MARSHFIELD, Wis. – Dalton Zehr continued to pad his stats in the TUNDRA history book by picking up his eighth career win in Round Six Powered by Wisconsin Potatoes last Saturday at Marshfield Motor Speedway.
Zehr Builds Point Lead, But Doesn’t
Although Dalton Zehr’s lead on second place did grow, one driver was able to hold serve with the current TUNDRA leader. By virtue of his fast time and second-place finish defending TUNDRA Champion Nick Panitzke also gained 122 markers in the event. He remains 41 points behind Zehr, now third in the standings.
Up and Down Day Holds Majeski in Second
The day started decently for Ty Majeski, looked like it had found disaster, but then ended on a solid note. Ty Majeski was working his way toward the top five when a tangle early in the race sent him spinning. Patiently, Majeski picked his way back to fourth. Although he lost some ground on Zehr, Majeski still sits second in standings, now 35 points back.
Tough One for Gregorich
At the track that was good luck for Gregorich last season, the bad luck bug took a hard bite in 2014. Gregorich had his tire cut down after a restart which sent him spinning into turns one and two. His car took a violent hit to the outside wall, ending his day and possibly sidelining him for longer. Thankfully, Gregorich was able to walk away from the wreck. He fell to fifth in TUNDRA standings, 70 points back of Zehr.
Kendall Hangs In
Many of the tracks TUNDRA has visited in 2014 have been new to Bobby Kendall. He was able to hang in at Marshfield, although he experienced some problems and slipped out of the top ten late. Kendall is still in the hunt, 64 points back. With his home track, Dells Raceway Park, next up, Kendall will have a chance to make up some ground on the top three.
May Keeps Up the History
Reagan May continues to rewrite the history books as well. At Marshfield May became the first rookie and female to: record two podium finishes in a season, record three top fives in a season, lead a lap at more than one track in a season, and lead the most laps among rookie/female drivers. Her third-place finish catapulted her to sixth in TUNDRA standings. She sits 17 points out of fifth. May’s lead in the Dean’s Satellite Rookie of the Year battle is 23 points over Mike Lichtfeld, 34 over Tommy Gee and 73 over Wyatt Blashe.
Jankowski, the Passing Machine
For the second straight race Corey Jankowski maxed out in passing points. Drivers can only receive as many passing points as those that are possible to be gained by the fast qualifier. With Nick Panitzke starting tenth, the most passing points a driver could gain were nine. Jankowski just kept passing for fun. He moved from 28th to fifth at Marshfield – the most positions gained by any driver this season. At LaCrosse Jankowski moved from 22nd to 10th. Although he didn’t max out passing points at Norway, he still moved from 18th to 11th. His passing prowess has jumped him to a tie for seventh in standings with Frank Nitzke, 99 points back of Zehr.
Weinfurter Records Best TUNDRA Finish
As a TUNDRA Traveler last season, it seemed nothing but bad luck seemed to find Jeff Weinfurter. In limited starts this season, Weinfurter was still looking for something to hang his hat on with the TUNDRA series. Weinfurter scrapped for the fifth position for most of the race and was able to hang in the top ten. His sixth-place finish has been his best so far.
Other Part Timers in the Top Ten
Making his return to the place where he won the 2014 track title, Jim Sauter Jr. was able to crack the top ten with an eighth-place finish. Finishing behind him was Travis Volm. Volm does not have much experience on tracks bigger than a third-mile, but was able to hold his own and grab his first TUNDRA top ten.
Three Minnesota drivers entered Round Six, and all three had something to show for it. Nick Panitzke was the first to get on the board for Minnesota by setting fast time. When racing action began Billy Mohn grabbed the checkered flag in the dash. The next event was the first heat race, which was won by Adam Royle.
In the Battle of the States…
Dalton Zehr is holding Florida in the TUNDRA battle of the states. In 22 events the state of Wisconsin has been victorious 12 times, and Zehr (for Florida) 8 times. Panitzke gave one win to the state of Minnesota last year and Michael Bilderback gave on to Illinois this season.
Largest Feature Field
TUNDRA started the most cars in a feature field with 29 competitors taking the green flag in Round Six. The field would have been larger except Michael Bilderback scratched before the feature, and Jordan Thiel scratched prior to qualifying.
TUNDRA returns to its birthplace, Dells Raceway Park, on Saturday, August 23 for Round Seven Powered by Wisconsin Potatoes. An action-packed night also includes the Dells Raceway Park weekly Late Models. Qualifying is tentatively scheduled for 5:15 with racing scheduled for 7. More information will be available through DRP and TUNDRA soon.
Dells Raceway Park is located at N1070 Smith Road just off highway 12/16 outside of Wisconsin Dells, Wis. For more information visit www.dellsracewaypark.com
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