Three New Winners with Midwest Thunder Sprints Presented by Open Wheel 101!

Monday, June 19, 2017
Matt Juhl stormed to his first ever win at the Knoxville Raceway Saturday (Chuck Stowe Images)Matt Juhl stormed to his first ever win at the Knoxville Raceway Saturday (Chuck Stowe Images) Associate Sponsors:, Buckeye Threads,, Front Row Challenge
Product Sponsor: EMi
(Bill W) June 19, 2017 – Three new winners checked in last week with the Midwest Thunder Sprints presented by!  Kyle Larson thrilled the throng gathered at Eagle Raceway with the World of Outlaws last Tuesday.  David Gravel endured a rain delay at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, North Dakota Friday, and Matt Juhl recorded his first career win at the Knoxville Raceway in Iowa Saturday night.

Eleven different winners have visited Victory Lane in eighteen events.  Kerry Madsen remains on top of the Midwest Thunder Sprints standings, followed by Ian Madsen, Brian Brown, Brad Sweet and Donny Schatz.  David Gravel, Shane Stewart, Austin McCarl, Brooke Tatnell and Daryn Pittman round out the top ten.

Point eligible races with the Midwest Thunder Sprint Cars this week include Tuesday at Granite City Speedway in Sauk Rapids, Minnesota with the World of Outlaws, Friday at West Liberty Speedway in Iowa with the WoO, Friday at Jackson Motorplex in Minnesota, 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!
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

Current Point Standings (Through 6/17/17)
Driver, Hometown, Points (Wins)
Kerry Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Aust., 473 (2)
Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Aust., 418 (3)
Brian Brown, Grain Valley, MO, 345 (3)
Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, CA, 283 (2)
Donny Schatz, Fargo, ND, 280 (2)
David Gravel, Watertown, CT, 233 (1)
Shane Stewart, Bixby, OK, 175
Austin McCarl, Altoona, IA, 166
Brooke Tatnell, Sans Souci, NSW, Aust., 160
Daryn Pittman, Owasso, OK, 154
Mark Dobmeier, Grand Forks, ND, 146
Tim Kaeding, San Jose, CA, 139
Bill Balog, Hartland, WI, 139 (1)
Joey Saldana, Brownsburg, IN, 139
Terry McCarl, Altoona, IA, 127
Lynton Jeffrey, Sydney, NSW, Aust./Prairie City, IA, 119
Danny Lasoski, Dover, MO, 118
Paul Nienhiser, Chapin, IL, 110 (1)
Matt Juhl, Sioux Falls, SD, 98 (1)
Josh Schneiderman, West Burlington, IA, 92
Jason Johnson, Eunice, LA, 82
Kraig Kinser, Bloomington, IN, 82
Chad Kemenah, Arvada, OH, 80 (1)
Brad Loyet, Sunset Hills, MO, 75 (1)
Aaron Reutzel, Clute, TX, 75
Cap Henry, Bellevue, OH, 68
Jason Sides, Bartlett, TN, 63
Jake Blackhurst, Hanna City, IL, 58
Davey Heskin, St. Michael, MN, 54
Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, OH, 54
Scotty Thiel, Sheboygan, WI, 53
Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, CA, 50 (1)
Logan Schuchart, Hanover, PA, 48
Dominic Scelzi, Fresno, CA, 48
Tasker Phillips, Pleasantville, IA, 44
Spencer Bayston, Lebanon, IN, 40
Scott Winters, Butterfield, MN, 35
Tony Stewart, Columbus, IN, 34
Brent Marks, Myerstown, PA, 32
Jacob Patton, Bethalto, IL, 30
Parker Price-Miller, Kokomo, IN, 30
Paul McMahan, Nashville, TN, 30
Jim Moughan, Springfield, IL, 25
Rager Phillips, Pleasantville, IA, 22
Joe B. Miller, Millersville, MO, 20
Kyle Marten, Sheboygan Falls, WI, 20
Tayler Malsam, Sammamish, WA, 20
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
Dustin Selvage, Indianola, IA, 14
Chris Martin, Ankeny, IA, 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
Greg Wilson, Benton Ridge, OH, 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
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
Austin Pierce, Grand Forks, ND, 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 (Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, CA)
Fri, June 16 – River Cities Speedway (ND) WoO (David Gravel, Watertown, CT)
Sat, June 17 – Knoxville (IA) Raceway (Matt Juhl, Sioux Falls, SD)
Sat, June 17 – Red River Valley Speedway (ND) WoO (Rain)
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
Sat, Aug 19 – Red River Valley 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: Matt Juhl stormed to his first ever win at the Knoxville Raceway Saturday (Chuck Stowe Images)

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