May 1, 2011 - The Wildung Race Team has released their tentative
2011 race season plans. More dates to be added as the season unfolds. View the Schedule page of the web site for updates.
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Wildung Race Team 2009 Year Ends with a
WISSOTA National Championship (Article by Todd Turner -
DirtonDirt.com chief writer)
Jeff Wildung's crew members find themselves walking a fine line
while helping the team's yellow No. 50 run up front in WISSOTA Late
Model events, as it often does. Wildung's frequent victories usually put
him in the mix for the WISSOTA weekly points championship — he's
been fifth or better each of the last six seasons — but the
46-year-old driver from Nassau, Minn., isn't personally interested in
"I guess I won the Regional (title) in NASCAR with that Weekly
Racing Series back in '95, and ever since then I said I wasn't going to
chase points anymore," said Wildung, who just wrapped up his 27th year
His crew members, who generally like the idea of winning championships,
weren't exactly thrilled this mid-season when Wildung, while heading for
the winningest season of his career, stuck with vacation plans, trading
family time for track time. "That kind of tees them off a little bit,"
Wildung acknowledged, "because they're pushing for it."
Turns out that Wildung's 2009 season was so good that even missing a few
mid-summer races couldn't stop him from grabbing his first-ever WISSOTA
Late Model crown. Within striking distance of the points lead the final
few weeks of the season, Wildung overtook leader Chad Becker of
Aberdeen, S.D., in the season's late stages. Wildung finished with 1,673
points to top Becker (1,661), Jeff Provinzino of Hibbing, Minn. (1,621)
and former champ Kent Arment (1,616), also of Aberdeen, S.D.
While Wildung did the driving, his crew less-than-secretly kept tabs on
the points chase. "I told them I didn't want to hear about it. I guess
when I'm in the car I never think about it," Wildung said. "To be quite
honest with you, I don't even know how the points work."
While Wildung eschews any kind of points strategy — or taking extra-long
racing trips to chase points — he more closely follows the mantra of
long-time Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis: Just win, baby.
He's got that down pat, racking up a career-high 20 feature victories at
five different tracks: Viking Speedway in Alexandria, Minn.; Madison
(Minn.) Speedway; I-94 Speedway in Sauk Centre, Minn.; Red River Valley
Speedway in Fargo, N.D.; and Fiesta City Speedway in Montevideo, Minn.
Ironically, Wildung's season couldn't have started off much worse
than it did. In his first night of practice April 24 at Viking, he
was caught off guard with a yellow flag following a hot-lap session
and tangled with a slowing car that cut across the racetrack.
Wildung's flipping Rocket Chassis was virtually destroyed and had him
quickly making a phone call to the Rocket manufacturing shop in
Shinnston, W.Va., to order another backup car. "Luckily, I never needed
it," Wildung said.
That's because Wildung jumped into his original backup car and
reeled off six victories in his first seven starts. The start of the
season was so impressive it had the team gunning for the loftiest of
goals for Wildung's Sturdy-powered Rocket.
"We pretty much just had a good summer," said Wildung, who won
20 features in 44 outings and had four different stretches of at
least three consecutive victories. "We were almost 50 percent, and
that's what we were going for actually."
Wildung also locked up another track championship at Viking
Speedway's half-mile oval, among the regular half-dozen or so ovals
where Wildung competes. "Viking is probably my favorite, and it's not
because I win more there. ... I've always liked the big half-mile.
There's a lot of guys that don't. Some guys are better on 3/8-miles."
Another reason Wildung might like the bigger Viking oval? "Maybe
I'm getting older and I need more time to think," he cracked,
laughing heartily at his own joke.
Wildung is among WISSOTA's older generation — his buddies Joel Cryderman
of Thunder Bay, Ontario, and Lance Matthees of Winona, Minn., are among
the others in the over-45 set — who still pick up plenty of checkered
flags in the upper Midwest where twenty something drivers like Zach
Johnson, Adam Hensel, Jake Redetzke and others often grab headlines.
"It's pretty awesome," said Wildung, adding he usually talks to Matthees
and Cryderman a few times a week. "Us three guys work good together, and
any time we go anywhere, any of us three are going to be up front, or
got a good chance of it. I'm not saying we're old — but we're a lot
older than some of the younger guys."
Wildung isn't talking retirement yet, but working with his brother
at their farm implement and trucking businesses, spending time
with teenaged children and occupying himself with other
middle-aged activities mean racing isn't always the highest priority.
For Wildung, 2014 seems like a good time to retire. He'd be 50 -
matching his car number. So if that holds true, is Cryderman (No.
51) retiring at age 51 and Matthees (No. 90) retiring after his
80s? That's a bit far-fetched, but Wildung sees a time when he'll climb
out of his race car for good — and give those younger drivers a
better chance at grabbing more headlines.
"I claim I'm going to quit when I'm 50. That's what I'm claiming.
I'll tell you what, I'm not going to be one of those guys trailing
around in the back. I've always said that," Wildung said. "I've always
just said 50, and we'll see what happens."
(See more race articles by Todd Turner at
April 24, 2009
The 2009 season started out from "wreckers to
checkers" at the Viking Speedway in Alexandria. Excerpt from
"All the Dirt Racing News" ~ Nassau's Wilding dominated the WISSOTA
Late Model feature one night after getting upside down and doing serious
damage to his primary car during practice at the speedway (pictured
below). Wildung stormed off from the front row and was never
seriously challenged during the 20-lap affair.
(Viking Speedway Rollover - April
With the 2009 race season just getting under
way the Wildung Race Team is ready to "bring it on.". Our
tentative 2009 tour schedule is posted on the web site, check it
out on the Schedule/Results
page. Please return often to view the site for our team's
weekly race results, new photos and latest press releases.
The Wildung Racing Team normally competes on a regular
weekly basis at Fiesta City Speedway, Montevideo, MN; Viking Speedway,
Alexandria, MN; and Madison Speedway, Madison, MN. During the 2009
season our plans are to take in the DART
Challenge Series Tour in addition to our regular tracks. We will keep
our schedule page updated as changes occur.
Wildung Racing would like to thank all of their
sponsors - VEIT Companies, Lube-Tech, Lucas Oil Products, Rocket
Chassis, Pro Auto Sales & Service, Boraas Crop Insurance, Matador Lounge
& Supper Club, Matthees Enterprises, along with Pro Designs and Graphics
among many others for their help in supporting their racing team in 2009.
If you are visiting one of the tracks we are
racing at, please stop by the big "yellow" rig after the races and say
hello. Thank you for visiting the web site and keep
checking back often to view the latest news and race results of the
Nassau, Minnesota #50 Late Model Race Team.