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OSTDIEK GRABS VICTORY IN THRILLING DETJENS MEMORIAL RACE!

2016-07-30

Billed as the main event of Friday night’s Miller Lite Detjens Memorial weekend at State Park Speedway, the Big 8 Late Model Series 58 lapper lived up to its billing and then-some. With three lead changes over the final 25 laps, there’s no question this will go down as an instant classic in the Big 8 Series books.

J. Herbst set fast time earlier in the day and started the 58-lap feature from the seventh position. While Lyle Nowak grabbed the early lead, Herbst quickly worked his way towards the front. The first caution of the night flew on lap three. The leader gets his/her own lane on the restart, while drivers behind get to pick a lane. With the inside lane the preferred lane at State Park Speedway, Herbst took a gamble and jumped to the outside, restarting in the third position.

The move paid off as Herbt quickly battled side by side with Nowak for the lead. Nowak cleared Herbst, but the No. 82 car fought back, this time diving to the inside and taking the lead on lap eight.

Just a few laps later the caution flew again and this time Michael Ostdiek and Michael Bilderback took advantage of choosing the outside lane on the restart. Herbst easily grabbed the lead again and Ostdiek settled into second. Nowak battled with Bilderback for third and Jeremy Lepak rapidly closed in on them from the fifth position.

Herbst’s lead had grown to over 15 car lengths when the yellow flag flew one more time. As the cars rolled under caution and got ready to pick a lane for the restart, Herbt visibly had a tire go flat and the leader was forced to pull into the pits. That handed the reigns over to Ostdiek, who was looking for the first Big 8 Series win of his career.

Ostdiek got a good restart, but now multi-time Big 8 Series Champion Jeremy Miller wanted a taste of the lead. With Miller on the outside, the two battled door to door for nine laps, with Ostdiek reclaiming the lead with 22 laps to go.

Bilderback moved into second with Lepak in tow. Lepak then moved his No. 40 around Bilderback and began to close in on Ostdiek. Lepak jumped to the high side and pulled even with Ostdiek; the two raced side by side for the lead with ten laps to go.

Ostdiek was able to use lap traffic to his advantage, taking the lead once again with seven laps to go and holding on to take the checkered flag.
“It feels wonderful,” said Ostdiek. “Our plan was to win a big one on the road and we finally did it, so it’s just awesome, especially with the Kulwicki driver development program. I was really hoping to get that first win with them. It’s definitely huge for us and I’m excited for what’s to come.”

Meanwhile the battles weren’t over. Lepak and Bilderback duked it for second and Herbst, who had driven all the way back through the field, was up to fourth. Lepak grabbed second and on the white flag lap, Herbst got by Bilderback for third.

“I just should have cut down in front of that lap car a little sooner, I hung it out there too long and gave him a chance to get back in there, that was my fault,” said Lepak. “The guys gave me a pretty good car, it was a good long run car we just, gosh damn, it’s gonna be hard to sleep tonight. I wanted to win for these guys so bad. Chad and Dan Devine give me the cars to race in every series, whether it’s a truck or Big 8 or Super Late Model, I’ve always got a car to race if we want to go have some fun, that’s why we do it. It’s fun running with these guys.”

“We definitely had the car to beat,” said Herbst. “Set fast time and just kind of used the heat race as a hot lap. We got the lead right away and the crew just said cruise, save your tires, save your tires, so I think while we lead I never touched the brake once. Then under that yellow I felt the right front go flat and I radioed in. I went in, the guys changed the tire and sent us back out and drove back through the field and finished third. I needed about four or five more laps.”

Larry Detjens Memorial (58 laps)
Race Results
1. 18 Michael Ostdiek
2. 40 Jeremy Lepak
3. 82 J Herbst
4. X Michael Bilderback
5. 54 Rich Schumann Jr
6. 5 Jeremy Miller
7. 49 Jerry Mueller
8. 32 Lyle Nowak
9. 75 Dillon Hammond
10. 17 Grant Greisbach
11. 13 Bryan Wrolstad
12. 53 Jared Duda
13. 99 Hunter Drefahl
14. 03 Cody Kippenhan
15. 99 Jake Zellmer
16. 3 Tyler Hromadka
17. 95 Wayne Freimund
18. 20 Zach Less
19. 79 Jeff Nowak
20. 16 Joel Clossey
21. 00 Brody Willett
22. 49 Tory Adams
23. 9 Jerry Brickner

BIG 8 SERIES PRIMED FOR WAUSAU’S DETJENS MEMORIAL RACE

2016-07-27

For the fifth consecutive year, the Big 8 Late Model Series returns to State Park Speedway (Wausau WI) as part of the Larry Detjens Memorial Race Weekend, this Friday night July 29. Much like the four season’s prior, the 2016 installment of ‘Late Model Showtime’ appears to be shaping up as another ‘can’t miss’ event!

This year’s Big 8 Series stop in Wausau is set to include a strong field of contenders aiming for victory. Leading the way are Big 8 Late Model Series point leaders Michael Bilderback and Jeremy Miller. Both men have tasted success at State Park Speedway before, with Bilderback winning last year’s 58 lapper as he slid sideways across the finish line, while Miller captured victory in the Series’ first ever stop at Wausau back in 2012. Both Bilderback and Miller are having stellar seasons to date, with Bilderback winning the first two Big 8 Series events of 2016 (at Rockford in April and Hawkeye Downs in June) and Miller winning the last Big 8 Series race at Madison nearly a month ago. Both drivers have been successful outside of the Big 8 Series too, with Bilderback a three-time winner and the current point leader at Rockford Speedway, while Miller picked off a win at Madison last weekend in the Super Late Model Triple Crown Series.

There are also several Big 8 Series contenders eyeing their first series win this Friday night at State Park Speedway, including J Herbst, who is third in the standings as the series marches to Wausau. Herbst, the two-time LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway champion, was within inches of capturing the win last season during the Detjens Memorial Race, trailing only Bilderback’s sliding racer at the finish line. Herbst has also finished in the top five in four of his last seven Big 8 Series starts. Minnesota’s Michael Ostdiek has also been steady force along the Big 8 Series trail as of late. Ostdiek currently sits fourth in series standings and has picked off two wins in 2016, one of which occurred at State Park Speedway back in May. Former Slinger Speedway champion ‘Insane Wayne’ Freimund is having a banner year too, sitting fifth in the point chase. Freimund is also a two-time feature winner at Rockford Speedway this season.

Rookies Grant Griesbach and Brody Willett are both ready to test State Park Speedway this Friday night for the first time. Greisbach, from Waukesha Wisconsin, sits seventh in Big 8 Series points, while also leading the Loves Park Motorsports Rookie of the Year battle. Willett, from Alburnett Iowa, comes into this weekend eighth in series points and second in the Rookie chase. Willett rides some momentum into Wausau after picking up a Late Model feature win at Hawkeye Downs two weeks ago.

Other top notch Big 8 racers making the trip to State Park Speedway this Friday night include former event winner ‘Driver X’ Jon Reynolds Jr, former Big 8 Late Model Series Rookie of the Year Jesse Bernhagen, two-time Dells Raceway Park champion Rich Schumann Jr and up and coming Iowa racer Zach Less.

The ‘home turf’ of State Park Speedway will be defended by the likes of reigning State Park Speedway track champion Jeremy Lepak, central Wisconsin racing veteran Lyle Nowak, current State Park Speedway Limited Late Model point leader Jerry Brickner and 2016 State Park Speedway Limited Late Model feature winner Jeff Nowak.

Of note in 2016, six different drivers have won the six different features this season in the Limited Late Model class at State Park Speedway.

Larry Detjens Memorial
Expected Entries (22)
as of 2 pm 7/27/16

OO- Brody Willett Alburnett, IA
O3- Cody Kippenhan Ypsilanti, MI
2- Michael Bilderback South Beloit, IL
3- Tyler Hromadka Brookfield, WI
5- Jeremy Miller Rockton, IL
9- Jerry Brickner Wausau, WI
X- Jon Reynolds Jr Loves Park, IL
13- Bryan Wrolstad Northfield, MN
16- Joel Clossey Beloit, WI
17- Grant Greisbach Waukesha, WI
18- Michael Ostdiek Lakeville, MN
20- Zach Less Manchester, IA
28- Jesse Bernhagen Markesan, WI
32- Lyle Nowak Wausau, WI
40- Jeremy Lepak Ringle, WI
53- Jared Duda St Michael, MN
54- Rich Schumann Jr Portage, WI
75- Dillon Hammond Grand Marsh, WI
79- Jeff Nowak Weston, WI
82- J Herbst West Salem, WI
95- Wayne Freimund Elkhorn, WI
99- Jake Zellmer Waterford, WI

EVENT DETAILS:

What: “Larry Detjens Memorial”
Where: State Park Speedway (located at 5711 North Mountain Road, Wausau WI 54401)
When: Friday July 29

Schedule and Information:
3 PM- Pits Open
4 PM- Practice Begins
4:30 PM- Fan Gates Open
6:10 PM- Big 8 Late Model Series Qualifying
7 PM- Racing Begins

Divisions Competing:
Big 8 Late Model Series (complete show highlighted by a 58 lap feature)
Mini Mods
Mini Stocks
Bandoleros

Admission Prices:
Adults (13 & up) $15
Kids (6-12) $5
5 & under are FREE

REMAINING 2016 BIG 8 LATE MODEL SERIES SCHEDULE:
Fri July 29- Larry Detjens Memorial Race (State Park Speedway, Wausau WI)
Tues Aug 2- Dixieland Delight (Wisconsin Int’l Raceway, Kaukauna WI)
Sat Sept 24- 8th Annual ‘Thunderstruck 93’ (Elko Speedway, Elko New Market, MN)
Sat Oct 1- 51st Annual National Short Track Championships (Rockford Speedway, Loves Park, IL)
Sat Oct 8- 47th Oktoberfest Race Weekend (La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway, West Salem, WI)

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Please visit big8series.com

Salute to America / Madison Results

2016-06-25

Big 8 Late Model Series
A-Main 01 — 1. Jeremy Miller, Rockford; 2. Michael Bilderback, South Beloit; 3. Casey Johnson, Edgerton, Wis; 4.
Dale Nottestad, Cambridge, Wis; 5. Zack Riddle, Cottage Grove, Wis; 6. J. Herbst, LaCrosse, Wis; 7. Rich
Schumann, Jr., Portage, Wis; 8. Brent Edmunds, Monticello, Wis; 9. John Baumeister, Jr., Beloit, Wis; 10. Brady
Liddle, Oregon, Wis; 11. Jon Reynolds, Jr., Loves Park; 12. Shane Morrissey, Cuba City, Wis; 13. Michael Ostdiek,
Lakeville, Minn.; 14. Matt Lundberg, Rockford; 15. Zach Less, Manchester, Iowa; 16. Ryan Kamish, Farmington,
Minn.; 17. Wayne Freimund, Elkhorn, Wis; 18. Jacob Zellmer, New Berlin, Wis; 19. Mike Ehde, Prairie du Chien,
Wis; 20. Grant Griesbach, Waukesha, Wis; 21. Brody Willett, Alburnett, Iowa; 22. Cody Kippenhan, Ypsilanti,
Mich.; 23. Tyler Hromadka, Brookfield, Wis; 24. Tom Gille, Winnebago.

Last Chance “A” 01 — 1. Grant Griesbach, Waukesha, Wis; 2. Zach Less, Manchester, Iowa; 3. Brody Willett,
Alburnett, Iowa; 4. Jacob Zellmer, New Berlin, Wis; 5. Cody Kippenhan, Ypsilanti, Mich.; 6. Tyler Hromadka,
Brookfield, Wis; 7. Jared Duda, St Michael, Minn.; 8. Tory Adams, Madison, Wis; 9. Todd Oliver, Bangor, Wis; 10.
Hunter Drefahl, Evansville, Wis.

Heat 01 — 1. Michael Ostdiek, Lakeville, Minn.; 2. Mike Ehde, Prairie du Chien, Wis; 3. Tory Adams, Madison,
Wis; 4. Brody Willett, Alburnett, Iowa; 5. Cody Kippenhan, Ypsilanti, Mich.; 6. Zach Less, Manchester, Iowa; 7.
Jared Duda, St Michael, Minn..

Heat 02 — 1. Shane Morrissey, Cuba City, Wis; 2. Ryan Kamish, Farmington, Minn.; 3. Grant Griesbach,
Waukesha, Wis; 4. Jacob Zellmer, New Berlin, Wis; 5. Tyler Hromadka, Brookfield, Wis; 6. Todd Oliver, Bangor,
Wis; 7. Hunter Drefahl, Evansville, Wis.

Qualifying Dash 01 — 1. Brady Liddle, Oregon, Wis; 2. Jeremy Miller, Rockford; 3. John Baumeister, Jr., Beloit,
Wis; 4. Rich Schumann, Jr., Portage, Wis; 5. Casey Johnson, Edgerton, Wis; 6. J. Herbst, LaCrosse, Wis; 7. Jon
Reynolds, Jr., Loves Park.
Qualifying Dash 02 — 1. Wayne Freimund, Elkhorn, Wis; 2. Dale Nottestad, Cambridge, Wis; 3. Tom Gille,
Winnebago; 4. Zack Riddle, Cottage Grove, Wis; 5. Michael Bilderback, South Beloit; 6. Brent Edmunds,
Monticello, Wis; 7. Matt Lundberg, Rockford.

Time Trial — 1. Jeremy Miller, Rockford; 2. Michael Bilderback, South Beloit; 3. Casey Johnson, Edgerton, Wis; 4.
Zack Riddle, Cottage Grove, Wis; 5. Rich Schumann, Jr., Portage, Wis; 6. Dale Nottestad, Cambridge, Wis; 7. J.
Herbst, LaCrosse, Wis; 8. Brent Edmunds, Monticello, Wis; 9. John Baumeister, Jr., Beloit, Wis; 10. Tom Gille,
Winnebago; 11. Jon Reynolds, Jr., Loves Park; 12. Matt Lundberg, Rockford; 13. Brady Liddle, Oregon, Wis; 14.
Wayne Freimund, Elkhorn, Wis; 15. Michael Ostdiek, Lakeville, Minn.; 16. Jacob Zellmer, New Berlin, Wis; 17.
Zach Less, Manchester, Iowa; 18. Shane Morrissey, Cuba City, Wis; 19. Mike Ehde, Prairie du Chien, Wis; 20.
Grant Griesbach, Waukesha, Wis; 21. Brody Willett, Alburnett, Iowa; 22. Ryan Kamish, Farmington, Minn.; 23.
Cody Kippenhan, Ypsilanti, Mich.; 24. Todd Oliver, Bangor, Wis; 25. Tory Adams, Madison, Wis; 26. Hunter
Drefahl, Evansville, Wis; 27. Jared Duda, St Michael, Minn.; 28. Tyler Hromadka, Brookfield, Wis.

MILLER CLAIMS CAUTION FREE ‘SALUTE TO AMERICA’

2016-06-25

Jeremy Miller started third in the twenty-four car field, took the lead on the second lap and never looked back as he won the 48 lap feature for the Big 8 Late Models in a caution free event.

Brady Liddle and Wayne Freimund brought the field to the green flag with Liddle taking the early lead with Jeremy Miller and Dale Nottestad wasting no time to challenge.

Miller took the lead coming out of turn two on lap 2 with Liddle and Nottestad fighting it out for second as the three broke away from the pack. Two laps later Nottestad won his battle with Liddle for second with John Baumeister and Rich Schuman Jr. completing the top five. On lap 9 both Schuman Jr. and Michael Bilderback moved up a position when they overtook Baumeister.

Out front Miller was building up a sizeable advantage of nearly two seconds over the field. On lap 14 Bilderback worked past Schuman Jr. for third with Casey Johnson also moving into the top five. On lap 18 Bilderback took the third spot from Liddle with Johnson and Zack Riddle also powering their way past Liddle.

On lap 29 Bilderback was closing fast on Nottestad for second and took the spot away, but he still had a lot of ground to catch the leader. Two laps later, Johnson passed Nottestad for the third position.

Bilderback was doing his best to keep Miller in his sights, but with ten laps to go was nearly three seconds behind and hoping for a caution flag. Making matters worse for Bilderback was getting caught behind lapped traffic with eight laps to go allowing Miller to keep his advantage.

SALUTE TO AMERICA’ OFFERS A GATHERING OF THE VERY BEST!

2016-06-22

This Friday night June 24 marks one of the traditional stops along the Big 8 Late Model Series schedule as the ‘Best Weekly Warriors in the Country” make the trip to Madison International Speedway (MIS) for the annual ‘Salute to America.’

The Madison show has long been one of the premier stops on the Big 8 Series schedule throughout the tour’s 12 year history. Each season, “Wisconsin’s Fastest Half Mile” becomes a gathering place for the Big 8’s best and this Friday night will be no different, with 34 combined track and series championships represented among the 32 expected entrants.

Leading the way is current Big 8 Late Model Series point leader and defending Series champion Michael Bilderback, who has been the man to beat so far in 2016. Bilderback has began his season 2-for-2, with wins at Rockford and Hawkeye Downs. Along with his Big 8 successes, Bilderback is also the current point leader at Rockford Speedway, where he has one feature win and has lowered the Rockford Speedway track record on three separate occasions. The South Beloit IL native has never won a Big 8 race at Madison, with his closest call coming in 2008 as he finished second to Ryan Carlson in a photo finish.

Former Big 8 Late Model Series champions Jeremy Miller and Casey Johnson have also thrown their hat into the ring for this Friday night’s “Salute to America.” Both Miller and Johnson are among the all-time leading winners in Big 8 Series history, with Miller also a four-time Big 8 Series titlist and Johnson a two-time winner of the Series championship. Both drivers have tasted their share of success at Madison through the years, combining for five MIS track championships.

There are other past Madison champions who will compete this Friday night at “Salute to America,” including a pair of three-time MIS Late Model champions in Dale Nottestad and Bobby Wilberg plus reigning Madison International Speedway champion Zach Riddle. All three have tasted Big 8 victory lane in their careers, with Nottestad among the leaders in all-time Big 8 wins. Wilberg’s only previous Big 8 win came at Rockford in 2015, but despite just one Big 8 victory on his ledger, Wilberg is one of the most consistent drivers in Series history. Riddle is a former Oktoberfest winner while also bagging the JMcK Invitational in the same season.

Other top tier Big 8 drivers planning on racing this Friday night at Madison include Wayne Freimund, a two-time winner this season at Rockford Speedway and a former Slinger Speedway champion, two-time LaCrosse Speedway champion J Herbst, two-time Dells Raceway champion Rich Schumann Jr, former Rockford Speedway and Big 8 Series champion ‘Driver X’ Jon Reynolds Jr, reigning Rockford Speedway champion Jake Gille and former Dells Raceway champion Mike Ehde.

High-quality young talent will be on display Friday night at Madison too, with three skilled teenagers leading the charge. Minnesota’s Michael Ostdiek, a member of this season’s Kulwicki Driver Development Program, currently sits second in Big 8 points, poised for his first win, while Wisconsin youngster Grant Greisbach has impressed early this season with two top-tens to start the year at Rockford and Hawkeye Downs. Iowa’s Brody Willett has also rose to the challenge early in 2016 and comes into Madison eighth in Big 8 Late Model Series point standings.

Along with a full program highlighted by a 48 lap Big 8 Late Model Series feature race, the Great Northern Sportsman Series and Midwest Dash Series will join the card and at the end of the night, fans will be treated to the largest fireworks display at any racetrack in the Midwest!

Salute to America
Expected Entries (32)

OO- Brody Willett Alburnett, IA
O3- Cody Kippenhan Ypsilanti, MI
2- Michael Bilderback South Beloit, IL
3- Tyler Hromadka Brookfield, WI
5- Casey Johnson Edgerton, WI
5- Jeremy Miller Rockton, IL
X- Jon Reynolds Jr Rockford, IL
11- Brady Liddle Oregon, WI
14- Zach Riddle Cottage Grove, WI
15- Todd Oliver Bangor, WI
17- Grant Greisbach Waukesha, WI
18- Mike Ehde Prairie du Chien, WI
19- John Baumeister Jr Beloit, WI
18- Michael Ostdiek Lakeville, MN
20- Zach Less Manchester, IA
21- Shane Morrissey Cuba City, WI
21- Ty Reedy Holmen, WI
28- Bobby Wilberg Beloit, WI
36- Kyle Shear Roscoe, IL
40- Michael Beamish Eagan, MN
40- Tom Gille Winnebago, IL
49- Tory Adams Madison, WI
50- Jake Gille Winnebago, IL
51- Dale Nottestad Cambridge, WI
53- Jared Duda St Michael, MN
54- Rich Schumann Jr Portage, WI
66- Adam Pesheck Oconomowoc, WI
78- Matt Lundberg Rockton, IL
82- J Herbst West Salem, WI
87- Brent Edmunds Monticello, WI
95- Wayne Freimund Elkhorn, WI
99- Jake Zellmer New Berlin, WI

EVENT DETAILS:

What: “Salute To America”
Where: Madison International Speedway (located at 1122 Sunrise Road, Oregon, WI 53575)
When: Friday June 24

Schedule and Information:
3:30 PM- Pits Open
5 PM- Practice Begins
6:15 PM- Big 8 Late Model Series Qualifying
7:30 PM- Racing Begins

Divisions Competing:
Big 8 Late Model Series (complete show highlighted by a 48 lap feature)
Great Northern Sportsman Series
Midwest Dash Series
Plus a HUGE Fireworks display

Admission Prices:
Adults (18-61) $18
Whelen Hero** (w/I.D.) $16
Senior (62+) $16
Student (12-17) $10
Children (6-11) $5
Children 5 & under are FREE.
Family* (2 Adults & 4 Students/Children) $40

*Family Price is for two adults and up to 4 students and/or kids
**Whelen Hero includes Military, Fire, Police, EMT

REMAINING 2016 BIG 8 LATE MODEL SERIES SCHEDULE:
Fri June 24- Salute to America (Madison International Speedway, Oregon WI)
Fri July 29- Larry Detjens Memorial Race (State Park Speedway, Wausau WI)
Tues Aug 2- Dixieland Delight (Wisconsin Int’l Raceway, Kaukauna WI)
Sat Sept 24- 8th Annual ‘Thunderstruck 93’ (Elko Speedway, Elko New Market, MN)
Sat Oct 1- 51st Annual National Short Track Championships (Rockford Speedway, Loves Park, IL)
Sat Oct 8- 47th Oktoberfest Race Weekend (La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway, West Salem, WI)

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Please visit big8series.com

BILDERBACK GOES BACK-TO-BACK TO BEGIN BIG 8 SEASON

2016-06-06

With six different leaders and an unforgettable finish, Friday night’s McGrathAuto.com “Clash at the Downs II” at Hawkeye Downs had a little something for everyone.

The ending of the 48 lap feature played like that old TV catchphrase “the thrill of victory, the agony of defeat.”

Young guns Caleb Adrian and Michael Bilderback fought hard for the win over the race’s final few laps, with Bilderback trying to start the season 2-for-2 in Big 8 competition, while Adrian was looking to become a repeat winner of “Clash at the Downs.” As the two drivers hustled through lap traffic and approached the white flag, contact was made between both, with each driver’s machines wiggling off the fourth turn. With Bilderback barley able to straighten his car up just enough, Adrian’s machine would not cooperate, sending the defending race winner backwards into turn one, where his Chevrolet backed into the outer retaining wall.

With the leaders taking the white flag, the race was scored complete. Bilderback gained the victory, his second Big 8 Series win to start 2016 and third Late Model victory of the season overall. Adrian, who lead off and on throughout the 48 lap race and was a contender for the win all evening, was credited with twelfth place in the final running order.

Griffin McGrath, who started the race from the tenth position, was credited with second place, while last year’s event runner-up J Herbst came home in third. Herbst, who lead during the middle stages of the 48 lapper, also set the new Big 8 Late Model Series track record in qualifying.

2012 Big 8 Series Rookie of the Year Jesse Bernhagen came home in fourth place, while veteran Mike Ehde rounded out the top five. Bernhagen and Ehde were among six drivers who battled for the fourth position over the course of the final 20 laps of the event. Jeremy Miller fought back from a slow start to garner a sixth place result, followed by Zach Less, a seventh place finisher in his first ever Big 8 Series start.

Teenagers Brody Willett and Grant Greisbach finished eighth and ninth. The ninth place for Greisbach was his third career Big 8 Series top-ten finish. Elkhorn Wisconsin’s Wayne Freimund picked up the Powersource ‘Power Mover of the Race’ Award, advancing 12 positions from his starting spot outside of row eleven to a tenth place finish.

Preliminary race winners included Ehde and Willett, along with Jerry Mueller and Jared Duda. Twenty-seven Big 8 Series Late Models made the trip to the legendary half-mile oval in eastern Iowa.

Hawkeye Downs Speedway Results

2016-06-04

A-Main 01 — 1. Michael Bilderback, South Beloit; 2. Griffin McGrath, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; 3. J. Herbst, LaCrosse, Wis; 4. Jesse Bernhagen, Markesan, Wis; 5. Mike Ehde, Prairie du Chien, Wis; 6. Jeremy Miller, Rockford; 7. Zach Less, Manchester, Iowa; 8. Brody Willett, Alburnett, Iowa; 9. Grant Griesbach, Waukesha, Wis; 10. Wayne Freimund, Elkhorn, Wis; 11. Michael Ostdiek, Lakeville, Minn.; 12. Caleb Adrian, Walcott, Iowa; 13. Dave McCalla, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; 14. Jacob Zellmer, New Berlin, Wis; 15. Scott Siems, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; 16. Todd Oliver, Bangor, Wis; 17. Cody Kippenhan, Ypsilanti, Mich.; 18. Tyler Hromadka, Brookfield, Wis; 19. Jared Duda, St Michael, Minn.; 20. Chad Siems, Shellsburg, Iowa; 21. Brian Gibson, Walford, Iowa; 22. Michael Beamish, Eagan, Minn.; 23. Brad Osborn, Janesville, Iowa; 24. Jerry Mueller, Richfiled, Wis; 25. Mitchell Garfield, Pingree

Heat 01 — 1. Jerry Mueller, Richfiled, Wis; 2. Mitchell Garfield, Pingree Grove; 3. Jacob Zellmer, New Berlin, Wis; 4. Todd Oliver, Bangor, Wis; 5. Chad Siems, Shellsburg, Iowa; 6. Tyler Hromadka, Brookfield, Wis.

Heat 02 — 1. Jared Duda, St Michael, Minn.; 2. Dave McCalla, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; 3. Scott Siems, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; 4. Wayne Freimund, Elkhorn, Wis; 5. Cody Kippenhan, Ypsilanti, Mich..

Qualifying Dash 01 — 1. Mike Ehde, Prairie du Chien, Wis; 2. Michael Ostdiek, Lakeville, Minn.; 3. Michael Bilderback, South Beloit; 4. Jesse Bernhagen, Markesan, Wis; 5. J. Herbst, LaCrosse, Wis; 6. Jeremy Miller, Rockford; 7. Grant Griesbach, Waukesha, Wis.

Qualifying Dash 02 — 1. Brody Willett, Alburnett, Iowa; 2. Caleb Adrian, Walcott, Iowa; 3. Michael Beamish, Eagan, Minn.; 4. Zach Less, Manchester, Iowa; 5. Griffin McGrath, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; 6. Brian Gibson, Walford, Iowa; 7. Brad Osborn, Janesville, Iowa.

Time Trial — 1. J. Herbst, LaCrosse, Wis; 2. Griffin McGrath, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; 3. Michael Bilderback, South Beloit; 4. Brian Gibson, Walford, Iowa; 5. Jeremy Miller, Rockford; 6. Brad Osborn, Janesville, Iowa; 7. Michael Ostdiek, Lakeville, Minn.; 8. Caleb Adrian, Walcott, Iowa; 9. Jesse Bernhagen, Markesan, Wis; 10. Zach Less, Manchester, Iowa; 11. Mike Ehde, Prairie du Chien, Wis; 12. Michael Beamish, Eagan, Minn.; 13. Grant Griesbach, Waukesha, Wis; 14. Brody Willett, Alburnett, Iowa; 15. Mitchell Garfield, Pingree Grove; 16. Dave McCalla, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; 17. Jacob Zellmer, New Berlin, Wis; 18. Wayne Freimund, Elkhorn, Wis; 19. Jerry Mueller, Richfiled, Wis; 20. Jared Duda, St Michael, Minn.; 21. Todd Oliver, Bangor, Wis; 22. Cody Kippenhan, Ypsilanti, Mich.; 23. Chad Siems, Shellsburg, Iowa; 24. Scott Siems, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; 25. Tyler Hromadka, Brookfield, WI

CLASH AT THE DOWNS BECKONS BIG 8 BEST!

2016-06-01

For the second straight year, the “Best Weekly Warriors in the Country” are set to descend upon Eastern Iowa.

This Friday night June 3, the Big 8 Late Model Series returns to Hawkeye Downs in Cedar Rapids for the running of the McGrathAuto.com “Clash at the Downs II.” Nearly 30 of the most competitive weekly Late Model racers in America are set to test their luck on the 91 year old half-mile, with a strong mix of Big 8 travelers and Hawkeye Downs regulars geared up to battle for a chance to win the 48 lap main event.

Leading the way is reigning Big 8 Late Model Series champion Michael Bilderback, winner of the first Big 8 event of 2016 back in April. On that sunny Sunday at Rockford Speedway, Bilderback was the man to beat, lowering the Rockford track record in qualifying and later dominating the 88 lap “Spring Classic.” Last June, Bilderback was one of the contenders for victory at Hawkeye Downs, before settling for third following a frantic battle for second place with eventual runner-up J Herbst. So far in 2016, Bilderback has lowered the Rockford Speedway track record three more times and has pocketed one feature win and two runner ups at his hometrack, where he leads the point standings.

Last year’s “Clash at the Downs” winner Caleb Adrian and runner up J Herbst have also filed their entries for Friday night’s event. Adrian, who was a multi-time winner at Hawkeye Downs in weekly competition in 2015, makes his first Late Model start of 2016 this Friday night but is considered one of the favorites to win. Herbst is primed for his first-ever Big 8 Series triumph following a strong 2015, which saw him on the podium multiple times with the Big 8 Late Model Series campaign despite running just a limited schedule.

Four-time Big 8 Late Model Series champion Jeremy Miller has thrown his hat in the ring for Friday’s “Clash at the Downs” as well. Miller, a former winner with the now defunct ASA Late Model Series at Hawkeye Downs, is geared up not only to return to victory lane in Eastern Iowa, but to also shake off his tough start to the season in Rockford, which saw him fall out of the 88 lap Spring Classic during the race’s first 20 laps. Cedar Rapids native Griffin McGrath has his sights set on victory in front of the hometown faithful Friday night. McGrath, who set fast time in last years event, looks to improve on last years result at “Clash at the Downs,” which saw him destroy his race car during an incident midway through the 48 lap affair. Always a contender, watch for McGrath to be among the top runners this Friday night.

Other top notch entrants for Friday night’s McGrathAuto.com “Clash at the Downs II” include former Big 8 Series and Rockford Speedway champion “Driver X” Jon Reynolds Jr, reigning Hawkeye Downs champion Brian Gibson, former Dells Raceway Park champions Rich Schumann Jr and Mike Ehde, former Slinger Speedway track champion ‘Insane Wayne’ Freimund, central Wisconsin racing veteran Lyle Nowak and former Hawkeye Downs champion Brad Osborn.

The field at Hawkeye Downs will be filled with great young talent too, including; Minnesota racers Michael Ostdiek, Michael Beamish and Jared Duda, Iowans Brody Willett and Zach Less, former Big 8 Late Model Series Rookie of the Year Jesse Bernhagen, former Rockford Speedway Rookie of the Year Mitch Garfield, 16 year-old Wisconsinite Tyler Hromadka and Oconomowoc Wisconsin’s Adam Peschek, who also campaigns an IMCA SportMod on the dirt along with his Big 8 Late Model Series schedule.

McGrathAuto.com “Clash at the Downs II”
Expected Entries (29)

O3- Cody Kippenhan Ypslanti, MI
OO- Brody Willett Alburnett, IA
2- Michael Bilderback South Beloit, IL
3- Tyler Hromadka Brookfield, WI
3- Dave McCalla Cedar Rapids, IA
5- Jeremy Miller Rockton, IL
X- Jon Reynolds Jr Loves Park, IL
15- Michael Clapper Dane, WI
15- Todd Oliver Bangor, WI
17- Brian Gibson Walford, IA
17- Grant Greisbach Waukesha, WI
18- Mike Ehde Prairie du Chien, WI
18- Michael Ostdiek Lakeville, MN
20- Zach Less Manchester, IA
28- Jesse Bernhagen Markesan, WI
29- Caleb Adrian Walcott, IA
32- Lyle Nowak Wausau, WI
40- Michael Beamish Eagan, MN
43- Scott Siems Cedar Rapids, IA
44- Mitch Garfield Pingree Grove, IL
53- Jared Duda St Michael, MN
54- Rich Schumann Jr Portage, WI
64- Griffin McGrath Cedar Rapids, IA
66- Adam Peschek Oconomowoc, WI
72- Brad Osborn Janesville, IA
76- Chad Siems Shellsburg, IA
82- J Herbst West Salem, WI
88- Ken Jacoby Columbus, WI
95- Wayne Freimund Elkhorn, WI

EVENT DETAILS:

What: McGrathAuto.com “Clash at the Downs II”
Where: Hawkeye Downs (located at 4400 6th St SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404)
When: Friday June 3

Schedule and Information:
3 PM- Big 8 Late Model Series Pits Open
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM- Two (2) 20 minute Big 8 Late Model Series Practice Sessions
5:50 PM- Ticket Windows Open
6 PM- Big 8 Late Model Series Qualifying
6:45 PM- Big 8 Late Model Series Autograph Session until 7:15 PM (under the Grandstands)
7:30 PM- Racing Begins

Divisions Competing:
Big 8 Late Model Series (complete show highlighted by a 48 lap feature)
Mountain Dew Sportsman
Barron Motor Supply Hobby Stocks
Dublin City Pub Legends
Miller Time Hornets

Admission Prices:
Adults (ages 18 +) & Seniors (ages 62 +): $12
Students (ages 11-17) & Seniors: $7
Kids 10 & under: FREE

REMAINING 2016 BIG 8 LATE MODEL SERIES SCHEDULE:
Fri June 3- McGrathAuto.com ‘Clash at the Downs II” (Hawkeye Downs, Cedar Rapids, IA)
Fri June 24- Salute to America (Madison International Speedway, Oregon WI)
Fri July 29- Larry Detjens Memorial Race (State Park Speedway, Wausau WI)
Tues Aug 2- Dixieland Delight (Wisconsin Int’l Raceway, Kaukauna WI)
Sat Sept 24- 8th Annual ‘Thunderstruck 93’ (Elko Speedway, Elko New Market, MN)
Sat Oct 1- 51st Annual National Short Track Championships (Rockford Speedway)
Sat Oct 8- 47th Oktoberfest Race Weekend (La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway, West Salem, WI)

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Please visit www.big8series.com

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