WILL BRIAN MULLEN GO FOR LUCKY NUMBER 7 AT LUXEMBURG?
Posted under News on April 14th, 2009
(Luxemburg, WI) – Seymour’s Brian Mullen can perhaps be considered the Dean of local IMCA modified racing. And who could argue with that statement?
With 121 career modified feature wins under his belt, and one dozen track titles to boot, Mullen has nabbed one half dozen crowns at both Seymour and Luxemburg Speedways. Last year Mullen crushed the competition at Luxemburg’s Friday night show, outdistancing former champion Benji LaCrosse by a point margin of 524 to 493.
When the question of “will you defend your title” is asked of the Seymour veteran, Mullen’s answer has stayed consistent from year to year. “We plan on racing every Friday night, but there are some specials in July I’ve wanted to do for awhile now,” said Mullen. “There’s a six day swing from North Dakota and into Canada that “Felix” (Todd Dart) and I were talking about running. I guess we’ll see where we’re at with money at that point in the summer. If we ran that, it might mean missing a night along the way.”
On race days, Mullen can usually be seen relaxing in the pits, chatting with his crew members and fellow racers. The car is seldom even worked on prior to the first green flag flying. And there’s a good reason for that.
Most of the hard work and preparation has been done back at his shop. Mullen has earned a reputation over the years of being a tireless worker when it comes to maintaining and preparing his Harris race cars. “This isn’t like 15 years ago when the cars were leaf springs, we’d clean ’em, grease ’em and go racing,” said Mullen. “These cars have become real tricky over the years. The technology with the IMCA modified is very advanced. To run near the front you’ve gotta be able to devote a lot of time in the shop before you get to the race track.”
As far as the weekly competition at Luxemburg, it appears 18 of the top twenty points finishers from 2008 plan on returning to compete weekly in 2009. “It’s always tough at Luxemburg. You get the top drivers there every Friday night,” said Mullen. “Years ago there were maybe just a handful of guys who can win. Now when the features lineup there are many guys who are capable of pulling off a win on any given night.”
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.