Racing: North Central prepped for a big year
Tradition continues, new rivalries develop and an old favorite will return in the 2020 racing season at North Central Speedway.
The season is set for 20 events, culminating in the two-day Mighty Axe Nationals Labor Day weekend.
For the last decade, fans have enjoyed six different classes of racing each Saturday night and that will be the case again in 2020. The IMCA Sport Compacts, Hobby Stock, Sport Mod and Modified classes join the Wissota Super Stock and Mod 4 class.
Two newer events that have gained traction will also return. Over 30 Mod 4 drivers competed at the Dean Funt Memorial in 2019 and it will return July 18.
The Hobby Stock Tour also returns Aug 1. The top drivers in the class compete at four different tracks over four nights and the third night of racing will be at North Central Speedway. For Sport Mod drivers the second night of the Bill Siercks Memorial will be June 27 and the non-winged 360 sprints will make two appearances.
Fans of Late Model racing will get a chance to enjoy the Wissota Late Model Series returning to the track Aug 15. It will be the first time Late Models have been at NCS in eight years.
A total of 206 cars appeared at the track in 2019 with two of the classes showing very competitive points races that should set up rivalries for 2020.
Travis Roush was the 2019 points champion in the Sports Compact class. Roush had a sizable lead on the rest of the field with the closest competition coming from Kaleb Ruikka who finished 47 points back.
For Hobby Stock driver Tim Gonska it was a career year as he led the rest of the field in feature wins with nine in 17 feature events on his way to the track championship. Michael Nelson finished 59 points back.
The biggest margin of victory was in the Mod 4 class where Adam Prieve broke through with seven wins in 17 feature events to claim the track championship by 148 points over Jess Geesey. Prieve also claimed the national title.
The Modified class saw the tightest competition with Aaron Johnson edging former champion Shawn Fletcher by 16 points with AJ Viehauser next 44 points out and Erick Thiesse just one point behind him.
Dylan Nelson accumulated the second-highest points margin as he won by 115 points over Austin Niemeyer. However, veteran driver Tim Johnson returned to the track in and scored eight feature wins in 13 events.
Jake Hagemann claimed his first point’s championship in the Sportmod class, but Jacob Jordan pushed him all the way coming up just 12 points short of Hagemann.
Racing starts at 6:45 p.m. each Saturday.