Wilinski, Christians win again at Shawano

By Scott Owen

SHAWANO, Wis. (June 18) – Saturday was a night of familiar faces in victory lane at Shawano Speedway, as Jerry Wilinski secured his second straight IMCA Modified feature and Jeremy Chris­tians outdueled Travis VanStraten for his second IMCA Sunoco Stock Car victory of the season. 

Norman Walbruck snagged the lead on lap one of the Modified and held that spot until lap five when Wilinski charged to the front.  Wilinski was in control for the duration of the race for his second consecutive win.

Kevin Feck eventually prevailed in the battled for second with Brekken Kleinschmidt taking third. 

Kurt Olson took the lead at the start of the Stock Car main event before giving way to Mike Schmidt on lap four.  Behind Schmidt it was Christians, VanStraten and Trent Nolan moving to­ward the front of the field. 

Schmidt, Christians, and VanStraten went three-wide for the lead on lap 10.  Christians eventu­ally eased ahead of the field, but not for long as VanStraten took the lead on lap 12.

Christians and VanStraten battled side by side over the next few laps with Christians eventually gaining the advantage. In the end it was Christians for the win followed by VanStraten, Nolan, Nate Michonski and Schmidt.

Rookie Andy Klosterman led the opening lap of the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod feature before Jason Jach took over on lap two with an outside pass. Jach remained committed to the outside groove of the track for the duration of the race and was not to be denied his first win of the year.