Gregorich Jr. Nabs Second Win at Marshfield!
June 29, 2002; Marshfield, WI: – Fans flocked to Marshfield Super Speedway on a warm, Seubert Inc. & WDLB/WOSQ, free night at the races. For a $1 donation to Childrens Miracle Network, race fans were admitted free to the evening’s racing events.
Trailing point leader Rory Melbinger by 35 points going into tonights racing action for the Carquest Super Late Models, Eugene Gregorich Jr. had a plan to cut into Melbinger’s point lead. Gregorich achieved his goal as he took home feature and heat honors.
In the Carquest Super Late Model 25 lap feature, Jay VanDerGeest jumped out to the early lead with Eau Claire’s Ben Pettis a close second. VanDerGeest held the lead until lap 6 when the caution flew for a spin by Eric Wisz. On the restart, Eugene Gregorich Jr. slipped by VanDerGeest for the point. At the same time, Melbinger passed Pettis for the third spot.
With 13 laps remaining, Jeff Weinfurter moved his way to the third spot from his 13th starting position. As Gregorich stretched his lead out to ten car lengths, Weinfurter made his way past VanDerGeest for the runner-up position. With 8 laps remaining in the 25 lap feature event, Weinfurter now has his sights set on cutting into Gregorich’s full straightway lead. It wasn’t to be however, as Gregorich cruised to his second late model win of the year. Weinfurter, who made a valiant effort, finished second followed by, point leader Melbinger, VanDerGeest, and Marshfield’s Dean LaPointe.
Eugene Gregorich, who received major damage to his car in the WCS event held last Thursday at State Park Speedway, said he was very thankful to his crew chief as he stayed up day and night and missed last evening’s races at Golden Sands, to prepare his car for the races at MSS. Gregorich ran his back up car at Golden Sands Speedway Friday evening.
In the Carquest Super Stock 20 lap main, Brian Schmutzer held the early lead until Rick Hetzel moved by him on lap four. Hetzel would lead the next three circuits. That was when there was a side-by-side-by-side, 3 way battle for the lead at the finish line. It would have been an interesting call from the tower to see who would of won the race to the line for the 3 drivers. That was not the case however, as the race was only half over! Tim Hintz moved by Schultz to take the lead away. Hintz was followed by Cale Laessig and Larry Schultz. The 20 lap main remained that way to the finish. Following Hintz, Laessig, and Schultz, was Andy Simonis and Wisconsin Rapids Veteran driver, Merle Weinfurter.
Eighteen motorcyclists put on a great show tonight for the packed grandstand. Heat race winners Pat Bean of Wisconsin Rapids and Zeb Boge of Wausau sent the other racers back to their toolboxes searching for more speed to catch up. In the feature 10 lap race fast starting Randol Ruffi of Duluth led everyone into turn one, but Ringles’ T J Zeidler assumed thelead off turn four to lead laps one through five. First heat winner Bean started in third place, but muscled his way into the leadon laps six and seven. But starting off the back row, and weaving their way through the pack came Steve Kasten of Hatley and Zeb Boge, with Kasten grabbing the lead on lap eight and holding off Boges’ late race charge for the victory.
Results: 1.Steve Kasten 2. Zeb Boge 3.Pat Bean 4.T J Zeidler 5. Cliff Eckes 6.Woody Eckes 7.Lee Johnson 8.Jacob Knetter. 9.Mark Zeidler 10.Troy Johnson 11.Randol Ruffi 12.Chris Daniels 13.Shannon Riemer 14.Ted Strebe 15.Brad Seavers 16.Jacob Seavers 17.Jim Checky 18.Tim Handrich
The winner of the bicycle donated by Marshfield’s Wal-Mart Super Center was Jacob Halbersma of Vesper.
In the always exciting Cruiser feature, Lester Kuehn was at the helm for the first four laps. Neillsville’s Brendan Klueckman made the inside pass stick on Kuehn. Klueckman’s lead was brief however, as Rodney Feltz made his way pass Klueckman with 10 laps remaining in the 14 lap feature event. Feltz, who stretched his lead to 4 car lengths, would be forced to deal with one more caution period.
Nick Klimpke did not heed the black flag, thus, forcing track officials to throw the caution flag. On the restart, and with six laps remaining, it was Feltz, Klueckman, and Kuehn, respectfully. Klueckman would take one final shot at Feltz on the race’s final lap, but came up short by a car length. Scott Havlicek, who fought his way through the field, made a last lap pass on Lester Kuehn to take the third spot away. Kuehn finished fourth and Darrell Paschel wound up fifth.
Next Saturday’s Mid-Season Championship races will be sponsored by Copps Food Stores, Coca-Cola, and WDLB/WOSQ. Please join us for another action-packed night of racing at the “always improving”, 1/2 mile paved oval of Marshfield Super Speedway. MSS is located 3 miles West of Marshfield on County Trunk H. Gates open at 5 pm., followed by Miller time trials at 6 pm., and racing at 7pm. Joining the Carquest Super Late Models, Carquest Super Stocks, and Cruisers next week, will be the 4 Cyl. of America, and IROC Saturns.