NASCAR Race Weekend Central

Keepin’ it Short – Remembering a fallen snowmobiler

State Park Speedway put on a special race for a special friend on Thursday night. Flip Merwin was a snowmobile racer who passed away from injuries suffered during a race accident in 2003 at the Eagle River World Championship Snowmobile Derby. Since the Wimmer family purchased State Park Speedway they’ve held the Merwin Memorial race and it has continued to grow every year. This season’s race features a winner’s purse of $2,525. The number 525 was Merwin’s number on his snowmobile and the number is prominent throughout the speedway during the event.

The race is a two segment event with a 52 lap segment followed by a 25 lap segment. The race is for Super Late Model cars.

“Each year since we’ve owned the track the Flip Merwin Memorial Race has been one of the biggest events of the year,” said Owner Ron Wimmer, “Flip was a friend of our family and a great guy and it’s been awesome to see the people that continue to come out to this race and remember him.”

The track supporters, including River Valley State Bank, helped improve the purse for the Memorial race. River Valley added a $500 bonus to the Super Late Model race and doubled the winnings for the support division winners. After River Valley’s generosity, a few other supports came on board–DeLisle Construction, Bartelt Insurance, ESPN Radio, and Curt Keene–to make the 77-lap Super Late Model Feature $2,525 to win.

“Flip was one of my best friends growing up,” said Owner Scott Wimmer, “It’s a very special night for his family and my family and I’m just happy we’ve been able to make this race so great. When you can walk around the track and see 525 everywhere it’s a special feeling.”

Scott Wimmer, a name familiar to NASCAR fans, is part of the family who owns the race track and was a friend of Merwin.

“This just goes to show the awesome sponsors and supports we have out at State Park Speedway,” Scott Wimmer said. “To have companies like River Valley that want to get so involved is amazing and for us to be able to give a little more to all the drivers definitely helps out.”

There are memorial races across America every weekend and each one has a special story. The Flip Merwin Memorial is a special example of asphalt racers helping out someone from a completely different discipline. The fans showed up in such numbers that they had to be shuttled to the track from remote parking locations. In the end, it is all about sharing and giving, and State Park Speedway gave a ton on Thursday night.

*Whelen All-American National Points Standings*

Position Name Races Wins Top 5s Top 10s Total Points

1. Anthony Anders 29 2 17 27 550
2. CE Falk III 16 9 13 15 515
3. Nate Monteith 17 5 12 14 503
4. Ryan Preece 18 5 11 15 497
5. Deac McCaskill 15 10 14 15 486
6. Ted Christopher 19 3 14 15 485
7. Keith Rocco 18 6 10 12 468
8. Matt Bowling 17 1 12 15 457
9. Lee Pulliam 13 7 10 11 439
10. Duane Howard 10 6 9 10 402

*ASA National Point Standings*

Position Name Average Points

1. Shelby Stroebel 2.0283
2. Mike Slone 1.8658
3. Michael Hale 1.7488
4. Speedy Faucette 1.6334
5. Barry Beggarly 1.6074
6. Wayne Webb 1.2793
7. Lance Gatlin 0.8359
8. Mark Mackesy 0.7918

*This Weekend’s Racing Schedule*

Fri : June 22nd – Beebe Speedway ; Beebe : AR – Comp Cams Super Late Models
Fri : June 22nd – Ocean Speedway ; Watsonville : CA – Taco Bravo Ocean Sprints
Fri : June 22nd – Stafford Speedway ; Stafford Springs : CT – 2nd Annual Valenti Modified Racing Series Late Models
Fri : June 22nd – Stafford Speedway ; Stafford Springs : CT – 2nd Annual Valenti Modified Racing Series Limited Late Models
Fri : June 22nd – Stafford Speedway ; Stafford Springs : CT – 2nd Annual Valenti Modified Racing Series of New England
Fri : June 22nd – Stafford Speedway ; Stafford Springs : CT – 2nd Annual Valenti Modified Racing Series SK Lights
Fri : June 22nd – Stafford Speedway ; Stafford Springs : CT – 2nd Annual Valenti Modified Racing Series SK Modifieds
Fri : June 22nd – Five Flags Speedway ; Pensacola : FL – Blizzard Series Super Late Models
Fri : June 22nd – Tri-City Speedway ; Pontoon Beach : IL – Hell Tour DIRTCar Late Models Summer Nationals
Fri : June 22nd – Tri-City Speedway ; Pontoon Beach : IL – DIRTCar Summit UMP Modified Nationals
Fri : June 22nd – Gas City I-69 Speedway ; Gas City : IN – USAC Midwest Focus Midgets
Fri : June 22nd – Speedrome ; Indianapolis : IN – Hornets
Fri : June 22nd – Speedrome ; Indianapolis : IN – Legends
Fri : June 22nd – Speedrome ; Indianapolis : IN – Roadsters
Fri : June 22nd – Iowa Speedway ; Newton : IA – USAC MOPAR National Midgets
Fri : June 22nd – Iowa Speedway ; Newton : IA – USAC Silver Crown
Fri : June 22nd – Dodge City Raceway Park ; Dodge City : KS – World of Outlaws Sprint Cars
Fri : June 22nd – Humboldt Speedway ; Humboldt : KS – USMTS National Championship Series Modifieds
Fri : June 22nd – Hartford Motor Speedway ; Hartford : MI – Michigan Dirt Cup Late Models
Fri : June 22nd – Chateau Raceway ; Lansing : MN – USRA Modifieds
Fri : June 22nd – Chateau Raceway ; Lansing : MN – UMSS Sprint Cars
Fri : June 22nd – Chateau Raceway ; Lansing : MN – IMCA Stock Cars
Fri : June 22nd – Chateau Raceway ; Lansing : MN – WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds
Fri : June 22nd – Chateau Raceway ; Lansing : MN – WISSOTA Street Stocks
Fri : June 22nd – Malden Speedway ; Malden : MO – Late Models
Fri : June 22nd – Malden Speedway ; Malden : MO – Modifieds
Fri : June 22nd – Malden Speedway ; Malden : MO – Street Stocks
Fri : June 22nd – Valley Speedway ; Grain Valley : MO – United Late Model Association Late Models
Fri : June 22nd – Jackson County Speedway ; Jackson : OH – Late Models
Fri : June 22nd – Jackson County Speedway ; Jackson : OH – Modifieds
Fri : June 22nd – Jackson County Speedway ; Jackson : OH – Street Stocks
Fri : June 22nd – Salina Highbanks ; Salina : OK – Lucas Oil ASCS Sprints
Fri : June 22nd – Big Diamond Speedway ; Minersville : PA – 358 Modifieds
Fri : June 22nd – Big Diamond Speedway ; Minersville : PA – Sportsman
Fri : June 22nd – Autodrome Granby ; Granby : Quebec – World of Outlaws Late Models
Fri : June 22nd – Cherokee Speedway ; Gaffney : SC – Lucas Oil Late Models
Fri : June 22nd – Black Hills Speedway ; Rapid City : SD – Sprint Cars
Fri : June 22nd – Black Hills Speedway ; Rapid City : SD – Street Stocks
Fri : June 22nd – Black Hills Speedway ; Rapid City : SD – Super Stocks
Fri : June 22nd – Boyd Speedway ; Boyd : TX – Sprint Series of Texas
Fri : June 22nd – Mountain Creek Speedway ; Grand Prairie : TX – IMCA Modifieds
Fri : June 22nd – Mountain Creek Speedway ; Grand Prairie : TX – IMCA Sport Modifieds
Fri : June 22nd – Mountain Creek Speedway ; Grand Prairie : TX – IMCA Stock
Fri : June 22nd – Mountain Creek Speedway ; Grand Prairie : TX – Street Stock
Fri : June 22nd – Langlade Speedway ; Antigo : WI – Late Models
Fri : June 22nd – Langlade Speedway ; Antigo : WI – Modifieds
Fri : June 22nd – Manitowoc County Fairgrounds ; Manitowoc : WI – Wisconsin Dirt Late Models
Fri : June 22nd – Manitowoc County Fairgrounds ; Manitowoc : WI – Sprint Cars
Fri : June 22nd – Manitowoc County Fairgrounds ; Manitowoc : WI – Street Stock
Fri : June 22nd – Oshkosh Speedzone Winnebago County Fairgrounds ; Oshkosh : WI – IMCA Modifieds
Fri : June 22nd – Oshkosh Speedzone Winnebago County Fairgrounds ; Oshkosh : WI – IMCA Sport Modifieds
Fri : June 22nd – Oshkosh Speedzone Winnebago County Fairgrounds ; Oshkosh : WI – IRA Outlaw Sprint Cars
Sat : June 23rd – Mobile International Speedway ; Irvington : AL – Miller Lite Super Late Models
Sat : June 23rd – Mobile International Speedway ; Irvington : AL – Super Stock Trucks
Sat : June 23rd – 67 Speedway ; Texarkana : AR – Comp Cams Super Late Models
Sat : June 23rd – Riverside International Speedway ; West Memphis : AR – 305 Winged Sprints
Sat : June 23rd – Riverside International Speedway ; West Memphis : AR – 360 Winged Sprints
Sat : June 23rd – Riverside International Speedway ; West Memphis : AR – Late Models
Sat : June 23rd – Riverside International Speedway ; West Memphis : AR – Modifieds
Sat : June 23rd – All American Speedway ; Roseville : CA – NCMA Sprints
Sat : June 23rd – Infineon Raceway ; Sonoma : CA – NASCAR K&N Pro East Series
Sat : June 23rd – Santa Maria Speedway ; Santa Maria : CA – USAC 360 Sprints
Sat : June 23rd – Waterford Speedbowl ; Waterford : CT – NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
Sat : June 23rd – Auburndale Speedway ; Winter Haven : FL – Florida United Promoters Late Models
Sat : June 23rd – Bubba Raceway Park ; Ocala : FL – Florida Mini-Sprint Association
Sat : June 23rd – Desoto Speedway ; Bradenton : FL – Open Wheel Modifieds
Sat : June 23rd – East Bay Raceway ; Gibsonton : FL – Top Gun Sprint Series
Sat : June 23rd – New Smyrna Speedway ; New Smyrna Beach : FL – Pro Late Models
Sat : June 23rd – New Smyrna Speedway ; New Smyrna Beach : FL – Modifieds
Sat : June 23rd – New Smyrna Speedway ; New Smyrna Beach : FL – Sportsman
Sat : June 23rd – Punta Gorda Speedway ; Punta Gorda : FL – Super Late Models
Sat : June 23rd – New Senoia Raceway ; Senoia : GA – Late Models
Sat : June 23rd – Waycross Motor Speedway ; Waycross : GA – National Late Model Series
Sat : June 23rd – Fairbury Speedway ; Fairbury : IL – Hell Tour DIRTCar Late Models Summer Nationals
Sat : June 23rd – Fairbury Speedway ; Fairbury : IL – DIRTCar Summit UMP Modified Nationals
Sat : June 23rd – Peoria Speedway ; Peoria : IL – Limited Late Models
Sat : June 23rd – Peoria Speedway ; Peoria : IL – Modifieds
Sat : June 23rd – Anderson Speedway ; Anderson : IN – Top Speed Modifieds
Sat : June 23rd – Illiana Motor Speedway ; Shererville : IN – ASA Midwest Tour 11th Annual Elmer Musgrave Memorial 100
Sat : June 23rd – Montpelier Speedway ; Montpelier : IN – USAC Midwest Focus Midgets
Sat : June 23rd – Montpelier Speedway ; Montpelier : IN – Midwest Mini-Sprint Association
Sat : June 23rd – South Bend Speedway ; South Bend : IN – Late Models
Sat : June 23rd – South Bend Speedway ; South Bend : IN – Sportsman
Sat : June 23rd – South Bend Speedway ; South Bend : IN – Street Stocks
Sat : June 23rd – Speedrome ; Indianapolis : IN – Hornets Figure 8
Sat : June 23rd – Speedrome ; Indianapolis : IN – Late Model Figure 8
Sat : June 23rd – Speedrome ; Indianapolis : IN – Stocks Figure 8
Sat : June 23rd – Winchester Speedway ; Winchester : IN – CRA Super Series
Sat : June 23rd – Independence Motor Speedway ; Independence : IA – IMCA Late Models
Sat : June 23rd – Independence Motor Speedway ; Independence : IA – IMCA Modifieds
Sat : June 23rd – Independence Motor Speedway ; Independence : IA – IMCA Stock Cars
Sat : June 23rd – Independence Motor Speedway ; Independence : IA – IMCA Sport Mods
Sat : June 23rd – Dodge City Raceway Park ; Dodge City : KS – World of Outlaws Sprint Cars
Sat : June 23rd – Boothill Speedway ; Shreveport : LA – Ark-La-Tex Winged Modifieds
Sat : June 23rd – Oxford Plains Speedway ; Oxford Plains : ME – Late Models
Sat : June 23rd – Oxford Plains Speedway ; Oxford Plains : ME – Outlaws
Sat : June 23rd – Oxford Plains Speedway ; Oxford Plains : ME – Rebels
Sat : June 23rd – Oxford Plains Speedway ; Oxford Plains : ME – Strictly Stock
Sat : June 23rd – Hagerstown Speedway ; Hagerstown : MD – Armed Forces Appreciation Night Three State Flyers Shootout Late Models
Sat : June 23rd – Hagerstown Speedway ; Hagerstown : MD – Armed Forces Appreciation Night 5th Annual Red Nininger Memorial Late Models
Sat : June 23rd – Hagerstown Speedway ; Hagerstown : MD – Armed Forces Appreciation Night Pure Stocks
Sat : June 23rd – Flat Rock Speedway ; Flat Rock : MI – ARCA Gold Cup
Sat : June 23rd – Kalamazoo Speedway ; Kalamazoo : MI – Outlaw Super Late Models
Sat : June 23rd – Kalamazoo Speedway ; Kalamazoo : MI – Super Stocks
Sat : June 23rd – Kalamazoo Speedway ; Kalamazoo : MI – Pro Stocks
Sat : June 23rd – Deer Creek Speedway ; Spring Valley : MN – Midseason Points Race Wissota Late Models
Sat : June 23rd – Deer Creek Speedway ; Spring Valley : MN – Midseason Points Race Wissota Midwest Modifieds
Sat : June 23rd – Deer Creek Speedway ; Spring Valley : MN – Midseason Points Race Wissota Street Stocks
Sat : June 23rd – Deer Creek Speedway ; Spring Valley : MN – Midseason Points Race Wissota Super Stocks
Sat : June 23rd – Deer Creek Speedway ; Spring Valley : MN – Midseason Points Race USRA Modifieds
Sat : June 23rd – North Central Speedway ; Brainerd : MN – Wissota Modifieds
Sat : June 23rd – North Central Speedway ; Brainerd : MN – Wissota Midwest Modifieds
Sat : June 23rd – North Central Speedway ; Brainerd : MN – Wissota Street Stocks
Sat : June 23rd – North Central Speedway ; Brainerd : MN – Wissota Super Stocks
Sat : June 23rd – Columbus Speedway ; Columbus : MS – Super Late Models
Sat : June 23rd – Columbus Speedway ; Columbus : MS – NeSmith Late Models
Sat : June 23rd – Columbus Speedway ; Columbus : MS – Street Stocks
Sat : June 23rd – I-44 Speedway ; Lebanon : MO – Central Bank Night at the Races ASA Late Models
Sat : June 23rd – I-44 Speedway ; Lebanon : MO – Central Bank Night at the Races Modifieds
Sat : June 23rd – I-44 Speedway ; Lebanon : MO – Central Bank Night at the Races Sportsman
Sat : June 23rd – I-44 Speedway ; Lebanon : MO – Central Bank Night at the Races Road Warriors
Sat : June 23rd – I-44 Speedway ; Lebanon : MO – Central Bank Night at the Races Chargers
Sat : June 23rd – Lucas Oil Speedway ; Wheatland : MO – Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Cars
Sat : June 23rd – Lucas Oil Speedway ; Wheatland : MO – WAR Wingless Sprint Cars
Sat : June 23rd – Lucas Oil Speedway ; Wheatland : MO – B-Mods
Sat : June 23rd – Lucas Oil Speedway ; Wheatland : MO – United Late Model Association Late Models
Sat : June 23rd – Valley Speedway ; Grain Valley : MO – USMTS National Championship Series Modifieds
Sat : June 23rd – Junction Motor Speedway ; McCool Junction : NE – Super Late Model Racing Series
Sat : June 23rd – White Mountain Motorsports Park ; North Woodstock : NH – ACT Late Models
Sat : June 23rd – White Mountain Motorsports Park ; North Woodstock : NH – Senior Tour Auto Racers
Sat : June 23rd – Dunn Tire Raceway Park ; Lancaster : NY – Late Models
Sat : June 23rd – Dunn Tire Raceway Park ; Lancaster : NY – Sportsman
Sat : June 23rd – Dunn Tire Raceway Park ; Lancaster : NY – Street Stocks
Sat : June 23rd – Caraway Speedway ; Asheboro : NC – CARS Pro Cup Series
Sat : June 23rd – Concord Motorsports Park ; Concord : NC – Late Models
Sat : June 23rd – Hickory Motor Speedway ; Newton : NC – UARA Stars Late Models
Sat : June 23rd – Hickory Motor Speedway ; Newton : NC – Allison Legacy Race Series
Sat : June 23rd – Scotia Speedworld ; Halifax : Nova Scotia – Parts for Trucks Pro Stocks
Sat : June 23rd – Emo Speedway ; Emo : Ontario – Wissota Midwest Modifieds
Sat : June 23rd – Emo Speedway ; Emo : Ontario – Wissota Modifieds
Sat : June 23rd – Emo Speedway ; Emo : Ontario – Street Stocks
Sat : June 23rd – Delaware Speedway ; Delaware : Ontario – NASCAR Canadian Tire Series
Sat : June 23rd – Lincoln Speedway ; Abbottstown : PA – 410 Sprints
Sat : June 23rd – Lincoln Speedway ; Abbottstown : PA – 358 Sprints
Sat : June 23rd – Lincoln Speedway ; Abbottstown : PA – Thundercars
Sat : June 23rd – Little Diamond Speedway ; Minersville : PA – Slingshots
Sat : June 23rd – Little Diamond Speedway ; Minersville : PA – Thunder Cars
Sat : June 23rd – Mahoning Valley Speedway ; Lehighton : PA – 4c Super Modifieds
Sat : June 23rd – Mountain Speedway ; St. John’s : PA – Sport Modifieds
Sat : June 23rd – Mountain Speedway ; St. John’s : PA – Late Models
Sat : June 23rd – Mountain Speedway ; St. John’s : PA – Factory Stocks
Sat : June 23rd – Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Motor Speedway ; Imperial : PA – Buckeye Outlaw Sprins
Sat : June 23rd – Shippensburg Speedway ; Shippensburg : PA – Sidewinder Sprints
Sat : June 23rd – Williams Grove Speedway ; Mechanicsburg : PA – Super Sportsman
Sat : June 23rd – L’Autodrome Chaudiere ; Vallee Junction : Quebec – PASS North Super Late Models
Sat : June 23rd – Langley Speedway ; Hampton : VA – NASCAR K&N Pro East Series
Sat : June 23rd – Motor Mile Speedway ; Radford : VA – Late Models
Sat : June 23rd – Motor Mile Speedway ; Radford : VA – Limited Sportsman
Sat : June 23rd – Motor Mile Speedway ; Radford : VA – Street Stock
Sat : June 23rd – Wythe Raceway ; Rural Retreat : VA – Lucas Oil Late Models
Sat : June 23rd – Cedar Lake Speedway ; New Richmond : WI – Late Models
Sat : June 23rd – Cedar Lake Speedway ; New Richmond : WI – Modifieds
Sat : June 23rd – Cedar Lake Speedway ; New Richmond : WI – Midwest Modifieds
Sat : June 23rd – TNT Speedway ; Three Lakes : WI – Wissota Midwest Modifieds
Sat : June 23rd – TNT Speedway ; Three Lakes : WI – Wissota Street Stocks
Sat : June 23rd – Wilmot Raceway ; Wilmot : WI – AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Cars
Sun : June 24th – Kokomo Speedway ; Kokomo : IN – Midwest Mini-Sprint Association
Sun : June 24th – Winchester Speedway ; Winchester : IN – ARCA Racing Series
Sun : June 24th – Highway 3 Raceway ; Allison : IA – Henrick Racing Figure 8s
Sun : June 24th – I-96 Speedway ; Lake Odessa : MI – Hell Tour DIRTCar Late Models Summer Nationals
Sun : June 24th – I-96 Speedway ; Lake Odessa : MI – DIRTCar Summit UMP Modified Nationals
Sun : June 24th – Legon Speedway ; Wentworth : NH – Sprint Cars of New England
Sun : June 24th – Thunder Mountain Speedway ; Bottineau : ND – Wissota Midwest Modifieds
Sun : June 24th – Thunder Mountain Speedway ; Bottineau : ND – Sport Stocks
Sun : June 24th – Cornwall Motor Speedway ; Cornwall : Ontario – World of Outlaws Late Models
Sun : June 24th – Grandview Speedway ; Bechtelsville : PA – North East Enduro Tour
Sun : June 24th – Angell Park Speedway ; Sun Prairie : WI – AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Cars
Tue : June 26th – Belle-Clair Speedway ; Belleville : IL – Hell Tour DIRTCar Late Models Summer Nationals
Tue : June 26th – Belle-Clair Speedway ; Belleville : IL – DIRTCar Summit UMP Modified Nationals
Tue : June 26th – Canandaigua Speedway ; Canandaigua : NY – World of Outlaws Late Models
Tue : June 26th – Dunn Tire Raceway Park ; Lancaster : NY – DIRT 358 Modifieds
Tue : June 26th – Dunn Tire Raceway Park ; Lancaster : NY – Street Stocks
Tue : June 26th – Dunn Tire Raceway Park ; Lancaster : NY – TQ Midgets
Wed : June 27th – Mineral City Speedway ; Fort Dodge : IA – USMTS Casey’s Cup Qualifier
Wed : June 27th – Clarksville Speedway ; Clarksville : TN – Hell Tour DIRTCar Late Models Summer Nationals
Wed : June 27th – Clarksville Speedway ; Clarksville : TN – DIRTCar Summit UMP Modified Nationals
Thu : June 28th – Fairmont Raceway ; Fairmont : MN – USMTS National Championship Series Modifieds
Thu : June 28th – Van Wert Fairgrounds ; Van Wert : OH – Antique Auto Racing Association
Thu : June 28th – Coos Bay International Speedway ; Coos Bay : OR – West Coast Vintage Racers
Thu : June 28th – Lernerville Speedway ; Sarver : PA – World of Outlaws Late Models
Thu : June 28th – Clay Hill Motorsports Park ; Atwood : TN – Hell Tour DIRTCar Late Models Summer Nationals
Thu : June 28th – Clay Hill Motorsports Park ; Atwood : TN – DIRTCar Summit UMP Modified Nationals
Thu : June 28th – Duck River Speedway ; Wheel : TN – Southern Regional Racing Series

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