Another awesome development for this year's Wehrs Machine & Racing Products Minnesota Modified Nationals at the Ogilvie Raceway in Ogilvie, MN on Saturday and Sunday, May 27th and 28th is that the winner of this year's $12,000, 50-lap main event will actually pick up $12,500 if he chooses to run a Collins Brothers Towing Of St. Cloud, Inc. sticker on each side of his car for the weekend.
Collins Brothers has been a great supporter of our FYE Motorsports events over the past few seasons and James Trantina has stepped up once again to offer cash to whoever wins the 12th annual Mod Nationals.
Stickers will be provided at registration and drivers will need to run a sticker on each side of their car in order to be eligible for the champion bonus.
Premier Pole Award
Not only will the winner of the 2017 Wehrs Machine & Racing Products Minnesota Modified Nationals take home a record $12,000 for his efforts on Sunday, May 28th at the Ogilvie Raceway in Ogilvie, MN, but the driver who racks up the most passing points after the 3 rounds of heat race action on Saturday night (May 27th), will earn a $250 cash bonus for winning the Premier Pole Award presented by Cory Oberg Real Estate Group!
Wehrs Machine Minnesota Modified Nationals set to pay $12k on Memorial Day Weekend
New Title Sponsor, New Location, New Format, & New Record Payout on Tap at the Big O
Have You Experienced ‘The Big O’ Before? You’re Gonna Want To This Memorial Day Weekend
The 12th running of the Minnesota Modified Nationals will see several changes including a new title sponsor in 2017 as we are excited to announce that Bangor, Wisconsin’s Wehrs Machine and Racing Products will become the title sponsor of the largest paying WISSOTA Modified event in history on May 27th and 28th. The event has been WISSOTA’s largest paying race over the past several seasons and will be held at the state of the art Ogilvie Raceway in Ogilvie, MN for the first time in the event’s existence.
FYE Motorsports owner Chris Stepan said ‘Chad and Wehrs Machine have been a great supporter of our FYE events, and motorsports in general, for many years and it is exciting to partner with Chad as the new title sponsor of the Mod Nationals. Wehrs Machine has been making the finest racing products in the world for over 20 years and we consider the Mod Nationals one of the finest events in the country, so to partner with Chad, Wehrs Machine and their team should make for an outstanding event.’ Chad Wehrs echoed that statement by saying ‘it’s an honor to be part of such a big event for Modified racing and we are proud to be a part of it!’
Coming off of the incredible success of the blockbuster Fall Classic from this past October, the announcement was made several months ago that the 12th annual Wehrs Machine Minnesota Modified Nationals would be moved and held at the ‘Big O’ over the Memorial Day holiday weekend in 2017. The event will feature a whopping $12,000 paycheck for the WISSOTA Open Wheel Modifieds and will feature an open practice on Friday night, May 26th for drivers to turn some laps with our traditional post practice party to follow, before the festivities start with a new and exciting format, which will see each Modified racer compete in 3 separate heat races on Saturday night with their combined passing points from all 3 heats totaled up to determine who the top 12 transfers are into the feature on Sunday night and who has to run b-mains and last chance race for another chance to qualify. B-mains, a last chance race and the 50-lap, $12,000 to win feature event will all take place on Sunday, May 28th. Memorial Day Monday, May 29th will serve as the event’s rain date if needed. All 3 support classes will run complete programs each night with heats, b-mains and features nightly. The first set of heats that are run on Saturday night for the Modifieds will count toward WISSOTA national points. Event promoter Stepan said ‘this format is the new rage around the country at several of the ‘mega events’ and after seeing how intense the heat races were at the King of America back in March, we wanted to be the first to bring that type of qualifying excitement to our great fans here in Minnesota. Basically in years past if we have had 60 Modifieds at this event, we would normally have run 6 heat races on Saturday night, but now, fans will get to see 18 mini features since every position counts so much in every heat that each driver will compete in. Drivers will start at the front, at the rear and in the middle of their 3 respective heat races and each will be 12 laps, so fans will get to see ‘on the edge of your seat’ action all night long.’
FYE Motorsports Promotions has once again leased the Ogilvie Raceway for this record paying event that was rained out a year ago, but has provided Central Minnesota race fans with some fantastic events over the last decade. Seth Brede, Austin Arneson, Jason Grimes, Travis Saurer, Ryan Gustin, Scot Danzeisen, Dale Mathison, Steve Arpin, Dave Cain, Shane Sabraski and Jason Thoennes have each raced their way into Mod Nationals victory lane since the inception of the mega event in 2005. There has never been a repeat winner in the 11 runnings (and the 2016 rain out) of the event and the move to the Ogilvie Raceway may lead to a 12th different winner with all of the local Eastern Minnesota talent that will now get to compete on their home track for the largest paycheck in the history of The Big O! Ogilvie Raceway’s Tom Wagamon said ‘we are pumped to add an event of this magnitude to our schedule and I’m also confident that our man super Nate Fischer will give the drivers an unbelievable stage to entertain their fans on.’
Stepan said ‘last fall, the Fall Classic outlived expectations with car counts, fan attendance, hospitality, sponsor involvement and phenomenal racing all weekend long, which proved that we made the right decision to move the event to Ogilvie so moving the Mod Nationals to a track that is already known to provide excellent Modified racing action was a no brainer and everyone with FYE and Ogilvie Raceway is very excited to see who hoists the $12,000 check and picks up what will likely be their biggest career victory over Memorial Day weekend.’ The $12,000 top prize is the largest ever in the history of the WISSOTA Promoter’s Association, besting the $11,000 that was paid out at the 2015 Mod Nationals.
The WISSOTA Midwest Modified division will be racing for a sizeable $1,000 to win top prize each day with 2 complete programs on Saturday and Sunday thanks to presenting sponsors Pizza Pub of Mora and Foot & Ankle Clinics. The WISSOTA Street Stocks will be in competition with 2 complete programs on Saturday and Sunday as well, paying the winner $500 each day thanks to presenting sponsors AJ’s Complete Automotive and Chubbs Performance plus the WISSOTA Mod Fours will also be in action with 2 complete programs on Saturday and Sunday, also paying $500 to win each day, thanks to presenting sponsors St. Cloud Auto Wrecking and Clean, Renewable Ethanol.
The Super 8 Hotel, located at 635 10th Avenue SE in Milaca, Minnesota has come on board to serve as the host hotel for the upcoming Wehrs Machine Mod Nationals. The Milaca Super 8 is located just a quick 13 mile drive down Highway 23 from the track and will offer a comfortable home away from home for your weekend stay. Call (320) 983-2260 for reservations.
Thanks to FYE Motorsports sponsors Accurate Auto Repair, AJ’s Compete Automotive, Anderson’s Pure Maple Syrup, Badger Storage and Excavating, Beltline Body Shop, Campbell Lumber, Champs Sports Bar & Grill, Clean, Renewable Ethanol, Chubbs Performance, Collins Brothers Towing of St. Cloud, Envision, Foot & Ankle Clinics, Fulton Beer, Garberich Trucking, GRP Motorsports, MB Customs Race Cars, Mesilla Valley Transportation, Minnesota Truck Headquarters, Performance Auto, Pizza Pub of Mora, Powers & Associates Optometrists, Propane Strategies, RacinDirt.com, RockAuto.com, S&S Fishing & Rental, S&S Transport, Schill Construction, ServPro, Southworth Chevrolet, St. Cloud Auto Wrecking, Super 8 Hotels, ThermoSeal Insulation, Wehrs Machine and Winkler Canvas for supporting our FYE Motorsports events in 2017.
We are excited to once again partner with Ogilvie Raceway, Wehrs Machine and all of our other great marketing partners to bring the fans and drivers of WISSOTA-country this huge Memorial Day weekend event. We hope to see everyone there!
For camping, trackside parking, reserved pit parking, reserved seating and VIP suite rental requests along with any other event information regarding the Minnesota Modified Nationals, please log on to www.FYEMotorsports.com or call Chris at (715) 497-8916. For information regarding the Ogilvie Raceway, please log on to www.OgilvieRaceway.com.
14th Annual MTH Fall Classic Set For October 5-7, 2017 at the ‘Big O’
Ogilvie Raceway Will Host Fall Classic for 2nd Year in a Row
Minnesota Truck Headquarters New Title Sponsor
Mark it on your calendar!
The 14th edition of the newly named Minnesota Truck Headquarters Fall Classic will be held, for the second year in a row, at the Ogilvie Raceway in Ogilvie, Minnesota on October 5th-7th, 2017.
After the incredible success of the 2016 Fall Classic, held at the Ogilvie Raceway for the first time in the history of the event, event organizers are incredibly excited to welcome St. Cloud, Minnesota-based Minnesota Truck Headquarters as the new title sponsor for the October 5th-7th event! FYE Motorsports owner Chris Stepan said ‘we could not be happier than to welcome a new title sponsor for the Fall Classic. MTH has emerged as a major player in the auto industry in Central Minnesota and has been a tremendous supporter of motorsports in recent seasons, so we are thrilled to welcome them with open arms to be a part of one of the largest special events in the Midwest this fall and for many years to come! Mike, Denis and the crew at MTH share the same vision as we do in wanting our event to be run fairly, to be a fun experience for the fans and to be a ‘must see’ event from start to finish for everyone who attends and we appreciate that in a title sponsor and marketing partner.’
What is Minnesota Truck Headquarters?
Minnesota Truck Headquarters is a family owned and operated dealership that has been in the auto business for 10+ years. We opened in April of 2004 and sold trailers at first, but today, we stock over 200 trucks on both St Cloud and St Joseph lots at all times, and we are outgrowing both locations yet again! We plan on moving into one mega location with everything under one roof within the next year, to continue growing our company. The new location will hold up to 500 trucks for our full inventory. Check out our inventory at www.YourMTH.com
An open practice will be held on Thursday night (October 5th) with the event’s traditional post practice party held after. Racing action will then take place on Friday (October 6th) and Saturday (October 7th) nights with a raindate scheduled for Sunday (October 8th) if needed.
WISSOTA Late Models, Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, Mod Fours, Pure Stocks and Hornets, will once again be on the schedule with heat races on Friday night and b-mains and the championship features on Saturday night to cap off the weekend, continuing to be the only all-8 WISSOTA division event anywhere in the country for the second year in a row.
The Late Model drivers will be vying for the $4,000 payday, while the Modified racers will be searching for a $3,000 to win top prize. Super Stock competitors will be racing for $2,000 to win with the Midwest Modifieds will race for a winner’s share of $1,500. Street Stock drivers will be going after their $1,000 to win paycheck, while the Mod Four drivers will compete in a $500 to win event as well. Pure Stocks and Hornets will run for a $250 winner’s paycheck to round out the weekend.
Stepan stated ‘it is hard to believe we are entering the 14th year of the Fall Classic already, but this event has turned into such a great weekend and must see event over the years, especially last year. The 2016 move to Ogilvie proved to be a great one as we saw fantastic racing action in all 8 classes and welcomed 6 first time Fall Classic Champions to the family when the weekend was said and done. The event outlived expectations and the great crowd was treated to a fun filled weekend and we look for as awesome of an event in 2017 as well.’
Jake Redetzke (Late Models), Dave Cain (Modifieds), Jeremy Nelson (Midwest Modifieds), Keith Thell (Mod Fours), Michael Blevins (Pure Stocks) and Joe Martin (Hornets) became first time Fall Classic champions, while Justin Vogel (Street Stocks) won his 3rd Fall Classic (2012 and 2014), but in the process of winning from his 15th starting spot, became the first driver to ever win a Fall Classic event from as far back as the 8th row and Dave Mass (Super Stocks) raced to his 4th Fall Classic title, to go along with his victories from 2005, 2010 and 2014.
Other Fall Classic winners include Don Shaw (6), Scot Danzeisen and Zach Johnson (4 each), Dustin Zieske and Shane Sabraski (3 each), Brian Swenson, Craig Thatcher, Pat Doar, Scott Paulson (2 each), Brady Gerdes, Cody Skytland, Cory Rosen, Dale Mathison, Dallas Gulbrandson, Dan Wheeler, Danny Bayer, Dave Zimmerman, Dustin Holtquist, Jamie Lemke, Jamie Thorstad, Jason Thoennes, Jason VandeKamp, Jeff Crouse, Jeff Wildung, Jimmy Mars, Jimmy Williams, John Kaanta, Jordan Tollakson, Josh Abrahamson, Josh Thoennes, Justin Fegers, Keith Tourville, Lance Matthees, Rob VanMil, Ryan Buer, Ryan Mikkelson, Seth Brede, Tim Johnson, Travis Saurer, Tyler Peterson and Zach Schultz (1 each).
A candy toss, driver autograph session, bike giveaways, and many, many contingency and bonus awards will be given out throughout the weekend as well, pushing the overall weekend payout to nearly $100,000! Fans and drivers should make plans now to be in Ogilvie for the Fall Classic weekend.
More event details will be released in weeks to come, but fans can stay tuned to www.FYEMotorsports.com, www.OgilvieRaceway.com or call Chris at (715) 497-8916 for any and all event updates that become available.
We hope to see everyone at the Ogilvie Raceway for the 14th annual Fall Classic on October 5th-7th, 2017.
12th Annual Minnesota Modified Nationals Set For Ogilvie Raceway
$12k Payday Awaits At the ‘Big O’ On Memorial Day Weekend
Coming off of the incredible success of the blockbuster Fall Classic from this past October, the announcement was made several months ago that the 12th annual Minnesota Modified Nationals would be moved and held at the state of the art Ogilvie Raceway in Ogilvie, MN over the Memorial Day holiday weekend in 2017. The event will feature a whopping $12,000 paycheck for the WISSOTA Open Wheel Modifieds and will feature an open practice on Friday night, May 26th with heat races and a qualifying feature for the Modifieds on Saturday night, May 27th along with B-mains, a last chance race and the 75-lap, $12,000 to win feature event on Sunday, May 28th. Memorial Day Monday, May 29th will serve as the event’s rain date if needed.
WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds, Mod Fours and Street Stocks will run complete programs each night Saturday and Sunday to round out the weekend.
FYE Motorsports Promotions has once again leased the Ogilvie Raceway for this record paying event that was rained out a year ago, but has provided Central Minnesota race fans with some fantastic events over the last decade. Seth Brede, Austin Arneson, Jason Grimes, Travis Saurer, Ryan Gustin, Scot Danzeisen, Dale Mathison, Steve Arpin, Dave Cain, Shane Sabraski and Jason Thoennes have each raced their way into Mod Nationals victory lane since the inception of the mega event in 2005. There has never been a repeat winner in the 11 runnings (and the 2016 rain out) of the event and the move to the Ogilvie Raceway may lead to a 12th different winner with all of the local Eastern Minnesota talent that will now get to compete on their home track for the largest paycheck in the history of The Big O!
FYE’s Chris Stepan said ‘last fall, the Fall Classic outlived expectations with car counts, fan attendance, hospitality, sponsor involvement and phenomenal racing all weekend long, which proved that we made the right decision to move the event to Ogilvie so moving the Mod Nationals to a track that is already known to provide excellent Modified racing action was a no brainer and everyone with FYE and Ogilvie Raceway is very excited to see who hoists the $12,000 check and picks up what will likely be their biggest career victory over Memorial Day weekend.’
More information will be released in coming weeks, so please check out www.FYEMotorsports.com, www.OgilvieRaceway.com or call Chris at (715) 497-8916 for all event details.
2nd Annual Great Lakes Border Battle Set at AMSOIL Speedway July 1st & 2nd
Plus… Late Models Added to Saturday Night!
The 2nd running of the Great Lakes Border Battle is set to take place at the AMSOIL Speedway in Superior, WI over the 4th of July holiday weekend with a small tweak in this year’s schedule. This year’s Border Battle will feature an open practice on Friday, June 30th with racing action taking place on Saturday, July 1st and Sunday, July 2nd. WISSOTA Modifieds will once again be the headliner division, racing for a whopping $10,000 paycheck for the second consecutive season. WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds ($1,000 to win each night) and WISSOTA Pure Stocks ($250 to win each night) will both be back on the card with complete programs each night as was the case in 2016 as well. Plus, an addition to the program will feature WISSOTA Late Models being in competition on Saturday night for a 1-day event paying $1,500 to win!
FYE Motorsports Promotions has once again leased the AMSOIL Speedway for this blockbuster event that saw Elmwood, Wisconsin racer Jake Hartung race to the biggest win of his career during the inaugural event over the 4th of July weekend this past year. Sixty open wheel Modifieds, over 50 Midwest Modifieds and over 30 Pure Stocks competed during the inaugural event in 2016 and we hope and expect to have those types of numbers again this summer.
FYE Motorsports owner Chris Stepan said ‘with Canada Day on a Saturday this year and the 4th of July on Tuesday, we slid the schedule back a day this year to allow for Monday (which should be a holiday for most people) to be our rain date if needed, plus racing Saturday/Sunday conflicts with fewer area tracks, so we were able to disrupt our neighbors normal racing schedules less this year than a year ago. This event was supported so well by our US and Canadian drivers and fans that we wanted to make sure the 2nd annual event fit into everyone’s schedules just as well as last year’s event did.’
‘Also and very importantly, the ABC Raceway in Ashland, WI has switched nights to race on Friday (June 30th) instead of Saturday (July 1st) to allow their racers and fans to come to Superior to be a part of the Border Battle and the Proctor Speedway in Proctor, MN has taken Sunday (July 2nd) off so that we can have this event in Superior for the second straight year as well. It’s awesome when tracks can work together for the betterment of racing in a certain area. Plus, Cedar Lake doesn’t race Modifieds or Late Models that weekend, Hibbing, Emo and Ogilvie are off completely and Rice Lake has let their Mods that night as well. Thanks to Eric, Danny, Dennis, Nate, Bob, Dave and Trevor and all of the tracks for working with us so that your local drivers can make the trek to Superior to have a shot at participating in a huge paying event.’
Stepan went on to say ‘the addition of Late Models to the program on Saturday night adds another top division for fans to watch and adds to the overall ‘must see’ excitement of the weekend. It’s tough to run Late Models with a high paying Modified event, but thanks in part to our great event sponsors including Beltline Body Shop, Propane Strategies, Badger Storage and Excavating, Southworth Chevrolet, Accurate Auto Repair and Village Lanes, we are able to add the Lates on Saturday night of this year’s Border Battle. We are currently still searching for several additional sponsors to make this event bigger and better than it was a year ago, so if anyone has any interest in coming on board, be sure to let me know.’
Open practice for anyone interested will take place on Friday night from 6p-9p and then the Modifieds will run heat races and a qualifying feature on Saturday night with the b-mains, last chance race and 60-lap, $10,000 to win feature on Sunday. The Midwest Modifieds and Pure Stocks will run complete programs each night as they did a year ago. Late Models will run a complete program on Saturday night.
More information will be released in coming weeks, so please check out www.FYEMotorsports.com or call Chris at (715) 497-8916 for all event details.
2017 Minnesota Mod Nationals New Home: The Big O
For Immediate Release:
St. Cloud, Minnesota (November 14th, 2016)
FYE Motorsports owner Chris Stepan is excited to announce that the 12th running of the Minnesota Modified Nationals, held previously at the Viking Speedway has been relocated to the state-of-the-art Ogilvie Raceway in Ogilvie, Minnesota for the 2017 racing season.
Stepan said ‘with the tremendous success of the Fall Classic we just held at Ogilvie in October, it was a no brainer to work to move the Mod Nationals to the Big O as well. Ogilvie is not only known for its awesome facility, friendly staff and great location, but the Modified racing that typically takes place at Ogilvie is second to none and I personally cannot wait to see who comes out on top of the Mod Nationals at its new home!’ The race will be held on Saturday and Sunday, May 27th & 28th with an open practice session on Friday night, May 26th and a rain date for Memorial Day Monday, May 29th if needed.
WISSOTA Modifieds will compete in the traditional event, which will pay a whopping $12,000 to win with WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds and WISSOTA Mod Fours competing in two complete programs throughout the course of the weekend as well, plus WISSOTA Hornets will be racing a full show on Saturday night.
Times, prices, payouts etx will be released within the next month, but fans and drivers should start planning their Memorial Day weekend schedule to be at the Big O for the 12th annual Minnesota Modified Nationals!