10 Things to Know: Flip Merwin Memorial at State Park

Super Late Model teams will convene upon State Park Speedway Thursday night for the prestigious Flip Merwin Memorial.  To prepare for tonight’s race, here are 10 things to know about the Flip Merwin Memorial.

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1 – Thursday night’s running of the Flip Merwin Memorial will be the 18th running of this Super Late Model event. State Park Speedway has been the backdrop for every one of these events, as Merwin was a hometown hero.

 

2 – A week ago Justin Mondiek won the Super Late Model feature at State Park over Jason Weinkauf, who set fast time on the night.  Mondiek enters the race weekend as the most recent winner at the track as well as the defending winner of the Flip Merwin Memorial.

 

3 – The schedule for Thursday starts when the pit gates open at 3 pm CT, practice is at 4 pm, qualifying is at 6 pm and racing starts at 7 pm.  Tickets are $15 for those 13 and up, Children 6-12 are $8 and children five and under are free.

 

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

 

5 – MG Gajewski’s win in 2017, 2018 and 2019 make him the only three-time winner in the event’s history.

 

6 – This race is run in memory of snowmobile racer Flip Merwin, who was killed at the World Championships in 2003. Later that year, Wayne Breitenfeldt won the first running of the Flip Merwin Memorial race.

 

7 – The Thursday night race will be 75 laps for the Super Late Models.

 

8 – There are still plenty of big races to come this season if you can’t make it to State Park on Thursday.  On Friday July 23, State Park Speedway will have the Big 8 Series doubleheader with the ARCA Midwest Tour on Saturday for the Larry Detjens Memorial.  A few weeks later, the TUNDRA Series comes to town, and the Lodi Memorial will be in August.  Log onto StateParkSpeedway.com to see more of the schedule.

 

9 – The Speed51.TV cameras will be rolling and you can watch the full card of racing live on Thursday night.  The race is free for subscribers on Speed51.TV.  If you can’t be in Wisconsin for the race, then this will be the next best place to see the action.

 

10 – There have been 12 different winners in this race in 17 runnings.  Only MG Gajewski has three wins while Tim Sauter, Mark Mackesy and Chris Weinkauf all have a pair. Gajewski won three in a row from 2017 to 2019.

 

-Story by: Elgin Traylor, Speed51 “Stat Boy”

-Photo credit: Speed51 Photo

10 Things to Know: Flip Merwin Memorial at State Park