54th "Bettenhausen Memorial 100!"
Sept 19th, 2015
Stan Kalwasinski Photos
Scott Tomasik, of Avon, Ind., enjoys victory circle honors after he won
Saturday night's 54th annual
Tony Bettenhausen Memorial 100 presented by Schepel GMC Commercial Truck
Division at Illiana Motor Speedway in Schererville.
Scott Tomasik keeps his Tony D'Ambrose-built and owned No. 8 in the lead
during the closing laps of Saturday night's
Tony Bettenhausen Memorial 100 lapper.
Ty Majeski (91) races Ricky Baker (52) during the early laps.
2015 Illiana Late Model Champion, Anthony Danta and his No. 51 was in
contention all night
until getting caught up in a multi-car wreck on lap 87 and finished 15th.
Second place finisher Boris Jurkovic (53) works his way by Eddie Hoffman
(8) during the race.
Michigan's Brian Campbell was looking to win his third consecutive
Bettenhausen 100 lapper.
finished a close third.
A couple of veterans - Danny Darnell (85) and Larry Schuler (30) race
hard during the first 10-lap qualifying heat race
of the night. Darnell
won the heat race with Schuler ending up eighth in the 100-lap
D.J. Weltmeyer saw his night end with only 8 laps completed in the 100
A four-time winner of the Bettenhausen 100, Eddie Hoffman (8) tries to
hold off the outside challenge of Ty Majeski (91).
finished fourth at the end with Hoffman seventh.
Andy Jones (11) gets by Eddie Hoffman with Jones finishing sixth and
Paul Shafer Sr. (20) grabbed the win in the second 10-lap qualifying
Paul Shafer Jr. and his No. 7 had fast time among the 31 entries on
Len Nowosel brought out a fresh car for the Tony Bettenhausen 100. 2015
marked Nowosel's 30th year
of competition at Illiana. He dropped out of the 100 lap chase and was
credited with 24th.
Three-time Rockford Speedway Champion Jerry Gille and his No. 99
encountered engine problems
and did not attempt to qualify for the race.
Paul Shafer Jr. (7) duels with Ricky Baker during the
early laps of the race.
Two-time Grundy County Speedway Late Model Champion Ricky
Baker finished fifth in the 100-lap battle.
Mark Ross Jr. and his wife, Ali, pose in victory circle
after Ross won the 30-lap Turbo Stox feature
on the Illiana half-mile pavement.
Jeff Long (05) was the winner of the 15-lap Pure Stocks
(four-cylinder) division feature, which was held on Illiana's
quarter-mile track. Long
is shown here battling with Michael Tobuch (17), who finished third.
What Illiana looked like in the early 1950s -
This photo hangs in the pit office trailer at Illiana.
Notice the two distinct dirt track layouts, the pit area off of turn
three, the airplane hangars located
to the left of a grove of trees in about the center of the picture, three
entrances into the track property
and a two-lane Highway U.S. 30