Rookie LaCrosse Sweeps Luxemburg IMCA Mod Action!
By Joe Verdegan
July 18, 2003; Luxemburg, WI. – Hometown rookie Benji LaCrosse snatched the lead away from Dennis Young on lap 13 and survived a pair of later cautions to capture his first career 25 lap IMCA modified feature win at Luxemburg Speedway Friday night. LaCrosse’s heat win netted him a sweep of the night’s action.
102 cars were on hand, including 31 IMCA modifieds, 40 IMCA stock cars, 15 IMCA hobby stocks and 16 sport fours.
Dennis Young paced the opening round of the contest when a yellow flew for a Dave Fisher spin with one lap in the books. When racing resumed Young maintained his advantage over Bill LeMieux and Chad Wilcox. LeMieux caught up with Young and stayed glued to his rear bumper, while Brian Mullen methodically worked his way through the field, from 17th to ninth in just five laps.
By lap six Mike Cole blasted from eighth into second and began closing in on Young. Benji LaCrosse ran third, and worked on Cole for the second spot for the next several laps. The pair caught up with Young by lap 11 and began challenging for the lead. LaCrosse worked Young on the outside for two laps before passing him for the lead on lap 13. Mike Klenz looped his mount on the 13th lap, drawing another amber. Under the green RM Van Pay snuck underneath Young to claim the second spot, while LaCrosse opened up a comfortable five car length cushion.
A Brad Rohloff spin on lap 16 tightened the field once more. With nine laps remaining Scott Mullen and Van Pay applied heavy pressure to LaCrosse. LaCrosse and Scott Mullen pulled away from the field to settle the score, with LaCrosse fending off Mullen’s challenges to collect the win. Mullen raced from eighteenth to second, coming through the semi-feature. Van Pay, Sean Jerovetz and Mike Mashl rounded out the top five finishers.
The contest was only two laps old when Charlie Kroll and Brett Wenzel tangled in turn four, drawing a caution. Eric Van Iten kept the lead briefly on the restart, with Travis Van Straten and Pat Davister blowing past Van Iten to take the top two positions. Kyle Frederick joined the two to make it a three car scrum for the lead. The trio went three wide, swapping the lead for the next several laps. Pat Davister had the lead on lap 14 when Derrick Bruechert’s machine stalled, halting the action. With eight laps remaining Davister fought off a fast-closing Travis Van Straten in the final laps to collect his win. Van Straten took second, followed by Tim Van De Hei, who sliced his way through the pack from the 18th position, Brandon Czarapata and Craig Paque.
Zion, Illinois’ Tony Schlei passed Joe Hegnet for the lead on lap 13 and won his eighth 15 lap IMCA hobby stock feature of the season. Hegnet settled for second, followed by Ed Anschutz, Mike Mueller and last week’s winner Evan Madden.
Algoma’s Kenny Malcore won the 10 lap sport four feature.
Races were halted in the first stock car heat when Jim Gonion’s car smashed into two other machines and rolled off of the track, landing on his roof. He was shaken up but otherwise ok.
Next Friday night, July 25 The Bank of Luxemburg will sponsor the kid’s coin toss at intermission. Street stocks will also be a part of the program beginning at 7 p.m. Kids twelve and under will be admitted free.
On Wednesday, July 30 biggest paying modified show in track history will take place during the McCoy’s Harley Davidson Modified Classic. A $2,000 payout is on the line to the winner. The stock cars will battle for a $1,500 top prize. A 7 p.m.start time is slated. 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 – Benji LaCrosse, Luxemburg; Scott Mullen, Seymour; RM Van Pay, Green Bay; Sean Jerovetz, Suamico; Mike Mashl, De Pere; Brian Mullen, Seymour
14 lap semi feature – Brian Mullen; Scott Mullen; Jared Siefert, Green Bay; Bob Waechter, Ellisville
10 lap heats 1) LaCrosse; Scott Derenne, Luxemburg 2) Dennis Young, Seymour; Mike Klenz, Sobieski 3) Chris Derenne, Luxemburg; Van Pay
IMCA Stock Car
22 lap feature – Pat Davister, Luxemburg; Travis Van Straten, Hortonville; Tim Van De Hei, Green Bay; Brandon Czarapata, Horicon; Craig Paque, Algoma; Kyle Frederick, Gillett
12 lap semi features – 1) Van De Hei; Shawn Olson, Algoma; Dave Davister, Luxemburg; Laurel Ettien, Luxemburg 2) John Heinz, Green Bay; Dave Bouche, Algoma; Gregg Gretz, Kewaunee; Jamie Colwell, Greenleaf
10 lap heats 1) Van Straten; Derrick Bruechert, Kewaunee 2) Davister; Chris Van Iten, Green Bay 3) Corey Suchoski, Luxemburg; Brett Wenzel, Two Rivers 4) Brian Bruechert, Kewaunee; Frederick
IMCA Hobby Stock
15 lap feature – Tony Schlei, Zion, IL; Joe Hegnet, Sturgeon Bay; Mike Mueller, Green Bay; Ed Anschutz, Algoma; Mike Mueller, Green Bay; Evan Madden, Algoma; Dan Davister, Luxemburg
8 lap heats 1) Anschutz; Dave Lane, Green Bay 2) Madden; Derek Moede, Casco
10 lap feature – Kenny Malcore, Algoma; Jeff Kropp, Seymour; Josh Sand, Mishicot
8 lap heats 1) Jasper Drengler, Shawano; Marty Van De Hei, Seymour 2) Greg Banker, Black Creek; Todd Welsing , Denmark
Big Wheel race winners – Mackenzie Junio, Luxemburg; Adam Smith, Kaukauna; Justin Mahlberg, Denmark; Matt Marquis, De Pere; Amanda Kroll, Algoma