2022-23 Round 2
Fall Brawl - Road Course at Badger Raceway - Muskego, WI
September 22, 2022
Round 2 of 17
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.