Action-packed racing provides entertainment on Racing for a Reason night

Christians, Schmidt, Berna, Wilson, Westphal earn feature wins
Dave Buss
Special to NEW Media

On a night when differences are put aside to fight a common enemy, childhood cancer, Racing for a Reason again delivered a victory. With donation baskets and silent auction items galore, more than $16,000 was raised on Saturday night at Shawano Speedway. On the track, the action was incredible.

A caution on the initial start of the IMCA Feature would be the only time the yellow flag flew as the action-packed class lived up to its name.

While Gary Kasparek took the early lead, the racing behind him was what everyone comes to see, with the likes of Chucky Forstner, Travis Van Straten and Jeremy Christians providing the thrills.

Forstner took the top spot, with Christians moving to second on lap seven. The two fought side by side for the next five laps until Christians grab the lead for good on lap 11. Christians drove away and picked up his 99th career win in the IMCA Stock Car division. Forstner settled in second with Van Straten, Benji LaCrosse and Kasparek in the top five.

The IMCA Sport Mods hit the track with Jeff Schmuhl looking to continue his hot streak. Andy Klosterman took the lead from the pole position and led until Schmuhl sneaked by him on lap eight.

It appeared Schmuhl was well on his way to another victory when mechanical issues took him out of the event on lap 11. On the restart, Teagan Wudstruck took the top spot, with Tyler Sobiescyk grabbing second.

Sobiescyk briefly took the top spot before Jayden Schmidt joined the party and took the lead. Schmidt rocketed to another win with Sobiescyk second and Wudstruck third. Zachary Raab powered to fourth, with Jeffery Teske rounding out the top five.

Nick Anvelink looked to make it three straight Late Model feature wins, but he had his work cut out for him — rolling off eighth on the starting grid. Joel Bennett used his front row spot to jump to a commanding lead for the first 13 laps, as Ron Berna battled with Anvelink for the runner-up spot.

Berna eventually broke away and begin tracking Bennett. Lap 14 provided the opportunity, and Berna sneaked past Bennett for the lead, bringing Anvelink along to second.

Despite Anvelink’s best efforts, Berna held on for the win. Bennett held down third, with Tom Naeyaert fourth.

The IMCA Modifieds race for an increased payout provided the third green to checkered feature event with some action-packed racing. Tyler Wilson was grateful that all that action was behind him, as he led all 20 laps for the win.

The racing action behind Wilson was filled with three-wide racing, slide jobs and multiple groove tracks. It was simply a race you had to see, and no recap could do it justice. In the end, Marcus Yarie took home second, with Wyatt Block third. Jerry Wilinski and LaCrosse rounded out the top five.

Tanner Westphal and Brad Wedde provided the action in the Mighty 4 feature as the two fought for the lead the entire feature.

Westphal continued his dominance, holding off Wedde for the win. William Hoefs ran to a solid third, with Bo White and Austin Pingel completing the top five.


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