WISCONSIN DELLS, Wis. (July 6, 2019) – Before the North American Cup Dedicated to Carl Wegner at Dells Raceway Park Saturday night, Gabe Sommers proclaimed his car would be best on long runs. His words proved prophetic in claiming his first victory with the TUNDRA Super Late Model Series Powered by Wisconsin Potatoes.
Sommers waited patiently as Mike Lichtfeld and Casey Johnson dueled furiously for the lead, and attacked at just the right time to dash his way to Victory Lane. In fact, Sommers had to make two passes for the lead as a caution wiped out his first advance to the front of the field.
“I knew the car would be good enough to win, and I just had to be patient,” Sommers said in reference to losing the lead due to the caution on lap 32. His fateful pass into the top spot took place on lap 55.
From the drop of the green front-row starters Lichtfeld and Johnson were engaged in battle. Regardless of which driver was on the inside and which was on the outside, neither could retain an advantage for very long. A lap-six spin reset the duo, but again they engaged in a heavy dispute.
After the restart Lichtfeld gained an advantage over Johnson only to see Johnson storm back to the bumper and eventually to the lead on lap 25. Once the top two spots were sorted out, Sommers had his chance to pounce. He slipped past Lichtfeld on lap 28 and pulled to the inside of Johnson two laps later. At one point Sommers nipped Johnson at the line, but when the caution fell on lap 32, Johnson was the leader.
Sommers elected to remain on the inside line behind Johnson, leaving the outside of the front row for Lichtfeld. When the green dropped again, Lichtfeld and Johnson ran door-to-door for a handful of laps. Lichtfeld gained an advantage on the outside but his lead was short-lived as an incident involving Jordan Devoy, fast qualifier Jake Zellmer, and Joel Theisen brought out the final yellow on lap 43.
Once again Lichtfeld and Johnson restarted in the front row. Once again neither could break free of the other. Eventually Johnson shook Lichtfeld and grabbed the lead. Just like earlier in the race, Sommers took the opportunity to capitalize. On lap 50 he made his way to Second. Just three laps later he was on Johnson’s bumper.
With a swift move to the inside out of turn two, Sommers found his way to the top spot. He held a healthy advantage over Johnson as Lichtfeld was left to deal with Justin Mondeik. Lichtfeld eventually held Mondeik at bay and secured Third.
Behind that battle, Jordan Thiel was slicing through the field. In the final 24 laps he advanced from Seventh to a Fourth Place finish. Mondeik rounded out the Top Five.
The next stop for the TUNDRA Super Late Model Series is at Jefferson Speedway on Saturday, July 20. “Wisconsin’s Action Track” will also host the Midwest Truck Series, Legends, Bandeleros, and Road Warriors.
Jefferson Speedway is located at W8135 US Hwy 18 between Jefferson and Cambridge, Wis. For more information visit http://www.jeffersonspeedway.com.