PORTAGE, Wis. (August 6, 2021) – There has been no driver more dominant that Justin Mondeik the last two seasons at State Park Speedway. Having won five of six of the weekly races at the quarter-mile so far in 2021, Mondeik is hoping to continue the magic when his fellow travelers of the TUNDRA Super Late Model Series roll into town for Round Four tomorrow.
The racer from Gleason, Wis., will also be defending his first series win from a season ago. Mondeik won in fine fashion when TUNDRA visited last August. He set fast time and stormed through the field on the way to his first of two series victories in 2020.
“It felt great to get our first TUNDRA win last year. We had a fast car all day,” Mondeik recalled. “We were able to move through the field quickly and got some help with a mid-race restart. I am looking forward to this year’s race.”
The win was a break through of sorts for Mondeik. Having recorded finishes of Sixth in 2018 and Fifth in 2019, Mondeik had been creeping closer and closer to the front of the field in TUNDRA events at SPS. It was no surprise that he was strong last year, having shown excellent results leading up to his first TUNDRA win – including a win in the Detjens Memorial. It’s a result of the hard work Mondeik and his team have put in at the track.
“SPS has always been one of my favorite tracks. I always say it’s a driver’s race track,” Mondeik said. “You really have to get after it, and find the line that works best for you. Over the years, we have been able to find that line and work on the cars to be able to achieve the long run speed.
Aside from being his home track, Wausau has become the proving ground for Mondeik. He captured the Championship there last year and has many eyes on him every time travelers roll into town. That situation can bring extra pressure to a young racer, but Mondeik embraces the role of being a favorite to win.
“It always feels good to be consistent at any track you go to,” Mondeik said. “As far as eyes on us, I’m sure there will be just with the recent success we have had at SPS. I wouldn’t say we have any extra pressure compared to the other teams. We will go in just like we do every week. Work all day to have the best car we can and then go out and take care of business.”
When TUNDRA comes to town it will be a different feel for Mondeik and his team. Not only will they be up against extra stout competition that the series brings, but the race will be an increase in laps from a weekly feature race. Long race or short race, Mondeik said he is prepared.
“Over the years, I have learned what I need to feel in the car at SPS for long and short runs,” Mondeik said. “As a team, we have been on the same page and are always working to find an even better balance in the cars.”
Mondeik is hoping tomorrow’s race at State Park will be another break through race for him as he’s hoping to reverse some sour luck from the first half of 2021 in TUNDRA action.
Despite a DNF at WIR, Mondeik is still one to watch in the title chase. He sits 6th, 81 points out of the top spot. He knows it’s a long road ahead, but he’s ready to do his part. With the next stop at Golden Sands Speedway where Mondeik has also been extremely strong, there is a good chance for him to be in title contention by the end of September in the final round at Dells Raceway Park.
Despite having the title aspirations in mind, a win at Wausau itself would be something to behold in itself, Mondeik told Speed51.com’s Bullring. “We’re really hoping we can go back-to-back in TUNDRA action at State Park. It would be very special for me and my team.”
No racer has won TUNDRA races at the same track in back-to-back years since Ty Majeski won at Dells Raceway Park in 2014, then again in 2015.
Mondeik and TUNDRA invade Wausau this Saturday, August 7 for Round Four Presented by A&A Lock Service. Qualifying is set for 5:30 with racing to begin at 7 pm. TUNDRA will be joined by the American Super Cup Series, Wisconsin Sport Trucks, and Dairyland Vintage.
State Park Speedway is located at 147711 N Mountain Road in Wausau, Wis. For more information visit http://www.stateparkspeedway.com