Sauter, Ciesielski, Moyer and Hays Win at MIS: Haseleu Captures Triple Crown Challenge Championship

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Travis Sauter, Scott Ciesielski, Aaron Moyer, and Brody Hays Win Fall Classic Titles

Nathan Haseleu becomes Inaugural Triple Crown Challenge Champion

Travis Sauter won both 50 lap features to highlight an exciting day of racing at the MIS Fall Classic.  Scott Ciesielski (International Four Cylinders), Aaron Moyer (Legends), and Brody Hays (Super Cups) also took home victories.

Nathan Haseleu outdistanced Travis Sauter 364-292 in the Triple Crown Challenge Series points race to become the first-ever series champion.  Haseleu competed in all four series events to pick up the title over Sauter who did not compete in the opening event.  Gary LaMonte, who also raced all four events, finished in third place with 240 points narrowly edging Rich Bickle (239) and Bobby Wilberg (238).

Travis Sauter Sweeps Twin 50s

Travis Sauter won both features of the MIS Fall Classic today and continued his hot streak on Wisconsin’s Fastest Half-Mile as he has now won six straight features.

Travis Sauter continued his winning streak by taking home the checkered flag in the first fifty lap feature for the Super Late Models.  The win was his fifth in a row in super late model events at Madison this season.

Tim Lampman and Frank Nitzke brought the field to the green flag in the first 50 lap feature for the Super Late Models.  Nitzke grabbed the lead on the first lap followed by Gary LaMonte, Austin Luedtke and Matt Kocourek.  On lap 3 Luedtke moved to the inside of LaMonte for second.  The two raced side by side for three laps before Luedtke gained the position on lap 5 just before the caution flag came out when Bobby Wilberg’s car dropped fluid on the track after going up in smoke.

Luedtke chose to line up on the outside of row one for the restart with LaMonte and Kocourek in row two.  The move paid off for Luedtke as he jumped out to the lead.  LaMonte worked his way to the outside of Nitzke to take second on lap 7 with Jeff Storm moving into third place on lap 9.  Storm was not finished as he powered his way past LaMonte for second on lap 11.  While the racing was going on behind him, Luedtke was able to build a twelve car length advantage over Storm before the caution came out on lap 13 for a slowed vehicle.

Both Storm and LaMonte elected to restart on the outside.  Luedtke retained his lead after the green flag waved with Storm, Nitzke, and Travis Sauter chasing him.  Sauter moved into third when he passed Nitzke on lap 15 coming out of turn four.  Andrew Morrissey worked his way to fourth on lap 16.

On lap 21 Storm was on the bumper of Luedtke challenging for the lead with Sauter right behind Storm.  On lap 22 Luedtke got loose coming out of turn two which allowed Sauter to vault from third to the lead.  Luedtke dropped all the way to fourth after Morrissey moved past him on lap 24.

The yellow flag came out again on lap 27 when Jason Hicks made contact with the turn four wall.  Storm chose to stay inside on the restart while Morrissey made the move to the outside along Sauter.  Unfortunately, the race didn’t stay green for long due to a spin before one lap could be completed.

Morrissey’s choice to restart on the outside proved to a good one as he took the lead away from Sauter.  Sauter fought his way back to the inside of Morrissey and on lap 31 found the necessary room on the backstretch to retake the lead.  The action was heating up behind the leaders as Nathan Haseleu moved past Storm for the third spot on lap 36.

Sauter was able to increase his lead to six car lengths over Morrissey and cruise the rest of the way to pick up the win.  Morrissey finished second followed by Haseleu, Kocourek, and Storm.

Sauter Does It Again

Travis Sauter made it two for two at the Fall Classic by winning the second fifty lap feature.

Jordan Thiel jumped out to the early lead in the second fifty lap feature for the Super Late Models.  Gary LaMonte and Jeff Storm both passed Thiel after he got loose coming out of turn two on lap 6.  Nathan Haseleu and Travis Sauter were also able to get by Thiel a lap later.

Storm took over the lead from LaMonte on lap 10 with Haseleu up to second and Sauter to third.  On lap 14 Haseleu nudged his way to the inside of Storm to take the lead.  Sauter moved into second on lap 15 with Andrew Morrissey applying heavy pressure to Storm for third just before the caution flag came out when two cars tangled in turn four back in the pack.

Haseleu was able to keep his lead on the restart with Sauter in second followed by Morrissey, Storm, and Thiel. The top three remained the same with Haseleu and Sauter putting some distance between themselves and Morrissey while Matt Kocourek moved into fourth on lap 31.

It appeared that it was going to be a two car fight for the win until the caution came out on lap 34 for a spin. 

Now the restart cone was going to have its say.  Haseleu chose the inside, Sauter the outside with Morrissey following Haseleu and Kocourek taking the outside of row two with sixteen laps to go.

Haseleu and Sauter raced side by side with Sauter gaining the advantage coming out of turn four.  Morrissey motored by Haseleu for second with Kocourek taking third from Haseleu one lap later.

On lap 39 Kocourek moved past Morrissey for second while Sauter increased his lead.  Haseleu moved to the inside of Morrissey on lap 42 to take back third place.

Just when it looked like it was money in the bank for Sauter, the car of LaMonte made contact with the wall coming out of turn two when his right front tire went flat.  Another caution and another exciting double file restart.

Sauter got a great restart and was able to lead the rest of the way to pick up his sixth straight feature win at MIS.  Kocourek held off Haseleu for second with Morrissey taking fourth and Storm in fifth.

“This is an awesome car.  It’s all about our team and sponsors who deserve a lot of the credit.  We’ve been really prepared every time we come out here,” said Sauter.

Jeff Storm was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 17.511 with Andrew Morrissey in second at 17.526 and Matt Kocourek in third with a time of 17.586.

Feature #1:  1. Travis Sauter (Prairie du Sac, WI), 2. Andrew Morrissey (DeForest, WI), 3. Nathan Haseleu (Pardeeville, WI), 4. Matt Kocourek (Franklin, WI), 5. Jeff Storm (East Troy, WI), 6. Austin Luedtke (Adell, WI), 7. Gary LaMonte (West Allis, WI), 8. Frank Nitzke (Berlin, WI), 9. Jordan Thiel (Appleton, WI), 10. David Byrne (Shullsburg, WI), 11. Tim Lampman (Oak Creek, WI), 12. Kelsey Bauer (Random Lake, WI), 13. Jason Hicks (Elkhorn, WI), 14. Mike Egan (Slinger, WI), 15. Landry Potter (Genoa City, WI), 16. Chuck Garetson (Albany, WI), 17. Dale Smith (Lake Mills, WI), 18. Tommy Hromadka (Brookfield, WI), 19. Bobby Wilberg (Beloit, WI),

Feature #2: 1. Travis Sauter (Prairie du Sac, WI), 2. Matt Kocourek (Franklin, WI), 3. Nathan Haseleu (Pardeeville, WI), 4. Andrew Morrissey (DeForest, WI), 5. Jeff Storm (East Troy, WI), 6. Landry Potter (Genoa City, WI), 7. Austin Luedtke (Adell, WI), 8. Jordan Thiel (Appleton, WI), 9. Frank Nitzke (Berlin, WI), 10. Chuck Garetson (Albany, WI), 11. Mike Egan (Slinger, WI), 12. Jason Hicks (Elkhorn, WI), 13. Tim Lampman (Oak Creek, WI), 14. Dale Smith (Lake Mills, WI), 15. Gary LaMonte (West Allis, WI), 16. David Byrne (Shullsburg, WI),

Qualifying:1. Jeff Storm (East Troy, WI), 2. Andrew Morrissey (DeForest, WI), 3. Matt Kocourek (Franklin, WI), 4. Travis Sauter (Prairie du Sac, WI), 5. Austin Luedtke (Adell, WI), 6. Chuck Garetson (Albany, WI), 7. Bobby Wilberg (Beloit, WI), 8. Gary LaMonte (West Allis, WI), 9. David Byrne (Shullsburg, WI), 10. Frank Nitzke (Berlin, WI), 11. Tim Lampman (Oak Creek, WI), 12. Jason Hicks (Elkhorn, WI), 13. Landry Potter (Genoa City, WI), 14. Tommy Hromadka (Brookfield, WI), 15. Jordan Thiel (Appleton, WI), 16. Mike Egan (Slinger, WI), 17. Kelsey Bauer (Random Lake, WI), 18. Dale Smith (Lake Mills, WI), 19. Nathan Haseleu (Pardeeville, WI),

Super Late Model Triple Crown Challenge Final Point Standings

1. (364)Nathan Haseleu (Pardeeville, WI), 2. (292)Travis Sauter (Prairie du Sac, WI), 3. (240)Gary LaMonte (West Allis, WI), 4. (239)Rich Bickle (Janesville, WI), 5. (238)Bobby Wilberg (Beloit, WI), 6. (237)Andrew Morrissey (DeForest, WI), 7. (228)Jeff Storm (East Troy, WI), 8. (210)Austin Luedtke (Adell, WI), 9. (206)Jeremy Miller (Rockton, IL), 10. (167)Matt Kocourek (Franklin, WI), 11. (167)Frank Kreyer (Wisconsin Dells, WI), 12. (166)Kelsey Bauer (Random Lake, WI), 13. (129)Jordan Thiel (Appleton, WI), 14. (124)Frank Nitzke (Berlin, WI), 15. (113)Russ Blakely (Whitewater, WI), 16. (103)Landry Potter (Genoa City, WI), 17. (101)Dale Nottestad (Cambridge, WI), 18. (98)Mike Egan (Slinger, WI), 19. (87)Chuck Garetson (Albany, WI), 20. (85)Tim Lampman (Oak Creek, WI), 21. (84)Dave Feiler (Sun Prairie, WI), 22. (78)David Byrne (Shullsburg, WI), 23. (76)Dennis Prunty (Knowles, WI), 24. (61)Mike Held (West Bend, WI), 25. (57)Derek Childs (Poynette, WI), 26. (54)Tanner Whitten (Congerville, IL), 27. (48)Blake Brown (Franksville, WI), 28. (47)Brandon Hill (Genoa City, WI), 29. (47)Jason Hicks (Elkhorn, WI), 30. (45)Nick Barstad (Prior Lake, MN), 31. (39)Jeremy Schulz (Winthrop Harbor, IL), 32. (39)Dale Smith (Lake Mills, WI), 33. (37)Kyle Brinkmann (Elkhorn, WI), 34. (35)Tommy Hromadka (Brookfield, WI), 35. (29)Don Wickstrum (Monroe, WI),

Ciesielski’s Debut at MIS a Great One

Scott Ciesielsk’s first appearance at Madison International Speedway couldn’t have gone any better as he cruised to victory in the twenty lap feature for the International Four Cylinders.

Peter Shelley led the field to the green flag but it was Devon Dixon who took the early lead before surrendering the top spot to Ciesielski on lap 3 who passed him on the outside.

Ciesielski quickly built a sizeable lead over the field.  Nick Schmidt moved past Dixon for second on lap 5 followed by Charlie Nickel.  One lap later Nickel raced his way to second while Ciesielski’s lead continued to grow out front.

By lap 7 fast qualifier Kyle Stark had worked his way up to third and passed Nickel for the second position one lap later.  By this time, Ciesielski’s lead was nearly thirty car lengths which was going to make it tough for Stark and the rest of the field if the race stayed green.

Some good racing was taking place back in the pack as Nickel, Schmidt, and Gary Stark fought it out for third place.  Kyle Stark was able to cut into Ciesielski’s lead, but the race stayed green the rest of the way and he would have to settle for second.

For Ciesielski it was not only his first win at MIS, but the first time he had ever been at the historic facility.  “This is just awesome.  I’ve raced the simulated version of the track, but this is even better,” he said from victory lane.

In the first eight lap heat race for the International Four Cylinders Steve Dickson took the lead on the first lap before Gary Stark and Kyle Stark took the position away one lap later.  The Starks proceeded to run side by side out front before Kyle took the lead for good on lap 5.  An exciting battle for third was won by Mike Storkson who edged Charlie Nickel at the stripe.

Seth Reamer was victorious in the second International Four Cylinder eight lap heat race. Mark English had the early lead in the second heat race before Nick Schmidt powered by on the second lap.  Schmidt had built a multi-car length lead before his rear bumper fell off bringing out the caution flag and putting Reamer in the lead.  Reamer continued to lead after the restart and never looked back as John Handeland and Phil Malouf finished in second and third. 

Kyle Stark set a new track record in qualifying for the International Four Cylinders with a lap of 22.150 breaking his mark of 22.410 that he set last year.  John Handeland was second fastest with a lap of 22.293 while Gary Stark was third at 22.614.

20 Lap Feature:1. Scott Ciesielski (Plover, WI), 2. Kyle Stark (Waterloo, WI), 3. Charlie Nickel (Chili, WI), 4. Seth Reamer (Marshall, WI), 5. Gary Stark (Sun Prairie, WI), 6. Nick Schmidt (Oak Creek, WI), 7. Phil Malouf (Manitowish Waters, WI), 8. John Handeland (Belleville, WI), 9. Steve Dickson (Rockton, IL), 10. Adam Eckes (Auburndale, WI), 11. Devon Dixon (Janesville, WI), 12. Dave Schmidt (Cudahy, WI), 13. Kyle Smith (Lake Mills, WI), 14. Joe Cross (Sun Prairie, WI), 15. Travis Schneeberg (Cottage Grove, WI), 16. James Pankow (Jefferson, WI), 17. Mike Storkson (Evansville, WI), 18. Mark English (Edgerton, WI), 19. Tim Ellis (South Beloit, IL), 20. Peter Shelley (Edgerton, WI),

Heat 1:1. Kyle Stark (Waterloo, WI), 2. Gary Stark (Sun Prairie, WI), 3. Mike Storkson (Evansville, WI), 4. Charlie Nickel (Chili, WI), 5. Steve Dickson (Rockton, IL), 6. Dave Schmidt (Cudahy, WI), 7. Peter Shelley (Edgerton, WI), 8. James Pankow (Jefferson, WI), 9. Adam Eckes (Auburndale, WI), 10. Kyle Smith (Lake Mills, WI),

Heat 2:1. Seth Reamer (Marshall, WI), 2. John Handeland (Belleville, WI), 3. Phil Malouf (Manitowish Waters, WI), 4. Joe Cross (Sun Prairie, WI), 5. Nick Schmidt (Oak Creek, WI), 6. Scott Ciesielski (Plover, WI), 7. Mark English (Edgerton, WI), 8. Devon Dixon (Janesville, WI), 9. Travis Schneeberg (Cottage Grove, WI), 10. Tim Ellis (South Beloit, IL),

Qualifying:1. Kyle Stark (Waterloo, WI), 2. John Handeland (Belleville, WI), 3. Gary Stark (Sun Prairie, WI), 4. Seth Reamer (Marshall, WI), 5. Charlie Nickel (Chili, WI), 6. Scott Ciesielski (Plover, WI), 7. Dave Schmidt (Cudahy, WI), 8. Phil Malouf (Manitowish Waters, WI), 9. Mike Storkson (Evansville, WI), 10. Mark English (Edgerton, WI), 11. Joe Cross (Sun Prairie, WI), 12. Steve Dickson (Rockton, IL), 13. Nick Schmidt (Oak Creek, WI), 14. Peter Shelley (Edgerton, WI), 15. Adam Eckes (Auburndale, WI), 16. Devon Dixon (Janesville, WI), 17. Kyle Smith (Lake Mills, WI), 18. Travis Schneeberg (Cottage Grove, WI), 19. James Pankow (Jefferson, WI), 20. Tim Ellis (South Beloit, IL),

Moyer’s Return to MIS a Triumphant One

Aaron Moyer had been waiting to get back to MIS in 2012 and his return appearance couldn’t have been any better as he won the 30 lap feature event.

Kevin Griffin took the early lead in the 30 lap feature for the Legends.  The caution flag came out on the second lap when Max McNamara’s car came to a stop on the front stretch.

On the restart Vince Bartolotta worked his way to the inside of Griffin to take the lead.  Cory Talaska was able to squeeze by Griffin for second on lap 6 with Moyer right behind him.  Trouble for the leader occurred on lap 10 when Bartolotta spun bringing out the caution.

On the restart Talaska took the lead with Moyer hot on his tail.  On lap 13 it appeared that Moyer would have the room for the lead but Talaska was able to hold him off.  Moyer took the lead on lap 15 by finding room to the inside of Talaska.  Griffin and Bartolotta were able to catch the leaders making it a four car race out front.

Talaska pulled inside of Moyer on lap 22 and regained the lead on lap 23.  Moyer took the point again just before the caution flag came out on lap 27 when Brian Griffin’s car went up in flames on the backstretch.

After a lengthy delay, Moyer was able to hold off Talaska to pick up the win and make his return to MIS a successful one.

“I’ve been looking forward to this for a long time,” said Moyer from victory lane.  Joining his son in victory lane, Tony Moyer added, “I really have to thank Bill Talaska since a lot of the parts on this car are from him.”

Two-time track champion Andy Jones saw his day end when mechanical issues ended his day during practice.

The winningest Legends driver ever at Madison, Max McNamara, won the first heat race for the Legends. Vince Bartolotta took the early lead in the first Legends heat race.  McNamara pulled to the inside of the leader on lap 3 to take over the top spot.  Bartolotta regained the lead on lap 7, but before the lap was completed McNamara was back in front and stayed there the rest of the way.

Aaron Moyer held off Cory Talaska to win the second ten lap heat race for the Legends. Kyle Jusits took the early lead before giving it up to Talaska on the second lap.  Moyer was quickly up to second to challenge Talaska for the win.  On lap 5 Moyer slid to the inside of Talaska coming out of turn four to take the lead.  The two fought it out the rest of the way with Moyer hanging on for the win.

Cory Talaska qualified fastest for the Legends with a lap of 13.969 with Max McNamara second with a trip of 14.023 and Aaron Moyer third at 14.036.

30 Lap Feature:1. Aaron Moyer (Malone, WI), 2. Cory Talaska (Campbellsport, WI), 3. Vince Bartolotta (West Allis, WI), 4. Kevin Griffin (Green Oaks, IL), 5. Kyle Jusits (Kenosha, WI), 6. Tim Goettsch (Bettendorf, IA), 7. Jeff Lechnir (Oshkosh, WI), 8. Shelby Berlin (Mequon, WI), 9. Brian Griffin (Elk Grove, IL), 10. Max McNamara (Ingleside, IL), 11. Tim Narr (Raymond, WI),

Qualifying Race 1:1. Max McNamara (Ingleside, IL), 2. Vince Bartolotta (West Allis, WI), 3. Kevin Griffin (Green Oaks, IL), 4. Tim Goettsch (Bettendorf, IA), 5. Tim Narr (Raymond, WI),

Qualifying Race 2:1. Aaron Moyer (Malone, WI), 2. Cory Talaska (Campbellsport, WI), 3. Kyle Jusits (Kenosha, WI), 4. Brian Griffin (Elk Grove, IL), 5. Jeff Lechnir (Oshkosh, WI), 6. Shelby Berlin (Mequon, WI),

Qualifying:1. Cory Talaska (Campbellsport, WI), 2. Max McNamara (Ingleside, IL), 3. Aaron Moyer (Malone, WI), 4. Kevin Griffin (Green Oaks, IL), 5. Kyle Jusits (Kenosha, WI), 6. Vince Bartolotta (West Allis, WI), 7. Brian Griffin (Elk Grove, IL), 8. Tim Goettsch (Bettendorf, IA), 9. Jeff Lechnir (Oshkosh, WI), 10. Tim Narr (Raymond, WI), 11. Shelby Berlin (Mequon, WI), 12. Andy Jones (Gurnee, IL),

Brody Hays Wins Super Cup Feature

Brody Hays picked up his first-ever feature win at Madison International Speedway and the first thing he said when he got out of his car was “I’ve never even been here before!”

Jamie Domski and Hays led the field to the green flag, but it was twelve year old Austin Kunert taking the early lead.

Kunert was cruising his way around the “Ring of Fire” with Hays and Jaret James in pursuit.  It appeared that he was well on his way to repeating his win from a year ago when he got caught up in lapped traffic.  He was slowed enough that it allowed Hays to move ahead of him for the lead.

Kunert did his best to keep up with Hays but there just weren’t enough laps to do it today.  Hays took home the checkered flag followed by Kunert, James, Domski, and Jordan Caskey.

Jamie Domski won the ten lap heat race for the Central States Region Super Cups. Domski and Jordan Caskey led the field of Super Cups to the green flag in their ten lap heat race.  Domski quickly took the lead with Austin Kunert up to second just ahead of Caskey.   Brody Hays moved up to third on lap 6 and passed Kunert one lap later.  Domski was able to maintain his lead over the field to pick up the win.

Fastest qualifier for the Central States Region Super Cups was Jamie Domski with a lap of 14.919 followed closely by Jordan Caskey (15.011) and Austin Kunert (15.014).

20 Lap Feature:1. Brody Hays (Elkhorn, WI), 2. Austin Kunert (Batavia, IL), 3. Jaret James (Valparaiso, IN), 4. Jamie Domski (Pell Lake, IL), 5. Jordan Caskey (West Chicago, IL), 6. Mike Harrold (Aurora, IL), 7. Steve Naples (Bartlett, IL), 8. Dallas Frueh (Lombard, IL), 9. Mike Naples (Aurora, IL), 10. Jaden Fryer (Freeport, IL), 11. Nathan Bertino (Lockport, IL),

Heat:1. Jamie Domski (Pell Lake, IL), 2. Brody Hays (Elkhorn, WI), 3. Austin Kunert (Batavia, IL), 4. Jordan Caskey (West Chicago, IL), 5. Jaret James (Valparaiso, IN), 6. Steve Naples (Bartlett, IL), 7. Mike Naples (Aurora, IL), 8. Dallas Frueh (Lombard, IL), 9. Nathan Bertino (Lockport, IL), 10. Mike Harrold (Aurora, IL), 11. Jaden Fryer (Freeport, IL),

Qualifying:1. Jamie Domski (Pell Lake, IL), 2. Jordan Caskey (West Chicago, IL), 3. Austin Kunert (Batavia, IL), 4. Jaret James (Valparaiso, IN), 5. Brody Hays (Elkhorn, WI), 6. Jaden Fryer (Freeport, IL), 7. Mike Harrold (Aurora, IL), 8. Steve Naples (Bartlett, IL), 9. Mike Naples (Aurora, IL), 10. Dallas Frueh (Lombard, IL), 11. Nathan Bertino (Lockport, IL),


This completes the 2012 racing season at Madison International Speedway.  Please continue to check our website daily for updates on the exciting plans for the 2013 racing season.