Point Leader Pettis and Rookie Bauknecht Score Feature Wins
By Mae Schultz
July 30, 2005; Marshfield, WI: – Cautions shook up the pace at the Racin’ Back to the Country Night at Marshfield Super Speedway. Ben Pettis pulled out a Super Late Model Feature win, rookie Kyle Bauknecht won the Limited Late Model Feature, Brian Weinfurter won the Super Stock Feature, and David Knauf won in the One-Man Cruiser Feature.
The first-lap caution in the Super Late Model Feature was just one of five that made the race hard to predict. Brian Back nabbed first place in the first lap of racing. Elliott Weiler started in sixth place but had already worked his way up to third in the second lap. Then, with 21 laps to go, he took second on the inside. Weiler worked to catch Back and with 16 laps to go, he did and stole first. In the meantime, Ben Pettis had pushed from his tenth place start to third and then second place. The race for first place heated up between Weiler and Pettis. With a slight advantage, Weiler was holding first when an accident caused a caution. A couple more accidents and cautions followed, one of which John Totzke accepted the blame for allowing Back to keep his position. Finally, at the last restart, Pettis started second behind Weiler. It was a close race with Pettis trying both the inside and outside grooves to overtake Weiler. At the last minute, with one lap to go, Pettis jetted from the inside past Weiler. Jeff Weinfurter, followed Pettis on the inside, pushing Weiler to third place. Pettis, who had the fast qualifying time, won the race, Weinfurter second, Weiler third, Eugene Gregorich fourth and Chris Weinkauf fifth.
Some mechanical difficulties led to the early cautions in the Limited Late Model Feature. After a couple of restarts, Kyle Bauknecht, who was fourth on the restart, went on the outside groove to take first place with 19 laps to go. Then, Dave Lashua hit the wall hard, causing another caution flag. With 15 laps to go, Justin Switlick had luck using the outside groove, and used it to take fourth place, third place and later second place. A little farther back in the pack, Travis Wiesenbeck and Mike Merriam fought for seven laps over fourth place. Wiesenbeck won the battle and took fourth on the inside. Jody Benson’s car spun out with five laps to go, causing the last caution. After the restart, Wiesenbeck took third place. There was a tight race for first place between Bauknecht and Switlick. Switlick kept trying to pass on the inside, but Bauknecht held him off to win the race. Switlick, who had the fast qualifying time, was second, Andy Tomlinson was fourth, and Mike Merriam fifth. (Wiesenbeck finished third but was disqualified because of illegal engine parts)
Unlike the Late Model features, the Super Stock Feature was caution free. Four laps into the race, Cale Laessig, who had started seventh, took first place on the outside. But, he wasn’t the only one who quickly pushed through the pack. Brian Weinfurter, who started ninth made his way up to take second place with 15 laps to go. Laessig and Weinfurter pulled away from the rest of the pack They drove side by side fighting for the lead. Finally, with seven laps to go, Weinfurter took the lead on the outside. Behind the leaders, Andy Simonis, Randy Meyer, and Bo Bennish were fighting for fourth and fifth place. With three laps to go, Randy Meyer snuck up on Simonis and Bennish and took fourth. Weinfurter, who had the fast qualifying time, won, Laessig was second, Coon Wes third, Randy Meyer fourth, and points leader Andy Simonis was fifth.
The One-Man Cruiser Feature offered race fans some competitive racing. Early on in the race, David Knauf took the first spot. But he spent the whole race fighting off the advances of Pat Dickman. Dickman tried very hard to get around Knauf. He even made contact with Knauf’s car a couple of different times. However, Dickman’s tactics couldn’t get him the win. Knauf held him off until the checkered flag flew, Pat Dickman, who had the fast qualifying time, was second, points leader Cody Meyer was third, Chris Anderson fourth, and Marc Baldwin fifth.
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