Prochnow Holds Off Redetzke At Red Cedar
MENOMONIE, Wis. – Mike Prochnow held off a strong late race challenge from Jake Redetzke to win the Late Model feature and highlight the racing action Friday night at Red Cedar Speedway.
On a night when the track officials successfully beat off the threat of incoming rain and got the program completed as scheduled, other feature winners included Jake Hartung, Aaron Wilson, Jake Smith, Sam Fankhauser, Jeremy Dahl and Brent Voeltz.
The late-model feature, which ended up going green from start to finish, got off to a wild start as Scott Gilberts and Chad Mahder battled on the opening lap until Prochnow found an opening on the low side of the track and drove past both of them to become the early leader. As Prochnow moved out by a few car lengths, Mahder successfully fought off the challenge of Gilberts for second with Redetzke then taking the third spot.
Prochnow would continue to hold the lead with Mahder occasionally getting close enough to provide some challenge. However, Redetzke soon closed to Mahders rear bumper and the toughest race was for second. Finally, with just a few laps left, Jake was able to get under Chad in turn two and take over second with John Kaanta also following suit.
Redetzke made up quite a bit of the working margin on Prochnow in the remaining few laps, but his all out charge on the final lap came up short, and Prochnow drove on for the win. Mahder had to settle for fourth with Gilberts completing the top five.
Hartung started on the pole, got the initial jump on Steve Hallquist and led the distance in the nonstop Modified feature race. Hartung had one early challenge as Mike Anderson moved up from the second row and closed on Hartung. Anderson was working a higher groove and moved up beside Hartung, poised to take over the lead. However, he slid high and dropped back, and Hartung took advantage of this to move into the line that Anderson was using, and once he locked in there, he pulled away from the field as the laps ticked off.
Anderson ran alone in second as he struggled to keep up with the leader. Cory Mahder made the biggest move of the event, as he started eighth and the opening night winner raced his way past Hallquist in the late going to take the third spot with Jesse Glenz completing the top five finishers.
The Super Stock feature was the one main event that did not go smoothly with several yellow flags, all for minor spins, keeping the field bunched and the action choppy.
Luke Plank started on the pole and led a number of laps with Wilson moving to the higher groove on the track and then closing. Aaron swept past the leader on the outside and then began to move away from the field. Several times, Wilson had built up a considerable advantage, only to have the yellow flag wipe out his lead.