A new season of racing at Wisconsin’s Action Track is almost upon us. The first green flag of the year is set to fly this Saturday night as all six divisions are gearing up to get after it. The annual highlights of the racing season are once again on the schedule as well as the addition of a new one to look forward to. The TUNDRA super late models will invade the speedway on June 22, making their first visit to the action packed quarter mile. Add that program to the list of must see shows such as the Mid-Season Championships, the Season Championships and the Wisconsin State Championships. With each class set to thrill fans, you can count on every week being a show you don’t want to miss. And don’t forget about all three rounds of the Tournament of Destruction to whet your appetite for twisted metal. As we get ready to enjoy the fast and furious action, let’s take a look at what each division brings to the table as we enter the 2013 campaign.
Opportunities abound in the Late Model division heading into 2013. The previous five champions (shared between two drivers) appear to be running a limited schedule in the upcoming season. This opens the door for several drivers to make a run at becoming a first time champion. Two drivers to watch are Kyle Jarlsberg and Dylan Schuyler. Both Late Model pilots have come ever so close to grabbing the crown in recent seasons only to fall short. Both look to have a strong 2013 as they try to stake their claim to an elusive championship. And don’t overlook the 2006 Late Model champ, John Ovadal Jr. Add in drivers like Shaun and Steven Scheel, Dale Nottestad and Chris Quam as well as a host of other fierce competitors and you have the recipe for a great battle all season long to follow in the tracks of last season’s champ, Casey Johnson. Will one of the pre-season hopefuls claim the title or will a fresh face surprise the field and make a run at the championship?
The Sportsman division looks stout once again this season. Jim Tate Jr. returns to defend his title and build on the success of his rookie season in the division. Other top contenders include Jason Thoma, Kody Hubred, Kyle Chwala and 2004 champion Mark Deporter. Two time champ, Jay Kalbus, also returns to the class in which he enjoyed so much success.
Mike Lambert enjoyed his first International title last season and returns to defend that championship while a couple of big guns look to unseat him and return to glory themselves. Five time champ, Mark English, looks to rebound from a tough season and the 2011 champ, Kyle Stark, also returns to the field as they set their sights on reclaiming the title. Other drivers such as James Bell and Seth Reamer look to build on the successes they had in 2012 and join the mix at the top of the standings.
Possibly one of the most entertaining divisions on a weekly basis is the Hobby Stock class. Any one of several drivers can be considered a favorite to claim a championship in 2013. Last season’s winner, James Helmer, defends his title against heavy hitters such as Bobby Selsing Jr, Tony Ciano, Dustin Ward and a host of others. The wheel to wheel action this division presents each week is a highlight to many fans of Jefferson Speedway.
New faces in the Bandit and Road Warrior divisions plan to start strong as they try to add their names to the list of contenders for a championship. Add these two divisions to the mix and the entertainment never stops from the wave of the first green flag to the drop of the last checkered flag. All the action gets underway this Saturday, April 27, with a full program of racing highlighted by the Icebreaker 50 lap Late Model feature event. Gates open at 1 p.m. with time trials at 5 p.m. and the first race at 7 p.m. sharp. Find your seat and hang on as the excitement is just getting started in 2013!
This article was posted to the website on April 22nd, 2013