Balog and Kemenah New Winners with Midwest Thunder Sprint Cars Presented by Open Wheel 101!

Monday, June 12, 2017
Bill Balog picked up his first Midwest Thunder Sprint Cars win Thursday at Sun Prairie and finished second at 34 Raceway with the All Stars Sunday (Doug Johnson Photo)Bill Balog picked up his first Midwest Thunder Sprint Cars win Thursday at Sun Prairie and finished second at 34 Raceway with the All Stars Sunday (Doug Johnson Photo) Associate Sponsors:, Buckeye Threads,, Front Row Challenge
Product Sponsor: EMi
(Bill W) June 12, 2017 – Four different winners graced Victory Lane on a hot weekend in the Midwest during Midwest Thunder Sprint Cars presented by!  Wisconsin’s Bill Balog drove from seventh to win $5,000 in IRA action at Angell Park Speedway in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin Thursday.  Brad Sweet and Donny Schatz won at Knoxville Raceway with the World of Outlaws.  Chad Kemenah emerged victorious after a great battle with Balog Sunday night with the All Stars at 34 Raceway in West Burlington, Iowa. 

Kerry Madsen still sits atop the season standings, ahead of Ian Madsen, Brian Brown, Sweet and Schatz.  David Gravel, Tim Kaeding, Balog, Mark Dobmeier and Brooke Tatnell round out the current top ten.

Point eligible races with the Midwest Thunder Sprint Cars this week begin on Tuesday at Eagle Raceway in Nebraska with the World of Outlaws, Friday at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, North Dakota with the WoO, Saturday with the WoO at Red River Valley Speedway in Fargo, North Dakota, and weekly action at the Knoxville Raceway in Iowa Saturday.

Join us in supporting sprint car racing in the Midwest!

So far,, Buckeye Threads, and the Front Row Challenge have jumped on board as associate sponsors for the Midwest Thunder Sprint Cars presented by Open Wheel 101. 

EMi is providing a $500 gift certificate to the highest finishing EMi driver in the season point race, as well.

Whether you are just wanting to chip in or become a title sponsor for the series, there are several options for you.  Visit or e-mail Bill Wright at for more details!

Stay tuned to Open Wheel 101 all season long for point and race updates!
Next Up!
Tues, June 13 – Eagle (NE) Raceway WoO
Fri, June 16 – River Cities Speedway (ND) WoO
Sat, June 17 – Red River Valley Speedway (ND) WoO
Sat, June 17 – Knoxville (IA) Raceway

Current Point Standings (Through 6/11/17)
Driver, Hometown, Points (Wins)
Kerry Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Aust., 413 (2)
Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Aust., 377 (3)
Brian Brown, Grain Valley, MO, 345 (3)
Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, CA, 223 (2)
Donny Schatz, Fargo, ND, 220 (2)
David Gravel, Watertown, CT, 165
Tim Kaeding, San Jose, CA, 139
Bill Balog, Hartland, WI, 139 (1)
Mark Dobmeier, Grand Forks, ND, 132
Brooke Tatnell, Sans Souci, NSW, Aust., 130
Austin McCarl, Altoona, IA, 126
Shane Stewart, Bixby, OK, 120
Paul Nienhiser, Chapin, IL, 110 (1)
Pittman, Daryn, Owasso, OK, 108
Lynton Jeffrey, Sydney, NSW, Aust./Prairie City, IA, 107
Joey Saldana, Brownsburg, IN, 100
Danny Lasoski, Dover, MO, 100
Terry McCarl, Altoona, IA, 90
Chad Kemenah, Arvada, OH, 80 (1)
Brad Loyet, Sunset Hills, MO, 75 (1)
Aaron Reutzel, Clute, TX, 75
Josh Schneiderman, West Burlington, IA, 72
Cap Henry, Bellevue, OH, 68
Jason Johnson, Eunice, LA, 66
Jake Blackhurst, Hanna City, IL, 58
Kraig Kinser, Bloomington, IN, 54
Jason Sides, Bartlett, TN, 53
Scotty Thiel, Sheboygan, WI, 53
Matt Juhl, Sioux Falls, SD, 48
Logan Schuchart, Hanover, PA, 46
Davey Heskin, St. Michael, MN, 44
Spencer Bayston, Lebanon, IN, 40
Tasker Phillips, Pleasantville, IA, 38
Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, OH, 38
Scott Winters, Butterfield, MN, 35
Tony Stewart, Columbus, IN, 34
Dominic Scelzi, Fresno, CA, 32
Jacob Patton, Bethalto, IL, 30
Parker Price-Miller, Kokomo, IN, 30
Paul McMahan, Nashville, TN, 28
Jim Moughan, Springfield, IL, 25
Joe B. Miller, Millersville, MO, 20
Kyle Marten, Sheboygan Falls, WI, 20
Rager Phillips, Pleasantville, IA, 18
Tayler Malsam, Seattle, WA, 18
Jimmy Hurley, Springfield, IL, 16
Craig Dollansky, Elk River, MN, 16
Jeremy Schultz, Beaver Dam, WI, 16
Ryan Smith, Kunkletown, PA, 16
Chris Urish, Elkhart, IL, 14
Bret Tripplett, Lincoln, IL, 14
Mike Reinke, Howards Grove, WI, 14
Andy McElhannon, Nesbit, MS, 12
Jordan Goldesberry, Springfield, IL, 12
Wayne Johnson, Oklahoma City, OK, 12
RJ Johnson, Tampa, FL, 12
Scott Neitzel, Beaver Dam, WI, 12
Brent Marks, Myerstown, PA, 12
Ryan Bunton, Morton, IL, 10
Steve Meyer, Sheboygan Falls, WI, 10
Travis Whitney, Blaine, MN, 10
Paige Polyak, Tiffin, OH, 10
Robbie Standridge, Springfield, IL, 8
Dakota Hendrickson, Omaha, NE, 8
Howard Moore, Memphis, TN, 6
Blake Nimee, Oswego, IL, 6
Josh Baughman, Odessa, TX, 6
Dustin Selvage, Indianola, IA, 6
Caleb Armstrong, New Castle, IN, 6
Logan Faucon, Elkhart, IL, 4
Ryan Jamison, Mediapolis, IA, 4
Tyler Bear, Elliottsville, PA, 4
Kaley Gharst, Decatur, IL, 4
Skylar Prochaska, Lakefield, MN, 4
Wayne Modjeski, Oak Creek, WI, 4
Brandon Spithaler, Evans City, PA, 4
Jeremy Standridge, Springfield, IL, 2
Matt Vandervere, Zion, IL, 2
Max Stambaugh, Lima, OH, 2

Tentative Races that will be counted for Points with the Midwest Thunder Sprint Cars presented by (Winners)
Fri, April 7 – Jacksonville Speedway (IL) MOWA (Brad Loyet, Sunset Hills, MO)
Sat, April 8 – 34 Raceway (IA) IRA (Paul Nienhiser, Chapin, IL)
Sat, April 15 – Knoxville (IA) Raceway (Rain)
Sat, April 22 – Knoxville (IA) Raceway (Brian Brown, Grain Valley, MO)
Sat, April 29 – Knoxville (IA) Raceway (Rain)
Fri, May 5 – Missouri State Fair Speedway WoO (Donny Schatz, Fargo, ND)
Sat, May 6 – Knoxville (IA) Raceway (Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Aust.)
Fri, May 12 – Jackson (MN) Motorplex (Kerry Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Aust.)
Sat, May 13 – Knoxville (IA) Raceway (Brian Brown, Grain Valley, MO)
Sat, May 20 – Knoxville (IA) Raceway (Rain)
Sun, May 21 – Angell Park Speedway (WI) All Stars/IRA (Rain)
Fri, May 26 – Jackson (MN) Motorplex (Brian Brown, Grain Valley, MO)
Sat, May 27 – Knoxville (IA) Raceway (Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Aust.)
Thur, June 1 – Jackson (MN) Nationals WoO (Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Aust.)
Fri, June 2 – Jackson (MN) Nationals WoO (Kerry Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Aust.)
Sat, June 3 – Jackson (MN) Nationals WoO (Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, CA)
Thur, June 8 – Angell Park Speedway (WI) IRA (Bill Balog, Hartland, WI)
Fri, June 9 – Knoxville (IA) Raceway WoO (Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, CA)
Sat, June 10 – Knoxville (IA) Raceway WoO (Donny Schatz, Fargo, ND)
Sun, June 11 – 34 Raceway (IA) All Stars (Chad Kemenah, Arvada, OH)
Tue, June 13 – Eagle Raceway (NE) WoO
Fri, June 16 – River Cities Speedway (ND) WoO
Sat, June 17 – Knoxville (IA) Raceway
Sat, June 17 – Red River Valley Speedway (ND) WoO
Tue, June 20 – Granite City Speedway (MN) WoO
Fri, June 23 – West Liberty (IA) Speedway WoO
Fri, June 23 – Jackson (MN) Motorplex
Sat, June 24 – Knoxville (IA) Raceway
Tue, June 27 – The Dirt Oval at Route 66 (IL) WoO
Thur, June 29 – Deer Creek Speedway (MN) WoO
Fri, June 30 – Jackson (MN) Motorplex
Sat, July 1 – Knoxville (IA) Raceway
Fri, July 7 – Cedar Lake Speedway (WI) WoO
Sat, July 8 – Knoxville (IA) Raceway
Fri, July 14 – Jackson (MN) Motorplex
Sat, July 15 – Knoxville (IA) Raceway
Fri, July 21 – Jackson (MN) Motorplex
Sat, July 22 – Knoxville (IA) Raceway
Wed, July 26 – Peoria Speedway (IL) MOWA
Thur, July 27 – Tri-City Speedway (IL) MOWA
Fri, July 28 – Jackson (MN) Motorplex
Fri, July 28 – Jacksonville Speedway (IL) MOWA
Sat, July 29 – Knoxville (IA) Raceway
Sat, July 29 – Macon Speedway (IL) MOWA
Fri, Aug 4 – I-55 Raceway (MO) WoO
Sat, Aug 5 – I-55 Raceway “Ironman 55” (MO) WoO
Sun, Aug 6 – Knoxville (IA) Raceway Cappy Classic
Mon, Aug 7 – Southern Iowa Speedway Front Row Challenge
Wed, Aug 9 – Knoxville (IA) Raceway Nationals
Thur, Aug 10 – Knoxville (IA) Raceway Nationals
Fri, Aug 11 – Knoxville (IA) Raceway Nationals (Friday feature only)
Sat, Aug 12 – Knoxville (IA) Raceway Nationals
Fri, Aug 18 – River Cities Speedway (ND) WoO
Fri, Aug 25 – Jackson (MN) Motorplex
Sun, Aug 20 – Nodak Speedway (ND) WoO
Sat, Aug 26 – Knoxville (IA) Raceway
Fri, Sept 1 – Jackson (MN) Motorplex
Sat, Sept 2 – Jackson (MN) Motorplex
Fri, Sept 8 – Superior Speedway (WI) IRA
Fri, Sept 8 – Jacksonville Speedway (IL) MOWA
Sat, Sept 9 – Cedar Lake Speedway (WI) Jerry Richert Memorial
Sat, Sept 9 – Spoon River Speedway (IL) Tom Knowles Memorial
Fri, Sept 15 – Clay County Fair Speedway (IA) IRA
Sat, Sept 16 – Deer Creek Speedway (MN) IRA
Sat, Sept 30 – St. Francois County Raceway (MO) Queen’s Royale
Fri, Oct 6 – Fairbury American Legion Speedway (IL) MOWA/IRA
Sat, Oct 7 – Fairbury American Legion Speedway (IL) MOWA/IRA
Fri, Oct 13 – Jacksonville Speedway (IL) MOWA
Sat, Oct 14 – Jacksonville Speedway (IL) MOWA
Fri, Oct 20 – Lakeside Speedway (KS) WoO
Sat, Oct 21 – Salina Highbanks Speedway (OK) WoO

Point System
The top fifteen finishers in the feature event each night receive points:

Winner - 50 2. 40 3. 35 4. 30 5. 25 6. 20 7. 18 8. 16 9. 14 10. 12 11. 10 12. 8 13. 6  14. 4 15. 2

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Front Row Challenge
The Front Row Challenge will again pay $20,000 to the winner!  It will be held Monday, August 7 at the Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa.  The 410 sprints will be supported by the IMCA Racesaver sprint cars.  For more information, visit!
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Photo: Bill Balog picked up his first Midwest Thunder Sprint Cars win Thursday at Sun Prairie and finished second at 34 Raceway with the All Stars Sunday (Doug Johnson Photo)

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