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              SCHLOUGH, WEINFURTER WIN MAINS;

NITZKE IS STARS TO LEGENDS TOUR CHAMPION    

 

            MARSHFIELD, WI - Ernie Schlough, Greenwood, WI., and Jeff Weinfurter, Wis. Rapids, WI., won the two battles, but in the end it was Frank Nitzke, Berlin, WI., taking season championship honors in the CWRA Stars to Legends Tour 2017 event finale here at Marshfield Motor Speedway. Parlaying consistent finishes all year, Nitzke was able to hold off fast closing Weinfurter by just 18 points to take the crown which is the highlight of his 19 year racing career thus far. According to Nitzke, "This ranks right at the top of my racing accomplishments and I have to say it was fun, fun, fun racing with this CWRA group all year. We'll be back next year to defend our title"

            In the first of two 30 lap Features, it was Brent Strelka, Freedom, WI., and Schlough starting on the front row and the two battled side by side before Schlough took command of the race. It didn't take long however for Weinfurter to charge to the front taking the race lead near the halfway point. A caution flag slowed action however and with the race eventually stopped for cleanup, Weinfurter found his race car would not shift into gear. A quick pit stop solved the problem, but Weinfurter consequently had to start at the rear of the field once racing resumed. That put Schlough back in the lead but he still had Strelka to deal with along with Darren Jackson, Wis. Rapids, WI., who was right on the leaders tails. The three continued to battle but Nitzke, who had started dead last was making his way to the front. Weinfurter still showed speed and he stayed right with Nitzke as they closed on the leaders. One more race slowing skirmish occured which tightened the field back up, but on the restart it was Schlough leading the way resulting in his first ever CWRA Stars to Legends Tour Feature win. Strelka in his first appearance on the Tour in 2017 wound up second, with Jackson right behind. Weinfurter with his late race charge wound up fourth, followed by Nitzke and Jake Capek, Nekoosa, WI.

            Nitzke was faced with additional race drama as upon pulling into the pit area after the first main event had a left front spindle break which forced the team into rushed repairs to get ready for Feature number two. With his points lead still precariously close over Capek and Weinfurter, the team pieced the car back together and made it to the grid for the 2nd race. Mostly green flag racing was the case for the 30 lap finale with all eyes on Nitzke and Weinfurter who were the fastest cars on the track. Weinfurter ultimately brought his machine to the front with Nitzke right on his bumper. Nitzke had opportunities to pass Weinfurter, but with a championship on the line he settled for 2nd at the checkered flag and clinched the 2017 title. Following Weinfurter and Nitzke after 30 laps were Strelka, Jackson, Schlough and Capek.

            Final CWRA Stars to Legends Tour Championship points found Nitzke 1st with 637, followed by Weinfurter, 619, Capek, 611, Derrick Van Dreel, Stevens Point, WI., who was forced to race another car in the 2nd main after mechanical issues sidelined him in the first 30 to maintain his 4th position in points at 556, and Mark Mackesy, Wausau, WI., who was involved in a wreck in 30 lap race one filling out the top 5 with 538.

            Work is already underway in putting a schedule together for the 2018 CWRA Tour with expansion expected to at least 12 race events from the 8 contested in 2017.

            To keep tabs on the latest CWRA happenings heading into 2018 go to the CWRA Facebook page or to starmakermultimedia.com under the news section.

                                                            SUMMARY

30 lap Feature one 1. Ernie Schlough, Greenwood, WI. 2.Brent Strelka, Freedom, WI., 3. Darren Jackson, Wis. Rapids, WI., 4. Jeff Weinfurter, Wis. Rapids, WI., 5. Frank Nitzke, Berlin, WI., 6. Jake Capek, Nekoosa, WI., 7. Jesse Poksyck, Friendship, WI., 8. Monty Gress, Neillsville, WI., 9. Dave Neitzke, Eureka, WI., 10. Mike Sievers, Wis. Rapids, WI., 11. Rachel Kallas, Winneconne, WI., 12. Greg Matthews, Wis. Rapids, WI., 13. Derrick Van Dreel, Stevens Point, WI., 14. Dakota Blakeslee, Wis. Rapids, WI., 15. Mark Mackesy, Wausau, WI., 16. Darek Gress, Neilsville, WI.

30 lap Feature two  1. Weinfurter, 2. Nitzke, 3. Strelka, 4. Jackson, 5. Schlough, 6. Capek, 7. M. Gress, 8. Van Dreel, 9. Blakeslee, 10. Kallas, 11. Neitzke, 12. Sievers, 13. Matthews, 14. Mackesy, DNS, 15. D. Gress, DNS, 16. Poksyck, DNS.

 

CWRA Stars To Legends Tour final point standings as of 9/8/17

 

1.     Frank Nitzke                                637

2.    Jeff Weinfurter                              619

3.    Jake Capek                                   611

4.    Derrick Van Dreel                       556

5.    Mark Mackesy                              538

6.   Rachel Kallas                                535

7.   Mike Sievers                                  434

8.   Monty Gress                                  386

9.   Wayne Breitenfeldt                        358

10. Darek Gress                                  328

CAPEK AND MACKESY WIN, POINTS RACE

TIGHTENS ON CWRA STARS TO LEGENDS TOUR  

WAUSAU, WI - Picking up his first Feature win of 2017 here at State Park

Speedway, Wausau, WI., Thursday night, August 10th, Jake Capek, Nekoosa, WI., has

closed the gap in the season points battle on the CWRA Stars to Legends Tour heading

into   the   final   event   of   the   year   at   Marshfield   Motor   Speedway,   Marshfield,   WI.,

September 8th. Local star, Mark Mackesy, Wausau, WI., also won a Feature on the night,

his 5th of the 2017 campaign.

Capek followed early pacesetters Wayne Breitenfeldt, Wausau, WI., and Tour

point leader, Frank Nitzke, Berlin, WI., in the first 25 lap main before making the pass for

the lead on lap 8. Meanwhile, Mark Mackesy utilizing the high groove was on the move

motoring up to third behind Nitzke by the halfway point of the race. With action plentiful

among drivers in the entire field, Mackesy finally secured the 2nd position with three laps

remaining. Capek who had built a bit of a cushion stayed in front however and was able

to capture his 1st CWRA Stars to Legends Tour Feature finishing ahead of Mackesy,

Nitzke, Darek Gress, Neilsville, WI., Jeff Weinfurter, Wis. Rapids, WI., and newcomer to

the Tour, Brock Heinrich, Wausau, WI., the top 6.

The 2nd 25 lap main started with Heinrich and Weinfurter putting on a battle up

front. Weinfurter would secure the lead, but Mackesy was again on the move challenging

for the top spot by the mid point of the race. Several cautions slowed the action for the

2nd half of the event and with one final restart featuring Mackesy and Heinrich on the

front row, Mackesy with years of racing savvy, was able to grab the lead and hang on for

the win. At the finish it was Mackesy followed by Heinrich, Weinfurter, Darek Gress,

Derrick Van Dreel and Capek the top 6.

With the one event remaining  at Marshfield, no less than 6 drivers have a

mathematical   chance   at   winning   the   2017   CWRA  Stars   to   Legends   season   point

championship. Nitzke saw his lead cut to 16 points over Capek, with Weinfurter, Van

Dreel, Mackesy and Rachel Kallas, Winneconne, WI., all within striking distance.

For additional information on CWRA go to the CWRA Facebook page or to

starmakermultimedia.com under the news section.

SUMMARY

25 lap Feature one     

1. Jake Capek 

, Nekoosa, WI. 2. Mark Mackesy, Wausau, WI. 3.Frank

Nitzke Berlin, WI.,, WI., 4. Darek Gress,, Neillsville, WI., 5. Jeff Weinfurter,Wis. Rapids,

WI., 6. Brock Heinrich, Wausau, WI. 7.. Derrick Van Dreel, Stevens Point, WI., 8. Wayne

Breitenfeldt, Wausau, WI., 9. Jeff Nowak, Wausau, WI., 10. Rachel Kallas, Winneconne,

WI., 11. Monty Gress, Neilsville, WI., 12. Mike Sievers, Wis. Rapids, WI.

25 lap Feature two      

 1. Mackesy, 2. Heinrich, 3. Weinfurter, 4. D. Gress, 5. Van Dreel, 6.

Capek, 7. Breitenfeldt, 8. Nowak, 9.  Nitzke, 10. Kallas, 11. Sievers, 12. M. Gress.

Qualifying       

1. Heinrich

CWRA Stars To Legends Tour point standings as of 8/10/17

1.     Frank Nitzke       

551

2.    Jake Capek          

535

3.    Jeff Weinfurter    

527

4.   Derrick Van Dreel

495

5.    Mark Mackesy      

487

6.   Rachel Kallas        

476

7.   Mike Sievers         

376

8.   Wayne Breitenfeldt           

358

9.   Monty Gress         

316

10. Derek Gress         

279

            MACKESY AND WEINFURTER POST WINS IN      CWRA MAINS AT GOLDEN SANDS SPEEDWAY

 

            PLOVER, WI - It was round six of the CWRA Stars to Legends Tour here Friday night at Golden Sands Speedway, Plover, WI., with Mark Mackesy, Wausau, WI., and Jeff Weinfurter, Wis. Rapids, WI., picking up big wins in the two 30 lap Feature events. For Mackesy it was win number 4 on the Tour, while Weinfurter who has had a myriad of mechanical problems racing this season it was finally breaking through for a main event win.

            Mackesy left no doubt who had the fastest car in the first 30 lap main as he immediately jumped out to a 6 car length lead from his front row starting position. Battles for the next several positions were being waged by no less than 7 drivers with Weinfurter and Mark Eswein, Wis. Rapids, WI., securing the spots at the 10 lap mark of the race. The two battled each other for the 2nd position for the next 10 laps which allowed Mackesy to further lengthen his already huge lead. Without a caution flag to slow the field, Mackesy would maintain his lead the rest of the way and take the checkered flag over Weinfurter and Eswein. Jake Capek, Nekoosa, WI., drove a steady race to place 4th, with Tour points leader Frank Nitzke, Berlin, WI., 5th and Jerry Brickner, Wausau, WI., 6th.

            The second 30 lap main started with former CWRA champion Kirby Kurth, Wis. Rapids, WI., taking the early lead. It didn't take long however for drivers to be racing three wide as both Rachel Kallas, Winneconne, WI., and Dave Neitzke, Eureka, WI., were looking for a way around the wily veteran driver Kurth. Neitzke got his nose out front briefly, but Eswein and Weinfurter were on the move challenging for the lead in a blink of an eye. Eswein and Kurth made contact at this point which brought out the caution slowing the field. Both drivers were sent to the rear for the restart which put Weinfurter in the drivers seat to take the lead and eventual win. Mackesy, after starting 12th in the field maneuvered his way through tight traffic to place 2nd, with Brickner, 3rd, Derrick Van Dreel, Stevens Point, WI., 4th, Nitzke 5th and Capek, 6th.

            With his consistent finishes on the night, Nitzke still holds the Tour point lead heading into the next event at State Park Speedway, Wausau, WI., Thursday night, August 10th.

            For additional information on CWRA go to the CWRA Facebook page or to starmakermultimedia.com under the news section.

                                                            SUMMARY

30 lap Feature one 1. Mark Mackesy, Wausau, WI. 2. Jeff Weinfurter, Wis. Rapids, WI. 3. Mark Eswein, Wis. Rapids, WI.,4. Jake Capek, Nekoosa, WI., 5. Frank Nitzke, Berlin, WI., 6. Jerry Brickner, Wausau, WI. 7.. Dakota Blakeslee, Wis. Rapids, WI., 8. Derrick Van Dreel, Stevens Point, WI., 9. Dave Neitzke, Eureka, WI., 10. Rachel Kallas, Winneconne, WI., 11. Wayne Breitenfeldt, Wausau, WI., 12. Kirby Kurth, Wis. Rapids, WI., 13. Jeff Nowak, Wausau, WI., 14. Darren Jackson, Wis. Rapids, WI., 15. Mike Sievers, Wis. Rapids, WI.

30 lap Feature two 1. Weinfurter, 2. Mackesy, 3. Brickner, 4. Van Dreel, 5. Nitzke, 6. Capek, 7. Kallas, 8. Blakeslee, 9. Nowak, 10. Neitzke, 11. Breitenfeldt, 12. Sievers, 13. Kurth, 14. Eswein, 15. Jackson, DNS.

Qualifying 1. Eswein

CWRA Stars To Legends Tour point standings as of 8/4/17

1.     Frank Nitzke                                474

2.    Jake Capek                                   446

3.    Jeff Weinfurter                              439

4.   Derrick Van Dreel                        418

5.    Rachel Kallas                               414

6.    Mark Mackesy                              383

7.   Mike Sievers                                  318

8.   Wayne Breitenfeldt                        287

9.   Kirby Kurth                                   268

10. Monty Gress                                  259

KALLAS, NITZKE SCORE WINS IN CWRA, MARZOFKA

REFFNER EVENT AT DELLS RACEWAY PARK

 

PLOVER, WI - The CWRA Stars to Legends Tour event was held to honor two

stars of short track racing, Marv Marzofka and Tom Reffner and after two 50 lap Feature races it was upstart Rachel Kallas of Winneconne, WI., and veteran Frank Nitzke, Berlin,

WI., taking the prestigious wins here at Dells Raceway Park, Wis. Dells, WI., Saturday

night.

 

The two legendary drivers in the annals of short track racing, Marzofka and

Reffner were on hand for the event which was added incentive for the 17 car Super Late

Model field in attendance hoping to take home the top prize.

The first 50 lap main, the Reffner race, started out with Kallas and Wayne

Breitenfeldt, Wausau, WI., on the front row with the young, female Kallas immediately

jumping out to the lead. With a strong car, Kallas stretched her margin to a half

straightaway at the 15 lap point while Jeff Weinfurter, Wis. Rapids, WI., and others

moved through the field to challenge. Weinfurter was ready to make his move for the

lead, when suddenly his engine let go heading into turn 3, scattering cars everywhere.

Unfortunately for Weinfurter, Mark Eswein, Wis. Rapids, WI., and Jesse Bernhagen,

Mauston, WI., in his first ever CWRA start, their races were done as slides in the oil and

contact with each other and the wall caused too much damage for any of them to

continue. Once racing resumed it was Nitzke who had moved up from his 8th starting

position challenging for the lead. Nitzke in his Ford Fusion tried inside and outside

moves to pass, but could never find a way around Kallas who scored her first ever and

extremely popular CWRA Stars to Legends Tour win. Mark Mackesy, Wausau, WI., and a

three time winner on the Tour in 2017 quietly made his way to the front finishing a close

3rd in the main. He was followed by Darek Gress, Neillsville, WI., Jake Capek, Nekoosa,

WI., and Breitenfeldt the top six.

The second 50 lapper, the Marzofka race, found Bradley Tilton, all the way from

Cheyenne, WY., starting from the pole position and taking the initial lead. Tilton was

driving like his car was shot out of a rocket, building over a half lap lead by lap 30. Tilton

maintained his lead and appeared to have things well in hand with just three laps to go

when a right front shock blew out forcing him from the race. Nitzke who had started 9th

found himself in the lead with the Tilton departure and held off Monty Gress, Neillsville,

WI., the last three laps for the win. Darek Gress who had a great night of racing followed

in 3rd, with Mackesy, Breitenfeldt, and Capek next in line at the checkered.

With his 2nd and 1st place finishes in the mains, Nitzke has re-emerged as the

Stars to Legends points leader heading into the next event, Friday, August 4th, at Golden

Sands Speedway, Plover, WI.

For additional information on CWRA go to the CWRA Facebook page or to

starmakermultimedia.com under the news section.

SUMMARY

50 lap Reffner Feature

1. Rachel Kalles, Winneconne, WI.

2. Frank Nitzke, Berlin, WI.

3. Mark Mackesy, Wausau, WI. 4. Darek Gress, Neilsville, WI. WI. 5. Jake Capek,

Nekoosa, WI. 6. Wayne Breitenfeldt, Wausau, WI. 7. Bradley Tilton, Cheyenne, WY. 8.

Steve Lichtfeld, Portage, WI. 9. Kirby Kurth, Wis. Rapids, WI. WI. 10. Monty Gress

Neillsville, WI. 11. Dakota Blakeslee, Wis. Rapids, WI. WI. 12.Dave Neitzke, Eureka, WI.

13. Jeff Weinfurter, Wis. Rapids, WI. 14.Mark Eswein, Wis. Rapids, WI. 15. Jesse

Bernhagen, Mauston, WI. 16. Mike Sievers, Wis. Rapids, WI. 17. Derrick Van Dreel,

Stevens Point, WI.

50 lap Marzofka Feature

1. Nitzke, 2. M. Gress, 3. D. Gress,, 4. Mackesy, 5. Breitenfeldt,

6. Capek, 7. Kalles, 8. Sievers, 9. Blakeslee, 10. Neitzke, 11. Lichtfeld, 12. Tilton, 13.

Kurth, 14. Van Dreel, 15. Weinfurter, DNS, 16. Eswein, DNS, 17. Bernhagen, DNS.

Qualifying

1. Eswein

CWRA Stars To Legends Tour point standings as of 7/15/17

1. Frank Nitzke 393

2. Jake Capek 365

3. Rachel Kallas 344

4. Jeff Weinfurter 343

5. Derrick Van Dreel 341

6. Mark Mackesy 286

7. Mike Sievers 265

8. Monty Gress 258

9. Wayne Breitenfeldt  229

10. Kirby Kurth  213

MACKESY AND VAN DREEL POST WINS IN ALBERT

GETZLOFF MEMORIAL AT GOLDEN SANDS

PLOVER, WI - It was round four of the CWRA Stars to Legends Tour here at

Golden Sands Speedway, as the Albert Getzloff Memorial race was held in honor of the

long time race tire sales and service provider for CWRA, who passed away this past year.

When all was said and done it was Mark Mackesy, Wausau, WI., and Derrick Van Dreel,

Stevens Point, WI., in victory lane at the conclusion of the two 30 lap Feature events.

The first 30 lap main started with Jesse Pokszyk, Friendship, WI., and Jake Capek

battling, with Capek securing the early lead. Rising star on the Tour Rachel Kallas,

Winneconne, WI., soon found herself in the mix grabbing the lead from Capek a short

time later. Meanwhile, the winner of the last two CWRA races, Mackesy was cruising

through the field in search of the lead. Mackesy found that lead at the mid-point of the

race and built a cushion, looking like a shoo in for the win. Mark Eswein, Wis. Rapids,

WI., in his first CWRA start of the year had other ideas however, moving into second

spot with 10 laps to go in hot pursuit of Mackesy. The two raced nose to tail for several

laps with time ultimately running out on Eswein who had to settle for second position

behind Mackesy who took the win by a car length. Battles raged behind the leading duo

and after 30 laps of racing it was Monty Gress, Neillsville, WI., in his best finish to date,

Jeff Weinfurter, Wis. Rapids, WI., Jerry Brickner, Wausau, WI., and points leader Frank

Nitzke, Berlin, WI., following.

Main event number two found round two CWRA winner, Derrick Van Dreel on

the front row and he wasted no time in taking the lead. Darren Jackson, Wis. Rapids, WI.,

in his first CWRA start followed in second looking for a mistake by Van Dreel to take the

lead. The mistake never did come however, and Van Dreel raced to his second CWRA

Stars to Legends Tour win of the 2017 campaign leading all 30 laps with Jackson a close

second. Mackesy and Eswein after starting deep in the 18 car field worked their way to

the front along with Weinfurter, putting on a battle that was second to none for the third

position. The trio raced nose to tail and side by side for numerous laps, even making

contact on occasion, before Weinfurter finally secured the position at the finish. Eswein

wound up fourth followed by Mackesy, and Capek.

The next event for the CWRA Stars to Legends Tour will be Saturday, July 15th at

Dells Raceway Park, Wis. Dells, WI.. In an extremely close race, new points leader

Derrick Van Dreel will be there taking on the challenges of an anticipated 15-20 car field

in the event that will honor former CWRA stars that became legends, Marv Marzofka and

Tom Reffner, who will both be in attendance.

For additional information on CWRA go to the CWRA Facebook page or to

starmakermultimedia.com under the news section.

SUMMARY

30 lap Feature one

1. Mark Mackesy

, Wausau, WI. 2. Mark Eswein, Wis. Rapids, WI. 3.

Monte Gress, Neillsville, WI. 4. Jeff Weinfurter, Wis. Rapids, WI. 5. Jerry Brickner,

Wausau, WI. 6. Frank Nitzke, Berlin, WI. 7. Rachel Kallas, Winneconne, WI. 8. Darren

Jackson, Wis. Rapids, WI. 9. Steve Lichtfeld, Portage, WI. 10. Jake Capek, Nekoosa, WI.

11. Jesse Pokszyk, Friendship, WI. 12. Derrick Van Dreel, Stevens Point, WI. 13. Jeff

Nowak, Wausau, WI. 14. Kirby Kurth, Wis. Rapids, WI. 15. Dave Neitzke, Eureka, WI. 16.

Wayne Breitenfeldt, Wausau, WI. 17.Dakota Blakeslee, Wis. Rapids, WI. 18. Renee

Scheinoha, Wis. Rapids, WI. 19. Mike Sievers, Wis. Rapids, WI.

30 lap Feature two

1. Van Dreel, 2. Jackson, 3. Weinfurter, 4. Eswein, 5. Mackesy, 6.

Capek, 7. Brickner, 8. Gress, 9. Lichtfeld, 10. Nitzke, 11. Pokszyk, 12. Kallas, 13. Kurth,

14. Neitzke, 15. Breitenfeldt, 16. Blakeslee, 17. Nowak, 18. Scheinoha, 19. Sievers, DNS.

Dash

1. Mackesy

Qualifying

1. Brickner

CWRA Stars To Legends Tour point standings as of 6/23/17

1. Derrick Van Dreel

292

2. Frank Nitzke

291

3. Jeff Weinfurter

290

PLOVER, WI - Former Golden Sands Speedway, Super Late Model

track champion and current CWRA "Stars to Legends" point leader, Frank Nitzke of

Berlin, WI., is looking for his first 2017 racing season Feature win. Now would be the

perfect time as the speedway presents the CWRA "Stars to Legends Tour" Albert Getzloff

Memorial race on Friday night, June 23rd.

 

The race is named in honor of Getzloff who handled tire sales for CWRA and

others in Wisconsin for many years. Always of quick wit, Getzloff was involved in the

sport since it's infancy in the 1960s and has been a mainstay ever since until his passing

due to heart complications.

 

Nitzke is heading up a 15-20 car field of CWRA drivers that will be shooting for

the top prize in the First Annual Albert Getzloff Memorial event. Having raced and won

throughout the State of Wisconsin, Nitzke has chosen to race on the CWRA Tour due to

cost factors built into the series.

 

 "I'm racing with CWRA because it's more affordable and

still really competitive. They require the Towel City Racing tire for all their events which

is cheaper in upfront cost and lasts much longer than the other tires out there. I love this

tire, it's really been fun racing with it on the tour"

 

With three CWRA events in the books, Nitzke finds himself on top the point

standings with 222 points, slightly ahead of Jake Capek, Nekoosa, WI., 218, and Derrick

Van Dreel, Stevens Point, WI., 214. Nitzke's consistent finishes in main event

competition have put him first in points but a win at Golden Sands could propel him the

rest of the way with four CWRA races remaining.

 

"Consistency is good but a win in the

Getzloff Memorial Race at a track I'm a former Champion at would be great!"

 

Besides the aforementioned drivers, Mark Mackesy, Wausau, WI., and the last

CWRA Tour event winner at Wausau's State Park Speedway, is another driver that will be

racing in the Getzloff Memorial. With two CWRA main event wins at State Park,

Mackesy has momentum on his side and will be a favorite to win. Local racer Jeff

Weinfurter, Wisconsin Rapids, WI., and the only female competitor racing the entire

Tour, 17 year old Rachel Kallas, Winneconne, WI., will also be challenging for the

prestigious Getzloff Memorial race win.

 

In addition to CWRA, a full program of racing will be held with a huge Fireworks

display capping off the evening.

Fan gates at the Speedway will open at 5:00 pm with racing set to start at 7:45pm.

Golden Sands Speedway is located 6 miles West of Plover, WI., or 7 miles East of

Wisconsin Rapids, WI., on Highway 54.