Weiler and Scholl Take Season Opener Feature Wins
By Mae Schultz
May 6, 2006; Marshfield, WI: – A one week delay due to inclement weather of the season opener, only made the racing that much more exciting. Over 70 drivers competed for the first checkers of the season at the Cancer FREE night with free grandstand admission and American Asphalt night.
Chris Weinkauf of Merrill set the first fast time of the season in the Super Lates on the new Hoosier tire. Matt Pyburn of WI Rapids broke the Super Stock track record with a 19.612. Steve Stewart of Marshfield was the 4-Cylinder fast timer and Todd Hoeper of Marshfield was quick timer in the 1-Man Cruisers.
The 25 lap super late model feature contest was dominated by Elliott Weiler of Marshfield. Tim Hintz of Nekoosa started outside pole and raced in the top five, but was unable to challenge Weiler for the lead. Doug Drost and Jason Weinkauf both of Merrill raced to the front of the field moving up to second and third. Jeff Weinfurter of WI Rapids and Eugene Gregorich Jr of Kewaunee broke into the top five before the halfway point. On lap 12 the only caution of the race would fly. Mark Kraus of Stratford and Rod Wheeler of Hortonville were battling hard for position and made contact on the backstretch that sent Kraus’ car off of turn three and up and over the embankment backwards. Both drivers were okay, unfortunately Kraus was unable to continue.
On the re-start the field was tight again with everyone chasing Weiler. Weinfurter had moved into second and began to work on Weiler. Weinfurter challenged Weiler several times, but it was only five to go before Weinfurter got inside Weiler. The last few laps Weinfurter was door to door with Weiler, but Weiler was able to keep a nose ahead. As the two raced out of turn four, there was contact between them, but both held on. Weiler crossed the line first for the win, Weinfurter second, Gregorich third, Weinkauf fourth and M.G. Gajewski fifth.
The super late model semi-feature was a battle between John Froelich, Rick Grunden and Kyle Davis. While Froelich and Grunden battled for the lead, Davis tried to find a way to get into the second position. With Davis right behind the top two, that made the battle much more intense between Froelich and Grunden, neither wanting to lose out of their transfer spot. At the checkered, Froelich took first, Grunden second, both advancing to the feature event. Davis third, Dean LaPointe fourth and Pete Kempf fifth.
The super stock feature had several cautions, the first one was on lap one. Marc Baldwin of Marshfield hit the wall coming out of turn four. Baldwin was unable to continue the race. Larry Schultz of Marshfield led that first lap and the next five, before Travis Zvolena of Marshfield took over the lead. Bo Bennish of Gleason raced right up behind Zvolena waiting to take that lead. By mid-race, lapped traffic became an issue for the leaders. Lap 13 Zvolena spun in the midst of passing lapped traffic. The leader on the re-start was then Bennish. Chad Scholl of Marshfield raced into second position with Brian Weinfurter of WI Rapids, Wes Coon of Nekoosa Matt Pyburn of WI Rapids all trying to move up for the chance to challenge for the lead. Over the final few laps, Cale Laessig of Marshfield also raced up into the top five. Bennish was able to hold out and cross the line first. Scholl second, Weinfurter third, Pyburn fourth and Laessig fifth. Bennish however failed post race inspection by not meeting a weight requirement. The win was then awarded to Scholl.
Phil Malouf of Manitowish Waters led the first two laps of the 4-Cylinder main event. A caution on lap one flew for a spin between Dan McGiveron, Marshfield and Ricky Brandl, Milladore. McGiveron took responsibility for the caution, utilizing the Gentleman’s rule, and allowing Brandl to resume his spot in second. Don Dunow from Boyd wasting no time in taking the lead on lap three from Malouf. 2005 Track Champ, JJ Flick of WI Rapids ran in second, but unable to take away Dunow’s lead. Steve Stewart of Marshfield, Kevin Eckes of Auburndale and Steve Hauser of Gilman battled it out for the best top five spot. Dunow held the field off for his win, Flick second, Stewart third, Hauser fourth and Eckes fifth.
The 4-Cylinder semi-feature was led by Tim Anderson of Marshfield for the first lap. Adam Eckes then took lead. Anderson raced in second until the final laps when Clinton Metzler of Gilman moved into second. Eckes won with Metzler second, both advancing to the feature race.
The 1-Man Cruiser feature was led by Wayne Dietz for the first five laps. Lester Kuehn then took charge for the win. Todd Hoeper raced his way to the front to finish second and Travis Paul took third.
Two drivers with the new Junkyard Warrior division came to compete. Both Kyle Rasmussen and Berry LeBlanc chose to race with the 1-Man’s tonight. LeBlanc grabbed fourth and Rassmussen sixth in the feature.
Next Saturday night, May 13th, is brought to you by RZ Builders of Loyal. Racing includes CarQuest Super Late Models, CarQuest Super Stocks, IMCA Oldtimers, 1-Man Cruisers and Junkyard Warriors. Pit gates open at 3:30, practice at 4:30, grandstand gates open at 5 p.m., time trials at 5:30 and racing at 7 p.m. Rain dated for Sunday, two hours earlier. Adult admission (16 yrs & up) $10.00, students (10 yrs thru 15 yrs) $5.00, 9 yrs and younger FREE. Family ticket $25.00 (includes 2 adults and unlimited students & children).
Super Late Model: Chris Weinkauf 17.810
Super Stock: Matt Pyburn 19.612
4-Cylinder: Steve Stewart 22.236
1-Man Cruiser: Todd Hoeper 25.539
Super Late Model
Heat 1: K. Davis, W. Mackesy, D. Davis, Grunden, LaPointe.
Heat 2: VanDerGeest, J. Weinkauf, E. Weiler, Drost, Kraus.
Heat 3: Gregorich, Gajewski, J. Weinfurter, Wheeler, Duchow.
Heat 1: Schultz, Stanley, Ochodnicky, Munthe, Klueckman.
Heat 2: Raykowski, Emmerich, Zvolena, Monti.
Heat 1: A. Eckes, Haring, Elmhorst, Anderson, Metzler.
Heat 2: Krzykowski, Brandl, Louze, McGiveron, Strauss.
Heat 3: Flick, S. Hauser, Stewart, Opelt, Dunow.
Heat 1: Kuehn, Dietz, Hoeper, Dickman, LeBlanc.
Super Late Model: Froelich, Grunden, K. Davis, LaPointe, Kempf.
4-Cylinder: A. Eckes, Metzler, Haring, Elmhorst, Lueck.
Super Late Model: E. Weiler, J. Weinfurter, Gregorich, J. Weinkauf, Gajewski, C. Weinkauf, Drost, Pettis, Hintz, Duchow.
Super Stock: Scholl, Weinfurter, Pyburn, Laessig, Coon, Emmerich, Zvolena, Schultz, Zakrzewski.
4-Cylinder: Dunow, Flick, Stewart, S. Hauser, K. Eckes, Berg, A. Eckes, Schlough, McGiveron, Malouf.
1-Man Cruiser: Kuehn, Hoeper, Paul, LeBlanc, Denny, Rassmussen, Dietz, Dibble.