First WCS Event at Marshfield Wraps Up May Schedule Satisfies Need for Speed
May 14, 2002; MARSHFIELD, WI. — If you wish to fill your need for speed, then Marshfield Super Speedway can provide your fix. On Sunday Afternoon, May 26th, the Wisconsin Challenge Series will mark it’s debut at Central Wisconsin’s largest and fastest paved track.
The half-mile paved oval will present the Memorial 75, a show which will feature over 40 of Wisconsin’s finest short track racers. Each competing for the top prize of $1,800. The race will be 2-tire shows, which require competitors to have two Goodyear used tires on their cars for the duration of the event. This popular rule, lowers the cost to compete and allows for a more competitive program. So far the Wisconsin Challenge Series has averaged nearly 40 cars per show.
This event marks the third of seven scheduled events for the Wisconsin Challenge Series which continues to prove itself at each event with close racing and exciting finishes. The Marshfield Super Speedway event will be unique in the fact that it allows drivers to achieve the fastest speeds of any track on the schedule this year.
The Super Late Model cars will turn laps with an average of over 100 m.p.h.. The thoroughbred racing machines will exceed 120 m.p.h. on the straights. The wide racing surface should provide fans with plenty of side by side racing.
Among the WCS star drivers expected to participate include Mark Eswein of Wisconsin Rapids, the defending Wisconsin Challenge Series champion who has won several major events at Marshfield including the Fall Race of Champions during the 2000 season. Eswein also captured four feature victories at the track last year. Other top runners will include the 2001 Marshfield Super Speedway champion Jeff Weinfurter who has already scored a feature win this season at the nearby Golden Sands Speedway. Jeremy Lepak of Wausau, Wisconsin is another driver seeking his first Wisconsin Challenge Series victory and has shown a steady increase in his performances. Lepak, was twice earned fast qualifying honors in WCS events and has been heading up the point standings early this season at Golden Sands Speedway.
Other contenders should include Burton Brown of Neenah, Wisconsin the 2001 Golden Sands Speedway champion and the winner of the season opening WCS race at Columbus 151 Speedway, the Spring Fling 75. Ken Reiser, of Waukon, Iowa, last season’s Wisconsin Challenge Series point runner-up should also be in the thick of the title chase this season. Other top Dells cars expected for the show include Rocky Breezer winner of the Dick Trickle 99 last fall at Dells Motor Speedway, Kyle Kinder who turned in a top 10 performance in the WCS Opener at Columbus 151 Speedway. Also look for Don “Thunder” Turner who has recorded two consecutive top five WCS feature finishes and Jim Carlson to be contenders for the checkered flag.
Marshfield Super Speedway regulars including Mark Mackesy, former point runner-up Gary Back, 2000 Point Champion Judd Brandl and local favorite Pete Kempf are expected to be on hand for the event.
A field of 22 Late Models will take the green flag for the Memorial 75. It will be made up from the fastest 16 qualifiers, and the top three finishers from each of two 30 lap qualifying races.
Also scheduled to participate in the program are a full schedule of Speedway Motorcycle events. These two wheeled daredevils will thrill fans with speeds approaching those of the Super Late Models. Both heats and features will be held.
The Central Wisconsin Mini-Stock Association (CWMSA) 4 Cylinder cars will also be on hand with a full point show including qualifying, heats and feature races. The day will conclude with the second event of the Wisconsin 2-Man Cruiser State Championship Series.
Pit Gates will open at 2:00 p.m. Time Trials are set for 5:00 p.m., and racing is set to begin at 6:30 p.m.
The adult admission for this event is just $12.
Marshfield Super Speedway is located three miles west of Marshfield, Wisconsin on County Highway H. Additional information about this event can be had by calling (715) 387-2717 or (715) 384-8325. Information is also posted on the track website at www.marshfieldspeedway.com or the official Wisconsin Challenge Series website located at www.wisconsinchallenge.com.