2012-13 Round 1
Trokan Cup 500 - Mini Milwaukee Mile
September 6, 2012
Round 1 of 16
Fitzlaff Kicks Off 20th IndySlotCar Season With Victory
Fitzlaff leads the field from the pole in his #11 KVHO yellow car.
Greendale, WI – Mike Fitzlaff opened the 20th IndySlotCar season with a comeback win in the Trokan Cup 500 at the newly repaved RJ Foyt's All-American Raceway. "The outside lane wasn't working for me in the first half," said Fitzlaff, "but then I hooked up on the inside and just hugged the rail all the way to the checkers." The win was Fitzlaff's eight career win in the series and combined with his setting fast time in qualifying won him the Pole Award and a cool $11,000. Heat winners Fitzlaff, Chris Spehert and John Wiedemann were joined by transfer spot qualifier Mike Lack to contest the five hundred lap final at the quick oval. Fitzlaff took the lead at the start while teammate Wiedemann was able to grab the top spot a few laps into the race. A quick spin out of turn two dropped Wiedemann a half-lap back while Fitzlaff retook the lead followed closely behind by second-place driver Spehert. A few laps later, Wiedemann again made his way to the front and led the rest of the first half of the feature. Fitzlaff started to suffer handling issues and dropped eight laps behind by the time the halfway break rolled around. Starting the second half, both Wiedemann and Spehert had trouble in the pits with 20 second stops while Fitzlaff's crew got him in and out in only ten seconds. Racing the low line, Fitzlaff sped to the lead and rocketed away from the rest of the field. Left to race for second, Spehert took over the position after the pit stops and held off Wiedemann by a half lap when the checkers flew. Lack never could get the power out of his car and settled for the fourth place spot.
Four-time defending Husarsbilt Cup points champion and defending winner of the Trokan Cup 500 Mark Walczak finished fifth, followed by his Target Mark Walczak Racing teammate Dean Strom, Mike Kristof made a solid debut with RJ Foyt Enterprises in seventh, followed by Dan Margetta, the only representative of Amy Butler-Margetta Racing with RJ Foyt's lead car #14 Matt Hayek ninth, hometown favorite Tom Spehert in tenth with Ev Kamikawa struggling to find the handle on the series new cars coming in last.
The IndySlotCar season continues in two weeks as the series visits the Rapids International road course for the Lia Sophia Grand Prix on September 20th.
RJ Foyt's All-American Raceway Gets Repave
RJ Foyt's All American Raceway has undergone a major track upgrade for this years race.
When interviewed track superintendent Ash Fault had this to say. "I was
getting tyred (he is half English) of all the bitching about the track.
So I five fingered the bosses charge card and bought a couple of truck
loads of that black stuff they make race tracks out of. The first guy to
give me lip about the track this year is going to get a good night sleep with the fishes!"