Trista Stevenson Tops USST Field For Fall Spectacular Win! Weinfurter, Gennett, and Anderson Score Wins
September 12, 2009: Fairchild, WI – This afternoon proved to be another exciting day of racing action at one of the finest paved ovals in the Midwest. Visiting the 2009 Fall Spectacular today was the United States Super Truck Challenge Series, Culver’s of Marshfield Super Late Models, Pure Stocks, Motorcycles, and Junkyard Warriors. The exciting racing action proved to be as hot as the outside temperature, hot!
The United States Super Trucks proved to be very exciting with some of the best truck drivers in the country participating. Leading the USST to the green flag for their 50-lap feature event was John Wood and Larry Fitzsimmons. Fitzsimmons, a Minnesota driver has visited victory lane before here at MMS. Last week, he visited victory lane in a super late model. Also, the gentleman driver notched another victory by collecting first place in his respective heat in the USST. Fitzsimmons battled off passing attempts by John Wood. Wood would gain the advantage down the shoot, but Fitzsimmons gain it back throughout the corners. The two drivers ran first and second throughout the first 12 laps. On lap 13, Wood was finally able to clear Fitzsimmons on lap 13. It appeared Wood had the truck to beat; however, Fitzsimmons closed ground on the Wisconsin driver, and looked as he was going to retake the top spot. That was not to be today, however, Larry Fitzsimmons blew his engine entering turn one bringing out the caution flag. A driver working her way through the field was Pocahontas, IL driver, Trista Stevenson. Stevenson, and eighteen year old driver that was fresh off her win at Nashville, was looking to be the first female to visit victory lane. Just pass the halfway point of the race, Stevenson started to put heavy pressure on the truck of John Wood. On lap-32, Stevenson cleared Wood with an inside pass exiting turn two. Following Stevenson was the truck of Jerry Wood. Wood then set his sights on Stevenson reeling her in. Once Jerry Wood cut into Stevenson’s lead, the young Illinois driver slammed the door. With two laps remaining, Jerry Wood pulled up to the inside of Stevenson, and it appeared it would be a side-by-side finish. However, Wood was slightly picked by a lapped truck. Hence, this allowed Stevenson the opportunity to pull out to a comfortable lead and take home the top prize. Following Trista Stevenson to the line was Jerry Wood with John Wood coming home in the third position. Janesville, WI driver drove his truck to fourth, with Hicory Flat, MS driver taking home the fifth prize. Gary Cerny and Larry Fitzsimmons took home heat wins.
Culver’s of Marshfield Super Late Models exhibited another top show for the Fall Spectacular crowd. Pole sitter Jeff Weinfurter, fresh off a heat win, grabbed the early lead. Marshfield, WI driver Dean LaPointe quickly moved into the second position. It was Weinfurter, LaPointe, and Tim Rothe, one, two, and three respectively throughout the first third of the race. Two laps later, Rothe cleared the machine of LaPointe and was looking to close on a very fast Weinfurter. Looking to get his first feature win of the year, and appearing to be the fastest car on the track, Jay VanDerGeest closed rapidly on the top two drivers. With six laps to go, lap traffic appeared to possibly play apart in the finish of this exciting feature event. Two lap cars raced side-by-side for two laps and did not heed the attention of starter Patrick Barrett. The two cars then collected each other in front of a very fast field of cars. Unfortunately, Tim Rothe and fast qualifier Jay VanDerGeest were collected in the incident ending their evenings. Once the green flag was shown to the driver once again, it was Chris Weinkauf in the runner-up spot. Weinkauf, who calls Merrill, WI home, closed on Weinfurter and stuck his nose on the inside of Weinfurter several times. However, the veteran Wisconsin Rapids, WI driver slammed the door. Weinfurter motored to another victory, here tonight, at Marshfield Motor Speedway. Chris Weinkauf drove home second with Iowa driver, Kenny Reiser finishing third. Rounding out the top five spots was Dean LaPointe and Jason Weinkauf.
Heat winners today in the SLM division were Tim Hintz and Jeff Weinfurter.
Pure Stocks were back in action here tonight and put on another spectacular show. Cale Marzofka led the group of cars to the start of their Fall Spectacular feature event. John Vanstedun moved pass Marzofka and led the first few laps. Heat winner Ryan Mork motored my Vanstedun and led the next few laps. Mork, who was due for a win, now had to deal with one of the hottest Pure Stock drivers in the state, Kyle Gennett. Gennett wasn’t about to stay in the runner up position for long. The Rangeline, WI driver move pass the fast car of Mork to gain the top spot. Another driver that has made significant strides this year, and looking to move to the front, was Jake Capek. Capek, who lives in Nekoosa, WI, drove pass Mork on lap six. In the end however, it was all Kyle Gennett as he cruised to another feature win here tonight. Jake Capek came home in second with a very impressive run. Rounding out the top five were Ryan Mork, Mike Kasperek, and Ben Capek.
Our entry-level division here at Marshfield Motor Speedway would be the Junkyard Warriors. Tonight, the Junkyard Warriors put on another great night of racing. In heat action, Sam Sudduth and Tim Anderson ran door-handle to door-handle every lap. Anderson escaped with the win in a photo finish. Setting up for a great feature, the two drivers did the same thing in their feature race, side-by-side racing throughout the feature event. In the end, it was once again track champion Tim Anderson coming home with the win. Sam Sudduth, Christine Schmude and Nick Greuel were your top four drivers.
Please join us this weekend for our third leg of the Eve of Devastation. Fireworks, trailer races, Junkyard Warriors, demolition derby, and bus races are just a few things on the card for the day! Please visit us online for all information pertinent to the Eve of Devastation. www.marshfieldspeedway.com Enjoy your week.