LATE MODEL TRIPLE CROWN ON THE LINE SATURDAY AT MARSHFIELD
PORTAGE, Wis. (September 26, 2018) – Although the TUNDRA Super Late Model Series Powered by Wisconsin Potatoes put the wraps on the 2018 season Sunday, another TUNDRA Champion has yet to be decided. This Saturday the first Late Model Triple Crown Champion will be determined at Marshfield Motor Speedway.
Much like the Super Late Models, the title race for the Late Model Triple Crown is wide open heading into the final event. The Top Three in the standings are separated by just nine points. Kroll’s West Round One Late Model Winner Mike Meyerhofer leads the way over Jesse Bernhagen and Bryan Monday – who are tied for Second.
With extra competitors expected to step in, there should be plenty of opportunity for drivers to separate themselves and bridge the gap. Tight, back-and-forth Championship battles are not unfamiliar territory for any of the Top Three as they tussled for points all season long.
For most of 2018 the point leaders battled for the Fox River Racing Club title on Thursday nights at Wisconsin International Raceway. Bernhagen emerged as Champion with a pair of feature wins and ten fast times. Monday picked up a fast time and pair of wins, as well, including the Blue Race in August. Meyerhofer grabbed a fast time and won a feature of his own. All three were consistently dash cars in an incredibly competitive field.
The first event of the Late Model Triple Crown was part of Round One at WIR in May. Meyerhofer set fast time and broke the track record before the rains came Saturday. When the rains cleared and racing took place Sunday, 2016 TUNDRA Rookie of the Year Braison Bennett grabbed the first 20-lap feature. Meyerhofer then claimed the second and won the overall with a tiebreaker over Jesse Bernhagen.
In the second event Travis Volm held his home track advantage over the field. Volm set fast time and cruised to the front of the 40-lap feature with Monday finishing Second over Meyherhofer and Bernhagen. Volm enjoyed a nice day by also setting fast time and picking up the feature win in the Sportsman division. He will be on hand to play potential spoiler at Marshfield this Saturday, as well.
When it comes to experience at Marshfield, Meyerhofer, Bernhagen, and Monday don’t have a ton in Late Models on eight-inch tires –which they’ll utilize Saturday. However, Bernhagen has turned plenty of laps this season at Marshfield with the Central Wisconsin Racing Association Stars to Legends Tour. He will compete over the weekend in the CWRA finale, looking to put the wraps on the Rookie of the Year title and acclimate himself to the half-mile before the Late Model race.
Saturday’s third and final round of the Late Model Triple Crown takes place as part of the Fall Shootout and under the guide of Marshfield Motor Speedway. For more information on times and race schedules visit www.marshfieldspeedway.com. Qualifying begins at 2 p.m. and racing begins at 3 p.m. The event also features the CWRA Super Late Models, Modifieds, X-Treme 4s, Bandits, and 2-Man Cruisers.