Oregon, WI- The last bounty placed on a driver winning too much at ‘Wisconsin’s Fastest Half Mile’ was in 1976 when Johnny Ziegler went on a winning streak. Now a $1,000 bounty has been placed on Ziegler’s grandson Zack Riddle by Club LaMark and Dave’s White Rock, heading into NASCAR Championship night at Madison International Speedway on Friday Night August 19. With a twin feature format, any driver winning a NASCAR Late Model feature with Riddle still on the track, will collect an extra $500 per feature win, on top of the already posted $1,000 top prize in each 30 lap event. That includes Riddle, who has yet to not win a feature on any given night in NASCAR Late Model competition, posting seven wins on the season thus far and looking at a potentially big pay day next week.
Bounties being placed on drivers here at the Oregon, WI oval date back to 1964 when Etchie Biertzer of West Bend was dominating the Modifieds on what was then a quarter-mile oval, eventually being edged by a wheel by Willie Goeden in August of that year. In 1975 track owner Sam Bartus again placed a bounty, this time on Tom Reffner after he tallied thirteen consecutive wins. As it was then and remains today, in order for a driver to collect the bounty money, the driver whom the bounty is posted for must finish the race. Bobby Wilberg, Michael Bilderback and Jacob Goede are the only other drivers to score Late Model wins this year.
With the double feature format, Late Model drivers will be allowed two new Hoosier Racing Tires for the night. Pit gates open at 3:30pm, practice begins at 5pm, front gates open at 6pm with qualifying getting underway at 6:15pm, racing action begins at 7:30pm. Madison International Speedway is located at 1122 Sunrise Rd in Oregon, WI. Visit www.misracing.com or call 608-835-9700 for additional information.