LUXEMBURG SPEEDWAY HONORS 2011 TRACK CHAMPIONS
(Denmark, WI) January 28– Nearly 220 drivers, track officials and race fans arrived at Pott’s Beverly Gardens Saturday as the 2011 Luxemburg Speedway champions were crowned at the annual awards banquet.
Luxemburg native Benji LaCrosse put a whooping on his foes, winning the Budweiser IMCA modified track title by 50 points over Algoma’s James Lee Tebon. A total of 55 different modified drivers raced in weekly events at the track.
Pulaski’s Larry “Junior” Karcz captured his first ever Badgerland Concrete IMCA stock car crown. The veteran beat out 2010 champ Troy Muench of Union by 20 marks en route to the crown. 59 different drivers mixed it up at Luxemburg in the class dubbed “too tough to tame.”
New Franken’s Brad Lautenbach was a force wherever he competed at in 2011, and his home track at Luxemburg Speedway was no exception. Lautenbach beat out arch rival Eric “Chummy” Arneson of Oconto Falls by just three points to collect the Tri County Heating IMCA northern sportmods track title. 57 different drivers in the division competed, in a class that continues to grow in leaps and bounds in northeast Wisconsin.
Luxemburg’s Marcus Moede outdueled Denmark’s Tom Brumlic by a mere five points to capture the Pepsi IMCA hobby stock title. That division’s title will be up for grabs as Moede will move up to the stock car class this year. 26 different IMCA hobby stock drivers competed at Luxemburg last season.
Oconto’s Ralph Liegeois Jr. beat out Oconto Falls Brian Johnson by 28 points to win the Tisler Salvage Sport Four title. 34 different drivers competed in the class.
De Pere’s Jay Matthias was awarded the “Mark Reinhard Memorial sportsmanship award” for his great sportsmanship and willingness to help his fellow drivers. Reinhard’s widow Jodi presented the award to Matthias.
Rookie of the years in the respective divisions were Johnny Whitman of De Pere (IMCA modifieds), Kewaunee’s Luke Lemmens (IMCA stock car), Luxemburg’s Chad Kaminski (IMCA northern sportmod), Green Bay, Suamico’s Cory Cotter (IMCA hobby stock) and Michael Verheyden (sport fours).
Currently the status of who will promote Luxemburg Speedway in 2012 remains up in the air. Within the next two months Kewaunee County leaders will go through the bidding process to select a new track operator. Check the track’s website at luxemburgspeedway.com for more information and updates. Luxemburg Speedway is located 15 minutes east of Green Bay off highway 54 at the Kewaunee County Fairgrounds.