Gregorich “Head of The Class” at Marshfield
June 1, 2002; Marshfield, WI: – On a warm early June evening, and the eve of his high school graduation, Eugene Gregorich Jr. proved to be at the “head of his class” as he cruised to his first super late model feature win of the season and topping the 20 car field in qualifying, for the Reigel Plumbing & Heating/Ace Hardware & WAXX 104.5 FM “Say No To Drugs” night at the races, at the Marshfield Super Speedway.
Ben Pettis jumped out to an early lead in the 25 lap Carquest Super Late Model feature. Pettis held the top spot until lap seven, when John Frazier motored by him to take over the top spot. Frazier’s lead was brief, however, as Gregorich powered by him to take the lead on lap nine. Last week’s feature winner, Jim Sauter Jr., followed Gregorich to take over the second position from Frazier. By lap 19, Gregorich stretched his lead over Sauter by seven car lengths and went on to win his first feature of the season. Sauter finished second, followed by Frazier, M.G. Gajewski, and Jim Duchow.
It was a very popular win for Gregorich Jr. and the Marshfield crowd. He proved to be every bit the athlete he was in high school, when he played running back and defensive end on the Kewaunee State Football Team.
In the caution free Carquest Super Stock feature, Brian Schmutzer shot out to the early lead. On the second lap, Don Tieman made the outside pass work on Schmutzer, as he took over the point. However, two laps later and leading the race, Tieman experienced problems with his machine and was forced to make an early exit in the 20 lap main event. Tieman’s misfortune handed the lead over to Matt Raykowski. Raykowski held the lead for seven laps, when Shawn Stelzer passed him on the backstretch with eleven laps remaining.
With eight laps remaining, Tim Hintz made the outside pass stick on Raykowski, as he took over the second spot. Stelzer stretched his lead to six car lengths on Hintz, by the 15 lap. On the final lap, Hintz took one final shot at Stelzer, but wound up a couple car lengths short, as Stelzer proved to be too strong for the field of 14 cars, to get the win. Hintz finished a close second, followed by Larry Schultz, Andy Simonis, and DuWayne Davis. Raykowski, who ran very well throughout the feature, got caught up in lap traffic late in the race, and finished deep in the field.
Stelzer nearly made it a clean sweep in super stock action; along with his feature win, he also won the dash and heat race. He qualified second behind Andy Simonis.
In the caution free, 14 lap Legend feature, Russ Weiler jumped out to the early lead. At the halfway point of the race, Garrett Will passed him on the outside going down the backstretch. Weiler, then slipped to second followed by Larry Will. With three laps remaining, Larry Will made the inside pass of Garrett Will, to take over the top spot, with Weiler following him to take over second and Lokemoen third. Weiler made one last charge at Will, but found himself one car length short, as Larry Will went on to score the win.
In Cruiser action, Darrell Paschel lost control of his car on the race’s first lap, and was collected by Scott Havlicek. With one lap in after the restart, Havlicek spun in turn one with Matt Nelles getting caught up in it and hitting the turn one wall hard. Track personell hurried to the scene and found Nelles to be alright. However, Nelles and Havlicek’s machines were finished for the evening. Josh Elmhorst went on to win the caution filled Cruiser feature by seven car lengths.
Next Saturday, June 8th, it will be Nelson-Jameson & Prince Corporation night at the races at Marshfield Super Speedway. The night will be highlighted by the MARS cars as they race in a 100 lap Late Model Invitational. Joining the MARS cars will be the Planet Pages Super Trucks, Cruisers, and a relay race. Plan on joining us for an action-packed night of racing on the half-mile paved oval.Top regional racers expected for Planet Pages
June Nationals at Marshfield Speedway June 8
MARSHFIELD, WI — Leading regional racing champions will gather Saturday night, June 8 for the Planet Pages Midwest AllStar Late Model and Mid-Am Super Truck “June Nationals” doubleheader.
Qualifying on the half-mile paved oval will begin at 6 p.m. with racing at 7:30 p.m. Free overnight family camping is available at the track. Featured events will be a 100-lap late model feature and a 40-lap super truck event. Preliminary races will be held in both divisions along with racing for cruiser cars.
Among the leading late model drivers will be seven-time Wisconsin International Raceway champion Terry Baldry, many-time Central Wisconsin Racing Association champion Wayne Breitenfeldt, former NASCAR Craftsman Truck division driver Nathan Haseleu, last year’s event winner Eric Franzen, top late model racing brothers Jason and Chris Weinkauf, two-time Mid-Am Stock Car champion Jeff Storm, former Red, White & Blue State Champion Rod Wheeler,
ex Madison International Speedway champion Eric Peterson, 2000 MARS rookie of the year Clint Sillars, Rockford Speedway MARS winner Steve Rubeck, former Wisconsin International Raceway champion Mark Schroeder, three-time Slinger Speedway champion Tony Strupp, Mid-Am Super Truck Series standout Ryan Mathews, Marshfield Speedway champion Dean LaPointe and last year’s Milwaukee Mile MARS Series winner Dan Mills.
The race track is located on County Trunk H, northwest of Marshfield. Call the series office for additional information at 920-754-4492.
Drivers from Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin and Missouri are expected to compete in the late model and super truck divisions. Brian Class leads Lefthander Hard Charger
points for Planet Pages MARS Series
MARSHFIELD, WI — Brian Class leads the points for the Lefthander Hard Charger award for the Planet Pages Midwest AllStar Racing Series (MARS) late models heading into the next race in the series Saturday night, June 8 at the Marshfield Speedway in Marshfield, WI.
Lefthander Chassis has posted a chassis to the series driver who passes the most cars during feature races for the 2002 season. At the series opener Class started 26th in the first 75-lap feature at Madison International speedway and finished in 11th spot. He started the second 75-lap feature in second and finished in second.
He earned 15 advancing points for the night to lead the pack into the Marshfield race. Eric Fransen and Scott Ollerman are tied for second with 13 advancing points each. Bobby Weiss, Ron Breese and Tony Strupp are tied for fourth
with 11 each. Eddie May, Nathan Haseleu and Billy Baumester have six points each and Jim Duchow rounds out the top ten with five.
Points will be tabulated throughout the season and the overall winner will receive the chassis award at the series banquet Saturday, Nov. 2 at the Leathem Smith Lodge in Sturgeon Bay, WI.
Racing at the Marshfield series event begins at 7:30 p.m.