IMCA champions crowned at Seymour

imca_fi_weeklyBy Edward Anschutz

SEYMOUR, Wis. (Aug. 25) – IMCA track champions were crowed Sunday at Seymour Super Speedway.

While Brandon Czarapata capped off another stellar season by scoring his eighth feature win of the season in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, all eyes were focused on track point leader John Heinz who came into the night with a one point advantage over Rod Snellenberger.

The duo stayed locked together the entire race, most of which saw Snellenberger on the rear bumper of Heinz as they ran the low groove. With five laps remaining, Snellenberger moved up to the middle groove in desperation to get by Heinz. Snellenberger inched closer as the white flag came down.

Any chance at a last-lap pass was wiped away when Travis Springstroh went barrel rolling out of turn four resulting in a red flag. He emerged shaken but OK. Since Czarapata had taken the white the flag, the race was over, giving the championship to Heinz. It was his second title of the season after winning at 141 Speedway the last night. Jeremy Wiitala finished out a solid season placing second, Bill Kelsey was third followed by Heinz and Snellenberger.

The Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods were next to crown a champion as Jeremy Cota came into the night with a nine point edge over Cody Hokenstad and Tracy Wassenberg. That group immediately became to a two-horse race with Wassenberg deciding not to race the final night.

Beau Handschke looked to be the next first time winner as he drove away from the field, opening up a straight away lead. Cota’s claim for the crown was lost as he suffered a flat tire, sending him pitside. Cota went several laps down as his title hopes vanished. Last week’s winner Josh Long caught Handschke and was able to use a crossover move to take the lead with a handful of laps remaining.

Long led the rest of the way in picking up the win. Hokenstad placed second and earned his first career track title. Handschke had a career best third with J.J. Anderson and Hunter Parsons rounding out the top five.

The IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified title was a little less anticlimactic with Jason Czarapata just having to take the green flag to win the title. The championship was his second in a row at Seymour.

With the Modified main underway, Troy Jerovetz flew by Jamie Schmidt for the lead on lap six. Benji LaCrosse blasted through the field whisking by Jerovetz on lap 10. LaCrosse led the remainder of the contest with a dominating performance. Second went to Czarapata, Jerovetz was third, Jay Matthias rallied to fourth after a trip down pit lane and Eric Arneson was fifth.

Patty Winkler held off Ryan Blank score her first Street Stock feature at Seymour. Winkler became only the second female to ever win a feature in the 30 years of N.E.W. Dirt. Calvin Stueck claimed his sixth feature of the season in the Sport Fours.

The Faster Pastor race was won by Lavern Bunnell of United Methodist. The Spectator Eliminator win went to Joel Schmidt.