Start your engines

To rev up excitement for two big racing events at the Hamilton County Speedway on Wednesday, Mike Wiemann put racing on display in downtown Webster City.

Both the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and the United States Modified Touring Series, USMTS, came to the Speedway Wednesday night. To promote the events, Wiemann, owner of Critter Nation, received clearance from the City Council to display a car in front of his store.

“There’s a lot of things going on at the racetrack,” Wiemann said. “We wanted to bring someone downtown that will be racing tonight.”

Racer Joey Jensen, who going into the final championship race was second in points in the northern series of the USMTS, was at Critter Nation to show off his car, numbered “V2” in front of the store from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wiemann said Jensen and other drivers race for a lot of money and prestige. He said prize money for the race could be about $5,000 if Jensen races well.

Wiemann said he tried to get a driver from the Late Model Series in front of his store as well. However, with the busy nature of travelling and repairing cars for the series, he was unable to get a driver from that Series.

“You never know when you’re touring if you’ll blow a tire or wreck an engine,” Wiemann said.

The Late Model cars are full body cars, with body panels surrounding most of the car. Those cars are also wider than the cars featured in the USMTS. The Late Model cars, according to Wiemann, have roughly 700 horsepower, while Jensen’s car has about 600 to 650 horsepower. Modified cars have an open front end, with open wheel and wider wheel bases.