By: Ashley Iwanski
Saturday, May 17, 2008 (West Salem, WI) – On a race night threatened to be rained out, Kevin Nuttleman was able to block out any distractions and concentrate on one thing; his 100th Late Model feature win. But first he had to get past Ty Reedy, who was hoping for a win as a graduation present. Reedy graduated from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse Saturday morning before coming to the track.
Nuttleman started mid-pack and was able to work his way through the field in no time at all. Meanwhile Mike Carlson (8th) and Jeff Baker (12th) were battling for the 3rd position. On lap five Carlson and Baker got together in the exit of turn three which resulted in a caution. For Nuttleman the caution came at a great time. He was able to get around Todd Oliver (6th) and Matthew Henderson (7th) to take over the 2nd position. Then Nuttleman confronted his greatest challenge of the night. Reedy had already gained a significant lead of the rest of the field. Inch by inch, lap by lap, Nuttleman slowly dug away at Reedy’s lead. With six laps to go Nuttleman passed Reedy on the outside in turn three. Even though Reedy kept Nuttleman in his sights, he couldn’t get the lead back. “Ty Reedy ran a great race. I didn’t know if I had anything for him or not,” Nuttleman said in a post race interview. “He gave me a good fight. Now I finally got that monkey off my back.”
In the same interview Nuttleman said, “It’s been a long battle to get to 100. I have a lot of people who helped me along the way. Most of al, I have to thank you, the fans, for coming out every Saturday night.”
John Olson walked away from the track Saturday with a United Auto Supply Sportsmen division win. Jes Tenner was quick to pull into the lead when the green flag waved, but on lap 10 was involved in a race that took out the top four leaders. Tenner (12th), Jimmy Gilster (9th), Randy Steinhoff (11th), and Troy Maier (20th) got together in the middle of turns three and four. The crash left the four cars crumpled together like tin foil and forced officials to postpone the last six laps in order to clean up. When they restarted Rick Schermerhorn (13th) was in the lead and Olson started second. Olson was on the back bumper of Schermerhorn for a few laps before he was able to maneuver around him and take the win.
Brad Warthan was able to capture a win Saturday night despite the two cautions that filled the first five laps of the United Auto Supply Thunderstox race. The first was brought out by a spin in turn two and the second was due to two cars stuck together in the front stretch. After safety crews pulled the cars apart they were able to restart the race. Warthan was able to survive the three wide racing through the turns and get into the lead to take the checkered flag.
The Features Sports Bar and Grill Hornets were also out Saturday night for some exciting racing. Cars were being pushed and shoved all over the field throughout both feature races. After multiple wrecks, cautions and spins, Heath Weissenberger drove away with the first feature win and Wade Elliott took the second.
Saturday, May 24th racing will continue with the Kwik Trip NASCAR Late Models, the North Country Contractors Sportsmen, the United Auto Supply Thunderstox divisions, and another appearance by the Skidders. Also parents, next week is the first Kid’s Box Car Race of the season. On Saturday, May 31st there will be more exciting racing from the regular weekly racing divisions along with an Outhouse Novelty Race. June 7th La Crosse Speedway will welcome back the ASA Late Models North series for some intense racing along with a special NASCAR Late Models double feature. 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
Pischke Motors 25 Feature (18 Cars) — 1, Kevin Nuttleman, Bangor; 2, Tyler Reedy, La Crosse; 3, Steve Carlson, West Salem; 4, J. Herbst, La Crosse; 5, Brent Kirchner, La Crosse; 6, Todd Oliver, Bangor; 7, Matthew Henderson, Coon Valley; 8, Mike Carlson, West Salem; 9, Emily Sue Steck, Holmen; 10, Shawn Pfaff, Sparta; 11, Tom Thill, West Salem; 12, Jeff Baker, Holmen; 13, Tom McClintock, Onalaska; 14, Jimmy Summerfield, Bangor; 15, Albert Locy, Onalaska; 16, Paul Proksch, Stoddard; 17, Todd Korish, Holmen; 18, Tony Bagstad, Sparta.
Qualifying — 1, Todd Korish, 20.043 secs, 97.964 MPH; 2, Steve Carlson, 20.093 secs, 97.721 MPH; 3, Mike Carlson, 20.139 secs, 97.497 MPH; 4, Paul Proksch, 20.219 secs, 97.112 MPH; 5, Kevin Nuttleman, 20.225 secs, 97.083 MPH; 6, Todd Oliver; 7, Shawn Pfaff; 8, Jeff Baker; 9, J. Herbst; 10; Ty Reedy; 11, Matthew Henderson; 12, Emily Sue Steck; 13, Tony Bagstad; 14, Brent Kirchner; 15, Jarred Soller; 16, Tom Thill; 17, Tom McClintock; 18, Albert Locy.
Odd Bud Dash — 1, Tony Bagstad; 2, Kevin Nuttleman; 3, Todd Korish; 4, Matthew Henderson; 5, Shawn Pfaff; 6, Mike Carlson; 7, J. Herbst; 8, Tom McClintock; 9, Jimmy Summerfield; 10, Jarred Soller.
Even Bud Dash — 1, Brent Kirchner; 2, Ty Reedy; 3, Steve Carlson; 4, Todd Oliver; 5, Tom Thill; 6, Paul Proksch; 7, Emily Sue Steck; 8, Jeff Baker; 9, Albert Locy.
North Country Contractors Sportsmen
Pischke Motors 15 Feature (24 Cars) — 1, John Olson, Sparta; 2, Larry Bolster Jr., Sparta; 3, Matt Inglett, La Crosse; 4, Aaron Hass, La Crosse; 5, Jerimy Wagner, Melrose; 6, Brandon Berg, Melrose; 7, Nick Clements, Onalaska; 8, Keaton Hilby, Bangor; 9, Jimmy Gilster, West Salem; 10, Justin Berg, Bangor; 11, Randy Steinhoff, Cashton; 12, Jes Tenner, Melrose; 13, Rick Schermerhorn, Westby; 14, Rob Curran, Rockland; 15, Rob Mason, Preston, Minn.; 16, Ken Lewis, Black River Falls; 17, Randy Humfeld, Chaseburg; 18, Jake Arneson, Taylor; 19, Joe Rinartz, La Crosse; 20, Troy Maier, La Crosse; 21, Mark Challet, Bangor; 22, Jerrod Loging, West Salem; 23, Jeff Winterfield, Westby; 24, Randy Hass, La Crosse.
B-Feature — 1, Jeff Winterfield; 2, Mark Challet; 3, Randy Hass; 4, Keaton Hilby, Bangor; 5, Adam Gallagher, Melrose.
Qualifying — 1, Aaron Hass, 22.197 secs, 88.458 MPH; 2, Jake Arneson, 22.235 secs, 88.307 MPH; 3, Randy Humfeld , 22.255 secs, 88.227 MPH; 4, Rick Schermerhorn, 22.330 secs, 87.931 MPH; 5, Jimmy Gilster, 22.345 secs, 87.872 MPH; 6, Randy Steinhoff; 7, John Olson; 8, Troy Maier; 9, Jes Tenner; 10, Brandon Berg; 11, Joe Rinartz; 12, Jerrod Loging; 13, Rob Curran; 14, Matt Inglett; 15, Larry Bolster Jr.; 16, Rob Mason; 17, Jerimy Wagner; 18, Nick Clements; 19, Keaton Hilby; 20, Randy Hass; 21, Justin Berg; 22, Ken Lewis; 23, Mark Challet; 24, Michael D Millis; 25, Jeff Winterfield; 26, Jason R Dummer; 27, Jerry Aylsworth; 28, Adam Gallagher; 29, David Wohlhoehr; 30, Cody Gerke; 31, Jamie Schlintz; 32, Alan Fry; 33, Tony Leis; 34, Greg Scheck.
Qualifying Heat 1 — 1, John Olson; 2, Justin Berg; 3, Jeff Winterfield, Westby;
Qualifying Heat 2 — 1, Ken Lewis; 2, Jerimy Wagner; 3, Randy Hass, La Crosse; 4, Adam Gallagher, Melrose; 5, Jason Dummer, Holmen.
Odd Bud Dash — 1, Brandon Berg; 2, Matt Inglett; 3, Rob Mason; 4, Jimmy Gilster; 5, Jerrod Loging.
Even Bud Dash — 1, Larry Bolster Jr.; 2, Jes Tenner; 3, Rick Schermerhorn; 4, Nick Clements; 5, Rob Curran.
United Auto Supply Thunderstox
Pischke Motors 15 Feature (24 cars) — 1, Brad Warthan, Sparta; 2, Harley Jankowski, Sparta; 3, Jason Schaller, La Crosse; 4, Adam Moore, Sparta; 5, Jamie Dummer, Galesville; 6, Scott Geier, La Crosse; 7, Keith Larson, La Crosse; 8, Cole Scholze, Bangor; 9, Jason Bolster, Sparta; 10, Matt Cleveland, Sparta; 11, Andy Moore, Sparta; 12, Bill Inglett, La Crosse; 13, Danielle Neary, La Crosse; 14, Steve Owen, West Salem; 15, Ray Hardy, Sparta; 16, Joey Johnson, North Bend; 17, Ray Burkum, Westby; 18, Mike Peters, Whitehall; 19, Dakota Miller, Sparta; 20, Chris Weber, Cashton; 21, Jason Stark, Sparta; 22, Wayne Smith, Onalaska; 23, Ben Allen, Bangor; 24, Nathan White, Camp Douglas.
B-Feature — 1, Matt Cleveland; 2, Cole Scholze; 3, Joey Johnson; 4, Danielle Neary; 5, Tony Wheeler.
Bud Dash — 1, Adam Moore; 2, Brad Warthan; 3, Jason Stark; 4, Jamie Dummer; 5, Jason Bolster.
Heat 1 — 1, Brad Warthan; 2, Adam Moore; 3, Steve Owen; 4, Dakota Miller; 5, Harley Jankowski.
Heat 2 — 1, Chris Webber; 2, Jamie Dummer; 3, Wayne Smith; 4, Andy Moore; 5, Keith Larson.
Heat 3 — 1, Nathan White; 2, Ben Allen; 3, Jason Schaller; 4, Mike Peters; 5, Bill Inglett.
Heat 4 — 1, Jason Bolster; 2, Jason Stark; 3, Scott Geier; 4, Ray Burkum; 5, Ray Hardy.
Features Sports Bar Hornets
Pischke Motors 15 Feature 1 (# cars) — 1, Heath Weissenberger, West Salem; 2, Matthew Moore, Tomah; 3, David Treu Sr., Sparta; 4, Joey Johnson, North Bend; 5, Kenneth Hart, Onalaska.
Pischke Motors 15 Feature 2 (# cars) — 1, Wade Elliott, Galesville; 2, John Eron, Wisconsin Rapids; 3, Kevin Turner, La Crosse; 4, Mark Bornitz, Holmen; 5, Nate Towner, Trempealeau.
Heat 1 — 1, Chris Swenson; 2, Matt Moore; 3, Heath Weissenberger; 4, David Treu; 5, Andrew Moore.
Heat 2 — 1, Ron Amann; 2, John Clements; 3, Nate Towner; 4, Kaleb Miller; 5, Troy Dockerty.
Heat 3 — 1, Mark Bornitz; 2, Wade Elliott; 3, Dan Hundorf; 4, Jon Piotrowski; 5, Garrick Micke.