Cory Eliason Wins At Wilmot Raceway For Second Consecutive All Star victory

2020 Opening Day - Port Royal Speedway - 26 Cory Eliason

WILMOT, WI – For the second time in as many starts, Visalia, California’s Cory Eliason is an Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 main event winner, accomplishing his feat during All Star/IRA Outlaw Sprint Series co-sanctioned action at Wilmot Raceway in Wilmot, Wisconsin, on Friday evening, August 21. Impressive, nonetheless, leading 21 circuits of the 30-lap contest while maneuvering through wave after wave of slower traffic, the 2020 All Star championship hopeful was forced to manhandle an ill-handling car, as ignition trouble kept the Rudeen Racing powerplant from reaching full potential.

Despite the loss of horsepower, Eliason held strong, ultimately holding off advancements by Ian Madsen, Hunter Schuerenberg and Tyler Courtney during a pair of green-white-checkered restarts. The Wilmot Raceway victory, Eliason’s first with the Series at the southern Wisconsin short track, was accompanied by a $5,000 top prize.

“This just goes to show how hard these guys work back at the shop,” Cory Eliason said in victory lane, driver of the Rudeen Racing/Hager Realty/Rayce Rudeen Foundation/Rudeen Management/No. 26 sprint car. “It was an eventful few weeks for us with all the racing at Knoxville, but it was nice to come to a place like Wilmot and run at a track that really reminds me of back home in California. I’m not really sure what happened, but by lap three, the motor started to really go flat. Honestly, that may have helped me overall because it didn’t allow for the tires to spin. But regardless, I can’t thank Kevin Rudeen and his family enough for what they do for this race team. I’m sure they were all watching at home tonight.”

Starting third on the feature grid by way of dash result, Eliason’s initial jump proved to be an instant turning point, allowing the driver of the familiar blue No. 26 get around pole sitter Hunter Schuerenberg to secure second by the completion of lap one. At the time, Aurora, Illinois’ Blake Nimee was the main event leader, followed by Eliason, Aaron Reutzel and Schuerenberg.

By lap five, the top three found themselves staring at the back of the field, which was stacking up to be two and three wide and engulfing all lanes of the speedway. The gaggle of slower cars actually proved to be a major benefit for Eliason, who was chipping away at Nimee’s lead in a hurry.




Just four laps later, Eliason was all over Nimee for the top spot, eventually utilizing a slingshot move into corner three to blast around the race leader and a slower car. The move was successful, leaving Nimee in his tracks with Aaron Reutzel and Ian Madsen in tow.

With a caution on lap 15 making way for a clear track and clean air, Eliason’s campaign at the front of the field was relatively uneventful during the middle segment of the main event, that until caution flags reappeared with only two laps remaining, brought about by two-time All Star Circuit of Champions champion and current point leader, Aaron Reutzel, who did a 360-degree spin while battling in the fourth position.

The ensuing restart was only a tease, as Tyler Courtney, who had battled his way from tenth to second, and looked strong enough to challenge Eliason for top honors, spun to a stop in turn one collecting a handful of other competitors. Contact between Ian Madsen’s front bumper and Courtney’s rear bumper ignited the small pileup.

Despite the pause, and a sour engine, Eliason held tough on the following restart, keeping Ian Madsen, Hunter Schuerenberg, Zeb Wise, and Gerard McIntyre at bay.

What’s Next:
The Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 will continue their two-day sweep through Wisconsin and Indiana with a Saturday night visit to Plymouth Speedway in Plymouth, Indiana, on August 22. The Plymouth invasion will feature Tony Stewart’s All Stars in the Hoosier State for the first and only time in 2020. For more information, fans are encouraged to visit Plymouth Speedway online at www.plymouthspeedway.net.

Contingency Awards/Results: Wilmot Raceway – August 21, 2020:
Event: All Stars vs. IRA
Entries: 35
C&R Racing Warm-Ups: Aaron Reutzel – 13.116
Lincoln Electric Fast Qualifier: Ian Madsen – 13.109
Ford Performance Heat #1 Winner: Zeb Wise
All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads Heat #2 Winner: Justin Peck
Hunt Brothers Pizza Heat #3 Winner: Hunter Schuerenberg
Mobil 1 Heat #4 Winner: Tyler Courtney
Kear’s Speed Shop Dash #1 Winner: Hunter Schuerenberg
Elliott’s Custom Trailers and Carts Dash #2 Winner: Blake Nimee
Classic Ink USA Screenprinting & Embroidery B-Main Winner: Todd Daun
Rayce Rudeen Foundation First Non-Transfer: Scott Biertzer
Ollie’s Bargain Outlet A-Main Winner: Cory Eliason
Hercules Tire A-Main Hard Charger: Scotty Neitzel (+10)

Qualifying

Group (A)
1. 5J-Jeremy Schultz, 13.534; 2. 11-Zeb Wise, 13.563; 3. 25-Danny Schlafer, 13.613; 4. 65-Jordan Goldesberry, 13.780; 5. 73-Jake Blackhurst, 13.800; 6. 4B-Scott Biertzer, 13.868; 7. 4K-Kris Spitz, 13.933; 8. O-Johnny Fahl, 13.996; 9. 29-Hunter Custer, 14.058

Group (B)
1. 17-Ian Madsen, 13.109; 2. 26-Cory Eliason, 13.186; 3. 13-Justin Peck, 13.237; 4. 79-Blake Nimee, 13.439; 5. 14R-Sean Rayhall, 13.607; 6. 99-Skylar Gee, 13.635; 7. 43-Jereme Schroeder, 13.717; 8. 20R-Robbie Pribnow, 13.919; 9. 77-Wayne Modjeski, 13.969

Group (C)
1. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 13.138; 2. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg, 13.479; 3. 23-Russel Borland, 13.542; 4. 55D-Austin DeBlauw, 13.702; 5. 2W-Scotty Neitzel, 13.735; 6. 10V-Matt Vandervere, 13.787; 7. 73af-Scotty Thiel, 14.016; 8. 14m-Jack Rouston, 14.303; 9. 5H-Patrick Haynes, 14.775

Group (D)
1. O7-Gerard McIntyre, 13.338; 2. 68-Dave Uttech, 13.408; 3. 7BC-Tyler Courtney, 13.420; 4. 14-Tony Stewart, 13.439; 5. 17B-Bill Balog, 13.476; 6. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.698; 7. 19-Todd Daun, 13.708; 8. 21N-Frankie Nervo, 13.868

Heat #1 – Group (A) (10 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer
1. 11-Zeb Wise [3]; 2. 65-Jordan Goldesberry [1]; 3. 25-Danny Schlafer [2]; 4. 5J-Jeremy Schultz [4]; 5. 73-Jake Blackhurst [5]; 6. 4K-Kris Spitz [7]; 7. 4B-Scott Biertzer [6]; 8. O-Johnny Fahl [8]; 9. 29-Hunter Custer [9]

Heat #2 – Group (B) (10 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer
1. 13-Justin Peck [2]; 2. 79-Blake Nimee [1]; 3. 26-Cory Eliason [3]; 4. 99-Skylar Gee [6]; 5. 17-Ian Madsen [4]; 6. 20R-Robbie Pribnow [8]; 7. 14R-Sean Rayhall [5]; 8. 77-Wayne Modjeski [9]; 9. 43-Jereme Schroeder [7]

Heat #3 – Group (C) (10 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer
1. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg [3]; 2. 23-Russel Borland [2]; 3. 87-Aaron Reutzel [4]; 4. 73AF-Scotty Thiel [7]; 5. 2W-Scotty Neitzel [5]; 6. 14M-Jack Rouston [8]; 7. 10V-Matt Vandervere [6]; 8. 5H-Patrick Haynes [9]; 9. 55D-Austin DeBlauw [1]

Heat #4 – Group (D) (10 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer
1. 7BC-Tyler Courtney [2]; 2. 14-Tony Stewart [1]; 3. O7-Gerard McIntyre [4]; 4. 17B-Bill Balog [5]; 5. W20-Greg Wilson [6]; 6. 68-Dave Uttech [3]; 7. 19-Todd Daun [7]; 8. 21N-Frankie Nervo [8]

Dash #1 (4 Laps)
1. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg [2]; 2. 26-Cory Eliason [4]; 3. 11-Zeb Wise [1]; 4. 13-Justin Peck [3]; 5. O7-Gerard McIntyre [5]

Dash #2 (4 Laps)
1. 79-Blake Nimee [1]; 2. 87-Aaron Reutzel [2]; 3. 17-Ian Madsen [4]; 4. 5J-Jeremy Schultz [3]; 5. 7BC-Tyler Courtney [5]

B-Main (12 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer
1. 19-Todd Daun [6]; 2. 20R-Robbie Pribnow [3]; 3. 14R-Sean Rayhall [2]; 4. 10V-Matt Vandervere [7]; 5. 4B-Scott Biertzer [8]; 6. 77-Wayne Modjeski [10]; 7. 21N-Frankie Nervo [9]; 8. 55D-Austin DeBlauw [13]; 9. O-Johnny Fahl [11]; 10. 43-Jereme Schroeder [14]; 11. 68-Dave Uttech [1]; 12. 5H-Patrick Haynes [12]; 13. 29-Hunter Custer [15]; 14. 4K-Kris Spitz [4]; 15. 14M-Jack Rouston [5]

A-Main (30 Laps)
1. 26-Cory Eliason [3]; 2. 17-Ian Madsen [6]; 3. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg [1]; 4. 11-Zeb Wise [5]; 5. O7-Gerard McIntyre [9]; 6. 14-Tony Stewart [11]; 7. 99-Skylar Gee [16]; 8. 5J-Jeremy Schultz [8]; 9. 2W-Scotty Neitzel [19]; 10. 65-Jordan Goldesberry [13]; 11. W20-Greg Wilson [18]; 12. 73AF-Scotty Thiel [17]; 13. 23-Russel Borland [12]; 14. 87-Aaron Reutzel [4]; 15. 13-Justin Peck [7]; 16. 79-Blake Nimee [2]; 17. 10V-Matt Vandervere [24]; 18. 25-Danny Schlafer [14]; 19. 7BC-Tyler Courtney [10]; 20. 17B-Bill Balog [15]; 21. 20R-Robbie Pribnow [22]; 22. 19-Todd Daun [21]; 23. 14R-Sean Rayhall [23]; 24. 73-Jake Blackhurst [20] Lap Leaders: Blake Nimee (1-9), Cory Eliason (10-30)

2020 All Star Circuit of Champions Driver Standings: (As of August 21, 2020)
1. Aaron Reutzel – 4158
2. Cory Eliason – 4094
3. Zeb Wise – 3874
4. Paul McMahan – 3780
5. Skylar Gee – 3610
6. Greg Wilson – 3536
7. Josh Baughman – 3492
8. Kyle Larson – 2642
9. Brock Zearfoss – 24040
10. Danny Dietrich – 2336