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Jorgensen readies for IMCA northern sportmod title defense

(Luxemburg, WI) – The fact that Tim Jorgensen is stuck with both of his IMCA northern sportmods yet is bad news for his competitors in that division.

Last year the De Pere driver recorded 20 feature wins en route to IMCA’s state crown and tying Iowan Luke Wanninger for the national crown. However Wanninger’s tie breaker was more feature wins, so Jorgensen settled for runnerup honors in the national ranks.

Jorgensen had planned on selling his sportmods – one Harris and one Dirtworks chassis. Neither sold during the winter. “I had planned on running the modified class this year,” said Jorgensen. “But my cars didn’t sell, so we’ll go for another national title.”

In 2008 Jorgensen mopped up the local competition, securing track titles at the three weekly tracks he ran at: Luxemburg Speedway Friday nights, Shawano Speedway Saturday nights, and Seymour Speedway Sundays. “We’re pretty much going to follow the same game plan as last year,” said Jorgensen.

With the IMCA northern sportmods in their fourth year locally, the division has grown in leaps and bounds. “They’re even running them on pavement at 141 Speedway (Francis Creek) on Saturday nights,” said Jorgensen. “If Shawano ever rains out we plan on giving the pavement a try at 141 Speedway. They’ve got a dirt on asphalt night July 22 we plan on running. It should be fun.”

Jorgensen knows what it takes to win track titles. In his three year career, he’s nabbed a track title at every track he’s competed at weekly. Three seasons ago Jorgensen won track championships at Luxemburg, Manitowoc and Seymour driving a four cylinder car. Two years ago as a rookie he captured crowns at Luxemburg and Shawano, earning co-championship honors with Eugene Gregorich at Shawano. “While I would have loved to move up the modifieds, I’ve still got two cars sitting here. I just didn’t want another brand new car sitting around the shop,” said Jorgensen.

As far as the Friday nights tussles at Luxemburg, Jorgensen says this year’s field could be as tough as ever. “Tracy Wassenberg will likely be a tough one at Luxemburg,” said Jorgensen.  “Also you can’t count out Jed (Troy Jerovetz) or Adam White. And if Travis Van Straten runs at Luxemburg weekly, he’ll be a tough one to beat, too.”

The 2009 season will kick off Friday night, April 24 at 7 p.m. IMCA modifieds, stock cars, northern sportmods, hobby stocks and sport fours will compete weekly through Labor day weekend.

A practice session which is open to cars in all classes is slated for April 17 from 6 to 9 p.m.For more information call 920 863 8446. The track’s website is luxemburgspeedway.com.

Luxemburg Speedway is located 15 minutes east of Green Bay off highway 54 at the Kewaunee County Fairgrounds.

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