The defending track champion started sixth in the 75-lap main event and rolled the outside lane to the front in little time. He made his way past Luke Fenhaus on lap 24 and checked out, marching his way to his third win on 2021.
WATCH REPLAY: Flip Merwin Memorial at State Park Speedway
He spent the two practice sessions held during the afternoon working a second groove into the 1/4th mile, and it paid off in a big way.
“We had a really good race car, we were able to pass some guys on the top side, which is really hard here. In practice, we really tried to work in the second groove and it seemed to really work,” Mondeik told Speed51. “We were able to pass a few cars and get down and able to catch Luke (Fenhaus) there before the break and control lane choice. I think that really helped us out there.”
After several near-misses in the Merwin, he has now gone back-to-back in the event. Last year’s win in the race was the catalyst to what was a career season for the Gleason, WI driver, winning two track championships and scoring first-career wins with the ARCA Midwest Tour and TUNDRA Super Late Model Series.
After an up-and-down start to the 2021 season, Mondeik hopes the same happens to his team after this year’s Flip Merwin Memorial win.
“It’s awesome, having Luke Fenhaus and Brock (Heinrich) and a lot of other guys here, we don’t get a lot of cars but the guys that are here are really good. They know how to get around this place and it’s a really tight group. It feels really great to go back-to-back and now we just got to continue this hot streak, hopefully it propels us to the year we had last year.”
-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51 National Correspondent – Twitter: @kgeyer3
-Photo Credit: Speed51 Photo
Flip Merwin Memorial Results:
- Justin Mondeik
- Brock Heinrich
- Jeremy Lepak
- Jason Weinkauf
- Travis Volm
- Rayce Haase
- Mark Mackesy
- Noah Gajewski
- Luke Fenhaus
- Dillon Mackesy