Kilgore Wins IMCA Modified Finale at Luxemburg Speedway
Photos by Dan Lewis Photography (www.danlewisphoto.net)
By Greg Aregoni
(Luxemburg, WI)- Shawn Kilgore has been a staple in the top two IMCA Classes in Luxemburg history. Kilgore added another feature win to the already decorated early career in winning the IMCA Modified Feature. Other winners included John Heinz (IMCA Stockcars) Eric Mahlik (IMCA Sportmods) Rob Waechter (IMCA Hobby Stocks) and Dan Van Pay (4 Cylinders)
Luke Lemmens lead the opening lap of the IMCA Stockcar feature with Dave DeGrave right behind. DeGrave moved up the track and took control of the race by the end of lap 2. Rob Waechter would make his way to second and run to the outside of DeGrave for the lead. A couple cautions midrace kept the field in check. John Heinz darted through the field and made a 3 wide pass to get to the second position. Heinz worked the top of the clay and made the pass on DeGrave with 8 laps to go. A lap later, the final caution would fly. Heinz would pull away late in the race to capture his third feature of the season. DeGrave finished second with Brandon Czarapata third, Rob Waechter fourth and Dustin Loberger fifth. Larry Karcz claimed the engine of Brandon Czarapata in post race activity. The claim was accepted.
Frank Dorn led the opening few laps of the IMCA Hobby Stock feature event. Rob Waechter quickly ran to the front and ran up top. Waechter would make quick work of Dorn and grab the lead on lap 4. A red flag would fly when Mitch Vandermause popped a right rear tire and spun in turn 2. Hard contact would end his night along with Sawyer Haese. Multiple cautions mid race kept the field glued to Waechter’s bumper. On the final restart, Scott Boulanger made contact with Waechter sending him spinning. Waechter would receive his spot back when the green flew again. Waechter would cruise away and pick up his third win. Point leader Tom Brumlic finished second increasing his point lead. Derek Moede wound up third. Dave Schmidt and Cory Cotter rounded out the top 5 after both starting deep in the field.
Dennis Miesler guided the IMCA Sportmods from the drop of the green flag and into the lead. Eric Mahlik made his way to the front and found himself on the back bumper of Miesler at the halfway point of the feature. Miesler worked the bottom with Mahlik trying to find the bite to pass him. Mahlik found the bite he needed and jetted into the lead on lap 14. With 6 laps to go, a caution would slow the field. Mahlik would have to fight off the advances of Jeremy Cota and Tyler Hackett in the waning laps. A caution on the final lap reset the field to the last completed lap. Mahlik took home the checkers earning his first win of the season. Hackett and Cota finished second and third. Troy Jerovetz finished fourth in his first run of the season at Luxemburg. Dennis Miesler finished fifth.
Brian Joski started up front in the IMCA Modified feature and looked strong early. R.M. Van Pay and Shawn Kilgore made their ways up the track and used the top birm to shoot up front. The duo ran up front with Van Pay up top and Kilgore regularly trying the bottom. Benji LaCrosse would charge to third but ran out of laps to catch the leaders. Over the final few laps, Kilgore would play a game of cat and mouse with Van Pay. With two laps to go, Kilgore stayed on the bottom and edged Van Pay coming to the white flag. Kilgore would stay just ahead of Van Pay and pick up his second win of the season. Van Pay led the majority of the race but had to settle for second. LaCrosse finished third. James Tebon picked up 1 point in the series standings over Sean Jerovetz would who finished fifth. The race went caution free.
Dan Van Pay held off a hard charging Calvin Stueck to win his third 4 Cylinder feature. Michael Verheyden, Jeff Brehmer and point leader Ralph Liegeois finished in the top 5.
There is NO RACING next Friday night, July 20th. Racing resumes Sunday Night July 22nd. Late Models will be the stars of the show. Modifieds and IMCA Hobby Stocks will be the supporting casts. Algoma’s Tech Ed will sponsor the event. Luxemburg Speedway is located 15 minutes east of Green Bay off highway 54 at the Kewaunee County Fairgrounds. The GPS address is 1140 Alpine Street Luxemburg, WI 54217. The track’s website is www.Luxemburgspeedway.com. For more information call Gene Mathu at 621-3428.
IMCA Modified Feature- 1. Shawn Kilgore, New Franken 2. R.M. Van Pay, Denmark 3. Benji LaCrosse, Green Bay 4. James Tebon, Algoma 5.
Sean Jerovetz, Little Suamico
Consy- 1. Johnny Whitman, DePere
Heats- #1 1. Brian Joski, Abrams 2. Eric Arneson, Oconto Falls
#2 1. Jerovetz 2. Chad Bartel, Shiocton
#3 1. Kilgore 2. LaCrosse
IMCA Stockcar Feature- 1. John Heinz, Green Bay 2. Dave DeGrave, Luxemburg 3. Brandon Czarapata, Appleton 4. Rob Waechter, Ellisville 5. Dustin Loberger, Oconto
Heats- #1 1. DeGrave 2. Greg Gretz, Kewaunee
#2 1. Loberger 2. Matt Junio, Casco
IMCA Sportmod Feature- 1. Eric Mahlik, Green Bay 2. Tyler Hackett, Algoma 3. Jeremy Cota, Oconto 4. Troy Jerovetz, Green Bay 5. Dennis Miesler, Luxemburg
Heats- #1 1. Christopher Budzban, Luxemburg 2. Cota
#2 1. Hackett 2. Brad Lautenbach, New Franken
#3 1. Mahlik 2. Greg Potts, Green Bay
IMCA Hobby Stock Feature- 1. Rob Waechter Jr, Ellisville 2. Tom Brumlic, Denmark 3. Derek Moede, Casco 4. Dave Schmidt, Kewaunee 5. Cory Cotter, Suamico
Heats- #1 1. Travis Hackett, Algoma 2. Dean Anhalt, Mishicot
#2 1. Waechter 2. Brumlic
4 Cylinder Feature- 1. Dan Van Pay, Green Bay 2. Calvin Stueck, Clintonville 3. Michael VerHeyden, New Franken 4. Jeffrey Brehmer, Pulaski 5. Ralph Liegeois, Oconto
Heats- #1 1. Trent Nolan, Shawano 2. Stueck
#2 1. Liegeois 2. Van Pay