What Won the Race:
Contact between MG Gajewski and Tim Sauter battling for the lead with 23 laps to go brought out the caution and sent both cars to the rear of the field. That handed the lead to Derek Kraus, who held off chargers over three late-race restarts to take the checkered flag.
On two seperate occasions leaders were sent to the read of the field in the Newsline Nine Detjens Memorial 125 for bringing out the caution. Early on Dalton Zehr paced the field, but contact with a lap car sent him to the back four laps before the scheduled break. Tim Sauter ferociously worked his way through the field from his 10th starting position and looked to be the car to beat, however contact with MG Gajewski while trying ot take the lead, sent those two cars to the back, handing the lead to Kraus, who held on for the final 23 laps to become the youngest winner of the Detjens Memorial.
“It feels really good to win this race,” said Kraus. “It’s one of the toughest tracks in the country, there’s little grip and it feels great to race against all these great people and win.”
On the Move:
Multi-time State Park Speedway champion Mark Mackesy was involved in a caution early in the Newsline Nine Detjens Memorial 125 and restarted outside of the top-fifteen. Over the next 100 laps he worked his way back to the front to bring home a runner-up finish.
Dalton Zehr was the biggest loser. He led the first 71 laps, but made contact with a lap car, sending him around in turn two, bringing out the caution and sending him to the rear of the field. After that, his car never was as strong as it was early in the race.
Natalie Decker has been sick with the flu all day. She has been getting fluids at her trailer, so keep an eye to see if she make can it 125 laps tonight. She was the fast qualifier.
A Sauter has won the last three Newsline Nine Detjens Memorial events, the Sauter’s in the field tonight are Jim Sauter Jr., Tim Sauter and Travis Sauter. Johnny, who won the event in 2015, is not able to defend his win.
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Time Trial Results:
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Heat Race Results:
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21 Super Late Models
Starting field will consist of twenty two(22) cars positions (1-12) will be from qualifying with an inversion of six (6) plus the roll of the dice.
Positions (13-18) will come from the qualifying races, positions 19-20 will come from the last chance qualifier. There will be two provisionals
1:00 Pit Gate Opens
2:00-2:30pm SLM Practice
2:30-4:45pm Rotating Practice all divisions
5:00pm Fred Mueller Qualifying (Bandos, Mini-Stock, Mini-Mod, Pure Stock, LLM, SLM)
5:45 Opening Ceremonies
6:00 Racing Begins
Bandolero Heats – 8 Laps
Mini-Stock Heats – 8 Laps
Mini Mod Heats – 8 Laps
Pure Stock Heats – 8 Laps
Limited Late Model Heats – 8 Laps
Newsline Nine Detjens 125 SLM Heats /LCQ
Bandolero 15 lap feature
Mini Stock 25 lap feature
Mini Mod 25 lap feature
Pure Stock 25 lap feature
Limited Late Model 20 lap feature
Green Mill Super Late Models – Newsline Nine Detjens Memorial 125 10 min break at lap 75
Who to Watch For:
A Sauter has won the last three straight Detjens Memorial races. Tim won back to back events in 2013 & 2014 and Johnny won in 2015. Johnny will not be back to defend his win, but Tim has been stout at State Park Speedway the past three season, he will be a favorite to win.
Natalie Decker is the current Super Late Model point leader and has two wins at the track this year, expect her to have a strong run.
Multi-time State Park Speedway track champion Mark Mackesy looks for a record fourth Detjens Memorial win. This race has special meaning to him, as he is married to Larry’s daugher, Margo. Mackesy earned his first win at SPS in two years just two weeks ago and looks to ride some momentum into the Newsline Nine Detjens Memorial 125.
Natalie Decker currently holds the Super Late Model point lead over Dalton Zehr by 9 points. Decker has a pair of wins, while a win at SPS has eluded Zehr. Jim Sauter Jr. is third in points 33 back of the leader.
State Park Speedway is a ¼ mile racing oval located just outside the city of Wausau in the Town of Rib Mountain. State Park Speedway takes pride is its history. For over 35 years guys like Dick Trickle, Dave Marcis, Bobby Allison, Mark Martin, Tom and Bryan Reffner, Jim Back, Marv Marzofka, and Scott and Chris Wimmer have all competed at the track.
The weather is beautiful. Mid -70’s, sunny with just a few clouds in the sky.
Next Series Race:
The next race at State Park Speedway is Thursday, August 11th.