Christians, Wilinski capture checkered flags

Sobiesczyk, Frank, Wedde also winners
By: 
Brandon Reichenberger
Special to NEW Media

Mother Nature provided a beautiful night for racing at the legendary half mile on Aug. 5. Jerry Wilinski, Tyler Sobiesczyk, Todd Frank, Jeremy Christians and Brad Wedde left with the checkered flag and trophy after scoring feature wins in their respective divisions.

Travis Welch and Trent Nolan led the field to the green flag for the 20-lap IMCA Stock Car feature. Nolan quickly took the lead, with Shawn Wagner following Nolan. Christians made the pass on Welch to maintain his third-place starting spot.

Behind them, a three-car battle with Dylan Stedjee, Dan Michonski and Travis VanStraten was taking place.

A midrace caution for Daniel Buckwheat stacked the field up and set up a shootout to the finish. Christians applied the pressure to Nolan. Christians eventually overtook Nolan, while Mitch Stankowski worked his way up to the third spot.

Christians went home with bragging rights. Following him was Nolan, Stankowski, VanStraten and Stedjee.

In the IMCA Sport Mods, Joshua Fleischman and Dustin Marquardt led the field to the green. Marquardt quickly jumped out to the lead, but the yellow flag flew before the end of lap one. When racing resumed, Marquardt immediately established himself as the leader, as Forrest Kernen stole second from Fleischman.

Bryce Clements, JJ Vanderloop and Fleischman began to battle over third, and it was Vanderloop who made quick work of it and began to set his sights on the top two. A little further back, Sobiesczyk was working his way forward.

Vanderloop overtook Kernen for second and zoomed past Marquardt for the lead. The second half of this race was all about Vanderloop and Sobiesczyk, as they broke away from the field.

Sobiesczyk got to the back bumper of Vanderloop multiple times, but each time he looked to make a move, Vanderloop found a little bit more and pulled away. Finally, in the final five laps, Sobiesczyk got to the outside of Vanderloop and completed the pass.

Sobiesczyk quickly got away and drove off to win. Following him was Vanderloop, Travis Rhoades, Logan Fleischman and Marquardt.

The Late Models took the speedway third. Todd Frank and Kyle Raddant drew the front row for the 20-lap shootout. Frank rocketed to the lead, while Raddant settled into a battle for second with Lukas Postl.

An early yellow for Shawn Miller set up a restart. As the field entered turn one, Kyle Raddant made a bold move to the back bumper of Frank, and as a result slid up the track, causing Postl to loop his machine spinning to avoid. Postl maintained his spot as Raddant was called for the yellow flag.

Frank was on rails looking to pick up another feature win. Those plans were put on hold when Ron Berna came to a stop with seven laps to go.

On the restart, Postl made a charge to steal the lead, but Frank denied that request and quickly opened up five car lengths and drove off to win his second feature in a row.

He was followed by Postl, Joel Bennett, Andy Karl and Justin Schmidt.

Shawn Frelich and Marcus Yarie led the field to the green flag in the IMCA Modifieds. Third-place starter Jerry Wilinski wasted no time grabbing the lead. Kevin Feck and Jason Czarapata locked into a battle with Frelich.

Jerry Wilinski had all but left the field in the dust and looked as though he would cruise to an easy victory. Three caution flags wiped away what was a straightaway lead for Jerry Wilinski, and as each restart played out, it was Johnny Whitman who was making his way forward, bringing Konnor Wilinski along with him.

Whitman took a few laps to get rolling from his ninth-place starting spot, but by lap 15 found himself with an opportunity to challenge for the lead.

As the leaders entered turn three and four on lap 18, Jerry Wilinski had a big bobble that allowed Whitman to get to his bumper coming to the white flag.

Off turn two, Jerry Wilinski opened up two car lengths to give himself just enough breathing room to score the win. Whitman came home second, followed by Konnor Wilinski, Jordan Bartz and Mike Schmidt.

The Mighty 4 feature saw Shayne Collar and Clint Malueg bring the field to the green flag.

Malueg quickly established himself at the front of the field, with Calvin Stueck and Lexi Michonski engaging in a battle for second. Wedde, who started seventh, quickly worked his way to the top five.

Up front, Malueg was able to maintain his four-car length lead for much of the race as Wedde worked his way through traffic. With less than five to go, Wedde and Malueg duked it out for the race lead.

The hard charger in this race was Jason Stueck, who started 13th and made a strong run toward the top three and looked like he could be a challenger at the finish. Time would run out on his bid however and when the checkered flag fell, it was Wedde taking home the win followed by Malueg, Jason Stueck, Calvin Stueck and Dalton Nelson.

FYI

Opening ceremonies kicked off action honoring longtime speedway worker and former racer Scott Weisnicht with “One Final Lap” as he carried the checkered flag in is No. 53 Camaro. Weisnicht was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year, and to honor him and his contributions, Spectator Eliminators returned to compete in “One Lap for Weisnicht.”