State Park Speedway is set for their biggest race weekend of the year this Friday and Saturday, July 24-25 with the Larry Detjens Memorial. While the Wausau, Wisconsin facility normally runs on Thursday night, a single night isn’t enough to honor the Wisconsin legend.
It all starts Friday night, July 24 when the Big 8 Series rolls into town for a 58-lap main event. Neil Knoblock won last year’s event, while other past winners include Jon Reynolds Jr, Michael Bilderback, Michael Ostdiek, Casey Johnson and Jeremy Lepak.
Rockford Speedway winner Max Kahler enters Friday’s event at State Park Speedway as the Big 8 points leader after two races, with an 11-point edge over Slinger Super Speedway winner Jacob Nottestad. Mini Mods, Mini Stocks and Bandoleros will complete the card.
The ARCA Midwest Tour rolls into State Park Saturday, July 25 for what will be their season opener after the Wayne Carter Classic at Grundy County Speedway was canceled. Last year’s Midwest Tour stop was the first year the Tour headlined the Larry Detjens Memorial, which saw Gabe Sommers earn his first-career win in the 125-lap main event.
Defending ARCA Midwest Tour champion Casey Johnson will be back to chase after a second-straight crown with the series, along with other series regulars like Austin Nason, Paul Shafer Jr, Andrew Morrissey and Rich Bickle. They will take on local favorites in Justin Mondeik, Luke Fenhaus and MG Gajewski for State Park supremacy.
Mondeik leads State Park Speedways’ Super Late Model points standings off the strength of three wins. The Midwest Tour will be joined by Pure Stocks, Mini Mods, Mini Stocks and Bandoleros in what will be a loaded card.
Racing will begin at 7:00 CT for the Big 8 Late Model Series Friday night, and 6:00 CT for the Midwest Tour Saturday night. More information can be found at stateparkspeedway.com.
Stay tuned to Speed51 regarding broadcast details for the Larry Detjens Memorial weekend at State Park Speedway.
-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51 National Correspondent – Twitter: @kgeyer3
-Photo Credit: Speed51 Photo