Opening night checkers at Shawano fly for Christians, Schmidt, Mullen

Defending track champion Jayden Schmidt was the opening night Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod feature winner at Shawano Speedway. (Photo by Turn 2 Photos)

SHAWANO, Wis. (April 17) – Welcome sights on opening night at Shawano Speedway included a nearly packed grandstand and 111 cars checking in to the pit area. 

Eric ‘Chummy’ Arneson would return to racing action at the speedway in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car divi­sion and would battle through caution the opening laps to take the lead on lap four, powering past the Chucky Forstner machine and bringing Jeremy Christians along with him. 

Arneson and Christians were joined by Kevin Hebbe in the top three before numerous cautions set up a final lap shoot out that found Christians jumping past Arneson to pick up another feature win.

The constant throughout the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod event was defending track champion Jayden Schmidt leading the pack. Schmidt gained the top spot from Jason Jach on lap two and survived multiple restarts to pick up the feature win. 

Jeff Schmuhl powered through the field from his ninth place starting spot to grab second while Jeffrey Teske took third.

The IMCA Modifieds rolled on the track with Mike Mullen to the outside of Nick Holtger on the front row. Mullen did not let the great starting spot go to waste as he jumped to the lead on lap one. 

Marcus Yarie followed Mullen with Lucas Lamberies taking the third spot. Mullen dominated the event to pick up the win with Yarie and Lamberies left to entertain the crowd.

They did not disappoint as they put on an exciting two-car battle for second. When the dust settled it was Yarie in the runner-up spot with Lamberies in third.