Springborn Scores In Luxemburg WISSOTA Late Model Go!
By Joe Verdegan
July 13, 2003; Luxemburg, WI. – Shawano’s Troy Springborn scampered past MJ Hintz on lap seventeen and carefully weaved his way through lapped traffic to win the 40 lap WISSOTA late model feature at Luxemburg Speedway Sunday night. The win was Springborn’s first at the speedway and was worth $1,500.
124 cars signed in to compete in front of the largest crowd of the season. The field included 29 WISSOTA late models, 35 IMCA modifieds, 43 IMCA stock cars and 17 IMCA hobby stocks.
AJ Diemel rocketed out of his pole position into the lead. A lap two yellow flew for a Terry Casey spin in turn four. On the restart MJ Hintz bolted into second and stuck with Diemel for another circuit. Hintz slipped underneath Diemel for the lead on lap four. Hintz proceeded to build up a three car length lead over the pack. Gordie Seegert moved into the third spot and began challenging Diemel for the runnerup spot on lap five. A lap 10 caution flew for Doug Blashe’s stalled racer. Back under green Seegert motored around Diemel for second and stepped up to challenge Hintz for the lead. Springborn moved into the third spot using the outside line, and caught the leaders on lap 15 making it a three car scrum for the lead.
Using the tacky, outside line Springborn sailed past Hintz for the lead on lap 17. The Shawano driver began building a sizeable cushion over Seegert and Hintz. Springborn caught up with lapped cars at lap twenty five, carefully sifting his way through traffic. By lap twenty five Pete Parker had sliced his way from 13th into third, setting his sights on Springborn and Seegert.
With five laps to go Seegert closed the gap on Springborn to within four car lengths. However it wasn’t enough as Springborn picked up the feature win. Seegert took second. Pete Parker threaded his way from 13th to finish third, earning the Gold Star Racing Supplies/Performance Bodies Hard Charger award. MJ Hintz and AJ Diemel rounded out the top five finishers.
Green Bay’s RM Van Pay took the lead away from Jay Matthias on lap 15 and smashed his foes with a convincing 25 lap IMCA modified feature win.
Van Pay started the contest in eighth, and quickly moved into third by lap seven, battling leader Jay Matthias and Dave Zeitler, who was second. A lap 12 yellow tightened the field, and Van Pay zipped past Matthias on the restart, and built up a five car length lead at the finish. Scott Mullen took second, followed by Jared Seifert, Benji LaCrosse and Matthias.
Horicon’s Jeremy Christians passed Travis Van Straten on a lap 11 restart and sweated out three late caution periods to claim his third 22 lap IMCA stock car feature win of the season.
Rookie Eric Van Iten paced the opening six rounds of the contest when a lap six yellow flew for a Brian Bruechert spin in turn four. On the restart Travis Van Straten stayed glued to Van Iten’s rear bumper, with Jeremy Christians a tight third. A caution for debris flew on lap nine, bunching up the field once more. When racing resumed a three wide battle ensued for the lead, with Van Straten taking the low road and Christians running up top, door-to-door for the next several laps shuffling Van Iten further back in the field. Van Iten spun on lap 11, drawing another amber.
Christians and Van Straten resumed their duel under the green, with Christians hanging onto the lead. Brandon Czarapata and Rod Snellenberger joined the duo, marking a four car scrap for the lead. Christians maintained the top spot, leaving all others to battle for runnerup honors in the final laps. A Brandon Mindak spin on lap twenty set up a two lap shootout to the checkers. Christians fought off the field to collect the win, followed by Brandon Czarapata, Shawn Kilgore, Van Straten and Jason Czarapata.
Algoma’s Evan Madden survived a late race charge from Tony Schlei to win the 15 lap IMCA hobby stock feature. Madden also won his heat, scoring a sweep for the night. Schlei, Ed Anschutz, Marcus Moede and Gregg Aregoni rounded out the top five finishers.
Next Friday night Big Wheel races for children ages 3-10 will take place at intermission, sponsored by Coca Cola. A regular program featuring IMCA modifieds, IMCA stock cars, IMCA hobby stocks and four cylinder sport fours will be in action beginning 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 7-13-03
WISSOTA late model
40 lap feature – Troy Springborn, Shawano; Gordie Seegert, Oostburg; Pete Parker, Kaukauna; John Kaanta, Elk Mound; MJ Hintz, De Pere; AJ Diemel, Bonduel; Nick Anvelink, Navarino; Luke Roffers, Oneida; Terry Casey, New London; MJ McBride, Shawano; Tim Buhler, Glenbuelah; Tom Naeyaert, Shawano; Ron Berna, Green Bay; Randy Markwardt, Sheboygan Falls; Scott Cramer, Random Lake; Terry Anvelink, Navarino; Greg Dhein, Waupaca; Ron Bomber, Rio Creek; TJ White, Green Bay; Jeremy Hedrick, Keshena; Doug Blashe, Marion; Mark Mitchell, Bonduel
Gold Star Racing Supplies/Performance Bodies Hard Charger award – Parker
12 lap semi-feature – Buhler; Cramer; Blashe; White
10 lap heats 1) Seegert; Nick Anvelink 2) Casey; Kaanta 3) Hintz; Springborn
25 lap feature – RM Van Pay, Green Bay; Scott Mullen, Seymour; Jared Siefert, Green Bay; Benji LaCrosse, Luxemburg; Jay Matthias, Luxemburg; Mike Mashl, De Pere
12 lap semi-features – 1st) Robert Waechter, Ellisville; Eric Van Iten, Green Bay; Dennis Young, Seymour; Bill LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay 2nd) Sean Jerovetz, Suamico; Kyle Meyers, Oconto Falls; Jeremy Jacobs, Kewaunee; Dave Fischer, Green Bay
10 lap heats 1) LaCrosse; Scott Mullen 2) Mashl; Matthias 3) Van Pay; Todd Dart, Algoma 4) Dave Zeitler, Luxemburg; Eugene Gregorich, Kewaunee
IMCA Stock Car
22 lap feature – Jeremy Christians, Horicon; Brandon Czarapata, Horicon; Shawn Kilgore, Kewaunee; Travis Van Straten, Hortonville; Jason Czarapata, Pulaski; Greg Gretz, Kewaunee
12 lap semi-features – 1st) Shawn Wagner, Pulaski; Craig Paque, Algoma; Pat Davister, Luxemburg; Tony Bouche, Algoma 2nd) Kilgore; Jason Czarapata, Pulaski; Dave Davister, Luxemburg; Kyle Frederick, Gillett 3rd) Brian Bruechert, Kewaunee; Derrick Bruechert, Kewaunee; John Heinz, Green Bay; Dan Michonski, Leopolis
10 lap heats 1) Christians; Brandon Mindak, Luxemburg 2) Van Straten; Laurel Ettien, Luxemburg 3) Junior Karcz, Pulaski; Dave Bouche, Algoma 4) Brandon Czarapata; Rod Snellenberger, Pulaski 5) Shawn Olson, Algoma; Chris Van Iten, Green Bay
IMCA hobby stock
15 lap feature – Evan Madden, Algoma; Tony Schlei, Zion, IL; Ed Anschutz, Algoma; Marcus Moede, Casco; Gregg Aregoni, Sturgeon Bay; Dave Lane, Green Bay
8 lap heats 1) Madden; Schlei 2) Anschutz; Lane