Mullen Scores Second Luxemburg IMCA Modified Feature Win!
By Joe Verdegan
May 16, 2003; Luxemburg, WI. – Seymour’s Brian Mullen fought off Mike Mashl of De Pere in the closing laps to win his second straight 25 lap IMCA modified feature at Luxemburg Speedway Friday night.
A record 138 cars took part in the program. The field included 41 IMCA modifieds, 46 IMCA stock cars, 23 street stocks, 17 IMCA hobby stocks and 11 sport fours.
Polesitter Jared Siefert jumped out to an early lead in the contest. He began building a lead immediately over the pack, but that margin was erased when Art Siefert and Sean Jerovetz tangled on the fronstretch on lap three, drawing an amber. When racing resumed Siefert maintained the lead while Brian Mullen, Dean Maurer and RM Van Pay engaged in a three car tussle for the runnerup spot. Mullen came out on top of that war and began chasing Siefert down when another caution flew when Benji LaCrosse’s car stalled on the backstretch.
On the restart Van Pay snuck past Siefert for the lead, while Mullen muscled his way inside of Siefert to claim the second spot. The veteran duo proceeded to put on a clinic over the next several laps, with Mullen taking over the lead on lap 15. Two circuits later a Dave Zeitler spin tightened the field. With eight laps remaining Van Pay’s racer stalled on the restart, handing the second spot on the restart to Scott Mullen, who threaded his way through the pack from 14th. Mike Mashl squeezed past Scott Mullen for second and tailed Brian Mullen the balance of the contest. Mullen held on for his second straight feature win. Mashl settled for second at the pay window, followed by Scott Mullen, Seifert and Jay Matthias. Randy LeMieux Jr., who qualified for the main by winning one of two consolation races, charged from the back of the pack to claim sixth.
Kewaunee’s Brian Bruechert came out on top of a race long duel with Jeremy Christians and Pat Davister to score the 22 lap IMCA stock car feature win. Bruechert’s heat win netted him a clean sweep for the evening.
Luxemburg’s Larry Ingebretsen outraced Mike Weitor into the lead of the contest, with Davister and Weitor trailing. Christians marched through the pack from 10th into third by lap six. One circuit later a Charlie Kroll spin forced a yellow and tightened up the field.
Christians blew past Ingebretsen on the restart into the lead, with Bruechert sliced his way from deep in the pack to wrestle second away from Davister on lap eight. Bruechert and Christians continued to swap the lead over the next several laps, with Bruechert sticking his racer low and Christians preferring the high line. Davister kept the pair within striking distance all race long to make it a three car chase right down to the wire. With five laps remaining a caution flew when Brett Wenzel’s racer caught fire, setting up a five lap dash to the checkers.
Bruechert kept Christians and company at bay to chalk up his first feature flag of the 2003 campaign at Luxemburg. Trailing Bruechert at the line were Christians, Junior Karcz, Rod Snellenberger and Craig Paque.
“Dancin Lance” Arnenson of Krakow passed polesitter James Tebon for the lead with two laps remaining to win the 20 lap street stock feature. Arnenson also won his heat race scoring a clean sweep for the evening. After two aborted attempts at a start the contest went the distance without a yellow.
Tebon nipped a hard charging Fred Davister at the line for second. David Baenen and Doug Morgan rounded out the top five finishers.
Algoma’s Eddie “The Eagle” Anschutz took the lead on lap four and cruised to his second straight 15 lap IMCA hobby stock feature. Trailing Anschutz at the checkers were Dan Davister, Tony Schlei, Joe Hegnet and Keith Kickbush. Anschutz also scored a heat win earlier, giving him a sweep of the night’s races.
Black Creek’s Greg Banker won the 15 lap sport four feature.
Next Friday night’s program will be sponsored by Y 100, Don’s Bakery and Salmon Meats. IMCA modifieds, stock cars, hobby stocks and four cylinder sport fours will be on the card. Racing starts at 7 p.m. For more information call 920 863 8446. The track phone is 920 845 2300. Please consult the track website at www.luxemburgspeedway.com. Luxemburg Speedway is located 15 minutes east of Green Bay off highway 54 at the Kewaunee County Fairgrounds in Luxemburg.
LUXEMBURG SPEEDWAY RACE RESULTS 5-16-03
25 Lap feature – Brian Mullen, Seymour; Mike Mashl, De Pere; Scott Mullen, Seymour; Jared Seifert, Green Bay; Jay Matthias, Luxemburg; Randy LeMieux Jr., Sturgeon Bay
12 lap semi-features – 1) LeMieux Jr; Joe White, Oconto Falls; Dan Ratajczak, Frog Station; Todd Dart, Algoma 2) Danny Deau, Little Suamico; Chris Derenne, Luxemburg; Mike Klenz, Sobieski; Fred Davister, Luxemburg
10 lap heats 1) Benji LaCrosse, Luxemburg; Sean Jerovetz, Little Suamico 2) Jared Siefert; Mashl 3) Eric Van Iten, Green Bay; Brian Mullen 4) Robert Waechter, Ellisville; Matthias
IMCA stock car
22 Lap feature – Brian Bruechert, Kewaunee; Jeremy Christians, Horicon; Junior Karcz, Pulaski; Rod Snellenberger, Pulaski; Craig Paque, Algoma; Shawn Wagner, Pulaski
10 lap semi-features – 1) Shawn Kilgore, Kewaunee; John Heinz, Green Bay; Dave Bouche, Algoma; Corey Lemirande, Gillett 2) Shawn Wagner; Greg Gretz, Kewaunee; Troy DeGrave, Green Bay; Jeff Vlies, Brussels 3) Kyle Frederick, Gillett; Tim Van De Hei, Green Bay; Derrick Bruechert, Kewaunee; Dave Davister, Luxemburg
10 lap heats 1) Charlie Kroll, Algoma; Laurel Ettien, Luxemburg 2) Brian Bruechert; Christians 3) Paque; Mike Weitor, Green Bay 4) Pat Davister, Luxemburg; Larry Ingebretsen, Luxemburg 5) Junior Karcz, Pulaski; Brett Wenzel, Two Rivers
20 Lap feature – Lance Arnenson, Krakow; James Tebon, Algoma; Fred Davister, Luxemburg; David Baenen, New Franken; Doug Morgan, Kewaunee; Jeremy Wiitala, Green Bay
10 lap heats 1) Arnenson; Frank Paul, Kewaunee 2) Fred Davister; Morgan 3) Baenen; Darren Otto, Pulaski
IMCA hobby stock
15 Lap feature – Ed Anschutz, Algoma; Dan Davister, Luxemburg; Tony Schlei, Zion, IL; Joe Hegnet, Sturgeon Bay; Keith Kickbush, Kewaunee; Gregg Aregoni, Sturgeon Bay
10 lap heats 1) Anschutz; Hegnet 2) Evan Madden, Algoma; Ryan LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay
10 lap sport four feature -Greg Banker, Black Creek; Marty Van De Hei, Seymour; Tim Peer, Denmark; Jasper Drengler, Shawano; James Vandenboogart, Green Bay; Norm Kersine, Green Bay
8 lap heat – Drengler; Banker