Sunshine’s Hot! Tyler Courtney Wins At Wilmot Friday For Fifth All Star Sprint Checker Of ’21

Story By: TYLER ALTMEYER / ALL STAR CIRCUIT OF CHAMPIONS – WILMOT, WI – “Sunshine” Tyler Courtney made it look easy on Friday night at Wilmot Raceway in Wilmot, Wisconsin, smooth sailing from the pole position to not only claim his fifth FloRacing All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 victory of the 2021 season, his second in two days, but doing so in dominating fashion, ending the 30-lap All Stars versus IRA Outlaw Sprint Series contest by a final margin of victory equaling just over five seconds, lapping up to the 13th position in the process.

“This is a lot of fun, and when you have a great race car like this, you have to capitalize on it,” Tyler Courtney said in Wilmot victory lane. “Times like these come and go, but luckily we’re on the coming side of that right now. I just can’t say enough about this team. This whole Clauson Marshall deal is going really well right now. I don’t even know what to say, to be honest.”

Courtney, aboard the Clauson Marshall Racing/NOS Energy Drink/Turbo/No. 7BC sprint car, led each and every circuit at the Wilmot short track, and although the Indianapolis, Indiana-native maintained the point relatively unchallenged, lapped traffic between laps 15 and 20 did present a potential problem for the former USAC champion and the current All Star championship points leader. In fact, it was a five-car road block that Courtney was up against, but after five laps, utilizing patience and persistence to get through the roaming traffic jam, “Sunshine” persevered and made it out on the other side.

“This place can be tough in traffic, and you don’t know what’s going on behind you,” Courtney continued. “The bottom was starting to slow down so I knew the top was going to be coming in there at some point. It all came down to choosing the right line at the right time. A lapped car would miss his line and that allowed me to slip by. That happened with a few of them. Once I got clear, I was just worried about setting a solid pace and building a gap between myself and who was behind me.”

Ian Madsen, who shared the front row with Tyler Courtney, finished second at Wilmot, followed by Rudeen Racing’s Cory Eliason, Gio Scelzi, and Rico Abreu. Bill Balog, who was forced to surrender his initial starting position in row four due to a mechanical hiccup that he discovered during the four-wide salute, charged ahead from the tail to finish sixth.

With all stats considered, Courtney now owns nine podium finishes in his last ten races; all five All Star victories occurring since May 14.

With two down and two to go, All Stars versus IRA action will now move to the Plymouth Dirt Track at Sheboygan County Fairgrounds on Saturday, June 5, followed by a Sunday night visit to Angell Park Speedway in Sun Prairie on June 6. Each of the remaining Wisconsin blockbusters will feature $6,000-to-win main events.

Contingency Awards/Results: Wilmot Raceway – Friday, June 4, 2021
Event: All Stars vs. IRA
Entries: 39
C&R Racing Hot Laps: Bill Balog | 13.028
Dixie Vodka Fast Qualifier: Ian Madsen | 12.996
Ford Performance Heat #1 Winner: Hunter Schuerenberg
All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads Heat #2 Winner: Tyler Courtney
Hunt Brothers Pizza Heat #3 Winner: Bill Balog
Mobil 1 Heat #4 Winner: Cory Eliason
Kear’s Speed Shop Dash #1 Winner: Tyler Courtney
Elliott’s Custom Trailers and Carts Dash #2 Winner: Ian Madsen
Classic Ink USA Screenprinting & Embroidery B-Main Winner: Jordan Goldesberry
Rayce Rudeen Foundation First Non-Transfer: Robbie Pribnow
FloRacing A-Main Winner: Tyler Courtney
Hercules Tire A-Main Hard Charger: Bill Balog (+18)

Qualifying

Group (A)
1. 11-Ian Madsen, 12.996; 2. 18-Gio Scelzi, 13.073; 3. 10-Zeb Wise, 13.136; 4. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg, 13.297; 5. 65-Jordan Goldesberry, 13.348; 6. 91-Kyle Reinhardt, 13.464; 7. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.631; 8. 9K-Kyle Schuett, 13.643; 9. 77-Wayne Modjeski, 13.840; 10. 29-Hunter Custer, 14.215

Group (B)
1. 24-Rico Abreu, 13.131; 2. 7BC-Tyler Courtney, 13.335; 3. 5J-Jeremy Schultz, 13.403; 4. 68-Dave Uttech, 13.422; 5. 51B-Joe B. Miller, 13.500; 6. O7-Skylar Gee, 13.616; 7. 14R-Sean Rayhall, 13.760; 8. 49-Josh Schneiderman, 13.820; 9. 4TJ-Brain Kristan, 14.027; 10. 61-Zack Hansen, 14.344

Group (C)
1. 73-Scotty Thiel, 13.158; 2. 4-Cap Henry, 13.237; 3. 5-Paul McMahan, 13.352; 4. 17B-Bill Balog, 13.445; 5. 79-Blake Nimee, 13.475; 6. 39-Jake Blackhurst, 13.530; 7. 20R-Robbie Pribnow, 13.722; 8. 43-Jereme Schroeder, 13.845; 9. 4K-Kris Spitz, 14.001; 10. 23-Russel Borland, 14.025

Group (D)
1. 2W-Scotty Neitzel, 13.222; 2. 13-Spencer Bayston, 13.290; 3. 25-Danny Schlafer, 13.429; 4. 26-Cory Eliason, 13.572; 5. 8M-TJ Michael, 13.582; 6. 21-Carson Short, 13.593; 7. 18S-Byrce Schmitt, 14.429; 8. 97-Alan Gilbertson, 14.432; 9. 70-Chris Klemko, 14.631

Heat #1 – Group (A) (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer
1. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg [1]; 2. 10-Zeb Wise [2]; 3. 18-Gio Scelzi [3]; 4. 11-Ian Madsen [4]; 5. 91-Kyle Reinhardt [6]; 6. 65-Jordan Goldesberry [5]; 7. 9K-Kyle Schuett [8]; 8. 77-Wayne Modjeski [9]; 9. 29-Hunter Custer [10]; 10. W20-Greg Wilson [7]

Heat #2 – Group (B) (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer
1. 7BC-Tyler Courtney [3]; 2. 24-Rico Abreu [4]; 3. 5J-Jeremy Schultz [2]; 4. 68-Dave Uttech [1]; 5. 51B-Joe B. Miller [5]; 6. O7-Skylar Gee [6]; 7. 14R-Sean Rayhall [7]; 8. 49-Josh Schneiderman [8]; 9. 4TJ-Brain Kristan [9]; 10. 61-Zack Hansen [10]

Heat #3 – Group (C) (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer
1. 17B-Bill Balog [1]; 2. 4-Cap Henry [3]; 3. 5-Paul McMahan [2]; 4. 73-Scotty Thiel [4]; 5. 79-Blake Nimee [5]; 6. 20R-Robbie Pribnow [7]; 7. 39-Jake Blackhurst [6]; 8. 4K-Kris Spitz [9]; 9. 23-Russel Borland [10]; 10. 43-Jereme Schroeder [8]

Heat #4 – Group (D) (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer
1. 26-Cory Eliason [1]; 2. 13-Spencer Bayston [3]; 3. 2W-Scotty Neitzel [4]; 4. 25-Danny Schlafer [2]; 5. 8M-TJ Michael [5]; 6. 21-Carson Short [6]; 7. 97-Alan Gilbertson [8]; 8. 70-Chris Klemko [9]; 9. 18S-Byrce Schmitt [7]

Dash #1 (4 Laps)
1. 7BC-Tyler Courtney [4]; 2. 73-Scotty Thiel [1]; 3. 24-Rico Abreu [2]; 4. 17B-Bill Balog [3]; 5. 26-Cory Eliason [5]

Dash #2 (4 Laps)
1. 11-Ian Madsen [1]; 2. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg [2]; 3. 18-Gio Scelzi [4]; 4. 10-Zeb Wise [3]; 5. 2W-Scotty Neitzel [5]

B-Main (12 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer
1. 39-Jake Blackhurst [2]; 2. 65-Jordan Goldesberry [1]; 3. 21-Carson Short [3]; 4. O7-Skylar Gee [4]; 5. 20R-Robbie Pribnow [5]; 6. 4K-Kris Spitz [9]; 7. 9K-Kyle Schuett [6]; 8. 49-Josh Schneiderman [8]; 9. 4TJ-Brain Kristan [12]; 10. 70-Chris Klemko [10]; 11. 43-Jereme Schroeder [15]; 12. 29-Hunter Custer [13]; 13. 23-Russel Borland [11]; 14. 18S-Byrce Schmitt [14]; 15. 97-Alan Gilbertson [7]; 16. 61-Zack Hansen [16]

A-Main (30 Laps)
1. 7BC-Tyler Courtney [1]; 2. 11-Ian Madsen [2]; 3. 26-Cory Eliason [8]; 4. 18-Gio Scelzi [6]; 5. 24-Rico Abreu [5]; 6. 17B-Bill Balog [24]; 7. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg [4]; 8. 21-Carson Short [22]; 9. 73-Scotty Thiel [3]; 10. 2W-Scotty Neitzel [9]; 11. 91-Kyle Reinhardt [16]; 12. 39-Jake Blackhurst [20]; 13. O7-Skylar Gee [23]; 14. 10-Zeb Wise [7]; 15. 4-Cap Henry [10]; 16. 25-Danny Schlafer [15]; 17. 8M-TJ Michael [19]; 18. 68-Dave Uttech [14]; 19. 79-Blake Nimee [17]; 20. 51B-Joe B. Miller [18]; 21. 65-Jordan Goldesberry [21]; 22. 5-Paul McMahan [12]; 23. 5J-Jeremy Schultz [13]; 24. 13-Spencer Bayston [11] Lap Leaders: Tyler Courtney (1-30)

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