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Season Wrap-up

I want to thank my whole family, sponsors and supporters for making it possible for our team to win the 2017 UMSS CHAMPIONSHIP. We ended our season with 6 feature wins and 12 top 3 finishes out of 16 shows. Our EMI/Parker Powered sprint car never let us down. Special thanks to Dave Reedy from Penske Shocks for helping my brother and Chris Weidendorf give me a consistent car all season. I also have to thank my Uncle and Greg Parent for putting the Midwest Power Series together which we ended up finishing third overall! We are a already planning for 2018, stay tune for more off season updates.

Midwest Power Equipment
Dairy Queen – Glencoe 
Edward Jones – Arlan Grages
GRP Motorsports
EDCO – EDCO Products
Al Parker Engines – Al Parker Engines 
Sunesta Awning – Sunesta.com
Done Rite – Done Rite Powder Coating
Racing Eclipse – RE Enterprises
Penske Racing Shocks
Chamelion Plus – Chamelion Plus Alkaline
Hooker Harness – Hooker Harness
TL Racing
EMI Eagle Chassis
Lyle's Quick-changes
Ray Eckard-Steering Gears
DGGI-Cody Cody White
MBR-fuel

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Jackson, MN (8-22-17)

Chris Graf and Graf Motorsports scored a podium finish with the Upper Midwest Sprintcar Series (UMSS) and an IMCA 305 win on back to back nights over the weekend. The #20G started off the weekend Friday at Granite City Speedway in Sauk Rapids, MN for the resumption of the UMSS schedule and race number five in the Midwest Power Equipment/GRP Motorsports Series.

Graf would start both his heat race and challenge race in the fourth position and subsequently finish both in second place. Those finishes put the Graf Motorsports machine firmly in the top four redraw for the nights main event. Graf drew the three pill for the twenty-five lap feature.

“We have been happy with the car all night” said Graf. “Track position is always really important here so I wish we were starting on the front row but we will get after it and see what we can do.”

On the start, Graf would edge ahead of fourth starting Ryan Bowers, fall in line behind the leaders and begin to run down the back of the field. They would encounter the back-markers after only five laps. The top four cars maneuvered through heavy lap traffic the remaining twenty laps without changing position. Graf would finish in third.

“Starting behind Brooke (Tatnell) and Derrik (Lusk) we knew we had our work cut out for us with how the track was at the start of the race.” mentioned Graf. “The top was really good and without a caution or rubber being laid down on the bottom it was going to take a big mistake in lap traffic to run those guys down. All in all we are happy with the night though. We’re disappointed that Madison cancelled for tomorrow (Saturday). We need races to run down Derrik for the Midwest Power Series title.”

The rainout in Madison gave the #20G team an opportunity to race their 305 at Arlington Raceway, a track that holds a special place in Graf’s heart and a place where he’s won two 305 features in a row.

“I grew up racing at Arlington and have a ton of laps there.” smiled Graf. “It’s also close to home and a lot of our family, friends and sponsors can come out and watch us race. We look forward to coming to Arlington when we get the chance.”

Graf started his eight lap heat race on the inside of the third row and advanced one place to finish in second at the checkered flag. Graf’s point average would again find him starting the feature inside of the the second row. Using an extremely strong start, the #20G rocketed to the lead before the exit of turn two and dominate the twenty lap feature event.

“These 305 cars are so evenly matched that you have to be aggressive and take advantage of opportunities when they present themselves.” said Graf. “I saw an opening on the start and went for it. I think all my laps around here gave me the confidence to do that. Pumped that we can get our third win here in a row.”

The Graf Motorsports #20G will return to the track this Saturday at Upper Iowa Speedway in Decorah, Ia. for their UMSS/Midwest Power Series race. Graf trails Derrik Lusk by twenty-eight points for the series point lead with only three races remaining. Graf leads third place Ryan Bowers by the same twenty-eight point margin.

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Recent Results:

Granite City Speedway (8-18)
Heat: 4th to 2nd
Challenge: 4th to 2nd
Feature: 3rd to 3rd

Arlington Raceway (8-19)
Heat: 3rd to 2nd
Feature: 3rd to 1st

Upcoming Schedule:

(8-26) – Upper Iowa Speedway – Decorah, Ia (UMSS)

Graf Motorsports Sponsors:

Midwest Power Equipment
Dairy Queen – Glencoe – Glencoe Dairy Queen
Edward Jones – Edward Jones – Arlan Grages
GRP Motorsports
EDCO – EDCO Products
Al Parker Engines – Al Parker Engines (PMP)
Sunesta Awning – Sunesta.com
Done Rite – Done Rite Powder Coating
Racing Eclipse – RE Enterprises
Chamelion Plus – Chamelion Plus Alkaline
Hooker Harness – Hooker Harness
TL Racing

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Chris Graf Gets Off To Good Start At Britt In Defense Of Title

The Midwest Power Equipment/GRP Motorsports first race of nine in the series had to weather a rain delay at the beginning of the program, but when the final checkers flew on the UMSS feature, a familiar face graced Rock Auto Victory Lane at the Hancock County Speedway in Britt, Iowa during the inaugural appearance by the UMSS sprints at the northern Iowa black dirt track. Chris Graf of Glencoe, the 2015 and 2016 Midwest Power Series champion, got off to a good start in search of his third consecutive title. Graf led all 25 laps of the feature for the $1,500 payday. It was Graf's third UMSS win of the season.

Graf's victory did not come uncontested though. 2015 and 2016 UMSS champion Ryan Bowers of Ham Lake actually got by Graf on lap 16, but a caution for Reed Allex in turn four nullified the pass. The yellow turned into a red when Bowers suddenly pulled to a stop on the front stretch and bailed out of his sprint car on fire. After trying to extinguish the flames on the pants legs of his driver suit by rolling on the ground, Bowers jumped up just as the firemen arrived and sprinted towards a large water puddle where Allex had parked his sprint car. Bowers executed a perfect slide into the water to put out the fire. His car was also on fire from a fuel leak that had apparently developed earlier in the race but did not ignite until he slowed down under caution. The fire crew quickly extinguished the fire. The dramatic turn of events saw Graf still in the lead when the race restarted. Graf led the remaining ten laps caution-free for the win. Derrik Lusk of Jackson finished second. Mark Toews of Spirit Lake, John Schulz of West Burlington and Austin Johnson of Pleasant Hill rounded out the top five. For Toews, the evening had its share of good fortune and not-so-good fortune. In order to avoid Reed Allex, Toews ended up doing a complete 360 spin but kept going. With scoring reverting back to the last fully completed lap, Toews, who was running fourth, ended up restarting third when Bowers dropped out. That's were he crossed the finish line, but an issue developed in post-race tech. He was paid for last place and all drivers behind him moved up one pay spot. The matter is still under review, so for scoring purposes at this time he is listed in third where he finished.

The weather and other area races kept the field down, but several strong competitors were on hand. Lusk and Graf won the 8 lap heat races. Given the rain delay at the beginning of the evening and the late start at 8:30, no challenge races or any other type of preliminary race was run, as the top four drivers in passing and finishing points following the heat races drew for starting positions in the first two rows of the feature.

A pair of former UMSS champions, Graf (2013) and Bowers (2015-16), drew the front row. Graf blasted into the lead early on and put some distance between himself and Bowers. On lap 10, Graf lapped Allex and one lap later put Kevin Bradwell a lap down. Graf closed in on Chase Viebrock, but Viebrock was fast and Graf had some difficulty lapping him. Bowers quickly closed the margin and by lap 14 was right behind Graf ready to challenge for the lead. Graf held off the challenges until Bowers bolted by on the outside exiting turn two and shot into the lead down the backstretch on lap 16, but the aforementioned caution flew and dramatically changed the complexion of the race. Midwest Power Equipment and GRP Motorsports added $1,500 to the purse making for a decent payout. Allex, Bradwell and Jared Goerges also earned $100 GRP Motorsports Tow Money bonuses for competing in all five of the season point shows so far and for being at the rained out event at Proctor on June 18.

Following a non-point show at the Knoxville Raceway on July 1, the UMSS sprints return to action on Saturday night July 8 at the Cedar Lake Speedway for the second race in the Midwest Power Equipment/GRP Motorsports Series. It's the second night of the popular World of Outlaws sprint car weekend at CLS, as the UMSS Traditional sprints will be racing on Friday night and the UMSS winged sprints run on Saturday with the WoO sprints racing full shows each night. It should be a great two nights of sprint car racing at the famous western Wisconsin dirt oval. Keep tabs on all of the UMSS winged sprint car action by visiting our website at www.umsprints.com and clicking on the red logo or by following us on Facebook.

UMSS Race Results - Hancock County Speedway June 30, 2017 (Race #9)

Midwest Power Equip & GRP Motorsports A Feature 1 (25 Laps): 1. 20G-Chris Graf, [1]; 2. 2-Derrik Lusk, [3]; 3. 5T-Mark Toews, [4]; 4. 99-John Schulz, [5]; 5. 81-Austin Johnson, [6]; 6. 9-Jared Goerges, [7]; 7. 50-Chase Viebrock, [8]; 8. 77-Kevin Bradwell, [10]; 9. (DNF) 64-Ryan Bowers, [2]; 10. (DNF) 91A-Reed Allex, [9].

Lap Leader: Graf 1-25. Cautions: (1) yellow for 91A turn 4 on lap 16. Turned into a red flag when 64 caught on fire (fuel fire). 64 had just passed 20G for the lead coming off turn two down the backstretch. Scoring reverted back to last fully completed lap 15. 64 & 91A out. 5T post-race tech issue under further review.

Hoosier Racing Tire Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 2-Derrik Lusk, [1]; 2. 5T-Mark Toews, [3]; 3. 81-Austin Johnson, [4]; 4. 9-Jared Goerges, [5]; 5. 91A-Reed Allex, [2].
Lap Leader: Lusk 1-8. No cautions.

Hoosier Racing Tire Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 20G-Chris Graf, [1]; 2. 64-Ryan Bowers, [5]; 3. 99-John Schulz, [3]; 4. 50-Chase Viebrock, [2]; 5. (DNF) 77-Kevin Bradwell, [4].
Lap Leader: Graf 1-8. No cautions.

Rock Auto Victory Lane photo courtesy of Scott Swenson.Article Credit: Greg Parent, UMSS Media Director

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Graf returns to Arlington
Jackson, MN (6-16-17)

Chris Graf and the Graf Motorsports #20G will make their return to Arlington Raceway after a nearly five year absence. With their 360 car not quite ready Graf will once again be running his Racesaver 305 this Saturday.

“We had a lot of fun running the 305 car at the Jackson Nationals and learned a lot. Really looking forward to taking it to Arlington.” mentioned Graf  “We haven’t raced there since 2012 and we had a lot of success when the UMSS raced there. And Arlington being only fifteen miles from home makes it nice too. Hopefully some Glencoe fans can make the trip Saturday.”

After racing Arlington this Saturday Graf plans a return to UMSS racing June 30th at Hancock County Speedway in Brit, Ia.

“We got our rear ends back from Lyle Haburn and our motor is on the way back from Parker so we should be good to go for Brit” said Graf.

 

Chris Graf would like to thank his sponsors:
– Midwest Power Equipment
– TL Racing
– Dairy Queen – Glencoe – Glencoe Dairy Queen
– Edward Jones – Arlan Grages – Edward Jones – Arlan Grages
– GRP Motorsports
– EDCO – EDCO Products
– Al Parker Engines – Parker Machine Performance
– Sunesta Awning & Outdoor Comfort – Sunesta.com
– Done Rite Powder Coating – Done Rite Powder Coating
– Racing Eclipse – RE Enterprises
– Chamelion Plus Alkaline – Chamelion Plus Alkaline
– Hooker Harness – Hooker Harness

 

Follow Chris on Social Media:
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Tatnell Stops Graf's UMSS Win Streak at Eagle Valley 5/28/2017

The third and final race of the UMSS Memorial Day Weekend tour through western Wisconsin concluded at the Eagle Valley Speedway on Sunday evening May 28. The trend of "firsts" in both UMSS divisions continued, as not only was it the first-ever appearance for the UMSS winged sprints at the Jim Falls track, but it was also Brooke Tatnell's first UMSS appearance of the season. Not surprisingly, it was Tatnell's first UMSS win of the season driving the potent Protofab #14 sprinter. What was not a first by any means, the win marked Tatnell's 32nd career trip to Rock Auto Victory Lane in UMSS competition. The "Awesome Aussie" left little doubt as to who would take home the $1,000 top prize, ending Chris Graf's weekend winning streak at two and Graf's bid for a weekend sweep for the GRP Motorsports $1,000 bonus. Thanks to some sponsorship help from Midwest Power Equipment and GRP Motorsports, the top three finishers in the feature earned some extra bonus money.

Graf, the 2013 series champion, knew ahead of time that Tatnell intended to race at Eagle Valley on Sunday after running Friday at Jackson and Saturday at Knoxville. What was not known ahead time was that two-time and defending UMSS champion Ryan Bowers of Ham Lake would also "be in the house" racing at Eagle Valley. Bowers drove the Kouba #5 sprinter. Two heat races were run for the twelve car field. Tatnell and Bowers prevailed in the heats. Tatnell was high points following the heats and drew the pole position much to the dismay of his fellow competitors. Graf however would start outside front row with Chase Viebrock and Bowers in the second row. Twice during the early part of the evening racing action was delayed because of rain showers. The first light shower hit during the national anthem and only caused a brief delay. A heavier shower dumped on the track during the hornet heat race just before the UMSS sprints were scheduled for their two heats. That one caused a longer delay, but the weather cooperated after that with the sun eventually reappearing before it set. Needless to say, the track was very fast following the extra water from Mother Nature and in great condition for the good-sized crowd that was on hand to enjoy some exciting racing action.

Tatnell immediately jumped up top on the cushion when the green flag waved for the 20 lap feature race. Turning super fast laps, Tatnell soon caught the cars running near the back of the field. Graf held second with Bowers in third followed by Viebrock and Jared Goerges. The lone caution flew when Viebrock slowed on the front stretch as Tatnell was passing him on lap 17 and the young driver from New Richmond stopped on the back straight. The report from race officials was that Viebrock had felt a vibration in his car and popped it out of gear. Scoring reverted back to lap 16, the last fully completed lap. Viebrock was able to refire, and under UMSS rules, he was able to tuck in behind the lead lap cars. Unless a car goes to the work area, lead lap cars start in front of lapped cars under UMSS rules.

The remaining four lap sprint to the checkers saw Tatnell once again pull away from the field for the victory. Graf made a bid on the restart to get by Tatnell, but it was not successful. Bowers was able to slip past Graf for second. Graf rode him in third. Goerges had moved up to fourth on lap 14 and finished there in front of Viebrock. Rounding out the top ten finishers was Mike Mueller in another fine performance in Jeff Pellersels car, MSA driver Andrew Westphal, Kevin Bradwell, Ty Sampair and Reed Allex. All cars finished. Westphal earned a special $100 GRP Motorsports Long Tow Award, as he had raced his MSA 360 sprint the night before up in Ashland with the IRA and stopped by Eagle Valley on the way back home to Fond Du Lac. The UMSS wishes to thank all drivers who participated in one or more events during the holiday weekend.

The UMSS winged sprints will participate in a co-sanctioned event at the Jackson Motorplex for the running of the Jackson Nationals on June 1-3. The MSTS and Nebraska 360 sprints along with the UMSS will comprise the 360 sprint portion of the show run under Jackson race procedures. The World of Outlaw sprint cars headline the program all three nights. The IMCA Racesaver 305 sprints also run each night, making for a nice three division program at the southern Minnesota track. The UMSS will then take a weekend off before heading out on their annual Northern Tour at the Hibbing Raceway and Proctor Speedway on June 17-18. Keep tabs on all of the UMSS winged sprint car action by visiting our website at www.umsprints.com and clicking on the red logo or by following us on Facebook.

UMSS Race Results - Eagle Valley Speedway May 28, 2017 (Race #5)

Midwest Power Equip & GRP Motorsports A Feature 1 (20 Laps): 1. 14-Brooke Tatnell[1]; 2. 5-Ryan Bowers[4]; 3. 20G-Chris Graf[2]; 4. 9-Jared Goerges[7]; 5. 50-Chase Viebrock[3]; 6. 22-Mike Mueller[11]; 7. 81-Andrew Westphal[5]; 8. 77-Kevin Bradwell[9]; 9. N1-Ty Sampair[10]; 10. 91A-Reed Allex[6]; 11. 7M-Bob McVitty[8]; 12. 95-Trevor Redding[12].
Lap Leader: Tatnell 1-20. Cautions: (1) yellow with 16 laps scored for 50 stopped on backstretch. 50 restarted at tail end of lead lap cars, as he was running fifth at the time on the lead lap.

Hoosier Racing Tire Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 14-Brooke Tatnell[5]; 2. 50-Chase Viebrock[4]; 3. 91A-Reed Allex[2]; 4. 7M-Bob McVitty[3]; 5. 77-Kevin Bradwell[1]; 6. 22-Mike Mueller[6].
Lap Leader: Tatnell 1-8. No cautions.

Rock Auto Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 5-Ryan Bowers[2]; 2. 20G-Chris Graf[1]; 3. 81-Andrew Westphal[4]; 4. 9-Jared Goerges[5]; 5. N1-Ty Sampair[3]; 6. 95-Trevor Redding[6].
Lap Leader: Bowers 1-8. No cautions.

Rock Auto Victory Lane photo courtesy of Vince Peterson at Track Rat Photos.Article Credit: Greg Parent, UMSS Media Director


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Graf Overtakes Viebrock Late at Rice Lake for Thrilling Win 5/27/2017

For over eighteen laps it looked like young Chase Viebrock of New Richmond was poised to pick up his first winged sprint car win, but Chris Graf of Glencoe had other thoughts. Coming out of turn four to complete nineteen laps and take the white flag, Graf ducked underneath Viebrock for the lead and held off a bid by "The New Richmond Nightmare" to regain the top spot on his way to his second win of the weekend and fifteenth career Upper Midwest Sprint Car Series trip to Rock Auto Victory Lane. It was also Graf's second victory at the Rice Lake Speedway, having won on May 28 back in 2011. The win kept Graf's bid intact to claim the $1,000 GRP Motorsports Clean Sweep Bonus in effect during the three-race Memorial Day Weekend series in western Wisconsin. Graf will have the opportunity on Sunday evening at the Eagle Valley Speedway. The 2013 UMSS champion earned $1,000 for his thrilling victory at Rice Lake. Thanks to some sponsorship help from Midwest Power Equipment and GRP Motorsports, the top three finishers in the feature earned some extra bonus money.

Two heat races were run for a thinner than usual eleven car field. Not surprisingly, Graf and Viebrock picked up the wins. Once again, the UMSS held a King of the Hill challenge instead of the usual challenge races to determine how the first two rows would line up for the feature event. Just like the previous night at Red Cedar, the third and fourth place drivers in passing and finishing points in the heats ran a two lap race against each other. Jared Goerges defeated Kevin Bradwell to advance to the next round where he was scheduled to go up against Graf. In his heat race, Graf broke a rear end in his sprint car, and he and his crew were busy working to replace the damaged one with a new one. So Goerges matched up against Viebrock. Viebrock defeated Goerges and would roll off from the pole position for the 20 lap main event with Goerges to his outside. Bradwell and Graf would be in row two. For Graf, it just added a little extra drama to the evening. Later on that hard work to get his car ready would pay off. For the second consecutive night, Tony Norem had misfortune in hot laps. The previous night he broke a rear end at Red Cedar. On Saturday at Rice Lake he blew his motor. Out of equipment, Norem headed back home.

Viebrock blasted to the high lane right at the drop of the green flag for the 20 lap feature. Graf quickly moved to second on lap two also running up top. The laps clicked off in quick fashion until the lone caution of the race slowed the pace with eleven laps scored when Bradwell slid sideways in turn one and stopped. Bradwell restarted behind the other lead lap cars and the race was under green again. Commenting afterwards about his winning move coming to take the white flag, Graf indicated that "I needed to calm down and slow down just a bit, as I was coming into the corners a bit harder than I should. Once I did that with several laps to go, I found my rhythm and got going. I could see Chase was more patient and smoother than I was, and I started to think that maybe I was only a second place car tonight. The change in strategy worked and gave me a chance at the extra GRP money. I had incentive!" The disappointment was apparent for Viebrock having come so close, but he continues to gain experience in a winged sprint car and it likely will not be too long before it will be his turn to park it in Rock Auto Victory Lane. Rounding out the top five finishers was Goerges, Mike Mueller in a nice run in Jeff Pellersels car, and Reed Allex.

The UMSS winged sprints will conclude their three race Memorial Day Weekend tour when they are scheduled to visit the Eagle Valley Speedway for the first time ever on Sunday evening May 28. Will Chris Graf complete the weekend sweep? Will Chase Viebrock earn his first winged sprint feature win? Will another driver nix Graf's bid for the $1,000 GRP Motorsports Clean Sweep Bonus? The final chapter for the weekend will be written on Sunday night at Eagle Valley! Keep tabs on all of the UMSS winged sprint car action by visiting our website at www.umsprints.com and clicking on the red logo or by following us on Facebook.

UMSS Race Results - Rice Lake Speedway May 27, 2017 (Race #4)

Midwest Power Equip & GRP Motorsports A Feature 1 (20 Laps): 1. 20G-Chris Graf[4]; 2. 50-Chase Viebrock[1]; 3. 9-Jared Goerges[2]; 4. 22-Mike Mueller[6]; 5. 91A-Reed Allex[8]; 6. 77-Kevin Bradwell[3]; 7. N1-Ty Sampair[5]; 8. 7M-Bob McVitty[7]; 9. 95-Trevor Redding[9]; 10. (DNF) 93-Denny Stordahl[10]; (DNS) 1-Tony Norem.
Lap Leaders: Viebrock 1-18, Graf 19-20. Cautions: (1) yellow with 11 laps scored for 77 spin turn 1.

Hoosier Racing Tire Heat 1 (6 Laps): 1. 20G-Chris Graf[3]; 2. 9-Jared Goerges[1]; 3. N1-Ty Sampair[2]; 4. 7M-Bob McVitty[4]; 5. 95-Trevor Redding[5]; (DNS) 1-Tony Norem
Lap Leader: Graf 1-6. No cautions. 1 Norem scratched for the night after losing an engine in hot laps.

Hoosier Racing Tire Heat 2 (6 Laps): 1. 50-Chase Viebrock[4]; 2. 77-Kevin Bradwell[1]; 3. 22-Mike Mueller[2]; 4. 91A-Reed Allex[3]; 5. (DNF) 93-Denny Stordahl[5]
Lap Leader: Viebrock 1-6. No cautions.

King of the Hill Challenge (2 Laps): 1. 50-Chase Viebrock[1]; 2. 9-Jared Goerges[3]; 3. 77-Kevin Bradwell[4]; 4. 20G-Chris Graf[2]
First 2 lap match race Goerges defeated Bradwell. Second 2 lap match race Viebrock defeated Goerges. Graf defaulted to fourth, as he and his crew were replacing a broken rear end in his sprinter after his heat and unable to run the King of the Hill.

Rock Auto Victory Lane photo courtesy of Vince Peterson at Track Rat Photos.Article Credit: Greg Parent, UMSS Media Director


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Chris Graf Goes To Victory Lane at Red Cedar Speedway 5/26/2017

With rain staying to the north, a warm, pleasant spring evening was in store for the first-ever appearance of the Upper Midwest Sprint Car Series (UMSS) winged division at the Red Cedar Speedway to kick off the long Memorial Day Weekend. Although he came up a few feet short in the season opener back in April, Glencoe, Minnesota's Chris Graf left no doubt during the third UMSS race of the season who would park in Rock Auto Victory Lane on this night. The 2013 UMSS champion dominated the 20 lap feature and picked up $1,000 in the process. Thanks to some sponsorship help from Midwest Power Equipment and GRP Motorsports, the top three finishers in the feature earned some extra bonus money.

Several factors contributed to a rather thin field of cars in the winged sprint division. Cam Schafer and Graf topped the heats. Instead of challenge races, the UMSS ran a King of the Hill challenge to determine how the first two rows would line up for the feature event. The third and fourth place drivers in passing and finishing points in the heats ran a two lap race against each other. Jared Goerges defeated Kevin Bradwell to advance to the next round where he went against the second driver in points, Chris Graf. Goerges defeated Graf. High point driver Cam Schafer, after getting called for a jump on the first start, defeated Goerges in the final round. So it would be Schafer and Goerges on the front row with Graf and Bradwell rolling off from row two. When asked afterwards, each of the four drivers enjoyed the change of pace and agreed the King of the Hill race would be fun every now and then when the field is a bit short and challenge races are not feasible.

Schafer bolted into the lead at the drop of the green flag in the 20 lap main event, but after just one lap up front his car rolled to a stop on the back stretch with an engine failure. A quick caution on the restart for debris on the front straight, and it was all Graf after that. One more caution slowed the pace a few laps later for a spin, and the race then ran sixteen laps nonstop to the checkers. Goerges turned in a fine run for second, after he and Bradwell swapped the spot on several occasions for several laps. Bradwell earned his top winged sprint finish in Jim Smith's car in third. Reed Allex and Jeff Pellersels completed the top five. Tony Norem's car broke a rear end in hot laps and was done for the evening.

The UMSS winged sprints then headed to the Rice Lake Speedway for the second of a planned three-race Memorial Day Weekend tour through western Wisconsin. Graf also set himself up to be in line for the $1,000 GRP Motorsports Clean Sweep Bonus should he happen to win the next two races. Keep tabs on all of the UMSS winged sprint car action by visiting our website at www.umsprints.com and clicking on the red logo or by following us on Facebook.

UMSS Race Results - Red Cedar Speedway May 26, 2017 (Race #3)

Midwest Power Equip/GRP Motorsports A Feature 1 (20 Laps): 1. 20G-Chris Graf[3]; 2. 9-Jared Goerges[2]; 3. 77-Kevin Bradwell[4]; 4. 91A-Reed Allex[6]; 5. 22-Jeff Pellersels[5]; 6. 7M-Bob McVitty[7]; 7. (DNF) 87-Mike Mueller[8]; 8. (DNF) 5C-Cam Schafer[1]; (DNS) 1-Tony Norem
Lap Leaders Schafer 1, Graf 2-20. Cautions: (3) Yellow with one lap scored for 5c stopped on backstretch (blown motor). Yellow for debris on front stretch on restart. Yellow with 4 laps scored for 22 spin turn 2.

GRP Motorsports Heat 1 (6 Laps): 1. 5C-Cam Schafer[4]; 2. 77-Kevin Bradwell[2]; 3. 91A-Reed Allex[1]; 4. 7M-Bob McVitty[3]; (DNS) 87-Mike Mueller
Lap Leader: Schafer 1-6. No cautions.

GRP Motorsports Heat 2 (6 Laps): 1. 20G-Chris Graf[2]; 2. 9-Jared Goerges[4]; 3. 22-Jeff Pellersels[3]; (DNS) 1-Tony Norem
Lap Leader: Graf 1-6. No cautions.

King of the Hill Challenge (6 Laps): 1. 5C-Cam Schafer[1]; 2. 9-Jared Goerges[3]; 3. 20G-Chris Graf[2]; 4. 77-Kevin Bradwell[4]
Series of three match races for King of the Hill Challenge. Goerges defeated Bradwell in first match, Goerges then defeated Graf in second match, and Schafer defeated Goerges in the third match.

Rock Auto Victory Lane photo courtesy of Vince Peterson at Track Rat Photos.Article Credit: Greg Parent, UMSS Media Director

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Nygaard Tops Graf By .019 Seconds in Exciting UMSS Opener at CLS4/22/2017
Under sunny skies and pleasant spring temperatures, the 2017 season in the Upper Midwest Sprint Car Series (UMSS) winged division got underway at the Cedar Lake Speedway on Saturday night April 22. 2013 UMSS Champion Chris Graf of Glencoe looked like a for-sure winner, as he opened up a commanding lead in the 20 lap main event right from the start over Grand Forks, North Dakota driver Wade Nygaard. Graf built up a half lap lead by mid race and still had a large lead when he attempted to lap the third place car of Chase Viebrock. That task proved difficult and following a bobble by Graf in turn four with just a few laps remaining, Nygaard closed in and the battle for the top spot was on. Coming out of turn four on the final lap, Nygaard edged past Graf and was able to hold him off at the finish line by a mere .019 seconds for a thrilling come-from-behind photo finish! It was Nygaard's first career UMSS victory, his third career win at Cedar Lake, and his first at the popular western Wisconsin dirt oval since 2006. The close finish brought the crowd to its feet, as it ended up being the thrill of celebrating in Rock Auto Victory Lane for Nygaard and the disappointment of letting the race slip away for Graf.

Although the field was rather thin with just eleven winged sprints on hand, their feature race proved to be the best one of the evening. Heat race wins went to Graf and Nygaard. Young Victoria (Tori) Knutson won the first Challenge Race over Graf while Nygaard swapped the lead on a couple of occasions with Brandon Geldner before winning the second Challenge Race. Nygaard and Graf earned the top points in the double round of qualifiers, and drew the front row. Jared Goerges and Viebrock made up the second row for the 20 lap feature event.

The first attempt to get the feature underway saw Goerges spin in turn 4 on the opening lap. Graf immediately pulled away from the field when the race went green on the second start attempt. Nary a caution would wave after that, as the drama unfolded late in the race leading up to the thrilling finish. Following Nygaard and Graf was Viebrock in third. Viebrock managed to unlap himself on the final lap, as only the top three cars finished on the lead lap. Geldner and Jeff Pellersels rounded out the top five. The remainder of the top ten finishers included Knutson, Goerges, Reed Allex, Kevin Bradwell and Bob McVitty. Trevor Serbus did not finish.

The UMSS winged sprints next race will see them take part in a co-sanctioned event on Saturday May 6 at the Fairmont Raceway with the MSTS sprints. Following the Fairmont race, the UMSS sprints will get ready for a three-race Memorial Day Weekend trip through western Wisconsin with races at Red Cedar Speedway, Rice Lake Speedway and Eagle Valley Speedway on May 26-28. Keep tabs on all of the UMSS winged sprint car action by visiting our website at www.umsprints.com and clicking on the red logo or by following us on Facebook.

UMSS Race Results - Cedar Lake Speedway April 22, 2017 (Race #1)
Season Opener

GRP Motorsports A Feature 1 (20 Laps): 1. 9N-Wade Nygaard[1]; 2. 20G-Chris Graf[2]; 3. 50-Chase Viebrock[4]; 4. 75-Brandon Geldner[8]; 5. 22-Jeff Pellersels[6]; 6. 14K-Victoria Knutson[5]; 7. 9-Jared Goerges[3]; 8. 91A-Reed Allex[10]; 9. 77-Kevin Bradwell[7]; 10. 7M-Bob McVitty[9]; 11. (DNF) 10-Trevor Serbus[11].
Lap Leaders: Graf 1-19, Nygaard 20. Cautions: (1) yellow on initial start for 9 spin turn 4. Race then ran 20 laps nonstop. Margin of victory was .019 seconds with 9N making last lap turn 4 pass of 20G for the win at the line!

Challenge Race 1 (8 Laps): 1. 14K-Victoria Knutson[1]; 2. 20G-Chris Graf[5]; 3. 50-Chase Viebrock[3]; 4. 9-Jared Goerges[4]; 5. 7M-Bob McVitty[2]; (DNS) 10-Trevor Serbus.
Lap Leader: Knutson 1-8. Cautions: (1) yellow for 9 spin turn 2 lap 4.

Challenge Race 2 (8 Laps): 1. 9N-Wade Nygaard[5]; 2. 75-Brandon Geldner[2]; 3. 22-Jeff Pellersels[3]; 4. 77-Kevin Bradwell[4]; 5. 91A-Reed Allex[1].
Lap Leaders: Geldner 1, Nygaard 2, Geldner 3, Nygaard 4-8. No cautions.

Heat 1 (6 Laps): 1. 20G-Chris Graf[1]; 2. 77-Kevin Bradwell[2]; 3. 50-Chase Viebrock[4]; 4. 75-Brandon Geldner[3]; 5. 14K-Victoria Knutson[5]; 6. (DNF) 10-Trevor Serbus[6].
Lap Leader: Graf 1-6. No cautions.

Heat 2 (6 Laps): 1. 9N-Wade Nygaard[4]; 2. 9-Jared Goerges[5]; 3. 22-Jeff Pellersels[3]; 4. 7M-Bob McVitty[1]; 5. 91A-Reed Allex[2].
Lap Leader: Nygaard 1-6. No cautions.

Rock Auto Victory Lane photo courtesy of Vince Peterson at Track Rat Photos.Article Credit: Greg Parent, UMSS Media Director


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Exciting Billy Anderson Memorial Win For Chris Graf at Princeton 8/19/2016
[Exciting Billy Anderson Memorial Win For Chris Graf at Princeton]

It was worth the wait! Rain back on June 3rd forced the 15th Annual Billy Anderson Memorial at the Princeton Speedway to be postponed until Friday night August 19. Rain in the area nearly nixed the event again, but the weather cooperated and the UMSS winged sprints put on their best feature race of the season, one of the best in the eight year history of the series and likely one of the best in the running of the Billy Anderson Memorial as well. Rain earlier in the day along with overcast, humid conditions with rain just south of the track made for a fast, tacky and heavy racing surface at the 1/4 mile high-banked bullring. The UMSS sprints would find the conditions to their liking. 2013 UMSS Champion Chris Graf also found the racing conditions to his liking, as he came from his seventh starting spot to take the lead from Brooke Tatnell on lap 18 and go on to record his first win of the 2016 season to open up the scheduled six-race Midwest Power Series with a thrilling victory. Graf earned $2,000 for his effort. Track announcer Dean Reller interviewed Graf in Rock Auto Victory Lane following 25 laps of great feature racing action which saw four different leaders.

The UMSS winged sprints drew a good field of (17) cars despite less than desirable weather conditions. Following the usual double round of qualifying races, they lined up for their 25 lap feature event. Heat wins went to Derrik Lusk and Jamey Ogston while 2015 UMSS Champion Ryan Bowers and all-time career leading UMSS feature winner Brooke Tatnell topped the Challenge Races. The top four cars in points earned redrew for the first two rows of the feature with Lusk and Tatnell on the front row followed by three-time UMSS Champion Jerry Richert, Jr. and Bowers in row two.

Lusk launched to an early lead over Tatnell and Richert. Four laps into the race, the lone caution appeared when Leigh Thomas turned sideways in turn four. This set the stage for 21 green flag laps of exciting racing up front. Richert came from third to first on the restart exiting turn two and brought his brother-in-law Tatnell with him, as Lusk did not get a particularly good restart. Richert managed to hold off Tatnell over the next nine laps with Lusk, Bowers and Graf racing a short distance behind the leaders. After a couple of failed attempts to wrestle the lead away from Richert, Tatnell finally accomplished the task on lap 14. Meanwhile Graf was making significant progress on the bottom and got by Richert a lap later. Graf worked on Tatnell for three more laps and made what would be the winning pass on lap 18. Tatnell wasn't done, as he continued to challenge Graf for the top spot. Suddenly Bowers was in the mix in the waning laps while the leaders worked lapped traffic. Graf jumped the cushion a bit in turn four coming to the white flag which allowed Tatnell and Bowers to close in. Bowers moved past Tatnell entering turn one on the final lap just a few car lengths behind Graf. Graf made sure he didn't give the race away on the final circuit, as he raced to an exciting victory that had the crowd cheering on numerous occasions throughout the green flag run to the checkers.

Graf picked up a well-earned victory for his 12th career UMSS win and his first Billy Anderson Memorial title. Graf became the 11th different winner of this event in the 15 year history which includes a couple of rain outs. Only Richert and Tatnell have won the Billy Anderson Memorial twice. Bowers settled for second at the finish ahead of Tatnell, Richert and Lusk. Rounding out the top ten finishers was Troy Manteufel, Ogston, Tony Norem, Reed Allex and Jeff Pellersels. Norem was driving a second Pellersels car with the Chevy crate CT525 engine in it. Bowers also picked up an extra $500 for a special award sponsored by Mike Botzek. Botzek formerly owned the B1st sprint car which Billy Anderson drove from him for a few seasons. Botzek developed the Billy Anderson Memorial Passing Award which encompassed the most cars passed throughout the entire evening including the heats, challenge races and the feature. The feature also had lapped cars figured into the mix. In the end, Bowers topped Graf by one car for this special award. Bowers earned $1,000 for second plus this bonus for a nice payday of $1,500.

The UMSS winged sprints were scheduled to conclude their double-header weekend with their second appearance of the season at the Ogilvie Raceway on Saturday night August 20, but rainy weather forced the cancellation of that event. Racers and fans can keep track of all the UMSS action on our website at www.umsprints.com by clicking on the red logo or on the UMSS Facebook page.

UMSS Race Results - Princeton Speedway August 19, 2016 (Race #8)
15th Annual Billy Anderson Memorial

Midwest Power Equipment & GRP Motorsports 15th Annual Billy Anderson Memorial Feature (25 Laps): 1. 20G-Chris Graf[7]; 2. 199-Ryan Bowers[4]; 3. 14-Brooke Tatnell[2]; 4. 63-Jerry Richert Jr[3]; 5. 2L-Derrik Lusk[1]; 6. 5M-Troy Manteufel[6]; 7. 03-Jamey Ogston[5]; 8. 22-Tony Norem[12]; 9. 91A-Reed Allex[9]; 10. 1-Jeff Pellersels[10]; 11. 1D-Dean Brown[8]; 12. 29-Leigh Thomas[11]; 13. (DNF) 9-Jared Goerges[13]; 14. (DNF) 7M-Bob McVitty[14]; (DNS) 77-Kevin Bradwell; (DNS) 74-Roger McVitty; (DNS) 52-Jake Lempelius
Lap Leaders: Lusk 1-4, Richert 5-13, Tatnell 14-17, Graf 18-25. Cautions: (1) yellow with 4 laps in for 29 spin turn 4. Outstanding feature race, one of the best in the eight year history of the series! Ryan Bowers won the Mike Botzek sponsored $500 Billy Anderson Memorial Passing Award for the entire evening, edging Graf by one car.

Hoosier Racing Tire Challenge Race 1 (8 Laps): 1. 199-Ryan Bowers[4]; 2. 2L-Derrik Lusk[6]; 3. 77-Kevin Bradwell[2]; 4. 63-Jerry Richert Jr[5]; 5. 91A-Reed Allex[1]; 6. 1-Jeff Pellersels[3]; (DNS) 9-Jared Goerges; (DNS) 74-Roger McVitty; (DNS) 52-Jake Lempelius
Lap Leaders: Bradwell 1, Bowers 2-8. No cautions.

My Race Pass Challenge Race 2 (8 Laps): 1. 14-Brooke Tatnell[3]; 2. 5M-Troy Manteufel[1]; 3. 1D-Dean Brown[2]; 4. 03-Jamey Ogston[5]; 5. 20G-Chris Graf[4]; 6. 22-Tony Norem[6]; 7. 29-Leigh Thomas[7]; 8. (DNF) 7M-Bob McVitty[8]
Lap Leaders: Manteufel 1-5, Tatnell 6-8. No cautions.

Track Rat Photos Ultimate Sprint Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 2L-Derrik Lusk[3]; 2. 63-Jerry Richert Jr[5]; 3. 20G-Chris Graf[6]; 4. 1-Jeff Pellersels[2]; 5. 1D-Dean Brown[7]; 6. 91A-Reed Allex[4]; 7. (DNF) 22-Tony Norem[1]; (DNS) 7M-Bob McVitty
Lap Leaders: Norem 1-3, Lusk 4-8. Cautions: (1) yellow for 22 slow on inside lap 5.

Meeks Video Ultimate Sprint Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 03-Jamey Ogston[2]; 2. 199-Ryan Bowers[6]; 3. 14-Brooke Tatnell[5]; 4. 77-Kevin Bradwell[4]; 5. 5M-Troy Manteufel[8]; 6. (DNF) 29-Leigh Thomas[3]; 7. (DNF) 9-Jared Goerges[7]; 8. (DNF) 74-Roger McVitty[1]; (DNS) 52-Jake Lempelius
Lap Leader: Ogston 1-9. Cautions: (1) red for accident with 7 laps scored in turn one involving 9, 29 & 74. 9 tipped over and 29 managed to get up on big tractor tires outside turn one. Race went G-W-C to finish after that, thus the 9 laps. 9 & 29 returned to race later in program. 74 scratched for the remainder of the night. 52 broke a motor in hot laps and was scratched for the evening.

Victory Lane Photo courtesy of Vince Peterson at Track Rat Photos.Article Credit: Greg Parent, UMSS Media Director


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UMSS 2015 Year End Review:

  • 19 Shows Total
  • 17 Top 10 Finishes
  • 12 Top 5 Finished
  • 2nd in Overall Championship Points
  • Midwest Power Outlaw Series Points Champion (See Article Below)

Chris Graf (20G) earned the $1,000 Midwest Power Outlaw Sprint Car Series Point title when he defeated Jerry Richert, Jr. in the fourth and final race in the series on Friday September 11 at the 23rd Annual Earl Kouba Memorial at the St. Croix Valley Raceway. Graf finished fifth while Richert ran eighth.
Top 5 in Midwest Power Series Standings:
1. Chris Graf = 916
2. Jerry Richert, Jr. = 907
3. Ryan Bowers = 897
4. Anna Hippe = 850
5. Reed Allex = 796
















I want to thank my Family, my Fans and Sponsors for making 2015 a success. We had some ups and downs, but overall the team learned and had fun.

Upcoming Schedule:
Saturday September 26th Jackson Speedway, MN (NON points)






2015 Pre-Season:

We currently have two cars completed and waiting for Al Parker at Al Parker Engines to put the final touches on the motors and we will be set for the season opener May 2nd at Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond WI. I have to thank all my Sponsors and Supporters for making this all possible, enjoy the spring and hope to see you all at the RACES!



2014 Season Recap:

Supporters, I want to start out by thanking my Sponsors, Crew, Family and friends that standing behind Graf Motorsports day in and day out to make this racing dream a success. This year had its ups and downs with the team trying some new setups to try to make the car easier to drive and faster. As always when you try new things they sometimes take a bit to get the hang of them and it just seemed like we never completely got the hang of them this year…….but the most important part is we had FUN. We will continue to work hard this off season to improve our setup knowledge and hope to come out of the gate swinging in 2015. 

Season Recap:

Starts: 25
Top 5’s: 14
Heat Race Wins: 9
Dash/Challenge race wins: 2
MN Mafia Hard Charger Awards: 3