Leftovers: Flip Merwin Memorial 150
Stories About Points, Hearbreak and Tradition
by Elgin Traylor Twitter @elgintraylor

Carlson Still Searching

2011 has been a head scratcher for Midwest veteran Steve Carlson.  The two-time defending series champ has missed the show on time, been spun out and just flat out outrun.  No one will tell you better then Carlson himself, who is weathering the storm with a calm attitude.

"The track surface here is the same as it was back in 1987 when I last raced here," said Carlson of State Park Speedway.  "I was doing okay and running mid-pack and we got spun out near the end.  I don't even know where we finished after that.  We are a work in progress with new car as it's been giving us the blues."

Carlson finished 16th.

At one point he was 16th in the season standings and has managed to work his way back to ninth after five races.

Gary LaMonte Making Last-Ditch a Regular Thing

Setting goals of making the race can be hard on the ASA Midwest Tour.  At State Park Speedway (WI) guys like Thor Anderson and Travis Sauter had to load up early after not making the race.  But, Gary LaMonte has been the last man in through the last chance race each of the last two races.

Worst Finish of the Season for Ross Kenseth

This title may be misleading, but a fourth-place finish for Ross Kenseth is the lowest finish this season for the third generation driver on the ASA Midwest Tour.  Kenseth has three wins, a second and fourth as the head into the sixth round of the season.  

Merwin Tradition Continues

It was brought to our attention that all of the previous winners of the Flip Merwin Memorial were all people who could call him a friend.  The local stars kept the street alive when Mark Mackesy scored the win in 2011.

Bilderback Out After a Heartbreaker

Michael Bilderback carried the weight of the ASA Midwest Touring Stars on his shoulders as he was about the only regular who could mix it up with the leaders at State Park Speedway.  Victory might have been in sight before he gave up a top-three spot by coasting into the pits with a mechanical failure.

"The car was running really good," said Bilderback.  "It wasn't good for the first 10 laps of a run, but after that it was on a rail.  Under the last caution the axle shot out of the rear end and it ended our night."

The only good news for Bilderback is that it did happen under yellow and he didn't wreck his own car or several others.

Morrissey Doing it Another Way

When you look at Ross Kenseth's track record for the 2011 season, you would figure he would have a bigger point lead over Andrew Morrissey.  With two pole awards and solid runs in the heat races, Morrissey has established himself as the top contender early on for the overall season championship.  Just 11 markers back has him within striking distance.

Flip Merwin 150 Past Winners

2011 Mark Mackesy
2010 Chris Weinkauf
2009 No Race
2008 Chris Wimmer
2007 Jesse Hasse
2006 Neil Knoblock
2005 Chris Weinkauf
2004 Jeremy Lepak
2003 Wayne Breitenfeldt

Mark Mackesy beat out all the ASA Midwest Touring Stars to take the win at State Park Speedway (WI) on Friday night.  Andrew Morrissey, and Jacob Goede finished second and third.
Late Model point leader Mark Mackesy took the win at State Park Speedway (WI). (Doug Hornickel photo)
Steve Carlson made his first trip to State Park Speedway sinc ethe 80's. (Speed51.com photo)
Ross Kenseth took another top five finish. (Speed51.com photo)
Bilderback  (#2) races with the leaders. (Doug Hornickel photo)
Flip Merwin shirts were brought out for the memorial event. (Speed51.com photo)