(KAUKAUNA, WI) – Montello’s Bobby Kendall snatched the lead from Lowell Bennett on the second lap and went on to win the super late model feature at Wisconsin International Raceway in Kaukauna Thursday. The victory was the third in four weeks for the second-generation racer.
Neenah veteran Bennett paced the opening circuit of the 35-lap feature with Kendall wrestling the lead away on the second round. During the next several laps Bennett stayed within two to three car lengths of Kendall as Jeff Van Oudenhoven and Jesse Oudenhoven began pressuring Bennett for second by lap seven.
By the race’s halfway points Kendall had built up a sizeable margin over Bennett and company, stretching out a near two second lead over the balance of the field.
Kendall’s big margin was wiped out on lap 30 when Freedom’s Brent Strelka looped his mount in turn four, forcing a caution and tightening up the field. With a four-lap shootout to the finish, Kendall picked up where he left off and collected his third feature flag in four weeks of racing. Bennett hung on for second in his best finish of the year. Oudenhoven took third. Fast timer Andy Monday sliced his way through the field from 12th to finish fourth. Eugene Gregorich Jr. rounded out the top five finishers.
Oshkosh’s Chase Randerson kept all challengers at bay to cruise to victory in the late model main. The win was his first of ’20. Trailing at the checkers were Brandon Reichenberger, Braison Bennett, Bryan Monday and Eddie Muenster.
In super stock action hometown driver Josh Mueller fought off a fast closing Shane Krueger in the final laps to capture his second feature flag of the 2020 campaign. Krueger settled for second at the pay window, followed by Jeff Treml, Larry Raygo and fast qualifier Ed Howard.
Fond Du Lac’s Mike Byrge kept the lead through a restart with five laps remaining and fought off J.J. and Kasey Vanderloop to win the sport truck feature, the first of his career at WIR. J.J. and Kasey placed second and third, respectively. Kylee Vandermoss and Landon Braatz finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
Ethan Beattie of Little Chute fought off Shiocton’s Jake Peters to capture the Sizzlin 4 feature.
Greenleaf’s Henry Neerdaels survived the twists and turns and a couple of red flags to score his second “Rockin’ Roval” feature of the season.
“The Showstopper” Mike Meyerhofer won the Figure 8 feature.
Next Thursday night July 30 will be Werner Electric Supply night and the ¼ mile late models will be back in action. Racing gets underway at 6:45 p.m. You can check frrc.us for more information or follow the club’s Facebook page.
SCHMITTY’S TICKETS SUPER LATE MODEL FEATURE – Bobby Kendall, Montello; Lowell Bennett, Neenah; Jesse Oudenhoven, Kaukauna; Andy Monday, Appleton; Eugene Gregorich Jr, Amherst; Sawyer Effertz, Darboy; Grant Griesbach, Pewaukee; Jeff Van Oudenhoven, Appleton; Jeff Holmgren Jr, East Troy; Alex Stumpf, Woodville; Mickey Schallie, Darboy; Braison Bennett, Neenah; Corey Manders, Hilbert; Brent Strelka, Freedom; Randy Schuler, Mequon; Michael Anthony, Appleton; Trevor Vandermolen, Oshkosh; Pete Vandermolen Jr, Oshkosh
HEATS 1) Stumpf; Trevor Vandermolen 2) Kendall; Oudenhoven
DASH – Strelka
FAST TIME: Andy Monday, 19.331
FOX CITIES TOWING LATE MODEL FEATURE- Chase Randerson, Oshkosh; Brandon Reichenberger, Appleton; Braison Bennett, Neenah; Bryan Monday, Appleton; Eddie Muenster, Green Bay; Bryan Henry, Omro; Mike King, Appleton; Rachel Meyerhofer, Brillion; Kevin Retzlaff, Berlin; Tarra Springstroh, Freedom; Will Timmers, Kaukauna; Matthew Wittman, Appleton (DNS); Scott Baker, Kaukauna (DNS)
HEAT – Rachel Meyerhofer; Springstroh
FAST TIME- Bryan Monday, 20.383
NOVUS GLASS SUPER STOCK FEATURE – Josh Mueller, Kaukauna; Shane Krueger, Kaukauna; Jeff Treml, Greenleaf; Larry Raygo, Omro; Ed Howard, Kaukauna; Cody Shepard, Kaukauna
HEAT – Robert Younger, De Pere; Tony Wilz, Menasha
FAST TIME – Howard, 15.44
ROUNDABOUT BAR & GRILL SIZZLIN’ 4 FEATURE – Ethan Beattie, Little Chute; Jake Peters, Shiocton; Evan Beattie, Little Chute; Larry Gintner, Neenah; Arianna Beattie, Little Chute
HEATS 1) Mitchell Opsahl, Freedom; Kaiden Volousek, Bucktown 2) Gintner; Derrick Schallie, Darboy
FAST TIME – Scott Wolf, Appleton 17.888
KEN’S SPORTS SPORT TRUCKS FEATURE – Mike Byrge, Fond Du Lac; J.J. Vanderloop, Freedom; Kasey Vanderloop, Freedom; Kylee Vandermoss, Appleton; Landon Braatz, Bucktown
HEATS 1) Braatz; Marty Sokolik, Fond Du Lac 2) Byrge,; Kasey Vanderloop
FAST TIME – Bobby Wautier, Denmark 16.657
BROADWAY AUTOMOTIVE GROUP ROCKIN’ ROVALS FEATURE – Jeff Neerdaels, Greenleaf
MARTY NUSSBAUM FIGURE 8 – Mike Meyerhofer, Hilbert