Weinfurter, Simonis, Will & Feltz Win Mains!
June 22, 2002; Marshfield, WI: – It was muggy for St. Joseph’s night at the races. The change in weather however did not throw off Jim Sauter Jr. as he set fast time in the Super Lates for the third week in a row. Shawn Stelzer also not missing a beat as he set quick time in the Supers for the fifth time this year. In the Legends Larry Will also repeating his performance from his last visit with fast time and Rodney Feltz was fast in the Cruisers.
A 17 car field took the green for the Super Late Model feature. Veteran driver Pete Kempf led the field from the start. The first caution flew on lap five as Rick Grunden and Eugene Gregorich Jr. got together coming out of turn two. Gregorich’s car was turned around and went up into the embankment and Grunden’s car went up and over the embankment and out of sight.
Gregorich rejoined the field at the rear and Grunden was unable to continue. Kempf held onto the lead for the re-start but Jim Sauter Jr. took the lead on lap seven. Jeff Weinfurter was right behind him in pursuit of the lead. Kempf held third, Rory Melbinger fourth and Jay VanDerGeest fifth. Lap 13 Gregorich made his way back up to fifth taking it away from VanDerGeest.
Weinfurter kept trying Sauter on the inside with no avail. With only four laps remaining Weinfurter dove under Sauter going into three and coming out of four Weinfurter tagged Sauter in the left rear forcing him to get loose and Weinfurter drove under him. Weinfurter won, Sauter second, Melbinger third, Kempf fourth and Gregorich fifth.
Rick Hetzel led the first three laps of the Super Stock feature. Larry Schultz led the next six laps before relinquishing the lead to Andy Simonis. Behind Simonis there was a four car battle for second, a three car battle for seventh and another three car battle for tenth.
With three different races going it was hard to know who to watch. Simonis won, Schultz got loose coming out of four for the checkered and Keith Bohmsach took second back from him, Schultz was able to hang onto third, Merle Weinfurter fourth and Cale Laessig fifth.
The first 11 laps of the Legends feature was led by Curt Gnatzig. Sixteeen year old Garrett Will took the lead on lap 12 and his father Larry Will close behind took second on lap 14. Russ Weiler passed Gnatzig for third on lap 18. Schoenick grabbed the fourth spot from Gnatzig on the white flag lap. Garrett Will won, Larry Will second, Russ Weiler third, Schoenick fourth and Gnatzig fifth.
The Cruiser feature had three lead changes. Darrell Paschel led the first lap before losing the lead to Travis Zvolena. Zvolena’s lead was also short lived as quick timer Rodney Feltz grabbed the lead on lap five and never looked back. Feltz won, Zvolena second, Lester Kuehn third, Scott Havlicek fourth and Josh Elmhorst fifth.
The winner of the bicycle donated by Marshfield’s Wal-Mart Super Center was Steve Schofield from Neillsville.
Next week’s races will be sponsored by Seubert Incorporated of Dorchester and WDLB/WOSQ. It’s the third free night, FREE grandstand admission with a minimum $1.00 donation towards the Children’s Miracle Network 500. Highlighting the nights action will be the Carquest Super Late Models, Carquest Super Stocks, Cruisers, Motorcycles, and the IROC Saturns. Join us for another action packed night of racing on the half mile paved oval. Gates open 5 p.m., time trials 6 p.m. and racing action 7:30. Marshfield Super Speedway is located 3 miles West of Marshfield on county trunk H.