The TUNDRA Super Late Model Series may have been designed as a Wisconsin-centric series; however, that fact has not stopped drivers from Florida, Iowa, Illinois, Michigan and Minnesota from joining the party.
Long hauls were no obstacle for Lakeville, Minnesota's Billy Mohn last season. Mohn crossed the Mississippi River all six times to compete in the full TUNDRA season. Although the miles could have exhausted him and stirred a change in plans for 2014, Mohn is excited to return for another full campaign.
"The camaraderie is pretty good. Everyone is there to race. It's not about money or anything like that. It just puts the fun back into racing," Mohn said. "You don't have to have six or more crew guys. It's a little more laid back kind of racing."
Hoping to improve on his tenth-place finish in points last season, Mohn was one of the first to file his entries for the complete 2014 TUNDRA campaign.
Mohn did not decide to run the full TUNDRA season until he tasted some success in Round One at Golden Sands on Memorial Day of 2013. At a track somewhat similar to his home Elko Speedway, Mohn was able to grab an eighth-place qualifying effort and finished fifth in the feature.
Unfortunately, luck was not on the side of Mohn at Jefferson as he got in a tangle and suffered a DNF. A bounce back effort at LaCrosse in Round Three kept Mohn excited for the second half of the TUNDRA season.
"I'd definitely like to finish a little higher in points," Mohn said of the upcoming season. Last year we had some DNFs. When you run only six races [the DNFs] really hurt. If we can be running at the end of every race it would help out quite a bit."
One bonus of returning for another season is that Mohn will now be familiar with some places that were completely new to him last season - including what he said was a bucket list item for him, Slinger Speedway.
"I think there is something unique about every place, but getting to race at Slinger was probably the highlight," Mohn said. "You can't try to out-think yourself. As soon as you show up you watch some of the local guys and see what they're doing and try to beat them."
With a few notes on some of the tracks that have returned to the TUNDRA schedule, Mohn has eyed some new venues for himself and the series. Most notable is the season opener at WIR. Mohn says getting some laps is going to be important, and he plans to attend the open test and tune on Friday. "With the number of cars that are expected to show up, and the tough locals, we're going to need all of the practice we can get."
Along with his goals for his own race team, Mohn presents a sense of involvement in the series. He has some specific goals for the direction of TUNDRA.
"I hope we can at least have the same amount of cars at every race that we had last year. It would be fun to see some new faces and meet some new people," Mohn said. "If we can have as much fun as we did last year it would be a success."
Mohn and TUNDRA's season begins on Saturday, May 10 at Wisconsin International Raceway. Round One "Powered by Wisconsin Potatoes" is scheduled for a 2 p.m. start time. Support classes include the Mid-American Stock Car Series, Wisconsin Sport Trucks and Figure 8s. Ticket prices are $10 for adults (age 13 and up). Children 12 years and under will receive free admission.
Over 40 Super Late Models are expected to be on hand for the event.
WIR is located at W1460 County Road KK just outside of Kaukauna, Wis. For more information visit www.wirmotorsports.com
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