Wisconsin racers take Iowa by storm
By Bert Lehman
Editor, Full Throttle Magazine
Last week a handful of Wisconsin drivers ventured to Iowa for a four-race series called the Frostbuster.
Racing took place on four consecutive nights at four different tracks. The series kicked off Wednesday, April 1 at Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, Iowa.
Lucas Lamberies’ race team informed Full Throttle Magazine that Lamberies won his IMCA Northern SportMod heat race, and after crossing the finish line second in the feature, was officially awarded the feature win after the winning driver was disqualified.
According to results on the track’s web site, Lamberies took the early lead and led the first four laps. He lost the lead on the fifth lap and went on to settle for crossing the finishing line in second. In post-race inspection, the winner of the race was disqualified for an illegal distributor.
The Frostbuster series traveled to Benton County Speedway in Vinton, Iowa for the second night of the series Thursday, April 2.
After claiming the feature win the previous night at Southern Iowa Speedway, Lamberies again won his heat race. He finished second in the IMCA Northern SportMod feature.
His race team reported, “It was a nail biter, he had the lead at first and then on a restart lost it. He had the lead two more times, but, every time he made ground, there was a caution and they’d revert back to last competed lap.”
Seven other Wisconsin drivers qualified for the feature. They included with their finishing position in parenthesis: Jon Schultz-Waunakee (6th), Hunter Parsons-Green Bay (7th), Tracy Wassenberg-Shawano (8th), Ryan Besaw-Omro (10th), Jeff Steenbergen-Watertown (11th), Kevin Bethke-Neenah (21st), and Zach McKinnon-Wausau (24th).
Five IMCA Modified drivers from Wisconsin qualified for the IMCA Modified feature. They included: Mike Mullen-Seymour (13th), Brian Mullen-Seymour (14th), Eddie LeMay-Milwaukee (17th), Tony Wedelstadt-Fremont (18th), and Brad Theys-Kewaunee (23rd).
Rick Mahlberg of Denmark finished fifth in the IMCA Stock Car feature, while Mike Pierrard of Green Bay finished 19th.
Dave Schmidt of Casco finished 11th in the IMCA Hobby Stock feature.
The Wisconsin drivers saved their best for the third night of series at Marshalltown Speedway in Marshalltown, Iowa, Friday, April 3.
Five of the top 10 in the IMCA Northern SportMod feature call Wisconsin their home. Wassenberg finished second, Parsons finished third, Lamberies finished fourth, Besaw finished sixth, and Beau Handschke of New London finished eighth.
Lamberies missed qualifying for the feature through his heat race, but finished second in his B-feature. This placed him in the 24th starting spot in the feature event.
Other Wisconsin drivers who qualified for the feature included Schultz who finished 11th and Bethke who finished 14th.
Mike Mullen finished third in the IMCA Modified feature, while Mike Wedelstandt of Fremont finished sixth, and Eddie Muenster of Green Bay finished 17th.
Bret Koehler of Two Rivers finished 10th in the IMCA Stock Car feature.
Schmidt finished 12th in the IMCA Hobby Stock feature.
The series moved to Boone Speedway in Boone, Iowa for the final night of the series Saturday, April 4.
Lamberies notched another second place finish in the IMCA Northern SportMod feature.
Besaw finished fifth, while Bethke finished 10th and McKinnon finished 11th.
In the IMCA Stock Car feature, Mahlberg finished 10th, while Koehler finished 23rd.
Schmidt finished 15th in the IMCA Hobby Stock feature.