Wilinski and Mroczkowski Head of the Class as Racing Resumes at The ‘Burg Speedway

Wilinski and Mroczkowski Head of the Class as Racing Resumes at The ‘Burg Speedway

After a week off The ‘Burg Speedway swung back into action as the heat of summer threatened to match the heat of the racing on the track. The action was fast and furious as 116 drivers checked in to do battle for one of the five custom trophies designed and machined by title sponsor, Wieber Machine.

Race Van Pay set the pace from the pole to start the Village Kitchen IMCA Modified feature. Van Pay led the opening circuits working his 00JR car on the high side until heavy pressure from Konner Wilinski working the inside line caused slight contact coming out of the Showcase Kitchens turn number four which allowed Wilinski to wrestle the lead away. Van Pay gave desperate chase to regain the top spot but Wilinski held off each advance. Meanwhile James Tebon was able to close in and complete a pass of Van Pay while Wilinski added to his lead while the duo behind him fought over the runner up spot. Tebon worked to close the gap on the race leader as laps wound down but there was not enough time. Wilinski took home his first feature win of the year at The ‘Burg, Tebon secured second, Van Pay held on to third, and Jeff Bodendorfer rounded out the top four.

The IMCA Stock Cars proved, once again, they are the class too tough to tame. Josh Mroczkowski jumped to the lead on the opening lap from his outside front row starting spot with Hot Rod Snellenberger quickly jumping to second from his 6th place starting spot. Hot Rod gave chase to Mroczkowski but himself fell victim to Travis Van Straten who came through the B main and raced his way from 18th place on the starting grid to eventually taking the second spot away from Snellenberger. Van Straten put the hammer down to close on the leader but time was not on his side as Mroczkowski secured his first feature win of the season at The ‘Burg Speedway. Van Straten crossed the stripe in second, Snellenberger held on to finish third, and Mike Coel brought his 88 machine home fourth.

Jarred VanLaanen shot to the lead at the drop of the green to pace the early laps of the IMCA Northern Sport Mod feature. He held the wolves at bay until Cody Rass was able to work past the 31 machine and into the lead. Rass appeared to have a clear track in front of him as he worked on capturing his second feature win of the season. Jayden Schmidt had other intentions as his dogged and determined pursuit of victory saw him climb from 11th on the starting grid to just behind the leader with three laps to go. Crossing the line with two laps to go Schmidt finished his furious charge from mid pack and stole the lead from Rass. Schmidt led the final two circuits to take home the feature win. Rass locked up second, hometown favorite, Craig Dorner, clawed his way from 8th to finish third, and VanLaanen soldiered on to round out the top four.

Week in and week out the Unified Dirt Street Stock class puts on a show to rival the IMCA Stock Cars in terms of ferocity. This week was no exception to that rule. Lexii Ashcraft and Shanon Guelette quickly worked into the top spots of the field and were battling for the lead when contact between the two on lap four lit up the Virlee Gunworks caution lights. Both cars would be sent to the back which handed the lead to Dave “The Hammer” DeGrave who worked from ninth to third in the short opening laps. The three threes of Jason Geyer (3), Dan “The Mullet” Van Pay (3V), and Mitch Meier (03) set up shop as they battled behind the 40D machine. Adam Crapser scratched and clawed his way from 12th to break up the three of a kind into just a pair of threes and eventually put himself into the second spot with a chance to run down race leader DeGrave. Time did not smile on Crapser as he closed on the leader but wasn’t able to challenge for the top spot before the double checkers flew. DeGrave locked up his second feature win of the season while Crapser settled for second. Meier brought his 03 machine home third while Geyer kept the pair of threes together by finishing fourth.

The Quietwoods RV Murder Hornet division has seen a familiar face in the Tri County Heating\Joski Sewer Sevice victory lane this season. Calvin Stueck already had two trophies added to the case this year at The ‘Burg and aimed to claim number three tonight. Starting ninth on the grid would make it a challenge to get back to the front. Bo White jumped out to lead the opening lap from his P2 starting spot. Tony Everard was wired to the hard charge setting as he bulled his way to the front and tried to quickly pull away. Everard held the lead until Stueck was able to slide past into the top spot. Stueck cruised to his third feature win in the first four nights of the season. Scott Schlafke knifed his way from 8th to edge Everard for second. Everard brought the 8E machine home third and Brett Deprez finished in fourth.

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