Holzhausen Wins Super Late Feature, Pettis 2005 Champ
By Mae Schultz
September 10, 2005; Marshfield, WI: – Cautions changed the fates of drivers in every feature race of the season championship night at Marshfield Super Speedway. Steve Holzhausen, Brian Weinfurter, Jeremiah Strauss and Cody Meyer all took home feature wins.
Jay VanDerGeest was leading in the Super Late Model feature until a dramatic crash which involved John Frazier, Joe Kryzykowski and Tim Hintz caused a caution. After the caution, Steve Holzhausen started in fourth place, but soon charged up to second. Then with 18 laps to go, he snatched the lead on the outside groove. After a couple of laps he had a considerable lead and kept it until the checkered flag flew. Behind him, Ben Pettis, Jeff Weinfurter and Charlie Menard were fighting for the follow-up spots. With six laps to go, Menard took third place on the outside. In the next lap he used the inside groove to take second. Menard tried to close the gap between him and Holzhausen, but didn’t have enough time. Holzhausen took first, fast qualifier Menard took second, championship winner Pettis took third, Weinfurter fourth, and Gary Back was fifth.
Andy Simonis pushed to take the lead in the first five laps of the Super Stock feature and he was able to gain a nice lead. But luck wasn’t with him because a caution allowed Brian Weinfurter to catch him for the win. The caution happened with 12 laps to go. On the restart, Weinfurter started fifth. He had worked his way up to second place when another caution happened with eight laps to go. At that point, Weinfurter was right on Simonis’ tail. They were neck and neck for a couple of laps. But finally with four laps to go, Weinfurter stole the lead on the inside groove. Weinfurter took first, championship winner Simonis held on to second, Matt Pyburn took third, Colin Wilcott fourth and Cale Laessig fifth. Fast qualifier Bo Bennish finished seventh.
Jeremiah Strauss also took advantage of a caution to catch the leaders in the 4-cylinder feature. With 12 laps to go, after the restart, Strauss charged to the front of the pack. With nine laps to go, Strauss was already third with Greg Blount and Dale Louze ahead of him. In the next lap Strauss took first on the outside. Strauss and Steve Hauser, who had moved up to second place, battled hard for the lead for the rest of the race. In the last lap, the lead was up for grabs. But, Strauss squeaked by with the win, Hauser second, Keith Wirtz third, Derk Hauser fourth and championship winner JJ Flick took fifth. Fast qualifier Steve Stewart finished sixth.
Cautions were littered throughout the 1-man-cruiser feature. Todd Hoeper took the lead in the second lap. He held it through a couple of cautions, but Cody Meyer eventually took it from him on the inside groove. Meyer was able to hold the lead through the remaining cautions and a confusing finish where a lapped car thought he was in the lead lap vying for the win. In the end, Meyer won the race and the championship, Justin Moore charged for second, Hoeper took third, Wayne Dietz fourth and Chris Anderson fifth. Fast qualifier David Knauf finished seventh.
The winner of the 2005 Ford Mustang Pace Car was Angie Mallak.
Rodney Feltz won the second ever bus race after two cautions from buses hitting the wall in turn four.
Next weekend is the Fall Spectacular, Friday September 23 and Saturday September 24. Friday’s program includes Super Late Model Twin 40 Lap Features, Super Stocks, 4-Cylinders, 1-Man Cruisers and IMCA Oldtimers. Pits open at 1 p.m., time trials at 5 p.m., racing at 6:30. Saturday night, Super Late Models with a 75 Lap feature, the Limited Late Model Championships, Motorcycles, Street Stocks, Pure Stocks, 2-Man Cruisers and IMCA Oldtimers. Pits open at 10 a.m., time trials at 3 p.m. racing at 5 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. Friday, Adult grandstand admission $10.00, Students ages 10-15 yrs. $5.00 and under 10 yrs FREE with a parent. Saturday, Adult grandstand admission $12.00, Students ages 10-15 yrs. $6.00 and under 10 yrs FREE with a parent.