KILGORE WINS MAIN, SEALS MID SEASON CHAMPIONSHIP IN 141 MODS
by Joe Verdegan & Chris Janda
(Francis Creek, WI) June 23 – Shawn Kilgore of New Franken took the lead on a lap eight restart and fought off Denmark’s RM VanPay to win the modified feature during the Hansel Trucking mid-season championships at 141 Speedway in Francis Creek Saturday.
Mid season champions in all classes were crowned. They included Kilgore, along with West Allis’ Don Sorce (Brian Peterson Grand Nationals), Pulaski’s Junior Karcz (stock cars), Suamico’s Josh Long (IMCA northern sportmods), Luxemburg’s George Paul (Tisler Salvage street stocks) and Oconto Falls Brian Johnson (sport fours).
A total of 128 cars checked in to do battle. The field included 23 modifieds, 12 Brian Peterson Grand Nationals, 21 stock cars, 26 Tisler Salvage street stocks, 28 IMCA northern sportmods and 18 sport fours.
Kilgore, who started in row six, bided his time through several caution periods in the early going. Front row starters Tim Jorgenson of Seymour and De Pere’s Dean Maurer stayed up front through the early caution periods, with Van Pay sneaking into the lead on a lap four restart.
Kilgore ducked underneath Van Pay for the lead on a lap eight restart and was never headed. By winning the mid season points title, the New Franken driver guaranteed himself a track points provisional spot into Clash at the Creek IV 40 lap Badger Mod Tour feature on Wednesday, June 27. Trailing at the checkers were Van Pay, Neosho’s Mitch McGrath, Sobieski’s Sean Jerovetz and Fremont’s Tony Wedelstadt.
New Franken’s Brad Lautenbach charged through the field from 14th and went on to win the IMCA northern sportmod feature. Lautenbach also won the the Mike Hansel Trucking $100 charger award. Lautenbach passed Kewaunee’s Brian Bruechert for the lead on lap 13 and cruised to victory. Bruechert took home second at the pay window, followed by Pulaski’s JJ Anderson, Long and Abrams Scooter Boyea.
Dustin Holland made the long tow from Genoa City a profitable one. The Wilmot Raceway regular captured the Tisler Salvage street stock feature. Trailing Holland at the checkers were Greenville’s Shawn Haydon, Manitowoc drivers Paul Diefenthaler and rookie Brad Laurent, and Mount Calvary’s Brian Vinney.
Green Bay’s John Heinz passed Pensaukee’s Jerry Leary for the lead on lap 12 to win the stock car feature. Leary took second, followed by Kewaunee’s Luke Lemmens, Luxemburg’s Tyler Smith and Karcz.
Division points leaders Sorce and Johnson padded their respective points leads with feature wins in the Brian Peterson Builders Grand Nationals and sport four classes, respectively.
There will be no racing on Saturday, June 30. The Clash at The Creek IV presented by Budweiser and Larry’s Distributing will take place Wednesday June 27. The race will be the second of the year for the Custom Windows Plus Badger Mod Tour presented by Floors By Design & Directional Drilling Services. Running with the BMT will be IMCA northern sportmods, Tisler Salvage street stocks and stock cars. Racing starts at 7 p.m. There will be an on track autograph session for fans beginning at 6:30 p.m. on the track with the cars and stars from the Badger Mod Tour.
For more information please check 141speedway.com or badgermodtour.com. You can also follow us on both Facebook and Twitter. The track phone is (920) 863 3377. For further information call (920) 905 1112. 141 Speedway is located 15 minutes south of Green Bay on County “R” in Francis Creek.
MODIFIED FEATURE – Shawn Kilgore, New Franken; RM VanPay, Denmark; Mitch McGrath, Neosho; Sean Jerovetz, Sobeski; Tony Wedelstadt, Fremont
HEATS 1) Jeremy Jacobs, Luxemburg; Timothy Jorgenson, Seymour 2) Johnny Whitman, De Pere; Dean Mauer, De Pere 3) Jamie Schmidt, Seymour; Kilgore
BRIAN PETERSON BUILDERS GRAND NATIONALS FEATURE – Don Sorce, West Allis; Matt Vetting, Little Chute; Logan Rhode, Manitowoc; Kevin Naidl, Whitelaw; T.J. Smith, Menasha
HEATS 1) Vetting; Sorce 2) Dan Sorce, Franklin; Shawn Schmitt, Manitowoc
STOCK CAR FEATURE – John Heinz, Green Bay; Jerry Leary, Pensauke; Luke Lemmens, Kewaunee; Tyler Smith, Luxemburg; Larry Karcz Jr., Pulaski
HEATS 1) Lemmens; Dustin Loberger, Oconto 2) Heinz; Mike Coel, Pulaski 3) Karcz Jr.; Smith
IMCA NORTHERN SPORTMOD FEATURE – Brad Lautenbach, New Fanken; Brian Bruechert, Kewaunee; JJ Anderson, Pulaski; Josh Long, Suamico; Scott Boyea, Abrams
SEMI FEATURE – Rob Charapata, Oconto; Eric Mahlik, Green Bay; Troy Jerovetz, Green Bay
HEATS 1) Derek Kaye, Green Bay; Jake Mauer, De Pere 2) Jessi Ness, Abrams; Anderson 3) Brian Reif, Shoto; Chad Kaminski, Luxemburg
TISLER SALVAGE STREET STOCK FEATURE – Dustin Holland, Genoa City; Shawn Haydon, Greenville; Paul Diefenthaler, Manitowoc; Brad Laurent, Manitowoc; Brian Vinney, Mount Calvery
SEMI FEATURE- Kraig Koehler, Francis Creek; Allan Schlueter, Oconto; Tony Everard, Green Bay
HEATS 1) Vinney; Mitch Vandermause, Luxemburg 2) Jason Behnke, Brillion; Diefenthaler 3) Laurent; Matt McDonald, Manitowoc
SPORT FOUR FEATURE – Brian Johnson, Oconto Falls; Ralph Legious Jr., Oconto; Mike Montie, Oconto Falls; Cody Hungerford, Little Chute; Dan Van Pay, Green Bay
HEATS 1) Legious Jr; Montie 2) Johnson; Shaun Bangart, Chilton
Posted on June 23rd, 2012