A QUICK HISTORY OF TUNDRA AT MARSHFIELD
PORTAGE, Wis. (June 3, 2018) – Next Saturday, June 9 the TUNDRA Super Late Model Series Powered by Wisconsin Potatoes will make its third appearance at Marshfield Motor Speedway for the Bev Aschenbrenner Memorial Presented by River View Construction and A&A Lock Service.
The series has not stopped at the half-mile since 2014. The other event was in 2013, the first year TUNDRA branched out as a traveling series.
In the 2013 running, Eugene Gregorich Jr., used a hometown advantage of sorts to capture the win. Gregorich had been foreshadowing the entire season that he would be strong at Marshfield. After pulling a near all-nighter, he and his team got the car together in time for the event.
Gregorich started Ninth in the field but was up to Third by lap three. After an early yellow, Gregorich slipped past Billy Mohn and Cardell Potter to secure the lead. Behind him Mark Eswein would swipe the Second spot and eventual series Champion Nick Panitzke (who teamed with Potter that season) rounded out the Top Three. Mohn and Potter finished Fourth and Fifth respectively.
Unfortunately, Gregorich would not have anywhere near the same luck in the following season. He was involved in an incident which sent him hard into the outside retaining wall in turn one.
The day belonged to Dalton Zehr, who proved to be very strong in the sixth of eight races during the 2014 season. Zehr patiently picked his way through the field and was to the lead by lap 21 after passing eventual Rookie of the Year Reagan May. The win would help widen the gap Zehr was building in the point standings and ultimately help him secure his first TUNDRA title that season.
Behind him Panitzke secured another podium finish in Second and May was Third, Ty Majeski was Fourth, and Corey Jankowski enjoyed a Fifth Place finish.
In the case of both races, qualifying proved to be extremely competitive and important. In 2013 Brandon Selle set fast time with a lap of 18.247 seconds. The next season Panitzke topped the charts at 18.306 seconds – just surpassing Zehr’s .374 and Majeski’s .378.
Now after the four-year hiatus, TUNDRA rolls into Marshfield with plenty of fresh faces topping the standings – including two (Mike Lichtfeld and Colin Reffner) who made their series debuts in the 2013 event.
With Dennis Prunty’s victory in Kroll’s West Round One at WIR in the books, Kyle Genett will tag in and look to carry the torch. He will be driving the 711 car which won the TUNDRA title last year with Zehr behind the wheel. Corey Jankowski will hope to do the same, building on Steve Apel’s Second Place finish.
Behind them are a host of capable drivers who performed well at Kaukauna and will be looking to strike gold in Marshfield for the first time – Lichfeld, Reffner, and Casey Johnson will be among the many who will be hoping to turn Round Two into a solid point day.
Saturday’s event will also mark the first time TUNDRA brings another Tour into the fray with the TUNDRA Sportsman Tour. Dave Trute has tasted victory at Marshfield, but will have the likes of Jason Stark and Andy Casavant to deal with this time around.
The Bev Aschenbrenner Memorial Presented by River View Construction and A&A Lock Service will also feature the Midwest Truck Series and Upper Midwest Vintage Series. Fan gates open at 1 p.m., Qualifying is at 2:30 p.m. and Racing begins at 4 p.m. Adult admission (ages 15+) is $15, Students 9-14 are $10, and Kids 8 and under receive free admission.
Marshfield Motor Speedway is located at 10853 County Rd HH in Marshfield. For more information visit www.marshfieldspeedway.com