Mid-Summer Classic brings two nights of action to Shawano

Mike Mullen was a double winner on opening night of Shawano Speedway’s Mid-Summer Classic, scoring both IMCA Modified and IMCA Sunoco Stock Car victories. (Photo by Shawn Fredenberg, Turn 2 Photos)

SHAWANO, Wis. (July 23-24) – Fans were given two opportunities to watch racing action at Shawano Speedway as the Mid-Summer Classic kicked off on Friday.

Mike Mullen was the story on opening night, picking up All-Star Invitational qualifying eligibility wins in both the IMCA Modified and IMCA Sunoco Stock Car divisions in very impressive fashion while Jayden Schmidt paced the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods.

Saturday would provide just as much action as Marcus Yarie, Jeffery Teske and Chucky Forstner found victory lane.

The Northern SportMods kicked action off with what looked to be another great run by Max Oreskovich jumping to the early lead. Oreskovich led the early part of the race with Schmidt giving him a
stiff challenge for the top spot. 

Jeff Schmuhl and Teske joined the battle up front. As the leaders entered turn one, Oreskovich’s engine expired, taking him to the outside wall and collecting Schmidt, who was able to continue after a trip to pit lane. 

Schmuhl also suffered mechanical issues during the caution and retired his car for the night. Meanwhile, Teske assumed the top spot on the restart and then drive off to a dominating win.

The Stock Cars took the track and it looked as if the race was over before it started as Travis Van Straten led the field to the green flag.

Van Straten jumped ahead early and built a lead. Forstner started in the fourth row and began to move forward and found himself in second a second and a half behind Van Straten. Forstner worked the high side as Van Straten stuck to the bottom. 

Forstner caught up with Van Straten and made his move to the outside, grabbing the top spot. Forstner cruised to the B & B Chassis All-Star Invitational qualifying eligibility win. Van Straten took the runner-up spot with Jeremy Christians third and Trent Nolan fourth.

The Modifieds took off with Jerry Muenster and Yarie on the front row. Yarie would not let his top spot go to waste as he jumped to the front spot and led the 20-lap feature from green to checkers, becoming eligible for Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational qualifying. 

Wyatt Block rocketed to second. Johnny Whitman charged from his fifth row starting spot to grab third while Jerry Wilinski was fourth. Brekken Kleinschmidt advanced seven spots to fifth.