Halloween Havoc at Quarry Heights Thursday

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Wauwatosa, WI -- The annual Halloween race harkens back to the original season of the IndySlotCar Series and has found a true home at Quarry Heights Raceway in Wauwatosa. Perhaps no other track decks out as well for a holiday race both in the paddock and around the track. Photos above show how the drivers, teams and fans enter the facility. It's also the first time Matt Hayek has had the lead in the Husarsbilt Cup championship at his home town race. The tight turns and elevation changes of Quarry Heights can frighten even the most steely-nerved driver. John Wiedeman scared off the rest of the field last year for his second win on All Hallows Eve, but the true dungeon master is Dan Margetta who has won the Halloween race five times. There have been four different drivers in victory lane in the first four races of the 2016-17 season, including Hayek, Margetta, Wiedemann and three-time defending champion Mike Lack, who has never won at Quarry Heights. Will we see a new winner or will the drivers who seem to not mind driving among skeletons and ghouls take the checkers? Stay tuned for results.


Wauwatosa, WI -- For three straight seasons Mike Lack has dominated the IndySlotCar Series standings and with the opening race at the Mini Milwaukee Mile, he will attempt to go where only two other IndySlotCar champions have been and that is to become a four-time champ. With his teammate and closest rival John Wiedemann looking to stop the Lack express, coming off a career season, "JW" is expectinng big things, as are several other contenders who would like to see their names etched into the Husarsbilt Cup. 

A two-time Cup winner himself, Ev Kamikawa looks to continue the momentum he had in the last half of last season and perhaps regain the title for the first time in 15 years. 

Ev Kamikawa wins the pole for the 2016 HO Indy 500

Teammates Matt Hayek and Dean Strom battled for contention throughout the 15-16 tour, each garnering one victory last year, while the only multiple winners were the JAM Racing drivers who finished at the top of the points, it shows how deep the field is that eight different drivers went to the top step of the podium. 

Matt Hayek

That depth is only expected to be plumbed further this year, with Rookie of the Year Pete Dorn and his Spehert Autosport teammate and rookie rival from last season Bill Black, both expected to be improved over their initial campaigns. Tom Spehert, from that same stable, saw a marked improvement over previous seasons and his fuller participation clearly paid off on the track. 

Rookie of the Year Pete Dorn accpets the trophy

Meanwhile, the Target Fitz Ganassi boys, Mikes, Fitzlaff and Kristof expect to step up from their results last season, especially Kristof whose sponsor will be pulling out of the sport after this year, may be driving to save his job.  

Miek Fitzlaff, winner of the 2016 Larry Rotter Memorial Grand Prix

Dan Margetta and Amy Butler are always entertaining when they strap in their cars, both won last season, Margetta keeping a streak of 17 straight seasons with at least one win alive and Butler scoring her first win in many years, expect both to make some noise on and off the track this year.

Amy Butler

Get ready for the 24th season of IndySlotCar to commence Thursday, September 8th at the Mini Milwaukee Mile with the traditional outdoor opener, the Trokan Cup 500! It looks to be a great season with competition as close as it's ever been from the front to the back of the grid! 

Podium: (l-r) Matt Hayek, third; Dan Margetta; Mike Lack, second


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Matt Hayek

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