Wiedemann Wins at Deckertring

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Waukesha, WI - John Wiedemann showed the same kind of dominance at the Deckertring Grand Prix Thursday night that his teammate, Mike Lack, exhibited at the opening round of the IndySlotCar season. JW took the pole by a full two-tenths of a second over the second fastest qualifier, Matt Hayek, and easily held off Lack in the first heat race, as well as a dominating 11 lap gap over that same Mike Lack at the finish of the 20 minute final.  Trying to make up ground after a forgettable Trokan Cup 500, Wiedemann's 19th career victory vaults him into second place in the Husarsbilt Cup championship 16 points behind defending champion Mike Lack. 

Lack's evening was a solid performance, but it was clear early that he was going to be fighting for first in class as Wiedemann sped away from the field. Taking the transfer spot for finishing second in his heat, the Angry Squirrel Speedsport driver suffered a lengthy 20-second pit stop that left him fighting to hold off Ev Kamikawa for the rest of the event. Kamikawa making his first final since the Stardust 500 last March was steady throughout the race, recovering from seventh place at the start to be the Hard Charger of the race, while Bill Black took the Black-Atom Racing Lucas Oil machine to fourth place. 

Matt Hayek, made his season debut with a quick qualifying effort, lining up beside Wiedemann on the front row, but could never get a handle on the car in his heat race, settling for fifth on the night, just a lap ahead of Tom Spehert and two laps up on hometown hero Mike Fitzlaff. Pete Dorn and Mike Kristof off rode the caboose. It was a significant change of fortune for the the Fitz-Matador Racing drivers who finished second and third at the Mini Mile only to fall to seventh and ninth at Fitz's home track.

It's a quick turn around for the series as they return to action at the Lack Track next Thursday for the West Bend Grand Prix. The only real question is: which Angry Squirrel Speedsport driver will take the checkers? In the six runnings of the WBGP Wiedemann or Lack have won the race the last five times, with JW the defending champion.

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The Founder's Five Announced

IndySlotCar Series Founder Phil Cianciola


Wauwatosa, WI -- As IndySlotCar nears the beginning of the 25th season, it seemed only appropriate to highlight the long history of the series by naming a trophy for the man who is responsible for the whole thing even being in existence, Phil Cianciola. With the blessing of the retired five-time series champion, the Founder's Five for the Cianciola Trophy will be a championship within the championship this season based on the points collected at the oldest events on the calendar. As Cianciola himself agreed, these events present a classic mix of the fun and competition that has been the hallmark of series he founded as the PPPG HO IndyCar Series. Starting with the season opener, The Trokan Cup 500 (a trophy named for Phil's maternal grandfather, Joe Trokan) a race that has been held on the Mini Milwaukee Mile for 22 seasons, followed by the holiday races: which were the impetus for the series' original schedule 25 seasons ago, Halloween Havoc (23 previous Halloween races have been held), the Turkey Trot and the Christmas Classic (22 yuletide races run) and finally the grand-daddy of them all the HO Indy 500! Only the 500 and the Turkey Trot have survived to be run in all 25 IndySlotCar seasons. With the teams and drivers free to run any car that has entered an IndySlotCar race from the previous 24 years, it should be exciting and memorable season, starting in just 14 days!


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