CZARPATATA MAKES TRIUMPHANT RETURN TO LUXEMBURG IMCA MODS, MUENCH MAKES IT THREE-IN-A-ROW IN IMCA STOCKS
by Joe Verdegan
(LUXEMBURG, WI) June 24 — Former IMCA stock car champion Jason Czarapata of Pulaski made a triumphant return to Luxemburg Speedway in his IMCA modified Thursday night. Czarapata passed Luxemburg’s Jared Siefert on lap six for the lead and went on to win on night number one of the Badger State Showdown presented by CZ’s Bushville Lanes in Denmark.
Union’s Troy Muench won his third straight, 22 lap IMCA stock car feature.
A total of 114 cars signed in to do battle, including 30 IMCA modifieds, 38 stock cars, 26 northern sportmods and 20 hobby stocks.
In the IMCA modified feature Siefert bolted into the lead from his outside front row starting spot and kept the top spot for the first five laps. Czarapata, who started third in the field, pressured Siefert on the next lap. Czarapata distanced himself from the balance of the field and captured the win. New Franken’s Shawn Kilgore slipped past Siefert for second with seven laps to go. Siefert took third, followed by Green Bay’s Tim Van De Hei, and Appleton’s Brandon Czarapata.
Muench fought off Oconto’s Dustin Loberger and Green Bay’s John Heinz in the waning laps to collect the IMCA stock car win. Seymour’s Shawn Wagner and Kewaunee’s Greg Gretz took fourth and fifth, respectively.
Kewaunee’s Brad Theys passed Bonduel’s Greg Wichman for the lead with six laps remaining and went on to win the 20 lap IMCA northern sportmod feature.
A six car pileup ensued on the frontstretch on lap four, which took out New Franken’s Brad Lautenbach and last week’s feature winner Tracy Wassenberg of Shawano. Wichman hung on for second place,
followed by Oconto’s Travis Cain, Oconto’s Jeremy Cota and De Pere’s Johnny Whitman.
Algoma’s Marcus Moede swept action in the IMCA hobby stock class, winning his heat and beating Denmark’s Tom Brumlic and his brother Derek Moede of Casco to the line to win the 20 lap main. Luxemburg’s Chad Kaminski and Sturgeon Bay’s Brandon Peterson placed fourth and fifth, respectively.
Tomorrow night will be night two of the Badger State Showdown. Racing gets underway at 7 p.m. For more information call 920 660 8095. The track phone is (920) 845 2300. The track’s website is luxemburgspeedway.com. Luxemburg Speedway is located 15 minutes east of Green Bay off state highway 54 at the Kewaunee County Fairgrounds.
IMCA MODIFIED FEATURE — Jason Czarapata, Pulaski; Shawn Kilgore, New Franken; Jared Siefert, Green Bay; Tim Van De Hei, Green Bay; Brandon Czarapata, Appleton; Russ Reinwald, Juneau
SEMI FEATURE-1) Jerry Wilinski, Seymour; William LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay 2)Jay Matthias, Depere; Jeremy Christians, Horicon
HEATS 1) Reinwald; VanDeHei 2) Brandon Czarapata; Eric VanIten, Green Bay 3) Kyle Lentz, Green Bay; Siefert
IMCA STOCK CAR FEATURE — Troy Muench, Union; Dustin Loberger, Oconto; John Heinz, Green Bay; Shawn Wagner, Seymour; Greg Gretz, Kewaunee; Rod Snellenberger, Pulaski
SEMI FEATURES 1) Jerry Leary, Little Suamico; David Bouche, Algoma 2) Mark Schuenemann, Boulder Junction; Kyle Frederick, Gillett
HEATS 1) Wagner; Greg Gretz, Kewaunee 2) Christians; John “Charlie” Kroll, Forestville 3) Ben Kroll, New Franken; Brian Bruechert, Kewaunee 4) Heinz; John Mahlberg, Hilbert
IMCA NORTHERN SPORTMOD FEATURE –Brad Theys, Kewaunee; Greg Wichman, Bonduel; Travis Cain, Oconto; Jeremy Cota, Oconto; Johnny Whitman, Depere; Troy Jerovetz, Green Bay
SEMI FEATURES 1)Jeff Schmuhl, Beaver Dam; Jesse Kroll, Algoma
HEATS 1) Brad Lautenbach, New Franken; Cota 2) Jeff Vlies, Kewaunee; Aaron Holiday, Green Bay 3) Wichman; Tracy Wassenberg, Shawano
IMCA HOBBY STOCK FEATURE — Marcus Moede, Algoma; Tom Brumlic, Denmark; Derek Moede, Casco; Chad Kaminski, Luxemburg; Brandon Peterson,Sturgeon Bay; Keith Kickbush, Kewaunee
HEATS 1)Marcus Moede; Peterson 2) Brumlic; Luke Lemmens, Kewaunee