LAWNKeepers of LaCrosse will present Mid-American drivers and teams Saturday, August 24, to the fans and friends at LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway for an event off schedule. The LAX show was formulated after a previous scheduled lone August date at another venue was cancelled. The Mid-Am teams will be bringing their “A” game to the 5/8-mile oval at the fairgrounds in West Salem, WI. Many will be using the opportunity to prepare for the 44th running of legendary Oktoberfest at LAX this fall.
LAWNKeepers, a complete array of lawn and yard management services, covers a broad greater LaCrosse area in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Owner/President, Tom McClintock, is a familiar name at the LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway. He has participated in many events at his home track and he’s done it in several classes. McClintock even wielded a Mid-Am car for a few years. “I enjoy the Mid-American Series and am glad to help bring them to LAX”, McClintock says. “Mid-American always brings competitive racing, it will be a good show.”
Coming into the event, the top three in Mid-Am points share less than 100 points between them, equal to one feature win worth of points. Brad Keith of West Bend, WI leads two past Champions, Mark Pluer of Brookfield, WI and Jeremy Spoonmore of Somonauk, IL in the quest for the brass ring. The season opener set the pace for the three with Keith leading Spoonmore and Pluer to the flag. Since then Keith hasn’t looked back. Keith has raced Mid-American for a number of years and has come into his own this season. With two feature wins, included in five podium finishes in seven series races, his average finish is 2.7.
Wily veterans, Pluer and Spoonmore won’t give it to Keith easily. With four races remaining you can expect the savvy and experience of the champions will make Keith earn each and every position on the track and in the points.
Others to watch are Rick Tackman, Jr. who keeps clawing his way through the pack and rookie leader and a LaCrosse favorite, Dan Gilster. Tackman puts every ounce of his Ford through it’s paces holding on to fourth in points. Gilster has track advantage with most likely the most laps of any Mid-Am contender at LAX. Expect him to be near the front on the 24th. He will be one to watch in the future as he learns the mental and car changes needed to compete in a touring series.
Fifth in points is veteran and past champion Lyle Nowak. Nowak is running an abbreviated schedule and has not made a decision on running the LAWNKeepers Special.
Join us for the action August 24th at LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway and enjoy “Buck Night” when all concessions menu food and drink items are $1. For race and Speedway info see http://lacrossespeedway.com/. Follow Mid-American at www.midamericanracing.com.