State Park Speedway (WI) has become a mainstay on the ARCA Midwest Tour schedule. This Saturday the Midwest touring series visits the track in Wausau, WI for the eighth straight year. With a stout entry list full of veterans and young guns, the yearly visit to State Park Speedway promises to be as exciting as ever.
“It will be nice to see Wausau under sunny skies, it’s been a few years,” Midwest Tour Promoter Greg McKarns told Speed51.com. “The season is young and there are many storylines, it will be interesting to see who steps up and sets the bar for the season. The top-five at Madison have flexed their muscle, now let’s see who takes the next step, which may be tough with the local top guns entered.”
While always an exciting race, only a select number of drivers have seen victory lane. In seven years the event has seen just four different winners. Local racer Mark Mackesy won the inaugural event before Dan Fredrickson went back-to-back in 2012 and 2013. Tim Sauter took the checkers in 2014 before Ty Majeski recorded the hat trick, winning the next three.
As we enter this weekend’s Cabin Fever 100 a handful of drivers look to find victory lane for the first time at State Park, while others like Mackesy and Fredrickson look to take home the trophy again.
“There is a lot of tough competition and a person will definitely need to be on their game and have a car that is consistent,” said Midwest Tour veteran Chris Weinkauf. “Our issues that we had at Madison are hopefully behind us and we can come in strong and have a good run and good finish. You always want to do well at a track but when you are racing at your home track in front of a crowd of friends, family and sponsors, there is a different level of pressure.”
“That track just races great, even on hot days,” McKarns said. “I will be worried and by the time the feature rolls around, the drivers make it happen. Can’t really explain it, but in my nearly 40 years of going to races there, seldom if ever have I seen a mediocre race.”
“To win you need to finish,” Mackesy said. “It would be special to win again. To be a non-regular and win it twice would be a true Cinderella story, our small race program against those teams, a classic David vs Goliath.”
“State Park is definitely one of my favorite race track,” Fredrickson said. “The fact that it has tight corners and it’s very rough and wore out makes it challenging and I truly love that. We tried some stuff at Madison and shot ourselves in the foot, I think we’re going to go back with our standard package of State Park and hopefully come out with the same resultas the first two times we raced there.”
One local driver to keep an eye on is MG Gajewski. The 2017 track champion started off the 2018 season in victory lane at the State Park Speedway opener last weekend.
“I have a good feeling after fast time and getting the feature win last week,” Gajewski claimed. “State Park Speedway has a lot of character, it’s a lot more about racing the track. We always go for the win, but a top three would be good. The more laps you get on the track the better you know the track, as well as a lot of hard work in the garage.”
Qualifying for the Cabin Fever 100 will start at 4:00 p.m. CST on Saturday, May 19 and racing will begin at 6 p.m.
-By Jana Wimmer, Speed51.com Midwest Editor – Twitter: @JWimm22
-Photo credit: Fast Lap Photo