WHITMAN POSTS 2ND LUXEMBURG SPEEDWAY IMCA MODIFIED FEATURE
Photos by Dan Lewis Photography (www.danlewisphoto.net)
by Joe Verdegan
(Luxemburg, WI) August 5 — De Pere’s Johnny “Hitman” Whitman passed Oconto Falls’ Lance Arneson for the lead with five laps to go to win the IMCA modified feature at Luxemburg Speedway Friday night.
120 Cars turned up to compete, including 28 IMCA modifieds, 25 stock cars, 36 northern sportmods, 17 hobby stocks, nine street stocks and 14 sport fours.
Whitman started eighth in the field and began picking off a car every few laps until he reached second by lap 12. Whitman began working on the leader Arneson and ducked underneath him for the lead on lap 15. Whitman held on to post his second feature flag here of the season. Arneson took second, followed by hometown driver Dave Zeitler, Seymour’s Brian Mullen and Green Bay’s Benji LaCrosse.
New Franken’s Brad Lautenbach passed Abrams’ Scott Boyea for the lead on lap seven and survived two cautions and went on to win his third IMCA northern sportmod feature here of the year. With the win Lautenbach took over the points lead. Oconto Falls’ Eric Arneson took the runnerup spot. Kewaunee’s Brian Bruechert, Boyea and Sturgeon Bay’s Randy LeMieux Jr. rounded out the top five finishers.
Hometown driver Dave De Grave swept action in the IMCA stock car class, winning his heat and the feature. Ellisville’s Bob Waechter, Oconto’s Dustin Loberger, Rod Snellenberger of Pulaski and Shawano’s Shawn Wagner rounded out the top five. Wagner charged through the field from 16th after battling his way into the main by winning the last chance race.
Greenville’s Danny Gracyalny passed Brillion’s Randy Rahn for the lead with three laps to go to win the street stock feature. Rahn settled for second, followed by Kewaunee’s Ed Anschutz, Freedom’s Travis Springstroh and Green Bay’s Nick Everard.
Springstroh charged from 8th to 4th and was awarded the $50 Webmaster Chewy Hard Charger award.
Amherst’s Eugene Gregorich Jr. kept Denmark’s Tom Brumlic at bay long enough to win the IMCA hobby stock feature. Brumlic settled for second, followed by Casco’s Derek Moede, who was forced to pit early in the race after crashing with another car, Mishicot’s Dean Anhalt and Luxemburg’s Marcus Moede.
Denmark’s Jay Welsing won the sport four feature.
At intermission former drivers Bill Rohr of Kewaunee, Casco’s Reggie Cochart and the late Wally Massart a former car owner, were inducted into the Luxemburg Speedway Hall of Fame.
Racing resumes next Friday night, August 12 at 7 p.m. It will be Luxemburg Implement night and a Combine Demolition Derby will take place. 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.
BUDWEISER IMCA MODIFIED FEATURE — Johnny Whitman, De Pere; Lance Arneson, Oconto Falls; Dave Zeitler, Luxemburg; Brian Mullen, Seymour; Benji LaCrosse, Green Bay; Jared Siefert, Luxemburg
SEMI-FEATURE- Dan Ratajczak, Frog Station
HEATS 1) Danny Deau, Little Suamico; Arneson
2)Kyle Lentz, Green Bay, James Lee Tebon, Algoma
3) Chris Derenne, Luxemburg; Kyle Kudick, Mishicot
BADGERLAND CONCRETE IMCA STOCK CAR FEATURE — Dave De Grave, Luxemburg; Bob Waechter, Ellisvile; Dustin Loberger, Oconto; Rod Snellenbeger, Pulaski; Shawn Wagner, Shawano; Devin Snellenberger, Pulaski
LAST CHANCE RACE — Wagner
HEATS 1) De Grave; Tyler Smith, Luxemburg
2) Eric Malfroid, Luxemburg; Waechter
3) Keith Kickbush, Kewaunee; Devin Snellenberger
TRI COUNTY HEATING IMCA NORTHERN SPORTMOD FEATURE – Brad Lautenbach, New Franken; Eric Arneson, Oconto Falls; Brian Bruechert, Kewaunee; Scott Boyea, Abrams; Randy LeMieux Jr., Sturgeon Bay; Todd Wiese, Algoma
SEMI-FEATURES –1st) Eric Mahlik, Green Bay 2nd) Andy Kleczka, Pulaski
HEATS 1)Jessi Ness, Abrams; Lautenbach
2) Mike Joski, New Franken; Bruechert
3) Kurt Moeller, Seymour; Brad Theys, Kewaunee
4) LeMieux Jr; Wiese
FEATURE — Danny Gracyalny, Greenville; Randy Rahn, Brillion; Ed Anschutz, Kewaunee; Travis Springstroh, Freedom; Nick Everard, Green Bay; Frank Groeschl, Menasha
HEAT Groeschl; Eric Derks, Hollandtown
PEPSI IMCA HOBBY STOCK FEATURE — Eugene Gregorich Jr., Amherst; Tom Brumlic, Denmark; Derek Moede, Casco; Dean Anhalt, Mishicot; Marcus Moede, Luxemburg; Doug Engelking, Menominee Falls
HEATS 1) David Schmidt, Algoma; Rick LuMaye, Sturgeon Bay
2) Jordan Parma, Kewaunee; Derek Moede
TISLER SALVAGE SPORT 4 FEATURE — Jay Welsing, Denmark; Jeff Behm, Clintonville; Ralph Liegois Jr., Oconto; Brian Johnson, Oconto Falls; Brandon Kaye, Green Bay; Dan Juszcyk, Sobieski
HEATS 1) Kaye; Johnson
2) Liegois Jr; Jessica Liegois, Oconto