Saturday was my first chance to get out since November and I made the most of the clear but cold day. First I took in the morning basketball game of granddaughter Haley then I took off for a short 40 mile drive to Fox Lake Wisconsin to see if the ice races were starting for the year. I was pleased to see there were 10 full size rear wheel drive cars and 12 compact front wheel drive cars already on the ice ready to start the racing day just as I arrived. The races consist of two heats and a feature for each class then the competitors retire to the Fish and Fun for a break and pay to race in day two on the ice which is the same program again with two heats and a feature for each class. With the warm weather last weekend the ice was smooth and less than an inch of new loose snow was on the surface so there were no walls made around the track. The inside of the 1/3-mile oval was lined with several old Christmas trees standing in some holes that were drilled to mark the inside of the racing surface. I watched from my car parked on the ice many feet behind the straightaway just beyond the pits and could see the entire track. The club has constructed a scoring tower that is on a trailer and towed to the inside of the starting line and also is the flagging stand for the races. The racing was very clean today with several spins and some contact but no yellows were necessary during the whole day’s racing events. Dan Riedel and Kelly Brown won heats and earned last row starts for the feature in the big cars. Chris Neuman started 4th and got by early leader Mike Held for the win with Joel Posthuma taking second in the feature. The number 90 won a heat and then won the small car feature from 8th. In the second day feature Held started from the pole and exchanged the lead with Riedel who started 4th but Riedel slipped up in the closing laps and Held got by for the win. In the small car feature the number 90 built up a lead after starting 8th but Stuart White closed the gap on the final laps and got around the leader on the last lap to take the win of the day’s final feature. I was very happy to feel well enough to get back to the track and start the 2011 season! Sunday I took a drive north to find my first “new” track of the season.
Lake Chetek in Chetek raced years ago and returned to having weekly ice races last season so this was on my hit list for 2011. I arrived to find a nice quarter mile oval plowed out on the lake on a beautiful Sunday afternoon but no cars in sight and the races were set to start in 15 minutes. I found a car on a trailer in the parking lot at Red’s bar and restaurant overlooking the track and the driver said he was just told the races were canceled late last night after he already confirmed that the were racing in the afternoon. So no racing and the first cancellation of the season and a very poor start for an old cripple like me. Randy will be in town for next weeks race so I am sure he will pay enough to get the cars out and get the season started but old Number 2 just doesn’t rate a show! Wisconsin
Chili Bowl Week January 11 - 15, 2011
Tuesday after a drive through heavy snow in