Tim Cox Sets New All Time Track Record and Wins Sprint Feature
By Brian Back
July 29, 2006; Marshfield, WI: – The Martinovich Trucking, WAXX 104.5FM and Rock N Roll To Go night at the races flew by smoothly. Tim Cox from Park City, IL set the fastest lap every turned here with a 14.770, and then went on to win his heat and feature races. Kyle Calmes also having an excellent night with fast time and the Limited Late Model feature win. Kyle Opelt was the fastest 4-cylinder of the night with quick time and a feature win. Kyle Genett took the pure stock fast time and feature. The 1-man cruiser fast time and feature winner was Kyle Rasmussen.
Fifteen wickedly fast HOSS Hoosier Outlaw Winged Sprints from five different states thundered around the speedway for 30 laps. Richey Jacobs coming from a feature win last night at Hawkeye Downs speedway took the lead from his pole position start. Track record holder Tim Cox moved up three spots in the first lap to take third. Cox challenged AJ Lane for the second spot on the low side, but the caution flew before lap two was completed for debris on the front stretch and Cox was moved back to third. The re-start Jacobs led the field, Lane, Cox, Greg Wheeler and David Gough the top five respectively. The top three drivers were pressuring Jacobs for that lead. Cox again working on the pass to re-claim the second spot from Lane. Lane unsuccessfully tried to block Cox from completing the pas on the inside for lap six. Cox then moved to the outside lane and two laps later blew by Jacobs for the lead. Jacobs was able to continue on strong in second, until mechanical problems on lap 13 sent him to the pits. Greg Wheeler, no stranger to the speedway as he raced an IRA sprint car here on the dirt, was quickly closing in on Lane. The caution flew a final time for Ron Koehler with mechanical problems, he retired to the pits. Cox led the restart with Lane, Wheeler, Gough and Todd Leer in tow. John Witter moved to the inside of Leer for the fifth spot on lap nine. As the field battled, Cox and Lane began to stretch out their lead. Lap 26 Jim Payne challenged Witter for the fifth spot and won it. Cox took a clean sweep home to Park City, IL. Lane second, Wheeler third, Gough fourth and Payne fifth.
The Limited Late Model feature saw front row starters Joe Ebben and Travis Dodson neck and neck into turn one. Ebben gained the advantage exiting turn two and charged to the lead. On lap two, Jim Ebben passes Joe Ebben on the inside of turn one to take the lead. Brett Widdis and Kyle Calmes began their quest to the front, passing Dodson on the high side on lap four and then Joe Ebben on lap seven. Jason Dunn also passed Dodson on lap eight, followed by Paul Block and Justin Woller. Block dove inside of Dunn one lap later with Woller on his back door. Dunn battled back on the outside, while Woller moved three wide to the high side in an attempt to pass them both. The track proved to be too narrow, as contact between Dunn and Woller sent Dunn spinning, and Woller to the rear. The restart saw Widdis on the move as he passed Kurt Clapper for second on lap 11. He then took the lead from Jim Ebben on lap 12, followed by Clapper and Calmes. Calmes passed Clapper three laps later, and began his charge for the lead. Block resumed his assault on Dunn on lap 15, taking away fifth with the high line. Kyle Bauknecht followed Block past, and disposed of him to the inside on lap 18. Mike Ehde moved himself towards the lead pack late, passing Block on lap 20 for sixth. On lap 23, Calmes showed his muscle as he pulled along side of Widdis, and took the lead one lap later. Bauknecht and Ehde continued gaining positions, passing Jim Ebben for fourth and fifth places. Widdis regained his composure, and inched back to the bumper cover of leader Calmes. Before he could challenge, caution came out for a spin in turn one for the spun car of Woller. As they took the green for the final time, Widdis made a low side charge on Calmes four times. With four laps remaining, a slip in turn four by Widdis gave Calmes all the cushion he needed to the lead the field to the checkered flag. He was followed by Widdis, Clapper, Bauknecht and Ehde.
The 4-cylinder feature action started early as Dan McGiveron attempted to pass pole sitters Ron Sischo and Erin Schlough through the middle as the field took the green. McGiveron’s charge forward was unsuccessful, allowing Steve Hauser to move to the inside. Hauser took advantage, moving by McGiveron, Sischo and Schlough on the inside to take the lead on lap two. Keith Wirtz moved to fourth on lap three with a daring three-wide through the middle pass. He then moved high, passing Steve Stewart on lap four. Jeremiah Strauss attempted to follow Wirtz past Stewart, but a caution on lap six ended his challenge to the high side. The restart saw a dramatic twist as fourth place car and points leader Stewart fell out taking the green with mechanical difficulties. On lap seven, Don Dunow charged to the high side of Ricky Brandl, taking the position on lap eight. Fast qualifier Kyle Opelt closed quickly from the rear, overtaking Dunow for third on lap nine with a low side pass. He then dove to the inside once again, passing Wirtz on lap ten, and Hauser on lap 11 for the lead. Dunow followed Opelt past Wirtz, taking over third. JJ Flick made a late charge forward after being trapped early. By lap 12 he closed to the rear bumper of Wirtz, looking to take away fourth on lap 12. Lap 13, Dunow moved low on Hauser, moving into second with two laps remaining. Flick was persistent and made a final lap low side charge, only to come up a few feet behind Wirtz at the finish. At the stripe it was Opelt, Dunow, Hauser, Wirtz and Flick.
The pure stock feature saw Jeff Behrens make a three-wide inside pass on polesitters Shawn Carpenter and Richard Delis to take the lead into turn one. Skylar Domine made and amazing crossover pass coming off of turn two as he edged from the high side of Kyle Genett to the low side of Carpenter and into second place. Genett followed Domine to third, and made his own low side move on Domine on lap three, taking away second. Genett chased down the leader Behrens two laps later, and dove to the inside taking the lead on lap six. Genett stretched out a huge lead in the caution free event, leading the field to the finish followed by Behrens, Domine, Delis and Carpenter.
Kyle Rasmussen dove to the inside to make it three-wide to take the lead of the 1-Man Cruiser/Junkyard Warrior feature. Rasmussen was followed by Wayne Dietz. Todd Hoeper looked inside of Travis Paul and completed the pass in turn one on lap two. Paul tried to re-claim his position, unsuccessfully. Dietz hounded Rasmussen for the lead on the next lap. Dietz took the high groove and fell back a bit. Hoeper then tried for the top spot, but was unable to pass Rasmussen. Ryan VanDerLeest began to challenge Paul for the fourth spot. With only three laps left, VanDerLeest take the spot. The caution flew after the white was thrown for the car of Matt Phelps after he got into the turn two wall. Rasmussen won, Dietz, Hoeper, VanDerLeest and Paul.
The Martinovich Trucking IROC Saturn race was won by Herman Arendt. He was followed by Dave Heivey, Gerald Kronstedt, Adam Martinovich, Jason Thomas and Robert Martinovich, second through six respectively.
Next Saturday, August 5th the Super Bikes of the Midwest racing off of the high banks of Daytona FL speedway under the lights at Marshfield Super Speedway plus FIREWORKS and a full race program! The super bikes are sponsored by Miller Lite and Gessert Racing. Plus the stock car race program sponsored by CarQuest and WGLX 103.3 FM. Featuring CarQuest Super Late Models, CarQuest Super Stocks and 4-Cylinders. There will be a swap meet/flea market from 9 a.m. til 3 p.m. in the parking lot. FREE Grandstand admission to the super bike practice from 9 a.m. til 12:30 p.m and for the super bike qualifying at 1 p.m. Ticket booth opens at 5 p.m., Miller Lite stock car time trials at 5:30, racing starts at 7 p.m. Marshfield Super Speedway is located 3.5 miles west of Marshfield on County Road H with weekly Saturday night stock car racing April through September. Adult grandstand admission is $10.00, Students ages 10-15 yrs. $5.00 and under 10 yrs FREE with a parent. Rain date for Sunday two hours earlier.
Everyone 16 yrs and older may sign up FREE every race night to win the 2006 Dodge Charger Pace Car.