LUXEMBURG, Wis. – A windy, cool night was what Mother Nature had in store for the opening night of racing at Luxemburg Speedway Friday night.
The weather didn’t matter on the track as five driver’s put the first win tallies in the column for their respective divisions.
Feature winners on opening night included Brad Lautenbach (IMCA Modifieds), Brandon Czarapata (IMCA Stock Cars), Brandon Long (IMCA Sportmods), Marcus Moede (IMCA Hobby Stocks) and Keith Kickbusch (Street Stocks).
The race winner of the IMCA Modified feature passed three cars on his way to victory. The pass was on lap one when Lautenbach was shot out of a cannon from fourth to first. Twenty caution-free laps later he found himself in victory lane for the first time in his career in the IMCA Modified division at Luxemburg Speedway.
Billy Lemieux earned the pole position by virtue of his number one redraw spot for the IMCA Stock Car feature. Lemieux would keep the lead for one lap before two-time defending track champion Czarapata blew into the lead. Czarapata would also lead the rest of the main event in a caution free race.
Jake Maurer led the opening lap of the IMCA Sportmod feature. Kelsy Hayes would dive down on lap two and make the pass into the lead. Hayes would lead through a series of cautions allowing the field to stay on her bumper. Long used this to his advantage and got inside of Hayes and into the lead on lap eight.
Long would continue to lead while Andy Kleczka made his move to the front. Kleczka was able to make a run at Long but with the caution falling twice, he would have to go back to second. On the final restart Long got an excellent jump while Kleczka would falter. Ryan Lemieux was able to make a brief run in second. Kleczka was able to recover and pass Lemieux. Long, meanwhile, enjoyed the battle behind him all the way to the checkered flag.
Brotherly love was put aside to determine the finish of a IMCA Hobby Stock feature. The Moede brothers put on an awesome, clean performance for the fans. Scott Boulanger started on the pole and would jump out front of the field. Boulanger would keep the lead while both Marcus and Derek Moede came to the front.
A three car battle would be had. Marcus would grab the lead on lap nine with a three-wide pass in turn two. Derek would put distance on Boulanger and use the outside of the track to pull even with his brother. The final four laps saw the brothers side by side for the win. At the white flag they were nose to nose. Marcus found enough bite off of turn two to gain the advantage and edge little brother Derek to the checkered flag.
Rookie driver Sawyer Haese led the Street Stock division to the green flag. Haese would look like a seasoned veteran as he pulled to a slight advantage. Kickbusch showed why he is the defending champion and tracked down Haese along with Andy Fuhrmann. The trio would have a great race until Kickbusch decided to end the battle and grab the lead for good with three laps to go.