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Alaskan Sprint Car Racer Becomes Interstate Racing Association Champion
2008 Interstate Racing Association Champion Bill Balog is defending his title in a big way. He is currently at the top of the points standings in the 2009 IRA season.
Interstate Racing Association Defending Champion Bill Balog is at the top of the points standings in 2009, photo by Martin DeFries
Balog and his B2 Motorsports Team raced its 410 sprint car at Elko Speedway in Elko, Minnesota in the IRA’s 3 day race weekend. Balog turned the 13th fastest time of the night out of 34 cars. At the end of 17 laps Balog took a 6th place finish which placed him in the B-main. He started 5th in the 12 lap race and made it to the feature. He had a flat and finished 17th.
On the second night at Elko, Balog turned the 3rd fastest time of the night out of 26 cars. He also drove the B2 Motorsports 17B with K&N products to the lead. There was a caution on lap 14, but Balog went on to claim his third feature win of the season. On night three Bader brought home 3rd place.
Balog began his racing career 15 years ago in Fairbanks, Alaska. “I started out racing snowmobiles and motocross,” he said. “There are only 4 dirt tracks and one asphalt track in the entire state. It’s also a very short season. On a good night we’d compete against about ten other sprint cars. It was a nice change to come down here and compete against a big pack.”
Balog raced in Alaska for a few years, then tried Dirt Late Model racing in Washington. He eventually moved to Wisconsin and has an ownership team. “I use K&N air and oil filters,” said Balog. “K&N protects our engines, provides us with excellent filtration and helps me get to the Winners Circle.”
Balog and his B2 Motorsports Team will take its 149 point lead to Wilmot Raceway in Wilmot, Wisconsin for another IRA event.
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