By Scott J. Owen
SHAWANO, Wis. (June 25, 2022) – Though the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car division is known as The Class Too Tough To Tame, it doesn’t always feature a three-wide battle for the lead for nearly half of the race.
But Saturday night at Shawano Speedway it sure did with Trent Nolan prevailing for his fourth win of the year.
Fresh off an impressive heat race win earlier in the evening, Dylan Stedjee took the lead on lap one. Tyler Wendt pressured Stedjee from the start, pulled alongside the leader on more than one occasion while Kyle Frederick, Nolan and Luke Lemmens joined the battle at the front of the field.
Frederick pulled to the outside of Stedjee on lap seven to take the lead. Lemmens quickly made it three-wide for the lead with Frederick and Stedjee. Frederick continued to lead as Lemmens ran second and Nolan moved to third.
On lap 11, Frederick, Lemmens and Nolan began their three-wide battle for the win that would continue for the final nine laps of the race. Most often it was Frederick on the outside, Lemmens in the middle and Nolan on the inside.
Frederick continued to lead lap after lap by a slight margin. On lap 18 the three racers squeezed together on the back stretch with Lemmens caught in the middle as both his front tires were off the ground. The three separated enough for Lemmens to get all four tires back on the track and continued on with their three-wide battle.
As the checkered flag flew, somehow Nolan found enough grip in the track to inch ahead. Nolan held the lead for probably 10 feet, but it was enough to get the win over Frederick by 13 thousandth’s of a second, less than the blink of an eye. Lemmens would have to settle for third.
Jeffrey Teske also got win number four in the Friesen Performance IMCA Northern SportMods while Mike Mullen raced to his first local Friesen Performance IMCA Modified win of 2022.
Racing will continue next Saturday with the Salute to Veterans. Military veterans will get in free with a military ID. Full results and more information can be found online at www.ShawanoSpeedway.net.