Van Straten makes it eight at Shawano

By Scott Owen

SHAWANO, Wis. (July 4) – Travis Van Straten continued to dominate the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car division at Shawano Speedway with his seventh straight and eighth overall feature win Satur­day night.

Former Modified track champion Jeremie Hedrick led the first two laps before being overtaken by Van Straten.  Hedrick continued to run second until lap seven, when he was passed by Scott Stew­art.

Stewart gave way on lap 12 to Dan Michonski. With Van Straten holding a big lead, Michonski set out to erase that advantage. Lap after lap, Michonski closed the gap and with two laps to go the lead was down to a car length.

Michonski got a fender to the inside of Van Straten exiting turn two, but VanStraten was quicker down the back stretch. Michonski was right on the bumper of VanStraten as the white flag waved. VanStraten held on to win, Michonski finished a strong second after starting in 15th and Dustin Loberger and Justin Jacobsen rounded out the top four.

Jamie Schmidt won for the first time this season at Shawano in the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds while Wyatt Block won his second straight Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature.