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WISSOTA: Diemel On a Roll With "Punky Manor" Win at Red Cedar

Ed Reichert

MENOMONIE, Wis. - Sept. 26. A. J. Diemel, continuing his domination of area Late Model racing that started last week at the "WISSOTA 100", powered past early leader Nick Anvelink and ran away with the 13th edition of the "Punky Manor Challenge of Champions" Saturday at the Red Cedar Speedway.

After rain washed out the preliminaries on Friday, the entire program was run on. Anvelink won the dash, which gave him the pole position for the 40-lap Late Model headliner, with Ashley Anderson to his outside.  Anvelink took the early lead but Diemel was quickly on the move after starting in the second row. He drove past Brent Larson and then Anderson and closed on leader Anvelink. While the majority of the field were riding the low line, Diemel was able to move up to the middle groove and he powered past Anvelink through turn two to take over the lead.

The lone caution flag flew shortly after on lap seven, as Terry Anvelink dropped debris on the track after a collision caused most of the front nosepiece on his car to be dragging on the track.

Back on green, Diemel moved away from the pack with Anderson closing in to put the pressure on Nick Anvelink for second. While that battle raged, Diemel was on a rail and he opened up his lead to nearly a straightaway. Anderson and Anvelink made some contact leaving turn four, and Anderson was able to squirt past for second. Marshall Fegers and Larson became engaged in a fight for the fourth spot at this point.

Diemel was in heavy lapped traffic but he mastered the challenge well, weaving through the field. Just past the halfway point the track started to take rubber, and Diemel suddenly found himself unable to maintain the pace he had earlier set as cars he had lapped started to repass him. He ducked back in line on the low groove and then bided his time. The battle for second got spirited again with contact being made in turn three. Anvelink was the beneficiary this time, as he retook second.

With the track taking rubber, Diemel bided his time behind Gordie Seegert, Jr., while Anvelink was caught behind Todd Flannery. However, Diemel still maintained a considerable advantage and he remained cool, holding his position and driving on for the win, worth $4,000 to the Navarino ace. Anvelink maintained his slight edge over Anderson to the finish, making a one, two sweep for the eastern Wisconsin invaders. Fegers finished off fourth with Larson trailing. 

Red Cedar Speedway "Punky Manor Challenge"

1) A.J. Diemel, 2) Nick Anvelink, 3) Ashley Anderson, 4) Marshall Fegers, 5) Brent Larson, 6) Jake Redetzke, 7) Cory Mahder, 8) Darrell Nelson, 9) Chad Mahder, 10) Scott Gilberts, 11) Jimmy Mars, 12) Tom Naeyaert, 13) Rick Hanestad, 14) John Kaanta, 15) Ron Berna, 16) Mike Prochnow, 17) Gordie Seegert, Jr, 18) Duane Mahder, 19) Rick Egersdorf, 20) Todd Flannery, 21) Chris Oertel, 22) Jesse Redetzke, 23) Terry Anvelink, 24) M.J. McBride

Heat Winners (33 entries): Diemel; Nick Anvelink, Fegers, Brent Larson; B-Feature winner: Duane Mahder

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