Dart Captures Luxemburg IMCA Mod Feature!
By Joe Verdegan
August 22, 2003; Luxemburg, WI. – Algoma’s Todd “Felix” Dart drove around rookie Benji LaCrosse for the lead on lap 12 and went on to win his second 25 lap IMCA modified feature of the season at Luxemburg Speedway Friday night.
By virtue of starting the IMCA modified feature Seymour’s Brian Mullen captured the division’s track championship, the fourth of his career at the track.
In IMCA stock car action Kewaunee’s Derrick Bruechert swept the division, winning his heat and holding off gritty veteran “Hot Rod” Snellenberger of Pulaski to win his second straight 22 lap feature.
120 cars signed in to compete, including 30 IMCA modifieds, 36 IMCA stock cars, 20 street stocks, 12 IMCA hobby stocks and 22 sport fours.
Hometown driver Scott Derenne paced the opening three laps of the main event before surrendering the lead to Benji LaCrosse on lap four. One lap later an Eric Van Iten spin drew a yellow. When racing resumed LaCrosse kept the lead with Dan Ratajczak blasting into the second spot. An Art Siefert spin drew the second amber of the race on lap seven. Under the green Dart and Scott Mullen raced into second and third and began hounding LaCrosse.
On lap ten LaCrosse and Dart pulled away from Mullen to settle the score. Dart drove around LaCrosse on lap 12 to take the lead. A Jay Matthias spin on lap 20 set up a five lap dash to the finish. The Algoma Ace was up for the challenge, as he collected his second checkered flag of the season. LaCrosse settled for second, followed by RM Van Pay (guest driving Chris Derenne’s car), Brian Mullen and Mike Mashl.
Bruechert outraced Larry Ingebretsen into the lead of the 22 lap IMCA stock car feature, with Ingebretsen and Davister tailing second and third, respectively. Davister wrestled the runnerup spot away from Ingebretsen on lap two and went to work reeling in Bruechert, who had quickly built up a four car length lead. Davister caught Bruechert on lap eleven and began working both the high and low lines attempting to get past Bruechert. With five laps to go Davister’s mount suddenly drifted high and faded to the fifth position.
In the final laps “Hot Rod” Snellenberger and Brandon Czarapata stormed through the field and caught up with Bruechert. Bruechert was up for the challenge as the second generation driver captured his second win in as many weeks of racing. Snellenberger, Czarapata, Travis Van Straten and Shawn Kilgore rounded out the top five finishers.
Heading into the final points night next Friday night Brandon Czarapata holds a slim two point edge over Snellenberger 469-467 in the IMCA stock car division.
Appleton’s David Hoerning took the lead on lap 10 and sweated out a couple of late caution periods to win the 25 lap street stock feature. Luxemburg’s Fred Davister captured the five race street stock points championship, winning with a two point edge over Hoerning 188-186.
Sturgeon Bay’s Brandon Peterson passed leaders Joe Hegnet and Evan Madden who spun while battling for the lead and went on to win his first 15 lap IMCA hobby stock feature of his career. Marcus Moede took second in his best effort of the season in second. Duane Mertens, Hegnet and Tony Schlei rounded out the top five finishers.
Shawano’s Jasper Drengler halted action during the 15 lap sport four feature when he rolled and landed on his roof. He was unhurt. The feature was won by Denmark’s Todd Welsing.
Next Friday night August 29 will be the final points night for the 2003 season. Champions will be crowned in the four weekly divisions. Tri County Heating of New Franken sponsors the evening’s action, which gets underway at 7 p.m. For more information call 920 863 8446. The track phone number is 920 845 2300. The track’s website is www.luxemburgspeedway.com.
25 lap feature – Todd Dart, Algoma; Benji LaCrosse, Luxemburg; RM Van Pay, Green Bay; Brian Mullen, Seymour; Mike Mashl, De Pere; Scott Mullen, Seymour
8 lap semi features – 1st) Scott Mullen; Scooter Boyea, Green Bay; Kyle Meyer, Oconto Falls; Mike Cole, Baileys Harbor 2nd) Art Siefert, Green Bay; Eric Van Iten, Green Bay; RM Van Pay, Green Bay; Dave Maurer, De Pere
10 lap heats 1) Dan Ratajczak, Frog Station; Dart 2) Scott Derenne, Luxemburg; Robert Waechter, Ellisville 3) Dave Fisher, Green Bay; Sean Jerovetz, Suamico
IMCA Stock Car
22 lap feature – Derrick Bruechert, Kewaunee; Rod Snellenberger, Pulaski; Brandon Czarapata, Pulaski; Travis Van Straten, Hortonville; Shawn Kilgore, Kewaunee; Craig Paque, Algoma
8 lap semi features – 1st) Paque; Charlie Kroll, Algoma; Brian Bruechert, Kewaunee; Jeff Vlies, Brussels 2nd) Tim Van De Hei, Green Bay; Kilgore; Brett Wenzel, Two Rivers; Dave Davister, Luxemburg
10 lap heats 1) Jamie Colwell, Greenleaf; Rod Snellenberger, Pulaski 2) Pat Davister, Luxemburg; Brandon Czarapata, Horicon 3) Derrick Bruechert; Joe Lebotte, Kewaunee 4) Larry Ingebretsen, Luxemburg; Dave Bouche, Algoma
20 lap feature – Dave Hoerning, Appleton; Lance Arnenson, Krakow; Rick Naparella, Pulaski; Fred Davister, Luxemburg; Dave Baenen, New Franken; Thom Therrien, Green Bay
12 lap qualifying race – Faron Beilke, Oneida; Frank Paul, Kewaunee; Joe Johnson, Green Bay; Don Polceen, Sturgeon Bay;
IMCA Hobby Stock
15 lap feature – Brandon Peterson, Sturgeon Bay; Marcus Moede, Casco; Duane Mertens, Luxemburg; Joe Hegnet, Sturgeon Bay; Tony Schlei, Zion, IL; Mike Mueller, Green Bay
8 lap heats 1) Hegnet; Marcus Moede, Casco 2) Evan Madden, Algoma; Peterson
15 lap feature – Todd Welsing, Denmark; Greg Banker, Black Creek; Marty Van De Hei, Seymour
8 lap heats 1) Jasper Drengler, Shawano; Jeff Kropp, Seymour 2) Tim Peer, Green Bay; Bruce Sand, Mischicot
Powder Puff races 1) Debbie Kroll 2) Sandy Ulmer 3) Angie Ratajczak