(Wilmot, Wisconsin, Saturday, September 2, 2017)–For the second week in a row heavy rain inundated Wilmot Raceway’s one-third mile clay oval facility on the Kenosha County Fairgrounds just as engine warm-ups began forcing track officials to cancel the Labor Day Spectacular on Saturday, September 2. The wash out marks Wilmot’s seventh full race program lost to weather including one canceled due to the Fox River flooding.
The program was to feature a challenge between non-wing sprint car drivers from the Wisconsin WingLESS Sprints presented by the Interstate Racing Association(IRA) which have Wilmot as their home track and the Upper Midwest Sprint Series based in northwestern Wisconsin and Minnesota.
Prior to the cancellation announcement, wingless sprint drivers held an autograph session under mostly sunny skies. Cub Scouts from Pack 328 were on hand for the second consecutive week. Dream Chaser Racing, a group headed up by Larry Neau and his family along with many of the Wisconsin-Illinois Mini-Sprint drivers, had their display set up.
Mason Gauger, a 13-year-old former Scout in Pack 328, learned to play the National Anthem on the trumpet and performed it from the grandstand tower receiving a great round of applause from people waiting out the rain in the pits and the grandstand area.
Lon Hodge, a US military veteran who suffers from PTSD, and his 2-time National Service Dog of the Year Gander made it just prior to the cancellation announcement, performing a well received special Fetch 22 taps ceremony from the tower as well. Hodge was presented a financial donation from Freedom One Networking group based at Tranel Financial Services in Libertyville, Illinois which he intends to use for purchasing pet supplies and food he and Gander are taking to flood victims in Houston.
The 2017 season is winding down with next Saturday, September 9, featuring Championship Night for five of Wilmot’s core classes. The Wisconsin/IRA WingLESS Sprints, presented by Don’s Auto Part’s & Machine Shop of Kenosha when they compete at Wilmot; Fec’s Place of Kenosha/Silver Lake Auto Body WIMS IRA Mini-Sprints, the Hoosier Tire Modifieds, R.A. Adams Enterprises of McHenry, Illinois Street Stocks and Bandit 4-Cylinder Stock Cars will all crown their titlists.
Jordan Mattson of Milwaukee leads the WingLESS Sprints, Mark Heinert of Waukesha heads the WIMS mini-sprints, Mike Simons II of Genoa City is atop the modifieds, Pat Rossmann of Wadsworth leads the Street Stocks and Courtney Atkinson of Muskego holds the top spot in the Bandits.
O’Reilly Auto Parts of Antioch, Illinois, a new Wilmot Raceway marketing partner, plans to have giveaways for fans and a special hard-luck gift for one driver in each of the five divisions on September 9.
An autograph session for drivers from the street stock and Bandit divisions is planned from 5:00-5:30 p.m. on September 9.
Wilmot Raceway season finale is the annual Fall Festival of Speed on Saturday, September 16. . On the card are is the only annual appearance of the Late Models, this year under the Dirt Kings sanction with teams from throughout Wisconsin and surrounding states expected.
Another special aspect is a non-wing sprint car special featuring Wilmot’s WingLESS division taking on some of the Midwest Sprint Association(MSA) 360 Sprints who usually compete at Plymouth and run with wings. This night some of the MSA winged regulars will be coming down to Wilmot and taking their wings off setting up an interesting combination as the MSA cars have more horsepower under the hood, but the experience of the Wilmot warriors used to running without a roof should provide an even playing field.
Modifieds. Street Stocks and Bandits are on the program in non-points races.
Grandstands open at 5:00 p.m. with the autograph sessions from 5:00-5:30 p.m., with one track activity getting underway at 6:00 p.m. and racing slated to get underway around 6:45 p.m.
September 9 grandstand admission is $12.00 adults ages 12 and older; $5.00 youth ages 7-11; children ages 6 and under admitted free.
For updates phone the trackside raceline 262-862-2090, check the official Raceway website www.wilmotraceway.com or Facebook page.