Mackesy Doubles Up In CWRA Stars To Legends Tour Opening Race Aa Marshfield Motor Speedway

MARSHFIELD, WI – Mark Mackesy, Wausau, WI., and no stranger to victory lane, grabbed two Feature wins, Saturday afternoon, May 4th, in CWRA Stars to Legends Tour season opening action at Marshfield Motor Speedway, Marshfield, WI. Under gorgeous sunny skies, the veteran driver showed why he is one of the top ranked drivers in the Midwest as he captured both 30 lap main events on the day over a great field of 25 Late Model racing machines.

            The first 30 lap main event found pole position starter, Mike Reichenberger, Appleton, WI., jumping out to an early lead. Joey Pontbriand, Norway, MI., immediately began to challenge Reichenberger and the two battled side by side for a number of laps. Pontbriand finally broke free extending his lead to several car lengths. Pontbriand appeared at that point to have the fastest car on the track, but a black flag was displayed, with Pontbriand mistakenly thinking it was for him. He pulled into the pits where his car stalled, all but ending his chances for the win. Reichenberger once again inherited the lead but soon had pressure from a number of drivers including Mackesy. Battles for the top 6 positions ensued but with the laps winding down, Mackesy took control of the race and took the checkered flag 1st by a couple car lengths. Chad Butz, of Green Bay, WI., started 14th on the grid and steadily moved through the field. His effort came up just a bit short however, and the young driver had to settle for 2nd at the finish. “Rookie of the Year” contender, and behind the wheel of a limited Late Model type race car, Jason Stark, Sparta, WI.,  moved from his 15th, as a result of setting 2nd fastest time, starting position, all the way up to 3rd spot at the Checkered flag. Reichenberger hung on for 4th position at the finish followed by Frank Nitzke, Berlin, WI., and fast qualifier, Harley Jankowski, of Sparta, WI. Jankowski’s finish was notable in that he chose to take the RMS Contracting, “Race to the Front” bonus of $250, open to the program’s fast qualifier on, by starting in last position, 24th in the field. Jankowski passed 18 cars in an impressive run finally winding up 6th. Dan Lindsley, Norway, MI., Darren Jackson, Wis. Rapids, WI., Rookie contender, Mitch Stankowski, Wausau, WI., and 2018 CWRA Tour champion, Jeff Weinfurter, Wis. Rapids, WI., rounding out the top 10.  

            The second 30 lap Feature found Derrick Van Dreel, Kellner, WI., starting from the pole and taking an early lead. Before long however it was Weinfurter moving up from his 5th spot grabbing the lead and appearing to have the car to beat. Weinfurter maintained the top position through numerous caution flag slowing incidents, but Mackesy was the man on the move taking the 2nd spot on lap 22. The two veteran drivers battled nose to tail and side by side like they have so many times before with Mackesy eking out a two car length win at the finish. Lindsley made a late rush to the front placing 2nd, with Harley Jankowski in another nice run placing 3rd. Weinfurter slipped to 4th at the stripe and was followed by Butz, Nitzke, Reichenberger, Stankowski, Van Dreel, and Rob Christen, Holmen, WI., rounding out the top 10 finishers.

            An enthusiastic crowd was on hand for the event, and they are looking forward to the next Central Wisconsin Racing Association Stars to Legends Tour action, Friday night, May 17th, at Golden Sands Speedway, Plover, WI. That race will honor the legendary Central Wisconsin racing star, Marv Marzofka. Marzofka will be on hand for the race and fans can relive racing’s exciting past with the popular driver. A completely restored, by Jay Capek, to original car that Marzofka raced to four track championships in one year, will be a part of the show as well.


30 lap Feature one 1 Mark Mackesy, 2. Chad Butz, Green Bay, WI., 3. Jason Stark, Sparta, WI., 4. Mike Reichenberger, Appleton, WI., 5. Frank Nitzke, Berlin, WI., 6. Harley Jankowski, Sparta, WI., 7. Dan Lindsley, Norway, MI., 8. Darren Jackson, Wis. Rapids, WI., 9. Mitch Stankowski, Wausau, WI., 10. Jeff Weinfurter, Wis. Rapids, WI., 11. Putch Bentley, Iron River, MI., 12. Joey Pontbriand, Norway, MI., 13. Rob Christen, Holmen, WI., 14. Derrick Van Dreel, Kellner, WI.,15. Rachel Kallas, Winneconne, WI.,16. Greg Matthews, Wis. Rapids, WI., 17. Brian Henry, Omro, WI., 18. Alyssa, Larson, Green Bay, WI., 19. Brett Breitenfeldt, Wausau, WI., 20. Monte Gress, Neillsville, WI., 21. Darek Gress, Neillsville, WI., 22. Dillon Mackesy, Wausau, WI., 23. Curt Tillman, Rockford, IL., 24. Rick Shone, Lyndon Station, WI.

30 Lap Feature two 1. Mackesy, 2.Lindsley, 3. Jankowski, 4. D. Weinfurter, 5. Butz, 6. Nitzke, 7. Reichenberger, 8. Stankowski, 9. Bentley,10. Christen, 11. Kallas, 12. Matthews, 13. Breitenfeldt, 14, Bentley, 15. M. Gress, 16. Henry, 17. Stark, 18. Jackson, 19. Pontbriand, 20. Larson, 21. Tillman, 22. D. Mackesy..

AR Bodies      

10% off Product certificate     5th place Feature one             Frank Nitzke

                                                5th place Feature two             Chad Butz

Bentley Trucking                   Fast Qualifier                          Harley Jankowski

Coleman Racing Products

$50 Product certificate “Brake of the Race”  Feature one     Darek Gress Broke, leading

$50 Product certificate “Brake of the Race” Feature two      Jason Stark, Wreck.

Diamond Racing Wheels       1st Feature one                        Mark Mackesy

                                                1st Feature two                       Mark Mackesy

Don’s Truck and Auto           Checkers or                             Mark Mackesy

                                                Wreckers                                 Darren Jackson

Howe Racing Ent.     

$50 Product certificate Hard Charger        Feature one        Harley Jankowski 24th-6th

$50 Product certificate Hard Charger       Feature two         Mark Mackesy 14-1st

QA-1 Prec. Products                              Feature one      Mitch Stankowski, 9th

                                                                 Feature two     Putch Bentley, 9th                                                                                                                                                                                   

Tiry’s Race Engines

$100 off certificate                                    Feature one           Putch Bentley, 11th

$100 off certificate                                   Feature two            Rachel Kallas, 11th    

CWRA Stars to Legends Tour point standings as of 5/4/19

1.   Mark Mackesy                                           100

2.   Chad Butz                                                 86

3.   Harley Jankowski (R)                               82

4.   Dan Lindsley                                             82

5.   Frank Nitzke                                              78                                           

6.   Mike Reichenberger                                  78

7.   Jeff Weinfurter                                           72

8.   Jason Stark (R)                                         67

9.   Mitch Stankowski (R)                                66

10. Derrick Van Dreel                                                58

11. Rob Christen (R)                                       57

12. Darren Jackson                                         56

13. Putch Bentley                                            55

14. Rachel Kallas                                            54

15. Greg Matthews                                          52

16. Joey Pontbriand                                        49

17. Brett Breintenfeldt (R)                              48

18. Brian Henry                                              47

19. Monte Gress                                              45

20. Alyssa Larson (R)                                     42

21. Darek Gress                                              36

22. Dillon Mackesy (R)                                   36

23. Curt Tillman                                              36

24. Rick Shone                                                32