Racing awards given out at Chateau
The 63rd Anniversary Season of Racing at Chateau Speedway in Lansing was officially wrapped up on Saturday Night with the Awards Banquet held at Lansing Corners Supper Club.
The annual awarding of trophies saw the top five drivers in each of the six full time classes (Y Waste WISSOTA Hornets, Power 96 WISSOTA Pure Stocks, Adams Graphix WISSOTA Street Stocks, WISSOTA Midwest Modified, Action Builders USRA B Mod, and French’s Repair USRA A Mod) picking up hardware as well as the top three in the one part-time class (KEVKO Outlaw Mini Mods). The track took the opportunity to make it a “Toys for Tots” collection night and those in attendance did a great job of bringing something to contribute to the charitable effort.
Final numbers for the season were pretty impressive with 352 drivers and cars competing over the course of the 19 shows that were run at Chateau. Of those, 126 drivers took home at least one win on the season with a heat, consy or feature. There were 382 races run this year.
Even more impressive was the fact that of the nine classes that ran either on a weekly basis or during specials, seven track records were set. Leading the way was USRA A Mod Driver Jason Cummins of New Richland who reset the record for that class. He also ran the fastest lap of the season, a 15.309 tour of the track, which comes out to an average speed of 78.384 MPH.
Blake Anderson of Elk Mound, Wis. broke the record for the Traditional Sprints during their special in August with a 15.501 lap (77.414 mph). During the IMCA Stock Car Special in May, Dean Cornelius of New Prague reset the record for that class at Chateau with a 17.535 (68.434 mph) lap.
Records also fell in the Pure Stock Class where Brady Krohnberg of Walters shaved a few hundredths off their mark, Kory Adams of Stacyville, Iowa lowered the record for the Street Stocks, Seth Scholl of Holmen, Wis., reset the record in the Hornet Division, and Nathan Kilwine of Glenville reset the mark for the Outlaw Mini Mods. The only two classes that ran at all during the season that did not lower their record times were the Midwest Mods and the B Mods.
Kylie Kath of Claremont had the fastest lap of the season in the Midwest Mods but was about two tenths slower than the 2014 record. Kadden Kath of Owatonna had the fastest lap of the year in the B Mods but was still 2 ½ tenths slower than the mark set in 2016. The overall Track Record still belongs to Late Model Driver Jason Utter of Columbus Junction, Iowa in 2012. Utter laid down a 14.936 second lap, which comes out to an average speed of 80.342 MPH, the only driver to ever go under 15 seconds on the 3/8 mile oval.
The 2019 list of champions included five first time champions in the seven divisions, including one first year driver. And Among the 33 drivers honored on the night were 12 former track champions accounting for 32 past titles. So at the end of the night, there were 17 champions with 40 titles among them among those honored on the night.
This year’s awards included:
Outlaw Mini Mods—first- Michael Bryant, Mason City; second- Logan Brown, Clear Lake and third- Bobby Ruhlow, Mason City.
Hornet—first- Justin Schelitzche, Cologne; second- T.J. Barnett, Owatonna and third- Dan Knish, Kilkenny.
Pure Stock Class—first- Troy Maas, Faribault; second- Kyndra Nies, Chatfield and third- Michael Wick, Faribault.
Street Stocks—first- Zach Elward, Hayfield; second- Kory Adams, Stacyville and third- Jason Newkirk, Austin.
Midwest Modified Division—first- Ryan Goergen, Stacyville; second- Michael Wytaske, Hartland and third- Jeremy Misgen, Ellendale.
USRA B Mod Class—first- Noah Grinstead, Austin; second- Kadden Kath, Owatonna and third- Matt Brooks, Austin.
USRA A Mods—first- Brandon Davis, Hayfield; second- Jason Cummins, New Richland and third- Darwyn Karau, Kasson.
Coming to the Chateau next year is the return of the WISSOITA Super Stock Class. The class has had its struggle with car counts, but with the fans asking for their return and Brauer Roofing stepping up as a sponsor for the class, it was decided to give them another chance. With drivers expressing their intent to run next year, hopes are high. The class last ran full time in 2009 at Chateau.
The season opener will once again be the first weekend of May. A test and tune session will be scheduled for April 29.
Ticket pricing for regular show next year will remain unchanged.