Auto racing: Gondik Law Speedway ready to rumble this week
Last week’s rainout doesn’t damper the spirits of Superior promoter Joe Stariha.
SUPERIOR — There’s an old saying that Joe Stariha knows all too well.
If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.
That’s the motto you have to live by when you’re a track promoter, and Stariha, the head man at Gondik Law Speedway in Superior, is no different.
Stariha hasn’t let last week’s rainout dampen his spirit. Instead, Superior will just roll the dice again this week, with the two-night Wisconsin Modified Nationals, at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday May 26 and 27, now serving as the track’s 61st season opener.
Stariha said his phone was silent last week.
“I didn’t take any calls,” he said. “People really understood. So many tracks across the Midwest are just finally opening up and a lot of them planned their first race in early April. It’s just an odd year.”
Yes, the spring from hell continues.
We’re almost to June here, and a season opener in June is a crazy thought but it could happen.
For now, the Mod Nationals appear safe. Maybe.
“We’re hoping to go,” Stariha said. “A lot of wind this weekend and (Monday’s) wind and sun helped dry out the track out nicely. We’re set to go for Wednesday’s practice and two big days of racing on Thursday and Friday.”
In 2020, Gondik Law Speedway held the 15th annual Minnesota Modified Nationals in Wisconsin due to Minnesota being shut down due to COVID-19. In 2021, it was the inaugural Wisconsin Modified Nationals, an added event as Ogilvie, Minnesota, the original host, got in the 16th annual event.
“They got their shows in; we got rained out,” Stariha said.
So here we go again.
Modifieds will be racing for a top prize of $1,500 each night.
Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds and Hornets are also part of the racing lineup, with Northern Renegade Winged Sprint Cars racing Friday night as well. This year, Ogilvie is running on Saturday and Sunday, May 28 and 29, so that’s a whole lotta Modified racing over four days.
Adult ticket prices are $20 each day, children 10-15 are $5 and kids under 10 are admitted free.
Wednesday’s forecast calls for rain, high winds and a high of 45 and that could be trouble. Thursday calls for a high of 58 and a chance of rain of only 23%, and Friday, even better, a high of 68 and only a 7% chance of rain.
That’s fabulous, but let’s cross our fingers and see what happens Wednesday.
Proctor gets opener in
While Superior was a wash, Halvor Lines Speedway got its 72nd season opener in Sunday, May 22, in Proctor.
Proctor’s Kevin Burdick was the big winner, capturing his first Wissota Late Model win, on his home track no less. Not bad for his third time out as Burdick is a rookie in the Late Model division.
Brandon Copp of Brule won in Modifieds, holding off rookie Jack Rivord of Superior. Former track champion Nick Oreskovich of Mason, Wisconsin, took the checkered flag in Super Stocks and Cody Carlson of Superior won a battle of attrition in Midwest Modifieds as the feature had six DNFs.
Duluth’s Cory Jorgensen (Pure Stocks) and Cloquet’s A.J. House (Hornets) were the other feature winners.