Late race pass nets Czarapata $2,000 in IMCA Modified feature win at Shawano Speedway
Here are the IMCA Modified results from Aug. 4 at Shawano Speedway…..
In front of a capacity crowd, Jason Czarapata pulled off the upset win in the IMCA Modified feature as part of the World of Outlaws Late Model Series show at Shawano Speedway. There were 36 IMCA Modified drivers on hand, including some of the best drivers in Wisconsin, if not the whole country.
Czarapata started on the front row, but it was Benji LaCrosse who jumped out to the early lead leaving Czarapata, Eric Scribner Pat Zdroik and Tim Jorgenson in pursuit. Zdroik moved to third on the next lap, but the race was slowed by a caution on lap four. LaCrosse continued to lead on the restart and pulled out to a small lead as Brian Mullen vaulted to second one lap later. Zdroik hit the wall in corners one and two on the restart, but was able to stay on the gas after losing several positions.
Just before the midpoint of the race Mullen began gaining on LaCrosse and caught him on lap 10 of the 20 lap race. The two raced bumper to bumper for four laps when Mullen pulled alongside LaCrosse as they crossed the start/finish line with Mullen holding a slight advantage. LaCrosse battled back in turns one and two to regain the lead only to have a caution come out on that lap. Since Mullen led the last completed lap, he restarted in first place, with LaCrosse and Czarapata restarting second and third.
Czarapata flew around the outside of Mullen on the restart, and pulled out to a small advantage as Mullen and LaCrosse battled for second. As the laps dwindled, Czarapata pulled away from Mullen while LaCrosse faded to fourth with Mike Mullen grabbing the third spot. Zdroik recovered to move into fifth place. To the delight of the crowd, Czarapata, a Shawano Speedway regular, took the win and $2,000.
“It’s probably the most paying and probably one of the most prestigious (race I’ve won) as far as Brian (Mullen) and Benji (LaCrosse) passing me and me getting them back. I really didn’t expect that,” said Czarapata of the victory.
“I tried a couple of different things with the car but not much different than what we’ve been coming with to the weekly show. It’s been real good,” said Czarapata. “I kind of changed lines about halfway through the race, but after that last caution around lap 14 the side bite and forward bite off the corners was tremendously better than it was earlier in the race. Why that happened I couldn’t tell you but I’m not going to complain.”
FEATURE: 1)Jason Czarapata, 2)Brian Mullen, 3)Mike Mullen, 4)Benji LaCrosse, 5)Pat Zdroik, 6)Eric Scribner, 7)Brad Rohloff, 8)Dean Maurer, 9)Lance Arneson, 10)Eddie Muenster, 11)Jared Siefert, 12)Kyle Lentz, 13)Jerry Wilinski, 14)Sean Jerovetz, 15)Jesse Peebles, 16)Michael Bailey, 17)Tim Jorgenson, 18)Dan Ratajczak, 19)Mike Wedelstadt, 20)Don Scheffler, 21)Mike Mashl, 22)Marcus Yarie, 23)Julie Wedelstadt, 24)Dave Zeitler.
FIRST CONSI: 1)Wilinski, 2)Siefert, 3)Jerovetz, 4)Lentz.
SECOND CONSI: 1)Arneson, 2)Maurer, 3)Bailey, 4)Peebles.
FIRST HEAT: 1)Czarapata, 2)Jorgenson, 3)Scribner, 4)M. Mullen, 5)Siefert, 6)Nick Holtger, 7)Randy Markwardt Jr., 8)Bill Lemmens, 9)Tony Wedelstadt.
SECOND HEAT: 1)Zeitler, 2)Mashl, 3)Ratajczak, 4)Scheffler, 5)Bailey, 6)Peebles, 7)Jerry Muenster, 8)Travis Spaulding, 9)Tim Czarneski.
THIRD HEAT: 1)Yarie, 2)M. Wedelstadt, 3)B. Mullen, 4)E. Muenster, 5)Jerovetz, 6)Lentz, 7)David Hoerning, 8)Wilinski, 9)Matt Maleport.
FOURTH HEAT: 1)Rohloff, 2)Zdroik, 3)LaCrosse, 4)J. Wedelstadt, 5)Arneson, 6)Maurer, 7)Kevin Feck, 8)Paul Thorpe, 9)Brian Shambeau.