Nelson and Lamberies garner track titles

One week remains in the racing season

Scott Owen Special to the Leader

As the 2018 season winds down, perennial front-runner Jerry Wilinski claimed his first IMCA Modified feature win of the year. Point leader Brett Swedberg extended his lead with his fourth Late Model win while Dan Michonski won his fourth IMCA Stock Car feature.

Lucas Lamberies wrapped up his third IMCA Sport Mod title with his eighth feature win of the year. Lucas Hacker won his second Mighty Four feature of 2018, but Brad Nelson secured the Mighty Four track championship as the division does not race next week.

Troy Springborn snagged the lead on the opening lap of the Late Model feature. With Springborn showing the way, Swedberg moved to second on lap seven. Swedberg took to the inside of Springborn on lap 11 and made the pass for the lead.

Springborn fought back on lap 12 as the pair raced side by side for the lead. Swedberg would soon pull ahead. Springborn then had his hands full with Nick Anvelink, who took second on lap 17.

Swedberg would go on to win the race and extend his point lead. Anvelink, Springborn, Chris Engels and Joe Reuter rounded out the top five.

The IMCA Modified feature saw Shawn Frelich grab the lead on lap one. Jerry Muenster immediately chased Frelich. Jerry Wilinski powered past both Muenster and Frelich on lap four to take the lead.

With Jerry Wilinski leading, his son Konnor began to work through the field. After starting in seventh, Konnor made his way to second by lap nine. Wyatt Block passed Konnor for second though on lap 13.

Nobody had anything for Jerry as he would cruise to victory lane. Block finished second, Konnor third, Lance Arneson fourth and Jason Czarapata fifth.

Point leader Marcus Yarie started the race in 24th and finished sixth. Arneson gained two points on Yarie in the standings. Yarie will enter the final point night with a six-point advantage over Arneson.

Mike Schmidt led the early stages of the IMCA Stock Car feature facing an early challenge from Tom Riehl and Mitch Stankowski. Michonski and Trent Nolan charged to the front of the field on lap seven. Nolan held the lead at the line.

Michonski and Nolan fought side by side on lap nine with Nolan still holding the advantage. The pair fought back and forth over the next few laps until lap 12 when mechanical gremlins forced Nolan from the track.

Michonski led the rest of the way for the win. Stankowski, Junior Karcz, Travis VanStraten and Schmidt completed the top five.

Teagan Wudstrack raced to the lead on the opening lap of the IMCA Sport Mod feature and held the top spot until lap eight when Lamberies made an inside pass for the lead. Lamberies would remain in the lead for the duration of the race.

The win solidified Lamberies’ track championship as he will not be able to be caught with one night remaining. The title is Lamberies’ third at Shawano.

Kyle Raddant would cross the line in second followed by Jason Jach, Jordan Barkholtz and Bryce Clements.

DJ Jorgenson led early in the Mighty Four feature before giving way to Hacker on lap three. By lap six, Calvin Stueck had made his way to the second position.

Nelson, the point leader, was mired deep in the field at the halfway point. As Hacker continued to lead, Nelson began moving forward. In the end it was Hacker winning the race, Calvin Stueck second, Jorgenson third, Jason Stueck fourth and Brad Wedde fifth.

Nelson finished the race in ninth to win the title by one point over Wedde and two points over Max Oreskovich, who finished seventh in the race. It is Nelson’s first track championship.

Next Saturday will be the final night of racing for the 2018 season. The final event is part of the Shawano County Fair. Racing will begin at 5:30 p.m.. More information can be found online at