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Veteran Gille a winner in Big 8 Series, at State Park Speedway for first time

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Veteran Gille a winner in Big 8 Series, at SPS for first time

State Park Speedway – The ninth-ever trip by the Big 8 Late Models to State Park Speedway produced a first-time winner in the series on the opening night of the Larry Detjens Memorial. It just turned out to not be the car who took the checkered flag first.

Veteran racer Tom Gille of Winnebago, Ill., finished runner-up on the track but inherited the win Friday when original winner Adam Oxborough was disqualified upon post-race inspection due to an illegal carburetor. The result gave the 59-year old Gille his first-ever Big 8 feature win, his first-ever feature win at State Park Speedway, and his first feature win overall since 2010.

“It stinks, you never want to win that way,” said Gille in the pits after the race, happy with his performance but taking little joy in his fellow competitor’s fate. “I’ve had it happen to me too…it’s not the way you want to win.”

The result nullified a grand night for Oxborough, the New Prague, Minn., native who has raced both super late model and limited late model circuits with the same car while barnstorming around Wisconsin this year. Oxborough appeared to have picked up his first-ever feature win in a late model, but found out after the race the carburetor he had been racing with for years was not up to specs.

Oxborough and Gille were the class of the field for the second half of the 58-lap Big 8 feature, which went green save for a single caution late, a marked contrast to last year’s Big 8 race at State Park that saw six yellow flags plus a number of other aborted restart attempts. The two were running 1-2 from the time Oxborough overtook Jacob Nottestad of Stoughton for the lead on lap 29. Both navigated lapped traffic smoothly, but Gille never got closer than a brief sniff of the leader’s bumper on laps 34 and 35.

Oxborough kept a steady-if-slight lead most of the way, and was still three car lengths ahead of Gille with 10 to go. Gille closed down to 1 1/2 car lengths when the only caution of the race came out on lap 55 due to a spin by Tyler Hromodka on the backstretch.

The yellow flag actually could’ve been big trouble for Gille and third-place running Jacob Goede, as Gille spun and Goede had damage on his right front after incidental contact just after the caution came out. Oxborough would clear the top two after the restart with four to go, and Gille would get by Goede on the restart and come across the line second.

Gille won in a Big 8 car for the first time after a pair of previous runner-up finishes. And while he was hungry for a win, he said after the race more than once that he would not have attempted to move Oxborough out of the way to get the top spot.

“I wasn’t going to, that’s just not how I race,” said Gille. “The guys I watched growing up-my dad helped out Tom Reffner for many years. That’s not how they raced, that’s not what I do.”

Nottestad crossed the line third and ended up with a runner-up finish, completing a strong run that saw him lead the first 28 laps. Nottestad started outside Oxborough on the front row, and he took advantage of a good start at the drop of the green to make the early pass on the outside. He built a four car length lead but Oxborough remained in striking distance, and took advantage to make the pass for the lead soon after the leaders starting hitting lapped traffic.

Steve Schultz of Elko, Minn., also posted a career-best Big 8 finish of third, moving all the way up from the 11th starting spot, while fast qualifier Goede came in fourth. Grant Brown of Prior Lake, Minn., rounded out the top five, giving Minnesota drivers three of the top five spots. Big 8 points leader Max Kahler of Caledonia, Ill., finished sixth.

Big 8 Late Models
Fast Time: Jacob Goede, Carver, Minn., 14.306 sec.
First Heat: 1. Adam Oxborough, New Prague, Minn.; 2. Mitch Haver, West Bend; 3. Max Kahler, Caledonia, Ill.; 4. Rayce Haase, Wausau; 5. Hunter Drefahl, Evansville
Second Heat: 1. Steve Schultz, Elko, Minn.; 2. Tom Gille, Winnebago, Ill.; 3. Nick Egan, Kenosha; 4. Jacob Nottestad, Stoughton; 5. Jeff Wakeman, Streator, Ill.
Third Heat:  1. Grant Brown, Prior Lake, Minn.; 2. Goede; 3. Jared Duda, St. Michael, Minn.; 4. Dave Cabelka, Wausau; 5. Tyler Hromodka, Brookfield; 6. Jake Jump, Pardeeville
Feature: 1. Gille; 2. Nottestad; 3. Schultz; 4. Goede; 5. Brown; 6. Kahler; 7. Cabelka; 8. Haase; 9. Haver; 10. Duda; 11. Wakeman; 12. Hromodka; 13. Drefahl; 14. Jump; 15. Egan; 16. Oxborough (DQ)

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Schoone collects another big win-and a ring-on Detjens first night

As if winning yet another high-profile feature at State Park Speedway wasn’t enough for Ashley Schoone, a great night during the Larry Detjens Memorial got even better after she finished her racing.

Schoone won her third Rockstar Energy Drink Mini Stocks feature of the season at State Park and posted another victory in a memorial race at the track. Recently a Flip Merwin Memorial feature winner for the third straight year, she led all 25 laps to win the mini stocks main event on the opening night of the Detjens Memorial.

After the race, Schoone was met in Brickner Family Auto Group Victory Lane by boyfriend Conrad Lemmer, who got down on one knee and proposed to the 24-year old driver from Gleason. Schoone said yes, finishing her night with both a sizable trophy and an engagement ring on a night special to many in her circle. Conrad Lemmer’s mother is Margo Detjens, the daughter of Larry Detjens, the former Wausau racing star who was killed in a racing incident in 1981.

Schoone win also was nearly a 1-2 finish for daughter and father, as her father Mark Schoone raced behind her for most of the night. Mark Schoone moved into second behind Ashley on lap 3, and fought off one challenger after another to remain there for all but one of the next 21 laps.

Mark Schoone would eventually spin into the infield after contact with Eric Breitenfeldt while both raced for second coming to the white flag, but Ashley finished eight car lengths clear of the rest of the pack at the checkers. Ronnie Osborne of Fitchburg finished second for his best-ever finish at the track, with Breitenfeldt third.

A week after breaking through for his first feature win of the season, Greg Blount didn’t need long to notch his second. The 2019 Snap-on Mini Mods champion made it a clean sweep of the night by winning the 20-lap feature.

The Marathon driver inherited the lead with eight laps left after Kevin Tessmer spun in turn three while battling Blount for first. The defending champion pulled away quickly on the restart and finished well ahead of runner-up Noah Gajewski.

Tessmer had held his own on the inside for three laps in a side-by-side fight with Blount until coming in hot on lap 13 and spinning towards the outside wall in front of the field. The resulting scramble behind to avoid left Jim Lietz with nowhere to go but into the wall, and both Tessmer and Lietz’s nights were finished.

The nearly two-year long regular battle between Alex Hartwig of Portage and Wausau’s Jevin Guralski for supremacy in the Ropa’s Pizza Bandoleros continued Friday, and once again it was Hartwig getting the better end, fending off Guralski to win the 15-lap feature.

Hartwig took advantage when Guralski went high coming out of turn two on lap 9, making the pass and holding on to win by three car lengths. Hartwig won his second straight feature in the class this year, and the 2019 track champion has won five of seven Bando features at State Park dating back to last year, with 2018 division champ Guralski winning the other two.

Anna Malouf finished third in the feature, taking the top spot from early leader Avery Linnerud on a lap 5 restart and briefly leading before Guralski and Hartwig both passed her two laps later. Cohen Henze came home fourth and Tucker Bodendorfer was fifth.

Saturday’s second day of the Detjens Memorial includes the ARCA Midwest Tour super late models main event with a 125-lap feature, plus Advance Auto Parts Pure Stocks, mini mods, mini stocks and Bandoleros all on the schedule. Fan gates open at 3:30 p.m. with Fred Mueller Qualifying at 4:30 p.m. and racing at 6 p.m.

Snap-on Mini Mods
Fast Qualifier: Greg Blount, Marathon, 15.607 sec.
First Heat: 1. Kevin Tessmer, Wausau; 2. John Lietz, Mosinee; 3. Jim Lietz, Mosinee; 4. Evan Call, Aniwa; 5. Dave Lembke, Germantown
Second Heat: 1. Blount; 2. Phil Malouf, Manitowish Waters; 3. Noah Gajewski, Marathon; 4. George Seliger, Wausau; 5. Gary Garand, Weston
Feature: 1. Blount; 2. Gajewski; 3. John Lietz; 4. Garand; 5. Malouf; 6. Seliger; 7. Tessmer; 8. Jim Lietz; 9. Lembke

Rockstar Energy Drink Mini Stocks
Fast Time: Chad Ferge, Weston, 16.678 sec.
First Heat: 1. Makayla Last, Wausau; 2. Dave Lembke, Germantown; 3. Travis Lang, Wausau; 4. Kendra Baumann, Wausau; 5. Joey Blaschka, Wausau; 6. Daniel Lashua, Wausau; 7. Jeremy Whitman, Plymouth
Second Heat: 1. Ashley Schoone, Gleason; 2. Amanda Rowe, Mosinee; 3. Taylor Dawson, Friendship; 4. Zach Budleski, Wausau; 5. Brad Lecher, Wausau; 6. Steve Clark, Kronenwetter; 7. Matthew Gajewski, Wausau; 8. Garret Strachota, Wausau
Third Heat: 1. Mark Schoone, Gleason; 2. Tom Lecher, Wausau; 3. Eric Breitenfeldt, Wausau; 4. Ferge; 5. Kyle Check, Shantytown; 6. Ronnie Osborne, Fitchburg; 7. Tyler Custer, Stratford; 8. Chris Boykins, Wausau
Semi-Feature: 1. Strachota; 2. Dawson; 3. Baumann; 4. Blaschka; 5. Lembke; 6. Lang; 7. Last; 8. B. Lecher; 9. Lashua
Feature: 1. A. Schoone; 2. Osborne; 3. Breitenfeldt; 4. Custer; 5. Check; 6. T. Lecher; 7. Budleski; 8. Strachota; 9. Rowe; 10. Ferge; 11. Boykins; 12. M. Schoone; 13. Dawson; 14. Baumann

Ropa’s Pizza Bandoleros
Fast Qualifier: Alex Hartwig, Portage, 16.001 sec.
First Heat: 1. Paxton Benz, Wausau; 2. Avery Linnerud, Milton; 3. Keagen Benz, Wausau; 4. Collin Murphy, Janesville; 5. Cooper Bodendorfer, Muskego
Second Heat: 1. Jevin Guralski, Wausau; 2. Hartwig; 3. Anna Malouf, Rhinelander; 4. Cohen Henze, Juda; 5. Tucker Bodendorfer, Muskego
Feature: 1. Hartwig; 2. Guralski; 3. A. Malouf; 4. Henze; 5. T. Bodendorfer; 6. Linnerud; 7. K. Benz; 8. Murphy; 9. C. Bodendorfer; 10. P. Benz

BANDELAROS

A Feature 1

00:00:00

PosStartDriverHometownCar
18Alex Hartwig 901
27Jevin GuralskiWausau, WI20
35Anna MaloufRhinelander, WI64
46Cohen HenzeBrodhead, WI88H
54Tucker BodendorferMuskego, WI05
61Avery LinnerudMilton, WI52L
73Keagen BenzWausau, WI17
810Collin MurphyJanesville, WI9C
99Cooper BodendorferMuskego, WI64B
102Paxton BenzWausau, WI5

B Feature 1: Pending

No race information available.

Heat 1

00:00:00

PosStartDriverHometownCar
14Paxton BenzWausau, WI5
23Avery LinnerudMilton, WI52L
35Keagen BenzWausau, WI17
42Collin MurphyJanesville, WI9C
51Cooper BodendorferMuskego, WI64B

Heat 2

00:00:00

PosStartDriverHometownCar
14Jevin GuralskiWausau, WI20
25Alex Hartwig 901
32Anna MaloufRhinelander, WI64
43Cohen HenzeBrodhead, WI88H
51Tucker BodendorferMuskego, WI05

Heat 3: Pending

No race information available.

Qualifying 1

00:00:00

PosStartDriverHometownCarTime
15Alex Hartwig 90116.001
24Jevin GuralskiWausau, WI2016.136
39Cohen HenzeBrodhead, WI88H16.252
47Anna MaloufRhinelander, WI6416.403
53Tucker BodendorferMuskego, WI0516.484
61Keagen BenzWausau, WI1716.532
72Paxton BenzWausau, WI516.694
86Avery LinnerudMilton, WI52L16.746
98Collin MurphyJanesville, WI9C17.769
1010Cooper BodendorferMuskego, WI64B18.005

MINI STOCKS

A Feature 1

00:00:00

PosStartDriverHometownCar
11Ashley SchooneGleason, WI03S
27Ronnie OsborneFitchburg, WI19O
39Eric BreitenfeldWausau, WI14B
411Tyler CusterStratford, WI57C
58Kyle CheckShantytown, WI33C
66Tom Lecher 12
73Zach BudleskiWausau, WI55B
812Garret Strachota 77
92Amanda Rowe 14
1010Chad Ferge 43F
115Chris BoykinsWausau, WI46B
124Mark Schooney 33
1313Taylor DawsonFriendship, WI9D
1414Kendra BaumanWausau, WI3

B Feature 1

00:00:00

PosStartDriverHometownCar
11Garret Strachota 77
22Taylor DawsonFriendship, WI9D
35Kendra BaumanWausau, WI3
44Joseph BlaschkaWausau, WI47B
56Dave LembkeGermantown, WI06L
610Travis LangWausau, WI10T
78Makala LastWausau, WI89L
83Bradley LecherWausau, WI10L
97Daniel LashuaWausau, WI73L

Heat 1

00:00:00

PosStartDriverHometownCar
12Makala LastWausau, WI89L
25Dave LembkeGermantown, WI06L
38Travis LangWausau, WI10T
46Kendra BaumanWausau, WI3
57Joseph BlaschkaWausau, WI47B
63Daniel LashuaWausau, WI73L
74Jeremy WhitmanPlymouth, WI45W

Heat 2

00:00:00

PosStartDriverHometownCar
15Ashley SchooneGleason, WI03S
26Amanda Rowe 14
32Taylor DawsonFriendship, WI9D
47Zach BudleskiWausau, WI55B
51Bradley LecherWausau, WI10L
68Steve ClarkKronenwetter, WI52C
74Matt GajewskiWausau, WI27G
83Garret Strachota 77

Heat 3

00:00:00

PosStartDriverHometownCar
11Mark Schooney 33
23Tom Lecher 12
37Eric BreitenfeldWausau, WI14B
48Chad Ferge 43F
56Kyle CheckShantytown, WI33C
64Ronnie OsborneFitchburg, WI19O
75Tyler CusterStratford, WI57C
82Chris BoykinsWausau, WI46B

Qualifying 1

00:00:00

PosStartDriverHometownCarTime
111Chad Ferge 43F16.678
25Eric BreitenfeldWausau, WI14B16.681
325Kyle CheckShantytown, WI33C16.686
48Tyler CusterStratford, WI57C16.746
519Ronnie OsborneFitchburg, WI19O16.789
617Tom Lecher 1216.799
73Chris BoykinsWausau, WI46B16.884
821Mark Schooney 3316.951
926Steve ClarkKronenwetter, WI52C16.961
106Zach BudleskiWausau, WI55B16.966
1127Amanda Rowe 1417.012
1220Ashley SchooneGleason, WI03S17.035
1312Matt GajewskiWausau, WI27G17.054
1423Garret Strachota 7717.074
159Taylor DawsonFriendship, WI9D17.292
1616Bradley LecherWausau, WI10L18.040
172Joseph BlaschkaWausau, WI47B18.164
181Kendra BaumanWausau, WI318.221
1918Dave LembkeGermantown, WI06L18.260
2024Jeremy WhitmanPlymouth, WI45W18.467
2114Daniel LashuaWausau, WI73L19.450
2215Makala LastWausau, WI89L19.683
234Corey BoykinsWausau, WI3D20.401

MINI MODS

A Feature 1

00:00:00

PosStartDriverHometownCar
18Greg BlountMarathon, WI22
25Noah GajewskiMarathon, WI10G
31John LietzMosinee, WI92
46Gary GarandWeston, WI55
54Phil MaloufManitowish Waters, WI32M
67George SeligerWausau, WI06
73Kevin Tessmer 5
82James LietzMosinee, WI93
99Dave LembkeGermantown, WI06L

Heat 1

00:00:00

PosStartDriverHometownCar
11Kevin Tessmer 5
24John LietzMosinee, WI92
32James LietzMosinee, WI93
43Evan CallAniwa, WI7C
55Dave LembkeGermantown, WI06L

Heat 2

00:00:00

PosStartDriverHometownCar
15Greg BlountMarathon, WI22
21Phil MaloufManitowish Waters, WI32M
32Noah GajewskiMarathon, WI10G
44George SeligerWausau, WI06
53Gary GarandWeston, WI55

Qualifying 1

00:00:00

PosStartDriverHometownCarTime
11Greg BlountMarathon, WI2215.607
28George SeligerWausau, WI0615.754
33Gary GarandWeston, WI5515.877
42Noah GajewskiMarathon, WI10G15.923
57Phil MaloufManitowish Waters, WI32M16.025
610Kevin Tessmer 516.039
75James LietzMosinee, WI9316.087
89Evan CallAniwa, WI7C16.122
96John LietzMosinee, WI9216.222
104Dave LembkeGermantown, WI06L17.880

BIG 8 SERIES

Qualifying 1

00:00:00

PosStartDriverHometownCarTime
11Jacob GoedeCarver, MN72G0.000
22Nick EganSlinger, WI130.000
33Rayce HaaseWausau, WI020.000
44Grant BrownPrior Lake, MN140.000
55Tom GilleWinnebago, IL400.000
66Max KahlerCaledonia, IL17K0.000
78David CabelkaWausau, WI61C0.000
810Jacob NottestadStoughton, WI97N0.000

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