By Scott Owen
SHAWANO, Wis. (July 9) – Racing for only the third time at the track at which he grew up turning wrenches for his father Jerry, Konnor Wilinski scored the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified feature win on the sixth annual Racing For a Reason night at the Shawano Speedway.
Once again this year, the track set forth to raise money for childhood cancer awareness and once again proved successful.
Rob Charapata led lap one before a caution came out for debris on the track. On the ensuing lap, Wilinski made an inside pass for the lead.
On lap three, Matt Oreskovich moved into the second spot and by lap five Joel Seegert raced his way to third and looked to be a contender. As Wilinski led, Seegert moved up to second on lap seven.
Seegert, running the highest of grooves around the track, pulled to the outside of Wilinski in a battle for the lead on lap nine. As the duo fought for the lead, Seegert got into the front stretch wall, ending his night and bringing out a yellow flag.
Wilinski led the rest of the way, fending off a hard-charging Marcus Yarie. Over the late stages of the race RM VanPay, who started 20th, charged to third. Not to be outdone, 23rd starting Clint Forstner finished in fourth. Johnny Whitman came home in fifth place.
In other feature action, Rod Snellenberger (IMCA Sunoco Stock Car) and Kyle Raddant (Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod) won features for the second week in a row.