Eve of Devastation A Hit With MMS Crowd, Anderson Pads Point Lead
July 4, 2009; Fairchild, WI: – The second leg of the Eve of Devastation proved to provide every bit of excitement that the capacity crowd expected, here, at Marshfield Motor Speedway Saturday evening. Not only did Safe N’ Sane Fireworks, located in Medford, provide a great fireworks show, the action on the track was just as exciting!
This evening began with qualifying for the Junkyard Warriors. Marshfield ace Kyle Rasmussen tripped the clock fastest, allowing him to carry the flag for opening ceremonies. Junkyard Warrior heat action proved to be very exciting as rookie Star Phelps led the pack of cars to the green flag. Jumping out to the early lead was Shawn Carpenter with point leader Tim Anderson hot on his heels. Fast Qualifier Kyle Rasmussen, moved from his last starting position to second by lap three. However, Rasmussen got sideways out of turn 4 and went a lap down. When racing resumed, it was Anderson setting the pace. Once Kaser cleared Carpenter down the backstretch, Anderson built too big of a lead for Kaser to deal with in the 8-lap heat race. Anderson crossed the finish line first, with Chad Kaser finishing second.
Shawn Carpenter and Marc Baldwin led the way in the Junkyard Warrior feature event. After the completion of lap one, Carpenter held a small lead over Chad Kaser as Baldwin dropped out of the event. Anderson’s car was making all its passes on the bottom side all day. It was no different in the feature event as Anderson made the pass of Carpenter on the bottom side exiting turn two. Working his way to the front was Kyle Rasmussen. Rasmussen moved into second on lap seven. However, it was too big of a lead for Rasmussen to cut into as Anderson cruised to the feature win. Following Rasmussen to the finish line was Chad Kaser, Carpenter, rookies Star Phelps and Christine Schmude.
This evening’s excitement was just beginning; the next event on the agenda was the burnout contest. In what was some of the best burnouts in the history of the Eve of Devastations at Marshfield Motor Speedway, the final three contestants had to be decided by the crowd. With tire smoke still lingering, the crowd decide that Josh Dallman’s Maroon Challenger was the best. Dallman had the crowd cheering as he did his power stand! Finishing second, and another crowd pleaser, was that of Tyler Strub who was driving a high powered Red Ford Mustang. Terry Gorski finished a close third in his Blue Chevy Truck.
The Bus Races brought the fans to their feet! On lap three of the eight-lap event, Ryan Pribenow tagged Super Late Model driver Jesse Pokszyk. Pokszyk went hard into the outside wall, and then traveled nearly head on into the inside wall. The crowd held their breath, as it was a very hard hit for the driver from Friendship, WI. Once Jesse Pokszyk gave a wave to the crowd letting them know he was okay, they gave him a standing ovation. Once the bus race continued, it was Chad Kreger cruising to the win. Other drivers competing were Troy Majeski and Chris Jamros.
Other exciting events slated for the day’s excitement was the Second Over the Line Race. Shawn Carpenter and Tim Phillips were the feature winners In the Spin to Win Race, Jeremy Krautkramer and Dustin Peterson were the heat winners. Winning the feature and backing up his heat win, was Krautkramer. Finishing behind Krautkramer was the 88 car of Alex Faucher.
The Tire Race came down to a couple of excellent drivers. Maneuvering to take off the other driver’s tire, which was attached by a rope in the rear of their car, was the key to this race. In the full frame cars, it was Tim Phillips winning with Jeff Yirkovsky finish second. In the compact cars, it was Shawn Carpenter the top man with Jamie Phillips ending up in second.
Next up was the Relay Race. Drivers had to go around the 1/2 mile paved surface, come to the start/finish line, and tag their partner as part of the race’s rules. Winning this event in his ice cream truck was Tyler Strub. Nick Weber, in his number 17 machine, ended up second.
With a large amount of cars competing in the Last Man Race, it had to be a scorer’s nightmare. It was all Ed Hofmann in his yellow 00 machine ousting out Charles Dibble.
The participants in the day’s events that still had a car drivable, was given the opportunity to enter the evenings final event, the demolition derby. The cars lined up on the front stretch and beat and banged on each other. The car that survived was driven by, Anthony Brown. Brown out did his competitors by avoiding hits and delivering some hard hits.
Giving Monster Truck rides all day was the Mike Fonders family out of Green Bay. The Fonders travel all over the United States providing the excitement of riding in a Monster Truck. Rides were give all day and proved to be a fan favorite. Another fan favorite was that of Doug Rose and his Green Mamba Jet Car. Traveling down the track, shooting flames hundreds of feet got the fans cheering. The Green Mamba finished the evening torching a Lincoln in front of the capacity crowd. Safe ‘n Sane Fireworks, from Medford, concluded the day, with their presentation of fireworks.
Next week, Marshfield Motor Speedway presents the UW Health Tissue/Donor Awareness Night, and the Kim Parsons Memorial 40. Drivers are expected from the Upper Midwest to compete in this event. Miller Lite, a proud sponsor of Marshfield Motor Speedway, will be sponsoring the evening’s festivities. Please visit us online at: marshfieldspeedway.com. See you at the races!