Gregorich Does It Again
By Mary Langreck
June 12, 2007; Marshfield, WI: – It was a hot night for racing, but the action on the track was even hotter for this annual Tuesday night special race. The guests of the Marshfield Super Speedway for the Marshfield Area Chamber of Commerce & Industry Business After 5 race night were treated to edge of your seat excitement on the track. Plenty of three and some times four wide racing, in all three divisions racing tonight. Neil Knoblock returned fresh from his win the last time the super lates raced, to pick up fast time. Jeremiah Strauss earned another quick time award in the four-cylinder division. Kyle Genett made his fourth clean sweep in four race nights at MSS.
Monte Gress took the lead from his pole position start of the CarQuest super late model. Elliott Weiler dropped in behind him and began to work in the inside groove to take away the lead. Weiler led lap three at the stripe, but then it was back to Gress to lead the field. Weiler now had to contend with Cale Laessig to defend the second position. Ben Pettis and Chris Weinkauf battled door to door while M.G. Gajewski looked for his chance to move up a spot. On lap seven, Pettis and Gajewski passed Weiler three wide going into turn three. The next lap, deeper in the pack, Eugene Gregorich Jr. made his first three-wide pass of the race, on the outside, to gain a couple of spots. Lap nine, Laessig took charge of the lead from Gress. Lap ten, Gregorich made his second three-wide pass on the outside to position himself in fourth. Gajewski was wasting no time in the front, challenging Laessig for that lead. Lap 11, Weinkauf was trying to work to the inside of Gajewski, while Gregorich continue to run in the third groove. Gajewski made the move to over take the lead from Laessig, but behind him Gregorich made his final three-wide pass of the race, moving up into second. Gregorich then passed Gajewski for the lead with 12 laps remaining. Pettis was still on the hunt for a better position. Pettis took third from Laessig, the following lap, but second would be more of a challenge. After an eight lap battle, Pettis took the second spot away from Gajewski. Neil Knoblock had been racing steadily in the middle of the field, and broke into the top five on lap 16. With a few short laps to go, Weinkauf moved up into third. At the white, Knoblock stole fourth from Gajewski. Gregorich won, taking home another Krings Motorsport feature win award. Pettis second, Weinkauf third, Knoblock fourth and Gajewski fifth.
The 4-cylinder feature’s first five laps were led by Andy Dean, this being only his second time in the car. Danny Zahn worked the inside to take away the lead. Brad Conant had a different plan though. Conant jumped to the outside and made the pass for the lead stick on lap six. One of only two cautions of all three feature races flew on lap seven, for the spun machine of Zahn in turn four. Zahn was forced to pit, but was able to re-join the field for the re-start. Behind the leader at the re-start, Don Dunow took the outside groove, while Adam Eckes chose inside. The outside was definitely the right choice for Dunow, as he passed Conant for the lead already on the eighth lap. Jeremiah Strauss, fast timer, and JJ Flick were charging through the field, working to catch Dunow. Strauss took third on lap nine and then second on lap ten. Strauss began to challenge for that lead, but Dunow battled back, strongly holding onto the lead. The race was called complete on the white flag lap, due to the spun car of Paul Berg, coming out of turn four. Dunow won, earning the Westside Service feature win award. Strauss second, Flick third, A. Eckes fourth and Kyle Opelt fifth.
Four-wide racing was the beginning of the pure stock feature. Coletta Gomes led that first lap, but Kyle Genett, just motored out in front. Gary Haarklau was look for his opportunity, but it wouldn’t come. Haarklau soon found his hands full defending his position. Troy Engman making his first appearance this season, worked on Haarklau for second. Genett picked up his fourth clean sweep. Haarklau second, Enman third, Ryan Mork fourth and Gomes fifth.
Next Saturday, June 16th is Opelt Sand & Gravel-G&S Trucking, WDLB & Miller Beer T-Shirt toss night at the races. Red hot racing includes CarQuest Super Late Models, CarQuest Super Stocks, 4-Cylinders, and Junkyard Warriors. Pit gates open at 3:30, grandstand gates open at 5 p.m., Miller Lite time trials at 5:30, racing starts at 7 p.m. Marshfield Super Speedway is located 3.5 miles west of Marshfield on County Road H with weekly Saturday night stock car racing April through September. Adult grandstand admission is Just $10.00, Students ages 10-15 yrs. $5.00 and under 10 yrs FREE with a parent. The family ticket is $25.00. Rain date for Sunday two hours earlier.
June 16th is Hometown Night At The Races for Neillsville, Granton, Fairchild, Osseo, Black River Falls, Humbird, Merrillan, and Willard. Any race fan from any town listed for June 16th, will be able to show their picture ID that states they live in one of those towns, and receive FREE admission to that night’s races. Plus join us for the post race party in the VIP Bar for Attitude X2 Entertainment DJ & Karaoke.
Everyone 16 yrs and older may sign up FREE every race night to win the PT Cruiser Convertible Pace Car. Sponsored by: WDEZ 101.9, Brickner Family Dealerships, Abby Gas Service, King’s Campers, Subway, CarQuest, The Home Front.