By Greg Aregoni
FRANCIS CREEK, Wis. (June 14) – On Friday night, Troy Jerovetz led at the white flag and spun. Saturday night he redeemed himself by earning the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified feature win.
Mike Joski and Troy Jerovetz started on the front row and for the majority of the race they stayed the top two. Joski led the opening four laps before it was General time. Jerovetz rode around the top of the track and into the lead on lap five.
He built up a straightaway lead by halfway. Shawn Kilgore had forward bite all night as he worked his way to the front after starting 11th. Unfortunately for Kilgore the race went caution-free and Jerovetz had already checked out from the field.
Jerovetz won his first feature of the season at 141 while atoning for Friday’s late-race spin at Luxemburg. Kilgore finished second. Tony Wedelstadt raced up front all feature long and finished third.
Other winners included John Heinz in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Mike Dauphinais in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods.
Rick Mahlberg has probably never disliked lapped traffic more than in the Stock Car showdown. Mahlberg jumped up front in the feature and led through a couple early cautions.
Heinz sped from eighth to second and tracked down Mahlberg. Heinz stayed patient in attempting the pass for the lead. Luke Lemmens made it a three-car race over the next 10 laps. Lapped traffic helped decide this feature as Mahlberg came up on Peter Frasier with four laps remaining.
Frasier got loose in front of the leader, prompting Mahlberg to hit the brakes. Heinz shot under Mahlberg and into the lead. A final caution set up a green, white, checkered finish. Troy Muench came back into the mix and shot to the outside of Heinz as the white flag flew.
Heinz was too tough down low and pulled Muench for his third win of the season. Mahlberg had to settle for third. Bret Koehler charged all the way from the back after going down pit lane to finish fourth.
Race Van Pay led 19 laps and every inch but the last one in the Northern SportMod main.
Van Pay worked the lead with Hunter Parsons in tow throughout the first half of the race. The youngsters put on quite a show, never touching while racing side-by-side. Van Pay was able to always pull Parsons out of the corners.
A final caution flew with 10 laps remaining allowing Dauphinais and Brandon Long to join the leaders. Van Pay stayed in the clear up front by himself with Parsons, Long and Dauphinais going three-wide at times for second.
With three laps to go, Long ran the outside with Dauphinais down low as they took the race three-wide again, only this time for the lead. Van Pay and Dauphinais saw the white flag first with one lap to settle the score. Off turn four, Van Pay gave Dauphinais just enough room on the bottom and he used it. Dauphinais beat Van Pay by mere inches for the win.
It was his first win of the season. Van Pay settled for second in his best career feature finish.