JANKOWSKI REMAINS A MAINSTAY IN TUNDRA
PORTAGE, Wis. (May 11, 2018) – When it comes to drivers with deep TUNDRA ties, Corey Jankowski has to be toward the top of the list. When it comes to drivers with tons of personality, well, Jankowski is hard to top.
Just as last year, Jankowski will return to the TUNDRA Super Late Model Series Powered by Wisconsin Potatoes for a campaign with teammate Steve Apel. Apel will run Round One at Wisconsin International Raceway Saturday and Jankowski will grab the reigns from there.
“I love the series because you’re racing and saving tons of money,” Jankowski said. “You’re not watching a person get rich off of racing, but the whole division grows strong together. Plus, the series is so flexible to outsiders. Any new people that joined the series always say good things about it.”
Although he’s competed in more than two-thirds of the series’ events, Jankowski was once a newbie to the series. In 2011, when TUNDRA was the Alive For Five at Dells Raceway Park, Jankowski joined the competition for the final race. He made noise quickly by setting fast time and picking up the feature win. The next year he finished Fifth in seasons standings.
When TUNDRA hit the road in 2013, Jankowski continued his program at Dells Raceway Park. However, he made the step back to TUNDRA in 2014 and recorded his best point finish – Fourth. Since then Jankowski has continued to be a Top Ten points finisher.
Unfortunately, last season was a rough one for Jankowski. He began his portion of the schedule with a broken wrist. He then had hard luck getting caught up in a major melee at Jefferson in Round Three. Aside from the wrist issues, Jankowski was also working on perfecting his new race machine.
“It was very difficult to race at LaCrosse…my car was fast but a hand full,” Jankowski said. “I needed 100% of my body to drive it, well 20% was missing. As you can see in Jefferson, it got wrecked – to put more salt on the wound – there were many parts that needed to be fixed.”
However, Jankowski healed up this offseason and was able to continue the progression of his race car. The healing and finishing touches paid off with a Sixth Place finish at the Dells Raceway Park Icebreaker in April.
“This year, I’m back to 100% and as you can see, the car was great but I’m still missing the full crew,” Jankowski said. “Crew guys – or ladies – are very necessary for this division, but I feel like I will be back in contender for all races.”
While Jankowski plans to be a contender, he was sure to team up with Steve Apel, who is sure to be a contender at WIR after winning last year’s Round One. Although most partnerships in TUNDRA dissolve after a year, it seems Jankowski and Apel have formed a pact that could go on for some time.
“Steve is a very down to earth person. To see his program in racing, makes me wonder how I could have been if the support was there like he has it,” Jankowski said. “But Steve reminds me of myself how I was and am – a hard charger, willing to learn, and most important, he has fun. Steve is going to be a very known name in the racing world, and if there is something I can help with, I will.”
This season Jankowski said he’s most looking forward to the stops at Golden Sands, Dells, and Marshfield. He says his main focus this year is being a dad and getting his daughter off to college. Beyond that he does have some goals for on the track, as well.
“I want to get back into Victory Lane and fly that cape again,” he said. “But, most important, I want to win a TUNDRA race, and maybe Championship. One title I would like to have is a Super Late Model one.”
This season Jankowski is sponsored by Habelman Brothers Company Cranberries, Lambert Forest Products, Water Furnace, Flocks Heating and Cooling, and Funtime Daycare.
Kroll’s West Round One for the TUNDRA Super Late Model Series Powered by Wisconsin Potatoes takes place Saturday, May 12 at Wisconsin International Raceway. The Super Late Models will be joined by the TUNDRA Sportsman and Triple Crown Late Models. Qualifying is at 5:15 p.m. with racing at 6:45 p.m. Adult admission (13 and up) is just $12. Kids 12 and under receive free admission.
Wisconsin International Raceway is located just past the intersection of Hwy 55 and KK outside of Kaukauna, Wis. For more information visit www.wirmotorsports.com