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Natalie Decker Doubles-Down with Wisconsin Wins

May 26th, 2016

EAGLE RIVER, WI– Natalie Decker doubled down in Wisconsin this weekend; she scored back to back wins in the Cheesehead State and her first Super Late Model victories of 2016.

The 18 year-old Decker started off her weekend by taking the checkers at State Park Speedway on Friday night, then backed it up with a late race pass for the win Saturday night at Marshfield Motor Speedway. “Getting two wins this weekend felt better than waking up to presents under the Christmas tree,” said Decker. “I went into this weekend really wanting the wins at both tracks. After not being able to race the ARCA Midwest Tour race at SPS, because of engine issues, our team was determined to get “Ella” (car) ready for this weekend.”

Decker started from the pole position Friday night at State Park Speedway in Wausau, WI. The Eagle River, Wisconsin driver got a good jump at the drop of the green and never looked back. She led all 60 laps en route to picking up her fourth career Super Late model win at the quarter-mile track. “My crew chief, Tom Ress, gave me a great set-up for the 60 lap feature and I was able to pull away from the field and maintain my lead for the entire way,” said Decker.

The win on Friday was just the start of a busy weekend for Decker. Saturday afternoon she and her team practiced at Golden Sands Speedway in Plover, Wisconsin and then traveled over to Marshfield Speedway to race that night.

Decker started the 30-lap feature from the sixth position and quickly moved her way to the front. As the laps wound down, she maneuvered her way into third position. Decker held the bumper of second place car Dalton Zehr as he made the pass for the lead. That put Decker up to second. Decker sized up Zehr and on the white flag lap made her move. The two battled side by side the final time around the track with Decker grabbing the win by a narrow margin.

“On the last lap I went for the pass on the inside and 7-11 made a great move to stop me from passing, but I decided to take the outside line in turn three and we battled side by side and I got the win by only 3 feet,” said Decker. “It was such a fun race competing for the win with such a talented driver in the 7-11 car. Having to battle for the win like we did makes me feel like I really earned it.” Decker looks to keep her streak alive as she heads to Golden Sands Speedway Monday for the Dick Trickle Memorial event. Decker picked-up a win at the Plover, Wisconsin track in 2015 and looks for her third win in ten days.

For more information on Natalie Decker, follow her on Twitter at @ndecker04 and like her page on Facebook by searching “Natalie Decker.”

Mackesy’s Win is What State Park Speedway and Central Wisconsin Racing Needs

July 1st, 2011

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – Could the event being delayed by one day hurt? No. Could a local competitor beat out the talented field of ASA Midwest Tour stars to win? Yes.

It was around 11:00am on Friday morning when some saw a rare thing entering the parking lot at State Park Speedway, an ASA Member Track in Wausau, WI. An open trailer carrying a white #12 Chevrolet Impala Super Late Model drive to the pit entrance. Little did anyone know that less than 12 hours later, that car would be in victory lane.

Even though it didn’t arrive in an enclosed hauler and he wasn’t a regular on the ASA Midwest Tour, the local fans knew that Mark Mackesy, a Wausau, WI resident, could go from his eighth starting position to pulling off an upset win in the Flip Merwin Memorial 150.

This has been a dream season so far for the veteran, second-generation driver. He won the season opening event at State Park Speedway and finished second to Ben Pettis at the last Thursday night event.

“It’s fantastic, it’s great, I love it,” Mackesy said after his win. “Now that Wimmers have this place fixed up, it is just great to be here. It’s just great.”

Mackesy has been racing at Central Wisconsin tracks like State Park Speedway, Marshfield Motor Speedway (another ASA Member Track in Marshfield, WI), and Golden Sands Speedway in Plover, WI.

He has raced with the best but on Friday, he finally won over the best. “I think it’s neat. In all of the years that I have raced, I don’t think I have ever passed Bryan Reffner,” Mackesy recalled. “When I started, he was the king around here and was whooping all of us pretty bad. To pass him, it felt pretty good. I don’t think I ever raced with Steve Carlson, but I think my dad did. So to run with him was pretty neat.”

His win was also a boost for State Park Speedway. Last year, Ron, Scott, and the entire Wimmer family put their heart and soul into making State Park Speedway a place that fans want to come and see great racing. The full house got to watch one of their locals beat the best in the Midwest on his home turf, an honor that Mackesy is proud to own. “We talked to the guys at work all week and told them that this is the most excitement that this place has had in probably 25-30 years,” Mackesy said. “Probably since the days that Trickle was here. To get this buzz back, this excitement back at our local track is just fantastic.”

“We were really happy with our first season. We had really great car counts, great fan turnout and a lot more positives for our first year,” Scott Wimmer, Co-owner of State Park Speedway said. “Going into our second year, we went into it the same way as we did last year. Try to improve and make things better for the fans. Also, try to keep it affordable as we do things to keep money at the bare minimum. We keep our ticket gates the most reasonable around and try to pay our drivers well. Just give people a good quality show.”

“What the Wimmers have done in just one year is amazing,” Dennis Huth, ASA President said. “They were able to take a track and resurrect it to be this successful in a very short amount of time. They are doing everything right. Even a rain delayed ASA Midwest Tour event didn’t hurt them. They still had a great crowd and a memorable event. We are very proud to have them as part of the ASA family.”

For Mackesy and the other competitors in Central Wisconsin, they have a solid place to race. “I think it’s back, finally back here,” Mackesy exclaimed. “I’d say that four years ago, I was worried that this was going to be a compost thing for the county and all kinds of things. We didn’t think it would be a racetrack.”

State Park Speedway is one of two ASA Member Tracks in central Wisconsin with Marshfield Motor Speedway being another. Fans can learn more about SPS by visiting www.stateparkspeedway.com [http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?llr=j8z6ilcab&et=1106289388443&s=331&e=001CQjG_aosOy4rzttwOmvp6Q_O4_1DJNMP04c7xPjxGj76Frn-21jqSF_GH8w5L2wFwTgpSi3ulXgRPAoCyyj4G4Q6fxn7ZQojKdOsMDELMpHDV98TrRKHfKMfHc9LRbVW].

Fans can also learn more about the ASA Midwest Tour at www.asamidwesttour.com [http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?llr=j8z6ilcab&et=1106289388443&s=331&e=001CQjG_aosOy7jJKvAb5EM66gFM1Hex2syAakpno6KlyLknmU4i7GbrTTlzvOrXV_VnV3yDdPm04sfRy5I3toUH42SVXM-uDdbVaXth8sjVUoeasTtxz2Bhw==]. They will be competing this Saturday night at Marshfield Motor Speedway in the Firecracker 100. Local divisions will be competing along with a huge fireworks display.

To learn more about the ASA Member Tracks and Sanctioned Series in your area, please visit www.asa-racing.com.

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