By Dave Buss
SHAWANO, Wis. (April 24) – Hardy fans came out Saturday evening to Shawano Speedway to see Luke Lemmens, Tyler Sobiesczyk and Mike Mullen pick up IMCA feature wins.
Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods led off feature action with Dylan Waldvogel and Sobiesczyk on the front row. Sobiesczyk did not let his great starting position go to waste as he stormed out to a commanding lead in the early part of the race.
Waldvogel was challenged and eventually passed by John Holtger, who got close to the Sobiescyk machine on a couple of occasions but was not able to make the pass. Back in traffic, Jayden Schmidt was working his way forward in a spirited battle with Jeffrey Teske and Max Oreskovich.
Schmidt eventually grabbed the third spot with Teske fourth. After troubles in his heat race, Teske had recovered by winning the “B” main.
Early on it looked like the IMCA Modified main would be the Eddie Munster show. Muenster rocketed to a large lead on lap number one and began to pull away while last week’s winner Mullen began to move forward along with Marcus Yarie.
Mullen and Yarie both started in the fifth row and by lap seven were starting to reel in Muenster. Mullen got by the Muenster machine on lap eight with Yarie grabbing second on lap nine. Lucas Lamberies followed suit and grabbed the third spot on lap 10.
Mechanical problems ended the night for Muenster while Mullen was cruising to victory. Yarie held off Lamberies for second with Johnny Whitman and Konnor Wilinski rounding out the top five.
Dan Michonski, coming off a tough opening night, went to go to a backup ride while his primary IMCA Sunoco Stock Car is being repaired. He jumped to an early lead but was soon joined by Chucky Forstner and Eric Arneson in a battle for the top spot. Trent Nolan also joined the battle throughout the middle of the race.
A caution took the Arneson machine out of contention a few laps later. Luke Lemmens powered his way to the front and eventually wrestled away the top spot from Forstner in a great side by side battle. Lemmens, returning to the speedway for the first time in nine years, grabbed the checkered flag with Forstner finishing second. Travis Van Straten would grab third with Nolan finishing fourth.