Handrick, Mackesy, Wruck, Lietz & Guralski Earn Trophies
By: Brandon Aschenbrenner
The Budweiser/Fabiano Brothers Limited Late Models had Adam Peschek getting fast time in Fred Mueller qualifying. Todd Handrick would win the heat race. The feature would start with Handrick and Jeff Nowak, last race’s winner, in the top spots. Handrick occupied the bottom lane while Nowak tried to work the top side. Lots of back and forth racing between the two would shuffle out with Todd Handrick coming out victorious. Jeff Nowak would hold off Adam Peschek for second. Brock Heinrich and Lyle Nowak finished out the top five. Peschek has the point lead still by twenty-four over Heinrich.
The Ropa’s Pizza Pure Stocks would feature Dillon Mackesy during opening ceremonies. Two heat races would end with Brian Schramm, after a last lap move, and Jeff Spatz, holding off the field, in victory lane. In the feature, cautions would be frequent, but some great side by side racing occurred throughout the field. Jeff Spatz would be on the bad end of a few cautions, first on lap seven when his car spun in turn four and then again a lap later with a flat tire. After that, another caution would fly when Warren Bartelt and Alex Volm made contact. With all the cautions and restarts, Mackesy and Travis Volm were able to make their way to the front. Yet another caution however would keep things slow and bunched up when a chain reaction spin involving Louie Merriam and Chad Dietsche would send those cars to the back and effectively ending Merriam’s night. The final nine laps were raced without incident and would see Mackesy fighting off Volm to pick up his first feature on the year. Mitch Stankowski, Schramm and Nick Grish would pocket top fives. Travis Volm still holds a large fifty-three point lead.
In the Snap-On Mini-Mods Greg Blount got quick time, his first of the year. In the heat, Jimmer Lietz would win over his dad John in a photo finish. The feature would find the Lietz family up front again, but this time John was able to get away. John Lietz would continue on without too much resistance and he would cruise to his second win of 2017. Dale Louze, Jimmer Lietz, George Seliger and Blount would round out the field of five. Points are still being led by Seliger over Louze by twenty.
The Motors Service and Supply Mini-Stocks had Robb Wruck turn the quickest lap in qualifying. Kevin Tessmer got the job done in the heat race. In the feature though, it would again be Wruck taking the lead five laps in and never letting go picking up the checkered flag. Tessmer would bring it home second with Garret Strachota third, Brett Breitenfeldt fourth and Kyle Check fifth. In the standings, Strachota leads by twenty-four over Tessmer.
In the D&D Automotive Bandoleros Kole Guralski took fast time. Anna Malouf and Hannah Wolfe won the heat races. The feature would see Kole and Jevin Guralski battle early and Alex Hartwig would make some attempts at the lead on the high side. Caution would fly when Jessica Ziemiecki spun in turn four and collected Wolfe. Both cars were damaged but were able to continue. Kole Guralski was able to fend off Hartwig in the closing laps and made it to Brickner Family Auto Group victory lane. Kole has a thirteen point lead over Wolfe.
The next race at State Park Speedway is the Larry Detjens Memorial Weekend. On Friday July 28 we will have the Miller Light Big 8 Late Model Series feature along with Bandos, Mini Stocks and Mods. On Satuday July 29, we will have the Merrill Iron & Steel Super Late Model feature along with Mini Stocks and Mods, Pure Stocks and Limited Late Models. Friday Schedule is qualifying at six with racing at seven and Saturday is qualifying at five with racing at six. Check out www.stateparkspeedway.com or the State Park Speedway Facebook page for more information.
Miller Lite Big 8 Race
3:30pm - Pit Gate Opens
4:30pm - Fan Gates Open
6:00pm - Fred Mueller Qualifying
7:00pm - Racing Begins
Mini Stock-Mini Mod-Pure Stock-LLM
Merrill Steel Detjens Memorial 100
1:00pm - Pit Gate Opens
3:30pm - Fan Gates Open
5:00pm - Fred Mueller Qualifying
6:00pm - Racing Begins
*Full Schedule Available on Home Page
Adults (13 and up) - $15
Kids (6-12) - $8
5 and under - FREE
DETJENS MEMORIAL WEEKEND
FRIDAY, JULY 28 &
SATURDAY, JULY 29TH
PLUS SUPPORT DIVISIONS
RAIN DATE: SUNDAY, JULY 30TH