May 14, 2022
Mike Carlson (West Salem, WI) powered by pole sitter Devin Schmidt (Belle Plaine, MN) to quickly take command of the Budweiser 25 NASCAR Late Model feature. Carlson began to open up a big advantage on Schmidt, while Schmidt maintained a healthy lead over the battle for third between Dusty Mann (Elko, MN) and Chad Walen (Prior Lake, MN). Mann stuck to his guns on the low groove and shot past Walen to take over third on lap seven. The gaps between the top three remained pretty constant but then the racing gremlins began to reek havoc with a few drivers. Schmidt suddenly slowly with a mechanical issue on lap 11 and turned over the runner-up spot to Mann. With ten laps to go Mann started falling back through the field with occasional mechanical issues. That would give Jacob Goede (Carver, MN) second place and a chance to eat away at Carlson’s huge lead. Goede was not having very much success shrinking the deficit as Carlson was running on rails and looked unstoppable. In the end Carlson left the entire field in his wake as he scored his most dominant feature win ever at LaCrosse. After the race Carlson admitted he knows his Dad’s new race car better than most people think. “I spent many hours helping put Dad’s new car together and I felt super comfortable in it. I guess we will fix my car and get that ready for next week.”
Ken Christenson (LaCrosse, WI) piloted the #racing4jason24 tribute car and led much of the Sportsmen feature. It looked like the team was going to score an emotional win after the passing of Jason Schaller. Former dirt racer Bob Fort (Fountain City, WI) used the outside lane to power past Christenson with two laps to go to claim his first career checkered flag.