Wisconsin racer Riley Stenjem led 115 of the 125 laps and crossed under the checkered flag first in Thursday night’s Sid’s View Modified race at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. However, the race was far from official after the checkered flag waved.
EastWest Promotions officials deliberated overnight whether to award Stenjem the win after an incident that occurred earlier in the race. The incident in question took place with about 40 laps to go when Stenjem got into teammate Ty Majeski in turn three while racing for the lead. Majeski was sent into the wall and fell out of the race due to damage sustained laps later.
Ultimately, Stenjem was given the win by race officials, but not without punishment. He was docked 10 points for his role in the incident.
“I don’t really know what happened. I lost track of my front end and didn’t really know where it was at. The last thing you want to do is get into a teammate, especially when you’re on better stuff with a lot of laps left,” Stenjem said on the broadcast. “That one’s on me, I don’t want to win a race like that.”
The Kulwicki Driver Development Program semifinalist started on the pole and gave up the lead at the halfway point to get fresh rubber. Stenjem and his teammates had a setback in the preparation during the race because of the weather setup, leaving them scrambling at the last minute to get ready for Thursday night’s race.
Having set that behind him, Stenjem made his race easier by putting his No. 77 on the pole.
“I put in a lot of hard work this week getting it ready. Initially I had tested in the wrong weather so I had to go back and rebuild my setup. I put in a couple hours last night and got it back tuned up.
“The story of the race was getting to start on the pole and running your own race. It’s so hard to pass here that if you can start on the pole it makes your life a whole lot easier.”
Teammate Brandon Wilkinson finished second behind Stenjem. Dave Bodio, Kyle Odaynik, and Junior Harville rounded out the top five.
The Sid’s View Modified Series heads to the virtual Iowa Speedway for their next race on Thursday, April 23. Click here to watch a replay of Thursday night’s race at Thompson.
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-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51 National Correspondent – Twitter: @kgeyer3