Kertscher Claims First IRA Sprint Car Feature at Luxemburg!
By Joe Verdegan
July 3, 2005; Luxemburg, WI. – Fillmore’s Mike Kertscher executed a flawless three wide pass on lap five and sweated out a late race caution with three laps remaining to win his first 40 lap Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw sprint car feature at Luxemburg Speedway Sunday night.
Seymour’s Brian Mullen took the lead off of a lap 10 restart and went on to win the $1,000 25 lap modified feature. Mullen also won his heat sweeping the division for the evening.
A total of 35 sprint cars were on hand along with 23 modifieds. Kertscher skillfully worked the high side on the third-mile, clay oval, passing Scott Young and early leader Billy Warren for the lead on lap five. Kertscher quickly went to work sifting through lapped cars beginning on lap 10. Donny Goeden and Young ran wing-to-wing for several laps, with Goeden wrestling second away on lap 15. While Kertscher weaved his way through lapped traffic Goeden was able to keep the leader well within his sights. Defending series champion Scotty Neitzel tangled with a couple of cars on lap 37, setting up a three lap dash to the checkers. When racing resumed Kertscher kept his challengers at bay to collect the win. Goeden took second, followed by Kurt Winker, Brian Kristan and Billy Warren.
Mullen and Jeremy Jacobs traded the lead three times during the first ten laps of the modified main. The pair pulled away from the field when a caution flew for a Jerry Muenster spin on lap 10. On the restart Mullen snuck down to the low groove and protected his lead, with Jacobs and Benji LaCrosse in tow. Jacobs dropped out with mechanical problems on lap 15 and LaCrosse began closing in on Mullen. LaCrosse stayed glued to Mullen’s rear bumper until a BG Woods spin on lap 17 tightened the field once again.
With eight laps remaining Mullen continued to hug the lower groove and fought off a tenacious LaCrosse for the victory. Sean Jerovetz took third, followed by Jay Matthias and visitor Mike Sandholm from Oconomwoc.
Next Friday night, July 8 Concrete Finishers will sponsor the Kid’s Coin Toss. Special door prizes will be given away. All four weekly divisions will be in action along with the third appearance of the season of the street stocks. Racing gets underway at 7 p.m.
For more information call 920 863 8446. The track phone number is 920 845 2300. The track website is www.luxemburgspeedway.com.
40 LAP IRA Sprint car feature – Mike Kertscher, Fillmore; Donny Goeden, Kewauskum; Kurt Winker, Pleasant Prairie; Brian Kristan, Lake County, IL; Billy Warren, Beaver Dam; Scott Young, Union Grove
15 lap semi features 1) Scott Uttech, New Berlin; KJ Skelton, Cascade; Jim Melis, Plymouth; John Haeni, Brownsville 2) Mike Reinke, Howards Grove; Steve Meyer, Sheboygan Falls; Berl Garhst; Decatur, IL; Wayne Modjeski, Oak Creek
10 lap heats 1) Winker; Matt Folstad, Harwood, ND 2) Goeden; Andy Hunt, Randolph 3) Kristan; Joe Symoens, Franksville 4) Mike Brecht, Lipsig, Ohio; Todd Hepfner, Sussex
Fast Qualifier: Winker, 14.381
25 lap modified feature – Brian Mullen, Seymour; Benji LaCrosse, Luxemburg; Sean Jerovetz, Little Suamico; Jay Matthias, De Pere; Mike Sandholm, Oconomowoc; Paul Parker, Kaukauna
10 lap heats 1) Jeremy Jacobs, Casco; LaCrosse 2) Mullen; Matthias 3) Russ Reinwald, Iron Ridge; Parker