Luke Fenhaus flexed his muscles Thursday night at State Park Speedway (WI) in the first race of the year for the Wisconsin Challenge Series (WCS). The 15-year-old driver took the lead early and never looked back, seemingly coasting to his first career Super Late Model win.
“It feels amazing,” Fenhaus told Speed51.com. “We haven’t had the car some nights, but we finally got it done. I can’t thank Tommy enough and everyone who works on this car, there are great competitors here, Jeremy Lepak, Mike Litchfield, (Justin) Mondeik, Travis (Sauter), all these guys, they’re pretty good.”
Fenhaus qualified eighth and after the results from the heat race began the 75-lap WCS race from the fourth position. Wyatt Brooks took the early lead, but in just 14 laps Fenhaus worked his way from fourth to the lead. With a caution-free 75 laps, the Wausau, WI driver opened up a gap on the field and never looked back, taking the checkered flag.
“The biggest thing was just being smooth all night,” Fenhaus stated. “Getting out front and then being smooth with my laps. I kept thinking I hope there’s not a caution, and there wasn’t, so it was just important to run my line and be smooth.”
The only real threat for Fenhaus seemed to be Ryan Farrell. Farrell, who started fifth, made his way into the second position by lap 19, but was never able to pull within fewer than five car lengths of Fenhaus to challenge for the lead.
“It was darn near perfect for 15 laps and started to fight forward bite maybe 30 laps in and gain a little bit, then loose a little bit,” Farrell explained. “I was just like, ‘Come on man. I’m running perfect laps; you need to make a mistake.’ I don’t think he ever did, so good job to him. I just needed to get that next car length to get to him and maybe make him change his line, but he just ran 75 laps that well.”
The second race of the Wisconsin Challenge Series will take place Wednesday, July 4 at Golden Sands Speedway (WI). Drivers will essentially pick up where they left off after weather shortened their June 15 bid.
Next on the docket for State Park Speedway is a visit from the TUNDRA Series on Saturday, July 7.
Wisconsin Challenge Series Super Late Models
Fast Qualifier: Mike Lichtfeld, 13.775 sec.
Qualifying Race: Colin Reffner, Wisconsin Rapids; Gabe Sommers, Plover; Neil Knoblock, Wausau; Mike Egan, Slinger; Reagan May, DePere
Dash: Mark Eswein, Wisconsin Rapids; Wyatt Brooks, Stevens Point; Jordan Thiel, Appleton; Luke Fenhaus, Wausau; Jeremy Lepak, Ringle
75-Lap Feature: Fenhaus; Ryan Farrell, East Troy; Justin Mondeik, Gleason; Travis Sauter, Prairie du Sac; Brooks; M.G. Gajewski, Wausau; Lepak; Thiel; Lichtfeld; Eswein