Street Stocks made Shawano debutBy:
Scott Owen, Special to the Leader
A big crowd of fans and competitors were on hand for Seubert Calf Ranches and Charter Communications night at the Shawano Speedway on Saturday.
Lucas Lamberies made a last-lap pass on Wyatt Block for his seventh IMCA Sport Mods win, and Shawn Haydon parked his ‘57 Chevy in victory lane in the first-ever Street Stocks feature at the speedway.
Nick Anvelink was dominant on the way to his fifth Late Models feature win. Sixteen-year-old Konnor Wilinski scored his second straight IMCA Modifieds feature win. Travis Van Straten outdueled Brandon Czarapata to win his 10th IMCA Stock Cars feature, and Calvin Stueck scored his second Mighty Fours feature.
Pole-sitter Joel Bennett led lap one of the Late Models feature as Troy Springborn grabbed second. Bennett continued to lead the race, while Anvelink passed Springborn on lap six.
Anvelink got to the inside of Bennett exiting turn four on lap eight and would take the lead entering turn one on the following lap. Anvelink quickly began to pull away. Springborn went to work on Bennett for second. Springborn was able to pass Bennett on lap 17. On lap 20, Tim Rothe joined the top three by passing Bennett. As Anvelink ran one and two, Brett Swedberg passed Rothe on lap 24.
Anvelink cruised to victory. Springborn, Swedberg, Rothe, and Bennett completed the top five.
Shawn Frelich snagged the lead on lap one of the IMCA Modifieds feature. Clint Forstner immediately began to pressure Frelich for the lead. Eddie Muenster moved to second on lap three.
Frelich, Muenster and Forstner were three wide for the lead on lap four. Forstner’s hood came up, though, blocking his sight. Forstner had to come to a stop and brought out a caution. As the race went green again on lap five, Frelich led with Muenster, Marcus Yarie, Konnor Wilinski and Jerry Wilinski in the top five.
Muenster got inside Frelich on lap seven as the pair were side-by-side for first. Muenster led lap eight by a bumper, but Frelich put his mount back in the lead on lap nine. A bobble by Muenster on lap 10 allowed Konnor Wilinski to make the pass for second. Caution flew for debris after lap 11.
On lap 12 Frelick, Konnor Wilinski and Yarie went three wide for the lead with Wilinski leading at the start/finish line. On lap 13 Eddie Muenster powered into second. On lap 15, Wilinski held the lead with Muenster second, Yarie third, Jason Czarapata fourth (in his first night of racing in 2016) and Mike Mullen fifth. Yarie would move to second on the following lap.
Yarie took a look to the outside of Wilinski for the lead on the final lap, but Wilinski was not to be denied. Yarie took second, followed by Muenster, Mullen and Czarapata.
IMCA Stock Cars
Asa Doxtator led lap one of the IMCA Stock Cars feature before pulling off the track on lap two, handing the lead to Kurt Olson. Nate Michonski circled the track right on Olson’s bumper. Michonski dropped off the pace on lap three.
Van Straten got past Olson to take the lead exiting turn two on lap four to take the lead. Olson continued to chase Van Straten until lap eight when Dan Michonski moved to second. Brandon Czarapata, who started 15th, joined the top three on lap 13. Czarapata got inside Michonski on lap 15 to take the second spot.
Over the last five laps of the race Czarapata stayed right on Van Straten but could not muster a pass. Van Straten scored the win over Czarapata, Michonski, Junior Karcz and 17th-place starting David Hoerning.
IMCA Sport Mods
Brian Besaw grabbed the lead on the opening lap of the IMCA Sports Mod feature, while Wyatt Block raced in second. On lap four Block took the lead. On the following lap, Lamberies passed Besaw for second. Besaw charged back past Lamberies on lap eight.
As Block led, Lamberies again battled past Besaw for second on lap eight. As laps clicked off, Block continued to show the way with Lamberies running second. Besaw held the third position until the 18th lap when Kyle Raddant got by to take third.
Block held the lead as the white flag waived, but then Lamberies moved to the outside of Block in turn two. The pair went side-by-side down the back stretch.
Lamberies moved ahead of Block in turn three and held the advantage the rest of the way for the win. Block would have to settle for second followed by Raddant, Brock Saunders and 16th-place starting Kevin Bethke.
Josh Slewinski led the first three laps of the Mighty Fours feature before Calvin Stueck made a pass for the lead on lap four. Stueck would win the abbreviated race that featured two rollovers. Slewinski finished second, Tanner Westphal third, Travis Welch fourth and Brad Wedde fifth.
The Street Stocks feature was led on lap one by Gary Kasperek. Shawn Haydon got inside Kasperek on lap two to take the lead away. Kasperek battled back to the outside of Haydon, and the two battled door to door on lap three with Haydon holding the lead at the line. Paul Ambrosius began to apply pressure on Kasperek for second.
Ambrosius got past Kasperek on lap eight. Haydon would go on to lead the rest of the race for the win. Ambrosius, Kasperek, Jeff Jungwirth and Matt Warner completed the top five.
Late Model Feature: 1) Nick Anvelink, 2) Troy Springborn, 3) Brett Swedberg, 4) Tim Rothe, 5) Joel Bennett, 6) Josh Moesch, 7) Kyle Odekirk, 8) Michael Stangl, 9) Derek Jahnke, 10) Aaron Reivitis.
Heat 1: 1) Anvelink, 2) Springborn, 3) Tom Naeyaert.
Heat 2: 1) Jared Siefert, 2) Bennett, 3) Moesch.
IMCA Modified Feature: 1) Konnor Wilinski, 2) Marcus Yarie, 3) Eddie Muenster, 4) Mike Mullen, 5) Jason Czarapata, 6) Jerry Wilinski, 7) Shawn Frelich, 8) Jerry Muenster, 9) Eric Scribner, 10) Beetle Bailey.
Heat 1: 1) Yarie, 2) Rob Charapata, 3) Weisnicht.
Heat 2: 1) Eddie Muenster, 2) Jerry Wilinski, 3) Mullen.
Heat 3: 1) Engels, 2) Konnor Wilinski, 3) Jerry Muenster.
IMCA Stock Car Feature: 1) Travis Van Straten, 2) Brandon Czarapata, 3) Dan Michonski, 4) Larry Karcz, 5) David Hoerning, 6) Rod Snellenberger, 7) BJ Giese, 8) Kurt Olson, 9) Mike Schmidt, 10) Luke Uttecht.
Last Chance Qualifier: 1) Czarapata, 2) Vern Stedjee, 3) Hoerning, 4) Tyler Wilson, 5) Kyle Szymanski, 6) Todd Hendrickson.
Heat 1: 1) Trent Nolan, 2) Karcz, 3) Dan Michonski.
Heat 2: 1) Olson, 2) Doxtator, 3) Van Straten.
Heat 3: 1) Snellenberger, 2) Giese, 3) Nate Michonski.
IMCA Sport Mod Feature: 1) Lucas Lamberies, 2) Wyatt Block, 3) Kyle Raddant, 4) Brock Saunders, 5) Kevin Bethke, 6) Brian Besaw, 7) Jordan Barkholtz, 8) Jason Jach, 9) Ryan Besaw, 10) Brekken Kleinschmidt.
Last Chance Qualifier: 1) Bethke, 2) Scott Swanson, 3) Bill Edler, 4) Todd Boehnlein, 5) Karah Taycher, 6) Alex Roffers.
Heat 1: 1) JJ Anderson, 2) Brian Besaw, 3) Jordan Bartz.
Heat 2: 1) Block, 2) Barkholtz, 3) Brandon Nygaard.
Heat 3: 1) Kleinschmidt, 2) Raddant, 3) Saunders.
Mighty Four Feature: 1) Calvin Stueck, 2) Josh Slewinski, 3) Tanner Westphal, 4) Travis Welch, 5) Brad Wedde, 6) Hollie Welch, 7) Jason Hopinka, 8) Brad Nelson, 9) Tony Hokenstad, 10) John Kastning.
Heat 1: 1) Stueck, 2) Hopinka, 3) Hollie Welch.
Heat 2: 1) Westphal, 2) Lucas Hacker, 3) Wedde.
Street Stock Feature: 1) Shawn Haydon, 2) Paul Ambrosius, 3) Gary Kasperek, 4) Jeff Jungwirth, 5) Matt Warner, 6) Lexi Ashcraft, 7) Jessie Krahn, 8) Mike Carter, 9) Tim Draheim, 10) Dylan Stedjee.
Heat 1: 1) Haydon, 2) Kasperek, 3) Jungwirth.
Heat 2: 1) Ambrosius, 2) Edward Anschutz, 3) Krahn.
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