Schmidt sweeps IMCA Modified action at Outagamie

By Edward Anschutz 

SEYMOUR, Wis. (July 31) – Night six of the season saw 120-plus cars on action and Jamie Schmidt proved to be the fastest of the 41 IMCA Modifieds entered.

Mark Schuenemann shot to the lead of the Modified feature from the front row as Schmidt, Ja­son Czarapata and Benji LaCrosse gave chase. Schuenemann worked the outside groove with the competition hot on his heals running the same groove.

A caution with three laps remaining changed everything. As the race resumed, Schuenemann went to the bottom groove, which allowed Schmidt to slip by up top. Schmidt pulled away to score the win and a clean sweep to boot.

Lucas Lamberies made a late race charge to place second, Schuenemann was third, LaCrosse took fourth and Jason Czarapata completed the top five.

After a rough start, the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature resumed with Tim Paitrick pacing the field be­fore Eric Arneson stormed by for the top spot on lap five. Brandon Czarapata and Rod Snellen­berger were in hot pursuit until a flat tire sent Snellenberger pitside.

Meanwhile, Czarapata began applying heavy pressure to Arneson in the closing laps. In the end, Arneson held off a persistent Czarapata to score the win. Czarapata had to settle for second at the pay window. Larry Karcz Jr. had his best run of the season to place third and Logan Leary and Brett Wenzel rounded out the top five.

Brady Harshberger jumped to the lead on the first lap of the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod feature and never looked back, scoring his first-ever feature win and a clean sweep on the night. Trailing Harshberger to the checkers were Jake Carpenter, Elijah Koenig, Jeff Schmuhl and Aa­ron Butterbrodt.

Cody Booth was victorious in the Mach-1 Sport Compact main event.