Speedway hosts season finale
piloted his No. 14 race car throughout central Wisconsin for years, and served as the scale operator at the track in the early years. Nine members of the Leu family have raced the No. 14, with eight calling SKSpeedway their home track.
The Street Stock division, although light in car count at times, provided some of the best action for the loyal SKSpeedway fans. Side-by-side action from Kyle Gennett and Jared “BJ” Lindner kept the fans entertained as the competitive action roared every Friday. Gennett, an Auburndale native, won six features. His brother Karl came out of retirement for one race, collecting a win, making that No. 16 undefeated every time it was unloaded at SKSpeedway. As a result of his consistent attendance and collecting one feature win, Merrill native Bruce Stanley collected his first track championship at SKSpeedway, and his first title since 1977 with 290 points. Stanley, known for his soft-spoken nature, has been racing every year in various classes since 1974, and was a crowd favorite in the division.
Early in the season another pair of third-generation racers, brothers Parker (white No. 27) and Hunter Anderson (red No. 27), trailered their street stocks to SKSpeedway. Their father, Scott Anderson, raced his red No. 27 to several wins and track titles in the Midwest Modifieds at SKSpeedway and serves as crew chief for his sons today as they travel throughout the upper Midwest. Their grandfather, Bob, raced at tracks in the northern part of the state. Bob and his wife Barb can be seen in the grandstands at local tracks cheering on their grandsons.
The 2020 Pure Stock division was action packed each week. Jeremy Dahl of Knapp piloted his No. 85 to victory lane three times, collected three runner-up finishes, the same amount of third place finishes and earned 305 points. That earned him the right to be called the 2020 track champion. Warren Bartelt drove his No. 16 to four second-place finishes. He was the runner-up spot in the points battle with 292 points. Medford driver Todd Heier matched Bartelt’s feature win total at three, but mechanical and suspension issues throughout the season dropped him to sixth place.
The SKSpeedway Clash will kick off Friday with pit gates opening at 4 p.m., grandstand gates opening at 5 p.m., driver entry cutoff at 6:30 p.m., the drivers’ meeting at 6:35 p.m., hot laps at 6:50 p.m., opening ceremonies including a 9/11 tribute at 7 p.m. and racing to immediately follow. The 300cc and 600cc sprint cars will be racing on Friday, along with the six regular classes –– Hornets, Pure Stocks, Street Stocks, Super Stocks, B Modifieds and A Modifieds. USRA B Modifi eds will run with IMCA Sport Modifi eds and WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds. A Modifieds will also feature competition from IMCA/USRA/WISSOTA as well.
The IMCA/Unified Stock Cars will make a rare appearance on Saturday. SKSpeedway has had a unique payout all season. If 16 or more cars appear in each of the Street Stocks, Super Stocks and both Modified divisions, those classes will compete for a $1,000 payday on both nights. IMCA Stock Cars will be offered the same payout on Saturday.
On Saturday, the staff will be conducting the “pit sweep” at 2 p.m. to get everyone checked in for that night’s program, which kicks off at 5 p.m.
Any additional information will be conveyed through SKSpeedway’s Facebook page, as well as on the website, www.skspeedway.com. For more information, call Kasten at 715-571-4555.