WISCONSIN DELLS, Wis. (September 26, 2021) – Jordan DeVoy doubled down on his winning ways from the last TUNDRA Super Late Model Series event by capturing the Carl Wegner 105 at Dells Raceway Park Sunday afternoon. Behind him Riley Stenjem made a late surge to secure the series Championship with a Third Place finish.
DeVoy fought off the advances of Section 715 Throwing Co. Fast Qualifier Mike Lichtfeld and Luke Fenhaus to become the first back-to-back winner of TUNDRA races since Mark Mackesy accomplished the feat in 2016.
Although the win looked to be in dominant fashion with DeVoy leading all 105 circuits, it was far from a romp. In a flashback to his win at Golden Sands, DeVoy was first tasked with holding off Mike Lichtfeld on a side-by-side restart midway through the race.
Lichtfeld and Fenhaus marched through the pack in the first half of the race and looked as though they would be the duo that would go on to challenge DeVoy. Meanwhile Casey Johnson and Riley Stenjem would settle into the other Top Five spots and begin to ride. Importantly, DeVoy grabbed the lead from Johnson at the drop of the green to deny him two bonus points.
Restarts proved to throw the race into a frenzy on several occasions. Lichtfeld made an attempt to work the outside line and hoped to wrestle the lead away from DeVoy. However, DeVoy was able to fight him off, leaving Lichtfeld to hold Second. Eventually Fenhaus would get his opportunity to join DeVoy on the front row as Lichtfeld decided to select the inside line for the restart. The story played out the same with DeVoy denying Fenhaus the lead and setting sail out front.
As the race matured, the point battle became the main focus. With DeVoy and Fenhaus pacing the field out front Casey Johnson started to chase down Mike Lichtfeld for Third. On lap 90 Johnson caught Lichtfeld, made his move to Third, and took over the point lead for the moment. This move put pressure on Stenjem, who would need one more spot to put himself back ahead.
The complexion of the race changed again when a caution fell on lap 93. DeVoy and Fenhaus were once again on the front row. Johnson was joined by Lichtfeld in row two with Stenjem on the inside of the Third row alongside Justin Mondeik.
At the drop of the green the leaders leaned on each other heading into turn one. DeVoy escaped and left Fenhaus to deal with a hungry Casey Johnson. Johnson, sensing the title was close, muscled his way past Fenhaus, took Second, and again took over the point lead.
Stenjem had settled into Fourth and was monitoring Johnson. He quickly closed the gap on Fenhaus and went to work. With seven laps remaining Stenjem was able to seize an opening out of turn four and snuck to the inside of Fenhaus. The two made contact going into the turn, but Stenjem was able to escape and take back the point lead.
As the final laps clicked off Johnson tried to close the gap on DeVoy, knowing he needed the win to take the title. Although he closed some of the gap, he ran out of time. Stenjem cruised across the line to Third and his first TUNDRA Super Late Model Series Championship.
Celebrations took place simultaneously for DeVoy and Stenjem. DeVoy stood tall on the top of his roof in Victory Lane, rejoicing in a second straight TUNDRA win, and making another huge statement about the status of his team. The win also had significance for DeVoy who is one of many drivers not only powered by a Wegner engine in the field, but one who credits their racing career to the support of Carl and the Wegner family.
Meanwhile Stenjem snapped around in turn one and grabbed the checkered flag for a Polish Victory Lap. As he crossed the line he received a thumbs up from the Four-time series Champion Johnson for a hard-fought battle. He and his team would reunite in Victory Lane and begin the celebration of a Championship fueled by consistency and strong runs at each of the five races in 2021.
Two other titles were settled on the afternoon. Grant Thompson was named EPYK Media Rookie of the Year by virtue of his Sixth Place finish in the point standings. Thompson got of to a strong start in Round One at Wisconsin International Raceway and continued to have impressive runs throughout the season.
By making the dash with his fast time, Mike Lichtfeld secured the Mad City Windows and Baths Fast Five Dash point title for himself and his teammate Bobby Kendall. Kendall made the dashes at WIR and Marhfield and Lichtfeld made his way into the fastest five qualifiers at Golden Sands and DRP.
Steve Lichtfeld romped in the 40-lap B Feature. Lichtfeld started on the pole and cruised to the victory capturing himself a Carl Wegner Memorial trophy.
The 2021 TUNDRA Super Late Model Series banquet will be announced soon. For more information stay tuned to the TUNDRA web site.
TUNDRA would like to thank its supporters for the 2021 season including Great Lakes Components, Darboy Corner Store, B&B Race Engines, Incredible Bank, A&A Lock Service, The Cellar Sport Bar& Grill, Transport Services LLC, Fox City’s Towing, Wegner Automotive Research, EPYK Media, Mad City Windows and Baths, Section 715 Throwing Co., Five Star Race Car Bodies, Lefthander Chassis, J&S Design, 920 Wraps and Shirts, and The Country Plumber.