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Lepak Tops Marshfield 80 WCS Super Late Contest

Posted under Race Reports by Chris Budzban on August 23rd, 2008

By Mary Langreck and Jeffrey Sachse

August 23, 2008; Marshfield, WI: – The Wisconsin Challenge Series race presented by WAXX 104.5, Rock N Roll To Go and Budweiser 80 lap feature would prove to be an edge of your seat race, with close fought battles for the top positions. WCS qualifying was topped by Mark Eswein of WI Rapids. Jeremiah Strauss would set the quickest 4-cylinder lap and Kyle Rasmussen would make a clean sweep of the junkyard warrior events.

Jeremy Lepak of Wausau, Wisconsin used a combination that included a pinch of luck, a healthy does of skill and the determination of his crew to reach victory lane as Lepak collected the checkered flag in the Marshfield 80, an event rescheduled from earlier this season due to weather.

Lepak would streak to the checkered flag by three car lengths over current Wisconsin Challenge Series point leader Steve Holzhausen, but it was reaching the checkered flag which would prove to be the biggest challenge for Lepak.

Though he had qualified solidly into the show, Lepak was only part way through his heat race when his number 40 machine slowed dramatically forcing him to the bit area before the completion of the event. During the contest his car would jump out of gear and he would be forced to hold the shifting level in place in order to keep the car in gear, a situation which would prove to problematic to be a contender in the main event. His crew quickly went to work on locking his car in gear and the crew was able to complete the task prior to the start of the main event. The work would payoff as not only would the adjustments allow the car to complete the 80 lap contest, but he would be the first driver to complete the distance.

The main event itself would have plenty of other drama however.

Neil Knoblock would sit on the pole of the main event after an invert of 11, was determined by a dice roll during opening ceremonies. Knoblock, making his first WCS appearance of the 2008 season would be wheeling a car normally driven by Jay Vandergeest in weekly competition at the track. To his outside, two time and defending Wisconsin International Raceway champion Tim Rothe of Appleton, would comprise the front row and bring the field to the green flag.

Rothe, who had claimed his second career WCS victory just one month ago at his home track, used the outside line to his advantage to snare the top spot, leaving Knoblock to deal with Terry Shoppenhorst, who had turned in several strong performances in WCS competition this season. Shoppenhorst would work his way around Knoblock for the season spot on lap eight and quick set his sights on Rothe, quickly closing the gap.

On lap 13, Shoppenhorst would dive under Rothe entering turn three taking over the top spot. Lepak meanwhile has been making steady progress from his eighth place starting spot having advanced into the fourth position, with Jason Weinkauf glued to his rear bumper.

Meanwhile, title contenders Mark Eswein the day’s fastest qualifier and Holzhausen were still mired back in traffic.

Knoblock meanwhile would begin to fade as Shoppenhorst would showcase the speed of his black number 12 machine by pulling away from the field. Rothe would continue in the second spot until lap 20, when both Lepak and Weinkauf would motor by for second and third respectively. Further back Eswein and Holzhausen were now steadily picking off cars and working their way toward the lead pack.

On lap 27 Weinkauf would reach the second spot at Lepak’s expense and for awhile it appeared he would be able to match the pace set by race leader Shoppenhorst who enjoyed a comfortable two second lead.

Fans were keeping an eye on Eswein however, as the two-time series champion continued his charge toward the front, with Holzhausen staying close. Eswein would work around Lepak of third on lap 32 and then closed the gap on Weinkauf. At the halfway point Eswein made his move around Weinkauf and now only had one position to go, with the second half of the contest still to go.

Until this point Shoppenhorst appeared to have the speed to score his first WCS victory, but Eswein, once clear of traffic, was quick to demonstrate that he had the faster car. For the next 20 laps Eswein cut into Shoppenhorst lead. Behind the lead pair, Lepak was finding some additional speed, retaking the third spot at Weinkauf’s expense on lap 54.

Lap 61, was about to begin when one of the deciding moments of the race would take place. Eswein had caught Shoppenhorst entering turn three on lap 60, when the pair made brief contact, Shoppenhorst would loop his ride and come to a stop forcing the first and only caution of the event to appear. Both drivers would have to restart the contest from the tail of the field and Lepak would inherit the lead of the event. Shoppenhorst would take one additional lap before dropping from the contest while Eswein would resume the contest in 15th place.

Out front Lepak would lead Holzhausen to the green flag, with Weinkauf, Ken Reiser and Rothe in tow. Lepak would put a two car length cushion on Holzhausen as the race began to wind down, while Reiser, who has started in the 17th spot began to work on Weinkauf for third. Deep in the pack the battle for the championship continued to play out as Eswein was on a mission to salvage a good finish, slicing through the pack.

With ten laps to go, it became apparent the Lepak would have the speed to keep Holzhausen in his rearview mirror while Reiser continued to test Weinkauf seeking to reach the third spot. Rothe continued in fifth with Knoblock glued to his rear bumper. Eswein meanwhile had clawed back into the top 10 continuing to move forward with each passing lap.

Lepak would show the way to the checkered flag holding on for the victory with a two car length advantage over Holzhausen at the checkered flag. Weinkauf was able to repel a last lap passing attempt from Reiser to hand onto third with Reiser having to settle for fourth. Knoblock would reach the finish line in fifth after passing Rothe for the spot with four laps to go.

Rothe would lay claim to sixth just ahead of a fast closing Eswein who would salvage a seventh place finish. Local hotshoe Dean Lapointe earned a solid eighth place finish, Frank Kreyer, making his first WCS appearance of 2008 finished ninth after a steady run and Chris Weinkauf, the early season point leader, would round out the top ten. 19 of the 22 car starting field was still running at the checkered flag, with 15 cars still on the lead lap.

The Wisconsin Challenge Series will wrap up it’s 2008 season with a follow-up performance at Marshfield Super Speedway. On Sunday Afternoon, September 14th, the WCS Championship 80, will bring to a close the eighth season of WCS competition during Marshfield Speedway’s two-day Fall Spectacular weekend.

Additional information the Wisconsin Challenge Series upcoming events can be found at www.wisconsinchallenge.com . Head there for the latest news as we approach the next racing event.
The first five laps of the 4-cylinder feature were led by JJ Flick. Steve Hauser took charge of the lead on lap six, with the first caution out shortly after. Hauser kept the lead on the re-start and the next five laps. Flick challenged back to take the lead again for the next five laps. George Brandl who had been running strong in the top five the entire race moved up into second. With only four laps to go, Brandl made the pass for the lead stick, placing Flick second. Over the final laps Erin Schlough and Derk Hauser would work their way by Flick for second and third. Brandl won his first ever 4-cylinder feature, Schlough second, Derk Hauser third, Flick fourth and Steve Hauser fifth.

Shawn Carpenter led the first lap of the junkyard warrior feature. Kyle Rasmussen led the second lap, only to reqlinquest the lead to Sam Sudduth for two laps. Rasmussen returned strong reclaiming the lead for the final eight laps and the win. Sudduth second, Dustin Paul third, Chad Kaser fourth and Carpenter fifth. The top three finishers of the feature win trophies compliments of Humbird Jackets & Embroidery Werks.

Next Saturday, August 30th is the last points night before the championship. Featuring Super Late Models, Super Stocks, plus Scott’s Bumper to Bumper Parts City and Budweiser 4-cylinders, and pure stocks. Pit gates open at 3:30 pm, grandstand gates open at 5 pm, Miller Lite time trials at 6 pm, racing starts at 7:30. 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. Adult grandstand admission is just $10.00, students 10-15 years old $5.00. Kids under 10 years old free. The family ticket is $25.00 (includes two adult tickets and unlimited student tickets).

August 30th will be Hometown Night At The Races for Any Hometown that was not showcased previously during the season. Any resident from any town listed for August 30th, will be able to show their picture ID that states they live in one of those towns, and receive FREE admission to that night’s races. Check out the schedule at www.marshfieldspeedway.com for your Hometown Night with FREE admission.

Everyone 16 yrs and older may sign up FREE every race night to win the Dodge Caliber pace car. Sponsored by: WDEZ 101.9, Brickner Chrysler-Wausau, Abby Gas Service, Cellcom and Subway. Giveaway on Season Championship night, September 6, 2008.

Fall Spectacular and WI Challenge Series Championship weekend Saturday, September 13 and Sunday, September 14. Practice is Friday night September 12, with the Larger Than Life DJ in the Speedway Bar. Saturday time trials at 2 pm, racing at 4 pm, with the Larger Than Life DJ in the Speedway Bar after the races. Sunday, time trials at 1:30 pm and racing at 3 pm. Entry form and flyer with complete details at www.marshfieldspeedway.com.

Race Results August 23, 2008

WCS Super Lates – Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 40L JEREMY LEPAK EDGAR, WI
2 97H STEVE HOLZHAUSEN BANGOR, WI
3 76W JASON WEINKAUF MERRILL, WI
4 2R KEN REISER WAUKON, IA
5 23K NEIL KNOBLOCK WAUSAU, WI
6 56R TIM ROTHE APPLETON, WI
7 71E MARK ESWEIN WI RAPIDS, WI
8 15L DEAN LAPOINTE MARSHFIELD, WI
9 99K FRANK KREYER PARDEEVILLE, WI
10 75W CHRIS WEINKAUF MERRILL, WI
11 96R KENNY RICHARDS MONTELLO, WI
12 78H SKYLAR HOLZHAUSEN BANGOR, WI
13 24X KEITH BOHMSACH WI RAPIDS, WI
14 12M MARK MACKESY WAUSAU, WI
15 1H TIM HINTZ NEKOOSA, WI
16 2K DILLON KRALOVETZ BONDUEL, WI
17 2T JORDAN THIEL APPLETON, WI
18 14G EUGENE GREGORICH JR. KEWAUNEE, WI
19 10M ANDY MONDAY APPLETON, WI
20 18N FRANK NITZKE BERLIN, WI
21 12S TERRY SCHOPPENHORST BERLIN, WI
22 80G DAREK GRESS NEILLSVILLE, WI

WCS Super Lates – Qualifying
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 71E MARK ESWEIN WI RAPIDS, WI
2 76W JASON WEINKAUF MERRILL, WI
3 97H STEVE HOLZHAUSEN BANGOR, WI
4 40L JEREMY LEPAK EDGAR, WI
5 75W CHRIS WEINKAUF MERRILL, WI
6 24X KEITH BOHMSACH WI RAPIDS, WI
7 80G DAREK GRESS NEILLSVILLE, WI
8 12S TERRY SCHOPPENHORST BERLIN, WI
9 12M MARK MACKESY WAUSAU, WI
10 56R TIM ROTHE APPLETON, WI
11 23K NEIL KNOBLOCK WAUSAU, WI
12 2K DILLON KRALOVETZ BONDUEL, WI
13 78H SKYLAR HOLZHAUSEN BANGOR, WI
14 15L DEAN LAPOINTE MARSHFIELD, WI
15 14G EUGENE GREGORICH JR. KEWAUNEE, WI
16 18N FRANK NITZKE BERLIN, WI
17 96R KENNY RICHARDS MONTELLO, WI
18 99K FRANK KREYER PARDEEVILLE, WI
19 7B BRADY BALDRY OMRO, WI
20 2R KEN REISER WAUKON, IA
21 1H TIM HINTZ NEKOOSA, WI
22 10M ANDY MONDAY APPLETON, WI
23 2T JORDAN THIEL APPLETON, WI
24 7-11 AJ KANIA (R) WAUSAU, WI
25 93M WAYNE MACKESY ATHENS, WI

4-Cylinders – Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 4Q GEORGE BRANDL MILLADORE, WI
2 45S ERIN SCHLOUGH GREENWOOD, WI
3 9H DERK HAUSER GILMAN, WI
4 99F JJ FLICK WI RAPIDS, WI
5 19H STEVEN HAUSER GILMAN, WI
6 22S AUSTEN STUMP WILLARD, WI
7 63S RON SISCHO NEILLSVILLE, WI
8 43B RICKY BRANDL MILLADORE, WI
9 01B PAUL BERG EAU CLAIRE, WI
10 73D DONALD DUNOW BOYD, WI
11 88W RANDALL WILHORN NEKOOSA, WI
12 95D ANDY DEAN MARSHFIELD, WI
13 88E WAYNE ELMHORST NEILLSVILLE, WI
14 79S JEREMIAH STRAUSS NEILLSVILLE, WI
15 23O KYLE OPELT GREENWOOD, WI

4-Cylinders – Heat 1
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 88E WAYNE ELMHORST NEILLSVILLE, WI
2 4Q GEORGE BRANDL MILLADORE, WI
3 19H STEVEN HAUSER GILMAN, WI
4 43B RICKY BRANDL MILLADORE, WI
5 99F JJ FLICK WI RAPIDS, WI
6 95D ANDY DEAN MARSHFIELD, WI
7 88W RANDALL WILHORN NEKOOSA, WI
8 17E DONALD ELMHORST NEILLSVILLE, WI

4-Cylinders – Heat 2
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 63S RON SISCHO NEILLSVILLE, WI
2 22S AUSTEN STUMP WILLARD, WI
3 73D DONALD DUNOW BOYD, WI
4 45S ERIN SCHLOUGH GREENWOOD, WI
5 23O KYLE OPELT GREENWOOD, WI
6 9H DERK HAUSER GILMAN, WI
7 79S JEREMIAH STRAUSS NEILLSVILLE, WI
8 01B PAUL BERG EAU CLAIRE, WI

4-Cylinders – Qualifying
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 79S JEREMIAH STRAUSS NEILLSVILLE, WI
2 01B PAUL BERG EAU CLAIRE, WI
3 9H DERK HAUSER GILMAN, WI
4 23O KYLE OPELT GREENWOOD, WI
5 45S ERIN SCHLOUGH GREENWOOD, WI
6 73D DONALD DUNOW BOYD, WI
7 63S RON SISCHO NEILLSVILLE, WI
8 22S AUSTEN STUMP WILLARD, WI
9 4Q GEORGE BRANDL MILLADORE, WI
10 43B RICKY BRANDL MILLADORE, WI
11 19H STEVEN HAUSER GILMAN, WI
12 99F JJ FLICK WI RAPIDS, WI
13 88E WAYNE ELMHORST NEILLSVILLE, WI
14 95D ANDY DEAN MARSHFIELD, WI
15 17E DONALD ELMHORST NEILLSVILLE, WI
16 88W RANDALL WILHORN NEKOOSA, WI

Junkyard Warriors – Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 00R KYLE RASSMUSSEN ARPIN, WI
2 83S SAM SUDDUTH MARSHFIELD, WI
3 87P DUSTIN PAUL MARSHFIELD, WI
4 11K CHAD KASER MARSHFIELD, WI
5 25C SHAWN CARPENTER MARSHFIELD, WI
6 17A TIM ANDERSON MARSHFIELD, WI
7 7B BUDDY BARROW PLOVER, WI
8 01P MATT PHELPS MARSHFIELD, WI

Junkyard Warriors – Heat
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 00R KYLE RASSMUSSEN ARPIN, WI
2 87P DUSTIN PAUL MARSHFIELD, WI
3 83S SAM SUDDUTH MARSHFIELD, WI
4 25C SHAWN CARPENTER MARSHFIELD, WI
5 7B BUDDY BARROW PLOVER, WI
6 01P MATT PHELPS MARSHFIELD, WI
7 11K CHAD KASER MARSHFIELD, WI
8 17A TIM ANDERSON MARSHFIELD, WI

Junkyard Warriors – Qualifying
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 00R KYLE RASSMUSSEN ARPIN, WI
2 83S SAM SUDDUTH MARSHFIELD, WI
3 87P DUSTIN PAUL MARSHFIELD, WI
4 11K CHAD KASER MARSHFIELD, WI
5 25C SHAWN CARPENTER MARSHFIELD, WI
6 01P MATT PHELPS MARSHFIELD, WI
7 7B BUDDY BARROW PLOVER, WI
8 17A TIM ANDERSON MARSHFIELD, WI