JEFFERSON ,WI (Saturday, June 22, 2013) The quick and powerful super late models made their return to Wisconsin’s Action Track on Saturday night as the TUNDRA Super Late Model Series made their first visit to Jefferson Speedway. Nick Panitzke of Lakeville, MN, captured the rain shortened feature event as the super late models roared around the speed plant for the first time since 2008.
Steve Lichtfeld and Panitzke paced the field of 20 drivers to the green with Panitzke taking control early through turns one and two on the opening circuit. Mike Egan moved into second behind Panitzke with Frank Kreyer running third. Kreyer quickly went to work on Egan, moving to the low side and slipping by for second on lap two. Point leader Brandon Selle experienced mechanical problems and was forced to retire from the event just before the caution waved on lap four. Billy Mohn spun in turns three and four, collecting Claire Decker and sending her hard into the turn four wall. Decker was ok, but her ride was too damaged to continue, ending her evening early. Racing resumed with Kreyer and Panitzke side by side battling for the lead. Panitzke regained sole possession of the point with Kreyer dropping back to second and Egan in third. Panitzke and Kreyer began to separate themselves from the rest of the field while quick qualifier Dalton Zehr and Jefferson Speedway regular Casey Johnson entered the top five. On lap 15, Zehr moved into fifth with Johnson right behind. Zehr continued forward under Matt Pyburn, stealing fourth and sliding under Egan for third. Zehr claimed third on lap 16 with Johnson still in tow for fourth and James Swan into fifth. The top five remained single file with Panitzke still showing the way and Kreyer on his rear bumper. The leaders began to encounter heavy lapped traffic around lap 30 allowing Kreyer to close in. But before Kreyer could make a move, the rain drops began to fall. With 37 laps complete, the race was called official with Panitzke the winner. Kreyer finished second with Zehr, Johnson and Swan rounding out the top five.
This article was posted to the website on June 22nd, 2013