By: Ashley Iwanski
Saturday, May 3, 2008 (West Salem, WI) – Shawn Pfaff of Sparta won the NASCAR Late Models feature; a win which he dedicated to his late father. This was Pfaff’s first feature win since his father’s passing in December.
Pfaff started in the fourth position, but still had to fight his way to the front. Tim Nelson (4th) and Paul Proksch (10th) were side by side for the lead the entire first lap. Then after a caution brought out by a spinning J. Herbst (20th), Pfaff was able to slide up behind Nelson to get in position to take the lead. Meanwhile, cars were side by side and bumper to bumper behind the leaders. Emily Sue Steck put up a good fight, making it all the way up to third position before falling back into her 5th place finishing position. Steve Carlson (6th), who was hoping to get his 100th feature win, got stuck flip flopping with cars mid-pack to ever break the top five. In the end Pfaff was able to hold off Tony Bagstad (2nd) to get the checkered.
Nick Clements, Rob Mason and Branden Berg fought each other tooth and nail all the way to finish line in the North Country Contractors Sportsmen division feature. All three had been trading position and paint with each other the entire race. At one point Mason and Clements were side by side going into turn three and were dangerously close to taking each other out. But both were able to hold on make it through the turn. Despite efforts by Mason and Berg, Clements was able to cross the line first for the win; followed by Mason, Berg, Matt Inglett, and Aaron Hass.
The United Auto Supply Thunderstox feature had multiple cautions and lead changes. The first caution was brought out by a spin the backstretch involving Jake Krueger (23rd) and Bill Inglett (13th). Then with two laps to go Jason Stark, Harley Jankowski, and Keith Larson had a similar incident in the same part of the track. Only this caution caused a two lap shootout for the win. On the last lap Joey Johnson (1st), Wayne Smith (2nd), Jamie Dummer (3rd) and Adam Moore (4th) were practically stuck together as they crossed the finish line.
Jason Bolster won the Tuners feature. The 8 lap shootout produced an exciting finish. Bolster was challenged by Mike Peters about half way through. It looked as though Peters was going to be able to pass him too, but Bolster was able to maneuver his car into the lead and beat Peters by inches.
The Skidders, who were supposed to race last week, brought new excitement to La Crosse fans. Ron Amann won the Skidders feature, but from the time the green flag dropped to the time the checkered waved it was anyone’s race. The cars, which have metal plates welded onto the back tire rims, spun their way around the track resulting in multiple lead changes. Every time a car entered a corner its back end spun around, sometimes giving the illusion that they were dancing. Mark Bornitz (2nd) was leading the last lap going into turn four when he spun into the barrier tires on the track and Amann was able to get around him.
Friday, May 9th is the first of many Friday Night Street Drags. Brackets include Imports, Domestics, Pick-Ups, Motorcycles and more. Plus, a burnout contest. Admission into the grandstands is just $5. Pit passes are also $5 and entry into each division is $5. Then on Saturday, May 20th, in celebration of Mother’s Day, all escorted ladies will get in free to see the NASCAR Late Models, Sportsmen and Thunderstox divisions. Friday, May 16th La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway will welcome the USAC Midgets for a special night of racing, along with the Mid-American Stock Cars. For more information about La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway visit www.lacrossespeedway.com or call the office at (608) 7867-1525.
LA CROSSE FAIRGROUNDS SPEEDWAY
Kwik Trip NASCAR Late Models
PETCO 25 Feature (20 Cars) — 1, Shawn Pfaff, Sparta; 2, Tony Bagstad, Sparta; 3, Kevin Nuttleman, Bangor; 4, Tim Nelson, La Crescent, Minn.; 5, Emily Sue Steck, Holmen; 6, Steve Carlson, West Salem; 7, Todd Oliver, Bangor; 8, Mike Carlson, West Salem; 9, Brent Kirchner, La Crosse; 10, Paul Proksch, Stoddard; 11, Todd Korish, Holmen; 12, Tom Thill, West Salem; 13, Matthew Henderson, Coon Valley; 14, Ty Reedy, La Crosse; 15, John Towner, Trempealeau; 16, Jarred Soller, Holmen; 17, Albert Locy, Onalaska; 18, Jeff Baker, Holmen; 19, Bill Niles, Holmen; 20, J. Herbst, La Crosse.
Qualifying — 1, Kevin Nuttleman, 19.780 sec, 99.267 MPH; 2, Mike Carlson, 19.928 secs, 98.530 MPH; 3, Todd Korish, 19.954 secs, 98.401 MPH; 4, Ty Reedy, 20.014 secs, 98.106 MPH; 5, Steve Carlson, 20.023 secs, 98.062 MPH; 6, Todd Oliver; 7, Tony Bagstad; 8, Emily Sue Steck; 9, Shawn Pfaff; 10, J. Herbst; 11, Jeff Baker; 12, Paul Proksch; 13, Tim Nelson; 14, Tom Thill; 15, Matthew Henderson; 16, John Towner; 17, Brent Kirchner; 18, Bill Niles; 19, Jarred Soller; 20, Albert Locy.
Odd Bud Dash — 1, Kevin Nuttleman; 2, Tony Bagstad; 3, Tim Nelson; 4, Steve Carlson; 5, Shawn Pfaff; 6, Jeff Baker; 7, Brent Kirchner; 8, Todd Korish; 9, Matthew Henderson; 10, Jarred Soller.
Even Bud Dash — 1, J. Herbst; 2, Todd Oliver; 3, Mike Carlson; 4, Paul Proksch; 5, Emily Sue Steck; 6, John Towner; 7, Ty Reedy; 8, Tom Thill; 9, Albert Locy; 10, Bill Niles.
North Country Contractors Sportsmen
PETCO 15 Feature (24 Cars) — 1, Nick Clements, Onalaska; 2, Rob Mason, Preston, Minn.; 3, Branden Berg, Melrose; 4, Matt Inglett, La Crosse; 5, Aaron Hass, La Crosse; 6, Randy Steinhoff, Cashton; 7, Jake Arneson, Taylor; 8, Jimmy Gilster, West Salem; 9, John Olson, Sparta; 10, Chad Goldbeck, Holmen; 11, Larry Bolster Jr., Sparta; 12, Jerimy Wagner, Melrose; 13, Rick Shermerhorn, Westby; 14, Jerrod Loging, West Salem; 15, Keaton Hilby, Bangor; 16, Rob Curran, Rockland; 17, Justin Berg, Bangor; 18, Jes Tenner, Melrose; 19, Greg Scheck, La Crosse; 20, Randy Hass, La Crosse; 21, Michael Millis, Black River Falls; 22, Mark Challet, Bangor; 23, Ken Lewis, Black River Falls; 24, Randy Humfeld, Chaseburg.
B-Feature — 1, Rick Schermerhorn; 2, Rob Curran; 3, Greg Scheck; 4, Joe Rinartz, La Crosse; 5, Mark Challet, Bangor.
Qualifying — 1, Randy Humfeld, 22.002 sec, 89.242 MPH; 2, Jes Tenner, 22.076 secs, 88.943 MPH; 3, John Olson, 22.108 secs, 88.814 MPH; 4, Randy Steinhoff, 22.112 secs, 88.798 MPH; 5, Brandon Berg, 22.182 secs, 88.518 MPH.
Qualifying Heat 1 — 1, Ken Lewis; 2, Justin Berg; 3, Greg Scheck, West Salem; 4, Mark Challet; 5, Jeff Winterfield, Westby.
Qualifying Heat 2 — 1, Randy Hass; 2, Michael Millis; 3, Dave Woelhoefer, Sparta; 4, Jami Gerke, West Salem; 5, Rick Johnson, La Crosse.
Odd Bud Dash — 1, Aaron Hass; 2, Jerimy Wagner; 3, John Olson; 4, Chad Goldbeck; 5, Randy Humfeld.
Even Bud Dash — 1, Jimmy Gilster; 2, Randy Steinhoff; 3, Larry Bolster Jr.; 4, Matt Inglett; 5, Jes Tenner.
United Auto Supply Thunderstox
PETCO 15 Feature (24 cars) — 1. Joey Johnson, North Bend; 2, Wayne Smith, Onalaska; 3, Jamie Dummer, Galesville; 4, Adam Moore, Sparta; 5, Jason Schaller, La Crosse; 6, Steve Owen, West Salem; 7, Matt Cleveland, Sparta; 8, Ray Burkum, Westby; 9, Cole Scholze, Bangor; 10, Raymond Hardy, Sparta; 11, Ben Allen, Bangor; 12, Chris Webber, Cashton; 13, Bill Inglett, La Crosse; 14, Charles Vian Jr., Sparta; 15, Harley Jankowski, Sparta; 16, Danielle Neary, La Crosse; 17, Keith Larson, La Crosse; 18, Jason Stark, Sparta; 19, Jason Bolster, Sparta; 20, Kris Buldhaupt, La Crosse; 21, Ed Senn, La Crosse; 22, Andy Moore, Sparta; 23, Jake Krueger, Sparta; 24, Brad Warthan, Sparta.
B-Feature — 1, Adam Moore; 2, Raymond Hardy; 3, Bill Inglett; 4, Chris Webber; 5, Nathan White, Camp Douglas.
Bud Dash — 1, Brad Warthan; 2, Charles Vian Jr.; 3, Jamie Dummer; 4, Jason Stark; 5, Joey Johnson.
Heat 1 — 1, Jamie Dummer; 2, Ben Allen; 3, Danielle Neary; 4, Ed Senn; 5, Jason Schaller.
Heat 2 — 1, Cole Scholze; 2, Charles Vian Jr.; 3, Keith Larson; 4, Jason Bolster; 5, Steve Owen.
Heat 3 — 1, Joey Johnson; 2, Brad Warthan; 3, Kris Buldhaupt; 4, Andy Moore; 5, Matt Cleveland.
Heat 4 — 1, Wayne Smith; 2, Jason Stark; 3, Harley Jankowski; 4, Jake Krueger; 5, Ray Burkum.
PETCO 18 Feature 1 (4 cars) — 1, Jason Bolster; 2, Mike Peters, Whitehall; 3, Kyle Swenson, Sparta; 4, Ron Amann, West Salem.
Heat 1 — 1, Mike Peters; 2, Jason Bolster; 3, Ron Amann; 4, Kyle Swenson.
PETCO 8 Feature 1 (4 cars) — 1, Ron Amann; 2, Mark Bornitz; 3, Kevin Herold; 4, Chris Swenson.
Heat 1 — 1, Mark Bornitz; 2, Heath Weissenberger; 3, Ron Amann.