SHOWDOWN NIGHT TWO A MULLEN FAMILY AFFAIR
By Tom Wagner
(Luxemburg, WI – 6/26/2009) – Six-time track champ Brian Mullen and son Mike finished one-two to capture the top IMCA Modified prizes in the second round of the 4th annual big money Badger State Showdown Friday night at the Luxemburg Speedway in Luxemburg.
Claiming the lion’s share of the purse in the Speedway’s other divisions were Brian Bruechert in the IMCA Stock Cars, Eric Arneson in the IMCA Northern Sport Mods and Chris Christensen in the IMCA Hobby Stocks.
What began as “one of those nights”, turned out to be a huge success for the Mullens. They had issues with just about everything pre-race, including trouble with their trailer, Mike’s own modified and to top it off, a truck that wouldn’t start.
Delays getting to the track didn’t result in delays when they were actually racing on the track. Mike, once again in the Mike Mashl machine, took the early lead, but surrendered it to his dad on the 7th lap as the later completed a sweeping pass from the outside line. After a quick caution one lap later, Brian Mullen hooked up the horses and said good-bye to the rest of the field.
Mike Mullen’s grasp on second was nearly as secure, with no real challenges coming the rest of the way.
For the second straight night, Jeremy Jacobs reeled off a podium finish with a solid third. Tight racing came from fourth on back. Benji LaCrosse cracked the top five on lap 15, and ten laps later edged Jared Siefert for fourth, but that was where his drive to the front ended.
Shawn Kilgore grabbed fifth from Siefert late in the contest.
For his efforts, Brian Mullen pocketed a top prize of $1,200.
The combination of a fast car and an experienced driver proved to be the winning mix for Bruechert in the IMCA Stock Cars. Prior to his arrival up front, the race for the point centered on Matt Junio and Kyle Frederick.
Junio held court on the bottom groove with Frederick entrenched on the top. Frederick had just enough muscle to edge past Junio at certain spots of the oval, but it was always Junio leading at the stripe.
Bruechert arrived on the scene using the top line on the 12th lap, but with Frederick in front of him, his advance stalled.
With six laps to go, Bruechert timed a dive below Frederick at the moment the duo were catching a lapped car running high. With Frederick trapped behind the lapper, Bruechert made his move to second, then back to the high line.
He took up the chase, passing Junio from the outside with two laps to go. Junio held off Frederick for second, with J.J. Heinz, Shawn Wagner and Troy Muench also in the top six.
Reversal of fortune turned a hard luck Thursday into a victorious Friday for Arneson in the IMCA Northern Sport Mods.
He too used the outside line to take the lead from Johnny Whitman on the 18th lap, then survived a couple late cautions to secure the win. Eugene Gregorich, Travis Cain, Tracy Wassenberg and Troy Jerovetz were all in contention for the win over the course of the final wild five laps.
Gregorich dropped when his car wouldn’t re-fire after one of the cautions, and Cain spun from the lead pack late. Whitman edged Jerovetz and Wassenberg to hang on for second with Jeff Vlies fifth. Travis Van Straten charged from deep in the field to take sixth after qualifying for the headliner through a semi-feature.
Christensen won a race long duel with Brandon Peterson to take top honors in the IMCA Hobby Stocks. Peterson had several shots to pass on the inside, but Christensen’s slightly higher line offered enough momentum to keep him at the point for all 20 laps.
The win was an emotional one for the former Modified and Stock Car pilot, as he dedicated the victory to his ailing father and crew chief Walter, who just recently missed his first night at the track with his son in 38 years of racing
Behind the lead twosome, Marcus Moede won a battle with Frank Paul for third. Chad Kaminski nipped Tom Brumlic for fifth.
Regular racing resumes this Friday night at the Speedway. Pepsi will host the show, which will include fireworks to cap off the program. All five divisions will be back in action, with a special 6:45pm start time. For more information, visit the track’s website at www.luxemburgspeedway.com.
Luxemburg Speedway Results – 6/26/2009
IMCA Modified 30 Lap Feature – Brian Mullen, Seymour: Mike Mullen, Seymour, Jeremy Jacobs, Luxemburg, Benji LaCrosse, Green Bay: Shawn Kilgore, New Franken: Jared Siefert, Green Bay
Semi-Feature – Todd Dart, Algoma: Dave Zeitler, Luxemburg: Scott Boyea, Abrams: Chad Bartel, Shiocton
Heat 1 – Siefert: Mike Mullen
Heat 2 – LaCrosse: Kyle Lentz, Green Bay
Heat 3 – Brian Joski, Abrams: Jacobs
IMCA Stock Car 25 Lap Feature – Brian Bruechert, Kewaunee: Matt Junio, Casco: Kyle Frederick, Gillett: J.J. Heinz, Green Bay: Shawn Wagner, Seymour: Troy Muench, Brussels
Semi-Feature 1 – Jamie Colwell, Kaukauna: Doug Kropp, Green Bay: Dave DeGrave, Luxemburg: Scott Stewart, Oconto
Semi-Feature 2 – Ben Kroll, New Franken: Mike Pierrard, Green Bay: Mike Gilson, Greenleaf: Bret Koehler, Two Rivers
Heat 1 – Pat Davister, Luxemburg: Kyle Wanner, Suamico
Heat 2 – Marty Abshire, Waukesha: Heinz
Heat 3 – Wagner: Muench
Heat 4 – Shawn Havel, Algoma: Junio
IMCA Northern Sport Mod 22 Lap Feature – Eric Arneson, Oconto Falls: Johnny Whitman, DePere: Troy Jerovetz, Green Bay: Tracy Wassenberg, Shawano: Jeff Vlies, Kewaunee: Travis Van Straten, Hortonville
Semi-Feature 1 – Van Straten: Ian Lassanske, Oconto: Matt Vetting, Valders: Dave Davister, Luxemburg
Semi-Feature 2 – Tim Jorgenson, Seymour: Josh Long, Green Bay: Keith Kickbusch, Kewaunee: Steve Pavlik, Denmark
Heat 1 – Vlies: Whitman
Heat 2 – Greg Wichman, Bonduel: Rob Czarapata, Oconto
Heat 3 – Chad Nelson, Suamico: Wassenberg
Heat 4 – Jerovetz: Jeremy Cota, Oconto
IMCA Hobby Stock 20 Lap Feature – Chris Christensen, Carlsville: Brandon Peterson, Sturgeon Bay: Marcus Moede, Luxemburg, Frank Paul, Kewaunee: Chad Kaminski, Luxemburg: Tom Brumlic, Denmark
Heat 1 – Moede: Luke Lemmens, Kewaunee
Heat 2 – Wes Salentine, Luxemburg: Peterson