It’s Whelen All American NASCAR Championship Night this Friday at Madison International Speedway and you don’t want to miss it. That’s because you’ll see double features in all four divisions along with the crowning of our 2019 track champions in the NASCAR Late Models, Dave’s White Rock MISfitz, and Pellitteri Waste Systems Bandits. The Roto Rooter 6Shooters will also be in action.
Bobby Wilberg Shooting for Another Championship While Zack Riddle Wants to Make It Two in a Row
Bobby Wilberg enters Friday night’s races with a 41 point lead over defending champion Zack Riddle. Wilberg currently has a 910-869 lead over Riddle while Dale Nottestad is in third with 819 points. Wilberg, along with Nick Panitzke, are the only drivers to win more than one feature this season in the nine races.
A championship this season would be Wilberg’s fifth in the Late Models division to go along with his 17 career feature wins which places him third on the all-time list for the division. Riddle is in search of his third title after winning in 2015 and 2018. He has captured 16 feature wins in the division and is hoping to earn back to back titles. Dale Nottestad has two previous titles in 2012 and 2014.
A total of 215 points is possible on Friday night with 100 to win each feature and 15 for setting fast time.
First Time Champion for MISfitz
Not only will the Dave’s White Rock MISfitz award a championship for the first-time ever on Friday night, but the winner will be taking home his first track championship. Long-time racer Dave Edwards has a 71 point lead over Ray Hellenbrand (945-874) heading into Friday night. Bryan Hellenbrand (776) and Mike Taylor (772) are in a tight battle for third. Edwards is on a roll coming in with wins in three of his last four races while Hellenbrand has been consistent all season, but is still aiming for his first win in 2019.
It’s Down to the Wire in the Bandits
Defending champion Nick Schmidt has just a sixteen point lead (910-894) over Jeremy Bredeson who is seeking his first Pellitteri Waste Systems championship at Madison. Schmidt is a perfect nine for nine in top five finishes this year with one feature win while Bredeson has finished outside the top five just once and has three wins to his credit. Brandon Junget is on the outside looking in as he is just 37 points behind the leader while Ronnie Osborne is in fourth and is 68 points out of first.
Twice the Fun for 6Shooters
We’ve had as many as twenty-three 6Shooters on the Ring of Fire at a time this year and we’d like to exceed that number this Friday night. This true entry level division where drivers can race for as little as $500 is unique in that the drivers receive a free pit pass, no points are kept, and fun is what it’s all about. They’ve been off for awhile, so let’s see who throws their hat in “The Ring” this Friday night.
NASCAR’s Acceleration Nation is coming to Madison this Friday Night
Kids ages 11 and under attending Friday’s NASCAR Whelen Engineering Championship night at ‘Wisconsin’s Fastest Half Mile’ will receive the all-new NASCAR Home Track Activity Book, the first 200 kids will receive a NASCAR Back to School Pouch which includes a pencil, pencil sharpener, eraser, NASCAR ruler and Home Track Stickers while one lucky student will win the Grand Prize Pack. The Grand Prize Pack includes a NASCAR Backpack, NASCAR Heat 3 for Xbox featuring recent MIS Lettow Classic winner Ty Majeski, Aluminum Sports Bottle, New Era Baseball Hat, Lionel 1:64 Diecast including Chase Elliott plus more.
Pit gates open at 3:30 with practice beginning at 5:00. The grandstands open at 6:00 with qualifying at 6:15 and racing at 7:30.
Adult admission is $14.00 / Whelen Heroes and Seniors 62+ $12.00 / Students 12-17 $8.00 / Kids 6-11 $5.00 / Five and under free. A “Family Ticket” good for up to two adults and four students / kids is $30.00.
Fans don’t forget that a trip to Dave’s White Rock after the races means your ticket stub gets you your second drink free.