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Ronnie Rihn & Austin Stump Score Career Wins

Posted under Race Reports by Wayne Brevik on June 21st, 2010

Marshfield, WI; June 19, 2010 – Mother Nature finally allowed the Marshfield Motor Speedway faithful to enjoy a hot night of racing action.  After two consecutive weeks of rainouts, the drivers were finally able to compete at the Master of Speed, Marshfield Motor Speedway!

With a full slate of racecars on hand, fans enjoyed some real competitive racing here Saturday night.  Former La Crosse school teacher and baseball coach Don “Thunder” Turner grabbed the early lead from Brian Goodwin, once receiving the green flag from starter Patrick Barrett in the Super Late Model feature event.  Turner held off a charging Jim Sauter, Jr. early, however, Sauter edged by the veteran driver on lap-6 to take over the top spot.  Bloomer, WI native Ronnie Rihn made an outside pass of Turner on lap eight to take over the runner up position.  Rihn, whom of which also races Midwest Modifieds on dirt, showed no ill affects of a nasty flip in his car, two weeks ago.  Charging his way through the field from his twelfth starting position was Wausau’s MG Gajewski.  Gajewski moved to the third position at the midway point of the race.  Also looking very stout was that of Chili, WI driver Chad Selk. Selk worked his way past Jay VanDerGeest and Jason Weinkauf to climb into the top five by lap-20.  Pressing hard on Sauter, Jr. for the lead was rookie driver Rihn.  Not looking like a rookie though, Rihn edged by Sauter, Jr. on lap 22 of the 25-lap feature event.  When Patrick Barrett threw the checkered flag, Ronnie Rihn became a first time feature winner at Marshfield Motor Speedway.  Joining Ronnie in victory lane was a very happy father, Donnie Rihn, and the entire Rihn pit crew led by crew chief Chad Wood!  Finishing a solid second and having a terrific year at several tracks was that of Jim Sauter, Jr. in a Wes Coon prepared super late model.  Finishing third and racing for Team Wisz was Wausau driver MG Gajewski.  Chad Selk may have had the fastest car on the track, but got caught up in traffic early and finished fourth.  Winding up fifth and always fast wherever he goes was Merrill, WI driver and reigning track champion, Jason Weinkauf.  Getting around the track fastest in qualifying was Jim Sauter, Jr.  Heat 1 winner was MG Gajewski, with Ben Pettis winning Heat 2, racing for Redline Speedsports.  The LiveWire Energy Chews Dash 4 Cash winner was Chad Selk.

The D & D Amusement Games Super Stocks took to the ½ mile pavement for their 20-lap feature event.  Leading the way to the green flag was Mark Challet and Terry Knupp.  At the completion of lap-1 it was John Olson at the helm.  Olson, who earlier in the evening captured a heat win, looked strong leading the first 6-laps.  Knocking on his door however was a very fast Scott Luck.  Luck cleared the machine of Olson and built a sizable lead.  Cutting into Luck’s lead was that of point leader, Mike Gwidt.  Gwidt drove by Olson at the midway point of the race and was driving down a very fast Luck racecar.  Gwidt, who has been every bit of impressive thus far this season, appeared to be on his way to another feature win.  However, moving into the runner up position with 4 laps remaining was Brian Back.  Back appeared to have something for Gwidt and was cutting into his lead.  With one-lap remaining, Back pulled up onto the rear bumper of Gwidt, but just ran out of time.  Mike Gwidt scores yet another victory at Marshfield Motor Speedway.  With Brian Back finishing second, brother, Greg Back edged out fast heat winner Scott Luck for the third spot.  Another driver appearing to get his super stock figured out and finishing fifth, was rookie Randall Wilhorn of Nekoosa.  Greg Back edged out brother, Brian Back for the win in the LiveWire Energy Chew Dash 4 Cash.

After a one-week hiatus, the 4-Cylinder’s were back on the agenda and putting on a great show per usual.  Austin Stump set fast time tripping the clock at 22.669.  Peter Bell led the field to the green flag and edged out Dennis Gortsch at the completion of lap-one.  Swapping places after the next circuit, Gortsch took over the helm, with a very fast Austin Stump on his heels.  With three laps in, Austin Stump made it three different leaders edging by Gortsch for the race lead.  On the prowl though, was a very fast Derk Hauser.  Hauser, who seemingly appears in the front of the field on a weekly basis, moved into second and had his sights set on a very fast Stump machine.  Stump, who earlier in the evening earned his heat win, was looking to make it a clean sweep on the evening.  Cruising out front with a 4 car-length lead, Stump would have to make a mistake for Hauser to reel him in.  That wasn’t going to happen however, as Stump motored to his first career feature win and sweep of the 4-cylinder division here tonight, at Marshfield Motor Speedway.  Gilman’s Derk Hauser finished second, with Dennis Gortsch, Neillsville’s Ron Sischo, and Rick Brandl rounding out the top five.

In the Junkyard Warrior Division, it was once again, all Gary Haarklau.  Haarklau made it a clean sweep with wins in his heat and feature after early fast qualifier honors.  Marshfield driver Marc Baldwin finished a respectful second in the feature and in his heat.  Making his debut as a Junkyard Warrior driver was Justin Baldwin.  Justin’s night ended early after being an innocent victim in a heat crash with Coletta Gomes.  Gomes’ car appeared to break a part entering the first turn sending the young Baldwin nearly head on into the wall.  Both drivers were okay, but unable to return to racing action this evening. Charlie Nickel drove his Warrior to a third place finish in feature action here tonight at Marshfield Motor Speedway.

The exciting Bandits once again circled the track and put on another great show here tonight.  Earning his first career fast time award was Roger Cochrane tripping the clock at 24.292.  Leading the pack of Bandits to the green flag was Harry Bell.  Buddy Barrow edged out Bell for the race lead on lap two with an outside pass entering turn three.  Starting in the back of the field and quickly working his way through the field was Tim Anderson.  Anderson climbed to the top spot on lap three and never looked back earning top honors in the feature event for the Bandits. Roger Cochrane raced to a second place finish with Matt Phelps coming home in third.  Buddy Barrow and Harry Bell rounded out the top five finishing fourth and fifth respectively. 

Next week, June 26th, it’s Food Pantry Donation Night at the races.  Fans donating a non-perishable food item will receive half off their admission.  Also, the Marshfield Specialty Car Club will be touring the speedway with their antique/collector cars/trucks.  Joining the Super Late Models will be the Super Stocks, 4-Cylinders, Junkyard Warriors, and Bandits, all competing at the Master of Speed.  Please join us on Facebook or visit us online at www.marshfieldspeedway.com for all the up to date information in regards to Marshfield Motor Speedway.