2017-18 Round 5
Halloween Havoc - Quarry Heights Raceway - Wauwatosa, WI
October 26, 2017
Round 5 of 16
(Wauwatosa, WI) -- Quarry Heights Raceway sits in the middle of the Halloween capital of Wauwatosa, the Quarry Height neighborhood goes all out for the holiday and it is obvious that Mike Lack is going all out to dominate this season's Husarsbilt Cup championship. With his third win in the first five races, Lack has taken a 51 point lead over his nearest rival and Angry Squirrel Speedsport teammate John Wiedemann.
The evening began with the third member of Angry Squirrel Speedsport looking like she was going to continue her winning ways, when Amy Butler landed her first pole position of her 16-year career, becoming the first female to be the top qualifier at an IndySlotCar Series race. Following up on her win at the last round at the Slots-A-Fun 400, Butler was grouped with her teammate Lack and hometown hero Matt Hayek, as the heats were chosen by speed. Hayek's snakebitten season continued as he crashed out early to wind up dead-last and send the paying customers home early. Lack would hold off Butler to make his fifth straight final of the season, Amy would wind up fifth on the night. Meanwhile, the third member of A.S.S., John Wiedemann, would have to deal with a resurgent Mike Fitzlaff who battled JW right to the end of the second heat, but Wiedemann would take the win while "Fitz" would transfer into the final. Mike Kristof had a tortoise in qualifying, starting tenth on the grid, but his strategy of slow and steady, won the heat as his car stuck like glue on Quarry Heights twisty bits, while Pete Dorn had a solid run to sixth, Dean Strom and Ev Kamikawa struggled with handling for seventh and eighth place finishes and Bill Black had a tough night ending up tenth.
While Kristof hoped his tortoise and the hare routine would continue for his second final of the season, Lack put the petal down and managed to keep ahead of Kristof's Fitz-Matador Racing teammate Mike Fitzlaff for the victory and his second win of the "Founder's Five" events. Fitz and Kristof were also in the final at the opener and stand second and third in the Founder's Five standings. Wiedemann would finish on the podium but still wonder what it's going to take to slow down his teammate.
It's another 25th season classic next on the calendar has the Turkey Trot at the Infield Road Course at South Shore Superspeedway hosts round six of the championship and round three of the Founder's Five.
Race date: Thursday, Oct 26
Track: 2 mile Road Course in Wauwatosa, WI
Race distance: 20 minutes
IndySlotCar Website: indyslotcar.com
2016 race winner: John Wiedemann, (No. 14 JAM Racing Dallara-Honda)
2016 Chick-fil-A Brookfield P1 Award winner: Dean Strom (No. 16 MaD Motorsports Dallara-Honda)
One-lap qualifying record: Dean Strom, 3.987 seconds, 2014
Race record: John Wiedemann, 261 laps, 2015
YouTube Broadcast: IndySlotCar Channel
At-track schedule (all times local):
6:30 – Driver introductions
7:00 – IndySlotCar Series Practice
7:20 – Qualifying for the Chick-fil-A Brookfield P1 Award (group qualifying/ fastest single lap)
7:35 – Heat races
8:15 – Halloween Havoc (20 minutes)
· Amy Butler arrives as the most recent race winner, taking her second Slots-A-Fun 400 in three years
· Mike Lack has taken a substantial lead in the Husarsbilt Cup championship four races into the season, with a 36 point margin over his Angry Squirrel Speedsport teammate John Wiedemann.
· Angry Squirrel Speedsport has won every race of the season so far, Lack with two, Wiedemann one and now Butler.
· This race is the second of the Founder’s Five championship for the Cianciola Trophy, Mike Lack won the first race, the Trokan Cup 500. Round three of the special 25th anniversary championship will be the next race, the Turkey Trot.
· This will be the 24rd time the Halloween race has been contested, along with the Turkey Trot and HO Indy 500 have been on the schedule every season. This is the ninth time Quarry Heights Raceway has hosted, only HO Road America held the race more often, 10 times.
Halloween Havoc PRE-EVENT QUOTES:
Amy Butler No. 63 Angry Squirrel Speedsport: Yes! I beat Kristof! Oh yeah, and all those other people too.
Pete Dorn: We’re five races into the season and no one has received a Pete-down yet?! Where’s Margetta?
John Wiedemann: I love this race! No de-slots, right?
HALLOWEEN HAVOC HISTORY (24 events, 1993 - Present)
Year Race Winner
1993 Jim Chitel – Shrine Desert Road Course
1994 Dave Austin - Shrine
1995 Phil Cianciola – HO Road America
1996 Dave Austin - HORA
10/30/97 Jim Kaehny Red Dog Halloween 250 HORA
10/29/98 Jim Kaehny NTB Halloween 250 HORA
10/21/99 Phil Marich Texaco-Havoline Halloween 250-HORA
10/31/00 Ev Kamikawa Miller Lite Halloween 250 HORA
10/31/01 Dan Margetta Miller Lite Halloween 250 HORA
10/24/02 Jim Kaehny Halloween 250 HORA
10/30/03 Larry Rotter Halloween 250 HORA
10/28/04 Dan Margetta McDonald’s Halloween 250 HORA
10/27/05 Ev Kamikawa McDonald’s Halloween 400 Road Wisconsin
11/4/06 Mark Walczak State Farm 400 Lake Country Motorplex
10/27/07 Dan Margetta State Farm Halloween 400 LCM
10/23/08 Mark Walczak Milwaukee Sporting Goods Halloween Havoc-Turtle Creek
11/5/09 Mark Walczak SportsClips Grand Prix Quarry Heights Raceway
10/28/10 John Weidemann SportsClips Halloween GP QHR
10/27/11 Dan Margetta Halloween Havoc QHR
10/25/12 Dan Margetta Halloween Havoc QHR
10/24/13 Mark Walczak Halloween Havoc QHR
12/4/14 Dean Strom Nightmare Before Christmas QHR
10/29/15 John Wiedemann Halloween Havoc QHR
10/27/16 John Wiedemann Halloween Havoc QHR
Most wins: Dan Margetta-5; Mark Walczak-4; John Wiedemann, Jim Kaehny – 3; Dave Austin, Ev Kamikawa - 2