Weinkauf Holds Off Rubeck for SLM Win
By Wayne Brevik
May 30, 2009; Marshfield, WI: Fans were on the edge of their seats throughout the Super Late Model feature on this great night of racing and family fun! Marshfield’s Dean LaPointe jumped out to the early lead fending off early challenges from Merrill’s Jay VanDerGeest. VanDerGeest worked the high side and the low side in his attempt to take the top spot from LaPointe. LaPointe’s car looked to be pushing a bit, allowing VanDerGeest to stick his nose under LaPointe’s car exiting turn two. The two veterans battled 4 laps side by side with LaPointe finally giving way to the very fast VanDerGeest. Four car lengths back, there was a great battle for third as Nick Mahlik, Jason Weinkauf, and Chris Weinkauf were all vying for a shot at the leaders. On lap six, Chris Weinkauf nudged his way past his brother Jason Weinkauf and set his sights on LaPointe. Also working his way through the field was Steve Rubeck. Rubeck, one of the top drivers in the state, and in his first visit to the speedway this season, appeared to be extremely fast. By lap 14, Rubeck advanced his position seven spots and was looking to take the fifth position away from LaPointe. On lap 18, Rubeck slipped by Jason Weinkauf to take over the third position. Meanwhile, back up front, Jay VanDerGeest had a rear view mirror full of Merrill sensation, Chris Weinkauf. The two battled side by side for two laps with VanDerGeest finally giving way to a very fast Weinkauf. A battle for second was setting up as Rubeck wanted the second position from VanDerGeest. With two laps remaining, Rubeck did exactly that, made and inside pass in corner three to take that spot. With Chris Weinkauf comfortably out front, Ruebeck had no chance of running down the ace from Merrill, and finished a strong second. Rounding out the top five was Jay VanDerGeest, Rory Melbinger, and Jason Weinkauf.
Colin Reffner continues to have a stronghold on the Super Stock class. Reffner, a rookie in the division, was very impressive Saturday evening at Marshfield Motor Speedway. The young Reffner moved passed Erin Schlough on lap two, to take over the top spot. Starting from his back row position, fast qualifier Matt Raykowski worked his way to second place by lap seven. Raykowski, a Stevens Point native, looked very impressive working his way through the field. Another rookie in the division looking excellent this year is Erin Schlough. Schlough has shown much progress in this young season. With Reffner out distancing the field, Raykowski had to settle for second place, with Schlough, Mark Langreck, and Kyle Davis rounding out the top five.
Rookie Jake Capek visited the track for the first time this season in the pure stock division. Capek, a Nekoosa area resident, was looking to knock off Ryan Mork, whom of which has dominated this division thus far this season. However, Mork wasn’t going to have anything to do with that as he continued to dominate, winning the pure stock feature. Capek finished second with Darren Jackson finishing third.
Junkyard Warriors continue to excite the Marshfield Motor Speedway crowd with their daredevil passes. Starting in the front row was Coletta Gomes and Gary Haarklau. Haarklau took the early lead with Marc Baldwin hot on his heels. Baldwin took the lead from Haarklau going down the backstretch on lap two. Baldwin continued to lead until lap five, that was when hard charger Shawn Carpenter drove by Baldwin to take the lead. Starting near the rear of the field was last year’s track champion, Kyle Rasmussen. Rasmussen made a strong move through the field to work his way to second by lap six. It appeared that Rasmussen was going to make a serious challenge for the lead, however he started blowing smoke. With the smoke from Rasmussen’s hot rod getting thicker, starter Patrick Barrett had no choice but to black flag the Auburndale ace. With Rasmussen no longer a threat, it appeared the race was all Carpenter’s. Point leader Tim Anderson made a last lap charge, however, it was not to be as Carpenter roared to the finish line taking the checkered flag. Behind Carpenter and Anderson finishing in the top five were, Baldwin, Dustin Paul, and Sam Sudduth.
Next week at Marshfield Motor Speedway, it will be a regular full night of racing. Super Late Models will head the show with other divisions racing being the Super Stocks, 4-Cylinders, and Junkyard Warriors. Again next week, we will have one lucky adult, and one lucky child earning nice gifts in our Parking Lot Prowler contest. If you are a scout at any level, come on out to Marshfield Motor Speedway next week, in uniform, and receive free admission! Racing begins at 7:30, Miller qualifying at 6:00, with the main gates opening at 5:00 pm. Visit us at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, visit our result page on the website for a detailed finishing order of all events. Have a great week and we’ll see you Saturday night at Marshfield Motor Speedway!