Shawano checkers fly for Stankowski

Mitch Stankowski made a much-anticipated return to victory lane following his first IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature win of the season Saturday at Shawano Speedway. (Photo by Backwoods Captures)

SHAWANO, Wis. (July 22, 2023) – There were some new faces in victory lane at the legendary half-mile Shawano Speedway Saturday night.

Up first was the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car division and the man of the hour would be Mitch Stankowski as he jumped to an early lead from sixth starting and into the lead by two. Travis VanStraten and Dan Michonski followed in what became a three-car breakaway.

Stankowski held his ground, fought off the challenges of his fellow competitors and was not denied as he raced his no. 5 to victory lane.

“It’s nice to win and I want to do it again,” he said. “We definitely have a lot of stout competition here.”

As the checkered flags flew at the line in the $3,000 to win Friesen Performance IMCA Modified feature it was Johnny Whitman, Mike Wedelstadt, Mike Mullen and Konnor Willinski finishing in that order.

However after post-race inspection track officials deemed Whitman was disqualified for a weight infraction which gave the victory and Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational qualifying eligibility to Wedelstadt.  

In a caution slowed Friesen Performance IMCA Northern SportMod feature Doug Belongia Jr., and Dustin “Cheech” Marquardt sat on the front row.  Tommy Rindt and Bryce Clements would be their dancing partners for the front two rows.  At the drop of the green  

Bryce Clements quickly worked his way up to the top spot and led several laps. Local hotshoe Zachary Raab weaved his way toward the front between yellows and after several more cautions and a single file restart, Raab, Tyler Sobiesczyk, J.J. Vanderloop and Jeffery Teske were the front four.

As the white flag flew Sobiesczyk was starting to close the gap but Raab continued to lead the last two circuits and piloted his no. 74 to victory lane.

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