Barkholtz, VanStraten return to victory lane

Berner, Wilinski score dominant wins
By: 

Scott Owen, Special to the Leader


Photo by A&H Photos Ron Berna was the Lade Models feature race Saturday at Shawano Speedway.

Photo by A&H Photos Max Orekovich won the Mighty Fours feature Saturday at Shawano Speedway.

While storms passed to the north and south of the Shawano Speedway on Saturday, the track once again showed how the racing community is one big family. Hunter Doughty, a teenager from the New London area who has fought back from some severe medical issues, was the first to visit Victory Lane. Along with his family, Hunter was presented with a trophy, feature winner hat, sticker and a photo of his favorite driver by the Shawano Speedway.

IMCA Modifieds

The IMCA Modifieds were the first to tackle the half-mile as their feature rolled trackside with Cody Hudson and Michael Bailey leading them to the green flag. Hudson jumped to the early advantage over Bailey until a lap 3 caution.

On the restart, Konnor Wilinski drove past Hudson to capture the top spot. Wilinski then drove away from the field, building a commanding lead. While a couple of cautions slowed Wilinski, the action behind him picked up.

On lap 15 Konnor’s father, Jerry Wilinski, grabbed the runner-up spot from Lance Arneson. At the checkered flag, it would be Konnor with the win. Jerry grabbed second with Mark Weisnicht taking third.

IMCA Stock Cars

The IMCA Stock Cars division once again proved that not only are they the greatest show on dirt but also that the cream rises to the top. Luke Uttecht used his pole position to grab the point for the first half of the race. Barry Streck ran second with Josh Mrockowski in third. Behind this group were Justin Jacobson, Travis VanStraten and Dan Michonski. Jacobson grabbed the top spot on lap 11, bringing the VanStraten machine with him to second.

Michonski moved into the third spot a lap later and began his pursuit of the top two. VanStraten powered past Jacobson on lap 19 and rode off to his third win in seven days at the speedway.

Michonski slipped past Jacobson on the final lap to take second. Matt Alvey grabbed fourth, with Gary Kasparek rounding out the top five.

Late Models

The Late Models division took to the track with Derek Janke and Josh Moesch showing the way.

Janke led the first two laps, only to have Moesch move past him on lap 3. Moesch and Janke held the top two spots as Troy Springborn looked for an opening. While Springborn looked for a lane to open up, Ron Berna was quickly moving forward. A slight bobble by Janke briefly slowed both he and Springborn, opening a door for Berna to jump to second. One lap later, Berna powered past Moesch, grabbed the lead cruised to victory. Brett Swedberg made his way to the runner-up spot, with Tim Buhler, Chris Engels and Justin Schmidt rounding out the top five.

IMCA Sport Mods

Jordan Barkholtz, last week’s feature winner, would have some work to do if a repeat was in the cards. Barkholtz hit the track starting in the eighth spot as the IMCA Sport Mods took to the half-mile.

Kevin Bethke grabbed the lead on lap two with Jason Jach in the runner-up spot. Bethke and Jach held the top two spots over Brock Saunders and Kyle Raddant as Barkholtz started to move forward. Barkholtz grabbed the second spot from Jach on lap 12 and then the lead from Bethke the following lap.

From that point on it was all Barkholtz. Bethke finished second, with Jach maintained third. Jason Ebert piloted his car to fourth, and Raddant finished fifth.

Mighty Fours

The four-cylinders feature concluded the night’s racing schedule. Max Oreskovich dominated the race, grabbing the lead on lap three and never looking back. Hollie Welch moved to the runner-up spot on lap six, with Calvin Stueck moving to third. Stueck took second from Welch on lap 11.

The checkers waved over a top five of Oreskovich, Stueck, Hollie Welch, Michael Brehmer and Travis Welch.

Shawano Speedway

Aug. 5

A Modifieds

A Feature 1: 1. 6-Konnor Wilinski, (8); 2. 9-Jerry Wilinski, (10); 3. 18W-Mark Weisnicht, (11); 4. 75A-Lance Arneson, (9); 5. 42S-Jamie Schmidt, (13); 6. 88-Jeremie Hendricks, (17); 7. 5M-Eddie Muenster, (7); 8. 79M-Jerry Muenster, (6); 9. 32-Rob Krull, (5); 10. 75O-Matt Oreskovich, (18); 11. 69W-Tony Wedelstadt, (12); 12. 31SC-Joe Schwister, (14); 13. 5X-Joey Taycher, (4); 14. 41B-Michael Bailey, (2); 15. 08F-Mike Fillion, (21); 16. 25T-Paul Thorpe, (16); 17. 21F-Kevin Feck, (19); 18. 03-Cody Hudson, (1); 19. 31S-Trevor Spaulding, (20); 20. 88X-Shawn Frelich, (3); 21. 66D-Tyler DeBouche, (15)

Heat 1: 1. 5M-Eddie Muenster, (5); 2. 32-Rob Krull, (3); 3. 69W-Tony Wedelstadt, (7); 4. 41B-Michael Bailey, (2); 5. 42S-Jamie Schmidt, (4); 6. 25T-Paul Thorpe, (1); 7. 21F-Kevin Feck, (6)

Heat 2: 1. 6-Konnor Wilinski, (5); 2. 9-Jerry Wilinski, (6); 3. 88X-Shawn Frelich, (2); 4. 03-Cody Hudson, (1); 5. 31SC-Joe Schwister, (3); 6. 88-Jeremie Hendricks, (7); 7. 31S-Trevor Spaulding, (4)

Heat 3: 1. 18W-Mark Weisnicht, (6); 2. 5X-Joey Taycher, (2); 3. 75A-Lance Arneson, (5); 4. 79M-Jerry Muenster, (4); 5. 66D-Tyler DeBouche, (7); 6. 75O-Matt Oreskovich, (3); 7. 08F-Mike Fillion, (1)

B Modifieds

A Feature 1: 1. 91X-Jordan Barkholtz, (8); 2. 09B-Kevin Bethke, (3); 3. 7X-Jason Jach, (4); 4. 72E-Jason Ebert, (6); 5. 03R-Kyle Raddant, (5); 6. 5S-Brock Saunders, (1); 7. 12B-Jordan Bartz, (7); 8. 98W-Dustin Wudstrack, (9); 9. 24-Jayden Schmidt, (10); 10. 19B-Ron Besaw, (12); 11. 98R-Jordan Reinke, (2); 12. 02C-Bryce Clements, (16); 13. 212R-Alex Roffers, (15); 14. 27M-Greg Magsam, (11); 15. 117T-Karah Taycher, (14); 16. X15-Les Yaeger, (13)

Heat 1: 1. 09B-Kevin Bethke, (5); 2. 03R-Kyle Raddant, (6); 3. 12B-Jordan Bartz, (7); 4. 98W-Dustin Wudstrack, (8); 5. 24-Jayden Schmidt, (4); 6. 27M-Greg Magsam, (2); 7. X15-Les Yaeger, (3); 8. 212R-Alex Roffers, (1); 9. 02D-Kyle Domalick, (9)

Heat 2: 1. 72E-Jason Ebert, (6); 2. 91X-Jordan Barkholtz, (7); 3. 7X-Jason Jach, (5); 4. 98R-Jordan Reinke, (4); 5. 5S-Brock Saunders, (3); 6. 19B-Ron Besaw, (8); 7. 117T-Karah Taycher, (1); 8. 02C-Bryce Clements, (2)

Dirt 4 cyl Modified

A Feature 1: 1. 75O-Max Oreskovich, (2); 2. 5S-Calvin Stueck, (6); 3. X2-Hollie Welch, (8); 4. 43B-Michael Brehmer, (4); 5. 26W-Travis Welch, (1); 6. 23B-Matt Brehmer, (12); 7. 17H-Lucas Hacker, (14); 8. 115-DJ Jorgenson, (10); 9. 77J-Brian Johnson, (9); 10. 18K-Grant Kastning, (13); 11. 4N-Brad Nelson, (19); 12. 37W-Brad Wedde, (3); 13. 8-Tony Everard, (17); 14. 88E-TJ Everard, (7); 15. 11P-Josh Peterson, (16); 16. 8S-Ashley Stevens, (20); 17. 12H-Tony Hokenstad, (15); 18. 65-Doug Belongia, (18); 19. 45-Scott Blanke, (5); 20. 18E-Nick Everard, (11); 21. 787-Brandon VanOoyen, (22)

Heat 1: 1. 5S-Calvin Stueck, (5); 2. X2-Hollie Welch, (6); 3. 43B-Michael Brehmer, (4); 4. 23B-Matt Brehmer, (8); 5. 18K-Grant Kastning, (3); 6. 11P-Josh Peterson, (1); 7. 4N-Brad Nelson, (2); 8. 787-Brandon VanOoyen, (7)

Heat 2: 1. 45-Scott Blanke, (4); 2. 115-DJ Jorgenson, (7); 3. 26W-Travis Welch, (1); 4. 77J-Brian Johnson, (6); 5. 17H-Lucas Hacker, (3); 6. 8-Tony Everard, (5); 7. 8S-Ashley Stevens, (2)

Heat 3: 1. 75O-Max Oreskovich, (2); 2. 18E-Nick Everard, (7); 3. 88E-TJ Everard, (5); 4. 37W-Brad Wedde, (3); 5. 12H-Tony Hokenstad, (1); 6. 65-Doug Belongia, (6); (DNS) 5G-Branden Goeser

Dirt Late Models

A Feature 1: 1. 66-Ron Berna, (8); 2. 3S-Brett Swedberg, (6); 3. 7B-Tim Buhler, (5); 4. 33E-Chris Engels, (10); 5. 97S-Justin Schmidt, (7); 6. 17M-Josh Moesch, (2); 7. 81S-Troy Springborn, (4); 8. 7-Joel Bennett, (13); 9. 56R-Tim Rothe, (12); 10. 1B-Doug Blashe, (3); 11. 99R-Aaron Reivitis, (14); 12. 95W-Aaron Wickersheim, (9); 13. 29H-Tony Habeck, (11); 14. 5P-Luke Postl, (15); 15. 27J-Derek Janke, (1); 16. 48H-Carl Hidde, (16)

Heat 1: 1. 3S-Brett Swedberg, (4); 2. 7B-Tim Buhler, (5); 3. 17M-Josh Moesch, (2); 4. 1B-Doug Blashe, (3); 5. 95W-Aaron Wickersheim, (1); 6. 29H-Tony Habeck, (7); 7. 7-Joel Bennett, (6); (DNS) 48H-Carl Hidde,

Heat 2: 1. 81S-Troy Springborn, (2); 2. 66-Ron Berna, (7); 3. 97S-Justin Schmidt, (6); 4. 27J-Derek Janke, (3); 5. 33E-Chris Engels, (4); 6. 56R-Tim Rothe, (1); 7. 99R-Aaron Reivitis, (5); 8. 5P-Luke Postl, (8)

Stock Cars

A Feature 1: 1. 2T-Travis VanStraten, (11); 2. 1M-Dan Michonski, (10); 3. 1330-Justin Jacobsen, (7); 4. 2K-Gary Kasperek, (6); 5. 16-Asa Doxtator, (2); 6. 07-Mike Schmidt, (8); 7. 25X-Trent Nolan, (9); 8. 10TR-Tom Riehl, (15); 9. 77V-Barry Van Straten, (14); 10. 03R-Brad Rohloff, (5); 11. 35S-Vern Stedjee, (18); 12. 10L-Chris Loewenhagen, (12); 13. 74-Chummy Arneson, (4); 14. 31A-Matt Alvey, (17); 15. 12K-Robert Krueger, (19); 16. 25U-Luke Uttecht, (16); 17. 94O-Kurt Olson, (3); 18. 7M-Bert Moede Jr, (1); 19. 76W-Tyler Wendt, (13); 20. 82K-Carl King, (20)

B Feature 1: 1. 25U-Luke Uttecht, (1); 2. 31A-Matt Alvey, (4); 3. 35S-Vern Stedjee, (10); 4. 12K-Robert Krueger, (6); 5. 82K-Carl King, (9); 6. 81X-Josh Mroczkowski, (3); 7. 63W-Nate Walters, (7); 8. 53-Matthew Leeman, (11); 9. 13R-Josh Roehl, (8); 10. 4S-Barry Streck, (2); 11. 59-Larry Buckwheat, (5)

Heat 1: 1. 2K-Gary Kasperek, (6); 2. 2T-Travis VanStraten, (8); 3. 07-Mike Schmidt, (7); 4. 10L-Chris Loewenhagen, (4); 5. 76W-Tyler Wendt, (2); 6. 25U-Luke Uttecht, (3); 7. 31A-Matt Alvey, (9); 8. 63W-Nate Walters, (1); 9. 35S-Vern Stedjee, (5)

Heat 2: 1. 74-Chummy Arneson, (4); 2. 03R-Brad Rohloff, (5); 3. 16-Asa Doxtator, (3); 4. 25X-Trent Nolan, (7); 5. 77V-Barry Van Straten, (6); 6. 4S-Barry Streck, (9); 7. 59-Larry Buckwheat, (1); 8. 13R-Josh Roehl, (2); 9. 53-Matthew Leeman, (8)

Heat 3: 1. 1330-Justin Jacobsen, (6); 2. 1M-Dan Michonski, (7); 3. 94O-Kurt Olson, (3); 4. 7M-Bert Moede Jr, (2); 5. 10TR-Tom Riehl, (5); 6. 81X-Josh Mroczkowski, (4); 7. 12K-Robert Krueger, (8); 8. 82K-Carl King, (1)