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08-07-16: The 2016 race season has kept Lawmen Racing exceptionally busy with parades, car shows, and Super Cup racing. The team has been crisscrossing the countryside promoting the sponsors not only in their local communities but also at the race tracks as well. LRI has focused its promotional efforts at parades in Grayslake, Lake Bluff, and Lake Forest, where thousands of sponsor literature and merchandise items were distributed. The team has also been to the Lake Forest Police Bike Rodeo, where scores of kids got to sit in the race car, as well as the Chevy Exchange car show, where the LRI #7 Chevy was admired, among some of the great collector cars of the past and present. The racing has also been exciting by visiting great race tracks in Michigan for the first time like the M40 and Auto City Speedways. We have had the thrill of competing in races with eighteen car fields, making tight three and four wide racing a common site for the team. As the season rolls on, check the schedule for upcoming events and races where we hope you can come out and see the team in person.
04-01-16: We can’t believe 2016 is already upon us as Lawmen Racing (LRI) is hard at work preparing for another great season of Super Cup Racing. Re-establishing our relationships with great partner sponsors like The Chevy Exchange, Price Insurance, The Car Spa, Knauz Autopark, and My Family Furniture and Bedding are just the beginning. We would also like to welcome on board new business owner, Mike Dreagert, from Rondout Service Center in Lake Bluff. LRI would also like to announce that the team will be venturing out this season by racing at some new venues and introducing the team to some new drivers in the Indiana and Michigan region. We are excited and look forward to gaining experience on tracks we have never raced at before and competing against some new talent in the sport of Super Cup Racing. The team is also making plans to attend a large number of local events for our sponsors this year. Check back often and view the schedule tab for where LRI will be throughout the season. We are looking forward to seeing all our awesome LRI fans this season!
10/23/15: As they say, all good things must come to an end, and the 2015 racing season is no exception. Lawmen Racing (LRI) had an exciting time competing as well as showing the car for all our great sponsors. We did a little bit of everything this year from win the first race of the season, to getting caught up in a wreck; which wasn’t too serious, to attending parades, car shows and personal appearances. As we promoted the team and partner sponsors, we made new friends in racing as well as fans that we look forward to seeing come out to see us race. LRI purchased a new 16 foot enclosed show trailer, which will be used in place of the race trailer to transport the car to many of the events throughout the year. We also enjoy and continue to be very successful at selling the “LRI Sponsor Packages”, helping other race teams throughout the country find their own team sponsorships. The team will be working hard during the off season preparing for what’s to come in 2016. Lawmen Racing has reduced its stable of race cars this year in order to focus all of its efforts on the #7 Chevy Exchange team for 2016. Make sure you check back often because LRI will be exploring exciting new horizons in 2016, which we can’t wait to share with our fans.
06/15/15: The exciting 2015 racing season is well underway when the #7 Chevy Exchange Super Cup captured a win at the first scheduled heat race of the year followed up by a second place feature finish, all on the same weekend at Slinger Speedway. The team has also made appearances at the Lake Forest Bike Rodeo, where team partner Sugar Beez provided custom cookies, and the Wauconda Memorial Day Parade, where team partner My Family Furniture and Bedding sales flyers were distributed, along with team trading cards to the public. The race season continues with upcoming race dates at Slinger Speedway on June 21st and Dells Raceway Park on July 25th. Appearances are also set for the Lake Bluff 4th of July Parade and The Chevy Exchange on July 12th in Lake Bluff. The entire season schedule and team sponsors are posted under the schedule and partner tabs on the website. Don’t forget, we also have Lawmen Racing Facebook and Twitter accounts where you can get up to the minute information and photos of all our activities on and off the race track.
03/07/15: The 2015 racing season is about to get underway as Lawmen Racing is preparing for another year of great racing at a wide variety of venues across the Midwest. The team has been busy re-establishing partnerships with long standing sponsors such as Price Insurance, Knauz Autopark, Campbell and Schmidt Dentistry, Car Spa and our major sponsor, The Chevy Exchange. We have also picked up some new partners like, The Lake Forest Police Foundation, Sugar Beez Custom Cookies and NecksGen head and neck restraint systems. Without great sponsors such as these, and all the others listed on the partner’s page, we would not be able to participate in the great sport of auto racing. In addition to our sponsors, we also look forward to seeing our fellow racers as well as meet knew drivers and teams who have joined the sport or we haven’t yet raced with. It’s not only the racing and the close competition which makes our sport fun; it’s the camaraderie we have with the other teams that makes it great to be in racing. We are just beginning to post dates for races and shows on the schedule page, so check back often and make plans to come out this season to see us race.
10/02/14: Another great Lawmen Racing Super Cup race season has come to a close. The team had a great time at the races we attended this year as well as the record number of events we participated in to promote our partner sponsors. Lawmen Racing attended parades, car shows, charity events and public safety functions of all kinds during the season. We handed out nearly eight thousand promotional items for our partner sponsors and enjoyed having hundreds of fans sit in and take photos with our race car. During the off season, Lawmen Racing will be working hard on preparing for 2015 by working on the race car, purchasing equipment and supplies as well as meeting with sponsors to plan promotional strategies. Check in to the website frequently for new updates and don’t forget to sign into the Lawmen Racing Facebook page and Twitter account for current information from the team and its partner sponsors.
07/05/14: The season is half over and Lawmen Racing has been very busy promoting our great sponsor partners at many of the local area events. We have so far made appearances at My Family Furniture in Grayslake, The Grayslake Memorial Day Parade, Jerry & Nick’s Outdoors radio show on AM1050 WLIP, The Lake Bluff 4th of July Parade, and the Chevy Exchange Car Show. It’s been a challenge dodging the wet weather this year, but never the less, we have managed to hand out over 5000 pieces of sponsor literature. It has easily been one of the most productive seasons to date for promotions and with several events left to go, we should be way ahead of our projections. The next scheduled race date is set for August 9th at the Rockford Speedway, followed by August 23rd at the Dells Raceway Park in Wisconsin Dells. The next appearances will be at the Market Square Car Show in Lake Forest on July 24thand the Lake Forest Day Parade on August 6th. Check out the schedule and plan to come out to a race or appearance near you.
06/13/14: Lawmen Racing could not wait for the team’s first race of the season. June 7th at the Rockford Speedway was the first time this year LRI was able to get back to racing since last season. Upon first arriving, the weather looked very threatening as a quick brake change in the pits was in order, due to a set of bad calipers. As soon as the car was up and running, the team was able to get in two practice runs, which turned up a bad spark plug in an otherwise great handling car. The team continued onto qualifying and turned a 17.202 sec. run, earning us fast time among all the other Super Cup teams at the speedway. We would find this was the end of the day because after the drivers meeting the rain started and never let up, as the teams had to load up and call it a day. All in all the day wasn’t all bad in that it allowed the team to shake down the car and prepare it better for the next race.
05/27/14: It was a busy but humbling weekend honoring our veterans this Memorial Day. The sacrifices our military have made through the history of our country are not to be taken lightly, and we are proud to recognize what they have done to keep us all free. The Lawmen Racing team joined one of our partners to celebrate at My Family Furniture & Bedding in Grayslake on Sunday and then returned on Monday to attend the annual Memorial Day Parade in Grayslake on behalf of Sign*A*Rama and the Car Spa. Now that David is clear to get back to racing from his knee surgery, we are looking forward to the upcoming race at the Rockford Speedway, Saturday June 7th. Racing at the Rockford Speedway is always a thrill a minute and with it being the closest race track for most of our friends to attend, we would like to invite you all to come out and support the team. See the photos page for images taken during the weekend.
04/24/14: The 2014 Super Cup race season is just about upon us. There is one more practice day for the series set for April 26th at the Slinger Speedway where the first race of the season will also be run on May 4th. Everyone is anticipating getting back in the driver’s seat which will start the twelve race season ending on September 6th back at Slinger where it all started. David will only be able to watch his fellow racers compete while he is still recuperating from the knee surgery he had to undergo in March. This however, has not stopped him from making plans to support Lawmen Racing team sponsors where the Chevy Exchange #7 will make its first appearance of the year at the Grayslake Memorial Day parade set for May 26th. Stay tuned for the latest information on the official LRI website as well as Facebook and Twitter.
04/16/14: Lawmen Racing will be stopping by the Andrews Motorsports display visiting fellow Super Cup driver Andy Forster at the Kettle Moraine Car Show on 4/19. Andy will be displaying his car at the show along with many other race teams to kick off the Slinger Speedway race season opening next weekend. The car show, located at the Kettle Moraine Bowl, will also be hosting a swap meet and live radio show.
Lawmen Racing driver David Cerer is still temporarily out of action recovering from knee surgery. The prognosis is good and he will soon be back in action at a race track near you. In the meantime, follow the team not only on the website but also on Twitter and Facebook for all the up to date information.
04/02/14: Lawmen Racing is starting to prepare for the 2014 American Super Cup race season despite David’s setback regarding his recent knee surgery. The team will be heading out to the Rockford Speedway, crutches and all, on April 5th to attend the series driver’s meeting. David’s doctor is projecting he will be back on track and turning laps in the #7 Chevy SS sometime in late May or early June. In the meantime, much needs to be done to prepare the team for not only the race season, but also all the car shows, parades and partner sponsor appearances planned for the year. Check often for updates on the LRI Website, Facebook and Twitter to stay on top of the latest happenings in preparation for the exciting 2014 race season.
2/25/14: Lawmen Racing has just returned from the Milwaukee World of Wheels car show where our display was seen by over 25,000 people during the three day event. We had a great time meeting and greeting everyone as well as catching up with our fellow Super Cup teams during this long cold winter. We are also happy to announce that at the end of the event we were awarded 1st place for the best appearing Super Cup car at the show.
We would also like to inform everyone the 2014 racing and event schedule has been posted, so check your calendar and plan to come out for a race or two. The series also made plans for a cookout this year on August 9th at the Rockford Speedway.
1/15/14: Happy New Year to everyone! Lawmen Racing is hard at work on preparing for the new season by working with our sponsor partners to continue having a quality race team for them to be proud to endorse their products on. LRI is currently going through the #7 Chevy Exchange race car so it will be ready for the Milwaukee World of Wheels show on February 21st through the 23rd at State Fair Park. The show is always a great time to promote our sponsors with our great looking Swarthout’s Auto Body/Sign A Rama paint scheme. We hope all our fans will be able to come out to visit us, not to mention all the classic hot rods on display at this big event. Remember to visit our website often for updates and don’t forget to check out our sponsor page for all the great products and services they provide. Looking forward to seeing you all at the show.
5/27/13: After stellar performances in the first two races of the season, the #7 Chevy Exchange was poised for three in a row. However, the team just couldn't find the right setup to keep the Super Cup up front at Golden Sands this past Memorial Day. After finishing 3rd in the heat race, David lead the feature race for several laps until getting pushed to the outside, finishing 7th. Next race is at the Speedrome, where the team has had several wins.
5/18/13: Consistency is the key to a Championship winning season, and David Cerer is well on his way in 2013, taking over the ASCS points lead. For the second straight race, the #7 Chevy took second in qualifying, won a Heat race and placed third in the Feature at Rockford Speedway. It's a quick turnaround as the Chevy Exchange Supercup hits Golden Sands Speedway on Memorial Day.
5/5/13: The #7 Chevy Exchange Super Cup livery made its debut around the 1/4 mile high banked Slinger Super Speedway and the results were fantastic. After qualifying P2, David Cerer piloted the blue Chevy to Victory Lane in the first heat race of the season. In the feature race, he battled for a hard-fought third place finish, giving the team a solid start for the 2013 season.
2/19/13: As a Valentines Day announcement, we are proud to say we love E3 Spark Plugs! They have been a huge part of our race and championship winning cars, and we are happy to say they have officially joined with the Lawmen Racing Team for the 2013 season. We also are happy to announce taking "Outstanding in Class" at the
Milwaukee World of Wheels this past
2/3/13: The #7 Chevrolet Exchange Super Cup is taking shape, courtesy of Swarthout's Auto Body. Paint is done, and Grayslake Sign-A-Rama decals are up next. The new trailer for the #7 speed machine is also almost complete. The team is looking to have everything ready just in time for the Milwaukee World of Wheels car show.
10/25/12: We would like to welcome aboard The Chevrolet Exchange of Lake Bluff, IL as the primary sponsor of the 2013 Lawmen Racing #7 Chevy! David Cerer's flagship #7 Super Cup car will carry a similar livery with another great Chevy Racing Champion. Check out the pictures below courtesy of AJP Paint and be sure to visit the Exchange for your next Chevy! 9/10/12: The season ended on an incredibly high note for the Lawmen Racing team this weekend @ Slinger Speedway. The #14 Chevy, with new Carroll University livery, qualified P1 & set a new track record. The #7 Chevy takes 3rd in the heat race followed behind by the #14. In the Feature Race, the #14 took the lead on lap 9 and never looked back, holding off the competition on a late race restart. The #7 battled hard through the field to come home 4th. NASCAR Race coming up 9/15/12.
8/18/12: David Cerer and the #7 Swarthouts Chevy put together another great run at the Dells Raceway this past Saturday night. After finishing fourth in a tough heat race, Dave was fighting for the win in the feature, battling up to second in the 16 car field. However, a bobble on a late restart slid the Swarthouts Chevy back to fourth. One more points race left and one more chance to get back to Victory Lane on 9/9/12 @ Slinger!
7/14/12: David Cerer and the big red #7 Swarthouts Chevy qualifies 2nd in his second race at Rockford Speedway this year. In the heat race, he finished second. See the video on the right for some awesome split screen action. In the feature, David was in a tough battle for the 7th spot and by the time he grabbed the spot, the front pack was just too far ahead to catch
7/7/12: David Cerer and the big red #7 Swarthouts Chevy qualifies 4th and takes 2nd in heat race at LaCrosse Speedway. While fighting for second place in the Feature, he is forced to pull of the track due to a mechanical issue. Dave gets another chance this Saturday at Rockford Speedway!
6/23/12: The Lawmen team of Dave, Erik and Chuck helped out our friend Eric McClure at Road America, taking on spotter duties around the 4 mile track. Eric did awesome and finished 21st in his NASCAR return.
5/15/12: We welcome Miracle Video on joining the winning team of Lawmen Racing! Our cars will be outfitted with some great in car camera with on screen data/telemetry. We can't wait to get on the track and use them. Videos will follow shortly! 12/14/11: The Lawmen had their chance to to race the professionals this week, along with some ASCS drivers. Indy Car driver Peter Dempsey and NASCAR driver Eric McClure came out for the first annual ASCS Karting event. Road course ace Dempsey "waxed" the field, but 2011 ASCS Champion/Lawmen driver Erik Gehrke came home second. The Lawmen had a blast racing friends and pros in a no holds barred karting tournament! A few pictures have been added.
9-14-11: Against the odds, but with a lot of hard work and tons of support from our friends, family and sponsors, the Lawmen Racing team bring the Super Cup Championship back home. The team finished their points season this last Sunday at Slinger Super Speedway and managed to go out in style!
The #14 Hefty Chevy and the #5 Chief’s Pub/Axle’s Automotive Chevy made a quick turnaround from the previous race weekend at the flat track in Indianapolis to get ready for the high banks of the world’s fastest quarter mile track. David Cerer returned to the #7 Swarthout’s/CarSpa Chevy for the first time in over a month. Erik Gehrke drove the Hefty Chevy while Axle’s Automotive co-owner and experienced racer Nick Knauz made his debut in the #5.
Honoring our heroes, the Lawmen ran commemorative decals on the cars for the members of the NYPD, NYFD, and NYPAPD who gave their lives running in while everyone was running out 10 years earlier. Surprising everyone except himself, Nick Knauz topped the Lawmen in qualifying, taking third, Erik Gehrke 4th and David Cerer 5th out of the 18 Super Cup cars in attendance. This would set up some exciting racing as Erik Gehrke came into the afternoon tied for the points lead with #22 Erle Hoth and only 2 points ahead of #3 Ken Jones.
In the first heat race, David Cerer passed his way to second place, but couldn’t get past Heat Winner Ken Jones, putting the pressure on Erik for the second heat race. However, Erle Hoth spun on the last lap after getting together with the #12 car. In the second Heat Race, both Erik’s Hefty Chevy and Nick’s #5 got stuck in the rear of the field and had trouble passing the #1 car. The Hefty machine would get by early, but it would take too long for the #5 to get by and catch the rest of the field. The Hefty Chevy moved up to second place in the 9 car field with two laps to go. On the final lap, the leader, #88, bobbled slightly coming out of the turn and that was all Erik needed to make the pass and take the win!
Going into the Feature Race, Erik held on to a 2 point lead over Ken Jones and now a 4 point lead over Hoth. With each spot in the feature worth one point, the Hefty Chevy just needed to stay within 2 cars of the #3 and #22 to take the title, but starting 9th out of 18 cars wasn’t going to be easy. Out of the gate, Lawmen veteran David jumped to the lead, with the #22 and #3 close behind. Erik made his way up towards Dave, fighting 3 wide to get there. The Championship hopes were almost dashed early when the Hefty Chevy got pinched below the yellow line in turn 3. Erik drifted sideways through turn 4 and was able to recover on the front straight, but lost some time to the leaders.
After playing it cautious early and starting in the back because of his “rookie” status, Nick Knauz began to move up quickly, following the Hefty Chevy in a march to the front. As the Chief’s Pub Chevy was working up to 5th place, another came down on the #5, catching the right rear corner of the black machine, sending up the track to the front stretch outer wall. With a broken rear axle, the #5 was done for the day, but with the caution flag out, it put the Hefty Chevy right next to the #22 and #3 on the restart.
David Cerer’s #7 CarSpa Chevy was still in the lead on the restart, and Erik Gehrke pulled into second, knowing if he held the spot the championship was his. However, Erle Hoth and his #22 rocket wouldn’t give up. Erik and Erle battled side by side every lap, to the finish. David Cerer would smile in his rearview mirror as the battle would allow him to drive away, unabated to his first Feature Race win in 2011!
The Hefty Chevy would outlast the #22, by holding the inside lane and finishing second. With Hoth in third and Jones and fourth, the Championship trophy comes home to the Lawmen Racing Team. Oddly enough, if not without Ken Jones’ help with some banged up parts on the #14 Hefty Chevy, the Championship would have been out of reach. So thanks go to Ken and also to Erle Hoth for racing us tight and clean all season and for being a great 2010 Champion and ambassador for the American Super Cup Series.
We’d also like to thank everyone for their support this year. Winning races and Championships takes the work of a lot of people and the sacrifices of others, including our families. The Championship Banquet will be Oct. 1st in Lake Zurich and our supporters are welcome to attend. In the meantime, the Lawmen will make an exhibition race and family vacation up at the Wisconsin Dells this weekend, followed by a show car appearance at the Grand Opening of My Family Furniture’s new location in Grayslake. More information will be posted soon, keep checking back on the website for the latest updates!
9-7-11: After an eventful past few weeks, the Lawmen Racing Team looks for their third Season Championship this coming weekend at Slinger Super Speedway.
After winning at Indianapolis in July, the team only had one race in August to bolster their championship hopes. However, mother nature came pouring in, halting the race action and pre-race party at Rockford Speedway. Yet the weather held out for the Grayslake Days Parade. The late night parade through the town festival featured the #14 Hefty Chevy and the #1 Grayslake Sign-A-Rama Dodge Charger. The down time between races helped the team get some chassis work done on the Hefty Chevy,
with the help of Ken Jones Motorsports.
Racing returned to the Indianapolis Speedrome for Labor Day weekend. It was a double header of racing action in Indy, under the hot sun on Saturday and chilly, grey skies on Sunday. The #5 Chief’s Pub Chevy and #14 Hefty Chevy made the trip down south, with Erik Gehrke behind the wheel of the #14 and Mike Mayer and his son Troy sharing driver duties in the #5. Lawmen driver Chuck Hinman also came out to drive to the spare #21 Chevy in place of David Cerer’s #7 CarSpa Chevy, who was unable to make the trip due to work obligations.
On Saturday, the Hefty Chevy took second in qualifying and second place in the Heat race. The Chief’s Pub Chevy took 4th and the #21 followed in fifth. In the Feature race, the Hefty Chevy started 10th but Erik Gehrke drove through the field and was in second place with only a few laps to go. He tried all he could to get past the leader, but came under attack from the third place car of Ken Jones. Erik protected his spot and finished runner up to winner Erle Hoth. Mike Mayer slid his way up to 9th place in the very loose handling Chief’s Pub #5 Chevy and Chuck Hinman again followed right behind in 10th.
After making the right adjustments for Sunday’s races, Erik Gehrke took the fast qualifier award in the Hefty Chevy. However, all three cars got stuck in heavy traffic in the heat races, with Troy Mayer’s #5 taking 4th, and the #14 and #21 both coming in 5th in their respective Heats.
In the Feature race, the Hefty Chevy took over the lead about halfway through the race and started to pull away from the field until the caution flag came out. The Chief’s Pub Chevy got loose in the outside marbles, causing a single car spin and some minor body damage. On the restart, the Hefty Chevy was in a tight battle with the #52 of Cody Erdmann. The drivers swapped the lead back and forth until the last lap when Erdmann’s Super Cup car fell prey to those same outside marbles, sending him spinning into the infield. The Lawmen Racing team and the Hefty Chevy would grab another 2011 Feature Race win!
This season finale weekend, Gehrke, Jones, and Hoth are all within 2 points of each other for the Championship. It should be a historic battle at Slinger, with David Cerer and the #7 CarSpa returning to action, and guest driver Nick Knauz of Axle’s Automotive taking the wheel of the #5 Chevy. Police and Firemen with IDs get in free this Sunday at Slinger so we hope you can come out and root us on!
7-30-11: It was quite a weekend of ups and downs for the Lawmen team, but in the end it was a successful road trip south to Indianapolis. While the NASCAR Nationwide Series #14 Hefty Chevy driven by Eric McClure was bumping and banging at Lucas Oil Raceway Park on one side of town the Lawmen team and their #14 Hefty Chevy were racing on the other side of town at the Indianapolis Speedrome. The Speedrome is 1/5 mile flat and slick oval circuit. Also in attendance was the #5 Chief’s Pub Chevy; however, David Cerer and the #7 CarSpa Chevy were unable to make the trip due to work scheduling.
After a successful first time driving the Hefty Chevy last week at Rockford, Chuck Hinman once again found himself behind the wheel of the multiple championship winning car. Swapping rides, Erik Gehrke has become the new “Man In Black”, driving the black #5 Chief’s Pub Chevy for the second time this year.
Unfortunately, the night started off with a bang, literally. In practice the track was incredibly slick and Chuck got loose in turn 3, spinning into the wall just after turn 4. It looked bad, but Chuck was okay and most of the damage appeared only cosmetic. In fact the team was able to prepare the car and make it race ready within the hour and get it out for qualifying. But that’s where the team’s luck started to turn around. Erik went out on limited practice and took home Top Qualifier, his first P1 of the season.
In the first heat race, Erik’s Chief’s Pub/Axel’s Automotive Super Cup started at the tail end of the field. Mired down in traffic, he tried a last lap pass for second, but fell into 4th place. In the second heat race, Chuck Hinman and his Hefty/Knauz Auto Park was locked on the outside of the #77 when he started to get loose in the marbles. He recovered but the chain fell off the clutch, likely due to the earlier damage, causing him to slide up towards the wall again and resulting in a DNF.
For the feature race, the man in black moved up to third place early. After several laps of sliding and drifting around the tight turns, the leaders caught up to the tail end of the field. After a couple of tough runs Chuck Hinman was taking it easy in the Hefty Chevy as the leaders caught up. As he was again passing the #77 on the outside, the lead pack had to make their decision. The leader, #31 stayed patient waiting for an opening, but Erik took a gamble, splitting the #77 and #14. Three wide they slid, but the risk paid off as the Chief’s Pub Chevy was able to take the lead. The #3 stayed on his tail, and looked to pass at just about every turn, but Erik was able to keep the lead and win the first race for the #5 black Chevy! Erik has now won in both the #14 and #5 this season and remains the season points leader.
During the off week, all three cars attended the Lake Forest Days Parade where we again handed out nearly several thousand sponsor materials. We also met an Indy Lights driver who may take a spin in our cars later this year. We then had some great R&R, courtesy of partner, the Lake County Fielders. The accommodations, staff, and food were great, however the game was quite “interesting”, ending in the second inning.
The Lawmen will try and keep on winning next weekend, Aug. 13th at Rockford Speedway. It is our Friends & Family Night, and we still have tickets available for the race and pre-race party. Please contact us ASAP if you’d like to attend! We’ll see you at the races!
7-23-11: The Lawmen Racing Team decided to spice things up Saturday Night at Rockford Speedway, not that Super Cup racing isn’t wild enough! David Cerer returned the #7 CarSpa Chevy after missing the last race for a family vacation. However, Erik Gehrke stepped out of his fast #14 Hefty Chevy and into the third Lawmen car, the #5 Chief’s Pub Chevy for the race night. Chuck Hinman took on the heavy responsibility of driving the race winning Hefty Chevy.
In qualifying, David Cerer earned the best lap time of the Lawmen crew while Erik was not quite adjusted to his new ride and spun the very loose #5 car.
In Heat Race One, Chuck Hinman moved into third place early and held on for the checkered flag, with Erik Gehrke right behind him, still trying to get a handle on the Chief’s Pub Chevy. In Heat Race Two, David Cerer also finished third with his Swarthout’s Autobody painted Chevy.
After some adjustments to all the cars for the feature race, David Cerer started 4th, Erik Gehrke 10th and Chuck Hinman 11th. On the start, David moved up quickly, grabbing the second spot, right on the bumper of the leader. Erik and Chuck worked their way on the high side gaining a couple positions when halfway through the
race the yellow caution flag came out for a single car spin in the back of the field.
On the double file restart, David Cerer decided to try the low line against the leader. The #7 CarSpa Chevy was extremely fast but luck was not on his side. Going into turn 1, the #12 car on the outside made his turn early, colliding into the side of the the #7, causing the #12 to spin out towards the wall. The yellow flag waived again and unfortunately the Speedway officials decided to send both cars to the rear of the field, all but costing David any chance for the win.
Once the green flag waived, Erik Gehrke was able to find his groove in the #5 Chevy, passing several cars late, including a pass for third place on the last turn. Chuck Hinman would battle David door to door for the last few laps, with the #14 Hefty Chevy narrowly edging out the #7 for ninth place. It wasn’t quite the finishes the team was looking for, but all the cars came home in one piece, including Chuck’s inaugural ride in the prized Hefty Chevy.
The team then heads out next Saturday to Indianapolis for a race at the Speedrome during the NASCAR weekend. Sponsor Appreciation Night with the Lake County Fielders is coming up soon, on Friday August 5th. Please let us know ASAP if you’d like to attend. We have plenty of tickets to our private party which includes food and drink! Then we do the same thing with our friends at Rockford Speedway on August 13th. We also have plenty of tickets for that pre-race party and hope you can attend! We’ll see you at the races!
7-9-11: The Lawmen were flying in the missing driver formation this past weekend at Slinger Super Speedway, but that didn’t stop them from having another successful race weekend. On Saturday, Slinger hosted the American Super Cup Series John Peterson Company 30 during their “Prelude to the Nationals” race event. The Slinger Nationals were raced the following day on Sunday, hosting some of the best Late Model drivers in the country, including several past and current NASCAR stars.
Missing from one of the biggest weekends in local short track racing was the #7 CarSpa/Swarthout’s Chevy and driver David Cerer. David took his family on a well deserved vacation and left the driving to Erik Gehrke and his #14 Hefty Chevy and Ben Grum in the #5 Chief’s Pub Chevy. Ben was making his fourth start over the past two seasons in the third Lawmen car, and his second start of the season at Slinger.
Things looked good right out of the gate as Erik Gehrke took the #5 Chevy out during practice for a shakedown and set the fastest time of the year in the Super Cup. Then in qualifying he took second place with the Hefty Chevy, just behind the fast #22 of Erle Hoth...
In the heat race, Ben found himself and the Chief’s Pub Chevy starting just in front of the Hefty Chevy. Both drivers got off to a great start on the lowline and began chasing the leader down, when the quick #5 car got loose in turn 4 and spun towards the infield, missing the Hefty Chevy by inches. Ben was able to continue on as the race went green. Disaster almost struck as Erik made his pass of the leader down low just as Ben’s #5 started back out on the track.. However, they were able to go three wide with no room to spare and the Hefty Chevy finished the pass for the lead, showcasing his Knauz Auto Park decorated bumper to the #12 car, taking the heat race win.
In the feature race, both Erik and Ben started near the rear of the pack. However, the Hefty Chevy made up a lot of ground early, making a 4 wide pass on the low side to zip past the field and eventually move up to third place before the halfway point. Ben’s Axel’s Automotive adorned Chevy wasn’t as lucky early as he found himself stuck behind several rookies going to door to door, not leaving him any room.
When the leaders in front of the Hefty Chevy made slight contact, Erik drove his Greg’s Auto Body painted Chevy underneath them, trying the take the lead, only to have the door slammed shut by the #1 car. Erik backed off and tried making several more runs at the leader, but the #1 car did his best to cover the low side of the track. Just as the Hefty Chevy pushed his nose under the #1 car, the caution came out.
On the restart, Erik was able to take advantage of his car’s higher gear and accelerate quickly but the #1 car wasn’t going down without a fight. The battled forced the #14 car below the yellow line coming out of turn 2, almost into the infield grass, but he held the spot and took the lead going into turn 3. The Hefty Chevy continued on out in front and survived a last lap pass attempt by the #22 to win Lawmen Racing’s first Feature Race Victory of 2011! Ben Grum played it smart as he again found himself behind slower rookies on the restart that started playing bumper cars in front of him. Instead of forcing the issue, he decided it was better to bring the black beauty home in one piece.
Race videos and photos are being added daily to our website, LawmenRacing.com, so keep checking back often. The Team finally has a week off and some time to savor their first Victory of the season. They return to Rockford Speedway on 7-23-11 at 7:07PM with all three cars in action. A reminder to our sponsors, partners and friends, we have tickets available to our Sponsor Appreciation Night with the Lake County Fielders on Aug. 5th and our Sponsor Night at the Rockford Speedway on Aug 13th. Please contact us ASAP if you’d like to attend! We’ll see you at the races!
7-2-11: The Lawmen Racing Team returned home to Rockford Speedway this past Saturday night for some fireworks, but the homecoming didn’t meet the team’s expectations. Thankfully, there is always another race to be run!
Things started off well for the #14 Hefty Chevy as it qualified 2nd and driver Erik Gehrke won the first heat race. Dave Cerer’s #7 Swarthout’s Chevy developed a flat tire in qualifying and had to start in the rear of the Heat and Feature, and the car was mired down in traffic in the Heat. Mike Mayer returned to the #5 Chief’s Pub Chevy and was fighting for the lead in the second heat race, but got squeezed just enough into the wall for his first “Rockford Stripe”, and he wisely got out of the gas but fell back in the field.
In the feature race, all 3 cars started near the rear of the 16 car field. At a track known for its difficulty passing, the Lawmen cars were no exception, stuck in the tight, side by side, 3 wide battles. Several times the #5, #7, and #14 cars were 3 wide together! All three cars tried the low line at some point and gained several spots, just to be overcome by the faster outside line and falling backwards in the field.
When all was said and done, the Lawmen drivers tried their best, but finished in-line at 8th, 9th and 10th, with David Cerer leading the pack.
The cars were able to come home in one piece which was fortunate with the Lake Bluff 4th of July Parade on Monday. The #7 and #14 cars were on display for the one of the largest parades in Lake County. Dave Cerer and his family handed out approximately five thousand pieces of sponsor materials during the parade! Erik Gehrke and has family were out front leading the parade, in the “slower” police car.
The team now heads out to Slinger Super Speedway this Saturday night for more racing action in the John Peterson Company 30! Ben Grum will return to the Chief’s Pub #5 car with Erik Gehrke in the Hefty Chevy. However, the #7 CarSpa Chevy will be on vacation. Racing action starts at 6:30PM. See you there!
6-26-11: It was an incredibly busy and exciting weekend for the Lawmen Racing Team, with another wild weekend ahead. To kick it all off, the team would like to welcome two new sponsors to the fold. "Hop Till You Drop", a inflatable party rental service in Libertyville and Donati's Pizza of Lake Forest. Stop in for a pizza pie with your favorite hometown drivers!
Next, drivers Erik Gehrke, David Cerer and Chuck Hinman went up to Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin to help out NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Eric McClure at the 4 mile long Road America this past Friday and Saturday. Erik spotted in turn 1, Chuck in turn 3 and Dave in "Canada Corner" turn 12. The Hefty© racing crew did an excellent job and Eric drove his tail off, only to get smashed by a spinning car on the final lap of what would have been a possible top 10 finish. The Lawmen would like to thank the team for having us and for the great time up north. In addition, to raise money for the St. Baldrick's Campaign, which helps fight children's cancer, driver Erik Gehrke shaved his head in the effort. We have pictures on the website and links to help support St. Baldrick's on our Facebook Page.
The team made the quick turnaround from crew to driver just down the road at Slinger Super Speedway on Sunday night for some great Super Cup racing action! Erik Gehrke drove his usual #14 Hefty© Chevy and David Cerer drove his #7 CarSpa Chevy, however, Ben Grum made his 2011 debut in the #5 Chief's Pub Chevy.
In the first heat race, David Cerer's Swarthout's painted Chevy started near the rear, along with Grum's #5 car. Grum showed patience and went to school, following the veteran's footsteps. However, David was caught up in traffic and by the time he got into the open, the eventual winner was too far ahead to catch. In the second heat race, Erik Gehrke started 4th and made a pass for the lead, halfway through the dash, and never looked back, taking his second heat race win of 2011.
In the feature race, David Cerer's red Chevy took the early race lead. He tried all he could to protect the bottom, but eventually gave up the lead to the #22 Erle Hoth on the low side. The Hefty Chevy started near the rear of the field, but made some 3 wide passes to move up to 3rd place. However, Erik Gehrke just ran out of time and was still trying to pass the second place car at the Checkered Flag, taking home 3rd. Ben Grum, again worked in the back, adjusting to his race car, making passes carefully until he got a little too close with the #23 car. Both cars went for a synchronized slide through turn 2, but Ben was able to regroup and stay on the track, but lost a lot of time to the leaders. In the end, David Cerer came home 6th and Ben Grum in 12th place.
No rest for the Lawmen this week as Erik, David, Chuck and Mike Mayer return to the historic Rockford Speedway Saturday night. Please come out and watch the fireworks on the track, and then the display afterwards! On Monday morning, the #14 Hefty Chevy and #7 CarSpa Chevy will be on display at Lake County's biggest 4th of July Parade in Lake Bluff. Look for driver Erik Gehrke and his charity-shaved head to lead the historic parade! See you there!
6/14/11 - The Lawmen Racing team had a great night this past Saturday at Rockford Speedway, taking home some trophies, but only a few feet away from taking home the big trophy at the end of the night.
Mike Mayer started things off right by qualifying the #5 Chiefs Pub Chevy second. David Cerer qualified the #7 CarSpa Chevy fourth, while Erik Gehrke missed all of practice due to a promotional exam at work. He arrived just in time to get the #14 Hefty Chevy out for qualifying, but fought a tight handling car.
After some setup changes, the Lawmen cars were well prepped for the Heat Races. In Heat Race #1 Erik Gehrke drove the Hefty Chevy to the bottom of the track to take the lead, showing off his Knauz Auto Park bumper to the rest of the field and taking the win! In Heat Race #2, Mike Mayer tried the same move, but got loose and had to back out of the gas, giving the race lead to Dave Cerer. The Car Spa Chevy would go on to win, creating a sweep of the Heat Races by Lawmen Racing!
In the Feature Race, David Cerer piloted the #7 into third place early, while holding off the hard charging Hefty Chevy. Mike Mayer's #5 had to start near the rear due to the late race trip into the grass at the last Rockford Race, causing him to get stuck in slower traffic. As the race closed in on the checkered flag, a caution for debris tightened the field back up. For the double file restart, Erik Gehrke and Mike Mayer gambled on the low line while David Cerer took the high side.
On the restart, Erik Gehrke's Hefty Chevy swapped the lead with the #88 of Jacob Van Wazer just about every lap. David Cerer fought furiously with #33 Andy Forster for 5th place while Mike Mayer was sandwiched between several rookies mid pack. On the final lap, the #88 tried to slide up in front of the Hefty Chevy but wasnt quite clear. Both cars started to slide sideways until Erik thought better of it and backed out of the gas. He then made his move to the inside to try and reclaim the lead, but fell about a 10 feet short of the win. David Cerer brought his Swarthout's Auto Body painted Chevy home in 5th and Mike Mayer took 9th in his Greg's Auto Body painted machine. All in all, a good night for the team, and all cars left the track in one piece.
Just prior to the race weekend, Lawmen drivers Erik Gehrke, David Cerer, and Ben Grum visited the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Chicagoland Speedway and the #14 Hefty Racing car, driven by NASCAR star Eric McClure. The team even brought their Hefty car down for a show at the New Lenox Wal-Mart to sit both the big car and little car side by side for area race fans. The team will also be traveling to Road America next weekend to help out Eric McClure and his Hefty Racing team.
Stay up to date with more pictures and videos constantly being updated on our website www.LawmenRacing.com. Next race is at Slinger Super Speedway on Sunday 6/26 at 6:30PM. See you there!
5/31/11 - It has been a very exciting, fun, (and very wet) past month for the Lawmen Racing team. In April, the team tested the cars at Rockford and Slinger Speedways in anticipation for the season opener at the Indianapolis Speedrome. Even sponsor Nick Knauz from Axle’s Automotive got some seat time in the #5 Burt Collection/Chief’s Pub Chevy at Slinger. However, weather did not cooperate for the season opener in Indy and the race was cancelled.
In the meantime, Mike Mayer brought the #5 Burt Collection/Chief’s Pub Chevy to Antioch High School as part of a class project. Driver Erik Gehrke was part of 2 radio shows in Wisconsin, promoting upcoming races and the race team. The #1 Sign-A-Rama Dodge and #14 Hefty Chevy were on display across from the Milwaukee Mile for a radio show appearance.
Weather did finally break for a race at Rockford Speedway on May 7th. Mike Mayer’s #5 Burt Collection/Chief’s Pub Chevy bested the David Cerer driven #7 Car Spa Chevy and Erik Gehrke ‘s #14 Hefty Chevy in qualifying, taking 3rd overall. In his heat race, Mike drove the #5 to second place. David and Erik raced bumper to bumper in the second heat race with Erik making the pass on the final turn to finish 3rd in the heat.
In the feature race, the Hefty Chevy jumped out early to the front on the inside line. However, the outside is preferred at Rockford, creating a great side by side battle with the #3 Ken Jones car for almost every lap! Mike Mayer was right in the mix for a top 5 finish when he slid into the infield on the last lap, falling to seventh. David Cerer’s #7 Car Spa Chevy, painted by Swarthout’s, had a gearing issue but made the best of it, finishing 10th. The Hefty Chevy made the move for the win on the final lap, but lap cars down low hurt his line and he missed the victory by less than one foot!
The cars finished the race on the white flag lap, as all the cars in the American Super Cups division stopped on the track to let the #29 Kodee Busekros car take home the ceremonial checkered flag. His Uncle Tom Powell was the flagman at Rockford Speedway and passed away unexpectedly earlier in the week. #3 Ken Jones would take the official win.
Then Mike, Erik, and David Cerer brought the #5, #14, #7 Car Spa Chevy to the Lake Forest Police Association Bike Rodeo. Dozens of kids jumped in the cars for their photos and took home race schedules and sponsor materials. Mother nature won again the next day as the third scheduled race of the season was cancelled due to poor weather.
For Memorial Day weekend, the team started out at the Car Spa in Libertyville for an appearance with the #1, #7 and #14 cars. Even with cloudy skies and a little rain, the drivers met many new fans. On Memorial Day, the sun finally broke out, and the team handed out hundreds of flyers, schedules, and sponsor materials in the Grayslake Memorial Day Parade.
The Lawmen Racing Team has recently created a marketing association with the Lake County Fielders. In exchange, the Lawmen and the Fielders will be hosting a sponsor night at the ballpark on Friday August 5th, with food and drinks provided and fireworks after the game. More information on that event and
5/1/11 - Great practice day yesterday at Slinger Super Speedway. David Cerer, Chuck Hinman, Mike Mayer, Troy Mayer, and Nick Knauz from Axel's Automotive all got seat time in the Lawmen Racing machines! Check out this video!
First race of the season coming up next Saturday at Rockford Speedway. See you there!
12/9/10 - Even the heavy snowfall couldn't stop the Lawmen from the attending the 2010 American Super Cup Series (ASCS) banquet this past weekend. Even though no one came home with the Championship trophy this year, it was worth celebrating the accomplishments of the league, our team, and our drivers.
Tops on our list of drivers in 2010 was David Cerer. His #7 Swarthout's Auto Body/Ferentino's Chevy Impala won the Inaugural Feature Race at the Indianapolis Speedrome and 4 other heat race wins on his way to second place in the season championship. David never dropped lower than second place all year in the standings, in the title hunt all the way until the last lap of the last race. David also put his detail oriented skills to work as the official treasurer of the ASCS.
A little further down the standings, Erik Gehrke drove his #24 Hefty Ford into 4th place this season. With 3 feature race wins and 2 championships under his belt, he was someone to contend with every weekend. Erik also did publicity, media relations, and the website for the ASCS.
Finishing 10th in his first ever season in a race car, the Lawmen found a diamond in the rough with Mike Mayer. Mike started driving the same lap times in his #5 Burt Collection/Chief's Pub Chevy as the race winners by the end of the season, proving he belongs in the premiere Super Cup division.
Chuck Hinman drove on a part time basis for the Lawmen in 2010 and attended the banquet to pick up his 15th place trophy. Definitely not a bad start in his rookie season!
The Lawmen also received special recognition from Ultimate Motorsports and DRP Racing for their hard work this season promoting the best Super Cup racing division around. We'd like to thank them for their work and congratulate the 2010 Champion Erle Hoth and Rookie of the Year Mike Baum. We look forward to hunting them down in 2011!
We can't say it enough, but every trophy on our shelves are directly due to our sponsors, our supporters, our friends and our families. We look forward to doing it again with your help in 2011!
10/25/10 - Well it didn’t quite go as planned yesterday for the Goblin 250 enduro race. The car looked great, thanks to The Car Doctor of Schaumburg and Sign A Rama of Grayslake, and we tested it and it ran great too. Unfortunately with 160 cars running, we had to change our number from the 5-0 to 05, because someone snagged it before we did.
It was a logjam of cars and avoiding wrecks on the wet and muddy track, which driver Erik Gehrke did fairly well, was taking his time, planning on letting ½ the field wreck out of the 250 lap race before he started to “turn it on”. However, that never happened as 5 laps into the race the clutch blew and he couldn’t get the car into any gear and rolled to a stop on the infield to watch the rest of the race. Yes, crack your jokes…. Special thanks to Matt Melchiori for helping out in the pits and getting the car off the track.
Fortunately Rockford Speedway bought the car from us, so we did get some cash to donate to the Special Olympics. So those of you that committed to sponsoring 10 cents a lap (again thank you), yes you can mail us a check for 50 cents if you’d like. However, we're hoping those of you would at least send a $5 check ($1 a lap, still a bargain), and we wont stop you if you want to donate more.
Make checks out to “Special Olympics Illinois” and mail it to Lawmen Racing, PO Box 957 Antioch, IL 60002. You can send cash if you want, just make sure you put your name on the envelope somewhere so we can credit you. We would like to get all the monies collected by Nov 6th, so please send ASAP, so we can do a nice presentation to the Special Olympics. Check out the in car video of the big 5 laps!
Thanks again everyone who committed to donate!
9/18/10 - The stage was set for the last race of the season under the Indiana skies this past Saturday. The #5 Burt Collection/Chief’s Pub Chevy driven by Mike Mayer and the #7 Swarthout’s/Ferentino’s Chevy driven by David Cerer made the trip south to the Indianapolis Speedrome, while Erik Gehrke’s #24 Hefty Ford stayed back home due to a family wedding.
The Speedrome was completely packed as cable channel SpeedTV was on hand to record the World Figure 8 Championship, with the Super Cups wowing the crowd as the opening act. David Cerer amazed the crowd early setting a Super Cup qualifying speed record!
In the heat races, both cars got caught in traffic early and with only 8 laps and a tight racing groove, both were able to finish fourth in their respective events.
In the big feature race, Mike Mayer’s endorsed www.FastDateEvents.com #5 car moved fast early, jumping into the second spot. The rookie driver battled back and forth with points leader Erle Hoth for that second spot and fought valiantly. David Cerer moved from the back of the pack up to fourth place, and was waiting for his move while Erle Hoth and Mike Mayer battled. The race was a seesaw battle between the top 6 cars. Eventually Erle, David and the #3 Ken Jones got by Mike Mayer. With only a few laps to go, David was stuck behind the first cars battling for the lead while he had his own battle with Ken Jones. It ended up a photo finish as it wasn’t until after the race David was found to have beat Ken Jones by a fraction for the third place finish. Mike Mayer still finished an impressive 6th place for the rookie driver with old tires on a tight flat race track. This was the best finish for the #5 Chevy all season! Congrats Mike!
With the final points tallied up for the season, David Cerer was a close second to 2010 ASCS Champion Erle Hoth. In his quest, David won 4 Heat Races and 1 Feature Race for his best points finish ever in a Super Cup car. Way to go Dave as he had to compete with 2 time Super Cup Champion and teammate Erik Gehrke , as his Hefty Ford finished 4th this season. Rookie Mike Mayer, even after missing two races, finished the season in 10th place, third place in the rookie standings. Not bad considering 23 different drivers competed in the series this season. If all the Lawmen drivers can race a full season next year, any of them, including rookies Mike Mayer, Chuck Hinman, Ben Grum, and Adam Milczarek, could be a threat for the 2011 ASCS title!
A sincere thank you goes out from Lawmen Racing to all our families, friends and sponsors for all the support they have given the team and league throughout the inaugural ASCS season. It would have been impossible to have the success we had if it wasn't for all you have done. Thank you all very much!
Even though the race season has ended, the Lawmen aren’t ready to put the cars away yet. More appearances are in the works before winter comes, so check out our schedule. Photos and videos of last week’s race have been added to our website www.LawmenRacing.com and more will be added throughout next week. Keep checking back!
8/28/10: It was a solid night this past Saturday for the Lawmen Racing team. Starting things off was the Pre-Race Tailgate party at Rockford Speedway. Many Lawmen family, friends, and sponsors joined the over 100 guests of the American Super Cup Series. In addition, many scouts came out for the Scout Night at Rockford to see the Super Cups and the amazing boat trailer races at the end of the night. After all the food, drinks, giveaways and raffle prizes during the party, it was race time!
The #24 Hefty Ford driven by Erik Gehrke started things off right by taking the pole during qualifying. Rookie Lawmen Mike Mayer even qualified 4th in the fast #5 Burt Collection/Chief's Pub Chevy. In the first heat race, Erik battled side by side with his teammate David Cerer in his #7 Swarthout's Chevy. The #24 finished third and the red #7 fifth. In the second heat race, Mike Mayer moved up front but spun into the infield pushing the car too hard. He would finish fifth, while Chuck Hinman ran in the Ultimate Motorsports #6 car and finished fourth.
In the TacTools.net feature race, David Cerer would jump out to third place early behind the #22 and #3 cars. Erik Gehrke and Mike Mayer would use up the first quarter of the race battling side by side, looking for an edge. The #24 Hefty Ford was able to finally pull ahead on the inside of the #5, into fourth place. However, it also opened the door for the #22 and #88 cars, causing Mike Mayer to slide into 7th place. Chuck Hinman's #6, starting in the back, would battle early and often with the #4, and #77 cars.
With Erik now right on David's bumper, he began to bump draft, Daytona style, shoving the #7 Chevy forward down the straights, lap after lap, until the two Lawmen caught up to the leaders. As David looked to find a place to pass the #3, those pesky #88 and #22 cars had caught up, making it a six car battle for the lead, where a bad gamble could cause a car to go from first to sixth in a split second, again just like a NASCAR Super Speedway race!
With the crowd on their feet and the amazing race cars coming down to the checkered flag, the #33 Andy Forster held onto the lead in a photo finish while David finished 3rd and Erik 4th. Mike Mayer tried working his way back up but had trouble with slower traffic and finished 8th. Chuck Hinman finished the night in 12th.
David Cerer still has a chance to win the 2010 ASCS Championship as it comes down to the wire. The final race is September 18th at the Indianapolis Speedrome, where David has won already this year! Find some great photos and videos from the last two races on our website www.LawmenRacing.com and www.AmericanSuperCups.com and be sure to send David a message rooting him on!
8/21/10- It was a decent night under the bright lights of the Slinger Super Speedway this past Saturday for the Lawmen Racing boys. As the opening act for the Extreme Sprint Car Series, the Super Cups put on a great show in front of a packed house. The Hefty Ford took second in qualifying, in front of David Cerer's #7 Swarthout's/Ferentino's Chevy and the Burt Collection/Chief's Pub #5 Chevy, driven this week by Mike Mayer.
The #5 car had a lot of speed this weekend after some extensive testing last week, and with the addition of FastDateEvents.com on the quarterpanels, it has become quite the speed machine! In the first heat race, all 3 Lawmen cars were entered and started mid pack. It would be Dave Cerer taking the lead halfway through and Erik Gehrke's #24 Ford right on his tail. Mike Mayer made a late race charge, picking up third place. That gave Lawmen Racing their first ever 1-2-3 finish in a heat race. The next goal is going 1-2-3 in a feature race!
In the feature, with their good qualifying runs, the team was inverted to near the back of the 13 car field. The Hefty Ford was the first find an opening down low and started to charge toward the front, dropping into third place. David Cerer and Mike Mayer were trying their best to close the gap to the #24, but they had to get by the #31 and #81 Chevys first. However, mid race, the 31 and 81 got together, causing the 31 to slide in front of the red #7. David was able to get the car slowed down enough to avoid any extensive damage, just a few paint chips that the Swarthout's team can paint back up in no time!
On the restart, the #24 was in third with rookie Mike Mayer on his outside, looking for the best finish for the #5 car this season. When the race went green, Erik was stuck behind the #22 and #88 who were fighting hard for the lead, but gave no room for the Hefty Ford. Erik would finish third while Mike Mayer slipped one spot to the crafty veteran #3 Ken Jones, finishing fifth. David Cerer drove from the back of the pack after his spin to finish sixth. Not a bad night, even after the big scare to the #7 car.
At the same time, the #1 Sign-A-Rama/My Family Furniture Dodge Charger show car was on display during the Grayslake Days Saturday Nigh Parade. David Cerer's family was out promoting the team, handing out hundreds of sponsor materials to the crowds. Photos, videos, and more will be added throughout the week on LawmenRacing.com.
Only two races remain for the Lawmen, including this weekend's Friends and Family Night at Rockford Speedway. The pre-race party kicks off at 5pm and ends once the racing starts at 7:07PM. If you forgot to RSVP with us, we might still be able to get you in, but you must contact us ASAP!
7/24/10- The Lawmen Racing reached deep into the closet to pull out their brooms and sweep the weekend’s events at Dells Raceway Park. It was a packed house at the Wisconsin Dells track on a hot Saturday afternoon. David Cerer an Erik Gehrke would be driving their respective #7 Swarthout’s/Ferentino’s Chevy and #24 Hefty Ford, while Ben Grum took his second turn in the #5 Burt Collection/Chief’s Pub Chevy.
In qualifying, David Cerer topped the charts in his big red machine. In the heat races, Erik Gehrke would take the lead late and hold off the field for the win. David then duked it out in a 3-way battle to the finish to take the second heat race win!
In the feature race, the Hefty Ford started 4th with the #7 Chevy right behind in sixth. Rookie Ben Grum started in 11th. On the start, the high line moved quickly, and Erik pulled into second place, waiting to strike for the lead. However, he needed to move early as the #22 Erle Hoth started looking low on Erik. The Hefty Ford dove to the inside of the race leader and they went side by side for the next few laps. Eventually, the #24 was able to pull into the lead with the #22 right on his bumper. David Cerer’s #7 Chevy tried staying with but got involved in his own side by side battle with the #33 and #81 of Dakota Potts. He would eventually clear both and set his sights on catching up with the #22 and #24. Ben Grum was able to move up a couple spots early and was cruising in eighth place.
As the feature race wore on, Erik had to change his line in the #24 Hefty Ford, backing up his corner entry to keep the car low on exit, preventing Erle Hoth from getting underneath him. Erle tried the outside of the #24 several times, including on the last turn where he got great run out of turn 4, however, Erik Gehrke was able to take his third feature win of the season by about 5 feet! David Cerer ran out of laps to catch Erik an Erle, finishing third. Ben Grum tried valiantly to move further up in the fast #5, but a slip late finished him in 9th place, a great job for the Super Cup rookie.
The Lawmen would like to thank Ken Jones for helping make the #5 Car Burt Collection/Chief’s Pub car one of the fastest cars on the track in a very short period of time! MDMRacePix.com was also out taking photos of the race event, they’ll be posted on our website, www.LawmenRacing.com along with some new videos, so keep checking back!
After taking home zero trophies the weekend before, the Lawmen were especially pleased with taking all four at DRP. The team will show off its hardware and speedy cars this Thursday at the Lake Forest Market Square Car Show. Stop by with your Knauz BMW or Hyundai, get some Ferentino’s pizza then finish off the night with some drinks at the Chief’s Pub! We’ll see you there!
7/18/10: The Lawmen Racing team put another good showing this past Sunday night at the famed Slinger Super Speedway. To add to the fun, several Lawmen drivers swapped cars around to get a different feel of the “World’s Fastest ¼ Mile” in Slinger, WI.
In qualifying, Erik Gehrke drove the #5 Burt Collection/Chief’s Pub Chevy to third on the charts. In the heat races, David Cerer and his #7 Swarthout’sAuto Body/Ferentino’s Chevy was the best finisher of the group, taking second.
In the feature race, 14 year old Troy Mayer, the son of Lawmen regular Mike Mayer piloted the #24 Hefty/Knauz Auto park Ford from the back of the pack to a seventh place finish in only his second Super Cup start! David’s #7 machine stayed up front for the race, however, he just couldn’t make up any ground on race winner #22 Erle Hoth, finishing third. Erik Gehrke was right on David’s tail early in the race, when he got the old ‘bump n’ run’ from the #81 of Dakota Potts. Erik chased the black Impala up the hill and saved the car, but lost a lot of ground to the front pack, and finished 9th. Right behind him was Mike Mayer in the Ultimate Motorsports #4 car and then Chuck Hinman in the #6 Ultimate Chevy. Check out our website for some great pics by Mark Melchiori of mdmracepix.com.
The Lawmen make a quick turn around and head further north to the Dells Raceway Park in Wisconsin Dells, WI this Saturday night. Racing starts at 630PM.
During a break from the racing action, the Lawmen were on display in Lake County ’s biggest 4th of July parade, in Lake Bluff , IL . The team members handed out thousands of autograph cards and sponsor materials throughout the day.
Don’t forget we have the Friends and Family night at Rockford Speedway on August 28th. The cost is only $17/person and includes food, soda, beer, souvenir program, possible pace car laps, and more. However, we have many FREE tickets for our sponsors. Just let us know if you can make it!
6/28/10 - Great fun this past weekend at Rockford Speedway. The win streak came to an end, but all three cars did great, including the debut of Ben Grum in the Chief's Pub/Burt Collection #5 Chevy Impala. Check the Press Room for recap. Photos have been added, videos will be added soon.
Come check out the Lawmen Cars at Lake County's biggest 4th of July Parade in Lake Bluff, this Sunday at 10am
6-27-10 - Just like every good story must come to an end, so did the streak of 3 straight Feature Race wins by the Lawmen Racing team. However, it was still a fun and exciting race weekend for the speeding policemen.
June 27th at Rockford Speedway marked the debut of Ben Grum in the #5 Burt Collection/Chief’s Pub Chevy Impala. Ben tested the car on Thursday, and qualified 10th out of 13 cars on Sunday. Erik Gehrke qualified 2nd by only 2 hundredths behind the Pole Winner, and David Cerer was 4th fastest in his #7 Swarthout’s/Ferentino’s Chevy.
Before the races began, drivers took to the track for an autograph and meet & greet session with the fans. The Lawmen handed out race flyers, sponsor information and even die-cast Hefty race cars!
In the first heat race, David found himself side by side with Erik’s #24 Hefty Ford for several laps as they battled for second place. In the end, Erik stole 2nd place on the inside line. Ben Grum would make his first heat race memorable, finishing 3rd.
In the feature race, the red Swarthout’s/Ferentino’s Chevy made a great move early inside the #81 Dakota Potts to take third place. Back in the pack, the orange Hefty machine traded spots from 4th to 8th, just about on every lap in an exciting 3 wide battle. Ben Grum, starting at the tail of the field, worked his way into the rear pack, gaining experience on the track. Then with 9 laps to go, a debris caution came out and tightened the field back up. On the restart, both David and Erik gambled it all and chose the tighter inside line. They stayed side by side through the finish with the high line racers, but just could not get the momentum to make the pass into the lead. In the end, Dave and Erik slid back to 4th and 5th respectively, while Ben Grum finished in 11th. All the cars left the track without a scratch, but with big smiles on the drivers’ faces after a fun battle. Photos and videos will be added throughout the week on LawmenRacing.com and AmericanSuperCups.com. The Lawmen will be out for the Lake Bluff 4th of July parade this Sunday, with their awesome automobiles, handing out sponsor materials and autograph cards. Even our official mascot “Tristan” from Two Paws Up Dog Training will be making the walk through downtown Lake Bluff. Come check us out!
6-16-10 - Ray Stevens must be singing somewhere as the Lawmen Racing Team improved their “Streak” to 3 straight wins in the American Super Cup Series!
Before the race weekend at fast Dells Raceway Park, the team was busy driving in the Grayslake Memorial Day Parade, handing out hundreds of autograph cards and sponsor flyers. The following weekend, hundreds of Boy Scouts got to see the #24 and #7 Super Cup cars up close and everyone received a free picture next to the cars, printed instantly on scene for them to take home.
The team drivers have also made several radio appearances recently to promote the series, cars and sponsors, on RaceTalkRadio.com, Jerry’s Garage Talk 1220am, and The Racing Round Up Show ESPN 540am.
Back to the racetrack, David Cerer started the night off right taking the top qualifier award, while Erik Gehrke’s Hefty Ford was only a couple hundredths behind. In the Chief’s Pub/Burt Collection #5 Chevy, Troy Mayer took his turn piloting the third Lawmen Racing entry. His father and Lawmen Racing member, Mike Mayer, drove an Ultimate Motorsports #6 Chevy while Erik’s younger brother Kris Gehrke started in the #4 Ultimate Motorsports Chevy. This would be the first race ever for both Troy and Kris.
In the first heat race, Dave’s #7 Swarthout’s Chevy, battled hard, side by side, with Mick Ellis almost every lap, but finished second. Erik made a pass in the final turn of his heat race to finish second. Troy, Mike and Kris also had great runs, staying clean and logging more laps.
In the feature race, both David and Erik started near the rear and moved their way towards the front, but it seemed they had too much ground to cover to gain on the leaders and would finish mid pack. However, a caution midway through the race bunched the field back up. On the double file restart, both cars chose the bottom line, looking to gain a few more spots before the finish. Erik was able to slide inside the second place car of Erle Hoth with David right behind him, with only two laps to go. On the final lap, Erik wedged his nose under the #3 of Ken Jones to get the inside lane. Ken tried to pull the cross over move, but David was too close to Erik and Ken had to try the outside again on the final turn. Holding the bottom line at high speeds, Erik got sideways in that final turn, nearly loosing all his grip and wiping out the field. He straightened out while Ken had a big run on the outside, but the finish line came up just in time for Lawmen Racing as Erik won his first race at DRP, while Dave finished third by only inches to Ken.
Troy Mayer and Kris Gehrke had their own battle in the rear pack of cars. Troy stayed right on Kris’ bumper after the restart and finally made the pass just before the white flag waved. Mike Mayer battled to catch his Rookie of the Year rival Mike Baum, but finished one position behind him, in 9th.
Erik and David will be on hand this weekend in Elkhart Lake, WI to support Hefty Racing driver Eric McClure and his NASCAR Nationwide Series Ford Fusion at Road America. We wish him and the rest of Team Rensi Inc the best of luck! Our next race will be 1PM Sunday at Rockford Speedway, with the Vintage Car series.
Our prayers and well wishes go out to crew member, radio spotter, and chief supporter for the Lawmen Racing team, Herb Gehrke as he undergoes heart surgery on Monday. Here’s to a speedy recovery, we’ll see you in Victory Lane very soon!
Check out more info, pics and videos at LawmenRacing.com.
5/26/10 - Building on the momentum of David Cerer's feature race win in Indiana last weekend, the Lawmen managed to go two in a row at Slinger Super Speedway on Sunday night. However this time, the #24 Hefty Ford was able to best the field, giving Lawmen Racing their second feature race win in only three races, in this early 2010 season.
The team had to dig deep into their setup notes to race the high banks of Slinger, not racing there since 2007. Besides Erik Gehrke's #24 Hefty Ford and David's #7 Swarthout's Chevy, the team brought out the new #5 Burt Collection Chevy, with Mike Mayer behind the wheel. It was Mike's third time racing this year for the Lawmen, quickly becoming a veteran of Super Cup racing while maintaining second place in the Rookie Standings.
In the second heat race, Dave and Erik started their Super Cups side by side in the second row. Dave would follow leader Ken Jones #3 to the finish line, while Erik was able only to pull into 4th place. Erik quickly realized he had a gear in the car only for a short run or for running the low line, but all the fast cars were up and running the higher line. Unfortunately, there was very little time between the heat and feature race, and just as he started to get his hands dirty, the PA announcer called the American Super Cups to the starting line.
Fortunately for the Hefty race car, Erik would start the #24 in 5th spot on the inside line. Dave Cerer would start behind him in 7th. Mike Mayer started the black #5 near the back of the field because of his rookie status. At the start, pole sitter #81 Dakota Potts and #3 Ken Jones pulled out from the pack, jumping to the high line. Erik was able to take advantage of his quick acceleration on the low line to sneak under both cars after only a couple laps and take the lead. The Freight Train David Cerer was able to stay in tow as the Lawmen looked to go 1-2. However, Erle Hoth's #22 and Ken Jones #3 had other plans. Both fast cars were able to sneak under the #7, about halfway through the 25 lap feature. Erle then set his sights on the #24. He tried every which way to get under the Hefty hot rod, but Erik kept the car glued to the bottom of the track, forcing Erle to try passing on the high side. He almost did it several times until the occasional lap car would force Erle to get back in line and look low again. Watching his mirror, Erik did everything he could to protect the bottom line even though his car wanted to slide up as the tires wore out. On the last lap, when Erik was forced to move up the track for a lap car, Erle got his nose underneath the #24 and it was a drag race to the finish line, with Erik victorious by only a couple feet! Dave brought the #7 Chevy home in 4th, while Mike Mayer finished &&&.
It was an amazing night of great side by side, 3 and even 4 wide racing at Slinger! The Lawmen can't wait to return and try to get that 1-2-3 finish! In the meantime.The team's #5 car will be at the Chief's Pub in Paris, WI on the 26th. The Lawmen will also be attending Jerry's Garage Talk on Saturday 5/29 in Fox Lake to talk racing and Click-It-Or-Ticket! Then they move on to the Grayslake Memorial Day Parade this coming Monday morning to honor all our heroes. On June 5th, they'll be out for the world record breaking Pinewood Derby event in Trevor, WI. The next race will be June 12th at the Dells Raceway Park. Keep checking out our website as we will continue to add more photos and videos from the past two races and the upcoming events.
5/16/10: Rain, sleet and snow can't stop the mailman, and as Lawmen Racing proved this past weekend at the Indianapolis Speedrome, they can't stop David "The Freight Train" Cerer either! Cold rain delayed the racing in central Indiana by about 2 hours, and left an already difficult race track very wet, but the Lawmen were ready for the challenge!
In addition to Erik Gehrke's #24 Hefty Ford and David Cerer's #7 Swarthout's Auto Body Chevy, Chuck Hinman drove the newly decaled #5 Burt Collection Chevy while Mike Mayer returned to drive the #6 Ken Jones Motorsports Chevy. The Lawmen would like to thank Greg's Auto Body for preparing the new #5 car body and Sign A Rama of Grayslake for providing decals and Ken Jones Motorsports for the final touches on the chassis. Check out pictures of the car on our Gallery Page.
Rain washed out all but 4 laps of practice and all of qualifying which meant the team drivers would have to battle not only other drivers, but inexperience on a slick, flat, tight track which we have never raced on before. This would be Chuck Hinman's first race in a Super Cup and with little practice at the Speedrome, it made both driver and owners nervous! But Chuck did a great job battling the #40 of Bob Wright side by side several laps in his black #5 Chevy and finally made the clean pass, finishing 5th in the heat. Mike Mayer also did great keeping his car straight in his heat race, finishing 5th as well. Dave and Erik raced in the same heat, with Dave battling side by side with the #33 Andy Forster out front for almost every lap while Erik fought #23 Mike Baum door to door for the first few laps. On the last lap, Dave pulled his red Chevy to the lead, winning the heat race while Erik placed third.
In the feature race, David started on the inside second row behind the #33 and next to the #31 who was behind the #3 car. After the first several laps, Dave was no longer content to have the #33 in his field of vision. He managed to get by the #31 and #3 on the inside and pulled to the outside to dirt track his way around the #33, sliding to the lead. Close behind, Erik Gehrke also was no longer happy riding in the 5th position and started to mount his charge. Eventually the #24 Hefty machine would also pull to the outside of the #33, in search of the second position. With his eyes already set on hunting down leader and teammate David, Erik began pushing the car too hard, skidding near the wall several times, nearly clearing the #33 but unable to complete the pass. As the laps wound down, the #7 Swarthout's Chevy dodged and weaved through lap traffic on the flat track better than anyone else, winning his first feature race of the 2010 season!
Dave was greeted by children on the track for some great Winner's Circle photos, all while being interviewed with his nice new trophy! More photos and videos will be posted on our website throughout the week, highlighting the great action and fun in Indianapolis.
Mike Mayer was able to stay with the middle pack of cars in only his second ever Super Cup race, finishing 9th, without a scratch. Chuck Hinman's #5 Burt Collection Chevy was on Mike's heels early in the race, after making some great passes, however, a technical issue in the drive train forced Chuck to pull his machine to the infield for the remainder of the race. But don't worry, the Lawmen team will be hard at work preparing the car for next week's race at Slinger Super Speedway, as we continue to work out all the bugs in the new car.
Racing starts at 6:30PM this Sunday night at Slinger. David now stands in unfamiliar territory, leading the American Super Cup Series point standings and ahead of the former two-time champion and long time teammate Erik Gehrke. Can he strengthen his lead or will the pressure derail the "Freight Train"? Come find out this Sunday, it should be some great racing!
5/2/10 - The Lawmen Racing Team was very busy this weekend as they entered into the Inaugural American Super Cup Series Race at Rockford Speedway. The team spent countless hours with limited sleep to help put 3 cars on the track.
Early on 5/1/10, the #24 Hefty® Ford Fusion was on display, cheering on Camden Ellingsen at the Cub Scouts Soap Box Derby at Adler Park in Libertyville. Hundreds of cub scouts got their photo taken next to or in the driver's seat.
Later that day, the #24, the #7 Swarthout's Auto Body Chevy Impala , and the new #5 Burt Collection Chevy Impala made the trip to Rockford, stopping at the Steak & Shake for a pre-race party before the ASCS Steak & Shake 35!
At the track, the Lawmen met with "satellite team" KC Motorsports since they spent the week together preparing the 96 Dodge Charger for the return of past Junior Super Cup champion Cody Lipstreuer. While his Mid-American Late Model is getting prepped for the season, Cody will be challenging the adults of the ASCS.
In practice both David Cerer and Erik Gehrke made sure the #7 and #24 were ready to go, but found issues on the #5 and were not able to get it on the track for practice or the first heat race for rookie driver Adam Milczarek. Our other rookie driver Mike Mayer, would make it on the track driving for Ken Jones Motorsports in the #6 Chevy.
In the heat race, Erik Gehrke found himself behind Dave Cerer's #7 Chevy with a few laps to go. Erik tried tried to get around but ended up just inches short of Dave at the finish line, giving Lawmen Racing race their first heat victory of the season! Mike Mayer made his first pass in his first ever heat race, finishing 5th.
In the feature race, David started the #7 Swarthouts Chevy in outside pole position. However on the start he was beat to the first turn when Erle Hoth's #22 took the lead. The #24 Hefty machine was able to pull to the inside of Dave and Erle as they battled for the lead in a tight pack, with Mick Ellis and Cody Lipstreuer right on their heels! The #6 of Mike Mayer was able to stay within eye shot of the leaders along with Adam Milczarek who was piloting a fast but untested car. While avoiding a slower car, Adam locked up the brakes and slid to the infield to bring out the night's only caution. However, on the restart Adam quickly realized he lost brake pressure and had to pull off the track. On the restart, Erik and Erle went back and forth for the lead. Erik did not have a spotter and his right side mirror collapsed, making it nearly impossible to tell if he could clear the leader and take the high line, so rather then wreck any cars, Erik stayed at the bottom and continued to keep pace with Erle. Dave fell slightly behind as his carb developed an issue, but stayed with the front pack. In the end, it was a three wide battle to the finish line, but the high lane was just too fast as Erle Hoth would take the victory, Erik in second, David in 5th. Mike Mayer finished his first race in 8th.
4/26/10 - Lawman Adam Milczarek got his first laps in a Super Cup car this past thursday, driving David Cerer's #7 car. The team is working incredibly hard to get the #5 car ready for Adam in the May 1st American Super Cup Series season opener at Rockford Speedway.
We'd also like to thank Mark Melchiori for providing us some pictures of practice earlier this month at Rockford Speedway.
4/18/10 - Thanks to Andrews Motorsports for joining us in supporting the Gurnee Police Dept. at their Touch-A-Truck Family Fun Day!
We tested 2 more cars this weekend at DRP in preparation for Race #1 at Rockford in only 2 weeks! Before the race find us at Adler Park in Libertyville for the Boy Scouts Soap Box Derby!
4/10/10 - The team tested some rookie drivers at Rockford Speedway today and they did awesome! The Lawmen Racing team looks to take a lot of checkered flags this year!
We welcome another new sponsor for our third car, The Burt Collection of Lake Forest. They boast one of the areas best locations for buying, selling, maintaining and storing antique and collectors cars.
3/30/10 - The tentative 2010 American Super Cup Series schedule is finally out! Check out our schedule page. The season kicks off at Rockford Speedway on May 1st. We'd like to welcome Axel's Automotive to the Lawmen family! They will be proudly displayed on our 3rd ASCS entry.
3-14-10: - Driver David Cerer and his children raced against the competition in the Faith Lutheran Pioneers Pine Car Derby this past weekend. The #9 Hefty Ford was on display for the future racers. Lawmen Racing also picked up its 3rd and 4th Super Cup cars this week!
2-28-10: The #7 Swarthout's Autobody Chevy Impala SS was on display with the American Super Cups booth at the Wisconsin Racer's Expo this past weekend. We handed out flyers and showed race videos to hundereds of interested folks. It was a great time networking with race leagues, teams, businesses and sponsors. 2-20-10: The team made "airwaves" this weekend as guests of WKRS 1220am's Jerry's Garage Talk. Our apologies now to any firemen who heard us crack jokes at their expense.... Next weekend is the Wisconsin Racer's Expo, catch the Lawmen and the ASCS there in West Bend, WI. Also our congratulations to Camden Ellingsen for taking 3rd place in the pinewood derby with his outstanding looking #9 Hefty car! 1-30-10: Good luck to Camden Ellingsen who will be piloting the #9 Hefty Racing pinewood derby car. The car was made by the great people at Sign-A-Rama!
1-24-10: The World of Wheels Milwaukee was a blast! Hundreds of car fans got their first look at our amazing cars! Many were interested in attending races, buying a car, renting a car, and sponsoring our cars. Thanks to Mark Melchiori of www.MDMRacePix.com for coming out and taking photos. Also, because of our recent success, we were then invited to attend the Wisconsin Racing Expo on 2/27!
1-7-10: Don't miss the World of Wheels Show at the Wisconsin Expo Center at State Fair Park this weekend (1/8 thru 1/10/10).