LUXEMBURG, Wis. – Brian Mullen may be the hardest Wisconsin IMCA Modified driver to pass in the history of racing. Shawn Kilgore pulled off that huge feat in passing the legend on opening night at Luxemburg Speedway.
Opening night feature winners in other classes included: Brandon Czarapata (IMCA Stocks) Josh Long (IMCA Sportmods) Scott Boulanger (IMCA Hobby Stocks) and Keith Kickbusch (Street Stocks).
Street Stocks have made their return to Luxemburg Speedway for weekly points racing. Tony Everard opened up the race on the pole and the lead after the first few circuits of racing. Keith Kickbusch quickly made his way into the runner-up spot and charged into the lead on lap 3. A caution on lap 5 would bring Kickbusch back to the field. Gary Kasperek used the middle of the track to work his way into second and a repeat of the heat race ensued.
Kasperek would try every line possible to get past Kickbusch but didn’t have enough. Kickbusch picked up the win and point lead in the process. Kasperek settled for second with Marcus Moede, Fred Davister and Everard finishing in the top 5.
Josh Long won two IMCA Sportmod track championships last year and neither were at Luxemburg Speedway. He took an early push to the title with his opening night win. Long started the feature in third and by the time the first lap was completed he had the field covered. Long stayed solidly out front by himself with a great battle for second between Troy DeGrave and Andy Kleczka.
Kleczka would eventually nab second but Long had already checked out. Long picked up the victory with Kleczka a good distance back. DeGrave wound up third. Chris Budzban was a big mover in the race coming from 11th to finish fourth and Jarred VanLaanen finishing fifth.
Aaron Zellner has never held the point lead and looked early on like he might take the main event of the IMCA Hobby Stocks. Zellner had a nice lead after the first few laps. Scott Boulanger jumped from his eighth starting spot to second and started to track down Zellner. With 5 laps to go, Boulanger made the winning move down low and started to pull away.
Coming to the white flag, Derek Moede was running second when problems sent his racer into a roll. Moede was fine but went from running third to the back in the final lap. Boulanger picked up the win after the red flag ended the race. Zellner finished second with Sawyer Haese and Cory Cotter third and fourth respectively. Wes Salentine cruised from dead last to finish fifth.
Last year’s champion looked to be in fine form early on in the IMCA Stockcar season. Brandon Czarapata started seventh on the field and grabbed the lead from early leader Mike Coel on lap five after a lone caution flag was thrown. When Czarapata made his way into the lead it was check out time on the field.
John Heinz started alongside Czarapata and made his way to second place a little to late. Czarapata would pull away from Heinz and the field in picking up the opening feature. Heinz finished a solid second. A great race long battle for third ended up with Shawn Havel getting third. He beat out Dave Bouche in fourth and Matt Junio in fifth.
When you see Brian Mullen pick the pole for the feature event usually means you can pencil in the winner. Shawn Kilgore seemed to have other plans for the guy in victory lane after the feature. Mullen started off strong with the lead and would carry the top spot until a caution on lap four. On the restart, Kilgore moved through the middle of the track and passed Mullen on top. Kilgore would keep a comfortable lead but Mullen would stay right within striking distance.
A series of cautions would keep the field even. Over the final few laps, Kilgore would improve his lead and take a Friday night cruise into victory lane. Mullen finished with second place money. Jared Siefert had a strong run in the third spot. Benji LaCrosse made his way from mid-pack to finish fourth. Jeremy Jacobs rounded out the top five.