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August 16 - Race Report

Seymour, August 16 - Mother Nature threw every threat at the Seymour Speedway throughout the day, but relented as racing started for a beautiful night for a fast paced program Sunday night. 118 cars checked in to battle on a smooth, fast track.

thumb_sey_20090816_050Phil Hiles grabbed the top spot in the Street Stock main for the opening 3 laps before David Hoerning took command. Hoerning survived a couple cautions over laps 4 to 7, but opened a lead after the restart with Aaron Melchert, Jeremy Wiitala, point leader, Todd Everard and Matt Drawenek battled for the runner up spot. After the mid point of the race, the pack started to close on the leader. Everard hooked up on the outside and moved into the runner up spot on lap 13. As Everard pulled up on Hoerning, lapped traffic came into play as the pair ran for the lead. With 3 laps left, the traffic cleared and Everard moved outside to attack the leader. The final effort was cut short by a late caution just after the leaders took the white flag, ending the race with Hoerning picking up his third feature win of the season. Everard inched his point lead to 7 marks by taking second over defending champ Wiitala in third. Melchert and Drawenek were next with Bob Czarapata rounding out the top six.

thumb_sey_20090816_052Troy Jerovetz started the IMCA Sport Mod main sixth and moved quickly to the front on the opening lap. Jerovetz opened a lead with Eric Arneson, Rob Charapata and Jason Guyette moving into line behind the leader. The top four pulled away from the rest of the field, but strung out behind Jerovetz.

Over the last half of the race, lapped traffic came into play and allowed Arneson to close the gap on Jerovetz as they picked up the white flag. A 2 car incident on the final lap ended the race with Jerovetz claiming his first feature win of the year here. Arneson was right behind in second. Charapata and Guyette maintained their spots to the finish. Rod Solem held off Johnny Whitman to round out the top six.

Greg Gutt took control of the IMCA Stock Car division main at the start with Rod Snellenberger and John Heinz pulling right behind after lap 2. The trio ran nose to tail in the high groove for several laps until Heinz took his mount to the low side just before the mid point to challenge for the lead. A pair of cautions on lap 13 set up a great battle for the top spot for the final 7 laps. Gutt had Snellenberger glued to his rear bumper in the high groove while Heinz remained to the inside. Heinz could drive deeper into the corner but the high side offered a bit more bite out of the corners. Gutt maintained the lead by inches as the laps ticked away. They ran hard to the finish with Gutt crossing the line for his first feature win of the season with Heinz scored second with Snellenberger third. Kyle Wanner, Mark Schuenemann and Shawn Wagner rounded out the top 6. In post race inspection, Gutt’s car was DQ’d for a wheel base infraction, which gave the win to Heinz for his division leading 4th checker of the season. This also moved Larry Karcz, Jr into the sixth finishing spot.

thumb_sey_20090816_059The Budweiser IMCA Modifieds took the lightening fast track and clicked off 20 non stop laps in less than 8 minutes.

Mike Knapp set the pace for the opening lap before Scott Mullen took charge. His son, Eric, pulled into the runner up spot on the next circuit and nephew, Mike Mullen joined the leaders one lap later. The trio hooked up on the outside in a fast freight train to pull away from the field. Just before the mid point of the race, Mike pulled his car to the inside and was able to make a run at the lead and taking charge on lap 12. Once in the lead, Mike pulled to the outside again, and started to pull away. As Mike was taking over the lead, Benji LaCrosse had broke free of the pack and was closing in on the top three. LaCrosse, also running the inside line, was able to move into the runner up spot with 3 laps left, but ran out of time to make a run at the lead. Mike Mullen took his division leading third feature win of the season with LaCrosse taking over the point lead with his second place finish. Scott and Eric Mullen were right behind to complete the top 4, with Jason Czarapata and Julie Wedelstadt rounding out the top six.

thumb_sey_20090816_063After a false start, the 4 Cylinders also set out on a non stop run for their feature with Mitch Pallock grabbing the lead followed by Justin Vannieuwenniven, Wayne Hansen, Tony Everard and Alex Lepak. Logan Sobieck moved into the lead pack by lap 3 and took over the lead on lap 7. Once in front, Sobieck moved away from the field leaving the battle for the runner up spot.

Vannieuwenniven held second and was joined by point leader, Kevin Birr, Dan Juszczyk and Hansen over the last half of the race and were able to close the gap on the leader. Sobieck took the white flag before the lone caution of the race appeared, ending the race and securing his first feature win of the season. Vannieuwenniven received second as the caution ended Birr’s late race run to finish third. Hansen, Juszczyk and Calvin Stueck round out the top six.


Next Sunday will feature the annual Faster Pastor race following the regular program. Only three weeks now remain in the season, with 2 weeks for IMCA division points and the final leg of the Summer Holiday Classic on Labor Day weekend, September 6th, featuring the WDLMA Late Models. This will also be the final point night for the Street Stock and 4 Cylinders.






20 Lap Feature

1. Mike Mullen, Seymour 2. Benji LaCrosse, Green Bay 3, Scott Mullen, Seymour 4, Eric Mullen, Seymour 5. Jason Czarapata, Pulaski 6, Julie Wedelstadt Oconto Falls

10 Lap Consy

1. Kyle Kudick, Mishicot 2. Brian Joski, Abrams 3. Marcus Yarie, Wausau 4. Kyle Lentz, Green Bay


8 Lap Heats

First: 1. Chad Wilcox, Pulaski 2. Eric Mullen

Second: 1. Czarapata 2. Scott Mullen

Third: 1. Mike Mullen 2. LaCrosse


20 Lap feature

1. John Heinz, Green Bay 2. Rod Snellenberger, Pulaski 3. Kyle Wanner, Green Bay 4. Mark Schuenemann, Boulder Junction 5. Shawn Wagner, Seymour 6. Larry Karcz, Jr, Pulaski

10 Lap Consy

First: 1. John Mahlberg, Hilbert 2. Harley Simon, Seymour 3. Rick Dix, Green Bay 4. Dan Nelson, Brillion


Second: 1. Chaz Van Ooyen, Jr, Appleton 2. Barry Van Straten, Shiocton 3. Bob Schampers, Green Bay 4. Tyler Debouche

8 Lap Heats

First: 1. Brandon Czarapata, Kaukauna 2. Karcz, Jr

Second: 1. Kyle Frederick, Gillett 2. Heinz

Third: 1. Rod Snellenberger 2. Devin Snellenberger, Pulaski

Fourth: 1. Bill Kelsey, Luxemburg 2. Greg Gutt, Clintonville




20 Lap Feature

1. David Hoerning, Appleton 2. Todd Everard, Green Bay 3. Jeremy Wiitala, Green Bay 4. Aaron Melchert, Black Creek 5. Matt Drawenek, Kaukauna 6. Bob Czarapata, Krakow

8 Lap Heats

First: 1. Czarapata 2. Phil Hiles, Appleton

Second: 1. Mert Summers, DePere 2. Melchert



20 Lap Feature

1. Troy Jerovetz, Green Bay 2. Eric Arneson, Oconto Falls 3. Rob Charapata, Oconto 4. Jason Guyette, Black Creek 5. Rod Solem,. Seymour 6. Johnny Whitman, DePere

8 Lap Heats

First: 1. Jerovetz 2. Josh Long, Green Bay

Second: 1. Guyette 2. Charapata



15 Lap Feature

1. Logan Sobieck, DePere 2. Justin Vannieuwenniven, Pulaski 3. Kevin Birr, Krakow 4. Wayne Hanson, Krakow 5. Dan Juszczyk, Sobieski 6. Calvin Stueck, Clintonville

8 Lap Heats

First: 1. Tony Everard, Green Bay 2. Mike Frelich, Pulaski

Second: 1. Mitch Pallock, Pulaski 2. Hansen

Third: 1. Birr 2. Sobieck



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