Mission accomplished for Karl

By Scott J. Owen

SHAWANO, Wis, (Aug. 20, 2022) – Andy Karl survived a caution slowed Friesen Performance IMCA Modified feature to score his first-ever feature win at the historic half mile Shawano Speedway Saturday night.

Former rookie of the year Adam Jacobson took the lead at the start of the event. Karl went to the inside on lap three to take the lead. Karl survived and used multiple restarts to maintain his advantage at the front of the field.

JJ Anderson applied pressure to the leader before mechanical woes ended his night. Late in the race, Karl held off Jayden Schmidt for the win. Schmidt advanced 13 spots for second. Lucas Lamberies finished third. Ageless Jerry Muenster was fourth and Marcus Yarie advanced 11 spots to take fifth.  

The Friesen Performance IMCA Northern SportMod feature hit the track with third generation racer JJ Vanderloop leading lap one. 

Vanderloop quickly began to pull away from the rest of the field as Mike Springborn ran second on the grid. As Vanderloop clicked off lap after lap in the lead, Bryce Clements, Jeffery Teske and Cory Kemkes began working their way forward in the field.

By lap 10, Clements had worked to second while Teske moved to fourth. A caution after lap 13 bunched the field back up. Vanderloop continued to lead but Clements was able to stay with him now.

Teske went to the inside of Springborn for third on lap 14. Another caution came out after lap 17. Teske used the outside line on the restart to snag the lead from Vanderloop. Teske led the rest of the way for the win. Clements passed Vanderloop as well for second. Vanderloop, Kemkes and JJ’s brother Jerry Vanderloop completed the top five.   

In IMCA Sunoco Stock Car action, Tyler Wendt led lap one before giving way to Mitch Stankowski on lap two.

Kyle Frederick passed Stankowski for the lead on lap five. Frederick then pulled away for the win.  Stankowski, Jeff Kropp, Wendt and Vern Stedjee rounded out the top five.