Van Pay conquers 33-car IMCA Modified field at 141

By Greg Aregoni

FRANCIS CREEK, Wis. (April 25) – R.M. Van Pay showed he is still one of the top hands in the poker division that is the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified class after all his years in competi­tion. Van Pay bested a star-studded 33-car field Saturday at 141 Speedway.

Jay Matthias was putting the lap money in his pocket early, working the berm smoothly while Van Pay settled into second.

Not content to just occasionally take a peak underneath, Van Pay made his move halfway through the event. He shot down low heading into turn one as Matthias had his right rear tire go down.

Van Pay cleared Matthias and then set sail on the top of the track. Van Pay picked up the cau­tion-free feature event win, his career 123rd in the division. Kyle Kudick prevailed in a late-race duel with Tim Czarneski for the runner-up spot.

John Heinz picked up his second straight IMCA Sunoco Stock Car victory. Other winners included Ryan Lemieux in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Shaun Bangart being awarded the Mach-1 Sport Compact victory after a disqualification.

One hundred and sixty-one cars literally packed the pits Saturday night at Francis Creek.