2008 CHAMPIONS CROWNED AT LUXEMBURG SPEEDWAY AWARDS BANQUET
Posted under News on January 24th, 2009
(Denmark, WI) – Jan. 24 – More than 300 drivers, race officials and fans took part in the 2008 Luxemburg Speedway awards banquet at Beverly Gardens near Denmark Saturday night.
Seymour’s Brian Mullen wrapped up his record sixth track championship. The title was Mullen’s second since current promoters Lakeshore Motorsports Promotions took the weekly, Friday night program over from Tri Star Promotions seven years ago. Mullen, who’s last title was in 2003, outdistanced hometown driver and another former champion Benji LaCrosse by a points margin of 524-493.
“To win a title on this Friday night track with what I feel is the toughest weekly competition for this class means a lot,” said Mullen. “We’re going to work hard to try and do it again in 2009.” Mullen has plans to defend his title in 2009.
In IMCA stock car action, it was a case of role reversal for the Colwell brothers of Greenleaf. A year ago Greenleaf’s Jamie Colwell edged out his brother Jesse Colwell by one slim point to capture the division’s crown, his first ever at the third-mile, clay oval. This year it was Jesse who captured the crown by a whopping 68 point margin over Jamie. Jesse plans to defend his track championship as well.
Former sport four champion Tim Jorgenson of De Pere capped off a banner season, in which he captured his second straight IMCA northern sportmod crown. “It was a year where everything seemed to fall into place, but it was a lot of work,” said Jorgenson, who also captured state and regional crowns, in addition to netting 19 feature wins in the season. He wound up in a tie for the national points, but lost simply on a tie-breaker, which was the total number of feature wins. “At this point I wanted to move
up to the modfied division,” said Jorgenson. “However while I’ve got great sponsors who support me well, we’ll likely be back to defend our sportmod title.” In addition to Luxemburg, Jorgenson also won crowns at Shawano and Seymour Speedways. Jorgenson beat out Shawano’s Tracy Wassenberg by a mere two points to capture the title.
Luxemburg’s Dave “The Hammer” De Grave took top honors in the IMCA hobby stock division. De Grave outpaced Denmark’s Tom Brumlic by 35 marks to collect the championship. “Running every night and keeping two cars up to par every week took a lot of work and I’ve got my Dad and pit crew to thank for that,” said De Grave. “The hobby stock title will be wide open this year as I’m moving up to the IMCA stock car class to compete for the rookie-of-the-year honors.”
De Grave has purchased a car from Hortonville’s Travis Van Straten, who will compete in the IMCA northern sportmod class in 2009.
Oneida’s Jason Cornelius beat out Pulaski’s Jacob Wilcox by just three points to win the Sport 4 crown. “We wrecked a lot of stuff this year and we went through three different cars,” said Cornelius. When asked if he would defend his track championship, Cornelius replied, “We’ll see.”
Rookie of the year honors in the IMCA modified division went to hometown driver Duane “Mad Mert” Mertens, who is a graduate from the IMCA hobby stock class. Luxemburg’s Tyler Derenne took those same honors in the IMCA stock cars while Brad Lautenbach of New Franken captured the rookie-of-the-year award in the IMCA northern Sportmods. Rob Waechter Jr. of Ellisville captured the honor in the IMCA hobby stocks while Green Bay’s Justin Vannieuwenhoven won the rookie title in the sport fours.
The annual sportsmanship award was given to Gene’s Deep Rock of Green Bay, which has provided weekly wrecker service to the Friday night program for many years.
A total of 279 drivers in five different divisions competed at the track during weekly racing in the 2008. season.That field included 70 different IMCA modified drivers and 67 different IMCA stock car drivers. A track record 61 IMCA northern sportmod and 41 IMCA hobby stock drivers took part in weekly competition, as did 40 different sport four drivers.
The 2009 season will kick off Friday night, April 24 at 7 p.m. IMCA modifieds, stock cars, northern sportmods, hobby stocks and sport fours will compete weekly through Labor day weekend. A practice session which is open to cars in all classes is slated for April 17 from 6 to 9 p.m.
For more information call 920 863 8446. The track’s website is luxemburgspeedway.com. Luxemburg Speedway is located 15 minutes east of Green Bay off highway 54 at the Kewaunee County Fairgrounds.