Race Reports

Jerovetz Shades Mullen In Luxemburg IMCA Modified Feature!

By Joe Verdegan

June 27, 2003; Luxemburg, WI. – Suamico’s Sean Jerovetz fended off a fast-closing Brian Mullen in the waning laps to score his first 25 lap IMCA modified feature win of the year at Luxemburg Speedway Friday night. In street stock action Pulaski’s Darci Czarapata became the first woman in track history to record a feature win, besting her male foes in the 15 lap contest.

A total of 132 cars took part in the program, which included 36 IMCA modifieds, 41 IMCA stock cars, 24 street stocks, 15 IMCA hobby stocks and 16 sport fours.

An opening lap crash in turn four collected the cars of Eric Van Iten and Mullen. Both vehicles needed to be pried apart by track crews. After extensive work on pit lane both were able to continue. Lance Arnenson held the lead from his pole position. With just one lap in the books when a five car pileup slowed action again.

On the restart Arnenson pulled away to a four car length lead. Dan Ratacjzak, who started eighth, slipped into second on lap three and began tracking down Arnenson. The Frog Station driver caught Arnenson on lap five and began putting the pressure on the leader along with third place car Eddie Muenster.

Ratacjzak passed Arnenson for the lead on lap seven with Muenster hot on his heels. Jerovetz pulled up into third and the trio broke away from the field to settle the score. Mullen, who recovered from an opening lap crash, battled his way into fourth and began tracking down the lead duo on lap 17 and joined the mix. It was on lap seventeen when Ratacjzak and Muenster collided in turn four, sending Ratacjzak’s car into a spin. Per the track’s contact rule both drivers were sent to the tail of the field.

Jerovetz inherited the lead with eight laps remaining as Mullen tried both the high and low lines but was unable to overtake Jerovetz, who held on for the win. Mullen settled for second, followed by Todd Dart, Randy Back and Brad Rohloff.

Craig Paque wrestled the lead away from Shawn Olson on lap 12. A lap 18 yellow flew when Tim Van De Hei and Joe Lebotte tangled in turn one. One lap after the restart Shawn Olson looped his racer in turn four, setting up a three lap dash to the checkers. Paque was up for the challenge as he collected the win. Shawn Kilgore settled for runnerup money, followed by Brandon Czarapata, Mike Coel in his best finish of the year and Shawn Wagner.

Darci Czarapata kept the lead at the drop of the green and held the top spot through a pair of cautions in the first nine laps. Czarapata kept the lead on the restart while Arnenson, doing double duty in two divisions, raced into the third spot on lap 12 and moved past second place runner Doug Morgan on lap 12. Czarapata fought off Arnenson and Morgan to record her first feature of the season. Arnenson, Morgan, Dave Hoerning and Fred Davister rounded out the top five finishers.

Tony Schlei of Zion, IL captured his fifth IMCA hobby stock feature of the season. He was trailed at the line by Ryan LeMieux, Mike Mueller, Dan Davister and Brandon Peterson.

Marty Van De Hei captured the sport four feature.

Next Friday night, July 4, Prestige Custom Cabinetry will sponsor the $2,000-to-win Holiday Blowout for IMCA modifieds. IMCA stock cars will also battle for a $1,500 top prize. National points will be awarded in the modified and stock car classes. IMCA hobby stocks will compete next Friday as well for both track and national points. A gigantic fireworks display will also take place.

An earlier start time of 6:30 p.m. is in effect for next weeks races. For more information call 920 863 8446. The track phone is 920 845 2300. The track website is www.luxemburgspeedway.com.

LUXEMBURG SPEEDWAY RACE RESULTS 6-27-03

IMCA Modified
25 lap feature – Sean Jerovetz, Suamico; Brian Mullen, Seymour; Todd Dart, Algoma; Randy Back, Green Bay; Brad Rohloff, Pulaski; RM Van Pay, Green Bay
12 lap semi-features – 1) Mike Mashl, De Pere; Scott Mullen, Seymour; Dave Zeitler, Luxemburg: Jared Seifert, Green Bay 2) Jeremy Jacobs, Kewaunee; Todd Dart, Algoma; Randy LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay; Art Seifert, Green Bay
10 lap heats 1) Lance Arnenson, Krakow; Jeremy Hodkiewicz, Shawano 2) Van Pay; Scooter Boyea, Green Bay 3) Dave Fischer, Green Bay; Robert Waechter, Ellisville 4) Chad Wilcox, Pulaski; Jerovetz

IMCA Stock Car
22 lap feature – Craig Paque, Algoma; Shawn Kilgore, Kewaunee; Brandon Czarapata, Horicon; Mike Coel, Pulaski; Shawn Wagner, Pulaski; Brian Bruechert, Kewaunee
12 lap semi-feature – John Heinz, Green Bay; Tim Van De Hei; Green Bay; Jeff Vlies, Brussels; Brett Wenzel, Two Rivers 2) Jason Czarapata, Pulaski; Junior Karcz, Pulaski; Mike Weitor, Green Bay; Laurel Ettien, Luxemburg
10 lap heats 1) Craig Paque, Algoma; Jeremy Christians, Horicon 2) Shawn Kilgore; Jamie Colwell, Greenleaf 3) Travis Van Straten, Hortonville; Kyle Frederick, Gillett 4) Brandon Czarapata; Shawn Olson, Algoma

Street Stock
15 lap feature – Darci Czarapata, Pulaski; Lance Arnenson, Krakow; Doug Morgan, Kewaunee; Dave Hoerning, Appleton; Fred Davister, Luxemburg; James Tebon, Algoma
8 lap semi-feature – Scott Reinhardt, Baileys Harbor; Dan Davister, Luxemburg; Joseph Johnson, Seymour; Kevin Luedke, Sturgeon Bay
10 lap heats 1) Tebon; Czarapata 2) Jeremy Wittala, Green Bay; Rick Naparella, Pulaski 3) Thom Therrien, Green Bay; Fred Davister

IMCA Hobby Stock
20 lap feature – Tony Schlei, Zion, IL; Ryan LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay; Mike Mueller, Green Bay; Dan Davister, Luxemburg; Brandon Peterson, Sturgeon Bay; Dave Lane, Green Bay
10 lap heats 1) Mueller; Joe Hegnet, Sturgeon Bay 2) Evan Madden, Algoma; Schlei

Sport Four
12 lap feature – Marty Van De Hei, Seymour; Todd Welsing, Denmark; Bruce Sands, Mishicot; Tim Peer, Green Bay; Greg Banker, Black Creek
6 lap heats – 1) Banker; Van De Hei 2) Sands; Peer

Posted under Race Reports on June 27th, 2003