2022 Round Six Dedicated to Carl Wegner – Dells Raceway Park

Carl Wegner 100

PosCar #DriverHometownLaps
1119Dalton ZehrVerona, WI100
244Justin MondeikGleason, WI100
35Casey JohnsonEdgerton, WI100
444Mike LichtfeldPardeeville, WI100
52Jordan ThielDarboy, WI100
617Max KahlerCaledonia, IL100
7100Tristan SwansonNew Market, MN100
877Riley StenjemUtica, WI100
932Jesse BernhagenMarkesan, WI100
1038Jordan DeVoyLake Geneva, WI100
1179Barrett PolhemusTomball, TX100
1287Colin ReffnerWisconsin Rapids, WI100
1310Andy MondayAppleton, WI100
1418Michael OstdiekLakeville, MN100
1556Kole GuralskiWausau, Wis.100
1628Braden BergeElkhorn, WI98
1731Corey JankowskiTomah, WI97
1891Cole ThomasFranklin, WI96
1997Jacob NottestadCambridge, WI77
2080Ryan FarrellEast Troy, WI74
2170Brady BillReedsburg, WI64
2240Curt TillmanRockford, IL44
2316Luke WestenbergJefferson, WI38
2452Brock HeinrichWausau, WI23
2532Steve LichtfeldPortage, WI21
2611Alex PruntyLomira, WIDNS

10-Lap Heat One

PosCar #DriverHometown
177Riley StenjemUtica, WI
252Brock HeinrichWausau, WI
3119Dalton ZehrVerona, WI
497Jacob NottestadCambridge, WI
517Max KahlerCaledonia, IL
62Jordan ThielDarboy, WI
738Jordan DeVoyLake Geneva, WI
811Alex PruntyLomira, WI

10-Lap Heat Two

PosCar #DriverHometown
156Kole GuralskiWausau, Wis.
210Andy MondayAppleton, WI
318Michael OstdiekLakeville, MN
428Braden BergeElkhorn, WI
587Colin ReffnerWisconsin Rapids, WI
6100Tristan SwansonNew Market, MN
732Steve LichtfeldPortage, WI
879Barrett PolhemusTomball, TX
916Luke WestenbergJefferson, WI
1031Corey JankowskiTomah, WI
1140Curt TillmanRockford, IL
1291Cole ThomasFranklin, WI
1332Jesse BernhagenMarkesan, WI

Fast Five Dash

PosCar #DriverHometown, WI
15Casey JohnsonEdgerton, WI
270Brady BillReedsburg, WI
344Justin MondeikGleason, WI
480Ryan FarrellEast Troy, WI
544Mike LichtfeldPardeeville, WI

Fast Time: Mike Lichtfeld – 13.191 seconds, New TUNDRA Track Record

ZEHR WINS WEGNER 100, MONDEIK TAKES SEASON TITLE

Full Results

WISCONSIN DELLS, Wis. (September 25, 2022) – Although rain may have interrupted the 2022 TUNDRA Super Late Model Championship story line, it couldn’t spoil an intense plot.  

Dalton Zehr cruised to victory in the Carl Wegner 100 on Sunday afternoon and evening at Dells Raceway Park. Behind him Justin Mondeik made a furious late charge to take Second with three laps remaining in the race. The move secured Mondeik’s first TUNDRA title.

It was the second season in a row that a late race pass netted the Championship by three points.

“It feels really good to be a TUNDRA Champion. We’ve been so close over the last few years,” Mondeik said.   “I felt like we had a good game plan coming in. I knew with the bonus points we needed that last position.”

The table was set for the Championship battle earlier in the day during qualifying. As Zehr – who was team driving for points with John Beale this season – had predicted, qualifying provided a big impact.  Zehr went on to qualify outside of the dash, while Mondeik qualified Fourth and gained a little more breathing room.

Some afternoon sun shined on the field during the beginning of the Carl Wenger 100 with Zehr starting on the inside of the second row behind Max Kahler and Jacob Nottestad. Kahler led the first couple of circuits before Nottestad assumed the top spot.  Zehr was in hot pursuit.

As the laps clicked off, a storm was closing in quickly on the facility. Zehr caught Nottestad in lapped traffic on lap 38 and began to size up his options. One lap later Zehr forced his way to the inside and grabbed the lead.  Behind him Nottestad looked to fend off defending race winner Jordan DeVoy with Mondeik not far behind.

The rain finally consumed the facility on lap 47.  After three separate rain showers and a two-hour delay, the drivers unanimously voted to finish the second half of the race.  Once track drying was completed, the lights shined on what would be another title battle to remember.

Zehr restarted in the lead with Nottestad, Mondeik, Casey Johnson and fast qualifier Mike Lichtfeld in the mix.  Zehr escaped at the drop of the green leaving Nottestad to deal with Mondeik and Lichtfeld.

One back under way, it was Lichtfeld who was on the move.  Lichtfeld snuck past Mondeik on lap 60 and brought Johnson along for the ride. One lap later Ryan Farrell stole the Sixth spot. Although Mondeik was down, he was far from out.

Lichtfeld and Johnson continued to cruise in the next ten laps, securing Second and Third. However, they were nearly a straightway behind Zehr.  Just as Mondeik was about to make a move back into the Top Five, something went awry on Ryan Farrell’s machine and he skated into the outside wall on lap 74.

As the field came back to green behind the front row of Zehr and Lichtfeld, Nottestad ducked off the race track.  Johnson then wresteled Second away from Lichtfeld as Zehr ran away from the field again.

Mondeik held close to the battle of Lichtfeld and Johnson. On lap 82 Lichtfeld found an opening and stole Second from Johnson, Mondeik immediately followed into Third.  Mondeik remained within striking distance and started to size up LIchtfeld.

The battle for Second remained furious and almost hit a breaking point when Mondeik bottomed out with 11 laps to go.  He quickly gobbled up the space he lost and went back on the attack with seven laps to go. Mondeik found his way to the inside with four laps to go and after a side-by-side battle, surged ahead at the line on lap 97.  It proved to be enough as Mondeik pulled away to claim Second and the Championship.

Meanwhile, Zehr had built up an insurmountable lead, proving to be extremely strong on the day. He was happy to capture the win, and knew that he was in the thick of a remarkable Championship hunt.

“If we would have made the adjustments we made before the race before qualifying, we might have won the overall,” Zehr explained. “But Mondeik did what he was supposed to do, drove to the position he needed, and you can’t take that away.”

Behind Zehr and Mondeik, Johnson nipped Lichtfeld at the line for Third. Jordan Thiel rounded out the Top Five after starting 13th.

The Championship was something special for Mondeik, who has burst onto the Super Late Model scene over the past few seasons with Championships at State Park Speedway, Golden Sands Speedway, and Norway Speedway.  Now he can say he’s done it on a traveling circuit, as well.

“This is definitely number one. It feels great to win three in a row at our home track and two other tracks, but to be a touring Super Late Model Champion is big for us. We’re really happy,” Mondeik said.

The EPYK Media Rookie of the Year battle was also left to be settled in the event. Texan Barrett Polhemus finished 11th in the Carl Wegner 100 and took the honors.  Polhemus scored three Top Ten finishes in his first three races of the season and finished Eighth in the overall standings.

TUNDRA  would like to thanks its fans, drivers, sponsors, and partner tracks for the 2022 season. An awards banquet will be announced in the coming weeks, as well as plans for the 2023 season.

MONDEIK READY TO ADD TUNDRA TITLE TO HIS COLLECTION

GREEN BAY, Wis. (September 22, 2022) – No driver has been better than Justin Mondeik when it comes to collecting Super Late Model Championships over the last three seasons.

Mondeik has won the last three Championships at State Park Speedway, two at Golden Sands Speedway, and one at Norway Speedway. On Sunday he could add a TUNDRA Super Late Model Series title to his collection after the Carl Wegner 100 at Dells Raceway Park. 

“I’ve been fortunate over the past three seasons to find more speed than we have ever had,” Mondeik said. “This would be my first traveling series championship, so it would mean a lot to us.”

The battle for the points Championship could very well come down to the final laps of the race, as it did last season. Mondeik holds a six-point lead over the team of Dalton Zehr and John Beale, and has a 22-point pad on defending series Champ Riley Stenjem. Although he’s been in opportunities like this quite a few times over the last three years, there is still a level of excitement, Mondeik said.

“It’s exciting going into the final race being the points leader.  A lot can happen good or bad, but I’m happy to be in the position to contend for the title,” Mondeik added.

Mondeik put himself into this position with consistently strong runs. He finished Second in the opener at WIR, Third at Norway, and won the Bev Aschenbrenner Memorial at Marshfield. His lone hiccup was at Golden Sands, where he recovered from some contact to finish Ninth.

“It’s a tough series with a lot of competition,” Mondeik said. “It makes it enjoyable when we visit all the different tracks. It’s unfortunate that the State Park Speedway race didn’t happen and the series will only be five races this year, but we will just have to go into Dells and take care of business.”

Over the past few visits to Dells Raceway Park, Mondeik has shown improvement. He finished Seventh in last year’s TUNDRA finale. He has shown good speed and contended well in past Alive For Five events too.

“I’m honestly not focusing on points and treating it like any other race,” Mondeik said.  “We plan to unload off the truck quick and if we’re good enough on Sunday, we will have enough to win.”

Should Mondeik have what it takes to hang on for the title he will become the seventh different driver to win a TUNDRA Championship since the series began in 2011.  He would also be the first from Central Wisconsin.

TUNDRA will be joined on Sunday by the UMA 602 Late Models and the INEX Legends. Qualifying begins at 12:30 with racing at 2pm.

Dells Raceway Park is located at N1070 Smith Rd outside of Wisconsin Dells, Wis. For more information visit http://www.dellsracewaypark.com

ZEHR LOOKS TO BE THE CLOSER FOR POTENTIAL TEAM TITLE

GREEN BAY, Wis. (September 21, 2022) – The partnership of Dalton Zehr and John Beale has been resulted in plenty of Championships for Gildan Racing over the past three years. This year the duo has a chance to capture the TUNDRA Super Late Model Series title as a team.

Nick Panitzke won the TUNDRA Championship in 2013 with the support of Cardell Potter. With some changes and refining to team drivers over the past two seasons, the team of Zehr and Beale could see themselves classified as the first team Champions.  It will be Zehr who looks to close the deal on Sunday in the Wegner 100 at Dells Raceway Park.

“There is only one first in any stat sheet; it would be cool to cement the team driving Championship,” Zehr said.

Zehr and Beale (as a team) trail point leader by Justin Mondeik by only six points.  All things equal, it’s the difference between two to three spots in the feature.  Qualifying will also award points and set the tone for the day. Zehr knows it could be key.

“Sunday is all about qualifying. If I can qualify strong and cut into the points lead it should come down to whoever finishes ahead of the other,” Zehr said.

The title would go along with Zehr’s three solo Championships and Beale’s Rookie of the Year campaign in 2017.  In that season Zehr was Champion, driving the Wayne Brevik-owned 711.  For Zehr, it feels like time to win another title.

“It’s been too long since I have won a TUNDRA Championship,” Zehr said. “Aside from this being a team title, that’s what makes 2022 different.”

Placing himself in the TUNDRA history books is nothing new for Zehr. He is the winningest driver in series history, including a win the last time he competed in a TUNDRA event at Dells Raceway Park in 2020.  It was his fifth series win at the venue.

“I’m excited going into the Dells. It’s always been a good track to me,” he said. “The points battle always adds a different perspective on the race.

If history is any indication, Zehr should be not only a threat for the title, but also a threat to seal it with a win (something he did at Jefferson in 2015).

“Success at a track usually breeds more success,” Zehr said. “Fortunately, way back when I first came to Dells, I unloaded a strong car. That has always given me a good idea of what I’m looking for out of my car.”

TUNDRA will be joined on Sunday by the UMA 602 Late Models and the INEX Legends. Qualifying begins at 12:30 with racing at 2pm.

Dells Raceway Park is located at N1070 Smith Rd outside of Wisconsin Dells, Wis. For more information visit http://www.dellsracewaypark.com

STENJEM HOPING STARS ALIGN FOR SECOND TUNDRA TITLE

GREEN BAY, Wis. (September 21, 2022) – One year after securing his first TUNDRA Super Late Model Series Championship, Riley Stenjem has turned from being the chased to being the chaser. 

This Sunday he’ll be looking to make up some ground and claim his second series title in the Carl Wegner 100 at Dells Raceway Park.  Stenjem sits 22 points behind current point leader Justin Mondeik, with the team of Dalton Zehr and John Beale sitting in Second, just six points behind Mondeik.

The approach to Sunday’s race brings a different feel than last season, according to Stenjem.

“I wouldn’t necessarily say that the pressure is off, but it’s definitely a different mindset coming into this race on the hunt versus protecting a point lead like we had to do last year,” Stenjem said.

Stenjem knows that although 22 points isn’t a lot, it can take some luck to overcome.  Having another competitor between himself and the point leader also throws another twist into the plot.

“It’s going to take a near perfect day for us to win the championship this year, and a little bit of help from our competitors to put some cars between us, the 44 [Mondeik] and 119 [Zehr],” Stenjem explained. “We’re definitely excited to be in the position again to race for a championship, although we’d like to be in a better points position it’s still great to be in the hunt.”

Consistency has not been an issue for Stenjem all season long. He has completed every lap and has not finished worse than Seventh this season.  His best finish of the season was Second at Norway, one that he led until late in the race.  Stenjem is hoping they have the magic touch to get to Victory Lane Sunday.

“I don’t necessarily feel like we’re due for a win, we’ve had some good runs and been off some places this year when trying some different setups,” he said. “Hopefully if we get back to the basics setup-wise this weekend we can put ourselves in position to race for the win at the end.”

As a finalist of the Kulwicki Driver Development Program this year, Stenjem has seen some extra spotlight.  Weather delayed some of his plans and pushed other to the sides with postponements and cancellations. He’s looking to have a strong end to the 2022 campaign.

“It would be pretty special if we were able to get back-to-back TUNDRA Championships,” Stenjem said. “It would really put a nice boost to end our season heading into Oktoberfest and Falloween with this only being my second full season in a SLM, trying different ways to find opportunities to get faster and not racing a track more than once all season so far.”

TUNDRA will be joined on Sunday by the UMA 602 Late Models and the INEX Legends. Qualifying begins at 12:30 with racing at 2pm.

Dells Raceway Park is located at N1070 Smith Rd outside of Wisconsin Dells, Wis. For more information visit http://www.dellsracewaypark.com

FEROCIOUS FIELD TO GATHER FOR TUNDRA CARL WEGNER 100 AT DELLS

GREEN BAY, Wis. (September 20, 2022) – Sunday’s TUNDRA Super Late Model Series season finale at Dells Raceway Park will feature a furious point battle within a battle to win the heralded Carl Wegner 100.

Both the title race and the $2,500-to-win 100 lapper will feature plenty of contenders. 

Justin Mondeik, Dalton Zehr (teammate to John Beale), and Riley Stenjem are in the thick of the Championship tussle. Colin Reffner, who sits fourth in points, still has an outside shot if the chips fall his way.

Of the four, Zehr has the best record at Dells Raceway Park, collecting five TUNDRA wins at the venue since 2011.  Stenjem finished Third in last year’s race, slicing his way through the field late to capture the Championship in heart-stopping battle with Casey Johnson.  However, Mondeik has the leg up in the title race, holding a six-point advantage entering the event. Mondeik has shown improvement each time he has competed in TUNDRA action at the third-mile.

Those contenders, along with Colin Reffner, will have plenty of company in the race for the win. Former TUNDRA winners at Dells who will be looking for another trip to Victory Lane will be Casey Johnson, Jordan Thiel, and last year’s winner Jordan DeVoy.

It may be difficult to overcome some of the drivers who have plenty of experience and success at DRP including Mike Lichtfeld, Ryan Farrell, and Brady Bill.

Some other outsiders might be ready to spoil the party, as well. Former TUNDRA winners Jacob Nottestad and Steve Apel will be looking for their second series wins. Golden Sands Fast Qualifier Travis Volm will also be looking to make some noise.

TUNDRA will be joined on Sunday by the UMA 602 Late Models and the INEX Legends. Qualifying begins at 12:30 with racing at 2pm.

Dells Raceway Park is located at N1070 Smith Rd outside of Wisconsin Dells, Wis. For more information visit http://www.dellsracewaypark.com

Championship Round
Dells Raceway Park
Sunday, September 25, 2022

Expected Entries (32) as of 9/23/22
# – Driver, Hometown
1 – Jesse Oudenhoven, Kaukana, Wis.
2 – Jordan Thiel, Darboy, Wis.
2 – Darren Jackson, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.
5 – Casey Johnson, Edgerton, Wis.
8 – Chad Butz, Green Bay, Wis.
9 – Braison Bennett, Neenah, Wis.
10 – Andy Monday, Appleton, Wis.
11 – Alex Prunty, Lomira, Wis.
16 – Luke Westenberg, Jefferson, Wis.
17 – Max Kahler, Caledonia, Ill.
18 – Michael Ostdeik, Lakeville, Minn.
28 – Braden Berge, Elkhorn, Wis.
31 – Corey Jankowski, Tomah, Wis.
32 – Steve Lichtfeld, Portage, Wis.
38 – Jordan DeVoy, Lake Geneva, Wis.
40 – Curt Tillman, Rockford, IL
44 – Justin Mondeik, Gleason, Wis.
44 – Mike Lichtfeld, Pardeeville, Wis.
51 – Steve Apel, Slinger, Wis.
52 – Brock Heinrich, Wausau, Wis.
56 – Kole Guralski, Wausau, Wis. [R]
70 – Brady Bill, Reedsburg, Wis.
71 – Mark Eswein, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.
77 – Riley Stenjem, Utica, Wis.
79 – Barrett Polhemus, Tomball, Tex. [R]
80 – Ryan Farrell, East Troy, Wis.
87 – Colin Reffner, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.
91 – Cole Thomas, Franklin, Wis.
97 – Jacob Nottestad, Cambridge, Wis.
100 – Tristan Swanson, New Market, Minn.
119 – Dalton Zehr, Verona, Wis.
711 – Travis Volm, Mosinee, Wis.

DEVOY HOPES TO KEEP SMALL TEAM DREAM ROLLING IN TUNDRA WEGNER 100

GREEN BAY, Wis. (September 19, 2022) – Jordan DeVoy might not be a household name among Super Late Model fans yet, but he’s hoping to be there soon. Another win in Sunday’s Carl Wegner 100 TUNDRA Super Late Model Series season finale at Dells Raceway Park would go a long way.

DeVoy won the last two races of the TUNDRA season last year, putting himself on the map. He garnered even more attention with a win in the Icebreaker 100 in April. Now he looks to repeat TUNDRA wins at Golden Sands and DRP for the second year in a row.  He said his team did not want to rest on its laurels from last season.

“My biggest fear during the off-season was not being able to replicate what we did at the end of 2021,” DeVoy said. “So yes, I had a lot of pressure on myself to fire off 2022 strong.”

Although they knew their program was strong, they found some places to improve. With the season-opening win at DRP, their off-season plan seemed to pay dividends.

“The off-season was focused on just being able to eliminate any inconsistencies from the way we run our program,” DeVoy said. “I wanted to have confidence that when we show up to the track we are bring the most prepared car we can. I think the hard work showed at the Icebreaker.”

From the Icebreaker, it felt like a long wait for DeVoy to hit the track again. He led early in the TUNDRA opener at WIR before a DNF and a 14th Place finish.  Several rainouts made for a short season, as well.  But here in the latter portions of 2022, DeVoy is seeing his schedule fill up.

Despite the time off, DeVoy didn’t seem to miss a beat in TUNDRA’s last race at Golden Sands – except for qualifying. DeVoy cruised through the field from his 15th Place starting spot and took his second straight series win at Plover after a thrilling duel with John Beale.

Not yet satisfied, he and his team have turned their attention to capturing another Carl Wegner memorial race win. Last year DeVoy dominated, and he hopes to do the same again.  The hope is not only to keep gaining momentum for the Super Late program, but also to honor someone who was crucial to his team’s success.

“Carl was one of the most influential people in my racing career. I wish he could see how we are doing now,” DeVoy said. “When I met him, I was a 20-year-old kid trying my ass off to go racing every week. I bought a used up $2,500 dollar motor from a fellow racer and had nothing but problems. Tommy Pecaro took me under his wings and looked at my motor. To make a long story short, Carl called me and offered me an opportunity to buy a 5.3L LS. It instantly changed my racing career. We started running up front and competing for wins. Tommy, Dennis, Casey and everyone at Wegner are great guys. Their support means a lot to me.”

The most intriguing part of DeVoy’s story comes not just from the help he received at that pivotal time in his career, but from how he and his team operate.  At most races you’ll see Jordan, his dad Bruce, his brother Cody, and several other friends and family members wrenching on the car.  At their shop – their garage at home – it’s much of the same.

“Not only do I have the full support of my family, I’ve been lucky enough to have the support of people like Wegner, Pathfinder, and Matt Noyce it means a lot to me that I have people I can bounce questions off of when I need it,” DeVoy said.

The story of DeVoy – as well as many other TUNDRA teams who operate the same way – is inspiring. It shows that with some hard work, determination, and a good support system, no matter how big a team is, it can still make waves in the Super Late Model world.

“I am very proud of our small team attitude and success. I have devoted a great deal of my life to racing,” DeVoy said. “I personally started by cleaning windows and rims when I was about 8 years old. After Lake Geneva Raceway closed, I fell into the opportunity to be a crew member for James Swan. Eventually, I put myself into a full-time position with Dan Church Racing when I was about 18 years old. When I bought my own race car, I felt equipped with the tools I needed to be successful on my own.”

DeVoy will go for his second straight TUNDRA win at Dells Raceway Park in the Carl Wegner 100 this Sunday. TUNDRA will be joined by the UMA 602 Late Models and INEX Legends. Qualifying is at 12:30 pm, racing is at 2pm.

Dells Raceway Park is located at N1070 Smith Rd outside of Wisconsin Dells, Wis. For more information visit http://www.dellsracewaypark.com

ANOTHER WILD TUNDRA POINT BATTLE TO BE DECIDED AT DRP

GREEN BAY, Wis. (September 17, 2022) – In its previous 11 seasons the TUNDRA Super Late Model Series has produced heart-stopping point battles that came down to late-race heroics. This season’s point battle, which concludes next Sunday in the Carl Wegner 100 at Dells Raceway Park, could be the wildest yet.

In the late stages of last year’s Carl Wegner race, Casey Johnson and Riley Stenjem sliced through the field, looking for every point. It was Stenjem who made the final move, grabbing his first series title by just three markers.

This season three drivers, including two former series Champions, are very much in the mix for the 2022 TUNDRA Championship.  Another long-time series regular finds himself with an outside chance, but a fighting chance nonetheless.

Justin Mondeik seeks his first TUNDRA title with a six-point lead over the team of John Beale and Dalton Zehr (Zehr will be racing at DRP), a 22-point lead over defending series Champ Riley Stenjem, and a 37-point lead over Colin Reffner.

Point Leader, Justin Mondeik

Justin Mondeik is hoping his forgettable day in TUNDRA’s last stop at Golden Sands is his lone hiccup in a near-lights-out 2022 season. Mondeik won at Marshfield, recorded a Second Place finish at WIR and finished Third at Norway prior to the Ninth Place finish at GSS.

If Mondeik is able to replicate the results of the first three races of the season, he’ll be well on his way to the Championship.  A strong qualifying effort, and another Top Five finish should very well be the magic formula.  Mondeik has shown steady improvement in TUNDRA races at Dells Raceway Park, finishing Seventh last year. If one thing is for certain, he and his team will be ready to make another big step to challenge for the win and look to cap off the title with an exclamation point.

Former Champ, Dalton Zehr

The team of John Beale and Dalton Zehr are looking to make history as the first true team Champions in TUNDRA.  Zehr began the year with a DNF (19th Place) at WIR before rebounding with a win at Norway.  Beale displayed two strong Second Place performances at Marshfield and Golden Sands.

Zehr’s track record at DRP in TUNDRA action is strong, to say the least. He won when he joined the series in 2020 and has three Top Fives in four other starts after TUNDRA became a traveling series in 2013.  He recorded four wins when the series raced exclusively at DRP in 2011 and 2012.  Another strong day will keep pressure on his fellow title contenders.  Zehr has been in this title position before, and has shown the poise to get the job done with three previous series titles.

Defending Champ, Riley Stenjem

Riley Stenjem has been in the hunt all season long and is hoping for a breakthrough day next Sunday.  Stenjem has been consistent this season, never finishing outside the Top Ten. His Second Place finish at Norway was his best effort of the season so far, keeping him within striking distance of the Top Two.

This will be Stenjem’s second visit to DRP in TUNDRA action. Last season he dashed to a Third Place finish late in the race, giving him the edge over Johnson.  Stenjem will need a touch of luck on his side.  All else equal in the prelims, and with a win, he would need Zehr to finish Fifth or below, and Mondeik Seventh or below.  Making up some ground during qualifying will help his chances.

The Darkhorse, Colin Reffner

It won’t be easy, but it’s not impossible for Colin Reffner to emerge as the TUNDRA Champion.  Reffner stumbled a bit in the opener at WIR, but strong showings of Fourth (Norway), Sixth (Marshfield), and Fourth (Golden Sands) still leave him with an outside shot.

It will have to be a near perfect day for Reffner, beginning with qualifying. Reffner has recorded four career TUNDRA fast times, although DRP has been tricky for him in time trials. He will then need to find his way through the field and hope for luck to be on his side (a 37-point gap is the difference between First and 12th).  With momentum building within his team, Reffner should be seen as a threat in the Carl Wegner 100, and will see where the chips fall from there.

TUNDRA will be joined at Dells Raceway Park next Sunday by the UMA 602 Late Models, and the INEX Legends. Qualifying is scheduled for 12:30 with racing at 2pm.

Dells Raceway Park is located at N1070 Smith Rd outside of Wisconsin Dells, Wis. For more information visit www.dellsracewaypark.com

Round Five at State Park Canceled

WAUSAU, Wis. (September 10, 2022) – Due to the forecast of precipitation creeping in and lingering during scheduled race time, officials from the TUNDRA Super Late Model Series and State Park Speedway have canceled the series’ visit to Wausau for 2022.

Originally postponed from August 6, the date selected was the lone chance at a make-up date due to other scheduling of tracks, series, and teams.

The next event for the TUNDRA Super Late Model Series is scheduled for Sunday, September 25 at Dells Raceway Park in Wisconsin Dells, Wis. TUNDRA will be joined by the UMA 602 Late Models and INEX Legends. More information on the event will be available soon.

TUNDRA FIELD HEADS INTO PIVOTAL SUNDAY STOP AT STATE PARK

GREEN BAY, Wis. (September 7, 2022) – After a short turnaround for teams to catch their collective breath, the TUNDRA Super Late Model Series heads to State Park Speedway this Sunday, September 11 to make up the rained-out event from early August.

Monday’s event at Golden Sands tightened up the point standings with two races remaining on the 2022 schedule. Justin Mondeik’s lead sits at six points over the team of John Beale and Dalton Zehr. Defending Champion Riley Stenjem closed to within 22 points. Colin Reffner now sits just 37 points out of the top spot.

Of the four, Mondeik has had the best success at the quarter-mile, which happens to be his home track. Mondeik has won three straight track titles and captured the win the last time TUNDRA visited in 2020. He hopes to build up some breathing room before heading into the final event of the season at Dells Raceway Park.

Beale has recorded three Top Six finishes in TUNDRA action at State Park and won several features at the facility, including Wisconsin Challenge Series events. He has shown consistent speed in his appearances at the quarter-mile.

Stenjem has just one TUNDRA start at State Park. It came in 2020 when he finished 12th. It was Stenjem’s first ever Super Late Model start at the tricky track.

Reffner has shown excellent speed with a fast time at State Park in 2018, but has had sour luck during the feature events. A turnaround in fortune on Sunday could bring him even closer into the Championship conversation.

Also closing in on the top point-getters is the team of James Swan and Jordan DeVoy. Swan will tag in for Sunday’s event. He finished eighth in the 2020 TUNDRA stop.

Several locals will make things tough on the title contenders. Mark Mackesy has won two TUNDRA events at State Park. Brock Heinrich, a former Late Model Champion at SPS, comes off a strong Third Place finish on Monday. MG Gajewski is a former track Champion. EPYK Media Rookie Kole Guralski recorded a Fifth Place finish in the Detjens Memorial in July. Travis Volm, who set fast time on Monday, has recorded three feature wins at Wausau this season.

Two drivers are slated to make their first TUNDRA start. Brandon Reichenberger is a former WIR ¼-Mile Late Model Champion. He’ll be teamed with Mackville Motorsports. Bryce Miller, a past Midwest Truck Series Rookie of the Year is also looking to make his first start.

TUNDRA will be joined by the SPS Mini-Stocks and Mini-Mods who will be honoring the late George Seliger. The Wisconsin Sport Trucks and Dairyland Vintage Series will also be on hand. Fan gates open at noon with racing to begin at 2pm. 

State Park Speedway is located at 147711 North Mountain Rd in Wausau. For more information visit http://www.stateparkspeedway.com

Round Four
State Park Speedway
Sunday, September 11, 2022
Expected Entries (25) as of 9/10/22

# – Driver, Hometown
01 – Bryan Monday, Appleton, Wis.
1 – Jesse Oudenhoven, Kaukana, Wis.
2 – Jordan Thiel, Darboy, Wis.
3 – Brandon Reichenberger, Appleton, Wis.
5B – John Beale, Verona, Wis.
9 – Braison Bennett, Neenah, Wis.
11 – Bryce Miller, Columbus, Wis.
12 – Mark Mackesy, Wausau, Wis.
17 – Max Kahler, Caledonia, Ill.
18 – Michael Ostdeik, Lakeville, Minn.
22 – MG Gajewski, Wausau, Wis.
28 – Braden Berge, Elkhorn, Wis.
40 – Curt Tillman, Rockford, IL
44 – Justin Mondeik, Gleason, Wis.
52 – Brock Heinrich, Wausau, Wis.
56 – Kole Guralski, Wausau, Wis. [R]
76 – Travis Volm, Mosinee, Wis.
77 – Riley Stenjem, Utica, Wis.
79 – Barrett Polhemus, Tomball, Tex. [R]
87 – Colin Reffner, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.
91 – Mickey Schallie, Darboy, Wis.
97 – James Swan, Lake Geneva, Wis.
100 – Tristan Swanson, New Market, Minn.
100 – Aaron Marthaler, Glenwood, Minn.
711 – Alex Volm, Mosinee, Wis.