Wisconsin International Raceway facts for kids
WIR originally opened as KK Sports Arena, a nod to its location on County Trunk KK. The main track is a half-mile D-shaped paved oval. Inside the half mile track is a smaller quarter-mile oval. Originally a dirt track, the quarter mile was paved in 1968. The half mile track was added around the existing quarter mile the following year.
There are six divisions at the track. The Super Late Model and Late Model divisions race on the half-mile track. The Super Stocks, Sport 4's (stock four cylinders modified for racing), and Wisconsin Sport Trucks divisions race on the quarter-mile track. The Figure 8 cars end programs on the Figure 8 track inside of the quarter-mile. An automated timing and scoring system was set up for the 2007 season, and each race car carries a transponder.
The Fox River Racing Club began helping promote the weekly events in 1975.
The track had an annual American Speed Association event when the sanctioning body was in existence. The track resumed hosting ASA events after the series was reorganized, and it held an event in 2007 for the ASA Midwest Tour. That event, the Dixieland 250, is now part of the ARCA Midwest Tour schedule and is one of the most prestigious events on the calendar, attracting NASCAR champions Kevin Harvick and Ron Hornaday Jr. in 2009 and Kyle Busch in 2017. The race was part of the NASCAR Midwest Series between 1998 and 2004 and had 13 races under NASCAR banner. Earlier the USAC Stock Car series had raced at the track.
The track has hosted an annual Red, White, and Blue State Championship Series for super late models since 1972. The series consist of three races in June (red), July (white), and August (blue). The series changed from Saturday nights to Thursday nights to combine with the weekly series in 2009. The series was part of the Midwest Challenge Series (formerly ARTGO) and later part of the Wisconsin Challenge Series. 7,832 people watched Dick Trickle win the first red race.
ASA National Tour ran a race at the facility in 2002. The race was won by Kevin Cywinski.
All drivers listed later competed in NASCAR nationally-sanctioned events
- Lowell Bennett (1991, 1998 and 2012 track champion, 1999, 2004, 2009, and 2010, 2012. Five Red, White & Blue championships )
- Rich Bickle
- Scott Hansen (1985–89 track champion)
- Matt Kenseth (1994 and 1995 track champion)
- Todd Kluever
- Alan Kulwicki (1979 and 1980 track champion)
- Doug Mahlik
- Ty Majeski
- Dave Marcis
- Mark Martin (Red, White, and Blue champion)
- Ted Musgrave
- Robbie Reiser
- Jim Sauter (1981 track champion)
- Tim Sauter
- Johnny Sauter
- Jason Schuler
- Dick Trickle (seven Red, White, and Blue championships)
- Dave Watson (two Red, White, and Blue championships)
Trickle carved enough of a legacy that the track dedicated the Dick Trickle Pavilion in Turn 2. Joe Shear won the Red, White, and Blue series 1979, 1987, and 1988.
|Year||Super late model||Super Stock||Sizzlin' 4s||Figure 8|
|1977||Jerry "Medina" Smith||Kenny Van Wychen|
|1978||Rich Somers||Rick Zieler|
|1979||Alan Kulwicki||Tom Munes|
|1980||Alan Kulwicki||Tom Munes|
|1981||Jim Sauter||Randy Rahn|
|1982||Terry Baldry||Dave Uttech|
|1983||Terry Baldry||Randy Rahn|
|1984||Terry Baldry||Randy Rahn|
|1985||Scott Hansen||Dan Gracyalny|
|1986||Scott Hansen||Jeff Beschta|
|1987||Scott Hansen||Dan Gracyalny|
|1988||Scott Hansen||Dan Gracyalny|
|1989||Scott Hansen||Terry Van Roy|
|1990||J. J. Smith||Terry Van Roy||Dan Gracyalny|
|1991||Lowell Bennett||Terry Van Roy||Dan Gracyalny|
|1992||Jim Weber||Terry Van Roy||Terry Van Roy|
|1993||Terry Baldry||Terry Van Roy||Rick Kaufert|
|1994||Matt Kenseth||Terry Van Roy||Terry Van Roy|
|1995||Matt Kenseth||Chris LaRocque||Terry Van Roy|
|1996||Mark Schroeder||Chris LaRocque||Dan Gracyalny|
|1997||Terry Baldry||Mike Rahn||Terry Van Roy|
|1998||Lowell Bennett||Randy Van Roy||Dan Gracyalny|
|1999||Terry Baldry||Terry Van Roy||Randy Thiemer|
|2000||Terry Baldry||Chris LaRocque||Terry Van Roy|
|2001||Terry Baldry||Terry Van Roy||Terry Van Roy|
|2002||Terry Baldry||Terry Van Roy||Terry Van Roy|
|2003||Terry Baldry||Andy Casavant||Jeff Beschta|
|2004||Terry Baldry||Andy Casavant||Bryan Monday||Terry Van Roy|
|2005||Rod Wheeler||Andy Casavant||Phil Verboomen||Donald Van Camp|
|2006||Tim Rothe||Randy Van Roy||Nick Boldt||Donald Van Camp|
|2007||Tim Rothe||Greg Hauser||Scott Verboomen||Terry Van Roy|
|2008||Jeff Van Oudenhoven||Greg Hauser
|Tom Schweitzer||Jeff Wohlrabe|
|2009||Jeff Van Oudenhoven||Todd Bauman||Tim Richter||Terry Van Roy|
|2010||Terry Baldry||Greg Hauser
|Wayne Sonkowsky||Dan Gracyalny|
|2011||Jeff Van Oudenhoven||Greg Hauser
|Cody Kippenhan||Dan Gracyanly|
|2012||Lowell Bennett||Dylan Wenzel||Cory Romenesko||Craig Vandewettering|
|2013||Jeff Van Oudenhoven||Dylan Wenzel||Ethan Beattie||Jared Baughman|
|2014||Lowell Bennett||Greg Hauser||Wayne Sonkowsky||Craig Vandewettering|
|2015||Lowell Bennett||Schwalback/Van Roy||Mike Klein||Craig Vandewettering|
|2016||Jeff Van Oudenhoven||Dyaln Wenzel||Mike Klein||Craig Vandewettering|
|2017||Andy Monday||Dylan Wenzel||Dan Thomson||Craig Vandewettering
Terry Van Roy
|2018||Casey Johnson||Rachel Meyerhofer||Andy Miller||Craig Vandewettering|
|2019||Casey Johnson||Wayne Sonkowsky
|Mike Meyerhofer Jr|
|2020||Bobby Kendall||Shane Krueger||Scott Wolf||Nick Osberg|
The dragstrip is a 1/4 mile paved track. It is one of three operating dragstrips in Wisconsin.
There are six weekly divisions that compete on Saturday nights: Top Eliminator Class, Hot Rod Eliminator, Street Eliminator, Pro-Bike and Snowmobile, Street Bike, and Junior Dragsters.
Eve of Destruction
The track has hosted an annual "Eve of Destruction" each September since 1993 and it is the track's annual season finale for the oval track. The Eve of Destruction is one of the biggest events hosted at track, as the 10,000 seat raceway is generally packed. Drivers compete in a variety of unusual events such as chain races (two cars are chained together), spin to win (race backwards and then spin around forward for the finish), trailer races (part of the trailer must remain intact to continue racing), etc. In between races, fans are entertained by stunt car drivers. Ten school buses compete in a survival-of-the-fittest competition, where the last bus standing wins. Track owner Roger Van Daalwyk described the Eve of Destruction: "We kind of wreck everything." During the 2017 Eve of Destruction, a local driver died from injuries sustained in a figure-eight race.
- Wisconsin International Raceway: Where the Big Ones Run!, Joe Verdegan. M&B Global Solutions, November 30, 2016, ISBN: 1942731248.
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