2023-24 Round 2
Fall Brawl - Road Course at Badger Raceway - Muskego, WI
September 21, 2023
Round 2 of 17
Muskego, WI -- After battling and beating cancer this past off season, Dan Margetta has a less significant, but perhaps more fun victory at the Road Course at Badger Raceway, by winning the Fall Brawl, his first time taking the checkers in three years. Margetta held off fellow Hall of Famer Ev Kamikawa by two laps. The newest member of CBD Racing is the only driver to make the final at the two opening rounds of the season and now holds the points lead over last race winner and Fall Brawl pole sitter Matt Hayek.
The night opened with a previous race winner Matt Hayek taking the Firestone P1 Award in qualifying. The #27 FAST driver was on the front row with Team PenskeHO's Ev Kamikawa, the second row featured Margetta and Kamikawa's teammate John Shea, the #3 making its debut for the season. Hometown hero Dean Strom rounded out the top five.
At the other end of the grid the two members of Team Spehert once again took part in the Last Chance Qualifier, along with FAST drivers John Wiedemann and Steve Rist, again rookie James Spehert would struggle and finish 13th on the night.
The opening heat race saw Shea and former champ Strom battle it out, but ultimately Strom struggled with power and for the first time in the history of the Fall Brawl, someone named Strom or Lack would be putting their name on the trophy football, with Shea moving on, pole sitter Hayek was never much of a factor in the heat and Chris Spehert would finish ninth on the night.
Dan Margetta showed to be very quick on the big road course in the second heat but still had mirror's full of the #12 Verizon car of Kamikawa all the way to the finish, both would qualify for the final. Pete Dorn broke many, many wings and ran to sixth, with Mike Kristof in the #60 SiriusXM car was continuously refueling with Hamm's and the car struggled to tenth because of it.
In the final heat race, defending Husarsbilt Cup champion Joe Heitz ran a solid race and kept FAST driver John Wiedemann behind him with Brad Core's #6 CBD Racing Chevrolet-Daboiler having transmission problems, while, for the second race in a row Steve Rist would crash out of the race early, finishing twelfth.
In the twenty minute final Margetta and Kamikawa traded the lead early, it stayed a solid battle throughout, while just shy of halfway, Heitz crashed out, this allowed John Shea to move on to the podium, ultimately Margetta would hold off the #12 Team PenskeHO and Shea in the #3 just a few laps back. This combination of drivers, who all made starts in the first IndySlotCar season, 31 years ago, were last part of a podium together in 2006.
Next up, the series heads to Turtle Creek Park Raceway, for the rarely contested Turtle Grand Prix, a club car event at the fast Larry Rotter-built race track.
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Race date: Thursday, Sep 21