Snellenberger survives late challenge

By Edward Anschutz

SEYMOUR, Wis. (Aug. 7) – Rod Snellenberger held off a determined Jeremy Christians on the final lap to score his first IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature win of the season Friday at Outagamie Speedway powered by EWSC.

Harley Simon paced the opening laps until Snellenberger slipped by on lap eight. Logan Leary and Christians quickly worked to the back bumper of Snellenberger with all three drivers running the cushion.

Christians went to the low side several times but couldn’t find the grip to get by early on. That bat­tle allowed Snellenberger to distance himself from the field. With three laps remaining, Leary got loose, allowing Christians to slip into second. Christians quickly caught the leader and made a last-ditch effort on the final corner in his attempt to earn his 100th IMCA feature, diving to the in­side as they came to the checkers.

In the end it was Snellenberger first to the stripe by half a car over Christians. Larry Karcz Jr., Brandon Czarapata and Dan Michonski completed the top five.

In IMCA Modified action it was Kevin Feck leading early until J.J. Andersen took over the top spot on lap seven. Andersen’s reign up front was short lived as Mike Mullen threw a slider to take the lead on lap nine. Mullen went unchallenged the remainder of the event to score a clean sweep on the night. Johnny Whitman extended his point lead with a second-place finish and Andersen had his best run of the season to place third.

Travis Rhoades took the lead of the Karl Kustoms Northern Sport Mod feature on lap seven and held off a late-race charge from Skyler Woods to score his second feature win of the season.

Matt Brehmer outlasted Jake Peters to score a clean sweep in the Mach-1 Sport Compacts.