By:  Paul Reichert
May 22, 2021
A warm and sunny Saturday afternoon brought out another great crowd to the La Crosse Speedway for one of the most exciting races of the season so far.  The NASCAR Late Models ran their first twin 20 lap feature races and both were filled with excitement right down to the wire.  Brent Kirchner led all the way in the opening race despite having Adam Degenhardt hot on his heels in the second half of the race.  In the nightcap, Steve Bachman built up a large enough lead to keep Nick Murgic and Steve Carlson in his rear view and claim his second career Late Model win.  

Brent Kirchner (LaCrosse, WI) powered to the front at the start of the first Budweiser 20 lap NASCAR Late Model feature.  As Kirchner began to slowly pull away from the field, Adam Degenhardt (Coon Valley, WI) moved up to second by lap seven.  Over the next several laps, Degenhardt would slowly eat away at Kirchner’s advantage before he caught the rear of the 8 machine on lap 12.  Biding his time Degenhardt would dive low on Kirchner entering turn one with six to go before nosing ahead at the stripe.  Kirchner stuck to the outside lane and found a little more speed to take the top spot back.  With two laps to go, Kirchner got a run out of turn two to power his way in front of Degenhardt and drove away to his first win of the season.  Kirchner said after the race “That was a good clean battle with Adam, but our car has just a little more power to hold to take the win.”   

In the second Budweiser 20 lap NASCAR Late Model feature, Steve Bachman (Bangor, WI) shot under Mike Carlson (West Salem, WI) to assume the race lead early on.  After going from last to ninth in the first feature, Matthew Henderson (LaCrosse, WI) moved into second on lap four and began to track down Bachman.  Just before halfway both drivers were locked in a hard fought battle.  Henderson dove low to claim the top spot on lap seven.  Bachman did the exact same move and shot past Henderson to take back the lead on lap nine.  As Bachman slowly began to drive away with the top spot, Nick Murgic (Rosemount, MN) and Steve Carlson (West Salem, WI) began to reel in Henderson.  Both drivers dove low to take over second and third with seven to go.  There would not be enough laps for the duo to close the gap as Bachman rolled away with the win.  After the race, Bachman said “We’ve got 75 pages of setup notes from Toby Nuttleman and now we have to go through them to find what setup is right for us.”

 In the Sportsmen feature, Sam Niles (Holmen, WI) took the lead two laps in but would be under fire from last week’s winner Justin Berg (Bangor, WI).  Niles would open up his lead on Berg over the final laps to drive away with his first win of 2021.
Brandon Gallagher dove under Lester Stanfield coming out of turn two on the final lap of the Hobby Stock feaure to claim his second win of the season.
The brand new 6 Shooter class had a very exciting finish to their first feature event.  Steven Mueller used the outside lane to power around John Huebner with three laps to go to claim the win in his first time racing at LaCrosse.
Keith Larson and Rob Stanfield made the final four laps of the Mini-Van feature a very hotly contested battle for the win.  Lots of rubbing and lots of close racing saw Larson get the better of that battle to score the victory.
As part of their inaugural appearance the Six Shooters also ran their first ever Novelty event, the 2nd Over the Line Wins race.  Adam Kerley’s spinning out of Zach Liebsch gave John Huebner the opening he needed to sneak through and win the race.
Action continues next Saturday, May 29th with the NASCAR Late Models, Sportsmen, Hobby Stocks, Hornets and Street Stocks a part of the last afternoon show to start the season.   Break your piggy banks and gather up your loose change for the first Buck Day of the year.  It is just $1 for all concession items and  $3 for beer.  Gates open at 12:30, qualifying fires up at 12:45 and racing kicks into overdrive at 2.
For more information about La Crosse Speedway or the 2021 schedule of events, please call the track office at 608-786-1525 or visit our website at  La Crosse Speedway is proud to be a NASCAR Hometrack, part of the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series.
Kwik Trip NASCAR Late Models
Feature #1 (20 Laps):  1. Brent Kirchner, 2. Adam Degenhardt, 3. Billy Mohn, 4. Jacob Goede, 5. Steve Carlson, 6. Nick Murgic, 7. Jerimy Wagner, 8. Nick Clements, 9. Matthew Henderson, 10. Mike Carlson, 11. Steve Bachman, 12. Michael Ostdiek, 13. Adam Oxborough, 14. Jeff Parington, 15. Tony Leis, 16. Michael Hagger, 17. Don Turner, 18. Joseph Scholze, 19. Justin Mullikin, 20. Mandi McKinney, 21. Kenneth Donais, 22. Carter Christenson, 23. Jackson Lewis
Feature #2 (20 Laps):  1. Steve Bachman, 2. Nick Murgic, 3. Steve Carlson, 4. Matthew Henderson, 5. Jerimy Wagner, 6. Billy Mohn, 7. Mike Carlson, 8. Adam Oxborough, 9. Brent Kirchner, 10. Michael Ostdiek, 11. Adam Degenhardt, 12. Nick Clements, 13. Michael Haggar, 14. Jeff Partington, 15. Tony Leis, 16. Justin Mullikin, 17. Don Turner, 18. Carter Christenson, 19. Kenneth Donais, 20. Mandi McKinney, 21. Jacob Goede, 22. Joseph Scholze, 23. Jim Summerfield 
6-for-6 Dash (6 Laps):  1. Adam Degenhardt, 2, Steve Carlson, 3. Billy Mohn, 4. Tony Leis, 5. Jacob Goede, 6. Nick Clements
Heat #1 (8 Laps):  1. Steve Bachman, 2. Justin Mullikin, 3. Michael Haggar, 4. Michael Ostdiek, 5. Joseph Scholze, 6. Jackson Lewis, 7. Kenneth Donais, 8. Mandi McKinney
Heat #2 (8 Laps):  1. Carter Christenson, 2. Mike Carlson, 3. Nick Murgic, 4. Brent Kirchner, 5. Matthew Henderson, 6. Don Turner, 7. Adam Oxborough, 8. Jerimy Wagner, 9. Jeff Partington
Qualifying:  1. Steve Carlson, 2. Jacob Goede, 3. Billy Mohn, 4. Nick Clements, 5. Tony Leis, 6. Adam Degenhardt, 7. Jerimy Wagner, 8. Brent Kirchner, 9. Nick Murgic, 10. Jeff Partington, 11. Mike Carlson, 12. Adam Oxborough, 13. Don Turner, 14. Carter Christenson, 15. Steve Bachman, 16. Justin Mullikin, 17. MIchael Ostdiek, 18. Michael Haggar, 19. Jackson Lewis, 20. Joseph Scholze, 21. Kenneth Donais, 22. Mandi McKinney, 23. Michael Beamish (NO TIME), 24. Matthew Henderson (NO TIME), 25. Jim Summerfield (NO TIME)
LawnKeepers Sportsmen
Feature (15 Laps):  1. Sam Niles, 2. Justin Berg, 3. Jesse Green, 4. Ed Ross, 5. Travis Gordon, 6. Jack Larson, 7. Dexter Malin
Dash (8 Laps):  1. Justin Berg, 2. Ed Ross, 3. Sam Niles, 4. Travis Gordon, 5. Jesse Green, 6. Jack Larson, 7. Dexter Malin
Qualifying:  1. Sam Niles, 2. Justin Berg, 3. Jesse Green, 4. Ed Ross, 5. Jack Larson, 6. Travis Gordon, 7. Dexter Malin
Auto Value Hobby Stocks
Feature (15 Laps):  1. Brandon Gallagher, 2. Lester Stanfield, 3. John Clauson
Dash (8 Laps):  1. Brandon Gallagher, 2. Lester Stanfield, 3. Jason Bolster, 4. John Clauson
Qualifying:  1. Brandon Gallagher, 2. Jason Bolster, 3. Lester Stanfield, 4. John Clauson, 5. Jestin Delap, Sr.
6 Shooters
Feature (15 Laps):  1. Steven Mueller, 2. John Huebner, 3. Al Bartels, 4. Tim Murphy, Sr., 5. Zach Liebsch, 6. Jake Schomers, 7. Alex Liebsch, 8. Josh Bell, 9. Chris Larson, 10. Bernie Lucey, 11. Landon Lockington, 12. Keith Larson, 13. Adam Kerley, 14. Rob Stanfield, 15. Matthew Miller, 16. Kyle Larson, 17. Chad Tamke
Heat #1 (8 Laps):  1. Al Bartels, 2. Matthew Miller, 3. Adam Kerley, 4. Bernie Lucey, 5. Landon Lockington, 6. Josh Bell, 7. Kyle Larson, 8. Chad Tamke, 9. John Huebner
Heat #2 (8 Laps):  1. Jake Schomers, 2. Chris Larson, 3. Rob Stanfield, 4. Tim Murphy, Sr., 5. Alex Liebsch, 6. Keith Larson, 7. Steven Mueller, 8. Zach Liebsch
Qualifying:  1. Rob Stanfield, 2. Keith Larson, 3. Tim Murphy, Sr., 4. Jake Schomers, 5. Steve Mueller, 6. Alex Liebsch, 7. Zach Liebsch, 8. Chris Larson, 9. Al Bartels, 10. Adam Kerley, 11. John Huebner, 12. Landon Lockington, 13. Bernie Lucey, 14. Josh Bell, 15. Matthew Miller, 16. Chad Tamke, 17. Kyle Larson
Mountain Dew Mini-Vans
Feature (15 Laps):  1. Keith Larson, 2. Zach Liebsch, 3. Rob Stanfield, 4. Al Bartels, 5. Bernie Lucey, 6. Matthew Bornheimer, 7. Brian Larson, 8. Kyle Larson, 9. Kreg Miller, 10. Chris Larson
Heat #1 (8 Laps):  1. Zach Liebsch, 2. Keith Larson, 3. Chris Larson, 4. Rob Stanfield, 5. Al Bartels, 6. Bernie Lucey, 7. Matthew Bornheimer, 8. Brian Larson, 9. Kyle Larson, 10. Kreg Miller
1. Rob Stanfield, 2. Keith Larson, 3. Chris Larson, 4. Al Bartels, 5. Bernie Lucey, 6. Matthew Bornheimer, 7. Zach Liebsch, 8. Brian Larson, 9. Kreg Miller, 10. Kyle Larson
2nd Over the Line Wins/Six Shooters (6 Laps):  1. John Huebner, 2. Bernie Lucey, 3. Rob Stanfield, 4. Adam Kerley, 5. Chris Larson, 6. Kyle Larson, 7. Keith Larson, 8. Matthew Miller, 9. Chad Tamke, 10. Josh Bell, 11. Zach Liebsch
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