The 2013 Fall invitational was an awesome event! Thank you to everyone who took part and made it possible! Full race results are available here. And photos from the event are available here.
Thanks again to everyone! We will see you again in 2014!
Back on the Track at Chilton’s Fall Invitational
By Mary Horneck
Friday & Saturday, September 27-28, 2013 – Chilton, Wisconsin ~ Chilton Fall Invitational ~
The 2013 Chilton Fall Invitational opened on Friday, September 27th with 263 competitors signed into the race program. These competitors in 8 different divisions ran 29 heat races for 276 laps and 8 dashes for 120 laps to determine the lineups for the Saturday B-Main and A-Main events.
Saturday’s line-up called for 13 B-Main events for a total of 245 laps and 8 A-Main races for 225 laps.
Early in the 35-lap “Wild Inc.” Late Model A-Main, polesitter # 74 Russ Scheffler of Pewaukee and heat winner # 74m Mitch McGrath of Waukesha charged in the lead followed by Shawano drivers # 81 Troy Springborn, # 3 Brett Swedberg and # 98 Tom Naeyaert. Coming out of turn four to complete lap nine, Ross Kenseth, son of Nascar driver Matt Kenseth, joined the top five just before a caution flag halted the racing action. When the cars were lined back up, Scheffler set the pace out in front and Springborn charged into second to chase him down with McGrath running side by side with Springborn. As Naeyaert raced after the top three, # 7 Joel Bennett of White Lake pressured him for entry into the top five. Bennett took fifth place in lap 20 but lost it again to Naeyaert five laps later. Clustered with Bennett and Naeyaert, # 89 Brad Mueller of Random Lake, # 14 Aaron Holiday of Green Bay and Kenseth charged around the Chilton track waiting for an opening to advance. In lap 25, Naeyaert took back fifth place and began chasing down Scheffler, Springborn and McGrath. As the field raced into the final laps, a final caution set up a green-white-checkered dash for the win. When the green flag flew for the final time, Springborn tucked his car inside coming out of turn four to pressure for the lead at the white flag but Scheffler held him off to maintain control of the race. Naeyaert, who took over third just before the restart, charged after the battling duo in frontof him with McGrath on his bumper. Kenseth charged from his fourth row restart to move into fifth with one lap to go. At the checkered flag, Scheffler, after finishing second in his heat and winning the Friday night dash, won the 2013 Chilton Invitational Late Model A-Main. Heat winners Springborn, Naeyaert and McGrath followed in second, third and fourth. Kenseth, after finishing third in his heat, rounded out the top five.
When the green flag flew for the 30-lap “Victory Signs” IMCA-style Modified A-Main, polesitter
# 27Jared Siefert of Luxemburg charged out into the lead with # 4k Kyle Kudick of Two Rivers chasing after him in second. Five laps into the race, # 63 Mitch McGrath of Waukesha charged passed Kudick to take over the challenge position as # 3k Todd Dart of Algoma took over fourth. Kudick wasted no time in taking back second place the next lap as # 69 TJ Smith of Menasha charged passed Dart to take over fourth behind McGrath. Smith continued his charge and two laps later slid past McGrath to pull into third behind leader Siefert and Kudick. When a caution restarted the race after lap nine, Siefert set the pace alone with Kudick and Smith just behind him. When the green flag flew, Smith charged from his outside line to take over second and begin his charge after leader Siefert. By lap 17, McGrath took over third as the field chased after leader Siefert who had charged to at least a quarter-track lead over the field. A final caution at lap 21, pulled the leader back to just in front of the rest of the field but Siefert wasted no time at the drop of the green flag to establish his lead for the final 9 laps. A lap later, # 14 Andy Gross of Hartford charged into fifth place. At the checkered flag, dash winner Siefert won the 2013 Chilton Fall Invitational “IMCA” Modified A-Main. Heat winner Smith followed in second with Dart, Kudick and Gross rounding out the top five.
In one of two feature events that would race without interruption from the drop of the green flag to the checkered, the “Suburban Motors Harley Davidson” Grand National 30-lap A-Main raced onto the Chilton track with the top 20 competitors. Polesitter # 1s Charlie Sancinati of West Allis charged into the lead with heat winner # 69t Tim Thompson of Campbellsport on his bumper. By lap six, heat winner
# 14s Dan Sorce of Franklin moved into third with # 10 Roger Lee of Wind Lake and
# 09 Terry Van Roy of Appleton in the top five. At the half way point in lap 15, leader Sancinati was approaching lapped traffic. As Sancinati began weaving through lapped cars, second place Thompson was forced to do the same. Five laps later, something appeared to break on leader Sancinati’s car as he dropped out of the lead and was forced to leave the race a lap later. With lapped traffic around them, third place Sorce charged around the lapped cars to beat second place Thompson to the line to take over as leader in lap 20. A lap later, heat winner # 7s Tim Simon of Fond du Lac moved into the fifth spot. With ten laps to the end, Sorce continued to lap cars to secure a win at the checkered flag. Thomspon followed in second with Lee, Van Roy and Simon rounding out the top five in the 2013 Chilton Fall Invitational Grand National A-Main.
When the green flag flew in the 25-lap “Johnny Racing Parts” Street Stock A-Main, polesitter
# 247 Keith Kickbusch of Kewaunee jumped into the early lead with # 71 Edward Anshutz also of Kewaunee moving into second by the first and only restart in lap four. When the green flag flew again, Kickbusch again charged out in front with Anschutz chasing him down. Heat winner # 10w Jerry Winkler of Oshkosh took over third with another heat winner # 81 Jesse Behnke of Brillion and B-Main winner # 2 Gary Kaspereck of Tigerton rounding out the top five. Three laps later, Kasperek moved to the outside to pass Behnke for fourth place. At the halfway point, leader Kickbusch dropped from the lead and Anschutz charged out in front to set the pace for the second half of the main event. Racing for lap 15, heat winner
# 09 Pat Rossmann of Wadsworth moved into fifth and began an 11-lap battle with heat winner # 59 George Schwalbach of Menasha to stay in the top five. Schwalbach took the position in lap 18. Four laps later, second place Kasperek used the outside groove to pressure leader Anschutz but Anschutz held him off with three laps to go. At the white flag, leaders Anschutz, Kasperek and Winkler had to weave in and out of lapped traffic to maintain their positions for the final lap. At the checkered flag, Anschutz charged through to win the 2013 Chilton Fall Invitational Street Stock A-Main. With only inches separating a second and third place finish, Kasperek edged out heat winner Winkler to finish second. Heat winner Behnke followed in fourth with heat winner Rossmann making a last lap pass of heat winner Schwalbach to finish fifth.
In the first main to run uninterrupted from green flag to the checkered, the “Bernie’s Auto Service” IMCA-style Stock Car 30-lap A-Main hit the track first in the main event line-up. At the drop of the green flag, dash winner # 57 John Heinz of Green Bay charged into the lead with # 00 Luke Lemmens of Kewaunee and heat winner # 96 Mark Schuenemann of Boulder Junction chasing him down. In lap five, # 21 David Bouche of Algoma took over third place. Two laps later, # 10 Matt Junio of Casco passed Schuenemann to take over fourth. Just before mid-race, leader Heinz began lapping the back of the field. As Heinz sent the lapped traffic back, Lemmens and Bouche weaved their way through to stay with the leader. But at the checkered flag, Heinz charged through to win the 2013 IMCA-style Stock Car A-Main. Lemmens would follow in second with Bouche, Junio and Schuenemann rounding out the top five.
As the Sport Mod 25-lap A-Main began racing, the anticipated rain fell halting the race with 11 laps complete. After accessing the length of the rain and the conditions on the track, the evening’s race event was ended. Since the Sport Mod A-Main did not reach the halfway point in the race, per the event rules, the race was not considered completed and the drivers pay was divided evenly among the drivers racing that event. The Hobby Stock and 4-Cylinder A-Mains, which did not even start, were cancelled and the money for each race was divided evenly among each race’s competitors scheduled to run those events.
Promotors Bob Cullen, Diane Schulz, Bob Schneider and Brad Mueller send a special thank you to all the great racers, crews, fans, workers and sponsors who made the 2013 Chilton Fall Invitational not only possible but successful. Look for upcoming information on the 2014 Chilton Fall Invitational.