Four IMCA drivers see victory lane to open season at Outagamie

By Scott J. Owen

SEYMOUR, Wis. (May 3, 2024) – Mother Nature was a race fan this week as the 2024 racing season kicked off at the Outagamie Speedway presented by Klink Equipment and Elite Coatings.  A full pit area of 132 cars signed in for night one action.

IMCA feature winners on the night included Colton See, Brandon Czarapata, Konnor Wilinski, and Taylor Junk.

Cole Slezewski led early in the Friesen Performance IMCA Northern SportMod feature before giving way to See.  See was soon chased by Derek Fehling.  See saw his way through lapped traffic better though and was able to keep Fehling at bay.

In the end it was See followed by Fehling and Jake Carpenter.

The IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature was more exciting than Thor at a 2-for-1 hammer sale.

Czarapata and Josh Mroczkowski dueled early with Rod Snellenberger and Mike Mullen tight behind them. Mullen soon moved to second and showed the nose of his car to Czarapata multiple times.

Mullen took the lead on lap nine but it was Czarapata storming back to the lead the next circuit. Mullen then took the lead right back. Czarapata tucked his car under Mullen entering turn one of lap 15 to retake the lead one more time.

A late-race yellow bunched the field up but Czarapata would not be deterred. It would be Czarapata followed by Mullen and Snellenberger at the finish.

Derek Jahnke led the first two laps of the Friesen Performance IMCA Modified feature before Wilinski took over. Wilinski held serve the rest of the way as he held off a late challenge from Brian Mullen.  Wilinski, Mullen and Johnny Whitman took occupancy in the top three. 

The Mach-1 IMCA Sport Compact feature saw Taylor Junk score the win over Thomas Schulte and Al Cottrell.  

Racing will continue next Friday night as late models will join the action along with the regular weekly divisions. Pits open at 4 p.m., the grandstands open at 5 p.m. and racing starts at 6:30 p.m.

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