By Sean Giggy
(WAOW) - Despite tragedy that struck the Wimmer family with the loss of their home earlier this week, they had no thoughts of postponing State Park Speedway's biggest race of the year, the Larry Detjens Memorial.
"We alwyas think that's what they would've wanted us to do, continue on with the show," said State Park Speedway Owner Ron Wimmer. "I guess that's the way we kind of look at it. It was just material loss and things we can get replaced. Postponing the race wasn't going to change that. This was a big event and we needed to do it."
James Duchow was on the pole for the 30th Detjens memorial race, but less than five laps into the race, defending champ Andrew Morrissey takes the inside and goes in front.
A little trouble early for two-time champ Chris Wimmer…Wimmer's car kicking up sparks around turn one, no troubles though, he would continue and finish fourth
Morrissey held the lead until lap 51 when Nathan Os-lye's battling Morrissey for the lead and the two spin out. Both would be okay and finish the race.
That gave the race its third leader of the night, Tim Sauter, who took over following the caution.
Sauter's lead didn't last long, 40 laps to go, Chris Weinkauf, the 2003 winner, passes Sauter on the outside to take over the lead
And Weinkauf took control from there, as he hangs on to take the checkered flag for his second Larry Detjens Memorial win
"Just got to thank the Wimmers, with everything they went through this week, with everything with their house, to still put this race on," Weinakauf said. "I think this is the sweetest one of them all with everything that happened this week. I can't believe the season we've been having here at State Park Speedway. It's just been phenomenal and we've been able to get the luck to come our way, so it's just been great."
Online reporter: Sean Giggy