LaCrosse Claims IMCA Modified Feature Win, Point Title!
By Joe Verdegan
September 1, 2006; Luxemburg, WI. -Hometown driver Benji LaCrosse passed Chad Wilcox of Pulaski on lap 17 and went on to win his fifth 30 lap IMCA modified feature of the season at Luxemburg Speedway Friday night.
LaCrosse also nailed down his second straight track championship and his 12th feature win on area ovals.
103 cars were in attendance, including 30 IMCA modifieds, 37 IMCA stock cars, 21 IMCA hobby stocks and 15 sport fours.
Scooter Boyea paced the opening circuit during the 30 lap IMCA modified feature with Randy LeMieux Jr.giving chase during the first six laps until Bill LeMieux looped his mount in turn one on lap six. When racing resumed LaCrosse threaded his way through the pack from 11th to third by lap seven while Chad Wilcox passed Boyea for the lead.
A Shawn Kilgore spin on lap 10 tightened the field. On the restart LaCrosse moved into second and began pressuring Wilcox for the lead. LaCrosse ducked underneath Wilcox for the lead and lap 17 and never looked back, chalking up his fifth win of the season. Wilcox held on for second in his best finish of the season. LeMieux Jr. took third while Jay Matthias charged through the pack from 17th to take fourth. Boyea took fifth.
Hortonville’s Travis Van Straten came out of his semi-retirement mode, guest driving Nick Gille’s IMCA stock car and sweeping the division. Van Straten won his heat race and led every lap en route to victory in the 30 lap feature.
Van Straten jumped into the lead at the drop of the green of the 25 lap IMCA stock car feature. Van Straten had built up a full straightaway lead when Jason Czarapata and Matt Junio tangled on lap 13, drawing a yellow. When racing resumed Van Straten continued his torrid paced, while a three car tussle ensued for second involving Brian Bruechert, Kraig Gretz and Troy Muench.
Bruechert was able to shake his foes to take second and began tracking Van Straten down for the lead. Bruechert caught Van Straten with five laps to go, ducking underneath Van Straten on lap 23. Van Straten was able to nip Bruechert at the line for the win by three feet. Bruechert, Greg Gretz, Muench and Jamie Colwell rounded out the top five finishers.
15-year-old Adam White of Oconto Falls fought off his uncle Joe White on the final lap to win the 22 lap IMCA hobby stock feature, his third of the season.
With two laps to go, leader Clint Forstner of Shawano spun, handing the lead to Adam White. Keith Kickbush, Tom Brumlic and Jeff Lautenbach rounded out the top five finishers.
Clintonville’s Matt Oreskovich won the sport four feature, his second of the season. De Pere’s Tim Jorgenson claimed the track title in that division.
There will be no racing at Luxemburg Speedway on Friday, September 8. The third annual Luxemburg Fall Classic presented by Augie’s Sports Bar and Grill will take place Friday September 15 and Saturday September 16. Racing begins Friday night at 6:15 p.m. with action getting underway Saturday at 4:30 p.m. Nine classes of cars will be run, including modifieds, stock cars, hobby stocks, street stocks, grand nationals, sport fours, northern sportmods and eastern 8’s/Chilton Challengers.
For more information call 920 863 8446. The track phone is 920 845 2300.
The track website is luxemburgspeedway.com. Luxemburg Speedway is located 15 minutes east of Green Bay off highway 54 in Luxemburg.
30 LAP IMCA MODIFIED FEATURE – Benji LaCrosse, Luxemburg; Chad Wilcox, Pulaski; Randy LeMieux Jr., Sturgeon Bay;
Jay Matthias, Luxemburg; Scooter Boyea, Abrams; Eddie Muenster, Green Bay
12 LAP SEMI-FEATURES 1st) Mike Mashl, De Pere; Matthias; Dave Werbelow, Shawano
10 LAP HEATS 1st) James Tebon, Algoma; Shawn Kilgore, Kewaunee
2nd) Boyea; Dan Gracyalny, De Pere
3rd) Brian Joski, Green Bay; Randy LeMieux Jr.
25 LAP IMCA STOCK CAR FEATURE – Travis Van Straten, Hortonville; Brian Bruechert, Kewaunee; Greg Gretz, Kewaunee; Troy Muench, New Franken; Jamie Colwell, Greenleaf; Jesse Colwell, Greenleaf
12 LAP SEMI-FEATURES 1st) Jamie Colwell; Matt Junio, Casco; Jason Czarapata, Pulaski
2nd) Jeff Vlies, Kewaunee; Shawn Wagner, Pulaski; Shawn Havel, Brussels
10 LAP HEATS 1st) Van Straten; Pat Davister, Luxemburg
2nd) Brandon Mindak, Casco; Muench
3rd) Kerry Havlovetz, Maribel; Jamie Colwell
4th) Rick Dix, Green Bay; BJ Soquet, Luxemburg
22 LAP IMCA HOBBY STOCK FEATURE – Adam White, Oconto Falls; Joe White, Oconto Falls; Keith Kickbush, Kewaunee;
Tom Brumlic, Denmark; Jeff Lautenbach, Sturgeon Bay; Jesse Kanas, Lomira
10 LAP HEATS 1st) Clint Forstner, Shawano; Brumlic
2nd) Mike Mueller, Green Bay; Adam White
3rd) Chad Kaminski, Luxemburg; Tim Peer, Green Bay
18 LAP SPORT FOUR FEATURE – Matt Oreskovich, Clintonville; Tim Jorgenson, De Pere; James Vandenboogart, Green Bay;
Sue Cherney, Mishicot; Brian Johnson, Oconto Falls; JJ Anderson, Little Suamico
8 LAP HEATS 1st) Jorgenson; Vandenboogart
2nd) Bruce Sand, Mishicot; Kyle Burmeister, Kewaunee