Scotty Neitzel could be called the iron man of the Bumper to Bumper IRA outlaw sprints. He has been a full time competitor for the last 28 years and in that time has missed almost no races. He has also claimed two championships and 23 wins against the best competition the midwest has to offer. In Neitzel’s career he has raced and beat names like Balog, McCarl, Roe and Dollansky. Scotty has had a legendary career but recently had been struggling. His last win came in August of 2016 at the Dodge County Fair. This year however Neitzel seems to be back. He has been strong nearly every night out, leading all but the last lap and finishing 2nd at 141 a few weeks ago.
This weekend proved to be the time Scotty would loudly proclaim, he was still a contender night in and night out with the IRA. The series headed to Michigan on Friday night, and at the Hartford Speedway, Neitzel showed that the reconfiguration would not slow him down as he bested the field and claimed his first win in nearly 5 years.
On Saturday, Scotty Neitzel looked poised to back up the previous night's victory with another strong run at the birthplace of the IRA, Wilmot Raceway. In qualifying Neitzel was 3rd quick behind another IRA veteran, Mike Reinke and a former champion in Jake Blackhurst. In the heat race Scotty charged from 4th to 2nd but was beaten by his former crew man, Jeremy Schultz.
As the A main went green it was once again Schultz leading over Scotty Neitzel. As the pair entered lapped traffic, Neitzel's words from his Dodge County win 5 years prior rang true, as Scotty had said “I taught him[Schultz] everything he knows, but not everything I know.” Neitzel was able to maneuver past the former IRA and Wilmot Raceway champion and once again as the checkered flags waved, it was Scotty Neitzel victorious, this time for the 25th time in his career and 7th on the all time series win list. Just behind Mike Reinke who captured his 26th win this season at Beaver Dam.
The IRA returns to action June 27th as the historic Angell Park Speedway. As always if you cannot be in attendance all races as streamed live on Flo Racing.