Van De Hei Captures 1st Luxemburg IMCA Stock Car Win!
By Joe Verdegan
July 25, 2003; Luxemburg, WI. – Green Bay’s Tim Van De Hei sliced his way from his 18th position and chased down last week’s winner Pat Davister with three laps to go and coasted to his first 22 lap IMCA stock car feature at Luxemburg Speedway Friday night. The contest went green-to-checkered without a yellow.
Heavy rains fell during the early laps of the IMCA modified feature, forcing track officials to cancel that feature race, along with the IMCA hobby stock and sport four features as well. Points and money were divided equally amongst all three divisions.
131 cars were on hand, including 38 IMCA modifieds, 35 IMCA stock cars, 25 street stocks, 15 IMCA hobby stocks and 18 sport fours.
Davister passed polesitter Brandon Mindak for the lead on lap three and opened up a five car length cushion over the field by lap seven in the IMCA stock car main. Van De Hei had carefully diced his way into third by lap nine and passed Jamie Colwell for second one circuit later. Van De Hei then went to work eating away at Davister’s margin, catching him on lap 19. Van De Hei cleanly passed Davister on the outside on lap 20 and went on to collect the victory. Davister took second, followed by Shawn Kilgore, Jason Czarapata and Rod Snellenberger.
Baileys Harbor’s Scott Reinhardt kept the lead through a pair of cautions at mid-pack and went on to claim his first 16 lap street stock feature of the season.
Reinhardt’s margin of victory at the checkers was four car lengths. A three car tussle ensued in the battle for second at the checkers, which was taken by Dave Hoerning. Fred Davister, who was forced to qualify into the feature through the semi-feature, finished third followed by James Tebon and Tom Daubner, who made his first appearance of the season.
Next Wednesday night the 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 – Rained out
12 lap semi features – 1) Jay Matthias, Luxemburg; Dan Ratajczak, Frog Station; Art Siefert, Green Bay; Danny Deau, Little Suamico 2) Jerry Wenzel, Two Rivers; Randy Back, Green Bay; Brad Rohloff, Pulaski; Jeremy Hodkiewicz, Shawano
10 lap heats 1) Jared Siefert, Green Bay; Bill Lemieux, Sturgeon Bay 2) Russ Huxford, Green Bay; Benji LaCrosse, Luxemburg 3) Dave Fisher, Green Bay; Mike Cole, Baileys Harbor 4) Brian Mullen, Seymour; Sean Jerovetz, Suamico
IMCA Stock Car
22 Lap feature – Tim Van De Hei, Green Bay; Pat Davister, Luxemburg; Shawn Kilgore, Kewaunee; Jason Czarapata, Pulaski; Rod Snellenberger, Pulaski; Greg Gretz, Kewaunee
12 lap semi features – 1) Junior Karcz, Pulaski; Van De Hei; Brett Wenzel, Two Rivers; Shawn Olson, Algoma 2) Brian Bruechert, Kewaunee; Kilgore; Jeff Vlies, Brussels; Troy DeGrave, Green Bay
10 lap heats 1) Czarapata; Snellenberger 2) Jamie Cowell, Greenleaf; Larry Ingebretsen, Luxemburg 3) Brandon Mindak, Luxemburg; Gretz; 4) Davister; Travis Van Straten, Hortonville
16 Lap feature – Scott Reinhardt, Baileys Harbor; Dave Hoerning, Appleton; Fred Davister, Luxemburg; James Tebon, Algoma; Tom Daubner, Sturgeon Bay; Kevin Jandrin, Forestville
12 lap semi-feature – Lance Arnenson, Krakow; Doug Morgan, Kewaunee; Darci Czarapata, Pulaski; Fred Davister
10 lap heats 1) Reinhardt; Tom White, Oconto 2) Dan Davister, Luxemburg; Tebon 3) ; Faron Beilke, Oneida; Hoerning
IMCA Hobby Stock
15 lap feature – Rained out
8 lap heats 1) Joe Hegnet, Sturgeon Bay; Evan Madden, Algoma 2) Marcus Moede, Casco; Ed Anschutz, Algoma
10 lap feature – Rained out
8 lap heats 1) Kenny Malcore, Algoma; Todd Welsing, Denmark 2) Jasper Drengler, Shawano; Tom Schmidt, Black Creek