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    What's Bugging You?

    Wednesday, September 16, 2020

    (Bill W) September 16, 2020, Monroe, IA – This week, a guest columnist who chooses to be anonymous chimes in on several things that we all may be passionate about (I agree strongly on the PPV speed cameras).   What’s Bugging Me?   Listen, can we be more »

  • Kerry Madsen Returns to the Top of Midwest Thunder Sprints Presented by OpenWheel101.com Standings!

    Kerry Madsen Returns to the Top of Midwest Thunder Sprints Presented by OpenWheel101.com Standings!

    Wednesday, September 2, 2020

    (Bill W) September 2, 2020, Monroe, IA – Kerry Madsen’s good weekend with the World of Outlaws (and Kyle Larson’s absence) set him back atop the Midwest Thunder Sprints presented by OpenWheel101.com point standings.  The three-time and defending champion currently leads Larson, Brian Brown, Rico Abreu and Bill Balog in the more »

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  • Secret Society of Sprint Invaders!

    Secret Society of Sprint Invaders!

    Wednesday, August 26, 2020

    (Bill W) August 26, 2020, Monroe, IA – The Sprint Invaders, a brainchild of Bart Schneiderman and Rusty Rogerson back before the 2002 season is still alive and well.  A 360 regional series was hatched at the time.  A number of local drivers were looking for 360 venues closer to home.  more »

  • Weighing in On Larson!

    Weighing in On Larson!

    Wednesday, August 19, 2020

    (Bill W) August 19, 2020, Monroe, IA – I’ve avoided it as best I can.  The comparisons of Kyle Larson’s season to some of our legends in the past started about as soon as he left NASCAR and started annihilating the open wheel competition.    I normally avoid more »

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  • Huset

    Huset's Returns!

    Wednesday, August 5, 2020

    (Bill W) August 5, 2020, Monroe, IA – In 1954, Til Huset carved out a racetrack in the Split Rock Creek Valley south of Brandon, South Dakota.  Nearby Soo Speedway was booming at the time, and Til tried everything to keep it going.  He tried afternoons, put lights in, tried different more »

  • MOWA

    MOWA's Tenth Year/All Stars Invade!

    Wednesday, July 29, 2020

    (Bill W) July 29, 2020, Monroe, IA – Among the strange occurrences in 2020 has been the racing schedule.  This marks the tenth year of the existence of the Midwest Open Wheel Association (MOWA) 410 sprint car series.  In Illinois, racing has been scarce compared to the states it borders, but more »

  • Return to Hockett

    Return to Hockett's ATM!

    Wednesday, July 22, 2020

    Return to Hockett’s ATM!   (Bill W) July 22, 2020, Monroe, IA – Last Friday the ASCS visited US36 Raceway near Osborn, Missouri.  Personally, the stars aligned to make my first visit there with lovely wife Ellen for the first time in several years for the former and the more »

  • Le Mans, Daytona, Indianapolis, Knoxville?

    Le Mans, Daytona, Indianapolis, Knoxville?

    Wednesday, July 15, 2020

    (Bill W) July 15, 2020, Monroe, IA – Who has run at Le Mans, Daytona, Indianapolis and Knoxville?  USAC stock car fans may come up with co-racer of the 20th century, AJ Foyt.  The four-time Indy 500 champion, 1972 Daytona 500 winner, and 1967 24 Hours of Le Mans winner with more »

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  • Corny!

    Corny!

    Wednesday, July 8, 2020

    (Bill W) June 30, 2020, Monroe, IA – Over fifty entries have come in already for this weekend’s 2nd Annual Corn Belt Nationals.  There are many first timers at Knoxville again, which is always interesting.  Some take to the track right away, and well…some don’t.    Brady Bacon’s more »

  • Strange Times!

    Strange Times!

    Tuesday, June 30, 2020

    (Bill W) June 30, 2020, Monroe, IA – As if the year wasn’t surreal enough, race fans received the one-two punch of the King’s Royal at Eldora and the Knoxville Nationals being canceled in consecutive days.  July and August will just not be the same.  We’ll have to find our racing more »

  • My Carona!

    My Carona!

    Thursday, June 18, 2020

    (Bill W) June 18 - It certainly has been a strange year to say the least on a number of counts.  For those who started in Florida or PA, the wait was not quite as long for racing, but for the rest of us it was close to torture.  I’ve never more »

  • Lance

    Lance's Night in Knoxville

    Wednesday, May 22, 2019

    (Bill W) May 22, 2019, Monroe, IA – Recently, it was fun to know the rivalry between central Pennsylvania and the World of Outlaws still exist.  I remember my first trip to central PA and watching the local fans boo and even throw things at the WoO rigs pulling in.  Times more »

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  • The Z-Man!

    The Z-Man!

    Thursday, May 16, 2019

    (Bill W) May 16, 2019, Monroe, IA – There was shock last weekend in Knoxville’s pit area of the news that Chuck Zitterich had passed.  Chuck was only 61 years old. I met Chuck many moons ago.  A member of the Zitterich racing family in Sioux Falls, he more »

  • Mother Nature 867 - Jacksonville 0!

    Mother Nature 867 - Jacksonville 0!

    Wednesday, May 1, 2019

    (Bill W) May 1, 2019, Monroe, IA – It’s hard to think of a track more snake-bitten than Jacksonville Speedway has been with the World of Outlaws and Mother Nature the past couple of years (0-4).  Now that I think about it, over the decades, I have made many trips to more »

  • Odds and Ends!

    Odds and Ends!

    Friday, April 26, 2019

    (Bill W) April 26, 2019, Monroe, IA – I’ve promised myself to write more columns here on OpenWheel101.com this year.  We’ll see how it goes!  The winter went quickly at the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum, and the “Salute to Champion AJ Foyt” exhibit is set to launch more »

  • Spotlight On: Harli White

    Spotlight On: Harli White

    Saturday, August 4, 2018

    by Jenna Prather Harli White from Lindsay, Oklahoma is a 23 year old 360 race car driver of the 17w. Harli has been a racer for eleven years this season. "I've always been interested in racing," She says. "My grandpa raced, my dad raced; it was kinda in the more »

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  • Spotlight On: Sheldon Haudenschild

    Spotlight On: Sheldon Haudenschild

    Wednesday, July 18, 2018

    by Jenna Prather Sheldon Haudenschild, son of Jac and Patty Hauenschild, from Wooster, Ohio, is a 24 (25 in August) year old professional sprint car driver for Ricky Stenhouse and Richard Marshall's 17 car. "I've got a little bit of a different ownership deal than most because I have more »

  • Steve King Foundation Cornhole Tournament Returns to the Knoxville Nationals with all Proceeds Going to Bobbi and Jaxx Johnson!

    Steve King Foundation Cornhole Tournament Returns to the Knoxville Nationals with all Proceeds Going to Bobbi and Jaxx Johnson!

    Tuesday, July 17, 2018

    For Immediate Release- Knoxville, IA- July 17, 2018- The Steve King Foundation Cornhole Tournament returns to the Knoxville Nationals with all proceeds going to Bobbi and Jaxx Johnson. This is the 3rd Annual Steve King Foundation event to be held at the Knoxville Nationals, and the second year of the event more »

  • Spotlight On: Ryan Leavitt

    Spotlight On: Ryan Leavitt

    Tuesday, May 29, 2018

    If you've been around the racing community for a while, chances are that you know of the name Leavitt and the story that revolves around it. For three generations now, the Leavitts have been racing and, currently, Ryan Leavitt, age 21, is continuing the journey. "Ever since I was born," more »

  • Brooke Tatnell on Top of Midwest Thunder Sprint Cars Presented by Open Wheel 101 Points!

    Brooke Tatnell on Top of Midwest Thunder Sprint Cars Presented by Open Wheel 101 Points!

    Thursday, May 17, 2018

    Associate Sponsors: Hoseheads.com, Jim Harris, TheCushion.com   (Bill W) May 16, 2018, Monroe, IA – Brooke Tatnell has taken the lead in the Midwest Thunder Sprint Cars presented by Open Wheel 101 point standings heading into a busy weekend (if Mother Nature allows).  Events await at Jackson Motorplex in more »

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