Sauter Jr., scores in Super Late Action at Marshfield
May 18, 2002; Marshfield, WI: – Another cool evening for racing in Central Wisconsin, but the fans and cars were out in full force tonight for the event to contribute to Jason’s Heart Transplant.
With two feature wins under his belt already this season, Rory Melbinger was quick timer in the Super Lates. Shawn Stelzer was fast again in the Supers and Al Smith in the Legends. And Rodney Feltz setting the pace in the Cruisers.
Ben Pettis led the start of the Super Late Model feature. Jim Sauter Jr. wasn’t far behind and quickly took the lead on lap five. Behind him Pettis, Jeff Weinfurter, Eugene Gregorich Jr. and MG Gajewski all raced door to door. Fast timer Rory Melbinger made his break into the top five on lap nine.
Wayne Breitenfeldt was charging through the field and was also able to gain a few positions on a re-start after lap 11 and took the third spot. Sauter continued to lead, Weinfurter, Breitenfeldt, Gregorich and Gajewski behind him. Melbinger had lost positions on the re-start and worked at moving back to the front. He made his way to fifth, fourth and then third where he would stay. Sauter won, Breitenfeldt second, Melbinger third, Gajewski fourth and Jay VanDerGeest fifth.
In the Super Stock feature, DuWayne Davis led the first six laps, Larry Schultz lap seven and Shawn Stelzer took over the lead on lap eight. Cale Laessig was very fast working his way through the field and challenging Stelzer for the lead when he spun and collected the car of Andy Simonis. Both drivers were okay but unable finish the event. Stelzer won, Tim Hintz second, Gary Wosick third, Larry Schultz fourth and Merle Weinfurter fifth.
Eric Lokemoen held the early lead of the Legends feature, but he was unable to hold off Josh Schoenick who took the lead on lap seven and never looked back. Two time feature winner Al Smith was unable to catch Schoenick either. Schoenick won, Smith second, Curt Gnatzig third, Lokemoen fourth and Dave Keays fifth.
Brendan Klueckman led the whole Cruiser feature until lap ten when his car overheated and he was forced to pit. Josh Elmhorst then inherited the lead and held on for the final four laps. Travis Zvolena finished second, Josh Bell third, Nick Klimpke fourth and Jesse Zopfi fifth.
“Hot Rod” Rodney Feltz not only raced tonight in the Cruiser division, he and his partner Josh Noth were on hand to perform a stunt for the crowd. They placed a Volkswagon Golf (a tiny little car to begin with) on the start finish line. Then each of them in their own full sized eight cylinder cars (boats) drove from opposite ends of the track to crunch this car. The plan was to hit the car at the same time one from the front and one from the back. They were close, but didn’t both hit at the same time. The damage however was still done as the car was now shortened by several feet. Rodney will be back for another stunt June 29th.
Next Saturday we are hosting a Truck Pull beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday, is our first ever Wisconsin Challenge Series event. Grandstand gates open at 4 p.m., qualifying at 5 p.m. and racing starts at 6:30. Featuring the WCS Super Late Models in a 75 lap feature event, 4-Cylinders, Motorcycles and a 2-Man Cruiser Championship Race.