PORTAGE, Wis. (August 26, 2020) – For the fans who show up to TUNDRA Super Late Model Series events early enough to witness time trials, one driver has consistently been turning heads – Jake Zellmer.
Zellmer is the only driver to make all three Fast Five dashes thus far in 2020, and is looking to do that again – and more – this Saturday in the Bev Aschenbrenner Memorial Presented by Incredible Bank and A&A Lock Service at Marshfield Motor Speedway. He’ll have plenty to fall back on after being among the quickest five in qualifying at the half-mile last season.
“It’s a hammer-down type race track in my eyes,” Zellmer said of Marshfield. “It’s so sweeping you can just ship the car in the corner let it roll and pick the throttle back up.”
The track seems to suit Zellmer’s driving style, he claims. But there hasn’t seemed to be a track in qualifying that hasn’t fit his style. He qualified Fifth at Dells Raceway Park and Second at both Jefferson and State Park Speedway. Getting closer to fast time has pushed momentum into his race program, and has him hungry to rise all the way to the top.
“I’m very motivated to get that axe,” Zellmer said of the Section 37 Throwing Co. / Club Forest Bar ‘Axing the Competition’ Fast Qualifier Award. “It keeps us hungry at every TUNDRA race.”
The speed shown by Zellmer should come as no surprise as his efforts began to pick up last year. He scored his first ever series fast time in last year’s TUNDRA visit to the Dells. That motivated him and his team to push event harder.
“We’ve spent many hours in the shop over the winter and each week preparing the car to make it better,” he said. “We’ve been good so far, but for as hard as we are working, we know it could get a lot better in hurry.”
Zellmer and his team now hope the solid qualifying efforts will turn into strong race efforts. He recorded a solid Sixth Place in the season opener before suffering a DNF after running strongly at Jefferson. He notched a Ninth Place finish at Jefferson.
With just three easy steps, Zellmer thinks he might not only get that axe he’s seeking, he could be the next to record his first TUNDRA win.
“Consistency, patience, and a little luck,” Zellmer said of his game plan for the Bev race. Only Saturday will tell if those factor into a successful visit to Marshfield.
Zellmer and his fellow TUNDRA Travelers roll into Marshfield Motor Speedway this Saturday for Round Four of Six in the 2020 season. Casey Johnson holds a 12-point lead over Justin Mondeik in the series standings. The team of Jordan Devoy and James Swan sits Third. Zellmer sits Ninth, 71 points out of the top spot.
TUNDRA will be joined by the Midwest Dash Series and Upper Midwest Vintage Racing Series. Qualifying is scheduled for 5:45 pm with racing on the slate for 7 pm.
Marshfield Motor Speedway is located at 10853 County Rd HH just outside of Marshfield, Wis. For more information visit http://www.marshfieldspeedway.com