Konnor Wilinski captures IMCA Modified feature win

Sobiesczyk, Anvelink, Van Straten, Westphal also earn wins
By: 
Dave Buss
Special to NEW Media

Tyler Sobiesczyk, Konnor Wilinski, Nick Anvelink, Travis Van Straten and Tanner Westphal added to their trophy cases after earning feature wins at Shawano Speedway on July 10.

The Sport Mods led feature action on the track and it didn’t take long for Teagan Wudstrack to grab the lead from pole sitter Forrest Kernen. Wudstrack paced the field early as Jason Jach gave chase in second.

Three- and four-wide battles raged on further back as Sobiesczyk began to fight his way to the front. Wudstrack continued a strong run, building up a nice lead over Jach as the halfway point neared.

Sobiesczyk got to the back bumper of Jach as the field began to space itself out. While Wudstrack hunted the checkered flag, he found a yellow with just a few laps remaining. The caution was all Sobiesczyk needed to close the gap on the top two.

On the restart, Sobiesczyk sneaked past Jach and then engaged in a side-by-side battle with Wudstrack for the top spot. Sobiesczyk won that battle and cruised to another feature win.

Wudstrack saw second wrestled away by Jayden Schmidt and settled for third, with Jach grabbing fourth.

The IMCA Modifieds saw Shawn Frelich and Nick Holtger on the front row to start their feature; however, the front row was not the place to be. Two cautions before the first lap was complete ended the night for the top two. Marcus Yarie was also caught up and his night ended before it started.

When the race finally got going, Mike Schmidt grabbed the early lead with Brekken Kleinschmidt giving chase. Further back, Jordan Bartz worked the high side, moving into the top five.

Kleinschmidt grabbed the lead, moving past Schmidt on the high side as well. Bartz followed suit and grabbed second. Andy Karl pulled to Schmidt’s back bumper in the fourth spot as the leaders built an advantage. Konnor Wilinski, taking note of the high side advantage, jumped to third.

A lap nine restart saw the top three break away, only to be slowed by another yellow flag. Wilinski grabbed second on the ensuing restart as Kleinschmidt continued to lead. Wilinski used the top and bottom of the track to eventually catch the Kleinschmidt machine and then make the pass for the top spot. Wilinski survived another caution and drove to victory despite a valiant effort from Kleinschmidt.

Jerry Wilinski made things interesting late after an early race tire issue to take third. Bartz rode home fourth.

The Late Models saw Todd Frank jump to the early advantage in their feature event with Butch Thiel settling in second. Perennial front runner Anvelink sliced his way to second by lap four and gave chase to Frank. Meanwhile, Frank worked to build a sizable cushion between himself and the hard-charging Anvelink.

Aaron Wickersheim sat third with Tom Naeyaert in fourth as laps flew by. Anvelink slowly ate into the Frank lead and got to his back bumper near the halfway point.

Anvelink eventually caught Frank and powered past on the low side as the two caught lap traffic. Frank fought back on the high side to regain the lead a lap later and looked to build his lead back. Anvelink again used the low side through corners one and two to get by Frank. This time he would not give up the top spot, and Anvelink grabbed another checkered flag.

Frank settled in second with Ron Berna grabbing third. Naeyaert completed the top four.

The IMCA Stock Car feature saw Vern Stedjee, trying to join his son Dylan with a trip to victory lane this year, grab the early lead.

Kyle Frederick and Dan Michonski moved their way to the top three and gave chase. Frederick used the low side to chop into the Stedjee lead as Van Straten joined the fray up front.

Michonski, Frederick, Van Straten and Chucky Forstner put on a spirited battle for the runner-up spot. Caution settled things down for a lap or two and also bring Stedjee back to the field. Frederick used the restart to get to the side of Stedjee but not be able to complete the pass.

Frederick would not be denied though as he went to the outside a few laps later. Again, Stedjee was up to the battle and kept his top spot. Forstner joined the battle a lap or two later and the top three eventually came out of corner four three wide.

Forstner survived that moment and grabbed the lead with Stedjee back to second. Van Straten got by Frederick for third as Forstner separated himself from the field.

As caution flew, smoke could be seen from the Forstner machine. Van Straten seized on that opportunity, grabbing the top spot on the restart. Trent Nolan grabbed second with three laps remaining.

Van Straten earned the feature win with Nolan second. Stedjee finished third and Frederick fourth as Forstner’s mechanical issues ended his run.

The Mighty 4 feature was a war of attrition as Westphal picked up another feature win.

Brad Wedde took home the second spot, with Carl King third and Alexis Michonski fourth.