PLOVER, Wis. (September 5, 2022) – Monday’s Bank-A-Count 75 for the TUNDRA Super Late Model Series at Golden Sands Speedway was a race that will be burned into the memory banks of many for years to come.
Jordan DeVoy and John Beale put on a thrilling side-by-side display and let the gloves come off in a heavyweight bout over the final two laps. Both drivers survived contact and made wild saves with DeVoy making the final charge to victory.
The win was DeVoy’s second in a row at Golden Sands and his third career series win. He became the first driver to win more than one series race at the third-mile in ten events dating back to 2013. What’s more, DeVoy came from 15th on the starting grid.
Mark Mackesy and Braden Berge pace the field early in the feature event. Mackesy stepped away early, leaving Berge to deal with defending TUNDRA Champion Riley Stenjem in a battle for Second. A spin on lap four shook up the lineup once again, however.
After the restart Mackesy and Berge resumed the scrap for the lead. It would reach a breaking point when Berge made contact and Mackesy went spinning on lap six. Both continued at the tail of the field, and Stenjem assumed the lead.
On the following restart Stenjem was joined by Terry Schoppenhorst in the front row with Brock Heinrich and Jordan Thiel in the second row. Stenjem was able to grab the lead and bring Heinrich to Second. Behind them Wyatt Brooks, Thiel, Beale, Kendrick Kreyer and Colin Reffner were on the move. Brooks, Thiel, and Beale broke free by lap 15, and Beale immediately went to work on Thiel to take Fourth.
It was just past lap 20 when it became apparent that Beale and DeVoy would be the cars to watch. DeVoy had cruised to Eighth by that point and Beale was still on the attack. He slipped past Brooks on lap 22 to secure Third.
Another caution fell on lap 27, tightening up the field. The yellow came as a break for the point leader Justin Mondeik. Although he had been making up ground and was nearing the Top Ten from his 18th Place starting spot, Mondeik inherited a tire rub. The caution allowed him to go to the pits to fix the issue. Leading EPYK Media rookie Barrett Polhemus would do the same.
The restart was single file, as it was the third before the halfway break. Stenjem, Heinrich, and Beale spaced themselves from the rest of the field. With plenty of jump, Beale was able to work past Heinrich into Second. Behind them Brooks dropped off, leaving Kreyer, Reffner, and DeVoy to grab some more track position.
Beale methodically chopped away at Stenjem’s lead and caught him just before halfway. He seized his opportunity to grab the inside line and swiftly stole the top spot. Before Beale could build a sizeable advantage another yellow fell on lap 42 when Berge tangled with Kole Guralski. Guralski was given his spot back as Berge invoked the gentleman’s agreement.
Now past halfway, another double file restart was on tap. Beale was joined on the front row by Heinrich with Stenjem and DeVoy in the second row. Beale mastered the restart, leaving Heinrich in Second and Stenjem trying to fight off DeVoy for Third. Another yellow fell on lap 50 restacking the field once again.
On this restart Beale was followed to the inside lane by Heinrich and Stenjem. That left the outside for DeVoy to restart alongside Beale. Beale jumped away on the restart, leaving DeVoy to try to fight off Heinrich. Behind them, Reffner moved past Stenjem and Kreyer with a heart-stopping three wide pass on lap 52.
DeVoy shook free of Heinrich and claimed Second on lap 55. He then started to reel in Beale and was to his bumper by lap 60. The battle was paused with 10 to go when an incident that collected Steve Lichtfeld and Kole Guralski brought out the final yellow.
The last restart was single file, leaving Beale alone out front. DeVoy tested the outside line several times and found some grip on the high side to make his move. The duo stayed side-by-side for four laps until the pivotal final two laps. Beale washed up down the back stretch, leaving little room for DeVoy as he kicked up some dust with his right sides dipping off the racing surface. After the save at the entry of three and four, DeVoy charged back to Beale and nosed his way past, back to the outside and to the lead as the checkered fell. Beale closed in as they approached the checkered, but was forced to settle for Second.
Behind the wild finish, Heinrich held on for a career day with a Third Place finish, Colin Reffner secured a solid day in Fourth, and Ken’s Sports Fast Qualifier Travis Volm rounded out the Top Five.
With just two races to go, Monday’s event tightened up the point battle. Mondeik battled back to finish Ninth, but saw his point lead cut to six points ahead of the team of Beale and Zehr. Stenjem also closed the gap slightly as he sits 22 points back. Colin Reffner crept closer as well, now just 37 points out of the lead.
It will be a quick turnaround for TUNDRA as the make-up State Park Speedway date looms this Sunday, September 11. The event will mark the first time TUNDRA has ever raced twice in the same week. TUNDRA will be joined by the SPS Mini-Stocks and Mini-Mods as they honor George Seliger, the Wisconsin Sport Trucks, and the Dairyland Vintage Series. Fan gates open at noon and racing begins at 2pm.