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Red Cedar Speedway

Mars picks up $5,000 at Punky Manor Challenge

September 25, 2011, 2:28 pm
From track reports
Jimmy Mars earned $5,000 at Red Cedar Speedway. (chrisburback.com)
Jimmy Mars earned $5,000 at Red Cedar Speedway. (chrisburback.com)

MENOMONIE, Wis. (Sept. 24) — Hometown driver Jimmy Mars earned $5,000 Saturday at Red Cedar Speedway for his victory in the 32nd annual Punky Manor Challenge of Champions. | Slideshow

Lance Matthees of Winona, Minn., going for his second straight victory in a WISSOTA-sanctioned special, finished second while Jake Redetzke of Eau Claire, Wis., was third. Last year's winner A.J. Diemel of Navarino, Wis., and Mike Prochnow of Menomonie rounded out the top five. Seventeen of 25 starters were running at the finish.

The event honors Neil “Punky” Manor Jr., a Late Model champion at area tracks who was killed in a highway accident.

Punky Manor Challenge of Champions: (1) Jimmy Mars, (2) Lance Matthees, (3) Jake Redetzke, (4) A.J. Diemel, (5) Mike Prochnow, (6) Scott Gilberts, (7) Chad Mahder, (8) Justin Fegers, (9) Brent Larson, (10) Ron Berna, (11) Joel Cryderman, (12) Rick Hanestad, (13) John Kaanta, (14) Jesse Redetzke, (15) Scott Duvall, (16) Eric Pember, (17) Mark Rose, (18) Rick Friendt, (19) Greg Nippoldt, (20) Chris Oertel, (21) Marshall Fegers, (22) Cory Mahder, (23) Ashley Anderson, (24) Steve Laursen, (25) Jordan Yaggy. Heat race winners (among 25 cars): Matthees, Prochnow, Larson.

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