RUSS SCHEFFLER RACES TO LATE MODEL VICTORY AT LUXEMBURG SPEEDWAY
Photos by Dan Lewis Photography (www.danlewisphoto.net)
By Edward Anschutz
(Luxemburg, WI) August 26 – Russ Scheffler would hold off a hard charging AJ Diemel to take home the win in the Late Model feature at Luxemburg Speedway. Other feature winners were Marcus Yarie (IMCA Modified), Troy Muench (IMCA Stock Car), Brad Lautenbach (IMCA Sport Mod), Eugene Gregorich Jr., (IMCA Hobby Stock) and Dan Van Pay (Four-Cylinders).
Russ Scheffler would pace the opening laps in the Late Model feature from his front row starting spot. AJ Diemel would quickly charge from row 6 to second in just 7 laps. A pair of cautions on lap 8 would keep the field tightly bunched. On the restart Diemel would work to the low side and take the lead. Scheffler would come right back a lap later and retake the lead. Scheffler would then slowly pull away from the pack.
With the top two checked out the battle would be for third between Nick Anvelink and Pete Parker. Parker would get the best of that battle as Anvelink’s machine would pop the cushion out of turn 2 and he would then take his car right to the pits ending his night. With 10 laps remaining Scheffler would encounter lap traffic and allow Diemel to close in. With 5 laps remaining Diemel would pull even with Scheffler as they raced through lap traffic. Scheffler would slow his pace and stay along side the lapper, not allowing any room for Diemel to get by. As the white flew Scheffler would climb back in the throttle, Diemel would give it one last try out of 4 but it wouldn’t be enough as Scheffler would win the 30 lap main event. Diemel would have to settle for second, Ron Berna would place a solid third with Pete Parker fourth and Eric Pember taking home fifth.
Marcus Yarie would lead every lap on his way to picking up the IMCA Modified feature.
Marcus Yarie would use his pole position to set sail early the main. Kyle Lentz would make quick work of his competitors and work to second in just a handful of laps from row 4. Point leader Benji LaCrosse would also make quick work racing into the top 5 battling with Jared Seifert and Jay Matthias. As the laps wound down Shawn Kilgore’s machine would find some bite up top and he would work past LaCrosse for third. With 5 laps remaining Lentz began to close in on Yarie. But their wouldn’t be enough time and Yarie would win the caution free event, his 2nd of the season. Lentz would place a solid second followed by Kilgore, LaCrosse and Matthias. By virtue of his fourth place finish LaCrosse clinches the 2011Modified crown.
Defending IMCA Stock Car Champion Troy Muench picked up his first feature win of the season.
Tony Bouche and Kyle Fredrick would do battle early for the lead in the Stock Car feature. Fredrick would be piloting the machine of Jon Courchaine as he worked to the lead on lap 2. It would only take Troy Muench a handful of laps to charge from row 6 to second. With Fredrick working the cushion Muench would take to the low groove and close in on the leader. A caution on lap 7 would bring the rest of the field on Fredrick’s rear bumper.
Muench would make the best of the restart and take the lead. Fredrick would encounter mechanical problems sending his racer to the pits. Point leader Larry Karcz Jr. and Dustin Loberger would wage a physical battle for the second spot with Karcz taking the spot but he wouldn’t get a chance to challenge Muench who cruised to the checkers. With Karcz taking second he holds a 20 point lead over Munch heading into the final night. Loberger placed third, fourth for Charlie Kroll and Scott Stewart rounded out the top five.
Brad Lautenbach would take over the points lead with his 4th feature win of the season in the IMCA Sport Mods.
Rob Charapata would jump from his pole position and set the pace early in the Sport Mod feature. Brad Lautenbach would slice through the field moving to second before the midway point. Lautenbach would close in on the leader and head for the lead but the caution would fly on lap 12 stalling his charge. Once the race restarted Dennis Miesler would work to the outside of Charapata and Lautenbach dove low taking the lead a lap later. Lautenbach would pull away with a dominating performance and take home the win followed by Miesler, Brian Bruechert and Brad Theys would both make a late race charge from row 7, with Charapata taking fifth.
With Eric Arneson finishing outside the top 10, Lautenbach would take over the point lead, holding a 4 point edge over Arneson heading into the final night.
Eugene Gregorich Jr. would make it 2 in a row winning the IMCA Hobby Stock feature.
Carl Slack and Dave Schmidt would do battle for the lead with Schmidt pulling out to a sizable lead by lap 5 in the Hobby Stock feature. Eugene Gregorich Jr. would charge from row 6 and would work to second midway through the contest. The red flag would fly at the midway point as rookie Cory Cotter would make heavy contact with front stretch wall. Cotter would emerge unscathed but his racer would need two wreckers to be removed from the racing surface.
On the restart Gregorich would make the pass for the lead and survive a late restart to win his third feature of the season. Point leader Marcus Moede would place second, brother Derek Moede third, State point leader Tom Brumlic would place fourth and Wes Salentine would have another strong run placing fifth.
Marcus now holds a 5 point edge over Brumlic and an 8 point lead over brother Derek.
Dan Van Pay would lead every lap capturing his first feature win of the season in the Sport 4’s.
Tri County Heating will host Championship night next Friday September 2. Champions will be crowned in all 5 divisions, racing kicks off at 7PM.
For more information call (920) 660 8095, or check the track website at luxemburgspeedway.com. Luxemburg Speedway is located 15 minutes east of Green Bay off highway 54 at the Kewaunee County Fairgrounds.
TOCCATA GAMING LATE MODELS: 1.Russ Scheffler, Waukesha; 2. AJ Diemel, Bonduel; 3. Ron Berna, Green Bay; 4. Pete Parker, Kaukauna; 5. Eric Pember, Pittsville; 6. Paul Parker, Appleton; 7. Craig Bartz, Shawano; 8. Tom Naeyaert, Shawano; 9. Bob Cullen, Chilton; 10. Tim Buhler, Glenbeulah; 11. Jim Schmidt, Cleveland; 12. Craig Schueffner, Sheboygan Falls; 13. Aaron Wickersheim, White Lake; 14. Joe Reuter, Green Bay; 15. Brad Mueller, Random Lake; 16. Nick Cochart, Casco; 17. Aaron Holiday, Green Bay; 18. Nick Anvelink, Bonduel; 19. Brett Swedberg, Shawano; 20. Kyle Odekirk, Plymouth
HEAT 1: Berna
HEAT 2: Diemel
HEAT 3: Mueller
CONSI 1: Naeyaert
BUDWEISER IMCA MODIFIED FEATURE: 1.Marcus Yarie, Wausau; 2. Kyle Lentz, Green Bay; 3. Shawn Kilgore, New Franken; 4. Benji LaCrosse, Green Bay; 5. Jay Matthias, De Pere
HEAT 1: Eric VanIten, Green Bay
HEAT 2: Dan Ratajczak, Frog Station
HEAT 3: Kilgore
HEAT 4: Chris Derenne, Luxemburg
CONSI 1: Kyle Kudick, Two Rivers
CONSI 2: James Lee Tebon, Algoma
BADGERLAND CONCRETE IMCA STOCK CAR FEATURE: 1. Troy Muench, Union; 2. Larry Karcz Jr., Pulaski; 3. Dustin Loberger, Oconto; 4. Charlie Kroll, Forestville; 5. Scott Steward, Oconto
HEAT 1: Pat Davister, Luxemburg
HEAT 2: Kyle Fredrick, Oconto Falls
HEAT 3: Casey Groessl, Algoma
CONSI 1: Mitch Stankoski, Wausau
TRI COUNTY HEATING IMCA SPORT MOD FEATURE: 1. Brad Lautenbach, New Franken; 2. Dennis Miesler, Luxemburg; 3. Brian Bruechert, Kewaunee; 4. Brad Theys, Kewaunee; 5. Rob Charapata, Oconto
HEAT 1: JJ Anderson, Pulaski
HEAT 2: Charapata
HEAT 3: Troy Jerovetz, Green Bay
HEAT 4: Jesse Brey, Two Rivers
CONSI 1: Tyler Hackett, Algoma
CONSI 2: Jessi Ness, Abrams
PEPSI IMCA HOBBY STOCK FEATURE: 1. Eugene Gregorich Jr., Amherst; 2. Marcus Moede, Algoma; 3. Derek Moede, Casco; 4. Tom Brumlic, Denmark; 5. Wes Salentine, Luxemburg
HEAT 1: Tyler Dorn, Luxemburg
HEAT 2: Dave Schmidt, Algoma
TISLER SALVAGE AUTO 4 CYLINDER FEATURE: 1. Dan Van Pay, Green Bay; 2. Justin Vannieuwenhoven, Pulaski; 3. Ralph Liegeois Jr., Oconto; 4. Brian Johnson, Oconto Falls; 5. Michael Verheyden, New Franken
HEAT 1: Johnson
HEAT 2: Liegeois Jr.