LACROSSE WINS SECOND STRAIGHT IMCA MOD MAIN AT LUXEMBURG
by Joe and Jordan Verdegan
(LUXEMBURG, WI) June 18 — Luxemburg’s Benji LaCrosse passed Sturgeon Bay’s Billy LeMieux on lap 18 and went on to capture the 25 lap IMCA modified feature at Luxemburg Speedway Friday night, his second straight feature here of the year.
A total of 124 cars signed in to do battle, including 24 IMCA modifeds, 29 stock cars, 31 northern sportmods, 25 hobby stocks and 15 sport fours.
LeMieux paced the opening six circuits of the 25 lap IMCA modified feature until a caution flew for a Marcus Yarie spin. When racing resumed Lacrosse began pressuring Mishicot’s Kyle Kudick for the second spot. Meanwhile, LeMieux kept all foes at bay until the halfway point, when LaCrosse wrestled second away from Kudick and began reeling LeMieux in.
The former national champion went door-to-door with LeMieux for the next several laps as the pair traded the lead. With seven laps to go LaCrosse put the hammer down, stretching his lead and taking the win. Green Bay’s Jared Siefert slipped inside of LeMieux to take second, followed by Kudick, LeMieux and Algoma’s Todd Dart. New Franken’s Shawn Kilgore placed sixth, after starting deep in the field after qualifying into the main event by winning the semi-feature.
Shawano’s Tracy Wassenberg made a rare appearance at Luxemburg pay off as he fought off a hard charging Johnny Whitman of De Pere to capture his first, 20 lap IMCA northern sportmod feature. Whitman took second, followed by Green Bay’s Troy Jerovetz, Luxemburg’s Scott Boulanger and Pulaski’s Andy Kleckza.
Union’s Troy Muench muscled his way past leader Brian Bruechert of Kewaunee with three laps to go to win the 22 lap IMCA stock car feature. Gillett’s Kyle Frederick took second, followed by Bruechert, rookie Justin Jacobsen of Hortonville and Green Bay’s John Heinz.
There was no brotherly love lost in the IMCA hobby stock feature, as Casco’s Derek Moede beat his brother Marcus Moede of Algoma in a photo finish. Defending track champion Chad Kaminski of Luxemburg took third, followed by Sturgeon Bay’s Brandon Peterson and Luxemburg’s Frank Paul.
The sport four feature was red flagged when Alex Lepak of Pulaski collided with Oconto Falls’ Brian Johnson on the frontstretch, with Johnson ending up flipping on his roof. Both drivers emerged unhurt and Oconto’s Ralph Liegeois Jr. won the 15 lap contest, sweeping the class for the night.
Next week Thursday June 24 and Friday June 25 the 5th annual Badger State Showdown presented by CZ’s Bushville Lanes will take place. More than $30,000 in prize money will be doled out the drivers in the IMCA modified, stock car, northern sport mod and hobby stock classes. 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 — Benji LaCrosse, Luxemburg; Jared Siefert, Green Bay; Kyle Kudick, Mishicot; Bill LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay; Todd Dart, Algoma; Shawn Kilgore, New Franken
SEMI FEATURE- Kilgore; Dan Ratajczak, Frog Station
HEATS 1) LeMieux; Brian Mullen, Seymour 2) Sean Jerovetz, Sobieski; Mike Wedelstadt, Fremont 3) Kudick; Jeremy Jacobs, Luxemburg
IMCA STOCK CAR FEATURE — Troy Muench, Union; Kyle Frederick, Gillett; Brian Bruechert, Kewaunee; Justin Jacobsen, Hortonville; John Heinz, Green Bay; Bob Waechter, Ellisville
SEMI FEATURES 1) Bob Waechter, Ellisville; Todd Weise, Algoma
2) Ben Kroll, New Franken; Casey Grossel, Algoma
HEATS 1) Muench; Dave DeGrave, Luxemburg 2) Heinz; Jerry Leary, Little Suamico 3) Bruechert; Dustin Loberger, Oconto
IMCA NORTHERN SPORTMOD FEATURE –Tracy Wassenberg, Shawano; Johnny Whitman, De Pere; Troy Jerovetz, Green Bay; Scott Boulanger, Luxemburg; Andy Kleczka, Pulaski; Eric Arneson, Oconto Falls
SEMI FEATURES 1) Chris Benes, Algoma; Ryan Lemieux, Sturgeon Bay
2) Aaron Holiday, Green Bay; Brad Theys, Kewaunee
HEATS 1) Boulanger; Wassenberg 2) Jesse Kroll, Algoma; Troy DeGrave, DePere 3) Whitman; Brad Lautenbach, New Franken 4) Eric Mahlik, Green Bay; Arneson
IMCA HOBBY STOCK FEATURE — Derek Moede, Casco; Marcus Moede, Algoma; Chad Kaminski, Luxemburg; Brandon Peterson, Sturgeon Bay; Frank Paul, Luxemburg; Luke Lemmens, Kewaunee
SEMI FEATURE- Wes Salentine, Luxemburg; Scott Besson, Green Bay
HEATS 1) Derek Moede; CJ Weckler, Sturgeon Bay 2) Rob Waechter Jr, Ellisville; Paul 3) Marcus Moede; Aaron Zellner, Luxemburg
SPORT FOUR FEATURE — Ralph Legois Jr., Oconto: Jason Cornelius, Oneida; Jessi Ness, Abrams; Sam Ambrosius, Pulaski; Dan Jusyck, Pulaski
HEATS 1) Ralph Legois Jr, Oconto; Jon Duessing, Freedom 2) Sam Ambrosius, Pulaski; Brian Johnson, Oconto Falls