By: Paul Reichert
August 31, 2019
With the regular season behind us, we have a little break to let loose and have some fun before the 50th Oktoberfest Race Weekend. Tonight at the LaCrosse Speedway, the quarter mile ‘action track’ took center stage with the annual 200-lap enduro for four and six cylinder cars. After running his first race the night before at Tomah, Colten Pennel took advantage of Rob Stanfield’s misfortunes with less than 20 laps to go to drive away with the victory.
With around 92 cars starting the 200-lap enduro, there was a lot of chaos and calamity over the first 50 laps. Dexter Malin saw his car tip over onto its side. The cars of Brad Anderson, Dean Dahl and Carson Bullerman had something fail under their hoods and caught fire. Fortunately, everybody was okay after those scary moments. Some were able to continue on in the enduro. Rob Stanfield started on the pole and was running away with the race as the halfway pit break happened after 105 laps. Stanfield continued on his merry way as the second half of the race began with about 45 cars. Some of the top four cylinders cars tried to keep pace with Stanfield, but he was no match for them. The best six cylinder drivers tried to close the gap on Stanfield, but they began having issues with their cars. Just when it looked like Stanfield would run away with the win, he started to experience issues with both of his right side tires with less than 20 laps to go. Taking advantage of Stanfield’s misfortune was Colten Pennel. A former Coulee Go-Kart Raceway competitor ran his first Hornet race at Tomah the previous night. Pennel got by Stanfield with 12 laps to go and weaved his way through the traffic in the closing laps to claim the biggest win of his young career.
A couple debris cautions early in the Street Stock feature made the action a little more interesting. Race leader Skylar Pozanc had to fend off the hard charging point leader Jake Schomers over the final two laps. Pozanc captured his first ever win without any power steering in the closing laps.
Despite a yellow three laps into the Mini Van feature, Rob Stanfield came from the back of the field to take the top spot by lap five. Stanfield would drive away from the field to claim another victory and wrap up the season points championship.
Action continues next Saturday, September 7th with the 28th running of the Western Technical College Night of Destruction. You will see everything be smashed, crashed and destroyed. There will be pools jumped, monster trucks crushing cars, a jet car burning out a vehicle, cars rolling over, cars doing smoky burnouts, and the Hornets will even be racing. The grand finale of the Night of Destruction will be the Trailer Race of Destruction, Part II. Gates open at 6:00 and the destructive fun starts at 7:30.
For more information about the LaCrosse Speedway or the 2019 schedule of events, please call the office at 608-786-1525 or visit lacrossepedway.com. LaCrosse Speedway is proud to be a NASCAR Hometrack, part of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.
Quarter-Mile Mania 200 Enduro: 1. Colten Pennel, 2. Dan Frye/Matt Moore, 3. Rob Stanfield, 4. Casey Colsch, 5. Shannon Dohring, 6. Noah Lyden, 7. Ian Zimmerman/Tristan Drazkowski, 8. Tyler Thewis, 9. Chris Kohlmeier, 10. Justin Erdman
Auto Value Street Stocks
Feature: 1. Skylar Pozanc, 2. Jake Schomers, 3. Steve Brasda, 4. Keith Larson, 5. Al Bartels
Heat 1: 1. Jonathan Burbach, 2. Rob Schliefer, 3. Chris Larson
Heat 2: 1. Rob Stanfield, 2. Bartels, 3. John Huebner
Qualifying: 1. Schomers (New Track Record–16.275), 2. C. Larson, 3. Pozanc
Mountain Dew Mini Vans
Feature: 1. Rob Stanfield, 2. Keith Larson, 3. David Treu, Jr., 4. Troy Dobbratz, 5. Matt Bornheimer
Heat: 1. Rob Stanfield, 2. Troy Dobbratz, 3. David Treu, Jr.
Qualifying: 1. R. Stanfield, 2. Keith Larson, 3. Chris Larso