Portage, WI — There will be no shortage of Championship pedigree in this Saturday’s TUNDRA Super Late Model Series Bev Aschenbrenner Memorial Presented by Incredible Bank and A&A Lock Service at Marshfield Motor Speedway.
The entry list for TUNDRA’s annual stop to the half-mile is littered with drivers who have secured titles – providing the ingredients for a contentious battle to visit Victory Lane.
Leading the way is four-time and defending TUNDRA Champ Casey Johnson who secured the Section 715 Throwing Co. fast qualifier award and feature win in Round One at Wisconsin International Raceway. Johnson will be looking to reverse his luck at Marhsfield, having been snake bitten at the facility in the past. Two seasons ago he led the Bev Memorial, but was sidelined mid-race with a mechanical issue.
Another driver who will be looking to overcome some bad luck at Marshfield is Justin Mondeik, who scored titles at State Park Speedway and Golden Sands in 2020. Mondeik stormed to the front of the field in last year’s race and was a sure contender for the win until mechanical issues sidelined him. He will be looking for redemption come Saturday.
Hot on their heels will be last year’s Marshfield and CWRA Champion John Beale. Beale and his team seem to have the secret formula for success at Marshfield. Beale swept feature wins at Marshfield last season and captured the first checkered flag there in 2021. He will be looking to replicate the success of his teammate Dalton Zehr who won the race last year.
Prior to Beale’s track Championship, Darren Jackson sat on the throne at Marshfield. He has had plenty of success thus far with a straight run of Second Place finishes and the point lead in Saturday night standings.
Jackson holds a slim lead over many-time former Golden Sands Speedway Champion Mark Eswein who already has a feature win at Marshfield this season. Eswein always proves to be tough when TUNDRA comes to town, scoring visits to the Fast Dash and Top Fives in the feature.
A couple of drivers who scored Championships at WIR could prove to be tough, as well. Former Red, White and Blue State Champions Jesse Oudenhoven and Bobby Kendall will also be in the mix this Saturday. Kendall is also the defending Thursday Night Fox River Racing Club Champion at WIR. Both drivers know half-mile racing well, but are prepared for a very different type of half-mile experience that Marshfied provides.
Other former Champions in the field include EPYK Media Rookie and 2020 Big 8 Champion Max Kahler, former Golden Sands Champion Frank Nitzke, multiple time Dells Raceway Park Champion Corey Jankowski, former Slinger Champ Jeremy Lepak, and last year’s Dells 602 Late Model Champion Brady Bill.
The field includes plenty of drivers hungry for titles as well. Jordan Thiel has been close in the past, scoring four Top Five finishes in the past five TUNDRA series point battles. Brock Heinrich is ready to contend after capturing EPYK Media Rookie of the Year Honors a season ago.
Fans will also want to keep an eye on Alabama rookie Grant Thompson who opened plenty of eyes with his Second Place finish to Johnson in Round One at WIR.
TUNDRA will be joined by the Midwest Dash Series and Upper Midwest Vintage Racing Series. Qualfying is at 5:45 and racing begins at 7 pm.
Marshfield Motor Speedway is located at 10853 County Rd H just outside of Marshfield, Wis. For more information visit http://www.marshfieldspeedway.com
The Bev Aschenbrenner Memorial
Presented by Incredible Bank and A&A Lock Service
Marshfield Motor Speedway
Saturday, June 12, 2021
Expected Entries (28) as of 6/9/21
# – Driver, Hometown
1 – Jesse Oudenhoven, Kaukana, Wis.
1W – Wyatt Blashe, Pella, Wis.
2 – Jordan Thiel, Darboy, Wis.
2 – Darren Jackson, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.
5 – Casey Johnson, Edgerton, Wis.
5B – John Beale, Verona, Wis.
5 – Jeff Holmgren, East Troy, Wis.
11 – Bobby Kendall, Montello, Wis.
16 – Luke Westenberg, Jefferson, Wis.
17 – Max Kahler, Caledonia, Ill.
18 – Frank Nitzke, Berlin, Wis.
31 – Corey Jankowski, Tomah, Wis.
31 – Jason Wells, Kingsford, Mich.
33 – Kevin Kneuse, Waukesha, Wis.
38 – Jordan DeVoy, Lake Geneva, Wis.
40 – Jeremy Lepak, Wausau, Wis.
40 – Curt Tillman, Rockford, Ill.
42 – Brian Hakala, Wisconsin Dells, Wis.
44 – Justin Mondeik, Gleason, Wis.
52 – Brock Heinrich, Wausau, Wis.
54 – Grant Thompson, Mobile, Ala.
64 – Mike Olson, Wausau, Wis.
70 – Brady Bill, Reedsburg, Wis.
71 – Mark Eswein, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.
77 – Riley Stenjem, Utica, Wis.
89 – Mike Egan, Slinger, Wis.
99 – Jake Zellmer, Muskego, Wis.
107.5 – Darek Gress, Neillsville, Wis.
-TUNDRA Super Late Model Series Press Release and Photo