McBride Soars to Luxemburg WISSOTA Late Model Win!
By Joe Verdegan
May 3, 2003; Luxemburg, WI. – Shawano veteran MJ Mcbride survived pressure from Pete Parker and Tom Nayaert to win the Woody’s Signs 40 lap WISSOTA late model feature at Luxemburg Speedway Friday night. Mcbride led all 40 laps en route to victory.
116 cars took part in the program. The field included 44 IMCA stock cars, 42 IMCA modifieds, 16 WISSOTA late models and 14 IMCA hobby stocks.
It took three attempts to get the late model main underway. Polesitter Randy Markwardt pitted under one of the caution periods. That moved Mcbride up to the pole position, alongside arch rival Parker in the front row. Mcbride assumed the lead at the drop of the green. The Shawano Speedster immediately went to work building a five car length lead over Parker, who battled with Naeyaert for the runnerup spot.
By lap 10 Mcbride began threading his way through lapped traffic. Parker kept Mcbride in his cross hairs while weaving himself through slower traffic. By lap 15 Parker was able to whittle Mcbride’s lead down to three car lengths. Both veteran drivers hugged the bottom groove of the dry slick, third mile clay oval. Parker clipped a tire in turn four on lap 16, drawing a caution. On the restart Naeyaert stepped up to challenge Mcbride for the lead. Mcbride quickly pulled away though and began sifting through additional lapped traffic by lap 25. Naeyaert held the lead briefly while Mcbride had trouble getting past a lapped car. But Mcbride recovered to regain the top spot. Mcbride had clear sailing the final ten laps and cruised to the $1,200 victory. Naeyaert settled for second at the pay window, followed by Tim Buhler, Randy Markwardt and Mark Mitchell rounding out the top five.
Seymour’s Brian Mullen scooted past Jeremy Hodkiewicz on a lap four restart and went on to collect the 25 lap IMCA modified feature.
Hodkiewicz led the first four circuits through a pair of yellow flag periods. Mullen, who stormed through the field from 11th to third in four laps, muscled his way inside Hodkiewicz to take the lead on the lap four restart. One circuit later Hodkiewicz, Mike Klenz and Todd Dart tangled, drawing the third amber of the race. Under the green Mullen had a mirror full of Jerry Wenzel. The duo pulled away from the pack, with Mullen shedding Wenzel on lap 10. Mike Mashl caught up with Wenzel on lap 11 and passed the Two Rivers veteran at the halfway point.
Mashl followed Mullen’s tire tracks the rest of the way but was unable to reel Mullen in. Mashl took second at the pay window, followed by Jeremy Jacobs, who sliced his way through the field from his 16th starting spot to take third, Wenzel and Scott Mullen.
Kewaunee’s Shawn Kilgore passed Joe Lebotte on a lap eight restart to capture the 22 lap IMCA stock car feature.
Shawn Wagner wrestled the lead away from Tony Bouche in the early laps of the contest. Wagner began building a lead, which was wiped out when caution flew on lap three for a Greg Gretz spin. While under yellow Wagner pitted, handing the lead to Lebotte on the restart. Lebotte fought off Kilgore and Jeff Vlies for three more circuits until a yellow for a Junior Karcz spin flew. When racing resumed after an aborted restart Kilgore slipped past Lebotte for the lead. The Kewaunee youngster began building up a sizeable cushion over the rest of the field. Kilgore held on the for the win. Trailing at the checkers were Brandon Czarapata, Lebotte, Tim Van De Hei and Jeff Vlies.
Algoma’s Eddie “The Eagle” Anschutz led wire-to-wire, holding off a fierce challenge from Keith Kickbush to claim the 15 lap IMCA hobby stock feature. The contest went caution free. The win was the first career feature victory for Anschutz, a former street stock driver. Trailing Anschutz at the checkers were Kickbush, Joe Hegnet, Kevin Laughlin and Don Aregoni.
Next Friday night May 9 the races will be sponsored by WNCY 100.3 FM. Morning personality “The Bear” will be broadcasting live from the track from 5 to 7 p.m. Racing starts at 7 p.m. For more information call 920 863 8446. The track phone is 920 845 2300. The track’s website is www.luxemburgspeedway.com.
LUXEMBURG SPEEDWAY RACE RESULTS 5-2 -03
WISSOTA Late Models
40 lap feature – MJ Mcbride, Shawano; Tom Naeyaert, Shawano; Tim Buhler, Glenbeulah; Randy Markwardt, Sheboygan Falls; Mark Mitchell, Bonduel; AJ Diemel, Bonduel; Troy Springborn, Shawano; Ron Berna, Green Bay; Doug Klemp, Black Creek; Greg Dhein, Waupaca; Ralph Aschenbrenner, Green Bay; Gordie Seegert, Oostburg; Dave Jessen, Fredonia; Bruce Jerovetz, Green Bay; Pete Parker, Kaukauna; Terry Casey, New London
10 lap heats 1st) Casey; Diemel 2nd) Parker; Berna
25 lap feature – Brian Mullen, Seymour; Mike Mashl, De Pere; Jeremy Jacobs, Kewaunee; Jerry Wenzel, Two Rivers; Scott Mullen, Seymour; Joe White, Oconto Falls
12 lap semi-features 1) RM Van Pay, Green Bay; Danny Deau, Little Suamico; Randy LeMieux Jr., Sturgeon Bay; Jay Matthias, Luxemburg 2) Randy Back, Green Bay; Art Siefert, Green Bay; Eugene Gregorich Jr., Kewaunee; Mike Coel, Baileys Harbor
10 lap heats 1) Eric Scribner, Kiel; Sean Jerovetz, Little Suamico 2) Mashl; Mike Klenz, Sobieski 3) Jeremy Hodkiewicz, Shawano; White 4) Todd Dart, Algoma; Brian Mullen
IMCA Stock Car
22 lap feature – Shawn Kilgore, Kewaunee; Brandon Czarapata, Pulaski; Joe Lebotte, Kewaunee; Tim Van De Hei, Green Bay; Jeff Vlies, Brussels; Jason Czarapata, Pulaski
12 lap semi features 1) Kyle Frederick, Gillett; Craig Paque, Algoma; Troy DeGrave, Green Bay; Brett Wenzel, Two Rivers
2) Greg Gretz, Kewaunee; Dave Bouche, Algoma; Laurel Ettien, Luxemburg; Pat Davister, Luxemburg
10 lap heats 1) Czarapata; Tony Bouche, Algoma 2) Van De Hei; Shawn Wagner, Pulaski 3) Brandon Czarapata; JJ Heinz, Green Bay 4) Kilgore; Lebotte
IMCA Hobby Stock
15 lap feature – Ed Anschutz, Algoma; Keith Kickbush, Kewaunee; Joe Hegnet, Sturgeon Bay; Kevin Laughlin, Sturgeon Bay; Gregg Aregoni, Sturgeon Bay; Ryan LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay