Weinfurter, Gress battle to CWRA wins at Marshfield Motor Speedway

JULY 6TH, 2018

MARSHFIELD, WI – It was tight, action packed CWRA Stars to Legends Tour as presented by Smiley’s Old Time Diner, racing at Marshfield Motor Speedway here Friday night, with Jeff Weinfurter, Wis. Rapids, WI., and Darek Gress, Neillsville, WI., each taking extremely close wins in the two 30 lap main events held on the evening. The night’s racing was dedicated to long time Wisconsin Fans for Auto Racing member, Sue Bednarski.

Mike Sievers, Wis. Rapids, WI., had the lucky drawing of the night and started on the pole of the first 30 lap Feature. He took an early lead but within a lap it was Derrick Van Dreel, Wis. Rapids, WI., grabbing the lead. His lead was short lived as well as Jeff Weinfurter moved in front. Darren Jackson, Wis. Rapids, WI., moved into 2nd spot with Mark Mackesy, Wausau, WI., who has been on a hot streak of late, settling into the 3rd spot. Positions were rapidly changing throughout the 17 car field when the caution waved for a Jack Greenwood, Phillips, WI., spin. With the race realigned for the restart, it was once again Weinfurter taking the lead. Jackson and Mackesy were putting the pressure on however, looking for their chance to supplant Weinfurter from the top spot. Darek Gress was on the move and with 15 laps to go moved all the way from 4th from his 15th starting position on the grid. The order remained the same as Weinfurter was looking to hang on to the top spot with 8 laps remaining. Weinfurter stretched his lead as Jackson and Mackesy battled side by side for 2nd spot. Mackesy eventually grabbed the position and immediately got up alongside Weinfurter looking for the lead.  The two battled that way for the remainder of the race with Weinfurter taking the checkered flag a car length ahead of Mackesy who was ahead of Jackson by the same margin. Gress kept the 4th spot at the stripe and was followed by Frank Nitzke, Berlin, WI., and Jesse Bernhagen, Stevens Point, WI., in 6th.

The 2nd 30 lap main event once again found Sievers on the pole via the inverted line up from Feature one and he immediately motored out front. A lap was all he would pace the field for however, as Van Dreel, took over the 1st position the next round. Rachal Kallas, Winneconne, WI.,  from her 5th starting position on the grid, moved into 2nd position in hot pursuit of Van Dreel. In the blink of an eye, Rookie contender, Bernhagen, moved into 3rd and was fast closing on the leaders. Second spot was his at Kallas’s expense two laps later and Van Dreel became his next victim within a lap. Bernhagen looked strong, pacing the field, but no less than a 5 car train were hot on his heels. Gress and Weinfurter were two of those pursuers, and they dispatched of Bernhagen with 12 laps left in the race. Lapped traffic came into play and as a result Weinfurter was able to sneak in front of Gress and take the lead. With 10 laps to go it was Weinfurter and Gress battling side by side and nose to tail with fast closing Mackesy right behind. A caution for a multi car spin slowed the action with 9 laps to go but once again Weinfurter took the point on the restart. Gress wasn’t finished however and taking the extreme outside groove moved alongside Weinfurter. Mackesy made it a 3 car battle nearly splitting the two leaders making a move in the middle of the wide track. With one lap to go Gress made a last gasp attempt at an out side move making it work going down the front stretch, heading toward the checkered flag, beating Weinfurter at the line by a mere inches. Weinfurter had to settle for second with Mackesy 3rd in one of the closest finishes ever witnessed in CWRA Stars to Legends Tour competition. Following the leading trio was Jackson, Bernhagen and Kallas, the top 6.

The wins for Weinfurter and Gress ended Mackesy’s consecutive wins streak at three, but Mackesy hopes to get back in victory lane at the next Tour event, the Marlin Walbeck Classic, at Dells Raceway Park, Wis. Dells, WI., Saturday, July 21st. Weinfurter and Gress are hoping they can start streaks of their own as they have proven to be more than up to task having taken two main event wins each respectively.

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SUMMARY

 

30 lap Feature one 1. Jeff Weinfurter, Wis. Rapids, WI., 2. Mark Mackesy, Wausau, WI., 3. Darren Jackson, Wis. Rapids, WI., 4. Darek Gress, Neillsville, WI., 5. Frank Nitzke, Berlin, WI., 6. Jesse Bernhagen, Stevens Point, WI., 7. Brian Henry, Omro, WI., 8. Monte Gress, Neillsville, WI., 9. Rachal Kallas, Winneconne, WI., 10. Dakota Blakeslee, Wis. Rapids, WI., 11. Derrick Van Dreel, Wis. Rapids, WI., 12. Mark Schultz, Oshkosh, WI., 13. Mike Sievers, Wis. Rapids, WI., 14. Greg Matthews, Wis. Rapids, WI., 15. Dave Neitzke, Eureka, WI., 16. Eric Wilhite, Athens, WI., 17. Jack Greenwood, Phillips, WI.

 

30 lap Feature two 1. D. Gress, 2. Weinfurter, 3. Mackesy, 4. Jackson,  5. Bernhagen, 6. Kallas, 7. Henry, 8. Blakeslee, 9. Nitzke, 10. M. Gress, 11. Sievers, 12. Van Dreel, 13. Schultz, 14. Matthews, 15. Neitzke, 16. Wilhite, 17. Greenwood.

 

AR BODIES 

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

                                                5th place Feature two             Jesse Bernhagen

 

Coleman Racing Products

$50 Product certificate “Brake of the Race”  Feature one      Mike Sievers bad break

$50 Product certificate “Brake of the Race” Feature two       Dakota Blakeslee accident

 

Howe Racing Ent.     

$50 Product certificate Hard Charger        Feature one         Darek Gress 15th-4th

$50 Product certificate Hard Charger       Feature two          Jeff Weinfurter 13th-2nd

 

Tiry’s Race Engines

$100 off certificate                                     Feature one           Derrick Van Dreel 10th

$100 off certificate                                    Feature two            Monte Gress 10th

 

Article By: DALE P. DANIELSKI

608-783-5827

dale@starmakermultimedia.com

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