Cory Kemkes Edges Verhagen For Feature Win At Marshfield!
BOUNTY ON RYAN HINNER CONTINUES AS HINNER SCORES FEATURE WIN!
Marshfield, WI, August 13, 2011 – With rain surrounding the track here tonight at Marshfield Motor Speedway, Mother Nature was on our side tonight as the speedway escaped her nasty weather. With the Limited Late Models visiting the track, it was certainly going to be an exciting night at the race track!
Leading the pack to the green flag in the feature event was Shane Smiley and Jake Zelinske. Zelinske, who earlier in the night captured the checkered flag in the fast heat, was looking to put his #86 car in victory lane a second time. Zelinske took the early lead over Smiley however; his lead was brief as Todd Verhagen powered his hot rod to the lead. With Mike Ehde holding the second spot, Cory Kemkes was working his way through the field of cars grabbing the third spot by lap six. Three laps later, Kemkes grabbed the runner up spot from Ehde and set his sights on a very fast Verhagen. Kemkes, who earlier in the evening captured fast time, closed noticeably on Verhagen. The two drivers obviously had much respect for each other as they raced cleanly, side-by-side for 17 laps. Once starter Patrick Barrett threw the white flag indicating one lap remaining, there was no change, both drivers crossed the line in a virtual tie. With the fans cheering for their favorite driver and on the end of their seats, Verhagen, the Dash 4 Cash winner, and Kemkes, crossed the finishline side-by-side with Kemkes awarded the win by less than a foot. Kris Kelly pocketed third with Adam Degenhardt and Mike Ehde rounding out the top five.
The bounty continued on Ryan Hinner and with more drivers attending the track tonight in hopes of capturing the extra bounty money, it was certainly going to make for a very exciting feature event. With Hinner taking hope top honors in qualifying just edging out Brian Back and Kyle Wolosek, and taking hope top honors in the Dash 4 Cash, Hinner was on his way to another great night at Marshfield Motor Speedway. In feature action, Natalie Decker, whom of which captured her heat win earlier in the evening, grabbed the early lead away from Paige Decker. Natalie Decker looked very comfortable in her car as she looked like she may have the car to beat as she extended her lead on Paige Decker. On lap seven, Paige Decker got a bit high exiting turn two and as she brought he car back down the track, she collected a very fast Kyle Wolosek. Wolosek ended up sideways and up into the bank. Both drivers were unable to continue as the race restarted on lap eight. Natalie Decker continued to lead on the restart however, she had a rear window full of Ryan Hinner and Brian Back. As the three drivers exited turn four, Hinner darted to the inside and Back to the outside of Decker. As the drivers entered turn one, Decker’s car made slight contact with the outside quarter panel of Hinner’s #23 car. As Natalie turned slightly to the right to avoid Hinner, she slightly made contact with Brian Back’s car causing Natalie to lose control of her car and bringing out a caution. Track officials deemed the spin as a racing incident sending the spinning car of Natalie Decker to the rear. Once the race resumed, Ryan Hinner built a 4-car lead on Brian Back and held status quo until lap 15. That was when it was very noticeable that Back was closing on Hinner. As the two drivers entered turn three on the final lap, Brian Back raced himself to the right quarter panel of Hinner. As the drivers powered their cars off turn four, Hinner crossed the finishline first, just edging out a very fast Brian Back, whom of which was racing the familiar #71 Matt Pyburn car. Once Ryan Hinner went to victory lane, it was much the displeasure of a few fans at Marshfield Motor Speedway. Some fans thought that when Natalie Decker spun on lap nine that it was Hinner making contact with Decker causing her to spin. Track officials at the time deemed that Hinner held his line, and thanks to Ed Gerl Productions, the company that video tapes all races at Marshfield Motor Speedway, video evidence shows that the incident was not the fault of Hinner’s, but purely a racing incident! With Brian Back showing his driving ability and coming home second, another driver making his first appearance of the year and putting on one heck of a show for the Marshfield fans and finishing third was that of Mark Langreck. Rounding out the top five was fast heat winner Matt Raykowski and Natalie Decker. Natalie Decker did a great job coming from the back after the caution and racing herself back to a top five position!
One of the most exciting divisions of racing was again in action at MMS and the 4-Cylinder division didn’t let the fans down. Point leader Steve Hauser captured fast time with Brandon Herr and Don Dunow taking home heat wins. Once the drivers took the green for the feature event, Rick Brandl took the early lead. On lap three, Don Dunow took the lead away from Brandl and extended his lead. Paul Berg made the pass for second and closed on Dunow. With Dunow fighting off the challenges of Berg and Steve Hauser, it looked as if Dunow would pocket a feature win and possibly take over the point lead. However, things changed significantly when Dunow drove down the backstretch with six laps to go. Dunow had a tire go down and had to exit the race giving the lead to Paul Berg. One lap later, Berg’s car slipped in turn one giving the lead to Steve Hauser. Hauser drove on to the win with Eau Claire’s Paul Berg coming home in the second position. Derk Hauser captured the third spot with Denny Goetsch and Rick Brandl rounding out the top five.
In Bandit action, point leader Tim Anderson was looking to extend his point lead over Harry Bell. As the night was playing out, it looked to be Harry Bell’s night as he earned fast time and heat win honors. Once the feature begun, it was all Tim Anderson. Anderson enjoyed a comfortable lead over Charlie Nickel and Harry Bell. Six laps into the feature event, Bell experienced engine issues and had to exit the track. The race was between Charlie Nickel and Anderson. The two drivers held their distance between each other with Auburndale’s Tim Anderson coming home first with Charlie Nickel finishing second.
Next week, the ASA trucks will visit Marshfield Motor Speedway competing on the half mile paved oval. Super Late Model drivers will be competing in double features! Joining these two top divisions are the Super Stocks and the Bandits! Visit us online at www.marshfieldspeedway.com for further updates.