By: Aspen Andre
(West Salem, WI – September 3, 2016) It was a beautiful night at the La Crosse Speedway tonight for Quarter Mile Mania where we had the Street Stock and Mini Van Points Championship races and the 200 lap enduro race.
When the night started for the Auto Value Street Stock division, Taylor Dobbs was the points leader over Thomas Farra and Al Bartels who were tied for 2nd, 9 points behind. Back-to-Back Street Stock champion John Eron was behind Dobbs by 15 points in 4th place and ended the year in 3rd.
Due to car troubles in lap 5 of the feature Taylor Dobbs had to leave the track and never returned, thus landing him the 4th place finish for the year. Even though Thomas Farra won the feature tonight, it was Al Bartels who ended the year with the season championship. Since Bartels qualified 2nd tonight and Thomas Farra qualified 8th, Bartels got a 5 point advantage over Farra which was the deciding factor for the final points standing.
Before the minivan feature started tonight Mike Peters was in the lead for points standing leading Riley Miller by 23 points. Even though Dan Frye took the lead in lap 13 of the 15 lap minivan feature and saw the checkered flag fly first, it was Mike Peters who won the points championship for the 2016 season at La Crosse Speedway. Dan Frye took 2nd, and Kendon Thurk took 3rd.
The action stayed on the action track quarter mile tonight as 64 4 and 6 cylinder cars competed in the 200 lap enduro. In the first 108 laps of the enduro before we took a break for cars to refuel and cool off their radiators, we saw Steve Rozek, Charles Vian Jr., Kyle Ranzenberger, and John Clauson showing how strong their cars were and becoming the top competitors of the night. Ranzenberger and Clauson led the remaining 22 cars out of the pit break with 92 laps remaining in the race.
For the first time in 4 or 5 years we saw Andy Feldkamp of Sparta flip his car and skid part way around turn one on his roof in lap 125. With 60 laps to go Charles Vian Jr.’s hood flipped up and he continued to race like that for 6 laps before he hit 2 tires knocking his hood down briefly in turns 3 and 4, but it flew back up on the front straight away and he exited the race right afterwards. With 40 laps remaining there were only 24 of the 64 starting cars remaining on the track. Around lap 175 Shawn Colsch blew a tire and continued racing with 3 tires for 10 plus laps before he left the track.
At the end lap 200, it was Kyle Ranzenberger who saw the checkered flag fly first. Steve Rozek crossed the strip second, Mike Weiss third, Al Bartels fourth, and Luke Geisler fifth.
The next event at La Crosse Speedway is Friday, September 9 for the Premier Powdercoating Street Drags where we will have bracket racing, Shine N’ Show, and burnout contests.
For more information please call the Speedway office at (608) 786-1525 or visit www.lacrossespeedway.com.
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