TUNDRA FIELD READIES FOR LABOR DAY GOLDEN SANDS VISIT
PORTAGE, Wis. (August 31, 2018) – The TUNDRA Super Late Model Series Powered by Wisconsin Potatoes rolls into Golden Sands Speedway for the budding Labor Day tradition this Monday, September 3. A tight point battle and some outsiders will highlight Round Five of the 2018 season.
Coming off his win at Jefferson in Round Four, John Beale holds a slim point lead over Casey Johnson at just five markers. Beale and Johnson have been becoming more accustomed to Golden Sands Speedway over the last two years and expect to be close on the track once again.
Justin Mondeik is not far behind the top two (just eight points back of Beale) in Third. Mondeik has raced weekly at Golden Sands this season and enjoyed a Third Place finish in The Thaw back in April.
In Fourth, it will be Neil Knoblock tagging back in for Dennis Prunty who finished Second at Jefferson. Knoblock has turned many laps at Golden Sands Speedway and the Wayne Brevik owned 7-11 has experienced much success at the third-mile over the last few seasons. The Knoblock/Prunty combo is just ten points out of the point lead.
Swinging back into action for his team, Colin Reffner will be hoping to capture some magic and disintegrate his 19-point deficit. Although Golden Sands did not go Reffner’s way last season, he’s confident he will bounce back and be in contention for a win.
Former Golden Sands winners Mark Mackesy, and Mike Lichtfeld will be attempting to become the first repeat TUNDRA winner at the facility. Mackesy scored his win in 2016 and is one-for-one in TUNDRA action this season with a win at State Park Speedway. Lichtfeld has been strong on holidays at GSS. He won last Labor Day, and this year on both Memorial Day and the Fourth of July.
Other Golden Sands standouts/TUNDRA Travelers will looks to rule the day. Jordan Thiel placed Second to Lichtfeld in last year’s event. Wyatt Brooks looked to be on his way to a win before he was bitten by the bad-luck bug. Collin Slife set fast time for last year’s event.
Speaking of Slife, he’ll be trying to make up ground in the Back 40 Wraps Rookie of the Year race. He sits 40 points behind top rookie Gabe Sommers. Slife has raced full-time at GSS this year with one feature win to his credit. Sommers has raced in limited action at his hometown track, but has experienced success in his stops.
Looking to play spoiler will be Carson Kvapil. Kvapil is coming off a win earlier this month in the Dairyland 100 at Golden Sands.
Expected Entries for Round Five (23)
Golden Sands Speedway – Monday, Sept. 3
[TT] – Indicates 2018 TUNDRA Traveler
[R] – Indicates 2018 Back 40 Wraps Rookie of the Year Candidate
00 – Darek Gress, Neillsville, Wis. [TT]
1 – Jesse Oudenhoven, Kaukauna, Wis.
2 – Jordan Thiel, Darboy, Wis. [TT]
5 – John Beale, Verona, Wis. [TT]
5 – Casey Johnson, Edgerton, Wis. [TT]
12 – Mark Mackesy, Wausau, Wis. [TT]
15 – Gabe Sommers, Plover, Wis. [TT][R]
18 – Frank Nitzke, Berlin, Wis. [TT]
25 – Wyatt Brooks, Amherst, Wis. [TT]
28 – Jesse Bernhagen, Markesan, Wis.
31 – Corey Jankowski, Tomah, Wis. [TT]
31 – Collin Slife, Richford, Wis. [TT][R]
32 – Steve Lichtfeld, Portage, Wis. [TT]
35 – Carson Kvapil, Mooresville, NC
38 – Jordan DeVoy, Lake Geneva, Wis. [TT]
44 – Mike Lichtfeld, Pardeeville, Wis. [TT]
44 – Justin Mondeik, Gleason, Wis. [TT]
51 – Dennis Schmidt, Juneau, Wis.
63 – Thayran Rezin, Tomah, Wis.
80 – Monte Gress, Neillsville, Wis.
87 – Colin Reffner, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. [TT]
99 – Jake Zellmer, Burlington, Wis. [TT][R]
711 – Neil Knoblock, Wausau, Wis. [TT]