IS DENNIS SCHOENFELD THE NEW FREDDIE QUERY? by Jayson Kaplan
Veteran Driver Gets Back-To-Back Dominating Wins In Big 10 Series
Even late April showers and several yellow and red flags couldn’t stop Arkansas-native Dennis Schoenfeld from collecting his second-career and second-straight win Concord Motorsport Park on Saturday night in the second Big 10 Super Late Model Series race of the year.
Now, people might be asking; is Dennis Schoenfeld the new Freddie Query?
“We were both pedaling hard, he just happened to be up front,” said Query. “The track was so slick and he was doing what he should have been doing and that’s being real careful.
“This was a new car that we ran tonight. It’s not yet were we needed to be, but it is a step in the right direction. We are going to take this second-place finish and leave with the car in one piece. We’ll go back to the shop and work on making this car faster.
Dennis Schoenfeld won his second-straight race at Concord. (51 Photos)
“At one point he was getting a little loose and I thought I might have him but who knows. It’s a long season and we will just keep on going.”
Super Late Model hotshot Jeremy Pate returned to the seat of a Super Late Model to race at Concord and finished an impressive third in just his second time at Concord.
Pate and Jimmy Simpson went door-to-door for 30-laps for the spot before Pate overtook Simpson late in the going.
Query was back on his game this weekend, but just missed collecting the win.
BIG 10 SERIES RACE #2
Concord Motorsport Park, Concord, NC
1. Dennis Schoenfeld
2. Freddie Query
3. Jeremy Pate
4. Jimmy Simpson
5. Eddie Massengill
6. Dave Mader III
7. Heath Hindman
8. Tim Nooner
9. Mark Reedy
10. Chuck Barnes Jr.
11. Clete Caywood
12. Larry pollard
13. Terry Brooks
14. Kayne Hickman
15. Travis Kittleson
16. Duane Linville
17. Clay jones
18. Brian Finney
19. Wade Day
20. Chris Dunn
21. Keith Rankin
22. Kenny Sigmon
23. Preston Peltier
24. Ted Musgrave Jr.
Schoenfeld dominated the Big 10 field for the second race in a row, leading all 125 laps. That makes 250 laps led out of 250 laps run this season. Those are Query-type numbers.
Schoenfeld started his day on the pole and never looked back from there. Query, the defending Big 10 champion, stalked Schoenfeld all race long, but couldn’t catch him at the end.
“I just drove hard today,” said Schoenfeld. “That is all. Query was right behind me, waiting for me to make a mistake. I was sliding the nose and the rear at one point, but I kept on digging. The worst problem I had was that the tires got a little greasy.
“The car was good the whole race and that was what we strive for. Randy Dean helps me with this car, he always tells me to just be smooth and that’s just what I did. Randy is the rear tire changer for Jack Sprague’s NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Team and has been a big help for me this year.”
Query’s second-place finish was just what he needed to put him back in the right direction after his disappointing start in Big 10 opener, where he crashed early.
“My luck was horrible,” said Pate. “The first restart, I went from third (gear) to fourth and killed the motor. I flipped the switch (to refire it), but I thought I was going to get run over. I survived that, and then Simpson and I were door-to-door for at least 30 laps. I worked and worked to get around him. I finally got around him and I felt I could run with Schoenfeld and Freddie, but they were just a tick better.
“This is only my second time here and my first time on the soft set up. Clay Rogers helped me out with set ups. I am definitely coming back. I want to win a couple of these races. Steve Wallace was my spotter and he goes every were I go and I go every were Steve goes.”
Simpson kept his car in one-piece and collected a fourth.
“It was a pretty good night. I made a miscalculation and the car got tight in qualifying and I just made too many adjustments,” said Simpson. “The car was too loose and I couldn’t get back on the gas. We were slow in the corners, so all I did was just hold on at the end. The cautions tonight didn’t seem to hurt us; the car just got worse and worse as it ran.”
round. I felt the cautions worked in our favor tonight, it helped me with the tires because I was so hard on them getting up to the front it helped conserve them a little.”
A season-high 24 cars showed up for the second race in the series. Several of the Concord regulars were at the track, but several outsiders also showed up.
Travis Kittleson, Wade Day, Dave Mader III, Brian Finney and Chuck Barnes Jr. all made the trip to Concord, with each suffering different luck during the night.
Speed51.com will have more from the weekend in Leftovers later this week.
Eddie Massengill's #10
Eddie Massengill had another solid run even as he overcame a poor qualifying effort. He started the day in the 19th spot and worked his way through the field to finish fifth.
“We started with a bad qualifying run,” said Massengill. “The guys made the necessary changes to the car for the race and I was able to make my way through the field. The good thing is that we have all the fenders on the car this time.
“We still are not were we need to be but we will go back to the shop and work on the car to get better for the next