VanNatta Collects Popular Tomahawk Victory
TOMAHAWK, Wis. – Alex VanNatta collected a popular victory in the Midwest Modified division Friday night at Tomahawk Speedway.
After winning the Midwest Modified feature VanNatta and his dad breathed a sigh of relief after having endured a nasty week.
VanNatta had mechanical problems at the last race they raced at Central Wisconsin and getting the car to Tims Automotive and back in racing form was foremost on their minds as they pulled into a gas station on their way home to Lake Tomahawk.
They stopped in Marathon, Wis., to fill their hauler with fuel. It was then that they noticed a strange, sizzling sound coming from within their trailer. Upon further inspection they noticed fire coming from what used to be the roof vent.
The interior of their trailer was on fire and everything in it was damaged before the fire was extinguished. The car needed new tin, new shocks, and few other things and much of their equipment was damaged beyond repair due to an electrical fire. Needless to say, a win on Friday night was just what the doctor ordered.
Jeff Klopstein, Jr. and Travis Friske led the field to the green flag with Friske taking the early lead followed by Klopstein, VanNatta, Cole Spacek and Eric Klafka.
With five laps of the twenty lap feature in the books, the running order remained the same as the top five cars ran in a tight bunch.
As lap six was about halfway complete, VanNatta made a pass on Klopstein for second. Spacek, in the meantime, was trying his best to follow VanNatta, but had to wait two more laps to make the move on Klopstein.
It was during lap nine that VanNatta made a backstretch pass on Friske for the lead. At this point the running order was VanNatta, Friske, Spacek, Klopstein and Klafka.
By lap 14, VanNatta had stretched his lead to five or six car lengths and Spacek made the move in the backstretch to take second. The running order at this time was VanNatta, Spacek, Friske, Klopstein and Klafka.
When the checkers flew, it was VanNatta taking the win in his VanNatta Plumbing sponsored car by seven car lengths. Joining VanNatta in the top five were Spacek, Friske, Klopstein and Klafka.
Other winners Friday at Tomahawk Speedway included Jordan Kurtti (street stocks), Nate Langberg (pure stocks) and Louis Malluege (four-cylinder bandits).