Mroczkowski edges Van Straten for Outagamie checkers

By Edward Anschutz 

SEYMOUR, Wis. (Aug. 21) – Josh Mroczkowski took the lead with five laps remaining and went on to win the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature by inches over Travis Van Straten at Outagamie Speedway Friday night.

Tyler Wendt raced from the outside pole to the lead on the opening lap. Mroczkowski came to call just past the midway point to take the lead away from Wendt down low. The duo traded the lead over the next few laps with Mroczkowski racing back to the top spot on lap 15.

Mroczkowski moved to the upper groove, which allowed Logan Leary and Van Straten to race three-wide under the leader. As the checkers flew it was a two-horse race of Van Straten and Mrocz­kowski racing to the finish line as the pair came across the stripe in a visual dead heat. Tran­sponder scoring gave the victory to Mroczkowski by a mere .049 seconds. Wendt had his best run of the year to place third.

In IMCA Modified action it was Chase Parker taking command of the race early on as point leader Johnny Whitman raced to the runner-up position with a handful of laps remaining. Whitman raced to the back bumper of the leader.

On the final lap Whitman, threw a slider coming into turn one to take the lead. Parker made the crossover back under Whitman to regain the top, holding it all the way to the checkers.  Whitman had to settle for second at the pay window while Josh Long was third.

Aaron Butterbrodt led all 20 laps on his way to his first Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod feature of the season. Evan Staeck chased Butterbrodt all the way to the checkers to earn a solid second place.

Matt Brehmer was once again victorious in the Mach-1 Sport Compacts.