By: Kevin Ramsell
(West Salem, WI – October 6, 2013) Nathan Haseleu realized a dream today as he won his first Oktoberfest 100 in a dramatic finish.
Johnny Sauter was the class of the field all day after starting fifth and taking the lead Dan Fredrickson on lap 20. The NASCAR Camping Truck Series competitor had a big lead on the field but was being chased down by his nephew Travis Sauter.
With two laps to go, Johnny was working his way past lap traffic, which allowed Travis to catch up to him. As Johnny went to the outside of a lapped car, Travis went to the inside hoping to get an opening. The two touched and Johnny spun in turn two. During the caution, Johnny caught up to Travis and spun him.
Haseleu inherited the lead and held off three-time Oktoberfest winner Dan Fredrickson to put his name on the prestigious list of winners. Chris Wimmer was third.
Chris Marek continued his Oktoberfest streak in the JMcK 63.
Marek stayed where he finished last night as he won the first segment of the JMcK 63. Marek took the lead at the green flag and wasn’t challenged. Behind him, Dan Lensing took second by a foot over Zack Riddle.
Marek pulled a “1” for a nine-car invert for the second segment.
The second segment got underway Brett Wenzel taking the lead but that only lasted for three laps as Shane Morrissey got by him on lap 4. Morrissey enjoyed a big lead until the caution flew on lap 17 for Rich Schuman’s spin out of turn four. Marek and Riddle made their way to the front while Morrissey was holding off a challenge from Austin Nason. With two laps to go, Nason got to the inside of Morrissey for the lead. The two touch causing Marek to go to the outside and make a three-wide move to the lead and take the second segment win.
Marek drew a “4” for a 12-car invert for the final segment. Marek holds a five-point lead over Riddle and a six-point lead over Lensing.
The “hat trick” was on the mind for Marek in the final segment and would have to work his way through the field to accomplish this goal. Brett Wenzel got by Mike Lichtfeld on lap 14 to take the lead. Austin Nason spun with four laps to go and collected Shane Morrissey in turn two. The field chose their lane for the double file restart where Wenzel, Travis Stanley and Lichtfeld all chose the inside line. Marek was running fourth and went to the outside to start on the front for the four-lap run to the finish. Marek tried to get by Wenzel but would come up short to complete the “hat trick” as Wenzel wins the third segment.
Marek wins his second big event of the weekend. Zack Riddle was second overall and John DeAngelis was third.
Wayne Smith got done with work and headed out to the track in time to win the Outlawz feature event. He took the lead with five laps to go and held off Ron Lockington who was looking to get by him on the last lap. Jerrod Loging was third and captured the 2013 track championship.
Mike Carlson got his Fest feature win the Vintage cars by a car length over Jerry Schneider. Carlson drove a former Kasey Kahne Dodge Cup car.
Phil Malouf battled with David Treu Jr. and made the winning move on the outside to win the Bandit feature.
Brett Widdis won the first leg of the Late Model Challenge by winning the large track portion. The invert was six for the 12-lap race on the quarter-mile track. Corey Jankowski won the small track portion with Widdis finishing third. With his third place finish, Widdis won the overall Late Model Challenge.
The 45th Annual Oktoberfest Race Weekend will take place on October 2nd to 5th, 2014. Make your plans to be a part of this great racing event. For more information please call the Speedway office at (608) 786-1525 or visit www.lacrossespeedway.com.
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