Mullen Makes it Four-In-A-Row at Luxemburg in IMCA Mod Action!
By Joe Verdegan
May 30, 2003; Luxemburg, WI. – Seymour’s Brian Mullen continued his mastery of Luxemburg Speedway’s third-mile, clay oval Friday night by taking the lead away from Mike Coel on lap 19 and scoring his fourth straight 25 lap IMCA modified feature.
A total of 123 cars took part in the program. Among the field were 32 IMCA modifieds, 39 IMCA stock cars, 24 street stocks, 16 IMCA hobby stocks and 12 sport fours.
Coel sprinted from his pole position into the lead at the drop of the green with Robert Waechter and Mike Klenz in tow. During the first five laps Coel and Waechter pulled away from the pack. A lap five caution flew when Mike Klenz and Dave Zeitler tangled in turn 1. On the restart Danny Deau tangled with another car in turn four, sending Deau’s car into a rollover. Deau emerged unscathed, driving his car back onto pit lane and eventually back into the race.
Mike Mashl pulled up alongside Coel to battle for the lead on lap nine, but Coel fought off his challenges. for the lead on lap nine. By lap 13 Coel began pulling away from Mashl, leaving him to battle for second with Todd Dart. Dart wrestled the second spot away from Mashl on lap 15 and went to work on Coel for the lead. By lap 18 Mullen had squirted through the field and into second, working the high line. Heading under the flagstand for lap 19 Mullen darted inside Coel to take the lead. Mullen easily pulled away from the field to record his fourth straight triumph. Coel hung on for second in his best finish of the year. Todd Dart, Mike Mashl and RM Van Pay rounded out the top five finishers.
Horicon’s Jeremy Christians scampered past Brett Wenzel for the lead with two laps remaining to claim his second 22 lap IMCA stock car feature.
The lead changed hands no less than three times in the first 10 circuits, with polesitter Josh Massart, Shawn Olson and Brett Wenzel all taking turns with the lead. By the contest’s halfway point Christians had charged through the pack from his ninth starting spot into second, tailing the leader Wenzel. By lap 16 Jason Czarapata joined the chase for the lead, as he and Christians were glued to Wenzel’s rear bumper. With two laps remaining Christians slipped underneath Wenzel and cruised to victory. Wenzel’s second place finish was his finest finish of the year. Rod Snellenberger, Kyle Frederick and Czarapata rounded out the top five finishers.
Zion, Illinois’ Tony Schlei chewed away at leader Joe Hegnet’s half-lap lead, nipping Hegnet at the checkers by a fender to win his second 15 lap IMCA hobby stock feature. The contest went green-to-checkered. Hegnet took second, followed by Evan Madden, Ryan LeMieux and Keith Kickbush. Madden was later disqualified for a technical infraction, bumping everyone up a spot and giving fifth spot to Ed Anschutz.
James Tebon of Algoma grabbed the lead on lap nine and went on to win his first 20 lap street stock feature of the season. Trailing Tebon at the checkers were Fred Davister, Phil Hiles, David Hoerning and Tom White.
Denmark’s Todd Welsing swept sport four action, claiming both his heat and the 10 lap feature.
Next Friday night will feature the second appearance of the season of the WISSOTA late models. The “Battle of The ‘Burg II” will pay out $1,500 to the winner. A full program of IMCA modifieds, IMCA stock cars and IMCA hobby stocks is also on tap. Racing starts at 7 p.m. 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 5-30-03
25 Lap feature – Brian Mullen, Seymour; Mike Coel, Baileys Harbor; Todd Dart, Algoma; Mike Mashl, De Pere; RM Van Pay, Green Bay; Eddie Muenster, Green Bay
10 lap semi-features – 1st) Danny Deau, Little Suamico; Jeremy Jacobs, Kewaunee; Chris Derenne, Luxemburg; Eugene Gregorich Jr., Kewaunee 2nd) Sean Jerovetz, Suamico; Randy LeMieux Jr., Sturgeon Bay; Jay Matthias, Luxemburg; Jeremy Hodkiewicz, Shawano
10 lap heats 1) Dart; Dave Zeitler, Luxemburg 2) Mike Klenz, Sobieski; Randy Back, Green Bay 3) Mullen; Benji LaCrosse, Luxemburg 4) Coel; Van Pay
IMCA Stock Car
22 Lap feature – Jeremy Christians, Horicon; Brett Wenzel, Two Rivers; Rod Snellenberger, Pulaski; Kyle Frederick, Gillett; Jason Czarapata, Pulaski; Brian Bruechert, Kewaunee
12 lap semi-features – 1st) Steve Svoboda, Green Bay; Craig Paque, Algoma; Shawn Kilgore, Kewaunee; Mike Weitor, Green Bay 2nd) Tim Van De Hei, Green Bay; Junior Karcz, Pulaski; Troy DeGrave, Green Bay; Dave Bouche, Algoma
10 lap heats 1) Shawn Olson, Algoma; Jeff Vlies, Brussels 2) Wenzel; Christians 3) Shawn Wagner, Pulaski; John Heinz, Green Bay 4) Dave Davister, Luxemburg; Jason Czarapata
20 Lap feature – James Tebon, Algoma; Fred Davister, Luxemburg; Phil Hiles, Appleton; David Hoerning, Appleton; Tom White, Oconto
12 lap semi-feature – Shane Wood, Pulaski; Dan Simon, Black Creek; Tom Therrien, Green Bay; Eric Arnenson, Oconto Falls
10 lap heats 1) David Baenen, New Franken; Hiles 2) Davister; Dan Simon, Black Creek 3) Darci Czarapata, Green Bay; Tebon
IMCA Hobby Stock
15 Lap feature – Tony Schlei, Zion, Illinois; Joe Hegnet, Sturgeon Bay; Ryan LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay; Keith Kickbush, Kewaunee; Ed Anschutz, Algoma; Mike Mueller, Green Bay
10 lap heats 1) Hegnet; Kickbush 2) Anschutz; Gregg Aregoni, Sturgeon Bay
10 lap feature – Todd Welsing, Denmark; Marty Van De Hei, Seymour; Tim Peer, Green Bay; Greg Banker, Black Creek; Kenny Malcore, Algoma; Tom Schmidt, Black Creek
8 lap heat – Welsing; Van De Hei