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Jim Sauter, Jr. Adds to Point Lead with Feature Win

Posted under Race Reports by Wayne Brevik on June 28th, 2010


Fairchild, WI; June 26, 2010 – Racing continued tonight at Marshfield Motor Speedway with some great racing action provided by all divisions competing.  With the threat of storms in the region, it was great to have very few caution flags on the evening.

Highlighting the evening were the Super Late Models. Merrill’s Jason Weinkauf led the field to the green flag in the Super Late Model 25-lap feature event.  Weinkauf held the lead for eight laps with heavy pressure from Eugene Gregorich and Jim Sauter, Jr.  On lap nine, Gregorich edged past Weinkauf for the lead bringing Tomah’s Sauter, Jr. with him.  Point leader, Sauter, Jr. was pressing hard on Gregorich for the lead.  His pressing paid off as he cleared the Gregorich car, making an outside pass, on lap 16 of the 25-lap event.  Looking fast in the #88 car was Rory Melbinger; Melbinger made contact with the front stretch wall at the start of the race, however, it didn’t seem to hinder his driving ability.  Melbinger continued to run a very solid third position.  Battling for the fourth spot was Weinkauf, Chad Selk, and Ben Pettis.  With Selk and Weinkauf side by side, Pettis appeared to be waiting in the wings to make his move.  Up front though, it was all Jim Sauter, Jr. as he built a 3-car advantage on Gregorich with Melbinger 2-car lengths off Gregorich for third.  In the end, it was Sauter, Jr. winning and adding to his points lead.  Gregorich, Melbinger, Weinkauf, Selk, and Pettis finished second through sixth respectively. Rounding out the top ten were Don Turner, Jay VanDerGeest, Brian Goodwin, and Jeff Weinfurter.  Fast timer on the evening was Jim Sauter, Jr. with Eugene Gregorich winning the LiveWire Energy Chews Dash 4 Cash.  Heat winners in the Super Late Model division were Jeff Weinfurter and Chad Selk.

When the D&D Amusement Games Super Stocks took to the track, it was Claire & Paige Decker leading the field to the green flag.  Claire Decker led lap one with Ryan Hinner looking to take the lead.  One lap later, Hinner did exactly that, took the lead with an outside pass exiting turn four.  Hinner would continue to lead for the next four laps; that’s when Tim Hintz powered his way into the catbird seat.  Hintz, making his first appearance of the season in the super stock division, looked fast all night.  Randall Wilhorn followed suit with Hintz and made the pass on Hinner.  With great racing for all positions, the focus was on Randall Wilhorn and Tim Hintz.  Hintz appeared to be enjoying a comfortable lead, however, it was apparent that Wilhorn was cutting into the veteran driver’s lead.  For Wilhorn, he just fell short of laps to get to Hintz’s back bumper as Tim Hintz once again visited the B&B Race Engines victory lane.  With Wilhorn finishing second, heat winner Erin Schlough coming home third, Ryan Hinner and Paige Decker rounding out the top five.  Hintz also captured the LiveWire Energy Chews Dash 4 Cash with Mike Gwidt earning the fast time award.  Gwidt was unable to compete in the feature as he had engine troubles develop in heat action. 

The 4 Cylinders hit the ½ mile paved oval once again this week and it was Jared Lindner and Don Dunow setting the early pace in feature action.  Lindner edged out Dunow at the completion of the first lap.  With Lindner continuing to lead, Gilman’s Steve Hauser was knocking on the door and took over the race lead.  Once Derk Hauser cleared the machine of Lindner, he started putting heavy pressure on his father, Steve.  Derk Hauser managed to race his way past his father for the race lead.  Derk led the next 8 laps with his father right on his heels.  Racing his way to the third spot was last week’s feature winner Austen Stump.  Stump did a great job working his way through the field from his back of the field starting spot.  With three laps remaining, Steve Hauser decided it was time to recapture the lead and he accomplished exactly that.  With the two Hauser’s battling each other for the lead, Stump closed that gap slightly, however, the night belonged to the father/son combo of Steve & Derk Hauser.  Steve Hauser earned another feature win and rang the victory bell in the winner’s circle.  With Derk Hauser a solid second and Austen Stump coming home third, Jared Lindner and Rick Brandl rounded out the top five.  Stump also collect fast time honors with Jared Lindner racing his way to a heat win.

Dominating the Junkyard Warrior class this year has been driver Gary Haarklau.  Everything stayed status quo tonight as Haarklau once again proved to be the fastest car on the track.  Haarklau tripped the clock fastest with a lap time of 24.616 earning fast time.  In heat & feature action, Justin Baldwin put some pressure on Haarklau, but Haarklau was able to fend off any challenges that any driver offered.  Finishing second in the feature was Justin Baldwin with Colletta Gomes finishing third and Marc Baldwin coming home in the fourth spot.

Continuing to hold the point lead in the Bandit division is Harry Bell.  Bell’s car didn’t work as well as he would of liked tonight as he came home fifth in feature action.  Dominating the night in the Bandit class was Tim Anderson.  Anderson made it a clean sweep as he earned fast time and heat/feature races.  Dan Broton looked strong again as he came home in second in feature action, with Roger Cochrane and Lee Gray finishing third and fourth respectively.

Next week at Marshfield Motor Speedway, the Central Wisconsin Challenge Series Championship Super Late Models will invade the speedway.  The CWCSC is a 3-race series that also includes State Park Speedway and Golden Sands Speedway.  This 80-lap Super Late Model event should provide much excitement for both drivers and fans!  Motorcycles, 4 Cylinders, Junkyard Warriors & Bandits will also provide racing excitement for the evening.  Concluding the Independence Day weekend night of racing will be a huge display of fireworks!  Please visit us online at: for further details.