Where has the summer gone? It is hard to believe that there are only two weeks of racing left at Shawano Speedway. Maybe it’s because the season is winding down, but last week’s racing action once again provided a caution-fest night of racing, especially during the feature races.
Paul Parker once again won the WISSOTA Late Model feature, giving him two wins in two weeks. Parker also won his heat race, so he was able to cut into Ron Berna’s point lead – but only slightly. That’s due to the fact Berna finished second in his heat race and third in the feature. Berna held an 11 point lead entering the night of racing. That lead is now seven points over Parker.
With points being awarded for both the heat races and the feature in the WISSOTA Late Model division, this battle is far from over.
The WISSOTA Late Model drivers have done a good job of having very few cautions during their features this year. That hasn’t been the case the last two weeks though. The feature the last two weeks has been shortened because the time limit expired due to the numerous cautions.
The IMCA Modified feature was also plagued with many cautions. So many in fact, that the race was cut short to 10 laps because the time limit ran out. Shortened or not, I’m sure Matt Oreskovich won’t be complaining. That’s because he won his first-ever IMCA Modified feature at Shawano Speedway.
It was a strange race, as the front cars kept dropping from the race. First John Peters, who was leading at the time he dropped out of the race during a caution. On the restart, the car of Eric Scribner, who was leading, lost a driveshaft, bringing out another caution and ending his night of racing. Tim Jorgenson, who was in second place, also received damage and retired from the race.
Point leader Jason Czarapata was involved in a wreck early in the race in which his car sustained a flat left rear tire. His pit crew was able to get the tire changed without him losing a lap. Even though the race was only 10 laps, he battled back and finished fourth. He actually added one point to his point lead, and now leads Jerry Wilinski by 19 points.
Rod Snellenberger was back running with the top cars in the IMCA Stock Car feature, as he finished second. That was only two spots ahead of Nate Michonski, so Snellenberger gained only two points in the standings. Minchonski now holds a 15 point lead. In all the IMCA divisions, points are accumulated only during the feature races, with one point separating each finishing position.
Justin Hirt has pulled himself back into contention for the championship in the FASTRAK Late Model division. Granted, it’s still an outside chance, but sometimes that’s all you can ask for this late in the season. By winning the feature and finishing second in his heat race, Hirt gained five points on Dave Fieber and is 19 points out of the top spot. Joel Bennett is still second in the standings, 18 points out of first place.
Considering the FASTRAK Late Model division usually has only around 11 cars competing weekly, it is more difficult to gain a substantial amount of points. That said, Fieber still has to put together some good finishes, especially since points are accumulated during both the heat races and the feature for the FASTRAK Late Model division.
Cody Hudson has definitely found something in the IMCA Northern SportMod division, as he continues to rack up feature wins, including each of the last two weeks. The only problem for him when it comes to the point standings is the fact Clint Forstner, who leads the point standings, has finished second each of the last two weeks. That means Hudson has been able to gain only two points on Forstner the last two weeks. Hudson still trails Forstner by 23 points.