By: Brandon Aschenbrenner
The Budweiser/Fabiano Brothers Limited Late Models found Adam Peschek as the fast timer. The heat race provided some wonderful side by side racing for the win between Evan Call and Dave Cabelka. Call would sneak out the win by only three one-hundredths of a second. In the feature, it would start the same way as the heat. Cabelka though was able to take the top spot bringing rookie Brock Heinrich with him. As Heinrich made the move for the lead, yellow flew when Peschek spun in turn three after making contact with Call. After the restart, Heinrich was able to secure the top spot. With five laps remaining Todd Handrick and Call made contact in turn 2. Call retaliated under yellow and was disqualified for his actions. The restart would see Heinrich and Lyle Nowak side by side. Nowak got to the inside of Heinrich, but he was able to keep the door closed and maintain the lead. That allowed Peschek to make his way to second and look for the lead, but Heinrich was able to hang on and pick up his first feature win in a late model. Peschek, Nowak, Cabelka and Handrick rounded out the rest of the top five.
The Ropa’s Pizza Pure Stocks had a real good showing of cars once again and Travis Volm would qualify the quickest. Two very exciting heats would see Jeff Spatz hold off Anthony Lashua by inches in heat 1 and Louie Merriam fend off Mitch Stankowski in heat 2. The feature would start with Brandon Knoblock and Merriam on the front row. The outside lane that Merriam was in got the jump and he brought Stankowski to the front with him. Some great racing took place all the way through the pack, but up front Stankowski could not find a lane to get around Merriam. As Volm was catching both of them, Stankowski turned up the heat and some contact hurt his chances at the win. Volm was able to find some momentum on the top side and was able to capture the win, even with Knoblock spinning out of turn four as the field took the white flag. Merriam would hang on to second, Stankowski third, Dillon Mackesy fourth and Brian Schramm 5th.
In the Snap-On Mini-Mods, Jimmer Lietz picked up his second fast time putting down a lap of 15.946. The heat race would belong to John Lietz as he was able to secure the lead early and fend off Dale Louze. In their feature race, John Lietz and Greg Blount, last year’s Mini-Stock champion, brought the field to the green flag. Lietz again would take the top spot early and Louze ended up challenging him once again the entire race. It would be John Lietz though holding on for the win with Louze taking second. Snappy Joe Kuehn worked his way through the field, but was not able to get further than third before the checkered flag flew. Blount and Jimmer Lietz would round out the top five.
The Motors Service and Supply Mini-Stocks Kevin Tessmer topped the speed chart for the second time. One heat found Garret Strachota making the high line pay off with a win. In the feature, it was pretty much the same story as Strachota made it two for two in 2017 winning the feature and parking it in Brickner Family Auto Group victory lane. Brett Breitenfeldt made some adjustments after the heat and finished a strong second place, Tessmer would take third, new driver Kyle Check took fourth and Kendra Bauman fifth.
In the D&D Automotive Bandolero division Hannah Wolfe would wind up with quick time for her second time this season. Kolton Guralski held off Wolfe for the heat win. The heat race got real exciting for Anna Malouf though with two laps remaining when the right rear tire flew off of her car due to a broken spindle. She would spin, but not make contact with anything and would get the car ready for the feature. In the feature event, Jevin Guralski lead the first two laps until he would experience a very similar situation to Anna and lost the left front tire, due to a broken spindle. Alex Hartwig was unable to avoid the spun Jevin Guralski car and made contact causing unfixable damage to both cars, but both drivers were unhurt. The restart would see Kolton Guralski fend off Wolfe and go on to pick up his first feature of the season. Wolfe held onto second, Malouf third, Emma Hunstiger fourth and Keagen Benz fifth.
The next race at State Park Speedway is Thursday, June 1st. It will be the Wisconsin Challenge Series Super Late Models running the Werner Electric 75 and all of our great regular divisions will be in action. Gates open at 4:30, Qualifying at 6:00 and Racing at 7:00. Check out www.stateparkspeedway.com or the State Park Speedway Facebook page for more information.