2022-23 Round 2

Fall Brawl - Road Course at Badger Raceway - Muskego, WI

September 22, 2022

Round 2 of 17

2022 Fall Brawl

Lack Takes The Cash

(Muskego, WI) -- Mike Lack collected the largest prize ever offered for an IndySlotCar Series event, winning the Fall Brawl from pole position meant the seven-time champion went home with 150,000 IndySlotCar bucks! Along with the win, the #27 Angry Squirrel Speedsport driver moved to the top of the Husarsbilt Cup standings after two events.

Lack opened the night with a quick qualifying lap that took the pole position away from CDB Racing's Pete Dorn who looked to be set for his first pole in two seasons. Home town hero Dean Strom qualified third, with Cheap Ganassi Racing driver Dan Margetta fourth and Strom's Squirrel Shagged Enterprises teammate Steve Rist fifth.

The opening heat saw Michael Shank-It Racing's Mike Kristof hold off a hard-charging Bill Black for the win. Black coming off the win at the opening round, would finish a solid fifth for the night, while Angry Squirrel Speedsport's Matt Hayek in the #26 would settle for ninth.

Pete Dorn showed that his front row qualifying effort was no fluke as he challenged Strom on his home track along with his SSE teammate Rist to take the win, Rist would take the #4 to the final with the transfer spot. Defending series champion Strom had to settle for another missed final in sixth. John Wiedemann finished ahead of Strom on the track in the heat, but on the same lap, but due to the fluke of the rules, and three drivers with the same lap total, dropping him two positions for the overall standings to eighth.

In the third heat, Dan Margetta opened the first half challenging Mike Lack, but a few too many mistakes later, Lack pulled out a lead he would not lose, Margetta finishing seventh and the third CBD Racing driver, Brad Core, struggled with the high speeds and tight corners of the Road Course at Badger Raceway to finish tenth.

In the 20-minute final, the pressure was on Lack to be the first pole sitter in twelve IndySlotCar races to take the checkered flag. Early on, Pete Dorn's #5 CBD Racing Chevy-Daboiler pulled out a lead over Lack with the #60 of Mike Kristof hanging around. The lane rotations were favorable for the top two at halfway, but Kristof quickly exited the event crashing out on the first lap of the second half, settling for fourth and allowing Steve Rist to move up to a podium spot. Meanwhile, at the front, Lack's #27 AutoNation-NAPA Honda-Daboiler was tracking down and passing Dorn, but Lack had to keep it clean to hold off the #5, but as the checkers flew it was Lack who came home with the cash and a record-extending 52nd series victory.

Lack takes that championship lead to his home track next for the West Bend Grand Prix at the Lack Track, where he has won four times in the eleven event history.

The Fall Brawl Fast Facts

Race date: Thursday, Sep 22

Track: Road Course at Badger Raceway, 3.25 mile natural-terrain road course

Race distance: 20 minutes

Twitter: @indyslotcar

IndySlotCar Website: indyslotcar.com

2021 race winner: Dean Strom (#1 Squirrel Shagged Enterprises Chevrolet-Daboiler)

2021 Firestone P1 Award winner: Mike Lack (#27 Angry Squirrel Speedsport Honda-Daboiler)

One-lap qualifying record: Mark Walczak, 4.397 seconds, 2013

Race record: Mike Lack, 238 laps, 2018

YouTube Broadcast: IndySlotCar Channel

At-track schedule (all times local):

6:00 – Gates open

6:30 – Driver introductions

6:55 – Drivers’ meeting (chassis distribution)

7:00 – IndySlotCar Series Practice

7:20 – Qualifying for the Firestone P1 Award (group qualifying/ fastest single lap)

7:45 – Heat races

8:30 – Fall Brawl

Race Notes:

· Dean Strom cranked up his championship season last year with his first victory of the season at the Fall Brawl, it was the #1 Squirrel Shagged Enterprises driver’s second straight at the early season visit to the Road Course at Badger Raceway and the fifth of the seven runnings of the event.

· Bill Black enters the FB with the points lead, the first time in the CBD Racing driver’s career he can say that, coming off the win at the opener at the Mini Mile. This event has not been kind to Black in the past, he’s hoping for better things.

· Mike Lack is the only other driver to put his signature on the Fall Brawl football, his quiet second place run at the Trokan Cup 500 and a track he’s enjoyed success at could open up an opportunity for Mr. Seven-time.

· Rumors are swirling around the paddock that a certain female driver may make a return to the series at Badger.

· The Pole-To-Win fund continues to grow to all-time records, with Chris Spehert unable to take his pole position at the Mini Mile to victory lane, the total will exceed 140,000 IndySlotCar bucks at the Fall Brawl.

· Stat watch: Bill Black’s win at the Trokan Cup is the fourth of his career equaling Amy Butler and Phil Marich, tied for 18th all time. Chris Spehert’s first pole in twelve years, coincidentally, also at the Mini Mile, was the third of his career, tying his dad Tom, Steve Rist and John Baas for 19th all-time. Matt Hayek moved ahead of Mike Fitzlaff in the all-time lap count with 39,196, good for eighth. While Bill Black, Joe Heitz and Brad Core also moved up in the lap total list to 21st, 26th and 31st respectively. Brad Core has now equaled the beloved Arnie Lueders in starts with 22, 31st all time.


Date Race Winner Event Name

9/19/2013 Mike Lack Ricardo’s Pizza presents the Badger Raceway Fall Brawl

9/17/2015 Dean Strom Fall Brawl presented by UFC

9/20/2018 Dean Strom Choco Taco Fall Brawl

9/29/2019 Mike Lack Choco Taco Fall Brawl

9/24/2020 Dean Strom Choco Taco Fall Brawl

9/23/2021 Dean Strom Choco Taco Bomb Pop Fall Brawl