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Egan Scores Emotional Wilmot Sprint Victory

WILMOT, Wis. – Rusty Egan won his first 20-lap AutoMeter/Brewington Electric Wisconsin Wingless Sprint feature at Wilmot Raceway on an emotional Family Night on Saturday

“This is so special because it’s my first feature win at the race track I used to sell checkered flags at when I was growing up,” said Egan, joined by his family, including his dad, Russ Egan, who was celebrating his birthday, in victory lane.  “The cautions helped me because I don’t know if I could have made it through the lapped traffic.”     

Egan, who won a Wisconsin Wingless Series feature at 141 Speedway previously, led every lap of the main weathering cautions at the halfway point and with three laps remaining. Daniel Graumenz had a career best second-place finish. Jordan Paulsen was third. Ryan Marshall fourth. Jimmy Sivia was  fifth.

Mike Simons captured his first 20-lap modified feature win of the season. Mike Simons, a three-time track champion, had four cautions erase sizable leads throughout the feature. The last with five laps remaining set up a battle with Chris Carlson with the two getting side-by-side a couple of times during the closing laps.  At the finish it was Mike Simons with the win.  Carlson was second. Steve Mueller third. Mike Wittenburg fourth. Nick Simons, Mike Simons’ younger brother, was fifth.

“I have to thank my wife, my daughter, my parents, all of our sponsors for the support they’ve given me,” said Mike Simons, who was joined by the family in victory lane. “I knew Chris was there and just stuck to my line.”

The closest finish of the night came in the 20-lap IRA Lightning Sprint feature. Sifting through lapped traffic coming for the checkered flag, Mark Heinert nipped C.J. Malueg by less than one foot at the checkered flag. For the second Wilmot main win in a row, it was Heinert the winner and Malueg second.  Ion Stear was third. Nick Petska was fourth and Mike Neau was fifth.

“The scoreboard said the same thing this week as it did last week,” said Heinert, who won his second in a row at Wilmot. “The car was a little tight, but I was able to make it just enough. I knew C.J. was coming. I have to thank my wife and family for all of their support, especially on Family Night.”

Cody Erickson won his third feature overall, and second points main event of the season, at Wilmot by taking the victory in the 20-lap street stock headliner.  Erickson led flag-to-flag, with a final caution coming nine laps from the finish. Rob Maule was second followed by Brandon Mertes, David Jones and Mark Baker. 

“This is a fun car to drive because it’s an Outlaw Chassis with a Coil Engine and my dad does a lot of the set up on the car,” said Erickson, who was joined by his dad, Dave, in the final victory lane of Family Night. “The caution came at just the right time because I admit, I needed a little breather.”

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