Weinfurter Awesome in Marshfield Super Lates
June 11, 2002; Marshfield, WI: – Fresh off his runner-up spot in Saturday’s MARS 100 at Marshfield Super Speedway, Jeff Weinfurter was “awesome” Tuesday night in the Dave Marcis’ Camp 28 night at the races at Marshfield Super Speedway.
Ben Pettis jumped out to an early lead holding the top spot for the first seven laps with John Frazier in hot pursuit of him. Frazier slipped past Pettis, on the inside, going down the back stretch on lap 8. Frazier’s lead was brief, however, as Jeff Weinfurter powered by him on lap 9 to take the point. Caution flew on lap 14, as Frazier looped his car in turn two while running second. On the restart, it was Weinfurter, VanDerGeest, and Sauter respectfully.
Sauter motored by VanDerGeest on lap 16 to take second and put himself in position to take a shot at Weinfurter. It wasn’t to be, however, as Weinfurter looked as if he was on a rail. He went on to win the 25-lap main by five car lengths. Sauter finished second followed by Eugene Gregorich, Rory Melbinger, and Judd Brandl.
In the Four Cylinder of America division, Johnny Bell of Marshfield captured the top spot. Brad Dupee jumped to an early lead but was passed by Jason Bell on lap 3. Torey Nitzsche brought out the first caution when she spun her car in turn four.
On the restart, Keith Wirtz powered by Jason Bell to take over the top spot. Wirtz would lead the next seven laps. On lap 12, Johnny Bell ran down Wirtz, and made the pass on the back stretch to take over the helm. Bell, who also captured fast time and the dash, went on to win the 15-lap main by five car lengths.
Patience paid off from Neillsville’s Brendan Klueckman as he cruised to an easy win in the Cruiser feature. Darrell Paschel put his Buick in the early lead until Josh Bell looped his car in turn two. Josh Elmhorst did a masterful job avoiding Bell’s spinning car. He avoided what could have been a major wreck in front of the field of 11 cars. On the restart, Klueckman took the top spot from Paschel and cruised to a six-car length win over Travis Zvolena. Bell finished third followed by Elmhorst and Paschel.
Former NASCAR Winston Cup star and current car owner Dave Marcis was on hand to sign autographs for the Marshfield fans. Marcis started his racing career on the paved ovals of central Wisconsin in the early 1960s.
Yvonne Smith was the winner of the diecast Marcis car. Tyler Raab won the bicycle donated by Badgerland Auto Sales.