Racing: Jach scores first win of season

Anvelink and Wilinski continue to roll

By Scott Owen Special to the Leader

Contributed Photo Jason Jach picked up his first IMCA Sport Mod feature win of the season at Shawano Speedway on Saturday.

It was a night full of familiar faces in victory lane at Shawano Speedway on Saturday.

Nick Anvelink scored his second consecutive Late Model feature win of the year and his third win overall. Jerry Wilinski secured his second straight IMCA Modified feature and continued to put his early season struggles behind him. Jeremy Christians outdueled Travis VanStraten for his second IMCA Stock Car feature win, while Jason Jach raced to his first IMCA Sport Mod feature win. Brad Nelson earned his second win in Mighty Four racing.

Joel Bennett and Joe Reuter raced side by side to start the Late Model feature, with Reuter holding the lead at the start finish line. Anvelink worked inside of Reuter to take the lead on lap three.

As Anvelink led, Reuter and Ron Berna battled for second. Justin Ritchie soon joined the battle. Just after the midpoint of the race, Ritchie got past Berna and began a side-by-side battle with Reuter for second.

On lap 14, Ritchie made the pass on Reuter for second, but Reuter took to the outside of Ritchie to take the spot back. Anvelink would go on to victory as Reuter and Ritchie continued to slug it out for second, with Reuter securing the spot at the finish. Ritchie settled for third, with Berna and Brett Swedberg rounding out the top five.

Stormin’ Norman Walbruck snagged the lead on lap one of the IMCA Modified feature and held that spot until lap five when Jerry Wilinski charged to the front.

Wilinski was in control for the duration of the race for his second consecutive win. Kevin Feck eventually prevailed in the battle for second, with Brekken Kleinschmidt taking third. Walbruck finished fourth and Andy Kleczka fifth.

Kurt Olson took the lead at the start of the IMCA Stock Car feature before giving way to Mike Schmidt on lap four. Behind Schmidt, it was Jeremy Christians, Travis VanStraten and Trent Nolan moving towards the front of the field.

Schmidt, Christians, and VanStraten went three wide for the lead on lap 10. Christians eventually eased ahead of the field, but not for long as VanStraten took the lead on lap 12. Christians and VanStraten battled side by side over the next few laps, with Christians eventually gaining the advantage. In the end, it was Christians for the win followed by VanStraten, Nolan, Nate Michonski and Schmidt.

Rookie Andy Klosterman led the opening lap of the IMCA Sport Mod feature before Jason Jach took over on lap two with an outside pass. Jach would remain committed to the outside groove of the track for the duration of the race and would not be denied his first win of the year.

Teagan Wudstrack advanced nine positions to take second. Kevin Bethke, Jordan Bartz and Bryce Clements completed the top five.

In Mighty Four action, Grant Kastning took the lead at the start as numerous rows of cars battled three wide for position. Brad Nelson prevailed in a three-wide battle to take the lead on the third lap.

At the end, it was Nelson for the win, chased to the finish by Brad Wedde, Jason Cornelius, Jason Stueck and Lucas Hacker.

Dustin Urban and Dave Stoffer scored wins in Spectator Eliminator action.

Racing continues Saturday with a 6 p.m. start time. It is kids bike giveaway night at the track. More information can be found online at