PORTAGE, Wis. (June 5, 2021) – When Darren Jackson decided to join the TUNDRA Super Late Model Series on a full-time basis for the 2021 season, there was a race he had circled boldly in red on the schedule – the Bev Aschenbrenner Memorial
Jackson’s anticipation is continuing to build as TUNDRA’s stop at Marshfield Motor Speedway is now less than a week away, next Saturday, June 12.
The race has huge meaning for the 2019 Marshfield Motor Speedway Champion. Not only does he get to welcome his fellow TUNDRA travelers to his home turf, but he also gets to compete in honor of one of his all-time favorite race fans.
“I can’t wait to get to Marshfield for the TUNDRA race,” Jackson said. “This is the race I’ve been looking forward to the most, not only because it is my home track, but it honors a very special lady we all miss dearly.
These sentiments have been very clear throughout TUNDRA’s involvement in the Bev Memorial. Eugene Gregorich was victorious in the event two years ago, and let his emotions be shown in Victory Lane. Dalton Zehr and Colin Reffner both explained the importance of winning the race when they captured the victories. Clearly this is an event that those who knew Bev want to win. Jackson hopes it could be his turn.
“The Bev Aschenbrenner Memorial is the biggest race of the year,” Jackson said. “The Aschenbrenner family means so much to the racing community and to our team. They have always made sure to come to the pits to talk with us after the races, no matter the outcome of the night. She was a very special lady, and it’s great to honor her with this event.”
What’s more for Jackson, it’s a chance to prove himself in his own stomping grounds. Marshfield is where Jackson began his Late Model career. As shown by his 2019 Championship, it’s a place where he’s found a lot of success, as well.
“Marshfield is a special place for me,” Jackson said. “The track has multiple grooves and has a little character. It makes it fun to race.”
Unfortunately, Jackson’s first full season with TUNDRA got off to a rocky start in Great Lakes Testing Round One at Wisconsin International Raceway on May 15. He broke a steering component while in traffic and was collected in an incident with Colin Reffner. Jackson was able to make the repairs and has since scored a couple Second Place feature finishes at Marshfield. He believes this will translate to success come next Saturday.
“I expect to make the show by time and have a solid run. We’ve had a very good car at MMS this season starting with back-to-back 2nd place finishes,” Jackson explained. “We have one more week to dial in the car some more before the TUNDRA show.”
The Bev Aschenbrenner Memorial is presented by Incredible Bank and A&A Lock Service. TUNDRA will be joined by the Upper Midwest Vintage Racing Series and the Midwest Dash Series. Qualifying is scheduled for 5:45 pm with racing at 7 pm.
Marshfield Motor Speedway is located at 10853 County Rd H just outside of Marshfield, Wis. For more information visit http://www.marshfieldspeedway.com