Dart Collects Second Luxemburg IMCA Mod Main
By Joe Verdegan
August 30, 2002; Luxemburg, WI. – Algoma’s Todd “Felix” Dart had his hands full with hotshoes Jay Schraufnagel and brothers Brian and Scott Mullen in the closing laps but was able to fend off the trio to claim his second 25 lap IMCA modified feature of the season at Luxemburg Speedway Friday night.
It was the final points night for the five divisions that count points in the their respective classes. By virtue of his sixth place finish in the main Green Bay’s Eddie Muenster collected his third IMCA modified track championship. In the IMCA stock car class Green Bay’s John Heinz nailed down his first ever track championship. Mike Coel of Green Bay claimed his first street stock title while other first time track champions included Carlsville’s Corey Haen in the bomber division and Luxemburg’s Dave Davister in the sport truck class.
Last week’s winner Mike Klenz wrestled away the lead from Dave Fischer on the second circuit of the IMCA modified main when Dart knifed his way through the pack from ninth into third on lap five. One lap later the caution flew when the cars of Scooter Boyea, Fischer and Jeremy Hodkiewicz tangled in turn one.
When racing resumed Schraufnagel and Brian Mullen stepped to the plate and began putting the heat on Dart, working the high line on the expertly-groomed, third mile clay oval. After protecting the bottom for three laps Dart slid up to the top line on lap nine.
Schraufnagel countered Dart’s manuever by seizing control of the lower groove, even swapping the lead with the Algoma driver on two separate occasions. Mullen stormed past Schraufnagel on the outside to take second on lap 14. The event’s second yellow flew when Dan Ratajzcak and Chris Derenne locked horns on lap 15.
On the restart Schraufnagel blew past Mullen for second using the high line as Dart protected the bottom to collect his second feature flag of the season at Luxemburg. Schraufnagel claimed second at the pay window while Scott Mullen mounted a late race surge to nip brother Brian at the line for third. Jared Siefert rounded out the top five finishers.
By virtue of his sixth place finish Muenster claimed the track title. It was Muenster’s third, having won championships in 1989 and 1995.
Jeff LaCrosse took an early lead in the 22 lap IMCA stock car main but the lead was short lived when Jeff’s brother Benji LaCrosse stalled his mount on lap two, drawing a yellow. Luxemburg’s Larry Ingebretsen grabbed the lead on the restart and built a healthy five car length lead over the pack. Ingebretsen ran into some bad luck on lap 14 when the driveshaft in racer dropped from his car, wiping out his lead and ending his night.
Hortonville’s Travis Van Straten inherited the lead on the restart but pulled off with mechanical problems on lap 16. Gillett’s Kyle Frederick then took the lead. Frederick kept all challengers at bay and went on to win his first feature flag of the season at Luxemburg. Trailing Frederick at the checkers were Tim Van De Hei, who qualified for the feature by placing second in the last chance race, Jamie Colwell, Jason Czarapata and Dave Bouche.
By finishing seventh in the main event Heinz went on the capture the division his crown, the first of his career.
Sturgeon Bay’s Tom Daubner grabbed the lead on lap seven and survived a pair of caution periods to win his first 20 lap street stock feature of the season. Runnerup finisher Mike Coel easily clinched the division crown. Trailing the pair at the checkers were Ed Anschutz, Laurel Ettien and Keith Kickbush.
Carlsville’s Corey Haen captured the 15 lap bomber feature and the division’s title followed by Maynard Hegnet, Billy Hays, Brandon Peterson and Evan Madden. In the sport truck division Jerry Scray Jr. won his second straight 15 lap feature. Luxemburg’s Davister broke Kevin Strebel’s stranglehold of three straight division crowns by winning the division’s points title.
Next Friday night, September 6th will be the final race of the 2002 season. Miller Lite will sponsor the $500-to-win street stock shootout. Several non-regular drivers from neighboring area tracks are expected to be on hand. Joining the street stocks will be modifieds, stock cars, bombers, sport trucks and sport fours. Racing gets underway at 7 p.m.
25 Lap feature – Todd Dart, Algoma; Jay Schraufnagel, Beaver Dam; Scott Mullen, Seymour; Brian Mullen, Seymour; Jared Siefert, Green Bay; Dave Zeitler, Luxemburg
12 lap last chance race – Zeitler; Jeremy Jacobs, Algoma; George Henkel, Sturgeon Bay; Jerry Muenster, Green Bay
First 10 lap heats – Mike Klenz, Sobieski; Siefert
Second – Dave Fischer, Green Bay; Jay Matthias, Luxemburg
Third – Scooter Boyea, Green Bay; Scott Mullen
IMCA Stock Car
22 Lap Feature – Kyle Frederick, Gillett; Tim Van De Hei, Green Bay; Jamie Colwell, Greenleaf; Jason Czarapata, Pulaski; Dave Bouche, Algoma; Brian Bruechert, Kewaunee
12 lap last chance race – Pat Davister, Luxemburg; Van De Hei; Bruechert; Shawn Kilgore, Kewaunee
First 10 lap heat – Czarapata; Frederick
Second – Troy DeGrave, Green Bay; Bouche
Third – Larry Ingebretsen, Luxemburg; Colwell
20 Lap feature – Tom Daubner, Sturgeon Bay; Mike Coel, Green Bay; Ed Anschutz, Algoma; Laurel Ettien, Luxemburg; Keith Kickbush, Kewaunee; Fred Davister, Luxemburg
First 10 lap heat – Daubner; Leon Schott, Green Bay
Second – Fred Davister; Anschutz
15 Lap Feature – Corey Haen, Carlsville; Maynard Hegnet, Sturgeon Bay; Billy Hays, Sturgeon Bay; Brandon Peterson, Sturgeon Bay; Evan Madden, Algoma; Joe Hegnet, Sturgeon Bay
10 lap heat – Gregg Aregoni, Sturgeon Bay; Marcus Moede, Casco
15 Lap Feature – Jerry Scray Jr., Abrams; Dave Davister, Luxemburg; Kevin Strebel, Green Bay; Mike Lardo, Green Bay; Dean Wiltzius, New Franken; Ed Danoff, Green Bay
10 lap heat – Strebel; Wiltzius