TUNDRA Super Late Models http://www.tundrasuperlates.com The Unified Northern Drivers Racing Association seeks to keep Super Late Model racing affordable while putting on the most entertaining program possible. Tue, 19 Nov 2019 15:08:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.13 TUNDRA 2019 AWARDS BANQUET SET FOR JANUARY 18 AT CHULA VISTA http://www.tundrasuperlates.com/2019/11/tundra-2019-awards-banquet-set-for-january-18-at-chula-vista/ Tue, 19 Nov 2019 15:08:16 +0000 http://www.tundrasuperlates.com/?p=3330 PORTAGE, Wis. (October 22, 2018) –The TUNDRA Super Late Model Series Powered by Wisconsin Potatoes will hold its annual awards banquet on Saturday, January 18 at Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells.

An RSVP form is available on this link:

Tickets are $35 per person and include dinner. All tickets for the banquet must be purchased through TUNDRA by January 3. Additional tickets will not be available at the door.

Check in will begin at 5 p.m. Prior to the banquet there will be a social hour from 6 to 7 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7 with awards to follow.

Special lodging rates will be available from for the event. Rooms start at $149 per night plus taxes. They can be booked by calling 1-855-318-4712. The code is H46416.

Chula Vista Resort is located at 1000 Chula Vista Pkwy in Wisconsin Dells, Wis.. For more information visit www.chulavistaresort.com

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SOMMERS SCORES SECOND WIN, JOHNSON CLAIMS TITLE AT GOLDEN SANDS http://www.tundrasuperlates.com/2019/09/sommers-scores-second-win-johnson-claims-title-at-golden-sands/ Wed, 04 Sep 2019 22:42:55 +0000 http://www.tundrasuperlates.com/?p=3322 PLOVER, Wis. (September 2, 2019) – In front of a spirited hometown crowd, Gabe Sommers smoothly sailed to his second win of the season with the TUNDRA Super Late Model Series Powered by Wisconsin Potatoes on Labor Day at Golden Sands Speedway.

Sommers became the first driver since 2016 to claim multiple TUNDRA wins in a year. He secured the lead from the pole and showed the way for 106 of the 108 laps in The Cleaver 108 Presented by RacePal. His first win came in the North American Cup Dedicated to Carl Wegner on July 6 at Dells Raceway Park.

It was a solid ending to the year for the young driver, who enjoyed a memorable sophomore campaign. His performance on Monday locked him in as the runner-up in the 2019 TUNDRA season standings. However, Casey Johnson had a nearly insurmountable lead entering the day. By qualifying into the dash and starting the feature, Johnson grabbed his second straight (and third overall) TUNDRA Championship. He would quietly maneuver his way to a Third Place finish late in the race.

While yellows may have benefitted Johnson in his run to Third, the caution flag was causing Sommers to cringe. Sommers seized the top spot from fellow front-row starter Justin Mondeik and started to build a lead until the first pause of the action came on lap seven.

The field settled in after the next restart and Sommers was able to build a lead over the next 40 laps. As he did, Jordan Thiel, Wyatt Brooks, and Darek Gress began to work through the field. Another caution on lap 48 brought Thiel to Sommers’ outside. Although Thiel was able to lead a lap, Sommers wrestled the top spot back. Thiel was left to deal with a speedy Gress, who secured Second and looked to run down Sommers in lapped traffic.

A debris caution brought Gress to the front row with Sommers with 33 laps to go. It also brought a cascade of yellows. Gress would have opportunities on Sommers’ outside again with 30 to go, 26 to go, and 18 to go. Each time, Sommers was able to get away from Gress. With 15 laps remaining Brooks was able to slide around Gress and secure Second just before another yellow flew.

Once again Sommers was too strong on the restart. He survived two more restarts – one with Brooks on his outside and one single file – to dash away to the win. Brooks held strong for Second, Johnson secured Third, Gress held Fourth, and Fast Qualifier Colin Reffner rounded out the Top Five.

Although marred by caution, the race had plenty of intrigue for Brooks, Johnson, Gress, and Reffner. Each driver passed seven cars on their way into the Top Five. The finishes also helped drivers improve their points positions. Brooks jumped from 13th to Seventh, Gress from 12th to Eighth, and Reffner to 11th.

For Sommers the win was an exclamation point on a strong season with only one major hiccup in the first race at WIR. He ends the season Second in points, 70 behind Johnson, but with two wins and a Second Place finish in five events.

Johnson again was the model of consistency. Along with his win at Wausau in Round Five, Johnson scored two Second Place finishes, a Third Place, and a Fourth Place finish. He also set fast time twice and had four dash appearances in five races.

With a measure of his own consistency, Rich Schumann Jr. wrapped up the Rookie of the Year title. He concluded the season with a Tenth Place finish at Golden Sands.

The TUNDRA Super Late Model Series ends it 2019 season with 53 races competing in five events and 21 teams running all five races (a sixth, scheduled race at Jefferson was rained out).

More information about the 2019 Awards Banquet and 2020 season will be available in the coming weeks through the TUNDRA web site.

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The Cleaver 108 Presented by RacePal Results http://www.tundrasuperlates.com/2019/09/the-cleaver-108-presented-by-racepal-results/ Tue, 03 Sep 2019 22:33:26 +0000 http://www.tundrasuperlates.com/?p=3317

TUNDRA Super Late Model Series Round Six

The Cleaver 108 Presented by RacePal

Pos Car # Driver Hometown Laps 1 15 Gabe Sommers Plover, WI 108 2 25 Wyatt Brooks Amherst, WI 108 3 5 Casey Johnson Edgerton, WI 108 4

107.5

Darek Gress Neillsville, WI 108 5 87 Colin Reffner Wisconsin Rapids, WI 108 6 2 Jordan Thiel Darboy, WI 108 7 44 Justin Mondeik Gleason, WI 108 8 99 Jake Zellmer Burlington, WI 108 9 8 Chad Butz Green Bay, WI 108 10 54 Rich Schumann Jr. Porgate, WI 108 11 711 Neil Knoblock Wausau, WI 108 12

5B

John Beale Verona, WI 108 13 20 Derek Doerr Watertown, WI 108 14 32 Steve Lichtfeld Portage, WI 108 15

1W

Jesse Pokszyk Friendship, WI 108 16

07

Alex Seidl Appleton, WI 107 17 31 Corey Jankowski Tomah, WI 106 18 6 Thayran Rezin Tomah, WI 106 19 76 Travis Volm Mosinee, WI 98 20 33 Kevin Kneuse Waukesha, WI 96 21 44 Mike Lichtfeld Pardeeville, WI 93 22 9 Braison Bennett Neenah, WI 73 23 18 Cameron Clifford Norway, MI 73 24 3 Brady Bennett Larsen, WI 73 25 10 Andy Monday Appleton, WI 69 26 51 Dennis Schmidt Juneau, WI 63 27 38 Jordan Devoy Lake Geneva, WI 48 28 66 Sydney Wonderling Glendale Heights, IL 37

10-Lap Heat Race One

Pos Car # Driver Hometown, WI 1 32 Steve Lichtfeld Portage, WI 2 76 Travis Volm Mosinee, WI 3 31 Corey Jankowski Tomah, WI 4 18 Cameron Clifford Norway, MI 5 20 Derek Doerr Watertown, WI 6

07

Alex Seidl Appleton, WI 7 66 Sydney Wonderling Glendale Heights, IL

10-Lap Heat Race Two

Pos Car # Driver Hometown, WI 1

1W

Jesse Pokszyk Friendship, WI 2 51 Dennis Schmidt Juneau, WI 3 10 Andy Monday Appleton, WI 4 38 Jordan Devoy Lake Geneva, WI 5 9 Braison Bennett Neenah, WI 6 6 Thayran Rezin Tomah, WI 7 3 Brady Bennett Larsen, WI

10-Lap Fast Heat

Pos Car # Driver Hometown, WI 1 44 Justin Mondeik Gleason, WI 2 44 Mike Lichtfeld Pardeeville, WI 3

5B

John Beale Verona, WI 4 15 Gabe Sommers Plover, WI 5 2 Jordan Thiel Darboy, WI 6 54 Rich Schumann Jr. Porgate, WI 7 33 Kevin Kneuse Stoughton, WI 8 8 Chad Butz Green Bay, WI 9 711 Neil Knoblock Wausau, WI

Fast Five Dash

Pos Car # Driver Hometown, WI 1 99 Jake Zellmer Burlington, WI 2 25 Wyatt Brooks Amherst, WI 3

107.5

Darek Gress Neillsville, WI 4 87 Colin Reffner Wisconsin Rapids, WI 5 5 Casey Johnson Edgerton, WI Fast Time Colin Reffner 12.106 seconds ]]>
TUNDRA PRE-RACE NOTES: ROUND SIX – GOLDEN SANDS SPEEDWAY http://www.tundrasuperlates.com/2019/09/tundra-pre-race-notes-round-six-golden-sands-speedway/ Sun, 01 Sep 2019 17:22:36 +0000 http://www.tundrasuperlates.com/?p=3314 About the Event
Date: Monday, September 3, 2019
Official Event Name: Round Six Powered by Wisconsin Potatoes
Feature Event: The Cleaver 108 Presented by RacePal
Times: 9 a.m. – Pits Open, 12 p.m. – Stands, 12:30 p.m. – Qualifying, 2 p.m. – Racing
Other Divisions – WIR ¼ Mile and 602 LMs, Wisconsin Sport Trucks, Bandits
TUNDRA Format – Qualifying, Fast Five Dash, Qualifying Heats, Last Chance, Feature
Ticket Prices: Adults (13+) $15, Ages 6-12 and Seniors (65+) $10, 5 and under free

About Golden Sands Speedway:
Layout: high-banked, third-mile (asphalt)
Location: 11000 Hwy. 54, Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494
Phone: (715) 423-4665
Web site: www.gssraces.com

Past TUNDRA Golden Sands Winners:
May 27, 2013 – Dalton Zehr
July 19, 2013 – Paige Decker
May 26, 2014 – Michael Bilderback
September 7, 2015 – Nathan Haseleu
September 5, 2016 – Mark Mackesy
September 4, 2017 – Mike Lichtfeld
September 3, 2018 – Rained Out

TUNDRA 2019 Schedule
May 11 – Round One – Wisconsin International Raceway (Dennis Prunty)
June 8 – Round Two – Marshfield Motor Speedway (Eugene Gregorich Jr.)
July 6 – Round Three – Dells Raceway Park (Gabe Sommers)
July 20 – Round Four – Jefferson Speedway (Rained Out)
August 3 – Round Five – State Park Speedway (Casey Johnson)
September 2 – Round Six – Golden Sands Speedway

In Line for a Second Super Late Model Title
Casey Johnson has the TUNDRA title all but wrapped up with a 73-point advantage over Gabe Sommers. Johnson secured his second straight Fox River Racing Club Championship at Wisconsin International Raceway on Thursday night. He will be looking for his second straight (and third overall) TUNDRA title.

Another Champion in the Field
Wyatt Brooks scored his first Super Late Model Championship, wrapping up the Golden Sands title this past Friday. Brooks has had a good amount of success at big Golden Sands races in the past. He will be hoping to grab his first TUNDRA series win at the venue tomorrow.

Super Kid
There is no doubt it’s been a solid season for Gabe Sommers. While the youngster from Plover’s odds are very long to steal the Championship from Johnson, it could still be a banner day. Sommers will be looking to grab his second win of the season in front of a home-town crowd.

Real Deal Thiel & Beale
Jordan Thiel and John Beale have scored big wins in recent action at Golden Sands. Thiel took the checkered flag in the Wisconsin Challenge Series race. Beale set fast time and won the season finale this past Friday.

Mondeik Looks to Cap Another Impressive Season
Justin Mondeik came up just short of a title at State Park Speedway in weekly action. His TUNDRA season has gone fairly well and could end with a podium points finish. He is just two points behind Beale for the Third spot.

Schumann in the Drivers Seat
Rich Schumann Jr is in fantastic position to secure the Rookie of the Year title this season. He sits 50 points ahead of fellow rookies Kevin Knuese and Cameron Clifford, who are tied in the point standings. Derek Doerr and Scott Dunning, despite missing a race each, will be looking to make their mark in the final event of the season, as well.

Round Six Powered by Wisconsin Potatoes
Golden Sands Speedway
Monday, September 2
Expected Entry List (28 as of 9/1/19)

00 – Darek Gress, Neillsville, Wis. [TT]
07 – Alex Seidl, Appleton, Wis.
1W – Jesse Pokszyk, Friendship, Wis.
2 – Jordan Thiel, Darboy, Wis. [TT]
3 – Brady Bennett, Larson, Wis.
5 – John Beale, Verona, Wis. [TT]
5 – Casey Johnson, Edgerton, Wis. [TT]
8 – Chad Butz, Green Bay, Wis. [TT]
9 – Braison Bennett, Neenah, Wis.
10 – Andy Monday, Appleton, Wis. [TT]
15 – Gabe Sommers, Plover, Wis. [TT]
18 – Cameron Clifford, Norway, Mich. [TT][R]
20 – Derek Doerr, Watertown, Wis. [TT][R]
25 – Wyatt Brooks, Amherst, Wis. [TT]
31 – Corey Jankowski, Tomah, Wis. [TT]
32 – Steve Lichtfeld, Portage, Wis. [TT]
32 – Scott Dunning, Lake in the Hills, Ill. [TT][R]
33 – Kevin Knuese, Waukesha, Wis. [TT][R]
38 – Jordan DeVoy, Lake Geneva, Wis. [TT]
44 – Mike Lichtfeld, Pardeeville, Wis. [TT]
44 – Justin Mondeik, Gleason, Wis. [TT]
51 – Dennis Schmidt, Juneau, Wis. [TT]
54 – Rich Schumann, Jr., Portage, Wis, [TT][R]
66 – Sydney Wonderling, Glendale Heights, Ill. [TT]
76 – Travis Volm, Mosinee, Wis.
87 – Colin Reffner, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. [TT]
99 – Jake Zellmer, Burlington, Wis. [TT]
711 – Neil Knoblock, Wausau, Wis. [TT]

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THE TUNDRA POINT PICTURE ENTERING ROUND SIX http://www.tundrasuperlates.com/2019/08/the-tundra-point-picture-entering-round-six/ Tue, 27 Aug 2019 22:44:28 +0000 http://www.tundrasuperlates.com/?p=3310 PORTAGE, Wis. (August 27, 2019) – The TUNDRA Super Late Model Series Powered by Wisconsin Potatoes rolls into action for the final time next Monday, September 2 in Round Six Powered by Wisconsin Potatoes. The Cleaver 108 Presented by RacePal will write the final chapter in yet another memorable season.

Casey Johnson is in the driver’s seat to claim his second straight – and third overall – TUNDRA Championship. With his win in Round Five at Wausau, Johnson vaulted himself to a 73-point lead over Gabe Sommers. Johnson needs only to start a heat race and finish no worse than 24th in the feature to claim the title. Don’t expect him to sit back, however. Johnson claimed his 2016 Championship with a win at Jefferson and his 2018 Championship with an overall winner’s bonus last season in the twin features at Dells Raceway Park.

Gabe Sommers is sitting in solid position in the runner-up spot. Last year’s Rookie of the Year took a major step forward this season, picking up his first ever series win at Dells Raceway Park in July. His 24-point spread back to John Beale is not impossible to overcome, but Sommers has garnered good success at Plover. He most certainly will be one of the contenders for the win.

The space from Third to Sixth is where things get a bit dicey. Beale sits in the final podium spot, but is only two points ahead of Justin Mondeik. Jordan Thiel is only ten points back of Beale. The team of Dennis Prunty and Neil Knoblock is just 13 back. Any of these four could take the Third Place spoils.

Beale has enjoyed strong runs in races at Plover in the past. Mondeik is a threat to win each time he shows up at the third-mile. Thiel finished Second the last time TUNDRA visited GSS. Knoblock has won big races at Golden Sands in the past. A strong day and some lucky breaks could make all the difference in this grouping.

Much the same are spots Seven through 11. Top Rookie Rich Schumann Jr. sits in the Seventh spot, three points ahead of Jordan Devoy. Devoy is clear of Chad Butz by just three markers. Mike Lichtfeld trails Butz by one point. The team of Joel Theisen and Andy Monday is just four points back of Lichtfeld. This grouping could be a wild card come next Monday.

Schumann has little experience at Plover, but has proven to be strong in all situations this season. Devoy will be running a backup car, but claims Golden Sands as one of his favorite tracks and one that suits his driving style. Butz enjoyed good success in his CWRA appearances this year at GSS. Lichtfeld is the most recent TUNDRA winner at the facility. Andy Monday will be tagging in for Theisen, but has experience at Plover in the older days of the Wisconsin Challenge Series.

Several other drivers could make a push toward the Top Ten in Monday’s finale. Darek Gress is only 20 points back of the spot and has won CWRA races at Golden Sands in the past two seasons. Wyatt Brooks sits 24 points out and has won major races at GSS. He also leads their season points with one event left. Colin Reffner will have to do some work to make the 27-point jump, but he has proven fast at the facility in the past.

Another possible factor in Monday’s race will be the length of the event. Due to TUNDRA’s tire program and the loss of the Jefferson race, teams will be allowed four new tires instead of three. The race will be lengthened from 75 laps to 108 trips around the third-mile. The drivers that are able to adjust and endure may be the ones moving up the point standings when the checkered flag falls.

TUNDRA will be joined by the WIR 1/4-Mile and 602 Late Models, Wisconsin Sport Trucks, and Bandit Shootout. Fan gates open at noon, qualifying is at 12:30, and racing begins at 2.

Golden Sands Speedway is located on Highway 54 between Plover and Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. For more information visit www.gssraces.com

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JOHNSON ENDS TUNDRA DROUGHT WITH WAUSAU WIN http://www.tundrasuperlates.com/2019/08/johnson-ends-tundra-drought-with-wausau-win/ Mon, 05 Aug 2019 23:26:59 +0000 http://www.tundrasuperlates.com/?p=3302 WAUSAU, Wis. (August 3, 2019) – It had been nearly three years since Casey Johnson visited Victory Lane in a TUNDRA Super Late Model Series event.  The long wait ended Saturday night at State Park Speedway as he stormed to the win in Round Five Powered by Wisconsin Potatoes.

Johnson started 14th on the grid, took advantage of the outside line on several restarts, and captured the lead on lap 48 of the 75-lap affair.  The win was his first since sealing the 2016 Championship with a win on September 16 of that year at Jefferson Speedway.

Although he captured an overall bonus for the twin 55s at Dells Raceway Park last season, the defending TUNDRA Champion said there is nothing quite like being the first across the line. “Unless you take the checkered, you’re not actually winning,” Johnson said.  “We were finally able to cross the line.  I joke with my guys, ‘We have a TUNDRA race coming up, we’ll probably finish Second or Third like we always do.’  It’s just a challenging series.”

Jordan Devoy and Kevin Knuese led the field the green with Devoy gaining an early advantage.  As the field settled in for the first ten laps, the inside line proved to be the preferred groove.  Jeremy Lepak moved to Second and began to pressure Devoy for the lead.

The first caution of the race came on lap 17 and ended the day of Mike Lichtfeld.  On the restart Johnson and Justin Mondeik made some gains.  Johnson was able to move to sixth by choosing the outside line and Mondeik followed him into the next row.  The outside line faded a bit after the restart, but Mondeik slipped free and soon found himself in the Top Four.

Another caution for Chad Butz, Joel Theisen, and John Beale brought the action to a halt on lap 30.  This time Lepak joined Devoy on the front row.  Johnson followed to the outside line and would be side-by-side with defending race winner Mark Mackesy.  Mondeik elected to stay on the inside line.

When the green fell, Lepak held strong on the high side and claimed the lead.  His lead was short-lived, however, as a caution fell when Neil Knoblock slowed and stalled on the track.  Lepak elected the high side for the restart and again hold strong for several laps.  However, Devoy regained the lead and brought Johnson along.  Lepak was then forced to deal with Mackesy, Mondeik, and Jordan Thiel, who had cruised into the Top Five from his 22nd Place starting spot.

Johnson hounded Devoy for five laps, awaiting an opening. That opening finally came when he was able to get to the inside on lap 47.  By the time the field hit the backstretch Johnson had taken the lead.  He then was able to build his advantage.

“We took advantage of a couple of those early barrels,” Johnson said.  “A lot of guys want to stay on the bottom, so we tried doing the track position deal and it worked out.  You never know how it’s going to play out and you just have to roll the dice sometimes.”

Devoy was then left to joust with Mackesy and Thiel.  Mackesy found his way past on lap 60, but Johnson’s lead was too large to overcome.  Devoy held on for Third with an enormous amount of pressure from Thiel.  Mondeik rounded out the Top Five.  State Park Speedway regulars Brock Heinrich and Travis Volm enjoyed solid days by placing Sixth and Seventh.

The night was exactly what Johnson needed as he seeks his third TUNDRA Championship and second in a row.  With fast time, the win, and having passed the most cars, he stretched his advantage to 73 points over now-runner-up Gabe Sommers.  Beale fell to Third and is 97 points out.  Justin Mondeik trails him by only two markers.

The final event of the 2019 TUNDRA Super Late Model Series takes place Monday, September 2 (Labor Day) at Golden Sands Speedway in Plover, Wis.  Due to the cancellation of Round Four, the race will feature four new tires instead of three and will go extra distance – the Cleaver 108. Support divisions will be confirmed soon.

Golden Sands Speedway is located on Highway 54 between Plover and Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.  For more information visit www.gssraces.com.

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TUNDRA Super Late Model Series Round Five Results http://www.tundrasuperlates.com/2019/08/tundra-super-late-model-series-round-five-results/ Mon, 05 Aug 2019 03:19:08 +0000 http://www.tundrasuperlates.com/?p=3298

TUNDRA Super Late Model Series Round Five

Wisconsin Potatoes 75

Pos Car # Driver Hometown Laps 1 5 Casey Johnson Edgerton, WI 75 2 12 Mark Mackesy Wausau, WI 75 3 38 Jordan Devoy Lake Geneva, WI 75 4 2 Jordan Thiel Darboy, WI 75 5 44 Justin Mondeik Gleason, WI 75 6 52 Brock Heinrich Wausau, WI 75 7 76 Travis Volm Mosinee, WI 75 8 15 Gabe Sommers Plover, WI 75 9 25 Wyatt Brooks Amherst, WI 75 10 99 Jake Zellmer Burlington, WI 75 11 54 Jeremy Lepak Wausau, WI 75 12 20 Derek Doerr Watertown, WI 75 13 711 Neil Knoblock Wausau, WI 75 14 54 Rich Schumann Jr. Porgate, WI 75 15 87 Colin Reffner Wisconsin Rapids, WI 75 16 31 Corey Jankowski Tomah, WI 75 17 18 Cameron Clifford Norway, MI 75 18 33 Kevin Kneuse Waukesha, WI 75 19 32 Steve Lichtfeld Portage, WI 75 20 51 Dennis Schmidt Juneau, WI 74 21

5B

John Beale Verona, WI 65 22

00

Darek Gress Neillsville, WI 50 23 8 Chad Butz Green Bay, WI 30 24 75 Joel Theisen Maple Grove, MN 30 25 66 Sydney Wonderling Glendale Heights, IL 28 26 44 Mike Lichtfeld Pardeeville, WI 16

8-Lap Heat Race One

Pos Car # Driver Hometown, WI 1 18 Cameron Clifford Norway, MI 2 711 Neil Knoblock Wausau, WI 3 75 Joel Theisen Maple Grove, MN 4 20 Derek Doerr Watertown, WI 5 2 Jordan Thiel Darboy, WI 6 66 Sydney Wonderling Glendale Heights, IL

8-Lap Heat Race Two

Pos Car # Driver Hometown, WI 1 31 Corey Jankowski Tomah, WI 2 51 Dennis Schmidt Juneau, WI 3 76 Travis Volm Mosinee, WI 4 32 Steve Lichtfeld Portage, WI 5

5B

John Beale Verona, WI 6 25 Wyatt Brooks Amherst, WI

8-Lap Fast Heat

Pos Car # Driver Hometown, WI 1 8 Chad Butz Green Bay, WI 2

00

Darek Gress Neillsville, WI 3 44 Mike Lichtfeld Pardeeville, WI 4 99 Jake Zellmer Burlington, WI 5 12 Mark Mackesy Wausau, WI 6 54 Rich Schumann Jr. Porgate, WI 7 54 Jeremy Lepak Wausau, WI 8 38 Jordan Devoy Lake Geneva, WI 9 33 Kevin Kneuse Stoughton, WI

Fast Five Dash

Pos Car # Driver Hometown, WI 1 44 Justin Mondeik Gleason, WI 2 52 Brock Heinrich Wausau, WI 3 15 Gabe Sommers Plover, WI 4 87 Colin Reffner Wisconsin Rapids, WI 5 5 Casey Johnson Edgerton, WI Fast Time Casey Johnson 13.653 seconds ]]>
ROBUST ROUND FIVE FIELD WILL FORM TUNDRA CHAMPIONSHIP PICTURE http://www.tundrasuperlates.com/2019/07/robust-round-five-field-will-form-tundra-championship-picture/ Tue, 30 Jul 2019 19:00:22 +0000 http://www.tundrasuperlates.com/?p=3295 PORTAGE, Wis. (July 30, 2019) – With only two races remaining in the 2019 season for the TUNDRA Super Late Model Series Powered by Wisconsin Potatoes, the Championship battle is about to intensify. The next stop is the tricky quarter-mile at State Park Speedway in Wausau, Wis., this Saturday, August 3.

As has been the case all season long, title contenders will have to emerge from a large field of spectacular Super Late Model racers. With contenders from the traveling contingent of TUNDRA and the Wausau locals, a trip to Victory Lane Saturday will be no easy task.

Much of the attention will be on Gabe Sommers when TUNDRA visits State Park this Saturday. The 16 year old is coming off his first TUNDRA win at Dells Raceway Park on July 6 and a victory in last week’s Larry Detjens Memorial at State Park. Although he didn’t have the run he was hoping for at WIR, Sommers vaulted into the title hunt with his win at DRP and a Second Place finish at Marshfield.

The drivers he’s chasing form a familiar duo at the top of the TUNDRA standings. Casey Johnson is seeking his second straight series title (and third overall). With another podium finish at DRP, he maintains a 35-point lead over John Beale. Both Johnson and Beale have scored big wins at Wausau in the past (although not in TUNDRA action). Johnson took the 2018 Detjens Memorial. Beale won the Wisconsin Challenge Series race earlier this season.

To score victory, drivers may have to dethrone the King of State Park Speedway – Mark Mackesy. Mackesy fended off the traveling TUNDRA racers last season, scoring his second series win at his home track. He won’t be the only defending force TUNDRA racers will have to battle. Last year’s SPS Champion Luke Fenhaus, former Champion Jeremy Lepak, feature winner Travis Volm, and two-time Limited Late Model Champion Brock Heinrich will also join the field.

Wausau has also been kind to several TUNDRA standouts looking to make gains in the point standings. Justin Mondeik nearly grabbed the SPS track title last season. Mike Lichtfeld has been a consistent Top Five finisher in the TUNDRA events at SPS. Colin Reffner set fast time for the event last season. Wyatt Brooks and Jordan Thiel have turned many quick laps around the facility. Neil Knoblock was victorious in the Big 8 Series race last Friday. Any of these drivers (and more) from the group of TUNDRA Travelers could be ones to reckon with this weekend.

TUNDRA will be joined by the Midwest Compact Series, Wisconsin Sport Trucks, and SPS Pure Stocks. SPS Mini-Mods and Mini-Stocks are encouraged to join the Midwest Compact Series but will not race for track points. Pit gates open at 1 pm, fan gates at 3:30, qualifying is at 4:30, and racing begins at 6.

State Park Speedway is located at 5711 N. Mountain Rd in Wausau, Wis. For more information visit www.stateparkspeedway.com

TUNDRA also announced this week that it will not reschedule Round Four at Jefferson. “Bearing in mind the schedules of other series, tracks, and our drivers, we unfortunately could not find a suitable make-up date. We look forward to returning to Wisconsin’s Action Track in 2020,” said series representative Matt Panure.

Round Five Powered by Wisconsin Potatoes
State Park Speedway
Saturday, August 3
Expected Entry List (30 as of 7/29/19)

00 – Darek Gress, Neillsville, Wis. [TT]
2 – Jordan Thiel, Darboy, Wis. [TT]
4 – Luke Fenhaus, Wausau, Wis.
5 – John Beale, Verona, Wis. [TT]
5 – Casey Johnson, Edgerton, Wis. [TT]
8 – Chad Butz, Green Bay, Wis. [TT]
12 – Mark Mackesy, Wausau, Wis.
15 – Gabe Sommers, Plover, Wis. [TT]
18 – Cameron Clifford, Norway, Mich. [TT][R]
20 – Derek Doerr, Watertown, Wis. [TT][R]
20 – Larry Epright, East Troy, Wis.
25 – Wyatt Brooks, Amherst, Wis. [TT]
31 – Corey Jankowski, Tomah, Wis. [TT]
31 – Jason Wells, Kingsford, Mich.
32 – Steve Lichtfeld, Portage, Wis. [TT]
32 – Scott Dunning, Lake in the Hills, Ill. [TT][R]
33 – Kevin Knuese, Waukesha, Wis. [TT][R]
38 – Jordan DeVoy, Lake Geneva, Wis. [TT]
40 – Jeremy Lepak, Wausau, Wis.
44 – Mike Lichtfeld, Pardeeville, Wis. [TT]
44 – Justin Mondeik, Gleason, Wis. [TT]
51 – Dennis Schmidt, Juneau, Wis. [TT]
52 – Brock Heinrich, Wausau, Wis.
54 – Rich Schumann, Jr., Portage, Wis, [TT][R]
66 – Sydney Wonderling, Glendale Heights, Ill. [TT]
75 – Joel Theisen, Maple Grove, Minn. [TT]
76 – Travis Volm, Mosinee, Wis.
87 – Colin Reffner, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. [TT]
99 – Jake Zellmer, Burlington, Wis. [TT]
711 – Neil Knoblock, Wausau, Wis. [TT]

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JEFFERSON ROUND FOUR POSTPONED http://www.tundrasuperlates.com/2019/07/jefferson-round-four-postponed/ Sat, 20 Jul 2019 13:17:47 +0000 http://www.tundrasuperlates.com/?p=3291 JEFFERSON, Wis. (July 20, 2019) – Due to unfavorable weather conditions and forecasting, officials from the TUNDRA Super Late Model Series and Jefferson Speedway have agreed to postpone Round Four Powered by Wisconsin Potatoes.

A potential makeup date is in the works. It will be announced at a later date.

The next event for the TUNDRA Super Late Model Series is August 3 at State Park Speedway in Wausau, Wis.

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STACKED FIELD READY FOR ROUND FOUR AT JEFFERSON http://www.tundrasuperlates.com/2019/07/tacked-field-ready-for-round-four-at-jefferson/ Mon, 15 Jul 2019 23:00:44 +0000 http://www.tundrasuperlates.com/?p=3287 PORTAGE, Wis. (July 15, 2019) – It isn’t often that Super Late Model racers get to try their hand at Wisconsin’s Action Track. This Saturday a full field of contenders will be gunning to visit Jefferson Speedway’s Victory lane in TUNDRA Super Late Model Series Round Four Powered by Wisconsin Potatoes.

Several glaring favorites pop off the entry list. Defending TUNDRA Champion Casey Johnson is a two-time winner with the series at his home track. He also won the Midwest Tour race there earlier this season. John Beale and Dennis Prunty dueled until the rain drops shortened the event last year, with Beale scoring his first series win on that night. Both will be back, looking to be up front again.

Perhaps they will be slowed by Gabe Sommers, who is on a mid-summer hot streak. Sommers backed up his TUNDRA win at DRP with a win last Friday night at Golden Sands Speedway. He recorded a Top Five in his first appearance at Jefferson last year.

Another past Jefferson winner is Wyatt Brooks. Brooks pulled off his first TUNDRA win at the quarter-mile two seasons ago. He had to battle the likes of his teammate Jordan Thiel, Jordan Devoy, and others to complete the task. Expect those drivers to make some noise come Saturday.

Mike Lichtfeld has scored podium finishes at Jefferson in the past, and his fellow #44 Justin Mondeik set his first TUNDRA fast time at J-track two seasons ago. Other drivers riding some momentum include Jake Zellmer and Dennis Schmidt, who both made the dash at DRP – with Zellmer picking up his first ever Super Late Model fast time.

Among the rookie class, Kevin Knuese and Derek Doerr probably have the most laps around Jefferson. Knuese raced both his Late Model and truck at the track, and Doerr sees Jefferson as a home game. Expect to notice both.

TUNDRA Travelers will also see some outside competition – perhaps most notable being five-time track Champion Dale Nottestad. Slinger Speedway standout Brad Keith could also prove to be a tough customer.

TUNDRA will be joined by the Midwest Truck Series, Lengends, Bandoleros, and Road Warriors. Gates open at 3 pm, qualifying is at 5 pm, racing begins at 7 pm.

Jefferson Speedway is located at W8135 US Hwy 18 between Jefferson and Cambridge, Wis. For more information visit www.jeffersonspeedway.com.

Round Four Powered by Wisconsin Potatoes
Jefferson Speedway
July 20, 2019
Expected Entries (29 as of 7/15/19)
[TT] TUNDRA Traveler
[R] Rookie

00 – Darek Gress, Neillsville, Wis. [TT]
2 – Jordan Thiel, Darboy, Wis. [TT]
5 – John Beale, Verona, Wis. [TT]
8 – Chad Butz, Green Bay, Wis. [TT]
15 – Gabe Sommers, Plover, Wis. [TT]
18 – Cameron Clifford, Norway, Mich. [TT][R]
20 – Derek Doerr, Watertown, Wis. [TT][R]
20 – Larry Epright, East Troy, Wis.
25 – Wyatt Brooks, Amherst, Wis. [TT]
31 – Corey Jankowski, Tomah, Wis. [TT]
32 – Steve Lichtfeld, Portage, Wis. [TT]
32 – Scott Dunning, Lake in the Hills, Ill. [TT][R]
33 – Kevin Knuese, Waukesha, Wis. [TT][R]
38 – Jordan DeVoy, Lake Geneva, Wis. [TT]
40 – Curt Tillman, Rockford, Ill.
42 – Dennis Prunty, Knowles, Wis. [TT]
44 – Mike Lichtfeld, Pardeeville, Wis. [TT]
44 – Justin Mondeik, Gleason, Wis. [TT]
47 – Casey Johnson, Edgerton, Wis. [TT]
48 – Brad Keith, West Bend, Wis.
51 – Dennis Schmidt, Juneau, Wis. [TT]
51 – Dale Nottestad, Cambridge, Wis.
54 – Rich Schumann, Jr., Portage, Wis, [TT][R]
66 – Sydney Wonderling, Glendale Heights, Ill. [TT]
73 – Joe Vinachi, Morris, Ill.
75 – Joel Theisen, Maple Grove, Minn. [TT]
87 – Colin Reffner, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. [TT]
91 – Cole Thomas, Franklin, Wis.
99 – Jake Zellmer, Burlington, Wis. [TT]

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