The American Speed Association® Kwik Trip Midwest Tour presented by ECHO Outdoor Power Equipment and grandstay.net had another new winner tonight at Marshfield Motor Speedway. Chris Wimmer took the early lead and held on for his first victory of 2010.
Chris Wimmer and Mark Eswein led the field to the green followed by Skylar Holzhausen. Ross Kenseth spun in turn two on lap four bringing out the first caution of the night. Griffin McGrath was having a good run and was on the move before mechanical problems forced him off the pace. Mark Eswein was able to hold his own in second position before Holzhausen started to pressure him for the position. As the top three pulled away Jamie Iverson, Chris Weinkauf, Eugene Gregorich Jr. and McGrath were battling it out.
On lap 23, Skylar Holzhausen went to the outside of Eswein taking the position on lap 25. Andrew Morrisey was lurking in fourth waiting for the two to battle it out. Meanwhile the #5 of Travis Sauter was charging to the front. After starting in the 20th position, Sauter had made it up to ninth by lap 35.
Half-way into the 100-lap event, the field started to spread out as Chris Wimmer was stretching out his lead. On lap 75, Holzhausen made an attempt at Wimmer at the restart after the competition yellow, but was unable to keep the spot. Travis Sauter continued to move up through the field taking over the sixth spot on lap 78.
The #25 of Ross Kenseth had a tire go down and brought out the caution with 13 laps remaining. Two laps later, Michael Bilderback went off the the track in turn three, but was able to return and finish on the lead lap. Six laps later the 12 of Nick Murgic made contact with the turn four wall bringing out another caution.
The 21 of Chris Weinkauf had a strong run all night and was able to take the second spot and took a final look under the 52 of Wimmer with only five laps remaining. Current ASA Midwest Tour point leader, Steve Carlson spun in turn three bringing out the final caution of the night.
Wimmer wrapped up his first victory of 2010 followed by Chris Weinkauf, Skylar Holzhausen, Andrew Morrisey, and and Mark Eswein rounded out the top five.
The next event for the ASA Midwest Tour is at Norway, MI on September 5th.
The American Speed Association® Kwik Trip Midwest Tour presented by ECHO Outdoor Power Equipment and grandstay.net spent last Saturday in the heart of Central Wisconsin at Marshfield Motor Speedway for the ninth event of eleven for the 2010 season.
CHRIS WIMMER TAKES IT TO VICTORY LANE - Wausau, WI native, Chris Wimmer found himself in victory lane, leading from the drop of the green to the drop of the checkered flag on Saturday night at Marshfield Speedway. After qualifying 11th out of 31 Super Late Models, Wimmer made the invert putting him on the pole for the 100-lap event.
POINTS CHASE UP FOR GRABS WITH TWO EVENTS REMAINING - Wimmer's victory places him only two points ahead of Steve Carlson in the current point standings with two events left in the 2010 season. The top five are separated by a mere 134 points as Rookie of the Year contender, Ross Kenseth remains in third followed by Nathan Haseleu and Jacob Goede.
SAUTER CHARGES TO THE LEAD IN THE HEDMAN HUSLER OF THE RACE AWARD - After qualifying 21st and finishing second in the last chance race, Travis Sauter had his work cut out for him starting 20th in the main event. However he wasted no time charging to front. By lap 35, Travis had already made it to the ninth spot passing Steve Carlson for the position. The Necedah, WI driver made it all the way up to sixth spot before surrendering the position to fast qualifier, Nathan Haseleu. Advancing 13 positions and finishing in seventh, Sauter currently leads the Hedman Husler of the Race points standings with 49 points, six over Nathan Haseleu.
LOCAL DRIVERS GAVE IT THEIR ALL - Several regular Marshfield competitors took on the challenge of the ASAMT drivers. Chris Weinkauf, Mark Eswein, Eugene Gregorich Jr., Jason Weinkauf, Jim Sauter Jr., and Ronnie Rihn all finished the 100-lap event. Eswein started on the outside of the front row and was able to hold on to fifth while Chris Weinkauf showed the ASAMT regulars what he had on his home turf finishing in the runner-up position behind Chris Wimmer. Eugene Gregorich, Jr. has two track championships at Marshfield Motor Speedway and is a regular ASAMT competitor. Gregorich fought hard the entire night and ended up finishing 11th. Jim Sauter, Jr., one of the many Sauters from the Central Wisconsin area has captured a couple victories already this year at Marshfield. Sauter's goal was to make the show, have a good run and bring it home in one piece. He qualified 18th making him the final driver to make it into the event on qualifying time. After making a few in and out pit stops throughout the night, Jim Jr. came home 20th and in one piece.
CARLSON HAS AN UNCHARACTERISTIC NIGHT - 2009 ASA Midwest Tour Champion, Steve Carlson qualified and started in 14th for the 100-lapper. Carlson is not known for his great qualifying runs, so starting mid-pack has never been a factor in whether or not he could bring it to the front. However on Saturday night, Carlson appeared to be using his usual patience during the first half of the event. Unfortunately Carlson spun on the backstretch with five laps remaining in the event. He finished an uncharacteristic 17th slipping him into second in the point standings behind Chris Wimmer.
WOOD BROTHERS KEEP ON TRUCKIN' - Ten ASA OREGON Midwest Truck Tour drivers made the trek to Marshfield Speedway. John Wood had fast time followed by brother Jerry, Rick Corso and Tom McClintock. Todd Lockington and Dustin Karl led them to the green flag and Lockington took the early lead. Yet, once again it was the Wood Brothers who were "trucking" through the field. Jerry took home another victory with John Wood and Rick Corso rounding out the top three.
THOMA TOPS SPORTSMAN - Jason Thoma started sixth in the 25-lap feature event for the ASA Midwest Sportsman Tour. By lap 20, Thoma had taken the top spot and held on for the win. Chris Marek and Jay Kalbus are one-two in the points and battled side-by-side battle lap-after-lap finishing eighth and ninth in the ten car field.
UPCOMING EVENT - The next event for the ASA Midwest Tour is September 5th at Norway Speedway in Norway, MI.
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