Weinkauf, Reffner, Strauss, Mork, and Anderson Claim Season Opener Features
By Jane Schiferl
May 9, 2009; Marshfield, WI: – Hot racing action made the cold weather a little more bearable as the season opener at Marshfield Motor Speedway had plenty of exciting action.
In the Culver’s Super Late Model Division, sophomore sensation Chad Selk set the early pace in his 2009 Chevrolet Impala. Selk led the first 3 laps until Chris Weinkauf made the pass exiting turn four. On lap 4, with Weinkauf and Selk setting the pace, Jeff Weinfurter looped his car in the middle of turn 1 and 2. In an attempt to avoid the spinning Weinfurter, Jason Weinkauf, Trevor Raskie, Jay VanDerGeest, and Parker May were all collected in the incident. VanDerGeest was able to continue, however, Weinkauf, Raskie, and May all sustained heavy damage to their race cars. This accident was especially tough for Weinkauf and Raskie as they spent much time at the track this spring practicing their cars, and it appeared they were looking to make their trek to the front in this super late model feature event. Thankfully, all drivers walked away from the accident!
As the race continued on lap 4, Chris Weinkauf and Chad Selk continued to set the pace. Brent Piontek worked his way to the third spot by lap 6. Another car that appeared to be on the charge was Nekoosa’s Tim Hintz. Working his way through the pack from his ninth starting position, Hintz worked his way to the fourth spot by lap 20. With Weinkauf and Selk running away from the field, it appeared the best racing was going to be for the third spot. Frank Kreyer powered his car past a very fast Dean LaPointe and Travis Stebane by lap 21. When the checkered flag finally flew, it was all Chris Weinkauf with Chad Selk hot on his heels. Rounding out the top six in this 25 lap main event, was last year’s track champion Tim Hintz, Brent Piontek, Frank Kreyer, and Rob Vanderloop.
Preliminary winners in the Super Late Model division were Jason Weinkauf with fast time, Chris Weinkauf and Travis Stebane the heat winners, with Frank Kreyer winning the Dash 4 Cash.
In the D & D Amusement Games Super Stock feature event, Erin Schlough and Matt Raykowski set the early pace. Raykowski drove past Schlough on lap 2 and continued to lead until lap 4 when Brian Weinfurter powered by Raykowski to take lead. Weinfurter continued to lead until lap nine when Colin Reffner made the outside pass exiting corner number four. Reffner, who is in his second year in the Super Stock Division, pulled out to a five car lead by lap 14. Weinfurter made several attempts to recoop the very fast sophomore driver, however it was to no avail on this night as the young Reffner cruised to an easy win over Weinfurter. Rounding out the top five were Raykowski, Mark Langreck, and Erin Schlough.
Other winners in preliminary action were Mark Langreck winning the Super Stock heat with Reffner winning the Dash 4 Cash.
Always being one of the most exciting classes at the speedway, the 4 Cylinders would not disappoint anyone as they put on a terrific show. Don Dunow, looking to made a statement in the 4 Cylinder division this year, led the first 8 laps with Randal Wilhorn hot on his heels. Working his way from his sixth starting position, Jerimiah Straus moved to the second spot by lap 9. One lap later, in a terrific pass, Straus over took the very strong Dunow machine. Coming from the middle of the pack, Dirk Hauser was looking to move to the front as he made his way to third with 3 laps remaining. However, it was Jeramiah Straus who crossed the start/finish line to take home the first place prize. Wilhorn, who looked very fast all evening, finished second with Hauser, Dunow, and Wayne Elmhorst rounding out the top five.
In preliminary action, Don Dunow and Steve Hauser took home the Checkers in their heats in the 4 Cylinder division. Jeramiah Straus took home top honors in qualifying.
Junkyard Warriors made their way to Marshfield Motor Speedway and will race numerous times at the track this season. Being one of the fans favorite classes of racing, the Junkyard Warrior drivers didn’t disappoint the fans that braved the very cold weather tonight.
What looked like it would be a battle between Sam Suddoth and Kyle Rassmussen for the top spot, those respective drivers battled hard for eight laps, however, on lap nine, Tim Anderson, who was in need of the feature win to claim his first ever clean sweep, did exactly that. The driver carrying the number 17 proudly, took the lead from Rassmussen on lap nine and went on to win and claim his clean sweep. With Suddoth getting by Rassmussen for second, Shawn Carpenter and Jeff Rassmussen rounded out the top five.
Pure Stocks made their trek to Marshfield Motor Speedway and it was all Ryan Mork as he claimed fast time and feature wins tonight. Finishing second and third respectively in qualifying and the Pure Stock feature, were Kyle Gennett and Darren Jackson.
Next week will be Sternweis & Sons night at Marshfield Motor Speedway. Also appearing in the Speedway Bar will be entertainment by ‘Juicy.’ Also next week, we will be having Bike races for the kids and Bike giveaways. Hence, bring the kids out to the track for their opportunity to win a bike race and take home a bike! Appearing at the track next week will be the Culver’s Super Late Models, D&D Amusement Games Super Stocks, 4 Cylinders, Pure Stocks and 2 Man Crusiers.
Marshfield Motor Speedway is located 3 miles West of Marshfield on County Road H. Qualifying begins at 6:00 pm with racing following at 7:30.