MARK FOGEL TAKES THE VICTORY IN THE
AND AARON CAIN TOPS COMPACT SPECIAL 100!
WI); September 17, 2006 - Mark Fogel dominated the
Spectator 200 Enduro Sunday afternoon at the Slinger Super Speedway,
leading most of the way en route to his first victory in the event.
“It sure feels good to win one,” Fogel claimed from victory lane
after lapping the field in the 200-lap race. “I’ve been trying for
sixteen years and have always come up short.”
Fogel began the event from the third position and immediately
launched into the lead from the standing start while enduro veterans
Jeff Meulemans, Rick Cregger, Mike Kasparek, and Frank Calabrese all
used the outside to advance forward. Meulemans provided the toughest
challenge to Fogel as he caught the leader in heavy traffic and
managed to sneak his way by to lead some laps during the mid-stages.
Fogel quickly regained the top spot however, using lapped traffic to
weave his way back to the front. Meulemans’ race ended when he
experienced problems in the final 30 laps, forcing him to leave the
track. Calabrese quietly remained in the top five for much of the
race before turning in a late charge to finish second while Charlie
Vian also raced amongst the leaders before completing the distance
in third place. Kasparek finished in fourth place and Cregger was
fifth. Jason Meulemans crossed the stripe in sixth place ahead of
Scott Soine and Matt Born while Ron Wick and Larry Born completed
the top ten finishers.
Aaron Cain topped the Compact Special 100, an enduro event
consisting of four cylinder compact cars, in an exciting finish.
While Cain led a majority of the race, the win didn’t come without
some fireworks as he collided hard with the spinning car of Frank
Calabrese just before the finish line and limped to the win.
“I was watching the flagman when all of a sudden the #56 car spun in
front of me and I just nailed him,” Cain stated afterwards. “At
least I was able to get across the line because it would have been
real disappointing if I didn’t.”
Dave Berndt led the opening laps before Justin Poenitsch took
command while Cain steadily closed in on the leaders. As the leaders
approached some slower cars, Cain used the heavy traffic to maneuver
his way to the lead. By the time the leader completed 70 laps,
Poenitsch had retired from the event after uncorking an engine and
Berndt faded as Jeff Meulemans and Miles Dornbrook occupied the
second and third spots respectively. Shawn Gavin and Frank Calabrese
battled over the fourth position while Cain continued to increase
his lead. Gavin dropped out of the event in the closing laps and
Shane Becker entered the top five, passing Calabrese for the fourth
As Cain approached the checkered flag, the fifth place running
Calabrese spun in front of him and both cars collided heavily just
feet before the finish line. As Cain’s car skidding to the infield,
he was able to limp his way across the line for the win.
Meulemans finished in second place while Dornbrook completed the
race in third place. Becker and Calabrese completed the top five.