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July 11, 2015

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By Keith Vercauteren

When I heard the news that the Vercauteren Memorial was returning to Wisconsin International Raceway in 2014, I was very excited to say the least. I may have jumped up into the air or high-fived one of my cats. WIR is a very special place for the Vercauteren family.

The Vercauteren Memorial Race began in 1990 to honor my grandparents, Harold and Regina Vercauteren. Starting out at the dirt track in my old hometown of Chilton, it moved to the pavement of WIR with the formation of the Mid-American Stock Car Series in 1993. The event took on greater significance after my dad, Mid-American founder Gary Vercauteren, passed away in October of 2005. When the annual Red, White and Blue State Championship Series became part of the regular GARY VERCAUTEREN and DICK TRICKLE Cira 1978GARY VERCAUTEREN and DICK TRICKLE Cira 1978Thursday night program in 2009, it became difficult for the Mid-American Stock Car Series to schedule a race at what was, in many ways, its home track.

The Memorial race winner’s prestigious award, the Vercauteren Memorial Traveling Trophy, has done a fair bit of additional travel with Mid-American on the interim, as the Vercauteren Memorial Race visited tracks such as the 141 Speedway (before it was converted to a dirt track) in Francis Creek, the scenic 4-mile Road America in Elkhart Lake, the picture-esque Norway Speedway in Upper Michigan and down at the high-banks of Rockford Speedway in Illinois. All great tracks, of course, but it will be good to be home.

By: Eric Huenefeld

No matter what, Jeff Holtz was in the right place at the right time Sunday afternoon.

The Franksville Wisconsin driver used a front row starting spot to help propel himself to the lead, then found himself at the head of the pack as rain showers stalled the 50 lap Spring Classic at Rockford Holtz is Big Fish at RockfodHoltz is Big Fish at RockfodSpeedway on lap 29. When the showers did not subside, the race was called complete, awarding Holtz his first-ever Mid-American Series triumph.

Multi-time Rockford winner and former Mid-American Series champion Jeremy Spoonmore started the race from the pole and he, along with second place starting Holtz, led the field to the green flag. The two drivers went toe-to-toe in the race’s opening paces, with Holtz finally slipping ahead of Spoonmore for the lead. Spoomore settled into second, pursued by fellow Mid-American champion Lyle Nowak and former Rockford winner Kenny Joosten.

By: Eric Huenefeld

When the Mid-American Stock Car Series rolls into Rockford Speedway this Sunday afternoon for the 37th Annual Spring Classic, the list of challengers will be as deep as it has been in recent memory, with at least five former series champions planning on running the opening race of the 2014 season!
Leading the charge is defending Mid-American Series champion Brad Keith. The West Bend Wisconsin resident collected his first-ever series championship last year, beating 2012 Series champion Jeremy Spoonmore by 74 markers. Keith was a multi-time winner during last year’s championship campaign, racing to victory lane at Hawkeye Downs in May and Jefferson in June.

Speaking of Spoonmore, the 2012 Mid-American Stock Car Series champion has also entered for Rockford, a track where he has found much success. Spoonmore, a native of Somonauk Illinois, is a multi-time winner of the Mid-Am National Short Track Championship race in the fall at Rockford, and finished runner-up in the event last September.

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