Dairyland Showdown
Mississippi Thunder Speedway | Fountain City, WI
Saturday, May 07, 2022
Race Recap  

TENNESSEE THUNDER: Marlar Nets $50,000 win in Dairyland Showdown Finale

Mike Marlar found himself in a position to capitalize Saturday at Mississippi Thunder Speedway.

The 2018 World of Outlaws CASE Construction Equipment Late Model Series Champion was in second with seven laps to go when heartbreak struck race leader Tyler Bruening.

As the 2021 Rookie of the Year caught the tail of the field, he tangled with Lance Mathees, sending them both spinning in Turn 2.

Marlar inherited the lead from Bruening and held on to win the $50,000 prize in the Dairyland Showdown finale.

The Winfield, TN driver started on the pole and tried to conserve his Longhorn chassis early in the 75-lap Feature. That strategy almost cost him as Tyler Erb swung around the outside to take the lead on Lap 19.

Mike Marlar races with Tyler Erb
Tyler Erb works around the outside of Mike Marlar/Jacy Norgaard photo

“I was kind of milking it there the first part of the race, trying to conserve my tires,” Marlar said. “I was just trying to keep a distance and not kill my tires, and I just messed up. I was driving too easy, and I just let [Tyler Erb] get to my outside and pass me, and after that, it was a long race.”

The “Winfield Warrior” admitted luck played into the race’s outcome, being in a position to strike after he passed Erb back with 16 laps to go.

“[The win] fell back in my lap; I definitely got lucky to end up winning it,” Marlar said. “I hate it for Tyler Bruening, he definitely was deserving of the win there, and it just didn’t work out for him.

“Hopefully, if he stays after it and keeps working hard, he’s definitely going to get some [wins].”

The Dairyland Showdown win is Marlar’s 9th career World of Outlaws win and first of 2022.

Tyler Erb crossed the line second, his second podium finish in as many days. The New Waverly, TX driver battled with Tyler Bruening for the lead before relinquishing the top spot.

Tyler Bruening races at Mississippi Thunder
Heartbreak hit Tyler Bruening as he searched for his first career win/Jacy Norgaard photo

“I knew Bruening was underneath me there, and we really raced hard and clean,” Erb said. “I kept getting lower in [Turns] 3 and 4, and then in [Turns] 1 and 2, I’d kind of washout, and never got quite low enough to where I needed to be.

“We raced back and forth for four or five laps, and I finally got clear, but I drove in too hard into 1 and 2, and that’s how I realized how rubbered it was. I just got back in line and unfortunately had a caution, and Mikey [Marlar] got by me on the [Lap 59] restart.”

Josh Richards finished third, his first top-five of the 2022 season. The four-time Series champion stated he feels it’s a step in the right direction for the Boom Briggs-owned team.

“It feels like a win,” Richards said. “This year’s been a struggle, to say the least. The team hasn’t stopped, there’s a lot of heart and determination, and thankfully we’re able to have a nice, solid run tonight, and hopefully, we have something to build on.”

Josh Richards races at Mississippi Thunder Speedway
Josh Richards scored his first top five of 2022/Jacy Norgaard photo

James Giossi, from Hudson, WI, crossed the line fourth—his first top-five with the World of Outlaws CASE Late Models. “Nitro” was happy just to make the Feature, let alone score a top-five finish.

“I would’ve taken the [$2,000] just to start,” Giossi said. “We got lucky there at the beginning, and the cards kind of went our way. Our car was pretty good; our pro-powered MB Customs was rolling along pretty well.

“It still hasn’t set in yet, but anytime you can run in the top five or top 10 with these guys, they do it for a living, and they’re the best at what they do, so coming home fourth tonight really made the weekend.”

Series points leader Dennis Erb Jr. finished fifth. The Carpentersville, IL driver started 18th, needing every lap to crack the top five.

“We didn’t have a good heat race, but we made some adjustments, and the car was real good in that [Last Chance Showdown],” Erb said. “Starting that far back, I was getting nervous, but we had a good enough car to work our way up through there, so we’re just glad to get up into the top-five for sure.”

Erb also extended his points lead for the third straight night—98 points ahead of Max Blair.

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws CASE Late Models make their first Northeast swing of the season with a three-race weekend in Pennsylvania. The Series visits Bloomsburg Fair Raceway on Thursday, May 19, Marion Center Raceway on Friday, May 20, and Port Royal Speedway on Saturday, May 21.

If you can’t make it to the track, watch all the action live on DIRTVision – either online on with the DIRTVision App.

CASE CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT FEATURE- 75 Laps- 1. 157-Mike Marlar[1]; 2. 1T-Tyler Erb[3]; 3. 1-Josh Richards[21]; 4. 11J-James Giossi[9]; 5. 28-Dennis Erb Jr[18]; 6. 20-Jimmy Owens[7]; 7. 97-Cade Dillard[8]; 8. 19R-Ryan Gustin[13]; 9. 49T-Jake Timm[10]; 10. 49-Jonathan Davenport[2]; 11. 18C-Chase Junghans[14]; 12. 25S-Chad Simpson[19]; 13. B1-Brent Larson[24]; 14. 18-Shannon Babb[17]; 15. 81E-Tanner English[23]; 16. 7X-Jesse Glenz[22]; 17. 45-Kyle Hammer[26]; 18. B9-Brandon Sheppard[4]; 19. 32P-Bobby Pierce[6]; 20. 16-Tyler Bruening[5]; 21. 99B-Boom Briggs[27]; 22. 77-Jordan Yaggy[11]; 23. 90-Lance Matthees[25]; 24. 58-Garrett Alberson[20]; 25. 111V-Max Blair[15]; 26. 2S-Stormy Scott[16]; 27. 99JR-Frank Heckenast Jr[12] FOX FACTORY HARD CHARGER: Josh Richards [+18]

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Feature Results
110157Mike Marlar 750.00025Running150$50,000
23+11TTyler Erb 75-0.49037Running146$20,000
321+181Josh Richards 75-1.135Running144$10,000
49+511JJames Giossi 75-2.438Running142$6,000
518+1328Dennis Erb Jr75-3.171Running140$5,000
67+120Jimmy Owens 75-4.315Running138$4,500
78+197Cade Dillard 75-4.927Running136$4,000
813+519RRyan Gustin 75-5.504Running134$3,500
910+149TJake Timm 75-6.470Running132$3,250
102-849Jonathan Davenport 75-6.932Running130$3,000
1114+318CChase Junghans 75-7.291Running128$2,750
1219+725SChad Simpson 75-8.077Running126$2,500
1324+11B1Brent Larson 75-9.327Running124$2,300
1417+318Shannon Babb 75-10.199Running122$2,200
1523+881ETanner English 75-10.393Running120$2,175
1622+67XJesse Glenz 75-10.935Running118$2,150
1726+945Kyle Hammer 75-11.392Running116$125
184-14B9Brandon Sheppard 75-11.702Running114$2,100
196-1332PBobby Pierce 75-12.212Running112$2,080
205-1516Tyler Bruening 75-12.86914Running110$2,060
2127+699BBoom Briggs 75-13.809Running108$110
2211-1177Jordan Yaggy 75-14.243Running106$2,020
2325+290Lance Matthees 66-9 LapsDNF104$2,010
2420-458Garrett Alberson 60-15 LapsDNF102$2,000
2515-10111VMax Blair 59-16 LapsDNF102$2,000
2616-102SStormy Scott 47-28 LapsDNF102$2,000
2712-1599JRFrank Heckenast Jr42-33 LapsDNF102$2,000
Last Chance Showdown Results
14+318Shannon Babb 100.0009Running0$0
21-125SChad Simpson 10-0.522Running0$0
35+21Josh Richards 10-1.7441Running0$0
46+211HSpencer Hughes 10-2.059Running90$110
52-345Kyle Hammer 10-2.806Running0$0
67+1B1Brent Larson 10-3.195Running0$0
712+56MJeff Massingill 10-5.747Running90$110
811+399BBoom Briggs 10-6.246Running0$0
99022Daniel Hilsabeck 10-6.298Running90$110
108-290Lance Matthees 10-6.881Running0$0
113-855CChad Mahder 3-7 LapsDNF90$110
1210-210STaylor Scheffler 2-8 LapsDNF90$110
Last Chance Showdown 2 Results
12+128Dennis Erb Jr100.00010Running0$0
21-158Garrett Alberson 10-1.786Running0$0
3307XJesse Glenz 10-2.983Running0$0
44081ETanner English 10-3.946Running0$0
56+111Gordy Gundaker 10-5.242Running90$110
65-121Logan Nickerson 10-6.587Running90$110
78+132Chris Simpson 10-7.614Running90$110
810+210Paul Parker 10-9.061Running90$110
97-221FGunner Frank 10-12.071Running90$110
109-128MJimmy Mars 0-10 LapsDNS90$0
1111076Blair Nothdurft 0-10 LapsDNS90$0
Heat 1 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
110157Mike Marlar 100.00010Running
22016Tyler Bruening 10-1.090Running
34+111JJames Giossi 10-1.310Running
47+319RRyan Gustin 10-1.539Running
53-225SChad Simpson 10-2.053Running
68+255CChad Mahder 10-2.630Running
75-21Josh Richards 10-2.783Running
86-2B1Brent Larson 10-3.022Running
99022Daniel Hilsabeck 10-3.789Running
1010099BBoom Briggs 7-3 LapsRunning
Heat 2 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
12+11TTyler Erb 100.00010Running
26+497Cade Dillard 10-1.540Running
33077Jordan Yaggy 10-3.671Running
440111VMax Blair 10-4.561Running
51-445Kyle Hammer 10-4.568Running
65-118Shannon Babb 10-6.865Running
77011HSpencer Hughes 10-7.674Running
88090Lance Matthees 10-9.200Running
99010STaylor Scheffler 10-10.223Running
101006MJeff Massingill 10-10.263Running
Heat 3 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11049Jonathan Davenport 100.0009Running
22032PBobby Pierce 10-1.6891Running
34+149TJake Timm 10-4.298Running
46+218CChase Junghans 10-4.806Running
53-258Garrett Alberson 10-6.385Running
67+17XJesse Glenz 10-6.925Running
78+121Logan Nickerson 10-11.856Running
85-321FGunner Frank 10-13.190Running
99028MJimmy Mars 0-10 LapsDNS
1010076Blair Nothdurft 0-10 LapsDNS
Heat 4 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
12+1B9Brandon Sheppard 100.00010Running
24+220Jimmy Owens 10-1.113Running
31-299JRFrank Heckenast Jr10-2.317Running
46+22SStormy Scott 10-3.163Running
53-228Dennis Erb Jr10-3.881Running
65-181ETanner English 10-4.604Running
77011Gordy Gundaker 10-6.384Running
89+132Chris Simpson 10-7.711Running
98-110Paul Parker 10-9.308Running
Qualifying Flight 1 Results
119157Mike Marlar Winfield, TN14.1800.000
21745Kyle Hammer Clinton, IL14.222-0.042
32016Tyler Bruening Decorah, IA14.234-0.054
4111TTyler Erb New Waverly, TX14.247-0.067
5925SChad Simpson Mt. Vernon, IA14.340-0.160
61477Jordan Yaggy Rochester, MN14.342-0.162
71311JJames Giossi Hudson, WI14.370-0.190
812111VMax Blair Centerville, PA14.383-0.203
9161Josh Richards Shinnston, WV14.393-0.213
101018Shannon Babb Moweaqua, IL14.394-0.214
111B1Brent Larson Lake Elmo, MN14.452-0.272
12697Cade Dillard Robeline, LA14.468-0.288
131819RRyan Gustin Marshalltown, IA14.497-0.317
14411HSpencer Hughes Meridian, MS14.563-0.383
15555CChad Mahder Bloomer, WI14.575-0.395
16390Lance Matthees Winona, MN14.824-0.644
171522Daniel Hilsabeck Earlham, IA14.920-0.740
18210STaylor Scheffler Waukesha, WI14.978-0.798
19799BBoom Briggs Bear Lake, PA15.076-0.896
2086MJeff Massingill Keewatin, MN15.198-1.018
Qualifying Flight 2 Results
1849Jonathan Davenport Blairsville, GA14.4540.000
2299JRFrank Heckenast JrFrankfort, IL14.529-0.075
31032PBobby Pierce Oakwood, IL14.653-0.199
49B9Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL14.787-0.333
5758Garrett Alberson Las Cruces, NM14.890-0.436
6428Dennis Erb JrCarpentersville, IL14.902-0.448
71449TJake Timm Winona, MN14.906-0.452
81120Jimmy Owens Newport, TN14.966-0.512
9321FGunner Frank Montrose, IA15.067-0.613
101981ETanner English Benton, KY15.111-0.657
111318CChase Junghans Manhattan, KS15.187-0.733
1252SStormy Scott Las Cruces, NM15.212-0.758
1367XJesse Glenz Chippewa Falls, WI15.270-0.816
141511Gordy Gundaker St. Charles, MO15.346-0.892
151221Logan Nickerson Vestaburg, MI15.551-1.097
161610Paul Parker Kaukauna, WI15.765-1.311
17128MJimmy Mars Menomonie, WI15.765-1.311
181832Chris Simpson Oxford, IA15.765-1.311
191776Blair Nothdurft Renner, SD15.765-1.311
DIRTVision Highlights  
Event Info  

Dairyland Showdown
May 5, 2022 to May 7, 2022
Mississippi Thunder Speedway
2895 Hwy 35
Fountain City, WI 

Event Description
2021’s Dairyland Showdown at Mississippi Thunder Speedway was an instant fan-favorite, and it’s even bigger in 2022. One more night has been added, making it a three-day show. Thirty-thousand dollars is on the line for the final night of action on May 7. Chris Madden and Brandon Sheppard each won a Feature at the Fountain City, WI track in 2021.

Series Racing
World of Outlaws Late Model Series

To Win Amount

Feature Laps Length

Event Schedule
2PM Pit Gates open
5PM Grandstand Gates open
6:30PM Hot Laps/Qualifying
7:30PM Opening Ceremonies
*All times Central

Ticket Options  
Ticket Phone
(608) 687-3282

Options And Prices
Friday, May 7
Adult GA: $35
Seniors: $32
Students 13-17: $5
Kids 12-and-under: FREE

Saturday, May 8
Adult GA: $40
Seniors: $37
Students 13-17: $5
Kids 12-and-under: FREE

Grandstand Type

Pit Pass Price
Adult Pit- $40
Student Pit (6-12)- $15
5 & Under FREE
Adult 2 Day Pit- $80

Adult Pit- $45
Student Pit (6-12)- $15 (5 & Under FREE)

Frequently Asked Questions  
To Win Amount

Type of Grandstand

Stadium Seating
Bring your own lawn chair to better enjoy the cement grandstands!

Track Info  

Mississippi Thunder Speedway
2895 Hwy 35
Fountain City, WI 

Track Phone
(608) 687-3282

Ticket Phone
(608) 687-3282

Track Email
[email protected]

Track Size & Type
0.375; high banked sweeping

Late Model Track Record
13.441 seconds by Dennis Erb Jr. on 5/5/22

Late Model Track Record
13.441 seconds by Dennis Erb Jr. on 5/5/22

Closest Airport
La Crosse, WI

Other Airport
Rochester, MN

Track Map
Competitor Info  
Competitor Downloads

Competitor Info
Left Front (Open Tire)
(Hoosier W30 or LM30) Right Front, Left Rear, Right Rear
(Hoosier LM40) Right Rear Option
*You MUST Qualify, Heat Race, and LCS on the same tires.
You can change (1) tire for the Feature.

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