Top side leads LaCrosse to Outagamie victory lane

By Edward Anschutz 

SEYMOUR, Wis. (July 12) – Benji LaCrosse took the top line to victory lane in IMCA Modified action Friday at Outagamie Speedway. 

Marcus Yarie had built up a straightaway advantage over Johnny Whitman but a caution on lap nine halted his progress. On the restart, Yarie collected an infield tire sending it onto that track that caused another caution. 

Yarie was sent to the tail of the field, handing the lead over to Whitman. With Whitman running the tires LaCrosse worked the top groove and was able to slip by Whitman on lap 12. 

LaCrosse put it on cruise control all the way to victory lane with his second feature win of the sea­son. Whitman had a solid points night with second, rookie Cody Schroeder continued to impress by taking third place, Justin Ritchie came through the last chance race to take fourth and Josh Long completed the top five in his first visit of the season.   

An opening lap crash in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature saw point leader Josh Mroczkowski head pit side with damage. As the race resumed, Zach Spangenberg went to battle with Bran­don Czarapata. 

Czarapata got the upper hand, taking the lead on lap five. Czarapata was dogged the remainder of the event by Eric Arneson, who just couldn’t find the grip needed to make the pass. 

Czarapata held on for his first feature win of the season. He also became the seventh different winner in as many nights. 

The Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod feature got off to a slow start as rookie Tanner Schultz ended up on his roof, causing a red flag. Schultz emerged unscathed but his racecar wasn’t so lucky. Kurt Moeller then paced the field until Kenny Richards raced by up top on lap 11. 

Richards pulled away for the win, in his first visit of the season.