Seymour – May 18- Sunday turned out to be a perfect night for racing at the Seymour Speedway, with no wind and temps in the low 60’s. 111 cars checked in to do battle on the 1/3 mile banked clay oval.
The Turbo Blue Street Stocks were up first with Alan Schlueter pacing the opening lap before Ryan Blank took charge. Blank started to pull away as the race for second heated up. Jeff Jungwirth, Patti Winkler, Jerry Winkler and Schlueter all watched as Blank built a lead until a lone caution flew on lap 9 and bunched the field.
Blank had his hands full over the next six laps as Jerry Winkler with Patty and Derek Lecker running hard for the runner up spot. Winkler pulled right behind the leader and put heavy pressure on, but Blank was able to maintain the top spot. As the pack came out of turn 4 to get the white flag, Winkler was able to slip inside and be scored as the leader. Over the final lap, Winkler was able to pull away for his second straight feature win at Seymour this season. Blank was able to hold off Patti Winkle and Lecker to be scored in second, with defending champion, Jonny Ashcraft taking fifth and Jeff Dorschner makiing the top six.
Tony Wedelstadt grabbed the lead at the start of the Budweiser IMCA Modified main followed by T.J. Smith, John Berna, Mike Mullen, Sean Jerovetz and Eric Arneson. Marcus Yarie came through traffic to move in third on lap 11 and slowly picked his was into the runner up spot with three laps reaming.
The lone caution of the race appeared then, and set up a three lap dash to the finish.
Wedelstadt continued to lead the way over the final laps to secure his first ever Seymour Speedway feature win. Yarie took second and Jamie Schmidt made a
Late race charge that put him third in the final tally, Smith held on to record his first top 4 feature finish. Arneson and Jereovetz rounded out the top 6.
The Coors Light IMCA Stock Cars set sail with Travis Springstroh leading the opening lap. Tom Reihl tok over on lap 2 and led to the lone caution of the race on lap 4. On the restart, John Heinz powered into the top spot with Brandon Czarapata following through to second. Reihl, Chas Van Ooyen and Travis Van Straten made up the running order. On lap 11, Czarapata was bale to take the lead from Heinz and set out to hide from the field over the last half of the race. The top 5 cars strung out and the battle for 7th place was the focus of attention with 8 cars running three wid and nose to tail for 8 laps.
Czarapata cruised to his second straight feature win with Heinz holding onto second. Van Ooyen concluded his strong run taking third. Van Straten took fourth followed by Barry Van Straten and Jeremy Wiitala.
Bruce Beland, Jessi Ness and Kevin Bethke thrilled the crowd with a nearly race long battle for the lead that started after a lap 2 caution. Beland led the way and Ness hooked up in the outside line. Bethke chose the inside line that Beland was using. They ran three wide several times for the lead spot until Bethke was able to move into the top spot on lap 12. Once in front, Bethke was able to open a lead over second and ran to collect his second career division feature. It was also his first Seymour Speedway feature win. J.J. Andersen was running fourth behind the lead trio, and over the final laps, Made a strong run forward that netted his the runner up finish. Jordan Barkholz nipped Ness at the line to take third. Chris Budzban and Beland rounded out the top six positions.
Brad Prahl grabbed the lead in the 4 Cylinder main with Tyler Hungerford taking second followed by Harley Diedrick Ralph Liegeois and Dean DeKeyser. Hungerford took over the top spot on lap 5 and Liegeois followed into the runner up spot. On lap 8, Leigeoi powered into the lead and drove off to win his first feature of the season. Hungerford, Prahl, Brian Johnson, Cody Hungerford and Brad Wedde rounding out the top six.
Next Sunday night, Victory Signs will present the first leg of the 2014 Summer Holiday Classic series at the Seymour Speedway. Along with the regular five division, the WDLMA Late Models will be the featured division.
There will be an increased purse for all divisions and special event pricing will be in effect. Regular line up procedures will be used with the Late Models using the draw. Racing will start at 5:30 PM.
BUDWEISER IMCA MODIFIEDS
20 Lap Feature l Tony Wedelstadt, 2. Marcus Yarie 3. Jamie Schmidt 4. T.J. Smith 5. Eric ASrneson 6. Sean Jerovetz
8 Lap Heats First l. John Berna 2. Mike Mullen
Second l. Jerry Wilinski 2. Wedelstadt
Third l. Arneson 2. Jay Matthias
COORS LIGHT IMCA STOCK CARS
20 Lap Feature l. Brandon Czarapata 2. John Heinz 3. Chas Van Ooyen 4. Travis Van Straten 5. Barry Van Straten 6. Jeremy Wiitala
8 Lap Heats First l. Czarapata 2. Brandon Gagnon
Second l. Travis Springstroh 2. Van Ooyen
Third l. Heinz 2. Josh Mroczkowski
TURBO BLUE STREET STOCKS
16 lap feature l. Jerry Winkler 2. Ryan Blank 3. Patty Winkler 4. Dereck Lecker 5. Jonny Ashcraft 6. Jeff Dorschner
8 Lap Heats First l. Ashcraft 2. Patty Winkler
Second l. Jeff Jungwith 2. Dorschner
IMCA SPORT MODS
20 Lap Feature l. Kevin Bethke 2. J.J. Andersen 3. Jordan Barkholz 4. Jessi Ness 5. Chris Budzban 6. Bruce Beland
8 Lap Heats First l. Dennis Miesler 3. Lucas Lamberies
Second l. Beland 2. Robby Thiel
Third l. Bethke 2. Andersen
15 Lap Feature l Ralph Liegeois, Jr 2. Tyler Hungerford 3. Brad Prahl 4. Brian Johnson 5. Cody Hungerford 6. Brad Wedde
8 Lap Heats First l. Tanner Westphal 2. Cody Hungerford
Second l. Tyler Hungerfdord 2. Prahl
Third l. Liegois 2. Wedde