CarQuest Super Late Model Feature Interrupted By Mother Nature
By Sara Johnson
June 12, 2006; Marshfield, WI: – The Marshfield Area Chamber of Commerce & Industry (MACCI) Business After 5 at the races brought many business people out from Marshfield and the surrounding areas. Our apologies to everyone that was expecting Randy LaJoie, he was unable to make his appearance due to airplane trouble that left him stranded at the Indianapolis airport. We are working on re-scheduling his appearance for the 2006 season.
Fast qualifiers for the evening were Chris Weinkauf in the super lates and Steve Stewart in the 4-cylinder division.
Dean LaPointe of Marshfield, Elliott Weiler of Marshfield and Eugene Gregorich Jr. of Kewaunee all picked up heat wins in the super lates. Wayne Elmhorst of Neillsville won the first 4-cylinder heat, with Ricky Brandl winning the second heat.
The 30 lap super late model feature was led by Bob Danes from his pole position start. On lap seven, Jason Weinkauf passed Danes for the lead on the inside. The following lap, Eugene Gregorich Jr. came up from running in third, to the inside of Weinkauf to take the lead. The spun car of Mark Kraus brought out the caution on lap nine. When the race resumed, Gregorich continued his lead, Weinkauf second, Ben Pettis third, Danes fourth and Mark Eswein fifth. Lap 11, Danes and Eswein made contact in turns one and two, causing a spin that collected both Elliott Weiler and John Froelich, the caution was out. Shortly after, the rains came, forcing the race to be postponed. This race will be completed on June 24th.
The super late model semi-feature was led entirely by Dean LaPointe. DuWayne Davis and Kyle Davis, both raced in the second spot, but it was Rory Melbinger that took it for the checkered. LaPointe and Melbinger’s one, two finish earned both of them a spot in the feature.
The 20 lap 4-cylinder feature was led by Ricky Brandl for the first six laps. Jeremiah Strauss then took the lead. Kyle Opelt was quickly making his way through the field that was racing three, four and sometimes five-wide. Mike Havel was also coming through to the front. Opelt made his move for the lead to the outside of Strauss and completed the pass on lap 16. Soon to be lapped traffic was in front of the leader as they raced to the finish. Opelt and Havel made contact in turns three and four as they raced towards the checkered. There was a spin due to the contact. The race was scored according to the white flag lap, with Opelt and Havel to the rear. Strauss won, JJ Flick second, Brandl third, Steve Stewart fourth and Don Dunow fifth.
The IROC Saturn race for Don Nikolai Construction was won by Rob Nikolai. Racing with Rob was Jay Schreiner, Kipp Schreiner, Mike Zimmerman, Dewey Schutz and Paul Tremelling.
Saturday, June 17th is the Hoosier Outlaw Winged Sprints with drivers expected from WI, IL, IN and OH. Plus Limited Late Models, 4-Cylinders, Motorcycles and Dirt Pure Stocks. Racing is sponsored by Nasonville Dairy, Weber’s Farm Store, Seubert Inc and 99.9/WIZD. Grandstand gates open at 5 p.m., time trials at 5:30, racing starts at 7 p.m. Marshfield Super Speedway is located 3.5 miles west of Marshfield on County Road H with weekly Saturday night stock car racing April through September. Adult grandstand admission for this special is $17.00, Students ages 10-15 yrs. $5.00 and under 10 yrs FREE with a parent. Pick up $2 off adult admission flyers at all CarQuest stores. Rain dated for Sunday, two hours earlier.
Everyone 16 yrs and older may sign up FREE every race night to win the 2006 Dodge Charger Pace Car.