Wimmer Wins Merrill Steel Detjens Memorial
Chris Wimmer made his return to racing in dominant fashion Saturday as he cruised to victory of the Merrill Steel Detjens Memorial 100 at State Park Speedway. This was the Wausau driver’s first race in nearly three years and his second career Detjens Memorial win.
“I didn’t expect to be able to come back and win right away, but it’s a great feeling,” said Wimmer. “This race has always been very special to me and one I’ve tried to race as many years as I can, so to win it again feels awesome.”
Wimmer set fast time earlier in the day and started the 100-lap feature from the eighth position. The race was broken down into three segments with a competition caution flying on laps 25 and 50. Jeremy Lepak and Wyatt Brooks battled for the lead at the drop of the green flag. The two battled back and forth with Brooks eventually grabbing the lead and holding onto it until the first caution.
On the restart, Derek Kraus, who worked his way into second position, began to challenge for the lead. The young driver took the lead two laps later and held on until the second competition caution at lap 50. By this time Wimmer worked his way into the second position and had started to close on Kraus for the lead.
When the green flag flew again the battle was on for the top spot. Wimmer made contact with Kraus, but made the pass for the lead. Kraus returned the favor, getting into Wimmer, but was unable to get around Wimmer’s No. 52 machine. Casey Johnson moved around Kraus into second and John Beale also charged past Kraus and into third.
Wimmer opened up a large gap on the field and as the final 50 laps went caution free, no one was able to challenge for the lead. Wimmer took the checkered flag as Johnson and Beale finished second and third.
“The car was really, really good,” said Wimmer. “Working at Fury and obviously seeing the success the cars have had, I knew it would be good, but you never know how things will play out. The car turned really good and now I just can’t wait to race it again.”
1:00pm - Pit Gate Opens
3:30pm - Fan Gates Open
5:00pm - Fred Mueller Qualifying
6:00pm - Racing Begins
Adults (13 and up) - $15
Kids (6-12) - $8
5 and under - FREE
SATURDAY, AUGUST 5TH
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