Sobiesczyk wins IMCA Sport Mod race just in time

Bennett, Yarie, Van Straten, Westphal secure other feature wins
Scott J. Owen
Special to NEW Media

Halloween at Shawano Speedway brought the kids out in droves in search of candy. The racing was just as sweet.

Tyler Sobiesczyk lost an engine just as he took the checkered flag for his third win of the year. Joel Bennett held off Ron Berna and Nick Anvelink for his second Late Model win. Marcus Yarie scored his first IMCA Modified win of the year. Travis Van Straten outdueled Dan Michonski for win No. 2 in the IMCA Stock Car feature, while Tanner Westphal nailed down his fourth Mighty 4 win.

Gunner Frank took the lead to start the Late Model feature as Bennett quickly gave chase. Frank’s night ended on lap six as he made a hard left turn to pit lane. Bennett took over the lead as Berna and Anvelink applied the pressure in second and third.

Troy Springborn soon broke through the pack and began tracking down the leaders. Bennett ran a mistake-free race in front of two of the best to wheel a Late Model at the Shawano Speedway.

With two laps to go, Berna was glued to the back of Bennett. As the leaders approached the tail of the field on the final lap of the race, Bennett moved to the outside of Shawn Miller to put him a lap down as Miller spun to bring out a caution.

Bennett secured the win followed by Berna, Anvelink, Springborn and Luke Postl.

Yarie started outside row one of the IMCA Modified feature and went the distance, leading all 20 laps of the race. Tony Wedelstadt and Rob Charapata battled for second for numerous laps.

Wedelstadt finished second. Charapata had to settle for third. Jerry Wilinski and Jordan Bartz rounded out the top five.

Vern Stedjee grabbed the early lead in the IMCA Stock Car feature before Dan Michonski moved to his outside to snag the lead on lap five. Van Straten passed Stedjee to move to second on lap six.

Longtime adversaries, Michonski and Van Straten soon began a high-speed chess match that would last the rest of the race. Van Straten was able to drive in deeper down low in turn one of the the speedway while Michonski raced the high line and continued to lead.

In turns three and four Michonski preferred a lower line. Their side-by-side duel continued until lap 17, when Van Straten took the lead. Michonski quickly crossed Van Straten over and began to run the lowside with Van Straten up high. Michonski continued to pressure Van Straten, but could not muster a pass.

In the end it was Van Straten followed by Michonski, Stedjee, Trent Nolan and Jordan Barkholtz.

Looking to put a season of bad luck behind him with a heat win earlier in the night, AJ Springborn grabbed the lead at the start of the IMCA Northern Sport Modified feature. As he led, Sobiesczyk moved to second.

Springborn’s bad luck continued, though, as he spun while leading on lap five to bring out a caution flag and send him to the rear of the field. Sobiesczyk inherited the lead on the restart and was immediately pressured by Jeffery Teske until Teske spun on lap five.

When the race went back green, Sobiesczyk held serve the rest of the event. The final lap of the race Sobiesczyk began to show smoke. As he took the checkered flag, the motor expired in a cloud of smoke.

Travis Rhoades was able to advance from ninth to finish second. Max Oreskovich took third, while Bryce Clements finished fourth. Teske raced back through the field to finish fifth.

In Mighty 4 action, Tanner Westphal rocketed from ninth to first on lap one and never looked back. Lucas Hacker fought his way to second, Jody Cornelius, Lexi Michonski and Carl King completed the top five.

Racing will continue July 23, with $5,000 on the line to win the IMCA Modified feature and $2,500 to win the IMCA Stock Car feature. Full results and more information can be found online at