Friday night racing...
Mother Nature Victorious At Wagner Speedway
By Rod Pattison
The thunder of race cars gave way to wind, rain and cold this past Friday night, causing cancellation of racing action at Wagner Speedway.
This Friday night, drivers from South Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa will converge on the high banked oval for another exciting night of racing action. Make your plans to join us Friday, May 26 for Late Models, Pro/Super Stocks, B-Mods, Hobbys and B-Buzzer front wheel drives. Friday will also mark the first of 5 nights of Sprint Cars with the Nebraska Limited Sprints as well.
S&S Masonry and Commercial State Bank, both of Wagner, will sponsor this HUGE event!!!! Hot laps will begin at 7 with racing at 8 pm!!! For more information, check out Wagner Speedway Fan Page on Facebook or www.wagnerspeedway.com
Successful Season Opener at Wagner Speedway
By Rod Pattison
Temperatures in the upper 70s and bright sunshine welcomed fans and racers to the season opener Friday night at Wagner Speedway, presented by Juffer Real Estate and Juffer, Inc Insurance. After 612 days of silence, the THUNDER returned.
In the Hobby Stock feature, Darryl Bartunek of Armour charged from the 7th starting position and took the lead from defending champion Tim Waltner (Hartford, SD) on lap 6 for the victory. "We had trouble in the heat race and had to pull in early," said Bartunek in his victory lane interview. "We found our line and made it work. That track was FAST! I want to thank Lynn (Fischer) and John (Havranek) for opening up the track again and giving us a great place to race!"
The Pro Stock feature event featured the continued rise to greatness for Tyler Myers. The 21 year old that calls Ethan, SD home, has found another home in victory lane with regularity. After winning the 2015 B-Mod championship at the track, Myers moved up to a Pro Stock/Super Stock and has picked up right where he left off. Myers started 4th in the feature and took the lead from Joel Namminga (Avon, SD) on lap 6 to pick up his 1st victory in the class and his 5th overall of his career at the speedway. After winning the previous week at Dakota State Fair Speedway, Myers says things are going well so far. "We moved into this Super Stock this year and it's felt good so far. We're just going to try and keep it going."
The B-Mod main event saw an impressive performance from Spencer, NE pilot Josh Pfeifer. Pfeifer, in picking up his 12th career victory, held off a challenge from Jake Dimond (Rapid City, SD). Some of the best "side by side" racing of the night was witnessed in this class, as there were numerous times there was 3 wide racing and even 4 wide down action on back straight away. Needless to say, Pfeifer was excited in victory lane. "We were bad in hot laps and we changed everything on the car. We even thought about changing the driver at one point." Pfeifer went on to praise ownership and management for reviving the speedway. "I love racing at this place. I live 3 hours away and all my buddies give me a bad time. 'Why do you go clear up there to race?' and I tell them because this is grass roots racing, I love the track and the fans. I have raced at tracks with 50 cars and get paid $200 to win. This place pays a lot better than most tracks for our class. It's great to see the Fischers putting money back into the track with all these improvements and investing in our sport. Thank you all!"
The Late Model division saw the only red flag of the night on lap 4, as Jesse Kroger (Canton, SD) slowed on the entrance to turn 1 and Jared Jelsma (Springfield, SD) had no where to go and slammed into the rear of Krogers car, causing both cars to be done for the night, but fortunately, both drivers were uninjured. When racing resumed, the defending champion Ben Sukup of Norfolk, NE picked up win number 21 of his career and continues to add to his total, which is tops in Wagner Speedway history. "I've been doing a lot of racing with touring series and I'm still working on getting better and it's certainly helped to race against such good competition," said Sukup who outlasted Gale Vogt (Pierce, NE) and Terry McCarthy (Springview, NE) for the victory.
In the final event of the night, Tom Koster of Mitchell took the lead on lap 4 to take the win. In doing so, he had to hold off a number of challenges from his son Tanner (Brandon, SD). "I think I built him too good of a car. He made me work for that one," laughed Tom in his post race interview. It was Kosters 10th victory of his career at Wagner Speedway.
Racing will resume again this Friday night, as S and S Masonry will present the evenings action. Late Models, Pro Stocks, B-Mods, Hobby Stocks and B-Buzzer front wheel drives will hot lap at 7 with racing at 8pm. For complete results, point standings and more information, check out the Wagner Speedway Fan Page on Facebook or log onto www.wagnerspeedway.com
WAGNER SPEEDWAY 2017 SEASON TO OPEN FRIDAY
By Rod Pattison
Following a successful Test-N-Tune this past Saturday afternoon, the cars and stars that make Wagner Speedway their home, will hit the “fun button” this Friday night to begin the 2017 campaign.
As excitement and anticipation reaches its peak this spring, The Juffer Family of Realtors and Insurance Agents are proud to present the Season Opener at Wagner Speedway. 2017 will feature 5 classes of cars on a regular points night, including Late Models, Pro Stocks, B-Mods, Hobby Stocks and B-Buzzer front wheel drives. There are also 5 sprint car specials scheduled throughout the season as well.
The points battle in the Late Model class in 2015 showed that consistency can win championships. Kip Myers and Quentin Myers combined for 8 of the 11 feature wins at the speedway, but Ben Sukup made his 1 win and ability to finish races in the top 5, pay off with the track championship. Sukup is the all-time winningest driver in the Late Model class and will try to add to his 20 career wins at the track and defend his title.
The Pro Stock class saw some of the most side-by-side racing every week and the race to the points title was just as intense. Joel Namminga and Brandon Tingle each garnered 5 wins, but more top finishes allowed Tingle to edge Namminga to win the championship in 2015. Both drivers and a host of others will try to raise the crown in 2017.
The B-Mod class saw the most parity in 2015 with 4 different drivers winning multiple races. The tracks all-time winningest pilot Jeff Brunsen and young gun Tyler Myers picked up 3 features each, with Dudley Schroeder, Jr and Josh Pfeifer taking 2. Myers, who continues to be one of the most improved drivers at the track, reached the pinnacle in 2015 by winning the championship and will return to defend his title.
In the Hobby Stock division, Tim Waltner took home 4 checkered flags in edging out Justin Schenkel for top honors as Schenkel won 3 times. Waltner’s first full season at the speedway was a successful one and will return to defend his crown as well.
2017 will also welcome the return of the B-Buzzers front wheel drive class. It’s been complete domination by Dwight Wudel, picking up 21 feature victories from 2011 to 2015. His success will be something to reach for in 2017 as drivers will try to dethrone the 2014 champion.
The Juffer, Inc Season Opener will be this Friday night with hot laps at 7pm and racing at 8 o’clock. For more information, log ontowww.wagnerspeedway.com or check out the Wagner Speedway Fan Page on Facebook.
For release on Monday, May 1st
2017 Season Will See Green Flag This Weekend
By Rod Pattison
After much anticipation and plenty of work, race cars will finally hit the dirt this weekend at Wagner Speedway.
The season will start this Saturday, May 6th with the annual “Test-N-Tune” at 1:30pm. It’s an opportunity for drivers in all classes to bring their cars to the track and run as many laps as they want to insure their equipment is ready for the rigors of race season. “Test-n-tune” is free and open to the public.
Then we start for keeps on Friday, May 12th with the first of 10 regular season points races, featuring Dirt Late Models, Pro Stocks, B-Mods, Hobby Stocks and B-Buzzer front wheel drives. The Speedway will also be hosting 5 Sprint Car specials, including what will be one of the biggest shows the track has ever seen. The Midwest Sprint Touring Series and Nebraska 360 Sprints will invade Wagner Speedway, one night only, Friday, July 14th. Along with the 360s will be the Pro Stocks, B-Mods and Hobby Stocks and a HUGE Fireworks show following the races. The Nebraska Limited Sprints will entertain fans 4 times during the season, including May 26th, June 30th, July 28th and August 18th.
Along with great racing on the track, Wagner Speedway has put together 2 special nights for fans. On Friday, June 30th, the first “Horsepower for Hunger” night will take place, benefiting the Wagner Food Pantry. Race fans who bring non-perishable food items will have a chance to win a prepaid Visa card to use as they choose. 1 item gets 1 chance, 10 items gets 10 chances, etc. The more food items you bring, the more chances you have of winning. More details on this promotion will be coming soon.
The other special event the track is very proud to present is Military and First Responders Night on Friday, July 28th. Any past or present Military member or First Responder, with proper ID, will be allowed into the races that night free,
We will see you at “Test-N-Tune” on Saturday, May 6th, then Friday nights, starting May 12th, at Wagner Speedway. Hot laps at 7 with racing action to follow. For more information, check out the Wagner Speedway Fan Page on Facebook or log onto www.wagnerspeedway.com
2017 Wagner Speedway Schedule
May 12th...Juffer, Inc (Regular Points Race)
May 19th...S and S Masonry (Regular Points Race)
May 26th...Commercial State Bank (Regular Points Race Plus Nebraska Limited Sprints)
June 2nd...Namminga Hay Grinding (Regular Points Race)
June 9th...Wagner Building and Supply (Regular Points Race)
June 16th...Bures and Associates, PC (Regular Points Race)
June 30th...Myers Sanitation and Powers Port-A-Pot Rental and Service (Regular Points Race Plus Nebraska Limited Sprints)
*****Horsepower for Hunger Night
July 7th...Midtowne Oil and Wash (Regular Points Race)
July 14th...Tracy's Paint and Body, Ohiya Casino and Resort and Ranek Ag (MSTS/Nebraska 360 Sprints "The Duel in Dakota")
***Along with 360 Sprints will be Pro Stocks, B-Mods and Hobby Stocks and FIREWORKS!!!!
July 21st...Rog's Auto, Inc (Regular Points Race)
July 28th...First Dakota National Bank (Regular Points Race Plus Nebraska Limited Sprints)
*****Military and First Responders Night
August 4th...Schaeffer's Specialized Lubricants (Regular Points Race)
August 11th...Mark's Machinery (Regular Points Race)
August 18th...Dakota Plains Ag Center (Regular Points Race Plus Nebraska Limited Sprints)
September 4th...Fischer Farms and Wagner Speedway, Inc
(Regular Points Race) SEASON CHAMPIONSHIP
7 PM start time
For immediate release 4/20/17
IMPROVEMENTS UNDERWAY AT WAGNER SPEEDWAY
By Rod Pattison
With the 2017 racing season fast approaching, officials at Wagner Speedway are busy making improvements to the facility that will enhance the experience for the racer and the race fan alike.
Taking the 2016 season off has allowed the track to undergo some face lifts that fans will notice immediately.
Wagner Speedway has added new lights and light poles to allow drivers to better see the surface and their competitors, along with giving fans better visibility of the action. Three additional caution lights will be installed around the track, giving drivers a better opportunity to slow down or stop, depending on circumstances on the track during their race. These lights have come from a familiar place, Knoxville Raceway in Iowa. “The Sprint Car Capital of the World” is in the process of remodeling and upgrading their facility, so these lights became available and Wagner Speedway is the beneficiary. Plus, the flag stand has been raised 3 feet for better visibility. Fans will notice better seating in the main grandstand as well. All bleacher boards have been removed and will either be refurbished or replaced for comfort and safety. More improvements to the facility are still in the works.
Those seats will be filled 15 times this season with some of the biggest shows the track has ever seen. The 2017 Wagner Speedway season schedule will be officially announced very soon as excitement from fans and drivers continues to build.
For more information, log onto www.wagnerspeedway.com or check out Wagner Speedway Fan Page on Facebook.
(Photo Courtesy of Laken Design)
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2017 CAR REGISTRATION | DRIVE W-9 FORM | CHILD WAIVER
RACECEIVER RADIOS & TRANSPONDERS
ARE REQUIRED AT WAGNER SPEEDWAY!If you need a transponder, send an e-mail, or
call Lynn @ 605-491-0325. We will be selling them for $395, which is about $50 cheaper than you can buy them anywhere else. Drivers must have their own RACECEIVERS, we will not have any for sale or rent. Call ahead to reserve a rental! We only have 2 available for rent.
$500.00 Sprint Class Payout this Friday @ Wagner Speedway. $100.00 of the $500.00 added by Kracl Irrigation!
ATTENTION HOBBY STOCK DRIVERS!!
All Hobby STock cars will weigh 3,000 pounds with exception of the USRA cars with hoosier tires will weigh 3,400 pounds. No Roller-tip Rockers ALLOWED!!
Race's start at 8 P.M. SHARP
Pit Gates open at 5 P.M. | Hot Laps at 7 P.M.
|6 & Under - FREE 7-13 $5||Fans/Crew $30|
|14 - Adult $10||Drivers $35|
2017 WAGNER SPEEDWAY SCHEDULE
May 6 + Test & TUne. 1:30pm
MAY 12 Juffer, Inc.
MAY 19 S & S Masonry
MAY 26 + NEBRASKA LIMITED SPRINTS
Commercial State Bank
JUNE 2 Namminga HAy Grinding
JUNE 9 Wagner Building & SUpply
JUNE 16 Bures & Associates
JUNE 30 + NEBRASKA LIMITED SPRINTS
Myers Sanitation & Powers Port-A-Pot
JULY 7 Midtowne Oil and wash
JULY 14 + MIDWEST SPRINT TOURING SERIES
Tracy's Paint and body, ohiya casino and resort and ranek ag
JULY 21 rog's auto, inc
JULY 28 + NEBRASKA LIMITED SPRINTS
first dakota bank
AUG 4 schaeffer's specialized lubricants
AUG 11 mark's machinery
AUG 18 + NEBRASKA LIMITED SPRINTS
dakota plains ag center
SEP 4 SEASON CHAMPIONSHIP
fischer farms and wagner speedway inc.