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By: Eric Huenefeld
Memorial Day weekend is fast approaching. Long known as the “unofficial start of summer,” the weekend traditionally is a great weekend for auto racing as well, whether on the local or national levels.

By: Eric Huenefeld
End your holiday weekend with some close quarters short track excitement, as the Big 8 Late Model Series presented by Gandrud Chevrolet visits the Columbus 151 Speedway.

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The Official Entry form for the May 27, 2013 BanditBlast being held at Columbus 151 Speedway is now available online at For the third consecutive year the Bandit division will join the Big 8 Late Model Series for a Memorial Day Monday visit to the 1/4 mile paved oval to contest a 30 lap feature event which pays $250 to win. Advance entries are just $30 and includes a driver pit pass.

By Charlie Spry
Columbus, WI. (Saturday October 27, 2012). Shaun Scheel races a late model weekly on the Wisconsin short tracks, but got his start racing in a four cylinder stock car. He showed he hasn't lost his touch with the four cylinder cars, as he took the win in the ISS (Impact Survival Series) Creepy Classic enduro here on Saturday afternoon.

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Columbus, WI. (Sunday, September 10, 2012). Don Gaserude, Kevin Anderson, Dave Trute, Jamie Kohn, and Andy Ward Jr. were named the 2012 track champions at the Columbus 151 Speedway at the conclusion of the racing events at the speedway today in the late model, street stock, hobby stock, bandit and backup divisions respectively.

Coming into the day, Gaserude was already assured his status as late model track champ, his first in a late model at this track. The event was an exciting one, with Tiffany Desjarlais taking the early lead from her pole position starting slot. After a major shunt before a lap was completed took out a couple of cars, the event started more smoothly the second time around. Desjarlais controlled the event early, with Veteran Bill Retallick glued to her bumper, seemingly content to follow the leader for now. Brady Liddle took to the outside groove, making progress, as he looked outside Kyle Smith for the third spot, just as Retallick decided to try the outer groove to work past Desjarlais. Steady progress was made on both accounts, as Retallick cleared for the lead on lap 16, with Liddle taking second on lap 18. From there, Retallick kept his place up front, with Liddle unable to gain much ground on the leader. Retallick was first to the checkers, taking his first feature win in just over a year. Liddle placed second, followed by Smith, Desjarlais, and Ron Bishofberger. Retallick won the battle, but Gaserude wins the war! Earlier in the day, Bishofberger set fast time, with heat race wins going to Terry Sauer, Desjarlais, and Spencer Schultz.

Friday's races have been postponed, and will be run this Sunday, Sept. 9. Gates will open at 10:00 A.M., Time trials will be at noon, and racing will commence at 1:00 P.M.

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Columbus, WI. (Friday, August 31, 2012). Curt Clapper took the lead at the start of the late model feature here tonight and drove off to his first victory of the season, doing it in convincing fashion.

As Clapper took the lead during the first lap, Aaron Wilke settled into the second spot, followed by Nick Wendt and his dad, Andy. As Clapper built a huge lead, the younger Wendt worked to the outside of Wilke, taking the second spot on lap 17. Don Gaserude then took third from Wilke in short order. Wilke began to fade from contention, and eventually spun on lap 27, with Brady Liddle also involved. Wilke continued, while Liddle retired from the event. Throughout the race, Clapper seemed to be in complete control of the situation, taking things easy with lapped traffic, somewhat allowing both Wendt and Gaserude to catch him. In the end, no driver had anything for Clapper, as he took the win, followed by Nick Wendt, Gaserude, Michael Clapper, and Andy Wendt, as the race had a family flavor. Earlier in the evening, Ron Bishofberger set fast time, with heat race wins going to Kyle Smith, Michael Clapper, and Nick Wendt.

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Columbus, WI. (Friday, August 24, 2012). Pete Moore won the late model feature at the Columbus 151 Speedway on Friday night, and it couldn't have come at a better time, as this was also the running of the Dick Moore Memorial race, which is in honor of his late father.

Michael Clapper took the initial lead of the race at the start from his dad, Curt, with Moore already up to second, and Curt Clapper settling into third. Moore immediately began to put pressure on the younger Clapper, as Jerry Eckhardt and Don Gaserude surpassed the elder Clapper. On lap 20, Moore got his chance, and using a lapped car as a pick, took the lead from Michael Clapper. The action behind was intense, as Moore continued to lead with Clapper settling into second. Eckhardt and Gaserude began swapping positions, and By lap 32, Ron Bishofberger joined in the fun, racing hard with both Gaserude and Eckhardt. Gaserude took over the third spot on lap 40, with Moore continuing to set the pace up front, and Clapper in second. With five laps to go in the fifty lap event, Gaserude began dropping back after losing traction in the outer groove. Moore showed the way to the checkers, with Clapper placing second, with Eckhardt, Bishofberger, and Brady Liddle completing the top five. Earlier in the evening, Bishofberger set fast time, with heat race wins going to Lincoln Keeser, Dave Trute, and Liddle. The feature win was Moore's first here since 1995.

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by Charlie Spry
Columbus, WI. (Friday, August 17, 2012). Brady Liddle showed his ability to use the outside groove to his advantage, as he did his passing in the outer groove, then survived several caution flags to win his second late model feature of the year here.

Lincoln Keeser took the early lead in the race, as Liddle immediately looked to the outside to start his quest for the win. Liddle took third on lap 5, and then passed Al Weishoff for second on lap 8. He quickly hunted down Keeser, and was alongside, pulling ahead just as Keeser spun on lap 10. It was ruled that Keeser spun on his own, allowing Liddle to remain in front on the restart. Liddle pulled away after another caution, with Jerry Eckhardt settling into second as Pete Moore and Don Gaserude began swapping spots. Through all of this, Liddle remained in the lead quite comfortably, watching the others dice for position in his mirror. Liddle took the checkers first, followed by Eckhardt, Gaserude, Moore, and rookie Kyle Smith. Earlier in the evening, Moore set fast time, with heat race victories being recorded by Keeser and Curt Clapper.

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