The defending track champion has had a roller coaster season to start off 2021. Mondeik has won two races at State Park at Norway Speedway so far this year, but he has also suffered mechanical failures in season openers for both the ARCA Midwest Tour and TUNDRA Super Late Model Series.
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Even with the woes that have come with 2021, he sits second in State Park Speedway points and is coming off a runner-up effort with TUNDRA at Marshfield Motor Speedway this past Saturday.
“I feel pretty good going in. It’s been an up-and-down year for us to say the least. We have had wrecks, mechanical issues, wins, you name it. We’re taking what comes at us,” Mondeik told Speed51. “I feel good about our speed at the moment so I feel we’ll be in good shape.”
Mondeik had come close to winning the Merwin Memorial in 2018 and 2019, but a tapout and a mechanical issue kept him out of victory lane. He finally broke through in last year’s race, winning in dominant fashion.
That win helped catapult him to a career season in the state of Wisconsin. He won his first-career ARCA Midwest Tour race in the Larry Detjens Memorial at State Park, then won his first two TUNDRA races at State Park and Golden Sands Speedway. In all, he won 14 races and a pair of track championships at State Park and Golden Sands.
A win in the 2020 Flip Merwin Memorial catapulted Justin Mondeik into a strong finish to the year, including 14 wins and track championships at both State Park Speedway and Golden Sands Speedway.
He hopes that same magic can be found once again with a Flip Merwin win on Thursday.
“It was a big win for us, it felt great to finally win it after being close so many times. Hopefully if we can win it again this year it could have the same influence on our year.”
The Flip Merwin Memorial was first contested in 2003 to honor racer Flip Merwin, who was killed in a snowmobile accident at the World Snowmobile Championships. The event has become one of the state’s biggest races, attracting top drivers from Wisconsin and throughout the Midwest.
“The race has always been a big deal. It’s not just a crown jewel event at State Park Speedway, it’s one across the whole state. It’s an even bigger deal to our team coming from the snowmobile racing world. It’s always an honor to race for Flip.”
With how his year has gone to date, Mondeik would like nothing more than to add a second straight Flip Merwin Memorial win to his list of accolades.
“It would mean a lot, especially after the start of the year we have had. We’ve worked hard for years to get to the point of having consistent speed any place we go. This race is always a tough one to win so to go back-to-back for this race, it would mean a lot to our team.”
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-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51 National Correspondent – Twitter: @kgeyer3
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