Nasonville Dairy/Weber’s Farm Store WCS Race to Bangor’s Steven Holzhausen
Photos provided by Tom Loos – www.tlrphotos.com
Steve Holzhausen has a knack at finding victory lane in his Gary Back prepared Ford Super Late Model. Saturday evening was no different as Holzhausen made a late surge to win, yet another, Wisconsin Challenge Series race at Marshfield Motor Speedway.
It was a beautiful day for racing for the Nasonville Dairy/Weber’s Farm Store WCS schedule of events, here Saturday evening at Marshfield Motor Speedway. Mark Eswein starting the day off turning the fastest lap on the 1/2 mile paved oval. Eswein, who is no stranger at turning fast laps at MMS, cracked the clock at 18.029. The 25 car field was paced by Dale, Wisconsin driver Brandon Selle. Three laps into the 80-lap event, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin driver Jeff Weinfurter broke and dropped fluids onto the racing surface. Dean LaPointe, one of the fan favorites, was racing in the second groove and got into the fluid that Weinfurter dropped on the track. LaPointe looped his car in turns 3 & 4 backing his car into the wall. LaPointe escaped injury but his car wasn’t so lucky. On the restart, Sparta’s Tim Schendel moved to the forefront pulling away from Selle. Frank Nitzke broke loose and was setting his sights on Schendel. However, he had a rear view mirrior full of Necedah’s Tim Sauter. Sauter, in Jay VanDerGeest’s machine, made numerous attempts on the inside of Nitzke for the runnerup position. However, for the time being, Nitzke’s car seemed to like the second groove and fended off Sauter’s attempts. Bringing out another caution and tightening up the field was track champion Tim Hintz. Hintz, who calls Nekoosa his home, blew his engine dropping more oil in turns 3 & 4. After the clean up, Schendel once again paced the field with Eugene Gregorich hot on his heels. Gregorich, who appeared to have the inside position on Schendel entering turn 3, couldn’t quite make the pass as Schendel’s car showed much muscle slamming the door on Gregorich. With the weather changing significantly and a temperature drop of 18 degrees, it appeared the weather change was starting to affect certain cars. Holzhausen’s hot rod appeared to like the cooler temps as he started moving through the field. Another driver moving his way to the front with some great racing moves, was Mark Eswein. With 17 laps remaining, caution would fly once again for debris on the backstretch. On the restart, Holzhausen moved by Schendel for the races’ top spot. Eswein, Gregorich, and Schendel raced each other hard for the second spot as Holzhausen paced the field. With 5 laps to go, Jeremy Lepak and Jason Weinkauf made contact sending Weinkauf’s car in a spin exiting turn 4. With this caution, it set up a very exciting finish, one that had the fans on the edge of their seats! Holzhausen appeared to have the car to beat as he pulled out a three car length lead with four laps to go. Some of the best racing of the day was the battle for second, Schendel and Eswein switched positions 3 times in the final 2 laps showing why they are some of the best drivers in America. In the end however, it was Steve Holzhausen adding another win to his resume of wins. Crossing the line in second, just a couple of feet ahead of Mark Eswein, was Tim Schendel. Having a great day and being consistent throughout the race, was Eugene Gregorich and Tim Sauter, finishing fourth and fifth respectively.
The 4-Cylinders always put on a great show at Marshfield Motor Speedway. Tonight was no exception, as Paul Berg and Peter Bell set the pace in the 20-lap main event. Looking strong early was Neillsville, Wisconsin driver Don Elmhorst. However, there were a group of drivers that started near the tail end of the field moving to the front rapidly. Austin Stump, Derk Hauser, and point leader Jeremiah Strauss seemed to have their sights on the top spot. By lap 13, Gilman, Wisconsin driver Derk Hauser powered his car to a four car length lead. Another driver looking very good was Randal Wilhorn. Wilhorn dodged inside and out of his fellow competitors, moving to the top 5 with just a handful of laps remaining. However, it was going to be Derk Hauser at the finishline looking to be unscaved by his counterparts. Finishing second was Austin Stump with a very fast Steve Hauser topping out in the third position. Rounding out the top five was Strauss and Randal Wilhorn.
The exciting motorcyles once again made there way to the fan friendly Marshfield Motor Speedway. If you’ve never had the opportunity to watch these expert motorcycle drivers race against each other, it would be strongly suggested. Handle bar-to-handle bar, tire-to-tire, the motorcycle drivers will have have you on the edge of your seat. Leading the way in the 10-lap main was Mark Will and Ronald Bean. After several laps, it was all-star bike race Steve Kasten setting the pace. Having much respect for each other, these drivers must have a lot of trust in their fellow driver’s talents. The Cliff Eckes bike, Craig Lewis, Kyle Weise, and Kasten put on a great show for the large crowd at Marshfield Motor Speedway. At the half way point of this evenings feature event, it was Kasten leading the way with the Eckes machine, and Kyle Weise racing side by side for second. One lap later, Craig Lewis made the pass of Weise taking over third. In the end however, it was all Steve Kasten winning adding another feature win to his long list of wins! Eckes, Weise, Matt Cunningham, and Craig Lewis rounded out the top five.
The Junkyard Warriors once again left lasting impressions on the Marshfield area crowd. Once starter Patrick Barrett through the green flag for the start, it was Troy Harrison, Sr. and Marc Baldwin leading the way. By lap 4, Tim Anderson and Kyle Rasmussen were setting their sights on the top position. Last week’s feature winner Shawn Carpenter also looked very strong, moving through the field with some nice racing moves. Anderson, who was a late arrival at the race track because of his high school graduation party, fended off challenges from Carpenter to win this evening’s feature event. Kyle Rasmussen, in his second night with his new machine, finished a strong third. Chad Kaser and Dustin Paul rounded out the top five.
Next week it will be George’s Empty Pockets night at the races. Divisions competing next week will be the Super Late Models, Super Stocks, 4-Cylinders, and the Junkyard Warriors. Miller qualifying will be at 6:00 pm. with hot racing action beginning at 7:30. Visit our website at www.marshfieldspeedway.com for all the latest news.