Justin Mondeik had won both the Flip Merwin Memorial and Larry Detjens Memorial. Luke Fenhaus had won the last two Lodi Memorials. When they found themselves racing each other late in Thursday night’s Lodi Memorial at State Park Speedway, something had to give.
Fenhaus got the best of the current State Park points leader, making the pass for the lead just after halfway and remaining out front the rest of the way for his third straight Lodi Memorial win.
After a strong restart put him in contention for the lead, the 2018 track champion give a slight bump to Mondeik and got to his inside. Fenhaus would clear him a couple laps later.
“I had to jump the restart, I knew that. I had to be ahead of him into one. So, I got ahead of him and I knew he was going to push up into me so I had to be ahead of him so he would get loose under me and that’s what he did,” Fehnaus told Speed51. “I just focused on my line through three and four and cleared him off of there. He’s been tough this year, this track’s been tough on me so I’m glad to be back.”
It marked the first win of 2020 for the Wausau native, after having strong runs at other tracks throughout the state. In five previous starts at State Park, he had only finished in the top-five one other time.
“It feels great, we haven’t been at our best this year, especially here. We’ve struggled here. I’m glad we’re back and we’ve got our momentum back. Hopefully we can do it again next week.”
He now heads south to Slinger Super Speedway for Sunday’s Carl Wegner Memorial, just over a month after setting fast time and finishing third in the Slinger Nationals. With his first win of 2020 now off his back, his momentum is back as he looks to make it two trips to victory lane in four days.
“We go to Slinger Sunday and that’s going to be another tough one. We’ve been really good there this year so hopefully we can grab another win there. I’m glad we got this one off our back for sure.”
Mondeik finished second and closed in on the track championship. Mark Mackesy, MG Gajewski and Dillon Mackesy rounded out the top-five.
Click here to watch a replay of Thursday night’s Lodi Memorial at State Park Speedway.
-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51 National Correspondent – Twitter: @kgeyer3
-Photo Credit: Speed51 Photo
State Park Speedway – Lodi Memorial Results:
- Luke Fenhaus
- Justin Mondeik
- Mark Mackesy
- MG Gajewski
- Dillon Mackesy
- Travis Volm
- Jeremy Lepak
- Jay Van Der Geest
- Brock Heinrich
- Rayce Haase