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PLOVER, WI - The Central Wisconsin Racing Association "Stars to Legends

Tour opened its racing season here at Golden Sands Speedway, Plover, WI., Friday night

with the Albert Getzloff Memorial race, and it was experience and youth that ruled out as

veteran Mark Mackesy Wausau, WI., and up and coming star Darek Gress, Neilsville,

WI., took the headlining 30 lap Feature events. The race is held in honor of Getzloff, the

long time race tire distributor who passed away several years ago.

The first 30 lap Feature found Brock Heinrich, Wausau, WI., and Cody Blakesley,

Wis. Rapids, WI., leading the way with Heinrich securing the lead. Derrick Van Dreel,

Wis. Rapids, WI., wasn't wasting any time however, moving up from his 5th starting

position into the lead by lap 10. With battles being waged throughout the field, Van Dreel

built up a sizeable lead before the caution came out halfway through the race tightening

the field. With the double file restart that CWRA utilizes in effect, Van Dreel again

jumped out to the lead.  Five time Tour winner in 2017 Mackesy, who started 9th in the

field, was just getting rolling however moving into 3rd. With laps winding down

Mackesy moved into 2nd and was planted on Van Dreel's bumper. An inside move

propelled the veteran driver into the lead and he held it the remaining distance taking the

checkered flag after 30 laps of hard fought racing. Darek Gress  motored into the second

spot late but came up a bit short and had to settle for a close 2nd at the finish. The fastest

car on the night, Darren Jackson, WIs. Rapids, WI., came from the 6th starting spot to

take 3rd, with Van Dreel, Jeff Weinfurter, Wis. Rapids, WI., and Jim Sauter, Jr., Tomah,

WI., following.

The second 30 lap Main event found Rachal Kallas, Winneconne, WI., and Jesse

Bernhagen, Stevens Point, WI., battling for the early lead. No less than a six car battle ensued behind the two with Gress steadily working his way to the front from his 7th

starting position. Mackesy, after his earlier win had to start from the 8th position but hewas on Gress's heels moving through the field. With just a handful of laps left Mackesytried to make the power move to the inside of Gress with the two making contact. Bothcars were able to get straightened out and back racing, but Gress proved to have what it took to keep the lead and held off Mackesy at the finish for his first ever CWRA Stars toLegends Feature win. Following Gress and Mackesy at the checkered flag were Bernhagen, Weinfurter, Sauter, Jr., and Jackson.


Next racing action for the CWRA Stars to Legends Tour group will take place at

the Marshfield Motor Speedway, Marshfield, WI., on Saturday, May 26th.



30 lap Feature one 

 1. Mark Mackesy, Wausau, WI., 2. Darek Gress, Neillsville, WI.,       


Darren Jackson, Wis. Rapids, WI., 4. Derrick Van Dreel, Wis. Rapids, WI., 5. Jeff

Weinfurter, Wis. Rapids, WI., 6. Jim Sauter, Jr., Necedah, WI., 7. Jesse Bernhagen,

Stevens Point, WI., 8. Rachal Kallas, Winneconne, WI., 9. Frank Nitzke, Berlin, WI., 10.

Brock Heinrich, Wausau, WI., 11. Monte Gress, Neilsville, WI., 12. Brian Henry, Omro,

WI., 13. Cody Blakeslee, Wis. Rapids, WI., 14. Dave Neitzke, Eureka, WI., 15. Mike

Sievers, Wis. Rapids, WI., 16. Greg Matthews, Wis. Rapids, WI.


30 Lap Feature two

1. D. Gress, 2. Mackesy, 3. Bernhagen, 4. Weinfurter, 5. Sauter, Jr.,

6. Jackson, 7. Henry,8. Van Dreel, 9. Heinrich, 10. Kallas, 11. Neitzke, 12. Sievers, 13.

Matthews, 14. Nitzke, 15. Blakesley, 16. M. Gress.

CWRA 2018 Schedule

5/18 Golden Sands Speedway- Albert Getzloff Memorial

5/26 Marshfield Motor Speedway

6/16 Dells Raceway Park- Twin 50s

7/6 Marshfield Motor Speedway

7/21 Dells Raceway Park- Marlin Walbeck Memorial

8/10 Golden Sands Speedway

9/16 Tomah-Sparta Speedway

9/28 Marshfield Motor Speedway-Fall Spectacular & C.W.R.A. Championship


This schedule is only tentative and is subject to change.