TUNDRA ROUND SIX WRAP UP NOTES

Posted on Aug 7, 2014

TUNDRA ROUND SIX WRAP UP NOTES

MARSHFIELD, Wis. (August 7, 2014) – Dalton Zehr continued to pad his stats in the TUNDRA history book by picking up his eighth career win in Round Six Powered by Wisconsin Potatoes last Saturday at Marshfield Motor Speedway.

 

Zehr Builds Point Lead, But Doesn’t

Although Dalton Zehr’s lead on second place did grow, one driver was able to hold serve with the current TUNDRA leader. By virtue of his fast time and second-place finish defending TUNDRA Champion Nick Panitzke also gained 122 markers in the event.  He remains 41 points behind Zehr, now third in the standings.

 

Up and Down Day Holds Majeski in Second

The day started decently for Ty Majeski, looked like it had found disaster, but then ended on a solid note.  Ty Majeski was working his way toward the top five when a tangle early in the race sent him spinning.  Patiently, Majeski picked his way back to fourth.  Although he lost some ground on Zehr, Majeski still sits second in standings, now 35 points back.

 

Tough One for Gregorich

At the track that was good luck for Gregorich last season, the bad luck bug took a hard bite in 2014.  Gregorich had his tire cut down after a restart which sent him spinning into turns one and two.  His car took a violent hit to the outside wall, ending his day and possibly sidelining him for longer.  Thankfully, Gregorich was able to walk away from the wreck.  He fell to fifth in TUNDRA standings, 70 points back of Zehr.

 

Kendall Hangs In

Many of the tracks TUNDRA has visited in 2014 have been new to Bobby Kendall.  He was able to hang in at Marshfield, although he experienced some problems and slipped out of the top ten late.  Kendall is still in the hunt, 64 points back.  With his home track, Dells Raceway Park, next up, Kendall will have a chance to make up some ground on the top three.

 

May Keeps Up the History

Reagan May continues to rewrite the history books as well.  At Marshfield May became the first rookie and female to: record two podium finishes in a season, record three top fives in a season, lead a lap at more than one track in a season, and lead the most laps among rookie/female drivers. Her third-place finish catapulted her to sixth in TUNDRA standings.  She sits 17 points out of fifth.  May’s lead in the Dean’s Satellite Rookie of the Year battle is 23 points over Mike Lichtfeld, 34 over Tommy Gee and 73 over Wyatt Blashe.

 

Jankowski, the Passing Machine

For the second straight race Corey Jankowski maxed out in passing points.  Drivers can only receive as many passing points as those that are possible to be gained by the fast qualifier.  With Nick Panitzke starting tenth, the most passing points a driver could gain were nine.  Jankowski just kept passing for fun.  He moved from 28th to fifth at Marshfield – the most positions gained by any driver this season.  At LaCrosse Jankowski moved from 22nd to 10th.  Although he didn’t max out passing points at Norway, he still moved from 18th to 11th.  His passing prowess has jumped him to a tie for seventh in standings with Frank Nitzke, 99 points back of Zehr.

 

Weinfurter Records Best TUNDRA Finish

As a TUNDRA Traveler last season, it seemed nothing but bad luck seemed to find Jeff Weinfurter.  In limited starts this season, Weinfurter was still looking for something to hang his hat on with the TUNDRA series.  Weinfurter scrapped for the fifth position for most of the race and was able to hang in the top ten.  His sixth-place finish has been his best so far.

 

Other Part Timers in the Top Ten

Making his return to the place where he won the 2014 track title, Jim Sauter Jr. was able to crack the top ten with an eighth-place finish.  Finishing behind him was Travis Volm.  Volm does not have much experience on tracks bigger than a third-mile, but was able to hold his own and grab his first TUNDRA top ten.

 

Gopher Pride

Three Minnesota drivers entered Round Six, and all three had something to show for it.  Nick Panitzke was the first to get on the board for Minnesota by setting fast time.   When racing action began Billy Mohn grabbed the checkered flag in the dash.  The next event was the first heat race, which was won by Adam Royle.

 

In the Battle of the States…

Dalton Zehr is holding Florida in the TUNDRA battle of the states.  In 22 events the state of Wisconsin has been victorious 12 times, and Zehr (for Florida) 8 times.  Panitzke gave one win to the state of Minnesota last year and Michael Bilderback gave on to Illinois this season.

 

Largest Feature Field

TUNDRA started the most cars in a feature field with 29 competitors taking the green flag in Round Six.  The field would have been larger except Michael Bilderback scratched before the feature, and Jordan Thiel scratched prior to qualifying.

 

Up Next…

TUNDRA returns to its birthplace, Dells Raceway Park, on Saturday, August 23 for Round Seven Powered by Wisconsin Potatoes.  An action-packed night also includes the Dells Raceway Park weekly Late Models.  Qualifying is tentatively scheduled for 5:15 with racing scheduled for 7.  More information will be available through DRP and TUNDRA soon.

 

Dells Raceway Park is located at N1070 Smith Road just off highway 12/16 outside of Wisconsin Dells, Wis.  For more information visit www.dellsracewaypark.com

ZEHR SCORES THIRD TUNDRA WIN OF 2014 AT MARSHFIELD

 

MARSHFIELD, Wis. (August 2, 2014) - As it has many times in the past, patience and persistence paid off for Dalton Zehr on Saturday at Marshfield Motor Speedway. Zehr waited through several cautions and restarts to strike at the perfect time in TUNDRA Super Late Model Series Round Six Powered by Wisconsin Potatoes.

 

Zehr overtook Round Five winner Reagan May on a restart with 21 laps remaining and defended a late charge from Nick Panitzke to hold on for his eighth career TUNDRA win. The win helped Zehr stretch his point lead to 35 markers with just two races remaining.

 

It was at this point last season that Zehr lost ground in the Championship battle to eventual titlist Nick Panitzke and Eugene Gregorich Jr. This year, it was a relief for Zehr to be able to exit Marshfield with his head held high.

 

"It's not like we built a huge gap here today, but we came in with a pretty comfortable gap," he said. "We can't have any wrecks or slip up and we should have a shot at the Championship. We've come so close so many times."

 

Calm, cool and collected, it was the type of feature that Zehr had seen before. The race saw several cautions, a lengthy clean up and plenty of chances for Zehr to pick his way through the field. Marshfield Motor Speedway looked eerily similar to past TUNDRA races at Dells Raceway Park where Zehr took four wins between 2011 and 2012.

 

The event began just as it did one season ago, with Cardell Potter pacing the initial circuits. Just as he was about to be challenged by Frank Nitzke, the caution fell for a spin by Zach Preiss. Nitzke declined the outside line on the lap-four restart, leaving the high side for May.

 

May was more than happy to remind the rest of the field of her success in the high line at LaCrosse when the green fell. She rocketed away from Potter to the lead, and left the outside open for Gregorich to challenge Nitzke for second.

 

Gregorich's charge on the outside line began to fade, leaving room for Brent Strelka to challenge Potter for the runner up spot. As Strelka sized up Potter, Zehr had crept into a top-five spot from his ninth-place starting position. Strelka stole second from Potter on lap 11, and Zehr moved to third one lap later.

 

Before Strelka and Zehr were able to attempt to reel in May a caution fell on lap 17 when Majeski and Jim Sauter Jr. tangled. Zehr had moved past Strelka by this time and took the inside line on to following restart with May again electing to stay up high.

 

Once again May proved to be too strong on the outside. Nitzke immediately challenged Zehr for second, but was unable to move past him. Not too far behind that battle Panitzke, who had set fast time earlier in the evening, had moved to fifth at the halfway point of the feature. He grabbed two more spots in the next four laps.

 

Lap 29 proved to be adventurous and lengthy. The initial caution fell when Adam Royle spun in turn two. The following restart was waived when Zehr jumped in front of May. A third attempt proved no better and bred a red flag when Gregorich was clipped in the left rear, sent spinning and made hard contact with the outside wall in turn two. The caution was then extended when a shock mount broke on Strelka's machine when the field re-fired, costing him a chance for a top five.

 

When the field was stopped on the front stretch for a lengthy clean up the top three were interviewed. Nick Panitzke's comment seemed the boldest when he said, "I don't think the racing has even begun yet."

 

The words of last year's Champion proved to be prophetic. After the restart Zehr was able to grab the lead from May. Panitzke had to work to fight off Nitzke, but eventually was able to set his sights on May for second. She said she knew she was in for a battle when she saw the scoreboard during the red flag.

 

"I could see the 119 and the 22 were behind us. I knew they were great cars and it was going to be hard to beat those two. We just used our stuff up a little too early."

 

As the top three broke away, some furious racing took place just outside the top five. Jeff Weinfurter, Billy Mohn and Majeski frantically tried to grab fifth. Eventually Majeski slipped through.

 

Another caution fell with 13 to go when J. Herbst spun on the front stretch. TUNDRA officials warned spotters that this would bring the final double-file restart of the race. May again took the outside in hopes to challenge Zehr again. However, Zehr got away, and May eventually lost second to Panitzke.

 

Panitzke had one final chance when Kelsey Bauer spun with seven laps remaining. Zehr knew the restart would be key, even though it was to be single file.

 

"We were really trying to take care of our tires. This place eats them up," he said. "I knew Nick was fast and I don't know how many laps we could have maintained that kind of speed. But, it was enough. I fired plenty early on that [restart]. I knew I had to because Nick was going to be breathing down my neck."

 

The restart played out just as Zehr had hoped, and he was able to run away from Panitzke.

 

"It would have been fun to get up next to him and do battle, but he got a real good restart on the last one," Panitzke said. "I tried to stay with him but the car started getting a little free. I was able to maintain distance, but I just couldn't gather him back up."

 

May and Majeski went unchallenged to hold third and fourth, but behind them the mayhem continued. Nitzke's machine was overcome by overheating in the final two laps and he dropped to the infield. Corey Jankowski made a bold move on the final circuit and swung to fifth. He had started 28th.

 

With just two races remaining in the 2014 season, Zehr's lead sits at 35 over the team of Majeski and Mark Mackesy and remained 41 over Panitzke, who moved to third. Bobby Kendall moved to fourth, but fell to 64 points out of the lead. Gregorich's accident dropped him to fifth, 67 points out of the lead.

 

TUNDRA will take three weeks off and spring back into action on Saturday, August 23. The series returns to its birth place Dells Raceway Park for Round Seven Powered by Wisconsin Potatoes.

 

The Unified Northern Drivers Racing Association (TUNDRA) Super Late Model Series was formed in 2011 as the Alive For Five Super Late Model Series at Dells Raceway Park. TUNDRA's business plan is based on a sustainable program for promoters and race teams alike, while still providing high-quality Super Late Model entertainment to fans.

 

For more information on TUNDRA including news, results and the 2014 standings, archived results and standings, and more visit www.tundrasuperlates.com. Also, interact with us on Facebook (facebook.com/TundraSuperLateModels) or Twitter (@TUNDRAslms).

MAY DAY! ANOTHER ROOKIE FINDS VICTORY LANE IN A TUNDRA EVENT

Posted on Jul 27, 2014

MAY DAY! ANOTHER ROOKIE FINDS VICTORY LANE IN A TUNDRA EVENT

Victory Lane Interview with Reagan May –https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJJy8I8Evzo

Second-Place Adam Royle –https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ay3TImow40c

Third-Place Donny Reuvers –https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkidyefr2Y4

Full Round Five Results – http://www.tundrasuperlates.com/2014/07/tundra-round-five-results/

 

WEST SALEM, Wis. (July 26, 2014) – Saturday Night at LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway provided a little bit of history repeating itself. One year and one week after Paige Decker became the first female and rookie to win a TUNDRA feature, the feat was restored.

Dean’s Satellite Rookie contender Reagan May captured the 6’10″ trophy from Johnny’s Hobbies on Saturday night in TUNDRA Super Late Model Series Round Five Powered by Wisconsin Potatoes and Habelman Brothers Company Cranberries.

 

“I’m kind of still in shock,” May said in Victory Lane.  “I’m not sure if this is a dream or if this is actually happening.”

 

What may have been most shocking was how the 20-year-old from West De Pere, Wis., captured the win in her first visit to the five-eighths mile.  Not only did she grab the lead at the outset from the top line, May selected the outside groove on two separate restarts, and was able to pull away.

 

Those familiar with LaCrosse were left with their jaws to drop as the gamble paid off.  Eight-time LaCrosse Champion Kevin Nuttleman stopped by May’s trailer after the race to compliment her on her mastery of the tricky outside line.

 

“Ever since I raced dirt I loved going on the outside groove.  I carried the momentum and obviously it worked tonight,” she said.  “I hadn’t raced the low line all night, so I figured I would keep taking the high line.”

 

Earlier in the event May captured a heat race win from the top line.  In the feature she was able to get a jump on pole-sitter Brad Keith to nose ahead to an early lead.  Keith held on to the inside line for the first two laps, but May was able to clear and begin to build her lead by lap three.

 

Once May took the top spot Keith was left to fight off the advances of Adam Royle and Ty Majeski.  Royle took the second spot on lap six and left the door open for Majeski to slide to third on the same circuit.  By this time May had built a lead of nearly 15 car-lengths.

 

May, Royle and Majeski continued to break away from the rest of the field as Keith was challenged by Bobby Kendall and, eventually, Eugene Gregorich Jr.  Kendall slipped past Keith on lap ten and Gregorich took fifth just two laps later.  Behind Gregorich, fast-qualifier Brandon Selle began marching toward the top five.  He found his way to sixth by lap 15.  Unfortunately for Gregorich and Selle, both drivers later experienced ailing machines and fell out of the top ten.

 

The first caution of the race fell on lap 20.  As May was approaching lapped traffic Steve Lichtfeld and Wyatt Blashe came together on the front stretch.  Blashe spun and Lichtfeld made heavy contact with the outside wall.  He was unharmed, but was unable to continue the race.

 

When the Barricade Flasher Service TUNDRA Barrel was placed May jumped to the outside line.  May’s decision left the inside line open for Royle to take without hesitation.  Majeski, who earlier in the night used the bottom line to win in the LaCrosse Late Models, also ducked to the bottom behind Royle.

 

When the green fell, Royle kept close with May through the first set of turns.  May continued to use the open space up top to slide up, grab momentum and get a strong run out of the turns.  Two laps after the restart May had put Royle in the rear view mirror.

 

As May started to rebuild her lead the complexion of the top ten continued to change.  Point leader Dalton Zehr started behind the 10-car invert after qualifying 14th earlier in the night.  On lap 23 he moved past Gregorich into sixth.  Two laps later he moved past Selle into the top five.  Two laps after that, he surpassed Kendall for fourth.  Just as Zehr was preparing to challenge Majeski for third the caution fell on lap 30 for a Frank Nitzke spin in turn one.

 

Just as she did on the first restart, May selected the outside line, leaving the inside line for Royle.  On this restart Royle was able to hang close with May and even nosed ahead on a couple of occasions.

 

“[Royle] was coming on fast,” May said.  “I knew he was a good driver, a good car, so I knew it was going to be hard at the end, especially with all of those cautions.”

 

The action picked up with eight to go as May and Royle continued to scrap for the lead.  Behind them Zehr worked the outside line on Majeski.  The two made contact in turn four and washed up the track.  Donny Reuvers, who quietly had moved to fifth, took advantage with a three-wide pass to the bottom.  The veteran move gave Reuvers a chance to challenge the top pair.

 

With just four laps remaining Royle again tested the inside line.  Once more May proved too strong on the top line.  May pulled away with three laps to go, leaving Royle to try to fend off Reuvers.  Although Reuvers got to the inside on the final lap, he was unable to take the second spot from Royle.  Majeski finished fourth and Zehr rounded out the top five.

 

The win put May in the history books as the second female and rookie to win a TUNDRA event.  The timing was ironic enough, being exactly one year and one week later.  Some of the other similarities are eerie.  Decker had also led wire-to-wire starting from the outside pole.  Both drivers captured the win at 20 years of age.

 

As a bonus, May also jumped to the top of the charts in the Dean’s Satellite Rookie chase.  She now sits eighth in TUNDRA standings and has a 17-point edge on Tommy Gee, who was unable to start the feature due to mechanical failure earlier in the evening.  Mike Lichtfeld is third in the rookie battle, just 19 points behind May.

 

At the top of the standings another consistent run paid off for Zehr.  His fifth-place finish helped him stretch out his point lead to 27 markers.  Majeski’s fourth-place finish moved him into the runner up spot by two-points over Gregorich.

 

Defending TUNDRA Champion Nick Panitzke was able to salvage what could have been a disastrous blow to his title defense thanks to the help of Michael Bilderback.  Bilderback gave up his ride so Panitzke could start the feature and attempt to gain points.  Panitzke finished 19th.  He and Kendall now sit tied for fourth 41 points behind Zehr.

 

TUNDRA will experience the quickest turnaround between races as the series moves to Marshfield Motor Speedway this Saturday, August 2 for Round Six Powered by Wisconsin Potatoes.  TUNDRA will be joined by the Pure Stocks, X-treme 4s and Bandits. Qualifying is scheduled for 6 p.m. with racing to begin at 7:30.

 

Marshfield Motor Speedway is located at 10853 Cty Road H just outside of Marshfield, Wis. For more information visit www.marshfieldspeedway.com.

The Unified Northern Drivers Racing Association (TUNDRA) Super Late Model Series was formed in 2011 as the Alive For Five Super Late Model Series at Dells Raceway Park. TUNDRA’s business plan is based on a sustainable program for promoters and race teams alike, while still providing high-quality Super Late Model entertainment to fans.

For more information on TUNDRA including news, results and the 2014 standings, archived results and standings, and more visit www.tundrasuperlates.com. Also, interact with us on Facebook (facebook.com/TundraSuperLateModels) or Twitter (@TUNDRAslms).

        

ZEHR HOLDS THE LINE IN ROUND FOUR AT NORWAY

 

NORWAY, Mich. (July 6, 2014) - Expectations aren't always easy to live up to - just ask defending Norway Speedway Champion Dalton Zehr.

 

Viewed as a favorite for Saturday's Island Resort and Casino Stateline Challenge at Norway, Zehr was able to meet and exceed those expectations by capturing his second TUNDRA Super Late Model Series feature win of the season.

 

In an event that has featured winners from Upper Michigan and Wisconsin, Zehr put the state of Florida on the prestigious list. Although he calls Florida home, Zehr spends the summer months in Menominee, Mich.

 

"I've been racing with these TUNDRA guys for a long time and I've had pretty good success here at Norway, so they all kind of expected it out of me. It was a lot of pressure," he commented in victory lane of TUNDRA Round Four Powered by Wisconsin Potatoes.

 

After setting fast time earlier in the evening, Zehr charged to the front and stole the lead from Dan Lindsley with 17 laps remaining in the feature.

 

"It was a tough field. On the initial start we kind of moved backwards, but we had a really fast car," Zehr said. "Nick Panitzke and Dan Lindsley were strong all night. It's just really cool to be here in Victory Lane at Norway Speedway."

 

Before getting his chance to work through the field, Zehr and his fellow fast qualifiers were forced to exercise some patience. The initial start was waved off when Jeff Weinfurter spun in the middle of the field. Travis Dassow took advantage of a clean start the next time around as he jumped away from pole-sitter Brandon Selle to pace the early circuits.

 

The outside line moved quickly at the start. Michael Bilderback followed Dassow into second and brought Panitzke and Lindsley to third and fourth. Before the leaders could start battling for position the yellow flew for a spin involving several cars at the tail of the field.

 

Again, the outside line was the stronger on the restart, but this time it was Bilderback who was able to jump away after choosing the top line when the Barricade Flasher Service TUNDRA Barrel was placed. His opportunity to get away from the pack was short-lived as another caution fell on lap five when Mike Lichtfeld and Bobby Kendall tangled.

 

Bilderback swung to the outside for the restart and again was able to get away from Dassow. This time, however, Panitzke followed into second. Two laps after the restart Panitzke made the move past Bilderback to the top spot. The night then came to an unfortunate end for Bilderback as water spewed out of his machine on lap 13. He dropped out, surrendering the second spot to Lindsley.

 

As Panitzke built up his advantage over the field the tandem of Claire Decker and Dalton Zehr began to work through the top five. By lap 16 Decker and Zehr had worked past Dassow to third and fourth. Slowly the duo began to reel in Lindsley, who, in turn, was closing the gap on the leader.

 

The field tightened up after a caution on lap 23 when Jordan Ives and Frank Nitzke came together. As the field rolled under the caution flag Claire Decker's machine appeared to lose power. Decker pulled into the infield and was pushed back to the pit area, bringing an end to her bid for the win.

 

With weather approaching the field was set free on a single-file restart. The trio of Panitzke, Lindsley and Zehr quickly dashed away from fourth-place Eugene Greogorich Jr. Although Panitzke held the lead, he was anything but comfortable. Lindsley challenged Panitzke, while Zehr tried to swipe second. Another yellow flew on lap 28 when a physical battle between Dassow and Reagan May reached a breaking point, sending May spinning.

 

The top three again broke away on the restart to settle the lead amongst themselves. Panitzke showed the way until lap 32 when Lindsley moved to the inside and took the lead. Zehr was also able to move past Panitzke into second. Once clear of Panitzke, Zehr prepared to challenge Lindsley.

 

A few attempts to the inside came up shy for Zehr until a yellow came out with 23 laps remaining for debris falling off May's machine. At this point a new face had moved into the top five an appeared ready to challenge for the lead - Mark Mackesy.

 

Lindsley led the charge back to the green flag with Zehr right on his bumper. As they prepared to battle, Mackesy started to survey lines around Panitzke, who was nursing a machine with braking problems.

 

With 17 laps remaining Zehr found his opening and ducked to the inside of Lindsley to grab the top spot. Lindsley was left to try to hold off Panitzke and Mackesy until another yellow fell with just ten laps remaining.

 

Zehr and Lindsley stepped away for the next six laps. Lindsley stayed close, but not close enough to attack. He would get one final shot on another restart with four laps to go, but again Zehr eluded Lindsley. He would cruise to the checkered flag by three car lengths over the field. Mackesy made a late pass to grab third from Panitzke and Frank Nitzke completed a strong late run to round out the top five.

 

A fast time and a feature win marked the second time Zehr managed to accomplish both. He set fast time and won at Dells Raceway Park on July 1, 2011. It was the second race in a row the top qualifier also grabbed the checkered. This season fast qualifiers have finished no worse than second.

 

By grabbing the win Zehr built up a 16 point cushion over Gregorich. The pair had shared the point lead entering the event. Panitzke's strong run propelled him to third in the standings, Mackesy and his teammate Ty Majeski now sit fourth and Kendall rounds out the top five.

 

TUNDRA will take a three-week break before springing into action for two consecutive weeks. Round Five is scheduled for Saturday, July 26 at LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway in West Salem, Wis. The following week, Saturday, August 2, TUNDRA will travel to Marshfield Motor Speedway for Round Six.

 

The Unified Northern Drivers Racing Association (TUNDRA) Super Late Model Series was formed in 2011 as the Alive For Five Super Late Model Series at Dells Raceway Park. TUNDRA's business plan is based on a sustainable program for promoters and race teams alike, while still providing high-quality Super Late Model entertainment to fans.

 

For more information on TUNDRA including news, results and the 2014 standings, archived results and standings, and more visit www.tundrasuperlates.com. Also, interact with us on Facebook (facebook.com/TundraSuperLateModels) or Twitter (@TUNDRAslms).

Johnson Escapes TUNDRA Opening Lap Crash (WARN Photo)
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Johnson Takes TUNDRA Win At Jefferson Speedway

 

Written By: Gregg Paul

 

Having the home field advantage is a key asset in most sports. When it comes to auto racing it isn’t easy to be the only one with that advantage. Casey Johnson has logged a ton of laps at Jefferson Speedway and it definitely showed as he not only set fast time but survived the early carnage to take the checkered flag in the TUNDRA Series Round Three.

 

“I’ve been coming out here my whole life and when the super lates come it’s always the best show and to win it it’s awesome,” said Johnson.

 

They call Jefferson Speedway Wisconsin’s Action Track and it did not take long for that moniker to ring true. Steve Rubeck and Mike Lichtfeld led the field to the green flag and the cars behind them were anxious to get rolling. Billy Mohn tried to duck to the inside of Rubeck heading into turn one just as Rubeck tried to get further to the inside of Lichtfeld. Mohn made contact with Rubeck’s car and climbed up the left side of the car tearing away body panels in the process.

 

Chaos ensued behind as everyone piled into turn one looking for the escape route. Most of the field behind the front row tried to take evasive action and either spun to avoid or were spun by others. Fortunately the damage was minimal and everyone was able to continue with the race being restarted completely from the top.

 

The second attempt to start the race didn’t fare much better than the first as once again the field piled into turn one at the drop of the green flag. Bobby Kendall dove low to the inside coming off of turn four as cars were three wide throughout the lineup heading into turn one. Kendall was inside of Brent Strelka and Ty Majeski and ran out of room as contact resulted in spins by everyone behind once again. Strelka suffered body panel damage and other cars suffered minor damage in trying to avoid another catastrophe.

 

The TUNDRA officials made a bold move by red flagging the race and speaking directly to many of the drivers about the start of the race. Whatever was said seemed to have worked as finally on the third attempt the race got underway smoothly.

 

Mike Lichtfeld got a clean jump as the race got underway with Casey Johnson following in second. Ryan Farrell moved into the third spot. Jefferson Speedway’s wide turns found many cars going three wide as the many racing lines made for great action.

 

Johnson looked to the inside of Lichtfeld for the lead on lap 10, but Lichtfeld was able to close the door. Johnson fought back as the two raced side by side for the lead through lap 13. A lap later Johnson was finally able to clear Lichtfeld for the lead coming off of turn four and began to pull away by a few car lengths.

 

Ty Majeski and Nick Panitzke were battling for the fifth spot a bit further back, trading spots until the yellow came out on lap 20 for a spin by Steve Lichtfeld.

Johnson would get the jump as racing resumed with Mike Lichtfeld sliding into second just ahead of Farrell in third. Majeski was looking to the inside of Farrell, while Eugene Gregorich Jr. was pressuring Panitzke for fifth.

 

Gregorich Jr. would get a bit too aggressive on lap 22 when he got into the back of Panitzke and spun him in turn two. Gregorich Jr. abided by the gentleman’s agreement and tapped out, giving Panitzke his spot back and sending Gregorich Jr. to the tail.

 

During this yellow Ryan Farrell pulled off the track and Billy Mohn used the rumble strips to knock off a dangling piece of metal off the back end of his car before. The piece came off the car in turn two and the safety crew had to go pick it up before going back to green.

 

Johnson got another good restart to grab the lead as Majeski battled with Lichtfeld for second. Majeski took the second spot and opened the door for Panitzke to try to follow. Lichtfeld slammed the door to keep third while Dalton Zehr and Jordan Ives raced side by side for fifth before Ives took the spot on lap 28.

 

Corey Jankowski spun in turn two and into the infield on lap 30 that eventually brought out the caution when he could not get the car refired. Eventually he did and rejoined the field at the tail.

 

Johnson was masterful on the restarts and easily pulled back into the lead when the green flag waved. Majeski moved back into second with Panitzke getting by Lichtfeld for third. Licthfeld was stuck on the high side and Dalton Zehr was able to sneak by into fourth.

 

Johnson opened up a few car lengths on Majeski, who also put some distance back to Panitzke in third. Johnson stretched his lead to four car lengths by lap 42. Lapped traffic began to be an issue for the leaders as two wide racing was going on as the leaders approached. Majeski closed in a few car lengths on Johnson by lap 45, but Panitzke was caught behind the side by side duo of Steve Lichtfeld and Corey Jankowski.

 

Johnson was able to make his way through traffic a little easier than Majeski and stretched his lead back out again as laps were winding down. Panitzke cleared the lapped cars as well and closed in on Majeski as the white flag came out.

Just as the white flag was waving, Bobby Kendall got into the back of Reagan May in turn two and spun May into the infield. The yellow came out, but since the leaders took the white the race was ruled by officials to be over making Johnson the winner.

 

Johnson was ecstatic about the win but knew he was fortunate to come out of the early race carnage at the start of the race.

 

“Just kind of keep a car length from the guy in front of you,” said Johnson. “We knew it was going to be wild right away so I kind of laid back and let everything sort itself out.”

 

It wasn’t easy to keep things sorted out when there was so much three wide racing going on all over the track.

 

“Right away with these cars you have to let the air pressures come up a little bit before you go too wild,” said Johnson. “I was definitely planning on going three wide but didn’t have to do it.”

 

Once Johnson was out in the lead he wasn’t worried about Majeski or anyone else running him down for the lead.

 

“Not really, I had my spotter telling me where he was at so I was hoping he would try to run me down as hard as he could and burn his stuff up so I could just keep saving mine more or less in case a caution came out. It was fortunate, but it would have made for an awesome race and I was kind of hoping we could have ran it out a little bit. I think we would have still been all right but it would have been fun for the fans to see.”

 

Majeski found himself finishing second for the second consecutive night following his runner up finish the night before at Grundy County Speedway for the ARCA Midwest Tour event. He knew it would be a battle at Jefferson with the TUNDRA Series.

 

“Tonight it was definitely rough out there to begin with,” said Majeski. “Everybody was just trying to get what they could on the restarts. Kudos to Casey Johnson. He was just a little bit better than us today. I raced Nick Panitzke pretty hard there and it was a lot of fun. I’m looking forward to coming back here. I was just way too tight on the bottom. I was chattering the right front. We had a problem in practice that set us back. We kind of didn’t know what we had coming into the feature because we fixed the problem right before the feature. It was kind of a guessing game a little bit, but I can’t thank my whole team enough.”

 

They don’t run the super late models too often at Jefferson, but when they do it is always an awesome show. Johnson wholeheartedly concurred.

 

“I wish we could at least get three or four shows out here,” said Johnson. “The track has so much grip you can go wherever you want and it’s a lot of fun.”


Lumber Liquidators

  1.    5 Casey Johnson
  2.    91 Ty Majeski
  3.    22 Nick Panitzke
  4.    119 Dalton Zehr
  5.    44 Mike Lichtfeld
  6.     8 Billy Mohn
  7.    18 Jordan Ives
  8.    11 Trent Erdman
  9.    98 Brandon Selle
  10.   33 Reagan May
  11.   11 Bobby Kendall
  12.   14 Eugene Gregorich Jr.
  13.   35 Travis Dassow
  14.   31 Corey Jankowski
  15.   32 Steve Lichtfeld
  16.   27 Tyler James
  17.   78 Wyatt Blashe
  18.   79 Steve Rubeck
  19.   18 Frank Nitzke
  20.   89 Ryan Farrell
  21.     2 Michael Bilderback
  22.   52 Brent Strelka
  23.   36 Tom Gee Jr.

Nick Panitzke (22) held on until the rains came last year. Everyone will be gunning for the defending Champ in 2014 (Doug Hornickel photo)

    

  

TUNDRA ROUND THREE, JEFFERSON SPEEDWAY PRE-RACE NOTES

 

About the Event:

  • Date: Saturday, June 21
  • Official Event Name: Round Three Powered by Wisconsin Potatoes
  • Times: 1 p.m. - Pits Open, 3 p.m. - Stands, 5 p.m. - Qualifying, 7 p.m. - Racing
  • Other Divisions - Mid-American Stock Car Series, IMCA Vintage, Road Warriors
  • TUNDRA Format - Qualifying, Gong Show, Last Chance Race, Feature, Country Plumber Shootout B Feature
  • Ticket Prices: Adults $15, Youths ages 12-15 $10, Seniors (Over 65) $10, Kids ages 8-11 $5, 7 & Under Free

 

About Jefferson Speedway:

  • Layout: Quarter-Mile with graduated banking from 0-11 degrees in turns one and two and from 6-12 degrees in turns three and four (Asphalt)
  • Location: W8135 US Hwy 18, Cambridge, WI 53523
  • Phone: 920.648.2705
  • Web site: www.jeffersonspeedway.com

 

 

Past TUNDRA Jefferson Winners:

  • June 22, 2013 - Nick Panitzke, Lakeville, Minn.

 

TUNDRA 2013 Schedule:

  • May 10 - Round One - Wisconsin International Raceway (Dalton Zehr)
  • May 26 - Round Two - Golden Sands Speedway (Michael Bilderback)
  • June 21 - Round Three - Jefferson Speedway
  • July 5 - Round Four - Norway Speedway
  • July 26 - Round Five - LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway
  • August 2 - Round Six - Marshfield Motor Speedway
  • August 23 - Round Seven - Dells Raceway Park
  • September 7 - Championship Round - Slinger Speedway

 

Current 2014 TUNDRA points: http://www.tundrasuperlates.com/points/

 

All-time TUNDRA stats:

http://www.tundrasuperlates.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/TUNDRA-Stats7.pdf

 

Expected Entries: http://www.tundrasuperlates.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/14_ROUND-THREE_entries1.pdf

 

A Second Crack at the Action Track

Many TUNDRA drivers last season were visiting Jefferson as first-time Super Late Model competitors. Although many were new to the tricky quarter-mile, the TUNDRA Travelers put on a show that appeared as though they had done it before. First-timer Nick Panitzke had paced all 37 circuits before the rains came and grabbed the win in his TUNDRA debut. Dalton Zehr and Eugene Gregorich Jr. also picked up top six finishes in their first trip to Jefferson.

 

A First Crack at the Action Track

A new year, however, brings a new crop of drivers to see Jefferson for the first time. Bobby Kendall, who sits second in TUNDRA standings, will lead the field of those making their first Super Late Model appearance at Jefferson. No fewer than 10 drivers will be piloting a Super Late for the first time at the facility.

 

No Rookie Advantage This Time

Tom Gee Jr. had an edge at WIR. Reagan May had an edge at Golden Sands. This time around no rookie will have a leg up in the Dean's Satellite Rookie Chase at Jefferson. For the first time this season every TUNDRA rookie will be completely new to Super Late Model racing at the venue. New surroundings may end up shaking up the standings that see Tommy Gee at the top with Reagan May, Mike Lichtfeld and Wyatt Blashe still in the conversation.

 

Be Ready for Mayhem

The new drivers of TUNDRA may be in for a shock when they see how things play out on the track. TUNDRA drivers were not shy about going three wide in the sweeping turns of three and four last season. Somehow drivers were able to sort out and get back into single and double file formation in the very tight turns of one and two. Many drivers admitted last year that they held their breath through most of the feature event.

 

We Know This Place

Last year Casey Johnson was the lone Jefferson "regular" on hand to attempt to teach the TUNDRA Travelers a few lessons. Johnson won the dash and secured a fourth-place finish in the shortened feature. This year the two-time Champion is bringing some company in Fort Atkinson's Trent Erdman and Oconomowoc's Tyler James.

 

So far this season Johnson has fared the best of the three with a feature win, a third-place finish and a sixth-place finish over the past three weeks. James' most recent appearance was on May 24 when he finished fourth, just behind Johnson. Erdman's best feature finish of the season was on May 10 when he finished sixth.

 

We (Sort of) Know this Place

Just because some TUNDRA drivers will be making their Jefferson Super Late Model debut doesn't mean they haven't experienced the facility before. Brent Strelka has some experience in Late Model action in the past and claims Jefferson as one of his favorite facilities. Ty Majeski and TUNDRA's most recent winner Michael Bilderback have competed in Big 8 Late Model races there, as well. Bilderback recorded a top five at Jefferson in 2008.

 

 

The Right Time for Fast Time?

Both TUNDRA events in 2014 have seen the fast qualifier race from deep in the field to the runner-up spot. Bobby Kendall moved from 13th to second at WIR. Eugene Gregorich moved from 14th to second at Golden Sands. Should a driver be able to better that feat at Jefferson, he or she will make TUNDRA history picking up the maximum amount of points that can be gained in a single event.

 

Right on Point

Early this season TUNDRA is seeing one of its tightest point battles in series history. The top 13 teams are separated by only 46 points. The largest advantage any one driver has over another in the standings is the 13-point edge Kendall has between himself and third-place Zehr. Most positions in the top 13 are separated by three points or less.

 

Selle, Nitzke Looking for Luck this Time

Last season Brandon Selle entered the Jefferson TUNDRA event with the point lead. Coming off a podium finish Frank Nitzke was not far behind. However, luck turned sour for the two former Golden Sands Speedway Champions. Unfortunately, they didn't seem to recover in the standings. Very much in the thick of the title race, Selle and Nitzke will be looking to keep pace and find success at Jefferson to stay in the championship conversation.

 

Riding Momentum

Unfamiliar territory may just be an afterthought to some drivers who come into Round Three riding hot streaks. Much has been said this season about Dalton Zehr and his success. He posted another strong run by finishing third to Matt Kenseth and Travis Sauter in only his second ever appearance at Madison on Tuesday. However, other drivers have experienced some recent success too.

 

Corey Jankowski picked up two feature wins at two different tracks last weekend. He visited Victory Lane at Golden Sands on Friday and backed it up with a win in one of the 30-lap features at Dells Raceway Park on Saturday. Mike Lichtfeld won the first 30-lap feature there on Saturday evening. He has now won three of six at his home track.

 

WIR also saw a TUNDRA sweep in the Red Race last Thursday. Ty Majeski patiently picked his way through the field and broke away from current WIR point leader Lowell Bennett in the final laps of the 75-lap feature. In the Late Model main Brent Strelka made a late powerful pass to grab the lead and secure a win in the 30 lapper.

 

Although they didn't grab feature wins Bobby Kendall (Madison and DRP) and Travis Dassow (Slinger) picked up fast times.

 

Up Next...

TUNDRA will race outside of the state of Wisconsin for the first time on July 5 at Norway Speedway. TUNDRA joins Norway for the historic Stateline Challenge. NASCAR Camping World Truck Series point leader Johnny Sauter is scheduled to compete in the event.

 

 

The Unified Northern Drivers Racing Association (TUNDRA) Super Late Model Series was formed in 2011 as the Alive For Five Super Late Model Series at Dells Raceway Park. TUNDRA's business plan is based on a sustainable program for promoters and race teams alike, while still providing high-quality Super Late Model entertainment to fans.

 

For more information on TUNDRA including news, results and the 2014 standings, archived results and standings, and more visit www.tundrasuperlates.com. Also, interact with us on Facebook (facebook.com/TundraSuperLateModels) or Twitter (@TUNDRAslms).

Bilderback Battles Gregorich Jr. At Golden Sands (WARN Photo)

Bilderback Hangs On To Win TUNDRA Round #2 At Golden Sands

 

Written By: Gregg Paul

 

It’s a good thing for Michael Bilderback that the TUNDRA Series race he just won was only a sixty lap feature. Eugene Gregorich Jr. certainly wishes it was perhaps sixty one laps or more. Bilderback piloted his car to the checkered flag mere inches ahead of Gregorich Jr. to score his first career TUNDRA win at Golden Sands Speedway.

 

“It’s a good win for us, good confidence builder for the team,” said Bilderback. “Racing with Eugene there I don’t think I could’ve held him off another few laps, but we got the win so I guess that’s all that matters.”

 

Bilderback shared the front row with Jordan Ives at the drop of the green flag and pulled away to the early lead. Just six laps into the race Bilderback already had a half straightaway lead as Bobby Kendall battled Ives for second.

 

Kendall started to cut in to Bilderback’s lead, while Ives held third. Mike Egan started in fourth on the outside lane and was holding up the line of cars behind him. Matt Pyburn and Jeremy Lepak were fortunate to get to the inside and pick their way through the struggling cars to their outside.

 

Pyburn looked to the inside of Ives on lap 20 to take over the third spot, while Kendall closed within a car length of Bilderback’s lead. Lepak moved past Ives and into the fourth position on lap 26 as the field neared the halfway point.

Ives struggles continued as he found his car drifting off the track and into the grass on the outside of the backstretch on lap 29. Reagan May and Dalton Zehr got past Ives before Ives got back onto the track.

 

Bilderback started to catch lapped traffic on lap 33, but maintained a couple of car lengths over Kendall in second. Lepak was on Pyburn’s rear bumper looking to move into third when the yellow came out on lap 34. Brad Keith spun in turn two to bring out the caution and bunch up the field.

 

The TUNDRA Barrel made its only appearance of the race and Matt Pyburn elected to start outside of Bilderback after Bobby Kendall chose the inside lane. Hardly anyone elected to start on the outside, but Reagan May and Eugene Gregorich Jr. picked up several spots by looking to the outside lane.

 

When racing resumed, Bilderback got the quick jump, but Pyburn wasn’t going away without a fight. Pyburn pulled back even with Bilderback for a lap before slipping back on the outside. Bobby Kendall reclaimed the second spot on lap 39. A lap later Lepak slipped past Pyburn and into third. Gregorich Jr. followed on Lepak’s tire tracks, getting around Pyburn for fourth.

 

While Pyburn was slipping back in the pack, Bilderback once again opened up a few car lengths lead over Kendall. Gregorich Jr. realized the laps were quickly winding down and was a man on a mission. Gregorich Jr. ducked inside of Lepak to move into third on lap 45. Reagan May moved into the top five by getting around Pyburn on lap 48.

 

Gregorich Jr. caught up to Kendall and made short work of getting by to move into second with just eleven laps left to catch Bilderback and race for the win.

Bilderback held a three car length lead with just eight laps remaining, but Gregorich Jr. was gaining quickly. It was no long a matter of if Gregorich Jr. would catch Bilderback, but a matter of when. Just two laps later the lead was gone as Gregorich Jr. was right on Bilderback’s rear bumper.

 

Very few drivers even ventured out to the outside lane, but Gregorich Jr. was left with no choice as Bilderback was glued to the bottom of the track. Gregorich Jr. drove in a little deeper in the turns on each lap, but just couldn’t get the run off to pull ahead. Gregorich Jr. would drive it in deeper lap after lap, but kept sliding as he gave it the gas letting Bilderback inch back ahead.

 

With 2 laps to go Gregorich Jr. made his banzai run into turn three and the car actually stuck this time, pulling dead even with Bilderback in the middle of the corner. Gregorich Jr. stayed hard on the gas coming off turn four, but the car slid sideways as they came to the white flag.

 

Heading back into turn one Gregorich Jr. pulled back even with Bilderback and held even as they went down the backstretch. Back to turn three they went side by side until they exited the corner, where Gregorich Jr. slipped again if ever so slightly. Bilderback inched ahead as they came to the checkers and won by a little more than a foot.

 

Bilderback knew that the key to beating Gregorich Jr. to the flag was holding down to the bottom of the track on a hot slick day.

 

“Definitely. The spotter came across the radio with about ten to go and said he got to second and that he was coming,” said Bilderback. “I tried to kick it in high gear, didn’t work real well, but we got a little bit more speed out of it once he got to us. He (Spotter) just said keep it to the bottom, give him the outside groove. It wasn’t the best out there so we tried to give him that. I wanted to give him a fair line and don’t want to be the guy blocking everyone. We gave him a fair line and it was a heck of a race. It was fun to race and not get boogered and moved up the hill for the win here. It was side by side racing. It was fun.”

 

When Gregorich Jr. pulled even in turn three with two laps to go, Bilderback was all to aware of his presence.

 

“I kept putting my eye over to the right side to see where he was at on the car,” said Bilderback. “I saw that he got real close to get next to me. If he could have got a fender ahead of me he could’ve pinched me down a little bit better. He got a little loose outside. This track was definitely a different one. First time here in a super late and we definitely have a lot to learn.”

 

He may have lost by only a few feet, but the loss apparently stings worse for Eugene Gregrorich Jr.

 

“It’s almost worse losing by two feet than it is losing by two straightaways,” said Gregorich Jr. “It was fun and the car was good, just wish we had two more laps.”

 

Very few guys had any success on the outside lane, but for Gregorich Jr. that wasn’t even a concern on this hot, sticky day.

 

“Honestly I like it,” said Gregorich Jr. “I started out racing on dirt years ago and the track would dry slick up, so even the worst day on asphalt is better than the slickest day on dirt. For these things it doesn’t bother me too much. It’s a little miserable, but just brings me back to when I started out. It’s always greasy every year with the heat in the track and for whatever reason it always seems to be a 90 degree day and real sunny so it’s probably a combination of both but I think the heat really gets to it a bit.”

 

The day was not a total loss for Gregorich Jr., as he was able to pick up quite a few passing points to add to his second place finish. However, he wanted nothing to do with actually discussing the points so early in the season.

 

“I don’t want to talk about points,” said Gregorich Jr. “We’re trying not to run for points. We didn’t want to run for points last year but we got stuck running for three freaking track championships and everything else. I didn’t want to run for points but here we are again already. It’s all I’ve heard already and I don’t want to hear about it yet. It just adds more pressure on everything even though you try not to make it any different you end up working three times more on the car to figure out this, that, and the other thing and make sure everything’s tight.”

 

Yet all those comments were said with a smile so perhaps another run at a championship lies ahead.

 

1

2

Michael Bilderback

South Beloit, IL

 

2

14

Eugene Gregorich, Jr.

Amherst, WI

 

3

11

Bobby Kendall

Montello, WI

 

4

40

Jeremy Lepak

Ringle, WI

 

5

33

Reagan May

West De Pere, WI

 

6

18N

Frank Nitzke

Berlin, WI

 

7

119

Dalton Zehr

Port Orange, FL

 

8

71

Matt Pyburn

Wisconsin Rapids, WI

 

9

81

Bryan Syer-Keske

Lakeville, MN

 

10

98

Brandon Selle

Dale, WI

 

11

22

Nick Panitzke

Lakeville, MN

 

12

12

Mark Mackesy

Wausau, AL

 

13

44

Mike Egan

Slinger, WI

 

14

52

Brent Strelka

Freedom, WI

 

15

36

Tom Gee Jr.

Sobieski, WI

 

16

18I

Jordan Ives

Gladstone, MI

 

17

01

Claire Decker

Eagle River, WI

 

18

48

Brad Keith

West Bend, WI

 

19

7

Kelsey Bauer

West Bend, WI

 

20

32

Steve Lichtfeld

Portage, WI

 

 

  

  

 

ROUND TWO ENTRY LIST FEATURES TOUGH CHALLENGERS FOR TUNDRA TRAVELERS

 

Super Late Model Standout Chris Wimmer to make TUNDRA debut

 

PORTAGE, Wis. (May 20, 2014) - Last season not much was made of the Golden Sands Speedway locals presenting a tough challenge for TUNDRA Travelers - mostly because those tough locals were TUNDRA Travelers. 

 

This season several former TUNDRA drivers have gone back to weekly racing at GSS. Now, with great anticipation, they can await the chance to pounce on their former traveling mates when TUNDRA visits the third-mile next Monday, May 26.

 

However, TUNDRA Travelers will bring some confidence into Round Two.  Point leader Bobby Kendall set fast time, won one 30-lap feature and finished second in the other at Dells Raceway Park this past weekend.  Rookie contender Mike Lichtfeld picked up his first Super Late Model Win in the other 30 lapper.  Michael Bilderback was in the hunt in both features then turned around to set fast time at Slinger on Sunday.  Ty Majeski placed a strong third in the Midwest Tour race at Wausau on Saturday, but will hand the reigns to a very capable Mark Mackesy in Round Two.

 

Round One winner Dalton Zehr had a quiet weekend, but will have a busy week leading up to Golden Sands.  He plans to race at WIR on Thursday and Marshfield as part of the Yellow River Series on Saturday.

 

Brandon Selle also eagerly awaits a return to Golden Sands.  The former GSS Champion set fast time on Memorial Day and placed on the podium in both TUNDRA races last season.  Frank Nitzke is another former GSS titlist who will be looking to rebound from Round One in familiar territory.

 

Leading the charge for Golden Sands will be someone who carried the TUNDRA banner in a strong fashion last season - Mike Egan.  Egan finished fourth in 2013 TUNDRA standings.  He also had a strong year racing for GEM Motorsports at GSS with a second-place finish in Friday night points.  His campaign was good enough to secure Rookie of the Year honors.

 

A driver who was a threat to grab that title from Egan, and grab the TUNDRA Rookie of the Year title last season, was Matt Pyburn.  The Wisconsin Rapids native will run for a title at Golden Sands this year and will be hoping to start the campaign off on the right foot against the TUNDRA invaders.

 

Other top GSS regulars include Jeff Weinfurter and Rene Scheinoha. Weinfurter was victorious in July's Gong Show at GSS.  Scheinoha made history by becoming the first female to lead feature laps in TUNDRA's first appearance last Memorial Day.

 

If the Friday night regulars aren't enough to give the TUNDRA Travelers something to think about, perhaps Chris Wimmer is.  Wimmer is a two-time runner up with the Midwest Tour and a top threat at any track which he appears.  He's coming off a second-place finish in the Midwest Tour race at Wausau last Saturday.

 

Also making her TUNDRA debut will be the third Decker.  Cousin to last year's TUNDRA regulars Paige and Claire, Natalie Decker is in her first year of Super Late Model action. The 16 year old was last year's Midwest Truck Tour Rookie of the Year.  She also has wins in a Late Model and Central Wisconsin Super Stock on her résumé.  Natalie Decker will compete weekly at GSS and in select TUNDRA events this season.

 

Round Two Powered by Wisconsin Potatoes at Golden Sands Speedway on Memorial Day, Monday, May 26 will see qualifying begin at 1:15 p.m. and racing begin at 3.  Fan gates are scheduled to open at 11 a.m.

 

Golden Sands Speedway is located on Highway 54 just outside of Plover, Wis. For more information visit www.gssraces.com

 

The Unified Northern Drivers Racing Association (TUNDRA) Super Late Model Series was formed in 2011 as the Alive For Five Super Late Model Series at Dells Raceway Park. TUNDRA's business plan is based on a sustainable program for promoters and race teams alike, while still providing high-quality Super Late Model entertainment to fans.

 

For more information on TUNDRA including news, results and the 2014 standings, archived results and standings, and more visit www.tundrasuperlates.com. Also, interact with us on Facebook (facebook.com/TundraSuperLateModels) or Twitter (@TUNDRAslms).

 

ROUND TWO - May 26, 2014

Official Entry List as of 5-20-14 (35)

PDF Version with Driver Notes 

04 - Natalie Decker, Eagle River, Wis.         

2 - Michael Bilderback, South Beloit, Ill. [TT]                     

3 - Jeff Weinfurter, Wisc Rapids, Wis.         

5 - Rene Scheinoha, Wisc Rapids, Wis.        

7 - Kelsey Bauer, West Bend, Wis. [TT]                  

8 - Billy Mohn, Lakeville, Minn. [TT]                       

9 - Dan Church Jr.,  Big Bend, Wis. [R]                   

11 - Bobby Kendall, Montello, Wis.  [TT]                      

12 - Mark Mackesy, Wausau, Wis. [TT]                   

14 - Eugene Gregorich Jr., Amherst, Wis. [TT]                    

18 - Frank Nitzke, Berlin, Wis. [TT]             

18 - Jordan Ives, Gladstone, Mich. [TT]                   

22 - Nick Panitzke, Lakeville, Minn.[TT]    

27 - Travis Rodewald,  Manitowoc, Wis. [R]                      

29 - Davey Pennel, Sparta, Wis.                   

31 - Corey Jankowski, Tomah, Wis. [TT]                 

32 - Steve Lichtfeld, Portage, Wis. [TT]                   

33 - Reagan May, West De Pere, Wis. [R]   

36 - Tom Gee Jr., Sobieski, Wis. [R]             

38 - Shawn Majkrzak, Menominee, Mich. [R]          

40 - Jeremy Lepak, Ringle, Wis. [TT]                       

44 - Mike Lichtfeld, Pardeeville, Wis. [R]                

44 - Mike Egan,  Slinger, Wis.                      

48 - Brad Keith, West Bend, Wis. [TT]                    

52 - Brent Strelka,  Freedom, Wis. [TT]                   

52 - Chris Wimmer, Wausau, Wis.                

54 - Rich Schumann Jr.,  Portage, Wis. [R]              

63 - Joey Garjoni, Miami, Fla. [TT]

66 - Troy Nelson, Antigo, Wis.             

71 - Matt Pyburn, Wisc Rapids, Wis.           

78 - Wyatt Blashe, Clintonville, Wis. [R]     

79 - Morgan Rassmussen, Twin Falls, Idaho [R]      

80 - Monte Gress,  Neilsville, Wis.          

98 - Brandon Selle, Dale, Wis. [TT]              

119 - Dalton Zehr,  Daytona Beach, Fla. [TT]

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TUNDRA ROUND ONE WRAP UP NOTES

 

PORTAGE, Wis. (May 15, 2014) - In securing the win at Wisconsin International Raceway last Saturday, Dalton Zehr found victory lane for the sixth time in 17 TUNDRA Super Late Model Series events.  Zehr continued to put his name in the TUNDRA record books.

 

Different Track, Same Winner

In its brief history as a traveling series, TUNDRA has seen only two drivers win at multiple tracks.  Frank Kreyer holds wins at Dells Raceway Park and LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway.  Zehr can now boast wins at DRP, WIR and at TUNDRA's next stop - Golden Sands Speedway.  2012 TUNDRA Champion Dennis Prunty is the only other driver with more than one TUNDRA win.  Both came at DRP in his championship season.

 

More Laps Led

By pacing all 50 circuits at WIR on Saturday Zehr continued to pad his lead in the history books with most laps led in TUNDRA features.  Zehr has now shown the way in 259 of 997 TUNDRA feature laps.  By missing the first 55 lap feature of 2011, Zehr has competed in races with a possible 942 laps, giving him a percentage of 27% of laps led.  A win has escaped Zehr only once, losing the lead to Rich Bickle in Round One of 2012.

 

More Dominance in History

After a season's hiatus, Bobby Kendall returned to TUNDRA to put another stamp on the record book.  Kendall's fast time was his fifth in ten TUNDRA appearances, and his first away from his home confines of Dells Raceway Park.  Three other drivers have two fast times.  Zehr (DRP and Jefferson), Brandon Selle (Golden Sands and Marshfield) and Nick Panitzke (LaCrosee and Golden Sands) are the others with multiple quick trips.

 

Kendall's Banner Day

After setting fast time, Kendall saved some of his best for late in the feature.  With his late charge to second Kendall had the best point day under the current TUNDRA point system. Gathering 99 points for a second place finish, 5 points for fast time and 11 passing points (plus 10 appearance points) Kendall ended the day with 125 points.  The greatest possible point output in any TUNDRA event is 128.  The highest outputs of last season were ironically enough by teammates Brandon Selle (in Round One) and Brad Mueller (in Round Six).  Both drivers gathered 122 points.

 

Calmes Hard Charges Too

Quietly, and late in the feature event, Kyle Calmes came to carry the banner for WIR regulars without TUNDRA ties.  Calmes started 11th after notching a third-place qualifying time.  Although he sits second in TUNDRA points after Round One, Calmes said he will be focusing on a chance to grab the WIR title.  He will rejoin TUNDRA for the August 23 event at Dells Raceway Park.

 

Bennett's Bad Luck

Three-time WIR Champion Lowell Bennett may have been heard from in the feature, but unfortunately he was not able to make the call for the 50-lap main.  Bennett and his team discovered some issues with their engine before the main, and were forced to scratch from the event.

 

Gee Leads Rookie Class

Tommy Gee used his home track advantage to top the Dean's Satellite rookie class at WIR.  Gee became only the second rookie to record a podium finish in a TUNDRA event. Only Paige Decker's win last season at Golden Sands eclipses Gee's performance.  As an honorable mention, Tanner Whitten recorded a second-place finish at DRP in 2012. No official rookie guidelines were recognized, but 2012 was Whitten's first year behind the wheel of a Super Late Model.

 

Rasmussen and Rodewald Keep it Close

Tommy Gee's 109-point performance has him at the head of the rookie class, but the battle is still far too early in the going to pick a favorite.  Morgan Rasmussen sits five points behind Gee, with Travis Rodewald only seven markers behind.  All three drivers will be making their first ever Super Late Model start at Golden Sands in Round Two.  Only Reagan May has experience at the third-mile which hosts TUNDRA's Memorial Day event.

 

TUNDRA Debuts

The list of drivers who have competed in a TUNDRA event continues to grow rapidly after each appearance at new facilities.  A total of 15 drivers made their TUNDRA debuts at WIR on Saturday.  The series has now seen 129 different drivers compete throughout 17 events.

 

Tie the High

With 41 competitors through the gates at WIR, TUNDRA tied its best car count.  Last year the series saw 41 through the gates at Slinger Speedway, as well.  Since hitting the road at the start of 2013 season an average of 35 cars have been at every TUNDRA event.

 

Young Guns Get it Done

Although WIR is a track that causes issues for most first timers, and typically sees the cagey veteran running up front, Saturday was a day for the young stars.  Zehr is only 22 years of age.  Bobby Kendall's best days are most likely still ahead of him at the young age of 19. Ty Majeski (19) and Michael Bilderback (22) had strong runs going toward the top five before they tangled late in the race. 

 

16-year-old Jordan Ives also put forth a strong qualifying effort, although he battled a broken trailing arm in the feature.  18-year-old Austin Nason picked up the Country Plumber B main feature, while 16-year-old Wyatt Blashe just missed the podium in that event.

 

What's Next...

The TUNDRA Super Late Model Series will make its third appearance at Golden Sands Speedway just outside of Plover, Wis. on Memorial Day - Monday, May 26.  Dalton Zehr was victorious in Round One last season.  Expected entries include the return of TUNDRA top ten finishers from last season Mike Egan and Matt Pyburn.  Super Late Model star Chris Wimmer is also expected to be contending for the win.

 

The next event for the TUNDRA Super Late Model Series is Round Two Powered by Wisconsin Potatoes at Golden Sands Speedway on Memorial Day, Monday, May 26. Zehr is the defending winner of that event.  Paige Decker picked up a win in the last TUNDRA appearance at GSS last July.

 

Golden Sands Speedway is located on Highway 54 just outside of Plover, Wis. For more information visit www.gssraces.com

 

The Unified Northern Drivers Racing Association (TUNDRA) Super Late Model Series was formed in 2011 as the Alive For Five Super Late Model Series at Dells Raceway Park. TUNDRA's business plan is based on a sustainable program for promoters and race teams alike, while still providing high-quality Super Late Model entertainment to fans.

 

For more information on TUNDRA including news, results and the 2014 standings, archived results and standings, and more visit www.tundrasuperlates.com. Also, interact with us on Facebook (facebook.com/TundraSuperLateModels) or Twitter (@TUNDRAslms).

Dalton Zehr In Victory Lane At WIR (WARN Photo)

Zehr Zooms To TUNDRA Win At WIR

 

Written By: Gregg Paul

 

Dalton Zehr started the 2014 TUNDRA season just like he did the 2013 season. Though the car may be different, it still had his familiar #119 on the door and still found his way to victory lane capturing the season opener at Wisconsin International Raceway in Kaukauna. Zehr seemingly had the car on cruise control until a couple of late race cautions, but Zehr survived the restarts and a charge by fast qualifier Bobby Kendall to secure his sixth career TUNDRA Series win.

 

“I definitely didn’t want to see those yellows,” said Zehr. “When I seen ten to go I thought “Oh boy, we’re going to sneak away with this one here” and then the caution came out right after that. It made us work for it but also we were able to come away with a win so the win was that much sweeter.”

 

Every win is sweet but when you find yourself starting the feature from the pole, getting the jump into turn one and quickly pulling away from the field, any yellow has to at least put a somewhat sour taste in your mouth, especially that late in the race.

 

Zehr shared the front row with Travis Rodewald who was making his TUNDRA and Super Late Model maiden voyage. Zehr got the jump on Rodewald heading into turn one and inched ahead by a car length coming off of turn two. Rodewald hung in there nicely in the second spot while WIR veteran and new TUNDRA Traveller Tom Gee Jr. moved into the third spot ahead of Travis Dassow.

 

Zehr slowly but steadily increased his lead over Rodewald, who was busy with Gee Jr. on his rear bumper. Another WIR regular, Jeff Van Oudenhoven was quickly moving towards the front. Van Oudenhoven found the outside groove it his liking as he worked his way past Cory Kemkes, Nick Panitzke, and Andy Monday all on the outside. Van Oudenhoven, who started seventh found himself in fifth by lap 20.

 

As Zehr was pulling away from the field, Gee Jr. moved past Rodewald for second on lap 21. Van Oudenhoven continued to make progress on the high side as he got passed Dassow for fourth on lap 25. Kyle Calmes was following Van Oudenhoven’s path to the front on the outside as he passed the same cars along the way.

 

Rodewald began to slip back after Gee Jr. got by. Soon after Van Oudenhoven, Calmes, and Dassow all dropped Rodewald further back in the pack.

 

Zehr opened up a half straightaway lead on Gee Jr., who now had his mirrors filled by the charging Van Oudenhoven by lap 25. Zehr was beginning to catch lapped traffic when Randy Schuler bounced off the backstretch wall and almost brought out the first yellow.

 

Ty Majeski began to make his presence known by closing in on Van Oudenhoven and Gee Jr. Zehr had now cleared the lapped traffic and set sail again as the laps wound down. However, just as it looked like Zehr would cruise to the easy win, the yellow would come out on lap 42 when Morgan Rasmussen spun off of turn four and down the front straightaway.

 

The TUNDRA Barrel came out for the drivers to decide lane choice and Zehr elected to start on the outside, along with Van Oudenhoven and Michael Bilderback. Gee Jr., Majeski, and Rodewald stuck to the inside lane.

 

Zehr got a great jump coming to the green flag and easily cleared Gee Jr. in turn one and stretched that lead to 2 car lengths heading down the backstretch.  

As the field came off of turn four, Bilderback got into the back of Majeski causing him to spin and bringing out the second yellow of the day. Bilderback wasn’t happy with the decision to send him to the rear so he pulled off the track. Majeski pitted under the yellow but returned to the rear of the field.

 

Zehr and Gee Jr. once again led the field to the green and actually rubbed coming off of turn four. Zehr would clear Gee Jr. heading into turn one. Kendall followed Zehr around Gee Jr. and brought Eugene Gregorich Jr along into the third spot. However the yellow would come out once again a lap later as this time it was for debris off of Brett Piontek’s car.

 

Once again on the restart Zehr chose the outside and Kendall went to the inside. During this yellow there was talk that Van Oudenhoven had a flat left front tire, but he continued on the track.

 

Zehr and Kendall were side by side at the drop of the green, but Zehr was able to quickly clear in turn one for the lead. Zehr pushed up a bit in the corner, but was still able to get past Kendall coming off of turn two. Perhaps the reports of Van Oudenhoven’s flat tire were true as Dassow and Calmes moved by. Gregorich tried to do deep into one on the high side, but slid the car wide and lost three spots down the back stretch.

 

Kendall tried one last dive into turn one with two laps to go, but couldn’t make it stick. Zehr was able to keep ahead of Kendall and took the checkers.

The restarts were crucial to Zehr getting the win after early on it looked like the win would come much more easily.

 

“Working for them (wins) is good if you can come out on top,” said Zehr. “But an easy one is always nice too.”

 

The decision on taking the outside lane on the restarts wasn’t really much of a choice according to Zehr.

 

“I had a really tough time holding my car down,” said Zehr. “I had a push in the center and I honestly didn’t want to be running somebody up into the third groove and upsetting a bunch of these guys. I have to run with them either here at Kaukauna or in the TUNDRA series all year so I didn’t need any of that retaliation right away. I chose the outside because that’s where I knew I could hold my own and my car was a little tight. The outside’s good for a tight car so it panned out well.”

 

Kendall had to work his way up through the field to even get close to contending for the win, but that may have ultimately been his undoing.

 

“We just didn’t have tires at the end,” said Kendall. “It was a pretty good finish for us after last week and last season.  It’s good that we at least finished a race and end up with second. It would’ve been nice to get first but second is all right.”

 

Normally on a restart at a short track the leader will take the inside lane. Kendall wasn’t really surprised when Zehr chose the outside.

 

“Not really. I’m sure his spotter seen I was getting good runs on the outside,” said Kendall. “It was a good call on his part to go to the outside there. I had seen him push up quite a bit in the middle but I was a little bit loose in so I couldn’t quite get in there and pull it off.”

 

Zehr’s win was his sixth career win in sixteen career starts in the TUNDRA series.

 

Results of the TUNDRA 50 At WIR

 

1

119

Dalton Zehr

 

2

11

Bobby Kendall

 

3

36

Tom Gee Jr.

 

4

9

Kyle Calmes

 

5

35

Travis Dassow

 

6

22

Nick Panitzke

 

7

14

Eugene GregorichJr.

 

8

45

JeffVanOudenhoven

 

9

27

Travis Rodewald

 

10

63

Joey Garjoni

 

11

40

Jeremy Lepak

 

12

52

Brent Strelka

 

13

91

Ty Majeski

 

14

07

Corey Kemkes

 

15

66

Tanner Bohlen

 

16

1

Jesse Oudenhoven

 

17

79

Morgan Rasmussen

 

18

8

Billy Mohn

 

19

98

Brandon Selle

 

20

44

Mike Lichtfeld

 

21

84

Brett Piontek

 

22

2

Michael Bilderback

 

23

18

Jordan Ives

 

24

16

Steve Apel

 

25

10

Andy Monday

 

26

34

Maxwell Schultz

 

27

72

Randy Schuler

 

28

22

Landry Potter

 

TUNDRA PREVIEW: 2014 DRIVERS TO WATCH

 

PORTAGE, Wis. (May 9, 2014) - Tomorrow's Round One at Wisconsin International Raceway begins the quest for the 2014 TUNDRA Super Late Model Series Championship.  Several drivers returning from last season and some newcomers will be looking to turn heads in the 50-lap main.

 

RETURNING TITLE THREATS

 

#22 - Nick Panitzke, Lakeville, Minn.

Ric Flair would say, "to be the man, you've got to beat the man."  Returning TUNDRA Titlist Nick Panitzke will be no pushover in 2014.  Proving how quickly he can adapt to new surroundings by winning in his first TUNDRA start at Jefferson last season, any new obstacle shouldn't be too tough for Panitzke to tame.

 

Although WIR is a wild card for most TUNDRA Travelers, Panitzke experienced some success the last time he visited the D-shaped half-mile by placing third in a Midwest Tour event.  Panitzke also has laps at TUNDRA's other new stops this season - Norway and Dells Raceway Park.

 

Two potential question marks linger for Panitzke's title run.  He may need to call upon a teammate for the DRP event as his wedding is the day before.  Also, Slinger still remains a wild card in the Championship Round if the Championship race is closer heading into the final event of 2014.

 

#119 - Dalton Zehr, Port Orange, Fla.

The Bridesmaid of TUNDRA will be looking to grab a title in his fourth season with the series.  Zehr came up just shy of a title in the five-race series at DRP in 2012 and was runner up again last season.

 

New facilities may prove to be an upper hand for Zehr.  He will team up with Chase Motorsports for the WIR race - a team that won two features at the facility last season. Zehr was also the Norway Speedway Champion last year, claiming nine features.  A return to DRP could also prove to be helpful as Zehr is a four-time TUNDRA winner at the third-mile.

 

Consistency could be Zehr's biggest question mark in 2014.  Last season Zehr got off to a strong start, but struggled in the second half of the season.  If Zehr can keep close to the front of the pack all season, he may finally be able to hoist the TUNDRA Championship trophy.

 

#14 - Eugene Gregorich Jr., Amherst, Wis.

Eugene Gregorich Jr. will admit that two of the stronger races he should have had last season did not materialize.  Although he dominated Marshfield and had a strong run at LaCrosse, Gregorich admits he would have liked to have both Golden Sands races back. Better luck in those races may have given Gregorich a fighting chance to take the title from Panitzke last season.

 

Gregorich may find himself as one of the TUNDRA Travelers who could jump out to a strong start with past experience at WIR.  In 2010 Gregorich scored two feature wins in weekly competition.  Although Norway may be a wild card, Gregorich has had past success at DRP.

 

If Gregorich is to find himself at the top of the title competition again this season he will need to repeat last season's effort and find some better fortune at Golden Sands.  Strong runs at Jefferson, LaCrosse and a decent effort at Slinger proved that Gregorich can have consistency on his side to keep in the race.

 

#98 - Brandon Selle, Dale, Wis.

Too much bad luck followed Brandon Selle through the TUNDRA season in 2013.  Taking the point lead out of Round One last season it seemed as though things might set up nicely for Selle.  However, bad luck at Jefferson and Marshfield proved to be just too much to overcome.

 

This season Selle will get a boost from a team titlist from last year - Cardell Potter.  Selle will carry most of the weight this season, but will hope from a strong run out of Potter at Marshfield in August.  In the Marshfield event last season Selle set fast time before being involved in an accident in the main.  Potter finished fifth in that race.

 

With some history at WIR, Norway and DRP may be wild cards for Selle.  If he can make the adjustments and find some luck this season, it could be Selle and Potter as titlists. Slinger may also provide some question marks as Selle did not attend last year, but got a boost from Championship Round winner Brad "JJ" Mueller.

 

NEWCOMERS

 

#2 - Michael Bilderback, South Beloit, Ill.

Michael Bilderback has proven to be one of the top young talents in the Midwest.  Having some familiarity with the tracks TUNDRA will visit this season can only help.  Laps in the Big 8 Late Models and Midwest Tour at the new TUNDRA tracks for 2014 could give Bilderback an upper hand when the series makes stops at the new facilities.  However, the returning tracks for Bilderback could present problems.  He has yet to turn laps at Golden Sands and Marshfield.

 

#11 - Bobby Kendall, Montello, Wis.

Bobby Kendall has captured the most fast times of any TUNDRA racer, by securing four in the series' first two years at DRP.  Making a return this season, Kendall can be seen as an instant title contender.  With strength shown at DRP and WIR in the past, some new facilities may tie up Kendall.  Memorial Day will be his first visit to Golden Sands, and Norway, Marshfield and Slinger will also be unfamiliar territory.

 

#35 - Travis Dassow/Brad Keith, West Bend, Wis.

Both drivers carry traveling series titles in this team, but experience at TUNDRA facilities may be the biggest question mark.  Dassow is a former ASA Late Model Champion and Keith holds a Mid-American title.  Neither of them have much experience with Super Late Models at tracks not named Slinger.  However, if they can continue to adapt as they have in other series in the past, they could be in contention when TUNDRA heads to their home track.

 

 

#40 - Jeremy Lepak, Ringle, Wis.

The former Slinger Speedway Champion will be teaming up with Dan and Chad Devine to run the full TUNDRA season in 2014.  With plenty of experience at most TUNDRA tracks this season, Lepak may prove to be one to beat right from the outset.  Norway may prove to be a wild card for Lepak, and he will also need an assist from Jim Duchow as a team driver for the LaCrosse Speedway event.

 

#91 - Ty Majeski, Seymour, Wis.

The young driver already has quite a bit of mileage with stints in the Big 8 Series, Midwest Trucks, Midwest Tour and racing weekly at Madison, WIR and LaCrosse in the past.  This season Majeski welcomes the aid of Toby Nuttleman, who was crew chief for TUNDRA Rookie of the Year Paige Decker last season.  Majeski will need two assists from Mark Mackesy - at Golden Sands and Norway - if he is to claim the Championship.

 

TUNDRA Round One "Powered by Wisconsin Potatoes" is scheduled for a 2 p.m. start time. Support classes include the Mid-American Stock Car Series, Wisconsin Sport Trucks and Figure 8s. Ticket prices are $10 for adults (age 13 and up). Children 12 years and under will receive free admission.

 

WIR is located at W1460 County Road KK just outside of Kaukauna, Wis. For more information visit www.wirmotorsports.com 

 

Serving LaCrosse, Sparta, Madison, Rochester, Winona, Wausau and everywhere in between, Dean's Satellite offers the two leading brands of Satellite Television. Dean's is a local Authorized DIRECTV and DISH retailer and also a provider of Exede Satellite Internet. In 2011 Dean's branched out to include Dean's Security Services specializing in security and surveillance for residential and commercial. For more information visit www.deansdish.com.

 

The Unified Northern Drivers Racing Association (TUNDRA) Super Late Model Series was formed in 2011 as the Alive For Five Super Late Model Series at Dells Raceway Park. TUNDRA's business plan is based on a sustainable program for promoters and race teams alike, while still providing high-quality Super Late Model entertainment to fans.

 

For more information on TUNDRA including news, results and the final 2013 standings, archived results and standings, and more visit www.tundrasuperlates.com. Also, interact with us on Facebook (facebook.com/TundraSuperLateModels) or Twitter (@TUNDRAslms).

   

TUNDRA PREVIEW: 2014 ROOKIE CLASS - PART TWO

 

PORTAGE, Wis. (May 7, 2014) - As the TUNDRA Super Late Model Series closes in on the start of the 2014 season, rookie drivers are preparing frantically for the start of the campaign.

 

Here is part two of the introduction to TUNDRA's 2014 Dean's Satellite Rookie Class. Drivers are listed in numerical order.

 

#13 - Mikie Breiner, Johnsburg, Ill.

Mikie Breiner began racing at the age of 11 back in 1998.  Breiner raced go-karts in Illinois for 10 years until stepping up to the Mid-American Stock Car Series in 2008.  Before making the move to stock cars, Breiner captured four go-karting Championships.

 

In one of the most talented fields of Mid-American regulars, Breiner was given the chance to learn the full-size stock car through tough competition.  Breiner started eight of 13 features that season and recorded a best finish of ninth in the series' final of three visits to WIR.  The next season Breiner moved up to the Big 8 style Late Model at Rockford and made his Super Late Model debut at Illiana in 2011.

 

Breiner has been working steadily on his machine to prepare it for TUNDRA Round One, and said he hopes that all of the extra hours in the shop pay off this Saturday and throughout the 2014 TUNDRA season.

 

 

#27 - Travis Rodewald, Manitowoc, Wis.

Another former Mid-American racer joining TUNDRA this season is Travis Rodewald. His most successful season with the series was in 2011.  Rodewald started all nine points races that season recording three top fives, five top tens and his first career series win at Dells Raceway Park.  He finished fourth in season standings.

 

Prior to his success in 2011, Rodewald raced with the series on a part-time basis.  He mostly raced at his home track - 141 Speedway - where he got his start.  Rodewald's first season was in 2001 when he wheeled a Hobby Stock at the quarter-mile.  He moved up to Super Stocks in 2004, finishing fourth in standings and claiming Rookie of the Year.  The following season Rodewald tried dirt for a few weeks, but eventually came back to asphalt and began his tenure in a Mid-American Car.  Rodewald moved up to Late Models part time in 2012.

 

Rodewald looks forward to getting acclimated to new surroundings in a new machine.  "[The biggest challenge will be] trying to learn how to go that fast in traffic and trusting the car at speeds I'm not familiar with.

 

#36 - Tom Gee Jr., Sobieski, Wis.

One rookie who may be competing for the win on Saturday is Tom Gee Jr.  Gee has many laps around Wisconsin International Raceway and was the winner of the 2013 Thursday Night opener.  He enjoyed his best Super Late Model points finish at WIR last season securing sixth spot.  It was the second time Gee has finished in the top ten in WIR Super Late Model standings.

 

Gee got his start in the Wisconsin Sport Trucks at WIR in 1998.  He was named Rookie of the Year.  Over five seasons Gee claimed eight feature wins and finished top five in standings three times.  In 2003 Gee moved up to the Limited Late Model Class on the half-mile at WIR.  He was Rookie of the Year in '03 and in his two seasons with the Limited Lates Gee claimed the Thursday Night Championship, Budweiser Triple Crown Championship and Red, White and Blue State Championship.

 

Although he has the Super Late Model experience, Gee said the challenge of new facilities awaits him in this TUNDRA season.  "We're so used to keeping the car the same every week and just tweaking it from week to week. Some of the tracks are quite a bit different than the large D-Shaped half-mile I'm accustomed to. But I think my team and I are up to the challenge and are excited about getting out, seeing new places and meeting some new people."

 

#79 - Morgan Rasmussen, Twin Falls, Idaho

Long trips are in order for 19-year-old Morgan Rasmussen.  Thankfully, Rasmussen will have plenty of room to stay at the Super Star Motorsports homestead as he combines forces with Frank Kreyer this season. 

 

Rasmussen began racing at the age of six on motorcycles.  He said he broke too many bones to stick with motorcycle racing, so he moved to four wheels.  At the age of eight Rasmussen moved to go-karts and won multiple titles.  His first jump into a Late Model was in 2007.  That season Rasmussen was named Rookie of the Year at Meridian Speedway.

 

Rasmussen met Frank Kreyer and the Super Star Motorsports team through mutual friends at Rad Racing while racing in Florida.  He said Kreyer was a big factor in convincing him to come try his hand at TUNDRA.  On his web site Rasmussen states his goals are, " [to] be competitive anytime we unload at any track and be a front runner at every track and event we compete in.  Goals are very achievable. If you put your mind to it you can reach any goal you have set with determination, faith, family and good friends."

 

#89 - Ryan Farrell, East Troy, Wis.

Just like his teammate and car owner Dan Church, Ryan Farrell is another former Mid-American Rookie of the Year who made a recent jump to Late Models.  After just one season last year, Farrell is ready to try his hand in the Super Lates and hoping for TUNDRA success.

 

Farrell was heavily involved in the Mid-American Championship runs of James Swan as a crew member.  In 2008 Farrell got behind the wheel of a Thunderstock at Slinger and found some success through three seasons.  He later moved up to the Midwest Sportsman division and jumped into the Mid-American Series in 2012.  He was named Rookie of the Year, won a feature at Rockford and finished third in points.

 

The biggest challenge facing Farrell, he says, is not necessarily adjusting to new cars or surroundings, but always finding a way to be better. "This is mostly the result of countless hours studying from about the middle of last race season right up until now. I wasn't thrilled with the way last year was going and I felt nobody could give me answers as to why some things were happening. So sometimes you have to go find the answers on your own."

 

TUNDRA Round One "Powered by Wisconsin Potatoes" is scheduled for a 2 p.m. start time. Support classes include the Mid-American Stock Car Series, Wisconsin Sport Trucks and Figure 8s. Ticket prices are $10 for adults (age 13 and up). Children 12 years and under will receive free admission.

 

WIR is located at W1460 County Road KK just outside of Kaukauna, Wis. For more information visit www.wirmotorsports.com 

 

Serving LaCrosse, Sparta, Madison, Rochester, Winona, Wausau and everywhere in between, Dean's Satellite offers the two leading brands of Satellite Television. Dean's is a local Authorized DIRECTV and DISH retailer and also a provider of Exede Satellite Internet. In 2011 Dean's branched out to include Dean's Security Services specializing in security and surveillance for residential and commercial. For more information visit www.deansdish.com.

 

The Unified Northern Drivers Racing Association (TUNDRA) Super Late Model Series was formed in 2011 as the Alive For Five Super Late Model Series at Dells Raceway Park. TUNDRA's business plan is based on a sustainable program for promoters and race teams alike, while still providing high-quality Super Late Model entertainment to fans.

 

For more information on TUNDRA including news, results and the final 2013 standings, archived results and standings, and more visit www.tundrasuperlates.com. Also, interact with us on Facebook (facebook.com/TundraSuperLateModels) or Twitter (@TUNDRAslms).

TUNDRA PREVIEW: 2014 ROOKIE CLASS - PART ONE

 

PORTAGE, Wis. (May 1, 2014) - The first season of the TUNDRA Super Late Model Series Dean's Satellite Rookie of the Year program saw an intense battle between Paige Decker and Matt Pyburn.  The duo dueled throughout the season, swapping the rookie lead.  In the end it was Decker who grabbed the title by a mere three points.

 

The remaining rookie class was somewhat overshadowed by the battle at the top, but it wasn't without some strong contenders.  Claire Decker finished 11th and had a mathematical chance at taking the title away from her sister heading into the final round of last season.  Jordan Ives showed steady improvement throughout the season, ending the campaign 17th in standings.  Jordan Thiel and Chris Brooks also made their presence known before missing the final event at Slinger.

 

The class of 2014 looks to be just as strong as last season - it also has the potential to be stronger.  It includes drivers with Super Late Model experience and standout drivers making the step up to Super Late Models for the first time.  Eleven drivers, representing four states will enter into the battle.

 

Below is the first installment of drivers who will contend for the TUNDRA Super Late Model Dean's Satellite Rookie of the Year title (listed in numerical order).  Part two will be released later this week.

 

#9 - Dan Church Jr., Big Bend, Wis.

Perhaps the rookie with the most laps under his belt coming into 2014 will be Dan Church Jr.  Church began his career in 1996, racing a modified at Hales Corners, and has continued to visit tracks all across the Midwest.  He grabbed three third-place point finishes and various Rookie of the Year titles before heading to asphalt.

 

At first Church competed on the asphalt only part-time.  His first full-time season on asphalt was in 2007 at Slinger in a Midwest Sportsman.  In 2010 Church returned to Slinger.  He began his traveling career in 2011, when he won the Mid-American Stock Car Series Rookie of the Year title.  Church made the move up to Late Models in 2012 and grabbed feature wins in the division last season.

 

As far as choosing TUNDRA for 2014, Church said, "In moving up to Super Late Models, it seems like a good series to test ourselves against a lot of competition at a variety of tracks."

 

 

#33 - Reagan May, West De Pere, Wis.

Reagan May will be looking to pick up where Paige Decker left off last season as the leading lady of TUNDRA.  May began her career in go-karts at age 10 and jumped into a Mini Stock at 141 Speedway at the age of 13.  The next two seasons May moved to the dirt in the IMCA Sport Mods at Luxemburg Speedway and Seymour Speedway.  She also raced a Wisconsin Sport Truck on Thursday nights at Wisconsin International Raceway.

 

In 2009, at the age of 15, May began her Super Late Model career.  She first competed at Golden Sands Speedway.  The next season she raced with the Super Pro Series based in Indiana and captured the 2010 Rookie of the Year title.  Since that time she has raced on and off at WIR, Norway Speedway and State Park Speedway in Wausau.

 

May said her goals for 2014 are, "To get experience at different tracks, stay out of trouble, and improve as a driver every race."

 

 

#38 - Shawn Majkrzak, Menominee, Mich.

One of the most difficult names for fans to tackle this season will be that of the pilot from Michigan's Upper Peninsula.  Shawn Majkrzak (My-shock) got his start in go-karts just like May.  Majkrzak won back-to-back Great Lakes Karting Association titles in 2002 and 2003.  From there, he made the move to Super Late Models at Norway Speedway on a part-time basis.

 

Majkrzak began racing Super Late Models on a full-time basis in 2004 and 2005 at Norway.  His breakout performance came last year when Majkrzak picked up his first Late Model feature win.  The win came in a special event for the Norway faithful as it was the memorial race for long-time Norway track worker and racing enthusiast Roy Allard. 

 

Majkrzak says he is most looking forward to, "Racing with the best in the Midwest to see how we all stack up to each other, and to do it on a traveling circuit with very different tracks and the obstacles they present."

 

#44 - Mike Lichtfeld, Portage, Wis.

The second-generation racer has been around the sport as long as he can remember.  As the son of TUNDRA's "Godfather" Tom Lichtfeld, and with his brother Steve as the TUNDRA Iron Man, it was just a matter of time before Cuatro-Cuatro made the jump.

 

Success came early for Lichtfeld.  He began racing Pure Stocks at Dells Raceway Park full-time in 2006.  He won the Championship the following season.  In 2009 Lichtfeld dominated the DRP Super Stock division and claimed the title.  He made his move up to Late Model in 2010 collecting Rookie of the Year honors and finishing second in points. He finished second again in 2011 and third in 2012.  Last season Lichtfeld was the Slinger Speedway Late Model Rookie of the Year and finished second in points.

 

Lichtfeld said this year's biggest challenge will be adapting to Super Late Model racing and new tracks at the same time.

 

#54 - Rich Schumann Jr., Portage, Wis.

Another long-time Dells Raceway Park racer has decided to join TUNDRA and battle for Rookie of the Year honors.  Rich Schumann Jr. edged out Mike Lichtfeld in 2011 in what was one of the most competitive weekly Late Model classes in the country.  The title was Schumann's second at DRP.  His first came in 2007.

 

Schumann started his racing career in 1996 at Tomahawk Speedway in the Bomber division.  His first experience in Super Late Model racing came in 1998 when he moved south to Portage.  Schumann sat out the '99 season then returned in a (Limited) Late Model in 2000.

 

The most challenging new venue for Schumann, he claims, will be the host of Round One this season.  "I've never been [to Kaukauna] except with Nathan Haseleu three times (as a crew member).  Being a dog-leg track, it seems unique.  Slinger will be a good challenge too, because I've never been there before."

 

#78 - Wyatt Blashe, Clintonville, Wis.

The grandson of 12-time WIR Champion Terry Baldry, young Wyatt Blashe has some big shoes to fill to carry on the family legacy.  He got an early - and successful start - in go-karts, beginning at the age of five.  Blashe spent eight years working through the go-kart ranks.  He won three point championships and a regional touring title in 2012, finding the winner's circle in three of the five races.

 

Last season Blashe began testing the waters in a Super Late Model.  He admits it was a huge jump up from the go-karts.  Blashe raced mostly at Golden Sands last year, including two starts with TUNDRA.  He also made his WIR debut last August, becoming one of the youngest drivers to ever wheel a Super Late Model on the half-mile D-shaped oval.

 

Blashe knows he is part of a stellar rookie class. "It's going to be tough, there are a lot of good drivers that are trying to win the title," he said. "I have to be on top of my game just to have a chance. I think I could win the Rookie of the Year title by being smart on and off the track and by being on my competitor's good side."

 

Part Two will include: #13 - Mikie Breiner, Johnsburg, Ill., #27 - Travis Rodewald, Manitowoc, Wis., #36 - Tom Gee Jr., Sobieski, Wis., #79 - Morgan Rasmussen, Twin Falls, Idaho, #89 - Ryan Farrell, East Troy, Wis.

 

TUNDRA Round One "Powered by Wisconsin Potatoes" is scheduled for a 2 p.m. start time. Support classes include the Mid-American Stock Car Series, Wisconsin Sport Trucks and Figure 8s. Ticket prices are $10 for adults (age 13 and up). Children 12 years and under will receive free admission.

 

WIR is located at W1460 County Road KK just outside of Kaukauna, Wis. For more information visit www.wirmotorsports.com

 

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The Unified Northern Drivers Racing Association (TUNDRA) Super Late Model Series was formed in 2011 as the Alive For Five Super Late Model Series at Dells Raceway Park. TUNDRA's business plan is based on a sustainable program for promoters and race teams alike, while still providing high-quality Super Late Model entertainment to fans.

 

For more information on TUNDRA including news, results and the final 2013 standings, archived results and standings, and more visit www.tundrasuperlates.com. Also, interact with us on Facebook (facebook.com/TundraSuperLateModels) or Twitter (@TUNDRAslms).

 

  

 

DIVERSE FIELD WILL MEET FOR TUNDRA ROUND ONE AT WIR

 

PORTAGE, Wis. (April 28, 2014) - The experienced versus the inexperienced. Champions versus rookies.  Locals versus travelers. The 43-car early entry list for TUNDRA Super Late Model Series Round One at Wisconsin International Raceway is littered with ingredients for an intriguing May 10 affair.

 

Defending TUNDRA Champion Nick Panitzke will not be the only driver boasting a title heading into the TUNDRA season.  Travis Dassow, who will team drive with last year's Mid-American Champion Brad Keith, holds a traveling title of his own.  He was the 2007 ASA Late Model Challenge Series titlist. 

 

Three-time Marshfield Motor Speedway Champion will again be on the heels of Panitzke after finishing third in TUNDRA standings last season.  Other contenders at WIR carrying titles include Slinger Speedway Champions Steve Apel and Jeremy Lepak (TUNDRA Traveler), former Golden Sands Champions (and returning TUNDRA Travelers) Brandon Selle and Frank Nitzke and former three-time Dells Raceway Park Champion Corey Jankowski.

 

The local contingent will be out in full force, as well.  Defending WIR Champion Jeff VanOudenhoven, three-time WIR Champion Lowell Bennett and top guns Kyle Calmes, Maxwell Schultz, Ty Majeski, Brett Piontek and Andy Monday have also filed entries. Tom Gee Jr. won the WIR opener last season, but has decided to join up as a TUNDRA Traveler for 2014.

 

Several drivers from the WIR Late Model ranks will step up to the plate to take on the Super Late Models.  Cory Kemkes, Jesse Oudenhoven, Corey Manders and Brent Strelka will join the ranks of TUNDRA on the d-shaped ½ mile.  Strelka will run the TUNDRA season with former Champ Dennis Prunty as a teammate.

 

A few out-of-towners will hope to crash the party in the season opener just like last season.  Florida's Dalton Zehr grabbed his fifth career TUNDRA win in Round One last season.  For this season's first event he joins forces with Chase Motorsports, who found victory lane twice last season with 12-time WIR Champ Terry Baldry behind the wheel. Illinois hot-shoe Michael Bilderback also plans to contend for the TUNDRA title. Super Star Motorsports will also file two-out-of-state entries.  Joey Garjoni will make the trip from Miami, Fla., and 19-year-old Morgan Rasmussen will trek from Twin Falls Idaho. 

 

Rasmussen is among no less than ten rookies entered for the 2014 season.  The class includes De Pere's Reagan May, who makes her return to WIR, Former DRP standouts Rich Schumann Jr., and Mike Lichtfeld, former Mid-American top runners Travis Rodewald, Dan Church and Ryan Farrell, out-of-staters Mikie Breiner and Shawn Majkrzak, and Baldry's grandson Wyatt Blashe.  Gee will also run for the Dean's Satellite Rookie of the Year prize.

 

A full entry list is posted below.

 

Round One "Powered by Wisconsin Potatoes" is scheduled for a 2 p.m. start time. Support classes include the Mid-American Stock Car Series, Wisconsin Sport Trucks and Figure 8s. Ticket prices are $10 for adults (age 13 and up). Children 12 years and under will receive free admission.

 

WIR is located at W1460 County Road KK just outside of Kaukauna, Wis. For more information visit www.wirmotorsports.com

 

The Unified Northern Drivers Racing Association (TUNDRA) Super Late Model Series was formed in 2011 as the Alive For Five Super Late Model Series at Dells Raceway Park. TUNDRA's business plan is based on a sustainable program for promoters and race teams alike, while still providing high-quality Super Late Model entertainment to fans.

 

For more information on TUNDRA including news, results and the final 2013 standings, archived results and standings, and more visit www.tundrasuperlates.com. Also, interact with us on Facebook (facebook.com/TundraSuperLateModels) or Twitter (@TUNDRAslms).

 

ROUND ONE - May 10, 2014

43 Expected Entries as of 4/28/14


TT = TUNDRA Traveler

DR = Dean's Satellite Rookie

 

07 - Corey Kemkes                            Hometown: Appleton, Wis.                Age: 24

Notes: Finished 3rd in 2013 WIR Late Model Standings

 

1 - Jesse Oudenhoven                        Hometown: Freedom, Wis.                 Age: 25

Notes: First year in Super Late Model at WIR.  Past top five finisher in LM standings

 

2 - Lowell Bennett                             Hometown: Neenah, Wis.                   Age: 55

Notes: 3-time WIR Champion, 7-time Slinger Speedway Champion. 3 feature wins at WIR in 2013.

 

2 - Michael Bilderback [TT]               Hometown: South Beloit, Ill.             Age: 22

Notes: 2008 Runner Up in Big 8 Late Model Points, 27 career Midwest Tour Feature starts, 1 fast time

 

7 - Kelsey Bauer                                 Hometown: West Bend, Wis.             Age: 25

Notes: 2011 Dells Raceway Park Late Model Rookie of the Year.  19th in 2012 TUNDRA standings.

 

8 - Billy Mohn [TT]                            Hometown: Lakeville, Minn.              Age: 26

Notes: 10th in 2013 TUNDRA points. Finished 7th in 2012 Elko Speedway Super Late Model Points

 

9 - Kyle Calmes                                  Hometown: Freedom, Wis.                 Age: 28

Notes: Finished 8th in 2013 FRRC Super Late Model standings.  Past WIR Late Model Champion.

 

9 - Dan Church Jr. [DR]                     Hometown: Big Bend, Wis.               Age: 35

Notes: 2011 Mid-American Stock Car Series Rookie of the Year.

 

10 - Andy Monday                            Hometown: Appleton, Wis.                Age: 32

Notes: Finished 5th in 2013 WIR Super Late Model Standings.  Winner of the 2013 White Race.

 

11 - Chris Grimes [TT]                      Hometown: Pulaski, Wis.                   Age: 47

Notes: Former MARS series competitor making a return to racing in 2014.

 

13 - Mikie Breiner [DR]                      Hometown: Johnsburg, Ill.                 Age: 27

Notes: Former Mid-American Stock Car Series, Rockford Late Model and Illiania SLM competitor.

 

14 - Eugene Gregorich Jr. [TT]         Hometown: Amherst, Wis.                 Age: 29

Notes: 3-time Marshfield Motor Speedway Champion.  Finished 3rd in 2013 TUNDRA points

 

16 - Steve Apel                                  Hometown: Slinger, Wis.                    Age: 25

Notes: 2013 Slinger Speedway Champion

 

18N - Frank Nitzke [TT]                   Hometown: Berlin, Wis.                     Age: 49

Notes: 2012 Golden Sands Speedway Champion.  Finished 13th in 2013 TUNDRA points.

 

18I - Jordan Ives [TT]               Hometown: Gladstone, Mich.                        Age: 16

Notes: Finished 17th in 2013 TUNDRA points.  2012 Norway Speedway Super Late Model ROY.

 

22 - Nick Panitzke [TT]                 Hometown: Lakeville, Minn.              Age: 23

Notes: 2013 TUNDRA Champion

 

27 - Travis Rodewald [DR]               Hometown: Manitowoc, Wis.             Age: 33

Notes: Finished 4th in 2011 Mid-American Stock Car Series standings.  First year in Super Late Model.

 

28 - Corey Manders                           Hometown: Hilbert, Wis.                    Age: 24

Notes: Finished 10th in 2013 WIR Late Model points.

 

29 - Davey Pennel                              Hometown: Sparta, Wis.                     Age: 21

Notes: Made features in both TUNDRA starts last season.

 

31 - Corey Jankowski [TT]                 Hometown: Tomah, Wis.                    Age: 40

Notes: Three-time Dells Raceway Park Late Model Champion.  Alive For Five (2011) Feature winner

 

32 - Steve Lichtfeld [TT]                     Hometown: Portage, Wis.                   Age: 30

Notes: Has competed in every TUNDRA event.  Finished 15th in 2013 points.

 

33 - Reagan May [DR]                     Hometown: West De Pere, Wis.         Age: 20

Notes: 2010 Super Pro Series (now part of JEGS All-Star) Rookie of the Year.

 

34 - Maxwell Schultz             Hometown: Reedsville, Wis.              Age: 24

Notes: Finished 2nd in 2013 WIR Super Late Model points.  Picked up first feature win last season.

 

35 - Travis Dassow [TT]             Hometown: West Bend, Wis.                        Age: 27

Notes: 2007 ASA Late Model Series Challenge Division Champion.

 

36 - Tom Gee Jr. [DR]                     Hometown: Sobieski, Wis.                 Age: 34

Notes:  Won 2013 Opening night at WIR.  Finished 6th in SLM points.

 

38 - Shawn Majkrzak [DR]                Hometown: Menominee, Mich.          Age: 28

Notes: Past full-time competitor at Norway Speedway.

 

40 - Jeremy Lepak [TT]              Hometown: Ringle, Wis.                    Age:

Notes: 2012 Slinger Champion.  National Short Track Championship, Larry Detjens and Flip Merwin winner

 

44 - Mike Lichtfeld [DR]                 Hometown: Pardeeville, Wis.             Age: 27

Notes: Former Dells Raceway Park and Slinger LM Rookie of the Year. 

 

45 - Jeff VanOudenhoven                 Hometown: Kimberly, Wis.                Age: 44

Notes: 2013 WIR Champion.  Has won 4 of the last 6 WIR titles.

 

52 - Brent Strelka [TT]                     Hometown: Freedom, Wis.                 Age: 34

Notes: Finished 2nd in 2013 WIR LM points.  Finished 8th in TUNDRA debut at Marshfield.

 

54 - Rich Schumann Jr. [DR]             Hometown: Portage, Wis.                   Age: 39

Notes: Two-time Dells Raceway Park Champion.

 

55 - Rich Loch                                  Hometown: Muskego, Wis                 Age: 41

Notes: Former full-time competitor at Slinger Speedway and with Midwest Tour.

 

63 - Joey Garjoni [TT]                        Hometown: Miami, Fla.                      Age: 35

Notes: His alter ego was 2011 Alive For Five Super Late Model Series Champion

 

72 - Randy Schuler                           Hometown: Mequon, Wis.                  Age: 41

Notes: Finished 17th in 2013 WIR points.  Winner of Gong Show at Slinger in Round Six

 

78 - Wyatt Blashe [DR]                    Hometown: Clintonville, Wis.            Age: 16

Notes: Grandson of 12-time WIR Champion Terry Baldry. Competed twice with TUNDRA last season.

 

79 - Dan Lindsley                              Hometown: Vulcan, Mich.                 Age: 32

Notes: Finished 12th in 2013 points in limited starts at Norway Speedway.

 

79 - Morgan Rassmussen [DR]           Hometown: Twin Falls, Idaho            Age: 19

Notes: Five Go-karting Championships.  14 years racing experience.

 

80 - Monte Gress [TT]                      Hometown: Neilsville, Wis.                Age:

Notes:  Past feature wins at Golden Sands and Marshfield

 

84 - Brett Piontek                             Hometown: Green Bay, Wis.              Age: 29

Notes: Finished 3rd in 2013 WIR SLM points.

 

89 - Ryan Farrell [DR]                        Hometown: East Troy, Wis.               Age: 26

Notes: 2012 Mid-American stock Car Series Rookie of the Year

 

91 - Ty Majeski                                 Hometown: Seymour, Wis.                 Age: 19

Notes: Multiple Feature wins at LaCrosse Speedway in 2013.  Trickle 99 Segment Two winner.

 

98 - Brandon Selle [TT]                      Hometown: Dale, Wis.                       Age: 32

Notes: 2010 Golden Sands Champion.  Finished 6th in 2013 TUNDRA points with two fast times.

 

119 - Dalton Zehr [TT]                     Hometown: Daytona Beach, Fla.       Age: 21

Notes: Finished 2nd in 2012 and 2013 TUNDRA points. Most career TUNDRA wins (5)

Photo by: Eamon Bauman

 

MINNESOTA'S MOHN READIES FOR TUNDRA RETURN

 

PORTAGE, Wis. (April 27, 2014) - The TUNDRA Super Late Model Series may have been designed as a Wisconsin-centric series; however, that fact has not stopped drivers from Florida, Iowa, Illinois, Michigan and Minnesota from joining the party.

 

Long hauls were no obstacle for Lakeville, Minnesota's Billy Mohn last season.  Mohn crossed the Mississippi River all six times to compete in the full TUNDRA season. Although the miles could have exhausted him and stirred a change in plans for 2014, Mohn is excited to return for another full campaign.

 

"The camaraderie is pretty good.  Everyone is there to race.  It's not about money or anything like that.  It just puts the fun back into racing," Mohn said. "You don't have to have six or more crew guys.  It's a little more laid back kind of racing."

 

Hoping to improve on his tenth-place finish in points last season, Mohn was one of the first to file his entries for the complete 2014 TUNDRA campaign.

 

Mohn did not decide to run the full TUNDRA season until he tasted some success in Round One at Golden Sands on Memorial Day of 2013.  At a track somewhat similar to his home Elko Speedway, Mohn was able to grab an eighth-place qualifying effort and finished fifth in the feature.

 

Unfortunately, luck was not on the side of Mohn at Jefferson as he got in a tangle and suffered a DNF.  A bounce back effort at LaCrosse in Round Three kept Mohn excited for the second half of the TUNDRA season.

 

"I'd definitely like to finish a little higher in points," Mohn said of the upcoming season.  Last year we had some DNFs.  When you run only six races [the DNFs] really hurt.  If we can be running at the end of every race it would help out quite a bit."

 

One bonus of returning for another season is that Mohn will now be familiar with some places that were completely new to him last season - including what he said was a bucket list item for him, Slinger Speedway.

 

"I think there is something unique about every place, but getting to race at Slinger was probably the highlight," Mohn said.  "You can't try to out-think yourself.  As soon as you show up you watch some of the local guys and see what they're doing and try to beat them."

 

With a few notes on some of the tracks that have returned to the TUNDRA schedule, Mohn has eyed some new venues for himself and the series.  Most notable is the season opener at WIR.  Mohn says getting some laps is going to be important, and he plans to attend the open test and tune on Friday.  "With the number of cars that are expected to show up, and the tough locals, we're going to need all of the practice we can get."

 

Along with his goals for his own race team, Mohn presents a sense of involvement in the series.  He has some specific goals for the direction of TUNDRA.

 

"I hope we can at least have the same amount of cars at every race that we had last year.  It would be fun to see some new faces and meet some new people," Mohn said.  "If we can have as much fun as we did last year it would be a success."

 

Mohn and TUNDRA's season begins on Saturday, May 10 at Wisconsin International Raceway.  Round One "Powered by Wisconsin Potatoes" is scheduled for a 2 p.m. start time.  Support classes include the Mid-American Stock Car Series, Wisconsin Sport Trucks and Figure 8s.  Ticket prices are $10 for adults (age 13 and up).  Children 12 years and under will receive free admission.

 

Over 40 Super Late Models are expected to be on hand for the event.

 

WIR is located at W1460 County Road KK just outside of Kaukauna, Wis.  For more information visit www.wirmotorsports.com

 

The Unified Northern Drivers Racing Association (TUNDRA) Super Late Model Series was formed in 2011 as the Alive For Five Super Late Model Series at Dells Raceway Park. TUNDRA's business plan is based on a sustainable program for promoters and race teams alike, while still providing high-quality Super Late Model entertainment to fans.

 

For more information on TUNDRA including news, results and the final 2013 standings, archived results and standings, and more visit www.tundrasuperlates.com. Also, interact with us on Facebook (facebook.com/TundraSuperLateModels) or Twitter (@TUNDRAslms).

 

NO AVERAGE LAST CHANCE: THE ORIGINS OF TUNDRA'S GONG SHOW

 

PORTAGE, Wis. (April 22, 2014) - Among TUNDRA Super Late Model Series drivers there is a polarizing portion of every race-day schedule.  Some love the quick opportunity to get into the feature.  Some hate how frantic it can be.  Some just hate the name.  It is the first opportunity of the last chance.  It is the Gong Show.

 

The Gong Show is a six-car mad dash for two coveted spots in the TUNDRA feature.  It may see anywhere from no inversion to a full-field inversion and lasts between six and 11 laps.  The inversion and the number of laps run are based on a roll of the dice as the cars roll onto the track.

 

After a successful season as the Alive for Five in 2011, and rebranded as TUNDRA for 2012, the series looked to make some changes to the race day format to add some spice. One of the first aspects to see adjustment was how drivers punched their tickets to the features.

 

"Originally, we were only going to take drivers who made it on time," said TUNDRA representative Matt Panure.  "Sometimes drivers just miss it during qualifying and deserve chance to race their way into the feature, so we figured we needed something."

 

Recognizing that last chance races can be some of the most exciting events of the evening, TUNDRA devised a new plan.  Instead of a drawn out last chance race where the fastest car missing the cut was given a front-row starting spot, TUNDRA decided to go with a dash format.

 

The field of the Gong Show consists of the first three qualifiers to miss the cut for the feature, two TUNDRA provisionals and one promoters' choice (which is typically filled by a top driver at the track TUNDRA is visiting).  Drivers roll onto the front stretch in order by how they qualified, with the fastest leading a single-file parade to the start/finish line where drivers await the inversion.

 

"We've had some pretty hectic races when that six was rolled and we put the fastest car in the back," Panure recalls.  "This year I seemed to roll 3 quite a bit, which can be interesting because you take the fastest car that missed the cut in qualifying and pull him or her out of a transfer spot.  The roll can be just as dramatic as the race."

 

The first Gong Shows were six laps regardless of the inversion.  That changed midway through the 2012 season when a provision was put in to add laps when the field was inverted.  The results stayed the same - exciting racing for two final spots.

 

Perhaps one of the most exciting Gong Shows came at Dells Raceway Park in Round Four of 2012.  After an inversion Mark Kissinger was given the pole.  He held off furious charges throughout the 11-lap race from Josh Wallace and Steve Rubeck, who started sixth. Rubeck, the fastest driver to miss the qualifying cut, came up just a car-length shy of a transfer spot as Wallace pulled to the door of Kissinger coming to the checkered.  Corey Jankowski, who was the point leader entering the race finished fourth at the door of Rubeck.

 

When TUNDRA took its show on the road in 2013 the series saw another mutation to the race procedures with the addition of a last-chance race.  In speaking with drivers, TUNDRA officials recognized the importance of having another chance to race in for drivers who are unfamiliar with new facilities.  With larger car counts, officials deemed it was also important to give every driver a chance to race his or her way into the main.

 

Even though the last chance race was added, the Gong Show remained in-tact as a first option to transfer into the main.  The advantage of transferring through the Gong Show is that a driver will have fewer laps on his or her tires and will start closer to the front.

 

Adding the last chance race gave the drivers a life line, but it hasn't taken anything away from how exciting the Gong Shows have been.  Round Four at Golden Sands proved that in July.

 

Jordan Ives had the Gong Show well in hand as Jordan Thiel tried to hold on desperately for a transfer spot.  With Jeff Weinfurter and Steve Lichtfeld ready to pounce, Thiel held the bottom.  Coming through three and four on the final lap Weinfurter gave Thiel and unceremonious bump, sending him up the track.  Weinfurter transferred as Thiel and Lichtfeld made spectacular saves.  Those two would later meet in the last chance race where Lichtfeld gave Thiel another bump and run.

 

"That will be a hard one to forget," Panure recalled. "It certainly gave the fans something to talk about."

 

The Gong Show continues to be one of the most talked about portions of the TUNDRA race day.  Perhaps one of the most interesting discussions comes from the name.

 

"When I was a kid watching in the stands my dad would always refer to the last chance race as the gong show," Panure said.  "It was the first thing that came to my head when we came up with this concept, and it just stuck."

 

With over 40 cars pre-entered for the first TUNDRA event of the season, fans at Wisconsin International Raceway will get their first look at the Gong Show on May 10. TUNDRA Round One, "Powered by Wisconsin Potatoes," will have a 2 p.m. start time.

 

WIR is located at W1460 County Road KK just outside of Kaukauna, Wis.  For more information visit www.wirmotorsports.com

 

The Unified Northern Drivers Racing Association (TUNDRA) Super Late Model Series was formed in 2011 as the Alive For Five Super Late Model Series at Dells Raceway Park. TUNDRA's business plan is based on a sustainable program for promoters and race teams alike, while still providing high-quality Super Late Model entertainment to fans.

 

For more information on TUNDRA including news, results and the final 2013 standings, archived results and standings, and more visit www.tundrasuperlates.com. Also, interact with us on Facebook (facebook.com/TundraSuperLateModels) or Twitter (@TUNDRAslms).

RSI TO PAY PANITZKE'S TUNDRA REGISTRATION FOR 2014

 

PORTAGE, Wis. (April 11, 2014) - Series sponsors have shown great support to the TUNDRA Super Late Model Series in its youthful four-year history.  Whether providing cash or contingencies TUNDRA's marketing partners have kept the series growing and moving in the right direction.

 

In a new twist this off season, Radiographic Services Incorporated decided to keep the series growing by showing support for the Champion and providing plenty of incentive to return.  RSI has decided to foot the bill for Nick Panitzke's 2014 TUNDRA Super Late Model Series campaign as a bonus for winning the 2013 title.

 

They will also pay the way in 2015 for this year's series titlist.

 

"With six different winners TUNDRA proved to be a very competitive series last season," said Drew Kreibich, TUNDRA Director of Competition.  "For RSI to understand what it means to bring back a Champion to defend his title each season is a great step in the right direction for TUNDRA.  Nick will have his hands full with guys trying to make sure he doesn't get that bonus again for 2015."

 

Panitzke's registration bonus covers the $1,800 to register for all eight races this season. That slim registration for any TUNDRA racer covers race tires for the season (18 total) and the first four pit passes at every event (total of 32) - a value of over $3,000.

 

TUNDRA drivers are encouraged to send in their registrations before April 30 to meet the early registration deadline.  Entries for the full eight-race schedule filed before that time will be priced at $1,800; afterward the entry for the full 2014 schedule will be $2,000.

 

Radiographic Services Incorporated specializes in radiographic equipment sales, services and supplies.  For more information visit www.rsixray.com.

 

The first event of the 2014 TUNDRA Super Late Model "Powered by Wisconsin Potatoes" season is scheduled for Saturday, May 10 at Wisconsin International Raceway just outside of Kaukauna, Wis.

 

The Unified Northern Drivers Racing Association (TUNDRA) Super Late Model Series was formed in 2011 as the Alive For Five Super Late Model Series at Dells Raceway Park. TUNDRA's business plan is based on a sustainable program for promoters and race teams alike, while still providing high-quality Super Late Model entertainment to fans.

 

For more information on TUNDRA including news, results and the final 2013 standings, archived results and standings, and more visit www.tundrasuperlates.com. Also, interact with us on Facebook (facebook.com/TundraSuperLateModels) or Twitter (@TUNDRAslms)

DEAN'S RETURNS TO TUNDRA TEAM FOR 2014

 

  PORTAGE, Wis. (April 9, 2014) - For the second consecutive season Dean's Satellite of Sparta, Wis. will lend support to the TUNDRA Super Late Model Series.  Dean's will once again sponsor the Rookie of the Year and Most Improved Driver programs.

 

"We are excited to a part of the TUNDRA Super Late Models for the second straight year," said Dean Pennel, owner of Dean's Satellite.  "Racing has been a part of our family and business for the past 20+ years and we look forward to a continued partnership for years to come."

 

Last season Paige Decker took the cash prize for being the top rookie by a slim margin over Matt Pyburn.  The Rookie of the Year battle also featured Claire Decker, Jordan Ives, Chris Brooks and Jordan Thiel.

 

The Most Improved Driver was TUNDRA Iron Man Mike Egan who jumped from tenth in 2012 standings to fourth this past season.  He was also awarded a cash bonus at the banquet in January.

 

This season rookie drivers will be well-recognizable with a yellow "Dean's Satellite" stripe across the back bumper of their machines.  The potential class of 2014 rookies looks to be just as stout as last season.  Former Late Model Champions Tom Gee Jr. and Rich Schumann Jr. and past Late Model standouts Mike Lichtfeld, Dan Church, Ryan Farrell, Regan May and Shawn Majkrzak are among the early entrants into the program.

 

Dean's plans on having booths set up with information on DIRECTV and other products on various stops of the 2014 TUNDRA Super Late Models schedule.

 

The first event for the 2014 Dean's Satellite Rookie class is scheduled for Saturday, May 10 in TUNDRA Round One "Powered by Wisconsin Potatoes" at Wisconsin International Raceway just outside of Kaukauna, Wis.

 

Serving LaCrosse, Sparta, Madison, Rochester, Winona, Wausau and everywhere in between, Dean's Satellite offers the two leading brands of Satellite Television. Dean's is a local Authorized DIRECTV and DISH retailer and also a provider of Exede Satellite Internet. In 2011 Dean's branched out to include Dean's Security Services specializing in security and surveillance for residential and commercial. For more information visitwww.deansdish.com.

 

TUNDRA drivers interested in obtaining rookie status can find the application here: http://www.tundrasuperlates.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/TUNDRA_ROY_application1.pdf

 

The Unified Northern Drivers Racing Association (TUNDRA) Super Late Model Series was formed in 2011 as the Alive For Five Super Late Model Series at Dells Raceway Park. TUNDRA's business plan is based on a sustainable program for promoters and race teams alike, while still providing high-quality Super Late Model entertainment to fans.

 

For more information on TUNDRA including news, results and the final 2013 standings, archived results and standings, and more visit www.tundrasuperlates.com. Also, interact with us on Facebook (facebook.com/TundraSuperLateModels) or Twitter (@TUNDRAslms).

 

 

TUNDRA RELEASES 2014 SCHEDULE 

 

PORTAGE, Wis. (January 19, 2014) - TUNDRA Super Late Model Series officials released the tentative 2014 season schedule Sunday, featuring seven races at seven different venues with a race at an eight venue to be announced.

 

The 2014 season features an expansion to the 2013 schedule.  Golden Sands, Jefferson and Marshfield will again host TUNDRA races this season.  Slinger again will host the final round where the 2014 Champion will be crowned.

 

New venues this season include Wisconsin International Raceway for the opening event and a July 5 date at Norway (Mich.) Speedway.   The original date at Norway Speedway was moved from July 19 to accommodate fans who wish to attend the TUNDRA race and the wildly popular TORC Off Road Series race at Bark River International.

 

The schedule also features a return to the birthplace of TUNDRA, Dells Raceway Park.   

 

 

ROUND ONE

Saturday, May 10 (2 p.m. Start) - Wisconsin International Raceway, Kaukauna, Wis.

50 Lap Feature

 

ROUND TWO

Monday, May 26 - Golden Sands Speedway, Plover, Wis.

60 Lap Feature

 

ROUND THREE

Saturday, June 21 - Jefferson Speedway, Jefferson, Wis.

60 Lap Feature

 

ROUND FOUR

Saturday, July 5 - Norway Speedway, Norway, Mich

60 Lap Feature

 

ROUND FIVE

TBA

 

ROUND SIX

Saturday, August 2 - Marshfield Motor Speedway, Marshfield, Wis.

50 Lap Feature

 

ROUND SEVEN

Saturday, August 23 - Dells Raceway Park, Wisconsin Dells, Wis.

60 Lap Feature

 

ROUND EIGHT (CHAMPIONSHIP)

Sunday, September 7 - Slinger Speedway, Slinger, Wis.

75 Lap Feature 

 

 

The Unified Northern Drivers Racing Association (TUNDRA) Super Late Model Series was formed in 2011 as the Alive For Five Super Late Model Series at Dells Raceway Park. TUNDRA's business plan is based on a sustainable program for promoters and race teams alike, while still providing high-quality Super Late Model entertainment to fans.

 

For more information on TUNDRA including news, results and the final 2013 standings, archived results and standings, and more visit www.tundrasuperlates.com. Also, interact with us on Facebook (facebook.com/TundraSuperLateModels) or Twitter (@TUNDRAslms).

 

 

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Matt Panure
TUNDRA Super Late Models
matt@tundrasuperlates.com
920-360-7618 

TUNDRA ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH WISCONSIN POTATO AND VEGETABLES GROWERS ASSOCIATION

 

PORTAGE, Wis. (March 26, 2014) - Parents have been telling children to eat their vegetables to grow big and strong for generations.  To continue to get bigger and stronger the TUNDRA Super Late Model Series will turn to those who produce those delicious and nutritious snacks.

 

The fastest growing super late model series in the Midwest has formed a partnership with the Wisconsin Potato and Vegetables Growers Association for the 2014 season.  Drivers and teams can expect a carbo-loaded race day as each event will be "Powered by Wisconsin Potatoes."

 

"We're extremely excited to welcome the WPVGA to the TUNDRA family," said TUNDRA representative Matt Panure.  "Being Wisconsin-based ourselves, and traveling to the heartland of potato and vegetable growing country, we feel like this is a partnership that will be a huge benefit to everyone."

 

The Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association in was established 1948 with headquarters in Antigo, Wis. Ranked third in the nation for potato production, and number one east of the Mississippi, the WPBGA's 140 growers work together to provide the best Wisconsin potatoes and vegetables for consumers.

 

"The Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association is excited to be partnering with TUNDRA Super Late Models in 2014," said Chris Brooks, former TUNDRA driver and WPVGA Associate Board Vice President and Promotions Committee Member.  "It gives us the opportunity to showcase Home Grown Wisconsin Potatoes to the loyal race fans of Wisconsin and surrounding states."

 

"It's also an opportunity to work with Tundra on their platform for the much anticipated launch of the Wisconsin Spudmobile. Our 'Powered by Potatoes' moto will mean more than ever this year," he concluded.

 

The first "Powered by Wisconsin Potatoes" event for TUNDRA is scheduled for Saturday, May 10 at Wisconsin International Raceway just outside of Kaukauna, Wis.  The event is scheduled for a 2 p.m. start time.

 

The Unified Northern Drivers Racing Association (TUNDRA) Super Late Model Series was formed in 2011 as the Alive For Five Super Late Model Series at Dells Raceway Park. TUNDRA's business plan is based on a sustainable program for promoters and race teams alike, while still providing high-quality Super Late Model entertainment to fans.

 

For more information on TUNDRA including news, results and the final 2013 standings, archived results and standings, and more visit www.tundrasuperlates.com. Also, interact with us on Facebook (facebook.com/TundraSuperLateModels) or Twitter (@TUNDRAslms).

 

For more information on the WPVGA visit www.wisconsinpotatoes.com.

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