Mark Duchow Arrowhead Track Club
Duchow ready for another run around WE
Last August, Appleton’s Jim Duchow broke the one-lap Big 8 series qualifying record in time trials at Wisconsin International Raceway in Kaukauna.
Duchow’s buddy, Al Gosha, was in attendance watching in the grandstands, but was promptly ushered out of the track that day after suffering a mild heart attack. As it were, Gosha never got to see “The Duke” race that night.
Now in his 80s, Gosha has been battling leukemia. Gosha, who has been a longtime WIR fan, will get at least one more chance to see the semi-retired former WIR sportsman and limited late model champion wheel a super late model. “The Duke” plans on giving it a go one more time in a super late model for the TUNDRA super late model Spring Opener 50 presented by Kroll's West of Green Bay on Saturday at the D-shaped, half-mile paved oval.
At the age of 62, Duchow knows his “glory years” are already in his rear view mirror.
"Al’s a very good friend of mine whom I bounce ideas off of all the time," Duchow said. "I'm doing this so he can watch me race again. That's the long and short of it, I guess. "
Duchow did wheel a super late model at Golden Sands Speedway in Plover last season.
“The last time I really raced in a super late model at Kaukauna was the second ever TUNDRA race they held at WIR a couple of years ago,” Duchow said. "I know full well my days of being competitive are pretty much over and I'm OK with that."
The car Duchow will be racing has some history to it. The center section of the chassis is a 1987 Randercar, which was originally driven by Kimberly’s Jim Vandenberg.
"Jim’s son, Jason Vandenberg, is the one who raced it last," Duchow said. “The car is owned by Dave Schneider of Right Root Performance. The engine and drive line are a combination of mine and Travis Rodewald’s. "
While the center section of the chassis is close to 30 years old, the front stub and tail section of the car is comprised of all new equipment.
"Dave (Schneider) and I will use this car as a test mule of sorts for research and development," Duchow said. "Mark Schroeder may also be involved in some capacity when it comes to testing with it."
As for how much actual racing Duchow plans on with that “test mule” car? It won't be a lot.
“I'm actually teamed up as a partner with Jeremy Lepak for the TUNDRA series so if I do race this test car again it will likely be at Jefferson Speedway on July 22,” Duchow said. "This car actually will be legal for the Big 8 race that will run with the Dixieland race in August, so my plans are also to run that event too."
There will be one noticeable difference when Duchow’s ride wheels out on to the track. Gone will be his familiar number 12. The white doors are decked out with a pair of red number 21 numerals. "I just figured it was time to flip them around as we're near the end of the line here," Duchow joked.
While Duchow doesn't race full time anymore, he remains knee deep at the place he's called his home track for several decades. Duchow is the president of the Fox River Racing Club - the organization that has promoted the weekly Thursday night races at WIR since 1975.
"It's too hard to go racing and be the club president, especially on race night," Duchow said. “I did that back in 2000 and 2001 when I was a club officer. On race nights, you just get pulled in many different directions and while there’s nothing wrong with doing both, I feel it was just too tough for me personally to wear both hats on Thursday nights. "
If preseason forecasts mean anything, Duchow remains optimistic that both car counts and fan attendance will be on the rise this year on Thursday nights.
“So far I talked to Pat Roeser the other day (FRRC club officer) and right now we've got 26 super late model drivers registered to race Thursday nights and 21 drivers signed up to battle in the late model class weekly so yes, we 're pretty optimistic, ”Duchow said.
TUNDRA field: Among the Thursday night competitors who are expected to compete in the TUNDRA event are former WIR track champions Jeff Van Oudenhoven of Appleton, Neenah’s Lowell Bennett and Reedsville’s Maxwell Schultz. Others include Ashwaubenon's Jake Carpenter, Darboy's Mickey Schallie, Kulwicki Driver Development driver Braison Bennett of Neenah, Appleton drivers Andy Monday, Jordan Thiel and Corey Kemkes, Clintonville’s Wyatt Blashe and Freedom drivers Jesse Oudenhoven, Kyle Calmes, Tim Springstroh and Brent Strelka. Among the out-of-area hotshoes expected are Necedah’s Travis Sauter, Menominee, Michigan’s Dalton Zehr and former Red, White and Blue champion Steve Apel of West Bend. Thursday night regular Bobby Kendall of Montello plans on being there, as does Rudolph’s Colin Reffner. Reffner is the the grandson of the legendary Tom Reffner and the son of former ASA rookie-of-the-year and Dixieland 250 winner Brian Reffner.
Gates open at 10 a.m. Qualifying is at noon, with the first green flag flying at 2 p.m.
Shear speed: Seymour’s Ty Majeski placed third in the Joe Shear Classic ASA Midwest Tour race at Madison International Speedway on Sunday. Zehr took seventh, while Necedah’s Travis Sauter finished fourth driving for the Appleton-based team Chase Motorsports. The race was won by Andrew Morrisey of DeForest. De Pere’s Reagan May finished ninth in the Midwest Truck Series finale, which was won by Kevin Knuese from Waukesha.
In the Zone:Kids will get to ride along in the race cars at Oshkosh Speedzone on Friday night. Racing in the five division program gets underway at 7 p.m. Among the special events on the Oshkosh Speedzone 2017 schedule are the Dirt Kings late model tour May 26, IRA Outlaw sprint cars June 9, a $ 5,000-to-win Cheesehead Triple Crown series race for IMCA modifieds June 23, the United States Modified Touring Series on July 13, The World of Outlaw late models on Aug. 1 and the George Scheffler Memorial Corn Belt Clash late model series Aug. 25.
Majeski's debut: Majeski, a Roush-Fenway development driver, is slated to make his XFinity Series debut at Iowa Speedway on June 24. Majeski moved to Charlotte, North Carolina, earlier this year to work in the Roush organization as an engineer. Majeski has already captured a pair of short track wins this year, winning the Rattler 250 in Alabama and the Icebreaker 100 at Dells Raceway Park. Majeski is also slated to compete in a handful of ARCA series races for Cunningham Motorsports this year.
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