Year Casey Strese and 2012 Big 8 Series Rookie of the Year Jesse Bernhagen have committed to the race. Bernhagen has tasted past success at the mighty quarter mile, finishing fourth in his rookie campaign two years ago. Also entered for the all-star event are Hubertus Wisconsin’s John DeAngelis Jr and Roscoe Illinois’ Austin Nason. Both DeAngelis and Nason have been busy early this 2014 season, competing in both Big 8 Late Model and Super Late Model races regionally.

To go along with the Late Model excitement, the Great Northern Sportsman Series (GNSS) opens their season at Columbus this Monday. The GNSS event at Columbus 151 marks the series’ first ever trip to the facility. Also appearing on the busy holiday afternoon card will be the four-cylinder ‘Bandit Blast’ and the Back Up Cars, a Columbus 151 Speedway staple.

Spectator gates open Monday at Noon, with time trials set to begin at 12:30 PM. Racing begins at 2 PM, with a full slate of preliminaries and feature races for the Big 8 Late Models, GNSS and Bandits plus the ‘wild n crazy’ Back Up Race . Adult general admission tickets are $15, Children ages 6-10 are $5 with kids ages 5 and under admitted free.

Columbus 151 Speedway is located northeast of Madison on US 151 at Exit 111 between Columbus and Sun Prairie. For more information on Columbus 151 Speedway, please visit www.columbus151.com or call 920-623-4393.

For more information about the Big 8 Late Model Series presented by Gandrud Chevrolet, please visit www.big8series.com.

Entry List (as of 5/22/14)
4th Annual Memorial Day Special
Big 8 Late Model Series
Columbus (WI) 151 Speedway
Monday, May 26, 2014

2 Kyle Kirberger Ramsey, MN
2 Tim Sargent South Beloit, IL
03 Cody Kippenhan Menasha, WI
3 Chris Marek Lakeville, MN
5 Casey Johnson Edgerton, WI
5 Dave Edwards Salem, WI
7 John DeAngelis Jr Hubertus, WI
X Jon Reynolds Jr Rockford, IL
14 Austin Nason Roscoe, IL
15 Michael Clapper Dane, WI
17 Eric Connell Ft Atkinson, WI
17 Gregg Pawelski Muskego, WI
18 Mike Ehde Prairie du Chien, WI
18 Brady Liddle Oregon, WI
19 Dan Lensing Roscoe, IL
23 Casey Strese Johnson Creek, WI
28 Jesse Bernhagen Markesan, WI
30 Mark Hartline Gilberts, IL
32 Mike Meyerhofer Hilbert, WI
41 Mike Taylor Stoughton, WI
46 Tom Jasinski Pewaukee, WI
46 Ryan Miles Crystal Lake, IL
50 Jake Gille Machesney Park, IL
51 Dale Nottestad Cambridge, WI
52 Steve Dobbratz Rio, WI
57 Mark English Edgerton, WI
66 Adam Peschek Oconomowoc, WI
67 Nick Nolden Sun Prairie, WI
82 J Herbst West Salem, WI
84 Jake Vanoskey Hartford, WI
87 Brent Edmunds Monticello, WI
88 Mark Miller Columbus, WI
95.3 Wayne Freimund Elkhorn, WI

POWERSOURCE PERFORMANCE ENGINES REWARDING BIG 8 SERIES’ ‘UNSUNG HERO!’

By: Eric Huenefeld

Powersource Performance Engines of Ingleside Illinois has been a long-time supporter of the Big 8 Late Model Series presented by Gandrud Chevrolet and short track racing in our region. At the conclusion of the 2014 racing season, Powersource will continue its support of local racers with a show of appreciation and generosity that recognizes one of the Big 8 Series’ ‘unsung heroes.’

Beginning this season, Powersource Performance Engines will hand out the ‘Unsung Hero Award’ at the Big 8 Late Model Series Championship Banquet in January. The ‘Unsung Hero Award’ will go to a driver who finishes no higher than sixth in final series points and has attended a minimum of 75% of the series’ events. The ‘Unsung Hero Award’ is designed to recognize the grassroots racer who supports the series wherever it goes. The Unsung Hero prize package includes a free engine rebuild, including all labor, valued at over $2000.

Powersource Performance Engines was founded over 20 years ago to supply quality performance engines and machine work to the nation’s finest oval track and endurance racers. Through the years, Powersouce has expanded its reach into the marine, street performance, and vintage market. Powersource has also become a familiar name on the regional short track racing scene, powering several top racers in recent years. Since 2008, the Powersource ‘Power Mover of the Race’ $100 bonus has been awarded to the driver who advances the most positions in each and every Big 8 Series feature event.

For more information about Powersource Performance Engines, please visit their website www.powersourceengines.com or call them at 847-587-8999.

For more information about the Big 8 Late Model Series presented by Gandrud Chevrolet, please visit www.big8series.com.

MONDAY MATINEE AWAITS BIG 8’S BEST AT COLUMBUS!

By: Eric Huenefeld

Following a rain out last month at Rockford Speedway, a bullring battle awaits the ‘Best Weekly Warriors in the Country’ this Monday afternoon.

The Big 8 Late Model Series presented by Gandrud Chevrolet officially kicks off its tenth anniversary season Memorial Day Monday May 26 at Columbus 151 Speedway, the tight quarter mile oval located northeast of Madison Wisconsin.

This season marks the fourth consecutive season the Big 8 Late Model Series has scheduled a stop in Columbus on Memorial Day Monday. Back in 2011, scorching weather and wild racing were the name of the game. When the dust settled on that inaugural 68 lap affair, four-time Big 8 champion Jeremy Miller held off eventual series champion Steve Rubeck for the victory.

In 2012, Miller was in line for another Columbus triumph. However, late race lap traffic hampered Miller’s chances, and opened the door for Ryan Carlson. Carlson completed a three wide pass for the lead with three laps to go, clearing both Miller and the lapped traffic, en route to his last Big 8 Series win to date.

Last season’s event was cancelled due to a day-long deluge on Memorial Day, making Monday’s return to Columbus a much anticipated return. A record number of entrants for the Columbus event include representatives from nine tracks throughout the Midwest. Twenty track and series championships are represented and drivers from Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa all plan to converge on Columbus 151 Speedway Memorial Day Monday, looking to take top honors in the 78 lap feature event.

Along with the Late Model excitement, the Great Northern Sportsman Series (GNSS) opens their second season this Monday at Columbus. The GNSS event at Columbus 151 marks the series’ first ever trip to the facility. Also appearing on the busy holiday afternoon card will be the four-cylinder ‘Bandit Blast’ and the Back Up Cars, a Columbus 151 Speedway staple.

Spectator gates open Monday at Noon, with time trials set to begin at 12:30 PM. Racing begins at 2 PM, with a full slate of preliminaries and feature races for the Big 8 Late Models, GNSS and Bandits plus the ‘wild n crazy’ Back Up Race . Adult general admission tickets are $15, Children ages 6-10 are $5 with kids ages 5 and under admitted free.

Columbus 151 Speedway is located northeast of Madison on US 151 at Exit 111 between Columbus and Sun Prairie. For more information on Columbus 151 Speedway, please visit www.columbus151.com or call 920-623-4393.

For more information about the Big 8 Late Model Series presented by Gandrud Chevrolet, please visit www.big8series.com.