Eswein Edges Gregorich at Marshfield!
June 15, 2002; Marshfield, WI: – Based on the closeness of the qualifying speeds of the 16 car Carquest Super Late Model field, the 25 lap main was poised to be every bit exciting as the preliminary events would indicate it to be on Thomas Electric/Justice Brothers night at the races at Marshfield Super Speedway.
The rainy week finally gave way to a bright, sunfilled raceday, and the 16 car field took full advantage of the weather to put on another exciting night of close-clean racing. Wayne Mackesy paced the field for the first 11 laps before being passed by Judd Brandl. Brandl’s lead was brief, however, as Eugene Gregorich Jr. made the pass stick on Brandl during lap 14 of the 25 lap main event.
Gregorich, who was in second place in the point standings before tonight’s action, would lead the pack until lap 22, that was when Mark Eswein captured the top spot after a side-by-side battle with Gregorich. Eswein, who has proved to be a very talented driver, fought off a last lap challenge from Gregorich to win the caution free feature event. Gregorich finished a close second followed by Rory Melbinger, M.G. Gajewski, and Judd Brandl.
In what would prove to be a very exciting Carquest Super Stock feature, Keith Bohmsach held the early lead over Larry Schultz and Justin Woller. Two laps into the race, Woller moved pass Schultz for the runner-up spot. On lap 5, Matt Raykowski got into Schultz, sending Schultz spinning in turn one and bringing out the first caution period. Schultz retained his position on the track as Raykowski accepted blame for the incident.
On the restart, caution would fly again as Jeremy Szymkowiak tagged the front stretch wall. Szymkowiak’s car was heavily damaged and he was unable to continue. Bohmsach continued to hold the point until lap 18. Tim Hintz, who fought his way through the field, passed Bohmsach on the inside coming out of turn 2. Hintz went on to score the victory, followed by Bohmsach, Shawn Stelzer, Schultz, and Tim Plowman.
Twenty-four Super Stocks qualified warranting a semi-feature. This is the first in years for the Super Stocks. Don Tieman Jr. quickly took the lead with DuWayne Davis in a borrowed machine holding second. Mike Brooks running second tried to chase down the top two but with no avail. Tieman and Davis advanced to the feature event. Brooks finished third, Brian Schmutzer fourth and Marv Flick fifth.
In the caution free, 14 lap Cruiser feature, Wayne Meyer put his Pontiac in the lead and it looked liked he was going to stay there. However, with 3 laps remaining, Meyer’s car pushed up the track coming out of turn two, allowing Travis Zvolena to slide under him to take the top spot away. Zvolena, who also turned the quick time and paced the field in his heat, held off Meyer to earn the win. Meyer finished second, followed by Josh Bell, Lester Kuehn, and Josh Elmhorst.
The 4 Cylinders cars once again made their appearance at MSS. Steve Stewart and Keith Wirtz quickly worked their way through the field of 15 cars to take the first two positions. Stewart built an 8 car length advantage on Wirtz as Wirtz got caught up in traffic. Once Wirtz cleared the traffic, he started to cut into Stewart’s lead. However, he would come up 2 car lengths short at the finish of the caution free event. Stewart put his Saturn in first to take home the checkers. He was followed by Wirtz, Steve Hauser, John Froelich, and Paul Berg, respectfully.
Two bicycles were given away, one by Wal-Mart and one by Justice Brothers for kids night at the races. Tristan Duncan from Cadott and Jayme Oestreich from Baraboo were the winners. Dakota Hladlek from Chippewa Falls and Caitlin Swim also of Chippewa Falls were the winners of the cars. Dave Parker and Friends were on hand for a special kids night performance. Dave and his friends performed a 20 minute show for the children.
Also here tonight was the UPS Flame Truck making a special appearance to raise money for the Marshfield Area United Way.
Next weeks races will be sponsored by St. Joseph’s Hospital of Marshfield. Highlighting the nights action will be the Carquest Super Late Models, Carquest Super Stocks, Cruisers, Legends, and the IROC Saturns.
Join us for another action packed night of racing on the half mile paved oval. Gates open 5 p.m., time trials 6 p.m. and racing action 7:30. Marshfield Super Speedway is located 3 miles West of Marshfield on county trunk H.