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October 22, 2019

10/8/2019 7:31:00 AM
Review: 114 drivers battled at Eagle River Speedway in 2019

In the 10 events that were run at Eagle River Speedway in 2019, 114 drivers from three states squared off in six classes as they tested the widened, resurfaced D-shaped one-third mile clay oval.

In most cases division car counts saw twice the amount of competitors from a season ago. In other divisions, like the headline class "B Mods", 31 different drivers from Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota tussled. That division averaged nearly triple the amount of cars seen on a weekly basis in 2018.

Jesse Aho of Twin Lakes, Mich. scored one feature win en route to the B Mod division title in '19. Other feature winners included Jason Zdroik (3), Marcus Dunbar and Bruce Belland with two apiece and Jake Stai and Tyler Vernon with one win apiece, respectively. Of note, drivers racing cars legal in three different sanctioning bodies (WISSOTA, IMCA and USRA) all found their way to victory lane.

Pulaski veteran "Hot Rod" Snellenberger made the long weekly tow north from near Green Bay pay off as the former IMCA national stock car champion copped his first stock division title. Snellenberger scored six feature wins in nine starts. His lead was big enough to allow him to miss the final night of racing and still clinch the crown. Other feature winners in the division included former track promoter Ryan Glembin along with Ryan Valeria, Dustin White and Kevin Bogdanovic, who all scored one main event win each. 25 different drivers raced in the division in '19.

In pure stock action, Tomahawk's Keith Troutman was the class of the field. Troutman gathered five feature wins in ten starts to score the division title.

Other feature winners in the pure stocks included James Melton, Brian Mahler, Kyle Schneider, Roger Walker and Mike Brown. Pure stocks saw 17 different contestants battle weekly.

The four cylinders were dominated by the Schoone family from Gleason. Track champion Mark Schoone scored six feature wins while daughter Ashley Schoone mustered up three victories. The only other driver to score a feature win in the class was Brandon Miller. One dozen four cylinders took to the Eagle River track in '19.

In the winged division, the Micro 600s saw four different feature winners with hometown champion Tommie Jo Springer leading the way with four feature flags. Other feature winners included Dylan Larsen, Jared Cech and Ty Springer, all of whom scored two wins. Eighteen different Micro 600's battled during the season.

Junior sprint action was dominated by Conover's Blake Hartman, who scored eight feature wins en route to his title. Josh Nevoraski captured two feature wins. Eleven different junior sprint drivers earned points in '19.

The 2019 awards banquet will be held at Chef Rene's at The Inn in Eagle River Saturday, Nov. 9. A cash bar will be available at 5 p.m. with beef tips and baked chicken being served up in a buffet with awards to follow. The tickets are $23.

Anyone else that would like to join us please email patzdroik@yahoo.com.

A sneak peek of the 2020 race season will also be unveiled. Please check the Eagle River Speedway Facebook page for further updates.





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