Waits, Bleess open August with wins at Mississippi Thunder Speedway
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August 2, 2013  |  by Dan Bailey

FOUNTAIN CITY, Wis. -- With August breaking the day before, Mississippi Thunder Speedway racers and fans entered the final month of regular season action at the fast 1/3-Mile oval. Kwik Trip invited any and all to turn out for the second ‘Fan Appreciation’ night of 2013, and turn out they did – a full grand stands greeted those racers who prepared to attack the track and their competition.

The River City Manufacturing USRA Modified feature began with a familiar name in an unfamiliar place, Winonan Brian Albrecht has been behind the wheel of a stock car for many years . . . but it had been a while since race fans were able to enjoy seeing his familiar #6T7 out front. Not only did Albrecht enjoy some time out front, for the first ten laps he held off none other than Brad Waits and every challenge he could offer with his black NFG #24.

Not only did Albrecht hold off Waits’ advances for the first ten circuits, he also turned in the fasted lap of the ‘Kwik Trip 25’ feature, a 16.705 second lap which remained the quickest of the night. But eventually, Waits was able to wrestle the lead away from Albrecht and hold the top spot on way to his third River City Manufacturing USRA Modified feature win of the 2013 season at Mississippi Thunder Speedway.

In victory Lane, Waits was the first to offer congrats to Albrecht’s strong start, “It’s always nice to see someone like Albrecht spend some time out front – it did take some work to get past him.”

Behind Waits, the action was fast and furious as the fans were offered another treat, that of watching Lee Roy Scharkey spend the first 13 laps battling for position within the top-5. While Albrecht slipped to an eventual 9th place finish, Scharkey held on for a sixth place finish behind second heat race winner Jake Timm in fifth, Tom Brink in fourth and two former track champions in second and third. 2010 Track champion Josh Angst worked around 2011 Track Champion Bob Timm on lap 21 for second.


Jacob Bleess used a pole position starting spot to win the Black Horse Bar & Grill USRA B-Mod Feature. “Track was great and the car was fast.” was all the soft spoken racer had to say as he celebrated the win in Victory Lane.

While Bleess’ win was a flag to flag run, behind him, the battles were fierce. Dan Wheeler and Jon Van Minsel put on a great performance as they both battle each other while working through the pack; Wheeler coming from a third row starting spot, while Van Minsel initially lined up outside of the fifth row. Both #1 drivers spent almost the entire feature around each other with Wheeler claiming second and Van Minsel third.

Racing resumes next Friday night August 9th with another night of high-speed action at Mississippi Thunder Speedway; bring the family and friends and enjoy on-track action from the River City Manufacturing USRA Modifieds, Coordinated Business Systems WISSOTA Super Stocks, Black Horse Bar & Grill USRA B-Mods, Jailhouse Saloon WISSOTA Street Stocks, Redbox+ 600 Modifieds, & Elmer’s Auto Salvage MTS Pure Stocks battling on ‘The Big 1/3-Mile’ while the Sunshine Sanitation A and B Mini-Mods will again attack ‘The Lightning Speedway’ for their evening’s action!

Mississippi Thunder Speedway is located 3.0 miles north of Fountain City on Wisconsin Highway 35. For more information, call 608-687-3282 or visit www.mississippithunder.com on the World Wide Web.


USRA Weekly Racing Series
Mississippi Thunder Speedway, Fountain City, Wis.
Friday, Aug. 2, 2013


1. (4) 24 Brad Waits, Rochester, Minn.
2. (8) 99 Josh Angst, Winona, Minn.
3. (6) 49 Bob Timm, Winona, Minn.
4. (3) 77 Tom Brink, Winona, Minn.
5. (9) 10 Jake Timm, Winona, Minn.
6. (1) 44 Leroy Scharkey, Rochester, Minn.
7. (13) 94JR John Doelle, Arcadia
8. (7) 59 Hank Rollinger Jr., Buffalo City
9. (2) 6T7 Brian Albrecht, Winona, Minn.
10. (10) 99L Steve Lavasseur, River Falls
11. (14) 86 Phil Wernert, Galesville
12. (11) 13-2 Bryan Hessler, Chetek
13. (12) 6M Ted Marrs, Bethel, Minn.
14. (15) 15 Chris Loberg, Menomonie
15. (5) 11 Lance Hofer, Cochrane


1. (1) 21 Jacob Bleess, Chatfield, Minn.
2. (5) RED1 Dan Wheeler, Savage, Minn.
3. (10) 1 Jon Van Minsel, Spring Grove, Minn.
4. (2) 15W Alex Williamson, Rushford, Minn.
5. (6) 90 Tyler Creeley, Winona, Minn.
6. (7) 10 Jake Timm, Winona, Minn.
7. (12) 23K Erik Kanz, Winona, Minn.
8. (9) 39 Ben Anderson, Winona, Minn.
9. (14) 44 Brandon Reutzel, Winona, Minn.
10. (8) 95X Shaun Walski, Winona, Minn.
11. (23) 4G Chris Gilbertson, Trempealeau
12. (15) 12K Casey Knutson, Spring Grove, Minn.
13. (11) 81 Cody Gardner, Elkton, Minn.
14. (3) 86D Dagan Heim, Rosemount, Minn.
15. (17) 35X Phillip Dunbar, Rushford, Minn.
16. (19) 79 Bobby Carpenter, Black River
17. (18) 13 Ryan Konkel, Winona, Minn.
18. (16) 54 John Feirn, Chippewa Falls
19. (20) 20K Kyle Brown, Minnesota City, Minn.
20. (22) 34F Nick Frion, Ellsworth
21. (13) 80J Lee Jonsgaard, Minnesota City, Minn.
22. (4) 28 Parker Hale, Grand Meadow, Minn.
23. (21) 19X Josh Angst, Winona, Minn.

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