Naeyaert wins a doozy, Cornelius scores first at Shawano

Michonski, Arneson and Lamberies also reach victory lane
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Scott Owen Special to the Leader

Sometimes it all just comes together. Racing fans were treated to top-notch, on-track action Saturday at Shawano Speedway.

Dan Michonski brought home his third feature win to obtain the $1,000 payday before a stout field of IMCA Stock Car competitors. Tom Naeyaert outdueled Chris Engels for his first feature win in two seasons. Lance Arneson advanced 10 spots for his second win of the year.

In the IMCA Sport Mod feature, Lucas Lamberies scored his sixth win, holding off double duty driver Kyle Raddant, who also ran his first Late Model race. Jason Cornelius won his first career Shawano Speedway feature in Mighty Four action.

Naeyaert grabbed the lead on the opening lap of the Late Model feature as Derek Janke chased him. Engels made an outside pass on Janke for second on lap seven, while Nick Anvelink made an inside pass on Brett Swedberg for fourth on the same lap.

Anvelink soon passed Janke for third as Naeyaert continued to lead. The only caution of the race flew after lap 12. As the race resumed, Naeyaert continued to lead as Anvelink fought with Engels for second.

With five laps to go, Engels began to close the gap on Naeyaert as Ron Berna passed Anvelink for third. On lap 18, Engels closed to within a car length of Naeyaert for the lead.

Entering turn one on the final lap, Engels got a nose to the inside of Naeyaert, but Naeyaert shut the door and continued to lead. Engels went up high entering turn three and got a good run on Naeyaert through turns three and four. As the pair exited turn four, Naeyaert would not be denied victory. Engels finished a close second, followed by Berna, Anvelink and Swedberg.

The ageless Jerry Muenster took the lead to start the IMCA Modified feature. On lap four, Tim Rothe took to the outside of Muenster to take the lead. Rothe soon received pressure from Jerry Wilinski as Rothe ran the high groove with Wilinski down low.

Wilinski would take the lead on lap eight. Two laps later, Arneson passed Rothe for second and set his sights on Wilinski. Arneson swung to the inside of Wilinski on lap 12 for the lead.

As the laps clicked off, Arneson continued to show the way as Wilinski gave chase. In the end, Arneson was first to the line followed by Wilinski, Rothe, Brekken Kleinschmidt and point leader Marcus Yarie.

Extra money in the IMCA Stock Car division produced a field chock full of feature winners, track champions and national champions. Michonski was the class of the field though, leading every lap en route to victory.

The racing behind Michonski was hot and heavy with Travis Van Straten finishing second, Trent Nolan third, Gary Kasperek fourth and Shawn Wagner fifth in the caution-free event.

Brock Saunders took the lead at the drop of the green flag in the IMCA Sport Mod feature. With Saunders leading, Raddant and Lamberies began working through traffic toward the front of the field. Saunders continued to lead at lap 10 as Raddant pulled to his inside entering turn one on lap 11.

Raddant took the lead on the back stretch with Lamberies following to second. Lamberies began to challenge Raddant for the lead. The pair fought side by side on numerous occasions over the next five laps. Lamberies finally took the lead from Raddant on lap 15 and would go on to win his 50th career feature race and extend his point lead.

Raddant, Jordan Barkholtz, Saunders and Kevin Bethke completed the top five in another caution-free race.

After taking a number of seasons off from racing, Jason Cornelius recently got back behind the wheel. Cornelius led every lap of the Mighty Four feature for his first win in over eight years. Cornelius fought off an early charge from Josh Slewinski to take the lead.

Behind the leaders, Jason Stueck, Brandon Westphal, Jeffery Teske, Lucas Hacker, Brad Wedde, Brad Nelson and Forrest Kernen raced in a pack, swapping spots back and forth. In the end, it was Cornelius followed by Slewinski, Teske, Stueck and Hacker in a caution-free race.

Racing continues Saturday night with backpack night for the kids. Racing will begin at 6 p.m. Information can be found online at www.shawanocountyfair.net.