NEARLY 100 CARS ATTEND LUXEMBURG SPEEDWAY PRACTICE
(Luxemburg, WI) April 17 – If there is a recession you surely would not notice it walking around the pit area at Luxemburg Speedway Friday night. The pit area at the track was chock full of racing haulers and cars as crew members scrambled to get their cars setup during an open practice session.
A total of 96 machines representing seven different divisions were on hand during an open “test and tune” at the third-mile, clay oval located at the Kewaunee County Fairgrounds. 25 IMCA modifieds were on hand, along wih 20 northern sportmods, 21 stock cars, 13 hobby stocks, 10 sport fours, five street stocks and two late models. That number is a track record for any prior practice session at the track in recent history.
“Overall it’s not a bad turnout, considering there was another practice at another track,” said track manager Rick Goral. “Our prior two years we had our practice rained out, so we were just happy to get one in.”
A wind whipped up some dust on the dry oval, but drivers overall appreciated an early season, smooth race track. “I’m really impressed with how smooth it is out there,” said IMCA modified driver Tom Stark of Egg Harbor. Stark plans on competing “frequently” at Luxemburg in 2009. Hometown driver Dave Zeitler was out with a brand new IMCA modified, which sported a chrome body. “We’ve got a little ding in it but overall she’s in pretty good shape,” said Zeitler.
Leading rookies were also shaking down their machines. Among them was Denmark’s Ryan Manthei in the IMCA modified division. Sporting a number 49, Manthei is a former street stock racer who’s also raced on pavement as well in recent years.
A highly anticipated battle in the IMCA stock car ranks kicked off unofficially at the practice session. Former IMCA hobby stock champion Dave De Grave was getting a handle of the racer he purchased from Travis Van Straten a season ago. His chief challenger for the R-O-Y crown appears to be Seymour’s Harley Simon, a former street stock champion on the dirt.
In the IMCA northern sportmod division former sport four driver Brandon Long of Green Bay was on hand as he’ll compete for R-O-Y honors in that class.
Among the IMCA hobby stock rookies who were in attendance with their cars were Algoma’s Adam Pallex, Green Bay’s Wade Conard and Jason De Bauche, along with Denmark’s Corey Siebold, son of former street stock driver Greg Siebold.
Defending track champions who were on hand included Seymour’s Brian Mullen in the IMCA modified class and Oneida’s Jason Cornelius in the sport four division. Dirt late model legend Pete Parker of Kaukauna and his son Paul Parker were on hand with their late models.
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. 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.