SCHMIDT PARLAYS LAST LAP PASS INTO 141 MOD FEATURE WIN
(OCONTO FALLS’ COURCHAINE EARNS FIRST CAREER STOCK CAR WIN)
by Joe Verdegan
(Francis Creek, WI) July 16 — Seymour’s Jamie Schmidt passed De Pere’s Johnny Whitman on the final lap to win the 20 lap Modified feature at 141 Speedway Saturday. The win was Schmidt’s second in two days as he picked up to feature win Friday night at Oshkosh Speedzone.
In stock car action Oconto Falls Jon Courchaine picked a big night to win his first career stock car feature. The owner of Custom Windows Plus drove around the brothers Jamie and Jesse Colwell to take the lead on his sponsored night.
A total of 103 drivers turned out to race, including 17 Modifieds, 29 Stock Cars, 13 Brian Peterson Builders Grand Nationals, 21 Sportmods, 13 Street stocks and Sport fours.
While the Modified feature went green-to-checkered it was filled with thrills right down to the wire. Schmidt had the early lead but Whitman whisked past Schmidt for the lead on lap 16. The duo battled through lapped cars the final four circuits. As the checkers flew, Schmidt scampered past Whitman at the line for the win. Whitman hung on for second, followed by Green Bay’s Eric Van Iten, Green Bay’s Kyle Lentz and Green Bay’s Eddie Muenster, who retook the points lead.
Van Iten was awarded the Behling Circle Track/AP Brake hard charger award coming from 10th to third on the final circuit.
New Franken’s Mark Joski led wire-to-wire, winning a caution filled Sportmod feature, his second of the year. Kewaunee’s Brian Bruechert kept Joski in his sights through all of the restarts, and got within a car length or two on more than one occasion, but settled for second at the line, followed by Oconto’s Travis Cain, last week’s feature winner Josh Long of Suamico and Green Bay’s Troy Jerovetz.
Greenleaf’s Jamie Colwell passed Suamico’s Tyler DeBouche for the lead on lap 8. Jamie’s brother Jesse wrestled second away from DeBouche one circuit later and the contest appeared to be a Colwell one-two punch.
Courchaine, driving with a battered race car with damage sustained in an early race wreck, rode the high line from his fifth starting spot. Courchaine patiently gained on the brothers each lap, and pulled off the winning pass on the final circuits. Jesse and Jamie Colwell took second and third, respectively as the brothers debuted brand new race cars. Shiocton’s Barry Van Straten took fourth with Gillett’s Kyle Frederick rounding out the top five.
Defending track champion Menasha’s TJ Smith took over the points lead in the Brian Peterson Builders Grand Nationals by winning the division’s feature. Chilton’s Tom Schneider took second in his best performance of the year. Brillion’s Ben Stumpf, Manitowoc’s Mike Bastain and Chilton’s Bernie Schommer placed third through fifth, respectively.
Hometown driver Kraig Koehler kept Stockbridge’s Adam Broehm and company at bay and went on to win the 20 lap street stock feature. Broehm took second followed by Brillion veteran Randy Rahn, Luxemburg’s George Paul and Green Bay’s Todd Hebel.
In the Stock car feature Pulaski’s Junior Karcz, by virtue of his seventh place finish, won the $100 Manitowoc Motor and Machining product gift certificate.
By virtue of his crash in the Stock car feature Pulaski’s JJ Anderson was awarded a pair of AP Brake Pads redeemable through Behling Circle Track Equipment in Butler.
Oconto’s Ralph Liegois Jr. padded his points lead with the sport four feature win, which went caution free.
Racing action continues next Saturday night July 23 with Hansel Trucking night beginning at 6 p.m. Extra cash will be thrown into the feature winners: Modifieds $200, Stock Cars, Sportmods and Brian Peterson Builders Grand Nationals $100, Street stocks and sport fours will race for an extra $50. For more information please check the track website 141speedway.com. You can also follow 141 Speedway on both Facebook and Twitter.
141 Speedway is located 20 miles south of Green Bay on County Trunk “R” in Whitelaw. For more information call 920 863 3377. The track’s website is 141speedway.com.
MODIFIED FEATURE — Jamie Schmidt, Seymour; Johnny Whitman, De Pere; Eric Van Iten, Green Bay; Kyle Lentz, Green Bay; Eddie Muenster, Green Bay; Jared Siefert, Luxemburg
HEATS 1) Schmidt; Whitman 2) Siefert; Lentz
BRIAN PETERSON BUILDERS GRAND NATIONAL FEATURE — TJ Smith, Menasha; Tom Schneider, Chilton; Ben Stumpf, Brillion; Mike Bastian, Manitowoc; Bernie Schommer, Chilton; Tom Schneider, Chilton
HEATS 1) Smith; Kevin Damrow, Manitowoc 2) Bastian; Alex Stumpf
SPORTMOD FEATURE — Mark Joski, New Franken; Brian Bruechert, Kewaunee; Travis Cain, Oconto; Josh Long, Suamico; Troy Jerovetz, Green Bay; Rob Charapada, Oconto
HEATS 1) Bruechert; Jesse Brey, Two Rivers 2) Jessi Ness, Abrams; Scott Boulanger, Luxemburg 3) Andy Kleczka, Suamico; Cain
STOCK CAR FEATURE- Jon Courchaine, Oconto Falls; Jesse Colwell, Greenleaf; Jamie Colwell, Greenleaf; Barry Van Straten, Shiocton; Kyle Frederick, Gillett; Scott Stewart, Oconto
SEMI FEATURE — Dustin Loberger, Oconto
HEATS 1) Rick Mahlberg, Denmark; Jamie Colwell 2) Tyler DeBouche, Suamico; Courchaine 3) Mike Gilson, Greenleaf; Tyler Smith, Luxemburg
STREET STOCK FEATURE — Kraig Koehler, Francis Creek; Adam Broehm, Stockbridge; Randy Rahn, Brillion; George Paul, Luxemburg; Todd Hebel, Green Bay; Brad Laurent, Manitowoc
HEATS 1) Danny Gracyalny, Greenville; Frank Groeschl, Menasha 2) Rahn; Adam Broehm, Stockbridge
SPORT 4 FEATURE — Ralph Liegois Jr., Oconto; Cody Hungerford, Oconto; Broehm; Mike Zitzer, Sheboygan; Brandon Goeser, Chilton; Zack Dickie, Plymouth
HEAT –Goeser; Liegois Jr.
Posted on July 17th, 2011