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Armed Forces Night to Wausau’s Jeremy Lepak

Posted under Race Reports by Wayne Brevik on May 31st, 2010

GWIDT, KASTEN, BERG, & HAARKLAU EARN FEATURE WINS!

Fairchild, WI; May 29, 2010 – Many past/present members of the Armed Forces were present to witness some great racing action, here, at Marshfield Motor Speedway, on Armed Forces Night at the Speedway!

Highlighting the warm evening of racing was the Super Late Models.  Merrill, WI hot shoe Jay VanDerGeest led the field to the green flag in the 25-lap feature event. VanDerGeest looked to be the dominate car early on with Wisconsin Rapids driver Jeff Weinfurter hot on his heals. Jeremy Lepak was looking to work his way to the front of the field.  Lepak, a highly talented driver from Wausau, moved his way past Adam White, Frank Thorton, and Jeff Weinfurter to claim the runner up position on lap six.  With Lepak setting his sights on a very fast VanDerGeest, other drivers working their way through the field were Eugene Gregorich, Jr. and MG Gajewski.  Gregorich and Gajewski were doing a tire test for the Goodyear Corporation.  On lap 11, Lepak stuck his nose on the inside of VanDerGeest exiting turn two.  The two drivers raced side by side for several laps with Lepak finally moving into the top spot.  Eugene Gregorich was looking to go three wide as Thunder Turner and Adam White raced side by side.  Once White cleared Turner, Gregorich charged past a group of drivers to move into the runner up spot.  Lepak built up a huge lead on the field and looked like he was on cruise control. Gregorich had other ideas however, it was evident he was cutting into Lepak’s lead.  Gregorich, one of the drivers on the Goodyear tire, hard charged his way to within three car lengths of a very fast Lepak at the conclusion of another caution free feature race at Marshfield Motor Speedway.  With Gregorich and Gajewski on the Goodyear tire and not receiving points and postion for the night, your top five point getters were Lepak, VanDerGeest, Weinfurter, Jim Sauter, Jr., and a very fast Mark Eswein, whom of which got caught up in traffic early, finishing a respectful fifth.  Fast qualifier this evening was Jim Sauter, Jr.  Jason Weinkauf won the LiveWire Energy Chews Dash 4 Cash with Bloomer’s Ronnie Rihn and Jeremy Lepak taking home heat wins.

With the Motorcycles taking to the half-mile pavement, half a dozen brave cycle riders tested their skills to the limit tonight.  Marshfield’s Cliff Eckes, Jr. set fast time with a 21.63 lap.  In the six-lap heat race, the top quartet of Eckes, Kasten, Fedrowitz, and Lewis had a battle royale for the entire race with Kasten eking out the win over Eckes.  In feature action, Steve Kasten once again assumed the lead off the starting line with the entire field breathing down his back.  Sweeping two wide through the corners, the group of riders gave the Marshfield Motor Speedway crowd a big thrill!  With several laps completed in the feature event, Bobby Fedrowitz’s handlebars came loose causing the rider to retire from the feature race.  Fedrowitz gave the crowd a scare and thankfully there wasn’t a crash.  A late race miscue in the form of a missed gear shift caused Kasten to bobble; the bobble caused Kasten and Eckes wide but Craig Lewis wasn’t close enough to capitalize on the mistake.  Steve Kasten once again put his SK Service Yamaha into the winner’s circle tonight.  Cliff Eckes, Jr., Craig Lewis, Wooky Eckes, Ted Strebe, and Bobby Fedrowitz finished second through sixth respectfully.  For more information on motorcycle racing in Wisconsin, you can contact Woody Eckes at: cliffscycle@aol.com.

The D & D Amusement Games Super Stocks took the ½ mile pavement once again tonight with Marv Flick leading the group to the start of the 20-lap feature event.  Star drivers Mark Langreck and Bruce Stanley were unable to compete as the two drivers were caught up in a heat race incident, not of their fault.  Terry Knupp edged by Flick on the first lap and continued to lead until Scott Luck decided it was his turn to lead.  Luck continued to lead while Ryan Hinner and Brian Weinfurter battled for the runner up spot.  As Wausau ace driver Mike Gwidt worked his way through the field, Weinfurter finally edged by Hinner for second.  At the halfway point of the race, it was still Scott Luck in control of the race.  By this time however, Gwidt worked his way to third and was starting to put heavy pressure on a very fast Weinfurter.  On lap 13, Gwidt worked his way past Weinfurter setting his sights on Mr. Luck.  Two laps later, Gwidt power his Rick Grunden prepared machine past a very quick Luck.  Another driver looking very fast was that of Greenwood’s Erin Schlough.  Schlough worked his way through the field and past Weinfurter for third with only 3-laps remaining.  It wasn’t enough time however for Schlough to advance his position, as Gwidt and Luck checked out on the field.  Once official starter Patrick Barrett through the checkered flag, it was all Mike Gwidt.  The young talented driver drove his way to, yet, another feature win.  Scott Luck, Schlough, Weinfurter, and Ryan Hinner were the balance of the top five drivers here tonight in the D & D Amusement Games feature event.  Gwidt covered the field in qualifying and heat action, with Weinfurter taking home the checkered flag in the LiveWire Dash 4 Cash.

One of the fan favorite classes to take part in racing action at the speedway is that of the 4-Cylinders.  Heat winner Paul Berg led the field of 16 cars to the green flag.  Berg and Ron Sischo battled for the top spot with Berg getting the advantage and taking over the top spot.  With Berg having a strong hold on the field, drivers working their way to the forefront were Steve and Derk Hauser.  The two Gilman, WI drivers worked their way from the back to second and third respectfully by lap-15.  With one lap remaining in the race, Don Dunno and Adam Eckes collected each other exiting turn 4 bringing out the caution flag.  Prior to the caution flag, Paul Berg received the white flag, thus the race was considered complete. Berg out ran fast timer Derk Hauser and Steve Hauser to earn his first feature win in 2010.  Fast heat winner Austin Stump and newcomer to the division, Tim Anderson finished fourth and fifth respectfully. 

The Junkyard Warriors would conclude the exciting racing action on this warm Memorial Day weekend.  Colletta Gomes was looking to take home another feature win this evening in her number 9 machine.  Gomes has proved to be the top driver in the Junkyard Warrior Division thus far this year.  Looking to get his first feature win of the year was this evening’s fast timer, Gary Haarklau.  Haarklau also collected the heat win earlier in the evening and was in hopes of having a clean sweep.  Last week’s clean sweep winner was Auburndale’s Sam Suddeth.  At the start of the race, Haarklau edged by Gomes for the lead on lap two.  Once clearing Gomes, Haarklau built up a three-car length lead on a hard charging Suddeth.  Suddeth battled Haarklau inside on every corner for the final five laps, however, Haarklau would out power Suddeth down the ½ mile track’s front/back shoots.  In the end, it was Gary Haarklau pulling off and exciting win beating Suddeth to the finish line by a car length.  Colletta Gomes finished third with Marshfield’s Marc Baldwin winding up fourth.

Next week, it’s Glen Katzenberger Memorial Night & Senior Citizen Night at the races.  All seniors 65 and over will receive free admission.  Please visit us online at:  www.marshfieldspeedway.com for all the up to date information regarding Marshfield Motor Speedway.  Also, please join us on Facebook. 

 

Fairchild, WI; May 29, 2010 – Many past/present members of the Armed Forces were present to witness some great racing action, here, at Marshfield Motor Speedway, on Armed Forces Night at the Speedway!

 

Highlighting the warm evening of racing was the Super Late Models.  Merrill, WI hot shoe Jay VanDerGeest led the field to the green flag in the 25-lap feature event. VanDerGeest looked to be the dominate car early on with Wisconsin Rapids driver Jeff Weinfurter hot on his heals. Jeremy Lepak was looking to work his way to the front of the field.  Lepak, a highly talented driver from Wausau, moved his way past Adam White, Frank Thorton, and Jeff Weinfurter to claim the runner up position on lap six.  With Lepak setting his sights on a very fast VanDerGeest, other drivers working their way through the field were Eugene Gregorich, Jr. and MG Gajewski.  Gregorich and Gajewski were doing a tire test for the Goodyear Corporation.  On lap 11, Lepak stuck his nose on the inside of VanDerGeest exiting turn two.  The two drivers raced side by side for several laps with Lepak finally moving into the top spot.  Eugene Gregorich was looking to go three wide as Thunder Turner and Adam White raced side by side.  Once White cleared Turner, Gregorich charged past a group of drivers to move into the runner up spot.  Lepak built up a huge lead on the field and looked like he was on cruise control. Gregorich had other ideas however, it was evident he was cutting into Lepak’s lead.  Gregorich, one of the drivers on the Goodyear tire, hard charged his way to within three car lengths of a very fast Lepak at the conclusion of another caution free feature race at Marshfield Motor Speedway.  With Gregorich and Gajewski on the Goodyear tire and not receiving points and position for the night, your top five point getters were Lepak, VanDerGeest, Weinfurter, Jim Sauter, Jr., and a very fast Mark Eswein, whom of which got caught up in traffic early, finishing a respectful fifth.  Fast qualifier this evening was Jim Sauter, Jr.  Jason Weinkauf won the LiveWire Energy Chews Dash 4 Cash with Bloomer’s Ronnie Rihn and Jeremy Lepak taking home heat wins.

 

With the Motorcycles taking to the half-mile pavement, half a dozen brave cycle riders tested their skills to the limit tonight.  Marshfield’s Cliff Eckes, Jr. set fast time with a 21.63 lap.  In the six-lap heat race, the top quartet of Eckes, Kasten, Fedrowitz, and Lewis had a battle royale for the entire race with Kasten eking out the win over Eckes.  In feature action, Steve Kasten once again assumed the lead off the starting line with the entire field breathing down his back.  Sweeping two wide through the corners, the group of riders gave the Marshfield Motor Speedway crowd a big thrill!  With several laps completed in the feature event, Bobby Fedrowitz’s handlebars came loose causing the rider to retire from the feature race.  Fedrowitz gave the crowd a scare and thankfully there wasn’t a crash.  A late race miscue in the form of a missed gear shift caused Kasten to bobble; the bobble caused Kasten and Eckes wide but Craig Lewis wasn’t close enough to capitalize on the mistake.  Steve Kasten once again put his SK Service Yamaha into the winner’s circle tonight.  Cliff Eckes, Jr., Craig Lewis, Wooky Eckes, Ted Strebe, and Bobby Fedrowitz finished second through sixth respectfully.  For more information on motorcycle racing in Wisconsin, you can contact Woody Eckes at: cliffscycle@aol.com.

The D & D Amusement Games Super Stocks took the ½ mile pavement once again tonight with Marv Flick leading the group to the start of the 20-lap feature event.  Star drivers Mark Langreck and Bruce Stanley were unable to compete as the two drivers were caught up in a heat race incident, not of their fault.  Terry Knupp edged by Flick on the first lap and continued to lead until Scott Luck decided it was his turn to lead.  Luck continued to lead while Ryan Hinner and Brian Weinfurter battled for the runner up spot.  As Wausau ace driver Mike Gwidt worked his way through the field, Weinfurter finally edged by Hinner for second.  At the halfway point of the race, it was still Scott Luck in control of the race.  By this time however, Gwidt worked his way to third and was starting to put heavy pressure on a very fast Weinfurter.  On lap 13, Gwidt worked his way past Weinfurter setting his sights on Mr. Luck.  Two laps later, Gwidt power his Rick Grunden prepared machine past a very quick Luck.  Another driver looking very fast was that of Greenwood’s Erin Schlough.  Schlough worked his way through the field and past Weinfurter for third with only 3-laps remaining.  It wasn’t enough time however for Schlough to advance his position, as Gwidt and Luck checked out on the field.  Once official starter Patrick Barrett through the checkered flag, it was all Mike Gwidt.  The young talented driver drove his way to, yet, another feature win.  Scott Luck, Schlough, Weinfurter, and Ryan Hinner were the balance of the top five drivers here tonight in the D & D Amusement Games feature event.  Gwidt covered the field in qualifying and heat action, with Weinfurter taking home the checkered flag in the LiveWire Dash 4 Cash.

 

One of the fan favorite classes to take part in racing action at the speedway is that of the 4-Cylinders.  Heat winner Paul Berg led the field of 16 cars to the green flag.  Berg and Ron Sischo battled for the top spot with Berg getting the advantage and taking over the top spot.  With Berg having a strong hold on the field, drivers working their way to the forefront were Steve and Derk Hauser.  The two Gilman, WI drivers worked their way from the back to second and third respectfully by lap-15.  With one lap remaining in the race, Don Dunnow and Adam Eckes collected each other exiting turn 4 bringing out the caution flag.  Prior to the caution flag, Paul Berg received the white flag, thus the race was considered complete. Berg out ran fast timer Derk Hauser and Steve Hauser to earn his first feature win in 2010.  Fast heat winner Austin Stump and newcomer to the division, Tim Anderson finished fourth and fifth respectfully. 

 

The Junkyard Warriors would conclude the exciting racing action on this warm Memorial Day weekend.  Colletta Gomes was looking to take home another feature win this evening in her number 9 machine.  Gomes has proved to be the top driver in the Junkyard Warrior Division thus far this year.  Looking to get his first feature win of the year was this evening’s fast timer, Gary Haarklau.  Haarklau also collected the heat win earlier in the evening and was in hopes of having a clean sweep.  Last week’s clean sweep winner was Auburndale’s Sam Suddeth.  At the start of the race, Haarklau edged by Gomes for the lead on lap two.  Once clearing Gomes, Haarklau built up a three-car length lead on a hard charging Suddeth.  Suddeth battled Haarklau inside on every corner for the final five laps, however, Haarklau would out power Suddeth down the ½ mile track’s front/back shoots.  In the end, it was Gary Haarklau pulling off and exciting win beating Suddeth to the finish line by a car length.  Colletta Gomes finished third with Marshfield’s Marc Baldwin winding up fourth.

Next week, it’s Glen Katzenberger Memorial Night & Senior Citizen Night at the races.  All seniors 65 and over will receive free admission.  Please visit us online at:  www.marshfieldspeedway.com for all the up to date information regarding Marshfield Motor Speedway.  Also, please join us on Facebook.