PLOVER, WI – Jeff Weinfurter, Wis. Rapids, WI., left no doubt who was the man to beat here Friday night, as he won both 30 lap Features in the CWRA Stars To Legends Tour event here at Golden Sands Speedway. With the wins, Weinfurter emerged from the night with the Tour point lead with just two points races remaining.
The first 30 lap main, consisting of a new Tour high 20 cars, started with Brian Henry, Omro, WI., and Jesse Pokszyk, Friendship, WI., on the front row. Pokszyk moved to the front and led while drivers worked their way to the front from the 12 car inverted start. One of those was Weinfurter, who after starting 11th on the field was already up to 5th spot by the 8th lap. Pokszyk continued to lead with Monte Gress, Neillsville, WI and Henry battling for 2nd. Shortly after the two decided their battle, Weinfurter was right behind, taking over the 2nd position with 15 laps remaining. Weinfurter quickly closed on racing teammate Pokszyk and took the top spot with an inside pass on lap 20. While Weinfurter built a cushion, positions behind him were hotly contested and contact between Darek Gress, Neillsville, WI., and Henry resulted in a yellow flag waving period which juggled the field for the restart. No one could match the Weinfurter speed when the green flag waved with 5 laps remaining however, and he cruised to the win. Pokszyk held on to 2nd at the finish, and was followed by M. Gress, Darren Jackson, Wis. Rapids, WI., who had moved all the way up from 12th starting position, Dave Neitzke, Eureka, WI., in his best run of the season, and Derek Doerr, Watertown, WI., who placed a solid 6th.
The second 30 lap Feature event began with an 11 car inverted start with Putch Bentley, Iron River, MI., and Mike Sievers, Wis. Rapids, WI., on the front row. Bentley took command building a slight advantage over the field when the caution waved for a Jesse Pokszyk spin. A couple more caution flags waved for minor spins and when things finally got sorted out Bentley again took the lead. Bentley’s good run would be short lived however as he spun relegating the Upper Michigan driver to the rear of the field for the restart. With green flag action resuming once again, it was Jeff Weinfurter on the move from his 11th starting spot, grabbing the first position with an inside pass of M. Gress who had led the previous three laps. With 13 laps remaining, the rest of the field could only hope for a mechanical problem on Weinfurter’s car as he led the rest of the way. Darren Jackson up from 8th position at the start, made it closer at the finish, but had to settle for 2nd at the stripe. Following Weinfurter and Jackson at the end of 30 laps were Dave Neitzke, with another fine run, Rachel Kallas, Winneconne, WI., M. Gress and Derek Van Dreel, Wis. Rapids, WI.
The wins for Weinfurter were number three and four on the year and he will be the new Stars to Legends Tour point leader with a 48 point margin over Jackson heading into the next event, the Dick Trickle Classic, at Tomah-Sparta Speedway, Tomah, WI., Sunday afternoon, September 16th.