Long leads to checkers at Luxemburg

By Matt Panure

LUXEMBURG, Wis. (June 5) – The Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified division at Luxemburg Speedway saw a Friday night first for 2015 with Josh Long grabbing the win.

Troy Jerovetz and James Tebon exchanged the lead early in the 20-lap feature event.  A spin on lap four brought out the caution and again set up a duel between them. Eventually, Tebon took the top spot and pulled ahead by a car-length.

This left Jerovetz and Russ Reinwald to battle for second. Long wasted little time watching the battle and jumped right in. He swung to the inside and cruised past the battle on lap six. Two laps later he had caught Tebon and began to challenge. By lap nine Long had secured the top spot.

As Long built up his lead, Shawn Kilgore and Benji LaCrosse moved toward the top five. Kilgore grabbed third on lap nine and surged past Tebon on lap 11. LaCrosse’s moves came late in the event as he tailed former champion Brian Mullen toward the podium.

Defending Champion Brandon Czarapata bested a caution-free IMCA Sunoco Stock Car affair that featured constant three-wide battles and many occasions of four-wide racing. Point leader Shawn Havel was second and Brett Wenzel took third.

The Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods saw the current point leader make a late scramble into victory lane. Todd Wiese completed a late charge through the field with a pass of Kelsy Hayes on lap 18 of the 20-lap main.

Hayes held off Jarred VanLaanen for second.

In the 15-lap IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature, Dan Van Pay made a second straight visit to victory lane.  Van Pay took the lead from Dean Anhalt on lap three and cruised to the win.  David Schmidt and Marcus Moede rounded out the podium.