Seymour, June 28- Another beautiful night greeted everyone at the Seymour Speedway Sunday night. Despite being the end of a very busy race week in Northeastern Wisconsin, a good field of cars put on a very racy program.
The Coors Light IMCA Stock Cars took the track for their main event with Jason Bork leading the 20 car field for the first 2 laps before Chas Van Ooyen powered by for the lead. Rod Snellenberger, Kyle Frederick, Brandon Czarapata, Tom Riehl, Mike Schmidt and Bork were running together while Van ooyen took advantage of the group to continue building on his lead.
Snellenberger , Frederick, Czarapata, Riehl, Bork and Schmidt were behind the leader at the mid point of the race. Over the final ½ of the context, Van Ooyen enjoyed running out front with no close competition and was able to take his second feature win of the season. Snellenberger was the runner up with Czarapata, Frederick, Travis Van Straten, from the back after a flat tire in the heats, taking fifth and Roehl hangs in there for 6th place in the non-stop event.
Cody Schroeder took the lead in the O’Reilly Auto Parts IMCA Sport Mods feature, holding the top spot through several early cautions, and after the final restart on lap 7, followed by Kevin Bethke, Lucas Lanberies, Jeremy Cota, Scott Besaw, J.J. Andersen and Beau Handschke.
Bethke worked the leader until lap 12, when he took command of the race with Lamberies moving into the runner up spot on lap 15. Lamberies was able to take over the top spot on lap 18 and held on to the finish for his 4th feature win of the season. Bethke claimed the runner up spot with Schroeder in third. Todd Wiese made his first visit of the season and started 19th and came through the field to place fourth. Cota and Andersen rounded out the top six.
Tony Everard led the way for the first laps of the Turbo Blue Street Stock main event. Point leader, Lexii Ashcraft started the race in 10th and quickly moved through tight traffic to second place on lap 8, and then to the lead the following lap. A caution on lap 7 bunched the field with Everard, Ryan Blank, Allan Schlueter, Harley Diedrick, Matt Warner and George Tabalske behind.
Ashcraft pulled the lead on the restart with Blank taking over the runner up spot for one lap before Schlueter took over on lap 9. A final caution bunched the field foer the final restart and Ashcraft held the top spot with Schlueter, Blank, Everard, Warner and Tabalske behind. Ashcraft held a car length lead over Schlueter for the final 9 laps and collected her third straight feature win. Blank finished third with Warner fourth. Jeff Jungwirth battled through traffic the entire race to take 5th with Jeff Dorschner rounding out the top six.
The competiton level for the Budweiser IMCA Modified division was raised a bit with the arrival of Mooresville, NC visitor, Kyle Strickler, to run on Sunday night. In the area all week for the special events, he decided to try out Seymour before heading South to Iowa to compete this week.
Rooke contender, Konnor Wilinski, started in the second row, but found the lead on the opening lap with Chad Bartel, John Berna, Rob Charapata and Eric Arneson behind. Wilinski was able to open a lead on the field by the mid point of the non-stop race. Bartel was still in the runner up spot with Strickler, moving up from 10 to third. T.J. Smith was now in fourth with Berna and Jerry Wilinski making up the top six.
Strickler closed in on the leader and was able to work by into the top spot on lap 15, and pulled away over the final laps to record his first ever Seymour Speedway feature win. Konnor Wilinski ran to his best finish of the season taking second. Bartel was third with Smith, Mike Wedelstadt and Jerry Winker in the top six.
Lee Koehler led the opening circuit of the 4 Cylinder main followed by Carl King, Brian Johnson, Dean DeKeyser and Kasey Gross. Johnson moved up in the line to the lead on lap 3 and started to pull away from the field. Gross moved up to take over second on lap 4 and set out to close in on the leader. After the half way point, Johnson had Gross right behind with Tyler Hungerford, King, point leader Tanner Westphal and Taylor Becher making the top six.
Gross was able to make the trek to the front of the field and on lap 11, and was able to hold on to win his first feature of the 2015 season here. Hungerford and King were able to work by Johnson on the final lap to finish in the top three. Johnson took fourth with Westphal and Koehler rounding out the top six.
Alex Mijal took top honors in the Spectator Eliminator
Racing returns next Sunday, July 5th with Franks place and O’Reilly Auto Parts sponsoring the Summer Holiday Classic.
BUDWEISER IMCA MODIFIEDS
20 Lap feature l. Kyle Strickler, Mooresville, NC 2. Konnor Wilinski, Seymour 3. Chad Bartel, Shiocton 4. T.J. Smith, Menasha 5. Mike Wedelstadt, Fremont 6. Jerry Wilinski, Seymour
8 Lap Heats First l. Smith 2. Bartel
Second l. Konnor Wilinski 2. Eric Scribner, Keil
COORS LIGHT IMCA STOCK CARS
20 Lap Feature l. Chas Van Ooyen, Jr, Appleton 2. Rod Snellenberger, Pulaski 3. Brandon Czarapata, Waupun 4. Kyle Frederick, Oconto Falls 5. Travis Vsan Straten, Hortonville 6. Tom Riehl, Hortonville
8 Lap Heats First l. Federick 2. Bob Czarapata, Krakow
Second l. Snellenberger 2, Riehl
O’REILLY AUTO PARTS IMCA SPORT MODS
20 Lap Feature l. Lucas Lamberies, Clintonville 2. Kevin Bethke, Neenha 3. Cody Schroeder, Green Bay 4, Todd Wiese, Green Bay 5. Jeremy Cota, Oconto 6. J.J., Andersen, Pulaski
8 Lap Heats First l. Robby Thiel, Appeton 2. Scott Besaw, Oshkosh
Second l. Schroeder 2. Lamberies
TURBO BLUE STREET STOCKS
20 Lap Feature l. Lexii Ashcraft, Oshkosh 2. Allan Schlueter, Oconto 3. Ryan Blank, Greenville 4. Matt Warner, Kimberly 5. Jeff Jungwirth, Oshkosh 6. Jeff Dorschner, Combined Locks
8 Lap Heats First l. Blank 2. Paul Ambrosius, Seymour 2. Ashcraft
Second l. Warner 2. Jungwirth
15 Lap Feature l. Kasey Gross, Gleason 2. Tyler Hungerford, Freedom 3. Carl King, 4. Brian Johnson, Oconto Falls Tanner Westphal, Clintonville 6. Lee Koehler
8 Lap Heats First l. Lee Koehler 2. Hungerford
Second l. Johnson 2. Tanner
Seymour TODAY June 28
Seymour, June 28- It seems we are getting on the good side of Mother Nature as it looks to be another beautiful day for racing at the Seymour Speedway.
Tonight we welcome Van Straten Auto Service and Hometown Grill, both of Shiocton, as out tile sponsors.
The season is half over already and the racing has been very competitive in all divisions.
The Budweiser IMCA Modifieds saw Benji LaCrosse become the first repeat feature winner in the division last week. The win booster his IMCA feature total to 99. His all time total here at Seymour in the mods is 36. He also holds 4 wins in the Stock Cars here. Could #100 come tonight? Mike Wedelstadt leads the standings with 204 marks followed by Eric Arneson with 203. Jerry Wilinski is third with 199 followed by Jamie Schmidt at 195 and Eric Scribner with 192. Arneson is the lone driver in the top five to not win a feature so far but has been a consistent top 5 runner.
The Coors Light IMCA Stock Car division continues impress every week. Plenty of three, four and even five wide racing makes every race exciting to watch. Travis Van Straten won his second straight and third feature of the season last week which puts him on top the standings by one mark, 233-232, over defending 6 time champ, Rod Snellenberger. Kyle Frederick has had to work through the consy the past couple weeks to make the main and has been fun to watch moving to the front. He has yet to win a feature here this season, but, he sits third with 223. Chas Van Ooyen is enjoying a strong season and sits 4th with 210. Mike Schmidt joined us weekly this season and has been a solid runner, holding 5th so far with 198. Both have feature wins to their credit.
The Turbo Blue Street Stock division has been down a bit on numbers this season, but not quality. Lexii Ashcraft has run to 2 straight strong feature wins the past 2 weeks and moved on top the standings with 233 points. Jeff Jungwirth, also a 2 time feature winner, is second with 228. Alan Schlueter with 2 wins and defending champion, Ryan Blank, with 1 feature are tied for third with 225. Jeff Dorschner is fifth with 211. Let the battle rage on.
The O’Reilly Auto Parts IMCA Sport Mods has been a see saw battle between defending champ, Jeremy Cota and Lucas Lamberies. The 2 swapped feature wins every week until Brian Bruechert broke the chain on June 14th with his first ever Sport Mod win here. Cota won again last week, giving each of them three wins on the season with Cota holding a 234-229 margin in points. Travis Arenz joined us weekly this season and has been a strong competitor, sitting third with 223. J.J. Andersen and Kevin Bethke round out the top 5 with 212 ands 204 respectivly.
The 4 Cylinder division has also been up and down this season on numbers but again, quality has not been in short supply. Tanner Westphal has uses consistent top five finishes to move on top the standings with 229. Tyler Hungerford is second with 225 and has one feature win so far this season. Carl King ran to his second feature win last week and moved to third with 221. Kasey Gross and Taylor Becher round out the top 5 with216 and 191 respectivly. Six different drivers have won features this season.
The Thunder Trucks brought a lot of pre season interest, but so far, not a lot of participation. Word is there are trucks out there, but they need the tires to hit the tracks.
Brandon “Smokey” Van Ooyen is the start of what will probably be a long string of third generation drivers in the solid racing family. Jayden Schmidt has been running karts for several years and is now branching out as well. We appreciate their efforts and encourage the next generation of stars as they start their careers.
With the re-cap complete. Moving on to the second half the season starts tonight.
Running order is:
Coors Light IMCA Stock Cars
O’Reilly Auto Parts IMCA Sport Mods
Turbo Blue Street Stocks
Budweiser IMCA Modifieds
Racing at 5:30 PM
We THANK YOU, fans, drivers and crews, for chosing to make the Seymour Speedway your Sunday night part of your racing week.
Hope to see you all tonight.
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