VanDerGeest Grabs Marshfield Super Late Model Main
July 13, 2002; Marshfield, WI: – In what was a perfect night for racing at the newly improved Marshfield Super Speedway, fans were treated to another very exciting, action-packed night of racing. Fans came from all over the state to witness the exciting racing action and the newly improved pit area at MSS.
Jay VanDerGeest was looking to turn his season around and make a run at the point championship. VanDerGeest, who was in third place before tonight’s racing, was looking to cut into Rory Melbinger’s point lead after Melbinger’s engine exploded in qualifying.
VanDerGeest, who started the race from the third row, quickly moved into the third spot behind race leader Eric Wisz and John Frazier. On the second lap of the 25-lap SLM main, caution flew for a 10-car wreck in turn four. All drivers were able to continue except for Jeff Weinfurter, Mark Eswein and Kevin Baldry.
On the restart, VanDerGeest surpassed Wisz for the lead while Eugene Gregorich moved into third place. With eight laps in, Gregorich moved into second passing Wisz on the backstretch. One lap later, Wisz, who was having a career night, slapped the front stretch wall after it appeared something broke in the car.
When the race resumed, Dean LaPointe made the pass on Gregorich for the runner-up spot. As VanDerGeest held the top spot, LaPointe, Kirby Kurth, and Gary Back battled for the second position. Last week’s feature winner, Back, finally prevailed and took over the second position followed by Kurth.
As Back set his sights on VanDerGeest for the lead, Ben Pettis spun in turn two bringing out the caution with two laps remaining. This set up a two-lap dash for the win between VanDerGeest, Back and Kurth. On the restart, VanDerGeest quickly slammed the door on an attempted pass by Back, and went on to earn the victory followed by Kirby Kurth, Gary Back, Dean LaPointe and Pete Kempf.
In the Carquest Super Stock 20-lap main, DuWayne Davis jumped out to the early lead followed by Larry Scultz and Tim Plowman. With five laps in, caution flew for Donald Tieman who hit the front stretch wall. On the restart, Davis held the lead with Schultz putting heavy pressure on him. At the midway point of the race, Cale Laessig moved his Chevy into the third position.
With four laps remaining, Cale Laessig made a three-wide pass for the lead coming out of turn four. With two laps remaining, while running second and third respectively, Davis and Schultz got together sending both drivers into the turn two sand bank. This allowed Tim Hintz and Keith Bohmsach to move into the second and third positions. As the white flag flew, Hintz made a valiant effort to catch Laessig for the lead but came up just short. Laessig scored the win with Hintz, Bohmsach, Andy Simonis and Shawn Stelzer rounding out the top five.
Eighteen thunderbikes put on a tremendous show of skill and bravery in tonights’ races. Marshfield’s Cliff Eckes Jr. looked like he had the field covered as he ran away with the first heat on his Cliffs Cycle Service /SK Service Yamaha YZ250 with Wisconsin Rapids Pat Bean taking second place. Ringle’s TJ Zeidler led all 6 laps to the checkered flag in heat two for the win over Big Falls native Lee Johnson . All eighteen riders lined up for the feature ten lap race / at the drop of the green flag TJ Zeidler put his SK Service Yamahonda 450 at the point for laps one through six, although closely shadowed by Pat Bean on his Donahue Super Sports YZ 400 Yamaha.
While the two leaders were fighting over first place, back row starter Steve Kasten was slashing through the field on his SK Service/ Cliff’s Cycle 600 Yamaha . While Bean took over at the front on lap seven with Zeidler gnawing at his rear wheel, Kasten was on a mission. By lap eight Kasten was in third place, lap nine second place and closing fast on leader Pat Bean. One lap to go, Pat Bean led off the final corner, certain he was to be the winner. But as Bean raised his arm in a victory salute to the crowd Kasten pulled up along the outside of Bean and stole the victory by less than a wheel width.
Results: 1.Steve Kasten 2. Pat Bean 3. TJ Zeidler 4. Sebastain Boge 5. Cliff Eckes 6. Mark Zeidler 7.Lee Johnson 8.Brad Seavers 9. Jacob Knetter 10.Woody Eckes 11.Troy Johnson 12.Chris Daniels 13 Randol Ruffi 14.Ted Strebe 15.Garret Durst 16.Jacob Seavers 17. Tex Strebe 18. Jim Checky
In the always exciting cruiser division feature, point leader Travis Zvolena held the lead with Josh Elmhorst and Scott Havlicek holding down the second and third positions. Elmhorst began cutting into Zvolena’s lead and made a bid for the lead with four laps remaining. Elmhorst, who started the night second in points, made the pass stick coming out of turn four. Zvolena had his hands full trying to fend off Havlicek for the second spot. In the race’s end, it was Elmhorst scoring the win followed by Zvolena, Havlicek, Lester Kuehn and Wayne Meyer.
The winner of the Wal-Mart bicycle was Bubba Kronberger of Neillsville.
Next Saturday at Marshfield Super Speedway, will be Bumper-to-Bumper, WYTE 96.7 FM night at the races. Please join us for another great evening of racing at the newly improved 1/2 mile paved oval. MSS is located three miles west of Marshfield on County Trunk H. Spectator gates open at 5 p.m. followed by Miller time trials at 6 p.m., and racing at 7:30 p.m. Carquest Super Late Models, Carquest Super Stocks, Legends, Cruisers, and Mechanics racing will be part of the racing program.