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Tommy Sexton celebrated his victory with a wheel stand down the backstretch at Wilmot Raceway after taking the A-main during the fourth event of the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints season at Wilmot Raceway May 26. Sexton had every reason to celebrate, as taking a feature win so far this season in Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprint Car Series action has been especially challenging. Until this evening, Billy Balog, the defending series champion, had made first place on the podium his exclusive territory, having won every feature so far in 2012. For a brief time, it appeared that Balog may perhaps increase his winning streak after establishing a new track record on Wilmot Raceway’s third-mile clay oval in qualifying with a blistering orbit of 12.609 seconds on Saturday night. Sexton, however, had other plans. The 2011 Wilmot Raceway champion proved to be a formidable foe. In heat race action, Sexton outran Balog for the victory, taking a popular win in front of the home track crowd. In the feature race, Sexton, who started the contest in tenth, methodically worked his way to the front taking the lead from Scott Uttech and then fending off the challenges of Mike Kertscher to score his fourth career Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprint Car Series feature victory. Uttech, who led the first half of the main event, would settle for a third place finish. For Kertscher, it was another bittersweet runner-up finish. Kertscher has had perhaps the most consistent performances of any driver this season. He has finished runner-up in the past three Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint events and also collected a second place finish at Wilmot Raceway’s season opener and event which was captured by Sexton. Sexton’s last Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprint Car Series victory came during the 2011 season in September when he topped the action at the Sheboygan County Fairpark track in Plymouth, Wisconsin. Balog’s flawless performance so far in 2012, which resulted in three straight A-main wins, came unglued after a tangle with Scott Neitzel early in the feature race. The resulting accident dropped both Balog and Neitzel from the contest, assuring Balog’s winning streak would come to an end.
The Fec’s Place / Outlaw Race Parts Mini Sprints would see 23 starters take the green flag for their main event. Scott Johnson would jump out to the lead over Ron Brannam as the event got underway, with Andrew Kiedrewski and Nick Petska, who captured the past two features, giving chase. On lap three, a red flag was displayed for a flip by Austin Archdale. Archdale was able to refire his machine and continue the race to the delight of the crowd. Underway again, Johnson set the pace with Kiedrewski following as the lead duo pulled away from the field. On lap seven, Johnson went wide in turn two, opening up the bottom for Kiedrewski to slip past. However, before the lap was complete, John Kirk came to a halt on the backstretch, forcing a caution. Kierdrewski went right back to working on Johnson, making the pass on lap nine. Mark Heinert was also on the move, and Johnson soon lost another position as Heinert went sailing by. For the balance of the contest, Kierdrewski faced two challenges. One, putting back markers a lap down without losing momentum and two, keeping Heinert behind him. As the race wound down, Kierdrewski saw his lead shrink with each passing lap. With two laps to go, Heinert closed within two car lengths of Kierdrewski, but he was unable to get any closer, with Kierdrewski scoring his first feature win of the 2012 season. Heinert finished second. Billy Brickley finished third, making his first appearance of the 2012 season a successful one. Petska and Ryan Cully completed the top five finishers.
The R.A. Adams Enterprises / Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks again turned out in large numbers with 27 cars in the pit area to do battle. After heat races and the B-main, the feature field was narrowed down to 20 starters. Last week’s feature winner, Jim Uttech, wasted little time in taking the opening lead, charging from third to first in the opening lap. Charles Pinkalla made his way into second before the end of the second lap, while Bradly Norgard worked into the third slot. Current division point leader Rob Maule made it a four car battle for the top spot by lap five. Pinkalla would manage to work next to Uttech as the pair began to drive through lapped traffic. Pinkalla was able to use a lapped machine to squirt into the lead, while Uttech slipped into line in second. Maule would work by Norgard and move up to challenge Uttech for second by lap 11. A couple laps later, contact in close quarters racing would cause a flat tire on Maule’s machine, ending his bid for the win. A caution would appear with only a handful of laps remaining bunching the field and creating a dash race to the checkered flag. With action resuming, Pinkalla was back to the lead fending off the challenges of Uttech on his way to the win. Uttech would settle for second, followed by Ronnie Mink, who patiently worked through the pack to reach third. Norgard and Dan Huber completed the top five finishers.
In the evening’s combined Massive Speed Pro 4′s and Hawg Heaven Bandit 4′s event, Steve Doherty fought his way to the front of the field and held on to take the win in the Pro 4 class by a car length over Joe Summers, who had paced much of the contest. Scott Redden took third overall. Trevor Kroll was best in class in the Bandit division, edging out Brandon Feit.
This Saturday will feature “Family Fun Night” at the raceways at Wilmot Raceway. Don’s Auto Parts & Machine Service / Hoosier Tire Modifieds, R.A. Adams Enterprises / Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks, Fec’s Place / Outlaw Race Parts Mini Sprints and Massive Speed Pro 4′s / Hawg Heaven Bandit 4′s will be on hand for the program. Adult admission for the event is just $10, and members of the armed forces with a military ID will receive $5 off the admission price. Children ages 11 and under are admitted free. Racing is set to start at 6:45 p.m. The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints will return on June 9. The Kenosha County Fairgrounds, where the track resides, is located just north of the intersection of county roads C and W in Wilmot, Wisconsin. Wilmot is located just 8 miles west of I-43, taking county highway C which is exit 345. For those seeking additional information, please check out the track website at www.wilmotraceway.com, or call the track on race day at (262) 862-2090.