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Luxemburg Speedway 2017 Hall of Fame Selections Announced

A trio of former Luxemburg Speedway promoters and a veteran driver still giving the youngsters a run for their money weekly will be inducted into Luxemburg Speedway’s Hall of Fame at the third-mile clay oval Friday night, August 18.

Tri Star Promotions members Kelly and Debbie Hafeman and Ralph Aschenbrenner along with Green Bay’s Jerry Muenster will be ushered into the tracks Hall of Fame. Tri Star Promotions promoted the weekly racing at Luxemburg Speedway for 13 seasons from 1989 through 2001. During their tenure the track boasted some of the highest weekly IMCA car counts nationwide.

Kelly Hafeman himself is a former IMCA modified champion.  Muenster was the Luxemburg Speedway track champion in 1968. Despite being two full generations older than most of his on track foes the soon-to-be 76-year-old Muenster, who is the last holdover driver still competing from the track’s coupe days, still competes weekly at Luxemburg Speedway in an IMCA modified.

The stories of Tri Star Promotions, along with Jerry Muenster and his son Eddie Muenster’s racing careers will be featured in motorsports author Joe Verdegan’s third book “Life In The Past Lane – The Next Generation” which will be released December 2, 2017 at Titletown Brewing in Green Bay.

The season opener at the Kewaunee County Fairgrounds will be Friday, April 21. Racing will get underway at 7 p.m. You can follow Luxemburg Speedway on both Facebook and Twitter. For more information you can contact track promoter Eric Mahlik at eric.mahlik@gmail.com. Luxemburg Speedway is located 15 minutes east of Green Bay at the Kewaunee County fairgrounds.

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Hall of Fame Throwback Night Coming to Luxemburg Speedway

Several restored and replica race cars will be on display under the grandstand as part of Luxemburg Speedway’s “Life In The Past Lane” throwback night presented by Augie’s Bar and Grill Friday, June 3.

 

In addition the “Life In The Past Lane” night will feature the solo appearance of the dirt late models at the track in 2016.

 

The night will already be “special” as the 2016 class of Hall of Fame inductees will be honored during a ceremony at intermission. They are former IMCA stock car track and national champion John Gregorich of Kewaunee, and Luxemburg residents Roy Ihlenfeldt (former street stock champion and IMCA modified driver) and former driver and head groundskeeper at the Kewaunee County Fairgrounds Jerry Jonet. Veteran, semi-retired track announcer Tom Wagner of Sturgeon Bay will call the action over the p.a.

 

To add to the nostalgic buzz a number of restored racers will be on display. They include:

 

Jonet’s own #13 1973 Ford Mustang – in the same condition as when it ran its last race at the third-mile, clay oval in 1978.

 

Bucky Wagner’s #40 1933 Plymouth Coupe. Wagner resides in Two Rivers. The car is now owned by Gregg Herrmann.

 

Gene Coleman’s restored  #40 modified – a car that raced at Luxemburg in the mid 1970’s. The car is now owned by Mike Allard.

 

Ken Markwardt’s restored  #5 1961 Oldsmobile modified. The car is now owned by Brian Titel.

 

Red BeDell’s replica #3 Ford Thunderbird Convertible. The car is owned by Bob Schampers

 

Al Snellenberger’s replica #00 coupe. The car is owned by Bob Schampers.

 

George Giesen’s #7 Plymouth Coupe. The car is owned and maintained by Giesen and Bill Foth.

 

Several former drivers will be on hand and some of those who were featured in local author Joe Verdegan’s book “Life In The Past Lane – a history of stock car racing in Northeast Wisconsin from 1950 to 1980”. They will be signing copies of the book which will be on sale.

 

To go along with the throwback theme for the night will be slashed admission prices. $5.00 adult admission will be charged. Seniors will only pay $4.00, $3.00 for teenagers and kids 12 and under are free with a paid adult. “We’re looking to pack the stands that night and make it extra fun for everyone,” said Mahlik. “To throw in the fact you can catch a late model show for a mere $5.00, that’s a pretty good bargain for the fans.”

 

The book signing will take place under the grandstand from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.

 

A post race party will be held after the races at Augie’s Bar and Grill. The tavern is owned by former local racer Augie Derenne.

 

Racing gets underway at 7 p.m. Luxemburg Speedway is located at the Kewaunee County Fairgrounds in Luxemburg. The GPS address is 625 3rd St. Luxemburg, WI 54217. You can follow the track on both Facebook and Twitter. For further information call (920) 621 3272.

 

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