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Jim Sauter, Jr. Notches Another Feature Win

Posted under Race Reports by Wayne Brevik on August 30th, 2010


Fairchild, WI; August 30, 2010 – Fans were treated to another great night of racing action at Marshfield Motor Speedway as Mother Nature provide beautiful weather conditions as the Mid American Series joined the Marshfield regulars.


Leading the Super Late Models to the green flag was Marshfield’s Dean LaPointe.  LaPointe held the lead until lap four when caution flew for Chris Grimes tagging LaPointe in the middle of turns 3 & 4.  LaPointe was able to keep control of his machine, however, with cars stacking up, fast qualifier Don Turner, Ben Pettis, and point leader Jason Weinkauf weren’t so lucky.  Pettis and Turner had significant damage to their cars and came into the pits as Weinkauf stayed out.  Ben Pettis was able to return prior to the restart while Turner rejoined the field 5-laps later.  On the restart, Jim Sauter, Jr. was able to overtake LaPointe for the race lead as it was apparent that LaPointe’s car wasn’t as good as it was prior to being tagged earlier in the race.  While Sauter, Jr. enjoyed a comfortable lead Bloomer’s Ronnie Rihn quietly worked his way to the runner up spot from his third row starting position.  At the halfway point of the race, Wisconsin Rapids driver Jeff Weinfurter worked his way past LaPointe for the third spot.  Caution flew once again for the ailing car of Don Turner.  Turner made every attempt to get his car fast enough to stay with the field.  However, with steering issues from an earlier incident, Turner was unable to continue.  Once the race continued, Jim Sauter, Jr. was once again your leader with Ronnie Rihn hot on his tail.  Rihn started to put pressure on Sauter, Jr. but Sauter, Jr. was able to slam the door shut on Rihn.  While Weinfurter and LaPointe had their own battle going on for the third spot, Brent Strelka started to get heavy pressure from Ben Pettis in his beat up machine for the fifth spot.  Once starter Patrick Barrett threw the white flag indicating one lap remaining, Ronnie Rihn closed even closer to Jim Sauter, Jr. for the race win.  However, once the checkered flag flew, Jim Sauter, Jr. added to his win list with another impressive feature win for the Tomah, Wisconsin ace driver.  Rihn, who added to his rookie title point lead, finished second.  Jeff Weinfurter, Dean LaPointe, and Ben Pettis finished third, fourth, and fifth respectively.


Thirteen D & D Amusement Games Super Stocks took to the field for the 20-lap Super Stock feature event.  John Zuch battled off Matt Ciesielski for the race lead as he led the first six laps.  Point leader Mike Gwidt edged by Zuch for the race lead on lap seven. Gwidt held that lead for several laps until 10 when Greg Back worked his #6 machine to the front.  As Back and Gwidt battled for the lead, rookie of the year contender Randall Wilhorn worked his way past a very fast Mark Langreck and set his sights on the leaders.  With three laps remaining, Wilhorn passed Gwidt for the runner up spot.  Once the drivers received the white flag, Wilhorn worked his way to the inside of Greg Back.  As the two drivers exited turn 2, Wilhorn and Back got together slightly giving the advantage to Wilhorn as the two drivers powered their way down the backstretch.  With Wilhorn crossing the finish line first, Mike Gwidt was able to work his way to the inside of Back and edge his way to the runner up spot.  With Greg Back finishing third, Mark Langreck and Erin Schlough finished 4th and 5th respectively.


Don Elmhorst made his second appearance of the year and led the first few laps of the 4-Cylinder feature event.  On lap 3, Bryan Langreck took the helm with Dennis Goetsch in his rear view mirror.  Goetsch powered his #4 machine down the backstretch and worked his way past a very impressive Bryan Langreck bringing Steve Hauser with him.  The two veteran drivers battled nose to nose for numerous laps with Goetsch holding the lead.

Meanwhile, working his way to the front from his 10th starting spot was Don Dunnow. After driving his way to the third spot, Dunnow appeared to by reeling in the leaders.  As every lap eclipsed by, Dunnow was noticeably cutting into the lead of Goetsch.  As the 20-lap feature event came to a conclusion, it was Dennis Goetsch, Steve Hauser, and Don Dunnow coming across the line in that order for position.  Finishing fourth was Eau Claire, WI driver Paul Berg with heat winner Bryan Langreck coming home in fifth.

Note:  Point leader Derk Hauser and Brandon Herr were unable to start the feature. Numerous drivers got together prior to getting the green flag to start the feature.  Herr was treated and released from the Marshfield Hospital.  Reports from Brandon’s father Bill are that he is home and doing fine.


Junkyard Warriors took to the track once again and young Charlie Nickel was looking to make a statement.  Nickel, a Chili, WI resident, already visited victory lane winning the heat race.  Once the drivers took the green flag and completed the first lap, Nickel worked his way to the front from his fourth starting position.  Holding down the second spot and trying to keep Nickel within reach, was Justin Baldwin.  On lap 5, point leader Gary Haarklau raced his way to the runner up spot. However, tonight was going to be Charlie Nickel’s night as he scored his first career feature win!  With Haarklau finishing second, Coletta Gomes, Justin Baldwin, and Marc Baldwin rounded out the top five.


Lee Gray and Kyle Genett led the Bandits class to the green flag for their feature event.  After the completion of the first lap, it was Roger Cochrane leading the way.  Cochrane held that point with Adam Eckes hot on his heels, and Lee Gray not far back.  Knocking Eckes out of the runner up spot and looking extremely fast of late, was Tyler Raab.  Raab, who was also celebrating his 19th birthday, grabbed the lead away from Cochrane with five laps remaining.  Raab went on and cruised to his first career feature win with Cochrane finishing second.  Tim Anderson, Adam Eckes, and Kyle Genett rounded out the top five.


Next week, Marshfield Motor Speedway will be having its Season Championship!  With many point battles still waiting to be decided, it should prove to be a very exciting night at the races!  Powder puff races are rescheduled for this Saturday so ladies, get involved and have some fun!  Please visit us at for all the up to date information in regards to Marshfield Motor Speedway.