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Czarapata Scores 9th Feature Win, LaCrosse Gets 2 in a Row

(Seymour, WI) July 15 - Benji LaCrosse bested a field of 18 cars to score his second win in a row in the IMCA Modifieds on Swinkles Trucking night at Seymour Super Speedway. Other feature winners were Brandon Czarapata (IMCA Stock Car), Brad Lautenbach (IMCA Sport Mod), Joe Schwister (Street Stock) and Jeff Behm (Four-Cylinders)

Former track Champion Benji LaCrosse made quick work of Jamie Schmidt passing him for the lead on lap 4. Jay Matthias and Jerry Wilinski gave chase charging into the top 3. Matthias then secured the second spot from Wilinski and began the task of trying to reel in LaCrosse who had built up a sizable advantage over the field. Matthias efforts went to the wayside when his machine made a loud pop and he headed to the pits. LaCrosse went unchallenged and lapped all the way to the 6th spot, its his second win in a row. Point leader Jason Czarapata charged late scoring second, Wilinski third, Kyle Kudick finished fourth coming from row 6 and Jeremy Hanson rounded out the top five.

IMCA Stock Car point leader Brandon Czarapata scored with 9th feature win of the season.

Photos courtesy of Dan Lewis Photography

Trevor Howard paced the first lap before being caught up in a spin which collected Shawn Wagner and Bill Kelsey. Kelsey’s night was done, Wagner rejoined but his racer saw heavy damage and wasn’t up to speed rest of the feature. Barry VanStraten inherited the lead, his reign up front only lasted till lap 4 as Brandon Czarapata powered by after starting in row 6. Czarapata survived a late race caution padding his point lead with the win. In a replay of last week Brian Ambrosius placed second, Kyle Fredrick used several 3-wide passes to finish third, Mitch Stankowski fourth and Jeremy Wiitala placed fifth after starting 15th.

After the checkers the red flag flew as VanStraten and Justin Jacobsen tangled battling for fifth. Jacobsen’s car hit the front stretch wall and ended up stopped on the driver side. Jacobsen emerged unscathed but his Wolfe Chassis suffered extensive damage.

Defending IMCA Sport Mod Champion Brad Lautenbach took the checkers for the second time this season.

Tyler Wilson paced the opening laps from his front row starting spot before Jason Guyette charged by for the lead on lap 6. Guyette ran the high groove and distanced himself from the field. Brad Lautenbach waged battle for the runner up spot with Jeremy Cota. Lautenbach finally made the pass by the midway point. With just 5 laps to go and the win in hand Guyette suffered a mechanical failure sending him to the pits handing the lead over to Lautenbach who fought off a late race charge from Cota to score his second win of the season, padding his point. Cota second, Josh Long third, Wilson held on for fourth and Kurt Mueller placed fifth.

Joe Schwister made it 2 wins in a row in the Street Stocks after leading every lap and fending off Jerry Winkler and Gary Kasperek. Kasperek came home second regaining the point lead, Winkler placed a solid third after starting 15th, Greg Steffens scored a season best fourth and Jon Ashcraft placed fifth after a spin midway through the contest.

Jeff Behm passed Andy Parshen on lap 4 and pulled away to his first feature win of the season in the Sport Fours. Tyler Hungerford second, last weeks winner Evan Beattie third, point leader Calvin Stueck fourth and Michael Verheyden fifth.

Action Auto will host next weeks races at Wisconsin’s fastest 1/3 mile. Seymour Super Speedway’s GPS address is Seymour Speedway, 637 North Main St. Seymour, WI 54165. Track phone number is (920)-883-7726. Racing in the five divisions that include IMCA Modified, IMCA Stock Car, IMCA Northern Sport Mod, Street Stock and the Sport Fours in action every Sunday night. Pit gates open at 3:30 P.M. racing starts at 6:00 P.M. Social media you can follow Seymour on Twitter and like us on Facebook.

Read more: Czarapata Scores 9th Feature Win, LaCrosse Gets 2 in a Row

 

LaCrosse, Anderson and Schwister Reign Over Competition

Benji LaCrosse scored a dominating win in the IMCA Modifieds at Seymour Super Speedway. Other feature winners were Brandon Czarapata (IMCA Stock Car), JJ Anderson (IMCA Sport Mod), Joe Schwister (Street Stock) and Evan Beattie (Four-Cylinders)

It only took 1 lap for Benji LaCrosse to work from row 3 around pole sitter David Hoerning and to the lead in the IMCA Modified main event. LaCrosse quickly distanced himself from the rest of the field and left the battle for the runner up position. Midway through the contest Jay Matthias worked from row 5 and passed Hoerning for the second spot. Matthias did all he could to try and chase down LaCrosse but it wasn’t enough and LaCrosse dominated the caution free event. It was LaCrosse’s first feature win of the season. Second for Matthias, Randy Markwardt Jr. placed a solid third, Rookie Eric Arneson was fourth and David Hoerning placed a season best fifth. Point leader Jason Czarapata suffer mechanical issues and didn’t finish the feature.

Joe Schwister scored his first feature win of the season in the Street Stocks.

Photos courtesy of Dan Lewis Photography

Pole sitter Derek Lecker powered to lead and began to pull away from the field but a caution on lap 5 put the competition on his rear bumper. Again the green flew and Lecker took off opening up a sizable advantage. Rookie Dan Juszcyk fresh off a heat race win hung a solid second trying to chase down Lecker. Lecker showed he was the class of the field but a caution on lap 12 again slowed the field. Under caution Lecker suffered a flat right rear tire, sending the leader to pit lane handing the lead over to Joe Schwister who had snuck past Juszcyk for second. Schwister flexed his muscle and pulled away holding the top spot. Lecker returned to the track laps down and his night then went from bad to worse and his engine expired putting oil on the track which sent Joe Brenner into the wall ending his solid night on the wrecker.

This set up a 2 lap dash to the finish and it was Schwister holding off Tony Everard for the lead, winning his first feature of the season. Everard crossed the line second after starting in row 7 but Mert Summers pulled in the claim area and Everard was claimed. Everard denied the claim thus forfeiting second place money and points to Dan Juszcyk, Lexxi Ashcraft scored a season best third with Ryan Blank taking home fourth and Mert Summers fifth.

Street Stock point leader Gary Kasperek was a no show as he took his Wissota Street Stock to run with the Dakota Touring Series. This hands the point lead over to Aaron Melchert.

JJ Anderson led every lap en rout to his first feature win of the season in the IMCA Sport Mods.

JJ Anderson got the jump on Tyler Wilson on the opening lap taking the lead in the IMCA Sport Mod feature. Midway through the contest Anderson had almost a quarter track lead, but that amount shrank and Jeremy Cota found his groove and chased down Anderson. Cota looked several times underneath Anderson but never was able to get by Anderson who scored his first win of the season in the caution free event. Cota placed second keeping the points battle tight, Josh Long was third, point leader Brad Lautenbach fourth and Jason Guyette was fifth.

Brandon Czarapata scored his 8th feature win the IMCA Stock Cars.

A wild first lap saw a battle 4 wide for the lead in the IMCA Stock Car main event. Bill Kelsey was the one to make the best move working to the lead. His reign up front didn’t last long as Brandon Czarapata used the very racy surface to his advantage working around Kelsey on lap 4. Czarapata powered away from the competition scoring the win. Shawn Wagner was involved in an opening lap wreck which sent his machine to the pits allowing Czarapata to open up his point lead. Brian Ambrosius scored a solid second, Bill Kelsey third, Barry VanStraten placed fourth after starting in row 6 and Mitch Stankoski rounded out the top five.

Evan Beattie started deep in the field and passed Trent Nolan with 9 laps remaining to score his first career feature win in the Four Cylinders. Nolan had to settle for second, despite having engine issue Calvin Stueck padded his point lead with a third place finish, Jeff Behm fourth and Tyler Hungerford fifth.

Swinkles Trucking and Excavating of Freedom will play host July 15 at Seymour Super Speedway.

Read more: LaCrosse, Anderson and Schwister Reign Over Competition

 

Berna Rockets to Late Model Feature Win

On a night that saw only 2 cautions for 125 laps of total feature racing; the “Rocket” Ron Berna did just what his name says and picked up the Late Model 30 lap main event. Other winners included Mitch McGrath (IMCA Modifieds) Brandon Czarapata (IMCA Stockcars) Tyler Wilson (IMCA Sportmods) Gary Kasperek (Street Stocks) and Calvin Stueck (4 Cylinders).

Ron Berna started on the pole in the Late Model main event. The closest anyone came to him was being on the back bumper on the start and restart of the feature. Berna jumped out and never looked back in the win. Berna was the conductor of the train at the checkers. Pete Parker would win the race long duel with Nick Anvelink to finish in second. Justin Ritchie made his way to finish fourth with Paul Parker fifth. The only caution of the race was on lap 8. The event finished under a 22 lap green flag run.

Photos courtesy of Dan Lewis Photography

Jerry Wilinski started on the pole and jumped out to the lead very early in the IMCA Modified main. Mitch McGrath quickly jumped to the outside of the track and ran down Wilinski. McGrath would grab the lead on the top with Benji LaCrosse following into second. The rest of the feature had LaCrosse trying every lane possible to pass McGrath. McGrath would lead LaCrosse through lapped traffic and hold off all advances of LaCrosse. McGrath finished ahead of LaCrosse at the checkered flag for his first Seymour win in 2012. Marcus Yarie finished third with point leader Jason Czarapata extending his point lead finishing in fourth. Pole sitter Wilinski finished fifth. The race was caution free.

Jeremy Wiitala started on the pole but would quickly see Shawn Wagner fly by on the outside. Wagner started fourth on the field but would quickly have the lead on the opening lap. Brandon Czarapata worked his way into a solid second where he eyed up Wagner as his next target. Czarapata got to the back bumper of Wagner and tried different lines for the pass. On lap 7 heading into turn one, Wagner slid up the track just a bit allowing Czarapata to get underneath. Czarapata led the final 13 laps and picked up the comfortable win over Wagner. Brian Ambrosius, Kyle Frederick and Jeremy Wiitala rounded out the top 5.

J.J. Anderson started on the outside front row and jetted out front of the IMCA Sportmod Feature. Tyler Wilson ran the bottom of the track right on the tires and made his way to the lead. 2011 champ Brad Lautenbach tried the top of the track and found good bite on his charge to the front. Over the series of 6 laps Lautenbach would catch Wilson. The duo would run door to door at the halfway point of the race. Lautenbach would make the pass for the lead for two laps before Wilson fought back. Wilson used the bottom to regain the lead with Lautenbach staying outside. The two would race through lapped traffic causing Lautenbach to switch racing grooves. Lautenbach went back up top over the final few laps. Wilson would hold off the final charge of Lautenbach to win by half a car length. Lautenbach would gain the point lead with his runner-up finish. Eric Mahlik ran third by himself with Jason Guyette and Josh Long in the top five. The race went green flag to checker flag.

Tony Everard used every inch of the track on the opening lap of the Street Stock main to grab the lead. Everard would put a little distance between himself and the field. Gary Kasperek started 8 th and diced his way in and out of traffic to find his racer in second. Kasperek would run down Everard halfway through the race. Kasperek jumped out front and never looked back in the caution free event. Kasperek picked up the win with Jon Ashcraft finishing second a straightaway back. Everard ran third with Phil Hiles and Travis Springstroh fourth and fifth respectively. After the race, Mert Summers claimed the motor of Hiles. Hiles denied the claim; in doing so he lost his points and money for the evening.

Calvin Stueck and Cody Hungerford both started third row and charged to the front of the 4 Cylinder feature. The duo waged a war that lasted through the only caution of the event. Stueck would pull away late and extend his point lead with the win. Cody beat brother Tyler to the line for second.

Next Sunday Night racing gets underway at 6 p.m. The regular five divisions will be in action. Seymour Super Speedway’s GPS address is Seymour Speedway, 637 North Main St. Seymour, WI 54165. The track phone number is 1-920-833-7726. You can contact Cosmo at 1-920-420-8838.

 

Read more: Berna Rockets to Late Model Feature Win

 

Czarapatas Continue Dominance, Winkler and Lautenbach Win

A warm Sunday evening greeted race fans as they watched Brandon Czarapata use a little luck and continue his dominance in the IMCA Stock Cars at Seymour Super Speedway. Other feature winners were Jason Czarapata (IMCA Modified), Brad Lautenbach (IMCA Sport Mod), Jerry Winkler (Street Stock) and Brian Johnson (Four-Cylinders)

Brandon Gagnon used the pole position to open up a sizable advantage in the first 5 circuits of the IMCA Stock Car feature. A caution on lap 6 erased his advantage and put Chas Van Ooyen and Barry VanStraten on the leaders back bumper. VanStraten got a great restart and passed Gagnon a lap later. Shawn Wagner and point leader Brandon Czarapata weren’t able to make much ground early as racing in front of them was 2 and 3 wide for the most of the event. Leaving the battle for second Van Straten pulled out to a huge lead. Czarapata worked to second place with 5 laps remaining but couldn’t cut into VanStraten’s lead. As the white flag flew VanStraten’s machine broke and slowed, coasting into the infield ending his all but sure win. This handed the lead over to Czarapata who cruised to his sixth feature win of the season in only eight point nights. With a second place Wagner stays in the title hunt, Greg Wichman had an up and down feature that ended with a third place, defending champion Kyle Fredrick fourth and Van Ooyen fifth.

Photos courtesy of Dan Lewis Photography

Czarapata holds a 15 point edge over Wagner.

IMCA Modified point leader Jason Czarapata took home his 5th feature win of the season.

Marcus Yarie jumped from his pole position to the lead bringing Jay Matthias with as they ran nose to tail early in the contest. With that duo running down low this forced Jason Czarapata out of the preferred racing groove and to the extreme high side. Czarapata pulled even with Matthias for second then chased down Yarie in what was a repeat of the week before, Czarapata took lead with 10 laps remaining and pulled away taking home the win. The race went green to checker. Matthias was finally able to shake Yarie with 5 to go and take home second. Yarie third, Eric Arneson fourth and fresh off the Badger Mod Touring Series win Lance Arneson placed fifth.

Czarapata leads the modified standings by 36 markers over Rookie Eric Arneson.

Jerry Winkler extracted some revenge from last week holding off Gary Kasperek winning the Street Stock feature.

Joe Schwister quickly jumped from fourth to first on the opening lap. Patty Winkler worked to the second spot then took the lead away from Schwister on lap 4. Jerry Winkler made it a family battle racing to the outside of Patty and taking the lead away from her on lap 6. Point leader Gary Kasperek worked to the top 4 in only 5 laps. A caution on lap 9 allowed Kasperek to work to the second spot as he began to chop away at Jerry Winkler’s lead. The caution flew with 2 laps remaining setting up a green white checker finish. Winkler worked the low groove as Kasperek went to the high side. The white flag flew Kasperek pulled right to the back bumper of Winkler but it wasn’t a enough and Winkler scored his first feature win of the season. Becoming only the third driver to win a points night main in the Street Stocks. Kasperek second, third for Patty Winkler in her best run of the season, Schwister fourth and Tony Everard rounded out the top five.

With a second place finish Kasperek pulled out to a huge point lead as second place points man Travis Springstroh broke in the heat race and didn’t make a lap in the feature. Aaron Melchert came into the night third in points, suffered two flat tires and went laps down.

Defending champion Brad Lautenbach picked up his first feature win of the season in the IMCA Sport Mods.

Defending feature winner Tyler Wilson led the first lap before Brad Lautenbach worked down low passing Wilson. Laps later Wilson headed to the pits with mechanical issues. Jason Guyette worked to second but never was never able to challenge Lautenbach who cruised to the win in the caution free feature. Guyette second, Tyler Hackett third, Josh Long fourth and point leader Jeremy Cota was fifth.

Cota still holds a 4 point edge over Lautenbach and Long. Hackett sits just 5 points back in the chase for the crown.

Brian Johnson picked up his second feature win of the season in the four cylinders. Calvin Stueck took over the point lead by placing second in the main event, Trent Nolan who led half the race placed a solid third, Ralph Liegeois Jr. fourth and Cody Hungerford fifth.

Read more: Czarapatas Continue Dominance, Winkler and Lautenbach Win

 

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