With the next installment of the MidWest Championship weekend (the fifth annual!) approaching, let’s take a look back at last year’s event.
Some quick background, about the event that has proven to be a fun if not busy weekend of racing with the five classes (T-jet, Unlimited, Gravity, Super Stock, CMPM) plus concours in a couple of days to determine the overall champion. The pay-outs have reached further down the order to more racers and the prizes keep flowing from Wizzard, Landshark, Lucky Bob, Quicker Engineering, H.O.S.T., Harden Creek, and Viper Scale Racing. We are fortunate that Lucky Bob lets us take over his shop with all the tracks and parts necessary to put on this event.
Last year, a new highlight of the event that happened off the track and unplanned occurred after the first night’s racing, when a group that started out as five went out to Appleby’s to eat. Well, that group grew by twos as calls were made until it was up to 11, and then after making enough room for them, most of the rest of the racers showed up in another group. Another round of moving tables and about 18 or so racers sat around having a great time eating and enjoying the stories and company of each other. For this year, we will be actually adding that to the festivities, by just bringing the food to the racers on Saturday night. So look for some excellent WI style pizza to be provided after the first days racing this year.
The 2015 edition saw that not only were the field numbers up again, but the competition level was higher as well. With different winners in all the classes; Charlie Karnes in T-Jet, Tim Miller in Gravity, Bill Armour in Super Stock, Scott Terry in CMPM, and Bob Dame in Concours, and no one or two racers consistently scoring well in multiple classes, this made the end of the championship very intriguing. There were five or six drivers that were all viable candidates to take the overall crown at the end of the weekend, with some needing a good showing in the last race of the weekend, the Unlimited race on Rick DeRosa’s just about best track in the country and others hoping some didn’t fare so well so that they could hold onto their chance for this year’s crown. Rick DeRosa did put up a good total from the B Main in Unlimited to stake his claim, but two-time champ Joe Kloskey was trying for a come from behind championship and jumped to the lead with Bob Dame trying to chase him down. In the last segment, Joe’s car broke while in the lead and this allowed Bob to not only pass Joe, but surpass Rick’s total as well to win the Unlimited race and take the overall Championship after finishing in second for the first three years.
So come out to Lucky Bob’s once again this year and join in the happenings on the now traditional St. Patrick’s Day weekend, March 19-20.
Lucky Bob's Raceway
5822 W. Forest Home Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53220