MWTS Race #10 Byron Dragway Sept 21, 2014
Sunday morning everyone was ready to RACE!!!! But first, the puddles had to be vacuumed up in the pits, and a few awnings picked up!! Boy, what a rain storm!! BJ was out on the tractor sweeping the track of lots of water as soon as that storm passed!! Thanks BJ, the track was pretty dry by morning. We appreciate
the endless effort you put in to give us a good track!
We gained 3 more cars for Sunday's race, as we started the day with 19. The racers for Race #10 were, Rick Sojka Jr., Robbie VanderWoude, Larry Dalton, Matt Szymczak, Don Mateicka, Steve Jaeger, Jeff
Southerland, Dave Howard, Alex Bosak, Chris Redden, Chad Pekrul, Steve Howard, Bob Romano, Erik Carlson, Ed Kurth, Tom Vanacora, Kyle Dumke, Davy Dins, and Scotty Haas.
The #1 qualifier was Rick Sojka Jr. with a 6.78 @ 203 mph. Quarter-finals were Larry Dalton vs. Don Mateicka; Dave Howard vs. Bye; Steve Howard vs. Davy Dins. Semi-final round saw Mateicka vs. D. Howard and Steve Howard had the bye to the final. Congrats to Steve Howard and Team Burkhart as they defeated Dave Howard in the final. Congrats to Dave Howard and crew also.
Steve Howard also won the $50 Bounty Hunter for his final round win over the last winner Dave. There was no Perfect Light paid. There is still a $250 gift certificate from Auto Meter to win!!!
Next Race is the final race of the season for MWTS!!! Hope to have a great turnout and put on a fantastic show for all the spectators at the PowerWheel Standing event at Byron Dragway on Oct. 4th & 5th. See everyone there!! Happy Racing!
MWTS Race #9 Byron Dragway Sept 20, 2014
Most everyone rolled in Friday night at Byron Dragway and enjoyed the evening talking and catching up
after a few weeks off. Saturday we started off the day with 18 cars. Unfortunately Tony Grzelinski had some mechanical issues and wasn't able to make the call for first round. We also welcomed John Steldt on Saturday, he also had some issues and was not able to make first round call and did not race on Sunday. We hope that John is able to join us again!!
The low qualifier was Dave Howard with a 6.70 @ 201 mph. First round winners were Dave Howard, Scotty Haas, Steve Howard, John Hochsteddler, Rick Sojka Jr., Chad Pekrul, Don Matiecka, and Steve Jaeger.
The rain came in and the race day was finished!! Disappointing, as that made the 4th race to be shortened
by Mother Nature. There were no perfect lights in first round, and no bounty hunter was paid.
After hiding out in the rigs from the rain, the sun came out and the weather was great! Go Figure? So, being that racers love to race.... a golf cart race was decided on!! There were many golf cart participants. A lot of crew members got to have some fun driving down the track! There was alot of heckeling and hollering and
alot of laughter! And at the end it all came down to a Midwest Top Sportsman against a Midwest Super
Comp. Congrats to our own Kyle Dumke!!! It sounded like he won a national championship the MWTS cheering was so loud!!! It was alot of fun and a great way to spend the rest of our day!!!
Thank-You B.J.!!! Thank-You Byron Dragway for letting a bunch of dedicated racers have a great time,
despite not being able to "race" their cars!!
MWTS Race #8 Rt 66 Aug 17, 2014
Saturday we lost 1 car to mechanical failure, but we gained 3 new cars for Sunday's race. Members Dave Green and Andre Harris rolled in and John Scali Jr. has re-newed his membership. We welcome John
The bracket racers were having their last points race Sunday, so we were told we would only get 1 qualifing run, so that they were sure to finish their season. Our guys were Ready!! Wow!! Great qualifing!!! Low
qualifier was Dave Howard with a run of 6.73 @ 202 mph, followed by Kyle Dumke, Dave Green and Ricky Sojka. Again all day the runs were too close to call!! Great reaction times and passes!!
Quarter finals were: Dave Howard vs Andre Harris,; John Scali vs Brian Brown; and Steve Jaeger vs Steve Howard.
Semis: D. Howard vs J. Scali; S Jaeger had a bye.
Dave and Steve met in the finals and it was Dave Howard taking the win.
Congrats to Dave and Team Tacchia on a great job! Steve Jaeger and family had a great 2 days of racing!! 2
final appearances! Brian Brown took the bounty on Tony Grzelinski. Thanks to Route 66 Raceway for a great track surface and the accomodations for all our members. Thanks also for all the good words via the announcer, as our members ran.
We have 3 races left!! It's anyones races to win! The points race is smokin'! Come and race with the best Top Sportsman cars in the Midwest!! Sept. 20 & 21 @ Byron Dragway, Byron, IL. and Oct. 4 & 5, also
at Byron Dragway. Happy Racing!!
MWTS Race #7 Rt 66 Aug 16, 2014
We all wondered if the weather would hold off the predicted rain for Saturday so as not to spoil our race weekend after a long 4 weeks off. Mother Nature gave us a couple of sprinkles, but the racing gods
prevailed! It was the Route 66 Raceway Classic, and MWTS had 20 cars to put on a great show for all the
people in the stands. And yes, there were alot of people in the stands!
MWTS participants on Saturday were Robbie VanderWoude, Dave Howard, Steve Howard, Tony Grzelinski, Kyle Dumke, Erik Carlson, Mike Kokenes, Sean Brady, Chris Redden, Alex Bosak, Dave Espisito, New Member- Eddie Banderowicz, Tim Kirman, Tom Vanacora, Ricky Sojka, Don Mateicka, Brian Brown, Steve
Jaeger, Matt Szymczak, and Chad Pekrul.
Dave Howard was the low qualifier with a 6.70 @ 203 mph., followed by Tim Kirman and Kyle Dumke.
Quarter finals were: T. Grzelinski had a bye run,; S.Brady vs. C. Redden; T Kirman vs S Jaeger.
Semis were: Grzelinski vs Brady; and Jaeger had a bye to the final.
It was Tony Grzelinski taking the win!
Congrats to Tony and his crew, Al and Bill on a great job! Tony missed the 1st qualifier with a broken rocker arm, but they got it fixed and all that frantic work paid off!! Steve had a great day also, Congrat's to all his
crew!! I don't know the exact times of every race Sat., but I can tell you that every one was very close!
Alot of .001 and .003 reaction times, races too close to call from the line! MWTS EXCITEMENT!!! Our
drivers and crews are the best around and we showed alot of people just that on Saturday! And
Boy!! Did the points race get shook up! It's still anybody's to win!! It was a long day, but we all celebrated the great runs we all had and the fact we were all back at the races-together as MWTS! Happy Racing!!
MWTS RACE #4 Byron Dragway June 21, 2014
Saturday was a warm day with scattered showers late afternoon at Byron Dragway.BJ, track owner worked hard to make sure the track conditions were good. There were 19 cars who qualified and 2 guys broke before 1st round leaving it at 17 car field. Dave Howard was low qualifier with a 6.95.
First round went like this: Dave Howard had 1st round bye: Richard Englbert beat Kyle Dumke; Matt Szymczak beat Brian Brown; Bob Romano beat Tom Vanacora; Dave Green beat Steve Jaeger; Don Mateicka beat Chris Redden: Tony Grzelinksi beat Chad Pekrul: Steve Howard beat Alex Bosak and Erik Carlson beat Scott Haas. Second Roound: Dave Howard beat Matt Szymcak: Don Mateicka beat Dave Green.The rain then came in and Byron Dragway decided to call the racing for the day and the pot of $2,500 was split 3 ways with Semi Final points going to Dave Howard, Steve Howard and Don Mateicka.
Matt Szymcak won the "Perfect Light” purse of $200 and a $250 gift certificate to Auto Meter. Szymcak was hot on the tree all 3 rounds 2 double 0 lights and 1 perfect light. The Bounty Hunter was Steve Howard and will be the guy to take out at race #5 in Condova on Saturday, July 12th.
We also welcomed 3 new members for this year: Chad Pekrul, Tom Harger and Car owner Al Griffey and Driver Scott Haas.
The next Race is at Cordova Dragway. It is a back to back race Saturday, July 12th and Sunday, July 13th.We hope to see everyone in a few weeks! Happy Racing!
Congrats to MWTS member John Hochstedler on the runner up at Lucas Oil Divisional race at Rt 66!!
MWTS RACE #3 Martin, MI May 24, 2014
Saturday was a nice day at US 131 Martin, Mi., unfortunately we had a small field of entries. There were 11 cars, it was disappointing not more showed up, but we "raced" on! John Hochstedler was testing his new car on Friday night, and then got ill on Saturday morning and was unable to race. Hope you feel better John!!
So, on we went with a 10 car field. Dave Howard was low qualifier with a 6.96, despite still chasing one of those electrical gremlins.
First round went like this: Dave Howard beat Robbie VanderWoude: Ricky Sojka beat Erik Carlson; Matt Szymczak beat Kyle Dumke; Chris Redden beat Brian Brown and Steve Howard beat Tony Griz. Dave H. had the bye to the semi's, Ricky over Matt and Steve over Chris. The semi's were Ricky over Dave, and Steve had the bye to the finals. It was a great race, the two choosing to only run 1/8th mile, and Ricky broke
out by .001 and Steve Howard is our newest winner!
Congrats to Steve and the Burkhart Racing Team! Great Job on the win. Congrats to the Sojka Family Racing Team on a great day!!
There was still no "Perfect Light" winner, so that will be up to $200 next race!!
There also was no "Bounty Hunter" paid, as the last race winner was unable to attend this week.
Unfortunately, the car count was low and the track a little too loose and so the decision was made to change the next race to Byron Dragway instead of US 131. The race date will remain the same, June 21st. Hope we see everyone there!
MWTS RACE #2 Rt. 66 May 10, 2014
It was a beautiful sunny day at Route 66 Raceway to have our second Quartermax Series race of the new season! MWTS is proud to welcome three racers from Wisconsin! Don Mateeka and Matt Szymczak are our newest members and we hope that Eddie Banderowicz will be able to join us again this season and become a member when he is done with his internship! We all enjoyed getting to know them and hope that they had a great time!! Also returning to membership is Fred Sommers. Glad you're back!!
So, we started the day with 18 cars. We lost the #2 qualifier from last week, Chris Redden to a transmission failure in his warmup. We also just got Dave Granger back this week and he hurt his motor on the first qualifing pass. Sorry guys hope you are back soon!! We are getting our cars back and ready slowly this season. We still have a few more to go. I know there are a few motors still not finished, and a few other parts not delivered yet and a set of tires or two, but the whole "family" will all be together soon!! We got back Erik and Bruce Carlson and that "cool" stude, and Bill and Lori Rotz and crew. Glad to see all of you!!
Steve Howard was low qualifier of the day with a 6.84 @ 202mph. Nice job Steve and Jake!
Round one winners were: Steve Howard, Bill Rotz, Don Mateeka, Jeff Southerland, Alex Bosak, Tony Grzelinski, Matt Szymczak and Eddie Banderowicz. The new "cheeseheads" were tough! The semi-finals came down to Rotz vs. Mateeka and Bosak vs. Banderowicz. The winners were Mateeka and Bosak. Congratulations to Race #2 Winner, Alex Bosak!!! We know you and Zack worked hard to get things fixed from last week, Great Job!!! Congrats to Don and his crew, also!
We hope to have a great turnout in 2 weeks at the beautiful US131 Raceway in Martin, Mi. It's a great facility and we always have a good time! I am thinking we will see our members, Jim and Kim David, and John and Pam Hochsteddler. Maybe we will have a few Michigan guys to join in the day of racing with MWTS!!! So, let's get working guys!!! Get tuned up and ready to go have a great race day at US131!!
Hope all the ladies had a wonderful Mother's Day!! See you soon and Happy Racing!!!
MWTS RACE #1 Rt. 66 MAY 3rd, 2014
Hooray!!!! It's race day!!!! It was a chilly and very windy start to what turned out to be a beautiful first of the season raceday!! Sorry to be missing so many of our guys & gals that were not ready to make the call on
points day #1. We had 14 cars start the day at Route 66 Raceway, but after qualifing only 11 remained.
Bummer!!! Alex, Jeff and Dave G. we hope you guys will be able to get fixed and join us next weekend!!
We have a new member, longtime racer Jeff Southerland. Welcome to our racing family! Rick Sojka Jr. was low qualifier with a 6.99. I know you guys worked feverishly all week to be able to get to race #1. Great job
today! Chris Redden made a charge at the low spot with a nice 7 flat run. Good job!!
Sojka, Englebert, Brady, Vanacora, S.Howard, and Grzelinski all made it out of the first round. Sojka and Vanacora would meet in the semi's and Grzelinski had the bye to the finals. It was Tony Grzelinski taking the win over Rick Sojka. Congrat's to Tony, Bill and Al on a great job!! Also, great job to the Sojka family on their great day!
Boy, it felt great to be at the track!!! It seemed everyone felt the same way. We all miss the racing "family" of
MWTS!! The pits seemed a little empty as we kept looking for more of our "family" to come in, but we know that the ones who couldn't make it, were missing being there also. Next week should prove better, and
can't wait to get there. Race #2 is back at Route 66 Raceway and then #3 is at US131.
Start getting those cars ready, the first race of the Quarter-Max/MWTS series is quickly approaching!! Don't forget to fill out your membership form for 2014 and we hope to see you at the track!!
2014 Quarter-Max/MWTS Membership Form
2014 Quarter-Max/MWTS Schedule
Race #1 May 3 Route 66 Raceway, Joliet, IL
Race #2 May 10 Route 66 Raceway, Joliet, IL
Race #3 May 24 US 131 Martin, MI
Race #4 June 21 Byron Dragway
Race #5 & #6 July 12 & 13 Cordova Dragway, Cordova, IL
Race #7 & #8 Aug 16 & 17 Route 66 Raceway, Joliet, IL
Race #9 & #10 Sept 20 & 21 Byron Dragway, Byron, IL
Race #11 Oct 4 & 5 Byron Dragway, Byron, IL
Quarter-Max Extends Sponsorship Thru 2014 Season!
Rick Jones & Family announced that they will sponsor MWTS for the 2014 season. This will be the 4th year sponsoring MWTS. We are extremely excited and glad to have them back!
2013 MWTS/QuarterMax points winner - Steve Jaeger
Welcome To The New MWTS Website!
Welcome to the new MWTS website!!! In an effort to help keep the site updated frequently and stay user friendly, we have rebuilt everything from scratch. If you would like any announcements to be posted on the website please email me ( Kristi.Vicary@midwesttopsportsman.com ) and I can get them up right away.