Marshfield Mid-Season Main to Back!
July 6, 2002; Marshfield, WI: – On a warm early July evening, the weather was right to bring the fans out in full force to the Marshfield Super Speedway for the Mid-Season Championships. Fans were treated to another awesome night of racing in the Copps Food Stores, Coca Cola, & WDLB/WOSQ night at the races.
Vesper’s Gary Back came to Marshfield Super Speedway looking for some good fortune after experiencing bad luck in the past two Wisconsin Challenge Series races.
Fresh off his heat win, the veteran driver Back, jumped out to the early lead from his front row starting position. Back, who very rarely misses the dash race, arrived at the track late and never had much of an opportunity to test his car. Following Back in the second position was Pete Kempf followed by Wayne Mackesy.
On the sixth lap of the 25 lap Super Late Model main, point leader Rory Melbinger moved up to the second position. By this time, Back built up a hefty six-car advantage. With Back and Melbinger running first and second, Jim Sauter Jr. moved his way by Kempf to take over the third spot. With Back maintaining his sizeable lead, Sauter Jr. moved by Melbinger and set his sights on Back for the top spot. It was to no avail however, as Sauter ran out of laps. Gary Back went on to earn the victory by four car lengths. Following Back were, Sauter, Melbinger, Mark Eswein, and Pete Kempf.
In the CarQuest Super Stock 20 lap main, Larry Schultz jumped out to the early lead and led the first 5 circuits. On Schultz’s heels were DuWayne Davis and Tim Plowman. On lap 6, Davis made the inside pass stick on Schultz going down the backstretch. Shawn Stelzer followed suit on Schultz and moved into second.
Caution flew on lap eight as Schultz looped his car in turn two. On the restart, it was Davis, Stelzer, and Cale Laessig respectfully. Stelzer, who is the point leader, started putting heavy pressure on Davis for the top spot. One lap later, Stelzer passed Davis on the outside at the start/finish line. On lap 13 of the 20 lap main, Marshfield’s Cale Laessig moved into second and started cutting into Stelzer’s lead. Keith Bohmsach made his way to the third spot looking to make it a three-way battle for the lead.
A hard charging Laessig quickly closed the gap that Stelzer enjoyed. With one lap to go, it looked as if Laessig was going to make the pass on Stelzer. Running side-by-side and coming out of turn 4, Stelzer’s car drifted high. Being the experienced-veteran driver that he is, Laessig backed out of it and avoided what could have been a major wreck for himself. Stelzer got the win and Laessig settled for second. Following Stelzer and Laessig were Bohmsach, Fast timer Andy Simonis, and Tim Hintz.
In the 15 lap 4-Cylinders of America division, John Froelich established the early lead. Froelich’s lead was brief however, as Jason Bell took over the helm on lap four.
Keith Wirtz was making his way through the field from his 12th place starting position. Wirtz moved into second by lap six and was determined to get to the point. Two laps later, Wirtz accomplished his feat as he moved by Bell to take over the lead. Wirtz, who also was the night’s fast timer, cruised to the checkers earning the feature win. Following Wirtz were, Jason Bell, Doug Adams, John Bell, and John Froelich.
In the always exciting Cruiser feature, Darrell Paschel was at the helm for the first three laps. On lap four, a very fast Rodney Feltz moved by Paschel for the top spot followed by Neillsville’s Scott Havlicek.
On the race’s fourth lap, Paschel looped his car in turn 2 bringing out the only caution of the race. On the restart, Feltz jumped out to a five car advantage on Havlicek and Josh Elmhorst. Once Feltz established his lead, Havlicek had no success trying to cut into his lead. Rodney Feltz went on to score the win. He was followed by Havlicek and Elmhorst.
The winner of the Wal-Mart Bicycle Giveaway was Justin Thur of Neillsville.
Next Saturday at Marshfield Super Speedway will be the Bill Sherman Memorial Race. Racing will be sponsored by V&H Inc., WDEZ 101.9FM, Raider Fiberglass Toppers and LoRider Lids available at Monroe Truck Equip., Rainbow Casino & Bingo, Subway, CARQUEST, Abby Gas Service and the HomeFront.
Please join us for another great evening of racing at the 1/2 mile paved oval. MSS is located 3 miles West of Marshfield on County Trunk H. Spectator gates open at 5pm. followed by Miller Time Trials at 6pm. and racing at 7pm. CarQuest Super Late Models, CarQuest Super Stocks, Motorcycles and Cruisers will be part of the racing program.