ESCANABA - The final race of the 2013 Upper Peninsula International Raceway season will be Friday.
Richmond Gear Weekend Warrior event, starting at 5 p.m. (Central time), will feature a full slate of racing with 4/6 cylinder cars; 600, 650 and junior micro-sprints, modifieds and street stocks.
The grandstand will open at 4 p.m., with $5 admission (10 and under free). Concessions and adult beverages will be available. Pits open at 2 p.m., and all pit passes are $15 or $20 to include races from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Powder Puff and mechanics races will make up the racing action on Saturday. Grandstand admission on Saturday will be free, but no concessions will be available. Kids can register to win a bike at Friday's race. Michelle Monson Photography and Winling Racing have donated bikes.
As a participating Contingency Connection track, drivers will receive year end bonus awards including a $2,000 package for a Bully Dog Dominating Performer Challenge award, JE Pistons Sportsman of the Year Award, induction into the Mallory Ignition Performance Club, Scorpion Super Star bonus, Richmond Gear Weekend Warrior packages and PerformanceParts.com Top Performer award.
Speedway Motors and Rock Auto have also provided awards. Eric "Chummy" Arneson of Arneson Shock Service in Oconto Falls, Wis., will award a $140 shock certificate to a modified racer.
UPIR CHAMPIONSHIP NIGHT FEATURES 106 RACERS
By JOHN OSTERMANN
For The Daily News
ESCANABA - The best weather of the summer brought out a nice crowd and over one hundred race cars from Upper Michigan and northeastern Wisconsin for Championship Night at Upper Peninsula International Raceway.
The Island Resort and Casino of Harris sponsored the program which included several IMCA modifieds that normally race at Shawano and Seymour speedways.
Going into the modified feature, only two points separated defending champion Matt Valiquette of De Pere, Wis., and Dale Peterson of Rapid River in the championship points battle.
The traveling modifieds made for an intense feature which was eventually won by Eric Arneson of Oconto Falls.
Peterson's strong runner-up run in a wild feature, with a record number of 17 mods, was enough to give him the championship.
Jesse James Liss of Bark River completed the hat trick in the Junior Sprint Division by winning the heat race, feature and championship.
In the 600 Sprint Division, Nick Pinar Jr. of Escanaba won the feature. Matt Petersen of Rapid River was crowned the division champion.
In one of the most exciting races of the summer, Ron Jenshak of Bark River edged out Ron Borchert of Gladstone by inches to gain his first street stock feature win on dirt. Bill Ebben of Lakewood, Wis., returned to the speedway after a horiffic crash about a month ago to finish third.
Joe Johnsen's top five finish was enough to win the street stock championship.
In the Four Cylinder Division, championship drama played out between Matt Johnsen and Tom Dubord Jr. They were separated by a few points going into the event.
Dubord did not finish due to an electrical problem; Johnsen finished third. Unofficially, the championship ended in a first ever tie at the Upper Peninsula International Raceway.
The next UPIR event will be the fourth Yooper Fall Classic set for Friday, Sept. 13, and Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Escanaba Fairgrounds. Racing will be Friday at 5 p.m. (Central time), with the usual slate of racing, and Saturday afternoon from noon to 3 p.m. will feature powder puff and mechanics races.
After racing, a picnic and awards ceremony will recognize drivers, sponsors and volunteers of the 2013 race season.
Feature - 1. Eric Arneson. Oconto Falls; 2. Dale Peterson; 3. Jeremy Hanson; 4. Matt Valiquette; 5. Lonnie Dalgord.
Heat 1 - 1. Chuck Carmin, Gladstone; 2. Pat Richer; 3. Lonnie Dalgord.
Heat 2 - 1. Eric Arneson, Oconto Falls; Tyler Winling; 3. John Ostermann, Niagara.
Feature - 1. Jesse James Liss, Bark River; 2. Logan Getzloff; 3. Joey Stankowicz; 4. Drake Degnan; 5. Maggie Martin.
Heat - 1. Jesse James Liss, Bark River; 2. Tyler Getchell; 3. Joey Stankowicz.
Feature - 1. Nick Pinar Jr., Escanaba; 2. Matt Petersen; 3. Todd Belanger; 4. Scott Degnan; 5. Jered Cech.
Heat 1 - 1. Todd Belanger, Escanaba; 2. Jered Cech; 3. Nick Pinar Jr.
Heat 2 - 1. Scott Degnan, Escanaba; 2. Steve Miller; 3. Josh Bartel.
Heat 3 - 1. Brock Smith, Bark River; 2. Matt Petersen; 3. Jamie St. Jacques.
Semi-Feature - 1. Gregg Brayak, Wilson; 2. John Mathias, Wilson.
650 Sprint Car.
Feature - 1. Gary Dubord Jr., Escanaba; 2. Christian Groleau; 3. Dave Hosking; 4. Karen Degnan; 5. Paul Hosking.
Heat 1 - 1. Gary Dubord Jr., Escanaba; 2. Christian Groleau; 3. Austin Berg.
Heat 2 - 1. Justina Liss, Bark River; 2. Kyle Getchell; 3. Dave Hosking.
Feature - 1. Ron Jenshak, Bark River; 2. Ron Borchert; 3. Bill Ebben; 4. Paul Wagner; 5. Joe Johnsen.
Heat 1 - 1. Zach Wennesheimer, Rapid River; 2. Rob Kirkpatrick; 3. Paul Wagner; 4. Joe Johnsen; 5. Ron Jenshak.
Heat 2 - 1. Ron Borchert, Gladstone; 2. Eric Mathieson; 3. Bill Ebben; 4. Corey DeGrave; 5. Greg Bruce.
First qualifier - 1. Tom Dubord Jr, Escanaba; 2. Eric LaFreniere, Vulcan.
Second qualifier - 1. Erik Marenger, Escanaba; 2. Randy DeGrave.
Feature - 1. Tyler Corwin, Gladstone.
Heat 1 - 1. Tyler Corwin, Gladstone; 2. Justin Lauscher; 3. Dan Mathieson.
Heat 2 - Matt Johnsen, Escanaba; 2. Scott Brunette; 3. Jared Demeuse.
Heat 3 - 1. Kirk Millette, Escanaba; 2. Ron LeJeune; 3. Tiny Baldwin.
Heat 4 - 1. Shaun Olson, Escanaba; 2. David Rumfelt; 3. Robert Bridges.