Stock Car checkers fly at Shawano for Van Straten

By Scott Owen

SHAWANO, Wis. (June 20) – Travis Van Straten passed Brandon Czarapata with two laps remain­ing to win the Saturday IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature, and $750 top prize, at Shawano Speedway.

Josh Mroczkowski and Mike Schmidt took turns in the lead before Czarapata went by both on lap four. Two circuits later it was Rod Snellenberger and Van Straten heading the pursuit.

A caution on lap 13 bunched the field up but Czarapata got a good restart and held the lead. Snellenberger pulled into the pits on lap 17 and Schmidt joined Czarapata and Van Straten in the top three.

Van Straten moved to the inside of Czarapata on lap 18 and the pair raced side-by-side the next two times around the oval with Czarapata holding the lead each lap by a fender.

On lap 24, Van Straten again went under Czarapata and this time nudged ahead by inches as the pair took the white flag. Entering turn one, Van Straten drove in deeper than Czarapata and slid up the track into the high groove.

Van Straten held off Czarapata through turns three and four to win the race. Schmidt took third.

Jerry Wilinski scored the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified win while Lucas Lamberies won his se­cond straight Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod victory.

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