Week of June 11, 2012
By John Wells
Here is the latest from Madison International Speedway…
It’s hard to believe, but we are almost half way through June and a little more than two weeks away from our Salute to American Fireworks Extravaganza featuring ThunderCat.
Last Friday night was Round 1 of the Super Late Model Triple Crown Challenge. Sixteen super lates were in the house with the 72 (Held) and 25 (Storm) cars unable to get into the action. A decision was made at the drivers’ meeting to run Twin 50’s as opposed to a single 100 lap event. This decision involved the drivers and was based on the car count and commitment to providing the best show for the fans.
Congratulations to Nathan Haseleu who swept both fifty lap segments for the Triple Crown Challenge cars and to two drivers, Will Rece and Kyle Jusits, who won for the first time ever at MIS in the Sportsman and Legends division.
Seventeen Sportsman cars were in the pits last Friday which is a season high for the division that is going to continue to be more and more competitive each week. It is also the division with the most rookies including Jon Coker, Paul Marti, and Dan Snyder.
The point standings are starting to get interesting with three races in for the Sportsman and Legends and two races in the books for the Late Models. Here’s a quick look at how things are shaping up.
This year more points are on the table for the qualifying races so drivers need to be consistent in their qualifying race and the feature if they want to become track champion. Twenty-five points is awarded to the winner of each qualifying race in 2012.
John Baumeister Jr. has a two point lead over Zack Riddle in the Rockweiler Insulation Late Model division 216-214 followed by Dale Nottestad (203), Bobby Wilberg (193), and Kevin Knuese with 185.
Robert Hansberry Jr. leads the way in the Ho Chunk Gaming Madison Sportsman division with 357 points with Tommy Wutke (322) and Mike Taylor (301) in second and third place respectively. TJ Goldade is in fourth place at 290 just one point ahead of Matt Lundberg (289).
Cory Talaska holds a slight 323-313 advantage over three time champion Max McNamara in the Pellitteri Waste Systems Legends division. Kevin Griffin is in third place with 311 followed by defending champion Andy Jones with 307 and Vince Bartolotta with 283.
This Week at MIS
Come out to Madison International Speedway this Friday night (June 15th) for Flag Night / Salute to Dad’s presented by Roto Rooter of Dane and Rock County. All dads receive free admission when accompanied by their family.
Salute to Dad’s / Flag Night at MIS
Presented by Roto Rooter of Dane and Rock County
Friday, June 15, 2012
3:30 Pit Gates Open
4:30 Grandstands Open
4:30 Chapel w/ Todd
5:00 Happy Hour (Drink specials until 6:30)
Drivers’ meeting to follow
Morrison’s Auto Parts Late Model Dash (6 Laps)
Quam’s Marine and Motorsports Qualifying Races
Legends (12 Laps)
Sportsman (10 Laps)
Late Models (15 Laps)
Intermission (Speedy’s Cup Toss)
Legends Feature (25 Laps)
Sportsman Feature (20 Laps)
Late Model Feature (40 Laps)
Schedule (Order of events / laps) subject to change
Season Summary 2012
Madison International Speedway
Rockweiler Insulation Late Models
Car Count: 5/12-11, 5/27-15, 6/1-13
Qualifying: Zack Riddle (5/12*, 5/27, 6/1)
Qualifying Races: Bobby Wilberg (5/12*) Andy Evraets (5/27), Kevin Knuese (5/27, 6/1) Zack Riddle (6/1)
Morrison’s Auto Parts Dash: Kevin Knuese (6/1) John Baumeister Jr. (5/27)
Feature: Zack Riddle (5/12)* John Baumeister Jr. (5/27), Dale Nottestad (6/1)
Ho Chunk Gaming Wisconsin Sportsman
Car Count: 5/27- 12, 6/1-12, 6/8-17
Qualifying: Robert Hansberry Jr. (5/27, 6/1, 6/8)
Qualifying Races: Mike Taylor (5/27, 6/1), Robert Hansberry Jr. (5/27), Matt Lundberg (6/1) Kody Hubred (6/8), TJ Goldade (6/8)
Feature: Robert Hansberry Jr. (5/27, 6/1) Will Rece (6/8)
Pellitteri Waste Systems Legends
Car Count: 5/27-19, 6/1-14, 6/8-16
Qualifying: Cory Talaska (5/27, 6/8), Andy Jones (6/1)
Qualifying Races: Andy Jones (5/27, 6/1), Max McNamara (5/27) Cory Talaska (6/1, 6/8) Chris Lishamer (6/8)
Feature: Andy Jones (5/27), Kevin Griffin (6/1)
Super Late Model Triple Crown Challenge
Car Count: 6/8-16
Qualifying: Nathan Haseleu (6/8)
Qualifying Race: None
Feature: Nathan Haseleu (6/8, 6/8)
ASA Midwest Tour
Car Count: 5/12- 36
Qualifying: Chris Wimmer (5/12)
Qualifying Races: Ty Majeski (5/12) Jonathan Eilen (5/12)
Fast Dash: Travis Sauter (5/12)
Last Chance: Brandon Hill (5/12)
Feature: Andrew Morrissey (5/12)
Hard Charger Standings
John Baumeister Jr. currently leads the Wayne’s Custom DIECAST Hard Charger points for the Late Models with 13 closely followed by Zack Riddle at 12, Andy Evraets with 11, and Bobby Wilberg totaling 9.
Robert Hansberry Jr. leads the Ho Chunk Gaming Sportsman with 15 points followed by Mike Taylor with 5, and Will Rece, Jon Coker / Dan Lerdahl, and Rodger Stephenson at 4.
Max McNamara leads the Pellitteri Waste Systems Legends with 29 points with Andy Jones in second place with 20 followed by Kevin Griffin (17), Cory Talaska (15), and Vince Bartolotta and Brian Griffin with 9 apiece.
The Chaplain’s Corner
By Todd Christopherson
John 4 – Looking for…
Have you heard the guys talk about, “man we just need to find some more speed” or I just need to find the fast line, or way around this place. As soon as we do we are going to be in the top…” Drivers and teams are always looking for that true fast lap. It has been cool to see the track records fall a couple of times this year already. But you know, there will be a faster lap someday.
God too is looking for things in us. One is true worship, Let’s look together at chapter four in the book of John.
John 4:4 Now he had to go through Samaria. You know the story – it is the women at the well. She is looking for something – water, acceptance, a family. But what does she really want and what does she really find? Water, acceptance and a family, the LORD’s!
John 4:10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” Listen to Jesus’ words again – ‘gift of God and who it is that asks you’. Do you go to the wrong person for answers sometimes? I know I do sometimes and sometimes I do not notice that it is the LORD answering. It is interesting to trace things. If you look over enough time you will see God’s hand at work. We want the answer right now but sometimes it is God answering the prayer over generations of time.
John 4:19-24 19 “Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet. 20 Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.”
21 Jesus declared, “Believe me, woman, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22 You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.”
Remember the problem at the temple? What was it? A den of lions where there should have been a house of worship, (Jesus says – my Father’s house) This must be a big deal with God, with John, with the people John was around and with us for it to be addressed twice in a couple of chapters. The focus is a little more pointed this time. Jesus is looking for 1) true worshipers; 2) who worship in spirit and 3) who worship in truth.
1) The only way you can be a true worshiper is if you are saved. Does that make sense? Do we need to think about that?
2) We must worship in spirit. No matter how “good” or “religious” we are we cannot worship in our selves. We have to have the Spirit lead us and guide our heart, mind, and words.
3) We are to worship in truth. We cannot manifest or conjure up worship. It is not by getting fast or louder music. We cannot by having “better” preaching or a big name preacher or musician. It cannot be performance driven. But when the Word is preached by a humble servant or the song sung and then heard by a prepared heart, then true worship happens as the Spirit works in us.
So I ask from v 21-24 God is looking for true worshipper. Will you be found as one?
I hope so! Or maybe the answer is “No, but I want to” That is a great answer that we wait to hear too. Take the first step by admitting you have sinned. That you have broken one, two or maybe, like me, all the Ten Commandments. The Law proves I have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Then turn to the One who can save and repent of the sin and turn to Him by agreeing that Jesus is LORD, that only He can pay for sin. With everyone’s eyes closed if you have just bowed your heart to Him or need to, would you raise your hands or let me know. I want to pray for you and help you in any way that I can.
May we be found as true worshippers.
Hope to see you at a track soon and have a great day racin’ in the SONshine,