By: Ashley Iwanski
Saturday, July 12, 2008 (West Salem, WI) – A large, enthusiastic crowd watched in excitement as Steve Carlson raced his way to the front of the pack and narrowly held on to the lead to win his 3rd Kwik Trip NASCAR Late Model feature of the season.
Shawn Pfaff started on the pole, but quickly fell back making room for Brent Kirchner to take over the lead. By lap 6 Carlson was passing Tony Bagstad for 4th.
At lap 12 the front five were nose to tail. Following the pack was Mike Carlson, who started the race with right front fender damage from a wreck in a previous heat. With 8 to go Steve Carlson and Kirchner were door handle to door handle racing for the lead. When he was finally able to shake Kirchner it appeared as though Steve Carlson was going to make a nice cushion for himself, but then a caution came out with 5 to go. Paul Proksch spun in turn 2 creating a five lap shootout to victory lane. On the restart the front four began to pull away from the field. Kirchner and Kevin Nuttleman were in a fierce battle for 2nd as Carlson raced his way towards the checkered flag. In an on track, post race interview Nuttleman expressed his displeasure with Kirchner. “I don’t race people that way and I don’t appreciate being raced that way” said Nuttleman referring to the contact between himself and Kirchner. In the end it was Kirchner who finished 2nd, Kevin Nuttleman 3rd, Mike Carlson 4th, and Shawn Pfaff 5th.
The North Country Contractors Sportsmen feature started off with a bang. On the first lap John Olson spun in turn two ultimately ending his night early. As the race restarted all of the drivers stayed side by side. They wanted all of the advantage they could get over the other drivers. A second caution came out on lap 4; Justin Berg lost control of his car sending it into the turn one wall. Once the race was started again Jerimy Wagner was all over the back bumper of leader Jimmy Gilster. Wagner looked as if he was glued to Gilster for the rest of the race. Wagner went high and then low trying to get around Gilster, but he never found his chance. Gilster got the win as Wagner, Branden Berg, Nick Clements, and Matt Inglett watched from behind.
Jason Schaller walked away Saturday night with a United Auto Supply Thunderstox feature win. The drivers were very impatient, bumping and banging before they got the green flag. Within laps of the start drivers moved into three wide racing. The outside cars were inches from the wall as they sped around the ¼ mile oval. Many drivers attempted to go four wide in the corners but backed off before they had the chance. On lap ten Brad Warthan was surrounded by a swarm of cars. He lost control of his car bouncing off of the cars around him bringing out the only caution of the race. Cole Scholze was fast on the restart and in the end crossed the finish line first. Scholze failed to pass post race inspection though, making Schaller the official winner.
At the end of the night a few of the drivers decide to participate in a special event. An ongoing bet in the infield led to multiple drivers racing into Lake Speed (the infield rain water buildup) trying to make the biggest splash. Two of the drivers went a step further and belly flopped into the water off of the hood of their cars, fire suits and all. A fan poll led to Thunderstox driver Steve Flickinger being declared the winner.
Friday, July 18th is a special Friday Night Street Drags during the annual LaCrosse Interstate Fair. Brackets include Pickup Trucks, Motorcycles, Imports, Domestics, Muscle Cars and more. On Saturday, July 19th there will twice as much action from the Kwik Trip NASCAR Late Models in a 50 lap feature. Saturday, July 26th is Kids Night at La Crosse Speedway, so bring out the kids for some family fun. For more information about La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway please visit www.lacrossespeedway.com or contact the office at (608) 786-1525 or email@example.com.
LA CROSSE FAIRGROUNDS SPEEDWAY
Kwik Trip NASCAR Late Models
Quillins 25 Feature (21 Cars) — 1, Steve Carlson, West Salem; 2, Brent Kirchner, La Crosse; 3, Kevin Nuttleman, Bangor; 4, Mike Carlson, West Salem; 5, Shawn Pfaff, Sparta; 6, Tony Bagstad, Sparta; 7, Todd Korish, Holmen; 8, Emily Sue Steck, Holmen; 9, J. Herbst, La Crosse; 10, Todd Oliver, Bangor; 11, Ty Reedy, La Crosse; 12, Jeff Baker, Holmen; 13, Matthew Henderson, Coon Valley; 14, Chris Skrede, Sparta; 15, Tom Thill, West Salem; 16, Paul Proksch, Stoddard; 17, Tony Leis, Mooresville, NC; 18, Bill Niles, Holmen; 19, Dean Cota, Rochester, Minn.; 20, Albert Locy, Onalaska; 21, Jimmy Summerfield, Bangor.
Qualifying — 1, Steve Carlson, 19.910 secs, 98.619 MPH; 2, Mike Carlson, 19.924 secs, 98.549 MPH; 3, Kevin Nuttleman, 20.091 secs, 97.730 MPH; 4, Todd Korish, 20.106 secs, 97.657 MPH; 5, Paul Proksch, 20.130 secs, 97.541 MPH; 6, Emily Sue Steck; 7, Tony Bagstad; 8, J. Herbst; 9, Brent Kirchner; 10, Shawn Pfaff; 11, Matthew Henderson; 12, Ty Reedy; 13, Chris Skrede; 14, Tony Leis; 15, Bill Niles; 16, Tom Thill; 17, Albert Locy; 18, Dean Cota; 19, Jimmy Summerfield.
Qualifying Heat 1 — 1, Todd Oliver; 2, Tom Thill; 3, Jeff Baker; 4, Bill Niles; 5, Dean Cota.
Odd Bud Dash — 1, Paul Proksch; 2, Steve Carlson; 3, Kevin Nuttleman; 4, Brent Kirchner; 5, Tony Bagstad.
Even Bud Dash — 1, J. Herbst; 2, Ty Reedy; 3, Shawn Pfaff; 4, Todd Korish; 5, Tony Leis.
North Country Contractors Sportsmen
Quillins 15 Feature (24 Cars) — 1, Jimmy Gilster, West Salem; 2, Jerimy Wagner, Melrose; 3, Branden Berg, Melrose; 4, Nick Clements, Onalaska; 5, Matt Inglett, La Crosse; 6, Larry Bolster Jr., Sparta; 7, Jes Tenner, Melrose; 8, Rob Mason, Preston, Minn.; 9, Randy Humfeld, Chaseburg; 10, Jake Arneson, Taylor; 11, Aaron Hass, La Crosse; 12, Rick Schermerhorn, Westby; 13, Daniel Linnehan, Leon; 14, Troy Maier, La Crosse; 15, Todd Lockington, Mindoro; 16, Keaton Hilby, Bangor; 17, Jerrod Loging, West Salem; 18, Joe Rinartz, La Crosse; 19, Mark Challet, Bangor; 20, Alan Fry, Galesville; 21, Rob Curran, Rockland; 22, Justin Berg, Bangor; 23, Rick Johnson, La Crosse; 24, John Olson, Sparta.
B-Feature — 1, Keaton Hilby; 2, Mark Challet; 3, Joe Rinartz; 4, Greg Scheck, La Crosse; 5, Andy Moore, Sparta.
Qualifying — 1, Randy Humfeld, 22.032 secs, 89.120 MPH; 2, Jes Tenner, 22.150 secs, 88.646 MPH; 3, Branden Berg, 22.220 secs, 88.366 MPH; 4, John Olson, 22.237 secs, 88.299 MPH; 5, Jake Arneson, 22.278 secs, 88.136 MPH.
Qualifying Heat 1 — 1, Rick Johnson; 2, Justin Berg; 3, Greg Scheck; 4, Keaton Hilby, Bangor; 5, Mark Challet, Bangor.
Qualifying Heat 2 — 1, Daniel Linnehan; 2, Jerrod Loging; 3, Jamie Schlintz, Bangor; 4, Joe Rinartz, La Crosse; 5, Jerry Aylsworth, La Crosse.
Odd Bud Dash — 1, Jerimy Wagner; 2, Rob Curran; 3, Rob Mason; 4, Troy Maier; 5, Branden Berg.
Even Bud Dash — 1, Todd Lockington; 2, Jimmy Gilster; 3, Larry Bolster Jr.; 4, Rick Schermerhorn; 5, John Olson.
United Auto Supply Thunderstox
Quillins 15 Feature (24 cars) — 1, Jason Schaller, La Crosse; 2, Jason Stark, Sparta; 3, Adam Moore, Sparta; 4, Jake Krueger, Sparta; 5, Bill Inglett, La Crosse; 6, Chris Weber, Cashton; 7, Josh Inglett, La Crosse; 8, Mike Peters, Whitehall; 9, Jamie Dummer, Galesville; 10, Danielle Neary, La Crosse; 11, Ray Hardy, Sparta; 12, Keith Larson, La Crosse; 13, Steven Flickinger, Sparta; 14, Nathan White, Camp Douglas; 15, Brad Warthan, Sparta; 16, Steve Owen, West Salem; 17, Joey Johnson, North Bend; 18, Harley Jankowski, Sparta; 19, Scott Geier, La Crosse; 20, Charles Vian Jr., Sparta; 21, Jason Bolster, Sparta; 22, Dakota Miller, Sparta; 23, Cole Scholze, Bangor; 24, Tim Steinhoff, Cashton.
B-Feature — 1, Jason Bolster; 2, Harley Jankowski; 3, Chris Weber; 4, Nathan White; 5, Kayla Steinhoff, Rockland.
Bud Dash — 1, Adam Moore; 2, Steven Flickinger; 3, Jason Stark; 4, Scott Geier; 5, Keith Larson.
Heat 1 — 1, Jason Stark; 2, Steven Flickinger; 3, Joey Johnson; 4, Dakota Miller; 5, Tim Steinhoff.
Heat 2 — 1, Cole Scholze; 2, Scott Geier; 3, Ray Hardy; 4, Jamie Dummer; 5, Danielle Neary.
Heat 3 — 1, Keith Larson; 2, Mike Peters; 3, Brad Warthan; 4, Jake Krueger; 5, Bill Inglett.
Heat 4 — 1, Josh Inglett; 2, Adam Moore; 3, Jason Schaller; 4, Charles Vian Jr.; 5, Steve Owen.
Quillins 15 Feature 1 (7 cars) — 1, Heather Hutchenrider; 2, Kim Eckelberg; 3, Stephanie Derleth; 4, Suzie Rinartz; 5, Kathy Swenson; 6, Jenny Swenson; 7, Linda Piatrowski.