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June 19
Cedar Lake Speedway,
New Richmond, WI
Sanction: Unsanctioned Supers (Masters) - $10,000
Information provided by: Series and track reports (last updated June 21, 8:50 am)
Mars nips Kaanta on last lap of $10,000 Masters
  1. Jimmy Mars
  2. John Kaanta
  3. Nick Anvelink
  4. James Giossi
  5. A.J. Diemel
  6. Jake Redetzke
  7. Dan Ebert
  8. Chad Mahder
  9. Jesse Glenz
  10. Darrell Nelson
  11. Rick Hanestad
  12. Jake Timm
  13. Jake Miller
  14. Nick Panitzke
  15. Pat Doar
  16. Lance Matthees
  17. Bryce Sward
  18. Gunner Frank
  19. Sam Motzer
  20. Jason Schill
  21. Buddy Hanestad
  22. Jordan Tollakson
  23. Steve Laursen
  24. Jeffrey Massingill
presented by
Jason Durst
Jimmy Mars won his 55th Cedar Lake Late Model feature.
What won the race: Seventh-starting Jimmy Mars of Menomonie, Wis., executed a perfect last-lap pass on John Kaanta of Elk Mound, Wis., beating him to the finish line by 0.090 of a second to win the $10,000 Masters weekend finale at Cedar Lake Speedway on Saturday.
Key notes: In addition to leading the 50th lap, Mars also led laps 25 through 27, while Kaanta led two separate times as well, from lap 14 to 24 and then lap 28 through 49. ... Polesitter James Giossi of Hudson, Wis., led the first 13 laps before fading to finish fourth. ... After winning the first two rounds and collecting $8,000, Jake Redetzke of Eau Claire, Wis., finished sixth. ... Last year's Masters finale winner Rick Hanestad of Boyceville, Wis., finished 11th.
On the move: Darrell Nelson of Hermantown, Minn., started 19th and finished 10th.
Winner's sponsors: Mars drives an MB Customs Race Car powered by a Pro Power Racing Engine and sponsored by Veit, Vonco, Deppe Enterprises, T.L. Sinz Plumbing, Keyes Chevytown, Armi Contractors, Mid-States Equipment, Baileigh Industrial, S&S Transport, QualityFreightRate, Groveyard Auto, Joe Signs, VP Racing Fuels and Joe Provo Race Wear.
Points chase: James Giossi of Hudson, Wis., leads Cedar Lake's standings with 146 points over Jake Miller (127) and Sam Mars (125).
Current weather: Clear, 68°F
Car count: 35
Polesitter: James Giossi
Heat race winners: Chad Mahder, James Giossi, A.J. Diemel, Jake Redetzke
Consolation race winners: Darrell Nelson
Editor's note: Corrects winner's engine builder.
From track reports

NEW RICHMOND, Wis. — Making a dramatic high-side move exiting the final corner, Jimmy Mars of Menomonie, Wis., on Saturday regained the lead from John Kaanta at the checkers for a $10,000 victory in Cedar Lake Speedway's Masters finale.

Mars, who led laps 25-27 before slipping back behind Kaanta just past the midway point, summoned a final charge and found a sliver of racing room against the frontstretch wall to win the third Late Model feature in three nights of action at the 3/8-mile oval

"We've been trying to get this one again here for a while," said Mars, who captured his sixth Masters feature overall and first since 2009. "This is cool."

Kaanta, who led 33 of 50 feature laps, finish nine-hundredths of a second behind in the runner-up position while ninth-starting Nick Anvelink of Navarino, Wis., was third. James Giossi of Hudson, Wis., who led the first 13 laps, was fourth and A.J. Diemel of Elk Mound, Wis., ran as high as third before settling for fifth.

Jake Redetzke of Eau Claire, Wis., who picked up $3,000 and $5,000 paydays with Thursday and Friday victories, finished sixth in the weekend finale.

Giossi jumped into lead from his pole position and took command early, but his fellow front-row starter Kaanta went ahead on the 14th lap as Mars got rolling on the high side.

Mars went around Kaanta to take the lead on the 25th lap, but Kaanta kept plugging away in the low groove and went back under Mars three laps later. Kaanta pulled away to more comfortable leads, holding a half-straightaway margin at times even in the final 10 laps.

But Mars used the extreme high groove on the final lap to gain the momentum for the winning pass at the flagstand.

"Man, I don't know, (Kaanta) ran such a good race," said Mars, who has 55 career Late Model victories at Cedar Lake. "He was running through the middle super good and he just gave me just enough room against the wall there that I had a shot. That was wild."

Mars slung his car to the high side in the closing laps.

"That's really all I had. John was way better on the bottom and the middle there. I used my tire up on the cushion early," he said. "It was wild."

The lone caution appeared on the 11th lap for a slowing Jeffrey Massingill, the 50-lapper's first retiree. Sixteen of 24 starters were running at the finish.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Giossi, Kaanta
Row 2: Mahder, Glenz
Row 3: Diemel, Redetzke
Row 4: J. Mars, Panitzke
Row 5: Anvelink, Timm
Row 6: R. Hanestad, Matthees
Row 7: Miller, Ebert
Row 8: Laursen, B. Hanestad
Row 9: Schill, Massingill
Row 10: Nelson, Doar
Row 11: Sward, Frank
Row 12: Tollakson, Motzer

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