June 17, 2013MITCH MCGRATH MOPS UP ON WILMOT BMT FOES
(NEOSHO DRIVER WINS FOURTH CAREER BMT MAIN)
(Wilmot, WI) June 16 – Neosho’s Mitch McGrath survived a race long, back-and-forth tussle with Beaver Dam’s Craig Priewe and dodged a handful of cautions to win the Custom Windows Plus Badger Mod Tour presented by Gandrud Chevrolet race at Wilmot Raceway Sunday.
A total of 53 BMT modifieds checked in to compete at Wilmot.
McGrath, who started on the outside front row, sped away with Priewe in the early laps and traded the lead lap after lap, with Priewe protecting the bottom line and McGrath hammer down on top. A lap nine caution bunched up the field. On the restart, the duo of McGrath and Priewe would pick up where it left off and distance themselves from the field.
A heated battle for third ensued for much of the night, as Green Bay drivers Eric Van Iten and Benji LaCrosse along with defending BMT champion Brian Mullen, all battled hard with Van Iten breaking away to take command of the third spot late in the race following a string of mid-race yellows.
With a late caution and a handful of laps remaining, heavy smoke shot out of Priewe’s racer just prior to the white flag being displayed. McGrath scooted by to take the lead. McGrath would go on to score his fourth career BMT main. Van Iten came up just shy of nabbing a runnerup spot, catching Priewe’s slowing race car at the checkers, and nabbing his first podium finish. BMT Vlies Custom Bodies/Victory sign rookie candidate Brad Lautenbach, the only BMT rookie to make the show, sliced his way through the field of veterans to score fourth. Defending race winner Lance Arneson of Oconto Falls rounded out the top five finishers.
Former track champion Chris Carlson of Union Grove earned the Wild Inc. hard charger award, storming through the pack from 19th to finish 7th.
Green Bay’s Eric Mahlik became the first BMT driver to win Gandrud Crate cash. Mahlik scored a 10th place with his GM 604 crate powerplant under the hood, and earned an extra $200.
Eagle River’s Jimmy Zdroik earned the Fusion Enterprises Long Haul award, towing more than 6 and a half hours to compete.
The next event on the BMT slate will be the $10,000-to-win Clash at Creek V at 141 Speedway June 26-27. On Wednesday night the top six BMT points drivers following the Wilmot show will race in 6-for-6 dash at 141 on June 26 to determine who will earn the BMT provisional into the big show.
30 LAP CUSTOM WINDOWS PLUS BADGER MOD TOUR PRESENTED BY GANDRUD CHEVROLET “A” MAIN
1) Mitch McGrath, Neosho 2) Craig Priewe, Beaver Dam 3) Eric Van Iten, Green Bay 4) Brad Lautenbach, New Franken 5) Lance Arneson, Oconto Falls 6) Benji LaCrosse, Green Bay 7) Chris Carlson, Union Grove 8) Brian Mullen, Seymour 9) Pat Zdroik, Eagle River 10) Eric Mahlik, Green Bay 11) Todd Dart, Algoma 12) Jason Hyderdall, Round Lake Beach, IL 13) Mark Weisnicht, Shawano 14) Cameron Kuxhouse, Antioch, IL 15) Joel Crowbridge, Burlington 16) Mike Sullivan, Burlington 17) Phil Rehberg, Waukesha 18) Tony Wedelstadt, Fremont 19) Nick Simons, Genoa City 20) Tim Lemirande, Middleton 21) Matt Recheck, Beaver Dam 22) Brian Crapser, Brookfield 23) Don Scheffler, Milwaukee 24) Johny Whitman, De Pere
B MAIN 1) Weisnicht; Joel Crowbridge
B MAIN 2) Lemirande; Mahlik
B MAIN 3) Carlson; Sullivan
PRO WORLD RACE PARTS HEAT 1) Rechek
WEHRS MACHINE & RACE PRODUCTS HEAT 2) Mullen
R2C PERFORMANCE RACING HEAT 3) Mitch McGrath
JERVOVETZ MOTORSPORTS SHOCK SERVICE HEAT 4 –Rehberg
ALLSTAR PERFORMANCE HEAT 5 – LaCrosse
Heat 6 –Priewe; Van Iten
Provisionals – BMT (Wedelstadt), Wilmot (Kuxhouse)
CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS
Wild Incorporated Hard Charger Award – Carlson (19th to 7th)
Vlies Custom Race Bodies – Rehberg
Comp Cams – Van Iten, Brian Mullen
Quartermaster Clutches- Van Iten, Brian Mullen
Extreme Enterprises Long Haul award – Jimmy Zdroik, Eagle River, Wisconsin
Lena Bumper to Bumper (5th) – Arneson
Gandrud Crate Cash – Mahlik ($200)