Holzhausen & Back Sweep Day 2 of Fall Spectacular
By Mary Langreck
September 23, 2007; Marshfield, WI: – Steve Holzhausen set the quickest super late model lap and then rolled a two on the dice to place himself in tenth to start the Chuck Dougherty Memorial 100 lap feature race. The feature sure didn’t lack any excitement for race fans. It delivered plenty of action up front and muliple dramatic cautions and accidents. Kris Kelly, who started in the pole position was able to keep the lead off the start.
By lap two Mark Kraus had worked his way up to second. But on lap 47 Kraus wasn’t able to hold off Mark Eswein for second, who was using the outside groove. At lap 50 the mandatory caution flew, Kelly led, Eswein second, Nathan Haseleu third, Steve Holzhausen fourth and Kraus fifth.
Shortly after the restart on lap 56, Eswein took the lead from Kelly on the backstretch. Lap 62, the first caution for an accident flew, after Pete Kempf left the racing surface on the backstretch and broke off a light pole in turn three. Kempf was transported by ambulance, but later was released.
Three more cautions followed on restarts due to accidents. But once the field got going again, Holzhausen took third place on the inside of Kelly. Another caution followed due to a dropped flag on lap 65. Then Holzhausen was on the hunt, taking second place on the outside with 32 laps to go. In the next lap, he took first place from Eswein on the backstretch. In a couple of laps he pulled away from the pack. Eswein spent the rest of the race trying to unsuccessfully catch Holzhausen who took the checkered first. Eswein settled for second, Haseleu third, Kraus fourth and Eugene Gregorich who had a very successful season was able to make his way up to the front and finish fifth.
Cautions shook up the fate of drivers in the 30 lap super stock feature. Chad Scholl was leading until something on the track caused a caution on lap eight. On the first restart, Mike Brooks took second and two laps later took the lead. On lap 12, Keith Bohmsach took second place and was trying to catch Brooks. Meanwhile, behind them, Mark Eswein pushed it three-wide on the inside and came away with fourth place, with 14 laps to go. In the next lap, he took third on the outside groove in turn tow.
Then with only eight laps remaining, the caution flew again for cars with mechanical problems. On that restart, there was a multiple car crash, as the field was getting up to speed. After the race did restart, the action really began. The top four were bunched up close together with Brooks and Bohmsach fighting for the lead and Eswein and Brian Back, quick timer, battling for third. But with only three laps to go, Brooks got a little loose and Bohmsach was able to take the lead, putting Back in second. In the next lap, Back took the lead. He was able to fight off Eswein and Bohmsach for the checkered. Back won, Eswein second, Bohmsach third, Brooks fourth and Jimmy Ganski fifth.
By lap two of the Junkyard Warrior feature, Mark Bornitz had pushed his way from fifth to take first from Matt Phelps. And once Bornitz had the lead, he ran with it, pulling away from the rest of the pack. On lap six, Wayne Elmhorst took second on the outside groove, but he was able to get first. Bornitz won, Elmhorst second, Kyle Rasmussen third, Andy Dean fourth and Jonathan Zuelke fifth.
The pure stock feature, Steve Bornitz took the lead on the start. Ryan Mork went for the lead on the inside on lap three and got it. Sandy Cook then took second on the inside of Bornitz. Steve Lichtfeld passed Cook for second on the outside in lap four. Mike Lichtfeld was into second by lap nine. At the checkered, Mike Lichtfeld crossed the stripe first for the win. Mork second, Mike Kasperak third, Steve Lichtfeld fourth and Sandy Cook fiffh.
The vintage car feature, most of the action in the race was for third. Darrel Bassuener, with some help from the other racers, was able to get the car back onto the track for Sunday’s races. Bassuener jetted ahead of the pack right from the beginning and held it.
Robert Heine kept his second spot for the entire race. But third place was much less certain as several racers held the honor throughout the race. In the second lap, David Lepper took third, but Mike Hed ripped it away from him only a lap later. On lap five, Mark May came up on the inside to third. Later with only four laps to go, Chris Loberg used the outside groove in turn two for third. But May fought back in the last lap and nosed out Loberg for third at the finish. Bassuener won, Heine second, May third, Loberg fourth and Hed fifth.
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
Coming Saturday, September 29th, the final 2007 Eve of Devastation. Grandstand gates open at 1 p.m. and the show starts at 3 p.m. More details and $1 off admission flyer available at www.marshfieldspeedway.com.