By: Paul Reichert
August 14, 2021
The racing action at the LaCrosse Speedway has been exciting from the season opener back in May to the final weekly show of the season tonight.  The final race of the season had a few surprises that gave the race fans something to talk about heading to the 52nd Oktoberfest Race Weekend.  Four-time Oktoberfest champion Dan Fredrickson has never raced a weekly show here at LaCrosse, but he was the man to beat tonight as he made some impressive moves late in both features to sweep the latest round of twin 20 lappers.

Carter Christenson (West Salem, WI) shot past Justin Mullikin (Holmen, WI) to take the lead at the start of the first 20 lap Bobcat of the Coulee Region NASCAR Late Model feature.  Yellow flew on lap two when Adam Oxborough (Montgomery, MN) lost it in turn two and collected Cole Howland (LaCrosse, WI).  Mike Carlson (West Salem, WI) quickly closed the gap on Christenson then dove low in turn two to take over the top spot at the halfway mark.  Mullikin bounced off the front straight wall after contact with Nick Clements (Onalaska, WI) on lap 14 to bring out another caution period.  Nick Murgic (Rosemount, MN) used the outside lane to start a heated battle for the win with Mike Carlson.  As Murgic surged ahead into the lead with three to go, Dan Fredrickson (Lakeville, MN) made a daring move on the inside to rally up to second.  Fredrickson quickly caught up to Murgic to power by the points leader on the final lap down the back straight to capture his first weekly feature win at LaCrosse.  After the race Fredrickson said “This has been a good race car to us for years and we thought we would come down to LaCrosse to race it.”

In the Bobcat of the Coulee Region 20 lap NASCAR Late Model feature #2, Brent Kirchner (LaCrosse, WI) surged past Jeff Partington (Farmington, MN) for the race lead.  Nick Clements dove low the next time around to wrestle the top spot away from Kirchner.  Kirchner brought out the yellow when he lost control coming out of turn two on lap four and collected Steve Carlson.  Clements began to open his lead on the restart but soon the hard chargers would make their presence known.  Mike Carlson began to close the distance on Clements after the halfway mark and dove under him to become the new leader with six laps to go.  Carlson would have to deal with the always fast and determined Dan Fredrickson once he moved into second.  It only took Fredrickson three laps to catch and drive around Carlson to settle into the lead and sweep the twin features.  After the race Fredrickson said “This is an awesome race car.  We might just keep it in the garage and run it with the Late Models on Thursday night of Oktoberfest.”

Sam Niles (Holmen, WI) used the outside lane to surge ahead of Bob Fort (Fountain City, WI) four laps into the Sportsmen feature.  Niles left the field in his dust and drove away to his sixth checkered flag of the year.

In the Hobby Stock feature Scott Mahlum tried to close the gap on Alex Rud, but Rud pulled away over the final three laps to score the win in his first race of the season.  Despite a power steering issue Jason Bolster maintained third spot in the feature to wrap up another track championship. 

Cheyanne Stanfield had to split lap traffic on the final lap of the Hornet feature to keep Andy Barney at bay and end her fabulous night with a first ever clean sweep of the division. 
The final Mini-Van feature of the year was even more compettive and exciting with a championship on the line.  Rookie Kreg Miller took advantage of Bernie Lucey’s slip up halfway through the race to drive off with his first ever checkered flag victory.  Despite a late start to the race Rob Stanfield was able to run the race and lock up his third division championship.
After taking a couple weeks off for a late summer vacation, action continues on Saturday, September 4 with the annual Big Cheese Enduro.  The headliner of this night of racing on the ‘action track’ quarter-mile will be a big 200 lap feature race with both 4 cylinder and 6 cylinder cars competing at the same time.  We will also be crowning a couple more division champions as the Six Shooters and the High School Racing Association will run their final events of the year.  Gates open at 5:30, qualifying begins at 5:45 and the first green flag of the night flies at 7.
For more information about LaCrosse Speedway or the 2021 schedule of events, please call the track office at 608-786-1525 or visit our web site at  LaCrosse 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. Dan Fredrickson, 2. Nick Murgic, 3. Steve Carlson, 4. Mike Carlson, 5. Carter Christenson, 6. Tony Leis, 7. Jackson Lewis, 8. Jerimy Wagner, 9. Nick Clements, 10. Steve Bachman, 11. Jeff Partington, 12. Brent Kirchner, 13. Kenneth Donais, 14. Justin Mullikin, 15. Mandi McKinney, 16. Joseph Scholze, 17. Jeff Sarver, 18. Adam Oxborough, 19. Cole Howland
Feature #2 (20 laps):  1. Dan Fredrickson, 2. Mike Carlson, 3. Nick Murgic, 4. Steve Bachman, 5. Nick Clements, 6. Tony Leis, 7. Jackson Lewis, 8. Jeff Partington, 9. Jerimy Wagner, 10. Carter Christenson, 11. Kenneth Donais, 12. Justin Mullikin, 13. Joseph Scholze, 14. Mandi McKinney, 15. Jeff Sarver, 16. Brent Kirchner, 17. Steve Carlson
6-for-6 Dash (6 laps):  1. Nick Murgic, 2. Jerimy Wagner, 3. Adam Oxborough, 4. Dan Fredrickson, 5. Steve Bachman, 6. Nick Clements
Heat #1 (8 laps):  1. Steve Carlson, 2. Mike Carlson, 3. Carter Christenson, 4. Tony Leis, 5. Cole Howland, 6. Jackson Lewis, 7. Justin Mullikin
Heat #2 (8 laps):  1. Brent Kirchner, 2. Jeff Partington, 3. Kenneth Donais, 4. Mandi McKinney, 5. Don Turner, 6. Joseph Scholze, 7. Jeff Sarver
Qualifying:  1. Dan Fredrickson, 2. Steve Bachman, 3. Nick Clements, 4. Adam Oxborough, 5. Nick Murgic, 6. Jerimy Wagner, 7. Cole Howland, 8. Jackson Lewis, 9. Mike Carlson, 10. Tony Leis, 11. Carter Christenson, 12. Justin Mullikin, 13. Steve Carlson, 14. Jeff Partington, 15. Brent Kirchner, 16. Joseph Scholze, 17. Don Turner, 18. Kenneth Donais, 19. Mandi McKinney, 20. Jeff Sarver

LawnKeepers Sportsmen

Feature (15 laps):  1. Sam Niles, 2. Bob Fort, 3. Justin Berg, 4. Bill Schott, 5. Jamie Dummer, 6. Jesse Green, 7. Dave Swanson, 8. Ed Ross, 9. Dexter Malin, 10. Travis Gordon
Dash (8 laps):  1. Jamie Dummer, 2. Justin Berg, 3. Sam Niles, 4. Dave Swanson, 5. Ed Ross
Heat #1 (8 laps):  1. Bob Fort, 2. Jesse Green, 3. Bill Schott, 4. Travis Gordon, 5. Dexter Malin
Qualifying:  1. Sam Niles, 2. Dave Swanson, 3. Justin Berg, 4. Ed Ross, 5. Jamie Dummer, 6. Jesse Green, 7. Bob Fort, 8. Travis Gordon, 9. Dexter Malin, 10. Bill Schott (DQ)

Auto Value Hobby Stocks

Feature (15 laps):  1. Alex Rud, 2. Scott Mahlum, 3. Jason Bolster
Dash (8 laps):  1. Alex Rud, 2. Jason Bolster, 3. Scott Mahlum
Qualifying:  1. Alex Rud, 2. Jason Bolster, 3. Scott Mahlum

ANT’s Complete Pest Control Hornets

Feature (15 laps):  1. Cheyanne Stanfield, 2. Andy Barney, 3. Jake Schomers, 4. Kristopher Berg, 5. Ben Thurk, 6. Joey Johnson III, 7. Keanna Barney, 8. Nick Hadler, 9. Rob Schliefer, 10. Dave Marcou, 11. Matthew Miller, 12. Kyle Cottone, 13. Abigail Knaack, 14. Travis Atkinson, 15. Justin Iverson
Heat #1 (8 laps):  1. Cheyanne Stanfield, 2. Ben Thurk, 3. Jake Schomers, 4. Rob Schliefer, 5. Nick Hadler, 6. Kristopher Berg, 7. Joey Johnson III, 8. Andy Barney
Heat #2 (8 laps):  1. Keanna Barney, 2. Matthew Miller, 3. Kyle Cottone, 4. Dave Marcou, 5. Abigail Knaack, 6. Travis Atkinson, 7. Justin Iverson, 8. Jacob Iverson, 9. Mitchell Rinartz
Qualifying:  1. Cheyanne Stanfield, 2. Andy Barney, 3. Joey Johnson III, 4. Rob Schliefer, 5. Jake Schomers, 6. Kristopher Berg, 7. Ben Thurk, 8. Nick Hadler, 9. Keanna Barney, 10. Kyle Rudolph, 11. Abigail Knaack, 12. Dave Marcou, 13. Matthew Miller, 14. Travis Atkinson, 15. Mitchell Rinartz, 16. Jacob Iverson (NO TIME), 17. Justin Iverson (NO TIME)

Mountain Dew Mini-Vans

Feature (15 laps):  1. Kreg Miller, 2. Al Bartels, 3. Bernie Lucey, 4. Zach Liebsch, 5. Dan Noth, 6. Rob Stanfield
Heat #1 (8 laps):  1. Bernie Lucey, 2. Kreg Miller, 3. Al Bartels, 4. Rob Stanfield, 5. Zach Liebsch, 6. Dan  Noth
Qualifying:  1. Rob Stanfield, 2. Zach Liebsch, 3. Al Bartels, 4. Bernie Lucey, 5. Dan Noth, 6. Kreg Miller
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