Super Late Model Racing Returns to MIS on June 8th
By John Wells
Super Late Model racing is back at Madison International Speedway on Friday, June 8th for the first event of the Super Late Model Triple Crown Challenge.
The Super Late Model Triple Crown Challenge Race #1 is The Scotty “O” Ollerman Memorial 100 presented by Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts Stores and Automotive Service Centers. The race is in memory of Ollerman who passed away at the age of 49 in October 2011. He was best known for driving the black “0” car and was the 1997 Super Late Model track champion at Madison and won thirteen features in his career at Wisconsin’s Fastest Half-Mile.
Two more events will be held as part of the Triple Crown Super Late Model Challenge. The Johnny Ziegler Tribute 93 will be held on Friday, July 6th with the third race scheduled for Saturday, September 22nd as part of the MIS Fall Classic. Point standings will be maintained for the three races with the top 24 locked into the Race of Champions set for Sunday, September 23rd. That race will be a 150 lap event.
One of the drivers who will be running all of the events of the Triple Crown Challenge is Jeff Storm of Waterford, Wisconsin. Storm doesn’t hold his excitement back when discussing super late model racing at MIS and specifically the new Triple Crown Challenge. “Madison is basically like my home track these days. It’s the closest to me outside of The Milwaukee Mile. I have run a lot of laps at MIS over the years. The crew that works there is always very nice and helpful. Anytime we can come up to MIS to run super late models, gets me excited. We look forward to the Triple Crown Challenge in 2012, and expect to be a contender in each event. I only hope that this gets bigger and better in time. I would love to see super lates at MIS weekly. Hats off to the staff for putting this together for 2012.”
Another driver equally as excited about the event is Blake Brown of Franksville, Wisconsin. “I had heard about the Triple Crown Challenge at Madison this year, but I didn't realize how big it's going to be. It's going to be four really big races with some of the best drivers, I couldn't be more excited.”
Brown added, “I'm hoping my team and I can run up front. We're just going to take one race at a time, and hopefully be in position at the end to win the Triple Crown Championship.”
There is no question that the excitement for the return of super late models to MIS is contagious. “We feel very strongly that the Triple Crown is going to become an annual event at Madison. We are hearing from drivers throughout the Midwest who are planning to be here to compete in all three races,” said MIS General Manager Dave Grueneberg.
This Friday pit gates will open at 3:30, practice at 4:45, qualifying at 6:15 and racing to follow. In addition to the super late models the Ho Chunk Gaming Madison Sportsman and Pellitteri Waste Systems Legends will also be competing in weekly points events.
There will also be a Happy Hour for fans from 5:00 – 6:30 with drink specials plus an on-track autograph session during intermission.
Current List of Super Late Model Drivers registered for Friday's Scotty “O” Ollerman Memorial 100 presented by Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts Stores and Automotive Service Centers at Madison International Speedway:
- Jeff Storm
- Blake Brown
- Jeremy Miller
- Dennis Prunty
- Gary LaMonte
- Derek Childs
- Rich Bickle Jr.
- Nathan Haseleu
- Frank Kreyer
- Tanner Whitten
- Kelsey Bauer
- Bobby Wilberg
- Dale Nottestad
- Steve Rubeck
- Mike Egan
- Andrew Morrissey
- Dave Feiler
- Travis Sauter
- Rob Braun
- Tommy Picaro