MARSHFIELD, WI – The CWRA Stars to Legends Tour as presented by Smiley’s Old Time Diner concluded its eight race season here September 29th, 2018 at Marshfield Motor Speedway, Marshfield, WI., with Chad Butz, Green Bay, WI., and Jeff Weinfurter, Wis. Rapids, WI., taking home 30 lap Feature victories. With his performance today, Weinfurter becomes the 2018, CWRA Tour champion, by 56 points over Darek Gress, Neillsville, WI., and 64 over Darren Jackson, Nekoosa, WI.
Drawing for starting positions, Weinfurter started on the pole of the first 30 lap main, but within a few laps had a right front spindle break forcing him to the sidelines, and putting his Championship hopes in jeopardy. When action resumed, it was newcomer to the Tour Neil Knoblock, Wausau, WI., taking the lead and holding it for several laps. Another 1st timer this year with CWRA, Butz, then motored in front building up a commanding lead. A couple cautions slowed action but Butz was never threatened taking the Checkered flag a 1/2 straight away over Knoblock, with Darek Gress, Neilsville, WI., 3rd. Rounding out the top finishers in the race behind Butz, Knoblock and Gress, were Dan Lindsley, Iron Mountain, MI., Putch Bentley, Iron River, MI., and Corey Manders, of Hilbert, WI.
The 2nd 30 lap Feature with an 18 car inverted start, found Dave Neitzke, Eureka, WI on the pole, however it was Jason Stark, Sparta, WI., grabbing the front spot at the green flag. Derrick Van Dreel, Wis. Rapids, WI., looking for his first Tour win of 2018, quickly moved into 2nd position. With a lap in the books, Weinfurter became the 2018 CWRA Champion, with not enough points available for the rest of the field to catch him. His day wasn’t finished however, as starting 20th on the grid, he was a man on a mission moving into the 7th spot by lap 8. Meanwhile, Stark was maintaining his lead with Van Dreel trying his hardest to wrestle it way. Monte Gress, Neillsville, WI., Frank Nitzke, Berlin, WI., and soon to be crowned CWRA Stars to Legends Tour, “Rookie of the Year”, Jesse Bernhagen, Stevens Point, WI., were battling for position behind. By the 12th lap Weinfurter had moved into the top 5 and was closing the gap on the leaders. With 7 laps to go it was still Stark and Van Dreel battling for 1st with Weinfurter on their bumpers waiting for a miscue. It came with 4 laps to go, as Weinfurter with a 3 wide pass, took the lead he would hold the rest of the way. Lindsley had now motored up to second, but with just a couple laps left had to settle for that spot at the finish. In a mad rush, Butz grabbed the 3rd position with Stark, Van Dreel, and Knoblock rounding out the top 6.
A record car count for the Tour in 2018, 24 cars participated in the days program which had been pushed ahead to Saturday from it’s originally scheduled date of Friday, September, 28th, due to cold weather.
Next up for CWRA will be its end of year awards banquet with dates soon to be announced. The process has already begun putting together the 2019 CWRA Stars to Legends Tour schedule with those dates to be announced after the 1st of the year.