2018 State Park Speedway Schedule

Fenhaus Makes a Statement on Thursday Night

​A fierce battle for second place entertained fans, and suited Luke Fenhaus just fine too at State Park Speedway Thursday night.

 

 

Fenhaus passed polesitter Ryan Hinner on lap eight and drove away from the rest of the pack to win the Auto Select Super Late Models pres. by C-Tech feature race, the headliner on Women Concerned for Auto Racing (WCAR) Gifts From Heaven Night, where 66 bicycles were given away to youth during the race program.

 

 

Fenhaus scored his second feature win of the season at State Park and his first in weekly racing at the track. The 14-year old rookie super late model racer also remained hot over the last two weeks with his third feature win, including the Wisconsin Challenge Series feature at State Park two weeks earlier plus a feature at Golden Sands Speedway the night after that.

 

 

In a briskly run racing program that was completed in less than two hours due to thunderstorms in the area, Fenhaus took the lead and then continued to run away from the field while the laps ticked away in the 40-lap super late model main. He did so while Hinner and Justin Mondeik staged a prolonged battle for second place that lasted a full 25 laps. 

 

 

Mondeik tried to follow Fenhaus outside of Hinner on lap nine but never could complete the pass, though not for lack of trying. Instead, Mondeik hung tough on the outside lap after lap, even as he trailed Hinner at every point until finally edging ahead on lap 27.

 

 

Hinner remained on the inside, though, and inched ahead again on lap 31. Still side-by-side, he finally cleared Mondeik three laps later, and just six laps from the finish.

 

While those two battled for the runner-up spot, Fenhaus checked out, building a lead of nearly half a lap over the field. He cruised to the win, while Hinner held off Fred Mueller Qualifying fast timer Derek Doerr for second.

 

 

Fenhaus is the fourth different driver in six weeks of weekly super late model racing to win a feature at the track. He also inched back ahead of Mondeik in the point standings, with Fenhaus (401 points) and Mondeik (388) now separated by 13 points at the conclusion of the night.

 

 

Results

 

 

Auto Select Super Late Models pres. by C-Tech

Fast Qualifier: Derek Doerr, Watertown, 14.022 sec. 

Heat: Ryan Hinner, Stevens Point; Luke Fenhaus, Wausau; Justin Mondeik, Gleason; Mark Mackesy, Wausau; Mike Olson, Dorchester

Feature: Fenhaus; Hinner; Doerr; M. Mackesy; Mondeik; Olson

 

 

Schramm, Heinrich, Seliger, Rowe All Add Feature Wins

​Few drivers deliver more excitement on a weekly basis at State Park Speedway than Brian Schramm, and the Wausau racer did so yet again in the Advance Auto Parts Pure Stocks. 

 

Schramm got by Jeff Spatz in the final laps in both of the division’s races, including a late pass in the 25-lap feature race on WCAR Gifts From Heaven night. The win was Schramm’s fourth of the season, most of any driver in the class.

 

 

Schramm bided his time in the pack much of the race before getting past Carson Sillars for second on lap 18 and then working outside Spatz on lap 22. He edged ahead over the next three laps, finally clearing for the lead just before the white flag on his way to the win. Schramm also passed Spatz to win by inches at the line in the heat race. 

 

 

Brock Heinrich also won his fourth feature of the season in the Budweiser Fabiano Brothers Limited Late Models, outdueling Travis Volm in the 15-lap race.

 

 

Heinrich and Volm raced side-by-side for five laps in the middle stages of the race, which trading the lead four times before Volm slipped back on the outside while Heinrich drove away. The two have now finished 1-2 each of the last four weeks, with both Heinrich and Volm winning two features in that time.

 

 

George Seliger broke into Brickner Family Auto Group Victory Lane in the Snap-On Mini Mods for his first feature win of the season. Seliger snuck inside early leader Gary Garand to take the lead on lap four and led the rest of the race. 

 

 

The two-time defending champion in the division, Seliger became the sixth driver to win a feature in the mini mods this season. The points race in the division also tightened up when points leader Mike Heidmann had trouble in the form of a stuck throttle causing him to slap the wall in turns one and two on lap 16. Heidmann’s lead over both Seliger and Greg Blount has now been reduced to just 19 points.

 

 

Amanda Rowe repeated as winner of the Motors Service & Supply Mini Stocks feature, starting from the pole and leading all 15 laps. The schoolteacher from Mosinee drove away from the pack and won her division-leading third feature of the season, while Kyle Check of Shantytown tied his career-best finish by placing second.

 

 

State Park Speedway now gets ready for the 38th annual Larry Detjens Memorial. The two-day weekend will take place Friday, July 27 and Saturday, July 28. The schedule will include the Big 8 Late Model traveling series on Friday night plus mini mods, mini stocks and Bandoleros. Saturday night’s schedule includes the featured super late models, limited late models, pure stocks, mini mods, mini stocks and Bandoleros on Saturday. 

 

 

Results

 

 

Budweiser/Fabiano Brothers Limited Late Models

Fast Qualifier: Travis Volm, Mosinee, 14.801 sec.

Heat: Brock Heinrich, Wausau; Mitch Stankowski, Wausau; Volm; Dillon Mackesy, Athens

Feature: Heinrich; T. Volm; D. Mackesy; Stankowski

 

 

Advance Auto Parts Pure Stocks

Fast Qualifier: Chad Dietsche, Hatley, 15.591 sec.

Heat: Brian Schramm, Wausau; Jeff Spatz, Wausau; Dietsche; Alex Volm, Mosinee; Dustin Ochodnicky, Ogema

Feature: Schramm; Dietsche; Spatz; A. Volm; Carson Sillars, Wausau; Ochodnicky

 

 

Snap-on Mini Mods

Fast Qualifier: Mike Heidmann, Edgar, 16.114 sec.

Heat: Greg Blount, Marathon; Heidmann; Gary Garand, Weston; George Seliger, Wausau

Feature: Seliger; Blount; Garand; Heidmann

 

 

Motors Service & Supply Mini Stocks

Fast Qualifier: Brett Breitenfeldt, Wausau, 16.824 sec.

First Heat: Amanda Rowe, Mosinee; Tom Lecher, Wausau; Matt Gajewski, Wausau; Kendra Baumann, Wausau

Second Heat: Ashley Schoone, Tomahawk; Kyle Check, Shantytown; Kole Ferge, Wausau; Breitenfeldt; Kevin Tessmer, Wausau 

Feature: Rowe; Check; Ferge; Breitenfeldt; Lecher; Tessmer; Schoone; Nathan Steif, Wausau; Gajewski; Baumann

Stankowski, Schramm, Eckes, Schoone Take Checkers

​Racing in State Park Speedway’s regular divisions brought several drivers earning their first feature wins in their respective divisions, recording crowd-pleasing victories that came in hard-fought fashion.

 

In just his second night racing in the Budweiser/Fabiano Brothers Limited Late Model division, Mitch Stankowski claimed his first feature, holding off last week’s winner Brock Heinrich in a door-to-door battle to claim the 15-lap main.

 

Stankowski took the lead from Rayce Haase on lap three and led until Heinrich pulled to the outside five laps later. Heinrich led two laps but couldn’t quite clear Stankowski, who drove it in hard to stay inside. The two were side-by-side for six laps until Heinrich’s car faded late and Stankowski cleared him on the white flag lap and went on to the win.

 

“I don’t think I had the greatest car, if Brock had started in front of me it would’ve been really, really hard for me to get there, but I definitely had the car to stay there, and the guys were working on the car really hard all day,” said Stankowski.

 

Brian Schramm bounced back from getting caught up in an accident to find his way to Brickner Family Auto Group Victory Lane, winning the 20-lap Advance Auto Parts Pure Stocks feature.

 

Schramm received damage to the nose of his car on lap 14 when Chad Dietsche got together with Jeff Spatz in turns three and four while battling for second behind leader Alex Volm. Spatz’s car spun, and Schramm and Carson Sillars both were collected.

 

Sillars received heavy damage and would not continue, but Schramm was able to stay on the track and keep his spot and restarted second with seven laps to go. He passed Volm on the outside on lap 17 and went on to the win for his first feature win of the season, while Volm recorded his second straight runner-up finish.

 

“I really didn’t know what was going on (after receiving the damage), but…it was good to go,” said Schramm. “It was a little tight in the center, but we got the job done.”

 

Adam Eckes won the 20-lap Snap-On Mini Mods feature for his first main win of the season. Eckes worked inside Jim Lietz for the top spot on the fourth lap and led the rest of the way, withstanding a late charge from last week’s feature winner Mike Heidmann.

 

Ashley Schoone scored her first career feature win in the Motors Service & Supply Mini Stocks, fending off all comers in an entertaining 20-lap race. 

 

The young Tomahawk driver started on the pole and led every lap, holding her line while a pack of cars gradually built up behind her as the race went on. Fellow female racer Amanda Rowe made several attempts to pass on the outside, and fast-timer Kole Ferge came up to second place late, but Schoone held on for a popular win on a night when she also claimed her first heat win at State Park Speedway.

 

Racing continues at State Park Speedway this coming Thursday, May 24, with a full regular racing program as well as the Midwest Truck Series on hand. Fan gates open at 4:30 p.m., with Fred Mueller Qualifying at 6 p.m. and racing to follow at 7 p.m. 

 

Results

 

ARCA Midwest Series Super Late Models

Fast Qualifier: Chris Weinkauf, Merrill, 13.561 sec. 

Qualifier: John Beale, Verona; John DeAngelis Jr., Hubertus; Michael Ostdiek, Lakeville, Minn.; Mark Mackesy, Wausau; Derek Doerr, Watertown

Even Heat: Paul Shafer Jr., Portage, Ind.; Billy Mohn, New Market, Minn.; Jonathan Eilen, Hampton, Minn.; Casey Johnson, Edgerton; Austin Nason, Roscoe, Ill.

Odd Heat: Rich Bickle Jr., Edgerton; Jason Weinkauf, Merrill; Dan Fredrickson, Lakeville, Minn.; Justin Mondeik, Gleason; C. Weinkauf

Feature: Andrew Morrissey, DeForest; Johnson; Dalton Zehr, Daytona Beach, Fla.; Fredrickson; Mondeik; Shafer; Nason; Bickle; Eilen; Beale

 

Budweiser/Fabiano Brothers Limited Late Models

Fast Qualifier: Brock Heinrich, Wausau, 14.627 sec.

Heat: Rayce Haase, Wausau; Dillon Mackesy, Athens; Mitch Stankowski, Wausau; Heinrich; Travis Volm, Mosinee

Feature: Stankowski; Heinrich; Haase; Mackesy; Volm

 

Advance Auto Parts Pure Stocks

Fast Qualifier: Chad Dietsche, Hatley, 15.471 sec.

Heat: Jeff Spatz, Wausau; Alex Volm, Mosinee; Dietsche; Nick Grish, Wausau; Brian Schramm, Wausau

Feature: Schramm; Volm; Grish; Dietsche; Spatz; Dustin Ochodnicky, Ogema; Carson Sillars, Wausau

 

Snap-on Mini Mods

Fast Qualifier: Mike Heidmann, Edgar, 15.961 sec.

Heat: Jim Lietz, Mosinee; Greg Blount, Marathon; Heidmann; Dale Louze, Mosinee; Adam Eckes, Milladore

Feature: Eckes; Heidmann; George Seliger, Wausau; Blount, Louze; Jim Lietz; John Lietz, Mosinee; Gary Garand, Weston

 

Motors Service & Supply Mini Stocks

Fast Qualifier: Kole Ferge, Wausau, 16.860 sec.

First Heat: Ashley Schoone, Tomahawk; Tom Lecher, Wausau; Dane Colbert, Mosinee; Kevin Tessmer, Wausau; Dale Brandt, Birnamwood

Second Heat: Ferge; Kyle Check, Shantytown; Brett Breitenfeldt, Wausau; Amanda Rowe, Mosinee; Nathan Steif, Wausau

Feature: Schoone; Ferge; Rowe; Lecher; Steif; Breitenfeldt; Check; Colbert; Tessmer

Photo Courtesy Of State Park Speedway

Morrissey Holds Off Johnson in State Park Speedway Thriller

​Andrew Morrissey has experience winning big races and winning at State Park Speedway. It all added up to a winning combination again when the veteran driver claimed the ARCA Midwest Tour Cabin Fever 100 Super Late Model touring series main event Saturday night.

 

The 2009 Larry Detjens Memorial Race winner won for the fourth time on the ARCA Midwest Tour, including for the first time in the series’ eight trips to State Park Speedway. Morrissey brought a bent car across the finish line first, holding off a late challenge from Casey Johnson to win a race that was caution free, going green for 100 straight laps in a terrific display of clean racing on the quarter-mile oval.

 

Morrissey was up front the entire way, leading 96 of 100 laps and taking the lead for good on lap six after a side-by-side, front row battle with Dan Fredrickson to start the race.

 

Morrissey built a sizeable lead on Fredrickson and later Casey Johnson for most of the first 60-plus laps. That changed on lap 64, when the DeForest, Wis., driver tried to check-up after contact by lapped cars and received some damage to the left front of his car in the chain reaction.

 

Johnson quickly shaved five car lengths off his deficit and closed in on the leader in traffic before Morrissey was able to gain some distance again. Johnson closed back in on lap 82 before slipping back again, but he continued to lurk in the final 10 laps as Morrissey came up on heavy lapped traffic.

 

Johnson almost touched Morrissey in turns one and two with nine laps to go, but he’d get no closer in the closing stages. Morrissey held on to win by three car lengths, with 2016 State Park Speedway champion Dalton Zehr finishing third, Fredrickson fourth and SPS regular Justin Mondeik coming in fifth.

 

“It’s awesome, I just can’t believe it,” said Morrissey when interviewed after the race. “I have to thank Casey for running me clean.”

 

With the hood of his car obstructing his vision, Morrissey said “I was just trying to follow the guys in front of me. We had just barely enough to hold on.”

 

“I think we had a little better car (at the end),” said Johnson after the race. “I think I was a little better going into the corner, but he was better coming off."

 

“I think we were both switching our lines at the end, it was a lot of fun, I sure didn’t expect to go 100 laps green. It was a heck of a race here at State Park Speedway.”

 

Zehr claimed a solid third-place finish, and after said, “Honestly, the way the race was going, it could’ve been 150 laps (without a caution). These guys just race so clean."

 

“We were a little quicker, just in the wrong spots.” And about a long battle with Fredrickson for third place, one that went on for the better part of 40 laps, Zehr said “I think he thought I needed a haircut, because he let me go by, we were able to sneak away to third place.”

Photo By: Q C Willy

GAJEWSKI HOLDS OFF FENHAUS TO WIN SEASON OPENER

M.G. Gajewski finished the 2017 race season at State Park Speedway on a high note, and 2018 at the Wausau native’s home track is off to a good start, too.

 

Gajewski won the Pepsi 60 super late model feature, holding off hard-charging Luke Fenhaus to win the main and make his first trip of the year to Brickner Family Auto Group Victory Lane. The three-time track champion was one of three defending track champions to claim feature races on a cool but successful Saturday night opener for the ninth season of racing at the track under ownership by Ron and Scott Wimmer.

 

Gajewski took the lead from Fenhaus on a lap 31 restart in the Auto Select Super Late Model presented by C-Tech feature, getting a good jump and completing the pass on the outside on the backstretch. 

 

The veteran would go on to lead the rest of the way, but not without a significant challenge. Fenhaus remained in hot pursuit and in Gajewski’s tracks for all of the final 30 laps, even briefly making contact with the leader coming out of turn four on lap 43. Both cars kept their momentum, Gajewski kept the lead, and he continued to have an answer for every challenge and went on to win the spirited duel by two car lengths.

 

The 14-year old Fenhaus, in his first race in a super late model at the track, finished second and led 15 laps, going underneath Mike Olson for the lead on lap 16. Olson led from the pole for the first 15 laps, which was slowed by a caution on lap nine. A brief rain shower was enough to bring out the yellow flag, but the cars continued to circle the track under yellow and the race resumed just 10 minutes later after raindrops tapered off.

 

Racing continues at State Park Speedway for a second consecutive Saturday, May 19, when the ARCA Midwest Tour late model series visits for the Cabin Fever 100. Limited late models, pure stocks, mini mods, mini stocks and bandoleros also will be in action, with pit gates opening at 2:30 p.m., fan gates open at 3:30 p.m., qualifying starting at 5 p.m. and racing to follow at 6 p.m.

 

Results

 

Auto Select Super Late Models pres. by C-Tech

Fast Qualifier: M.G. Gajewski, Wausau, 13.628 sec. 

Heat: Mike Olson, Dorchester; Luke Fenhaus, Wausau; Gajewski; Justin Mondeik, Gleason; Mark Mackesy, Wausau

Feature: Gajewski; Fenhaus; Olson; Mackesy; Jeremy Lepak, Wausau; Mondeik; Derek Doerr, Watertown

Photo By: Q C Willy

HEINRICH, DIETSCHE, HEIDMANN AND STRACHOTA WIN ON OPENING NIGHT

Brock Heinrich is the defending champion in the Budweiser Fabiano Brothers Limited Late Model division, and he also picked up where he left off last season.

 

Heinrich visited Brickner Family Auto Group Victory Lane after winning the 20-lap feature in the Limited Late Models, fending off challenges from Travis Volm and Mitch Stankowski in the closing stages to pick up the win.

 

Heinrich took the lead from Dillon Mackesy on lap six and led the rest of the way, weathering a trio of late race restars. The Wausau driver, who won his first track championship a year ago, powered past Volm on the first two restarts, and then pulled away a third time from Stankowski, who gave it a try on the outside after the second-place Volm chose to start behind the leader on the last restart with two laps left.

 

Chad Dietsche unveiled a slick-looking new paint job for his ride in the Advance Auto Parts Pure Stocks class, and he showed some muscle in winning the 25-lap feature.

 

Dietsche chased down Alex Volm quickly after a lap 15 restart, made the pass with five laps left and pulled away to win. Dietsche was fourth on the restart and initially stuck there as Volm appeared ready to leave the field well behind, but he worked through traffic quickly and won going away. 

 

Edgar’s Mike Heidmann won the 20-lap main in the Snap-on Mini Mods division. Heidmann moved up quickly from the eighth starting position, passed Jimmer Lietz on lap eight and held off George Seliger by six car lengths to win.

 

Garret Strachota also began his season in the Motors Service & Supply Mini Stocks in fine fashion. The 2017 champion in the division opened with a clean sweep including fast time, a heat win and then the feature as he rebuffed the challenges of rookie Nathan Steif ton win the 15-lap main. Strachota took the lead from Steif seven laps in and went on to victory even as Steif hung tough on the outside and challenged in the closing laps.

 

Racing continues at State Park Speedway for a second consecutive Saturday, May 19, when the ARCA Midwest Tour late model series visits for the Cabin Fever 100. Limited late models, pure stocks, mini mods, mini stocks and bandoleros also will be in action, with pit gates opening at 2:30 p.m., fan gates open at 3:30 p.m., qualifying starting at 5 p.m. and racing to follow at 6 p.m.

 

Results

 

Budweiser Fabiano Brothers Limited Late Models

Fast Qualifier: Travis Volm, Mosinee, 14.434 sec.

Heat: Dillon Mackesy, Athens; Mitch Stankowski, Wausau; Brock Heinrich, Wausau; Volm; Jared Duda, St. Michael, Minn.

Feature: Heinrich; Volm; Stankowski; Duda; Mackesy; Allen Borntrager, Elroy; Hanna Raley, Fall River; Rayce Haase, Wausau

 

Advance Auto Parts Pure Stocks

Fast Qualifier: Chad Dietsche, Hatley, 15.200 sec.

Heat: Kolton Guralski, Wausau; Nick Oxborough, Savage, Minn.; Brian Schramm, Wausau; Alex Volm, Mosinee; Nick Grish, Wausau

Feature: Dietsche; Volm; Jeff Spatz, Wausau; Carson Sillars, Wausau; Oxborough; Guralski; Grish; Dustin Ochodnicky, Ogema; Schramm

 

Snap-on Mini Mods

Fast Qualifier: Mike Heidmann, Edgar, 15.713 sec.

Heat: John Lietz, Mosinee; Dale Louze, Mosinee; Jim Lietz, Mosinee; Joe Kuehn, Wausau; George Seliger, Wausau

Feature: Heidmann; Seliger; Adam Eckes, Milladore; Kuehn; Jim Lietz; Louze; Greg Blount, Marathon; John Lietz; Dave Meyer, West Allis

 

Motors Service & Supply Mini Stocks

Fast Qualifier: Garrett Strachota, 16.545 sec.

First Heat: Tom Lecher, Wausau; Kyle Check, Shantytown; Kendra Baumann, Wausau; Ashley Schoone, Tomahawk; Amanda Rowe, Mosinee

Second Heat: Strachota; Nathan Steif, Wausau; Brett Breitenfeldt, Wausau; Kole Ferge, Wausau; Kevin Tessmer, Wausau

Feature: Strachota; Steif; Breitenfeldt; Ferge; Lecher; Check; Tessmer; Schoone; Baumann; Rowe