Steve Carlson Gets His First Win of the Season

Short Track NinjaResults

By: Askley Iwanski
Saturday, June 14, 2008 (West Salem, WI) – After multiple tries and 2nd place finishes the 2007 Kwik Trip NASCAR Late Models Champion Steve Carlson was finally able to pull out his first win of the season Saturday night at La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway.

Carlson started in the fifth position and in two laps made it to third behind J. Herbst and Shawn Pfaff. A wreck in turn four five laps later put then leader Herbst in the pits. Pfaff took over the lead and Carlson was then second. It then looked as though Carlson was going to be stuck in that position. For multiple laps Carlson was all over the back bumper of Pfaff while trying to keep Emily Sue Steck, running third, behind him. Carlson was on the outside of Pfaff and then the inside trying to find some way to get around him, but Pfaff was to strong. Then with nine to go Carlson was able to pass Pfaff on the outside of turn three. Pfaff wasn’t going to let him win easily. Pfaff was then on the tail of Carlson, but never got the chance to retake the lead. Pfaff finished in 2nd and Steck jumped for joy with a 3rd place finish.

Rob Curran won the North Country Contractors Sportsmen feature by inches over Randy Humfeld. The race was caution free leaving time for Curran, Humfeld and Nick Clements (3rd) to push and shove each other in the 15 lap race. Within five laps of getting the green flag the three leaders were nose to tail. It was anyone’s race when they were coming around to the checkered flag three wide. Curran then gave as much as he could to keep his nose in front of Humfeld to get the win.
Tim Steinhoff walked away from the track Saturday night with a feature win in the United Auto Supply Thunderstox division. He was able to make his way through three wide racing and spinning cars to capture and keep the lead over Keith Larson. Larson was on the back bumper of Steinhoff when they reached the checkered. Charles Vian Jr. followed Larson across the finish line and pulled out an impressive 3rd place finish.

Saturday night also marked the annual Fastor Pastor Race. Pastors from the Western Wisconsin area travel to West Salem to participate in this exciting event. Although they might not race regularly these drivers go all out for this race. They were pushing and shoving each other all over the track to get a win, bringing the crowd to their feet multiple times during both heats. In the end it was Mark Richards (winner of heat 1) and Rick Sella (winner of heat 2) who were able to survive the chaos and take the checkered flags.

Saturday June 21st the regular racing divisions take a night off to make room for a special event: Smash-O-Rama. Events include Skidders, Enduro, Monster Truck, Motorcycle Stunt show and more. On Friday June 27th S & S Motorcycles will sponsor motorcycle drag races and a performance from a motorcycle stunt man. Saturday June 28th welcomes the return of La Crosse Speedway’s regular racing divisions; also fans will be able to take photos with their favorite drivers. For more information about La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway please visit or contact the office at (608) 786-1525 or


Kwik Trip NASCAR Late Models
Kwik Trip 25 Feature (24 Cars) — 1, Steve Carlson, West Salem; 2, Shawn Pfaff, Sparta; 3, Emily Sue Steck, Holmen; 4, Mike Carlson, West Salem; 5, Kevin Nuttleman, Bangor; 6, Tony Bagstad, Sparta; 7, Jeff Baker, Holmen; 8, Tim Nelson, La Crescent, Minn.; 9, Brent Kirchner, La Crosse; 10, Paul Proksch, Stoddard; 11, Ty Reedy, La Crosse; 12, Todd Oliver, Bangor; 13, Todd Korish, Holmen; 14, Bill Niles, Holmen; 15, Matthew Henderson, Coon Valley; 16, John Towner, Trempealeau; 17, Andy Niles, Holmen; 18, Randy Steinhoff, Cashton; 19, Tom Thill, West Salem; 20, Albert Locy, Onalaska; 21, Jarred Soller, Holmen; 22, Jimmy Summerfield, Bangor; 23, J. Herbst, La Crosse; 24, Aaron Hass, La Crosse.
Qualifying — 1, Emily Sue Steck, 20.023 secs, 98.062 MPH; 2, Mike Carlson, 20.053 secs, 97.916 MPH; 3, Steve Carlson, 20.091 secs, 97.730 MPH; 4, Kevin Nuttleman, 20.137 secs, 97.507 MPH; 5, Ty Reedy, 20.193 secs, 97.237 MPH; 6, Todd Korish; 7, Matthew Henderson; 8, Tony Bagstad; 9; Shawn Pfaff; 10, J. Herbst; 11, Brent Kirchner; 12, Jeff Baker; 13, Tim Nelson; 14, Paul Proksch; 15, Tom Thill; 16, Bill Niles; 17, Aaron Hass; 18, John Towner; 19, Jarred Soller; 20, Andy Niles; 21, Randy Steinhoff; 22, Albert Locy; 23, Jimmy Summerfield.
Qualifying Heat 1 — 1, ; 2, John Towner; 3, Randy Steinhoff; 4, Albert Locy; 5, Jarred Soller, 6, Aaron Hass; 7, Jimmy Summerfield.
Odd Bud Dash — 1, Steve Carlson; 2, Brent Kirchner; 3, Tom Thill; 4, Shawn Pfaff; 5, Tim Nelson; 6, Emily Sue Steck; 7, Matthew Henderson; 8, Ty Reedy.
Even Bud Dash — 1, Bill Niles; 2, Jeff Baker; 3, J. Herbst; 4, Mike Carlson; 5, Tony Bagstad; 6, Kevin Nuttleman; 7, Todd Korish; 8, Paul Proksch.

North Country Contractors Sportsmen
Kwik Trip 15 Feature (## Cars) — 1, Rob Curran, Rockland; 2, Randy Humfeld, Chaseburg; 3, Nick Clements, Onalaska; 4, Rob Mason, Preston, Minn.; 5, Troy Maier, La Crosse; 6, John Olson, Sparta; 7, Todd Lockington, Mindoro; 8, Jake Arneson, Taylor; 9, Jes Tenner, Melrose; 10, Branden Berg, Melrose; 11, Rick Schermerhorn, Westby; 12, Jimmy Gilster, West Salem; 13, Jerimy Wagner, Melrose; 14, Jerrod Loging, West Salem; 15, Michael Millis, Black River Falls; 16, Jeff Winterfield, Westby; 17, Justin Berg, Bangor; 18, Jason Dummer, Holmen; 19, Ken Lewis, Black River Falls; 20, Mark Challet, Bangor; 21, Jamie Schlintz, Bangor; 22, Keaton Hilby, Bangor; 23, Aaron Hass, La Crosse; 24, Matt Inglett, La Crosse.
B-Feature — 1, Jeff Winterfield; 2, Keaton Hilby; 3, Ken Lewis; 4, Jerry Aylsworth, La Crosse; 5, Mark Challet, Bangor.
Qualifying — 1, Jake Arneson, 22.207 secs, 88.418 MPH; 2, Branden Berg, 22.269 secs, 88.172 MPH; 3, Troy Maier, 22.314 secs, 87.994 MPH; 4, John Olson, 22.339 secs, 87.896 MPH; 5, Todd Lockington, 22.359 secs, 87.817 MPH.
Qualifying Heat 1 — 1, Jerrod Loging; 2, Michael Millis; 3, Keaton Hilby, Bangor; 4, Joe Rinartz, La Crosse; 5, Larry Bolster Jr., Sparta.
Qualifying Heat 2 — 1, Jamie Schlintz; 2, Jason Dummer; 3, Jeff Winterfield; 4, Greg Scheck, La Crosse; 5, Mark Challet.
Odd Bud Dash — 1, Jerimy Wagner; 2, Troy Maier; 3, Rob Mason; 4, Rick Schermerhorn; 5, Jake Arneson.
Even Bud Dash — 1, Jimmy Gilster; 2, Rob Curran; 3, Nick Clements; 4, Justin Berg; 5, Branden Berg.

United Auto Supply Thunderstox
Kwik Trip 15 Feature (24 cars) — 1, Tim Steinhoff, Cashton; 2, Joey Johnson, North Bend; 3, Charles Vian Jr., Sparta; 4, Steve Owen, West Salem; 5, Tony Wheeler, La Crosse; 6, Mike Olson, Sparta; 7, Scott Geier, La Crosse; 8, Bill Inglett, La Crosse; 9, Jason Schaller, La Crosse; 10, Jason Stark, Sparta; 11, Harley Jankowski, Sparta; 12, Adam Moore, Sparta; 13, Raymond Hardy, Sparta; 14, Keith Larson, La Crosse; 15, Steven Flickinger, Sparta; 16, Danielle Neary, La Crosse; 17, Nathan White, Camp Douglas; 18, Jake Krueger, Sparta; 19, Wayne Smith, Onalaska; 20, Jamie Dummer, Galesville; 21, Jason Bolster, Sparta; 22, Ed Senn, La Crosse; 23, Brad Warthan, Sparta; 24, Kayla Steinhoff, Rockland.
B-Feature — 1, Keith Larson; 2, Jake Krueger; 3, Danielle Neary; 4, Nathan White; 5,
Bud Dash — 1, Brad Warthan; 2, Charles Vian Jr.; 3, Tony Wheeler; 4, Jason Stark; 5, Tim Steinhoff.
Heat 1 — 1, Tony Wheeler; 2, Brad Warthan; 3, Mike Olson; 4, Scott Geier; 5, Jason Bolster.
Heat 2 — 1, Tim Steinhoff; 2, Steve Owen; 3, Jason Schaller; 4, Bill Inglett; 5, Kayla Steinhoff.
Heat 3 — 1, Ed Senn; 2, Charles Vian Jr.; 3, Harley Jankowski; 4, Kyle Swenson; 5, Raymond Hardy.
Heat 4 — 1, Joey Johnson; 2, Jason Stark; 3, Adam Moore; 4, Wayne Smith; 5, Steven Flickinger.

Kwik Trip 15 Feature 1 (# cars) — 1, Jason Bolster, Sparta; 2, Kyle Swenson; 3, Ron Amann, West Salem.
Heat 1 — 1, Ron Amann; 2, Mike Peters.
Heat 2 — 1, Jason Bolster; 2, Kyle Swenson.