Two time Yellow River Racing Series champion Steve Holzhausen showed he may know his way around Marshfield Motor Speedway (WI) better than anyone Saturday night. After setting fast time in qualifying, the veteran racer worked his way to the front to win race two of the 2014 Yellow River Racing Series. The veteran did so by beating one of the hottest Late Model drivers in the country this year, Dalton Zehr.
“We just had a little better car tonight,” said Steve Holzhausen. “He (Zehr) had a better car the first time around, but we were able to get it done tonight.”
The lead swapped hands early with Ben Pettis jumping out front, then Tim Schendel, but it was Yellow River race-one winner, Zehr, who took the lead on lap 26. As Zehr put distance on the rest of the field, Holzhausen worked his way to the front from his 13th place starting position.
On lap 33 Holzhausen made the move around Pettis for second and then set his sights on Zehr. It took 20 laps for Holzhausen to fully close the gap, but on lap 53 Holzhausen was all over the rear bumper of Zehr and looking for a way around him for the lead.
Holzhausen stalked Zehr lap after lap. Finally, on lap 60, Holzhausen was able to get to the inside of the 119-car and make a run for the top spot. The two raced side by side for two laps, but Holzhausen eventually muscled his way to the lead.
Holzhausen held that top spot through some late race restarts and stretched the lead to nearly ten car lengths by the time the checkered flag flew.
“With 12 to go we had a caution and I thought I was going to make a run at him, “ said Dalton Zehr. “He had an excellent start and got a big gap on me and I just couldn’t make it up. He was actually the faster car and I would have had to jump the start to make it up.”
Zehr finished second, Pettis third, Claire Decker fourth and Frank Nitzke fifth.
Back in May, it was Zehr who beat Holzhausen in race one of the Yellow River Racing Series. With one race remaining in the series, you can bet it will come down to these two in September to determine a Yellow River Racing Series champion.
“We’ve been fortunate enough to win this series the last two years,” said Holzhausen. “The goal is definite to go that again, but he’s really fast here too and tough to beat.”
“Basically it’s gonna be whoever finishes ahead of the other and I imagine, with Steve, it will have to be a win to beat him,” said Zehr.
The finale of the Yellow River Series will take place during the Annual Fall Shootout weekend of September 12th and 13th. For more information, please visit www.marshfieldspeedway.com.
By Jana Wimmer – Speed51.com contributor