July 16, 2015 – (West Salem, WI) – Two divisions this year will crown two champions at the end of the 2015 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series LaCrosse Speedway season.
In addition to the traditional cumulative point standings champion, the Dean’s Satellite Sportsmen and Kwik Trip NASCAR Late Model divisions will have the top sixteen seeded drivers competing for a race within a race. That is the “LaCrosse Speedway Chase.”
It begins this Saturday night with the top sixteen in point standings for each division. For each remaining week of racing during the 2015 schedule, an average of two drivers will be eliminated from the chase. Each week’s elimination could be different, based on teams that are or are not in the feature lineup, or if weather issues come into play. A rained out event will increase the number of eliminated drivers the following week.
As the chase progresses towards the final race of the season, a minimum of four and a maximum of six drivers will be eligible for the title. The final race will take place on Thursday October 8th, at the 46th Oktoberfest Race Weekend. The math is simple for that race. Be the highest finisher of the chase drivers and win the title. Winning the Oktoberfest 40-Lap Late Model feature or Sportsmen 20-Lap feature will guarantee just that.
Kwik Trip NASCAR Late Model “Chase” eligible drivers:
Dean’s Satellite Sportsmen “Chase” eligible drivers:
Who to watch: To the seasoned race fan, the drivers to watch and expect to do well are drivers like Steve Carlson, Brad Powell, Mike Carlson, Shawn Pfaff and Ty Majeski in Late Model, plus Nick Clements, Brian Hesselberg, Justin Mullikin and Jamie Dummer in Sportsmen.
It’s also a great opportunity for drivers that may have struggled early in the season and have been playing catch up all season in the traditional point standings. Steve Bachman is one for sure. Sitting fifteenth in standings, he broke a wrist early in the season and has just recently returned to the driver’s seat. But it’s also an opportunity for drivers to do well that may have not seen victory lane yet, and grab a late-season win.
It all starts this Saturday night, and ends at the 46th Oktoberfest Race Weekend, October 8th.
For more information about the LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway, please call the office at 608-786-1525 or visit the website at lacrossespeedway.com.