Seymour, June 22- It was an all Shiocton based sponsor night for a great night of racing Sunday at the Seymour Speedway. Studio 54, Hometown Grill and Van Straten Auto Service combined forces for the night which saw 5 and 6 wide racing on a smooth fast track that produced 3 repeat and 2 first time winners.
The Budweiser IMCA Modifieds started the feature portion of the program with John Berna setting the pace for the opening lap before Tony Wedelstadt pulled into the lead. Mike Wedelstadt, Jay Matthias and Jamie Schmidt dropped in behind. Tony was running the outer line while father, Mike, was running low. They pair ran side by side for 2 laps before Mike was able to take over the lead on lap 8. By the mid point, Mike was opening a lead on the field with Tony still holding second with Matthias, Tyler Wilson, Jason Czarapata and Schmidt behind.
Mike ran the second half of the non-stop event alone at the front to collect his second straight feature win this season. Tony won the battle for the runner up spot holding off a hard charging Czarapata. Matthias, Wilson and Mike Mullen rounded out the top six.
Jake Lunderby led the opening lap of the Coors Light IMCA Stock Car feature with Chas Van Oyen, Jr. taking over the top spot on lap 2. Rod Snellenberger moved into third on lap 3 and moved right behind the leader. Van Ooyen was hooked up in the second groove and Snellenberger was hugging the inside line. Barry Van Straten moved into third and made a three car run for the lead through the first half of the race. By then, Van Ooyen and Snellenberger had started to pull away from the pack in a side by side battle that continued to the finish of the non stop race. Snellenberger would charge up to the door several times over the last half of the race but each time, Van Ooyen had the answer on the outside. With a couple laps left, Snellenberger made a last ditch effort to take the lead, running dead even at the white flag. Van Ooyen maintained his line and was able to halt Snellenbergers quest for feature win number 197, by collecting his first feature win here since August 2, 2009. Travis Van Straten took the third spot from Barry Van Straten on the final lap. Bill Kelsey and Jeremy Wiitala rounded out the top six.
The only slow down in the IMCA Sport Mod main was on the opening lap, and then this one joined the first 2 features running flag to flag.
Dennis Miesler settled into the top spot with Kevin Bethke moving into the runner up spot on lap 4. J.J. Andersen joined the leaders on lap 6 and the trio opened a lead on the field. Bethke made the inside line work and finally wrestled the top spot from Miesler on lap 13. Andersen followed into second as point leader Jeremy Cota, finally broke from the pack and joined the battle up front.
Bethke was able to hold off Andersen to win his second feature of the season. Cota caught Miesler with a couple laps left to place third. Lucas Lamberies and Kelsey Hayes rounded out the top six.
Lexi Ashcraft grabbed the top spot in the Turbo Blue Street Stock main with George Tabalske, Alan Schluetter, Ryan Blank and Patti Winkler behind. Jeff Jungwirth, Jerry Winkler and Jonny Ashcraft were trying to break free from the middle of the field. On lap 5, Jonny Ashcraft, exiting turn 2, drifted up and scrapped the outside wall. The front tire rode up the wall and got his car sideways, sending it into a wild barrel roll down the back chute, ending up on its wheels in turn three. Spectators counted 8 rolls for Ashcraft, who was shaken up in the wild ride, but not injured.
Lexi continued to set the pace on the restart with Winkler tight behind. Winkler was able to get to the inside and found his way into the lead on lap 7. Ryan Blank moved into second on lap 9 but could not mount a serious challenge on Winkler who had opened up a couple length lead. Winkler motored on to collect his third feature win of the season with Blank in persuit. Jungwirth caught Lexi on the final lap to take third with Patti Winkler also sneaking by to take fourth. Lexi took fifth and Justin Linder rounded out the top six.
Tayler Becher led the opening lap of the 4 Cylinder main before Tyler Hungerford pulled into the top spot and started to open a lead on the field. Brad Prahl and Brian Johnson moved up in line ad staged a tight battle for the runner up spot while Hungerford continued out front alone. Cautions on laps 11 and 12 bunched the field and one lap after the restart, Johnson was able to sneak inside and take the lead. He drove the final laps to win his first feature of the season with Hungerford holding off Cody Hungerford for second. Tanner Westphal worked from the 19th starting spot to finish 4th with Brad Wedde taking fifth and Prahl sixth.
In post race inspection, Johnson was DQ’d which moved the entire field up giving Hunferford His first feature win of the season and moved Brandon Kayue into the sixth finishing spot.
Next week, Frank’s Place will present the second leg of the Summer Holiday Classic Series. Along with the five regular weekly divisions running for increased prize $$, the WDLMA Late Models will return for a full night of racing you won’t want to miss. Racing, as always, starts at 5:30 PM.
BUDWEISER IMCA MODIFIEDS
20 Lap feature l. Mike Wedelstadt 2. Tony Wedelstadt 3. Jason Czarapata 4. Jay Matthias 5. Tyler Wilson 6. Mike Mullen
8 Lap Heas First l. Matthias 2. Wilson
Seconds l. John Berna 2. T.J. Smith
COORS LIGHT IMCA STOCK CARS
20 Lap feature l Chas VanOoyen,Jr 2. Rod Snellenberger 3. Travis Van Straten 4, Barry Van Straten 5. Bill Kelsey 6, Jeremy Wiitala
8 Lap heats First l. Justin Jacobsen 2. Brandon Gagnon
Second l. Phil Hiles 2. Jake Lunderby
TURBO BLUE STREET STOCKS
15 Lap Feature ( time limit) 1. Jerry Winkler 2. Ryan Blank 3. Jeff Jungwirth 4. Patty Winkler 5, Lexi Ashcraft 6. Justin Lindner
8 Lap Heats First l. Lindner 2. Blank
Second l. George Tabalske 2. Alan Schluetter
IMCA SPORT MODS
20 Lap Feasture l. Kevin Bethke 2. J.J. Andersen 3., Jeremy Cota 4. Dennis Miesler 5. Lucas Lamberies 6. Kelsey Hayes
8 Lap Heats First 1. Lamberies 2. Jessi Ness
Second l. Jordan Tuyls 2. Miesler
15 Lap feature l. Tyler Hungerford 2. Cody Hungerford 3. Tanner Westphal 4. Brad Wedde 5. Brad Prahl 6. Brandon Kaye
8 Lap Heats First l. Tyler Hungerford 2. Kaye
Second l. Ralph Liegeois, Jr 2. Cody Hungerford
Seymour June 22- The track crew at the Seymour Speedway has been busy for the past 2 days wrestling the 1/3 mile clay oval into shape for tonights five division racing program.
It is a Shiocton sponsor night with Studio 54, Hometown Grill and Van Straten Auto Service sharing the headline spot.
Even though he track received about half the rain other areas got this week, the cool, cloudy and humid air has made prep quite a task, but everything should be in place by race time at 5:30 this evening.
Budweiser IMCA Modifieds
Coors Light IMCA Stock Cars
IMCA Sport Mods
Turbo Blue Street Stocks
Pit opens at 3 PM
Sign in cut off is 4:30
Grandstand opens at 4 PM
Racing at 5:30 PM…SHARP!!!
Don’t forget, the second leg of the Summer Holiday Classic Series will take place next Sunday, June 29. Sponsored by Frank’s Place, the Budweiser IMCA Modifieds, Coors Light IMCA Stock Cars, Turbo Blue Street Stocks, IMCA Sport Mods and 4 Cylinders will run for increased purse, and the event will feature the WDLMA Late Models capping the program with a 30 Lap main event.
Other special nights coming up will be:
THE Stan “The Man” Gracyalny Memorial 49 on August 3.
The return of the Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprints on August 17.
Final leg of the Summer Holiday Classic Series on August 31.
The sun is supposed to shine later today so we hope you can join us tonight at the Seymour Speedway. Racing starts at 5:30 PM.
Seymour – June 15 – Despite a day that started windy and cool, and a mid afternoon shower. N.E.W. DIRT was able to complete a full program sponsored by Coors Light. Gold Star Racing Products also sponsored a major bike give away for the kids.
The Coors Light IMCA Stock Cars put a strong field of 23 cars out for their feature event, which got off to a slow start thanks to a rollover on the first lap and a second for people that walked up to the fence. Bob Czarapata flipped his car on the side after hitting the turn one fence, but was not injured.
Once racing settled in, Travis Springstroh took the lead followed by Chaz Van Ooyen, Bill Kelsey, John Heinz and Chris Lowenhagen. Travis Van Straten quickly moved to the front taking over third on lap 3. A caution on lap 7 bunched the pack with Springstroh still leading the way. A fantastic three wide battle for the lead ensued with Van Ooyen taking charge on the restart and Van Straten making a three wide pass into second. Van Straten continued to move forward and was able to wrestle the top spot from Van Ooyen on lap 9. He started to pull away leaving the still hot battle for the runner up spot. Van Ooyen, Jeremy Wiitala, Rod Snellenberger, Heinz and Kelsey swapped positions white trying to keep up with Van Straten, who was adding to his lead lap after lap.
A spin brought out the final caution on lap 16, but Van Straten was up to the challenge and held off Snellenberger and Heinz to record his first ever Stock Car feature win at Seymour. Snellenberger beat Heinz for the runner up spot with Van Ooyen a close fourth. Wiitala settled for fifth and Justin Jacobsen came through the tight pack to take sixth.
The Turbo Blue Street Stock feature saw Lexii Ashcraft grab the lead at the start and immediately start to open a lead on the field. Ryan Blank, Jeff Doerschner, Patty Winkler, Jeff Jungwirth and Jonny Ashcraft battled behind. As the pack ran two and three wide, Lexii was able to just run alone at the front. Blank was still holding the runner up spot slightly with Ashcraft, Jungwirth, Winkler and Alan Schluetter bunched together.
Contact in the pack on lap 8 caused Blank to loop his car and pull right back into battle in turn four. Ashcraft, Jungwith and Winkler all backed off a bit in anticipation of a caution, that never appeared, which allowed Lexii to open a larger gap on the field before they got back up to speed. Jungwirth was able to run in second place until Jon Ashcraft took the spot on lap 16 and set out after his daughter. Lexii ran smooth at the front and crossed the finish line a ¼ lap ahead of the pack to collect her first career feature victory, giving her dad, Jonny a great Fathers Day present as he finished in second. Jungwirth took third with point leader, Jerry Winkler taking fourth. Schluetter took fifth with Patty Winkler rounding out the top six. The win also made Lexii the third woman to win a feature for N.E.W. DIRT.
Tyler Wilson pulled into the top spot of the Budweiser IMCA Modified feature with Lance Arneson, T.J. Smith, Jay Matthias and Eric Arneson behind. Mike Wedelstadt made a direct run to the front taking second on lap 6, before the lone caution of the race appeared. Wedelstadt wasted little time taking the top spot on the restart and set out to hide from the field, leaving Wilson, Brad Lautenbach, Chad Bartel, Lance Arneson and Jamie Schmidt to decide second.
Wedelstadt just continued to cruise taking his first feature win of the season and become the fifth different winner this season. Lautenbach took the runner up finish with Bartel taking third. Wilsdon recorded his best finish this season taking fourth. 2 time and defending champion, Jason Czarapata, fought into the fifth place finish ahead of Schmidt.
Mike Dauphinais set the pace for the first 7 laps of the IMCA Sport Mod contest with Lucas Lamberies chasing in second with Hunter Parsons and Bruce Belland. By lap 5, last weeks winner, Joey Taycher had moved into third and continued into the runner up spot on the next lap. Taycher challenged the leader for two laps and took charge on lap 8. Lamberies and Belland moved up in line as well, but could not keep pace with Taycher, who ran alone to the finish. Point leader, Jeremy Cota ran to the front, taking second on lap 14, and set out after Taycher. Cota was visably closing in on the leader but could only get to the back bumper on the final lap, following Taycher to his second straight feature win. Belland was third over Lamberies with J.J. Andersen taking fifth and Robby Thiel rounding out the top six.
Jeremy Czarapata took charge of the 4 Cylinder main, leading the way for 5 laps before Tanner Westphal took the top spot one lap later. Point leader Brad Wedde moved into the runner up spot and could not close up on the leader, who maintained a car length lead until the final 2 laps. Westphal was bale to work by lapped traffic on the final lap to secure his very first Seymour feature win. Wedde took the checkers in second, but post race inspection dropped him to last place giving the runner up spot to Czarapata. Tyler Hungerford, Brad Prahl, and Trever Spaulding rounded out the top six.
N.E.W. DIRT would like to THANK all of the race teams and fans that braved the wierd day to run tonights program.
Racing resumes next week with Studio 54, Hometown Grill and Van Straten Auto Service as the nights sponsors.
A reminder that on Sunday, June 29, Frank’s Place will be hosting the second leg of the Summer Holiday Classic series at the Seymour Speedway featuring all five divisions with the WDLMA Late Models along with the Spectator Eliminators.
The Seymour Speedway is a features member track of www.Racetext.net, a website dedicated to bringing race fans the best possible coverage of local short track racing.
BUDWEISER IMCA MODIFIEDS
20 Lap Feature l. Mike Wedelstadt 2. Brad Lautenbach 3. Chad Bartel 4. Tyler Wilson 5. Jason Czarapata 6. Jamie Schmidt
8 Lap Heats First l. Lautenbach 2. Lance Arneson
Second l. Tyler Wilson 2. Jay Matthias
COORS LIGHT IMCA STOCK CARS
20 Lap feature l. Travis Van Straten 2. Rod Snellenberger 3. John Heinz 4. Chaz Van Ooyen 5. Jeremy Wiitala 6. Justin Jacobsen
8 Lap Heats First l. Kyle Frederick 2. Chris Lowenhagen
Second l. Heinz 2. Van Ooyen
Third l. Jacobsen 2, Barry Van Straten
TURBO BLUE STREET STOCKS
20 Lap Feature l. Lexii Ashcraft 2, Jonny Ashcraft 3. Jeff Jungwirth 4. Jerry Winkler
5. Alan Schluetter 6. Patty Winkler
8 Lap Heats First l. Ryan Blank 2, Frank Groeshel
Second l. Jungwirth 2. Jerry Winkler
IMCA SPORT MODS
20 Lap Feature l. Joey Taycher 2. Jeremy Cota 3. Bruce Belland 4 Lucas Lamberies 5. J.J. Andersen 6. Robby Thiel
8 Lap Heats First l. Lamberies 2, Hunter Parsons
Second l. Mike Dauphinais 2. Cota
15 Lap Feature l. Tanner Westphal 2. Jeremy Czarapata 3. Tyler Hungerford 4. Brad Prahl 5. Trever Spaulding 6. Kasey Gross
8 Lap Heats First l. Hungerford 2. Gross
Second l. Prahl 2. Westphal
SPECTATOR ELIMINATOR Ben Rotter
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