Long Stays Perfect At 141
FRANCIS CREEK, Wisc. – The rookie of the year title is locked up for Josh Long. The only thing left is to start knocking off feature wins and a possible championship run. Long earned his second feature win of the weekend in Saturday night’s IMCA Modified Feature.
Feature winners in the other five divisions included: Larry Karcz (IMCA Stockcars) J.J. Anderson (IMCA Sportmods) Paul Diefenthaler (Street Stocks) Ben Stumpf (Grand Nationals) and Scott Johnson (4 Cylinders).
Randy Markwardt opened as the leader of the IMCA Modified brigade. Jay Matthias jumped all over the leader and up front on lap two and set the pace over the next four laps until point leader Johnny Whitman encountered problems and saw the only caution of the race.
Long went unchallenged the rest of the way and picked up his second win of the weekend after he also won at Luxemburg Speedway. Kilgore won the late race battle with Matthias for second. R.M. Van Pay fought to finish fourth with Eric Mahlik fifth.
Mike Brehmer paced the IMCA Stockcar field around the 1/3 mile clay oval early in feature race action. Dustin Loberger flew by on lap four and started to enhance his lead. Larry Karcz and Rod Snellenberger ran to the second and third spots on the track. Karcz started tracking down Loberger with eight laps remaining.
Lap after lap Karcz cut into the lead until he got to the back bumper of the leader with two laps remaining. Karcz was able to keep his racer on the bottom off turn two and took the lead coming to the white flag. Karcz picked up his second feature win of the season in front of Loberger. Snellenberger increased his point lead with his third place finish. Luke Lemmens beat Rick Mahlberg back to the line for fifth.
Shawn Umentum led the IMCA Sportmod Feature until the first caution flag flew on lap two. Hunter Parsons moved into the top spot on lap four and led through the final caution on lap eight. J.J. Anderson worked up top and then moved down a lane and found the right lane. Anderson came roaring passed on lap fifteen and never looked back. He earned his second win of the season in front of Parsons.
A green to checkered finish is what fans were greeted with in the Street Stock A main event. Britt Broman earned the top position on the first lap but Tim Mueller came calling on lap two. Diefenthaler powered past down low on lap fourteen on his way to win number three of the season. More importantly it closed the point lead to two points. Fuhrmann finished a season best-second with Mueller third.
Ben Stumpf’s race winning move came on lap two when he made a four-wide pass for the lead in turn four. Stumpf pulled away from the field and kept everyone behind him the rest of the way including two cautions mid-race.