Scott Owen, Special to the Leader
Calvin Stueck picked up his first Mighty Fours feature win of the season Saturday at Shawano Speedway.
Shawn Frelich led the first lap of the caution-filled IMCA Modifieds feature Saturday, which gave him his first win of the season at Shawano Speedway.
Big trophies, courtesy of the Kim Parsons Memorial Trophy Tour, were on the line for racers on Charlie’s County Market and Northeast Wisconsin Technical College night at the races Saturday at Shawano Speedway.
Travis Van Straten scored his fifth feature win of the year in the IMCA Stock Cars division, and Nick Anvelink (Late Models) and Lucas Lamberies (IMCA Sport Mods) each won his third feature of the season.
Shawn Frelich (IMCA Modifieds) and Calvin Stueck (Mighty Fours) secured win No. 1 on the year.
All of the winners left with some impressive hardware.
Veteran Jeff Curtin snagged the lead on the opening lap and held the top spot for the first seven laps before Doug Blashe ducked underneath Curtin and powered his way to the lead. As Blashe led, Curtin was pressured by Anvelink for second. Anvelink passed Curtin on lap 10 and quickly ran down Blashe to make an inside pass for the lead on lap 11. Anvelink led the rest of the race for the win.
Blashe finished in the runner-up spot. Jared Siefert, Tom Naeyaert and Curtin took third through fifth.
It is often said that a race can’t be won on the first lap, but in this week’s IMCA Modified feature, the race was indeed won on the first lap. Multiple cautions involving numerous cars, combined with the time limit that is in place for each race, cost 19 laps of feature racing. Frelich led the single green-flag lap run in the race, therefore he was credited with the win. Joel Seegert, Eddie Muenster, Lance Arneson and Cole Petit completed the top five.
IMCA Stock Cars
In contrast to how the modified feature went, the IMCA Stock Car feature had only one yellow flag. Row-two starter Scott VanProoyen grabbed the lead on the opening lap but quickly began to feel the heat from Rod Snellenberger and Van Straten.
Laps five through nine saw the three drivers racing in a tight formation, with VanProoyen holding the lead each time at the finish line. On lap 10, Van Straten went to the high side of the track and got two passes in one try, as he passed Snellenberger and VanProoyen to take the lead. Snellenberger kept Van Straten in sight for the remainder of the race but was never able to mount a serious challenge. Van Straten went on to finish ahead of Snellenberger.
A late-charging Justin Jacobsen finished third. VanProoyen and Mike Schmidt rounded out the top five.
IMCA Sport Mods
Pole-sitter Karah Taycher led the opening lap before Tyler Thiex went to the high groove of the race track to take the lead on lap two. Ryan Besaw passed Taycher to move to second on lap three.
As Thiex continued to lead, Lamberies began to pick his way through traffic. On lap nine, Thiex, Besaw and Lamberies began a three-car battle for the lead with each driver running a different line. On lap 11, Besaw’s car fell victim to mechanical woes, eliminating him from the race and bringing out a caution.
On the ensuing lap of the race, Lamberies and Tyler Thiex exchanged slide jobs for the lead with Thiex able to hold the top spot. Lamberies, though, made the pass for the lead on lap 12.
Lamberies was able to keep Thiex at bay for the duration of the race. The two were chased across the finish line by Jason Jach, Kyle Raddant and Wyatt Block.
Travis Welch led lap one of the feature, but Stueck took the lead on lap two. Stueck, who let a win get away two weeks ago, would not be denied victory this week. Stueck led the final 11 laps. Stueck’s cousin, Brad Wedde, took second. Josh Slewinski, Grant Kastning and Lucas Hacker rounded out the top five.
Brian Welch and Beau Schroeder were victorious in Spectator Eliminator action.
Late Model Feature: 1) Nick Anvelink, 2) Doug Blashe, 3) Jared Siefert, 4) Tom Naeyaert, 5) Jeff Curtin, 6) Troy Springborn, 7) Ron Berna, 8) Derek Jahnke, 9) Michael Stangl, 10) Josh Moesch.
Heat 1: 1) Brett Swedberg, 2) Berna, 3) Naeyaert.
Heat 2: 1) Blashe, 2) Mark Rose, 3) Siefert.
IMCA Modified Feature: 1) Shawn Frelich, 2) Joel Seegert, 3) Eddie Muenster, 4) Lance Arneson, 5) Cole Petit, 6) Jerry Muenster, 7) Chris Engels, 8) Tony Wedelstadt, 9) Mark Weisnicht, 10) Jerry Wilinski.
Heat 1: 1) Engels, 2) Arneson, 3) Weisnicht.
Heat 2: 1) Wilinski, 2) Frelich, 3) Seegert.
Heat 3: 1) Jeremie Hedrick, 2) Kevin Feck, 3) Wedelstadt.
IMCA Stock Car Feature: 1) Travis Van Straten, 2) Rod Snellenberger, 3) Justin Jacobsen, 4) Scott VanProoyen, 5) Mike Schmidt, 6) Dan Michonski, 7) Shawn Wagner, 8) Trent Nolan, 9) Gary Kasperek, 10) Harley Simon.
Last Chance Qualifiers: 1) Ray DePew, 2) Simon, 3) Vern Stedjee, 4) Chris Loewenhagen, 5) Eric Zwirschitz.
Heat 1: 1) Luke Uttecht, 2) Jacobsen, 3) VanProoyen.
Heat 2: 1) Michonski, 2) Jerry Winkler, 3) Tom Riehl.
Heat 3: 1) Van Straten, 2) Snellenberger, 3) Nolan.
IMCA Sport Mod Feature: 1) Lucas Lamberies, 2) Tyler Thiex, 3) Jason Jach, 4) Kyle Raddant 5) Wyatt Block, 6) Brock Saunders, 7) Kevin Bethke, 8) Brandon Nygaard, 9) Karah Taycher, 10) Jordan Barkholtz.
Heat 1: 1) Jach, 2) Saunders, 3) Jason Ebert.
Heat 2: 1) Bethke, 2) Ryan Besaw, 3) Taycher.
Heat 3: 1) Lamberies, 2) Raddant, 3) Thiex.
Mighty Four Feature: 1) Calvin Stueck, 2) Brad Wedde, 3) Josh Slewinski, 4) Grant Kastning 5) Lucas Hacker, 6) Hollie Welch, 7) Dalton Nelson, 8) Travis Welch, 9) Jason Hopinka, 10) Alex Adams.
Heat 1: 1) Wedde, 2) Nelson, 3) Kastning.
Heat 2: 1) Slewinski, 2) Stueck, 3) Hollie Welch.
Racing will continue at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. The $1,000-to-win Hammond Farm and Greenhouse IMCA Stock Car Shootout will highlight the night’s action. For information, visit www.shawanocountyfair.net.
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