Thursday, June 21, 2012
Badger Mod Tour Wilmot Post Race Notebook
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- For many drivers on the Custom Windows Plus Badger Mod Tour presented by Floors By Design & Directional Drilling Services, the series opener at Wilmot Raceway June 17 near the Wisconsin/Illinois border was their first ever trip to the paper clip shaped, 3/8 mile, clay oval.
The three hour tow paid off for Oconto Falls "Dancin' Lance" Arneson. Arneson fought off a swarming pack of foes, which included the father-son duo of Brian and Mike Mullen of Seymour, Neosho's Mitch McGrath and Russ Reinwald of Juneau throughout the contest. "I didn't get to bed until close to 3 a.m. and got up the next morning to get to work at 6 a.m.," said Arneson, who installs and maintains wells for Lusier Well Drilling in Oconto Falls when he's not racing. "The car I've got is a Harris chassis I picked up from Sean Jerovetz. It's fast right now and we're not gonna monkey with it too much. We're just ready for 141 Speedway and the Clash at the Creek on the 27th. We should have a ton of cars on hand for that one."
Drivers from four states were entered in the contest, with local favorite and multi time track champion Scott Kuxhouse of Antioch, Illinois placing 11th, representing the Land of Lincoln. Cleghorn, Iowa's Jason Briese had a solid 12th place run, considering it was also his first trip to Wilmot. Briese earned his way into the main the hard way, battling through in one of two stacked B mains, which contained 18 cars apiece.
52 BMT drivers were on hand, of which 46 of them are card carrying series members. After the first race, Arneson holds a slim one point lead over Brian Mullen. Reinwald sits third, four and one-half points out of first place. The series pays out 20 spots deep in the season ending point fund. After Wilmot, Middleton's Tim "The Beave" Lemirande is on the bubble for the "Top 20 in the money", sitting in the 20th spot.
The long haul award was presented to Eagle River's Pat Zdroik, who towed 319 miles one way to compete.
Up next? The Clash at The Creek IV at 141 Speedway in Francis Creek, presented by Budweiser and Larry's Distributing. A field of 60 modifieds is a distinct possibility, as several top 141 drivers who did not make the show at Wilmot for various reasons are expected. Drivers like defending track champion Sean Jerovetz (Suamico), De Pere's Johnny "Hitman" Whitman, New Franken's Shawn Kilgore, Oconto Falls Eric "Chummy" Arneson, brother of Lance Arneson, Green Bay's "Crocodile Kyle" Lentz and Seymour's Jamie Schmidt.
Last year Brian Mullen topped a 36 car field, beating Whitman and Mike Mashl of De Pere at the line for the victory. Joining the Badger Mod Tour will be the IMCA northern sportmods, Tisler Salvage street stocks and stock cars.
The draw cutoff for drivers is 6:15 p.m. with racing at 7 p.m. An on track, driver autograph session for the fans will take place for the cars and stars of the Badger Mod Tour at 6:30 p.m. For more information check out badgermodtour.com or 141speedway.com. 141 Speedway is located 15 minutes south of Green Bay off county "R" in Francis Creek. You can follow both the BMT and 141 on both Facebook and Twitter.
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