To say that the year 2010 was a memorable one for the Wimmer family, it would be an understatement. A trip to South Africa, buying a race track, losing their house in a fire and almost winning the ASA Midwest Tour championship are only a few of their highlights.
They persevered and made it through by having a successful opening season as promoters. State Park Speedway, an ASA Member Track in Wausau, WI, was the track they bought and had an impressive first season. Many are amazed on how quickly they turned the struggling track around to be successful in one year, and brought back a great Thursday night tradition of racing in central Wisconsin.
"We got off to a great start and have some real good momentum going into the 2011 season," Ron Wimmer recently said. "Everyone is seeing what we are doing. The fans and competitors cannot wait for the track to open. It has been easy to re-sign our sponsors and gain some new ones."
Wimmer likes what they have scheduled for the 2011 season. "We are happy to welcome the ASA Midwest Tour on Thursday, June 23rd. This will be the first time that State Park Speedway has welcomed an ASA Series," Wimmer exclaimed. "We will also have our popular three memorial races, including having the Larry Detjens Memorial as a two-day event this year. Every race will be a special event this season."
Along with the great racing on the track, Wimmer says they are also planning to improve the fans experience. "We are planning on bringing back Elvis, having a Polka night, expanding our food area and adding some more stands," Wimmer explained. "Last year, we had over 3,500 fans for the Detjens Memorial, that is the largest crowd ever at the Speedway. So we are exploring the idea to put in some more seats. We are also going to expand our VIP area by installing a deck, so they have a better view from turn four."
Something that Wimmer noted, is that they are working with the County on their parking issue, "They have been very good to work with," Wimmer said. "We are searching for ways to shuttle fans in from remote parking lots near the track along with other ideas."
While the off-season has been active on the track side, they also have been busy rebuilding their house they lost last summer in a fire. "We hope that the weather will continue to cooperate with us, so that we can get this completed," Wimmer said.
If that is not all, Chris Wimmer has been busy working on his super late model in preparation for the 2011 ASA Midwest Tour season. Last year, he came up 18 points short of winning the championship from Steve Carlson. Chris and his family also competed in the ASA Free State 500 race, in South Africa where he qualified third and finished 20th after succumbing to mechanical problems.
"The Wimmer family and the American Speed Association have a long friendship going from the days that Scott and Chris competed in the original ASA Series. It is exciting that they are still part of the ASA family today with State Park Speedway; as part of our ASA Member Track program," Dennis Huth, ASA President said. "I had the opportunity to visit State Park last year, and it was amazing to see what they have accomplished. Central Wisconsin has a great history of short track racing, and it is awesome to see they are able to add new chapters in the history books."
The 2011 season will open on Thursday, May 26. They will have an open practice on Thursday, May 19. Their website is available at www.stateparkspeedway.com.
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