Milavitz earns 1st Mighty Fours victoryBy:
Scott Owen, Special to the Leader
Marcus Yarie won his seventh IMCA Modifieds feature of the season Saturday at Shawano Speedway.
Mike Mullen won his second Late Models feature of the season Saturday at Shawano Speedway.
Marcus Yarie made a last-lap, last-corner pass on Kevin Feck for his seventh IMCA Modifieds feature of the season Saturday at Shawano Speedway on Gillett and Shawano Concrete Products night.
Dan Michonski came from 16th to win his second IMCA Stock Cars feature.
Mike Mullen was dominant on the way to his second Late Models feature of the year.
Lucas Lamberies won his sixth IMCA Sport Mods feature, and Aaron Milavitz won his first Mighty Fours feature of the year after a tangle with Hollie Welch.
In IMCA Modifieds action, Tony Wedelstadt took the lead on the opening lap and quickly began to pull away from the rest of the field. Feck moved to second and tried to keep pace with Wedelstadt. Yarie joined the top three on lap three. By this point, Wedelstadt had already built up a sizable lead. Feck and Yarie separated themselves from the rest of the field also.
On lap 10, Wedelstadt caught the tail of the field, slowing his pace a bit. Feck and Yarie began to reel in Wedelstadt. On lap 13, Wedelstadt, Feck and Yarie were nose-to-tail racing for the lead. On lap 14, Feck went to the outside of Wedelstadt on the front stretch to take the lead. As the field reached the back straightaway, Wedelstadt made contact with Cole Petit, ending the night for both of them and bringing out a caution with six laps left.
Feck was quick on the restart, but Yarie stayed with him. Over the course of the next few laps, Feck ran the high line near the wall as Yarie searched for a way by. Entering turn three on the final lap, Yarie dove to the inside of Feck. Feck drove his machine as hard as he could in turn four and slipped up the track. It was the opening that Yarie needed as he raced past Feck heading out of turn four to the checkered flag. Feck held on for second followed by Jamie Schmidt, Eddie Muenster and Lance Arneson.
Pole-sitter Jeremy Kazynski led the opening lap of the Late Models feature before spinning on the exit of turn two. Everybody got around Kazynski, though he was sent to the back for bringing out the yellow flag. On the restart it was Ron Berna grabbing the lead while Jeff Curtin ran in pursuit.
Mullen, who started in 10th, passed Curtin for second on lap six. On the following lap, Mullen got underneath Berna heading out of turn four and held the lead by a nose. As the pair continued to battle for the lead, Berna’s car got into the backstretch wall on lap nine, eliminating him from action. Mullen continued to lead while Jeff Curtin and Paul Parker battled for second. Parker had issues on lap 14 that sent him pitside. Justin Hirt then began to pressure Curtin for second. As Mullen continued to set the pace, Hirt worked his way past Curtin on lap 20. Brett Swedberg followed suit on lap 24. At the finish, it was Mullen with the win followed by Hirt (runner-up for the second week in a row), Swedberg, Curtin and Aaron Wickersheim.
IMCA Stock Cars
Kurt Olson took the lead at the start of the IMCA Stock Cars feature. Olson, who led a number of laps last week before losing a motor, was looking for a better result this week. Michonski started the race in 16th but was up to third by lap three. As Olson continued to lead the way, Michonski passed Eric Zwirschitz for second on lap five. Travis Van Straten moved to third on lap eight.
With Olson still in the front, Van Straten went side by side with Michonski holding second on lap 13. On lap 14, though, Olson, Michonski and Van Straten went three wide for the lead, with Michonski holding the edge by a whisker. On lap 15, Van Straten’s car lost power and coasted to the pits. Michonski continued to lead Olson as Tom Riehl took third.
Riehl worked past Olson on lap 18 and set his sights on Michonski. Michonski would not be denied victory, though. Riehl, Olson, Rod Snellenberger and Vern Stedjee completed the top five.
IMCA Sport Mods
Logan Fleischman snagged the lead on lap one of the IMCA Sport Mods feature and led the first two laps before Kyle Raddant took to the outside of Fleischman on the exit of turn two to take the lead away on lap three.
Lamberies passed Jordan Bartz to move to second on lap eight and set out to chase down Raddant. On lap 13, Lamberies pulled to the inside of Raddant in turn four. Raddant’s car turned to the right and tagged the wall, ending his night.
As Lamberies assumed the lead, Bartz moved back to second. She would only stay there a lap, though, as Jordan Barkholtz and Jason Jach each passed Bartz on lap 15. It would stay that way to the end as Lamberies scored the win followed by Barkholtz, Jach, Brandon Nygaard and Bartz.
Travis Welch led lap one of the Mighty Fours feature before Milavitz took the lead on lap two. Hollie Welch moved to second on the third lap and got to the inside of Milavitz on lap eight. The two cars made contact entering turn one. Milavitz spun, causing a caution.
Track officials charged Welch with the cause of the caution after the contact and she was sent to the rear of the field, as Milavitz got his spot back.
Milavitz would lead the rest of the race for the win. Lucas Hacker, Brad Wedde, Grant Kastning and Josh Slewinski completed the top five.
Dave Stoffer and Brian Welch scored wins again in Spectator Eliminators.
Late Models Feature: 1) Mike Mullen, 2) Justin Hirt, 3) Brett Swedberg, 4) Jeff Curtin, 5) Aaron Wickersheim, 6) Jeremy Kazynski, 7) Derek Jahnke, 8) Mark Rose, 9) Tony Habeck, 10) Josh Moesch.
Heat 1: 1) Kazynski, 2) Moesch, 3) Curtin.
Heat 2: 1) Paul Parker, 2) Ron Berna, 3) Jim Zdroik.
IMCA Modifieds Feature: 1) Marcus Yarie, 2) Kevin Feck, 3) Jamie Schmidt, 4) Eddie Muenster, 5) Lance Arneson, 6) Mike “Beetle” Bailey, 7) Mitch Stankowski, 8) Matt Oreskovich, 9) Mark Weisnicht, 10) Jim Zdroik.
Heat 1: 1) Oreskovich, 2) Paul Thorpe, 3) Chris Pepin.
Heat 2: 1) Feck, 2) Tony Wedelstadt, 3) Schmidt.
IMCA Stock Cars Feature: 1) Dan Michonski, 2) Tom Riehl, 3) Kurt Olson, 4) Rod Snellenberger, 5) Vern Stedjee, 6) Luke Uttecht, 7) BJ Giese, 8) Asa Doxtator, 9) Ray DePew, 10) Carl King.
Heat 1: 1) Travis Van Straten, 2) Olson, 3) Tyler Wilson.
Heat 2: 1) Giese, 2) Stedjee, 3) Mike Schmidt.
IMCA Sport Mods Feature: 1) Lucas Lamberies, 2) Jordan Barkholtz, 3) Jason Jach, 4) Brandon Nygaard, 5) Jordan Bartz, 6) Brekken Kleinschmidt,7) Sawyer Haese, 8) Tyler Thiex, 9) Scott Swanson, 10) Bryce Clements.
Heat 1: 1) Bartz, 2) Lamberies, 3) Jach.
Heat 2: 1) Nygaard, 2) Kyle Raddant, 3) Barkholtz.
Mighty Fours Feature: 1) Aaron Milavitz, 2) Lucas Hacker, 3) Brad Wedde, 4) Grant Kastning, 5) Josh Slewinski, 6) Dalton Nelson, 7) Jason Hopinka, 8) Paul VanRens, 9) Heidi Meverden, 10) Hollie Welch.
Heat 1: 1) Milavitz, 2) Wedde, 3) Nelson.
Heat 2: 1) Hollie Welch, 2) Hacker, 3) Slewinski.
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