10 Things to Know About the Larry Detjens Memorial

This weekend, the ARCA Midwest Tour season gets underway with the Larry Detjens Memorial at State Park Speedway (WI).  Fans unable to attend the race will be able to watch on Speed51, free as premium monthly or yearly subscribers, as part of Summer Thunder TV.




To prepare for this weekend’s big race, here are 10 facts you need to know about the Larry Detjens Memorial.


1 – The ARCA Midwest Tour feature race will be 125 laps for the Larry Detjens Memorial.


2 – This will be the 40th running of the Larry Detjens Memorial at State Park Speedway.  Detjens was a Late Model standout having won ARTGO, ASA and Speedweeks events in the 70’s and 80s.  He lost his life in a crash at Wisconsin International Raceway (WI) in 1981.  The first memorial race was held that year.


3 – The pre-race entry list features 30 cars including defending winner Gabe Sommers, as well as three-time winners Chris Weinkauf and Mark Mackesy.


4 – Tickets for the event on Saturday are $20 for adults, $10 for kids 6-12 and free for kids 5 and under.


5 – The Detjens Memorial race was run only once away from State Park Speedway. It was held at Golden Sands Speedway in 2009.


6 – State Park Speedway is a quarter-mile track in Wausau, Wisconsin. It has been holding Late Model touring series since the mid 70s.


7 – For the ARCA Midwest Tour this will be the first race of 2020 season.  It also will mark the 10th trip to State Park Speedway for the tour.  The first race was in 2011.  This will be the second year the Detjens Memorial race will be an ARCA Midwest Tour event.


8 – Chris Wimmer holds the record of longest time between wins in the event.  He won his first in 2000 at the age of 21.  He then took the win again in 2017 at the age of 38.


9 – Mark Mackesy, Dick Trickle, Donnie Woller, and Chris Weinkauf are the only three-time winners of the race.


10 – The Larry Detjens Memorial race was first run in 1981 when Dick Trickle won the event.  Trickle won the first two runnings of the race.


-Story by: Elgin Traylor, Speed51 Correspondent

-Photo credit: Speed51 Photo

10 Things to Know About the Larry Detjens Memorial