Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Modified Championship Race Gets Another Shakeup At Salina Speedway

SalinaSpeedway (2)Salina, KS – Salina Speedway has 5 points races left on it’s schedule before Championship Night and a few of the battles are epic. This Friday night, August 15, the action will roar to life and drivers will either work closer to a championship or fall by the way side!

This week’s lineup will showcase the BSB Manufacturing NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series Late Models, Belleville Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds, M&H Motors IMCA Northern Sport Mods, Budweiser Hobby Stocks and the popular Outlaw Crusisers!

The best battle raging at Salina Speedway for the points championship is in Belleville Motor Sports IMCA Modified division.

It’s come down to a 4 horse race with a couple of dark horse candidates trying to make a bid for the top spot. The top 4 drivers are separated by just 8 points and its a revolving door at the top spot. Last week Corey Lagroon came in as the point leader and he left in 4th place. Mike Petersilie is now the current leader, but Joe Cleveland, Danny Morrison Jr. and Lagroon are right there in the hunt. Each race will become critical to the success or ‘lack’ of success in obtaining the points championship. Jesse Richter and Brian Knoell have an outside chance, but they will need the stars to align and have a few breaks go their way to pull it off in the end. The points championship race is one of the best point battles Salina Speedway has seen in it’s existence and just think it isn’t over yet!

In the M&H Motors IMCA Northern Sport Mods Austin Carter sits on a 2 point lead over Tyler Frye in the race for the championship. Daniel Gottschalk is the man of the hour at this time. Currently, Gottschalk has a total of 4 wins in the class and he has won 3 of the last 4 races. A huge feat considering the level of competition that the Sport Mod division has. Gottschalk’s slow start is what’s keeping him out of the hunt for the championship, so his goal is simple; just win baby! Several drivers are capable of pulling off a win and that’s what makes this class so unpredictable, exciting and fun. This season a total of 43 different drivers have raced in this class and it’s popularity grows weekly.

Grown men were crying last week, women and children were dancing in joy and the heaven’s opened up as Daniel Smith finally took home his 1st BSB Manufacturing NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series Late Model Feature win! Daniel has been the hard luck story this season in the Late Models. He has had commanding leads only to see them washed away with bad luck and timing. Last week was Smith’s night as he finally put together a solid run for the big win. This could be the confidence boost that Smith needs to move up in the points standings. Daniel’s father, Delbert, is the reigning champ and still sits on top of the standings at this time. Chris Kratzer and Darrick Klima also have a chance at the championship if they can make some positive moves in the final few races.

Mike Traskowsky is putting up a ‘dream’ season in the Budweiser IMCA Hobby Stocks. Last week it was win #6 on the season for Traskowsky and with the win he extended his points lead in the division. Traskowsky’s big year is surprising considering this is a very competitive class like the Sport Mods. Time and time again Traskowsky is showing just how strong his driving skills are as on a regular basis he is starting the feature somewhere around row #5. Aaron McBride is keeping pace but hasn’t gotten over the hump yet and there are several other competitors that just need a shot of confidence to raise their games up.

This week a special addition has been added to the lineup, the Outlaw Cruisers. The Outlaw Cruisers will be running for $500 to win on Friday night and that means one thing, one awesome event. As extra money gets tossed out everyone competing does anything they can to win. That type of attitude provides for a great race. Shawn and Steve Streit won the Outlaw Cruiser Feature earlier this season and you can bet they will be back to see if they can make it 2 for 2.

Fans are also encouraged to take part in the Fantasy Racing League, in which a weekly winner will receive a FREE Salina Speedway T-Shirt. To play visit and click on the “Fantasy” link at the top.

Racing Friday night gets underway at 7:15 p.m. with hotlaps and green flag racing will start shortly after the completion of hotlaps.

Adult admission is $10, with kids 15 and under FREE with a paid adult, all seniors 55 and up are half price with ID and all active military are FREE with appropriate ID as well! Pit passes are $25.

Fans wanting to get the 411 on Salina Speedway just need to stay logged in to their home on the world wide web at As fans visit the site take a look at the 2014 schedule to see what classes are racing, great stories and results. Sign up for the Text & Email BLASTS! You can also like their Facebook page at www. or follow on Twitter @SalinaSpeedway1

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