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Star-Studded Field Expected for Saturday Night’s ARCA Midwest Tour Cabin Fever 100 at State Park Speedway

May 12, 2015
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by Kari Shear-Carlson
May 12, 2014 – With names like Majeski, Weinkauf, Holzhausen, Mackesy, Sauter, and many more on the expected entry list, this Saturday night’s ARCA Midwest Tour presented by Scag Power Equipment’s Cabin Fever 100 is sure to be one of the hottest races on this season’s circuit.

State Park Speedway is a track that several top ARCA Midwest Tour regulars also call home, so to be able to win such a huge event against a top field of drivers and in front of family and friends would be, as Chris Weinkauf put it, “the highlight of my career.”

“Just like any Midwest Tour event it is extremely hard to win, but especially here because you have the locals to go up against and they are just as strong at the Tour guys,” he added.

State Park Speedway has gone through some great improvements over the last few years, which has only made the competitive nature of the track that much better. With two grooves of racing, fans are sure to see some great side-by-side battles throughout the 100 lap event.

Qualifying begins at 4:00pm with racing to follow at 6:00pm. For complete event details log on to arcamidwesttour.com.

Be sure to follow the ARCA Midwest Tour on Facebook (/midwesttour) and Twitter (@midwesttour).

To learn more about the Automobile Racing Club of America Midwest Tour, log on to arcamidwesttour.com. The Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) is among the leading auto racing sanctioning bodies in the country. Founded in 1953 by John and Mildred Marcum, the organization administers more than 100 events each year in multiple racing series, including the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, the ARCA/CRA Super Series, the ARCA Truck Series and the ARCA Midwest Tour, plus weekly racing at Toledo and Flat Rock Speedway.

Expected Entries
Cabin Fever 100
ARCA Midwest Tour Super Late Models
Saturday Night May 16, 2015
State Park Speedway, Wausau, WI

23 as of 5/12/15

Car # Name
1 Nick Barstad
7 John DeAngelis, Jr
12 Mark Mackesy
14 Austin Nason
22 M.G. Gajewski
23 Ryan Hinner
24 Jim Olson
30 Mark Hartline
39 Andrew Morrissey
40 Jeremy Lepak
43 Matt Kocourek
47 Casey Johnson
52 Ricky Baker
58 Cardell Potter
75 Chris Weinkauf
76 Jason Weinkauf
77 Jonathan Eilen
78 Skylar Holzhausen
91 Ty Majeski
97 Cole Anderson
97 James Swan
99 Tim Sauter
O4 Natalie Decker

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34th Annual Larry Detjen’s Memorial This Saturday Night at State Park Speedway

July 24, 2014
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by Jana Wimmer

This weekend marks the 34th running of the Larry Detjens Memorial Race. Over the past three decades the event has changed locations and formats, moving from State Park Speedway to Golden Sands Speedway and then back to State Park Speedway. It’s also evolved from a one day event to a two day weekend event chalk full of racing and other activities. But no matter where it is or when it is, one thing that is certain is it is an event drivers’ circle on their calendar and want desperately to win.

“To win this race is huge,” says 2012 winner, Mark Mackesy, “So many drivers have raced in it and tried to win it because of their respect for Larry. This race for me is like Daytona for other drivers, there’s so much history in it.”

“I’ve been fortunate enough to race at some pretty high levels,” says two time winner Scott Wimmer, “But winning the Detjens Memorial still stands out as one of the most important wins of my career. The race has so much meaning and so much history; to win it is truly special.”

The list of past Detjens Memorial Race winners reads like a who’s who in Midwest racing. It includes names like Scott Wimmer, Chris Wimmer, Tom Reffner and Charlie Menard.

“I think I’ve raced the Detjens Memorial more than ten times in my life,” says Chris Wimmer, “And I’ve only been able to win it once. I know I’ve been at the last seven and have come up short. To win this race is difficult, it is definitely one I want to win every year and I know a lot of other drivers do too. Everyone seems to dig a little deeper on this night, which makes it even more special to win.”

Only a few drivers have been able to win this event on more than one occasion; Mark Mackesy, Chris Weinkauf and legendary short track racer Dick Trickle, are the only three to win it three times.

“To be in the company of a guy like Dick Trickle is something pretty amazing,” says Mackesy, “Each time I’ve won this race was exciting, but I’d say the last one is the most special. Trickle was there, it was his last visit to SPS, and he’s in the victory lane picture. I told him I drove that race like him, saving my stuff until the end.”

Twenty two cars will take the green flag for the Auto Select Detjens Memorial 125 on Saturday night with one driver etching his or her name into Detjens Memorial history with a win.

Miller Lite Detjens Memorial Weekend presented by Newsline Nine kicks off Friday with the Big 8 Series and support divisions. Fan gates open at 4:30pm with Fred Mueller qualifying at 6:00pm and racing at 7:00pm.

Saturday there will be breakfast served in the Speedway Bar and a bean bag toss tournament in the morning. The evening is full of racing action with five support divisions before the Auto Select Detjens Memorial 125 headlines the night. Fan gates open at 3:00pm, Fred Mueller qualifying is at 5:00pm and racing begins at 6:00pm.

Please visit stateparkspeedway.com or find us on Facebook at facebook.com/stateparkspeedway for more information. If you have any questions contact Marketing and PR Director, Jana Wimmer, at stateparkspeedway@yahoo.com.

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ARCA Midwest Tour State Park Speedway 125 Wrap-up Notes

May 19, 2014
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Next up: Calypso Lemonade Borders Wars II at Illiana Motor Speedway

by Kari Shear-Carlson
May 19, 2014 – Tim Sauter recorded his first ever ARCA Midwest Tour presented by Scag Power Equipment win at State Park Speedway in Wausau, WI last Saturday night in the State Park Speedway 125.

SAUTER’S HARD WORK PAID OFF

Tim Sauter was fourth in the final practice session and picked up fast time, so it was evident that he had a fast car. Once the feature started, he showed what he really had, taking his car to the front all they way from the 12th starting spot.

Midwest Touring Star, Chris Weinkauf had a strong run all night, leading until Chris Wimmer and Sauter got underneath and took over first and second. Weinkauf then had to try to hold off fellow Touring Stars, James Swan, Ty Majeski, Andrew Morrissey, and Boris Jurkovic, as well as Skylar Holzhausen. In the end, Majeski took the final podium position.

“These guys work really hard at this. We have to work twice as hard just to keep up,” said Sauter from the Hedman Husler Hedders Husler Zone.

At one point it looked like Chris Wimmer was going to be the one to beat, but once Sauter got by him, Wimmer knew he would have to settle for second.

“I was trying to run with him and just burned myself up. I think he was just playing with me the whole race. He’s smart,” said Wimmer.

FAST TIME WAS JUST THE BEGINNING FOR SAUTER

Tim Sauter also took home the VDL Fuel Systems fast qualifier award with a 13.703. He was followed by local hero, Mark Mackesy with a 13.714 and Rookie of the Year contender, Ty Majeski with a 13.760.

POINTS BATTLE OFF TO A GOOD START

Nathan Haseleu currently leads the overall point standings at 448. Ty Majeski is in second with 409. Jonathan Eilen, Chris Weinkauf and Andrew Morrissey round out the top five.

ROOKIES MAKING A STATEMENT EARLY ON

“We’ve had a lot of bad luck this year. If feels good to get this monkey off our backs,” said Majeski after his third place finish. Majeski also claimed third in qualifying earlier in the day.

With his third place finish, Majeski continues to lead the Rookie points battle. Casey Johnson is second with 379 points with Paul Shafer only 5 points behind Johnson at 374. Nick Barstad is fourth with 362.

The next event for the ARCA Midwest Tour is Sunday & Monday, May 25th & 26th at Illiana Motor Speedway when the ARCA/CRA Super Series join them for the Calypso Lemonade Border Wars II.

Be sure to follow the ARCA Midwest Tour on Facebook (midwesttour) and Twitter (@midwesttour).

To learn more about the Automobile Racing Club of America Midwest Tour, log on to arcamidwesttour.com. For questions call the ARCA Midwest Tour office at (262) 729-4111 or Tim Olson at (612) 327-5831 or Steve Einhaus (630) 212-6022 at or e-mail Tim Olson at tim@arcamidwesttour.comor Steve Einhaus at steve@arcamidwesttour.com.

The Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) is among the leading auto racing sanctioning bodies in the country. Founded in 1953 by John and Mildred Marcum, the organization administers more than 100 events each year in multiple racing series, including the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, the ARCA/CRA Super Series, the ARCA Truck Series and the ARCA Midwest Tour, plus weekly racing at Toledo and Flat Rock Speedways.

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Tim Sauter Goes From Fast Time to Victory Lane in the ARCA Midwest Tour at State Park Speedway

May 17, 2014
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Full Results / Midwest Tour LIVE Recap

by Kari Shear-Carlson
May 17, 2014 – “Thank you to all the fans and to my crew. Chris (Wimmer) was really good and I didn’t know how much I had until I got the edge when we got to the lapped cars. We finally won!” said a happy Tim Sauter from victory lane at State Park Speedway for the State Park Speedway 125 tonight in Wausau, WI after a hard-fought battle with Chris Wimmer.

“I was just trying to hold on there. I tried to run with him, but he just checked out,” said Wimmer after a great run.

Touring Stars, Boris Jurkovic and Jonathan Eilen set the pace for the 26-car field for the ARCA Midwest Tour presented by Scag Power Equipment 125 lap feature. Eilen took the early lead, but before they could complete lap one Jesse Pokszyk hit the turn three wall gathering up Tucker Miller ending the night for both of them. This set the field up for a complete restart.

Boris and Eilen remained side-by-side until Boris finally got cleared him and Chris Weinkauf dove under Eilen for second. The rest of the field was settling in. Weinkauf didn’t waste any time getting under Boris for for the top spot and started to pull away a little bit. Chris Wimmer had made his way up to third and Touring Star, Nathan Haseleu was fifth behind Eilen. The top five put a little bit of distance between themselves and the rest of the pack.

Wimmer started putting pressure on Jurkovic for the second spot and was able to take it over on lap 15. Weinkauf continued to put more distance between himself and the rest of the field. Fast qualifier Tim Sauter was making his way through the field running seventh.

As Weinkauf approached lapped traffic, it allowed Wimmer to close up a little bit. Weinkauf and Wimmer had pulled away from Jurkovic and Eilen as they battled it out for the third spot. Meanwhile, Haseleu patiently watched from the fifth spot.

Two lapped cars battling for position in front of Weinkauf gave Wimmer a chance to close up even more. But Weinkauf weaved his way through the traffic. Wimmer started to make his move as they again approached lapped traffic. Tim Sauter continued to rally through the field passing Haseleu for the fifth spot.

The second caution of the night came out when Skylar Holzhausen and Joel Theisen got together on the front stretch. Both had to restart from the rear of the field.

At the restart, Chris Weinkauf started on the inside, Wimmer chose the outside, followed by Jurkovic on the inside and Eilen outside. Weinkauf again got the lead but it wasn’t without pressure. Wimmer stuck his nose under Weinkauf for the top spot, followed by Tim Sauter. Wimmer started to give himself a little bit of room over Sauter and Sauter kept a safe distance from Weinkauf.

Ty Majeski was on the move working his way into fifth and closing in on Jurkovic. The top three continued to pull away as the battle continued for fourth through seventh.

With ten laps until the break, Wimmer continued to set the pace followed by Tim Sauter, Chris Weinkauf, Boris Jurkovic and Ty Majeski. As the battle between Boris and Majeski heated up, James Swan had caught up to Jonathan Eilen. When the caution flew for the 75 lap break, it was Wimmer, Sauter, Weinkauf, Jurkovic, and Majeski.

The field once again got to choose their lane at the restart of the second half. Wimmer chose the inside, Sauter on the outside, followed by Weinkauf and Jurkovic. As the field took the green flag, Casey Johnson and Matt Kocourek both ended up in the turn three wall, yet again setting the field up for a complete restart.

Wimmer jumped to the lead as Sauter followed suit. Weinkauf was busy watching Majeski and Jurkovic in his rearview mirror. Majeski got by Boris and followed Swan followed suit. Wimmer and Sauter started to pull away. Majeski had his eyes set on Weinkauf. Majeski slid under Weinkauf to take away the third spot with 41 laps remaining.

Wimmer and Sauter worked their way through lapped traffic allowing Sauter to close in on the bumper of Wimmer. Sauter got his nose under Wimmer and sealed the deal with 29 laps to go. Majeski was now a straightaway behind in third. Sauter started to make some distance between him and Wimmer.

Sauter appeared to be on cruise control as he maintained a full straightaway lead over Wimmer. Majeski was in a comfortable third with 10 laps remaining.

The battle for fourth was a heated discussing between Weinkauf, Swan, Morrissey and Holzhausen and in the end Holzhausen claimed the spot.

Sauter started his day as the fast qualifier and ended his day in victory lane. Wimmer, Majeski, Holzhausen, and Chris Weinkauf rounded out the top five.

Be sure to follow the ARCA Midwest Tour on Facebook (midwesttour) and Twitter (@midwesttour).

To learn more about the Automobile Racing Club of America Midwest Tour, log on to arcamidwesttour.com. For questions call the ARCA Midwest Tour office at (262) 729-4111 or Tim Olson at (612) 327-5831 or Steve Einhaus (630) 212-6022 at or e-mail Tim Olson at tim@arcamidwesttour.comor Steve Einhaus at steve@arcamidwesttour.com.

The Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) is among the leading auto racing sanctioning bodies in the country. Founded in 1953 by John and Mildred Marcum, the organization administers more than 100 events each year in multiple racing series, including the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, the ARCA/CRA Super Series, the ARCA Truck Series and the ARCA Midwest Tour, plus weekly racing at Toledo and Flat Rock Speedways.

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ARCA Midwest Tour Stars and Cars Take On Local Heroes At State Park Speedway This Saturday Night

May 14, 2014
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The Present Meets the Past At The Historic 1/4-Mile Oval

by Kari Shear-Carlson
May 14, 2014 – When the ARCA Midwest Tour presented by Scag Power Equipment makes its annual stop at State Park Speedway in Wausau, WI, it isn’t just another race on the busy schedule. State Park Speedway is the type of track, from the moment you walk in, that you actually feel the aura of every driver who ever took a lap. It is almost as if you can see the past with the present as the cars race side-by-side, lap after lap around the 1/4-mile oval.

This Saturday, May 17th, the ARCAMT will take its turn at adding another driver to the extensive winner’s list at SPS. The Tour has always been proud to bring its stars and cars to a place where laps have been taken by some of the most legendary drivers in racing history.

Notably known for the Larry Detjen’s Memorial event held every year, other legendary drivers such as Dave Marcis, Mark Martin, Bryan Reffner, and the late Dick Trickle also competed at State Park Speedway.

Some of the most nail-biting races on the Tour have taken place at SPS and this Saturday night is sure to be yet another one. Hometown heroes like Chris Wimmer, and Mark Mackesy will go up against the likes of Touring Stars, Jason and Chris Weinkauf, Nathan Haseleu, Jonathan Eilen, and Rookie contender, Ty Majeski, to name a few, each trying to etch their name on the winner’s list.

“There is something about State Park Speedway that has produced some of the best races we have ever held in the series with the locals being so competitive. We have gone green to checkered, we have had a few cautions, but nothing beats the 2 wide nonstop passing that is going on throughout the entire race,” said series VP, Steve Einhaus.

“SPS is one of the tracks on our schedule where you are afraid to leave your seat. Often times I don’t get to see the whole race, but at this track I take the time to watch every lap,” added Einhaus.

This will be the fourth annual event for the ARCA Midwest Tour. There have only been two winners in the last three events. Local driver, Mark Mackesy won the inaugural race in 2011, and Lakeville, Minnesota’s, Dan Fredrickson won in both 2012 and 2013.

Make your plans to head out to State Park Speedway in Wausau, WI for a night of side-by-side nonstop action this Saturday, May 17th. Fan gates open at 2:00pm. Qualifying is at 4:00pm. An autograph session will take place behind the grandstands at 5:00pm and racing kicks off at 6:00pm.

Log on to arcamidwesttour.com for complete details.

Be sure to follow the ARCA Midwest Tour on Facebook (midwesttour) and Twitter (@midwesttour).

To learn more about the Automobile Racing Club of America Midwest Tour, log on to arcamidwesttour.com. For questions call the ARCA Midwest Tour office at (262) 729-4111 or Tim Olson at (612) 327-5831 or Steve Einhaus (630) 212-6022 at or e-mail Tim Olson at tim@arcamidwesttour.comor Steve Einhaus at steve@arcamidwesttour.com.

The Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) is among the leading auto racing sanctioning bodies in the country. Founded in 1953 by John and Mildred Marcum, the organization administers more than 100 events each year in multiple racing series, including the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, the ARCA/CRA Super Series, the ARCA Truck Series and the ARCA Midwest Tour, plus weekly racing at Toledo and Flat Rock Speedways.

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Andy Jones Tops Midwest Truck Tour At Detjens Memorial

July 28, 2013
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Scores First Career Win In Thriller At State Park Speedway

by Gregg Paul

Andy Jones battled hard to pick up his first career victory in the SCAG Midwest Truck Tour event in the Larry Detjens Memorial Weekend at State Park Speedway. Jones survived a late race restart and a ferocious battle with Camden Murphy in notching his first ever win.

“I’m very excited and looking forward to hopefully getting some more,” said Jones. “For now we’ll just take the first one and keep moving forward with it.”

Moving forward is exactly what Jones had to do as Justin Oertel and Jacob Van Wazer led the field of trucks to the green flag. Van Wazer grabbed the lead after a brief side by side battle with Oertel, with John Wood following into the third spot. Wood quickly closed in on Oertel and tried to duck underneath him entering turn one. Oertel came down on Wood just a tad, and made contact with Wood just enough to cause Wood to spin bringing out the first yellow of the race. Jerry Wood also spun, but his spin was to avoid slamming into his brother’s truck.

Van Wazer would get the jump on Oertel on the restart, as Oertel suddenly started to fade on the high side. Andy Jones and Camden Murphy followed Van Wazer around Oertel and was soon joined by Natalie Decker in the fourth spot.

Jones caught up to Van Wazer and made two attempts at the lead, but Van Wazer was able to slam the door. Jones would get the job done on lap 8 as he finally got around Van Wazer coming off of turn four. That opened the door for Murphy to follow into the second spot.

Jones pulled out to a three truck length lead over Murphy until he began to catch lapped traffic by lap 22. Jones had a little trouble clearing the lappers and Murphy moved in on Jones’ rear bumper in the process.  As Murphy put the pressure on Jones for the lead, the caution would fly on lap 32 for debris.

Murphy and Natalie Decker took to the outside when the cone came out setting up two rows of side by side racing when the green flag flew. Jones and Murphy bumped as they raced side by side, and Decker and Van Wazer resumed their battle from Grundy last week as they battled for the third spot.

Jones and Murphy raced door handle to door handle for several laps, with each driver trading the lead at the finish line. Natalie Decker moved around Van Wazer for the third spot and caught up to the rear bumpers of the Jones and Murphy battle for the lead.

With just ten laps to go it was a dead heat at the line between Jones and Murphy.  The next two laps saw Jones and Murphy Continue to race side by side. Jones on the inside tried running Murphy up the hill in the corners, but Murphy wouldn’t give an inch and at times got a better bite off the corners. The pair bumped in turn one with seven laps to go causing Murphy to bobble just enough to allow Jones to sneak past. Decker was quick to try to pounce on the opening, but Murphy slammed the door on Decker’s attempt.

Decker wasn’t going to give in that easily, as she chrome horned Murphy in the middle of turns three and four, however that only seemed to push Murphy closer to Jones coming off the fourth turn. Decker wasn’t giving up and continued to pursue Murphy for the second spot. Going into turn one slight contact between Decker and Murphy forced Decker wide and almost around. Decker quickly recovered, but Van Wazer capitalized and moved back into the third spot.

Jones was able to stretch out his lead coming to the white flag while the field fought behind him. Van Wazer moved in on Murphy and looked to make a move to gain the second spot. As they entered turn one contact between the two caused them both to slide up in the corner. Van Wazer’s truck climbed up over Murphy’s right front fender before backing into the turn two wall.

Since the full field took the white flag, the yellow and checker flew simultaneously giving Jones his first career victory in the SCAG Midwest Truck Tour.

“We got up front early and picked off a couple of guys and moved into second,” said Jones. “We got into the lead and after that we were able to trade the lead with Camden (Murphy). I was just hoping that it was going to go green until the end but the cautions kind of threw that off. We got a somewhat good restart and battled side by side and pulled through for the win.”

Once Jones pulled alongside Murphy, he couldn’t shake him for several laps.

“Yeah, it was a little bit tight and he wasn’t giving me very much room,” said Jones. “He really shouldn’t. It’s his job to hold me down, so I had to make the best of it. We put on a little bit of good action there side by side and we were luckily able to get out front and pull away for the win.”

The carnage between Murphy and Van Wazer allowed Jerry Wood to sneak into the second spot, and Natalie Decker into third. Joshua James backed up his strong qualifying run with a fourth place finish, while John Wood recovered from his early spin to come home in fifth.

The SCAG Midwest Truck Tour takes a couple of weeks off before returning to the Madison International Speedway as a part of the ARCA Midwest Tour/CRA Border Wars on Sunday August 11th.

Be sure to follow the Midwest Truck Tour on Facebook (midwesttour) and Twitter (@midwesttour).

To learn more about the Midwest Truck Tour, log on to arcamidwesttour.com. For questions call the ARCA Midwest Tour office at (262) 729-4111 or Tim Olson at (612) 327-5831 or Steve Einhaus (630) 212-6022 at or e-mail Tim Olson at tim@arcamidwesttour.comor Steve Einhaus at steve@arcamidwesttour.com.

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Midwest Truck Tour Takes Part In Detjens Memorial Weekend

July 25, 2013
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by Gregg Paul
The SCAG Midwest Truck Tour is slated to be a part of the Larry Detjens Memorial Weekend at State Park Speedway in Wausau. The Trucks will run on Friday night, July 26th as part of a big weekend of racing at what was the home track of the late Larry Detjens, for whom the races are named after.

Wood Continues To Win, But Is Not Dominating As It Might Seem

Although Jerry Wood has won three of the first four Midwest Truck Tour races in 2013, his wins have not been as dominating as that stat might lead you to believe. Wood has had to race his way up through the field and that has not always been an easy task. The competition has learned from the veteran and it is starting to show on the track despite the results not quite being there yet.

“Those guys are coming on more and more every week and it’s just a matter of time before more of them are winning races,” said Wood. “All of these guys are doing a really great job and they’re listening.”

Wood Still Leads The Points, But The Battle For Second Is On

Jerry Wood has a 54 point lead over Natalie Decker for the championship. However the battle for the second spot in points is definitely heating up. John Wood is just three points behind Decker in third, while Jacob Van Wazer is just a single point behind John Wood in fourth. Joshua James is in fifth trailing John wood by another 43 points.

Last Race In A Stretch Of Three Consecutive Weeks

Despite a couple of early season rainouts, the SCAG Midwest Truck Tour is wrapping up a stretch where they will have raced in each of the last three weeks. Dating back to ARCAfest where Jacob Van Wazer picked up his first career win, and last week where Jerry Wood took the checkers again, the race at State Park Speedway will be the last before an off week for the Truckers.

Next Race On The Schedule

Once this event at SPS wraps up the Midwest Truck Tour will take a week off before gearing up to be a part of the ARCA Midwest Tour/CRA Border Wars Round 2 at the Madison International Speedway on Sunday August 11th. The truck drivers will be looking forward to racing in front of the huge crowd expected as the cars from the ARCA Midwest Tour go up against the cars from the ARCA/CRA Super Series.

Be sure to follow the Midwest Truck Tour on Facebook (midwesttour) and Twitter (@midwesttour).
To learn more about the Midwest Truck Tour, log on to arcamidwesttour.com. For questions call the ARCA Midwest Tour office at (262) 729-4111 or Tim Olson at (612) 327-5831 or Steve Einhaus (630) 212-6022 at or e-mail Tim Olson at tim@arcamidwesttour.comor Steve Einhaus at steve@arcamidwesttour.com.

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Auto Select Triple X Challenge on Tap at State Park Speedway

June 19, 2013

ARCA Midwest Tour Regulars Look For a Possible $16,000 Pay Day!

Wausau, WI – Next up at State Park Speedway is the Ropa’s Pizza Flip Merwin Memorial on Thursday, June 20th. This also begins race one of the Auto Select Triple X Challenge, in which State Park Speedway will shell out $15,000 to any driver that can win the Ropa’s Pizza Flip Merwin Memorial, the Newsline Nine Detjens Memorial 125 and the Lodi Memorial. “We really wanted to do something big,” says State Park Speedway Owner Ron Wimmer, “Our three memorial races are typically our biggest events of the year, outside of the ARCA Midwest Tour, and we thought it would be neat to put up a big prize and a challenge to all the drivers out there to see if someone can come and win all three. If someone can pull it off they will be walking away with almost $20,000 in total winnings, including the $15,000 bonus, the $1,000 elimination bonus and the winnings from each of the three individual races.”

This marks the first time State Park Speedway has put together an event of this magnitude and it will draw some of the biggest names in Wisconsin short track racing. ARCA Midwest Tour regulars Nathan Haseleu and Chris Wimmer are just a couple outside drivers who have committed to trying their hand at the Auto Select Triple X Challenge. “I run the Detjens events every year,” says Nathan Haseleu, “So when I heard about this, it was like why not give it a shot. We are going to race the first two and then see where we are at. It’s a cool deal that they’ve put together and should generate a lot of excitement, especially if someone can win those first two events.”

Over the past four years no driver has won all three memorial events, but in 2010 Chris Weinkauf took the checkered flag in both the Flip Merwin Memorial and the Detjens Memorial. “There is definitely the possibility that someone might be able to do this,” says Scott Wimmer, “Aside from guys like Haseleu or Wimmer who will come race, a guy like Mark Mackesy, Neil Knoblock or Weinkauf, who have been racing at State Park Speedway for years could make a run of it. It will be exciting to see who wins the Ropa’s Pizza Flip Merwin Memorial and that driver will definitely have all eyes on him going into the Detjens Memorial a few weeks later.”

In additional to a possible $15,000 pay day for one driver, three drivers will each take home extra cash in an elimination style challenge. Each of these three events will start 24 cars. The top 12 finishers in the first of the three events, the Ropa’s Pizza Flip Merwin Memorial, will be eligible to continue the challenge and receive bonus money. Following the second event, the Newsline Nine Detjens Memorial 125, the top six finishers of those 12 will continue to be eligible going into the final event, the Lodi Memorial Race. At the conclusion of the Lodi Memorial race the top three finishers of those six will receive bonus money of $1,000, $750 and $500 respectively. “We really wanted to do something different and make it so there were a number of drivers eligible for the bonus going into that final race,” says Scott Wimmer, “The chance to win the $15,000 will make it interesting, but this will give a bunch of drivers a chance at the bonus and it will be fun for fans to follow along as drivers get eliminated.”

The Ropa’s Pizza Flip Merwin Memorial will consist of a 10-lap C-Tech Super Late Model feature with a competition caution at lap 75. The Budweiser/Fabiano Brothers Limited Late Modes, Marathon Parts City Pure Stocks, Snap-On Mini-Mods, Motors Service and Supply Mini-Stocks and Kreager Insurance Bandoloers will all also compete. Pit gates open at 2:30pm, fan gates at 4:30pm, Fred Mueller Qualifying takes place at 6:30pm and racing begins at 7:30pm. A full schedule will be available soon on stateparkspeedway.com.

All drivers who make the 24 car field for the Ropa’s Pizza Flip Merwin Memorial will be eligible to compete in the Triple X Challenge and the winner of that event will have a shot at a possible $16,000 pay day. For questions regarding the Auto Select Triple X Challenge please emailstateparkspeedway@yahoo.com.