Czarapata gets first Outagamie win of season

By Edward Anschutz

SEYMOUR, Wis. (June 25) – Friday’s IMCA Modified headliner at Outagamie Speedway started with J.J. Andersen jumping to an early lead as Cody Schroeder and Jason Czarapata gave chase.

Czarapata was the first to work the cushion, working his way around Schroeder for second. Czarapata set his sights on Andersen, who was running the tires. Czarapata swept around Andersen and to the lead on lap nine. Schroeder followed suit around the outside, closing right to the back bumper of Czarapata.

Schroeder made every move possible but couldn’t find the grip to make the pass. Czarapata scored his first win of the season and a clean sweep to boot. Schroeder had to settle for second at the pay window, Andersen was third. The race went green to checkers.

Evan Staeck quickly jumped to the lead in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car main. Early cautions allowed Rod Snellenberger and Chas Van Ooyen to close in. Snellenberger used this to his advantage, working to lead on lap nine.

Van Ooyen applied heavy pressure on Snellenberger, taking the lead on lap 15. Snellenberger came roaring back on the outside, pulling even with Van Ooyen. On the final lap, Van Ooyen was able to gain a little breathing room to score the win. Snellenberger took second and Travis Van Straten placed third.

In Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod action it was Travis Rhodes leading the opening circuits from his front row starting position. A series of cautions kept the field bunched up and on the tail of Rhodes.

Rhodes came under fire from Elijah Koenig. Koenig was able to find the extra grip down, passing Rhodes for the lead. The race stayed clean and green the rest of way with Koenig continuing his hot streak and picking up the win.

Ryan Schmidt closed in late but had to settle for second. Rhodes was third.

And in the Mach-1 Sport Compacts, David Cox set the pace early with Justin Finlan and Kyle Jorgenson giving chase. A caution on lap 13 bunched the field. On the restart, Finlan wrestled the lead away but Cox came storming back two laps later. Cox held off a hard charging Jorgenson to pick up his first win of the season. Jorgenson was second and Thomas Schulte took third.