Snellenberger, Raddant win 2nd consecutiveBy:
Scott Owen, Special to the Leader
Racing for only the third time at the track where he grew up turning wrenches for father Jerry, Konnor Wilinski scored the IMCA Modifieds feature win on the sixth annual Racing for a Reason night Saturday at the Shawano Speedway.
In other feature action, Paul Parker scored his first Late Models win of the year.
Rod Snellenberger (IMCA Stock Cars) and Kyle Raddant (IMCA Sport Mods) won features for the second week in a row, and Lucas Hacker secured his second Mighty Four feature.
Parker grabbed the lead on lap one of the Late Model feature after a brief tussle with Joel Bennett. Behind the leaders, the likes of Mike Mullen, Jared Siefert and Brett Swedberg began to make their way forward.
By lap eight, Joe Reuter raced his way into the second position on the track, with Swedberg third and Mullen fourth. Siefert, who had started the race in 18th, joined the top five on lap eight. As Parker continued to lead on lap nine, Swedberg and Mullen each got past Reuter to move into second and third.
Over the remainder of the race, Parker continued to hold the top spot as Swedberg and Mullen each tried to gain ground. In the end though it was Parker leading wire to wire for the win. Swedberg, Mullen, Reuter and Siefert rounded out the top five.
The IMCA Modified feature saw Rob Charapata lead lap one of the race before a caution came out for debris on the track. On the ensuing lap, Wilinski made an inside pass for the lead on Charapata. On lap three, Matt Oreskovich moved into the second spot.
By lap five, Joel Seegert raced his way to third and looked to have a fast car. As Wilinski led, Seegert moved up to second on lap seven. On lap nine, Seegert, running the highest of grooves around the track, pulled to the outside of Wilinski in a battle for the lead. As the duo fought for the lead, Seegert got into the front stretch wall, ending his night and bringing out a yellow flag.
Wilinski led the rest of the way, fending off a hard-charging Marcus Yarie to win his first feature at the Shawano Speedway. Over the late stages of the race, RM VanPay, who started in 20th, charged to third. Not to be outdone, 23rd-place starter Clint Forstner, finished in fourth. Johnny Whitman came home in fifth place.
IMCA Stock Cars
BJ Giese led the opening lap of the IMCA Stock Car feature before succumbing to the pressure of Nate Michonski who took over the lead on lap two. Giese was able to hold the second spot though until Rod Snellenberger passed him for second on lap seven.
Snellenberger then set his sights Michonski. He was virtually glued to the rear bumper of Michonski for multiple laps as Travis Van Straten raced his way up to third. Snellenberger pulled to the inside of Michonski on lap 14 and used a slide job to take the lead in turns three and four.
Van Straten was able to quickly work past Michonski to move to second. Dan Michonski moved ahead of Giese on lap 17 to join the top four. On the final lap of the race, Van Straten pulled to the inside of Snellenberger and the pair went side by side through turns three and four.
Snellenberger was the first car to the finish line and scored the win. Van Straten, Nate Michonski, Dan Michonski, and Giese completed the top five.
IMCA Sport Mods
In IMCA Sport Mod action, Brian Besaw led the first three laps of the race, but on lap four, Kyle Raddant went outside Besaw and took the lead.
Raddant led the remaining 17 laps to score his second feature win in as many weeks. Lucas Lamberies, Jason Ebert, Jason Jach and JJ Anderson joined Raddant in the top five.
Aaron Milavitz led the first two laps of the Mighty Four feature before Travis Welch took the lead on lap three. Milavitz fought back to the lead on lap four and held the top spot until lap nine, when Lucas Hacker snatched the lead.
Over the last few laps, Hollie Welch and Grant Kastning applied pressure to the leader, but Hacker would not be denied victory. Kastning finished second, Hollie Welch third, Milavitz fourth and Dalton Nelson fifth.
Late Model Feature: 1) Paul Parker, 2) Brett Swedberg, 3) Mike Mullen, 4) Joe Reuter, 5) Jared Siefert, 6) Tom Naeyaert, 7) Doug Blashe, 8) Joel Bennett, 9) Jeff Curtin, 10) Michael Stangl.
Heat 1: 1) Reuter, 2) Springborn, 3) Mark Rose.
Heat 2: 1) Parker, 2) Mullen, 3) Swedberg.
IMCA Modified Feature: 1) Konnor Wilinski, 2) Marcus Yarie, 3) RM VanPay, 4) Clint Forstner, 5) Johnny Whitman, 6) Matt Oreskovich, 7) Trevor Spaulding, 8) Jay Matthias, 9) Eddie Muenster, 10) Beetle Bailey.
Heat 1: 1) Jerry Wilinski, 2) Joel Seegert, 3) Rob Charapata.
Heat 2: 1) Konnor Wilinski, 2) Kevin Feck, 3) Oreskovich.
Heat 3: 1) Jim Zdroik, 2) Spaulding, 3) Jerry Muenster.
IMCA Stock Car Feature: 1) Rod Snellenberger, 2) Travis Van Straten, 3) Nate Michonski, 4) Dan Michonski, 5) BJ Giese, 6) Joe White, 7) Jerry Winkler, 8) Tom Riehl, 9) Trent Nolan, 10) Aaron Stolp.
Last Chance Qualifier: 1) Chas VanOoyen, 2) Harley Simon, 3) Mike Schmidt, 4) Calvin Stueck, 5) Dylan Heilmann.
Heat 1: 1) Giese, 2) Luke Uttecht, 3) Winkler.
Heat 2: 1) Nate Michonski, 2) Van Straten, 3) Riehl.
Heat 3: 1) Snellenberger, 2) Nolan, 3) Vern Stedjee.
IMCA Sport Mod Feature: 1) Kyle Raddant, 2) Lucas Lamberies, 3) Jason Ebert, 4) Jason Jach, 5) JJ Anderson, 6) Rob Krull, 7) Colten VanHierden, 8) Jordan Barkholtz, 9) Jordan Bartz, 10) Kelsey Hayes.
Last Chance Qualifier: 1) Jordan Reinke, 2) Tyler Thiex, 3) Doug Mauer, 4) Race VanPay, 5) Krull.
Heat 1: 1) Bartz, 2) Kevin Bethke, 3) Anderson.
Heat 2: 1) Lamberies, 2) Logan Fleischman, 3) VanHierden.
Heat 3: 1) Raddant, 2) Jach, 3) Alex Roffers.
Mighty Four Feature: 1) Lucas Hacker, 2) Grant Kastning, 3) Hollie Welch, 4) Aaron Milavitz, 5) Dalton Nelson, 6) Brad Wedde, 7) Jason Hopinka, 8) Travis Welch, 9) Alex Adams, 10) Paul VanRens.
Heat 1: 1) Hacker, 2) Kastning, 3) Travis Welch.
Heat 2: 1) Hollie Welch, 2) Milavitz, 3) Nelson.
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