PLOVER, Wis. – Fans are still buzzing about the near-photo finish that saw Michael Bilderback hold off Eugene Gregorich Jr. in TUNDRA Super Late Model Series Round Two Powered by Wisconsin Potatoes at Golden Sands on Memorial Day. Several other story lines developed in the event.
Close Finish for Third
About a straightaway behind the leaders the battle for third was heated, as well. Jeremy Lepak nearly passed Bobby Kendall and knocked him from a podium spot. Kendall was able to hold on by a margin similar to Bilderback’s over Gregorich. Lepak was not the only driver putting pressure on Kendall. Regan May and Frank Nitzke were right behind the battle, sorting out the battle for fifth, as well.
Nitzke’s Hard Charge
Frank Nitzke admitted at WIR that he missed the set up. He admitted at Golden Sands that some bad spark plugs put him in a bad spot during qualifying. Literally clicking on all cylinders, Nitzke found some jump in the 60-lap feature. Nitzke cruised from his 18th starting spot to sixth. He was pressuring for top five spots, but couldn’t seem to find the space to complete his charge.
Passing points again played a large factor in the TUNDRA feature. Both Gregorich (from 14th to second) and Nitzke (18th to sixth) grabbed twelve passing points.
New Record Point Day
Bobby Kendall had a historic day with 125 points accumulated at WIR in Round One. Gregorich came up just a foot short of grabbing the maximum points day of 128. With his second place finish Gregorich accumulated 126 points. The stellar afternoon gave Gregorich a six-point advantage over Kendall in TUNDRA standings.
An Afternoon for the Ladies
TUNDRA Round Two tied a series record for the number of female competitors in a single event. Five female drivers competed in the event. That number ties the record set the last time TUNDRA visited Golden Sands last July.
Reagan’s First Five
In just her second TUNDRA start Reagan May recorded a fifth-place finish. Next to Paige Decker’s win at Golden Sands last July it is the best finish by a female competitor in a TUNDRA event. She was also the top finishing Dean’s Satellite Rookie in the event.
Kelsey Scores Last Chance Win
For the first time ever a female was victorious in the last-chance race. Kelsey Bauer started on point and ran away with the 15-lap Last Chance race, securing her spot in the feature.
Queen ‘B’ Natalie
Another TUNDRA first happened at Golden Sands when Natalie Decker took the checkered flag in the Country Plumber B-Feature. Amanda Ferguson was the first female to win a B feature back in the 2012 season. However, Natalie Decker becomes one of the youngest drivers to win during a TUNDRA event. Jordan Ives holds that honor from capturing a Gong Show win last season.
Three new drivers made their TUNDRA debuts on Memorial Day. Bryan Syer-Keske, who calls Elko Speedway home, fared the best with a ninth-place finish. Team driving from Travis Dassow, Brad Keith chased set up issues during the 60-lap main. He retired with an 18th-place finish. Travis Volm led a good chunk of the B Feature, but finished second to Natalie Decker.
Aside from Keith, three other teams came together on Memorial Day. Kelsey Bauer tagged in for Steve Apel, Mark Mackesy carried the torch for Ty Majeski and Claire Decker subbed in for Joey Garjoni. Because Decker and Garjoni formed their partnership after Round One, per TUNDRA rules, they were docked 15 points.
TUNDRA heads to Wisconsin’s Action Track Jefferson Speedway. Last year three-wide racing was frequent in the rain-shortened feature. Nick Panitzke, making his TUNDRA debut at the time, held off Frank Kreyer and hard-charging Dalton Zehr and Casey Johnson. Jefferson will mark the first race under the lights for TUNDRA in 2014.
Jefferson Speedway is located on Highway 18 just outside of Jefferson, Wis. For more information visit www.jeffersonspeedway.com
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