Eastern Wisconsin Stock Cars ends talks for return to Chilton
Manitowoc, WI – At this point in time, Eastern Wisconsin Stock Cars, Inc (EWSC) has determined it is in the best interest of the club and its members for its Board of Directors to end discussions with the Calumet County Agricultural Association (CCAA) regarding the possible return of weekly racing to the Calumet County Fairgrounds.
The EWSC Board of Directors has met with CCAA President Jeff Wunrow on several occasions over the past 10 months and we feel that the he has no intentions of negotiating fairly. We had hopes when the CCAA Board formally requested information that there was a possibility that EWSC’s weekly racing program would return to Chilton after 43 years. However, as we set out to gather the requested information, we have constantly been met with resistance from Mr. Wunrow.
In the wake of all that has transpired, the EWSC Board of Directors has reached the conclusion that it will no longer actively seek to promote weekly racing at the Calumet County Fairgrounds. If there is a desire for those in the Chilton community and the members of CCAA to work in conjunction with EWSC to improve the grounds and discuss a fair and just contract between the two entities, we would entertain those plans at a future date. EWSC thanks county leaders for the opportunity and we wish them all the best
Eastern Wisconsin Stock Cars, Inc. was established after the 1959 race season and began sanctioning races in May 1960 at the Sheboygan County Fairgrounds in Plymouth. Starting in 1961, EWSC promoted races on Wednesday nights at the Calumet County Fairgrounds in Chilton. In 1966 the club began making weekly appearances at the 141 Speedway in Francis Creek, first racing on Thursday nights and switching to Wednesday nights after discontinuing weekly shows in Chilton in 1974. EWSC members voted to end the club’s partnership with 141 Speedway in 1981.
In addition to Plymouth, Chilton, and 141 Speedway, the club has sanctioned races at Beaver Dam, Slinger and Fond du Lac. In 2005, EWSC started promoting weekly racing at the Manitowoc County Expo grounds. In 2016, EWSC promoted races under the title of Manitowoc Speedway, running weekly shows featuring seven divisions of regular competition, including 360 Sprint cars, Late Models, Modifieds, Grand Nationals, Sport Mods, Sport Fours, and Thunder Trucks.
EWSC also hosted two IRA Bumper to Bumper sprint car shows and the Street Stocks visited the track on three occasions in 2016.
EWSC also worked with Pink Heals of Manitowoc County, Manitowoc Youth Hockey, Big Brothers – Big Sisters, Holiday House, and other local organizations to raise money for those groups.
EWSC board of directors,
Todd Humphrey, president
Mark Petrie, vice president
Rick Minster, treasurer
John Tienor, secretary
Andra Humphrey, director
Jonathan Otte, director
Sheila Leamer, director