TUNDRA Super Late Models

The Unified Northern Drivers Racing Association seeks to keep Super Late Model racing affordable while putting on the most entertaining program possible.


Posted on Apr 6, 2013


PORTAGE, Wis. (April 5, 2013) – Widely known as one of the most exciting and dramatic weekly short tracks, Jefferson Speedway will play host to the TUNDRA Super Late Model Series in 2013. The sides agreed this week to a Saturday, June 22nd date at Wisconsin’s Action Track.

This will be TUNDRA’s first foray on a quarter-mile track and the first Super Late Model race at Jefferson since May of 2008.

“Jefferson Speedway is one of the most unique and challenging short tracks in the country,” said TUNDRA representative Matt Panure. “When we put out the feelers as to places our racers wanted to target for an event, Jefferson was right at the top of the list.”

“Adding this show to our schedule allows our weekly competitors to catch their breath mid season.,” said Jefferson Speedway promoter Terry Tucker. “This and our long lasting support of affordable local based racing are our primary motivations for having this show.”

The layout of Jefferson is widely-known among racers in the Midwest. Turns one and two present the challenge of being somewhat flat, with a preferred line on the bottom. Turns three and four are progressively banked with a preferred line on the top. Every lap presents a new challenge for each driver.

If the challenge of the facility isn’t enough, Jefferson is also known to have some of the toughest weekly competition in the Midwest, averaging over 30 weekly warriors every Saturday night. With the night off from normal action, TUNDRA is hoping to entice some of the top Jefferson guns to join in the fun.

“Our rules have some provisions for the weekly style Late Model to compete with our cars,” said TUNDRA representative Tom Lichtfeld. “When you get guys who know the track, you typically see them pretty successful with us.”

In 2010 two weekly style Late Models competed with the Alive For Five (now TUNDRA) Super Lates at Dells Raceway Park. In Round Three Davey Pennel won the B feature in a borrowed weekly Late Model from Dale Schultz. He held off two drivers who would go on to finish top 10 in Alive For Five Points. In the next round Derek Childs charged from the back of the pack to finish sixth in his weekly Late Model against the touring Super Lates.

“When you have drivers who know Jefferson as well as some of their weekly guys do, I can easily see those guys competing for spots in the top five,” Lichtfeld said. “It’s going to be challenging, but fun for us to see how we match up against them.”

With the opportunity to see some of the Jefferson regulars square off against top touring Super Late Model drivers, Jefferson fans should have plenty of reasons to be on the edge of their seat all night long.

One event TUNDRA brings to the table that Jefferson fans will experience for the first time is the Leo’s Upper Dells Bar Gong Show. The popular last-chance race format pits six cars against an invert for six to ten laps with only two transferring to the feature. The 2012 Gong Shows provided plenty of breath-taking moments.

“We try to keep our race events exciting from the drop of the green in qualifying to the checkered flag in the feature,” Panure said. “Jefferson has a strong and loyal fan base. We can’t wait to put on a great show for them, and hopefully build this into a yearly event.”

Support divisions for this event will be announced soon.

For more information on Jefferson Speedway visit www.jeffersonspeedway.com.

For more information on TUNDRA including news, past results and standings, the 2013 schedule and more visit www.tundrasuperlates.com. Also, interact with the series on Facebook (facebook.com/TundraSuperLateModels) or Twitter (@TUNDRAslms).