Van Straten adds to win totalBy:
Scott Owen, Special to the Leader
Konnor Wilinski won the IMCA Modifieds feature Saturday at Shawano Speedway under caution after hitting the wall after sliding through fluid on the track on the final lap. His father Jerry, right, followed in second place.
Travis Van Straten won his ninth IMCA Stock Cars feature of the season Saturday at Shawano Speedway.
An amazing 500 backpacks were donated for Kids Backpack Night at the Shawano Speedway. Complete Office of Wisconsin, Little Caesars Pizza of Shawano and Mike’s Video sponsored the night’s events.
On the track, Brett Swedberg erased a big lead to win his third feature of the year. Konnor Wilinski held off his father Jerry for 13 laps for his second win of the year in a wild IMCA Modified feature that ended under caution with Konnor Wilinski’s car needing to be carried off the track.
Travis Van Straten continued his domination of the IMCA Stock Car class with his ninth feature win, Brandon Nygaard won his first IMCA Sport Mod feature of the year and Matt Brehmer scored his second hard-fought Mighty Four feature of the season.
Josh Moesch kicked off the Late Model feature by taking the lead on lap one. Ron Berna moved to second on lap two and began to pressure Moesch for the top spot. Berna made the pass to take the lead on lap four. Berna quickly began to separate himself from the rest of the field.
As Moesch ran second, Jeff Curtin and Troy Springborn battled for third. On lap nine, Springborn was able to complete the pass on Curtin for third. Later on lap nine, Swedberg joined the top five.
On lap 15 of the race, Berna continued to set the pace as Swedberg passed Springborn for third place. Swedberg continued to move forward as he took second from Moesch on lap 18. Swedberg then set out to erase Berna’s sizable lead.
Swedberg got inside Berna for the lead on the backstretch of the track as they went three-wide with the lapped car of Jeremy Kazynski. Swedberg held the lead by a nose as the white flag waved.
On the final lap, the pair had to work through lapped traffic, but Swedberg would not be denied the win. Berna finished second after leading 20 laps of the race. Springborn, Moesch and Doug Blashe rounded out the top five.
Shawn Frelich shot from the pole position to the lead on the opening lap of the IMCA Modified feature. Eddie Muenster put his ride into second on lap one and quickly went to work on Frelich.
On lap three, Muenster got to the inside of Frelich in turn four for the lead. As the pair crossed the start/finish line, Muenster held the lead by a bumper. On the following lap, Wilinski moved to second. On lap five, Wilinski got to the inside of Muenster and took the top spot away.
One lap later, Wilinski was joined out front by his dad Jerry as the Wilinski duo raced first and second. Laps began to tick away as Konnor Wilinski continued to lead the race followed closely by Jerry Wilinski. Muenster raced in third and Marcus Yarie in fourth. As the white flag flew, Konnor Wilinski still held a two-car length lead on Jerry Wilinski.
Just ahead of the leaders though, Beetle Bailey’s machine put fluid down on the track at the entrance of turn one. Konnor’s car slid through the fluid and into the turn one wall. Jerry’s car slid through the fluid and into Konnor’s car. The yellow flag flew because of the fluid on the track, and the race was scored complete.
Konnor’s car had to be carried across the scale as the 16-year-old racer held off his father to score his second win of the year. Jerry Wilinski finished second, Munester third, point-leader Yarie fourth and Frelich fifth.
IMCA Stock Cars
Kurt Olson took the lead on lap one of the IMCA Stock Car feature and was quickly pursued by BJ Giese and Mike Schmidt. Van Straten passed Schmidt on lap five to join the top three.
One lap later, Van Straten passed Giese to move to second. On lap seven, Van Straten finished his march through the field by putting an inside move on Olson to take the lead.
A caution flag following lap 11 bunched up the field. As the race went back to green, Olson tagged the wall and was forced to retire for the night. Van Straten continued to lead the race, while Giese and Schmidt battled for second. Tom Riehl and Dan Michonski began a multi-lap, side-by-side battle for fourth.
At the end, it was Van Straten scoring the win. Schmidt passed Giese on lap 19 to take second. Giese finished third, Riehl fourth and Michonski took fifth.
IMCA Sport Mods
Jordan Bartz and Nygaard raced side by side on the opening lap of the IMCA Sport Mod feature with Bartz holding the advantage. Lap two, though, saw Nygaard utilize the outside line to take the lead. Kyle Raddant got past Bartz on lap four as Nygaard continued to lead the way.
Lucas Lamberies joined the top three after passing Bartz on lap seven. Nygaard continued to flirt with the wall as he ran the high side of the track. Lamberies made numerous attempts to pass Raddant for second place, pulling alongside Raddant multiple occasions. Raddant was up to the task though and continued to run second.
Nygaard was loving the battle for second as he held about a five-car length lead. Exiting turn two on lap 18, Raddant’s car fell off the pace. Lamberies had to check up, allowing Bartz to pass to the inside of Lamberies to move to second.
Nygaard led the rest of the way for the win. Bartz took second. Lamberies finished third, JJ Anderson fourth and Jordan Barkholtz fifth.
The Mighty Four feature got off to a rough start as numerous cars got together before the race even started.
On lap one of the race, John Kastning took the lead. Calvin Stueck took the lead from Kastning on lap two.
Brehmer raced his way to second on the third lap. On lap six, Grant Kastning raced from third to first to lead. Brehmer took the lead back on lap seven though.
Brehmer would fend off the charges of Kastning for the remainder of the race en route to victory. Stueck finished third, Hollie Welch took fourth, while Dalton Nelson completed the top five.
Late Model Feature: 1) Brett Swedberg, 2) Ron Berna, 3) Troy Springborn, 4) Josh Moesch, 5) Doug Blashe, 6) Jeff Curtin, 7) David Fieber, 8) Justin Hirt, 9) Joel Bennett, 10) Kyle Odekirk.
Heat 1: 1) Moesch, 2) Hirt, 3) Springborn.
Heat 2: 1) Berna, 2) Swedberg, 3) Blashe.
IMCA Modified Feature: 1) Konnor Wilinski, 2) Jerry Wilinski, 3) Eddie Muenster, 4) Marcus Yarie, 5) Shawn Frelich, 6) Jerry Muenster, 7) Mark Weisnicht, 8) Matt Oreskovich, 9) Jim Zdroik, 10) John Berna.
Heat 1: 1) Eddie Muenster, 2) Frelich, 3) Weisnicht.
Heat 2: 1) Jerry Wilinski, 2) Oreskovich, 3) Jerry Muenster.
IMCA Stock Car Feature: 1) Travis Van Straten, 2) Mike Schmidt, 3) BJ Giese, 4) Tom Riehl, 5) Dan Michonski, 6) Nate Michonski, 7) Vern Stedjee, 8) Harley Simon, 9) Trent Nolan, 10) Eric Zwirschitz.
Heat 1: 1) Dan Michonski, 2) Kurt Olson, 3) Stedjee.
Heat 2: 1) Van Straten, 2) Riehl, 3) Schmidt.
IMCA Sport Mod Feature: 1) Brandon Nygaard, 2) Jordan Bartz, 3) Lucas Lamberies, 4) JJ Anderson, 5) Jordan Barkholtz, 6) Jason Jach, 7) Brock Saunders, 8) Brekken Kleinschmidt, 9) Jason Ebert, 10) Alex Roffers.
Heat 1: 1) Bartz, 2) Wyatt Block, 3) Nygaard.
Heat 2: 1) Jach, 2) Anderson, 3) Lamberies.
Mighty Four Feature: 1) Matt Brehmer, 2) Grant Kastning, 3) Calvin Stueck, 4) Hollie Welch, 5) Dalton Nelson, 6) Brad Wedde, 7) John Kastning, 8) Mitchell Fairbank, 9) Heidi Meverden, 10) Travis Welch.
Heat 1: 1) Hollie Welch, 2) Stueck, 3) Jason Hopinka.
Heat 2: 1) Brehmer, 2) Wedde, 3) Travis Welch.
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