Anvelink, Anschutz and Kroll Roll!
By Scott Owen
May 6, 2005; Luxemburg, WI. – A new weekly record high car count of one hundred fourty six racers were on hand to thrill the Luxemburg Speedway crowd on friday night. Five divisions were on hand to tour the fast but rough third mile clay oval. Nick Anvelink, Charlie Kroll, Ed Anschutz Jr., Von Eytcheson, and Greg Banker brought home the feature trophies.
Chad Wilcox was the early leader in the IMCA modified feature. The early part of the race was plagued by numerous cautions as the twenty four car field had problems getting through a rough turn number one. Dan Gracyalny and Jay Matthias worked their way to the front and exchanged the lead multiple times. Wissota late model ace, Anvelink and Jared Siefert quickly joined in the battle for first. Siefert fell victim to mechanical woes and had to retire to the infield. Anvelink continued to move forward using the inside line. Matthias was using the high side of the track as Anvelink made the pass for the lead. Anvelink never looked back to pick up his first modified win in five years. It also was the first modified feature win for Anvelink at the Luxemburg Speedway. Benji LaCrosse navigated through traffic to bring home second place. Matthias finished third with Gracyalny fourth. Jeremy Jacobs passed thirteen cars to cross the line in fifth.
The IMCA stock car feature was highlighted by a battle between Junior Karcz and Greg Gretz. Gretz was leading with two laps remaining when Karcz made contact with Gretz’s rear bumper. The contact turned Gretz sideways and into one of the tires in the infield. Gretz sprung a leak in his radiator and was not able to continue on. Karcz was put to the rear of the field for the contact. All of this action handed the lead over to Charlie Kroll. Kroll was able to hold off Jeff Vlies and Brian Bruechert as the checkered flag flew. Jamie Colwell and Kerry Havlovitz rounded out the top five. After the race Karcz claimed the engine from Vlies’ car.
Ed Anschutz Jr. started on the pole of the IMCA hobby stock feature and was never challenged as he picked up the win. Dave Lane brought home second. Tony Schlei started the feature dead last and was able to finish in the third position.
The street stocks made their first of five appearances this season. Defending track champion Von Eytcheson was able to run away and hide from the rest of the pack to get the win. Brian Ambrosius finished in second. Fred Davister was third, Aaron Thornton fourth, and Doug Morgan came from his seventeenth starting spot to finish in the fifth spot.
Greg Banker lead early on in the sport four compact feature just as he did last week. This week though he held on to the lead the entire race. Tim Jorgenson was able to pull alongside Banker but could never complete the pass. In the final laps of the race Banker pulled away for the win. Jorgenson held on for second. Tim Peer crossed the line in third.
Feature: 1,Nick Anvelink,Navarino; 2,Benji LaCrosse,Luxemburg; 3,Jay Matthias,DePere; 4,Dan Gracyalny,Little Chute; 5,Jeremy Jacobs,Casco
Consolation winners: 1,Doug Maurer,DePere; 2,Eric Scribner,Kiel; 3,Jacobs
Heat winners: 1,Gracyalny; 2,Matthias; 3,Jared Siefert,Green Bay; 4,Anvelink; 5,R.M. Van Pay,Green Bay
IMCA stock car
Feature: 1,Charlie Kroll,Forestville; 2,Jeff Vlies,Kewaunee; 3,Brain Bruechert,Kewaunee
Consolation winners: 1,Craig Paque,Algoma; 2,Rod Snellenberger,Pulaski
Heat winners: 1,Shawn Kilgore,Kewaunee; 2,Jamie Colwell,Wrightstown; 3,Junior Karcz,Pulaski; 4,Rick Dix,Green Bay
IMCA hobby stock
Feature: Ed Anschutz Jr.,Algoma; 2,Dave Lane,Green Bay; 3,Tony Schlei,Zion IL
Heat winners: 1,Anschutz; 2,Dan Davister,Luxemburg
Sport four compact
Feature: Greg Banker,Bonduel; 2,Tim Jorgenson, DePere; 3,Tim Peer,Green Bay
Heat winners: 1,Banker; 2,D.J. Jorgenson,DePere
Feature: Von Eytcheson,Forestville; 2,Bran Ambrosius,Pulaski; 3,Fred Davister,Luxemburg
Consolation winners: 1,Doug Morgan; 2,Darci Czarapata,Sobieski
Heat winners: 1,Davister; 2,Aaron Thornton; 3,Harley Simon,Seymour; 4,Darren Otto,Green Bay