Eswein Back In Marshfield Victory Lane! Hintz Hustles to Super Stock Win
August 23, 2003; Marshfield, WI: – Another great night of racing for Mid-State Truck Service night. Mark Eswein set fast time in the CARQUEST Super Lates, Chris Brooks was fast timer in the CARQUEST & Coca-Cola Super Stocks and Travis Zvolena quick time in the 1-Man Cruisers.
The CARQUEST Super Late Model feature was led by Eugene Gregorich Jr. for the first six laps. The first caution flew after lap six was completed for Doug Drost as his car put oil down onto the speedway. Brian Back led the following two after the restart, but Back and Gregorich got together coming out of turn four attempting to complete lap eight and the caution flew again. Back and Gregorich both went to the rear. Eric Wisz and Keith Bohmsach were also collected in the incident. Bohmsach was unable to continue.
Jeff Weinfurter now assumed the lead with Dean LaPointe and Rory Melbinger right behind. Point leader Judd Brandl and fast timer Mark Eswein raced fourth and fifth. The caution was out again for the cars of Dave Cabelka and Josh Bell, both went to the back of the pack. Eswein had continued his charge for the front and took over the second spot from LaPointe on the restart. Weinfurter led until lap 18 when Eswein passed him for the lead. Weinfurter fell to second, LaPointe third, Brandl fourth and Melbinger fifth. The top five maintained their spots for the final seven laps and finished in that order.
The CARQUEST & Coca-Cola Super Stock feature had several different leaders. Roger Stanczyk led the first lap. Don Tieman Jr. led lap two. Then Stanczyk led lap three. Ken Soyka then led the next three laps until Tim Hintz took over the lead permanently. Soyka was second, Tieman third, Stanczyk fourth and Larry Schultz fifth. Schultz continued to gain spots in the field as he passed Stanczyk and then Tieman. Kyle Davis and Tim Plowman were also moving to the front quickly.
Davis moved up to pass Schultz on lap11 for the third spot, as Plowman moved back and forth from fourth to fifth. Davis continued forward and pass Soyka for second, but was unable to obtain the lead from Hintz. Schultz moved up, passing Soyka for third and Chris Brooks came up for fifth. Hintz won, Davis second, Schultz third, Brooks fourth and Soyka fifth.\
Cycle report by Woody Eckes
Tonight’s motorcycle heat races were a sneak preview of the final to come as Steve Kasten from Hately, Wisconsin held off Marshfields’ Cliff Eckes Jr . Both were mounted on Yamaha YZ450 converted motocross bikes. Second heat winner was Mark Zeidler of Ringle on his Honda CR450 engined flattrack bike over Stevens Points’ Brad Seavers on a Honda MX based CR450. Normally Kasten chases everybody down from the back when he rides his Yamaha 600 flattrack cycle, but tonight Spencers’ Woody Eckes was mounted on it.
Ten riders took the track for the final but a warm up lap crash took past winner Jake Knetter out of the race, thankfully with minor injuries. With the track cleared off and remaining competitors at the ready, the green light flashed on and they funneled into turn one with Cliff Eckes, Mark Zeidler and Brad Seavers at the front. Kasten lurked in fourth place waiting to make his move past Seavers for third on the second lap. Up front Eckes and Zeidler showed each other the way through the turns, but Eckes held the point at the finish linefor the first six of the ten lap race.
But Kasten was coming forward from third place, passing Zeidler on lap three and dogging Eckes, never quite able to make that ever so little distance up that separated them. Lap seven Kasten left the throttle on a smidgen more entering turn three and went around Eckes on the outside and took the lead despite Cliffs’ best efforts to return the favor. As the laps wound down, the front four: Kasten, Eckes, Zeidler and Seavers held their positions, a small gap in between each of them, waiting for the rider up ahead to make a mistake, but they finished in that order. Woody Eckes of Spencer on Kastens’ usual mount brought it home in fifth place, proving the point that you can have the fastest cycle on the track, but you still have to ride it. The next cycle race here is on September 6th.
Results: 1.Steve Kasten YAM 2.Cliff Eckes YAM 3.Mark Zeidler HON 4.Brad Seavers HON 5. Woody Eckes YAM 6. Jacob Seavers HON 7.Randy Ruffi YAM 8.Ted Strebe YAM 9.Adam Zwaschka YAM
Larry Larsh led the first lap of the 1-Man Cruiser feature. Pat Dickman led the next four and then Travis Zvolena took over for the win. Zvolena had a clean sweep for the night. Randy Meyer finished second, Dickman third, Nick Klimpke fourth and Pete Severt fifth.
The winner of the Wal-Mart bicycle was Maggie Krueger of Marshfield.
Join us next Saturday Night, August 30. Grandstand gates open at 5 p.m., Miller Time Trials at 6 p.m. and racing starts at 7:30. Racing includes Super Late Models, Super Stocks, 4-Cylinders and 1-Man Cruisers. Marshfield Super Speedway is located 3.5 miles West of Marshfield on County Trunk H.