Super Late Models Return this Friday Night for Johnny Ziegler Tribute

Super Late Model Triple Crown Challenge Returns to MIS on Friday Night

By John Wells

The Super Late Models return to Madison International Speedway this Friday night (July 6th) for the Johnny Ziegler Tribute presented by WIBA 101.5 and Round Two of the Triple Crown Challenge.  The race honors Ziegler who won two track championships and thirty features in his long career racing at Madison.

The Triple Crown Challenge event will be run in a pair of features that will total 93 laps.  The first segment of the race will be 50 laps with the final portion set for 43 laps.  Ziegler was best known for racing the #93 car in his days at Madison and throughout the Midwest.

Points for the Triple Crown Challenge are assigned based on a driver’s combined finish in the two features.  Nathan Haseleu swept both 50 lap features back in June and is the current point leader.  Haseleu leads the way with 102 points followed by Jeremy Miller (95), Rich Bickle Jr. (85), Bobby Wilberg (78), and Dennis Prunty (76).

Many incentives are in place for drivers who compete in the Triple Crown Challenge that will culminate with the Race of Champions on Sunday, September 23rd.  The top twenty-four drivers in points after the three Triple Crown events will automatically be in the field for the Race of Champions.

Each driver will receive $100 bonus money added to their total in the Race of Champions for each of the Triple Crown events they run.   A driver competing in all three events will have $300 added to their pay at the Race of Champions.

Drivers can earn free tires thanks to former racer John Grueneberg who will be giving away four tires to the winner of the July 6th race and to the overall point leader following the third event.

Pathfinder Chassis will be presenting a $100 gift certificate to the driver who finishes in seventh place each of the three rounds of the Triple Crown Challenge and the Race of Champions on September 23rd.

Oregon Liquor will be presenting a case of beer or soda to the “Hard Charger” in each of the Triple Crown Challenge events plus a twelve pack of beer or soda to each of the top three finishers.

Lefthander Chassis is presenting a $200 gift certificate to the highest finishing driver with a Lefthander Chassis.

The Friday night program will also include two weekly racing divisions in action:  Ho Chunk Gaming Madison Sportsman and Pellitteri Waste Systems Legends. 

Defending champion Robert Hansberry Jr. is the current point leader in the Sportsman with Tommy Wutke in second place.  Defending champion Andy Jones has a two point lead in the Legends division over his teammate Max McNamara.

Pit gates on Friday night open at 3:30 with practice at 4:45, qualifying at 6:15 with racing to follow.


Friday, July 6, 2012


3:30            Pit Gates Open

4:30            Turn One Chapel w/ Todd

4:45            Practice

5:00 – 6:30  Happy Hour Drink Specials

6:15            Qualifying

            Drivers’ Meeting and Racing to follow

            Quam’s Marine and Motorsports Qualifying Races

            Legends (12 Laps)

            Sportsman (10 Laps)

            Super Late Model Feature #1 (50 Laps)

            Legends Feature (25 Laps)

            Sportsman Feature (20 Laps)

            50 / 50 Drawing

            Super Late Model Feature #2 (43 Laps)

AMSOIL Great American Circle Track Tour at MIS on Friday

We have some exciting news as Madison International Speedway has been chosen as a stop on the 2012 AMSOIL Great American Circle Track Tour.  Circle Track magazine, the most popular and comprehensive technical magazine dedicated to oval track racers, is embarking on an adventure to the greatest regions of racing over a four year period.  On July 6th staff from the magazine including Senior Technical Editor Bob Bolles will be here with their special Circle Track tour bus display to talk with racers and fans, learn about our track’s history, generate stories for the magazine, and much more.

Mark your calendars and be sure to come out to MIS on July 6th to learn more about Circle Track magazine, AMSOIL, and the all the tour sponsors.

Support the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Madison this Friday

The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Madison will be the featured charity on Friday, July 6th as part of the Triple Crown Challenge and weekly racing program.   This group is dedicated to helping kids heal and keeping kids healthy.  When children require treatment at Madison area medical facilities, the Ronald McDonald House Charities provides families with a place to stay together while in Madison.  They also offer the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile providing free medical and dental services in south central Wisconsin.