By: Brandon Aschenbrenner
The Budweiser/Fabiano Brothers Limited Late Models had Todd Handrick getting his first ever fast time in Fred Mueller qualifying. Adam Peschek would win the heat race. The feature would start with Evan Call and Jeff Nowak on the front row. An early caution would fly when Peschek spun after chain reaction contact from Brock Heinrich. Heinrich took the blame for the caution and would allow Peschek to get his position back before the spin. That move would allow Peschek, now with slight bumper damage, to make the pass for the lead and he would maintain the ever important inside lane. Lyle Nowak was able to challenge for the lead a few times, but could not move Peschek from the inside and could not hook up on the outside. Peschek would hold strong and go on to win the race with fast timer Handrick making a last lap pass to secure the second position. Lyle Nowak, Heinrich, Jeff Nowak and Call rounded out the six car field. Peschek managed to increase his point lead to thirty-seven now over Heinrich.
The Ropa’s Pizza Pure Stocks found Dillon Mackesy with fast time. Two heat races would end with Travis Volm and Anthony Lashua, getting his first ever win, in victory circle. In the feature, Brian Schramm would lead the early laps. Four laps in would be the first yellow flag when Mackesy stopped in turn one after what ended up being a flat tire. The race went back to green before Mackesy could get the tire changed, so he was out of the event. Volm was able to make the high side work and he completed the pass on Schramm to take the lead. Carson Sillars would go for a spin with thirteen laps left and bring out the second caution. One lap after the restart, contact between Jeff Spatz and Mitch Stankowski would cause another yellow. This restart however would prove to be the last one as Volm was able to pace the field to the checkered flag for the win and maximum points, which he still leads. Schramm and Louie Merriam battled behind for second, with Schramm taking the spot. Brandon Knoblock made a late lane decision pay off and held onto a fourth place finish with Chad Dietsche rounding out the top five.
In the Snap-On Mini-Mods Greg Blount got quick time, for now his third time on the season, turning a 15.892. In the heats, John Lietz and George Seliger won, but Seliger beat Dale Louze by only one tenth of a second. The feature would find John Lietz jump out to an early lead keeping Seliger behind him. Adam Eckes looked to be the fastest car on the track, and as he completed the pass for the lead on lap seven, smoke started to pour out of Eckes’ car and would cause him to head for the pit area. That would allow Lietz to maintain the lead spot and still have to work hard to fend off Seliger and now Blount, who worked his way through the pack to get to second. Blount was giving it all the car had, but it would not be enough as John Lietz would hang on to win his third feature of the year now, including both Memorial races, after waiting five years to win a feature before this year. Blount would hold onto second with Louze racing back to third. Seliger and Scramblin’ Racing driver Dave Auringer, the Minnesota visitor, took home fourth and fifth. Seliger leads Louze in the standings.
The Motors Service and Supply Mini-Stocks had Rayce Haase qualify the fastest, however would experience motor issues and would have gremlins under the hood for the rest of the night. Tom Lecher won his second ever heat race on back to back nights while Garret Strachota went on to win heat two. In the feature, some wild and crazy racing brought out some early yellow flags. On the first lap Adam Faull, a Michigan driver visiting the speedway, got crossed up in turns one and two and made heavy contact with Kevin Tessmer. This would end the night of Tessmer. A few second later, Karley Kemnetz spun in turn four and Brett Breitenfeldt had to take evasive action and got through on the grassy infield. Once the green flag racing resumed, Strachota would be the one who would capitalize on track position and built up a large lead. With eight laps remaining in the twenty-five lap race, Kyle Check’s car did the same thing as in the heat where the car lost power, which brought out another caution. Check’s car was able to fire back up after a bit, and racing resumed until three laps later, Check’s car quit again. This time he would retire from the event. Strachota did not let the cautions laps hurt him however and he was able to cruise to victory lane and increase his point lead for the season. Robb Wruck, Breitenfeldt, Amanda Rowe and Faull would finish in the top five.
The next race at State Park Speedway will be the TUNDRA Super Late Models, TUNDRA Sportsman and Midwest Truck Series invades the track on Saturday, August 5. Qualifying at five with racing at six. Check out www.stateparkspeedway.com or the State Park Speedway Facebook page for more information. Also www.tundrasuperlates.com and the TUNDRA Super Late Models Facebook page will have all of their series information about this event.
The annual Larry Detjens Memorial racing weekend kicked off on Friday night. The Big 8 Late Models were in town along with our local classes of the Bandoleros, Mini Stocks and Mini Mods.
In the Snap-On Mini-Mods Greg Blount was able to take fast time for the second race event in a row. George Seliger and Jimmer Lietz each pocketed heat victories. In the feature, John Lietz and Seliger battled back forth for the lead with Lietz able to hold on. Dave Auringer spun to bring out a caution six laps in. After the restart Blount took the lead and never looked back enroute to his first victory of the season. Dale Louze, Jimmer Lietz, Seliger and John Lietz took top five finishes.
The Motors Service and Supply Mini-Stocks found Robb Wruck once again with fast time. Tom Lecher won heat one for his first ever race win, while Rayce Haase picked up the win in heat two, his first on the season. In the feature, Lecher and Haase started on the front row. Haase took to a large lead and looked to have everything in control until contact occurred between Haase and Brad Gajewski who was about to go a lap down. The Gajewski car spun and collected Robb Wruck’s car causing an end to both of their nights. Haase maintained the lead after the restart and Garret Strachota caught up to him, but could not complete the pass. Haase took the win with Strachota second. Kevin Tessmer took third with Brett Breitenfeldt and Kyle Check rounding out the top five.
In the D&D Automotive Bandoleros Alex Hartwig took quick time. Jevin Guralski and Kole Guralski took the wins in the heats. In the feature race, Karter Stark was able to jump out to a large early lead. Hartwig was able to work his way through the field and made the high side pay off again as he took the lead half way through the twelve lap race. Hartwig was able to hold on for the win with Hannah Wolfe taking a second place finish. Stark took third, while Kole and Jevin Guralski took fourth and fifth respectfully.