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Traskowsky Times Two for Feature Wins at Salina Speedway

IMCA Modified Battle at Salina. Dusty Wiegert Photo

IMCA Modified Battle at Salina. Dusty Wiegert Photo

Four new feature winners out of five divisions visited the O’Reilly Auto Parts Victory Lane for the first time in the early season on April 22, 2016 at the Salina Speedway in Salina, Kansas. The night was presented by B Strong Running Company of Salina.

Of those five winners two were father and son, something that doesn’t happen often at all on the same night.

First was Woodbine’s Fred Traskowsky, who pulled out to the lead from the front row at the start of the M&H Motors IMCA Northern SportMod feature. He was able to hold off a resurgent Tyler Watts to capture his first win of the season. Watts finished second with Chris Humphries and Tim Echevarria rounding out the top four. Echevarria and Traskowsky won the heat races.

The final win of the night went to Fred’s son Mike Traskowsky as he raced to his second win in a row in the Budweiser IMCA Hobby Stock division. Mike had no problem working his way from an eighth place starting position to capture the top prize, with Kelly Pihl, Tony Slothower, and Cody Williams chasing him across the finish line. Pihl and Slothower won the heat races.

2015 Long McArthur IMCA Modified Track Champion Mike Petersilie chased down pole-starting Brian Knoell to move past en route to a triumph on the tricky 3/8 mile. Starting eighth, Petersilie’s win propelled him into a tie for the points lead after two races with week one winner Tyler Frye, who finished fourth. Knoell settled for second while Joe Cleveland finished third. Knoell and Larry Sutton won the heat races.

After breaking down while leading last week another 2015 Track Champion, Chris Kratzer, took off from his outside pole position starting spot and was never challenged during the BSB Manufacturing NeSmith Late Model feature event. Last week’s feature winner, fifth place starting Delbert Smith, ended the race second with Terry Malm third and pole-sitter Rob Day in fourth. Kratzer also won the heat race.

Coors Light IMCA Stock Car ace Scot Granzella made his return to Victory Lane as he piloted his #91E to a win from fifth place at the start. He got by Craig Miller to capture first, with Craig Miller in tow with second. Scott Miller wound up third with Tanner Portenier fourth. Granzella also won the heat race.

Racing continues next Friday night April 29th with the IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars, IMCA Northern SportMods, and IMCA Hobby Stocks back in action, being joined by the Auto House Mod Lites and the first race of the season for the Bird Contracting IMCA Sport Compacts.

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