LACROSSE CAPTURES FIRST FEATURE WIN OF THE YEAR AT 141 SPEEDWAY
Photos by Dave Hooker
By Chris Janda
(Francis Creek, WI) May 18– Benji Lacrosse of Green Bay steals the lead late in the race and goes on to capture the IMCA modified feature at 141 Speedway Saturday night. Lacrosse starts thirteenth but charges up to the front and pulls away with the lead after a late race restart over Shawn Kilgore of New Franken who came home second with Jay Mathias of Green Bay in third. Jeremy Jacobs of Luxemburg comes up in fourth and Randy Markwardt of Sheboygan Falls takes fifth. It was a very close battle between all the top five cars that mixed it up lap after lap until the checkered flag was thrown.
By virtue of his win, Benji Lacrosse earned a starting spot in the “Big Cash Dash” $10,000-to-win Clash @ Creek V provisional qualifying event on Saturday, June 15.
A total of 112 cars checked in to compete, including 20 Hansel Trucking IMCA modifieds, 9 Brian Peterson Grand Nationals, 24 IMCA stock cars, 28 Tisler Salvage street stocks, 21 Hansel Trucking IMCA northern sportmods and 10 sport fours.
In the IMCA stock car division Green Bay driver John Heinz wins the battle for the lead on lap 12 and captures his second feature win of the year at 141 speedway. Whitelaw’s Logan Rhode picks up his best finish this year in second with Oconto’s Scott Stewart in third and Pulaski’s Mike Coel in fourth along with Tyler Smith of Luxemburg rounding out the top five.
In the Hansel Trucking sport mods Josh Long of Suamico wins the three car battle for the lead at the half way point over second place finisher JJ Anderson of Pulaski and third place finisher Andy Kleczka of Suamico. Kleczka and Anderson battled in the beginning for the lead but then battled for the second spot the rest of the race after long grabs the lead. Oconto’s Travis Cain places fourth with long time driver Brian Reif of Mishicot finishing fifth.
Greg Haese of Manitowoc puts on schooling over the 9 car field and picks up back to back feature wins in the Brian Peterson Grand Nationals. By winning this race Hease will pad his points lead over the second place finisher Shawn Schmitt of Manitowoc. Chad Ninmer of Cleveland picks up third with Kevin Naidl of Reedsville in fourth and Jo Gauger of Two Rivers picking up her best finish this year in fifth.
In the Tisler Salvage Street Stocks Jerry Kope of Oshkosh takes the lead away from veteran driver Dan Gracyanly of Greenville on lap 13 and goes on to capture his second feature win in a row. Jerry Winkler of Oshkosh grabs the second place spot from Gracyanly who comes up in third with Jason Behnke of Brillion in fourth and point’s leader Paul Deifenthaler of Manitowoc in fifth.
Brian Johnson picks up the clean sweep in the sport four division in his back up race car. Mike Montie comes up second with Jeff Brehmer in third.
There will be no racing next Saturday May 25 at 141 Speedway. But on Sunday night the track will host the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw sprint cars. The fastest machines on dirt will come to 141 and will be joined by the Grand Nationals and sport fours. Last year Fredonia’s Mike Kertscher clocked the first ever 10 second lap on the high-banked, third-mile clay oval with a lap of 10.750 on May 27.
For more information please check 141speedway.com. You can also follow us on both Facebook and Twitter. The track phone is (920) 863 3377. 141 Speedway is located 15 minutes south of Green Bay on County “R” in Francis Creek.
HANSEL TRUCKING IMCA MODIFIED FEATURE – Benji Lacrosse, Green Bay; Shawn Kilgore, New Franken; Jay Mathias, Green Bay; Jeremy Jacobs, Luxemburg; Randy Markwardt, Sheboygan Falls
HEATS 1) Jamie Schmidt, Seymour; Eric Van Iten, Green Bay; Kilgore 2) Jacobs; Mathias; Markwardt
BRIAN PETERSON BUILDERS GRAND NATIONAL FEATURE – Greg Haese, Manitowoc; Shawn Schmitt, Manitowoc; Chad Ninmer, Cleveland; Kevin Naidl, Reedsville; Jo Gauger, Two Rivers
HEATS 1) Naidl; Gauger
IMCA STOCK CAR FEATURE – John Heinz, Green Bay; Logan Rhode, Whitelaw; Scott Stewart, Oconto; Mike Coel, Pulaski; Tyler Smith, Luxemburg
SEMI FEATURE – Dave Fraser, Iron Mountain, Mich; Todd Augustian, Kewaunee
HEATS 1) John Mahlberg, Hilbert; Heinz 2) Kyle Fredrick, Oconto Falls; Kyle Wanner, Suamico 3) Tyler Derenne, Kewaunee; Mike Brehmer, Oconto Falls
HANSEL TRUCKING IMCA NORTHERN SPORTMOD FEATURE – Josh Long, Suamico; JJ Anderson, Pulaski; Andy Kleczka, Suamico; Travis Cain, Oconto; Brian Reif, Manitowoc
HEATS 1) Jake Maurer, DePere; Long 2) Cain; Jeremy Hebel, Manitowoc 3) Anderson; Kleczka
TISLER SALVAGE STREET STOCK FEATURE – Jerry Kope, Oshkosh; Jerry Winkler, Oshkosh; Dan Gracyanly, Greenville; Jason Behnke, Brillion; Paul Diefenthaler, Manitowoc
SEMI FEATURE – Matt Reinke, Manitowoc; Justin Mahlberg, Denmark
HEATS 1) Kope; Diefenthaler 2) David Guager, Two Rivers; Kraig Koehler, Francis Creek 3) Winkler; Behnke
FEATURE-Brain Johnson, Oconto; Mike Montie, Abrams; Jeff Brehmer, Pulaski; Kevin Rabe, Bucktown
HEATS 1) Johnson; Montie
Posted on May 18th, 2013