Yarie and Barkholtz win again as weather shortens night

Three feature races rained out

Scott Owen Special to the Leader

Mother Nature shortened racing at Shawano Speedway on Saturday evening. But it didn’t dampen the spirits of Marcus Yarie and Jordan Barkholtz, who returned to victory lane with wins in the IMCA Modified and IMCA Sport Mod divisions, respectively. Each driver earned his fourth win of the season, with Yarie earning his third consecutive win while Barkholtz’s win was his second in a row.

Shawn Frelich took the lead on lap one of the IMCA Modified feature as Jerry Muenster chased him in second. On lap four, Muenster pulled even with Frelich and utilized the inside line to take the lead on lap five.

Lap six saw Frelich, Chucky Forstner and Eddie Muenster race three wide for second. Eddie Muenster moved to second on lap seven and began to pursue his father. Over the next few laps, Eddie Muenster made multiple challenges for the lead in the outside groove, but his 77-year-old dad continued to lead.

As the Muensters battled for the lead, Yarie worked his way through traffic after starting in 10th. On lap 15, Yarie passed Forstner for third before passing Eddie Muenster for second on lap 17. Two laps later, Yarie passed Jerry Muenster for the lead in the high groove while exiting turn two.

Yarie went on to score the win with Jerry Muenster second, Eddie Muenster third, Mark Weisnicht making a late charge to fourth and Lance Arneson coming home fifth.

Lap one of the IMCA Sport Mod feature was led by Brock Saunders. Barkholtz, Saunders and Kevin Bethke went three wide for the lead on lap two, with Barkholtz holding the advantage at the start/finish line.

Bethke briefly held the second spot before Lucas Lamberies moved ahead. Bethke and Lamberies swapped the second spot numerous times as Barkholtz led the race. Multiple caution flags cut the race to 11 laps, with Barkholtz relatively unchallenged for the win. Lamberies, Bethke, Jordan Bartz and Cory Kemkes rounded out the top five.

Racing continues Saturday night with multiple events taking place. The IMCA Stock Car class will race for a $1,000 top prize, and kids will have the chance to win one of many bicycles that are being given away.

The track will also be collecting new underwear and socks for the SAM25 homeless shelter in Shawano. Donating socks and underwear will enter fans in a drawing for Shawano County Fair passes.

Racing will begin at 6 p.m. Information can be found online at www.shawanocountyfair.net.