By Greg Aregoni
FRANCIS CREEK, Wis. (May 21) – Tyler Hackett only led one lap in Saturday’s Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified feature at 141 Speedway. It just happened to be the most important one as Hackett beat Russ Reinwald by mere inches at the line to pick up his first win of the season.
Reinwald started up front and was hooked up down low while Hackett took the initial green from 12th. Reinwald blew away the field and left the battle for second as a couple cautions would not halt the leader in continuing to pull away.
Hackett ran the extreme top of the race track to get to the front, going four-wide and then three-wide to get into the top five. He found himself in second with seven laps remaining and facing a straightaway disadvantage.
Reinwald stayed down low with lapped cars slowing his progress and allowing Hackett to get to his bumper as the yellow flag flew with two laps remaining. On the restart, Hackett charged hard up on top and edged Reinwald down the backstretch. Reinwald found the speed to lead coming to the white flag lap.
The duo drag raced the entire final lap. Reinwald tried to find a little speed on the final corner and came up the track but Hackett had just enough speed on top and edged Reinwald at the line for the win. Andy Kleczka came home third.
Other winners on the evening included John Heinz in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Mark Schuenemann in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods.
Total car count for the night was 155.
The Red Race for IMCA Modifieds and Nathan Bouche Memorial Race for the IMCA Stock Cars both take place at 141 Speedway next Saturday, May 28. Both draw/redraw events pay $1,000 to win. The Modified feature is also a qualifier for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.