Tuesday, August 21, 2012
McGrath Scores Hat Trick with Third Straight Badger Mod Tour Win
by Joe Verdegan
BEAVER DAM, Wis. -- Neosho’s Mitch McGrath continued his domination of the Custom Windows Plus Badger Mod Tour presented by Floors By Design & Directional Drilling Services at Oshkosh Speedzone Tuesday night. The Neosho Nightmare” passed Luxemburg native Benji LaCrosse for the lead on lap 14 and carefully sifted his way through lapped cars to collect the win in an event which went green to checkered.
When the green flag dropped it appeared in the early going that LaCrosse would collect his first BMT win. LaCrosse outgunned front row starter Marcus Yarie of Wausau and quickly built himself up a comfortable 10 car length lead over the field. McGrath, who started fourth, moved to third and by lap eight slipped into second and began chopping away at LaCrosse’s lead.
LaCrosse, a former IMCA national champion, began coming up on lapped cars by lap 12. That allowed McGrath to close the gap within a couple of car lengths. As the pair came down the frontstretch McGrath ducked underneath a pair of lapped cars, using them as a “pick” of sorts and taking the lead from LaCrosse. During the caution free contest LaCrosse kept McGrath within striking distance, pulling door-to-door on more than one occasion with McGrath, trying different lines around the smooth, 3/8 mile clay oval. LaCrosse came up short as McGrath scored his third straight win, pocketing $1,200. “I was actually surprised a bit Benji didn’t slide down the bottom when we came upon those lapped cars,” said McGrath in victory lane. “Benji’s one of the best in this business, and I appreciate him running me clean there at the end. When you beat LaCrosse, that says a lot.”
LaCrosse hung on for second place, his second podium finish in BMT competition. “We came up a bit short, but the car is in one piece and I’m happy with that,” said LaCrosse. “I haven’t run here at all this year, so we’re happy with a second here.” McGrath’s dad Joe McGrath also scored his third podium finish with a third. Luxemburg’s Jared Siefert won the Wild Inc. Hard charger award, charging from his 17th starting spot to finish fifth.
A total of 46 BMT modifieds checked in to compete.
The Tour’s next stop comes to the Manitowoc County Expo Speedway Thursday, August 23. The BMT will share the bill with street stocks. Adult admission is only $10 and that includes your admission to the Manitowoc County Fair, including unlimited carnival rides. Racing gets underway at 7 p.m.
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30 LAP CUSTOM WINDOWS PLUS BADGER MOD TOUR PRESENTED BY FLOORS BY DESIGN & CUSTOM WINDOWS PLUS “A” MAIN
Mitch McGrath, Neosho; Benji LaCrosse, Green Bay; Joe McGrath, Neosho; Craig Priewe, Beaver Dam; Jared Siefert, Luxemburg; Chad Bartel, Shiocton; Todd Dart, Algoma; Brian Mullen, Seymour; Mike Mullen, Seymour; Eddie LeMay Jr, Beaver Dam; Russ Reinwald, Juneau; Tom Schaal, Gillett; Jeremy Christians, Horicon; Mike Klenz, West Bend; Matt Rechek, Wausau; Dave Schoenberger, Beaver Dam; Brian Joski, Abrams; Lance Arneson, Oconto Falls; Kyle Frederick, Gillett; Matt Rechek, Beaver Dam; Marcus Yarie, Wausau; Justin Ritchie, New London; Tony Wedelstadt, Fremont; Jamie Schmidt, Seymour
B MAIN 1) Brian Mullen
B MAIN 2) Christians
heat 1) Mitch McGrath
heat 2) Dart
Vlies Custom Bodies heat 3) Reinwald
R2C Performance Racing heat 4) Tony Wedelstadt
heat 5) Mike Mullen
Provisionals – Rechek (BMT), Schmidt (Track points)
CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS
Wild Incorporated Hard Charger Award – Jared Siefert
Vlies Custom Race Bodies – (17th place) Joski
Comp Cams –(2nd, 4th) LaCrosse; Priewe
Quartermaster Clutches-(3rd, 8th) Joe McGrath, Brian Mullen
Jerovetz Shock Services –(22nd) Ritchie
Ron Sonnetag Photography Long Haul award – Jason Zdroik, Eagle River
R2C Performance – (4th, 8th) Priewe, Brian Mullen
Wehr’s Machine & Race Products – (10th) LeMay