Hokenstad Wins Seymour Thriller
SEYMOUR, Wis. – Cody Hokenstad only led one lap of the IMCA Sport Mod feature, but it was the one that mattered as he slipped by Rod Solem coming to the checker taking the win at Seymour Super Speedway on Sunday.
Other feature winners were Brandon Czarapata (IMCA Stock Car), Gary Kasperek (Street Stock) and (Sport Fours) Andrew Meyerhofer.
The IMCA Sport Mod feature resembled a heavyweight boxing match as Rod Solem raced past Beau Handschke and to lead on lap two. Two early cautions saw Tracy Wassenbergs night end early thus shrinking his point lead. Solem led the field until Andy Kleczka charged to the lead at the midway point. Solem fought back and the duo exchanged the lead back and forth over the next handful of laps. Cody Hokenstad was lying in wait with the battle for the lead in front of him.
Solem was able to reclaim the lead with seven laps remaining and looked to have the race in hand but Hokenstad had other plans. With the white flag in the air Hokenstad worked right to the back bumper of the leader. As they marched into the final corner Hokenstad slipped under Solem and it was a drag race to checker with Hokenstad nipping Solem at the line by a mere few feet. Hokenstad now holds a division best 4 feature wins. Solem had to settle for second, Chris Budzban had his best night at the speedway with third, Kleczka and Josh Long completed the top five.
The IMCA Stock Cars were not the be outdone with a wild finish and in the end one of the drivers lost an engine. The inside front row was the first to go in the opening laps with Kevin Hebbe, Jason Bork and Mitch Stankowski taking the top three spots. Stankowski swarmed Hebbe taking the top spot on lap 5. Barry VanStraten wasted no time marching from row 5 into the top 5. Brandon Czarapata charged into second just past the midway point and worked to the outside of the leader.
The duo raced door to door with Stankowski holding the top spot by a fender over the defending champion as laps clicked away. Czarapata kept the pressure on and with six laps remaining took the lead away from Stankowski. Czarapata was able to slowly pull away from the field scoring his 7th feature win of the season. Stankowski had his best run of the year with second, VanStraten was a solid third, point leader Rod Snellenberger raced to fourth after coming through the last chance qualifier and Chas Van Ooyen rounded out the top five. After the checker Jason Bork claimed the engine of Mitch Stankowski, the claim was accepted.
Opening laps of the Street Stock feature saw three different leaders with Lexii Ashcraft taking the top spot on lap four. Lexii’s father Jon Ashcraft and Jerry Winkler raced to her back bumper and it looked like Lexii had the car to beat midway through the contest. A late caution set up a dash to the checker. Gary Kasperek made his move weaving past Winkler and the Ashcraft’s taking the lead with four laps remaining. Kasperek bested a solid 20 car field with his third feature win in only his third visit of the season. Kasperek once again ended Winkler’s winning streak as Winkler placed second, Jon Ashcraft, Allan Schlueter and Lexii Ashcraft rounded out the top five.
Andrew Meyerhofer earned a clean sweep with his first feature win of the season in the Sport 4’s. Jeff Brehmer gave chase the entire race but had to settle for second and title contender Calvin Stueck was third. Action was halted during the feature when Patrick Klawitter took a hard shot driver side first into the turn 3 wall. He walked to the ambulance where he was checked out.