Skylar Holzhausen Scores First WCS Victory at MMS Fall Spectacular! Reffner & Schlough Take Home Feature Wins
September 13, 2009; Fairchild, WI – Fans from abroad were treated to summer like weather for our Annual Fall Spectacular, here, Sunday afternoon at Marshfield Motor Speedway. The highlight of the day was the Wisconsin Challenge Series season championship race with several drivers vying for the season crown.
Nekoosa, WI driver Tim Hintz led the 26-car field to the green in the WCS Championship 80 Super Late Model feature event. Neil Knoblock pulled out to the early lead with Hintz and Andrew Morrissey closely running second and third. Two laps later, Morrissey and Knoblock battled side by side for the top spot. Exiting turn four on lap 5, Morrissey and Knoblock got together causing damage to both cars. Knoblock eventually had to pull into the pits because the received damage on the Knoblock car was too severe to continue. Morrissey on the other hand, was able to continue. Morrissey held the top spot and appeared to have the car to beat. However, damage from the earlier incident with Neil Knoblock proved to be costly. The Southern Wisconsin driver had a broken fender, of which was rubbing on his right front fender. With each lap, the smoke began to get even worse from the damaged Morrissey racecar. With the tire smoke increasingly thickening, drivers to the rear of Morrissey were having issues with visibility. Furthermore, being a safety issue for Andrew Morrissey and the rest of the field, starter Patrick Barrett had no choice but to throw the black flag for the gentleman driver who was leading the race. On the restart, it appeared that the young driver from Bangor, WI had the car to beat. Being able to race in both grooves proved advantageous for Skylar Holzhausen. Once Holzhausen got the lead, his only thought was if his competitor’s cars were as good as his. Driver Mark Eswein appeared to have one of those cars; the veteran driver, who calls Wisconsin Rapids, WI home, seems to relish winning track championships. Mr. Eswein added another championship to his resume as he won the track championship at Golden Sands Speedway. On this day, all Mark Eswein had to do was stay in front of Chris Weinkauf and Steve Holzhausen, and the championship was his. As did Skylar Holzhausen, Mark Eswein was also able to pass cars through either groove, allowing himself the opportunity to put his machine into the runner up position. A few laps later, caution would fly once again as Jim Duchow got into the machine of Elliott Weiler on the backstretch. Once the green flew on the restart, it was for the last time as the final 58 laps ran caution free. As drivers jockeyed for position, it appeared the inside was the groove of choice. It appeared that there were only a handful of cars that actually could pass on the inside, or, race in either groove competitively. Steve Holzhausen, Tim Schendel, and Jason Weinkauf worked their way into the top five by lap 47. As the race progressed, Skylar Holzhausen continued to hold his lead on Mark Eswein, as both drivers appeared to have equally prepared cars. Once the white flag flew, there was no change in the running order. Skylar Holzhausen captured his first WCS feature win much to the delight of the Marshfield Motor Speedway fans! Placing second was Mark Eswein; by positioning himself in front of Chris Weinkauf and Steve Holzhausen, allows Mark Eswein the opportunity to call himself the 2009 Wisconsin Challenge Series Champion! Finishing strong in the third position was Bangor’s Steve Holzhausen. Being interviewed by track announcer Michael Barrett after the race, Steve Holzhausen commented that the only way he would have been able to pass his son for the win would have been to unplug one of his plug wires! Having an impressive run and finishing fourth was Sparta, WI driver Tim Schendel. Winding out the top five was 2009 Marshfield Motor Speedway track champion, Jason Weinkauf.
In the D & D Amusement Games CWSSA feature event, Nekoosa’s Ben Capek led a very competitive group of drivers to the line for their 25-lap main event. Marv Flick, who calls Stevens Point, WI home, jumped out to the early lead. Closely behind Flick were Matt Pyburn and Matt Raykowski. Reffner, who was crowned track champion one week earlier, appeared to be on a rail. Starting twelfth, Reffner worked himself into the third position by lap eight. Two laps later, Reffner made the pass of Flick for the top spot. Brian Back, who also started deep in the field, also had a very good car. Back, who reigns from Vesper, WI, positioned himself in the runner up position on lap eleven. Rick Grunden made some nice passes of his counterparts and looked to be hooked up and ready to better his position even more. Grunden appeared to be better as the race progressed and looked better on the long runs. Brian Back made every attempt to cut into the lead of Colin Reffner, however, Reffner was too much today and cruised to his first Fall Spectacular Feature win! Brian Back, Rick Grunden, Matt Pyburn, and Matt Raykowski rounded out the top five. Heat winners today were Jason Dummer and Erin Schlough.
The 4-Cylinders once again took to the half-mile paved oval and had the crowd on the edge of their seats. Jumping out to the early lead from his fifth starting position was Neillsville, WI driver Ron Sischo. Sischo looked very fast early as he paced the field of 14 cars. Also moving up quickly was Jeremiah Strauss passing cars inside and outside. Unfortunately for the Neillsville, WI driver, he had to exit the race early for transmission problems. Starting tenth and moving to the second position by lap seven was track champion Randall Wilhorn. Wilhorn also had some car issues, fading and costing him a chance at the Fall Spectacular feature event. Stealing the lead from Sischo was the brightly painted orange car of Bo Bennish. Bennish would lead the next five laps. On the move and looking for his first 4-Cylinder feature of the win of the year, was Greenwood, WI driver Erin Schlough. Schlough got some good bite off corner two and shot to the inside of Bennish. By the time the two drivers got to the third turn, Schlough was able to clear Bennish for the top spot. As other drivers battled for position, Schlough built up a nice lead. Two drivers on the move and looking to knock Schlough out of the top spot however, was that of the Gilman, WI father/son combo of Steve and Derk Hauser. Working their way from the back of the field to the second and third place positions was very impressive. Another driver that looked impressive was Austin Stump. Stump, who calls Willard, WI home, spun early and worked back to the fourth position by lap 18. In the end however, it was Erin Schlough crossing the line first and winning the Fall Spectacular feature event. Steve Hauser and Derk Hauser finished second and third respectively. Rounding out the top five was Austin Stump and Phil Malouf. Heat winners today were Bo Bennish and Derk Hauser.
Next Saturday, Marshfield Motor Speedway will be hosting the third leg of the Eve of Devastation. There are many exciting events with the fan gates opening at 3:00 pm, and the show beginning at 4:00 pm. Fireworks will conclude the evening full of family fun! Please visit us online at www.marshfieldspeedway.com for all information pertinet to the Eve of Devastation. Enjoy your week!