Battle for the ages won by Wilinski

By Scott Owen

SHAWANO, Wis. (Aug. 29) – Jerry Wilinski came out on top of a battle for the ages to win his fifth Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified feature in a row and seventh overall Saturday at Shawano Speedway.

Eddie Muenster went from sixth to first on lap one and quickly looked to pull away but a lap four caution erased his lead. Muenster was joined by Wilinski, Jason Czarapata, and Marcus Yarie in a battle for the lead.

The four cars raced together in a tight pack.  Though Muenster continued to lead, all four drivers fought for position lap after lap. At one point Yarie, Czarapata and Wilinski were three-wide for second.

Wilinski tried numerous times to get by Muenster only to be denied. Finally on lap 15, Wilinski made the pass on Muenster stick. Muenster was then forced to go pitside with mechanical woes.

This left Czarapata and Yarie to pursue Wilinski. Those three raced nose to tail over the closing laps with Wilinski winning the race. Czarapata had to settle for second, Yarie third and John Berna came from 20th to finish fourth.

Travis Van Straten scored local win number 14 in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car division.  It was also his 30th win this season as he makes his bid for the national title. Jordan Barkholtz raced to his third Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod win this season at Shawano.