2020-21 Round 3
West Bend Grand Prix - Lack Track - West Bend, WI
October 8, 2020
Round 3 of 15
Hayek Repeats At West Bend Grand Prix
(West Bend, WI) – Defending champion of the West Bend Grand Prix, Matt Hayek returned to victory lane at the Lack Track with a dominating
performance to capture his first win of the IndySlotCar season. Hayek’s victory made him the third different winner in as many races so far this
Dean Strom has made every final and won one race this season, and now he can add a pole win to those stats as he beat John Wiedemann by just over
three hundredths of a second to put his name at the top of the speed chart. The Pole win was the sixteenth of his career, tying him with
Mike Fitzlaff for tenth in the IndySlotCar all time stats.
With the “Last-To-First” choice for heat race setup, the top four in qualifying were the first out to contest the heat race and Bill Black
topped the fast four to win his way into the feature race. Strom finished just two laps back and Mike Lack beat Wiedemann by a half lap
to take third.
The second heat race, with the 5th through 8th place qualifiers, was a bit of a mess at the beginning with drivers having a difficult time
trying to find their pace on the short and technical road course. Hayek had it figured out but needed to dodge the flying cars of Pete Dorn,
Mike Kristof and Steve Rist to try to survive. Although he qualified 5th, Hayek showed the race speed in his car, turning three more laps
than Black in his heat. None of the other drivers could match the pace of the first heat, so Strom and Lack moved to the final to race heat
winners Black and Hayek.
While Strom, Hayek and Lack battled at the front of the pack at the start of the final, Black struggled, falling out of contention early.
Strom then had his own handling issues in turn one and two, allowing Lack and Hayek to battle it out at the front. Lack pulled ahead to a
three lap lead at the halfway break and it looked to be a showdown between the Super High Intensity Team teammates for the West Bend Grand
Pitstops went well for all drivers as they all stopped for ten seconds or less. But after the pitstops, Hayek picked up the pace, took the
lead away from Lack, and never looked back. As Lack struggled a bit with handling, Hayek cruised to victory by twelve laps over second
place. Strom made a charge late in the race but ended up two laps short of Lack when the checkers flew.
Hayek’s victory put him into a tie with IndySlotCar Hall of Famer Jim Iverson for ninth in the all time stats with 17 career wins. The win
also moved him to second place in the point standings, 21 points behind Strom and six points ahead of Lack.
A scheduling change has moved the next race, the Halloween Havoc, away from Quarry Heights Raceway and will have the drivers returning to the
Lack Track. Will any of the drivers apply what they learned in this event to help them move up, or will the same drivers return to the final
with the same results? We will see in two weeks.
West Bend Grand Prix Fast Facts
Race date: Thursday, Oct 8
Track: Lack Track, 1.8 mile road course in West Bend, WI
Race distance: 20 minutes
IndySlotCar Website: indyslotcar.com
2019 race winner: Matt Hayek (No. 15 Alter Ego Racing)
2019 P1 Award winner: Matt Hayek (No. 15 Alter Ego Racing)
One-lap qualifying record: John Wiedemann, 3.791 seconds, 2018
Race record: John Wiedemann, 261 laps, 2018
YouTube Broadcast: IndySlotCar Channel
At-track schedule (all times local):
6:00 – Gates open
6:30 – Driver introductions
7:00 – Drivers Meeting/ Chassis distribution
7:10 – IndySlotCar Series Practice
7:30 – Qualifying for the Chick-fil-A Brookfield P1 Award (group qualifying/ fastest single lap)
7:50 – Heat races
8:30 – West Bend Grand Prix (20 minutes)
· This is the tenth running of the West Bend Grand Prix, teammates Mike Lack and John Wiedemann have combined for seven of the previous nine events.
· Dean Strom has rushed out to an early, 34 point championship lead with a win and a second place in the two opening rounds, Strom is the only driver to make the final in both races.
· Mike Lack equaled Ev Kamikawa’s total for pole positions with his pole at the Choco Taco Fall Brawl, both now have 39, ten behind all-time leader Dan Margetta.
· Pete Dorn passed Bill Black for 21st on the all time list of Heat Wins, with 12 and equals Black at 22nd on Finals appearances with 15.
· John Wiedemann moved into a tie for seventh on the all-time Starts list with 190, pulling even with Chris Spehert.
· Mike Lack’s DNF at the Choco Taco Fall Brawl brings his career total to 28, the same as his Super High Intensity Team teammate Matt Hayek, ninth on the all-time tally.
LACK TRACK HISTORY (9 events, 2011 - Present)
Date Race Winner
10/8/2011 Ev Kamikawa
10/13/2012 Mike Lack
9/28/2013 John Wiedemann
10/4/2014 Mike Lack
10/1/2015 Mike Lack
9/29/2016 John Wiedemann
9/21/2017 Mike Lack
10/4/2018 John Wiedemann
10/10/2019 Matt Hayek
Multiple wins: Mike Lack – 4, John Wiedemann – 3