Two More New Winners As Rice Lake Speedway Beats The Rain

By Ed Reichert

RICE LAKE, WI (August 14) - It was condition normal Saturday night at Rice Lake Speedway. The day started out nice but as the evening progressed, the storms came rolling in and speedway officials were left scrambling to beat the incoming storms. Mission accomplished Saturday, as only a few laps of the Modified feature and one of the Northern Vintage Car exhibition runs were not completed before the storms hit. On the track, Doug Wojcik and C.J. Wagner both won their first feature wins of the year at Rice Lake while other winners included Ryan Viltz, Jason Forehand and Mike Anderson.

Simon Wahlstrom led the opening laps of the Street Stock headliner, and led the most number of laps of any main event he has run here this year. Adam Soltis moved into second spot and chased Wahlstrom as a great battle for third saw Sam Fankhauser, Danny Richards, Wojcik, Chanda Fjorden Nord and Zach Manley all battling for position and swapping places lap by lap. Soltis gave up the second spot when he rolled to a halt on the track and on the restart, Wojcik made a great move on the low side, found an opening and drove into second spot. Manley was also on the move as he took the third position and set off after the leaders.

Wojcik put the pressure on Wahlstrom and was able to find an opening on the inside down the back chute to take over the lead. Manley continued his charge as he moved into second and tried to track down the leader. While Manley was able to shorten the lead, Wojcik was still comfortably in front as he took the checkered flag for win number one. Wahlstrom held on for third ahead of a charging Jay Kesan with Richards completing the top five.

After a first lap spin, the Pure Stock feature ran nonstop with Bob Wahlstrom outgunning Kyle Hunter in the early going to take the initial lead. Wahlstrom led several laps as Wagner moved into second and started to apply pressure to the leader. Wagner was able to take over the top spot when Wahlstrom went high in a corner with Dusty Brown and Nick Wojcik moving up from the third row to take the next two positions. They tried to track down the leader as Hunter battled for position with Wahlstrom and George Richards.

Wagner was running strong, and while Brown could get to his rear bumper on several occasions, he never was able to get the pass completed. On the last corner he got a piece of Wagner’s car, and both cars went out of control briefly, but both righted themselves and drove across the line as the first and second place finishers. Wojcik finished a strong third with Wahlstrom and Richards next in line.

Viltz won his second straight Midwest Modified feature after an intense six car battle for the lead with the decision not settled until near the end of the race. Eric Gadach led the opening lap but it was Travis Anderson who shot to the low side and drove past Gadach to take over the lead. Ryan and brother Tito soon came charging up to challenge for the lead and they were joined by Clark Swartz in a three car battle for second right behind the leader. Meanwhile, Matt Leer was on the move from farther back in the pack along with Mike Anderson who had started even deeper in the field.

Ryan Viltz was able to find the opening to move into second and then with a big move dropped under Travis Anderson to take over the lead. However, Travis, Tito and Swartz were not giving up and they continued to pressure for the top spot.

Two late yellows bunched the field and set up a five lap sprint to the finish. Ryan Viltz was able to open up a couple car lengths on the pack to secure the win over Travis Anderson and when Swartz went high on the final corner, Mike Anderson completed his charge from fifteenth to third ahead of Tito and Swartz.

The Super Stock feature was a wild event with a big field of cars and lots of action all over the track as cars battled hard for position and swapped positions constantly. The one position that did not change for most of  the event was the lead spot, where Cory Davis had grabbed the lead on the opening lap and continued to hold off the swarm of cars behind him. Wayne Dean and Forehand were the early challengers but as the race stayed under the green, Ben Hillman, Eric Olson and Scott Clark were also near the front and battling hard to gain more spots. Davis continued to show the way but the lead was shrinking as the pack started to catch him and the leaders started to get into traffic.

Finally, with twelve laps to go, a spin triggered a yellow flag and bunched the field up once again. The next few laps the yellow was triggered three more times as several of the front runners were involved in incidents as they tried to position themselves for the sprint to the finish.

The shuffled order still found Davis leading but Forehand made a move to the second lane and found it to be a good one as he was able to drive up beside the leader and move into the lead, just as the race was about to end. Forehand completed the run as he won his division leading fourth feature win of the year. Davis held on to second while Olson battled his way into third at the line. Shane Kisling completed a great charge from twenty third on the starting grid to fourth and North Dakota visitor Todd Carter completed the top five.

Mike Anderson wrapped up a great night of racing for himself by coming from the fourth row to win the nonstop Modified feature event which was shortened to thirteen laps by rain. Paul Brust and Scott Miller battled for the early lead with Brust taking the top spot and checking out on the field. As Brust pulled away, Miller battled hard to keep the pack behind him with Anderson and Kevin Adams moving up from the fourth and fifth rows in the starting grid respectively. Both drivers worked the high side of the track as they charged to the front, and with the first few drops of rain falling, started to move in on Brust for the lead.

Anderson went flying past Brust on the outside to take over the top spot with Adams also passing him a couple of laps later. Adams was starting to close in on the leader when the rain suddenly started coming down much harder and starter Randy Davis quickly displayed the white flag. While the leaders were able to get the last lap completed as planned, those farther back in the field started to slip and slide around, and the final lap was not a true representation of where the drivers were running. So the decision was made to go back to the white flag lap, and call the race complete at that point. Anderson won a division tying fourth feature win of the year ahead of Adams, Brust, Steve Hallquist and Miller.

Next week is the final night for drivers to earn track points in 2010. It will be Boy’s and Girl’s Club of Barron County night at the track sponsored by Don Johnson Motors and Huebsch. While none of the point leaders have guaranteed titles, the closest battles are in the Street Stock and Midwest Modified divisions. Chanda Fjorden-Nord leads Danny Richards by three points as she strives to become the first female point champion in Rice Lake Speedway history. In the Midwest Modifieds, Matt Leer has seen his lead shaved to a mere three points by the charging Ryan Viltz while Kevin Adams, Aaron Wilson and Nick Wojcik try to hold on to their top spots. Race time is 6:30 p.m.

On August 28, season championships in all five divisions will be crowned with the point leaders lining up in front of their respective heat events and the heat race finishes determining the starting lineups for the main events. Along with the Season Championships, the Upper Midwest Sprintcar Series will be making their first ever appearance at the Rice Lake Speedway as the winged Sprint Cars will put on a full show of heat, challenge race and feature event action. Tim’s Automotive Machine in Bloomer will be the sponsor that night.

The season will conclude with the Labor Day weekend doubleheader. Full shows for all five classes that regularly race at the speedway will be held on both Friday, September 3 and Saturday, September 4. The weekend activities will be sponsored by H & E Ready Mix, Adams Automotive and Mix-Crete, Inc. Camping will be allowed during the weekend in the lower parking lot and there will be entertainment under the tent after the races.


WISSOTA Modifieds
Feature – Mike Anderson, Colfax; Kevin Adams, Cameron; Paul Brust, Rice Lake; Steve Hallquist, Eau Claire; Scott Miller, Rice Lake; Shawn Kreyer, Hayward; Scott Duval, Bloomer; Paul Niznik, Medford; Aric Lindberg, Dallas; Steve Wik, Menomonie; Dave Baxter, Eau Claire; Larry Prochnow, Menomonie; Jason Swan, Chippewa Falls; Dave Mayala, Barron; Mark Baxter, Dorchester; Buddy Mayala, Barron; Brandon Kallenbach, Prairie Farm; Mike Anderson, Dallas
Heat 1 – Niznik; Brust; Miller; Prochnow; Kallenbach; M. Baxter
Heat 2 – Duval; Kreyer; Swan; Wik; Lindberg; Anderson(Dallas)
Heat 3 – Adams; Hallquist; Anderson(Colfax); D. Baxter; D. Mayala; B. Mayala.

WISSOTA Super Stocks
Feature – Jason Forehand, Eau Claire; Cory Davis, Turtle Lake; Eric Olson, Ladysmith; Shane Kisling, Sarona; Todd Carter, Lisbon N.D.; Wayne Harris Jr, Bloomer; Wayne Dean, Fall Creek; Scott Clark, Cameron; Jeff Heintz, Turtle Lake; Aaron Wilson, Menomonie; Shawn Huse, Bloomer; Barry Smith, Solon Springs; Cy Hoaglan, Ashland; Russ Chester, Chetek; Mike Siewert, Mikana; Wayne Bignell, Menomonie; Donnie Talmage, Amery; Tim Shackleton, Dallas; Pat Jungerberg, Barron ;Jerry Blodgett, Shell Lake; Marcel Hoaglan, Hudson; Jay Quilling, Menomonie; Ben Hillman, Menomonie; Scott Zitelman, Taylors Falls, MN
Heat 1 – Zitelman; Dean; Davis; M. Hoaglan; Chester; Quilling; Kisling; Jim Harris; Huse
Heat 2 – Hillman; Clark; Carter; Heintz; Shackleton; Talmage; Bignell; Jungerberg
Heat 3 – Forehand; Wilson; Olson; Harris Jr; Smith; C. Hoaglan; Siewert; Blodgett

WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds
Feature – Ryan Viltz, Cameron; Travis Anderson, Colfax; Mike Anderson, Colfax; Tito Viltz, Cameron; Clark Swartz, Bloomer; Matt Leer, Bruce; Nick Koehler, Bloomer; Eric Gadach, Deer Park; Josh Smith, Eau Claire; Jarrett Carter, Lisbon N.D.; Terry Sirek, Rice Lake; Fran Hanson, Dallas; Cory Jackson, Chippewa Falls; Bryce Johnson, Barron; Joe Olson, Chetek; Jake Stai, New Auburn; Grant Southworth, Bloomer
Heat 1 – R. Viltz; Smith; Koehler; Olson; Jackson; Southworth
Heat 2 – T. Anderson; Gadach; Hanson; Carter; M. Anderson; Sirek
Heat 3 – T. Viltz; Swartz; Leer; Johnson; Stai

WISSOTA Street Stocks
Feature – Doug Wojcik, Ladysmith; Zach Manley, Cameron; Simon Wahlstrom, Cameron; Jay Kesan, Weyerhaeuser; Danny Richards, Mondovi; Sam Fankhauser, Rice Lake; Chanda Fjorden Nord, Luck; Ron Hanestad, Glenwood City; Joel Hinrichs, Cameron ;Tommy Richards, Mondovi; Ashley Husby, Menomonie; Adam Soltis, Ladysmith
Heat 1 – Manley; Fjorden Nord; Soltis; Hanestad; Kesan; Hinrichs
Heat 2 – Wahlstrom; Fankhauser; Wojcik; D. Richards; Husby; T. Richards

Pure Stocks
Feature – C.J. Wagner, Hayward; Dusty Brown, Rice Lake; Nick Wojcik, Ladysmith; Bob Wahlstrom, Chetek; George Richards, Mondovi; Kyle Hunter, Luck; Nick Traynor, Chetek; Clay Potaczek, Boyd; John Erickson, Cameron; Matt Madsen, Superior; Gunnar Watkins, Menomonie; Bob Thompson, Cameron; Jake Sandmann, Barron; Mike Scheubel, Boyd; Carolyn Nosser, Sheldon; Josh Bach, Rice Lake; Brandon Davis, Chetek; Kolby Kiehl, Cameron; Justin Madsen, Foxboro; Jay Folz, Rice Lake; Don Blanchette, Spooner
Heat 1 – Potaczek; Wahlstrom; Hunter; Richards; Erickson; Thompson; Davis
Heat 2 – Wagner; M. Madsen; Traynor; Folz; J. Madsen; Schuebel; Nosser
Heat 3 – Wojcik; Brown; Watkins; Sandmann; Bach; Kiehl; Blanchette

August 14 Photos By Chris Burback: