IRA, Grands, Streets, & Legends
A Tribute To Harry Neitzel
Saturday, May 13th
IRA Outlaw Winged Sprints, Grand Nationals, Street Stocks, and Legends
Adult tickets are $20 with students aged 6-11 $10 and
children 5 and younger free.
Pit Gates Open - 3:30
Front Gates Open - 4:30
Qualifying - 6:00
Racing - 6:30
Round One of Hopf Farms Bullring Showdown
Saturday night, May 13th, when the stars of the Bumper to Bumper Interstate
Racing Association (IRA) hit the track it will be night 1 of the first
annual Hopf Farms Bullring Showdown. Dean and Stacy Hopf, huge supporters of
dirt track racing in southeastern Wisconsin, have put together a 5 event
series that will pay $3000 to 5 drivers.
The Hopf Farms Bullring showdown will consist of 5 IRA events during the
2017 season at 4 tracks. Beaver Dam will host the 1st night, with subsequent
dates at the Oshkosh Speedzone, Sheboygan County Fairgrounds and 141
Speedway. All drivers who compete at all 5 events will be awarded points
based on their feature finishes. The top 3 points finishers after the 5
races will be awarded point fund money. Subsequently, 2 more drivers who
participated in all 5 events will be randomly selected to receive bonus
money courtesy of Hopf Farms.
Hometown driver Scotty Neitzel looked strong last time the IRA raced the
high banks in Beaver Dam, but to pick up his first win of the season he will
have his work cut out for him. Multiple cars are carrying the Hopf Farms
colors in 2017, and will surely be hoping to run well. Bill Balog will
surely be trying to continue his success on the high banked 3/8ths mile, and
bring Hopf Farms a win on night one of the showdown. Russel Borland will
also be trying to impress the Beaver Dam crowd in his Hopf sponsored 23.
However, the biggest challenger may roll out behind the wheel of the Thone
Motorsports 59, as his first start of 2017 will be 2003 IRA Rookie of the
year and 2012 Wilmot Raceway champion Mike Kertscher. If Kertscher can
quickly shake off the rust from the off season, he will undoubtedly be a
contender to win Saturday night.
-Article credit Gared Tennyson