Patience pays off for Arneson

Patience paid off for Lance Arneson in the form of the Saturday night IMCA Modified feature win at Shawano Speedway. (Photo by A and H Photos)

By Scott Owen

SHAWANO, Wis. (May 6) – Lance Arneson proved what mom always said, that patience is a vir­tue, Saturday at Shawano Speedway.

Like a lion stalking his prey, Arneson waited for the optimal moment to pounce, with a turn four pass for the lead on the final lap to win his first IMCA Modified feature of the year.

Konnor Wilinski grabbed the lead on lap one as his dad Jerry moved to second. Arneson soon got past Jerry Wilinski to move to second.

Konnor Wilinski and Arneson ran away and hid from the rest of the pack as they eventually had a near straight away advantage over third-running Jerry Wilinski. As Konnor Wilinski contin­ued to lead, Arneson stayed within a car length while sizing up the leader and patiently waiting to make a move.

Lap after lap ticked away with Konnor Wilinski still leading.  With two laps remaining, Arneson took a peak to the inside. Wilinski shut the door, though, and continued to lead. Entering turn one on the final lap, Arneson again had a nose to the inside of Wilinski but again the leader was faster out of turn two.

Entering turn three, Arneson again got inside of Wilinski, and this time he would not be denied as the duo ran side-by-side through turns three and four.  On the front stretch Arneson pulled ahead and beat Wilinski to the checkered flag.

Travis Van Straten won a second straight IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature while Jordan Bahrkoltz hoisted the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod trophy.