WI (August 19) -- It was a record breaking night for Terry Baldry
(photo) at Roger VanDaalwyk's Wisconsin International Raceway when the
Omro, WI driver not only broke a 17-year-old track record set by Butch
Miller, he also won the Fox River Racing Club's (FRRC) Late Model
division 50-lap race during their regular Thursday Night Thunder
program. The Late Model division, considered the top class in the Fox
River Racing Club, is one of six divisions that compete every Thursday
at the famous 1/2-mile facility and runs exclusively on Hoosiers. The
2004 season marks the 30th consecutive year the FRRC has been in
weekly competition at Wisconsin International Speedway.
The memorable night began with Terry Baldry setting a
new track record in qualifying when he circled the D-shaped oval in
19.236 seconds erasing the 17-year-old mark set by Butch Miller.
Miller's time (19.238 seconds) was set in 1987 in the ARTCO Series
which later became the NASCAR Midwest Series which currently runs
exclusively on Hoosier tires. Even more amazing is the old mark was
set using a 4-barrel carburetor, while Baldry's mark was in a 2-barrel
carburetor (less horsepower). Baldry also eclipsed the FRRC's record
(19.393 seconds) set this year in the club's opening race by Mike
Gardner. Baldry set the mark using Hoosier 27.0 x 10.0-15 3035/3045
In the 50-lap race, Baldry came from ninth place to
take the lead on lap 24 en route to his third win of the season. With
the win, Baldry also captured the overall Budweiser/WAPL Triple Crown
Series title as well. He also increased his lead in the FRRC driver
rankings to 199 points and has all but wrapped up his 6th consecutive
Late Model championship.
Other winners during the evening included; Tom
Spierowski in the Limited Late Model division, Todd Schuette in the
Sport Trucks division, Terry Van Roy in Super Stocks, Phil Verboomen
in Sizzlin' Fours and Jeff Wohlrabe in Figure Eights.
There are just two Thursday programs remaining on the
2004 FRRC schedule with the season ending event on September 2nd.
Hoosier Oval Asphalt Product Manager Terry Newton will
be traveling north this weekend to Wisconsin International Raceway to
enjoy the Blue race which is the conclusion of the special Red, White
and Blue three-race program. The two (twin-50's) races are this
Saturday, August 21st, at 7:00 pm.
Hoosier Racing Tire Corp. is proud to be partnered
with both the Fox River Racing Club and Wisconsin International
Speedway during the 2004 season.