Kaukauna, WI – Seymour’s Ty Majeski nabbed the lead on an early race restart and cruised on to victory to win the Blue race at Wisconsin International Raceway in Kaukauna Thursday night.
By virtue of his third-place finish in the Super Late Model main, Montello’s Bobby Kendall captured the 2017 Red, White and Blue Super Late Model title. Other Red, White and Blue state champions included Markesan’s Jesse Bernhagen and Manitowoc’s Travis Rodewald (tie, late models), Appleton’s Kyle Quella, Sheboygan’s Brody Rivest (Sizzlin’ 4’s), the team of Jessie Van Roy and Craig Vandewettering (super stocks).
Rain showers in the late afternoon wiped out qualifying for the quarter-mile divisions. The show was juggled around and the half-mile division heats were run first, and the heat races for the quarter-mile classes were scrapped.
Appleton’s Brandon Reichenberger jumped into the lead at the drop of the green in the 50 lap super late model contest. The third generation driver wasted no time putting significant real estate between himself and the rest of the field. A lap 10 yellow flew for a Trevor Vandermolen spin in turn two. Meanwhile Majeski had already motored his way up to fourth from his 12th starting spot.
When racing resumed Majeski blasted past the three cars ahead of him to take the lead on lap 11. Despite a pair of cautions near midway the Roush-Fenway Developmental Driver and White Race winner checked out and went on to win in convincing fashion. Appleton’s Andy Monday, Kendall, Neenah’s Lowell Bennett and Darboy’s Sawyer Effertz placed second through fifth, respectively.
Majeski visited victory lane with the support of long-time sponsor Treeo’s on the hood of his No. 91.
“Mark Caswell and Treeo’s has been our longest standing sponsor,” Majeski said. “I can’t thank him enough for supporting me up into the next level of racing. Mark has signed on as my hood sponsor in the 99 Cunningham Motorsports ARCA Racing Series car for three races; Chicagoland, Kentucky, and Kansas. Can’t wait to represent him in this next level.”
It took him until the month of August, but Thursday night points leader Jesse Bernhagen, a man who’s nabbed a bulk of the fast time awards in the late model class this year, captured his first feature flag of the season.
The late model feature won only seven laps old when Hilbert’s Corey Manders tangled with Appleton’s Matthew Wittman coming out of turn four, drawing an amber. When racing resumed early race leader Tim Springstroh kept the lead with “The Showstopper” Mike Meyerhofer on his heels. It took Meyerhofer but one lap to wrestle the lead away from Springstroh, who was pulling double duty also racing his super late model. Two laps later a Braison Bennett spin in corner two slowed the action.
On the restart fast qualifier Jesse Bernhagen slipped into second and stayed glued to Meyerhofer’s rear bumper. With nine laps remaining a red flag flew for a three car tangle involving Bennett, Todd Verhagen and Randy Yaeger. With a nine lap dash set for the finish. When the green flag flew Meyerhofer kept the lead with Bernhagen looking both high and low to get by Meyerhofer. On the final circuit Meyerhofer bobbled in turn three, which allowed Bernhagen to duck underneath Meyerhofer to take the lead and the win. Manitowoc’s Travis Rodewald also snuck past Meyerhofer to take second, while “The Showstopper” settled for third. Green Bay’s Eddie Muenster and Springstroh rounding out the top five finishers.
Defending track champion Dylan Wenzel won the caution plagued 29 lap Stan “The Man” Gracyalny Memorial super stock race. Wenzel passed Kaukauna’s Andy Meyerhofer with eight laps remaining to win his sixth feature of the season. Trailing at the checkers were Jessie Van Roy, Alex Seidl, Meyerhofer and Alex Boldt.
Appleton’s Travis Willing fended off Appleton’s Pete Berken to win the caution-free ¼ mile late model feature. The feature was Willing’s first here of the season.
Appleton’s Kyle Quella passed Fond Du Lac’s Mike Byrge with four laps to go and cruised to his fourth sport truck victory of the season. Byrge hung on for second at the pay window, followed by Kylee Vandermoss, Tanner Fickel and Marty Sokolik.
Sheboygan’s Brody Rivest passed Little Chute’s Ethan Beattie with 8 laps remaining and went on to win his second Sizzlin’ 4 feature of the season. Beattie hung on for second. Mike Klein, Emery Beattie and Scott Wolf placed third through fifth, respectively.
Action was brought to a halt on the first lap of the super late model semi-feature. Ashwaubenon’s Jake Carpenter collided with Appleton’s Taylor Vandermoss. The contact sent both cars flying into the concrete wall in turn three. Carpenter was taken by ambulance as a precautionary measure. Both cars sustained heavy damage.
Next Thursday August 17 will be Werner Electric Supply Night. Kids Big Wheel Races will also take place. It’s a “Throwback Thursday night” as adult admission prices will be slashed to just $10. You can check frrcracing.net for more information or follow the club’s Facebook page.
-Wisconsin International Raceway Press Release
-Photo credit: Sue Majeski
SUPER LATE MODEL FEATURE – Ty Majeski, Seymour; Andy Monday, Appleton; Bobby Kendall, Montello; Lowell Bennett, Neenah; Sawyer Effertz, Darboy; Kyle Calmes, Freedom; Alex Stumpf, Brillion; Brent Strelka, Freedom; Jesse Oudenhoven, Kaukauna; Chad Butz, Green Bay; Travis Sauter, Prarie Du Sac; Pete Vandermolen, Oshkosh; John DeAngelis, Hubertus; Michael Anthony, Appleton; Cory Kemkes, Appleton; Mickey Schalllie, Darboy; Brandon Reichenberger, Appleton;Trevor Vandermolen, Oshkosh; Maxwell Schultz, Reedsville; Tim Springstroh, Freedom