10/7/2017 – Oktoberfest Race Weekend – Big 8 Late Model Series Results

A-Main 01 — 1. Ty Majeski, Seymour, Wis; 2. Jeremy Miller, Rockford; 3. Brody Willett, Alburnett, Iowa; 4. Tim Sargent, South Beloit; 5. Jacob Goede, Carver, Minn.; 6. Derek Lemke, Shakopee, Minn.; 7. Ty Reedy, Holmen, Wis; 8. Austin Nason, Roscoe; 9. Michael Bilderback, South Beloit; 10. Griffin McGrath, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; 11. Joe Neisius, Rosemount, Minn.; 12. Owin Giles, New Market, Minn.; 13. Michael Ostdiek, Lakeville, Minn.; 14. Justin Neisius, Eagan, Minn.; 15. Zack Riddle, Cottage Grove, Wis; 16. J. Herbst, LaCrosse, Wis; 17. John Baumeister, Jr., Beloit, Wis; 18. Ryan Kamish, Farmington, Minn.; 19. Bobby Wilberg, Beloit, Wis; 20. Mike Ehde, Prairie du Chien, Wis; 21. Jacob Zellmer, Burlington, Wis; 22. Jon Lemke, Shakopee, Minn.; 23. Nick Clements, West Salem, Wis; 24. Brian Back, Rudolph, Wis; 25. Jeremy Lepak, Ringle, Wis; 26. Nick Egan, Slinger, Wis.

Last Chance “A” 01 — 1. Jeremy Lepak, Ringle, Wis; 2. Ryan Kamish, Farmington, Minn.; 3. Owin Giles, New Market, Minn.; 4. Matt Lundberg, Rockton; 5. Carter Christianson, West Salem, Wis; 6. Jacob Zellmer, Burlington, Wis; 7. Jessie Pokszyk, Freindship, Wis; 8. Nick Clements, West Salem, Wis; 9. Todd Kamish, Lakeville, Minn.; 10. Billy Baumeister, Janesville, Wis; 11. Zach Braun, Slinger, Wis; 12. Tyler Hromadka, Brookfield, Wis.

Last Chance “A” 02 — 1. Michael Ostdiek, Lakeville, Minn.; 2. J. Herbst, LaCrosse, Wis; 3. John Baumeister, Jr., Beloit, Wis; 4. Bryan Wrolstad, Fairbault, Minn.; 5. Thayran Rezin, Tomah, Wis; 6. Ryan Gutknecht, Franklin, Wis; 7. Michael Bilderback, South Beloit; 8. Jacob Vanoskey, Hartford, Wis; 9. Danny Heying, Watertown, Wis; 10. Braison Bennett, Neenah, Wis.

Last Chance “A” 03 — 1. Mike Ehde, Prairie du Chien, Wis; 2. Bobby Wilberg, Beloit, Wis; 3. Nick Egan, Slinger, Wis; 4. Matthew Henderson, Coon Valley, Wis; 5. Bret Widdis, Marinette, Wis; 6. Craig Phillips, Edgerton, Wis; 7. Tony Leis, Bangor, Wis; 8. Mark Greb, Coralville, Iowa; 9. Troy Hintzsche, Genoa; 10. Jonathan Eckelberg, West Salem, Wis; 11. Grant Brown, Prior Lake, Minn..

Time Trial — 1. Ty Majeski, Seymour, Wis; 2. Jeremy Miller, Rockford; 3. Jacob Goede, Carver, Minn.; 4. Griffin McGrath, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; 5. Ty Reedy, Holmen, Wis; 6. Joe Neisius, Rosemount, Minn.; 7. Justin Neisius, Eagan, Minn.; 8. Austin Nason, Roscoe; 9. Tim Sargent, South Beloit; 10. Derek Lemke, Shakopee, Minn.; 11. Brody Willett, Alburnett, Iowa; 12. Brian Back, Rudolph, Wis; 13. Jon Lemke, Shakopee, Minn.; 14. Zack Riddle, Cottage Grove, Wis; 15. Jeremy Lepak, Ringle, Wis; 16. Michael Ostdiek, Lakeville, Minn.; 17. Grant Brown, Prior Lake, Minn.; 18. Owin Giles, New Market, Minn.; 19. J. Herbst, LaCrosse, Wis; 20. Mike Ehde, Prairie du Chien, Wis; 21. Michael Beamish, Eagan, Minn.; 22. Todd Oliver, Bangor, Wis; 23. Bobby Wilberg, Beloit, Wis; 24. Matt Lundberg, Rockton; 25. Brett Wenzel, Manitowoc, Wis; 26. Jerry Mueller, Richfield, Wis; 27. Nick Clements, West Salem, Wis; 28. John Baumeister, Jr., Beloit, Wis; 29. Matthew Henderson, Coon Valley, Wis; 30. Carter Christianson, West Salem, Wis; 31. Bryan Wrolstad, Fairbault, Minn.; 32. Nick Egan, Slinger, Wis; 33. Zach Braun, Slinger, Wis; 34. Ryan Gutknecht, Franklin, Wis; 35. Craig Phillips, Edgerton, Wis; 36. Jessie Pokszyk, Freindship, Wis; 37. Thayran Rezin, Tomah, Wis; 38. Troy Hintzsche, Genoa; 39. Jacob Zellmer, Burlington, Wis; 40. Braison Bennett, Neenah, Wis; 41. Mark Greb, Coralville, Iowa; 42. Billy Baumeister, Janesville, Wis; 43. Michael Bilderback, South Beloit; 44. Bret Widdis, Marinette, Wis; 45. Todd Kamish, Lakeville, Minn.; 46. Jacob Vanoskey, Hartford, Wis; 47. Jonathan Eckelberg, West Salem, Wis; 48. Tyler Hromadka, Brookfield, Wis; 49. Jon Reynolds, Jr., Loves Park; 50. Tyler Brown, Carol Stream; 51. Danny Heying, Watertown, Wis; 52. Tony Leis, Bangor, Wis; 53. Ryan Kamish, Farmington, Minn..

BIG 8 SEASON WRAPS AT FEST SATURDAY, BILDERBACK LOOKS TO KEEP MAKING HISTORY

By: Eric Huenefeld

The twelfth season of the Big 8 Late Model Series comes to an end this Saturday night at the 48th Annual Oktoberfest Race Weekend and while this season’s Big 8 Late Model Series championship has already been decided, there are still quite a few things to keep an eye on as the “Best Weekly Warriors in the Country” trek to western Wisconsin.

First and foremost, Oktoberfest has always welcomed the largest and deepest field of Big 8 racers each and every year. Since 2005, an average of 52 drivers have entered the Big 8 portion of Oktoberfest, with champions and challengers taking to the track from all corners of the Midwest. This year, expect a field of 50 or more Big 8 cars at Oktoberfest with as many as 70 track and series championships between them. Add that solid driver roster with the recently updated Big 8 “Qualifying Race” format and you’ve got a recipe for a sure-fire short track extravaganza!

A second thing to keep an eye on this weekend is Michael Bilderback. The South Beloit Illinois resident locked up his slice of history last Saturday night at Rockford Speedway, thanks to a dominant win the 108 lap Big 8 Late Model Series National Short Track Championship race. The win, coupled with issues for current points runner up Jeremy Miller, locked up the 2017 Big 8 Late Model Series championship for Bilderback and in the process made him the first driver ever to win three consecutive Big 8 Late Model Series titles. The win also tied Bilderback with Miller at the top of the all-time Big 8 Late Model Series wins list.

Bilderback has a chance at even more history this weekend at LaCrosse, a track where he still seeks a Big 8 Late Model Series win. Victory in Saturday’s 68 lap main event would mean a fifth win on the 2017 Big 8 tour for Bilderback, tying him with Ross Kenseth for the most prolific season in Big 8 Series history. Kenseth won five of nine races in 2009, while Bilderback is seeking a fifth conquest in eight tries this season. A win Saturday would be Bilderback’s 25th Late Model win since the beginning of 2015.

Another thing to watch at Oktoberfest will be the battle for sixth place in Big 8 points, important because it insures a driver eligibility in Sunday afternoon’s ‘JMcK 63’ All Star Invite, ran in memory of John McKarns. Coming into Oktoberfest, Jerry Mueller currently sits fifth in Big 8 points, eight markers ahead of Jake Zellmer, who is already locked into the JMcK with two weekly wins at Dells Raceway Park this year. NASCAR Illinois Rookie of the Year Jake Vanoskey currently sits seventh in Big 8 points, just 26 points behind Zellmer. Nearly 80 drivers are eligible for Sunday’s JMcK, including 2017 weekly track feature winners, past JMcK winners and the top six in Big 8 Late Model Series points.

For more information on the 48th Oktoberfest Race Weekend, please visit oktoberfestraceweekend.com. For more information on the Big 8 Late Model Series, please visit big8series.com.

BILDERBACK CLINCHES BIG 8 TITLE, EYES MORE HISTORY SUNDAY

By: Eric Huenefeld

Saturday night at Rockford Speedway, Michael Bilderback did what he’s done more than anyone else since the beginning of the 2015 racing season; win races.

The South Beloit native bagged his 24th win in three years in a dominant effort during the 108 lap Big 8 Late Model Series event which was part of the 52nd Annual National Short Track Championships (NSTC).

Bilderback, who started the race from the eleventh position, made his was to the front on lap 27 after a brief battle with polesitter Dale Nottestad. Following the pass for the lead, Bilderback was rarely challenged. Half of that fact was due to Bilderback’s sheer dominance, while the other half was due to the pace of the race. The 26-car starting field ran the 108 lap race in just 45 minutes, with only three yellow flags stopping the event. The final caution flew on lap 46, meaning the final 62 circuits of the race were run under green flag conditions.

The win, coupled with trouble for four-time Series champion Jeremy Miller, clinched an unprecedented third consecutive Big 8 Late Model Series championship for Bilderback, who also tied Miller for first place on the all-time Big 8 Series wins list with 12 feature wins.

In reference to National Short Track Championships, Bilderback is also on the cusp of not only more history, but a sizeable bonus on Sunday afternoon; if the 26 year old driver can win the 200 lap Super Late Model National Short Track Championship race, he will pocket a $1500 bonus for becoming the first ever driver to win all three Late Model features at NSTC in a single year.

Cambridge Wisconsin’s Dale Nottestad came home in second place, after leading 13 laps early in the event, with four-time Big 8 NSTC winner Jon Reynolds Jr taking third position. Former Rockford Speedway Track Champion Alex Papini finished fourth, with Iowa teenager Brody Willett rounding out the top five.

OFFICIAL RESULTS
Big 8 Late Model Series ‘108’
52nd National Short Track Championships
Rockford Speedway

1. Michael Bilderback South Beloit, IL
2. Dale Nottestad Cambridge, WI
3. Jon Reynolds Jr Loves Park, IL
4. Alex Papini Rockford, IL
5. Brody Willett Alburnett, IA
6. Bobby Wilberg Beloit, WI
7. Adam Peschek Oconomowoc, WI
8. Jake Zellmer Muskego, WI
9. Tom Gille Winnebago, IL
10. John Baumeister Jr Beloit, WI
11. John Beinlich Cary, IL
12. Jake Vanoskey Hartford, WI
13. Chris Storey Burlington, WI
14. Jerry Mueller Richfield, WI
15. Dennis Smith Jr South Beloit, IL
16. Jeff Wakeman Streator, IL
17. Cody Kippenhan Ypslianti, MI
18. Ryan Kamish Farmington, MN
19. Steve Rubeck Rockford, IL
20. Jeremy Miller Rockford, IL
21. Tyler Hromadka Brookfield, WI
22. RJ Braun Wales, WI
23. Mike Lloyd Davis, IL
24. Jake Gille Winnebago, IL
25. Max Kahler Caledonia, IL
26. Jerry Gille Roscoe, IL

Fast Qualifier: Miller (New Track Record)
Prelim Winners: Miller, Bilderback, Smith Jr, Nottestad, Beinlich
Entries: 30 Big 8 Late Models

2017 NSTC / Rockford Speedway Results

A-Main 01 — 1. Michael Bilderback, South Beloit; 2. Dale Nottestad, Cambridge, Wis; 3. Jon Reynolds, Jr., Loves Park; 4. Alex Papini, Rockford; 5. Brody Willett, Alburnett, Iowa; 6. Bobby Wilberg, Beloit, Wis; 7. Adam Peschek, Oconomowoc, Wis; 8. Jacob Zellmer, Burlington, Wis; 9. Tom Gille, Winnebago; 10. John Baumeister, Jr., Beloit, Wis; 11. John Beinlich, Prairie View; 12. Jacob Vanoskey, Hartford, Wis; 13. Chris Storey, Burlington, Wis; 14. Jerry Mueller, Richfield, Wis; 15. Dennis Smith, Jr (r), South Beloit; 16. Jeff Wakeman, Streator; 17. Cody Kippenhan, Ypsilanti, Mich.; 18. Ryan Kamish, Farmington, Minn.; 19. Steve Rubeck, Rockford; 20. Jeremy Miller, Rockford; 21. Tyler Hromadka, Brookfield, Wis; 22. RJ Braun, Wales, Wis; 23. Mike Lloyd, Davis; 24. Jacob Gille, Winnebago; 25. Max Kahler (r), Caledonia; 26. Jerry Gille, Roscoe.

Last Chance “A” 01 — 1. John Beinlich, Prairie View; 2. Mike Lloyd, Davis; 3. Adam Peschek, Oconomowoc, Wis; 4. RJ Braun, Wales, Wis; 5. Cody Kippenhan, Ypsilanti, Mich.; 6. Chris Storey, Burlington, Wis; 7. Ryan Kamish, Farmington, Minn.; 8. Jeff Wakeman, Streator; 9. Tyler Hromadka, Brookfield, Wis; 10. Max Kahler (r), Caledonia.

Heat 01 — 1. Jeremy Miller, Rockford; 2. Jerry Gille, Roscoe; 3. Jacob Zellmer, Burlington, Wis; 4. John Baumeister, Jr., Beloit, Wis; 5. Mike Lloyd, Davis; 6. Cody Kippenhan, Ypsilanti, Mich.; 7. Tyler Hromadka,

Heat 02 — 1. Michael Bilderback, South Beloit; 2. Jacob Vanoskey, Hartford, Wis; 3. Jacob Gille, Winnebago; 4. Tom Gille, Winnebago; 5. Adam Peschek, Oconomowoc, Wis; 6. Jeff Wakeman, Streator; 7. Max Kahler (r),

Heat 03 — 1. Dennis Smith, Jr (r), South Beloit; 2. Steve Rubeck, Rockford; 3. Brody Willett, Alburnett, Iowa; 4. Jon Reynolds, Jr., Loves Park; 5. John Beinlich, Prairie View; 6. Chris Storey, Burlington, Wis.

Heat 04 — 1. Dale Nottestad, Cambridge, Wis; 2. Jerry Mueller, Richfield, Wis; 3. Alex Papini, Rockford; 4. Bobby Wilberg, Beloit, Wis; 5. RJ Braun, Wales, Wis; 6. Ryan Kamish, Farmington, Minn..

Time Trial — 1. Jeremy Miller, Rockford; 2. Michael Bilderback, South Beloit; 3. Jon Reynolds, Jr., Loves Park; 4. Bobby Wilberg, Beloit, Wis; 5. Jerry Gille, Roscoe; 6. Tom Gille, Winnebago; 7. Brody Willett, Alburnett, Iowa; 8. Alex Papini, Rockford; 9. Jacob Zellmer, Burlington, Wis; 10. Jacob Gille, Winnebago; 11. Steve Rubeck, Rockford; 12. Dale Nottestad, Cambridge, Wis; 13. Mike Lloyd, Davis; 14. Adam Peschek, Oconomowoc, Wis; 15. John Beinlich, Prairie View; 16. RJ Braun, Wales, Wis; 17. John Baumeister, Jr., Beloit, Wis; 18. Jacob Vanoskey, Hartford, Wis; 19. Dennis Smith, Jr (r), South Beloit; 20. Jerry Mueller, Richfield, Wis; 21. Cody Kippenhan, Ypsilanti, Mich.; 22. Jeff Wakeman, Streator; 23. Chris Storey, Burlington, Wis; 24. Ryan Kamish, Farmington, Minn.; 25. Tyler Hromadka, Brookfield, Wis; 26. Max Kahler (r), Caledonia.

A PARADE OF CHAMPIONS HITS THE TRACK WITH BIG 8 SERIES AT ROCKFORD

By: Eric Huenefeld

As the Big 8 Late Model Series makes its traditional stop at Rockford Speedway on “Short Track Saturday Night,” all eyes will be on Michael Bilderback.

Along with being one of the most dominant Big 8 drivers over the course of the last three racing seasons, Bilderback is on the verge of making history. If the South Beloit resident can hold onto the Big 8 Series point lead and end the season as Big 8 Late Model Series champion, he would become the first driver in series history to win three consecutive championships.

This summer, the 26-year-old became the first driver since 2008-2009 to win back-to-back Rockford Speedway track championships. A four-time winner on Saturday nights in 2017, Bilderback won three features in a span of four weeks to help pad his point lead on his way to the title. Since 2015, Bilderback has captured 22 Big 8 Late Model-style feature wins.

But there will be a mountain of contenders looking to challenge Bilderback and take the win on Saturday night. Two of the leading contenders to challenge the champion are Jeremy Miller and Jon Reynolds Jr. Miller, a four-time Big 8 Late Model Series champion, has collected one Big 8 win in 2017 (Madison in July) and has been the closest pursuer to Bilderback all season long. Miller is not only looking for a 13th career Big 8 Series win, but is also looking for his first Rockford win since September of 2007. On the other hand, Reynolds is trying to add to history, looking for an unprecedented 5th Big 8 Series victory at Rockford during NSTC. A Big 8 win at Rockford would also tie Reynolds with Miller for most Big 8 Series wins all-time.

Seven-time Rockford Speedway track champion Bobby Wilberg returns to NSTC this weekend, looking for his fourth career win at National Short Track Championships. Rockford is the site of Wilberg’s only Big 8 Late Model Series win, back in 2015 at Spring Classic. This summer was another successful year on-track for Wilberg, who pocketed the track championship at Madison International Speedway. Speaking of track champions converging on Rockford Speedway, multi-time Jefferson Speedway champion Dale Nottestad is set to return to NSTC this weekend, looking for his first win in the 108 lap race. Nottestad, like Wilberg, is a former Big 8 winner at Rockford during Spring Classic.

Three-time Rockford Speedway track champion Jerry Gille has entered this Saturday night’s Big 8 Late Model Series race at NSTC, along with his nephew and 2015 Rockford Speedway track champion Jake Gille, who famously saw a solid run in last year’s 108 lap race end with a harrowing wreck in Turn 3. In limited action during 2017, Gille has been consistent as usual, with a pair of top five finishes.

2013 Rockford Speedway track champion Alex Papini, who was a top five finisher at Spring Classic back in April and a feature winner at Rockford in June, also returns this weekend at NSTC. Other contenders Saturday night include two-time National Short Track Champion Steve Rubeck, Iowa’s Brody Willett, Minnesota’s Ryan Kamish, Wisconsin’s Jake Zellmer, former ‘Rockford Rules 200’ winner Tom Gille along with former Rockford Speedway Rookie of the Year Mitch Garfield.

The 52nd Annual National Short Track Championships take place this Friday, Saturday and Sunday September 29, 30 and October 1 at Rockford Speedway. Friday’s “Opening Night” features five divisions and gets going at a NEW start time of 6 PM. “Short Track Saturday Night” takes the green at 5 PM and includes a 108 lap Big 8 Late Model Series race plus Super Late Model preliminaries, Great Northern Sportsman Series and Northern Vintage Racers. “Championship Sunday” goes green at 12:30 PM and is headlined by the 200 lap National Short Track Championship and is accompanied by the Mid American Stock Car Series and American Super Cups.

For more information on the 52nd Annual National Short Track Championships or to order tickets in advance, please call 815-633-1500 or visit rockfordspeedway.com.

Marek Thunders To Elko Checkers

Recap by Jason D Searcy

Elko (MN) – September 23, 2017

Lakeville Minnesota’s Chris Marek won his third career Big 8 Late Model series event this past Saturday night at Elko Speedway.

Marek, who started the race from fifth place, did not get to the front of the field until lap 38, navigating his way through one of the deepest Big 8 Series feature fields in recent memory. Prior Lake Minnesota’s Chad Walen held the lead early on in the 58 lap race, trading barbs with Fairbault native Bryan Wrolstad. On lap 18, Wrolstad pushed past Walen and inherited the race lead. Meanwhile, Marek finally made his way to the front by lap 31 and challenged Wrolstad for the top spot. Seven laps later, Marek climbed to the lead and held off the late race challenges of Elko Speedway track champion Jacob Goede on his way to the win.

“The car was really solid all day, we knew we weren’t the fastest car on the short run, but we had a pretty good long run piece and it payed off for the end,” said Marek “going cautionless really helped us.”

This is the second time that Marek has won at Thunderstruck, a race ran in memory of Dan Ryan, a former Elko racer and car owner who passed away from ALS in 2009. Marek also won the Big 8 series race in 2013. “This race is extra special because Dan was a good friend of my whole family and he was a mentor to me” said Marek.

Goede started tenth and finished second in his first ever Big 8 race, while Wrolstad held on and captured a podium finish in third. Series point leader Michael Bilderback started eleventh and moved up to finish in the fourth position while nine-time Elko Speedway champion Donny Reuvers rounded out the top 5.

The 58 lap race featured 25 starters and ran caution free.

Big 8 Late Model Series
Official Results
9th Annual “Thunderstruck
Elko (MN) Speedway

1. Christopher Marek, Lakeville, MN
2. Jacob Goede, Carver, MN
3. Bryan Wrolstad, Fairbault, MN
4. Michael Bilderback, South Beloit, IL
5. Donny Reuvers, Dundas, MN
6. Brody Willett, Alburnett, IA
7. Owin Giles, New Market, MN
8. Joe Neisius, Rosemount, MN
9. Dylan Moore, Northfield, MN
10. Grant Brown, Prior Lake, MN
11. Chad Walen, Prior Lake, MN
12. Derek Lemke, Shakopee, MN
13. Michael Ostdiek, Lakeville, MN
14. Ryan Kamish, Farmington, MN
15. Jacob Zellmer, Burlington, WI
16. Justin Neisius, Eagan, MN
17. Jeremy Miller, Rockford, IL
18. Jon Lemke, Shakopee, MN
19. Jared Duda, St Michael, MN
20. Jerry Mueller, Richfield, WI
21. Jeff Partington, Farmington, MN
22. Jacob Vanoskey, Hartford, WI
23. Tyler Brown, Carol Stream, IL
24. Tim Sargent, South Beloit, IL
25. Tyler Hromadka, Brookfield, WI

Fast Time: Sargent
Car Count: 25 Big 8 Late Models

Current Big 8 Late Model Series Points
Top 10

1 Michael Bilderback 702
2. Jeremy Miller 601
3. Brody Willett 508
4. Ryan Kamish 447
5. Jerry Mueller 391
6. Jake Zellmer 367
7. Jake Vanoskey 353
8. Tim Sargent 349
9. Tyler Hromadka 313
10. (Tie) Tyler Brown ® 274
Jared Duda 274

Elko Speedway Results

A-Main 01 — 1. Christopher Marek, Lakeville, Minn.; 2. Jacob Goede, Carver, Minn.; 3. Bryan Wrolstad, Fairbault, Minn.; 4. Michael Bilderback, South Beloit; 5. Donny Reuvers, Dundas, Minn.; 6. Brody Willett, Alburnett, Iowa; 7. Owin Giles, New Market, Minn.; 8. Joe Neisius, Rosemount, Minn.; 9. Dylan Moore, Northfield, Minn.; 10. Grant Brown, Prior Lake, Minn.; 11. Chad Walen, Prior Lake, Minn.; 12. Derek Lemke, Shakopee, Minn.; 13. Michael
Ostdiek, Lakeville, Minn.; 14. Ryan Kamish, Farmington, Minn.; 15. Jacob Zellmer, Burlington, Wis; 16. Justin Neisius, Eagan, Minn.; 17. Jeremy Miller, Rockford; 18. Jon Lemke, Shakopee, Minn.; 19. Jared Duda, St Michael, Minn.; 20. Jerry Mueller, Richfield, Wis; 21. Jeff Partington, Farmington, Minn.; 22. Jacob Vanoskey, Hartford, Wis; 23. Tyler Brown, Carol Stream; 24. Tim Sargent, South Beloit; 25. Tyler Hromadka, Brookfield, Wis.

Time Trial — 1. Tim Sargent, South Beloit; 2. Michael Bilderback, South Beloit; 3. Jacob Goede, Carver, Minn.; 4. Donny Reuvers, Dundas, Minn.; 5. Dylan Moore, Northfield, Minn.; 6. Michael Ostdiek, Lakeville, Minn.; 7. Jon Lemke, Shakopee, Minn.; 8. Christopher Marek, Lakeville, Minn.; 9. Jacob Zellmer, Burlington, Wis; 10. Owin Giles, New Market, Minn.; 11. Chad Walen, Prior Lake, Minn.; 12. Bryan Wrolstad, Fairbault, Minn.; 13. Jerry Mueller, Richfield, Wis; 14. Ryan Kamish, Farmington, Minn.; 15. Jeremy Miller, Rockford; 16. Derek Lemke, Shakopee, Minn.; 17. Grant Brown, Prior Lake, Minn.; 18. Brody Willett, Alburnett, Iowa; 19. Justin Neisius, Eagan, Minn.; 20. Jeff Partington, Farmington, Minn.; 21. Tyler Brown, Carol Stream; 22. Jared Duda, St Michael, Minn.; 23. Jacob Vanoskey, Hartford, Wis; 24. Tyler Hromadka, Brookfield, Wis; 25. Joe Neisius,Rosemount, Minn

THE RACE TO THE BIG 8 CHAMPIONSHIP BEGINS THIS WEEKEND

The traditional push towards the Big 8 Late Model Series championship begins this weekend.

“Three Races In Three Weeks” are set to be contested at three different tracks in three different states to end the 2017 campaign, with stop number one this weekend at Elko Speedway in Elko New Market Minnesota.

The bullring at Elko, which has become a staple on the Big 8 Series tour, hosts the 9th Annual ‘Thunderstruck” this Saturday September 23. Five total divisions are showcased, with the Big 8 Series contesting a 58 lap feature race as part of the jam-packed event.

Coming into Elko, two-time and defending Big 8 Late Model Series champion Michael Bilderback is on a quest to do something that has never been done before; win three consecutive Big 8 Late Model Series titles. The South Beloit Illinois resident currently holds a 51 point advantage on four-time Series champion Jeremy Miller. Both drivers have won along the 2017 Big 8 Series trail. Miller was dominant en route to victory at Madison International Speedway in June, while Bilderback has been dominant recently, winning the last two Series races at State Park Speedway and Wisconsin International Raceway.

Alburnett Iowa’s Brody Willett has been busy racing across the Midwest over the last month or so and looks to parlay that into his first Big 8 Series win. Willett currently sits third in Series points, just 40 points ahead of Ryan Kamish. When looking for a local favorite this weekend, Kamish is definitely a driver to keep in mind. Setting fourth in Big 8 points during his first full season on the the tour, Elko could be the perfect stage for the Farmington native’s first Big 8 Series win. Richfield Wisconsin’s Jerry Mueller has also had a solid season along the Big 8 trail, holding down fifth in Series points, while Hartford Wisconsin’s Jake Vanoskey and Burlington Wisconsin’s Jake Zellmer are separated by just two points for sixth and seventh. Both Vanoskey and Zellmer had solid ends to their regular season, with Vanoskey crowned the NASCAR Illinois Rookie of the Year and Zellmer finding victory lane at Dells Raceway Park during the season. Speaking of young drivers finding success, Carol Stream Illinois native Tyler Brown currently is tenth in Big 8 Series points and is the Loves Park Motorsports Rookie of the Year point leader.

The local contingent of challengers at Elko Speedway is always one of the toughest each season along the Big 8 Late Model Series and this year is no exception. Expect a solid cast of challengers to defend their hometrack, including multi-time Elko Speedway champion Jacob Goede, who is looking to win his first Big 8 race in his first ever attempt. Another driver happy to see the series come to his home track is Rosemount native Joe Neisius, who claimed his first Big 8 Series victory back in June at Hawkeye Downs. Through the years, Minnesota racers have represented their hometrack well, will it happen again this Saturday night?

Following Elko, the Big 8 Late Model Series heads to Rockford (IL) Speedway on Saturday September 30 for their 108 lap race as part of the 52nd Annual National Short Track Championships. Then, on Saturday October 7, the curtain comes down on the 2017 season at the 48th Annual Oktoberfest Race Weekend at LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway in West Salem, WI, where the 2017 Big 8 Late Model Series champion will be crowned.

For more information on the Big 8 Late Model Series, please visit big8series.com.

CURRENT BIG 8 LATE MODEL SERIES TOP 10
(as of August 1, 2017)

1. Michael Bilderback 602
2. Jeremy Miller 551
3. Brody Willett 431
4. Ryan Kamish 391
5. Jerry Mueller 347
6. Jake Vanoskey 313
7. Jake Zellmer 311
8. Tim Sargent 295
9. Tyler Hromadka 279
10. Tyler Brown (R) 236

EVENT DETAILS:

What: 9th Annual Thunderstruck
Where: Elko Speedway(26350 France Ave Elko New Market, MN 55020)
When: Saturday September 23

Schedule and Information:
9 AM- Pit Gates Open
12:30 PM-2:05 PM- Rotating Practice including Big 8 Late Models
2:15 PM- Drivers Meeting inside “Champions”
2:45 PM-4 PM- On-Track Autograph Session
4:15 PM- Qualifying
6 PM- Racing including the 58 lap Big Late Model Series Feature

Divisions Competing:
Big 8 Late Model Series (Qualifying, Last Chance Race and a 58 lap feature)
ARCA Midwest Tour
Thunder Cars
Power Stocks
Legends

Admission Prices:
Adults (13 & up) $20
Kids (4-12) $5
3 & under are FREE

REMAINING 2017 BIG 8 LATE MODEL SERIES SCHEDULE:
Sat Sept 23- 9th Annual ‘Thunderstruck 93’ (Elko Speedway, Elko New Market, MN)
Sat Sept 30- 52nd Annual National Short Track Championships (Rockford Speedway, Loves Park, IL)
Sat Oct 7- 48th Oktoberfest Race Weekend (La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway, West Salem, WI)

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Please visit big8series.com

BILDERBACK ‘DELIGHTS’ IN SECOND STRAIGHT WIN

Story by: Eric Huenefeld
Photo by: Hotshot Photography

Over the course of the last three racing seasons, Michael Bilderback has gone as the weather has gone. When summer draws longer and the weather gets warmer, it seems Bilderback gets warm right along with the conditions.

For the second straight season, the South Beloit Illinois native is on a summertime winning streak with the Big 8 Late Model Series. After winning last Friday night’s Miller Lite Larry Detjens Memorial Race at State Park Speedway in Wausau WI, Bilderback collected his second straight Series win at Wisconsin International Raceway, topping his foes in the 38 lap ‘Dixieland Delight.’

Bilderback, second quickest in Qualifying, started from the seventh position and initially found trouble getting to the front, thanks in part to some torrid side-by-side battles ahead of him. At the front of the line, first and second place starters Jerry Mueller and Jake Zellmer dueled for the lead, with Mueller eventually sneaking to the front. Zellmer soon found himself locked in a battle with Iowa’s Brody Willett for the second, with Willett eventually taking the position away from Zellmer.

Along with Bilderback, Braison Bennett and fast qualifier Jeremy Miller did their best to navigate both traffic and the tricky confines of the D-shaped half mile. Bilderback was the first of the three to bust out of the thicket and make his way forward, taking second by lap 11 and then beginning his pursuit of Mueller for the race lead. The tussle was lengthy, but finally on the 15th circuit, Bilderback moved to the head of the class. As the race moved along at a brisk caution-free pace, it was Bilderback manufacturing a straightaway advantage over the balance of the pack on his way to victory. Bennett eventually found his way to second place in the race’s final laps, while Miller settled for third while battling transmission issues. John Baumeister Jr claimed his third career Big 8 Series top five with a fourth place showing, while Minnesota’s Ryan Kamish rounded out the top five.

The Big 8 Late Model Series now takes a seven-week hiatus as drivers vie for track championships at their hometracks. The break leads up to the busiest part of the Big 8 schedule, ‘three races in three weeks’ to determine the 2017 Big 8 Late Model Series champion. The chase begins Saturday September 23 at Elko (MN) Speedway as part of the 9th annual Thunderstruck, then one week later at Rockford (IL) Speedway on “Short Track Saturday Night” September 30 at the 52nd National Short Track Championships. The curtain closes on the 2017 Big 8 Late Model Series season at LaCrosse (WI) Fairgrounds Speedway on Saturday October 7 during the 48th annual Oktoberfest Race Weekend.

For more information on the Big 8 Late Model Series, please visit big8series.com.

Big 8 Late Model Series
‘Dixieland Delight’
Official Race Results

1. Michael Bilderback South Beloit, IL
2. Braison Bennett Menasha, WI
3. Jeremy Miller Rockford, IL
4. John Baumeister Jr Beloit, WI
5. Ryan Kamish Farmington, MN
6. Jerry Mueller Richfield, WI
7. Jake Zellmer Burlington, WI
8. Cody Kippenhan Ypsilanti, MI
9. Joey Pontbriand Norway, MI
10. Jake Vanoskey Hartford, WI
11. Tyler Hromadka Brookfield, WI
12. Brody Willett Alburnett, IA

Fast Qualifier: Miller

Big 8 Late Model Series
Point Standings (as of 8/2/17)

1. Michael Bilderback 602
2. Jeremy Miller 551
3. Brody Willett 431
4. Ryan Kamish 391
5. Jerry Mueller 347
6. Jake Vanoskey 313
7. Jake Zellmer 311
8. Tim Sargent 295
9. Tyler Hromadka 279
10. Tyler Brown (R) 236

For more information: big8series.com

Wisconsin International Raceway Results / 08.01.17

A-Main 01 — 1. Michael Bilderback, South Beloit; 2. Braison Bennett, Neenah, Wis; 3. Jeremy Miller, Rockford; 4.
John Baumeister, Jr., Beloit, Wis; 5. Ryan Kamish, Farmington, Minn.; 6. Jerry Mueller, Richfield, Wis; 7. Jacob
Zellmer, Burlington, Wis; 8. Cody Kippenhan, Ypsilanti, Mich.; 9. Joey Pontbriand, Norway, Mich.; 10. Jacob
Vanoskey, Hartford, Wis; 11. Tyler Hromadka, Brookfield, Wis; 12. Brody Willett, Alburnett, Iowa.

Time Trial — 1. Jeremy Miller, Rockford; 2. Michael Bilderback, South Beloit; 3. Braison Bennett, Neenah, Wis; 4.
Ryan Kamish, Farmington, Minn.; 5. Brody Willett, Alburnett, Iowa; 6. John Baumeister, Jr., Beloit, Wis; 7. Jacob
Zellmer, Burlington, Wis; 8. Jerry Mueller, Richfield, Wis; 9. Cody Kippenhan, Ypsilanti, Mich.; 10. Jacob
Vanoskey, Hartford, Wis; 11. Joey Pontbriand, Norway, Mich.; 12. Tyler Hromadka, Brookfield, Wis.