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Columbus 151 Speedway, Columbus, WI

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  • ejesser@jvlnet.com
    Hi All, Saturday morning was foggy and wet from overnight rains but the Impact Survival Series enduro scheduled for this afternoon at Columbus 151 Speedway was
    Message 1 of 3 , Apr 18 1:13 PM
      Hi All,
      Saturday morning was foggy and wet from overnight rains but the Impact
      Survival Series enduro scheduled for this afternoon at Columbus 151
      Speedway was advertised to run rain or shine. I put some snacks in the car
      and headed up to Columbus just as the snow started. With temperatures in
      the mid 30’s and a strong north wind blowing the snow it was a cold
      afternoon. I waited until just before the 2PM start of the 300-lap feature
      before going out in the cold. The track was very wet but there were 62
      compact cars lined up to start on the slightly banked asphalt oval with
      concrete walls all around and a clear but very wet infield of grass. The
      first third of the race was contested in snow and speeds were down with
      the first of 9 reds coming for a wheel rolling down the track. There were
      some spins but a driver’s door hit brought out the second red and then
      just before the half-way break a serious accident injured Gerald Bowers
      when he stalled and was hit from behind and needed the med flight to take
      him in for evaluation. After a long delay the race resumed and then there
      was a 15 minute break at the 150 lap mark when the cars were stopped on
      the track and crews were allowed to come out and work on the cars. Gary
      Stark was leading at the break and he held the lead until Chris Fifarek
      took over near the end of the race. Stark raced well through traffic and
      retook command with about 14 laps left and went on to score the close win
      over Fifarek and Mike Loberger. The race had 5 reds in the last half to
      allow drivers to escape their stalled cars on the track but no further
      serious crashes as the track dried out in the end after the snow stopped.
      It was 5:45PM and time to set the heat on high in the car for the 20 mile
      ride back home.

      Ed
    • ejesser@jvlnet.com
      Hi All, Friday after a week of preparation for the Stoughton Area Youth Center Golf Outing the event was completed and I was looking to relax at a race.
      Message 2 of 3 , Aug 29, 2011
        Hi All,
        Friday after a week of preparation for the Stoughton Area Youth Center
        Golf Outing the event was completed and I was looking to relax at a race.
        Cleanup was done by 7PM so I had time for a short drive up to Columbus 151
        Speedway in Columbus Wisconsin where they again started racing on time at
        8PM. The track is a very slightly banked quarter mile paved oval with
        concrete walls on the outside and just the drop off to the grass infield
        to mark the inside. The preferred line is around the bottom but a fast car
        can make passes around the outside and two wide racing is very common. The
        crowd was a little light as high school football has started and the Green
        Bay Packers were playing tonight too. Seating is on the grass hillsides
        with benches set across posts all up the hill. There are a few bleachers
        way down the hill next to the track well below your sight lines and two
        sections of bleachers behind the hillside benches too. They drew car
        counts of 16 late models, 12 street stocks, 14 hobby stocks, 21 bandits, 8
        back up cars and 8 misfits. Following a couple of dashes, heats for all
        cars and a semi for the bandits they took a very short intermission and
        moved into the features. The misfits are a mixture of rascal outlaw (rear
        engine) and mini-mods and Vern Brown captured the feature from the pole
        over Jason Dull in a non-stop run. The bandits had a second lap spin then
        completed their 18-lap feature with David Schmidt coming from 5th to win
        over Bob Kohn. The hobby stocks ran 25 laps non-stop as Andy Raley came
        from 7th to score a close win over Dustin Ward from 9th and Steven Sauer
        from 11th. The street stocks had two yellows during their 25-lap feature
        but pole sitter Jason Clapper held off 10th starter Phil Denikas. Nick
        Wendt spun into the wall on the second lap for the only yellow in the
        35-lap late model feature. Pole sitter Al Weishoff made no mistakes and
        held on for a win over Ron Bishofberger and Jerry Eckhardt. The Wild and
        Crazy back up race closes out the night and 8 cars took to the track for 8
        laps in reverse gear. Matt Wachuta kept it straight and held off Ryan
        Oetzel from 6th to take the final checkered flag of the night at about
        10:20PM. I made a quick exit for home to unload my car of all the golf
        outing supplies and replace them with my sleeping bag to be ready for more
        travels.

        Ed
      • ejesser@jvlnet.com
        Hi All, Friday was a chance to stay close to home for another visit to Columbus 151 Speedway in Columbus Wisconsin before a short trip to see some new tracks
        Message 3 of 3 , Sep 12, 2011
          Hi All,
          Friday was a chance to stay close to home for another visit to Columbus
          151 Speedway in Columbus Wisconsin before a short trip to see some new
          tracks in Iowa. I arrived early during the qualifying but a large crowd
          was already on hand and the pits were full to the brim. With the season
          done at Madison International and not much going on in southern Wisconsin
          the people were out on a nice night even though it is a high school
          football night. The nearly flat quarter mile paved oval drew good car
          counts of 29 late models, 14 street stocks, 22 hobby stocks, 19 bandits,
          16 legends and 8 back up cars. With lots of cars to qualify and some oil
          spilled during the timed runs they were about 20 minutes behind making the
          8PM start for racing. Steven Sauer did set a new track record in the Hobby
          stock qualifying with a 14.812 second lap. The racing started with a
          benefit race in the legend division and Aaron Moyer took the honors in the
          15-lap event. After the heats and a couple of semis they took a short
          break before the features. The bandits were up first with an 18-lap
          feature and it was Seth Reamer who took advantage of the three cautions
          while he came from a 14th starting spot to take the win over Ken Ring from
          8th. The street stocks ran 25 laps with three late race cautions and a
          good 4-car battle for the win. Phil Denikas started 9th and just held off
          Randy Breunig who started 11th as the crossed ahead of Kevin Anderson who
          got third from his 10th starting spot. The legends ran a 25-lap feature
          that had 4 cautions but again it was 8th starter Moyer who was fastest and
          won over Cory Talaska from 9th. Kale Peterman started 7th and won the
          30-lap hobby stock feature over Steven Sauer from 9th in a race slowed by
          only 2 yellows. The late models had a 50-lap feature and although there
          were 4 yellows in the first half they ran clean the last half with pole
          sitter Scott Patrick making no mistake and holding off the tight field.
          Nick Nolden from the front row was second with third going to Luke Hoffman
          from 9th. The back-up cars ran 8 laps in reverse with John Von Allmen
          taking the win. Then they ran another 15-lap special winner take all race
          with some sponsors putting up the money and Matt Wachuta was the winner
          with a last lap pass of Dustin Von Allmen. The races ran late with the
          final checkers at 12:50AM but it was only a short trip home tonight.

          Ed
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