WAUSAU, WI - Mark Mackesy, Wausau, WI., not only picked up his first Feature win of the 2017 racing season, but roared to a main event sweep, capturing both 25 lap events in the CWRA "Stars to Legends Tour" event at State Park Speedway here Thursday night. The race program was the third for CWRA in 2017.
For Mackesy it was his first start on the CWRA Tour this year and he made the most of it by taking the lead in main event number one at the halfway point and holding off a determined Frank Nitzke, Berlin, WI., at the end of 25 laps. Following the two at the finish were Jake Capek, Nekoosa, WI., early race leader, Rachel Kallas, Winneconne, WI., Derrick Van Dreel, Stevens Point, WI., and Wayne Breitenfeldt, Wausau, WI.
The second 25 lap main found Mackesy starting from the 7th spot in the lineup but that proved barely a deterrent, as the local racing favorite wasted no time again moving into the first position near the half-way point of the event. The task became a bit tougher in race number two than one for Mackesy however, as Jeff Weinfurter, Wis. Rapids, WI., who suffered mechanical problems in the first Feature came flying through the field from the back of the pack to challenge. Drawing up to Mackesy's rear bumper was as close as Weinfurter could get however, as the laps ran out with Mackesy getting his 2nd main event win of the night holding off Weinfurter. A spirited battle took place throughout the race between four drivers for the next positions, with Van Dreel eventually securing the 3rd spot with Capek, Nitzke and Kallas following at the finish.
With his two main event wins, Mackesy was declared the overall winner of the event followed by Capek, Nitzke, Van Dreel, and Kallas. Nitzke's solid performance has put him on top the point standings heading into the next CWRA "Stars to Legends Tour" event Friday, June 23rd, at the Golden Sands Speedway, Plover, WI. That event will be the Albert Getzloff Memorial race, held in honor of Getzloff, who provided drivers with race tire service for many years on the Central Wisconsin Racing Association circuit.. A full program is scheduled for the night with racing set to start at 7:45pm. For more information on CWRA go to the CWRA Facebook page or to starmakermultimedia.com under the news section.
25 lap Feature race one. 1. Mark Mackesy, Wausau WI., 2. Frank Nitzke Berlin, WI. 3. Jake Capek, Nekoosa, WI., 4. Rachel Kallas, Winneconne, WI., 5.Derrick Van Dreel, Stevens Point, WI., 6. Wayne Breitenfeldt, Wausau, WI., 7.Darek Gress, Neillsville, WI., 8. Monty Gress, Neillsville, WI., 9. Mike Sievers, Wis. Rapids, WI., 10.Jeff Weinfurter, Wis. Rapids, WI.
25 lap Feature race two. 1. Mackesy, 2. Weinfurter, 3. Van Dreel, 4. Capek, 5. Nitzke, 6. Kallas, 7. D. Gress, 8. Breitenfeldt, 9. M. Gress, 10. Sievers.
Overall event standings. 1. Mackesy, 2. Capek, 3. Nitzke, 4. Van Dreel, 5. Kallas.
Qualifying 1. Weinfurter.
CWRA Stars To Legends Tour point standings as of 6/8/17.
7. Skylar Holzhausen144 9. Wayne Breitenfeldt.101