EPIC SEASON TO CONCLUDE FOR THE BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA OUTLAW SPRINTS
THIS SATURDAY NIGHT AT PLYMOUTH!
CHAMPIONSHIP LIKELY TO BE DECIDED IN FINAL LAPS OF MAIN EVENT
DURING SEASON FINALE AT PLYMOUTH!
In over 50 years of racing for the series a season like this is a
rare event. One word best describes the year, and the season
finale event this coming Saturday night at the Sheboygan County
Fairpark in Plymouth. Epic!
In the 26 events contested so far 19 different drivers have
basked in the thrill of victory. Series regulars, and invading
rivals alike have battled from the tight bullrings to the wide
open half-mile ovals. Nearly 800 laps of A-main action have
brought us to this point in the season but it will be the final
30 laps that will decide it all. Only when the checkered flag
has fallen will be know our 2015 season champion.
At the top of the heap sit Bill Rose from Plainsfield, Indiana,
and Ben Schmidt of Howards Grove, Wisconsin.
Rose, a former regular on the World of Outlaws tour, and point
runner-up last season has been known for remarkable consistency. In fact, were it not for a single DNF during 2014 Rose was poised
to complete every lap of full season’s worth of main events.
This year Rose has cranked out
19 top ten finishes, missing only a single A-main.
A determined podium finish this past Saturday night pushed Rose
into a tie with Schmidt atop the series standings. The one
thing that would most assure Rose a championship remains the one
thing that thus far has eluded him, a series victory. Since
joining the series Rose has finished with runner-up honors five
times and yet a win has escaped his grasp. Rose has indicated
that while a championship would be nice taking a win has been
one of his main goals. He’ll have a chance to do both on
Schmidt meanwhile has traded the point lead back and forth. His
effort to claim the crown is far more polarized. He’s either
had great success or stunning adversity, there has been little
This year he scored his first career IRA feature, and now has
two wins to his credit but he’s also suffered through nights
unable to even take a green flag due to mechanical ills. The
season championship will take place in Schmidt’s backyard. His
home track, a track that has given him multiple championships
remains somewhat vexing, his best showing has been a second
place performance in 2013 when he joined the series full time.
Since then he’s recorded only a single top five run in IRA
competition at the track where he’s taken the checkered so often
in his reign as a 360 sprint champions.
The storybook ending to the season awaits Schmidt should he take
the victory in front of a partisan home crowd.
But the championship trophy may not wind up in the hands of
Schmidt nor Rose.
Scotty Neitzel, a battle tested veteran already has two series
titles on his resume. Over the past couple months Neitzel has
clawed his way into contention for his third crown. He currently
sits 22 markers back from the lead duo of Rose and Schmidt.
Neitzel is the only driver in the series to have started every
main event this year.
To achieve the championship goal Neitzel will have to dig deep,
and perform flawlessly. He needs to finish multiple positions
ahead of both Schmidt, and Rose in the main event. If he were
to do the same in qualifying, and his heat Neitzel is very much
in contention for championship number three. Neitzel has the
skill, the will, and the knowledge to get it done.
Does it end there? Mathematically no.
The 2013 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint series Rookie of the
Year, Jeremy Schultz has an outside shot. 58 points back from
the lead, Schultz will have to dominate the evening, and have
some misfortune befall those ahead of him in the standings.
Possible? Yes! Likely? No so much, but in a season where
anything can happen a fourth to first charge on a final night
would be as epic, as the season has been.
Outside the top four, Blake Nimee will cap off his best year to
date with a fifth place point finish. While late season gremlins halted his title chase, he’s scored two wins this
year and will be a threat for years to come.
Phillip Mock, Scotty Thiel, Kyle Marten and cousins Scott and
Dave Uttech occupy the rest of the top ten with the final
positions still in a state of flux. Marten however will be
putting the wraps on the 2015 Rookie of the Year award, at the
same track where he started his open wheeled career several
Russel Borland, Kris Spitz, Mike Reinke, and Wayne Modjeski all
have a shot at reaching the top ten. For Reinke, that effort
would be especially impressive, as he’s not run the entire
In addition to the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints, the
October 3rd program at the Sheboyagn County Fairpark
the all sprint car show will present MSA 360's, plus crate
wingless sprints, and micro sprints too.
Pit gates will open at 2:30pm, spectator gates at 4:30pm.
Driver's meeting is scheduled for 5:00pm with warm ups slated
for 5:30pm, and IRA qualifying to follow.
Opening ceremonies are slated for 6:30pm. Adult tickets are just
$20, children 6-12 years are $5, and kids 5 & under are FREE.
The track is located on the Sheboygan County Fairgrounds just
off Fairview Drive (CTY O ) in Plymouth, Wisconsin.
For more info on the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints check out
the tour website at
www.irasprints.com or by logging onto the series Facebook
www.facebook.com/irasprints the series is also on twitter at
The IRA Sprints are presented by its long time supporting series
partners. The series support is led by title sponsor Bumper to
Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, and associate series
partners Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Hoosier Tire, Cedar
Creek Motorsports, Cummins Onan, and Carriage Auto Body.