LEMIRANDE CUES ON MULLEN’S MISFORTUNE, WINS 141 BADGER MOD TOUR GO
Photos by Dave Hooker
by Joe Verdegan
(Brian Mullen cuts tire with two laps to go after leading most of the race)
(Beaver Dam, WI) June 27 – Middleton’s Tim Lemirande only led two laps, but they wound up being the most important ones. “The Beave” as he’s affectionately known hung on to capture the Clash @ The Creek IV presented by Budweiser for the Custom Windows Plus Badger Mod Tour presented by Floors By Design & Directional Drilling Services.
The race wound up being a heartbreaker for defending race winner Brian Mullen of Seymour. Mullen, who drew the pole through an earlier roll of the die, led 38 laps. Mullen cut a tire after making contact with the wall with two laps to go. “I hated that that happened to Brian, for him to lose one like that,” said Lemirande, who pocketed $1,100 for the win. “I gotta give credit to Benji (LaCrosse). He could have roughed me up a bit but he didn’t. He ran me clean and I appreciate that.”
For Mullen it wasn’t all bad, as Mullen mopped up on $960 in lap leader money along the way, finishing 18th along the way. LaCrosse took second in his best performance at 141 Speedway. “I just can’t seem to get a win here,” said LaCrosse. “We had a good run, and our luck is improving out here.”
141′s weekly points leader Shawn Kilgore of New Franken wound up taking third. Defending track champion Sean Jerovetz, who battled his way into the field via a B main win, scored fourth. Beaver Dam’s Aaron Rake netted his best tour finish with a fifth.
Seymour’s Mike Mullen won the Wild Inc. hard charger award, passing 15 cars from his 23rd starting spot to finish 8th.
A total of 141 cars showed up to compete. The field included 58 BMT modifieds, 30 IMCA northern sportmods, 27 Tisler Salvage street stocks and 26 stock cars.
Green Bay’s John Heinz took the lead from Kewaunee’s Luke Lemmens on lap four and cruised to victory in the 20 lap stock car feature. Arch rival Junior Karcz of Pulaski took second. Lemmens took third, followed by Luxemburg’s Tyler Smith, and Pulaski’s Rod Snellenberger, who came out of a “semi retirement” battling his way into the main through a qualifying race and placing fifth.
Kewaunee’s Brian Bruechert hung on to the lead through a pair of caution periods to capture the IMCA northern sportmod feature win. Green Bay’s Troy Jerovetz, Algoma’s Tyler Hackett, Suamico’s Josh Long and New Franken’s Mark Joski rounded out the top five finishers.
Green Bay’s Tony Everard passed Jeremy Hebel of Two Rivers for the lead on lap four, was passed by Brad Laurent of Manitowoc with four laps to go, and wound repassing Laurent for the lead with two laps to go to win the Tisler Salvage street stock feature. Laurent took second, followed by Two Rivers Dave Gauger Sr., Francis Creek’s Kraig Koehler and Oshkosh’s Jon Ashcroft, who stormed into fifth from his 20th starting spot.
The Tour’s third stop comes at “The Horsepower Half Mile” at the Dodge County Fairgrounds in Beaver Dam Friday, July 20. The BMT will share the bill with the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw sprint cars. Racing gets underway at 7 p.m.
For more information please check badgermodtour.com. You can also follow us on both Facebook and Twitter. For further information call (920) 905 1112 or (920) 676 5990 141 Speedway is located 15 minutes south of Green Bay on County “R” in Francis Creek.
40 LAP CUSTOM WINDOWS PLUS BADGER MOD TOUR PRESENTED BY FLOORS BY DESIGN & CUSTOM WINDOWS PLUS “A” MAIN
Tim Lemirande, Middleton; Benji LaCrosse, Green Bay; Shawn Kilgore, New Franken; Sean Jerovetz, Sobieski; Aaron Rake, Beaver Dam; Todd Dart, Algoma; Jared Siefert, Luxemburg; Mike Mullen, Seymour; Tim Czarneski, Denmark; Tony Wedelstadt, Fremont; Jeremy Christians, Horicon; Eric Arneson, Oconto Falls; Russ Reinwald, Juneau; Kyle Frederick, Gillett; Eddie LeMay, Beaver Dam; Lance Arneson, Oconto Falls; Joel Crowbridge, Burlington; Brian Mullen, Seymour; Jason Briese, Cleghorn, IA; Cory Cochart, Brussels; Johnny Whitman, De Pere; Dave Zeitler, Luxemburg; Jason Zdroik, Eagle River; Mitch McGrath, Neosho;
B MAIN 1) Mitch McGrath
B MAIN 2) Jerovetz
B MAIN 3) LeMay
HEATS 1) Brian Mullen 2) Zeitler 3) Rake 4) Czarneski 5) Reinwald 6) Kyle Fredrick, Oconto Falls
IMCA NORTHERN SPORTMOD FEATURE – Brian Bruechert, Kewaunee; Troy Jerovetz, Green Bay; Tyler Hackett, Algoma; Josh Long, Suamico; Mark Joski, New Franken
B MAIN – Aaron Muhle, Beaver Dam
HEATS 1) Josh Long 2) Jake Mauer, De Pere 3) Bruechert
STOCK CAR FEATURE – John Heinz, Green Bay; Larry Karcz, Pulaski; Luke Lemmens, Kewaunee; Tyler Smith, Luxemburg; Rod Snellenberger, Pulaski
QUALIFYING HEAT -Snellenberger
TISLER SALVAGE STREET STOCK FEATURE-Tony Everard, Green Bay; Brad Laurent, Manitowoc; Dave Gauger Sr., Two Rivers; Kraig Koehler, Francis Creek; Jon Ashcraft, Oshkosh
TISLER SALVAGE STREET STOCK QUALIFYING HEAT – Hank Horn, Brillion
PROVISIONALS – Whitman (track) Mike Mullen (series)
CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS
Wild Incorporated Hard Charger Award – Mike Mullen
Vlies Custom Race Bodies – Crowbridge
Comp Cams – LaCrosse, Jerovetz
Quartermaster Clutches- Kilgore, Mike Mullen
Jerovetz Shock Services – Eric Arneson
Webmaster Chewy Long Haul award – Scott Olson, Blairsburg, Iowa (488 miles)
R2C Performance – Lemirande, Jerovetz, Mike Mullen
Wehr’s Machine & Race Products – Tony Wedelstadt
Lena Bumper to Bumper $50 cash – Lemirande
Posted on June 27th, 2012