Frazier Takes Career First Super Late Win at Marshfield
August 24, 2002; Marshfield, WI: – Exciting was a word that was heard often, both in the pit area and in the grandstands, as the racing action was every bit that, and more! Joining the CARQUEST Super Late Models, CARQUEST Super Stocks, and the Cruisers, were the Motorcycles and IROC Saturns as it was Mid-State Truck Service night at the races at Marshfield Super Speedway.
In a very exciting CARQUEST Super Late Model feature, Wisconsin Rapids driver DuWayne Vetrone jumped out to the early lead over fellow competitor, Ben Pettis. Vetrone, who earlier won his heat, continued to lead the 25 lap event until lap six. That was when John Frazier took over the top spot with an outside pass entering turn two. Frazier, who hales from Merrill, stretched his lead to six car lengths as Vetrone and Russ Weiler battled for the second position.
Caution slowed the field for the first time as Eric Wisz spun his car in turn one as the field completed lap nine. Once the race resumed, Frazier, who also won the fast heat, continued his stronghold on the field as he once again stretched his lead to an impressive six car lengths.
With ten laps in, caution slowed the pace for a second and final time as Wayne Mackesy dropped a valve in his Dodge entering turn one. Jay VanDerGeest spun to avoid Mackesy’s car, and was collected by Jim Sauter, Jr. and Eugene Gregorich, Jr. Gregorich, who was already in his back-up car, and VanDerGeest, were unable to continue.
Once the race got restarted, it was Frazier leading the way. Moving into the second and third positions respectively were Weiler and Kurth as they moved around the Vetrone machine. Other drivers that were moving their way through the field of 17 cars were Wayne Breitenfeldt, Dean LaPointe, and Rory Melbinger. Just as Breitenfeldt moved into second, Dean LaPointe was looking to move into the fourth position. However, the bad luck bug once again hit LaPointe as he left the race with mechanical problems.
With Frazier enjoying a five-car length lead, Breitenfeldt had his sights on cutting into the lead that Frazier had built. However, it was not to be as John Frazier went on to win his first career Super Late Model feature. Finishing a strong second was Wayne Breitenfeldt followed by Kirby Kurth, Judd Brandl, and Rory Melbinger.
In the CARQUEST Super Stock feature, 15 cars took the green flag for the 20 lap event. Fresh off his heat win, Scott Hamel paced the field, followed by Don Tieman and Andy Simonis who was driving a borrowed car. With four laps completed, caution flew as Pat Steele looped his car harmlessly in turn one.
When the race resumed, Hamel continued to lead with Simonis riding second and Shawn Stelzer moving up to the third spot. Stelzer made his way to the front of the field passing Simonis and Hamel on lap six. Tim Hintz followed suit as he put his Ford into the second position. Two laps later, Hintz put heavy pressure on Stelzer and made the pass for the race lead exiting turn four.
Once Hintz got by Stelzer, he was there to stay. Hintz added to his feature win total as he cruised to a three-car length win over Stelzer. Finishing a distant third was Keith Bohmsach. Rounding out the top five were Tim Plowman and DuWayne Davis.
Eleven flat track bikes and one sport bike ripped up the blacktop tonight. The first heat race was a back and forth contest between Edgar’s Jake Knetter and Marshfield’s Cliff Eckes Jr., with Appleton based Bret Beyer a close third. The horsepower of Knetter’s 440 Yamaha was too much for Ecke’s 250 Yamaha. The second heat was led for most of the way by Wisconsin Rapid’s Pat Bean, until the fifth lap when Rick Bretl came a charging past to take over the top spot. Hately’s Steve Kasten rode his smaller bike to a third place finish, guaranteeing a front row starting spot for the final.
All twelve bikes took the green flag and dove into turn one, three and four wide, then settling down into a two by two freight train of noise and sparks as they sped down the backstretch. At the head of the pack, Pat Bean and Rick Bretl fought tooth and nail for the lead. Bean would surge ahead on the straight away, but Bretl had the cornering advantage, as he twisted his bike into the turn, skid shoe trailing a flare of sparks before he shut off to counter Bean’s straight line speed. While these two were fighting for the lead, Steve Kasten, Cliff Eckes Jr. and Jake Knetter were in a dog fight for third place.
Up until lap seven, Bean and Bretl swapped the lead, then Bean’s tires must have gotten too hot and lost traction as suddenly Bretl started edging away, and Bean had no answer for him and looked in danger of losing second place to Edgar’s Jake Knetter as he closed in, seeing Bean was slowing. But Bean held onto second, while Rick Bretl closed out the night with a hard earned, and well deserved victory.
Results: 1. Rick Bretl 2. Pat Bean 3. Jake Knetter 4. Steve Kasten 5. Cliff Eckes Jr. 6.Woody Eckes 7. Bret Beyer 8. Brad Seavers 9. Troy Johnson 10. Jake Seavers 11.Ted Strebe 12. Lee Johnson
The first lap of the Bumper-To-Bumper Cruiser feature was led by Pat Dickman. Travis Zvolena led the next three laps until he relinquished the lead to Rodney Feltz. Brendan Klueckman quickly moved through the field and passed Zvolena for second on lap eight. Scott Havlicek followed Klueckman through the field and took third from Zvolena on the white flag lap. Rodney Feltz took home yet another win, Klueckman second, Havlicek third, Zvolena fourth and Josh Elmhorst fifth.
The winner of the bicycle donated by Wal-Mart of Marshfield was Adam Hall of Little Chicago.
Next week, the CARQUEST Super Late Models will be taking the night off and giving way to the MARS Super Late Model Series. Marshfield Super Speedway will be hosting the MARS 100-lap Late Model Invitational. Joining the MARS cars for your racing enjoyment will be the CARQUEST Super Stocks, Legends, Cruisers, and a Forward/Backward race!
With track championships to be settled yet, it should be a very exciting final month of racing on the 1/2 mile paved oval.
Marshfield Super Speedway is located 3 miles West of Marshfield on County Trunk H. Miller time trials start at 6:00 p.m. with the exciting racing action following at 7:30. Please join us!