By Edward Anschutz
SEYMOUR, Wis. (June 16, 2023) – Jordan Bartz and Eric Arneson both raced their way to the winner’s circle Friday at Outagamie Speedway.
Fresh off a heat race win, Chris Pigeon paced the opening laps of the Friesen Performance IMCA Modified feature. Pigeon ran the cushion as Bartz went to work down low.
Bartz made the pass for the top spot on lap four and never looked back, cruising to her first feature win of the season and a clean sweep on the night. Lucas Lamberies rallied late to place second, last week’s winner Cole Czarneski took third and Jason Ebert rounded out the top four.
Ken Schrader moved up seven spots in the feature to place 12th.
Week in and week out, the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars put on a show for the fans, this week was no exception. Aaron Karcz looked to have the field covered but several cautions kept his competitors close. Austin Jansen and Eric Arneson made it a 3-car battle for the lead, with Arneson coming out on top with 10 to go.
A caution with five to go set up a dash to the checkers. Arneson worked the low groove as Chase Parker rallied on the cushion.
Parker and Arneson exchanged the lead several times in the remaining laps. The duo came to the checker side by side. When the dust settled it was Arneson collecting the win by .007 seconds. Parker placed second, Rod Snellenberger was third and Larry Karcz Jr. took fourth.
In Friesen Performance IMCA Northern SportMod action it was Skyler Woods pulling a slider on Bernie Miller with four laps remaining to take the lead. Once up front, Woods pulled away to score the win. Miller took a strong second, Chris Kuchta has his best run of the season to take third and Jordan Janke was fourth. The race went green to checkers.
Defending Mach-1 IMCA Sport Compact track champion Thomas Schulte celebrated the news that he and wife Lexi are going to have a baby girl by scoring a clean sweep with a heat and feature win in another caution-free race. Cody Booth made a hard charge to the front to place second, Al Cottrell took third and Ben Schulte took home fourth in his first visit of the season.