By Jana Jurkovich
PLOVER (WAOW)- Larry Detjens was one of the best short track racers in Wisconsin when he was killed in a tragic racing accident at Wisconsin International Speedway in 1981. Each year since there's been a race in his honor, but this year at Golden Sans was even more special.
Says Margo Detjens, "It's speical, especially today, August 1st being the day he passed away. In all the years there's never been a memorial race that fell on his day, so this day has a little more special meaning."
Larry Detjens love of racing though influences his family and those close to his family still today. Detjens grandon, Conrad, now races 4-cylinders, and his nephews Chris and Scott Wimmer continue to build their racing careers.
Says Chris Wimmer, "That's reason Scott and I got in to racing was because of my uncle, I know Scott has some good memories of Larry and helping him out at his races adn watching him."
Says Detjens, "To have everybody here, doing what we enjoy. The only thing we could wish more is that Scott was here and not at the Nationwide Race in Montreal, but we don't get together often will all the racing and this is one night we can."
Local driver Mark Mackesy raced Larry Detjens #25 Friday night. If you flip that around you get 52, and that's the number Chris Wimmer raced.
Says Mackesy, "All the years I watched Larry race and my dad and him used to do stuff together for a lot of years and knowing Margo, so it's a relly special night."
Says Wimmer, "I never got a chance to meet him, but everything I heard was he's was a great people person and always smiling."
The feature was paired with the Wisconsin Challenge Seriesm making it a 100 lap race.
Eugene Gregorich Jr took the lead in the first ten laps. He was challenged by the 96 of Kenny Richards at the mid-way point, but held on a drove away with his 2nd straight Detjens memorial Race win.
Says Gregorich, "It's unbelievable, I was actually looking at the trophy the other day and thinking the way this year's been going, I dunno if we're going ot be able to do this again. To be able to win it again, it feels better this time than it did the last time."
Online Reporter- Jana Jurkovich