Eugene Gregorich Captures Kim Parsons Memorial 40
July 11, 2009; Fairchild, WI: – Race fans that attended the Kim Parsons Memorial/UW Health Organ and Tissue night, were treated to some excellent racing action, here, Saturday night at Marshfield Motor Speedway. UW Health was on hand tonight to bring attention how important it is to become an organ & tissue donor. Kim Parsons, whom of which died in an auto accident in 2008, was a donor and has contributed in helping save 30 lives.
Culver’s of Marshfield Super Late Models, D & D Amusement & Games Super Stocks, 4-Cylinders, and the Junkyard Warriors were the classes of interest, here tonight. Fast qualifiers for each division tonight were, Chris Weinkauf, Colin Reffner, Randal Wilhorn, and Tim Anderson.
In the Culver’s of Marshfield Super Late Model feature, Neillsville’s Monte Gress and Paul Knauf led the field to the green flag in the Kim Parsons Memorial 40. Knauf, in his 7-11 numbered Chevrolet Impala, jumped out to the early lead with Gress and Tim Hintz giving chase. Moving by Gress, for the second position, was Travis Stebane on the race’s fifth lap. With Knauf continuing to lead, Wausau’s Jeremy Lepak worked his way towards the front and grabbed the lead from Knauf on lap 9 of 40. Knauf started getting heavy pressure from Blake Horstman for the second spot. One lap later, Horstman worked his way pass Knauf exiting turn four 1/4th of the way through the memorial race. With Lepak continuing to lead the way, fast timer Chris Weinkauf moved his machine into the third position with Eugene Gregorich hot on his heels. Horstman worked his way inside of Lepak on lap 24, and the two gentlemen battled door handle to door handle for several laps. Crossing the start/finishline, Horstman nosed out Lepak for the lead on lap 28. With Horstman holding the bottom lane and Lepak the top lane, lapped traffic was going to play a part in the outcome of this race. Horstman would eventually get picked by lap traffic, allowing Lepak the opportunity to recapture the lead. With lap traffic playing a part in the race, Eugene Gregorich went 3-wide, passing both Horstman and Chris Weinkauf for the second position. On lap 32, Gregorich worked his way pass a very fast Lepak for the top spot. A few laps later, Jason Weinkauf worked his way to the second spot, with Blake Horstman following through for third. With Gregorich building a 3-car advantage, Weinkauf and Horstman cut into the lead slightly, however, once starter Patrick Barrett threw the checkered flag, it was Gregorich crossing the line first. Jason Weinkauf earned runner-up honors with Bangor’s Blake Horstman finishing third. The race’s second three spots went to Chris Weinkauf, Jeremy Lepak, and Paul Knauf.
The D & D Amusement Games Super Stocks took the track for their feature event, here tonight, on what ended up a beautiful night for racing. Aaron Anderson and Ryan Mork would lead the way to the green flag. Mork took the early lead, however, Anderson fought his way back and made the pass of Mork. Continuing to lead, Anderson, who also won his heat race, set the pace leading the first ten laps with Mork on his rear bumper. Working his way through the field was that of Stevens Point driver, Matt Raykowski. Raykowski captured the second spot, with a pass of Mork, at the halfway point of the feature event. With a caution coming out on lap 11 for the spin of Erin Schlough, Anderson’s lead diminished and the field of cars was once again drawn together. On the restart, point leader Colin Reffner quickly shot to the lead with Mork running second. Wisconsin Rapids driver Brian Weinfurter worked his way pass Mork and set his sights on Reffner. The two drivers would battle for the lead with Reffner gaining advantage on the straightway and Weinfurter closing in the corners. Meanwhile, with Reffner and Weinfurter battling for first, Raykowski worked his way pass Mork for the third position. As it appeared there would be no more passing and the driver’s position status quo, that’s exactly how the race ended. Reffner, Weinfurter, and Raykowski were the top three drivers here tonight in a very competitive D & D Amusement Games feature event. Ryan Mork finished an impressive fourth, with Marshfield driver Kyle Davis having a great run finishing fifth.
In what is one of the most exciting features week in and week out, the 4-Cylinders once again took to the track, in their attempt, to once again excite the Marshfield Motor Speedway crowd. As it played out, they didn’t disappoint the crowd that traveled throughout the state, to view this evening’s racing action. Neillsville’s Wayne Elmhorst and Paul Berg led the field of 15 drivers to the green flag. Elmhorst, a veteran of the division, would lead the first four laps with Randal Wilhorn following closely behind him. Wilhorn, who has been simply sensational this year, made the pass of Elmhorst on lap 6 of the 20-lap event. On lap ten, Gilman native Derk Hauser worked his way pass Elmhorst to gain the runner-up spot. One of the best races within the race was that of Steve Hauser and Austin Stump. The two drivers traded positions, (third and fourth), numerous times throughout the second half of the feature event. It was especially impressive, on behalf of these two drivers, as they both started near the rear of the field. Wilhorn and Derk Hauser continued to battle for the lead however, it was Wilhorn capturing another feature win with Hauser finishing a close second. Stump edged out Steve Hauser for the third position with heat winner Wayne Elmhorst finishing an impressive fifth. Ricky Brandl, Jeremiah Strauss, Ron Sischo, Don Dunow, and Don Elmhorst, were the second five cars crossing the line at the finish.
Concluding another exciting night of racing at Marshfield Motor Speedway was the Junkyard Warriors. Leading the way, and getting the green flag from starter Patrick Barrett, was Matt Phelps and Shawn Carpenter. However, after the completion of lap one, it was veteran Marc Baldwin setting the early pace. Baldwin’s lead was brief however, as point leader Tim Anderson quickly worked his way through the field taking the lead on lap three. Gaining the second position, on an inside pass, was Chad Kaser. Heat winner Kyle Rasmussen battled his way to the third spot with 3 laps remaining. Anderson’s lead was too large for either Kaser or Rasmussen to cut into with just a few laps remaining. Anderson went on to win the caution free race with Kaser and Rasmussen finishing second and third respectfully. Marc Baldwin, Shawn Carpenter, and Christine Schmude were the second three crossing the line in another exciting Junkyard Warrior feature.
Next week, it is the Bill Shermin Memorial race. Divisions competing will be the Culver’s of Marshfield Super Late Models, D & D Amusement Games Super Stocks, 4-Cylinders, Junkyard Warriors, and the exciting Motorcycles. Gates open at 5:00 pm with Miller qualifying at 6:00 pm, and racing at 7:00 pm. Please visit us at www.marshfieldspeedway.com. See you at the races!