Exciting finishes highlight race night at speedway

Bethke, Lamberies, Michonski, Kastning, Raddant earn wins
By: 
Morgan Rode
Sports Editor

SHAWANO — Several exciting finishes highlighted otherwise caution-heavy races at Shawano Speedway on Saturday.

The IMCA Sport Mod class opened the night, with Kevin Bethke picking up his first win of the season. Lucas Lamberies won his third IMCA Modified race of the season, while Kyle Raddant held on late for his first Late Model victory.

The IMCA Stock Car race featured another down to the wire finish, with Dan Michonski earning his fifth first-place finish. Grant Kastning controlled the Might Four feature and earned his first win.

Lead changes were aplenty in the IMCA Stock Car feature.

Kurt Olson led the opening few laps before his car caught fire, ending his race. Olson escaped the car before sustaining any serious injuries.

Vern Stedjee took over the top spot after a delay to repair the track, with Trent Nolan, Dan Michonski, Dylan Stedjee and Shawn Wagner chasing.

Nolan soon grabbed the top spot before Michonski led a lap, but Nolan took the lead shortly after and held it for several laps.

The two swapped the lead again with under five laps to go before Michonski took the lead with two laps to go.

Nolan and Wagner caught up to Michonski on the final lap, but Michonski won the race to the finish line for the thrilling win.

Nolan and Wagner finished second and third, respectively, while Nate Michonski earned fourth and Travis VanStraten fifth.

The Late Model feature included multiple cautions in the early going before the field widened out.

Raddant took the lead early on and never let it slip away despite constant traffic around him.

Ron Berna and Chris Engels pushed Raddant for the top spot in the early going before Nick Anvelink moved to second and put the pressure on Raddant.

Anvelink caught Raddant, but never moved out front, settling for second as the checkered flag waved.

Brett Swedberg worked his way back to a third-place finish after a tough start to the race. Berna and Engels completed the top five.

The IMCA Sport Mod feature was a wild ride from the drop of the green flag.

Karah Taycher grabbed the early lead, with Brock Saunders, Dylon Waldvogel, Kurt Waush and Bethke in pursuit.

Bethke steadily made his way through traffic and then moved past Taycher before a caution flag came out.

Despite several cautions throughout the rest of the race, Bethke continued to fend off pursuers, eventually crossing the finish line first.

Saunders chased Bethke but never got around him, settling for second. Matthew Radtke and Jordan Bartz snuck in to take third and fourth, while Waldvogel claimed fifth.

The IMCA Modified feature was also full of caution flags, so much so that the race had to be shortened.

The start of the race saw multiple drivers lead laps. Lamberies finally took control after working past Mark Weisnicht after a restart.

Lamberies sustained the lead despite a couple other cautions.

Jerry Wilinski strategically maneuvered his way into the top five and finished second. Weisnicht had to settle for third, fending off pushes from Konnor Wilinski and Kevin Feck, who took fourth and fifth, respectively.

Kastning took the lead in the early stages of the Mighty Four feature and never let it go.

Kevin Bice proved to be Kastning’s top challenger, but never had enough steam to make a pass.

Lucas Hacker, Jason Stueck and Tanner Westphal rounded out the top five.

Around the track

With a rainout the week prior, the Shawano Speedway conducted a pair of events aside from the racing on the track.

Fans brought in packages of undergarments that were to be donated to SAM25 in the Undy 500 event. By doing so, they became eligible to win a pair of tickets to the Shawano County Fair.

Over $600 worth of coins was also up for grabs in the kids coin drop, which occurred on the track before the feature races.

Three weeks of racing remain this season at Shawano Speedway. This Saturday will include the backpack night event, with racing beginning at 6 p.m.

For more information and current point standings, visit www.shawanospeedway.net.