(PINCONNING, MICHIGAN) Jeep Van Wormer and his #55 Iron Motorsports team kicked off their 2014 racing season on Saturday evening, March 22 at the legendary Brownstown Speedway in Brownstown, Indiana. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series once again presided over the 17th edition of the ‘Indiana Icebreaker’ and 45 competitors piled into the pit area for the $10,000 to win showdown at the 1/4-mile fairgrounds oval. Jeep started off his night by clicking off the third quickest lap in Group B during qualifying prior to placing second in his heat race behind only prelim victor Scott Bloomquist.
In front of a huge standing-room-only crowd, Jeep started the 50-lap main event from the outside of the third row. The Pinconning, Michigan star quickly vaulted up to third in the opening laps by utilizing the top groove of the famed speedplant. Jeep eventually lost a few spots during the remainder of the caution-free affair, but was still able to record a strong seventh place performance in his 2014 season lid lifter. Complete results from the ‘Indiana Icebreaker’ can be found online at www.lucasdirt.com.
“It was a good run for us at Brownstown to start out our season,” quoted Van Wormer earlier this week. “We haven’t raced there the past few years, so it was good to get back to a place that I really enjoy. The car was great all night long and I thought I had something for them early in the feature. I used the outside groove to get up to third in the first few laps, but that bottom was just too good all night long. I have to thank all of my sponsors for their continued support heading into the new season and especially one of my newest sponsors Knochel Oil Company.”
Next up for the #55 team will be a trip to the Land of Lincoln on March 28-29. The LaSalle Speedway in LaSalle, Illinois will play host to a pair of special events this upcoming weekend, which will make up the 3rd Annual ‘Thaw Brawl.’ A $2,000 top prize has been established for Friday’s 35-lap feature event, while Saturday’s 75-lapper boasts a hefty $15,000 winner’s check. Each program will be sanctioned by both the American Late Model Series (ALMS) and UMP DIRTcar Series. Additional information about LaSalle Speedway can be viewed by clicking on www.lasallespeedway.com.
Knochel Oil Co., formerly Standish Oil Co., was established in 1996. Knochel Oil is a locally owned petroleum supplier for Northeast Michigan. The company serves seven counties with gasoline, diesel fuel, heating oil, and bio diesel. Knochel Oil specializes in home/farm/commercial petroleum needs. The home office is located in Standish, Michigan, on 4281 Airpark Drive. President Joe Knochel and his staff have over 50 years of experience in the petroleum industry. Learn more online at www.knocheloil.com.
The Iron Motorsports team thanks the following sponsors for their continued and unwavering support: Bayline Fire Protection, Knochel Oil Company, Services on Site, Van Wormer Management, Rocket Chassis, Jay D1ckens Racing Engines, ACPT, Allstar Performance, Bell Racing, Beyea Headers, Brinn, Inc., BSB Manufacturing, Bulldog Rear Ends, Delph Communications, Dyer’s Top Rods, Eibach Springs, Exide Technologies, Fine Line Window Tinting, Goodridge Hose & Fittings, Hoosier Racing Tire, Howe Racing Enterprises, J.C. Dubil, Joe Gibbs Driven Racing Oil, Joe’s Racing Products, K-B Carburetors, Keyser’s Port City Racing, KRC Power Steering, Lane Automotive, Oakley, Outerwears, Penske Shocks, Peterson Fluid Systems, R2C Performance, Ringers Gloves, Scott Performance Wire, Sweet Mfg., VP Racing Fuels, Wehrs Machine & Racing Products, Weld Wheels, Wilwood Engineering, and Wrisco Industries.
To learn more about the Iron Motorsports team, log onto their home on the web located at www.jeepvanwormer.com.
Media Contact: Ryan Delph – Delph Communications