Fury at the Fairgrounds pays out $5KBy:
Scott Owen, Special to the Leader
Jeff “Bone” Larson was the first IMCA Modifieds car to hit the Shawano Speedway track for hot laps Saturday, and it paid dividends for the Freeport, Illinois, racer. Larson won the third leg of the Cheesehead Triple Crown and left the track with $5,000 and a huge trophy.
In Saturday’s other races, Nick Anvelink won his fourth Late Model feature of the year, Travis Van Straten scored IMCA Stock Car win number six, and Wyatt Block picked up his second win of the year in IMCA Sport Mod action.
The much anticipated Luisier Drilling Fury at the Fairgrounds feature started out with Larson and defending track champion Jerry Wilinski racing wheel to wheel for the lead. Wilinski had Larson by a few car lengths on lap two before the yellow flag came out.
When the race returned to green, Wilinski continued to lead as Larson ran near the wall trying to gain an advantage. Behind the leaders, seventh-place starter Jon Snyder and ninth-place starter Kelly Shryock began to battle for third. Another caution, the final caution of the 30-lap feature, flew after lap five.
As the race went back to green, Larson again tip-toed along the wall to the outside of Wilinski and took the lead. Wilinski now battled Shryock for second. Konnor Wilinski, Jerry’s teenage son, battled with Jay Noteboom for fourth.
On lap 21, Shryock passed Jerry Wilinski for second, for the second time. Through the late stages of the race, Larson continued to tour the track inches from the outside wall and extended his lead. Noteboom was able to catch Wilinski on lap 26 to move to third, then battled past Shryock on lap 28 to move to second.
In the end, it was all Larson, with Noteboom taking second, Shryock third, Jerry Wilinski fourth and RC Whitwell fifth.
Mark Rose grabbed the lead on the opening lap of what would turn out to be a wild feature. Rose was quickly pressured by Ron Berna.
Berna put a slide job on Rose entering turn one on lap four to take the lead. On lap five Jeff Curtin passed Rose to grab second. On the ensuing lap Troy Springborn passed Rose to join the top three.
As Berna continued to lead on lap nine, Springborn passed Curtin to take second. By lap 11, it was Berna in the lead, with Springborn second and Anvelink in third. On lap 16, Springborn and Berna were side by side for the lead. As they exited turn four, Berna’s car slid a bit too high and got into the front-stretch wall, ending his night and bringing out a yellow flag.
Springborn led the field back to green with Anvelink, Curtin, Jared Siefert and Tom Naeyaert right behind him. Heading down the back straightaway on lap 19, Springborn and Anvelink made contact battling for the lead. Anvelink would take the top spot while Springborn coasted to pit lane.
The final caution after lap 20 slowed the pace of the race and set up a five-lap dash to the finish. On lap 22, Naeyaert passed Curtin for second and began to hunt down Anvelink. As the white flag waived, Naeyaert was right on Anvelink for the lead, but Anvelink was able to fend off Naeyaert for the victory. Jeff Curtin, Doug Blashe and Jared Siefert finished third through fifth, respectively.
IMCA Stock Cars
Van Straten took the lead on the opening lap and led all 20 laps for the win. The race was by no means a boring affair, though, as Dan Michonski ran the Larson line around the track on the wall. Michonski started the race in ninth place, but steadily worked his way through the field and into second place on lap 16. Van Straten won the race, while Michonski came home second. Joe White, Shawn Wagner and Kyle Frederick completed the top five.
IMCA Sport Mods
Jeff Schmul shot from the pole position into the lead at the start of the feature and would hold the lead for the first two laps. Colton VanHierden made his presence known in the race with an outside pass on Schmul to take the lead on lap three. Lap four saw Block pull even with Schmul in the battle for the second spot, while Lucas Lamberies and Jordan Barkholtz battled side by side for fourth.
As Block and Schmul duked it out for second, VanHierden began to distance himself from the rest of the field. On lap 10, Block was able to pull ahead of Schmul into second place and set his sights on VanHierden. On the following lap, Lamberies got past Schmul as well and began to hunt down VanHierden and Block. Over the next three laps, Block steadily closed the gap on VanHierden. On lap 15, Block got to the inside of VanHierden entering turn three and the duo crossed the start-finish line side by side with Block ahead by a bumper.
Block went on to score the win. Lamberies got past VanHierden on the final lap to finish second. VanHierden took third, Barkholtz finished fourth and Schmul completed the top five.
IMCA Modified Feature: 1) Jeff Larson, 2) Jay Noteboom, 3) Kelly Shryock, 4) Jerry Wilinski, 5) RC Whitwell, 6) Dylan Smith, 7) Marcus Yarie, 8) Mike Mullen, 9) Konnor Wilinski, 10) Kyle Strickler, 11) Jason Grimes, 12) Justin Obrien, 13) Joel Rust, 14) Mitch Stankowski, 15) Shane Demey, 16) Jason Zdroik, 17) Jerry Muenster, 18) Chris Engels, 19) Johnny Whitman, 20) Jon Snyder, 21) Jeremy Christians, 22) Brad Lautenbach, 23) Benji LaCrosse, 24) RM VanPay.
Last Chance Qualifier 1: 1) Smith, 2) Lautenbach, 3) Mark Weisnicht.
Last Chance Qualifier 2: 1) Strickler, 2) Mullen, 3) Kyle Brown.
Last Chance Qualifier 3: 1) LaCrosse, 2) Zdroik, 3) Troy Jerovetz.
Heat 1: 1) Jerry Wilinski, 2) Noteboom, 3) OBrien.
Heat 2: 1) Konnor Wilinski, 2) Demey, 3) Grimes.
Heat 3: 1) VanPay, 2) Larson, 3) Muenster.
Heat 4: 1) Shryock, 2) Stankowski, 3) Yarie.
Heat 5: 1) Christians, 2) Engels, 3) Rust.
Heat 6: 1) Whitwell, 2) Snyder, 3) Whitman.
Late Model Feature: 1) Nick Anvelink, 2) Tom Naeyaert, 3) Jeff Curtin, 4) Doug Blashe, 5) Jared Siefert, 6) Jeo Reuter, 7) Tim Rothe, 8) Mark Rose, 9) Tony Habeck, 10) Brett Swedberg.
Heat 1: 1) Brett Swedberg, 2) Anvelink, 3) Ron Berna.
Heat 2: 1) Troy Springborn, 2) Jeff Curtin, 3) Doug Blashe.
IMCA Stock Car Feature: 1) Travis Van Straten, 2) Dan Michonski, 3) Joe White, 4) Shawn Wagner, 5) Kyle Frederick, 6) Trent Nolan, 7) Vern Stedjee, 8) Larry Karcz, 9) Mike Schmidt, 10) Aaron Stolp.
Heat 1: 1) Stolp, 2) Jeremy Christians, 3) Michonski.
Heat 2: 1) White, 2) Harley Simon, 3) Nolan.
Heat 3: 1) Van Straten, 2) Schmidt, 3) Frederick.
IMCA Sport Mod Feature: 1) Wyatt Block, 2) Lucas Lamberies, 3) Colton VanHierden, 4) Jordan Barkholtz, 5) Jeff Schmul, 6) Jason Jach, 7) Hunter Parsons, 8) Brian Besaw, 9) JJ Anderson, 10) Brock Saunders.
Last Chance Qualifier: 1) Kyle Raddant, 2) JJ Anderson, 3) Jordan Bartz.
Heat 1: 1) Schmul, 2) Barkholtz, 3) Kelsey Hayes.
Heat 2: 1) Saunders, 2) Brekken Kleinschmidt, 3) Parsons.
Heat 3: 1) Lamberies, 2) Block, 3) VanHierden.
Racing at Shawano Speedway will continue at 6:30 p.m. Saturday with Family Night sponsored by 22 Shell of Shawano. Mom, dad and the kids all get in for $15. Spectator Eliminators will be back on schedule. More information can be found online at www.shawanocountyfair.net.Rate this article:
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