April 21, 2002; Plover, WI - As if playing a practical joke on the naming of the Ice Breaker 75, Mother Nature saw fit to drop in a late spring storm over Golden Sands Speedway in Plover, Wisconsin. The pending storm, with predictions of up to six inches of snow, and raw winterlike weather forced Wisconsin Challenge Series officials to postpone the season opening show until April 28th.
"We did what was in the best interest of the fans and drivers", noted Golden Sands Speedway promoter Craig Bassuener. "We really didn't see where it would be possible to get a full show in today, so we delayed the event one week", he added.
The "Ice Breaker 75" marks the first major racing event of the year in Central Wisconsin. "The delay was necessary. Running a race program in the conditions we had Sunday morning would really have affected the show", noted Wisconsin Challenge Series co-promoter Jeffrey Sachse. "With the cold track temperatures the racing would have suffered a bit. Next week with better weather we can give fans the show they expect to see", concluded Sachse.
The race will be rescheduled for April 28th as three divisions of cars will take to the high-banked third-mile paved Golden Sands Speedway oval in what should be several hard fought contests. The Super Late Models 75 will be featuring an anticipated field of 40 or more cars, the winner of the event will have earned his trip to victory lane. With fewer conflicts for the Super Late Models on April 28th, it's anticipated several more cars than originally anticipated will appear for the show
The main event of the day for the class is a 75 lap contest, which will feature a field of 22 cars. It will be made of of the fastest 16 qualifiers, and the top three finishers from each of the two 30 lap qualifying races.
The event will also mark the first time the Super Stocks will run in conjunction with the Wisconsin Challenge Series Late Models. The will be competing for top honors in the Conqueror's Cup 35. The Super Stocks have been invited from over a dozen area tracks to challenge the Golden Sands Speedway regulars for a top prize of $400. Like the Late Models, the Super Stocks will run a pair of qualifying races to set the field. This division, has a reputation for no holds barred, wheel rubbing racing. Current indications is that the Super Stocks may have the largest field of cars on hand for the day.
Though the 2-Man Cruiser class will run last during the program, fans will want to stick around, as the race marks the first of four events in the Wisconsin State 2-Man Cruiser Championships. These full size, basically stock machines are piloted by two people. The driver steers and operates the brakes, while the passenger operates the throttle. This class has proven itself time and again with unexpected entertainment.
All these great races along with special pre-event ceremonies and post race celebrations can be enjoyed by race fans at a cost of just $10 per adult. The ticket price is believed to be the lowest around for a special event of this caliber.
Pit gates for the April 28th show will open at 10 a.m., with qualifying at 12:30 p.m. The first race will get the green flag at 2:00 p.m. Golden Sands Speedway is a high-banked third-mile paved oval located between Wisconsin Rapids and Plover, Wisconsin on Highway 54.
For additional information or entry forms please check out the Wisconsin Challenge Series website at www.wisconsinchallenge.com. Golden Sands Speedway can be found online at www.goldensandsspeedway.com.