By Greg Aregoni
FRANCIS CREEK, Wis. (April 18) – 141 Speedway kicked off the much anticipated season with a bang on Saturday night as 147 drivers signed in to do battle and be one of the first cars to lock up their spot in the chase.
Brad Lautenbach picked up his first IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified win of the season and a $1,000 pay day courtesy of Prestige Custom Cabinetry.
Lautenbach, the defending Allstar Performance State champion and already on the ballot for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational, picked the one pill and then had to wait to officially lead any laps as the race saw four cautions before the first circuit was scored.
Lautenbach stayed in charge in a contest that went caution-free from that point. Brian Mullen got close a couple times but could never challenge.
Mike Montie passed Matt Brehmer early in the Mach-1 Sport Compact main event. Montie led every lap en route to the win over Brehmer. The win for Montie makes him the first-ever feature winner in Wisconsin under the IMCA Sport Compact division banner. Roger Braun came home third in front of Justin Erickson and Dustin Delveaux.
John Heinz showed why he is a former champion in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car division. Heinz took the green flag and checked out from the field, winning by a full straightaway.
Cody Schroeder started his second year in the division with an impressive win in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods.