PORTAGE, Wis. (August 4, 2021) – TUNDRA Super Late Model Series events at State Park Speedway have never been short on action, or on contenders who could take home the checkered flag. This Saturday’s Round Four looks to provide more of the same.
With extra coin on the line for the winner of Round Four courtesy of A&A Lock Service, TUNDRA racers will be hungry to begin the second half of the season with momentum.
The road to Victory Lane at Wausau has covered in the tire marks of Justin Mondeik. Mondeik is dominating the weekly racing program at State Park Speedway having won five of the six weekly races there so far in 2021. State Park was also the location of Mondeik’s first TUNDRA win when he set fast time and captured the checkered last season.
It won’t be easy for Mondeik to repeat with the top TUNDRA point getters looking to get a leg up in the Championship standings. Casey Johnson won at State Park Speedway in 2019 and is seeking his second win of the season. After becoming acclimated to the track, Johnson is now a consistent podium finisher at Wausau and always a threat to win.
Currently second in the point standings, Riley Stenjem will be looking forward to another visit to central Wisconsin. The last time TUNDRA traveled to the middle portion of the state, Stenjem picked up his first series win at Marshfield Motor Speedway. He continued that momentum in the last series race at Jefferson by setting fast time and finishing Fourth.
Behind those two in the TUNDRA standings is local favorite Brock Heinrich. Heinrich won the season opener at State Park Speedway and is coming off an impressive Third Place finish at Jefferson in a borrowed ride. Heinrich finished Fifth in last year’s TUNDRA stop at Jefferson, which helped propel him to Rookie of the Year honors.
As for rookies, the EPYK Media Rookie of the Year battle is beginning to take shape. Alabama teenager Grant Thompson is showing the way, and sits an impressive Fourth in the season standings so far. It will be his first visit to State Park Speedway.
Kulwicki Driver Development program Max Kahler has experienced some bad luck early this year, but will hope to rebound at Wausau. Wausau is one of the track Kahler has seen before, having competed there the last few seasons in the Big 8 Late Model series. He finished Sixth there last season in Big 8 action on his way to the series title.
Fellow rookies Brady Bill and Luke Westenberg will be looking to surge at Wausau, as well. Bill has been seeing success in Late Model racing away from Wausau and will hope to translate that on Saturday. Westenberg was the EPYK Media rookie of the race at Jefferson, and is showing signs of momentum in his program.
Plenty of other TUNDRA Travelers are poised to pose a threat Saturday. John Beale has been a front-runner in series races at Wausau in the past. Travis Volm has plenty of laps around State Park Speedway and has been in contention for strong finishes up against the series regulars at his home track. James Swan scored a Top Ten finish at Wausau last season. Jordan Thiel has also seen success with a past podium finish at Wausau. 2020 WIR Track Champion Bobby Kendall will also look for success at the quarter-mile with his first visit to State Park in several seasons.
The Travelers of TUNDRA may be unable to dethrone the king, however. Mark Mackesy will join TUNDRA once again. The multiple-time State Park Speedway Champion has defeated the series regulars twice – once in 2016 and again in 2018.
Another one to watch for will be former Wisconsin Challenge Series Champion Ryan Farrell. Farrell will make his second start of 2021 with TUNDRA, scoring a Second Place finish in the last event at Jefferson.
Qualifying for Round Four is scheduled for 5:30 this Saturday with racing beginning at 7 pm. TUNDRA will be joined by the Wisconsin Sport Trucks, American Super Cups and Dairyland Vintage.
State Park Speedway is located at 147711 N Mountain Road in Wausau, Wis. For more information visit http://www.stateparkspeedway.com
Round Four Presented by A&A Lock Service
State Park Speedway
Saturday, August 7, 2021
Expected Entries (25) as of 8/5/21
# – Driver, Hometown
1W – Wyatt Blashe, Pella, Wis.
2 – Jordan Thiel, Darboy, Wis.
2 – Darren Jackson, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.
5 – Casey Johnson, Edgerton, Wis.
5B – John Beale, Verona, Wis.
11 – Bobby Kendall, Montello, Wis.
12 – Mark Mackesy, Wausau, Wis.
16 – Luke Westenberg, Jefferson, Wis.
17 – Max Kahler, Caledonia, Ill.
25 – Wyatt Brooks, Amherst, Wis.
31 – Corey Jankowsi, Tomah, Wis.
33 – Kevin Kneuse, Waukesha, Wis.
40 – Curt Tillman, Rockford, Ill.
44 – Justin Mondeik, Gleason, Wis.
52 – Brock Heinrich, Wausau, Wis.
54 – Grant Thompson, Mobile, Ala.
70 – Brady Bill, Reedsburg, Wis.
76 – Travis Volm, Mosinee, Wis.
77 – Riley Stenjem, Utica, Wis.
80 – Ryan Farrell, East Troy, Wis.
87 – Brent Edmunds, Monticello, Wis.
89 – Mike Egan, Slinger, Wis.
97 – James Swan, Lake Geneva, Wis.
99 – Jake Zellmer, Muskego, Wis.
107.5 – Darek Gress, Neillsville, Wis.